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Lea's Great Comeback 'Unbelievable' Antonoplis Beats Liess at Own Game By Bob Baker "I really can't believe it," said winner Lea Antonoplis. "I.can't believe it," said loser Zenda Liess. "It was an unbelievable match," summed up tournament director Mrs. Hugh Thompson, Jr. at the finals of the "Sweet Sixteens" tennis tournament Saturday at the Charleston Tennis Club. Sun -Staff Photo by Lawrence Pierce Lea Antonoplis Receives Winner's Trophy and 16 Roses Mayor Hutchinson Presents Awards to'Sweet Sixteens" Champion SWEEP Charlies Capture Twin Bill From Syracuse, 12-3 and 6-5 By A. L. Hardman Ed Ott's llth inning double drove home the winning run to give the Charlies a come-from behind 6-5 victory Saturday night over the Syracuse Chiefs and a - sweep of a Saturday double header at Watt . Powell Park. The Charlies had slapped out 17 hits for two big innings to capture an easy 12-3 decision, in the afternoon part of this day- night double header. They had blown a 3-2 lead in the ninth . inning of the second game, the Chiefs putting across three runs to apparently wrap - up the game. But Tony Armas' llth home riiri'of the season accounted for two runs to deadlock the score in the Charlie half of the inning. - Then in the llth, with Bob Johnson having all kinds of problems in a relief role, , was rapped for singled by Mike Edwards - and Omar Moreno before Ott drove his double into left-center, scoring Edwards. It was Oit's sixth hit of the day as the Charlies won their sixth double .bill of the season. . The sweep gave the Charlies a two game gain on the third place.Chiefs, who now lead them by only two games. They also gained a full game on fifth place Memphis and now lead the Blues by 6Vz games: .Manager Steve Demeter had played the game under protest. Umpire Scotty Harris had ordered Syracuse shortstop Nelson Pichardo' out of the game for protesting a call but later recinded the decision and let him remain. "I protested to protect ourselves," said Demeter. but the protest was withdrawn when the Charlies won. The win went to Richard Langford (3-1). . fifth Charleston pitcher, while the loss was pinned on Johnson (3-2i. The Chiefs had gone ahead, 5-3, with a three-run uprising in the ninth, driving Charleston's starting pitcher, Mike Kavanagh to cover. Jerry Kenney's pinch double -- a drive which Charlie outfielder Omar Moreno lost in the light - started it. Then came a walk to Kerry Dineen. Randy Hopkins came in to pitch then; and was greeted by a single by Terry Whitfield, scoring Kenney. Juan Bernhardt was purposely walked, loading the bases, and then Don Castle,.on a half-swing, drib-; bled a hit down the third base line, scoring Dineen. Jim Minshall came in"to pitch then, wild, pitching another run"home. " Â· '"Â·Â· %Â· With one out in the Charleston ninth, . Mario Mendoza singled and then Tony Armas, as a pinch hitter, came off the bench to pound a long home run' over the right field wall, knotting the score. The Charlies had scored twice in the first on Moreno's singles a walk to Ed'Ott, Nelson Pichardo's error and Gary Sanseri- no's single. A double by Moreno, an infield out and Pete Koegel's hit got a third run in the fifth. Before the ninth, the only two runs given up by Kavanagh were solo homers by Don Castle in the fifth and George Zeber in the sixth! 