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Monday, July 24, 2000

Levelland avenges defeat, ousts Pecos

PECOS, July 24, 2000 -- It was payback time for the Levelland Little League All-Star team  on Friday night against Pecos' Little League All-Star squad, as they  avenged a 14-1 loss two days earlier and ended Pecos' run in the Region 1  sectional tournament.

R.C. Garza's two run double in the third inning gave Levelland the lead, and Ray Paredez' three run homer in the fourth inning helped Levelland eliminate Pecos by a 7-2 final score on Friday night in Shamrock.

Matt Lynn went five-plus innings to get the victory, as he was able to shut down Pecos' hitters the same way Midland Nothern's David Harp had the previous night. Neither pitcher was overpowering, but were able to get the key outs when they needed them when the game was close in the early going.

Isaiah Rayos got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, but in the third a Lynn single and a Pecos error set up Garza's two-run double to left field. He went to third on a play at the plate and scored on Curt Alexander's sacrifice bunt.

In the fourth, another error and a walk set up Paredez' home run to center field, which gave Levelland a 6-1 lead at the time. Pecos would get a run back in the fifth on a double steal and error after Rayos' ground rule double, but Levelland's Alexander increased the lead back to five runs in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI triple to right field.

Pecos' first run came in the top of the third when Edward Valencia scored on a wild pitch. But Pecos missed a chance to score more prior to that, when Cody Hernandez was thrown out trying to go to second base on a passed ball and Rayos was tagged out at third base on a non-force place off a Valencia grounder to third.

Levelland's stay in the double-elimination tournament lasted only one day longer than Pecos' did. They were unable to force a deciding game on Saturday against Midland Northern, losing in five innings by an 11-1 final score. Justin Whittenberg got the win, allowing just four hits while striking out nine, as District 3 continued its recent dominance of the 11-12 year old sectional tournament. They'll now compete in the state Little League Tournament, beginning this Saturday in Waco.

Pee Wee gridders get in workouts at camp

PECOS, July 24, 2000 -- There were no pads, and far fewer of the agility drills that Pecos Eagle high school players have to go through during their preseason practice sessions, but a group of third through sixth graders got a chance over the weekend to participate in some of the same workouts the high schoolers get on offense and defense, as part of the first annual Pecos Eagles football camp.

“We had 53 yesterday (Friday) and added a couple today,” said Pecos Eagles’ head coach Gary Grubbs. “We had more than that signed up (for the fall Pee Wee football program), but some are on vacation right now and some are at Little League.”

The players went through drills on offense during the first two-hour session on Friday, while Saturday was devoted to practicing defense before a final 11-on-11 drill.

“The kids are having a good time,” said Grubbs. “Next time I expect to have about 100 out, because they’ll be more aware of what we’re doing.

The players were those entering third through sixth grades this fall, which is the same age group that will be involved the Pee Wee program. “I was especially pleased with the turnout of the third graders. I think it shows a lot of participation on the part of the parents getting involved with the kids,” said Grubbs.

Pecos has had a flag football program for elementary school-ages players for many years, but has not had a program with regular helmets and pads in 20 years. The coaches and parents involved are hoping to have eight teams total in the 3-4 and 5-6 grade divisions when registration ends on Aug. 18.

“A lot of kids will probably sign up the first week of school,” said Grubbs. Parents can register their children at the Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department in the old Pecos High School gym, and must bring their child’s birth certificate at the time of registration.

“We’re going to put a coaches clinic on Thursday at the field house. All the coaches are invited to participate and all the head coaches need to be there,” Grubbs said.

The player draft will be held on Aug. 19, and workouts will be held for the next three weeks, before the start of regular season play on Sept. 9.

Workouts for Pecos’ high school football teams will begin on Aug. 7, with their lone scrimmage set for Aug. 19 against Carlsbad and their season opener on Sept. 1 against Kermit.

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