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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday Aug HeratdZeltung M Personal Accounts We carried her to her mother and grabbed another girl and kept Red Devils were tough little scorchers at ASA State Tournament By LARRY WENZEL Guest Columnist Devils how do you feel Wefeel great Oh wefeel so great Tliis was the cry of the Red Devils This Was the cheer that helped them drive to the end I We started practice right after the season was over Out of 14 girls ages 7 and 8 only a couple of them had played softball before this year But these were the best of a new league This team was led by two young coaches Christine Wenzel and Kim Rice and assisted by their experienced or old if you prefer Dads Larry Wenzel and Kenneth Franklin I There were several practices during every week and always on Saturday from in the heat of the day to toughen these girls because if they were to advance their biggest opponent might be the heat These young girls practiced hard They practiced plays and positions they had never played before We kept changing them around trying to find the right combinations In one of the earlier practices Andrea Holmah caught a line drive on her nose and mouth arid loosened her tooth a little We carried her to her mother and grabbed another player and kept on pratic ing Hey Red Devils how do you feel We played our first tournament in North west San Antonio We lost our first game on Friday On Saturday we played at noon in temperatures of over 100 degrees We won that game At 3 in temperatures of 102 degrees we were soundly beaten It was a long game played against a superior team During both games between every inning when the girls were in the dugout we had par ents squirt the girls with water to cool them down In the middle of the last game our catcher Brianna Forester came running into the dugout crying Coach I cant play any We took her gear off and she fainted from the heat We carried her to her mother and grabbed another girl and kept playing Hey Red Devils how do you feel I Our next tournament was at Randolph Air Force Base In an effort to toughen the girls trying to get them to ignore minor scrapes and cuts we would tell them if they got hurt to fin ish the play because they would have time to hurt later In the first inning iron man Jennifer Baerwald caught a line drive on her left eye It knocked her off her feet She sat up fired the ball to first base and then fell over crying with pain We carried her off the field and handed her to her grandfather and stuck in another player and kept going Hey Red Devils how do you feel After EMS and persistence Jennifer later returned to the game We lost this game and the next one too We came back after that dismal tournament and practiced hard We made some changes in the lineup too The girls worked very hard The parents were tired of all the practices The coaches were tired too We worried about pushing the girls too hard But not the girls They were tougher than we were They worked very hard and did all we asked Finally came time for the state tournament in Longview a long way away Our first game was on Friday night at 9 It was the girls first game under lights The park was beautiful It was like an oasis in the midst of towering pines and the centerfield fence was so far away it looked like you had to catch a bus to get there It was an exciting time for the girls They played a tough game It was the bottom of the last inning and we were tied with a runner on first and second with one out Rosemary came up to bat Rose mary hit a hard line drive to deep right field Coach Franklin kept her going at first to round second and she glanced at Coach Wenzel on third who kept her running and her never let her slow dowa She rounded third and kept her head down arms pumping and the throw home was high but it didnt matter Rosemary had it beat A baseclearing home run and the Red Devils had won their first game at state The next day came starting with a game at 9 We won We played again at 11 Each game lasted 60 minutes We were tied at the end of the second game so we had to play another inning We tied again so we had to play another inning This time they scored a run and we didnt That game lasted 90 min utes It was a hardfought game and a tough loss but our girls were tough We won our next game by seven runs Our fourth game was against a team that we had already played and beat in the morning It turned out that this team had competed in five tournaments in the earlier part of the summer including tournaments in Georgia and Missis sippi and came in first or second place in all of these tournaments We beat them agaia We then had a 10minute break and played our fifth game We let down in the first inning and were behind by four runs We almost caught up by the end of the second inning Then we let down again Toward the end Sarah Wenzel foultipped the ball into her eye We carried her off the field and handed her to her mother and put in another player Hey Red Devils how do you feel But we lost this