The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 31, 1998 · Page 33
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tHE SALlrWifouRNAL HIGH SCHOOL STATE SOFTBALL Sports BASEBALL/ D3 SCOREBOARD / D6 LIFESPORTS / D8 D •31 st; Sacred Heart captures 2- 1A crowns [Freshman pitcher Wagoner I turns back Rossville as Knights earn first state title By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal EMPORIA — It only seemed appropriate that Elizabeth Wagoner would take care of thermal out of the Class 2-1A state softball tournament. After all, Sacred Heart's freshman pitcher had kept a dangerous Rossville club off balance for nearly seven innings in putting the.Knights on the brink of their first-ever state softball title. SThat championship became a reality on a KbC and windy Saturday afternoon at Trusler Sports Complex as Sacred Heart won 6-3 over the Dawgs from the Mid-East League. Battling the elements and her nerves, Ipriimell twosome takes 1A Teeter, Heinrich combine to capture six medals, score 44 points in state title run BypVRRY MORITZ The-Salina Journal WICHITA — A big part of Mary Tester's day involved waiting for re- sutfs- The Grinnell junior was a double winner Saturday at the Kansas State Track an& Field Championships, finishing first in the Class 1A triple jump and the 400 metier dash. But her victory in the 400 wa£ not official for several minutes after the;|race. "lector's time of 57.23 was a, season- . best, but it was only one-hundredth of a second better than runner-up Nicole Grose of Bern. ''it's hard to wait and find out how you did when a race is that close," Teeter said minutes after crossing the finish linjjj. "I probably won't find out until they announce the awards. '[Grose was in first pretty much the whole race. I don't usually start out as strong as other people, but I feel like I have a pretty good kick." After Grinnell senior Crystal Heinrich finished second in the 300 hurdles, she and Teeter had to sit around and wait through the final three events to see if anSther school could catch them in the lA£eam standings. Though they were thejionly two members of Grinnell's girls squad to qualify for state, they combined for 44 points and six medals, enough to earn them the 1A team title. It was their sedbnd team title in three years. "Crystal and I were talking about that and we felt like we had a pretty good chance to finish in the top three," Teeter said. "Our goal was to get first." *; If Lindsay Eck had her way, the high school track and field season in KaQfisas would last only two days. ~1See GIRLS, Page D4 Wagoner got Rossville designated-hitter Jamie Robb to pop up to her for the final out, setting off a tearful celebration that lasted several minutes. "I'm just so overwhelmed," said Wagoner, after hugging her freshman catcher ' ~ naftf9.il " Bree Oxandale. "I (UHZ'lA dreamed about some- Rossvllle 3 thing like this. I prayed Sacred Heart 6 and Prayed it would hap•• '• • pen." Wagoner, who threw two complete games in the tournament, was also trouble at the plate, scoring two runs and getting a base hit. But it was her pitching that proved to be the difference. Wagoner allowed three runs on six hits, striking out two and walking four. She didn't allow a hit from the second through the fourth inning as Sacred Heart built a 5-1 lead. "This year, all I thought about was I had a great defense behind me," Wagoner said. • Southeast third in 3A state baseball; Sylvan second in 2-1 A/ Page D2 "Everyone played great." The championship was special for head coach Barry Fritz as well. Less than a month ago, Fritz said he turned down an offer to coach the Salina Central girls' basketball program. "This is why I turned it down," Fritz said. "I wanted to win a state championship and thought we could do it here." There could be more in the future. The Knights (17-5) started one senior, one junior, four sophomores and four freshmen in the title game. "I thought we had a good chance," said Fritz, who received an ice-water shower afterward, compliments of Sacred Heart players Courtney Ash and Anne Weese. "Yeah, these players are freshmen and sophomores, but they're good. They've played a lot of softball." But it looked like Rossville (12-10) might have the edge in the title game after blasting Udall, 12-0, in the semifinals. The Dawgs scored immediately in the first inning on