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Monday, July 19, 1999

Senior Leaguers reach subsectional finals

PECOS, July 19, 1999 -- The Pecos Senior League All-Stars had a long wait between games and a late start to their subsectional semifinal contest on Sunday night. The then earned themselves another day off, downing Perryton by an 8-3 final score.

The title game will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, a day later than scheduled. The finals were moved back a day when the second game of Friday night's tournament between Lubbock Western and Perryton was rained out after Pecos had routed Odessa Floyd Gwin in the opener by a 12-0 score. Perryton beat Lubbock on Saturday by a 15-2 score.

After falling behind by a 2-0 score in the top of the third inning, Pecos tied the game in the bottom of the third when Paul Juarez tripled home Michael Herrera and scored on a Capi Magana fielder's choice. The Senior Leaguers then took a 5-2 lead in their next at-bat as Rodriguez singled home Alex Garcia, who singled before a walk to Sebero Jaquez. Both Rodriguez and then Jaquez would come home on sacrifice flies by Herrera and Juarez.

Cody Murrow cut the lead to 5-3 with an RBI single in the fifth inning, but a walk to Mason Abila and a single by Angel Villalobos got that run back in the bottom of the inning. Pecos added another on an infield hit by Jaquez that scored Garcia, after he reached on a fielder's choice and went to third on a back pickoff throw by Kyler Deere, who relieved Bernardo Estrada in the fourth inning.

In the sixth, the Senior Leaguers added an insurance runs when Herrera walked, and scored around a pair of Perryton errors. Rodriguez then saw Beto Mendez reach on an error, but got Lee Campanones on a fly ball, struck out Tony Harris, and Estrada on a fly out to left to end the game and pick up his second tournament victory.

Overall, Rodriguez had more problems with the bottom of the order Sunday than with the top and middle of the lineup. Campanones, batting in the No. 8 spot, had Perryton's first hit, a third inning single to start off their two-run inning.

In Friday's opener, Magana shut down Odessa Floyd Gwin and got all the runs he would need four batters into the first inning, as Villalobos homered after a lead-off walk to Juarez and a Magana single. They added another run on singles by Garcia and Rodriguez, and Odessa only threatened to get back into the game once after that, loading the bases with two out in the second before Magana retired the side.

Pecos will now await the winner of Monday's elimination game. The winner will advance to the sectional finals, against the winner of the District 5-8 subsectional.

Eagles set assistants, plan early start

PECOS, July 19, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles' football coaching staff has been set for the 1999 season, and the Eagles have set the opening of pre-season workouts for as soon as possible under University Interscholastic League rules.

New head coach Gary Grubbs said the first 90-minute practice will be held at midnight on Aug. 4, the earliest pre-season practice is allowed. "We'll go at midnight on the football field and work out until about 1:30 a.m. All workouts after that will start about 6 p.m. every day and go until about 9:30 p.m."

Grubbs said the Eagles would have about eight days worth of two-a-day practice, before cutting back the week before school begins. Pecos' first pre-season scrimmage is Aug. 20 at Monahans and their season opener will be Sept. 2 at Odessa's Ratliff Stadium against Denver City.

Grubbs took over as head coach in April from Dan Swaim, after he left to become a Midland High assistant coach. Grubbs said Elias Payan will take his former position as offensive co-ordinator and new assistant Ron Arnesen will become defensive co-ordinator, while the rest of the coaching staff for the varsity and junior varsity will be set up differently this year.

"We're going to have rotating varsity and JV coaches," Grubbs said. "When you go out there (for pre-season workouts), you'll see all the JV and varsity will be together. We'll have about 70 out there, but we'll have an eight man staff."

Jason Hewitt will be one of the returning assistant coaches, while Zavala Middle School coach Jerry Parent will move up to the high school staff. New coaches include Charlie Bunch and two former Eagles, Brian Gibson and Lawrence Williams, Jr. Gibson played football at Sul Ross State University after earning all-district honors at tight end, while Williams, son of Pecos-Barstow-Toyah athletic director Bubba Williams, has been an assistant coach in Fort Stockton for the past two seasons.

Grubbs said Tino Acosta and Steve Cross will be the freshmen coaches this season, while Rudy Jurado and Joe Flores will coach Crockett Middle School eighth graders and Robbie Ortega, Alvino Garcia and Albert Carrasco will be the coaches for Zavala's seventh graders.

Miranda participates in West stars'  victory

PECOS, July 19, 1999 -- Of the three recent Balmorhea High School graduates who participated this past weekend in the Six Man Coaches Association All-Star games in Lubbock, only senior Arturo Miranda was able to come out a winner in the three games played.

Miranda scored six points as the West All-Stars came out winners in basketball, downing the East on Saturday by a 75-56 final score. Miranda was joined by Travis Woodruff, who played in the six man all-star football game, while Brenda Dutchover was on the west roster in the girls all-star basketball game.

Neither was able to get into the statistical column, as the West football all-stars were shut out by the East, 22-0, while the East girls came away with a 56-46 over the West in basketball.

Cone has perfect day with Larsen in stands


AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK, July 19, 1999 David Cone flirted with no-hitters before. He had taken them into the ninth inning and even left a game after seven innings without allowing a hit.

Now as a 36-year-old right-hander with a reconstructed arm, and with Don Larsen watching intently from behind home plate, Cone realized it was a perfect day to pitch a perfect game.

That was exactly what Cone did. He dazzled the Montreal Expos with a wide assortment of pitches, throwing the 14th perfect game in modern history to lead the Yankees to a 6-0 victory Sunday.

"Going into the latter innings, I thought, `This is it. This might be my last chance to do something like this,"' Cone said. "Believe me, my heart was pumping. I could feel it through my uniform."

On the very same field where Larsen pitched a perfect game against Brooklyn in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series the only no-hitter in postseason history Cone pitched the first no-hitter in the three-year history of interleague play.

After getting Orlando Cabrera to hit a popup for the final out, Cone dropped to his knees, grabbed his head in disbelief and was mobbed by his joyous teammates. It was a replay of the scene from last year when David Wells pitched the only other regular-season perfect game in Yankees history.

"You probably have a better chance of winning the lottery than this happening," Cone said.

The Yankees hoisted Cone on their shoulders and carried him to the edge of the dugout as cheers rained down on him for several minutes.

Watching and applauding from a luxury box behind the plate was Larsen, a witness along with 41,930 other fans to the 16th perfect game overall, including two in the 19th century.

"I was just thinking about my day," Larsen said. "I'm sure David will think about this every day of his life."

Larsen was at Yankee Stadium for Yogi Berra Day and even recreated his perfect day by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to Berra, his catcher in 1956. Right after that pitch, Cone made his only mistake of the day.

"I asked him if he was going to jump into Yogi's arms again," Cone said. "He told me I got it all backwards. Yogi jumped into his arms. Mr. Yankee history got it all wrong."

Cone did everything else right. He got through the first inning with the help of a diving catch in right field by Paul O'Neill to rob Terry Jones of a hit.

He didn't need any more help from his fielders until the eighth inning, when Jose Vidro hit a hard grounder up the middle. Second baseman Chuck Knoblauch, who has 16 errors this season, ran to his right to backhand the ball, pivoted and made a perfect throw to first baseman Tino Martinez to get Vidro.

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