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Tuesday, July 27, 1999

Pecos SLers routed at sectional tourney

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PECOS, July 27, 1999 -- What started out so well went bad in a hurry Monday night for the Pecos Senior League All-Stars, who'll need to regroup tonight in the Region I sectional finals to keep their season alive.

Pecos, which held a 3-0 lead over Southeast Arlington after two innings, were shut down by a pair of curveballing pitchers after that while Arlington's hitters took advantage of some control problems by pitchers Angel Villalobos and Richard Rodriguez to score 15 unanswered runs and scored a six-inning, 15-3 victory. It gave Arlington a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series at Snyder's Moffett Field, with Game 2 scheduled for this evening at 7:30 p.m.

Should Pecos win, Game 3 would be played Wednesday night in Snyder, at a time to be announced.

"Thy will not give up. They'll come back," said manager Danny Reyes after the game, in which Pecos scored twice in the first inning, then added a run with none out in the second after Villalobos had shut Arlington down in their first two at-bats.

After walks to Rodriguez and Benny Juarez and a single by Michael Herrera made it 3-0, starter Danny Ogle was replaced on the mound by Tanner Peters. Daniel Terrazas then hit a fly ball to right field that Erik Gray made a sliding catch on, and Peters got out of trouble by retiring the next two batters, Peter Juarez and Capi Magana.

The same situation played itself out two innings later, but by then Pecos found itself on the short end of a 4-3 score. This time, after singles by Benny Juarez and Herrera and a sacrifice bunt by Terrazas put runners on second and third with none out, Peters came back to fan Paul Juarez and got Magana on a fly ball to end the threat, and Arlington then scored six times in their next at-bat to put the game away.

"They had better hitting tonight, and the top of our order didn't come thorough," said coach Louis Valencia.

Magana had taken Ogle's first pitch to him in the first inning over the fence in left field for a 1-0 lead, and with two outs Villalobos singled to left, then scored on Alex Garcia's double to right-center field. But Garcia was thrown out trying for third on the play, to end the inning, and Pecos would run themselves out of their last threat in the fifth, when Mason Abila was thrown out trying for third on a passed ball, after a leadoff double.

Meanwhile, Villalobos survived a leadoff walk in the first inning and a walk in the second following a leadoff double by Alex Nunez to keep Arlington off the scoreboard. But in the third, Joe Beck and Joey Collender singled with one out, and Adam Keckler followed with a shot to right-center field than scored both runners. Keckler was then safe at third when Rodriguez threw past the base on a Nunez grounder to shortstop, but Pecos stayed in front as the ball bounced back towards Villalobos, who was able to throw to Abila for the tag at home plate.

That was the last break Pecos would get on the night. A hit batter and two walks loaded the bases for Collender in the fourth, and he delivered a two run single to left field to put Arlington ahead. Nunez then opened the fifth with a home run to left-center and after Brandon Crowdus doubled down the line in left Villalobos was replaced on the mound by Rodriguez.

He also ran into control problems, walking two of the first three batters he faced before Tony Bruno delivered a two-run single to left. Beck scored another run with a bloop single and Collender made it 9-3 with a sacrifice fly. The 10th run scored when Keckler's grounder went through the legs of Villalobos, now at shortstop.

Arlington closed out the game with five runs in the sixth, all with two out and all unearned after Villalobos went behind second to field Beck's grounder with two on, but threw the ball away, allowing both runners to score. Collender then homered to left-center for a 14-3 lead and Keckler scored the final run on a Nunez double, after he reached on an error by Magana.

Reyes said Magana was the likely starter tonight. He's 2-0 so far in tournament play and has now allowed a run in 12 innings of work. Arlington figures to go with either Kecklre or Nunez, who pitched the final inning in relief, retiring Pecos in order.

L.A.'s stadium delays  help Houston

HOUSTON, July 27, 1999 (AP) Potential owners of a Los Angeles franchise have done little to develop a stadium plan they need to get the 32nd National Football League team, according to Jerry Richardson, co-chairman of the NFL Expansion Committee.

Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers, told the Houston Chronicle Monday that the Los Angeles group has not generated much public support and has not set up proper financing for the type of stadium the league would require.

Richardson said this week's NFL meeting in Chicago is pivotal for the future of pro football in Los Angeles and Houston.

Los Angeles needs to find enough public money to pay for $150 million in parking near aging Memorial Coliseum. Without the new parking, fans would have to walk through a surrounding neighborhood described as unsafe.

Richardson said that if Los Angeles, after more than four months of exclusive dealing with the NFL, can't show that it is making progress toward a mid-September deadline, Houston has a good shot of getting the franchise.

Richardson said he has advised Houston businessman Bob McNair to continue working on his own plans on the likelihood Los Angeles fails.

"We haven't made a lot of progress in Los Angeles," Richardson said. "But I hope to get surprised when I get to Chicago.

"Maybe they will get it done, and maybe we will go to Houston."

Representatives of Los Angeles' competing bidders billionaire Eli Broad and Hollywood agent Michael Ovitz are expected to present their most recent updates during a meeting of Richardson's committee at Chicago today.

Houston has been seeking an NFL franchise since the Oilers left to go to Nashville. Los Angeles lost the Rams to St. Louis and the Raiders to Oakland.

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