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THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 19S5 SECTION D RMO AD supports DrieseIlB-2 Oilers claim WilliamsB-3 Astros beat CubsB-6 ZCZTC: O Mather eyes MAC titleB-7 U XU basketball scheduleB-9 ;Davi9 first grand km propels Reds, 9- EDITOR: GREG NODLE, SS3-1317 BY GREG HOARD The Cincinnati Enquirer PITTSBURGH Eric Davis dropped another calling card on the National League Wednesday night, hitting a ninth-inning grand slam that broke a tie game and gave the Reds a 9-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. "My first one ever," said Davis, who connected off veteran reliever Don Robinson with two outs after Dave Parker had struck out. "It's my first one since I been playing this game," said Davis. "Since Little League, since ever." The victory gave the Reds a sweep of the three-game series and a 6-0 record at Three Rivers Stadium this year. It was their fifth straight victory and ninth in the last 10 games. It also kept them tied for second place in the West Bengals Team 'mourns' tackle's farewell BY MIKE DODD The Cincinnati Enquirer Members of the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive line and quarterback Ken Anderson wore black "armbands" on their sleeves at practice Wednesday afternoon. It was in memory of one of their own. Mike "Moon Pie" Wilson, a starting tackle since midseason 1978, was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for an undisclosed draft choice. The move, quietly brewing for more than a month, jolted Spinney Field and its inhabitants when it came. "It's a pretty sad day around here," said Brian Blados, the man who inherits Wilson's starting job at right tackle. Wilson and Blados had been locked in a tight battle for the starting job all summer, a competition set up when Blados was moved from guard. There was no clearcut winner in the preseason, but in this case a draw didn't mean the incumbent retained the title. Seattle General Manager Mike McCormack had wanted Wilson for some time, and the Bengals think Blados can become a dominating tackle, given the chance. While both sides were mum on the details, the draft pick is believed to be an early one, probably between the second and fourth rounds. (Please see WILSON, Page B-10) Bengals resume talks with Kelly, Page B-3. Browner looks for fresh start, Page B-3. Ohio St. loses, 16-10 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ. -Mike Shula, stymied for most of the game by Ohio State's defense, flipped a three-yard touchdown pass to Albert Bell with 9:33 remaining to give fifth-ranked Alabama a 16-10 victory over the No. 9 Buckeyes in the fourth annual Kickoff Classic Wednesday night. Ohio State had two chances to win the game after time expired thanks to consecutive pass interference penalties against Alabama linebacker Derrick Slaughter. But two Alabama defenders double-teamed Ohio State ace receiver Cris Carter in the end zone and a last-gasp 17-yard pass from Jim Karsatos was incomplete. "I'm just happy to be alive after that," said Alabama coach Ray Perkins, referring to the final play. Ohio State led 10-6, in the third quarter and blew several opportunities to increase that lead 'before Alabama went ahead for good. George Cooper, the Buckeyes' fullback, fumbled at the Alabama 9-yard line with five minutes left in the period and freshman placekick-er Pat O'Morrow was short on a (Please see BUCKEYES, Page B-8) ern Division with San Francisco, seven games behind the division-leading Houston Astros, who beat Chicago, 7-1. Rob Murphy, 2-0, earned the victory in relief of starter Tom Browning. John Franco pitched a scoreless ninth earning. Robinson, the fourth in a line of four Pirate relievers following starter Jim Winn, began the ninth and was greeted with a single by Ron Oester. Max Venable hit for Murphy and drew a walk. A sacrifice bunt by Kal Daniels put runners at first and third, and then Buddy Bell drew a walk. Parker was the next hitter. Already to his credit was a three-run homer in the third, which put the Reds back in the game after the Pirates took a 4-0 in the second. In the fifth, he doubled home the tying run, giving him eight runs trade Wilson to Seahawks V " ., - k jJr - -i , - V y - - 1 f" 1 - I I 11 lllllllin I IIT M 1 iHfTif :1.., Ill ,l Mike Wilson, a starting tackle for the The Cincinnati EnquirerFred Straub CAPE'S Carlos Snow (rear) will be running behind a new offensive line: (from left) Marcus Wilkins, Bill Philpot, Troy Segar, Lark Dudley, Alonzo Perdue, Troy Parker and Steve Jordan. Forgetting the past BY D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER The Cincinnati Enquirer Steve Sheehan, Cincinnati Academy of Physical Education's (CAPE) head football coach, is hoping that his team comes up with a case of amnesia. In order to get on with the business of playing sound football, Sheehan wants them to forget that they won the Division IV state championship last season and posted a 14-0 mark. "It might work to be a negative batted in his past two games and two homers. As he strode to the plate to face Robinson, a former teammate with -the Pirates, he was the league leader in RBI with 93 and second in home runs with 26, just one behind Mike Schmidt. "We've had this thing for a long time," said Parker. "Robbie always tells me I don't want to face him 'cause he's going to get me out, and I always tell him he don't want to face me 'cause I'm gonna take him deep." Parker was thinking home run all the way, but Robinson threw a critical fastball to equal the count at 2-and-2, putting his old friend in a strictly defensive posture. "I had to swing at his pitch, then," said Parker. "I kind of thought afterward that after he struck