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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 13, 1981, Altoona, Pennsylvania Page 12 Altoona Mirror, Thursday, August 13, IMINAEF 8-Team Senior World Series Under Way, Joliet Comets Eye Another Championship delphia Phillies. "We’re solid - pitching, defense, hitting, speed." Favia’s high on such performers as pitcher Tom Orsag (10-2), pitcher-first baseman Rich Gonzales, shortstop Mike DeButch, who was named to an Olympic team; outfielder Mike Zunica, named Italian Athlete of the Year in the Chicago area; and Bob Polewski, an All-State second sacker. Favia’s especially high on two outfielders — Curt Parham (just 16 years old) and Mark Doran. "They’re two players to watch," said Favia. "They’re prospects. I scout for the Phillies. They're on everyone’s list." Erie McDowell Post 771, the Altoona NABF Regional champ, sports a 15-9 log. Erie pilot Guy Conti describes his teams as being "real young. We have a lot of team speed and a number of pitchers who have live arms. "Our chances in the tourney will hinge on how well we play defensively and how well we run the bases. We have excellent speed in the outfield.” Conti is counting on his son, Craig, a 16-year-old centerfielder, and right-handed pitchers Scott Tarasovitch and Brian Leuschen to spearhead the Erie effort. "For us to win,” pointed out the Erie boss, "Conti, Tarasovitch and Leuschen have to perform." St. Louis, which began play in the NABF only this year, is striving to be competitive. “This is our first year in the tournament," said St. Louis manager Bill Richardson. "We’re not going to get the top players right away. It’s going to take some time to establish the league. “We’re hoping to be competitive. To win we have to have good pitching and play super defense.” St. Louis’ strong suit? "I would have to say pitching would be our strong point,” answered Richardson. Among St. Louis’ hurlers are righthanders Dave Biscan and Bob Faron both of whom will continue their education and baseball careers at the University of Missouri. Marc Bergman, describing his New York City team (Whitestone D-G), said the New Yorkers "come from a very strong league in New York City. "We’ve been able to beat strong competition, The North Shore A’s and the Ty Cobbs." New York’s come away a winner in 26 of 32 contests. A player to watch from New York is pitcher-first baseman Dave Walker. "He may be the best player in New York State, Bergman said.” Walker throws and bats "We’re got a good, fundamental ballclub,” pointed out Harold Butt, mentor of the Columbus, Ohio entry (Hutchinson Oil.) "Pitching is the secret to any tournament," said Butt. "We’ve also been playing good defense. Columbus has won 20 of 25 decisions. Among the Columbus pitchers are Tim Tackett, who also performs at shortstop, and Joey Hall and Jay Santo. All three are right-handers. "We have two other pitchers, Casey Close and Al Anderson," said Butt. "They’re tied up in the state legion tournament right now. They ll be here later. 300 Pro S-C-S (St. Clair Shores, Mich.), guided by Ray Pasternak, carries a 26-8 record into the tourney. "I have a good hitting team with descent team speed and average pitching," Pasternak said in assessing his team. "We’re primarily a 17-year-old team. All our players are above average ballplayers but we have no super stars " The Michigan hill staff includes lefty Dan Davies, who’s authored back-to-back perfect games. "One was a seven-inning game, the other a five-inning mercy rule," said Pasternak. Pasternak says he’s got a good receiver in Walt Wolschager (16-year-old) and a good flychaser in Mike Goldsmith. Another young team is North Atlanta Mustangs (Atlanta, Ga.) — guided by Gary Staab. What have the Mustangs done so far? "Our record is 44-11," said Staab. "We’re a young team with pretty good pitching, good hitting, fast speed and very good defensive." Included on the Mustangs’ mound staff is lefty Mike Stanford, who fashioned a 1-hitter in the playoffs. Asked to list a couple of his top players, Staab mentioned catcher Juan Adan, first baseman Drew Miller and third baseman Mark Hunt. "It’s tough to do," said Staab. "Our players all play well.”On Disabled List CHICAGO (UPI) - The New York Mets Wednesday placed relief pitcher Tom Hausman on the 21-day disabled list and replaced him with right-hander Terry Leach from their Tidewater farm club. Hausman is suffering from a bone chip in his right elbow. He pitched two innings of an exhibition game against Toronto last week and the arm stiffened the next day. Team officials said X-rays taken during the weekend at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago revealed the bone chips. 