Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida on April 14, 1987 · 22
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ST. PETERSBURG TIMES TUESDAY, APRIL 14. 1987 BC Munoz leads Jays past Osceola 8-2 I . j -I'M "1 . i.- V.-,.. '',1V A Doling amd lomieDy road Few people her age can keep up with runner Ruth Rothfarb, 85 Box scores, 2-C By MIKE PAYNE Tint SUM Writer fsl DUNEDIN Designated hitter Pedro Munoz homered and singled and shortstop Jimy Kelly had two hits and scored twice as the Dunedin Blue Jays recorded their first win at Grant Field, an 8-2 decision over the Osceola Astros Monday night. Kelly, who the Blue Jays signed out of the Dominican Republic three years ago, delivered a run-scoring single in the Jays' four-run second inning and later scored from first when Astros third baseman Carlo Colombino threw wildly into right for a three base error. Two innings later Kelly tripled into the leftfield corner and scored on a wild pitch. "I'm seeing the ball well," Kelly said through an interpreter. "I'm kind of surprised because of the caliber of high (Class) A ball here." Munoz' homer, his first of the season, came in the third inning with the bases empty. Dunedin starter Hugh Brinson went five innings for the win, yielding just a bloop single in the fifth. But he had to work himself out of jams in the first and second innings because of walks. Daytona 1 2, Clearwater 9 CLEARWATER The Daytona Beach Admirals and Clearwater Phillies played long ball Monday night at Jack Russell Stadium, rattling nine extra-base hits off the fences before Daytona Beach won 12-9. The Admirals rapped out 15 hits, the Phillies 14. It all started innocently Bo from 1-C happened. Jackson's work habits last year were, in a word, appalling. But he spent the winter working out and attending classes at Auburn. And he showed up this spring with a new attitude. "His work habits are good now. They were bad. Now they are very good," said Royals hitting coach Hal McRae. "When he came in last year, he just didn't know what was expected of him. He had just won the Heisman Trophy, for heaven's sake. In his world, he was the big deal. He was the hammer. "Then he came into baseball with the team that was the defending World Series champion. He had never had to work for anything in his life. But once he saw what he was going to have to do, he went about doing it." The chance to work with McRae was another reason the Royals rushed Jackson to the big leagues. As the man in charge of SPC tops Northeast in Dunedin tourney Linescores, schedule, 2-C By KEVIN THOMAS Times Staff Writer DUNEDIN One of the wonders of the Dunedin Easter Tournament is that it produces the unlikeliest of heroes. Take Trey Traviesa of St. Petersburg Catholic, for instance. After striking out twice, the Barons' No. 8 hitter stroked a first-pitch, two-out, two-run double to the left-field fence to power SPC past Northeast 9-5 in the best matchup of the Dunedin Easter Tournament's first round Monday. Traviesa's heroics broke a 5-5 tie in the sixth inning, and sent the Barons into today's second round of the Scottish Division against St. Petersburg at 8 p.m. The early results from the other two divisions included the day's biggest upset Clearwater over Tampa Catholic 8-3 in the Stirling Division. In the Delightful Division, Dunedin ripped Ridgewood 9-2 and Boca Ciega topped Tarpon Springs 12-7. In one late game, Seminole outlasted Hudson 1-0 in eight innings. Hudson's Mike Bobala, who pitched a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts, walked four batters in the eighth inning for the game's only run. Seminole pitcher Steve Geor-giados also pitched a two-hitter and had 15 strikeouts. The result of the Gulf-Pinellas Park game was not available at press time. This year's Easter tournament, the 18th annual, is broken up into three divisions and will have three winners because of new state limits on tournament games, For the SPC-Northeast game, the Barons (16-6) used their ace, Tom Quinn, now 10-0, and appeared comfortable with a 5-0 lead enough. The Phils scored a run in the first on singles by Bobby Behnsch and Todd Howey. Behnsch gained second when Admirals pitcher Ken Reed lost the ball during his pitching motion and it squirted between third and home. It was called a ball. Howey then socked the next pitch into rightfield for the run. Daytona roared back with three runs in the third on Graylyn Engram's two-run triple and Chris Cota's infield grounder. St. Petersburg 4, W. Palm 