Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on July 3, 1974 · Page 15
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 15

Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, July 3, 1974
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1 •* ' Forluna h«r« Saturday Elks show Wednesday, July 3, 1974 Ukiah Daily Journal, Ukiah Calif—15 power three of four The Ukiah EDu Club sponsored Joe DiMaggio-age Ugh school and recently graduated baseball players performing this summer for Coach Al Snarsky may be a potent baseball force for UUah's good and fans' delight, indeed. The Elks, who entertain visiting Fortune this coming Saturday night, July 6, at 5 p.m. in a doubleheader, opened their 1974 season winning three out of four games, taking two from Cardinal Newman and splitting two with Cloverdale last weekend. The Elks opened by bombing Cardinal Newman, 12-3, then coming back to win the nitecap, 9-5 on Saturday. On Sunday, with a slightly revised lineup the Elks blanked Cloverdale, 70, then showed the effects of four games within little more than 12 hours by dropping the second game to Cloverdale, 8-8. Ukiah pounded out 22 hits in the first twin bill and managed 10 the first game Sunday before dropping to just six hits the last game- Aaron Adams, the versatile but comparatively unsung eager and baseballer, had himself a big, big baseball weekend and is looking forward to as many more like it as be can get. All he did was hammer an opening game triple, arid two singles and drive in two runs; he went three for three in the second game and drove in one run; against Cloverdale the first game Sunday he hit two for four and drove in four big runs in the 7-0 victory; and then got one of Ukiah's six hits in three trips the last game. Oh, yes, in addition to playing fine defensive infield, Adams, pitching for the first time since he can't remember when in competition, hurled four innings of two-Ait relief bail in the second win over Cardinal Newman, after starter Bob Vilotti tired after three. Aaron wasn't the only Elk to meet the ball solidly and at opportune moments, either. Not by a long shot. Which is why it may be said that if they continue to work together, improve and get enough good baseball competition the Elks of Ukiah could be sponsoring one of Ukiah's finest clubs in years. Right now it appears to have youth, hustle, experience, depth and talent galore. Granted the Elks may not yet be the Oakland A's, and their opposition not as strong as it may yet be, still, the roster and what so many players did so well in their season openers are indications that this is the finest blend of youth, experience, bustle and all-around ability seen in many years on any youth diamond, here or elsewhere. Even Tommy Walker came off his recent injury to contribute to the first win over Cloverdale, 7-0, on a sparkling three-hit performance with 12 strikeouts and just one walk in his first game since his Sonoma All-Star pre-game injury. He also, got one hit in two trips. Ukiah's other hits against Cloverdale that first game beside Adams' two-for-four and four RBI's and Walker's bingle included two for three and an RBI by Kelvin Chapman, who caught; A single in three trips , and two RBI's by, Jim Brown; one-far-four by Bob Vilotti; one for three by Howdy Johnson and by John Wilson, and one for two by Bruce Chrifltenson. . The second game Sunday . Bryan Lockhart tried to come back too soon after his Saturday night first win against Cardinal Newman but found he didn't have enough, being tagged for 12 hits and eight runs, fanning three and walking three men. Ukiah got six hits, two for four by Tim Heath, and a triple and single in three trips by Jimmy Brown; one for three by Adams and one for two by Bob Vilotti. The steady, dependable Lockhart scattered seven hits and after a two-run first didn't give up a run until the sixth. Meanwhile his mates pounded out 13 hits, three for four and two RBI's by Adams; two for five and an RBI by Jim Brown, the Mendocino College baseball captain; two for three by Bob VttotaYtwofor four by a more relaxed Jeff Butrell; a triple by Danny Burton; two for four by John Wilson, with the promising Wilson also having an HBI; and one for two by Tim Heath. In the Newman nitecap Vilotti and Adams were backed by nine Ukiah hits, including Adams' three for three and one RBI; as well as two for four and three RBI's by Danny Burton; an RBI and one for four by Tim Heath, and one for three by Bruce Christenson. Looks like fans who watch the Elks may be seeing a very fine baseball aggregation,, indeed, win or lose, in 74. POPULAR CATCHER — Johnny Bench of Cincinnati is leading the National League's catchers in mid-season balloting for the All-Star team, because of his fine catching, team leadership and power and productive hitting. Reds lost tough one to Dodgers' ace reliever last night. Ukiah Senior Little Leaguers open play at Willits July 11 South Ukiah Senior League All-Stars open play in their Area tournament Thursday July 11 at 6 p.m. at Willits. 