Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, May 10, 1999
Eagles rout Bucks, set playoff site
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, May 10 -- It was "underclassmen night" on the pitching mound
Friday night, as the Pecos Eagles and the Alpine Bucks tuned up for playoff
competition with the first of two practice games.
That was better news for the Eagles than it was for the Bucks, who were
hammered by Pecos, 11-3 at Eagle Field. But Alpine coach Mike Pallanez
can be expected to pitch senior Adam Llanez tonight, when the teams meet
at Kokernot Field starting at 7 p.m.
Llanez led the Bucks to a 20-2 regular season record and a No. 7 ranking
in Class 3A. He pitched two innings of scoreless relief against Pecos back
on March 4, in the Bucks' 6-5 win over the Eagles, and should work at least
a couple of innings tonight.
Eagles' coach Bubba Williams plans to used senior Louis Valencia, the
only pitcher not to see action on Friday, most of the way tonight, after
going with a trio of pitchers on Friday who allowed Alpine just three hits.
Junior Oscar Rodriguez started and allowed one run in two innings of
work, while Pifi Montoya surrendered two runs on a Patrick O'Toole homer
in his first inning of work, then shut down the Bucks over the next two
innings. Junior Josh Casillas closed out the game with two more scoreless
O'Toole's homer gave Alpine a 3-1 lead at the time, but Montoya would
pick up the victory when Pecos scored six times in their half of the third
inning off new pitcher Omar Monclova. Pecos then added a pair of runs in
the fifth and sixth innings off Aguiles Gonzales and Brian Portillo.
"The kids right now are playing a good caliber of ball," said Williams
of Pecos' 12th straight victory. "We've got three kids pitching good out
there, and we're hitting the ball."
Montoya actually pitched better than he did in the Eagles' 11-0 win
over San Elizario to close out regular season play, despite allowing O'Toole's
homer. The sophomore threw a one-hitter but walked eight in five innings
that day Ï this time, a two-out walk to Llanez did hurt when O'Toole
hit his homer, but he came back to strike out Portillo, then recovered
to retire the side after allowing the leadoff runner in the fourth and
"Pifi had his knuckle-curve working good tonight. He did a good job
out there," Williams said.
Rodriguez also had his curveball working well in his two innings on
the mound, but just as in his last start, a 4-1 win over Canutillo, he
had a little too much drop in the ball a couple of times. Rodriguez had
five strikeouts in two innings, but bounced two curves past Mark Abila
to allow Portillo to score after a leadoff single in the second inning.
That tied the game at 1-1 after Pecos scored in the first inning off
starter Buster Winn. Oscar Luna led off with a double down the line in
left and scored on John Gutierrez' two-out single off the fence in right-center
Winn, who earned the victory over Pecos back on March 4, retired the
Eagles in order in the second, but Pecos got to Monclova as soon as he
arrived on the mound, and were helped out by a couple of Alpine errors.
Ricky Herrera greeted the sidearmer with a single to left, and after
Luna's foul pop-up to first base was dropped by Portillo he tripled to
the gap in right-center to make it 3-2. Mason Abila's ground out to second
tied the score and after Casillas singled and Gutierrez struck out, Kevin
Bates reached when Julian Molinar booted his shot to third.
Luis Salgado put the Eagles ahead 4-3 with a single to left field, and
Bates then scored on a wild pitch by Monclova. Mark Abila's infield hit
scored Salgado for a 6-3 lead, and after Abila stole second Orlando Lara
brought him home with a single down the line in left.
Lara ended up being thrown out at home plate to end the inning, and
being thrown out of the game for colliding with catcher David Evans. That
brought Valencia -- the Eagles' regular second baseman -- into the game,
and he would be thrown out at home trying to circle the bases in the fifth,
after Conrad Arriola misplayed his single to right field.
