The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 20, 2001 · Page 19
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THE SALINA JOURMAI SPORTS FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2001 C3 THIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Central splits with Junction Mustangs come back to grab 15-14 win in opener of twin bill By LARRY MORITZ [^'pieSalina Journal The Salina Central baseball squad finally had a close game go its way. After losing four games by one run, aU when their opponents scored in their final at-bat, the Mus- HIGH SCHOOL Junction City 14 14 Salina Central 15 2 tangs turned the tables Thursday ' night against Junction City After trailing by as many as seven runs earlier in the game, Central scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to grab a 15-14 victory over the Blue Jays in the opener of an 1-70 League doubleheader at Evans Stadium. The Mustangs showed some signs of weariness in game two, .as Junction City earned the split with a 14-2 victory that ended by the run rule after five innings. It was the eighth game in seven days for Central, forcing coach BiU Bartow to use nearly every pitcher he had on his roster Seven Mustangs threw at least one inning on Thursday "Our pitchers were getting a little tired," Bartow said. "But both games I thought we hit the ball well. They were falling for hits in the first game but they didn't in the second." Central is now 2-7 overall and 2-6 in league play The Mustangs victory was their second extra- inning game in three days, after falling to Salina South in eight innings Tuesday, 4-3. Central's game-winning rally started with one out in the eighth. Tim Bowen reached on .an error and moved to second 'when Frankie Hutchinson drew a base on balls. Ken Baxa then drove the first pitch he saw into the left-center field gap, scoring both runners with ease. Central trailed 11-4 going into the bottom of the sixth, but sent 13 men to the plate in the inning and scored nine runs to take its first lead. The big inning included RBI singles for Dustin Fross and Ken Baxa, while Frankie Hutchinson drove in fovu: runs with two triples. Hutchinson's second came with two outs and the bases loaded, putting his team ahead 13-11. "We just said 'Let's get one run at a time' and we strung a few hits in a row," Bartow said. "Everybody went up there with some confidence and made some good things happen. It was nice to see us swing the bats like that and battle back." Joe DeVine's two-out single on an 0-2 pitch got the Blue Jays tied in the top of the seventh and Junction City scored a run in the eighth without a base hit. A leadoff walk, a wild pitch and a two-base fielding error put the Blue Jays up 14-13. Devine played a big part in the Blue Jays fast start in game two. He drove in his team's first five runs with a double in the first inning and a grand slam in the second. "This is a resilient group," said Junction City coach Dave Svoboda, a 1982 Central graduate. "I was pretty tough on them between games and to their credit, they came back and swung the bats well." Central pitchers walked nine and hit two batters in the second game. Seven of the 11 free passes came around to score. "We walked way too many people and too many ended up scoring," Bartow said. "We talk aU the time about how you can't defend the base on balls." Daniel Romans had two of his team's four hits in the second game and scored both runs. Ka- dem Tharp, Brandon Stephenson, Hutchinson and Bowen had three hits apiece in the opener, while BUly Sanders had his first home run this season. COUNTY SPORTS Sonball Junction City sweeps Central Junction City and Salina Central locked up in a pair of pitching ' duels Thursday at BiU Burke Park with the Mustangs coming out on the short end of 2-0 and 3-1 scores in high school softbaU. Junction City improved to 10-0 for the season, whUe Central dropped to 1-5. Central pitchers' Curry Brovra and Amanda Finan allowed just six hits in 15 innings, but the Mustangs had seven errors. "We have nothing to hang our heads about against a team of this caliber," Central coach Jim LoVullo said. "We played 15 innings and 12 of them were good ones." Brown (1-2) and JC's Jackie Handlos hooked up in the opener Brown didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning. The Mustangs tied the second game at 1-1 in the fifth inning, but couldn't score any more runs despite having tlie bases loaded with no one out. Finan (0-3) took the loss despite allowing just three hits in eight innings, striking out four and walking just one. Swimming Central claims team title at El Dorado EL DORADO — Salina Central won six events