Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on August 3, 1977 · Page 7
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Page 8 Garden City Tflcgram Wodnesdny, August 3. 1977 N _ 4, T^X% I *+* . So Sa Y s Whitey.. JfKC Ot I OO LdlG. Starts to Do Something Scoreboard By The Associated Press American League East BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Harold Delano Wynegar, Jr., is confident that his favorite team, the Minnesota Twins, are going to catch the Chicago White Sox in the American League West. Wynegar, who is better known as Butch around the A.L., doubled and scored and then drilled a three-run homer to lead those Twins to a 9-4 victory over Kansas City's defending western division titlists Tuesday night. "It was important to win these two games from the Royals," said the 21-year-old Twins catcher, who has driven in 57 runs this season. "But we've got to keep going, because Chicago hasn't been losing.'" Wynegar is confident the upstart White Sox will slip. And although the Twins have won 13 of their last 17 games, they still trail Chicago by 3V 2 games. "They've been going at just an unbelievable pace," continued Wynegar about Chicago. "We're probably lucky to be this close." Although not as optimistic as his second- year catcher, Twins Manager Gene Mauch thinks 92 or 93 wins could still win the division. "I can count," said Mauch. "I know the White Sox can play .500 ball the rest of the way and win over 90 games." Actually, the Sox.would finish with 92 wins if they split their remaining 60 games. "It's not too late," said Royals Manager Whitey Herzog in the quiet K.C. locker room. "If we don't do something in the next 10 to 12 games, I'll start to worry." However, the Royals remained 5% games back of Chicago with the defeat. Kansas City took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth on Frank White's rbi single. Al Cowens, who singled in runs in the first and third innings, also sent home the Royals final run with a rbi single in the ninth. Cowens has driven in 70 runs while playing in all of Kansas City's 101 games. Dan Ford's 10th home run in the fourth cut the Royal's lead to 3-2 and rookie Bob Gorinski singled in the tying run moments later. An error by reserve shortstop Bob Heise gave the Twins two more runs in the inning and Wynegar's blast in the fifth shoved Minnesota into an 3 bulge in the fifth of losing pitcher Andy Hassler, 6-4. "This is the way bad baseball clubs and expansion clubs lose," said R'oyals designated hitter Hal McRae. "We get into a lead but we can't hold it." Dave Goltz departed with two outs in the ninth after Cowens' third run-producing hit of the night prevented him Telegram^ Sports from posting his fourth straight complete game. Goltz, who missed his last start because of a viral infection, scattered 11 hits before departing and registered his 13th victory against six defeats. "He went longer than we expected," said Mauch. "We need every inning from our starters that we can get." Maybry ph Patek ss Heise ss LaHoud ph Rojas 2b Total 37 1000 0000 2000 0000 1000 4 11 4 Total 33 9 10 7 KANSAS CITY Poqettelf McRae dh GBrett 3b Cowens rf LaCock Ib Zdeb ph Otis cf Porter c FWhite 2b ab 5 4 5 4 4 1 3 4 3 MINNESOTA rhbi 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 Bostck cf Rndall 2b Carew Ib Ford rf Kusick Smaley Wyngar Terrell Gornki dh ss c 3b If ab 5 4 3 5 3 3 3 3 4 rhbi 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 1 Kansas City Minnesota E—Smalley, Heise, City 1, Minnesota 10, Minnesota 7. 101 100001—4 10043001x— 9 Porter. DP—Kansas 1. LOB—Kansas City 2B—Carew, Wynegar. Boston Bait NYork Detroit Cleve Milwkee Toronto W 59 60 59 46 46 46 36 L 43 44 46 55 56 60 66 Pet. .578 .577 .562 .455 .451 .434 .353 GB — — 1% 12% 13 15 23 West Chicago Minn K.C. Texas Calif Seattle Oakland 62 61 56 56 48 46 42 40 46 45 45 54 61 61 .608 .570 .554 .554 .471 .430 .408 — 3>/2 5% 5% 14 18% 20Vz 3B—GBrett. HR—Ford (10), Wynegar (7). S—Wynegar. IP H R ERBBSO Hassler (L.6-4) 5 2-3 9 8 7 4 3 Littell 21-311 0 2 3 Goltz (W.13-6) 82-3114 3 4 5 Burgmeier 1-300 0 0 0 WP—Goltz, Littell. 