New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, july 6, 2005
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Little League action heats up.
Rangers host the champs
The world-champion Boston Red Sox visit Arlington to face Texas.
Astros face Padres
After successfid road trip, Houston comes home to meet San Diego.
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Little League district playoffs
New Braunfels hosts pair of tournaments at Loop 337 Little League complex.
Time: Games at 6 and 8 p.m.
Armstrong takes Tour de France lead, team wins time trial
By Jamey Keaten
Associated Press Writer
BLOIS, I 'rance — Lance Armstrong’s Discovery Channel squad won the team time trial at the Tour de France on Tuesday, handing the six-time champion the yellow jersey as overall race leader.
Hie 33-year-old Texan led his squad to victory for the third straight year in the time trial, clocking I hour. IO minutes. 39 seconds for the 41.85-mile trek from lours to Blois. Team CISC' was second.
"It s always nice to be in yellow," Arm-strong said. “There are three or four tlat stages coming, so it will not be easy to defend the jersey.
ream CSC was ninner-up. finishing a mere 2 seconds behind. American rid
er David Zabriskie of CSC, who had come into the stage in the leader’s yellow jersey, fell less than a mile before the finish.
Zabriskie got back onto his bicycle, his uniform tom and left thigh scraped, and coasted across the finish line. He now trails Armstrong by 1:26 and fell to ninth overall.
“The (team time trial) is so hard at the end that everybody’s on the limit, everybody’s a little bit cross-eyed," Armstrong said. “You come into the city, theres a lot of turns and you get the whipping wind and its easy to make a mistake like that. So I can clearly see how it happened, but its clearly a bad one for him.”
Annstrong will wear the yellow jersey for the 66th time in his Tour career. I lis teammate, George Hincapie, is second overall, 55 seconds behind.
Under overcast skies, the nine-man teams set off one-by-one through the Loire River valley, known for its majestic medieval and Renaissance castles, and through the town of Ambroise where Leonardo davinci spent the last years of his life.
The Discovery teammates took tunis leading the single-file pack of riders.
“It was a very tight matchup as we expected. We kept a gocxl rhythm," Discovery team director Johan Bruyneel said. “We stayed together. It was a beautiful machine operating."
The Discovery team set a record for a Tour team time trial with an average speed of 35.54 mph — easily beating the previous record of34.06 mph.
Armstrong and Discovery now must decide whether they want to maintain the race lead and the ensuing pressures, or give up the yellow jersey until later in the race that finishes July 24 in Paris.
The riders next embark on three relatively flat stages toward Germany, starting with a 113-mile ride from the Chambord castle to the industrial town of Montargis on Wednesday.
“T heres still a lot of racing to go, a lot of nervous days, anything can happen, crashes here, crashes there, especially the stages in the few days which are tricky,” Annstrong said.
A strong start in little League action
Astros pound Padres, 6-2 Red Sox go deep three times, top Rangers 7-4
Photos by MANDY REARY Herald Zeitung
New Braunfels Reds Re / Rosales, top, applies the tag on a Lockhart runner during New Braunfels' 11-1 victory in the District 31 Juniors opener Tuesday. Below, New Braunfels Blue catcher Sean Owens tries to make the tag of a
Seguin runner during the Major League opener.
From staff, wire reports LOCAL
LANDA LADIES GOLF ASSOCIATION HOSTS FOUR TOURNEYS - June was a busy month for the Luanda Ladies Golf Association, with four tournaments.
In a low net tourney June 8, C. Larson took home the top spot in the first flight with a score of 65.1. Stuart and C. Moore tied for second at 74.
J. Lee was had the low score of the day and w on the second Hight with a round of 63. NI. Anno was second at 80.
A week later. (A Gaines won the first flight with a round of 66 and B.
Girlando was second.
R. Wilkerson won die second flight vvidi Larson second. V. VanKleef also had a round of 66 to tie for the low net score.
In a team play tourney une 22, N. Gorman and Shannon Barrington took the top spot with a round c: 148. Girlando and B. \uckland were second at
Lr. die second flight, K. A'jquette and Lee shot a so: re of 145 to win and Moore and Van Kleef were second at 152.
Barrington came away a dinner again in the low putts tournament june 29 with a score of 29.
Gorman and Duquette tied for second at 30.
the second flight, Van Meet won with a score of 29 and Anno was sec ond at 34.
TWO JOCKEYS HURT IN SPILLS AT SE PE RATE TRACKS - TV* o j ock/r* . were in critical c ondiuon Tuesday after spills af arate Texas tra< k over the weekend.
Gasey lambert broke his jaw and multiple ribs, and suffered a punctured lung in a three; horse fall at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie during Monday s final race. lambert, 39, was in critical condition at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. I lis horse, Eunever, was taken from the track in a hoise ambulance. The other two horses suffered no apparent injuries.
Ak iii Gray was in critical condition at University'
I lospital in San Antonio with head injuries after he was thrown during a Saturday race at Iredericksburgto Gillespie County Fairgrounds. His wife, Plaine Thomas, told KSA I IV in Situ Antonio that (iray’s mount apparently clipped the hooves of another horse, causing his mount to stumble. Fairgrounds’ officials were not in their offices Tuesday to comment on the condition of the horse.
