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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 1997 03 T HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL South rallies to earn split BRIEFLY Cougars score six runs in seventh inning to beat West in nightcap By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal For six-plus innings, Topeka West pitcher Kenny Swart was virtually untouchable. His sudden departure with one out in the seventh inning trumpeted the beginning of an incredible Salina South rally. The Cougars scored six runs and rolled to an improbable 8-7 victory in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday night at Evans Stadium. The victory gave South a sweep after the Cougars won the opener 16-11. South is now 8-4 overall, 5-1 in the 1-70 League. West falls to 8-8, 3-3. Working with a 7-2 lead, the hard-throwing Swart struck out Jason Gordon to start the seventh, but gave up an infield single to Zack Mills and a ground ball single to right by Troy Gillund. West coach Warren Seitz opted to move Swart to first and bring in reliever Chris Clinton. "(Swart) TopeKaWest 16 7 p j ng the ball," Salina South 11 8 South coach Tim Puvogel said. "He still had good stuff. Zack got an infield hit and Troy went the opposite direction with his hit. We weren't pulling the ball." Clinton only threw gasoline on the fire. He walked Wade Porter, gave up an RBI single to Shawn Puvogel, a two-run single to Tyler Charvat and walked Troy St. Clair. After shortstop Steve Downey muffed Josh Jahnke's ground ball, allowing Puvogel to score to make it 7-6, Seitz quickly ushered Swart back to the mound. But it was too late. Swart fielded Ryan Tomlins' bunt and threw home too late to get Charvat, tying the game 7-7 and leaving the bases loaded. Swart then hit Gordon, forcing in the winning run. "He'd thrown a 110 to 115 pitches," Puvogel said of Swart. "But he was still throwing hard. I'm sure (Seitz) thought he had a comfortable lead. But our kids never quit, even when Swart was in there." Puvogel noticed that Clinton, a breaking-ball pitcher, was having control problems during his warm-up tosses. "He didn't throw a strike," Puvogel said. "We were more patient and made him throw a strike." Swart held South to two runs — one earned — and three hits through six innings as the Chargers built a 7-2 lead. South's rally made a winner of reliever Jahnke, who entered the game in the fourth inning. The second game was in stark contrast to the first, when South collected 13 hits and took advantage of four West errors. South led 10-2 entering the sixth, but West scored seven to make it 10-9. South answered with six of its own in the bottom of the sixth. Puvogel had three hits and drove in four runs. Justin Stein had three hits and three RBIs. Both hit two-run homers — Stein in the second inning and Puvogel in the third. Puvogel also had a two-run triple in the sixth. Starter Wade Porter was the winning pitcher. "That wasn't due to a lack of quality pitching," Puvogel said. "It was more a case of the tremendous hitters we have and they have. This was a matchup of two great offensive teams. "We're very fortunate to get out of here with two victories." Knights, Collegiate pile up runs Teams combine for 64 runs, split twinbill on windy day at Matson By The Journal Staff After producing a month's worth of offense in two games and twice rallying from deficits of seven runs or more, the Sacred Heart baseball squad settled for a split Tuesday. The Knights were down 12-5 in the opener against Wichita Collegiate before roaring back for a 13-12 victory. The Spartans then wasted an eight-run lead in game two before escaping James Matson Field with a 21-18 win and the split. "I was extremely pleased with the kids' effort in both games," said Sacred Heart coach Tony Canacari. "Coming back and battling like they did, that's what character is. But neither team was ever hanging its head and both kept plugging away." The Knights needed a big defensive play in the opener to preserve the victory. After Sacred Heart scored seven runs in the sixth to take a one-run lead, Collegiate T HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL opened the seventh with back-to- back singles. Reliever Chad Gordine got a strikeout before cleanup hitter Chris Gehrer hit a line drive to Ryan Ash as shortstop. Ash threw