New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, July 14,1982 SA
Ninth inning homer slashes NB 3-1
By KARI MITCHELL
Paul Easterling smashed a ninth inning one run homer to break the extra inning tie and boost the Lockhart All-stars over the New Braunfels All-stars, 3-1, in Tuesday night’s second round 14-15 year-old tournament action.
The win gives Lockhart a 2-0 tournament record while New Braunfels goes to 0-1. NB will meet Canyon Lake, 29-0 losers to Lockhart Monday, Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Comal Park. The winner will meet Lockhart Thursday night.
New Braunfels got the game off to a fast start when a single through short by leadoff batter Russell Hansman set up the first run. Randy Riggs and Victor Sierra bunted and popped out, respectively, before a double by third baseman Danny Hernandez scored Hansman. Maggie Medillin struck out to retire the side.
Although there were to be no more
offensive threats until the fourth, the defense efforts by both teams through the second and third innings was strong.
Neither team was allowed more than three tries at getting on base in the second but, in the bottom of the third, Lockhart’s leadoff batter Fritz
Williams had walked. Henry Zamora was at bat. On Thomas Juarez’s fourth pitch, Zamora belted a high flier to Gary Edwards at left field. Edwards caught the ball and made the toss to first, catching Zamora off base for the double play. The next batter, Michael Leija walked, but a pop fly to short ended the inning.
When Hernandez stepped up to the plate for NB in the fourth, the outfield moved back prepared for another double. Unfortunately, Lockhart pitcher Preston Watson walked him. Medillin then singled, pushing Hernandez to second, and bringing up Brett Cappleman who singled to short to load up the bases.
The next batter, Edwards, chipped a bouncer to the pitcher. Watson tossed Hernandez out at home and EasterUng, behind the plate, picked off Edwards for the second double play of the game. Ricky Rosales, substituting for Michael Rodriquez at center field, struck out to retire
Robert Espinoza lined up the tying run for Lockhart when he hit a one out, two error single through short and left field. He then stole second on a passed ball, making way for Watson, who walked. Kevin Schnautz singled, moving Espinoza to third and Watson to second. Easterling struck out and Williams walked to even the score at 1-1.
Both teams were held at a offensive stalemate for four more innings. Neither team was allowed more than four batters. Juarez claimed five strike outs while Watson claimed four. It wasn’t until Hernandez replaced Juarez on the mound for NB in the bottom of the ninth with one out and Watson on base after a double, that the unbelievable happened. Easterling stepped up to the plate took the second pitch and belted a two run homer over the right field fence to end the stalemate and the game.
NL zaps AL 4-1 for eleventh win
MONTREAL I AP) For the last ll years, the National league has found a way to win the All-Star (lame. This year, the American league supplied the formula.
The frustrated Americans had pledged to win with speed on the bases, tight defense and tough relief pitching. That combination, spiced by Cincinnati shortstop Dave Concepcion’s two-run homer, was just how the Nationals built their 4-1 triumph Tuesday night.
Two vital statistics spelled doom for the AL, which now trails this series 34-18 with one tie and has lost 19 of the last 20 games.
Manager Billy Martin’s club struck out IO times against NL pitchers Steve Rogers of Montreal, Steve Carlton of Philadelphia and Mario Soto of Cincinnati, and left ll rdhners on base.
‘‘We had enough opportunities,’’ Martin said. “We just didn't capitalize."
Concepcion did, though, hitting a hanging slider from Boston's Dennis Eckersloy into the left-field seats in the second inning to earn the game’s Most Valuable Player trophy.
The AL took a 1-0 lead in the first against Rogers, scoring on hits by Oakland’s Rickey Henderson, who had three singles, and George Brett
of Kansas City, a wild pitch and a long sacrifice fly by California’s Reggie Jackson.
“Reggie was a little under that ball or it could have been 3-0,’’
Boston’s Eckersley mowed down the first five NL batters but wa6 having some control problems. He walked Dale Murphy of Atlanta on four pitches, bringing up Concepcion.
“I felt I had lost a little,’’ the Eckersley said. "I gave Concepcion a fastball and he fouled it back. Then I went to a slider and it was goodbye.”
