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Monday, May 5, 2003

Eagles shut down Indians' hitters, sweep series

Staff Writer

"The playoffs are a different season," Pecos Eagles coach Elias Payan said following his team's final regular season game, a 6-2 loss to the Presidio Blue Devils. And as it turned out, that's the way the Eagles played their bi-district series over the weekend against the Seminole Indians.

The Eagles, who had few low-scoring games through the course of the 2003 baseball season, went into Seminole Friday night and came away with a 1-0 win over the Indians, as Barney Rodriguez tossed a one-hitter and hit a solo home run off Seminole's Aaron McBee to lead off the top of the seventh inning.

Things looked like they would go back to normal for the Eagles at the start of Game 2 on Saturday in Pecos, as pitcher Josh Anchondo hit McBee with the game's first pitch, and walked the next two batters on nine pitches. Drew Worth then drove home Seminole's first run of the series with a sacrifice fly to deep center, but that also turned out to be the last run of the series for the Indians. Anchondo settled down, and the Eagles used a two-run triple by Matthew Levario and a pair of home runs by David Elkins off Pete Guerra to break open the game and win in five innings, 11-1, to sweep the best-of-three bi-district series.

"We hit the ball well," said Payan. "Their pitcher (McBee) was able to hold our hitters down, but we got some good pitching and some good hitting overall, so it was a team effort."

Rodriguez came into Friday's game with only a 6-6 record, including a loss in relief to Seminole back on March 6 at the West Texas Classic in Midland. McBee started that game, but wasn't around by the finish, when Seminole used an error to defeat Pecos by a 10-9 score, but he was on the mound at the outset, when Rodriguez' two run home run gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead.

This time neither team managed a run until the seventh, when Rodriguez sent a 2-2 pitch from McBee over the wall in left-center field for his sixth home run of the season.

"Overall, defensively we played very well," said Payan. "I told them it would only take a couple of runs (to win) because Barney was on. He's not going to blow the ball by them, so we're going to have to play defense and that's what we did."

Seminole did get a couple of baserunners on in the fifth and sixth innings on throwing errors by Matthew Levario and Jose Reyes, but earlier Levario had taken a hit away from David Clay on a slow infield roller to lead off the third inning, and Reyes would get Matt Hawkins on a grounder to shortstop to end the first inning, after the Indians put runners on second and third with two outs.

Pecos also had a chance to score in the first inning, after Elkins walked and Reyes singled to open the game, but Elkins was then thrown out at home trying to score from second on a single by Rigo Ramirez. The Eagles also got Freddy Torres to third base in the second inning with two away, but he was left stranded by McBee.

McBee also had what turned out to be Seminole's only hit of the evening, beat out an infield bouncer to Reyes at shortstop to open the game. Rodriguez then walked Braxton Bates before coming back to get Guerra, Worth and Hawkins to end the threat. Aside from Levario's play on Clay's grounder, the Indians' only other chance at a hit came in the fifth, when Oscar Parada made a sliding catch on McBee's fly ball to open the inning.

Seminole also made several defensive plays to rob Pecos of hits in the game, and started off Game 2 on Saturday by turning a double play to end the first inning and protect their 1-0 lead. But in the second Parada opened with a single just over Hawkins' glove at second base, Rodriguez followed with a double and Levario then tripled both runners home for a 2-1 Eagle lead. Guerra then got two outs, but walked Ruvel Carrasco and then saw Elkins homer into the trees in left-center field to make it a 5-1 game.

Elkins would strike again with two outs in the fourth inning, this time after a single by Carrasco to put the Eagles ahead 7-1. Then in the fifth, Carrasco would drive in a couple of runs of his own with a single to right-center field, after Guerra walked Levario, hit Torres with a pitch and gave up a single to pinch hitter Victor Reyes.

That brought Steven Cuevas on to pitch and he did strike out Elkins, but his curveball handcuffed Worth twice as well, as he allowed two passed balls around a balk by the new pitcher, which allowed both Reyes and pinch-runner Javier Ramirez to score, ending the game under the 10-run rule.

