The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 4, 2001 · Page 17
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 17

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, May 4, 2001
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FRIDAY MAY 4, 2001 THE SALiNA JOURNAL Sports FISHING REPORT / C2 NBA / C3 BASEBALL / C4 T STATE COLLEGE BASEBALL T PRO BASKETBALL Florida bolsters lineup Sea Dragons activate one of the USBL's top rebounders for game By The Salina Journal nilMr JUSTIN HAYWORTH /The Salina Journal Kansas Wesleyan outfielder VInnie Lombard! comes up empty after diving for a line drive by Bethany's Steven Weatherly in the second inning of their game Thursday afternoon at Evans Stadium. Weatherly wound up at third base with a three-run triple. Bethany gets best of Coyotes Weatherly's bases-loaded triple keys six-run second to support Obermueller By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal F or all the success Kansas Wesleyan's baseball team has had this spring, the Coyotes have not been able to conquer their age-old nemesis, the Bethany Swedes. ^^M^TTTiM^M Rob Obermueller •IKkliZuiflHI pitched six strong Bethany 7 innings and Steven wosleyan 5 Weatherly's bases- toaded triple highlighted a six-run second-inning rally as the Swedes defeated Wesleyan 7-5 in the regular- season finale for both teams Thursday at Evans Stadium. The game was the nightcap of a doubleheader originally scheduled for April 14. Bethany won the first game that day, but the second was postponed by rain. Thursday's game . was halted for an hour by a brief but torrential downpour in the bottom of the first inning. When play resumed the Swedes rained on Wesleyan's domain with their big inning that erased a 2-0 deficit. Obermueller, a native of Lincoln, worked in and out of trouble. He struck out two and walked two. Closer Nate Sungy got the final three outs for the save. "The boys get up for these games against (Wesleyan)," Bethany interim coach Kris Bernal said. "They take a lot of pride in playing these guys. They swept us in Lindsborg, so it was nice to come up here and sweep them." Wesleyan easily won the Kansas Conference title with a 21-3 record, but was 2-2 against Bethany "They outplayed us," Wesleyan coach Tim Bellew said. "They've got guys who have won (KGAC) championships before. This is a boost for them going into the (KCAC) tournament. If they play like they did today, they'll have a good shot at winning it." Bethany plays Saint Mary at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillsboro in the conference tournament, which is new this season. Ottawa plays Sterling in the second game. The two winners play in the third game with the champion joining Wesleyan in the NAIA Midwest Regional next week in Bellevue, Neb. Wesleyan (28-14 overall) will not play in the KCAC Tournament, having received an automatic regional bid by virtue of winning the conference title. The Coyotes' first regional game will be Wednesday Wesleyan starter Royce Carnley went the distance against the Swedes. He struck out seven, but walked five and hit a batter — two of the walks and the hit batsman coming in the pivotal second inning. "If Royce doesn't walk those guys and hit a guy we win the game 5-3," Bellew said. "He wasn't as sharp as he has been. He had no control of his fastball." Catcher Max Bethge led Wesleyan's 10-hit offense with a homer, double and single. Vinnie Lombardi also had three hits. Todd Just, Weatherly and Ryan Blankenship led Bethany's 11-hit attack with two each. • MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Swept away: Indians rout Royals Burba wins fourth straight decision; Tribe outscores Royals 30-10 during series By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press •' KANSAS CITY; Mo. ~ Cleveland manager Charlie Manuel knew Dave Burba was struggling. He didn't know was why "I've had the flu," Burba said Thursday after pitching the Indians over the Kansas. City Royals 9-4 for a three-game sweep. Burba (4-1) won his fourth straight start despite allowing four runs Indians 9 and nine hits in 6 Ys in- -z —; ' 7 nings. Steve Karsay and Royaia • 4 wickman combined for one-hit, shutout relief. "Today was a little better," he said. "Then, when I started throwing, I kind of got weak, got tired and a little dizzy But I got through it." Did Manuel know his starter had been ill? "He didn't say anything to me about it, probably didn't want me to know about it," Manuel said. Juan Gonzalez had three hits and raised his average to .388 and Kenny Lofton had a single, double and two-run triple for Cleveland, which outscored the Royals 30-10 in the series. Gonzalez had six RBIs in the series and has 32 in 26 games. Marty Cordova had eight RBIs in the series. Kansas City came in with just 16 errors, its lowest total after 27 games, but • COLLEGE FOOTBALL The Associated Press The Indians' Jim Thome (left) scores on Wli Cordero's single as Royals catcher Hector Ortiz can only watch during the fourth Inning of Thursday's game at Kauffman Stadium. second baseman Luis Alicea made two errors, and center fielder Raul Ibanez and pitcher Jason Grimsley made one each, leading to five unearned runs. "That was three ugly ones in a row," Royals manager Tony Muser said. "There's no way to hide it or describe it. Three ugly baseball games." Dan Reichert (3-2), who had won his previous three decisions, gave up seven runs — three earned — and seven hits in five innings. He is 0-2 against Cleveland with a 16.00 ERA. Roberto Alomar's sacrifice fly and Gonzalez' double — his league-leading 20th extra-base hit — gave Cleveland a 20 lead in the first. Jermaine Dye had an RBI single in the bottom half, but Cleveland broke open the game with five runs in the fourth, four of them unearned. Ibanez misplayed Gonzalez's single, allowing an extra base and Alicea, filling in for injured Carlos Febles, dropped a throw on what should have been an inning-ending double play grounder by Cordova. That allowed Gonzalez to score for a 3-1 lead. "I lost it a little bit in the glare and it hit my glove sooner than I expected," Alicea said. "I might have taken my eye off it a little bit." Wil Cordero had an RBI single, Lofton tripled in two runs and Omar Vizquel hit a run-scoring single in the inning. Alicea misplayed Jim