Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on July 15, 1974 · Page 6
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Ukiah, California
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Monday, July 15, 1974
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6—Ukiah Daily Journal, Uklah, Calif. Monday/ July 15, 1974 Sacramento d.bocl. GARYPIAYOTS GOtFOASS: Chip with your knees Shaken Colts lose two straight By GLENN ERICKSON The Ukiah-Willite-Lakeport Colt League All -Stars had a brief • but disasterous, demoralizing, controversy- ridden stay in West Sacramento and the District Colt League Tournament Saturday night. What appeared a potentially sturdy, good hitting, fair to excellent pitching, and strong defensive team was torn apart by internal conflict and Sacramento took full advantage of its opportunities to make it an all-Sacramento finale Sunday by creaming the Mendocino- Lake boys, 15-4 and 12-4, in Saturday night's doubleheader. Admittedly, Ukiah's once- proud pitching staff was hard- hit, not only by Sacramento, which accumulated 21 hits and 27 runs in two games, but by sore arms, bad knees and purported sore shoulders. Roster Juggled What hurt most, apparently, was some 12th hour juggling of the All-Stars vs. alternate lists, which legally or otherwise put Chris Wren on the alternate list, instead of leaving him eligible to start as one of Ukiah's strongest pitchers, and best power hitters, and resulted in one or two other lineup shifts engineered by Manager Al Roder. They didn't pan out, and led to a rules controversy before the game which well could have shaken and sickened players even more than some local fans and parents who made the trip to Sacramento. At question was a changed All-Stars vs. alternates list between the one voted on by Colt managers, and sent to Sacramento tourney headquarters and used in the . programs, and the "official" "notorized" affadavit in which one or more boys were named, or changed, from alternate to eligible starter and vice-versa, allegedly without proper medical authorization. Whatever the foul-up in manager-coach communication, and the controversy surrounding the incident, it couldn't help but have an emotional effect on players, who are pretty darn honest and know within themselves who the best and most deserving players are on any team, regular or All-Star. Playing an All-Star tourney weeks earlier than usual, and while one's own regular Colt League season is barely half through, also is not conducive to top All-Star play or concentration. All of which is not meant to take away from the credit due Sacramento and its two teams. Double Loss The statistics are there for all to see: Ukiah-Willits-Lakeport eight runs and nine hits in two games, and Land Park and Suburban-Carmichel, 27 runs, 21 hits; Ukiah-Willits-Lakeport made a total of nine errors, equal to the total made by the two Sacramento area teams in two games. With David Brooks nursing a sore knee, Todd Wildberger just coming out of a sling, and Wren with an allegedly tender shoulder from pitching a game in regular league play, the locals were not at full pitching strength. And without your strongest pitching in tournament play you have to compensate with, power, plentiful hitting and a solid defense - and Ukiah-Willits- Lakeport couldn't compensate in any of the three departments Saturday night, as Manager Al Roder and Coach Bud McAllister and reserves watched helplessly from the dugout. Land Park, which has sent some power hitting teams to Ukiah in past district tournaments, sprayed 10 hits and took advantage of seven Ukiah- Willits-Lakeport errors in the first game. But Land Park didn't get any extra-base hits, and committed six errors itself. It got the hits with men on, driving in 10 of its 15 runs and took advantage of two hit , batters and 10 walks yielded by Mike Matlock, Todd Wildberger and David Brooks. Matlock hit two, Brooks, pitching with a sore knee, and Wildberger, just out of an arm sling, walked six and four. Matlock fanned one, Brooks two, Wildberger none. Land Park left nine on base, Ukiah-Willits-Lakeport 8. Sparse Hitting The locals got just three hits the first game, lost 15-4. One was a fifth-inning triple by Rick Kucz that scored Wildberger, who had reached first on an error. He advanced on an error and scored on the triple by Kucz, who scored on a wild . pitch' a few moments later. Glenn Meyer, also got a hit for Ukiah, as the locals got two of their three hits in the fifth. The first hit was in-the second as John Smith singled after Jeff Burrell walked. Both advanced on wild pitches and