Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, June 27, 2003
Pecos LL, Junior teams traveling to San Angelo
Pecos' 9-10 year old Little League All-Stars will be in San Angelo today
needing a victory to stay alive in their District 4 Tournament, while the
11-12 and 13-14 Little League and Junior League teams will be headed towards
San Angelo on Saturday, to begin play in their district tournaments.
The 9-10 year olds will play at 6:30 p.m. today at San Angelo Lake View
in an elimination game against the winner of last night's San Angelo Southern-North
Concho game, with the winner going on to face Wall on Saturday. Pecos beat
both Southern and North Concho last weekend by 11-1 scores, then were beaten
by Wall in the tournament semifinals, 9-1.
The 11-12 year olds will be playing on Saturday at 8 p.m. in their tournament
opener, against the winner of today's Wall-San Angelo Western game. That
game will be played at the North Concho complex near the Carlsbad State
School north of San Angelo, and will be the team's lone game of the weekend.
The Junior Leaguers will also begin their tournament on Saturday, with
a 6:30 p.m. game against Western at San Angelo Lake View High School. Coach
Ray Palomino said if they win, they'll come back and play Wall at 10 a.m.
on Sunday at Lake View, while a loss would put them in a Fourth of July
elimination game. The title game in the 13-14 year old division will be
held at the San Angelo Northern complex.
Joel Chavez, manager of the 9-10 year old team, said he would probably
hold back his No. 1 pitcher, Arthur Navarette, for Saturday's game against
Wall. Navarette only pitched one inning of the opening game against Southern,
leaving after Pecos jumped out to a big lead. He then went the distance
the following night against North Concho, and was ineligible to pitch Sunday's
game against Wall.
The 11-12 year old team will go with pitcher Lucas Chavez tonight in
the opening game of their double-elimination tournament. Manager Richard
Chavez said his other starters would be Sal Baez at first base, Tony Reyes
Jr., at second and Timo Reyes at shortstop, Jonathan Dominguez at third
base, Dane Daniel at catcher and Linvel Mosby III, Joseph Ontiveros and
Justin Ybarra in center, left and right field.
"Our defense has been very aggressive and all that good stuff," Chavez
said of the team's practices so far. "We've also got some good hitting and
some good pitching this year."
If Pecos wins, they'll be off a week, before playing a 10 a.m. game on
July 5, while if they lose, they'll play at noon on the Fourth of July in
an elimination round contest.
The Junior Leaguers will also try to avoid a July 4th game with a win
on Saturday, but they'll also have to win Sunday morning to avoid falling
into the elimination bracket.
With two games in less than 14 hours this weekend, Palomino said, "I
haven't decided yet," on his pitching lineup.
"Western should be pretty good. I don't know what they have as far as
14-year-olds go, but I know they'll be pretty tough," he said.
"We've got a pretty young team this year. We're mostly 13-year-olds,"
he added. Only five of Pecos' 13 players are 14 years old, but Palomino said,
"We're still pretty solid on defense and I think we're going to be pretty
good on hitting, too. That's what's hurt us the last couple of years; we've
struggled hitting the ball."
Palomino said he would use Isaiah Rayos, Vincent Palomino, Gerald Saenz
and Geno Leos as his pitchers in the tournament. Rayos pitched in select
team play as a 13-year-old last season, while Saenz was the top pitcher
for Pecos' Little Leaguers in their 11-12 tournament a year ago.
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