'It was the third straight win for the Charlies^over the Chiefs. Only 307 fans turned out in the 90-degree heat to watch the afternoon game, which was a sizzling pitching duel between Charleston's Doug Bair and Syracuse's Ed Ricks until the sixth. Then the Chiefs got a pair of runs'on a walk to Otto Velez, Don Castle's- double and Ricks' two-run single. The Charlies charged back to sew it up with a five-run, five-hit outburst in their half of the inning, featured by Gary San- serino's two run single which put the Charlies on top. Ed Ott's single, a walk to Ken Macha and Mario Mendoza's double got one run home before Sanserino's pinch hit. Migual Dilone, who got four straight singles, got a hit and then came a walk to Omar Moreno and a single by Tony Armas, good for two more runs. With Dave Cheadle pitching, the Charlies sent 10 batters to the plate in the eighth, gathering seveti hits and as many .runs.' Â· -' Â·. . . . . .;. (Please Turn to Page 10D) Afternoon Game . SYRACUSE CHARLESTON Player Kenney, ss Dineen, cl Whitfield, rf Bernhardt, 3b Yancy, 2b Velez, Ib Castle, If Deidel, c 'Ricks,.p Pagan, p Parker, ph Cheadle, p Totals E - Yancy 2, Castle. DP - Syracuse 1. LOB -- Syracuse 10, Charleston 12. 2BH - Whitfield 2, Bair, Castle, Mendoza, Velez. 3BH.-- Gonzalez, Edwards. SB -- Dilone. SF -- Macha. Pitching . IP H R ER BB SO Ricks IL 8-3) 5 1 / 3 5 3 3 4 4 Pagan 1 2 / 3 5 2 2 2 2 Cheadle 1 7 7 7 1 0 Bair ( W 8-9) 6 7 2 2 4 5 Jimenez (Save 2 ) 3 2 1 1 0 0 HBP - Bernhardt by Bair. WP - Bair. U - Scotty Harris and Joe Searls. T - 2:31. A - 307. hnvw** h AB f 'Â· 3b 4 5 5 43 3 3 4 3 0 1 0 35 R 0 0 0 Â· o . 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 H Bl 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 Player Dilone, cf Edwards, Moreno, If Armas, rf Ott, c Gonzalez, Macha, Ib Mendoza, Bair, p Sanserino, Sadowski, Jimenez, i Totals AB 2b 3b ss ph pr D 000 000 5 5 5 4 4 5 3 4 2 ' 1 0 2 40 00' 005 R 2 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 12 2 H Bl 4 ' 1 1 2 3 1 0 1 1 1 0 2 17 010 1 2 0 2 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 12 --3 07X-12 Miss Antonoplis of Glendora, Calif., made a most unbelievable comeback to score an 0-6, 7-5,6-4 victory over Miss Liess of Daytona Beach, Fla., in a three- hour match for the National Girls 16 tennis title. It was a reversal of last year's title match. Because of her easy first set. Miss Liess actually won more games (15 to 13) and more points (100 to 95) than the Victor, Miss Antonoplis. The points by sets: first, L 26, A10: second. L 42. A 49; and third. L 32, A 36. Miss Liess, the defending champion, won the first set without losing a game in 21 minutes. She won the first four games of the second set and then held a 5-1 lead -only one game away from victory. Miss Liess was mixing up her shots, moving Miss Antonoplis around and keeping her away from the net. When Lea did come to the net, Zenda zinged her with passing shots. * * * THE MATCH looked so one-sided that both girls grinned and the 500 fans at the tennis club gave Miss Antonoplis a big hand when she finally won a game after losing the first ten. It was the kind of applause you give losers to console them. At least, she wasn't going to be blanked, the fans thought. Then Miss Liess let up just a tiny bit and Miss Antonoplis changed her tactics. She started lobbing the ball with Miss Liess. L o b . . . lob ... lob went the tennis ball high in the air back and forth across the net. But surprisingly, the serve-and- volley girl from California started beating the girl from the slow courts of Florida at her own game. Miss Antonoplis began winning games with the lob. The momentum shifted to her side of the court. She took six straight games to win the second set, 7-5. Miss Liess never did reach match point. Miss Liess looked downhearted as the girls took a 15-mihute break'. What had appeared to be an easy one-hour victory now