Santa Maria Times from Santa Maria, California on July 16, 1993 · 19
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Santa Maria Times from Santa Maria, California · 19

Santa Maria, California
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Friday, July 16, 1993
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SPORTS c FRIDAY JULY 16, 1993 YOUTH BASEBALL fc4 f I 1 Santa Maria : llMES Babe Ruthers one game from title game By Ryan Senior Times Sports Writer As the Babe Ruth 14-15-year-old District 6 Tournament nears the championship, it seems the games are getting better and more exciting. After a week full of lopsided outcomes, the tournament's two closest contests were turned in Thursday afternoon at Morrison Field. Orcutt scored five times in the first inning and held on to eliminate Santa Maria in a thriller, 8-7, to stay alive in the tournament. Lompoc edged Atascadero, 3-2, earlier in a nail-biter between teams who entered the game with unblemished records. Before Thursday, Lompoc's 5-2 Game 1 win over Santa Maria was the closest, while some of the not-so-close scores have included 21-7, 10-0, 16-8 and 12-0. Orcutt was the 21-7 loser to Arroyo Grande in the opening round. Orcutt and Atascadero battle at 4:30 p.m. today with the winner advancing to Saturday's championship game against Lompoc. "We've expected a game like this. With the rivalry we have here, it is always close," said Orcutt manager Luis Guerra. "This game pumped us up." While Orcutt remained alive, Santa Maria's hopes of a third straight championship ended. "It's been a great three years with these kids," said Santa Maria manager Mike Smith. "You have to give (Orcutt) credit. We have to back Orcutt and hope they can win the tournament." Orcutt scored five times with a little help. Santa Maria pitcher Ricky Smith issued five walks and committed an error to aide the rally. Scott Borsch singled, Kevin Foreman reached on a fielder's choice and Mark Teshera walked to load the bases before Frank Velasquez walked to force in Borsch for a 1-0 lead. However, the damage wasn't done. Foreman scored when Pat Youngern reached by error, and following a bases-loaded walk to Gilbert Martinez (with Foreman scoring), Teshera scored for a 3-0 lead. "There were too many walks in the first inning," said Smith. Ken Chou's single scored Velasquez and Youngern for the final runs before Mario Alvarez, an All-Northern League pitcher from Santa Maria High, relieved Smith and struck out Romeo Oro-peza to end the outburst. Santa Maria rallied for three runs off Youngern in the second on RBI singles by Alvarez and Kevin Ford, and tied the game, 5-5, with two more in the third. Benn Williams who struck out but reached on a passed ball scored on an error with Henry Peinado scoring the tying run on catcher Chou's passed ball. Orcutt reclaimed the lead for good, though, in the fourth inning with three runs for an 8-5 lead. Borsch's two-run single scored Ryan Edwards and Oropeza, and after Borsch went to third on a throwing error, he scored on a Teshera grounder for the eventual game-winning run. "We were just a little bit nervous (Thursday)," said Guerra. "Our bats will come alive (against Atascadero)." Santa Maria again rallied with single runs in the fifth . (off Youngern) and sixth (Borsch). Scott Sheldon and Ryan Hageman provided the runs with a sacrifice fly and single, respectively. But Borsch retired Orcutt in order in the seventh to preserve the win. Youngern allowed just three hits in five innings and struck out four. "Our pitchers were there," said Guerra. "Both wanted to start. We couldn't hold them back." Lompoc 3, Atascadero 2 A three-run home run by Jason Porter in the fourth inning proved to be enough for Lompoc, the tournament's remaining unbeaten team. Nick Terrones pitched a complete-game four-hitter for Lompoc. Orcutt National advances to Final Four with 4-2 win against Lompoc American By Times Staff LOMPOC Half the teams participating in Saturday's first round of the District 50 All-Star Tournament Final Four won't have to pass out directions to the ball park for parents and fans. That's because Orcutt National earned the right to join Santa Maria Northside at Oakley Park along with Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles thanks to Thursday's 4-2 victory against Lompoc American in the loser's bracket semifinals. Paso Robles reached the Final' Four with an 11-3 victory Thursday against Atascadero National in the Northern Area bracket. Northside and Arroyo Grande, the tournament's only remaining undefeated teams, square off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with the winner gaining a berth in Wednesday's finals. Orcutt National and Paso Robles battle at 2 p.m. with the winner taking on Game l's loser Monday in an elimination game. Orcutt's Jason Neal pitched the distance to earn the win, while Aaron McKenzie, who had a game-winning hit against Lompoc National, smacked a three-run triple in the first inning. The victory was especially sweet for Orcutt National considering Lompoc American relegated Orcutt to the loser's bracket with a 2-1. first-round win. District 50 Seniors NIPOMO Central Coast scored nine times in the first inning and pounded out 13 hits in an 18-0 win over Los Osos. District 50 Juniors PISMO BEACH Central Coast pounded Paso Robles, 17-3, as pitcher Rusty Roquet struck out five and went 3-for-5 from the plate. BRITISH OPEN Players weather course Four tied for lead on rain-soaked dav By Larry Dorman Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel ' . SANDWICH, England A funny thing happened on the way to the hardest British Open ever. It : rained. Royal St. George's got soft. And with the soft conditions came the fiercest first-round onslaught anyone can remember in the 122-year history of the tournament. A working title for opening day at the. Open: Soggy Sandwich Very Edible. They ate Royal St. George's