Kingsport Times-News from Kingsport, Tennessee on July 9, 1985 · 11
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Kingsport Times-News from Kingsport, Tennessee · 11

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Tuesday, July 9, 1985
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(HgywonjNii f Tuesday July 9 1985 Kingsport Times-Nvs 3B Si St Don Sorgont Livery Stable chases title The name has changed but the results are the same The Livery Stable men’s softball team of Kingsport is playing under a new name for the fourth straight year but their opponents haven’t noticed a difference in their quality of play Coach John Fleenor’s Livery Stable team finished the Kingsport Men’s League season with a 14-2 record best in the league They won the first half of the league but tied Bray’s for the second half title The two teams will play Wednesday for the second-half title Should Bray’s win they would still need to beat Livery Stable in a best-of-three playoff for the league championship But Livery Stable’s success isn't limited to league play Playing in tournaments nearly every weekend they have compiled a 50-13 overall record ‘‘We average 90 to 95 games a year” Fleenor said “Acme Sports is probably the only team in the area that plays more games than we do “We lost a lot of our players off last year’s team but we picked up some good players to replace them It surprises me how well we’re playing With a new team it usually takes a while to get used to playing together” It’s probably taking Livery Stable’s few veteran players a while to get used to their new name In the last four years they have been sponsored by B & M Party Shop Biscuit Company ACM Equipment Sales and now Livery Stable “It's hard to get a sponsor” Fleenor commented “When you play in as many tournaments as we do it can be expensive We sponsor tournaments to cover most of our expenses” It may be hard to find a sponsor but it isn’t hard for Fleenor to find good players Livery Stable which finished sixth last year in the ASA state tournament has a potent offense and is averaging about 17 runs per game Livery Stable’s top hitter is Mike Sindon “He’s absolutely killing it" Fleenor said Sindon who can play in the outfield or infield has slugged 40 home runs and driven in 121 runs while compiling 3 630 batting average Not far behind Sindon is Mike Hooks a coach at Volunteer High School who is hitting 625 with 30 homers and 82 runs batted in Fleenor swings a pretty mean bat himself and sports a 590 average The team’s other leading hitters are Eddie Bowery (560) Mike Stallard (540 with 25 homers) and Jimmy Dykes (550) Livery Stable’s players will have a chance to test themselves against the best teams in Upper East Tennessee this weekend They will play in a tournament in Johnson City sponsored by the Press-Chronicle against the top-ranked teams in the area The Solway Hardware softball team won a trip to Florida by winning the Men’s Class B Open division qualifying tournament last weekend in Johnson City Solway came out of the losers' bracket and beat Garland Lumber twice for the championship Solway will play in the Southern Division tournament in Palm Beach Fla Also coming out of the losers’ bracket to win a division qualifying tournament last weekend was the Fleming Foods team Fleming lost its first game in the Men’s Industrial Class B division qualifying tournament but then won eight straight games Fleming Foods which qualified for the Southern Division tournament in Atlanta beat Mor-Flo of Johnson City twice for the championship The Kingsport Press Cobras were third in the tournament In the Girls’ 16-18 world qualifying tournament held last weekend in Johnson City the Johnson City Aces won to earn a berth in the World Tournament in Louisville Ky The Shoney’s team of Colonial Heights was second Players By FRED LIEF UPi Sports Writer NEW YORK — Major-league players and owners Monday haggled over the financial condition of individual clubs in an effort to reach a collective bargaining agreement t The negotiation session the 29th over the last nine months lasted 2 Vi hours and left both sides in dispute over the data the owners have put forth in hopes of convincing the players Twins9 No 1 By RON BLISS Executive Sports Editor The Appalachian League features some of the best young pitchers in the nation and the Kingsport Mets got a chance to sample the offerings of another Monday night The result against Minnesota Twins’ No 1 draft pick Jeffrey Baumgarner was the same as it’s been against a couple other top picks — the Mets managed little or nothing Baumgarner who was selected higher in the draft than any other player in the league this year I got his first professional start and shut down the Mets on just one hit and no runs in the five innings he worked to lead the Elizabethton Twins to a 7-1 victory that knocked the