2 ST. PETERSBURG Pitcher Bob Livchak socked a two-run homerun and allowed only four hits through seven innings Monday night as the St. Petersburg Cardinals downed the West Palm Beach Expos 4-2 at Al Lang Stadium. Livchak, a 215-pound left-hander, was touched for one run in the third, but blasted a high fastball from Expos pitcher Rob Williams over the left-centerfield wall with Dave Horton on board for a 2-1 St. Petersburg lead in the bottom of the inning. Vero Beach 5, Tampa 3 TAMPA Catcher Jeff Brown's double off the glove of rightfielder Steve Davis in the eighth inning propelled the Vero Beach Dodgers to a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Tampa Tarpons Monday night at Al Lopez field. Times correspondents Kevin Blowers and Phil Gulick contributed to this report polishing this rare talent, McRae says he is "like a museum director who's been asked to dust off the Mona Lisa." "He could become the greatest player I've ever seen," McRae said. "Better than Rose, Bench, Clemente, Brett or anybody I ever saw play. And he could be messed up. But I guarantee you we won't mess him up. "He's going to have days when he looks brilliant. And he's going to have days when he looks bad. It's going to be a long process." Jackson, with McRae nodding in agreement, refuses to set goals for his first season. "I'm just trying to get better, trying to be more patient at the plate," he said. "I'm very happy with things so far. I'm seeing the ball better. My defensive skills are about 100 percent better than last year. Like I told you, I'm having the time of my life." "How old is he?" Winfield asked rhetorically. "Twenty-four? How many college games did he play? It's amazing." high schools after three innings. But Northeast (15-7) rallied to tie, coming up with four fifth-inning runs, courtesy of a misplayed ball in the outfield and an RBI single by Greg Savell. In the sixth, two walks (the seventh and eighth by Northeast pitchers) set up Traviesa. SPC got two more runs on an error in the seventh, and that was plenty for Quinn, who scattered seven hits, striking out six and walking three. In Clearwater's upset, the Tornadoes also used their ace, Mike Arner, who kept the eighth-ranked Class 2A Crusaders in check. Clearwater (11-2) went ahead 4-0 on one RBI (a hit batsman) and a three-run error. Jason Beaird's RBI single and Justin Sloan's three-run double in the third were more insurance. Tampa Catholic did not use either of its undefeated pitchers, but Crusader coach Joe Caro said, "We pitched them (the two aces) this weekend and we need to win with our No. 3 pitcher. It wasn't that I thought Clearwater was easy. No way. ... We didn't play well and their kid threw well." In Boca Ciega's win, the Pirates churned out 14 hits, including three doubles by Paul Zellner, and a doubletriple performance by Steve Myers. Dunedin appeared to be in trouble against Pasco County power Ridgewood, falling behind 2-0. But after tying matters in the fourth, Dunedin used a combination of hits and Ram errors for a six-run fifth and an 8:30 p.m. date with Tampa Jesuit today. t H. 1 t . A Rothfarb began running when she was 72, and is now preparing for her seventh marathon. "I feel great," she says. McEnroe Watching John McEnroe throw a temper tantrum in Sunday's televised title match of the WCT Finals was a scene most tennis fans have witnessed many times before. Generally, the subject of his outburst is a questionable line call, something that irritates every player from time to time. But there was no justification for McEnroe's behavior in his match against Miloslav Mecir in Dallas. McEnroe fumed about such things as why a linesman was listening to what he was saying on the court. He even threatened to discontinue playing until the question was answered. Another time, he carried on for so long that he ended up arguing about what he was arguing about. On top of it all, he lost 6-0, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. The real losers, though, were the thousands of fans at Reunion Arena and the million or so television viewers. They saw great tennis from both players, but it's too bad it was mixed with McEnroe's pointless tirades. Legitimate line questions, sure. But to delay the match with irrelevant disputes and smart-alecky remarks was inexcusable. "That's right, I'm going to stay on you all afternoon and there's nothing you can do about it," McEnroe shouted at chair umpire Gerry Armstrong after his first argument with him. Wasn't