The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 18, 2001 · Page 21
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WEDNESDAY APRIL 18^2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Sports K-STATE BASKETBALL / D2 NFL DRAF=T / D3 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS / D4 • HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Cougars tdke pair from Mustangs South wins opener with two runs in eighth, then denies Central in nightcap By LARRY MORITZ The Salinp Journal The snakebit Salina Central baseball squad-was looking for a cure to its early season |H!l|Rl9!t|l|Mi struggles, but Sali- wMslSSaaOSjMM na South refused to Saiina Central 3 5 be the antidote. South got its first doubleheader sweep of the season Salina South 4 7 Tuesday, rallying for two runs in the bottom of the eighth to defeat Central in the opener, 4-3, before turning back a Mustang comeback attempt for a 7-5 victory in the second contest. The Cougars evened their season record at 5-5 overall and 3-1 in the 1-70 League. Central, now 1-6 and 1-5, has had four of its six losses come in its last at-bat. "Central has to feel a little snakebitten," South coach Kurt Wolf said. "They are a quality ballclub and I don't know if the gods of baseball aren't looking down on them or what, but we are grateful we were able to pull out that first game in our last at- bat." "When we get in that situation we just need to finish," Central coach Bill Bartow said. "We told our players that we don't want them going out there thinking something is going to happen. They should know it is going to happen and go out and get it done. "We're still holding our heads up because we are just that close. Maybe we just need to go out and thump somebody and maybe that will get us going." Neither team was doing much thumping in the opener with starters Nick Miles of South and Kadem Tharp of Central both turning in solid outings. Miles allowed only four hits before being lifted in the eighth, while Tharp threw a complete game, giving up three of his seven hits in the bottom of the eighth. Central took a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth when Tharp, who singled to lead off the inning, scored from third on a two-out wild pitch. The Cougars winning rally started with one out when Brian Sears singled to right on an 0-2 pitch. Eric Puvogel was hit by a pitch and Weston Moody singled to load the bases. Cord Charvat also was hit by a pitch to force in the tying run, and Ryan Brin lined a single over the right fielder's head to bring in Puvogel with the winning run. It was the first time in five tries See SOUTH, Page D4 JEFF COOPER / The Salina Journal South's Mick Gordon slides under the tag of Central shortstop Tim Bowen. • BASEBALL Royals stumble in ninth Bullpen falters again as Minnesota scores twice in its final at bat By DAVE CAMPBELL The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins are starting to follow their manager's philosophy about hitting. "I just wanted to put the baU in play," Corey Koskie said after his game-winning, two-run single in the ninth in- "°ya's 5 ning led Twins t h e Twins over the Kansas City Royals 6-5 Tuesday night. "That's important — not trying to overdo it," said Tom KeUy, never a fan of players who routinely try to swing for the fences. Royals closer Roberto Hernandez had recorded two saves in the last two days, but Jason Grimsley (0-1) pitched the ninth. Grimsley, who hadn't given up a run in 10% previous innings this year, only got one out. Kansas City has three blown saves this year and 59 since the start of the 1999 season. "He threw 70 pitches in three days," manager Tony Muser said of Hernandez. "That's why we didn't use him." A.J. Pierzynski led off the ninth with a broken-bat single to right, and Cristian Guzman barely beat out a drag bunt. Denny Hocking sacrificed the runners over. Matt Lawton was intentionally walked to load the bases and Koskie, who was 4-for- 4 Sunday, singled to left for a 4- for-5 night. Bob Wells (1-0) got the last four outs for Minnesota and earned his first win since Aug. 28,1999. Brian Meadows, who had allowed five runs and eight hits in each of his first two starts, pitched into the seventh but left with two on and no outs. He was charged with four runs and seven hits. "He hung in there tough against a scrappy little Minnesota club that's tough to beat," Muser said. Bonds slugs 500th homer SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds became the 17th major leaguer to hit 500 home runs Tuesday night with a drive into San Francisco Bay After Bonds hit No. 499 on Sunday against Milwaukee, the San Francisco Giants returned home to Pacific Bell Park to face the archrival Los Angeles Dodgers. With the Giants down 2-1, Bonds hit a two-run homer off Terry Adams in the eighth inning. The ball splashed into McCovey Cove beyond the right- field fence. Bonds rounded the bases and jumped with both feet on home plate before embracing his father, Bobby Bonds. • HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Salina South's David Price placed third in No. 1 singles at Tuesday's Salina South Invitational tennis meet. The Cougars, who placed fourth with 34 points, also received a third-place finish from No. 2 singles entry Kevin Pelzel. Smoky Valley tandem rolls Defending 4A state doubles champs, Johnson, Biegert hike record to 17-1 with title By CHRISTIAN D ORR The Salina Journal Entering a tournament loaded with 5A competition. Smoky Valley's Jason Johnson and Ryan Biegert were hoping to get a little bit of hearty competition Tuesday afternoon in the Salina South Invitational. No such luck. The Vikings No. 1 double tandem ran its season record to 17-1 with relative ease at Oakdale Park as the defending 4A state champions rolled to the title. "We knew there was going to be some pretty good competition up here but we are just playing very well right now," said Johnson, after they wrapped up the title with an 8-4 victory over Andover's Andy Biggs and Ben Noyes. "Our goal was to win today and we knew all we had to do was stay focused and keep the head games out of it." The doubles victory helped the Vikings to a third-place team finish