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Friday, May 5, 2006

RCCRD T-Ball, softball sign-ups underway

The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department has begun registration for this year’s youth T-ball and girls softball programs, with a sign-up deadline of Saturday, May 13 at the RCCRD office in the old Pecos High School gym.

The T-ball program is open to boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 7-years old, while the girls’ softball program is for ages 7 to 14, with the league divided into groups based on age.

Enrollment forms are available at the RCCRD office from 4 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 4-6 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Registration fee for both leagues is $10 per child, and returned forms have to have both parents’ signatures, along with a birth certificate for the child.

For further information, call the RCCRD office during business hours, at 447-9776.

Eagle teams move up, down in JH golf tournament

The Pecos Eagles junior high golf team moved back up to second place in the fourth round of the girls area tournament last Saturday in Fort Stockton, while the boys slipped back after losing one score on their ‘A’ team side in the next-to-last round of play.

Pecos’ girls shot a 224, two strokes higher than the previous week in Kermit. But it was good enough for second place in the standings and gave the Eagles a 903 score through 36 holes of play. Monahans shot a 195 and widened their lead overall, with an 809 score after four rounds, while Andrews finished with a 229 on Saturday and are at 916 going into the final round of play on their home course this coming weekend.

Tatum Windham shot a 48 and placed third overall among the girls, behind Courtney Rutledge and Shelbye Hill of Monahans, who had scores of 43 and 45 on the day. Her 201 total for four rounds also puts her in third, behind Hill, with a 184, and Rutledge, with a 189. Coach Dee Dee Molinar said that golfer Jaymie Galindo also finished in the Top 10 at Fort Stockton, with a round of 54 that tied her for seventh place. She was followed by Katrina Hinojos with a 58, Rina Pino with a 64 and AriAnna Alligood, with a 65 score.

The ‘B’ team for the girls shot a 251, three strokes higher than the previous week, and finished in seventh place on Saturday, while going to 1070 through 36 holes of play. Amber Valdez shot a 56 to lead the ‘B’ team, while Heather Matta had a 64, Cynthia Roman had a 65, and Valerie Ybarra and Destiny Simmons both shot 66s.

Andrews ‘B’ team placed one stroke behind their ‘A’ team with a 230 and are at 981 overall. Kermit was next with a 240 score, and Monahans ‘B’ shot a 248 and are at 1036 through four rounds. Kermit did not have a full team for the opening rounds of the tournament.

Pecos’ boys saw their score jump 21 strokes from a week earlier, as they shot a 392 and are at 1529 through 72 holes of play. That put them fifth on the day, but they remain third overall in the standings.

Golfer Edgar Madrid shot an 84 to tie for second place in the medalist race for the day with Monahans’ Rex Rose, a stroke in back of the Loboes’ Anthony Armendariz, but coach Jerry Parent said the Eagles were short one score when golfer Dominique Vejil was disqualified for signing a bad scorecard. Richard Dutchover shot a 95 and Jake Varela had a 97 for the ‘A’ team, while Lomas Gonzales struggled to a 116 for the other score.

The ‘B’ team had golfer Omar Luna finish in the Top 10, shooting an 88 for seventh place, but also only had four scores to work with and finished with a 448. They are now at 1727 through 72 holes of play. Mateo Tarango shot a 107, Anthony Carrasco had a 126 and Ruben Carrasco a 127 for the other ‘B’ team totals.

Monahans widened their lead in the boys’ division with a 350 round and are at 1413 overall, while Andrews shot a 361 and are at 1437. Fort Stockton placed third on the day with a 382 but are fifth overall with a 1593 score, while Andrews ‘B’ was fourth with a 387 and are at 1541. Monahans ‘B’ shot a 410 and is at 1594. Kermit, with a 450 and Fort Stockton ‘B’ with a 472, were the other fourth round scores.

H swimmers finish 6th, 8th at state meet

Pecos’ sixth through eighth grade swimmers placed sixth in the girls division last Saturday and eighth on the boys side out of 27 teams across Texas that participated in the 2006 Texas Middle School Championships in San Antonio.

“They did a lot better than what I expected,” said junior high swim coach Evan Bates. “I was really happy with the way it turned out.”

Pecos’ girls finished with 61 points in a division won by Lubbock Slaton with 159 points, while the boys wound up with 33 points in a division Lubbock Evans took with 123 points. Most of the schools entered were either Class 5A feeder schools or private schools, and the meet did include ninth grade swimmers from some of the larger districts that begin high school at the 10th grade level.

Pecos didn’t have any first place finishes at the meet, but did pick up one second place in both the boys and girls divisions. The girls’ second came from Conner Armstrong in the 50-yard freestyle for 6th and 7th graders, as she finished with a 27.37 time, while the boys got a second place finish in the 8-9 grade 50 yard breaststroke from Derek Teague, who had a 33.71 time. Armstrong also finished fifth in the 6-7 grade 100 yard freestyle, while Teague also earned a third place finish in the 100 freestyle

The girls placed third in both the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays in the 6-7 grade division with Armstrong, Alyson Reynolds, Alexcia Mendoza and Lauren Elliott, while in the 8-9 division, the 200 medley relay team of Amanda James, Jessica Dickenson, Anatalia Hernandez and Adrianna Roman was 14th, while Hernandez, Roman, Hunter and Jessica Dickenson also finished 14th in the 200 freestyle relay.

Reynolds also picked up a third place medal in the 500-yard freestyle and was fourth in the 200-yard freestyle. Mendoza was third in the 6-7 50 yard butterfly; James placed fourth in the 6-7 grade 1-meter diving event and was 16th in the 50-yard breaststroke; Mendoza was fifth in the 6-7 grade 100 yard medley; Elliott was ninth in the 6-7 100 free; Tiffany Hunter was 13th in the 6-7 50 fly and 16th in the 50-yard backstroke; Hernandez was 15th in the 8-9 50-yard fly; Roman was 19th in the 8-9 50 fly and 22nd in the 50 backstroke; Bianca Lane was 23rd in the 50 back; and Maggie Hernandez was 31st in the 50 free.

