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Wednesday, October 14, 1998

Eagles get fast win over Mountain View

Staff Writer
PECOS, Oct. 14 -- The Pecos Eagles' win Tuesday night over
the El Paso Mountain View Lobos took all of 36 minutes to
complete. And even that was a little too long for coach
Becky Granado.

"There was no reason for them to score seven points,"
Granado said, after the Eagles finally came up with an easy
home court victory in District 2-4A play, beating the Lobos
by 15-4, 15-3 scores.

"We just did enough to get by tonight, and we were flat
yesterday at practice," said Granado, who did conceded, "We
may have been flat just because of who we were playing. It's
hard to get up for a team like that."

That's because the Lobos came into Tuesday's game with a
1-20 record, and having not won a match since the opening
weekend of the 1998 volleyball season. They were able to
dink the ball in-between Pecos defenders several times in
the early going, but only had one really solid kill all
night, and got most of their points when the Eagles
mishandled Diana Ceneceros' serves.

Mountain View had their own trouble with serves -- Sherrie
Mosby had three aces in Game 1 that helped turn a 1-0 El
Paso lead into a 7-1 Pecos advantage. Mosby and the rest of
the Eagles hitters also didn't have much of a challenge at
the net, as the Lobos used few blockers against Pecos' front

Although Pecos started off serving well, the Eagles had some
problems late in both games, getting stuck at 13-4 for a
while in Game 1 and then at match point, after jumping out
to a 14-1 lead in Game 2. A spike by Leslie Hathorn finally
ended things, and gave the Eagles their sixth straight

Granado was not happy with Pecos' overall serving, which had
been a problem until this past weekend. "We served good on
Saturday (in their win at Fabens), then we turned around and
every position missed at least one serve except for Shaye's
(Lara)," she said.

The Eagles' win kept them tied for first with Fabens, which
pulled out a 15-13, 12-15, 15-8 win on Tuesday over Clint,
who'll host the Eagles on Saturday. A Pecos win would assure
them of a third straight trip to the Class 4A playoffs.
Pecos beat Clint in two games at home last month, but had to
struggle before scoring a 15-7, 15-12 victory.

"Our goal is to win the district title," said Granado, whose
team improved to 6-1 in district and 14-9 on the season. The
Eagles close their season with a home match against
Canutillo next Tuesday and an Oct. 24 game at San Elizario,
which is tied for third with Clint after their 15-10, 15-10
win over Canutillo last night.

Pecos' junior varsity and freshman teams also scored fast
wins over Mountain View on Tuesday, with a JV taking the
Lobos 15-0, 15-5, while the ninth grade purple team won by
15-7, 15-6 scores.

Yanks' bats knock way into Series

AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK, Oct. 14 -- As far back as May, this night seemed

The New York Yankees weren't just good, they were great.

After winning 114 games during the regular season, anything
less than the World Series would have been unacceptable.

Well, they're there.

``We expected it,'' shortstop Derek Jeter said Tuesday night
after New York won its record 35th American League pennant,
beating Cleveland 9-5 to win the AL championship series 4-2.

They almost ignored clinching a playoff spot, didn't bother
to celebrate when they clinched the AL East. A first-round
sweep of Texas was just another step.

Finally, with this one, they let loose a little.

``Somebody's dry over there!'' Jeter shouted in the
clubhouse, spotting owner George Steinbrenner.

A few seconds later, the Boss was all wet.

``Give me a towel,'' Steinbrenner said as the champagne
dripped down his face.

New York, which opens the World Series at home Saturday
night against Atlanta or San Diego, hadn't won the AL title
at Yankee Stadium since the Reggie Jackson-Thurman
Munson-Ron Guidry team in 1978.

Still, amidst the celebration, there was a feeling that
there's work to be done: winning the Series for the second
time in three seasons.

``There's another step to go,'' said ALCS MVP David Wells,
who likely will start the Series opener.

On May 17, Wells pitched a perfect game against Minnesota.
Right then, it seemed like this would be a special season
for baseball's most storied team.

From June 28 to Aug. 20, New York set a major league record
by leading in 48 consecutive games. Also in August, the
Yanks became the first team ever to clinch a playoff spot in
that month. On Sept. 4, the Yankees won their 100th game --
the earliest date ever -- and later broke the AL record for
wins set by Cleveland in 1954.

No such magic for the Indians, who beat the Yankees in the
first round last year and came within two outs of winning
their first World Series since 1948. On Tuesday night, they
failed to force a seventh game because they made three
errors -- leading to five unearned runs for only the second
time against them this year.

``Absolutely disappointed that we didn't go on,'' Indians
manager Mike Hargrove said, ``but we have to recognize the
Yankees have a very good ballclub and they played better
than we did.''

As soon as the game ended, thoughts turned to Darryl
Strawberry, and his picture went up on the scoreboard behind
the right-field bleachers. The Yankees outfielder underwent
cancer surgery Oct. 3 and watched the game at a hospital.
With Strawberry on the line, players passed a phone around
the clubhouse after the game.

``Darryl, this is yours. You pushed us,'' manager Joe Torre
said. ``I know you're going to be all right.''

Scott Brosius seemed to finish Cleveland off with a
three-run homer for a 6-0 lead in the third inning. But
David Cone nearly gave it all back, allowing a grand slam to
Jim Thome that pulled the Indians within a run.

``I let them back in the game,'' Cone said. ``But they
picked me up, and that's been our trademark all year.''

Jeter then restored the safety margin with a two-run triple
in the sixth, a drive to right that Manny Ramirez tried to
snag with a leap at the top of the wall. But the ball landed
on a hop at his feet.

``I didn't think it was going out, but I thought it was
going to the wall,'' Ramirez said. ``I turned and saw it
hit. I was surprised where it landed.''

By the eighth inning, fans were taunting the Indians with
chants of ``1948.'' Responding to a remark by Cleveland's
David Justice that the only way Yankees fans could get
tougher would be if they brought Uzis to the ballpark, one
fan hung pictures of a machine gun from the upper deck for
each strikeout by Cone, who fanned eight.

``I try to get the guys fired up any way I can,'' Wells
said. ``Sometimes, it's not the right way.''

Forgotten with the win was Chuck Knoblauch's blunder in Game
2, which allowed Cleveland to tie the series and blunt New
York's momentum.

``What a great team we've got,'' Knoblauch said. ``They gave
me a lot of support when I was down. We don't have to worry
about that now.''

After Thome's grand slam pulled Cleveland to 6-5, Ramiro
Mendoza blanked Cleveland for three innings, allowing just
one hit.

Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel, who has won five straight
Gold Gloves, opened the way to the three-run seventh by
making a throwing error on Brosius' grounder.

``I'll have the whole year to think about that error,''
Vizquel said. ``I would have rather made 25 errors during
the year and not made that one.''

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