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B4 MONDAY. OCTOBER 14, 1996 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL BASEBALL PLAYOFFS TGOLF Rookie Young delivers key hit in St. Louis' win American Association batting champ knocks pinch-hit, two-run triple By The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — The player the Atlanta Braves probably feared the least ended up hurting them the most. A two-run seventh-inning triple by rookie pinch-hitter Dmitri Young, the American Association batting champion this year but an unknown quantity in the major leagues, was the big hit in the St. Louis Cardinals' 4-3 comeback victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the National League championship series Sunday night. Who? Young, who turned 23 on Friday, was a rather large shortstop when the Cardinals took him with the fourth pick of the June 1991 draft. Considering he weighed about 260 pounds at one point, the team moved him to third base and then to first as he began a slow climb to the major leagues. The Cardinals know his best position: hitter. He batted .333 at Triple-A Louisville this year with 15 home runs, eight triples and 64 RBIs before being called up Aug. 29—just in time for postseason eligibility. He certainly was the right guy against Braves reliever Greg McMichael in the seventh inning. "Dead fastball hitter," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "We throw him three straight change- ups and a fastball and he knocked the (stuffing) out of it." Cardinals manager Tony La Russa had plenty of choices in the pinch and he had difficulty putting into words why he did what he did. More seasoned hands were on the bench, including Ozzie Smith, Luis Alicea, Mark . Sweeney and Danny Sheaffer. But just as he has in all three of ! the Cardinals' LCS victories, La Russa pushed the right buttons. "He's a good-looking hitter, so •UkttldUfjlt NBtHMIn Sunday's Score St. Louis 4, Atlanta 3, St. Louis leads series 3-1 Tonight (FOX) Atlanta at St. Louis, 6:09 p.m. why not there?" La Russa said. "It's exactly what he did in Louisville and I don't think an- body on our bench was surprised. I wouldn't make too much of the decision." Well, maybe a few people would. Starting with Young himself. "I was kind of shocked," Young said. "I'm just a young guy coming up and having fun." Alicea, who walked after Young's hit, also was a bit perplexed. But he wasn't about to second-guess the manager. "Yeah, I'm surprised," Alicea said. "But I'm glad he made the call. He pulled the right guy out of the hat. I thought he was going to hit a home run." The Cardinals got only two hits off Braves starter Denny Neagle over 62/3 innings. Young, who batted .333 for Triple-A Louisville, changed all that when he lined a pitch from McMichael off the wall in left-center to cut the gap to 3-2. Without Young's contribution, the series might be tied. Instead, the Cardinals are up 3-1 and can close out the defending World Champions in Game 5 tonight at Busch Stadium. A year ago, Young was in Hermosilla, Mexico, preparing to play winter ball. "You watch them come through and you watch his excitement when he comes back to the bench and the way everybody greets him," La Russa said. "I mean, this is the high point of his life and it's a lot of fun to see it." The Associated Press St. Louis Cardinal Brian Jordan is hoisted in the air by a teammate after belting a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning in Sunday's 4-3 victory against the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium. Cardinals / St. Louis comes through late FROM PAGE B1 The surprising victory was St. Louis' third straight in the series. A misplayed bunt was the key to winning Game 2, and Ron Gant's two long homers off his former team won Game 3. This, however, might have been the most unlikely win of all. "We're not dumb," winning pitcher Dennis Eckersley said. "The team came together over the last half of the season. So if you're going to talk about our team right now, you can say a bunch of great things." Home runs by Ryan Klesko and Mark Lemke helped the Braves take a 3-0 lead. St. Louis, meanwhile, seemed to have nothing going when its first two batters made outs in the seventh. Then, the Cardinals struck. John Mabry singled, Tom Pag- nozzi walked and Neagle was pulled for sidearmer Greg McMichael. Up stepped Young. Batting for Mike Gallego and hitting for just the second time in the postseason, Young lined a two-run triple off the wall. Royce Clayton followed by beating out a chopper to McMichael for a single that tied it. Jordan, who played defensive back for the Atlanta Falcons through 1991, homered into the Cardinals bullpen in