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Friday, March 7, 2003

Defensive woes send Pecos to defeat against Seminole

The West Texas March Classic traditionally has been a nightmare for the Pecos Eagles' defense, and the tradition continued on Thursday in the opening round of this year's tournament.

The Eagles, who have struggled on defense annually at the tournament, did so again against the Seminole Indians on Thursday, as they committed five errors in a 10-9 loss to Seminole.

The loss dropped Pecos into a 10:15 a.m. consolation quarterfinal game today against the Brownfield Cubs, 12-0 losers to Monahans. The winner of that game will turn around and play the Loboes, who were beaten 6-4 on Thursday night by Greenwood. The loser drops into the tournament's ninth place game, on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Pecos rallied from a 7-2 deficit to take a 9-8 lead on Oscar Parada's sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth inning, only to see Seminole score twice in the bottom of the sixth to win on the Eagles' final error of the afternoon, by shortstop Matthew Levario.

"He twisted his ankle as he tried to turn and just fell down and dropped the ball, and didn't see the runner keep going (from second base)," said Eagles' coach Elias Payan, whose team fell to 5-4 on the season.

"We stung the ball. I was real pleased with our hitting, but our defense has just been bad. If we'd just learn to catch and throw we'd be 8-1 right now," Payan said.

Pecos took an early 2-0 lead on a Barney Rodriguez home run, but saw Seminole score three times in the second inning, then add more runs in the third and fourth innings off starter Josh Anchondo and Rodriguez, who fell to 2-2 on the season.

"Josh didn't have very much stuff out there. They were hitting him, so I decided to put in Barney, but he didn't have his pop on his fastball, and they hit him, and then we also made mistakes on defense," Payan said.

For today's games, Payan said he was looking at pitching Jose Reyes and Matthew Levario, depending on the outcome of this morning's game with Brownfield. "It will probably be a gametime decision," he said.

If Pecos wins twice today, they'll play on Saturday at 2 p.m. for the consolation title, while a win over the Cubs and a loss to the Loboes would drop the Eagles into the seventh place game, set for 11:30 a.m.

Regional meet for powerlifters set for Saturday

Three Pecos Eagle powerlifters will be heading to the Panhandle this afternoon, to compete in regional competition Saturday morning in Floydada.

Chris Orona and Hugo Rodriguez will compete in the regional, which will be for Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools. They qualified for regionals for the second year in a row, after Rodriguez won his 220-pound weight class at Kermit and Orona placed fourth in his 198-pound division.

Coach Brian Gibson said Rodriguez will go to regionals ranked fifth in his weight class while Orona will advance as the No. 4 ranked lifter in his division. Another Eagle, Pablo Rodriguez, will also make the trip today as a regional alternate in the super-heavyweight division.

Eagles, Loboes seek to remain perfect in 4-3A

The Pecos Eagles' softball team had an easy time in their District 4-3A opener on Tuesday in Presidio, but will face their first real test this afternoon, when they host the Monahans Loboes in a 5 p.m. game at Eagle Field.

Pecos got back to the .500 mark at 7-7 with a 16-0 win in Presidio to open 3-4A play, while the Loboes began their district schedule on Tuesday with a 7-1 victory over Kermit. The two teams are tied for first with Greenwood, 2-1 winners over Fort Stockton on Tuesday.

The Eagles and Loboes have seen each other, but not faced each other, in three tournaments so far this season. Their last meeting was this past April, when the Loboes scored an 8-0 win over the Eagles in non-district play.

Raquel Hawkins shut out Pecos in that game, and coach Tammy Walls said she expects the sophomore to start again this afternoon. "She seems to be their No. 1 pitcher," Walls said.

Hawkins allowed only three hits in the game, two by returning players Stephanie Herrera and Erica Franco.

Pecos' junior varsity had been scheduled to face Monahans as well today, following the varsity contest. But Walls said the JV game has been canceled.

Pecos swimmers get 2nd in `C' Championships

Pecos Age Group swimmers placed second to Midland in both boys and girls divisions this past weekend, at the West Texas `C' Championships at the Pecos High School swimming pool.

Pecos' girls scored 94 points to 172 for Midland, with Odessa third with 85 points and Lubbock fourth with 65. On the boys' side, Pecos edged Lubbock for second by a 97-93 margin, while Midland won with 242 points.

The girls' 10-and-under 200 freestyle relay team of Laney and Grace Abbott, Tatum Windham and Lauren Elliott won their race, while the only other Pecos team, the boys' 11-12 group of Michael Blanchard, Derek Teague, Alfredo Tellez-Giron and Frankie Morin, placed second in their race.

In the 50 freestyle, Grace Abbott was second and Carrie Shores 10 th in the 8-and-under girls division while Bradley Shaw was first and Jared Windham third in the boys division; Tatum Windham was third and Blanchard was eighth in the 9-10 girls division and Robert Payne was fifth in the boys' division; and Lyndsay Chowning was 16th for the girls and Michael Blanchard was sixth, Teague eigth and Tellez-Giron 10th for the boys in the 11-12 division.

In the 50-yard butterfly Grace Abbott won the 8-and-under girls division, with Elliott second and Shores fourth; while Shaw won the boys' division. For the 9-10 year olds, Tatum Windham was second for the girls and Payne was second for the boys and in the 11-12 division, Morin was second and Teague fourth for the boys and Chowning was 12th for the girls.

In the 50-yard backstroke, Jared Windham won the 8-and under boys division, while Grace Abbott was second and Shores sixth for the girls; Payne was second in the 9-10 boys and Lenora Blanchard and Tatum Windham were fourth and fifth for the girls; and Michael Blanchard was third, Morin fifth and Teague seventh for the 11-12 boys while Chowning was 18th for the girls.

In the 100 freestyle Elliott won first among 8-and-under girls while Shores was third, and Shaw won in the boys' division. For the 9-10 year olds Payne was fifth on the boys' side and Lenora Blanchard fifth on the girls' side; and Morin was third and Teague fifth in the 11-12 boys division.

In the 50-yard breaststroke Shaw won the 8-and-under boys division, and Elliott won first, Shores fourth and Grace Abbott fifth in the girls division; Tatum Windham was second, Lenora Blanchard fifth and Laney Abbott sixth in the 9-10 girls division and Payne was ninth on the boys' side; and Michael Blanchard was third in the 11-12 boys division.

In the 100-yard individual medley Shaw won the 8-and-under boys, while Grace Abbott was second on the girls' side; Windham was third and Lenora Blanchard ninth in the 9-10 girls division; and Morin was fourth, Teague fifth, Michael Blanchard sixth and Tellez-Giron eighth in the 11-12 boys' division.

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