13th Ward Tests St. Louis in Opener BOB FRANK of Altoona (left), chairman of the NABF Senior World Series, presents a souvenir bat to Doug Clark, St. Louis batboy during registration Wednesday at the Quality Inn. Standing next to Clark are (from left): Jeff Richardson, who plays for St. Louis, and John Richardson, St. Louis batboy. Other NABF tourney committee members include (from left): Roger Tremaine, Tom Stout and Lou Tiber!. By FRANK POLITO Staff Writer The short, but demanding race for the National Amateur Baseball Federation Senior World Series trophy began this morning. The Series opener was scheduled at 9 o’clock. Two others contests were slated for I p.m. Today’s final contest is set for 7 p.m. at Veterans’ Memorial Park, matching host 13th Ward against St. Louis, Mo. (Russell’s Sporting Goods.) Included in the eight-team, doubleelimination field are the Joliet Dolton Comets (Joliet, 111.), winners of the 1980 NABF World Series in Columbus, Ohio. Joliet has two vets returning from its championship club — catcher Jay Boban and third sacker Glen Mayle. They’ve helped the Illinois diamondmen chalk up 46 victories against 12 setbacks. Phil Favia, who along with Dick James serve as co-managers of the Comets, says his 1981 team is stronger than last year’s championship club. "We won last year and we feel we’re 40 percent stronger this year," said Favia, who scouts for the world champion Phila By JIM LANE Managing Sports Editor 13th Ward, Altoona's hope, is matched with Russell Sporting Goods of St. Louis tonight at 7 o’clock at Veterans’ Memorial Field in the official opener of the 1981 NABF Senior World Series. The Altoona-St. Louis contest is the finale of a four-game opening-day card. Hutchinson Oil of Columbus, Ohio, was paired with the Mustangs of Atlanta, Ga., this morning at Vets, and there were a couple of I pm. contests — Erie McDowell Post 771, the Altoona Regional champ, against Whitestone DG of New York City at Vets, and St. Clair Shores, Mich, against the Joliet, 111. Comets, last year’s World Series champs, at Juniata. 13th Ward manager John Austin is expected to give the starting pitching assignment to Earl Weaver. The 17-year-old Weaver, who will be a senior at Hollidaysburg High School, compiled a 4-6 record in the Kelley Federation while striking out 84 batters in 66 innings. He’s a 5-10, 165-pound right-hander. St. Louis manager Bill Richardson will counter with Dave Biscan, a 6-1,185-pound right-hander. Richardson said his team didn’t keep statistics, but Biscan’s a good one. He’s headed for the University of Missouri on a baseball scholarship. Richardson was reluctant to talk about his team’s personnel. “I hate to mention individual players because I don't want to slight anyone. We prefer the team concept,” Richardson said. "We Joined the NABF a year ago. We're just getting things going, and it probably will take a couple years for us to be as competitive as the Eastern teams. ’ That may be true, but Richardson’s Russell Sporting Goods team waltzed through the St. Louis Regional last weekend with 12-0, 8-2, and 5-2 victories. The St. Louis entry was 8-0 in league play and 12-3 overall. In addition to Biscan, pitcher Bob Faron is headed for the University of Missouri on a baseball scholarship. First baseman Brad Bollinger will be a walk-on at Missouri, and shortstop Paul VanStone is ticketed for San Diego University. Richardson has been involved with St. Louis baseball for the past 15 years. He runs his own business. "To spend as much time in baseball as I do, you must own your own company," Richardson said. His oldest son, Joe, is a catcher at Southern Illinois University where he is a junior. 13th Ward earned the right to serve as host team for the NABF World Series by finishing runnerup to Central Pennsylvania National Bank in the Kelley Federation playoffs and Altoona NABF League. By winning the title, CPNB will go to the All American Amateur Baseball Association Tournament in Johnstown next week. NABF notes: Members of Altoona’s 1957 NABF championship squad will be recognized prior to tonight’s opener ... The Mountaineers German Band will perform from 6:15 to 6:30 ... The Parade of Champions is slated for 6:30. Each of the teams will receive their regional tournament trophies at that time ... 