Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida on April 20, 1987 · 39
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Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida · 39

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Monday, April 20, 1987
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4 TIMES NT CT MONDAY, APRIL 20, 1987 Parrish signing limits minor-leaguers' strides By MIKE PAYNE THimi sun Writ Jeff Kaye has got to be wondering what kind of future he has as a Phillies catcher. Kaye, beginning his second year with Clearwater, saw his advancement as a catcher through the Philadelphia organization slow considerably when the Phillies signed Lance Parrish this spring. Plus, the Philadelphia chain appears to be loaded with catchers. There are three at Class AA Reading and two at Class AAA Maine. The Phils' major league roster includes John Russell and Darren Daulton. Daulton arrived in Clearwater Thursday after being optioned to the club for rehabilitation of the left knee he injured last summer. His presence, and that of 20-year-old catcher Carlos Zayas, makes for a crowd behind the Clearwater plate. "Daulton is just here for a while," Kaye said. "He's a big league catcher and he's got nothing to prove. But bringing Parrish in moved everyone else back a little." Kaye was invited to Philadelphia's spring training camp as a non-roster player but developed soreness in ' his throwing shoulder three weeks into workouts. Stiffness in the shoulder has limited him to at-bats as a designated hitter and pinch hitter, although he said he hopes to begin catching again this week. And he's more than willing to try another position if that will aid in his development. "I can play third base, first base, and the outfield," he said. "My speed FSL notebook isn't great, but my reactions are good from catching. I wouldn't mind doing that." Cards' pitcher no easy out St. Petersburg Cardinals left-hander Bob Livchak is a pitcher who likes to step to the plate and hit. Livchak smashed a two-run home run on the first pitch thrown to him this season. "I enjoy hitting. I take pride in it," said Livchak, who also was used as an outfielder and designated hitter in college. "Hitting is something I work at." Livchak had all four of the homers hit by pitchers last year at Class A Savannah. Cardinals manager Dave Bialas indicated he'll likely use Livchak as a pinch-hitter often this year. "I'm not sending him up there to bunt," Bialas said. The Cardinals got off to a quick 4-1 start without their lineup intact. Shortstop Crucito Lara returned to the lineup after missing a week with a nose injury he received on a bad hop in the team's opener with Clearwater. Lara, who last season led the South Atlantic League in double plays, turned four in his first game back Thursday against Tampa. Tarpons-Jays: The old brawl game The fight between the Tampa Tarpons and the Dunedin Blue Jays in the second game of the season was an ugly one, resulting in six ejections, and injuries to Tarpons coach Gary Denbo and catcher Pete Beeler. The fight broke out in the eighth inning when Dunedin outfielder Kevin Batiste attempted to bunt a runner in from third base with the Jays leading 9-0. Dwayne Williams' next pitch just missed Batiste, who exchanged words with both Williams and Beeler. While the benches emptied, Batiste (6-2, 175) and Beeler (6-2, 200) fought on the ground until pulled apart. Batiste suffered spike cuts to the chin that required six stitches to close. Beeler sustained a slight shoulder separation. But neither injury compared to those sustained by the 26-year-old Denbo, who was struck in the face by an