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•y 2-B THE BAYTOWJN SUN Wednesday, August 19, 1!M»7 Recruiting tough job at Lee What's the toughest recruiting job around? Believe it or not, it may be in our own back yard. Trying to persuade high school baseball players that Lee College is a viable choice isn't as easy as it sounds. Contending year in and year out with the best the Texas Junior College Athletic Conference has to offer definitely works in Coach Dick Smith's favor. Since he has come on the scene, the Rebels have taken more steps forward than backward. The fact that he must recruit against the top junior college program in the country — San Jacinto College — doesn't make his job easy. But the position in which he was placed this year didn't help the situation. I'm talking about the thought of baseball being cut from the LC athletic agenda. Does that idea surprise you? It shouldn't, unless you didn't spend much time around Jenkins Park last season. While the Rebels concentrated on winning baseball games on one of the best playing fields around, much of the talk behind the backstop concerned the future of junior college baseball inBaytown. Rumor had it that because of expected financial problems, tennis wouldn't be the only sport that wouldn't return for the 1987- DAVID BERKOWITZ 88 school year. Later, Smith apparently received some assurance that baseball would at least be on for the upcoming season. After that? Well, there were no guarantees. When the news from the state Legislature in Austin this summer translated into more money for LC instead of an expected budget cut, the entire athletic department issued a sigh of relief. No one felt as relieved as Smith, who at least knew for certain that he could complete plans for the 1988 season. The recruiting work he turned in during the spring and summer had not gone to waste. And what a challenge that job must have been. It was no secret that the baseball program's future was uncertain, and Smith didn't try to hide the facts of the case when potential Rebels posed questions. The fact that he appears to have come up with a quality recruiting load, despite \ the distractions, speaks well of his ability to sell a college and a baseball program. My only hope is that this won't be the final year of junior college baseball in Baytown. Since the program began, there have been those who have been opposed to use of money oh such a venture. At the next sign of financial trouble, I'm afraid that anything could happen. While cutting a program would appear to save the college money, such may not be the case. For instance, baseball players would no doubt find another college to attend, leaving the school with those students to replace. Some can argue that new education programs could be started to attract more than the number of athletes lost, but that may be easier said than done. Here's hoping that baseball, basketball and volleyball remain at LC, and that the financial situation exists in the future for the addition of sports. But at this stage of the game, no one is certain what the future holds. With the start of LC's athletic year on the horizon, it's time to sit back and enjoy this city's college sports outlet. You don't know how lonely it would be without it. TCU may be Cinderella team FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Nine months ago, Texas Christian ended a dismal, scandal- scarred football season as a 74-10 patsy for Texas A&M's Cotton Bowl-bound rowdies. It was an Aggie joke run amok. The Horned Frogs, if not clinically dead, were mortally wounded. But wait! With the irrepressible Jim Wacker entering the fifth year of his rollercoaster career, TCU fans insist the Frogs could once again emerge as the Cinderella RENT-A-CAR U-SAVE 422-0535 MICHELIN WI OOT 'IM FULLER TIRE CO. tzwm We build: Custom GuniTi Pools • Fiberglass Pools * Vinyl Above t Inground Pools CRYER POOlS 8c Spas 3202McKinneyRd. 