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Tuesday, June 22, 1999

Little League names All-Star squad

Fourteen players have been selected for the Pecos Little League's 1999 All- Star baseball team, with the schedule for this year's District 4 tournament to be announced this coming weekend.

Players from the league's top two teams, the Yankees and Dodgers, made up over half of this year's 11-12 year old All-Star roster.

The Yankees placed Ricky Natividad, Jared Grubbs, Joshua Anchondo and Joseph Lujan on the squad, while Eddie and Carlos Vela, Thomas Paz and Jonathan Garcia are the Dodgers selected to the team.

The Braves and Bears placed two players apiece on the team, with Joseph Jaquez and Adrian Barreno representing the Braves while Franki Tapia and Edward Valencia are Barstow's players on the squad.

Gabriel Orona of the Rangers and Joe Daniel Rubio of the Cubs round out the team.

Anchondo and Jaquez are the two returning players from last year's All-Star team, while Eddie Vela, Thomas Paz, Jonathan Garcia and Edward Valencia played on the 9-10 year-old All-Star squad in 1998. Both teams won the District 4 title.

Fred Paz of the Dodgers will be the manager for the All-Star squad, with Rene Rayos and Pete Garcia serving as this year's coaches.

Paz said pairings would be decided at a meeting in San Angelo on Saturday. He added that as of now, plans are to shorten the trips by having the Little Leaguers host any San Angelo team in Crane, while San Angelo teams would host Pecos at Big Lake.

Both sites would cut drives from 210 to 140 miles for the designated visiting teams.

Rule change leaves roster for All-Stars unchanged

If the 1999 Pecos Junior League All-Star team looks a lot like the 1998 All-Star squad, that's because a rule change allowed 10 of last year's 14 team members to reclaim their spots on the roster.

For the first time this year, the Junior League All-Star team will include 13- and 14-year-old players on the roster. Previously, only 13-year-old made up the squad and as a result, most of last year's team are back this season, following selection of the team by the league's coaches last week.

Robbie Ontiveros, Matthew Levario, Tony Aguilar, Barney Rodriguez, Freddy Torres, Ruvel Carrasco, Macario Salgado, Alfredo Saldana, Patrick Fuentes and Joey Ortega, Jr., were all members of last year's team that won the District 4 title and advanced to the sectional finals before losing to Abilene.

All are back this year and are joined by two other all-stars from a year ago in Rigo Ramirez, a Little League team member, and Iziah Armendariz, who played for San Angelo Southern's All-Star team last season.

David Elkins and Hugo Rodriguez round out the 14-player All-Star squad, with Gary Garcia, Joshua Casillas and Ruben Campos serving as coaches. Tournament play is scheduled to begin next week, but the District 4 bracket won't be announced until a coaches meeting on Saturday in San Angelo.

In the past 14- and 15-year-olds competed as members of the Senior League All-Star team, but the rule change the Senior League age limits were changed to include 15- and 16-year-olds.

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