THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS SATURDAY, MAY 10, 1997 C5 T COLLEGE SOFTBALL: GREAT PLAINS REGIONAL BRIEFLY Bethany's magical run ends Eighth-seeded Swedes finally ousted from regional by No. 1 seed By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal LINDSBORG — Two harrowing victories attained after twenty- three pressure-packed innings finally exacted a toll on the Bethany Swedes. Bethany's improbable run through the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Great Plains Regional Softball Tournament ended late Friday afternoon in a 10-0 loss to top-seeded Northwestern Iowa in the losers' bracket final. But what an amazing run it was. Bethany (21-20), the eighth seed in the eight-team tournament, notched two losers' bracket victories Friday — both in gut-wrenching fashion. The Swedes outlasted Sioux Falls 8-6 in a 15-inning, 3- hour, 12-minute marathon in their first game. They followed with a 43 eight-inning victory over Concordia, Neb. — a game in which they fell behind 3-0 in the first inning. After losing their first game of the tournament 7-1 to Northwestern Iowa Thursday, the Swedes stayed alive Thursday night by scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to oust Dordt, Iowa, 32. "They played their hearts out," Bethany coach Steve Barrows said of his team. "They gave everything they had, they left nothing on the field. They found a little more for the next game." '< Bethany's gritty effort was epitomized by pitcher Addie Boden of Salina. Boden, who played at Sali•na South, pitched all 14 innings Thursday, worked all 15 innings against Sioux Falls, and came on in .relief against Northwestern and threw the final 3 % innings. Two days, 32 % innings. "You can't do it by yourself," said Boden, the lone senior on Northwestern Iowa captures crown By The Journal Staff LINDSBORG — Amy Vanden Bosch hit a three-run homer in the top of the seventh to propel top-seeded Northwestern Iowa to a 9-7 victory over Mary, N.D., Friday night in the second championship game of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Great Plains Regional Softball Tournament. Northwestern Iowa (43-8) advances to the NAIA National Championships May 14-17 at Decatur, Ala. Northwestern Iowa trailed 4-1 entering the sixth inning, but scored five runs in the sixth inning to take a 6-4 lead. Mary an- swered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-6 lead. But Vanden Bosch provided the winning margin with her home run over the left field fence. Mary failed to score in the bottom of the seventh. Melanie Mason was the winning pitcher for Northwestern. Jennifer Fuller took the loss for third-seeded Mary (23-14). Wendy Rainboth had two hits for Northwestern. Katey Aston homered and went 4 for 5 for Mary, which had 20 hits in the game. Northwestern Iowa won the first championship game 4-1 in a similar fashion, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh. Jonna Nelson drove one with a single and Mason two with a double. Nelson and Mason had two hits each for Northwestern. Mason held Mary's offense to five hits. Dorothy Bullets had two hits and drove in Mary's only run. Mary knocked Northwestern Iowa into the loser's bracket earlier Friday with a 2-1 victory. Lisa McDonald's double scored Meghan Morrison with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Jennifer Fuller pitched a three-hitter and Katey Aston and Bridgit Tollefsrud had two hits each for Mary. Bethany's roster. "The team did a good job defensively. We finally got some hits, but unfortunately it was so late." "Addie was phenomenal," Barrows said. "Fifteen innings straight and I never considered pulling her." Bethany took a 4-0 lead in the second inning against Sioux Falls, two on Karen Dennis' two-run double. Sioux Falls scored twice in the third and tied the game with two in the sixth. Bethany took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh when Nicole Gurney scored on a wild pitch, but Sioux Falls tied the game on Jenny Gordon's two-out, run-scoring single. Neither team scored the next seven innings, although both had opportunities. Sioux Falls loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth, but Linde McCord failed to tag up on Angele Plueger's deep fly to center. Boden then got Gordon to hit into a force play at the plate and got Jayne Mellegard on a