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Breck Bean of Fort Hancock and Cody Guess of Colorado City used an eight
second time during Wednesday's second go-round competition to break the
combined two-run record set by Jake Barnes and Clay O'Brien Cooper in
1992. Their 14.8 time gave them a 2.8 second lead over Charles Poague
and Britt Bockius.
Two other area cowboys, Stormy Pruitt of Fort Davis and Zane Bowers of
Llano, continue to hold the second go-round lead, with a 7.2 second
time. Chad Saunders and Shawn Harris are third, at 8.1 seconds, while
Johnnie and John Phillip are third overall, with a 17.8 combined time.
(A full list of leaders is on Page 7-A)
While Texas cowboys dominated the top of the standings in the roping
events, out-of-state -- and out-of-country cowboys held the lead in the
two riding events that got underway Wednesday at the Buck Jackson Rodeo
Canadian champion Rod Hay took the early lead in saddle bronc riding,
scoring 76 points on board `Powerful Stuff' to lead Red Lemmel of Mud
Butte, S.D., by three points and former world's champion Dan Mortensen
of Manhattan, Mont., by five.
In tonight's 8:30 p.m. performance, another foreign-born cowboy, Scott
Johnston from Booral, New South Wales, is scheduled to compete,
Johnston, who now lives in Eagle Butte, S.D., won the 1996 Rookie of the
Year honors, and has drawn `Jenny Jenny,' the horse that Craig Latham
won the 1996 West of the Pecos rodeo on, to ride.
Jess Martin, who won a go-round on at the 1996 National Finals Rodeo,
will also compete, while Les Mayo of Stephenville, has drawn Honky Tonk
Man, the horse Pecos native T.J. Kenney finished second on in 1994.
In bareback riding, Larry Sandvick of Kaycee, Wyo., and Kirk Richard of
Sulphur, La., share the lead after the first night of competition. Both
scored 79 points, with Sandvick, seventh in the world standings last
year, riding Foot Loose and Richard on board Skoal After Midnight.
They were three points up on Dusty McCallister while a trio of cowboys,
including last year's world's champion Mark Garrett, were tied for
fourth with 75 points.
Tonight, Chuck Logue of Decatur, the 1990 world and National Finals
Rodeo champion and 11 times NFR qualifier, is among those competing. He
drew `Little Sister' while Chad Klein of Jackson, La. has drawn Bad
Company Rodeo's NFR horse `No Satisfaction,' which Marvin Garrett
rode to victory in Pecos last July. Klein placed 8th in the world all
around standings and 22nd in the bareback riding last year.
Former Pecos cowboy Jim Blain Kenney, now of Carlsbad, N.M., will ride
Hanky Panky tonight. Kenney won the bareback competition here nine years
Bull riding began Tuesday night and Tuff Hedeman's 87 point score held
up through Wednesday's performance. Buddy Reed of Rolena and Lonnie
Stevenson and New Hebron, Miss., both scored 84 points on `Bad to the
Bone' and `Skoal Cadillac' respectively.
Klein will also be competing in bull riding tonight, after finished 16th
in the world last year. He's drawn `Johnny Be Good'. Among other entries
tonight, Jesse Wright of Houston has drawn national finals bull Skoal's
Strokin' and Justin Backlund of Brighton, Colo., has drawn LaGrange, the
bull used in the Lane Frost movie `8 Seconds.'
In Steer Wrestling, Coleman's Brent Arnold took the lead in the second
go round with a 4.2 second effort, while Mark Belcher of Santa Fe, Tx.,
and Kitt Woody of Cleburne are .1 second back after Wednesday's show.
Craig Cavaness of Fulshear won the first go-round in 4.4 seconds, and
overall, Byron Walker of Ennis continues to lead with a 9.1 combined
time, with Johhny Grimes of Kerrville next at 9.2 seconds.
Calf roping leaders remained unchanged after Wednesday night. Terry
Kitchens of Mullin leads the second go round with a 10 flat effort, and
Stran Smith of Tell maintained his lead in the overall, with a 19.1
Also remaining in the lead were the steer roping and barrel racing
leaders from Tuesday, Jerry Cox and Kim Squires. Cox, of Cottula, tops
the second go-round at 10.9 seconds and leads the overall with a 22.7
time. Kim Squires, of Carnegie Okla., maintained her lead with a 17.76
time, though Cheyenne Wimberly of Stephenville took over second, with a
17.81 effort, and Bridgett Thomas of Combine tied LaPorte's Stacy Brent
for third, with a 17.89 effort.
Seats were available in both stands during the opening night
performance, which is the only mid-week show at this year's rodeo. With
most people getting a three-day weekend for the Fourth of July, turnout should increase leading up to Saturday night's finals.
Who knows how long it's been since a team went through an inning like
that before Wednesday night and won?
