Journal Gazette from Mattoon, Illinois on September 21, 1992 · Page 11
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Mattoon, Illinois
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Monday, September 21, 1992
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INSIDE: B2 Eagles pound Broncos B3 Diliion doubles midget fun B4 Jess, Tice win at Tuscola L'OriDAY I U') S2ptornbor21,1992 ) V. ( V 3 Mattoon Journal Gazette lllini lose B3 Fatherly advice helps out By BRIAN NIELSEN jSports Editor CHARLESTON Obedient to his father, Stan Royer hit his fust major-league home run Sunday. "After (Saturday's) games I tojd him tomorrow you need to turn on one and make an impres- , sion with a home run,'" Harold Royer said Sunday night. . Stan did that and more. The former Charleston High School and Eastern Illinois baseball star went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs helping the St. Louis Cardinals whip the Chicago Cubs 16-4 Sunday. "For our part, you could hardly have planned it any better than how it happened," said Harold Royer who along with his wife Dixie attend Saturday and Sunday's games at Wrigley Field. "It's one of the best weekends he's had as a professional ball player." The big Sunday afternoon came after Royer drove in the winning run of Saturday's second , ame of a doubleheader. Following an injury to third baseman Rod Woodson, Royer came off the aench to go l-for-3, getting a base hit to left field in the top of the ninth for the Cardinals' 11-10 win. In Saturday's first game Royer had a pinch-hit double. Since being called up to the Cardinals following his Triple-A season at Louisville, Royer is hitting 6-for-l 1 with six runs batted in. 9i 'This might have the Cardinals front office thinking again as the time approaches to protect 15 playertlteforVtfhe? NtftrWsfl League expansion draft. ' "We don't know what will happen from here on," said Harold Royer, who coached Stan at Charleston High. "There are so many players. Yoii really can't get a feel for it. I think it's just one of those things where they're trying to let everybody have a chance to play. "Stan says it kind of reminds you of spring training where you try to establish yourself as a guy to play on the team. You can look in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and tfde sports writers making their Jistof who the Cardinals will keep. How ever many sports writers there are, you see that many different combinations. I know I wouldn't want to be Joe Torre, ei "Wheneveryoudogetachance play, you want to do well and put yourself on display. He's helped his chances, whether it'd be for the Cardinals or someone else. Hopefully, it will be the Cardinals." - . . ie Whatever Stan's future, he and "his family had quite a weekend. ku "There have been a bunch of phone calls," Harold said after arriving home in Charleston Sunday night. "We've got six children nd heard from all of them. And a tot of friends have called. It's re-afly been fun." h v A' 'u:x n First start yields 4-for-5 day if' Royer AP Photo Rick Wilkins is out as Geronimo Pena turns a double play Bears, seeking big plays CHICAGO (AP) On a big jfclonday night,1 it may; be the little things' th'at 'CoUnti 'when' th'e New York Giants play the Chicago Bears. Neither the Giants nor Bears have managed to spring the big play so far this season, which probably explains why New York is 0-2 and the Bears are 1-1. "We are not a big play team," Giants coach Ray Handley said. "We're not going to hit an 80-yard pass on most teams." The Bears, who failed to start 2-0 for the first time in 10 years, haven't had a running play for more than 30 yards since 1991, when Neal Anderson went 42 yards for a touchdown in a 20-17 victory over the Giants. Their longest play this season has been a 28-yard pass from Jim Harbaugh to Wendell Pa vis in their last-second, 27-24 opening win over Detroit. They were limited to two field goals in a 28-6 loss at New Orleans last week. The big plays in Bears' games have been by their opponents. "In two games we've given up ' six big plays, five on passes and one run," coach Mike Ditka said. "That's a lot. We're going to have to work on it and get better." The 0-2 start has put pressure on Handley, who