The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 3, 1997 · Page 23
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL SPORTS SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1997 C5 T HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Great Bend takes two Kentucky Derby from Salina Central Panthers use solid pitching, good offense to turn back Mustangs By The Journal Staff Great Bend's baseball team showed Friday afternoon against Salina Central that it can win games in different ways. The Panthers, one of the top teams in Class 5A, won a pitchers' duel in the opener (2-0) and then outscored the Mustangs in the nightcap (14-6) at Dean Evans Stadium. The sweep improved the Panthers to 10-2 overall, while dropping Central to 5-9. "They're as good as any team we've played this season," Central coach Bill Bartow said. Matt Heikkila and Brian Schriner were too tough for Central's hitters to handle. Heikkila struck out 10 batters in the opener and allowed the Mustangs just three singles. Schriner, a University of Kansas signee, struck out nine batters in the second game before giving way to a reliever. "Schriner BASEBALL throws hard- Great Bend 214 er, but -^^j TT Heikkila has better control," Bartow said. "(Heikkila) is as good as any pitcher we've seen." Central's Curt Norris was the hard-luck loser in the opener. Norris shut out Great Bend through five innings before the Panthers scored twice in the top of the sixth inning. Norris (0-2) struck out four and walked only one in seven innings. BRIEFLY "We just can't score runs for that kid," Bartow said. "Heikkila threw a great game, but Curt also pitched very well." Great Bend had seven extra- base hits in the second game and were also helped by three Central errors and some mental mistakes by the Mustangs. "We've been competing with everyone this year, but the coaching staff was upset after the second game," Bartow said. "We were loafing after some fly balls and didn't play with any intensity. We're a better team than that." Dan Divilbiss hit his first home run of the season for the Mustangs, a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth inning. Central is idle until next weekend when it competes in the Diamond Classic at Hays. Kansas State outslugs Kansas in baseball LAWRENCE — Todd Fereday's grand slam in the ninth clinched a 12-7 Kansas State win over Kansas on Friday. Eric Yanz (5-2) earned the win for the Wildcats. Kansas' loss, combined with Missouri's sweep of a doubleheader with Iowa State on Friday, eliminated the Jayhawks (30-22, 12-16 Big 12) from consideration for the six-school Big 12 tournament. Kansas State (27-22, 8-20) scored first, but the Jayhawks took a 3-2 on Aaron Wilmes' RBI double in the first and led 5-2 at the end of the third. The Wildcats went ahead 6-5 in the fifth on Scott Poepard's two- run homer, a sacrifice fly and an RBI single. Casey Barrett (2-3) took the loss for Kansas. At Columbia, Mo., Bryan Seymour hit his sixth home run of the season and had an RBI single as Missouri beat Iowa State 8-4 in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday. Missouri (26-25) got home runs from Aaron Jaworowski, Nick Schwieder and Ryan Fry to claim the second game in an 8-5 victory. Iowa State (19-29) only managed six hits in the opener, with Guye Senjem getting two of them, including an RBI triple. ', Missouri starter Jeremy Callier allowed two earned runs in six innings for the win. Steve Brewster pitch three hitless innings for his third save. Iowa State's Ryan Seifert was the loser. Jaworowski hit his ninth home run in the first inning of the second game for the Tigers. Matt Nivens, Griffin Moore and B.J. Windhorst all had two hits apiece. KW baseball team reaches tourney final PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Kansas Wesleyan's baseball team advanced to the championship game of the National Small College World Series Friday afternoon with a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over Ohio Valley College. ' The victory improved the Coyotes to 25-19 and moved them into today's 10 a.m. title game against Ohio Valley. Wesleyan needs one victory to win the tournament, while Ohio Valley needs to win two games. The Coyotes overcame a 5-0 deficit with a five-run sixth inning. Jason Atwood drove in two runs with a double and Greg Lamkin tied the game with a two- put run-scoring double that scored Kevin Newell. Ohio Valley went in front 6-5 in the top of the seventh, but Wesleyan came back to tie the game and send it into extra innings when Brian Valdivia walked with the bases loaded. Wesleyan won the game in the bottom of the eighth inning on a wild pitch. "It was kind of ugly, but it worked," KWU coach Tim Bellew said. "In the sixth inning we started playing. It was a big win