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Friday, April 18, 2008
Crockett girl golfers place third, boys fourth
The Crockett Middle School girls’ team placed third and Crockett’s boys team placed fourth in their divisions this past Saturday, in the second round of the area golf tournament, held at the Ward County Golf Course in Monahans.
Andrews won both division titles for the second week in a row. Girls’ coach Laura Lara said the Eagles were eight strokes in back of second place Monahans, while individually, Amanda Mora had the low round of the day for Pecos, shooting a 56 to place in the Top 10 in the medalist race.
Boys’ coach Art Wellborn said Josh Aguilar finished second individually for the second week in a row in the medalist race, but Pecos’ other golfers struggled while finishing behind Andrews ‘A’ and ‘B’ and Fort Stockton’s ‘A’ team last Saturday.
The third round of the tournament will be this Saturday at Desert Pines in Fort Stockton.
Girls traveling to Iraan for pre-regional meet
The Pecos Eagle girls track team will be short a few competitors on Friday, when they compete in a regional qualifier’s meet at Iraan High School.
“I’m taking eight to Iraan,” said Eagles’ coach Donna Gent. Pecos’ girls won the District 2-3A Track and Field Championships on April 7 in Fort Stockton, but skipped last Friday’s qualifier’s meet in Monahans due to a conflict with Pecos’ home softball game against the Loboes. Friday’s meet in Iraan will run into the same problem.
“We’ll go ahead and run all three relays, of course, but we’ll have some subs because the softball team is participating in their last district game,” Gent said. “Ally (Salcido) is the only softball girl going to go do track. So she’ll participate in all their events.”
Pecos’ girls end their softball season at home on Friday against Presidio, 30 minutes after the track meet begins with field events and the 3200-meter run in Iraan. Running finals are scheduled for 7 p.m.
Aside from the missing softball players, Gent said she would also make some changes in one other event.
“I’m probably going to pull Jasmine (Rayos) and Brittany (Quintana) out of the open quarter at the meet and just run them in the relays. I told them their splits in the mile relay is what I’ll be looking at,” Gent said.
Rayos placed first and Quintana second in the 400 meters at district, but the Eagles are looking to cut some time off the 4:19.72 time the two, plus Salcido and Carissa Cerna, ran at the district meet.
Pecos’ boys were also shorthanded last week, due to conflicts with baseball, when they competed in the Loboes’ qualifier’s meet in Monahans. Coach Derek Price said only a few field event qualifiers for the Eagles will make the trip to Iraan, with the running finals there at the same time as Pecos’ home baseball game against Presidio.
Region I-3A competition will be on Friday and Saturday, April 25-26 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.
Errors cost Eagles in 11-inning loss
Getting two wins while twice scoring two runs was all the Pecos Eagles could manage against the Fort Stockton Panthers this year, as scoring two runs against Fort Stockton for the third time this season wasn’t enough on Tuesday night to get the Eagles another victory.
Pecos, which had beaten Fort Stockton by 2-0 and 2-1 scores in their first district meeting, needed 11 innings to get their second run on Tuesday night. But by then, the Panthers had scored three times in the top of the 11th and ended up beating the Eagles by a 4-2 score, to keep their playoff hopes alive in the District 2-3A race.
For the Eagles, the loss dropped them into a three-way tie for first with Monahans and Presidio, whom the Eagles host at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Thanks to the tie-breakers, the Eagles’ 4-3 district record already has assured them of a playoff spot, but the Eagles need wins in their final two games to earn their first district title since 2002.
“We just didn’t come through at the right times,” said Eagles’ coach Eric Garcia. “We left a lot of runners on base, especially in the late innings. We had the opportunities, but we didn’t close them down.”
In the end, defense proved to be the difference in the game. Fort Stockton centerfielder Alan Mendez threw out Paul Zubeldia trying to score the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, after Pecos had tied the game moments earlier on a J.R. Lujan single, while Isaiah Vela was thrown out at home plate in the ninth inning by Adrian Leyva trying to score the game-winning run on a fly ball to right field by Timo Reyes.