Thursday to take home the team championship in the El Dorado swimming and diving invitational. The Mustangs won all three relay events and finished with 185 points. McPherson was second with 162, whUe El Dorado edged out Salina South by one point for third place. Three Mustangs — Sarah Donley, Danielle Boyer and Katie Donley — each swam on the first-place 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay teams and won an individual event. Sarah Donley won the 200 individual medley with a school record time of 2:24.09 and finished second in the 100 butteiily by tying the school record of 1:05.24. Boyer won the 50 freestyle event and was second in the 100 firee style, whUe Katie Donley finished first in the 100 backstroke and sixth in the 100 butterfly ' Tori Smith and Emily Allred swam on two first-place relay teams as weU. Smith also fmished second in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. Salina South was paced by Jennifer Lampe, who was fourth in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 100 butterfly, and Jessica Jones, who placed third in the 50 freestyle and sixth in the 100 freestyle. Tracic Central girls take second at Buhler BUHLER — The Salina Central girls won five individual events and one relay to place second in the team standings Thursday at the Buhler Invitational track and field meet. The Mustangs finished with 111 points to trail only Buhler with 124 Vi, while the Central boys placed fifth in the team standings. Sali- Tia South finished sixth in both the boys and girls standings, but both Cougar squads were without several athletes who will compete in this weekend's KU Relays. Central's Ashleigh Keats won both the javelin (123-6) and 100-meter hurdles (15.18), and wiU compete in both events at the KU Relays. Melissa Burns broke her own school record by clearing 9-feet-6 to place second in the pole vault. Central also had first-place finishes from Jessica Jones in the triple jump (34-1), Elizabeth Ravenkamp in the discus (124-6) and Bonnie Snyder in the long jump (16-4 Vi). Keats, Snyder, Nichole Flores and Telina Robei-tson ran a 52.75 to win the 400-meter relay Central's Donnie Anders won three individual events, taking first in the long jump and both the 100 and 200 dashes. The Mustangs boys also had a gold medal performance from Jason Boyer in the discus. The South boys had a pair of fu-st-place fmishes from sophomore Matt Foutch in the hurdles. South swept the top three places in the 300 hurdles with Foutch followed by teammates Justin Ebert and Jake Bixby The lone gold for the South girls came from Sara Mueting in the 300 hurdles. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL The Diamondback Gem Associated Press Arizona's Luis Gonzalez currently leads the major leagues with 10 home runs. Fast start has Arizona's Gonzalez just two homers shy of setting a new home run mark for month of April By The Associated Press ST LOUIS — On the list of fastest home-run starts in major league history, one name doesn't seem to belong. Mike Schmidt, Willie Stargell, Barry Bonds, Gary Sheffield and Larry Walker all have hit 11 home runs in April, tied for the NL record. Luis Gonzalez, never known as a slugger, is one long fly ball away from joining that group. In Arizona's first 14 games, Gonzalez connected 10 times. That's only two games slower than Schmidt's 1976 record. In his record 70-homer season in 1998, Mark McGwire didn't hit his 10th homer until his 23rd game. Three more homers in the next 10 games, and he'll tie the major league mark for April set by Ken Griffey Jr. for Seattle in 1997. "It's been fun for us to watch," Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace said. As recently 1997, Gonzalez totaled 10 homers in 550 at-bats in an entire season with the Astros. He says going to an open stance a few years ago is a big factor in his increased production, but also knows he can't possibly keep at his present pace of one homer every 5.7 at-bats. "I'm not trying to figure it out," Gonzalez said. "I'm just having fun." For now. National League pitchers beware. "I don't see anything different in his swing," said the Cardinals' Dustin Hermanson, victimized for a two-run homer on Tuesday "He's just on fire." Gonzalez, 33, is a late bloomer, having found stardom in Arizona after knocking around for years with the Astros, Cubs and Tigers. He's coming off the first two 100-RBl seasons of his career, and he batted .336 and .311 the last two years. "For some guys, the light bulb just goes on a little bit later," manager Bob Brenly said. "He's gotten to a stage in his life where he's very comfortable with his approach." Before, Gonzalez was more