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Friday, July 27, 2007

Rec dept. seeking coaches For pee-wee football

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 SLers shut down by Laredo in state finals

The Pecos Senior League All-Stars weren’t able to change their luck against Laredo Del Mar’s 15-16 year old all-stars Monday evening, and weren’t able to force a deciding game in the West Texas State Little League Tournament, as Del Mar completed an undefeated run through the double-elimination tournament with a 10-0 win.

Laredo, which had pulled away from Pecos in the late innings on Saturday for an 11-1 victory, did the same thing in Monday’s game, scoring three times in the sixth and four times in the seventh to break open a close game.

“We left our sticks at home. We were just getting up there and weren’t hitting,” said manager Tony Reyes Sr., as Pecos was shut out by Del Mar pitcher Jorge Guarneos, who survived a first inning jam and held Pecos to only five hits while striking out 12 batters in six plus innings of work.

Pecos, which rallied in the late innings to defeat San Antonio Northwest and Abilene North to advance to the finals, came closest to scoring with one out in the first inning, when Timo Reyes doubled off the fence in left field. That came after leadoff batter Lucas Chavez was hit by a pitch, but Guarneos then got J.R. Lujan to pop out to first base, and struck out Tony Reyes to get out of the inning.

Timo Reyes had survived allowing two runners on with one out in the top of the first, getting Guarneos to foul out to third and striking out Jesus Ortiz, but had problems with the bottom of the Del Mar lineup during the game. Robert Lopez opened the second with a double and then scored the game’s first run on a single to center by Marcos Garcia.

It was the first of three RBI singles for Garcia, who made it 2-0 in the fourth with a two-out single to left-center field that also scored Lopez, who walked and stole second with one away. One inning later, Del Mar upped their lead to 3-0 when Javier Perez walked and Richard Ortiz doubled with one out, and Perez scored on a Guarneos fielder’s choice grounder to shortstop, with Lujan throwing out Ortiz at third base.The fifth inning on Saturday was when Laredo broke things open, scoring seven times on just one hit in that frame. Reyes made it through the fifth this time with the Eagles still within striking distance, but was nearing his pitch count limit as the sixth began and ran into trouble right away.

He hit Lujan, and then balked him into scoring position for Garcia, who again singled to left-center field to up the lead to 4-0. Then with two outs, Reyes saw Luis Pollorena line a two out shot just over the glove of Lujan at shortstop that rolled to the fence for a triple, making it 5-0.

Tony Reyes came on to pitch after that and was greeted by a first pitch double by Perez, making it 6-0. Reyes would retire Richard Ortiz to end the inning, before giving way to pitchers Sal Baez and Osber Saenz in the seventh inning.

“In the sixth, the kids came up to me and said ‘I want to pitch’. That’s why we changed pitchers at the end, because they wanted to come up here and see what it was like to pitch,” Tony Reyes Sr. said.Saenz moved from catcher to shortstop when Baez came on to pitch and made two good plays on infield bouncers to open the inning, throwing out Guarneos and Jesus Ortiz. But Baez then walked the bases loaded, before Saenz couldn’t come up with an Adrian Pena grounder to shortstop, for a two-run error. Saenz then came in to pitch, but balked a run in before Pollorena collected his second straight triple to close out the scoring.

Aside from Timo Reyes’ first inning double, Pecos had a couple of other scoring chances against Guarneos. Chavez singled with one out and Timo Reyes walked with two away in the third, but Lujan then struck out to end the inning. That was the first of eight straight batters retired by the Laredo pitcher, until Reyes singled with two outs in the sixth. Tony Reyes then opened the seventh with a single, and Guarneos was replaced on the mound by Lopez due to the 95-pitch limit. He fanned Travis Gomez, gave up a single to Matthew Rodriguez, but then retired Baez and James Garcia to end the game.

“They’re a solid team. You can’t say anything about that,” Tony Reyes Sr. said of Laredo, which unlike Pecos, was made up of players from the Del Mar Senior League and from three other leagues, United, Alexander and Northwest, in the Laredo area. With their win, Del Mar advanced to the Southwestern Senior League Tournament in Blytheville, Ark., with the winner there moving on to the Senior League World Series in Bangor, Me.

“I guess we were a little nervous and were having trouble with our bats, but they’re still happy about going to the finals, and that’s a good thing, because we haven’t gotten here for a long time,” Reyes said.

MondayLar. Del Mar 0 1 0 1 1 3 4 --10 10 0Pecos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 5 4Guarneos, Lopez (7) and Lara. Ti. Reyes, To. Reyes (6), Baez (7), Saenz (7) and Saenz, Rodriguez (7). W - Guarneos. L - Ti. Reyes.E - Pecos 4 (To. Reyes, Chavez, Gomez, Saenz). LOB - Laredo 7, Pecos 6. 2B - Laredo, Lopez, R. Ortiz, Perez. Pecos, Ti. Reyes. 3B - Laredo, Pollorena 2. SB - Laredo, R. Ortiz, Lopez. Pecos, Chavez. CS - Laredo, Pena (by Saenz).Balk - Pecos, Ti Reyes, Baez, Saenz. HBP - Laredo, Lopez (by Ti. Reyes). Pecos, Chavez (by Guarneos). WP - Pecos, Baez 2. PB - Laredo, Lara. Pecos, Saenz. T - 2:10.

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