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C2 The Sun SUNDAY, May 3, 1992 Kaleidoscope Stop the merry-go-round, they want to get off In Wisconsin this week, Prairie Farm set a national high school baseball record by scoring 33 runs against host Clayton. Unfortunately, the record was for a losing team. Clayton won the game, 34-33, in eight innings. The teams combined for 46 hits, 13 home runs and 34 walks. "Nobody could find the plate," Clayton coach Gary Gill said. "It was like batting practice." The winning run, however, was scored without benefit of a hit on a fielding error, an intentional walk and a throwing error. The previous record for most runs by a losing prep team was set in 1980, when Haus-er, Ind., lost to Morristown, Ind 28-26. The 67-run total was only the second-highest for a high school game, though. That record was set in Iowa in 1928, when Atlantic beat Griswold 109-0. WHATS UP, DOC? Montreal manager Tom Runnels, trying to explain the Expos' 0-12 record in night games: "Maybe we don't eat enough carrots." AN EITHER-ORR SITUATION: Kings coach Tom Webster, marveling at a spectacular goal by defenseman Rob Blake during L.A.'s playoff series against Edmonton: "He looked like Bobby Orr out there. Some nights, however, he looks like iron ore." AS LONG AS HE CAN GET BACK IN: Seattle Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson is baseball's tallest player at 6-foot-10, or so he's been told. He's not entirely sure. "I often wonder what I look like," he said. "I'd like to leave my body and see if I'm really that tall." BRUISE CONTROL: Mariners first baseman Pete O'Brien, recalling the first time he saw Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams pitch when they were Texas Rangers teammates: "He hit three of the first five batters he faced. It was a procession from the dugout to the plate to the training room." Sports in brief Ashe: King violence 'entirely predictable' Arthur Ashe says he wasn't surprised by the rioting that has followed the Rodney King verdict in California. "I thought it was entirely predictable. It was bound to happen someplace if not L.A., then someplace else," the Black retired tennis star said Saturday. Ashe, who disclosed last month that he is suffering from AIDS, said he discussed the violence with young minority players at a United States Tennis Clinic here Saturday. "We're trying to make sure they will feel much more confident about, one, how to tell the difference between whether or not an incident is racial or would apply to anyone, and two, what's the best response." BALL GOES FOR $200,000: The ball Babe Ruth supposedly hit for his 60th home run nearly 65 years ago went for $200,000 Saturday at an auction in San Francisco called "500 A Tribute to Baseball's Greatest Home Run Hitters." "The ball sold to a buyer in Atlanta, Georgia for $200,000," said Beth Clark, spokeswoman for Goober's auctioneers. "It was a phone-in bid. He did not make his name public." The event saw 116 items auctioned in 2 Vi hours. It also featured game-used bats, jerseys and baseball cards of 14 major-league players who hit 500 or more home runs during their careers. "Attendance was low," said Clark. "There were probably 50 people. A lot of phone bids and we attribute that to the riot situation." San Francisco has been the scene of civic unrest in the wake of the Rodney King verdict in Southern California. Clark said that Goober's "is convinced that it is the authentic ball" that Ruth hit into the stands for his record-setting 60th home run in 