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Sports 3B Wausau Daily Herald Saturday, May 20, 1995 Milwaukee's Sparks has 1 exes' number Meet the 'Chucks Player: John Thresher. Position: Outfield. Sparks (1-0), making his first major league start, avoided potential problems in the second and seventh when his defense backed him with double plays. He struck out three and College: Florida Southern. Age: 18.

WT: 215. Bats: Right: Throws: Seitzer singled and Oliver blooped a single in front of left fielder Mark McLemore. Rangers hitters were impressed and frustrated by Sparks' dancing knuckler. "This kid's got a good one," Tettleton said. "It kind of gets right on top of you and then disappears.

What's amazing is that he's got pretty gixjd control of it. You have to tip your cap to him." Darren Oliver (0-1), also making his first major league start after 54 relief appearances, lasted 3 1-3 innings for the Rangers and left after giving up the game's lone run. Oliver, who had a 9.82 ERA in nine appearances this season, allowed one run and three hits with two walks and one strikeout. allowed four walks to left-hander Graeme Lloyd to face Will Clark. Clark was retired on a fly ball and Mickey Tet-tleton made the third out of the inning on a ground ball.

Mike Fetters got the final three outs for his first save. Sparks, who took up the knuckleball in 1991, shut down a Rangers lineup that had scored 36 runs with 55 hits during their four-game winning streak. "I was a little nervous early and fell behind in the count a few times," he said. "But after the third inning, I got a good feel for the knuckleball." Sparks, who walked eight in a relief appearance on May 1 1 against Detroit, won the battle of youngsters making their first major league starts when Joe Oliver provided the game's only run with an RBI single in the fourth. Jeff Cirillo drew a one-out walk, Kevin Famed phone-book ripper picks up first win in majors ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Steve Sparks can now be remembered for more than separating his left shoulder while attempting to rip a phone book in half.

Sparks, a rookie righthanded knuckleballer, allowed five hits over 7 1-3 innings for his first major league victory as the Brewers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 1-0 shutout of the Texas Rangers on Friday night. "That (the phone book incident in 1994 spring training) was blown a little out of proportion but for whatever reason, that's what's stuck with me," said Sparks, the only knuckle-ball pitcher in the American League. "Hopefully I can go ahead and prove myself." snap Texas' four-game Brewers 1 Rangers 0 winning streak. "The more he pitches, the better hell be," Mil- waukee manager Phil Garner said. "He was getting ahead in the count and he got in a nice, easy pattern.

Steve Sparks was the star of the show tonight." After giving up a one-out single to Jeff Frye in the eighth, Sparks was removed in favor of Box score2B Ri9-H Jhn Home- town: Thresher Tampa, Fla. Notes: Graduated in 1 994 from H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, Fla. Thresher won the team batting title as a senior at Plant, where he was a two-time all-! conference and all-county selec- tion. Florida Southern won its opener in the NCAA Division II regional playoffs Friday, defeat-ing Tampa 1 9-1 7 in 1 0 innings.

Florida Southern has won seven NCAA Division II national champi- onship 1971, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1985 and 1988. IP x-, a OUTBOARDS i i fc- I 1 1775 Pro-V Deluxe Features: kxkable electronics center, aerated live well system with recirculators, bow casting platform and many ottier extras OUTBOARDS 1 riM David HumphroysWautau Dally Herald 1750 TYEE Features: wrap around windshield, fold down seats, aerated live well, open v-berth for fishing and plenty ot gear storage Swiping second: Marathon's (24) Kevin Carr (24) reaches to tag out Ladysmith's Scott Effertz during WIAA Division 2 playoff action Friday afternoon in Marathon. M'aBur-Mrn -sr 1 Budnik fans nine as Evergreens hit .500 mark EVERGREENS 2, JAGUARS 1 D.C. Aahwaubanon 000 001 0 1 7 1 SchuMz. Baker (21, Aaron Sahan and Duncan, Ladyimttn.