Mets ouf of first place Baumgarner struck out four and allowed a lone single to the opposite field by Kingsport No 1 draft pick Gregg Jefferies in the fourth inning Mike Redding pitched the final four innings to earn the save Baumgarner a 6-5 205-pound right-hander from Richland Wash who signed with UCLA to play both football (quarterback) and baseball came to Elizabethton last week but his first start was delayed because it had been five weeks since he had pitched his Hanford High School team to the Washington state title and because rain cost the Twins a couple games “I was going to let him go four five or six innings” said Elizabethton manager Fred Waters “I was going to let him go until he got tired” Akan advances Hans Akan gives It his all in Tennis Tournament Monday Mets beat Reds for 7th straight victory By United Press Interastloasl ry Lynch pitched the first six smashed a two-run homer to left second complete game ning to give the Padres a 2-1 innings and Terry Leach center his 13th home run of the Padre — ' lead and his two-run double in CINCINNATI — Keith Her- worked the final 1 1-3 innings season " " the seventh inning put San Die-( nandez went 4-for-5 including a for his first save Brava CHICAGO go ahead 84 two-run homer and an RBI sin- Cincinnati player-manager Expo - — 1 nolds highlighted a 14hit attack n the suspened game More- gle to spark a four-homer at- Pete Rose went l-for-5 and ATLANTA - Rick Mahler with a two-run homer and a two- land s two-run homer in the tack Monday night that needs 36 hits to break Ty Cobb’s tossed a seven-hitter for his run double Monday leading the sixth inning the last inning be- powered the NeW York Mets to all-time hit record of 4191 12th victory and Dale Murphy San Diego Padres to an 84 vie- fore the game was called be- a 7-5 triumph over the Cincin- The Mete who had 13 hits drilled his National League- tory over the Chicago Cubs cause of darkness two months nati Reds for their seventh broke a 44 tie with a three-run leading 21st home run to help Before the regularly sc - ago stood up straight victory seventh inning Pinch-hitter the Atlanta Braves defeat the uled game the Cubs took a 6-3 Dodgers 4 George Foster cracked a two- Wally Backman opened with a Montreal Expos 7-1 Monday decision in the completion of a ” run homer and Darryl Straw- double off loser Jay Tibbs 411 night and snap a five-game los- game suspended after six in- PITTSBURGH — Dave An- berry and Howard Johnson and Hernandez followed with ing streak ningsMay5 derson singled home two runs added solo shots for the Mete to an RBI sing! his fourth Mahler 12-7 struck out three In the second game McRey- m the fourth inning and Fer-help Ed Lynch 6-5 to tht victo- straight hit Foster then and walked none in notching his nolds homered in the second in- More on page 4B col S ' ‘ owners return to of the woes they claim plague baseball Donald Fehr acting executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association said figures were examined for 12 American League clubs He has asked the owners to review the club finances submitted for 1984 “We've asked them to tell us ‘How much are you trying to save”’ Fehr said “They still haven’t told us and we’d like them to tell us quickly" Baumgarner the No 13 overall pick in the draft signed for $162000 after learning that Tommy Greene — the No 1 Atlanta Braves draft pick now with Pulaski — had signed for that amount The players had the same agent Greene who had similar success against Kingsport in an outing last week was the No 14 pick in the draft Waters says the addition of Baumgarner gives Elizabethton potentially its best pitching staff in his 12 years as manager at Elizabethton “I’ve got three 17-year-olds — Baumgarner Steve Gasser (No 2 pick) and Paul Abbott (No 3 pick)” said Waters “If they can keep throwing strikes they could be the best pitching staff I've ever had here” “I felt I was ready” said Baumgarner who was helped by a 12-hit Elizabethton attack “I felt strong but my curve ball wasn't breakirg well The fluidness wasn’t tnere So I just concentrated on throwing the fastball for strikes and was getting ground balls” Baumgarner had a 026 ERA in high school this past season while posting an 11-0 record andstnking out 132 batters in 73 innings The lone run off Elizabethton pitching came in the sixth when Ken Farmer greeted Redding with an infield single and advanced on an error Jefferies followed with his second single of the game to move Farmer to third and Jaime Archibald brought him home with another an A singles match against Tom Parnell in the Kingsport Open at Dobyns-Bennett Akan won the match 6-3 6-4 The contract between the players and owners expired Dec 31 The owners will meet Tuesday with a joint session scheduled Wednesday in which study of club finances will continue Lee MacPhail chief negotiator for the owners said