'Their opponent will either be Mendocino Coast of Fprt Bragg or the host Willits-Laytonville combined Senior All-Stars who meet in the tourney opener Wednesday, July 10 at Willits. Losers of the first two games battle on July 12th. The winners of the games of the 12th and 11th vie on July 13th; and there could be two games to decide the 1974 Senior League Area Championship. The winner at Willits will play next at St. Vincent's diamond at Petaluma . in a double elimination tourney starting July 15. The Willits Senior Area winner will meet the winner of the Cloverdale-Konocti-El Molino Area playoff to start off that tourney at 6 p.m. The Sectional Senior League tourney will be at McNear diamond in Petaluma the week of July 22. Then, in subsequent weeks the Senior Divisional will be at Cupertino and in short order will come the Senior League World Series in Gary, Indiana, according to District 35 Director Chick Hall. As for little League proper, Area play begins a week after the start of 13-14-15 Pony League play with North Ukiah again hosting the District 35 Northern Area playoffs July. 15^ 20 at North Ukiah-Jaycee diamond off Low Gap. Westside Santa Rosa, at Hearn and Stoneypoint Road, June 25 will be the host for the District 35 Finals, battlulg the Ukiah winner; while on July 26 the two Petaluma area winners battle for survival. Then, on July 27 will be the District . FinalSj The following week the Sectional play starts in the East Bay and then on to San Bernardino and the last leg of the journey to Williamsport, Pa. and the traditionally televised, traditionally Taiwan dominated World Series. Both North and South Ukiah Little Leagues are determined to reach at least as far as the San Bernardino Western Regional finals. South made it that far a few years back with Stu Miller and Co. It can be done! Williams watches Happiness is...San Diego out of cellar A'S trip Angels after beating Giants ANAHEIM (UPI) - The California Angels' two straight losses since Dick Williams took over as manager don't account for much when the struggling team has lost 22 of its last 30. But Williams is hoping they do prove to be important. "At the expense of losses we're finding out a few things," Williams said. "They were probably already known here before, but I've got to find them out for myself. "Hopefully, we can rectify the situation without too many more losses." The Angels were 2-2 under interim manager Whitey Herzog before Williams took over officially from the fired Bobby Winkles. The Oakland A's, Williams' old club, beat California for the second straight game, 7-5, Tuesday night on designated hitter Angel ManguaTs three- run home run and a double. California dropped to 32-48 and a .400 percentage with the setback —the worst record in the major leagues. The American League West leading A's won their ninth in their last 13 games. "We beat ourselves again," Williams said. California held a 3-2 lead until with two out in the sixth, loser Frank Tanana gave up a double down the leftfield line to Joe Rudi, walked Gene Tenace and then surrendered a homer to Mangual. It was the 18th homer given up by the rookie this season and the seventh that has led directly to bia defeat. One of the Angels' problems, Williams said, has been that the pitchers, have been shaking off too many signs at the wrong time. "If we set up one defense and the catcher calls a certain pitch, and the pitcher shakes it off, I may have to go out there myself and talk the situation over," he said. Williams said a meeting between the catchers, pitchers and infielders was held before the game to talk about changing pitches. He has also ordered bullpen catcher, John Roseboro, to sit on the bench with pitching coach Tom Morgan to insure the pitchers follow the pitches called. Tanana, who fell to 4-12, tied San Diego's Randy Jones as the lo6 ingest pitcher in the majors. But Williams said Tanana would stay