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PECOS, Aug. 20 - Pecos Eagles' coach Nora Geron is hoping her team can
come up with a better finish to the 1996 season than the Eagles have
produced the past three seasons.
But she'd like to see her team start off this year the same way they
began 1995, with a sweep of the Alpine Bucks and Odessa High Bronchos.
Pecos opens its season at 4:30 p.m. today at home against Alpine,
followed by a 6:30 p.m. match against OHS at the Pecos High School gym.
They're the same two teams the Eagles began last season against, when
Pecos posted a pair of three-game wins over the Bucks and Bronchos.
During a booster club rally for all fall sports teams Saturday night at
the Pecos High School cafeteria, Geron told a crowd of about 200 she
expected her team to come up with wins again on Tuesday, and based on
experience, the Eagles should be in good shape.
They have most of their hitters back from last season's 15-13 squad,
while OHS and Alpine lost the bulk of their varsity squads, including
the Bucks' Class 3A All-State hitter Sharon Lister.
The Eagles started slowly in both their weekend scrimmages, at Odessa
Permian Friday and at home on Saturday. The Eagles were beaten by
Midland Lee in their opening 20-minute scrimmage Saturday morning at the
Pecos High School gym, then won their final five scrimmages of the day
against the Rebels, Permian and Snyder.
This will be the first of two meetings in three days between Pecos and
Odessa High, and the Eagles could be seeing more of Alpine on Saturday.
Pecos is in the same pool as the Bronchos at the Ector County
Invitational Tournament on Friday, while Alpine is also in the Odessa
tournament, facing Big Spring and Wink on Friday.
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PECOS, Aug 20 - The Pecos Eagles' tennis team opened its 1996 season
over the weekend by taking two of three matches against a Class 4A rival
and a pair of Class 5A schools in El Paso.
The Eagles faced the 4A squad, El Paso Burges, Friday afternoon and
were able to squeeze out a 13-12 win over the Mustangs. Then on
Saturday, Pecos lost a shortened morning match to El Paso Jefferson,
7-6, then came back to rout El Paso Andress in the afternoon, 15-5.
"Overall I was real pleased with our effort," said new tennis coach
J.R. Torrez. "We were a little shaky on Friday, but with it being our
first match, I expected it.
"We had a tough time with Jefferson Saturday morning. We were tired and
just didn't get after it. But we played our best tennis overall for the
weekend against Andress, so we were able to end it on a high note,"
The boys swept all nine of their singles and doubles matches on
Saturday against Andress, while the girls used a 3-1 doubles advantage
to edge the District 1-5A Eagles squad by a 6-5 score.
"Clifton Ikeler played a great doubles match and had a really good
singles match Saturday afternoon," Torrez said. "Stephanie Armstrong
played a good match Saturday and Robyn Matthews also played real well."
Ikeler won all five of his singles and doubles matches over the
weekend, as did his doubles partner, David Zuniga. Ty Graham, playing
with Jonathan Fuentes in doubles, also had a sweep of his four weekend
On the girls' side, Armstrong came the closest to sweeping all of her
matches, winning her doubles matches both days with Nichi Dannelly and
getting singles wins in the matches against Burges and Jefferson before
losing in three sets against Andress.
In the win over Burges, the boys took seven of their 12 matches to
offset a 7-6 win on the girls side by the Mustangs. On Saturday, the
Silver Foxes only had enough boys for two singles and two doubles
matches, with the Eagles winning three of four, but Jefferson came out
on top overall, thanks to a 6-3 advantage on the girls' side.
Pecos will be headed out-of-town again this Saturday, for a dual meet
in Midland against the Lee Rebels and Plainview Bulldogs.
Pecos (13) at EP Burges (12)
Jonathan Fuentes lost to Carlos Martinez (no score available); David
Zuniga defeated Josh Boswell, 6-2, 6-4; Clifton Ikeler defeated Andrew
Cobos, 6-2 6-2; Mark Marquez defeated Ernie Tarin, 2-6, 7-6, 7-6; Ty
Graham defeated Tony Samples, 6-1, 7-5; Jeff Lam lost to Ben Prat, 6-2,
2-6, 6-7; Dominguez lost to Mike Zimprich, 1-6, 1-6; Alan Fleming lost
to Cobos, 1-6, 0-6.
Stephanie Armstrong defeated Mavi Cruz, (no score available); Renea
Rasberry lost to Judy Briceno, 0-6, 6-2, 6-3; Christi Breiten lost to
Marissa Jimenez, 2-6, 6-3, 4-6; Randa Taylor defeated Bertha Diaz, 6-1,
6-2; Stefanie Pharoah lost to Melanie Martinez, 6-0, 6-1; Nichi
Dannelley lost to Cat Sanchez, 6-3, 6-2; Lorrie Minjarez defeated
Valerie Rodarte, 6-2, 6-3; Teresa Minjarez lost to Cathy Murphy, 4-6,
3-6; T. Minjarez defeated Nikki Pauoggi, 6-3, 6-3.
