Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, May 2, 2002
Eagles, Indians to look at pitchers in doubleheader
The Pecos Eagles baseball team will be trying to get a few of their pitchers
some work tonight, while the Seminole Indians will be looking to get a lot
of their pitchers a little work, when the Indians host the Eagles in a playoff
practice doubleheader, beginning at 5 and 7 p.m.
Both Seminole and Pecos are preparing for the area round of the state
playoffs after going through their district schedules undefeated. Pecos technically
lost one district game by having to forfeit a 12-4 win over Clint for using
an illegal runner, but on the field the Eagles have won 18 straight games
following a 4-4 start, and are awaiting the winner of the Frenship-Canyon
Class 4A bi-district playoff series.
The Indians, meanwhile, are the No. 4-ranked team in Class 3A and the
District 3-3A champions with a 19-3 record and will be the toughest team
the Eagles have faced since losing a 14-0 game to Odessa Permian back on
The Eagles were struggling at that time to find consistent pitching other
than junior Barney Rodriguez, a problem that went away over the next few
weeks with the return ot senior Capi Magana and improved pitching efforts
by Richard Rodriguez and Matthew Levario.
But Magana, who was 5-0 for Pecos, is gone again due to eligibility problems,
and can't return at least until next weekend's playoff series. Meanwhile,
Rodriguez, who was 7-1 on the season, remains hospitalized under treatment
for a severe ankle infection that forced him to sit out the final regular
season games, and coach Bubba Williams said, "It doesn't look good for the
playoffs. We just hope right now he gets his foot well."
As a result, the Eagles will go into tonight's games with only two pitchers,
Rodriguez and Levario, who have pitched in the past five weeks. So with a
best-of-three series beginning next Friday at Midland's Christensen Stadium,
Williams said he would give some other pitchers a chance to see action tonight,
while Seminole plans to use even more players on the mound."
"They're going to use their 1-2-3 pitchers in the first game and come
back and throw their 4-5-6 pitchers in the second game," he said. "We won't
have as many pitchers, but we'll go with Richard and go with Matthew and
take a look at Rigo (Ramiez) and Jose Reyes, and we might even throw Ruvel
(Carrasco) in there."
The Eagles will be hoping for the same results from Levario and Rodriguez
they got last week, in the Eagles' final regular season games. Levario no-hit
El Paso Mountain View in a five-inning, 10-0 win on April 23 to raise his
record to 5-1 on the season, while Rodriguez threw a five-inning one-hitter
against San Elizario last Friday and won his fourth straight game after two
opening losses, in another 10-0 win.
Against Seminole tonight, the Eagles' hitters will see one of the top
Class 3A pitchers in the state in Aaron Peel, along with seeing a team they
could meet in the playoffs next season, when Pecos drops down to Class 3A.
The Eagles and Indians were district rivals through the 1970s, but Seminole
never made the move up to Class 4A when the state alignments where changed
AAU youth basetball tourney scheduled in June
The Sun City Baseball Academy will host an Amateur Athleitc Union Regional
Boys Baseball Tournament on Jun 14-16 at Cohen Stadium and three other sites
in El Paso.
There will be three age divisions in the tournament, 14 and Under, 16
and Under and 18 and Under. Some tournament games and the finals will be
held at Cohen, the home field of the Texas League's El Paso Diablos, while
other games will be at Coronado, Franklin and Bel Air High Schools on the
west and east sides of the city.
Qualifiers in the 14 and Under division advance to one of two national
championship sites, in Johnson City, Tenn. (Division I) or the Disney Wide
World of Sports near Orlando, Fla. (Division II). In the 16 and Under division,
the nationals are in Knoxville, Tenn. (Division I) and the Disney WWS complex
(Division II), while the 18 and Under division national championships will
be held at Fort Myers, Fla.
Entry fee is $350 per team for the 14 and Under Division and $400 per
team for the 16 and 18 and Under Divisions. For further information, either
contact Dwayne Aboud, 5407 N. Mesa St., El Paso, Tx., 79912, call (915) 373-4013
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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