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Wednesday, April 23, 2003 

Pecos girls win regional golf, advance to state

Staff Writer

After four years of coming close at the Class 4A level to the state golf tournament, but never quite making it through, the Pecos Eagles girls golf team finally earned that elusive trip to Austin on Tuesday at the Class 3A level, beating out one of their longtime 4A rivals in the process to capture the Region I-3A Tournament at Nueva Vista in Midland.

The Eagles, who went into play on Tuesday with a five stroke lead after the first 18-holes of the 36-hole tournament, ended it the same way, but not without having to rally on the back nine holes to hold off the Snyder Tigers and the Breckenridge Buckaroos.

"It was close the turn. Snyder had us by one and we had Breckenridge by three," said Eagles' coach Tina Hendrick, after the Tigers - who started the day six strokes back - made up seven strokes on the Eagles. "But the girls pulled it out on the back nine and played a consistent round."

The Eagles followed up their 320 on Monday with a 321 on Tuesday to finish at 641, tied for third on the day with Breckenridge and one stroke behind Snyder and Abilene Wylie, who both shot 320 scores. The Tigers then won a playoff for second place over the Buckaroos, and will be advancing to the Class 3A state finals along with Pecos, on May 8-9 at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin.

"We're on Cloud 9. We were excited all the way back into town," said Hendrick, whose team received a police escort through town to the Reeves County Golf Course.

Snyder also advanced on the boys' side, along with District 4-3A champ Monahans, while Pecos' boys, who were the district runners-up to the Loboes this season, cut 13 strokes off their opening day score but remained in ninth place overall in the final standings.

Snyder's girls advanced as the Region I-4A runners-up last season behind Andrews, while the Eagles had finished fourth at the regional tournament in San Angelo. This season, Pecos had early season wins over both those teams, and used a round of 74 by senior Lauren Martinez and a 78 by her sister, freshman Shelly Martinez, to jump out to their lead on Monday.

On Tuesday, both Martinezes had scores slightly higher, while No. 3 golfer Brandi North went from an 80 to an 86 score. But that was offset by No. 4 golfer Sarah McKinney, who cut her score from an opening round 88 to a 79 for the final 18 holes.

"Sarah had a good round. Her putter was working today," Hendrick said.

Lauren Martinez shot a 77 over the final 18 holes to finish in fourth place in the medallist race with a 151 score, while Shelly Martinez had a 79 and finished at 157, sixth overall. North had a 166 score and McKinney finished at 167, while Pecos' No. 5 golfer, Dena Dutchover, shot a 92 for the second straight day and wound up with a 184 score.

Wylie's 320 on Tuesday was offset by their opening round 341 and then finished fourth overall, with a 661 total. Monahans, which place second to Pecos at district, cut five strokes off their opening round score and shot a 341 to place fifth, with a 687 total.

Pecos' boys tied for the seventh best round of the day, at 316 at Ratliff Ranch in Odessa, but like Wylie, their opening round 329 score was too much to overcome. Snyder, which shot a 314 on Monday cut 20 strokes off that total to finish at 294 and 608 overall, winning by 16 strokes over Monahans, which shot a 314 after an opening round 310 and held off Wylie, whose 303 final round left them one stroke behind the Loboes.

"If we had shot that 316 the first day and shot the 309 we did in the practice round (Sunday), we still would have ended up one shot out of the money," said coach Kim Anderson. "They just had a bad round on Monday, plus it was cold and sprinkling and my guys just aren't bad weather players.

"We needed to start with a 316 on Monday to be in the tournament. Shooting a 329, that's just too many shots to make up against too many good teams," he added. "But the guys gave it their best shot both days, and the 316 could have been even better, but we were pressing to make birdies, and forcing our putts and chips on a couple of holes that I saw."

Michael Nichols shot 79s both days to finish at 158, while Pete Vasquez followed up an 80 on Monday with a 77 to finish one stroke ahead, at 157. Sal Nichols also shot a 79 on Tuesday and finished with a 161 score, while Casey Breiten and Jake McKinney both lowered their scores from Monday's 88s, as Breiten shot an 81 to finish at 169 and McKinney had an 82 to finish with a 170 total.

The Eagles' 316 allowed them to pass one team they trailed on Monday, Graham, which shot a 321 to finish at 347. But the Eagles also were passed by Seminole, who shot a 312 after an opening round of 331 and wound up with a 643 score. Bridgeport, which was second after the opening round, shot a 319 and ended up fourth, at 631, while Slaton shot a 313 and was fifth at 632, Canyon shot a 311 and was sixth at 634 and Perryton shot a 319 and placed seventh, with a 639 total.

Breckenridge's Camille Blackerby shot a 68 on Tuesday to win the girls' medallist race with a 139 score, while Bridgeport's Lauren Cheves shot a 145 to place second and Wylie's Jessica Harbin and Chandra Hays also earned state medallist berths by placing third and fifth, with 150 and 155 scores. For the boys' Perryton's Tate Allred shot a 70 to win with a 143 score, four shots in front of Monahans' Brandon Brin, who shot a 74 to finish at 147. Canyon's Geoff Premister and Graham's Andrew Bryant also earned state medallist berths by placing third and fourth, with 149 and 151 totals.

Eagles lose lead, keep composure, down Rangers

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles may not have corrected all their mistakes from the first half of the District 4-3A baseball schedule, but playing at home the Eagles at least have figured out a way to get around them.

The Eagles fell behind Kermit and Monahans at the outset of their road games in the first half of the district schedule and saw their comeback efforts fall short, but did rally for victories at home in the teams' rematches in Pecos.

Tuesday night, the Eagles had the same problems against the Greenwood Rangers as they had in the teams' April 1 meeting in Midland, but again, Pecos was able to rewrite the final outcome and in the process clinch at least a tie for third place in the District 4-3A standings.

