The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 10, 1996 · Page 21
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THURSDAY OCltJBt-FHO, 1996 THE SALlNA JOURNAL Sports HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STANDINGS / D2 BASEBALL/D3 PRO FOOTBALL / D4 D T AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES grab Game 1 in 11, 5-4 New York ties game on controversial HR, wins in 11th on Williams' blast American By RONALD BLUM The Associated Press NEW YORK — Bernie Williams joined Chris Chambliss and Reggie Jackson, famous for October homers in Yankee Stadium. And 12-year-old Jeff Maier joined Al Gionfriddo and Sandy Amoros, famous for their postseason glove work there. Three innings after Maier stuck ' his glove over the right-field fence and turned a probable flyout into a game-tying homer, Williams hit a shot so deep g" into the left-field stands that even net couldn't have Baltimore New York !a; fishing stopped it. So instead of Baltimore winning the opener of the AL championship series, the Yankees escaped with a 5-4,11-inning victory Wednesday. "This is about as close as it comes to one play beating you," Orioles manager Davey Johnson said. Maier's move — a day too late for the Gold Glove Awards — gave an eighth-inning homer to New York's Derek Jeter that tied the score 4-4. Baltimore's Tony Tarasco had settled under Jeter's fly against the 9-foot wall in right. ; But Maier, a Little League pitcher and center fielder, stuck out his gloved left hand — Mizuno, but not even an autographed model — above Tarasco's more expensive Rawlings glove and pulled the ball away. Right field umpire Rich Garcia called it a home run, then admitted after looking at a replay that he blew the call. "I thought the ball was going out of the ballpark," Garcia said. "I saw the fan reach out; he did not reach down. In my judgment, he did not interfere with the guy attempting to catch the ball. It probably was a situation where the "ball would have hit the wall." - Garcia said that if he had looked "at a replay before the call, he .would have ruled the play a double. Tarasco disagreed. "It was like a magic trick, really. I was about to close my glove," he said. "Merlin must be in the house, abracadabra somewhere." Wednesday, Oct. 9 New York 5, Baltimore 4,11 innings, New York leads series 1-0 Thursday, Oct. 10 Baltimore (Wells 11-14) at New York (Cone 7-2), 2:07 p.m. (NBC). * Yankees' bullpen gets job done again / Page D3 Garcia he asked the other umpires for their opinions, but none saw the play well enough to overrule him. Johnson was ejected during the ensuing argument and protested because the Yankees didn't have security in the right-field corner to prevent interference. During last week's first round of the playoffs, a fan in the left-field corner reached out to catch a home run down the line by Juan Gonzalez of the Rangers. "I was told there would be security there so this would not happen," Johnson said. Security was increased — but to prevent fans from throwing anything at Roberto Alomar. Still the focus of attention after he spit at umpire John Hirschbeck on the last weekend of the regular season, Baltimore's All-Star second baseman was booed long and loud each time he went to the plate. Alomar extended his slump to 7- for-36 by going l-for-6 with three strikeouts — one on a called strike in the first that appeared to be well off the plate. He made the final out of four innings, but did manage a great defensive play when he threw out Cecil Fielder in the sixth while falling from his right knee on the center field grass. Maier's defensive play was more critical, though he didn't get to keep the ball — another fan snatched it away. "I was just trying to catch the ball," Maier, from Old Tappan, N. J., said. "I feel bad for the Baltimore fans. But as a Yankee fan, if I helped the team I feel pretty good. I think I had a right to catch it because I thought it was going to go out." The Associated Press Baltimore Orioles right fielder Tony Tarasco stretches for the ball hit by New York Yankee Derek Jeter before a young fan reaches out to try and make the catch. The eighth-Inning hit was ruled a home run that tied the game at 4-4 and the Yankees went on to win In the 11th inning on Bernie Williams' homer. Twelve-year-old Yankee fan swings Game 1 with glove on disputed homer By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Jeff Maier skipped a half-day of school to attend the first game of the American League championship series between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles. Little did the 12-year-old know he would make the game's biggest play. Maier, from Old Tappan, N.J., reached down over the right-field wall and took away from the Orioles' Tony Tarasco-what would have been a routine fly out by Derek Jeter in the eighth inning of Wednesday night's game. Tarasco was parked under the fly and reached up to make the catch, when Maier's black glove swept the ball over the fence. Right-field umpire Rich Garcia, standing on the warning track, ruled the ball was a home run, giving the Yankees a 4-4 tie. Three innings later, Bernie Williams homered deep into the left-field stands for a 5-4 New York victory in Game 1 of the AL championship series. "I was just trying to catch the ball," Maier said. "It bounced right out of my glove and bounced on the floor. I feel bad • for the Baltimore fans, but as a Yankee fan, if I helped the team, I feel pretty good." Maier didn't get his souvenir, which was snatched up by another fan. "I think I had a right to catch it because I thought it was going to go out," said Maier, attending his fifth game at Yankee Stadium. Asked if he thought he had interfered with Tarasco, Maier ' said: "I hope it didn't affect the- outcome of the game that much; but I'm a Yankees fan and I do want the Yankees to win." While Tarasco pleaded his case with Garcia, the rest of the Orioles on the field sprinted to right-. field along with manager Davey Johnson. Garcia ejected Johnson^, after a heated argument, and Yankees fans in the upper deck pelted the Orioles with debris. After the game Garcia granted that with the benefit of instant replay, he would have called it differently. T NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Braves get past Cardinals, 4-2 Lopez's tie-breaking, two-run single in eighth inning makes winner out of Atlanta, Smoltz By BEN WALKER The Associated Press '.ATLANTA — There are great expectations in Atlanta. ;; The Braves expect John Smoltz to pitch well .in the postseason. They expect Javy Lopez and Chipper Jones to get clutch hits. And the fans expect this NL championship series to be over quickly so they can really have some fun at the World Series. » That's the only way to explain the empty seats in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on Wednesday night. Lopez broke his bat on a tiebreaking, two- run single in the eighth inning and the Braves, behind yet another strong pitching performance, beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 in •invwil [HOE Gamelof theNLCS. MlMlMliimK Smoltz improved to 7-1 life. ,St. Louis 2 t i me m tne postseason, but 'Atlanta 4 that was no shocker. Baseball's defending World Series champions plan on that from the ace who led the majors in wins and strikeouts this season. ,';: ."I would say overall, this is my atmosphere. I'm comfortable in this," Smoltz said. There were, however, 3,000 unoccupied seats in the upper deck in center field. It marked the first non-sellout in the Braves' history of 28 home postseason games -7 then again, the team already has sold all of its tickets for a possible World Series. "The fans — at least the ones that showed up — saw a heck of a game," Jones said. Jones went 4-for-4, including a misplayed bunt single in the eighth, as the Braves won their eighth straight home game in the postseason. "We made some mistakes," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "When you sit back at night and think about how they scored those two runs in the eighth, it's going to grate at .you." Game 2 is scheduled for tonight, with Greg Maddux facing Todd Stottlemyre of the Cardinals. ;> Smoltz limited St. Louis to fiye hits over • Height innings. He struck out six and walked ' "two. The Associated Press St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ozzle Smith makes a diving.second-lnnlng snag Wednesday. National League Wednesday, Oct. 9 Atlanta 4, St. Louis 2, Atlanta leads series 1-0 Thursday, Oct. 10 St. Louis (Stottlemyre 14-11) at Atlanta (Maddux 15-11), 7:11 p.m. (FOX). • Cardinals come up short / Page D3 Mark Wohlers pitched a perfect ninth inning and earned the save as he did in each game of the first-round sweep of Los Angeles, during which Atlanta held the Dodgers to .147 hitting. The Cardinals had caused more trouble for Smoltz than any team throughout his career. They had gone 9-5 against him, and stopped his 14-game winning streak in June. St. Louis starter Andy Benes, who beat Smoltz in June, allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked none, and remained winless in five career postseason starts. Reliever Mark Petkovsek took the loss. Mark Lemke, who hit a two-run single earlier, drew a leadoff walk from Petkovsek in the eighth. Jones followed with a bunt that bounced high, and Petkovsek slipped trying to field it. Petkovsek whipped a throw to second baseman Luis Alicea, covering first base on the play, but Jones knocked the ball out of Alicea's glove and Lemke made it to third. "It wasn't your routine bunt back to the pitcher," La Russa said. Tony Fossas relieved and retired Fred McGriff on a popup. After Jones stole second, pinch-hitter Terry Pendleton was intentionally walked to load the bases. T.J. Mathews relieved, and Lopez, who was 3-for-25 in his career with the bases loaded, managed to hit an 0-2 pitch up the middle for a single. When the play was finished, a bat boy went to the left side of the plate to retrieve a splinter of the bat. "Sooner or later, I figured I was going to get a hit," Lopez said. "I was lucky I got it today." Lopez, though, has gotten a bunch of key October hits in the last two seasons. "He's had a good postseason just about every year," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. T COLLEGE FOOTBALL KIPs defense faces tough test in Tech Red Raiders sport potent 1 -2 punch in Lethridge, Hanspard By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal There may not be a more dangerous quarterback in the Big 12 Conference than Zebbie Lethridge of Texas Tech. Lethridge can run (178 yards) and pass (641 yards) and does both with equal success. The Red Raider senior quarterback has been on the mind of Kansas head coach Glen Mason this week because it's the Jayhawk defense which must contain Lethridge in Saturday's important Big 12 game in Lawrence. Any time you have a quarterback with that kind of mobility, it presents a problem," Mason said. "With their type of offense, you have to play great team defense. There needs to be eleven guys doing what they're supposed to be doing and hustling their butts off every play, or you are going to get hurt." Tech's offense is more than just Lethridge. That's why the Red Raiders are currently No. 2 in the Big 12 in total offense with an average of 466 yards per game. Although Lethridge is a big threat, Texas Tech is No. 2 in the country in rushing offense because of the exploits of Byron Hanspard, who is also No. 2 individually in the nation with an File photo Texas Tech's attack Is directed by quarterback Zebbie Lethridge, who is a threat both running and passing. average of 222 yards per game. Hanspard has already totaled 1,112 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground, and averages 7.7 yards every time he carries the ball. As a team, Tech has scored 93 points in its last two games (against Utah State and Baylor). "When you are number two in the country in rushing the football, two things are apparent," Mason said. "One is that you have a good offensive line, and number two, you have a pretty darn good running back. They have both of those things." Mason also knows his defense will have to play much better than it has the last two weeks if it wants to beat Tech. The Jayhawks have allowed 1,117 yards and 69 points against Utah and Oklahoma in their last two games. See KU, Page D3 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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