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13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Saturday. July 28, 1990 D etroit drives past Gladiators, 40-33 PI3ATE5 BOX By David Fink Post-Gazette Sports Writer Philadelphia 5, Pirates 3 DETROIT Coach Joe Haering stuck with his came plan last night, and it might have cost the PHUTE8 brhbi Bckmn 3D 110 0 Gladiators a 40-33 loss to the Detroit Drive in the Arena Football regular-season finale before King 3b 2 0 0 0 JBeltas 4 12 0 VanSly ct 4 0 0 0 Bonilla ID 5 0 0 0 15.768 at Joe Louis Arena. As oromised. Haering used rookie Joe Micchia 3 111 PHU Dyfcitra ct Dauitonc Herr 2t VHayes rt CMrlnl 1b Kruk It RMcDwIp Botwp Thon as CHayaa 3D DaJesusp Cook p AkerfWS p VatcharW abrhbt 4 0 10 4 110 4 12 0 5 0 0 0 5 0 2 1 3 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 12 1 4 13 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 at quarterback for the first two series of the second half, and the former Westminster star Detroit used an unusual weapon the run to beat the Gladiators for the second time this season. Most Arena Football teams pass about 90 percent of the time. "They run the ball more often and better than any other team," said Haering. "We'll make a few changes defensively for next week with that in mind. Maybe pull the corners up a little tighter." Last night, the Drive ran 27 times for 89 yards and scored all six touchdowns by land. Quarterback Art Schlichter ran for three, Alvin Rettig two and Yepi Pauu one. "A very strange game," said Gladiator wide receiver Julius Dawkins. "No field goals, they run for all their touchdowns, and we dropped a million passes. I guess we just weren't meant to win this one. "But the one good thing is we get another crack at them next week." ----- Bonos It Reynlds rt LVIIiere c Slaught c Una 2D RReadp Kiposrp 3 0 2 1 10 0 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 10 0 0 0 0 threw two quick interceptions that altered tne game's momentum and enabled the Drive to turn a 20-20 halftime deadlock into a lead it never RwJutpn Belinda p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 relinquished. Patlaran p 0 0 0 0 Bream ph 10 0 0 Total 32 3 3 spot in the playoffs already, this was the best time to do it. I feel sorry for the kid, though, the way it worked out." Micchia completed his first pass, but his second was intercepted by Tate Randle and returned 4 yards to the Gladiators' 20. Four plays later, Alvin Rettig hammered in for a 3-yard touchdown. Micchia's next pass also was picked off by Randle, but it led to no score. "Things didn't work out well," said Micchia. "I guess it was their way of saying 'Welcome to Arena Football.' "My arm got hit just as I threw the first interception, and the second interception was just a lousy throw on my part. With everything happening so quick and the field so narrow, there's no way to hide a mistake." For the second straight week, Folmar sparkled, completing 17 of 28 passes for 199 yards and four touchdowns. Only two interceptions scrubbed a little of the luster off his performance. "Coach stuck by his guns, didn't he?" asked Folmar. "It's a shame it didn't work out. No one's complaining, though, because he had made it clear what he was going to do. "As luck would have it, the move really changed the game's direction, and then we just kept stopping ourselves. We actually had enough chances to bail ourselves out." It marked the first professional appearance tor Totala 38 S 12 4 PhilMtotptita 200 101 010 S 300 000 0103 PtfMM Micchia, who led Westminster to back-to-back NAIA championships in 1988 and '89 before becoming the Gladiators' No. 3 quarterback Reynolds reached on catcher ! mterterenc behind Brendan Folmar ana Larry Barreua. in the lit. 6 Oautlon. Beck man OP Pirates 1. LOB Philadelphia 11. Pittsburgh 10 28-Beynwdt MR CHayaa (8), Bondi 1 18). SB Oykstra!21). "I don't reeret it." said Haering, whose Gladia tors (3-5) will open the Arena Football playoffs Philadelphia pitching IP right back at Joe Louis Arena next f naay against the regular-season champion Drive (6-2). "I CR BB SO 0 3 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 2 2-3 0 1-3 DeJesus Cook W7-2 Akerteids RMcDwII Boever S.9 Pirate pitching planned it, said I d do it, explained to tne piayers in advance why I was going to do it. I won't second-guess my decision at all. Bucs fall to second with loss to Phillies FROM PAGE 11 rally in the fifth when they put runners on first