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Friday, March 21, 2003

Eagle teams on road today to face Kermit, Greenwood

District 4-3A play opens this evening for the Pecos Eagles baseball team in Kermit, while Pecos' girls play their biggest game so far in the first half of the district softball season this afternoon, when they head east to Greenwood to face the Rangerettes.

Pecos faces Greenwood in a 5 p.m. game, as both teams try to maintain at least a share of second place in the 3-4A standings. Meanwhile, the district baseball season gets underway for Pecos at 7 p.m. tonight in Kermit, where they'll be missing a couple of players for their game against the Yellowjackets.

Eagles' coach Elias Payan said first baseman Rigo Ramirez and third baseman Jose Reyes had a church event tonight and would not be able to make the game.

"I'll start Barney at pitcher and have (David) Elkins playing first base, and we'll have to put Javier (Ramirez) and Victor (Reyes) in the outfield, so we'll be shorthanded," Payan said. Oscar Parada will move from the outfielder to take Jose Reyes' spot at third base.

Ramirez was late arriving from an SAT test the last time Pecos played Kermit this season, and Elkins' had trouble with a couple of throws to first in his debut there. The Jackets scored an unearned run at the start of the game, but the Eagles eventually did come back for a 9-3 victory in the third place game of the Sandhills Tournament."

"District's always a lot different. You never know what's going to happen," said Payan, who added, "I told the kids yesterday they're going to have to step it up a bit because we're going to be shorthanded."

The Eagles come into the game with a 12-5 record, while Kermit is 8-6 on the season. It's the first of two straight road games to open district for Pecos, who'll go to Monahans on Tuesday to face the Loboes.

Pecos' girls moved into a tie for second on Tuesday with their 11-3 win over Kermit and Greenwood's 11-3 loss to Monahans. Both are 2-1 on the season, as is Fort Stockton, which faces the Loboettes this afternoon.

Greenwood defeated Pecos in Andrews earlier this season, 12-5, but coach Tammy Walls said the Eagles led that game until errors in the fourth and fifth innings allowed the Rangerettes to score 10 runs.

"We can beat Greenwood if we just keep our heads together," she said. "We can hit their pitcher (Megan Chase), but we just need to go out there and not make a bunch of mistakes."

Walls said Stephanie Herrera would again pitch today for Pecos. Herrera struck out eight while allowing four hits in Tuesday's win over Kermit.

Pecos wins Midland tourney despite bad day

The Pecos Eagle girls golf team shot one of their higher scores of the season on Thursday at Hogan Park in Midland, but it was still good enough to earn them first place in the Greenwood Rangerettes' golf tournament.

Pecos shot an 18-hole total of 354 to defeat District 4-3A rival Monahans by eight strokes. Idalou was third with a 366 score and the Eagles' other main 4-3A rival, Fort Stockton placed fourth with a 376 total.

"It was windy, the greens had just been aerated and we just hit some bad shots," said coach Tina Hendrick, whose team will host the first round of the District 4-3A Tournament this coming Tuesday. "We've got a little work to do before district. We've got to get our timing back from spring break.

"We just need to chip and putt a few more balls and get our momentum back and get ready by Tuesday," she added.

Lauren Martinez shot an 83 to place second overall in the tournament, behind Idalou's Addie Addaway, who shot an 82. Shelly Martinez was next for Pecos with an 87, and was followed by Sarah McKinney with a 90, Brandi North with a 94 and Dena Dutchover with a 95.

Hendrick also took the Eagles' 'B' team to Hogan Park, which will be the site of the final round of the 4-3A tournament. The 'B' group finished ninth with a 421 score, as both Jennie Canon and Bianca Mendoza shot 92s, Susan Bradley shot a 113 and Evelyn Foster had a 124 score.

Greenwood's girls shot a 395 and Kermit had a 440 at the tournament, while for the other Class 3A teams entered, Seminole also shot a 395 and Lamesa had a 427.

Pecos' boys played a round earlier this week in Kermit, which will also be the site of their opening district round next week. The Eagles placed third, behind Monahans and Fort Stockton, but coach Kim Anderson said two of his 'A' team golfers, Pete Vasquez and Mikey Nichols, didn't make the trip to Kermit.

Both district tournaments will be 54-hole events, with the top two finishers advancing to Region I-3A tournament play in Midland and Odessa in late April.

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