THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2001 iSB T AUTO RACING California Speedway WINSTON CUP Turn 3 Turn 2 Turn 4 Turn 1 START/FINISH Napa Auto Parts 500 site: Fonlana, Calif. Track length: 2 miles Race length: 250 laps, 500 miles Defending champ: Jerimy Mayfield Race record: Jeff Gordon, 155.012 mph, set June 22, 1997 Qualifying record: Greg Sacks, 186.061 mph, set April 28, 1999 Winston Cup standings Top drivers Points 2. Jeff Gordon 1,200 3 .John«yBeA80n ~1,1§S' 4. Bobby Hamilton 1,175 ' S;Stert1ngMariln;X.1iVS3•• somcE• Compiled from AP wire reports Adversity fails to deter Petty strong outing today would be boost to struggling team By MIKE HARRIS The Associated Press FONTANA, Calif. — Kyle Petty often feels more like a mother hen than a race driver these days, overseeing a struggling three-car team. A good showing in today's NAPA Auto Parts 500 could help build some much-needed positive momentum. Although Richard Petty, Kyle's father, is listed as the owner of Petty Enterprises, the son has pretty much taken over direction of the daily operations of the team. It hasn't been easy The most devastating blow, of course, was the death of Adam Petty Kyle's son and a fourth-generation racer in NASCAR's most famous family Adam was killed in a crash in May 2000 in Loudon, N.H., during a Busch Series practice. The future of the Petty team was built around Adam, who was going to move up to the Winston Cup Series full-time this season. Instead, Kyle has moved into the No. 45 car that was intended for Adam, and, rolling the dice, the longtime Pontiac team has joined Dodge in its return to NASCAR's top series,after a 16-year absence. The experiment hasn't been yery successful. Petty driver John Andretti has had the most success, giving Dodge its best finish to date with a second-place run in Bristol, Tenn. But Andretti has been just as inconsistent as his teammates and stands 29th in the points. Buckshot Jones, who joined the Petty team this year, is 37th in the standings, has not finished better than 16th and failed to make Sunday's 43-car starting field. Kyle, in his 22nd season in Winston Cup racing, has qualified for only five of the first nine races, also hasn't finished better than 16th and is 45th in the points. Although he says he's probably more of a player- coach. Petty said, "Sometimes 1 feel like the lady that's in charge of the dorm for the fraternity" Petty said. "I just go in and clean up when they make a mess or run wild." Kyle, who qualified 14th — three positions behind Andretti — called a team meeting following Friday's time trials at California Speedway and gave everyone a good, old-fashioned pep talk. "I got the whole group together after Buckshot didn't make the race," Kyle said. "I've been there this year and I know what it feels like. You can't get down on yourself and get down on what's going on. We'll come back next week at Richmond and show them we're as good as they are." As far as Kyle is concerned, the problem has been inconsistency in the equipment. "I think John can win anywhere he goes," he said. "It's up to us to give him the equipment to win with. We've got to get Buckshot to that point, and he's getting a little more confidence. "It's hard to stay confident when you go somewhere and finish second and then you go the next week and run 42nd. That's been the biggest problem. The equipment is not allowing the drivers and teams to do what they want to do. That's our problem at Petty Enterprises. We've got to give them better stuff." Although Andretti and Jones sometimes get impatient with the situation. Petty knows the turnaround isn't going to happen overnight. "John and Buckshot look at things like we're nine races into a 36-race schedule," Petty said. "That's what they need to look at. I, on the other hand, say we're nine races into 180 races. That's five years. "I'm looking at a bigger picture and longer term, and we've got plenty of time to catch up. At the end of the year I'll look at it and see where we are. I don't think missing races has done anything to this team. The team has kept its head and kept plugging along." Defending series champion Bobby Labonte will start from the pole today with defending race winner Jeremy Mayfield third. Jeff Gordon, who has won two of the four Winston Cup events at this track, starts 17th. IRL: Ray triumphs HAMPTON, Ga. — Greg Ray had his mind on another track after a dominating night at Atlanta Motor Speedway "Let's go to Indianapolis," Ray said after cruising to victory Saturday in the Indy Racing League's zMax 500. Ray led 184 of 200 laps and denied Sam Hornish Jr.'s bid for a record-tying third straight IRL victory leading into the biggest race of the year, the Indy 500. • HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL • GOLF Hoch holds 1-shot lead By The Associated Press GREENSBORO, N.C. — Scott Hoch flew some iron shots over the greens at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic. But he promised not to misjudge his competition after taking his first 54-hoIe lead since 1998. And he warned a trio of non- winners not to misjudge his desire to win again on the PGA Tour "If Tiger (Woods) was a shot back I might be a little bit worried," said Hoch, who shot a 5- under-par 67 Saturday to go to 13 under heading into the final round of the $3.5 million event. Hoch, 45, holds a one-shot lead over Mike Sposa, the second- round leader, Jerry Kelly and David Berganio Jr., all of whom are at 12-vmder 204 and never have won on the tour. Seniors HOOVER, Ala.