Cllntonville 7, Wltt-BIrn 1 WITTENBERG The Truckers' Dean Muthig scattered five hits over seven innings and also hit an RBI double and a two-run home run to give his team the WIAA Division 2 opening round playoff win. Ryan Bricco hit a three-run homer for Clintonville in the fourth inning. Witt-Birn finishes its season with a 9-8 record. Wausau Dally Herald SCHOFIELD Mike Krueger's single with the bases loaded in the third inning scored Nick Pregont and Ryan Greening and lifted the D.C. Everest baseball team to a 2-1 non-conference win Friday over Ashwaubenon at D.C.

Everest High School. The Evergreens' Mike A Budnik went the distance, scattering seven hits and OUTBOARDS I Br TRUCKERS 7, CHARGERS 1 Ryan Ziesmen in its WIAA Division 2 playoff opener. The Blue Devils" Ziesmen struck out 1 1 Indians, allowing only four hits. "He had an excellent fastball and breaking ball," Mosinee coach Whitoy Steinagel said. "We had to battle all night, but we hold in there.

We came back and ted it in the fifth and we had the tying run on in the seventh but just couldn't get it across. Jon (Backes) threw a nice game for us. He finished his career here 15-3." BLUE DEVILS 4, INDIANS 2 Oconto 000 112 0 4 0 Moslnee .000 020 0 2 4 3 Ryan Ziesmen and Andy Edanvlen. Jon Backet end Andy Mlchallk. WP-Zleamen (11 strikeouts, walks, 4 hits).

LP-Backes (6-2, strikeouts, 2 walks, 6 hits). 2B Edanvien and Brian Bancroft, Oconto; Kevin Kukllnskl, Moslnee. Lady smith 16, Marathon 4 MARATHON The Lumberjacks pounded 13 hits, including five home runs, to eliminate the Red Raiders in a WIAA Division 2 first round playoff game. Gerard and Steve Rajek each had a pair of hits for Marathon, which finishes its season with a 9-4 record. ,..001 321 0 7 8 Cllntonville OnTheWater 100 000 0 1 S3 allowing only one walk.

"It was a classic pitcher's dual," Everest coach Craig Gtysch and Casey Kessanich. Mike Budnik and Bryan Spindler. WP-Budnik (9 strikeouts, 1 walk, 7 hits). LP-Glysch (7 strikeouts. 3 walks, 4 hits).

2B: Glysch, Ashwaubenon. Stevens Point 5, Merrill 2 MERRILL Stevens Point's Sam Krueger had three hits, including a pair ot doubles, and Jeff Weinkauf had a pair of hits and pitched two-hit ball for five innings to earn the Wisconsin Valley Conference win. With the game tied 2-2 in the fifth inning, Merrill gave up three runs on two walks, two errors, a groundout and a double. The Bluejays finish 0-8 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference and are 2-16 overall. They play a non-conference doubleheader today against Green Bay Preble and De Pere in Green Bay before opening the WIAA playoffs at 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday at Rhinelander. PANTHERS BLUEJAYS 2 Point 110 030 0-S 3 Merrill 010 100 0 2 3 Jell Weinkauf. Tim Weruel (6) and Nick WaMn Corey Opper. Enc Klug (7) and Tom Barker WP-Wemkauf (7 strikeouts, a walks. 2 tuts).

LP-Opper (2 strikeouts, 3 walks, sw hits). 28 -Sain Krueger (2), Pant. Oconto 4, Moslnee 2 OCONTO Mosinee ran into a buzz saw named ISUAI M1U1V Now thru May 21! ATTIIK Antler's Supmr Club Dean Mulhig and Ed Egan. Chris Ostrowskl, Paul Knstof (4), Troy Leiskau (5) and Jeremy Sickler WP Muthig (6 stnkeouts, I walk. 5 hits).

