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THE SALIW& JOURNAL Sports SCOREBOARD/B2 BIG 12 COACHES / B3 PREP RANKINGS / B3 B TBASEBALL PLAYOFFS Tribe takes j , r > out Yankees I- •: "Cleveland jumps to 4-0 >lead, hangs on behind r ; rookie Wright, bullpen By KEN BERGER The Associated Press .-•CLEVELAND — The Kid start- Ted it. The bullpen finished it. And n for once, the Cleveland Indians -< finished off the New York Yankees. .r They did it with a rookie who .doesn't pitch like a rookie, and they threw in a • little magic left : over from their Yankees ^World Series team of 1995. Indi tU!'A>r dians :•; ,. Cleveland finished the job with ,»a<4-3 victory in a decisive Game 5 .^•Monday night, ending this dra- ...matic series and the Yankees' -.quest for a second straight and .» 24th World Series title. .)!, The Indians' second trip to the ., ALCS in three years begins Wednesday with Game 1 in Balti-.more. .<./. "I'm really excited about this se- ii-rjes and this step," said Omar •„ .yizquel, his voice hoarse and eyes :i red from tears. "I don't know what ,to say. There is tomorrow to start i r thinking about the next series." Jose Mesa got Bernie Williams j, to fly out to left for the final out, 0 squeezed by Brian Giles. Mesa, acquitted of a rape charge early in r . the season, dropped to his knees ^nd pounded the ground as Jacobs Field rocked. Rookie Jaret Wright, 21 only on his birth certificate, beat Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte again. Though he lasted only 5M> innings after going six at Yankee Stadium in Game 2, the Indians bullpen took care of the rest. .."It's amazing," Wright said. + O's motto: All for one / Page B2 "It's awesome." Wright couldn't snap off fast- balls in the high 90s forever, even on this great postseason roll that brings to mind names like Mike Boddicker, Fernando Valenzuela and Dave Righetti. The bullpen had to complete it. Mike Jackson, the winner in Game 4's ninth-inning comeback, got the last two outs of the sixth. Left-hander Paul Assenmacher retired all four batters he faced. Mesa closed it out for his first postseason save since Game 5 of the 1995 World Series. The AL Central champion Indians, who had the fewest wins of. any AL playoff team with an 86-75 record, now have a chance to get back there. "This is a great feeling," Hargrove said, "But winning the ALCS is a great feeling, too." Cleveland's offensive star was Manny Ramirez, who ended slides of O-for-13 and 2-for-18 in the series with a two-run, ground-rule double off Pettitte in the third. Wright, who beat Pettitte and New York at Yankee Stadium in Game 2, struck out five in 5 % innings with the whole place standing on every two-strike count. He allowed eight hits — seven singles — and walked three. Pettitte, a road warrior in the playoffs, ran into trouble in the third. Ramirez's double and a single by Matt Williams made it 3-0. Sandy Alomar, who tied Game 4 with an eighth-inning homer, led off the fifth with a double to left- center and scored on a sac fly by Tony Fernandez. Pettitte retired eight straight after that, but the Indians had done enough damage. V HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL St. Francis gears for ftiture tests Class 2-1A district includes powerhouses Hill City and Atwood ! By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal The Associated Press Cleveland shortstop Omar Vizquel leaps over New York's Charlie Hayes after forcing him out at second and throwing to first to complete a double play during the second Inning of their game Monday. jv - • . Marlins won eight of 12 §ames against Braves because of pitching the key in Atlanta-Florida matchup r PAUL NEWBERRY e Associated Press ^ATLANTA — Hitters need not apply. ,•*„ Clearly, the NL championship se- Icies between Atlanta and Florida jWill be decided on that tiny hump Jjf dirt.in the middle of the infield. Hfhe Braves may have the best bitching staff in baseball, but the Marlins are one of the few teams fiiat can match them strike for Strike, scoreless inning for score- Jjsss inning. j" Take the opener of the best-of-7 gjiries tonight at Turner Field. SV^hile Atlanta is starting four-time j&y Young Award winner Greg Jftaddux (19-4, 2.20 ERA), the Mar- JJns are able to counter with one of ,•** I the few pitchers who can be just as dominating, Kevin Brown (16-8, 2.69) "This series obviously points toward a lot of 2-1 and 3-2 type of games," said John Smoltz, scheduled to start Game 3 in the best-pf-7 series. In fact, the Marlins were able to win eight of 12 games against the Braves during the regular season largely because their pitching was superior to Atlanta's head-to-head. The Braves hit only .210 against Florida and scored just 34 runs, an average of 2.8 per game. The Marlins, on the other hand, hit .253 and scored 50 runs, though it must be noted that half were scored against