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Friday, May 9, 2008

Rec dept signing up kids for summer softball, T-ball play

The Pecos Community Sports and Recreation Department is signing up boys and girls for the next two weeks for its summer T-ball program, along with girls for its summer softball program.

Sign-up deadline for both leagues is Friday, May 16. The T-ball league is open to boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 7, while the softball program is for girls between the ages of 7 and 14. Registration fee for both T-ball and softball is $25 per player.

Forms are available at the recreation department’s office at the old Pecos High School gym during regular hours. Returned forms must have both parents’ signatures and be accompanied by the child’s birth certificate. For further information, contact the RCCRD office at 447-9776.

Eagles look for trip out of ‘area’ with playoff win

The area round of the playoffs has been something of a brick wall for the Pecos Eagles’ baseball team for the past decade, while beating the Andrews Mustangs was a major hurdle for Pecos in the years just before that.

This weekend, Pecos will try to end both those negative streaks, when they take on Andrews in the area round of the Class 3A playoffs. Game 1 is at 8 p.m. on Friday at Christensen Stadium in Midland, with the second and, if needed, third games set for 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturday at Christensen.

The Eagles haven’t gotten past the area round of the playoffs since 1999, and were eliminated in that round each of the next four seasons, and again last year, when they lost to Lubbock Cooper after a bi-district win over Anthony. This year, they come in as District 2-3A champs and off a first-round bye, and are 21-7-1 after winning a pair of playoff practice games over Alpine and Kermit.

Andrews comes in with almost the exact same record as Pecos, at 20-7, but placed second to Snyder in District 3-3A. They advanced to the area round with 10-0 and 2-1 wins over Brownfield last weekend in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

“They did hit late in the (first) game, but early on it was close,” said Eagles’ coach Eric Garcia, who scouted Friday’s win over Brownfield. “They had three errors in the second inning that allowed them to score four runs on one hit, and that kind of got Brownfield out of the game. Andrews did hit the ball in the late innings and had a couple of doubles and a triple.” The Mustangs also had a home run by Justin Escobar in the eighth inning of Game 2 that broke a 1-1 tie and sent them into the area round.

Both the Eagles and Mustangs own one win this season over Snyder, though the Tigers beat Andrews twice to claim the 3-3A title, and those are the only losses for the Mustangs since March 1, following a 1-5 regular season start. Four of Andrews’ five non-district losses came against Class 5A schools and the other was to Class 4A Frenship.

“One thing I am worried about with them is they’re very fast. They steal a lot of bases and they cover a lot of ground in the outfield, so we’re going to have to hit line drives against them,” Garcia said.

The Eagles’ coach added that Brownfield also missed some early scoring chances against pitcher Corey Lee, 6-3, who is expected to start Game 1 for Andrews. “He throws around the mid-80s with his fastball. He has a pretty decent curveball, but he loves his fastball.”

He said Jesus Saldana, 4-0, was probably Andrews’ No. 2 pitcher. Like the Eagles, who have been without pitcher Geno Leos for the past month, the Mustangs are one pitcher short going into the playoffs due to the absence of Ryan Diaz.

The Eagles will be hoping senior pitcher Vincent Palomino, 6-2, avoids his recent control problems when he takes the mound for Game 1. Palomino has no decisions in his last three outings. He struck out 17 Fort Stockton batters in nine innings in an eventual 11-inning, 2-1 loss by Pecos on April 14, but saw a series of walks cost him four runs of a five run lead in the Eagles’ 7-4 win at Monahans on April 22. Palomino worked two innings of Pecos’ practice game last Thursday against Kermit, allowing no runs but working from behind in the count to the nine batters he faced.

Timo Reyes, 5-2, who has picked up three win in relief against Presidio, Monahans and Kermit, or Isaiah Vela, 5-1, will likely be the Eagles’ other main pitchers in the tournament. For Andrews, Lee and Saldana are their leading hitters going in, with Melachi Melton and Juan Contreras also batting over .350 this season for the Mustangs.