McEnroe supposed to be more mature and mellow after his recent marriage and fatherhood? Fat chance. Graf deja vu Did you see Steffi Graf on the tube Sunday winning the Family Circle Cup tournament? So Masters from 1-C Two hops, on the green, in the cup, an extended dance around the green, and a prayer from Mize at Amen Corner. But it wasn't quite that simple. The shot was extremely difficult. If Mize were to land the ball on the green, it would surely roll off the other side, possibly into the water. If, however, he mis-hit the ball into the hill and it got stuck in the grass, he'd be faced with another chip for par. "He'd probably be able to stand there for three days and not be able to make it," said Norman, who was foiled again while on the verge of winning a major title. At the PGA Championship last year, Bob Tway snatched the title away from Norman by holing a shot out of a bunker. But Norman was gracious in defeat. "I'm probably more determined now to make 1987 a better year than 1986," said Norman, who was No. 1 on the PGA Tour money list last season. "Sometimes you need a kick in the pants w v. - X. . Hi V- AP - . i, A' ., ,f should temper his TENNIS DRRRELL , rnn riiY what, right? Well, remember what the 17-year-old West German did last year after taking the Hilton Head Island tourney, her first pro title? She rocked the women's circuit by claiming the next three tournaments including straight-set wins over Chris Evert Lloyd and Martina Navratilova and became one of the few women to capture four consecutive events. A victory in this week's WITA Championships at Amelia Island would put her halfway toward duplicating the feat. While on the subject of the Family Circle Cup, you've got to wonder about Graf's opponent, Manuela Maleeva. Although a Top 10 player since 1984, the 20-year-old Bulgarian has been more of a contender than a champion. Her appearance in the $300,000 Family Circle final was the biggest title match of her career and, since 1983, she hasn't made it to the semifinals of a Grand Slam event. But over the weekend, she not only bumped Evert Lloyd from the field in the semifinals, she stretched Graf to three sets. It seems Maleeva, too, is pushing for a higher perch in this wide-open tennis season. Evert Lloyd drops a notch to get you going. I'm looking forward to the rest of the year. When Bob Tway beat me, I didn't have any more majors to look forward to. I can't win the Grand Slam, but at least I have three more majors this year." Mize, too, knows the bitter taste of defeat. The Augusta-born golfer couldn't find a way to win the second tournament of his career until Sunday. It had been four years, and Mize was starting to get a choker's label, one he admitted he deserved at times. But in blowing a four-shot lead at last year's Tournament Players Championship, and in hitting into the water on the sixth hole of a playoff with Norman at the Kemper Open, Mize learned a few things. It wasn't necessarily how to make an impossible chip shot in a sudden-death playoff to win the Masters. But it helped get him in that position. "You learn from your bad experiences," he said. "I felt like I played aggressively when I should have and smart when I should have. Those experiences made me a better player. They helped me win." By ARLENE LEVINSON Aiocited Press BOSTON Dt must be lonely being Ruth Rothfarb. When she jogs around Miami, her elderly neighbors sneer. Though she has broken 19 road-race records, she has no competitors. And when she runs in Monday's Boston Marathon, she'll set out alone, four hours early. Ruth Rothfarb is 85 years old, and has been running since age 72. The Boston event will be her seventh marathon. "I'm not remarkable," she said to get that straight right off. "I have slowed quite a bit in the past few months. Now I'm a 12-minute mile. It's natural. My age has a lot to do with it. But I feel good. I feel great." Rothfarb, who spends summers in Cambridge, Mass. with her son, a psychologist and triathlete, spoke by telephone from Miami, where she winters. She said her training regimen is relaxed. She runs up to eight miles in the morning and another four miles in the afternoon if she's in the mood. Once a year she has a physical. Her son provides technical advice. When she began running at 72, it was for fun. "It's something you can do for yourself that you can't buy," she said. Three years later her son, Herbert, suggested she try a 10-kilometer race in Beverly, Mass. She soon broke race records for