of a gap hitter. Last year he hit a career-best 47 doubles, but he didn't hit his 10th homer until May 27. He finished with a career- high 31 homers. "He doesn't have a typical power hitter's swing," Brenly said. "Mark McG­ wire, you can tell. Matt Williams, you ' can tell. They're trying to generate power "Other guys do it very smoothly, very naturally, almost effortlessly and that's what 1 would say about Gorizo." Why is this happening? For one thing, Gonzalez said hitting third behind Jay Bell and ahead of Williams, both of whom have gotten off to good starts, is a factor. He also said it helps that he's not swinging for the seats. Brenly isn't trying to analyze the situation, calling it a "fluke," and Gonzalez is as surprised as anyone to find himself in elite company, "I'm kind of awestruck about it because of who the players are," Gonzalez said. "It's kind of weird to see your name thrown in. "Something like this, you just try to kind of ride the wave as long as you can." This year, he ended his longest drought, nine at-bats, when he hit a two- run shot to straightaway center off Hermanson on Tuesday Now, he's one of the guys pitchers avoid. "I don't know about fearing me," Gonzalez said. "But there's been some situations where you feel like they're throwing around you." Mustangs / Controlled action in 2nd half FROM PAGE C1 ball and lofted a 30-yarder over goalkeeper Alison Adams into the top left corner "That was a goal shot," Rosales said. "I like that shot and I always try to take it, especially when I'm unmarked. "It's a fun shot because you have nothing to lose. The wind definitely helps." The Mustangs, who forced the action the entire first half, got their second goal in the 20th minute, by winning the ball near the top of the penalty area. Forward Jill Everett Cagerz / To scrimmage on Sunday FROM PAGE C1 expected to look at as the season goes along. The other five are former Cagerz who played in Salina last season — Reggie Bassette, Tony Kitt, Billy Thomas, Martin Lewis and Gerald Walker Bassette is currently playing in Germany and Kitt in Belgium. Thomas and Lewis are members of the Cincinnati Stuff of the International Basketball League, while Walker is attending classes at San Francisco University Flax said Walker could be available to the Cagerz as early as next week. The Cagerz are scheduled to go through two practices Saturday and another Sunday morning before participating in an in- trasquad game Sunday night at Salina South High School. At South, the Cagerz will play two 12-minute quarters against a team of area high school seniors beginning at 6 p.m., followed by an intrasquad scrimmage of two 12-minute quarters. Admission is $2.00 per person. The Cagerz open April 29 at Dodge City Their home opener is May 11 against Lakeland. touched it to fellow attacker Martina Gonzales, who let fly from 15 yards and buried it in the right side of the net. South could not match Central's offensive push in the second half as the Mustangs challenged for every ball from the front back. "I thought they were a little more aggressive than us," said South coach J.C. Walsh, whose Cougars fell to 6-4 and 1-1 in the league. "That first goal, I thought, shocked us a minute and a half into the game. "I thought we tried a little too hard in the second half and we weren't very relaxed, until the very end. They're a good team and the core of that (Central) team has played together for about nine years now." Berner said he was concerned about South's firepower in the second half, and the Cougars did put some long free kicks on goal late in the game. Katy Lorson fired over the net from 25 yards in the 59th minute, and Central keeper Ashley Young easily handled long shots by Lorson and Erica Dechant in the 6th and 80th minutes. "With Erica (Dechant) and Katy (Lorson) and Katy (Conway), they're strong enough to take shots from 20 to 30 yards out with accuracy," Berner said. "But we limited their shot opportunities. "This was a good win, besides that, it was an 1-70 League win." The two teams face each other again May 7, but it will not count in the league standings. South returns to action Tuesday at Manhattan, then travels to to Hays on Friday, while Central is at Topeka High on Tuesday and plays host to Manhattan on Thursday PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL Sunday, April 22 at 6 p .iii Salina South High School $2 Admission Admission will be donated back to area booster clubs. 5:00 p.m. /lii^ \-r Autograph session with the (JRGEIS. 5:15 p.m. ^ > 3 Point Contest Sponsored by the gaUna Joumal Connecting communities with infonmtion

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