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Monday, March 20, 2000

Shorthanded Eagles 5th, 6th at Crane

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CRANE, Mar. 20, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagle boys track team was a little shorthanded on Saturday, while Pecos' girls were very shorthanded for the Golden Crane Relays. But the boys were still able to post their best point total of the season, while the girls came within a point of their top showing so far in 2000.

The boys finished fifth with 40 points in the meet, which was won by the host Cranes with 200 points. Greenwood won the girls' title with 189 points, while the Eagles, with only two competitors as the result of Spring Break, finished in sixth place with 22 points.

Daniel Terrazas picked up Pecos' first gold medal of the season, winning the 200-meter dash with a 22.34 time. He also finished second in the 400-meter dash, while Terrazas, Jason Payne, Dulces Guerrero and Ricky Plummer were second in the 1600 meter run.

"Daniel's steadily improving, he ran a 52.2 (in the 400) and J.P. (Payne) roughly stayed the same in his time," coach Ron Arnesen said. Payne was fifth in the 400-meter dash and sixth in the 800 meters, where Plummer finished fifth.

"For Plummer and Payne they ran the 800 for the first time, and it was the same thing with (Kevin) Bates. It was his first time to run, so for them we have nothing to base it on. We'll just have to see later," Arnesen said.

Payne also took sixth place in the long jump on Saturday, while Nolan Blount was sixth in the 3200 meter run for the Eagles' other points. Arensen said Len Carson, who had two second place finishes at the West Texas Relays the previous Saturday, didn't make the trip after missing a practice session.

For the girls, only Christina Arenivas and Shanna Tredaway made the trip to Crane, with Arenivas picking up all of the girls' points. She was second in the long jump with a 15-foot-6¼ effort, then placed third in the 100-meter dash and was fourth in the 200 and 400-meter dashes.

Tredaway qualified for the finals in both her events, finishing seventh in the 100-meter low hurdles and the 300-meter low hurdles.

Arensen said Ricky Martinez, who currently is not eligible to run on the varsity level, swept all five of his events in the JV division at Crane. Martinez won the long jump and triple jump Saturday morning, and then took the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes Saturday afternoon.

The boys and girls teams will be going to different meets this week, with the girls headed west to the Van Horn Relays while the boys travel east to the San Angelo Relays.

Pecos downs San Elizario by 8-3 score

PECOS, Mar. 20, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles softball team completed their busy Spring Break week undefeated on Saturday and remained unbeaten in District 2-4A play with an 8-3 win over the San Elizario Eagles.

Playing their third road game in eight days, and their fourth game during that time, the Eagles used three-run innings in the third and sixth to get past San Elizario, which was held to only four hits by pitcher Alexa Marquez.

"She pitched well," coach Tammy Walls said. "I think the teams are starting to hear about her because San Elizario was swinging at her change-up whether it was a strike or not. Hopefully, that will help us on Tuesday," when the Eagles go back on the road to face Clint.

At bat the Eagles fared much better than in last Thursday's 8-4 win over Mountain View, when they scored eight run on only four hits. This time, the Eagles managed 11 hits, though none were for extra bases.

"The wind was blowing bad and the grass was pretty high, so if we hit it in the outfield it didn't travel very far," Walls said.

After San Elizario took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning the Eagles tied it with a run in the second, then put three across in the third for a 4-1 lead. Pecos would make it 8-1 before San Elizario scored again, with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

"We made three errors, and two of their runs were unearned," said Walls.

San Elizario also committed three errors, while Walls said Marquez, Jessica Rodriguez, Ashley Salcido and Katrina Quiroz all had multiple-hit games for Pecos, which improved to 4-0 in district and 9-4 on the season.

The first half of district play concludes for Pecos with their 5 p.m. CST game at Clint on Tuesday. The Lions rallied from a 7-1 deficit after three innings on Friday against Mountain View to score a 26-9 victory. The Eagles suffered their only district loss last season at Clint, but were able to beat out the Lions by one game for the 2-4A title.

Clint's Check injured in acid attack

PECOS, Mar. 20, 2000 -- Clint High School baseball player D.J. Check suffered burns to his body Friday afternoon as the result of an acid attack during the Lions' game against El Paso Franklin High School.

Four bottles of acid were thrown on the field at Franklin HS, according to the El Paso Times. Three were thrown back outside the fence by a Franklin player, where pressure built up inside caused the bottles to explode, while the fourth exploded inside the Clint dugout after a player had taken it there to show one of the umpires.

The Times said Check's father, David, said his son suffered burns on his feet, calf, neck and hands from the explosion, and that the substance "ate the socks off his feet."

The burns were not severe enough to require hospitalization, but another Clint player was taken to Providence Hospital for treatment of his burns.

Police arrested Andrew Anthony Devos, 17, in connection with the incident, though eyewitnesses said more than one person threw the bottles on the field. Three juveniles detained by police were later released.

The game was halted in the bottom of the fourth inning and resumed on Saturday, with Franklin beating Clint by a 7-1 score.

Check was an all-district player last season in baseball, and set the career passing yardage mark for Class 4A quarterbacks this past season, while earning offensive MVP honors for the second straight season. District 2-4A baseball play begins for Clint on Tuesday against Canutillo.

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