Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 3, 1993 · Page 5
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.THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL j To reportcporto rww* Msphom Suv* QuwHn, 468-9521 Sports MONDAY, MAY 3, 1993 DIGEST UWAA schedules final meeting The Ukiah Women's Athletic Association is having its final meeting before the start of Softball season at Wright Stuff Pizza Tuesday at 7 p.m. Schedules will be handed out and discussion will be held on the Margaret Vaughan Softball Tournamemt. For more information, call Marlene at 485-7740 or Shell! at 468-5577. North Ukiah Little League camp available The Mendocino College baseball team will be holding a baseball clinic for all North Ukiah Little Leaguers Sunday, May 9 at Mendocino College. The clinic had been scheduled for April 25 but was rescheduled due to rain. The fee for the clinic is $10 per person, with $5 going to the North Ukiah Little League program and $5 going to the Mendocino College baseball program. Participants can sign up one-half hour before their scheduled workout. T-ball players ages 6-7 will work out from 9-11 a.m.; Little Leaguers 8-10 years old will work out from noon to 2 p.m.; 11-12 year olds work out from 3-5 p.m. For more information, call the Mendocino baseball Office at 468-3142. Boosters have meeting tonight The Ukiah High Boosters will have a meeting at the high school cafetorium tonight at 7. Tickets for a fund-raising, drawing and information 1 " wHI be distributed.' All parents of extracurricular students, including incoming freshmen, are urged to attend. TRIVIA Who are the only two golfers to win the NCAA Men's Golf Championship three times? (answer at bottom of schedule) SCORES Junior College Baseball Cosumnes River Mendocino Little League Giants Dodgers 5 1 5 8 SCHEDULE MONDAY GOLF • Coastal Mountain Conference Championships at Ukiah Municipal Golf Course (noon.) LITTLE LEAGUE • Broiler vs. P.V. Health Center (NU, 6 p.m.) • Blue Jays vs. A's (SU, 5:30 p.m.) PONY LEAGUE • A's vs. Pirates (5:45 p.m.) • Red Sox vs. Blue Jays (8 p.m.) WOMEN'S HOOP • Farmers Insurance vs. California Indian Man Power (6 p.m.) si -Preston Lumber vs. Eagles (6:55 p.m.) • Circle Trailer Park vs. Dunsing Construction (7:50 p.m.) • Willits Wild Women vs. Hiatt and Hiatt Logging/ Ledson Construction (8;45 p.m.) •B' VOLLEYBALL • Seniors vs. Big Hooters (7:20 p.m.) • FCS&L vs. Silva's (7:20 Hunt Construction vs. The M.T.A. Express (8:05 p.m.) • Weekend Warriors vs. Ace Plumbing Aces (8:05 p.m.) (Answer: Phil Mickleson and Ben Crenshaw.) Bonds cashes in for Giants SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—The big question after Sunday's game was about strategy. Barry Bonds, who hit a home run earlier, delivered a run-scoring single in the 11th inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Expos for their sixth consecutive victory and a three-game sweep. Bonds, batting with first base open, hit the first pitch from left- hander Jeff Fassero (1-1) into left field for his league-leading 28th RBI. "I wasn't surprised they pitched to me," Bonds said. "Fassero had to get ahead of me, so I was looking for a strike. I was thinking about hitting to left to keep it away from (right fielder) Larry Walker." Manager Dusty Baker didn't question Felipe Alou's strategy to pitch to baseball's hottest hitter 11th inning single beats Expos because Matt Williams was on deck. Williams had a two-run double in the first inning and is nearly as hot as Bonds. "I couldn't think of a better guy to have up in that situation than Barry," Baker said. "I was more surprised at the pitch he threw than I was that they pitched to him." Fassero's first pitch was an intended sinker that stayed up and over the plate. Alou briefly second-guessed himself for not walking Bonds, and he was coy about his instructions to Fassero prior to the final pitch. "We didn't want Bonds to beat us," Alou said. "I probably made a mistake by not walking him, but the other guy (Williams) is hot, too, and I had a left-hander facing a left- hander. I thought he'd make a better pitch." Second baseman Delino 'DeShields, who attended the mound huddle, explained the discussion. "That wasn't the plan," DeShields