ground ball to short. Bethany lost a baserunner at third in the 10th when the shortstop hobbled Karen Simoneau's two-out grounder and threw late to first. But the first baseman threw to third to get pinch runner Shawntae Jenkins. Sioux Falls (13-10) got a runner to third with two outs in the 13th, but Boden got Plueger on a pop up to first. Bethany scored three in the 15th on four consecutive singles, a wild pitch and sacrifice fly. Sioux Falls scored one in the bottom of the 15th and had runners on first and second with two outs, but Boden got Pleugar to ground into a force play at third. "I started to get tired," Boden said. "But I knew the end was somewhere close and I had to hold them. I was just trying to go inning by inning. Adrenalin kept us up." Gurney and Dennis had four hits each for Bethany. Jeanne Ruesink had six hits for Sioux Falls. Concordia scored three in the top of the first against Gurney, who faced four batters but didn't get an out. She was replaced by freshman Dunia Gill, who pitched eight shutout innings and allowed just three singles. "Gill's a stud," Barrows said. "She's so versatile. She's a great pitcher, a super hitter and a terrific third baseman." Bethany tied the game with two runs in the second and won it in the eighth on Lacie Wiebke's single that scored Gurney from third. But Swedes' energy and adrenalin tanks were empty. Northwestern Iowa scored three runs in the first and seven in the second against Gill before she was relieved by Boden. Freshman pitcher Missy Muecke blanked the Swedes on six hits. "We finished third in the region," Boden said, choking back tears. "That's farther than any Bethany softball team has ever gone. It's the way I wanted to end. I'm glad I was able to help them get this far." PRO BASKETBALL Pippen disgusted with Rodman Rodman's technicals, sub-par effort in game two, irritating Bulls By MIKE NADEL The Associated Press CHICAGO — Just one loss is all it took to set off Scottie Pippen, who ripped Dennis Rodman for leading the team in technical fouls rather than rebounds and tore into the Bulls' big men for playing like wimps. Michael Jordan said Chicago shouldn't panic or become a team divided, but he was too late. Pippen already had drawn the line between those who do (himself and Jordan) and those who don't (everybody else). "I'm trying to help us get over the hump. I can't say that for everyone on the team," Pippen said after Thursday's 103-95 loss to the Atlanta Hawks evened the Eastern Conference semifinals at a game apiece. It was the defending champions' first playoff loss in five games this season and first home postseason defeat in two years. The Bulls, however, were playing poorly even before Thurs- day's loss handed homecourt advantage to the Hawks. "We were hoping we could break out and turn things around, but it looked even worse," Pippen said. "Unless we do the things we did all season to get 69 wins, we're not going to pull another win out of this series." Going into Games 3 and 4 today and Sunday in Atlanta, Pippen said he was "concerned about our big guys" — Rodman, Luc Longley, Jason Caffey, Toni Kukoc and Brian Williams. RODMAN "They're not doing the things to make the game easier for us smaller guys," Pippen said. "Anytime we have to have Michael come in and get 16 rebounds, that's not called for." Pippen had extra condemnation for Rodman. The six-time NBA rebounding leader had only five boards Thursday and received his seventh technical in the Bulls' five playoff games. "If he's not going to lead us in rebounding, don't lead us in technical fouls, because we don't need those," Pippen said. Pippen said his frustration in Rodman has "been building. It's not just this one game." And he said the theatrical forward must stop playing to the crowd and simply start playing basketball. Rodman didn't practice Friday because of flu-like symptoms, said coach Phil Jackson, who added that Rodman remains bothered by a sprained knee ligament that sidelined him for the regular season's final 13 games. "He's trying to get back," said Jackson, who might start Caffey at power forward in Game 3 and bring Rodman off the bench. "And there's a lot of stress being placed on him." Rodman hasn't commented on his health or on any other subject. Though Jackson felt that Pippen might have been too hard on Rodman, the coach urged Rodman