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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

PHS sports banquet tickets now on sale at school offices

Tickets are on sale for the annual Pecos High School All-Sports Banquet, scheduled for Monday, May 12 at the new Pecos High School gym.

Athletic Director Chris Henson said the banquet would start an hour earlier this year, at 6 p.m. “We’re trying to speed it up a little bit,” he said. “It will be the same format, the only other little difference will be as far as when you come in you go directly to get your meal, so we can get things started and get out a little earlier than last year.”

Tickets are $8 each and can be purchased at the Pecos High School main office or at the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD business office.

A 45-minute highlight reel from PHS teams for the past season will be shown, along with the presentation of the individual awards and all-district certificates for the 2007-08 school year.

The awards include the Doc Lunday Sportsmanship Award, the Craig Woods Award, the Joe Bob Kelton Award, the Bill Dean Award, and the Johnny V. Mata Award, to male PHS athletes, while awards to female athletes include the Joe Shoemaker Award, the Norma Matta Award, the Dorothy Nabers Curfman Award and the Sylvia Sadler Award. Also to be announced is the Neddie Molinar Award, which is given to a supporter of Pecos Eagle athletics.

Physicals available for P-B-T students on Thursday

Physicals will be offered through the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD on Thursday, for all students entering grades 7 through 12 in August.

P-B-T athletic trainer Joel Birch said the physicals would be given starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday at the Pecos High School gym. The physicals will be given by Dr. William Davidson of Monahans at a cost of $15 per student, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

All students are required to have physical forms completed and returned to their coaches in order to participate in athletics during the 2008-09 school year. Students can also have physicals conducted by their own doctors between now and the start of their athletic workouts, and forms are available through P-B-T coaches or local physicians offices.

Eagles rout Jackets, face Mustangs in area round

It took a little longer for the Pecos Eagles to get their bats going in the second of their two pre-playoff practice games, Thursday afternoon in Kermit. But in the end the results were the same for Pecos, a 10-run win, this time in six innings, by a 13-2 score over the Yellowjackets.

The game followed a 16-3 win last Saturday in Alpine, and both games were to give the Eagles a chance to prepare for this weekend’s Region I-3A area round playoff series against the Andrews Mustangs. The Eagles and Mustangs, who defeated Brownfield in their bi-district playoff series, will face each other starting at 8 a.m. on Friday at Christensen Stadium in Midland. Game 2 of the best-of-three series will be on Saturday starting at 5 p.m. at Christensen, with a third game, if needed, to follow at about 8 p.m.

The win over Kermit was actually a close game until the fifth inning, when Pecos sent 10 men to the plate and scored six runs, to turn a 4-2 lead into a 10-2 advantage. It also came after both pitchers Vincent Palomino and Timo Reyes had to get out of jams, with Palomino striking out the side after walking two batters to lead off the second inning and Reyes throwing a runner out at home and then recording two strikeouts, after Kermit had cut a 4-0 deficit to 4-2 and had the bases loaded in the fourth with none out.

“Vince did a good job battling back, but he did get behind a lot,” said Eagles’ head coach Eric Garcia. “We’re going to get him some more bullpen work next week and hopefully that will fix things up. He just needs to know he doesn’t have to strike everybody out and just has to work on getting the ball over the plate.

“Timo and Isaiah (Vela) looked pretty good. Timo was hurt a couple of times by his defense, but I thought both of them pitched well. Vinnie’s the one who’s struggling a little bit right now.

Reyes and J.R. Lujan had given Pecos a 1-0 lead in the first inning off starter Matthew Gallardo, with Reyes doubling to center with two outs and Lujan following with a bloop hit to left-center to score Reyes from second.

Palomino, who had control problems in his last start against Monahans, was able to come back to strike out Albert Pando and Jonathan Mendoza in the first before giving up a bloop hit to Gallardo. But he then got Austin Grubbs on a bouncer to Sal Baez at first base to end the inning. In the second, after walks to Nolan Mills and Immati Saenz, he got out of trouble by fanning Cody Moore, Donny Crow and Joel Munoz to end the inning.

Reyes came on in the third and allowed an unearned run, when Mendoza singled and scored on a passed ball strikeout of Mills with two away. In the fourth Moore led off the inning with a home run, and Crow then reached second when Palomino, now in right field, couldn’t come up with his low line drive. Munoz ands Pando then walked, but Reyes was able to field a slow bouncer to the right of the mound by Mendoza and force Crow at home plate, then fanned Gallardo and Grubbs to end the inning.

Mills, Kermit’s second pitcher had control problems of his own when he came on to pitch in the third, and the Jackets’ defense hurt him with a pair of leadoff errors.

Saenz, who replaced Mills at first base, couldn’t come up with a hard bouncer by Palomino, and centerfielder Mason Hernandez then dropped Reyes fly ball to deep centerfield. Both runners moved up on a Lujan sacrifice bunt, and after a walk to James Garcia and a strikeout by Joseph Ontiveros, Palomino scored on a wild pitch, which was followed by three straight walks, to Isaiah Vela, Joel Chavez and Chris Sotelo. Along with a passed ball by Crow, they allowed Pecos to take their 4-0 lead.

Mills got through the fourth inning with no damage, but after fanning Justin Contreras to open the sixth, allowed seven of the next nine batters to reach base on hits, while hitting the other two batters as part of Pecos’ six-run inning.

Vela, Joel Chavez and Chris Sotelo singled, with Hernandez misplaying Sotelo’s single into a two-base error. Mills then hit Lucas Chavez after wild pitching Sotelo home. Chavez was thrown out trying to steal, but then Palomino and Reyes singled and scored on a double by Lujan, and after Garcia was hit by a pitch, Contreras followed with a single to center scoring Lujan with the sixth run of the inning.

“I thought after the first inning when we struck out three times we hit the ball pretty good around the field,” Garcia said. “We did a good job of hitting the ball throughout the lineup. We just need to get a little more aggressive at times. We’ll get a 2-0 count and then we can’t pull the trigger.”

Vela pitched the final two innings for Pecos and had the best success of the Eagles’ three pitchers. He did hit Saenz with a pitch, but was helped out when Lucas Chavez and Tony Reyes turned a double play on Moore to end the inning. Reyes then opened the sixth by doubling off new pitcher Albert Carroll, and scored on a Sotelo ground out after moving to third on a wild pitch.

Pecos’ final two runs came after Lucas Chavez was hit by another pitch and Steven Alvarado dropped a Timo Reyes pop up, with Lujan and Garcia following with RBI singles.

The win improved Pecos to 21-7-1 going into their playoff game against Andrews. The Eagles will be trying to advance past the area round for the first time since 1999, when they reached the Region I-4A semifinals before losing to Weatherford. The loss kept Pecos from a regional finals matchup against Andrews, which went on to win the 1999 Class 4A state title.

Andrews allowed only one run in their two-game sweep of Brownfield over the weekend, winning the opener at home on Friday by a 10-0 score, then taking Game 2 in Brownfield in extra innings, 2-1, on a home run by Justin Escobar in the top of the eighth inning.

“Not to take anything away from Kermit, but we’re probably going to see a lot better pitching against Andrews,” said Garcia, whose first Eagle team was ousted in Andrews last season by Lubbock Cooper in the area round of the Region I-3A playoffs.

Both of Pecos’ District 2-3A rivals, Presidio and Monahans, also advanced to the area round with sweeps on Friday and Saturday in Van Horn of Tornillo and Fabens. Presidio will face Snyder for the second year in a row in the area round of the playoffs, while Monahans faces Lubbock Cooper in their area round matchup.

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