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Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Bears struggle, but down Longhorns in playoffs

Staff Writer

In a close bi-district basketball playoff game against the Buena  Vista Longhorns, the Balmohrea Bears came away with a 70-63 victory  Tuesday night at the Pecos High School gym.

The Bears, who won the District 9-A title, scored their first two points of the game 40 seconds into the opening period, while the Longhorns posted their first two points almost a minute later, but when the first quarter ended, the Longhorns, who finished second in District 10-A, were the ones with the lead, as they finished the period up by a 10-8 score. As the second quarter began the Bears began to pick up their tempo and by the end of the half time the had put another 26 points on the board and held a 34-21 lead.

But when the third quarter began a different Bears team came out. During the final two periods of the game Balmorhea was fighting to keep control of the ball, and Buena Vista was able to cut into the lead.

"The game was terrible," Coach Adolfo Garcia said at the end of the game. "We need to work on the removal of turnovers and play with control."

The turnovers of which Garcia was talking about came from players both dribbling off their feet and throwing bad passes.

The score at the end of the third quarter was Balmorhea 52, Buena Vista 43, and while the Bears kept a small lead during the last two quarters Garcia said that the game should not have turned out the way it did.

"No, it should not have been this close of a game," Garcia said.

As the game came to an end, two Longhorn players fouled out in an attempt to obtain the control of the ball.

Not sure which team they will be playing next, Garcia said that he hopes his team will get their act together and get the job done.

He also added that he would like to thank people for their support.

"I would like to thank the Balmorhea fans and anyone that is supporting us," Garcia said.

Eagles' defensive lapses help Bronchos score win

Staff Writer

The defense wasn't as good as coach Elias Payan had hoped for  in the Pecos Eagles' season-opening baseball game against the  Odessa High Bronchos, and those problems managed to both put Pecos in a  five-run hole against OHS and then spoil the Eagles' five-run comeback to  tie the score.

Pecos rallied from a 6-1 deficit to tie the game at 6-6 with a four-run fifth inning, only to see OHS use a pair of defensive lapses by the Eagles in the top of the sixth to score an unearned run with two outs, which allowed the Bronchos to score a 7-6 victory Tuesday night at Eagle Field.

"We had people being non-aggressive and that cost us," coach Elias Payan said after Barrett Pradon reached first base on a passed ball by catcher Ruvel Carrasco on a two-out strikeout, and then scored from there when outfielders Oscar Parada and Freddy Torres let Justin Jorgensen's short outfield bloop fall in safely for an RBI single.

The two mistakes followed several other earlier mental lapses and six errors by Pecos that helped the visiting Bronchos build their 6-1 lead. That included some bad pitching decisions by Barney Rodriguez, who settled down in the later innings but ended up taking the loss.

"Early on he worked batters to 0-2 counts, and then came right down the middle and allowed hits," Payan said. "You can't make those mistakes with a two-strike count, especially when we get to district.

"Then Barney started settling down, but we had some defensive lapses and missed some balls we should have caught," he added.

Rodriguez had leadoff hitter Morrie Whitmore down 1-2 in the count when he lined a leadoff home run off the wooden sign behind the left field fence to open the game. Then after a single by Pradon, a walk to Manuel Lopez and two strikeouts, Rodriguez surrendered an RBI single to Ramon Samaniego, and then walked Ryan Sherman and wild-pitched Lopez home for the third run of the game.

In the third inning, Pradon lined Rodriguez' first pitch over the fence in left to make it 4-0, and while Rodriguez survived a one out error after that, he gave up two more runs in the fourth, thanks to four Pecos errors.

Matthew Levario had two of the errors, booting Rene Hinojos' leadoff grounder, and then throwing the ball past first base trying to complete a double play on a Whitmore fielder's choice grounder to Zoe Serrano at second base. Darren Rybolt followed with line drive into center field that Parada misjudged. It resulted in a double that scored Whitmore, and Rybolt then scored when Rodriguez' pickoff throw sailed past second base and then bounced under the glove of Parada.

Two bad hop hits followed, but Jose Reyes was able to start a double play on a Lopez grounder to third to end the inning, and Serrano and Levario turned a double play in the top of the fifth to keep Rodriguez out of trouble.

Meanwhile, OHS starter Bryan Teeters got through the first two innings with only minor problems, but in the third allowed his first run on the Eagles' first hit of the night, a two-out single by Levario that scored David Elkins, who had walked and stolen second base with two away. The Bronchos then had defensive problems of their own to help Pecos get back into the game, as Rigo Ramirez scored on a wild pitch after a leadoff single, as he moved up when Sherman misplayed the ball in center field and was balked to third base by Teeters.