coached the Giants to an 8-8 record last year after taking over a Super Bowl winner from Bill Parcells. CHICAGO (AP) -Charleston's Stan Royer made his first start of the season and hit his first major league homer in the place he wanted to. "I'm glad I got it here. I love this ball park," Royer said Sunday after driving in four runs in the St. Louis Cardinals' 16-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs. "It's bricks and grass: what a ball park should be," Royer said. Geronimo Pena's three-run double capped a six-run first inning for the Cardinals, who set a season high for runs and also got a season-high 22 hits. Pena drove in 1 1 runs in the four-game series, raising his season total to 29. "I've never had a series like this," Pena said. "I needed it big-time. It was an opportunity to show I can play." Cardinals manager Joe Torre doesn't need to be convinced about Pena. "He's got offensive tools that are pretty impressive," Torre said. "He can hit with power from both sides of the plate and he can steal bases." Ryne Sandberg homered for the fourth time in six games, hitting his 24th of the season in the seventh inning. Shawn Boskie (5-10) faced seven batters and retired none in the shortest start of his major league career. Boskie has had shoulder troubles but said that wasn't the problem. "My problem is what's above the shoulder in my head," Boskie said. "The last thing I'd want to admit is I'm a head case. But looking from the outside, that's what I'd have to say." Bryn Smith (2-1 ), who relieved Mark Clarkin the fourth, allowed one run and three hits in four innings. Bernard Gilkey and Ozzie Smith singled in the first, Ray Lankford walked and Felix Jose singled in two runs. Rod Brewer's single loaded the bases, Royer singled home a run and Pena's double made it 6-0. Andre Dawson tripled in a run in the bottom half, but Brewer hit an RBI single in the second. Derrick May and Rick Wilkins hit RBI singles in the third as Chicago closed to 7-3. Royer hit a two-run homer in the seventh. Royer and Pena hit RBI singles in the eighth and Tom Pagnozzi hit . a sacrifice fly. Bien Figueroa hit a three-run double in the ninth and Rex Hudler hit a sacrifice fly. Notes: The Cardinals lead the NL in hitting with a .264 average and in fielding with a .987 percentage. The last time they led the league in hitting was 1985 with a .264 average. ... When Jessie Hollins made his debut Saturday, he became the 40th player to appear in a game for the Cubs this season, including 17 pitchers. Hollins is one of 18 products of the farm system to appear in a game this year. ... Sandber" gor his 500th assist in the secorju inning. He joined Charlie Gehringer as the only second baseman to have at least 500 sists in six different seasons. ... Sandberg had reached base i ' consecutive times (six hits and five walks) before striking out in ' the second inning. ... The crowd of 28,101 boosted the Cubs' total to. 2,022,906. It's the sixth straight season they have gone over two million and the eighth time ever. ... Dawson needs two hits to reach 2,500 and two home runs to reach 400. V J If i My T w u UP -- - - -'" " ' ' - lu 1 ,i) 74 Photo by Doug Lawhead Eastern's Bill Korosec scores around the block of Warren Cushingberry Saturday in the Panther victory , ! Paniti Gneps pay IbacEi Rftuway Stiafie Unearned runs U. ! cost Lake Land MATTOON Outhit 17-10 . and victimized by several key er- L rors, Lake Land's baseball team lost 10-6 to Southeastern Saturday at Grimes Field. Southeastern went up 4-0 by the fifth inning before the Lakers rallied to tie the score. Ryan Montgomery connected on a two-run double with the bases loaded and one out, Darren Ken-nell had an RBI ground out and Montgomery scored on a balk to tie the score. l But two unearned Southeastern runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth put Lake Land behind for good. "There were a couple of errors p critical times and probably ptir key blunder was in the third inning, with the bases loaded nd one out, we get a runner picked off second base," Laker fcoach Gene Creek said. 5 Aaron Sinner took the loss for 4 : TT the Lakers, who now fall to 3-3. Lake Land plays Tuesday at Rend Lake with Louie Andrew (2-0) on the