The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 8, 1997 · Page 23
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS THURSDAY, MAY 8, 1997 P3 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Expos' 13-run sixth inning sinks Giants Montreal sets NL mark for runs in one inning en route to 19-3 win By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Even some of the Montreal Expos found themselves marveling at their offensive prowess as they collected 13 runs and 13 hits in a record-setting inning. Mike Lansing homered twice in Montreal's 13-run sixth inning and Henry Rodriguez hit a grand slam in a five-run fifth as the Expos beat the San Francisco Giants 19-3 Wednesday. Lansing hit a two-run homer and a three-run homer in the sixth, an inning in which four other Montreal players each had two hits. The 13 runs in the sixth inning, in which 17 Expos batted, set an NL record and tied a major league mark. Lansing had four hits as did Rondell White, who hit his eighth homer. Doug Strange, who had a three-run double in the sixth, was one of four Montreal players with three hits. The Expos batted for 30 minutes in their half of the sixth against three Giants relievers. The Expos, who have won 11 of 16, had 26 hits, 10 for extra bases. Rodriguez's grand slam was his eighth homer of the season. Braves 3, Marlins 2,10 innings MIAMI — Bobby Bonilla's error in the 10th inning allowed Tony Graffanino to score the winning run as the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 3-2 Wednesday night. Pinch-hitter Javier Lopez's chopper hit off Bonilla's glove and bounced into left field as Graffani- no scored. Bonilla's fielding miscue in the fifth allowed Atlanta to score a run. Graffanino was running for Chipper Jones, who also pinch hit. Jones, who missed his second straight start with a strained groin, singled to start the 10th. Graffanino moved up on a sacrifice and, after an intentional walk to Kenny Lofton, Lopez hit the chopper. Cardinals 14, Phillies? ST. LOUIS — Ray Lankford hit a grand slam to cap a nine-run seventh inning as St. Louis beat Philadelphia. Ron Gant hit a two-run homer for the second straight night and Gary Gaetti broke a l-for-15 slump with a three-run homer in the seventh-inning outburst. The game was tied 5-5 when Gant singled home Dmitri Young. Another run scored on a balk by reliever Jerry Spradlin before Gaetti's second home run of the year made it 10-5. Reggie Harris (02), who allowed three runs in two innings, was the loser. Pirates 14, Rockies 3 DENVER — Jason Schmidt and Marc Wilkins combined to shut out Colorado through six innings, and light-hitting Pittsburgh slugged five home runs in a rout. The Pirates, who came into the game tied with Philadelphia for the fewest homers in the majors (14) and who were hitting a meager .234, hit five homers for the first time since June 20,1987. Al Martin, Jason Kendall, Kevin Elster, Jose Guillen and Joe Randa all reached the seats as the Pirates pounded out 17 hits in posting a season-high run total. Mets 4, Astros 1 HOUSTON — Pinch-hitter Butch Huskey's two-run homer in the ninth inning helped New York beat Houston. Mets starter Armando Reynoso pitched eight strong innings for the win. Reynoso (2-0) gave up just four hits and one run in eight innings. Brewers 1, Athletics 0 MILWAUKEE —Never had two teams taken so long to score just one run, although the Oakland Athletics insist that a second run crossed the plate. Jeff CirUlo's RBI single in the seventh inning lifted Milwaukee to a controversial victory over the Athletics. The game ended — and history was made — with a disputed call at home plate that led to two post-game ejections. The game lasted 3 hours, 20 minutes, the longest 1-0 game in major league history. The previous longest came on May 17, 1988, when the New York Mets won at San Diego in 3 hours, 7 minutes. This one almost went longer. With two out in the ninth, pinch-hitter Matt Stairs singled to right but right fielder Jeromy Burnitz threw out Scott Brosius on a close play at the plate to end the game, "The guy beat the play and we just lost a game we shouldn't have lost," fumed Athletics manager Art Howe, who was ejected by home plate umpire Dale Ford. "I don't see how you miss that call. He blew the call, plain and simple." Yankees 5, Rangers 2 NEW YORK — Tino Martinez hit his 14th homer, tying Ken Griffey Jr. for the major league lead, as the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers. Texas went ahead in the first on a double by Ivan Rodriguez and a single by Juan Gonzalez, but the Yankees made it 4-1 in the second. Singles by Cecil Fielder, Paul O'Neill and Derek Jeter loaded the bases, and Joe Girardi followed with a two-run double. Luis Sojo hit an RBI groundout and Tim Raines added a sacrifice fly. Orioles 3, Angels 0 BALTIMORE — Jimmy Key won his AL-best sixth game, pitching six scoreless innings