Great Falls Tribune from Great Falls, Montana on August 26, 1991 · Page 13
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Sports D Scoreboard 2C D Purtztr wins big prize ,...3C D The Baseball Page 4C D NFL roundup 5C Great Fate Tribune Monday, August 28, 1991 One World's fastest human more Dodgers can clinch in Helena tonight Bo still has some way to go By PETE SISK Fort Myers News-Press SARASOTA, Fla. - Bo Jackson may not look ready for the majors yet. But the wait may be a short one. Jackson, in two rehabilitation games Sunday with the Class A Sarasota White Sox of the Florida State League, started slowly. But he ended the day with two hits (2-for-6) , two RBI and a run scored. Jackson and Chicago White Sox general manager Ron Schueler were cautious afterward. "This afternoon I laid the foundation," Jackson said. "I just have to go on from here. A month ago, I was on crutches. Today, I got from home plate to first in 4.3 seconds. Who knows how long it's going to take?" After the first game, Jackson said he wouldn't want to be a designated hitter. But after Game Two, he changed his tune: "If I do play this year with the big club, that's probably the role that I'd have." Jackson was the designated hitter for Sarasota in a 3-2, 9-4 double-header split with the Charlotte Rangers. On Monday, Jackson moves on for four more games with another White Sox farm team, the Class AA Birmingham, Ala., Barons. "I hate to set a date," Schueler said. "I haven't set a date from the beginning. Birmingham will be important. He's got to get some at-bats. This is spring training, the season, everything all in one. With the progress he's making, he will help us in September." Sunday was the first time Jackson had faced anything other than batting-practice pitching. "I thought he swung the bat pretty well for the first game," Charlotte manager Bobby Molinaro said. In his first three at-bats, Jackson hit a grounder and a couple of pop flies. His fourth time up, he beat out an infield hit. "I'm happy with my performance this afternoon," Jackson said. "I'm just glad to be back swinging a bat." t " """ r t t f . 0 rf li f Chicago's Bo Jackson Eagles have question marks at many important positions By JOHN K.WILEY Associated Press Writer CHENEY, Wash. - Head coach Dick Zornes hopes he's found his quarterback and a pass rush when the Eastern Washington Eagles take to the field to open the 199 1 season. Seventh In a series Zornes welcomed back 44 letter winners, including 15 starters, from last year's 5-6 team that posted a 3-5 Big Sky Conference record. The Eagles are picked by Big Sky coaches and sports writers to finish in the middle of the conference standings this season. After a strong showing at spring drills, junior quarterback Mark Tenneson returns to lead the offense. Tenneson had a promising freshman year, but was inconsistent last season. "He's really come back and he's really playing exceptionally well," Zornes said. "His off-season preparation was intense. Now, he's much better prepared." Tenneson's average of nearly 200 yards a game as a freshman fell by half last season, when he lost three starts to senior Scott Stuart "He had a great freshman year and a very mediocre sophomore year, where he was not doing what we felt he could do," Zornes said. "I I think things came too easy as a v a 'Vv American track star Carl Lewis (center) smiles as he Is hugged by fellow Yanks Leroy Burrell after setting a world record In the 1 00-meter dash with a time of 9.86 seconds Sunday In Tokyo. 9.88 and Mitchell third at 9.91. Carl Lewis establishes new world record in 100 By BERT ROSENTHAL AP Track Writer TOKYO Carl Lewis, who calls himself the old man of track, ran faster than he ever did in his youth as he pulled away from the field in the swiftest 100 meters in history. The 30-year-old Lewis not only sped past countrymen Leroy Burrell and Dennis Mitchell in the final SO meters, he shattered Burrell's world record with a 9.86-second clocking in winning Sunday's final at the World Track and Field Championships. "It was the most incredible race of all time," Lewis said, "and the great thing was the old man was able to pull it out." The time clipped an amazing f our-hundredths of a second off the previous mark of 9.90 set by Burrell at the U.S. Championships two months ago in New York. Burrell also went under his own record, finishing second in 9.88, and the next four finishers broke 10 seconds the first time six sprinters broke the 10-second barrier in the same race. "I broke the world record and lost it in the same day," Burrell freshman and he thought things would fall into place for him as a sophomore. "The ball's in Mark's court now," Zornes said. "He's got some weapons." Tenneson's arsenal includes a sturdy line, a fleet receiving corps and a pair of shifty running backs. Anchoring the offensive line is tackle Kevin Sargent, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound senior. Zornes