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Tuesday, April 14, 1998

Eagles seek to improve effort against Andrews

PECOS, Apr. 14 -- Which Pecos Eagles' team will show up in
Andrews tonight?

That's the question Eagles' coach Bubba Williams has to
ponder, going into tonight's 7:30 p.m. game against the
district-leading Mustangs.

The Eagles were able to stay in the District 4-4A playoff
race, but just barely, last Thursday at home against
Sweetwater. A flat and error-plagued Pecos team fell behind
by a 4-0 score, then rallied for an eight-inning, 6-5
victory over the Mustangs. Kevin Bates' fielder's choice
grounder scored Joseph Contreras with the winning run, while
Joshua Casillas got the victory, allowing two runs in 6
innings of work.

Casillas relieved Jason Abila, who allowed three runs -- two
unearned -- in 1 innings of work. It was similar to his
March 28 start at home against Andrews, when the Eagles saw
a 3-1 lead after three innings turn into a 17-4 loss, thanks
to 13 unearned runs.

Williams said Abila would start tonight against Andrews. The
senior is 2-4 on the season and has allowed 43 runs in just
37 innings, but only 12 of the runs were earned, keeping his
earned run average below the 2.30 mark.

Andrews also had to rally to win in their last game,
Saturday at Fort Stockton. After taking a 3-0 lead, the
Mustangs saw the Panthers score eight straight runs off P.J.
Lewis and Chris Trevino, before Trevino righted himself and
retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faces to pick up the

Andrews, meanwhile, got a pair of two-run homers from Elton
Emiliano, the second, with two outs in the sixth off Steve
Cordero, completing the comeback and giving the Mustangs a
9-8 victory.

Since Trevino also pitched last Tuesday's game against Big
Spring, Mustangs' coach Joe Halsey figure to start either
Lewis or Robert Bolding against Pecos. Lewis got the win
over Abila last month, with relief help from Bolding, after
the Eagles cut the lead to 8-4 with none out in the sixth.

With a 6-0 mark in district, a win tonight over Pecos would
assure Andrews of their sixth straight playoff trip, while
the 2-4 Eagles need wins in at least three of their last
four games if they're to end their six year playoff drought.

Pecos ends road schedule in Big Spring

PECOS, Apr. 14 -- The Pecos Eagles' first softball season
enters its final week today, as the Eagles play their final
road game of the season, in Big Spring against the Steers.

The Eagles and Steers will play at 5 p.m. today, and Pecos
will close out its 1998 season at home on Saturday against
the Andrews Mustangs.

With an 0-8 record, and a 1-13 season mark, the odds are
against the Eagles getting a district win in their final two
games. Big Spring has already clinched the 4-4A title,
thanks to a pair of one-run victories over Andrews, last
year's district and regional champion. The Steers are 8-0 in
4-4A play and 24-4 overall.

Two weeks ago in Pecos, the Eagles played their first-ever
game at Martinez Field, and lost a three-inning, 19-0 game
to Big Spring. Pitcher Angie Phillips tossed a no-hitter,
which first baseman Juanita Valdez saved with a catch of
Tammy Perkins' line drive for the final out of the game.

The Eagles hit better last Friday against San Angelo Lake
View, but also allowed the Maidens more hits. Combined with
errors in the second and fourth innings, they allowed Lake
View to rally from a 4-0 deficit and post a 15-5 victory.

Katrina Quiroz had two hits, including an inside the park
home run, for the Eagles in the losing effort.

Waver wire for Walker, Williams?

IRVING, Texas, Apr. 14 (AP) -- Running backs Sherman
Williams and Herschel Walker could soon be getting their
walking papers.

Free-agent running back Chris Warren agreed to a three-year,
$2 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys Monday and will
back up Emmitt Smith, a job previously performed by Williams
and Walker.

The deal also could mean a reduced workload for Smith in
coach Chan Gailey's offense because of Warren's ability to
catch the ball, making him a valuable third-down receiver.
Warren caught 45 passes for 257 yards last year for Seattle.

``We think Chris has a lot more left in his career and he
will complement Emmitt,'' owner Jerry Jones said. ``He has
been in the league nine years like Emmitt, but he has 1,000
fewer carries and we feel fortunate to have a back of that

``We want to be smart about the number of carries Emmitt has
over the next several years. We'll have Emmitt doing what he
does best for the next couple years and he will be our

Smith rushed for more than 1,000 yards last year for the
seventh-straight season but averaged only 4.2 yards per
carry and scored just three touchdowns.

