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*-Ukiah Dally Journal, Ukteh, CAIIf. Monday, July 22, 1974 - »f South nips North for Area title, faces Rincon on Thursday night Sports (il.KNN KKK'KSON Sports Editor By GLENN ERICKSON South Uklah Little League All-Stars outlasted North Ukiah, 9-7, Saturday in the District 35 Northern Area Championship playoff, earning the right to'represent this area in the District 35 Playoffs slated at Santa Rosa's Westside diamond off Stony Point Road and Hearn Ave., West, Thursday at 6 p.m. As befits a title game it was far and away the closest, most .exciting, tension-filled contest of a tournament which has been marked by ultimate one-sided margins and high scores, the excitement went down to the final inning when North, trailing 9-5, scored two runs on a last'inning one-out homer by Danny Barrett; a walk with two out earned by Hugo Lopez; and Jeff Jordon's double. In the afternoon consolation finals the Konocti All-Stars downed the Lakeport All-Stars, 7 -3, to win the Consolation Championship and with it the unofficial "Lake County Championship." Lakeport had bowed to South Ukiah, 9-1, Friday night in the battle for survival into Saturday's Championship round. Play Thursday Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Westside Little League Newport Field the South Ukiah All-Stars will meet the Rincon Valley Area playoff survivor, while Friday it will be Cloyerdale' against a Petaluma playoff winner, with the winners clashing Saturday for the District 35 Championship "and a passport to the next level of play. Again j>n Saturday, as on Wednesday nighti it was a combination of effective clutch relief pitching by Brian Deering and timely hitting, by Jose Salvacion and Kurt Ashurst, which carried South Ukiah to the championship. The script started out nearly the s"ame, too, both games. Starting pitcher Von Boyman, unable to get loose and freewheeling oh the low-plane but reportedly legal North Ukiah- Jaycee mound, or to relax so that he could throw as effectively as he liked and South supporters swore he could, again lasted 1 2-3 innings, no more. Von faced nine batters and not one of them got a hit. But five of them walked, three in a row in the second inning, after two were out, to load the bases, bringing in Brian Deering, just as he had come in to stifle Mendocino Coast Wednesday with the bases loaded and two out in the second. This time the script would be different, however. Instead of fanning the first batter he faced with the bases loaded, Deering walked him, forcing in a run technically chargeable to Boyman. But he struck out the next man on three pitches to end the inning with South ahead,'2-1. Pressure Toll Deering went on to survive some rocky, tense moments of his own, and his team's making, before finally the South, with five runs the last two innings, on six hits, pulled out a victory over a tired 11-year-old pitching hopeful, Dino Chalfant. Chalfant must have felt tremendous pressure because he was possibly the leading hitter and one of the top pitchers in the entire North Little League, and he was pitching a championship game against seasoned veterans, comparatively. While the North, wiser to the ways of curve balls than Mendocino Coast (Fort Bragg) had been, stood up at the front of the plate and frequently, waited out or hit Deering's Jug- handle curves for six walks and six hits, and actually came from behind to go aheaq in the game, 5-4, Mendocino Coast had knuckled^ under to an admittedly fresher, sharper Deering, fanning 11 times and getting only one hit in a comparable number of innings, down to the exact same final out of the second inning. ^ Chalfant, who appeared not able to stride a bit longer to bring the ball down into the lower strike zone, meanwhile pitched with courage in the face of pending disaster time and again, from the very first batter hit by a pitched ball to lead off the game, until the final out, a strikeout after Chalfant, himself, had been hit on the foot with a wicked line drive off the bat of big Kurt Ashurst, South catcher. While Chalfant hopped in obvious pain his teammates came up with a perfect ricochet putout. Third-baseman Steve Christenson didn't let his concern for his injured teammate divert him from the instant task at hand, pouncing on that ball that had rocketed off Chalfant's foot, and throwing it to Darren Edwards at first for a big second out, without a second run being scored. After several minutes of consultation and a few warmup pitches Chalfant, who had hung in tough for 5 2-3 innings against the heavy- hitting South, worked the count to 3-2 on the last batter, then struck him out. ' ' North cam'e right back to score two more runs in the sixth and final inning, to cut the South margin from 9-5 to 9-7. It remained for Deering to survive a bases empty last-inning homer, hit a country mile, by Danny Barrett; a walk with two out, and a run-scoring double by Jeff Jordon, scoring Hugo Lopez who had walked. Deering, like Chalfant, ended the game striking out the final batter. Jensen Type For an 11-year-old pitching a championship game under pressure, Dino Chalfant turned in a creditable job, indeed. He walked just two; he hit the opening batter, but he struck out nine. He gave up 10 hits, two of them