The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1998 · Page 13
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL SPORTS TUESDAY, MAY 19. 1998 B3 Y-HIGH SCHOOL REGIONAL BASEBALL Sylvan downs Knights for title BRIEFLY ! Sacred Heart unable | to' keep pace with : Mustangs late in game By; LARRY MORITZ Th6 Salina Journal < -LINCOLN — Nothing seemed to ! come easy for the Sylvan baseball I squad during its 13-7 championship ; game victory over Sacred Heart at * Monday's Class 2-1A regional. ! The Mustangs built a five-run ', lead. The Knights came back to tie. ; Sylvan went back in front by two ; runs. Sacred , .• t f M ^£^-^'I Heart rallied ': ; W»»**«» C:~. ', again to get the Sacred Heart 7 I game tied. sylvan i? ; But the • Knights, who used a late-inning 1 comeback against Southeast of 1 Saline to get their season turned around after an 0-5 start, had no final comeback in them. Not after 14 innings on one of the warmest mid- May days in north-central Kansas hisjtory. ""Here again we got down and these guys never quit," Sacred Heart coach Greg Maring said. "We came back and tied it up twice and .gave ourselves an opportunity to 'win, but just didn't do it today." Sylvan (11-5) earned not only the .regional championship but the ' state berth that goes with it. But there were plenty of uneasy mo- •'m'ents for Sylvan coach Mike '-Weatherman before his team wrapped up it's second state tournament appearance in three years. "I think we played well a couple innings and then struggled a couple innings," Weatherman said. "We got a few runs ahead and Sacred Heart would come back. But it was that way all day. We did pretty much the same thing in our first game (a 16-6 win over Ell-Saline)." The Mustangs will begin play at the 2-1A state tournament in Emporia on Friday, May 29. Sacred Heart ended its season with a 10-10 record. Sylvan broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Justin Keller and Clint Meitler opened the inning with back-to- back singles and a Sacred Heart error loaded the bases. Keller scored the go-ahead run on a close play at the plate after Conrad Wehrman's grounder to third. After back-to-back strikeouts, Nicholas Ringler drew a bases loaded walk to make it 9-7, and the Mustangs added two more runs on a wild pitch and passed ball. "When Sacred Heart caught up, our guys knew they had to step up and they did," Weatherman said. "They were up and down at times, but that's the way it's been all year. We haven't seemed to level out like we did two years ago." Sylvan sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five times in the second inning, getting a two-run single from Meitler and an RBI single from Wehrman. The Knights tied it in their next at bat, with the key hit Matt Neuman's single that drove in two runs. Trailing 7-5, Sacred Heart had runners at second and third with one out when Chris Neihouse hit a grounder to third. Pinch runner Greg Jaquay broke for home and appeared to be caught in a rundown. But an errant throw down the left field line allowed two runs to score on the play. That was it for the Salina club as it did not get a runner in scoring position in the final two innings against winning pitcher Darris Meitler. "This was a good experience for us," Maring said of his young squad. "Sylvan is a very good team and we knew they were the team to beat coming in here. We learned a lot from them about what it is going to take to go to state and we're already excited about next year." Sacred Heart 10, Lincoln 5 Sacred Heart reached the title game with a 10-5 victory over Lincoln. Jeremy Ryan, who came on in relief and took the loss against Sylvan, pitched the final two innings in' the opener and was credited with the win. After Lincoln scored three runs in the sixth to make it 5-all, the Knights responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Steve Bechard and Nick Sheahon started the big inning with back-to-back singles. Nick Barley got a bunt single and with one out, Toby Herbel executed a perfect suicide squeeze to score Sheahon. Neuman had an RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch to close the scoring. "Lincoln has a very good ballclub and we knew we had our work cut out for us," Maring said. "We split with them earlier this year and knew it would be tough to beat them on their home field. It was a great victory and I wish it could have carried over to the second game." Sylvan 16, Ell-Saline 6 Ell-Saline's season came to an end when the Cardinals fell behind 10-0 early against Sylvan, battled back to get within four, then lost by the 10-run rule when Sylvan scored six times in the sixth. "I told the kids yesterday that five runs were going to be key," Ell- Saline coach Tim Stephenson said. "If we held them to five or less we would have had a chance. But I give Sylvan credit because they are a good team. They hit the ball and the pitcher (Clint Meitler) did