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April 25, 1986

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 15

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THE BAY TOWN SUN Friday, April », 19* SPORTS •Dada seeks singles title, 2-B •Little League roundup, 2-B •Outdoor report, 3-B Peete, Grady Houston Open leaders at 65 THE WOODLANDS (AP) — Calvin Peete, one of the tour's most consistent players, and Wayne Grady, erratic this year to say the least, came into the Houston Open as forces pulling in opposite directions. However, the two arrived at the same point at the end of Thursday's first round with course- record, 7-under-par 65s and a two-stroke lead in the 8500,000 PGA tournament. Peete, the No. 2 money-winner with two tour victories this year, has been a model of consistency". He leads the tour in scoring average and hitting greens in regulation and is second in driving ac- curary and putting. "Calvin and Byron Nelson are like 'which side of the pipeline do you hit,'" Tom Watson said comparing Peete's consistency with one of golf's all- time greats. "The rest of us worry about which side of the rough we hit." Grady, meanwhile, has suffered through a miserable start this season. He missed the cut in nine of 12 tournaments — three times by disqualification — and has not finished higher than a tie for 57th. But his game suddenly fell into place Thursday. "It doesn't take too much to get it turned around, but I'd get my hopes up 30 times a day and then something would go wrong," Grady said. "But today, I got it going and kept it going. "Maybe this is what I've been waiting for." Mike Huibert shot a 67 to hold down second place, while five golfers — Nick Faldo, Rod Curl, Jay Haas, Bruce Lietzke and Billy Pierot — were another shot back. Grady and Peete bettered the course record of 66 shot by Payne Stewart in the first round of last year's tournament, the first played on the par-72, 7,042-yard TPC course at The Woodlands. Grady had 10 birdies in his round and was eight under par going into the final hole. Homer-hitting Reds prevail CALVIN PEETE chips from the back side of the 17th green Thursday, during the first round of the Houston Open at The Woodlands. He tied Wayne Grady for the tournament lead with a 7-under-par 65. • •. - : (AP photo) HOUSTON (AP) - Cincinnati's Dave Parker believes that baseballs are traveling farther .this season, and the Reds are behind many of them. "I think the ball is livelier this season. I've heard a lot of pitchers say that too," Parker said after the Reds defeated the Houston Astros 3-0 Thursday night with the aid of their 17th home run of the season. Nick Esasky's fourth-inning solo home run off loser Mike Madden, 1-1, gives the Reds a homer in each of their first 12 games of the season. Thursday's homer pulls them within one of the national league record — held by the 1984 Chicago Cubs — for consecutive home runs at the beginning of the season. "We've got some guys who can hit the long balls," Cincinnati player-manager Pete Rose explained. "They've all been legitimate home runs." Mario Soto, 2-1, chalked up the Reds win, pitching a three-hit shutout and snapping a four- game Cincinnati losing streak. "He had a soft balance all night," said Houston's second baseman Bill Doran of Soto. "He dominated the game. Sometimes you run into guys like that and when they're on you're in trouble. He's a class pitcher." Solo's teammate Parker and coach also praised his performance. "I look for Soto to win over 20 games this year. I've said that from the start of spring train- ing," Parker said. Said Rose, "We won a big game because of good pitching." Doran said his team was "popping up and grounding out. We were making no contact at all." The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the third inning after Eric Davis doubled with one out and stole third. Davis scored on Doran's throwing error after fielding Parker's lazy ground ball near second base. After Esasky's fourth-inning home run, the Reds added a run in the eighth. Dave Concepcion started things up with a single to center and then stole second. After a walk to Buddy Bell, Ron Oester lined a pitch off reliever Julio Solano into right field, scoring Concepcion. CINCINNATI ab r h bl EDavlscf 3 1 1 0 TJoneslf 5 020 Parker rf 5 0 0 0 Easasky Ib 5 1 I I BDiazc 4 0 0 0 Concepcion ss .4110 Bell3b 2 0 Oester 2b 4 0 Soto p 4 0 Totals 36 3 8 2 HOUSTON Doran 2b ... Puhl rl Garner3b... Cruz if G Davis Ib... Basscf Ashby c CReynolds ss Madden p ... DIPlnop Solano p Walling ph .. Calhoun p ... Totals ab r h bi ..3 000 ..4000 ..4010 ..3000 ..3000 .4000 .3000 3 0 ..0 ..1 ..0 ..1 2 0 000 ooo 000 000 ..0000 .29 0 3 0 Cincinnati 001 100 010—3 Houston 000 000 000—0 Game-winning RBI — none. E — Doran. Garner 2. DP — Houston 1. LOB - Cincinnati 10. Houston 6. 