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Thursday, February 6, 2003

Eagles go to Kermit for first softball scrimmages

Staff Writer

Pecos Eagles' softball coach Tammy Walls will be looking at a lot of players today, after getting a lot out from basketball on Wednesday, when the Eagles hold the first of their two pre-season scrimmages, in Kermit against the Yellowjackets and Crane Golden Cranes.

The Eagles' regular season opener at Alpine is only five days away, and today's scrimmage will be followed by another trip to Kermit on Saturday, to face the Jackets and Sweetwater Mustangs in scrimmage play. For today, Walls said, "We're going have one-hour long scrimmages, so I'm going to look at as many people possible in different positions."

Pecos comes into 2003 off a 14-5 record last season, including a 10-0 mark in District 2-4A. But the Eagles will face a much tougher field in District 4-3A this season, where four of their five district rivals - Greenwood, Monahans, Fort Stockton and Kermit - advanced to the playoffs last year. Pecos also returns seven of their nine starters from last season, but have key holes to fill at catcher and first base, after Jessica Rodriguez and Rebecca Wein graduated.

The two were both four-year starters and were among the leading hitters for the Eagles, who have had trouble hitting the ball against good teams in post-season play. This season, Walls said, "We have a new coach in (Gaylon) Doan, and he has a lot of baseball experience. We're excited about his input into hitting, and I definitely hope to see some improvements in batting.

"The group of freshman we have, their fundamentals seem stronger than we've had in the past, but it's still early," she added.

As far as defense goes, Walls said right now she was looking at freshman Hillary Hinojos at first base and sophomore Kelsey Flores at catcher. Hinojos will also see some action on the mound today, along with sophomore Sara Wein and junior Stephanie Herrera, who has been the Eagles' main pitcher the past few seasons and is one of a number of players who just got out of basketball on Wednesday.

Second baseman Danielle Garcia and right fielder Erica Franco also are just out from basketball, while the other returning Pecos starters are third baseman Katie Lee, shortstop Brittany Lobstein, and outfielders Neftali Salgado and Bre'Ann Windham.

"We've got 25 girls, so we're very excited about the numbers we have out," Walls said. "We're going to have a JV team this year, which I'm excited about, because that's going to help the program."

The Eagles had a JV squad their initial softball season, when Pecos was paired with Permian Basin Class 4A teams, but haven't had one the past four years while playing in the El Paso-based District 2-4A. JV games this season will be played following Pecos' varsity district games, and the JV girls will also go to two tournaments in Midland before the 4-3A schedule begins.

Eagles' Trujillo signs grid letter with WNMU

Staff Writer

It wasn't a season to remember for either Tony Trujillo or the Pecos Eagles' football team in 2002. But despite missing most of the past year with a broken foot, the senior offensive lineman signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play football at Western New Mexico University.

Trujillo signed his letter in front of family and other Pecos Eagle football players Wednesday afternoon at the Pecos High School Field House. He was the only Eagle player to sign a college scholarship offer on national signing day, after the Eagles finished this past season with a 2-8 record.

Trujillo had earned All-District 2-4A and All-Permian Basin honors in both his sophomore and junior seasons, but struggled this season in the early going and then sat out the final six games of the season after X-rays showed he had fractured his foot sometime during pre-season workouts. However, he said that WNMU coach Charley Wade used game film from the 2001 season to grade out his work on the line.

"I guess he saw me on film when he saw Justin (Evans) film," said his father, Tony Trujillo Sr. Evans earned all-district and all-state honors for Pecos during the 2001 season.

"He (Wade) talked to me about four times, and he called me to see how I was doing, and let me know something about the offer," said the younger Trujillo, who also visited the University of New Mexico prior to signing day.

"He told me their main concern is offensive line. He said they were really going to recruit a bunch of offensive lineman this season," he added.

Western New Mexico University is located in Silver City, about 400 miles west of Pecos. It finished 2-8 this past season playing an independent schedule against Division II and Division III schools, which included a victory over Sul Ross State University.

Trujillo and his father said the family plans to make the trip out to Silver City to visit the campus, which is located in the Gila Mountains area of western New Mexico.

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