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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, April 17, 1998
Eagle girls end year; boys try to stay alive
PECOS, Apr. 17 -- The season ends Saturday for the Pecos
Eagle girls softball team, while the boys' baseball team
will see it's season end for all intents and purposes if
they can't pull out a win over the San Angelo Lake View
The girls host Andrews at 11 a.m. at Martinez Field to wrap
up their first-ever softball season, and the boys host Lake
View in a 1 p.m. start at Eagle Field.
Both Pecos teams come off road losses to the District 4-4A
leaders on Tuesday. Playing in Big Spring, the girls were
beaten by the Steers, 14-0, and fell to 0-9 in 4-4A play,
and 1-14 overall. Andrews, meanwhile, clinched second place
in district with their 15-0 victory over Lake View.
Saturday's game will be only the second this season at
Martinez Field for the Eagles, which has yet to get its
planned lights installed (They'll be more needed next
season, when all of Pecos' new district rivals will be
traveling 175 miles or more to the games). However, coach
Tammy Walls said the temporary fence for the field was
scheduled to arrive, which will bring the park down to
That may be better news for Andrews than for Pecos, based on
the teams' first meeting. Andrews had three home runs in a
28-0 win, as the teams ignored the three-inning 15-run rule
and went an extra 1½ frames.
Walls made a couple of defensive changes in Tuesday's loss,
moving first baseman Heather Uptergrove to center field and
center fielder Nicole Payne to third base. Monica Meza took
over for Uptergrove, becoming the seventh underclassman and
fourth freshman in the Eagles' starting lineup.
Meanwhile, the boys will be counting on either a sophomore
or junior to save their season Saturday afternoon. Sophomore
Joshua Casillas or junior Louis Valencia will pitch for the
Eagles, who need to sweep their last three games to reach
"I haven't decided between Joshua and Louis which one will
start yet," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams. Casillas,
1-0, picked up the win a week ago over Sweetwater, allowing
two runs and four hits in 6_ innings of relief, as Pecos
rallied from a 4-0 deficit to win in eight innings, 6-5.
That was reversed on Tuesday in Andrews, as three homers by
the Mustangs off Jason Abila brought them back from a 4-0
deficit to post a 6-4 win. It left the Eagles with a 2-5
district record and 10-8 overall mark with three games to
Despite the loss, the Eagles' defense continued its
improvement after a disastrous first two weeks of district
play. That included their 16-8 loss at Lake View on March
31, when the Chiefs scored eight unearned runs off Valencia,
3-2, and scored 11 times in their last two at-bats after
Pecos had an 8-5 lead.
Lake View actually helped the Eagles on Tuesday with their
5-2 victory over Fort Stockton. It raised the Chiefs' record
to 5-2 in 4-4A play, and 9-12 overall, and they can clinch a
playoff spot with a victory Saturday.
The Eagles are two games behind Big Spring for the third and
final post-season berth with three to play. Pecos goes to
Big Spring next Tuesday and hosts Fort Stockton a week from
tonight. They can tie for third with a sweep and two losses
by Big Spring, and could win third outright with three wins
and three losses by the Steers, who face Fort Stockton and
Andrews in their other two remaining games.
Balmorhea girls first in district tennis
PECOS, Apr. 17 -- The Balmorhea Bear girls took first place
on Wednesday at the District 16-A tennis tournament, while
the boys placed second in their division.
Balmorhea won the girls' title with 33 points, to 25 for
Dell City, while the boys tied for second with Dell City at
20 points, behind Valentine's 43.
Stephanie Dominguez placed second in girls singles,
defeating Grandfalls' Melissa Moses, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, before
losing to Dell City's Finesse Pearson, 6-1, 6-1. Earlier,
Pearson downed Balmorhea's Erica Apodaca, 6-2, 6-1, who then
fell to Moses in the third place match, 6-1, 6-3.
In doubles, Brenda Dutchover and Nelda Mondragon earned
second place, winning in the semifinals over McDaniel and
Stahl of Dell City, 6-4, 6-1, before dropping a 6-3, 6-4
decision to Beare and Porras of Valentine. They had downed
the Bears' other doubles team of Roxanne Rodriguez and
Rosario Arredondo, 6-1, 6-2; while the Bears' duo lost in
the third place match to McDaniel and Stahl, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
On the boys' side, Ruben Galindo got second place, taking
Valentine's Tony Beare, 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals before a
6-3, 6-1 loss to Ramon Guillen of Dell City in the title
In doubles play Jonathan Guebara and Nathan Rodriguez won
third place, beating Navar and Templeton of Dell City, 6-2,
6-0, after a 6-2, 6-3 semifinal loss to Jayme Estrada and
Dan Seaney of Valentine.
Pecos winds up seventh in 4-4A boys golf
PECOS, Apr. 17 -- The second time around wasn't as good for
the Pecos Eagle golfers in San Angelo, as they saw their
scores climb in the final round of the District 4-4A
Playing at Riverside Golf Course, where they had fired a 316
during pre-district play in March, the Eagles shot a 340 on
Thursday, and remained in seventh place in the final 4-4A
"They hit the water. They put more balls in the water this
time than they had in a long time," said Eagles' coach Kim
Anderson, whose team wound up with a 992 score for the
54-hole district tournament. "There were also a lot of
out-of-bounds shots, that's why the strokes were so high."
"They played hard. None of them quit, but they just had some
problems," he added.
