THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS SATURDAY, JUNES, 1998 B3 T SEMIPRO BASEBALL Thompson, Larks overwhelm Blaze Topekan drives in eight runs as Hays pounds out 18 hits in blowout By PAUL MOGENSON The Salina Journal Marc Thompson had a baseball player's dream Friday night for the Hays Larks while giving the Salina Blaze a nightmare coming into a full weekend of Walter Johnson League games. Thompson, a 5-foot-7,170-pound third baseman from Topeka, who ., now plays for Abi- SEMIPRO ; lene Christian,, Larks 25 went 5 for 6 at the B i aze 4 plate, with three ;. doubles, a home run and a single and eight RBIs, in leading his club to a 25-4 whipping of the Blaze at Dean Evans Stadium. "In baseball, he had one of those days we all dream of having," said Larks coach Frank Leo. "He's a player, he's got a lot of skills. But he hasn't shown the power with wooden bats, which we play with in the Jayhawk League." The nonleague contest was called after seven innings after seven innings on the run rule. "We used six pitchers," said Blaze coach Warren Olson. "I don't really like to play the Hays Larks on a Friday night with four league games over the weekend. "I tried to be selective. I didn't use my five best pitchers," Olson said. "You have to do that when you play nonleague and you want to win your league." Hays started quickly, sending 1L men to the plate and scoring eight times, in the first inning. Thompson, who led the game off with a double, dropped a homer into the wheat field behind the 348-foot sign in right field to finish the explosion. Salina got the bases loading in its half of the first, but the only damage done was when Aaron Willey scored as Mike Jackson grounded into a double play. Surprisingly, Blaze pitchers retired the Larks in order three times, in the second, four and sixth. But in the third, Hays sent 15 batters to the plate and scored 11 times to make it 19-1. Thompson doubled twice in the inning, driving in five. Brandon O'Neal, who drove in six for Hays, drove in one third also. In the third, starter Scott Talley walked the first three Larks and gave way to Dustin Karst. All six of the men Karst faced scored and Clint Merrick finally got the job done as the third Blaze pitcher in the third. Rocko Talley singled in Mike Hart in the Salina third, Chris Banninger drove in Brian Garvey in the fifth and Jackson doubled Jackie McBroom home in the sixth to round out the Blaze offense. O'Neal capped the Hays seventh with a three-run shot over the left-field fence. "We've got to get the league going and forget this one," Olson said. "Hays has got a heck of a team and we've got to be at our best to beat them." All totaled, the six Blaze pitchers walked nine, hit two, and gave up 18 hits. • "It makes it tough on them," said Leo, "when you don't have a deep pitching staff and you've got to play back to back double-headers. "Salina's always been competitive with us and it's a close trip," Leo said. "Well, close for us." The Blaze twinbill with Lindsborg starts at 1 p.m. at Anderson Field, on the Bethany College campus. Sunday, Salina will be at Olathe for two, also at 1 p.m. T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Finals / Malone held to 4 points after half FROM PAGE B1 Instead, the Bulls did enough in the final few minutes to head back to Chicago in a whole new frame of mind. "I forced myself to say I'm going to enjoy this moment, this last dance or whatever. I was taking it too serious," Jordan said. "It may not happen again. I should enjoy it, and that's my mood from now on." Utah had a 12-4 run, ending with a 3-pointer by Jeff Hornacek with 1:46 left for an 86-85 lead. With the crowd chanting "Beat the Bulls," Chicago missed two shots and Utah rebounded, but Stockton threw a bad pass that was picked off by Kukoc. Steve Kerr missed an open 3-pointer but grabbed his own rebound, feeding Jordan for a layup. He was fouled on the play, and his free throw made it 88-86. Malone missed a 20-footer with the shot clock running down, and Rodman rebounded with 25 seconds left. Kerr then made two foul shots, making it 90-86. The Jazz threw away the ensuing inbounds pass — their 20th turnover of the night — and Jordan made a free throw with 14.5 seconds left. All the Jazz could do after that was heave up a pair of 3-pointers, and they wouldn't have done much good even if they went in. A tip-in by Morris made