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Wednesday, August 18, 1999

Site changes for Eagles, results the same

PECOS, Aug. 18, 1999 -- Changing the site didn't change the results for the Pecos Eagles in their season opening volleyball matches against Odessa High and Alpine on Tuesday.

After beginning the season with wins over OHS and losses to Alpine at home the past two years, the Eagles went to Odessa on Tuesday and were beaten by the Bucks, 15-3, 15-7, before coming back to defeat the host Bronchos, by 15-12, 17-15 scores.

Alpine scored the first eight points of the match against Pecos, and cruised to victory. "We were scared that first game against Alpine," coach Becky Granado said. "We were just very hesitant. I don't know what it was, but it was like we weren't there.

"Alpine really didn't do much as far as pounding the ball on us. We just made a bunch of mental mistakes, and we missed four serves," Granado said.

The second game went a lot better against Odessa High, which had lost a three-game match to Alpine to open play on Tuesday, 14-16, 15-7, 15-7. But after leading most of the way in the opener and starting the second game strong, the Eagles ended up having to rally for the sweep.

"We had them down 13-3 and let them come back. We started making mental mistakes -- hitting the ball out and giving them free balls," Granado said.

Odessa High went on a 12-1 run to take a 15-14 lead, and Pecos then had to break game serve three times before coming back with three straight points off serves by Dee Dee Molinar.

"Philly (Fobbs) had five kills in the second game, and we served a lot better," Granado said. "Lily Payen did a good job serving. They had a hard time handling her serves, and I don't know if that's because she's left-handed."

Pecos' junior varsity also split their season openers, beating Alpine, 8-15, 15-9, 15-10, then losing to Odessa High, 15-6, 15-10. Pecos' freshman team lost both their matches, falling to the Bucks, 15-13, 14-16, 15-10, and to the Bronchos, 16-14, 15-6.

The Eagles next matches are this weekend at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament. The varsity will begin pool round play on Friday against El Paso Americas and Fort Stockton, with the games moved up to 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. from their original times, Granado said.

The Eagles will have both their freshmen teams entered in Monahans, and will start pool play on Thursday. The gold team will face Fort Stockton at 4:50 p.m. and Lamesa at 5:40 p.m., and the purple team will play Crane purple at 3:30 p.m. and Monahans green at 6:50 p.m.

JV pool play will begin on Friday, with Pecos facing El Paso Northeast Christian at 1:50 p.m. and Colorado City at 5:10 p.m. All divisions will complete play on Saturday.

Rangers' bats club Indians again, 15-4

CLEVELAND, Aug. 18, 1999 (AP) Cleveland Indians manager Mike Hargrove isn't feeling much sympathy for his pitchers after being thrashed by the Texas Rangers for the second straight night.

"We did not make many good pitches. A lot of them were up in the zone and over the plate. Bad hitters hit those. Hitters like the Rangers have will make you pay dearly," Hargrove said. "Texas has a very good club. We have a very good club. Either one of us has to play well to beat the other, except for tonight. They didn't have to play so well because we really stunk."

The Rangers routed the Indians 15-4 Tuesday night. Juan Gonzalez hit a three-run homer and Tom Goodwin had four of the Rangers' 19 hits.

Texas maintained a 5 1/2-game lead over the second-place Athletics in the AL West. Cleveland is coasting toward a fifth consecutive AL Central title, but fell a game behind the New York Yankees in the race for the best AL record.

Aaron Sele (13-7), staked to a 6-0 lead before his first pitch, got his sixth win in seven decisions. Sele, who contained Cleveland with slow breaking balls, allowed all four runs and seven hits in seven innings.

"I couldn't change the game plan just because we had the lead. I had to go at them because the Indians keep coming at you," Sele said. "After sitting so long in the first inning, I had cooled off a little, and it took me a while to get back after sitting around."

Texas, which rallied for a 13-5 win Monday night, took a 12-1 lead after three innings Tuesday night. The last team to reach double digits in consecutive games against Cleveland had been Seattle on April 8-9, 1997.

Mark Langston (1-2) lasted just one inning, his shortest outing since Aug. 20, 1997, against the New York Yankees. Langston, who left with a strained quadriceps, allowed six runs five earned and six hits as his ERA rose to 5.34.

"He pulled it on the last pitch he made in the inning," Hargrove said. "To finish off an inning like that with an injury is tough to take."

Carlos Baerga, re-signed by Cleveland on Monday, hit a two-run homer in the sixth. Rafael Palmeiro hit his 32nd homer for Texas.

Texas took a 6-0 lead in the first on Todd Zeile's two-run double, Royce Clayton's RBI double, run-scoring singles by Roberto Kelly and Goodwin and a run-scoring wild pitch.

"Todd had the biggest bat of the night with that double," Texas manager Johnny Oates said. "Bases loaded and two outs and he delivers. That got us going."

Gonzalez hit his 28th homer, off Tom Martin, in the second for a 9-0 lead.

Luis Alicea, who made two outs in the first inning and was hitting .179, joined the onslaught with a two-run homer in a three-run third. The homer was Alicea's second in 135 at-bats this year.

Einar Diaz had an RBI double in the Cleveland second. He also doubled and scored Omar Vizquel's single to in the fifth.

Goodwin's fourth hit, an RBI single, made it 13-2 in the sixth. Another run scored in the inning on Alicea's groundout.

Palmeiro homered in the seventh.

"Beating the Indians is not the forefront of our focus," Oates said. "Our focus is to win the division."

Boosters host event for `99 PHS teams

PECOS, Aug. 18, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles Athletic Boosters Club will sponsor a fall sports spaghetti dinner and watermelon feed on Friday, Aug. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pecos High School cafeteria.

The dinner will be to introduce all coaches and athletes on the 1999 Pecos Eagles fall sports teams, which include football, volleyball, tennis, cross country and swimming. Cost per plate for the event will be $3.50 per person.

The booster club will also hold a business meeting this Monday at 7 p.m. at the PHS cafeteria.

The dinner will be the day after Pecos holds it's second preseason football scrimmage, at Midland against the Greenwood Rangers. It will also be after the first day of the Pecos Cantaloupe Classic Volleyball Tournament, which will be held at the Pecos High School new and old gyms.

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