left with one out in the eighth off McMichael. It was Jordan's two-run homer in the ninth inning that gave the Cardinals a clinching win over •San Diego in the first round of the playoffs. Eckersley got the last out in the eighth and worked around a leadoff double by Jermaine Dye in the ninth. Yankees beat Orioles at own game •New York slugs 10 home runs : in series, including three in Sunday's six-run third inning By The Associated Press ' BALTIMORE — The Yankees beat the Orioles at their own game. Baltimore set a major-league record for home runs in a season, hitting 257. In the AL championship series, though, the Yankees were king of the long ball. New York hit 10 home runs, the Orioles nine. The Yankees hit three in the third inning alone Sunday, the huge reason why they won the game 6-4 and the best-of-7 series 4-1. "I think the reason we out-homered them was because we pitched a little better," New York manager Joe Torre said. Darryl Strawberry led the charge for the Yankees with three homers, while Bernie ; Williams and Cecil Fielder had two each. - "We have guys that are capable," Torre not- 1 ed. "Bernie Williams, when you get in one of . those streaks like he's been in, and of course Darryl hit two yesterday, so you're hopeful . about today." ! Strawberry didn't disappoint — he homered ; in a six-run third inning that carried New • York to victory. : T PRO BASKETBALL American League Sunday's Score New York 6, Baltimore 4, New York wins series 4-1 WORLD SERIES (FOX) Saturday, Oct. 19 NL champion at New York, 7:01 p.m. Bonllla battles Orioles manager Davey Johnson played Bobby Bonilla again Sunday, even though the slumping outfielder entered the game in an O-for-16 funk. "He's been one of our big guns, and if I sit him down, who do I play? He's been with us all year and been a big factor why we're here," Johnson said. "He's capable of breaking out of a slump at any time." The trend continued Sunday until Bonilla's final at-bat, when he hit a home run to finish the series l-for-20. Old hat Most major leaguers go through at least two or three hats a season. Yankees closer John Wetteland, on the other hand, is still wearing the cap he was issued at spring training. It has nothing to do with superstition. "I've pitched with other hats. I'll lose it for a day or two, get another hat, go out there, get the win," Wetteland said. "It's not like I need this hat to win." Remember Orioles? Now that Baltimore has been eliminated from the playoffs, manager Davey Johnson figures his team will be nothing more than a footnote in baseball history. "Nobody will remember the runner-up in the ALCS," he said. "You really haven't done anything unless you win the American League pennant." The Orioles were the first wild-card team to ever win a playoff series, however. Proven wrong Darryl Strawberry, who at times during his troubled career has seemed to be a fixture on the front pages of New York tabloids, was asked Tuesday if he felt sorry for Roberto Alomar, a tabloid target after his spitting incident with umpire John Hirschbeck. "Don't matter to me," Strawberry said then, reflecting on his calmer lifestyle these days. "I'm never going to be on there again." It didn't take long for Strawberry to be proven wrong. In Game 4, he homered twice in the Yankees' 8-4 victory over Baltimore. The headline on Sunday's New York Post? "STRAW DOES IT!" Strieker sparks U.S. to its third Dunhill Cup title Strieker wins all five matches as U.S. edges New Zealand in finals By The Associated Press ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Steve Strieker, who failed to qualify for last year's British Opoen at St. Andrews, helped the United States beat New Zealand 2-1 Sunday and win its third Dunhill Cup title. Earlier in the day, the United States defeated Sweden in the semifinals of the $468,000 event in a match in which Phil Mickelson got into a nasty exchange with Jarmo Sandelin. Strieker shot a 5-under-par 67 to beat Grant Waite by six strokes. Strieker was the only player to win all five matches in the competition. That clinched a third Dunhill Cup victory for the United States after Mark O'Meara had lost to Frank Nobilo and Phil Mickelson had beaten Greg Turner. Nobilo shot a 69 to win by three and Mickelson scored an identical victory over Turner. "It's been an enjoyable week," Strieker said. "It's been an honor to be on the team and to get to know these guys. It's a week I won't forget." Strieker failed to make the field for the 1995 British Open when he was penalized four strokes in the qualifying round for having too many clubs in his bag. Playing the famous Old Course for the first time in competition, he won his five Dunhill Cup matches with