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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 

Sloppy play doesn't hurt Eagles in 17-3 win

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles' softball team wasn't exactly playing at its highest level Monday afternoon, during their make-up game against the Presidio Blue Devils, and coach Tammy Walls hopes that changes by this afternoon, when the Eagles take on the first place Monahans Loboes in a 5 p.m. game.

Walls started freshman Hillary Hinojos on the mound against the 0-5 Blue Devils, but she ran into control problems, walking the game's first two batters and hitting a third before leaving with the bases loaded and Presidio ahead by a 1-0 score. Stephanie Herrera came on to pitch after that, and while she would walk home another run, the junior shut down Presidio until the fifth inning, while the Eagles took advantage of a series of Blue Devil errors to score a 17-3 victory at Martinez Field.

"Hillary just had problems finding the strike zone," said Walls, who also had concerns about the Eagles' problems hitting and base running despite the 14-run margin of victory.

"Sometimes you play to the level of your competition, and that's the way we were tonight," she said.

The Eagles went the entire game without a hard hit ball to the outfield, though they did have several hard-hit infield grounders, both for base hits and through the legs of third basemen Christa Carrasco and Bianca Gutierrez. Carrasco did have an infield single off Hinojos' glove in the first inning, when Presidio took their 2-0 lead, but she would have two errors in the second inning and also threw away a Jessica Flores' grounder in the first inning, allowing Kristy Contreras to score Pecos' first run of the game.

She reached on a walk, and Flores then scored to tie the game on a single by Herrera. In the second, Hinojos circled the bases after her grounder went through the legs of both Carrasco and left fielder Tabitha Garcia, putting Pecos ahead to stay. Vanessa Valeriano reached on Carrasco's third error and after singles by Danielle Garcia and Brittany Lobstein made it 4-2, Moria Chavez came on to replace starting pitcher Lupita Ramirez.

She didn't fare any better. Contreras reached on an infield hit, Chavez wild pitched Garcia home and Lobstein scored on Flores' sacrifice fly. Herrera then reached on a bunt single, Bre'Ann Windham was hit by a pitch and Kelsey Flores singled and Hinojos grounded out for the final two runs of the inning.

Gutierrez let Garcia's grounder go through her legs at third base to start the third inning as Carrasco came on to pitch, and Garcia then beat a throw to second on a fielder's choice grounder by Lobstein. Two passed balls by catcher Catryna Rodriguez scored Garcia and a wild pitch brought home Lobstein, while Jessica Flores would walk and score on another sacrifice fly, this one by Herrera.

Pecos would score five more times in the fourth inning on four hits, two more Presidio errors and three walks and a couple of wild pitches by Carrasco. In the fifth, Carrasco would single and ended up scoring on an infield pop up, when Jessica Flores threw to first base to try and double off Gutierrez, who had reached on an error by Contreras at shortstop.

"We found some ways to score some runs and took advantage of some errors, which compensated for our sloppy play, but a good team will take advantage of the way we played tonight," Walls said, referring to today's game against Monahans.

The Loboes have had only one close game in district play, a 5-1 extra-inning victory at Fort Stockton. They shut out Kermit on Friday, 11-0, and defeated the Eagles in Pecos in mid-March by an 11-3 score, taking advantage of control problems by Danielle Garcia in the first inning to score two runs, and then using nine hits and two Pecos errors to score eight times in the second inning off Herrera, on the way to a 12-5 victory.

Tuesday's win ties Pecos for second place in the District 4-3A standings with Greenwood at 4-2. The Rangerettes lost to Fort Stockton on Friday, 4-0. The Prowlers are 3-3 and go to Presidio this afternoon.

Presidio 200 01 3 2 9

Pecos 255 5x 17 11 2

Ramirez, Chavez (2), Carrasco (3) and Rodriguez. Hinojos, Herrera (1) and Lobstein. W - Herrera. L - Ramirez. SF - J. Flores, Herrera. SB - Pec., Windham, K. Flores, Contreras, Herrera, Ewing. HBP - Gutierrez by Hinojos, Windham by Chavez, Mierhoff by Carrasco. WP - Chavez, Contreras 3, PB - Rodriguez 2.

Four Pecos teams seeded at district tennis tourney

Pecos Eagle singles players Trent Graham and Natalia Ornelas will be seeded second in their divisions this weekend, as will the doubles team of Elizabeth Carreon and Jennifer Rayos, when the District 4-3A Tournament is held at the Monahans High School tennis courts.

We got teams seeded in every division, so I was happy," said coach Mike Ortiz. "In the four divisions we've got three No. 2s and our boys doubles are No. 3 seeds, so it looks pretty good."

Graham will face Monahans' Simon Leyva in his opening round match at 9 a.m. on Friday, while the Eagles' other singles player, Frankie Hernandez, will take on No. 1 seed Bjorn Subia of Fort Stockton in his first round match, with all opening round matches scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday.

Ornelas has to wait until noon to play her opening round match. She'll face the winner between Monahans' Cheyenne Smith and Fort Stockton's C.J. Graves. The Eagles' other singles player, Whitney Lamb, will face Elisha Blanco of Fort Stockton in her opening round match.

Monahans' Christi Gatski is seeded No. 1 in the tournament. Gatski defeated Ornelas this past Saturday in Fort Stockton during tournament play, but Ornelas did come back to win third place in the girls' singles division.

Carreon and Rayos are matches against Williams and Campbell of Kermit in their first round match, while Amanda Fleming and Beatrice Villarreal will have a preliminary round match against Pena and Sanchez of Kermit, with the winner facing No. 1 seeds Casee McKenzie and Kirti Ghandi of Fort Stockton.

Jay Dannelley and Joel Sotelo are the No. 3 seeds in doubles for the boys, while Stephen Lamb and Orlando Mendoza are the Eagles' other doubles team. Both are matches against Monahans in the opening round - Dannelley and Sotelo against Isaac Oyerbides and John Wilhelm and Lamb and Mendoza against No. 2 seeds Quad Ledignham and Nolan Pritchard.

Ortiz said that for the first time since the Eagles moved out to the El Paso-based District 2-4A in 1998, there will be a junior varsity division of the district tournament. Imari Ornelas and Chantel Orona are the top seeds in the girls' singles division, while in girls doubles play, Catherine Garcia and Sara Natividad are seeded No. 2 and Heather Hignojos and Adrienne Natividad are the No. 3 seeds.

This past Saturday, Ornelas defeated El Paso Irvin's Abby Roman, 6-1, 6-0; Carlsbad's Yvette Franco, 6-0, 6-2 and Fabens Christine Pacheco, 6-1, 6-1, before her 6-0, 6-2 loss to Gatski in the tournament semifinals. She took third place by beating Andrews' Tricia Doloff, 6-1, 7-5.

Graham defeated Andrews' Patrick Grisson, 6-1, 6-3, but then lost to Eric Fernandez of El Paso High in the tournament quarterfinals. Dannelley and Sotelo also lost in the quarterfinals in doubles play, to Carlsbad's Baker and Rodriguez, while Carreon and Rayos were beaten in the first round by Sweningen and Rivas of Brownfield.

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