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Wednesday, July 3, 2002

Pecos LLers seek four-day San Angelo stay

The Pecos 9-10 year old Little League All-Stars will be spending their Fourth of July holiday in San Angelo, and are hoping to spend an entire extended weekend there, while playing in the District 4 Tournament Championships.

The 9-10 year olds already have one loss in the double-elimination tournament, and will have to win four games in four days starting Thursday in order to advance to the sectional tournament later this month in Lubbock.

The Little Leaguers are scheduled to play at 5 p.m. on the Fourth of July in a quarterfinal round game in the elimination bracket against the host San Angelo Western All-Stars, and will have to win that, and then a 6 p.m. game on Friday followed by two 1 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday in order to claim the district title.

Pecos was forced to win twice last weekend after dropping a 10-0 game to host San Angelo Northern in the area round of the district tournament last Friday. They bounced back to eliminate Ballinger on Saturday, 14-4, then rallied to defeat North Concho on Sunday, 11-9.

"Concho was ahead 4-0 in the first inning, then we came back and took a 7-4 lead," said manager Orlando Fuentes. "We went up after that 11-7, and then Concho scored two runs before we shut them down with Justin (Ybarra) in the last inning."

Fuentes said Everett Parker started Sunday's game after relieving Arthur Navarette in Friday's opener. Robert Herrera relieved Parker on Sunday and held North Concho until the final inning, when Ybarra came on to pick up the save.

"We played some good defense in the last game," he added, including turning one double play on a line drive to second base.

Fuentes said Matthew Rodriguez went the distance in the win on Saturday over Ballinger, while Rodriguez and Jake Varela had the big hits on Sunday against North Concho.

For Thursday's game, Fuentes said Navarrete would start again, despite taking the loss last Friday against Northern. "I think our kids were kind of nervous when they went out there that night since it was our first game," Fuentes said.

Rains are predicted for the San Angelo area today and Thursday, which could affect the times for the tournament games. Even if the weather holds up, Fuentes said fans going to the game at the Western Little League complex should try to arrive early, because a Fourth of July fireworks display is scheduled next door at Mathis Field.

Pecos 11-12 Little League All-Stars won't start their District 4 area round tournament until this Saturday at 5 p.m., when they face either the host Wall Little Leaguers or Ballinger, who open tournament play on Thursday. The winner of Saturday's game will face the winner of the opening round game between San Angelo Northern and Winters, in a game scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday.

If Pecos wins that game, they would advance to the tournament semifinals on July 12 at San Angelo Northern. However, if Pecos loses their opening game on July 6 they would drop into a 2 p.m. elimination round game the following day, and if they stay alive there would have to win again, at 5 p.m. that afternoon, in order to advance to the next round of the tournament.

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