The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 16, 1997 · Page 17
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1997 C3 T HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL South sweeps Hutch in regular-season finale Cougars win at least 17 games for seventh consecutive season By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal One thing that can be said for Daryl Hoelting's Salina South softball teams — they are consistent. During the seven seasons since the South program first came into existence, the Cougars have never been close to a sub-.500 record. After wrapping up regular-season play Thursday with a doubleheader sweep of Hutchinson, SOFTBALL Hutchinson 1 1 South topped Sallna South 3 7 the 17-victory mark for the seventh consecutive year. The only time the Cougars have ever won less than 18 games was their first year, when they went -"17-6. Thursday's 3-1 and 7-1 victories improved this year's club to 18-2 as it prepares for postseason play starting Monday. . "We reached that milestone of 17 victories," said Hoelting, who has a 135-20 record (.871) in seven . years as head coach. "We've always won at least 17 and its kind of a nice benchmark for us." Victory No. 17 did not come easily. The game was tied 1-all before South scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take its first lead. The Cougars got a few more timely hits in the second contest, and had the solid defense and pitching working for them in both games. "We had a couple of well-rounded games and were solid in all _phases," Hoelting said. "We hit the ball good, laid down some bunts, made some nice plays and the pitchers did their job." The Salt Hawks (12-8) took a 1-0 lead in the first off South starter §ara Mitchell. But the Cougars 'wasted little time in tying it, as Karmen Hannebaum's two-out f single scored Kelli Deuth in the bottom half of the inning. Eagles / C-G wins 2 games FROM PAGE C1 South top seed for regional By The Journal Staff Pairings for the Class 5A softball regional Monday at Salina South have been announced, with the two Salina schools earning the top seeds. Top-seeded South (18-2) will face No. 4 McPherson (5-13) at 3:30 p.m. on the south field at South High. Salina Central (9-8) will meet Buhler (8-12) at 3:30 on the north field, with the first-round winners playing at 4:45 p.m. on the south field for the regional championship. The winner of the South regional will advance to the 5A state tournament May 30-31 at Salina. Pairings for the Class 3-2-1A softball regional at Southeast of Saline — which includes Sacred Heart, Ell-Saline and Southeast among the seven- team field — will be announced later this week, as will pairings for Monday's Class 2-1A baseball regional at Lincoln. The Southeast of Saline baseball squad is the No. 2 seed at the Class 3A Lyons regional, and will open with a 4 p.m. game Tuesday against No. 3 seed Hoisington. The Southeast-Hoisington winner will play in the 6 p.m. title game against No. 1 seed Lyons, with the tourney champion advancing to the 3A state tournament May 30-31 at Emporia. Pairings for the Class 5A baseball regional at Topeka Seaman are expected to be released Saturday. Salina South (10-6) still is in contention for the No. 1 seed, while Salina Central (9-11) will be the No. 4 seed. The field also includes Seaman (11-6) and Topeka West Mitchell shut the visitors down the rest of the way, allowing only two more baserunners in the final six innings and never letting a Hutchinson runner get into scoring position. South broke the tie when Liz Matteson opened the fifth with a single and moved all the way to third on Kendall Powell's bunt single. No. 9 hitter Tai Kerbs scored Matteson with a single off the pitcher's glove and courtesy runner Alison Waldo came home on Deuth's sacrifice fly to left. "We had heard that Hutchinson was a good hitting and great defensive team," Hoelting said. "They didn't give us much. We had to earn it. But we were looking for a challenge and like to play good competition." South broke on top early in game two when Jessica Watson and Hannebaum had back-to-back, two-out doubles to center. Leah Wahlgren added an RBI single to make it 2-0 after one inning. BILLS BILLS BILLS CONSOLIDATE '$10,000-$110/mo. to OOP - SSSO/mo. $50 NO EQUITY REQUIRED 1.BOQ.B19.7010 HOME OWNERS ONLY NATIONWIDE LENDING CORP. Hours: 8:00 am-8:00 pm Loans Shown Based on 11.99% 20 Year Term at 12.39% APR. ORE LIC #0101969 (AD016) Michele Stein's run-scoring single in the third increased that lead, and after Hutchinson scored its lone run in the fourth, the Cougars scored twice in the bottom of the