1927. The Baseball Hall of Fame has disputed that claim. "We have it here," registrar Peter Clark said from the hall in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Friday. The auctioneers contend that in 1961 the Hall requested the ball from the owner. The controversial ball had the number 60 written next to Ruth's signature, and was signed by his New York Yankees teammates as well as Washington's Tom Zachary, the pitcher who threw the ball. George Siegel of the Atlanta suburb of El-lenwood inherited the ball in 1977. PIGGOTT WINS 30TH CLASSIC: Lester Piggott, the 56-year-old jockey, won his 30th English classic, riding Rodrigo de Triano to victory in the 2,000 Guineas at New-mark, England. Piggott took the 6-1 shot to the front with one furlong to go in the one-rule race, the opening classic of the English season for 3-year-old colts. FORUM FIGHT POSTPONED: A scheduled 10-round junior welterweight bout between Carlos Gonzalez of Mexico City and Tim Brooks of Sacramento is being postponed a week because of unrest in the Los Angeles area. The bout was originally supposed to take place Monday night at the Forum. It and two other 10-round bouts on the card have been rescheduled for May 11, Forum Boxing spokesman John Beyrooty said. WASHINGTON DEFENDS CUP TITLE: The University of Washington men's varsity eight easily defended its Windermere Cup title, beating second-place Lithuania by nearly 13 seconds over the 2,000-meter course. The Husky women's crew also won its cup event. From Sun News Services Wasteful Spirit loses to Angels, 3-2 By James Curran Sun Sports Writer PALM SPRINGS The San Bernardino Spirit wasted, and wanted. The Spirit stranded nine runners five in scoring position on Saturday night, enabling the Palm Springs Angels to clip San Bernardino 3-2 in a California League game in front of 1,168 fans at Angels Stadium. Catcher Doyle Balthazar, who joined the Spirit on Monday, made his biggest impression yet by going 3-for-3 and driving in its only two runs. But a lack of timely hitting by his teammates wasted most of the Spirit's nine-hit attack. Balthazar watched from third base as Dave Wal-denberger another new Spirit player lifted a fly ball to center to end the game. "All we needed was one hit that we couldn't get," said Spirit manager Ivan DeJesus. "We couldn't do anything about it." It's feast or famine for Tookie' (it rhymes with cookie) By Pete Marshall Special to The Sun ADELANTO It's not often that fans have the chance to see the type of odd offensive prowess where a batter's first four hits of the season are home runs. It's even rarer when performed by a player who goes by the unusual nickname "Tookie" (it rhymes with "cookie"). Emmanuel Floyd "Tookie" Spann, who plays outfield for the High Desert Mavericks, hit four home runs in the first two weeks of the season to lead the league although he had no other hits, and was batting far below .200. "It was kind of weird," he said. "I'd either smash the ball at someone or hit it out." Spann finally broke the non-homer drought, and has live hits over and above the home runs, but he still characterizes himself as a power hitter. (He hit his fifth homer Saturday night in the Mavs' 10-4 loss to San Jose.) "I've been known to hit home runs," Spann said. "It's my strength. I'm not going to get too many bunts." Spann's nickname has an unusual history. The nickname "Tookie" Tookie Spann was first used by the son of a father-son combination which made it to the big leagues. Larry Gilbert, who played for the Boston Braves from 