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Friday, May 23, 1986
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9 5 HAY 2 3 1986 60 Sports SILDUIS POST-DISPATCH -iFrL, May 23, 1986 n r..c Wn, 1 AnAJ JL- VH V A Cards From page one mental mistake like tliat He's never not given 100 percent. It doesn't make sense." Coleman said he thought the ball .was going to be McGee's "until I saw here he was positioned." - 1 did all I could do to make up the difference," he added. Coleman said that it was perhaps the first time he and McCee got their signals crossed in two seasons. "That time," he said, "it cost us the ball game." The remainder of the inning was not exactly vintage Cardinals either. When Bo Diaz singled to left after Coacepion's double, Coleman threw heme, hitting Concepcion in the back tfitb the throw. The ball got away and Diaz made third on the play. Herzog thought Coleman should have thrown to second, stopping Diaz ,at first. Afterward, Cox walked Ron Oester intentionally and pinch-hitter "Max Venable unintentionally. Jones, who had eight hits In the three-game series, then broke the 3-3 tie with his double. He pulled a hamstring rounding first base and literally crawled into second base. "I needed a double," Jones said, explaining why he continued to second after injuring his leg. "I don't want to be a Punch-and-Judy hitter." . The fact that the Cardinals lost be-cacse of their defense was especially nettling to Herzog. "It was a belly-buster," he said. "You wouldn't care so much if we were playing well. "I've seen all of it now. Well, maybe I haven't." The Cardinals have lost seven of their last eight games and 21 of their last 28. "The defense in the outfield hasn't been nearly as good (as last year)," said Herzog. "The defense hasn't been as good. The hitting hasn't been as good and the bullpen hasn't been as good. That's three out of four facets. That adds up to being in last place. "We can throw some games away. And the big thing is that we're losing games every which way." Herzog did not put the entire onus for the loss on the defense. He said that although . Cox pitched well, he Meramec Has Coach Ric Lessmann and his Mera mec Warriors don't know much about San Jacinto North their opponents in the first round of the NJCAA World Series. But this much seems certain the Warriors have their work cut out for them. San Jacinto North (46-11) of Houston defeated the nation's top-rated junior college, McLennan Community College of Waco, Texas, to advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association championships. Meramec and San Jacinto will meet at 4 p.m. Saturday (St. Louis time) in an opening-round game of the week-long series in Grand Junction, Colo. Eight other teams will participate in the double-elimination c Cardinals Notebook By Rick Hummel Of the Post-Dispatch Staff Tom Herr, though he is batting only .154 and is three for 35 with runners in scoring position, will remain as the Cardinals' third-place hitter for a while, anyway. Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog, after Herr went nothing for five in Thursday's loss to the Cincinnati Reds, said he would stick with Herr as his third-place batter for a couple more days but was extremely concerned. "That's a major problem," he said. "Tommy is a mystery. "You're talking about a guy who's been a helluva clutch player. For somebody being hard-nosed in game situations, that guy's been the best one. "You wouldn't think a .282 lifetime hitter couldn't even hit .250'." Herzog pointed out that Hen-was not the only problem in the Cardinals' offense. Third baseman Terry Pendleton has struggled under .170 for much of the season and catcher Mike Heath is at .136. Jack Clark, the Cardinals', main power source, is only three for 24 with men in scoring position. Danny Cox, whose record fell to 0-4 Thursday, has not won since the third game of the National League playoffs last year. Cincinnati righthander Mario Soto (3-6) was rescued by the Reds' four-run seventh inning and stopped a personal losing streak at five games. John Tudor, who has not given up more than three earned runs in any of his last six starts, will make bid No, 7 for his fourth victory tonight when he. faces Zane Smith and the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium. Smith beat