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Wednesday, April 1, 1998

Eagles again lose lead, stay winless in district

PECOS, Apr. 1 -- For the third game in a row, the Pecos
Eagles held a lead midway through their District 4-4A game,
this one against the Lake View Chiefs. And for the third
game in a row, they lost it in a big way.

Louis Valencia couldn't hold an 8-5 lead after 4½ innings,
allowing a walk and two hits with two outs, and then Moses
Martinez came on in relief and walked in the tying and
go-ahead runs, as the Chiefs scored six runs in the fifth
and five more in the sixth for a 16-8 victory Tuesday
afternoon in San Angelo.

"We score eight runs, but we can't hold our opponents and
just fall apart," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams. "Our
kids have just got to get confidence in themselves that they
can win."

Just as in their first two district losses, when Pecos'
pitchers were done in mostly by their defense, the Eagles
were led down again on Tuesday. Valencia lost his first game
of the season, giving up 10 runs, but only two were earned.
That included three unearned runs in the first, after Pecos
had taken a 4-0 lead on three unearned runs of their own.

The errors came after Jason Abila's fourth home run of the
season was followed by a walk to Richard Gutierrez and a
Cisco Rodriguez single. Luis Salgado also had a hit in the
first off pitcher Oscar Solis.

Lake View's runs came when Kevin Bates misplayed Guy Velez'
single to center after Abelardo Santillan walked, followed
by a two-out throwing error by Gutierrez. But the Eagles
came back in the second to get two more, as Solis left after
hitting Abila and giving up a single to Gutierrez. Abila
then scored on a double-steal with Gutierrez and he came in
on Rodriguez' single off new pitcher Bruce McDonald.

McDonald would allow two more runs in the fifth, after Lake
View cut the Eagles' lead to 5-4. Singles by Luis Salgado
and Steve Harrison, a wild pitch and a Jason Aguilar
sacrifice fly lifted the Eagles' lead back to three runs,
but McDonald then shut the door of Pecos, retiring the final
seven batters he faced on the day to pick up the win.

"First our defense fell apart, then our pitching fell apart
in the last two innings," Williams said. The Eagles' two
pitchers hurt themselves with nine walks, while Martinez
gave up a three-run homer to Guy Velez in the sixth inning
that clinched the victory for San Angelo.

Martinez came on after singles by Santillan and Velez and a
walk to Andy King off Valencia cut the Eagles' 8-5 lead to
8-7. He then walked Michael Gonzales and Colby Sykes for a
9-8 San Angelo lead, and Jody Ashley followed with a bloop
single to left, scoring two more runs for an 11-8 Lake View

The win lifted San Angelo to 2-1 in district play and 6-11
on the season, while the Eagles fell to 0-3 and 8-6, going
into Friday night's home game against Big Spring. The Steers
remained undefeated in district, as they edged Fort Stockton
by an 8-6 final score.

Pecos girls have rough day in Andrews

PECOS, Apr. 1 -- It figured to be one of the roughest games
of the season for the first-year Pecos Eagles, and it was.

The Eagles went to Andrews on Tuesday, and were routed by
the defending regional softball champions, 28-0, in the
first of three games this week for Pecos.

"They have a good team. They've been in place a couple of
years and have a really good summer program," said Eagles'
coach Tammy Walls of the Mustangs, who already have racked
up 19 runs in a single inning during district play this
season, against Sweetwater.

Tuesday's win was more methodical, as the Mustangs scored
seven times in the first inning, eight in the second and
nine in the third off freshman Alexa Marquez, who went the
distance for Pecos.

"Alexa hung in there. She's beginning to learn to control
some of her pitches," Walls said. "She got a couple up in
the strike zone and they parked it, but Alexa's coming

Walls was also happy with the play of another freshman,
Maricela Arenivas. "She stepped up in center field and did a
good job chasing the balls down they way a center fielder
should. I've bee waiting for somebody to step up and do
that," she said.

Andrews' Leesa Lopez got the win, while Holly Fields had a
pair of homers for the Mustangs. Erica Orona got Pecos' lone
hit on the day, as the Eagles fell to 0-4 in district and
1-10 on the season.