422-2554 3 Tkr Fountain with pool parch*** team of the Southwest Conference. "It can be done," said defensive tackle Kent Tramel, a member of the Miracle '84 team and one of three TCU veterans who sat out the 1986 campaign to play their final collegiate season this year. "We've had talent in spots before, but I think our experience this year is going to make a difference." he said. "I have no doubts that we will win our share of football games." Despite the adversity of the last two seasons, 1987 is the year Wacker has been pointing toward. He's got 23 regulars returning, a proven quarterback in Scott Ankrom, a premier running back in Tony Jeffery and a couple of new coaches to add an exciting wrinkle to the offense and a bit of aggression to the defense. Says Wacker: "It's time to put all the garbage from the last couple of years behind us, move on and start winning again...and 1 think we will." Says offensive tackle Brian Brazil: "I think the situation at TCU is going to be better than it ever has been...from top to bottom." And Scott Ankrom: "We're expected to win. There's definitely more experience on this team now. The people that experienced that (83) 1984 situation want to get back into it." End David Spradlin on the 4-3 defensive alignment brought in by new defensive coordinator Rick Johnson: "Everybody is excited. It's an aggressive defense and it's go- bay town arrr)s Open arms & helping hands for the homeless 422-0441 SWISHER RIDE KING Powerful 8 HP Briggs & Stratton Syncro-Balanced The Original- ZERO TURNING RADIUS REVERSES WITHOUT CHANGING GEARS OR BEL TS Th« RIDE KING pulls by a single steerable front wheel which pivots 360° for sharp turns or reverse. Come in and see the RIDE KINO. _. ,,„. Th« Ultinwtt in Simplicity 313-3717 Gent's Lfwimowtr Silts • Itytnm SIM LtwMMwer • Dayton Cnsty 49S-25157SI 21-1071 OM3M547 ing to match our best against everybody else's best. And that's what makes football fun." Wacker's got a superb receiving troika in tight end Ricky Stone, split end Reggie Davis and flanker Jarrod Delaney, who combine to give the Frogs' new dropback passing game a special dimension. "No question, it should prove to be a major plus for our offense," he said. But, he added, "Despite all the good things we had happen at running back, at the receiving spots, and with the quarterbacks, our line still was the most encouraging thing, offensively, of the spring." He listed overall quality and depth as the biggest plus. "For the first time, we have quality athletes two or three deep at practically every position." he said. "Also, this team has grown up and discovered that it's not so bad to work .hard." He said the defense needed to improve and he believes it will. "We shouldn't be fighting with a short stick this season because we have proven players like Kent Tramel, David Spradlin, Tracy Simien and Falanda Newton. "Our line should be our most solid area, but we were pleased with what we saw in our linebackers and secondary during the spring." In the end, it could be the fragile legs of Scott Ankrom that determine the degree of TCU's success, since he is the "straw that stirs the drink." In a lyrical but valid assessment, the TCU press brochure says: "He stirs it with his swift, elusive running style, with a solid throwing arm and an electrifying scrambling ability, and with the cool and daring of a trapeze artist in handling the endless option decisions of TCU's Veer and Wishbone attacks." All that on the legs of a killdeer. REGIONAL CHAMPIONS THE SECOND Baptist Church Co-Rec softball team took first place in the the Region I Tournament held last weekend in Pasadena. The team earned a berth to the state T AAF Tournament to be held Aug. 28-29 In Duncanville. The players are (from left front row): Donnie Smith, Pam Bruner, Vicky Richards, Marcee Hardy, Donna Flower, Gayle McCormick, Carolyn Bradley, (second row) Wayne Guest, Benny Gonzales, Bruce Hilller, Kevin Jones, John Malpass, Kevin Fletcher, Mark Wellman, Larry' Richards, Robert Harris and John Walker. Scoreboard Soflliall City leagues Tu»d»y'i S*teUt«* ». Contender! « Salclites.,' .......... 003 210 3-9 Contenders . ........ 200 103 0— 6 WP - Snecd. LP — Malkowsky, Shifters 5, Gnon 3 Gators ................. 