RUNAWAY Little Current Roars To Preakness Victory By Ed Schuyler Jr. BALTIMORE (AP) - His trainer calls him a one-run horse. And that one run made Little Current a runaway winner Saturday in the $209,000 Preakness. "This is a one-run horse," trainer Lou Rondinello told jockey Miguel Rivera. "Wait, wait, wait." Rivera waited cooly, even when Little Current couldn't get through with five-sixteenths of a mile left. The patience paid off. L i t t l e C u r r e n t stormed through on the rail and ran away from the field which included Kentucky Derby winner Cannonade. At the finish he was seven lengths in front of longshot Neopolitan Way with C a n n o n a d e another length back. "Winning the Preakness was the one thing I really wanted," said owner John Galbreath, who added that Little Current definitely will run in the Belmont Stakes. He and trainer Rondinello also wanted Rivera to ride Little Current, who had finished fifth in the Derby with a big stretch run under Bobby Ussery. Rondinello said he and Galbreath had asked Sig- Su 1C * -- Mavl9, 1974 See Additional Story On Page 9C mond Sommer and Frank "Pancho" Martin, Rube The Great's owner and trainer, for permission to take Rivera as their first-call^ rider. Rivera, who rode Little Current to a fourth-place finish in the Blue Grass, also credited his good friend Angel Cordero with playing a part in getting the chance to win the Preakness. Cordero, who had ridden Cannonade in the Derby and Preakness, had ridden Little Current in his first nine races. "I don't speak too good English, but I want to say thanks to Mr. Galbreath and Angel Cordero who steered him to me." Outsider Neopolitan Way was second and Kentucky Derby winner Cannonade was third ahead of Jolly Johu, who was another longshot. Stonewall Scores Bittersweet Win By Bob Fretwell Stonewall Jackson scored a bittersweet victory in Region 4 and Huntington outdistanced St. Albans and Hurricane in Region 3 state meet qualifying Saturday at Laidley Field. The two Class AAA regional meets were conducted concurrently at the site of the state finals scheduled next Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Stonewall Jackson won its third major meet of the season in Region 4 with an output ips on Page 11C. of 64 points, but coach Charlie Linkous left Laidley Field minus part of his winning smile. Everything went right for the West Side Generals until the final event of the day when sophomore Hillard Sugg, who thought he had crossed the finish line, eased up in the mile relay. As a consequence, Stonewall's crack mile relay BASEBALL standings AMERICAN LEAGUE Saturday's Games Detroit 3, Cleveland 2 Boston 10, Baltimore 2 Minnesota 10, California 4 Milwaukee 5, New York 2 Texas at Kansas City Oakland at Chicago Friday's Gimii Kansas City 6, Texas 4 Minnesota 2, California 1 Oakland 10, Chicago 4 New York 3, Milwaukee 2 Detroit 4, Cleveland 3 Baltimore 6, Boston 0, 6 Innings, rain NATIONAL LEAGUE Saturday's GimtJ Philadelphia 9, Pittsburgh 2 New York 6, Montreal 0 San Francisco 4, San Diego 2 Los Angeles 1, Atlanta 0, 13 innings St. Louis II, Chicago 2 fi 7, Houston 6 Detroit Milwaukee Baltimore New York Cleveland Boston Chicago Oakland Kansas City Minnesota Texas California Air East W 18 16 17 19 17 17 West 17 19 18 15 17 17 Mrlctn L L 15 15 16 20 18 19 15 17 17 16 19 20 taai Pet. .545 .516 .515 .487 .486 .472 .531 .528 .514 484 ^472 .459 M GB 1 2 2 2/5 _ _ 'A 2 2VS. Philadelphia St. Louis Montreal New York Chicago Pittsburgh Los Angeles San Francisco Houston Atlanta San Diego W 19 18 14 17 13 11 Wl 28 19 21 20 