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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Rodriguez participates in girls’ 6-man all-star game

Balmorhea High School’s Lorissa Rodriguez was one of the players Saturday for the West All-Star team in the Texas Six Man Coaches Association’s Girls All-Star Game. Rodriguez, the daughter of Danny Hernandez and Yolanda Hernandez, played in the Region 1, Conference A game as a member of the West All-Star Team, which downed the East All-Stars by a 49-42 final score at Lubbock Christian University.

Rodriguez is a 2005 Balmorhea High School Graduate. She was the Most Valuable Player for District 1-A during the 2004-2005 basketball season and received first team honors in basketball and second team Region II honors. She also was an all-district volleyball player and qualified for regionals in the triple jump during the 2005 track season.

Rodriguez has signed her letter of intent to play volleyball with Clarendon College for the 2005-2006 volleyball season.

Pecos suffers Wichita fall at state tourney

The state title hopes of the Pecos Little League All-Stars were ended by Wichita Falls at the 11-year-old Little League Tournament over the weekend, as they took two games from Pecos in the four-team West Texas State finals.

Wichita Falls used a 10-run third inning to rout Pecos in the opener, 12-0, on Thursday night at Norcross Field in Waco. The Little Leaguers bounced back from that loss Friday morning to down West Brownsville by a 5-1 score in an elimination round contest, which put them back up against Wichita Falls, 12-6, losers to San Antonio McAllister Park, in Friday’s semifinal game.

Things were a lot closer the second time around, but Pecos’ problems driving home runners from scoring position did the Little Leaguers in, as Wichita Falls used a two-run third inning and a four-run fourth to eliminate Pecos by a 6-1 score.

Jose Salgado improved his tournament record to 5-0 on Friday by going the distance in beating West Brownsville, and also scored the only run for two games against Wichita Falls. His leadoff home run off pitcher Dylan McDorman in the fourth inning got Pecos to within 2-1, and Israel Espudo would follow with a single to center off McDorman and eventually reached third base on a passed ball and a sacrifice bunt by C.J. Gomez.

But McDorman would strike out Devante Jenkins to end the inning, and then open the bottom of the fourth by doubling off Gomez, who was making his first start on the mound in tournament play. Colin Edwards followed with another double to score McDorman and make it a 3-1 game, and coach Vaughn Garnto replaced Gomez with Mark Quintana on the mound.

He got two outs in-between a single, but then surrendered a ground-run double to Nathan Vandeviver that made it a 5-1 game. He scored on Chad Coburn’s RBI single, before Pecos was able to end the inning when Coburn was thrown out at home by Ben Dominguez trying to score on Joe Barron’s base hit. Brandon Garnto came on to pitch the fifth and shut Wichita Falls down, but the Little Leaguers were unable to mount a comeback against McDorman.

Gomez worked the first two innings on Saturday without giving up a run, but in the third Vandeviver reached on an infield hit and scored on a double by Coburn. He would then score on a sacrifice fly by Barron.

Garnto took the loss in Thursday’s opener, while Pecos managed just one hit off Coburn, a first inning single by Annalee Rodriguez. She would get into scoring position with two outs, following a walk to Salgado, but Espudo then popped up to shortstop, ending the inning. Wichita Falls then scored twice with two outs after leadoff hits by Vandeviver and Coburn, when Quintana couldn’t come up cleanly with McDormon’s grounder to shortstop, and Rodriguez threw past third base trying for Coburn, after Vandeviver had scored.

Pecos had a chance to tie the game in the third, when Coburn hit Antonio Rodriguez and then threw wide of second trying to force him on a Quintana grounder to the mound. But after a sacrifice bunt by Garnto he struck out Annalee Rodriguez and then tagged out Antonio Rodriguez, as he tried to score on a passed ball by Colin Porter. Wichita Falls then broke the game open in their half of the third, sparked by consecutive doubles by Barron, Griffin Russell and McDormon to open the inning.

While Pecos had it’s problems stopping Wichita Falls’ hitters, Wichita Falls ran into the same problem with San Antonio McAllister Park. Their win on Saturday earned them a rematch with McAllister Park Sunday morning, but they were unable to force a deciding game, as the San Antonio team took the 11-year-old division title with a 7-2 victory.

The 11-year-old division is only in its second year of competition, and winning teams in the division do not advance to the Southwestern Regionals, which begins with the 11-12 year-old division. Pecos lost in the Section 1 tournament in that bracket the previous weekend in Lubbock, where the host team, Lubbock Midwest, rallied from an early lost to beat Midland Northern to advance to Waco. Midwest is currently participating in the 11-12 state tournament, which began on Saturday.

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