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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Phillies nip Astros, Page 8ASports Herald-Ztitung Sunday, April 14,1985 7AFloyd nudges into Masters lead AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Veteran Ray Floyd bounced an eagle putt against the back of the cup, into the air and into the hole on the way to a 3-under-par 69 that gave him a one-shot lead Saturday in the third round of the Masters Tournament. Floyd, a non-winner since collecting the 18th victory of his career in the 1982 PGA championship, completed three trips over the hills and valleys, around the streams and ponds of the Augusta National Golf Club course in 212, four shots under par. His closest challenger going into Sunday’s final round of the chase for a $126,000 first prize and the famed green jacket that goes to the winner of this, the first of the year’s major tests of golfing greatness, was a man who didn’t expect to be here rn the first place and two days ago made plans to leave. Curtis Strange, the season’s leading money-winner on the PGA Tour, continued his comeback from an embarrassing 80 in the opening round with a 68 that placed him at 213,3-under-par and one stroke back. Strange’s second son was due on Friday. But the baby was born more than a week early, enabling him to compete here. After his opening round, however, he made plane reservations to his home in Wiliamsburg, Va. — then cancelled them after a brilliant 65 in Friday’s second round. “Ifs tough sometimes to come back after a good round like I had yesterday. But I did it, and now I’m in good shape. I’m right in there,” said Strange, winner of two titles and more than $336,000 already this season. He and Floyd moved to the front when golfing disaster in its varied forms visited the three men who shared the lead at the start of the day — Tom Watson, Craig Stadler, Payne Stewart and Gary Hallberg, who led the field by three shots at the halfway point of the round. Stadler, a former winner here, took three from a bunker on the 12th hole and made a triple bogey that sent him reeling back in the pack, grim-faced and tight-lipped in anger. He finished with a 76 and was even par for 54 holes at 216. Watson, the dominant force in golf over the past decade and among the game’s most-envied putters, simply couldn’t get the ball in the hole. He 3-putted the 10th and missed a series of short putts, 3-to-4 feet in length, as six bogeys found their way on his card. He shot 75 and was 1-under-par at 215. Stewart bogeyed three in a row beginning on the third and never recovered. He finished with 76-216. And Hallberg, golf’s “Man in the Hat”, bogeyed his way around Amen Comer, the storied stretch of holes, the lith, 12th and 13th, that are laced by Rae’s Creek on the far edge of the course. Then he hit into the water and took a triple bogey on the 16th, bogeyed the 17th and played the back in 42. He, too, was at par 216 after a 75. With those unhappy adventures testing the poise and patience of one-time leaders, a pair of Europeans moved into contention. Seve Ballesteros of Spain, the current British Open champion and twice a winner here, had a hard-working 71 and was only two strokes back at 214. Bernhard Langer of West Germany, the leading player in Europe last year and now a full-fledged member of the American tour, had the same total. He spiced his round of 68 with an eagle-3 on the 13th, where he bounced his second shot over the water. SV JV splashes Panther Relays Rangers outlast Bandera, 9-8 By TOM LABINSKI Staff writer Chris Simons' two home runs, one a grand slam, helped Smithson Valley overcome seven fielding errors as the Rangers downed Bandera 9-8 The victory evened Smithson Valley’s District 27-3A record at 1-1. while the Bulldogs fell to 9-2. Simons hit his first home run. a two-run shot, in the first inning to cut Bandera's lead to 3-2. Steve Gottardy had led off with a single for the Rangers. The Bulldogs had taken a 3-0 lead in the first, taking advantage of three Ranger errors. Bandera scored two more runs in the second, aided by two more Smithson Valley errors. Simons’ shot over the left-field fence gave Smithson Valley a 6-5 lead, a lead the team never lost “I have a lot of respect for our team." said Ranger Coach Bobby Granger. "We made all those errors in the first two innings, but we hung in there and came back. Chris just knocked tail out of the ball' Kevin Parker, the Bulldogs starting pitcher, hit Aaron Smith with a pitch to open the Rangers' half of the second inning.Box score SMITHSON VALLEY BANDERA Smithton Valley    240    300    a - 9 E Wilson 3 Simon* Uballe 2 Pham* Mom* Kirk Side* DP Smithion Valley I LOB Smithson Valley 9 Bandel* 8 2B Reyes Moms HR ab i h bi ab I h bi Gottardy Raves Got!'fly cl 3 I I 0 Cai dads cl 5 2 0 0 Heydman, ii 4 2 I 0 Moeai* lb 4 2 3 0 Bandera Simon* c 2 3 2 6 Mathews c 4 3 2 2 Parker L Raves ss 4 1 I 2 Parker p 4 0 I I Cardenas Phams lb 3 0 I 0 Kus 2b 4 I I 