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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 ceremonies.

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' mascot.

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 tournament.

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.

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