19 IS L 16 16 14 19 18 21 ISt 10 15 18 20 20 26 PCt. .543 .529 .500 .472 .419 .344 .737 .559 .538 .500 .487 .366 Texas (Clyde 34) at Kansas City (Splittortf 4-3), 2:30. p.m. California (Ryan 4-4 and Stoneman 1-3 or Lang 0-0) at.Minnesota (Blyleven 3-5 and Albury 1-1) 2, 1:30 p.m. Oakland (Hunter 6-3) at Chicago (Bahnsen 5-2), 2:15 p.m. New York Dobson 2-6 and Woodson 1-2) at Milwaukee (Slaton 4-4 and Colborn 1-3) 2, 2 p.m. Detroit (Coleman 5-1 and Slayback 1-1) at Cleveland (G. Perry 5-1 and B. Johnson 1-2 or Kline 3-5) 2, 1 p.m.' Boston (Cleveland 1-4 and Drago 2-1) at .Baltimore (Palmer 2-4 and McNally 3-2) ' 2, 2 p.m. Friday's Games Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, opd., rain St. Louis 9, Chicago 8 New York 5, Montreal 0 Cincinnati 4, Houston 2 Atlanta 5, Los Angeles 3, 11 Innings San Diego 7, San Francisco 3 E "' IVi 4 6Vi 7'A 9 9'A 14'A Nitlwul LMflll* Philadelphia (Ruthven 2-1 and Lonborg 3-3) at Pittsburgh (Reuss 1-3 and Ellis 13) 2, 1:35 p.m. Chicago (Hooten 1-3) at St. Louis (Gibson 2-3), 2:15 p.m. Montreal (Renko 2-4 and McAnally 1-4) at New York (Swan 1-2 and Kobsman 4-1) 2, 1 p.m. Cincinnati (Gullett 3-3) at Houston (Roberts 5-4), 3:05 p.m. Atlanta (Reed 5-3) at Los Angeles (Sutton 6-2), 4:15 p.m. San Diego (Greif 2-6 and Freislenben 31 or or McAndrew 1-3) at San Francisco (Caldwell 6-1 and Bradley 4-4) 2, 3 p.m. quartet did not qualify. "We changed the order of our lineup in the mile relay to get an early lead over Charleston," Linkous said. "This was the first time Sugg had run anchor, and he crossed a line he through was the finish. It's confusing, with all the runners and officials milling around, especially for an inexperienced sophomore. "Don't get me wrong; I'm sick, not mad, and Sugg is beside himself." Sam Jones, Jeff Siemon, Walter Easley and Greg Johnson, who paced a 10-point splurge by the Generals in the .long jump, led the Stonewall triumph. Charleston, winner of last week's Gazette Relays Class AAA championship, was Region 4 runner-up with 55 points and George Washington was a strong third with 47. Huntington won Region 3 with 90 points, compared to 69 by St. Albans and 58Vz by Hurricane. Five records were broken during a sunshine-sprinkled day when the temperature hovered around 80 degrees. In Region 4, Don Courts of Charleston lowered the 880-run record to 1:59.2 and Scott McMillen of South Charleston improved the mile run standard to 4:30.5. * * * HURRICANE SHOT PUTTER Phil Gregory unleashed a toss of 55 feet, 9Vz inches; Von Johnson of St. Albans turned in a 9.8 clocking in the 100-yard dash and Huntington East's Dick Douglass in the 2-mile run with. 9:57 effort to account for Region 3 records. Claude Geiger of East Bank, who tied the Region 4 100-yard dash record with a 9.9 sprint, swept three events to continue as the dominant individual in Class AAA track. For a time in the upper stretch it appeared Cannonade might keep alive his chances for the Triple Crown, but those chances evaporated in the final eighth of a mile as Little Current simply ran away. Buck's Bid's hopes for the Preakness vanished when he stumbled coming out of the gate and threw rider Don MacBeth. MacBeth apparently was unhurt. Little Current, who had finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby after making a big stretch run, beat Neopolitan Way to the finish by a widen-, ing seven lengths. Neopolitan Way finished a length in front of Cannonade, who was three quarters of a length better than Jolly Johu. The time of 1:543-5 for the 13-16 miles tied the clocking of Nashua in 1955 