The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 5, 1997 · Page 7
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MONDAY MAY 5, 1997 "THE SALINA JOURNAL ^Mr^NWMPMI VBlBMP SCOREBOARD / B2 BASEBALL / B3 CLASSIFIED/ B4 .F^^ MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Yanks hammer homers. KG Season-high 19 hits — five for home runs — power New York's rout of Royals By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Once again, Tino Martinez felt comfortable at the plate. The rest of his teammates did, too. Martinez homered twice and drove in four runs and the At New York Yankees Yankees 13 hit five homers in a -^—^ - game for the first ing the Kansas City Royals 13-5 Sunday. Cecil Fielder, Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada also homered for the Yankees. New York last hit five home runs on July 22,1993, against the Angels. Martinez, who leads the majors with 40 RBIs, added a double and single to the Yankees' season-high total of 19 hits. Posada and Tim Raines each had three hits, and New York won for the llth time in 15 games. "I felt good up there," Martinez said. "I got good pitches to hit and hit them hard." Brian Boehringer (1-1) relieved a wild Kenny Rogers and earned the victory. He pitched 3 % scoreless innings and struck out a career-high seven, including five in a row. "I was throwing strikes and trying to get ahead of the hitters," he said. Rogers lasted only 2% innings. He left after walking four batters in the third inning. "He was the big disappointment of the day," Yankee manager Joe Torre said. "He's fighting himself and not trusting his stuff. He's trying to do too many things." Rogers isn't sure what the problem is. "If I knew what the answer is, I would be doing it out there," he said. Rookie Glendon Rusch (2-2) was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in 3% innings. "He wasn't really sharp today," Kansas City manager Bob Boone said. "He got it up and they rocked it pretty good." Jermaine Dye hit his first AL homer, a two-run shot with two outs in the Royals ninth. Williams had a sacrifice fly in the first inning and a two-run homer in the third. Martinez followed with a home run that put the Yankees ahead 4-0. The Royals responded with three runs on just one hit in the bottom half. Rogers was pulled after his fourth walk of the third inning, and Boehringer relieved. New York scored four more runs in the fourth. Derek Jeter and Martinez hit RBI singles that finished Rusch, and Fielder homered off Jim Converse. Posada hit his first major league homer in the seventh off Jeff Montgomery. Martinez hit his 12th home run in the eighth, also against Montgomery- Game notes Williams and Martinez became the first Yankees' hitters to connect for consecutive homers since the same pair did it last June 8 against Detroit. ... In addition to his first AL homer, Dye stole his first base since being traded by Atlanta. ... Jeff King walked in the third, giving him 14 consecutive games with a walk. He ties the Royals record of John Mayberry in 1973. ... The Yankees won their fifth consecutive series. ... The crowd of 30,034 was the best at Kansas City — other than for opening days — since the Royals attracted 32,702 to see Seattle on Sept. 6, 1994. The Associated Press New York Yankees designated hitter Cecil Fielder watches his second homo run of the season in the fourth inning of Sunday's game against the Royals. SALINE COUNTY GOLF Mitchell, Robertson capture Four Ball Defending champions repeat after defeating Ryan, Jensen in playoff By ARNE GREEN The Salinci Journal Justin Mitchell and Sean .Robertson lived life on the edge . Sunday at the Elks Country Club, and they had plenty of company. By the time the defending champions escaped with a 1-up . victory over Dick Jensen and , Jerry Ryan to capture their second-straight Saline County Four • Ball Match Play Tournament, both teams had teetered on the brink of disaster, only to hold on by a thread. In the end, only Robertson's harmless 2-foot par putt on the first playoff hole separated the , finalists. "I'm very glad it was 36 holes," said Robertson, who won -four holes — three with birdies '. — on the second 18 to help rally his team from a four-hole deficit ; at the halfway point. "I figured over a greater number of holes we'd have a better chance because we're more consistent. "When we were four down af- . ter the morning round, I realistically didn't see any way we could come back and win. But I made a couple of birdies