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THE SALINA JOURKIAL SPORTS TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2001 D3 Baseball's loooongest game Pawtucket-Rochester contest lasted 8 hours and 7 minutes By CHRIS LEHOURITES The Associated Press PAWTUCKET, R.I. — When pitcher Luis Aponte arrived home at five o'clock in the morning, his wife refused to let him in the apartment. He tried to convince her that he had come straight from the ballpark, where his team had just played in the longest professional game in history — 32 innings, 8 hours and 7 minutes. And it still wasn't finished. "His wife just wouldn't believe him," Pawtucket Red Sox owner Ben Mondor said of that morning two decades ago. "He came back here and had to sleep in the clubhouse." That game between the Paw- Sox and the Rochester Red Wings was played on April 18, 1981. Twenty years later, memories of the wild event — which included future stars Cal Ripken Jr., Wade Boggs and many shivering players who burned bats to keep warm — survive, even if only 17 fans stayed for all 32 innings. Despite its length, the contest wasn't decided until nine weeks and three days later. The PawSox eventually won the Triple-A International League game in the 33rd inning, 3-2, on June 23, the next time Rochester came to town. "Of all the games I've played in, that's one of the few that 1 easily remember," Ripken has said. "It's still fresh in my mind. We've all played in marathon nine-inning games and extra-inning games, but that game was different." The game started 30 minutes late because of electrical problems on a cold, windy Saturday night. Rochester scored one run in the seventh inning; the PawSox tied it in the ninth, sending it to extra innings. "It was the wind," Pawtucket president Mike Tamburro remembered. "Every fly ball you thought was going out was just held up by the wind." Rochester took a 2-1 lead in the 21st inning, only to be matched by Pawtucket in the bottom half. That's where it stood when the umpires stopped the game at 4:07 a.m. By then it was Easter Sunday It may have been the wind that kept both sides from scor- 33 Innings, 20 years later On April 18,1981, at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucl<et, R.I., the Pawtucl<et Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings started the longest game In baseball history, featuring stars such as Cal Ripken Jr. and Wade Boggs. Thirty-two innings were played that day, but the game ended with the 33rd inning played June 23, The PawSox won 3-2, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8|9 10 1l|l2 13 14 1 1 Si 16|17j 1RJ19! ?n;P1 i^2:,^3l24j25J26J27|gsj291 30 31132 133 ,R H__E Rochesloro 00000100 0 0 0 0 0 0 Oj 0| 0| 0; 0; V 0; (j 0| Oj 0| 0 0| 0 0 0, 0 0 2 18 3 PawtuckelQ 00000001 0 0 0 o' 0 0 Ol Oi 0 ol oTrToi 0| 0 o| o| 01 Ol 0 0 0 0 1 3 21 1 Most p'utouts by one team: 99 (Pawtucket) Most putout& by both teams: 195 Time: Eight hours, 25 minutes Most at bats by one team: 114 (Pawtucket) Most strike outs by one team: 34 (Rochester) Most at bats by both teams: 219 Most strike outs by both teams: 60 Most assists by both teams: 88 Most "chances accepted" by one team: 142 (Rochester) Most "chances accepted" by both teams: 283 Most Innings: 33 Pitches thrown: Rochester, 423; Pawtucket, 459; total, 882 Most at bats: 14 — Dave Koza, Lee Graham, Chico Walker (Pawtucket) Most plate appearances: 15 — Tom Eaton, Cal Ripken, Dallas Williams (Rochester) SOURCE: Pawtucket Red Sox ing more runs, but the game should have been stopped hours earlier, according to a league rule that states no inning should begin after 12:50 a.m. But Jack Leitz, the umpire crew chief, was missing that bylaw from his rulebook. "Our umpiring manual didn't have anything mentioning that, so we just kept playing," said home-plate umpire Dennis Gregg, now a supervisor with Minor League Baseball. "By the time we got the call to suspend the game, it was around 3:30 in the morning." By that time, with both teams freezing in their dugouts, many baseball bats were sacrificed for fire so the players and coaches could keep warm. "The park smelled fantastic. Those bats are pure ash, and the smell is incredible," Tamburro said. When the Red Wings returned to Pawtucket two months later, summer had arrived and the world was focused on this old New England mill town, known as the Home of the Industrial Revolution. "The whole world was here," Mondor said. "It put Pawtucket on the map." With the major leagues on strike and the basketball and hockey seasons over, minor league basebaU was just about the only thing happening in sports. "It was THE sporting event in the world," Tamburro said. "We had media requests from around the world." But the resumption of the game may have been a bit anticlimactic for the 5,700 fans — 5,683 more than saw the 32nd inning — packed into tiny McCoy Stadium. "I remember the Japanese TV stations setting up and the BBC from England was there," said Ray Dalton, a retired oil worker from Pawtucket who attended both ends of the