MERCURY TOP SILVERS STARS - Penny Taylor scored a game-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Phoenix broke a season-high fi\ e-game losing >treak in a 76-69 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars Tuesday night. The Mercury (MI) broke out of the Western Conference cellar, and San Antonio (5-13) inherits last place.
Trailing by’ as much as 13 points in the first half. San .Antonio cut Phoenix's lead to two points and had a chance to trim it to one when rookie center Katie Feenstra missed a free throw with 12:34 remaining.
By Jarred Dunn
The New Braunfels Red I attle Leaguers turned in a dominant performance against Lockhart on Tuesday, defeating the Lions by a score of 11-1 on opening night of the District 31 Junior Tournament.
Starting pitcher Tony Gonzales stifled the potent Lions lineup, holding them to only one run in five innings. He was relieved by Anthony Zapata in the sinh . ■ ” : > z T'_: *■ oui the side nest :ur. aam e
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"All the boys hit the ball. I can’t single out anyone often sively on the team, we Int the hall down the* line all the way through,” Grimm said. “It was a team effort that’s the way we want it to be.”
New Braunfels was also able to flash some leather in their defensive effort, highlighted by an out“tretched leaping grab of an enant throw In first baseman Derek Kanas in the fourth.
NB finished without a single error in the game.
After only managing to scorn one run through the first three innings. Lockhart pitcher Jacob Castillo was unable to hold back the Red s batters,
HOUSTON (AP) — Starter Brandon Backe ended a personal three-game losing streak and Jason Lane hit a three-run homer to break open a close game as the Houston Astros beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 on Tuesday night.
The Astros have won six of their last seven and 12 of 15. San I )iego lost lor the fifth time in iis last eight games and has dropped eight of 13.
Bai kit (7 6) exjx’rienced soreness iii his right elbow alter going only 12 t Innings in his most ret rot start, a no-ck task in last Wednesday at Cincinnati. I Ie said he was ready to pitch after an examination by team doctor I )avid I joiner on Monday.
I Ie allowed one run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings. I Ie walked four and struck out two.
giving up three runs on two hits and a wild pitch at the (‘rid of the* third inning
ligol struck again the fourth with a liner to center that drove in one run, followed liy left fielder I anc Grimm's don hie to center that scored two mort*. Catcher Wes I faun holer contributed another sin gle and HBI to bring the s< onto 7-1.
Relief pitcher Zapata then shut down Lockharts hatters, and NB scored four more runs to end the game on the 10-run nile.
New Braunfels Red continues the tournament tonight against Seguin Gold at 8.
Dennys Reyes (3 2) went 4 I 3 innings and allowed lout runs and six hits in his first start ol the season alter 32 relief appear ances. He took the start that would have I xvi I made try; I kit roll May, who was traded lo the New York Yankees last Saturday.
Brian Giles* who had three hits and two Rills, opened the scoring with an KHI single in the first inning.
Backe helped himself out in the second with a two out, bases loaded infield single that tied tile game at 1.
Craig Biggin’s home run in the fifth gave the Astros a 2-1 lead, lance Bedeman followed with a double and after Morgan Iinsberg was intentionally walked, the Padres lifted Reyes for reliever Brian Falkenborg. lane then homered for the four-nut lead.
Major League Seguin 5,NB BlueO
Over on Field 2, the New Braunfels Blue 12-year-old Little Leaguers misfired offensively and came up short against Seguin, losing 5 0 in game one of the double elimination Majors tournament.
Hie normally hot hats of NB went silent against Seguin pitc lier Aaron Stewart, who finished the game with four strikeouts.
NB Coach Chip Skinner pointed to his team’s excellent defense* including catcher
See NBLL, Page 7A
ARI.I NC HON (Ai1) —Manny Ramirez hit his 20th career grand slam and Boston also got home runs from David ()rtiz and Bill Mueller in a 7-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Ramirez hit his third grand slam of the season in the third inning off Chris Young (8-5), giving the Red Sox a 6-0 lead and tying him for the AL lead with 22 homers. On a rare almost-windless night, the high-arching shot fell just beyond the wall in right-center field. Two batters later. Mueller’s fourth homer chased the rookie pitcher.
T he 20 grand slams are the second-most in major league history, trailing only Lou Gehrig’s 23. Hall of Tamer Eddie Murray had 19.
Boston never trailed after
Ortiz hit a two-run shot in the first, his 20th homer. That scored johnny Damon, whose leadoff single extended his career-best hitting streak to 21 games and matched the longest in the majors this season.
Knuckleball Tim Wakefield (8-6) won his fourth straight decision over six starts, holding Texas to four runs on eight hits over eight innings in his 300th major league start (136-117 record). Before his winning streak, Wakefield had lost five straight starts.
With struggling closer Keith Foulke scheduled to return to Boston to have MRI exams on both knees, Mike Timlin worked the ninth, needing just six pitches for his second save in three chances.
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Even after losing five of its previous seven games, Boston began the second half of the 162-game schedule leading the AL East for the first time since 2001.
The Red Sox have a 3 1/2-game lead over slumping Baltimore and the New York Yankees are just a half-game further back.
Pitching ace Curt Schilling rejoined his teammates Tuesday, hut it seems unlikely he’ll return to the rotation this week as he had been on track to do before struggling in two rehabilitation starts.
When Ramirez and Ortiz are hitting like they did Tuesday, the pitching isn’t as much of a concern. T hey are the top two HBI men in the AL Ramirez with 77 and Ortiz with 70.