3:01. A—24,691. PB—Wynegar. T— Baseball Not for Girls?Don 9 t Ask Bobbi By CAROL CRUPPER If baseball isn't for girls, Bobbi Guerrero, 11, doesn't know it. She runs the bases like a pro and is considered by many to be one of the best first basemen around. Before Bobbi and her sister broke into minor league baseball in Garden City three years ago, people more or less considered the sport "for boys only." No one questioned it. Girls played softball, and boys played baseball. That's the way it was. That didn't make much sense to nine-year-old Bobbi, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Guerrero. She loved baseball. "It was funner than just playing with that big old softball," she said. So when Bobbi finished a' stint at T-ball, she decided, with encouragement from her mother, to try out for a baseball team. Her sister Nikki, then 11, was persuaded to go along, too. And off they left for the draft. As the coaches watched, youngsters wanting to participate in the program showed their skills at fielding and batting. The coaches then chose up their teams. When it was over, said Bobbi's father, the girls were left. The Civic Center assigned them both to the Pawnees. When Tony Cruz Jr., the Pawnee coach, received his list of players, he thought there was some mistake. He went down to the center to find out what the deal was. Guerrero said the baseball commission was then asked to decide if the girls could legally be prohibited from playing. BOBBI, WHO now enjoys some sidelines antics, said her first year in baseball 'was a little hard. John Montre They couldn't, the members decided. So out the Guerrero girls went for practice. It was a little rough at first, said Bobbi. Some of her own teammates had a hard time accepting her — until they saw her play. Opponents would cajole her. "I didn't listen," she said. "They sounded like a bunch of sissies." She just played baseball — and played it well. "Like anyone with some kind of spunk, being razzed or ridiculed gives them more drive," said her father. Letting Bobbi on base is ' trouble, other teams have found. "She steals two or more bases a game," said her dad. "And she's scored probably 95 per cent of the time she's gotten on base." But Bobbi's talents aren't limited to the basepaths. "She's about the best first baseman I've seen," said her coach. "She's a great little player." One of Bobbi's strongest supporters is her older brother Juan. His pride in her is evident. "Bobbi Jo has beaten them all out," he said. "She's better than anyone I've seen her age." Then he reconsidered. "Well," he said, "she and Rene Ramirez are probably about a draw." Juan, who plays in the older aged Babe Ruth League, said his sister would probably best quite a few of the players in his league right now. At present, Bobbi's team is sitting atop the minor league with a record of 12 wins and one loss. In fact, in the three years that Bobbi's played on the team, the Pawnees have placed first in minor league regular season play. Bobbi's sister Nikki hasn't played since that first year, but two other girls have made other teams since the Guerrero girls opened the door three years ago. Baseball's a good game, said Bobbi. In baseball, a player can steal bases and run after strikes. And hitting is more fun. Softball's not the challenge, she said. "Anyone can hit that big pumpkin," she said. Tuesday's Results Cleveland 9-7, Milwaukee 2-4 Minnesota 9, Kansas City 4 Texas 9, Chicago 8 New York 9, California 3 Boston 3, Seattle 2,10 innings Only games scheduled Wednesday's Games Toronto (Garvin7-10) at Kansas City (Splittorff 8-5), (n) Texas (Ellis 5-8) at Chicago (Barrios 11-4), (n) Cleveland (Bibby 9-7) at Milwaukee (Haas 7-7), (n) Detroit (Arroyo 6-9) at Minnesota (Schueler 4-5), (n) Boston (Paxton 3-2) at Seattle (Wheelock 5-6), (n) Baltimore (Flanagan 8-8) at Oakland (Langford 7-12), (n) New York (Guidry 8-5) at California (Ryan 14-10), (n) Thursday's Games Texas at Chicago, (n) Detroit at Minnesota, (n) Toronto at Kansas City, (n) Boston at Oakland, (n) GUERRERO rounds the BOBBI Aztecs. In the future, Bobbi wants to continue playing the game. And this is her last year in the minors — so major league, watch out. bases during a recent game with the John Montre Some day, she said — if she feels as she does now and if things work out — perhaps she will be trying out for the New York Yankees. And she just might. It may be that the spunky gal from Garden City will be opening up a few more doors in her lifetime. BoSox Hit-and-Run Into East AL Lead SFran 48 59 .449 S Diego 46 62 .426 22 Atlanta 37 67 .356 29 Tuesday's Results Montreal 10, San Francisco 2 San Diego 4, Philadelphia 2 St. Louis 6, Atlanta 4 Chicago 5, Cincinnati 2. Los Angeles 7, New York 2 Pittsburgh 6, Houston 3 Wednesday's Games Los Angeles (Rau 12-2) at New York (Matlack 6-12) San Francisco (Barr 10-7) at Montreal (J. Brown 7-8), (n) San Diego (Shirley 6-12) at Philadelphia (Carlton 14-6), (n) SI. Louis (Rasmussen 8-10) at Atlanta (Ruthven 3-7), (n) Chicago (R. Reuschel 15-3) at Cincinnati (Moskau2-2), (n) Pittsburgh (Kison 6-4) at Houston (J. Niekro6-3), (n) Thursday's Games San Diego at Philadelphia Montreal at Atlanta, (n) Seniors Seek Kegler Awards COLUMBUS, Ohio. (AP) — Thanks to a gutter ball and no . thanks to an airline, Randall Johnson Jr. of Lexington, Ky., and Melvin Kamihara of Aiea, Hawaii, will compete for $1,000 college scholarships in the All-America Youth Bowling Championships starting Wednesday. They are among 24 finalists in the competition that began with more than 60,000 high school seniors seeking $28,000 in grants. The 17-year-old event is sponsored by the National Bowling Council and conducted by the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America. Johnson earned his trip when his regional semifinal opponent dumped his ball into the gutter, providing Johnson with a one-pin decision. Kamihara was forced to buy a new ball when an airline lost his favorite 16-pounder en route to regional tournament competiton. Double Loss Puts GC out of Meet SALINA — Garden City Babe Ruths gave it two good shots at recovery here Tuesday. But both came too late, and put the 14- and 15-year-olds out of state championship play. Garden's first loss came early in the afternoon during the remaining half-inning of a game rain-delayed Monday. Going into Tuesday's finish, GC was trailing McPherson 14-9. Garden plated three more runs but couldn't get over the hump. Final score was 14-12. Babe Ruth business manager Leon Wells blamed pitching difficulties for the Tuesday evening 11-7 loss to Baxter Springs. GC coaches tried four different pitchers in the contest. Garden City trailed 6-0 in the third inning, but managed to add three runs in the fifth and sixth innings and one in the seventh. But GC was unable to compensate for errors made in fielding. State Slow Pitch Starts Thursday National League . East Chicago Phila Pitts S Louis Montreal NYork Los Ang Cinci Houston W L 61 42 59 44 60 45 58 48 49 55 44 59 West 67 39 52 52 49 58 Pet. .592 .573 .571 .547 .471 .427 .632 .500 .458 GB 2 2 4V 2 12'/2 17 14 18 '/ 2 By The Associated Press The Boston Red Sox pulled off a successful run-and-hit play in the 10th inning and ran themselves right into first place in the "hop-scotch" American League East Division race. Denny Doyle opened the 10th inning with a single and, one out later, raced to third