first- round doubles. Still, he wasn't as effective as he sometimes is, due to pressure, facing better hitters and more of them, and because he couldn't seem to get into his usual pitching groove. At least he hung a lot of balls high, which, luckily, South batters sometimes missed. But he threw some 98 pitches in six innings and near the end was* tired. Still, like the great Jackie Jensen, former University of California Rose Bowl football hero and Cal-Oakland-Boston Red Sox baseball star, Dino appears well able to meet any challenge head-on and come out on top more times than not. He has to be a competitor. Deering, twice pitching under adverse conditions not all of his own making, definitely is. Still, from that first walk with bases loaded in the second before getting the strikeout that ended the North rally, young Deering ,had his hands full. Where against Mendocino he threw 413 innings on roughly 70 pitches, he needed 104 against the North, A's top Cleveland CLEVELAND (UPD - After a tough four-game series with the world champion Oakland A 's, the Cleveland Indians will take advantage of the All -Star break and forget about baseball for three days. "These last four games were real pressure packed and the rest will do us all spme good. We'll just sit home, relax and come back strong'for the second half," said Cleveland Manager Ken Aspromonte. Aspromonte looked tired Sunday after watching bis team drop the final game of the season series with the A's, 6-3, when the 1 invaders from the West Coast exploded for four runs in the seventh inning. The Indians staked starter Jim Perry to a 2-0 lead in the fourth on Tom McCraw's two- run double, but the A's came bouncing back with a homer by Joe Rudi in the fifth and chased: Perry in the seventh. After the A's filled the bases with none out in the seventh, Perry got Angel Manguel out on an infield popper. Pinchhitter Pat Bourque then bounced to McCraw at first. McCraw tagged the bag and threw home, but not in time to get Reggie Jackson who came in from third with the tying run. Ted Kubiak then followed with a two-run single that gave Oakland a 4 -2 bulge. Then Tribe reliefer Tom Hilgendorf came in and served up a triple to Bill North that scored Kubiak. "I didn't see McCraw tag first base but I wondered why he didn't tag the runner going to first. Even Jackson thought he was foreed at the plate," said catcher Dave Duncan, referring to the missed tag. which seldom backed away from a curve and garnered six hits to one by Mendocino off Deering. He had to be a mighty tired lad at the end, too. While first one team, then the other, came from behind, gained a lead or lost it, each pitcher benefited from some key fielding plays. South starter Von Boyman was saved from disaster in the very, first inning when the smooth Jose Salvacion, playing shortstop, used his natural instinct and quickness to trigger • a double play, with two on and none out, that might have been the game saver of the day right there. He cut off a hard hopper between short and second by Darren Edwards, came across the bag to force Darin Day and threw to smooth Greg Shear at first to complete a double play. The grateful Boyman registered his lone strikeout to end what could have been a big first inning for North, which managed one run on Chalfant's' walk, stolen base and a passed ball. Swap Lead South, as Visitors, had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as Chalfant hit Dale Morris of South on the first pitch; struck out the next man, then surrendered back to back doubles by South's leading hitters, Jose Salvacion and Kurt Ashurst, before settling down to fan the next two batters and escape with a 2-0 deficit: South scored two more in the third on Salvacion's walk, Ashurst's force; a second force by Steve Zaina, a single by Bob McCoey and a walk to Greg Shear, cut down on a pickoff a moment later. Ahead 4-2, South saw North rally for three runs in the fourth after South was retired by Chalfant's smoothest, sharpest pitching of the game in the top of the fourth. He needed just seven pitches for two strikeouts and a sharp, Tim McKeever to Darren Edwards, second to first putout. In its fourth North, with one down, got life when Deering hit Glenn Wright. Dino Chalfant singled and advanced to second, Wright scoring on an outfield error on the play. Darin Day walked and he and Chalfant scored the second and third runs. North went ahead, 5-4, on Danny Barrett's double. North's lead didn't last long, however. South came up with two in the top bf the fifth, and got three insurance, runs in the final sixth, then hung on to win the championship. In the fifpi, Deering got life on an infield error, and Jose Salvacion rapped a single, Deering running hard around second and third to home on an outfield error, Salvacion going to third, as the ball-rolled to the centerfield fence. Kurt Ashurst slashed a ground-rule double which bounced over the fence to put South back on top in the thriller, 6-5. Final Rallies South got three final runs in the sixth against the tiring Chalfant. Larry Lynn, long overdue, got a double, and Jimmy Neustal, probably the finest-hitting ninth batter in the tourney, hit once again. Lynn, on third, was decoyed into a run and was out at the plate on some heads-up North defensive