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The junior lefthander will make his third start in as many years in
Andrews against the Mustangs, and the Eagles will be trying to break a
nine-game District 4-4A losing streak to Andrews when the teams meet in
a 7:30 p.m. start.
Andrews completed an undefeated district season two years ago in
Martinez' first varsity start, a 5-1 win over Pecos. Last year, the
Mustangs would win district with an 8-2 mark, but gave the Eagles a
rougher time, racking up 12 runs on Martinez and reliever Jason Aguilar
in a 12-1 win.
The only win Pecos has managed over Andrews since 1992 came two years
ago in non-district play, when Jason Abila was able to beat the
Mustangs, 3-2. On Tuesday Abila struck out 14 Sweetwater batters while
he and his teammates collected 12 hits, in downing the district's other
group of Mustangs, 11-2, in the 4-4A opener for both teams.
Andrews, meanwhile, was opening district with an 8-3 win at Fort
Stockton over the Panthers. Sophomore P.J. Lewis went the distance,
allowing coach Joe Ray Halsey to save his two senior pitchers, Cody
Klein and Lance Martin, for tonight, if needed.
"We're going to see the lefthander," Williams predicted, meaning Klein,
who is 4-0 on the year, as well as being the team's top hitter, with 10
home runs in Andrews' first 18 games.
However, Klein's last home start wasn't pleasant. Snyder touched him
for seven runs in the first two innings, then chased him with a
three-run fourth. But Andrews scored eight runs of their own in the
first four innings, then used a four-run fifth to defeat the Tigers,
Martinez comes into tonight with a 4-1 mark, following his 12-2 victory
last Friday over Lamesa. The junior allowed only three hits in four
innings of work, though he did have a little more control trouble than
usual, walking five to double his base-on-balls total to 10 for the
Sweetwater hosts Big Spring in tonight's other district game, while San
Angelo Lake View hosts Fort Stockton on Saturday. The Chiefs won their
4-4A opener at Big Spring on Tuesday by a 9-2 final score.
The Friday meet will be run as if it was a Saturday event, with field
events and preliminaries in the morning an running finals in the
afternoon. They begin with the boys shot put, pole vault and triple
jump, the girls shot put and high jump and the junior varsity boys
discus and long jump at 8:30 a.m.
The 3200 meter run final is set for 9 a.m., other preliminaries will
begin at 11:30 a.m., and the remaining running finals start with the 400
meter relay at 3 p.m.
It's the next-to-last meet for both the Pecos Eagle boys and girls prior
to the District 4-4A meet, two weeks from Friday in Andrews.
Pecos' boys placed fifth in Division II at the San Angelo Relays last
weekend, with 51 points, while Pecos' girls managed 27 points as the
smallest school in the girls division of the Carlsbad Relays.
Coach Becky Granado put some of her younger competitors into the junior
varsity division at Carlsbad, something boys coach Mike Ferrell said
Tuesday he plans to do in Kermit.
"I'm going to let them compete in the JV division to help get their
confidence up," said Ferrell, who'll have a full team out for the first
time this season on Friday.
Senior Bryan Brownlee has swept the discus and shot put in all five of
the Eagles' track meets so far this season, while his brother Jeff got
past the 50-foot mark for the first time this season in the shot put
last Saturday. Billy Rodriguez and Mauricio Villescas were the other
medal winners, in the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter runs.
Marisol Arenivas was the lone medal winner for the girls up in Carlsbad,
taking second in the two-mile event. She'll try for a first in it on
Friday morning, while Granado said instead of the 1600, "I'm going to
run Marisol in the 800 and she what she can do."
"I took seven down there, but only four of them were able to fight,"
said manager Roy Juarez. "The only one who won was Victor Reyes. ... He
did win his fight, but he waited too long.
"Victor looked a little sloppier this time than he did (on March 15 in
Pecos). He was slapping more where he should be throwing his hands
(punches)," Juarez said.
As for the other three fighters, Juarez said all lost to boxers they had
faced before. Paul Juarez was beaten by Johnny Vasquez, Ricky Rubio was
beaten by Gonzalo Villescas and Peter Juarez lost be decision to Juanito
"Jesus Marruffo, Robbie Ontiveros and Michael Vasquez were also supposed
to fight, but we couldn't find fighters for them," Juarez said.
The Warbirds will be back in Odessa on April 5 for another tournament,
and Roy Juarez said he planned to take "about four of them, because some
of the others have got Little League games that weekend.
"One dropped out to play baseball. That was Paul, but he said he would
be back next season," he added.
The Warbirds also have a two-day tournament scheduled next month in
Midland, and Juarez said they would probably go to Fort Stockton for
another tournament on April 29.
Crockett eighth graders Rachael Pharoah and Tiffany Jarrett claimed
second in the girls doubles division, while in the seventh grade
competition Brenda Fuentes and Maria Dominguez placed fourth in their
In singles play for Zavala's girls, Rebecca Wein came away with a
second place finish.
In addition to those three, Laura Hinojos, Jennifer Jaramillo, Bianca
Perea, Desiree Garcia and Katherine Orona were the other seventh grade
girls competing in Fort Stockton, while Lisa Leos, Prescilla Levario and
Charlee Waight were the other eighth graders to play in the tournament.
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