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Friday, July 12, 2002

Little Leaguers resume District 4 Tournament

The Pecos 11-12 Little League All-Stars will be hoping for better results after a five-day break from tournament play today, when the team resumes their rain-delayed game against San Angelo Northern at 5 p.m. this afternoon in Wall.

Pecos, which won its tournament opener over Ballinger last Saturday by a 16-1 score, fell behind Northern 6-0 after two innings last Sunday, with Northern scoring four unearned runs with two outs in the second inning. Pecos then came back and scored their first run with their first two batters in the top of the third before heavy thunderstorms hit the San Angelo area, forcing the delay.

When play resumes Chris Sotelo will be on second base with none out. Sotelo doubled off pitcher Kenneth Ussery following a leadoff infield single by Timo Reyes and throwing error by third baseman Brian Matalongo, one of several replacement players who entered the game for Northern after they grabbed their 6-0 lead.

Ussery, whose three-run homer in the bottom of the second off Vincent Palomino was the big hit of the game up until that point, figures to continue pitching on the mound when play resumes today.

The loser of today's game will have to play again at 8 p.m. tonight in an elimination game in the rain-delayed tournament, then would have to win four more games over the next two days in order to advance to the sectional tournament, which for the first time this year will lead into a West Texas regional tournament.

The West Texas regional winner will then automatically qualify for the newly-created Southwestern Regional Tournament, which replaces the State Little League Tournament in Waco. The winner there will advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.; under the old set-up, the state Little League champ would advance to the Southern Regionals in Florida for the right to reach the Little League World Series.

Meanwhile, four Pecos players will be part of a 13-and-under team competing next week at the American Amateur Youth Baseball Alliance World Series in St. Louis, Mo. Jonathan Levario, John Paul Salcido, Chris Garnto and Isaiah Rayos will be part of the West Texas team competing in the tournament. Two other teams entered are from Texas, while other squads in the 32-team field are from Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, New York and New Hampshire.

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