The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 28, 1996 · Page 21
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1996 C3 V BASEBALL Garretson, Bellew resign from Legion coaching positions Salina program looking for replacements for Falcons, Eagles posts By The Journal Staff For the second consecutive year Salina Baseball Enterprises, Inc., is shopping for a new head coach for the city's top baseball program. Head coach Mike Garretson has resigned after one season with the Salina MarketAide Falcons. Garretson is giving up his job with the Salina American Legion program for personal reasons, much like Tim Puvogel, whom he replaced in early 1995. "I coached Legion ball for the past six summers and I enjoyed it," said Garretson, who previously coached five summers with the Salina Hawks. "I would probably enjoy it if I coached for 16 or 26 summers, but there are other things I need to get accomplished." The Falcons went 34-16 this year and qualified for state for the seventh consecutive year. Garretson had a 221-71 record and .757 winning percentage in his six years with the American Legion teams. Garretson is not the only American Legion coach who has submitted his resignation this fall. Salina Hawks coach Tim Bellew will also call it quits after one season so he can devote more time to his job as manager of Greeks Pizzeria and his position as head coach with the Kansas Wesleyan baseball squad. "Both Mike and Tim have done well for us this past year and we are sorry to lose both of them," Salina Baseball Enterprises president Byron Tomlins said. "We hope maybe in the future they might be interested in f getting involved with the pro' gram once again." Brian Richardson, head coach of the Salina Eagles the past two seasons, will take over as coach of the Hawks in 1997. The Eagles are a 15-year-old team, the Hawks a 16-year-old squad and the Falcons for 17 and 18-year-olds in Saline County. Tomlins said board members would like to fill their coaching positions as soon as possible, and applicants can submit their resumes until Oct. 15 to Salina Baseball Enterprises, Inc., Box 1244, Salina, 67401. "It's important to fill the vacancies in the fall because most of the scheduling is done in February," Tomlins said. "We are interested in anyone who wants to be considered for those vacancies." Rosado-led Royals cruise, 11-6 T AUTO RACING Musgrave earns first pole of year Musgrave captures top qualifying position for Tyson Holly Farms 400 By The Associated Press NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. — A 2'/a-hour rain delay didn't faze Ted Musgrave or Jeff Gordon. In fact, the cooler temperatures after the interruption probably helped them grab the front-row qualifying spots for Sunday's North Wilkesboro Speedway Winston Cup swan song, the Tyson Holly Farms 400. Musgrave came up with his first pole since this race last year and the fifth of his career, getting around the historic .625-mile oval at 118.054 mph to take the top qualifying spot for the final Winston Cup on the track that ran its first NASCAR race in the sanctioning body's inaugural year of 1949. "It was well worth waiting for," Musgrave said. "It was anybody's guess how the race track was going to act. When you get cooler temperatures like that, sometimes you get so much grip that the car slows up in the middle of the turns and it can be a disadvantage. But it felt just fine out there." As for winning his first pole of the season, Musgrave said, "It bothered me we hadn't had a pole because both my teammates, Mark Martin and Jeff Burton, had a pole and were already in the Busch Clash. This is a big relief. "And I'm glad to win the last pole here, too, because now it goes down in the record books. This means a lot more than it did last year here." Thirteen drivers remained in line to qualify when rain began falling late Friday afternoon. Bobby Hamilton, last week's pole-winner on the half-mile oval at Martinsville, Va., had just turned the fastest lap up to that point, 117.894, when the rain came. The Chevrolet of Gordon, who won the race at Martinsville and leads the series by 81 points over Terry Labonte, was next in line. Rookie right-hander collects eighth win; Kansas City steals home club-record ninth time By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jose Rosado outdu- eled Orel Hershiser, and Kansas City stole home a club-record ninth time as the Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 11-6 Friday night. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak by the AL Central champion Indians, who need two victories in their last three games to reach 100 for the second straight season. Rosado (8-6), who lasted only four innings in a 13-4 loss to Hershiser and the Indians last Saturday, gave up eight hits and three runs. The rookie left-hander had five strikeouts GB and no walks — in five in- JL» nings. Hershiser OB (15-9), making — his team-high 1H 33rd start, : ' failed to hold a 3-2 lead when the Royals scored three in the fifth. He gave up seven hits and five runs in five innings, and lost for just the fifth time in his last 21 starts. • A's 8, Marines 1 — At Oakland, Calif., the Seattle Mariners stumbled again and put themselves on the verge of playoff elimination with their fifth loss in six games. Seattle was eliminated from contention in the AL West, giving the division to the Texas Rangers, who advance to the postseason for the first time in the 36-year history of the franchise. Texas and California were tied at 2-2 after 12 innings Friday. Seattle remained 2'/a games behind Baltimore in the wild-card race and can at best tie for a playoff spot. The Mariners, who dropped TGOLF WHtf*c&iN] racB American League W L Pet Baltimore 6? 