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Thursday, July 20, 2000

LLers take on Midland after routing Levelland

After going to a place they weren't told they were going to go, the Pecos Little League All-Stars played a team they weren't told they were going to play Wednesday night, in the Region I 11-12 year old sectional tournament.

But all that switching around didn't seem to bother Pecos, particularly Isaiah Rayos, who had a single, double and grand slam home run in an eight RBI night, as the Little Leaguers downed Levelland by a 13-1 score.

Pecos will now face the team they expected to face in the tournament semifinals, when they face Midland Northern in a 5:30 p.m. game. The winner will advance to Saturday's tournament championship, while the loser will face the winner between Levelland and Dumas, 9-1 losers to Midland Northern, in an elimination game at 7 p.m. Friday. Levelland and Dumas will play tonight following the Pecos-Midland game.

The Little Leaguers were originally told their sectional tournament would be in Lubbock, and didn't find out until this past Saturday the sectional instead would be in Shamrock, an additional 200-mile drive northeast. They then were told Post would be the District 2 representative at sectionals, but instead wound up facing Levelland, which took a brief 1-0 lead in the second inning of Wednesday game.

But that unearned run would be the only one pitcher Eddie Vela would give up, as he won for the third time in as many starts in tournament play. Vela allowed only one hit, a third inning bunt single by R.C. Garza, and struck out seven batters in four innings, before the game ended under the 10-run rule.

Rayos ended it with his grand slam off Garza, after collecting a two-run single in the second inning, and breaking the game open in the third with a two-run double, with Cody Hernandez also scoring on the play off a Levelland error. Hernandez had reached on an RBI single, his second of the night, after tying the game with a base hit in the second inning off starter Hector Muniz.

Hernandez' two out single, after a Jonathan Garcia double and walk to Thomas Paz, tied the score and Rayos gave Pecos a 3-1 lead with his two-run single. Levelland had taken their 1-0 lead when Garcia booted Nathan Saragubia's grounder to first base, after Vela hit Jason Brown with two outs in the top of the inning.

Levelland had a chance to come back in the third, loading the bases with two out, but Vela was able to get catcher Logan Balta to pop up to second baseman Edward Valencia. Pecos then staged another two-out rally, this one helped by three walks by Muniz and Garza, who came on in relief and issued the last, to Adrian Rayos, forcing home a run.

Hernandez followed with his second RBI single, before Rayos doubled to left-centerfield to make it 8-1. Vela then struck out the side in the top of the fourth, before Pecos ended the game with five more runs in the bottom of the inning.

Rayos' homer was another two-out hit, after a Luis Licon ground out scored Chris Garnto, who was hit by a pitch before singles from Garcia and Paz loaded the bases.

Pecos improved its tournament record to 5-0 with the win and will face a Midland team today that has also blown through its tournament opponents on the way to winning the District 3 title. Midland is 6-0 so far in tournament play, including 9-2 and 13-3 wins over district runner-up Midland Mid City and victories over Midland Eastern and Andrews.

Basketball clinic next week for 8-12 grade girls at gym

A basketball clinic for girls entering grades 8 through 12 will be held on July 24 and 25 at the new Pecos High School gym, according to varsity girls basketball coach Veronica Valenzuela.

The clinic will run from 1 to 4 p.m. both days in the PHS gym, with coach Chet Sample of Sul Ross State University as the instructor. The fee for the clinic will be $5 per player, Valenzuela said.

Also scheduled next week from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the PHS gym is a volleyball clinic for incoming PHS freshmen girls, according to coach Becky Granado. Fee per player is also $5 apiece.

Clinics for seventh and eighth grade girls began on Monday, and were combined into one afternoon session when not enough seventh graders showed up the first day. The clinics continue for those girls from 1 to 4 p.m. today and Friday.

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