was going to be a three-set marathon and anybody's match. When the girls came back for the third set in the steamy 94-degree heat, Miss Antonoplis definitely had the psychological edge. The girls renewed their lobbing duel. Miss Antonoplis put so much topspin on several deep lobs that Miss Liess couldn't jump high enough to reach the ball before it hit way up on the back fence. With the third set tied 4-4 and the score of deuce in the ninth game, Miss Antonoplis took the ad with a service ace and then -won the game with- a-voltey : ; at..the- net.--' Sensing victory was now hers. Lea forced Zenda into two errors to start the next game and then hit a drop shot over . the net for a 40-0 lead. Miss Antonoplis missed a forehand to make it 40 : 15. But on the next point, Lea forced Zenda to jump high off the court to return a lob. The ball barely cleared the- net and Lea raced up to smash the ball.at an angle cross court to win the point, game, set and match. After the traditional handshake by the players. Miss Antonoplis' father went onto the" court to give her a hug. Miss Liess sat stunned in a chair by the umpire's stand with her head in her hands. * * * A FEW MINUTES later after being presented the runner-up trophy by Mayor Hutchinson, Miss Liess told the crowd: "I can't believe it. I had her 6-0. 5-1, and I thought 1 was going to walk away with the match. I don't know what happened. She beat me at my own (lobbing) game and I never thought she could do it." Miss Antonoplis, in accepting the championship trophy, told the fans: "I really can't believe i t . . . To come back like this ... I've never played a match so 'lobby." You've been reading about Greek Power in the newspaper but you didn't see much of it today. But what I did was the only way to win. I just wish I had figured it out earlier. It's a long way-back from 1-5." Later while sipping a coke in the clubhouse. Miss Antonoplis said, "the third time was the charm." She had lost to Miss Liess in last year's finals here (6-7, 6-1. 6-3) and in the 1973 national girls 14 finals. Charl gmia August 3,1975 ID Miss Antonoplis had said earlier in the week that she had something to prove. "I would like to prove that I can win a final match instead of losing all the time. I've lost in four national finals. Some people are saying I'm a choker, and 1 want to prove that I'm not. This is a very important tournament to me." She proved Saturday that she is not a choker. Asked if she had played a lobbing game before, Lea replied, "Absolutely never. I didn't know I could do it. My dad told me to do it before the match but I didn't listen to him. I heard him say after the first set, 'I told her.' I think I surprised Zenda when I started doing it in the second set." Miss Antonoplis is 16 and not eligible to defend her title. "I like this town so much I may come back anyway next year," Lea said with a smile. Her family had a reunion here with her parents and three sets of uncles and aunts watching her play. * * * MISS LIESS' father flew here from Daytona Beach to watch the finals. Zenda, 15, is eligible to return here next year and try for a second title. She indicated she probably would, although she intends to turn pro after finishing school. "I didn't believe she could outpush me," Â·-.-- Miss-liiess-saids."