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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Eagles put eight on all-district baseball team

Four members of the Pecos Eagles baseball team were named to the first team All-District 3-3A squad, while four others were second team selections in voting by the districtís coaches.

The team was chosen on May 3 and released on May 13, following Presidioís area round loss to Lubbock Cooper in the Class 3A playoffs. The Blue Devils won the district title in what turned out to be a six-team race, with Monahans and Greenwood beating out Seminole and Pecos in one-game playoffs for the other bi-district berths.

Pecos, which finished at 7-6 in district and 21-8 overall this season, was represented by senior pitcher/outfielder Eddie Vela, junior catcher Chris Garnto, junior shortstop Isaiah Rayos and sophomore second baseman Jose Chavez on the first team, while the second team had senior pitcher/third baseman Edward Valencia, senior outfielder Jonathan Garcia, junior first baseman Kenny Rayos and junior designated hitter John Paul Salcido.

Vela had a 3-3 record in district play at pitcher, working 31 1/3 innings with a 1.78 earned run average, with the Eagles scoring just one run in his three losses. At bat in 3-3A play, the senior hit .238 with 10 hits and eight RBI. Chavez batted .357 with 15 hits and six RBI in Pecosí 13 district games, while Garnto had a .314 average with 11 hits and nine RBI. Isaiah Rayos had eight hits and nine RBI in district, while batting .211.

Valencia was 2-0 with a save during district play, with a 0.78 era in nine innings. At bat, he hit .300 with 12 hits and eight RBI. Garcia batted .324 with 12 hits and 11 RBI in district play, Kenny Rayos had a .282 average with 11 hits and 11 RBI, and Salcido batted .258 in district play, with eight hits and eight RBI.

Presidio catcher Isidro Rocha was named district MVP, after the Blue Devils were able to pull out their third straight 3-3A title, while Greenwood senior pitcher/outfielder David Hill was named offensive MVP and Seminole junior pitcher/first baseman Michael Martinez was the defensive MVP. Greenwood freshman catcher Blake McCullough and Monahansí sophomore outfielder Steven Valles shared the Newcomer of the Year Award.

The other first team pitchers included Presidio seniors Hector Rodriguez and Juan Aguilar; Fort Stockton senior Bryant Arcides and Seminole senior Trey Curiel. Monahansí junior Blake Whisnand was the first team pick at first base, while another Loboesí junior, Kenny Almanza, shared first team honors with Chavez at second base and Greenwood junior Logan Bawcom was selected at shortstop along with Rayos. Rangersí sophomore Bryce Williams was chosen at third base; the outfielder included juniors Sean Merrick of Monahans and Alonzo Amancio and Ervey Rodriguez of Presidio and seniors J.J. Hickman of Fort Stockton and Drew Phillips of Seminole, the DH was Greenwood junior Evan McFarden and the utility players were Monahansí senior Larry Jasso and Seminole senior Blake Tittle.

The other second team selections included Greenwood senior Matt Nichols, Monahans junior Tico Olivas, Fort Stockton junior Octavio Contreras and Lamesa sophomore Isaac Diaz at pitcher; Greenwood sophomore Dean Smith at first base; Greenwood sophomore Eric Baugh and Seminole junior Chris Dagley at second base; Monahans senior Sam Graves at shortstop; Presidio junior Jaime Ortega and Seminole junior Todd Warren at third base; Greenwood junior Chad Caver and Monahans junior Braxton Maxwell in the outfield and Fort Stockton sophomore Adrian Olivas and Lamesa junior Sean Putman as utility players.

Hernandez earns LCU track scholarship

Balmorhea Bears senior Michael Hernandez signed a letter of intent on Thursday to attend college on a track scholarship at Lubbock Christian University.

Coach Adolfo Garcia said Hernandez would run for LCU in both cross country and regular long-distance races, after qualifying for state in both events over the past two years.

Hernandez placed sixth on May 12 in the Class A state finals in the 3200 meter run, with a 10:13.85 time, after qualifying as a junior for the Class A state cross country finals. This past November, he missed by one spot earning a return trip to state in cross-country, while coming back from a torn tendon in his foot in January to win the Region I-3A 3200 meter run and earn a trip to Austin.

Hernandez cut five seconds off his winning time at the Region I-4A meet, but after staying close to the leaders in the first half of the 3200, he fell back in the final laps due to pain from his January tendon injury. The senior had only returned to competition in the 3200 at the end of March before advancing with a win in district, while placing third at the area track meet to earn his spot at the Region I-3A meet in Levelland.

Balmorhea had two athletes earn trips to state this year, with senior Alexis Lozano placing fifth in the finals of the Class A shot put. Following the state meet, Garcia said Lozano, Hernandez and his son, A.J. Garcia, who qualified for regionals in the discus, would continue competing in their events during summer track, including at a meet in Albuquerque.

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