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Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Pecos girls get first, boys second at Basin Relys
The starting line was the biggest problem for the Pecos Eagles track teams on Saturday, in their final meet before District 2-3A competition next Monday in Fort Stockton.
Pecos’ girls placed first and the Eagle boys finished second at the Permian Basin Relays in Kermit, but the Eagles did suffer a few injuries that could cause problems next week at the 2-3A meet.
The girls scored 199 points to win their division, with Monahans second with 168 points and the host Yellowjackets third with 94 points. On the boys’ side the Kermit won with 144 points to 122 for the Eagles, with Midland High’s JV taking third with 121 points.
“The girls performed very well. I believe it’s a confidence builder for us going into the district meet on the 7th,” said Eagles’ coach Donna Gent.
The Eagles picked up most of their medals in the girls’ division in the running events. Their only first in the field events came from Brittany Palomino, who took the long jump with a 14-foot-11 effort. But she later was one of two Eagle runners to suffer injuries in the finals, Gent said.
“Brittany Palomino went in to the 100 (finals) with a fastest time, but her block slipped and she pulled a groin muscle,” Gent said. “I hope she’ll be able to compete at district, but it depends on how severe her injury is.”
Gent said Diana Parada ended up winning the 100 meters with a 13.43 time, one of six first place finishes in the running events for Pecos. Ally Salcido won the 100-meter hurdles with a 16.8 second time and took the 300-meter hurdles with a 49.4 time; Jasmine Rayos won the 400 meter dash with a 1:03 time and the Eagles also took the 800 and 1600 meter relays. Rayos, Salcido, Brittany Quintana and Carissa Cerna won the 1600 with a 4:24 time and Rayos, Parada, Quintana and Dakota Long won the 800 in 1:51, though Gent said Long was injured in that race.
“She turned her ankle on the handoff,” she said. “She finished the race, but after it was over she said it hurt.” Gent said Long tried to run the 200 meter dash and was able to finish fifth there, but aggravated the injury.
She added Long injury wasn’t as severe as Palomino’s was, and she was planning to play for Pecos in the District 2-3A tennis tournament on Tuesday in Fort Stockton.
Aside from the first place finishes, the Eagles also picked up a second from the 400 meter relay team of Palomino, Parada, Cerna and Brisa Ruiz with a 55.42 time. Individually in the running events, Kayla Natividad was second in the 3200 meters with a 13:08 time while Monique Rodriguez was sixth; Aileen Rayos was second, Cerna third and Gabby Garcia sixth in the 800 meter run; Quintana was third in the 400 meter dash; Olivia Castilleja was third in the 300 meter hurdles and Natividad placed sixth in the 1600 meter run.
In the field events, Jasmine Rayos was second, Palomino third and Parada fourth in the triple jump; Rayos was third and Parada fifth in the long jump; Salcido and Cerna tied for second in the pole vault; Garcia tied for second in the high jump and was fourth in the discus, and Catherine Moor was fifth and Destiny Simmons sixth in the shot put.
The boys only had one injury at the meet, when freshman Jerome Mazone aggravated a hip injury at the start of the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash. “I was really proud of our sprint relay, because Jerome got hurt in the 100 prelims and we had to change everything up,” said coach Derek Price.
The 400-meter team of Dillon Garcia, Vincent Palomino, Jon Dominguez and Luis Morales had a 45.65 time. “We had to work on getting our handoffs down , and we were still able to get second, so I thought they competed pretty well.
“Jerome also got fourth in the triple jump, but he was jumping off the other leg he normally jumps off of, because he already had hurt his leg. We worked on it a couple of times and he was able to get fourth,” Price said, as Mazone had a 35-foot-9 jump before suffering the second injury.
Pecos already was without sophomore Robert Herrera, after he suffered a broken nose two weeks earlier in discus competition. But the Eagles still managed a win in that event, as Bryan Navarrete took first with a 124-foot-11 3/4 throw, while teammate Jeremiah Soto was fifth.
