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Thursday, September 7, 1989
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w w w w 9 m 1 0 9 rr PG East: Thursday, September 7, 1989 " r Trusky has big day in playoffs ByCDavid Assad This week's Class A South Atlantic League first-round playoff series between Pirates' farm club Augusta, Ga , and Charleston, S.C., had a' definite Pittsburgh flavor. But Swissyale's Ken Trusky had the best taste in his mouth when it was over. Tfosky, Augusta's leftfielder, was 2 for 4 with a grand slam home run andix RBI as Augusta beat Charleston,-46-2, in the third and deciding gampf the series on Tuesday. Gateway grad Tim McDowell lost thejjrst game of the series for Augusta, giving up 10 hits and seven runs (four earned) in just two innings of a 19-4 loss last Saturday. Augusta committed six errors in the game. Trusky, assigned to Augusta in late July after starting the season in Weiland, Ontario, finished the regular season with a .243 average, two homecs and 12 RBI in 26 games with the Pirates' Class A affiliate. A'Ugusta, the SAL's first-half Southern Division champ, finished fourth during the second half with a 33-39.. record, 8ft games behind Charleston. Xugusta began the best-of-five SAL title series last night vs. North-erri'Division winner Gastonia, N.C. Fulton not a starter Albany YanTcees' pitcher Bill Fulton of Penn Hills was taken out of the starting Pro baseball players from the East Final rsgular-Maton ststlstlcs Urns, school Clgb.itMHIkxi Gary Green. Allderdica Mike Beraer, C. Cath. Tom Johnson, Allderdica B'ball City Royals (A) Ken Trusky, Swlssvale Augusta Pirates (A) Las Vegas Padres (AAA) 101 San Diego (NL) 27 Okla. City Rangers (AAA) 350 370 103 Weiland Pirates (A) 115 91 MA RBI Garrett Beard, Penn Hills Salem Dodgers (A) 40 18 7 4 77 40 02 47 25 11 39 13 18 0 41 63 12 20 270 66 38 11 2 6 64 Name, school Bill Fulton, Penn Hills Chris George, Plum Tim McDowell, Gateway Ben Pierce, Penn Hills Club, affiliation IP H Albany Yankees (AA) 53 63 Columbus Vanks (AAA) 40 56 Stockton Brewers (A) 79 61 Augusta Pirates (A) Appleton Royals (A) 142V4 125 62VS 47 R 32 35 30 58 34 IN 26 24 19 45 26 61 tO W 24 29 3 25 30 2 37 85 7 64 103 6 34 54 3 .209 .259 .220 .249 .243 .339 .244 IRA 4.42 4.41 2.15 2.B5 3.73 rotation during the Class AA Eastern League playoffs. Albany, the regular-season champions, eliminated the Reading Phillies, three games to one in a first-round playoff series. Fulton appeared in only one game during the playoff series. He pitched one scoreless inning. George finishes with win streak Relief pitcher Chris George, a Plum resident, finished the regular season with the Class A Stockton Ports of the California League by winning his last five decisions to even his record at 7-7. George led the Stockton bullpen with a 2.15 earned run average. George finished third in the league with 22 saves. As a team, the Ports were second in the league in saves with 44. Stockton, a Milwaukee Brewers affiliate, finished with an overall record of 89-53. The Ports won the second half Northern Division championship with a 48-23 record. They were to meet the San Jose Giants in a best-of-five playoff series this week. Beard at .244 Garrett Beard, a former Penn Hills American Legion standout, finished his first season of professional baseball by hitting .244 with the Los Angeles Dodgers Class A squad in Salem, Ore. In 74 games. Beard hit six homer-uns and drove in 54 runs. He had six stolen bases, drew 31 walks, struck out 58 times. He committed 34 errors playing third base. NCAA soccer playoffs Crichlow's goal By Raul Dangelo Gus Crichlow says he is tired of missing the playoffs and is determined that this is the year he finally gets a taste of post-season play. Crichlow, of Edgewood and a 1987 graduate of Swissvale High School, was a standout soccer player for four years in pre-Woodland Hills merger days for Churchill High School. While playing for Churchill (Swissvale did not field a soccer team,), Crichlow earned all-WPIAL, all-state and regional all-American honors. But in four years as a starter at Churchill, Crichlow never once got to savor playoff action. With very little help around him, the best Crichlow could do was pull Churchill to a third place finish in its section. The University of Akron offered Crichlow