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Monday, March 17, 2003

Errors finally cost Eagles in Alpine tourney finals

Staff Writer

You can't come up with comebacks all the time, the Pecos Eagles found out Saturday afternoon, in the finals of the Alpine Tournament.

The Eagles, who had rallied for late-inning victories five times in their first 11 wins this season, including Friday against the Wimberly Texans, couldn't do it in the tournament's title game the next day against the Alpine Bucks, as a series of errors allowed Alpine to score four times in their first at-bat and twice in their final one to beat Pecos by a 6-3 final score.

"We've been making five, six, seven errors a game. Today it finally caught up with us," said Eagles' coach Elias Payan. "We also left tons of runners on base because we didn't bang the ball today."

Errors contributed to all of Pecos' runs as well - two in the top of the first inning that helped Pecos get off to a 2-0 lead, and one more in the third inning, when the Eagles cut the Bucks' lead to 4-3. But overall, Alpine played a far better defensive game behind pitcher Jaime Rojo, who allowed only four hits and retired the final seven Pecos batters he faced.

"Alpine's a good ball club, but they're not better than us," Payan said. "But they wanted to win more today, and if we can't play defense behind our pitchers, then it's going to be a long season."

Barney Rodriguez, who has struggled in the early innings in each of his starts this season, did so again on Saturday, and wasn't helped by his defense. Zo Serrano booted a grounder by leadoff hitter Mario Estrada, and after Casey O'Bryant singled, Tino Estrada beat out a dribbler down the first base line to score the Bucks' first run of the game. Alpine then tied the score when Matthew Levario threw away Justin Cruz' grounder to shortstop while trying for a double play, and then took the lead for good when Billy Hinojos blooped a single to short right field.

He was then forced at second on a Brice Collier grounder to Levario, but Rojo then singled to right-center, scoring Cruz with the fourth run of the game.

Pecos got their two runs after a walk by Rojo to David Elkins, a single by Jose Reyes, when Cruz booted a Levario grounder and right fielder Felipe Valenzuela dropped a Freddy Torres fly ball. But Rojo then came back to get Oscar Parada, Rodriguez and Joey Ortega to get out of the jam.

Levario singled and later scored in the third inning on a Rodriguez ground out, after reaching second on a hit-and-run grounder by Torres, when he and the ball arrived at second at the same time, causing Joseph Monclova to boot it for an error. He went to third when Parada was hit by a pitch, but after Rodriguez' ground out, he got Ortega on a ball back to the mound.

The Eagles' defense did improve in the middle innings, but so did the Bucks. Levario was doubled off second in the fifth inning on a Torres line drive to Mario Estrada at short, and O'Bryant made a pair of diving catches in center in the sixth and seventh innings to keep Rojo out of trouble.

By the time he robbed Reyes in the seventh, Alpine had added two more runs to their lead. Parada dropped Collier's deep fly to open the top of the seventh, and he then beat a throw to third on Rojo's sacrifice bunt. A passed ball by Ruvel Carrasco then scored Collier and one out later, Rojo scored on a double error, when Levario couldn't cleanly field Lorenzo Lujan's grounder with the infield in, and Reyes then couldn't come up with Carrasco's throw from catcher to third base, as Rojo tried to get back to the bag.

"This was probably a good thing for us, because the kids have got to learn they can't keep making five or six errors a game and win," Payan said. "When you spot a team four runs with three errors in the first inning, you're not going to win any ballgames against any good teams."

The Eagles suffered through the same problems on defense on Friday against Wimberly, but won the game on a trio of doubles by Reyes, Torres and Rodriguez in the sixth inning, as the Eagles rallied to win 10-9 when the game was called under the two-hour time limit.

The doubles by Torres and Rodriguez came with two out, after an error in the top of the sixth allowed the Texans to take a 9-8 lead.

Levario had given Pecos a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer, his first of the season, in the first inning, and had an RBI double in the third, part of a four-run inning after the Eagles fell behind, 7-2, with the final five runs coming off four Eagle errors. Torres and Parada also had RBI singles in the third, and Reyes would have one in the fourth inning when the Eagles regained the lead, 8-7.

The second place tournament finish left Pecos with an 11-5 season record going into their final pre-district game, at home Tuesday night against Big Spring. Unlike the Eagles' other night games this season, their game with the Steers will be a 6 p.m. start.

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