mound. The Lakers have not lost a game Andrew has started. Lake Land AB R HBI 4 2 3 1 Foreman.c 3 0 10 Montgomery, ph 1112 5 0 12 Bryant,dh 2 0 0 0 10 0 0 Isley.rf 5 0 0 0 K.Bloemer,lf 4 10 0 Brummer,3b 4 13 0 Pottorff,2b 4 111 2 0 0 0 10 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 37 610 6 2B: Gadlage, Montgomery Southeastern 030 010 231 10-17-2 Lake Land 000 040110 6-10-3 Cotton, Lucas (5), Stevens (9) and Mc-Spain. Wilkey, Sinner (2), Kelch (7), Wright (8), Tharp (8), Bryant (8) and Foreman L-Sinner(0-2). By BRIAN NIELSEN Sports Editor CHARLESTON Again, debate lingers after an Eastern-Murray State football game. But this time, the only question is how much of a factor revenge was in Eastern's 48-9 rout over Murray Saturday night at O'Brien Stadium "Murray State is the team I dislike the most of any team we play," said fullback Broc Montgomery, whose apparent game-winning PAT reception last year was nullified by a controversial penalty away from the play to ' preserve Murray's 28-27 win. "It stuck in my mind because I was on the trip, even though I didn't play much," said Bill Korosec, who Saturday as a sophomore ran for three EIU touchdowns. "The emotion, I can't explain it, we just got robbed down there. We really wanted to beat them." Or you can hear the milder approach. "We're not looking at any of this season as revenge," quarterback JefTThorne said. "We lost five games by a point and one by two points. We can't go through Murray State 0 3 0 69 Eastern Illinois 7 10 24 748 First quarter E-Bill Korosec 2 run (Steve Largent kick), 9:24 Second quarter E-FG, Largent 32, 5:51 M-FG, Eric Lombard 24, 3:30 E-Korosec 7 run (Largent kick), 1:47 Third quarter E-FG, Largent 21, 10:53 : E-Chris Hicks 25 pass from JefTThorne (Largent kick), 9:53 E-Korosec 16 run (Largent kick), 3:29 E-Willie High 1 run (Largent kick), 1:48 Fourth quarter M-David Redmond 37 pass from Butch Mosby (run failed), 12:47 E-Pete Mauch 13 run ( Largent kick) TEAM STATISTICS First downs by rushing by passing by penalty Rushes-yards Passes attempted EIU MSir 23 17 9 12 9 4 5 1 44-159 50-158 30 27 '-. Passes completed IS . 12 Passes had intercepted 0 2 ' Yards passing 218 121 Total offense 377 279 Punts-average 5-34 6-28 Fumbles-lost 0-0 3-2 Penalties-yards 8-83 12-71! INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing E-Willie High 15-65, 1 TD; Bill Korosec 1 1-54, 3 TDs; Chris Hicks 3-26; Pete Mauch 2-18, 1 TI); Brock Montgomery 5-17-. Kip Collins 2-6; Brian Kelly 1-4-3); JefTThorne 5--24) M-Homer Patton 10-74; Dave Cox 9-41; Bino Edwards 3-lS; Wayne McGowan 5-12; Butch Mosby 4-11; Timmy Bland 6-'; Chad Garni 2-5; Willie Sapp l-2;Tremain Lewis 1H:8 Passing E-Thorne 18-29-0, 218yards, 1 TO; Mauch OM-0 M-Lewis 10-23-2, 85 yards; Mosby 2-4-0, 36 yards, 1 TI) Receiving E-Bill Korosec 5-53; Mike Rummell 4-60; Melvin Jackson 4-40; Hicks 2-30, 1 TD; Jason Calabrese 1-17; Montgomery 1-13; Mauch 1-5 M-David Redmond 3-68, 1 TD; Bland 3-2 1 ; Edwards 2-15; McGowan 2-14; Cox 1-4, Patton l-(-l) the whole season looking for revenge because it would be re venge, revenge, revenge, and that would get old after a while." Whatever Eastern's crusade was Saturday, it must have gotten old to Murray State, which absorbed a worse beating than what the Panthers suffered the previous week in the 63-28 loss at Marshall. For sure, this helped soothe some of the nagging memories of 14-10 and 28-27 losses the past two seasons at Murray State. "I'm happy because we focused on this team so much," EIU coach Bob Spoo said. "I've been thinking about it a lot and I guess we wanted some amount of restitution. "That in itself isn't going to do it unless you execute because after the first few plays, that's out the window. It's blocking and tackling. It's down to the fundamentals." This wasn't a flawlessly funda mental performance. While Murray State was penalized 12 times for 76 yards in this 3-hour, 10-minute marathon, Eastern had eight penalties for 83 yards and two touchdowns brought back because of flags. Mike Rummell's blocked purr giving the Panthers the ball on Murray State's 28-yard line early in the game was wasted because a holding penalty erased a Continued on B4

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