The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 21, 2001 · Page 33
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J THE SAUNA JOURNIAI SPORTS SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2001 D3 • HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL Sacred Heart stays perfect COUNTY SPORTS our Knights dimb to 8-0 with contrasting wins against Concordia By LARRY MORITZ Vie Saliiia Journal Sacred Heart's Softball doubleheader sweep of Concordia _afM|MMM^H included •EISu^SSSaH one con- Concordla 1 5 v i n C i n g Sacred Heart 10~6 ^in and one fortuitous victory. The Knights never trailed in the opener Friday at Bill Burke Park, leading 4-0 after the first inning on their way to a 10-1 victory Game two included four lead changes, the last when Sacred Heart scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-5 victory "Close games like that are the ones you love to win," Sa- • AMERICAN LEAGUE cred Heart coach Barry Fritz said. "It shows a lot about the character of your team and that can carry over for a long time and be beneficial if they get into this type of game again." The Knights got another strong pitching performance from senior Liz Wagoner in the opener. Wagoner allowed only two hits, both in the second inning, and faced the minimum 15 batters over the final five innings. Wagoner had all the offensive support she needed in the first inning when Ami Walters' two-run, inside the park homer put the Knights ahead 4-0. Sacred Heart added two runs in fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Concordia's Audrey Smith had a one-out triple in the second and scored on Kristie Giersch's single to right, but that would be the Panthers' final hit. Concordia's only base runner the final five innings reached on an error, but was erased on a double play Concordia's Melissa Peltier had a two-out, two-run triple in the fifth, then scored herself on a wild pitch to put her team in front 5-3. The Knights did manage to cut the lead to 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth, but still faced that one-run deficit going into the seventh. Dani Wittman's flyball to center to open the inning was dropped for a two-base error, and Wittman scored the tying run when Chelsea Hadorn's sacrifice bunt was thrown down the right field line for another error. Hadorn was thrown out attempting to advance to second on the play, but Emily Cole followed with a walk and went from first to third on Monica Neuman's single to right. Senior Sarah Weese worked the count full before hitting a fly ball into foul territory down the left field line. When the Panthers' outfielder caught the ball. Cole tagged up and scored the winning run. "Once Dani scored the tying run, the pressure was off of us," Fritz said. "Then we had the perfect girl in that situation with Sarah up there and she gets just what we need with the sacrifice fly "It was a couple of good wins because Concordia has a good team and you could tell they had a bunch of good hitters. Liz and Dani were throwing pretty good, but it was a good hitting day with the wind blowing out." Sacred Heart improved to 8-0 and has a week off before facing Abilene next Friday at Bill Burke Park. SE-Saline scores 36 runs in sweep of Beloit GYPSUM — The Southeast of Saline baseball lumberjacks were at it again Friday. The No. 1-ranked Class 3A Trojans pounded out 36 runs on 33 hits in sweeping a doubleheader from Beloit. They won the opener 15-0 in three innings as Luke Hartman pitched a perfect game. Southeast won the second game 21-10, scoring 13 runs in the bottom of the first inning after falling behind 6-0 in the top of the first. Adam Ptacek and Hartman led Southeast in the opener with two hits and three runs batted apiece. Hartman, who homered in the game, struck out four of the nine batters he faced and didn't allow a ball to be hit out of the infield. Kerry Kolzow and Chad Leister had four hits each and Ptacek three. Kolzow and Jordan Dupes drove in four runs each, Dupes' coming on two home runs, Dan Carr was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Jeremy Petty Beloit made it 13-10 with four runs in, the top of the fourth, but Southeast (10-1) scored seven in the bottom of the fourth and added two in the fifth to force the run rule. Sottball Indians squeeze past Tigers, 5-4 Diaz delivers game- winning singie in the bottom of the ninth By The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Einar Diaz hit a bases-loaded single barely beyond diving shortstop Deivi Cruz in the bottom of the ninth to give Cleveland a 5-4 win over Detroit on Friday night. With the score tied 4-4 Diaz grounded his single off Todd Jones just to the left of second base. Juan Gonzalez singled off C.J, Nitkowski (0-1) to open the Indians' ninth, Jones relieved with one out and yielded a bloop sin, gle to Ellis Burks. Pinch-hitter . Jacob Cruz walked to load the bases, and Russell Branyan struck out before Diaz singled. T NATIONAL LEAGUE Gonzalez had three hits against his former team. Tony Clark hit a two-run homer and Juan