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April 13, 2001
Pecos flies ahead early in road win
PECOS, April 13, 2001 - There was no falling behind on Thursday, and the
comeback attempted by the Clint Lions was cut short by the Pecos Eagles
before it really got going, as the Eagles remained atop the District 2-4A
standings with an 11-5 road victory.
The Eagles went undefeated through the first half of district play,
but either blew leads or were forced to come from behind in each of those
five games. This time, the Eagles jumped ahead 8-0 after 4½ innings,
while pitcher Angel Villalobos retired the first 11 Clint batters he faced,
then survived a rough fifth inning to improve his record to 4-1 on the
Clint finally broke through in the fifth, scoring three unearned runs,
but the Eagles got two of those back in their next at bat, and were able
to finish off the Lions in the seventh, after Clint scored their final
Pecos could have broken the game open early, against starter Bobby Morales,
as the Eagles left eight runners on base in the first four innings. They
did take a 1-0 lead in the first on a Richard Rodriguez double and an RBI
single by Alex Garcia, and two unearned runs in the second after a David
Elkins single. Errors by Patrick Estrada at third base and Morales on balls
hit by Matthew Levario and Rodriguez loaded the bases, and Garcia scored
Elkins with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. Levario then came home when
Kit Bramblett dropped Villalobos' two out pop up to second base.
In the third the Eagles made it 4-0 thanks to singles by Capi Magana
and Levario, around a passed ball by catcher Mike Fierro and a hit batter
and in the fifth Elkins walked and scored again after a Levario single
and Rodriguez ground out, and Abila then made it 8-0 with a line drive
homer over the fence in left, his third of the season.
Villalobos had a perfect game going until he hit Morales with a pitch
with two outs in the fourth, and lost his no-hitter when Royce Hickman
singled to open the fifth. An error by Magana followed and then Rey Martinez
spoiled the shutout with a two run single to right field, after a bad pickoff
throw by Villalobos put runners on second and third. Martinez went to second
and scored on a Fierro single, before Villalobos was able to retire the
Up by five, the Eagles got two runs back in the sixth after Morales
walked Pifi Montoya, making his first varsity appearance of the season,
and he scored when center fielder Frank Salais let Magana's single get
past him for a two-base error. Levario then scored Magana with his third
straight single, and the Eagles would add another run in the seventh to
briefly regain their eight-run lead.
The win was the Eagles 12th straight and put them at 6-0
in district and 15-5 on the season, while Clint fell to 2-4 in district
and 3-15-1 overall. Pecos has four district games remaining, but Tuesday's
match-up against Fabens will be the Eagles' final home game of the season.
They'll close out 2-4A play with trips to Canutillo, El Paso Mountain View
and San Elizario, and can clinch a playoff spot before then win a victory
Tuesday against the Wildcats.
Bears get 10 regional tennis, track berths
PECOS, April 13, 2001 - The Balmorhea Bears will be sending six players
to regional competition in tennis and four others to regionals in track,
following district and area competition this week for those teams.
Balmorhea' tennis team earned half of the Region I-A berths from their
district on Tuesday and Wednesday at Fort Stockton, while the boys' track
and field squad will be sending four people to Levelland in two weeks,
after area competition at Wink High School on Thursday.
Coach Ennis Erickson said Chris Barragan and Ivan Rodriguez won the
district boys doubles title and Michelle Barrandey and Arisela Arredondo
took the district girls doubles title, while singles players Arturo Rodriguez
and Celina Rodriguez earned runner-up berths at regionals.
"On the boys' side Arturo and Usbaldo (Baeza) had to play off for the
singles spot," Erickson said, with Rodriguez winning second by a 6-3, 6-2
Barrandey and Arredondo won their title match by a 6-1, 6-3 score over
Sanderson's Valerie Mott and Elizabeth Florez, while Celina Rodriguez was
beaten in the girls singles finals by Sanderson's Jessica Bejarno, 6-7,
6-3, 6-3. The Bears' other singles play, Abby Garza, took fourth. In the
boys' doubles championship match, Barragan and Ivan Rodriguez won in three
sets, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 over Sanderson's Carlos Cruz and Anthony Rodriguez.
Both Balmorhea teams ended up winning their district titles, Erickson
said. Aside from Sanderson, the other teams in the tournament were Dell
City, Fort Davis, Valentine and Grandfalls.
