THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1996 03 T WORLD SERIES Backup catcher Leyritz comes up big for Yankees Longtime Yankee belts dramatic game-tying three-run homer in 8th By The Associated Press ATLANTA — The senior Yankee doesn't start very much. But with the World Series slipping away, he came off the bench to save the day. In a clubhouse filled with multimillionaires, Jim Leyritz has always been easy to overlook. Not anymore, not after what he did Wednesday night. The Yankees were just five outs away from falling behind Atlanta three games to one, just five outs away from having to beat John Smoltz, Greg Maddux and Glavine to win the World Series title. Then Leyritz, the backup catcher, stepped out into the cool Georgia night and took an indelible step into the history of the Yankees. They were trailing 6-3 in the eighth against the defending World Series champs. And instant later, Leyritz sent the ball flying over the left-field wall, and the game was tied. The Yankees went T PRO FOOTBALL NOTES on to win it 8-6 in 10 innings, sending the series back to New York. Leyritz is getting pretty good at this postseason home run stuff. It was last year when his two-run homer off Tim Belcher won Game 2 of the divisional playoffs against Seattle in the 15th. Yes, Wade Boggs' bases-loaded walk and Ryan Klesko's error at first gave the Yankees the victory. But it wouldn't have been possible without Leyritz's homer. He has been a Yankee his entire professional life. With Don Mattingly retired, he's the old hand even though he's been around for just five years and 126 days. When the Yankees decided they needed a new catcher last fall, when they decided Mike Stanley couldn't do the job, Leyritz's name never came up. He's been happy to fill a backup role to Joe Girardi. Every fifth day, he gets to start when Andy Pettitte pitches. He never complains. He just steps up when it counts. All year long, that's been the philosophy of Yankees jmanager Joe Torre. About 10 days ago, he reminded the starters they might not be playing all night long.. "If they won't win it in the first six, seven innings," he said, "someone on the bench may." Puckett honored Kirby Puckett, who was forced to retire earlier this season when he was diagnosed with retina damage in one off his eyes, was the winner of the Roberto Clemente Man of the Year award, announced prior to Game 4 Wednesday night by Major League Baseball. Acting baseball commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig and Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., made the presentation to the former Minnesota Twins outfielder. The award, sponsored by True Value hardware, is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball on and off the field. Fast work The deal that brought left-han- der Denny Neagle from the Pittsburgh Pirates to Atlanta for two minor leaguers may have been the quickest one Braves general manager John Schuerholz ever made. "We put together an aggressvie "package," Schuerholz recalled before Game 4, which Neagle started. "We knew as soon as Cam (Pirates general manager Cam Bonifay) called me and said he wanted to move the guy within a short period of time." V HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL Sub-state pairings set Southeast of Saline, Salina South to play host to tournaments By The Journal Staff Pairings for Saturday's sub- state volleyball tournaments have been announced, including postseason events to be held at Salina' South and Southeast of Saline high schools. Sacred Heart and Ell-Saline are both among the top seeds at the Class 2A sub-state at Lincoln. The Knights (21-8) earned the No. 2 seed and will open against No. 7 Lincoln (13-14) at 4 p.m. That match will be followed by No. 3 Ell-Saline (19-9) against No. 6 Peabody (13-9). The winner of the Sacred Heart-Lincoln contest will face the Peabody-Ell-Saline winner in the 7 p.m. semifinal, with the championship match scheduled for 8 p.m. The other half of the bracket at Lincoln has top-seeded Goessel (23-5) facing Canton-Galva (10-15) at 2 p.m., followed by No. 4 Moundridge (18-9) taking on No. 5 Osborne (16-8). The winner of the Lincoln sub- state advances to the Class 2A state tournament Nov. 1-2 at Fort Hays State University's Gross Memorial Coliseum. The two Salina schools earned the top seeds at the 5A sub-state at Salina South, with Salina Central (23-7) meeting Newton (2-20) in the 3 p.m. opener. No. 2 seed South (19-11) faces McPherson (7-15) at 4 p.m., with the opening round winners meeting at 5 p.m. for the sub- state championship. If both Salina teams advance, it would mean the fourth meeting this season between the two teams, with Central winning the first three. The winner of the Salina South sub-state moves on to the Class 5A state tournament Nov. 1-2 at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. Southeast of Saline (4-22) will meet top-seeded Riley County (24-4) in the opening round of the Class 3A sub-state at Southeast. The Trojans' 1 p.m. contest will be followed by No. 4 seed Minneapolis (20-7) facing Marion (12-12), with the winners meeting in the 4 p.m. semifinal. The other half of the bracket has No. 2 seed Ellinwood (21-4) facing Lyons (9-13) at 2:30 p.m. and No. 3 Hillsboro (21-8) against Sterling (13-15) at 3:15. The championship match is scheduled for 6 p.m. The winner of the Southeast of Saline sub-state earns a spot in the Class 3A state tournament Nov. 1-2 at Salina's Bicentennial Center. Struggling Saints hire Venturi We believe the public is sick and tired of candidates who resort to mudslinqinq and attack campaigning. This type of behavior is exactly what gives politics a bad name. Unfortunately, desperate attempts are being deployed to smear Linebackers coach promoted, optimistic team can turn it around By The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — His record isn't impressive, nor is the team he'll coach the next eight games. Rick Venturi's goal, however, is rather grand. He wants the New Orleans Saints to go 8-0 and make the playoffs. Venturi, until now the linebackers coach for the Saints, is now the head coach. He got his battlefield promotion Wednesday, two days after Jim Mora suddenly resigned, shocking players and coaches. The hiring came one day after the