Marysville Yuba Appeal Democrat (Newspaper) - May 11, 1982, Marysville Yuba, California
The Appeal-Democrat A's Win..................................................................B-2 Prep Softball B-3 Standings B-4 _ M (Marysvlll*-Yub� City, CA.) D-2 Tuiidav, May 11, 1*M Indians Earn Share Of SFL Championship By BRAD HALL A-D Sports Editor There was little doubt which baseball team would win yesterday at Marysville's Weldon Field. The Del Oro Eagles never had a chance. It was obvious prior to the game, when the two teams took infield practice. Marysville was inspired, psyched, a boisterous club, even in its dugout. Del Oro played and looked like it couldn't have cared less. In fact, the Eagles arrived on the scene only 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time and with only nine players. And the fact that the Indians played in front of their largest and loudest home crowd this season didn't hurt either. The game was being completed because it had been called due to darkness with the score 4-4 April 19. Since the Indians finished the aborted season one-half game behind both Roseville and Placer, with the tie being the difference, the game had to be finished. Well, the Indians won it, 5-4, when Steve Nelson dropped a single into right-centerfield that scored Wade McVey in the second inning of yesterday's play but the 10th inning of the game. "We've been building momentum lately," said Indians coach Byron Randolph, who now has won or shared the Sierra Foothill League title three times in the last four years. "After we took infield, I was really confident of our chances." The win gives Marysville a share of the SFL title, but not necessarily a berth in the Tournament of Champions, even though Marysville finished with the best overall league record-9-2-of the three' 'championship" teams. The final TOC berth will be decided today when the Indians face Roseville at Sierra College in Rocklin beginning at 3:30 p.m. Placer, by virtue of a coin toss, earned its TOC berth and a bye today. But the Hillmen will face the winner of today's Marysville-Roseville game tomorrow at Yuba College for TOC seeding purposes. The Indians nearly won yesterday's game in their first at bats. Jay DeAlba opened the inning with a long double up the gap in right-center, and then Greg Trapp, who was the winning pitcher by the way, walked. That put Indians on first and second bases, respectively, with lefth-anded power hitter Marty Sparks at bat. Sparks hit the first pitch he saw far over the fence in right field, but foul. He was then the victim of some lousy luck, ripping a smash headed for rightfield but also directly at Del Oro first baseman Don Lasswell, who speared it and beat Trapp to first base for a doubleplay. But the next inning, McVey walked, Phil Barber sacrificed McVey to second and beat Del Oro's throw to first. McVey and Barber each moved up a base when Brian Russel grounded out to shortstop, and Del Oro intentionally walked Mike St. Martin to load the bases and set up a force play at any base. But the strategy backfired when Nelson sent his drive to no-mans land that touched off a celebration in the Indians' dugout. Wade McVey (No. 27) touches home plate yesterday while the walked away. umpire watched and Del Oro catcher Ken Siebert (Photo by David Parker) A's Rebound From 5-0 Deficit; Giants Lose By the Associated Press The Oakland A's, with fresh memories of how it feels to blow a 5-0 lead, let the Baltimore Orioles do it Monday night. "That's what baseball is all about. Things are up and down," said Rickey Henderson, all smiles after the A's three-game losing streak ended with a 10-inning, 7-6 victory. Baltimore took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 10th on Dan Ford's bases-loaded sacrifice fly, but the A's came back to win on run-scoring singles by pinch hitter Jeff Burroughs and Henderson. The Orioles led 5-0 earlier on the strength of John Lowenstein's solo home run and Gary Roenicke's grand slam. ' 'You get ahead of a team 5-0 and they can come back to beat you. You fall behind 5-0, think you're dead, and come back to win," said Henderson, who had two other singles, scored two runs and stole his 33rd base of the year before delivering the game-winning hit off reliever Ross Grims-ley, 1-1. "This is a strange game. I've quit trying to figure it out," said Wayne Gross, who had a three-hit night and scored the winning run in the 10th. Three nights earlier, the A's took a 5-0 lead in the first inning and appeared headed for an eighth straight victory. They lost 15-6 to Cleveland, then fell by embarrassing 8-5 and 14-2 scores to the Indians over the weekend. "We needed a pickup, and we got it," said