0 Smithson Wilson 3b 3 0 I I Adams ss 4 0 2 0 UbaUa Russo 2b 3 OOO Sides 3b 3 0 0 0 Rey** WI 0 Smith ll 3 I I 0 Speermn ii 4 0 I 0 Simons S U ba >*e p 3 I 1 0 Mi Miens ll 4 0 0 0 HBP Smith Totals 28 • 9 • Totals 36 8 IO 3 PB Uballe 3 I Bandala 320 003 0 8 96 Simons 2 SB Mathews IP 4 2 2 4 I H R ER BB SO 3    6 3    2 Valley 0 I 1    4 0 0 by Packer WP Ubdite Packet Mathew* 2 Park ei T 2 38 A Abel Uballe, the Rangers’ starting pitcher, lined a single to left. With one out, Taylor Heydman hit a bunt single to load the bases. Simons smashed a 3-1 fastball into the trees beyond the left-field fence to clear the bases. "Chris was just all over the ball. He has been hitting so well. Our whole team has been hitting well. We’re just not consistent in the field,” Granger said. Smithson Valley jumped ahead at 9-5, scoring three runs in the fourth. Heydman reached base on an error and moved to second when Simons drew a base on balls. Ray Reyes, who had relieved Uballe as pitcher in the third inning, doubled to left to score both runners. Reyes moved to third on a passed ball and scored when second baseman Rich Russo completed a suicide squeeze bunt. Russo was safe at first on the play. Mike Cardeas pitched the last two innings for Bandera, limiting the Rangers to one hit. The Bulldogs score three runs in the sixth after a costly Smithson Valley error. With one out, Cardeas hit a ground ball to short which Simons had trouble fielding. The error was followed by back-to-back singles by Bill Morris and Gene Mathews to score one run. A passed ball and an error by catcher Uballe brought in the final two runs. "Simons' error shows what I mean about consistency,” Granger said. * He was having a great game, then he makes an error and they score three runs We can do everything well, we just have trouble doing it all at the same time.” Simons, who had pitched ten innings in Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to Boerne, pitched the final inning for Smithson Valley to register the save. •'It was very important that we won today’s game,” Granger said. "We haven't played well in the last two games, and we won this one and almost won Tuesday’s. But now we’re building confidence.” The Rangers’ next game is at home on Tuesday aginst Southside, which is 0-2. They play again Friday at Floresville in a game which could see the return of Wes Copenhavier and Scott Wagner, who have missed the last six weeks due to grade ineligibility. "If they can come back, we’ll have a very strong team. We’ve been on the verge of becoming a really good team, and I think those two guys will take us to the edge and beyond,” Granger said.” PFLUGERVILLE - About the only thing that could stop the Smithson Valley junior varsity team Saturday was a monsoon. Unfortunately, the Rangers and the rest of the Panther Relay teams were forced to head for home after torrential rains drenched the field about two-thirds of the way through the meet. The Rangers junior varsity racked up 92 points, easily outdistancing Westlake for top honors at the meet which was halted following the girls’ 400-meter dash. Shody Henshaw won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 42.68. Henshaw also finished third in the long jump and fifth in the HO high hurdles. Diron Wonderlich had a personal best throw in the shot put with a 44-0 effort which landed him first place. Scott Balmos won the 110-meter high hurdles with a 15.41 effort, his personal best of the season. Other top finishes for Snuthson Valley’s JV squad were Scott Davis’ second place finish in the 800 run with a time of 2:15.68 and Mike Wilson’s second place finish in the discus with a personal best effort of 100-1. “The rain helped us out a little bit, so our finish was a little deceiving,” said Ranger Coach John Cook. "But we ran well today, so I’m pleased." Smithson Valley’s varsity team, six members strong, finished in 12th place, with Greg Mosier capturing third place in the long jump with a 20-foot effort. Westlake won the boys division with Pflugerville and Marble Falls finishing second and third. "We had a lot of personal bests today, and that is what we were looking for here," Cook said. James Koehler and Larry Summerfield both ran personal bests in the 3,200 and Mosier set a personal best in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.23. Smithson Valley’s varsity girls team finished sixth at the meet, aided by strong running performances just before the rains came. Kim Huntsucker and Shalynn McCoy finished one-two in the 400-Results, Page meter dash, one of the last races of the day, both setting personal bests. Huntsucker won the race with a time of 60.79 while McCoy finished in a time 61.31. Carolyn Rice won the 3,200-rneter run on Friday afternoon, with a time of 12:22.38. "It’s been a good tune up for the district meet," said Rangerette Coach Louise Davidson. "I think the girls ran pretty well and we’ll be ready to go next week.” Kim Wagner missed her personal best by three-one