to avoid confrontations with referees and opponents. "I told him that if he doesn't (change) he's a detriment to the best interests of the team," Jack- son said. "He's being selfish to his own needs." Jordan also criticized Rodman, but not as harshly as Pippen. "Dennis hasn't really given us the effort. I'm doing all the rebounding, he's not," said Jordan, averaging 8.8 postseason boards to Rodman's 7.8. "He certainly has not been the Dennis Rodman we have expected in terms of energy level, and it's not something that we've been able to compensate for." Jordan, however, blamed neither Rodman nor any other individual for the Bulls' poor play. "I'm not going to point to ... certain people; that's when division comes," Jordan said. "I missed a lot of layups, a lot of tip-ins, a lot of shots. Other players missed shots. But I don't think we should bury ourselves and say this series is over." The last four times the Bulls split their first two home games in a playoff series, they went on to win. "I haven't lost confidence ... no matter what Scottie's expressed," Jordan said. "I haven't lost faith in terms of our ultimate goal — winning the championship." Central wins one, loses one at Hays Classic HAYS — Jeremy Schmeidler pitched a seven-hitter and Joe Labarge drove in three runs as Hays downed Salina Central 7-1 Friday in the Hays Classic. Central won its first game of the tournament, 13-6 over Lincoln (Neb.) East, as the Mustangs pounded out 16 hits. Hays broke a 1-1 tie in the second inning with three runs and added two more in the fourth. "We just didn't hit," Central coach Bill Bartow said. "They got their hits at the right time and we didn't. Todd Just had two hits for Central and was 5 of 7 on the day. Bobby Bartow had four hits and two stolen bases for the Mustangs in the first game. Just and Joe Williams each had three hits. Williams and Dan Divilbiss, who cracked a homer in the fourth inning, had three rbi each. Curt Norris (1-2) picked up the win for the Mustangs, who led by just three runs (8-5) before putting the game away with a five-run sixth inning. "We were pleased," Bartow said. "We hit the ball well, played pretty good defense and got our running game going." Central plays Ulysses at 11:30 a.m. today, then finishes with Derby at 1:30 p.m. Hays clinched the title with its victory over Central. Southeast pitchers too much for Russell GYPSUM — Southeast of Saline pitchers Megan Troutfetter and Amy Scanlan allowed Russell a combined six hits in two games in leading the Trojans to a doubleheader sweep Friday. In the opener, Troutfetter (7-4) threw a one-hitter in a 16-0 victory. She had 12 strikeouts in the five-inning contest, fanning everyone in the Russell lineup at least once. Troutfetter also helped herself at the plate, collecting three hits and driving in four runs. Amy Giersch and Whitney Nordstrom each added two hits. Southeast won the second game 12-2. Troutfetter pitched the first two innings and Scanlan finished with three scoreless innings. "We needed to get some wins . because we got swept at Clay Center (Tuesday)," said Southeast coach Mike Garretson. "Megan was dominating in the first game. She struck out 12 and the other three outs were on ground balls to second base." Southeast (10-6) plays host to Hoisington on Monday. Southeast splits with Russell in baseball RUSSELL — Andy Thiel pitched five strong innings and drove in five runs as Southeast of Saline downed Russell 14-5 Friday in the second game of a doubleheader. Russell won the first game 4-1 as the Broncos turned three double plays and Jamie Suchy hit a two-run homer in the first inning. Thiel (1-2) had three hits in the second game. Chris Tuzicka also drove in five runs and R.C. T PRO GOLF Hawks gain respect by beating Bulls Surprising victory over defending champs on road has series even By PAUL NEWBERRY The Associated Press ATLANTA — Finally, everyone else seems to be realizing what Lenny Wilkens has been saying all along. The Atlanta Hawks are a pretty good basketball team. The Hawks' 103-95 victory over the supposedly invincible Chicago Bulls — at the United Center, no less — didn't just even their best-of-7 playoff series at 1-1 and swing the homecourt advantage to Atlanta. It also brought more respect to the Hawks than all of their 56 • regular-season victories. . This is a team that didn't