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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 39

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g**xxx*m^ Happiness Is Winning Little League Title -APWIrephoto New Jersey Boys Whoop It Up After 4-3 Victory Lakewood Infielder Dion Lowe (Top) Leaps on Back of Pitcher Bob DelConte BABUSHKA Reds Capture 12-7 Victory As Pirates 9 Charm Fails By Gary Mihoces PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates had their "Babushka.Power." short-circuited'Sa.turday by the Cincinnati Reds. ·;'., ..: · . " '-'I don't even know what a babushka is," Manager Sparky Anderson said after his Reds pounded the Pir'aties 12-7 c on-national.:. television^- '·'·*' · . " The Pirates led £0 going into the fifth inning, and thousands' of Pittsburgh.fans stood and waived their babushkas for the network camera crews..Babushka is a. Slavic word for kerchief, and "Babushka Power" is supposed to bring the Pirates good luck. The babushka breeze had barely died down when the Reds erupted for eight runs in the fifth inning, seven of them unearned because of a two-out error by second baseman Rennie Stennett.' Funny Hop "The ball had a lot of topspin on it and it took a funny hop on the turf, but I should . have blocked it," Stennett lamented. "You could just feel Morgan's ball was going to get through when.it hit and gathered spin," said catcher Johnny Bench, who snapped an O-for-20 streak with a three-run homer in the Reds.' wrapup four- · run eighth inning. "To be honest," said Anderson. "I looked away when Joe hit the ball. But then I heard the crowd and I looked - around." The victory snapped the Reds' four- game losing spin and halting the Pirates' fourgame winning streak. Zisk Has Six RBIs l Pittsburgh held its early fourrun lead thanks to Bruce Kison's' no-hit pitching, Richie Zisk's sacrifice,fly in the first inning and his two-run double in the fourth. Zisk, who had six runs batted in, also hit his 15th homer in the seventh inning and had a two-run single in the eighth. Cincinnati sent a dozen batters to the - . p l a t e in their halfhour top of the fifth. Cesar Geronimo, Darrel Chancy and pinch- · ' - hitter Terry Crowley hit.successive sin- gles for the first run of the chaotic inning. Pete Rose flied out and Ken G r i f f e y grounded out to put runners at second ami third. Joe Morgan followed with a routine grounder that bounced between Stennett's legs, scoring Chancy and Crowley to trim the Pirates lead to 4-3. Morgan made it to second on the error, he stole, third after Bench walked, Tony Perez singled Morgan home with the tying run and George Foster walked to load the bases. Reliever. Kent Tekulve walked Geronimo to force in another run, Ken Brett took over and uncorked a wild pitch that scored Perez and Doug Flynn capped the burst with a two-run single off first baseman Bob Robertson's glove. Pittsburgh trimmed the margin to 8-5 in .the seventh on Zisk's homer before the Reds put it away in the eighth on Morgan's RBI single and Bench's 24th homer. Zisk rapped his two-run single tfith one out in the eighth and Dave Parker was hit by a pitch to load the bases against Clay. Carroll. But Rawly Eastwick, struck out Richie Hebner and got Duffy Dyer to force Zisk at third, ending the inning and stranding three runners. Eastwick picked up his 16th save. San Francisco 2, New York Mets 1 -Tom Hall walked Mike Sadek with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to force in the winning run. The Mets' Jerry Koosman took a two-hit shutout into the ninth but the Giants scored twice. St. Louis 7, Atlanta 2--Ted Simmons powered the Cards with a tie-breaking grand slam home run in the 5th inning. It was his 15th homer of the season. Oakland 6, Milwaukee 3-Bill North, Sal Bando and Gene Tenance drove in runs with singles as the A's scored three times in the seventh inning. Los Angeles 3, Montreal 1--Burt Hooten hurled his sixth consecutive victory for the Dodgers and Steve Yeager homered. Texas 1, Baltimore 0--Ferguson Jenkins pitched a five-hitter and Tobby Harrah drove in the only run with a sixth-inning single. Houston 14, Chicago Cubs 12 -- The Astros battered five Chicago pitchers for 21 hits in a wild slugfest. Jose Cruz drove in five runs, three of them with a homer that capped a -five-run eighth. The' Astros earlier jumped on Cubs pitcher Bill Bonham (11-11) for: five runs in the third Inning.-New York Yankees 12, California 4 Craig Nettles and Bobby Bonds slammed three-run homers in the first two innings. Ed Herrmann and Rick Bladl added solo shots. Nettles hit his 17th home run of the season off loser Bill Singer (7-12) with two out and two on in the opening inning. The ball struck the Scoreboard in Shea Stadium behind the right center field fence above the 405-foot sign. Bonds walloped his 24th homer in the second inning. Chicago White Sox 6, Boston 4 -- Bill Melton drove in three runs and Nyls Nyman hit his first major league homer. Melton drew a bases-loaded walk to force in a first inning run and then hit a two-run blast in the sixth for his llth homer. Jesse Jefferson (4-7) was the winning pitcher and Rick Wise (16-8) the loser. Boston's injury-plagued catcher, Carlton Fisk, was sidelined