each came home on a wild pitch or an error, with Norm McCoy getting credit for an RBI on an infield out. While Kucz, Mayer and Smith got the only hits in the first loss, Ukiah doubled its hit production but still scored only four runs in the second game, 12-4, loss to Suburban-Carmichel. Meyer got two of them; Kucz, one; Jeff Burrell one; John Smith, one; and Jody Sanders, who drove Hi two runs, also got a single. Gpeg Pickle also got an RBI. The first-game runs were scored by Rick Kucz, Jeff Burrell, John Smith and Todd Wildberger as Ukiah enjoyed two-run second and fifth innings. Land Park scored three in the second; runs in the third and fourth; six in the fifth, two in the sixth and two more in the 7th! In the second game, Ukiah's four runs were scored by Meyer, Burrell, John Smith and Greg Pickle. Jody Sanders went six innings of the second game, with Dan Nicholson and Mike Matlock finishing up. Sanders gave up 10 hits, Matlock one. Wildness again plagued Ukiah's regular season game weary and injured mound staff as Sanders walked four while fanning three; Nicholson walked three and Matlock walked two and whiffed two. Let's Clear Air Whichever team will represent Sacramento and its district in the next levelof Colt nonce HOW THtHOtg AT AWtlS6B_ WITH MY HANCe AN INCH OR TWO AHMAD oF-mm BALL Little Leaguers' turn open here tonite Ex-Mud Hen beafs Giants UPI Sports There is a world of difference between being a Toledo Mud Hen and a Philadelphia Phillie. Jesus Hernaiz knows, Hernaiz helped insure that he would not return to the minors by pitching the last two innings of both games of a doubleheader sweep, 5-2 and 7-4, over the San Francisco Giants Sunday that catapaulted the Phils into first place in the National League East. Hernaiz preserved victories for Steve Carlton, 11-7, in the first game, and Wayne Twitchell, 4-2, in the second. In the nightcap, the slim reliever threw a fastball to Giant slugger Bobby Bonds on a 3-2 count with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the ninth, and the Phillies ahead by three runs. Bonds, a notorious fastball hitter, struck out to end the game. , In other NL games, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh splitCa doubleheader, the Reds winning the opener 3-2 and dropping the nightcap 2-1, Montreal took a pair from San Diego 6-1 and 6-2, Atlanta blanked St. Louis 7-0, New York topped Los Angeles 41, and Houston nipped Chicago 7-6 in 12 innings. The 27-year-old righthanded reliever was brought up from Toledo to the" Phillies this- season after spending eight years in the minor leagues. League (15-16) play this week at Salinas, it will be in better shape, physically, emotionally and spiritually than Ukiah- Willits-Lakeport was or could have been under the circumstances; of continuing league play locally, injuries, and a communications foul-up at various local levels, which , led to mixups, inadvertent or otherwise and by-passing of procedures in use of alternates vs. initially league-chosen All- Stars, etc. that has left a bitter taste in the mouths of too many persons. It is the first time in some 20 years that Ukiah has been involved in such a controversy of eligibility, or in other serious intra-league bickering. And hopefully the last. Chalk it up to the law of averages, if you will. We aren't perfect, but let's clear the air, know and abide by rules and procedures, and, above all, give the game back to the kids. Let's strive in the future to help them with better fun. damentals of baseball, and better examples of teamwork and sportsmanship than they may have seen at times this season. Otherwise baseball is worthless! Gary Player wins Bondo # * ' paces 3rd British Open As win Seniors bow; Reliable victorious; East loses Competitively the weekend was something of a disaster for Colt and Senior Little League teams, but for Pony Leaguers it was a case of an exciting final third game in an intra-league East-West playoff followed less than 24-hours later by two "fun" East-West All-Star playoff games. After the Ukiah Senior Little League All-Stars lost for the second night in a row Friday night, being eliminated from Area Senior League playoff competition with a one-run loss at Willits, the Ukiah Colt League All-Stars took it On the chin twice at Sacramento, Saturday, 15-4 and 12-4, in a controversy-marred doubleheader in District All-Star play. .