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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 17

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THE BAYTOWN SUN W*dme*d»y, April », 11 SPORTS •McLennan sweeps Rebels, 2-C •NHL playoff roundup, 3-C •Little League roundup, 3-C Ganders survive 12-10 battle By VINCE GOLLE There certainly was a lot to offer at Memorial Field Tuesday night, as the Robert E. Lee Ganders played host to Pasadena Dobie for the second time in this District 23-5A season. A home run, stolen bases, passed balls, balks, miscommunication problems. And the list goes on. In a game that looked like the Ganders would mop up the Longhorns at the end of three innings, when Lee was ahead 7-1, the tide shifted and Coach Gary Herrington's club was struggling to regain control. It did so, and as a result, scampered away with a 12-10 victory. That improved Lee's district record to 6-5, which tied the Ganders with Ross S. Sterling for third place. The Longhorns dropped deeper in the cellar at 3-8. "It's good after we got behind to come back," Herrington said about the Ganders, who still have a mathematical chance of advancing to bi-district competition. "I'm glad to see (Bobby) Robertson get his first district win. He went in there and challenged them. I'm real happy with the win. "It was a good high school baseball game. There was a lot of whacking and knocking going on. We're glad we won, that's the bottom line." The Ganders put three pitchers on the mound, with left- hander John Moak getting the starting nod. After Moak bogged down two outs into the fourth inning, Charlie Busby attempted to revive the defensive efforts. But Busby lasted a mere inning, and he was replaced by Robertson, who held Dobie scoreless through two innings. Unlike the March 27 contest in which Dobie beat Lee 6-3, the Ganders took a quick, commanding lead in the early innings. Moak put a shot through the hole to score second baseman Ted Johnson. Lee scored another run when catcher Joe Pompa popped up just behind shortstop. A failure in communication on the part of shortstop Phillip Minjares and center fielder Steve Quinn turned a routine pop fly into a run. Lee battled back with four runs in the second to take a 6-1 lead. Kyle Kramer launched a base hit up the middle and John Redden drew a walk. Left fielder Brian Connealy laid down a perfect bunt to advance the runners. He also managed to beat out a throw to load the bases. Johnson, who was on by way of a fielder's choice that got Kramer at home, kept the bases loaded for shortstop John Byington. Byington slapped a towering drive toward down right-field line. It gave Dobie's Ken Wilson trouble, and the ball bounced out of his hand to score Reddell. A couple of wild pitches later, and Lee had a comfortable lead. But the lead vanished with a couple of fourth-inning hits and walks, which allowed Dobie to jump back into the race. After Moak was relieved, it took some time for Busby to find the strike zone. When he did, Dobie put the aluminum on it. The Longhorns blasted Busby for four hits, including a Carl Heinrich three- run homer over the left-field fence. The Ganders got some walks in return, however, and put them to good use. Lee scored four runs in the fifth on three walks, an error and a hit batsman. Brad Bonin scored Jeff Hamilton, who was on via a walk and stolen base, with a bloop hit 'down the right-field line. Bonin led the team with three hits in four trips to the plate. Reddell, on with the second walk, and Johnson, who was hit in the head by reliever Ken (See REL, Page 2-C) Ranger playoff hopes are dealt blow By ED CAMPBELL PASADENA — Ross S. Sterling's baseball playoff hopes were dealt a crippling blow Tuesday afternoon. The Rangers were upset by the South Houston Trojans 3-2 at Memorial Field, a loss that all but eliminated the Rangers from post-season play. A playoff berth is still a possibility, but not a probability. The Rangers', who have lost three- District 2U-5A games in a row and three of four since the second half of play began, now need help. Sterling must definitely beat North Shore at home Friday, then end the season with wins over Pasadena and Pasadena Dobie in the season's final week. In addition, they must hope that North Shore loses an additional game in the last week of the season. Overall, it's not a pretty picture. Sterling slipped to 6-5 in league play, while the Trojans upped Ashby HR key to win ATLANTA (AP) - Alan Ashby is getting a chance to play and making the most of it. The Houston reserve catcher drilled his third homer of the season Tuesday night, a solo shot to open the ninth inning, as the Astros trimmed the Atlanta Braves 3-2. It was his third game-winning hit of the season, and the other two also came on home runs. There was speculation in spring training that the Astros would trade Ashby. •'I don't know that all the speculation has stopped," Ashby said. "1 really don't know what the situation is. frankly, other than to say I'm getting a chance to play and trying to make the most of it. ••1 feel very fortunate that I've been able to be somewhat successful in the role," he said. "Whatever the role may be for the year, 1 just hope I get a chance to contribute, and that's what I said in spring training." The Astros overcame a 2-0 deficit to win their sixth game in the last seven outings. Ashby had failed to produce against starter David Palmer when the Astros loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh. Ashby popped out on the infield, but Craig Reynolds lashed a two- run double down the right field line. Atlanta reliever Paul Assenmacher halted the -Astros without further damage and the score remained deadlocked until Ashby popped a 2-2 pitch from Duane Ward, 0-1, over the right field fence in the ninth. "I wouldn't have minded doing it with the bases loaded (seventh inning)," Ashby said. "But, you can only win one game in one game." It was a night for the pitching on both sides. (See ASHBY, Page 2-C) their league mark to 5-6. The frustrating factor about the loss was that the Rangers had South Houston starter