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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Redskins not dead Page 7 Sports October 6A Strategyfilled playoffs open tonight KC lefties face Jays TORONTO AP Can the Toronto Blue Jays find a way to solve those pesky Kansas City lefties that have plagued them all season That and the key to the American League could come tonight when the teams meet in Game Royals Manager Dick Howser plans a parade of three lefthanders in the first four games of the bestofseven I had to choose from five and hated to have to do Howser The lefthanded thing wasnt the only reason we did what we look at what Howsers lefthanders did against Toronto in Charlie who will start the was 20 and had a earned run average against Bud who will start Game 2 Wed was 1015 overall but 20 with a ERA against the Blue Danny 10 with a ERA in three will pitch the fourth Howser will have Bret pitch the third game and will use Mark in long Well do countered Jesse who hit 27 home runs for Weve done some things to improve in that I dont want to give away what weve The Blue Jays won 99 games in taking their firstever AL East but were just 2426 against Runs may be hard to come by in this Toronto led the league in team pit ching and the Royals were and most of the games between the teams this year were Kansas City won the series Dave who led the league with a ERA but finished with just a 1413 will start tonight for the Blue was second in the AL with a The runs havent coincided with my Stieb Weve had that happen to a pitcher every It happened to me this I started off the season giving up two runs a game and getting Id pitch a shutout and win Stieb will face a Kansas City lineup led by an even hotter than usual George after slumping for the first part of hit five key home runs in the last week of the season to help the Royals overtake California in the AL The playoffs By The Associated Press League Championship Series All Times CDT Todays Game Kansas City ILeibrandt 179 a Toronto Stieb 14131 Wednesdays Games Kansas City Black 1015 at Toronto Key Louis Tudor 218 at Los Angeles Valenzuela 17 Thursdays Game Louis Andujar 2111 at Los Angoles Hershiser Fridays Game Toronto Alexander 1710 at Kansas City Saberhagen Saturdays Games Los Angeles Welch 134 at Louis Cox 189 Toronto at Kansas Sundays Games Toronto at Kansas if necessary Los Angeles at Mondays Game Los Angeles at if necessary Kansas City at if necessary 16 Louis at Los if necessary Kansas City at if necessary 17 Louis Cardinals at Los if necessary World Series begins 19 in American League park Valezuela draws start LOS ANGELES AP Experience guided Los Angeles Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda to his decision to tab left hander Fernando Valenzuela to start in the opening game of the National League Its not a tough Lasorda I want to pitch Fernando When the playoffs forget about all the records and Hes been through this a 17game winner this will be matched against Louis Cardinals lefthander John in Wednesday nights has a 21 record and a ERA in three Championship Series two in 1981 against the Montreal Expos and the other against the Philadelphia Phillies in While Cardinals Manager Whitey Herzog contemplated loading up for 17 by starting a lineup of righthanded Lasorda predicted the bestofseven matchup with Louis will be a very exciting The Cardinals are the best in the league in hitting and in he And they have two 21game Louis is a very good The series figures to match up contrasting styles of winning They have the speed and we have the said Dodgers outfielder Mike whose 28 homers ranked second behind Pedro Guerreros clubleading The Cardinals will be led by the National Leagues leading Willie who batted Their primary weapon will be their team Led by rookie speedster Vince who swiped 110 bases to set a rookie record this the Cardinals figure to force the action with aggressive Speed being what it is to the Herzog surprised Monday when he said he was pondering the idea of keeping some of it in reserve in the series He said he there is a possibility that righthanded hit ting Tito Landrum could be used in place of a switch has had more success batting from the left Landrum batted as a parttimer for the Cards this season and is best remembered for the home run that won the pennant for Baltimore in the fourth game of the 1983 Asked about the Herzog I dont know Ive got to weigh that Comal County Players of the Week GENTRY NATAL MOCKERT New Braunfels quarterback Victor Sierra was like a passing machine Friday night against The senior completed 15 of 20 attempts for 252 yards and had touchdown passes of 47 and 24 yards as the Unicorns wound up nondistrict play at For his Sierra is the Comal County Offensive Player of the On the Sierra has completed 39 of 68 attempts 57 percent and thrown for628 In hes returned kicks and played safety at one time or another this On Smithson Valleys defensive tackle Diron Wunderlich had his best game overall in the Rangers 2012 victory over Holy The senior was in on a team seasonhigh 17 recovered two fumbles and made the key sack in Smithson Valleys fourthquarter goalline The Knights had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth facing a secondandgoal from Wunderlich top weeks list the Ranger Wunderlich burst through the line and creamed Jacob Paniagua right after the back received a throwing him back to the 15 yard For his Wunderlich is the Comal County Defensive Player of the Earning honorable mention on offense is Smithson Valley guard Bobby Mockert and fullback Chris Mockert graded the highest he has ever graded on the and paved the way for most of Gentrys gamehigh 106 yards Anytime you have a back who gained that many you have to have someone there making the holes for said Ranger Coach Stan Chris had ome of his best games He was dragging people all over the Canyon Coach Troy Burch had no nominations on Earning honorable mention on defense was Canyon safety Albert Thank goodness he was back Burch said of the He played pretty well back Burch said Natal made a number of touchdown saving helping keep Alamo Heights out of the Canyon end zone until late in the third Also earning honorable mention was New Braunfels inside linebacker Brett whd had his best game of the Coach Jim Streety Nose guard Keith who is the team leader in and cornerback Claude Porterie also earned honorable Keith is having a phenomenal Streety Hes our leading tackier as a defensive Hes so and thats the key to it Another honorable mention on defense is Smithson Valleys Shawn The middle linebacker was in on 15 Coach Irvine said Balmos has shown a lot of improvement in recent Shown the door Astros fire niceguy manager Lillis HOUSTON AP When the Houston Astros tried to reassign former coach Don Leppert