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Thursday, March 7, 2002

Pecos netters beat shorthanded Wildcats

The Pecos Eagles tennis team got in a few matches on Tuesday, though not as many as hoped for against the Wink Wildcats.

"They only had two boys and four girls," said Eagles' coach Mike Ortiz of Tuesday's 9-0 win over Wink at the Pecos High School tennis courts. "I didn't play my Top 8 boys and played my No. 4-5-6 girls."

Frankie Hernandez and T.J. Hardwick teamed up for an 8-5 victory over Scott Rossell and Jonathan Valencia, while Hernandez defeated Rossell and Hardwick downed Valencia in singles play.

On the girls' side, Elizabeth Carreon, Jennifer Rayos, Amanda Fleming and Catherine Garcia were the winners. Carreon defeated Kelli Benham, Rayos downed Krisent Jacquez, Fleming defeated Tamara Kemp and Garcia defeated Elizabeth Bazzrea in singles play, losing only three games overall, while Carreon and Rayos downed Benham and Jacquez and Fleming and Garcia defeated Kemp and Bazzera.

The limited play on Tuesday came after this past Saturday's dual matches with Midland Christian and Midland Trinity were canceled due to cold weather, and before the Eagles take a 2½ break. Their next matches will be on March 22-23 at Fort Stockton, though Ortiz said Pecos' junior high teams would have their own tournament this coming Saturday at the PHS courts.

"Fort Stockton will be the big tournament for us. All the district teams, Fabens, Clint and Mountain View, will be there, so that tournament is a warm-up for the district tournament (in Pecos) two weeks later," Ortiz said. "We'll know a lot more where we stand after that."

Wink (0) at Pecos (9)
Boys Singles

Frankie Hernandez defeated Scott Rossell, no score available; T.J. Hardwick  defeated Jonathan Valencia, 6-0, 6-2.

Girls Singles
Elizabeth Carreon defeated Kelli Benham, 6-1, 6-0; Jennifer Rayos defeated  Krisetn Jacquez, 6-0, 6-0; Amanda Fleming defeated Tamara Kemp, 6-0, 6-2; Catherine  Garcia defeated Elizabeth Bazzara, 6-0, 6-0.

Boys Doubles
Hernandez and Hardwick defeated Rossell and Valencia, 8-5.

Girls Doubles
Carreon and Rayos defeated Benham and Jacquez, no score available; Fleming  and Garcia defeated Kemp and Bazzera, 6-0, 6-0.

Eagles face El Paso Burges in Cotton Valley opener

The Pecos Eagles' normal trip east this weekend to the West Texas Classic in Midland will be replaced by a trip west today through Saturday, as they travel to Fabens to compete in the Cotton Valley Tournament.

The 12-team tournament will give the Eagles a chance to look at four of their five District 2-4A rivals, but before that, they'll take on one of their potential bi-district playoff opponents today, when they face the El Paso Burges Mustangs in a 1 p.m. CDT game at San Elizario High School.

The 4-3 Eagles and the 3-3-2 Mustangs will meet in one of six opening round games today in either San Eli or Fabens. The winner will play at 1 p.m. CDT on Friday at Fabens against either Presidio or San Elizario, while the losers will play on San Eli's home field at 1 p.m.

The Eagles are still looking for pitchers after Tuesday's 14-0 loss at Odessa Permian. Barney Rodriguez allowed only two hits in two innings, but walked five and allowed six runs, four coming on Adriel Herrera's second inning grand slam, while Richard Rodriguez and Matthew Levario pitched the third inning, when the Panthers scored eight more times.

Rodriguez allowed only two runs in his other two starts, and Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said he would probably start today if healthy. "Barney's lifting weights to get the soreness out. If he feels all right we'll go with him, but if not we'll go with Matthew."

Burges went 3-0-1 in their first four games and are 0-3-1 in their last four. That includes 10-0, 15-8 and 8-4 losses to Andrews, Midland Lee and Lubbock Monterey at last weekend's Tournament of Champions in Midland, and a 6-6 tie on Tuesday against Fabens.

Efren Martinez took the loss against Andrews, while Jose Bejarno and Fernie Orozco were the starters and losers against Lee and Monterey. Martinez was 2-for-4 at bat on Tuesday against Fabens, and Alex Robles went the distance on the mound. Martinez was 2-for-3 in the loss to Lee, while Bejarno was 3-for-4 and Orosco had a three-run homer in the loss to Lubbock Monterey.

Hitting was a problem for Pecos on Tuesday _ they managed only one, a single by Richard Rodriguez, and saw the first five batters strike out against Permian's Danny Herrera.

"Some guys who hit last year aren't hitting well right now. But once they get started we'll be all right," Williams said. "That's why we're taking a lot of cuts (batting practice) today.

"Our defense is going to be all right and our pitching is going to be average, but once we start hitting and putting some runs on the scoreboard, we'll be all right," he added.

Because none of the El Paso area fields have lights, the Cotton Valley Tournament will be played entirely during the daytime. El Paso Parkland faces Alpine and Clint takes on Gasden, N.M. in the other games in Pecos' half of the bracket, while the host Wildcats face Cobre, N.M. and Canutillo takes on Tornillo in the other side of the bracket.

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