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Eagles’ Herrera, Palomino on TGCA All-State squad

Pecos Eagle senior pitcher Amalie Herrera was one of 14 players selected for the West squad, in the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 1A-3A All-Star game Tuesday afternoon in Austin, while Herrera and senior Jenny Palomino received All-State honors from the TGCA, according to Eagles’ head coach Tammy Walls.

Herrera was the Eagles’ main pitcher and leading hitter during the 2007 season, as Pecos ended a two-year playoff drought and advanced to the area round of the Class 3A playoffs before losing to Andrews. Palomino was second on the team in hitting this season, as rightfielder and leadoff hitter for the Eagles, who finished with a 22-10-2 record.

Both Herrera and Palomino were also first-team All-District 2-3A selections in May after the Eagles placed second to Monahans in the district standings.

District MVP Dina Ortiz also was among the 14 players chosen for the West team, while Monahans head coach David Parker was named to coach the West All-Stars in Tuesday’s game at McCombs Field at the University of Texas-Austin. Ortiz and senior pitcher Heather Schuler were also chosen to the TGCA All-State team, while last week’s release of the Texas Sportswriter’s Association’s Class 3A All-State team had Monahans junior Lana Santiago as a first team selection at third base, Ortiz as a second team pick at catcher, and junior outfielder Katlin Mitchell as a third team selection.

Senior League scheduled to start sectional play against Andrews

The Pecos Senior League All-Stars will face Andrews’ 15-16 year old All-Star squad, in the opening round of the Section 1 Tournament this week in Odessa. But the tournament will be starting three days later than planned, as only three of the six districts out of Section 1 will be participating in the tournament.

Pecos went undefeated in winning the District 37 Senior League title last week, closing things out with a 5-4 win over Monahans. Only three of the nine leagues that make up District 37 fielded teams this year, and the Odessa sectional tournament will be the same, with only Pecos, Andrews and Perryton sending teams to the tournament, which will be held at Floyd Gwin Field on West County Road.

Senior League manager Danny Reyes said Pecos and Andrews will play at 1 p.m. on Saturday in an opening round game, and will follow that immediately with a 4 p.m. game against Perryton. Andrews will also face Perryton on Saturday, and the games will determine a first round bye for seeding on Sunday.

“If you lose (on Sunday), you’re out,” said Reyes, who added he’ll go with his top pitchers in Saturday’s game, in hopes of getting No. 1 seed and the first game bye on Sunday.

The winner of the Section 1 Tournament will advance to the West Texas State Senior League Tournament, scheduled for next week in Waco.

LLers head to Lubbock after taking 11-12 title

The margin of victory was the same, but the path to get there was a lot easer for Pecos’ 11-12 year old Little League All-Stars on Thursday night, as they wrapped up the District 37 Tournament title with a 9-1 victory over Big Bend’s All Star squad.

Pecos, which had scored six times in the sixth inning after jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead two days earlier in a 10-2 win over Big Bend, scored three times in the top of the first this time, and added single runs in the second and third innings before Big Bend got on the board. Pecos then added another run in the fifth and scored three times in their final at bat to back the four-hit pitching of Brandon Garnto, and advance to the Region 1 Sectional Tournament, starting on Thursday night in Lubbock.

RBI singles by Michael Carrasco and Benito Molina and an RBI ground out by Zack Johnson got Pecos their early lead off starter Jeremy Ontiveros. The hits came after Geronimo Ornelas singled with one out and Garnto reached on an error. Ornelas would make it 4-0 in the second with an RBI triple, and ended up going 4-for-4 on the day. Pecos made it 5-0 in the third on back-to-back doubles by Carrasco and Eddie Fuentes to open the inning.

Alpine got their run in the bottom of the third when Ontiveros doubled off the glove of Alvaro Dominguez in center field and Hervey Brito’s infield hit was thrown away by third baseman Raymond Matta. Brito went all the way to third, but when rightfielder Jeffrey Trujillo’s throw home got past Johnson, Brito tried to score but was tagged out by Garnto, who covered home plate and took the throw from the Pecos catcher.

