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Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Dates changed for volleyball summer clinic

A high school volleyball clinic being put on by the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD has been moved back two weeks, while about three dozen girls participated last week in a junior high volleyball clinic at the Pecos High School gym.

Summer volleyball instructor Debbie Garcia said the high school clinic has been rescheduled from next week to July 25-27 at the PHS gym. “Coach (Rick) Garcia said he had a conflict, so we moved it,” Dennie Garcia said. Rick Garcia, head coach for Sul Ross State University, will be the instructor for the clinic, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the PHS gym.

The Eagles’ coach said about 33 girls have signed for that, while about 34 or 35 seventh and eighth graders participate in the five-day clinic last week.Garcia ran that clinic, and is supervising the program during the summer while the school looks for a new volleyball coach. Garcia was a last-minute selection a year ago, after Pecos was unable to hire a coach before the start of pre-season workouts, but will be the head basketball coach for the girls this season, replacing Lisa Lowery. She said P-B-T ISD athletic director Chris Henson had conducted interviews last week, and was hoping to have a selection to bring to the P-B-T school board before their July 13 meeting.

Pecos LLers win at home, fall on road

Staff Writer

The home fields have been a definite advantage through the first weekend of the District 37 Little League Tournaments for Pecos’ All-Star teams.

Playing in Fort Stockton, Pecos’ 9-10 and 10-11 teams both were eliminated by the host team over the weekend in the double elimination tournament, while in Pecos, the 11-12 year old All-Stars came up with one shutout and came within an out of a second, as they defeated Greenwood and Monahans in their opening games at Chano Prieto Field.

Brandon Garnto struck out all 12 batters he faced while pitching a perfect game in a four-inning, 11-0 win by Pecos over Greenwood on Friday. Two nights later, Ruben Salgado tossed a four hitter to go along with a fifth inning solo home run, as the Little Leaguers won their quarterfinal game over Monahans by a 5-1 final score.

“I like the way they’re hitting the ball,” said manager Rene Rayos. “As long as we’re hitting the ball, we’re doing good.”

Pecos will now face Fort Stockton in the semifinals, beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The winner will advance to Wednesday’s title game in the double-elimination tournament, with a deciding game, if needed on Thursday night.

Annalee Rodriguez had home runs in both of Pecos’ wins, while Devante Jenkins scored two the Little Leaguers’ first three runs in their win over Monahans. Jenkins singled with one out in the first off Hesten Wood, went to second when the ball got past leftfielder Blake Heflin and scored when second baseman Micah Ramsey couldn’t come up with Rodriguez’ hard ground ball. In the third, Mark Quintana singled with one away, Jenkins walked, and after Wood got Rodriguez to pop out, Salgado singled to score Quintana for a 2-0 lead.

Wood then threw high to second base trying to get courtesy runner Israel Espudo on a delayed steal, which allowed Jenkins to score n the third run of the game. Bryan Scharf came on to pitch for Monahans in the fourth inning, and after surviving a pair of walks there, surrendered back-to-back homers to Rodriguez and Salgado in the fifth inning to close out Pecos’ scoring.

Monahans failed to take advantage of a Pecos mistake in the first inning, when Josh Hernandez and Jenkins collided on Ricky Robledo’s fly ball to center field with two away. He would get to third base on a wild pitch, but Salgado then struck out Kyle Brandenberg to end the threat.

Alex Burnell would collect Monahans’ first hit off Salgado in the third inning, singling with two away, while David Cahill would reach in the fourth inning on an infield single, but both times, Salgado would strand them at first base before finally giving up a run with two away in the seventh.

After picking up his 13th and 14th strikeouts on the night, Salgado gave up a single to Robledo and then was unable to get to an infield hit by Brandenberg. He threw past Geronimo Ornelas at first base on the play, and even though Rodriguez was able to back up the play and get the ball, Robledo was able to score from second, after moving there on a wild pitch. But Salgado then ended the game, retiring Cahill on a comebacker to the mound. “Defensively we haven’t been tested. That’s what we’re waiting for,” said Rayos. “But as long as the pitching and hitting is good, I’ll take it.”

Fort Stockton used a two-out, two run homer in the top of the sixth by Alex Martinez to defeat Big Bend (Alpine) in Sunday’s early game by a 3-2 final score. The loser of Tuesday’s Pecos-Fort Stockton game will play Wednesday’s early game, against the winner of Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. elimination game. Monahans faced Coahoma and Stanton took on Big Bend on Monday for the right to advance to Tuesday’s early game.

“Fort Stockton’s got a good pitcher, but I think we’re going to put the ball in play,” said Rayos, who was a coach on last year’s 11-12 year old team that advanced to sectional play in Lubbock.

Down in Fort Stockton, Pecos’ 9-10 year olds opened tournament play with a win over Fort Stockton on Thursday, then lost to Kermit and defeated Greenwood on Friday and Saturday, before being eliminated on Sunday night by Fort Stockton, 9-0. The 10-11 year olds ended up losing both their games to Fort Stockton, by 5-4 in the opening game, and then by a 13-11 score on Saturday, after the host team lost to Monahans, the only other team in that division of the tournament.

Coach Pablo Briones said the 10-11 squad fought back from a big early deficit, only to see Fort Stockton score late to win. “We came back on walks and hits and tied it at 10-all, but then things got carried away,” he said.

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