— Gil Morgan matched the course record with a 9-imder 63 despite a bogey on the final hole, and Hale Irwin shot a 65 to share the lead in the Bruno's Memorial Classic. LPGA AUSTIN, Texas — Colombia's Marisa Baena emerged from the pack Saturday with a 6-under 64 for a share of the lead in the Kathy Ireland Championship. Central closes with a wii$ Flnan, Brown enable Mustangs to win final game of own tourney By CHRISTIAN D ORR Tlie Salina Journal Amanda Finan and Curry Brown combined to toss a five- hitter at Liberal Saturday afternoon that allowed the Mustangs to salvage the third and final game of their own tournament at Bill Burke Park. The Mustangs topped Liberal 3-1 following losses to Emporia (5-2) in the opener and 3-2 to Dodge City Central committed a combined 11 errors in its losses. "I really expected to win all three. They were all winable," said Central coach Jim LoVuUo, whose team stands 4-9 on the season. "But the bottom line is the final score. Talking and performing are two different things." Performing was a problem for the Mustangs in the first two games as both times they Ceiitiniitoiii*iiameiit . Safina Central Results Emporia 5, Central 2 Dodge City 3, Central 2 Central 3, Liberal 1 jumped out to 2-0 first-inning leads. But their defense, which has been a strength for much of the season, couldn't help Central maintain either one. Emporia took advantage of two second-inning errors to score three unearned runs, then benefitted from errors to add single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to help pad their lead. "Those two rocky games, that was all mental," said Taylor Gorjiyan, who went 3-for-3 against Emporia and had an RBI in the Mustangs' two-run first. "In our third game we were more focused and we made the plays." Gorjiyan singled and scored the second of the Mustangs' two first-inning runs against Dodge City This time the Mustangs were able to make the 2-0 lead stand until the fifth inning when the Red Demons put together three straight two-out singles to cut the Mustangs' lead in half Central, which was the visiting team in the contest, attempted to add an insurance run in the top of the sixth when Brown hit a one-out double and moved to third on a groundout by Finan. But she was left at third which eventually proved costly Finan surrendered a two-out walk to Lyndsay Richardson and it started another Demon rally as Cyndy Metzger followed with a RBI double to tie the game. She came around to score the eventual winning run when Shannon Cork reached on the Mustangs' fifth error of the contest. "We just beat ourselves," said Finan, who struck out three in the garnet. "We wanted to win this whole thing, but in the COUNTY SPORTS ROUNDUP Baseball SE-Saline posts split at Concordia CONCORDIA— Justin Hartman fired a three-hit shutout to lead Southeast of Saline to an 11-0 victory over Concordia in the first game of Friday night's doubleheader. The Panthers rallied for two runs with two out in the bottom of the eighth of game two for a 12-11 extra-inning win and salvage a split. Hartman was the story in the opener, walking just one and striking out five. He also helped his cause with a two-run single during a seven-run seventh inning outburst that enabled the Trojans to break the game open. Casey Noonan also delivered a key hit during the inning, a two-run double. In game two, Concordia appeared in control with leads of 9-1 and 10-2 early on. But Southeast battled back, scoring four in the fifth and four more in the seventh to forge a 10-10 tie. With the Trojans having already scored in the top of the seventh, Concordia intentionally walked Adam Ptacek — who had three hits in the game — to load the bases. Kerry Kolzow then followed with a bases-clearing double to center that put Southeast in front, 11-10. Concordia answered with a rally of its own, collecting a pair of clutch, run-scoring hits for the win. "I was not pleased with the defense," Southeast coach Dee Kolzow said, referring to his team's six errors in the nightcap. "But I was pleased that the kids never quit and bounced back. That tells a lot about the character of the kids." A bright spot in the loss was the pitching performance of junior Chaid Schwarz. Having pitched just one inning coming in, Schwarz allowed just three runs in six innings of relief. "We've been looking for a third and fourth pitcher and he really pitched well," Kolzow said. Now 11-3, Southeast plays Sacred Heart at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Matson Field. BRIEFLY BMC Softball wins twice at Shootout DODGE CITY — Brown Mackie pitcher Melinda Madsen picked up a pair of complete-game victories, including a two-hit shutout, Saturday as the Lions won two of three games in the Jayhawk Conference Shootout. Madsen took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the first game and the Lions got the only run they would need in the fourth to beat Allen County 10. After dropping a 7-3 decision to Johnson County, they finished the day by edging Highland, 4-3. Madsen, who struck out 13 and walked five in.her two games, tossed a five-hitter against Highland and doubled for the Lions' only extra-base hit. Highland got a two-run homer in the top of the first inning, but Brown Mackie answered with three in the bottom half and never trailed again. Two former Salina South players helped nationally ranked Johnson County beat the Lions in the middle game. Amanda Campbell was the winning pitcher