on the first few holes to get the deficit to a more manageable number and then it looked like we may have a chance." The champions took a one- hole lead to No. 18 after Mitchell put his tee shot on the 159-yard, par-317th hole within an inch of the cup for a birdie. But Ryan sent it to a playoff when Robertson and Mitchell conceded a 6-inch par putt on the next hole. "By the time we made birdie at 11 to go 1-up, I really thought we had the match under control," Robertson said. "We just needed to close out strong and we just didn't do that. "(Jensen and Ryan) came back really well, too. I was impressed with Jerry and Dick all day." Only Robertson managed a par when the teams returned to No. 1 for the playoff. He lofted his second shot over a tree and KELLY PRESNELLTThe Salina Journal Jerry Ryan drops his head after missing a birdie putt on hole No. 9 during Sunday's championship round of the Saline County Four Ball Match Play Tournament at the Elks Country Club. a bunker on the right side and put it within 25 feet of the hole. His birdie putt fell just over a foot short, but that was good enough. "It was a great match," said Jensen, who won No. 13 with a birdie 4 and No. 14 with a par 4 to put his team back in the lead. "It was a tremendous match. We've just got to take our hats off to Sean and Justin. They both got tough when they needed to get tough and we didn't quite get the job done when we were four up. "We played real well with them on the back nine, until the 16th hole, when both of us made bogeys. Justin hit a tremendous shot on 17 and Jerry makes a great par on 18. But neither Jerry or I (parred) the No. 1 playoff hole and Sean just made a good par." Mitchell won the 16th hole with a par 4 to even the match, then nearly aced No. 17 as the ball actually hit the hole and squirted out. He also birdied the first hole of the second round to start the comeback. "Winning No. 1 helped and when Sean knocked it close on 5, that was big," he said of Robertson's second shot to with- in two feet of the hole for a birdie 3. "It was nice to finally see some birdies." On the first 18 holes, Jensen and Ryan was in control. Jensen won the first two holes with birdies and was 4-under on the front nine. Robertson and Mitchell cut the lead to three on No. 15, but immediately gave it back on the next hole. "Jerry and I didn't have a bogey on the first 18 holes," Jensen said. "That was the key, probably — us making bogeys (on the second 18). We probably wore out a little, too. (Ryan) is 48 and I'm 49.1 think the old men ran out of gas a little bit." Mitchell, a Kansas State student, and Robertson, a recent K- State graduate, continued their dominance of county tournaments with the victory. They teamed up for the Four Ball championship last August, and before that Mitchell won the county medal title and Robertson the match play crown. This may have been the most memorable one, Robertson said. "That's what competition's all about — going head-to-head against the other guys," he said. "It's a lot of fun. Especially if you win." T PRO BASKETBALL Heat, Hawks post series-clinching victories Miami turns back late Orlando charge, plays Knicks in next round By The Associated Press MIAMI — The Miami Heat did- n'iwilt when the Orlando Magic wouldn't quit. .Thanks to two clutch baskets by Tim Hardaway, Miami withstood one last comeback by the resilient Magic, holding on for a 91-83 victory Sunday in the deciding fifth game of their first-round playoff series. •Orlando scored 10 consecutive points midway through the fourth quarter and reduced a 17-point deficit to three. But Hardaway shook off a shooting slump to hit two baskets — an off-balance 20- footer and a 3-pointer from 24 feet — in the final 43 seconds to eliminate the Magic. "They had one great push left in them," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "That's why this game keeps bringing you to your knees. I think this is going to help us. You grow from these kinds of things and toughen up." The Heat survived Penny Hardaway's 33-point effort to win a playoff series for the first time in their nine-year history. The Atlantic Division champions advanced to the second round against Riley's former team, the New York Knicks. The opening game in the best-of-7 series will be Wednesday at Miami Arena. "I'm two years away from New York," said Riley, who feuded with Knicks management before taking the Miami job in 1995. "I'm 4 Utah tops Lakers / Page B3 happy down here. We've turned it around and