The boys’ 8-9 grade 200 medley relay team of Teague, Tanner Hardwick, Gus Mendoza and Sammy Sandoval finished sixth, and the same four swimmers were ninth in the 200 freestyle relay. Individually, Hardwick swam in the 6-7 grade division and placed fourth in the 100-yard medley. 6th in the 50 fly; Mendoza was fourth in the 8-9 grade 500 freestyle and ninth in the 50 fly; Sandoval was eighth in the 8-9 grade 50 yard backstroke and 16th in the 50 free; and Bryce Deitiker was ninth in the 6-7 100 yard freestyle and 18th in the 50 free.

Pecos was the only area team entered at the meet, which was put on by the Alamo Area Aquatic Association. A total of 35 teams scored points at the two-day meet.

Rangers again use pitching, HR to end Eagles’ year

Pitching and home runs again proved to be the winning formula for the Greenwood Rangers Monday night against the Pecos Eagles, as they used the pitching and hitting of Logan Bawcom to defeat the Eagles in a one game playoff for a District 3-3A playoff berth at the Crane High School field.

Bawcom got out of two early jams, struck out 15 Pecos batters and survived a sixth inning comeback attempt by the Eagles on the mound, while hitting a three-run home run in the third inning that ended up providing Greenwood with all the runs they would need, as the Rangers advanced to the playoffs and ended Pecos’ season with a 6-2 victory.

“We had opportunities to break the game open early, but for whatever reason, we continue to swing at bad pitches or take called strike threes,” said Eagles’ coach Elias Payan.

“There’s just something about a big game where we don’t know how to play relaxed, and put too much pressure on ourselves.”

Bawcom recorded his final 10 outs via strikeout, including three in the sixth inning around doubles by Kenny Rayos and Jonathan Garcia and a single by Edward Valencia that cut Greenwood’s 4-0 lead in half. Prior to that, the Eagles’ main threats had come due to control problems the right-hander suffered in the first two innings, as both he and Eagles’ starter Josh Anchondo had to get out of early jams.

Anchondo allowed a single by Dean Smith and a walk to Bryce Williams in the first, after Bawcom reached on a two-out error by Valencia at third base. But Black McCullough then grounded out to Valencia to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Bawcom walked Anchondo and Jose Chavez around strikeouts of Eddie Vela and Rayos, then got Chris Garnto to line out to center field.

Anchondo would strike out the side in the second, while Bawcom got two more strikeouts, while stranding Valencia and John Paul Salcido, after Valencia singled to open the inning and Salcido walked with two away. But in the third inning David Hill, who had three home runs in Greenwood’s first two wins over Pecos, opened things up by lining a single off Anchondo’s glove, and Evan McFadden followed with a single to left field. Payan then called time out and went to the mound to talk with Anchondo and the infielders, but Bawcom took the next pitch over the fence in left field for a home run and a 3-0 lead.

Anchondo would get though the rest of the inning unharmed, helped by Chris Garnto throwing out Bryce Williams trying to steal, and Anchondo opened the bottom of the third with a single. But Bawcom would then retire Pecos’ next three batters in order, and when Anchondo hit Noel Rodriguez to open the fourth inning, he was replaced on the mound by Payan with Eddie Vela.

“Josh just wasn’t into the game. He lets little things get to his head,” Payan said. “He just needs to let the little things take care of themselves. That’s why I brought Eddie in.”

However, Vela got into trouble when he hesitated and threw late to second base on Matt Nichols sacrifice bunt. Luis Licon was then able to make a running catch in center on Chad Caver’s line drive, and Vela struck out Hill before McFadden lined a ball towards Anchondo, now in left field, that he hesitated on coming in on. The ball fell in front of him for a hit, and while Anchondo did throw out Nichols try for third base to end the inning, the out came after Rodriguez had crossed the plate to make it 4-0.

Anchondo’s hit would be the last for Pecos until the sixth inning, when Kenny Rayos opened with a double down the right field line. Bawcom came back to strike out Garnto, but Valencia followed with a single to left to score Rayos with Pecos’ first run in 17 innings against Greenwood pitching. They got their second run after Bawcom fanned Isaiah Rayos, when Jonathan Garcia doubled in the gap to left-center, but the Rangers’ pitcher then ended the inning by striking out Salcido.

The Eagles then gave both those runs back to the Rangers in the seventh inning, when Kenny Rayos couldn’t catch Hill’s high pop up on the infield and Vela then walked McFadden. He got Bawcom to force Hill at third on a grounder to Valencia, but Dean Smith then sent a 2-2 pitch into the gap in left center, scoring both runners for a 6-2 lead.

“It’s a pitch he’d like to have back,” Payan said. “Eddie did a good job blowing it by him before than, but he just did a good job sitting on that pitch and driving it, and that was the difference. They made things happen when they had the chance.”

Bawcom would allow one base runner in the bottom of the seventh, walking Miguel Estrada, but struck out Vela, Chavez and Kenny Rayos to end the game.

The Eagles ended their disappointing season with a 21-8 mark, 7-6 in district, while Greenwood improved to 8-5 in district and 16-10 on the year. Monahans, which defeated Seminole on Monday, 7-4, got the other bi-district playoff berth and then won a coin flip with the Rangers for second place. That put them into a playoff Friday and Saturday against Clyde in Big Spring, while Greenwood goes to Andrews to face Snyder in a best-of-three series.

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