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Friday, April 25, 2003 

Eagles hunt win to clinch playoff spot

There will be a tomorrow for the Pecos Eagles' baseball team, even if they don't come away with a win tonight at Presidio in their final regular season game. But a victory will assure Pecos that there will also be a next weekend for the Eagles in the Class 3A playoffs.

The Eagles, who fell to 1-4 at the midway point of the District 4-3A schedule with an 8-5 loss at home to the Blue Devils on April 4, can clinch their fifth straight trip to the playoffs tonight with a victory in Presidio. A win, combined with a victory this afternoon by Monahans at Greenwood, would also force a playoff for second place between the Eagles and Rangers, but a loss, combined with a win by Kermit at Fort Stockton tonight, would set up a playoff early next week between the Eagles and the Yellowjackets for the final district playoff berth.

Kermit may have helped out Pecos on Tuesday. While the Eagles were defeating Greenwood, 12-9 to improve to 5-4 in district play, the Jackets were beating the Blue Devils, 14-4, which also eliminated Presidio (3-6) from the playoff race. Since Pecos and Kermit split their two district games, a tie between the two would force a third place playoff. However, under the district rules, had the Blue Devils won on Tuesday and then defeated the Eagles tonight, they would win third place based on a sweep of the two games between the teams in 3-4A play.

Tuesday's victory was only the fifth time this season the Eagles haven't trailed in a game, though they did squander a 7-0 lead to the Rangers. But unlike their earlier meeting, when they blew a 9-0 lead and lost to Greenwood, 13-11, the Eagles regained their composure and scored five times in the fourth and fifth innings. Barney Rodriguez got the victory despite allowing 13 hits, while driving in six runs on offense, including the go-ahead run in the fifth inning.

Rodriguez took the loss earlier this month against Presidio, but the game-winning hit came off reliever Josh Anchondo by Julio Aguilar, a bases-clearing double in the sixth inning that allowed the Blue Devils to complete a comeback from a 5-0 deficit. Anchondo went the distance this past Saturday against Monahans and got the win, and coach Elias Payan said he would start on the mound tonight in Presidio.

The freshman fell behind early last week, 3-0, then saw Monahans hit a pair of solo home runs in the top of the seventh inning for an 8-7 lead before Oscar Parada's two run double in the bottom of the seventh won it for Pecos, 9-8.

Tonight's game originally was set for 7 p.m., then was moved to 7 p.m. on Saturday due to a conflict with the Region I-3A track meet in Odessa. It was moved back to Friday because of a conflict with the Pecos High School prom Saturday night, and moved back an hour to allow Freddy Torres and Matthew Levario to make the 31/2 hour drive from the regional meet to Presidio in time for the game. Levario is an alternate, while Torres will be running in the preliminaries of the 800-meter relay for Pecos, at 2:45 p.m.

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