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Tuesday, October 20, 1998

Eagles close home season with Eagles

PECOS, Oct. 20 -- The home portion of the 1998 season closes
for the Pecos Eagles tonight, with the Eagles seeking at
least a share of the District 2-4A regular season title with
a win over the Canutillo Eagles.

The two Eagle teams face off on Parents Night at the Pecos
High School gym, starting about 7 p.m. The freshmen and
junior varsity matches are set for 6 p.m. starts in the old
and new PHS gyms.

The Eagles found themselves alone in first place after
Saturday's 16-14, 15-7 win over Clint, and Fabens' loss at
San Elizario. The Eagles are 7-1 in district and 15-9
overall, a game up on the Wildcats with two to play.

Pecos started slowly against Clint, falling behind in the
opener 12-5 before rallying to win, then stayed in control
for most of the second game. "We were just waiting around to
see who would give us a spark, and Philly (Fobbs) came in a
spiked that overset," coach Becky Granado said of the
turnaround. "Once we got it going it seemed like we didn't
lose it."

Canutillo comes in off a 15-7, 15-12 win over El Paso
Mountain View on Saturday. It was just their third victory
of the season, two of those coming against the Lobos. The
visiting Eagles are 2-6 in district play, and lost at home
to Pecos three weeks ago by 15-9, 15-4 scores. Sherrie Mosby
led the Eagles in that game, the third win in their current
eight-game streak.

A win tonight by Pecos would assure them of at least a
playoff for the district title with Fabens next Monday or
Tuesday. The Eagles can clinch outright with a win tonight
and a victory on Saturday at San Elizario in their final
regular season contest.

The district champion will draw a first round bye, and will
open the playoffs against a team from District 3-4A or 4-4A
(Hereford, Dumas, Canyon Randall, Frenship or Pampa are the
most likely opponent) on Nov. 3. The 2-4A runner-up and
third place teams will face bi-district matches against the
second and third place teams from the other El Paso district
late next week.

Harrison, Clark win firsts at HS rodeo

PECOS, Oct. 20 -- Pecos cowgirls Brandi Harrison and
Courtney Clark came up with first place finishes this past
weekend, during competition in the two-day high school rodeo
held at the Buck Jackson Arena.

Clark and Harrison both earned first on Sunday, with
Harrison taking first in the barrels and in breakaway
roping. She was also ninth in the pole on Sunday, after
placing fourth there on Saturday, to go along with a second
place in goat tying and a tie for third in the barrels.

Clark competed both days in the cutting event, winning on
Sunday after taking fourth on Saturday.

Also placing in cutting both days was Barstow's DeAnda
Allgood. She split second and third on Sunday after a third
place finish the previous day. The other local competition,
Clay Ryan McKinney, did not place in the team roping

The weekend rodeo was one of a series of rodeos in Texas'
Region 2, which includes most of the Permian Basin, South
Plains, Concho Valley along with contestants from
Southeastern New Mexico.

Padres hope to straighten out at home

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 20 (AP) -- There are freeways outside the
ballpark instead of subways. And there are palm trees just
beyond the outfield walls rather than monuments to Babe Ruth
and Lou Gehrig.

Even before the first pitch tonight in Game 3, the World
Series has a different look.

But the San Diego Padres and their 65,000 fans are wondering
-- will a change in scenery from Yankee Stadium to Qualcomm
Stadium change their luck?

``What I've seen from New York in the first two games, I'll
have to admit, is very impressive,'' Padres star Tony Gwynn
said Monday. ``We're down 0-2, but we can get back in this
thing if we play our game, which is pitching and defense and
some timely hits.''

Gwynn was the first player on the field for the Padres'
off-day workout, checking out the grass in right field torn
up Sunday during the San Diego Chargers' 13-10 win over the
Philadelphia Eagles.

Gwynn has done his part with four hits in the Series. Yet
unless Padres pitching improves, it could be over real soon.
The Yankees have tagged San Diego for nine runs in each of
the first two games.

Of the 44 teams to take a 2-0 lead in the World Series, 33
have gone on to win the championship.

David Cone will start tonight against former Yankees pitcher
Sterling Hitchcock, the NLCS MVP.

Hitchcock already has beaten Houston's Randy Johnson and
Atlanta's Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine in the playoffs. Now
he's likely to face his toughest challenge, trying to shut
down the Yankees.

``They can hit. Bottom line, they can hit,'' Hitchcock said.

Cone traveled to the West Coast on Sunday, before the
Yankees romped 9-3 in Game 2. He was already in San Diego
relaxing while watching the victory.

``This is the time of year when pitchers feel a bit
fatigued,'' he said. ``I'm looking forward to closing this
out and getting a nice rest.''

Hitchcock will have a few advantages that Padres starters
Kevin Brown and Andy Ashby did not have. For one thing, he's
feeling a little better, aside from some congestion -- a flu
bug bit the San Diego staff right before the opener.

Hitchcock will have two other factors in his favor -- he'll
be facing a lineup that does not include a designated
hitter, and he'll be pitching at twilight.

The DH is not used for games at the NL park, meaning Cone, a
career .152 hitter, will be batting. That also could mean
Chili Davis will be on the bench, although Yankees manager
Joe Torre held out the ``wild card'' possibility his regular
DH might play left field.

``David Cone is sure I picked him for Game 3 because of his
bat,'' Torre joked. ``Without the DH, you have to pay a lot
more attention. You have to be aware of double-switches. You
have that situation that haunts National League managers --
`should I try to get a pitcher through an inning because
he's the second or third hitter the next inning?'''

Game 3 is scheduled to begin at 5:20 p.m. PDT, a time when
shadows can make it difficult for hitters to see the ball.

Despite the early start, the park should be almost filled by
the first pitch. Unlike crowds for other Southern California
baseball teams, the Padres fans are known for making noise.

``It's 65,000 people in your face wanting you to do well,''
Hitchcock said.

Such a raucous crowd would be different than what Game 1
winner David Wells remembers from his days growing up in San
Diego, when he attended ``hundreds'' of games at the park.

``People in New York are real aggressive. They try to
intimidate you. It's just their nature,'' Wells said. ``I
think California people are more laid back. New Yorkers come
across as tough guys.''

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