longest game. "And it only lasted 18 minutes." Most of the fans left after Pawtucket's Dave Koza drove in Marty Barrett with the game- winning run, even though the regularly scheduled game immediately followed. Future major leaguers like Barrett, Bobby Ojeda, Bruce Hurst, Mike Smithson and Rich Gedman played in that game, but it was a pair of third baseman that made the longest game even more special. Rochester's Ripken, who played in a major league record 2,623 games for Baltimore, and Pawtucket's Boggs, who played 17 major league seasons and AP finished with a career .329 batting average, played the entire game. Ripken had two hits in 13 at- bats, while Boggs got four hits in 12 at-bats, including the game-tying RBI double in the 21st inning. This year, Pawtucket is scheduled to play away on April 18, but the team will celebrate its moment in history — which earned a display at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. — on June 23, when the PawSox host the Durham Bulls. Before the PawSox and Red Wings, the longest game was a 29-inning marathon played on June 14, 1966, with the Miami Marlins beating the St. Petersburg Cardinals 4-3 in the Class- A Florida State League. The Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves played the longest major league game a 1-1 draw in 26 innings on May 2, 1920. Pawtucket nearly played the second-longest game on June 19, 1985, when it beat the Syracuse Chiefs 3-1 in 27 innings. That game took 7:07and spanned three days because of rain. "We're undefeated in games over 25 innings," Tamburro said. COUNTY SPORTS Newton scores in 53rd minute to edge South Jennifer Wilson floated in a wind-aided goal in the 53rd minute Monday to break a scoreless tie and give Newton a 1-0 girls soccer victory over Salina South at Bill Burke Park. Newton, playing with the wind at its back in the second half, got the game's only goal when Wilson sent the ball to the box from the left wing. It caught the breeze and sailed over South goalkeeper Alison Adams, handing the Cougars their third straight loss. "It was pretty even," said South coach J.C. Walsh, whose Cougars fell to 5-3. "We had our chances and they had theirs." South is back in action at 4 p.m. today at Great Bend. Hays reigns; Barnett, Lebahin tie for fifth HAYS — The Hays Indians won their own golf invitational Monday on a cold and windy day at Smoky HUI Country Club. The Indians won the team competition with a score of 324, four shots in front of Hutchinson. Salina Central finished third at 345. "It was a totally miserable day," Central coach Chris Crank said. "It was 37 degrees when we teed off, 39 degrees when we quit and there was a 20 mile per hour win blowing from the north." Hutchinson's Monte Hertach fired a 75 for medalist honors. Jamie Barnett and Adam Lebahn of Central tied for fifth with 82s. Salina South finished eighth in the team race with a 383. Josh Nordstrom's 90 was the Cougars' best score. Seven-run seventh gives Central split TOPEKA — Salina Central scored seven runs in the top of the seventh to rally from a four-run deficit Monday night in defeating Topeka West, 11-9, in the second game of a high school baseball doubleheader. The Mustangs lost the first game, 15-5, and were trailing 8-4 in the second when four hits, three walks and an error helped them score seven runs and pick up their first win of the season. "We weren't having a very good day at the plate, but we hit the ball well in that last inning," Central coach Bill Bartow said. Central opened the seventh inning of the second game trailing by four runs, but the first four players reached on three walks and an error. Ken Baxa then drove in two runs with a single and Brandon Stephenson followed with a two-run double to give the Mustangs a 9-8 lead. After two outs, Kevin Lilley drove in a run with a double and Daniel Romans followed with an RBI single. Stephenson (1-0) picked up the win in relief and Kadem Tharp got the save. Romans and Stephenson each had two hits for the Mustangs in the first game, while Tim Bowen and Baxa each had two in the second. Stephenson had a homer in the first game and Bowen in the second. The Mustangs (1-4) are back at it today against Salina South (35) in a 4 p.m. doubleheader T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: MONDAY'S GAMES Castillo, Red Sox throttle Yankees By The Associated Press BOSTON — Manny Ramirez beat Mike Mussina in the matchup of high-priced stars. A lesser free agent, Frank Castillo, outperformed both. Castillo (1-1) allowed two hits in six shutout innings Monday as the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-1 in the traditional 11 a.m. Patriots' Day game at Fenway Park. It gave the Red Sox a three wins out of four and put them in a first-place tie with Toronto in the AL East at 9-4. New York is 85. The Red Sox never traUed after Darren Lewis tripled off Mussina (1-1) and scored on Trot Nixon's groundout. Mussina pitched seven innings, allowing three runs, eight hits and no walks and striking out six. Ramirez went 