!was p\ay\ng reatiy w.eU in the first set and early in the second set. Then when she began winning games. I got tight. Lea was more patient than me. I could kick myself for not winning, because I only needed a couple of'points, but I'm not super disappointed." The match proved two old sports axioms: (1) never let up when ahead and (2) never give up when behind. Weiskopf Loses Part Of Margin HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) - The sweat, generated by 104-degree temperatures and oppressive 80-percent humidity, was running in rivulets off Tom Weiskopf s face. He'd just finished a round of par 72--by six strokes his worst of the tournament. His once-commanding seven-shot lead had dwindled to a precarious two. And the sometimes tempermental guy wasn't bothered a bit. "1 still have the lead," he said. "They still have to beat me. 1 don't feel bad about it at all." It all happened--including Weiskopf's closing birdie after national television cameras had ended their coverage--on the last nine holes of the Westchester Country Club course, 6,614 yards of steaming, sweltering, haze-covered hills in suburban New York. Pat Fitzsimons, the quiet, red-haired little guy who won the Los Angeles Open earlier this season, charged over those nine holes in five-under-par 31, once got to within a single stroke and changed a Weiskopf rout into a race. "I didn't expect Tom to shoot anywhere near as high as he did," Fitzsimons said after his six-under-par 66. "I'd missed a series of putts on the front side and I was beginning to think it wasn't my day ; I was lucky to get started on the back nine," he said. Weiskopf's 72 left him with a 54-hole total of 201,15 under par going into Sunday's final round of the chase for a $50,000 first prize, enough to vault him into the season's money-winning lead. Weiskopf. who scored a playoff victory over Jack Nicklaus last week, is seeking a second consecutive title. Gilbert Defeats Kruk for 5th Spot Matlack Sees Mets 4 Back in the Race' After 6-0 Victory Night Game Syracuse Player AB Pichardo, ss .Yancy, ph Johnson, p Dineen. cf Whitfield, rf Bernhardt, 3b Castle. If Velez, Ib Zeber, 2b Stearns, c Parker, ph Deidel, c . Kammeyer, p Kenney, ss Totals 4 1 0 5 5 5 6 3 4 3 1 1 2 2 42 R 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 H Bl 0 0 0 2 3 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 11 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 Charleston Player Dilone, cf Sadowski, pr Jimenez, p Gonzalez, ph Langford, p Edwards, 2b Moreno, If-cf Ott, rf-lf Koegel, c Sanserino, 3b Macha, Ib Mendoza. ss Kavanagh, p Hopkins, P Minshall, p Armas, rf Totals AB 4 0 0 1 0 6 6 5 4 4 5 5 2 0 0 2 44 R 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 H Bl 0 0 0 0 "0 2 3 2 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 10 0 0 0 2 6 PITTSBURGH ( A P ) - Jon Ma- - tlack-fresh from his third shutout of the season, a 6-0 five-hit victory over Pittsburgh-feels the New York Mets are very much in the running for the National League's East Division title. "I'd say this could be a fourteam race with St. Louis included, especially if the Pirates don't get turned around." the 6- foot-3. 205-pound fastballer said. Matlack faced only 30 Pirates, three above the minimum, in super-humidified heat. But the weather didn't bother him a bit. "This is the-best game I've pitched all season, considering what was at stake." he said. "We came into Pittsburgh nine games out of first place and we had to win if we weren't to be knocked clear out of contention. We hadn't beaten the Pirates in nine consecutive games this year. Now we have won three, we're six back and we're hopeful of taking at least one of tomorrow's two games. "The Pirates were hitting my pitch and. fortunately. 1 was able to get it over the plate and just about where I wanted it all the time." Matlack said. "I didn't feel I was weakening at any time, even though it was hot." " So were some of the Mets' bats. Wayne Garrett and Felix Millan each got two hits and drove in two runs apiece. Matlack. 