73 .644 Seattle 84 , U ,532 . Chicago 84 75 .528 National Uague W L Pet S.Diego 88 -7JI. .553 Montreal' 87 '73' .544 The Associated Press Cleveland Indian Manny Ramirez is congratulated by teammate Julio Franco after hitting a two-run homer in Friday's game against the Kansas City Royals. to third in the wild-card race behind Chicago, play Oakland again today and Sunday, and would play a makeup game at Cleveland on Monday if it's necessary to decide the wildcard race. • Blue Jays 3, Orioles 2 — At Toronto, the Blue Jays stalled Baltimore's postseason push that kept the Orioles' magic rtumber to clinch a wild-card berth at two. Brady Anderson tied the Orioles' team record with his 49th homer, but the loss dropped Baltimore's wild-card lead over Seattle to two games pending the Mariners' game at Oakland late Friday. • Red Sox 7, Yankees 5 — At Boston, Yankees manager Joe Torre's playoff pitching dilemma deepened when the Boston Red Sox hammered Dwight Gooden. Torre was considering both Gooden and Jimmy Key as his possible starter for the Yankees' third playoff game next week behind Andy Pettitte and David Cone. • White Sox 4, Twins 2 — At Minneapolis, Ray Durham and Danny Tartabull homered as the Chicago White Sox stayed alive in the wildcard race. The victory, coupled with Baltimore's loss at Toronto, left the White Sox two games back with two to play. • Brewers 7, Tigers 6 — At Detroit, Jose Valentin and Matt Mieske each drove in two runs as Milwaukee handed Detroit its 15th straight home loss. The game was shortened to six innings because of rain. National League • Braves 6, Expos 4 — At Montreal, John Smoltz set an Atlanta record with his 24th win as the Braves dealt a blow to the Montreal Expos' playoff hopes. With Montreal's loss, the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched a spot in the playoffs, either as the NL West champion or as the wild card. Smoltz (24-8), who allowed only an unearned run and three hits in five innings, surpassed Phil Niekro's mark of 23 wins in the 1969 season. • Giants 9, Rockies 3 — At Denver, Barry Bonds joined the 40-40 club and Rick Wilkins' three-run homer highlighted a seven-run seventh inning as the San Francisco Giants took advantage of wild Colorado pitching. • Cardinals 2, Reds 1 — At St. Louis, Ron Gant singled home Luis Alicea with two outs in the llth inning as NL Central champion St. Louis won its fourth straight. • Marlins 3, Astros 2 — At Houston, rookie Mark Hutton allowed three hits in eight innings and hit his first major league home run as Florida beat Houston for the seventh straight time. • Phillies 6, Mets 5 — At New York, Ruben Amaro's RBI double capped a three-run eighth inning that gave Philadelphia the win. Five share lead at PGA event The Associated Press Jeff Gordon, the Winston Cup points leader, talks with his crew chief Ray Evernham in preparing for Sunday's Tyson Holly Farms 400. MUSGRAVE The long delay didn't seem to bother him, as his first lap was 117.937, putting him on top until Musgrave, four cars later, drove his Ford Thunderbird onto the track. "That was an exciting lap for us," said Gordon, who comes into the weekend having won two straight races and three of the last four. "The guys kept me pumped up during the rain delay and made sure I didn't get too relaxed. Hamilton's Pontiac wound up third, followed by the Fords of Mark Martin and Ernie Irvan, both at 117.721, and the Pontiac of rookie Johnny Benson Jr. at 117.500. Labonte was 16th at 116.938. Dale Jarrett, Irvan's teammate and third in the standings, trailing Gordon by 162 points, was a disappointing 38th among the 40 drivers who made qualifying laps. The top 25 qualifiers locked up starting spots in the 36-car field, with the rest of the lineup to be determined today in second-round qualifying. NHRA Sears Craftsman TOPEKA, — Joe Amato, John Force, Jim Yates and Angelle Seeling led their categories Friday after the first two rounds of qualifying in the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals. Amato was No. 1 in top fuel, Force in funny car, Yates in pro stock and Seeling in pro stock motorcycle in the NHRA event at Heartland Park Topeka. Amato, from Old Forge, Pa., covered the quarter mile in an event- record time of 4.641 seconds at 312.60 mph. Shelly Anderson recorded an event-record speed of 313.69, the fastest by a woman in NHRA history. She qualified No. 4 at 4.687. Force, from Yorba Linda, Calif., just missed his elapsed-time national record with a run of 4.892 at 309.27 mph in a Pontiac Firebird. His time was the second quickest by a funny car in NHRA history, just shy of his national record of 4.889 set here in July. Cruz Pedregon produced the fastest speed by a funny car in NHRA history, 312.60 mph, in a Firebird. He did not back up the speed within 1 percent, however, a requirement for an NHRA national record. Pedregon is No. 3 at 4.950. Yates, from Alexandria, Va., led in 7.000 at 196.20 mph in a Firebird. His time was a track record. Seeling, from Americus, Ga., continued her recent string of strong performance with a run of at 7.436 seconds at 177.51 mph on a Suzuki GSXR. Her time was a track record. She qualified No. 1 and won the race two weeks ago at Reading, Pa., both unprecedented by a woman in NHRA pro stock motorcycle racing. Two qualifying sessions were scheduled today with the final eliminations on Sunday. NASCAR Truck NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. — Qualifying for today's Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck race was suspended by rain and darkness