and second with one out. Van Slyke, 7-for-38 with runners in scoring position since June 6, bounced into a fielder's choice. "I'm going to hit again," Van Slyke said. "One reason I'm going to hit again is so people will stop coming up to me and asking me how I am. I'm fine." Bonilla, 4-for-44 with runners in scoring position since June 6, flied to the warning track in right-center field for the third out Bonds hit his 18th home run in the eighth inning, and the Pirates had one more chance in the ninth. With two outs, Darrel Aker-felds walked Bell. Roger McDowell came in and walked Van Slyke on four pitches, bringing up Bonilla. Joe Boever replaced McDowell. It was Bonilla's third chance, but it definitely was not a charm. He flied to center to end the game and extend his hitless streak to 21 at-bats. "I can't get anything to fall in," Bonilla said. "Not even a bloop. It's been frustrating, hellish. I'm amazed at the stats I do have. But I feel much better now. I've felt much better in the past week. Mentally, things are falling back into place." Physically, though, they're not there yet. NOTES The playoff game between the No. 1 and No. 4 seeded teams originally was scheduled for Saturday night. It was changed last night by Commissioner Jim Foster because Dallas, the other home team for the first round, could not play at Reunion Arena on Friday or Saturday and the league had committed a playoff game to Prime Sports cable for Friday night. H P. ER BB SO IP "Sure, his interceptions hurt us and gave 4 4 10 0 0 11 1112 0 0 12 5 2-3 8 t 1-3 0 2-3 2 I 1-3 2 RHeed 1.2-2 Kipper Belinda Patterson Detroit the momentum, but I had to get a read on the kid and, with us having clinched the fourth n 1 naitr in thA 7th Cook pitched RMcDovmi pitched to 1 batter m the 9th HBP Them by RReed. Umpires Home. McSherry: Firat, Dayid' son: Second. DeMuth; Third, Williams T-333.A-29.117. Bochna's switch to receiver comes early By Mike White Post-Gazette Sports Writer HERSHEY - Mapletown High School's Derek Bochna thought he might be switched from running back to receiver as a freshman at Penn State. But the change has happened a little sooner than he thought. quarterback Kerry Collins of Wilson. Bochna, however, first may have something to prove here because he comes from a WPIAL Class A school while most of the other Pennsylvania All-Stars played in Quad-A or Class AAA. "I didn't know how I could do against these guys," Bochna said. "But I feel I can compete just as well as anybody. They're no better than I am." As a receiver, Bochna could see the ball come his way often because Big 33 rules state each team must pass on at least 40 percent of its plays. Pennsylvania's starting receivers will be Clyde McCoy of Ambridge and Priest Ramsey of Norristown. North Hills' Jason Bender and Bochna also will see plenty of action at receiver. Pennsylvania also has Parade Ail-American tight end Kyle Brady of Cedar Cliff. Pennsylvania's quarterbacks are Collins and St. Joseph Prep's Frank Costa, a Miami recruit. Collins will start. Maryland may rely on starting quarterback Marc Bason, who is compared to former West Virginia quarterback Major Harris by Maryland coach John Harvill. Bason was the Maryland runner-up in the 100-meter dash two years ago. Harvill believes his team may have an advantage in speed, but Pennsylvania coach Jack Young of Towanda says his team has an advantage in another area. "I think we have an advantage in the fact that Pennsylvania's strong tradition will eventually come to the top," Young said. Maryland and Pennsylvania have met the past five years and Pennsylvania has won four times. DIG 33 GAME first year at Penn State anyway." Bochna, who also will play defensive back in the game, wants to eventually play running back at Penn State. But he doesn't believe he is ready yet. He may be redshirted his first year at PSU. "I have to improve my upper body strength," he said. "My legs are strong enough to handle it, but my upper body isn't." Bochna also plans to play baseball when he's a sophomore at Penn State. He said three other Pennsylvania All-Stars who are Penn State recruits also want to play baseball defensive back-quarterback Brian Gelzheiser of Baldwin, kicker Craig Fayak of Belle Vernon and Bochna, the WPIAL's all-time leading rusher with 4,793 yards, will play receiver for the Pennsylvania All-Stars when they meet the Maryland All-Stars tonight at 7 in the Big 33 Football Classic at Hersheypark Stadium. Bochna, 