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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 29, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas New ».SPORTSHerald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Chris Hoffman Braunfels'    JB    HT~~    WLJHi    MB    Wt    9R    mj|    at    625-9144,    ext.    223,    or    by    e-mail Kale Slone ^^^HJIH^ ^Hflr IB    WM    HI    Hi    [email protected] WESTERN CONFERENCE ROUND 1 San Antonio at Memphis, 8 p.m. ESPNPrep softball playoffs start tonight By Chris Hoffman The Herald-Zeitung To say first-year New Braunfels coach Andy Schmid was stunned when he was asked to be the* new Lady Unicorns softball mentor is an understatement. "It was totally unexpected,” Schmid said. "It was a face-to-face interview with (New Braunfels athletic director Chuck) Caniford. I le told me that were ■ ARE YOU GOING TO ONE OF TODAY'S PLAYOFF GAMES? Find maps to each field at not hiring anyone new, and asked if 1 wanted the challenge. 1 thought about it a couple of days and knew that I wanted to see if 1 could do this." The former assistant coach hit the ground running, and the proof that he was the right man for the job is in the district champion I,ady Unicorns Finishing undefeated in 25-5A play. New Braunfels opens a three-game series against San Antonio Roosevelt at Basse-McCullough Field at 7 p.m. today, before finishing the series beginning at 6 p.m. at home on Saturday. The Ixidy Unicorns are one of four Comal County softball teams in the playoffs, which features a pair of former state champions in (Canyon High School and Smithson Valley. Canyon’s stranglehold on 27-4A may have come to an end for the district runner-up, but the Cougarettes were built for the postseason. Texas A&M-signee Sara Mireles has the moxie to put the Cougarettes on her shoulders, as the star pitcher has a proven track record by leading Canyon to two straight state tournaments. Canyon plays Uvalde at 7 p.m. today See SOFTBALL, Page 9 ► SCOREBOARD MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL National Laagua East Division W L Pet GB Philadelphia    16    8    .667    — Florida    15    8    .652    .5 Atlanta    13    13    500    4 Washington    11    13    458    5 New York    11    14    440    5.5 Central Division W L Pet GB St. Louis    14    11    560    — Cincinnati    13    12    .520    1 Milwaukee    12    12    .500    1.5 Pittsburgh    11    14    440    3 Chicago    10    13    .435    3 Houston    9    16    .360    5 West Division W L Pet GB Colorado    16    7    696    — Los Angeles    13    13    500    4.5 San Francisco    12    12    500    4 5 Arizona    10    13    .435    6 San Diego    9    16    360    8 Thursday's Results San Francisco 5, Pittsburgh 2 Washington 4, N Y. Mets 3 St. Louis 11, Houston 7 Chicago Cubs at Arizona, late Today's Games N.Y. Mets (Pelfrey 1-2) at Philadelphia (Worley 0-0), 6:05 p.m. San Francisco (Lincecum 2-2) at Washington (Marquis 2-0), 6:05 p.m. Florida (Vazquez 1-2) at Cincinnati (T.Wood 1-2), 6:10 p.m. St Louis (Carpenter 0-2) at Atlanta (T.Hudson 3-2), 6:35 p.m. Milwaukee (Marcum 2-1) at Houston (Myers 1-0),7:05 p.m. Pittsburgh (Correia 3-2) at Colorado (Chacin 3-11,7:40 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Zambrano 2-1) at Arizona (Galarraga 3-1), 8:40 p.m. San Diego (Richard 1-1) at L.A. Dodgers (Lilly 1-2), 9:10 p.m. American League East Division W L Pet GB New York    14    8    .636    — Tampa Bay    14    11    .560    1.5 Toronto    12    13    480    3.5 Boston    11    13    .458    4 Baltimore    10    13    .435    4.5 Central Division W L Pet GB Cleveland    16    8    .667    — Detroit    12    13    480    4.5 Kansas City    12    13    .480    4.5 Chicago    10    16    .385    7 Minnesota    9    15    .375    7 West Division W L Pet GB Texas    15    10    .600    — Los Angeles    14    11    .560    1 Oakland    12    13    .480    3 Seattle    11    15    .423    4.5 Thursday's