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Monday, May 15, 2000

Harvesters plow under pitching-short Eagles

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LUBBOCK, May 15, 2000 -- There are few top pitching staffs in high school baseball that are made up of two freshmen, two sophomores and a senior throwing on 18-hours rest.

But that's what the Pecos Eagles were down to on Saturday, after senior Josh Casillas had beaten the Pampa Harvesters 8-6 in the opening game of their area round playoff series Friday night at Lubbock Christian University.

Pampa used a lot of walks and a few hits to score 12 times in the first two innings of Game 2 on Saturday against pitchers Richard Rodriguez, Barney Rodriguez and Matthew Levario on the way to a 16-1 win over Pecos, and the Harvesters then hit Casillas hard in Game 3, as he tried to come back and beat the Harvesters for the second time in as many days.

Pampa scored eight times with two out against Casillas and Capi Magana in the second inning, which was more than enough for senior Casey Owens, who was able to come back after one hour's rest to beat the Eagles for the second time, 16-2, and send the Harvesters into the Region I-4A quarterfinals against El Paso Riverside.

"Josh came back and did what he could do, but he couldn't get his pitches over and they're a good fastball hitting team," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams. Casillas had allowed just five hits and one earned run while striking out 10 in Friday's win, but was touched for two runs on three hits in the first inning Saturday and then was chased in the second, after Pecos missed a chance at an inning-ending double play.

He walked five batters, allowed five hits and hit other batter in 1 2/3 innings on work, leaving with a 5-0 deficit. Magana was then greeted by a bases-clearing triple by Russell Robbon, the first of four triples in the game for Pampa. That made it 8-0 and pretty much settled things, as the Eagles could manage only three hits and two runs off Owens, 8-2, after getting just one hit and no runs off the righthander in four innings in Game 2.

"We didn't hit the ball as well today (Saturday) as we did last night," said Williams. "That Owens kid was bringing it up there about 80-85 miles per hour in this game (Game 3). He didn't do that in the second game, but we just didn't hit the ball."

Pampa didn't have to hit the ball that much either in Game 2 _ the Harvesters had twice as many runs as they did hits, thanks to 11 walks in the first two innings, including nine of the first 11 batters up to the plate in their eight-run second inning. Pecos' pitchers wound up walking 23 batters in just eight innings of work on Saturday, while the Harvesters collected 20 hits, 12 in the final game.

The Harvesters had already jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning of Game 2 off Rodriguez, who fell to 1-2 on the season. He allowed leadoff singles to Kaleb Snelgrooes and Jesse Francis, and then walked Owens before third baseman Ricky Herrera booted a Greg Lindsey grounder, allowing Snelgrooes to score. Herrera then made a running catch on a Justin Barnes foul pop that catcher Mason Abila lost sight of near home plate, but Shepard then singled and after a walk to Travis Lancaster, Robbon doubled to put Pampa up 4-0.

Barney Rodriguez replaced Richard Rodriguez after he walked the first three batters of the second inning, then dropped the ball on the mound to balk home a run, but the freshman had just as much trouble getting any strike calls, as he walked three of the four batters he faced. Williams then brought on Levario, who like Barney Rodriguez was making his varsity pitching debut. He would walk three of the first four hitters he faced, but did turn a home-to-first double play on Snelgrooes, and then shut out Pampa in the third, while allowing four unearned runs in the fourth inning.

Aside from losing the game, Pecos also lost Herrera for Game 3 when he was spiked by Lindsey in a collision near third base in the fifth inning. Herrera was headed to third on a single by Ivan Guebara when he was hit by Lindsey and suffered a 2 ½-inch gash in his knee. He was awarded home plate on interference, but then had to be taken to the hospital for stitches.

Things went a lot better for Pecos in Game 1 on Friday, when Casillas' biggest problem was with the Harvesters' No. 9 hitter, Randy Tice. He got on base three times before Casllias finally ended the game by catching him looking with a 3-2 curveball in the seventh.

"Josh did a danged good job pitching and we did a danged good job hitting," said Williams. Casillas went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI, but as was the case in the opening playoff round, the Eagles got contributions from their entire batting order.

Herrera, the Eagles' No. 9 hitter, went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Luis Salgado, who had been DHed for by Barney Rodriguez the first three times through the order, was sent up in the seventh and took Lindsey's first pitch down the line in left with two outs to score Kevin Bates, giving the Eagles and insurance run after Pampa had cut a 6-2 lead down to 7-6.

"Luis Salgado steps up there after he hadn't hit all game and gets big base hit, Ricky Herrera worked the hit-and-run and Joey Garcia hit the ball, so it was a good team effort," said Williams.