ball played by catcher Glenn Wright, and his third baseman Steve Christenson and-or shortstop Hugo Lopez. With one down. Dale Morris got life on an infield error and came around as an outfield throw was off target. Brian Deering singled and Jose Salvacion followed suit, Deering getting a good jump on the ball to score South's .final insurance run. With the rally still going strong, and only one down the South appeared headed for more runs. Then Ashurst ripped a line-drive off Chalfant's foot, which the alert, concentrating and quick Christenson turned into a run-saving third-to-first putout with Edwards' help at first, holding Salvacion at third. The gutsy Chalfant stayed in the game and fanned his last batter'. North had one more shot and it was a good one as the game went to the wire. Danny Barrett hammered a one-out homer in the bottom of the sixth, but Dennis Neustel came up with a key line-drive putout at second. Hugo Lopez waited out a seven- pitch walk by the pressure- fatigued Deering with two out, and pinch^hitter Jeff Jordon rapped a double to close the score to 9-7. Deering bore down with all he had left to fan the last batter on four pitches to end the game. He tossed his glove in the air and kicked' it as his teammates mobbed and pounded him! Family jogging; age-group track meet Tuesday Plans for organization of a possible Ukiah future Junior Olympics or age-group track program, and of a family jogging and-or recreational cross country program, will be made Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Ukiahi track. Coach Jeff Felton invited all men and women, boys and girls, interested in track or jogging or cross country in any form and at any age to meet with him Tuesday evening to discuss ways in which running or other track and field activities may be expanded to recreational or competitive levels, or both. North LL elects Tuesday With the Northern Area District 35 tournament successfully concluded, . and President Joe Mathews and his wife and family slated to head for Bakersfield where he will be on new assignment for PG&E, it ' is essential that all North Ukiah Little League managers, coaches, sponsors, and parents meet tomorrow, Tuesday, to plan for next year and elect new officers. Mathews has asked that all North Ukiah officers and parents meet Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Frank Zeek school to plan for next season and elect a new president or slate of officers. Thursday baseball meet delayed Because South Ukiah Little League All-Stars will be opening play in the District 35 Championship Thursday at 6 p.m. at Santa Rosa Westside Little League diamond at Stony Point Road and Hearn Avenue, the special Thursday general open baseball meeting previously scheduled has been postponed, probably until Thursday, Aug. 4, Paul Jack announced'today. It will be held at that date to enable North and South Ukiah Little League, Senior League, • Pony and Colt League, Joe DiMaggio, Ukiahi Frpsh, Jayvee and Varsity baseball and Mendocino Community College baseball representatives to attempt to work together to coordinate all baseball programs so that optimum use can be made of present and future facilities and players of all ages. Several innovative ideas on Youth baseball organization and baseball scheduling will be con-, sidered at the Aug. 1 evening meeting at the new Bank of America building. Hawaiians rip Wheelers HONOLULU (UPD — Norris Weese, a rookie quarterback from Mississippi, passed for two touchdowns and ran for another Sunday to pace , the Hawaiians to a 36-16 World Football League win over the Detroit Wheels in the only scheduled game. Hawaiians defensive back John Moseley returned a punt 66 yards in the contest before 10,080 fans. Weese, selected as the most outstanding back in the Hula Bowl here last January, opened the score with a 49-yard pass to wide receiver Tim Boyer. He went over from the one to give the Hawaiians a 14-8 halftime lead after Detroit went ahead briefly on a 27-yard scoring pass from Bubba Wyche to Hubie Bryant. Wyche took the Wheels in front in the third by sneaking over from the one. However, Weese came back four minutes later to put ahead the Hawaiians for good on a 21-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Jerry Powell. ZAINA SCORES — Steve Zaina slides into home ahead of a throw after a North passed ball to score for South Ukiah Little League All -Stars in 9-7 championship win over North in Area playoffs. Waiting vainly for throw is All-Star game Tuesday America lis rested losing pitcher Dino Chalfant, who went distance under pressure. (See story, other picture on Page 1.) —Journal photo by Raymond ' ' v » Konocti, South score late wins South Ukiah reached the Northern Area District 35 Championship finals against North Ukiah Saturday by taking the measure of Lakeport All- Stars, 9-1, behind .the effective pitching of Dana Wildberger and the heavy hitting of Jose Salvacion, Kurt Ashurst, Steve Zaina and Jim Neustal Friday night. . Wildberger ' handcuffed Lakeport, a 10-1 first round winner, on two hits, struck out 10 and walked five in going the distance. The only Lakeport hits came in the fourth and fifth innings by Bob Manning and Tim Baldwin. ., , South, meanwhile, hammered 10 hits, including two-each by