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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS THURSDAY, MAY 14, 1998 D3 T HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL South too much for Great Bend Mitchell fires shutout in opener; strong finish to Game 2 caps sweep By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal Sara Mitchell said she was bothered by a lingering hamstring pull. •'• The Great Bend Panthers were fortunate she wasn't 100 percent. Mitchell, one of seven South ''' QrtBrnAi V ' seniors play..; .SOFTBALL ing their fmal Great Bend o 2 home game, •Salina South 6 8 pitched a &*«**¥»!*»«<!*'WIM three-hit shutout in leading Salina South to a 6-0 victory over Great Bend Wednesday in the first game of a •Softball doubleheader at the South fields. South completed the sweep with an 8-2 win in game two. "(The hamstring) bothered me a little bit," Mitchell said. "But I did OK. I didn't feel like I had great control, but you can't be 100 percent all the time." Whatever percent Mitchell was Wednesday, it was good enough. She gave up singles in the first, fifth and sixth innings and didn't allow a runner past second base. She struck out four and didn't' walk a batter. Mitchell said the stiff south wind was an ally. "It was your friend when it was behind you and you were pitching," she said. "But when you were batting you had to get it on the ground to get on (base)." South (17-1) took a 1-0 lead hi the third when Andrea Heinrich singled with two outs, stole second, and scored on Jessica Watson's single. The Cougars broke the game open with five runs in the sixth inning. Leah Wahlgren's two- run double highlighted the uprising. She later scored on Heinrich's single. South had five hits in the inning. "We started kinda slow today, but we're primed and ready to roll," Mitchell said. "We're where we need to be." Wahlgren and Heinrich had two hits each to lead South's nine-hit offense. South fell behind 2-0 in the second game as starting pitcher Kindra Harbaugh got off to a rocky start, allowing two runs and four hits in the first two innings. But she settled down and allowed no runs and three hits the rest of the game. South took the lead with three runs in the fourth, the last two on Megan Daily's two-out single. South tacked on three more runs in the fifth, two coming home on an error on Great Bend shortstop Gerrie Koehler. Three more Great Bend errors led to two more South runs in the sixth. Wahlgren, Heinrich and Kelsey Snavely had two hits each as South again totaled nine. South coach Daryl Hoelting was pleased with the victories, but not the manner in which his team attained them. South committed four errors on the day. Great Bend (14-5) made seven errors. "Both teams were in a giving mood, it seemed," Hoelting said. "It was uncharacteristic for us to play defense like we did. I guess you can be up and down and have bad games. Maybe it was because it was Senior Day, or something else. "But we're 17-and-one and you can't complain too much about that. Seventeen victories seem to be our benchmark. That's a pretty good mark to hit each year." The Cougars conclude the regular season today with a 5 p.m. doubleheader at Hutchinson. Central takes two from McPherson SOFTBALL T PRO BASKETBALL: WESTERN DIVISION FINALS Immovable center' O'Neal awaits Jazz T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Lakers' seven-foot-one, 315-pound star poses big challenge for Utah By GREG BEACHAM The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — The path to the Western Conference finals has taken the Utah Jazz to some of the biggest men hi the NBA. Their ne.xt challenge, however, is the biggest of all. Utah will face Shaquille O'Neal and the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference finals beginning Saturday at the Delta Center. The Jazz, who start 6-foot-ll Greg Foster at center and have only one player over 7 feet, don't relish the task of trying to stop the 7-1, 315-pound O'Neal. "He's the immovable center," Bryon Russell said. "It's going to be a battle for us." Q'Neal averaged 22 points and 11.6 rebounds per game during the Lakers' five-game loss to Utah in last season's conference semifinals. This year, he is second in the league in scoring with 29.9 points per game and 10th in rebounding. Utah's two previous playoff opponents, the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs, presented their own size • problems for the Jazz. But with solid defense, Utah sent both Hakeem Olajuwon and Da'vid Robinson back to Texas. "We don't have any one guy that can stop a big, powerful center like that," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "We just try to throw a bunch of things and a bunch of people at them and hope it slows them down." The Jazz haven't had a first- class defensive center since Mark Eaton retired in 1993. Ostertag, while spectacular at tunes on defense, has been wildly inconsistent since signing a $39 million contract before this season. poster's athleticism causes problems for less mobile centers. Btit his slim build and lack of an offensive game in the post make huh a true small forward playing out of position. Karl Malone matches up well against lean, quick centers like Robinson. Malone uses his quickness to beat the taller players into the paint and tries to force them into fallaway outside shots. But for all his skill and muscle, the-6-9 Malone is too short to guard the massive O'Neal through an entire series. All-rookie team paced by Duncan, Van Horn By The Associated Press CLEVELAND — While Tim Duncan of San Antonio and Keith Van Horn of New Jersey were unanimous choices on the NBA All- Rookie team Wednesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the first two teams with a total of four players. The Cavaliers didn't have a rookie as proficient as Duncan or Van Horn, but their rookies played key roles in helping Cleveland make the playoffs. Duncan and Van Horn, both forwards, were joined on the first team by guard Brevin Knight and center Zy- drunas Ilgauskas, both of Cleveland, and guard Ron Mercer of the Boston Celtics. Duncan and Van Horn each had the maximum 56 points. They were followed by Knight (54), Ilgauskas (51) and Mercer (50). Cleveland's two players on the second team were Cedric Henderson (27) and Derek Anderson (25). The Associated Press Royals second baseman Jose Offerman forces Tampa Bay's Mike Kelly at second, then throws to first to double up John Flaherty. Karl's future uncertain SEATTLE — The George Karl Era in Seattle probably is over. It's not official yet, but the coach with the best regular-season whining percentage in the SuperSon- ics' history is expected to be fired by team owner Barry Ackerley following the team's second-round playoff exit. "I'm scared of the phone ringing," Karl said after the Super- Sonics lost Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal series to the Los Angeles Lakers and Shaquille O'Neal 110-95 Tuesday night. "We need to sit down and talk about where we are," team president and general manager Wally Walker said. Cougars/ Burt-Roth, Adams both place 3rd FROM PAGE D1 throwing in a kick serve. "My serve is definitely a strong point for me," Stroer said. "Martin has a great return of serve. He's going to return a lot and miss a lot, so I had to get my first serves in. "In the wind, the kick serve is just as good some of the time because it kicks up and forces him to hit it high. I was just trying to mix it up and keep him honest on tK£ returns." In No. 1 doubles, Lamb and Hoffman rolled to the finals with a bye and a 9-1 semifinal victory over Topeka High's Zach Yorke and Joe Schmidt, but fell 6-2, 6-1 to Chris Humphrey and Chris Roth of Topeka West in the finals. Salina South managed a pair of third-place — from Wes Burt and Eric Roth in No. 1 doubles and from Jesse Adams in No. 3 singles. Jamie Coleman and Adam Strong pitching outings from Herrman, Moreen send 'Stangs to sweep By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal Salina Central coach Jerre Morgan is feeling much better about her softball team as the postseason draws closer. Morgan's Mustangs used strong pitching performances from freshman Jessica Herrman and junior Jamie Moreen on Wednesday to sweep a non-league doubleheader from McPherson. Herrman fired a two-hitter in the opener as the Mustangs earned a 4-2 victory and Moreen won for the first time since early McPherson 2 4 in the season by Salina Central 4 5 going the dis- <*<•><•' « » tance in a 5-4 win in the second game at Bill Burke Park. The sweep boosted the Mustangs to 6-12 overall and assured them of no worse than a No. 3 seed in Tuesday's regional tournament in Salina and in the opposite bracket of No. 1 seeded Salina South. "We played South one good game this year and Topeka West two good games," Morgan said. "But the most important thing is we just wanted to get some wins under our belt." The Mustangs did just that and have now won four of their last six as they wind up the regular season Friday at Hays. "We'd like to end the season 812," Morgan said. "That's not as good as a year ago (12-9), but we're so young. I'm excited about how we're playing right now." Herrman (3-4) was tough on the Bullpups in the opener, striking out six and walking just two. She ended the game striking out the final four batters she faced. "She's throwing the ball real well right now and the team is playing well behind her," Morgan said of Herrman, who blanked Topeka West (2-0) last week. Central took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Christa Morris scored on a Lisa Bowman single and added another run in the third when Carli Sanchez singled home Melissa Magee. McPherson (3-15), which isjn the same regional with Soulh» Central and Topeka West, got one run back in the top of the fourth! but Central expanded its lead to 41 in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring single by Alison Smith and a Bullpup error. j Stacy Shrag of McPherson scored her second run of the gartie in the top of the sixth, but the Bullpups could get no closer. , vt ., Central scored four runs in the first two innings of the second game, watched McPherson tie the game in the fifth, and then scored the eventual winning run in the bottom of the fifth. - ; In the first inning, Andrea Wily ley opened with a single and Ashley Wilson walked. Herrman followed with a two-run double to left-center and a double by Sanchez scored Herrman with- a double. Wilson gave the Mustangs a 4-0 in the bottom of the second when Wilson drove home Willey withja single to right. A two-run single by McPherson's Abby Lehman in the top of the third cut Central's lead to 4-2 before Moreen (3-5) walked home two Bullpup runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game. ' , The Mustangs got the winning run in the bottom of the fifth when Bowman drove home Sanchez with a two-out single to right. Willey finished the twinbill with three hits and three runs scored. "We've been working a lot with her about her strike zone because she is tough to pitch to," Morgan said. "And she's been playing r a great third base. She's one of the best third basemen in the league." Sanchez was 3 for 5 in the two games with two runs batted in. Royals end Slide aS Chiefs swap Booker for Holland Rapp hurls shutout By The Associated Press RAPP