The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 30, 1998 · Page 11
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THE SAL OURNAL Sports ROYALS / B3 HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL / B4 HIGH SCHOOL TRACK / B5 B T HIGH SCHOOL STATE SOFTBALL Cougars top Independence, advance Top-seeded South commits six errors but prevails in quarterfinal By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal The outcome wasn't surprising. The top-seeded Salina South Cougars won, defeating eighth- seeded Independence. But it was the method the Cougars used that was completely foreign. 5A SOFTBALL Salina South 7 Independence 2 "It's nice not to play well and win," South coach Daryl Hoelting said Friday following the Cougars' 7-2 victory in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A softball tournament at the East Crawford Recreation Area. The top-seeded Cougars (21-2) play Shawnee Heights (19-4) in the semifinals at 11 a.m., today. Heights defeated Wichita Carroll 40 Fjiday night. Great Bend (18-5) takes on Maize (21-2) at 11 in the other semifinal. The consolation game is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the championship for 2 p.m. South, which prides itself on an air-tight defense, won despite committing six errors. "We had nervous jitters," said winning pitcher Sara Mitchell, who raised her record to 12-1. "They were adrenaline mistakes." Mitchell allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits in six innings. She also had three hits — a double and two singles — and drove in a run. Dawn Hamel, the courtesy runner for Mitchell, scored three times. Mitchell struck out one and walked one. Amanda Campbell gave up two hits and South committed its sixth error hi the seventh, but got out of it when Leah Wahlgren ended the game with an unassisted double play at third. She grabbed a line drive on a short hop, forced the runner at third and threw home for the third out. Independence (8-13) jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first on three South errors, two on one play that allowed the run to score. "I think it was nerves," Hoelting said. "I thought we really looked tight. They put a lot of pressure on themselves. We looked nervous, not loose, when we were fielding." South tied the game in the second on Kendall Powell's fielder's choice ground ball and took a 3-1 lead in the third on Mitchell's RBI single and Powell's run-scoring double. Michelle Karlskint's ground ball scored a run for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the third to make it 3-2. South tacked on two more in the fifth when Hamel scored on a wild pitch and Kelsey Snavely singled home courtesy runner Teresa Richardson. An Independence error and Wahlgren's sacrifice fly in the seventh made it 7-2. South had 10 hits, but had problems early adjusting to the off- speed pitches of Independence starter Angela Ewing. "You have to make yourself not swing," Mitchell said. "It was a little different. I just made myself hit to the right side." Katie Graham and Powell had two hits each for South. Independence finished with six hits, three from catcher Roxy DeVore. "Sara didn't throw as well as she's capable of," Hoelting said. "She did a nice job, but wasn't as crisp as we've seen here." Hoelting said one problem was the 12-day layoff the Cougars had after winning regional. "It has a neutralizing effect. It brings everyone to the same level," he said. "They had 12 days to think about it and got more worked up than they needed to. 5ASCORBOARD Friday's Scores Salina South 7 Independence . . .2 Shawnee Heights 4 Bishop Carroll . .;.0 Maize 12 Aquinas 2 Great Bend 4 Arkansas City . . .1 Salina South's Tai Kerbs scores after Independence catcher Roxy DeVore misses the tag in the second inning of Friday's 5A state softball tournament. TOM DORSEY/ The Salina Journal "For me, it's just a big sigh of relief. Our goal coming in was to play three games, and we'll do that. Everything else is icing on the cake. I think we'll relax and play better tomorrow." STATE TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS South's Butler golden in shot put Dominant performance helps junior win event by more than 3 feet By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal WICHITA — When Michael Butler sat back and thought about it, his disappointment quickly turned to a feeling of accomplishment. The Salina South junior desperately wanted a personal best in the Class Coiiitylrays SA shot put '«• ' - ,'s, Friday