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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 158

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Thursday, May 30, 1991
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v s c THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, MAY 30, 1?91 7CS Yero Beach sweeps Expos; SL Lucie wins By SCOTT TOLLEY Palm Beach Post Staff Writer :"WEST PALM BEACH Felipe Alou wanted to save the fire-and-brimstone speech for fear of backfire. Four days and four losses later, Alou is checking himself for burn marks. The Vero Beach Dodgers completed a series sweep of West Palm Beach in the first meeting of the year for the division leaders, and the Expos saved their worst for last. West Palm Beach tied a season high with four errors three by third baseman Willie Greene for six unearned runs in a 7-2 loss Wednesday night in a Florida State League game at Municipal Stadium. The four-game sweep by the Dodgers (28-17) pushed their lead in the East Division race to 3V2 games over the Expos (25-21). Before the losing streak, West Palm Beach rode a five-game winning streak to a half-game lead over Vgro Beach. Torre, Williams models for Royster ROYSTERfrom 1C apd clutch pitching. We'd score one or two runs, then they'd give us one. But we are capable of being the best team in the league if we keep playing the way we are now." Wednesday's crowd included Royster's daughter, Kristie, a first-grader at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary School. "This works out great, managing so close to home," he said. "I take my daughter to school every morning." Of all the managers he played for, Royster said Torre was the best communicator and Williams the best strategist. He also played fqf Alston, Dave Bristol, Cox, Steve Boros, Jim Fregosi, Piniella, Chuck Tanner, Russ Nixon and Turner, who was in the dugout for one game before Commissioner Bowie Kuhn ordered him to leave the managing to the manager (Bristol). lCl2'Bobby Cox gave me one of the biggest tips of my life," Royster said. "He and Luke Appling made me hit the ball to the opposite field. 1J turned my career around. Bristol convinced me to play every game like, it was the last game of my career. u'Joe Torre handled his players rjy Jar the best. He did everything he tould to keep his players happy and that's the most important thing ia baseball. If you looked like you had a problem, he would come up soid.'ask you if something was wrong." As far as Royster was concerted, something was wrong when the Atlanta Braves reported to spring training at Municipal Stadi-uni-an 1983. Z'Vl was upset," he said. "We vyere coming off a championship season. I hit .292 and was voted the team's most valuable player, but Brett Butler was going to start ahead of me. f'Joe Torre told me what was happening. He said: 'Go ahead and Series first: Creighton the hometown favorite The Associated Press ' iOMAHA, Neb. Wichita State's Gene Stephenson expects the 1991 College World Series to be fat different from the three others in which he has coached. -For the first time in the 41 years that the NCAA Division I baseball championship has been held in Omaha, there will be a hometown favorite: Creighton University. Schedule 8C i"We expect to do well in Oma-haS said Stephenson, whose 1989 Shockers won the title after finish-ingsecond in 1982 and third in 1888. "But it's going to be a unique experience, different than it's ever been before." Creighton qualified as Nebraska's first entry to the national event. rTThe NCAA has never been in this position before. The CWS committee has never been in this posi-tioiubefore," Stephenson said. ""'.'But most of the people have never seen Creighton play. It will be very different for Creighton, too," Stephenson said the crowd could be good or bad for the Blue-javs. It will be good because the 17,500-seat Rosenblatt Stadium likely will be filled for Creighton parries. But it could be bad if the Biuejays are unable to adjust to playing in front of so many people. . , Tit affects you," Stephenson saii "It really charges your guys up." the tournament opens Friday With top-seeded Florida State (57-12) playing No. 8 Fresno State (41-21)at 4 06 p.m. No. 4 Louisiana Stfe (51-18) will play No. 5 Florida (49-19) at 7:36 p.m. ' Florida State League Alou assumed the importance of the series with the Dodgers was a given. Instead, the Expos did all the giving. "Before the series started, I didn't want to put pressure on them, so I didn't even talk about the series," Alou said. "I never did. But maybe I should have. I really thought they were ready for the Dodgers. They weren't. "I've had talks like that backfire before. In 1989, we were behind the Dodgers and they were in first place. It was the first time we saw the Dodgers, just like this time, It was just a two-game trip, and they beat us both times. Sometimes you just don't know what approach to take. In the first three games of the yell and scream. I would if I were in your place. You deserve to play, But I think it'll be better for the team for Butler to start and you to fill in wherever we need you.' He was right. I ended up on the short end of the stick, but went on to have some pretty good years. Everything worked out fine." Royster, whose career batting average was .251, said he got along fine with Williams, who often was criticized for his relations