it 91-88 with 3.7 seconds left, and Jordan finished the scoring from the line with 1.7 left. The crowd had already started filing out, and the elation this city felt after the Jazz's overtime victory in Game 1 had evaporated. Jordan shot 14-for-33 from the field and 9-for-10 from the line, Pippen was 7-of-13 and Kukoc was 6- for-16. Dennis Rodman grabbed nine rebounds, including five on the offensive end to help Chicago score 19 second-chance points. Hornacek had 20 points to lead the Jazz, who got only four second-half points from Malone as he finished with 16 on 5-for-16 shooting.. "I don't know if I'm content to be more perimeter oriented, they just did a great job," Malone said. "A lot depends on how I play, and I haven't played well the first two games. "If I don't play well, we don't win the series. The worst thing for me to do right now is put the whole weight of the team on my shoulders. It's only been two games." Malone had four turnovers and Stockton, Hornacek, Bryon Russell and Howard Eisley had three each. Utah went 7-for-13 on 3-pointers after going O-for-8 in Game 1, but the sharp shooting was negated by the sloppiness the Jazz showed throughout the game. BRIEFLY Indians to hold tryouts Thursday at El Dorado EL DORADO — The Cleveland Indians will hold a tryout camp Thursday at McDonald Park. Cleveland scouts Steve Abney and Herb Hess will be in charge. Players must be ready to register by 9 a.m. stay until at least 2 p.m. Players are expected to furnish their shoes, gloves and uniforms. Players must be 16 years old to participate. American Legion players may try out with written permission from their coach or a commander of their post. High school players may participate without endangering their eligibility. For more information, call Hess at 316-683-2446. Giants draft Salina native Sanchez ARLINGTON, Texas — Cade Sanchez, a 1995 graduate of Sacred Heart High School was drafted in the 31st round with the 938th overall pick by the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday in the amateur draft. Belcher fires Royals past Astros Kansas City starter pitches eight shutout innings to help team snap four-game slide By MICHAEL A. LUTZ Tiie Associated Press HOUSTON — Pregame fines and suspensions didn't distract the Kansas City Royals. Maybe, they even helped. Tim Belcher pitched eight shutout innings and the Royals overcame their pregame punishment in a 3-0 interleague victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night. "Sometimes incidents like that can spark a club," Belcher said. "You want to say thanks for watching my back. Sanchez, a pitcher, is a third- year sophomore at the University of Texas at Arlington. He was 1-4 with three saves and a 5.00 ERA in 36 innings of relief work last season for the Mavericks of the Southland Conference. The 21-year-old Sanchez will pitch in the Cape Cod League in Massachusetts this summer. "If (the Giants) make me a good enough offer, I would definitely have to consider it," Sanchez told the Arlington Morning News. "But given the round I was taken in, I don't expect the money to be really great. "I really like UTA and the coaches there. At this time, I don't think I'm really ready to play pro ball." Arlington coach Butch McBroom said Sanchez, who has been clocked as high as 98 mph, could be a top-10 selection next season. Sanchez played one season of football at Mesa (Colo.) State before transferring to UTA last year. The Mavericks were 20-29 this past season, placing seventh in the Southland Conference. From Staff Reports AL Royals Astros You never know." Earlier in the day, the Royals learned of their penalties for Tuesday's brawl with the Anaheim Angels. Manager Tony Muser received an eight-game suspension, shortstop Felix Martinez was suspended five games, and pitchers Jim Pittsley and Scott Service got two-game suspensions. Coaches Rich Dauer and Jamie Quirk were fined but not suspended. "I think you come out and play baseball regardless of what happens in the future," Muster said. "If you're a professional, you go out and do what you can today and don't worry about tomorrow." Belcher (5-6) won for the fourth time in five decisions. He scattered seven hits, struck out three and allowed only one runner to reach third base. Jeff Montgomery pitched the ninth for his 10th save. "It could have sparked us," third baseman Dean Palmer said of the brawl penalties. "It