Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, March 12, 1999
Eagles miss finals on tiebreaker
By JON FULBRIGHT
SNYDER, Mar. 12 -- The Pecos Eagles found colder weather to
their liking in scoring three straight victories over the
past week. But for the Perryton Rangers, 38 degrees, windy
and foggy could almost be considered spring-like conditions.
Perryton -- the furthest north Class 3A school in Texas --
had no problem in this morning's cold, and matched the
Eagles run for run in today's semifinal game at the Snyder
Tournament. The Rangers tied the game at 12-12 with two outs
in the fifth inning after Pecos had taken the lead in the
top of the fifth on Joshua Casillas' fourth home run of the
season, and that allowed Perryton to advance to the
tournament finals on a tiebreaker, by ending two innings
with runners at third base compared with just one for the
Pecos will now face either West or Snyder at 7 p.m. tonight,
and will play once more, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday if they win
tonight, or at 2 p.m. if they lose.
Pecos had 3-0, 7-4 and 11-6 leads on the Rangers, only to
see Perryton rally once, to take a 4-3 lead, and later to
cut the lead to 7-6 then tie the score at 11-all in the
Jeffrey Martinez and Louis Valencia had doubles in the first
inning, but Valencia had control problems and lasted only
two-thirds of an inning on the mound. Oscar Rodriguez came
on after that, and went 3_ innings before giving way to Pifi
Montoya in the fifth, who got two outs before Cory Dear's
That came after the Eagles won two games under
less-than-ideal conditions to open the tournament on
Thursday. They hit four home runs in beating Odessa High by
a 9-6 score in the opener played at Ira, and added another
Thursday night, as part of a 12-hit attack in a 12-5 victory
over El Paso Ysleta.
About the only problem Pecos had against Ysleta was errors
-- like bananas, they continue to come in bunches for the
Eagles. The Indians, who beat Dumas in their opener, 9-1,
managed just two hits off Casillas, who won his second game
of the day after relieving Rodriguez against OHS.
The lefthander struck out 13 and allowed just two hits,
while all of Ysleta's runs were unearned thanks to six Pecos
errors, four in a four-run fourth and two in the sixth, when
the Indians scored their final run.
"Josh did a good job pitching and we hit the ball real good
and jumped on their right away," Williams said. "We did a
real good job in both games (Thursday) scoring when we had
Casillas started Pecos' seven-run second inning off Ysleta's
Angel Rizo by doubling off the right edge of the green wall
in center field. Pinch-runner Mason Abila then scored when
John Gutierrez blooped a double past a diving Jamie Chavez
in left field and one out later, after Rodriguez was hit by
a pitch, Kevin Bates doubled off the left edge of the center
field wall to make it 3-0.
Rizo then hit Ricky Herrera and after striking out Oscar
Luna, and Mark Abila got an RBI single to make it 4-0. That
brought Chavez in from left field to pitch, but his first
delivery to Martinez was taken over the fence in left center
for his first homer of the year, and a 7-0 lead.
Chavez did allow another run in the third, on a walk to
Gutierrez and an RBI single by Bates, but would settle down
until the seventh, when Pecos scored their final four runs.
Meanwhile, Ysleta cut the Eagles' lead in half in the
fourth. Rizo reached on an error by Herrera, when he was
distracted by Casillas on a slow roller, and went to third
when Bates bobbled Jesse Vizcaino's bloop single to right.
He scored when Valencia booted Jacob Hernandez' grounder,
and Vizcaino came in when Casillas threw away Peter
Rodriguez' sacrifice bunt. Hernandez then came in on a balk
by the pitcher and the final run scored on a Larry
Villarreal ground out.
Villarreal would get the only solid hit off Casillas, an RBI
double in the seventh. Pecos added two more errors in the
inning around the hit, but did catch Villarreal at home
plate trying to score on a suicide squeeze.
By then, Pecos had gotten their final four runs. Singles by
Abila and Casillas got the first, and back-to-back doubles
by Gutierrez and Valencia made it 11-4. They also brought
Vizcaino on to pitch, and he saw the final run score when
shortstop Joey Calderon missed Bates' grounder for an error.
Casillas and Guteirrez had RBI singles in the tie against
Perryton, and Mark Abila added a two-run double in the third
for Pecos, which is 5-2-1 on the season. Montoya, who made
his first varsity pitching appaearnce this morning, figures
to start tonight's game for Pecos.
