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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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