The Associated Press Kansas City Royals manager Tony Muser (left) watches from the dugout during Friday's game with the Houston Astros. The American League suspended Muser eight games following Tuesday's brawl with the Anaheim Angels. The suspension will begin on June 12, pending the appeal process. can affect you and bring everyone together." The Astros lost despite outstanding pitching by Pete Schourek (2-4), who allowed only two hits and one run in seven innings. He had a season-high eight strikeouts and walked four in his longest outing of the season. "I've been getting better and better," Schourek said. "I've been looking for something like this to happen to give me more confidence in myself and give the team more confidence in me." The Royals snapped a four-game losing streak. Brown's homer delivers Cubs in 12 Cubs extend winning streak to seven straight with 6-5 victory over cross-town rival White Sox By The Associated Press CHICAGO — Brant Brown hit a leadoff home run in the 12th inning to give the Cubs a 6-5 victory over the White Sox on Friday in the first official Wrigley Field game between the Chicago rivals. The last time the two met at a Cubs park in a game that counted was the 1906 World Series at West Side Grounds. The White Sox won that series 4-2. Brown homered off Tony Castillo (1-2) to give the Cubs their seventh straight victory. Terry Mulholland (2-1) allowed one hit in a scoreless 12th for the victory. Sammy Sosa also homered for the Cubs. Giants 3, Cardinals 2 ST. LOUIS — After missing three games with back spasms, Mark McGwire didn't waste any time resuming his chase of Roger Maris' home run record. However, his major league-leading 28th homer wasn't enough to prevent another loss for the St. Louis Cardinals. McGwire hit a two-run homer off Orel Hershiser in his first at-bat Friday night, but Hershiser recovered to win his sixth straight decision. Pirates 6, Twins 1 PITTSBURGH — Jermaine Allensworth hit a tiebreaking two-run single and rookie Jose Silva pitched a five-hitter as Pittsburgh won its sixth straight. Silva (6-3) struck out seven and didn't walk any to win for the fifth time in his last six decisions. Minnesota's Mike Morgan (2-2) continued to struggle against Pittsburgh, giving up eight hits and three runs in six innings. Reds 2, Indians 1 CINCINNATI — Pete Harnisch quieted a large Cleveland contingent with seven strong innings and Bret Boone had four hits as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Indians. The Associated Press New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza grimaces as he holds his left hand after being hit by a pitch during Friday's game with Boston. Piazza suffered a contusion. The Indians' first game in Cincinnati was a box-office smash — the Reds sold 43,532 tickets, their best gate since opening day. Thousands of fans made the four-hour drive from Cleveland, where Jacobs Field is sold out for the season, to root for the visiting team. Expos 5, Devil Rays 2 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Brad Fullmer and Vladimir Guerrero hit two-run homers as Montreal beat Tampa Bay in an inter- league matchup that drew the smallest crowd ever at Tropicana Field. Dustin Hermanson (4-4) pitched five shutout innings as Montreal won its third consecutive road game. Tampa Bay has lost four in a row. Orioles 3, Braves 2 BALTIMORE — Scott Erickson pitched a seven-hitter and Baltimore hit three homers off Danny Neagle to beat Atlanta for the fourth straight time since interleague play began last season. Eric Davis, Lenny Webster and Joe Carter homered off Neagle (7-3), who had not given .! up three homers in a game this season. That was enough offense for Erickson (6-6), who had won only two of his last eight decisions. - Mets 9, Red Sox 2 BOSTON — In their first meeting at Fenway Park since the 1986 World Series, the New York Mets hit four long homers off Pedro Martinez to beat the Boston Red Sox. The Mets welcomed pitcher Hideo Nomo, obtained Thursday night from the Los Angeles Dodgers, but lost catcher Mike Piazza, who sustained a contusion of his left hand after being hit by a pitch in the first inning. X-rays were negative and Piazza, who left the game after the top of the first, was listed as day-to-day. Phillies 8, Blue Jays 7 TORONTO — Returning to SkyDome for the first time since losing the deciding sixth game of the 1993 World