Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 28, 1993 · Page 6
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6 MONDAY, JUNE 28,1993 Sports THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL To report •port* IMW* UMtphorw Stew Guertln, 4M-3S21 DIGEST Golf lessons for adults planned The City of Ukiah, in cooperation with the Municipal Golf Course staff recently announced adult group golf lessons beginning July 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The lessons wilt take place at the fairgrounds driving range and wiH run for five consecutive weeks. The fee is $40 per person. Range balls can also be purchased. For more Information or to pre- register, call the Uklah Municipal Golf Course Pro- Shop at 462-8857. Two week soccer clinic planned The City of Ukiah, in cooperation with Shane Huff, is planning a two week soccer clinic The clinic will be held at Qtorno Park and is scheduled for Monday, July 5 through Thursday, July 15. Times for various age- groups include 8:30-10 a.m. for 9-13 year olds, 10:30 a.m. to noon for 14-18 year olds, and5:30-7 p.m. for 4-8 year olds. The cost is $30 for one child and $25 for each additional family member to participate. Registration will only be taken at the Ukiah Civic Center, located at 300 Seminary Avenue. For more information, call the Community Services Department at 463-6236. TRIVIA .Who were the first picks in the last three NBA drafts? (answer at bottom of schedule) SCORES Baseball Ukiah Merchants 5 Todd's Sporting Goods 9 Todd's Sporting Goods 6 Ukiah Merchants 2 Little League T.O.C. Fort Bragg 5 Westshore 3 Women's C-4 Softball A.C. Wringers 20 Routers 5 A.V. Ladies 16 G&J's 9 SCHEDULE MONDAY COLT LEAGUE • Hildreth Farms vs. Mendo Mill (5:45 p.m.) • Savings Bank vs. Lions (8 p.m.) MEN'S SOFTBALL • Ken Fowler Motors vs. The Pub (Fl, 6:30 p.m.) • Broiler Steak House vs. Retech (F2, 6:30 p.m.) • Burger King vs. Ukiah Food and Liquor (Fl, 7:45 p.m.) • Brothers vs. Parnum Paving (F2, 7:45 p.m.) • Selzer Realty vs. Budweiser (Fl, 9 p.m.) • Ukiah Food and Liquor vs. The Pub (F2, 9 p.m.) WOMEN'S SOFTBALL • A.C. Wringers vs. Ruddick Brothers (6 p.m.) • Ron's Quality/McCord's Distributing vs. House of Pizza (7:30 p.m.) • Routers vs. A.V. Ladies (9 p.m.) TUESDAY LITTLE LEAGUE • Petaluma Valley vs. Rancho Cotate in Tournament of Champions at Mark West Field in Santa Rosa (5:30 p.m.) COLT LEAGUE • Ukiah Lions vs. Evden Enterprises (5:45 p.m.) • Masonite vs. Hildreth Farms (8 p.m.) (Answer: Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Johnson and Derrick Coleman.) Germans are dominating Wimbledon Becker, Stich, Graf advance WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Former champions Boris Becker and Michael Stich set the stage for an all-German quarterfinal showdown at Wimbledon with impressive fourth-round victories today. Becker, the No. 4 seed, beat Henri Leconte of France, 6-4,6-4, 3-6, 6-3, and Stich, seeded sixth, overpowered llth-seeded Petr Korda of the Czech Republic, 7-5 (7-4), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). Becker has won three titles here, and lost to Stich in the 1991 final. Germany's other star, top- seeded Steffi Graf, had her closest match of the tournament, but still advanced easily, 6-1, 6-4, over American qualifier Meredith McGrath, a 1,000-to-l shot. Favored to win her fifth title here, Graf had lost only three games in her first three matches. She jumped to a 3-0 lead against McGrath to give her a 19-game winning streak, but the 148th- ranked American won the fourth game, then battled on almost even terms in the second set. "From now, I'm going to have difficult opponents," Graf said. "I'll have to be aware of that and concentrate on every match." Graf's quarterfinal foe will be seventh-seeded Jennifer Capriati, who rallied past her former junior doubles partner, Lisa Raymond, 4-6, 6-3, 8-6. Raymond, 19, of Wayne, Pa., turned pro this month after winning her second straight NCAA singles title. She and Capriati won the national 14-and-under doubles tide in 1987 when Raymond was 13 and Capriati 11. I Raymond, who had played only six pro matches before Wimbledon, said Capriati's experience Jproved decisive in an otherwise even match. "In the critical situations, that's when she played her best," Raymond said. "I have a lot of confidence in my capabilities. I just as easily could have won that match as lost it." Capriati