Jones said no decision had been made on the status of
Williams and Walker for the 1998 season.

Warren was a fourth-round draft choice who became one of the
NFL's best backs before Seattle released him last month in
an economy move.

In eight seasons, Warren rushed for 6,706 yards, breaking
Curt Warner's team record of 6,705 on last season's final
play. He rushed for 1,000-plus yards for four straight
seasons, including a team record and AFC-leading 1,545 yards
in 1994. Last year, he had 847 yards and four touchdowns.

Warren played in the Pro Bowl in 1993, 1994 and 1995.

He became expendable when the Seahawks signed Ricky Watters,
a five-time Pro Bowl running back, to a four-year, $13
million contract, including a $5 million signing bonus last

Clarence Shelmon, Warren's position coach in Seattle, now is
the Cowboys' running backs coach. Warren also knows Cowboys
offensive line coach Hudson Houck, who coached with the
Seahawks in 1992.

``I saw what he could do at Seattle,'' Shelmon said. ``He'll
help our offense and give Emmitt some rest.''

If the Cowboys release Williams, a former second-round draft
pick, it would count only $150,000 against their salary cap.

Walker has spent the past two seasons as a kick returner and
backup running back.

Yanks' win streak on hold as stadium falls

NEW YORK, Apr. 14 (AP) -- Just a few days before its 75th
birthday, the House that Ruth Built showed its age.

A 500-pound steel joint dating to Yankee Stadium's original
1923 construction crashed from the upper level into the
seats below Monday. The mishap caused two games between the
New York Yankees and Anaheim Angels to be postponed, and
possibly moved a third to Shea Stadium.

No one was injured and no fans were inside baseball's most
famous landmark when the accident occurred about 2 p.m. The
steel chunk fell an estimated 40 feet from the underside of
the upper deck into the mezzanine section down the
third-base line.

`Yankee Stadium is crumbling. ... Everybody is in a little
disarray right now,'' pitcher David Cone said.

A crowd of more than 20,000 was expected later in the
evening to watch the Angels and Yankees, who have won five
straight after a 1-4 start.

``This could have been a terrible tragedy,'' mayor Rudolph
Giuliani said. `You could see that if someone were sitting
there at the time that the beam came down, that person would
now be dead.''

``As a Yankee fan, I'd rather that we were playing, but as a
mayor we have to make sure it's safe,'' he said.

Babe Ruth christened Yankee Stadium with a homer the day it
opened, April 18, 1923, and it has been home to some of
baseball's greatest players ever since. Hall of Famers like
Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Reggie
Jackson have helped the Yankees win 23 World Series

``It's a real shame this happened. This is a shrine to
baseball,'' Angels manager Terry Collins said.

The stadium is set to celebrate its 75th anniversary
Saturday. Those plans were put on hold, however, when the
18-inch expansion joint, used to connect beams, crushed seat
7 in row B of section 22.

The seat was smashed to pieces and a 6-inch hole was gouged
in the concrete. The joint tore another hole in the ceiling
of the upper deck.

The collapse also caused a chain reaction in altering this
week's schedule.

Night games Monday and Tuesday were immediately called off,
and the Yankees announced they would play the Angels at 1
p.m. Wednesday at Shea Stadium, home of the rival New York
Mets. The Mets are also scheduled to play at Shea that
night, at 7:40 p.m. against the Chicago Cubs.

But at a late-night news conference, held with Giuliani on
the lighted field, Yankees general counsel Lonn Trost said
Wednesday's game might still be played at Yankee Stadium --
either in the afternoon or in the evening -- if the park is

Inspection crews were to work through the night at the
stadium, owned by the city and leased to the team. A
replacement joint was being built in the Bronx, and Giuliani
said it might be installed today if no other problems are

If the park is not repaired, the Yankees and Detroit Tigers
could move their three-game series this weekend to Shea.

The Tigers and Yankees, though, might play instead at Tiger
Stadium if the repairs are not finished. Acting commissioner
Bud Selig, AL president Gene Budig and the Yankees discussed
a contingency plan to shift the series to Detroit, and then
move the following weekend's series between the clubs from
Tiger Stadium to New York.

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