unidentified player. Denbo was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital where he was diagnosed with a concussion, and four fractures of his jaw that may require wiring to repair. "I've been involved with others (fights) while playing," Tarpons manager Marc Bombard said. "But I tell you, it was a bad fight. There were some heavy punches thrown." Ejected from the game were Batiste, Blue Jays infielder Domingo Martinez, Jays outfielder Darryle Landrum, Beeler, Tarpons outfielder Jeff Forney and pitcher Billy Hawley. FSL president George MacDonald said he is reviewing that incident and a fight between the Tarpons and West Palm Beach three days later which involved four ejections. MacDonald said no suspensions or fines are likely to be imposed. "I don't think there was anything premeditated about them," MacDonald said of the fights. "They just happened." Notes St. Petersburg Cardinals third baseman Dave Hor-ton is the brother of former St. Petersburg Cardinal and current St. Louis pitcher Ricky Horton. . . . The West Palm Beach Expos' pitching rotation has a distinct major league flavor. Montreal hurlers Bryn Smith, Joe Hesketh and Charlie Lea are in West Palm Beach for rehabilitation. . . . Dunedin Blue Jays shortstop Jimy Kelly is just 16 years old but has been playing in the Toronto organization more than a year. Dunedin general manager Ken Carson said Kelly, of Santo Domingo, D.R., had "committed" to the Blue Jays at age 13. Players in the Dominican are eligible to sign at a young age because there is no major league draft of them."I realized I was smaller, younger, weaker than most guys," Kelly said through an interpreter, "but I never felt like I didn't belong because I knew I could play." . . . Port Charlotte outfielder Kevin Reimer hit five home runs in his team's first seven games. ... In his FSL debut with Clearwater Thursday, catcher Darren Daulton went 0-for-2 but threw out the only base runner who challenged him. . . . Port Charlotte pitcher Ty Harden, a former Northeast High standout, pitched two innings of relief against the Phillies Thursday, yielding two walks and two earned runs. He struck out one. Timet correspondents Randy Cremer, Kevin Blowers, Tom Jones and Rick Butler contributed to this report. BASEBALL FETE REinuiniD '7-game' rule is no good DUNEDIN It's too bad an official or two from the Florida High School Activities Association didn't attend last week's 18th annual Dunedin High School Easter Baseball Tournament. Had they seen for themselves what their ridiculous "seven-game" rule did to an outstanding tournament, perhaps they would t!,;.nk better of the new limitations. . Two of the three divisions had contending teams forfeit games and drop out of the tournament because of the new rule, which limits teams to seven games over two regular-season tournaments. And had Northeast (18-8) beaten St. Petersburg (16-6) Friday night, the Scottish Division would have had the same problem. A Northeast victory would have forced a second "championship" game, which wouldn't have been played because Northeast also had reached its seven-game limit. Imagine what would have happened if the 18-team field weren't broken into divisions. Tournament officials would have had 18 forfeits on their hands. Hey, FHSAA. How about a limit of 10 tournament games? The hit man: That was Pinellas Park centerfielder Scott Hills, who had 1 1 hits in five games and earned the tournament's Most Hits Award. Hills went 3-for-4 with three runs batted Saturday in the Patriots' 11-5 Stirling Division championship victory over Dixie Hollins. "I got on a hot streak," Hills said. "The last two weeks I've