The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 13, 2001 · Page 19
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL SPORTS FRIDAY. APRIL 13, 2001 C3 BRIEFiy KU volleyball team signs middle hitter LAWRENCE — The Kansas volleyball program added one of the top high school players in Texas on Wednesday when 5-foot-ll middle hitter Renita Davidson signed with the Jay- hawks. Davidson, a middle hitter at Arlington (Texas) High School, was recently one of 12 high school girls in Texas chosen to play for the West team at the Texas High School Girls Coaching Association All-Star game in Austin. Last fall, Davidson led her team to the Class 5A Region I ; semifinals and was named the : area's most valuable player by : the Arlington Morning News as she led Arlington H.S. to a 35-7 record. Davidson joins Danielle McHenry of Shawnee Heights and Ashley Michaels of Wathena on KU's 2000-01 recruiting roster. Salinan Smith helps win USTA title Salina's Stephanie Smith and Chelsea Orr of Tulsa, Okla., teamed to win the doubles title at the USTA National Open Girls 16 Championship held April 7-10 at Midland, Texas. Smith and Orr were the top tournament seed and received an opening round bye. In the quarterfinals they defeated Stacey Moore and Megan Boyd of Midland, Texas, 6-3, 6-2. In the semifinals Smith and Orr downed Marisa Druss and Tara Grant, Austin, Texas, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), and in the finals defeated Shea Huxtable, Stillwater, Okla., and Susan Ming, Overland Park, 6-4, 6-4. As a result of the win Smith and Orr received an automatic doubles entry into the USTA Super National Clay Court Championship, July 15-22 at Virginia Beach, Virginia. Coyotes stay perfect in conference play OTTAWA — Kansas Wesleyan's baseball team remained undefeated in Kansas Conference play Thursday with a doubleheader sweep of Ottawa. The Coyotes took the early lead and won the opener 12-4, but needed nine innings to complete the sweep, 9-8. Wesleyan scored three runs in the seventh inning of the second game to rally from a 7-4 deficit and stay alive. Cody Brassfield and J.J. Reynado both homered in the inning and Royce Carnley singled in the tying run. In the ninth, Ricardo Garcia drove in one run with a single and Sean Sloan brought another with a two-out double. Ottawa had one run in, the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, but could not push the tying run across against Coyote reliever Greg Kmet (4-1). The Coyotes, who improved to 17-11 overall and 14-0 in the league, jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first game and Carnley (6-3) pitched a complete-game eight-hitter for the victory. Catcher Dale Schattenberg had a home run, with Kyle Hemstreet adding two doubles and Max Bethge and Scott Lohmeyer one double each to the Coyotes' 10-hit attack. Lions split with Northern Oklahoma The Brown Mackie baseball squad split a junior college doubleheader Thvursday with Northern Oklahoma at Dean Evans Stadium, getting another outstanding pitching performance from Scottie White. Northern Oklahoma scored four runs in the top of the seventh and then held off Brown Mackie for a 9-8 victory in the opener. White came back and tossed a complete game two- hitter in the Lions' 8-2 victory in game two. Brown Mackie led 7-0 after five innings and was one run away from the run rule. Northern Oklahoma broke up White's no-hitter in the sixth. It was White's second start, after tossing a three-hitter last week against Butler County "He was using everything — fastball, slider, curve, change- up, knuckleball — and had command of everything," Brown Mackie coach Doug Bender said. "They could not touch his fastball. Lee Rodriguez had three hits, including a three-run homer for the Lions. Clay Delaney and Dominic Garza had two hits apiece in the second game. Josh Huffman and Matt Rehkopf were both 3-for-4 in the opener and Anthony Perez had four hits in the two games. From Staff and Wire Reports • MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Walker stops no-no as Rockies rally late COUNTY SPORTS Hermanson takes bid into seventh before Walker's home run By The Associated Press ST LOUIS — Dustin Hermanson took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning but the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 Thursday on Mark Little's two- run sin- manson didn't allow a hit until Larry Walker's one-out, two- run homer in the seventh. Helton homered two pitches later to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead. Edmonds put the Cardinals back ahead with a two-run single in the bottom half. Colorado tied the score on Mike Timlin's wild pitch in the ninth and went on to win for the first time since sweeping the Cardinals in their season- opening three-game series. Steve Kline (0-1), appearing for the