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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Pecos teams open tourney facing Alpine

Pecos teams will be taking on Alpine in the three summer baseball tournaments beginnig later this week, with two of the three teams looking to defend District 37 championships from a year ago.

Pecos 9-10 year olds will open defense of last year’s district title with a 6 p.m. game this Friday in Fort Stockton against Alpine, with the winner moving on to play host Fort Stockton in a 6 p.m. game on Saturday. Pecos and Alpine were given the extra game to play in the five-team tournament, while Monahans and Kermit play on Friday night in the other first round game, then get Saturday off before taking on the survivor between Pecos, Alpine and Fort Stockton on Sunday, also at 6 p.m.

The loser of the Pecos-Alpine game will be off on Saturday, and face the Monahans-Kermit loser on Sunday, at 8 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament. The 11-12 year old bracket will be held in Monahans, and again Pecos and Alpine will play for the right to face t he host team the following night. The opening game is a 6 p.m. start on Saturday, while the winner will play Monahans at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Kermit faces Fort Stockton in the other Saturday game, and the winner there will face the winner of the Monahans versus Alpine or Pecos game, on Monday at 6 p.m. The Pecos-Alpine loser takes on the loser between Kermit and Fort Stockton on Sunday night at 8 p.m.

The Junior League bracket only has four team, and will start play in Alpine on Saturday. Pecos faces the host team in a 7 p.m. start, following Monahans’ game against Fort Stockton, set for 3 p.m. The winners play a semifinal game at 3 p.m. on Sunday, while the losers play in an elimination game on Sunday at 7 p.m. Pecos only has three All-Star teams this season, after fielding five teams last year in the District 37 Tournament. Pecos did not field a team in the 11-year-old Little League tournament or in the 15-16 year-old Senior League Tournament this summer.

Martinez captures top fight of San Angelo tourney

Friday the 13th was anything but unlucky for former Pecos Eagle golfer Shelly Martinez, as she placed first that day in the Championship Flight of the 2008 Women’s West Texas Golf Association Annual Championship at Bentwood Country Club in San Angelo.

Martinez defeated Sweetwater's Kelly Rainbolt 2 and 1 to win the Championship Flight, the highest of the seven flights in the five-day tournament.

“Monday we had a qualifying round to see what flight we would be put into to play on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday,” she said, adding that the tournament was open to women 18 and older, and that she defeated Letta Collins of Midland-Greetree, Sally Espy of Alpine and another golfer from Amarillo in the first three days of match play.

Martinez placed third individually at state for Pecos her junior and senior years and helped the Eagles as a team finish second in the Class 3A finals as a freshman and fourth as a senior in 2006. She has been playing the past two years at the University of Texas-San Antonio, and was the No. 1 golfer this past season on the UTSA women’s team, which finished fourth in the Southland Conference standings. Martinez also earned honorable mention on the All-SLC team for the 2007-08 season.

“This was the first year I’ve entered and I was very grateful to enter, because it was a late entry, so to win, it was just a moment,” she said of the San Angelo tournament. “I knew some of the others entered there, and next year hopefully there will be more college players, because a lot of the ladies are getting older, and we need a new generation to start playing in the tournament.”

Martinez said she had three Top 10 finishes in tournaments this season for UTSA, playing as No. 1 golfer for the Roadrunners. “It took about a year to get there because college golf is so different. You have to learn course management, and the courses are so much longer so it took a year for me to adjust.”

Monahans’ Allison Jordan, who will be a senior this coming season, and Kayla McBride from Sonora are the other area golfers on the USTA squad. “We’re really the only three girls from West Texas in the conference, and we’re all on the same team, so that’s pretty lucky,” Martinez said.

She added that while UTSA will have a new coach next season, “We’re ultimately looking at winning the conference. This will be our strongest team, because we’ve got four of our top five golfers coming back, so we should have our strongest season.”

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