The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 14, 1997 · Page 24
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Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, May 14, 1997
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PJLWEDNESDAY. MAY 14, 1997 SPORTS THE SAUNA JOURNAL FHS / Tigers set for play in regional FROM PAGE D1 T AUTO RACING Junction, Colo. The Tigers rebounded by winning nine of their final 11 games, including four in a row in the RMAC Tournament after an opening-round loss to Southern Colorado. The RMAC title vaulted them to llth in this week's NCAA Division II national poll. "They've done everything I expected them to do and they're doing more," Fornelli said. "We've got quality kids on and off the field." Fornelli, an assistant at Butler County and a successful coach in the state's summer semi-professional ranks, credits the Tigers' success to togetherness. "One of the first things we stressed when we got here is you have to be a family," Fornelli said. "It doesn't matter if it's baseball, football, basketball or whatever. You have to stick together, and they've done that. "You never see one guy hanging out. They're always together. They're one big old crew." Pinpointing one key to the Tigers' success is difficult. They have a .361 batting average; their opponents a .286 average. The pitching staff has a combined 5.09 earned run average; the opposition an 8.51 ERA. They've fielded at a .959 clip; the opposition a .938 clip. "I can't say it's pitching, or hitting or defense that's carried us," Fornelli said. "Early in the year our pitching carried us. The last month and a half, we've turned it on offensively. "One days it's pitching, the next it's hitting. You can't put your finger on any one thing. They've done whatever it takes to win that day. "The kids come out and compete and play hard every day. If you do that, you've got a chance to win every day," he said. The Tigers' strength offensively has been their top five hitters. Leadoff hitter Ryan Lopez, the team's center fielder, is batting .395 and has scored 75 runs, one from a school record. His 88 hits are a record. Shortstop Nate Field bats second and is hitting .352. Right fielder BUI RusseU bats third and leads the team with a .402 average. Catcher Jerry Valdez, the only senior among the top seven hitters, is batting .394. He has tied the school record for home runs in a season (17) and is one shy of the school career mark of 34. His 86 RBIs, 25 doubles and 165 total bases are single-season school marks. Second baseman Steve Ysac bats fifth and has a .390 average. "It pretty tough to get past those top without giving up some runs," Fornelli said. Third baseman Matt Muller (.374) bats sixth, left fielder Ryan Wasinger (.362) seventh and first baseman Frank Valdez (.311) eighth. Designated hitters Brian Maier (.333) and Tony Nicholas (.294) share the ninth spot. Fornelli said he will send Billy Scogin (8-1, 4.86) to the mound against Mesa State and follow with Salina South product Jason Jennings (6-2, 4.98). Jennings played for Fornelli at Butler County. Salina's Aaron Cleveland (4-4, 6.46) and Jeff Neher (5-1, 6.65) round out the rotation. Field is the closer with 10 saves. Fort Hays State is 2-3 against Mesa State, but all five games were played in Grand Junction. "They've got so many home runs, they're like a softball team," Fornelli said. "Grand Junction isn't a place a pitcher wants to play. We've played 36 games on the road and (Mesa State) 26. It will be interesting to see how they do in another environment." Playing on the road doesn't seem to faze the Tigers, who are 25-9 in games away from Hays. "We've been true road warriors," Fornelli said. "We could establish residency the last four weeks because we've been in Colorado so much." Fornelli says a victory in Friday's opener is imperative. "We want to take care of business in the first game, then sit back and watch Mesa and Chico play Friday night," he said. "If you win the first game you won't have to face (Chico State's) number one (pitcher). It would be your number two against their number two. "We're just going to go out there and play hard and see what happens." O'Connell, Carlson get Indy rides We Deliver Community News the Salina Journal By MIKE HARRIS The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Johnny O'Connell and Tyce Carlson found rides Tuesday for the Indianapolis 500 as substitutes for drivers injured in practice. O'Connell will drive for A.J. Foyt, joining Davey Hamilton, who already has qualified for the May 25 race, and rookie Billy Boat. He replaces Scott Sharp, who was knocked unconscious in a crash Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and still is being monitored for a small brain contusion. Rookie Carlson comes to Paul Diatlovich's PDM Racing, where he will fill in for John Paul Jr., who fractured his lower right leg and left heel in a separate crash on Friday. Foyt was hoping to sign godson John Andretti, a seven-time Indy starter and now a NASCAR Winston Cup regular, scheduled to run the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway later the same day. The logistics of getting Andretti back and forth between the two tracks for practice, qualifying and racing proved too big a roadblock. "We were hoping it would work out, but we felt in the best interest of both teams that it'd be better to just do it separately," Foyt said. The 62-year-old Foyt, retired from Indy-car racing since 1993, briefly considered putting himself in the cockpit. "But I knew I wasn't in shape to drive like I need to drive," the first four-time Indy 500 winner said. "If I felt I could run 500 miles strong, I probably would have did it when Scott was hurt." Instead, Foyt called on O'Connell, the 1993 IMSA driver of the year and winner in endurance races both at Sebring and LeMans. O'Connell, who was 29th as an Indy rookie last year, said, "I've been learning a lot about oval racing and had some pretty darn strong runs last year in the IRL. I'm going to approach the next couple days and weeks here not looking at A.J. as much as an owner as a coach." 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