Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, July 12, 2002
Little Leaguers resume District 4 Tournament
The Pecos 11-12 Little League All-Stars will be hoping for better results
after a five-day break from tournament play today, when the team resumes
their rain-delayed game against San Angelo Northern at 5 p.m. this afternoon
Pecos, which won its tournament opener over Ballinger last Saturday by
a 16-1 score, fell behind Northern 6-0 after two innings last Sunday, with
Northern scoring four unearned runs with two outs in the second inning. Pecos
then came back and scored their first run with their first two batters in
the top of the third before heavy thunderstorms hit the San Angelo area,
forcing the delay.
When play resumes Chris Sotelo will be on second base with none out. Sotelo
doubled off pitcher Kenneth Ussery following a leadoff infield single by
Timo Reyes and throwing error by third baseman Brian Matalongo, one of several
replacement players who entered the game for Northern after they grabbed
their 6-0 lead.
Ussery, whose three-run homer in the bottom of the second off Vincent
Palomino was the big hit of the game up until that point, figures to continue
pitching on the mound when play resumes today.
The loser of today's game will have to play again at 8 p.m. tonight in
an elimination game in the rain-delayed tournament, then would have to win
four more games over the next two days in order to advance to the sectional
tournament, which for the first time this year will lead into a West Texas
The West Texas regional winner will then automatically qualify for the
newly-created Southwestern Regional Tournament, which replaces the State
Little League Tournament in Waco. The winner there will advance to the Little
League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.; under the old set-up, the state
Little League champ would advance to the Southern Regionals in Florida for
the right to reach the Little League World Series.
Meanwhile, four Pecos players will be part of a 13-and-under team competing
next week at the American Amateur Youth Baseball Alliance World Series in
St. Louis, Mo. Jonathan Levario, John Paul Salcido, Chris Garnto and Isaiah
Rayos will be part of the West Texas team competing in the tournament. Two
other teams entered are from Texas, while other squads in the 32-team field
are from Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia,
Maryland, New York and New Hampshire.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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