Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, July 6, 2001
LLers, Junior League open tournaments
The District 4 Tournament lasted only three days for Pecos' first All-Star
baseball team in action this summer. Now Pecos' two other teams will be hoping
to have a longer stay in the district tournament, which gets underway for
both squads in the San Angelo area on Saturday.
Pecos 11-12 Little League All-Stars will be on the southwest side of San
Angelo for a 5 p.m. game against San Angelo Western, while the 12-13 Junior
League All-Stars will be playing just northwest of San Angelo in Grape Creek,
against San Angelo Lake View in a 6 p.m. start.
If the Little Leaguers win, they'll play again at Western on Sunday at
2 p.m. against San Angelo Southern or Wall, while a loss would drop them
into a 5 p.m. elimination game against one of those two squads. If the Junior
League wins on Saturday, they'll play at 12 noon on Sunday against Southern
or North Concho, while a loss would put them into a 3 p.m. elimination game
against the loser between those two teams.
Pecos 9-10 year old All-Stars spent last weekend in the San Angelo area,
where they won their first game over North Concho, but were then routed by
San Angelo Western and were eliminated in a rematch with North Concho on
a home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Pecos won the District 4 Little League title a year ago and finished second
in the District 4 Junior League Tournament, and both Little League coach
LaVaughn Garnto and Junior League coach Rene Rayos say they expect their
teams to be playing past this weekend. But both were also cautious in their
Garnto said he hasn't decided on his starting pitcher or overall starting
lineup for Saturday's game against Western, which didn't face Pecos last
"We haven't played Western since `99 in the 9-10 division. Most of the
kids are the same from that team," Garnto said, while adding, "I really don't
know what Western's got, but most of their kids should be the same."
"I anticipate it's going to be a good game. We've got at least four real
strong pitchers, and three or four others to give them back-up," he added.
Rayos has several players both from last year's Little League team and
from last year's Junior League squad on this year's 12-13 roster, and said
one player from each squad would be the scheduled starters in the team's
first two games.
"We'll go with Jose Anchondo on Saturday and Eddie Vela on Sunday," Rayos
said. "Our defense is solid and our pitching is good. We've got two good
pitchers and after that we've got Edward (Valencia) coming in in relief."
The Junior Leaguers did lose to a team of older players from Monahans
two weeks ago in a practice game, 6-4. Hitting was the main problem for Pecos
in that game, but Rayos said the team has looked better at bat in practice.
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