and getting home run support from Chris Hoiles. Key (6-0) allowed six hits, walked three and did not allow a runner past second base in lowering his ERA to 1.93. Jesse Orosco and Armando Benitez both got three outs and Randy Myers finished for his AL-best 13th save. Indians 7, Blue Jays 1 CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians had four home runs, including David Justice's 10th of the season, and Jack McDowell showed his return to the rotation was no fluke by allowing six hits over eight innings. Red Sox 11, Twins 3 BOSTON — Scott Hatteberg homered twice — the first and second of his career — and Reggie Jefferson also hit two homers to lead the Red Sox. T COLLEGE FOOTBALL Deal / Royals also counting on Walker FROM PAGE D1 pitcher can be a fastball pitcher, and you know you are going to get at least two fastballs in an at- bat. Over here, he can be a fastball pitcher, but you still are going to get breaking balls." What pitch did he hit for his first homer? "A fastball," Dye said, "on the outside corner." Dye and Tucker, who met in 1994 during the Arizona Fall League, predict good things for each other. "Oh yeah, he'll be fine," Tucker said Monday. "The day I was traded, he was coming in while I was on my way out. I wished him good luck." Dye said: "His situation is the same situation I was in over there last season. They don't know what he can't hit right now, and he's getting 'em." ]V}aybe the disparity in Dye's Dallas unveils plans to rebuild New Wesleyan coach wants to create 'some direction and stability' By BOB DAVIDSON Tlie Salina Journal Mother Nature did her best to put a damper on Dave Dallas' coming out party. She almost succeeded. A reception Wednesday night at Kansas Wesleyan where Dallas unveiled his plans for rebuilding the school's football program went on as scheduled, but HAI i AC attracted only a DALLAS small and rain . soaked crowd. A thunderstorm packing high winds, large hail and torrential rain hit 15 minutes before the re- ception began. It kept the crowd down, but not Dallas' enthusiasm or presentation. "The weather was disappointing, but we went ahead," Dallas said. "We may do something like this again." Dallas, who coached at Ottawa University the past eight years before replacing Ron DuPree last March, outlined his plans for rebuilding the program, which has had three coaches in the last 10 months. .Dallas opened by revealing a four-point mission statement for the program: • (Help players) reach their potential academically, athletically and socially. • To represent Kansas Wesleyan athletics with class on the football field. • To treat one another as a family where love and discipline are used to motivate and direct each aspect of our years together. • To provide a competitive atmosphere where each athlete can develop a burning desire to be the best he can." He also addressed alumni and members of the community. "We want people to develop an ownership of our program," Dallas said. "We've got to get the word out there and keep pounding that. "We want to let them know there's a plan in place and a direction. That we're in this for the long haul and not just a few immediate wins. We want to create some direction and stability." Dallas said he is seeking volunteers to help remodel the dilapidated locker room and that renovation of the weight room is . underway. He said several events for alumni and boosters are planned and that he intends to start a booster club in the near future. "It would be more of a support group than a financial group," Dallas said. "Once they buy into that, the resources will start coming." Dallas said he has signed 30 new players, but only two are junior college recruits. He also said he wants to do a better job recruiting in Salina and the surrounding area. He said the Coyotes will use a balanced attack with 50-50 run/pass ratio, but that running the ball will "be a prerequisite." Dallas outlined eight goals for his first year, starting with "recruiting quality student athletes" and "emphasizing earning the degree, not just being eligible." The list also includes "fostering positive relationships on campus and in the community" and "building relationships with area high school coaches." The Coyotes open the 1997 season at 1 p.m., Sept. 13 in Crete, Neb., against Doane College. T PRO BASKETBALL Free-throw edge lifts Knicks, 88-79 By STEVEN WINE The Associated Press MIAMI — The brawny New York Knicks did best when the pushing and shoving stopped. New York outscored Miami by 12 points at the free-throw line and beat the Heat 88-79 Wednesday night in the opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Allan Houston scored 27 points and New York took advantage of Miami's foul trouble and poor free-throw shooting. The Heat made just 18 of 31 from the line, while the Knicks hit 30 of 32. "Obviously free throws are very important in the