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84; SATURDAY. MAY 30, 1998 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL f T HIGH SCHOOL STATE BASEBALL SB-Saline's White shuts out Neodesha Trojans' left-hander outduels Btuestreaks' Johnson, gets support from solid defense By PAUL MOGENSON The Salina Journal TOPEKA — Southeast of Saline coach Dee Kolzow knew his Trojan team would face one of the best pitchers in the state Friday afternoon when they faced the Bluestreaks in the first $A BASES ALL Neodesha 0 SE-Saline Neodesha round of the 3A State Tournament. Neodesha coach Jim Arnold had announced he planned to go with his ace, left-hander Willie Johnson. But Kolzow played his trump card on'the Streak ace — Jimmy White — and White was the answer. Pitching a two-hit, 2-0 shutout at Neodesha to advance Southeast of Saline to a 10 a.m. HIGH SCHOOL STATE BASEBALL "Jimmy's a competitor. He's been throwing better at the end of the season. That's why we went with him." Dee Kolzow SE-Saline coach on his choice to start Jimmy White, who responded with a two-hit shutout semifinal match with Silver Lake today. The Trojans will take 16-7 record into the semis, while the Eagles are 18-1 after whipping Galena 11-2. The tournament got off to an ominous start as an unpredicted rain fell on Topeka Friday morning and postponed the first game nearly five hours after the scheduled time. But when Southeast and Neodesha took the field, it was "showtime." "Our left-hander was a little better than their left-hander today is what it amounted to," Kolzow said. "We had four hits (five), they had two, so it was just a great pitched ball game and a great defensive ball game," he said. "Our kids played great defense." Southeast turned two double plays around the horn and Kevin Rogers made a full-tilt, head-long dive to rob Rob Fairbanks of a hit to open the critical seventh inning. But while defense wins championships, teams still must score runs as well. The Trojans put both of theirs on the board in the bottom of five. With one gone, Jeff Knopf singled to right. Kevin Peterson then doubled down the line in left putting runners at second and third. Knopf made it home when Johnson uncorked a wild pitch to the backstop. Jason Myers reached first on an error and Chance Ptacek singled complementary runner Tyson Douglas home. Still, White's performance was uppermost in mind. "Jimmy's a competitor. He's been throwing better at the end of the season. That's why we went with him," Kolzow said. "I think our left-hander's a little better. Theirs might be all-state, but ours is a little better today." In talking of White, Kolzow also said he'll go with Jason Myers against Silver Lake. White knew he would be up against it against Johnson and Neodesha. "I knew he'd be really tough, but I thought if I could throw as good as I could, I thought I could throw a good game, and I think I did," said White in squaring his season record at 3-3. White fanned seven. Johnson whiffed eight and walked one. Top-seeded Fort Scott survives, 4-3 Tigers overcome shaky defense to defeat eighth-seeded Vikings in nine innings at 5A tournament By HUEY COUNTS The Salina Journal After listening to a half dozen theories about why his team is playing in today's Class 5A baseball semifinals, Fort Scott manager David Regan summed his feelings in five words. "Quite simply, we were lucky," he said. He might not get too many arguments as his top- seeded Tigers overcame some shaky defense to nudge eighth- seeded Topeka Seaman 4-3 in nine innings Friday night at Dean Evans Stadium in the opening round of the state tournament. With two outs and the bases CLASS 5A •••"Josh pitched his juiced in the bottom of the ninth> heart out, he always does, but we didn't play real solid behind him, like we 'usually 5 do." David Regan Fort Scott baseball coach Seaman second baseman Jeff Kurdziel misplayed Danny Hutchinson's groundball, allowing Josh Regan to score from third. That unearned run coupled with Adam LaRoche's two-out home run in the sixth thwarted Seaman's upset bid and placed Fort Scott into today's 12:30 p.m. semifinal game against Arkansas City, a 4-1 winner against St. Thomas Aquinas. In the other semifinal, Wichita- Carroll (17-6), a 7-5 winner against Shawnee Heights (12-11), will face Great Bend (16-7), which topped Valley Center (14-9) 12-6, at 10 a.m. The third-place game is set for 3 p.m. with the title contest to follow at approximately 5:30. When Mike Townsend launched a first-inning shot off the top of the Scoreboard in left field, it appeared Fort Scott would be a bit ^ too much for Seaman, which entered the tournament with a tourney-worst 9-12 record. But no. Seaman, which won a pair of one-run games in its regional tournament to qualify for state, pushed across two runs in the