Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, July 13, 2001
LLers, Juniors' paths different to district title
The Pecos Little League All-Stars want to have a busy weekend. The Pecos
Junior League All-Stars don't. But both will have long weekends about 210
miles to the east, as they play in the second round of their District 4
Pecos' Little Leaguers will be in Ballinger for the loser's bracket
semifinals, facing San Angelo Lake View in a 5 p.m. game. It's the first
of what Pecos hopes will be four games this weekend, which is the number
they'll need to win to take the District 4 title.
Pecos' Junior Leaguers could also end up playing for games in San Angelo
this weekend, but would rather play only two, which they can do with a
pair of victories in the championship bracket. They'll face San Angelo
Northern in a 2 p.m. game on Saturday at San Angelo Western, with the winner
advancing to Sunday afternoon's championship game, set for 5 p.m. The loser
will have to come back and play again on Saturday at 8 p.m., then win twice
on Sunday to take the District 4 title.
That's what the Little Leaguers will have to do to claim their title.
Pecos fell into the loser's bracket of the double-elimination tournament
last Saturday with an11-3 loss to San Angelo Western, before coming back
to defeat Wall, 11-0, and San Angelo Southern, 8-2, on Sunday.
Coach LaVaughn Garnto said the team planned to leave for Saturday's
game a day early, to avoid the problems they had a week ago. "We got there
late and weren't rested. The kids were tired and that hurt us," he said.
Gerald Saenz gave up all of Pecos' runs in three innings of work last
Saturday. Chris Garnto and Josh Payan each pitched a scoreless inning in
relief, and then picked up complete game wins on Saturday. Pecos took advantage
of walks and errors against Wall to grab an early 6-0 lead, while in the
second game they scored once in the first on singles by Diana Parada and
Garnto and six more times in the second, with the big hit a bases-loaded
double by Vincent Palomino.
The Junior Leaguers got a strong opening game pitching effort from Josh
Anchondo in a 4-1 win over Lake View, and a good relief job by Edward Valencia
in relief of Eddie Vela against North Concho, as Pecos rallied from a 6-0
deficit to win by a 17-7 final score.
"We started off real slow, but once we got going, we got going," said
Manager Rene Rayos, who added on Tuesday that he plans to use the same
pitchers this weekend, with Anchondo scheduled to pitch Saturday's game.
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