Manager Billy Martin, who also figured his team needed a shakeup. Before the game, the A's brought in four players from their top minor league club, Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League, and started two, shortstop Tony Phillips and designated hitter Danny Goodwin. Phillips had a rough major league debut, making one error and missing the ball on a suicide squeeze bunt try in the eighth. Baltimore suffered a third straight loss and remained in the American League East cellar. There were two out in the bottom of the 10th when Burroughs, hitting for Phillips, rapped a sinking line drive to left field. "I thought it would hang up longer than it did, but to our misfortune, it didn't," said John Lowenstein, who tried a diving catch and had his glove on the ball but couldn't hold it. Montreal 5, San Francisco 4 There were several reasons for the Montreal Expos to feel sheepish about their 5-4 National League baseball triumph against the San Francisco Giants. , They committed four errors in the loosely-played game, including two on the same play in the seventh inning which led to three San Francisco runs and a 4-2 deficit for Montreal in Monday's game. Continuing to display lightweight clutch-hitting, the Expos were l-for-10 with a man in scoring position until the eighth inning. In addition, they left 10 men on base. "We played as bad, if not worse than we have in any game this season," said Montreal third baseman Tim Wal-lach. "We didn't play well, but we played well enough when it counted." It counted most in the eighth, as Dan Norman, pinch hitting for reliever Woodie Fryman, 1-0, stroked a two-run, bases-loaded single and Tim Raines followed with an RBI double to cap the three-run rally that sank the Giants. Al Oliver and Wallach, with his third hit, had sandwiched singles between Gary Carter's popout in the eighth. Jerry White moved the runners up with an infield out before Giants reliever Gary Lavelle, 1-2, intentionally walked Chris Speier to face Norman. Norman, acquired from New York Mets last May along with reliever Jeff Reardonin the deal for Ellis Valentine, twice came within a whisker of doubling down the third-base line before singling to right field. "I had two good swings before the hit," said Norman. "I'm happy I came through, because my other two times up this year, I struck out." The victory enabled Montreal to snap a five-game losing streak and moved them within 3% games of the St. Louis Cardinals, the leaders in the East Division. Davey Lopes is out at home after teammate Tony Phillips failed to bunt the ball.(AP) Sugar Ray Urged To Retire BALTIMORE (AP) - The flood of get-well messages following Sugar Ray Leonard's eye surgery has included advice from fighters and trainers that the world welterweight champion retire from boxing. "I wouldn't fight, I wouldn't risk my eye," said Roger Stafford, who had been scheduled to fight Leonard Friday night in Buffalo, N.Y. "Ray's made it, he shouldn't fight anymore.'' The 25-year-old champion was listed in good condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital today where he continues to recuperate from weekend surgery performed to repair the detached retina in his left eye. Get-well telegrams poured into the hospital Monday, where the switchboard was flooded with calls, including one from President Reagan, who spoke with Leonard. Doctors who performed the two-hour operation on Sunday say it's too early to predict whether Leonard will fully regain the vision in his left eye. But Dr. Ronald G. Michels, the ophthalmologist who headed the surgical team, said he was optimistic that Leonard would be fully recovered in four to six months. Several fight trainers and doctors, meanwhile, publicly urged Leonard to give up his boxing career. "I hope and pray that he does retire," said David Jacobs, one of Leonard's early trainers. "He doesn't have to fight to survive and he has time to do something else." Dr. Bernhart Schwartz, a veteran ringside physician in Los Angeles, said Leonard "would be crazy to fight again." "He would be in real danger of going blind in that eye," Schwartz told the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. ' 'Outside of brain damage, a detached retina is as serious as any injury a fighter can receive." Former heavyweight champ Floyd Patterson also urged Leonard to retire. "Once you have created a weakness in the eye, it could very easily happen again," Patterson told the Washington Post. "It ain't never going to be as good as God made it," said Dr. Ferdie Pache-co, a sports medicine expert and a boxing consultant for NBC. "The world is full of old fighters who can't see right." Pacheo said the nature of boxing