Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, March 8, 2002
LL tryouts set for Saturday; fee eliminated
The Pecos Little League will hold tryouts on Saturday at Chano Prieto
Field for all 8-12 year olds planning to play baseball this season, while
tryouts for Pecos Junior League players will be at Maxey Park on Saturday
March 23 at 9 a.m., league officials said this week.
Sign-ups for the league will also take place during tryouts on Saturday,
and there will be no registration fee for the players this season, as in
recent years, according to league president Ismael Mendoza.
A clinic for Little League players is also scheduled on March 23 at Maxey
Park, which will coincide with the tryouts for the 13-14 year olds for Junior
Pecos' bats shut down in 5-2 loss to Mustangs
The pitching got better for the Pecos Eagles on Thursday in San
Elizario. But the hitting didn't.
The Eagles, who were one-hit in a five inning, 14-0 loss to Odessa Permian
on Tuesday were one-hit by El Paso Burges' Jose Bejarano for 4 1/3 innings
of Thursday's opening round game at the Cotton Valley Tournament. Pecos Matthew
Levario was able to hold down the Mustangs through the first five innings
as well; holding them to just one run until the Eagles finally broke through
in the fifth, with three straight doubles to take a 2-1 lead.
However, Levario was able to hold onto that lead after that, as Burges
collected three doubles of their own in the sixth and scored four times on
the way to a 5-2 victory in the opening round of the tournament.
The loss dropped Pecos to 4-4 on the season and into a 1 p.m. CST game
today against district rival San Elizario on the host Eagles' field. San
Eli lost their tournament opener on Thursday to Presidio, 16-9.
Bejarano, who didn't make it out of the first inning in his last start
a week ago against Midland Lee, had a no-hitter going with one out in the
fifth when Joey Ortega doubled to right field. Two pitches later David Elkins
tied the game with a double to left-center and Oscar Parada then put Pecos
in front with a double down the line in left.
But Bejarano got out of trouble after that and allowed only one other
hit on the afternoon, while driving home the first run in the Mustangs' four-run
sixth with an RBI grounder.
Efren Martinez doubled to start off the inning against Levario, 2-1, and
pinch hitter Phillip Jordan then reached base when the Eagles couldn't field
his sacrifice bunt attempt. He was moved into scoring position on an Aaron
Quinn sacrifice, and Burges tied the game on Bejarano's grounder to second.
Will Montano then put Burges ahead, doubling to center field, and after
Eddie Mata beat out an infield single Paul Sausameda gave Burges a pair of
insurance runs with a two run double, also to center field.
Burges had taken a 1-0 lead in the second inning and threatened several
other times, but Levario was able to keep the Mustangs off the scoreboard
until the sixth.
The winner of today's game between Pecos and San Elizario will play again
at San Eli in the consolation semifinals, at 9:30 a.m. CST on Saturday. The
loser will play in the ninth place game of the tournament, also at San Eli,
beginning at 11:30 a.m. CST.
Eagle track boys go to Odessa, girls run in Carlsbad
It's going to be another warm, windy Friday, followed by a colder Saturday
this weekend. But the temperatures aren't supposed to be cold enough to keep
the Pecos Eagle track teams from competing in meets at Odessa and Carlsbad.
The varsity boys are in Odessa today and Saturday for the West Texas Relays,
while the girls will be in Carlsbad on Saturday for the Caveman Relays. Field
events and running preliminaries began in Odessa today at 1:30 p.m., with
the remaining field event finals to start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and the
running finals at 11:45 a.m. In Carlsbad, events will begin around 11 a.m.
CST on Saturday.
Last weekend, a cold front dropped temperatures 50 degrees between Friday
and Saturday, leading to the cancellation of the second day of the Comanche
Relays in Fort Stockton. The cold front expected tonight is only supposed
to lower Saturday's temperatures about 20-25 degrees, into the upper 50s,
so both Pecos squads will be hoping to get in their meets with full squads
for the first time this season.
"I'm hoping to have all of them out on Saturday," said Eagles' coach Roxie
Chavez of her girls team, which did pick up a couple of field event medals
from Stephanie Herrera, who won the girls discus and was second in the shot
The boys got first and second place medals in the pole vault from Will
Armstrong and Justin Lara, while Genaro Machuca finished second in the only
running event completed at Fort Stockton, the 3200 meter run.
Coach Jerry Parent said only the varsity Eagles would make the trip to
Odessa, where most of the area's Class 4A teams will be entered in Division
II at the West Texas Relays. The boys' junior varsity will make the trip
to Carlsbad with Pecos' girls, where a smaller field will feature the host
Cavemen, Alamogordo, Hobbs and Las Vegas (N.M.) Robinson High School. The
girls division at Carlsbad will feature one other Texas team, Andrews, along
with Carlsbad, Hobbs and Alamogordo.
Meanwhile, Pecos' junior high track teams will be in Monahans this afternoon
and evening, for the Walker Jr. High Relays. Events there are scheduled to
begin at 4 p.m. at the Monahans High School Stadium and continue until around
9 p.m. tonight.
Rodriguez, Armendariz earn all-district hoop spots
Pecos Eagles' senior guard Richard Rodriguez was named to the All-District
2-4A boys basketball team, while forward Isaiah Armendariz was named to the
All-Defensive squad in voting last week by the district's coaches.
Along with the two Eagles, Joey Ortega received honorable mention in voting,
according to coach Tino Acosta.
Rodriguez was the Eagles' second-leading scorer in district play behind
Ortega, and led the team in 3-point goals this season. The Eagles finished
4-24 on the season, but did end their district losing streak with a win in
late January over Canutillo.
Armendariz was one of only two juniors on the all-defensive team for Pecos,
and was also the team's third leading scorer this season, while Ortega led
the team in scoring, including 21 points in that win over Canutillo that
gave the Eagles their first district victory since 1999.
District champion Fabens put three players on the first team 2-4A squad,
including senior guard Rigo Estrada, who was the district's Most Valuable
Player. He was joined by senior guard Abel Juarez and senior post Samuri
District runner-up San Elizario was represented by two players, senior
post Jamie Reyes and junior forward Jesse Arellano, while Clint placed three
players on the first team; post Clayton Webb, forward Fernie Andozolia and
guard Kit Bramblett, all seniors.
Canutillo senior forward Frank Molinar and guard Abraham Moreno and El
Paso Mountain View sophomore guard Joey Amaya and post Zuri Espino were the
other first team selections.
Joining Armendariz on the all-defensive team were two of the first-team
picks, Reyes and Estrada, along with seniors Jesus Ruiz of Canutillo and
Armando Bonilla of Mountain View and junior Royce Hickman of Clint were the
other all-defensive selections by the district's coaches.
Fabens won the district title this past season with a 9-1 record, while
San Elizario was a game back in second and Clint won a tie-breaker over Canutillo
for third. San Elizario lost to El Paso High and Clint was beaten by El Paso
Bowie in the bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs, while Fabens fell
in the area round to Canyon Randall.
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