a bunt single by Holly Reddick and a throwing error by the Knights. But, after that, Wagoner and the Knights slammed the door shut for the next four innings. "I was worried about that team," Fritz said. "They way they had run-ruled everyone (12-2 and 12-0), I thought they would run right over the top of us." But the Knights quickly took care of Rossville's lead with two runs in the bottom of the first. Kellen Ratcliff and Sarah Weese walked to open the inning. Ratcliff scored on Ash's grounder to third and Weese scored on a Rossville error. Wagoner scored in the bottom of the second on a single by Kellen Ratcliff to make it a 3-1 game. The Knights added two more runs in .tli third as Anne Weese singled, then score on a ground ball by Karis Ratcliff that turned into an error. After a single by Lisi Broberg, Sacred Heart made it 5-1 when April Barley drove home Ratcliff with ; aV other ground ball. >-. > • Rossville made things interesting with. two runs in the top of the fifth, but Wagoner gave her team an insurance run in tjib sixth by scoring on a passed ball. ' The Knights scored nine runs in the first two innings en route to an 11-1 victory ovei 1 top-seeded Elkhart in the morning semifinal. :;;-.; • Sophomore right-hander Kellen RatcMff didn't allow an Elkhart baserunner uh.^1 the fourth inning. By that time, the Knights had built a 9-0 lead. •'. ; Ratcliff (8-2) finished with a two-hitter, striking out six and walking just two. . j.<.' Designated-hitter Laura Leiker was 3-£b) : 3 and drove in a run for the Knights. STATE TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS Sprint sweep for Newman Central senior takes home gold medals in 100, 200, 400 events By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal Photos by KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal Plalnville's Lynn Pfaff strains to hand the baton to Nicole Hammerschmldt on the third leg of the Class 2A 800-meter relay Saturday at Cessna Stadium. Plalnvllle won the event In 1:48.66. BDYS TEAM CHAMPIONS; Olathe East (6A), Liberal (5A), Kansas City Sumner (4A), Rlley County (3A), St. John (2A), Bern (1 A) IS TEAM CHAMPIONS; Leavenworth (6A), Liberal (5A), Marysvllle (4A), Halstead (3A), Garden Plain (2A), Grlnnell (1A) WICHITA — As he sprinted into the third turn of the 400-meter dash Saturday afternoon, Terence Newman was asking himself if it was all worth it. Shawnee Mission Miege's Brian Abram and Willie Rogers of Paola had just blown by him on the back stretch and were seriously threatening his shot at a Class 5A sprint triple. But as he came out of the final turn, the Salina Central senior found another gear and blew by _________ his competi- 4 More Saline tors for his County / Page D4 sec ° n , d f ° ld , . ° medal. Shortly after, he cruised to victory in the 200 and a grateful end to his high school track career. "Usually I leave my kick for the last 100 or 110 meters," Newman said. "I was worried on the back stretch when the Abram's kid started pulling away from me because I couldn't keep up with him at the time. I didn't know if I had anything left. "In my mind I was actually go- , ing to take third. But it's my last year and they were juniors, so that kind of clicked in my mind. I told myself I wasn't going to get beat by any juniors." So instead, Newman chugged home with a career-best time of 48.78 seconds. Earlier in the day, he had little trouble winning the 100, running into a stiff wind to finish in 10.98. He finished his day with a time of 21.65 in the 200. "It was a lot better physically and mentally once the 400 was over," he said. "I came out of the blocks excellent (in the 200). My intention was to catch the guy in front of me, John Moore of Hays, because he was the main competition. I knew if I caught him (on the stagger), the race should be mine." Salina Central senior Terencd Newman sprints to victory in the Class 5A 100-meter dash Saturday at Cessna Stadium. Brian Abram of Shawnee Mission Mlege (right) was fifth. -' Newman opened the day with A the 100, feeling a little nervous. H${ had been plagued by nagging in- ^) juries all season, and in Friday's preliminaries he thought he mig have another. "Yesterday running the 4001 kind of a sore hip and I was kind ~ of worried about it this morning,'.'