D2 SUNDAY. MAY 31. 1998 SPORTS THE SAUINA JOURNAL T HIGH SCHOOL STATE BASEBALL Colgan routs Sylvan for 2-1A crown .Panthers nab seventh istate championship on jstrong pitching, hitting By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal EMPORIA — When you start dis- ; cussing high school baseball tradition in Kansas, few programs can ;match the Panthers of St. Mary's Colgan. And it's getting more difficult to 'do that each year. ; But how the Panthers from Pittsburg won their seventh state championship Saturday evening surprised nearly everyone. > Colgan jumped all over Sylvan for 11 runs in the fourth inning and Southeast rebounds for third After tough 5-4 loss to Silver Lake, Trojans vyhip Central Heights By The Journal Staff TOPEKA — Lance Zurfluh allowed one hit and Kevin Peterson hit two doubles during an eight- run fourth inning as Southeast of Saline hammered Central Heights 14-1 Saturday afternoon in the consolation game of the Class 3A state baseball tournament at Washburn University's Falley Field. Southeast lost to Silver Lake 5-4 in its semifinal game Saturday rolled to a stunning 16-0 victory in the championship game of the Class 2-1A state baseball tournament. The state title was the second straight for Colgan and the third under head coach Mike Watt, who CUttS &-1JI ^ as put his team SE-Sallne 14 C.Heights ' 1 The Trojans, seeded sixth in the tournament, finish the season with a 17-8 record. Southeast opened the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Neodesha on Jimmy White's two- hitter in Friday's rain-delayed quarterfinals. Southeast pounced on fourth- seeded Central Heights (17-5) at the start, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning on two hits, two Central Heights errors, two balks, a fielder's choice, a passed ball, two wild pitches and a walk. Leading 6-1 after three innings, the Trojans blew the game open with the eight-run fourth. Peter- spn had two of the four hits in the inning. Central Heights pitcher Kyle Bentley contributed four walks. . r The game was halted after five ijumings because of the run rule. t "You never know how a team is gjping to come back and play in a consolation game, but we played Tyell," said Southeast coach Dee Kolzow. ; "We told the kids that it would lie easier to handle if we won this last game than it would be to fin- i|h with two straight losses," Kol- zpw said. ^Southeast had nine hits in the game. Zurfluh improved to 3-0 on the season with the victory. ^The Trojans appeared to be Keaded for the championship game, leading Silver Lake 4-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning of their semifinal matchup. Southeast took a 2-0 lead in the second and scored two more in the fourth. ; But the second-seeded Eagles scored three runs in the fifth when catcher Jason Ross hit a bases-loaded double to tie the game 4-4. Silver Lake scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh when Peterson overthrew first base, allowing Jason Young to score from second. "We made the untimely mistakes that hurt us," Kolzow said. "But it was a good game. We just came up short." •• Southeast outhit the Eagles 7-4, but committed three errors. Thane Douglas had a double to lead Southeast's offense. '.. Shannon Krueger (4-1) was the winning pitcher in relief after replacing Young, who started. Southeast reliever Regan Ellert- aon took the loss. Ellertson replaced starter Jason Myers in the fjfth inning. Sylvan into the state tournament 11 Colgan 16 times in 13 years. The Panthers have also finished second 10 times overall. "It's the tradition," Watt said. "The kids come up here and expect to win." Colgan, who starts just three seniors, pounded out 16 hits to finish the season 20-5. "They just had one of those games where everything went right," Sylvan coach Mike Weatherman said. "It's like everything we threw, they hit it. You have to congratulate Colgan. They really hit the ball." Weatherman had originally decided to start Clint Meitler in the semifinals against Elkhart — an 8-2 win by Sylvan earlier in the day — but decided instead to go with Darris Meitler, who had pitched four innings the day before against Thayer. "We felt like we had to get to the finals," Weatherman said. "Hindsight is always best, but Clint has been a good pitcher for us. "It was a late decision, but it was cooler this morning and we thought it would be easier for Dar- ris to come back." The Mustangs had no answer for Colgan starter C.J. Bodart or the Panther hitting attack. Bodart, who threw 12 innings in two days for two victories, allowed just two singles in the game, which was stopped in the fifth inning because of the run-rule implemented this year. Offensively, the Panthers had several players lead the way. Luke Huerter was 3 for 3 with a home run and a double; Joe Boman was 3 for 4 with four runs batted in and Ryan Moodie, Adam Duncan and Derek Weber each had two hits. It was a 1-0 game until Colgan scored four times in the third inning and 11 times in the fourth on seven hits, four walks, one Sylvan T PRO BASKETBALL The Associated Press Chicago's Michael Jordan looses control of the ball and falls as he tries to drive around Indiana's Antonio Davis in the final seconds of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday. Pacers must win Game 7 in Chicago to claim title Bulls playing in first Game 7 since 1992 when they beat Knicks By CHRIS SHERIDAN The Associated Press CHICAGO — This is the day Michael Jordan has avoided for six years. This is the kind of game Larry Bird always thrived on. Now is the time when the dynasty known as the Chicago Bulls will live or die. Now is