Casey Love finished three strokes off an all-district berth,
tied for 11th place with a 230 score after a round of 77 on
Thursday. Jason Salcido shot an 83 and finished at 247; Lee
Lyles shot a 88 and was at 257, while Dallas Jarrett shot a
92 and Chris Ryan a 93 and both finished with 263 total
"Jason played well and Casey played well. All the others had
one or two holes where they took sevens or eights," Anderson
Andrews won the tournament, with a 294 on Thursday for an
875 total score, while San Angelo Lake View took the second
regional berth, shooting 305 to finish at 915, 11 shots up
on the Mustangs' `B' team. Big Spring, which passed Pecos
after the second round of the tournament, shot a 308-940 to
pass both Fort Stockton (315-941) and Sweetwater (319-948)
for fourth place.
Meanwhile, the Eagles' `B' team moved up a spot, shooting a
345 to tie Sweetwater `B' for 10th place, with a 1,053 total
score. "The `B' team did a good job. They improved every
week," Anderson said.
Cortney Freeman shot an 82 to finish with a 260 overall
score, while John Granado shot an 84 and finished at 258;
Kenneth Friar had an 89 and was at 266; Tye Edwards shot a
90 and ended with a 275; and Michael O'Callahan shot a 93
and finished with a 278.
"Cortney was in swimming a long time, and didn't come out
until late, but he ended up as one of the better players on
the `B' team," Anderson said.
The final round of the girls tournament is set for Saturday
morning in Sweetwater. Pecos is currently tied for third
place with Fort Stockton at 708, 15 strokes behind second
place Andrews and 21 in back of first place Big Spring.
Pecos junior high netters get split, loss
PECOS, Apr. 17 -- Pecos' junior high tennis teams dropped a
dual meet this past Tuesday against Monahans, while
splitting their seventh and eighth grade matches the
previous week at home against Fort Stockton.
Zavala's seventh graders edged Fort Stockton, 6-5, while
Crockett's eighth graders lost by an 8-4 final score.
Against Monahans, the seventh graders were beaten in an
all-girls meet, 7-1, while the eighth graders dropped a 9-5
decision to the Loboes.
The girls' doubles teams of Caroline Esquivel and Elizabeth
Carreon; Amanda Fleming and Rachel Rubio; and Jessica
Rodriguez and Beatrace Villarreal won their matches against
the Prowlers, while Fleming won a pair of singles matches
and Esquivel her singles match in the seventh grade
In the eighth grade bracket, Rebecca Wein, Brenda Fuentes
and Laura Hinojos were singles winners, and Hinojos and
Fuentes also took their doubles match for the Eagles' other
Pecos had just one boy playing in both divisions, with Jay
Donelley splitting his two matches in the seventh grade
bracket while Matthew Martinez dropped his singles match in
the eighth grade division.
Against Monahans, Carreon had the long win for Zavala, while
in the eighth grade division, Fuentes and Wein again won in
singles play, as did Katherine Orona and Jessica Rodriguez,
while Fuentes and Orona also took their doubles match.
Pecos at Monahans Seventh Grade
Jennifer Marquez lost to Amanda Salazar, 8-4; Caroline
Esquivel lost to Grace Hawkins, 8-0; Elizabeth Carreon
defeated Jessica (no last name available), 8-5; Rachel Rubio
lost to Audrey (no last name avilable), 9-8; Cristina Lujan
lost to Allison Fambro, 8-1; eatrice Villarreal lost to
Carol Williams, 8-0; Senovia Rubio lost to Dina Saludina,
Marquez and Carreron lost to (no names available), 8-3.
Omar Muniz lost to Ashish Chopra, 8-3; Michael Chavez lost
to Ben Hawkins, 8-0; Matthew Martinez lost to Jared Polanco,
Rebecca Wein defeated Tara Oliver, 8-4; Brenda Fuentes
defeated Prarie Chaberria, 8-4; Laura Hinojos lost to Lori
Koho, 8-6; Katherine Orona defeated Megan Burkholder, 8-5;
Jennifer Navarette lost to Jane Hernandez, 8-3; Kristina
Dominguez lost to Srea Dane, 9-7; Jessica Rodriguez defeated
Christa Wilkinson, 8-6; Gigi Jaramillo lost to Ashley
Benniger, 8-0; April Rodriguez lost to Benninger, 8-1.
Wein and Hinojos lost to (no names available), 9-7; Fuentes
and Orona defeated (no names available), 8-1.
Softball, LL set to open on Saturday
PECOS, Apr. 17 -- Opening day is tomorrow for both the Pecos
Little League and the new Pecos girls fast-pitch softball
league, with first pitch ceremonies set Saturday morning at
Chano Prieto Field and Maxey Park.
The girls will be the first to start, with opening
ceremonies at 9 a.m. Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo is
scheduled to throw out the first pitch for the league, which
will be divided into 8-9, 10-12 and 13-15 year-old age
At 10 a.m., the Little League will have its opening
ceremonies at Chano Prieto Field. Manuel Galindo, who is
retiring from umpiring after more than 30 years with the
Little League, will throw out the first pitch, league
president Tony Aguilar said Thursday.
Tornado decks cranes at Oilers' new stadium
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Apr. 17 (AP) -- A tornado snapped three of
four cranes at the Tennessee Oilers' new stadium, which is
due to open in 1999, and a manager said a two-week delay in
construction is expected.
The cranes fell into the middle of the 65,000-seat stadium,
being built across from downtown. Operations manager Larry
Staverman said the extent of the damage was unknown Thursday
``It's going to take us a while to get the cranes out of
there,'' he said. ``It's incredible that nobody was hurt.
It's fantastic. The good Lord was looking after us.''
At least three construction trailers were heavily damaged,
and one trailer was destroyed. Construction workers took
cover underneath the concrete stands.
Don MacLachlan, executive vice president for the Oilers, was
among those who ran from the trailers across the street to
shelter in the Juvenile Justice Center.
``My curiosity made me look back one more time and I saw
stuff blowing,'' he said. ``The panels and parts of cars
were blowing around like they were Kleenex.''
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