! he said. "At the start I kind of felt : it, but once I got going I didn't : even think about it." j He also put the gusting head- s wind out of his mind. j "Once you line up, none of thaf stuff matters, "he said. " The three victories Saturday, •; combined with a second place in • the long jump Friday, was a sweet' finish for Newman, who last year" s was limited to second place in thej 100 and 400 relay. "> "A lot of people were telling me they wanted me to get all golds," Newman said. "That would be nice, but my biggest ambition was < to get a team title." With Newman's victory, Central reached 55 points and finished sebf ond to Liberal just as the Mus- ' * tangs did last year. T HIGH SCHOOL STATE SOFTBALL Fiasco's pitching carries Maize past South Senior pitcher tosses pair of three-hit shutouts in leading Eagles to first title By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal «.: TOM DORSEY/The Salina Journal Malje senior Mandy Frasco (1) Is tagged oiijtziby Salina South's Megan Daily on a fourth-Inning steal attempt. Maize coach Teri Larson told Mandy Frasco a week ago the Eagles would go only as far she could carry them in the Class 5A state softball tournament. Frasco responded by carrying the Eagles all the way to the state title. After handcuffing St. Thomas Aquinas Friday, Frasco pitched a pair of three-hit shutouts Saturday as Maize downed Great Bend 6-0 in the semifinals and Salina South 4-0 in the championship game at the East Crawford Recreation Area. "Mandy's a little go-getter," Larson said of her senior pitcher. "We told her a week ago she would probably have all three games. This was her year and her time. She did a tremendous job." The state title is the first in any sport CUWBA Maize for Maize High School. The softball team had played in the state championship game two previous times. "Three's a charm," said Larson, who started the softball program 10 years ago. "We wanted to get that monkey off our back." The top-seeded Cougars, who finished with a 22-3 record, advanced to the championship game with a 2-0 Salina South 0 semifinal victory over Shawnee Heights. South starter Kendra Harbaugh matched Frasco through four innings of the title game before Maize broke through in the fifth. Leah Mountain led off with a single. Courtesy runner Ashley McClellan scored from third two outs later on Brandi Wyer's ground ball single to left. "You try a little harder when you're down one instead of ahead one," South coach Daryl Hoelting said. "Maize has a good program. They're always in the money, it seems." Maize (23-2) took control in the seventh with three runs. Wyer and Jenny Woodard singled in the first two and the third scored on a wild pitch. Two windblown pop ups dropped safely during the inning — one scored an error, the other a hit. "We were getting on (Harbaugh), but were dropping our hands and hitting fly balls," Larson said. "We told them to move closer to the plate, choke up and hit line drives. It seemed to help." "We missed a couple of pop ups," Hoelting said. "Their pitcher kept us off balance and didn't give us anything. "But even if we make those catches we've still got to score some runs. They did to us what we did to Shawnee Heights." Frasco retired 17 of the final 18 hitters she faced, Andrea Heinrich's bunt single in the sixth the lone exception. Frasco struck out three and walked none. Harbaugh gave up eight hits, struck out none and walked none. "We're not hanging our heads about anything," Hoelting said. "We've had a great year with great coaches and great kids. We beat a great team (Heights) \o get here. "We've been to the championship game three of the last four years. You don't get to do that very often in softball. It's been a fun year." Salina South 2, Shawnee Heights 0 Senior pitcher Sara Mitchell (13-0) turned in another superb outing, pitch-* ing a four-hitter. South scored both of its runs in the fourth when Tai Kerbs singled home Heinrich and Megan Daily drove in Kerbs with a single. Heights put runners at first and third with one out in the fourth, but third baseman Leah Wahlgren threw out Leslie Gerstenkorn at the plate after snagging a hard-hit ground ball. Katie Tetuan then flew out to the inning. 3 Heights loaded the bases with two outs' in the fifth, but Mitchell got Leslie Brandt on a grounder to short. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT s]bdavidson@sal]ournal.com

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