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sports The St. Charles Post Thurs., Juno 27, 1989 SSC Legion Baseball By Alan Fredman Of the Post-Dispatch Staff Tim Kirt hasn't perfected the art of hitting. Just don't try to convince area American Legion pitchers. They might beg to differ. Kirt, the center fielder for St. Charles, brought a .520 District 10 batting average into Tuesday night's non-league game against Festus at Blan-chette Park. He proved it Was no fluke by rapping out a triple, a double and two Is Hot Girls Basketball singles, helping St Charles post a 7-5 victory. "Even his out was a shot to the third - baseman," St Charles manager Don " Snider said. Kirt, who went four-for-five with two RBIs, has been on a tear. The senior-to-be at St Charles West High went 3-for-4 in Saturday's 8-4 victory over Ballwin and 2-foM in a 7-3 triumph over Glascow Village last .Thursday. "He makes them throw strikes," Snider said. "He goes for the good pitches. He doesn't swing at bad pitches. He also keeps his hands back on the curve." Kirt said he had been working on a new technique. "I've been trying to hit the ball the other way and up the middle," he said. "I'm trying to use the whole field." Kirt wasn't the only star for St Charles, which won it's fourth consecutive game, making its record 6-6. "That's a good place to start," said Snider. The team collected 10 hits. Thad Prinster, who started at designated hitter and later became one of four St. Charles pitchers, had four singles and an RBI. Despite allowing a run in the eighth Inning, the only inning he pitched, Prinster (2-1) gained the victory. Mark Ohlms notched St. Charles' first save of the year, pitching a scoreless ninth. He also delivered what turned out to be a game-winning RBI double as a pinch hitter in the eighth. Catcher Terry Oetting, the ninth-place hitter, batted in a run with a double in the eighth, tying the game. Oetting was recently promoted from the St Charles junior legion team. Even though he went 0-for-3, shortstop Mike Gutermuth also had an RBI with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. All of which helped to overcome St Charles' four errors. "It wasn't a dazzling defensive game, that's for sure," Snider said. But it was exciting. St Charles broke on top with two runs in the first inning. With one out Tim Hawkins walked. Kirt then hit his triple, scoring Hawkins. The next hitter, Prinster, came through with an RBI single. Festus got a run off St Charles starter Jeff Briegel in the second with the help of two errors. Briegel, who allowed only two hits, was lifted after the fourth inning with a 2-1 lead. Snider was not displeased with Briegel, he said. The manager wanted to let more pitchers work in the non-league game. In came lefty Mike Taylor, who yielded three runs in three innings. Taylor walked ninth-place hitter Tony Moreno, leading off theiflfth, and Moreno stole second. - Anthony Underwood singled; moving Moreno to third. Underwood took second as the throw went into the Infield. The next hitter, Steve Bieser, failed on a safety squeeze. Taylor threw out Bieser and and the runners were unable to advance. y Festus (3-8) got more daring with the next hitter. Moreno broke for the plate as Steve Krodinger laid down a perfect suicide squeeze. Taylor threw See LEGION, Page 7 By Alan Fredman Of the Post-Dispatch Staff Ignore the stifling heat and humidity. Think back to the cold, snowy days of winter. It's basketball season. If you don't believe it, go to the St. Charles Boys Club this morning. There, you'll find some of the top female players in the area cavorting on the hardwood. It might not cool you off, but you'll see some competitive basketball, nevertheless. This is the third year for the St. Charles County Girls Summer Basketball League. Larry Schieni, the girls basketball coach at St. Charles High, is one of the founders of the league and is the league director. You can't miss him. He's the one with the striped shirt and the whistle. "All I do is referee the games," he said. Schieni actually has done a lot more. He and Francis Howell girls coach Mike Dunn helped divide the league's 72 players into nine teams.. Each team has a captain, who serves as a player-coach. Schieni said the purpose of the league was to "get the girls playing basketball In the summer, and in games where there is not much pressure." Schieni acknowledged that the league also was helpful to his program at St. Charles High. "It gives me a chance to watch everybody and see what they can do," he said. . The league is in its third week. The girls play on Thursday mornings, with four contests scheduled each week. The season will conclude with a league tournament Aug. 12-16. Three teams the Raiders, Lakers and Celtics are tied for first place with 2-0 records after the first two weeks. The Raiders are led by captain Shawn Frantz, a forward who recently graduated from Duchesne High. She's averaging 29.5 points a game. Donna Snider, a guard who will be a junior at Duchesne, is averaging 12 points and backcourt teammate Kris-ten Smith is scoring six points a game for the Raiders. For the Lakers, center Kathy Fort-mann is the team captain and leading scorer. Fortmann will attend the University of Tulsa this fall on a volleyball scholarship. She is averaging 30.5 points a See BASKETBALL, Page 7 05 ft , f 'iff ll "'if -7 (f0 ffl A tjr Xx v -Y i-U xf ; Ft1 -: f .A ; ,,,, ' ; l . " - .