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Friday, March 8, 2002

LL tryouts set for Saturday; fee eliminated

The Pecos Little League will hold tryouts on Saturday at Chano Prieto Field for all 8-12 year olds planning to play baseball this season, while tryouts for Pecos Junior League players will be at Maxey Park on Saturday March 23 at 9 a.m., league officials said this week.

Sign-ups for the league will also take place during tryouts on Saturday, and there will be no registration fee for the players this season, as in recent years, according to league president Ismael Mendoza.

A clinic for Little League players is also scheduled on March 23 at Maxey Park, which will coincide with the tryouts for the 13-14 year olds for Junior League play.

Pecos' bats shut down in 5-2 loss to Mustangs

The pitching got better for the Pecos Eagles on Thursday in  San Elizario. But the hitting didn't.

The Eagles, who were one-hit in a five inning, 14-0 loss to Odessa Permian on Tuesday were one-hit by El Paso Burges' Jose Bejarano for 4 1/3 innings of Thursday's opening round game at the Cotton Valley Tournament. Pecos Matthew Levario was able to hold down the Mustangs through the first five innings as well; holding them to just one run until the Eagles finally broke through in the fifth, with three straight doubles to take a 2-1 lead.

However, Levario was able to hold onto that lead after that, as Burges collected three doubles of their own in the sixth and scored four times on the way to a 5-2 victory in the opening round of the tournament.

The loss dropped Pecos to 4-4 on the season and into a 1 p.m. CST game today against district rival San Elizario on the host Eagles' field. San Eli lost their tournament opener on Thursday to Presidio, 16-9.

Bejarano, who didn't make it out of the first inning in his last start a week ago against Midland Lee, had a no-hitter going with one out in the fifth when Joey Ortega doubled to right field. Two pitches later David Elkins tied the game with a double to left-center and Oscar Parada then put Pecos in front with a double down the line in left.

But Bejarano got out of trouble after that and allowed only one other hit on the afternoon, while driving home the first run in the Mustangs' four-run sixth with an RBI grounder.

Efren Martinez doubled to start off the inning against Levario, 2-1, and pinch hitter Phillip Jordan then reached base when the Eagles couldn't field his sacrifice bunt attempt. He was moved into scoring position on an Aaron Quinn sacrifice, and Burges tied the game on Bejarano's grounder to second.

Will Montano then put Burges ahead, doubling to center field, and after Eddie Mata beat out an infield single Paul Sausameda gave Burges a pair of insurance runs with a two run double, also to center field.

Burges had taken a 1-0 lead in the second inning and threatened several other times, but Levario was able to keep the Mustangs off the scoreboard until the sixth.

The winner of today's game between Pecos and San Elizario will play again at San Eli in the consolation semifinals, at 9:30 a.m. CST on Saturday. The loser will play in the ninth place game of the tournament, also at San Eli, beginning at 11:30 a.m. CST.

Eagle track boys go to Odessa, girls run in Carlsbad

It's going to be another warm, windy Friday, followed by a colder Saturday this weekend. But the temperatures aren't supposed to be cold enough to keep the Pecos Eagle track teams from competing in meets at Odessa and Carlsbad.

The varsity boys are in Odessa today and Saturday for the West Texas Relays, while the girls will be in Carlsbad on Saturday for the Caveman Relays. Field events and running preliminaries began in Odessa today at 1:30 p.m., with the remaining field event finals to start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and the running finals at 11:45 a.m. In Carlsbad, events will begin around 11 a.m. CST on Saturday.

Last weekend, a cold front dropped temperatures 50 degrees between Friday and Saturday, leading to the cancellation of the second day of the Comanche Relays in Fort Stockton. The cold front expected tonight is only supposed to lower Saturday's temperatures about 20-25 degrees, into the upper 50s, so both Pecos squads will be hoping to get in their meets with full squads for the first time this season.

"I'm hoping to have all of them out on Saturday," said Eagles' coach Roxie Chavez of her girls team, which did pick up a couple of field event medals from Stephanie Herrera, who won the girls discus and was second in the shot put.

The boys got first and second place medals in the pole vault from Will Armstrong and Justin Lara, while Genaro Machuca finished second in the only running event completed at Fort Stockton, the 3200 meter run.

Coach Jerry Parent said only the varsity Eagles would make the trip to Odessa, where most of the area's Class 4A teams will be entered in Division II at the West Texas Relays. The boys' junior varsity will make the trip to Carlsbad with Pecos' girls, where a smaller field will feature the host Cavemen, Alamogordo, Hobbs and Las Vegas (N.M.) Robinson High School. The girls division at Carlsbad will feature one other Texas team, Andrews, along with Carlsbad, Hobbs and Alamogordo.

Meanwhile, Pecos' junior high track teams will be in Monahans this afternoon and evening, for the Walker Jr. High Relays. Events there are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at the Monahans High School Stadium and continue until around 9 p.m. tonight.

Rodriguez, Armendariz earn all-district hoop spots

Pecos Eagles' senior guard Richard Rodriguez was named to the All-District 2-4A boys basketball team, while forward Isaiah Armendariz was named to the All-Defensive squad in voting last week by the district's coaches.

Along with the two Eagles, Joey Ortega received honorable mention in voting, according to coach Tino Acosta.

Rodriguez was the Eagles' second-leading scorer in district play behind Ortega, and led the team in 3-point goals this season. The Eagles finished 4-24 on the season, but did end their district losing streak with a win in late January over Canutillo.

Armendariz was one of only two juniors on the all-defensive team for Pecos, and was also the team's third leading scorer this season, while Ortega led the team in scoring, including 21 points in that win over Canutillo that gave the Eagles their first district victory since 1999.

District champion Fabens put three players on the first team 2-4A squad, including senior guard Rigo Estrada, who was the district's Most Valuable Player. He was joined by senior guard Abel Juarez and senior post Samuri Ahmud.

District runner-up San Elizario was represented by two players, senior post Jamie Reyes and junior forward Jesse Arellano, while Clint placed three players on the first team; post Clayton Webb, forward Fernie Andozolia and guard Kit Bramblett, all seniors.

Canutillo senior forward Frank Molinar and guard Abraham Moreno and El Paso Mountain View sophomore guard Joey Amaya and post Zuri Espino were the other first team selections.

Joining Armendariz on the all-defensive team were two of the first-team picks, Reyes and Estrada, along with seniors Jesus Ruiz of Canutillo and Armando Bonilla of Mountain View and junior Royce Hickman of Clint were the other all-defensive selections by the district's coaches.

Fabens won the district title this past season with a 9-1 record, while San Elizario was a game back in second and Clint won a tie-breaker over Canutillo for third. San Elizario lost to El Paso High and Clint was beaten by El Paso Bowie in the bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs, while Fabens fell in the area round to Canyon Randall.

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