and made the 99th Preakness the third fastest. Cannononero II won in 1:54 flat in 1971 and Secretariat was timed in 1:542-5 last year. Little Current, owned by John Galbreath, returned $28.20, $15.40 and $7.80 to his backers in a crowd of 54,911 on a sunny day. Neopolitan Way, owned by Elizabeth F. Thomas, paid $22 and $10, and John M. Olin's Cannonade paid $4 to show. The victory for Rivera was sweet, coming on the heels of his lOth-place Derby ride on Rube The Great, and the Puerto Rican earned the victory with a beautiful ride on the chestnut son of Sea Bird. Completing the order of finish after Jolly Johu were Kin Run, who had run in claiming races in three of his four previous starts; J.R.'s Pet; Derby runner-up Hudson County; Rube The Great; Silver Florin; Destroyer; All Game, and Buck's Bid. Weirton Ousts Irish P A R K E R S B U R G , W.Va. (AP) -- Weirton Madonna scored twice in the sixth inning without hits to edge past Charleston Catholic in semifinal action Saturday in the state high school catholic baseball tournament. McMechen Bishop Donahue defeated Morgantown St. Francis, 5-1, in the other semi-final game. The finals will be played today. The score was tied 44 until the top of the sixth inning when an error sent Dave Kukura in for the score, putting Weirton ahead by one run. Later in the same inning with the bases loaded, Charleston pitcher Phil Panzera walked George Bauer, forcing in Jim Walter with Wierton's final tally. Panzera was the losing pitcher. Tim Gallager was the winning pitcher for Weirton. -APWirephoto LITTLE CURRENT DWARFS PREAKNESS FIELD AT FINISH Jockey Miguel Rivera Rides to Win by Seven Lengths Simpson Victor, 3-1, With Help From Lamb Â·if SOUTH CHARLESTON'S SCOTT MCMILLEN LEADS FLOCK OF MELERS He Won in 4:30.5 to Set Region 4 Record, But Not Personal Best x l -Â·Staff Photo by Larry Pierce By A. L. Hardman A fine relief job by veteran Johnny Lamb and a pair of costly Tidewater errors enabled Charleston's big Wayne Simpson to nail another board to his comeback platform Saturday night at Watt Powell Park. The 26-year old right han- der, convinced that his arm troubles are over, made believers out of 2,091 Charlie fans in gaining a 3-1 decision over the Tides to square the six-game series at 1-1. But he developed a slight case of wildness in the eighth after one was out and manager Steve Demeter had to call Lamb from the bullpen to do his thing. With the bases loaded on a single by Jim Gosger and walks to Tom Hallums and Bruce Boisclair, the reliable Mr. Lamb came in to get Greg Harts on a pop to Jackie Hernandez and then struck out Roy Staiger to end the inning and leave three anxious runners stranded. The ninth was simple for Johnny--three straight infield outs--and he got his first save of the season. He had 12 last year and three of them were at the expense of the Tides. * * * SIMPSON GOT OFF to a shaky start with a single and a walk in the first inning but settled down then to face only 19 batters until Boisclair rapped him for his first homer--and Tidewater's only run--to open the seventh. A single by Ike Hampton and a walk to pinch hitter Dave McDonald carne later in the frame. But the big guy survived, his fast ball cracking and his curve ball finding its mark in the strike zone. Then it was obvious that his control had slipped away in the eighth. But he got his third win of the season, fanning seven. Charlie Howard's second home run of the season led off a Charleston second that finally produced three runs as Brian Ostrosser committed two costly errors at shortstop. With