inning. Matteson and Kerbs sandwiched triples around Waldo's sacrifice fly, and Deuth's infield single made it 5-0. Deuth and Megan Daily both put down successful squeeze bunts when South scored twice in the sixth without the benefit of a base hit. Thursday's games were played in front of another good size crowd at the South fields, where Monday's Class 5A regional tournament will also be held. "We've had very good crowd support and that's one of the reason's we're looking forward to Monday," Hoelting said. "We are glad we'll get to play on our own fields and we know we are going to be tested. We're anxious to see how we stack up with the other teams." A&M whips OU in first round attack. Pavlovich doubled and tripled. "We know we can hit," said Canton-Galva coach Joe Rierson, whose Eagles finished the regular season with a 16-2 record. "Our goal is to score more runs than the other •team. We can always hit the ball and we have most of the time." The Eagles also got six strong innings from pitcher Brent Williams, who relieved starter Weston Mizell with none out in the second. "We've just got to throw strikes," Rierson said. "(Williams) doesn't throw hard enough to break glass, but he threw strikes and we made some plays." Ell-Saline had nine hits, including two each from Benninghoven, Weigel and Walker, but committed eight errors. Canton-Galva 14 Sacred Heart 9 Canton-Galva scored three runs in the fifth inning, then added four in the top of the sixth for an 8-2 lead and held on for the victory. Zac Hoppes had three hits, including a double and home run, witii five RBI. Hoppes also pitched the first three innings, plus got.the last two puts in the seventh. Jake Koehn, who came on in the fourth to get the victory while starter Gordine took the loss for Sacred Heart. Michael Bonilla, Matt Schmidt and Nate Knipp each had three hits for Sacred Heart, which pounded out 11 hits in the game. The Knights made seven errors in the contest. By The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — Texas A&M continued its strong play Thursday night, getting a complete game from Matt Blank and four RBI from Matt Garrick to beat Oklahoma 11-3 in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament. The third-seeded Aggies (39-18) won for the 23rd time in the past 29 games, and advanced to play No. 2 seed Oklahoma State tonight. OSU beat Baylor 11-8 earlier Thursday. Oklahoma (35-18) will play top- seeded Texas Tech today and must win to stay alive in the double- elimination tournament. Tech opened play with a 12-2 victory over Missouri. Texas A&M had 19 hits, marking .the seventh time in the past eight games the Aggies have had a double-digit hit total. "I hope we didn't use it all SPRING SAVINGS ARE IN FULL BLOOM! brand 3 3/4 HP 18 Inch 4 1/2 HP 21 inch 4 1/2 HP 21 Inch SP. 5 1/2 HP 21 Inch SP 6HPSP 6HPS.P.E.S Commercial Commercial Electric Cordless Battery Regular .$339.95 ,.$339.95 ..$450.00 ..$659.95 ..$779.95 ..$899.00 ..$916.00 ..$988.00 ..$279.95 ..$499.95 SALE $289 $289 $399 $559 $679 $799 $799 $859 $229 $399 Sale Ends 5-24-97 \ WML INC, T COLLEGE BASKETBALL Heidrick to walk on at KSU By The Journal Staff GREAT BEND — Jay Heidrick had basketball scholarship offers from six schools, but not from the one he wanted. So Heidrick, who played at Beloit High School and the past two seasons at Barton County Community College, will walk on at Kansas State next season. Heidrick, a 6-foot-6 forward, turned down offers from Samford, Missouri-Kansas City, Southern Utah, New Hampshire, Marist and Oral Roberts to play for the Wildcats in the Big 12 Conference. "It was a tough decision to turn down those other schools," Heidrick said. "But playing at. K- State is an opportunity I feel is right for me. "I feel I can go into this situation and be an asset to the K- State program, whether it be on the floor in a game, in practice, or doing whatever it is they need me to do." Heidrick averaged 8.6 points and 3.2 rebounds last season for a Barton County team that compiled a 24-8 record. "Yes, I had a chance to see a different part of the country, if I accepted a scholarship to one of the other schools," Heidrick said. "But I'm from the Midwest and basketball is something that is important to people from this area. "I wanted to be around a place where basketball would be a main attraction and not just something to do until football season arrived." "Jay is the best type of walk- on any program could ever have," Barton County coach Steve Forbes said. "He's played in 63 junior college games and he's a great young man who works hard in school and on the basketball court. "If he's ever called