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Friday, March 2, 2007
Little League’s player sign-ups now underway
Enrollment for the 2007 Pecos Little League is underway now through March 10 at Gibson True Value, 810 W. Walthall St., and on March 10 during tryouts at the Chano Prieto Little League Field on Walthall Street.
Registration for the league this year will be $35 for one player, and and additional $20 per player for families registering more than one boy or girl between the ages of 8 and 12 for the league. Tryouts and the league draft will be held on March 10, and the players will then be divided by age and talent levels into ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ division teams.
For further information on sign-ups, contact Jackie Hernandez at 448-2369.
Eagles hope for better weather for Pecos Relays on Saturday
The Pecos Eagle track teams will make their second attempt to get in their first meet of the 2007 season on Saturday, when they host nine other teams for the annual West of the Pecos Relays at Eagle Stadium.
High winds forced cancellation of last weekend’s scheduled opener at the Comanche Relays in Fort Stockton, after only a few events were held in the morning. Temperatures aren’t forecast to get out of the 50s on Saturday, but skies are supposed to be clear for the meet, which will get underway at 9:30 a.m. with the first field event finals.
The 3200 meter run will start at 10 a.m., while the other running events will all be timed finals and will begin around 3 p.m., with the 400 meter relay. The meet will be divided into two varsity and two junior varsity divisions.
Boys’ coach Robbie Ortega said his lineup would be “pretty much the same lineup we had last week. Nothing’s really changed,” while girls’ coach Donna Gent said her team would by shorthanded for the second week in a row, due to the girls’ regional powerlifting competition and the softball team’s participation in tournament play in Lubbock.
Aside from the Eagles, District 2-3A rivals Monahans, Fort Stockton and Presidio will also be at the meet. Andrews and Greenwood are the other Class 3A teams entered, while the rest of the field includes Kermit, Van Horn, Midland Christian and Midland Lee’s freshmen girls’ team.
Junior varsity golfers take first in Lamesa
A group of Pecos Eagles underclassmen took first place on Wednesday, in a junior varsity golf tournament at Lamesa.
Pecos shot a 336 for the 18-hole tournament to beat out Lubbock Christian by 13 strokes, with Monahans finishing third with a 358 score.
“These guys played awesome for the wind yesterday,” said coach Pat Gent. “When we did get started it was a nice, spring day, but after three holes the wind got up and blew hard the rest of the way.”
Freshman Richard Dutchover shot an 82 to place second in the tournament, after losing a tiebreaker for the medalist honor. Gent said Drake Bradley and Sammy Sandoval tied for third, with 84 scores.
“They gave the medal to Drake on a tiebreaker, but Drake showed some class by giving the medal to Sammy,” Gent said.
Bradley and Dutchover have played on the Eagles’ varsity in earlier tournaments this season, but made the trip to Lamesa because this weekend’s scheduled trip to Andrews for the Mustangs’ 36-hole tournament has been cancelled. Gent said the Eagles would make up one of those rounds by going to Lamesa again on March 21 for an 18-hole varsity tourney.
Lomas Gonzales shot an 86, while Mateo Tarango had a 107 for the Eagles’ other scores.While Pecos’ boys take this weekend off, the Eagle girls will be competing on Friday and Saturday at the Tall City Invitational in Midland. Coach Tina Doan said she would be shorthanded for the second week in a row due to a conflict with the regional powerlifting meet, which will take place a few miles down Interstate 20 on Saturday in Big Spring. Midland again will be the site of the Region I-3A Tournament in April.
Armendariz shares MVP honor on All-District team
Pecos Eagle senior post Adrianna Armendariz was named co-winner of the Most Valuable Player Award for District 2-3A in girls basketball, while two Eagle sophomores also were selected to the all-district basketball squad, in voting by the district’s four coaches.
Armendariz and Monahans senior Catherine Cutbirth were co-winners of the MVP honor, while forward Jasmine Rayos was named Newcomer of the Year. Guard Gabby Garcia was the other player selected off the Eagles, who tied Monahans for first in the district standings. It was the first district championship for Pecos in girls’ basketball since 1970, and their first-ever since girls went to 5-on-5 play in 1977.
They also won their first-ever playoff game in 5-on-5 play, defeating Tornillo before losing to Snyder in the area round of the playoffs. The Eagles finished 5-2 in district and were 7-16 overall for the 2006-07 season.
Coach Debbie Garcia said three other Eagle seniors, Chantell Mazone, Amalie Herrera and Brittany Rodriguez, were honorable mention selections, while Armendariz, Garcia, Herrera, Mazone and Jenny Palomino were Academic All-District picks for the 2006-07 season.
Monahans, which defeated Pecos to earn a first round bye before losing in the area round to Seminole, had all five of their starters named to the team. Along with Cutbirth, senior Dina Ortiz was named Defensive Player of the Year, while senior post Bethany Willmon, senior guard Lauren Fuentes and junior forward Jordan Latham were the other first team selections.