Pecos would commit two more errors in the fourth, but Garnto avoided trouble by getting three of his 14 strikeouts in the inning. Big Bend also failed to take advantage of a leadoff double by Ian Ybarra in the fifth, after Pecos had used two errors by third baseman Brandon Pratt to make it a 6-1 game.In the sixth, Ornelas picked up his second triple of the game and scored on a Garnto single. Pecos made it 8-1 when Ian Hansen misplayed Johnson’s pop up into a two-base error and he scored the final run on a wild pitch by Ybarra, who came on to relief Ontiveros in the sixth inning.

The District 37 champion drew a first round bye in the Section 1 Tournament, Vaughn Garnto said, and will open tournament play on Thursday, with a game against the winner of Wednesday’s opener featuring District 1 champion Dumas against the District 38 winner Post. Pecos will play at 6 p.m. on Thursday, with a win sending them into the tournament semifinals at 8 p.m. on Saturday, while a loss would put them in an elimination game, on Friday night at 8 p.m.

Lubbock Western, Midland Northern and El Paso Frank Manning are the other three area districts entered in the Region 1 Sectional, with the winner advancing to the West Texas State Tournament on July 22 in Waco.

Pecos 9-10 All-Stars win district, 10-11 falls short

A one-day rain delay helped out the Pecos 9-10 year old Little League All-Stars in Fort Stockton on Friday, as they started over from scratch and finished off an undefeated run in the District 37 Tournament with a 5-1 win over Monahans.

However, playing on Friday and on the adjacent field didn’t help Pecos’ 10-11 year old team, as Monahans eliminated them in the deciding game of their District 37 Tournament by a 10-0 score.

The 9-10 year olds advance to the Region 1 Sectional Tournament on Wednesday in Midland, where they’ll face host team and District 3 champion Midland Northern in their opener, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Northern Little League complex off Loop 250.

Pecos had gone through the tournament unbeaten before Thursday night, but hadn’t faced Monahans and fell behind by a 2-0 score in the top of the first inning, when rains washed out the game. So the teams started over again on Friday and this time, pitcher Gus Mendoza stranded two runners in the top of the first without any damage, while Pecos scored three times in the bottom of the inning.

“I think a lot of it had to do with the rain,” coach Arturo Quintana said. “I think they were more worried about their shoes getting muddy. Today they had a different attitude, and knew it was going to be a tough game, so they came ready today. Yesterday gave them a little wake-up call.”

Cesar Ortega had a two run single and Nathan Rodriguez an RBI hit in the first inning to score Ortega. J.J. Lerma, who singled, and Jay Hinojos, who reached on a fielder’s choice, scored on Ortega’s base hit.

While Monahans stranded a pair of runners in each of the first two innings, Pecos left the bases loaded in the first after Martinez’s RBI single, then left three on again in the second, this time without adding to their lead. They did make it 4-0 in the fourth inning before Monahans would get on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth. But a two-out rally in the bottom of the inning, capped by an RBI single by John Zuniga got that run back, and Zuniga, who relieved Mendoza in the top of the inning, then closed out the game by pitching a scoreless sixth inning to pick up the save.

“Our pitcher (Mendoza) started a little slow. They were working the count and not swinging until he had one strike on them,” Quintana said. “Some of their kids got on and he walked a few, but when he had to come through he did.”

The 10-11 year olds were playing their third game in five days against Monahans, having forced a deciding game with a 7-6 win on Wednesday. Pecos had rallied on Monday from an early 18-4 deficit to tie the game and force extra innings, before losing by a 29-20 score, but this time were shut out by pitcher Austin Arriola, as Monahans ended the game in the fourth inning under the 10-run rule.

“We just didn’t hit the ball today. We had a lot of hits in the other games to score runs, but today we just didn’t hit the ball,” said Pecos coach Joe Varela.

Pecos’ only hit was an infield single by Nicholas Franco with two outs in the third. Monahans opened the game that way off pitcher Quentin Garcia, with Sergio Armendariz eventually scoring on a two out error. Another run-scoring error and another hit by Armendariz made it 3-0 in the second, and Monahans then blew things open with a six-run third inning. The big hit was a two-run double by Jesse Porras, as centerfielder Rodrick Renteria and leftfield Zack Gomez collided while going for the ball.

Monahans’ win advanced their 10-11 year olds to the Section 1 Tournament in Dumas this week

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