the time when the Indiana Pacers will try to overcome their failures of 1994 and 1995. It's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Win, or go home. "Don't choke," was the advice Bird gave to his Indiana Pacers on Saturday as they prepared to play the biggest game of their careers. Tipoff is 6:40 p.m. GST. Bird went through eight Game EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS GAME? Indiana at Chicago, 6:40 p.m. (NBC), series tied 3-3 7s as a player with the Boston Celtics, going 6-2. Jordan has played in only two Game 7s, going 1-1, which makes this an unfamiliar precipice he stands upon. This could be his team's expiration date. "They know anything can happen in a Game 7, although they haven't been involved in that many of them," Bird said. "In a Game 7, one ankle twist or someone missing shots they don't usually miss puts pressure on them. "They feel they can win the basketball game because they're back in Chicago and the defending champions. So it's going to be tough. We understand that for us to get where we want to go, we need to play a great game — and I think we will," Bird said. Bird was not with the Pacers in 1994 and 1995 when they lost each time in Game 7 of the conference finals — by four points at New York and by 24 at Orlando. The Bulls haven't played a Game 7 with Jordan on the team since 1992, when they defeated New York by 29 points on the way to their second championship. Jordan has played only one other Game 7 in his career, los- ing to Detroit in 1990 when he was still without a ring. "We're going to win Game 7," Jordan said following Indiana's 92-89 victory Friday night in Game 6. "I don't make promises. I don't even make them to my wife. But we will win Game 7." This will be the first Game 7 of this year's playoffs, and the first in a conference finals since Seattle defeated Utah in 1996. The home team has won every game in this series, although both the Bulls and the Pacers won a game on the opponent's home court during the regular season. Jordan and Scottie Pippen have mostly carried the Bulls, while the Pacers needed a heroic effort from Reggie Miller in Games 3 and 4 and a huge effort from Rik Smits, Dale Davis and Travis Best in Game 6. The Bulls again complained about the officiating following Game 6, especially a non-call when Jordan tripped and fell while driving to the basket with the clock ticking inside five seconds. "It's clear that Mike slipped by himself late in the game," Travis Best said. error and a handful of mental mistakes. "This was totally unexpected," Watt said of the easy win. "A state championship is so hard to get, and to get them back to back is unbelievable." Weatherman, who has coached Sylvan to a pair of state football championships in the last three years, was impressed. "We didn't play defense ... we didn't help Clint at all out there," Weatherman said. "But Colgan has a great program. Look at that tradition. They have one of the best programs, as far as tradition, in the state." Darris Meitler pitched all seven innings in the semifinal game against Elkhart, allowing two runs and six hits. The day before against Thayer, the senior right-hander threw no-hit ball for four innings. "And to think he did not get selected to the all-state game," Weatherman said. "That kid threw 11 innings in the tournament and gave up two runs." In the semifinals, the game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when Sylvan scored six times to take control. Conrad Wehrman opened the inning with a walk and scored. Nicholas Ringler singled home John Wiese before the Mustangs loaded the bases for Justin Keller. The Sylvan junior blasted a grand slam over the center-field wall to give the Mustangs a six-run advantage. Great Bend reigns in 5A Panthers turn back Fort Scott behind solid pitching from Loomis By HUEY COUNTS The Salina Journal When pitcher Tommy Loomis scooped up the sharp grounder off the bat of Adam LaRoche he didn't hesitate before running toward first base. On an evening when errors seemed the norm, Loomis wasn't about to risk the throw for what would be the final out in Great Bend's 6-2 victory against Fort Scott in the Class 5A state championship game. - *t«*BII Not that ,,.<**» 6* Loomis was apt Great Bend 6 to put the ball anywhere but FortScott squarely in the first baseman's glove. After all, he'd just spent 6 % innings sticking his pitches pretty much where wanted in Saturday's season-ending game at Dean Evans Stadium. "I wanted to run it all the way (to first)," the grinning Loomis said. "I was not going to let go of the ball." After he crossed the first base bag, though, keeping a grip on the ball was another story. It's a bit hard to do when you're buried under celebrating teammates and coaches. "He did an excellent job," said the Panthers' Jamie Rusco of Loomis, who limited the top-seeded Tigers to four hits, just two after the third inning. Pretty good stuff for a guy who had pitched just two innings — those coming in Saturday afternoon's thrilling 8-6 semifinal victory against Wichita Bishop Carroll — after missing the past three weeks because of sore ribs. "I felt great," said Loomis, who tossed the sixth and seventh innings to gain the victory against Carroll. "I felt like it was the beginning of the season." The Panthers needed Loomis' strong effort because they never really solved Fort Scott starter Matt Lancaster. The tall southpaw opened with three shutout innings before Great Bend took advantage of four Tiger errors to push across five runs in the fourth to jump on top 5-2. Great Bend did pick up two hits in the inning, both on fly balls that Fort