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April 23, 1997

Eagles bigger givers in 8-6 loss to Steers

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Staff Writer
PECOS, Apr. 23 -- In a game where runs were given out like Christmas
presents, the Big Spring Steers did a little more on their own at bat
Tuesday night to earn an 8-6 victory over the Pecos Eagles.

Big Spring scored seven times with two out, and turned five walks by
pitcher Jason Abila into five runs. Wes Mouton played a role in all
five, scoring to tie the game in the third after drawing a two-out walk,
then doubling down the line in left in the fourth, after three straight
walks by Abila loaded the bases.

That gave Big Spring a 4-2 lead, and after Pecos rallied to tie in the
fifth, it was Mouton's one-out, two-strike single off Abila that scored
Marcus Hyatt with the go-ahead run, after he reached on Abila's final
walk of the night.

"They hit the and we played poor defense," said a disappointed Eagles'
coach Bubba Williams. "They hit the ball with two out and it hurt."

Aaron Boadle and Eric Harris hurt Pecos the most, tagging Abila for
back-to-back doubles with two out in the fifth. Harris' shot was just
over Joseph Contreras' head in left while Gee found the gap in
right-center field for what turned out to be the winning runs.

That's because the Steers were having problems of their own. Blake Hull,
who dominated Pecos in a 5-1 win on April 10, allowed just two hits over
the first six innings. But the Eagles were able to put four runs across
thanks to Big Spring's problems.

Shortstop James Clemens' let Abila's grounder go through his legs in the
first, and he scored on Cisco Rodriguez' RBI single to left. In the
third, after Big Spring tied the game, Hull had the side retired when
Eric Abila struck out, but the ball got by catcher Joe Owen and Oscar
Luna, who walked and moved up on two ground outs, scored.

A pair of hits by Boadle and Harris in the third scored Mouton to tie
the game, but Boadle was then thrown out at home by Luna trying to score
on Gee's single to right. They were the first of eight hits on the night
off Abila, who lost for the first time in District 4-4A play this season.

After Mouton's double -- which was misplayed into an extra base and
extra run by Contreras in left -- gave Big Spring a 4-2 lead in the
fourth, the Eagles got help again in the fifth, while tying things at

This time, it was a high throw from third by Boadle on a Jason Abila
grounder that set things up. It came after Luna walked, and he then beat
Hull's throw to third on a sacrifice bunt. Hull caught Eric Abila
looking for the first out, but John Gutierrez then looped a two-run
single to left to tie the game.

Up by four in the seventh, Hull almost got himself in trouble. After
giving up leadoff singles to Rodriguez and Eric Abila, he picked Abila
off first, only to toss the ball over Clayton Pate's head. Rodriguez
scored and Abila moved to third, from where he scored when Gutierrez
walked on a wild pitch ball four.

That brought the tying run to the plate, but Hull regained his composure
against the bottom of Pecos' lineup. He got Strain to ground to third,
got Mark Abila to fly to left on the next pitch, then struck out
Contreras on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.

The bottom three spots in the order for Pecos have not produced a hit
for the Eagles in the past five games, and in their four losses during
that streak, the Eagles have only 13 hits.

"If you don't hit, you're not going to win too many games," Williams
said. "They hit Jay, but we should have hit the ball and we should have
made the plays behind him."

The win kept Big Spring's post-season hopes alive, though they'll need
help from Pecos, while the Eagles' only playoff hope also depends on the

Both the 3-5 Steers and 3-6 Eagles need Fort Stockton, 4-2 winners over
Sweetwater on Tuesday, to lose their final two games. The Panthers, 4-4
in district, host Pecos on Friday, and will make up their rained-out
game against Big Spring either Thursday or Saturday afternoon.

Two Fort Stockton losses and a Steers' win Friday night in Andrews would
give Big Spring their seventh straight playoff appearance. Fort Stockton
needs just one win in their last two games to reach the playoffs for the
first time since 1989, while Pecos needs two Panther losses and an
Andrews victory over Big Spring to create a three-way tie for third and
force a two-way playoff next week.

Junior golf teams 5th, 6th in tourneys

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PECOS, Apr. 23 -- Pecos' junior high golf teams stand in fifth and sixth
place, following this past Saturday's second round of their area
tournament, held in Monahans.

Pecos' girls `technically' moved up to fifth, though the team they
passed, Fort Stockton, actually finished first at Monahans, with a 206
score for nine holes of play. The Prowlers' top two golfers didn't
compete in the first round of the tournament, on Apr. 12 at Kermit,
leaving Fort Stockton without an overall team score through 18 holes of
the 45-hole tournament.

Pecos' girls shot a 272 on Saturday, after an opening round of 268, to
stand at 540 so far. Individually, Cindy Mauldin had the low score, a
61, and is at 119 after 18 holes. She's followed by Sarah Flores, who
shot a 67-128; Candace Hillard, who shot a 71-144; Ashley Canon, who had
a 73-152; and Cassie Foster, who shot a 75-151.

Pecos also had two other girls competing. Brandi Bradley shot a 66 while
Tabitha Adkins shot a 67. Neither competed in the first round at Kermit.

With Fort Stockton without a team score this week (four of the five
rounds are used to calculate the final team totals), Andrews and
Monahans are tied for first in the girls division. Both are at 459 after
18 holes, as the Loboes shot a 221 and the Mustangs a 223 on Saturday.
Andrews `B' is third, with a 252-484, and Monahans `B' is fourth, with a

Kermit shot a 267 on Saturday, but like Fort Stockton, do not have a
team score because none of their girls played in the first round on the
Winkler County Golf Course.

Pecos' boys have played 36 holes of their 90-hole tournament, and have
an 836 total, after a round of 415 in Monahans.

"They'll get better. A lot of them haven't played before, and a few just
bought their clubs this year," said junior high boys' coach Kim Anderson.

Andrews leads with a 683 score, after a 332 round Saturday. They're
followed by Monahans, at 353-702; Fort Stockton, at 365-729; Andrews `B'
at 367-733; and Monahans `B' at 376-781. After Pecos comes Kermit, at
422-893; and the Eagles' `B' team, with a 493-1022. Kermit's `B' team
didn't play the first round, and shot a 511 on Saturday.

Cortney Freeman leads the Eagles individual totals, with a 97-98-195. Ty
Edwards is next, with a 112-101-213, followed by Jae Ewing with a
100-115-215 and Chris Friar, with a 112-110-222. Trent Riley, who missed
the first round of play, shot a 106 for the `A' squad on Saturday.

Alex Garcia, who had a 122 on the `A' team in Kermit, shot a 109 to lead
the `B' team in Monahans and is a 231 overall. He's followed by Sebero
Jaquez, who shot a 116-233, and John Canon, who shot a 120-251. Jason
Baker shot a 148 and Randall Reynolds a 155 on Saturday, while Oscar
Archuleta shot a 129 and Freddie Caballero had a 155 in the opening
round on April 12.

The third round of the tournament will be this Saturday at Fort
Stockton, with the fourth round on May 3 in Andrews and the final round
on May 10 at the Reeves County Golf Course.

Student physicals set May 3

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PECOS, Apr. 23 -- Physicals will be given on May 3 to
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah students entering grades 7 through 12 in August,
athletic director Mike Belew said Thursday.

Physicals will be given to girls beginning at 8 a.m. in the new Pecos
High School gym, while boys physicals will begin at later in the morning.

For further information, call PHS trainer Joel Birch at 447-7220.
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