(See story.) Meanwhile, in Pony League, which is for 13-14 -year-olds compared to Senior 13-15 and Colt, 15-16 age ranges, Chet Crabtree's Reliable Mill Supply team scored a convincing, 9-1, victory over Terry Strickland's Fitzgerald's Athletic Supply, in the rubber game of the three- game intra-divisional regular season playoff. But Strickland and Co. came back Saturday afternoon to gain some consolation as his West team beat the East All-Stars two straight, 11-3 and 3-0, eliminating the necessity of a third game All- Star intra-league playoff Thursday. Beaten by Fort Bragg Thursday night, 10-9, after leading 9-4, the South Ukiah Senior Leaguers never quite got on top at Willits Friday night, and lost, 8-7, on a sixth-inning winning Willits run. The Seniors from Ukiah got nine hits, but Willits got 11 and that big final go-ahead run in the sixth, after which Willits shut off a big Ukiah threat in the seventh when it loaded the bases with two out in the 7th and couldn't tie the score or win the game. Tony Taylor led the Senior LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (UPI) — John .Morgan resumed chores at his home club in the south of England today knowing he was the only man other than Gary Player to lead last week's British Open golf championship. • Unfortunately for Morgan^ he was but in front only briefly during the first round Wednesday. It was the 37-year-old Player who was ahead at the end. ' ' ,, ' The diminutive South African, playing precision golf all week in wild and windy weather that sent scores skyrocketing on the narrow, tightly-bunkered par-71 Royal Lytham course, finished four strokes ahead to record his third British Open win. With rounds of 69,68,75 and 70 for a 282-stroke total, he alone among , a 154-man field described as the best ever assembled for the game's oldest championship managed to break par for 72 holes and his margin of victory over Briton, Peter Oosterhuis was the largest in 10 years. "Gary, you is the greatest, ,r drawled Player's American caddie, Alfred "Rabbit" Dyer, during an early round after Player hit a particularly fine shot. It was a comment that would be echoed a thousand times Over by the record crowd that watched the reigning U.S. Master's champion fend off charges by Oosterhuis, pre- tournament and perennial favorite Jack Nicklaus, countryman Bobby Cole and, of course, Morgan. For his efforts, Player picked up a winner's check of $13,200. Oosterhuis, with a final round 71 for a 286 total, earned $9,600, while Nicklaus^whose late run for a third Open title fizzled on Royal Lytham's testing back nine—shot a 71 for 287 and a check of $7,800. His. game almost came unstuck on the four finishing holes that had given the rest of the Held nightmares. He missed a green on 15 for a bogey, nearly lost his ball in tall grass on the par-four, 468-yard 17th and escaped with another bogey, then had to putt lefthanded from a flowerbed alongside the clubhouse on the 18th to save a bogey there. But Oosterhuis was unable to take advantage of the situation and by that time Nicklaus already had made his way to the red-brick clubhouse after seeing his hopes disappear in the bunkers of 15, 16 and 17—all of which he bogeyed. Tennis action at Deerwood Mendocino, localites battle to a tie, 8-8 Mendocino Tennis Club thinclads invaded Ukiah Saturday to clash with the Deerwood contingent. At the close of a series of hard-fought battles under a broiling sun, the result was a tie, eight matches to eight. Don Heller (D) salvaged'the lone victory in the men's singles as he edged Kip Kipnis 9-8. The other three singles matches were won by the invaders as flashy Bill Van Pelt overcame Mack Brown 8-5; John Bailey defeated Don Hinkle 8-3, and Ed Davies beat Bob Kraft 8-3. The coastal players swept the women's singles with Charlene Ales defeating Rose Waring 8-4 and southpaw Linda Nelson turning back the challenge of Honor Tanner 8-4. Sib Hinkle teamed with Rose Waring to beat Charlene Ales and Robin Chism 6-3, 6-2 and give Deerwood the opening win in women's doubles, then Joezelle Cox and Corleen Lower defeated Caroline Bailey and Elizabeth Ales 7-5, 6-4 to give the localites a sweep in that event. Deerwood also made a clean sweep of the men's doubles as Conrad Cox and George Hunter paired to win a hard-fought three-setter against Gordon Chism and Ed Pillsbury 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; Don Zeek and Joe Payne turned back a determined Mendocino duo of Bill Van Pelt and Kip Kipnis in another three setter, 6-3, 3-6,6-4; and the hard­ hitting Lapkass boys, John and Andy, disposed of John Bailey and Ed Davies in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. Deerwood's Helene Miller and George Hunter defeated Linda Nelson and Ed Pillsbury in mixed doubles 6-3, 6-4; Don Zeek and Elaine Kraft (D) bowed to