Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 9, 1998 · Page 7
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THEUKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Snorts COMMUNITY SPORTS DIGEST Giants make it 10 straight 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. f" : 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. >r >\ ;'Co-ed softball league |j ; A co-ed softball league will run from June 21 to Aug. 1 at the .jmen's softball fields in Ukiah. t'The sponsorship fee for each team is $425 and is due by June >15. For more information, call ? j744-l 116 or 485-6772 (eve.). ir €o-ed softball league • v A co-ed softball league will ^han from June 21 to Aug. 1 at the " men's softbajl, fiek^.jfl.y.kiah ; ^{T/he -sponsorship fee ,for each Ueam is $425. For more informa- ,,tion, call 744-1116 or 485-6772 .Jove.). "Roller hockey camp The Ukiah Roller Hockey '"Sport Association will hold a •'one-week camp beginning June •'.15 and running from 8 a.m. to 1 ~p.m. daily. Camp instructor Don 1<; Moe will train participants in ">jpower skating, stick handling i'and positioning, and will offer an introduction to systematic Hiockey. For more information, "Ccal! Don Moe at 468-7929. Longest winning streak in seven years Giants 4, Mariners 3 By DENNIS GEORGATOS AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants see no reason to dwell on their longest winning streak in seven years. They're too busy trying to extend it. "I don't think about it," manager Dusty Baker said after the Giants won their 10th straight by beating the Seattle Mariners 43 Monday night. "Just enjoy it, and try to win one more game." San Francisco caught a break in the ninth when Joey Cora appeared to beat out SCHEDULE TUESDAY Men's Softball B-5 Product Lines vs. Retech, 6:45 p.m. Ron's Quality Shop vs. MTA, 6:45 p.m. Jim and Jim's vs. Masonite, 7:45 p.m. Archer Trucking vs. Ukiah Fitness Center, 7:45 p.m. Rack Em Up vs. Bulldog Bros., 8:45 p.m. Women's Softball Northwest Insurance KFC, 6p.m. Niles Nissan/Farm Supply vs. Clearwater, 7:30 p.m. Zingers/EAC Electric, 9 p.m. WEDNESDAY Men's Softball B-3 . Metal Works vs. Ukiah Dodge, 6:45 p.m. Eel River Fuels vs. Harwood Prod., 6:45 p.m. Black Bart Casino vs. Valley paving, 7:45 p.m. Kirtley Trucking vs. Petersen Law, 7:45 p.m. Women's Softball D-2 Paoli Mortgage vs. Century 21,6p.m. Sho-Ka-Wah Hawks vs. McAvoy Construction, 7:30 p.m. From The Ground Up vs. Milo Foundation, 9 p.m. an infield single, but was called out by first base umpire Sam Holbrook. Cora and Mariners manager Lou Piniella heatedly argued the call and were ejected. "You catch a hot team and things happen," said Ken Griffey Jr., who was hitless in five at-bats and struck out to end the game. "I'm just wondering when it's going to be our turn." Certainly, it wasn't Monday night. Rich Aurilia homered in his first at-bat against Randy Johnson (5-5), and Danny Darwin, who allowed homers in nine of 11 previous starts, kept the majors' top home-run hitting team in the park. And on a night when closer Robb Nen was unavailable after working the previous three games, the Giants called on Rich Rodriguez to finish, and he responded by getting three outs for his first save of the season. "Right now, this club doesn't feel like it can get beat," Darwin said. San Francisco is in the midst of its longest winning streak since an 11 -game run in 1991. The surge has put the Giants in front in the NL West by a game over San Diego. "We're not really going out and crushing teams," Aurilia said. "We're just going out and getting key hits. Nobody gives up, and it's great being surrounded by a team like that." The mood in the Mariners' clubhouse is considerably different. Seattle not only dropped into last place in the AL West, but lost for the eighth time in nine interleague games at NL parks. The Mariners are a season-low nine games below .500 (27-36), despite leading the majors with 100 homers. "It's not one thing that's got us," Griffey said. "One day we hit well. The next day, we won't. We'll field well, then we won't. We'll pitch well, then we wdn't." The 42-year-old Darwin (6-3) allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings in winning Jfor the fifth time in his last six decision*? l«ft , said he was fortunate he didn't give of) any more. "It was one of those nights where I got away with some pitches," Darwin said. "I hung (Griffey) a couple of pitches that he missed. He wasn't swinging the bat that well tonight." Johnson, raised in nearby Livermote, made his first appearance at San Francisco and struck out 10, the 88th time he has fanned 10 or more batters. Johnson, who walked three, went seven innings and allowed four runs on six hits. Seattle was leading 1-0 in the inning when Aurilia, two pitches after being brushed back by Johnson, connected for his fifth homer. Rookie pitcher leads / Joe Chavtz/The Daily Journal Eric Schmidt of Citrus Heights won the Thurston Chevrolet Modified Division Trophy Dash at the Ukiah Speedway Saturday night. Racing returns to the Ukiah Speedway The Dally Journal After a rainout the previous week, the action returned to the Ukiah Speedway Saturday night. Trophy Dash action started off the evening racing with Jeff French of Ukiah winning in the Mini Stock Division, Eric Schmidt of Citrus Heights came home the winner in the Thurston Chevrolet Modified Division, Joey Zampa of Napa won in the Pepsi Legends Division, Keith Jacks of Redwood Valley took home the win the Bud Racing Bomber "B" Dash, while Rod Skidmore of Santa Rosa won the "A" Dash. In the Main Event action for the Mini Stock Division, Darrell Austin of Santa Rosa won driving his No. 22 car after a very heated battle with Jim Koehler driving his No. 01 Allison Legacy car. The finish had the fans on their feet as Austin won by less than a car length. Koehler went on to win the Main Event for the Allison Legacy Division. In the Thurston Chevrolet Modified Division, Norm Boucher of Cloverdale driving his No. 17 car made it two wins in a row