Both those things happened Wednesday at Maxey Park, when Pecos' Senior
League All-Stars took a 10-0 lead after 1½ innings against Big Lake,
only to give up 12 runs in the second inning on nine walks, three hits
and three errors.
The visitors would score four more times in the final three innings as
well, but that didn't matter -- Big Lake made nine errors themselves,
while Pecos got 15 hits, scored in every inning, and posted a 21-16
victory in the second round of the District 4 Tournament.
Jason Payne came on to get the final out after Big Lake had scored their
12 runs off Joshua Casillas and Ricky Herrera in the second, then shut
the door over the next two innings before running into some minor
control problems of his own. But by then, Pecos had scored nine more
times, and Payne was able to make the lead stand up.
"Jason came in and stopped them," said manager Frank Rodriguez. "He's a
fastball pitcher and he did a real good job throwing strikes."
It looked like it would be an easy game at the outset, when Pecos scored
eight runs -- six unearned -- in the first inning.
Luis Salgado had a three-run homer and Pifi Montoya followed with a solo
shot in-between a pair errors by third baseman Scott Jenkins. Jose
Garcia would double home the fifth run, an error by Joaquin Campos at
shortstop scored Pecos' sixth run, and Herrera brought in two more with
a bloop single to right off starter Chris Levario.
In the second, Montoya reached when John Galindo dropped his fly to
right and scored on Ivan Guebara's single to center. Frankie Alvarez,
who singled off Levario's glove, also came in when outfielder Marcus
Stenix couldn't field Guebara's single cleanly.
Casillas had survived an error by Garcia in center field to open the
first inning, as Pecos gambled by playing the infield in and won, when
Stenix was thrown out at home on Jenkins' grounder to Salgado at
shortstop. But he couldn't overcome his own wildness in the second.
"He pitched the first inning beautifully, then he just lost it,"
After Galindo singled Casillas walked three of the next four batters,
forcing home a run. Stenix then grounded to Montoya at first, but Joe
David Werst was too far down the line to force out at home plate, and
Montoya's throw to second was too late to get Josh White.
Two more walks scored two more runs and brought Herrera into pitch. He
got Levario to ground into a fielder's choice at home, but umpire Mark
Barrera said Guebara was not standing on home plate, and Stenix was
safe. Alvarez then misplayed Galindo's fly to left for a run-scoring
error, making it 10-6, before Werst then blasted a grand slam over the
fence in center, tying the game.
Two more walks followed and after White struck out, Stenix doubled to
right, scoring Andrews Martinez to give Big Lake the lead. After two
more walks, Payne replaced Herrera, and he got Levario to ground hard to
Herrera, now back at third, and he forced Campos for the final out.
After getting their 12-run gift in the second, Big Lake gave the lead
back with three unearned runs in the top of the third.
David Rodriguez walked to lead off, and Salgado reached on Jenkins'
third error of the night. Montoya singled home a run and Salgado came in
when the relay bounced past both Jenkins at third and Werst behind home
plate. One out later, Campos hit Garcia, and after Montoya was throw out
at home trying to score on an error by first baseman White, Garcia
scored the 13th run when White dropped Jacob Esparza's two-out pop up.
Payne survived a leadoff error in the bottom of the inning to keep the
lead, and Pecos got three more runs in the fourth, again starting off
with a Rodriguez walk. He stole second and third, the scored on
Montoya's sacrifice fly. Campos then hit Gilbert Fierro and Garcia then
hit Campos, blasting Pecos' third home run of the night for a 16-12 lead.
"Our guys just started hitting, and it didn't matter who then pitched.
We just hit the ball good tonight," said Rodriguez, who wound up using
his entire lineup in the game.
The lead went to 19-12 in the fifth off Galindo, who replaced Levario on
the mound. A walk to Herrera, singles by Rodriguez and Salgado, an RBI
ground out by Benny Juarez and a passed ball scored the runs. Big Lake
got one back in the bottom of the inning, off a walk to Levario, another
hit by Galindo and a wild pitch, before Pecos added their 20th run, on a
walk to Garcia, a Galindo balk and a single by Payne.
Big Lake almost got another big inning going in the sixth. Stenix
tripled and scored on an error, and then a hit batter and walk by Payne,
another error and a fielder's choice made it 20-15 with one out and the
However, Rodriguez, who had thrown badly to third earlier on a pickoff
when Stenix scored, nailed Levario straying off third base on a
strikeout pitch to Josh Hernandez, ending the threat.
A Fierro ground out would score Rodriguez with Pecos' last run in the
seventh off new pitcher Campos, and Payne closed out the game with three
strikeouts, offsetting a Stenix homer to center field.
"I used three pitchers tonight, but I've still got six left, so we're in
good shape," said Rodriguez, whose team earned a six day rest and
another home game next Tuesday against Crane, which is also 2-0 after a
12-9 victory over Sterling City Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, Pecos' Junior League All-Stars begin their District 4
Tournament play tonight at home against San Angelo North, starting at 7
p.m. Most of the same players met in tournament play last year as Little
League All-Stars, with San Angelo coming out on top 3-1 on the way to
the District 4 title.
