South Florida Sun Sentinel from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 1, 1991 · Page 42
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; 22B Sun-Sentinel, Thursday, August 1, 1991 PB Post 12 earns state title berth By CHRIS LAZZARINO Staff Writer For the fourth time in as many years, the Palm Beach Post 12 American Legion baseball team is headed to the state tournament. "This is the fourth year in a row for us, but we haven't won it since '88," said coach Scott Benedict. "We think we can do it this time." A coach predicting victory is far from unusual. In this case, however, it is notable. Benedict does not appear to be all that concerned that Post 12, which plays Tallahassee Post 13 at 12:05 p.m. Friday, is entering the state tournament at Boardwalk & Baseball after losing Sunday. Post 12 lost the American Legion Southeast Area Tournament 8-3 to Hollywood Post 92, but slipped into the state tournament as the second Southeast qualifier. The top two teams from four regions in Florida advance to the state tournament. "The kids are playing with a lot of confidence," Benedict said. "We've got some pretty good chemistry on the team right now." Standouts include: Former Cardinal Newman in-fielder Chris Kokinda, who is attending classes at the University of Florida, where he will play baseball. Kokinda is playing first base for Post 12, and will likely play first or third for the Gators. He was shortstop for the Post 12 state team last year, and was the second baseman for the Post 12 state team in '89. "He has more state tournament experience than any of us," Benedict said. Brian Tesch, who will be a senior at Palm Beach Lakes, is pleasing Benedict with his play at third base. Tesch and Kokinda are the heart of the Post 12 batting order, and Tesch is a leader in stolen bases and runs batted in. Indian River Community College freshman-to-be Mark Weeks plays second base for Post 12. Weeks, who played his high school baseball at Forest Hill, is a team leader in doubles. Forest Hill graduate Scott Sorensen, who led the county in strikeouts, has been "outstanding during the postseason," Benedict said. He will attend Palm Beach Community College. Cardinal Newman pitchers Ken Wagner and Tim Holley have been important starters for Post 12. Wagner will be a Newman senior; Holley, who bats second in the lineup, is headed to Florida Atlantic University on a baseball scholarship. Palm Beach Lakes pitcher Keith Brum is another solid starter, and he'll be attending the prestigious baseball program at the University of North Florida. Lake Worth Christian's Will Minor also drew praise from Benedict. Minor is playing left field for Post 12. "We're getting contributions from a lot of people," Benedict said. "It's not like we are sitting around, waiting for one big star to get it done. We are getting help from guys one through nine." . Which is why Benedict is not overly concerned about losing to Hollywood Post 92. Palm Beach Post 12 was never a powerhouse this season. It slipped and slided through an up-and-down season, but suddenly finds itself still working to win the state title. The loss to Post 92 wasn't a plus, but it was still good for a trip to this weekend's state tournament. "We were playing for the right to have a chance to win," Benedict said. "Hollywood beat us decisively a couple of times. But I still feel like those games were a lot closer than the score indicated." Post 92 won Sunday's game with a sixth-inning rally good for four runs. Hollywood was helped by two Post 12 errors. The winner of the state tournament advances to the Southeast wmMi J ' XV 1, M f .nf Expos have found the key to success Staff photoJOE RAEDLE Mark Weeks is the starting second baseman for Palm Beach Post 12 and will help his team in its bid for a state title. Regional Tournament in Sumter, S.C., Aug 14-18. The Southeast Regional champion will advance to the American Legion World Series in Boyertown, Pa., Aug. 21-25. TOURNAMENT 8CHEDULE (at Boardwalk and Baseball in Haines City) Friday Game 1: Sarasota Post 30 vs. Tampa Post 111, 0:05 a.m. Game 2: Tallahassee Post 13 vs. West Palm Beach Post 12, 12:05 p.m. Game 3: Miami Post 346 vs. Jacksonville Post 283, 4:05 p.m. Game 92,8:05 Game Game Game Game Game Game Game Game Game Game Game 4: Gainesville Post 16 vs. Hollywood Post p.m. Saturday ' 5: Loser 1 vs. Loser 2. 9:05 a.m. 6: Loser 3 vs. Loser 4, 12:05 p.m. T: Winner 1 vs. Winner 2, 4:05 p.m. 8: Winner 3 vs. Winner 4, 7:05 p.m. Sunday 9: Winner 6 vs. Loser 7, 9:30 a.m. 10: Winner 5 vs. Loser 8. 12:30 D.m. 11: Winner 7 vs. Winner 8, 4:05 p.m. 12: Winner 10 vs. Winner 9, 7 p.m. Monday 13: Winner 12 vs. Loser 11, 10 a.m. 14: Winner 13 vs. Winner 11, 3 p.m. Tuesday 15: Same as 14, If necessary, 10 a.m. Don't ever lose your keys in Municipal Stadium. They might be hard to find, seeing key chains have become the latest rage in Expoville. Whenever the West Palm Beach Expos are leading a game entering the ninth inning, the fans begin dangling their key chains. Besides helping to keep General Manager Rob Rabernacker awake, the chimes have proven a charm, as the Expos are 5-0 since this tradition started. The first reported jingling took place June 17, when two fans began rattling their keys. "Before we knew it, the whole section started doing it," said Marketing Director Kevin Cummings, who then urged the entire crowd by putting it on the electroric message board. Cummings knows a crowd stimuli when he sees it. He is a graduate of Clemson University, where fans tried to distract opposing basketball foul shooters by jingling their keys. "We'll keep doing it, at least until the streak breaks," Cummings said. "We, like to think the sound from the keys spells impending doom for other teams. We call it the 'Key to Victory." " Evidentally, it affects more than just players. "We had 1,500 people jingling their keys the second nignt we did it," Cummings said. "Then the umpire, Jeff Feltman, turned around. He had no ideas what all the noise was." As the Montreal Expos' Dennis Martinez was pitching his perfect game Sunday, the other Nicara-guan in professional baseball did his best to keep pace. ' Felix Moya of the West Palm Beach Expos yielded two hits in seven innings in a victory over the Fort Lauderdale Yankees. Moya signed as a free agent last summer and has proven to be a find. The right-hander has been clocked in the low 90s on the radar gun and is 5-1 this season, including 3-1 with a 2.18 earned-run av- ED GIULIOTTI erage in July. Last season, he was 6-2 at Class-A Jamestown. Moya, 20, was born in Leon. Martinez is from Granada, ' Outfielder Todd Mayo entered Tuesday hitting .333 in July, when he had an on-base streak of 24. He will be named Expos Player of the Month, and has a chance for the organization's same honor. . . Righthander Reid Cornelius, promoted from West Palm Beach to Double-A Harrisburg last week, debuted with a nine-strikeout, foiir-hitter Friday night against Williams-port. . Third baseman Willie Greene appears to be shaking off a horrid start. He had four homers in six games from Juiy 17-23 and is hitting .281 in his last 10 games. Yet, his average is just .199. .. Outfielder Jeff Barry is hitting .324 in his last 10 games. . . In 16 games since catcher Tim Laker, 22, has returned from Harrisburg, he has hit .296. In his last '10 games, Laker is hitting .351. . . the Expos lead the Florida State League with 90 double plays. FSL SCHEDULE r West Palm Beach Expos All games 7:05 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. 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