The Desert Sun from Palm Springs, California on May 13, 1983 · 65
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The Desert Sun from Palm Springs, California · 65

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Friday, May 13, 1983
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' ‘ nurtiiMi Friday Mi 13 1(13— THE DESERT SUH Ella Spriqi Calif — G1 Roadrunners explode with 10-run rally to beat EL AC ‘ vi Thompson: My arms got tired waving guys home ) MIctwMatator Sun Photo ' SLIDING ROADRUNNER — COD's Carlos Rangel slides safely home while East Los Angeles College catcher Richard Munoz waits for the Tate throw during 6th Inning of Inland Valley Conference game Thursday at Palm Desert COD won 1 1-7 PALM DESERT — It was a luxury that College of the Desert baseball coach Don Thompson wasn’t accustomed to “My arms got tired waving guys home” Thompson said Thursday after COD scored 10 times in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull out an 11-7 victory at home over East Los Angeles College The win was the third in Inland Valley Conference play for the Roadrunners who will close out the 1983 season at Mt San Jacinto College on Saturday at 1 pm against 23 losses and the second this year over ELAC COD is 4-31 overall honing into Saturday’s season finale East Los Angeles posted a single run in the third and came back with five runs in the fourth to assume a 6-0 lead before COD scored once in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Huskies’ lead to 6-1 on a perfectly executed double-steal of home and second by Bunsy Ortiz and Perry Jeres respectively ELAC made it 7-1 on Mike Houston’s homer to left in the sixth but in the bottom of that frame the Roadrunners scored 10 times on nine hits including left fielder John Ortiz’s three-run homer over the right field fence COD catcher Ron Alford had the game-winning RBI when he singled in Marie Bloomingdale in the sixth when the Roadrunners collected six consecutive hits capped by Ortiz’s second homer of the year and sent 13 men to the plate Everyone in the lineup had at least one hit with second baseman Louie Amelburu leading the way with three hits including a double in four at-bats in addition to two RBI Bunsy Ortiz Carlos Rangel and Alford also doubled while COD third baseman Brian Finan had an RBI triple COD collected 15 hits six for extra bases against the Huskies Danny Jones pitched the final six innings and picked up the win for COD in relief of starter Jon Keefe who was knocked out in the fourth Jones allowed six hits and just two earned runs while striking out five batten “We finally got the key hit with guys on base” said Thompson “and it seemed to fire us up” Jeres got the Roadrunners “fired up” by knocking in the first of 10 sixth-inning runs on a single to right “It’s been such a frustrating season for us to go out and have a 10-run inning like that may allow us to finish the season on a high note” Thompson added (Continued on Page G-2) v Coachella Valley sports highlights G-2 v Ruth Eddington’s Tennis Column G-3 Sports Scoreboard and latest line G-4 Indio’s ace McGihon to duel San Bernardino’s long-ball hitters By RICHARD PAUL think we’ll be pretty tough” DerntSu Spwii Writer The only change in the Indio lineup was one forced INDIO — Back in March Indio High School’s softball three games ago when left fielder Myra Avila injured team dropped a 1-0 decision to Riverside Poly losing on her ankle Avila will be out for at least two more weeks an unearned run and will be replaced by freshman Sharon Vilarino The Rajahs haven’t lost since reeling off 10 straight who has played the last three gamwi wins en route to a 20-1 record and the Desert Valleys The rest of the lineup is the same one that went 10-0 in League championship DVL action Offensively Indio is led by third hangman Indio will put that streak on the line Saturday when it Becky Luna who hit 545 in league play center fielder play host to San Bernardino at 3 pm in a CIF Southern Shelly Johnson who supplied most of the power for the Section 2A first-round playoff game The Cardinals Rajahs with four home runs in league to go along with who finished second in the San Andreas League with two doubles four triples 23 RBI and a 457 average a 9-6 record take an 1 1-7 overall mark into the game shortstop Jill Carmona who hit 405 catcher Natalie San Bernardino will be without its top pitcher how- Rue 381 and pitcher Glenda McGihon 371 ever according to Coach Carolyn Martin Martin said Although San Bernardino’s pitching plans may be up that senior Cheryl Berger was dismissed from the team in the air Indio Coach Craig Guenther doesn’t have any last week for disciplinary reasons Berger was 10-7 problems in that department for the Cardinals this year Martin said there are three candidates for the start- He will start McGihon who had three no-hitters this ing assignment against Indio — sophomore Angie Agui- year while fashioning a 16-1 record In league play the lar a right-hander who relies on breaking