Andrews is 19-4 and 4-1 in district, with their one loss
coming by one run to Big Spring, who'll be the Eagles' next
opponent on Thursday. Walls said the game will probably be
played at Martinez Field, and will be a 4 p.m. start.

Sox bop Rangers in opener

AP Sports Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas, Apr. 1 -- New Chicago White Sox manager
Jerry Manuel took the job knowing he could count on Frank
Thomas, Albert Belle and Robin Ventura to anchor his
offense. What he didn't know was how well his team would
field or pitch.

In their season opener Tuesday, the White Sox gave Manuel
reason to believe they'll do just fine with a 9-2 victory
over the Texas Rangers.

Rookie shortstop Mike Caruso and outfielder Mike Cameron
each made run-saving plays in the field, staff ace Jaime
Navarro lived up to the billing and closer Matt Karchner got
the last four outs without allowing a baserunner.

``If we can be consistent with our defense and pitch well,
we'll be fine,'' said Manuel, a bench coach last season with
the world champion Florida Marlins who replaced Terry
Bevington after a disappointing 80-81 season.

The White Sox got off to an inauspicious start as Caruso --
at 20, the youngest player to make Chicago's opening-day
roster since Johnny Callison in 1959 -- fielded a grounder
by Texas' Tom Goodwin and casually threw to first. Goodwin,
one of the fastest players in the league, beat it out.

Goodwin then stole second and moved to third on a groundout,
bringing up Rusty Greer, Texas' best clutch hitter, and
putting the always dangerous Juan Gonzalez on deck.

Manuel kept the infield back, but moved them in once Greer
had two strikes. The strategy worked when Greer hit a
bouncer to second. With the infield back, Gonzalez followed
by grounding out to the mound.

Navarro, who allowed a major-league worst 267 hits last
season, gave up leadoff hits the next two innings but they
didn't hurt. He also allowed harmless singles in the fourth
and fifth, then pitched a perfect sixth -- striking out the
last two -- before being lifted.

``I came into this game feeling really comfortable and
confident,'' said Navarro, off to a 1-0 start after going
9-14 last year.

Carlos Castillo did fine in his one inning of relief, but
Keith Foulke got himself into trouble in the eighth,
allowing RBI singles to Juan Gonzalez and Ivan Rodriguez
before being pulled with the bases loaded and two out.

Even though Chicago was up 8-2, Manuel went with Karchner.
Kevin Elster greeted him with a hard grounder up the middle
that would've easily driven in two runs, but Caruso -- who
had his first big-league hit earlier in the inning -- made a
nice diving stop and flipped the ball to second for the

Texas' Fernando Tatis opened the ninth by driving a Karchner
pitch over the wall in left-center, but Cameron leaped above
the eight-foot fence and snared it.

It was the second time Tatis was robbed. In the fifth,
Ventura made a nice stop of a sharply hit ball down the
third-base line, spun and threw him out. Ventura also made a
great play in the eighth, dancing along the steps of the
Chicago dugout to catch a fly ball.

Ventura also had a nice day at the plate, hitting a two-run
homer to straightaway center that began a seven-run fifth

``He told me in the dugout toward the end of the game that I
haven't seen nothing yet,'' Manuel said.

Belle, who scored on Ventura's homer after breaking up loser
John Burkett's four-inning perfect game, also had a two-run
single in the fifth, as did Cameron. Thomas had an RBI
double in that inning and the seventh.

While the White Sox couldn't do anything wrong, the Rangers
had trouble doing things right.

Although Burkett retired the first 12 Chicago hitters, the
Texas offense didn't support him with any runs, wasting a
three-hit day by Goodwin and two hits from Will Clark. The
bullpen didn't look very sharp either as all four relievers
used by manager Johnny Oates gave up hits and two were
touched for runs.

``I guess I'm supposed to say it's only one game, but you
certainly would like to get off to a good start, especially
with an off day (today),'' Oates said.
Notes: The Rangers had won their last two openers and seven
of their last 10. ... Chicago is now 2-1 against Texas on
opening day, having also won in 1983 after losing in 1973.
All three games have been in Arlington. ... The game drew
45,909 fans, just 147 fewer than the stadium opener in 1994.
... Chicago has 14 of its first 20 games on the road.

Girls' fast-pitch softball rosters set

PECOS, Apr. 1 -- Here are the rosters for the first season
of the Pecos youth girls fast-pitch softball league. Play is
scheduled to begin on April 11.

