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February 19, 1997

Big innings help Eagles open with 15-5 victory

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Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 19 -- Big innings have been few and far between for the
Pecos Eagles in recent seasons. But not in Monahans.

The Eagles, who had a five-run inning in their final at-bat in Monahans
last season, did it again to the Loboes Tuesday night, after they had
already pushed across 10 runs in the second inning on the way to a 15-5
victory in the season opener for both teams.

The Eagles collected six hits off a pair of Loboes' pitchers in the
second, and capped off their scoring with Jason Abila's three-run homer
in the seventh, after Monahans had cut the deficit to 10-5.

"I thought we did a good job tonight hitting the ball, and fielding, and
we executed well," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams, who saw junior
Moses Martinez pick up his first varsity victory.

The lefthander retired Monahans' first six hitters in a row, then
struggled in the third and fourth innings, as the Loboes touched him for
a trio of extra base hits.

"He cramped up a little bit going down the first base line in his first
at-bat," said assistant coach Allen Wyles. Martinez reached on an error
by first baseman Eric Fuentes, the first of his two on the night. But he
also came up with two doubles, while Joel Najar had a triple and T.J.
Bustos had a double to score two unearned runs in the third.

"Moses' leg was hurting. We've just got to make sure we get him well,"
Williams said.

Loboes' starter Ruben Sanchez stranded two runners in the first, but in
the second Cisco Rodriguez led off with a single and Mark Abila's
sacrifice bunt turned into a base hit, when nobody covered first base.
Nestor Mendoza then drove in the first run of the season with a single
to right field, and Martinez' infield grounder brought home pinch runner
Eric Aguilar.

RBI singles by Oscar Luna and Eric Abila followed, and Richard Gutierrez
then doubled down the line in left to score two more runs. Jason Abila
the reached second when Najar misplayed his fly ball, and Gutierrez
would come in off a Joseph Strain ground out.

After Sanchez walked Rodriguez in his second at-bat of the inning and
going 2-0 on Mark Abila he was replaced by Najar. He then finished
walking Abila and then did the same to Martinez and Luna to force home
the ninth run of the inning. The final run -- and the most painful --
came in when Eric Aguilar, again running for Mark Abila, scored on a
passed ball by Tyler Lee and was spiked by Najar while sliding into home

Najar ended up not allowing a hit in his 1¶ innings of work, nor did his
replacement, Roy Juarez, though he benefited when Fuentes snared
Rodriguez line shot to first and turned it into a double play in the
fifth inning.

Bustos would then come on to pitch the seventh, and he didn't fare as
well. Mark Abila greeted him with a single, Mendoza reached on Fuentes'
second error of the game, and a bandaged-up Eric Aguilar then scored on
Jason Aguilar's pinch-single. Bustos followed by hitting Luna as hit
tried to bunt, and after Gutierrez' fielder's choice grounder to second
brought in Mendoza, Abila sent one over the fence in left, equalling his
home run total from a year ago.

Martinez ended up striking out seven and walking just one allowing six
hits, while Jason Chabarria came on in the seventh and allowed just a
two-out single before finishing the game off.

"Monahans came out and hit the ball good, but we made the plays," said
Williams. The Eagles' lone error came on a grounder to second baseman
Eric Muniz, one of several reserves to play during the middle innings,
while Pecos ended the sixth by throwing out Fuentes at home plate, as he
tried to score from second on Roy Juarez' single.

The start of the game was proceeded by a moment of silence for Rudy
Franco and Roy Franco, the two Monahans High School students killed in
an automobile crash and explosion early Saturday morning. That came
after Pecos' junior varsity began its 1997 season with a 5-4 victory
over Monahans.

The teams will do it again on Friday in Pecos, as the JV and varsity
play the Loboes in their home openers at 5 and 7 p.m. Pecos then hosts
Kermit in a 2 p.m. game Saturday.