one out after Howard's mighty blast of more than 400 feet over the right-center field wall, Tidewater's starting and losing pitcher, Tommy Moore, walked Tommy Matchick and then yielded a single to Tony LaRussa. When Ostrosser fumbled Hernandez' ground ball, the bases were loaded. Simpson also grounded to Ostrosser who, in a hurry to start a double play, threw wild to Lute Barnes at second and all hands were safe, Matchick scampering home. LaRussa then got in on Bill Flowers' sacrfifice fly. * * * MOORE, suffering his second loss against only cne win, loaded the bases again in the third but the winning ended without a run when Hernandez forced LaRussa at second. Ed Ott pounded out a triple i to open the f i f t h but was thrown-out trying to score when Ostrosser made a good relay to the plate. Only one other Charlie reached base. But they had done the damage in the second, which proved enough for Simpson and Lamb. "I haven't felt this good in two years," Simpson said. "I feel that I'm throwing harder all the time now and my fast ball is moving," All of which could be good news for the Charlies and perhaps the parent Pirates, who are gambling that he will return to his 1971 1071 form which brought him a 14-3 record at Cincinnati before he hurt his arm. * * * CHARLIE CHATTER: A "Helmet Day" double bill is scheduled for today at Watt Powell Park as the Tides and the Charlies continue their long series. Game time is 1:30 p.m. and every kid who pays his way into the park will receive and official Charlie batting helmet.. . .Steve Blass (1-1) will make his fifth start for the Charlies in one game and it is likely that Brad Meyring (2-0) will draw the assignment in the night- cap. . .The Charlies' hospital list grew a little Saturday when it was announced that Pete Koegel had suffered a broken knuckle third finger) on his right hand. Trainer Rudy Owen said he doesn't know how long the big catcher will be out of action but it looks like two or three weeks. Meantime, g.m. Carl Steinfeldt is asking Pittsburgh for a replacement. Koegel continued back of the plate Friday night despite the injury, which is typical of him. He has played for several games with a split finger on his throwning hand and the other night he suffered a bruised foot when hit by his own foul tip. . .The Charlies have a "Broom Girl" now, which will make for some fun and excitement around the park. Pretty 16-year old Cheryl Roberts of Charleston was the winner of a contest held by the Charlies to pick the "Broom Girl." Her duties are to sweep off the bases during the game and to whomp anyone on the rear end with her broom if they aren't doing what is right. An alternate is Brenda Thompson, 18-year old pretty from St. Albans The Tides will be here for single games Monday and Tuesday nights and will face Jimmy McKee and Doug Bair, Charleston right han- ders.. . . Tim Juran (1-3), a lefty, and Wayne Kirby (0-0) will pitch for Tidewater today... .Jim Gosger, Tide outfielder, said he got only an hour and a half sleep enroute with the team from Memphis to Charleston. But he slammed out three hits and almost got a fourth Friday night. He feels he ought to make some more trips from Memphis to Charleston if it pays off so well. "I was dog tired," said Jim, "and I guess that relaxed me just enough to hit the ball well".... Tidewater CharltJfon Playtr an r h DI Playtr Â»5 r h W Barnes 2b 5 0 1 0 Flowers 1 ( 3 0 1 1 Ostrssr ss 4 o 1 0 Agstine ct 4 0 0 0 Gosger If 3 0 1 0 Ott rf 4 0 1 0 Hallums Ib3 0 1 0 Howard Ib 3 1 I 1 Bsclair rf 3 1 1 1 Cmpanis c 4 0 0 0 Harts c f 4 0 0 0 Mtchck 3 b 2 1 1 0 Staiger3b 3 0 0 O L a R s s a 2 b 2 I 1 0 Hampton c 4 0 1 OHrnandzssS 0 0 0 Moore p 2 0 0 0 Simpson p 3 0 0 0 MDnaldphO 0 0 0 Lamb p 0 0 0 0 Strhmyr p 0 0 0 0 TatlH 21 1 5 2 Nolan ph 1 0 0 0 Totals 32 1 1 T!dÂ«wÂ»ttr 800 000 10i-J Charleston 030 000 OOx-3 E - Ostrosser 2. DP -- Charleston 1. LOB - Tidewater 9, Charleston 5.'2b -Hallums. 