-t-- - - -r- - Helping Hand Len Dykstra (right) of the New York Mets catches a fly ball as Danny Heep bumps into AP Laserphoto him during Tuesday's game against the Cubs in Chicago. The Mets won, 3-2. HIFSlnldlS -t Legion Baseball Before the season and through the first few games, Cottleville-Harvester manager BUI Bell sensed something strange about his ballclub. Instead of the aggressive, confident almost cocky ballplayers he'd grown to know over the past two state championship seasons, the C-H players had an uncertainty about them.'We had a lot of hesitant players and that's never been the case before," Bell said. "Now that we've got a few games in, you can just see them getting more comfortable and confident." C-H was confident and then some Tuesday as it knocked off Wentzville 10-3 to raise their record to 9-5. The loss drops Wentzville to 9-8. "I'm really happy with the way we're starting to play ball," Bell said, "We're starting to do the things it takes to win ballgames consistently; things we weren't doing earlier this year. We're getting the hits with men in scoring position, we're making the plays defensively and we're getting good pitching." Right-hander Tim Kintz picked up the victory, scattering 10 hits and striking out seven. "I feel great" Kintz said after pitch ing a nine-inning complete game for the first time in his career. "The defense behind me was really solid and I knew that if we scored some runs, we could win." Kintz, who had some early trouble with his fastball, relied on two different curves to keep the Wentzville batters off-stride. - "I was going about three-quarters early in the game and then went more straight over the top later," said Kintz, who threw just 123 pitches over his nine-inning stint. "My fastball wasn't all that great early, so I just tried to switch it around as much as I could." Added Bell: "Tim did a real fine job; he has all season." The win raised Kintz's record to 3-0. C-H's offense was explosive yet opportunistic. Despite being outhlt 10-8, C-H used some clutch hitting ,to take advantage of Wentzville's mistakes .and walks. "I'm really disappointed," Wentzville manager Ken Henson said. "I really felt we could play with C-H, but we didn't show a bit of confidence out there. "These kids have been up and down like a yo-yo this season. We win five In a row and then we lose a couple. We really played good ball over the week-See C-H, Page 7 St. Peters Avenges Loss, Posts 1 2-3 Win Legion baseball The St. Peters American Legion baseball team evened the score with Elsberry at least for the time being with a 12-3 victory Tuesday night in a District 9 game at Elsberry. Elsberry had handed St. Peters its first loss of the season Sunday night after 15 straight wins. "We rebounded well," said St Peters manager Bill Richardson. "We came out ready to play." St Peters is 16-1 overall and 9-1 in league play. Elsberry stands at 7-8 and 5-5. St Peters got solo home runs from Adam Stahl and Steve Roeper in the second inning to jump in front. A four-run fifth inning put the game away early. Right-hander Dave Peters went the distance to pick up the victory. All three runs scored against the St Peters ace were unearned. Peters attends the University of Missouri at Colum bia. He remains unbeaten. Elsberry beat St Peters, 3-0, .Sunday behind the nine-hit pitching of Jerry Putting. But the game Tuesday at Elsberry was a different story. St Peters hit the ball hard against Elsberry starter Kent Turnbull and chased him in the fifth inning. "The kids were ready to hit this time," Richardson said. St. Peters continued its barrage against reliever Brian Wehde in the fifth. After St. Peters' loss Sunday, Richardson and his team are happy to get back on the winning track. "We knew we weren't going to go unbeaten, but it still feels good to win again," Richardson said. "I'd just like to put together three more of those type" winning streaks. St. Peters was scheduled to play Wentzville In a league game Wednesday night. Richardson's club will participate in the 10-team Elsberry Fourth of July Tournament Wentzville and Cottleville-Harvester also will compete. Whiz ttids Zip Past Punchless Robins, 5-0 Softball The St Charles Robins eliminated one problem in Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the Whiz Kids. But they couldn't get rid of another. St Charles committed only two errors In the Gateway Amateur League Softball game at McNair Park, none of which were costly. But the timely hitting that a team needs to win was missing, as has been the case throughout most of this season. "Anytime we keep our errors down around two or one we're doing the job," Robins' manager Jerry Payne said. "Our defense really has Improved considerably." St Charles falls to 0-4 in league play and 1-6 overall. The Robins committed 1 4 1 errors in 25 games last year an average of 5.64 per contest Unearned runs as a result of those errors were the reason for the teams' 5-21 record. . So far this summer, the Robins have reduced that error total. But hitting has been a problem. St. Charles managed just three hits off Whiz Kids starter Lisa Thayer in Tuesday's game. They had chances to score early but could not come up with the key hit. The Robins had two on and none out in the first inning and failed to score. They also put two on with one out In the second and came up empty. "We're aggressive at the plate; we're just not hitting at the right times," Payne said. Pitcher Mary Beth Hickey, Mary Bodine and Kelly Beilsmlth got the hits. The Whiz Kids, now 5-1 in league play, scored all of their runs off Hickey in the third Inning. They got four hits, including a two-run single by Karen Groneck. Thayer helped her own cause with an RBI single. "If it wasn't for that one inning it would have been an even game," Payne said. St Charles plays host to the Demons Tuesday night at McNair Park. Area Business Jews In the daily St Charles Post Dial 622-71 1 1 to begin home delivery Monday through Friday. TheStChariesBost MH mUKOM'IMnOIMII IMWm Teachers: Attend an CIMSL summer workshop! Earn college credit while learning how to supplement your textbook lessons with newspapers! August 1-8 at (JMSL. You'll get practical pointers on developing lesson plans with newspapers. The fee Is 126 .30 for post-baccalaureate students, 198.50 for others. (Add 3.50 for parking on the UMSL campus.) Graduate or undergraduate students will receive two hours credit. For more Information, please call Brenda Shannon at UMSL, 314-533-5961 or Sandra Diamond, Post-Dispatch MIE Coordinator at 314422-7378. ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

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