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Wednesday, October 1, 1997

Idle Eagles tied for 1st thanks to Prowlers' win

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PECOS, Oct. 1 -- The Pecos Eagles got some good news Tuesday night -- or
some bad news, depending on the results of their next two matches.

The Eagles, who were idle Tuesday, began the day alone in second place
in the District 4-4A volleyball standings, and ended it in a three-way
tie with San Angelo Lake View and Andrews, after the Maidens defeated
Big Spring and the Mustangs lost to Fort Stockton in Tuesday's two
district matches.

Fort Stockton, which had dropped their last two matches in three games
to Pecos and San Angelo, swept Andrews on Tuesday by identical 15-13
scores, to hand the Mustangs their first loss in 4-4A play this season.
Meanwhile, San Angelo improved to 3-1 in district with a 15-12, 15-4
homecourt victory over the Steers, who lost in three games to the Eagles
this past Saturday.

The Mustangs' loss sets the Eagles up to claim sole possession of first
in the district standings over the next week. Pecos hosts Lake View at 3
p.m. this Saturday, then begins the second half of 4-4A play on Tuesday
with a match at Andrews. That's the good news.

The bad news would be a pair of losses to the Maidens and Mustangs over
the next week. That could leave Pecos in fourth place, chasing Fort
Stockton for the final 4-4A playoff berth, as they had to do a year ago.
The 2-2 Prowlers face Sweetwater and Big Spring in their next two
matches. Andrews faces Big Spring on Saturday.

Sweetwater's Mustangs are 0-4 and the Steers are 1-3 so far in 4-4A
play. Like the Eagles, Sweetwater didn't have a district match on Tuesday, but lost a non-district contest to Greenwood, 15-2, 15-6.

Yanks notch triple with homers in victory

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AP Baseball Writer
Until now, the only name ever mentioned when it came to hitting three
straight homers at Yankee Stadium in postseason play was Reggie Jackson.

Time to add Tim Raines, Derek Jeter and Paul O'Neill to the list.

The New York Yankees became the first team to hit three consecutive home
runs in postseason history when Raines, Jeter and O'Neill connected in
the sixth inning Tuesday night. The homers gave the Yankees the lead on
the way to an 8-6 victory over Cleveland in their best-of-5 AL division
series opener.

The World Series champions fell behind 5-0 in the first inning, then
rallied against Orel Hershiser and the Indians bullpen.

``I don't keep track of records,'' O'Neill said. ``The record we want
right now is to win 11 games in the postseason.''

In 1977, in one of baseball's more memorable October moments, Jackson
hit three straight home runs at Yankee Stadium to beat Los Angeles in
the clinching Game 6 of the World Series.

It took the Yankees just a few swings in their five-run sixth inning to
nearly match the combined run total of two NL playoff games earlier in
the day.

The Atlanta Braves, behind Greg Maddux, beat the Houston Astros 2-1. The
Florida Marlins, making their first playoff appearance, defeated the San
Francisco Giants 2-1 on Edgar Renteria's RBI single with two outs in the
bottom of the ninth.

The fourth series begins tonight at the Kingdome. Randy Johnson (20-4)
starts for the AL West champion Seattle Mariners against Mike Mussina
(15-8) and the East champion Baltimore Orioles.

Sandy Alomar's three-run homer off David Cone capped a five-run burst
that gave the Indians a big lead in the first inning.

The Yankees trailed 6-3 in the sixth when Rey Sanchez hit an RBI single
off Indians reliever Eric Plunk (0-1). Raines followed with a tying
homer off the upper deck in right field.

Jeter then homered to left and, after Paul Assenmacher relieved, O'Neill
homered to center.

``You have to tip your hat to the hitters sometimes,'' Plunk said. ``I
haven't seen a guy hit one like the pitch Jeter hit in a long time. I
thought the one Raines hit was a pretty good pitch, too.''

It was the only the fourth time a team has hit three homers in an inning
in postseason play. None of the previous three occasions came

``We stole the game from them,'' Jeter said. ``I know they thought they
had it with a 5-0 lead with Hershiser out there. We came through when we
needed it.''

Cleveland loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but Matt
Williams flied out to the warning track in right.

Ramiro Mendoza (1-0) pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings in relief of Cone,
and Mariano Rivera got four outs for a save.

Marlins 2, Giants 1
Florida pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the ninth at Pro
Player Stadium.

Jeff Conine, an original member of the Marlins since 1993, led off with
a single, and Charles Johnson, squaring to bunt, was hit by a pitch from
Julian Tavarez. Roberto Hernandez relieved, and Craig Counsell
sacrificed with two strikes.

Jim Eisenreich was intentionally walked and Devon White grounded into a
force play at the plate before Renteria delivered his seventh
game-ending hit of the season. The Marlins won for the 25th time in
their final at-bat, most in the majors.

Kevin Brown, who pitched a no-hitter against the Giants in June, retired
the first 14 batters. He allowed four hits, including a homer by Bill
Mueller, in seven innings.

Giants starter Kirk Rueter gave up four hits, including a home run by Johnson, in seven innings.

Maddux leaves impression
on Bagwell after 2-1 win

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AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA -- If Jeff Bagwell had any doubts about Greg Maddux, he doesn't

Maddux pitched a seven-hitter in the opener of the best-of-5 NL
division series Tuesday and the Atlanta Braves eked out a 2-1 victory
over the Houston Astros despite getting only two hits off Darryl Kile.

``That's why he has four pieces of metal in his house with Cy Young
written on it,'' said Bagwell, who was 0-for-4 against the Braves'

Maddux was given a 2-0 lead on a first-inning double by Kenny Lofton
and a sacrifice fly by Chipper Jones and a leadoff homer by Ryan Klesko
in the second inning.

Bagwell went after Maddux' first pitch on his first two at-bats, lining
out to left field in the first inning and getting robbed of a hit in the
fourth when Atlanta shortstop Jeff Blauser made a diving stop of his
smash and threw him out at first.

Then it was downhill for Bagwell, who was called out on strikes a 1-2
pitch leading off the sixth. He then struck out out on a 3-2 change-up
in the eighth with two outs and the tying run on second.

``My first two at-bats I hit the ball well, then he made some good
pitches to me,'' said Bagwell, who hit .286 with 43 home runs and 135
RBIs during the regular season. ``My last at-bat he made a great pitch
on 3-2. I just tip my hat to him.''

Maddux, 19-4 with a 2.20 ERA in the regular season and a leading
candidate for another Cy Young, held the Astros' first three hitters --
Craig Biggio, Derek Bell and Bagwell -- hitless in 12 at-bats. He walked
one and struck out six.

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