13th Ward Coach Joel Mock, who played for 13th’s AAABA team in 1978, was the University of Pennsylvania’s most valuable player last spring. He’ll captain the Quakers next year. Bill Richardson Lee, Dawson Spark Expos Past Pirates AL: Rudi, Ojeda Spearhead Red Sox PITTSBURGH (UPI) — Regardless of Pittsburgh's spot in the National League East standings, Montreal manager Dick Williams says the Pirates remain the Expos' toughest hurdle in their long frustrating campaign for a division title. And that’s why Williams was more relieved than jubilant Wednesday night after the Expos picked up their second win in three straight games with the Pirates, 3-2, behind clutch relieving by Bill Lee and 4-for-4 hitting by Andre Dawson. "We're lucky to have taken two out of three,” Williams said Lee struck out Dave Parker on three pitches to end a ninth-inning Pittsburgh rally and save the win for Ray Burris. The Pirates and Expos split the first two games of the so-called "second season" in Montreal. They play here again tonight and then play four more late in September. "Actually we should be three out of three by now; without one bad inning we’d be three up," Williams said, referring to the Pirates’ ninth-inning, game-winning rally in Montreal Tuesday night. But the Expos, bridesmaids in the NL East the past two seasons, always have had trouble with the Pirates, who were 12-6 against them last year and 135-89 overall. Montreal has a 5-3 edge so far this year, but that doesn’t make Williams feel any better about his team’s chances against them the rest of the season. "I’d rather play them now and get it over with,” he said. “They keep coming back, coming back. They’re frightening. I’d rather play Philadelphia (which took a weekend season-finale series last season to win the NL East crown over Montreal) than Pittsburgh down the stretch.” Lee agreed wholeheartedly with his manager’s assessments of the Pirates’ and the Expos’ good fortune Wednesday night. "Tonight, Bill Lee was the lucky one,” Lee said. Lee came into the game with his team in a fullblown jam, and he allowed it to worsen before he began the heroics that earned himhis sixth save. Trailing 3-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Pirates immediately began a rally. Reliever Stan Bahnsen walked leadoff batter Phil Gamer, and Tony Pena followed with a double, advancing Garner to third. Jeff Reardon then came in to face pinch-hitter Bill Robinson, who was safe on a fielder’s choice play that erased Pena while Garner held at third. Lee then came in and walked Omar Moreno to load the bases, and Tim Foil hit into a forceout that scored Garner and sent Moreno out of the game. Parker then came up to bat, swung and missed at the first pitch, fouled off the second and struck out on Lee’s third pitch, low and outside. “If Parker had hit my first pitch, it would have been lights out," Lee said. "I got away with murder on that pitch. On the strikeout pitch I fooled him. I knew Parker would go after an outside pitch. I felt so relieved when I struck him out. I could easily have been the loser tonight. It feels good to go against a good competitor and win. "He’s one of the best, and tonight Bill Lee was the ldcky one. With Parker’s ability, he just may get Bill Lee tomorrow night." Dawson led Montreal’s offense, smashing a solo homer — his 15th — two singsl and a triple. The sixth-inning leadoff homr capped the scoring off Pirate starter and loser Eddie Solomon, 5-4. Burris, 4-5, gave up five hits — including Mike Easler’s solo homer in the fourth — in five innings to gain the victory. The Expos took a 2-0 lead in the second when Gary Carter led off with a triple to right and scored on Warren Cromartie’s single. Cromartie came around on Mike Phillips’ two-out RBI double. Mets 7, Cubs 4 The New York Mets scored three runs in the top of the 10th inning on triples by Dave Kingman and Ellis Valentine and singles by Hubie Brooks and Alex Trevino as they scored a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs for their third straight win of the new season. Cardinals ll, Phillies 3 At