earlier this he balked and called the Astros too a team more interested in decorum than New Astros General Manager Dick Wagner must in the midst of a swept aside the 1 nice guy Monday by firing Manager Bob Lillis and offering him a front office On a team filled with nice Lillis may have been too nice for his own You cant blame a guy if he cant change his per Astros outfielder Kevin Bass When Flea Lillis went out to argue with an it was from the But to be a youve got to have a little Billy Martin in you to get the respect of the Wagner said the change was a I dont want to be critical of but the fact that Houston played at the level over three years was a big part of said who took over 14 as general Weve got to look for a team that is more aggressive on the The Astros have often been criticized as a team too passive to get tough in crucial in his departing said the Astros were more interested in looking good in a hotel lobby than playing tough I wouldnt say the makeup of this team is timid or Weve just got a lot of nice people catcher Alan Ashby Sometimes its necessary to have someone light a fire under all of these nice people and get them to be a little more aggressive and Wagner offered Lillis a job as head of baseball which he described as a behindthescenes one of substance and importance to the He gave Lillis a week to consider the offer while rumors started about Lillis Chuck fired as Pittsburgh manager reportedly is among those being considered for the took charge of the Astros when Astros owner John McMullen fired Bill Lillis led the Astros to a 2823 record the rest of the Houston finished third with an 8577 record in second at 8082 last season and tied for third this season with an 8379 Lillis has been with the Astros organization since its He was chosen in the 1961 expansion draft and played six seasons for the Football Notebook to as many as six majorleague teams today about a managers job following his firing by the Pittsburgh The alwaysoptimistic regarded by many baseball executives as one of the games top field was ousted Monday night as part of a clean sweep instigated by the Pirates new ownership headed by incoming president Malcolm Mac Tanner made it clear at a hastily called news con ference that he was fired not by current Pirates Dan but by the publicprivate coaliUon that has agreed to buy the financially ailing team for We all kind of agreed They didnt want me I didnt want Tanner It was a mutual parting of the But I have no going on to bigger and better I take that hack nothing could be better than winning that 1979 world cham In Tanners nine years as the Pirates ran the gauntlet from World Series winners six years ago to this Tanner confident about finding job Despite his teams fall from contender to hapless and a federal drug investigation that centered around the Pirates Tanner expects to be able to pick and choose among offers from teams in both Im not a lastplace Im a Tanner I want to go with a club that wants to do I want to manage another 10 or 15 have a lot of goals I want to I want to manage another world Galbreath said he already has been approached by four teams interested in talking to they know that Im Tanner Til be somewhere and its going to be Galbreath said the decision was made after a series of meetings among Galbreath and interim general manager Joe With the turmoil weve had in the lack of fan the federal drug we decided that a change had to be Galbreatb said If there has to be a let it be know a lot of people in Pittsburgh are going to be Unicorn notes Quarterback Victor Sierras first interception of the season didnt have anyone terribly upset on the New Braunfels The pass came on a thirdandlong They intercepted it 40 yards Coach Jim Streety It was like a In it was a little longer than weve been punting this Mike Sullivan gave everybody a scare when he went down with a sprained knee on the first play from scrimmage Trainer Dean Laird put Sullivans knee on ice and the big senior could have played the second Streety There wasnt any need to put him the coach He was back running yesterday Braunfels is one of seven teams in Region IV still At 50 are Laredo Southwest and Uvalde at 40 are Flour Brownsville Pace and Defending regional champ GregoryPortland is of the biggest surprises for the Unicorns this season are cornerback Claude Porterie and defensive lineman Keith who didnt play football last is im proving every while Cook leads the team in tackles with the man it aint supposed to be that Streaty said of Cooks tackle Its rare when an Interior lineman leads the team in especially in a thrwmin Hes just so Streety said of a tackling quickly because Floresville has got the running he fullback Chris Gentry gained more than 100 yards for the first time against the Knights When Chris gets two or three people will have him for two or three but hell drag thenm for four Irvine Rangers are still suffering the for them usual assortment of bumps and Tailback Scott Balmos added a bruise to the knee to his worries against Holy Cross while quarterback Mike Irvine is still playing with a heavily bandaged Gentry wears a flak jacket during enters play this week tied with Southside for the best records in the district at Cougar notes Ranger notes One area Smithson Valley is sure to be working on this week in preparation for Fridays district opener against Floresville is The Rangers had a hard time knocking down Holy Cross tailback Vince They werent faking us or doing anything we werent ready Wed have him in the backfield and hed still bust loose for a 10 to 12 yard said Smithson Valley Coach Stan Every team we play from now on will have a runner of that We better correct the A highlight of a lessthanstellar night Friday was the punting of Ben The leftfooted senior boomed a 41yard punt into a stiff north wind and kicked one 53 yards with the That averages out to 47 yards a best chance to take control of the game came when the Cougars stopped Alamo Heights in three plays after the secondhalf then took over at their own 46 after a short But after a first the Mules stacked up a sweep then sacked quarterback Danny Hernandez for a nineyard I felt we should have driven it Coach Troy Burch Canyon will go back to fundamentals all the way back to blocking and Burch Canyon also will have a chance to get over some nagging injuries during the week far as Surch can a Canyon varsity team has never won a game at The Cougars travel to Kerrville fpr their district opener a week from kids are going to have to make a com mitment to to the team and to the and Bgrch I dont think we represented our school very well Canyon has not lost two games in a row since the 1983 when the Cougars fell to New Braunfels and Fredericksburg in district
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