The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 2001 · Page 21
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2001 CS T TENNIS Rain halts play at Clay Court tourney By The Associated Press HOUSTON — Rain forced the suspension of play Saturday in tlie U.S. Men's Clay Court C h a m p i - onships semifinal between American Andy Roddick and France's Jerome Golmard. The 18-year-old Roddick won the first set 7-6, taking the tiebreaker 7-3, and was ahead 54 in the second set when the match was suspended. The winner will face Michal Tabara of the Czech Republic, a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 winner over South Korea's Hyung-Taik Lee. Spain's Martin to face Coria in IVIallorca Open final ;;1ALMA DE MALLORCA, Sfijin — Alberto Martin knocked off local favorite Carlos Moya on Saturday to reach TCOLLEGETRACK& FIELD the final of the $500,000 Mallorca Open clay-court tournament where he will face Argentine Guillermo Coria. In the semifinals, Martin, whose nickname is Beto, had an easy day, downing the third- seeded Moya 6-3,6-3 in an hour- long match. The loss continued Moya's lack of success in the Raima's specially adapted bullring. Moya has failed four times to win the tournament in, native city Last year he lost in the quarterfinals. "The truth is that I'm feeling bad for losing at home and in front of my people, but I couldn't do more," Moya said. "I hope to be back next year and win". The Mallorca Open lost its No. 1 seed, Romanian Andrei Pavel, in the opening round. In the other semifinal, Coria defeated Spanish Davis Cupper Joan Balcells 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Tigers win RMAC titles By The Sallna Journal HAYS — Led by 14 first-place finishers. Fort Hays State captured the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men's and women's outdoor track and field championships Saturday at Lewis Field Stadium. The Fort Hays men claimed eight individual titles, led by John Moore, who won the 200- meter dash (21.06 seconds) and the long jump (22-6%). Moore was .chosen the Outstanding Male Athlete of the meet. Mike Applehans won the 100- meter dash (10.41), Seth Wurtz the 400-meter dash (47.20), Levi Marconnet the pole vault (14-9), Casey Seyfert the shot put (580) and Zach Kindler the javelin (222-2). The Tigers claimed the top six places in the javelin. Fort Hays' other winner was the 4x100 relay team (40.27). Maisha Prewitt won two titles for the Fort Hays women's team — the 100-meter dash (13.92) and long jump (18-6 Vi). LeeAnne Grace won the 400- meter dash (57.78) and Melinda Griffin the javelin (132-9). Both Tiger relay teams — 4x100 (46.78) and 4x400 (3:54.51) — also were victorious. Fort Hays coach Jim Krob was named the Men's Coach of the Year. BRIEFLY Ground too wet at Salina Speedway Saturday night's auto races at Salina Speedway were cancelled because of wet grounds. The racing slate resumes at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday when the Cruisers and B Modifieds make their weekly runs. Next Saturday's Mother's Day Special consists of IMCA Modifieds, SuperStocks, IMCA Hobbys and MiniStocks. Mothers can register for prizes. Baker, Peru State to play in Wheat Bowl ELLINWOOD — Baker will play Peru State, Neb., in the seventh annual Wheat Bowl on Aug. 25. The game will kickoff at 7 p.m. at the Ellinwood Sports Complex. Baker was 9-2 last fall and finished 18th in the final NAIA poll. The Wildcats defeated Campbellsville (Ky) 27-23 in the inaugural KTWO Bowl in Bolivar, Mo. Peru State was 8-2 last season. Baker will be making its second Wheat Bowl appearance. The Wildcats lost to Southwestern 28-20 in the 1996 game. Evansville sweeps slumping Shockers WICHITA — Evansville scored twice in the top of the ninth inning Saturday to beat Wichita State 7-6 in the first game of a doubleheader, then used a seven-run third inning to complete the sweep, 8-6, at Eck Stadium. Wichita State has now lost six straight Missouri Valley Conference games, falling to 36-22 overall and 15-10 in the league. Evansville improved to 30-15 with a 15-7 league mark. Blake Whealy had two home runs, including the game-winner in the ninth inning, to lead Evansville. Steve Obenchain pitched 1 % shutout innings in relief to pick up the victory for the Purple Aces while WSU starter Ben Keiter took the loss. In the seven-inning second game, Evansville made its one big inning stand up. Wes Carroll was 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs to lead the Aces' 11-hit attack and Preston Larrison pitched 4% innings for the victory with Obenchain picking up the save. KWU falls at KCAC Softball tournament HILLSBORO — Jamie Hoffman pitched a two-hitter in leading Saint Mary to a 2-0 victory over Kansas Wesleyan Saturday in the championship game of the Kansas Conference Softball tournament. Saint Mary was the tournament's No. 3 seed, but finished 4-0 in the tournament. Wesleyan, the No. 4 seed, won its opener over Sterling (71), but lost in the second round to Friends (9-2). The Coyotes came back through the consolation bracket by winning three games over McPherson (8-0), Sterling (6-0) and top- seeded Friends (4-3) in the consolation bracket championship. Carly Heishman was the winning pitcher in the McPherson and Sterling games. Kristen Worthy took the loss in the championship game. Second-seeded Bethany won its opener against Tabor (4-1), but lost to Saint Mary (4-3) in the second round. The Swedes were then eliminated by Sterling (6-2) in the consolation bracket. Saint Mary advances to this week's regional tournament in Omaha. Wesleyan finishes its season with a 13-19 record. From Staff 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 "The Skill BuUders" IIKAK'I' OK AMKKICA SI'OKTS CUll'S For Info: Ask Your Coach Or Can 785^27-6229 Golfers May Special Chisholm ^VTrail • Player Friendly •Wide Fairways • Low Roughs •No Waiting •3-4 Hour Rounds 1 18 hole green fee with cart rental Monday thru