Teeters was replaced on the mound by Bryan Young in the fourth inning, and he immediately hit Parada in the back with his first pitch. Designated hitter Joey Ortega then doubled to right-center field to score Parada, and after two walks and two strikeouts, Torres singled to center field to score two more runs, and Pecos tied the game when the throw from the outfield got past Hinojos at home plate, allowing Ramirez to score.

Pecos had chances to tie the game in the sixth inning off Lopez, who relieved Young after Torres RBI hit and ended up earning the victory, and in the seventh off Pradon, who picked up a save despite doing a Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams impersonation.

Jose Reyes opened the sixth with a bloop single to center, but was then picked off first base by Lopez. In the seventh, Pradon walked pinch hitter Javier Ramirez to lead things off, then hit Elkins and Torres, but fanned Levario, Rigo Ramirez and Rodriguez, with the first two missing chances to get bunts down before striking out.

"Our bats came alive a little bit, but we've got to be able to get our bunts down when we need them," Payan said. "To be successful we've got to win these type of ballgames, and we can't be satisfied saying a 5A team only beat us 7-6. We've got to win games like that."

The Eagles will get two chances on Saturday to get their first win of the season, when they host Snyder in a 1 p.m. doubleheader. The Tigers also moved down to Class 3A this season, and could be a bi-district round opponent for Pecos in the playoffs in May.

At Pecos


Whtmre rf 3 2 1 1 Elkins rf 0 2 0 0

J.Rdrgz rf 1 0 0 0 Levario ss 4 0 1 1

Rybolt lf 4 1 1 1 Ri.Rmrz 1b 3 2 1 0

Pradon ss-p 4 3 3 1 Torres lf 3 0 1 2

Jrgnsn 1b 4 0 3 1 B.Rdrgz p 4 0 0 0

Teeters p 0 0 0 0 J.Reyes 3b 3 0 1 0

Young p 0 0 0 0 Parada cf 2 1 0 0

Lopez dh-p 2 1 0 0 Serrano 2b 0 0 0 0

Ro.Rmz 2b 0 0 0 0 Ortega dh 3 0 1 1

Smngo 2b-ss 4 0 2 0 V.Reyes pr 0 1 0 0

Shrmn cf 3 0 0 0 Carrasco c 2 0 0 0

Emrsn 3b 3 0 0 0 J.Rmrz ph 0 0 0 0

Hinojos c 2 0 0 0

Ro.Rmz cr 0 0 0 0

Totals 30 7 10 5 Totals 24 6 5 4

Odessa High 3 0 1 2 0 1 0 _ 7

Pecos 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 _ 6

E _ Torres, Levario 3, B. Rodriguez, Parada, Sherman, Hinojos. LOB _ Odessa 7, Pecos 5. DP _ Pecos 2. SB _ Pradon, Levario, Samaniego, Elkins.



Teeters 4 2 2 1 2 4

Young 2/3 2 4 3 2 2

Lopez (W, 1-0) 11/3 1 0 0 0 2

Pradon (Save 1) 1 0 0 0 1 3


B.Rdrgz (L, 0-1) 7 10 7 4 4 7

HBP _ Parada by Young; Elkins, Torres by Pradon. Balk _ Teeters.

WP _ B. Rodriguez, Teeters. PB _ Carrasco 2.

T _ 2:04

Pecos softball games again are canceled

The Pecos Eagles second attempt to play a pre-district softball game against the Alpine Bucks didn't go any better than the first one did, as the Eagles' saw their game in Alpine canceled for the second Tuesday in a row.

The girls were scheduled to face both the Bucks and District 4-3A rival Presidio in games at Alpine on Tuesday, but will now have to wait until this Friday to play their next game, at the Tall City Tournament in Midland. Coach Tammy Walls said Pecos would open the tournament against Midland Greenwood, which is favored to win the 4-3A title, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

Pecos is 3-2 on the season following this past weekend's Andrews Tournament. They lost to tournament champion Midland Christian and to the host Mustangs' black team, while beating El Paso Eastwood, Fabens and Lubbock Cooper in their other games. Walls said this weekend's tournament in Midland would feature 39 teams, including all of the Eagles' district rivals except for Presidio.

Pecos' junior varsity softball team will also be entered in the tournament, and their 10:30 a.m. game Friday will be their season opener. The Eagles will face either Crane or Odessa High's white team in their opener, Walls said.

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