Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, August 8, 2003
Eight area teams to participate
in Mata baseball tournament
Martinez Field, which has been used for softball the past five years,
was busy being converted back to a baseball field Thursday night, in preparation
for this weekend's Johnny V. Mata Memorial Tournament.
A total of eight teams are scheduled to be in the two day tournament,
which is being held in memory of Mata, a member of the 507th Maintenance
Company who was one of 11 soldiers killed during a firefight with Iraqi
forces on March 23.
Misters for the dugout and stands were being put in place, and a new
mound was being built on the field for this weekend's games, which open
with Pecos facing Midland Greenwood on Saturday, following the 9 a.m. opening
Mata's brother, Mingo, will throw out the first pitch before the opening
game, and former major league baseball player and Midland Lee graduate Randy
Velarde is also scheduled to be on hand, as will Rocky, the Midland Rockhounds'
The tournament is being put on by the West Texas Old Timer's League,
and in addition to Pecos and Midland, teams from Odessa, Fort Stockton,
Alpine, Seminole, Carlsbad and Loving, N.M. will participate in the double-elimination
Mata's son, Eric, is scheduled to throw out the first pitch prior to the
tournament's championship game, which is set for 7:30 p.m. Sunday night.
Registration for Pee Wee football starts
Registration is underway at the Reeves Co. Community Sports and Recreation
Dept. for the Pecos Eagles Pee Wee football league, along with a clinic for
pee wee players scheduled for later this month.
The league is open to players in grades 3-6, and costs $20 per player
during the early registration period, which runs from now through Aug. 22,
and $25 for late registration after that date. The training camp clinic is
scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 22-23 at a time to be announced, according
to Michael Benavides, with the Pee Wee Football program.
Returned registration forms must be accompanied by a birth certificate
and signatures of both parents. For further information, call the recreation
department office at 447-9776.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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