Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, March 15, 2002
Eagle softball looking to go 16-straight in district
The Pecos Eagles softball team will try to extend their current District
2-4A winning streak and break a first place tie with at least one of their
district rivals today, when they host the Fabens Wildcats in a 4 p.m. game.
The Eagles have won 15 straight district games dating back to the 2000
season, including an 8-0 win at Clint on Tuesday in this season's 2-4A
opener. Becca Wein's RBI double in the third inning put the Eagles ahead
to stay, and Stephanie Herrera tossed a one-hitter to improve to 5-1 on
The Eagles are 5-3 overall, while Fabens is 9-6 following their 6-3
win over Canutillo in their district opener on Tuesday.
The Wildcats scored all of their runs in the first inning and pitcher
Regina Villanueva made that lead stand up, allowing single runs in the
second, third and seventh innings.
Corine Garcia, Sami Jo Arelano and Jessica Munoz each had two hits apiece
for Fabens, which has yet to beat Pecos in six tries over the past three
The Wildcats did hold a 5-2 lead on the Eagles in their first meeting
last season, but Garcia ran into control problems and the Eagles scored
13 unanswered runs to win by a 15-5 final score.
Garcia did have a double in that game last season, as the Wildcats built
up their 5-2 lead on starter Alexa Marquez, before Herrera came on in relief
to pick up the victory.
Eagles win in first round of Alpine tourney
By JON FULBRIGHT
The Pecos Eagles were poised to get a comeback win Thursday afternoon
against the Wimberly Texans in the opening round of the Alpine Tournament.
Then they were facing the threat of a late inning loss. Then they won
anyway, as the Texans' errors in the bottom of the seventh inning offset
the Eagles mistakes in both the top and the bottom of the seventh in what
had, until then, been a well-played game.
Pecos rallied from a 2-0 deficit after 3½ innings to grab a 5-2
lead on Wimberly, then saw the Texans score four unearned runs in the top
of the seventh to take a 6-5 lead.
But the Eagles used three walks, a double by David Elkins and a two-out
grounder by Rigo Ramirez that shortstop Jason Berrel couldn't field cleanly
to pull out a 7-6 win and advance to a 12:30 p.m. quarterfinal game against
the Presidio Blue Devils today at Kokernot Field.
Freddy Torres had an RBI single, Capi Magana an RBI double and Barney
Rodriguez scored a third run on a windblown fly ball in the bottom of the
fourth inning to give the Eagles a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning, and Mason
Abila lined a two-run home run over the fence in left field in the fifth
off starter Hootie Churchan to up the lead to 5-2.
But in the seventh the Eagles' defense allowed Wimberly back into the
After a leadoff single by Lance Moody, third baseman Matthew Levario
misplayed Joe Lombardo's grounder for an error, and after a fielder's choice
ground out, Churchan singled home a run and pitcher Barney Rodriguez hit
Berrel, loading the bases.
Rodriguez then wild pitched home a run and Drew Walker's infield grounder
was booted by Magana, allowing both Churchan and Berrel to score to give
the Texans a 6-5 lead.
Rodriguez came back to strike out Mikey Meeks and Walker was caught
stealing by Abila to end the inning, but the Eagles had to survive one
more error of their own before rallying for the win
In the bottom of the seventh Oscar Parada reached on an error by Moody
at third and Levario walked with none out.
Churchan then threw past second base trying to pick off Parada, but
he was thrown out by Moody in centerfield trying to go to third.
But Levario was able to make it to second base on the play, and Elkins
then tied the score, doubling past Brandon Belosi in left field.
After a passed ball by catcher Andy Burleson moved Elkins over to third
base, Richard Rodriguez and Abila were intentionally walked to set up a
force at any base and bring up Torres. Churchan got him to strike out,
but Ramirez hit his next pitch into the hole at shortstop, where Berrel
was unable to make a play, allowing Elkins to score the winning run.
Rodriguez had given up solo runs in the first inning, on singles by
Meeks and Clint Dimplemeyer, and the third, on an infield hit by Meeks
and a double by Dimplemeyer, but was able to pick up his fourth win in
five decisions and the Eagles fifth straight victory, moving them to 9-4
on the season.
The winner of today's Pecos-Presidio game will take on Fabens in a 9:30
p.m. semifinal game tonight, while the loser will fall into the game for
fifth place, scheduled for 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at Kokernot Field.
The tournament title game is at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, while the third
place game would be played at 2:45 p.m.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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