New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
Rafter rallies to defeat Agassi at Wimbledon
Other semifinal match delayed
By Howard Ulman
AP Sports Writer
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Two points from defeat, Patrick Rafter came back to shock Andre Agassi in five sets Friday and reach his second consecutive Wimbledon final.
Rafter beat Agassi 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 8-6 in their third straight semifinal meeting at Wimbledon.
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won’t even have to face seven-time winner Pete Sampras in the championship match Sunday.
Instead, the Australian will play three-time runner-up Goran Ivanisevic or crowd favorite Tim Henman of Britain but he’ll have to wait until Saturday to learn which one.
Their match was suspended by darkness with Henman leading 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-0. He was ahead 2-1 in the fourth 9et with Ivanisevic serving. Rain delayed play for two hours and, when it stopped, referee Alan Mills decided to resume the match Saturday.
In the women’s final Saturday, defending champion Venus Williams plays 19-year-old Belgian Justine Henin, who ended Jennifer Capriati’s bid to win the
WIMBLEDON 2001 FRIDAY’S MATCHES Men’s Semifinals
(3) Patrick Rafter def.
(2) Andre Agassi, 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 8-6
(6) Tim Henman leads Goran ivanisevic, 5-7, 7-6, 6-0, 2-1 (ppd.)
TODAY’S MATCHES Men’s Semifinals
(6) Tim Henman vs. Goran Ivanisevic, 5-7, 7-6, 6-0, 2-1 (ppd.)
Women’s Finals (2) Venus Williams vs. (8) Justin Henin
SUNDAY’S MATCHES Men’s Finals
(3) Patrick Rafter vs. Henman-lvanisevic winner
Grand Slam this year.
Agassi was headed for a chance to add to his 1992 Wimbledon title, leading 5-3 in the fifth set. Serving for the match at 5-4, Agassi went up 30-15 — putting him two points away from winning the semifinal.
But the American hit a forehand into the net, then sent a backhand wide and lost the game when he couldn’t get to Rafter’s crosscourt volley.
Rafter’s victory guarantees that the tournament will have a first-time champion for the first time since Richard Krajicek in 1996. Sampras had won every Wimbledon since then, but lost in the fourth round to Roger Federer this year.BEST AVAILABLE COPY
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Saturday July 7, 2001
NE Blue freezes Canyon LakeNBLL makes a major statement
By Bryan Adams Sports Editor
LOCKHART — Dallas Figol crushed a home run in the third inning, a triple in the fourth inning and drove in five runs in the game as the New Braunfels Little League Major Blue All-Stars beat the Canyon Lake Major All-Stars 14-1 in the first round of the District 31 North Zone Tournament Friday.
Pitcher Jason Brandenburg surrendered just one run on three hits and two walks to pick up the victory. He struck out four.
Leading 6-0 going into the third inning, Kyle Peace led off the inning with a ground ball to the pitcher and reached third when the throw went into right field. Greg Laird’s RBI-single plated Peace and an error on the rightfielder allowed Laird to go to second. After a pass ball, Judah Owens drove in Laird on a ground ball up the middle.
Jacob Castilleja’s triple off the center-field fence kept the rally going. Another CL error, off the bat of Caleb Curtis, allowed Castilleja to score and gave NB a 9-0 lead.
With a filii count and a runner on second, Figol launched his home run over the right-center field fence into the parking lot to make it 11-0.
Canyon Lake scratched the scoreboard in the bottom half of the fourth inning after Caleb Moellor walked with two outs, advanced to second on a pass ball and scored on Chris Griffin’s infield single.
In the fourth inning, Owens walked, Castilleja hit into a fielder’s choice and Curtis singled to put runners at first second. Figol’s triple to right-center field cleared the bases and he scored on Canyon Lake’s seventh error of the game. NB led 14-1.
In the bbttom half of the inning, Brandenburg got the first batter to pop up. Chad Batey then singled, but he was picked off first by NB catcher Caleb Curtis. Brandenburg struck out the last
batter to enforce the 10-run mercy rule.
Figol was 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored in the game. Owens was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBL Justin Kanas was 2-for-2 with an RBL Curtis was l-for-4 with three runs scored.
New Braunfels advanced in the winner’s bracket and will play the San Marcos Gray All-Stars at 8 p.m. today.
Canyon Lake faces a must-win situation against Seguin at 6 p.m. today.
In the nightcap Friday, the NB Major Red All-Stars stomped Lockhart 14-2.