make lits first national television appearance until the playoffs. On Friday, NBC set up shop inside the Omni, anxious to talk to players like Dikembe Mutombo and Christian Laettner. The media relations department was inundated with telephone calls as reporters from around the country scrambled to land seats at Games 3 and 4 on Saturday and Sunday. "This is something we've been building," said Wilkens, the Hawks coach. "I came here four years ago and I knew if we were to become a better team, an elite team every year, we had to make some major changes. But I wanted to do it without us going all the way to the bottom." The Hawks traded for Laettner and Steve Smith. They spent $55 million to sign Mutombo as a free agent. And they already had Mookie Blaylock, the only holdover from the pre-Wilkens era. During Wilkens' first three seasons, the Hawks managed to keep making the playoffs even while rebuilding, though they never advanced past the second round. They are now intent on moving further in the playoffs, even if it comes at the expense of Michael Jordan and the team that has won four NBA championships this decade. "I don't care who we're playing," Wilkens said. "You've got to have enough confidence in your abilities to believe you can win." The Hawks are certainly a confident team after their two-game performance in Chicago. They came close to winning Game 1, losing by three after squandering a 16-point lead. On Thursday night, Atlanta built a double-figures lead in the fourth period and made it stand up. For the Bulls, who finished the regular season losing three of their last four games and struggled to sweep Washington in the first round, a few weeks of living dangerously finally caught up with them. "We were perched on the edge, waiting for a game like this," coach Phil Jackson said. "Hopefully, a game like this will get us motivated." Blaylock has been the key to the series, especially with his creativity off the screen-and-roll. The point guard either slips behind the screen for an open shot — he is averaging 28.5 points — or finds the open man when the Bulls try to double team. "We didn't know how to play it once they began to hurt us with it," said Jordan, who scored 27 points Thursday but tired noticeably in the fourth period after scrambling all over the court trying to guard Blaylock. "We have to go back to the drawing board and try to find a way." They'd better. The Hawks have no intention of going away from a play that has been so effective. "We've got to run it until they stop it," Blaylock said. "Right now, they haven't done that, so we'll continue to run that play." The Hawks also have managed to take Dennis Rodman completely out of his game by refusing to engage in his usual repertoire of pushing, shoving and trash-talking. Rodman, ejected from Game 1 after picking up two technicals and fouling out in Game 2 with only five rebounds and two points, is drawing the wrath of his teammates while the Hawks go about their business. "What you have to understand is these guys are all in good shape," Wilkens said. "Any little bump you give me ain't going to hurt me." Then he pointed at his head. "But if I start engaging you in that stuff, it's up here," he said. "And then you've got me. We don't need that.... Just ignore it and go on." The Hawks might be confident, but they certainly don't believe the Bulls are down and out. A team doesn't win four championships by rolling over at the first sign of trouble. Harlen four. Tyson Uoublas had three hits and Chance Ptacek and Harlen two hits each. Southeast totaled 16 hits. Jimmy White allowed six hits in the first game for Southeast. He*struck out five. "This is the first time this season I have felt we played 14 innings of solid baseball," Southeast coach Dee Kolzow said. "Andy pitched good ball. He's been struggling with his control, but walked only two and struck out five. And we really hit the ball well." Southeast (9-9) entertains Hoisington Monday at Gypsum. Sacred Heart golf team win Claflin meet CLAFLIN — Sacred Heart placed five golfers among the top 10 Friday en route to winning the Claflin Invitational. Sacred Heart won the team title with a 280 score, 21 strokes better than runner-up Ness City's 301. Burrton was third at 346. Sacred Heart's Chris Mergen won medalist honors with a 67, winning a playoff over teammate Cain