sixth straight game and the seventh time in nine games this season didn't get a batter out and allowed three runs. Coming in, he hadn't allowed a run in seven innings. Kline hit Walker leading off the ninth, and Todd Helton singled and took second on center fielder Jim Edmonds' late throw to third. Jeff Cirillo was walked intentionally to load the bases and Timlin threw a wild pitch with an 0-1 count against pinch-hitter Ron Gant. Little, 2-for-5 as a pinch hitter, followed with a two-run single up the middle. John Wasdin (1-0) got two outs in the eighth and Jose Jimenez finished for his second save. Mike Hampton, who hasn't won in two starts since beating the Cardinals in the opener on April 2, gave up four runs and eight hits in seven innings. His ERA rose to 4.43. J.D. Drew and rookie Albert Pujols, who leads the Cardinals with 11 RBIs, homered for St. Louis. Hampton had pitched 27 consecutive scoreless innings against the Cardinals before Drew's fourth-inning drive. Brewers 12, Astros 4 MILWAUKEE — Jose Hernandez hit a grand slam and a three-run homer to equal Ted Kubiak's 31-year-old team record with seven RBIs. Tyler Houston and Luis Lopez hit two-run homers for The Associated Press Rockies starter iVIilce Hampton throws a pitch during the second inning against the Cardinals on Thursday in St. Louis. Hampton did not get a decision after giving up four runs on eight hits in seven innings. Milwaukee, which had been 0-5 against the Astros this season. Jeff D'Amico (1-0) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings and struck out six. Octavio Dotel (1-1) gave up six runs and seven hits in four-plus innings. Padres 8, Giants 3 SAN DIEGO — Adam Eaton (2-0) survived solo homers by Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent as San Diego stopped its seven- game losing streak against the Giants. The Padres wore camouflage jerseys and green caps to honor the area's large military population. Tony Gwynn drove in a run in the seventh inning with his 535th career double, tying Lou Gehrig for 22nd on the career list. Eaton allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. Livan Hernandez (1-2) gave up five runs — four earned — and eight hits in six innings. IWets 1, Braves 0 NEW YORK — Rey Ordonez lined an RBI single with one out in the bottom of the 10th. Todd Zeile drew a leadoff walk on four pitches from Kerry Ligtenberg (0-2) and Tsuyoshi Shinjo sacrificed. Atlanta challenged Ordonez, and the No. 8 hitter lined a drive down the left-field line. Armando Benitez (1-0) sailed a wild pitch to the backstop in the 10th while issuing an intentional walk to Chipper Jones. Rafael Furcal scooted to third with one out, yet was stranded when Brian Jordan hit a shallow fly ball and Javy Lopez grounded out. Reds 11, Pirates 6 PITTSBURGH — Sean Casey hit a long home run and went 2- for-5 with two RBIs. The Pittsburgh native finished 9-for-14 with two homers, three doubles and eight RBIs in the first series in PNC Park. Omar Olivares (0-2), whose ERA climbed to 8.18, allowed seven runs and eight hits in five innings. Pete Harnisch (1-1) got the victory — his eighth in his last 11 decisions against Pittsburgh — despite allowing four runs in six innings, including the first of Brian Giles' two homers. Mariners sweep Athletics, 7-3 ROUNDUP Seattle's Martinez hits three-run home run; Hudson takes loss By The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — Edgar Martinez hit a three-run homer to help end Tim Hudson's winning streak, and the Seattle Mariners completed their first three- g am e sweep at Oakland by beating the Athletics 7-3 Thursday Seattle, which finished second in the AL West behind the A's last year, is off to a 7-2 start, the best in the franchise's 25- season history Hudson (1-1) was 20-6 for the A's last season and had been 8-0 in nine regular-season starts since losing to Cleveland last Aug. 23. He also lost to the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the AL division series. Hudson allowed five runs, six hits and four walks in 2 % innings, matching his second- shortest outing in the major leagues. His shortest came last April 15, when he went just 1 23 innings in the A's 14-2 loss to Boston. Jamie Moyer (1-0) allowed three runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings. He has won five straight starts at Oakland since July 15,1997. Oakland has lost four straight, dropping to 2-7, the team's worst start since going 2-10 in 1998. Martinez homered off Hudson in Seattle's five-run thkd in- nmg following singles by Ichiro Suzuki and Mike Cameron. Hudson threw a run-scoring wild pitch and Carlos Guillen had an RBI double that made it 5-1. Mark Guthrie then relieved. Eric Chavez hit his first home run of the season in the second inning for a 1-0 lead and The Associated Press The iVIariners' Edgar