praised Raymond's abilities, saying she had the poten- Wimbledon Winners of three or more men's titles since 1922 Player Years Bjom Borg Rod Laver Boris Becker John McEnroe 1976, '77, 78, '79, '80 1961/62,'68,'69 1985, '66, '69 1981,'83,'84 John Newcombe 1967,70,71 Fred Perry 1934,'35,'36 From 1877 until 1921, the Wimbledon men's tennis champion automatically qualified for the next year's final match. In the early years, William Renshaw (1881-82-83-84-85-86-89) won seven titles; Laurie Ooherty (190203-04-05-06) won five; Reggie Doherty (1897-98-99, 1900) and Tony Wilding (1910-11-12-13) won four; Wilfred Braddeley (1891-92-95), Arthur Gore (1901-08-09) and Bill Tilden (1920-21-30) won three. Itial to be Top 10 player. In other fourth-round matches, fourth-seeded Gabriela Sabatini pulled away from No. 9 Anke Huber of Germany, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0, and Natalia Zvereva of Belarus reached the quarterfinals for a second straight year, beating Zina ]Garrison-1* kson, 7-5, 6-2. I Starting Week Two, the 'women's competition had an aura ! of inevitability. None of the other survivors seemed capable of preventing a final between Graf and Martina Navratilova, winners of every title here since 1981. Belfanti and Brown capture County tennis championships It's been four years since the crown of Mendocino County Tennis Champion rested on any head other than that of Lynn Booth or Phil King. But new champions Brian Brown and Debbie Belfanti will tell you that they still fit just fine. In fact, so well that they both decided to take the two over the weekend! In women's 'A' singles at the Deerwood Country Club, Belfanti knocked off hobbled Rita Ronk, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1. In men's 'A' singles, Brown put together a flawless match to down King in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. Both Brown and Belfanti followed up their singles upsets with doubles victories. Belfanti tearnmed with Fort Bragg's Barry Daoust to take the 'A' mixed doubles crown over Bob and See TENNIS, Page 7 Benjamin's bat awakens against Rockies Williams placed on 15-day DL after Giants blank Colorado SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mike Benjamin's blistered hands are evidence of the hours spent in the batting cage this week trying to improve his .158 average. The payoff for the San Francisco infielder is going 3-for-9 with two homers in his last three games, including a two-run shot in the seventh inning Sunday to cap the Giants' 5-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. "I just got fed up with the way I was hitting," said Benjamin, who turned to hitting coach Bobby Bonds for help. Bonds took him to the Giants' indoor batting cage, where he spent hours with a pitching machine and a live batting- practice pitcher. Getting three consecutive starts helped, too. "You can go in the cage and swing all you want, but you don't know what it will be like until you get on the field," Benjamin said. "Today was just go out and swing." Benjamin's resurgence gained additional importance after Sunday's game, when the Giants announced they were placing third baseman Matt Williams, bothered by an abdominal strain, on the disabled list. Benjamin is likely to get more playing time as San Francisco begins a 14-day, 13-game road trip tonight at Los Angeles. "Now that Matty's on the DL, we're just going to have to tighten our belts a little tighter and use the guys that we have," said Giants manager Dusty Baker, who will call up a replacement today. Williams, tied for the major- league lead in RBIs and home runs, had missed his last five starts before returning to the lineup Sunday. He drove in his 64th run with a first-inning sacrifice fly but struggled defensively. When Freddie Benavides' ground ball down the third-base line got past him for a double, he knew something was wrong. "If I'm not capable of catching that ball down the third-base line, I have no business being out there," Williams said. Williams' status overshadowed San Francisco's 10th victory in 12 games and an eight- inning, two-hit performance from Bill Swift Swift (10-4) struck out seven — getting NL batting leader Andres Galarraga swinging three times — and lowered his team-leading ERA to 2.85. "I just had a good slider," Swift said. "I tried to jam him, keep the ball in on him. I set him up pretty good, threw hard