general manager's first choice as a replacement, pro personnel director Chet Franklin, decided not to take the job, having detected displeasure with the choice among the assistant coaches. The Saints then turned to VENTURI Venturi, who says the team is up to the challenge. This despite: • the worst rushing defense in the league. • an offense that's only three spots from the bottom. • a 2-6 record. • a Sunday afternoon loss to the Carolina Panthers that was so embarrassing it provoked an expletive-filled tirade from Mora on Sunday and his resignation on Monday. It all made for a confusing, tumultuous two days. "This program is absolutely not in disarray, regardless of the perception," Venturi said Wednesday. "This te,am has won the last two out of three football games. It approaches the last eight weeks with optimism and commitment. We want to make this last eight weeks the best weeks of our lives." It's the second time Venturi has become an interim head coach in the NFL. In 1991, he took over the Indianapolis Colts after the firing of Ron Meyer. The Colts went MO under Venturi, finishing the season 1-15. "I think the offense will change dramatically," quarterback Jim Everett said after practice Wednesday. "There will be a dedication to running the ball, no doubt about it. That's already been expressed." The Saints' offense ranks 27th overall in the NFL, 28th in rushing and 21st in passing. BUGS' Rhett ends holdout TAMPA, Fla. — Errict Rhett ended a 93-day holdout Wednesday, rejoining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite not getting the contract extension he insisted was necessary before he would play again. The two-time 1,000-yard rusher is in the final year of a contract that was to pay him $336,000 this season. The third-year running back rejected a six-year, $14.1 million offer from the Bucs during training camp because most of the money was backloaded. Agent Drew Rosenhaus, who had requested Tampa Bay deal Rhett to another team before the NFL's Oct. 8 trading deadline, said his client ended the holdout after receiving assurances that club officials are committed to working to keep him in a Tampa Bay uniform for years to come. George not In Seattle's plans... KIRKLAND, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks apparently have lost interest in Jeff George. George was waived by Atlanta on Monday and became a free agent Wednesday. "Right now, we're going with the football team and the quarterbacks that we have right now," Seahawks coach Dennis Erickson said Wednesday. "I don't plan on that changing." The Seahawks attempted to trade Rick Mirer for George, but George refused to agree to a long-term contract with the Seahawks. Erickson moved backup quarterback John Friesz ahead of Mirer two games ago and said Friesz will be the starter for the rest of the season. After the season, the Seahawks are expected to attempt to trade Mirer. ...nor St. Louis Rams' ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams won't consider signing Jeff George as a quick fix to their quarterback situation. Coach Rich Brooks gave a long, deadpan stare and paused for six seconds at his media briefing on Wednesday when asked whether the team had any interest in the ex-Atlanta Falcons quarterback. "Got any money on you? Loose change in your pocket?" Brooks said. "We can always let about .four players go." The Rams are committed to developing second-round pick Tony Banks, who makes his fifth start Sunday at Baltimore. They also have very little room under the salary cap. Senator Vidricksen's voting record and his integrity. Political ads full of distortions, untruths, and innuendos have recently surfaced in the 24th State Senate District race. We have been told this is only the "Tip of the Iceberg." The committee to re-elect Senator Vidricksen will not respond with personal attacks and dishonorable tactics; however, we will tell the truth and set the record straight! Misrepresenting the facts to try to win an office of public trust is deplorable and irresponsible. Senator Ben doesn't operate that way! RAIPH WEIGELI Bonds - Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron AL SCHWAN Campaign Chairman CAROL D'ALBINI Campaign Coordinator Pol. Adv. paid for by Vidricksen for Senate - Mary Liby. Treasurer. Come see the innovative side of ital Satellite ystem only BRIEFLY BMC volleyball posts season's 30th victory Brown Mackie's volleyball team notched its 30th victory of the season Wednesday in convincing style. The Lions (30-7) defeated the Tabor junior varsity 15-1,10-15, 15-1,15-0 at the Salina Family YMCA.' "We put our substitutes in for the second game," BMC coach Cheryl Ahrens said. "Our starters didn't maintain their level of play. I wasn't real pleased with the way they reacted. "We need to work on our stability when circumstances change." Jada Daniels led the Lions with 10 kills, 12 digs and three services aces. Stacey Budke and Barb Boydston had 11 kills each, Lisa Burrell 40 assists and Jenny Green 13 digs. "The starters played much bet- ter when they came back in," Ahrens said. "Jada had one of her best attack nights of the year." Brown Mackie plays Southeast Nebraska on Monday in Beatrice, Neb. Central Booster Club to have tailgate party The Salina Central Booster Club will sponsor a Brookville chicken dinner tailgate party from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday at Salina Stadium before the Central- Shawnee Heights football game. Tickets are $5.50 for children 12 and under and $6.50 for adults. Carry outs are available at no extra charge. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the Central High School office, Top Hat, Payne Oil or from Mel Augustine at 825-0479. Tickets will be available at the door. From Staff Reports DIRECTV SATELLITE TV AT ITS BEST 99 199 DIRECTV $ 200 cash back offer! Buy a DSS* System and prepay a one-year subscription to DIRECTV® Total Choice™ programming and get $200 cash back from DIRECTV!' 199 99 Final cott alter cash back alter Enjoy laser-quality picture and CD-quality sound, plus the program variety you get from 200 channels! That means all the hot new movies plus classic favorites, exciting sporting events, news and educational programs for your family. 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