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Friday, April 26, 2002

Eagles close regular season against San Eli

The Pecos Eagles and the San Elizario Eagles have a lot less at stake in their final game of the season this year than they did to close out the season a year ago. But both teams will still be preparing for the playoffs this afternoon, when Pecos hosts San Elizario in a 5 p.m. game.

Pecos, which clinched the District 2-4A title and their fourth straight playoff trip on Tuesday with a 10-0 win over El Paso Mountain View and San Elizario, which earned their third playoff trip in four years with a win over Canutillo on Tuesday, will play each other for the third time this season. Pecos has won the first two, both in San Elizario, a 20-3 decision in the Cotton Valley Tournament on March 8, and an 8-4 win three weeks ago to close out the first half of the 2-4A schedule.

The March 8 win began Pecos now `unofficial' 17-game winning streak, which is broken up only by the 12-4 victory on April 9 the Eagles were forced to forfeit against Clint. It forced Pecos to re-clinch the district title on Tuesday with their win over Mountain View, as Matthew Levario no-hit the Lobos to improve his record to 5-1 on the season. The Eagles are 20-5 on the season and 9-1 in district play.

Richard Rodriguez, who was the winning pitcher in the April 9 game against Clint, will start on the mound tonight, as he tries for his third `official' win of the season, but fourth overall including the forfeited game. Rodriguez started the season 0-2 but has won his last three games, surviving a rough start against Clint to go the distance.

San Eli squandered a 6-0 lead after the first half-inning of their game at Canutillo on Tuesday, allowing the Golden Eagles to rally for a 10-9 lead after three innings, before San Eli tied the score in the fourth and scored three times in the fifth on the way to a 13-11 victory. Bo Solis got the win in relief for the Eagles, who are 5-3-1 in district and 12-10-1 overall.

Solis was one of three San Eli starters missing when the teams  met the first time back in March. As a result, San Eli struggled through  the first weeks of the season before recovering in time to earn a  repeat trip to the playoffs. Last year, San Eli and Pecos went down to the final  game of the season before a road win by Pecos gave them the district title.

Coach Bubba Williams said because all the playoff spots in District 2-4A are all but decided, today's game may not be made up if it is rained out. Last season, winds gusting up to 73 mph forced the teams to postpone their game in Pecos, which was made up the following afternoon.

Today's game could decide playoff seedings for San Eli and Fabens in the bi-district round of the playoffs. The Wildcats are a half-game up on San Eli for second place and face Mountain View today, and depending on the outcome of today's games and the ones in District 1-4A, they'll face either El Paso Riverside or El Paso Burges in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

The key game for Pecos today is in District 4-4A, where Andrews can clinch the district title with a win at Snyder. Combined with a win by Frenship over San Angelo Lake View, it would set Pecos' area round playoff game up for May 10-11 against the winner of the Snyder-Canyon bi-district series. Wins by Snyder and Lake View would put Pecos up against Frenship or Canyon in the area round, while any other combination would force a District 4-4A playoff for first, second and/or third place.

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