Ages 8-9
Team No. 1 -- No coach yet. Players: Bianca Baeza, Raquel
Barreno, Claudia Brandt, Ashley Bustamates, Marissa Skye
Gabaldon, Krystal Granado, Cynthia Marmolejo, Chani
Martinez, Syra Mendoza, Amie Morgan, Tiffanie Rodriguez and
Esmie Tarango.

Team No. 2 -- Coach: Johnny Terrazas. Players: Christa
Escovedo, Krystal Machuca, Angel Millan, Jazmine Munoz,
Daphne Navarrette, Amber Pando, Diana Parada, Elizabeth
Rayos, DeAnna Rivas, Neyva Rodriguez, Deanndra Serrano and
Cassandra Terrazas.

Team No. 3 -- Coach: Art Corralez. Players: Amber Baeza,
Danila Campos, Rebecca Gooding, Adrianna Lujan, Maresa
Lyles, Rebecca Martinez, Roxxevette Mendoza, Victoria
Prieto, Dulce Perez, Vanessa Vale, Vanity Vasquez and Kendra

Team No. 4 -- Coach: Raul Palomino. Players: Monique Acosta,
Samantha Carrasco, Vanessa Galindo, Sarah Hernandez, Hillery
Hinojos, Crystal Ikeler, Angelica H. Marquez, Brittany
Martinez, Eleanor Mason, Kelsey McKinnon, Honesty N. Medina,
Jennifer Palomino and Jessica Trujillo.

Ages 10-12
Team No. 1 -- Coaches: Donnie and Pamela Dominguez.
Players: Cassandra Abila, Samantha Florez, Brittany Garcia,
Amanda Jasso, Crystal Jaramillo, Samantha Jo Lopez, Kayla
Machuca, Olga Mendoza, Adrienne Natividad, Kimberly Nunez,
Janie Rico and Ruth Tavarez.

Team No. 2 -- Coaches: Debbie Garcia and Eleza Acosta.
Players: Danielle Campos, Ana Carrasco, Kelsey Jane Flores,
Danielle Garcia, Katie Lee, Stephanie Mendoza, Leslie
Olivas, Andrea Ortiz, Andrea Pena, Leslie Rodriguez and
Jennifer Vargas.

Team No. 3 -- Coach: Pat Wein. Players: Heather Baeza, Calli
Beauchamp, Ashley Carrasco, Bethany Carrasco, Kristy
Contreras, Savannah Ewing, Michelle Gonzales, Ashley
Martinez, Krystal Matta, Anita Rodriguez, Trina Villalobos,
Michelle Wein and Sara Wein.

Ages 13-15
Team No. 1 -- Coach: Ricky Nunez. Players: Easter Gomez,
Mireya Gomez, Mirah Harrison, Dalia Hinojos, Kristina Lopez,
Cristina Lujan, Andrea Madrid, Cassandra Nunez, Jennifer
Rayos, Clarissa Reyes, Rebecca Reynolds, Erin Shaw and Emily

Team No. 2 -- Coaches: Jeff Perkins and Sherry Stephens:
Players: Heather Abila, Anabel Carrasco, Rosanna Granado,
Naomi Hernandez, Carmen Matta, Jennifer Mirelez, Sara Munoz,
Delissa Munoz, Katherine Orona, Deborah Pando, Jessica
Rodriguez, Sarah Vela and Valerie Vela.

Team No. 3 -- Coaches: Frances Galindo and Rosemary Varela.
Players: Christina Arenivas, Rebecca Archuleta, LaQuincia
Bailey, Clarissa Fobbs, Marisol Lerma, Lisa Lopez, Patricia
Machuca, Esther Natividad, Roxanne Nunez, Michelle Saenz,
Valerie Tarango, Alexandra Vasquez and Sara Villarreal.

Team No. 4 -- Coach: Pat Wein. Players: Cessylia Chavez,
Roxanne Diaz, Caroline Esquivel, Andrea Herrera, Elizabeth
Herrera, Echo Jacobs, Monique Jasso, Kathy Maldonado, Sarah
Marquez, Kimberly Olivas, Tiana Terry, Nadia Valenzuela and
Rebecca Wein.

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