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Friday, March 28, 2003

Weather threatening games for baseball, softball teams

Weather changes overnight in the Trans-Pecos region may literally put today's home games for the Pecos Eagles baseball and softball teams on ice.

From highs around 90 on Thursday, temperatures dropped into the 30s this morning, with freezing rain falling in Pecos and snow to the north and west of town. The combination may force the girls to cancel their 5 p.m. softball game against Presidio at Martinez Field and the boys to put off their home game against Fort Stockton, set for 7 p.m. tonight at Eagle Field.

"As far as I know we're still going to play," coach Tammy Walls said this morning. "I really want to play this game tonight. I don't want to have to play Monday and then play Monahans on Tuesday."

"I'm going to go out with coach (Bubba) Williams and look at the field," she said. "The problem is the dirt out there in the outfield becomes mud when it rains."

The Eagles took over sole possession of third place at the midway point of the District 4-3A schedule on Tuesday, with a 2-0 home victory over Fort Stockton. The Eagles won when Prowler catcher April Singh threw away Stephanie Herrera's two-out bunt with two runners on in the sixth inning. The win also evened Pecos' record at 9-9 on the season.

They opened district play with a 15-0 win over Presidio back on March 11. For today's rematch, Walls said she was going to look at freshman Hillary Hinojos on the mound for the first time since pre-district play. "I'll have Hillary pitch and move Stephanie to shortstop and Kristy (Contreras) to right field," in place of Katie Lee, who will be gone for today's game.

Pecos' boys will be trying to cure their ongoing problem of falling behind early and then trying to catch up when they face the Panthers today. The Eagles are 0-2 in district, losing to Kermit 7-6 after falling behind by 5-0 and 7-1 scores, and then losing to Monahans on Tuesday, 9-8, after falling behind by 8-0 and 9-2 scores.

"The kids want to win. It's not that we're not trying. We just have to go out there and jump on them early," said coach Elias Payan, who'll start Barney Rodriguez on the mound.

"Barney said he's ready and he wants them. Whenever a kid feels like that, that's a good sign," Payan said.

Fort Stockton dropped their district opener at Greenwood, 16-1, but then defeated Presidio at home on Tuesday, 12-8. Terrance Ellis, Chance Bruno and Jeremy Valesquez each had a pair of hits in the win for the Panthers.

Payan said he would wait until about 3 p.m. today before deciding whether or not the game would be played. If it is rained out, he said the teams would probably reschedule the game for late Saturday afternoon or Saturday evening.

Eagles battle cold weather, district rivals at Sandhills

Cold weather and the Sandhills Relays have gone hand in hand in recent years, and the Pecos Eagle track teams will again be battling both the cold, along with four of their District 4-3A rivals on Saturday, when the Sandhills goes off at 9 a.m. in Monahans.

The field events will begin at 9, and the running preliminaries are also scheduled for Saturday morning, along with the finals in the 3200-meter run. Running finals in the remaining events will start at 4:30 p.m. with the finals of the 400-meter dash.

Pecos' boys finished fifth a week ago at the San Angelo Relays in Division III, while the Eagle girls placed sixth at the Mustang Relays in Andrews. This week, both teams will face all of their 4-3A rivals except for Presidio, and will also go up against former district rivals Andrews and Big Spring and Rice-Altair, a Class 3A school located south of Houston.

"We're more or less going to go with the same alignment we had at San Angelo or at the West Texas (Relays)," said boys' coach Jerry Parent. Pecos picked up 64 points a week ago and scored 91 at the West Texas Relays prior to Spring Break, winning four first place medals that day.

At San Angelo, Rashad Terry won the Eagles' two gold medals, in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, tying the Division III record at San Angelo with a 10.47 time in Friday's prelims. At Odessa, Terry edged Monahans' Richard Covington to win the 100 in a photo finish.

Parent said he wasn't sure about his line-up for the 800-meter relay, due to the uncertain status of Pecos' baseball game today.

"I may not have my baseball players, Freddy (Torres) and Matthew (Levario). Freddy's going to run in the (800) relay, but if he can run in the preliminaries I can sub in the finals," he said. Levario is scheduled to compete in the long jump and in the 100-meter dash on Saturday.

Girls' coach Roxie Chavez said, "I'm going to have everybody" for Saturday's meet, with the chances that today's softball game will be rescheduled for Monday if it's rained out. Pecos picked up 41 points a week ago and one first place finish, by Stephanie Herrera in the discus.

"This weekend we're going to be working on our times again. Hopefully, we can cut our times like we did last weekend."

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