really been hitting the ball." The tournament most valuable players were Boca Ciega's Steve Myers (Delightful Division), Pinellas Park's Brad Byers (Stirling Division) and St. Petersburg's Chris Bardes (Scottish Division). Golden gate: Tournament coordinator Greg Nichols said 4!"0 tickets were sold for the two Friday night games: Boca Ciega-Countryside and St. Petersburg-Northeast. "That's a clue to how much interest there is," Nichols said. Boca Ciega beat Countryside 9-8 and St. Petersburg beat Northeast 4-2. St. Petersburg won the Scottish title, but Boca Ciega had to forfeit the Delightful title to Countryside. The Pirate victory forced a Saturday game that was Countryside's first loss in the double-elimination tournament and, yes, the Pirates had reached the unlucky seven-game limit. ix The one-hit man: That was Boca Ciega pitcher Shawn Hotz, - - Ne7 et -' mm i ..... if . life.' " . ' 11 . V - ' i . . , - v- ... ... ... I I I If' - 'i Timet photo JOAN KADEL FENTON Pinellas Park's Bob Slater steals second base Friday as Dixie Hollins Kurt Abbott takes high throw. who turned in one of the finest pitching performances of the tournament on Thursday. Hotz pitched the Pirates to a 1-0 victory over Dunedin. He had a no-hitter going until Marc Thomas led off the sixth inning with a single. Hotz struck out seven and walked one. Hotz (5-1), Bill Barber (6-3), Jim West (6-2) and Steven Gray give Boca Ciega (19-7-1) one of the best pitching staffs in Pinellas County. You've got to like the Pirates' chances in the Class 3A, District 1 1 tournament. "We've gotten to where we wanted to be at this time and that was on the move," Pirates coach Nick Grasso said, Positive force: Said Pinellas Park coach Lee Byers of his team's Stirling Division title: "It has to be positive. We won six games going into this tournament, and we won four here." The Patriots are 10-15. They were spared having to play Tampa Catholic (20-6-1) for the championship, because the Crusaders reached their seven-game limit after their 4-3 victory over Dixie Hollins in the losers bracket final. "I would like to have played them," Byers said. "But at the same time, Tampa Catholic knew their situation going in. As soon as they went to the losers bracket, they were done." All Tournament teams Dtllghtlul Division Pitcher Jim Wit, Boca CKya, Catcher Paul ZaNner, Boca Ciega; Infleioeri Gregg Gerhart, Dunedin; Bobby Savage, Countrytlde; Stava Rletch, Boca Ciega; Rob Bonanno, Tampa Jetult; OutflefoV art Lance Flekti, Countrytlde; Ron Brown, Tampa Jetult; Jeff Fulop, Boca Ciega; Utility Brian OulnneH. Rldgewood. Mott valuable player Steve Myert, Boca Ciega. Itlrllng Division Pitcher Kyle Ktmbai. Plnellai Park; Catcher Brad Byert, PlneHat Park; killeldert Chrlt Wit-man. PlneHot Park; Kurt Abbott, Dixie HoWnt; Loult Orlhuela, Tampa Catholic; Bryan Dixon, Clearwater; Outtleldert Richard Towntend, Dixie Holllnt; Scott Hlllt, PlneHat Park; John Miner, Tampa Catholic; Utility Mike Gtowecka, Dixie HoWnt. Mott valuable player Brad Byert, PlneKai Park. tcottlth Dlvltlon Pitcher Matt Slnet, St Pelertburo; Catcher Rick Gallant, Northeast; Intlolderi Ed Long, St. Petersburg; Tony Vanalera, St. Petertburg; Ray Butch, Northeast; Tom Qulnn, St. Petertburg Catholic; Outfielders Adam Mattel, Seminole; Bruce Chick, St. Petertburg; Brad Wells, St. Petersburg; Utility Greg SaveH, Northeast. Mott valuable player Chrlt Bardet, St. Petersburg. State tennis tourneys start today at UF courts By TIM LOONEY Ttmei Staff Writer ST. PETERSBURG The Thom Howard Academy boys and St. Petersburg Catholic girls tennis teams begin Class 2A state tournament play today at the University of