The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 5, 1998 · Page 15
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FRIDAY JIJNE5, 1998 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports BIG 12 ATHLETICS / C3 ROYALS / C4 CLASSIFIED / C6 c T AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL T PRO BASKETBALL Jazz gets lift from others Utah shows in Game 1 it can win despite an off night from Malone By BOB BAUM The Associated Press DAVIS TURNEFVThe Salina Journal The Salina Falcons' Jason Myers slides safely into third base ahead of the throw to Newton's Ryan Walton in the fourth inning of the first game of Thursday's American Legion doubleheader at Evans Stadium. The Falcons lost 8-6 but prevailed in Game 2,11-4. Falcons earn split with Newton After dropping opener, Salina's hitting comes through in Game 2 By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal It would have to rank as one of the most inauspicious starts to a season in the history of the Salina MarketAide Falcons. Salina's senior American Legion team BASEBALL trailed 4 . 0 be . Newton 8 4 fore it ever Falcons 6TT came to bat in the 1998 season, and the team's top returning pitcher from a year ago did not retire a batter in his first start. But there were just as many positives for the Falcons as they managed a split Thursday with the Newton Knights. Salina never completely recovered from its difficult start in an 8-6 loss in the opener, then never trailed in an 11-4 victory in game two. "I saw a lot of things I was hap. py with," Salina coach Kris Meis said. "We also made a few mis- '-' takes, but I expect we'll make "some of those early on. I told the guys that if they played perfect "I saw a lot of things I was happy with. We also made a few mistakes, but I expect we'll make some of those early on" Kris Meis Salina Falcons coach tonight, I wouldn't have anything to do all summer." Some of the things Meis could appreciate were his team's offensive performance, outhitting the Knights 20-11 and scoring in every inning in the second contest. The Falcons also got essentially two complete games from Mike Ascher and Jason Anderson. Salina starter Doug Hill (0-1) walked each of the first four men he faced in the opener and when he started the fifth batter with a ball, Meis called on Ascher to provide some long relief. In his first appearance as a Falcon, Ascher allowed five hits over seven innings. "Mike really threw a complete game," Meis said. "When we got in trouble that early, I needed someone who was going to give me some innings. We were going to throw Ascher on Sunday, so he came here today not even expecting to pitch. "When you spot them four runs like that, it takes your game plan away. You have to play station-to-station and hope to outhit them." Trailing 8-1 in the fifth, the Falcons made it close when they sent 10 men to the plate in the inning. Anderson had a one-out single, followed by a walk to Jason Lantz and an RBI single from Justin Stein. After Todd Just doubled to make it 8-3, Shaun Puvogel homered to center field, a three-run shot that accounted for the game's final runs. The Falcons had the potential tying run on base later in the fifth, and had the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh before Newton pitcher Trenton Henderson closed the door in relief of starter Colby Whiteside. "We were a clutch hit away from getting it tied up in two or three innings," Meis said. The Falcons never had to worry about coming from behind in the second contest. They scored three runs in the first and four runs in the fourth, with all seven runs scoring with two outs. Just tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the first, and Salina added two more runs on two Newton errors in the inning. Jason Myers doubled and scored in the second, and had a two-run triple to key the Falcons' offense in the fourth inning. Anderson (1-0) threw a complete game six-hitter and two of the Knights' four runs were unearned. He gave up only one hit over the final three innings. "What a ball game by Jason Anderson," Meis said. "He isn't physically intimidating out there, but mixes his pitches well and stays in the strike zone. They had very few good cuts off him today and that's a good sign." Salina catcher Clete Wilson had four hits in the doubleheader, while Myers and Matt Moody had two hits apiece in the second contest. The Falcons return to action Saturday when they face Great Bend at Evans Stadium. SALT LAKE CITY — There's a lot more to the Utah Jazz than Karl Malone. If anyone hadn't figured that by now, Utah's 88-85 overtime victory over Chicago in Game 1 of the NBA Finals removed all doubt. "We can pick him up and carry him sometimes," Utah's Bryon Russell said. "He doesn't always have to carry all the load. That's something you guys don't know about yet. You think it's all about Karl Malone." On Wednesday night, it was