This year's Pecos Little League All-Stars already are 2-0 in district
play, and will resume action on Sunday evening in Ballinger, in a quarterfinal round game.
Belle was one of 19 American League reserves named Wednesday by manager
Joe Torre to play in next week's All-Star game in Cleveland. He'll be
making his second trip this year to the city where he spent his first
eight big-league seasons before joining the Chicago White Sox as a free
agent last fall.
``It'll be awesome.'' Indians catcher and fellow All-Star Sandy Alomar
said with a grin.
Alomar said the Cleveland fans might give Belle a hard time, but added,
``He won't care. I don't know if everybody will be booing, because not
all of them will be from Cleveland. But I like Albert, I know he can
handle it. He's always managed to handle it before. He gets booed
everywhere he goes, and it doesn't seem to bother him. Obviously, every
time you boo him, he gets better. You might as well give him an
When Belle made his first visit for a three-game series last month, he
was booed mercilessly by Cleveland fans, who threw fake money at him,
jeered his at-bats and taunted him in left field.
Belle showed his appreciation by hitting a three-run homer in his first
game, and then flashed an obscene gesture to the same fans who adored
him while he was with the Indians.
This time, fans would be wise to cheer him. After all, he'll be trying
to help the home club win.
Indians fans could get their first look at center fielder Kenny Lofton
as an opponent. Lofton, traded by Cleveland before the season to the
Atlanta Braves, was elected as a starter in fan balloting announced
earlier this week, but his status is doubtful because of a groin injury.
In addition, Cleveland fans will get to root for Alomar, named a backup,
and David Justice, selected as a starter, but also injured.
They'll also have a chance to greet honorary captains Frank Robinson and
Larry Doby. Robinson became the first black manager in the majors with
Cleveland in 1975, and Doby became the first black AL player 50 years
ago -- shortly after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier.
Torre filled out his roster by naming three members of his New York
Yankees as reserves: pitchers David Cone, Mariano Rivera and outfielder
Bernie Williams. They'll join first baseman Tino Martinez, who was
picked by the fans in the closest voting for any position.
Williams' selection to his first All-Star game was a bit of surprise. He
missed 14 games with an injury and didn't have statistics to match
teammate Paul O'Neill.
``Certainly, I'm disappointed,'' O'Neill said following the Yankees game
with Braves. ``I'm not going to lie to you. Joe made his mind up, and
I'll live with it.''
With so many talented first basemen out there, Torre had a tough task in
selecting a reserve -- so he took two: Oakland's Mark McGwire, who leads
the majors with 30 homers, and Chicago's Frank Thomas, the AL's leading
Left off was Cleveland's Jim Thome, second in the balloting to Martinez,
and Boston's Mo Vaughn, who is on the disabled list.
``There were a bunch of them -- O'Neill, (B.J.) Surhoff, Rusty Greer,
Thome, Will Clark,'' Torre said. ``First base is impossible. I spent a
lot of time on that today.''
Torre added two pitchers from AL East leader Baltimore, picking Mike
Mussina and Randy Myers. He also offered a roster spot to Orioles
left-hander Jimmy Key, who is getting married over the All-Star break
``Key deserved to be picked,'' Torre said. ``Once he refused that, we
picked a 10-man staff.''
Filling out Torre's pitching staff were Cy Young Award winner Pat
Hentgen and Toronto teammate Roger Clemens, Kansas City's Jose Rosado,
Anaheim's Jason Dickson and Detroit's Justin Thompson.
The Seattle Mariners wound up with five All-Stars, with pitcher Randy
Johnson and infielder Joey Cora joining elected starters Ken Griffey
Jr., Edgar Martinez and Alex Rodriguez.
Dickson and Boston infielder Nomar Garciaparra were the only rookies
chosen. Also on the AL team for the first time were Cora, Rivera,
Rosado, Thompson, Williams and Milwaukee infielder Jeff Cirillo.
Minnesota's lone representative is second baseman Chuck Knoblauch.
Six of Lofton's new teammates -- including pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom
Glavine and Denny Neagle -- dominated the NL team chosen by Braves
manager Bobby Cox.
Joining Atlanta's pitching trio and Lofton were catchers Javy Lopez and
infielders Chipper Jones and Jeff Blauser.
Cox added Houston's Darryl Kile to his pitching staff as well as Shawn
Estes and Rod Beck of San Francisco, Pedro Martinez of Montreal, Kevin
Brown of Florida, Bobby Jones of New York and Philadelphia's Curt
The remaining players added by Cox were catcher Todd Hundley of the
Mets, infielders Andres Galarraga of Colorado, Mark Grace of Chicago and
Tony Womack of Pittsburgh, and outfielders Moises Alou of Florida and
Ray Lankford of St. Louis.
Mac McKinnon, Publisher
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