Florida courts. Countryside High, which won the 4A-District 3 title last week, begins its state tournament play Friday. No other Pinellas team qualified for the weeklong event. Thom Howard's boys, the 2A-District 5 champs who finished the regular season 13-0, won all five district singles titles and both doubles titles last week for their second district title in as many years of competition. St. Petersburg Catholic's girls, 8-1 in the regular season, won four of five 2A-5 singles titles and both doubles titles to repeat as district champs. Thom Howard is led by senior Drew Wager, the state's top-ranked 18-year-old boys player. Wager defeated Clearwater Central Catholic's David McPherson 6-1, 6-1 in the 2A-5 No. 1 singles final. In addition to anchoring his squad's hopes for the 2A team title, Wager will be vying for the state singles championship. In No. 1 doubles matches, Wager and teammate Mike Aben-droth are undefeated. Abendroth is the Eagles' No. 2 singles player. Rounding out the Eagles' team are Shawn Heinchon, Larry Hughes and Kevin Vaughn. St. Petersburg Catholic's title hopes center on No. 1 singles player Angie Wood. The junior slipped past Shorecrest's Kristy Kottich high schools 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 Thursday to win the 2A-5 singles title. Wood is joined by teammates Michele Ton-dreault, Katie O'Brien, Lynn Grob-meyer and Jennifer Balough. Wood and O'Brien also will compete for the No. 1 doubles titles. Countryside won the 4A-Dis-trict 3 title without a No. 1 -seeded player. The Cougars combined district singles victories by No. 2 Paul Duffy and No. 3 Jim McCur-tain with wins in both doubles matches to nip Sarasota and capture the title. The doubles teams of Duffy and Tobias Bejval (No. 1) and McCurtain and Tom Marchetto (No. 2) both defeated Sarasota squads in the finals to secure the title. The two-day 2A tournament opens today with an 8 a.m. coaches meeting, during which time the first-round matchups will be decided. Matches begin at 8:30 a.m. Singles and doubles competition through the semifinal round will be completed by the afternoon. The semifinals begin Tuesday morning with the finals scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday. The last time a boys team from Pinellas won the title was in 1975, when Lakewood ended a string of three consecutive state titles. ; The last time a girls team from Pinellas won the title was in 1984, when St. Petersburg High won the 4A championship in the first year schools were divided into classifications. FOR THE RECORD GOLF WCGA AT TARPON WOODS TODAV'S TCI TIMES a.m. shotgun lit tee: Lit Charbonneau, Jeanne Geoly, Netle Gerrlth, Nora Bettwlck; l-A: Connie Turnout, Flo Thomas, Mary Lang. 2nd lee: Betty Hood. Betty Bubush, Betty Milan, Jackie Kowaleikl; 2-A: Jane Kenny, Ann Colton, Marg Boon, Jewel Goodwin. Jrd tee: OKve Casola, Adelaide Osmundsen, Dottle Llgo, Bootsle G amber; l-A: Minnie Hicks, Connie Novak, Shirley Schrock, Joyce Herman. 4th tee: Mary Hughes, Betty Sltk, OHvo Kemper, Gloria Skarda; -A: PhWppa Baeronkleu, Deaa Melon, Ethel Ketterton, Esteee Raperto. 5th tee: Dolores Koplntkl, Rusty Stokely, Virginia Miller, Bee Woods; S-A: Sootle Hentley, Florence WlWamton, Eileen McKown, Betty Sagun. 6th tee: Mercy Cayavec Norma Broun, Joyce Calhoun, violet Luocke; e-A: Evelyn Ruttel. Jote Gosnel, EWe Speg, Margaret Archdekm. 