Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 5, 1993 · Page 6
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 6

Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, May 5, 1993
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 5,1993 Sports THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL To report •port* ntw» tortphon* Steve Guerthi, 46*4821 DIGEST Date for Little League camp changed The Mendocino College baseball team will be hold- Ing a baseball clinic for all North Ukiah Little Leaguers Sunday, May 16 at Mendocino College. The clinic had been scheduled for May 9, but was rescheduled due to Mother's Day. 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. Hiatt Softball tourney set for May 22-23 The Hiatt Men's Softball Tournament has been scheduled for May 22-23 at the Men's Softball Complex in Ukiah. This is a round-robin event, and the first 10 teams to sign up will participate in the tournament. The cost is $160 per team, and each team is guaranteed at least four games. Trophies will be given out to the first through fourth-place teams. Other awards include a Most Valuable Player trophy and T- shirts to the All- Tournament team. For more information or to sign up for the tournament, call Jeff Schueller at 463-6236. TRIVIA Who has the most multiple home tun games among active major leaguers? (answer at bottom of schedule) SCORES Junior College Baseball Solano 4 Mendocino 9 Solano 5 Mendocino 14 High School Baseball Ukiah 4 Santa Rosa 8 Ukiah JVs 10 Santa Rosa JVs 6 Fort Bragg JVs 5 Ukiah freshmen 4 Lower Lake 0 Willits 8 Lower Lake JVs 13 Willits JVs 0 High School Softball Ukiah 0 Montgomery 10 Ukiah JVs 34 Montgomery JVs 6 Lower Lake 7 Willits 9 SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY BASEBALL • Ukiah High at Finer High (3:30 p.m.) SOFTBALL • Rancho Cotate High at Ukiah High (4 p.m.) TRACK • Willits High at Upper Lake High (3:30 p.m.) • Ukiah High at Santa Rosa High (3:30 p.m.) LITTLE LEAGUE • Savings Bank vs. Ukiah Lions (NU, 6 p.m.) • Dodgers vs. Giants (SU, 5:30 p.m.) (Answer: Andre Dawson with 36.) Eagles soar over Falcons By STEVE GUERTIN Journal sports editor A full day of baseball was played out at Mendocino College Tuesday as the Eagles and Solano Falcons finally completed some unfinished business. The two teams completed a total of three games, taking care of a suspended ninth-inning game due to a rainout, competing in a formally protested game and getting in the regularly scheduled Tuesday affair. Mendocino lost the ninth-inning game, 5-4, but swept the following doubleheader, winning 9-4 and 14-5 in a hot-hitting contest. The two wins and a loss left Mendocino with a 10-12 record in the Bay Valley Conference with two games remaining in the season, Mendocino (24-18) is currently in fifth place with no shot of catching fourth-place Cosumnes River, which is 14-8. But the Eagles do have something to play for. Mendocino takes on Cosumnes River Thursday and ends the season Saturday at Contra Costa. Both teams have eyes on the Bats come alive in doubleheader sweep upcoming playoffs, so the Eagles can put the hurt on both. "We can play the spoiler and really throw a wrench in everyone's plans," said Mendocino head coach Kevin Smallcomb. If the Eagles hit as well as they did Tuesday against the Falcons, Cosumnes River and Contra Costa have reason to be worried. The Eagles pounded out 28 hits in the doubleheader, getting solid performances from just about everyone in the lineup. Game One Mike Bradley pitched a complete game eight-hitter in Mendocino's 9-4 victory. Bradley, who also pitched the final inning of the rain makeup, struck out three and walked four to get the win. Aaron Ford, Ramy Dickinson, Andre Guzman, Jake Spring and Ken Carter each had two hits, with all but Dickinson driving in a pair of runs. Mendocino trailed 2-1 going into the fifth inning when the Eagles broke the game open with six runs. With Pat Pethel on third and Kevin Dobson at second, Rod Wilburn hit a grounder to short. The Solano