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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Summer track teams compete at Pecos meet

Students from Pecos and four other area schools were at Eagle Stadium on Saturday for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD summer track meet, the first meet of the summer track season.

Competitors from Balmorhea, Wink, Monahans and Kermit also participated in the meet, which was open to students from kindergarten to high school. Angelo State University senior Ryan McWilliams, who is working with the Pecos summer track students, said the program had about 35 boys and girls turn out for the opening week.

McWilliams, the son of new Pecos Eagle girls basketball coach Brent McWilliams and volleyball coach Ruth McWilliams, also provided the competition for discus thrower Robert Herrera, who was the only one entered in his age group, and who is coming back from his injury in March when his nose was broken by a thrown discus.

Balmorhea coach Doug Maynard said there were a number of younger Balmorhea ISD students at the meet, with Kiara Rodriguez placing first in the 7-8 girls long jump and second in the high jump, while Chantel Navarrete was second in the long jump and first in the high jump. John Luc Maynard won both the shot and discus in the 11-12 age group, and Kyle Garcia was first and Noah Maynard second in the 7-8 boys long jump.

Area schools will have another summer track meet on their schedule this coming weekend, in Iraan.

Snyder claims Class 3A baseball title

From Staff and Wire Reports

A couple of baseball teams who were involved with Pecos squads over the past year had high and low moments on Thursday and Friday, at the UIL state baseball playoffs in Austin and Round Rock.

The Snyder Tigers captured the Class 3A baseball title on Thursday, with a 3-2 win in extra innings over Pleasant Grove in a game played at the University of Texas in Austin, while Laredo United lost to eventual Class 5A state champion Plano West on Friday, in the semifinals of the 5A state tournament in Round Rock.

Snyder, which lost to Pecos the opening week of the 2008 baseball season, won their first state title in 25 years on Thursday by scoring two runs in the eighth and then surviving a rally in the bottom of the inning. Snyder's Chad Franks drove in a run with a two-out double in the top of the inning and scored the eventual game winner on a throwing error by Pleasant Grove.

Down 3-1, Pleasant Grove got within 3-2 when Jon Phillips scored on a Snyder error. Pleasant Grove had two runners on base when Snyder's Brent Bollinger got Michael Wacha to hit a grounder to short for the final out.

Bollinger, whose father and Tigers head coach Charles Bollinger pitched Snyder to their title in 1983, pitched a complete game for Snyder (35-8), allowing three hits and striking out nine. Wacha, who pitched 3 1-3 innings, took the loss for Pleasant Grove (25-9).

Laredo United featured most of the same players that defeated Pecos last July for the Texas State Senior League Baseball title. Laredo won that game behind the pitching of pitcher Jorge Guarneos, who shut out Pecos that day while striking out 12 batters. However, on Friday, things were a lot rougher for Guarneos, as he allowed nine runs — eight earned — and eight hits in five innings of Laredo’s 11-4 loss to Plano West.

Plano followed that up on Saturday by winning the 5A state title with a 10-8 win over Southlake Carroll. Kale Kiser doubled to drive in the tying run and later scored in the sixth inning for Plano, while reliever Drew Johnson was named tournament MVP after allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and retiring three straight in the seventh inning to end the game.

Harrison Holmes drove in two runs for West (40-2), which recaptured the lead after Carroll (23-19) scored six runs in the fourth to erase a 5-1 deficit. Ronnie Mitchell went 3-for-4 and scored three runs for the Dragons.

In the other state finals in Austin and Round Rock, Patrick Frasier went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and Roland Resendez added two RBIs as Corpus Christi Calallen defeated Waxahachie 11-1 to win the state Class 4A championship on Thursday.

Calallen (42-1) scored eight of its runs in the fifth inning. Waxahachie (32-9) committed four errors and used two pitchers in the fifth inning. The Wildcats had five hits in the inning.

The game was called at the end of five innings because of the 10-run rule.

Frasier, the tournament's Most Valuable Player, homered in the third inning. Resendez, the designated hitter, went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and homered for the Wildcats in the second inning.

Jordan John (11-1) allowed just four hits and struck out five batters in a complete game for Calallen.

In Class 2A on Thursday, Salado scored five runs in the second inning to break a 1-1 tie and went on to beat Corsicana Mildred 12-8 to win the 2A state title.

Matt Fritsch doubled to centerfield to score two runs in the second for the Eagles (32-6). Another run came in when shortstop Miles Weaver overthrew the third baseman and Fritsch scored when catcher Trevor Burnet committed a throwing error at home plate.

Zach Thomas (5-3) gave up seven hits and 11 runs in 4 2-3 innings in the loss.

Sam Van Hoozer (10-3) allowed six hits and four runs in the win.

In the Class A finals on Friday, Hunter Pinney drove in two runs and scored three times as Flatonia cruised to the Class 1A state baseball championship with a 12-0 win over Seymour.

Dakota Pinney struck out nine in a game shortened to five innings.

Sean Masek also had two RBI for Flatonia (25-5-1). Seymour (17-13) starting pitcher Hayden Holub allowed only four hits but gave up 10 walks.

Flatonia scored two runs in each of the first two innings and led 6-0 before a six-run burst in the fifth.

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