6 feet, 186 pounds, wanted to play running back in the Big 33, but is not sulking over the switch. "I think we had about eight tailbacks up here at first," Bochna said. "I mind it a little in a sense, but I'll probably be playing receiver my PIRATES STATS Batting AB R H 2b 3b HR RBI Ag Ruskin 5 1 2 0 1 0 0 .400 Slaught 140 22 49 10 2 4 21 .350 Bonds 310 66103 23 3 18 72 .332 Llnd 319 33 98 20 4 1 36 .307 Reynlds 161 22 48 9 1 0 17 .298 Bckmn 212 38 58 12 3 2 20 .274 VnSlyk 308 37 84 14 3 9 41 .273 Bell 352 50 96 17 5 4 34 .273 Bream 229 24 62 10 1 9 42 .271 Bonilla 376 72 98 23 4 20 66 .261 LaVallir 154 17 38 6 0 1 14 .243 King 190 27 46 8 0 4 25 .242 Bellird 33 8 8 2 0 0 6 .242 Merced 17 2 4 1 0 0 0 .235 Redus 135 11 31 8 2 1 15 .230 Power 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 .200 Drabek 46 4 8 0 0 1 5 .174 Reed 16 0 3 0 0 0 1 .188 Walk 25 3 3 0 0 0 2 .120 Smiley 27 0 3 0 0 . 0 2 .111 Heaton 33 2 2 0 0 0 1 .061 Pattrsn 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Landrm 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Kipper 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Belinda 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Alou 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Pitching W L S IP H ER BB SO ERA Lndrm 3 1 12 49Vi 45 10 14 30 1.82 Ruskin 2 1 2 43 42 14 25 32 2.69 Power 1 2 5 33 29 11 10 29 2.94 Pttrsn 6 3 2 66 60 22 16 51 2.97 Belnda 2 3 5 32 22 11 20 29 3.09 Drabk 12 4 0 132123 46 35 69 3.14 Kipper 4 1 1 41 25 15 18 25 3.29 Walk 5 4 0 89 96 37 27 49 3.74 Heaton 10 7 0 108 107 47 27 50 3.92 Reed 2 2 1 46 45 21 10 26 4.10 Reed 2 2 1 46 45 21 10 26 4.10 Smiley 4 4 0 77 76 36 17 47 4.21 HOME ATTENDANCE (44 dates) 1990 - 1,030,898 (Avg. 23.430) 1989- 837,376 (Avg. 19,031) 1988 - 989.443 (Avg. 22,487) errors. Shortstop Willie Greene, however, was 3-for-10 in his first three games. U.S. beats Brazil, to play Yugoslavia for gold NOTES - Sid Bream was in the original starting lineup at first base but scratched because of a stiff neck. Bonilla moved from right field to first base. . . . When they're in slumps, hitters can take extra batting practice to try to break out. Pitchers, though, can't take extra pitching. "There's only so much throwing you can do between starts," said Neal Heaton, who has lost five straight starts. "You can't go throw for 45 minutes, because you won't have anything left for your next start." . . . Jerry Reuss has pitched 12 innings for Buffalo and allowed 17 hits and seven runs. ... In his first three games for Salem after his promotion from Augusta, third baseman Austin Manahan was l-for-10 with eight strikeouts and two By The Associated Press SEATTLE - The U.S. basketball beat its Pan American Games conqueror, Brazil, by 112-95 last night to arrange a gold-medal championship tomorrow night with Yugoslavia, an 84-78 victor over the defending Olympic champion Soviet Union team. The United States had been beaten earlier in the tournament by the Soviets. The victory by Yugoslavia, which also lost previously, caused the Soviets to settle for no better than a bronze in the Goodwill Games competition. bandage. The judges didn't seem to care, and neither did Zmeskal." ;" Zmeskal and Betty Okino, 15, had near-perfect 9.90s on the balance beam. Zmeskal thrilled fans in the sol-dout Tacoma Dome when she posted a 9.937 out of a possible 10 in the floor exercise, and Okino had 9.887. The hockey tournament began last night, but neither the Soviets nor the Americans open until today. The U.S. team plays Switzerland, and the Soviets open against West Germany. The Soviets still are fuming over what they consider the theft of one of their star players, Sergei Fedorov, by the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL. Fedorov left the Soviet team Sunday and flew to Detroit. "The future is not so good," Soviet coach Igor Dmitriev said. "We have no protection against the dishonest activity of the NHL." Sweden edged Czechoslovakia, 5-4, in the tournament opener. ious, lead over the Soviets, again defending Olympic champions, in the ' team portion of the women's gymnastics combination. The U.S. team took advantage of a rare mistake by Soviet world champion Svetelana Boginskaya, who fell from the uneven parallel bars, to lead 59.186-59.161. with two events left. The Soviets chose to bring a young team to Seattle. Boginskaya, although a veteran, is just 17, and the team also includes 15-year-old Ok-sana Chusovitina and 16-year-old