The winner of the Pecos-Andrews series will go on to face either Monahans or Lubbock Cooper in the Region I-3A quarterfinals next week. Andrews lost to Cooper last year after the Pirates eliminated the Eagles from the playoffs. Cooper defeated Pecos by a 10-6 score in the third place game of the Midland Greenwood Tournament back in March, while the Mustangs did not face the Pirates or the Loboes during regular season play.

Aside from ending their nine-year absence from the regional quarterfinals, the Eagles will also be trying to win their first game in 13 years against Andrews. The teams have only played once in the past nine seasons, with Andrews winning at home in tournament play in 2004, but the Mustangs also won the final 13 district meetings between the two schools dating back to 1992. Pecos’ only win over Andrews in that time was the finals of the Monahans Sandhills Tournament in 1995.

The Monahans-Cooper playoff series will go off just prior to Pecos-Andrews this weekend. Their games are scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Midland Lee High School. The Loboes advanced last week with a sweep of Fabens in their bi-district series. Presidio, which swept Anthony to advance to the area round, will face Snyder at 6 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday at Crane High School. The Blue Devils placed second behind the Eagles and the Loboes third in the District 2-3A standings this season.

Pecos places five on District 2-3A softball squad

Two members of the Pecos Eagles’ softball team were named to the first team of the All-District 2-3A softball squad, while three others received second team honors in voting by the district’s coaches.

Senior Diana Parada was named Defensive MVP for the district, while sophomore Aileen Rayos was the other player named to the first team, as a right fielder.

Parada spent most of the 2008 season at catcher following the off-season injury to last year’s starting catcher, Claire Weinacht, but finished out the year at shortstop, which is also where Parada played to start this season as well as in 2007. Rayos was in her first full season as a starter for Pecos and first year playing right field for the Eagles

Pecos’ second team selections were sophomore first baseman Jayme Galindo, freshman second baseman Marlene Salgado and junior shortstop Brittany Palomino. It was the first year starting for both Galindo and Salgado and the third season as a start for Palomino, who moved over from second base to shortstop this year.

The Eagles also had one honorable mention selection in pitcher Gabby Garcia.

The team was selected last month and released on Saturday, following the elimination of Monahans and Fort Stockton from the area round of the Class 3A playoffs. The Loboes won the District 2-3A title but lost to Greenwood in the area round of the playoffs, while Fort Stockton fell to Andrews after beating Tornillo in their bi-district matchup.

Pecos placed third in the district and were beaten in the bi-district round by one of their district rivals next season, Clint. The Eagles went 4-5 in district play this season and were 12-16 overall for the 2008 season.

Monahans dominated the first team selections on the 2-3A squad with eight Loboes named to the squad. That included District MVP Kristi Wilson, offensive MVP Lana Santiago and Newcomer of the Year Allyson Ramos. Monahans went 9-0 in winning the district title, only to become caught in scandal when their coach, Michael Parker, was arrested on a warrant out of Colin County for soliciting a minor on the internet.

The other Monahans players on the first team were first baseman Bailey Marcum, second baseman Barbara Coda, shortstop Kellie Almanza, outfielder Bertha Felan and pitcher Katlin Mitchell.

Fort Stockton had three first team selections, in left fielder Monique Ortiz, third baseman Cynthia Fierro and Jessica Gonzales, who tied Marcum for first team at first base.

On the second team, Fort Stockton was represented by pitcher Heather Garvin and centerfielder Maribel Silvas. Monahans had one second team pick, in right fielder Sabrina Marin, while Presidio, which went winless in district, had two on the second team, in catcher Lizett Villaneuva and third baseman Fernanda Arroya.

The other honorable mention picks were Monahans’ Ashley Nunez and Fort Stockton’s Corine Acosta. No Coach of the Year was selected for District 2-3A this season.

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