Presidio, which beat Fort Stockton for the final playoff spot and lost to Fabens in the bi-district round, joined Pecos in placing three players on the team. The Blue Devils put seniors Arely Levario and Perla Lopez and junior Nicky Ortiz on the team, while Fort Stockton was represented by one player, senior Jessinia Venegas.
Pecos errors offet hits in 14-13 loss at Kermit
The Pecos Eagles’ softball team got a lot of hits on Tuesday in Kermit against the Yellowjackets, but they also made a lot of errors, which ended up costing the Eagles in an extra-inning loss to Kermit.
A passed ball and a throwing error allowed Kermit to score twice in the bottom of the ninth inning, after Pecos had taken a 13-11 lead, while a leadoff throwing error in the bottom of the 10th set up a game-winning single for the Jackets, who avenged a high-scoring loss a week earlier in Pecos with a 14-13 victory.
“We hit well, but our defense was horrible,” said Eagles’ coach Tammy Walls, whose team began play on Thursday in the Prairie Dog Classic Tournament is Lubbock with games against Lubbock Coronado’s gold team and Odessa High’s white team in the pool round of the tournament. Seeding for Friday and Saturday’s quarterfinals will be determined by Thursday’s results.
Pecos has been playing with an infield of five sophomores and a freshman since their 11-9 home win over Kermit on Feb. 21, due to the absence of senior pitcher Amalie Herrera, who injured her hand the day prior to the first game against the Jackets. The Eagles rallied from an 8-2 deficit to win that afternoon, but saw Kermit match Pecos’ runs throughout Tuesday’s game, including coming back from a 6-1 deficit.
“The defense had a tough night, but those are mistakes characteristic of a young team,” Walls said. “I think we’ll get better when Amalie gets back. She’ll be able to settle down the infield and direct traffic.”
Gabby Garcia took the loss, with her throwing error in the bottom of the 10th being the last of what Walls said were 15 Pecos errors in the game. In the ninth, a passed ball by catcher Claire Weinacht and a throw back to home plate that got past Garcia allowed two runs to score.
“I thought the second runner was out, but the umpire didn’t think so,” Walls said. “We tried to make plays that just were not there and ended up throwing the ball away. We also missed some easy plays that we were making last weekend in El Paso.”
Offensively, Walls said the Eagles had 18 hits, including two doubles and three runs scored by Garcia. Weinacht was 4-for-6 in the game, Brittany Palomino had three hits while suffering through a rough day at second base, while Kristen Ikeler had a single, double and triple for the Eagles.
The loss dropped Pecos to 6-3-1 going into the Prairie Dog Classic. The Eagles are in the ‘small school’ bracket, which includes the Class 5A junior varsity teams, along with Class 4A teams from Lubbock Estacado and El Paso Parkland, Class 3A teams from Perryton and Canyon, and Class 2A schools, including Denver City. This weekend’s tournament replaces the Andrews Tournament on the Eagles’ schedule, which Pecos was forced to drop out of two weeks ago due to a conflict with the Class 3A basketball playoffs.
Pecos sending 19 to regional powerlifting
Seven members of the Pecos Eagle girls powerlifting team will be in Big Spring this weekend for the Region I-3A competition, while 12 boys will go to Lubbock next weekend, for their regional meet, after qualifying last weekend in McCamey.
The 19 lifters qualified by placing among the Top 10 in their weight classes for the region. That list was determined after last Saturday’s meet, the last of four regular season contests for Pecos.
Coach Fred Howard said Ashley Ornelas, Jessica Trujillo, Katherine Ramirez, Chantell Mazone, D’Andra Bailey, Stephanie Galindo and Marissa Lyles were the girls who earned regional berth, while the girls as a team placed first at the McCamey meet.
Howard said Pecos’ boys were fifth last weekend, but “I didn’t have a full team. I only brought eight boys,” while others had already qualified for regionals based on their results at the three earlier meets.
Boys earning regional spots included Joshua Jackson, Elias Valenzuela, Stephen Apolinar, Job Darpolar, Adam Navarette, Albert Lopez, Levi Cobos, Ruben Salgado, Mason Baeza, Michael Lee, Chris Navarette and Marcus Luna. Salgado and Lee advanced though they bombed out on their lifts at McCamey, failing to get a score on their combined dead lift, bench press and squat thrust, while five others did get scores at the meet.
Darpolar placed first in the 198-pound weight class, with a combined 1,170-pound total, while Apolinar and Navarette were second in their divisions. Apolinar lifted 745 pounds in the 123-pound weight class, while Navarette had a 1,230 total in the 275-pound division. Cobos was third in the 220-pound division, with a combined total of 1,075 pounds, and Jackson was fifth at 114 pounds, with a combined 540-pound total.