Philadelphia, rookie Orlando Sanchez singled home the go-ahead run and George Hendrick added a pair of home runs to spark the Cardinals’ victory. Keith Hernandez also homered for the Cardinals to help Bob Sykes, the second of three St. Louis pitchers, to the victory. Astros 5, Giants 4 At San Francisco, Denny Walling’s eighth-inning, pinch-hit single scored pinch runner Kiko Garcia from third base to give the Astros a victory. Dodgers 8, Reds 5 At Los Angeles, Davey Lopes drove in three runs with a single and a two-run homer to spark the Dodgers to victory. Braves 4, Padres 3 At San Diego, Eddie Miller’s one-out fielder’s choice scored Brian Asselstine from third base In the lith inning to give the Braves their triumph.Golf Tournament SANDY, Utah (UPI) - PGA tour star Johnny Miller and amateur Paul Blanchard of Phoenix, Ariz., won the celebrety pro-am at the Utah Open golf tournament Wednesday. Miller and his junior teammates fired a best-ball scramble score of 55, 17 under par at the Willow Creek Country Club. His team included his son, Jonh Miller Jr., and Salt Lake City residents Kevin Green, Brent Bemhisel and Craig Wiles. By RICHARD ROSENBLATT UPI Sports Writer The nearly forgotten and newly discovered got together Wednesday night at Fenway Park and the results were a smashing success. Joe Rudi, a part-time starter who entered the game hitting .147, socked a pair of home runs to lead a six-homer barrage and rookie Bob Ojeda pitched the first complete game of the "second season" to spark the Red Sox to an 8-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. "It’s been a frustrating year because I haven’t played a lot but I have no one to blame but myself," said Rudi,'in his 14th major-league season. "It does help to have games like this and all I can to is try to contribute the rest of the season.” Ojeda, who was 1-1 with the Red Sox last year, struck out five and walked three and was helped by a double play and a pair of assists by left fielder Jim Rice. "The defense really kept me in there when I was struggling early,” said Ojeda, a 23-year-old lefthander. "Later I found my groove and relaxed and when the offense exploded, it made things easier. I was confident from the start." Yankee* S, Ranger* 4 At New York, Graig Nettles smacked a two-run homer off reliever Ferguson Jenkins, 4-6, in the sixth inning to help New York overcome a 4-3 deficit. Dave LaRoche, 4-0, pitched 2 2-3 innings to gain the win. Rick Reushcel, who made his Yankee debut, lasted 4 2-3 innings and allowed all four Ranger runs. Angels Mariners I At Seattle, Bobby Grich accounted for all of California'* runs with a solo homer, in the second and a game-winning three-run blast in the lith. Richie Zisk had tied the game 1-1 in the seventh with his 10th homer of the year. Don Aase, 2-2, pitched three scoreless innings to pick up the win. Dick Drago, 4-3, took the loss. Indians It Milwaukee 4 At Cleveland, Rick Manning drove in three runs with a two-run homer and a single and scored three more as Cleveland ended a three-game losing streak. Len Barker, 6-3, picked up his first career victory over the Brewers after losing five straight although he needed ninth-inning relief help from Mike Stanton. Blue Jays 4, Tigers 3 At Detroit, Toronto made it two straight over Detroit and handed Jack Morris, the AL's starting pitcher in the All-Star Game, the loss. Morris, 9-4, had won his last eight decisions. Damaso Garcia drove in two runs with a suicide squeeze and a sacrifice fly for Toronto. Dave Stieb, improved to 5-7. Twins 4, A's 3 At Minnesota, Hosken Powell and Mickey Hatcher cracked RBI singles off reliever Bob Owchinko, 3-2, in the seventh inning to give Minnesota its victory. Reliever Darrell Jackson, 1-1, earned the win. Royals IM, Orioles M At Baltimore, Eddie Murray and Rick Dempsey slammed home runs to back the combined five-hit pitching of Scott McGregor, 7-2, and Tim Stoddard in the second game. In the opener, Frank White cracked a grand slam and Hal McRae knocked In three runs with two doubles as the Royals clobbered the Orioles behind the pitching of Larry Gura, 5-5, and Rente Martin. TIM TACKETT of Columbus, Ohio (left) scores In the first inning World Series. At right, Atlanta's Mark Hunt arrives at third base, against Atlanta, Ga. during this morning’s opener in the NABF Senior Columbus prevailed 11-2 after five innings. ;