for at least a week with a split knuckle on the ring finger of his right hand. Detroit 6, Minnesota 5 -- Aurelio Rodriguez hit his second homer of the game in the 12th inning to carry the Tigers to victory. The Tigers also had homers by Tom Veryzer, John Wockenf uss and Willie Horton. It was the 21st for Horton. . New Jersey, Oregon Teams Are Champs By Paul Carpenter WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) Lakewood, N.J., bunched four hits for four runs in the second-inning and beat Tampa, Fla., 4-3 to win the first Little League championship tournament closed to foreign team since 1956. The victory was assured when Lakewood pitcher Robert DelConte, who had four strikeouts and allowed just one hit, fanned the final Tampa batter. Lakewood had defeated Northridge. Calif., to qualify for the championship game. Tampa had defeated Davenport, Iowa. Limited to U.S. Teams Taiwan's domination of the Little League World Series in recent years was a principle resason for the rule limiting this year's tournament to U.S. teams. Foreign teams had won the series in seven of the past eight years, including five teams from Taiwan and two from Japan. The last time an American team won the series was in 1970 when another New Jersey team, the Wayne Little Leaguers, took the title. Another Little League rule change allowed girls to particpate but there were no girls in the baseball competition this year. Comes From Behind Lakewood, which had to come from behind three times to beat Bergenfield in its state finals also had to come from behind to get by Tampa. Tampa's Rickie Crum hit a home run with two outs and one on in the first inning as the Florida youngsters took an early 2-0 lead. Lakewood came back strong in the second. Leadoff batter John Reizer got an infield hit, followed by Robert DelConte's single and a walk by Gary Edwards. Reizer scored on another infield single by George Starr. A wild pitch brought in DelConte, and the next batter. Jay Teitlebaum, grounded into a fielder's choice that let Edwards score. The innings' fourth run came on a single by Scott Schulman that brought in Starr. Beat Heck of a Team "We beat a heck of a team," Lakewood manager Dick Work said of Tampa. "We had good pitching, today, and like I said before, this team never gives up... "Bobby DelConte had just one bad pitchthe home run pitch...11 just hung over the plate." , DelConte said he vividly remembered that pitch and what happened to it. "I got a little shaken up," the boy said of his reaction to the homer. "After that 1 tried harder not hang that curve ball on the inside... "The last, baiter I was going with a .curve ball and then when 1 threw a fast ball he wasn't ready." DelConte said his parents watched the game and were just as happy as he and his brother, first baseman Richard. ''They're proud...My dad was very proud," he said. Oregon Girls Triumph WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - A single to right field by Becky Diderickson, combined with a tough defense, gave Medford. Ore., a 1-0 victory over Dix Hills, N.Y., in the 1975 Little League Girls Softball Championshop Saturday. Diderickson's hit came in the bottom of the fourth inning and scored Shelly Patrick, who got on through an error and advanced on a hit by Lori Humphrey. Medord pitcher Lisa Killingsworth completed the shutout by striking out the final batter in the top of the seventh, "I must say, this is what we aimed for. We had our heart set on it from the beginning," said Medford Manager Sister Mary Breiling, a Roman Catholic nun who teaches at a Medford junior high school. "The kids did an excellent job...I'm very proud of them.". Dix Hills Manager Lorna Cohen was in tears and had little comment after the game. Hunting Buddies To Vie for $50,000 FORT WORTH, Tex. (AP) - Two old hunting buddies, Al Geiberger and Dave Stockton, will go head-to-head for a $50,000 firssl prize and an ambitious golf title Sunday in the final round of. the Tournament Players championship. "A! finished Southern Cal the year before I started," Stockton recalled Saturday. "And when I came on the tour he was my idol, or whatever you want to call it. We've been good friends a long time. "We used to go hunting together a lot. but Al's idea of a good time is to find a chair and sit down. "One time we were hunting and they had an epidemic of tarantulas. I found one right in the cabin and Al wasn't any good for the rest of the way. He'd just walk around looking at the ground to be sure he wasn't stepping on anything that wasn't moving and had eight legs and was black and hairy." Geiberger Fashion 17 The confrontation between the two guys who teamed to win a couple of CBS Golf Classics when Geiberger. casually and calmly, fashioned a 67. set a course record and only Stockton could keep him in sight, three strokes teck. Al Geiberger Dav; Stockton Hubert Green Bob Dickson Hale Irwin Mason Rudolph Charles Coody Jack Nicklaus Bud Allin Joe Porler Roger Maltbie John Mahalfey Bob Murphy John Schlee Bobby Walkins Billy Casper John Usler Jerry McGee Gene Littler Mike Hill Bill Rogers Jerry Heard Bob Payne Gary Player Leonard Thompson Larry Ziegler Mike McCullough Randy Erskine Bruce Cramplon Tom Weiskopf Ray Floyd Gibbr