The Daily Sentinel from Grand Junction, Colorado on May 29, 1988 · 21
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The Daily Sentinel from Grand Junction, Colorado · 21

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Section Sunday, May 29, 1900 t San Jacinto nips Louisburg ace in JUCO opener - Rick Jussel Daily Sentinel It was not the easiest way to open up a tournament, not when you are three-time defend-, ing champion in the National Junior College Baseball World Series and one of the big favorites to win again. Top-ranked San Jacinto North Community College of Houston, Texas, sputtered, struggled, then finally pulled out an opening-round victory Saturday by an 8-5 score over Louisburg, N.C., with a three-run double by left fielder Sydney Holland snapping a 5-5 tie in the top of the ninth. We might have been a little tight, said San Jacinto head coach Wayne Graham. At least I know we had a couple of freshmen play tight, but maybe they can relax now. Thats a hecku-va way to have to open. This one was nip-and-tuck all the way with the unranked Louisburg team, 41-13 on the season, using the arm of Andy Reich, 10-4, to hold down top-ranked San Jacinto, 60-7 going in. Reich didnt allow a run until theTourth when Tom Hardgrove, the San Jacinto first JUCO stars K Ken Gagnon' of Lake Land went the distance Saturday in his teams 10-2 win over Southern Idaho, allowing seven hits in his sev- en innings pitched for his 11th victory. t Sidney Holland of San Jacinto went 2-for-4 and drove in four runs, including the game winner in an 8-5 victory over Louisburg. Kevin Langiottl of Hillsborough was 3-for-5 at the plate with 3 runs batted in as the Hawks beat Brookdale 1 5-7. baseman, hit a long home run over the right field wall to tie the game at 1-1 after Louisburg had scored in the bottom of the first off San Jacinto ace Oscar Rivas. Louisburg had a 3-1 lead going into the sixth before San Jacinto battled back with two runs to tie it. The first came on another solo homer, this time off the bat of Thayer Swain, the Gators center fielder who set a team record this season with 22 homers. The second run came Please check Gators, page 2D Finger hurt, but Reich not blistered until 9th Patti Arnold Daily Sentinel The middle finger on the right hand of Andy Reich is a nasty sight. The skin is rough and peeling, and a large, red blood blister looks painful. However, the 6-foot-3 Louisburg College freshman right-hander came through with an outstanding performance in the opening game of the National Junior College Baseball World Series Saturday. He struck out 13 San Jacinto College North batters while walking only two. One pitch, though, cost him an upset victory over the three-time defending national champions. With the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning, Reich threw an outside curveball to Sidney Holland, who reached out and slapped it into right field for a three-run double, giving the Gators an 8-5 victory. It all came down to one pitch, and they hit it, Reich said dejectedly. Theres nothing I can do about it now. In his complete game, fteich saw a little bit of everything he committed a balk when the ball popped out of his hand during his windup, he hit a batter, and intentionally walked another in the ninth to load the bases. Please check Reich, page 2D I Louisburg's Andy Reich keeps the lid on defending JUCO World Series champion San Jacinto. Seminole holds o rr rallying Normandale iff Latofsky ily Sentinel Mark Holzemer tossed a three-tter through seven innings and ept relief help nearly cost the cond-ranked Seminole Trojans, 10 advanced into the winners acket of the National Junior Col-ge Baseball World Series with a 10-8 victory 'over Normandale of Minnesota. Holzemer threw seven innings, allowed three hits, struck out four Penske team leads Indy char Santlnel wlr services INDIANAPOLIS For the first time in 72 years, the front row of the Indianapolis 500 will have three teammates lined up across the 50-foot wide track when they take the starters flag today. Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan and defending champion A1 Unser will be in cars of different sponsors, but all will be under the control of car owner and team boss Roger Penske. All will be in Penske PC-17s, the latest in British-built equipment, powered by Ilmor-Chevy engines, another British-built product with an American sounding name. With his own men leading the parade of 33 cars into the first turn, it would seem likely that Penske would assure that the 72nd running of the worlds most famous automo- and walked seven before leaving with a 7-2 lead. Seminole tallied three runs in the top of the eighth before three Trojan relievers gave up six runs to make it close. Todd DeVaughan set Normandale down in order in the ninth to pick up the save. Seminole, the 1987 runnerup, bile race would have a safe start. But it doesnt always follow. Well have some serious discussions of the first turn and the first lap, Penske said. We dont want any repeats of 1982. That was the year that Penske had Mears on the pole and Kevin Cogan alongside him. A.J. Foyt was on the outside. As the field roared toward the start-finish line, seconds before the meets Hillsborough of Tampa, Fla., at 2 p.m. Monday. Normandale, 30-5, played Brookdale, N.J., in a loser-out game today at 1 1 a.m. Holzemer, 14-0, breezed through five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. Holzemer walked the bases loaded before striking out Joe Larson to end the threat. It was Larson who had the start, Cogan veered sharply to the right, bouncing off Foyts car back across the track, where he was rammed by the charging Mario Andretti. Cogan, who said a piece broke in the driveshaft of his Penske PC-10, and Andretti were out of the race, as were trailing cars driven by Dale Whittington and Roger Mears. Mears qualified this year at a record 219.198 mph. Sullivan at first hit off Holzemer, a clean double down the right-field line in the second inning. Holzemer wasnt as fortunate in the seventh, allowing two unearned runs as Brian Kallestad ripped a two-run single after the inning was kept alive with an error. But by then, the Trojans had today 216.214 and Unser at 215.270, making it the fastest front row in history. Heat is a natural enemy of speed on a race track. Engines don't breath as well, thereby cutting horsepower. And the rays of the sun pull oil from the tire rubber on the track and turn the surface into an asphalt skating rink. That means danger is present. Please check Indy, page 6D - raced to a 7-0 lead with two runs in the first frame, another in the fifth and four more in the sixth. Eluid Ortiz slapped a two-run triple to give the Trojans the lead for good in the first inning off losing pitcher Brian Fizel, 9-1. Toncie Reed made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Pistons use strange guns to beat Celts PONTIAC, Mich.' Every time the Boston Celtics managed to put out one brush fire Saturday, another broke out on the other side of the court. By time the Celtics figured out Detroits Joe Dumars, Isi-ah Thomas was the rage. By the time Thomas calmed down, James Edwards, then Vinnie Johnson, had seized control of the game. Bill Laimbeer, Detroits starting center, didnt score a basket. So what? Rick Mahorn, the Pistons starting power forward, had only four points. Big deal. The Pistons got king-sized performances from enough others Saturday in the Silverdome to beat the Celtics, 98-94, to take a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven Eastern Conference final se-Please check Pistons, page 7D Couple strung together by love, bow strings Dann Hayaa Daily Sentinel Michelle Ragsdale and husband Terry dont have much of a problem when it comes to having things in common You could say their hobby brought the two together. Both are archers who love to compete against archers of their caliber Michelle Ragsdale recently won the Tucson Open tournament. As a team they finished first in the Mixed FS Team Competition Friday in the first day of the 14th Annual Big Sky Archery Tournament at the Grand Junction Hilton The tournament is in its fourth year, sponsored by Coors ot Grand Junction and Browning Archery and Firearms of Utah. The Ragsdales scored 564 points to place first, four points -ahead of the runnersup in the mixed class They love the sport so much that even their wedding couldn't stop them from competing. "We started (in archery) about the same time, Terry Ragsdale said. We met at the same tournament in Illinois in 1977, and we got married the following year at the same tournament. The live in Tucson and travel to competitions throughout the country as a team, taking their two young children when they can. "We like to call this a family sport," Terry Ragsdale said. Please check Archers, page 7D

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