2B— EDavis. HR — Esasky 131. SB — EDavls(B) Concepcion (IKS —Madden. IP H R ER BB SO Cincinnati Sotn(W,2-I> 9 3 0 0 3 5 Houston Madden <L, 1-1) 5 62124 DiPino 1^3 0 0 0 1 1 Solano Hi 2 1 1 1 0 Calhoun.. 1 o 0 0 0 0 Madden pitched to three batters ID the fifth. San Jacinto, Lee College are teams headed in different directions By DAVID BERKOWITZ Dick Smith remembers a time when one could think of Lee College and San Jacinto College on an equal basis. But many baseballs have been pitched since then. It started so well for the Rebels, this 1986 season. They knocked off the defending national junior college champion Gators at the Laredo Junior College Invitational, and went on to record victories in 18 of their first 23 games. Indications were that San Jacinto had better beware. The Rebels, who finished second last spring in the Texas Junior College Athletic Conference, had their taste buds prepared for a title trophy. But, oh, what a few wrong turns along the way can do to a team. Prior to the start of the 20-game TJCAC campaign, Smith may have looked down the schedule and pointed to Saturday's double-header with the Gators at Jenkins Park (1 p.m. start) as a key to LC's playoff hopes. As it stands, respectability is about the only thing that can be gained from defeating them. The Rebels enter the action with a 5-9 record against conference competition. That places them fourth, and virtually out of the running for either of the two post-season berths granted to the TJCAC. The Gators, meanwhile, are well on their way to (See REBELS, Page 3-B) Understanding the game of baseball My wife just doesn't understand baseball. Tuesday night presented a rare opportunity for anyone even remotely interested in the Houston professional sports scene. The Astros were playing the Atlanta Braves on not one but two television stations. Immediately following the baseball game, Channel 20 was televising game three of the Houston Rockets- Sacramento Kings National Basketball Association playoff game. This, I thought, was an ideal chance for the wife to casually observe the only two decent Houston professional franchises in action. To ensure her presence in front of the television, I cleverly waited until "Moonlighting" was over then quickly switched to Channel 20. "What's this?" she said. "It's the Astros against the Braves," I said. "But it's almost over now," I quicky added as she prepared to leave the room. "What's on after the Astros and the Braves?" she said. "You'll love it," I said. "It's the third game of the playoffs between the Rockets and the Kings. If the Rockets win, they'll move on in the playoffs." "Oh," she said. Let it be mentioned right now that my wife has little or no interest in sports in general. She has three sisters. Anyway, she collected some paperwork and set- Ed Campbell tied on the couch to work on it and half-listen to my running commentary on the basketball game. I actually began to elicit some responses from her as the game progressed. Apparently, her paperwork wasn't very intriguing. She made the observations that Jim Peterson was a nice-looking young man and that the Kings' uniforms were an unattractive shade of blue. Finally, she startled me. "I think basketball is a lot more interesting to watch than baseball," she said. "Basketball players run up and down the floor and jump. They're always moving, but baseball players seem to just stand around a lot." A good point, I thought. But I also felt a patriotic need to defend the national pastime. "Well," I said, "Baseball is played at a more leisurely pace." (See UNDERSTANDING, Page &-B) Teams hope to break tie for 3rd place Ross S. Sterling and Robert .E. Lee hoped to break a deadlock for third place today in District 23- 5A baseball action. Sterling was set to play North Shore at 4 p.m. at Winnie Brown Field and Lee was to take on. Pasadena Rayburn at 4:30 p.m. at Pasadena Memorial Field. Both local teams have 6-5 district records. In other action, Pasadena will play at league-leading Deer Park and Dobie will host South Houston. ELECT JEAN M. FISHER COUNTY COMMISSIONER PRECINCT 4 Primary Saturday, May 3, 1986 • Create a "Purchase Order" System • Improve Drainage and Roods • Update Parks and Boat Ramp Facilities • Support Youth Activities and Assist the Elderly • Support Strong Law Enforcement , SI•• TI.77SM FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY ONLY the Standard of performance Js& ^JS*?fi« Outstanding cold weather performance up to 50:1 mix. For both injection and pre^_ mix systems. ONLY ""fl «! AVAILABLE AT: Baytown Auto Supply ZP7 K. Ataafcr 477-P73 Baytown Oil Sales Cedar Bayou Auto Supply an *ry. Parts Supply aura APRIL 24-25-26 ONLY ^L? maximum protection against viscosity and thermal breakdown. 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