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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 11

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THE BAYTOWN SUN Tuesday, April 22, 19K 1-B SPORTS •Area track and field regional qualifiers, 2-B •Little League roundup, 2-B •Hockey playoff roundup, 3-B Ryan shelled as Braves cruise past Astros 8-2 ATLANTA (AP) — After blasting a Nolan Ryan fastball over the center field fence, Atlanta's Bob Homer felt better about his progress from a ^season-opening slump. Horner, who began the year 0- for-2l. hit his second homer Monday night in an 8-2 Braves victory over the Houston Astros. , His two-run shot to center came in third inning, ac- .celerating a pasting of Ryan that began with Glenn Hubbard's three-run homer in the second. -I'm hitting the ball better and ^seeing it better." Horner said. • ^Sometimes, something will *elrck and you're right back in the ;groove." ->The Braves reached Ryan, 2-2. • f<ar nine hits, six of them for ex~.i£a bases, in three-plus innings. Ope Johnson, 2-0. gave up eight bits as he cruised to a complete- .'gatne victory. ;-;Ryan. who said he hung a ;cu*rve ball to Hubbard and gave • Ftprner a'fastball in a "decent ."ideation" down and in. said of ;the outing, "It was just a pretty poor performance." Braves Manager Chuck Tanner said the victory over baseball's all-time strikeout king showed "the worst thing you can do in this game is read statistics. Forget statistics and concentrate on the day you're playing. You can't dwell in the past." With one out in the second inning. Ryan gave up a single "to Ken Oberkfel! and hit Bruce Benedict with a pitch. Hubbard then hit his first home run of the season over the left field fence. Dale Murphy opened the Braves' third with a triple and scored on Horner's homer. Ryan walked Johnson leading off the fourth. Johnson took second on Omar Moreno's single and both runners scored when Rafael Ramirez doubled to make it 7-0. chasing Ryan. Glenn Davis opened the Houston seventh with a double and scored on Alan Ashby's single. When the ball got past Murphy in right field. Ashby on went to third and scored Dickie Thon's grounder. The Braves got their final run in the eighth on Johnson's single and another double by Ramirez. HOUSTON Doran2b. . Solanop . Puhlrf Garner Jb Cruz If . . . . Ilalehcr If GDavislb Basset Ashbv c Thonss . ... Kyan p . . . DiPino p . . Walling ph . Calhoun p . . Pankvitz:>t> Totals.. Houston .... Atlanta ab . .4 . .1) . .3 .1 .3 .. I ..4 .4 .3 4 I 1 1 .0 ..0 33 r h bl 0 1 U 000 0 u o o 1 0 1 0 0 u 0 0 0 I) 1 1 000 000 000 000 000 282 ATLANTA Moreno cf . . Ramirez ss. Murphy rf.. Horner Ib . Harper If. . Oberktell 3b Benedict c. Hubbard 2b JJohnson p . Totals nnn ab . . 3 . . 5 . .5 . .4 - .3 .4 . .3 .4 . .3 36 nn 032 200 ab r h bl 120 023 3 o 1 2 o i o 2 0 0 0 200—2 Game winning RBI — Hubbard in. K - UlPino. Duran. Murphy. DP - Atlanta 1 LOB — Houston 6. Atlanta 7 2B — Puhl. Harper. Kainirez 2. UUavis. Ashby 3B - Moreno. Murphy IIR -• Hubbard in. Horner i2i. IP H R ER BB SO Houston Kyan < L. 2-J < . ......... :t y 7 7 •> 4 DiPino .......... . . . 3 i u u o 3 Calhoun ............... I l o 0 u 0 Solano ............... I 2 1 1 0 I Atlanta JJohnson < \V. 2-0 1 .... 9 a '2 1 -1 \V. 2-0 1 .... 9 Ryan pitched to 3 bailers in the 4th. HUP - By Kyan i Bent-did • T A Marathon draws names BOSTON <AP» - It wasn't much of a race, but what a race it was. Rob de Castella had to fight off little more than a heavy-set young spectator who got in his ;uay. Ingrid Krisiianscn's big- Rest challenge came from a queasy stomach. H competition was absent f r o m M o n d a y ' s Boston Marathon, big names and big money made up for it. "The tradition of Boston is still ; there." said four-time winner Bill Hudgcrs. who. at age :»». linished L\ stunning fourth in his nth Boston Marathon, ••it's good to see it come back. The race has be-on raised to a new Irvel. It's a spi'ctacular event." And de Castella and Kris- liansen. tlu 1 favorites and two of the greatest maralhoners of the decade, ran spectacular races. De C'astella. an Australian with a drooping mustache, con- .quered the hills and valleys lalong the testing 2li-mile. :i8f>- ;yard route in a course record of 2 hours. 