2-for-4 and 17- for-38 on the 10-game homes- tand. Orioles 6, Devil Rays 2 BALTIMORE — Greg Myers drove in three runs with a homer and a two-run single before 24,558, only the fourth time in the 10-year history of Camden Yards that the Orioles drew fewer than 30,000 fans. Jason Johnson (1-0) became the first Baltimore starter to earn a victory this season, allowing one run and three hits in six innings. D-backs 2, Cardinals 1 ST. LOUIS — Jay Bell scored a run, drove in the go-ahead run and took out an umpire with a throw. Bell doubled and scored on Greg Colbrunn's single in the first, and his RBI single off Matt Morris (1-2) snapped a seventh- inning tie. In the sixth, he accidentally hit umpire Larry Yoimg in the face with a throw, bloodying Young's face, jacket and pants. Braves 4, Marlins 3 (10) ATLANTA — Greg Maddux gave up his first run of the season — it was unearned — and the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 4-3 Monday night on Rico Brogna's ninth-inning single. Before 24,015, the smallest crowd ever at Turner Field, Maddux allowed five hits in eight innings, struck out six and walked none. John Rocker (2-0) wasted a 3-1 lead in the ninth, throwing a run-scoring wild pitch giving up an RBI groundout to Mike Low- eU. Brogna, who had the witming hit off Dan Miceli (0-2), also had an RBI single in the first. An- druw Jones homered for Atlanta. Pirates 3, Astros 0 PITTSBURGH — Aramis Ramirez broke a scoreless tie in the sixth with a two-run single off Wade Miller (2-1) foUowing an intentional walk to Brian GUes. Jimmy Anderson (1-1), who had been 0-3 against Houston, allowed seven hits in seven-plus innings. Mike Williams pitched the ninth for his third save, helping stop the Pirates' four-game losing streak. Mets 4, Expos 3 NEW YORK— Rey Ordonez drove in two runs and Mike Piazza reached base aU four times. The Mets, who had lost three in a row, entered last in the NL with 36 runs, including just four in the last four games. Lee / Resilient after Olympic showing FROM PAGE D1 marathon debut. Tanui, the 1996 and 1998 winner, finished 12th; defending champion Elijah Lagat was 17th; and 1999 winner Joseph Chebet dropped out. Olympic gold medalist Geza- hegne Abera of Ethiopia was 16th. At last year's Olympics in Sydney, Lee finished a devastating 24th and thought about quitting marathon running. "The result of the Olympics was so disappointing that if I didn't pull myself through, it would be the end of my career," he said. He rekindled his career with a second-place finish at the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan in December. Lee called it "a great honor" to be the first Korean winner in a half-century, adding "the last winners were my heroes. I did not know them. There was a big time gap." Lee began running marathons at 18, and this was his 26th. When he was a 16- year old in high school, he ran a 4:17 mile. But he never won as big a Salinan Fross among 58 Kansas competitors By The Salina Journal BOSTON — Steve Fross of Salina completed his second Boston Marathon on Monday in three hours, 33 minutes and six seconds. Fross, 48, competed in the Masters Division (45-49 age group) where he finished 1,431st out of 4,423 runners. His pace was 8:08 per mUe. A total of 13,752 runners began the 105th running of the Boston Marathon. Fross finished 4,601st overall. Fifty-eight runners from Kansas started the 26.2-mile race with all but four finishing. Lawrence's Jerry Pullins, 25, had the fastest time — 2:39.35 — good enough for 124th place overall. race as he did Monday Lee took command between the 24th and 25th miles when the inexperienced Chalang'a fell back. Shortly thereafter, Guerra also slowed, and Lee was home free. As he came toward the finish line down Boylston Street, he started waving his arms in celebration. The women's race wasn't nearly as competitive. After a comparatively slow first half of 1:13:05, Ndereba took charge four miles later and broke away from three-time Boston champion and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia. She won by about 1,000 yards at 2:23:53. "After the 17th mile, I had full confidence I would win," Ndereba, 28, said. Ndereba, the women's road racer of the year in 1996, 1998 and 1999, surprisingly was left off the Kenyan Olympic team last year despite winning the Boston Marathon. Instead of competing at Sydney, she went on to win the Chicago Marathon with a career-best 2:21:33. "I don't think I have something to prove," she said Monday. "I have proven enough. "Now. I don't necessarily go for the Olympics or the World Championships. I want to do something special. I want to break the world record." Malgorzata Sobanska of Poland finished second at 2:26:42. She was followed by Lyubov Morganova of Russia at 2:27:18, Lornah Kiplagat of Kenya at 2:27:56 and Roba at 2:28:08. The winners each received $80,000 from the total purse of $525,000. In the wheelchair division, Ernst Van Dyk became the first South African men's champion, ending the seven-year reign of Swiss competitors, and Louise