201 OUO-3 Shifters ................. Ill Mx-5 WP — Ferguson. LP — O'Reilly. TbeW«lllf.S*nJ»c.O SanJac ................. 000 0— 0 The Wall ................ 906 1-16 WP - Buckalew LP - Kresse. O.R. B*pt. IS, Trinity Eip. 7 Trinity Ep ........... 0 06 10—7 O.K. Bapt ....... ,...2120 4X-I8 WP - Sylvia, LP- Rlos Sonic* 13, BnunJey 1 SonlCS ...... .... ..... 012 28-13 Brumely ............... 002 00— 2 WP — Hammltt. LP - McCall. Trinity Ep. ». The Alliance e Trinity Ep .............. , 3<H 01-8 The Alliance ......... 130 20-6 WP-Klos.LP-Gatt-s Lakmood 13. l*t Naureae B LakcwooU ......... 025 015-i3 Isl Nazarcnc .... ...... KM 1 10- 8 WP - Suggs. LP - Johnston UK - Lakewood : Foster WMplun ti. UnmuuRe*bles 4 Whiplash ...... .... 708 40- 19 I nmanaRcablcs CXH 00- 4 WP - Lewis, LP - BiRlca Margin's 13, Motuy 4 Mohny 02211 o- 4 Morgan's ...... ... 216 -i-13 wp,— Morgan LP - Itobbms VldtoAtt. 12, SMC 5 SMC ....... ..... ..... 300 2- 3 Vldl-oAtt 511 5-12 WP - Hefner. LP — Roland UK -SMC: Pierce. BMW 10, Wai-Man S Wal-Mart 102 20- 5 BMW 181 0-10 WP — Foster. LP - Drailc. Mdvtn'ill.WUdaiUl Wildcats 00 1 00-1 Melvin's 00 11 00-- 11 WP -Talley. LP - Sexton KUJer Bee* 11. Motmy 4 Mobay 000 2J-.4 KlllerBecs M2 00-11 WP — Keams. LP — Monaghan Bohlc»7. Rod's 0 Bohlca wins via forfeit. NL standings NATIONAL LEAGUE E«U Division W L Pel. GB St. Louis , . . 70 48 »3 Montreal.. , 67 M .S«t 3 New York .67 51 M3 3<i Philadelphia ..61 57 517 s Chicago. .. SO » .504 lO'i IMtisburgh .. . ; SJ 67 437 1BH Wral Dlvlltoo W L Pet. GB Cincinnati K M 617 Sun Francisco Houston Los AnR< Atlanta «3 Ml « 59 y; M il fJ! 4» 70 517 .VM l'i Ml « 42) K".412 12'; San Diego 9. Philadelphia 4.11 Innings .Atlanta 9. Chicago 5 Houston 4. St. Louli 0 Wednesday's gunei Chicago i Sanderson 6-61 at Allan ta(Puleo5-5i Los Angeles (Hlllegas 2-01 at Montreal (Smith7-«>, in! Pittsburgh (Drabek 4-10! at Cincinnati IBrowntnRS-91, ml San Francisco (Kruko* 3-6) at New Yorki.MiiclwlU-Si.in) San Diego iGrant 3-6? at Philadelphia muffin»-9!, mi St. Louts tMagranc 6-4.1 41 Houston t Knepoer 5-131, int Thursday'! ««m« San Francisco at New York St. Louis at Houston Chicago at AUanu Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, in' Los Angeles at Montreal, in t San Diego at Philadelphia, i n ;> AL standings GB Pet, GB AMERICAN LEAGUE EM! D!vt»loa Toronto . l>rlrolt N>» VorV Ml|v>auKr<- Ho.\1on Haltlmorr Cleveland H ,71 ,G9 68 (C s: M <t L 1C 47 11 i7 K W '73 Pet iS7 SV6 .571 iJ! 47S «W ,3«7 Weal LMvuloo W V. Tunxlay'i (Una PJIljiburgh 7, Cincinnju 4 Montreal;, u« Ancelrs 1 New YorV 7, San Fram-iict Minnesota California K;, . Oiv U> SI MS 60 W ts (J i 5'-. Chicago........ ,,48 70 407 16S Tuwday'i |aoH> Cleveland 9, Milwaukee B. 12 Innings Detroit II, Minnesota 3 Boston 14. Chicago 3 Texas 3, Kansas City 1 Baltimore 4, California I Toronlo 1 Oakland I New York 4. Seattle 3 Wednesday's (Una Toronto iCeruttl »-Ii »t Oakland (Stewart IW) Milwaukee liSleves 9-6 1 at Cleveland (Candlottl (Ml (. ml Minnesota cBlyleven 13-91 at Detroit (Terrell v-lOi. ml Boston i Hurst !«-«< at Chicago (DeLeoni 11 1 Kansas City < Black $-61 at Texas i. Wms-Si.vni Baltimore .BoCdickrr «•«' at California iSuUon* *>. inl New York <John 11-4- at i Morgan l(M2a, ' r.'> Tbunday't fam« Minnesota »t ivtroit Toronto at Oakland Milwaukee at Cleveland, s Chicago at Ten A*-. ( n • Baltimore »t Cjllfornii, • New York at Sie»tUe. i n.> Only games NL leaders NATIONAL LEAGUE BitUnj <1S7 «l tw-U" <i«>nn Sum Dsego. 3*», lUilne* Montrr*! Ml. (Jilarraca. Man Irv.il jr<l Guerrero. t^>» Angrles, 3t* MThurapMin.PhJlMVrlphla Kl Huns-KDaviv Cincuuuli, 102 Gwynn. Sjin DleRo, m, Hainet Ntonirral. BV. Cotrman. M L>Mk», ^7 Kamurl Philadrlphu. *7 Stieb, Henke pace Blue Jays By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Dave Sticb said it was the kind of game that could lift the spirit of the Toronto Blue Jays for days. For Tom Henke, it was just another victory. Stieb and Henke. along with slugger George Bell, played key roles Tuesday night as the Blue Jays rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Stieb. 