in the starting rotation. Oakland starter Ken Holtzman took the victory to even his record at 9-9. The Angels send Andy Hassler, 1-2, against Glenn Abbott, 1-1, in the third game of the four-game series tonight. RUTH KILLED ' WACO, Tex. (UPI) — Greg Ruth of Norman, Okla., 1973 grand champion in the 60 to 70- cubic-inch powerboat class, was killed Sunday afternoon in the crash of his boat on the first turn of a race with the Waco Powerboat^ Club. Witnesses said Ruth's boat turned sideways in the first lap into the path of the boat running, behind him. He was killed as the second boat ran over his boat. SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) This is a big day in the history of the San Diego Padres baseball franchise, where progress is measured in little steps. For today, the Padres, who lost 506 games in their first, five years in the National League, and 47 more in 1974, are out of the cellar in the Western Division. They vacated the last spot and dropped San Francisco into the basement Tuesday night by beating the Giants, 5-1, behind the combined pitching of youngsters Randy Jones and Larry Hardy and the hitting of veterans Willie McCpvey and Clarence Gaston. The club never has been out of the cellar this late in any season and it has climbed into fifth with steady improvement from its young pitching staff. "We turned the whole season around last month," said manager John McNamara, "and it was due to our starting pitchers. They're kids, but they are improving all the time. We've won 18 of our last 27 games and it's been the young pitchers who have done it. They have kept us in ball games long enough for our hitters^ to score some runs." , i McCovey, whose two-run homer in the third of Tuesday night's game put the game on ice, agreed with McNamara. "It's a fact of baseball life," said McCovey, "that good pitching will make the difference even on the worst of teams. Our's is a good team but all it ever needed this year was some descent pitching.!Over the last month we've seen the kids mature in a hurry. It's a pleasure for a guy like me to be around while this is happening. Being around all these kids makes you feel a lot younger than you are. Heck, the last time we Montreal, I stole a base, and last week I beat out a bunt. I'm not supposed to be doing things like that but you are never too old in this game not to get excited." Gaston had a solo homer and two singles and drove in two San Diego runs in Tuesday night's victory. The other Padres run scored on a wild pitch. The two clubs meet again today with Dave Freiesleben (63) pitching against Ron Bryant (2-10). 17th in row for SF boxer SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) <Undefeated lightweight Ray Luimy won his 17th victory Tuesday night with a close, unanimous decision over Buzzsaw Yamabe in a 10- rounder at the Cow Palace. Lunny, Redwood City, Calif., came off the floor from a first- round knockdown to win by scores of 7-3, 7 -4 and 64. His record is now 17-0-2. Yamabe, Tokyo, Japan, is 113-2. In a secondary 10-rounder, unbeaten Joe Guevera, Sacramento, Calif., easily outpointed Tetfero Kawakami, Tokyo, for his 10th victory in a row. Four left in World Cup soccer By GERARD LOUGHRAN FRANKFURT, Germany (UPI) — There's West Germany, the long-standing favorite; Holland, the new favorite; Brazil, coming around after an inauspicious start; and Poland, the surprise team and still the outsider despite five victories. These four teams .met today in two semifinals to decide which pair goes into the July 7 World Cup final in Munich. Holland and West Germany need only a draw to reach Munich. 'Their opponents, Brazil and Poland, respectively, must win. Tuesday the teams exchanged compliments. "I consider them (Holland) the best team in the world," said Brazilian manager Mario Zagald* But he said Brazil' would meet West Germany in the final. West German Manager Helmut Schoen said/'I'm glad we are not meeting the Brazilians. To me, they are like the Sphinx." Johan Cruyff of Holland said, "The Brazilians frighten me a little. They are improving all the time!" Poland Manager Kazimierz Gorski was less talkative. He would only say, "We will go all out to win. We need the goals." According to the bookmakers, Holland has the best.chance of capturing the World Cup. West Germany is the second choice, with Brazil quoted at U-2 and Poland a 7-1 outsider. Zagalo said, "We will beat the . 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