Fraizer.Ryan Prickett was fourth with a 73, Kevin Evel fifth at 73 and Nick Compagnone ninth with an 81. "It was a fairly easy course," ' Sacred Heart coach Tim Orth said. "We were chipping and putting well. It's nice to have a third different individual win a tournament. "Compagnone shooting 81 and medaling for the first time was a big surprise." The Knights play in the Cottonwood Valley League meet next Thursday at Herington. Isaacson's three wins lead Ell-Saline track LINCOLN — Three first-place finishes from Kristine Isaacson led the Ell-Saline girls track and field squad Friday at the Thompson Relays. The Cardinals were second in the team standings with 92 points, trailing Clifton-Clyde, with 151. Ell-Saline and Clifton-Clyde individuals combined to win 15 of 17 events in the girls' division. Clifton-Clyde made it a sweep of the team titles, edging Bennington to win the boys division 111-109. Isaacson won each of the distance events, taking the 3,200-meter run (13:05.5), the 1,600 (5:46.72) and the 800 (2:34.84). Ell-Saline also had first-place finishes from Melinda Griffin in the javelin (126-8), Erica Jensen in the long jump (16-2'A) and the Cardinals 1,600-meter relay squad (4:24.42). Nate Martin was a double winner for the Ell-Saline boys, and like Isaacson, did it in the distance events. Martin won the 3,200 (11:03.64) and the 1,600 (4:50.33). The top finishes for Emmanuel Christian were third-place showings from Chris Houltberg and Jamal Jackson — Houltberg in the 3,200 (11:26.64) and Jackson in the 400-meter dash (54.96). Trisha Hubbard was fourth in the girls long jump (14-11'A). From Staff and Wire Reports Duval starts with eagle on way to 66 Price sits one shot back after two rounds of BellSouth Classic By The Associated Press DULUTH, Ga. — David Duval eagled his first hole en route to a second consecutive 6-under 66 and held a one-shot lead halfway through the BellSouth Classic on Friday. Starting on the 608-yard 10th hole, Duval holed it from 50 yards with a sand wedge, then added five birdies before taking his only bogey on his final hole when he caught a greenside bunker on No. 9 and had his 10-foot par putt lip out. Nick Price was second after a 67 gave him an 11-under 133 total for two trips around the 7,259-yard TPC Sugarloaf Country Club north of Atlanta. The round was interrupted for 25 minutes early in the afternoon because of a thundershower. First-round lead Don Pooley was another shot back after a 70. Charlie Rymer had an eagle 2 on No. 9 — his last hole of the day — for a 67. Greg Norman, who designed the course, moved into contention at 137 with a 67, while Hale Irwin missed the even par cut of 144 after a 77 left him at 151. "No matter where you're playing, any course, any conditions, if you're swinging well and hitting it solid, it's going to work," Duval said. The former Georgia Tech golfer has had it working two days in a row. Duval, still seeking his first PGA Tour victory, has been concentrating on conditioning, saying he had lost between 30 and 40 pounds, and he notices a difference. Seniors: Arnie fires 75 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Arnold Palmer's return from cancer surgery reached another milestone Friday in the first round of the Home Depot Invitational. "If I keep hitting it the way I am, I was very encouraged," Palmer said after he opened the Senior PGA Tour event with a 3-over-par 75 — easily his best score in tournament play since prostate surgery in January. By competitive standards, Palmer's round was hardly a gem; it left him nine shots off the lead, which was held by John D. Morgan, who birdied the last three holes at the TPC at Piper Glen for a 66. But it marked the brightest ray of hope yet in a comeback bid that had failed to produce a round lower than 81 and left a frustrated Palmer questioning his future in the sport. "It got to the point where I was thinking about not playing anymore," he said, "and I don't even want to think about that." Palmer's first event back was the Bay Hill Invitational in late March. He opened with an 81 and then withdrew after playing 15 holes in the second round. He missed the cut at the Masters with scores of 89 and 87, and it got only marginally better at the PGA Seniors' Championship, where he backed up an 84 with an 82.
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