Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 5, 1998 · Page 9
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Snorts Different outlook for Don Ford Electric baseball Ball club develops local talent By RAY HAMILL The Daily Journal The college and high school baseball seasons may be over, but that doesn't mean an end to the action on the local diamonds. In addition to the Ukiah legion team, which features several local high school players and gets its season under way at Fairfield this weekend, the Don Ford Electric side with a number of local outgoing high school seniors as well as some of the ;Mendocino College players got its summer season •started this past weekend. ' Under \\ead coach Jason Dana, The Don Ford Electric boys are 1-2 after three games, but the season, according to the coach, is one that involves much more than just wins and losses. "We're about developing our kids and getting them some good competition so they can be better in the fall and spring," Dana said. "We're more concerned about developing our players." And if the old belief that the better the competition you play against, the better you get, is true, it should be another successful summer of developing the local talent. Don Ford will play some very talented teams from throughout the Redwood Empire and beyond, including a Petaluma side that won two out of three against the Ukiah team over the past five days. But the philosophy for the local, side is somewhat different from the other teams. The Don Ford boys each take a one-unit summer class, costing them just $30 each to play, while the other teams involved charge anywhere from $300 to $500 for each player. And the vast variation in cost is just one way the local side differs from its opponents, who line-out with their best starters and play specifically to win. "On our team everybody plays," Dana said. "It's about development for the college." In Tuesday night's 7-4 loss to Petaluma, all 15 position players on the roster got some playing time, in addition to four different pitchers used over the nine innings. "We're more concerned about the pitchers pitch- ing and the hitters getting a number of at-bats," Dana added. The coach also has quite a variation of talent and experience on hand, including outgoing high school seniors, college players who redshirted last season, college players who played substantially last season and some former Mendo players, returning to lend their experience to the program. "What I like about the team is they want to learn to get better," Dana said. "We're not going to worry about the end results, but how to get there." Players on hand include Mendocino College starters Jason Clark, Buddy Beale, Damien Bird, Tyson Dickinson, Casey West and Isaac Nunn, as well as high school seniors Kelly Stewart and TJ Bird. Also on hand are players who redshirted for the Eagles last season, including catcher Joe Triano, Don Moe, Andrew Levine, Cooper Henderson, Jarod Wilson and Nick Bussard, as well as former college players Ryan Dickinson and Bo Johnston, both of whom have gone on to four-year schools. "That's the goal of all of our guys is to go on to Div. I schools," Dana said. "(Dickinson and John- NEXT UP Don Ford Electric vs. Redding Oaks, 1 p.m., Saturday at Mendocino College. (Doubleheader) Don Ford Electric vs. Redwood Empire, 11 a.m. Sunday at Mendocino College (Doubleheader) COMMUNITY SPORTS DIGEST Tennis tournament The 34th annual Deerwood/Don Heller Mendocino County Tennis Championships will be held from June 13 through June 21. Entry deadline for the tournament sponsored by Realty World, is Saturday, June 6. Registration forms are available at both the Deerwood Country Club and Redwood Health Club. For more information, call John Adams at 459-6345. Football camp The Mendocino College football program will hold a football camp for players aged 7-18 on July 13 to 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The camp, which costs $125, will emphasize individual position techniques for all defensive, offensive and kicking positions and will be held at Mendocino College. For more information, call Lenny Wagner at 468-3141. Community Softball ; Men's and women's Softball teams who want their games covered in the Daily Journal must call details in to the sports department at 468-3518. Co-ed softball league A co-ed softball league will run from June 21 to Aug. 1 at the men's softball fields in Ukiah. The sponsorship fee for each team is $425 and is due by June 15. For more information, call 744-1116 or 485-6772 (eve.). SCHEDULE FRIDAY Track and Field State Championships at Cerritos College Softball Men's B-5 Ukiah Truck Repair vs. Par- num Oaving, 6:45 p.m. . Ferranti Const, vs. Hopland Hardware, 6:45 p.m. Devco Heating and Air vs. Calpella Distributing, 7:45 p.m. Beamers vs. Parducci Winery, 7:45 p.m. United Tribes vs. U.S. Rentals, 8:45 p.m. Pardini Appliance vs. Moore's Flour Mill, 8:45 p.m. SATURDAY Baseball Ukiah Legion at Fairfield, 7p.m. Don Ford Electric vs. Redding Oaks, 1 p.m. at Mendocino College, doubleheader SUNDAY Baseball Ukiah Legion at Fairfield, 11 a.m. Don Ford Electric vs. Redwood Empire, 11 a.m. at Mendocino College, doubleheader Award winners The Ukiah High School spring sports blanket awards were handed out at the high school Thursday night. Award winners included, pictured from left to right (back row), Zack Hayden (tennis), Ben Garnero (boys swimming), Tania Tollini (softball), Julie Howard (girls track), Tim Keffeler (baseball), (front row), Katrina Sinclair (girls swimming), Nat Lemke (tennis) and Jenny Babcock (girls golf). Not pictured is Ryan Mack who won the boys track award. Keffeler and fellow senior Emily Smith, pictured right, were both named athletes of the year