IVIartinez is congratulated by his teammates after this three-run home run in the third inning Thursday in Oaldand, Calif. added an RBI single in the third. Adam Piatt's sacrifice fly narrowed the score to 5-3. Cameron hit a solo home run in the sixth and Piatt made a run-scoring error in right field during the inning. Indians 5, Tigers 3 DETROIT — Juan Gonzalez returned to Comerica Park and quickly showed he can drive in runs in Detroit. Gonzalez, who left the Tigers after one unhappy season, was heckled before the game, then hit an RBI double in the first inning and a sacrifice fly in the ninth Thursday night as the Cleveland Indians beat Detroit 5-3. Roberto Alomar hit a three- run double and Bartolo Colon struck out eight for Cleveland, which took a 4-0 lead as it ended a three-game losing streak and extended Detroit's skid to four. The Indians took a 4-0 lead in the fourth and held onto the victory after the Tigers scored one in the fifth and two runs in the Sacred Heart sweeps doubleheader from Lincoln LINCOLN — Sacred Heart showed no ill effects from a near two-week layoff since its last games, rolling to a doubleheader sweep of Lincoln on',Th,yrs- day. -,' • The Knights had a 14-run inning in their 21-1 victory in the opener? then had 13 runs in one inning on their way to a 19-3 victory In game two. Both contests ended after three innings by the run rule. • Sacred Heart led 7-0 after the top of the first in the opener, then went up 21-0 in the third. Lincoln pitchers gave up 11 wall<s and hit three batters in the game. The Knights had only four hits in their 14-run inning, and finished with six hits in the game, two of those from Justin Walters. Sacred Heart players did get the bats off their shoulders in the second game, collecting 15 hits. Walters, Nicl< Sheahon and Brian Bechard had three hits apiece, with Walters scoring four runs, Sheahon scoring three timies'and Bechard driving in four. Jeremy Phetteplace also scored three runs and Chris Neihouse was 2-for-2. The Knights are scheduled to play six games next week, starting with a makeup doubleheader against Southeast of Saline on Monday at 4:30 p.m. at IVIatson Field. Cougars cut down on errors to split BUHLER — Salina South didn't take long to solve its defensive problerns, bouncing back from a horrible opener to earn a split of its baseball doubleheader with Buhler on Thursday. The Cougars (3-5) committed 12 errors while falling 10-6 in game one. South came back in the nightcap, turning a rare triple play in the first inning and getting a strong pitching performance from Ryan Brin in a 3-1 victory. Brin allowed the Crusaders only one hit, a first inning single, and struck out 10. He was slaked to a 2-0 lead in the first on an RBI double from Nick Miles and a two-out, run scoring single from Eric Puvogel. • • Puvogel start the Cougars' triple play at shortstop. With runners at first and second, the Crusaders had a hit-and-run on when Puvogel caught a line drive, threw to second baseman Sergio Correa for the second out and CSbrrea's relay to first baseman Brian Sears completed the triple play. ' South coach Kurt Wolf complimented the pitching of Andy Maxwejl-and Miles in the opener, but admitted the Cougar defense did the pitchers ho favors. South had four errors in Buhler's six-run sixth. SE-Saline dumps Clay Center, improves to 8-1 GYPSUM — Southeast of Saline baseball coach Dee Kolzow is having a hard time finding something to criticize his team over these days. • • The Trojans improved to 8-1 on the season Thursday by sweeping a doubleheader from Clay Center, 18-8 and 13-3. Southeast has won seven in a row. . • "We're scoring a lot of runs," Kolzow said. "We're still looking to find a pitcher or two. Defensively I'm pretty pleased at most positions. We're getting stronger." Jeremy Petty allowed three hits in four innings In the opener and Chad Schwarz and Andy Pavkov had two hits and drove in three runs each;. ' The Trojans took advantage of six Clay Center errors. Jordan Dupes hit a grand slam in the third inning of the second game' to back the pitching of Justin Hartman, who gave up two hits in four innings. Southeast had five hits, but benefitted from walks and four Clay Center errors. - J Ell-Saline takes two from Sylvan SYLVAN GROVE — Ricky Hernandez scored Perry Kenley from third with a fielder's choice with the only run of the game in the top of the seventh Inning as Ell-Sallne defeated Sylvan 1 -0 Thursday in the second game of a doubleheader. Ell-Sallne won the opener 5-1. Kenley doubled and stole third before coming home on Hernandez ground ball to third. Jeff Hindman (3-0) pitched a six-hit shutout for Ell-Saline (5-3). Taylor (3-0) allowed six hits In the opener. Sylvan scored its run In the bottom of the seventh. seventh, leaving two on base. Gonzalez, who turned down a $143 