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Friday, March 1, 2002

Eagles trounce Tors, face Bucks today

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles have had more fun on the Monahans High  School baseball field so far this season than they've had in their own ballpark.  But even though they're playing in the Monahans Sandhills  Baseball Tournament, the Eagles will have to try and continue their success  in Kermit today, when they face the Alpine Bucks in a 3 p.m.  quarterfinal game at the Yellowjackets' baseball field.

The Eagles, who defeated Monahans on the Loboes' home field last week to open the season, then lost at home to the Loboes and had a struggle to hold on for a win over Fort Stockton on Monday, hammered Lamesa on Thursday in their opening round game, 11-1. Barney Rodriguez, who pitched the Eagles' 10-inning victory last week in Monahans, only had to go five innings this time to get this victory, allowing just three hits while striking out seven.

"Barney did a good job. When he's got his curveball going, nobody's going to hit him," said Williams of Rodriguez, who was bothered by a stiff neck on Wednesday and was questionable at the time for Thursday's game.

The Eagles came into the game off a 13-11 win at home over Fort Stockton, in which they built a 13-5 lead and then had to hold on for the victory. Freddy Torres' two-run home run in the fourth inning turned out to be the game winner, while on Thursday Torres ended the game with a grand-slam home run off reliever Alfredo Morales with one out in the fifth inning.

Pecos took advantage of some Lamesa fielding problems to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Third baseman Adam Garza couldn't get to Richard Rodriguez' lead-off grounder and then with two away, right fielder Neal Vela misplayed Torres' deep fly ball into a run-scoring error.

Lamesa tied the game in the second, when Landon Mahurin led off with a single, went to second on a passed ball and scored on Garza's double to right-center field. But after a sacrifice bunt by Vela, Barney Rodriguez came back to strike out Derrick Hunter and Anthony Hernandez to end the threat, and Pecos took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning with two runs off starter Koby Page.

Oscar Parada singled home Matthew Levario, who walked to lead off the inning, and then scored on Richard Rodriguez' RBI single. Page got out of trouble after that and got through the third inning untouched, but in the fourth the Eagles scored four more times to up their lead to 7-1.

Parada would single and Richard Rodriguez doubled to start off the inning, and both scored when Rigo Ramirez chopped a single to right through the drawn-in infield. One out later Torres singled home Ramirez, and he would come in later after another error by Garza and a single by Levario to right-center field.

Parada would again single to open the fifth inning off Morales, who relieved Page to start the inning. He then, stole second and went to third on Rodriguez' fly out and was able to get back to the base safely on a fielder's choice grounder by Mason Abila after a walk to Ramirez. Torres then connected for his second home run in as many games, a shot over the 344 sign in left field to end the game.

Defensively, the Eagles had a pair of errors in the game on plays at first, as Ramirez missed a throw from Abila on a passed ball third strike in the third inning and Barney Rodriguez had a low pickoff throw to first an inning later. Both game with two outs, and the Eagles were able to get out of trouble when Levario threw out Marcus Bunton on a grounder down the line at third and Richard Rodriguez got Hunter on a slow bouncer to shortstop.

"We got good defense, good pitching a good hitting," said Williams. "The bottom of the lineup hit good with Oscar Parada getting three hits and we put the ball in play."

Today, Williams said Rodriguez would start on the mound against Alpine, which won their tournament opening game from Denver City on Thursday by a 5-4 score. Rodriguez went the distance last Saturday against Monahans, allowing six runs on 10 hits in a 6-3 loss to the Loboes.

The winner of today's game will come back at 6 p.m. for the tournament semifinal game in Kermit, while the loser will play in the fifth place game in Monahans on Saturday, though weather conditions could affect the tournament's final day.

Pecos' Ornelas gets 2-4A all-defensive honors

Pecos Eagles' sophomore Natalia Ornelas was named to the all-defensive basketball team for District 2-4A in voting on Wednesday by the district's coaches, while three other Eagles received honorable mention, coach Veronica Valenzuela said.

Pecos struggled to a 0-10 record in district this season after just missing the playoffs a year ago, and had no players on the first or second team squads. Ornelas, one of two junior varsity players brought up a month into the season, was one of six players named to the all-defensive squad, while the honorable mention selections for the Eagles were seniors Christina Arenivas and Jessica Rodriguez and junior Tiana Terry, who were the teams' three leading scorers this season.

Canutillo senior Brenda Gonzales was named the district's Most Valuable Player, beating out Clint's Marissa Arnold, as the two teams both finished 8-2 in the final 2-4A standings. Other first team selections included Canutillo's Dadia Garcia, El Paso Mountain View's Laura Torres, Fabens Rebecca Alarcon and San Elizario's Valerie Soto.

Second team selections were Clint's Karina Card, Canutillo's Lorie Estrada, Diana Gonzalez and Vanessa Ortiz from Mountain View and Fabens' Paula Portillo. Joining Ornelas on the all defensive team were two other sophomores, San Elizario's Jessica Rivera and Fabens' Lizette Provencio, along with junior Selina Moreno of Clint and seniors Angela Reyes of Mountain View and Andrea Acosta of Canutillo.

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