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February 19, 2001

Five Eagle pitchers combine on

10-0 scrimmage shutout

Staff Writer

PECOS, February 19, 2001 - A five-pitcher shutout during the regular season probably isn't in the cards for the Pecos Eagles' baseball team, but five Eagle pitchers were able to shut out the Midland Greenwood Rangers over eight innings Saturday, as the Eagles won their final pre-season scrimmage by a 10-0 final score.
Pecos got RBI extra base hits by Sebero Jacquez, Capi Magana and Rigo Ramirez as part of an eight-run first inning, while Ramirez and Magana were among the five pitchers to blank the Rangers, joining Barney Rodriguez, Matthew Levario and Angel Villalobos.
I thought the kids all looked good," said Williams, who was getting to see all of his players for the first time following the end of basketball season last week. "Matthew looked good, Javier Ramirez looks good. I thought overall we're hitting the ball a lot better than we did at this time last year."
Rodriguez started the third straight scrimmage and went two innings, before Ramirez came on for three innings of work. Greenwood had a little better luck at bat against both he and Magana, but the Eagles turned a pair of double plays to get out of trouble in the third and fourth innings, while bad baserunning in the sixth when Magana came on robbed the Rangers of their best scoring chance.
Williams also looked at Levario at shortstop for the first time, after using Magana in the Eagles' first two scrimmages. "Richard (Rodriguez) is not ready to go right now, so we're just going out there and looking for a good combination," Williams said. "I feel like when Richard comes back we'll be in good shape."
Baserunning was probably the Eagles' biggest problem in the scrimmage _ they ran themselves out of scoring chances twice, and were picked off bases two other times to end scoring threats after taking their early lead.
"The kids relaxed a little after that," Williams said about the big opening inning. "But if we play like we did to start the game, we're going to be in good shape."
The Eagles' regular season opener will be this Friday at home against Monahans, as part of a home-and-home weekend series with the Loboes. Pecos' junior varsity, meanwhile, dropped their lone preseason scrimmage on Friday, 9-3 to Odessa High. The JV faces Monahans at 5 p.m. on Friday in their season opener.

Season for Balmorhea's girls ends

with sectional loss to Ira

PECOS, February 19, 2001 - Foul problems didn't do in the Balmorhea Bears last Tuesday against Sanderson, but the foul problems the Bears' post players ran into Friday night in Abilene combined with one cold-shooting quarter to end their 2000-2001 season.
Balmorhea posts Celina Rodriguez and Julia Garlick both ended up fouling out of Friday's game at Abilene High against the Ira Bulldogs, which used a 19-5 advantage in the second quarter to go on to a 43-35 win in a Class A-Division II sectional semifinal game at Abilene High School.
"Julia Garlick got into very early foul trouble. She got her third foul very early in the second period," Bears coach Gary Gallego said. "Celina Rodriguez picked up two quick fouls in the third quarter. They were her third and fourth fouls and I had to sit her down, and then Julia picked up her fourth foul."
Garlick ended up fouling out early in the final period, while Rodriguez stayed in the game until the closing minutes but was held to just three points, well below her season average.
Senior Terry Hernandez had 27 of the Bears' 35 points, including a trio of 3-point baskets. Most of that, including the 3s, came in the final period when Balmorhea cut a 35-19 deficit down to single digits.
"We were coming back, but we had a couple of missed lay-ups by some of our other girls, but we never gave up," Gallego said.
Ira's Morgan Clements scored 17 points and Celeigh Sterling put in 12 for Ira, most of that coming on in-close shots, and most of Sterling's points came in the second period.
"They played us man-to-man all game," Gallego said. "They picked us up at halfcourt and we were beating the press, but we just couldn't buy a basket. Every shot we took hit the front or the back of the rim, and we had at least six shots that popped back in and out while they were doing the opposite. Everything they shot was going in."
The loss ended the Bears' season with a 14-11 record, while Ira advanced to Saturday's sectional finals on Saturday, where they lost to Brooksmith by a 44-37 final score.
Balmorhea's boys open their Class A-Division II playoffs on Tuesday night with a 7 p.m. game against the Marathon Mustangs at Sul Ross State University in Alpine.
The Bears went 8-0 while winning the District 9-A title, while Marathon was the District 10-A runner-up. The Bears played a playoff practice game in Marfa on Friday and defeated the Shorthorns by a 48-42 final score.
Isaiah Rodriguez scored 17 points, and the Bears jumped out to a 15-8 lead after one period and maintained their advantage over Marfa through the final three periods, raising their record to 16-2 on the season.

Pecos gets reality check in Andrews tourney

PECOS, February 19, 2001 - After an easy win over a team playing its first-ever varsity game, the Pecos Eagles' softball team got a dose of reality over the weekend, as they dropped three of four games at the Andrews Tournament.
The Eagles lost to Frenship, 6-3, Odessa High, 13-0, and Monahans, 3-0, while defeating El Paso Ysleta, 7-6, following their season-opening 26-1 win over Crane last Tuesday. But despite the 1-3 weekend, coach Tammy Walls said "It was a good tournament, though for us to be in.
"The level of competition was higher than what we see out here. I thought it did us good to see teams playing we don't get to see in our district," Walls said.
Frenship had a pair of home runs off freshman Stephanie Herrera in their win over Pecos, while pitcher Alexa Marquez took the losses against OHS and Monahans, while getting the win over Ysleta, with Herrera getting in one inning of work."
"We didn't play bad against Frenship. They were just a good hitting team," said Walls. In the loss to the Bronchos, Walls said, "The umpire was calling Alexa for a drop ball (balk) and that kind of got her a little rattled."
At bat, she said, "Maricela (Arenivas) had a real good tournament. She had an outstanding game against El Paso Ysleta offensively and defensively."
The Eagles were scheduled to play in the Midland Tournament this weekend, but Walls said they had to drop out because too many players will be involved in other extracurricular events this weekend. Pecos' next game is Feb. 27, in Monahans against the Loboes.

Pecos golfers place ninth at Stockton tournament

PECOS, February 19, 2001 - The Pecos Eagle boys golf team placed ninth over the weekend at the Fort Stockton Invitational, their second tournament of the Spring 2001 season.
Pecos shot a 358-347-705 for the tournament, which was won by Monahans with a 315-313-628 score.
"We're not where we're supposed to be but we're getting there," said Eagles' coach Kim Anderson, who went with mostly and underclassmen team again on Friday and Saturday. "I'm missing my two seniors, and this was the first tournament Austin (Alvarez) has played in all season."
Alvarez shot a 91-86-177, while freshman Sal Nichols had the Eagles' low score of the tournament, an 89-87-176. They were followed by Casey Breiten with a 91-87-178, David Bradley with an 87-98-185 and Pete Vasquez, with a 98-87-185.
"We're just not a cold weather team. Our golfers just don't play well in the cold," said Anderson, though his team did fare a little better in a little warmer conditions this week than they did at the season-opening Big Spring Invitational.
Alpine was second in the tournament with a 767 score, and were followed by Midland Lee a 685, Midland Trinity at 691, Odessa High and Seminole at 692, and the host Panthers with a 698 score. Trailing Pecos were Fort Stockton `B' at 712, Greenwood at 718, Kermit at 744, Reagan County at 790, Crane at 800 and Marfa at 815.
Anderson said the Eagles would have "pretty much the same" lineup this coming weekend, when they play at the Tall City Invitational in Midland. Pecos' girls, who placed second in Big Spring last weekend, were off this weekend, but will go to Fort Stockton this coming Friday and Saturday.

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