pitchers who didn't make Atlanta's postseason roster. "Everybody knows that the only way you've got a chance to beat the Braves is to keep the run production down," Florida manager Jim Leyland said. "They're going to be LEYLAND COX stingy." Atlanta, making its sixth appearance in the NL championship series since 1991, has never faced a pitching staff that mirrored its own this closely. Much has been made of 20-game winner Denny Neagle going nearly two weeks between starts because of the Braves' pitching depth, but the Marlins shifted rookie sensation Livan Hernandez (9-3, 3.18 ERA) to the bullpen because he's not needed as a starter. "Not taking anything away from the teams we've faced before, but any time you can throw Kevin Brown, Al Leiter, Alex Fernandez and you've got to put a guy like Livan Hernandez in the bullpen, that's as good as it gets," Smoltz said. Leyland announced Monday that he'll use four different starters against the Braves in an unorthodox rotation that calls for Brown to pitch Games 1, 4 and 7 should the series go the distance. Fernandez (16-10) is scheduled for Games 2 and 6, while Braves killer Tony Saunders (4-6) was Leyland's surprise choice in Game 3, when the series shifts to Miami for the middle three games. Saunders was 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA against the Braves, 1-6 with a 5.57 ERA against the rest of the NL. "Saunders had some success against them this year," Leyland said. "He was kind of an unknown quantity." Leiter (16-12> was bumped back to Game 5 for his only scheduled start in the series. He'll work out of the bullpen if needed in the first two games. The Braves rotation goes this way: Maddux, Tom Glavine (14-7), Smoltz (15-12) and Neagle (20-5). Since Neagle is scheduled to make only one start in the series, he'll work out of the bullpen in the first two games and, if necessary, the last two. Neagle could help negate the Marlins' apparent edge in the bullpen. Robb Nen (35 saves, 1.95 ERA) was more effective than Atlanta closer Mark Wohlers (33 saves, 3.50 ERA), and Florida's relievers go six deep with Nen complimented by righties Hernandez and Jay Powell and lefties Ed Vosberg, Dennis Cook and Felix Heredia. Neagle said he's ready to piteh in a key situation out of the bullpen if needed. Even after watching his team breezed through its first five football games without a loss, St. Francis coach Tim Lambert sounds a note of caution about the Indiansi Sure, they have handled every test so far, including a victory two weeks ago over Holyoke, a No. 1- ranked team in Colorado. And last week they rolled past a strong Oakley team on the road, 42-6. But the Indians, ranked No. 2 in Class 2-1A, also are just a week away from embarking on a district schedule would give any coach second thoughts. "We're not real sure how good we are," said Lambert, whose Indians travel to Dundy County, Neb;., on Friday before opening district play the following week against No. 3-ranked Hill City. "We've shown signs of brilliance and signs of being a really mediocre football team. '• "Hopefully we can correct the mistakes we've been making and get better. We have to if we want tp get out of our district." | Except for 2-3 Hoxie, the rest of the district is a combined 13-2. Hill City dropped its opener to Smith Center, the No. 1 team in Class 3A, and Atwood lost for the first time Friday, falling 13-12 to unbeaten Dighton. ; "Hill City is very tough and Atwood also," Lambert said. "I don't know how we stack up against them at all, but we feel we've got our hands full." Of course, so do Hill City and lft.t- wood. \ St. Francis, which started the season ranked No. 5, rolled past lowly Oberlin and Quinter in t$e first two weeks and followed that with a 27-7 victory over Republican Valley, Neb. But the biggest tests came the last two weeks with a.22-10 victory over Holyoke an'd the thrashing of Oakley, which came in with a 3-1 record. "At times we've struggled with penalties and mentally we haven't been in a few games the way <we should have been," Lambert said. "We just made some mistakes thlat cost us some drives. 3< • "On the plus side, we've been able to deal with those setbacks and still find a way to score some points and win football games."''' With the entire starting backfield returning from last year's 102 playoff team, expectations were high from the start for the Indian's. The only concern was how quickly a revamped offensive line would come around. i' "To a certain extent we've accomplished that," Lambert said. "We've been a little banged upiat times on the offensive line, but)if we get everybody healthy we should be in better shape." See RANKINGS, Page $3 Chiefs' running game founders in Miami gchottenheimer still Supports Hill despite nis lack of production Py CRAIG HORST Jjbe Associated Press ,p &KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The