Kingsport Times-News from Kingsport, Tennessee on July 11, 1986 · 17
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Inside: SwKnrd 7Me2&JSsi ‘ V ! to " ’“ ' Friday July 11196$ Kingsport Ttmes-News Strawberry heads NL lineup Ron Riss 35 Cooper Ridgefields GKA picks The Greater Kingsport Amateur will be played for the 12th time beginning this weekend And in all the years it’s been played no team has ever gone into it with as big a favorite’s tag as this year’s Ridgefields Country Club team will enjoy The club set a record in winning last year with a 1721 total — 17 strokes over par for 72 holes or an average of just over 72 strokes per man per : round that counted This year Ridgefields returns much of the same team that turned in that effort (four of this year’s members placed in the Top 10 in last year’s GKA) while the only team to press ‘ Ridgefields in last year’s tournament — Lonesome Pine Country Club — does not appear as strong as it was last year It will be minus fourth-place finisher Larry Roberts who now lives in Florida Bill ' Sergent III and David K Banks Lonesome Pine should still lave enough to place second again but Ridgefields — which could well produce a 1-2-3 finish in the individual competition — could run away and hide before this edition of the GKA is complete Here’s how we see the other team finishes: 3 Cedar Hill Country Club 4 McDonald-Camelot 5 Meadowview Golf Club 6 Buffalo Valley Country Club 7 Warriors Path 8 Silver Lake 9 Moccasin Hills Individually Ridgefields’ Jim Cooper is a 4-1 pick to win the GKA for a second time Cooper won in 1976 and was third last year Cooper was the Greater Kingsport Golf Association Golfer of the Year last year and has played well this year though he’s limited his schedule It helps too that the tournament begins where Cooper won his only title this year Silver Lake and then moves to Warriors Path where he won a title last year Other picks: Bill Barnes RCC (5-1): Second in the GKA last year when Richie Waugh sank his second shot for an eagle on the final hole Barnes is a former runnerup in the Tennessee Match Play tournament John Peay RCC (5-1): Tennessee State Amateur champion who was seventh in last year’s GKA Has the game to win 1986 GKA Richie Waugh LPCC (6-1): Has taken a sabbatical from competitive golf but that may prove a plus for him Lindsay Harp MGC (6-1): Solid all-around player who won the Meadowview Open this year and has had several high finishes in the GKA Gene Laws BVCC (6-1)1 There’s probably no one more determined to win than Laws but unfamiliarity with the courses holds him back Hunter Howe McD-Cam (6-1): Bright newcomer to the tournament who could win if he’s close going into the final round at his home course Dennis Wells CHCC (10-1): He could be the sleeper of the tournament 1 Bob Smith McD-Cam (10-1): Could break through Roger Wolfe MHGC (12-1): Fifth last year David Parker WPGC: (12-1): Having a good year Bob Vick RCC (12-1): His length off the tee should help Others to watch: Bobby Hudson RCC Bob Hinkle and John T Robinette LPCC and Steve Evans CHCC Bill Bowers of Lonesome Pine is the favorite in the Seniors’ Division and will lead a Lonesome Pine team that is favored to win its second straight title Meadowview and Ridgefields should be top team challengers ' Defending champion Ben Queen of Meadowview Jerry McMurray and Bemie Ervin of Moccasin Hills and Rudy Hall of Warriors Path are other top contenders i I To avoid the heat of the day the seniors will begin play at 8 am Sunday at Warriors i Golf Course NEW YORK (UPI) — Darryl Strawberry of the New York Mets amassed 1619511 votes most in the major league to head the National League All-Star starting lineup that includes five repeaters from the 1985 squad and three newcomers The 57th All-Star Game will be played Tuesday in the Houston Astrodome Strawberry one of three Mets to be named starters becomes the first National Leaguer to start All-Star games in his first three full seasons Strawberry was named NL Rookie of the Year in 1983 but was not called up from the minors until May 2 Only Joe DiMaggio Tony Oliva and Rod Carew all American Leaguers started in their first three seasons Joining Strawberry in the outfield are Dale Murphy of the Atlanta Braves who received 1-256198 votes and San Diego’s Tony Gwynn 987943 votes Murphy will make his fifth straight start in the All-Star Game and Gwynn his second In the infield first baseman Keith Hernandez of the Mets (995279 votes) beat out ninetime starter Steve Garvey of the San Diego Padres for his first starting assignment The Chicago Cubs’s Ryne Sandberg (1054770) returns at second base after losing out last year to Tommy Herr of the St Louis Cardinals Osie Smith of the Cardinals (1379870) will make his fourth consecutive start at shortstop and Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies (891165) recaptured Miller sparks US win From wire reports MOSCOW — The flags came out The cheer began “U-S-A! U-S-A!” In hockey we had done it On the track we had done it In the ice rink we had done it Now it was women’s basketball The buzzer sounded and Teresa Weatherspoon threw the ball to the ceiling and jumped into a bouncing mob of teammates The Goodwill Games final was history and it wasn’t even close 83-60 We had done it again “Why does beating the Soviets mean so much?” someone asked Anne Donovan the center