said. "There were supposed to be some ... pitches to see how he'd react. But he got a good pitch, and he came through." The Giants, first in the NL West, started their winning rally on Willie McGee's one-out single. He advanced to second on a grounder to shortstop by Darren Lewis before Bonds won it. Mike Jackson (2-1) retired all five batters he faced for the victory. Williams hit a two-run double in the first inning off Montreal rookie right-hander Kent Bottenfield (1-3). DeShields snapped a 2-for-25 slump with a two-out single off John Burkett's glove in the fifth. John Vander Wai hit a triple and Moises Alou added a single to make it 2-2. Bottenfield, who gave up four hits in six innings, had retired IS of 16 batters before Bonds hit a 3-1 pitch over the left-field fence in the sixth for his eighth home run. The home run tied Williams for the NL lead. Pinch-hitter Wil Cordero singled with one out in the seventh and went to third on DeShields' single. Rookie left-hander Kevin Rogers replaced Burkett and pinch-hitter Sean Berry's run-scoring grounder tied it. Bonds then made a diving catch of Alou's liner, ending the inning. A's continue to struggle after big loss CLEVELAND (AP) — A bench-clearing brawl and & couple of ejections gave Oakland third baseman Kevin Seltzer (lie chance to fulfill a lifelong dream. For one brief moment, Seitzer was a big-league pitcher. And a darn good one, at that. "I was just happy to throw a strike," Seitzer said after he threw one pitch past Cleveland's Glenallen Hill, striking him out. "The pitch split the plate in half." Seitzer's 'K' was a lonesdmc highlight on another long, frustrating day for the A's, who lost to the Indians 10-2 on Sunday, See STRUGGLE, Page 6 Chrii Myen/The Daily Journal ! Mendbclno College first baseman Aaron ford can't quite River Sunday In Ukiah. The Eaglee stranded 14 baaerun- g»tto a foul ball during me Eagles' 5-1 loss to Cosumnes ners on the day. ' Cosumnes leaves Mendocino stranded Mendocino College's baseball team spent a lot of quality time on the basepaths Sunday afternoon, but only one of the Eagles found his way home. The Eagles pounded out 10 hits against Cosumnes River at Mendocino College, but left 14 men stranded on the bases in a 5-1 loss. Mendocino's hopes for a second-place finish in the Bay Valley Conference arc quickly slipping away after dropping to 8-11 in league play. "It looked like we outplayed them, but they (Cosumnes) got the win," said Mendocino head coach Kevin Smallcomb. "Whatever it takes I guess." Cosumnes River pitchers Greg Koch and Chad Brewster held Mendocino scoreless until the eighth inning when Ken Carter tripled home Aaron Ford, who had See STRANDED, Page 6 \ Lakers stun Suns for 2-0 series lead By Ths Associated Press The Phoenix Suns, on the brink of one of the biggest upset losses in playoff history, must do something that's never been done before to avoid that embarrassment. The Los Angeles Lakers, the only one of 16 NBA playoff teams with a losing record, shocked the Suns for the second time Sunday, holding them to 11 points on 19 percent shooting in the fourth quarter of an 86-81 victory. In postseason history, only three teams have come back from a 2-0 deficit to win a best-of-5 series. In none of those cases did the team with the 2-0 deficit lose the first two games at home. "I played as hard as I could," said Charles Barkley, who had 1 8 points and 21 rebounds, but missed all seven of his shots in the Suns' miserable fourth quarter. "I just didn't play well." The Suns have history on their side in one respect: In the previous nine years of the current 16-team NBA playoff format, the top seeds in the two conferences are 18-0 in the first round. The Lakers were the NBA's most successful team in the 1980s, with five championships, but they have been the Western Conference's eighth seed the last two seasons. "James Worthy and A.C. Green and Byron Scott. You know, those guys have been in the playoffs almost 10 years," said Vlade Divac, who had 19 points and 13 rebounds, including two big baskets down the stretch. "They know how to play under pressure." In other playoff games Sunday, New York defeated Indiana 101-91, Chicago routed Atlanta 117-102 and Utah