shortstop tried to make a play on Dobson between second and third, but Dobson was able to get back to the bag in time. Pethel scored on the play and Wilburn was safe at first on the fielder's choice. Ford followed with a single to score Dobson, and with runners at second and third and two outs, Guzman lashed a two-run single to left-center to make it 6-2, Eagles. Mendocino wasn't finished. Carter singled to right-center to score tfuzman and Spring ended the scoring with an RBI single up the box. "Two out hitting is everything, and hitting with guys in scoring position is everything," Smallcomb said, pleased to see his 7-9 hitters coming through in the clutch. Game Two Mendocino battered Solano pitching for 16 hits in a 14-5 romp. The Eagles, playing the role of visitors, led 9-0 after 4'/> innings, and Ford added to the carnage with a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning. Pethel had a great game at the plate, going 4-for-S with two RBIs. Spring, Carter and Troy Logan each added a pair of hits and RBIs. Sean Leslie started for the Eagles and pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and six walks. Jason Ingham came in as a relief pitcher with the bases loaded in the eighth as the Eagles held on to a 10-5 lead. Ingham pitched out of the jam to pick up the save. Sieve Ouenin/The Daily Journal The Ukiah High School freshman baseball team finished Its slty In Ukiah. The Frosh 'Cats ended up 4-11-2 on the sea- season Tuesday with a 5-4 loss to the Fort Bragg junior var- son after playing mostly JV teams from other schools. UHS freshmen end season with a loss By STEVE GUERTIN Journal sports editor Ukiah High School's freshman baseball team ended its season Tuesday with a 5-4 loss to the Fort Bragg junior varsity in Ukiah. The Frosh 'Cats, which played mostly junior varsity squads from other schools this year, finished with a record of 4-11-2. Fort Bragg broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the seventh when Brett Beeney singled home Kyle Wisdom from second base with two outs. Clint Wyant and Nathan Vagt each had a pair of hits for Ukiah, including a triple. Adam Shura, Jesse Halstad and laymen Cooper also had two hits each. Cooper, Robert Crab and Mike Ford each had RBIs. Santa Rosa varsity 8 Ukiah varsity 4 Ukiah's varsity team blew a 3-0 Ukiah High netters top Prospectors The Ukiah High School boys' tennis team used a revised lineup Tuesday to defeat the Finer Prospectors, 6-1, in a North Bay League dual match. Typical of the close play of the day was the three-set victory of Ukiah exchange student Mike Beleslin in No. 4 singles. Beleslin won 7-6, 0-6, 7-5. Quinn Jones moved up to No. 2 singles and won in three, 0-6, 6-2, 6-2. Will Larson had an even tougher three sets at itiird singles before winning, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6,6-4. Only Jesse Schaeffer, moving into No. 5 singles from his normal doubles position, won his singles match in two sets, 7-5, 6-4. Larry Schwartz, elevated to first singles Tuesday with the absence of Matt Grothe, also went three sets before losing, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Even the doubles matches were close. Arie Rosen and Jesse Mayo won a 7-5 tiebreaker en route to a 7-6,6-1 victory. Adam Carson and Mark Blackwelder teamed together in No. 2 doubles to score a 6-3,7-5 victory. lead and went on to lose to the Santa Rosa Panthers, 8-4, Tuesday in Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa (6-11, 3-7) scored four times in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead. The Wildcats came back to tie the game in the fifth, only to give up two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Ken Taglio had two of Ukiah's four hits on the day, including a triple. Ukiah (9-8) is now 4-6 in the North Bay League with five games remaining. Ukiah JVs 10 Santa Rosa JVs 6 Ukiah's junior varsity won its seventh straight game to even its NBL mark at 5-5. Ukiah JV Softball 34 Montgomery JVs 6 Ukiah's junior varsity Softball team