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Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Two Pecos All-Star teams out of play, one heading for Sectionals
By STEPHANIE HERRERA
It was a great weekend for the 9-10-year-old Pecos All-Stars as they defeated Kermit Friday night,14-0, for the District Championship.
Pecos started early, scoring two runs in the second inning, and two in the fourth, before a 10-run fifth inning sealed the deal, ending the game under the 10-run rule. Kermit pitchers struggled to find the strike zone in the fifth inning, and patience at the plate was key for the Pecos kids. As eager as Pecos hitters were with bases loaded, waiting for the right pitch paid off.
“I have to sometimes keep them disciplined not to swing at bad pitches, and to their credit they waited it out,” Coach Frankie Ramos said. “With bases loaded, a walk was as good as a hit.”
The 11-12-year-olds had a long road to the championship game on Saturday night. The first step was a battle to the bitter end that resulted in a 11-10 win over Ft. Stockton on Thursday.
The win led to a game against Monahans on Friday night that ended in a Pecos victory4-3. The win over Monahans led to game two on Saturday night.
Saturday was the third meeting of the two teams within the week, and Monahans proved to be the tougher team defeating Pecos 7-1 and eliminating them from further play.
The 13-14-year-old Junior League tournament was moved over to the Pecos High School baseball field after the fields in Kermit were determined to be too damp to continue play.
It was a battle between Pecos and Monahans Thursday afternoon. After 11 innings of play, Pecos came out on top, 10-8, advancing them to the championship on Saturday afternoon, and knocking Monahans into the loser’s bracket.
Monahans then played their way through the loser’s bracket to challenge Pecos once again. After playing 10 innings in what seemed to be a replay of Thursday’s game, Pecos errors put Monahans on top 9-8.
The Monahans win led to a second two, which was played an hour later.
Similar to the 11-12-year-old tournament, this was the third time in the week for Pecos and Monahans to play each other.
In game two, Monahans came out scoring eight runs in the first and second innings. Pecos shut them out the rest of the way, but came up short in runs, scoring only six runs throughout the game. Monahans proved to be the better team again, winning 8-6.
“Monahans had the momentum going into the second game,” Coach Israel Campos said. “We had a lot of errors, but there are no excuses, we should have had the game.”
-10-year-olds Coach Ramos and Coach Arturo Quintana are excited about what their team is capable of going into sectionals.
“We have a real good chance,” Coach Quintana said. “If they hit like they have been hitting, and execute like they have been executing, we have a real good chance of going to state.”
The 9-10-year-olds head to Lubbock, Texas this weekend, and will be playing Thursday night at 8 p.m., at the Lubbock Southwest Complex. Two games will be played before Pecos can find out who their opponent will be.
Lubbock Western, the runners-up in Williamsport last year in the 11-12 year old division, will be playing Lubbock Cooper, and the winner will play the winner of District 38, which consists of small towns east of Lubbock. Pecos will then play the winner of the two on Thursday.
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