behind the runner at second base to turn the double play and end the game. Collegiate led 10-2 in the second game before the Knights scored 10 runs on four hits and three Collegiate 12 21 Spartan errors Sacred Heart 13 18 in the fourth. Canacari's team scored six of those runs with two outs, including two-run doubles from Toby Herbel and Michael Bonilla. Collegiate (6-6) regained the lead, 16-12 on Harrison Hill's grand slam in the sixth. But the Knights again tied it with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Ash's two-run single made it 16-15, and Herbel tied the game when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. After Collegiate took the lead for good with five runs in the seventh, the Knights (7-9) got the potential tying run to the plate in the bottom of the inning, but couldn't keep the final rally alive. "That was brutal baseball," said Collegiate coach Mike Gehrer. "But that is kind of how we've been playing all year long. We give people too many opportunities. We make too many errors and our pitchers are not throwing strikes. But the top half of Sacred Heart's lineup really hit the ball all day long." It was a big offensive night for Ash, who went 5 for 8 at the plate, with three doubles, six runs scored and seven RBI. Mike Losik had three hits and five RBI in the opener, but was walked four times in the second contest. SE-Saline 4-11, Chase Co. 3-12 COTTONWOOD FALLS — Southeast of Saline lost an opportunity to come away with a rare sweep in a baseball doubleheader Tuesday with Chase County. The Trojans got a well-pitched game from senior R.C. Harlan to win the opener 4-3, but lost leads of five and three runs in a 12-11 loss in game two. It was the sixth split in eight doubleheaders for South- east (8-8) this season. Chase County reached Harlan for two doubles and a home run in the first inning of the opener, but did not score the rest of the way. Southeast rallied with a two-run homer from Jason Myers in the fifth, then took the lead on a two- run single from Thane Douglas in the sixth. Chase County put a man at second with nobody out in the seventh, but Southeast turned a double play to get out of the inning and help Harlan earn his first victory of the season. "The first game we really played well," Southeast coach Dee Kolzow said. "R.C. really gave us a lift and shut Chase County down after the first inning. "We had them in the second game, but we had too many walks and errors. Six of their 12 runs were unearned, and we left 10 runners on in both games." Southeast led 5-0 in the second, and were still up 11-8 going into the bottom of the fifth. The Bulldogs tied it with three runs in the fifth, then scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Sacred Heart sweeps Lincoln Knights improve to 14-4 to remain in lead for top seed in regional By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal Sacred Heart coach Barry Fritz got what he wanted out of Tuesday's softball doubleheader with Lincoln. His Knights not only picked up a pair of victories, but had fun doing it. Sacred Heart improved to 14-4 overall with the 15-1 and 21-3 victories, both called after five innings by the 10-run rule. "We wanted our players to take good swings and get things done," Fritz said. "But we wanted to have fun, too, because when we get to regional (in two weeks) we have to bear down." The Knights, still playing for a No. 1 seed at regional and a first- round bye (Canton-Galva is 13-5) , batted around in six of eight innings and never trailed in either game. Sacred Heart starters Kristen L'Ecuyer and Kellen Ratcliff both threw shutout ball for four innings, before giving way to senior teammates Jenny Allen and Nicole Knipp. "We've been throwing seniors in the fifth inning, hoping that they V COLLEGE FOOTBALL gain an appreciation four other positions," Fritz said. "Hopefully it's something Jenny and Nicole will remember for a long time and they have fun with it." Sacred Heart led 4-0 going into the bottom of the third inning of the opener before breaking things open with a 10-run inning. The Knights sent 15 batters to the plate, getting a two-run homer and an RBI single from Courtney Ash in her two plate appearances in the inning. The big inning also included a run scoring single by Allen, a two- run single from L'Ecuyer, and bases loaded walks to Anne Weese and