at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships. That he won the event by more than three feet was just not enough. Then Butler reflected on how far he had come in just a year, and a smile crossed his face. "Last year I hit 49 (feet) something and averaged under 47," said Butler, whose winning toss of 56 feet, 1% inches was just an inch off his previous best. "It has been a big improvement this year and I'm really happy with my performance this year. I never thought last year I'd be here. "Last year I just hoped to make the finals. The two Hays guys (Joe Shaver and Kyle Herl) beat me every meet last year and this year I beat them. To come out tiiis year, throw this well and win it was a big surprise, though I expected it of myself." Butler dominated the event from the beginning, recording his winning mark on his first preliminary attempt and twice more eclipsing the 55-foot mark. &W\}**lT& >" , KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal Salina South's Michael Butler lets out a yell during his follow through while competing In the finals of the Class 5A shot put Friday at Wichita's Cessna Stadium. The Cougar junior won with a toss of 56-1 1 /2. He almost hit a 60-footer on his up against the board and I just to get my PR (personal record) a didn't choke in a big meet." third preliminary try, but fouled, fell out. little higher. But I've got a year ________________ "That was close," Butler said. "I had thrown pretty good in left, so that's all right. I didn't A M ^ hrwc/ Pane R«i "I hit the toe board. My foot was practice all week and I wanted drop off in my performance. I * lv ' ore count y Do y &/ ra 9 e po Hillcrest's Joy edges rival to win 1A javelin After failing to qualify last year, Hillcrest senior bests Rohr By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal WICHITA — There was no Joy in the Class 1A boys javelin at last year's Kansas State Track and Field Championships. On Friday, there definitely was. Hillcrest's Jay Joy, who failed to qualify for last year's meet despite Area boys one of the state's top regular-season marks, made up for it this time with one big throw as he edge rival Nick Rohr of Hanover for the title. Joy, who lost to Rohr at re- gionals, unleashed a throw of 202 feet, 4 inches on his second attempt and made it stand up. Rohr was second at 197-8, with Hope's Brent Riedy third at 1831.0. Joy, a senior, learned the hard way last year how fickle success in the javelin could be. "Last year I threw 201 during the year, then screwed up at re- gionals and didn't get (to state)," he said. "I felt I could have thrown farther today, but in all field events it's hard to throw good all the time." In a series of head-to-head battles with Rohr, Joy had won every one before the regionals. The state meet was one final chance to salvage victory in what had been a frustrating senior year. "This year in athletics we didn't have a lot of success, so I had to take a lot of it upon myself," said Joy, who had a good individual seasons on struggling teams in both football and basketball. "This was kind of a nice reward for working hard." Joy's victory in the javelin gave him two medals for the day. He also finished third in the shot put at 49-11 and will finish his high school career today with the discus. Honas wins 2A high jump Craig Honas came to Cessna Stadium with high hopes in the Class 2A high jump, but was quite willing to settle for a gold medal. The Ellis senior, who had broke the Mid-Continent League and school records by clearing 6 feet, 8 l /4 inches at the league meet, couldn't match that effort Friday. But neither could any of the other competitors. When all four remaining jumpers failed to clear 6-6, Honas was declared the winner by virtue of fewest misses. Caldwell's Jarrod Gracy was second, St. Francis' Kelley Faylor third and Greensburg's Derek Liggett fourth. "It was pretty disappoointing today," Honas said. "I had hoped to get about 6-8.1 love the takeoff area here. It's one of the nicest in the state. It just wasn't my day, I guess. "I was happy with first place, still. Overall I was pretty happy, but I did want to break my (personal) record." Thompson eyes double Beloit's Tony Thompson never did find his rhythm in the Class 4A shot put, but what was a sub-par throw of 61 feet, was still plenty good enough for the gold. Thompson, who had been over 64 feet several times this year, including last week at re- gionals, hit his winning toss in the preliminaries and fouled twice in the finals