The play did score Bates and Salgado, who opened the fifth with singles
off Gonzales, and in the sixth the Eagles added two more runs off Portillo,
on singles by Casillas and Alex Garcia, a passed ball by Josh Lujan and
a ground out by Bates.
Pecos' 12th straight wins is their best since 1988, when they won 11
straight games before losing to Hereford in the bi-district round of the
playoffs. The Eagles have only been back to post-season twice since then,
and Friday's area round opener against Plainview will be their first post-season
game since 1991.
"The kids on the bench are stepping up and doing their jobs and not
complaining. There's no jealousy on the team," Williams said. "The kids
know it's a team effort, that's why they're 10-0 in district."
Williams said today that the best-of-three series with Plainview would
begin Friday at Howard College's Jack Butler Field in Big Spring. The first
game will start at 5 p.m., with Game 2 set for 1 p.m. Saturday and Game
3, if neccessary, at about 3:30 p.m.
Plainview, the District 4-4A third place team, swept District 3-4A runner-up
Dumas in their bi-district series over the weekend, winning 4-0 on Friday
and 11-5 on Saturday. The Bulldogs, 17-11, scored three times in the fifth
inning on Friday to back the two hit pitching of newly-eligible Tony Armendariz,
then scored eight times with two outs in the fifth inning on Saturday,
rallying from a 5-0 deficit with 11 unanswered runs.
Meanwhile, the bi-district games involving the Eagles' 2-4A rivals went
about as expected. Second place Clint swept El Paso Burges by 10-5 and
4-3 scores, while third place finisher Fabens were routed by El Paso Riverside,
13-2 and 16-1. Clint will now face District 3-4A champion Pampa in the
area round of the playoffs.
Lakers block Rockets; Flordia teams flop
By CHRIS SHERIDAN
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Yrbrgh cf 3 0 0 0 Luna cf 4 2 3 1
Roman cf 0 0 0 0 Ma.Abila lf 2 0 0 1
Llanez 2b 2 1 0 0 Florez lf 1 0 0 0
N.Gnzlz 2b 0 0 0 0 O.Rdguz p 0 0 0 0
O.Toole ss 2 1 1 2 Montoya p 0 0 0 0
Vlnzula ss 1 0 0 0 Cslls dh-p 3 0 2 0
Prtllo 1b-p 2 1 1 0 H.Grcia pr 0 2 0 0
A.Gnzlz p 1 0 0 0 Mrtnz ph 1 0 0 0
McBrde lf 1 0 0 0 Gutrrz 1b 3 0 1 1
L.Gnzlz lf 1 0 0 0 A.Grcia 1b 1 1 1 0
Molnr 3b-c 1 0 1 0 Bates rf 4 2 1 1
Lujan c 1 0 0 0 Salgado ss 4 2 2 1
Mata rf 2 0 0 0 H.Grcia ss 0 0 0 0
Arriola rf 1 0 0 0 Mk.Abila c 3 1 1 1
Winn p 0 0 0 0 Lara 2b 2 0 1 1
Monclova p 0 0 0 0 Valencia 2b 1 0 1 1
DRgz dh-1b 2 0 0 0 Herrera 3b 3 1 2 1
Holguin ph 1 0 0 0
Evans c-3b 1 0 0 0
Totals 22 3 3 2 Totals 32 11 15 8
Alpine 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 -- 3
Pecos 1 0 6 0 2 2 x --11
E -- Portillo, Molinar, McBride, O'Toole, Arriola, Valencia.
DP -- Alpine 1. LOB -- Alpine 2, Pecos 4. 2B -- Luna. 3B -- Luna.
HR -- O.Toole. S -- Molinar.
SB -- Llanez, Mk. Abila, Evans, Herrera. CS -- Lara, J. Lujan.
IP H R ER BB KO
Winn 2 2 1 1 0 4
Monclova L 2 7 6 1 0 1
A.Gonzales 1 4 2 2 0 0
Portillo 1 2 2 1 0 0
O.Rodriguez 2 2 1 1 0 5
Montoya W, 3-1 3 1 2 2 2 4
Casillas 2 0 0 0 0 3
HBP -- McBride by Montoya, Mk. Abila by Monclova.