PHS softball team heads to Fabens
PECOS, Feb. 12 -- The Pecos Eagles' softball team will take
their unbeaten District 2-4A record to Fabens on Saturday,
for their second road trip to El Paso in as many weeks.
The 2-0 Eagles will face the Fabens Wildcats in a 2 p.m. CST
start. Pecos has defeated El Paso Mountain View and
Canutillo by 11-0 and 10-0 scores in their first two
district games to improve their record to 5-4 on the season.
Fabens is 0-2 and 2-7 on the season, after opening district
with losses to San Elizario and Clint.
Pecos' next home game will be a week from Saturday, when
they host Clint.
Tar Heels, Bruins shocked in openers
By The Associated Press
UCLA and North Carolina have won a total of 14 NCAA
tournament titles. Between them, they have no more games to
play in this year's basketball extravaganza.
With Harold Arceneaux scoring 36 points Thursday night,
Weber State stunned North Carolina 76-74, the Tar Heels'
first opening-game NCAA tournament loss in 19 years.
``This is definitely not the way that I expected to go
out,'' dejected North Carolina senior forward Ademola
Detroit also was a surprising winner, downing UCLA 56-53
and holding the Bruins to their lowest point total of the
``This was not only a great game for our team, it was a
great game for any so-called Cinderella team. We gave
everything we had to produce results,'' said Detroit's
Bacari Alexander, who contributed three steals to an
aggressive defense that troubled UCLA all night.
Arceneaux was too much for the perennial ACC powerhouse,
hitting 14 of 26 shots, including five of seven 3-pointers.
His 36 points tied the most points scored against North
Carolina in a tournament game since Purdue's Rick Mount had
36 against the Tar Heels in 1969.
Arceneaux capped his performance by making two free throws
with 13.3 seconds left, giving Weber State a 75-72 lead.
``This is just about as sweet as it gets,'' said Weber
State coach Ron Abegglen, who has announced he will retire
after the season.
A Final Four team last year, North Carolina was playing in
its record 25th straight tournament.
Oklahoma St. 69, Syracuse 61
Desmond Mason scored 28 points and Adrian Peterson added
21, including five 3-pointers, as Oklahoma State downed
Auburn 80, Winthrop 41
Scott Pohlman and Doc Robinson scored 14 points apiece as
Auburn spoiled Winthrop's first NCAA tournament appearance.
Ohio St. 72, Murray St. 58
Michael Redd scored 27 points and Ohio State got 13 of its
final 17 points from the free-throw line.
At Orlando, Fla.
Maryland 82, Valparaiso 60
Laron Profit and Terence Morris each scored 18 points, and
Steve Francis had 15 points and seven assists as Maryland
Creighton 62, Louisville 58
Rodney Buford led a big second-half rally and Ben Walker
saved his best for the end as Creighton defeated Louisville.
St. John's 69, Samford 43
Ron Artest had 17 points and 10 rebounds as St. John's
advanced to the second round for the first time in six
Indiana 108, G. Washington 88
Freshman Kirk Haston, playing with a broken left hand,
scored 27 points to lead Indiana to the most points it has
scored in its storied postseason history.
Iowa 77, Ala.-Birmingham 64
The Hawkeyes (19-9) hit 10 of their first 12 3-point shots
and extended Tom Davis' coaching career at Iowa for at least
one more game.
Arkansas 94, Siena 80
Kareem Reid set the Arkansas career assist record, and the
Razorbacks hit 15 shots from 3-point range.
New Mexico 61, Missouri 59
Lamont Long scored 17 points, including a jumper in the
lane with 5.5 seconds left that gave New Mexico a victory
After Long scored, Missouri (20-9) got the ball upcourt and
Brian Grawer put up an off-balance 3-pointer that came up
Gonzaga 75, Minnesota 63
Richie Frahm scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers,
as Gonzaga beat a depleted Minnesota team.
The Gophers (17-11) were missing four players who were
ruled ineligible because of allegations of academic fraud.
And two of the remaining eight players -- Joel Przybilla and
Kevin Nathiel -- fouled out. It was the first NCAA
tournament victory for Gonzaga (26-6), the school that John
Stockton played for and Bing Crosby attended.
Stanford 69, Alcorn St. 57
Stanford flirted with going from Final Four to first-round
flop before overcoming a miserable 16-minute stretch of the
Florida 75, Penn 61
Teddy Dupay's fast-break layup completed Florida's comeback
from an 11-point halftime deficit and his 3-pointer helped
the Gators pull away from Penn.
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