upon to step in and play, I'm sure he will be well prepared. He's got ... a strong desire to go there and prove to himself and other that he can play at K-State." BRIEFLY tonight," coach Mark Johnson said. "Tonight was a good night for us. We found some holes and hit some long balls. We just had a lot of base hits." Fourteen of them came against freshman Rick Park (6-2), who allowed 10 runs in four-plus innings. "We just thought maybe he would get the ball down sooner or later and he didn't," OU coach Larry Cochell said of staying with Park so long. "We rolled the dice and they didn't come up our way." Oklahoma took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, on an RBI single by Brian Shackelford and a balk. But the Aggies scored once in the second, then took control with a four- run third highlighted by a two-run double by Garrick. Garrick hit a two-run homer in the fourth, and Steven Truitt had a three-run shot off Park in the fifth. FHSU track program announces 14 signees Fort Hays State University has released a list of early signees with its track and field program — a list that includes 14 athletes in the Salina Journal circulation area, seven of those from Saline County. Four Salina South athletes will compete for the FHSU program next spring: distance runners Tina Baxa and Chad Wahlgren, middle distance runner Jami Scoville and Chris Allen in the javelin. Southeast of Saline's Marci Keeler and Angie Riffel have also signed with Fort Hays; Keeler in the distance events and Riffel in the throws. Ell-Saline's Melinda Griffin, one of the state's top competitors in the girls javelin this season, will also compete for the Tigers. Other area athletes to sign with Fort Hays include: Downs' Gabrielle Becker (distance), Phillipsburg's Staci Jackson (distance), St. Francis' Kristen Lindsten (hurdles), Hillcrest's Jeff Claycamp (hurdles), Jewell's Jason Carman (javelin) White Rock's Zach Kindler (javelin) and Nito Blochlinger of Minneapolis (distance). WSU stays alive in MVC tournament WICHITA — Nathan Reese hit a homer and drove in five runs to lead Wichita State to a 12-7 victory over Northern Iowa in the Missouri Valley Baseball Tournament here Northern Iowa was eliminated from the double-elimiantion tournament. Reese's double to left center in the third knocked in three of the six runs scored by the Shockers that inning. Reese hit his llth home run in the sixth. Wichita State's Nate Robertson (5-0) got the win, holding the Panthers to three hits in seven innings. Marc Bluma pitched 1 2-3 Innings for his 12th save. Northern Iowa's Parra (8-5) took the loss. Mosier earns spot on GTE academic team CHICAGO — Mark Mosier, a former Salina South player, has been named to the GTE Academic All-District Baseball Team while playing for the University of Chicago. Mosier, a senior majoring in economics, was the team's starting second baseman. He hit.495 with 15 home runs and 57 RBI in 28 games this season. In 128 career games for the Maroons, he hit .414 with 25 homers and 149 RBI, all school records. Jennings named to RMAC baseball team COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Fort Hays State pitcher Jason Jennings, a former Salina South hurler, is one of five Tiger players to be named to the all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball first team. Jennings, a senior, is joined on the first team by catcher Jerry Valdez, outfielders Ryan Lopez and Bill Russell and relief pitcher Nate Field. Fort Hays State's first-year coach Bob Fornelli was named coach of the year and freshman outfielder Ryan Wasinger co- freshman of the year. Tigers' second baseman Steve Ysac was a second-team selection. Pitchers Jeff Neher and Billy Scogin and infielder Matt Muller were honorable mention choices. The No. 11-ranked Tigers (46-13) play RMAC rival Mesa State at 3 p.m. today in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional at Chico, Calif. SHHS golf team takes second in CVL meet HERINGTON — The Sacred Heart golf squad had two of the top three individual finishes and placed second in the four-man team standings Thursday at the Cottonwood Valley League Tournament. Senior Kevin Evel was medalist runner-up, shooting a 1-over par 73 at Herington Country Club to finish a single stroke back of Council Grove's Adam Tyner. Sacred Heart junior Ryan Prickett was one of four individuals to card a 74 in third place. Council Grove swept the three team divisions, winning the two- man, four-man and six-man competitions. The Braves' four-man score of 307 was four shots better than the Knights in second. 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