Encarnaclon had a solo shot for Detroit, both off Chuck Finley. Yankees 6, Red Sox 1 NEW YORK — Tino Martinez hit a first-inning grand slam and Andy Pettitte came within one out of a shutout for New York. The Yankees were buoyed by the return to the lineup of Bernie Williams, who missed the past 10 games to tend to his ailing father in Puerto Rico. Williams got a standing ovation from the crowd of 54,366 before his first at-bat and made a spectacular leaping catch to rob Carl Everett of a homer in the third. Orioles 6, Devil Rays 3 ST, PETERSBURG, Pla, — Willis Roberts pitched six strong Innings in his first major league start and Jay Gibbons hit a three-run double in the fourth inning for Baltimore. The Devil Rays dropped to 0-3 under new manager Hal McRae and have lost five in a row overall. Roberts (2-0), filling in for the injured Sidney Ponson, gave up one run and five hits. David Segui hit a solo homer in the Orioles' eighth. Four of Baltimore's six homers this year have come against Tampa Twins 4, White Sox 1 CHICAGO — Brad Radke became the majors' first four-game winner and Corey Koskie hit a go-ahead homer for Minnesota. The 12-3 start is the Twins' best through 15 games since their 1972 team ran out to the same record. Radke(4-0) allowed seven hits — Includiny Frank Thomas' check-swing RBI single in the first — and pitched his first complete game this season while beating the White Sox for the second time in less than a week. Rangers 9, Athletics 6 ARLINGTON, Texas — Darren Oliver, winless in his final 10 starts last season, won his fourth straight game as the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 9-6 Friday night. Oliver joined Minnesota's Brad Radke as the only four- game winners in the major leagues. The Texas left-hander is 4-0 for the second time in his career, thought his 4-0 record in 1994 came as a reliever for the Rangers. Phillies' big seventh sinks Braves, 8 -3 Abilene deals SE-Saline first two losses GYPSUM — Abilene pitchers Bobbi Smith and Becky Smart tossed complete games as the Cowgirls swept a Softball doubleheader ft:om Southeast of Saline Friday The losses were Southeast's first of the season and drop the Trojans to 6-2. Smith allowed three hits in the opener as Abilene won 2 -1, Smart gave up six hits and Abilene overcame four errors en route to a 3 -2 victory in the nightcap, "Offensively we didn't have much of a day," Southeast coach Mike Garrotson said. "The four pitchers were in charge. The south wind did not help any. It blows in at our diamond. We ended up on the bad end of two close games," Both Trojan pitchers threw well also. Charly Bloom gave up seven hits in the first game. Jamie Schropp surrendered four in second. South posts league sweep atTopeka High TOPEKA — Salina South overcame a weather related delay and its opponents from Topeka High, sweeping an 1-70 League doubleheader at Dornwood Park. The Cougars had 14 hits in a 4-0 victory in the opener. After, a nearly 40-minute delay early in the second game. South closeid '. out the day with a 3-1 victory to improve its record to 8-0 overall, 4-0 in league play "Topeka High played a couple of good games and we didn't hit as well as I would like," South coach Daryl Hoelting said. "We got a lot of hits, but we just didn't seem to get the big hits we needed to break the game open." The top four hitters in the Cougars' batting order combined for 13 hits. Kelsey Nordstrom had four hits while Melissa Ferguson, Shelby Eastep and Betsy Wilson had three hits apiece. Each of Ferguson's three hits were doubles, and Laura Banninger had a two-run single in the opener. Nordstrom (4-0) tossed a complete game two-hitter, while Wilson (4-0) allowed only three hits in the second contest. The Cougars have two key 1-70 League doubleheaders next week, starting with Manhattan at South High on Tuesday, and two games Thursday at Junction City Tennis By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Pinch- hitter Kevin Jordan's grand slam capped a six-run seventh inning as Philadelphia beat , Atlanta 8-3 Friday night. .• The Phillies, who tied the Chicago Cubs for the worst record in the majors last season, are in first place in the NL •' East at 9-6. Wayne Gomes (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win. ' Starter Omar Daal, a 19-game loser last season, allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. Andruw Jones homered and Chipper Jones added an RBI double for the Braves, who had won four of six. Atlanta (8-9), is under .500 this late in the season for the first time since starting 12-13 in 1993. Marlins 5, Expos 1 MIAMI — Preston Wilson hit two home runs and Jason Gril- 11 allowed three hits over seven innings to lead Florida. Wilson, who began the game with only one homer, hit a two- run shot in the third off Tony Armas (0-4) and added a solo homer in the eighth. Grilli (2-1) limited the Expos to a single by Armas in the third. Cubs 8, Pirates 2 PITTSBURGH — Sammy Sosa hit a grand slam in the ninth off Jose Silva, the first grand slam in PNC Park. Sosa has