Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 30, 1993 · Page 6
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30,1993 Sports THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL To report sportt new* telephone Sieve Guertln, 468-3321 DIGEST Youth Football no-contact clinic planned Aug. 2-7 Mendocino College and Ukiah and Willits high school coaches will lend their expertise on technique and tactics of football .to youngsters 9-14 years of age who attend a no- contact Ukiah Youth Football Clinic at Anton Stadium Aug. 2-7. The clinic, traditionally held mornings from 9 a.m. until noon or a bit later, will see Mendocino College's 1993 Coach of the Year and former 49er John Fuller, and his Mendocino College offensive line coach, Matt DiMeola, each speaking at one of four daily "skull" sessions on football for youngsters. Also scheduled to address the Ukiah Youth Football Clinic are Willits High School, football offensive coordinator Gary Hahns, and Bill Hook, a Ukiah football, shotput, discus and strength coach. It will be a non-contact clinic, with shorts, T-shirts and comfortable shoes the order of the day. The gridiron clinic fee is $30 per youngster, with additional registrants within a family each $20. The fee includes a T-shirt and clinic player evaluation, as well as added pass, punt and kick fun competition and post-clinic awards. For information, contact Brad Shear, or phone 485-7959. TRIVIA Who was the last major leaguer to have at least 140 RBIs in one season? (answer at bottom of schedule) CORRECTION Anne Lang's last name was incorrectly printed in Monday's Journal sports story on the Ron's/MoCord women's softball game. The Journal regrets the error. SCORES Little League T.O.C. Rancho Cotate 5 Petaluma Valley 1 Colt League Masonite 9 Hildreth Farms 4 Men's B-2 Softball L.P./Simpson 2 Sports Attic 25 Miller/Angel 5 Fidelity National 7 Coyote Valley 12 Redwood Car Wash 3 Women's C-3 Softball Clearwater 5 Masonite 8 The Pub 12 Project Sanctuary 0 Martins Electric 1 Studio 3 Presents 5 SCHEDULE COLT LEAGUE • Mendo Mill vs. Masonite (5:45 pan.) • Evden Enterprises vs. Hildreth Farms (8 p.m.) MEN'S SOFTBALL • Ronnie's Basics vs. B&B Divers (Fl, 6:30 pjn.) • Valley Paving vs. Taco Bell/AGR (F2, 6:30 pin.) • House of Pizza vs. Beeler's Muffler (Fl, 7:45 p.m.) • Masonite/Appliance vs. Granpa's Marlins (F2, 7:45 p.m.) • Frank Howard Tax vs. Eel River Fuels (Fl, 9 p.m.) • Century 21 vs. Farmer Brothers (F2, 9 p.m.) (Answer: Don Mattingly had 145 RBIs in 1985 for the New York Yankees.) McGee's double sparks Giants win LOS ANGELES (AP) — One significant difference between baseball and football is that, in football, the rule is that the ground can't cause a fumble. Willie McGee reminded Eric Davis the hard way. Davis, the Los Angeles Dodgers' left fielder, went Ml speed for McGee's liner toward the gap and attempted a diving catch. But the ball popped out of his glove when he hit the grass, resulting in a two-run double. McGee's RBIs proved to be the winning margin hi the San Francisco Giants' 3-1 victory Tuesday night. "I thought he had a chance to catch it — no doubt," McGee said Fidelity holds on to first in Men's B-2 By STEVE GUERTIN Journal sports editor Miller put a scare into Fidelity National Tuesday night in Men's B-2 Softball action, but it couldn't frighten the league's top team away. Miller broke out to a 5-0 lead before Fidelity National came back with five runs in the third inning and two more in the sixth to win, 7-5. The victory kept Fidelity National in first place in the B-2 division at 9-0. Miller, which would have pulled into a tie for first place with a victory, fell to 7-2,2V4 games ahead of Sports Attic (5-5) for second place. It was the first meeting of die season between Miller and Fidelity National, and Miller. wanted to show that it was capable of defeating the only unbeaten club hi men's softball. It looked early on like Miller would do just that. Fidelity pitcher Daulton Abernathy gave up a rare walk to lead off the top of the first inning, and it cost him. Fred Nickel ended up scoring when Steve Jackson and Tim Jennings singled. Jim Barrett stroked a two-out single to score Jennings, making it 2-0. Miller increased its lead to 5-0 with three more runs in the top of the third. Mike Hugo got aboard on an error and came around to score when Miller stroked three consecutive singles. Trailing by five, Fidelity National finally got on track in the bottom of the third, sending rune batters to the plate in a five-run outburst. Burkett is masterful in 3-1 victory over Dodgers in reference to Davis, a three-time Gold Glove winner. "Eric's a great outfielder. He has been for a long time and he still is. He's probably one of the fastest guys in the National League, if not the fastest." Davis made a similar effort in left-center against McGee in the 1990 World Series, when Davis was with Cincinnati and McGee played for Oakland. Davis held onto the ball that time, but sustained a severe kidney injury that put him in the hospital for 11 days. "I had it until I hit the ground," Davis