Soto also finished third in the shot put with a 38-foot-9 throw, while Morales was second and Palomino third in the long jump, with 18-11 1/2 and 18-5 1/2 efforts.
In the running events, senior Matthew Flores won the 400 meter dash with a 54.68 time, with Justin Ramirez third and Billy Garcia sixth, and Flores, Billy Garcia, Justin Ramirez and Morales won the 1600 meter relay, with a 3:44.34 time.
Morales took third in the 200-meter dash, and the Eagles also had a third in the 800-meter relay and from Garcia in the 800 meters, with Jesse Juarez taking fourth. Gus Mendoza was fifth in the 3200 meter run and later in the 1600 meter run, with Ray Gonzales taking sixth.
Gent and Price said the district coaches would meet on Wednesday to submit entries for next Monday’s 2-3A track meet. This year’s meet will be a one-day event, after last year’s district meet was held over two days during the middle of the week.
Pecos boys, Monahans girls win JH swim meet
The Pecos Eagle Junior High boys swim team placed first in a dual meet this past Saturday against the Monahans Loboes, while Monahans sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls beat out Pecos in the two team competition.
Pecos’ boys won by a 142-105 margin, while the Loboes had a 163-77 point advantage of over the Eagles on the girls side. But both boys and girls teams came away with first place finishes on the day.
The boys won the 200-yard medley relay with a 2:16.70 time, while placing second in the 200-yard freestyle race. Individually, Bradley Shaw won the 50-yard freestyle with a 27.05 time, took the 50-yard butterfly with a 32.47 time, and took the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 38.26. The boys’ other first came in 1-meter diving, where Gregory Roman won with a 125.45 score.
Teammate Anthony Natividad was second in that event, while in the swimming events, Nathan McCormick was second, Mario Olivas third, Ryan Mendoza fourth and Jesus Villegas fifth in the 100-yard individual medley; McCormick was second, Roman third, Elijah Noble fifth, Villegas sixth and Isaiah Mendoza seventh in the 100 free; McCormick was second, Natividad fourth, Ryan Mendoza fifth, Noble sixth and Isaiah Mendoza seventh in the 50-yard backstroke; Roman was third, Clay Teague fifth, Natividad sixth, Isaiah Mendoza ninth and Villegas 10th in the 50 free; Olivas was fourth and Teague fifth in the 200-yard freestyle; Olivas was fourth and Ryan Mendoza sixth in the 100 fly; and Teague was fourth and Noble fifth in the 50-yard backstroke.
The girls got first place finishes individually from swimmers Lauren Elliott and Alexcia Mendoza in six events. Elliott won the 200 freestyle with a 2:18.01 time, the 500 free with a 6:06.45 time and the 50-yard backstroke with a 36.08 time. Mendoza took the 100-yard individual medley in 1:12.58, the 50-yard butterfly with a 31.02 time and the 50-yard breaststroke with a 39 flat time.
The other finishes for the girls were a third by Victoria Machuca in the 100 medley; fifth by Mendoza in the 200 free; a fifth by Machuca in the 100 fly; a fifth me Mendoza and a ninth by Shandri Alfaro in the 100 free; a sixth by Mendoza and a seventh by Alfaro in the 50 backstroke; a sixth by Machuca in the 100 breaststroke and an eighth by Alfaro in the 50 free.
In the relays, both the girls’ 200 medley and 200 yard freestyle teams finished second.
Netters to have top seeds in doubles play
The Pecos Eagles tennis team will have two No. 1 seeds on Tuesday, at the District 2-3A tournament in Fort Stockton.
Coach Bernadette Ornelas said the doubles teams of Meagan Fuentes and Dakota Long and Derek Barron and Tanner Hardwick were seeded first in their divisions. The top two finishes in each of the five divisions will advance to Region I-3A competition on April 23-24 in Odessa.
