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Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Eagles seek playoff, title clinchers

The Pecos Eagle girls can clinch their fourth straight District 2-4A softball title today, while the Eagle boys can clinch their fourth straight trip to the Class 4A baseball playoffs this afternoon, when the teams resume play after a one-week break.

The girls will close out the home portion of their 2002 schedule at 5 p.m. by hosting the El Paso Mountain View Lobos, while the boys will play their final district road game this afternoon in Fabens, also starting at 5 p.m.

Both Eagle teams are riding winning streaks. Pecos' girls have won nine straight games and 21 consecutive district games since the 2000 season, with the latest a 10-4 win over Canutillo at Martinez Field last Tuesday.

Stephanie Herrera improved her record to 11-1 on the season, and Canutillo scored three of their four runs with two outs in the seventh inning. The Eagles are 8-0 in district and 12-3 overall, and can avoid a showdown with second place San Elizario with a win today. San Eli is 6-2 right now, and host Pecos on Friday to close out regular season play.

Mountain View was the last team to beat Pecos in district play, rallying in the final inning for a 6-5 win. But so far this season, the Lobos are winless in district at 0-8, including a 12-2 win in El Paso on March 26.

Pecos' boys have two wins already this season over Fabens, a 14-4 win at the Alpine Tournament on March 15 and a 10-0 win at home over the Wildcats in the Eagles' district home opener 11 days later.

Capi Magana, 5-0, no hit Fabens in the March 26 win and figures to get the start this afternoon for the Eagles, who picked up a 12-4 win last Tuesday over Clint to improve to 6-0 in district play and 18-4 on the season.

Fabens started district play by losing two of their first three games, but since then have won three straight, the latest a 12-4 win over Canutillo a week ago. Carlos Sanchez, who took the loss against Magana last month, earned the win while going 2-for-3 at the plate against Canutillo.

Crockett girls 2nd, boys 6th in area golf

Crockett Middle School golfer Shelly Martinez took medallist honors on Saturday at the opening round of the area junior high golf tournament, while the Eagle girls placed second as a team and the boys were sixth overall after the first round of their tournament.

The girls shot a 227 for nine holes playing on their home course, while the boys shot a 399 for the first 18 holes of their tournament.

Girls' coach Crissy Martinez said Shelly Martinez shot a 40 to win medallist honors by nine strokes over Andrews' Cassey Allen, though the Mustangs as a team were able to capture first place overall in the standings. Andrews had five players ranked in the Top 10 at the tournament, while the other Pecos golfer to finish there was Evelyn Flores, who came in tied for 10 th with a 58 score.

Sarah Wentworth shot a 64, Stephanie Galindo shot a 65 and Melissa Mendoza had a 67 for the Eagles' other scores.

Andrews shot a 205 to place first on the day, while the Eagles beat out Fort Stockton for second by two strokes, with Monahans placing third with a 250 total. Kermit did not have a girls' team entered this past weekend, and none of the other four teams had enough players for a `B' team score.

On the boys' side, Andrews `A' shot a 337 to hold the opening round lead, while Kermit `A' was second with a 355. Fort Stockton `A' was next with a 358 total, Monahans `A' shot a 373 and Andrews `B' had a 383. Following Pecos were Monahans `B' at 409, Fort Stockton `B' with a 472 and Kermit `B' with a 478.

The Eagles did not have enough players for a `B' team score, and coach Ronnie Daniel said he may be down to as few as six golfers this coming weekend, when the second round of the tournament is held in Monahans.

Individually, Alex Morales had the low score of the day for Pecos, shooting a 93, while Marky Mendoza had a 101, Jonathan Garcia shot a 102, Jesse Prieto had a 103 and Albert Lira shot a 117 for the `A' teams other scores.

For Pecos' other three golfers, Zach Morton shot a 114, Michael Lee had a 122 and Brian Casillas shot a 131.

Kermit' Matt Creager shot an 80 to place first in the tournament, while Luke Abbott of Fort Stockton was second with an 81 and a pair of Andrews golfers, Nathan Bryan and Bryce Horton, tied for third with 83s.

Area shooters compete in Garand match Saturday

Sixteen shooters from across West Texas signed up to shoot in the second monthly John C. Garand match Saturday morning sponsored by the Pecos Rifle and Pistol Club.

"This match is really gaining in popularity," Club Vice President Mike Mason said. "It is a fun match and you do not have to invest a lot of money to be able to compete."

Mason said that the Garand match was limited to as-issued M-1 Garands, Springfield 1903s, 1917 Enfields and M-1 Carbines and that the Club supplied the ammunition for the match.

"The rifle cannot be modified and everyone has to shoot the same ammunition so you have a very level playing field. It's more about shooting and less about how much money you have to spend on a rifle," he said. "I think that is why it is so popular."

Mason said that by shooting in the match competitors also qualified to buy an M-1 Garand from the Civilian Marksmanship Program and that the Club would loan a rifle to first-time shooters so that they could qualify under the program.

"This is a great sport for Pecos and we want to do everything we can to make it grow. One advantage Pecos has over most other towns is land. We have a lot of it and that is what you need to shoot. Today we had 27 shooters representing Alpine, Odessa, Midland, and Lubbock as well as Pecos for the two matches. I think that is good for our town," he said.

Top honors went to Smokey Briggs in the Garand match with a score of 259 out of a possible 300 points. Mason was close behind with 255 points and Larry Longoria placed third with 251 points.

In the Service Rifle match that followed the Garand match Mason held a short course in the art of marksmanship for his fellow competitors Mason turned in a season high score of 427 points out of a possible 500 during the 50-shot match.

Smokey Briggs managed to find 408 points for second place while Longoria edged out Alpine's Jimmy LaBaume for third. LaBaume and Longoria both scored 386 points but Longoria scored 4 more "Xs" than LaBaume.

Mason also said that club's Service Rifle matches were being conducted according to National Rifle Association league rules this year and that shooters would receive NRA classifications at the end of the year.

"Anyone can come out and shoot. These are fun matches and we are fairly informal about everything but safety," he said. "Anybody who is interested should contact a club member. We will get you started."

Mason said that the club is holding the rifle matches every second Saturday this year, along with pistol, black powder and .22 caliber matches on first Saturdays.

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