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Friday, July 13, 2001

LLers, Juniors' paths different to district title

The Pecos Little League All-Stars want to have a busy weekend. The Pecos Junior League All-Stars don't. But both will have long weekends about 210 miles to the east, as they play in the second round of their District 4 Tournaments.

Pecos' Little Leaguers will be in Ballinger for the loser's bracket semifinals, facing San Angelo Lake View in a 5 p.m. game. It's the first of what Pecos hopes will be four games this weekend, which is the number they'll need to win to take the District 4 title.

Pecos' Junior Leaguers could also end up playing for games in San Angelo this weekend, but would rather play only two, which they can do with a pair of victories in the championship bracket. They'll face San Angelo Northern in a 2 p.m. game on Saturday at San Angelo Western, with the winner advancing to Sunday afternoon's championship game, set for 5 p.m. The loser will have to come back and play again on Saturday at 8 p.m., then win twice on Sunday to take the District 4 title.

That's what the Little Leaguers will have to do to claim their title. Pecos fell into the loser's bracket of the double-elimination tournament last Saturday with an11-3 loss to San Angelo Western, before coming back to defeat Wall, 11-0, and San Angelo Southern, 8-2, on Sunday.

Coach LaVaughn Garnto said the team planned to leave for Saturday's game a day early, to avoid the problems they had a week ago. "We got there late and weren't rested. The kids were tired and that hurt us," he said.

Gerald Saenz gave up all of Pecos' runs in three innings of work last Saturday. Chris Garnto and Josh Payan each pitched a scoreless inning in relief, and then picked up complete game wins on Saturday. Pecos took advantage of walks and errors against Wall to grab an early 6-0 lead, while in the second game they scored once in the first on singles by Diana Parada and Garnto and six more times in the second, with the big hit a bases-loaded double by Vincent Palomino.

The Junior Leaguers got a strong opening game pitching effort from Josh Anchondo in a 4-1 win over Lake View, and a good relief job by Edward Valencia in relief of Eddie Vela against North Concho, as Pecos rallied from a 6-0 deficit to win by a 17-7 final score.

"We started off real slow, but once we got going, we got going," said Manager Rene Rayos, who added on Tuesday that he plans to use the same pitchers this weekend, with Anchondo scheduled to pitch Saturday's game.

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