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Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Odessa softball holds all-night men’s tourney

The Odessa Softball Association has scheduled a Men’s All-Nite Softball Tourney for the weekend of May 7-8 at the UTPB Softball Complex at Loop 338 and East 42nd Street in Odessa.

The tournament will be an ASA Class D tournament, with stolen bases allowed in games. Teams will have a 3-game guarantee for the tournament, and the deadline to sign up for the tournament is Tuesday, May 4.

Entry fee is $150 per team. For further information contact either Gabriel or Michelle at (432) 552-7426, or contact the Odessa Softball Association at (432) 580-7811.

Eagles get playoff practice in 8-5 win

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles and Alpine Bucks both tried to get the pitches they wanted to hit on Monday. But in this case, it was by mutual consent of the coaches in a pre-playoff practice game between the two teams.

The Eagles scored three times in the first inning and then held off a couple of rallies by the Bucks to score an 8-5 win at the Pecos High School softball field. Eagles’ pitcher Stephanie Herrera allowed eight hits in the game, after no-hitting Kermit to close out District 4-3A play last Friday, but coach Tammy Walls said that was because of what she and Bucks’ coach Ruth McWilliams wanted to see going into the playoffs.

“Before the game both coaches got together to ask what they would be seeing,” Walls said. “I asked them to throw more change-ups, because that’s what Lubbock Cooper’s pitcher (Lorin Duff) throws, and she asked that Stephanie throw over the inside and outside of the plate.”

Consecutive errors by shortstop Christina Ruiz to open the game allowed the Eagles to get on the board in the first inning off Alpine’s Emily Morrow. Herrera’s infield hit scored Brittany Lobstein, while an error by Laci Langford at third base and a double steal by Herrera and Hillery Hinojos got Pecos their next two runs.

The Eagles made it 4-0 in the third on a triple by Lobstein and an RBI ground out by Herrera, but the Bucks were able to score three runs in the top of the fifth inning to cut the lead to 4-3.

Singles by Ruiz and Dee Dee DelaO and an error by shortstop Vanessa Valeriano on a Hannah Dodson grounder got Alpine its first run with one away. Herrera then hit Jennifer Hendryx with a pitch, which was followed by an error by Kelsey Flores on a Kassie Fuller grounder to second base. One run scored there, and another came across when Lobstein overthrew third base while trying to pick off Dodson.

Langford then hit a grounder to Savannah Ewing at third base, but she was able to throw home in time to get Hendryx, and Lobstein then threw to Flores at second, who tagged out Langford trying to take an extra base, ending the inning.

Fuller had moved to third base an inning earlier, and her error on a Valeriano grounder to open the bottom of the fifth allowed the Eagles to get a run back. Valeriano scored on a Jenny Palomino sacrifice fly for a 5-3 lead, and the Eagles would get their final three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Valeriano had a two-run single after a Herrera base hit, errors by Ruiz and Morrow, a passed ball by DelaO and an RBI grounder by Flores had given Pecos an 8-6 lead. Alpine got two of those runs back in their final at-bat, after an error by Valeriano on a DelaO grounder and consecutive two-out singles by Fuller, Langford and Morgan Collier.

The win gave Pecos a 16-11 record going into Thursday’s bi-district playoff game against Lubbock Cooper in Andrews, and Walls said it gave her a chance to look at her infield defense.

“The thing about this game is it showed us some things we needed to work on with our new shortstop that we haven’t done yet, so that was a plus, and that’s why we play these practice games,” she said. Valeriano is replacing Amalie Herrera, who will be ineligible until mid-May.

While the Eagles were practicing for their playoff game on Thursday, Monahans was shutting out Greenwood, 3-0, in Odessa to claim the District 4-3A title. The Loboes earned a first round bye while the Rangerettes will take on Merkel in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

Alpine 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 -- 5 8 7

Pecos 3 0 1 0 1 3 x -- 8 5 3

Morrow and DelaO. S. Herrera and Lobstein. W - S. Herrera. L - Morrow. E - Alpine, Ruiz 3, Langford 2, Fuller, Morrow. Pecos, Valeriano 2, K. Flores. DP - Pecos 1. LOB - Alpine 7, Pecos 3. 3B - Pecos, Lobstein. S - Alpine, Ruiz. SF - Pecos, Palomino. SB - Alpine, Dodson 3, DelaO. Pecos, S. Herrera. CS - Alpine, Fuller (by Lobstein). Pecos, Windham (by DelaO). HBP - Hendryx by S. Herrera. PB - DelaO 3.

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