The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 24, 1986 · Page 13
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 13

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Thursday, April 24, 1986
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THE BAYTOWX SUN April M. Ittt R SPORT-THVRSDAY Baseball Porter's salvation ARLINGTON (AP) — Half a dozen years ago, when basebal! still thought drugs were merely something you picked up at the corner pharmacy and took four times a day for the flu, Darrell Porter tiptoed dangerously close to oblivion. In the darkness of his despair, when Porter didn't know if he would live or die and didn't really care, only one thing mattered: Baseball. It was Porter's single handhold on reality, but drugs and alcohol were rapidly eroding even that. His grip on life was slipping, his destination unknown. "Lord knows where I was headed," said Porter, the Rangers' 34-year-old backup catcher. "I don't have any idea. Jail or something, maybe. There's a good chance I'd he dead or would have killed somebody else." Porter sat calmly speaking of drugs and death and depression in the visiting clubhouse at Milwaukee's County Stadium last week. It was there that his disastrous waltz with alcoholism and drug addiction began to pick up tempo 13 years ago. That he survived and saved his career is testament to baseball's first steps in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction, a program administered by former Dodger pitcher Don Barnett plans to make move DARRELL PORTER (15) Is congratulated by St. Louis Cardinals Coach Hal Lanier during last year's World Series. Porter enjoyed some suc- Newcombe, and to Porter's own realization, that he had to have help. His story is a familiar one — high school star, too immature to handle the fast-lane world of professional baseball; confidence shaken by early struggles; a broken marriage. He was the prototype victim, a perfect target for alcohol and drugs. "I'd always been a star. Suddenly I was thrust into a situation where everyone else had been a star, too. They beat on me for awhile," said Porter, the Brewers' No. 1 draft choice out of Oklahoma City's Southeast High School in 1970. "I'd never taken a'drink of alcohol in high school, but people in baseball think when you're struggling that the thing to do is go out and get drunk, relax, forget about your problems. AH I'd ever been told was that athletes never did that. But I had a few beers and my whole attitude changed. I thought, 'Man, those people have been lying to me,' because I really felt good." The first link In the chain that would drag Porter down was forged that night in a smoky bar in Clinton, Iowa. "The drinking led to smoking cessful moments after whipping alcohol and drug problems. (AP photo) joints (marijuana), the Joints led io pills, and the pills led to cocaine." Porter said "By the time I got to the big leagues in 1973, I was using but I wasn't an abuser." Porter's 1975 divorce from Teri, the Oklahoma City girl he'd wed a year earlier, was the catalyst in his plunge into darkness. "It tore me up," Porter said, "It devastated my self worth. I felt my life was destroyed and I was hurting bad. But 1 discovered how to beat the (See PORTER, Page4-B) By DAVID BERKOWITZ Through his high school and colleglnte baseball career. Lance Barnett has done a lutle bit of everything He's played third base, first base and pitched And he's hit He's always been able to hit Come nexl .season, the Kuss S Sterling product may add a line lo his resume If there is a baseball future for him beyond the college ranks, it may be ;ts n catcher At least, that's what one scout tells him "The guy that used !o couch here Is a scout for the Astros," Barnett said by telephone from Centenary College in Shreveport, La "He's talked to me, and he'd like to see me move to catcher next year The scout suggested to Burnett and Centenary Coach Andy Wat son that a good catcher may have u better chance of getting a crack at professional baseball So, after discussing the Idea with Watson, Burnett Is ready and w llling to begin the experiment "1 suld it doesn't mutter to me." Burnett said "1 want to play catcher, if that's where they want me to play " With the team's starting catcher this season due to graduate, and a freshman serving as u back-up, the situation could be perfect for Barnett Although he has spent only a few games behind the plute during his career, he isn't overly concerned with the adjuslmenl Channel view's Lewis has 4 chances to make state meet By ED CAMPBELL One would have to think that Derwin Lewis' chances of advancing to the state track and field meet are pretty good. After all, he'll have four chances. As a result of the District 10-4A meet last weekend, the Channelview senior was involved in four "first-place finishes. On his own, Lewis won the long jump, the 100 meters and the 200 meters. The 400-meter relay team that Lewis anchored also grabbed a first place as the Falcons nipped C.E. King. Lewis