ab r h bi ab r h bi
Luna cf 3 1 1 2 A.Aguilar 3b 4 1 1 0
E.Abila rf 4 1 1 1 B.Rdrgz lf 4 0 0 0
R.Gtrrz 3b 4 2 1 3 E.Jurez 2b 0 0 0 0
J.Abila ss 4 2 2 3 Rivera cf 0 0 0 0
Vasquez ss 0 0 0 0 Bsts dh-p 3 0 1 2
Strain 1b 4 0 0 1 Lee c 2 1 0 0
J.Gtrrz 1b 0 0 0 0 Fuentes 1b 3 1 2 1
C.Rdrgz lf 3 2 1 0 Snchz p-2b 3 0 0 0
Contreras lf 1 0 0 0 Najar rf-p 1 1 1 0
M.Abila c 3 0 2 0 R.Juarez p 2 0 1 0
E.Aguilar pr 0 3 0 0 Stephens rf 0 0 0 0
Mendoza 2b 3 2 1 1 Yng rf-cf-rf 3 0 0 0
Muniz 2b 1 0 0 0 Prieto ss 3 1 1 1
Martinez p 1 0 0 1
Chbria pr-p 0 1 0 0
J.Aguilar ph 1 1 1 1
Totals 32 15 10 13 Totals 28 5 7 5

Pecos 0 (10) 0 0 0 0 5 --15
Monahans 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 --|5
E -- Fuentes 2, Young, Muniz. DP -- Monahans 2. LOB -- Pecos 6, Monahans
3. 2B -- R. Gutierrez, Bustos, Fuentes 2. 3B -- Najar. HR -- J. Abila
(1). SB -- Luna, E. Abila 2, C. Rodriguez, E. Aguilar.

Martinez W, 1-0 6 6 5 3 1 7
Chabarria 1 1 0 0 0 0
Sanchez L, 0-1 1 1-3 7 10 6 3 0
Najar 1 2-3 0 0 0 3 0
R. Juarez 3 0 0 0 1 3
Bustos 1 3 5 1 1 0
HBP -- Luna by Bustos.
Balk -- Sanchez.
WP -- Najar, Martinez. PB -- Lee 3, M. Abila.
T -- 2:23.

Bears down Cougars in final playoff warm-up

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PECOS, Feb. 19 -- Balmorhea Bears' coach Michael Barrandey got a chance
to look at some different combinations Tuesday night, as his team
prepared for Thursday's bi-district basketball playoff matchup with
Garden City by scoring a 69-55 practice game win over Dell City.

"The starting lineup did not play as a group," said Barrandey, who saw
his team up their record to 17-3 on the season.

While the starters were split up, four of them still managed to get into
double figures in scoring. Arturo Miranda led all scorers with 13, Scott
Clark added 12 and Zane Rhyne and Debe Mendoza put in 10 apiece for the
Bears. Conrado Armijo led the Cougars with 11 points.

Balmorhea's playoff game with Garden City will be at 7 p.m. start in
McCamey on Thursday. The Bears will go in having won nine of their last
10 games, including a 6-0 record in District 29-A play. Garden City
finished as District 30-A runner-up, losing a first place playoff to
McCamey. But they do own a non-district win over Buena Vista, the 29-A

"They beat them pretty good, but Buena Vista was missing three of their
players," Barrandey said last week. The Bearcats, 15-11, were led in
scoring by Kelly Langford in their first place playoff loss to Irion
County. He had 22 of the team's points in a 56-43 defeat.

"He's about like Zane, except they (Buena Vista) said he's a little
thinner," Barrandey said following last Thursday's practice game against

The winner of Thursday's game will take on the winner between Wink and
Valentine in the area round of the playoffs. Those two teams will meet
at 7 p.m. Thursday in Balmorhea, while the Bears are in McCamey playing
the Badgers.
Buena Vista and Irion County will be just down the U.S. 67 from
Balmorhea on Thursday, playing their bi-district game in Rankin, while
Dell City goes back to Van Horn that night for their playoff matchup
with Marfa.

Swimmers take top spot in West Texas `C' meet

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PECOS, Feb. 19 -- The Pecos Aquatic club placed first on Saturday as
host team of the West Texas `C' Championships, held at the Pecos High
School swimming pool.

The Pecos swimmers picked up 317 points to 296½ for the City of Midland
swim team and 158½ for Odessa. Abilee YMCA (85 points), Monahans (46),
Fort Stockton (25) and Andrews (10) were the other teams entered in the

`C' swimmers are based on times in the various age groups, from 8 and
under to 13 and up. Coach Colleen Coleman said Pecos' swimmers who have
earned `A' and `B' times in their events will compete in the finals for
those divisions on Feb. 28-March 1 in Amarillo.

Results for the meet are listed below. An asteresk (*) indicates
swimmers who earned B times in their events.


8 and Under
Michelle Wein -- 3rd in the 50 free; 5th in the 100 free; 3rd in the 50
backstroke; 4th in the 50 butterfly.