Anchondo ended up with a two-hitter, allowing only a two-out single to Clay in the fourth inning and a one-out hit to Guerra in the fifth. But his early control problems almost sent him to the bench, as the freshman walked Robert Ramirez to re-load the bases and went to a 3-1 count on Evan Stone before coming back to strike him and Bates out to end the inning.

"He was one pitch away from coming out. Had he walked that batter (Stone) I would have pulled him," said Payan. "But he was able to bear down and get out of trouble, and he got the job done after that."

The win gives Pecos a 19-10 season mark and advances them to the area round of the state playoffs for the fifth straight season, but the first time as a member of Class 3A. They'll take on the Lubbock Cooper Pirates, the District 2-3A champions, in the area round best-of-three series, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at the Scharbauer Center's First American Bank Ballpark in Midland. A third game if needed would begin about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

District 4-3A champ Monahans will face Borger in the area round of the playoffs this weekend in Lubbock, with the winner facing the winner of the Pecos-Lubbock Cooper series in the regional quarterfinals. The runner-up team out of 4-3A, Greenwood, was eliminated by Snyder in the bi-district round of the playoffs. The Tigers won the first game at home on Friday, 4-3, then lost at Greenwood on Saturday, 16-12, before winning the deciding game, 8-5


ab r h bi ab r h bi

Elkins rf 2 0 0 0 McBee p 3 0 1 0

JReyes ss 3 0 1 0 Phillips cr 0 0 0 0

RiRmrz 1b 3 0 1 0 Bates cf 2 0 0 0

Parada cf 3 0 0 0 Guerra ss 2 0 0 0

Rdrgz p 3 1 1 1 Worth c 3 0 0 0

Levario 3b 3 0 1 0 Hwkns 2b 3 0 0 0

JRmrz lf 0 0 0 0 Cstlbry 1b 0 0 0 0

Torres dh 3 0 1 0 Stone dh 3 0 0 0

Serrano 2b 3 0 0 0 Ro.Rmrz rf 3 0 0 0

Carrasco c 3 0 0 0 Lowen 3b 2 0 0 0

Clay lf 2 0 0 0

Totals 26 1 5 1 Totals 23 0 1 0

Pecos 000 100 1 - 2

Seminole 000 000 0 - 0

E- Levario, J. Reyes, Guerra. LOB-Pecos

5, Seminole 4. HR-Rodriguez (6). SB-Torres 2. CS-Elkins.



Rodriguez W,7-6 7 1 0 0 1 2


McBee L, 6-4 7 5 1 1 1 4

HBP-by Rdoriguez (Guerra).



ab r h bi ab r h bi

McBee ss 2 1 0 0 Elkins rf 3 2 2 5

Hwkns 2b 2 0 0 0 JReyes ss 2 0 1 0

Gurra p-3b 1 0 1 0 RiRmrz cf 4 0 0 0

Phillips cr 0 0 0 0 Parada lf 3 1 1 0

Worth c 2 0 0 1 Rdrguz 1b 2 1 1 0

RoRmrez rf 1 0 0 0 Lvrio 3b 2 2 1 2

Farmer 1b 0 0 0 0 Anchndo p 0 0 0 0

Stone dh 3 0 0 0 Torres dh 2 1 0 0

Bates cf 2 0 0 0 Serrano 2b 2 0 0 0

Lowen 3b 2 0 0 0 VReyes ph 1 1 1 0

Cuevas p 0 0 0 0 Carrasco c 2 0 2 2

Clay lf 1 0 1 0 J.Rmrz cr 0 3 0 0

Totals 16 1 2 1 Totals 22 11 9 9

Seminole 100 00 - 1

Pecos 050 24 - 11

Game ended in fifth inning under 10-run rule

E-Parada, Clay, McBee. DP-Seminole 1. LOB-Seminole 8, Pecos 3. 2B-Rodriguez. 3B-Levario. HR- Elkins 2 (5). SF-Wirth. SB-Levario.



Guerra L, 4-5 41/3 9 11 9 3 1

Cuevas 1/3 0 0 0 0 1


Anchondo W, 5-1 5 2 1 1 6 6

HBP - by Guerra (Rodriguez, Torres)

Balk - Cuevas.

PB-Carrasco, Wirth 2.


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