The Eagles jumped out to a 9-0 lead in their first two at-bats at Greenwood earlier this month, only to see the Rangers come back to win by a 13-11 final score, thanks in part to a seven-run sixth inning. This time Pecos jumped ahead by a 7-0 score after two innings only to see the Rangers score seven times in their next two at-bats to tie the game.

But once the lead was gone, the Eagles set about building a new one, scoring twice in the bottom of the fourth inning and three times in the fifth, before holding off one final Ranger rally to win by a 12-9 final score.

"We got a big lead and may have gotten a little complacent, but like I told them, you're going to have to learn what not to do from what happened the first time," said Eagles' coach Elias Payan. "But give Greenwood credit, it wasn't what we were doing, it was what they did."

The Rangers went quietly in the first two innings, but then hammered out 13 hits against starter Barney Rodriguez, who was able to strand 11 Greenwood baserunners to go the distance and even his record at 6-6 on the season.

Rodriguez had taken the loss in relief last time at Greenwood, while Adam Banda came on in the second inning in that game and picked up the win for the Rangers. On Tuesday, Banda again came on in relief in the second inning, this time for starter Justin Crockett, and while he did shut down Pecos enough to let his team rally to tie the game, he couldn't hold the Eagles in their next two at-bats, with Rodriguez delivering the key hits both times.

His two-out single to center in the fourth scored David Elkins with the go-ahead run, and in the fifth, his high fly with two away to right field was lost in the lights and high wind by Eric Skaggs and landed on the foul line for a two-run triple, which put the Eagles up by a 12-6 score at the time.

The wind would bother Elkins as well in the top of the fifth, as Dawson Wilbur's deep fly was blown away from him for a triple, after Shayne Moody lined a triple into right-center field to open the inning. Banda then beat out a hit to shortstop to score Wilbur to make it 12-9, but Rodriguez was able to get Crockett to foul out to catcher Ruvel Carrasco, and after a single by Toby Bunch, struck out Skaggs and got Silas Etheridge to ground to second base to end the inning.

Payan said the strong wind blowing in from left field may have affected Rodriguez' curve ball. "I think it was a little bit on his mind. The wind was behind him and it was hanging his curve. He wasn't throwing it like he normally does, but he was able to battle back and get the win," he said.

Rodriguez quickly retired the first two batters in the seventh, before Moody doubled and Wilbur walked. That put the tying run at bat, but Banda bounced out to third baseman Matthew Levario to end the game.

Elkins reached base all four times at bat Tuesday without benefit of a hit. He got hit by Crockett to open the bottom of the first, and after walks to Jose Reyes and Oscar Parada, Rodriguez singled to left with one out to score two runs, and Freddy Torres made it 3-0 with a two out single to right field.

In the second, Carrasco and Zo Serrano opened with singles, and after Crockett walked Elkins, Banda came on to pitch. Reyes greeted him with an RBI single, and Serrano then scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Rigo Ramirez. Elkins would score after Parada's bloop infield hit, when Banda threw the ball past Crockett, now playing first base, and Ramirez came home when Etheridge couldn't hold onto Rodriguez' line drive to second.

Skaggs replaced Banda in right field when he went to pitch, and started Greenwood's comeback in the third with a single, the first of four straight hits off Rodriguez to open the inning. They scored two runs, and after Moody flew out and Wilbur was intentionally walked, Banda made it 7-3 with a sacrifice fly to center.

Greenwood sent nine men to the plate in the inning and would do it again in the fourth when they tied the score. This time, they had three straight singles with one out, before Levario had problems with a grounder by Moody and a bad hop shot by Wilbur, which scored three runs. The Rangers then tied the game on a two-out single by Crockett.

The win, coupled with Kermit's 14-4 victory at home over Presidio, assures the Eagles of at least a playoff for third place, if they lose their final regular season game to Presidio while Kermit defeats Fort Stockton. Pecos could also end up in a playoff for second with Greenwood, if they defeat the Blue Devils while the Rangers lose their final regular season game, at home on Friday against Monahans.

Friday's game in Presidio will be the Eagles' longest trip of the season, and will also be their latest start of the season due to conflicts with Region I-3A track meet in Odessa on Friday afternoon. The game will begin at 8 p.m. to allow both Torres and Levario time to make the 235-mile drive from Odessa to Presidio.


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Bruno 3b 4 2 2 1 Elkins rf 0 4 0 0

Rossler lf 5 1 2 1 JReyes ss 3 1 2 1

Moody ss 5 2 2 0 RRmrz 1b 4 4 0 1

Wilber cf 3 1 1 1 Parada cf 3 1 1 0

Bnda rf-p 4 0 1 2 Rdrguz p 4 0 3 6

Crktt p-1b 3 0 1 1 Lvrio 3b 3 0 0 0

Bunch c 4 0 1 0 JRmrz lf 0 0 0 0

McCllch 1b 0 0 0 0 Torres dh 4 0 2 1

Skaggs rf 4 1 1 0 Crrsco c 4 0 1 0

Ethrdge 2b 4 2 2 0 VReyes cr 0 1 0 0

Srrno 2b 4 1 1 0

Totals 36 9 13 6 Totals 29 12 0 9

Greenwood 003 402 0 - 9

Pecos 430 230 x -12

E-J.Reyes, Banda, Levario 2, Rodriguez, Etheridge 2. LOB-Greenwood 11, Pecos 7. 2B-Moody. 3B-Rodriguez, Moody, Wilber. SF-Banda. SB-Elkins 4, R.Ramirez 3, Parada.



Crockett 1 4 6 5 3 1

Banda L 5 6 6 2 4 4


Rodriguez W, 6-6 7 13 9 5 4 6

WP-Rodriguez, Banda.


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