in the eight-team tournament. Andover picked up the team title with 45 points while McPherson was second with 41 points followed by Smoky Valley's 36. Tournament-host Salina South finished fourth with 34 points while Salina Central, which competed with its junior varsity squad, was seventh with 13 points. "That is about where I expected us to finish because we had some pretty tough teams in here," said South coach Gary Dunlap. "Andover is very good with their two real good singles players and McPherson is very tough too. Honestly, 1 was hoping that we could get third place, but we were right in there in the hunt." Andover did walk away with both singles titles but Johnson and Biegert made sure they wouldn't do the same in doubles. Johnson and Biegert opened their day with their toughest match of the tournament, disposing of McPherson's Derek Havens and Dustin Wheeler 8-5. They followed with decisive 8-0 and 8-2 victories over teams from Salina Central and Great Bend to wrap up pool play with a perfect 3-0 record. "We played pretty good today," said Biegert, who has teammed with Johnson in doubles since the seniors were freshmen. "We made the easy shots. We just put the ball in play and let the others beat it around." In the championship match Johnson and Bigert played steady as they picked up an early break to go up 3-2 and then picked up a second break to take a 7-4 lead that allowed Biegert to serve for the match. "Our serves were on today for both of us," Johnson said. "We didn't allow anybody to get into a rhythm against us." Salina South was led by its play in the singles competition where the Cougars came away with a pair of third-place finishes. Both David Price and Kevin Pelzel went 2-1 in pool competition and won their matches in the medal round. Price defeated Smoky Valley's Cameron Carlson to claim third place in No. 1 singles, while Pelzel beat Smoky Valley's Kyle Martin for third place in No. 2 singles. Ben Wilson and John Feyerherm teammed to capture fourth place for the Cougars in No. 2 doubles with a 2-1 finish in pool play before falling to McPherson's Derek Havens and Dustin Wheeler See TENNIS, Page D4 • PRO FOOTBALL Home signs offer sheet with Chiefs Rams have until Friday night to match Chiefs' offer to retain receiver, return specialist By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tony Horne, wide receiver and kickoff returner for the St. Louis Rams, has signed a two-year of fer sheet with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Rams have until Friday night to match the offer and retain Horne, a restricted free agent who led the NFL in kickoffs with a 29.7-yard average when the Rams won the Super Bowl in 1999. Rams president Jay Zygmunt said Monday that the Rams would have to evaluate any offer before deciding whether to match it. Home's agent. Rocky Arceneaux, said he wasn't sure what the Rams would do, but added: "I have a feeling Kansas City is in pretty good shape." Home's primary role with the Rams has been as a kickoff returner and general special teams performer. With the Chiefs he would be expected to get more time at wide receiver. The Chiefs previously signed former Rams coach Dick Vermeil, giving up two draft picks. • Chiefs add two / Page D3 The two teams have talked about a deal for Rams backup quarterback Trent Green, although The Kansas City Star said Tuesday the teams were no closer on the Green deal than they were a month ago. The Rams have reportedly asked for first- and third-round draft picks for Green. The Chiefs have reportedly countered with an offer of their first-round pick. No. 12, for the Rams' first-round pick, No. 20. • COLLEGE FOOTBALL Race at QB stiU ongoing Whether it's Roberson or Dunn who will start remains unresolved By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal MANHATTAN — Ell Roberson will enter Saturday's spring football game as Kansas State's No. 1 quarterback, but don't think for a minute that anybody in the Wildcat program is taking the designation as anything more than that. TjgrSTT K-State coach t|[ Bill Snyder said II ernTC Tuesday that he onmHTi! n f iiic ^^^^^ expects the SPRIIwS GMIE quarterback batWhen: Satur- tie between '^f.y:^-^°,feM sophomore «ob.-on and hattan. junior newcomer Marc Dunn to continue through the summer and into fall two-a-days. "Marc Dunn has really worked diligently to pick up our offense and become familiar with it," Snyder said of Dunn, a transfer from Ricks College in Idaho, where he set. several national junior college passing records last fall. "He still has work to do in that regard. "1 think familiarity more than anything — he needs a comfort level with what he's doing. Once he settles in 1 think his game will pick up. He's proven that he is what we thought he would be when we recruited him." Dunn and Roberson, as well as senior Jeremy Milne and sophomore Jeff Schwinn, will take turns at quarterback in the spring game, which is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. at KSU Stadium. "All of our quarterbacks, from one to four, have made progress during the course of the spring," Snyder said. "Sometimes it's been a little sporadic, but by and large, all of them have progressed. I'm not unhappy with any of them." Roberson, who received limited playing time backing up Jonathan Beasley last year as a redshirt freshman, knows that two years of experience in the Wildcat system is what gives him the edge against Dunn. "Marc may not know a whole lot of this offense, but he does great things at the quarterback position," Roberson said. "For the things that he doesn't know, he steps in and he can take a play that he really doesn't know too much about, but he can make something happen out of the play "He's kind of like I was last year — I really didn't know too much, but I could do something ... That's how he is right now. He's picking things up a lot better than what I did when I first got here." Offensive coordinator Ron Hudson said there have been no See SPRING, Page D3 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1 •800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavidson@saljournal.com

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