rounds of 68, 75, 70, 70 and 67. Strieker holed birdie putts of 8 and 3 feet at the first two holes to go ahead but Waite rallied by chipping in for an eagle two at the 463- yard fourth and followed it with a birdie at the fifth to go ahead. At the eighth, Strieker holed a 5- footer for par while Waite missed from 4 feet to bogey and the American swung the match his way again with a 10-foot birdie putt at the ninth to go out in 33. Two more birdies at 10 and 13 meant he had five threes in a row and Waite bogeyed the 12th to give the American a four-stroke lead. Strieker parred the last six holes while Waite had a double bogey at 17 to fall even further behind. In the semifinal victory over Sweden, Mickelson not only lost his match against Sandelin but also was involved in an exchange of words with the Swede. After Meara had beaten Peter Hedblom 68-74 and Strieker had carded a 70 to down Patrik Sjoland by three, Mickelson's result didn't matter. But after he tumbled by three to Sandelin, who shot a 68, it ended in acrimony. Sandelin said after the match that Mickelson, who leads the money list on the PGA tour, had made uncomplementary comments about his game and also accused the Swede of not showing him respect on the course by effectively cheering his own winning putts. T JUNIOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL O'Neal miffed at Anderson, not Hardaway \ Shaq says ex-teammate : refused to accept being \ a role player with Magic : By STEVE ASCHBURNER ^ Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune '• First the gloves came off be: tween J.R. Rider and the Minneso- ;ta Timberwolves. Next, it was • Shaquille O'Neal in a hissing : match with his former club. • We'll let the Big Man go first: Contrary to popular belief, Shaq claimed he didn't have a problem playing with Anfernee Hardaway. But, get this, he did chafe with Nick Anderson because Anderson wouldn't ac: cept his lot in life as a role player. That, at least, is how O'Neal saw •Anderson. So when coach Brian ' Hill came to Anderson's defense be; hind closed doors, a gulch opened between Hill and the center. "Yeah. His boy," O'Neal said of Anderson. "Those guys got to be role players — I'm the first option, Penny's the second option. Our offense was so easy: (teams) are going to double me. If guys do what they're supposed to do and guys know basketball, they're going to get shots. "Instead, they're worried about (O'Neal uses a whiney voice), 'Oh, you're getting too many calls, you're getting all the media attention.' You know what I'm saying? Dumb stuff. I used to go in the locker room and get on guys, and (Hill) would say, 'Don't do that. You're gonna hurt his feelings.'" The Magic, meanwhile, became disenchanted with O'Neal's growing and increasingly intrusive entourage, camp, posse, people or whatever else you want to call it. General manager John Gabriel said: "I think he's genuinely a great guy. But as I began to hear from more people around him about how he should be treated different and special, you always get a concern when one of your leaders is more 'me' than 'we,' and I'll leave it it that." Maybe Orlando just got what it deserved, after kissing up to O'Neal for the past few years in the hope that he would look kindly on them and re-sign. Remember his extended absence for a grandmother's funeral, during which time he was seen dancing in Atlanta night clubs rather than mourning in New Jersey? The Magic still popped for a charter flight to retrieve O'Neal's family back to Orlando. Rider, by the way, missed some practice time in Portland because of an upset stomach. "I'm sort of a picky eater, and I haven't really liked the food we've been getting at our hotel," he said. Then, of course, he was excused from the final scrimmage of camp to appear in court back in the Twin Cities. No more Mr. Nice guy Grant Hill, always a class act, will try to scruff up his image, at least on the court. "I'm tired of getting beat up and getting up off the floor all the time," Hill said. "I'm going to be more aggressive and take better care of myself out there this year." In scrimmages, he has been mixing it up verbally and physically with Pistons teammates with the blessing of coach Doug Collins' staff. Miscellaneous Since the Atlanta Hawks tried in vain to dump Ken Norman's four-year contract, the surly forward, Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens and GM Pete Babcock held a supposedly successful peace summit. Like they had a choice? ... Denver fired Doug Moe after posting a 43-39 record in 198990. But the Nuggets haven't matched it since. With Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf gone, Bryant Stith could become a go-to guy for