compares Sargent to former All-America linemen Ed Simmons and Jeff Mi-ckel, who went on to play in the National Football League. "I think the offensive line will probably be the strength of our football team again," Zornes said. "If our quarterback performs as good as we think, we'll be a good offensive team." Tenneson will have his pick of targets in what Zornes says is the best receiver corps in years. Tight end Tony Lenseigne and split end John Blamer are among six top pass catchers returning from last year. Running backs Harold Wright and Tim Mitchell who last season combined for more than 1,600 yards and 11 touchdowns give the Eagles prospects for a solid running game. The Eagles averaged 178.5 rushing yards per game last year, second behind Idaho. Senior Kurt Schulz returns to the f , J . JCS ; j - ' x y ( "It was the most incredible race of all time, and the great thing was the old man was able to pull it out." -Carl Lewis, new world-record holder In the 100-meter dash said. "How many people can say that?" And how many sprinters can match the big-race performances of Lewis? None. In 14 events in three World Championships and two Olympics, Lewis has 13 gold medals and a silver. His only loss was to Joe DeLoach in the 200-meter final at the 1988 Seoul Games. "He's probably the greatest track athlete that ever graced the planet," said Mitchell, who was third in 9.91 and gave the Americans a sweep in the race. "He proved it tonight." Burrell, a Santa Monica Club teammate of Lewis', agreed. "How more fitting than to lose the world record to the greatest athlete in track and field history, defensive backfield, having overcome an ankle injury that hobbled him most of last season. After playing cornerback for three years, Schulz has been designated "field rover," a catchall that will allow him to line up in several different secondary positions. "He's the fastest player on our football team, he's the strongest player on our football team and he's probably as good as any player we've ever had at our university," Zornes said. Although the Eagles field a good secondary, the line's inability to rush the passer was a weakness last season, Zornes said. Mian Rice has been moved from outside linebacker to end to shore up the defensive line. Junior college transfers Derek Hart, Courtney McClure and Tommy Williams were brought in to beef up the pass rush. "I think our defense came out of spring ball really improved," Zornes said. "That's an area we're concerned about. It's a major concern and something we have to improve." Kicker Jason Cromer, the school's leading scorer, suffered a knee injury in spring practices and will take a medical redshirt this season. Freshman Alex Lacson could forgo a redshirt season as a replacement, Zornes said. The Eagles start their season against two teams they've never met and maybe the greatest in the world?" Burrell said. "I put something out there for him. He had to take egg in his face in New York. Now, I have to take egg on my face." Racing before a crowd of 60,000 at National Stadium that included Japanese Emperor Akihito, Burrell was out extremely fast and led at 90 meters. Lewis, who was fifth at the 50-meter mark, finally caught Burrell with S meters to go and barely beat him to the finish line. Lewis glanced to the left as he finished, looking at Burrell and Britain's Linford Christie. When he realized he had won, he raised his arms into the air and began waving to the crowd. "It was the greatest 100 meters of all times," Burrell said. "Carl was the best and he deserved to Si before - Sept. 7 at Cal State-Northridge of the Western Football Conference, and Sept. 14 at Eastern Illinois of the Gateway Conference. The schedule has the Eagles on the road for three of their first four games, putting a premium on winning, Zornes said. "It's a real pressure situation," Zornes said. "The first four are pressure ball games. Then, after that, we're in good shape, with five of seven games at home." APPheta (left) and Dennis Mitchell Burrell finished second at - meter dash win. I am glad I was part of it." "It looked like I had a terrible start," said Lewis, who was next-to-last out of the blocks, "but I had a good start. The other guys got out so good, it looked like I had a bad one." As the race progressed, Lewis' confidence increased. "At 60 meters, I felt I had a shot," he said. "At 80 meters, I felt I had a great shot. And at 90 meters, I felt I had an incredible shot. "Ten meters of the race made the difference. For 90 meters, we were even." And then Lewis took over. "He passed us like we were standing still," Burrell said. "Carl has that tremendous 10-foot stride," said Christie, fourth in 9.92. "When he picks it up, he's like a choo-choo train." Lewis had a feeling this final would be one to remember. He was the fastest in all four rounds of the competition. He had a 9.80 in the second round on Saturday, but it was not a world record because