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Monday, July 12, 1999

Pecos SL grab title, 13-2 Juniors, `B' LL in finals

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 12, 1999 -- One is in, one is out, one can get in with one win, while the other needs two after a controversial win on Saturday.

That's where Pecos' youth baseball teams stand after this weekend round of District 4 Tournament play. The Senior Leaguers claimed their division title, the Junior Leaguers advanced to the tournament finals in Big Lake tonight, the Little League `A' team was eliminated on Saturday and the Little League `B' team forced a deciding game in their double-elimination tournament against Crane, at 6 p.m. today.

The `B' team, 18-8 losers to Crane six days earlier, forced a deciding game with a 4-1 win over the same squad Sunday evening, as Isaiah Rayos tossed a two-hitter and struck out 12 batters. The winner of tonight's game will advance to the sub-sectional tournament next weekend in Midland.

The Senior Leaguer earned a spot in the sectionals starting on Saturday in Abilene. In a game played just down the street from the `B' team, Pecos scored eight times in the first inning and went on to a five-inning 13-2 win over San Angelo Southern.

Angel Villalobos got his second tournament win, going the distance, and Mason Abila had three hits, including a two-run homer in the first inning that staked Pecos to an early lead. Villalobos would walk and score what turned out to be the game-winning run, on single by Richard Rodriguez after base hits by Sebero Jaquez and Alex Garcia.

A Paul Juarez double would later score two more runs, and another two-run hit, by Capi Magana, made it 8-0.

"That was the good part," manager Danny Reyes said about getting the early lead. "I've got a Junior League (district pin) now I've got a Senior League one, and we're going to win sectionals, watch."

The Junior Leaguers will need a win tonight and on Tuesday over San Angelo Western if they're to get back to the sectionals for a second year in a row. Pecos won a pair of home games over the weekend, outscoring Crane by a 15-10 score on Friday, then rallying for a 7-5 win over Tri-County on Saturday, in a game that ended on a delayed out call next to a mud-covered home plate.

Tri-County appeared to have cut a 7-4 lead to 7-6 with two outs in the seventh off a wild pitch by Isiah Armendariz and a missed throw back past home plate and by first baseman Barney Rodriguez. Anthony Martinez scored on the wild pitch and Brian Rasberry appeared to score on the missed throw back, but an hour of light to moderate rain had turned home plate area into a mudpit, and umpire Frank Rodriguez said Rasberry slid outside of the plate and never touched it.

He was then tagged out by Armendariz, ending the game and sparking a protest by Tri-County's coaches.

"I hate to see a game end like that, but it could have been us," manager Gary Garcia said. "The way it comes out, if he doesn't hit home plate, he's out."

Armendariz relieved Rodriguez, after he allowed four runs in six innings, while collecting a double and a pair of home runs. The first gave Pecos a 1-0 lead in the third inning, but a two-out throwing error by third baseman Tony Aguilar with the bases loaded put Tri-County up, 3-1.

It was 4-2 in the sixth when a two out error by Rasberry in right field with the bases loaded turned the game around. He dropped Patrick Fuentes' fly ball, allowing all three runners to score, and Rodriguez then hit the next pitch from Jason Schniers over the 304-foot sign down the line in right for his second homer and a 7-4 lead.

Pecos will face Western, which outlasted Tri-County on Friday 8-4 in extra innings. Tri-County had beaten Pecos earlier in the week at home by a 10-5 score.

The `B' team rallied to win for the third straight game. Pecos came back from a 7-4 deficit in their last at-bat on Friday to beat San Angelo Southern, 8-7, and this time rallied after falling behind 1-0 in the fourth.

Rayos doubled and scored on Cody Hernandez' single and took the lead in the fifth on a bases loaded walk and a passed ball error, after singles by Jonathan Aguilar and Gerald Saenz and an error on an Adrian Solis grounder.

Crane's only run of Rayos was unearned, off a two-out error at shortstop following singles by Avery Rigg and Jose Garcia, the only hits Rayos would allow on the evening.

The Little League `A' team was trying to reach the finals after dropping their tournament opener to Sonora. They won four games during the week, including a 6-2 decision on Friday at North Concho. But Pecos ran out of gas on Saturday against San Angelo Northern, the team they beat for the District 4 title a year ago.

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