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Wednesday, March 11, 1998

First-year Eagles losing games

KERMIT, Mar. 11 -- The inaugural season of softball for the
Pecos Eagles figured to be a test of endurance.

Pecos began its program later than almost every other
Permian Basin school from Class 3A and up, and many of their
players had never played fast-pitch softball at all until
last month. But after an encouraging start in the first 10
days of the season, coach Tammy Walls feels her team's
confidence, if not their endurance, may be starting to wear
down as District 4-4A play approaches.

"We're not playing as well as we did at the start of the
season," Walls said, after Pecos dropped to 1-6 with an 11-0
loss Tuesday in Kermit to the Yellowjackets.

The Eagles picked up their first-ever softball win against
Kermit two weeks ago, rallying from a 9-1 deficit in the
final inning to win 10-9. But this time, Pecos was held to
just two hits by Kermit's Kristen Lopez, while the Jackets
scored eight times in the first two innings.

"The girls have been hearing from everybody how bad they
are, and they've lost their confidence out there. Before
they didn't know they were supposed to lose, now they get
behind and they feel like they're beaten."

After falling behind 5-0 in the first inning, Pecos did
have a chance to get back into it in the second, when
Katrina Quiroz and Alexa Marquez walked to lead off, and
Annette Marquez walked with one out. "We had the bases
loaded and didn't score. We got a strikeout and a ground
out, and when we get into that situation, we've got to
score," Walls said.

Kermit scored five times in the first off Alexa Marquez,
with Kim Roberts, Rachel Warnock and Adria Saucedo
collecting RBI hits. Marquez left in favor of her sister in
the second, after a single, error and two walks made it 6-0.
Sun Winkles greeted Annette Marquez with a two run single,
before Pecos turned the first of their two double plays on
the night to avoid further trouble.

A four-base error in the third scored two more runs, and
Kermit was able to score Lopez from second on a fielder's
choice ground out for their final run, in the fourth inning.

Erica Orona and Valerie Gonzales had the Eagles' only two
hits on the night, in the first and fourth innings, and
Heather Uptergrove got as far as second base on a double
error by Kermit's Winkles and Amanda Subia in the fifth.

"She wasn't throwing junk. She was just throwing it
straight and got a lot of strikeouts. We just didn't hit
it," Walls said.

The Eagles' season mark slipped to 1-6 with their loss.
They now begin District 4-4A play next Tuesday at Fort
Stockton, and play their home district opener on March 20
against Sweetwater.

ab r h bi ab r h bi
Orona 2b 3 0 1 0 Montes lf 3 3 1 0
Uptrgve 1b 3 0 0 0 Subia 2b 1 2 0 0
Chbrria 3b 3 0 0 0 Roberts c 3 2 2 2
Gonzales lf 2 0 1 0 Mills ss 1 0 0 0
Quiroz ss 1 0 0 0 Winkles 1b 1 1 1 2
Al.Mqz p-cf 1 0 0 0 Warnock 3b 3 1 1 1
Payne cf 0 0 0 0 Lopez p 3 1 1 0
Arenivas rf 2 0 0 0 Sauceda cf 2 0 1 1
Barrera rf 0 0 0 0 Looney cf 0 0 0 0
An.Mqz cf-p 1 0 0 0 Taylor rf 1 1 0 0
Perkins c 2 0 0 0 I.Muniz rf 1 0 0 1
E.Muniz rf 0 0 0 0
Totals 18 0 2 0 Totals 19 11 7 8

Pecos 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Kermit 5 3 2 1 x --11
Game ended in fifth under 10-run rule
E -- Quiroz 2, Orona, Winkles, Subia. LOB -- Pecos 6, Kermit
7. 2B -- Roberts. SB -- Montes, Subia, Lopez, I. Muniz.

Al. Marquez, L 1 5 8 5 4 1
An. Marquez 3 2 3 1 5 0
Lopez, W 5 0 2 0 3 7
Al. Marquez pitched to four batters in the second.
WP -- Al. Marquez.
PB -- Perkins 2, Al. Fuentez.
T -- 1:19.

Road to Snyder title gets longer

PECOS, Mar. 11 -- The loss of two teams from their half of
the bracket at the Snyder Baseball Tournament actually means
one more game for the Pecos Eagles, if they hope to win the
tournament championship this weekend.

The Eagles return to Snyder for the first time in five
years with a 9 a.m. game Thursday at Moffett Field against
the Dumas Demons. That's the same starting time and opponent
the Eagles originally had for their first round game. But
after that, everything has been changed.

The Eagles and Demons were initially scheduled to play in
Ira, 10 miles southwest of Snyder, and the winner would not
play again until the semifinals, at 9 a.m. on Friday. But
Andrews and Lamesa dropped out of the tournament, and under
the revised format Pecos and Dumas will play on the Tigers'
home field, but the winner will have to come back and play
again at 2 p.m. Thursday against Brownfield, which drew a
first round bye.

Big Spring faces El Paso Ysleta in the other game on the
Eagles' side of the bracket, and the winner there will
advance to the semifinals, now set for 11:30 a.m. Friday.
That's the same time the Eagles would play in the
consolation semifinals, if they lose Thursday's opener to

Sweetwater faces Fort Stockton, and Monahans plays Snyder,
with the winner there taking on Lubbock Christian, in the
other opening round games.

Pecos and Dumas haven't faced each other in over a decade,
since the Eagles swept the Demons in the playoffs back in
1986, on the way to the Region I-4A finals. Dumas has been
in post-season play a couple of times recently, but as far
as this year's team goes, Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said,
"I don't know a thing about them."

He also isn't sure about who his catcher will be, after
last Friday's 11-9 loss to Monahans. Oscar Luna had to leave
the game after feeling dizzy due to a bad reaction to some
medicine he was taking.

"They told me Oscar may have to have a root canal,"
Williams said, which would probably keep Luna out until the
start of District 4-4A play on March 24. However, the Eagles
will get another catcher back in Cisco Rodriguez, though his
status remains uncertain, after he hurt his back while
catching on Feb. 27 against Crane.

"We'll just have to wait until tomorrow (today) to see how
Cisco feels," Williams said. "If he's not ready, we'll move
Richard (Gutierrez) back there."

Gutierrez caught the final inning of Pecos' loss to
Monahans, while Jason Abila caught in place of Rodriguez on
Feb. 28, in the Eagles' 26-11 win over Fort Stockton.

That was in the finals of the Monahans Sandhills
Tournament, which opened with a 10-6 victory by the Eagles
over Kermit. Louis Valencia went the distance in that game,
surviving a four-run sixth to earn the win. Williams said
Valencia would probably start Thursday's game against Dumas.

Sweetwater and Fort Stockton also play at 9 a.m. Thursday
in their tournament opener, at the Tigers' practice field
next to the high school. The Monahans-Snyder first round
game followed the Brownfield game at 2 p.m., with Lubbock
Christian playing the final first round contest, at 7 p.m.

Jeffcoat rejoins Cowboys

IRVING, Texas. Mar. 11 (AP) -- Dallas Cowboys coach Chan
Gailey has completed his assistant coaching staff and it
includes Super Bowl champion Jim Jeffcoat, who played 11
seasons for the Cowboys at defensive end and retired after
several seasons with the Buffalo Bills.

Gailey, who replaced Barry Switzer after a 6-10 season,
announced Tuesday he had hired Jeffcoat as an assistant
defensive line coach, along with six other coaches.

The others are George Edwards, linebackers; Wayne Geis,
quarterbacks; Les Miles, tight ends; wain Painter, wide
receivers; Tommie Robinson, offensive assistant; and
Clarence Shelmon, running backs.

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