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Friday, May 2, 2008

Pecos hosting Class 3A, 4A softball playoff games

The team that ousted the Pecos Eagles from the Class 3A playoffs will be playing on Pecos’ home field this weekend in their area round playoff series, one of two being hosted here this weekend.

The Clint Lions will take on the Levelland Lobos in a best-of-three series on Friday and Saturday at the Pecos High School softball field. Game 1 will be at 9:30 p.m. Friday night, while the second game is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The Friday game’s start is so late in order to fit in a Class 4A area round playoff game at 7 p.m., between the Frenship Tigers and the El Paso Burges Mustangs. Those two teams will have a one-game playoff, with Frenship coming in as District 4-4A champ with an 18-13 overall record and Burges entering as the runner-up out of District 1-4A and a 21-7 record, after a bi-district win over El Paso Parkland.

Clint defeated Pecos at home in a one-game playoff last Thursday by an 18-1 score after placing second in District 1-3A, while Levelland won the District 4-3A championship and had a first round bye. The winner will face the winner of this weekend’s area round playoff series between District 2-3A champ Monahans and 3-3A runner-up Greenwood. Those teams are playing a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday.

Fort Stockton, which beat Tornillo in their bi-district playoff series, faces District 3-3A champ Andrews in a best-of-three series on Friday and Saturday at Crane High School.

Jackets are Eagles last pre-playoff test

Pecos Eagles baseball coach Eric Garcia will be making a trip on Friday to see the Andrews Mustangs take on the Brownfield Cubs in their Class 3A bi-district round playoff series, but the rest of his team will be staying home following Thursday afternoon’s playoff practice game in Kermit against the Yellowjackets.

The Eagles took on the Jackets Thursday in the second of their two practice games following Pecos’ April 22 win in Monahans that gave the Eagles the District 2-3A title. It also gave them a first round playoff bye, allowing Garcia to go watch the Mustangs and Cubs in the opening game of their best-of-three series in Andrews.

Garcia had hoped to get the Eagles another practice game this weekend, but said they were unable to workout a game with Lubbock Estacado or Hobbs due to travel costs. “We maxed out our budget,” Garcia said. “We had some extra money because we didn’t play (at) Sweetwater, but that went to the Alpine game, and we had a couple of JV games that were cancelled, but we filled that out with the Kermit game.

“Estacado said they would play halfway, but we can’t travel at all, and Hobbs was the same as us. They could play us, but only at home,” he added.

The Eagles defeated Alpine last Saturday by a 16-3 score, raising their season record to 20-7-1. That includes a 7-3 win at home back in February over Kermit, which went on to claim the District 1-2A title.

Garcia said he planned to start Vincent Palomino, 6-2, against Kermit. The senior ran into control problems in the April 22 game at Monahans and had to be replaced by Timo Reyes, after the Loboes cut a 5-0 Eagle lead to 5-4. In the game prior to that, Palomino struck out 17 in nine innings but had no decision in an 11 inning 2-1 loss to Fort Stockton. “I was going to start Timo in this game, but because it’s the last game before the playoffs I’m going to try and get Vincent two innings and see how that goes, then come back with Timo and get him two innings,” Garcia said. He added that Gerald Saenz or Matthew Rodriguez would probably pitch the final innings of Thursday’s game.

The Eagles coach also said he didn’t think senior Geno Leos would be back from his hairline fracture for the playoffs. Leos suffered the injury crashing into the outfield fence in Pecos’ April 8 win in Presidio, he had started the season as the team’s No. 2 pitcher behind Palomino, but has seen action in only two games on the mound since the end of February.

While the Eagles await the winner of their bi-district series, Monahans will be facing Fabens and Presidio will be taking on Tornillo this weekend in their bi-district playoff series, both scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Van Horn. The Loboes-Wildcats winner will face Lubbock Cooper in the area round, while the winner between the Blue Devils and Wildcats gets Snyder in their area round match-up next week.

Crockett boys second, girls fourth in Kermit golf

The Pecos Eagles junior high golf team placed second this past Saturday in the fourth of five rounds of the area golf tournament, while Pecos’ girls were fourth in their division, with the final round of the tournament set for this Saturday in Andrews.

The Eagles shot their low round so far through 72 holes of play, a 387, to place second behind Andrews ‘A’ team, which won with a 354 total. Monahans was eight shots behind the Eagles with a 395 score, one stroke ahead of Andrews ‘B’, which shot a 396. Monahans ‘B’ was next with a 441 total, while the Eagles ‘B’ team finished with a 515 score.

Josh Aguilar, who had placed second in the medalist race for three weeks in a row, was able to beat out Andrews’ Hunter Montgomery by two strokes for the No. 1 spot this time around. Aguilar shot a 79 and is at 331, six strokes in back of Montgomery, going into the final round of play. He was followed by Larry Martinez, who shot a 91 and is at 417 for the tournament; Benny Molina, who shot a 106 and is at 446 overall, and Bryce Deitiker, who shot a 111 and is at 458.

Overall, the Eagles also are in second place in the tournament through 72 holes, with a 1587 total to Andrews’ 1436. Monahans ‘A’ is the only other group to post team scores in all four rounds, and is at 1626 going into Saturday’s final round.

Bradley Shaw led the Eagles’ ‘B’ team on Saturday with a 117. He was followed by Alozno Hernandez at 126, Nathan McCormick with a 131 and James Miller with a 143.

Pecos’ girls shot a 231 over nine holes on Saturday, while Andrews was first with a 200 score, and were followed by Monahans with a 221 total and Andrews ‘B’, with a 227 score. Monahans ‘B’ with a 257 and Fort Stockton with a 271, rounded out the field.

Individually, coach Laura Lara said Amanda Mora earned one of the medalist honors with a 53, placing sixth overall. She was followed by Mysela Alvarez at 57, Gaby Nichols at 59, Kelly Lease at 62, and Katrina Hinojos with a 72.

The ‘B’ team for the Eagles only had three girls, one short of a team score. They were led by a 63 from Sara Gent, followed by Gabby Levario with a 69 and Leanna Bustillos with a 70.

Overall for the tournament, the Eagles are at 914 through 36 holes of play. Andrews is the only other team to have scores in all four rounds, and is at 802 for the tournament.

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