Cynthia Minjarez -- 1st in the 50 free (*); 3rd in the 100 free; 1st in
the 50 breaststroke; 2nd in the 50 butterfly.

Teddie Salcido -- 2nd in the 50 free; 2nd in thew 50 breaststroke;
Sara Wein -- 4th in the 50 free; 1st in the 100 free; 7th in the 50 fly.

Ashley Mendoza -- 5th in the 50 free; 4th in the 100 free; 3rd in the 50
backstroke; 6th in the 50 breaststroke; 5th in the 50 fly.

Kelsey Flores -- 6th in the 50 free; 6th in the 100 free; 4th in the 50
back; 5th in the 50 breast; 6th in the 50 fly.

Kelli Rankin -- 9th in the 50 free; 8th in the 100 free; 6th in the 50
Samantha Flores -- 12th in the 50 free; 7th in the 50 back.

Betsy Lujan -- 2nd in the 100 free; 3rd in the 50 breaststroke.
200 freestyle relay -- C. Minjuarez, K. Flores, S. Wein, Salcido, 1st;
M. Wein, Mendoza, Rankin, J. Minjarez, 2nd.

Victoria Gomez -- 3th in the 50 free; 2nd in the 100 free; 5th in the 50
backstroke; 7th in the 50 breaststroke; 2nd in the 50 butterfly.

Jessica Minjarez -- 11th in the 50 free; 11th in the 100 free; 8th in
the 50 50 back; 8th in the 50 breast; 8th in the 50 fly.

Lauren Wein -- 10th in the 50 free; 6th in the 100 free; 10th in the 50
breast; 3rd in the 50 fly.

Betsy Lopez -- 13th in the 50 free; 9th in the 100 free; 13th in the 50

Nikki Allgood -- 14th in the 50 free; 13th in the 100 free; 12th in the
50 back; 14th in the 50 breast; 9th in the 50 fly.

Amanda Fleming -- 15th in the 50 free; 12th in the 100 free; 9th in the
50 back; 11th in the 50 breast; 12th in the 50 fly.

Yvette Salgado -- 16th in the 50 free; 14th in the 100 free; 11th in the
50 back.

Jennifer Jaramillo -- 22nd in the 50 free; 19th in the 100 free.
200 freestyle relay -- Gomez, L. Wein, Allgood, Lopez, 1st.

13 and Over
Rebecca Wein -- 4th in the 50 free; 4th in the 100 free; 3rd in the 100
backstroke; 2nd in the 100 fly.

Roxanne Diaz -- 7th in the 50 free; 10th in the 100 free; 9th in the 100
back; 11th in the 100 breast; 6th in the 100 fly.

Megan Joplin -- 9th in the 50 free; 8th in the 100 free; 10th in the 100
back; 7th in the 100 breast.

Alexa Arredondo -- 12th in the 50 free; 12th in the 100 free; 12th in
the 100 back; 12th in the 100 breast.

Jo Ann Wein -- 1st in the 100 fly.

200 freestyle relay -- Arredondo, Joplin, Diaz, R. Wein, 2nd.


8 and Under
Matt Elliott -- 3rd in the 50 free; 5th in the 100 free; 2nd in the 50
backstroke; 4th in the 25 breaststroke; 1st in the 25 butterfly.

Roger Quintana -- 4th in the 50 free; 4th in the 100 free; 4th in the 25
back; 5th in the 25 breast; 2nd in the 25 fly.

Max Key -- 2nd in the 50 free; 2nd in the 100 free; 1st in the 50
backstroke (*).

Daniel Quintana -- 2nd in the 50 free; 3rd in the 100 free; 6th in the
50 backstroke; 5th in the 50 breaststroke; 3rd in the 50 butterfly.

Trey Edwards -- 3rd in the 50 free; 4th in the 100 free; 5th in the 50
back; 7th in the 50 breast.

13 and Over
Tye Edwards -- 1st in the 50 free (*); 2nd in the 100 free (*); 2nd in
the 100 breaststroke; 1st in the 100 butterfly.

Patrick McChesney -- 3rd in the 50 free; 5th in the 100 free; 5th in the
100 backstroke; 5th in the 100 fly.

Dan Whitworth -- 1st in the 100 free (*); 2nd in the 100 back (*); 4th
in the 100 fly.

Cortney Freeman -- 1st in the 100 back (*); 1st in the 100 breast (*);
2nd in the 100 fly.
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