with a seven- hitter and Amber Charvat had a pair of doubles to lead the Cavaliers' 13-hit attack. Johnson County blew the game open with five runs in the fourth inning. Megan Burchfield had a double and home run and Karen Warther a home run for Brown Mackie. The Lions complete play in the Shootout with two games today — at 10:30 a.m. against Fort Scott and 1:30 p.m. against Kansas City Surging K-State rides big sixth to stop MU MANHATTAN — Kansas State scored four runs in the sixth inning Saturday to claim a come-from-behind, 7-3 victory over Missouri in Big 12 Conference play The Wildcats (23-22, 8-15 Big 12) were up by three runs by the time Missouri went to bat at the top of the sixth. But the Tigers (27-19-1,10-16) tied the third game we stayed behind each other." The Mustang defense di(i prove flawless in the final game as Finan threw the first four and one-third innings arid Brown, who took the loss in the opener, finished things off, Central got consecutvie singles by Finan, Brown and Darcy Bartz to build a 2-0 lead in the second inning and that was all Finan and Brown needed, i " -i Liberal scored one run in the fourth when Lexi Amos and Ashley Darroch hit back-to- back doubles, but that was the last time the Redskins had more than one hit in an inning. Finan struck out three batters and allowed just four hits before giving way to Brown. Brown struck out four, including the side in the seventh to seal the win. "Amanda's change-up was working well and she had the batters reaching," said Central catcher Morgan LoVuUo. "Then Curry came in and she had a better drop ball today and they just couldn't get to it." game at three runs with help from a two-run homer by Ryan Stegall. Kansas State answered with four more runs in the sixth. The Wildcats have now won 11 of their last 13 games. Missouri matched their season-high three double plays against Kansas State. The Tigers also recorded three double plays against Arkansas State on March 27. Run in eighth sends Tech past KU, 2-1 LUBBOCK, Texas — A sacrifice fly by Bryon Smith scored Gera Alvarez in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving Texas Tech a 2-1 win over Kansas on Saturday. Chris Phillips (11-3) gave up only five hits and no earned runs in throwing the complete- game win. He held Kansas without a hit until the fourth inning. Pete Smart (8-3) got the loss, giving up 10 hits and two earned runs over eight innings. Phillips held Kansas scoreless through six innings before Jayhawks tied the game in the seventh. Brent DelChiaro brought Jesse Gremminger home with a sacrifice fly to center field. Alvarez and Nick Blankenship led off the bottom of the eighth for Tech with singles to put runners on first and third. Smith drove in the game-winning run in the next at-bat with a sacrifice fly to right field. From staff and Wire Reports TIME TO ENROLL Get The Latest Stuff Ages 8-17 Site: KWU, Salina 30TH ANNUAL Kansas Premier Boy's & Girl's Sports Camps 'Boy's Basketball 'Girl's Basketball 'Girl's Volleyball "Tlie SkiU BuUders" iif:iiiTiriiiiiii;»;ii'iiii'!i I For Info: A-sk Your Coach Or Call 827.C229 I Bullpups / Top 17- team tourney field FROM PAGE C1 "I thought that was the most important game of the match," Gelina said. "It might have turned out a little different." Taylor said he will try to make the most of the experience as he prepares for a possible rematch with Gelina next month at state. "I've just got to step up and win the big games," he said. "(But) it's good to lose every once in a while, so you know what to work on and what your weaknesses are." In the team race, McPherson placed one singles player and two doubles teams in the top seven to edge Central and Topeka High. Dustin Wheeler and Tyler Greer fell 8-6 to Abilene's Derek Berns and Brendon Kenney in the third-place doubles match, while Chris Claussen and Jonathon Rothrock were seventh. Derek Havens gave the Bullpups a fifth-place finish in singles with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Andover's Matt Gelina. "1 can't believe we won this tournament," McPherson coach Doug Gayer said. "We're a very young team, with no seniors, so for our team to win this tournament was a surprise. I'm very proud of them." Taylor led Salina Central's effort in singles, though all four Mustang entries made it out of group play to the final round. Nathan Martin finished 11th in singles, while in doubles Cole Graham and Aaron Martin were 10th and the team of Leighton LaPierre and Jeremy Zimmer 11th. Abilene, which finished sixth, got key points from Berns and Kenney in doubles, plus an eighth-place finish from Wyatt Cooper in singles. For Salina South, Ben Wilson won both his matches in the final round to take 13th, as did "/ can't believe we won this tournament. We're a very young team, with no seniros, so for our team to win this tournament was a surprise. I'm very proud of them." Doug Gayer McPherson coach whose Bullpups won the meet with 85 points after placing one singles player and two doubles team In the top seven Pete Robl and David Lantz in doubles. After losing to teammates Robl and Lantz in their final-round opener, Blake Roth and Matt Dupy finished 15th. David Price, the Cougars' No. 1 singles player, skipped the tournament in order to participate in a state music festival. Jimmy McKee, Sacred Heart's only entry placed sixth in his preliminary group and did not advance to the final round. So, you love an alcoholic! 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