million, eight-year extension from Detroit a year ago, was the center of attention in his first game back at Comerica Park. Gonzalez, who was l-for-3, drove in the first run with a double to left off Chris Holt (11) and hit his sacrifice fly off Todd Jones. Red Sox 8, Orioles 2 BOSTON — Troy O'Leary went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Shea Hillenbrand singled in a run in the fourth inning to extend his season-opening hitting streak to nine games, one behind Ted Williams' team record. Tomokazu Ohka (1-0) allowed runs in the first two innings but struck out the side in the third and retired 12 of his last 14 batters. Jose Mercedes (0-2) gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 4% innings and made an obscene gesture at fans as he exited. He then took out his anger on a couple of dugout water coolers. Soccer Central blanks Hays, captures third straight The Salina Central soccer squad won its third consecutive match, posting a shutout over Hays, 3-0 on Thursday at Bill Burke Park. The Mustangs got a pair of first half goals from fonwards Martina Gonzales in the 12th minute and Megan Garlow in the 25th minute. Gonzales added a second goal 17 minutes into the second half for the game's final score.' "We still didn't play as well as I think we can," Central coach Brian Berner said. "Melissa Fernandez, a senior sweeper for Hays, is by far their strongest player. We were going straight at her and she was winning everything from us. If she was not there, we had the ability to put more In the back of the net." The Mustangs (4-3) will be at home Tuesday to a Maize team ranked in Class 6A, before taking on Salina South next Thursday. McPherson hands South first loss of year MCPHERSON — McPherson scored three second-half goals Thursday to hand Salina South's girls their first soccer loss in six games. Lauren Schwlndt broke a scoreless tie in the 58th minute with an assists from Kelcie Underwood, then added an unassisted goal seven minutes later for the Bullpups, 5-1. Karly Schuiz completed the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 70th minute. "They are a very good team, one of the top two or three teams in the state," South coach J.C. Walsh said. "Our biggest weakness was our lack of experience and that showed today." McPlierson had 22 shots to just six for South, with Adams coming up with 17 saves. The Cougars, 5-1, travel to Wichita North today for a 4:30 p.m. game.^ Softball Sacred Heart stays perfect with sweep of Lincoln LINCOLN — The Sacred Heart Softball team kept its record perfect, improving to 4-0 on the season with a doubleheader sweep of Lincoln. The Knights managed only two hits in the opener but still came away with a 4-0 victory, then broke open a close game late to win the second game, 11-4. Liz Wagoner tossed a two-hit shutout in the opener for the Knights, who got single runs in the fourth and fifth innings and two in the sixth. Lincoln led the second contest 3-2 going into the sixth before Sacred Heart exploded for nine runs. Dani Wittman threw three innings of relief to get the victory In game two, and also was a single away from hitting for the cycle. Wittman had a double and a triple in the Knights' big inning. Sacred Heart will play a makeup doubleheader with Southeast of Saline starting at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Bill Burke Park, diamond No. 6. Tennis South takes sixth at Hutchinson Invitational HUTCHINSON — Salina South tennis coach Gary Dunlap got some younger players some varsity experience when the Cougars competed Thursday at the Hutchinson Invitational. South's spilt squad finished sixth in a field of eight teams, but was only two points out of third place. "We had a mixed lineup today and it was a learning experience for most of the kids," Dunlap said. "I think for half of them it was their first varsity meet and I was pleased with the way they competed." South's best finish came from Kevin Pelzel at No. 2 singles. Pelzel went 2-1 in pool play but fell to Buhler's Kenton Schroeder in the the third-place match. South's David Lantz and Jeff Drees also went 2-2 and placed fifth at No. 1 doubles. The Cougars will compete Saturday at the McPherson Invitational and then play host to the South Invitational on Tuesday. McKee fourth, Davis fifth at Concordia CONCORDIA — Sacred Heart's Jimmy McKee placed fourth and Kyle Davis fifth in singles play Thursday at the Concordia Invitational. McKee won his opening round match in No. 1 singles over Clay Center's John Bauer, then lost back-to-back matches In the winners bracket. Davis took the opposite route In No. 2 singles, dropping his oper^ing round match, but winning consolation matches over Cole Urban of Clay Center (8-2) and Scott Hanson of Concordia (8-3) to take fifth. ' -

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