Scott's center and right fielders lost in the sun. "The sun was pretty brutal out there," said Great Bend left fielder Jeff Dunlap. "The center fielders and right fielders had a tough jbb^'' Fort Scott (19-4) scored once in the first and third innings for a 2-0 cushion. Josh Vanderpool led off the game with a walk, moved to third on Mike Townsend's single and scored on a double-steal. In the third, Townsend singled and later scored on a base hit by LaRoche. But the Tigers, who blasted three homers in its 4-0 semifinal win against Arkansas City, never seriously threatened again as Loomis was able to get the leadoff batter out in each of the final four innings. "I just wanted to come out and challenge them and make them hit the ball," said Loomis, who fanned six and walked three to finish his senior season 6-1. "I had a few (butterflies) at the start, but I had confidence in what I could throw and I had confidence in my teammates." In the pivotal fifth inning, a walk and an error put two runners oh and Rusco at the plate. Rusco lifted a high fly into right-center field that Vanderpool, the right fielder, couldn't find, allowing one run to score and Rusco to reach second. Lancaster walked Pat Garrett and when he then tried to pick Garrett off, his throw sailed past LaRoche. LaRoche tried to gun down Garrett at second, but his throw hit LaRoche in the back and careened into left field. Two runs scored on the play as Great Bend went ahead 3-2. Aaron Rowe then hit a pop fly into right-center and, again, Vanderpool was unable to locate the ball, allowing Garrett to score. Ryan Hickel followed with an easy fly to straight center that Billy Page simply dropped as another run crossed the plate. Great Bend (18-7) tacked on a final tally in the seventh. Chad Rea, who had walked, scored on the last of the Tigers' six innings, this one by third baseman Josh Regan. • ARKANSAS CITY 21, BISHOP CARROLL 4 — In the third- place game, Arkansas City sent 17 players to the plate and scored 13 runs in the first inning against Carroll (17-8) Arkansas City (17-8) had eight hits in the explosion, including a home run and double by Garrett Gilmore, triples by Tanner Welch and Jacob Hocker and a double by Michael Hayes. Gilmore finished, with three hits and five of his teammates had two each. Cline, Hulteen lead Four Ball By The Journal Staff Matt Cline and Mike Hulteen shot a two-under par 68 Saturday at the Salina Municipal Golf Course to maintain a two-shot lead in the Saline County Four-Ball Tournament. The tournament concludes today at the Elks Country Club, starting at 7:30 a.m. Cline and Hulteen take a 7-under par, 134 total into the final round and lead a group of six teams who within six strokes of the leads. Former champion Bob Vidrick- sen teamed with Salina Central golfer Tyler Alt for 69 on Saturday for a 136 total and second place. Defending champions Don Vandegrift and Steve Brown shot a 3- under 67 for a 137 total and third place. .,','.', Saturday's best score was posted by the father-son team of Bill and Jeff Knox, who carded a four-under-par 66, lifting them into eighth place after opening with a 75. Winners will be crowned in six flights with the final groups teeing off at 1:50 p.m. Chris Vogel won the Computer- Land Shootout held Saturday evening at Salina Municipal. Steve Brown was second and Darran Neuschafer was third Agent says Chiefs, Rison close to agreement on multiyear extension on contract Bu Tho Asftn/^latoH Droeo nin&RaHH^^E^sR^&i ID «<-.»« n ».-i TT^JJ «TXT_ i i____ii , i , -,-, „.. , .. By The Associated Press \ KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wide receiver Andre Rison and the Kansas City Chiefs are close to agreement on a multi-year exten- sapn of his contract, Rison's agent aaid. I The 31-year-old star wants to re- ipain with the Chiefs beyond this season "if he can," agent Charles Tucker said. RISON Rison and Tucker met Thursday with Carl Peterson, the Chiefs' president and general manager, and his assistant, Denny Thum. "We're in a situation where we can map things out," Tucker said Friday. "We had a good lunch, but not dessert." Rison signed a two-year contract with the Chiefs last summer after being released by the Green Bay Packers. He's scheduled to make $1 million with Kansas City this season. "Andre came to the conclusion that he wants to stay in Kansas City if he can," Tucker said. "He felt comfortable with the fans of Kansas City, and said, 'They treated me royally, even before I came and got my Pro Bowl status back. I owe them something for that.' "And he's very fond of the coach and the organization," Tucker said. "He'll probably give up the possibility of becoming a free agent, and probably lose a couple of dollars, but hopefully make up for it doing off-the-field stuff." As a five-time Pro Bowler, Rison could expect strong interest and high-dollar offers as an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming season if he doesn't make a new deal with the Chiefs. Tucker pointed to the five-year, $21 million deal that Yancey Thigpen got from Tennessee, and the $16.4 million, four-year contract that Bert Emanuel signed with Tampa Bay. During the off-season, the Chiefs signed free agent wide receiver Derrick Alexander to a five-year contract worth slightly more than $17 million. Rison ranked seventh in the AFC last season with 72 catches, seven fewer than Thigpen but more than Alexander and Emanuel. "It's hard to put a real value pn what Andre should get," Tucker said. "Looking at all those, you have to do something very good to take care of Andre."
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