13-5, pitched a three- hitter for eight innings for his seventh straight victory. He trailed 1-0 until Bell hit a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth, giving him 37 homers and 102 RBI for the season. Stieb struck out seven and walked four before Henke recorded his 15tli save in his last 15 save opportunities. Tigers 11 Twins 2 Detroit snapped Minnesota's four-game winning streak as Larry Herndon drove in five runs with two homers and Jack Morris pitched a three-hitter for seven innings. Morris. 14-6. struck out seven and walked one. MAJOR LEAGUES Quality Is Not Expensive Its... PRICELESS TRANSMISSIONS A Texas Professional 427-3776 427-3776 Iyrorl2,000 [j mil* warrenty 1C A/AS A Repaired Exchanged Free Road Test ft free Towing ft Free Estimates ft One Day Service Sine* 1967 (hi Nlftl Cmn) * NOWOmRING INSTANT CREDIT * Locvttd 1301 N. AkxwMtor Dr., feytown Indians 9 Brewers 8 Cleveland's Pat Tabler. 29-for- 53 in his career with the bases loaded, knocked In three runs with two bases-loaded singles. Milwaukee's Paul Molitor extended his hitting streak to 33 games by going 2-for-6. He can tie the AL's longest streak since 1949 tonight. Yankees 4 Mariners 3 New York won for only the third time in 11 games and handed Seattle its fifth straight loss. Mike PagHarulo's leadoff home run, off Bill Wilkinson, 2-3. broke a 2-2 tie in the ninth and Don Mattingly added a run- scoring single. Orioles 4 Angels 1 Ken Dixon and John Habyan combined on a four-hitter and Terry Kennedy drove in two runs with his 15th homer and a single for Baltimore. Dixon, 6-8, allowed three hits for five innings. Habyan pitched the last four innings for his first major-league save. Kirk McCaskil), 3-5, surrendered eight hits and all four Baltimore runs in 4 1-3 innings. Ran 8 ers ----- 3 Reds Royals 1 p adres Kansas City's Mark Gubicza took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning before Pete O'Brien tied the score with a double and Larry Parrish won it for Texas with a two-run homer with one out. Charlie Hough, 13-8, allowed five hits and struck out a career- high 13 batters in his eighth complete game of the season. Gubicza fell to 9-13. Red Sox 14 White Sox 8 Boston pounded Chicago for 20 hits, including four each by Spike Owen and Marty Barrett and three apiece by Ellis Burks and Dwight Evans. Winner Al Nipper, 8-10, gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings. Expos on Mitch Webster's seventh- inning single, leading Montreal past Los Angeles for its fifth straight victory. The host Expos moved within three games of St. Louis. Reliever Tim Burke, 4-0. got the victory and Bob McClure pitched the final inning for his third save. Orel Hershiser, 12-12. took the loss. Mets 7 Giants ..2 Dwight Gooden won his 10th game with home-run support from Howard Johnson, Tim Teufel and Kevin McHeynolds as New York beat San Francisco at Shea Stadium. Gooden. 10-4, gave up two runs, one of them earned, on six hits in seven innings. Pirates 7 Reds 4 Barry Bonds hit two home runs and John Cangclosi and Bobby Bonilla also homered as visiting Pittsburgh defeated Cincinnati. Cangelosi's pinch homer gave Pittsburgh a 5-4 lead in the seventh against Rob Murphy, 64. Bonds hit his 19th homer'and Bonilla hit his llth in the ninth. Bob Walk, 5-1, got the victory." Jim Gott recorded his third save. Nick Esasky homered for the 9 Phillies 4 John Kruk drove in five runs, including a two-run single in the llth inning, and Benito Santiago hit two homers as San Diego won at Philadelphia. Kruk's bases-loaded single broke a 4-4 tie against Wally Ritchie, 2-1. Santiago followed with a three-run homer, his 13th. Rich Gossage, 4-3, got the victory. Braves t Cubs 5 Dion James homered and drove in four runs as Atlanta ended a five-game losing streak with a victory over Chicago. James' RBI grounder gave the Braves a 6-5 lead in the sixth inning against Ed Lynch. 1-8. Rick Mahler, 7-12, got the vie* lory, his first in relief since 1981. Dodgers 1 Jim Acker went the final three Tim Raines tripled and scored innings for his eighth save.