Those plays kept the Panthers alive, until the Eagles’ defense fell apart in the top of the 11th behind Reyes, who had relieved starter Vincent Palomino in the ninth inning.
Jeremy Martinez reached on a throwing error by Lucas Chavez to open the inning and M.J. Gonzales then got on when Vela bobbled his grounder to second base. Mendez followed with a slow grounder to third that James Garcia fielded, but his throw got past Sal Baez at first, allowing Martinez to score. Vela then committed the fourth error in as many batters, bobbling a Sergio Corral grounder as both Gonzales and Mendez scored.
Pecos would get a run back in the bottom of the inning off Julio Martinez, who went the distance on the mound, when Justin Contreras walked with one out, went to third on a single by Chavez and scored when Martinez’s pickoff throw got past Corral at first base. But he would then come back to strike out Chris Sotelo, and after a walk to Reyes put the tying run on base, struck out Garcia to end the game.
“We did it to ourselves,” Garcia said. “We’ve got to figure out something quick and start hitting the ball. We can’t swing the bats for them, so we just have to hope it starts coming around.”
Palomino, who no-hit Fort Stockton in last month’s 2-0 win, held the Panthers without a hit for the first five innings on Tuesday, until Justin Ramirez singled to lead off the sixth inning. He moved to second and then scored when Jeremy Martinez singled to centerfield.
Pecos got the run back in their half of the inning when Sotelo reached second on a throwing error by third baseman Rene Corral, went to third on a single by Garcia and then scored on Lujan’s hit into left-centerfield. Palomino followed with a grounder that went through the legs of Martinez at shortstop, but Zubeldia was cut down by Mendez trying to score from second.
Pecos then failed to score in the seventh, after an error by Leyva in right put Vela on second with none out. He was then sacrificed to third by Tony Reyes, but after a Chavez walk Julio Martinez would strike out Sotelo and get Timo Reyes on a bouncer to first.
In the ninth, Corral reached on an error by Garcia, but was caught trying for third on a delayed steal. Then in the bottom of the inning Vela walked and was sacrificed to second by Eli Valenzuela. Martinez then hit Chavez and walked Sotelo to load the bases, but this time Vela was thrown out at home by Leyva, as Zach Rodriguez put the tag on the Eagle runner as he reached home plate.
Palomino ended up striking out 17 in nine innings, while Reyes took the loss despite allowing no hits or walks and fanning four in three innings of work. “Vincent pitched a great game, and Timo came in and did a great job,” said Garcia. “He got them to hit ground balls, but we just didn’t back him up.”
The Eagles are now 17-7-1 on the season going into their game with Presidio. The Eagles beat the Blue Devils in Pecos last month by a 12-3 score, then outscored them 10 days ago in Presidio, 11-8. Vela, 4-1, who earned the win in the first game, will start on Friday against the Blue Devils, who need a win or a loss by Fort Stockton to Monahans to assure them of a playoff spot.
Pecos’ problems continue in Stockton loss
The Pecos Eagles’ softball team will have their final district game against the Presidio Blue Devils on Friday to try and work out some of their problems, before taking on a future district rival next week in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs.
The Eagles’ problems on the field continued Tuesday in Fort Stockton, as they dropped as 12-2 game to the Prowlers, which allowed Fort Stockton to clinch the No. 2 playoff spot behind Monahans in the District 2-3A standings.
The Eagles, now 3-5 in district play, will close out the regular season against Presidio at the Pecos High School softball field, starting at 5 p.m. It’s the final game for the 0-8 Blue Devils before they drop down to Class 2A next year. Pecos owns 17-0 and 20-2 wins over Presidio so far in district play this season.