Salvacion, Ashurst, Zaina and Neustal, with Zaina choking up on the bat and rapping home three runs. Ashurst had a double and two RBI's. Lakeport and Konocti clashed in the Consolation finals Saturday afternoon under a warm sun with a slight breeze, and Konocti outplayed Lakeport, 7-3, though Lakeport's Deake Lyndall, at second, turned in another fantastic game defensively, as lie had the night before against the South. Lyndall, in making a tough play at second, dug a ball out of the dirt in the fifth, tossed for the putout at first, though sustaining a painfully jammed finger and bruised finger tip. Konocti's first-game hurler, Bill McHenry, had the best of it on the mound, fanning 11, scattering six hits and walking two. He got key hitting support from Tim Goff, Bill Tallman, who drove in three runs, and Dickey Dickinson, each of whom had two for three: Goff belted a homer. Lakeport's Brett Beherens, with a double and single, led his team with two for three as it bowed- to the Kelseyville-MidcQetown-Lower Lake area All-Stars in the "Lake County Championship" unofficial playoff. By FRED McMANE PITTSBURGH (UPD - Gay- 'lord Perry will head a well- rested American League pitching staff Tuesday night as it attempts to crack the National League's domination Of the All- Star game. Following a directive of new American .League President Lee MacPhail, the AL managers didn't start any of the All- Star pitchers Sunday so they'll all be well-rested for the midsummer classic. By contrast, two of the NL pitchers, Buzz Capra and Steve Rogers, started Sunday although neither Worked an entire game. Andy Messersmith of Los Angeles was expected to start against Perry. The managers, Dick Williams of the American League and Yogi Berra of the National, 1 make their choices official today. Perry, the Cleveland right­ hander who hasn't worked since last Thursday and has a 15-3 record, is likely to go the first three innings, with Jim Hunter of Oakland, Luis Tiant of Boston, Steve Busby of Kansas City, Mike Cuellar of Baltimore and Wilbur Wood of Chicago behind him. The two relievers on the American League staff, John Hiller of Detroit and Rollie Fingers of Oakland, pitched Sunday but will have no trouble coming back in the late innings Tuesday. MacPhail issued his directive because the National League has won 11 out of the last 12 games and has a 25-18-1 edge in the series. Even though Rogers and Capra worked Sunday, Berra still has several well-rested pitchers to call on. Messersmith, Steve Carlton of Philadelphia and Lynn McGlothlen of St. Louis haven't pitched since Thursday, while Pittsburgh's Ken Brett and New York's Jon Matlack haven't worked since Friday. That means that Rogers and Capra, who pitched Sunday, are unlikely to see action. Los Angeles relief specialist Mike Marshall worked Sunday, of course, but he likes to pitch everyday and he'll be ready. There was a last-minute change on the AL team because reserve third baseman Sal Bahdo of Oakland is injured. Don Money was named to replace him. The Nationals' starters, chosen in the voting of the fans, will be catcher Johnny Bench of Cincinnati, first baseman Steve Garvey of the Dodgers, second bageman Joe Morgan of the Reds, shortstop Larry Bowa of Philadelphia and outfielders Hank Aaron of Atlanta, Pete Rose of the Reds and Jimmy Wynn of the Dodgers. FLAMES-SEALS TRADE ATLANTA (UPI) — The Atlanta Flames traded left wing John Stewart to the California Golden Seals Thursday for right wing Hilliard Graves. Graves scored 27 goals as a rookie" in 1972-73 for the Seals. After a summer bout with pneumonia he scored only ll goals and had 18 assists last season while Stewart came to Atlanta in the 1973 expansion draft from the Pittsburgh roster. He scored 17 goals in his first season with the Flames and 18 last year. Giants win rare double shutout SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — Things are looking up for the young San Francisco Giants as they take the traditional mid- season break for the All-Star game. Three pitchers—Jim Barr, John D'Acquisto and Elias Sosa —combined to pitch a doubleheader shutout against the Montreal Expos Sunday. Barr tossed a six-hitter and faced only 33 batters in winning the opener 4-0. . Then the 22-year-old D'Ac­ quisto, with ninth inning relief help from Sosa, won the nightcap 2-0. "That's what we really needed," manager Wes Westrum said of the pitching performance, the first time the Giants have had two shutouts in a doubleheader since 1964. D'Acquisto left the game with a 3-0 count on leadoff man Ron Fairly in the ninth inning because of blurred vision and a blister on his foot. "I didn't want to take him out but why take a chance?" Westrum said. "D'Acquisto agreed with the decision. "I wear contact lenses and the wind was getting dust in my eyes. I couldn't see the ball if it had been hit back at me." Sosa completed the walk to Fairly and then gave up a double by Mike Jorgensen that bounced off the glove of first baseman Ed Goodson. Sosa then earned his third save of the year by getting Barry Foote on a pop up toJiEst base and pinch-hitter Boots Day on a soft lme drive to shortstop. Barr was aided by three double plays in the first "game. He won his seventh game of the season. 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