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Wednesday, October 18, 2000 

Eagles scratch by Lobos, get playoff berth

PECOS, Oct. 18, 2000 -- Persevering. Surviving, Hanging on by your fingernails.

That's what the Pecos Eagles did Tuesday night to earn their fifth straight trip to the Class 4A volleyball playoffs, with a three-game victory in El Paso over the Mountain View Lobos.

The Eagles dropped the opening game to Mountain View, 15-9, then blew a 9-0 lead in Game 2 against the Lobos, before coming back to score a 17-15 victory. Then in the deciding game, the Eagles were able to keep the Lobos from coming all the way back from a 12-6 deficit, stopping the rally at 12-11 and going on to win by a 15-11 final score.

"We had to work last night. Mountain View was a totally different team than the first time we played them," said Eagles coach Becky Granado.

Pecos ripped Mountain View at home last month by 15-2, 15-4 scores, which Granado said may have hurt the Eagles at the start of play on Tuesday. "They were hustling and my girls weren't ready for that," she said. "I think we felt like we were going to go in there and Mountain View was going to stand around and do nothing."

Instead, hitters Diana Gonzalez and Laura Torres helped the Loboes turn a 5-5 tie in the opener into a 10-5 lead, and Mountain View would then find some holes on the back line at the finish, after the Eagles cut the deficit to 12-9.

"I think our defense was what let us down last night. They really weren't hitting the ball hard, they were just getting us at the corners, because our back line kids were leaving them open," Granado said.

Still, the Eagles' coach was happy her team was able to get things back together in Game 2, after the Lobos turned their 9-0 deficit into an 11-10 lead.

"I was proud to see them hold their composure, because we could have very easily given up and lost after they came back," she said. Pecos came back to take a 14-12 and had game point twice before the Lobos again tied the score. The Eagles would eventually take 15-14 and 16-15 leads before finally winning on a bad spike by Yadira Silva.

In the third game, Mountain View led 4-3 when Pecos went on a 9-2 run to go ahead by six, then were able to get things back under control after the Lobos staged one last rally. Philly Fobbs again led Pecos with 14 kills on the night, while Ashley Salcido added seven and D'Andra Ortega had five. Salcido's kills came mostly in the final two games.

The win put Pecos into the playoffs with a 7-2 record and kept them tied for first with Clint, 15-13, 16-14 winners over Fabens. Mountain View, meanwhile, fell into a tie for the third and final playoff spot with San Elizario at 5-4 and will be rooting for the Eagles this Saturday, when they close out their regular season by hosting San Eli, in a 4 p.m. match. San Elizario defeated Canutillo, 15-9, 15-11 on Tuesday.

Pecos also won Tuesday's junior varsity game, 15-13, 16-14, and also took the freshman match against the Lobos. No score was available for the ninth graders' games.

Bears rope Cowgirls, end losing streak

PECOS, Oct. 18, 2000 -- A five-game losing streak on the season, and a far longer one  in district play, came to an end for the Balmorhea Bears Tuesday night,  as they rallied at home to defeat the Grandfalls-Royalty Cowgirls by  4-15, 16-14, 15-12 scores.

The Bears had played better in the first half of District 2-A than in previous season, but until Tuesday night, they hadn't fared any better in the standings against Grandfalls, Wink and Buena Vista. And it didn't look like that was going to change after the opening game blowout.

"The first game was like a carbon copy of the way our last three or four matches have started out," said coach Gary Gallego. "We started out cold and looked terrible. The best thing about the first game was it was over."

Gallego said things started much better in the second game, as Chella Arredondo helped serve the Bears out to a 6-1 lead. But Grandfalls would rally to tie the score at 6-all and would lead 12-11 before Balmorhea tied things up. The Bears and Cowgirls would be tied at 13-13 and 14-14 before Balmorhea was able to win it, on a kill by freshman Amber Briceno.

"The third match was back-and-forth. Celina Rodriguez made two aces in a row for the 10th and 11th points to put us up 11-10," Gallego said. Balmorhea would led 13-12 when Toby Gomez scored on an ace serve, and Rodriguez won it with a hit, her 16th kill of the match.

