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ORANGE COUNTY R Friday, May 5, 1989 Part III 1 1 Dos Anfleles Slimee Community College Baseball PETERS Golden West Rallies to Drop Rancho Santiago for Saddleback (16-17-1,8-14-1). Orange Coast 9, Fullerton 4 OCC scored five unearned runs in the ninth to break a 4-4 tie at Fullerton. Marty Cordova drove in the final three runs of the ninth with triple. Jason Young had a three-run home run for Orange Coast. Eddie Pierce (4-1) got the victory. Mike Segovia had a solo homer for Fullerton (7-16, 12-26). two came on an error, then Jason Friedman and Brett Gregory had RBI singles and Ken Kendrena had a two-run double to cap the inning. Steve Gill and Friedman had back-to-back doubles for Cypress' final run in the sixth. Dennis Burbank (12-4) pitched 8 for the victory. Rich Lodding got the save. Brent Ferguson hit two home runs, his fourth and fifth, r.T.i i i.iiLJJ.Yf.iir.ini r. I m mvi k iniiuiHiiia.iwiiiiwiMCTiiuai 10-9. Floth (0-1) took the loss. Dave Turner retired the first two batters in the ninth, but Joey Townsend doubled to give Rancho Santiago a final chance. But pinch -hitter George Saldana grounded out to end the game. Turner (5-3) replaced Golden West starter Toby Foreman in the sixth and didn't allow a run in the final four innings. "We made too many mistakes today," Rancho Santiago Coach Don Sneddon said. "We let them get into too many situations they could take advantage of." Bammer had a sacrifice fly and Repoz hit a two-run home run in the first for Golden West. Marty Neff hit a three-run home in the first for Rancho Santiago to tie it, 3-3. It was the team-leading 11th home run for Neff. Golden West scored single runs in the second and third, but Rancho Santiago scored four runs in the fourth to take a 7-5 lead. Golden West got a two-run home run from Paquette and a solo home run from Bammer in the fifth to take an 8-7 lead. It was the 12th home run for Paquette, and the sixth for Bammer. After Bammer's home run, Rancho Santiago starter Willie Navar-rette was replaced by Floth. Rancho Santiago tied it, 8-8, in the fifth on an RBI double by Louie Maldonado and went ahead, 9-8, on an RBI single by Neff in the sixth. Cypress 7, Saddleback 5 Visiting Cypress scored six runs in the second to take control. The first State Championships won the 500-yard freestyle (4:31.33). Nate Kinney won the 50-yard freestyle (21.24), and Jennifer Hoy won the women's one-meter diving competition. After the first day's five events, Orange Coast led the team competition in both male and female divisions, and Diablo Valley was second. Sat., May 6th, 1989 10-4 D.m. Adm. S5 GARDEN GROVE 1 1300 Stanford Ave. Euclid St. Exit off Garden Grove Fwy, N. to Stanford Ave., East-West Computer (415) 38M893 SPECIALIZED Rockhopper Comp pictured Cnromoly frame, race geometry Specialized best tires & rims Shimano Deore-2 componi Reg. $630. 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Now when Peters talks about different aspects of his life, he talks about consistency. He has been remarkably consistent in baseball. After hitting .330 as a right fielder last season with powerful Keith Kaub at first, Peters returned to his natural position this year. "When I got back to first base this year, I just relaxed, and my offensive numbers got better because of it," he said. Peters, a 6-foot-l, 185-pound switch -hitter, began this season by getting at least one hit in each of the first 23 games, mounting a hitting streak that lasted from Jan. 31 to March 19. He has started every game this season, the only Titan to do that, and is batting .359 overall, .466 in Big West Conference games. If Peters doesn't get a hit, he often gets on base anyway. He has walked 27 times and beer) hit by pitches five times. His on-base percentage is .448, .548 in conference games. He has five home runs and 20 doubles. And he has stolen 10 bases in 10 attempts. Although he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners out of high school in Denver, Peters didn't draw much attention as a right fielder after last year his junior season and his first at Fullerton after transferring from Orange Coast College. His prospects are likely to be better after the numbers he has produced this season, along with evidence of his defensive ability at first base. But as well as Peters is doing, the Titans seem unlikely to return to Omaha. They are in third place in the Big West going into a three -game series against first-place Cal State Long Beach that begins tonight at Titan Field. "I threw away a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in the College World Series," Peters said. "I was hoping I would come back and we would have a chance to go. We had the talent, but things just haven't worked out well." The Titans lost AU-American pitcher Mark Beck for the season because of surgery. Ail-American catcher Brent Mayne has missed time with illness and injuries. "I realize now our chances of getting to Omaha are real slim," Peters said. So failing the NCAA drug test a controversial policy that has been challenged in court may have kept Peters from his only chance to play in the College World Series. But contrary to what one might expect, Peters supports the policy. "I'm all for it," he said. "I think it's great. If a kid has got a problem, you can catch it early enough where he can overcome it. . . . I'm glad I went through something like that at that point in my life, when I could do something about it. It's not like I was 35, had a whole career and family. I could have lost it all. I'm grateful in a way it happened at that time." I I I 13th ANNUAL By STEVE KRESAL, Times Stajf Writer Rancho Santiago College, which had turned the Orange Empire Conference baseball race into a stumbling contest of late, finally fell out of first place Thursday. Rancho Santiago started the day tied for first place, but Golden West rallied for two runs in the ninth to defeat the Dons, 10-9. Cypress defeated Saddleback, 7-5, Thursday to move into first place alone with one game left. Cypress (30-13 overall and 16-7 in the conference) is now a half-game ahead of Orange Coast (29-11-1, 16-8) and one game ahead of Rancho Santiago (26-25, 15-8), which has lost three of its past four games. The winner of the conference gets