Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 27, 1976 · Page 6
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SPORTS 11 Homers for Schmidt By The Associated Press Baseballs must be afraid of yetting hit by Mike Schmidt's red-hot bat. How else do you account for the fact that he gets runs across the plate these days even when he strikes out? The 26-year-old third baseman of the Philadelphia Phillies has always had a propensity for swinging and missing. After all, he has fanned 486 times in 477 major league games. But when he connects, he usually hits the ball a long way, leading the majors with 36 home runs in 1974 and again with 38 last season. And Schmidt has never been hotter than he is now with a record- tying April shower of 11 homers. Nos. 10 and 11 came in the third and fourth innings Monday night. So when Schmidt stepped to the plate against Cincinnati's Rawly Eastwick in the eighth inning of a tie game with Dave Cash on third base and one out, eager Philadelphia fans were hoping for No. 12. Instead, like the mighty Casey of baseball lore, Schmidt struck out on an 0-2 pitch. But the ball escaped catcher Johnny Bench for a passed ball and Cash raced home with the run that gave the Phils a 10-9 triumph over the Reds. Schmidt's 11 April home runs — he also has a double and four singles — equals the mark of 11 also shared by Pittsburgh's Willie Stargell (1971) and Graig Nettles of the New York Yankees (1974). Before Bench's passed ball it was a battle of homers, with George Foster and Bob Bailey connecting for the Reds and, in addition to Schmidt's pain a two-run shot by Philadelphia's Bobby Tolan in the seventh that tied the score 9-9. Elsewhere in the National League, Tommy John notched his first triumph in almost two years as the Los Angeles Dodgers whipped the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1, the St. Louis Cardinals outlasted the San Francisco Giants 15-7, the New York Mets downed the Atlanta Braves 3-1 and the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2. Houston at Detroit Holds on to Get by Mighty Golden State by Four By The Associated Press Poise, the ability to perform under pressure, to rise to the occasion when the game moves up a notch in tempo and intensity. It's what playoff basketball is all about. The Detroit Pistons, given little chance against mighty Golden State, squandered most of a 16-point lead but held on to beat the defending champion Warriors 106-102 at Detroit Tuesday night, evening their National Basketball Association playoff series at 2-2. "We showed a lot of poise when they had us on the ropes," crowed Pistons Coach Herb Brown. "A lot of people say we can't win a pressure game. Well, this was a pressure game if there ever was one. In the last month and a half we've won a lot of pressure games." In another best-of-seven quarter-final series, the Washington Bullets — beaten in the finals by Golden State last year — barely managed to stay alive. The Bullets wasted a 17-point advantage and had to go into overtime to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-98 at Landover, Md. and even that series at 3-3. "We didn't lay down and die after we lost that 17-point lead," said a proud Bullets Coach K.C. Jones. "Now that we're in a seventh game, I guess the pressure is on both of us." Cleveland Coach Bill Fitch is confident his club, in its first playoff ever, will not buckle under the winner-take-all pressure of Thursday's seventh game, for which the Cavs will have the homecourt advantage. "I don't think pressure will be the deciding factor," said Fitch. "Our big pressure game was the second game, when after losing the opener in Cleveland we came back to even the series by winning here at Landover. If we were going to crumble, that would have been the time for it." Phoenix star Paul Westphal, whose team holds a 3-2 edge and can wrap up its quarterfinal series against Seattle by winning tonight's game in Phoenix, is one player who has managed to ignore the playoff pressure. Montreal was postponed because of cold weather and wet grounds. Dodgers 7, Pirates 1 John, a veteran left-hander, blanked the Pirates until the eighth inning to earn his first triumph since he severely injured his pitching elbow on July 7, 1974. The Dodgers jumped on Doc Medich'for nine hits and five runs in four innings, including Ron Cey's tworun homer. John, who was 13-3 at the time of his injury in 1974, was making his third bid for a victory this season. He put together a string of 14 scoreless frames before Rennie Stennett's RBI double in the eighth. In his last outing, he had no decision After the Suns lost Game Five on Sunday. Westphal said, "All this means is that we have to play them another game. The better team is going to win this series. If they should happen to beat us two more times, they deserve it." Seattle forward Bruce Seals, who came up with 28 points and 11 rebounds in his best game of the series, is another cool customer. "I was pretty loose," he said. "I didn't feel there was too much pressure. Of course, if we had lost, there was no