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Friday, July 16, 1999

V'Ball clinics for 8th, 9th grades starting

PECOS, July 16, 1999 -- The week-long volleyball clinic for incoming high school freshmen girls has been rescheduled for next week at the Pecos High School gym, Pecos Eagles' volleyball coach Becky Granado said Thursday.

Clases for both incoming eighth and ninth grade girls will be next Monday through Friday, with eighth grade students going from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and ninth graders from 1 to 4 p.m.. The freshman class originally has been scheduled for the week of July 25.

For those girls who have not participated in any summer program this year, the fee for the five day clinic is $5, Granado said.

Practice for Pecos' freshman through senior girls will begin the week of Aug. 2 at the PHS gym, with their first scrimmage set for Aug. 13 at home. The Eagles' 1999 regular season opens a month from tomorrow, on Aug. 17, with matches against Odessa High and Alpine in Odessa.

Dierker wins in return as Bell sounds off

HOUSTON, July 22, 1999 (AP) Larry Dierker found controversy in his first game back in the Houston Astros dugout since brain surgery.

Derek Bell, unhappy at being dropped from second to sixth in the batting order, hit a two-run, go-ahead single in the seventh inning Thursday night, capping a comeback from a six-run deficit for an 8-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Bell was pleased to see Dierker back, but he didn't like his decision.

"It's a slap in the face to be dropped to the sixth spot," Bell said. "I'm to the point now that I feel like I'm not wanted. There's a lot of pressure on me to do things so the fans won't boo me. I feel like I'm hitting .200."

Bell, who has batted second in recent years, hit just .244 in the first half of the season. Fans responded by booing, but he went 2-for-4 against the Tigers.

"I hoped he would do well," Dierker said. "I tried to point out to him that there was a lot of opportunity in that spot for a guy who gets a lot of RBIs. We're hoping the other guys will get on base and give him more RBI opportunities."

Dierker collapsed in the dugout on June 13, and two days later had brain surgery to repair malformed blood vessels. Houston went 13-14 under interim manager Matt Galante, the team's bench coach.

"It was a wonderful comeback to come back with a comeback win," Dierker said. "That's kind of the way we did it last year."

Dierker received two standing ovations, one before the game and again when Dierker and his wife Judy had their pictures shown on an outfield screen.

"I thought I'd be more emotional when I went out with the lineups," Dierker said. "But the umpires were very gracious and we started talking about things, and then it was business as usual."

The Astros didn't get started until they were behind 6-0. Then they wound up with their biggest comeback since rallying from a four-run deficit to beat Minnesota 6-4 in June 4.

With the Astros trailing 6-0, Jeff Bagwell hit a three-run homer off Dave Mlicki in the fifth. Houston pulled within a run in the sixth after Bell reached on first baseman Tony Clark's error leading off. Tim Bogar tripled to make it 6-4 and scored on pinch-hitter Matt Mieske's groundout.

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