pitches senior right-hander was 9-0 with 115 strikeouts in 61 right-handed junior Felice Doucette whose most effec- innings and surrendered only 16 hits five pitch is a low fastball and junior Tina Lopez who “They were so psyched up for the Central game throws a fastball and a changeup there’s been a little bit of a letdown" Guenther said of Offensively the Cardinals boast good power and like his team’s practices after clinching the DVL title with a to hit-and-run 5-0 win over Central last Friday “We’re strictly long-ball hitters” Martin said “We "But by Saturday we’ll be ready" don’t bunt a lot And we’re a good hit-and-run team We (Gin tinned cm Page G-2) Roenicke comes off the bench in eighth inning to spark Dodger win SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ron Roenicke whose contribu- game with a 129 batting average “Coming off the tions to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ fast start have been bench you go through some bad streaks But my job is limited saw his opportunity Thursday and ran with it to go all out” Roenicke a platooned player keyed the Dodgers’ 4-3 After reaching second on a hit-and-run grounder by victory over the San Diego Padres with a leadoff bunt in Dusty Baker Roenicke made up his mind to steal third the eighth inning and a steal of third base to set up the when reliever Luis DeLeon 0-2 who had replaced winning run The victory went to Fernando Valen- starter Tim Lollar showed little interest in him zuela “He just wasn’t paying that much attention to me” he “I’ve been pressing” said Roenicke who entered the said Sutter boys do it again to Edmonton EDMONTON Alberta (AP) -The Sutter boys of nearby Viking Alberta have come alive in the playoffs They antagonize instigate and generally frustrate the opposition Lately they've also been filling the net Brent Sutter scored twice and Duane had four assists Thursday night pacing the New York Islanders to a 6-3 victory in the second game of the Stanley Cup finals The three-time National Hockey League champions won both games here and head home with a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series which resumes Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum The Islanders led 3-2 in the second period when Duane set up a goal by Bob Bourne Then Brent put in his own rebound for his first goal within a 38-second span That spurt was decisive “We’re getting a few more breaks because we’re working hard for them” said Duane who scored the game-winning oal in the series opener “We had a lot of trouble in the regular season had no confidence and couldn’t put the puck in But it all evens out and it’s evening out at a good time “I guess you could call us opportunistic’’ added Duane one of four Sutters now in the NHL “We have to take the body to make our breaks If you don’t see us hitting out there we’re not doing our jobs” Bourne said the key to Thursday's victory was the same as in any Islander playoff triumph: fear (Continued on Page G-2) McCoy picked Coach of Year Hyso named MVP in Sunbelt League By DAVID ZASLAWSKY Desert Shi Sparta Editor PALM SPRINGS — Jeff McCoy went to bat Wednesday night for his Palm Springs High School baseball players but he struck out The PSHS baseball coach whose team was scheduled to open first-round CIF Southern Section 2A playoff action today against the visiting Pioneer Titans was overmatched and outvoted by his Sunbelt League counterparts during the selection of the all-league team And if McCoy had his way there would be no all-league teams which he feels are more harm than good “I don’t like picking all-league teams in the first place” said McCoy who was picked the Sunbelt League Coach of the Year “Something always happens someone gets shortchanged I'd like to do away with all-league teams” McCoy’s outcry was over the failure of two of his players to earn the recognition he felt they deserved Boris King the PS Indians’ first baseman who batted a hefty 383 in 15 league contests with 18 RBI and 15 stolen bases failed to be named to the All-SL first team “It’s an injustice Boris didn’t get it” McCoy charged Thursday morning “The reason he didn’t get it was all the notoriety he has received in other sports” McCoy said alluding to King's selection as the league's Co-Most Valuable Player (with teammate Tee Williamson) in boys basketball and a first-team all-league pick on the football all-star team “It’s a case of high school politics and Boris was a victim of it” McCoy said “He is by far and away the best first baseman in the league” Wednesday night the other five SL coaches deemed Rubidoux’s Bob Heidle (a junior who hit 400) the best first baseman in the league King a first-team selection last year as a junior was named to the second team Palm Springs catcher Dan Busarac who hit 354 in league with 20 RBI was a second-team selection much to the chagrin of McCoy “I thought Danny deserved to be on the first team I guess the other coaches felt we shouldn’t have too many players on the first team” McCoy