Results Seattle 7, Detroit 2 Tampa Bay 15, Minnesota 3,1st game Toronto 5, Texas 2 Boston 6, Baltimore 2 N.Y. Yankees 12, Chicago White Sox 3 Cleveland 8, Kansas City 2 Tampa Bay 6, Minnesota 1,2nd game Today's Games Detroit (Scherzer 4-0) at Cleveland (J.Gomez 0-1), 6:05 p.m. Toronto (R.Romero 1-3) at N.Y. Yankees (F.Garcia 1-0), 6:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (E.Santana 0-3) at Tampa Bay (Price 3-2), 6:10 p.m. Seattle (Vargas 0-2) at Boston (Matsuzaka 2-2), 6:10 p.m. Baltimore (Arrieta 2-1) at Chicago White Sox (Danks 0-3), 7:10 p.m. Minnesota (S.Baker 1-2) at Kansas City (Chen 3-1), 7:10 p.m. Texas (C.Wilson 3-0) at Oakland (Cahill 3-0), 9:05 p.m. TEXAS LEAGUE North Division W L Pet GB Tulsa (Rockies)    11    8    .579    — NW Arkansas (Royals)    10    8    .556    .5 Arkansas (Angels)    8    9    .471    2 Springfield (Cardinals)    8    12    .400    3.5 South Division W L Pet GB San Antonio (Padres)    13    7    .850    — Midland (Athletics)    12    8    .600    1 Corpus Christi (Astros)    8    12    .400    5 Frisco (Rangers)    7    13    .350    6 Thursday's Results Midland 12, Corpus Christi 8 Frisco 5, San Antonio 4,10 innings Northwest Arkansas 5, Springfield 2 Tulsa 10, Arkansas 8 Today's Games Midland at San Antonio, 7:05 p.m. Frisco at Corpus Christi, 7:05 p.m. Tulsa at Springfield, 7:07 p.m. Northwest Arkansas at Arkansas, 7:10 p.m. Saturday's Games Tulsa at Springfield, 6:07 p.m. Frisco at Corpus Christi, 7.05 p.m. Midland at San Antonio, 7:05 p.m. Northwest Arkansas at Arkansas, 7:10 p.m. NBA PLAYOFFS DAILY GLANCE FIRST ROUND x-if necessary Thursday's Results Atlanta 84, Orlando 81, Atlanta wins series 4-2 LA. Lakers 98, New Orleans 80, LA. Lakers wins series 4-2 Dallas at Portland, late Today's Games San Antonio at Memphis, 8 p.m. Saturday’s Games Portland at Dallas, 7 p.m. Sunday's Games x-Memphis at San Antonio, noon IN BRIEF The Associated Press JOHNSON LEADS HAWKS PAST MAGIC, INTO 2ND ROUND ATLANTA — lot* Johnson scored 23 points and came up with a huge offensive rebound, leading the Atlanta I lawks to an 84-81 vic tory in Game 6 on Thursday night, knocking Orlando Magic out of the playoffs. I he I lawks, who won the series 4-2, advanced to the second round for the third straight year, this time against top-seeded Chicago. I he Magic, who routed Atlanta a year ago in the most lopsided four-game sweep in NBA history, head into an uncertain offseason after their earliest playoff ouster since 2007. BRYANT, LAKERS, CLOSE OUT HORNETS IN STYLE 98-80 NHW OB I. FANS — Kobe Bryant scored 22 of his 24 points in the first three quarters, then let his Lakers teammates take over in a dominant 98-80 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday night that clinched the series for Ix)s Angeles in six games. Andrew Bynum added 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Pau Gasol chipped in 1(S points for the two-time defending champions, who led by as much as 21 in the fourth quarter to provide an anticlimactic ending to what had been a more exciting series than many expected. BUBBA WATSON, MATT JONES SHARE ZURICH CLASSIC LEAD AVON HALF;, La.— Buhha Watson entered the Zurich Classic as a favor to his mother. "My mom really wanted me to come,” said Watson, tied for first-round lead with Malt Jones after opening with a 6-under 66 on Thursday. “My mom always comes to this golf tournament, so when my mom says she wants to come, I’m here. And somehow 1 shot 6 under today.” Chris Paul had only seven points before hitting a 3-pointer with 4:02 to go. ► TEXAS LOTTERY PICK 3 (4/28) Day    9-9-8 Night    1-1-8 DAILY 4 (4/28) Day    1-1-9-2 Night    6-8-3-S SATURDAY LOTTO Jackpot: $4 million 13-41-44-46-50-54 (4/23) WEDNESDAY LOTTO Jackpot: $5 million 7-10-16-26-41-54(4/27) MEGA MILLIONS (4/26) 19-29-32-38-55 MB. 15 Megaplier: 3 TEXAS TWO-STEP (4/28) 1-9-29-33, Bonus: 24 CASH FIVE (4/28) 3-16-21-28-30 POWERBALL (4/27) 4-24-40-44-55 PB: 5 Power Play: 2 -IEXHS., LOTTERY