on the US team as she waved an American flag “I think it’s international pride” she said “That’s what it all comes down to” “Why does beating the Soviets mean so much?” someone asked the team’s star Cheryl Miller who was wrapped in a flag a la “Rocky IV” “The Soviets have been on top and we were the underdog” she said “It’s like good against bad” Right We’re the good and they’re the bad Except over here Where they’re the good and we’re the bad On it goes The good and the bad "Why does beating the Soviets mean so much?” someone asked Kamie Ethridge the team’s point guard as she waved to the screaming section of red white and blue fans “They think they’re the best Brenly hits three-run homer in Giants9 win over Pirates By United Press international SAN FRANCISCO — The written word inspired Bob Brenly Thursday The San Francisco catcher reacted to a story of his demise in a local paper by ripping a three-run homer to lead the Giants to a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates "It (the homer) meant a lot ’ to me” Brenly said “I read In the paper this morning that they were going to be pitching flowers on my grave pretty soon” Brenly’s homer his fifth of the year came in a five-run fifth inning With the score tied 1-1 the' Giants battered starter Bob Walk 4-5 in the fifth Randy Kutcher led off with a solo homer over he left field fence to M Darryl Strawberry of the New York Mets amassed 1619511 votes most in the major league to head the National League All-Star starting lineup that includes five repeaters from the 1985 squad the starting role at third base he held from 1979-1984 Gary Carter of the Mets (1486141) won his sixth consecutive selection at catcher Since balloting was returned to the fans in 1970 only Carter Johnny Bench and Ted Simmons have caught for the National League in the All-Star Game The American league starters announced Wednesday are: catcher Lance Parrish and second baseman Lou Whitaker of the Detroit Tigers first base- and we think we’re the best” she said “We proved it tonight” ’ Well yes I suppose they did You don’t win by 23 points and leave much doubt The United States played great But it was not an Olympic atmosphere It was more like a high school state championship The arena was small and you could hear the coaches yelling in between baskets But anytime the United States plays the Soviet Union in anything there are these overtones So when the game ended the American reporters were scurrying around for statistics H6w long since the Soviets had lost? When was the last time they lost in Moscow? How good a story was this? If we heard Soviet reporters salivating over such facts when National League roundup make it 2-1 It was Kutcher’s fifth homer since coming up to the majors on June 18 Rob Thompson followed with a double to the left field corner and scored when Jeffrey Leonard singled through the box Two outs later Mike Aldrete drew a walk and Brenly followed with a blast over the left field fence that gave the Giants a 6-1 advantage “That was a big blow for us” said Roger Craig of Brenly’s homer "I mean two home runs in one inning — Wowl The four o United Press International man Wally Joyner of the California Angels third baseman George Brett of the Kansas City Royals shortstop Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles and outfielders Rickey Henderson and Dave Winfield of the New York Yankees and Kirby Puckett of the Minnesota Twins National League manager Whitey Herzog of the Cardinals and American league manager Dick Howser of the Royals will name their pitching staffs Thursday and their reserves Friday America lost we’d mumble under our breath “Propaganda” we’d say For us it’s OK “Why does beating the Soviets mean so much?” someone asked Teresa Edwards the team’s -other starting guard “They think they’re tops we think we’re tops” she said “We came to prove ourselves” This is not new Is it new? In politics it got cold in the ‘50s In basketball it got cold in 1972 when the US men lost to the Soviets in the last second of the Olympic final Don’t you remember that? It was controversial It was a tinder box They cheated we said We’ll show ' them Since then almost every showdown has been a blood feud In any sport When the Soviets win it’s a blow for communism When the United States wins it’s a blow against it “Why does beating the Soviets mean so much?” someone asked Cynthia Cooper “When you play the USSR you don’t want to be second” she said “You want to make sure you’re No 1” Miller who completed her USC career last season was 5-of-8 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line University of Georgia teammates Katrina McClain and Theresa Edwards followed with 17 and 13 points respectively Anne Donovan America’s 6- More on page 3C col 1 pitchers also each did a good job when they were in there Vida (Blue) told me after the fifth he thought he had one inning left but I didn’t want to take any chances” Blue 64 scattered six hits over the first five innings for the victory He gave up one run while walking four and striking out two Scott Garrelts the fourth San Francisco pitcher relieved with runners on first and second and one out in the ninth and picked up his first save “It’s a great feeling when you come in and help the team win” said former starter Garrelta "I’m not going to worry jit (about returning to starting rotation) I’m