fourth on consecutive singles by Lyle Williams, Scott Greene aifd Bryan Langston for a 3-2 cushion. After surrendering Townsend's towering blast, Greene found his groove, scattering just five more hi;ts and striking out 10 in going the distance. Three times he closed innings with strikeouts. "(Greene) pitched a heck of a game and I've always known (Seaman's Phil) Loomis is a really solid coach," Regan said. "I knew it would be a battle and so did the kids. You can't get to state and be a weak team." Fort Scott (18-3) used a tandem of southpaws to shut down Seaman. Starter Josh Vanderpool allowed six hits and struck out six in 7% innings before giving way to Adam Lancaster who fanned three and picked up the victory. "Josh pitched his heart out, he always does," Regan said, "but we didn't play real solid defense behind him, like we usually do." LaRoche's homer, which sailed easily over the right-center field fence, helped make up for his squad's four errors. "I was looking for a pitch to drive up the middle, I wasn't thinking home run, not with the wind blowing in," LaRoche said. "With the count 3-and- lil.was looking for a fastball, but he came in with a curveball." In the ninth, Fort Scott loaded the bases on an error and two intentional walks. Kurdziel fielded Hutchison's slow grounder cleanly, but looked to- w.ard second base before opting to make a throw to fu;st. The hurried infielder's throw sailed over the ffyftt baseman's head. ri f'I was real disappointed with our offense, our defense and our base running," Regan said. He smiled and added, "Other than that, I thought we played real well." 'Arkansas City used a fifth-inning homer by Co}lin Yoachim and some strong pitching by Dusty Hettenbach to down Aquinas. Pat Maloney homered for Aquinas. Great Bend banged out 15 hits, including a homer and double by Chad Rea, in its victory against Valley Center. Pablo Maciel had three hits anfl Pat Garrett a homer for Great Bend. Valley Center's Josh Truman had four hits. Carroll jumped ahead 6-2 and hung on to edge ^hawnee Heights. Kyle Allis had two hits and Bca,d Goertz slammed a home run for Carroll. Bri- aityPeel cracked two homers and a double for Heights. V COLLEGE BASEBALL: WORLD SERIES FSU's fielding proves costly Arizona State capitalizes on six Seminoles errors for 11-10 win; Miami turns back Long Beach St. By TIM KORTE Tlie Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — Arizona State took full advantage of a poor performance by Florida State in the College World Series opener. The sixth-seeded Sun Devils held on Friday for an 11-10 victory that saw the third-seeded Seminoles bury themselves with six errors. Arizona State (39-22) spoiled a two-home run effort by Florida State catcher Jeremy Salazar, going ahead for good with three runs in the seventh inning — the At Rosenblatt Stadium last two aided by the Omaha, Neb. flftn error bvthe Sem1 ' Friday,May29 noles (53-19). Game 1 — Arizona State "I'm obviously a lit- 11, Florida Stale 10 tie bit embarrassed by Game 2— Miami 3, the way we played. Long Beach State 1. That's not Florida • Saturday May 30 state base ball," Semi- Same 3- Southern Cal , . ,,'.. M (44-16) vs. LSU (46-17), ". 6S P, 0acn MlKe Mar 12:30 p.m. tin said. Game 4 — Florida (46- "Doggone it, we've 16) vs. Mississippi State played 70 cotton-pick(41-21), 6:30 p.m. ing games," Martin said, bobbing his head in frustration with each word. "We are not freshmen anymore. We cotton-picking stunk the dag-gum yard up." With Arizona State trailing 10-9 with two outs in the seventh, Rudy Arguelles singled to right field. Florida State's Matt Diaz missed the cutoff man with a wild throw to the plate, allowing Dustin Delucchi to score the tying run. The Sun Devils went ahead when Willie Bloomquist walked, reached second on a fielder's choice, moved to third on Diaz's error and scored on a wild pitch by reliever Scott Proctor. Things looked great for the Seminoles in the sixth after Salazar hit an 0-2 pitch into the left- center field bleachers for a two-out grand slam that erased an 8-6 deficit. Salazar also hit a two- run shot in the fourth but said he went away feeling empty because of the loss. "We can't expect to win when we played like we did today," he said. In the bottom of the seventh, the Seminoles The Associated Press Arizona State's Rudy Arguelles ducks under the tag attempt of Florida State first baseman Kevin Cash in the third inning of Friday's College World Series. Seminoles shortstop George Otero was charged with an error on the play. missed a chance to tie it at 11 when Arizona State catcher Greg Halvorson took a throw from right fielder Mikel Moreno and tagged Karl Jernigan, who was trying to score from second. "I knew he was going to try to score to get the momentum, and that was a momentum turner," Moreno