all about John Stockton and a Utah bench that has gained momentum through the playoffs. And it was all about an obviously weary Chicago team falling apart at crunch time. Even Michael Jordan made mistakes, most notably failing to notice the 24-second shot clock was about to expire in the final minute of overtime. "I thought we were very fatigued last night," Chicago coach Phil Jackson said on Thursday. "I actually tried to get Michael out of the game in the third quarter and he bargained his way back in. I watched in the video and our hands were on their knees in a defensive posture." They have only two days off before tonight's Game 2. They will hope for a second con- T PRO TENNIS: FRENCH OPEN CHICAGO 4BIILLS Chicago Bulls at Utah Jan Game 2: 8 p.m., today. Where: Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Series: Jazz leads, 1-0. Television: NBC (Salina cable 3, 13). secutive off night for Malone, who settled for, and almost always missed, jump shots against the defense of the bigger Luc Longley in Game 1. Malone hinted he might be taking it to the hoop more today. "I had opportunities," he saidl "Let's just say that Luc was a great defensive player and I didn't do the things I was capable of maybe doing. I made a minor adjustment for tomorrow night's game. I'm not going to tell you what it is. But I'm not going to stop shooting, if that's what you're asking." "','. Utah coach Jerry Sloan said Malone's misfiring was the least of his concerns. "It's no big deal," Sloan said. "I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. He'll either make shots or miss them. That's not a brilliant statement but that's all this game is. He's liable to have those same shots and make them the next time. It wasn't like he was having to take shots that were totally strange to him. See JAZZ, Page C4 Seles surprises Hingis in semis T HORSE RACING Belmont Stakes . * L , r >. .vi i^jZ- 1 - v-x ,ft; ( I- 1 -*. V..AJ cjiw s., 1 Real Quiet draws No. 8 post >OST HORSE 1 Hanuman Victory '2 Thomas Jo 3 Basic Trainee 4 Chllito 5 Parade Ground 6 Classic Cat 7 Limit Out 8 Real Quiet 9 Hot Wells 10 Raffle's Majesty 11 Victory Gallop 12 Yarrow Brae 13 Grand Slam JOCKEY ODDS Santos McCarron Bravo Davis Day Velazquez Samyn 30-1 30-1 99-1 30-1 20-1 15-1 10-1 Desormeaux 6-5 Borel phayez Stevens Smith Bailey 30-1 20-1 7-2 30-1 6-1 AP Triple Crown hopeful could provide trainer with first New York win By ED SCHUYLER JR. The Associated Press NEW YORK — Trainer Bob Baffert is satisfied with Real Quiet's post position for the Belmont Stakes, and he's not fretting about comparisons that cast his Triple Crown contender in an unfavorable light. "My concern right now is to be able to leave New York l-for-8," Baffert said Thursday when 13 3- year-olds were entered for the 112-mile Belmont. Baffert has started six horses at Belmont Park and one at Aqueduct, and has yet to win. His most heartbreaking loss came last year when Silver Charm failed in his bid to win the Triple Crown who was beaten by three-quarters of a length by Touch Gold in the Belmont. Real Quiet, who started from the No. 4 post in winning the Kentucky Derby and from the No. 10 for his Preakness victory, drew the No. 8 post. "The eight is fine," said Baffert, noting he didn't think post-position was that important because of the distance of the race. But, he said, "I didn't want the 2 or 13. I didn't want to get hung out to dry, and 2 is my bad lucky number. Two is the worst hole you can get." The 13-horse field on Saturday equals the biggest of any of the 24 Belmonts in which the Triple Crown was at stake. Thirteen also were entered when Canonero II failed to sweep the three races by finishing fourth in the 1971 Belmont. The biggest field in the 11 Bel- monts in which the Triple Crown was won were eight each in 1948 (Citation) and 1977 (Seattle Slew). Since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, Spectacular Bid (1979), Pleasant Colony (1981), Alysheba (1987), Sunday Silence (1989) and Silver Charm have fall- en short in the Belmont. Each was favored. Real Quiet was made the 6-5 early favorite, followed by Victory Gallop (7-2), Grand Slam (6-1), Limit Out (10-1) and Classic Cat (15-1). Victory Gallop was second in the Derby and Preakness. Grand Slam won the 11-16-mile Peter Pan on May 24 at Belmont, and Limit Out finished third in the 1-mile Withers for his first loss in only five career starts. Classic Cat finished third in the Preakness. "It's the survival of the fittest," Baffert said of the Triple Crown. "It takes a great horse to win it." Not everyone buys that argument. "Real Quiet has only third base to pass before finishing the ultimate home run in horse racing," John Veitch, who trained Alydar to finish second to Affirmed in all three races in 1978, wrote in The New York Times on Sunday. "But if he does, the question will remain: Whom did he beat?" Seles reaches finals