Zuniga and Ikeler defeated Martinez and Prat, 6-2, 7-5; Fuentes and
Graham defeated Boswell and Samples, 6-1, 6-3; Marquez and Lam defeated
Tarin and McBain, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3; Bechtel and Ornelas ret. against
Rodriguez and Zimprich.
Taylor and Rasberry defeated Briceno and Jimenez, 6-4, 7-5; Armstrong
and Dannelley defeated M. Cruz and Diaz, 7-5, 6-0; Pharoah and Breiten
lost to Martinez and D. Cruz 7-6, 6-3; Matthews and L. Minjarez lost to
Sanchez and Rodarte, 6-3, 6-4.
Pecos (6) at El Paso Jefferson (7)
(No El Paso names available)
Graham won, 8-0; Fleming won 8-0
Armstrong won 6-3, 6-2; Robyn Matthews lost, 6-1, 6-1; Randa Taylor lost
4-6, 3-6; Rasberry won, 7-5, 6-2; Breiten lost, 6-2, 6-3; Pharoah lost
Ikeler and Zuniga won, 6-2, 6-0; Marquez and Skyler Bechtel lost, 6-7,
Taylor and Rasberry lost, 6-3, 7-6; Breiten and Pharoah lost 6-3, 3-6,
6-3; Minjarez and Minjarez won, 7-6, 6-4.
Pecos (15) at El Paso Andress (5)
(No El Paso names available)
Ikeler won, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4; Zuniga won, 6-0, 6-2; Fuentes won 6-2, 6-1;
Marquez won 6-1, 6-3; Graham won 6-2, 6-0; Bechtel won 6-3, 6-4.
Armstrong lost, 2-6, 7-5, 7-5; Breiten lost, 6-4; 6-4; Rasberry won,
6-2, 6-2; Matthews won, 6-3, 6-1; L. Minjarez lost, 6-4, 6-0; Dannelly
won, 6-4, 6-1; T. Minjarez lost, 7-6, 6-3.
Ikeler and Zuniga won, 6-2, 6-4; Graham and Fuentes won, 6-1, 6-1; Lam
and Marquez won, 6-1, 6-0.
Taylor and Rasberry won, 6-3, 7-6; Breiten and Pharoah won, 6-4, 6-1;
Armstrong and Dannelly won, 6-2, 6-0; Minjarez and Minjarez lost, 6-4,
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In beating the defending AL champs for the fifth time in seven games
with a 10-3 victory on Monday night, Texas showcased a much-improved
defense that has not made an error in 15 games - an AL record.
The Rangers, fourth in the league in fielding last season, have handled
558 chances during the streak without a miscue.
``Now we catch the ball as well as we hit it,'' said Juan Gonzalez, who
drove in four runs and made the final putout with a diving catch in
Gonzalez is right. The Rangers lead the league in batting and fielding.
Their pitching wasn't bad on Monday night, either. Roger Pavlik (14-6)
pitched a four-hitter and his seventh complete game of the year, tying
him with Pat Hentgen for the major league lead. It was his second
straight complete-game victory over the Indians.
``I have no explanation for my success against Cleveland,'' Pavlik said.
``I do nothing different against them.''
McDowell, meanwhile, struggled badly. He left after facing three batters
in the fourth with way too many big numbers on the scoreboard - eight
hits and eight runs.
Even when McDowell made a good pitch, the result was bad. In the second,
Gonzalez reached across the plate into the opposite batter's box and hit
a split-fingered pitch up the middle for a two-run single that made it
4-0. The ball grazed McDowell's shoulder on the way to the outfield, but
he wasn't hurt.
McDowell was pulled after Gonzalez laced a two-run double to right,
making it 8-0.
McDowell is 1-2 in three starts since coming off the disabled list,
allowing 13 earned runs on 16 hits in 5 1-3 innings in his last two
``When the juices start flowing, I start to overthrow a little bit, and
my pitches start flattening out,'' McDowell said.
Sandy Alomar - the guy who was catching the pitches that made it past
the Texas batters - sounded a little more concerned.
``Unfortunately, I think he's still battling the (forearm) injury,''
Alomar said. ``He's not throwing the way he can throw.''
So Cleveland has McDowell struggling and Dennis Martinez unable to pitch
because of an injured elbow. On the contrary, nothing is going wrong for
Texas, which has won nine of 10.
``I think our team is enjoying the game right now; just trying to
increase our lead,'' Pavlik said.
Pavlik allowed a leadoff single to Omar Vizquel, who was hitting in that
spot because Kenny Lofton has a sore foot. The right-hander didn't allow
another hit until Albert Belle hit his 40th home run in the fourth, with
the Rangers already leading 9-0.
Pavlik had stretches of eight and seven straight retired batters.
``If I could write a script for this team, it couldn't be better than
real life over the last nine or 10 games,'' Texas manager Johnny Oates
said. ``We have had outstanding starting pitching, the relievers have
done the job when needed, the defense has been great and we're still
getting a lot of hitting.''
Texas got its first two runs on an RBI groundout by Rusty Greer and a
sacrifice fly by Dean Palmer, who added his 29th homer in the fourth off
Greg Swindell. Mark McLemore had an RBI single in the third and Darryl
Hamilton a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
(Copyright 1996 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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