13-8. using a blazing fastball most of the way. cooled off the heavy bats of the Pirates in stifling 95-degree weather. He struck out sis batters without issuing a walk in the nationally televised game." The loss was the Pirates" third in . a row and fifth irjtheir last six games. *? Boxscores on Page IOD Baltimore 6, Milwaukee 1: Tommy Davis and Don Baylor drove in two runs apiece to back Mike Torrez' five-hit pitching. Montreal 4, Philadelphia 3: Pinch-hitter Nate Colbert's three-run homer in the the ninth inning lifted the Expos. Minnesota 4-8, Chicago, White Sox 1-3 -Eric Soderholm. Jerry Terrell and Rod Carew drove in two runs apiece to lead the Twins to a sweep of the Chiscox. Bert Blyleven's five-hitter sparked the Twins in the opener. San Francisco 8, Houston 7: Jim Crawford's wild pitch allowed Mike Sadek to score from third with the 10th inning run that gave the Giants the win. It was the third loss without a victory for Crawford. New York 5, Cleveland 3: Craig Nettles. Chris Chambliss and Sandy Alomar drilled run-scoring singles in the eighth inning to lead the Yankees in Billy Martin's debut as manager of the New York team. St. Louis 4, Chicago 0: Pitcher Bob Forsch limited Chicago to four hits while Ted Simmons and Willie Davis drove home the runs that carried the Cardinals in the rain-delayed first game of a doubleheader. The second game was postponed by- darkness before it began and was rescheduled for a doubleheader today. Boston 7, Detroit 2: Denny Doyle extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a double and two singles and scored two runs and drove in another to help the Red Syracuse 000 Oil 003 00-5 Charleston MO 001 002 01-t E -- Pichardo, Velez, Bernhardt, Macha 2. DP -- Syracuse 1. LOB - Syracusel2, Charleston 13.2BH - Moreno, Kenney, Ott. HR - Castle (2), Zeber (2), Armas (12). SB --Moreno, Edwards, Pichardo. 5 -- Kammeyer. Pitching IP H R ER BB SO Kammeyer 8 7 3 1 2 4 z-Johnson (L3-2) 2 7 3 3 2 2 Kavanagh 8 1 / 3 9 4 4 3 6 x-Hopkins 0 2 1 1 1 0 Minshall 2 / 3 0 0 0 1 0 Jimenez 1 1 0 0 0 2 Langford (W 3 - D . , . 1 0 0 0 0 1 (None out when winning run scored, i -- Faced three batters in llth. x -- Faced 3 batters in ninth.) HBP -- Dilone by Johnson. WP - Minshall. PB - Koegel. U - Joe Searls and Scotty Harris. T - 3:12. Attn. - 1,773. By Bob Baker Dan* Gilbert of Piedmont. Calif., defeated Charleston's Kelley Kruk, 6-2, 6-3, in the consolation feed-in singles finals Saturday at the National Girls 16 Tennis Championship. Miss Gilbert finished fifth in the tournament and Miss Kruk wound up sixth, Despite the loss, Miss Kruk enjoyed a fine tournament with victories over four seeded players. Singles champion Lea Antonoplis was a double winner, teaming-with Berta McCallum of Pittsburgh. Pa., for the doubles championship. They defeated Mary Lou Piatek of Whiting. Ind:. and Wendy Burkhart of Toledo, Ohio. 1-6. 6-3. 6-3. Betty"New'field of Jackson Heights, N.Y.. and Caroline Stoll of Livingston, N.J., downed Stacy Bowman of Beford. N.Y., and Donna Rubin of Rye, N.Y., 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, for third place in doubles. Mareen "Peanut" Louie of San Francisco topped Julie Pressly of Palm Beach, Fla., 6-4, 6-2, for third place in singles. --, MISS GILBERT received the sportsman award. Other girls in contention for the award were Angela Bartzen of Fort Worth, Tex., Joan Flynn of St. Louis, Lloyd Hatcher of Richmond, Va. ; Kelley Kruk, Mareen Louie, Susan Rime of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Whit Stodghill of Louisville, said tournament director