Gordon and Robin Chism 6-2, 6-3; Corleen Lower and Joe Payne (D) defeated Pat Goodman and Ed Davies 6-2, 63; Bill Van Pelt and Elizabeth Ales (M) defeated Joezelle and Conrad Cox in a tough three- setter, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4; and Charlene Ales and Chism (M) defeated Honor • Tanner and Andy Lapkass, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. . Sib Hinkle served as tournament chairman and with Honor Tanner formed the dinner committee. Officiating at the barbecue pits were Don Hinkle and Joe Payne. By FRED DOWN UPI Sports Writer Sal Bando wants the Oakland A's to win their third straight American League pennant and World Series for something more than money. He wants the A's to get the recognition they deserve—and he cites, baseball history, to illustrate his point. "We are gunning to be the third team in major league history to win three straight World Series," says Bando. "We've already accomplished more in- winning two straight than many teams which have received far more recognition than we have." Bando refers to such highly- publicized multiple pennant winners as the St. Louis Cardinals of the 1960s, the Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1950s and the New York Yankees of the 1920s who neyer won three straight Series. Other outstanding teams of previous eras didn't even win three straight pennants. Bando achieved a "little recognition of his own" Sunday when he homered in both games as the A's defeated the New York Yankees, 7-3 and 6-1, and ' increased their AL West lead to five games over the Kansas City Royals. The A's captain and one of their chief spokesmen hit a three-run homer which capped a five-run rally in the seventh inning of the first game. Then he and Bill North homered in the first inning of the' second game paving the way for Dave Hamilton to win his sixth game against two losses. The Royals defeated the Detroit Tigers, 2-1, in 14 innings, the Boston Red Sox beat the California Angels, 3-0, the Chicago White Sox topped the Baltimore Orioles, ,3-1, the Minnesota Twins nipped . the Cleveland Indians, 6-5, in 10 innings and the Texas Rangers downed the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-4, after a 9-3 loss, in other AL games. Royals 2 Tigers 1 Reliever Jim Ray walked Hal McRae with two out and the bases filled in the 14th inning forcing in the winning run in the Royals' triumph over the Tigers. Doug Bird, who pitched one inning of relief, - received credit for his fifth win while Ray suffered his second loss. Fran Healy homered for the Royals. Ukiah team with four singles in as many trips and drove in a run. He was the only Ukiah player to get more than one hit. Brian Main doubled; Jim Rus singled and drove in two runs, and Marty Murphy, Butch Hammell and David Carr also singled for Ukiah in a close but losing contest. Fort Bragg came back Saturday to beat Willits for the second time to earn the right to represent Northern Area District 35 in District Playoff finals this week, as Mendocino Coast Senior Little League All-Stars, Northern Area champions. A title well, won and well earned at Willits last week. As noted elsewhere, District 35 Little League Area playoffs start tonight and continue throughout the week, Monday through Saturday, at North Ukiah-Jaycee diamond off Low Gap Road. All but Saturday's games start at 6 p.m. Games Saturday are 2 p.m. for consolation; 5 p.m. for final Area championship playoffs. Strike still on: all games to be played UPI Sports Writer The National Football League Players strike entered its third week today with hints that the league would attempt to play all its exhibition and regular season games, even with rookie- studded rosters. Charley Winner, the new coach of the New York Jets, said Sunday that he had received notice from the league that all 20 games, six preseason and 14 regular season, would be played. The NFL Management Council, which is representing the league in negotiations with the Players Association, denied issuing such a directive to coaches but hinted it was IT'S FLY TIME AGAIN NOW! NOW! GETALLTHOSEOLD SCREENS* DOORS HESCREENEDNOWI •MLMRS CLASS 1 SiPPLY.MC. , 4*2-5*44 With all other Ukiah area youth , baseball teams eliminated from or not participating in Senior Little League, Pony or Colt League All-Star competition, it remains for either North or South Ukiah Little Leaguers to carry Ukiah's proud banner into All- Star action this week at North Ukiah-Jaycee diamond. The District 35 Northern Area Championship Playoffs begin tonight at 6 when Konocti and Willits tangle at 6 p.m. Tuesday it