downed Seattle 89-85. The Knicks and Bulls lead 2-0 and Seattle and Utah are 1-1. Tonight's only games have Boston at Charlotte and Houston at the Los Angeles Clippers in series tied 1-1. The New Jersey-Cleveland and Portland-San Antonio series also are 1-1. The Suns, who outscored the Lakers 27-20 in the third quarter, but made only 32.8 percent of their shots in the other three periods, led 78-72 with 5:56 remaining. But See PLAYOFFS, Page 6 McMullen takes Mendocino Open Big lead on front nine paves way Oltnn Erickioo/Thc Daily Journal Uklah's John McMullen learned a golfing lesson while winning the Mendocino County Open Sunday. By GLENN ERICKSON Journal Sports Editor Emeritus Ukiah's John McMullen may have learned a golfing truism Sunday afternoon on the Ukiah Municipal Golf Course. "Don't sit on a lead. Keep going for it!" Earning a five-stroke lead in the Mendocino County Open Championship at the end of the front nine Sunday, McMullen admittedly began thinking defense instead of offense, and it could have cost him his ultimate MCO Championship. McMullen, who was tied with Turlock's Greg Langford after 18 holes of the 36-hole Open Saturday evening with a two- under-par 68, claimed the Championship Flight $300 merchandise first prize late Sunday with his aggregate 68-75-143, three strokes over par. The 33 or so golfers in the Championship Flight played from scratch and carried normal 0-6 handicap ratings. Winning the First Flight (7-14) was Fred Nickel with his 68-164-132 net. Second Flight (15-21) champion was Dan Murphy, who held onto his first- round lead and finished with 64-69-133, being the acme of consistency both days, with Sunday's play especially tough in a day-long gale. Third Flight (22-32) winner was Read Wise, who also held onto his Saturday lead and finished with 66-73-141, one over par. McMullen, who a week or so ago won a Nor-Cal amateur tourney at Redding, said alter the match that he wasn't happy with his final round Sunday, both from the standpoint of hitting the ball or missing shots he should have been able to make. "I got defensive and it cost me," McMullen said. "At Redding I was under pressure all the way to the end. Today I found myself up by five stokes after the first nine holes, began thinking and playing defensively, and instead of staying out of trouble I got into it. "I stumbled all over the course," McMullen added. "The wind blew like heck, I was in the rough and the greens were hard and the ball wouldn't stop rolling. I knew I was likely going to struggle. I wasn' t hitting the ball well on the Fairgrounds Driving Range before my match and it carried over into Sunday's final round as well." McMullen had an "ugly" final nine holes, with bogeys on 11-13. At No. 15 he heard another golfer was getting hot, and he "snapped out of it" and finished with three pars to win by two strokes. Putting the pressure on the final day, after a four-over 74 on Saturday, was Healdsburg's Andre Laviller, who shot a 71 and finished with 145. Langford, less familiar with the Ukiah course than McMullen, slipped from his 68 co-lead on Saturday, skying to 79 Sunday to finish tied for third with more consistent Jeff Ameson at 147. Arneson shot 74-73. See MCMULLEN. Page 6 Lemieux-less Penguins fall to Islanders By Ths Associated Prsss Without Mario Lemieux, the Pittsburgh Penguins are just another one of the eight teams still alive in the NHL playoffs. As the game's best player missed all but 2:34 with back spasms Sunday, the New York Islanders, thissing their top scorer themselves, beat the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions 3-2. The loss in the opener of the Patrick Division finals was the first in 10 home playoff games for Pittsburgh this year and just ii in 17 pi* "" J """ back to last year's division finals. Since Lemieux relumed on March 5 from treatment for Hodgkin's disease, the Penguins are now 21-2-1. "Obviously, it doesn't help them when the best player in the world ' Ferra not dangerous without him, but it creates a big hole for them." New York was playing without leading scorer Pierre Turgepn, out indefinitely after separating a shoulder when he was the recipient

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