In track, the Bears ended up finishing sixth in the boys' division at
Wink, and earned all of their regional berths in the field events. "There
were 21 teams, so I was pleasantly surprised when we came in sixth," said
coach Gary Gallego.
Under the new Class A system, Thursday's meet matched the small school
and large school teams, with the top four finishers advancing to regionals.
Billy Lozano qualified twice, placing third in the shot put with a 44-foot-4
throw and second in the discus, going 128-feet-9. Jourmain Matta also qualified
in the discus, throwing 121-6 to finish fourth, while Logan Humphries wound
up third in the high jump, clearing 5-foot-8.
Gallego said Sammy Dominguez just missed regional berths, placing fifth
in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs with 5:16.9 and 11:10.36 times, and
the Bears' 400 meter relay team was seventh, with a 46.9 time.
Iraan won the meet with 180 points, 100 more than runner-up Garden City.
Wink had 75 ½ points, Sanderson had 45 and Rankin finished with
30, one point ahead of the Bears.
On the girls' side, Celina Rodriguez just missed out on a second regional
berth, finishing fifth in the discus with an 86-foot-9 throw. She was the
only competitor for the Bears in the division, which also was won by Iraan.
Regional tennis competition will by April 23-24 at South Plains College
in Levelland, and the Region I-4A track meet will be held April 27-28 at
Eagles escape Canutillo with third straight title
PECOS, April 13, 2001 - It never fully turned into a nail-biter, but Thursday's
game for the Pecos Eagles in Canutillo showed that errors can kill you,
no matter how lopsided the score may seem.
The Eagles were one out away from a six-inning 12-0 shutout win over
the Canutillo Golden Eagles Thursday afternoon when a bases-loaded error
opened the door for Canutillo to score eight unearned runs before pitcher
Stephanie Herrera could get the final out. Pecos then scored one more run
in the top of the seventh and then in the bottom of the inning the Golden
Eagles couldn't duplicate their seventh inning rally, as Herrera struck
out Crystal Portillo after allowing two runners to reach base with two
outs, and Pecos won by a 13-8 score to clinch their third straight District
Canutillo had gotten only one baserunner past second base in the first
five innings against Herrera, while the Eagles had doubled their lead in
the top of the sixth, scoring six times after scratching out a series of
runs in the first five innings off pitcher Jadine Edwards.
Jessica Rodriguez walked and scored on Ashley Salcido's single in the
first inning, while in the third the Eagles scored four times, on a Rodriguez
single and walk to Leslie Rodriguez, a run-scoring error by Janice Marquez
on a sacrifice bunt by Herrera, a two-run triple by Rebecca Wein and an
RBI double by Salcido.
Pecos made it 6-0 in the fourth without a hit, as Edwards walked Bre'Ann
Windham and Christy Contreras, and Windham scored on a Leslie Rodriguez
ground out. Then in the sixth they appeared to put the game away thanks
to a one-out, two run error by Luz Ochoa on another Rodriguez grounder.
An RBI single by Herrera, a run-scoring double by Wein, followed that and
after Salcido grounded out, Alexa Marquez scored Wein with a hit, and then
came home on another error by Ochoa on Mari Mendoza's grounder.
But the errors work both ways, as the Eagles found out in the bottom
of the inning. In this case, it was a booted grounder by Marquez on a Daida
Narcia ball that followed a pair of hits and a walk by Herrera. The Eagles
were still up by 10 and could have ended the game by getting the third
out, but Jackie Franco singled home Janice Marquez, and after Portillo
walked Cassandra Cisneros cleared the bases with a three-run triple to
right-center field. Gracie Borjas would single her home and circle the
bases on another Pecos error, and suddenly the lead was down to four runs.
Edwards would reach base before Herrera got Ochoa for the final out,
and in the seventh her two-out single scored Rodriguez to widen the lead
back to five runs.
The win improved Pecos' record to 8-0 in district and their season mark
to 11-9, while Canutillo falls to 1-7 in district and 5-16 on the season.
The victory also assured the Eagles of a bye into the area round of the
Class 4A playoffs, where they'll face either the runner-up from District
3-4A or the third place team from District 4-4A in two weeks. Their next
game is on Tuesday at El Paso Mountain View, and they close out the regular
season a week from today at home versus San Elizario.
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