Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on August 3, 1987 · Page 7
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MONDAY, AUGUSTS, 1987 SPORTS THE UKIAKDAILY JOURNAL Pony finale tonight By GLENN ERICKSON Jeumtl Sporti Editor Emerttut The six-day Northern Regional Pony 13-14 Baseball Tournament ends tonight with one, possibly two games in Anton Stadium. But it is unlikely that there can be a more'dramatic finish to either the 5:30 or, if needed, 8 p.m. action tonight when unbeaten Sunnyvale again faces Seaside than there was when Seaside edged Land Park, 3-1, Sunday evening. Centerflelder Lance Scott threw a 250-foot strike to catcher Joni Joyce at the plate to hail Land Park's Thor Tharpe for the final out. Tharpe had walked with two- down in the top of the seventh, advanced to second on a passed ball and thought he had a chance to cut the margin to 3-2 as Raj Wallace ripped a line-drive shot into deep center. So did everyone else, except Seaside's rooters and players. They just knew that Scott would gun- down the unsuspecting runner, and he did with as perfect a throw home as you'll ever see on any diamond. He's done it in many another game, teammtes tell you. The throw ended a tense battle for survival and put Seaside of Monterey into tonight's Championship Finals against Sunnyvale, the team which embarassed proud Seaside, 11-0, in a shortened 5-inning tourney opening game last Wednesday night. Sunnyvale also played Sunday and had i\s own problems getting past Land Park of Sacramento, despite a deceptive 9-5 final victory margin, 30 minutes before the hot and tired Sacramento team had to come back to play the thriller with Seaside. Some say "pitching is the name of the game," and Sunnyvale may be scratching for pitching tonight more than Seaside... « Seasiafe got a* a cool arid, masterful " 6-hit mound effort out of srieaky- fast Travis Wilson, who struck out six over the full seven innings in Sunday's third game. Wilson also walked three, the last being the ill-fated Tharpe, cut down by Scott's bullet peg from deep, deep centerfield. This might be the time to ack- nkowledge the superb outfield play of on all eight teams which started the Northern Regionals in Anton Stadium 13 games ago. All but host Ukiah were used to shorter fences . than at Anton, but used their speed '•and grace to field most tough chances cleanly. Land Park, assured of its 30-mi; nutes minimum rest after the tough afternoon loss to Sunnyvale because Irma Crabtree, Ukiah's 'adopted' baseball mother reminded officials of the 30-minute between games rest rule, scored in the first against Seaside. A two-out walk to fine third- sacker Jared Brown, a passed-ball and a triple by catcher Frank Victorio put Land Park up, 1-0. Seaside, one of the pre-toumey favorites, responded with two in the bottom of the first after second batter Tyril Sherman walked. But pinch-runner Marcus Teal was forced at second by Joni Joyce, who got life on a Sacramento error. Singles by Lance Scott and Ramon Avila and an error giving Travis Williams life led to £ 2-1 Seaside lead. Seaside's final run came in the third as Avila singled and scored moments later on an error, for 3-1. Land Park's John Belon and Raj Wallace collaborated on a six- hitter, fanning four, walking one. Sunnyvale may not be able to get more than an inning out of ace- pitcher Matt Bokemeier, who opened the tourney with a one- hitter against Seaside, but has , pitched nearly 28 innings in the last 10 days and is paying the price. Land Park in the mid-afternoon game Sunday in 103 degree heat : hanmered assorted Sunnyvale : pitchers for nine hits, but came up short in the run department because of strong Sunnyvale defense and at : times injudicious base running. •' Leading the Land attack were hit- lers Jared BrOwn, Frank'Viciorio, John Hagopian, Jay Thomas, Sal Garcia, and Shawn Ware. Sunnyvale collected 10 hils but r..made them count, including ihree I for four by Dave Kramer, as well as assorted bingles by Bud Miehe, j pinch-hitler Jason Crow and Jason Simentachi, land doubles by John ; . Morgan and Mark Yanccy back to back in the decisive three-run sixth. trong relief pitching by Bud Miehe for three innings after three ,' by the soie-armed Bokemeier, and : a clutch final inning by Jason Simentachi kepi Sunnyvale undefeated. The champion nth-inning HR gives Reds 5-4 win Davis sinks Giants CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Reds outfielder Eric Davis used the long ball to enter a select baseball circle — and, at the same time, to pin a stinging loss on the San Francisco Giants in the National League West race. "It was one of the best balls I've hit," Davis said of his 30th home run of the season, which he hit leading off the bottom of the 11 th inning Sunday to give the Reds a 5-4 victory over San Francisco. Davis' lowering shot off the leftfield upper deck gave the Reds two victories in the three-game series and increased their lead over the Giants in the National League West to three games. San Francisco Manager Roger Craig, obviously disappointed at Sunday's loss, told reporters it would not derail the Giants. "We're three games out," Craig said. "We're won't give up, if that's what you're insinuating. The home run off Jeff Robinson, 6-7, made the 25-year-old Davis, in his third major-league season, the seventh player ever to hit at least 30 homers and steal at least 30 bases in one season. He stole two bases Sunday to increase his total to 39. Rookie right-hander Jeff Montgomery, 1-0, who was called