for outstanding years in two or more sports. ston) are where the younger guys want to go, and they can help them in that aspect." Another familiar face on hand this summer is former Willits High School and Mendocino College graduate Andy Sawyers, who went on to play catcher at Nebraska College and is back for the season to help Dana coach. Don Ford Electric will play two doubleheaders at Mendocino College this weekend, starting with two matchups with the Redding Oaks at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by a doubleheader against the Redwood Empire out of Santa Rosa at 11 a.m. Sunday. Henderson's homer leads A's past Rangers Athletics 6, Rangers 1 By DENNIS GEORGATOS AP Sports Writer OAKLAND — A blend of speed and power made Rickey Henderson one of the game's premier leadoff hitters. Nothing has changed in his 19th year in the big leagues. Henderson has been displaying that rare combination on a daily basis for the Oakland Athletics, with the latest instance coming in Thursday's 6-1 victory over the AL West-leading Texas Rangers. The 39-year-old outfielder hit a tie-breaking, three-run homer in the seventh. It was his third home run in as many games, and helped make a winner of Jimmy Haynes (4-2), who teamed with Bill Taylor on a five-hitter. "I still enjoy the game and my body has been great to me," said Henderson, who made a key defensive play, running down Domingo Cedeno's third-inning liner in left field and taking a hit away with a diving catch. "The guy really takes care of himself," Oakland manager Art Howe said. "He's been going out there just about every day for us, and he still gets the bat through the zone." Henderson, whose 22 stolen bases tie him with Texas' Tom Goodwin for the AL lead, has six homers this year and is in the midst of a four-game roll, going 5-for-16 with a double, three homers, eight RBIs, six runs and three walks in that span. "I've been seeing the ball really well for the last two weeks," said Henderson, signed as a free agent prior to this season for his fourth tour with the A's. "I've been hitting the ball pretty much on the button. I haven't been coming up with that many hits because it seems like I had been hitting the ball right at people. But it so happens in the last three days, the balls I've been hitting have been gel- See A'S, Page B-2 Ray Hamlll/The Daily Journal NBA FINALS Jordan looks to make most of Hornacek matchup Is time running out for the Bulls ? By BOB BAUM AP Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY — Admittedly dog tired, losers of four straight playoff road games and down 0-1 to the Utah Jazz, the Chicago Bulls would seem to be in big trouble going into Game 2 of the NBA Finals. So why are they all yukking it up? Why is coach Phil Jackson mugging for photographers? Why is nobody the least upset that Dennis Rodman took an overnight trip to Las Vegas just hours after Wednesday night's 88-85 overtime loss? Michael Jordan kidded that some of his coach's spiritual serenity is wearing off on the players. "I think it's that Zen Buddhism stuff," Jordan said. "We're practicing smiling when we may be frustrated inside so we can relieve some tension. It's an*art form. It takes about 10 years." Time seems to be running out for the Bulls. A loss tonight would drop them to 0-2, a place Chicago has never been in its run to five titles in the 1990s. "I have an inner confidence about ourselves and what we are capable of accomplishing," Jordan said. "One game does not deteriorate like that. It's the ultimate apex of the season, but you don't fight that apex with anger and frustration." Instead, Jordan is banging away at the piano in his hotel suite, taking out his frustration on the ivory and plotting for a big game tonight. "Well, I played at it," Jordan said. "Don't confuse the issue here. I pushed the keys. I don't really know what I'm doing, but it's relaxation for me, that's all." Jeff Hornacek will start out guarding Jordan. Bryon Russell and Shandon Anderson also will get their turns. Hornacek insists he feels fine, but he looks as if his sore Achilles' tendon is bothering him. "It looks to me like Jeff Hornacek's really struggling," Jackson said. Even when Hornacek is healthy, he's much smaller and slower than Jordan. Expect the Bulls to try to take advantage of that matchup. It's just a matter of deciding whether to post Jordan up inside for short jumpers or set up plays that allow him to drive to the basket. The Jazz adopt the attitude of their tough-guy coach Jerry Sloan when it comes to injuries. They don't talk about them. "It just gives you an excuse to fail," Sloan said. So if Hornacek is hurting, nobody is saying so. "Jeff's physical condition is he's like anybody else: when we suit up, he's ready to play," Karl Malone said. "That's basically the motto of this team. When we put our uniform on, we're ready, no excuses." There is no way that Hornacek — or Russell or Anderson or anybody else — can guard Jordan one on one. "Jeff realizes he's not going to stop him. We realize that," Malone said. "But it's our job as big guys to help him out a lot more TONIGHT'S GAME Chicago at Utah, 6 p.m., Channel 4. than we did last night." Malone, meanwhile, will try to locate the jump shot that deserted him for most of Game 1. He had trouble getting to the basket against Luc Longley, but hinted that he would alter his approach tonight. "I had opportunities," Malone said Thursday. "Let's just say that Luc was a great defensive player and I didn't do the things I was capable of maybe doing. I made a minor adjustment for tomorrow night's game. I'm not going to tell you what it is. But I'm not going to stop shooting, if that's what you're asking."

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