and the Falcons have a week off before the regional meet at Conroe Oakridge on May 2-3. During that time, Lewis said he will be working primarily on his long jumping. "I doubt if I'll do anything different," said Lewis, who was also a standout on Channelview's football team. "The workouts I've Area notebook been using have been working so far, so I don't see any reason to change. I'll concentrate more on the long jump than anything else. "If I get the same distance I got at the district meet, I might place at the regionals. But if I can do better, I might be able to win it." What made Lewis' performance at the district meet intriguing was that none of his four wins were personal best performances. He long-jumped 23 feet, 7 l -j inches, while his personal best, is 24-0. His 100 time was 11.7, and be has recorded a 10.85. His 200 time was 22.44, while his personal best is 22.0. The 400 relay team, which consists of Jonathan Fry, Wendell George, Randy Tarwater and Rebs go 0-4 on road trip HILLSBORO — Lee College's baseball team ended a two-day road trip on a down note Wednesday, dropping a double-header to Hill College. The Rebels fell 2-1 and 6-5 in the non-conference games. Combined with Tuesday's double-header loss to McLennan Community College in Waco, LC's season record slipped to 3627. The Rebels are 5-9 in the Texas Junior College Athletic Conference. They will host San Jacinto College, 12-2, in a 1 p.m. double-header Saturday at Jenkins Park. See boxscores, 4-B Hill did its damage late in both games. Runs in the sixth and seventh innings secured the opening-game victory, and a four-run sixth did the trick in the nightcap. LC grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning of the first game on Charles Tanton's run-scoring single. But Hill tied the score in the sixth and got the clincher in the seventh. Sophomore pitcher Pat Black saw his record slip lo 6-6, despite allowing only six hits. The Rebels staked freshman pitcher Mark Treadway, 3-3, to a 4-0 lead by the fourth Inning, but Hill used seven of its eight hits to score six runs. Left fielder Mike Easley paced LC with three hits. Driving in one run each for the Rebels were Mark Bookmyer, Mauro Trevlno and Lonnie Walker. Lewis, turned in a 43 5; they've already run a •43.0 this season. "I think if I can turn in my personal bests at the regional meet, I can get at least two or three firsts," said Lewis. "It's hard to say what the combination is that makes you turn in your best time For me. I know I like it warm like it has been, with little or no wind "1 can't really say what the difference has been between this year and last year The only thing 1 did last year was serve as the alternate in the 100 meters. I've practiced as hard this year ns 1 have in any of the other three years I've run. Everything just sort of fell into place for me this season. For a .senior year, it's been like a dream come true " Lewis will run the preliminaries for the running events on May 2, and complete the long jump at 9 a.m. on May :i. The running (See LEWIS, Page 4-B) DERWIN LEWIS ^^N»NfcS^>^\^>^\^>^N%\fc>i*NfcN^>^>^N^^>^^N^^ Louis DelHomme "MARINE 8 GRAND OPENING SALE 5.0 SEA-RAY •SEA-RAY RESALE •POWER TRIM/TILT LIST $9530 •AM - FM RADIO •OTHER ACCESSORIES $6834 AMW-CAJUN •115 HP JOHNSON (OIL INJECTION) •JOHNSON TROU MOTOR • DCPTH INDICATOR •CUSTOM DRIVE-ON TRAILER LISTS 13.380 6.3 SEA-RAY - AFT CABIN •SEA-RAY RESAtE •FULt GAltERY LIST 573,928 M •STAND-UP HEAD •VACATION CRUISER $17.725 17' TOURNAMENT - V •40 HP JOHNSON (OIL INJECTION) •JOHNSON TROLL MOTOR • DCPTH INDICATOR •CUSTOM DRIVE ON TRAILER IIST 18150 • $5445 •V-8 WGI* •OflUXf INTERIM UST S2I 59< I •«iv« suwnuc WAI •FIWST QUAUTY $15,995 3*' SEA-RAY {on diiptoy) ALSO OH DISPUY- •34" SEDAN MIDGC Ml" AFT CA8W •34" EXPRESS »(10 othw cruiws) * « niK MKWHT I MAM MAOY Fishing Clinic (Ricky Gr««n} Electronic S*minor Service S**»ton Boating Safety - Ski Seminar (Exompl* - oil HP on sole) 2 H.P. • $340 20H.P - $1,040 15150 - 1-45 NORTH (AIRTEX EXIT) LANCE BARNETT "It will be a big change and u lot of work," Barnett admitted • 1 need to practice on blocking anil work cm my hand speed But 1 think ! can do It I'll just have to work hHi-rj n! 11 " A summer full of catching chules may be in his plans, but now he is concent rating on completing this season And what a season it hns been After one year each ut Alvln Community College and Lee College. Barnett followed In the footstep* of a long-time friend. Hiiyiown's Jim McGllvary us«d lo play ut Centenary, before beginning o brief stuy In the minor leagues His recommendation wns good enough for Burnett The Gentlemen have .struggled (See BARNETT, Page 4-B) American Heart Association SUM-TEX LIQUOR 608 W MAIN CANADIAN ittli CANADIAN BLACK VELVET CANADIAN BACARDI RUM CANADIAN MIST CANADIAN GEORGE WCKEl #8 BOURBON HM GORDONS QLBSMNLEIS SCOTCH PRIVATE CELLAR B01BON NTAICMAIUI SMIRNOFF VODKA IMSTM 59 89 POWEREO wf COBRA ^OUTDRIVES

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