playoffs," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We hit an extraordinary percentage tonight." Game 2 in the best-of-7 series will be Friday in Miami. Patrick Ewing had 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, who scored 16 consecutive points in the third period to take the lead for good. A bruising series had been anticipated between two of the NBA's most physical teams, and the game was closely officiated. Miami's Alonzo Mourning missed 19 minutes and Tim Hardaway 12 because of foul trouble. "Why won't you let us play, man?" Mourning shouted to the referees at one point. New York outscored Miami 40-18 in the paint and outrebounded the Heat 53-44. "They played a little more physical than we did," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "That was one of the ugliest games I've seen in a long time," New York forward Buck Williams said. "But it's the kind of game we flourish in." The Knicks shot just 36 percent from the field and were held below 100 points for the first time in the playoffs. Ewing was 8-for-23. SuperSonlcs 106, Rockets 101 HOUSTON — Shawn Kemp had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Sam Perkins battled Hakeem Olajuwon to a standoff as Seattle built a big halftime lead and then held on to beat Houston to even their Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece. Perkins, who got a rare start at center for Seattle, scored 18 points, only one fewer than Olajuwon. Hersey Hawkins added 21 points for Seattle, which led by 18 points at halftime before Houston rallied in the second half. Game 3 of the best-of-7 series will be Friday. Central tennis team finishes 2nd atTopeka TOPEKA — Pete Stroer defeated Jake DeKinder of Blue Valley Northwest 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday to win the No. 1 singles title in the 12-team Topeka Invitational. It was a rematch of the No. 1 singles final in last Saturday's Salina Central Invitational, which Stroer also won. Stroer is now 21-0 on the season. Southeast of Saline's Thayne Currie took fourth in No. 1 singles, losing to Josh Kopmeyer of Shawnee Mission East in the third-place match. Central finished second in the team standings with 51 points. Blue Valley North won the title with 61 points. "This is the best tournament in the state," Central coach Bob Warkentine said. "You get to rub shoulders with the big boys. To come out of there with second speaks well for the team." Central's Lance Jones took third in No. 3 singles, defeating Eric Johnson of Blue Valley Northwest in the third-place match. Central's No. 1 doubles team of John Huseman and Jeff Lamb took second, losing to Brett Dickerson and Brett Waltz of Blue Valley North 6-3, 6-3. Central's Chris Wilson and Ben Hoffman placed second in No. 2 doubles, losing to Sean Kembell and Brent Kembell of Blue Valley North 6-3, 7-6. Central's Daniel Koeppl placed fifth in No. 2 singles. "Pete played well, well enough to win," Warkentine said. "Huseman and Lamb had a good tournament, too. They won a big match in the semifinals and didn't play that badly in the finals." Ex-Fort Hays players competing in USBL Two former Fort Hays State basketball standouts are playing in the United States Basketball League this spring. Alonzo Goldston, the school's career scoring leader, is averaging 18 points in his first two games with the Connecticut Sky- hawks. The 6-foot-9 Goldston has hit two 3-point baskets in his first two games. Sherick Simpson, a 6-6 swing- man, is averaging 11.5 points in two games as a reserve for the Philadelphia Power. He is 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Shockers shut out Kansas State, 8-0 WICHITA — Jeff Ryan and Nathan Reese hit one home run each for Wichita State as the Shockers defeated Kansas State 80 Wednesday night. Steve Foral (10-3) earned the win for Wichita State. Ryan's solo shot to left field gave Wichita State (45-13) a 1-0 lead in the first. Reese's two-run homer to right center in the second put the Shockers in front 30. Wichita State used a three-run eighth inning to provide the final margin. The Wildcats (30-23) managed only three hits after taking a 4-3 decision from the Shockers in Manhattan Tuesday. Jason Wells (4-4) took the loss for the Wildcats, and Kansas State coach Mike Clark was ejected in the bottom of the eighth. Field set for Big 12 baseball tournament The South division will provide five of the six participants in the Big 12 Postseason Baseball Tournament beginning May 15 in Oklahoma City. Missouri was the only North team to qualify for the first tournament of the new conference. Texas Tech was the top Big 12 regular season team going into a three-game series with Texas A&M with a 22-5 regular season mark. Oklahoma State, which plays Oklahoma in a three-game set, was next with a 19-8 mark. Oklahoma was 17-9 and holding down third place. 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