up Friday from the minors, mixed fast- balls and changeups to pitch a scoreless top of the 11th for his first major-league victory in his second appearance. The Reds tied the game in the bottom of the eighth when Tracy Jones singled with one out, stole second and scored on Terry McGriff's single. But they failed to score in the bottom of the ninth after loading the bases with one out when Jones took a called third strike and McGriff popped out. The Giants had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth on Jeffrey Leonard's sacrifice fly. Pinch hitter Joel Youngblood, the first batter to face Cincinnati relief ace John Franco, opened the inning with his second pinch home run of the season, tying the score 3-3. Dave Concepcion's first home run of the season off Giants starter Atlee Hammaker had given the Reds a 3-2 lead in the sixth. The Giants took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Chili Davis hit his 18th home run off Tom Browning after Aldrete hit the game's first pitch for a ground-rule double. A's beat Twins in 11 OAKLAND (AP) — After four hot, draining hours of hardball — 11 innings of tough pitching, dive- in-lhe-dirl defense and home run power—the Oakland Athletics and Minnesota Twins stripped off their dusty uniforms and shared the same thought: Pennant race pressure is already in the air and there isn't likely to be a letup until October. Jose Canseco ended Sunday's battle of wills with a sizzling, two- out single up the middle that flicked off the outstretched glove of second baseman Al Newman and scored Luis Polonia from second for a 6-5 Oakland victory. The Athletics' second consecutive win in the three-game series moved them to within a game of the American League West-leading Twins and into second place, a half- game ahead of the California Angels, who lost 5-4 to Seattle. Alfredo Griffin started the 11th inning rally by reaching on an error by Newman on a soft liner. "The ball knuckled on me and hit the butt of my glove. No excuses," said Newman. Griffin stole second, then tried to score on Polonia's single to right, but was called out at home by umpire Derryl Cousins. A televised replay showed Griffin slid safely under catcher Tim Laudner's tag after the relay throw from Newman. Oakland Manager Tony LaRussa, who pulled a leg muscle when he darted out of the dugout to protest the call, was ejected by Cousins. , "My whole leg crossed the plate before (Newman) tagged me," Griffin said. The Athletics, who blew a 5-4 lead in the ninth, seemed about to be denied victory again. However, Polonia took second on Newman's throw and Carney Lansford was walked intentionally by reliever Jeff Reardon. Newman dove to muffle Canseco's grounder off a fastball, but as it caromed off his glove toward short and he tried to chase it down, Polonia came around to score. Gene Nelson, 5-2, gained the victory after retiring the only two batters he faced in the llth. Reardon fell to 5-6. Bob White signs with Miners ROCKLIN, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers, traditionally one of the first teams to sign all its draft choices, wrapped up its 1987 rookie contract chores by reaching an agreement with former Perm State linebacker Bob White. "I was at the point where I needed to make a concrete decision one way or the other, to play or not to play," said White, the team's sixth- round pick, at a news conference at the training camp Sunday. White, 23, an inspirational leader for the Nittany Lions' national championship team, signed a two- year contract after having missed 19 practices. Terms were not divulged. He will switch from a defensive end to an inside linebacker. Last week, General Manager John McVay called White's refusal to sign "baffling." The club had offered White a two-year contract calling for a $24,000 signing bonus and $75,000 his rookie season. White, who has a degree in criminal justice, contended he considered entering graduate school or getting a job as a probation or parole officer, even though any NFL salary is far greater than he would have earned at such a job. Meanwhile, Ronnie Lott and Eric Wright, two of the besl defensive backs in the National Football League, have spent most of their time at the San Francisco 49ers' training camp sidelined by injuries. But they expect to get more active this week in preparation for the preseason opener on Saturday against Kansas City in Canton, Ohio. "I just hope to get back to the form where I am once again recognized as one of the best cornerbacks in the league," said Wright. "If I can do that and play like that again for a few years, then maybe this woh'tbe my last trip to the Hall.of Fame." Wright is recovering from a severe groin injury and team officials expect him to begin hitting this week. When he tried to make a comeback after an injury last season, he hurt himself again and was on injured reserve for the rest of the season. Lott, who made All-Pro in his first full season at free safety last year, underwent an arthroscopic knee operation a few weeks ago. "He's got arthritis," said team trainer Lindsy McLean. "Right now he's got to build up his muscle strength. His main emphasis here in training camp is to get his leg strong." Dexter Keehn wins Sunday's Dog Daze Run. Dexter Keehn wins Dog Daze DUlie Ashiku Spinks wants Mike Tyson Distance runner Dexter Keehn, Potter Valley, Sunday won the North Coast Strider Dog-Daze 10-K run at Oak Manor School, Ukiah, besting a field of 36 runners as temperatures soared toward 100-degrees. His time of 37-minutes, 