Savage of Australia took the women's title for the fourth time in five years. Van Dyk, who broke the four-year winning streak of Franz Ni- etlispach, was timed at 1:25:12, more than six minutes ahead of the defending champion, and Savage at 1:53:54. BRIEFLY Tickets available for K-State spring game MANHATTAN — Tickets are available throughout this week for Saturday's Kansas State spring football game at KSU Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students, seniors and children. They may be purchased at the K-State athletic ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on through Friday, or at the gate on gameday Advance tickets must be purchased in person, with no telephone orders accepted. All tickets are general admission. The south end-zone sections 10 through 19 will be closed. Parking lots open at 9 a.m. Saturday and there will be no charge for parking on the east or west side of the stadium. Stadium gates open at 11 a.m. For more information, contact the Kansas State Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS. Wichita State men add two walk-ons WICHITA — Brett Begnoche, a 6-foot-4 guard from Wichita Kapaun, plans to join the Wichita State basketball program next season as a walk-on. Begnoche was the second Kansas high school product to announce such a commitment during a recent five-day period. Also joining the WSU program as a walk-on wiU be Idaho transfer Bret Wise, a native of Emporia. Begnoche, a Class 5A all-state selection, averaged 16.6 points a game while shooting 41 percent from the 3-point line. Wise, a 6-7 forward, was the Kansas Sports Magazine's 2000 Player of the Year in Kansas when he averaged 21.2 points and 8.2 rebounds a game for Emporia. He was a part-time starter as a freshman for Idaho, averaging 5.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Wise will be eligible for the 2002-03 season and wiU have three years of eligibility remaining. Wichita State has signed four other high school players for next season and are expected to sign one more. 'Cats'Williams fires school-record 64 BRANSON, Mo. — Kansas State's Matt Williams shot a school-record 7-under-par 64 Saturday to finish in a career- best third-place tie at the Branson Creek Invitational at the Branson Creek Golf Course. Williams, a junior from Holton, shot 72 in Saturday's first roimd before breaking the record in the second. The tournament was scheduled for 72 holes, but bad weather forced the cancellation Simday Arkansas-Little Rock won the tournament with a four-man score of (275-282) 557, followed by K-State at (285-273) 558. The previous K-State school record was 67, by Brett Vuillemin at the Texas Intercollegiate on Sept. 26,1988, and Scott McNeely at the Purina Classic on Oct. 10,2000. South athletes to sign letters of intent Salina South seniors Zack Graber and Erica Dechant wUl sign basketball letters of intent with junior colleges this week, whUe classmate Katy Lorson signed a soccer letter of intent with St. Mary College on Monday Lorson was named first-team Class 5-lA aU-state after her junior year and also earned all-region and all-league honors. The Cougar forward wiU be playing for a St. Mary team that competes in the Kansas Conference along with Kansas Wesleyan and Bethany St. Mary is located in Leavenworth. Graber and Dechant wiU both sign their letters during a brief ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the South High commons area. Graber, a two-year starter for South after transferring from Abilene High School, wiU sign with Coffeyville Community College. The 5-foot-ll point guard was a first-team all-I-70 League and aU-county selection, averaging 14.3 points and 5.6 assists a game while helping South to a 17-5 record this season. Dechant oraUy committed to Hill Community College last month and wiU officially sign with the Texas school Wednesday Like Graber, Dechant was a two-time aU-county selection. The 5-7 shooting guard led South in scoring the past two years, averaging 13.2 points, 4.4 assists and 3.7 steals as a senior. Not too late to play in two-man scramble Entries are still being accepted for the Saline Coimty Men's Golf Association two-man scramble to be held this weekend. The two-day event opens Saturday at the Elks Country Club and wiU be completed Simday at Salina Municipal. Teams are required to set their own tee times for Saturday's round, with tee times starting no later than 2:50 p.m. Thursday is the final day entries wtU be accepted, and entry forms are available at the Salina Municipal, Elks Country Club or Salina Country Club pro shops. Entry fee is $100 per team and wUl be limited to the first 80 qualified teams. Salina Babe Ruth to meet Wednesday Salina Senior Babe Ruth Baseball wiQ have a preseason meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, at the First Inn Gold, Magnolia and Ninth St. All interested participants and their parents are asked to attend. Senior Babe Ruth is for boys ages 15-18. From Staff and Wire Reports

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