had an easy time with Mont- gomery Tuesday, pounding out 22 hits in a 34-6 blowout win. Montgomery pitchers walked 12 Lady Wildcats and hit eight more, helping the 'Cats cruise right along. Ukiah is now 7-3 in the North Bay League, still in the hunt for an NBL championship. Tracy Rovera went 4-for-7 with four runs and three RBIs to pace the 'Cats. Shelly Hunt, Niki Lunceford, Kerri Helmer and Voula Siderakis each added three hits. Andrea Larson and Laura Joel combined for a four-hitter, striking out three and walking six. Larson sprained her ankle on a play at the plate in the third inning and is questionable for today's home game with Rancho Cotate. Willits varsity 8 Lower Lake 0 Daniel Morgan continued his hot pitching for the Willils Wolverines, allowing only five hits in an 8-0 shutout of the Lower Lake Trojans Tuesday in Willits. The shutout was the sixth of the season for Willits pitchers. Luis Leon had three hits for Willits, which improved to 5-3 in the North Central League and 8-4 overall. Teammate Zack Hansen added two hits. Willits Softball 9 Lower Lake 7 Kenzie Erickson had a pair of hits and RBIs Tuesday as the Lady Wolverines defeated visiting Lower Lake, 9-7. Meadow Holmes added a double and an RBI, and teammate Jamie Spademan also had a double. Willits (2-6,2-5) jumped out to a 8-1 lead and held off a furious Lower Lake rally in the final inning. SCOREBOARD By The Associated Press All Tim** POT AMERICAN LEAGUE Ea*l Division 930 a.m. Seattle (Johnson 3-2) at Cleveland (Mesa 2-1). 10:35 '"Baltimore (McDonald 2-2) al Toronto (BrowO-1).436 p.m. Only games scheduled NATIONAL LEAGUE Detroit New York Boston Toronto W 16 L Pet QB 9 .640 — .600 .677 .638 .468 .423 .376 1 IVt 2Vi 4VS 6Vi 6* W 13 14 14 13 11 10 8 L 10 11 11 13 14 16 14 Pet .665 .660 .560 .500 .440 .385 .364 GB 1% 3 4% t'A San Francisco Houston Atlanta San Diego Colorado Los Angeles Cincinnati Cleveland Baltimore Calltanla Chicago Texas Seattle Minnesota Kansas Ciy Oakland Tuesday's Qamoe Cleveland 6. CaWomla 3 New York 4, Oakland 2 Seattle 7, Boston 8 Milwaukee 6, Chicago 1 Minnesota 4, Baltimore 3 Texas 3. Toronto 2 Detroit 6, Kansas City 3 Wednesday* Oamae Baltimore (Mussina 3-1) at Minnesota (Banks 2-1), 10:16 a.m. Kansas City (Appier 2-3) at Detroit (Wells 4-0), 1035 a.m. Chicago (Fernandez 3-2) at Milwaukee (Navarro 0-2), 114)6 a.m. Seattle (Cummingf <W) at Cleveland (BletecXI 2-2), 4X)5 p.m. California (Parrel 1-3) at New York (Perez 1-1). 430 p.m. Oakland (Darling 0-1) al Boston (Oopson 2-1), 435 p.m. Toronto (Slotttemyre 3-2) at Texas (Rogers 2-1), 635 p.m. Thursday's flame* Oakland (B.Win 1-1) al Boston (Clemens 4-1), 9:05 am CalKomla (Sanderson 3-1) at New York (M.Win 1-0), Philadelphia St. Louie Montreal Chicago Pittsburgh Florida New York EM! Dlvlalon W 19 6 Pot. OB .760 .577 4Vi 16 11 14 12 .638 6V4 7 7 12 13 12 13 .480 ,480 12 14 .462 TO 9 15 .376 9tt Weal Dlvlalon W 17 15 14 11 10 10 9 L 10 10 14 14 15 16 16 Pel. QB .630 .800 1 .600 3Vt .440 6 .400 6 .385 6Vi .360 7 Tueaday'a Games Florida 9, Cincinnati 6 Montreal 8, San Diego 1 Atlanta 3, Pittsburgh 2 St. Louis 6, Houston 1 Colorado 14, Chicago 13, 11 Innings Los Angeles 8, Philadelphia 4, San Francisco 3. 12 Innings Wednesday'* Games Colorado (Reynoso 1-0) at Chicago (Hfcbari 1-2), 1220 p.m. Philadelphia (Jackson 2-0) at San Francisco (Swift 2-1), 1.-06 p.m. Cincinnati (Browning 1 -2) al Florida (Bowen 2-2), 435 p.m. San Diego (Semlnara 1 -2) al Montreal (HID 4-0), 435 p.m. Atlanta (Maddux 2-2) at Pittsburgh (Walk 2-2). 436 p.m. Houston (Portugal 2-2) at St. Lours (OVvare* 1-0). 636 p.m. New York (Saberhagen 2-3) at Los Angela* (R.Martinez 2-3), 736 p.m. Thursday's Qame* Cincinnati (Belcher 1 -3) at Houston (Orabek 3-3). 6:06 p.m. Atlanta (Smote 2-3) at Colorado (Nied 3-2), 6:05 p.m. Only games scheduled NBA playoffs By Th* Associated Pree* Ml TlmM POT Fir* Round (Beet-of-l) Tuesday. May 4 Chicago 96, Atlanta 88. Chicago wins series 3-0 Indiana 118. New York 93. NewYorti IM& aerie* a-l Utah w, Seattle 80, Uuh leads series 2-1 Pheenh 107. LA Lakers 102. LA Laker* load series 2-1 WidnMday, M*y s Botton it Charlotte. 