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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 season.

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 seasons.

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

Staff Writer
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 game.

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.

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