7th tee: Evelyn Wal-man, Mary Wardwea, HUdo Wardwel, Rosemary Sous; 7-A: MIMe Hosletwr, Mary KUor, Merle Miter, Harriett Strum. Ith tee: Gertrude Reck, Naomi Harper, Tim Paterson, Irma Leone; l-A: Tost HawkMton, Edna MM, Lorraine Werrt, Carolyn Craske. eth too: Ethel Zlmmer, Joan Huebner, kuj Benle-mln; e-A: Catherine Kir tenner, Helen Orr, Gmny WlWamt, Marge Powet; 10th tee: June Skte, Lorraine HWer, Evelyn Em, Ruth Dunal; 10-A: Connie Blegktr, Betty Rltterhoff, Barbara Francis, Mo Bertonl. Ilth tee: Irene EWott, Margaret Hamkty, Ruth Graves, Lena Swan; I l-A: Cathy Bracey, Loretta Scott, Albertlna Keller, Jeanne Srmthers. 12th toe: Ruby Brembt, Joan Urech, Bonnie Mat-tox, Sarah Womble; 12-A: Virginia Blake, Ann McGuIre, Nancy Davit, Mary Cox 13th tee: LWan Brogan, Betty Manley, Irene Horltli, Alice DeBas-tlo. Mth tee: Frank Atkm, Trlcla Dyer, Laverno Thomson, Betty Brent; 14-A: Anne Deuel, Ellen Orot, Nancy Lyon, Barb HartUn. 15th too: Paula Chomyk, Carol Pearson, Dot Gonsalvet, Ann Lloyd; I S-A: VI Boutlog, Paulino Saxman, Marcla Doty, Betty CordeN. 16th too: Geraldine Barron, Elaine Shaw, Emma Schwarti, Peg Sialay; le-A: Jean Coleman, Mary Wilson, Alma McMacken, Eva Roush. 17th tee: Mary Jane Lyman, Merlon Stover, Grace Kearlns, LuclHo Sus; 17-A: Mary Janousek, Dorothy Tyler, Corlnno Mlslowlci, Dorothy Williams. Ilth tae: Betty Brown, Clara Huffman, Emma Powell, Peg Oostlng; li-A: Virginia Ardanuy, Pat Parsons, EDM Corbln, Jean Bates. IllS p.m. SHOTGUN 1st tee: SaHy Manda, Shelah Clapp, Lynn Smlth- Poterten, Mary Lou Peacock; l-A: Jo Houck, Audrey McManus, Irene Agatheat, Skip Madson. 2nd lee: Jocelyn Cooper, Lorene Elm, Dorothy Thornton, Margaret Newell; 2-A: Betty Burioso, Janet Lagonl, Lb Chadwlck, Jean Warren. 3rd too: Mlnde Lampltell, Ginger Wakjron, Edytho Whitney, Gladys Madden; 3-A: CecHo Carrara, Agnes Hegge, Key Hotklnt, Blrglt Kktd. 4th tee: Maureen Dudlck, SaNy Warner, Pat Putiak, Juke Lenoco; 4-A: Betty Croat, Jo RetaHack, Loll Annls, Edit Whalen. 5th tee: Vickie Del, Connie MuWns, Joan Klmpton, Bella Ratchlees; S-A: Doris Schoa, Vol Pausch, Madeline Moon, Toddle Nichols. 6th tee: Alva Ross, Beverly Chase, Jan Brod, Tar I Ekten; e-A: June Moyle, Cvleen Best, Jean Sagen, Jean Stahl. 7th tee: Marilyn Amend, Bonnie Angus, Margaret Angus, Or lee Dano; 7-A: Sue Lucas, Ruth stemingor, LU Blinn, Joyce LeClerc Sth tee: Muriel Fltcher, Mary ScannoK, Betty Pearcy, Marian Sua, t-A: Evelyn Greer, Edna Gustation, Haiel Fleck, Margaret Nettler. 9th tee: Penny Armbruiter, Muriel Vuono, Ruth Griffith, Mime Reed. 10th too: Nancy Grove, Lorraine Bariee, Barbara Hotmet, Peoge Springer; 10-A: Jenmo Lenlhan, Dale Coip, Isabete Seatbury, Margaret Bain. 1 Ith tee: Mary Catbourne, Berna-dene Noe, Barbara Ferree, Dorothy Novet; 1 l-A: Elaine Occottl, Jackie Florl, Phyllli lamplerl, Donna Marino. 17th tee: Norma Grubb, Anno Jean Kennedy, Mary McLachlan, Mildred Tedetco; 12-A: Mary Tennant, Rose M. Sfyiluk, Audrey Zurbrlgg. Sue Wood. 13th toe: Beryl Prultt, Margaret Howard, Martha Wychor, Norma Shetlout. 14th tee: Lorraine DeLango, Jan Carey, Jean Bermess, Betty Trontl; 14-A: Keren Gordon, Al-theo Krlstovlch, Sara Knutson, Laureno Lea. 15th tee: Joann Fernandei, Sandy French, Jan Pohto, Terrl Nagel; 15-A: Marlorle Chapman, Lucille Dragra. Irene Randal, Virginia Medtker. 16th tee: Joyce Weaver, Marianne Pectoris, Sally May-nerd. Ann Chanda; le-A: GabrleHo Eno, Carolyn Young, Sharon Hendersoa Cladla Mltchel. 17th lee: Celesto CoktW, Mildred Devls, Faye Zylman, Edna Kaiser; 17-A: Amta a Bryan, Amy Pkerd, Bert Smith, Gloria Julius, mth lee: Anne Lomat, Dee Kitchen, Nancy Austin, Linen Roy. TENNIS el High school Class 2A state tournament Af the University of Florida TODAV-TUISDAV Thom Howard boys and St, Petertburg Catholic girls learnt at the Unlvertlty of Florida vartlly courts, Gainesville. First-round play begins at 1 30 a.m. today.

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