for first time since '92; Sanchez-Vicario wins By ROB GLOSTER AP Sports Writer PARIS — Before a crazed fan stole her youthful exuberance, before her father's slow death sapped her joy, Monica Seles was the best tennis player in the world. On Thursday, back on center court at the French Open that she won three straight times as a giddy teen-ager, she became that unbeatable kid again. Seles, slamming two-handed winners within inches of the french open PARIS (AP) — A look at Thursday's play, the 11th day of the French Open: Winners — Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (4) and Monica Seles (6) advanced to the finals. Today's schedule — Men's semifinals: Felix Mantilla (25) vs. Carlos Moya (12) and Alex Cor- retja (14) vs. CedricPio- line. Quote — "It's not the same as it was before the stabbing. It never will be, and I don't want it to be." — Monica Seles. Stat of the day — The first time Monica Seles beat Martina Hingis in six career matches. llJi£O, Uf feated top- seeded Martina Hingis 6-3, 6-2 to reach the French Open final for the first time since 1992. "I do feel happy. I mean, it's really great. But I've tried to keep a sense of balance," KANSAS STATE FOOTBALL Reports name Murphy in potential infraction By The Associated Press MANHATTAN — Published reports say an athletic booster gave Kansas State running back Frank Murphy the use of a car, causing the school to notify the NCAA of a potential rules infraction. University officials would not confirm the reports, made by at least three newspapers and a Wichita television station. "As per the Buckley amend- ment, we cannot release any information concerning a student athlete's ability," said Dan Wallenberg, associate sports information director. That statement included coach Bill Snyder and athletic director Max Urick, he said. Murphy said he could not comment on whether he had received the use of a car. "You're going to have to ask my coach about that," he said. The reports said Murphy returned the car, and the booster, who denied the reports, had been stripped of his luxury box at KSU Stadium. Snyder earlier said the infraction involved a football student- athlete. In a news release issued Wednesday, Urick said no coaches nor any athletic department personnel were implicated. "I am confident the football program is not in any jeopardy of in- curring penalties," he said. "At this time, we are awaiting the NCAA's review of our investigation." Murphy took part in spring drills after transferring from Garden City Community College. Last season he was the national junior college player of the year after rushing for 1,370 yards and leading Garden City to a berth in the juco national championship game. who pumped her fist in triumph. "I'm still going to be missing people. Some things in my life are not going to be better." She'll face two-time champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in Saturday's final. Sanchez Vicario celebrated her 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) win over second-seeded Lindsay Davenport by blowing a kiss to her Yorkshire terrier, Roland, who watched from the VIP box. Seles, 14-2 against Sanchez Vicario, is playing in her first tournament since her father died of cancer on May 14. Seles had lost all five previous matches against Hingis, including a loss in the semifinals here last year. Hingis had not lost a set on her way to the semifinals. The Associated Press Monica Seles (right) shakes hands with Martina Hingis following Seles' 6-3, 6-2 victory in Thursday's semifinal. But the sixth-seeded Seles was in control throughout, moving Hingis all over the court with shots that skimmed just over the net. Seles was the aggressor from the start, showing her intensity by walking back on court first after every changeover. Hingis, normally composed, scolded herself and bounced her racket on the clay in frustration. "I knew I had to come out and be really aggressive," Seles said. "I knew I had that in me. I wasn't sure if I could do that today, but I really believed I could." Hingis won every Grand Slam title last year except the French Open, losing in the final to Iva Majoli. She said Seles, who at 24 is seven years older than Hingis, ran her to exhaustion. "I was probably getting a little bit tired. She just made me run, and she didn't make any mistakes," Hingis said. "I guess she surprised everybody. Seles was asked if the "real Monica" was back, five years after the stabbing. "I don't think the real Monica ever left," she replied. "I just think that when there's so many things going on outside your lif& it's very difficult to ... go on a ten= nis court and be really excited; about hitting a ball. Some weeks you can't even go to hit because you're just so sad about what's going on." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavidson@saljournal.com

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