Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
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,
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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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