Gallego said Janie Jones and Julia Garlick did a good job in place of setter Terri Hernandez, who was sick and missed Tuesday's match. "She was too sick to play, but Janie and Julia did a super job," Gallego said. Garlick had 15 assists to go along with eight kills, while Jones had nine assists on the evening.

The victory puts the Bears at 1-3 in district and 12-10 on the season. It assures Balmorhea of no worse than a .500 record this season, the first time the Bears have been near that mark in years.

"I know Balmorhea in the past has gotten used to losing, and that's one of the hardest things to do, to change the mindset for losing," Gallego said. "I still think we can beat Wink on Saturday and have a shot at the playoffs."

The Bears will face the Wildcats in Wink, starting at 5 p.m., and close out regular season play next Tuesday by hosting Buena Vista.

Yanks ride into Subway Series

AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2000 — Father vs. son. 

Brother vs. sister.

Husband vs. wife.

That's what's happening in New York right now.

All because of Yankees vs. Mets.

Twenty-four hours, 38 minutes after the New York Mets won their fourth National League pennant, the New York Yankees followed them into the World Series, winning their fourth American League title in five years, their record 37th overall.

Pulling up to baseball's biggest platform is the first Subway Series since 1956.

"I hope that people behave themselves, because it's going to split a few families up, I think," Yankees manager Joe Torre said Tuesday night after a thrilling come-from-behind 9-7 win over Seattle Mariners won the AL championship series 4-2. "I have a feeling the city is not going to be the same for this next 10 days — and maybe for some time after that."

New York appeared headed towards a Game 7 with the Mariners instead of a Game 1 with the Mets after Seattle took a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning. But the Yankees answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth and then in the seventh, David Justice hit a three-run homer off Arthur Rhodes — a towering drive that, appropriately, headed toward the No. 4 train. It landed in the right-field upper deck.

The Yankees were ahead 6-4. The old ballpark rocked.

"We want the Mets!" the fans soon chanted.

"It was magical," said Justice, one of seven players on the 25-man roster acquired during the season. "It was unbelievable when I rounded the bases, to see this place erupt."

Having won three straight pennants, the Yankees try to become the first team since the 1972-74 Oakland Athletics to win three straight World Series.

Starting Saturday night at Yankee Stadium, it's baseball's equivalent of Hatfields vs. McCoys, Capulets vs. Montagues.

"It will be the ultimate experience," Mets general manager Steve Phillips said.

It's been 44 years — excuse us, Reggie, for borrowing your number — since the last Subway Series. Instead of Willie, Mickey and the Duke, it will be Bernie, Benny and El Duque.

For New York baseball fans, these are the good old days.

"I was at that last one, when Don Larsen pitched the perfect game against Brooklyn," Torre said.

To get to a Subway Series, you have to take an El (elevated line), and the Yankees got there riding El Duque, although it was not the smoothest of trips.

Orlando Hernandez became the first pitcher to go 8-0 in postseason play, but allowed six runs and seven hits in seven-plus innings. Never before had he allowed more than three earned runs in a postseason start.

"Probably the first easy thing we've done this year is get it over in six," first baseman Tino Martinez said. "It's been an absolute battle, but we never gave up, and here was are playing in the World Series again."

After Justice's homer, which earned him series MVP honors, the Yankees broke loose, with Paul O'Neill hitting a two-run single and Jose Vizcaino, whose infield single started the inning, adding a sacrifice fly for a 9-4 lead.

It turned out they needed it. This year, the Yankees don't steamroll, they sneak by.

Alex Rodriguez, who went 4-for-5 in perhaps his final game for the Mariners, homered leading off the eighth and Hernandez left after a walk.

Mariano Rivera relieved and Mr. Automatic stalled, much like a New York subway car. He allowed a double to John Olerud, then a double by Mark McLemore that hit off first base as two more runs scored, ending his postseason scoreless streak at 33 1-3 innings over three years.

But Rivera held on in the ninth.

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