a good job throwing strikes." Mistakes cost the Cardinals early as Sylvan scored 10 runs in the first three innings. The Mustangs made Ell-Saline pay, getting an RBI triple from Clint Meitler and a run-scoring single from Wehrman in the first, and a two-out, two-run double from Kevin Meyer in the second. Ell-Saline (4-15) began its rally with two runs in the fourth, then got a home run in the fifth from Richie Benninghoven to make it 104 in the fifth. Chris Kohart's two- out single to right in the sixth made it 10-6. The Mustangs had seven consecutive batters reach safely in the bottom of the sixth, going up 15-6. NCRA Modified Series coming to JC's Plaza JUNCTION CITY — The National Championship Modified Series (NCRA) Modified Series comes to Plaza Speedway Friday. Racing begins at 8 p.m. The NCRA was established in 1971 and features four touring divisions and over $500,000 in prize money. To get to Plaza Speedway, take 1-70 to exit 301 and turn right on the access road that runs next to Marshall Army Airfield. Follow the access road to the speedway. Marysville 1A regional track meet moved The Class 1A regional track meet, scheduled for Friday at Marysville, has been moved to Seneca because of ongoing construction work on the Marysville facility. All times remain the same with the meet starting at 3 p.m. Volunteers needed for regional track meet Salina Central coaches are looking for volunteers to help with the Class 5A regional track and field meet Friday at Salina Stadium. The meet begins at 4 p.m. and volunteers are needed to help run several of the field events. ,; Anyone interested in helping at the meet should contact Central, coach Gary Goodwin at the high school (826-4751) or may call him at home (827-8719). Big 12 officials to discuss commissioner COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. r Big 12 officials will take up the issue of finding a new commissiori- er this week at the league's annual spring meetings. Steve Hatchell resigned earlier this month amid reports that he was forced out because of his treatment of staffers at confer- • ence headquarters. He denied ; that. The Big 12 Board of Directors, who will hire the new commissioner, aren't scheduled to meet; this week. But board chairman and Texas A&M President Ray Bowen will attend several sessions, and the league said replacing Hatchell is one topic on the schedule. Other items on the agenda in-' elude discussions on this year's football bowl possibilities. The meetings conclude on Friday. From Staff and Wire Reports Tennis / Stroer stays perfect on season FROM PAGE B1 Southeast-Lyons game suspended Darkness halts 3A regional final until today with Lyons ahead 10-9 By PAUL MOGENSON The Salina Journal ( GYPSUM — It's going to take a •Ijittle longer than expected to determine the Class 3A entry to the state baseball tournament from the Southeast of Saline Regional . .£he championship game was suspended after five innings due to darkness. The Southeast of Saline diamond is without lights and when the final contest got started at 6:45 p.m., a suspension became a real possibility. And, at approximately 8:18, plate umpire Doug Fitzmorris made those fears come true. He suspended the game. "It was too dark," Fitzmorris said. "I'm not going to get anybody hurt. We'll go at 4:30 tomorrow," and right where the game was halted, with Lyons leading the Trojans 10-9. "Yeah, it was too dark," Southeast coach Dee Kolzow said. "The outfielders were having a hard time picking up the ball." The start of the first game at 1:30, was dictated by the state (KSHSAA) according to Kolzow, feeling that would be adequate time to complete the three games. However, it didn't take into account of an eight inning first game and a longer than expected second game, and the 19 runs scored by the two teams in five innings. The game for a trip to state in Topeka looked like it would be a hometown affair all the way as the Trojans jumped out 8-1 after two innings. Chris Tuzicka and Chance Ptacek each had two RBI singles in the second and Jimmy White and Thane Douglas run-scoring hits to lead the way. That was enough for Lyons starter Jared Rose and Lance Stegman came on in relief to open the third. Meanwhile, Lyons chipped four off the lead in its third inning while Southeast answered with Jason Myers' long homer to center field. The Lions clawed within one after a three-run fourth and then rode a towering homer off Stegman's bat to take the lead in the top of five. Just prior to suspension, the Trojans loaded the sacks with one out, but Myers whiffed and Ptacek flied to right. Southeast reached the finals by run-ruling Marion 14-4 in six innings. White got the win and homered to aid his cause. Myers went 3 for 5, while Tuzicka and Jeff Knopf each had a pair of hits. Lyons made its way to the final game after weathering a Chase County rally, 7-6, in eight innings. South, Central on road