Natalia Kalinina, a 68-pounder. "I'm sure they are anxious to show off their young ones to the world and to start preparing them for the world championships next year," U.S. gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi said. But it turned into a U.S. show early on. Kim Zmeskal, 14, was fighting her way through an injured heel and tendinitis in her left hand that forced her to wear a bulky GOODWILL GAMES The United States dominated the Brazilians, building the lead to 25 points on three different occasions, the last time at 102-77 with 6:35 left on a driving layup by Alonzo Mourning. Kenny Anderson led the U.S. with 25 points and Billy Owens had 22. Dino Radja scored 31 points as Yugoslavia handed the Soviets their second consecutive loss after beating the Americans earlier this week. Radja, who said he will join the Boston Celtics next season, dominated the game inside, taking advantage of the Soviets' lack of a true center. He was 12-for-20 from the field and grabbed nine rebounds. Valeri Tikhonenko led the Soviet Union with 21 points. Also last night, the United States took an impressive, although precar Terrell expects to join Tigers, might start today vs. Red Sox RON COOK club-record 1,866,713 in 1988. This year, the Pirates are about 41,000 ahead of the pace they set that season and could draw 2 million. Bucs' quiet bats crippling team "I feel proud that the Pirates are in much better shape than when I arrived in 1986," Mullin said. "I'd like to think some small part of that is attributable to mv Get On The Right Track.... input. In October, I'll be rooting them on. Sunday Matinee, July 29 J aaHtllHIIIM ' V f,.r sr- I It Irl Post time 1:30 P.M Tf PIRATES DATA NEW 1990 GEO TRACKER GIVEAWAY By Paul Meyer Post-Gazette Sports Writer Former Pirates pitcher Walt Terrell, who became a free agent yesterday, is expected to sign with Detroit today and could start for the Tigers against Boston this afternoon, his agent said yesterday. Alan Meersand said Terrell is scheduled to report to Detroit General Manager Bill Lajoie at 10 this morning. Terrell, who was 2-7 with a 5.88 earned run average in 16 starts for the Pirates, had his greatest success with Detroit, winning 47 games for the Tigers from 1985-87. He was 7-16 for Detroit in 1988, then pitched for San Diego and the New York Yankees last season. Bernie Mullin, the Pirates' vice president for business operations, said his decision to leave that position was made about three months ago. "It's in my best interests and in the best interests of the Pirates' organization," said Mullin, who will leave Wednesday. "It's as amicable as it can be." Mullin said he's pursuing two other positions in sports but declined to specify. Mullin joined the Pirates in October 1986. With his help, the organization went from an attendance of 735,900 in 1985 to a Plus SIX winners of 500 West Virginia Lottery Instant Tickets FREE ADMISSION FROM PAGE 11 "I see no reason for us to panic. We've had some very important people struggle and we're still right there. As long as we get those guys rolling, we'll be fine. In that sense, I'm excited about the rest of the season." If Leyland thinks his starting pitchers are going to right themselves, he's probably a dreamer. Smiley has the capability to take his place next to Doug Drabek as a staff ace. But there is not much reason to think Heaton, Reed and Bob Walk will pitch much better than they have been. Leyland said he will skip Heaton's turn in the rotation in Chicago next ' week in an effort to "rejuvenate what looks to be a little like a dead arm." But there are no guarantees that will work. Heaton, who was a wonderful surprise in the first half when he won 10 of 12 decisions and made the All-Star team, has won 19 fewer games than he has lost in the big leagues. The pitching woes make it imperative the hitters notably Van Slyke, Bonilla and Bonds produce in a big way. They carried the Pirates to the rarefied air atop the National League East. And it is they who must keep the team there. "" Agricultural report: BUFFALO (59-47) won at Richmond, 8-2, Thursday night. Randy Kramer (4-1) allowed one hit and no earned runs In six Innings. Jerry Reuss got his first save. Center fielder John Cangelosl had two hits and an RBI. HARRISBURG (51-50) lost to New Britain, 5-1. Starter Jim Tracy (9-6) lost. Third baseman John Wehner had two hits. SALEM (33-68) lost at Kinston, 9-4. 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