“We’ve also got Hope Mora in the girls’ singles. She’s got the No. 3 girls’ seed,” said Ornelas. She said the Eagles go in without anyone seeded in boys singles or in mixed doubles competition.
She said none of Pecos players placed this past weekend in Fort Stockton, during invitational tournament play. The District 2-3A Tournament will get underway at 8:30 a.m. at the Fort Stockton High School tennis courts and continue throughout the day.
Ornelas said Pecos’ junior high tennis players will also have their district tournament this week, starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the Monahans High School tennis courts.
Loboes again use big inning to rally past Eagles
For the second time this season, the Pecos Eagle softball team watched a three-run lead get wiped out thanks to a big inning by the Monahans Loboes.
The Eagles, who saw Monahans score nine times in the second inning after Pecos scored three times in the first back on March 17, in the teams’ District 2-3A opener, took a little longer to build their lead in Monahans on Friday. Pecos scored twice in the third and once in the fourth to go up by a 3-0 score, only to see Monahans get one run back in their half of the fourth and then score six times in the fifth inning for a 7-3 win.
Barbara Cota’s bases-loaded triple in the fifth proved to be the difference for the Loboes, after two errors helped Monahans tie the game and a pair of two-out walks loaded the bases for Cota.
“I thought we played well defensively overall, and I thought the top of the lineup hit the ball well,” said Eagles’ coach Tammy Walls. “We just didn’t get anything from the bottom of the lineup.”
Pecos had wasted a leadoff hit by Jenny Palomino in the first inning, while Monahans failed to take advantage of Lara Santiago being hit by a Gabby Garcia pitch to open the second inning. Both runners ended up stranded on third base, but in the third inning both Palomino and Diana Parada were walked by pitcher Katlin Mitchell, and both then scored after stolen bases on Ally Salcido’s single to center field.
The Eagles then went up 3-0 on a two-out single by Lily Jaramillo in the fourth, followed by a walk to Palomino and an RBI single by Parada. But Monahans would then get a run with two outs in their half of the inning on a bases-loaded walk to Cota, following walks to Santiago and Allycyn Ramos around a Berth Felon single.
All six of Monahans’ runs in the fifth inning were unearned. Bailey Marcum reached on a bunt single and moved to second on a throwing error. “It was a hard play to make Gabby and Jayme (Galindo) got tangled up, and the throw was a little high, but it was catchable,” Walls said.
Marcum then scored on a Kristi Wilson single, and Mitchell then reached on a throwing error by Kristen Ikeler. Monahans then tied the game on a Kellie Almanza sacrifice fly. Garcia came back to strike out Santiago for the second out, but then walked Felon and Ramos to load the bases, and Cota followed with a bases-clearing triple to left-centerfield. That made it 6-3, and she then scored on a passed ball by Parada, before Garcia struck out Feleene Graves to end the inning.
Walls said the calls on the walks to Felon and Ramos were close. “I thought they were on the inside and asked the umpire how far off the plate they were, and he said they were low,” Walls said. “You have to pitch to the umpire’s strike zone, but it seemed like it got tighter as the game went on.”
Monahans improved to 3-0 in district with their victory, while the loss dropped Pecos back to .500 in District 2-3A play, at 2-2, and left the Eagles with a 10-12 mark for the season going into Tuesday’s 5 p.m. home game against Fort Stockton. The Panthers also are 2-2, with both their wins coming against Presidio. Fort Stockton took a 3-0 lead on Pecos in their first meeting on March 18, only to see the Eagles come back to score a 10-4 victory.
Two out rallies carry Pecos past Presidio
Even after a month away from home, the Pecos Eagles have been a lot more comfortable in their own ballpark during the 2008 season than they ever were in 2007.
The Eagles, who didn’t win a district home game last year until their final regular season game, and had only two home victories all season, remained unbeaten at home on Friday night in their first game at home in four weeks. Pecos scored all their runs with two outs in the third, fourth and sixth innings and beat the Presidio Blue Devils by a 10-3 final score.
