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Capi Magana was one pitch short of a win Thursday night, but he couldn't
get a third strike past Ryan Gunn, and that allowed Morrison to score
the tying run in the top of the seventh inning for the Big Spring Junior
League All-Stars. Moments later, Gunn would score the winning run on
Dusty Floyd's double to left field, as Big Spring rallied for a 3-2
victory over Pecos in the subsectional semifinals at Snyder's Moffett
Pecos will face Perryton tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the loser's bracket of
the double-elimination tournament, with the winner taking on Big Spring
at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. A deciding game, if needed, would take place at 1
"Like I told the kids, we didn't play smart up there," said Pecos
manager Mark Barrera. "We swung a 2-0, 3-0 counts, where we're supposed
to take pitches, and we made some mistakes on the bases."
Morrison didn't strike out a batter in his seven innings of work, but
came within one pitch and his own mistake of no-hitting Pecos. He failed
to get off the mound in time on Paul Juarez' grounder to Floyd at first
base, as Juarez beat the Big Spring pitcher to the bag for an infield
But overall, Morrison kept Pecos off-balance over the final six innings
with curve balls and off-speed pitches, allowing only a pair of unearned
runs in the first and sixth innings.
Pecos didn't get a hit in the first inning, but hit Morrison's fastball
hard. He snared Juarez' liner back to the mound, but Tye Butler couldn't
field Richard Rodriguez' shot to shortstop, after Magana had walked.
Magana failed to tag up from third on Mason Abila's line drive to left
fielder Manuel Holguin, but the mistake was offset when Morrison threw
past first trying to pick off Rodriguez, allowing the run to score.
Magana, meanwhile, followed up his 9-1 victory last Saturday over San
Angelo Lake View by three-hitting Big Spring through the first five
innings, before some key hits and stolen bases turned things around.
Floyd walked with one out in the sixth, then stole second and third
before scoring on Holguin's one out single to center. He would steal
second and reach third on Daniel Mata's grounder, but Magana got Jon
McKinnon on an inning-ending grounder to shortstop.
Gunn threw out three Pecos runners trying to steal in the game, but
reacted too quickly to a two-out steal attempt by Abila in the bottom of
the sixth, allowing Pecos to re-take the lead.
Rodriguez walked, then stole second and third while Abila walked on a
3-2 pitch. He then broke for second, and Morrison's pitch bounced past
the Big Spring catcher as he reacted, allowing Rodriguez to dash home.
Up by one, Magana got Butler to foul out to Abila to open the seventh,
before Morrison lined his next pitch into center for a double. He then
stole third on a call disputed by Barrera and coach John Salcido, before
Magana got Steven Franco for his seventh strikeout of the night.
He then went 2-2 on Gunn, before he took a fastball down the line in
right for a RBI single. Jason Thomas followed with a single to left, and
Floyd then doubled over David Meline's head in left to score the winning
"That's ridiculous. That guy was out at third base," Barrera said about
Morrison's steal after the game.
Pecos got one on with one out in the seventh, when Morrison hit Abel
Lopez, but he tried to steal second as Tony Trujillo popped up on the
infield and was doubled off first by McKinnon to end the game.
Perryton stayed alive with a 12-3 rout of Lubbock East on Thursday,
after losing in the first round to Pecos by a 3-1 score. Barrera said
either Meline or Abila would start on the mound tonight. Abila pitched
three innings in Pecos' 11-3 win over Tri County on July 5, while Meline
has yet to see action on the mound in Junior League Tournament play.
"We're going to come out of the loser's bracket, but it's going to be a tough game tomorrow (tonight)," Salcido said.
Irvin met with team owner Jerry Jones on Thursday but left Valley Ranch
The former All-Pro receiver, who has been contemplating retirement and
has two years remaining in a five-year contract, was quoted in
Thursday's Fort Worth Star-Telegram as saying he would return.
But Irvin called a Dallas radio station twice Thursday to angrily
dispute the report and say he's not ready to talk publicly about his
Neither Jones nor Irvin discussed what they talked about in their
``They had a good meeting and a lot of open dialogue took place,'' team
spokesman Rich Dalrymple said. Dalrymple said the team would have
nothing more to say until today in Austin.
Irvin missed part of camp last year after pleading no contest to felony
drug possession charges.
Irvin announced June 4 that he was considering retiring because he had
lost his love for football. He said he wasn't sure when he would make
his decision, but that he had to get his personal life in order first.
Peter Ginsberg and Royce West, Irvin's lawyers, had asked a judge to
postpone a hearing today in a libel lawsuit brought by teammate Eric
Williams so that Irvin could report to camp with other veterans.
But a clerk said the hearing was still scheduled for this morning.
Ginsberg said he knew Irvin's plans on if and when he will attend
training camp, but the attorney said he was not at liberty to discuss them.
Never mind the 435-yard drive Tiger Woods hit on No. 4, setting up a
short two-putt birdie on the 557-yard, par-5 hole. Don't get too worked
up over the 5-iron Davis Love III hit pin-high from 272 yards out on No.
The same wind that whistled off the Firth of Clyde and carried players
along to a slew of birdies in the first round of the British Open was
waiting for them at the turn at Royal Troon.
Jim Furyk and Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke were the only two with
the winning combination, shooting 4-under-par 67s on Thursday to share a
two-stroke lead over Greg Norman, Fred Couples and Justin Leonard.
``We played two different golf courses,'' Norman said.
Meet Dr. Jekyll, a fairly harmless front nine at Royal Troon that
starts out along the shores of the Irish Sea, requires a little
imagination to get it close and features two par 5s that are easily
reached in two when the wind is behind them.
Mr. Hyde is waiting on the 10th tee, a fearsome shot over the gorse and
heather into a final nine holes that is as difficult as any in major
Some of the par 4s, 450 yards and longer, could not be reached in two
``The back nine is about as hard a nine as you'll every play,'' said
Couples, who needed 38 shots there after a 31 on the front.
``I used my 1-iron on most of the tees off the front ... and on my
second shots on the back,'' Leonard said.
Woods let the clubs do his talking, having to hit a 4-iron from 165
yards out on one hole. The last time he needed that much club for that
distance was when he was 11 years old.
Couples, the man once known as ``Boom Boom'' because of his prodigious
drives, hit a driver and a 3-wood into the 457-yard 15th hole, and still
came up short.
And the 272-yard 5-iron Love hit on the front? He hit the same club on
the back nine to travel a mere 149 yards.
``It was obviously fairly
easy going out and extremely difficult coming in,'' said Love, who shot
a 70. ``And I knew I had to get as many as I could on the way out.''
U.S. Open champion Ernie Els went out in 35 and came back in 40. Corey
Pavin followed a 36 with a 42 and Lee Janzen backed a 35 with a 43.
Defending champion Tom Lehman, who won in almost completely calm conditions last year at Royal Lytham, had a 34 and then a 40.
Entry fee for the ASA Class C tournament is $100 per team, with a
deadline of July 30 at 5 p.m. Funds will go towards the Children's
Miracle Network, which helps support case for at-risk infants and other
children in area hospitals.
The tournament is being sponsored by the City of Odessa Parks and
Recreation Department, in association with Sam's Club of Odessa.
For further information, call Christy at either 915-550-9191 of
915-366-8740, or Nile at 915-550-4779.
Mac McKinnon, 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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