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Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Eagles fall to Prowlers, miss playoffs

The Pecos Eagles fell behind early, came back twice, but in the end were unable to come up with the big hit in the final inning against the Fort Stockton Prowlers on Tuesday and ended up seeing their playoff hopes and their 2003 softball season ended by the Prowlers.

Fort Stockton scored once in the first inning, then matched the Eagles with single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings after Pecos tied the game at 1-1 and 2-2, and for the second game in a row, the Eagles would strand the tying run on second base in the final inning and lost to the Prowlers by a 3-2 final score on Roxie Ramirez' sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The win allowed Fort Stockton to clinch the third and final District 4-3A playoff berth with a 6-4 record. Pecos ended up the season with a 5-5 mark.

"We battled. It was kind of like the same situation we had at home. We made a few mistakes and tried to fight back and came up short, but I was proud of them," said Eagles' coach Tammy Walls, whose team had lost last Friday at home to Midland Greenwood by a 3-2 score.

Both teams had chances to get more runs than they did. Pecos had runners thrown out at home plate to end both the fourth and sixth innings and had two other runners caught stealing at second base, while Fort Stockton put runners on third base three times with less than two outs in the game and failed to score.

The two teams also had far more defensive problems than in their earlier district game, a 2-0 win by Pecos. That game was decided by an error in the sixth inning, but this one was plagued by errors throughout the game, in part due to problems with Tuesday's high winds that swept across West Texas.

"In the outfield the wind did play a factor in some of the fly balls," said Walls, though she added that some mental mistakes hurt Pecos as well.

Ruby Bernal reached on an error and scored in the first inning on another one to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. That held up until the fifth, when Kelsey Flores scored on an error to tie the game. But the Panthers would regain the lead in their next at-bat on another unearned run before Pecos tied the score in the sixth, when Stephanie Herrera tripled home Bre'Ann Windham with two away

But Herrera was thrown out trying to sneak home to end the inning, and in the fourth inning Winhdam had been thrown out at home trying to score on a double by Herrera.

"On that one, we felt like Bre'Ann could score. They had to make two perfect relay throws home and they were able to do that," Walls said.

Both Herrera and Jessica Flores had two hits for the Eagles, while Brittany Lobstein also had a hit for the Eagles off pitcher Lilly Alcala, who struck out 10 Eagle batters, including getting pinch-hitter Katie Lee for the final out of the game after Flores had singled and Danielle Garcia reached on a two out error to put the tying run at second base.

The loss ends the Eagles' season with an 11-12 record, and keeps them out of post-season play for the first time since 1998, when they went winless in district in their first year of varsity softball.

"This is one of the toughest districts in the state, so I feel good about what we accomplished," Walls said. "A loss is a difficult thing - you always want to win, but that's not going to negate the fact we greatly improved," said Walls, who loses only two starters, outfielders Erica Franco and Neftali Salgado, for next season.

"We competed this season, and we kept our composure when we made mistakes, unlike what happened last year against Lake View (in the Class 4A playoffs)," she said. "We competed well, so I certainly have high expectations for next season."

Pecos gets 2nd in Monahans junior golf

The Pecos Eagle boys moved up in the second round of the area junior high golf tournament this past Saturday at Monahans, but remain in fourth place overall in the standings through 36 holes of the 90-hole tournament..

Pecos' boys cut 17 strokes off their opening round effort at home on April 5, shooting a 393 at the Ward County Golf Course on Saturday for a 36-hole total of 803. They were second on the day to Andrews, which shot a 363, and finished seven shots up on Monahans and 14 ahead of Andrews 'B', the current second and third place teams.

For the tournament, the Mustangs hold a wide lead with a 713 score, while Monahans is next at 789. Andrews 'B' is two strokes up on Pecos, with an 801 score.

Individually, coach Ronnie Daniel said Drake Bradley shot an 87 and is in second place in the medallist race with a two-round total of 168, four shots behind Andrews' Dylan Dockery. Joseph Tarin, who didn't play the opening round, shot an 88, while Zack Morton shot a 108 and is at 208 overall, Danel Daniel had a 110 and is at 219, and Jesse Preito shot a 120 and is at 240 for 36 holes.

Pecos also had a 'B' team for the first time this week, and they shot a 501. Michael Lee shot a 118 and is at 250 overall, Desi Alvarez shot a 128 and is at 260, while the Eagles' other two golfers, R.J. Guerra and Joe Gabladon, Jr., were playing their first round of the tournament, and shot 123 and 132 respectively on Saturday.

After Pecos in the team standings, Kermit 'A' is at 823 after shooting a 409, Fort Stockton 'A' is at 830 after a round of 419, Monahans 'B' is at 944 after shooting a 462 and Fort Stockton 'B' is at 982 after shooting a 490. Kermit 'B' played its first round of the tournament on Saturday, and shot a 437.

Eagles-Loboes blown back to Saturday by high winds

The Pecos Eagles' game against the Monahans Loboes Tuesday night was delayed once, and then postponed until Saturday afternoon due to the high winds that swept through West Texas.

The Eagles and Loboes were scheduled to play at 7 p.m. at Eagle Field, but due to the wind the game was pushed back first two a 7:30 p.m. start, and then called off by the umpires after talking with both coaches and Pecos-Barstow-Toyah athletic director Bubba Williams.

The teams will make up the game at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Eagle Field. Neither team is playing on Friday because of the Good Friday holiday, but both will be in action on Thursday, with the Eagles going to Fort Stockton while the Loboes host Kermit.

Monahans is 5-1 in district, with their only loss by an 11-10 score to Kermit. They defeated Pecos in the first half of 3-4A play by a 9-8 score, as they staked starter Noah Miles to an 8-0 lead and then held on for the victory.

Miles was scheduled to start Tuesday night, while Pecos was going to go with Barney Rodriguez, who defeated the Loboes back in February on a four-hitter. But with a 2-4 district record, coach Elias Payan said he didn't know if he would hold Rodriguez for Saturday's game or pitch him against Fort Stockton, who Rodriguez beat three weeks ago by a 2-0 final score.

"We can't worry about Monahans right now. We have to worry about winning every night," Payan said. "I might change, but the next game we play is the most important. If we lose to Fort Stockton, then Saturday's game is meaningless."

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