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Two teams were added to the former eight-team field, leaving the Eagles
and Alpine Bucks with opening round byes today. Pecos will face the
winner of tonight's El Paso Parkland-Midland Greenwood game at 10:45
a.m. Friday, with the winner moving onto the tournament semifinals,
against Reagan County or Monahans, at 7:45 p.m. Friday night.
A loss would send Pecos home for the day, before coming back for a 10
a.m. consolation bracket semifinal on Saturday. Depending on the outcome
of their first two contests, the Eagles would play their third game of
the weekend as early as 2 p.m. -- the seventh place game -- or as late
at 8 p.m., if they advance to the tournament title contest.
The Eagles come in to Friday's game with a 2-1 season record, having won
their opener on Feb. 18 at Monahans, 15-5, then splitting a pair of
games at home last Saturday against El Paso Burges and Kermit. The
Eagles allowed five unearned runs by committing seven errors in a 6-2
loss to Burges, then got four unearned runs thanks to seven Kermit
errors in a 6-1 victory over the Yellowjackets.
Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said his team came through the six weeks
grading period unscathed, but added, "The one they need to pass in the
next grading period, when we get into district play. But the kids are
working hard on the field and in the classroom, and hopefully it will
Williams said Moses Martinez, who has both of Pecos' wins this season,
would start Friday morning's game. "I'll throw Moses, and then come back
hopefully Friday night and throw Jason (Abila)," he said, adding the
rest of the starting lineup would also be the same as in Saturday's win
over Kermit, when Martinez allowed one run on six hits.
The Eagles haven't faced the Matadors in several seasons, but met
Greenwood twice last season, dropping 6-4 and 4-3 decisions. Martinez
started the second game, allowing one run on two hits in three innings
Greenwood comes into the tournament off an 8-5 win last Saturday over
Pecos' District 4-4A rival, Big Spring.
Along with Alpine, the other half of the bracket in Monahans has Crane
facing Kermit and Fort Stockton meeting Presidio, with the winner of
that game taking on the Bucks on Friday prior to the Eagles' opener.
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