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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, June 30, 2006
Tourneys start for Pecos LL, Jlers
Tournament play got underway Thursday night for two of Pecos’ five All-Star youth baseball teams, while two others begin play Friday evening while the fifth will have another week before it plays its first tournament game.
Pecos’ 9-10 and 11-year-old Little League All-Stars were both in Fort Stockton on Thursday, and both with 8:30 p.m. tournament openers against the host squad. The 9-10 year olds are one of seven teams entered in the District 37 Tournament, while the 10-11 year-old tournament this season has only Pecos, Fort Stockton and Monahans competing.
Eight teams are competing in the 11-12 year old bracket, which is the main division of Little League baseball. Pecos is hosting that tournament, and will play in the last of the four first round games, at 8:30 p.m. on Friday against Greenwood. The tournament opened on Thursday evening with Kermit playing Fort Stockton and Cohaoma taking on Alpine, while Monahans faces Greenwood in the early game on Friday.
Pecos Junior League All-Stars also open their tournament on Friday, with an 8:30 p.m. game in Fort Stockton against Stanton. A total of five teams are entered in the 13-14 year old division, with the winner on Friday facing Fort Stockton, Alpine or Greenwood in a semifinal game on Sunday.
Pecos won two of the five District 37 titles a year ago, taking the 10-11 and 11-12 divisions. The 10-11 group went on to win the Section 1 title and advance to the West Texas state tournament in Waco, and most of those players will be on the 11-12 year old team that is hosting this year’s District 37 tourney.
Coach Vaughn Garnto said Jesus Salgado or Brandon Garnto would probably start the opener for the 11-12 year olds. Pecos defeated Monahans last year to win the 11-12 year old title, while last year’s 11-12 year old team won its district title with a win over Fort Stockton.
Last year’s 9-10 year old team beat Greenwood and Stanton in their first two games, then lost to Coahoma and were eliminated by Greenwood in a rematch game. Coach Alvaro Hinojos said Jay Hinojos would be the likely starter on Thursday for their opening game against Fort Stockton.
Parents and coaches were busy on Tuesday getting Chano Prieto Field ready for the 11-12 tournament, after Reeves County road and bridge crews spent most of last week working on the field and installing new fencing along the baselines. The tournament is scheduled to run through either Wednesday or Thursday, if a deciding game in the double-elimination format is needed.
Meanwhile, Pecos’ Senior League All-Star team thought they had a free ride into Section 1 Tournament play, with no other District 37 teams entered in the 15-16 year old bracket. However, coach Tony Reyes said instead, his team will be hosting another district team on July 8 for the right to advance to the sectionals.
“We had been told we were the district champions, but when we went to Fort Stockton (on Monday), we were told Stanton was also in it,” he said. The teams will play a best-of-three series at the Pecos High School baseball field, with times to be announced later.
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