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Monday, March 18, 2002

Pecos uses Fabens' errors to score 12-3 win

A pitcher's duel through the first two innings of play Friday turned into another big win for the Pecos Eagles girls softball team, as they won their District 2-4A home opener over the Fabens Wildcats, by a 12-3 final score.

Stephanie Herrera tossed her second straight one-hitter and struck out 12 batters, while the Eagles used a series of errors by the Wildcats behind pitcher Gena Villalobos to score four times in the third, fourth and sixth innings.

"Jessica had a triple and got a home run out of it on a throwing error," said coach Tammy Walls. They had quite a few errors at third and shortstop."

Rodriguez' triple came with two outs in the third and got Pecos its first run, and the Eagles would then make it 2-0 when Villalobos hit Herrera with a pitch and she scored on a single by Becca Wein. After a walk to Katie Lee, Neftali Salgado doubled to left field to score both runners and make it 4-0.

A three-base error by shortstop Nancy Ramirez on a ball hit by Lee in the fourth cleared the bases, after Pecos had made it 5-0 on a hit by Herrera that scored Bre'Ann Windham. But Walls said the Eagles would give those runs back in the sixth, on a bases-loaded erroer of their own.

"I had my subs in, and we dropped the ball in right field to let three runs score," Walls said.

That cut the margin to 8-3, but the Eagles would put across four more runs in their next at-bat, and just missed ending the game a half-inning early under the 10-run rule. Fabens had two more errors, but the Eagles did get an RBI infield single from Kelsey Flores and a two-run double from Danielle Garcia.

Villalobos did have eight strikeouts in the game, including striking out the side in the second inning. "She had a change-up and a rise ball, which is the first time out there (in district) we've seen a pitcher with those kind of pitches," Walls said.

The win lifted Pecos to 6-3 on the season and 2-0 in district, while Herrera is now 6-1 on the year. Fabens falls to 1-1 in district and 9-7 on the season.

The Eagles are off on Tuesday, and return to action on Friday with a 5 p.m. CDT game at Canutillo. Canutillo lost their district opener to Fabens, but came back to defeat El Paso Mountain View on Friday, 6-5.

Pitching helps Eagles defend title in Alpine

Two weeks made a big difference in the pitching fortunes of the Pecos Eagles.

Two weeks ago, the Eagles were struggling due to a shortage of pitchers, but were able to squeeze out a one-run victory over Midland Greenwood in the consolation game of the Monahans Sandhills Tournament. This past weekend, the Eagles were able to win a pair of one-run games to start out the Alpine, Tournament, then score 10-run rule wins in their final two games, including the title contest over Greenwood on Saturday night.

The Eagles chased Adam Banda with a seven-run first inning and went on to a 15-5 victory over the Rangers, their District 4-3A rivals next season, after routing the team they'll face in District 2-4A play next week, the Fabens Wildcats, by a 15-4 final score. Those wins allowed the Eagles to defend their tournament title from a year ago, and came following Thursday's 7-6 victory over Wimberly and Friday afternoon's 10-inning win over another future district rival, Presidio.

The Eagles survived an 18-strikeout effort by Presidio's Adrian Anaya as Capi Magana fanned 12 Blue Devils while allowing only four hits in picking up his second win in as many starts this season. In both the Wimberly and the Presidio games, the Eagles were able to overcome losing late leads, as Presidio tied the game after Pecos had taken a 5-2 lead going into the top of the seventh on Friday, after Wimberly had rallied from a 5-2 deficit in their last at-bat to take a 6-5 lead the previous day.

Against Fabens on Friday night, the Eagles only had to rally from an early 1-0 deficit to get the win, Pecos scored three times in the bottom of the second after the Wildcats took the lead in the top of the inning, then scored five more times against George Sanchez and J.R. Ontiveros in the third inning.

The Wildcats would cut the lead to 8-4 in the top of the fifth against Matthew Lervario, but the Eagles then put the game away with six runs in the bottom of the inning, winning the game under the 10-run rule.

Levario improved to 3-1 on the season, while Richard Rodriguez evened his record at 2-2 with his second victory of the week Saturday night, in the title game against Greenwood.

Banda had held Pecos in check in the first four innings of the teams' meeting back on Feb. 2 in the Sandhills Tournament but lasted only nine batters this time. He walked David Elkins and Rodriguez to start things off, then allowed a single to Mason Abila, loading the bases.

Freddy Torres grounded into a fielder's choice to score Elkins, and Rigo Ramirez followed with a two-run double down the left field line. After Magana reached on an error, Barney Rodriguez singled in two more runs, and Banda was pulled from the game after re-loading the bases on walks to Oscar Parada and Levario. Travis Lathram came on in relief and gave up a sacrifice fly to Elkins on his first pitch, then allowed the Eagles' final run of the inning on an infield hit by Abila, following a walk to Richard Rodriguez.

Lathram did hold Pecos in check for a couple of innings, but the Rangers were unable to get anything going at bat early against Rodriguez, except for Wilber Dawson, who had a couple of hits after going for the cycle in the teams' Feb. 2 meeting in Monahans.

Torres had triples in both of the Friday wins over Presidio and Fabens, while Oscar Parada had a double in the win over the Wildcats. The tournament title improves the Eagles' record to 12-4, after Pecos had fallen to 4-4 on March 7 with an opening round loss to El Paso Burges in the Cotton Valley Tournament.

The Eagles will try and make it nine straight wins at home on Tuesday, when they play their final pre-district game, a 6 p.m. start against Odessa Permian. The Eagles lost two weeks ago on the Panthers' home field by a 15-0 final score.

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