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Monday, April 21, 2003

Pecos boys get silver medals at regional qualifiers' meet

The Pecos Eagles boys' track team picked up a few second place finishes this past Thursday, during a practice meet for regional qualifiers at Lamesa.

Pecos didn't have a full team for the trip, and coach Jerry Parent said, "Our times weren't as good, but it was a practice meet.

"It wasn't that big a meet, but we got to see a few 3A teams - Seminole, Dalhart, Denver City, Lubbock Cooper and Lamesa," he added. Those teams will all be at Ratliff Stadium this coming Friday and Saturday for the Region I-3A Track and Field Championships.

Thursday's meet was open to all classes, and the Eagles' 400 meter relay team placed second to Lubbock Coronado with a 44.97 time, the 800 meter relay team was second to Slaton with a 1:35.61 time, the 1600 meter relay team was second to Dalhart with a 3:37.18 time and in the individual races, Pecos also earned silver medals from Jack Bradley in the 110 meter hurdles and Will Armstrong in the pole vault. Bradley ran a 15.25, second to Dalhart's Alan Bean who won in 14.58 seconds, while Armstrong cleared 12 feet, as did winner Josh Nitzinger of Quanah, but got second based on the earliest miss.

In the 800 meter run, Isaiah Juarez did run a better time than his winning effort at the District 4-3A track meet a week earlier, with a 2:04.88 time, but ended up third, behind Brady Rainwater of Floydada and James Harris of Coronado. In the 400-meter dash, Alex Orosco ran a 53.92 and finished in fourth place.

Pecos' girls didn't compete in a qualifiers meet this past weekend. The Eagle girls placed second to Greenwood at the District 4-3A track meet, while the boys won the 4-3A title, their first district championship in 53 years.

Eagles overcome Loboes' HRs, rally for 9-8 victory

Staff Writer

The comeback didn't last as long, and it didn't have to make up nearly as much ground. But the loss would have hurt the Pecos Eagles far more on Saturday against the Monahans Loboes than it did the first time around in District 4-3A play.

The Eagles, who rallied from a 9-2 deficit in the seventh inning last month at Monahans with six runs falling by a 9-8 score, only had to make up a one-run deficit in the seventh inning on Saturday at Eagle Field. But that came after the Loboes had capped a comeback from a 7-4 deficit with solo home runs by Keith Balderez and Scott Najar in the top of the inning.

Dimas Porras, who had the first of Monahans' four solo homers on the day, then got two quick strikes on Jose Reyes, before he was able to drop a single into short left field leading off the bottom of the inning. Rigo Ramirez then laced a double to left-centerfield, and after Loboes' coach Arcadio Rivera opted to leave Porras on the mound, Oscar Parada lined a single to left, scoring both Reyes and Ramirez to give the Eagles the win, again by a 9-8 final score.

"Don't count us out," said coach Elias Payan, whose team is now a game up on Kermit and Presidio for the third and final district playoff spot, after starting 4-3A play with a 1-4 record. "Our kids are way better than that, and I think that the kids showed it today."

After running into their usual first inning problems and falling behind Monahans by a 3-0 score, the Eagles came back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the first off Porras, then added three more runs in the third after Porras' solo shot off Josh Anchondo in the top of the second inning had tied the game. Joey Aguilar would homer to lead off the fifth, and Monahans would score once more in the inning to cut the margin to 7-6 before tying the game on Balderez' shot to open the seventh, and taking the lead when Najar homered one out later.

Pecos got their first and only homer of the afternoon in the first inning, when Barney Rodriguez hit a three-run shot to left. It came after Porras issued his only walk of the game, David Elkins, to open the first, and saw him score when Aguilar threw past first base on a Ramirez grounder. Parada followed with a double before Rodriguez' homer, his fifth of the season.

Anchondo also walked the first batter of the game he faced, and then issued just one more walk the rest of the way. That helped him go the distance and finish with eight strikeouts, though the freshman allowed 14 hits overall.

"He had a couple of (calls) he didn't get and threw a few bad pitches," Payan said. "He just hung a couple of pitches (in the seventh), but I told the kids we've got our 2-3-4 hitters coming up, the meat of the lineup, and if we can't get it done with that we don't deserve to win."

Porras doubled home Aguilar after he walked in the first, and Najar, Joey Juarez and Adrian Dominguez followed with singles off Anchondo, who struck out Balderez, Noah Miles and Houston Stockman around the three singles.

"The thing is we struggle early, but we come back and we win the game," said Payan, whose team is now 16-9 on the season but has trailed at one point in 21 of their 25 games, including all three games in their current win streak. "When you're down in the first inning there's still a lot of game left, and we feel confident we can come back and win the game."

Pecos used two hits and two Monahans errors to go up 7-4 in the third. Ramirez opened with a single, and Parada then reached when Miles booted his grounder to third. One out later, Matthew Levario scored Ramirez with a single, and Parada scored when Aguilar threw the ball past second base trying to get Levario on a grounder by Freddy Torres. Levario then came home on Zo Serrano's ground out.

Monahans came close to tying the game in the fifth after Aguilar's homer. Balderez singled and Miles walked with one away, and then with two outs Juarez singled home a run, and Dominguez followed with a base hit, but Miles was caught in-between third and home and was eventually tagged out by catcher Ruvel Carrasco.

The Loboes would have Aguilar warming up in the fifth inning, when Pecos threatened but failed to score, but opted to stay with Porras the rest of the way. "Joey was out there during the game, but I guess he (Rivera) felt the kids could get the job done, but we won the battle," Payan said.

The Eagles are now 4-4 in district play, while Monahans falls into a tie for first place with Greenwood, both with 6-2 marks. Those teams close out the season against each other in Midland, after the Eagles host the Rangers on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pecos ends its season with a trip to Presidio, who'll be at Kermit to play the Yellowjackets in a battle of fourth place teams on Tuesday.


ab r h bi ab r h bi

Aguilar ss 3 2 1 1 Elkins rf 3 1 2 0

Porras p 4 2 2 2 JReyes ss 4 1 2 0

Bldrez 1b 4 2 2 1 RRmrz cf 4 3 2 0

Miles 3b 3 0 1 0 Parada lf 4 2 2 2

Najar 2b 4 2 2 1 Rdrguz 1b 3 1 1 3

Juarez c 4 0 2 1 Levario ss 3 1 1 1

Dmnguz cf 4 0 3 1 Anchndo p 0 0 0 0

Stckmn lf 4 0 0 0 Torres dh 3 0 0 0

Pedroza 3b 3 0 1 0 Serrano 2b 3 0 0 1

Carrasco c 3 0 1 0 JRmrz cr 0 0 0 0

Totals 33 8 14 8 Totals 30 9 11 7

Monahans 310 020 2 - 8

Pecos 403 000 2 - 9

None out when winning run scored

E-Rodriguez, Aguilar 2, Miles, Najar, Carrasco. DP-Monahans 1, Pecos 1. LOB-Monahans 6, Pecos 4. 2B-Porras, Parada, Elkins, R.Ramirez. HR-Rodriguez, Porras, Aguilar, Balderez, Najar. SB-R.Ramiez, Torres, Dominguez. CS-J.Ramirez.



Porras L 6 11 9 6 1 6


Anchondo W,4-07 14 8 8 2 8

Porras pitched to three batters in the seventh

PB-Carrasco, Juarez.


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