me out he X . X ' ". , "a. Bengals since 1 978, was traded for an if our kids don't realize that it's 1986," said Sheehan. Tri-captains Carlos Snow, Vincent Clark and Lark Dudley plan to lead by example and make sure the team is ready for its 8 p.m. opener Friday at Holmes High School in Covington. "We lost a lot of good seniors, and a lot of the younger guys just think that it is just going to come easy," said Snow. "But they don't know how hard we worked last year." Clark said: "I really put it all must have thought he was out of the woods," Parker continued. "But we got a young player on this -team named Eric Davis, who is waking up a whole lot of pitchers in the National League." The wake-up call came on Robinson's first pitch. "He (Robinson) threw it hard, a fastball on the inside part on the plate," Davis said. "I hit like he threw it hard. After I hit it, my eyes lit up and I said, 'Oh, yeah.' " Robinson saw it pretty much the same way: "Fastball. Inside. Out of park. Game over." Player-manager Pete Rose didn't think Robinson relaxed after striking out Parker. "He just threw a fastball right in Eric's wheelhouse, that's what he did," said Rose. "I don't think Robinson with his experience would relax facing the No. 4 hitter. The Cincinnati Enquirer undisclosed draft choice. is the key to CAPE's behind me. Right now, all I'm thinking about is doing my best for the team." The Crusaders will not get a chance to defend their title. CAPE, because of increased enrollment, was elevated to the Division III level. With Snow and seven starters from a defense that gave up a measely 5.5 points a game last season, CAPE will be tough. Snow, considered one of the top high school players in the country, has rushed for 5,367 yards and He wasn't getting his breaking balls over and the ones he did were in the dirt. He didn't want the winning run to score on a wild pitch, and he was just trying to get " ahead in the count." In any case, it came out the way Rose thought it would all night ' even after Browning gave up two runs in the first, two in the second and and a fifth run in the third. "I felt like all night we were going to win that game," said Rose. "But let me explain. Their guy (Winn) was a reliever (pressed into his third start of the season by an injury to Cecillio Guante). I knew sooner or later he was gonna tire." Plus, he was considering the Reds' recent offensive perfor- (Please see REDS, Page B-8) Larkin takes strong hold on shortstop BY GREG HOARD The Cincinnati Enquirer PITTSBURGH In a very short time, Barry Larkin has taken hold of the Reds' starting shortstop position and there are no signs that he is going to give it up easily. Batting .260 (13-for-50) and making game-saving catches in the field, he just might be there to stay. "I'll tell you a little story about Barry," said player-manager Pete Rose. "When (Kurt) Stillwell went down to the minors, Chief Bender (Reds' Director of Player Personnel) went to Barry and told him they wanted him to play some . second and third. "Barry said, 'I'll learn all the positions you want me to, but I'll tell you something. I am going to be the Reds' shortstop for many years.' He didn't say it in a cocky way, just confident. You have to like that kind of confidence in a kid." In Rose's conversation, just as with General Manager Bill Ber-gesch, many things are mentioned that the Reds have to like. "He don't get fooled often at the plate," said Rose, "and watch how many pitchers fool him more than once. You won't see it. "Barry is a little bit ahead of a lot of guys at this stage of his career because he's an intelligent player," Rose continued. "He's a perfectionist. He wants to do good. scored 76 touchdowns in three seasons. Snow needs 17 rushing touchdowns to break the national high school record of 92, which was set by Mike Atkinson of Princeton, N.C., from 1977 to 1980. Much of summer practice has been spent trying to develop a passing game and restructuring an offensive line that was decimated by graduation. "The passing game has looked (Please see CAPE, Page B-10) i P y Eric Davis . . . ninth-inning heroics Here's a guy who played in college, was on the Olympic team. You tell him something once and he adjusts.' He has a plan." That plan, from what he told Bender in Denver some months ago, is apparent. And for now, at least, it's in complete accordance with his ballclub's plan. "You know what you do with a kid like Larkin?" said coach Tommy Helms. "You write his name in the lineup and let him play. That's all. He's going to do the rest." For 10 straight games entering Wednesday night's game with the Pirates, Rose has done just that and the Reds are 8-2 in those games. "And he's done the job every time," said Helms. "(Tuesday) night, he won the game for us." - With the bases loaded, Bobby Bonilla, batting for reliever Larry McWilliams, hit a line drive up the middle. Larkin, ranging far to his left, made a shoe string catch and flipped to Ron Oester in time to catch Jim Mdrrison off the bag at second and end the inning with a sensational double play. "Just imagine," said Buddy Bell, "what he's going to do when he learns the hitters in the league and where to position himself. Geez." Already, he has put Rose in the position where the Reds' player" manager is forced to write Larkin's name on the lineup card, which he (Please see LARKIN, Page B-8) future Football preview coming Friday Who's No. 1 in high school football? Find out Friday in The Enquirer. A five-page special section will preview the opening of the prep season. Check it out for all the stories, summaries, photos, rosters and schedules of your favorite high school teams.

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