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Monday, April 3, 2000

Pecos' relay weather bad, results good

Staff Writer
PECOS, Apr. 3, 2000 -- The West of the Pecos Relays returned after a 10-year break to cold and drizzly weather Saturday morning, but the final results were good for the Pecos Eagles track teams, both of whom took first in the five-team field.

The girls picked up 150 points to 91 for District 2-4A rival San Elizario, while the boys' race was a little closer, with the Eagles winning by a 142-105 margin over San Eli, which will host the district track meet this Friday and Saturday.

The Pecos Relays hadn't been held in a decade because of the poor condition of the track at Eagle Stadium. Renovations changed that, but one leftover quick in the track _ an extra-wide gap between the inside lane and the curb at the northeast corner _ led San Elizario's 1600 meter relay team to be disqualified for running outside the white lines.

San Eli beat the Eagles in the race, as coach Ron Arnesen shifted his teams around to try and put together a 400-meter relay squad. That included moving Daniel Terrazas from the 1600 to the 400, which then added Will Armstrong to replace Kevin Bates, after he twisted his ankle in Friday's baseball game.

"We're going to have to look basically at what we have to do," Arensen said about his relay teams for district. "With the 400, we had Bates on that, and when he got hurt last night we had to put in a new combination. For the practice they had, I thought they did a good job."

Terrazas won the 400-meter dash with a 53-22 time, but was edged by San Elizario's Jose Chavez, 22.76 to 22.95. "I think he thought he had it won coming off the curve. He kind of slowed down, and then when he (Chavez) caught up to him he kind of sped up," said Arnesen.

The small field allowed a little more time for the bugs to be worked out in running the meet, after the 10-year break, and it also cut down on the number of preliminary races as well.

In the field events, Armstrong was the only pole-vaulter and won the gold medal at the 8-foot height, while Micah Huffman took the shot put with a 40-foot-2 effort. "That was a personal best for Micah. He hadn't done 39 feet in a meet before," said Arnesen.

Senior Ricky Martinez, who cannot compete on the varsity level due to eligibility rules, had the day's best individual effort, going 21-feet-6 to win the long jump. Payne was second there with an 18-foot-3 effort, while Martinez also won the triple jump with a 40-10¾ jump, four feet better than the Eagles' Dulces Guerrero.

The Eagles' other medals came from Payne, second in the long jump; Len Carson, second in the 800 meter run and third in the long jump; and Nolan Blount, third in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. Martinez placed second in the 100-meter dash, and collected 32 points on the day.

The girls picked up their first two gold medals of the season, winning the 400, 800 and 1600 meter runs, though coach Lily Talamantez said she would only run the first two relays at San Elizario this Saturday.

"I was real proud of all of them. As far as the times, our long distance girls improved. Kelsey (Holt) improved 23 seconds from last week," she said. Holt just missed an individual gold in the 1600, when she was edged out by San Eli's Diane Solis, 6:17.02 to 6:17.17.

Alessandra Vasquez was second in both the discus and shot put events, with Stephanie Camacho third in the discus, Nicole Payne took second in the 800 meter run, while Maricela Arenivas was third in the long jump and the 200 meter dash.

The JV girls collected 24 points and one medal Saturday, from Sarah Marquez, who was third in the 400-meter dash.

The girls were had a couple of disqualifications which cost them points, including Holt, who missed out on a medal in the 3200 meter run. Pecos was also without sophomore Christina Arenivas, who had been their top point-getter in the first few meets of the season. Talamantez said she hoped to have everyone ready by Friday, when running prelims and field event finals are held at the District 2-4A meet.

Eagles overcome problems. get past Canutillo

Staff Writer
PECOS, Apr. 3, 2000 -- In a game where a lot of little things went wrong, the Pecos Eagles made enough things go right to keep from putting themselves in a big hole in the District 2-4A playoff race.

Josh Casillas crushed and Ivan Guebara blooped two-run hits in the sixth inning Friday, to rally Pecos to a 7-5 victory over the Canutillo Golden Eagles. Casillas hammed a pitch from Julian Lopez over the fence in center field for his second home run of the year, a two-run shot that gave the host Eagles a 5-4 lead, while Guebara dumped a two-strike single into right-center field to score two more runs that came in handy when Capi Magana wild pitched in a run in the seventh inning.

"The people talk about the rinky-dink teams that are out there, but when we go out there we've got to play, because none of them are going to lay down for us," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams.

Magana started and went the distance in place of Casillas, who was diagnosed with tendonitis in his elbow and will be unable to pitch for at least three weeks. Guebara, meanwhile, was pinch-hitting for Jerry Trujillo, who entered the game after Kevin Bates severely sprained his ankle tripping over second base in the third inning.