1914-15, and Harold Joseph "Tookie" Gilbert, who played for the N.Y. Giants in 1950 and 1953, both had relatively uneventful careers. But the connection was made because Spann's father, also named Emmanuel, shared New Orleans as his hometown with the Gilberts. Emmanuel Sr. was called "Tookie" and the name was passed down to Emmanuel Jr., who is also from New Orleans. "My mom calls me 'Little Tookie,' " the younger Spann said. Spann's career has been up-and-down since he broke in with the Detroit organization after leaving Tulane University in 1988. He made it as high as the Tigers' Double-A affiliate with London (Ontario) of the Eastern League for part of 1989, but hit just .204 with two homers in 27 games, and the next year he was sent back down to Lakeland (Fla.), where he had spent the first part ofl989. In 1990, Spann batted just .194 with no home runs in 23 games, prompting the Tigers to release him. "They (the Tigers) were signing guys like Pete Incaviglia, and weren't going with youth," Spann said. He was signed by the Padres in May of 1991 and divided the season between Waterloo (Iowa) and Charleston (S.C). He hit .312 with five homers while at Waterloo of the Midwest League. That got him a promotion to High Desert, where he is playing about three games in four. Cal league statistics The Angels, who had tumbled out of first place in the Southern Division by dropping six of eight games, improved to 13-9. The last-place Spirit slumped to 8-15. Balthazar said he still has faith in his teammates, "We've been battling to score runs," Balthazar said. "It's tough to lose like this when we've been playing as hard as we can. But I believe we will start picking each other up." Spirit starter Kevin King took the loss to fall to 1-4. King allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings, striking out five without a walk. Korey Keling earned the win to improve to 5-0, even though his earned run average going into the game was 4.63. Keling went 5 'a innings, allowing two runs and six hits, with two strikeouts and two walks. Ken Edenfield worked the last 1 innings for his fifth save. Palm Springs did its damage by getting the lead- Club Balling Walkden, Bak !3 21 14 15 1-1 3.18 Through Thursday's Games Toliver, Sal 20 23 4 14 1- 1 3.20 AB R H HR SB Avg. Smith, Reno 29 28 10 30 3- J 3.38 Reno 748 116 208 II 22 .278 Gamez.Stk 23 23 14 24 2- 2 3.47 Visalia 196 111 193 13 32 .277 Whitaker.SJ 23 23 12 13 2- 2 3.5! Bakersfield 703 94 193 8 29 .375 San Bernardino Spirit Baiting PalmSprngs 689 114 185 5 23 .269 Through Friday's Game San Jose 664 98 177 5 27 .267 AB R H HR RBI Avg. Hisn Desert m 100 176 15 .249 Waldenberger 5 1 2 0 1 .400 Modesto 685 110 1 68 18 15 .24S Kounas, Tony 56 4 1 7 3 10 .304 Stockton 652 101 151 7 S3 .232 Sultierland.A. 10 0 3 0 0 .300 San Bernardino 688 74 158 14 27 .230 Clayton, Craig 71 11 21 I 6 .296 Salinas 633 69 1 32 7 23 .209 Adams, Tommy 71 II 19 6 17 .268 Batting Leaders Diai.Eddy 82 11 21 1 5 .251 (Minimum 57 Plate Appearances! Fernandez, J. 62 8 15 1 7 .242 AB R H HR RBI Avg. Bryant, Craig 55 5 13 3 9 .236 Ricker.Vis 63 15 25 1 16 .397 Robertson.T. 76 7 17 0 7 .224 Lvdv.Reno 83 19 32 2 19 .386 Brannon, Paul 54 6 11 1 3 .204 Hall, HD 89 15 33 0 6 .371 Cervantes.M. 57 7 II 0 2 .193 Altonzo.PS 74 18 27 0 1 5 .365 Pezzoni.Ron 57 5 II 0 3 .193 Cordova, Vis 72 16 24 2 8 .333 Balthazar, Doyle 7 0 1 0 0 .143 J.CasIro, BaK 60 9 20 0 7 .333 Garrigan.Pat 37 4 5 0 1 .135 Ortiz, Bak 49 4 II 0 6 .327 Kluge.Matt 23 1 3 0 1 .130 Basse, Stk S3 9 17 0 5 .321 Spirit Pitching Mcmurrav, Bak 78 15 25 2 13 .321 IP H BB SO W- L ERA Mashore.Mod 78 17 25 5 17 .321 Perkins, Paul 6 4 2 5 0- 0 0.00 Perez, PS 78 20 25 3 14 .321 Glinalsis.G. 14 8 9 22 0- 1 0.00 Faneyte.SJ 66 12 21 ! 