Tripp finished fourth in No. 2 doubles, Brad Livengood fifth in No. 2 singles and Kevin Buyse sixth in No. 1 singles. "All my sophomores I have playing singles are good people, but they have a lot to learn," said South coach Gary Dunlap. "I think they learned today what they need to do to pick up their games and compete next year as juniors. "I really thought Jamie and Adam played hard and deserved a better fate. Wes and Eric got the number two seed and lost their first match, which I didn't think they should have, but they came back to win a three-set match and medal, which was good for them." Burt and Roth beat Topeka High's Yorke and Schmidt 6-1, 16, 7-5 for third place. Both Central and South will compete again Monday in the Class 5A regional at McPherson. Pitcher yields four hits, strikes out 10 as KG snaps four-game skid By FRED GOODALL The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pat Rapp got stronger as the night wore on, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays kept fading. Rapp pitched a four-hitter and Johnny Damon drove in two runs with a single as the Kansas City Royals snapped a four- game losing streak Wednesday night with a 4-0 victory. Jeff King and Ernie Young also drove in runs in support of Rapp (3-3), who had a career-high 10 strikeouts and walked two on the way to his fifth career shutout and first complete game this season. "Once he got to a certain point, you could see that he could smell the shutout," Kansas City manager Tony Muser said. Tampa Bay manager Larry Rothschild also sensed his team was tired after beating Cleveland in a 14-inning marathon that lasted nearly five hours Tuesday night. "When you're shut out it looks like a lethargic effort. But it wasn't," said Rothschild, who was Florida's pitching coach when Rapp was with the Marlins. "Probably some of our guys were tired, but he pitched a good game," Rothschild added. "I've seen him pitch better, but he threw very well." King drove in a run with a first- inning sacrifice fly off Tony Saunders (1-4), but the Royals cleanup hitter was ejected in the fifth for arguing with home plate umpire Tim Welke over a called third strike. Young took over King's spot in the batting order and chased Sanders with a RBI double that hit a catwalk that stopped him from getting a home run in the seventh inning. "Home runs are too hard to come by," said Young. "I hit it pretty good. I knew it was gone. But that's the way the ball bounces. We had seen it on TV, so we weren't surprised." Damon added his two-run single off reliever Dan Carlson with one out in the eighth. Braves set NL homer record ST. LOUIS — The Braves launched a record long ball. Atlanta set an NL record and tied a major league mark when they homered in their 25th straight game, doing it Wednesday night when Ryan Klesko hit a two-run shot in the sixth inning of a 10-2 win over St. Louis. The Braves, the 1941 New York Yankees and 1994 Detroit Tigers are the only teams in history to homer in 25 consecutive games. Atlanta, which started the streak on April 18, entered the night tied with the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers for the NL record. Atlanta, which has won five in a row and nine of 10, can break the record today against Cardinals starter Mark Petkovsek. Atlanta has hit 45 homers during the streak. GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers traded defensive tackle Darius Holland to the Kansas City Chiefs for defensive end Vaughn Booker on Wednesday. Holland was the Packers' third- round draft pick in 1995 and had 41 tackles and l'/2 sacks while playing as a reserve. He saw a lot of action during Green Bay's final five regular season games last season while Reggie White was bothered by a sore back and Gilbert Brown had an ankle injury. After two years in the Canadian Football League, Booker was signed by the Chiefs as a free agent in 1994. He has been with them since then, starting 33 games and recording 164 tackles; seven sacks, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. Salina Babe Ruth t Sal., 10:00 Sunset Central baseball sweeps High By The Journal Staff TOPEKA — Salina Central's red- hot baseball team continued its late-season surge Wednesday by sweeping an 1-70 League doubleheader from Topeka High. The Mustangs won the opener 98 and scored seven runs hi the fifth inning of the nightcap en route to an 11-4 victory. Central has won nine games in a row and 10 of its last 11 to stand 137 on the year. The 13 victories are a school record. Central jumped to a 9-4 lead in the opener, but High rallied for four runs hi the bottom of the fifth. Brian Lamone (3-3) was the winning pitcher. "We just didn't play well," Central coach Bill Bartow said. "We had some errors and let them back in it. That is the one thing we're not pleased with. If we don't get better defensively next week, we'll be going home instead of going to the (Class 5A) state tournament." Lamone's three-run homer highlighted the Mustangs' big fourth inning. Winning pitcher Jason Anderson had a two-run single and Bobby Bartow had two hits in the inning. Anderson (3-2), who had five hits hi the doubleheader, struck out six and walked two while giving up two runs. "Jason had a good day pitching and hitting," Bartow said. "We had a good day offensively as a team." Central will join Salina South, Topeka West and Topeka Seaman in the 5A regional Tuesday at Topeka's Falley Field. Pairings will be announced later this week. \ SUMMER SALE! TOUGH JOBS DEMAND TOUGH EQUIPMENT 1500 S. Broadway 1-800-WIL-RENT 827-0847 Store Hours Dally 7:30 AM-6:00 PM Sunday 12:30-5:30 REMJNC,

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