The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 17, 1997 · Page 10
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SATURDAY MAY 17, 1997 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL / C3 AREA TRACK AND FIELD HONOR ROLL / C4 HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL / C5 c T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Tigers bite too hard for KG Detroit erupts for eight runs in ninth inning to pull away from Royals By DOUG TUCKER 77ie Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With each hit and run in Detroit's eight-run ninth inning, Justin Thompson felt better and better. After battling Royals starter Jose Rosado for eight innings on Friday night, Thompson wound up with a laugher in Detroit's 10-2 victory over Kansas City. "That was an awesome inning," said Thompson (3-2), who allowed four hits as the Tigers ended the Royals' season-high three-game winning streak. "All of a sudden, I didn't feel tired anymore." Melvin Nieves, who flew to Detroit to visit his ailing wife and got back to the park an hour before the start, began the ninth-inning rally with a single and ended it with a three-run home run. The victory was especially satisfying to manager Buddy Bell since followed a 10 -9 loss where the Royals scored three in the ninth. "I was very impressed with the way we played tonight," Bell said. "I was wondering how we would react. I think everybody was not only stunned last night, but upset as well. Any loss hurts. But a loss like that cuts deep." Damion Easley drove in three runs for the Tigers, who recorded season highs with seven hits and eight runs in the ninth. With the score tied 2-2 in the ninth, Kansas City starter Rosado (3-2) gave up consecutive singles to Nieves, Bobby Higginson and Deivi Cruz as the Tigers took a 3-2 lead. After Brian Hunter was intentionally walked, Randy Veres relieved Rosado and gave up a two-run single to Easley. Travis Fryman and Curtis Pride added RBI singles before Nieves connected for his fifth home run off reliever Jamie Walker. Rosado, who started the night with a 2.38 ERA, gave up 10 hits and a season-high six runs in 8% innings. "Rosado threw great," Kansas City manager Bob Boone said. "He did an outstanding job and we butchered it up big time. It was a game we should have had." • Baseball boxscores / Page C3 Detroit outfielder Phil Nevin left the game in the fourth inning after aggravating a left wrist sprain on a checked-swing. Nevin missed all of spring training with a sprained left wrist, but Bell said the injury was not believed serious. Notes Before the game, the Royals purchased the contract of pitcher Mike Williams from Triple-A Omaha and designated pitcher Jim Converse for assignment. They also claimed left- hander Casey Whitten on waivers from Cleveland and assigned him to Omaha. Pitcher Rick Huisman was transferred from the 15 to 60-day disabled list. Stolen base TOM DORSEY/The Salina Journal Southeast of Saline's Anne Johnson slides Into second base safely on a steal attempt as Chapman second baseman Heather Gfeller tries to apply the tag in the third inning of the first game of a doubleheader Friday at Southeast of Saline High School. Southeast won both games to finish the regular season. For details, see Page C5. T HORSE RACING Silver Charm, Free House meet again California gray colts among contenders for today's Preakness By ED SCHUYLER Jr. The Associated Press BALTIMORE — The Preakness can't be considered a two- horse race, yet in a way it is — Silver Charm vs. Free House. These two gray colts from California will meet for the fifth consecutive time Saturday at Pimlico. While it might not be Affirmed vs. Alydar or Sunday Silence vs. Easy Goer, it definitely is a rivalry. Each has beaten the other twice, but the edge in the series would have to go to Silver Charm, who won the Kentucky Derby. Free House finished third, 3'/a lengths back. Still, trainers Paco Gonzalez of Free House and Bob Baffert of Silver Charm don't talk about their encounters in terms of a rivalry. They respect each other, and each envisions a stiff challenge from the other's horse in the 13-16-mile Preakness. "Of course, you don't want to meet top horses every time, but there's nothing you can do about it," Gonzalez said Friday. "I think he feels the same way." Baffert also knows what he's up against. "I've watched him here," he said of Free House. "He's training well here. He's taken to the track." While Baffert and Gonzalez have been keeping an eye on each other's colts, Captain Bodgit, who finished second by Preakness Stakes Pott I 1 a-jKkAttlwBank McCauley 50-1 5 Touch Gold McCarron 5-1 7 Silver Chirm Stevens 9-5 AP/Ed De Gasero a head to Silver Charm in the Derby, has been preparing for the Preakness at nearby Bowie. Captain Bodgit was the 2-1 second choice to 9-5 Silver Charm, while Free House was third at 9-2. Next at 5-1 was Touch Gold, winner of his only two starts this year and one of six 3-year- olds debuting in Triple Crown competition. The first three meetings between Silver Charm and Free House were 1-2 finishes at Santa Anita. While they were racing in the West, Captain Bodgit was charging into Kentucky Derby contention by winning the 11/8- mile Florida Derby over favored Pulpit on March 15 at Gulf- stream Park and the IVe-mile Wood Memorial on April 12 at Aqueduct. Captain Bodgit went off at 3-1 at Churchill Downs. T PRO BASKETBALL Miami forces Game 7 with win in New York Knicks hurt by suspensions of Ewing, Houston as Heat get chance to clinch at home By CHRIS SHERIDAN The Associated Press NEW YORK — What remained of the New York Knicks wasn't enough to finish off the Miami Heat. Alonzo Mourning and Dan Majerle had their best games of the series and the Heat used a flurry of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to pull away from the suspension-weakened New York Knicks for a 95-90 victory Friday night. It forced a Game 7 in Miami on Sunday afternoon with a chance for the Heat to become just the sixth team in NBA history to successfully come back from a 3-1 deficit. The Heat will have that chance because they overcame an emotion-charged New York team still reeling from the NBA's suspension of six players — five Knicks and Miami's P. J. Brown — for a brawl in Game 5. New York was without its two leading scorers, Patrick Ewing and Allan Houston, as well as backup point guard Charlie Ward. The Knicks overcame the loss of offense for more than three quarters, but a cold spell midway