one which put us in third place The girls all received a medal and a team trophy The girls were tough playing five games in one day They played from 9 They were enthusiasUc through it all They played hard and played well They started as a very green team and jelled into a highlypol ished team There werea lot of highlights from thuj tournament Rosemary Carrizaleshome run Kayla Thorntons unassisted double play and the intimidating looks she would give to the opposition as well as iron man Jennifer Baer walds pitching five games in one day New Braunfels has gained a reputation as being a town because our kids have done well in both Little League and softball Thats good but our town should be proud of parental involvement There are a lot of parents involved in organized sports of all types and these parents are parents who care Organized sports help keep kids occupied So thanks to the caring parents and a spe cial thanks to those businesses who help spon sor teams Larry Wenzelwas an assistant coach for the Red Devils AllStar softball team leaves impression at SV intrasquad By MICHAEL CONWFF Sports Editor Larry Hill thinks he may have one less worry after watching Smithson Valley High Schools intrasquad football scrim mage Saturday The Rangers he said seem to have found themselves a quarterback Senior David Mangan who started all 10 games at free safety last fall looked relaxed and poised as the teams new offensive leader during a onehour session against a mixture of varsity secondteam and JV defenders David didnt do anything that would make a highlight film but I was really happy with the mental things he Hill said following the scrimmage which served as part of the SVHS Athletic Booster Clubs Sneak We made smart decisions with the ball never forced it in to do in a situation like today A of times he saw that the primary receivers were covered and just stayed patient and found someone else to get the football to That was really good to Also impressive was the Rangers firstteam defense which allowed only one first down in 15 plays Defensive ends Chris Stanley and Dustin Cams who have each started every game the last two seasons for SVHS were standouts for the group Linebacker Tyson Wood scored the first touchdown of the scrimmage on a 45yard interception return And tailback Beau Beam looked good displaying outside speed and scoring on about a 55yard run Hill said the Rangers appear to have enough depth to start 11 seperate players on offense and defense this fall In 1993 SVHS used five of six players as twoway starters Were much deeper than we were last year not just in numbers but in Hill said I think thats true through out our program Instead of having to start completely over were just picking up where we left off last Hill said the Rangers have more than 50 freshmen hopefuls participating in preseason workouts compared to about 35 in 1993 and are attempting to organize a Freshman B schedule to give more players ah opportunity to see action this fall The Rangers freshmen junior varsity and varsity will scrim mage South San Antonio West on Friday night with times to be announced THE SATMED MEDICAL CLINIC 2318 PAT BOOKER ROAD UNIVERSAL CITY Appointments available to serve your FAMILY PRACTICE OFFICE GYN needs PAP smears Family Planning etc SPORTS PREEMPLQYMENT PHYSICALS WE HAVE BACKTOSCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS TOO XRAY AND LABORATORY AVAILABLE ONSITE IN PARTICIPATION WITH THE FOLLOWING INSURANCE CARRIERS CHAMPUS PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS PHCS MAILHANDLERS BLUE BLUE SHIELD PAR PLAN ONLY BENEFIT PLANNERS RECENTLY ADDED USAHEALTHNET WE WILL FILE WITH ALL INSURANCES OPEN MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 9 AM TILL 6PM APPOINTMENTS PREFERRED WALKINS ALWAYS WELCOMED 6590323 Hill to address Canyon Lake Chamber Smithson Valley High School foot ball coach Larry Hill will serve as guest speaker at the Aug 24 meeting of the Canyon Lake Chamber of Com merce The luncheon begins at noon at the Lakeside Restaurant in Startzville Hill will discuss the coming 1994 high school football season and the Rangers opener Sept 2 against side Smithson Valley was 19 a year first with the and returns three offensive and seven defensive starters HoraldZeitung photo by Ted Eastwood Tyson heads toward tha and zone after an Interception during SVHS Intrasquad scrimmage Comal bowl Its about time For all you folks who enjoyed our great burgers Steaks fries etc Our original grill is back and Gladys is cooking Come see us and enjoy a burger prepared thes old fashioned way Using fresh meat cooked just for YOU izoz Huisache 6256263 Save on workout wear Try All The Best From Nordiclrack At Our No shipping costs Factory Direct Now Open At San Marcos Factory Shops Find the most complete selection anywhere of NordicTracks nationally advertised fitness equipment including the full line of world famous ski exercisers You save up to in shipping costs because you drive home with your exerciser 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