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March 21, 1997
PECOS, Mar. 21 -- The Pecos Eagles play their final games before the
start of District 4-4A play, and their first games of the season against
a Class 4A opponent today, when they host the Lamesa Golden Tornadoes
for a doubleheader, starting at 4:30 p.m.
It's the first home game for the Eagles nearly a month, since splitting
a pair of games on Feb. 22 against El Paso Burges and Kermit. For
Lamesa, the games are part of a stretch against their former district
rivals. They faced San Angelo Lake View last week and go home on
Saturday for a matchup with Fort Stockton.
The Eagles racked up 16 hits in five innings on Tuesday, in a 16-6 win
at Midland Greenwood. It raised Pecos' record to 8-3 on the season, but
outside of their 6-2 loss to Burges, all of the Eagles' other games have
come against Class 3A opponents.
It's been a while since the Eagles and Tornadoes have faced each other
on the baseball field. Lamesa struggled during their years as a member
of District 4-4A, but two seasons ago advanced to the Class 4A state
tournament in Austin.
However, last week, the Tors were hammered by Lake View, 23-4, and are
currently 3-9 on the season. Eric Garcia scored two of the four runs,
while Frank Kapler collected two of the three hits the Tors got in the
Jason Abila pitched just two innings in Tuesday's win, allowing two
unearned runs before being relieved by Oscar Luna. However, Eagles'
coach Bubba Williams said this week he didn't plan to use Abila on the
mound today. Instead, Moses Martinez and Jason Aguilar figure to get the
starts for the Eagles, who begin district play by hosting Sweetwater on
PECOS, Mar. 21 -- District 4-4A play opens for both the Pecos Eagle boys
and girls golf team on Saturday, with the boys headed to Sweetwater
while the girls travel to Andrews.
Meanwhile, Pecos' girls track team, which had been scheduled to head
south to Alpine on Saturday, will go the other direction instead to
compete in New Mexico at the Carlsbad Relays.
Andrews has dominated District 4-4A girls golf over the years, and
should get a boost from playing on their home course. But the Mustangs
figure to be hard-pressed to defend their title from Fort Stockton, and
both the Eagles and Big Spring Steers have shots at taking the other
regional tournament berth.
The Eagles placed second in El Paso last weekend, playing against Class
4A and 5A schools from there and New Mexico, and will get to play the
final round of the 54-hole tournament at the Reeves County Golf Course
on April 12.
Pecos' boys won't have the advantage of playing at home, and will have a
tougher time catching up to defending regional qualifiers Big Spring and
Andrews, along with pre-district favorite Lake View and Fort Stockton.
But the Eagles were within 15 to 20 strokes of those teams at
tournaments earlier this month in Andrews and San Angelo, better
showings than in recent years.
The district track meet won't be until April 11, but Pecos' girls will
be trying to set things up for then starting this week.
"Annette (Marquez) is going to run, so I'll see how she looks after
that," coach Becky Granado said. Marquez has missed the last few track
meets, as has freshman Katrina Quiroz, who will throw in the JV division
Granado said the Sul Ross meet was dropped down to a Class A-2A meet
this season, resulting in the change to the Carlsbad meet.
"The girls kind of like going there. They don't see anybody from
district, so it's more relaxed," she said. Pecos will see some of their
4-4A rivals at Kermit and Monahans before the district meet in Andrews.
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