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Thursday, March 28, 2002

Eagles seeking to stay atop baseball, softball standings

The Pecos Eagles' hot bats could get a test today in Canutillo, while the Eagles' softball team figures to get its toughest test so far in the District 2-4A softball schedule, when they host the San Elizario Eagles.

Both the Eagles' baseball game in Canutillo and the softball game in Pecos will start at 5 p.m., with both Pecos teams looking to hold onto their leads in the district standings following wins on Tuesday night _ the boys at home over Fabens, 10-0 and the girls at El Paso Mountain View by a 12-2 final score.

The Eagles' 17th straight victory in district softball play put them at 4-0 in 2-4A games and 8-3 on the season, a game ahead of San Eli, which lost on Tuesday to Canutillo, 6-5. In that game, the Golden Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning, and San Eli spent the rest of the game trying to come back, despite out-hitting Canutillo, 12-7. Valeri Valencia took the loss for San Eli after getting wins in her team's first three district.

San Eli has been among the better hitting teams in district this season, led by returning all-district players Reba Madrid and April Valencia, which should be the best test so far for Eagles' pitcher Stephanie Herrera, who has thrown one-hitters in each of Pecos' first four district games.

"It will be a tough game for us, after going up there (to El Paso) on Tuesday and coming back without a regular practice the next day," said Eagles' coach Tammy Walls.

Pecos' boys, meanwhile, will face a team that has been getting good pitching, but no hitting, when they travel to Canutillo. The Golden Eagles have dropped 3-2 and 1-0 decisions to Fabens and Mountain View in their first two district games. Julian Lopez was the losing pitcher on Tuesday, the second time he's lost a 1-0 decision this season, while Paco Molinar took the loss last Friday against Fabens, despite allowing only six hits.

Pecos' Capi Magana no-hit Fabens in Tuesday's 10-0 win, while Barney Rodriguez was able to survive allowing 12-hits last Friday at Clint, as the Eagles' collected 14 hits while turning three double plays on defense in a 12-4 victory. Coach Bubba Williams said Rodriguez, 5-1, would be the starter this afternoon against the Golden Eagles.

Today's games are being played one day ahead of schedule because of the Good Friday holiday. The girls will open the second half of their 2-4A schedule on Tuesday when they host Clint, while the boys make another trip to El Paso, to face Mountain View.

Holiday weekend changes schedules for Eagle teams

The Good Friday-Easter holiday weekend means most Pecos Eagle athletic teams will either be in action today or will be idle until next week.

The only exception to that rule is the Eagles' boys track team, which will be competing Friday morning and afternoon at the Golden Crane Relays, while Pecos' tennis team joins the baseball and softball teams in getting in their action today, with a pair of home matches against Monahans and Wink.

Coach Mike Ortiz said the match with the Loboes has been added to the schedule, after bad weather canceled an earlier meeting between the two teams in Pecos.

"We'll play Monahans at 2 p.m. and then our JV will play Wink after that," Ortiz said on Tuesday. The Eagles beat Monahans on the Loboes' home court earlier this season, while the JV players also own a win in spring play against the Wildcats.

Pecos' boys track team will be going to Crane on Friday, while the girls will be staying home this week. Because of the holiday, the meet will be run in the morning and afternoon, though coach Jerry Parent said the Cranes will change some things up from their regular schedule.

"It will be timed finals. They'll just get each heat and run them," said Parent, with the winners determined by the best times out of all the heats. Running finals are scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

Pecos' junior high boys and girls will be in action today in their final meet of the season, the Fort Stockton Junior Relays. The meet will also be run as timed finals, and will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Like the girls track team, the Eagle girls' golf team is also off this weekend, while the junior varsity boys team is in Marfa for a tournament today. Coach Kim Anderson said in addition to today's tournament, the varsity boys would go to El Paso next Tuesday for a tournament at the Emerald Springs golf course. It will be the last one for the Eagles before District 2-4A competition at Santa Teresa on April 8-9.

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