Thome's seventh-inning grounder for another error and Cordova followed with a run-scoring infield single that made it 8-1. Kansas City closed in the bottom half on Hector Ortiz's RBI double and Ibanez's two-run double, which chased Burba. Game notes Kansas City's Carlos Beltran left in the second inning because of tightness in his left hamstring and was replaced in center field by Ibanez. ... The Royals turned three double plays for the second day in a row and took the AL lead with 29. Fan breaks ankle as bet goes awry By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On what he said was a $400 bet, a man jumped onto the field in Kansas City on Thursday and broke an ankle. Michael Orschlin, a 22-year- old from Warrensburg, Mo., jumped over the railing in the bleachers in the ninth inning of the Royals' 9-4 loss to Cleveland. He tried to get up but managed only to crawl a few feet. "When he tried to get up and run, I could see his foot dangling," said Cleveland relief pitcher Bob Wickman. "I thought we're going to be here a while. He probably went into shock." Play was stopped for about 15 minutes while stadium personnel strapped Orschlin onto a stretcher and carried him away He was diagnosed with a compound fracture. Orshlin, who faces a fine of up to $1,000 for a trespass charge, is the third spectator this year who has made the 12-foot leap over the guard rail onto Kauffman Stadium's hard rubber warning track. During the home openei', a man broke a foot and fractured his spine. Coaches association: Friday games a mistake AFCA does not want college games to deter from preps By The Associated Press WACO, Texas — A week after the NCAA lifted the restriction against Friday night college football games, the American Football Coaches Association said the rule change is a mistake. The NCAA board of directors said last week that Friday night, once reserved for high school football, is now available for college games, as well. "Our support of that restriction has not changed even though the NCAA enacted a rule that will allow schools to play Friday night games," AFCA executive director Grant Teaff said Thursday "The action by the NCAA, in my personal opinion, is a mistake. It is compounded by certain conferences and institutions seeking the national spotlight and additional revenue that a televised game brings. This action by the NCAA was never discussed with the AFCA. ... High school football in America needs support from the NCAA and oth­ er entities, not the distraction Friday night college football will bring." UNLV of the Mountain West Conference has scheduled games on Friday, Sept. 7, against Northwestern, and Friday, Sept. 14, against Colorado State. Both games will be shown on ESPN. The Mid-American Conference has two Friday night dates: Minnesota at Toledo on Aug. 31, and the league championship game on Nov. 30. Both will be televised by ESPN2. Conference USA will play two Friday night games in November. The Western Athletic Conference remains in discussions with ESPN, but does not yet have a contract. "The AFCA is in the process of contacting college conference commissioners and athletic directors asking that, as they make scheduling decisions, they give full consideration to the adverse effect that Friday night college games will have on high school football," Teaff said. FORT MYERS, Fla. — Just minutes after his team lost a game he thought it should have won, Kansas Cagerz head coach Francis Flax heard received some ominous news. Flax was told the Florida Sea Dragons had just activated 6- foot-6 forward Andre Perry for Thursday night's game , against Dodge CASHEal City and 5fl .R!DA__ tonight's 6:35 When: Today, game against ^mu'^'^Tcr^r^ ^Is Cagcrz in TECO Arena. Arena, Fort My- „» j •, ,i . ers, Fla. ^ ^^^^^ "^^^ Records: to hear that," Cagerz 1-1; Flax said. Sea Dragons The addition 3-0. of the rugged 250-pound Perry — one of the top rebounders in the United States Basketball League for the past several years — will make the assignment for Kansas that much tougher as the Cagerz attempt to rebound from Wednesday night's 92-89 loss at Lakeland. Perry just concluded a season in the International Basketball League where he averaged 19.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game for the New Mexico Slam. He tied a USBL record last season with 28 rebounds in one game. "It's going to cause even more problems for us," Flax said. "We don't have the depth inside to combat (Perry) for the whole game. Hopefully, we can shoot the ball better." The Cagerz (1-1) didn't shoot the ball well against Lakeland. They hit just 36.7 percent from the field (32 of 87) and were called for 31 fouls, which offset an advantage in rebounds and assists and fewer turnovers. "We had every open look you could hope for," Flax said. "We just didn't shoot the ball very well." Nearly everyone had trouble making baskets. Cortez Barnes was 2 for 9, Tory Walker 5 of 14 and Johnny Jackson 4 for 11. "I mean those are killers," Flax said. "We need to do better than that." The Cagerz couldn't take advantage of a dazzling performance from 6-5 guard Jermaine Jackson, who played 47 minutes and finished with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists. "He could have had another ten assists if we make some shots," Flax said. "But this is going to be a fine team and right now we're doing it with minimal talent. 1 just hope some of the veterans start showing up. It'll make my job a whole lot easier and the team better." Florida entered Thursday night's game with Dodge City with a 3-0 record. The Sea Dragons are coached by Kevin Mackey, who guided Atlantic City to three consecutive USBL titles from 1997-99. The Sea Dragons are allowing just 84 points a game and outrebounding their opponents by 12 (51-39). Jerry Reynolds, a 6-8 forward from LSU, and Billy Keys, a 6-2 guard from New Mexico State, are scoring 15.0 points per game. H.L. Coleman, a 6-7 forward from Wyoming, is averaging 14.7 points and 10.0 rebounds a game, Florida also activated 6-1 guard Mark Baker this week. Baker, who played at Ohio State, helped Atlantic City to the USBL title in 1997 when he was a second-team AU-USBL selection. PLAYOFFS Mavs advance, G8 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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