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Eagles place nine players on all-district baseball team

Staff Writer
Five members of the Pecos Eagles' varsity baseball team were named to the first team All-District 4-3A squad, while four others were given second team recognition in voting by the district's coaches.

Senior Barney Rodriguez, David Elkins and Rigo Ramirez were named to the first team along with junior Oscar Parada, while freshman Jose Anchondo was chosen as Newcomer of the Year in voting by the five district coaches. On the second team, seniors Matthew Levario, Ruvel Carrasco and Zo Serrano were joined by junior Jose Reyes, as the Eagles led all 4-3A teams in number of selections.

Pecos ended up third in district behind Monahans, which had six players chosen to the first and second teams, including 4-3A MVP Noah Miles, and Midland Greenwood, which put four players on the first and second teams.

The Eagles started off district with a 1-4 record before winning four of their final five games to finish at 5-5. They advanced to the area round of the Class 3A playoffs before losing to Lubbock Cooper. Monahans defeated Cooper in the Region I-3A quarterfinals, before falling this past weekend to Abilene Wylie in the regional semifinals, while Snyder beat Greenwood in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

Rodriguez and Anchondo were both selected as pitchers on the all-district team, while Elkins and Parada were selected in the outfield and Ramirez as a utility player, after splitting time between the outfield and first base for the Eagles. Rodriguez finished the season with a 7-7 record, including a 3-2 mark in district and a 1-1 record in post-season, while Anchondo finished with a 5-1 season record including a playoff win over Seminole.

Rodriguez led Pecos with six home runs, while Elkins had five during the 2003 season. He was a three-year starter in right field and was the leadoff batter for Pecos again this season, while Parada split time between centerfield and leftfield and was the Eagles' clean-up hitter during the 2003 season. Ramirez played center for Pecos and first base when Rodriguez pitched.

It was the third year in a row Rodriguez was named a first team all-district pitcher, and the third year in a row for both Elkins and Ramirez, who were chosen as members of District 2-4A the previous two seasons. Parada was a second team selection last year.

Levario was a second team pick at third base for the Eagles, after earning first team honors the previous two seasons at second base and pitcher for the Eagles. The other three Pecos players - Reyes at shortstop, Carrasco at catcher and Serrano at second base - were all first-time selections. It was Reyes first season as a starter, while Serrano was a part-time starter the previous year at second and Carrasco started part time at third base in 2002, before moving behind home plate this season.

This year's all-district first team was senior-dominated, not only for Pecos, but for most of the other 4-3A schools.

In addition to Miles, Monahans put two other seniors, first baseman Keith Balderez and shortstop Joey Aguilar on the first team. They were joined by junior pitcher Dimas Porras and sophomore Scotty Najar as designated hitter. Another junior, outfielder Adrian Dominguez, was a second team pick.

Greenwood was represented on the first team by seniors Shayne Moody at pitcher and Ryan Bueno at third base, along with junior outfielder Dawson Wilbur. Senior outfielder Kevin Rossler was the Rangers' second team selection.

Presidio also had three first team selections, in senior pitcher Julio Aguilar, senior second baseman Alberto Renteria and sophomore outfielder Orlando Macias Two other sophomores, shortstop Armando Dominguez and utility player Joe Valdez, were second team selections.

Kermit put senior pitcher Bear Haring on the first team, and senior shortstop Chris Burnet, junior catcher Lupe Munoz and sophomore outfielder Hunter Hardaway on the second team. Fort Stockton was represented by catcher R.J. Bernal, a junior, on the first team and three seniors, first baseman Isai Rojas, second baseman Angel Marquez and outfielder Chance Bruno on the second team.

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