said. "There's nothing you can do about that. Wherever it hit, it didn't stay in there." Robby Thompson's ninth homer, a solo shot in the sixth off loser Orel Hershiser (6-7), provided a much-needed insurance run for John Burkett. The right-hander became the NL's first 12-game winner with 8VS innings of three- hit ball. Rod Beck picked up his 23rd save. The runs are getting scarce for the Giants, who lost NL RBI leader and co-home run leader Matt Williams to the disabled list with a strained lower abdominal muscle. They have totaled only three runs in the first two games of a 13-game road trip, and there might be pressure on everyone else to pick up the slack. "It's not like that," McGee said. "That's the difference with this team this year. Everybody knows their role. Matt's out, but those things happen during the course of the year. But as players, we all just have to stay within ourselves and try to do our job when it comes up." The Giants' offense has had little See GIANTS, Page 7 , . . . .. ,. : Steve Guertin/The Duly Joun»U Fidelity National first baseman David Knight, left, tags out Miller's Ray Esplnosa after Espl- nosa rounded the bag towards second base after stroking a single. Fidelity National defeated Miller, 7-5, to hold on to first place In the Men's B-2 division. John Milligan led off with a single and Rick Mummert reached safely on a Miller error. Ed Slotte brought both runners home with a two-run triple. Rya'i Jones singled in Slotte to make it 5-3, and consecutive two- out singles by Dan Johnston, Randy Youngs and David Knight brought home two more runs to tie the game at 5-5. It stayed lied until the bottom of the sixth inning when, with Ed Morgan at first, Johnston lashed a two-run inside-the-park home run to give Fidelity National its first lead of the game. Abernathy retired the side in order in the top of the seventh for his ninth win of the year. Johnston had a good day at the plate for Fidelity, going 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs. Barrett, Jackson and Nickel each had a pair of hits for Miller. In other B-2 men's Softball games Tuesday, Sports Attic took sole possession of third place by crushing L.P./Angel Distributing, 25-2. Coyote Valley (4-6) pulled into a fourth-place tie with L.P. after downing winless Redwood Plaza Car Wash, 12-3. Fort Bragg T.O.C. Dodgers face unbeaten Rancho By GLENN ERICKSON Journal Sports Editor Emwltut Fort Bragg* s undefeated Jack Smith Dodgers tonight at 5:30 open their bid for the District 35 Tournament of Champions Little League Championship on Mark West diamond north of Santa Rosa. Their first opponent will be the only other unbeaten team of four remaining in the District 35 T.O.C. Finals, which opened Tuesday night with Rancho Cotate defeating previously unbeaten Petaluma Valley, 5-1. There also will be a consolation round elimination game on an adjacent diamond as host Mark West meets just-defeated Petaluma Valley, the loser dropping from the tourney. Whichever team wins tonight, the Jack Smith Dodge Dodgers of Fort Bragg, undefeated in its first two levels of Area play after eliminating Westshore of Lakeport in the District 35 semifinals in Laytonville Sunday, or Rancho will have to lose twice or the tournament will end Friday night. Thursday will see either Rancho or Fort Bragg, whichever loses tonight, coming back to play the Mark West/Petaluma Valley survivor of tonight. Whichever team wins Thursday will have to beat Rancho Friday to extend the District 35 Finals to a "final-final" Saturday at 10 a.m. T.O.C. play, inaugeratedby District 35 Commissioner Don Goodman some years ago to give league champions a chance for some postseason tournament fun and experi- ence, ends at the District level. Meanwhile, District 35 Little League All-Star teams from North and South Ukiah, Fort Bragg, Willits, Laytonville, Covelo and beyond are practicing for the start of Little League All-Star double- elimination play starting July 9-10. North and South Ukiah will tangle at 10 a.m. Saturday in Cloverdale to start one Area tourney, while Willits will host a Coast i and Inland Coast tourney starting iFriday night, July 9. UKIAH COLT LEAGUE 1993 ALL-STARS EVDEN; Danrell Alexander, David Cox, Wauseka James and Mike Mam, MENPO MILL; Jesse Anderson, Todd Ehmann, Beau Johnson, Scott Mendez and J.D. Milligan. HILDRETH MRMS: T.J. Belfanti and Wes Bingham, ^^ MASONTTE; Devin Boyle and Brian Delfin. SAVINGS HANK: Jeff Clary, Rich Spurting and Mike Ford (1st alternate). Manager: Pat Wilburn; Coach: Pat Johnson; Busi* ness Manager: Norm Johnson. Colt Stars open July 10 By GLENN ERICKSON Journal Sports Editor Emeritus j The 1993 Ukiah Colt League AllrStars open with the Martinez All-Stars at noon on Saturday, July 10 at Fernandez Park in Pinole in double-elimination baseball tournament play. The Ukiah Colt League All-Stars were announced last Saturday, and manager Pat Wilburn and coach Pat Johnson hope to have their Colts get in at least one tune-up game in Anton Stadium in the middle of next week against a team of 16-18 yearolds formed as a travel