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Friday, May 14, 2004

Loboes beat Eagles at playoff

Staff Writer

For the first time in three tries, the Pecos Eagles won the battle of the first inning against the Monahans Loboes. But the Loboes won everything else Thursday night, and ended up routing the Eagles in their Region I-3A quarterfinal playoff game.

Pecos used a double play to get out of a first inning jam, and then took advantage of two outfield errors by the Loboes to take a 1-0 lead at home in the bottom of the first inning. But two base running mistakes cost the Eagles a shot at even more runs and two errors by Pecos in the second inning helped Monahans score four times. The Loboes also had four hits in the inning and ended up with 15 on the night as they cruised to a five-inning, 11-1 victory.

Stephanie Herrera went the distance on the mound for Pecos, and the 15 hits allowed were by far her high total for the season. “I’ll give it to Monahans, they hit the ball well,” said Eagles’ coach Tammy Walls. “If they hit it out of the park or get base hits from their whole lineup, they’re going to be tough to beat.”

Monahans had scored in the first inning of the team’s two previous games, and went on to score 3-0 victories both times, with Nicole Dickson and Raquel Hawkins each picking up shutout victories. Both pitched on Thursday, with Hawkins coming on after the Loboes already had gone out to a 6-1 lead.

Monahans threatened to score in the first, getting two runners on with two out. But Dickson grounded back to Herrera, who threw her out at first, and Hillery Hinojos then threw out Lupe Navarette trying to score. Brittany Lobstein and Jenny Palomino then opened the bottom of the first with singles off Dickson, with both runners advancing on an error by Navarette in left field.

One out later Dickson walked Herrera to load the bases and Jessica Flores then lofted a fly ball to right that Stacey Fuentes dropped for an error. Herrera beat her throw to second and Lobstein scored, but Palomino rounded third base too far and was thrown out. Herrera then got into a long rundown and was able to beat the throw to third for a stolen base, but then tried to score with home plate unguarded, but was beaten back the by catcher Dina Ortiz, who tagged Herrera for the final out.

Ortiz, who played with several varsity Eagles in junior high before moving to Monahans last year, was involved in the turning play in the top of the second inning as well. Her one out grounder to third was bobbled by Savanna Ewing, who then threw past second base trying for Fuentes, who opened the inning with a bunt single. Right fielder Cassandra Terrazas then threw the ball by Ewing trying for Fuentes at third. It ended up in the dugout and Fuentes was awarded home, tying the game.

Ortiz then caught Pecos napping and stole third, from where she scored on Lyndi Cypher’s single to center. After a sacrifice bunt by Heather Schuler, Hawkins singled to center, scoring Cypher, and after she moved to second o the throw home, Emily Speed followed with an RBI single for a 4-1 lead.

Herrera struck out Kayde Hill in her first at bat, but Hill, who had tagged her for a two-run double to left field in the team’s earlier meeting in Pecos, hit one off the bottom of the fence down the left field line in the third to score Dickson, who reached on a throwing error y Florez at shortstop. Hill then came all the way home on an infield hit by Ortiz to make it a 6-1 game.

Monahans didn’t score in the fourth, but in the fifth Hill opened the inning by taking a 2-2 pitch over the fence in left-center field for a solo home run “She let a couple of pitches get away from her and put them over the plate, and you’re going to pay for it,” Walls said.

Ortiz, Cypher and Schuler then singled for an 8-1 lead, and with two outs, they scored o a Speed single. She then scored on Dickson’ base hit to give the Loboes a 10-run lead. The Eagles did have a chance late to keep the game going. Terrazas got Pecos’ first hit since the first inning, singling with two outs in the fifth and going to second on a walk to Kelsey Flores. But Lobstein then popped Hawkins’ first pitch to second base, ending the game and the Eagles’ season.

Monahans improved their record to 27-5 and advanced to the Region I-3A semifinals for the second year in a row, while the Eagles finish with an 18-12 record, and will lose senior starters Herrera, Lobstein and Bre’Ann Windham.

“I’m proud of those kids and proud of how they helped us build our program,” Walls said. “Bre’Ann had two freshman on either side of her in the outfield and she’s helped with them. Stephanie did a great job on the infield and Brittany was solid all year long behind the plate.”

The Loboes will face either Lake Dallas or Iowa Park in the I-3A semifinals. Those teams were to have played on Thursday in Weatherford, but that game was rained out and rescheduled for 7 p.m. tonight. Meanwhile, Pecos will be hosting a Class 4A playoff series between Andrews and El Paso Ysleta. The first game will be at 5:30 p.m. today with the second and third, if needed, at 12 noon and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the PHS softball field.

Junior High golfers set to host final round

The Pecos Eagles junior high golf team will host four other area schools on Saturday at the Reeves County Golf Course, in the final round of their five round tournament. Pecos has hosted the first round in past years, but will instead handle the final 18 holes for the boys and the final nine holes for the girls this time around.

L:ast week’s boys scores from Kermit were not available, but the girls shot a 261 on Saturday at the Winkler County Golf Course.

Rica Pino shot a 61, Kayla Natividad had a 63, Carolina Briones a 68 and Marissa Lyles a 69 for Pecos. The girls don’t have an overall team score through 36 holes because they only had three players for the tournament’s third round, in Andrews.

Meanwhile, in the UIL Class 3A high school competition at Austin, Yoakum’s girls team shot a combined 331 and holds an 8-shot lead over Monahans, with Snyder 13 strokes back. Snyder won last year’s Class 3A state title over Pecos, while Yoakum finished third.

Lauren Espinosa of Lake Dallas opened play with a 73 and is the 3A girls leader. On the boys’ side, Slaton shot a first-day 311 to hold a six-shot advantage over Burnet. Burnets Stephen Lloyd shot a 1-under 71 on the Jimmy Clay course and holds the individual lead.

Southlake Carroll had a one-stroke lead Thursday over rival Fort Bend Elkins after the first day of play Thursday in the Class 5A state golf championship.

Southlake Carroll shot a combined 2-under 282 to lead Elkins, which came from behind in last year's championship to win.

Carrolls Carmine Mediate and Lance Lopez of Fort Bend Elkins were tied atop the individual leaderboard. Each shot 4-under 67.

"Were not nervous. Were not scared," said Carroll senior Kyle Redman, who shot an opening round 69. "Were just ready to play."

Threatening rain and lightning halted play for almost four hours during the first round of play, and more severe weather was expected Friday. Tournament coordinators stayed patient trying to complete all 18 holes of play fearing that conditions may be unplayable Friday.

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