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Wednesday, July 11,  2001

Pecos select team members to play in Kansas tourney

Four Pecos players are among 11 members of a 12-yearold baseball team that will be participating in a national tournament later this month in Hutchison, Kan.

Isaiah Rayos, Robert Nunez, Cody Hernandez and John Paul Salcido are the local members of the West Texas Diablos, who are participating in the USSSA Select Team competition this summer. Coach John Salcido said the team has a 21-9 record this summer, and was ranked first among Texas teams in the USSSA state poll.

"We're currently ranked first in the state of Texas and ninth in the nation out of 1,196 teams," Salcido said. "We were ranked sixth, but we dropped a little after last week."

The team placed second in the Texas Western Zone competition the weekend on June 30-July 1 in El Paso, going 4-1 over the weekend with their loss coming by a 5-4 decision to the El Paso Indians in the tournament's title game. Salcido said earlier the team placed fifth of 30 teams in the Texas Eastern Zone Tournament.

Aside from the teams from El Paso, Salcido said the Diablos have played teams from Andrews, Plano, Lubbock, Midland, Fort Worth and Albuquerque and Hobbs, N.M. so far during their summer season.

Rayos and Nunez are two of the team's pitchers, while aside from Hernandez and Salcido, the rest of the team is made up of players from Odessa. That group includes pitchers Aaron Medanich, who is the grandson of former Pecos resident Joe Bob Kelton, Omar Olivas and Steven Acosta. The other players on the team are Tito Gabaldon, Justin Morales, Joey Acosta and Michael Caballero, with Salcido, Benny Hernandez and Jesse Rayos as coaches.

Salcido said the Hutchison, Kan. tournament will start on July 21, and is scheduled to run through July 29.

Saturday starting times set for Pecos LL, Junior teams

Times have been set for this weekend's District 4 Tournament games for the Pecos Little League and Junior League All-Star teams.

The Little Leaguers will need four wins over the weekend to take their 11-12 year division title. They'll start play at 5 p.m. on Saturday in Ballinger against San Angelo Lake View in the loser's bracket of the double-elimination tournament. If they win that, they'll come back and play at 8 p.m. on Saturday against the loser of the San Angelo Western-San Angelo Northern contest earlier in the day, and the winner of that will meet the winner of the Northern-Western game at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Pecos would have to win that game to force a deciding game Sunday night for the District 4 title, which would be held at 8 p.m.

The Little Leaguers fell into the loser-bracket with an 11-3 tournament opening loss to Western this past Saturday, then beat Wall, 11-0, and San Angelo Southern, 8-2 on Sunday to stay alive.

The Junior Leaguers have a chance to get the 13-14 year old tournament after 4-1 and 17-7 wins over Lake View and North Concho last weekend. They'll play a 2 p.m. game on Saturday against San Angelo Northern, and the winner will advance to Sunday afternoon's championship game, while the loser has to play again at 8 p.m. Saturday in an elimination round contest, and would then have to win twice on Sunday to take the District 4 title.

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