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Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Eagle seasons hing on wins in games today

It's win or else day for the Pecos Eagles' softball team this afternoon in Fort Stockton, while for the Eagles' baseball team, the situation is almost that dire tonight, when the Eagles host the Monahans Loboes for the second time this season.

Pecos' girls face the Prowlers at 5 p.m. in Fort Stockton, with the winner advancing to the Class 3A softball playoffs while the loser sees its season come to an end. The boys, who are a game out of third place in the District 4-3A standings, face Monahans starting at 7 p.m., with Pecos trying to get back to within a game of .500 in the district standings.

Pecos and Fort Stockton are both 5-4 in their district race after the Eagles lost at home to Greenwood on Friday, 3-2, while the Prowlers were shut out at Monahans, 6-0. It's the fourth meeting of the season between the two teams, but the first in Fort Stockton, where the Eagles were beaten a year ago, 13-1.

In the teams' March 28 district game in Pecos, a two-out, two-run throwing error by catcher April Singh in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Eagles a 2-0 victory. Stephane Herrera got the win over Fort Stockton's Lilly Alcala. During tournament play earlier in the season the Prowlers shut out the Eagles, 3-0, while Pecos downed Fort Stockton, 7-2, with both games played in Midland.

This is the first time Pecos has faced a game like this in the regular season. They went winless in their inaugural year of softball in 1998, and the past four seasons had either a playoff spot or the District 2-4A title wrapped up by the time they played their final regular season game.

In Friday's loss to Greenwood errors in the fifth and sixth inning allowed the Rangerettes to score two of their three runs, while a seventh inning rally by the Eagles came up short and allowed Greenwood to clinch a playoff spot.

Monahans' boys can clinch at least a tie for a playoff berth with a win tonight over Pecos. Currently, the Loboes are 5-1 in district, a game up on Greenwood in the 4-3A standings. The Eagles are 2-4, a game in back of both Kermit and Presidio following their 15-5 win over the Yellowjackets on Friday and Monahans' 12-2 win over Presidio.

In the teams' district game last month, the Loboes jumped out to an 8-0 lead and led 9-2 going into the bottom of the seventh before holding on for a 9-8 win. Noah Miles got the victory, two-hitting Pecos over the first four innings, while Matthew Levario took the loss after beating Monahans earlier in the season, 3-2.

Dimas Porras pitched in Friday's game against Presidio for Monahans, so Miles should get the start again for the Loboes against the Eagles.

Tonight, coach Elias Payan will start Barney Rodriguez on the mound for the Eagles. He faced Monahans back in February, allowing the first two hitters to reach base and then two-hitting the Loboes the rest of the way in an 8-1 victory. However, he took the loss in both of the Eagles' games two weeks ago and is 4-6 on the season.

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