6 p.m. Portland al San Antonio, 5 p.m. Cleveland at Maw Jersey, 5 pm Houston at LA Cftppw*. 730 p.m. Thurtday, May 8 New York at Indiana. 5 pm Seattle at Utah. TBA Phoenix at LA Laden, 7:30 p.m. Friday UAV 7 Cleveland at New Jersey, TBA Portland at San Antonio. TBA NHL playoffs By Th* Associated Pre** All Time* POT DIVISION FINALS Plrttximh 3. N.Y. Wanders 6, series tod M Montreal 4. Buffalo 3. OT. Montreal leads series 2-0 yU^ills^s^AW ftslsW S St. Louie at Toronto, 430 p.m. Los Angeles al Vancouver. 730 p.m. News from Newhouse Dave Newhouse Pltturqh M it p.m Montreal it Buffalo, 430 p.m. Friday, Mey 7 Toronto at St. Lout*, 430 p.m. Vancouver at Los Angeles, 730 p.m. Bonds has elevated himself to greatness Over the first month of the season, Barry Bonds has been the best player in baseball. In fact, he has lapped the field. Say, maybe the Giants got him cheaply at $43 million over six years. Is it already time to renegotiate? Bonds has elevated himself to greatness, although there's some doubt as to exactly when his own personal elevator ascended to the top floor of baseball's talent department. Was it last year when Bonds won his second National League Most Valuable Player award in three years? Or was it this April when he seemed to take his game to a higher level? Whenever, Bonds is only 28, which suggests that he has only tapped into what he hopes to achieve in this game. One day recently at Candlestick Park, Bonds was asked about greatness. Specifically, is it harder to attain or maintain? "It's harder to stay there," he said, "because you've got a long time to get there, a short time to stay there." There's no discernable weakness in Bonds' game. Maybe someday he will be ranked with the true greats of baseball: Mays, Musial, Williams, Aaron, Clemente, etc. "There's a handful of them," Bonds cautioned. "There's a lot of spotlighted people, like Mark Lemke, who have a great World Series..." Yet never achieve extended greatness, such as a Barry Bonds. So then, Barry, how does one hold on to greatness? "Pray, man," he replied laughing. "I don't know. It's too hard to explain. You don't know why it all falls into place." Bonds sounds like most great athletes, unsure of their greatness and even more uncomfortable talking about it. However, he recognizes the most painful part of greatness. "Realizing that it takes 365 days a year," he said. "It's keeping your mental approach, staying a student. I work out four days a week before I get to the ballpark. I work out five days a week in the offseason, trying to stay strong. Everyone's punishing themselves. We're not that superhuman." Except Barry Bonds, who was born on Krypton, right? "Greatness is like (ex-New York Jets football player Dennis) Byrd, who got himself back to walking after people said he was paralyzed for life," Bonds believes. "I'm not great. I'm just a man trying to get by in life. God is great. "There's something great in anybody. A carpenter or a gar- bageman. I can't build a skyscraper or a plane. I don't know anything about modem medicine. Isn't it great to see a woman give birth? How do you do that? Wondeijnent filled Bonds' voice and his eyes. He has been described in many different ways, mostly negative: Moody, rude, mouthy, self- centered and disrespectful. But, this moment, he was very likeable, with almost a naive innocence about him. This greatness thing really has him confused. "I call greatness an old wise man trying to keep his sense. Like Henry Fonda in 'On Golden Pond,' trying to remember his way back home," Bonds said. Now it was time to avoid his interviewer. "I've got to work out," Bonds announced, getting up from his locker and walking off. He had business to do, and this is business. An hour later, Bonds smashed a three-run homer. He would finish the evening with five RBIs. If he keeps this up. his elevator is bound to go through the roof.

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