Tudor 5-2 last Sunday. The Cardinals had six extra-base hits four doubles and two triples Thursday, giving them 11 in the last two games. They had just 56 in their first 34 games, easily the lowest total In the league. Along Came Jones CINCINNATI () CARDINALS (41 asjrkM atrkM Jones H 111 Cofemon If Sill E Oovn or B 0 0 McGe d SMI Kotunsono OtOeHtrrJt) Stlt Runrtt2b ttOOCtontM) 1 0 0 MiWfd 4 0 0 ViSlvrt ) Parker ri J 0 0 Penotelon lb 4 I Emkylb 4 0 0 0 LoVollwrvC 3 0 10 Betl 4 0 0 Lawless pr 1110 Conceoctofiss 12 10 Meottic 000 0 Oku c 4 12 10 Smith u 4 110 Oester 2b 2 1 1 1 Con p 1110 Franco p 0 0 0 0 Hortort p 0 0 0 0 Soioo 10 0 0 Hur HMD 1000 VtnabMpn-H IIOOBargarp 0000 Whit ph 0 0 0 0 TtMU MOSS TeaH IS f CINCINNATI MO OW 400 CARDINALS OU 000 MO -4 Game-winning RBI Jones CI. E Cowman. DP CardinKt I Left Cincinnati 1 Cardinals f . 2B Jonn, McGm. Cox. O. Smith, Pendleton )B McOec. Coleman- SB Jones (4), Coleman (15) SF - Oester. IP H RER BO SO Cincinnati Soto (W. 1-6) S 1 3 1 1 Robinson 2 3 1111 FroncolS. 7) I 1 0 0 0 1 Cardinals CoKL.0-4) V 4 e 5 3 Horton Vi 0 0 0 0 0 Bargor 1 1 0 0 0 0 Robinson pitched to on hotter m me ninth -inning). ' WP - Cox. U - Quick. Rung, Pollone, En-gel. T 2:41 A 26,791. How They Scored REDS FIRST Jones walked ond stole second base. Milner grounded out. Jones going to third. Jones scored on a wild pitch. ONE RUN Reds led 1-0. CARDINALS' THIRD Cox doubled to right. Coleman doubled to right, scoring Cox, and went to third on Parker's error. McOee tripled to right, scoring Coleman. Merr grounded out, (coring McGet. THREE RUNS. Cardinals led 3-1. REDS' FIFTH - With on out, Conceocton walked. On the hit-and-run, Diaz singled to center, sending Concepcion to third. Oes-ter's socrllice flv scored Concepcion. ONE RUN Cardinals led 3-1 REDS' SEVENTH With two out, Concepcion doubled to left-center. Diaz singled to left, scoring Concepcion, and went to third on Coleman's throwing error. Oester was walked Intentionally. Pinch-hltter Venable walked. Jones doubled to left, scoring Diaz, Oester and Venable. FOUR RUNS. Reds led 4-1. CARDINALS' 5EVENTH - Smith doubled to right. With one out, Colemon singled to left. Coleman stole second. McGee grounded out, scoring Smith. ONE RUN. Reds won 6-4. still had several chances to get out of the inning. "If Coxie gets the next guy out, we forget about it," said Herzog, referring to the missed fly ball. But Cox, despite allowing Just four hits, is 0-4. And the only direction the Cardinals seem pointed in is toward oblivion. Tough Foe tournament. Three additional first-round games are scheduled for Saturday: Southern Idaho vs. Yavapai (Ariz.), 10 a.m. i Normandale (Minn.) vs. Brevard (Fla.), 1 p.m. j Nassau (N.Y.) vs. Grand Rapids ! (Mich.), 8:30 p.m. The final opening-round game is : scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Sunday, with Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) taking . on Brookdale (N.J.). Meramec (48-15), which won the national title in 1974, is making an unprecedented ninth trip to the World Series. This year's squad Is long on pitching, with four pitchers . owning seven or more victories. LOW RIDER. 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That's a chance Beaumont and star pitcher Lee Johnson won't take for granted, particularly since they came High School Baseball Martens, McAteer Lift Hazelwood Hazelwood East, getting a two-run home run from Dan Martens and a bases-clearing double by Mike McAteer, defeated Hazelwood Central 9-4 Thursday in the championship game of the Missouri Class 4A district tournament at McCluer North. The Spartans, who also received solid hitting from Curt Wiesner and Darin Eigenmann, improved their record to 17-6. They will face unbeaten Beaumont, a 5-2 winner over Vashon for the Vashon district final, in sectional competition next Thursday. Hazelwood Central finished with a 12-9 record. Fort Zumwalt 1, St. Charles West 0: Righthanded senior Brad Moore pitched a three-hitter, lifting the third-seeded Panthers past No. 2 St. Charles West for the District 9 title atC-HPark. Zumwalt advances to play at the Jefferson CityColumbia Hickman winner next Thursday. The district title is the Panthers' first since 1980. "Brad's just phenomenal," said his catcher, Craig Ryon, who also played a role in the Panthers' run. "I just put the