for us. We battled our butts off." Wesleyan opened the tournament Thursday with a 17-5 victory over National Christian University. Scott Swingle, McBroom and Valdivia each had three hits. KU's baseball stadium to be renovated LAWRENCE — Former University of Kansas baseball star Forrest Hoglund has contributed $1 million for renovations at Hoglund-Maupin Stadium, athletic director Bob Frederick said Friday. . A project costing $1.5 million overall will include creating a plaza in front of the stadium to make entry easier and safer, adding seats to increase capacity from 1,300 to 2,500, creating a premium seating area, expanding dugouts, adding restrooms and concessions and putting locker- rooms next to the dugouts. The first phase of the program is expected to be completed by the 1998 spring season with the remainder to be finished by fall 1998. The stadium will be renamed Hoglund Stadium. Hogland played at Kansas from 1954 to 1956. Concordia, Southeast split Softball twinbill CONCORDIA — It was feast or famine for the Southeast of Saline softball team Friday afternoon against the Concordia Panthers. The Trojans lost 1-0 in the opener before outscoring Concordia, 10-7, in the nightcap. The split left the Trojans with a 6-4 record heading into Monday's 3 p.m. doubleheader at home against Ell-Saline. Megan Troutfetter (4-4) was the hard-luck loser in the opener, striking out four and walking only one, but the Trojan senior gave up one run in the bottom of the seventh inning. "She did a good job," Southeast coach Mike Garretson said. "She shut them out for six straight innings, but we could not put a run up." Benae Lagasse allowed just four Southeast hits in the opener, but took the loss in the nightcap as the Trojans scored in all but two innings. Amy Scanlan (2-0) pitched 6 Vs innings to pick up the victory. Crystal Giersch and Jackie Dupes had three hits each for the Trojans. "We bunched our hits and walks and took advantage of their mistakes," Garretson said. "Both teams had trouble with the weather. The wind gusts made each play a tough play." Central golfers fifth, South 22nd at Hutch . HUTCHINSON — Ryan Rack- , ley shot a 75 to lead Salina Central to a fifth-place finish Friday in the 38-team Hutchinson Invitational golf tournament at Carey Park Golf Course. Shawnee Mission East won the event with a 306 team total. Arkansas City and Wichita Kapaun tied for second at 309. Shawnee Heights was fourth at 312 and Central fifth at 315. Salina South placed 22nd with a 336 total. Tyler Alt fired a 78, Chris Bowman 80, Tony Alt 82, Andy Frank 85 and Eric Payne 88 for Central's total. Rackley's total tied him for sixth on the medalist chart. "We're very happy about our finish," Central coach Chris Crank said. "We beat a lot of good teams today. It was real stiff competition. All of the teams there were 5A and 6A teams." David Dupy led South with an 81. Kyle Jensen had an 83, Anthony Whittecar 85, Craig Kuder 87, Eric Adm 91 and Eric Lilly 100. Augustine, Hall added to Shrine Bowl roster Ell-Saline's Craig Augustine and Goodland's Shane Hall have been added to the West roster for the 1997 Kansas Shrine Bowl all- star football contest. Augustine was a first team all- Heart of America League selection on both offense and defense for his play at quarterback and defensive back last fall. He replaces Garden City's Jake Sills on the West roster. Hall, a running back-linebacker for the Cowboys during the 1996 season, replaces Wichita Collegiate receiver Harrison Hill on the roster. Salina South senior quarterback Brian Kee was also invited to play for the West squad, but was unable to participate. The 24th annual Shrine Bowl game will be played July 26 at Fort Hays State University. Central girls track team captures Hutch meet HUTCHINSON — The Salina Central girls track team won three events Friday as the Mustangs captured the team title at the Hutchinson Invitational. Jessica Williams won the 1,600- meter run in 6 minutes, 12 seconds. Michelle Frost won the 400 in 1:05 and Jacquee Jones the triple jump with a leap of 34 feet, 6 inches. Central scored 124 points, easily outdistancing Goddard, which finished second with 101 points. Central placed second in five events — Honesty Powell in the discus (96-11%); Heather Herrman in the high jump (4-10); Jennifer Blomquist in the 3,200-meter run (13:48.88); the 1,600 relay team (4:37.72); and the 3,200 relay team (10:47.51). The Central boys place third as a team, led by the first-place finish of the 4x400 meter relay team (3:34.59). Central placed third in the seven-team meet with 95 points. Wichita Southeast won the title with 124 points. The Mustangs placed second in six events, three by Terence Newman. Newman took second in the long jump (21-1), 100-meter dash (11.0) and 200-meter dash (22.82). The Mustangs' 3,200 relay team (8:26.38) and 400 relay team (44.49) also placed along with Drew Larson in the 400-meter run (51.59). Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky 1-mile chute KU shuts out A&M at Big 12 tournament, 8-0 OKLAHOMA CITY — Top-seeded Missouri overcame an early deficit Friday to beat Baylor 10-2 in the first round of the Big 12 softball tournament. No. 2 seed and defending tournament champion Oklahoma survived a scare in its first game, defeating Texas 6-5, while third- seeded Kansas defeated Texas A&M 8-0. The game of the day involved No. 4 seed Nebraska and No. 5 Oklahoma State, with OSU winning 11-7 in 18 innings. The game lasted 3 hours, 27 minutes and the outcome sent Oklahoma State against Missouri late Friday. Nebraska got a three-run homer from Jennifer Lizama in the seventh to force extra innings. The Huskers stayed alive again by scoring twice in the 13th after OSU had taken the lead, and by scoring once in the 16th after falling behind 7-6. The Cowgirls finally took the lead for good with four runs in the top of the 18th. "We honestly felt that the team who had the most heart arid didn't crack mentally would win the game," Nebraska coach Rhonda Revelle said. "What it came down to was Oklahoma State held in there mentally." In Missouri's opener, regular season MVP Barb Wright gave up a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. Baylor held that lead until the fourth when Missouri scored six runs on seven hits. Stacy Gemeinhardt and Mary Babb hit two-run homers in the big inning, and Babb added another two-run shot in the fifth. Oklahoma scored three runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth to beat Texas. Chris Benyak had a triple and what proved to be the game-winning two-run homer. From Staff and Wire Reports Average attendance: 130,000 (approximately 70,000 In the infield). Seating capacity: 48,500 Stables: 1,404 stalls Track: One mile oval with 4 percent banking on the turns; 1 -mHe chute. Width: At Derby start, 120 feet; backstretch, 79 feet; stretch, 80 feet Soil: Sandy loam Classic: 1 1/4 miles; horses travel 1 1/4 times around the track Paddock pavillion Kentucky Derby museum Starters The largest field to start the Derby was 23 in 1974; the smallest were in 1892 and 1905, with three starters each. Fillies in the Derby Winning Colors (1988); joined Genuine Risk (1980) and Regret (1915) as the only fillies to have won the Derby. Attendance The largest Derby Day turnout was 163,628 in 1974 for the 100th running. Women in the Derby In 1990, at 92, Francis Genter's Unbridled gave her the distinction as the oldest owner to win the Derby. In the 1940s, women owners in the Derby were almost a commonplace. In 1942, seven of the first eight finishers In the Kentucky Derby were owned by women. The exception was Valdina Orphan, who finished third. Past Derby winners with post positions and jockeys: Year Horse p.p. Jockey 1996 Grindstone 15 Bailey 1995 Thunder Gulch 16 Stevens 1994 Go for Gin 8 McCarron 1993 Sea Hero 6 Bailey 1992 LIIE.Tee 10 Day 1991 Strike the Gold 5 Antley 1990 Unbridled . 8 Ferret 1989 Sunday Silence 10 Valenzuela 1988 Winning Colors (f) 11 Stevens 1987 Alysheba 3 McCarron (f)-filly Birthplace of the 122 Derby winners 92-Kentucky 5^ Florida 4- Virginia 3- California, Tennessee 2-New Jersey, Texas, Canada, England 1- Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania Fastest runnings of the Derby 1973, Secretariat 1:592/5 1964 Northern Dancer 2:00 1985 Spend a Buck 2:001/5 1962 Decidedly 2:002/5 1967 Proud Clarion 2:003/5 1996 Grindstone 2:01 Winningest post positions 12 by number of wins 10 inn Source: Churchill Downs AP/Ed De Gasero Look for Captain Bodgit in winner's circle at 123rd Derby DON WADE Scripps Huwnnt News Service We had this race all figured out. We checked the divine dosage index, and immediately felt Silver Charm(ed). We heard the gospel from Pulpit. And in this, the Nike age, we believed in a longshot with his own advertising slogan: Deeds Not Words. But Churchill Downs is first and foremost in Kentucky. And Kentucky belongs to that diminutive, magical rider of top thoroughbred talent: Rick Pitino. Which brings us to a terrifying possibility on the first Saturday in May: Kentucky's big moment could belong to — drum roll, please— Celtic Warrior. Is this not too perfect? As Pitino considers — again — having the world at his feet and the Boston media at his back, a 3-year- old named Celtic Warrior is one of the lucky 13 starting in the 123rd Kentucky Derby. Celtic Warrior a longshot? Of course. So is Pitino jumping from Bluegrass heaven to Boston hell. But Pitino has left the door ajar. There is a chance. And when the gates fly open in the Derby, Celtic Warrior will have a chance, too. If