Gilbert Tom Walson Mike Morley Andy No,-tfi Lyn Lo!l Dan Sikes Don Nerson Danny Edwards Jim Simons Peter Ottlerhuis George Cadie Bobby Nichols MiliCT Barber v,ike Wynn Bruce Devlin Lou Graham Mac McLendon Sam Rachels January r 66-68-67-201 72-64-48-204 71-65-70-206 67-69-72-208 67-72-72-211 69-70-72-211 73-70-68-211 67-75-70-212 68-73-71-212 72-72-68-212 71-71-71-213 69-75-69-2)3 73-69-71-213 69-68-76-213 76-69-68-213 73-68-73-2U 72-71-71-214 72-73-49-214 73-71-70-214 76-49-70-215 69*70-76-215 77-69-69-215 70-71-74-215 71-72-72-215 74-73-69-214 69-71-76-216 72-74-70-216 71-69-76-216 75-72-49-216 75-71-70-216 73-72-72-217 72-71-74-217 73-69-75-217 71-75-71-217 65-76-72-217 74-69-74-217 73-72-73-217 74-71-73-218 73-72-72-211 71-73-74-218 72-73-73-218 7J49-76-218 74-70-74-218 71-72-75-218 48-74-77-219 73-73-73-219 7W1-73-219 74-72-73-2I9 71-76-77-219 74-72-73-219 --AP Wirepholo Medford, Ore., Little League Girls Celebrate Pitcher Lisa Killingsworth Is Lifted High by Coach Dennis Murphy as Shelly Patrick Watches Snndnv G a z e l l e - M a i l C/inr/c.x(on, August 24,1975 ID Bair Pitches 5-Hitter, 2-0 - SH« Pheloby JSdt K«ra Miss Charleston Charlie for 1575 Karen Sue Rroflit. 18, Is Chosen Doug Bair pitched like Doug Bair can pitch Saturday night at Watt Powell Park and the Charlies not only turned on their old tormentors--the Tidewater Tides--but sent them down to a five-hit, 2-0 shutout. The defeat knocked the Tides into second place as Rochester rallied to take a 6-4 win over Toledo to go 1/2 game'ahead. Meantime, Syracuse dropped a 3-2 decision to Pawtucket and their'hold on third place was sliced to 2 1/2 games. "Bair pitched his best game of the season," said manager Steve Demeter. "His fast ball was super and he had no control problems." Doug walked only one batter and. in all. faced but 31 as his mates, after getting him single runs in the second and third, backed up his fine pitching with a pair of double plays and some truly great fielding plays. He fanned five. Fernando Gonzalez, on a hitting binge which has seen him hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games, came up with two sparkling plays at third base. Moreover, his second inning single batted in Tony Armas with the Charlies' first run and. actually, the only run Bair needed to post his third shutout of the season and his ninth win against 11 defeats. THE TIDES' lone error : Mark DeJohn's muff on a ground ball by Ed Ott after Armas had opened the second with a single, helped. Armas moved to third on an a for- ceout and then scored on Gonzalez' single. Just to make it a little more comfortable for Bair, who gained revenge for three earlier defeats b; ·*·? Tides, the Charlies got his an insurance run in the third on a single by Mike Edwards, an infield out and a single by Armas. Sterling. 2-2 against the Charlies up to this point, took the loss, leaving him with a record of 8-11. It was only the second Charlie win in seven games here with the Tides this season but the Charlies still trail on the season's series. 12-5. * * * IT WAS the first time this season the Charlies had been able to whitewash the Tides, but they had been blanked eight times by other clubs. "This was a big lift for us," said Demeter. who still has great hopes of a third place finish. He had praise for Gonzalez' defensive efforts and also put in a plug for Edwards, who made a great play on Sterling's bid for a base hit back of second in the sixth inning. "Gonzalez is getting his feet on the ground now and playing good baseball," Demeter added. Mendoza's batting streak was snapped at 12 games but Kenny Macha extended his to 12. Bair Gonzalez The Tides had won five of their last six games but this shutout was their second in three games. They had licked the Charlies eight times in their last 10 meetings. Charleston's home record is now 35-32 as compared to 33-31 on the road. * * * CHARLIE CHATTER: Bob Moose ?2-l) T who missed his turn Saturday night, will pitch tonight as the Charlies play their second Sunday night game of the season (7:30). He will be opposed by Nino Espinosa (7-5) of the Tides. . . Moose left town in a hurry Saturday when informed that his home in Pittsburgh had been broken into. "He said his family was terribly upset, so we let him take off," said manager Steve Demeter. He'll be back in time to pitch tonight . . . "The Tidewatchers." 27 strong, bused in from Norfolk Saturday to cheer for the Tides. "We're No. 1", their placards read. William Earl Wilkins is the head man for "The Tidewatchers." They will be here through today and some of them will stay for the entire series. . Fernando Gonzalez, who has batted close to .500 this month, says his right thumb, bruised some time ago. still bothers him. "I cannot pull the ball much when my thumb hurts." he says . . . Tidewater manager Joe Frazier isn't exactly bubbling over with optimism concerning the chances of his team winning the I.L pennant. "The schedule sure is against us." he says, pointing out that the Tides have only three home games to five for Rochester, as of Sunday . . . Trdewaltr AB R H SI Foster. 2b Diggie. c! Ayaia, rf Sia'ger, 3S Theodore. M Pembcrfon, ib Klevon. c DeJohn. 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