7 minutes and 51 seconds, the third-fastest marathon of all time. Kristiansen. a Norwegian, perservered despite a painful abdomen to post a time of 2:24:55, second-fastest Boston Marathon by a woman and the ninth-best ever by a woman. They were rewarded handsomely for their Boston debuts. Attracted by the prize money awarded here for the first time since the initial Boston Marathon in 1897. de Castella hit a S60.CHK) jackpot and Kristiansen had a S35.000 payday. Each earned S30.000 and a new luxury car for finishing first, de Castella picked up another S25.0UO for breaking the course record of 2:08:52 set by Alberto Salazar in 1982. and each winner pocketed S5.000 for beating certain times. De Castella said this year's addition of John Hancock Financial Services as the major corporate sponsor of the race organized by the Boston Athletic Association influenced him to compete. "The prize money and John Hancock's supporting the BAA are the main reasons 1 decided to run here in Boston in preference to somewhere else." he said. That attracted others to the 4.903-runner field, which had declined in quality in recent years as marathoners sought more lucrative prospects in other races. But this spring. Boston came back. It had Orlando Pizzolato. two- time winner of the New York City Marathon: Pete Pfitzinger. winner of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials: 1983 Boston champion Greg Meyer. Japanese star Kunimitsu Ito and highly regarded newcomer Arturo Barrios. The women's field featured Kristiansen. Lisa Martin of Australia. Carla Beurskens of The Netherlands and 1984 Boston winner Lorraine Moller. , REL enter stretch drive '•:'.' By ED CAMPBELL It's p roily much do-or-die time for both the Ross S. Sterling Rangers and the Robert E. Lee Ganders. And even if they do. they still may die. Both baseball teams are faced with the prospect of having to win all four remaining District 23-5A games to have any chance at one of the two playoff spots. In both cases, that still may not be enough. With four games left on Ihe regular-season schedule. Deer Park appears to have a virtual lock on first place with its 9-1 record. The North Shore Mustangs are currently in second at 7-3. two games off the pace. The Rangers are holding down third at 6-4, one game behind North Shore and three behind the Deer. The Ganders are 5-5 and four games out of first. If the Rangers win their last four games, they'd still need a North Shore loss to climb into second. Coincidentally, the Mustangs will visit Sterling on Friday at 4 p.m. in what may be the key league matchup of the week. Even if the Ganders win all four of their remaining games, they'd still need, considerable help in the form of losses by the three teams ahead of them in the standings. Any way you look at it, time is running out. "We definitely need to win all four," said Sterling Coach Al Hawthorne. "If we win the last four, we'd end up tied with North Shore unless they lose twice more. Let's look at it this way, we've got our work cut out for us." Before they look too far ahead to Friday's game, the Rangers must still get past the 4-6 South Houston Trojans today at Pasadena. That game is set for a 4:30 p.m. start. "It's pretty obvious that defense has been killing us," said Hawthorne. "It's so odd. because early on the defense was good. We couldn't figure out why it was so good. Now, it looks like we may be getting worried and it's showing up in our fielding." The Rangers are trying to regroup from a heartbreaking 64 loss in ll innings to the Ganders on Friday. "That one hurt a lot," said Hawthorne. "But it seems like the kids are over it. They've been working pretty good in practice. For that matter, they've been working good all season long. It's baseball sense that's the problem. We need better defense mentally. We're not thinking about what we're supposed to do once we field the ball." "It's pretty frustrating." Across town, Lee Coach Gary Herrington has adopted a philosophical stance. "At 5-5. we could be better and we could be worse." Herrington said. "All we can do is hope everyone's rested and everyone's feeling good. Then we just have to go out and win some ballgames." The Ganders will host the 3-7 Dobie Longhorns in a 7 p.m. contest today and travel to Pasadena Rayburn Friday for a 4:30 p.m. game. The Texa'ns are also 3-7 in the league. In the first round of play, Dobie beat the Ganders but the Ganders toppled Rayburn. "The way Dobie's playing, you can take nothing for granted," said Herrington. "That's the way it is in this whole league. You can never tell who's going to beat who. All I know for sure is that our attitude is up. Part of that may be a result of beating Sterling Friday. That was a good win for us." Senior John Moak, who upped his overall record to 4-5 with a relief victory over Sterling Friday, is expected to pitch for the Ganders today. At Sterling, junior Brad Garner is slated to take the mound against the Trojans. Month of April Special Appro*. 