WP -- O. Rodriguez 2, Monclova.
PB -- J. Lujan.
T -- 1:54.
AP Basketball Writer
INGLEWOOD, Calif., May 10 -- Credit the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston
Rockets for coming up with the only nugget in the opening weekend of the
And credit the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers for going down
to Florida and crushing the favored home teams.
As for everyone else, at least they have a chance to redeem themselves
in the next couple of days. Perhaps they'll even come up with a few compelling
finishes after playing eight games over the first 48 hours in which the
average margin of victory was 16.3 points.
``Terrible, with a capital T,'' Miami center Alonzo Mourning said Sunday
after two hours of watching film of Miami's 95-75 loss to the New York
Knicks in the opener of their first-round series. ``We just didn't look
like a professional basketball team.''
Nor, at times, did the Suns, Kings, Pistons, Magic, Timberwolves and
Saturday was a day of double-digit victories. Portland beat Phoenix
95-85, Utah crushed Sacramento 117-87 and Atlanta topped Detroit 90-70.
On Sunday, Philadelphia defeated Orlando 104-90, San Antonio downed Minnesota
99-86, the Lakers nipped the Rockets 101-100 and Indiana crushed Milwaukee
Only the Rockets will go through their off day agonizing over a close
Two clutch defensive plays -- a block by Shaquille O'Neal and a pounce
by Derek Fisher -- lifted the Lakers to victory.
O'Neal blocked rookie Cuttino Mobley's layup attempt from behind at
the final buzzer, and Fisher had 20 points, six assists, three steals and
one crucial recovery of a loose ball that set up the winning points.
``When it comes down to it in the playoffs, you get the wins at the
defensive end,'' said Lakers forward Glen Rice, who scored a game-high
Charles Barkley scored 12 of his 25 points in the final period and also
had 10 rebounds for Houston. Hakeem Olajuwon, hampered by foul problems,
had 22 points and eight rebounds, and Scottie Pippen had 14 points, 10
rebounds and eight assists.
76ers 104, Magic 90
At Orlando, Allen Iverson scored 30 points in the first NBA playoff
game of his career, and center Matt Geiger scored 12 of his 23 points in
the fourth quarter and led an 11-0 run that Philadelphia used to pull away
Spurs 99, Timberwolves 86
At San Antonio, Tim Duncan dominated for the Spurs once again, scoring
26 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and leading San Antonio past Minnesota
in Game 1.
The Timberwolves kept the contest close until the fourth quarter, when
San Antonio opened a comfortable double-digit lead with the Alamodome crowd
shouting ``M-V-P, M-V-P'' for Tim Duncan, who had 26 points and 12 rebounds.
Pacers 110, Bucks 88
At Indianapolis, reserve Jalen Rose scored a playoff career-high 24
points, including 17 in the second quarter.
Indiana held off a third quarter surge by Milwaukee, which reduced a
14-point halftime deficit to six late in the quarter. The Pacers responded
by taking a 20-point lead several times in the fourth quarter.
Knicks 95, Heat 75
At Miami, Allan Houston sparked a fast start by the Knicks, who built
a 17-point halftime lead and routed Miami.
Trail Blazers 95, Suns 85
At Portland, Isaiah Rider scored 25 points and the Blazers pulled away
in the latter part of the fourth quarter.
Jazz 117, Kings 87
At Salt Lake City, Karl Malone scored 21 points and Jeff Hornacek added
18 as the Jazz jumped to a 23-point first-half lead and trounced the Kings.
Hawks 90, Pistons 70
At Atlanta, Steve Smith led the Hawks with 19 points, while Dikembe
Mutombo had a dominating game with 17 points, 19 rebounds and six blocks.
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