Thursday Abilene Exit 272 North 1/2 mile / 785-263-3377 KWU / Coyotes denied in poll FROM PAGE C1 "We had to keep it in perspective. You take what you can from those games and build on them." No one on the team understands perspective better than Mendoza, who returned a week ago aftesr missing 14 games with a broken right hand — an injury that occurred when he slammed his fist into a wall in frustration during a doubleheader against Sterling. "I learned something, and my teammates learned something," said Mendoza, who pitches, plays first base and has a lofty .472 batting average. "You have to keep your cool. There are a lot of emotions in baseball. You have to keep your head on straight. "I'd seen guys do it in the dugout. I was the one who always told them, 'don't hit the wall, don't do things like that.' I guess 1 was the example." Mendoza, who has a tryout with the Cleveland Indians later this month, plays with a fiberglass cast on his hand. Keeping a cool head this week will be imperative, he said. "There's always going to be jitters. We know we can do it. We have to play errorless ball. You can't make mistakes There are a lot of emotions in baseball. You have to keep your head on straight. - Sammy Mendoza KWU pitcher/ first baseman 33 against those teams. They will make you pay" he said. Motivation shouldn't be a problem for the Coyotes. No one expects much from the KCAC representative, as evidenced by the last week's final NAIA poll in which Wesleyan didn't receive a single vote. "We have to relax and play the way we're capable of playing," said Brassfield, who is in his third season as the Coyotes' starting third baseman. "You don't go in with the attitude you can't play with these guys. We know we can. "Even if we don't win, we want to battle hard and play well. There's no pressure on us." Brassfield, who has a .350 average, says the key to success this season is balance. "We've had a lot of guys stepping up, a lot more than last year," he said. "It's not the same ones every day. You can't win when it's the same group of guys. "We don't have the numbers (of players) we had last year, but we've got more quality all the way through." Bethge points to timely hitting. Wesleyan is hitting a sizzling .363 as a team. "Someone is always stepping up," he said. "If we make a mistake and don't execute, someone always seems to get a big hit." Bellew doesn't care what it is, just as long as it continues this week. "Anything can happen. We have enough pitching, we swing the bats good enough and we've shored up our defense," he said. "There won't be any easy games. But if we play like we can and like we're capable of, we can win a couple of games. If we play as well as we can and get a couple of breaks, we could win it." It would be the perfect ending for a team that started an imperfect 0-7. T STATE COLLEGE BASEBALL: KANSAS CONFeRENCE TOURNAMENT Four-run sixth boosts Swedes Betliany knocks off Sterling to advance to NAIA regionals By PAUL MOGENSON The Salina Journal LINDSBORG — The Bethany Swedes usecl a four- run, sixth- CHAMPIONSHIP sterling Bethany 6 inning rally to slip past Sterling 6-4 in the championship game of the Kansas Conference baseball tournament Saturday at Anderson Field. The Swedes (24-20) will join KCAC regular-season c-'hampi- on Kansas Wesleyan in the NAIA Midwest Regional Tournament this week in Bellevue, Neb. Wesleyan received an automatic bid to the regional by virtue of winning the conference title and did not play in the KCAC tourney The next four teams in the final standings — Ottawa, Bethany, St. Mary and Sterling — comprised the remainder of the tournament field. It appeared Sterling would emerge victorious most of the day The Warriors upset second-seeded Ottawa 8-5 in the semifinals and freshman pitcher Justin McCoy had the Swedes in his hip pocket, leading 4-2 going to the bottom of the sixth inning of the title game. That's when things began to unravel for McCoy With one out and one on, McCoy got Jay Harmison to ground to short. But Danny Black fumbled the chance and threw high to first, putting runners at second and third. Vince Wetter scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-3 with Todd Just drawing a walk on the play After Just executed a delayed steal of second. Warrior coach Greg Stewart opted to intentionally walk Jeff , Wimpy, the ninth-place hitter. "We were playing the percentages," Stewart said. "We wanted to set up a possible double play or force at home, and we knew the next kid (Brian Leitzel) hadn't hit the ball out of the infield all day." The strategy backfired when McCoy uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Harmison to score. Leitzel then singled to right and Bethany led 5-4. Jason Gordon grounded into a fielder's choice to score Wimpy. Lindsborg native Jason Biegert closed it out in the seventh to improve to 9-0 on the season. "Jason didn't have the great stuff today," Bethany coach Kris Bernall said, "but he went out there and battled and that's all you can ask of a kid. He went out there, poured his heart out on the field, the rest of the guys did same." The only downer the day for Bethany was the loss of cen- terfielder Nate Sungy Sungy the KCAC player of the year last season, suffered a knee injury in the third inning of the Swedes' 6-2 victory over Saint Mary in the semifinals. His status for the regional will be determined later. Bethany pitcher Dan Regan (4-5) continued his late season surge, tossing a four- hitter in the opener. Steve Weatherly backed Regan with a two-run double in the fourth. If you thought the Final Four was exciting. just wait until this final four. The most celebrated four rounds in women's golf. Juli Inkster 1999 U.S. >X'omen's Open Champion The most prestigious championship. The most coveted title. The most convenient opportunity you may ever have to witness an international competition of this magnitude. 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