1,824 sq.ft. at $ 69,900 5% down,'71 Smth. For solos information call: 428-1060 or 428-1154 ATLANTA BRAVES second baseman Glenn Hubbard (left) was at the bag in time to catch a sliding Kevin Bass of the Houston Astros Monday night in Atlanta. Bass tried to steal second, but umpire Bob Rebels' chances slim Engel was on top of the play and called Bass out. The Braves won the game 8-2. (AP photo) LC may experiment By DAVID BERKOWITZ It's that time of season when teams on the outer limits set their sights in new directions. The Lee College Rebels are such a team. Entering the 1986 baseball season with high hopes, the Rebels have taken the low road. Unless a miracle finish transpires in the next two weeks, they will be on the outside looking in at the state junior college tournament. With that in mind. LC Coach Dick Smith plans to concentrate on finishing on an up note and laying the groundwork for next spring. With 12 games to play — six in the Texas Junior College Athletic Conference — experimentation will be the focal point. "We're going to make sure everyone gets a chance to play," Smith said. "We're going to shuffle the lineup, and guys will be playing in different positions." That doesn't mean the second-year coach has given up on this season. He still would like to see the Rebels win their remaining games. "We would love to beat San Jacinto. We would love to beat Alvin. And we would Jove to beat McLennan," he said. "I guess our job is to just make things as hard as we can for the other guys." In particular, "the other guys" are San Jacinto College and Alvin Community College. San Jacinto is trying to earn another TJCAC championship, and Alvin is attempting to make the playoffs. The Rebels have double-headers to play against both teams. San Jacinto College will visit Jenkins Park Saturday, and LC will travel to Alvin on April 30. In tune-ups for those games, the Rebels were to play McLennan Community College today in Waco and Hill Junior~College Wednesday in Hillsboro. Both double-headers were set for 1 p.m. starts. San Jacinto is in control in the TJCAC with a 12-2 record. The big question is which team will take the second playoff spot. Laredo Junior College (95) and Alvin (8-6) are the main possibilities. LC (59) is alongshot. For the Rebels to slip in through the back door, they would need to win at least five of their last six games. And Laredo and Alvin would have to fall on their faces. Laredo will host Alvin in a double-header Saturday. When all is said and done, Smith can look back on this season and only wonder what went wrong. After an 18-5 start, the Rebels cooled considerably. It got so bad that they found themselves in last place in the TJCAC after 10 games. "When we lost two at Southmost. I still think that was the crushing blow," Smith said of the Scorpions, who had won only two games prior to that April 12 double-header. "You've just got to beat a team that's 2-22." After placing second in the TJCAC and qualifying for the state tourney last season, who could blame the Rebels for expecting the same this season? When the reality of their situation set in, it wasn't easy for the players to take. "It's a hard lesson for our sophomores to learn," Smith said. "We just haven't been ready to play when it counts. I'm still not really sure why." LC took an overall record of 36-23 into today's action against McLennan. The Rebels split a Feb. 18 double-header with the Highlanders, who have been among the nation's top-ranked junior college teams this season. Stay COOL This Summer with these Carrier 38 ER SERIES Deluxe Units Quantity in stock Size Price 3 2y 2 Ton S 799 1 3Ton $ 899 1 5Ton S 1389 9.+ SEER Other units qvailable at good prices. including tax & Normal installation Carrier CARRIER WINDOW UNITS 5000 BTU nsvrit $ 199 +t« * 12,000 BTU 738V* $ 539 + t« 16,500 BTU »»v* $ 399 + t« * 18,000 BTU 7J.V* $ 699 + t« •Hif* EffkiMcy ANlMtsltavtA 5 ** TMT Call us for a FREE SECOND OPINION 421 -COOL 421- BavTemperature Control Inc. THE PROFESSIONAL AJR See Our Showroom At 5115 N. Main

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