hundreths of a second in the 100-meter low hurdles, finishing with a time of 15.96 Canyon’s varsity girls team suffered from the loss of Nancy Tieken as well as the rain. The Cougarettes strongest events were washed away, while Tieken was home nursing the flu. "We didn’t get many people in the finals today, but that wasn’t our goal,” said Canyon Coach Pete Rivas. "This is one of the toughest fields we have come up against. I just wanted to see our best times today, and a lot of girls ran their perosnal bests.” Connie Sendejo set her personal best in the 3,200-meter run on Friday with a time of 12:27.3. Canyon’s 800-meter relay team also ran well, finishing with a time of 1:52.9, just shy of the team’s personal best. "We had been having troubles lately in our handoffs, but they were all smooth today,” Rivas said. The teams will compete in their district meets next week. New Braunfels will host the District 13-4A meet on Saturday, while Smithson Valley will host the 27-3A meet the same day. - TOM LABINSKI Cougars outpunch Rebels, 8-6 By DAVID KING Sports editor Canyon could have saved the price of the gasoline Coach Ralph Behrend used the bum the water off the Cougar Field infield Friday morning. The Cougars and the Hays Rebels did enough burning on the basepaths to dry out the dirt and start a dust bowl to boot, as the Cougars pounded out an 8-8 decision in a game between co-leaders in District 13-4A. Batters for both teams scorched the basepaths with 21 hits and five stolen bases, and the ball must have been hot too — the teams committed seven errors between them. ‘TU take it,” a pooped-out Behrend said as his shoes sunk into the soggy soil between the third-base line and the Canyon dugout. “Hays can sure swing the bat; they’re one of those teams people are going to have to watch out for.” Canyon almost didn’t, as the Rebels ripped starter Brad Campbell for five runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings. Campbell turned the ball over to Danny Hernandez with the Cougars down 5-4 in the top of the Box score Canyon................. 211    040 i -I E - GSaiazar Lancaster. Newhall. Cappleman Rittimann. Moss, Chapa DP Hays I LOB CANYON HAYS Hays 10. Canyon 7 2B — E Salazar 2, Anal ab r I Ii I bi ab r h bi .(Castillo, RCastillo Hernandez HR Cap Herndz 3b 3 0 I 1 Heidmn, c & 0 0 0 pieman, Moss SB — Anal JCastiilo, Riggs Riggs 2b 2 I 0 0 ESalzr 1b 3 2 2 0 Edwards. Chapa S - Mills Campbll ss 3 0 0 0 GSalzr, 3b 4 0 11 Hay* IP M R ER BB SO Capplmn, c 4 2 2 2 Attal, ct 4 12 2 Edwrds. rl 4 2 2 0 Rodgrs, ss 4 0 10 ESalazar I ... .413 9 8 7 2 I Rittmn, p 4 I I 1 J Casino, ti 4 12 1 Solomin* .1-3 1 0 0 I I Moss, I b 2 I 1 3 Lancstr, p 3 0 10 Lancaster . I 13 0 0 0 0 3 Rodngz, ct 3 0 I I Mills, db 3 110 Canyon 313 Chape, It 3 I 2 0 Solomn, p 0 0 0 0 Campbell 6 5 6 2 3 Totals 218 108 Ne whit ss 0 0 0 0 Herandz, W 20, IO 31 RC astite It 2 112 3 5 I 1 0 4 Totals 32 I ll • Rittimann, S I 13 0 0 0 2 1 HBP — RCastillo by Hernandez WP Hays 101 300 1 -4 E Salazar PB - Cappleman T - 2 20 A 160 fourth. Hernandez took care of the Rebels — at least until the seventh inning — and Troy Moss, with a little help, took care of the deficit. After one out in the bottom of the fifth, catcher Bret Cappleman (who was 2-for-4, including a two-run homer in the first) reached on an infield single. Right fielder Gary Edwards, who was also 2-for-4, singled up the middle to put runners at first and third. Center fielder Ronnie Rittimann singled 20 feet up the third-base line when a pitch hit the rubber handle of his bat. Cappleman scored on the play as three Hays players watched the ball lean against the chalk line. Two pitches later. Moss hit a rainbow of a three-run homer to left-center field to make it 8-5. “Moss’ homer turned out to be a heck of a big hit,” Behrend said. But not until the seventh. Hays cleanup man Charles Attal started the inning with a hopper that third baseman Raul Chapa misplayed for an error. Shortstop Brent Rodgers lined a single up the middle to put runners at first and second. However, Hernandez caught Attal leaning the wrong way, and then the Rebels’ center fielder missed second base trying to get back on the pickoff play. Right fielder Jason Castillo lined a single up the middle to put runners at first and second again, and pitcher Ken Lancaster hit a liner to exactly the same spot. Center fielder Rittimann scooped up the ball and threw a 200-foot strike to Cappleman to catch Rodgers trying to score. Behrend brought in Rittimann — "He said he felt good enough to throw one or two innings,” the coach said — and he walked designated hitter Darren Mills to load the bases. Then he walked left fielder Jason Castillo to force in a run. But he came hack to strike out catcher Dennis Heideman to end the See COUGARS, Page 9A DERVL clark; HERALD zeitung Smithson Valley's Ray Reyes bears down on a pitchCanyon catcher Bret Cappleman gets ready to tag Hays' Brent Rodgers out at the plate in the seventh inning ;