Texas ends homestand at .500 after loss to Jays ARLINGTON (AP) — Corey Patterson dragged the ball into the perfect spot for the Toronto Blue Jays. Patterson, who two days earlier took a big swing and home-red on an 0-2 pitch at his shoul-ders, bunted home the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning Thursday as Toronto won its first series in three weeks with a 5-2 victory over the AL West-leading Texas Rangers. “It definitely worked out for us. I wanted to put the bunt in the right location,” Patterson said. “I would have been fine even if they would have thrown me out" Darren Oliver (1-2) fielded the ball but nobody was covering the bag with first baseman Chris Davis charging to also try to get it “He bunted it into no man’s land,” the 40-year-old Oliver said. “I was surprised I got to it” Patterson got credited with a single and John McDonald, who held at third base until the ball was safely in play, scored the go-ahead run. “Safety squeeze. (Patterson) did an excellent job. It’s one of the things we worked on extensively in spring training,” manager John Farrell said. Berkman s 2 HR, 5 RBIs power Cards past Astros Dallas takes OL Smith; Houston gets DE Watt NEW YORK (AP) — Cam Newton provided one of the few predictable moments, so far, in a bizarre NFL offseason. While the league’s labor dispute played out in the courts, the Heisman Trophy winner was selected No. 1, as expected, in Thursday night’s NFL draft, taken by the Carolina Panthers. Moments before the Auburn quarterback’s name was called by Roger Goodell, frustrated fans showered the NFL commissioner with chants of “We want football. We want football.” Goodell responded with a smile, say- ing, “I hear you. So do I.” Newton led Auburn to an undefeated season and its first national championship since 1957. Carolina was 2-14 last year, using four quarterbacks, two of them rookies. “I’m ready to change this whole organization around, to go from worst to first,” said Newton, the third straight quarterback taken first overall. “Just being a Panther is the most special part about this.” I hen things got a little wackier when Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller became the second pick, selected by Denver. Miller, a plaintiff in the antitrust lawsuit players filed to block the lockout, strode across the stage with tears in his eyes and hugged Goodell. “I’ve never had anything against Roger Goodell,” Miller said. “I just want to make sure football continues to get played. When I walked across the stage, I was meeting the commissioner. That was it.” It was a strange opening for what normally is a festive occasion. In this offseason of labor strife, the league’s first work See DRAFT, Page 9 HOUSTON (AP) — Lance Berkman homered and drove in four runs during a nine-run sixth inning, then added a solo shot in the ninth against his former team to help the St. lx>uis Cardinals beat the Houston Astros 11 -7 on Thursday night. The Canyon High School grad’s three-run shot off Fernando Abad (1 -2) gave St Louis a 5-4 lead, as a mixture of cheers and boos rained down on the slugger who spent 12 seasons with the Astros. Matt Holliday drove in three ♦runs during the sixth inning, and Kyle McClellan and David AP Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, right, holds up a jersey with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected as the No. 1 overall pick by the Carolina Panthers during Thursday's NFL Draft in New York. NEWTON APPLE OF CATS’ EYES Former Canyon High School standout Lance Bertonan, now a right fielder with the St. Louis Cardinals, went 4-for-5 with two homers and 5 RBIs Wednesday against the Astros He's batting 410 — second in the National League.    \ Freese each drove in a run as four Houston pitchers faced 14 batters before finally escaping the sixth. By that point, the Cardinals had pulled ahead 10-4. McClellan (4-0) allowed eight hits and five runs in 5 2-3 innings for the win. LANCE GLANCE ;