The girls had three division winners last Saturday at McCamey. Ornelas won the 114-pound weight class with a 535-pound combined total; Trujillo took first at 165-pounds with a combined 600-pound lift, with Candace Moore second at 585 pounds, Tiffanie Rodriguez fourth at 540 pounds and Doni Marquez fifth at 465-pounds; and Lyles took first in the 220-pound weight class with a combined 675-pound total, 10 more than Galindo, who finished second.
Pecos’ other lifters last weekend were Ramirez, third in the 181-pound weight class with a 635-pound total, and Bailey, second in the over-220 division, with a 655-pound total.The top finishers in each division at this weekend’s meet will move on to the girls’ state finals on March 17 in Killeen, while the boys’ state meet will take place on March 24 in Houston.
Eagles’ bats feast on Yellowjackets
Dominating pitching performances aren’t really necessary, as long as the bats and gloves keep working for the Pecos Eagles.
The Eagles continued their strong hitting to open the 2007 season on Monday, as they scored three times in the first inning and then saw 13 straight batters reach base in the third inning against the Kermit Yellowjackets, scoring 12 times on the way to a 20-3 victory.
The win came following Pecos’ 16-5 victory last Saturday at Fabens, but coach Eric Garcia said, “This game was a lot better. The pitching was a lot better with the way Isaiah (Rayos) pitched tonight.”
Rayos went 3-plus innings to earn the victory, his first of the season, with Geno Leos going the final two after Rayos allowed singles to Austin Grubbs and Israel Aranda and an RBI double to Joel Muniz to start the fourth inning. But by then, the Eagles had scored 18 times off Michael Gallardo and Grubbs, who relieved him in the third inning.
“I told the kids if we keep hitting like that all season long, we’ll be in good shape,” said Garcia, who got a grand slam home run from Robert Nunez, as part of Pecos’ big third inning.
Gallardo got off to a bad start in the first when he hit Timo Reyes with a two-strike pitch. He would score on one-out singles by Jose Chavez and Kenny Rayos, and Chavez would come home on a double-steal. Rayos then scored on an RBI single by Isaiah Rayos, who was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a double.
The Eagles’ defense would nail Kermit runners on the bases in each of the first two innings. Garnto threw out Brandon McDaniel trying to steal after a two-out single in the first, and Gallardo was throw out trying to go from first to third on a sacrifice bunt by Grubbs after a leadoff walk by Isaiah Rayos.
“The defense played really well. Our starters did a good job making the plays tonight,” said Garcia.
Gallardo retired five batters in a row after Rayos’ RBI hit in the first, but with one out in the second John Paul Salcido singled and Chavez doubled, and both scored when Kenny Rayos’ grounder went through the legs of first baseman Taylor Gainey. Isaiah Rayos followed with a double and Gallardo then hit Garnto before Nunez made it 9-0 with his grand slam, over the right-center field fence.
Grubbs replaced Gallardo after he hit Mark Molina with a pitch after Nunez’s homer, but gave up as hit-and-run single to Lucas Chavez, then wild pitched Molina home and walked Reyes before Salcido collected his second single of the inning to score Chavez for an 11-0 lead. A balk would score Reyes, Jose Chavez would single Salcido home and after Kenny Rayos was hit by a pitch, Isaiah Rayos singled the final two runners of the inning home.
“We picked up the signals and our hit-and-run was successful a couple of times tonight,” Garcia said. “If we can be as aggressive as that on the bases all the time, we’ll be all right.”
Kermit got on the scoreboard in their half of the third, when Albert Pando doubled with one out and Rayos walked two batters before McDaniel singled home Pando with two away. But the Eagles would get three unearned runs back in their next at-bat. Lucas Chavez became the fifth Pecos batter of the game hit by a pitch with one out, and after a Reyes single and a Salcido ground out, Grubbs struck out Jose Chavez, but saw him reach on a passed ball third strike by Aranda. Kenny Rayos then walked to force home a run and Isaiah Rayos followed with an RBI single, with Chavez coming home when Gallardo, now in left field, misplayed the ball.
Garcia made changes to his lineup starting in the fourth inning, including putting Leos on the mound for the first time this season. He would walk two batters and see one run score before getting out of the inning, then saw errors by Chavez and Justin Contreras and a passed ball by Garnto allow Kermit to add two more runs in their final at-bat.
Contreras would walk to open the top of the fifth and score on Vincent Palomino’s single, after James Garcia reached on an error by Cody Moore. Rocky Lozoya would force Garcia at second, but later stole third base and home, the latter as Grubbs picked Palomino off first base.
The win improved Pecos to 2-1 on the season going into their 1:15 p.m. game on Thursday against the Reagan County Owls at the Crane Tournament. Kermit and the host Cranes are among the other teams entered in the tournament, which runs through Saturday.
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