said (Rubidoux catcher Jim Lowery was picked on the first team He hit 378) However Palm Springs the league champions with an 11-4 record did place four players on the All-SL first team including league MVP Ivan Hyso who was 5-0 in league play with three saves and an ERA of 1 67 Indian shortstop Tony Perezchica (340 nine extra basehits 16 runs scored 15 RBI and 10 stolen bases) was named to the first team for the second straight year outfielder Steve Matthews who hit 500 in league earned first-team honors as did Art Milward Palm Springs third baseman Milward who batted more than 100 points higher than the first-team third baseman (Wayne Willet of Hemet) was picked as an utility player ‘Semi-secret’ meeting for replacing Kuhn planned by owners 1 NEW YORK (AP) — A group of baseball owners was to meet here today to discuss possible replacements for Baseball Commis- sioner Bowie Kuhn and a new labor negotiator the Daily News reported In a story for its today’s editions the newspa- per reported that the owners would hold a “semi-secret” meeting in Kuhn’s midtown offices to discuss a variety of topics which also I would include the restructuring of television rights I At least 10 owners were expected to be in attendance including the Player Relations f Committee which presumably will discuss a replacement for Ray Grebey who was asked to resign as the owners’ chief labor negotiator last ! month A The Daily News reported that “reliable sources” say the search for a new commissioner 'I has been narrowed to seven candidates — I including Kuhn himself 3 Kuhn’s contract was originally ended by the j owners during the winter baseball meetings in y Honolulu Despite the News report American League 'President Lee MacPhail called the meeting “strictly routine It was set up in advance We meet every six weeks or so If other owners don’t know anything about it it’s only because ' they are not on these particular committees” Former COD football star Lazarus signed by Rams x By BILL FROLOFF Deter! ta Spam Wilier Former College of the Desert football star Andrew Lazarus was among nine free agents signed Thursday by the Los Angeles Rams A native of Jamaica Lazarus was an honorable-mention JC All-American running back twice at COD where he gained a combined total of 2276 yards and scored 31 touchdowns in 1979-80 At COD he led all rushers in California Division II football with 1158 yards and also finished first in all-purpose running with 1490 yards and in scoring with 18 TDs over 10 games in his freshman season Limited to nine games because of an injury in 1980 Lazarus was second in the state with 13 TDs and third in rushing (1118 yards) and all-purpose running The 5-foot-10-inch 180-pound speedster who prepped at Lafayette High School in Brooklyn NY then went on to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas on a football scholarship in 1981 In his junior year Lazarus was used sparingly by the Rebels He gained 63 yards on seven carries with me touchdown in 1981 Lazarus also caught seven passes for another 43 yards and averaged 228 yards on 12 kickoff returns that year A tailback who was timed at 466 in the 40 by UNLV Lazarus seemed to be coming into his own last season when he rushed 51 times for 185 yards — a 36-yard per carry average — and scored five TDs He led the team in those departments and snared seven receptions for another 63 yards but Lazarus apparently had a falling out with Rebels first- year head coach Harvey Hyde — “He was not happy with the coach” said a UNLV spokesman — and quit the squad midway through the season Two other former Rebels also signed free-agent contracts Thursday with the Rams including defensive tackle Lawrence Taylor and linebacker Ken Haugabrook Also coming to terms with the National Football League club were quarterback Scott Tinsley and linebacker Tim Sullivan of USC SMU wide receiver Gary Smith defensive linemen Joe Gary of UCLA and Ray Carlos of Cal State Fullerton and Central Connecticut fullback Ted Stoneburner Lazarus who was also recruited by Cal and the University of Texas at El Paso helped lead COD to the Desert Conference football championship in 1979 when the Roadrunners finished 6-4 overall and lost to Taft in the California Community College Division II championship contest COD came in second in the conference and was 5-5 overall the following season Born in Kingston Jamaica Lazarus came to the United States at the age of eight when his family moved to New York He was a football and basketball star at Lafayette where he was an all-city selection in both sports Temple Holy Cross Boston College Pitt and Syracuse recruited Lazarus when he was in high school but they all eventually lost interest he said because they thought he was too small to play major college football Lazarus is one of at least four former COD football players who have entered the professional ranks (Continued on Page G-2) ANDREW LAZARUS scored 31 TDs while at COD in 1979-8Q t

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