Kade Gaddy and Trenton Irwin each hit home runs for NB Red, which improved to 2-0 in the tournament.NBLL All-Stars
NEW BRAUNFELS LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STARS
Thursday’s games Junior (13-14)
(at San Marcos)
SM Purple 14, NB Red 13 Canyon Lake 10, NB Blue 2
Junior Softball (13-14) (at San Marcos)
C. Lake 16, S. Marcos 6
Friday’s games Minor (9-10)
(at Canyon Lake)
S. Marcos 14, C. Lake 8
NB Blue 14, Canyon Lake 1 NB Red 14, Lockhart 2
(at San Marcos)
NB Red 13, Lockhart Gray 3
Today’s games Major (11-12)
Canyon Lake vs. Seguin,
NB Blue vs. San Marcos Gray, 8 p.m.
Major Softball (11-12) (at Lockhart)
New Braunfels vs. San Marcos, 7 p.m.
(at San Marcos)
NB Red vs. Lockhart Maroon, 6 p.m.
(at NBLL Loop Fields)
New Braunfels vs. Lockhart, 6 p.m.
NB breaks Lockhart
NB Junior All-Stars live to play another day with 13-3 win
By Brandon Oliver
SAN MARCOS — The
New Braunfels Little League’s Junior Red All-Star catcher Kirk Michalec tags out a Lockhart base runner at home during Friday’s game in San Marcos. NB won 13-3.
New Braunfels Junior Red All-Stars used a hybrid of high-powered offense with strong pitching to advance past Lockhart Gray 13-3 in five innings Friday night.
With the victory, NB Red moved to the next round in the loser’s bracket of the Little League Junior All-Stars Tournament to meet the Lockhart Maroon All-Stars, in a do-or-die match-up.
The offense has been potent for the Red team, accounting for 42 runs in three contests. Despite losing to San Marcos Purple 14-13, the pitching staff has held up its end as well, only allowing 22 total runs.
NB jumped out to a quick start in the bottom of the first inning as Travis Kostan knocked in two runs with a single. That was followed by a Rhett Stuman’s two-run home run over the left field fence.
The Red offense added five more runs to the scoreboard in the following inning. Kostan again knocked in two runners, this time with a double. Stuman put another run on the board after reaching base on an error, which allowed Kostan to score. After stealing second, Stuman scored on a single by Adam Shipley.
The one-two punch on offense by Kostan and Stuman continued again in the fourth when Kostan reached base on a walk. After he stole second and third base, Kostan scored on a base hit by Stuman.
Jeremy Erben was able to match his hitters by pitching
four scoreless innings and giving up only two hits before Lockhart scored three runs in the fifth.
Erben walked in a run before Lockhart Gray posted another two runs off an error.
The fifth inning was not indicative of Erben’s effort, however. Although leaving runners on base in every
inning pitched, Erben continuously pitched his way out of jams, and finished the game with six strikeouts.
NB put the final nail in the coffin in the fifth inning. A RBI single by Kirk Michalec put the Red squad ahead, 11-3.
Jacob Martin reached first on a walk and then stole second. Kostan’s ground out
Stuman then put the finishing touches on the victory with a RBI double.
Stuman finished the game 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, four RBI, a pair of runs and three stolen bases.
Kostan ended the contest going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, four RBI, three runs and three stolen bases.
N.B.L.L. Major All-Stars
The 2001 NBH Major Red All-Stars, front row from left, are Kyle Richey, Jay Bueche, Reece Zunker, Rusty Turpin, Trenton Irwin and Chad Kruse. Middle row, from left, are Cody Flugrath, Leonel Rojas, Chase Wilke, Cade Gaddy and Andrew Webb. Back row, from left, coach Mark Turpin, manager R.C. Irwin and coach Jeff Kruse. Not pictured, Kurtis Kostan.
The 2001 NBLL Major Blue All-Stars, front row from left, are Caleb Curtis, Kyle Peace, Dallas Figol, Justin Kanas and Jacob Castilleja. Middle row, from left are, Judah Owens, Grog Laird, Tyler Guinn, Clayton Mott, Jansen Albrecht and Jason Brandenburg. Back row, from left, are coach Jimmy Owens, coach Buck Guinn and coach Warren Albrecht.
Berkman homers in 8-3 win over Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Wade Miller won his fourth straight start, and the Houston Astros rallied for five runs in the sixth inning to beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 Friday night.
All-Star Lance Berkman went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI, and Vinny Castilla hit a two-run double in the sixth for the Astros, who improved to a season-best eight games over .500 Miller (11-3) got through 5 2-3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Miller is second in the NL in victories to Arizona’s Curt Schilling (12).
Nelson Cruz pitched two
Friday’s Game Astros 8, Royals 3
Astros’ next game: at
Kansas City Royals, 7:05 p.m. today
innings for his second save.
The Astros got on the board in the fourth when Berkman hit his 24th home run of the season into the right-field bullpen. He extended his hitting streak to a career-high 19 games, the best in the NL this season and the longest active streak in the majors.