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Monday, April 28, 2003

Eagles tossed curve, still make playoffs

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles got into the playoffs Friday night, and pretty much guaranteed themselves of seeing a lot of curveballs once they start playing there, as the result of their final regular season game, against the Presidio Blue Devils.

Presidio pitcher Julio Aguilar made the Eagles look bad at the plate for the second time in three weeks, letting a lot of runners get on base, but never letting Pecos get a hit with runners in scoring position. Meanwhile, his teammates took advantage of all of their chances against Josh Anchondo to score a 6-2 victory and end the Eagles' four-game winning streak.

"I think we left about 15 runners on base tonight," said Eagles' coach Elias Payan, whose team still managed to clinch a playoff berth before the end of the game when Fort Stockton defeated Kermit by a 7-5 final score. "The way he pitched in Pecos was similar to the way he pitched tonight."

Aguilar allowed five runs in the first inning at Pecos back on April 4, then shut the Eagles down over the final six innings while Presidio rallied for an 8-5 victory. This time, he only struck out two batters while allowing eight hits and walking six, but his curveball confused Pecos' hitters consistently with runners in scoring position.

Meanwhile, the Blue Devils never trailed on Friday, getting a solo home run in the first inning from Orlando Macias and four more runs in the third, off a Macias single, a walk by Anchondo with the bases loaded and two throwing errors by Pecos.

The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning, when Zo Serrano singled with one out and scored from first base on David Elkins' double, but they wouldn't score again until the seventh, when Oscar Parada led off with a home run. By then, the Blue Devils had gotten the run back when Armando Dominguez doubled home pinch runner Jorge Vasquez from first base in the bottom of the fifth inning.

"We just didn't take care of the situations we had in front of us tonight, but we're in the playoffs, and it's a new season," Payan said. "We'll be ready to play."

The Eagles actually left a dozen runners on base, including seven in the first three innings. Elkins opened the game by beating out an infield hit to first, when Aguilar was late covering the bag on his bouncer to Hector Rodriguez, but Jose Valdez then took a single away from Jose Reyes, turning it into a force at second. Rigo Ramirez followed with a single, but Aguilar then got Parada to pop up and Barney Rodriguez to bounce to shortstop.

"It kind of looked like we would get something in the first inning, but their third baseman made a major league play to take away our rally," Payan said.

In the second inning, two walks and two sacrifice bunts put runners on second and third, but Aguilar got Reyes to pop to shortstop to end the inning. In the third, the Eagles ran themselves out of a scoring chance when Rodriguez was doubled off second base when Juan Anaya caught Freddy Torres' sinking line drive with one out and the bases loaded.

Presidio then scored four times in their next at-bat, after Aguilar walked with one out and scored after singles by Valdez and Macias. Carlos Ortiz was then intentionally walked by Pecos, but Anchondo then walked Dominguez on five pitches to force home a run. Carlos Villarreal then grounded to Matthew Levario at third base, but his throw was wide of catcher Ruvel Carrasco, and Macias scored.

Vasquez, running for Ortiz, was thrown out at home trying to score on the play, but Dominguez would come home moments later with Hector Rodriguez batting, when Carrasco tried to pick him off at third, but saw his throw bounce off the helmet of the 6-foot-2 Rodriguez and into short left field.

While Fort Stockton eliminated Kermit from the playoff race on Friday, the Yellowjackets had ended Presidio's playoff hopes three days earlier with a 14-4 win. Had the Blue Devils come out on top, they would have advanced to the playoffs instead of Pecos, based on their two wins in District 4-3A play over the Eagles.

"It was their last game of the season, and they had nothing to lose, while I thought we played a little tight tonight," said Payan, whose team could have tied Greenwood and forced a playoff for second with a win, after the Rangers were beaten Friday afternoon in extra innings by Monahans.

The Eagles ended up 5-5 in district and are 17-10 on the season, while Presidio finished 4-6 and 17-9. Pecos will now take on the Seminole Indians in the bi-district round of the Class 3A playoffs. Seminole won a playoff for second place in District 3-3A over Snyder on Friday, and back in March rallied for a 10-9 victory over Pecos in the first round of the West Texas March Classic in Midland.

Payan said the teams still have to decide on a one game or best-of-three series, along with the date and site for the series.


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Levario 3b 2 0 1 0 Dmnguz ss 2 1 1 2

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HBP-by Aguilar (B.Rodriguez).


Pecos' Herrera places third at I-3A shot put

Staff Writer

What appeared to be a consolation prize at the District 4-3A track meet for a missed opportunity turned into the only consolation the Pecos Eagles had over the weekend, at the Region I-4A Track and Field Championships at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.

The Eagles, who won the district boys track title and finished second on the girls' side, were completely shut out on Friday, in the field events, running preliminaries and in the finals of the 3200-meter run. That left only two Pecos competitors to return to Ratliff on Saturday, but one, junior Stephanie Herrera, ended up coming close to earning a state berth, as she placed third in the finals of the shot put competition for the Eagles' only points of the two-day meet.

"She placed one foot and one inch behind second place. She threw 37 (feet) flat," said coach Roxie Chavez. "She really wanted it."

Herrera was the favorite going into district in the discus, and had the best throw following preliminaries on April 9 in Kermit. But she and Pecos' other two discus throwers, Stephanie Arreguy and Jessica Flores, were disqualified for looking at a video monitor of their throws during the event, and Herrera had to settle for a regional berth in the shot put behind Fort Stockton's Tammy Cash.

On Saturday, Cash won the event and a trip to Austin with a throw of 38-feet-81/4, while Sanger's Stephani Roberson got second with a 38-11/2 effort.

Freshman Jennifer Martinez was the only other Pecos competitor on Saturday, but failed to place in the finals of the 1600 meter run, while on Friday, Chavez said the Eagles ran slower times overall than at the district meet.

"Jummy (Akinyode) ran a 26.9, but that just wasn't fast enough to get into the finals," of the 200 meter dash, Chavez said. "She really didn't run her best in that race, either, and we really struggled in the mile relay."

The boys had to run without sophomore Rashad Terry and senior Genaro Mendoza at regionals. Mendoza would have run in the 1600 finals on Saturday and Terry probably would have made the finals in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes, based on Friday's preliminary results. Instead, none of Pecos' runners made it to Saturday's finals, and the Eagles had no field event competitors after Will Armstrong and Justin Lara failed to place in the pole vault Friday morning.

"The way we were seeded was the way we ran, ninth or 10th," said Eagles' coach Jerry Parent. The top eight times on Friday advanced to Saturday's finals, and Parent said, "Jack (Bradley) just got edged out in the hurdles. He was ninth, and we just got edged out in the 800 relay and finished ninth."

Also missing out was Isaiah Juarez in the 800 meter run. "He ran a 2:07. He just didn't have the legs," Parent said. "He had a lot of things to do during the week, and he got sick."

Juarez missed workouts because of his illness and a death in the family, while Armstrong and Lara weren't able to work out because of high winds, Parent said.

Aside from Cash, Greenwood shot put and discus thrower Kevin Folger was the only other District 4-3A competitor to advance to state. Sweetwater won the boys regional title with 64 points to 46 for Childress, while Muleshoe edged Kennedale, 59-56 to win the I-3A girls' title.

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