Series, the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays. Philadelphia took an 8-5 lead in the ninth, scoring two runs on Bobby Abreu's RBI single and right fielder Shawn Green's throwing error. Green nearly made up for the costly error in the bottom of the inning, hitting a two-run homer off Mark Leiter. Yankees 5, Marlins 1 NEW YORK — Darryl Strawberry home- red to snap a seventh-inning tie and Andy Pettitte pitched a five-hitter as New York won the matchup between baseball's best and worst teams. The Yankees won their fifth straight, while the Marlins lost their ninth in a row. Strawberry's ninth homer of the season and Chuck Knoblauch's RBI single in the seventh helped the Yankees improve the majors' best record to 42-13. Brewers 7, Tigers 3 MILWAUKEE — Marquis Grissom drove in three runs and Cal Eldred pitched 5% effective innings as Milwaukee beat Detroit in the first interleague game between the former American League rivals. T COLLEGE WORLD SERIES Lane-led Southern Cal reaches tide game It's an all-PAC 10 final as Trojans deny LSU shot at third straight title By TIM KORTE The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — Jason Lane was just happy to have another shot at LSU. Lane homered twice then took the mound in the eighth inning to stop the Tigers' two-out rally, leading Southern Cal to a 7-3 victory Friday, one that eliminated the two-time defending champs from the College World Series. "I've just been trying to pick the team up as best I could, and it just hadn't been working out for me," Lane said. "It felt good to finally do some big things for the team." In an all-Pac 10 championship game, the Trojans (48-17) will play Arizona State (41-22) today. LSU (48-19) was denied a shot at a third straight NCAA title and College World Series At Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha, Neb. Friday's Score Southern Cal 7, Louisiana State 3. Today's Championship Arizona State (41-22) vs. Southern Cal (48-17) 11:30 a.m. (CBS). its fifth championship of the 1990s as USC right-hander Mike Penney (8-4) held the long ball- hitting Tigers scoreless for 7% innings. "Mike shut us down," LSU coach Skip Bertman said, shaking his head. "He was really tough. He pitched some of the best ball. I can't imagine him pitching like that all year." Penney was strong for six innings against an LSU team that had set a World Series record with 15 homers. "Nerves were a little bit of a factor," Penney said. "I'm nor- mally a slow starter, and I get hit around a little bit. After a few innings, I looked back and said 'Hey, we survived it.'" After getting Josh Dalton to fly out to third and striking out Trey McClure in the seventh, Penney ran into trouble. Eddy Furniss walked after hitting a foul ball out of the park down the right field line. Brad Cresse singled before Jeff Leaumont hit Penney's first pitch over the right field fence to pull the Tigers within 7-3. Penney gave up a single to Wes Davis and ran the count to 2-0 on Blair Barbier before Southern Cal coach Mike Gillespie went to the bullpen for Lane, who up to that point had been the designated hitter. Lane threw only two pitches to Barbier, who hit a pop foul to first baseman Robb Gorr. Lane then retired the side on two strikeouts in the bottom of the ninth to send USC to the NCAA title game for the 14th time. Lane was the pitcher in the opener when Cresse hit LSU's recording-setting eighth homer in the Tigers' 12-10 victory. "I had kind of a rough first game here against these guys," Lane said. "It was pretty tough to. handle that. I just regrouped and hoped I'd get another shot back. It happened to work out." At the plate, Lane sent both of his homers to virtually the same spot — each landing amid the. girders in the right field light tower. His first, a two-run shot in the fifth, broke a scoreless tie. His second, a first-pitch leadoff homer in the seventh, gave the Trojans a 5-0 lead and ended the day for LSU starter Doug Thompson (12-5). The Trojans took control in the middle innings. After Lane's first homer, Greg Hanoian drove in another run with a fifth-inning single to left, making it 3-0. "That kind of broke up the pitching battle and allowed them to get some momentum on their side," Thompson said. In the sixth, Morgan Ensberg hit another homer into the right field light tower to put the Trojans ahead 4-0.
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