jjjansas City Chiefs have not al- Sjfays gotten what they wanted out ipf their running game, but up until jfunday they had mostly gotten what they needed. jg-The. Chiefs had rushed for more ijian 100 yards in each of their first five games, but were held to 96 yards rushing in the 17-14 loss at Miami on Sunday. £', After showing signs in the sec- jpd quarter that they were ready $ humble the Dolphins, the Chiefs ipuld not do anything offensively P the second half. They had just 22 y'ards rushing among their 78 jpirds in the half. *•>,"! like our backs. I like our Cocking unit. I like our running j&me," chiefs coach Marty Schot- tenheimer said Monday after he re- fpased his players for some days off jg the Chiefs' bye week. i^Schottenheimer is well known for his firm reliance on the running lame, and the Chiefs have respond- if they have not dominated. Chiefs are averaging 130.7 The Associated Press Miami's Bernie Parmalee (30) runs past Kansas City's Anthony Davis during the fourth quarter of their game Sunday In Miami. yards a game on the ground. Only Pittsburgh, Denver and Tennessee are doing better in the AFC. But Greg Hill, installed as the featured back before training camp even began, is averaging 3.6 yards a carry and has just one big gainer, a 38-yarder. "We have not been able to get him loose for the big runs," Schot- tenheimer said. "That's as big an issue as the negatives (runs). We have not been getting the big plays. We'd like to get some longer runs. Those are going to come." Schottenheimer has settled into a rotation that starts with Hill, followed by Marcus Allen at halfback. He also can go with Kimble Anders, a versatile fullback with speed and a threat after catching a pass. Schottenheimer also wants to find a way to get more carries for Donnell Bennett. Heading into the bye, Hill led the team with 262 yards on 72 carries. Anders had 210 yards on 37 carries and Allen had 153 yards on 42 carries. Bennett so far has just 10 carries for 45 yards. It is an interesting mix for Schot- tenheimer if he can get Hill started. Allen has his well-deserved reputation for being the one guy able to get the one yard that you need, as well as still being a threat to break open a play. Anders and Bennett both have speed.and power. But it all must start with Hill. Schottenheimer can quickly diagram how defenses are thwarting the Chiefs' running game by playing eight-man fronts in running situations. "That's exactly what I would do," he says, showing how difficult it is for his wide receiver to put a block on the strong safety who comes up to plug the hole opened up for Hill by his line. "I'm satisfied he's given us everything he has," Schotten- heimer said of Hill. "My main concern is that he not get frustrated. I want to make sure he doesn't make himself his own worst enemy by trying to take everything the distance." Broncos crush Pats to remain unbeaten By The Associated Press DENVER — Thanks to Terrell Davis and John Mobley, the Denver Broncos passed then- first big test Monday night. Now they have to wait three months to find out if it means anything. Davis ran for 171 yards in 32 carries and Mobley returned an interception for a score and forced a key fumble as the Broncos scored 17 points in the third quarter and beat New England 34-13 in the ballyhooed battle of the NFL's last unbeaten teams. Rod Smith added five catches for 130 yards as the Broncos (60) beat the Patriots for the 10th straight time dating back to 1979. "I guess we just match up with them well," Mobley said. "We know they're one of the upper echelon teams in the league, so we get up to play them." But based on last season, getting up now doesn't mean much. Denver started 12-1, including a 34-8 win over the Patriots,\'E clinched home field with five games left in the regular season, then lose its first playoff game to. i' Jacksonville, and New England"i> went on to the Super Bowl. n'. "Lei's keep this in perspec-n. tive," Denver coach Mikeil' Shanahan said. "It's a long sea-a. son. This was just the sixth round. Last year there was aiv, team that was 7-1 (Washington) 4;. that didn't make the playoffs." i ,•.• The Broncos jumped to a 14-0 j,- lead on a l-yard run by Davis;-;, and a 13-yard interception return by Mobley. i; But the Patriots (4-1) cut it to>:> 14-13 at halftime thanks to two interceptions by Willie Clayy that set up a 44-yard TD pass from Drew Bledsoe to Keith T Byars and one of Adam I Vinatieri's two field goals.. The second half was no con- , test as Davis rushed for 114 of'*" his 171 after intermission. John Elway was 13-for-27 for 197 yards, and Maa Tunavasu had three sacks for the Bron-; 1 cos. . "' fl. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1 •800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT s)bdavidson@saljournal.com

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