for today's 5A regional By The Journal Staff "'The Salina Central baseball squad has already set a school record for victories in a season and its current nine-game winning streak is the longest in the program's history. ' Now the Mustangs have another opportunity to accomplish something no Central baseball team has done before: earn a state tournament berth. ''Central and Salina South will compete in a four-team Class 5A • regional today at Washburn Uni- versity's Falley Field on the Topeka college campus. The regional champion qualifies for the 5A state tournament May 29-30 at Salina's Dean Evans Stadium. South is the tournament's top seed with a 13-7 record, which is the same mark Central takes into the tourney. South earned the No. 1 seed because of its two victories over the Mustangs in head-to-head competition. South will face Topeka Seaman (7-12) at 3 p.m. today, followed by Central taking on Topeka West (11-8) at 5 p.m. The winners play for the regional championship at approximately 7 p.m. Softball reglonals Both the Southeast of Saline and Sacred Heart softball teams are also in regional action today, but for the first time since 1992 the Saline County rivals will not meet each other in a regional title game. Class 2-1A has been separated from 3A this season. Sacred Heart will compete in a three-team regional at Alma and has earned the top-seed. The regional opens with Alma- Wabaunsee facing Canton-Galva at 4:45 p.m., with the winner facing Sacred Heart at approximately 6:30 p.m. The winner of the regional advances to the 2-1A state tournament next week at Emporia. Southeast of Saline plays host to a four-team 3A regional, starting at 2 p.m. today with Lyons (13-7) facing Hillsboro (9-9). Southeast (16-4) is the top seed and takes on Marion (8-10 at 3:30 p.m. The title game will follow. The winner earns a spot in the 3A state tournament next week at Topeka. at me or hit passing shots. I guess he knew I'd come to the net anyway." While Stroer had little trouble staying unbeaten at 26-0, McPherson's Johnson and Heidebrecht had to battle to protect their perfect record. After splitting the first two sets, they came back strong in the third for a 6-4, 5-7, 6-0 victory over Lamb and Hoffman to improve to 22-0. Johnson's big serve got the Bullpups off to a fast start in the final set and they immediately broke Hoffman's serve for a 2-0 advantage. Heidebrecht then fought off three break points, effectively killing Lamb and Hoffman's last hopes. "That was a big key," said Johnson, whose serve was not broken in three matches. "They had a couple of game points and we pulled it off. It's obviously hard to come back from a 3-0 deficit." Heidebrecht said Johnson's serve helped take the pressure off, but agreed that the third game was pivotal. "It's nice just to get a free game when he serves," Heidebrecht said. "I thought if we won (the third) game we would win the match. You get down a break with (Johnson's) serve coming up and it's kind of hard to come back." Hoffman said he was still encouraged by the way he and Lamb played. "I thought we played pretty well," he said. "Hopefully we can step it up another level Friday. Hopefully we can win both individually and as a team." Lamb and Hoffman were playing their fourth match of the day while Johnson and Heidebrecht got a first-round bye. They also were extended to three sets in the semifinals by teammates Wilson and Jones before winning that match 62, 1-6, 6-3. Wilson and Jones beat McPherson's Josh Havens and Josh Ekholm 6-2, 6-1 for third. Porter came back from a 6-1, 6-1 semifinal loss to beat Great Bend's Quy Wesley 6-4, 6-2 in the third- place singles match. "I came in really nervous," Porter said. "(But) I was really pumped up in my quarterfinal match. It was a big deal for me to qualify for the team, basically." "Part of my goal was qualifying (for state), but once I got there I wanted to go even farther. I knew I had to win the third-fourth place match to get a (better) seed at state." For South, both doubles teams and singles player Brad Livengood came within one victory of qualifying. In doubles, fourth-seeded Eric Roth and Wes Hurt lost their quarterfinal 6-2, 6-4 to Havens and Ekholm. Lamb and Hoffman eliminated Jamie Coleman and Adam Tripp 6-4, 6-0 in their quarterfinal. Livengood also won his first match before falling 6-0, 6-0 to Stroer. The Cougars' Kevin Buyse did not get past the first round, losing 6-1, 6-1 to Ryan Courtwright of Newton. Currie qualifies for state NEODESHA — Southeast of Saline senior Thayne Currie Defeated Oskaloosa's Jon Raney 6-0, 6-0 in the singles finals of the Class 3A Neodesha Regional Monday. , Currie, the defending 3A state singles champion, improved to 213 on the season. He will begin defense of his title Friday at Hillsboro. T HIGH SCHOOL REGIONAL GOLF Central, Sacred Heart headed to state By The Journal Staff .GREAT BEND — A solid performance