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Wednesday, June 23, 1999

Little League `B' stars have five returnees

The Pecos Little League's 9-10 year old All-Star team will feature mostly 10-year-olds this year, coach Ray Palomino said, but will have five players back from last year's squad that lost to Lubbock in the subsectional finals.

Pecos won the District 4 title a year ago, in their first season of Little League `B' Division (9-10) competition, before losing in Lubbock to the host time twice in the double-elimination subsectional tournament. Coach Ray Palomino said nine of the 12 players on the squad will be 10-year-olds this year, but five of those were members of last year's team.

John Paul Salcido, Isiah Rayos and Cody Hernandez of the Indians, and Christopher Garnto and Adrian Solis of the Diamondbacks are the returning players from the 1998 team. They'll be joined by the Indians' Boni Garcia and Robert Nunez, Gerald Saenz, Jonathan Aguilar and Vincent Palomino from the Astros, Jonathan Levario from the Rangers and Manuel Sotelo from the Braves.

Jesse Rayos will be manager of the team, with Palomino and John Salcido as coaches. Play should begin sometime late next week, after dates and pairings are decided at a District 4 coaches meeting in San Angelo on Saturday.

Senior Leaguers get second chance

A change in the age limits for Senior Little League All-Star teams will give Pecos' Senior League squad a chance to erase the results of last year's District 4 Tournament.

With Senior League changing from players ages 14 and 15 to 15- and 16-year-olds this year, 11 of the 14 players on the 1999 squad, selected last week, are returnees from the 1998 team.

That squad cruised through its first three tournament games, including a win at home over San Angelo Western, before Western came back to Pecos and swept a pair of games to claim the District 4 title.

This year's team will have five players off the Pirates squad Paul Juarez, Benny Juarez, Michael Herrera, Richard Rodriguez and Ricky Plummer. The Twins put four players on the squad, in Alex Garcia, Daniel Terrazas, Roger Gutierrez and Omar Luna, while the Rockies are represented by Mason Abila, Jaime Herrera and Capi Magana and the Rangers by Sebero Jaquez III and Angel Villalobos.

Plummer and both Herreras are the only new faces on this year's team, and seven of the nine starters from last year's squad return.

Danny Reyes will be manager for the team, with Louis Valencia and Richard Gutierrez as coaches. Reyes said plans initially to stage all District 4 Senior League games in Crane may be changes, and the final sites and first round pairings won't be decided until Saturday.



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