tomorrow." In the remaining quarter-final series, the Boston Celtics hope to have captain John Havlicek back from a foot injury for the fourth game of their set against the Buffalo Braves in Buffalo Wednesday. Boston leads the series 2-1. against Houston despite seven shutout innings. Cardinals 15, Giants 7 St. Louis, behind 7-1 after one inning, finally pulled ahead on Keith Hernandez' pinch triple and Bake McBride's sacrifice fly in the sixth. Ten of the St. Louis runs were unearned, including all six in a wild eighth inning, which included a fight between Giant pitcher Charlie Williams and Cardinal second baseman Vic Harris, who was hit by a pitch. Former St. Louis third baseman Ken Reitz, in his first at-bat against the Cards, hit a three-run homer in the first inning. Mets 3, Braves 1 Mickey Lolich tossed a five- National League Votes Down Expansion; Kuhii Dismayed CHICAGO (AP) —Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn said he's disappointed, but the American League couldn't be happier that the National League voted down expansion into Toronto and Washington. D.C.,inl977. "Well. I quess it's back in my lap," Kuhn said Monday after the National League voted 7 to 5 to reject a proposal to move into the two cities. Earlier this month, Kuhn instructed the American League, which approved expansion into Toronto on March 29. to include a plan to provide Washington with baseball or lose the right to place a team in the Canadian city to the NL. When the American League owners failed to come up with a plan acceptable to Kuhn, he gave the National League two weeks to consider expansion into the two cities. ''I'm extremely disappointed. My efforts to provide baseball for Washington will continue," said Kuhn. who reportedly has received pressure from Congress to return baseball to the nation's capital after a five- year absence. Kuhn said that now he is not certain what route he will take to restore baseball in Washington. "At this point, I don't want to try to answer that question precisely." he said. Meanwhile, AL President Lee MacPhail clearly was thrilled by the NL vote to leave the field open to his league. "That is tree-mendous ! We help you make good things happen. A FULL SERVICE BANK SAVINGS BANK Tim«i Herald, Carroll, la. * Tueiday, April 27, 1976 O hitter and struck out nine for his first ML victory and Ron Hodges ripped a two-run single off Dick Ruthven in the second inning. The only run off Lolich, the long-time Detroit star who was pitching in 43-degree weather, was unearned. Padres 6, Cubs 2 Rookie Jerry Turner's two- run triple in the fifth inning rallied San Diego. Turner, an outfielder, was making his first start of the season in place of injured John Grubb. His triple put the Padres ahead 3-2 and, after San Diego boosted its lead to 5-2 in the sixth, 23-year-old Butch Metzger came on to blank the Cubs over the final 2 1-3 innings for his first save of the season. Money's Home Run Lifts Milwaukee Great news." he said. Asked if he had expected the National League to reject the expansion move, MacPhail said: "I tried not to guess what they would do because I've been wrong so often. But this sounds conclusive. I think it's a signal to us that our expansion to Toronto is proper and we will move ahead." The National League took a similar expansion vote, but only for Toronto, on the same day the American League approved expansion into the Canadian city. On that date, the National League owners rejected the expansion proposal 10-2 with Cincinnati and Phila- d e 1 p h i a casting dissenting votes. . The NL constitution requires a unanimous vote for expansion. MILWAUKEE (AP) - Don Money can laugh about it now — sort of. The Milwaukee Brewers' third baseman still is rankled that what would have been his gam e-winning grand slam home run against the New York Yankees April 10 was nullified because the first base umpire ruled he had called time out prior to the pitch. So. perhaps it was predictable that as soon as Mon- ey's'first-inning blast off Frank Tanana had cleared the leftfield wall Monday night, half of the press corps stood up and flashed the time out sign. This time, -though, the homer counted, and the three-hit pitching of Jim Colborn and Ed Rodriguez made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over California in the only American League baseball game of the night. "Listen, when I came up the second time tonight, Jerry Neudecker. the plate umpire, told me he was going to tell me as I crossed the plate after the homer, 'I called time out,'" Money said, chuckling. "I said. 