glove out there and Brad hits it." Moore (8-1) struck out 11 and walked four in going the distance. With the shutout, Zumwalt (13-8) completed a district whitewash. Moore fired a four-hitter to beat Wen-tzville 9-0 Monday and Joe Joice followed that with a three-hitter in dispatching top-seeded Francis Howell 2-0 Tuesday. The Panthers scored in the top of the seventh as Greg Turner bunted for a hit, stole second on a pitchout and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Ryon followed with a chopper In the hole, which West shortstop Jeff Mize fielded. He looked Turner back to third, but when his throw to first was wild, Turner trotted home with the winning run. Optional bagger shown. ATHENS l) .X&M'f I LIMITED i VPSL " yXlLr Mexico EROEL TRUE VALUE Montgomery City WESTERN AUTO ASSOC. 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He had struck out 13 batters, given up just two hits, walked five and permitted only an unearned run In the third. Still Vashon junior lefthander Carlton Williams was better. He had a no-hitter with II strikeouts after five innings and had allowed only sii men to reach base. "We didn't expect to see Williams out here," said Beaumont coach Stan Watson. "We thought we'd see Anthony Trice or Andy Watson, one of their bard throwers. Then, we got out here and they're throwing their slow-ball guy. Our timing was way off." Beaumont's timing wasn't the only thing missing. "We didn't have our heads In the game." said Gamble, the team's third baseman. "We kind of took (Williams) for granted. We hit him good the first two times we played him." E. To Herculaneum 4, Festus It, Tim Wells did it all for the Blackcats, I who upset the Tigers to advance to Missouri Class 3A sectional competition. Wells pitched a six-hitter, striking out 10. At bat, he was even better. His two home runs drove in all four Herculaneum runs as the Blackcats improved to 17-4. Festus fell to 18-4. Affton 14, Principia 4: Tim Straussner and Steve Schweiger led the Cougars' hit parade as they pounded the Panthers. Schweiger went four for four with a double and a triple and three RBIs. Straussner was three for four and also drove in three runs. Affton is 15-7. Principia dropped to 12-10. Lafayette 5, Parkway South 0: Steve Wedemeier hit a three-run homer to boost the Lancers to their victory over the Patriots in the title game of the Parkway West district tournament Thursday night. Jeff Nelson pitched the shutout for Lafayette (19-4), which plays St. Louis U. High in sectional competition next Thursday. Parkway South falls to 13-9. Bahr Named CBC Coach Ray Bahr. assistant basketball coach at CBC High School for nine years, has been promoted to the head coaching position at the school. He will replace D.C. Wilcutt, who retired in March as coach after 34 seasons. Wilcutt remains at the school as the athletic director. The school also announced that Rick Fiala, assistant baseball coach the past two seasons, will become the head coach next season. J. 1 As Low As S38MO. Highland SCHATTE'S TRUE VALUE HiHvtew ABE'S TRADING POST Jaraeyvma NORTON HARDWARE Marina ZIEOLER SHARPENING Maecoutah J i SERVICE ML Vernon ANCHOR GARDEN t RENTAL Murphysboro MARK WILLIAMS SMALL ENG. Pittsftekl L, J. TAYLOR Outney HOE SING'S SOUTHS IDE SER. Raymond RAYMOND IMPLEMENT Royalton WILLIAMS SALES t SER. Troy EMAIL'S LAWN MOWER ubject to local dealer option AVAILABLE AT PART1CSPAT1N6 DEALERS ABOVE . mm 99.95 m ISA IMHMVII Beaumont beat Vashon 13-2 and 9-S during the regular season. So there was certainly ao eerie feeling about trailing the Wolverines after five innings. Johnson walked to lead off the sixth, and Chris O'Neal broke the no-hitter with solid single to left The Beaumont contingent was buzzing that the Blue Jackets had finally broken the Williams spell But Williams buckled down. He immediately got ahead on the count to John Bates and struck him out swinging. He ran the count to 2-2 to S-foot-7 Jeff Gunn. then challenged Gunn with a shoulder-high fastball. Gunn swung and missed. Up strolled Gamble, the No. 8 batter in the lineup with a .295 average. "He's one of our squeeze players." said Watson. "A true veteran. He can move a runner over as well as anyone. He knows how to hit the ball" Said Gamble: That's all I wanted to do. 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