Denver. But he's not used to the status; on the first day of camp, a pass from Mark Jackson hit him in the face because he wasn't expecting the ball ...The Jimmy Jackson-Jason Kidd feud reportedly calmed down after Jackson invited his Dallas backcourt mate home for lunch on the first day of camp. Ogrin holds on for first PGA victory By The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — David Ogrin hung on after a potentially disastrous triple bogey to beat Jay Haas and a charging Tiger Woods on,; Sunday at the Texas Open for his first victory in 14 years on the PGA Tour. Despite Ogrin's triple bogey at the par-3 sixth hole,, and a closing bogey, the 38-' year-old Texan carded a"n;.; even-par 72 to finish 13 un-«. der at 275. Haas closed with a 70 to finish a stroke back,, and Woods was another shot: behind after a final-round 61. Ogrin, who had led since Friday and entered the final round three stokes ahead of. Haas and seven in front of Woods, nearly blew the tournament at the sixth. His tee shot hit a cart path and rolled into a creek. It took Ogrin three more", strokes to reach the green, then he two-putted. His fiasco was Haas' opportunity. He had birdied the previous hole and made par on' No. 6 to tie for the lead. But Ogrin fought back and birdied the next four holes to lead Haas by four strokes before he bogeyed two in a, row. ;•• Sorenstam ties season-low mark KUTZTOWN, Pa. — Antiika Sorenstam pulled away from Laura Davies on Sunday to win the'in- augural Betsy King LPGA Classic with an 18-under-par 270 total that tied the season low for a 72-hole tournament. ";;" > Sorenstam, who shot a 4-under 6# for her second win of the year,; .matched Trish Johnson's total at last month's Fieldcrest Cannon Classic: ' The win in the $600,000 tourna'-; ment was worth $90,000 and boosted Sorenstam's season total to $667,311, good for third place on the money list. '"••', Davies, who would have moved into first place on the money list with a win, shot a 73 Sunday arid finished at 278. Bland captures Seniors event NAPA, Calif. — South Africa^ John Bland birdied the final ,twp holes to beat Jim Colbert by a stroke at the $700,000 Transamerica'" Se-1 niors for his his fourth victory'iJjns! year. •I" 1 '"!; Bland fashioned a 66 out oEfjoyf birdies and an eagle 66 to finish 12 under par at 204. Jim Colbert's closing 66- made him a runner-up, "' ' Jayhawk Conference^ top four teams cruise Hutchinson, Butler Co., Garden City, Coffeyville win by average of 46 By The Associated Press The Jayhawk Community College Conference's post-season playoffs begin in two weeks and the top four teams in the eight- team pack will definitely have plenty of confidence under their belts. The upper division teams won by an average 46 points, with Hutchinson scoring a school- record 83 points and the other three winners reaching at least 49 points in Saturday's games. Hutchinson pounded Dodge City 83-34; Butler County shut out Highland 53-0; Garden City bested Independence 50-7; and Coffeyville crushed Fort Scott 49-10. Coffeyville leads the JCCC with a 6-0 mark, but is at second-place Garden City (5-1) on Saturday in one of four final regular season games. "The top four teams are just better than they've been in previous years," said Coffeyville Coach Skip Foster of the disparity. "There's a separation of teams, at least for this year." "The teams who won got their second and third teams to play a lot and that's good going into the playoffs," s£#d Butler County Coach James Shibest. "And every team wants momentum going at this point of the season." Dodge City led Hutchinsoj£,g^ after one quarter, but a 36-pojjit second quarter barrage gave M thjb Blue Dragons an insurmountable 43-16 halftime lead. Hutchinson totaled 534 yards, but no player rushed for morfe, than 100 yards. Ten Blue Dragons scored. ' ' It was a school record for most points in a game for Hutchinson and the first time since 1982 that a JCCC team had scored more than 80 points. Butler County totaled. 51? yards as quarterback CrAijj Strickland hit l3-of-21 passea^tr 272 yards and four TDs wfttfe playing in only the first ,fcalf against Highland. Garden City freshman Tyson Wilson went over the l,000-yfi?d rushing mark in only five gpQ<»s by gaining 190 on 12 carrieC^fl- eluding TDs of 38 and 80 yards, against Dodge City. Wilson-has 1,061 yards on 99 carries. Darnell McDonald had TD passes of 5, 18 and 36 yards as Garden City totaled 531 yards. Coffeyville's rushing game, Np. 1 in the conference, kept pace by gaining 465 against Fort Scott-.:,' Sophomore I-back Mike Jenkins scored TDs of 3, 11 and 13 yards while gaining 115 yards on 21 carries. \

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