have something good going. "There's probably going to be a lot of stuff come out about the past, but I have great respect for that team and I know how good they are. We're going to have our hands full." The Heat blew out Orlando at home in the first two games before the Magic bounced back at the Orena. The home team won every game by an average margin of 16 points, and the home court may have been the difference Sunday. Miami missed nine consecutive shots before Tim Hardaway sank his 20-footer while being closely guarded by Darrell Armstrong for an 86-80 lead with 43 seconds to go. He then answered Penny Hard- away's 3-pointer with a 3-pointer of his own, making the score 89-83 with 14 seconds left. Hawks 84, Pistons 79 ATLANTA — He tried to dunk over Dikembe Mutombo. That didn't work. Then Grant Hill tried to go around him. That didn't work, either. Mutombo, the NBA's defensive player of the year, came through with two brilliant blocks against the Detroit star in the final 1:41, and the Atlanta Hawks moved on to the second round of the playoffs with an 84-79 victory Sunday over the Pistons. "Everything we paid for Dikem- be was worth it," said Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens, tweaking those who questioned the five- year, $55 million contract that Mu- tombo received last summer. "He's the anchor for the future." Because of Mutombo, that future includes a meeting with the defending NBA champion Chicago Bulls. After falling behind 2-1 in the best-of-5 series with the Pistons, Atlanta won the final two games and advanced to play the Bulls beginning Tuesday night at the United Center. Mutombo was a dominating inside force for the Hawks throughout the series, but it was his final two plays that made the difference after a wild fourth quarter that included seven lead changes. With the score tied at 77, Hill drove the baseline for a dunk, but the shot was deflected away by Mutombo while the Detroit star dangled from the rim. Atlanta ran the other way and Christian Laettner hit a 17-footer as the 24-second clock expired to put the Hawks ahead to stay, 79-77 with 1:14 remaining. T AUTO RACING Martin snaps drought Winston Cup victory V Martin's first since UAW-GM500in 1995 By ANNE M. PETERSON The Associated Press ' • SONOMA, Calif. — Mark Martin certainly wasn't taking any chances. With measured perseverance, he started from the pole and led all but five laps in the Save Mart Super : markets 300 and drove to his first Winston Cup victory in 1 Vi years.' ; "I never wanted to give the lead up, because I thought that if I did, I might never see the lead again/' Martin said. "So I raced really, really hard every lap, like it was the last lap." Martin led 69 of 74 laps Sunday on the road course at Sears Point Raceway. Martin, who has 19 career victories, hadn't won a Winston Cup race since the UAW-GM 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 8,1995. Martin was the master of the 2.52-mile course, crossing the finish line about a half-second before Jeff Gordon. Martin wasn't about to give Gordon anything, especially when he was so close to victory. "I wasn't too worried about it," Martin said. "Believe me, that win was going to be hard to pry out of my hands." T COLLEGE BASEBALL Wesleyan NSCAA champion Coyotes claim national title with 11-2 victory against Ohio Valley By The Journal Staff BEVERLY, Ohio — Tournament MVP Brian Valdivia belted three homers, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs and Jackie McBroom went 4-for-5 with a home run to power Kansas Wesleyan past Ohio Valley (W.Va.), 112, in the championship game of Sunday's National Small College Athletic Association Tournament. The title game, which was to have been played Saturday, was delayed a day and the site moved from Parkersburg, W.Va., because of rain. The Coyotes (26-19) took control from the outset, building a 5-1 lead after two innings. Wesleyan finished with 14 hits — eight for extra bases — which also included home runs from Rusty Swingle and Mark Edmonds. That offensive power display was more than enough support for starting pitcher Guy Mclntire, who worked five strong innings. Edmonds sealed the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Valdivia, Edmonds, McBroom and Mclntire were named to the all-tournament team, while Edmonds and Shea Fowler were selected as small college Ail-Americans. ^ SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjnews@saljournal.com

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