the parties will meet “pretty much” every day in an attempt to avert a second baseball strike in the last four years The owners insist they are in a financial tailspin claiming 24 pick single Jefferies and catcher Darrel Beasant each went 2-for-4 to lead the Mets' seven-hit attack Kingsport ace Juan Marina was the hard-luck loser He allowed three runs through the first five innings but two of them were unearned He got the first two outs in the sixth before consecutive singles by Eliza-bethton's John Stainbrook Buddy Buzzard and Larry Blackwell produced another run After walking Joe Boyce to fill the bases Marina was lifted Reliever Rich Holder then gave up back-to-back singles and three additional runs that were charged to Marina “Our pitching was great” said Kingsport manager Tucker Ashford “and we had some good play in center by Robert Lemle (who made two circus catches) But our infield play fell down around Marina and it hurt us” Mark Willoughby who had some rough outings early pitched two strong innings of relief He retired six straight batters striking out three “I used a lot of sliders tonight” said Willoughby “I feel a lot better about things but I’ve got to do this all of the time Not just when I’m pitching and we’re behing 7-1 1 have to do it when we’re ahead and I need to hold them” The Mets will send Chris Hayes to the mound tonight for the second game of the series It will be Tennessee Eastman night with Eastman employees being admitted free if they show their Eastman Recreation cards at the gate in Kingsport Open TlmM-Nwn not — Lornr Tmtmt bargaining table of the 26 clubs lost more than $36 million in 1984 and placing projected losses at $155 million by 1988 Fehr said with attendance going “through the roof” ticket prices on the rise and player salaries escalating at a lower rate than previously manage ment’s claims of hardship are misplaced In an attempt to slow the rate of player salaries the owners are seeking adjustments in such areas as free agency salary ar downs ij 4 "MSyj' fifty Kingsport’s Juan Marina fires By RANDY HALL Times-News Sports Writer No one was suprised when Hans Akan defeated Tom Parnell 6-2 6-4 in the second round of the men’s A singles division of the Kingsport Open Tennis Tournament at the Dobyns-Bennett tennis courts Monday night What probably suprised the 40 or so spectators watching the match was that Akan who has the reputation of being a local John McEnroe in the temper department used almost none of the techniques that overshadowed last year’s Open final Akan defeated John Shulman m last year’s final Throughout that match he yelled at the crowd questioned calls and generally gave1 Shulman a hard time But against Parnell Akan the tournament’s No 1 seed spent most of his words on himself berating himself after mistakes In the first set Akan broke Parnell’s serve only once in the fourth game and won 6-3 Parnell who played for Dobyns-Bennett last season had ups and downs in his service “I was going for the first and second serve” said Parnell “I had to hit my second serve as hard as the first if I was going to have a chance” In the second set Akan went bitration pension contribution and league expansion MacPhail has said he believes if there is a strike it would come during the first two weeks of August when the pennant races begin to intensify The players have authorized the union to set a strike date "when it meets July 15 the day before the -All-Star Game in Minneapolis The players once talked of boycotting the game but since decided to play regardless of any decision made the previous day Mets i H (p jpkfci Ttmei-Newt Photo — Lorry Turner 4 pitch in loss Monday night up 4-0 right away then Parnell found his groove 1 Parnell held his serve in the fifth game of the second set siz- zled an ace past Akan for game-point and made the score 4-1 He broke Akan’s serve m the next game and cut Akan’s lead to two games At that point Akan tossed his racket into an ajoining court the only time all evening he lost his temper Parnell won the next two ‘ games tying the set at 4-4 Then Akan took the next two games and finished him off "I expected that I’d come out pretty fast" said Akan "In the second set I was up every game and let him come back He played well I have everything to lose in this tournament because I’m the top seed” Akan who played his college tennis as East Tennessee State University’s No 1 seed feels that his reputation is unde-' served “I question calls if I think that they’re wrong If I get a bad call it’s unfair to me” said ' Akan “I don��t try to intimidate If I’m sure about a call I stick' with it If it’s a bad call I change it" Parnell who hopes to play tennis for Tennessee Tech this year was pleased with his play for the most part ‘ “I was happy with the way I More on page 4B col 5

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