12 .318 Ludding, Rich 10 7 3 9 1- 0 1.80 Hyzdu.SJ 66 6 31 0 8 .318 Schanz, Scott 14 9 7 9 0- 0 1.93 Neill.Reno 76 II 24 0 10 .316 Adam, Dave 23 18 10 14 I-1 3.13 Wrona.Stk 61 15 19 0 6 .311 Borski.Jefl 31 32 14 22 2- 2 3.48 Waggoner, Reno 61 13 19 I 6 .311 Rosenbalm.M. 7 7 0 8 0- 1 3.68 Garrett.PS 45 14 14 0 1 .311 Hampton, Mike 24 25 13 19 1- 2 3.80 Gill, HD 62 7 19 1 7 .306 Mecir, Jim 26 34 9 24 2- 3 5.19 Davis, SJ 49 13 15 0 10 .306 King, Kevin 22 28 9 7 1- 3 5.32 Dunn, Vis 79 18 24 4 14 .304 Urso.Sal 6 10 3 5 0- 1 6.35 Duke, Kyle 9 11 13 8 0- 0 10.61 Club Pitching High Desert Mavericks Baiting ERA H HRBBSOSHOSV Through Friday's Game Slockton 2.71 165 5 75 133 2 4 AB R H HR RBI Avg. San Jose 319 141 I 95 135 0 5 Hall, Billy 89 15 33 0 6 .371 Visalia 3.27 171 14 70 113 3 6 Bish, Brent 39 6 14 0 6 .359 High Desert 3.44 151 10 111 129 1 4 Gill, Steve 62 7 19 1 7 .306 Reno 3.81 192 13 105 164 0 6 McDavid,Rav 75 13 22 3 IS .293 SanBdno 3.19 117 11 (1 144 14 Arredondo, Rob. II I 3 0 I .273 Modesto 3.95 173 II 101 169 1 5 Martinez, Pablo 64 7 16 0 4 .250 Bakersfield 4.31 174 18 86 149 0 6 Bruno, Julio 48 4 12 0 6 .250 PlmSprngs 4.34 179 3 84 163 2 9 Henderson, Lee 29 2 7 0 4 .241 Salinas 5.79 209 9 85 116 1 3 Gash, Darius 78 9 16 0 7 .205 Pitching Leaders Spann, Tookie 46 12 9 4 10 .196 (Minimum 17 Innings Pitched) KuehUohn 58 I II 2 9 .190 IP H BB SO W- L ERA Ostermeyer, Bill 50 9 8 3 7 .160 Meiia.Rno 21 8 12 26 1- 0 .00 Mulligan, Sean 47 6 5 2 3 .106 HanselmaaSJ 27 22 9 11 1- 1 1.35 Meury.Bill 12 1 1 0 0 .083 Galindez.HD 26 16 13 19 0- 2 1.38 Mavericks Pitching Frnswrtb, Bak 24 13 I 12-1 1 48 IP H BB SO W- L ERA Mccreary, Vis 34 28 5 II 5- 0 159 Zinler.Ed 8 S 7 10 0- 0 1.13 Farrell.Stk 26 22 I 19 3-I 210 Chaves, Rafael 15 12 6 11-2 1.23 Hancock, Stk 25 20 9 16 1- 0 2.13 Galindez, Luis 36 16 13 19 0- 2 1 38 Lebron.HD 34 15 I II 2- 0 2 25 Lebron.Jose 24 15 I 11 7-0 2.25 Ritchie, Vis 33 37 10 II 2- 1 2 45 Tltoeull, Ryan 10 7 10 7 0- 1 2.70 Mcgraw.SH 17 II 9 II 1-1 2.60 Ingram, Linly 13 13 7 7 1- 0 714 Holzemer.PS 24 19 10 26 3- 1 2 63 MorlensenJ. 13 13 5 13 2- 0 3.55 Johns, Reno 32 38 I II 3-2 3.71 Devore.Ted 31 13 20 12 1- 1 3 80 Rosselli.SJ 28 23 I 31 1- 0 3.93 Florie.Bryce 19 19 14 15 1-3 5.13 Adam.SB 33 II 10 14 1-1 3.13 Kellogg, GeoH II II 15 12 1-2 5.40 L Carter, Slk 23 20 7 14 2- 2 3.11 McKeon, Brian 12 II I 9 0-1 6.75 him around three times. Clifton Garrett led oil' the first with a single and later scored on a grounder by Eduardo Perez. Tom Dodge started the second with a single and came in when Orlando Munoz lined a basehit up the middle. San Bernardino cut into the lead with a run in the fourth on Balthazar's RBI single. Palm Springs made it 3-1 when Edgar Alfonzo doubled in Luis Haven. Balthazar's sacrifice fly in the sixth made it 3-2. Spirit notes Stat talk: After Tommy Adams (who has six homers), Tony Kounas and Craig Bryant are next on the Spirit home run list with three each. Kounas is second to Adams in RBI with 10. Jetf Borskl leads starter pitchers with a 2-2 record. Jim Mecir leads the team in strikeouts with 24, but reliever George Glinatsls has fanned 22 in just 132a innings The teams meet again today at Fiscalini Field in San Bernardino. The Spirit will send Mike Hampton (1-2, 3.80) to the mound in the 1:05 p.m. game. 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