3B - Ott. HR - Howard (2), Boisclalr ( l ) . S F - Flowers. Pitchers IP Moore (L, 1-2) 6 Strohmayer 2 Simpson (W, 3-1)7.1 Lamb (Save-1) 1.2 ft ER BB $0 3 1 2 5 0 0 1 1 1 1 5 7 0 0 0 1 PB -- Crawford. PB -- Campanls. HBP - LaRussa by Moore. U -- Dave Smith and Gerry Crawford. T -- 2:18. A - 2,091. fnternational Standings Saturday's GÂ»mts CHARLESTON 3, Tidewater 1 Toledo 6, Syracuse 3 Rochester 6, Pawtucket 0 Richmond 5, Memphis 4 Friday's Garrns Tidewater 3, CHARLESTON 1 Rochester 4, Toledo 1. Richmond 4-1, Memphis 1-0. Pawtucket-Syracuse, rain. Northern Division Club Syracuse Rochester Toledo. Pawtucket ..W L ..17 9 ..13 10 12 18 ...7 17 Southern Divlsi Club w L Richmond. . . CHARLESTON.. Memphis Tidewater 16 8 ..15 10 15 11 ...8 20 Pet. .654 .565 .400 .292 on Pet. .667 .600 .577 .286 GB 2W 7 9 GB JV4 2 10 Sunday's Games Tidewater at CHARLESTON (2 at 1:30) Pawtucket at Rochester (2) Syracuse at Toledo Memphis at Richmond. Phils Pound Bucs, 9-2; Bench Lifts Reds, 7-6 The Associated Press Del Unser hit a three-run homer and Mike Schmidt blasted a two-run shot in a seven-run sixth inning that carried the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday at Pittsburgh. Schmidt's homer came off loser Bob Moose (1-5) after a single by Tomy Hutton. Later in the inning, Unser homered off reliever John Morlan after run-scoring singles by Dave Cash and Larry Bowa. Cincinnati 7, Houston 6-Johnny Bench's three-run homer in the seventh inning was his eighth of the season and wiped out a 5-4 Houston lead. Cesar Cedeno hit his eighth homer for the Astros. Also hitting round trippers were Cincy's Marv Rettenmund and Houston's Tommy Helms. Los Angeles 1, Atlanta 0 -Steve Garv^v singled Dave Box Scores on Pnse 7C Lopes home from third base with two out in the 13th inning. St. Louis 11, Chicago 2 -Ted Sizemore's two-run homer ignited a four-run first inning and Ken Rete drove in three runs. Lou Brock of the Cards stole his 25th straight base before Sizemore connected. Sonny Siebert (3-3) picked up the victory. New York Mets 6, Montreal 0 - Jon Matlack (5-1) fired a four-hit shutout as the surging Mets won their third straight and seven of nine after a slow start. San Francisco 4, San Diego 2 -- Mike Phillips walloped a three-run round tripper in the eighth inning. American League Minnesota 10, California 4 The Twins lashed 10 singles off the Angeles' Bill Singer in less than five innings in a na- tionally televised game. Angeles reliever Ray Corbin (3-0) replaced starter Dave Goltz in the second inning after Goltz was struck on the right knee by Tom McCraw's line drive. Milwaukee 5, New York Yankees 2 -- Dave May hit his seventh homer of the season and his fifth in the last eight games off the Yanks' Mel Stottlemyre (5-5) in the first inning. Boston 10, Baltimore 2 -Bernie Carbo, Dick McAuliffe, Mario Guerrero and Rico Petrocelli delivered run- scoring singles in a six-run seventh inning. Luis Tiant (3-5) was the winner although allowing 11 hits while Ross Grimsley (4-4) took the loss. Detroit 3, Cleveland 2 -- Eddie Brinkman tripled home the tying run in the seventh inning and scored on a single by John Knox.
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