on More Than Talk on Turf By The Associated Press Apprentice jockey Jean-Luc Samyn, the Flying Frenchman, is far behind Steve Cauthen in winners, but he's 10 lengths ahead and driving when it comes to talking. Jean-Luc, New York's best apprentice since Silent Steve lost his five-pound weight allowance, has been speaking English for less than two years, so he has some catching up to do. "My English, it is not so bad, is it?" asked Samyn before he left for the opening at Saratoga, New York's thoroughbred racing headquarters for the month of August. "I have been here for a year and a half and I already talk better than Cruguet." Jean Cruguet, the French jockey who tasted Triple Crown success aboard Seattle Slew, cringes and says: "He's so crazy. All he does is talk, talk, talk." Jean-Luc's retort: "He's my father. You know how parents are." Samyn, a happy-go-lucky 20-year-old, has been more than just talk on the racetrack. He won 17 races, three of them $25,000 events, at Belmont, riding for such top trainers as Buddy Hirsch, Lucien Laurin, Pancho Martin and LeRoy Jolley. Samyn came to America in November, 1975, after a 17-race career in France. "I came for a one-month vacation. I wanted to ride some horses here, just so I could say I've ridden American horses. Then Buddy Hirsch saw me, and said: 'You ride good, I want you to ride for me.'" Samyn worked in South Carolina with Hirsch, who helped him with his riding and his English. The early going was rough for the friendly Frenchman, who was not given an apprentice allowance in New York because he had a contract to ride in France. He then went to Monmouth and Garden State in New Jersey and Keystone in Pennsylvania. He became the top apprentice (first- year jockeys get a five-pound weight reduction) at Monmouth and Garden State and No. 2 at Keystone. His successes prompted New York's racing officials to allow Samyn the five-pound bug at Belmont. Samyn's earnings on his winning mounts are 10 per cent so the little Frenchman has taken an immediate liking to American capitalism. "I'm going to stay here," says Samyn, a baker's son. "There's big, big liberty here. Everything I want is here. I can make lots of money." With the money comes the luxuries, like an apartment near Belmont, a television set and a car. The apartment near Belmont is for convenience since he exercises horses in the wee hours of the morning. The TV is for his enjoyment and "to learn English," and the car, a Chrysler Cordoba, is for comfort. Samyn says French jockeys riding in America are not that popular back home. "In France, we don't like American jockeys, and in America, they don't like French jockeys." He has, however, at least one friend in the United States. "I won a race for Miss tfSA in 1976," Jean-Luc says. "I had a 19-1 shot, Miss Mobility. They told me if I won, Miss USA would kiss me after the race. "I won by 18 lengths." Rick Burleson's run-and-hit single. Doyle then scored on Fred Lynn's sacrifice fly to give the Red Sox a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. "We were just running to stay out of the double play situation. We caught a little break — the guy leaned a little," said Boston Manager Don Zimmer of Seattle shortstop Craig Reynolds. When Doyle broke for second, Reynolds moved to cover the bag and Burleson lined his single right behind the shortstop into left field. The victory gave Boston a .001 lead over idle Baltimore in the AL East battle. The New York Yankees defeated the California Angels 9-3 to pull to within 1% games of the top. In other AL games Tuesday, Cleveland defeated Milwaukee twice, 9-2 and 7-4, Minnesota stopped Kansas City 9-4 and Texas nipped Chicago 9-8. Yankees 9, Angels 3 Salina Defeats GC Club Twice PITTSBURG—Garden City Babe Ruths lost title to state championship here Tuesday in two games against Salina. The 