Mrs. Hugh Thompson, Jr. , Sherry Acker of Kalamazoo. Mich., and 'Anne Smith of Dallas. Tex,, who became sick with a virus and couldn't defend their doubles title, received recognition as good sports. lorn Weiskopl Pat Fitzsimons Gene Littler Julius Boros Rod Funseth Bruce Lietzke Lyn Lot) Hale Irwin John Mahaffey Tom Watson Terry Diehl George Cadle Art Wall Ben Crenshaw Charles Coody Bert Greene Richard Crawford Jerry Pate Sammy Rachels Jerry Heard Tom Shaw Ken Still Rik Massengale Bob E. Smith Gibby Gilbert Terrance Dill Jin-, Colbert Ed Dougherty Dan Sikes David Graham Mark Hayes Frank Beard 66-63-72-201 67-70-66-203 68-68-69-205 70-66-70-206 68-69-70-207 70-71-66-207 71-68-68-207 72-65-71-208 72-69-67-208 68-71-69-208 71-67-71-209 71-69-69-209 72-68-69-209 69-70-70-209 71-67-71-209 69-68-72-209 69-67-74-210 67-69-74-210 73-68-69-210 73-70-67-210 72-71-67-210 71-73-66-210 65-74-72-211 72-70-69-211 73-68-71-212 71-67-74-212 73-68-71-212 70-70-72-212 72-71-69-212 71-72-69-212 70-69-73-212 73-65-74-212 Saturday's Results CHARLESTON 12, Syracuse 3 (lst CHARLESTON*, Syracuse5 (2nd)1l innings Memphis 9, Rochester 4 (1st) Rochester 4, Memphis 3 (2nd) Toledo l. Tidewater 0 Pawtucket 4, Richmond 1 Friday's Games CHARLESTON 12, Syracuse 7 Richmond 6-6, Pawtucket 1-1 Tidewater 1 Toledo l Rochester-Memphis, rain Tht Standings Team... --Â« Tidewater 65 45 Rochester Â« fj Syracuse 60 Â« CHARLESTON 59 53 Memphis 53 58 Richmond Â«5 57 Toledo Â« 62 Pawturtet Â« 67 Sonday's Gamts Syracuse at CHARLESTON (3 p. m.) Rochester a? Memohis oawturtc! at Richmond Toledo at Tidewater Mondavi Gam*l Rochester at CHARLESTON (7:30) Syracuse at Memphis Paw!Â«ckeÂ» at Tidewater O^ers not scheduled. Pd. .591 .597 .550 .527 .477 .441 .436 .396 GB V/i 5 7 U'/i 16 17 Jl'/i Over Hill Gang Tops Cincinnati CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Washington's celebrated overthe-hill gang called on their years of playing wisdom to win the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition game in impressive fashion Saturday. "Washington is a group of old heads that doesn't make errors. They let you knock yourself out if you make errors." said Cincinnati Coach Paul Brown after his Ben- gals dropped a 17-9 decision to the Redskins. Brown was the voice of experience. Two costly Bengals' mistakes fired Washington to its pair of touchdowns, one a 48-yard bomb from Billy Kilmer to Charley Taylor. George Allen. Washington's cheer-leading coach, wore a big grin afterward. "We showed pretty good condition, having been in camp a week later than the Bengals," said the man who has led his team to four successive playoff appearances. "Today's game was the type of game you like'because we used everybody and didn't have any serious injuries." said Allen. Washington Cincinnati Cin-Curtis 11 Pass (Green kick) Wash-Taylor (Moslcy Kick) Wash- FC- Mosley Cin-Safety Berry end zone Wash M. Thomas a-19,360 7 3 7 0-17 7 0 2 0 - 9 Irom Anderson J8 oass from Kilmer 3J tackled "heismann m I run I.Wosley k ' C k ) Firs! downs RWevyards Passing yards Return ya'tfi Passes Punts Rcdskini !6 38-135 147 49 14-21-1 1-45 2-1 6-43 Bengals 15 773 31 23-13-2 538 2-0 6-35 -Stall Ptw'o by Lawrence Pierce Zenda Liess Lifts Racket to Lob the Ball Defending Champion Beaten in Tennis Finals INDIVIDUAL LEADERS = U$H;,N-Wasftin?ton. V.. Thc^S 125? NeKon 8-Jt Srunet J-26. Cincinnati. C. 0Â«v;s ?-Â«!. Â£IW 5-13. 03* 5-8 RECEIVING Â·Wasfo^g'cri, Taylor 4-81. C-ra-; 3-38. New 2-S. Cincinnati. Elliot: 6-34. VDarÂ»e! 3-36. CÂ«r!,s 3-32. PASSING- was"'rgfoa Kilmer Â»l-i6-i. 130 Ya-tfs; R. jonnsan 3-S-O. Â«. C.ncÂ«n- r^i, Reavev 13-2M. 'Â»Â· Andtrvsn 9-23-2.