LP-Ostrowski (3 strikeouts, 3 walks. 4 hits) 2B-Muthiq, Clintonville; Knslot, Ostrowskl and Tyler Tlapa, Witl-Bim HR Muthig, CNnlonville Greenwood 4, Athens 0 GREENWOOD The Indians' Roscoe Lamovec allowed only four hits and no walks to knock the Blue-jays out in their WIAA Division 3 playoff opener. Athens finishes the year with a 4-9 record. INDIANS 4, BLUEJAYS 0 rzV (across from 3 7 DuBay Sport Marine) Mark Simon said. "Their guy iwj? (Craig Glysch) was as good of a pitcher as we've seen all year.

Budnik pitched extremely well. The only trouble he got in was in the sixth when they scored a run, but he finished strong by striking out the side in the seventh." Everest, now 7-7 overall, opens WIAA Division 1 playoff action Tuesday against Wausau West at Athletic Park. Athene 000 000 0 0 6 3 LUMBERJACKS 16, RED RAIDERS 4 100 030 0 100 030 102 001 4 6 2 Greenwood Was Kune and Josh Zenner. Roscoe Lamovec, Brian Hare (6) and Marathon 0-4 7 4 Ladyamlth 700 360 16 13 3 Jay Pnhoda. Jesse Raasch (1), Ryan Rudie (2), Kevin Carr (3) and Corey Scheiderer.

Robert Duncan and Ban Baker. WP Duncan (9 stnke-outs, 4 walks, 7 hits). LP-Pnhoda (1 stnkeoul, 3 hits, 1 walk). HR Dave David Greisen. WP-Lamovec (4 strikeouts, 4 hits).

LP-Kunze (1-4, 5 strikeouts, 6 hits). 2B-Josh Zenner, Athens; Roscoe Lamovec and Nathon Brom. Greenwood. Boda shuts down Freedom Schauer fires 77 to win, Valley Conference title I) -m arc 1 1 Witt-Birn advances in WIAA playoffs to face Oconto Falls Wausau Daily Herald Wausau Daily Herald RHINELANDER Witt-Birn will host Oconto Falls in a regional game at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

CHARGERS 7, IRISH 0 Freedom 000 000 0 0 3 3 Wltt-BIrn 003 301 7 6 1 Jamie Lowrey and Carrie Devine Sara Boda and Jenni Day. WP-Boda (10 strikeouts. 2 walks, 3 hits) LP -Lowrey (4 strikeouts. 2 walks. 6 hits) 2B-Jessica Almazar, Will Birn 3B Jamie Seeleldt.

Witt Birn. Wausau Marathon 13, Tomahawk 2 TOMAHAWK Cheryl Knauf vV East golfer Brett Schauer fired a 77 Friday at North-woods Country Club to finish with a two-day total of 155 and earn medalist honors at Wisconsin Valley Conference Meet. rounds of 77 and 79. Wausau West's Ryan Engholt was third with at 158. Marshfield won the team title with a 646, Stevens Point was second with a 664 and East was third with a 679.

VALLEY MEET Team scores: Marahtield 320-326646, Stevens Point 325-338-664, Wausau East 330-349-679, Wisconsin Rapids 336 349-686, Anhgo 3SO-347697, Wausau West 341-357-696, Rhinelander 357-354-711. C. Everest 354-376 730. Merrill 364-384-748 Medalists: 1 Brett Schauer (WE) 78-77-155: 2. Brock (MAR) 77-79-158; 3 Ryan EnghoU (WW) 79-79-158; 4 Mike ImhoH (MAR) 78-81-159; 5 Ben Enerson(SP) 77-83-160.

Wausau East: Pat Egan 81-90-171; Tim Rupple 85-90-1 75; Paul Speltz 86-92-178 Wausau Weet: Andy DeKonmg 81-93-174; Andy Seaman 96-66-82; Nate Bkinm 94-99-193 Evereet; Kurt Karda 88-91-179. Mike Winer 89-93-182; Greg Go 89-93-182; Dave Dasaow 92 99-191. Merrill: Jason Voigl 83-95-178, Andy Rajek 90-88-178; Richie Akey 95-98-194. W1TTJSNBEKU Jessica Alamzar went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored while Sara Boda pitched a 3-hit shutout Friday to lead the Wittenberg-Bir-namwood Softball team to a 7-0 WIAA Division 2 playoff win over Freedom. Jenni Day drove in three runs for the Chargers, 15-3, while Jody Vanderkoy picked up a pair of RBI.

