Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, July 20, 2000
LLers take on Midland after routing Levelland
After going to a place they weren't told they were going to go, the Pecos
Little League All-Stars played a team they weren't told they were going
to play Wednesday night, in the Region I 11-12 year old sectional tournament.
But all that switching around didn't seem to bother Pecos, particularly
Isaiah Rayos, who had a single, double and grand slam home run in an eight
RBI night, as the Little Leaguers downed Levelland by a 13-1 score.
Pecos will now face the team they expected to face in the tournament
semifinals, when they face Midland Northern in a 5:30 p.m. game. The winner
will advance to Saturday's tournament championship, while the loser will
face the winner between Levelland and Dumas, 9-1 losers to Midland Northern,
in an elimination game at 7 p.m. Friday. Levelland and Dumas will play
tonight following the Pecos-Midland game.
The Little Leaguers were originally told their sectional tournament
would be in Lubbock, and didn't find out until this past Saturday the sectional
instead would be in Shamrock, an additional 200-mile drive northeast. They
then were told Post would be the District 2 representative at sectionals,
but instead wound up facing Levelland, which took a brief 1-0 lead in the
second inning of Wednesday game.
But that unearned run would be the only one pitcher Eddie Vela would
give up, as he won for the third time in as many starts in tournament play.
Vela allowed only one hit, a third inning bunt single by R.C. Garza, and
struck out seven batters in four innings, before the game ended under the
Rayos ended it with his grand slam off Garza, after collecting a two-run
single in the second inning, and breaking the game open in the third with
a two-run double, with Cody Hernandez also scoring on the play off a Levelland
error. Hernandez had reached on an RBI single, his second of the night,
after tying the game with a base hit in the second inning off starter Hector
Hernandez' two out single, after a Jonathan Garcia double and walk to
Thomas Paz, tied the score and Rayos gave Pecos a 3-1 lead with his two-run
single. Levelland had taken their 1-0 lead when Garcia booted Nathan Saragubia's
grounder to first base, after Vela hit Jason Brown with two outs in the
top of the inning.
Levelland had a chance to come back in the third, loading the bases
with two out, but Vela was able to get catcher Logan Balta to pop up to
second baseman Edward Valencia. Pecos then staged another two-out rally,
this one helped by three walks by Muniz and Garza, who came on in relief
and issued the last, to Adrian Rayos, forcing home a run.
Hernandez followed with his second RBI single, before Rayos doubled
to left-centerfield to make it 8-1. Vela then struck out the side in the
top of the fourth, before Pecos ended the game with five more runs in the
bottom of the inning.
Rayos' homer was another two-out hit, after a Luis Licon ground out
scored Chris Garnto, who was hit by a pitch before singles from Garcia
and Paz loaded the bases.
Pecos improved its tournament record to 5-0 with the win and will face
a Midland team today that has also blown through its tournament opponents
on the way to winning the District 3 title. Midland is 6-0 so far in tournament
play, including 9-2 and 13-3 wins over district runner-up Midland Mid City
and victories over Midland Eastern and Andrews.
Basketball clinic next week for 8-12 grade girls at gym
A basketball clinic for girls entering grades 8 through 12 will be held
on July 24 and 25 at the new Pecos High School gym, according to varsity
girls basketball coach Veronica Valenzuela.
The clinic will run from 1 to 4 p.m. both days in the PHS gym, with
coach Chet Sample of Sul Ross State University as the instructor. The fee
for the clinic will be $5 per player, Valenzuela said.
Also scheduled next week from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the PHS gym is a
volleyball clinic for incoming PHS freshmen girls, according to coach Becky
Granado. Fee per player is also $5 apiece.
Clinics for seventh and eighth grade girls began on Monday, and were
combined into one afternoon session when not enough seventh graders showed
up the first day. The clinics continue for those girls from 1 to 4 p.m.
today and Friday.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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