Knipp. That was enough for L'Ecuyer, who scattered four hits and improved her record to 8-3. Ratcliff (6-1) was equally effective, limiting the Leopards to only two singles in four innings and striking out six. "Right now we've got two pretty good pitchers who can throw strikes and have pretty good control of their pitches," Fritz said. "That's what we need, because there are hardly any weak spots in our lineup defensively and it's the same with hitting. "As a team we're hitting over .300 and to do that, everybody has to do their job." Sacred Heart's first seven batters all reached base and scored as the Knights rolled to an 8-0 lead af- ter one inning of game two. They batted around and scored three runs in the second on only one hit, then sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six more runs in the third. Melissa Meares was 5 of 6 on the day with four runs scored, while Knipp had three hits in the second game and Lizzie Balaun had two hits and two RBI. Central 5-16, McPherson 0-5 MCPHERSON — Jamie Moreen threw a three-hit shutout as Salina Central downed McPherson 5-0 in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday. Central collected 19 hits in the nightcap en route to a 16-5 victory. Moreen won despite a sore arm. She was pitching in her fourth game in four days. She struck out eight and walked three. "She pitched very well," Central coach Jerre Davis said. "Her arm was sore after pitching two games Saturday, one (Monday) and today." Linsey Ginther and Tara McDonald had three hits each for Central in the second game. "They just came alive," Davis said. "(McPherson) started a new pitcher and they decided want to go home. They just lit up and said 'let's get this over.'" Ashley Wilson was the winning pitcher for Central (8-5) in the sec- ond game. Clay Center 6-20, SE-Saline 4-2 Unbeaten Clay Center pushed its record to 14-0 with a doubleheader sweep. "They're the best team we've played this season," Southeast coach Mike Garretson said. "Their speed is impressive." Clay Center capitalized on four Southeast errors over the first two innings to open up a 5-0 lead and the Tigers eventually made it 6-0 before the Trojans got on the Scoreboard in the sixth. Jackie Dupes belted an RBI double and scored when her hit was misplayed in the outfield. Southeast scored two more runs in the seventh, but couldn't close the gap any further. "They opened the door up for us (late) in the first game," Garretson said, referring to the three errors committed by the Tigers, "but we couldn't push it open wide enough to win. We just gave them too many runs early." Clay Center dominated the second game, which was shortened to five innings because of the run rule. The Tigers rapped out 19 hits in the victory. Southeast finished with seven hits, including Melinda Stein's home run in the second inning. Now 8-6, Southeast plays host to Russell at 3 p.m. Friday. KW football to hold reception tonight A reception for new Kansas Wesleyan football coach Dave Dallas is scheduled for 7 o'clock tonight in the Student Center of Pioneer Hall on the KWU campus. The public is invited. Dallas will discuss his plans for Wesleyan football and unveil "An Old Tradition ... With a New Commitment." Also in attendance will be current Wesleyan players and assistant coaches William Wille, Curtis Horton and Paul Brungardt. Kansas State slips past Wichita State, 4-3 MANHATTAN — Todd Fereday doubled in the ninth, and Josh Marn drove him in on an RBI single Tuesday night to give Kansas State a 4-3 win over Wichita State. Jon Oiseth (2-2) earned the win for the Wildcats. Wichita State (44-13) used Brian Preston's RBI double in the first and Kevin Hooper's 2-RBI single in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Kansas State (30-22) narrowed the gap in the fifth when Marn's triple drove in Fereday and Jason Bichelmeyer. Yancy Ayres tied the game with a home run to left field in the seventh. Greg Bauer (3-1) took the loss for the Shockers. Fereday's game-winning run broke Kansas State's career record for runs scored with 182, breaking Craig Wilson's mark of 181 from 1989-92. Heath Schesser singled to left in the first and fourth innings to take sole possession of the single- season record for hits with 90, eclipsing Wilson's mark of 88 set in 1991. Chiefs sign Kansas wide receiver Byrd KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs said Tuesday they have signed wide receiver Isaac Byrd to a three-year contract. Byrd, a sixth-round pick from Kansas, joins running back June Henley and offensive tackle Nathan Parks as draft picks signed by the Chiefs. Byrd, a 6-foot, 173-pounder from St. Louis, caught 53 passes for 840 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. He also lettered twice as the starting centerfielder for Kansas' baseball team. The Chiefs are still negotiating with their other three choices in last month's draft: Cal tight end Tony Gonzalez, Cal quarterback Pat Barnes and Kansas State wide receiver Kevin Lockett. BMC softball team to play in Region 6 Friday HUTCHINSON — Brown Mackie plays Johnson County at 10:45 a.m., Friday in the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association's Region 6 Softball Tournament at Fun Valley. • Cloud County plays Kansas City Kansas at 10:45 in the first round. Colby, the top seed in the Western Division, plays Highland at 10:45 p.m. The championship game will be played at 5 p.m., Saturday with the winner advancing to the NJ- CAA National Tournament later this month at Fun Valley. Bethany's Jackson earns KCAC honor LINDSBORG — Bethany third baseman Mike Jackson has been named the Kansas Conference's Wheat Bowl to go on without KCAC teams By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal The Heart of America Athletic Conference had no qualms with the Wheat Bowl's new August playing date. Neither did the South Dakota- Iowa Conference. The Kansas Conference did. Benedictine, of the Heart of America, will play defending national champion Sioux Falls, S.D., of the South Dakota-Iowa Conference, Aug. 30 in the third annual Wheat Bowl in Ellinwood. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at the Ellinwood High School Stadium. Wheat Bowl officials initially had hoped to match a team from the Kansas Conference — Bethany — against Sioux Falls. But KCAC presidents unanimously rejected the bowl's invitation to play in this year's game, or anyuame played in August because of the costs entailed in bringing in players and coaches earlier that usual to facilitate practice sessions. The first two Wheat Bowls were played in late November. But officials moved the game to August to avoid annual conflicts with the state high school playoff championships, Kansas and Kansas State games, and other small college playoff games. "We would have to bring 50 to a hundred athletes, coaches and resident assistants in two to three weeks early," Kansas Wesleyan president Marshall Stanton said. "That represents a significant financial commitment to our small institutions." Stanton said other issues also concerned the presidents. "It would mean bringing freshmen in a couple of weeks before anyone else," he s^iid. "We also felt these kinds of competitions should reward institutions that succeed during the current season, not the previous season." Stanton said allowing one school to bring its players in two or three weeks early to prepare for the Wheat Bowl would give that school an unfair competitive edge because of the additional practice time. "We've achieved a fairly level playing field in many areas, including athletics," he said. "The reasons (Wheat Bowl officials) gave — better weather conditions and avoiding other competitions — were not sensitive to our reasons." Two KCAC teams — Ottawa and Southwestern — played in the first two Wheat Bowl games. New Kansas Wesleyan coach Dave Dallas, who coached Ottawa in the first Wheat Bowl game in 1995, prefers a November game. "It's a postseason game," Dallas co-player of the week. Jackson, a senior from Garnett. had six hits in 13 at-bats, scored six runs, hit one home run and drove in nine on the week. Ottawa outfielder Mike Stockton shared the honor with Jackson. Bethany's Clay Witt and Tabor's Chad Bodenstein were named co-pitchers of the week. Witt, a senior from Hooker, Okla., gave up six hits and one earned run in 14 innings. He struck out 10 and walked two. Bodenstein, a senior from Ponca City, Okla., gave up 10 hits, two earned runs and struck out eight in 14 innings. Bethany second baseman Kristin Simoneau was named the KCAC softball player of the week. Simoneau, a junior from Salina, had seven hits in 13 at-bats. She scored six runs, drove in four and stole four bases. County Four