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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

All Stars post one win in Lubbock Sectional tournament

It was a good run but heavy hitting teams from Lubbock and El Paso knocked the Pecos 9-10 Year Old All Stars out of contention over the weekend during Sectional play. The youngsters finished the all-star season 4-0 in District and 1-2 at Sectionals.

Thursday night the team drew top-seeded Lubbock Western for an opponent.

“Lubbock Western is a very strong team,” Coach Arturo Quintana said.

Lubbock’s bats were hot and totaled four runs in the first inning.

“We played good defense. All their runs came on hits, not errors. But they can really hit,” Quintana said.

Quintana said that some of the Lubbock players were from last year’s Lubbock team that traveled to the Little League World Series.

“John Michael (Rodriguez) started at pitcher against Lubbock and he did a good job but they are a hitting team,”

Quintana said. “Later we brought in Jason Martinez and he pitched well too, but we could not hit them.”

The game was called after the fourth inning when the 10-run rule comes into effect with the score 10-0.

The All Stars drew Borger for their second game, played on Friday night.

“We came out strong and hitting the ball,” Quintana said. “It was close at first. We scored 2 runs in the first inning but Borger came back and scored three runs in the second inning to take the lead.”

But that was all Borger could manage against the pitching combination of Joe Angel Villegas and Jason Martinez.

After scattering a few runs through two more innings the All Stars knocked Borger out with a sleet of runs in the fifth inning 13-3.

And then there was El Paso Frank Manning Saturday night.

After the first inning the Pecos kids made a game of it, but not until El Paso has shelled Pecos with 10 runs, most of them unearned.

To compound the problem the Pecos bats were silent until the fourth inning and then it was a case of too little, too late against a team that would go on to vie for the Sectional championship on Monday.

“It was a good run,” Quintana said. “If you look at the teams we played, we were competitive. Lubbock Western beat Idalou 23-3 and Odessa Sherwood 16-1.”

Quintana said it looked like the Lubbock team would face the El Paso team for the championship crown.

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