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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, July 21, 1999
Senior Leaguers complete subsectional sweep
PECOS, July 21, 1999 -- Pecos pitcher Pifi Montoya was able to get out
of his bases-loaded jam in the first inning Tuesday evening, but Perryton
pitcher Cody Murrow could not.
That pretty much decided the championship game of the Region I subsectional
tournament in favor of the Pecos Senior League All-Stars, as they scored
eight times in the first inning on the way to a five-inning, 13-3 victory.
Pecos, which went through their District 4 Tournament undefeated, completed
a sweep of their three game subsectional, and will now face the winner
of the Abilene-Fort Worth area subsectional for the right to advance to
the state tournament in Waco. The set-up for that tournament won't be determined
until the Abilene area winner has been decided.
Montoya missed district competition, but was added to the roster by
manager Danny Reyes before the Senior Leaguers left for Lubbock last week.
He had picked up a win and a save during Pecos' area and regional quarterfinal
wins in the Class 4A state baseball tournament back in May, but was rusty
starting out on Tuesday, walking the first two batters on nine pitches,
then walking Murrow to load the bases.
But get would get Kyler Deer to pop up to shortstop, then struck out
Jorge Bernard and Adam Lewis to retire the side, and by the time he returned
to the mound in the second, Pecos had an eight-run lead.
Murrow got the inning's first out before Pecos loaded the bases. Alex
Garcia, Richard Rodriguez and Capi Magana would each drive in two runs
with singles, while the other runs scored off an error by Beto Mendez on
a Michael Herrera grounder and an infield hit by Paul Juarez.
Montoya got through the second inning with no problems and doubled home
Pecos' ninth run in the bottom of the inning. But he struggled through
the third, when Perryton scored all three of their runs, and was replaced
by Magana in the fourth.
Singles by Brett Huffman, Murrow and Deer got Perryton on the scoreboard,
while a second run scored on a wild pitch and Deer came home on Lewis'
single to right field before Montoya got get the final two outs to retire
Pecos was able to get their nine-run lead back in their next at-bat,
as Juarez reached on an infield hit and scored when Deer threw away Mason
Abila's grounder to shortstop following a walk to Magana. Angel Villalobos
then brought home Magana with a sacrifice fly, and Abila would score on
a double steal after a Garcia hit, coming in while Garcia was caught in
Magana, who shut out Odessa Floyd Gwin in the subsectional opener on
Friday, pitched two scoreless innings, and was helped out by Abila in the
fourth, as he threw out Bernardo Estrada trying to steal second after a
one out single. Pecos then won the game in the fifth when Mendez couldn't
field Villalobos' shot to third, after singles by Magana and Abila.
The win was Pecos' second in three days over Perryton, as they beat
them 8-3 in Sunday's semifinals. Perryton won their other two games by
a 15-2 score over Lubbock, and by 19-9 on Monday night over Odessa.
Going through the subsectional undefeated was important for the Senior
Leaguers, since losses carry over into the sectional finals of the double-elimination
Doctors say Spurs' Elliott needs new kidney
SAN ANTONIO, July 21, 1999 (AP) — Sean Elliott needs a kidney transplant
because of worsening renal function but still hopes to play for the NBA
champion San Antonio Spurs.
Dr. David Schmidt said today the 31-year-old forward could be operated
on as early as next month, or as soon as a match is found. Family members
underwent blood screening Monday to see if they qualify as donors. Absent
a family match, Elliott would go on a waiting list with other patients.
Elliott was a valuable member of the Spurs despite playing with kidney
disease for years. A person can lead a normal life with only one kidney
but the rigors of professional basketball present special dangers.
Elliott said he is in no pain and feels fine.
"There's a lot of people out there who have had to do it every day,"
he said. "Ask me if I'm a little scared, yeah, I'm a little worried. But
at the same time I'm looking at it as a positive."
The doctors said they don't know a precedent for a pro athlete returning
to competition after such an operation.
"Either way, I think he has an excellent long-term prognosis for living
a normal life," Reinieck said, adding that it would be two or three months
after the operation before the feasibility of Elliott's return can be assessed.
But Elliott, a 10-year NBA veteran, doesn't think his career is over.
"I would rather go out the way I want to go out," he said. "I think
every athlete feels that way. ... I feel like I am going to play again."
"It depends on when I could have the surgery done and how I come back
Dr. John Reinieck, a kidney specialist, said Elliott needs the transplant
by late this year or he will require dialysis to avoid such symptoms as
exhaustion, nausea and, in later stages, weight loss.
An estimated 62,000 Americans are awaiting a heart, lung, liver, kidney
or pancreas, and 4,000 people died last year before they could get one.
A panel of independent experts recommended Tuesday that the nation's
system of distributing organs be changed so that the sickest patients are
ensured of being near the top of the list.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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