"They had a pretty good record (11-3) and we're playing pretty well coming in," Witt-Birn coach Eric Peterson said. "But they were Jenni Day had two of Marathon's six hits as it eliminated the Hatchets in the WIAA Division 2 playoff opener. The Red Raiders benefited from six Tomahawk errors in the game. Marathon advances to face Northland Pines Tuesday while Tomahawk finishes its season at 8-6. PCSLRRIS RED RAIDERS 13, HATCHETS 2 Shauer, who Brett had a 78 Fri- erhaupr day at Stevens cnauer Point Country Wausau East Club, edged Marshfield's C.J.

Brock by one stroke. Brock had Marathon ..274 00 13 6 2 ..010 01 111 Witt-Birn Maryann Witberler and Maryann Lemmer. Chris Liberty and Stephanie Weinand. WP-Wilberler (3 strikeouts, 3 walks. 8 hits).

LP-Liberty (9 walks, 6 hits) 2B-Cheryl Knual, Marathon 3B Bobbie Stelnhalel, Tomahawk the team that beat us last year so we were ready." Titans one win from series stingray; CrownLine" lUnuZitiues BY LOHHI I IHAFIMbirvLt lMr" 11.0. Spzpts FULL SERVICE i RENTALS Eale River GOLF COURSE 1994 CHANNEL 7 SITE! mmm April 15, gave up nine hits but avoided any major pitfalls In 8 1-3 innings. Todd Jensen came on to get the last two outs for his fourth save ot the season. Minnesota 9, Northwestern 8 COLUMBUS, Ohio Mark Vander-sal's squeeze bunt in the seventh inning brought home Bob Keeney with the deciding run as second-seeded Minnesota overcame a 4-0 deficit. Keeney doubled up the gap with one out and moved to third on a fly out.

Vandersal dropped a perfect bunt down the first base line and then slid headfirst into first base to beat the attempted tag by Northwestern 's Brad Niedermaier. The winner of the doubte-eNmination tournament, set to end Sunday afternoon, receives an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. OSHKOSH (AP) Jarrod Washburn pitched 16 strikeouts as defending NCAA Division III champion University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh defeated Concordia-Moorhead, 4-2, Friday in the second round of the division's Midwest Regional baseball playoffs. Washburn's 16 strikeouts are the second highest total in Division III tournament history. Stevens Point's Jeff Zappa, who hit a three-run homer Thursday against Illinois Benedictine, drove in two runs against Concordia (29-7).

St Thomas was eliminated Friday by Benedictine 8-7, and Benedictine then played Concordia to determine which one would face Oshkosh (35-3) for the regional title today. Purdue 3, Ohio State 2 COLUMBUS, Ohio Leaving 10 men on base, including six in scoring position, the top-seeded Buckeyes lost to fourth-seeded Purdue in the first round of the Big Ten Conference baseball tournament. Purdue (27-28) advances to meet Minnesota (30-26) in today's 3:30 p.m. winner's bracket final. No.

23-ranked Ohio State (36-21) takes on Northwestern (34-18) at noon, with the loser knocked out of the double-elimination tournament Mike Hedman shackled Ohio State for the second time this season. Hedman, who had lost a 1-0 no-hitter to the Buckeyes on 2-18 Hole Green Fees Range Balls Motorized Cart with this coupon Not valid for toumamenti outings s341-1263-69S4040 Hour: Moa-Frt. 9-6 Sat $5, Sua Noon-4 U2 mile W. ot Hwy 51 on Hwy Da Ex 171, Lake DuBay Acrum from tf AntW Suorw CVib Good thru May 25th, 1995 Call 1-800-280-1477 or 715479-8111 for reservations I 527 McKinley Blvd. Eagle River, WT.

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