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February 28, 2001

Pecos JV golfers get 2nd in own tourney

Staff Writer

PECOS, February 28, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles' junior varsity girls golf team placed second in their own tournament Tuesday at the Reeves County Golf Course, with two of their golfers finishing in the Top 4 among individual scores on the day.

The Eagles shot a 368 to beat out Andrews by two strokes for second place behind Fort Stockton in the standings. The Prowlers shot a 352 over 18 holes while the Mustangs finished at 370, and Monahans was fourth with a 389 score.

"The girls did a good job and the weather co-operated," said coach Tina Hendrick. "I'm proud of all my girls. They all had a real good tournament."

Dena Dutchover shot an 84 to earn runner-up medallist behind Fort Stockton's Tara Calderon, who shot an 83. The Prowlers' Amanda Newton was third with an 85 score and the Eagles' Sarah McKinney was fourth, with an 86.

After that for Pecos, Kristian Aguilar shot a 97, Kattie Davis had a 100 and Bianca Mendoza shot a 109, while the Eagles' lone medallist golfer, Jena Cranfill, shot a 103 on the day.

Fort Stockton's JV `B' team was fifth in the tournament, with a 406 total, and were followed by Odessa High at 408, Marfa at 437 and Midland Christian with a 461.

This was the first of two tournaments at home for the JV girls this season. The next one will be the District 2-4A Tournament in Pecos in April, where the JV team will try to join the varsity in Region I-4A competition for the third year in a row.

Hendrick said the JV's next tournament would be next Monday at Alpine, while the varsity girls will go to Midland for tournament play this Friday and Saturday.

Eagles score rainy win over Panthers, 9-6

Staff Writer

PECOS, February 28, 2001 - A starting role fit pitcher Rigo Ramirez better Tuesday night than a reliever's job did last Friday.

Ramirez, who come on in relief last Friday against Monahans and was tagged with the loss in a 12-7, extra inning defeat, picked up his first varsity victory Tuesday night, going the distances in a rain-plagued 9-6 home field victory by the Pecos Eagles over the Fort Stockton Panthers.

"Rigo did a good job pitching and we did a good job hitting," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams. "Rigo threw a new pitch, the circle-change, and that got them off balance tonight."

For the third straight game, the bottom of the order gave Pecos' pitchers the most trouble on Tuesday. This time, it was No. 7 batter Jeff Hickman, with two triples and an infield single that sparked a trio of two-run innings by the Panthers. But Ramirez was able to contain the heart of the Fort Stockton lineup all night, while the Panthers' pitchers had problems with all parts of the Eagles' batting order.

"I guess he just was hitting me pretty good, but overall I thought I did all right," said Ramirez, who allowed six hits while striking out eight and walking three overall.

Mason Abila got Pecos on the board first, taking a Blake Yarborough pitch over the fence in left-center field for a two-run homer in the first inning. He followed that up in the third inning with a two-run double that broke a 2-2 tie, while raising his batting average to .900 for the first three games of the season.

Hickman's first triple came in the second inning and scored Yarborough, who reached base when Ramirez bobbled his bunt to the right of the mound. Hickman then scored to tie the game when right fielder David Elkins misplayed B.J. Gonzales' fly ball into a two-base error.

Abila's double came with two outs in the third, and he then scored on a base hit by Villalobos. But the lead again was short lived, as Hickman's hit was followed by walks to Quito Vargas and Ben Natividad, and then a two-run single by Ben Barron, which tied the score at 4-4 in the top of the fourth inning

This time, before Hickman could come around again in the batting order, Pecos would score four more times and were able to take the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth.

Terrance Ellis replaced Yarborough after a pair of one out walks to Matthew Levario and Elkins. Ramirez singled to load the bases and the Eagles then picked up their second steal of home in as many games, though not according to plan. With the rain beginning to fall Levario would score on a missed suicide squeeze bunt by Richard Rodriguez, when Natividad couldn't hold onto the ball behind home plate to make the tag.

Up 5-4, Pecos added three more runs in the fifth. Abila walked, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on another RBI single by Villalobos. He would score after a walk to Magana on Levario's one-out bloop single to right field, and Magana would then come home on another passed ball by Natividad.

Fort Stockton cut the 8-4 lead in half on Hickman's second triple, a double down the line in right by Vargas and a long sacrifice fly to left by Natividad. But Pecos would tack on one more run in the bottom of the sixth off B.J. Gonzales, thanks to a pair of walks to Alex Garcia and Abila and a bloop single to left by Magana, scoring pinch-runner Daniel Terrazas. Ramirez then survived a two-out error in the top of the seventh to close out the Panthers and improve the Eagles' record to 2-1 on the season. Fort Stockton remained winless on the new year, with an 0-4 mark.

The Eagles will now begin play in the Monahans Sandhills Tournament on Thursday, with a 9:30 a.m. game against the Alpine Bucks. A win will match the Eagles up with the winner of the Kermit-Denver City game at 3 p.m. Friday, while a loss would drop them into a 12:15 consolation semifinal game against either the Yellowjackets or the Mustangs.

"I'll probably go with either Angel or Richard (pitching). I'll talk with all the coaches and then we'll decide," said Williams. Monahans faces Presidio and Greenwood faces Muleshoe in the other tournament games on Thursday.

Hits in dispute, score not, for Eagles, Loboes

PECOS, February 28, 2001 - The hit total is in dispute, but the run total wasn't Tuesday afternoon in Monahans.

The Monahans Loboes softball team shut out the Pecos Eagles for the second time this season, this one by a 5-0 final score. The Loboes scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings off Alexa Marquez, then added two more in the sixth to support freshman pitcher Nicole Dickson.

Dickson struck out 14 batters and was credited with a no-hitter by the Loboes' coaches, though Eagles' coach Tammy Walls disagreed. "We scored us with two hits. I thought Stephanie (Herrera) and Evelyn Galindo each got a base hit."

But overall, Walls said Dickson had things under control all afternoon. "Not one of our hitters had a hitter's count. She stayed ahead of all our batters, and has a lot of speed."

The defeat follows a 3-0 loss to Monahans two weeks ago at the Andrews Tournament, and while the hitting was a problem, Walls said, "Defensively I thought we played one of the best games we have all season."

The loss dropped Pecos to 2-3 on the season going into this weekend's Snyder Tournament. Walls said the tournament set-up has the Eagles playing two pool round practice games that don't count in the overall standings Friday morning, before beginning things later in the day with a match-up against the host Tigers.

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