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West pitcher eyes next step in baseball career

By jhornberg
March 31, 2011 at 11:01 p.m.

Jordan Pacheco pitched for the Vipers Tuesday night, holding them to one run going into the fourth inning. Victoria led 4-1 after three innings.Frank Tilley

JORDAN PACHECO'S 2011 STATS

2.08 ERA, 3-2, 70 Ks .163 OBA in 7 starts

.453 BA, .500 OBP, 19 RBIs

BASEBALL TONIGHTVICTORIA WEST (12-5, 2-0) VS. VICTORIA EAST (12-9, 2-0)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Jordan Pacheco (2.08 ERA, 3-2) vs. Matt Longoria (1.95 ERA, 2-2)

Game scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. at Riverside Stadium

East's last two games: Won at Floresville, 12-0; Won against Gregory-Portland 4-2.

West's last two games: Won at Gregory-Portland, 6-1; Won at Calhoun, 11-0

Jordan Pacheco was out to be seen this summer. The goal? To land a college scholarship to play baseball.

And Texas-San Antonio couldn't resist what it saw from the Victoria West senior.

"I was playing for a showcase team, and there are a bunch of scouts everywhere," he said. "They happened to be at one of the tournaments I was at, and they kept in touch with me, and they brought me to the campus and showed me some of the stuff the team was doing, and I liked it."

It was enough to get the senior pitcher, who has been the Warriors' ace this season and scheduled to start Friday's game against Victoria East, to sign with Texas-San Antonio in December, although it wasn't much of a choice, he said.

Sam Houston State had been looking, but the lure of being close to home attracted Pacheco.

But that wasn't the only thing.

"They said they saw me starting, in the rotation," Pacheco said. "That was part of the reason I chose to go there, I would start right off the bat, I wouldn't sit."

Pacheco said he had been in contact with associate coach Jason Marshall for much of the summer and fall. He said the Roadrunners coaches were impressed with his command and ability.

"They liked how easy I made it look," Pacheco said. "It looked easy coming out of my hand, it was pretty fast and they liked how I controlled everything and my off-speed stuff."

So far this season, Pacheco has made it look easy at both the plate and on the mound.

He has an ERA of 2.08 with a record of 3-2 in seven starts, with three complete games. He's also accumulated 70 strikeouts in 37 innings of work.

At the plate, he's batting .453 this season with 19 RBIs and a .500 on-base percentage in 17 games for the Warriors.

His goal this season? To do what he can to get a win.

"I'm just trying to do my best and help the team as much as I can," Pacheco said. "I'm trying to give the team the best chance to win every time I take the mound."

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