said. Miami 3, Long Beach State 1 OMAHA, Neb. — On the same mound a year ago, Alex Santos had a game to forget. This time, he pitched a game to remember. Santos allowed only four hits and struck out eight in eight innings as second-seeded Miami began its fifth straight College World Series with a 3-1 victory over No. 7 Long Beach State. In his last visit to Omaha, Santos was shelled in an 8-6 loss to Alabama. Last year's game was a distant memory as he baffled the 49ers with fastballs and curves that consistently found the mark. "I think it was probably the experience factor," Santos said. "Last year, I came out little more nervous. I was a freshman, and I got hit pretty hard. Tonight, I just tried to come back and pitch strong." BRIEFLY Salina Family YMCA awards scholarships The Salina Family YMCA has awarded six area high school students with Outstanding Student Athlete Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded for work in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. The scholarship winners are Kurt Sterling and Jennifer Bloomquist from Salina Central, Ryan Prickett and Jennifer Broberg from Sacred Heart, and Justin Stein and Jessica Watson from Salina South. The scholarships are for $250 each and are made available from proceeds from the March Madness Invitational Basketball Tournament sponsored each year by the YMCA. WSU's Ryan named Ail-American by TSN ST. LOUIS — Wichita State outfielder Jeff Ryan has named to The Sporting News All-American first team. Two other Shockers, first baseman Pat Magness and designated hitter Zach Sorensen were named to the second team. Former FHSU football coach Giles dies CHADRON, Neb. — Bill Giles, who coached football at Fort Hays State from 1972-78, has died. Giles was 66. A former Chadron State College football coach and standout football and baseball player at the University of Nebraska, Giles died midnight Thursday in a Rapid City, S.D., hospital, after suffering from an aneurysm that afternoon. He had been visiting his youngest daughter in Rapid City. Giles was a starting end on the Cornhuskers 1955 Orange Bowl team and he earned All-American honors as a first baseman. In 1967, Giles became head coach of a Chadron State football team that hadn't won more than three games in seven previous seasons. Giles' first CSC team finished 36, but his second team improved to 8-1. Giles coached three more seasons before taking the head coaching job at Fort Hays State. In seven seasons he compiled a 24-44-3 record. In recent years, Giles had worked as a professional football scout. Giles and his wife, Joni, had lived in Kearney most recently. He is survived by his wife, daughters Kim Morrell of Ogallala, Neb., and Kerry Maxon of Rapid City, and sons Bill, Jr., of Texas and Doug of Colby. Kansas doubles team reaches quarterfinals ATHENS, Ga. — The Kansas men's doubles team of Enrique Abaroa and Luis Uribe defeated James and Thomas Blake of Harvard 6-4, 6-4 Friday in the NCAA Division I tennis championships. The Jayhawk team will play the winner of the match between fourth-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan of Stanford and Doug Root and Jourdan Wile of Duke today in the quarterfinals. Thane Douglas to play in KABC All-Star game WICHITA— Southeast of Saline outfielder Thane Douglas has been chosen to play in the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches (KABC) All-Star Classic June 6 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Two games, featuring 58 high school seniors from across the state, will be played at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Douglas will play for the Gray All-Star Team against the Black All-Star Team. Catcher Cameron Crick of McPherson and infielders Jeremy Schmeidler and Dusty Dreher of Hays will play for the Black team. Salina Legion baseball tryouts set for Sunday Tryouts for the three Salina American Legion/Marketaide baseball teams are scheduled for Sunday. The Falcons, ages 17 and 18, will begin at 11 a.m., at Roger Wilbur Field, located next Dean Evans Stadium. Contact Kris Meis at 8233533. The Hawks, for players age 16, will start at 10 a.m., at Matson Field. Contact Chris Lambert at 827-7293. The Eagles, for 15-year-olds, will begin at 1 p.m. at Matson Field. Contact Greg Maring at 827-2403. From Staff and Wire Reports Sylvan rolls past Thayer; Eagles fall Darris Meitler's pitching helps Mustangs win 11-1; defending champs oust Canton-Galva By HAROLD BECHARD Tlie Salina Journal EMPORIA — Mike Weatherman got exactly what he wanted out of his baseball team Friday afternoon against the youthful Thayer" Flyers. Weatherman's Sylvan Mustangs received a,; dominating pitching performance from Dar- , ris Meitler and a 13-hit attack to cruise to an easy 11-1 victory in the first round of the Class 2-1A