Kenny May berry on the ropes early and often. Sterling stranded runners on third base in each of the first three innings, and left seven runners stranded for the game. They rattled Mayberry for seven hits in seven innings and stole four bases in four attempts. The bottom line, however, showed Mayberry collecting his fourth victory against two losses. In addition to a lack of clutch hitting, the Rangers were again victimized by their own fielding mistakes. The Trojans snapped a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third due to an outfield error. With two outs, Mayberry drew a walk from Sterling starter Brad Garner. Ricky Gusler then lofted a deep fly ball to center, which Carlos Lozada dropped. Mayberry. running on the pitch, raced all the way home from first on the error and the Trojans fed 1-0 after three. Sterling tied the game in the top of the fourth. Brad Walsh led off with his second hit of the game and advanced to second on Lozada's sacrifice bunt. Shawn Schimming followed with his second straight hit, a line single to right. When South Houston right fielder Pat Doyle threw wildly past third attempting to nail Schimming, Schimming was able to stroll home with the tying run. South Houston pushed another, run across in the bottom of the inning when Doyle reached first on an error by Brian Gore at shortstop. He moved to second on Rodney Crutcher's ground out and scored on Kirk Taylor's single to center. After four innings, the Trojans were clinging to a 2-1 lead. Sterling knotted the score again in the sixth as the result of an error. When Derek Munz threw Lozada's grounder wildly past first, Lozada was able to advance to second. Schimming then delivered his third straight single, a shot into center that easily scored Lozada. The score was tied 2-2 going into the bottom of the sixth, but this one just wasn't meant to be for the Rangers. Reliever Roy Adams got Doyle on a ground out and Crutcher on a fly ball to left. But Taylor kept the inning alive for South Houston with a single up the middle. Munz followed with another single, which sent Taylor to second. Dino Magliolo then lifted what appeared to be an easy fly ball to Schimming in left for the third out of the frame. But Schimming slipped and fell and never got to the ball. Taylor scored easily of the hit and the Trojans had a 3-2 lead. Mayberry made the run stand up in the top of the seventh, retiring David Salinas, Bobby Taylor (See RSS, Page 2-C) R UNNING TO REGION ROSS S. Sterling's 400-meter relay team, led by May 2-3 meet. For details, see David Berkowitz's Eugene Wilson (left) and Kerry Henderson, will column on Page 3-C. help lead the Rangers in the regional track and (Sun staff photo by Michael Kearns) field meet. Baytown will be well represented in the Dr. S. F. Hartley ]> Podiatrist - Foot Specialist * Announces the incorporation of Laser Technology for the Medical & Surgical Management of: •Plantar Warts •Fungus & Deformed Nails •Ingrown Nails •Porokeratosis (rx*pRoo«dc*uou*«) •Other Foot Problems through LASER SURGERY nis. OFFICE HOURS it AFPOWTMINT 479-S311 442 VMM* wtwi, TMW 455-2JS4 HOUSTON ROCKET Ralph Sampson pulls down a rebound against Sacramento Kings LaSalle Thompson (41) and Rich Kelley during Tuesday night's game. (AP photo) Rockets complete series with Kings SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Houston guard Robert Reid has a message for the rest of the NBA: Respect the Rockets. "I think people are going to have to respect us now," Reid said following the Rockets' 113-98 NBA playoff victory over Sacramento Tuesday night. "Everyone thinks we just have the Twin Towers. We proved that's not true.'' The fabled Houston Twin Towers of Akeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson managed 13 and 12 rebounds respectively. But it was the guards and bench that finished off the Kings' hopes of stretching the playoff series to a fourth game. Lewis Lloyd scored 25 points and Reid 11 to lead a 70- point Houston guard scoring effort. Sampson matched Lloyd's 25-point showing. "Their bench and particularly their guards hurt us," Sacramento coach Phil Johnson said. The Houston bench outscored the Sacramento reserves 32-19. In other NBA playoff action Tuesday night, Boston defeated Chicago 122-104 to complete a three-game sweep of its series; Milwaukee swept New Jersey with a 118113 victory; Denver took a 2-1 lead with a 115-104 win over Portland; Philadelphia took a 2-1 edge over Washington with a 91-86 victory; and Detroit got its first win in three games against Atlanta, a 10697 decision. "They were impressive," Kings Eddie Johnson said of the Rockets. "From the way Steve Harris played on defense you'd have thought he was a veteran and not a rookie. I didn't really expect guys like (Jim) Petersen to be a force in this series." The 6-foot-lO Petersen scored six points for the Rockets. More importantly, though, Petersen was able to keep the pressure on the Kings' big men when Sampson or Olajuwon were benched. "How good was our bench tonight? Well, on a scale of one to 10 they were an 11," Reid said. "In the playoffs you can't win without a bench. Guys like Steve Harris, Mitchell Wiggins and Craig Ehlo delivered. Heck, Harris didn't play like a rookie tonight. He looked more like a pro with five years of experience." Harris scored 10 points and helped keep the lead on scoring by the Kings' Reggie Theus and Larry Drew who combined for only 15 points. Guard Craig Ehlo said the bench has been working hard all week in practice for the Kings. "I felt confident I could come in for Reid and keep things in synch," Ehlo said. Eddie Johnson turned in the best Kings offensive performance of the playoff series by scoring 33. Teammate Mike Woodson contributed 25 points. "I got to admit I was skeptical about Houston's capabilities before the series," Johnson said. "As far as I'm concerned the entire (Houston) team deserves a lot of respect tonight. They're a good team." 420-2300 TOT by to MhilSiMi Socialists EitMTMT fnfccts mm B M FKEESnKJES FMANdK AVUUBU MS1MC

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