Celtic Warrior wins, expect nothing less than thunder and lightning. This would be the ultimate omen. Eddie Sutton would arrive at the track in an overnight envelope, a 10-year contract from UK hidden in his curly hair, NCAA spies in his shadow. OK, all you 'Cat fans in the grandstand, all together now: A-RM-A-G-E-D-D-O-N! By the way, if you can see all this happening, you can see the Boston Celtics winning the 1998 NBA Finals. And call me at 1-800- F-O-O-L-I-S-H for exclusive information on Southwestern Indiana's diamond mines. As for the horse race, I offer you words not deeds: Crypto Star (7-2): No doubt the favorite among Dionne Warwick and other psychic screwballs. But also a good horse that likes to come from off the pace. Has the ultimate patient jockey in Pat Day, who has the rail in this race. Phantom on Tour (17-1) will be aptly named as he disappears Derby notepad LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Pulpit doesn't like crowds. He detests post parades. He can be a nervous wreck, trainer Frank Brothers acknowledges. And he's the early Kentucky Derby favorite. "He's vastly improved, but he's not a calm horse," Brothers said Friday. "... He's always going to be that way." Brothers said he will ask the Churchill Downs stewards if Pulpit can skip the post parade if he seems to be too jittery. He never participated in a post parade in Florida, where he was 3-for-4 this year; the Blue Grass was his first. Pulpit didn't race as a 2-year-old, and that's just one of the Derby jinxes he'll have to overcome. No favorite has won the Derby since Spectacular Bid in 1979; no horse unraced at 2 has won since Apollo, in 1882. "He can overcome the favorite part," Brothers said. 'The toughest stat is 115 years. "It would have been great if he started at 2. But he's gotten a lot of seasoning in his five races. We'll see if that's enough." • LUKAS ENTRY: D. Wayne Lukas is taking some heat for entering c, Deeds Not Words, whose pres- m ence extends Lukas' streak for •ya having a starter in every Ken- 00 tucky Derby since 1980. -< The trainer figures anybody • is entitled to an opinion. ^ "If you step into this arena, fj, you're fair game," Lukas said. "And face it, this is the center court; this is the main arena. "If your clientele is happy, you have nothing to worry about. In 16 years, I've found I can make a lot of mistakes — but if you're good here, they keep coming back." —The Associated Press down the stretch. Concerto (9-1) likes to play conductor, taking the lead at the start. That can work if the pace is slow, but that style will be a death- note if the pace is fast. Trainer Nick Zito's Jack Flash and Shammy Davis are a single entry at 30-1, and it'd be a shame and a sham to put your money here. Crimson Classic (60-1) lost his rider in his last race and owner John Clay has lost his head if he believes his horse will be in contention after the post parade. Congratulations to trainer D. Wayne Lukas on extending his Derby starter streak (at least one every year since 1981.) That'll be his horse, Deeds Not Words, finishing last, about 35 lengths back of the winner. And that'll be D. Wayne, standing at his barn, underneath sunglasses, explaining it all away. To Hello (11-1), we say goodbye. This isn't a bad horse, but he's small and best-suited to turf. Maybe worth two bucks as a show bet. Free House (12-1) looks like a free lunch, and that's the problem. His odds should be tempting, and he's coming off two wins, the last being the. Grade I Santa Anita Derby. But from November through January he ran poorly three consec- utive times. He's a factor in exacta? and trifectas, but you're liable to ; lose your house betting him to wini Silver Charm (7-2) seems to have many handicappers charmed, but he finished second to Free House his last two races. < He could take the silver here, too.; More likely, he'll just miss hitting the board. ; Pulpit (8-1) didn't race as a 2- year-old, his critics preach, but he's 4-for-5 as a 3-year-old, and ran! a solid second to Captain Bodgit in the Florida Derby. Pulpit likes to run on the lead, and that's a plea- : sure that won't unpunished be- ! cause... Captain Bodgit (9-2) likes to come from off the pace, and he'll have all the time he needs to run down the pack. Even when Pulpit won the Fountain of Youth in February, Captain Bodgit rallied from 21 lengths back to finish third, just two lengths behind. ' And that was at a mile and one- sixteenth. • So, Captain Bodgit's funny-looping foreleg becomes a blemish of ' beauty as he rallies down the stretch to win the Kentucky Der- 1 by, with Crypto Star second, and \ Free House third. One last warning, though: If Celtic Warrior wins, watch out for the lightning bolts. !

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