The win left the Eagles alone in first place after the first week of District 2-3A play. Pecos opens Week 2 of district on Tuesday night, with a 7:30 p.m. game in Monahans against the Loboes, 7-2 winners on Friday over Fort Stockton.
The Eagles had opened district by winning a pitcher’s duel in Fort Stockton, and for 2 1/2 innings on Friday Pecos’ Isaiah Vela was locked in a similar dual with Presidio’s Oscar Lujan. But the Eagles would score three times in the third and fourth innings, then add four more runs in the sixth to break things open.
“Isaiah did a good job getting out of trouble in a couple of innings,” said Eagles’ coach Eric Garcia. “He gave up a few runs, but he didn’t give up the big inning.”
Garcia’s first double came with two outs in the third, after Lujan had wild pitched home Vincent Palomino, who had reached by beating out a slow bouncer to second base with two away. Timo Reyes and J.R. Lujan then walked before Garcia hit one over the head of Raul Barron in right-center field.
“I think that was the big play in the game,” said Eagles’ coach Eric Garcia. “He had a 3-2 count and fouled off a couple of pitches and then drove the ball into the gap for two runs.”
One inning later, the Eagles would get another two-out, two-run hit, this time a single up the middle by Rayos that scored Eli Valenzuela and Tony Reyes. Valenzuela was running for Justin Contreras, who led off the fourth with an infield hit. Tony Reyes walked on a 3-2 pitch, and after an Isaiah Patino sacrifice bunt and a strike out by Lucas Chavez, Palomino was walked intentionally to load the bases, and Timo Reyes followed by lining a single to centerfield. Palomino would then score for the second time in as many innings on a wild pitch for the Eagles’ sixth run of the night.
Presidio had gotten their first run in the top of the fourth off Vela, after a leadoff single by Oscar Lujan and a double down the line in left by Ruben Fierro. Edgar Venegas was up next and he lined a ball off Vela’s leg that the pitcher was able to scramble after and flip to Patino at first base just in time to get Venegas. Lujan scored on the play, but Vela came back to strike out Gabriel Gachua and got Barron to bounce to Garcia at third to end the inning.
Presidio took advantage of a throwing error by J.R. Lujan on a passed ball third strike to Noe Anaya to start off the fifth inning to get a pair of unearned runs. Jesse Carrasco followed Anaya with a fly ball double just inside the right field line, and after a strikeout of Pablo Rodriguez, Anaya came home on Jesus Barron’s grounder that Garcia deflected to Timo Reyes at short, who was able to throw Barron out. Carrasco would score on a wild pitch before Vela struck out Oscar Lujan to end the inning.
Pecos would then get four unearned runs in the sixth, all with two out. Patino walked and Chavez singled with one away, and then after a Palomino pop out, Anaya couldn’t glove Timo Reyes’ hard line drive to left field, scoring both runners. J.R. Lujan as then hit by a pitch, and Garcia followed with his second two-run double of the night, this one down the right field line to make it a 10-3 game.
Vela meanwhile, retired the final nine batters he faced following Carrasco’s double to pick up his third win of the season. He ended up striking out 13 while allowing six hits in picking up the complete game victory.
“Vela getting out of the fourth was big. Other than that, he controlled the game because he was able to throw his curveball for strikes,” said Garcia. “He threw a lot of strikes and didn’t put a lot of people on bases.”
Friday’s game was the first at home for the Eagles since Feb. 26. Pecos won three home games in the first eight days of the season as part of a 4-0 start, and is now 15-4-1 on the season going into Tuesday’s game in Monahans. Garcia said Palomino, 5-2, who no-hit Fort Stockton in Pecos’ district opener last week, would get the start on the mound. The Loboes can tie for first with the Eagles with a victory. Monahans lost to Presidio in their District 2-3A opener.
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