will be Lakeport against Laytonville at 6 p.m. It is not until Wednesday night at 6 that a Ukiah team makes its debut, and then it will be South Ukiah Little Leaguers against a fired-up Mendocino Coast (Fort Bragg area) All- Star team. • Host North Ukiah draws the Willits-Konocti winner Thursday at 6 p.m. as its first game; winning that the North Ukiah team will go into Saturday's 5 p.m. District 35 North Area championship game. Losing the first game will eliminate North Rhodes, Stan. Snyder, Ukiah, as a loss eliminates any Torres, Joe Whittlock team in this "sudden death" tourney. Friday it will be the Lakeport- Laytonville and South Ukiah- Mendocino Coast winners meeting in the semi-finals at 6 p.m., with Friday's survivor going into the 5 p.m. Saturday championship game. At 2 p.m. Saturday there will be a consolation game between the Thursday and Friday night losers. Tournament Director Joe Mathews, North Ukiah Little League president, working • closely with District 35 Administrator Chick Hall of Santa Rosa; scorekeeper Betty Barrett; the North Ukiah Little League Women's Auxiliary, operating the concessions; Umpire in Chief Brad Shear, Jr., and Announcer Bob Spagnola is doing his level best to stage yet another successful Ukiah Area Championship Playoff. Supervisor Ernie Banker will say a few words during tonight's 5:45 p.m. opening ceremonies. League presidents expected to be present at various times throughout the tournament include Mark Raymond, South Ukiah; George Ryder, Konocti; Doug Dillingham, Lakeport; Carl Gallups, Willits; Carl King, Laytonville; and Howard Merritt, Mendocino Coast, as well as the ever-busy Mathews, who wound up the last two days of a vacation in sick-bay with the flu. But he's up and ready to go tonight and throughout the week. , Making up the Willits All- Stars tonight will be the squad of Kevin Betts, Chip Cleland, Marcus Davis, Allen Downing, Ricky Evans, Jim Fry, Tom Gallups, Dean Haun, Tony Heridia, Jay Knight, Ron Mike Bruce Butcher, and Monte Guest. Don Knight is manager, Larry Cartwright is coach. Konocti's , All-Stars include players Andy Bailey, Dan. Dennis, Dickie Dickinson, Tim Goff, Robert Huff, Billy McHenry, Warren Moore, Craig Pearce, Mike Powell, Phil Spooner, Peter Stokes, Bil) Tallman, Scott Taylor and Randy Van Horn. Manager is Gene Moore; Coach is Bill Merriman. Admission is free but please be generous with donations when they pass the collection hat or can. Money donated by local fans go toward financing the entire tournament and transportation costs for the local winner to the next level of play. Dolphins set marks Highlighted by Dave Sperry's Redwood Empire Swim League record 1:00.80 clocking in 15-17 boys' backstroke, and five team records, two by Sperry, the Ukiah Dolphins II swimmers drowned Wikiup of Santa Rosa here Saturday morning by a 400169 final margin. In addition to his 1:00.80 100- yard backstroke league and team record, Sperry, who is casting about for a suitable college or community college with a swim team to attend, set a team record in winning the individual medley in 2:12.40, another "A" time. Other records, team records, by Dolphins included a time of 2:30.20 by the 9-10 boys' medley relay; a : 58.30 100-yard freestyle by Dean Vance in 13-14 boys; and Tom Nicholson's 1517 clocking of 1:00.60 in but-, terfly. just ahead, of teammate Mark Drury, for another highlight. Red Sox 3 Angels 0 Luis Tiant, who has won 11 of 13 decisions since mid-May, pitched a seven-hitter and raised his record to 13-7 for the Red Sox. Tiant's shutout was his fourth for the Red Sox, who dealt Dick Lange his sixth setback against three victories. Fast-improving David Dooley swam his first "A" time of : 32.70 in winning the 9-10 50-free V3 MICE ©••Hty ft# • P.MOMICH KSILY IMIIIMPIILO OUR WORK •IMMMNTM* "Find Your Name" In the pointing in that direction. "I've talked to other coaches and we're all in the same boat," Winner said. "All we can do is put in a sound basic offense and a sound basic defense and hope . that the thing gets settled. Most of the time you use the first two or three games to look at rookies anyway." Daily Journal Classified and Get 2 Free Loge Tickets to the Ukiah Theatre Each Day A Name Will Be Selected and Run Somewhere In The Classified Page. If You Find Your Name, Come In By 5 P.M. the Following Day and Pick Up 2 Free Loge Tickets to the Ukiah Theatre. "FIND YOUR NAME" CONTEST NOW IN PROGRESS Don't Miss The Fun! -LAST 2 NIGHTS- Tonight-Tuesday 2 Fun Features TEGHIUCOLOR •ALICE" Starts 7:00-10:» I? FUN FEATUREM

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