Friday with only five drivers left in line. Winston Cup rookie Johnny Benson Jr., driving in only his third event in the truck series, was on top late Friday afternoon when officials called a halt to the action. The qualifying session, which followed rain-interrupted time trials for Sunday's Tyson Holly Farms 400 Winston Cup event, •-was scheduled to be completed this morning. Winner of last week's B.C. Open, Funk tied for first at Buick Challenge By The Associated Press PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Fred Funk is having the time of his golfing life. Funk shot a 7-under-par 65 Friday to move into a five-way tie for the lead at the halfway point of the rain-soaked Buick Challenge, another sparkling round in a six- week run filled with them. "I've had only one bad round in six weeks," said Funk, the defending champion at Callaway Gardens and the winner last week in the B.C. Open. "I've just hit my irons well, giving me chances for birdies. I'm not throwing away shots, either." Also tied for the lead at 10-under 134 after two rounds were Michael Bradley, John Maginnes, Davis Love III and Len Mattiace. First- round leader Bobby Wadkins dropped to three back with a 1- over 73. Over the past two weeks, Funk is 31-under for 97 holes, counting six holes that were washed out by rain last weekend and the birdie he had on a playoff hole against Pete Jordan to win the B.C. Open. But Funk was looking back even more than that. He's had three top-10 finishes in the past six tournaments, and the only poor day in that stretch was a 75 in the third round of the Quad City Classic two weeks ago. Funk actually had a trying day with his irons Friday, forcing him to scramble for birdies. He rolled in two putts from 30 feet and two more from 20. But he was deadeye perfect off the tee, keeping the ball in the fairway and out of the grasp of the treacherous rough. "Man, he hits it straight," Love said. "It seems like when he putts well, he plays well. He always gets around the course pretty well. When he gets hot, he's really good." Funk's score was even more remarkable considering the heavy rain that fell around noon and late in the afternoon, mixed with an occasional drizzle on the dark, overcast day. "It was pretty miserable out there for a while, with the rain and the wind blowing," said Funk, who dealt with a heavy downpour on four holes midway through his round. Mattiace felt nature's wrath as he finished up. "I could barely see my caddy," he said, dripping wet. There was no lightning, the course drained remarkably well and the golfers were able to complete play Friday. However, with a forecast that called for heavy showers again today, there was a distinct possibility of another rain-shortened tournament. Brad Faxon, Fred Couples and Marco Dawson were among those a shot off the lead and Brad Bryant and Stewart Cink were at 8-under. Seniors: Colbert in front CLEMMQNS, N.C — Jim Colbert, hoping for a late-season charge to repeat as Senior Tour money leader, carded a 6-under- par 65 and took the first-round lead in the $1.5 million Vantage Championship. Colbert, a two-time winner at Tanglewood in 1991-92, entered the second richest event on the tour in third place on the earnings list, more than $311,000 behind'Hale Irwin. However, a win on the par-71, 6,680-yard layout this weekend would earn Colbert $225,000 and close that gap with six tournaments remaining. Six golfers, including Don January, who shot his age — 66 — were one shot behind Colbert. Colbert, with three wins this season, was in a similar spot last year, and a victory in the season finale Senior Tour Championship and its $262,000 payoff jumped him to the top of the money list with $1,444,386. "If I even want to challenge (Irwin) I have to play well here to get started," said Colbert, who took three of the last four weeks off to get rested and mentally prepared. "My thoughts (recently) have been a lot about this place." Despite swirling winds, the course was soft and receptive to approach shots. Of the 78 players in the field, 48 shot par of better. "When you turn the best players in the world loose in soft conditions, and that ball stays where you hit it, they do well," Colbert said. LPGA: Graham leads by stroke CORNELIUS, N.C. — Defending champion Gail Graham shot her second consecutive 5-under-par 67 on to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Fieldcrest Cannon Classic. "Maybe I should move here or something. This is getting fun," said Graham, a Canadian who is 25-under par in six rounds in the 2-year-old event. Her worst score on the 6,318-yard Peninsula Club layout is a 69. Dottie Pepper and Kim Saiki were a stroke back after 67s on a day when shifting winds gradually gained intensity on the layout along Lake Norman. "You constantly find yourself trying to figure out where you are and find out where the wind is," Graham said. "It can get confusing." The wind was particularly tough in the late afternoon, when first-round leader Robin Hood was trying to follow up on her opening 65, the lowest score of her nine- year career. She bogeyed two of her first six holes, but rallied for a 71 that left her alone at 8-under 136. "I'm just looking forward to the weekend because I feel like maybe today was my tougher round," said Hood, who finished just before a late-afternoon thunderstorm interrupted play for about 25 minutes. "I was hoping to shoot maybe 2- or 3-under today, but I didn't get it done. It's tough to follow up a good score." CONNECTION Pivition of (ISA, Inc. 1915 S.Ohio 825-6247 Check Our Selection & Discount, p rices! 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