with players. "Dick got a rap because some guys didn t play the game the same way he did," Royster said. "You try to slack off and Dick Williams is going to see that. Dick wanted 100 percent and he was a great strate gic manager. He had the game totally figured out. He was definitely the best at maneuvering his people. Royster said he also learned a lot from such teammates as Dale Murphy, Tony Gwynn, Gary Mat thews, Carlton Fisk, Harold Baines and Don Mattingly. In his third season as a manager (he led the Kissimmee Dodgers to first place in the Northern Division of the Gulf Coast League in 1989 and his Yakima Bears were second in the Northwest League in 1990), he goes up against such veterans as West Palm Beach's Felipe Alou, whose Expos had the best record in orga nized baseball last season, and Lakeland's Johnny Lipon, the ninth-winningest manager in minor league baseball history. "A lot of times I'll go against the book because I'm here totally for the kids," Royster said. "It's their game; it's their lives. When we get in a game-winning situation, I'm going to let them go. By the end of the year, each one of these guys will get the chance to be a hero. "Giving kids an opportunity is what it's all about. I want them to learn it's OK to fail, but learn from your failure." College Baseball Florida places four on All-South Region team GAINESVILLE The University of Florida placed four players on the 1991 Converse Ail-American Baseball Coaches' Association All-South Region team. Catcher Mario Linares, pitcher John Burke and shortstop Kevin Polcovich were all named to the South Region first-team, and third baseman Herbert Perry was named to the second team. The teams are chosen by a vote of baseball coaches from 34 universities within the region. The three first-team and four overall selections were the most for any school in the region. FSU's Grifol and Perez, FlU's Santos make team MIAMI Catcher Pedro Grifol and first baseman Eduardo Perez of Florida State and Jerry Santos, Florida International's ace relief pitcher, were named the first-team of the 1991 Converse Ail-American Baseball Coaches' Association All-Atlantic Region team. North Florida eliminated from NAIA tourney LEWISTON, Idaho The University of North Florida lost to Oral Roberts University 3-2 Wednesday, eliminating the Os-preys from the NAIA Championship Tournament. North Florida lost to Lewis-Clark State, the tournament host, 11-3 late Tuesday. series all in Vero Beach the Expos' problem was offense, reflected in 29 runners stranded. Wednesday, the problem was a truly offensive defense. "It was building up till we played the worst game of the series," Alou said. "I knew it could happen. After three commutes to Vero, it gets to a team. The box score doesn't show we made errors in Vero, but we didn't make the plays in the outfield or infield. Finally, the errors showed up tonight." And at the worst times. Expos starter Joe Logan (4-4), the league leader in ERA at 1.11, had given up one run in the first 5 innings. That run came in the third when Sean McKamie was hit by a Bargain! 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W99 without activation, 17-1050, L Er-- Km " S599 without activation) Oler void in CANC See stoie manager tor details j, PRICES APPLY AT PARTICIPATING STORES AND DEALERS -. . .' ) pitch and scored on a double by Rafael Rijo (8-for-13 in series) to tie the game at 1. But the problems started after Logan got two quick outs in the sixth. After an apparent third strike on Matt Howard was called a ball, Howard grounded the next pitch to Greene, whose throw pulled first baseman Chad McDonald off the bag for the first error. Logan walked two straight before Brock McMurray hit a bases-clearing triple for a 4-1 lead. "After losing three straight to them, it was kind of deja vu tonight," Logan said. "We were busting our butt, but can't seem to get it going. It has an affect on your mental capacity. The ball had some funny hops in it tonight. And they all happened to us." After Greene's error in the seventh helped load the bases, Logan got Howard to hit into an inning-ending double play. But two errors in the eighth by Greene and second baseman J.D. Ramirez and a run-scoring wild pitch by Dave Schmidt led to three more unearned runs in the inning. St. Lucie 8, Baseball City 2 BASEBALL CITY Jamie Hoffner went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI and Doug Saunders had two hits, including his first home run, as the Mets (21-24) had 13 hits off five pitchers and beat the Royals (17-26). .V Pete Walker (3-5) pitched seven -innings and allowed five hits and f one run for the win. Vl) Vero Beach 7, WPB 2 VERO BEACH WEST PALM BEACH r h O 3 O 0 III 1 Ramirez. 2b 0 Davison, ss O Greene, 3b O McDonald, lb 0 Lake, rf 3 Cramer, dh 1 Richer, cf 1 Woods. If 0 Laker, c 6 Total! Rijo. cf Gnrten. rf Howard, 2b O'Donnell. lb Morrow, dh McMurray. If Doffek, 3b Gonzalez, c McKamie, s& Total! o" i 0 f (W 0j I 1 7 7 Vero Beach WP Beach OOl 100 003 030 71 000 100 J E Greene 3. Ramirez. DP West Palm Beach 1. LOB Vero Beach 6. West Palm Beach 3. 2B Rijo.:i Gonzalez, Ramirez. 3B McMurray. SF Gonzalez, ( , ER BB SO Vero Beach Patnck W.5-3 8 Wengert 1 West Palm Beach Logan L.4-4 7 Schmidt 1 Bushing I HBP McKamie (by Logan). WP Schmidt. Balkan Patnck, Bushing. A 1 ,058. SINCE 1132 n

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