over the final nine holes at Monday's Great Bend regional has the Salina Central golf team headed r for the 5A state meet. The Mustangs qualified for state after finishing with a 331 at Golden Belt Country Club — just one shot in back of regional champion McPherson. .Host Great Bend was third and " also qualified with a 335, while Sali- 4 na South finished fifth at 349. "The boys hung in there and played a real good back side of golf and that's what it takes on that golf course," Central coach Chris Crank said. "We were behind everybody, but everybody did a good job on the back side. , "To get qualified for state is quite an accomplishment." Central was led by Ryan Rackley, who finished second with a 76 and t COLLEGE GOLF was just one stroke behind medal- ist Jake Klima of Great Bend. "Ryan Rackley played just an outstanding round of golf," Crank said. Central also received a top-10 performance from Tyler Alt, who tied for ninth with an 82, while Adam Lebahn (85) and Steve Wilson (88) also figured into the team's score. South was led by state qualifier David Dupy, who tied for seventh with an 81. The state meet will be held next Tuesday at Winfield's Quail Ridge Country Club. Knights win 2-1A meet ST. MARYS — When it comes to golf, Sacred Heart is making quite a name for itself. The defending 2-1A state champion Knights are regional champions for the third time in as many years after winning Monday's Class 2-1A St. Marys Regional at the St. Marys Country Club. A second-place finish from senior Chris Mergen (74) and a fifth- place finish from senior Ryan Prickett (84) paved the way for the Knights, who posted a score of 349. Runner-up Washington was 14 strokes back at 363 and also qualified for next Tuesday's state meet at Salina Municipal Golf Course. "Our two seniors are doing a really good job," Sacred Heart coach Tony Canacari said of Mergen and Prickett. Mergen finished just one stroke behind top medalist Garrett Donovan of Rossville on the hilly, tight, tree-lined par-70 St. Marys layout. Ironically, Donovan beat Mergen in a playoff to determine the individual medalist at last year's state meet. "Garrett and Chris played together and were kind of going at it the whole day," Canacari said. "It was kind of a match-play situation. Chris had fun." Sacred Heart's regional championship came despite Andy Roemer being disqualified after shooting the Knights' third-best score (91). "They were putting and chipping and he took a ball and hit one toward the green 40 minutes before the tournament," Canacari said. "They (tournament officials) didn't say anything until after the tournament. "It was a good call. They should have DQ'd him, no question. But they shouldn't have had him play and figure the scores up and then decide." Ryan Hellmer's 92 and Mikel Knipp's 99 also figured into the Knights' winning total. Sacred Heart now turns its attention toward state, which will be played on its home course. "That's a plus ,in our favor," Canacari said. "We'll practice there all this week." IF YOU KNOW TRACTORS, THERE'S NO OTHER CHOICE. American-Made, American-Owned By MTD Since 1981 Bethany begins play in NAIA Championships today By The Journal Staff TULSA, Okla. — The Bethany College begins play today in the 47th annual National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Men's Golf National Championships. The tournament is being played at Southern Hills Country Club and continues through Friday. This is Bethany's fifth trip to the national tournament in the last five years. The Swedes, who won the Kansas Conference tournament, were ranked 16th in the final NAIA poll of the season. The event consists of a team and individual national championships, with the team tournament covering 72 holes over the four days. Thirty-three schools will compete for the team title. Each team competes with five golfers and the top four scores posted each day are counted toward the team standings. Competition is stroke play. Bethany coach Jon Daniels, who was named the Kansas Conference golf coach of the year, leads the Swedes into the tournament. "We're looking forward to this challenge and we're going to see what we can do," Daniels said. "It's a very tough course." Four Bethany golfers were among the top 10 medalists in the KCAC Tournament — Vaughn Marshall (first), Sven Delin (second), Jason Ingersoll (third) and Kevin Hay (fifth). Travis Engle of Herington rounds out the Bethany squad. Southern Hills has played host to several major golf tournaments, including the 1996 and 1996 PGA Tour Championships and the 1977 U.S. Open. Model 2185 4188 • 18 HP Kohler Command V-Twin OHV Engine 1 Full-Length Steel Frame • Shaft-Driven Hydrostatic Transmission with Cruise Control Price Includes 48" Full-Floating Cutting Deck 1500 S.Broadway 1-800-WIL-RENT 827-0847 Store Hours Dally 7:30 AM-6:00 PM Sunday 12:30-5:30

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