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Monday, July 8, 2002

Rains halt Little Leaguers' tourney

Heavy rains may or may not have been a good thing for the Pecos Little League All-Stars on Sunday in Wall.

The thunderstorms, which hit all across West Texas over the weekend, struck the San Angelo area in the third inning of Sunday's game between the 11-12 year old Little Leaguers and San Angelo Northern. The downpour struck with Pecos at-bat, having scored one run and with a man on second and none out in the top of the third against pitcher Kenneth Ussery.

But while the showers may have halted a Pecos rally, they also came after Northern had grabbed a big early lead, scoring twice in the first inning and four times with two outs in the second to grab a 6-0 lead.

The game, a second round contest in the District 4 area tournament will be continued later this week, prior to the tournament's semifinals and finals, which are scheduled to start this coming Friday in San Angelo.

Northern used three straight hits on three straight pitches by Vincent Palomino with two outs in the second inning to score four times, after jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first. Hunter Holdrige singled on a two-strike pitch after Fred West had reached base, and Chris Rivas singled on the next pitch to score West, who was able to just beat the throw from centerfield to make it 3-0.

Ussery then took Palimino's next pitch over the fence for a three-run home to double Northern's lead. Pecos' run in the third came when Timo Reyes reached on an infield hit and moved up on a throwing error by third baseman Brian Matalongo, and scored on Chris Sotelo's double to centerfield.

Sunday's game already had been delayed two hours due to overnight rains, and the loser of the game would have faced another game Sunday afternoon in order to advance to the semifinals of the loser's bracket of the double-elimination tournament later this week. That game will also have to be made up, either on Thursday or Friday.

The rains held off long enough on Saturday for Pecos to get in their opening round game, and they made quick work of Ballinger, scoring eight runs in the first two innings and eight more in the third for a 16-1 win.

Gerald Saenz got 11 of the 12 outs he needed in the game by strikeout, allowing only one run in the third inning. Lucas Chavez had a triple and scored three times in the game, while Palomino, Jose Chavez, Saenz and Juan Garza all scored twice in the game.

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