the 4.1 wind speed was much stronger See TRACK, 3C Shunted Miami QB to leave By DAM IAN CRISTODERO Fort Myers News-Press CORAL GABLES, Fla. -Quarterback Bryan Fortay, upset at not being named the starter for the University of Miami football team, has decided to leave the school. The third-year sophomore announced his decision Sunday, three days after coach Dennis Erickson said Gino To-rretta would be starting the Aug. 31 opener at Arkansas. "I don't know if I could take a chance on staying here when my football career was at stake," said Fortay, a Parade Ail-American out of East Brunswick, N J. High. T don't know if I'm the guy they want at the helm. I want to be on a team that wants me to run the show and wants me to be the man. I don't know if I have that here." "He's a great kid and he has a chance at being a great quarterback," Erickson said. "I would have loved to see him stay. ... I tried to convince him to stay." MFniriNF. hat. Alta. The Great Falls Dodgers erupted for four runs in the top of the 12th inning Sunday to pun out a crucial i i-it Pioneer Leaeue victory over the , stubborn Medicine Hat Blue Jays. !; Erik Zammarchi readied oase on a hunt sinele and later scored the . go-ahead run on a single by Willie ; utanez. . , The victory, combined with the Helena Brewers' 2-1 loss to Billings : on Sunday nigm, virtually assures Great Falls of a fourth consecutive Northern Division championship. The Dodgers, three games ahead of . ... i . i . t. i tit. Helena, win cuncn ine uue wmi one more victory or another Helena loss. Each team has tour regular-season games remaining. The nnricers and Brewers meet each other Monday and Tuesday nights In Helena, men piay wieaicine nai , and Billings, respectively. Great Falls left fielder Tito Land-: rum opened the 12th inning with a walk off Mike O'Halloran. After; taking second on a wild pitch and moving to third on Zammarchi's , bunt single, he was thrown out at-; tempting to score on a grounder by Juan Castro. Zammarchi, who moved to second . on the play, scored when Otanez; singled to right. ' Castro scooted to third on the hit .'; and later scored on a balk by O'Halloran, extending the Dodgers' lead to 15-13. Javier Puchales proceeded to: single home Otanez, and scored himself on a single by Jay Kirk- : patrick. Great Falls appeared to be in complete command entering the ; bottom of the ninth inning, as the ; Dodgers owned a 13-8 lead. But Medicine Hat scored five runs on ; three hits and two errors to give the ; game its third tie. Ted Langowski plated three runners with a double, I then scored the tying run on a single by Hector Tavarez. The Dodgers broked a 6-6 tie with a five-run eighth inning. Landrum drove in Ken Huckaby, Henry Blanco and Patrick Reed with a double to the left field corner, and scored along with Zammarchi on a two-base hit by Castro. Medicine Hat answered with two runs in the bottom of the eighth, as Briggs belted a two-run home run. But Great Falls quickly regained a five-run advantage, scoring two runs on three hits in the top of the ninth. Medicine Hat tallied four runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-2 edge, only to see Great Falls rally for four runs in the top of the fifth to regain a one-run lead. Castro, Otanez, Frank Smith and LeRoy Williams each drove in a run for the Dodgers. The Jays answered with a run in its half of the fifth, tying the game at 6-6. All 1 1 Dodgers who batted had at least one hit, one run or one RBI. Landrum, Kirkpatrick and Zammarchi each had three hits, while Castro, Reed and Landrum each scored three runs. Castro drove in four runs and Landrum plated three. Chris Sinacori, thp fifth of six Great Falls pitchers, earned the victory. GREAT FALLS (17) ah r h bl MEDICINE HAT (14) oo r n 01 TnmmflrrhM A 9 1 1 Dflnleltrf 4 0 0 1 JCostro2b S 3 2 4 Crsoo2b 7 1 3 0 Otoneitt 6 112 Tsoukola3t 3 2)0 Smlthdh 5 0 2 1 Boston lb $320 LWIIIIamslb 3 0 0 1 Briggs rf 5 3 3 3 Huckabvc 5 2 2 1 Blanco 3b 4 110 Reed rf 4 3 2 0 Landrum If 6 3 3 3 Klrkpatrcklb 4 0 3 1 Puchales dh 2 2 11 Totals 52 17 20 15 Great Falls Medicine Hat c irntrn. Hnrlcabv. Langowski dh S 1 i 4 Tavcrez ss 4 19 1 Lomoardi c Ramos If Alvarei If 5 3 3 2 90 2 1 3 0 11 Herreradh 1 1 0 ( Totals 52 14 It 11 020 (40 0S2 004-17 001 410 025 001-14 Briggs, Crespo, Lo- mbardl. DP-Great Falls 1, Medicine Hat 1. LOB-Great Falls 1, Medicine Hat 6. JB-Ramos 2, Boston 2, Lombardl 1, Langowski, JCaitro, Hucakbv, Landrum. HR-Brlggs (0). SB-Tsoukalas, Reed. Landrum, Puchales 2, S-Huckaby. SF-Danieis, otanez, IP H IIR U 10 Great Falls NCastro Broyles Walkden Strong Sinacori W.6-1 Aronetz Medicine Hat Batiste Maunare Robinson O'Halloran L.l-3 3 2-3 12-3 21-3 I 21-3 5 3 3 1-3 Sinclair 2-3 WP O'Halloran. Balk-O'Halloran. T-4:22.A-4V. O Brewers knocking A's out ol the race. O Dodgers lose again, but so does Atlanta. O Yankees can't get Taylor to sign. Please see page 4C 0

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