six homers in 12 games. It was his fifth career slam. The Cubs won their sixth in seven games — they are 4-0 against Pittsburgh — and are 11-5 for the first time since 1985, when they opened 17-8. Reds 9, Mets 5 CINCINNATI — Barry Larkin's first career grand slam capped a six-run second inning for Cincinnati. Larkin, who broke in with the Reds in 1986, had led all active major league players in at- bats without a slam at 6,734 be­ fore connecting against Al Leiter (0-3). Aaron Boone had a two-run homer and Jason LaRue drove in two with a single and double. Osvaldo Fernandez (3-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. Astros 10, Cardinals 1 HOUSTON — Moises Alou drove in three runs in his first start of the season for Houston and St. Louis starter Rick Ankiel again struggled with his control. Alou, who has been on the disabled list with a strained right calf, was 2-for-4 with a double and scored a run. Central dominates in winning Newton meet NEWTON — Salina Central's tennis team swept all four divisions Friday on the way to a first-place finish in the Newton Invitational. The Mustangs did not lose a match on the way to amassing the maximum 32 points in the eight- team tournament. Hutchinson was second with 19 points and Newton third with 15. In No. 1 singles, Brett Taylor dropped only four | games — all in a 9-4 semifinal victory Nathan Martin was down 3-0 in his No. 2 singles final, but came back to win 9-5. The No. 1 doubles team of Cole Graham and Aaron Martin breezed through three matches without losing more than three games in any of them. Jeremy Zimmer and Leighton LaPierre rallied from a 7-5 deficit in their No. 2 doubles final to force a tiebreaker, winning it 7-5. The Mustangs play at Junction City today, but will take primarily junior varsity players. They play host for the Central Invitational next Saturday at Oakdale Park. Knights / Yield one Central / Three finish among top 10 hit in second game FROM PAGE C1 FROM PAGE C1 11 runs during their seven- game win streak. Sacred Heart actually trailed in the opener when Concordia (6-6) scored three runs in the top of the second. But Chris Neihouse and Walters had two- run singles to put the Knights ,up 4-3 in the bottom of the inning. Concordia's final run of the day tied the score in third, before Sacred Heart took the lead for good with two more runs in its half of the inning. Dechant gave way to sophomore Brian Bechard in the fifth, with Bechard pitching three scoreless innings to get , the save, Neihouse provided • some breathing room in the bot- ,, tom of the sixth with his two- out, three-run homer to left, "Chris Neihouse is hitting the ball real well right now," Mick said, Three Sacred Heart pitchers combined for a one-hitter in the second game. Matt Ryan started and went the first two inning, before Walters worked the third and fourth. Concordia's lone hit came from Jacob Strait, who led off the fourth with a double to deep center. Senior Nick Sheahon threw the fifth and had one out in the top of the sixth when the game was halted because of severe weather concerns. The Knights led 5-0 after two innings. Bechard had a two-out, two-run single in the first. Freshman Michael Ratcliff scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 and Neihouse drove in his sixth and seventh runs of the game with a two-run single of his own. Sacred Heart pulled away with another four runs in the fourth, all with two outs. Jeremy Phetteplace drove in one run and Dustin Pestinger had two RBI In the Inning. the day "I had a lot of pars and a few bogeys," Barnett said. "I kept waiting for another birdie chance to come around. I had a bunch of chances." Barnett was one of three Central golfers to claim top 10 finishes as Adam Lebahn fired a 38-38—76 for a tie for fourth place and Lee Post shot 38-39— 77 to tie for seventh. "We are getting better," Central coach Chris Crank said. "I kind of expected that we would win this thing today and I thought that 309 would probably do it. I'm disappointed with how we scored. Emporia just played excellent today." South was paced by Matt McGinley' 38-42—80, putting him in a tie for 10th individually. All six of the Cougar golfers shot 86 or better. "The kids battled and hung in there," South coach Dan Smith said. "On the backside some of them were getting down after getting some bad breaks, but that's the way golf is. "We are getting closer. We're shooting good scores in prac- itce, we just haven't put it all together in a tournament yet. Hopefully we can peak in a couple of weeks when region- als come around." TM HE IS RISEN! Elizabeth Bryan By appointment Salina 785-822-0912 meet me at 321 North Ninlh I 823-6109 ;^ MoaWdwayOpeRing Tonight! • IMCA Modified • Super Stock • IMCA Hobby Stock • Mini-Stock Gates open at 5:30 p.in. Races start at 7;S0 p.in. Adults $7"»« Kids B-14$? -Jill,* Candy Water TrcJatinent Specialists """'s^s!!;';';' . .1 W Lane Reclining Furniture 131 S. Santa Fe • 132 S. 5th • Downtown Salina 785-827-7171

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