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Thursday, July 1, 1999

SLers game in Big Lake starts  District play

PECOS, July 1, 1999 -- If you want to see Pecos' youth baseball teams in tournament play this year, a good car with a full gas tank may be a necessity.

Pecos' Little League All-Stars will get a home game in at 6 p.m. on Friday, against the winner of tonight's Sonora-Ballinger game, but barring a lot of upsets, the four local teams will be seeing more of Crane and Big Lake than the will of their home fields, starting with tonight's Senior League matchup against the San Angelo Western All-Stars.

Pecos and Western will meet in Big Lake at 6 p.m., in what in the past would have been a San Angelo home game. But in order to cut the 210-mile trip between the two towns by a third, District 4 officials decided all Pecos-San Angelo games will be neutral site affairs, with Pecos' designated home games set for Crane, a 75-mile trip. Big Lake is about 70 miles from San Angelo.

The Little Leaguers will face a trip to Crane next Monday, if they win their Friday game and San Angelo Western's 11-12 year old team beats North Concho, meanwhile, the 9-10 year old All-Stars already know they'll be in Crane on Saturday to host the winner of Friday's San Angelo Northern-San Angelo Southern matchup.

The Senior League also could be in Crane on Saturday, if they can come up with a victory in Big Lake tonight. With the age limit changing from 14-15 year olds to 15-16 this year, both teams will have most of the players who faced each other last season, when Western dropped an early round game in Pecos, then came back to win twice here and take the District 4 title.

The winner will host the winner of today's Ballinger-San Angelo Northern game. For Pecos, it would mean a trip to Crane if they an Northern win, while the two losers will come back and play at 6 p.m. on Friday.

That game would be a road contest for Pecos, either in Ballinger or Big Lake, but coach Danny Reyes said, "We're not even worried about that, because we're going over there Thursday and winning."

Sunday church service held for all-stars

PECOS, July 1, 1999 -- Pecos' All-Star baseball players were told Sunday night that their attitude, more than anything else, is what makes them either a winner or a loser.

The occasion was a special prayer service held at and hosted by Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida (New Life Baptist Church), 301 W. Third St., to recognize the team members, their managers and coaches. Parents, other relatives and friends supported the All-Stars with their presence.

The Little League All Stars are comprised of two teams: the 9-10 year olds, and the 11-12 year olds. The Junior League All-Star team is made up of 13-14 year olds, and the Senior League of 15-16 year olds.

Kiara Reyna Gutierrez, 1998 Little Miss Cantaloupe, opened up the program by singing "The Star Spangled Banner." The scripture reading and opening prayer were given by Alma Garcia and Nova Herrera, both parents of All-Star players.

Rev. Paul Garcia gave the welcome and shared "special words" with the boys. Other speakers included Kevin Kimmel, Lazaro Diaz, and Johnny Terrazas. James Herrera led the assembly in singing "The Joy of the Lord is My Strength" and "God is So Good." As a special solo, Herrera sang, "How Great Thou Art" in Spanish.

All four teams, managers and coaches were named. However, only boys from two teams attended the service the 10-11 year olds and the 15-16 years olds. Coach Pete Garcia of the older Little League team was recognized. Herrera recognized the parents and thanked them for their continued support through the years.

Speaking especially to the younger boys, Kimmel said that trophies and other awards are later stored up and people will usually forget them.

However, how they acted on the field their attitude and character is probably what will always be remembered. He advised the boys to always have a good attitude whatever the circumstance.

Kimmel said the prayer of blessing for the Little League All-Stars and their coaches.

Diaz spoke mainly to the older boys and challenged them to ask themselves: Where will I be five years from now? Ten years? He told them to make their parents and their town proud, and also advised them about the importance of a good attitude. Rev. Garcia reminded them that how you play the game is most important. All three men read a portion of scripture and advised them to put the Lord first in their lives.

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