13-year-olds were thrashed by Salina 11-1 in the first game and 12-0 in the second. The Salina club will advance to the regional tournament in Moorehead, Minn., as Kansas champions. Thurman Munson, Chris Chambliss and Reggie Jackson combined to drive in seven runs to back the pitching of Mike Torrez, 10-10, as New York defeated California. Paul Hartzell, 4-7, took the loss for the Angels. The victory was New York's seventh in nine games as the Yankees pounded California pitching for 19 hits, the most in one game by a Yankee team since July 12, 1975. Twins 9, Royals 4 A three-run homer by Butch Wynegar and Dan Ford's round-tripper powered Minnesota's victory over Kansas City. Right-hander Dave Goltz increased his record to 13-6, giving up 11 hits before Tom Burgmeier came on to get the final out. Rangers 9, White Sox 8 Willie Horton's double drove home Bert Campaneris in the ninth inning as Texas rallied from a 7-0 deficit to nip Chicago. Campaneris led off the ninth with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Horton's double into the right-field corner. Indians 9-7, Brewers 2-4 Bill Melton scored three times and drove in three runs to lead Cleveland over Milwaukee in the second game of their doubleheader. The Indians won the first game behind the seven-hit, 10- strikeout pitching of Dennis Eckersley, 10-8, and two RBI apiece by Buddy Bell, Rico Carty, Andre Thornton and Frank Duffy. GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — Victoria, the 1976 campion, drew the Hutchinson Boosters as a first-round opponent in the Kansas men's slow pitch softball tournament which opens at Great Bend Thursday night. First-round games will be played simultaneously at Brit Spaugh Park and Veterans Memorial Park, with the championship being decided Sunday night at Brit Spaugh Park. It is a double elimination tournament. The first-round matchups: SOFTBALL RESULTS In Garden City recreation commission men's slowpitch softball Tuesday night, Johnson Septic blasted Old Soak Weed, 23-9, Berry Tractor pounded Wentling, 186, HWH Cattle Co. beat Regan 14-12, American Implement bombed GC Datsun, 11-1, Garst-Thomas whipped Farmland, 13-0, Deerfield defeated GC Datsun, 13-10, and Johnson Septic outlasted Wentling Construction, 27-21. In Prairie League, Longhorns defeated Foxes, 41, Chipmunks beat Rabbits, 11-8, and Foxes whipped Cottontails, 13-2. In Skyline play, Owls beat Ravens, 7-5, Eagles blasted Falcons, 28-1, and Orioles defeated Larks, 16-3. In Pee Wee action, Buffaloes nipped Sooners, 3-2, Tigers overcame Deerfield, 12-11, and Cowboys defeated Huskers, 19-11. Deerfield beat Jets, 10-7, and Royals downed Holcomb, 10-2, in the Major League. Thursday at Brit Spaugh Park 7—Great Bend vs. Salina 8—Victoria vs. Hutchinson Boosters 9—Hutchinson Radiators vs. Great Bend-Salina winner Thursday at Veterans Park 7—Garden City Feeders vs. Wichita Copeland 8—Anthony vs. Manhattan B&L 9—Lamed Feeders vs. Garden City-Wichita winner 10—Dodge City vs. Anthony- Manhattan winner Friday at Brit Spaugh 6—Hays vs. Garden City Motors 7—Wichita M-E vs. Topeka Michelob 8—Topeka Spots vs. Hays- Garden City winner 9—Lawrence Hideaway vs. Wichita-Topeka winner 10—Emporia vs. Victoria- Hutchinson winner Friday at Veterans 7—Chanute vs. Atchison 8^-Topeka Polecats vs. Lawrence Sun Devils 9—Manhattan Boosters vs. Chanute-Atchison winnner 10—Wichita Heritage vs. Topeka-Lawrence winner 'No Kids Aimed' Tourney at Scott SCOTT CITY — Scott County Golf Association is sponsoring a senior open golf tournament for men 50 years and older Sunday. Tee time for the "no kids allowed" tourney is 7:30 to 11 a.m. Entry fee is $10. Three cash prizes in each flight will be awarded. For more information call 872-9994 or 872-2312, or write Scott County Golf Association.

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