Barring a major surprise, the Eagles will mainly be using Friday’s game to try and get ready for next week’s bi-district playoff game against the Fabens Wildcats. Fabens, which will be one of Pecos’ four new district opponents next season, placed second to Clint in District 1-3A, following an 11-10 loss to the Lions on Tuesday.
The focus of the Eagles’ problems continues to be on the mound, though some baserunning and defensive mistakes also cost Pecos in Tuesday’s loss.
Gabby Garcia allowed only one run in 2-plus innings of work, but struggled through three walks a hit batter and four wild pitches before giving way to Brittany Palomino after a walk to Adrianna Ramos to open the third inning.
“I’m hoping we can get Gabby in (Friday) and she can relax a little and throw some strikes,” said Eagles’ coach Tammy Walls. “She’s got to work her way out of it, but we’re going to have to keep her on a short chain.
“She did a better job today than against Monahans, but she still had three walks, and the balls were not close, so I pulled her out and put Brittany in,” she added.
A toe injury in the second inning also bothered Garcia, but she walked Jessica Gonzales on four pitches to open the first inning, then wild pitched her to third on the next two pitches before being bailed out of trouble by Palomino.
She came over from her shortstop position to catch a Karinne Acosta line drive that deflected off the glove of Crystal Ramirez, playing third in place of Kristen Ikeler, who was out due to an eye problem. Palomino then doubled Gonzales off third to end the threat, while in the second, Garcia would get a pair of strikeouts to strand Heather Garvin and Chelsea Woodward at second and third.
But after Palomino went to the mound she was greeted with a single by Gonzales, then walked Acosta to load the bases. Jodi Alvardo then hit a grounder to short that Garcia bobbled for an error, scoring one run, and Garvin followed with a single that got by Lily Jaramillo in left for a two base error, giving the Prowlers a 4-0 lead. A Maribel Silvas single made it 5-0 before Palomino retired the side.
Meanwhile, Prowlers’ pitcher Celia Molinar got through the Eagles batting order the first time around without any problems, but started having trouble in the fourth. Ally Salcido singled to open the inning , and went to third on a two-out single by Garcia before scoring on a wild pitch to make it a 5-1 game. Jayme Galindo followed with what looked like a single to right field, but she was thrown out at first by Acosta, to end the inning.
Baserunning problems also hurt Pecos in the fifth, after Ashley Baeza opened with a single and Ramirez was hit by a pitch. Marlene Salgado followed with a bunt in front of home plate that Alvarado threw to third, too late too get Baeza. But the Eagle baserunner then tried to get up and run for home when the ball dribbled a few feet past third baseman Cynthia Fierro and was thrown out. Molina then fanned Palomino and after an infield hit by Salcido loaded the bases, got Aileen Rayos on a grounder to short to end the inning.
The Prowlers then scored five more runs in their half of the fifth. A double by Monique Ortiz and a walk to Garvin set up Woodward’s RBI single. One out later Palomino walked Ramos and then hit Gonzales to make it 7-1 She got Acoata, but the saw one run score on a passed ball by Diana Parada, and Alvarado followed with a two-run double for a 10-1 lead.
Parada would make it 10-2 in the sixth, when she scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Galindo after walking and moving up on a Garcia single and a steal of third. Garcia was safe at second on Galindo’s grounder, but Molinar then struck out Baeza, Ramirez and Salgado to end the inning, and the Prowlers ended the game under the 10-run rule in the bottom of the sixth, when Silvas reached on an error, Woodward and Molinar singled and Ramos followed with a game-ending double.
“We made some mistakes out there that killed us, but we’re still a young team. We had mostly sophomores and juniors and two freshmen starting,” said Walls, who’ll be without one of her starters, Salcido, on Friday, due to a regional track qualifier’s meet in Iraan.
Salcido is one of several Pecos qualifiers for the Region I-3A track meet, which will be next Friday and Saturday in Odessa. The schedule means the Eagles will likely play their bi-district game next Tuesday or Thursday, at a site to be determined.
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