"We didn't have any injuries last year, now we've got Josh with an injury and our leadoff hitter (Bates) with an injury," Williams said. Bates hurt himself in the Eagles' two-run inning, after reaching on an error by shortstop Paco Molinar. Mason Abila, who was 3-for-4 on the night, followed with a triple, and scored as Alex Garcia reached when Carlos Torres' dropped Molinar's throw from shortstop.

But while Canutillo had their defensive problems, the Eagles ran into troubles of their own. Canutillo took a 1-0 lead in the first after Magana hit leadoff batter Jesse Ramirez, who scored when Manny Jimenez bounced a single high off the front of the pitcher's mound and into center field. Pecos tied the game in their first at-bat, when Abila singled, stole second and later scored on a wild pitch, but Canutillo got that run back in the second, when Ramirez doubled over Alex Garcia's head in center field, after Orlando Lara dropped an Andy Acosta pop-up.

Magana, who improved to 4-0 on the year, retired 10 straight batters after Ramirez' double, but in the sixth Joey Garcia dropped Javier Medina's one out fly to left field, and Jimenez' followed with an RBI single to right-center.

After a walk to Eddie Hita, Lopez hit a grounder first baseman Pifi Montoya had trouble getting out of his glove. His throw to second was low, but in time to get Hita. However, shortstop Luis Salgado then lost the handle on the ball trying to complete the double play, and it bounced into short right field, allowing Jimenez to score and give Canutillo a 4-3 lead.

Casillas' homer came after Lopez walked Montoya on four pitches and sent pinch-runner Daniel Terrazas to third on a bad pickoff attempt. Salgado then reached with a drag bunt single, and after Molinar replaced Lopez on the mound and walked Ricky Herrera with two out, Guebara fought off a couple of 3-2 pitches before singling over the head of second baseman Joe Hernandez.

"Ivan Guebara did a good job fighting off those pitches and getting a key base hit to drive in two runs," said Williams. "But when we get in the playoffs we've got to play a whole lot better."

The Eagles improved to 3-1 in district and 11-4 overall, while Canutillo fell to 2-2 and 5-9. Pecos closes out the first half of their district schedule on Tuesday, with a trip to San Elizario.

Win clinches playoff spot for Pecos

Staff Writer
PECOS, Apr. 3, 2000 -- The quantity of hits wasn't much more for the Pecos Eagles on Friday than what they had gotten in their previous home games, but the quality was a lot higher and the results worked out the same -- a five-inning win, this time over the Canutillo Golden Eagles.

Pecos, which had managed only four hits in each of their first two District 2-4A home games, collected five this time, but that included three triples and a double, as the Eagles clinched their second straight trip to the playoffs with a 10-0 win at Martinez Field.

"There was a definite improvement," said coach Tammy Walls, whose team came in after blowing a seventh inning lead and losing to El Paso Mountain View three days earlier. "It was better than Tuesday. Becca (Wein) did well and Katrina (Quiroz) hit the ball well."

Wein, who had been struggling at bat as the Eagles' clean-up hitter, was dropped to seventh in the order and responded with a triple and double. Quiroz added a triple in the fourth inning, and earlier got on thanks to a high pop-up Canutillo pitcher Daisy Cuevas couldn't corral in the strong winds the proceeded a 10-minute rain delay.

Cuevas misplayed wind-blown pop-ups by Quiroz and Valerie Gonzales, which ended up scoring Quiroz with the Eagles' first run of the game. The Eagles ended up getting two runners thrown out at home plate in the first, while Canutillo's Gracie Borjas was picked off third base by Wein in the top of the inning, after opening the game with a single.

Wein's triple came in the second, a shot to left center that score Mireya Medrano, who was hit with a pitch by Cuevas. Evelyn Galindo and Annette Marquez then walked, before Jessica Rodriguez scored Wein with an infield single. Galindo and Marquez scored when Borjas booted Kathy Maldonado's grounder to shortstop, giving Pecos a 5-0 lead.

They scored five more times in the third, as Maldonado tripled before Quiroz' RBI double, and after two more walks loaded the bases Quiroz scored on a ground out by Medrano. Wein then made it 9-0 with her second triple, this one down the line in left.

Meanwhile, Marquez was having little trouble with Canutillo's hitters outside of Borjas, who had two of her team's three hits on the day. Her second hit came after a one-out walk to Jackie Franco, but Marquez then fielded a bunt attempt by Cuevas and threw Franco out at third to stop the threat.

She also scored the run that ended the game under the 10-run rule in the fifth, beating a throw home from Borjas on a grounder by Maldonado.

"She seemed to be controlling her pitches well, and she used her change-up effectively tonight," said Walls, whose team improved to 12-5 on the season and 7-1 in district play.

They remain tied for first with Clint, whom they host on April 11 to close out regular season play. Before then, the Eagles will host Fabens at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Martinez Field.

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