'The hell with you. Jerry.'" he said. "I've gotten that three or four times now since the real time out thing. It's not so funny, man. you know?" Tanana. who allowed just one othef hit and struck out 12. didn't find it verv funny, either. He said he had tried to jam Money, but had thrown the ball three inches too close to the center of the plate. . "He might get that same pitch an inning or two later, but it's not going to be three inches from the corner of the plate again," said Tanana, major league strikeout leader last year with 269 in 257 innings." "If he said he was only three . inches off, he was probably right," Money said. "It wasn't that bad a pitch for him. It was an inside fast ball, and maybe he figured I would be looking for something outside. He didn't put it quite where he wanted but, heck, he struck me out the next time. He's got the best stuff of any left-hander in the league." Colborn,.who has allowed just one earned run and 13 hits in 22 innings, carried a three-hitter into the ninth inning and had permitted only two Angel runners to reach scoring position. But he issued a leadoff walk to Andy Etchebarren in the ninth, and Jerry Remy's sacrifice put the tying run on second base. After a walk to Bobby Bonds, Rodriguez relieved and recorded his fifth save by inducing Bill Melton to bounce into a game-ending double play. Carroll Wins Series Carroll edged Kuemper by two shots in boys' golf Monday at the municipal course to win the city golf series by one shot, 151 to 153. .... In a meeting between the two rivals earlier in the season, the Knights gained a 160 to 161 decision. Jeff Jensen fired a 36 to take medalist honors for Carroll. Other Tiger scores included 38's by Jim Petersen and Jerry Dentlinger and a 39 by Todd Pettitt. Scott Tessmer led the Knights with a 37, followed by Joe Kruse and Tom Riddle with 38's and Chuck Danner witha40 - „. .u u , r Kuemper's junior varsity turned in the best score of anybody Monday, firing a 150 to Carroll's 169. Jim Schleisman's 35 led the Knights, followed by . Mike Mosher with a 36, Larry Rettenmaier with a 39 and Don Nieland with a 40. Carroll was paced by Jim Sides' 38 and Gary Kroneberger's 39. Teammates Brad Wuertz and Craig Osborn added 42 and 50 respectively. Carroll, now 4-1, faces Sac City tonight at Sac City, while Kuemper is idled until the CYO Tournament Saturday at Fonda. Knight Girls to 8-0 , Mary Ann Greteman carded a 50 to lead the Kuemper girls' golf team to a 218 to 224 victory over Carroll Monday and a sweep of their two-match series. Kuemper, now 8-0 on the season, also got a 55 from Deb Burg, a 56 from Dawn Pietig and a 57 from Julie Stalzer. Carroll had the medalist in the meet as Holly Juergens fashioned a 42 over the country club layout. Other Tigerette scores included a 57 by,Molly Whaley, a 61 by Tami Graham and a 64 by Holly Evans. Kuemper also captured the junior varsity meet, 231 to 258, as Beth Happe and Judy Drees fired 56's. Carol Wernimont added a 59 and Nancy Heider a 60 for Kuemper, now 7-1. Jean Grettenberg led Carroll with a 56, followed by ' Teri Wilson with a 65, Rita Harmening with a 66 and Alison Beck with a 71. Kuemper is idled until the CYO Tournament Saturday at Fonda. Carroll competes in the Midwest Conference meet at Denison today. Knights Fall in Tennis BOONE — Boone handed the Kuemper's boys' tennis squad their third straight loss here Monday, 7 to 2. The Knights, now 2-3 on the year, gained their two victories in singles' play as Gerard Gach whipped Pat Kluckman, 7-5, 7-5, and Craig Schroeder beat Brent Hall, 2-6,6-4,6-2. Kuemper coach, the Rev. Paul Roder said, "We showed improvement. They beat us 9-0 last year. Also, two of our losses went to three sets before being decided." Singles Results: Jim Fisher (B) beat Dave Bruner (K), 6-2, 6-0; Jeff Mattson (B) beat DanThies (K), 6-1,6-2; Rick Mattson (B) beat Dean Bluml (K), 6-1,6-0; RickByriel (B) beat Dave Stangl (K), 6-1, 6-4; Gerard Gach (K) beat Pat , Kluckman (B), 7-5, 7-5; and Craig Schroeder (K) beat Brent Hall (B), 2-6,6-4,6-2. Doubles'Results: -\ B , i! Fisher and J. Mattson (B) beat Bruner and Thies (K), 6-2, 6-0; R. Mattson and Byriel (B) beat Bluml and Stangl (K), 3-6, 6-4, 2-6; and Kluckman and Hall (B) beat Gach and Steve Meyers (K), 7-5,1-6,2-6. Sports Glances Dedham Carroll Lanesboro Inducted into Hall Los Angeles Laker Coach Bill Sharman. a former star with the Boston Celtics, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Monday Commended Chicago Cubs outfielder Rick Monday, who took an American flag from two fans who appeared ready to burn it on the Dodger Stadium field in Los Angeles, was officially commended by the National League Monday. The league owners, meeting here, seconded the message which appeared on the stadium Scoreboard after Sunday's incident: "Rick Monday, you made a great play." Fiesta Bowl Date The 1976 Fiesta Bowl football game will be played the afternoon of Dec. 25, Christmas Day, bowl president Glenn Hawkins has announced. The NCAA Extra Events Committee approved the Saturday date and the NCAA Council ratified it, said Hawkins. The Fiesta Bowl pits the Western Athletic Conference champion against a guest team at Tempe. Iowa Recruit Ronnie Lester, a slick all-state guard from Dunbar High School in Chicago, has signed a national basketball letter of intent with Iowa, Coach Lute Olson announced Monday. v The 6-foot-l speedster averaged 27 points and. was a unanimous all star selection in the highly-competitive Chicago public league. Lester is Iowa's second basketball recruit. 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