team by Kelvin Chapman of Chapman's Pro Comer. Incidentally, the Chapman Pro Corner new 16-18 team expects to play its first game this Friday at 7 p.m. against an already organized team of so-called Sonoma County Over-30 All-Stars hi Anton Stadium. A squad of 16 Colt League All-Stars was See STARS, Page 7 Pony All-Stars selected By GLENN ERICKSON Journal Sportt Editor Enwitue Just a month before they will be playing San Francisco PAL in their first game at Pinole, the 1993 Ukiah Pony Leagui All- Stars were announced by league president Brad Shear. j The Ukiah Pony All-Stars drawf San Francisco PAL for a 3 p.m. game on Saturday, July 24 in Pinole, where they will be involved in a double-elimination tduma- ment with top 13-14 year old players from throughout the greater Bay Area and points beyond. The Ukiah Pony All-Stars will be playing at Fernandez Field in Pinole a week after the Colt League 11-team tourney has been completed. The Colt League All-Star Tournament begins July 10. Nearly as many teams from much the same areas will be involved in Pony League play, Ukiah officials note. The 17-1 Ukiah Ford Dodgers, who won the intra-league "World Series" by taking two out of three games from the Calistoga Water Twins, and seven other teams of the 13-team 1993 Ukiah Pony League, are represented on the All-Star squad. The team will be managed by Mike Kelly of the Louisiana Pacific Angels and coached by Lefty Oiguin of Chapman's Mets. UKIAH POKY LEAGUE 1993 ALL-STARS Mendo Lake Office SUF l/Wah Ford: Mark Ray, r- Matt Belfanti. \ Lanzit and Matt Ukijih Lion*: Sergio Cabada. F«ta*r Vineyards: Ryan Henderson, Eric Mossi Fwiflc: Clint Cartey and Tucker Kdty Sjjrtafi 1M»* : Bear Wriftte, eto*tm'* Batting Cage* *j, QmA, ftyson Oiguin and Jes*e Halswd, Calisjptfi Water; Cppj^r Henderson. AternjU*? Tim Keffeier, Swuxter* Realty, and fe Jo Triana, Ford Gravel, Curtis Cole Skiers can make it tough on fishermen Here's how it looks around Lake and Mendocino county waters. Lake Mendocino Lake Mendocino is good very early for some stripers and bass. However, plan to get off the lake around 11 a.m. or so as skiers and jet skis make it difficult to hold a boat even with your trolling motor high. Clearlake Bass fishing is still slow, but picking up. A good friend of mine and fellow guide was fun fishing Friday using live crawdads, and had only one boated fish in four hours of fishing. He then switched to a brown gitzit, skipping it under docks, and caught five bass in two hours. Stay with the natural colors, like brown, green weenie, pumkinseed or shad. The fishing is slow, but if you're willing to work at it, you should pick up a few fish. Algae conditions are about the same as last week. The bass are showing indications of wanting to chase a lure a bit, so I'd give some of the softjerk baits and a spinner bait a try. Top water action is beginning to show early and late with a chartreuse buzz bait, or a rico or pop-r type lure. The south end of the lake has much less weed growth than the ' north, but be carefuLo//Jhe - - $ wind conditions if you launch from the north end. Lake Berryessa The lake is beginning to ... look good for early top water fishing, especially in Putah Creek Arm and along the rock walls on the south end. Plastic worm and crank baits are still producing some nice bass. Lake Sonoma i This lake was is spotty this, week. Locate suspended fish on your electronics and try spooning with a hopkins spoon or 'kastmaster hi the '/a ounce size. These spoons are not just a winter bait and can be fished much like a crank bait. A reel with a 6:2 to 1 or faster retrieve makes this lure easy to use. The hopkins spoon is better when fish are suspended over trees. As it drops straight down, the kastmaster tends to flutter and causes more hang- ups. Always use a quality swivel ahead of your spoon as it will help considerably to reduce line twist. *** A little about those monofilament braided lines I mentioned a while back. Fenwick seems to have beaten the competition in getting this line to market as they have introduced "iron thread," a 30-pound test line with the diameter of a 10-pound test monofilament. I still haven't had the opportunity to use these new lines as yet, but as soon as I do, you'll be the first to get my opinion. Another new product worth mentioning is a 36-volt trolling motor pumping out a whopping 65 pounds of thrust from three batteries on a conventional bass . boat set up. This new motor is manufactured by "Motorguide" and is appropriately named "The Beast." This set up uses all three batteries in your boat as a power source, but has minimal amp draw and should not discharge your big motor cranking battery to the point that you can't get the engine to start. In every test conducted, your cranking battery is immediately recharged by your alternator to 100 percent. Curt Cole is a professional fltkfrs gitide living in Lakeport. He provides profession^ instruction for novice aid advanced fliHing ttck- itiqms.Jle cm to reacted by catt- ing (707) 262-1336.

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