an automatic bid into the Southern California Regional playoffs. Fullerton plays at Cypress, and Rancho Santiago is at Saddleback Saturday at noon. OCC has a bye. Rancho Santiago took a 9-8 lead into the ninth, but Golden West got to reliever Chris Floth, who had pitched four shutout innings. Floth got Craig Paquette, Golden West's best hitter, to pop up to start the inning. Josh Bammer then walked and was replaced by pinch-runner Scott Turner. Turner advanced to second on a passed ball, and scored on a single by Jeff Repoz. Repoz stole second and scored on a single up the middle by Dan Villegas to put Golden West ahead, OCC Making a Splash at The Orange Coast College women's 400-yard medley relay team won the state championship in 4 minutes 8.82 seconds on the first day of competition at the California Community College men's and women's swimming and diving championships at Diablo Valley College Thursday. Orange Coast's Brian Kingsfield llHMdMI NO CAP REDUCTION '89 SEDAN DE VILLE $379 " or '89 COUPE DE VILLE ihi.MdiMiitMdiTn3jnran nnnM'.'nii.i;H!i.iJiiJinr ElliMBikll lIMkllriii'HilKil RETIRED BUSINESS FULLERTON Mahogany Reg $1495 Now $895 : Continued from Page 1 has a .988 fielding percentage. He wants to help, but what can he do? "To tell you the truth, you can't really help someone who's making errors," Peters said. "You can say, 'Hey, shake it off,' try to keep their confidence up. But I can't field the ground balls for them." There are other things Peters cannot do for his teammates, other decisions he cannot make for them or anyone else. But he sometimes feels that if he talks about what happened to him, someone may listen and keep from making the wrong choice. Last year, Peters made what he calls a one-time mistake that cost him a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Sometime before the Titans went to the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. regionals, Peters said, he tried cocaine for the only time. He had used marijuana before, but never cocaine, he said. "At a party, some friends presented it to me and said, 'Try it, it's not going to hurt you. You won't get caught.' That's what they said," Peters said. "Famous last words." During the Titans' appearance in the regionals, Peters, then the starting right fielder, was selected at random for NCAA drug testing. He tested positive. The Titans went on to win the regional, earning a trip to the College World Series at Omaha, Neb. Peters, ineligible under NCAA rules, was suspended from the team for "disciplinary reasons," the school announced. Even when he learned that he would be tested, Peters did not expect to test positive. "To show how naive I was, I didn't know how long it would stay in your system," Peters said. "I didn't think I would test positive. I went through the drug test, then we won the regional, and I was all excited to go to Omaha. Then Cochell says, 'Rex, you tested positive.' My whole world came to an end. You don't know how hard it is to tell your Dad you're not going to the College World Series because you tested positive." His family had made plans to travel to Omaha to watch him play. Peters had to tell them to cancel the plans. "I wasn't an addict," he said. "It was strictly recreational use. I overcame it by myself, without counseling or rehabilitation. I got caught before it got out of hand." Failing the drug test has changed him, Peters said. It changed the way he thinks about drug use, and the way he thinks about his life. "There's so much you can throw away with one dumb mistake," he said. "You embarrass your family, you embarrass Cal State Fullerton, all the people you ever played for in high school, in junior college. You don't realize. You think you're just hurting yourself. You don't realize you hurt other people along with it. "It was a real disappointment not playing in the College World Series. It gave me a wake-up call. I saw how you can throw away parts of your life on one mistake. It made me realize how much you can lose. I'm determined to make sure that mistake never happens again." Peters said he has not used drugs since and that he now rarely drinks, and then in moderation. He said some of the changes in his life are a result of maturity, a maturity that perhaps simply comes with age. "I'm pretty old," Peters said. "I'm 23, one of the oldest guys on the team. When you're young, like most of these guys, 19 or 20, you're saying let's have fun. You're not worrying day to day. Through the things I went through last year, I realize there are other things in life than baseball. I want to make sure those things are the way I want them to be." Peters had time to ponder his future while the team was in Omaha. He did not know what to expect from Cochell, who had said they would talk about the drug test when he returned. Peters had reason for concern about the reaction of Cochell, who has a reputation with his players for being decidedly straight-laced. He hardly curses; how would he react to drug use? "I was prepared for him to say, 'We don't want you in the program,' " Peters said. Cochell allowed Peters to come back, but cut his scholarship by more than 50. Further, he has been subject to unannounced drug tests under school policy since testing positive. Now, Cochell is full of admiration for Peters. "He has really made some adjustments in his life," Cochell said. "Everything has gone well for him. He has made a commitment to school and baseball. He would have my highest recommendation in anything he wanted. I would hire him as a graduate assistant, anything. ... I think the real mark of a person is how they react to a bad experience. That probably is a very difficult thing, to miss the World Series. Every boy wants to play in the College World Series. "Rex had three choices: He could do what he's done, stay about the same or quit on baseball and feel sorry for himself. The real mark of a person is how they react when PART-TIME JOB FOR MAN-GOLFER in sales & club assembly Titanium Coaled Cavity Irons For Better Bite, without cutting up the ball like square or U-grooves. Reg. V-groove Tour Mod. II fitted in Std., Flat, Or Upright Lie. 8 for $200 R, t, & Gals. Top 17-4 Stainless Metal Wds. $55 Ea. Wgold Boron i graphite shaft $100 Ea. 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