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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Rec dept. takes applications for pee-wee grid league’s coaches

The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department is taking applications for pee-wee football coaches for the upcoming 2008 season.

Anyone interested in coaching pee-wee football this fall must fill out an application form. The forms are available at the RCCRD office in the old West Pecos Gym during regular business hours.

For further information, either stop by the recreation department’s office or call 447-9776.

Pecos All-Stars win game

Pecos’ Senior League All-Stars rallied from behind in their tournament opener on Friday, saw a close game get away from them in their second game on Saturday, and survived the heat and humidity on Sunday to advance to the finals of the West Texas State Tournament Monday evening in Waco.

Pecos rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the late innings of their opener to defeat San Antonio Northwest, 4-3, then saw Laredo Del Mar score seven times in the fifth inning on Saturday, turning a 3-1 lead into a 10-1 advantage, on the way to a six-inning, 11-1 victory.

That dropped Pecos into an elimination game against Abilene North on Sunday, and pitcher J.R. Lujan survived some heat related problems to match pitcher Adam Benavides through six innings, before a big defensive play by Pecos got them out of a jam in the top of the seventh, and a bad one by Abilene in the bottom of the inning allowed the Senior Leaguers to score an unearned run for a 3-2 win and a rematch Monday against Laredo.

Pecos and Del Mar were scheduled to play at 5 p.m. at Reicher Field at the State Little League Complex. To advance to the Southwestern Regional Tournament in Blytheville, Ark., Pecos will have to win the 5 p.m. game and then beat Lubbock in a deciding game, which would start about 8 p.m. on Monday.

Third baseman James Garcia turned a double play on the first pitch from reliever Tony Reyes to Abilene’s James Simmons, after Lujan had walked Pete DelaGarza and allowed a single to Ryan Martinez to open the seventh inning. Reyes then hit Ricardo Rivera, but he was forced at second on a Santos Esconbedo grounder to end the inning.

Rivera, who had relieved Benavides in the sixth inning, then walked Lucas Chavez and Timo Reyes around a fly out by Osber Saenz. That brought Esconbedo to pitch and brought up Lujan, who hit a potential double play grounder to Martinez at shortstop. But his throw to second was slightly wide and was barehanded by Anthony Carriola, who was able to force Reyes, but tried to throw in the same motion and bounced the ball past Rivera, now at first base, allowing Chavez to score the game-winning run.

“The defense played awesome. They came back and played today,” said manager Tony Reyes Sr., after key mistakes by Pecos on Saturday allowed Laredo to turn a two-run lead into a nine-run advantage.

Pecos had just one error on Saturday, while making several good defensive plays to keep Abilene off the scoreboard. DelaGarza was thrown out trying to score in the top of the first on a Simmons single, after walking to open the game. Lujan then picked Simmons off second base.

Pecos would then take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Simmons errors, as the Abilene catcher threw the ball past Rivera at third base as Saenz moved up on a passed ball, following a one-out double. They made it 2-0 in the second on walks to Jonathan Dominguez and Saul Baez, around a single by Isaiah Vela. Benavides then went to a 3-0 count on Garcia, who was given the green light to swing and grounded out to second, scoring Dominguez.

But Abilene used a two-out rally in the third to tie the game, as Lujan loaded the bases on singles by Martinez and Simmons and a walk to Rivera before Esconbedo singled off Timo Reyes’ glove at shortstop into left field, scoring Martinez and Simmons.

Pecos couldn’t take advantage of a one-out double in the bottom of the inning by Lujan, who had trouble after the run at the outset of the fourth inning. He walked Andrew Sanchez on four pitches, but was given time by the umpires to go into the dugout and dehydrate due to the heat and humidity, which had forced one of the umpires off the field an inning earlier due to the sweltering conditions.

“I thought the heat was going to get to him, but he was able to come back out and keep it up,” said Tony Reyes Sr. “When we finally took him out (at pitcher) he said ‘I want to catch. Let me catch,’ but we weren’t going to let him do that, because he needs to get a little rest.”

Lujan recovered after his trip to the dugout to retire the next three batters, and allowed single runners in the fifth and sixth before running into trouble in the seventh. Meanwhile, Benavides survived a single, walk and error in the fifth inning, and Rivera got out of a two-on, one-out jam in the seventh when pinch runner Garrick Martinez was thrown out trying for third on a fly out to left by Garcia.

Pecos also won their tournament opener against San Antonio Northwest in their final at-bat, when Timo Reyes homered with one out in the seventh off relief pitcher Rene Espinoza, who came on in the top of the inning after starter Taylor Gorsky reached his 95-pitch limit, under the new Senior League rules this season. Tony Reyes, who picked up Sunday’s win, also got the victory on Friday, in relief of Timo Reyes, who went 5 2/3 innings.

San Antonio had taken a 1-0 lead in the second on a walk to Mark Gomez, who then stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Brett Thacker’s infield single. In the third, an infield hit by Steve Campbell, a stolen base and a balk set up Tyler Ritchie’s two-out single that made it 2-0.

Pecos finally scored in the fifth after a Dominguez single, when he went from first to third on a Timo Reyes ground out and scored when the throw from first by Victor Laponte got past Campbell. They then tied the game in the top of the sixth when Chavez reached on an infield hit off Gorsky, new pitcher Gomez then hit Vela, and Chavez scored when Ritchie’s pickoff attempt from catcher got past Laponte.

That moved Vela to third, where he scored on a James Garcia single. But Gomez then tripled to open the bottom of the sixth and scored on a wild pitch by Timo Reyes to tie the game at 3-3.

Against Laredo Del Mar, Pecos was able to rally once from a 1-0 deficit, and got out of trouble in the top of the first on a triple play, after a triple by Luis Pallorena and an infield hit by Javier Perez off Vela made it 1-0. Richard Ortiz was then hit by a pitch, but both runners were doubled off base on a hit-and-run, when Chavez was able to haul in Jorge Guarneros’ fly to deep left field.

Lujan scored what turned out to be Pecos’ lone run in the second, leading off with a single, moving up on a Tony Reyes sacrifice and a fielder’s choice grounder by Matthew Rodriguez, then scoring when Vela’s pop up was dropped for an error.

But Laredo answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, as Jesus Ortiz doubled and Roberto Lopez singled and scored on a base hit by Ivier Lara and a sacrifice fly by Pallorena, who shut out Pecos the rest of the way.

Laredo took advantage of two errors and seven walks by Pecos in the fifth inning to score their seven runs on only one hit. Vela and Chavez, who came on in relief, were unable to find the strike zone, and Pecos failed to get outs twice on double play balls, allowing Del Mar to break open the game. They would add another run in the bottom of the sixth to end the game under the 10-run rule.

Tony Reyes Sr. said Pecos would come back with Timo Reyes in Monday’s 5 p.m. game against Laredo.

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