a soccer scholarship which he accepted, thinking that at last he would get the opportunity to participate in post-season play. After all, Akron had made four consecutive NCAA playoff appearances and was coming off the 1986 soccer season which saw them advance to the NCAA national hampionship match against Duke. Crichlow wasted' no time establishing himself at Akron, stepping into the starting lineup as a freshman fullback in 1987. Akron boasted one of the nation's strongest defenses that year but a lack of scoring punch left it with too many 0-0 ties and 1-0 losses, and with a 12-6-3 mark, it missed the playoffs. Last season, injuries cut into the defense (Crichlow himself lost time to injury and was limited to 12 starts and 16 appearances) and the Zips' 12-5-3 record again kept them from the NCAA tournament. But Crichlow says he believes that this is the year he finally gets to play beyond the regular season. 1 1 ' if Gus Crichlow Never played in WPIAL playoffs "It's gotten to the point where it's getting real frustrating missing the playoffs every year," said Crichlow. "But I'm positive we can get to the NCAA tournament this season if we play well as a team. Getting there is one of the team's goals this season and it's definitely one of my goals. If we do get in, where we go from there will depend on how much heart the team has." No one has ever questioned how much heart Crichlow has. In fact, that was one of the words used by Akron head coach Steve Parker in describing Crichlow. "When he's on the field he gives so much effort and plays with so much heart it's almost unbelievable," said Parker. "Gus has become an outstanding college defender. He's been a very steady performer for two years for us. Physically, he's second to none. He's now a very important cog in our wheel." Crichlow is entering his third season as the Zips' left fullback but he says his role has changed gradually since he arrived to include him more in the offense. "But the big difference now is that when we win the ball, the coaches want me moving forward and joining the attack," said Crichlow. "They're expecting a lot more from me on offense this season. "I would like to increase my scoring," continued Crichlow, who in his previous two seasons has two goals on three shots and one assist. "But the main thing is I just want to keep improving and be consistent. I don't want any mental errors. That's what leads to defensive breakdowns and goals against you. "It's a different situation for me this year. When I came here as a freshman I was really nervous and the expectations were a lot higher because the team had just come off a season where they played for the national championship. Now, I've adjusted to the high caliber of competition and the travel. I'm just happy to be a key member of the team, but now I have to start taking on more of a leadership role and setting the example for the younger guys." Akron opened its 1989 campaign this past weekend with a split of a pair of games in its Kickoff Classic, falling to UCLA 2-0 on Friday night before rebounding the following day with a 2-0 win over William & Mary. "UCLA was a very good team but the goals they got on us were not good goals and we could have played better," Crichlow said. "We did play a lot better against William & Mary. If we get that kind of team effort all season, we'll do all right." And Crichlow will finally get to play in a playoff match. Allderdice coach's debut an early-bird special By Kevin M. Smith PostGazette Staff Writer "Allderdice football coach Jim Dunlap can guarantee one thing when the Dragons open their season at 10 a.m. Saturday at South Stadium against Westinghouse: "The sun definitely rises in the East." .Iif his football coaching debut, Dunlap, Allderdice's baseball coach 17 of the the past 20 years, will have to battle yawns, ringing alarm clocks and sandy eyes before he even gets on the field. in - - -Allderdice, which plays its home games .t South Stadium, will kick ofaAVt hours before the Central Catholic-Penn Hills game which is also at South Stadium. Central Cath- CITY FOOTBALL olic also plays its home games at the stadium. Basically, Allderdice became the victim of a numbers game ... a number of football teams and one stadium. Dunlap said the early morning kickoff shouldn't prove to be an inconvenience, though. "Our