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Thursday, February 6, 2003
Eagles go to Kermit for first softball scrimmages
By JON FULBRIGHT
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
By JON FULBRIGHT
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
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
"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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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