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Friday, March 14, 2003

Eagles get win despite off day at tournament

The opening game for the Pecos Eagles at the Alpine Tournament wasn't a big success, but coach Elias Payan was happy overall with his team's 4-1 win over the Alpine Bucks' junior varsity squad.

Jose Reyes and Josh Anchondo combined on a two-hitter, and the Eagles advanced to this morning's tournament semifinal game against the Wimberly Texans, which began at 11:30 a.m.

Thursday's game was the third for Pecos against a junior varsity squad so far this season, which may account for their lack of excitement going into the game. After scoring 29 runs against Monahans' JV two weeks ago and eight against Midland High's JV last Saturday, Payan said the Eagles struggled at the plate, and had the same bad luck at bat as they did in the late innings of Tuesday's 6-3 win over San Angelo Lake View.

"Their pitcher kept us off-balance, but we hit the ball, we just hit it right at them," he said. "We started off flat, but a win is a win, no matter what the final score is."

Payan said Reyes went six innings to even his record at 2-2 on the season, while Anchondo pitched the seventh inning for the Eagles. "Jose did a good job throwing strikes, and then Josh came in and did the same thing," Payan said.

He added that Alpine's only run was unearned and came off a dropped fly ball by left fielder Freddy Torres early in the game. Oscar Parada scored the Eagles' first run on a sacrifice fly, and Barney Rodriguez put Pecos ahead to stay with his second home run of the season.

For this morning's game against Wimberly, Payan said Rigo Ramirez would make his first start on the mound in two weeks. Ramirez, 2-0, missed last week's West Texas March Classic in Midland, and has beaten Snyder and Presidio in his two appearances so far in 2003.

Wimberly won their tournament opener over Tornillo by a 5-4 score, rallying from an early 1-0 deficit, and then scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh inning after Tornillo had scored twice in the sixth inning and once in the top of the seventh to wipe out a 3-1 Texan lead. The victory improved Wimberly to 5-6 on the season.

The Eagles' win moved them to 10-4 overall, and a victory today would put them in the championship game of the tournament, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Saturday against either Alpine's varsity or Jim Ned. The Bucks won their first round game over Grape Creek, 11-2, while Jim Ned outscored Anthony, 17-7.

The losers of today's semifinal games will play for third place on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. at Kokernot Field. Payan said Rodriguez, who pitched Tuesday against Lake View, would get the start on Saturday for the Eagles.

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