as he held off the hard charging Rick Rose of Lakeport. Boucher got a late start this racing season, but in his first two weeks of racing, Boucher has broke the track record and won the Main Event. In the Pepsi Legends Division the high flying Joey Zampa of Napa driving his No. 92 car won the Main Event after taking over the lead on lap seven. Zampa continued to move out with a comfortable lead, although during the closing laps Koehler, driving the No. 3 car was closing in fast on Zampa, but ran out of laps and finished second. In the Late Model Division, Paul Moore of Ukiah driving the No. 92 car was the winner after having to replace the heads and intake on his car during Hot Laps. After missing qualifying due to the mechanical problems, Moore had to start off the Main Event from the back and work his way to the front being chased to the finish by Stephen Starr. In the Bud Racing Bombers, Skidmore in his No. 84 car once again won the Main Event. This makes it four out of five Main Events that Skidmore has won since the beginning of the 1998 season. Finishing behind Skidmore was his team car driven by Bernie Simpson of Santa Rosa. Action returns to the speedway next Saturday. Racing begins at 7 p.m. NBA PLAYOFFS Utah must regroup, recover from rout Jazz looks to put embarassing loss behind them By RICK GANG AP Sports Writer CHICAGO — A day later, it still seemed unreal. Fifty-four points from a team featuring two of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. The Utah Jazz, dazed Monday by their unwanted brush with scoring futility, are anxious to find a way to play real basketball, the kind that got them to the finals in the first place. But could they still pick-and-roll, would their offense rock-and-roll after Sunday's 9654 defeat to the Chicago Bulls? "It's a good thing for us that we don't get too high on wins or too low on losses — even one like (Sunday's)," Jazz guard Jeff Hor- nacek said. "We're pretty good at putting it aside, even though it was an embarrassing loss for us. I think we'll come out Wednesday and be a different team." How embarrassing was it? Just the lowest output by any team in the playoffs or regular season since the shot clock came around in the 1954-55 season. Just the most lopsided loss in NBA Finals history. "You can't describe that one. In the finals?" Bryon Russell said Monday. "They stopped us, but I think we stopped ourselves. It just wasn't there for us." . Trailing 2-1, Utah needs more shots for Karl Malone and it must be able to pry John Stockton loose from the clawing long arms of Ron Harper and Scottie Pippen in Wednesday's Game 4. "I think what the Bulls are doing other teams have tried. But the Bulls with their long arms and their ability to rotate and help each other do it better than any team," Hor- nacek said. Malone got out of a shooting slump with 8-of-ll shooting, but had seven turnovers and only five field-goal attempts after the first quarter. Stockton scored just two points and turned it over five times. "We took out the elemental effect, their screen-and-roll and their execution in the halfcourt and frustrated them with turnovers by Karl and Stockton in numbers they are not used to," Bulls coach Phil Jackson said Monday. "When that happens to the leaders, I think it's a big demoralizer. It's not all their fault and it wasn't all our doing. It's happenstance. I think some of it was just our quickness arid alertness. We got to the ball and made plays." The Bulls had lost three straight to Utah after dropping Game 1. But now after two victories, there is some familiarity with what the Jazz are trying to do. Hence, their ability to play better defense. past LA Athletics 7, Dodgers 3 By KEN PETERS AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES — Blake Stein felt sharper in his previous start against Texas. He certainly looked better against Los .Angeles. I >'^M' The Oakland Athletics' rookie, making just his sixth major league start, struck out 10 and pitched 8 1-3 strong innings Monday night in a 7-3 victory over the Dodgers. Stein was coming off a rocky outing against the Rangers last Wednesday when he was ripped for nine hits and nine runs in 4 13 innings as Oakland lost l$lp. "I felt better against tfexas and had worse results," Stein • said. "But I went put ^thjflK,^ tonight and tried to stay : focusOT^ and concentrate the whole time." Making just a couple of obvious mistakes — pitches out over the plate that Eric Karros and Paul Konerko jumped on for homers — Stein (2-3) had fine command, usually nipping the corners. "He was on top of his game all the way and just kept pounding the strike zone," Oakland manager Art Howe said. The 6-foot-7 Stein allowed five hits, walked one and set a career high in strikeouts. "I wanted to make them beat me at my game. I went right after them and things worked out," said Stein, whose previous high in strikeouts was eight in his major-league debut — a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on May 10. Dodgers starter Ramon Martinez (7-3), burned for thlree unearned runs in a four-run first inning, was impressed by the Athletics' young pitcher. "Give credit to Stein. He pitched a great game for them," said Martinez, who gave up seven runs — four earned — and six hits in seven innings for his first loss since April 21. Stein (2-3) gave way to reliever Billy Taylor after giving up a two-run homer to Karros in the ninth. '• "I wanted him to get the complete game, but I think he was getting tired," Howe said. MEN'S SOFTBALL Bottle Shop improves to 2-1 •/ The Daily Journal Bottle Shop improved to 2-1 in men's softball action Monday night, with a 9-8 win over Ukiah Co-op Brothers. Doug Ware and Mike Tosti each finished 2-for-4 at the plate for Bottle Shop, while Nathan Baird finished a perfect 4-for4 for Ukiah Co-op. ' . Yep Harmony went 2-f«^3 % ' the losing effort with a home run and a triple, while Josh Tilander finished 3-for-4. Ukiah Co-op fell to 0-3 with the loss.

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