and inside." Swift (10-4) gave up a single to Alex Cole leading off the game, then retired the next 12 batters, striking out the side in the second inning. The right- hander didn't allow another hit until Benavides' double in the seventh. Swift walked one and faced only one batter over the minimum before Mike Jackson finished with a hitless ninth. "Our approach to him was not very good," Colorado manager Don Baylor said. "He kept throwing sinkers and strikes. We didn't have a feel for what he was trying to do. He threw Galarraga sinkers and sliders." For the Rockies, their newest pitcher looked like more of the same. Brought up this week from Class AAA Colorado Springs, Curt Leskanic (0-1) appeared to have a major-league case of the jitters. His first nine pitches were balls and included one hit batsman, one walk and one visit from Baylor. "I was so nervous warming up and the fans by the bullpen didn't help," Leskanic said. "They kept hollering, 'Hey, rookie, (Barry) Bonds is waiting for you.' Once I got the first strike, I thought I would be OK, but for a while I didn't think I was going to throw a strike." Chris Myers/The Daily Journal San Francisco secprjd baseman Mike Benjamin applies the tag to Colorado's Alex Cole after catcher Jeff Reed nailed Gole on an attempted steal. The Giants defeated the Rock- ies, 5-0, to move'- nine gamels ahead of the Atlanta Braves. His 11th pitch, to Will Clark, went for a base hit, and Darren Lewis scored on Williams' sacrifice fly. Bonds drove in another run on what should have been an extra-base hit off the center-field fence. But the play was scored a fielder's choice when Clark mistakenly returned to first base and was forced out at second. Clark said he had made it to second when he thought he saw center-fielder Cole make the catch. "I put my head down to run back to first," he said. "I didn't find out about it until I got back to first." Eventually, Leskanic settled down, retiring the side in order in the second inning. He allowed seven hits in seven innings, walking three. Swift sympathized with the rookie, recalling how nervous he was in his big-league debut. "It's hard," Swift said. "He was trying to adjust to the mound and the wind. You don't want to break in against the Giants, but he played well." Chris Myers/The Duly Joumil BIN Swift pitched eight Innings and allowed only two hits to Improve to 10-4 on the season. Todd's Sporting Goods sweeps Ukiah Merchants A bit of fast action at second base Sunday as a Todd's Sporting Goods player slides safely Into the bag with Merchants' shortstop Brady Bechtol trying to make the play. By GLENN ERICKSON Journal Sports Editor Emeritus Jon Berezay pitched six strong innings and was the benefactor from back-to-back sixth-inning homers Sunday morning as Todd's Sporting Goods defeated the Ukiah Merchants, 9-5, in the first game of a non-league doubleheader played on the Mendocino College diamond. In the second seven-inning game of the day, former Fort Bragg pitching ace Mike Bradley pitched two- hit ball over four innings to get the pitching victory, 6-2, over the Merchants. Todd's, now 7-5 overall and 7-3 in Sacramento Rural League play after taking two in an off and on again Saturday doubleheader at Mendocino College from Solano (12-9,13-3), does not have a game this upcoming weekend, but returns to action on July 10 for a league game at Petaluma. Pinch-hitter Troy Logan smashed a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth for Todd's, and Dan Sousa came to the plate immediately thereafter and hit a solo shot over that same distant left field fence, both blows coming off offerings from tiring Scott Lemon of the Merchants. Though tagged with the loss, Lemon had the satisfaction of going 2-for-3 at the plate. Andre Guzman and Ravme Benjamin each were 2-for-3 for Todd's Sporting Goods, Benjamin scoring twice, Guzman once. Berezay struck out three, walked three and allowed three hits. Logan continued his sweet- swing hits with a two-run single in the fourth and a single in the sixth for a 2-for-3 second game. Kelly O'Connor doubled for the {Merchants. Bradley worked four innings, gave up two hits, one run, struck out three and walked one. Reliever iDale fogham worked three frames land allowed one run, two hits, walked one and struck out none while getting credit for the save. Sw TODD'S, Page 7

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