though the fourth — along with their inability to stop Mourning on the inside all game long — sealed their fate. Mourning led Miami with 28 points and nine rebounds and Majerle added 18 points with four 3-pointers. The Knicks will have to play Game 7 without starters Larry Johnson and John Starks, who will serve their suspensions Sunday, while Brown will sit the second game of his two-game suspension. Tim Hardaway added 20 points and eight assists for Miami, and his two 3- • Heat 85, Knicks 90 pointers in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter started the Heat's game- breaking 18-10 run. Chris Childs led New York with 22 points, Johnson had 20 and Charles Oakley had 18 points and 12 rebounds as all three had their highest-scoring games of the series. But the Knicks still missed the clutch shooting of Houston and the go-to presence of Ewing when they found themselves needing baskets during the deciding stretch of the game. Sonlcs-Rockets HOUSTON — Pretty good at finishing games, the Houston Rockets can't seem to get them started lately. That has what has given the Seattle Su- perSonics a shot at NBA playoff history. Seattle has pounced on the slow-starting Rockets in each of the past two games to erase a 3-1 deficit and force today's Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinals. Seattle has a chance to become the sixth team to rally from a 3-1 deficit and win a playoff series. "As far as I'm concerned, there is no history involved," Sonics forward Shawn Kemp said. "We haven't done anything yet. The only credit goes to the winner. They've won before, and we've won before." In Game 6, Seattle went up 16-2 in the opening 4:49 and Houston never led. In Game 5 in Houston, the Sonics led 15-5 with 6:35 left in the first quarter. "If we can play like that every night, it would be great for us," said Gary Payton, whose basket with 12 seconds doomed the Rockets to a 99-96 loss Thursday night at Key Arena. The Rockets know that it's possible to come back from 3-1 down because they are the last team to do it, overtaking Phoenix in the 1995 Western Conference finals en route to their second NBA championship. T HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD Sprinters fuel 'Stan to 1-70 tit e Central's Green, Newman run state-best 10.36 in 100 to lead boys to first league crown since '81 By LARRY MORITZ Tlie Salina Journal MANHATTAN — For the time being at least, cousins Terence Newman and Aaron Green will share more than a family tree. With two meets to go in the track and field season, the two Salina Central athletes are now co- holders of a pah- of school sprint records. Green and Newman both clocked 1997 state-best times of 10.36 in the finals of the 100-meter dash at Friday's 1-70 League Championships, with Green declared the winner in a near photo finish. Green also ran a 21.70 in the 200-meter dash, equaling the school mark Newman set earlier this spring in that event. "We're going head-to-head this year and (Green) is trying to get every record he can because he's a senior," said Newman, a junior. "He wants to make things hard for ^^—-.——^•.—•,— • Salina South baseball team earns share of 1-70 title / Page C5 me next year. "We're cousins and we hang out together every weekend and almost every day after practice. We're always competitive, but we are friends, too." Newman's time in the 100 was particularly impressive after suffering a hip injury in practice earlier this week. He still finished second in the 100 and the long jump, ran a leg of the 400-meter relay, but had to pull out of the 200 finals. "I can hardly walk right now," Newman said after the 100 finals. "It felt pretty sore when I took off. But I really want to try to help the team get the 1-70 title, so I'll just do my best." Newman's injury and a 25-minute weather-related delay at Bishop Stadium were not enough to keep the Mustangs from winning their first 1-70 League boys title since 1981 and only their second overall. "They did what we expected of them," Central coach Gary Goodwin said. "We knew we would be strong in some events, and obviously that showed up." The Mustangs won all three relays, with Green, Newman, Drew Larson and Sandy Gordon combining to win the 400 (43.00), while Andy Schorn, Adam Moos, A.J. Young and Trey Egan had the top time in the 3,200 relay (8:23.88) Central already had the league title sewn up by the time Egan, Nathan Schwab, Schorn and Larson ran a 3:26.29, completing the relay sweep with a win in the 1,600, the final event of the day. The Mustangs also won each of the three sprint events, with Green's victories in the 100 and 200, and Larson coming away with first in the 400 dash (51.43). The Salina South boys had one of their best finishes in recent memory, sharing second place See 1-70, Page C4 V HIGH SCHOOL STATE SWIMMING Coellner in position to win twice Salina South senior easily wins 200 intermediate medley, 100 freestyle in qualifying competition By The Journal Staff MANHATTAN — Kelly Coellner of Salina South is right on track. The Cougar senior finished first in two individual events Friday afternoon during the preliminaries of the Girls State Swimming and Diving Meet. Coellner. who is gunning for her fifth and sixth gold medals of her high school career, easily won the 200-yard intermediate medley (2:09.40) as well as the 100-yard freestyle (53.27). Coellner is attempting to become just the fifth female swimmer in the 23-year history of the state meet to win six or more individual gold medals. Coellner was the only local or area swimmer to qualify for today's championship finals. However, Salina South did qualify its 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams for today's consolation finals after finishing llth and 12th, repectively, in the prelims. "The girls swam well in the preliminaries," Salina coach Keith Smith said. "They swam well and competed well. This is the state championships. There are no average swimmers there. "Kelly was strong in both individual events. Her stroke is very smooth and she hit her turns well. In the relays, we need to see if we can move up and score some points." Katie Turner of McPherson and Meagan Hantla of Hays qualified for the consolation finals in two events. Hays also qualified for the consolation finals in two relays events. SUGGESTIONS? QALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 8g3-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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