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Wednesday, April 19, 2000

Lions use big finish to blast Eagles

Staff Writer
PECOS, Aprl 19, 2000 -- The Clint Lions controlled the end of the game again on Tuesday against the Pecos Eagles, and as a result, the Lions were able to claim the 2000 District 2-4A baseball title.

Clint, which turned a 3-3 tie after four innings against Pecos three weeks ago into a 10-3 win, turned a 2-1 lead at the same point on Tuesday into a 14-2 victory over Pecos, dropping the Eagles back into a tie for second place in the District 2-4A baseball standings.

Freddy Ortiz kept the Eagles off-balance all night, allowing just six hits and only one really hard-hit ball, an RBI single by Josh Casillas off the glove of Jeremy Arnold in the sixth inning. But by then, the Lions already held an 10-1 lead, and they would score four more times in the seventh off Luis Salgado, who came on in relief of starter Richard Rodriguez.

"You've got to give their kid credit, on the mound he did a good job pitching and we did a poor job hitting," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams. "We're just not hitting the ball the way we did last year. We had 31 home runs last year, this year we only have three. We're not getting the hits when we need them."

Ortiz capped his night with a two-run homer off Salgado in the sixth, that gave the Lions as many home runs in the game as the Eagles have collected all season. In the fifth inning, Josh Duran and Patrick Tullius hit back-to-back home runs off Rodriguez, part of a five run inning that turned a 2-1 lead into a 7-1 advantage.

Rodriguez was making his first start since lasting just six batters into the game against Colorado City back on March 11. "I thought Richard did a good job, and if we had gotten it tied up, it might have been different," said Williams, referring to the bottom of the fourth inning, when Pecos scored their first run off Ortiz.

Joey Garcia singled to lead off the inning, but was thrown out trying to steal second base by Duran. Mason Abila then singled and after an intentional walk to Casillas and a wild pitch, Ortiz got Rodriguez to line out to first baseman Bobby Morales.

Ivan Gubara was up next and he hit a grounder to short that pinch-runner Joey Trujillo screened out Arnold on, causing him to bobble the ball for a run-scoring error. But Ortiz came back to get Barney Rodriguez on a bouncer to third baseman Larry Ochoa to end the inning.

Richard Rodriguez' biggest problems came with Ortiz, the Lions' No. 3 hitter, and Ochoa, the No. 9 hitter who went 4-for-4 on the night. He started the big fifth inning for Clint with a double to right-center field, and scored after a single by Arnold and another double, by D.J. Check. Duran followed with his homer, a two-run shot down the line in left, while Tullius hammered a two-strike fastball from Rodriguez over the fence in left center moments later to make it a 9-1 game.

The loss dropped Pecos to 4-3-1 in district, while Clint improved to 8-0. The Eagles now head to Canutillo for a 5 p.m. game Thursday that could determine their playoff fate. Canutillo beat El Paso Mountain View on Tuesday by a 14-8 score and at 4-4 are only a half game in back of the Eagles in the district standings.

Meanwhile, Fabens defeated San Elizario, 11-6, to tie Pecos for second in district. The Wildcats finish with games against Mountain View and Canutillo, plus a make-up of their tie game with the Lobos, while the Eagles will make up their tie game with San Elizario next Tuesday, before facing San Eli to close out the regular season of play.

Junior high netters split with Ft. Stockton

PECOS, Apr. 19, 2000 -- Pecos’ junior high tennis teams came up with a split of their matches Tuesday afternoon at home against Fort Stockton, with the seventh grade Eagles beating the Cubs by a 10-4 score, while the eighth graders were edged by Fort Stockton, 7-6.

“That’s the second time this year they’ve beaten Fort Stockton,” junior high tennis coach Brian Williams said of the seventh graders.

Sterling Ingram and Chris Hernandez won both their singles and doubles matches for the seventh graders, while on the girls’ side, Jennifer Montano, Sara Natividad, Adrienne Natividad and Bernadette Machuca were singles winners, and in doubles play Pecos swept all three matches, with six different players. Catherine Garcia and Cirne Fuentes won at No. 1 doubles, Camilla Alvarado and Krystal Matta won at second seed and Angie Crawford and Angelica Pando were winners at No. 3 seed.

In the eighth grade division, Trent Graham and Michael Orona were winners in boys singles and Natalie Ornelas, Whitney Lamb, Chantel Orona and Anna Carrasco won their singles matches, but Fort Stockton swept all four doubles matches on the day to earn the victory.

Results are listed below. Full names were not available for Fort Stockton’s eighth grade girls’ players.

Seventh Grade
Boys Singles
Sterling Ingram defeated Brian Garvin, 9-8; Chris Hernandez defeated Julio Torres, 10-8, Jose Pando lost to Kyle (no name available), 8-4.
Girls Singles
Catherine Garcia lost to Gabby Jordan, 8-1; Cirne Fuentes lost to Jamie St. Clair, 9-7; Jennifer Montano defeated A.D. Lopez, 8-1; Sara Natividad defeated Micaela Martinez, 8-2; Adrienne Natividad defeated Jessica Tellez, 8-0; Bernadette Machuca defeated Leigh Hampton, 8-5; Cynthia Pando lost to Hillary Ben, 6-8.
Boys Doubles
Ingram and Hernandez defeated Garvin and Torres, 8-0.
Girls Doubles
Garcia and Fuentes defeated Jordan and St. Clair, 8-3; Camilla Alvarado and Krystal Matta defeated Tellez and Ben, 6-4; Angie Crawford and Angelica Pando defeated Martinez and Hampton, 6-4.

Eighth Grade
Boys Singles
Trent Graham defeated Zack Howard, 8-2; Michael Orona defeated Howard, 8-3; Andres Ascencia lost to Adrian Garcia, 8-1.
Girls Singles
Natalia Ornelas defeated Casee, 8-4; Whitney Lamb defeated Crystal, 8-2; Chantel Orona defeated Nina, 8-0; Sara Pena lost to Vanessa, 8-4; Cassie Reyes lost to Jolee, 8-2; Aysha Hernandez defeated Nancy, 8-2.
Boys Doubles
Ascencia and Andrew Ramirez lost to Howard and Garcia, 8-1.
Girls Doubles
Ornelas and Lamb lost to Casee and Crystal, 8-5; Orona and Pena lost to Dennett and Rocha, 8-6; Anita Rodriguez and Mallory Eamon lost to Lopez and Nancy, 6-4.

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