59-seconds was almost identical to h is age of 37 years, and he had a two- minute lead over Bob Clark, 36, Redwood Valley, second in 39:19.00. Third and fourth, jusl 10 seconds and 40 seconds behind Clark were Al Bellon, age 60, and G. Nicesw- sanger, 42, of Ukiah and Redwood Valley, respectively. Fifth in the 10-K feature event was Ron Howard, 35, Ukiah, clocked in 40-minutes,10-seconds. Liz Black, 29, Ukiah, was winner of the women's 10-K run in 42-minutes, 47-seconds. Second went to Potter's Bonnie Springer, 40, timed in 48:46, and third to Lakeporl's Cam Downey, 36, clocked in49:48. Despite the heat there were 56 runners in the one-mile fun-run, which saw Ukiahi's assistant track coach Jaime Cpnnerton, 41, and his daughter, Jessica, age 11, win the men's and women's mile races. Pop Connerton, finishing in 5-minutes, 15-secbnds, led runner- up miler Paul Jepson, 44, Ukiah, by just 16-seconds; and Sanford Dorbin, 54, Willits, by 38-seconds. Jessica Connerton, 11, oulraced Ukiahi's May Chia, age 17, by just eight seconds, winning in 6-minutes, 58-seconds. Third went to Rose Dorbin, 46, Willits, clocked in 7:07. LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — After watching the fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship, a man in the cheap seats at the distant rim of the arena immediately disputed the title. "He may have the belts, but he's not really the champion until he deals with me," Michael Spinks said after watching Mike Tyson pound out an unspectacular 12-round unanimous decision over Tony Tucker Saturday night. The victory over Tucker, the International Boxing Federation champion, completed a sweep of titles for Tyson, who already held the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association crowns. Spinks, who witnessed the bout from a $50 seal at the Las Vegas Hilton, said the heavyweight picture will remain fuzzy until he fights Tyson. Earlier in the day, Spinks held a news conference to plead his case for that matchup. A Spinks-Tyson bout would seem lucrative and logical, but Tyson's people have said he's booked up until the fall of next year. "I think they'd be stupid to let a fight like that pass," Spinks said. "This is the one I think all the networks, all the people want to see. They're eager to see me tested." Spinks was stripped of his IBF title and eliminated from the heavyweight unificiation series when he would not make a mandated title defense against Tucker, instead opting for a June bout againsi Gerry Cooney. Tucker then won the vacant IBF crown and the right to meet Tyson in the series finale. Spinks said a match with Tyson would be "The Fight." "I don't really think about what I'd do against him, but everybody says I'd have the best chance againsi him," said Spinks, who had beaten Larry Holmes lo lake the IBF title. The unbeaten Spinks, virtually certain to get a shot at Tyson sooner or later, might have been encouraged by what he saw Saturday night. West Germany wins Federation Cup WEST VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Steffi Graf has staked her claim as the next dominant player in women's tennis. Graf ripped Chris Evert 6-2, 6-1 in a singles match, ihen combined with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch for a 1-6,7-5,6-4 victory in the deciding doubles match Sunday to give West Germany lo its firsl Federation Cup championship with a eome-from- bchind 2-1 victory over the United Stales. The defending champion Americans, minus injured Martina Navra- lilova, the world's lop-ranked player, had cruised inlo ihe finals with four easy victories and jumped ahead in ihe firsl singles malcn as Pam Shriver downed Kohde-Kilsch 6-0, 7-6. But Graf ihen took rralters into Pop Warner signups tonight For the approximately 114 boys 10 lo 14 years of age signed up for Ukiah Lions' Pop Warner football learns Saturday, additional physical examinations and signups will be given and laken lonighl and Tuesday ai 5:30 p.m. al Anlon Sladium, coach Brad Shear announced loday Signups will conlinue lor some time, bul those nol gelling iheir physicals today or Tuesday will have to get them at their own • physician, necessitating a delay in siarling praclice. No physicals, no praclice. her own hands. "I was going for ihe shots in the singles," Graf, said. "It was the besl match I had the whole week." Graf and Kohde-Kilsch were two games away from losing the doubles lo Shriver and Evert, a last- minute replacement for Navratilova on ihe wor'll2p doubles pairxg'used lo give up. "It was a match made in heaven," said Shriver of ihe excitement generated by ihe ihree-sei doubles. "It's possibly ihe most dramatic doubles match '/• :'/• YED, AND I've played a lol of them." The top-seeded Americans won the firsl sel easily and look the first four games of ihe second set, bul suddenly ihe momentum swung the other way. F.vcri, who had only 30 minutes' rest after the singles, sremed lo lire and Graf kept growing slronger, her blazing forehand complementing the reach of Kohde-Kilsch at ihe net. "It's disappointing for the team to lose when you're within an inch of winning," Evert said. "Nobody choked, nobody got nervous. They just lifted their game a notch." The Wesl Germans rallied 10 win ihe second sel, then broke serve in ihe sevenlh game of ihe final sel lo lead 4-3 and served out the match to claim their first championship in their fifth trip to the finals. "Pam a lot to do in the match because Chris is nol a volleyer," said Kohde-Kilsch. 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