on attempts that appeared to go between 62 and 63 feet. "I tensed up a little too much," said Thompson, whose mark was one inch short of the state record established last year by Beloit teammate Casey Seyfert. "I should have just eased up and thrown like I usually do. "We figured I'd get (the record). I was hoping to get 65 feet, but I was quite a bit off that. I just never did crack one." It was a rough first day for Beloit, which needed field event points in its quest to repeast as 4A team champion. Gary File finished one place out of the scoring in the shot put and the Trojans managed just six total points in the long jump and triple jump. Defending triple jump champion Pat Gray had to retire midway through the competition because of a chronic bad back and placed fourth (44-10 V4) while teammate Randy McGinnis was sixth (43-8%). Gray was sixth in the long jump (20-9 Vi) and the Trojans See AREA, Page B5 m TRACK AND FIELD. More coverage of the Kansas State Track and Field Championships. B5 • CLASS 3A BASEBALL. Southeast of Saline advances to the semifinals with a 2*0 victory over Neodesha. B4 • CLASS 2-1A BASEBALL. Sylvan is in position for Its sec-. one) state championship of the school year, defeating Thayer 11-1. Meanwhile, Canton-Galva lost to defending state champion Pirtsburg-Colgan, 5-3. B4 • CLASS 4A SOFTBALL. Chapman extends top-seeded Burlington to 12 innings before falling 4-3 at Manhattan's Twin Oaks Complex. B5 • CLASS 5A BASEBALL. Fort Scott rallies to beat Topeka-Seaman In 9 innings at Dean Evans Stadium. B4 • CLASS 5A SOFTBALL. Irtg performance frpm Cortney Manwarren to defeat Arkansas City, 4-1. B5 Knights prevail in thriller Error allows Anne Weese to score winning run in bottom of the seventh By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal EMPORIA — In a wild and wacky game Friday night, it took a crazy play to end it. Sacred Heart's Anne Weese scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on an Oswego throwing error as the Knights 2-1A SOFTBALL Oswego 4 Sacred Heart 5 won a thrilling 5-4 decision in the first round of the Class 2-1A state softball tournament. With Weese on third and the game tied with two out in the bottom of the seventh, Karis Ratcliff was walked by Oswego pitcher Tiffany Correll. Ratcliff rounded first, hesitated, then started for second. "I didn't think they were going to make a play on me," Ratcliff said. "I thought they'd try to throw out Anne before throwing me out." • Correll made a major mistake. As Ratcliff closed in on second base, the Oswego junior fired the ball toward second, past a lunging Talia Parsons and into center field. Weese, who had tripled down the left field line with one out, scored easily to send the Knights into today's 11 a.m. semifinals against top-seeded Elkhart at the Trusler Sports Complex. The error by Correll ended a wild game that saw Sacred Heart battle back from a 3-1 deficit and Oswego tie the game at 4-4 with a two-out, two- strike base hit in the top of the seventh. "This was huge," SHHS head coach Barry Fritz said. "We win this game and we're assured of three games. It was a crazy way to win, but I'll take it." The Knights (15-5) trailed 3-1 after three innings, but scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to grab a 4-3 lead. The game stayed that way until the seventh. ; "When we fell down 3-1,1 thought we were done," Fritz said. "I mean, that pitcher (Correll) is that good. But we didn't give up." Lisa Broberg started off the fourth with a single to center. April Earley followed with another single to center that got by the Oswego center-fielder, putting runners on second and third. Broberg then scored when a ground ball hit by Elizabeth Wagoner was booted by Oswego's shortstop. Laura Leiker then followed with single down the left-field line to score Earley and tie the game. After a pop up by Kellen RatclifF, Sara Weese lofted a short fly ball to left field for the second out. But Wagoner bolted for home and scored just ahead of the throw to give the Knights a 4-3 lead. ; -, Oswego (15-5) scored once in the top of the seventh before Weese's one-out triple set up the play on Karis Ratcliff at second. "I was being gutsy about it," said Ratcliff with a grin. "It was my job to get Anne home. „ ' "This feels awesome. Being the only senior on the team and getting to the semifinals is just a great feeling." \ SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavldson@saljournal.com

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