would prevent a full recovery and in-creae the likelihood of another detachment. Leonard's doctor, however, said there would be little danger of another retinal detachment if the eye fully recovered from the surgery. Several years ago, Michels successfully repaired a damaged retina for boxer Earnie Shavers, who continues to fight. Shavers' retina was more seriously detached than Leonard's, Michels said. "We have every reason to believe the eye will be more sound after the operation," said Leonard's agent and attorney Mike Trainer, who was in Buffalo to arrange refunds for 14,000 fans who had bought tickets for Friday night's fight. "Dr. Michels said it is almost impossible that the retina would tear in the same place as before," Trainer said. "I've heard a lot of promoters are going around trying to figure out some kind of box-off' for Leonard's title. "They can do what they want. Ray is the champion." Leonard told Playboy during an interview published in the magazine's June issue that he injured his left eye while training for last September's title bout with Thomas Hearns in Las Vegas. "My eye started to swell up right away, and it hurt so much every time Tommy touched it that I was reluctant to let him get near it," Leonard told Playboy during the interview he gave while training for his Feb. 15 bout against Bruce Finch. Leonard knocked out Finch in the second round. Stafford said he was disappointed by the cancellation of Friday's fight against Leonard. "I could cry, I have trained for 16 hard weeks...but I'm also concerned about Sugar Ray. I hope that he recovers fully." NL Roundup NY Pinch Hitters Do It Again, 3-2 By the Associated Press For the second straight game, the New York Mets pinched hard - and this time it hurt the San Diego Padres. "Pinch-hitting is the hardest thing there is in baseball," said Bob Bailor after doubling home two runs with two out in the last of the ninth inning to lead the Mets to a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Padres Monday night. "I've only done it once before this season, and I can't recall the last time I got a hit as a pinch-hitter." On Sunday, the Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 on a tie-breaking home run with two out in the ninth by pinch-hitter Rusty Staub. Bailor hit a 2-2 pitch from Gary Lucas - a slider-down the left-field line at Shea Stadium to drive in Ellis Valentine and Wally Backman. Valentine had singled to open the inning and moved to second on a groundout by Staub. Lucas intentionally walked George Foster, and Backman ran for Foster. "I wasn't looking for any particular pitch with the count 2-2 on me," Bailor said. "All I was looking for was a ball to bit." The hit made Bailor an instant hero with Met fans, but his reaction to their affection was a little awkward, he felt. "I know I gave a bad performance on the curtain call," he said. "That's the first time it's ever happened to me. ' 'The fans kept calling for me, and I had to be pushed out of the dugout. I just gave a wave of my hand. I only stayed out about three seconds. I've seen Reggie (Jackson) out there as long as five minutes." In other National League action, Philadelphia beat Los Angeles 9-8 in 10 innings, Houston trimmed Pittsburgh 7-3, Cincinnati beat St. Louis 3-1 and Montreal edged San Francisco 5-4. Phillies 9, Dodgers 8 Pete Rose singled home Greg Gross from third base in the 10th inning to lead Philadelphia over Los Angeles. The game-winning hit atoned for an error by Rose in the first inning that led to two Dodger runs. With one out in the 10th, Gross drew Philadelphia's 10th walk of the game and stole second. Bob Dernier then singled just past the outstretched glove of Ron Cey at third as Gross stopped at third. Rose then hit a 3-2 pitch off reliever Steve Howe for the game-winning hit. Warren Brusstar, 2-1, pitched two innings of one-hit relief while Tom Niedenfuer, 0-1, took the loss. The Dodgers rallied for six runs in the eighth to tie the game 8-8. Two of the runs came in on a single by Mike Scioscia. Astros 7, Pirates 3 Ray Knight doubled and tripled in the first two innings as Houston built a five-run lead and cruised past Pittsburgh. After Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead, Knight's double triggered a two-run first for the Astros that was capped by Art Howe's two-run single. Knight's two-run triple off Rick Rhoden, 1-4, keyed a four-run uprising in the second as the Astros took a 6-1 lead. Don Sutton, 5-1, went the distance to record his first complete game of the year and only the Astros' second. The veteran right-hander allowed nine hits, struck out six and walked none. Sutton has beaten Pittsburgh 26 times in his career.