alive. Devoured it. Big names Greg Norman, MarkCalca-vecchia, Fuzzy Zoeller and one Peter Senior led the assault. Coming on like the Saxons came ashore here around the year 600, the, foursome of Norman, Calcavecchia, - Zoeller and Senior pillaged St. George's for 66s that were startling, even given the conditions. "The course was there for the taking," said Norman, "and you don't get many opportunities to take anything from around here. When you get the chance, you'd better do it." What is this? The Nike Tour goes European? Just do it? Well, they did it. All of them. With just a hint of a wind coming off the English Channel, AP Fuzzy Zoeller, one of four co-leaders, waves to the crowd at 18 after finishing 4-under-par 66 at British Open Thursday. an Open record 47 players broke par. Twenty-two others equalled it. This on a course that did not yield a single sub-par round in the first round of 1981 Open. In addition to the quartet at 66, 4 under par, there were 10 players at 67. There were 14 players at 68. Jack Nicklaus was one of the 19 players at 69. For a little perspective; on just how defenseless St. George's was, consider that Nicklaus' round was his best opening round in a British Open since 1977. Nicklaus shoots his best opening round since '77 the year he staged his memorable duel with Tom Watson at Troon and he gets beat by 28 players? : . , : .. . ; Precisely. And a .couple of the players on the lead are Nicklaus' Palm Beach County, Fla., neighbors. Calcavecchia and Norman are making their presence felt in a major for the first' time in a long time. Norman, who was last a major factor in the 1990 U.S. Open at Medinah and the '90 British Open at St. Andrews, overcame a very bad start to shoot his very good round. He double-bo-geyed the first hole, fought his way back with three birdies and one more bogey on the front and then embarked on a patented Shark feeding frenzy on the ' back. . ' Spurred on by a bogey at the 11th hole,- Norman smelled blood. On the 13th through the 17th, it was nothing. but the bottom of the cup. Five birdies in a row." '. ' See GOLF, page C-3 rp rli . 'ill i'ifir ' ' ' ' A' v I " ' " ' V ' ' " I f - f . '-. -i v I All; h f ifi fc t e - - - i i l I '' J"" ' ' ' r n ' wmn.... I ir h r , Jeffray MayfTirtm Orcutt pitcher Pat Youngern barely grabs a pop fly by Santa Maria's Jim Stollberg Thursday. AUTO RACING Allisons attend another family funeral By Liz Clarke Knight-Ridder Newspapers BESSEMER, Ala. Stock-car driver Davey Allison was buried in his beloved Alabama soil Thursday, remembered as "the luckiest fella that ever walked." Allison, 32, was laid to rest in his black, red and gold driver's suit and a Texaco cap that bore his name, less than 200 yards from the grave of his only brother, Clifford, who died in a racing accident just 11 months ago. And in the steel-working towns of Hueytown and Bessemer, where the Allison clan has lived and worshipped since the early 1960s, even the strongest wept. Allison died Tuesday morning, never regaining consciousness after suffering massive head injuries in a helicopter crash Monday at Talladega Superspeedway, the track he considered home. To even the casual observer of sports, it was a tragedy too incomprehensible to grasp. Brutal wrecks had driven Bobby and Donnie Allison from stock-car racing in the 1980s. Davey nearly died after a 11-flip crash at Pocono last season. Then came Clifford's death, on impact, when his race car slammed into a wall during practice at Michigan International Speedway. Thursday's funeral mass at St. Aloysius Catholic Church was intended as a celebration of Alli son's life, the Rev. Louis Giardino said at the outset. It opened with painful images: Judy Allison, her eyes hidden behind dark glasses, being escorted to her seat by an usher. Her husband, Bobby, walking alone a few paces behind, his head bowed and his back stooped; Minutes later, Allison's widow, Liz, was escorted in. She wore a black dress and dark glasses." Her children, 3 and 1, were not with her. Allison's longtime crew chief,' Larry McReynolds, read from the' Wisdom of Solomon. Before re-! turning to his seat, he said if, anything could help him through' the day, it was a saying Allison ! See BOBBY, page C-3 COLLEGE SPORTS Cal Poly moving to Division I American West Conference created with four charter members By Ryan Senior Times Sports Writer SAN LUIS OBISPO - Beginning this fall, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo's athletic program is making the move to Division I-AA as member of the newly formed American West Conference, it was announced Thursday. Other charter members in the four-school, multi-sport conference include: Cal State Sacramento, CS Northridge, and Southern Utah University. The announcement of the new conference was made by a four-school conference call, while the logo was unveiled at the same time. "It has been a long road, but we are excited," said AWC Commissioner Dr. Vic Buccola. "Each of the conference members brings strong academic and athletic philosophies (to the conference)." The AWC could expand soon as many as 11 institutions have expressed interest with a number of other schools "in the decision stage." They are: UC Irvine, UC Davis, CS Fullerton, Long Beach State, St. Mary's College and UC Riverside. Two schools that could join the AWC in the next two years are UC Davis and UC Riverside. . California teams will dominate the AWC, although the conference may expand to Arizona in the future. - "We want to create a confer, ence that thinks the same way we do," said conference president Dr. Warren Baker, also the president of Cal Poly. "We don't think four-team conference is viable-but it's a start." j NCAA legislation passed in 1991 stated that an institution's; entire athletic program must compete on the same level, and the AWC was a perfect answer for1 See CAL POLY, page C-3

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