scrimmages were at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Hey, kids are able to adjust to any situation. Most of the kids want to play football; they don't care what time it is," said Dunlap. Allderdice's itinerary: Departure from the high school at 8:30 a.m. Arrival at South Stadium by 8:50 a.m. On the field, taped and ready for warm-ups, by 9:30 a.m. Kickoff at 10 a.m. "The only thing we'll do is tell the kids to eat light," Dunlap said. While Saturday will mark Allderdice's first game as well as first City League game this season, Westing-house opened this past weekend with a 56-0 non-league victory over Quigley. Westinghouse, which beat Allderdice last year, 7-0, comes into Saturday's game as the favorite. Westinghouse was 5-3-2 in 1988. Allderdice was 1-8. Allderdice will play five more games at South Stadium this season, all at 6:30 p.m. WPIAL Quad-A high school football notebook fr6m PAGE 7 test. We hope" to exploit their defense the way we've been able to against teams the past couple of weeks." 'The Gators edged McKeesport, 21-J6; in last year's meeting. 1SIOR WIN - Coach Randy Rovesti thififcs the Knights may have gotten too-rozy with the notion of opening against a Class AAA team before their 28-21 loss to Hopewell last week... 'We went down there expecting to win and didn't," Rovesti said. "Sometimes it's tough to get pumped to.piay teams down in classfication, but that's no excuse. Defensively, we missed tackles and blew assignments all over the field. If there are players to be replaced, we'll replace them." Hopewell was able to sustain long scoring drives on its first three possessions, keeping the Knights' experienced offense off the field most of the first half. But Norwin staged an impressive fourth-quarter rally on the strength of two touchdown passes from Chris Paliscak to Mike Cole. Rovesti said the comeback gives him reason for optimism about tomorrow night's Quad East opener against Connells-ville (1-0). Connellsville beat Union-town, 31-20, last week. "I know Connellsville graduated some of their top players, but they always seem to be strong year after year," Rovesti said. "It will be really important for us to get back on the winning track after the Hopewell game." Last year, Norwin opened with a 14-0 win over Hopewell, and lost its Quad East opener to Connellsville 19-0. Central Catholic's Pat Walsh leaves The Citadel Citing his dislike for the military aspect of attending The Citadel, Central Catholic graduate Pat Walsh left the South Carolina college and is attending CCAC-Allegheny this fall." Walsh had received a partial scholarship to play baseball for The Citadel, which competes at the NCAA Division I level. "I wasn't homesick or anything like 'that, it's just that the military part of going there wasn't for me," Walsh said. "The physical part wasn't so bad, but you're really not given a lot of freedom or at least not as much as I like." Walsh, a former standout pitcher-outfielder for Central Catholic, said he spent nine days at The Citadel before leaving Aug. 28. "I'll probably stay at CCAC for a semester or for the year until I can find some other place," Walsh said. "The baseball at CCAC isn't what The Citadel is, of course, but it's not bad." Walsh, a member of Central Catholic's 1988 state championship football team, said his leaving the Citadel could also open up the possibility of playing football again. "If I end up going to a smaller college in the area, like Duquesne, I would think very seriously about playing football again, in addition to playing baseball," Walsh said. TALK OF THE TOWNEAST NFL cuts Lot go: Matt Palchan, a Penn Hills graduate who played at the University of Miami, and Brian Smider, an Allderdice graduate out of West Virginia University, were cut this week by their respective National Football League teams. Patchan, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound offensive tackle, was waived by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was drafted in the third round out of Miami In 1068. Smider, a 6-4, 297-pound offensive tackle was released by the Houston Oilers. He was drafted In the 11th round out of WVU. He helped the Mountaineers rank sixth In the nation in rushing (293.5 yards per game) a year ago. Up with your Dukes: Duquesne University football coach Dan