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Blue Jays outscore Marlins 11-6
By CHRISTOPHER NAVRETTE
Good pitching led the Junior-Senior League Blue Jays past the Marlins Saturday at Martinez Field. The Junior-Senior League is a baseball league for children ages 13-15.
Due to this mixture of ages there will be two All Star Team selections this year, one consisting of the 13-14 year-olds and the other the 15-year-olds.
Blue Jay starting pitcher Gilbert Sotelo threw six strikeouts in the first 3 1/2 innings of the game.
Blue Jays coach Robert Barreno pulled Sotelo in the middle of the 4th inning with a Marlin on second base and one out, in favor of J.R. Lujan. Lujan pitched three innings before Barreno put in Garrick Martinez with the Jays leading 10- 7. Martinez struck out three batters in the 7th inning to clinch the game. The top batter for the Blue Jays was J.R Lujan.
This was the second game of the day for both teams. Earlier the Marlins lost to the White Sox 10-3.
In their first game, the Blue Jays beat the Devil Rays 10-7.
Saturday’s games left the Blue Jays with six wins and two losses and
the Marlins with a record of two wins, four losses and one tie.
Both teams still have several games left. The next game for the Blue Jays will be against the Nationals, Tuesday, June 6 at 6 p.m. The Marlins will face the White Sox Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m. Both games will be at Martinez Field.
Eagle football gets ready for first 7-on-7 matchups
Pecos Eagle football players for the first time will be joining with players from other area schools in participating in summer 7-on-7 football league games, with the first scheduled for this Thursday evening at Eagle Stadium.
New head coach Chris Henson said a lineman’s challenge will be held along with the 7-on-7 games, which will match Pecos against teams from Fort Stockton, Crane and Alpine. There will also be a junior varsity level of games, which will also include varsity squads from Marfa and Fort Davis.
“I haven’t really set up the schedule, but we’ll probably play Fort Stockton first and then Alpine and Crane,” said Henson.
Play is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., and will be the first of four Thursdays in June that Pecos will play in the 7-on-7 league. “There will be free admission, and the booster club will be doing the refreshment stand for us,” Henson said.
He said about 33 players have signed up for the 7-on-7 games for the Eagles, which should translate into three teams of about 15 players each.
“It gives us a chance to see them run routes, and the ball and we get a chance to evaluate the quarterbacks,” Henson said, though the Pecos coaches can’t actually coach the teams, under UIL rules.
“Robbie Matthews is going to be doing the coaching for us,” he said. “We’ll have most of our coaches here to run off the events.”
The 7-on-7 games are for skill players, while the lineman’s challenge is designed for the other players who’ll be on the team during the 2006 season.
“It will be a five-man competition. You can have as many on a team as you want, but only five participate at a time,” said new assistant coach Thomas Hughes, who’ll work with the linemen this coming season.
The events include a tire pull, medicine ball throw, tire flip, obstacle course, and tug-of-war.
“This should be something to help the lineman through the summer,” Henson said. He added that Fort Stockton was the only other team right now committed to bringing linemen to Thursday’s competition, but he expected Crane also to participate.
After Thursday’s event, the next three 7-on-7 competitions will be on June 15 in Fort Stockton, June 22 at Alpine and June 29 in Kermit. A lineman’s challenge is also scheduled for Fort Stockton, while another is scheduled for June 29 in Andrews.
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