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Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Eagle girls host Kermit; boys take on Big Spring

The Pecos Eagles girls softball team faces a key game early in their District 4-3A schedule this afternoon, when they host the Kermit Yellowjackets at Martinez Field.

Meanwhile, Pecos' boys will be getting their final test before facing Kermit on Friday in their district baseball opener, when they host the Big Spring Steers this evening at Eagle Field.

The Eagles and Jackets will begin play at 5 p.m., while Pecos and Big Spring will start at 6 p.m., as both squads look to overcome error-plagued losses in their last game.

The girls haven't played since March 7, when they dropped a 12-5 decision to Monahans, leaving them with a 1-1 record in district and 7-8 on the season. Walks and an error helped the Loboes take a 2-0 lead in the first inning, while the Eagles had three errors in the third inning, which combined with nine Monahans hits to produce eight runs.

Pecos didn't have a hit until the third inning, when Kelsey Flores had an RBI single. Neftali Salgado had an RBI single in the seventh, and circled the bases on a Loboes' error.

Kermit is in need of a win even more than Pecos. The Jackets began district play with a 7-1 loss to Monahans, and then were routed on March 7 by Fort Stockton, 27-2.

Pecos defeated Kermit in scrimmage play last month, but have not faced the Jackets since then. "When we saw them their coach said they still were lacking some girls in basketball, but somebody told me later they didn't get all of them out," said Eagles' coach Tammy Walls.

The boys' game will Big Spring will be their first against the Steers since the teams were moved out of the same district in 1998. That was also the case last Tuesday against San Angelo Lake View, when the Eagles rallied from an early 1-0 deficit with a six-run second inning and held on to beat the Chiefs, 6-3.

That was also the Eagles' best defensive performance in the past two weeks. They made six errors this past Friday against Wimberly, but managed to outscore the Texans in the semifinals of the Alpine Tournament, 10-9, but couldn't overcome five errors in the title game against the Bucks on Saturday and lost by a 6-3 final score.

Jaime Rojo allowed Pecos only four hits, as Alpine dropped the Eagles to 11-5 on the season. "The sticks weren't there and the defense wasn't there today, and we paid for it," said Eagles' coach Elias Payan. "They made the plays when it counted and we didn't."

Big Spring had error problems of their own the previous weekend in losses to Hereford, Abilene Cooper and Odessa High. Andrew Vizcaino allowed just eight hits in the extra inning loss to OHS, who beat the Eagles in Pecos to open the season.

Payan said either senior Rigo Ramirez or junior Jose Reyes would pitch tonight against the Steers. Ramirez is 2-0, but struggled in Friday's game against Wimberly, while Reyes is 2-2 after beating Alpine's JV in the opener of the Bucks' tournament last Thursday.

Orona edged out of state powerlifting berth

Pecos Eagles senior Chris Orona finished fourth in the 198-pound weight class at the Region I powerlifting competition on March 8 at Floydada, just missing a trip to the Class 3A state finals, coach Brian Gibson said.

Orona was one of three Pecos competitors at the regional meet, with Hugo Rodriguez competing at 220 pounds and Pablo Rodriguez lifting in the super-heavyweight class.

"The regional did not go as well as I anticipated," Gibson said. "Chris Orona probably should have qualified for state as an alternate, as he did lift 480 on a squat, which would have bumped him to third."

However, Gibson said the judges did not give Orona a clean lift at that weight. "You hate to see something like that happen, but that is the nature of the sport."

Orona ended up with a 460-pound squat thrust lift, to go with a 305-pound bench press and a 485-pound dead lift for a 1230-pound total. Rodriguez had 430 on his squat, 275 on the bench press and 475 on the deadlift, while Rodriguez did 450 on the squad, 285 on the bench and 400 pounds on the deadlift.

"All three lifters competed and tried to push their limits," Gibson said. "Hugo did not have a great meet, at least for his standards. He very easily could have placed in this meet, but was more concerned with earning a trip to the state meet. He took chances he normally would not take.

"Pablo Rodriguez competed in the meet as an alternate. He was the only lifter at the meet that actually was able to increase his total weight lifted, as he did that by 15 pounds."

This was the final powerlifting meet for the Eagles, at least for the immediate future. The 3-year-old program was cut out earlier this month by the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board, as part of a budget cutting measure.

"I really enjoyed this season. The athletes that participated throughout the year did a great job of competing and I am real proud of each of them and thank them for their hard work," Gibson said. "I am really sorry that this sport had to be cut out for next year due to budget modifications. This is a great chance for young men and women to get stronger both mentally and physically, but I also understand why it had to be done."

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