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May 3, 2001

Eagles to look at pitchers against Indians

PECOS, May 3, 2001 - Pecos Eagles' coach Bubba Williams and his assistants plan to take a look at a lot of pitchers tonight, when the Eagles host the Seminole Indians in a playoff practice game at 7 p.m.

The 18-6 Eagles and the 20-6 Indians both earned first round byes after winning their district titles. Pecos is awaiting the winner of the Big Spring-Canyon bi-district playoff series after taking the District 2-4A title last Friday, while Seminole is the District 3-3A champ, and will face the winner of the Shallowater-Dalhart playoff series next week.

"They've got two pretty good pitchers in Aaron Peel and (Chris) Espinoza," said Eagles' assistant coach Junior Williams. "The scouts are looking at Peel," he added, while Espinoza is unbeaten on the year, with an 8-0 record. Like the Eagles, the Indians went 9-1 in district play.

Head coach Bubba Williams said Barney Rodriguez, 7-0, would start on the mound this evening, but he plans to look at least a couple of other pitchers as well. "I'll pitch Barney for two innings, then go with Angel (Villalobos) for two, then Pifi (Montoya) for two, and after that maybe Richard (Rodriguez) or Matthew (Levario)," Williams said.

Barney Rodriguez got some early defensive help last Friday, then held San Elizario to only one run the rest of the way, as Pecos scored a six-inning, 12-1 win to take the 2-4A title for the second time in three years. Villalobos last pitched on April 24, one-hitting El Paso Mountain View, 15-0, while Montoya has only pitched once this season, allowing two runs on one hit in four-plus innings of Pecos' only district loss, a 5-3 defeat at the hands of Fabens.

The Eagles and Indians didn't face each other at the West Texas March Classic this year, but shared a couple of common opponents. Both teams lost to Abilene Wylie in the tournament, though Peel was able to hold the Bulldogs to just four runs after they scored 15 on the Eagles the previous day, while Seminole also beat Alpine at the tournament, while Pecos won two of three games from the Bucks this season.

Williams said after tonight's game, the Eagle coaches would be headed for Lubbock on Friday to scout Big Spring and Canyon. Pecos' area round playoff series will be on Feb. 11-12 at a site and time to be announced.

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