McCann praised the performances of freshman Jason Niecgroaki and Alex Pampena In the Dukes' 1 1-10 victory Saturday over crosstown rival Carnegie Mellon. Niecgroski (6-4, 209) was the leading receiver for the Dukes, with four catches for 64 yards, and Pampena(S-10, 209) played well from his offensive tackle position. "We played four freshmen as starters and they did well," said McCann. "I thought Jason Niecgroski had a big game and made some key catches for us. Alex Pampena on the offensive line also had a good opening game." Niecgroski and Pampena played on the Central Catholic team that won the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Quad-A championship last year. Duquesne ( 1-0) plays at Grove City (0-0) Saturday, and will be looking to win its first game in three years from the Wolverines. Those Lion eyes: When Penn State plays Virginia in the Nittany Lions' home opener Saturday at Beaver Stadium, it's the beginning of the end for PSU linebacker Brian Chii-mar, a Swissvale graduate. A 6-1, 204-pound senior, Chizmar is entering his final season at Penn State, where he has a fine career. Last year, the co-captaln started In eight games at the hero position, though a knee Injury kept him from playing against Maryland and Pitt. Chizmar still managed 42 unassisted tackles and 14 assists for 56 total tackles third best on the team. Nittany Lion coach Joe Paterno doesn't think the talented Chizmar will have much trouble playing his new position at Linebacker U. "I think Brian's fine (at linebacker) ," said Paterno. "He needs to get a little stronger ... to play effectively on the tight ends. Brian will be a tine linebacker. Whether we can afford to keep him there will depend on how some of the youngsters come through at the hero spot." On the run: Three East suburban athletes, members of the Carnegie Mellon men's cross country team, helped the Tartans to a 15-50 victory Saturday over Duquesne. Russell Shorkey, a sophomore from Greens-. burg Central Catholic, placed second 1 overall with a time of 25 minutes, 43 seconds. Len O'Neal, a senior from Hempfield, was third in 25:54, and Dan Holland, a junior from Allderdice, was fifth in 26:19. Kristin Bur-gard led the CMU women to a 21-35 victory over Duquesne. Burgard, a junior from Woodland Hills, placed second overall with a time of 19:44. Campus chatter: Central Catholic graduate John Tompkins started at cornerback for John Carroll University's football team and played a key role In the Blue Streak's 20-1 5 victory Saturday at the University of Buffalo. Tompkins, a 5-10, 184-pound senior, was tied for second on the team with 13 tackles. JCU plays at Kenyon this weekend . . . Norwin graduate Jim McNally Is a 6-2, 245-pound junior defensive tackle at Fairmont State . . . Jason Kitch of Penn Hills is a member of the men's soccer team at , Susquehanna University. Kitch is a 6-foot, 200-pound sophomore back . . . Wilkinsburg graduate Darrel Foster Is a defensive end on the Nichols (Mass.) College football team . . . Debbie Valanaky, a Gateway High graduate, is a member of the women's cross country team at Lock Haven University. Valansky is a junior who has earned two letters. Smorgasports: Rankin's Dave Dettore, 28, won the Munhall Miler 5K Race Sunday night with a time of 16 minutes, 39 seconds . . . The Pittsburgh Stars Amateur Hockey Club will hold its fourth annual Educational and Sports Seminar for Ice Hockey Players Saturday at the Mt. Lebanon Ice Arena. The seminar, which will be held in Room B of the ice complex, will begin at noon and run until 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more Information, call 364-2323 ... The United States Flag Touch Football League is looking for teams. The league, which has teams from various parts of Western Pennsylvania, starts Sept. 17, and teams interested in joining should call Jeff Miller at 225-6076 or 225-4452. Compiled by PeteZapadka ir.i Y M SPLIT Bl"s " BECAUSE OUR PRICES ARE NOT INFLATED BY UNADVERTISED HIDDEN CHARGES E.W. TIRE gffig SO YEARS OF lOTEGRITY ARC BEI1IPID ALL OF OUR PRICING J1995 WHITEWALLS P15580Rx13 P16580Rx13 P17580Rx13 P185 80Rxl3 P185, 75Rx14 P19575H.14 27 SO 30 SO 31. SO 31 SO 32. SO 33 SO P20575Rx14 P20S 75Hx1 5 P21 5 75Rx 1 5 P22575Rx1S P235'75RxlS 34.60 36.50 38 SO 40. 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