Mistakes helped both teams out, and the Astroturf at Hayes Field helped out the Eagles as well in the first inning. Bates bounced a high chop single off the carpet with one out, and then scored when Casillas doubled to right-center field with two away off starter Brent Coffee, who came into the game with an 8-1 record. In the second, Pecos got a break went a warm-up throw went past the dugout and behind home plate, just before Richard Rodriguez flied out to center field. The play was nullified when the first base umpire called time, and Rodriguez would end up walking and score on a passed ball by Barnes.

Abila also had his problems behind home plate Friday, mainly throwing to third base. Tice got the Harvester's first hit to open the third, and after Snelgrooes singled, both runners advanced on a passed ball, with Tice coming home when Abila's throw to third went into left field. Francis then scored Snelgrooes with a sacrifice fly to tie the game.

The Eagles scored in every inning of Game 1, and regained the lead for good in the bottom of the third, when Casillas doubled with one away and courtesy runner Daniel Terrazas scored when Francis booted Orlando Lara's two-out grounder. In the fourth, Pecos chased Coffee from the mound, as Richard Rodriguez and Joey Garcia singled, and Herrera then bunted one past Coffee on the mound for a base hit to load the bases.

Lindsey came on to pitch after Coffee walked Alex Garcia to force home a run and almost got out of the jam, when Bates couldn't lay down a suicide squeeze bunt, allowing Garcia to be tagged out, and then was fanned by Lindsey. Abila then came up and hit a grounder to Snelgrooes three feet to the right of second base. But he bobbled it, then dropped it and all runners were safe, allowing Casillas to come up and collect his third hit, a two-run single to right-center field.

Down by four, Pampa got two back in the fourth when Francis doubled and Owens singled to lead off. A passed ball got one run home, and then Owens would score with two out when Lara could hold onto Shepard's pop up behind first base. Pecos got one run back in the fifth as Richard Rodriguez walked, went to third on Joey Garcia's single down the line in right, and scored on Herrera's fielder's choice grounder, when Francis got the ball and threw to second too late to get Garcia, who was running with the pitch.

Pampa cut the margin to one with their only earned run of the night in the sixth. Walks to Tice and Francis around a Snelgrooes single set up Owens sacrifice fly. Then, after Casillas got Francis to bounce into a force play to Herrera at third, Francis went to third on a passed ball by Abila and scored as the throw again went into left field. The Harvesters would get the tying and go-head runs into scoring position before Casillas got Shepard to bounce out to Herrera to end the inning, then retired the side in order in the seventh to get his sixth win in eight decisions this season.

The series win will send Pampa into the regional semifinals against El Paso Riverside, which defeated Frenship in three games at Hobbs over the weekend. The Eagles faced the Rangers in the regional semifinals a year ago, beating Riverside in three game at Alpine.

Pecos, meanwhile, will lose five starters off this year's team, and will go into next season with no set No. 1 starter on the mound, depending on the status of junior Pifi Montoya, who was suspended midway through the season.

"When you pitch two freshmen and two sophomores in a playoff game, it's tough, especially when you come up against as good a hitting team as Pampa," Williams said.

The other District 2-4A team still alive in the playoffs going into the area round, Clint, saw their season ended on Friday in Monahans. The district-champion Lions dropped a pair of games to Canyon Randall, losing by 2-0 and 9-7 scores.

Knicks Ward off Heat to even series

NEW YORK, May 15, 2000 (AP) - Charlie Ward's son must think Daddy is some kind of scorer.

Ward brought his 11-week-old son, Caleb, to a game for the first time and turned in the best all-around playoff performance of his six-year career, leading the New York Knicks past the Miami Heat 91-83 Sunday to even their Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.

"I think he was asleep the whole game," Ward said, "but I'm just happy he was able to come and be a part of something special, not just for me but for my team."

Ward was actually part of something extra special, receiving a tribute from the crowd that few Knicks ever receive as the Madison Square Garden faithful chanted his name following a 3-pointer that clinched it with 36.1 seconds left.

Ward's career playoff-high 20 points included New York's final nine, and he added seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. It was just the third time all season he led the team in scoring.

Allan Houston added 17 points and Latrell Sprewell 16 for the Knicks, who led for most of the game and the entire fourth quarter.

Alonzo Mourning led Miami with 27 but missed four foul shots in the final 5 1/2 minutes. The Heat were also hurt by 19 turnovers.

Miami's frustration was evident when Jamal Mashburn, upset when no foul was called on Sprewell on the final play of the first half, kicked the press table on his way to the locker room at halftime. The table hit the arm of New York Times reporter Selena Roberts, whose shoulder popped out of its socket.

After being examined by Knicks team doctor Norman Scott, Roberts returned for the second half. Mashburn apologized to Roberts after the game.

"We've got home-court (advantage) back, but that's the only good thing we come out of here with," Mourning said. "Somewhere along the line, we have to establish a level of consistency or else we're going to let this thing slip away.

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