Ball entry forms available Entry forms are available for the Saline County Men's Four Ball Golf Tournament, to be held Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1. ; Entry forms can be picked up at the pro shop at each of Salina's three golf courses. The entry deadline is Tuesday, May 27. The rotation for this year's ; event will be Salina Municipal on Friday, Elks Country Club on Saturday, with the final round at Salina Country Club. Call tournament director Daran Neuschafer at 827-5150 (work) or 825-9169 (home) for more information. Sacred Heart golfers win Marion tournament MARION — Sacred Heart won the four-man and six-man titles and Kevin Evel claimed medalist honors Tuesday afternoon at the Marion golf invitational. Evel fired a 75 to win medalist honors by three strokes. Cain Frazier of the Knights tied for fifth with an 80. The Knights, who have now won three straight meets, fired a four- man score of 323 to win by seven shots over Chase County. Their six-man total was 503, two shots in front of Chase County. Hillsboro won the two-man title with a 161, while Marion was second. In addition to Evel and Frazier's scores, Chris Mergen just missed top 10 medalist honors with an 81. Sacred Heart returns to action later this week in 3 p.m. meets at Halstead (Thursday) and Claflin'" (Friday). '•: Knights win 5 events at Quivira Heights BUSHTON — Sacred Heart's track and field team won five g01d medals Tuesday afternoon at the Quivira Heights Invitational. Mikey Schmitz won the shot put (44-7) and Chris Rice the javelin (157-0) in the boys division. In the girls division, Chrissy ; Blagg (triple jump, 30-4), Jenna, Leiker (220-yard dash, 28.72) and Heather Ryan (880-yard run, 2:49.61) claimed gold medals. The Sacred Heart girls finished third in the team race (79 points) behind Quivira Heights and Wilson. The Knight boys were seventh with 41 points. The Knights will compete in , the Ellinwood Invitational on Friday. From Staff and Wire Reports said. "It's hectic trying to get teams in school two weeks before everyone else. (The Wheat Bowl) needed a breath of fresh air, but it belongs in the postseason." Dallas also agrees with Stanton on the purpose of the game. "It should be a reward for a good season," he said. "The Wheat Bowl runs a first-class operation. It's much classier than the (NAIA) playoffs. The kids and coaches are treated very well. "It's not as prestigious as the playoffs, but it's a classy operation. It was a great reward for us at Ottawa after a lot of hard work." Sioux Falls won the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II championship last fall. Benedictine compiled an 8-3 record. The Ravens lost to Lambuth, Tenn., in the first round of /he NAIA Division II playoffs. Min lis Lions h School ampions Meet t. There will be no relays or team competition. fst be received by May 13,1997 irU at 7:00 am May 17,1997 it Starts at 8:00 am!! Entry fee is $5.00 per event. irticipant may compete in 4 events if they meet the qualifications standards of placing in the top four (4) at a Junior High track meet this year (1997). Name: Date of birth:_ Address: City:_ _Sex: Male/Female Grade: 7th 8th (please circle one) _Phone: ( State:. ) Athletes must submit proof of age and grade. Such as copy of their student ID card Maximum age for 7th grade athletes is 14 years old, 8th grade athletes Is 15 years old as of October 1, 1997. Please list events In which you are actually going to compete; list place and tlme/dis? tance/helght achieved at your qualifying meet (First four places). EVENT PLACE TIME, DISTANCE 1st 2nd 3rd 4th or HEIGHT I hereby for my heirs, my executors and administrator, waive any and all claims for damages I may have against the sponsors, hosts and Individuals associate with The Minneapolis Lions Club 7th and 8th Grade Champion of Champions Track Meet, their representatives, successors and assigns for any and all Injuries suffered by me in connection with said event. I have at my own liability and do accept full responsibility. Participant's signature date Parent or legal guardian signature Registration form must be signed by both athlete and parent/guardian or entry will not be accepted! Make Checks Payable to: Minneapolis Lions Club Mail Entry to: Robert L. Smith Route 1 Box 148 Delahos, KS 67436 ^

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