her dwindling age group. For five years, Avon sponsored her on the running circuit, and for a time she lived in California. Ev - i ' 1 Kings, bonita waiting for bait Tides, Solunars, weather, 2-C By BEIRNE KEEFER Times Fishing Writer It seems as though kingfish, bonito and grouper have been waiting for charter boats to toss out a stream of plugs, lures and spoons. The fish are striking hard sometimes hard enough to knock off lures while feeding in water 8 to 14 miles offshore. All the charters from the Florida Sport Fishing Center on Madeira Beach returned with authorized quotas of kingfish (two per person per trip). They also struck bonito. Capt. Troy Cost on on the Mak-ai had two trips over the weekend, then another Monday, and each time caught his quota of kingfish. His parties included Al Burmeister and family, David Earlam (Ontario, Canada), and the Dennis O'Reilly family. The Raggs, captained by Hal Yarbrough, got its limit of kingfish with Bob Parrott on board, then did it again with Dave Breeze of Atlanta on board. Captain Doug Cruzan on the Miss Justice and passenger Dick Kerr boated their maximum num- ery weekend she races, whether in New Zealand, Boston or towns within 40 miles of Miami. This is her second Boston Marathon. Last year in the division for women 60 and older, she came in third at 7 hours 35 minutes and 31 seconds. Both women who beat her were 60. This lack of real competitors can be irksome. "I can't compare myself with anybody else," she said. "There's nobody around (my age) when I'm running." On the other hand, her singular feat has been chronicled in newspapers from Australia to Moscow, where a cousin of her late husband read about Rothfarb and started corresponding with her. Rothfarb expects to be on the road indefinitely. "Hopefully I can continue doing it while I'm alive. If I can't run. I'll walk." There is a single sour note in the Ruth Rothfarb story. It's sounded by the elderly residents in the condominium complex where she lives. "They stare at me. They ask, 'Are you still running?' " she said, mimicking their voices of derision. "I guess they're jealous." They want to know, "Where do I get the strength? Where do I get the energy? You have to do something for yourself," she said with emphasis on the "do." As she prepares for the Boston contest, her goal is simple: "Just that I want to get to the end." By the way, Rothfarb says she really isn't lonely, especially when her fans and friends are cheering the 4-foot-10'j, 102- pound tyro, shouting: "Ruth, go ahead. Go ahead, Ruth. tantrums First she was replaced by Graf as the world's second-best player, now she's been ousted from the No. 3 spot. Rankings released by the Women's Internation Tennis Association Monday showed Evert Lloyd as the fourth-ranked player with Hana Mandlikova moving up one rung to No. 3. If Evert Lloyd remains at her present position, it will be the first time since 1975 that the three-time Wimbledon champion hasn't been ranked either first or second. Back in the saddle Ivan Lendl, the world's top player, returns to action this week for the first time in more than five weeks. The Czech-born player, entered in this week's Japan Open.has been recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery and is in search of his first 1987 title. Eckerd long shot She's not even in the tournament field yet, but if you're looking for a local darkhorse in the $150,000 Eckerd Open April 27 to May 3, keep a watch for Bradenton's Donna Faver. The 15-year-old blasted her way through the Eckerd Opportunity Open without dropping a set to earn a spot in the 32-player qualifying tournament. That takes place April 24-26 at the Bardmoor Country Club. If Faver, who stands about 5-foot-2 and is ranked fourth nationally in the girls 18-under division, is one of the four finalists, she'll get a spot in the Eckerd Open's main draw. "She could be a biggie," said Eckerd tournament chairperson Kitty Winterhalter. "She really shocked me. She's improving so fast." fishing report ber of kingfish. Capt. Ev Hedges, piloting the Gulf Fever out of the Johns Pass Bait & Charter Center, caught his limit of kingfish on two trips trolling southwest of Johns Pass. r fishing x.r: ROO RENTAL LIVE BAIT SNACK BAR REDINGTON LONG PIER I t ,01 1 m mo im OJI ol Mean W4WGM RodtnglonShorM 391-939S GAME TONIGHT ST. PETERSBURG CARDINALS vs. VERO BEACH DODGERS Al Long Stadium 7:30 P.M. W.d., April IS, 7:30 P.M. vt. VERO BEACH. 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