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Thursday, February 28, 2002

Eagles use tie-breaker rally to down Tors

The Pecos Eagles' extra-inning game against the Lamesa Golden Tornaodes on Tuesday went a little differently than your usual extra-inning game goes. But it went the Eagles' way, as they won a 13-11 see-saw game on the road against the Tornadoes.

"We were tied 10-10 after the bottom of the seventh and we had an international tiebreaker," Eagles' coach Tammy Walls said, which is pretty much the equivalent of the tie-breakers used in high school and college football _ in this case, the inning starts with a runner in scoring position.

"Katie Lee went to second base and Kathy Flores hit a single and scored her," Walls said. "Then Danielle Garcia hit a single and scored her and she scored on a hit by Brittany Lobstein.

"They got a run back on us in the bottom of the eighth, but we got out of it," she added.

The Eagles took a 3-0 lead at the start the game, only to see Lamesa come back to take a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the inning. "We made an error in left field with two outs and they came back and got three hits and scored five runs," Walls said.

The Eagles would rally for five runs of their own in the third to go back in front 8-3, only to see Lamesa tie it in the sixth inning. Pecos then took a 10-8 lead in the top of the seventh, but the Tors were able to rally for two runs in the bottom of seventh to send the game to extra innings.

Stephanie Herrera went the distance on the mound for the Eagles, improving her record to 4-2 while Pecos moved over .500 for the first time this season, at 4-3.

The game itself was played with temperatures hovering around freezing in Lamesa. "It was fairly cold, and we didn't play that well, but I saw some good things. We came together as a team to win," Wall said.

The Eagles will be hoping for better weather on Friday, when they travel to Fort Stockton for a 5 p.m. game against the Prowlers. Pecos is scheduled to host Lamesa next Tuesday in their final pre-district game. They'll travel to Clint on March 12 for their District 2-4A opener.

Eagles short on pitching for tourney

Pitching figured to be at a premium for the Pecos Eagles' baseball team at this weekend's Monahans Sandhills Invitational. So Eagles' coach Bubba Williams didn't need to find out one of his pitchers was ailing Wednesday afternoon.

The Eagles are scheduled to open the expanded tournament at 3 p.m. today at Monahans against the Lamesa Golden Tornadoes. But as of Wednesday afternoon, Williams wasn't sure who would be on the mound for today's opener.

"Barney Rodriguez was going to pitch, but he can't move his neck right now," Williams said. "We've got him over in the whirlpool to see if we can get the stiffness out of his neck. If he can't go, we'll move Richard (Rodriguez) there and move Matthew (Levario) over to shortstop."

Barney Rodriguez tossed a four-hitter last Friday in a 10-inning, 3-1 victory over Monahans, while Richard Rodriguez was touched for a couple of late home runs the following day by the Loboes, as they scored a 6-3 victory.

Pecos bounced back from that on Monday with a 13-11 win over Fort Stockton, in a game marked by the arrival of this week's cold front, which dropped the temperature about 20 degrees and dust clouds blowing across Eagle Field during the second half of the game. Freddy Torres had three hits, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning that proved to be the game winner, as the Panthers cut a 13-5 lead down to two runs, before Rigo Ramirez came on in relief of Levario in the seventh and got the final three outs.

Despite the 13-run effort, Williams said he's still looking to get more offense into his line-up, as the Eagles have stranded runners in scoring position often in the first three games of the season. "I'm going to try and get some more sticks into the lineup, so we'll have Javier Ramirez at third base," the Eagles' coach said.

The pitching problems for Pecos come in a weekend where the Sandhills Tournament field has been expanded from 8 to 12 teams, meaning Pecos would have to play four times in three days to win the tournament title. The expanded tournament also has been split between Monahans and Kermit, and the Eagles will face either Alpine or Denver City in Kermit on Friday, and will play again in Kermit again on Saturday if they are in the tournament semifinals, consolation semifinals or the 11th place game. The consolation finals also are scheduled for Kermit, while the championship, third place and fifth place games will be played on Saturday in Monahans.

Pecos JV girls capture cold-shortened tourney

The Pecos Eagles junior varsity girls golf team picked about as bad a day as possible to host their own event at the Reeves County Golf Course. But the results were good anyway for the girls, as they took first place out of nine teams in the shortened tournament.

The Eagles shot a 196 over nine holes, in temperatures in the low 20s and with winds blowing out of the northeast, after the arrival of a strong cold front the previous day ended a string of days in the upper 70s and low 80s. The score was good enough to take first place by three strokes over the Andrews Mustangs, while Monahans placed third, 11 strokes back.

"The girls had an outstanding tournament. They played real tough playing in that cold weather," said Eagles' coach Tina Hendrick, who'll be taking her varsity team to Midland for tournament play on Friday and Saturday.

Jennie Canon shot a 46 to finish second in the medallist race to Andrews' Brittney Subia, while Kristian Aguilar was third with a 47 second and Bianca Mendoza was fourth, shooting a 48.

Kattie Davis shot a 55 and Susan Bradley had a 60 for the other girls' team scores, and the Eagles' lone medallist golfer, Susan Clark, shot a 54.

Alpine, with a 214 was fourth, followed by Odessa High at 218, Marfa at 223 and Sanderson, with a 257 score. Van Horn and Fort Stockton only brought three golfers, one less than the minimum needed for a team score.

"We cut the tournament back to nine holes due to the weather," said Hendrick, but the JV team will get another chance to play next Monday, in Andrews.

The boys' golf team is off this weekend, but will play next week in the San Angelo Invitational, while the JV boys go to Alpine on Monday for tournament play.

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