state baseball tournament. ''„ The win at hot and humid Soden's Grove !. ( improved the Mustangs to 13-5 and moved,, them into today's 10 a.m. semifinals against; Elkhart. Meitler did it all for the Mustangs. The senior right-hander' pitched four innings of hitless, ball before giving way to his younger brother, (( ' Clint, in the fifth inning. .' (( \'. Thayer, which has just one senior and no ',, juniors on its roster, had no luck against ', Meitler, who struck out seven and walked,, four in four innings. '..,.' The closest the Flyers came to scoring itj the first four innings was when Meitler was' . called for back-to-back balks, sending Thay-7., er's Mark Hougardy to third base with nobody, J ,, out in the third. Meitler proceeded to strike out the next •> three batters he faced. "He's a competitor, no doubt about it,". Weatherman said. "Darris had a great game',', pitching." ,. '" Meitler wasn't too bad at the plate, either^ His' two-run homer off the Scoreboard in left-". field highlighted a four-run fourth inning. "He drilled that one," Weatherman said. "That might have been his best of the season.'!, ' Meitler was just one of several Mustangs to . have a good day at the plate as Sylvan scored '.', in every inning. ';'. Conrad Wehrman was 2 for 3 with three runs scored; John Wiese 2 for 3 with two runs, batted in; Clint Meitler scored twice and . drove in a run and Nicholas Ringler and Eric- Frederking each had two hits and drove in a' ( run. "I thought we hit the ball real well consid-. ering how long we have been off," Weather';,, man said. "We knew Thayer was a really' young ball club. They should be a good club in' a couple years, maybe next year." The quick end to the game helped the Mus-!,. tangs' pitching plans today as well. Weather-., man said he will start Clint Meitler against v Elkhart. Darris Meitler also has eight innings' remaining today as well. "We're sitting in pretty good shape," Weatherman said. "It was nice to get it over when we did." • COLGAN 5, CANTON-GALVA 3 — Mis-, takes haunted Canton-Galva's bid for a first- round victory Friday afternoon. Two balks and an error helped Pittsburg- Colgan to three runs in the top of the sixth . and a come-from-behind victory. "We beat ourselves," Canton-Galva coach! Joe Rierson said after his team ended its sea--' son 15-8. "But give Colgan credit. They're aw-' fully good." Colgan, the defending state champ, trailed,, '. 2-1 heading into the top of the sixth before' ' scoring three unearned runs in the sixth. A ground ball went through the legs of Can-' ton-Galva third baseman Brent Me Williams'., with one out, putting runners on first and sec-V. ond. ':,' After a strikeout to Colgan's Russ Wachter,;'" which would have been the third out, Derek ' Weber singled home two runs and Eric Saylor ,, followed with a double that scored Weber. Colgan (18-5) added to its 4-2 lead with an insurance run in the top of the seventh on a run-, scoring single by Joe Boman. \ <t ' The Eagles made things interesting in ih%L bottom of the seventh when they put then;' first two runners on base. '' But Jeremy Heim struck out for the first' out. Chris Nelson drove home Jake Koehn, with a force out ground ball before the game,! ended with Lane Peterson grounding out to' 1 second. . ;.' Peterson had two hits and drove in a run in the fifth inning for the Eagles, who had only,;' five hits in the game. ' ' "I'm proud of these guys," Rierson said.'. "We worked hard and did a good job with' what we had." '! Colgan advances to today's 12:30 p.m. semi-', finals against Rossville. ' _j'' "First games are always difficult to play, 1 ';' Colgan coach Mike Watt said. "We knew w$ ' were going to make mistakes. We just wanted'' to keep them to a minimum." • ELKHART 13, MINNEOLA 0 — The;, Wildcats of Elkhart dominated in every area on the way to a run-rule victory in the first game of the tournament. The Wildcats (21-2) scored five runs in the\ u second inning and added six more in the bot-'; torn of the fourth to end the game in the fifth^ inning. Elkhart junior Justin Trout aUowed one hiiT in four innings of work, striking out seven", and walking just one before giving way to re-/ liever Ryan Madison in the fifth. Jason Nease was 3 for 3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in, while Shawn"' Anderson was 2 for 2 with two runs scored. " • CENTRAL-BURDEN 4, ROSSVILLE 3 — Jason Mannon's one-out home run in the top/ of the ninth inning broke up a brilliant pitch-'' ing duel as the Raiders advanced to today's.' semifinals against Colgan. Mannon also added a two-run single for Central, which improved to 15-7. Both pitchers — Dustin Atkins of Central and Dylan Nedean of Rossville — went the' distance, allowing just 11 hits between them.''

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