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for Pecos Country of West Texas

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Eagles teams set to face

Clint, Midland Christian

District 2-4A play starts for the Pecos Eagle girls softball team this afternoon in Clint, while Pecos' boys play their next-to-last pre-district game at home tonight, when they host the Midland Christian Mustangs in a 7 p.m. game.

All four teams come into today's games off victories _ Pecos' girls won their final pre-district game a week ago at home over Lamesa by a 3-1 score, while Clint comes into the game off a 6-3 victory on Friday over El Paso Burges.

The Eagle boys lost to Burges in the first round of the Cotton Valley Tournament in San Elizario, then came back to win consolation with victories on Friday and Saturday over San Eli, Clint at Cobre, N.M. and improve their season record to 7-4. Meanwhile, Midland Christian took first place in tournament play at Lubbock over the weekend, downing Lubbock Roosevelt in the title game, 18-5, to improve their record to 12-1 on the season.

Pecos' girls come into play with a 4-3 record and looking for their fourth straight District 2-4A softball title. They had their first undefeated district season a year ago, going 10-0, while Clint was the district runner-up for the third straight season, this time finishing with a 7-3 mark.

Friday's win over Burges lifted the Lions' record to 4-8 on the year. Marissa Arnold got the victory for Clint, allowing five hits, and Jenny Parada went 3-for-3 and Yvette Maldonado was 2-for-4, as the Lions jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings against Burges.

Pecos scored single runs in each of the first three innings against Lamesa, while Stephanie Herrera tossed a two-hitter and struck out 15 Lamesa batters, while improving to 4-1 on the year.

Midland Christian got three hits from Jaime Beeghley and two apiece from Josh Wilson and pitcher Matt Daugherty in their championship game victory on Saturday over Lubbock Roosevelt, while the Eagles saw pitchers Capi Magana and Rigo Ramirez pick up their first wins of the season on Saturday, while using a five-run sixth inning against Clint and a nine-run second against Cobre to secure their victories.

In Friday's 20-3 win over San Eli, Freddy Torres had a home run and 5 RBI, while Barney Rodriguez picked up his third win in four decisions, allowing single runs in each of the first three innings.

Today's game for the Eagles will again be the first of as many as five games this week, with the Alpine Tournament scheduled to begin on Thursday. The Eagles are matched up with defending Class 3A state champion Wimberly in the opening round of the tournament, scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Thursday at Kokernot Field.

Pecos' girls, meanwhile, will have only one more game this week, their district home opener against Fabens on Friday. Coach Tammy Walls said all of the girls' district home games have been moved up from their listed 5 p.m. starts to 4 p.m. game times.

Pecos girls 4th, boys 15th in golf tournaments

The Pecos Eagle boys' golf team had a rough second day in colder temperatures on Saturday at the San Angelo Invitational, while Pecos' girls improved their results on the second, less windy day of the Andrews Invitational, but not enough to catch the tournament leaders following Friday's opening round of play.

The girls shot a 350 on Saturday after an opening round of 366 and placed fourth in Andrews, behind tournament winner El Paso Coronado and likely regional rivals Andrews and Snyder. The standings didn't change after the opening day of the tournament, as Coronado cut their first round 340 to a 318 and won by 11 strokes over Andrews, which shot a 344-325-669. Snyder, which shot a 361 on Friday, lowered that to a 337 for a 698 overall score, while Pecos' 716 put them 44 strokes up on fifth place Monahans, which shot a 378-372-750.

Individually for the Eagles, Lauren Martinez shot an 88-84-172, Cassie Foster shot a 90-88-178; Sarah McKinney shot a 93-90-183; Candace Hillard shot a 96-88-184 and Brandi North shot a 95-94-189.

Pecos' boys went the other direction at San Angelo, as did most of the other teams in the Orange Division.

The Eagles shot a 330 in the opening round, then fired a 368 on Saturday to finish 15th overall, with a 698 total. Several other teams also saw their scores balloon on Saturday, including first round leader Wichita Falls High, which went from a 295 to a 342 and placed fourth overall.

Snyder was the only team to break 320 on Saturday, shooting a 319 to tie Granbury (298-333) for first place, both with 631 scores. Frenship was third with a 313-323-626 total.

Freshman Michael Nichols was the only Eagle golfer to cut his score on Saturday, dropping from an 86 to an 85 to finish with a 171 total. Jake McKinney also finished with a 171, shooting an opening round 77 and a 94 in the second round, while Sal Nichols shot an 80-99-179; Pete Vasquez had an 87-95-182 and Casey Breiten shot an 89-94-183 for the Eagles' other scores.

Both Pecos teams are off this week for Spring Break, with play resuming next week first for the junior varsity squads, when the boys go to Van Horn on Monday and the girls go to Clint on Tuesday. Pecos' JV girls won the Alpine Tournament last Monday with a 395 score, 62 shots up on the host Bucks.

Individual scores were unavailable for the tournament.

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