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Tuesday, June 6, 1999

Crane is home sweet home for Pecos

By JON FULBRIGHT
Staff Writer

PECOS, July 6, 1999 -- Even with all the hassle of traveling over an hour to the `home' field for most of their District 4 home baseball games, it turns out the worst site for Pecos' youth baseball teams to play so far in 1999 has been Pecos.

Under a rule change this year, Pecos' four teams play all their designated home games against San Angelo in Crane. On Saturday, the Senior League, Junior League and Little League `B' All-Star squads all went to Crane and came away with victories. The Senior Leaguers routed San Angelo Northern, 25-0, the Junior Leaguers did the same to Lake View, 20-5, and the 9-10 year olds edged San Angelo Southern by a 3-1 score.

But playing on their own fields has been a different story. The 9-10 year olds came home on Monday to face Crane and were routed by an 18-8 final score, after the 11-12 year old Little Leaguers were beaten in their tournament opener on Friday by Sonora, 10-3.

That sent them into a Monday evening game in Crane, where they kept Pecos' `home' record perfect, though it took an eight inning, 2-1 win over San Angelo Southern to do so.

Tonight, the 9-10 year olds will hope the success in Crane continues, when they face San Angelo Western there, starting at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, the Little Leaguers also will face Western, but in San Angelo's designated `home' park Big Lake in a game also starting at 6 p.m.

The Senior Leaguers had already beaten San Angelo Western in their tournament opener by a 15-1 score, when they routed Northern with eight runs in the first and second innings. Capi Magana tossed a three-hitter, and had one of Pecos' five doubles in their eight-run first inning. Mason Abila, Angel Villalobos, and Benny and Paul Juarez had the other doubles, while Magana added a triple and Villalobos another double in the second inning.

Villalobos would connect on a three-run homer off Jerry Davis in the third when Pecos scored nine more times, and the Senior Leaguers moved on to the tournament semifinals, set for this Thursday night.

The Junior Leaguers will play on Wednesday in their semifinal game, after having a little rougher time against Lake View.

Barney Rodriguez had control problems, and gave up an RBI double to Michael Simpson in the first, and a two-run single to Andrew Martinez in the second, after Pecos took a 2-1 lead in the first on a missed pop up and a Matthew Levario single.

But Pecos would take control in their half of the second, getting RBI singles from Rigo Ramirez and Rodriguez before Levario hit a two-run homer to left field. David Elkins and Tony Aguilar would add extra base hits for a 9-3 lead, and after Lake View scored twice more in the third to make it 9-5, Pecos put across three more runs in the third, and finished things off with a seven-run fourth.

Levario pitched a scoreless fourth and Isiah Armendariz shut down Lake View in the fifth to finish things off under the 10-run rule.

Isiah Rayos had shut San Angelo Southern down in the 9-10 year old's win on Saturday, although Pecos needed to rally from a 1-0 deficit midway through the game. However, on Monday Pecos' bats were no match for Crane down the stretch after the Little Leaguers had cut a 7-2 deficit to 7-6.

Robert Nunez had a two-run double and a couple of passed balls by catcher Avery Rigg got Pecos back into the game after three innings. But in the fourth Crane scored five times off pitcher Adrian Solis and added six more runs in the fifth, to end the game under the 10-run rule.

Lloyd Chism's bases-clearing double in the fourth was the big hit for Crane, and in the fifth Rigg added a two-run double and Chism followed with a two run single, then circled the bases on a couple of errors by Pecos.

The Little League's 11-12 group used the pitching of Joshua Anchondo to keep their season alive on Monday, as he went the distance in beating Southern. However, Pecos continued to struggle at the plate, coming off Friday's loss to Sonora.

Jared Grubbs, Joe David Rubio and Anchondo opened that game with hits for a 2-0 lead, but Clint Cearly then no-hit the Little Leaguers the rest of the way, allowing just an unearned run in the second. He also had the big hit in the fourth inning, a two-run double, as Sonora widened a 4-3 lead to 7-3 and added another RBI single in the fifth.

The Little Leaguers will play again on Wednesday if their win their game against Western, while the 9-10 year olds will get a day off if their stay alive with a victory over Western this evening.



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