Just happy to bo playing” Pittsburgh did have some- More page 2C col 5 one of Appy’s best By RON BUSS Executive Sports Editor The Kingspsrt Mets may be last in the Appalachian League standings but Mets pitching coach Charlie Greene still believes he has the league's best pitcher working for him d- “I may be prejudiced” said Greene Thursday “but I ’ think Juan Marina is the best I’ve seen in this league and if he’s not the best he's probably among the best two or 'three” Marina who is 2-2 with 270 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 30 innings will be on the mound tonight when the Mets host’ the Burlington Indians for Tennessee Eastman Night in a single game at 7 - o’clock ' “He’s blossomed into a real prospect 1 think you’re going to see Juan Marina pitching in the big leagues” says Greene “He has a knack of keeping the ball at the knees He’s not up very often His ability to keep the ball at the knees consistently will he his ticket to the big leagues If ' we'd played behind him this year he'd have four or five wins by now Every time he’s pitched this year he’s been in the game He's not had a bad outing yet” “I'm not that satisfied” says Marina despite his solid v performance “I want to win ’ We’ve been taking too many losses tosing too much We have to have a winning streak" He went seven innings in his last outing and struck out i 10 batters but lost 4-2 HO went the distance in his previous outing but also lost that one 4-2 Marina a 6-3 right-hander from Arecibo Puerto Rico was 3-4 with the Kingsport Mets last year and posted a 494 ERA He led the team last year with 45 strikeouts h62inningsr - Marina 1 was ' not disap-pointed in being sent back to Kingsport for a second sea- “It was okay for me” said Marina in his broken En-' glish “I like Kingsport” at J Fred Johnson The Kingsport Mets were rained out for the second straight day Thursday The - field was In readiness for a 8 o’clock double-header against the Pulaski Braves when a mid-afternoon ! ' rainstorm drenched it making it impes- - sihletoplay " The games will be made up as part of double-headers when Pulaski returns to town Aug 3 and 4 The Mets will try again to-i night at 7 in a single game against the Burlington Indians It will be Tennessee Eastman Night - with all Eastman Employees being admitted free of charge if i they display their Eastman : Recreation passes st the gate Regular season tickets will 4 also be honored Other fans will be admitted for the normal price — $2 for adults and : $1 for students A crowd In excess of 2000 is expected for the game ' ? -v ! 1 Kingsport manager Chuck Hiller said Wednesday’s rain : out was good for the team but Thursday was not - so good "W err her to dpiay games” said Hiller ‘pne night was all right But now we’ll have back-to-back dou - ble-headera later on and -that’s hot good Hut you have to be realistic You cant play : in a bunch of slop We have good groundskeeper Wfcril Lester says he can’t got It re ady In time- you know It’s got to be bad because Lestr is JUAN MARINA on mound Untight In the off-season- Marina pitched in the winter league near his 'home in Puerto Rico "They gave me a lot of chance to pitch and (hat helped me” said Marina Marina says he’s worked on his mechanics and is coming from the top more with his pitches He’s also developed a change-up something he didn’t have last year “That’s what the minors are for” said Greene "I hope he'll come up with -a new pitch each year” Marina’s best pitch is still his fastball He’s been clocked at 88 mph this year ' “He has great coordina tion said Greene “And he’s working mud) harder than he did last year It’s all part of the maturation process God allows each of us to mature' at different rates We ’ grow up at different speeds But Marina is turning into a real prospect” Greene is hoping Marina will be just the thing needed to turn the Mets who have lost 12 straight games around “Pitching Marina is just what we need” said Greene of his outing tonight "Every time he pitches the guys fed we’U be in the game We get a win behind Marina and it could get us going and we could go mi and win some games” '-f'' Hiller ia hoping a meeting the team had Wednesday night will help turn things around' “We wanted to reassure the team of two things” said Hiller "First that we know they are busting their tails And second if they keep busting their tails and keep playing as hard as they’ve been playing we’re going to “It’s the best meeting in a ' locker room I’ve seen in years” said pitching coach Charlie Greene “The words seemed to just flow and even the players got up to speak I’ve never seen a meeting where the eyes were glued on a speaker like they were at ’ that meeting I think the kids came out of that meeting’ feeling k lot better about : themselves I think they were wondering about things when they lose 12 in a row have the bus break down on them on the way hack and: then get here and find their cars have been ripped off - “But things that matter seem to get better from adversity: It teaches you something ends helps you get better” '-m ' There will be a clinic to-night at 6 o’clock for all young bal’Iyers 7W tlts will glve on-the-Ldi !: struts tion to ail whoc- a cut There will also be sccte foot ft-races tot -“'dependents v: of JEaitmaa employees Wdil J K: 79 CS fsgt C cv 5 '

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