“I was looking for an off-speed pitch,” Concepcion said. “I guess I got the head of the bat out on it.”
In his last batting-practice swing, Concepcion had smashed a line drive into Olympic Stadium’s lower left field seats. Eckersley’s pitch wound up in almost the same spot.
“He yanked it,” Eckersley said. “I was hoping it would hook foul. You know it’s a bad pitch when you throw it. You say to yourself, ‘Break!’”
Concepcion, who has only one home run this season, had put the NL in front and Manager Tommy I^isorda of Ix>s Angeles thought the timing was every bit as important as the runs.
“When you have two men out and
nobody on base and then you get two runs, well, that’s a big lift,” said tasorda, 3-0 as NL manager streak. “It came at a very opportune time.”
An inning later, the NL was back for more. Pinch-hitter Ruppert Jones of San Diego led off with a triple that bounced off the base of the wall in right-center.
After Montreal’s Tim Raines walked and stole second, Jones scored on Pete Rose’s sacrifice fly, sliding across just ahead of Jackson’s strong throw and tagging the plate with his hand as Chicago catcher Carlton Fisk lunged to make the tag.
That made it 3-1 and Carlton relieved Rogers for the NL. He struck out the side in the fourth, stranding two runners he had walked. In the fifth he surrendered a single to Henderson but then started a double play on Kansas City’s Willie Wilson, as the NL erased two of baseball’s fastest runners.
British Open starts Thursday
Watson looking for fourth title
Associated Press photos
Watson hugs caddy after US Open win
TROON, Scotland (AP) — Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, on the list of the walking wounded earlier in the week, are on the mend and ready to hook up in another duel, this time in the 111th British Open golf championship.
The ancient event begins its 72-hole run Thursday on the Royal Troon Links, stretching some 7,067 yards through gorse and heather along the Firth of Gyde. The most international of all the world’s major events, it has drawn a field of 150 players from 27 nations.
Aside from the host British, the largest contingent, 32, is from the United States, the nation that has dominated this event in the years since Worldwar II.
Leading that deeply talented contingent are Nicklaus and Watson, who engaged in a final holes confrontation for the U.S. Open only four weeks ago, with Watson winning on a dramatic, chip-in birdie on the 71st
And, it would be no surprise if, when the British Open comes down to its last few holes Sunday afternoon, it is still another Nicklaus-Watson matchup.
Recent history says ifs very likely. Either Nicklaus or Watson has been first or second in six of the last seven British Opens and, in 1977, only a few miles down the coast, engaged in that incredible shootout at Turnberry, with Nicklaus playing the last two rounds 65-66 and losing to Watson’s closing 65-65.
Britain’s legal bookies agree it could happen again. On the eve of the championship, Watson was installed as the 4-1 favorite and Nicklaus listed as the second choice at 5-1.
Each is seeking a fourth British Open title, which would match the most by an American. And each comes into this one with his game in order, with confidence and enthusiasm high-
Soto relieved in the sixth inning and the AL trend continued — runners left on base and batters striking out. He permitted a leadoff single by New York’s Dave Winfield but mowed down the next three hitters, finishing the inning by • striking out Boston’s Carl Yastr-zemski. But the Cincinnati righthander saved his best show for the seventh.
The Nationals had increased their lead to 4-1 in the sixth on a double by Al Oliver and an RBI single by Gary Carter as the two Montreal teammates gave the hometown crowd of 59,057 — third largest in All-Star history — something to shout about.
Detroit’s Lance Parrish opened the seventh with a double for the AL. Soto then struck out Kansas City’s Frank White on a changeup. Henderson stroked his third single and promptly stole second. But Soto fanned Wilson and Texas’ Buddy Bell.
Afterward, Lasorda talked with Oakland’s Martin for a moment.
“I told him the victory would be a lot sweeter if we could have beat somebody else,” he said. “That’s because he’s such a nice guy and a friend of mine.”
Staff photo by John Senior
NB all-stars pitcher Thomas Juarez throws.
Lands golf offers ladies' clinic
Final call for the ladies beginning golf clinic, 9 a.m. July 19-23. The fee is $15. The clinic will be conducted by Bill
Halbert and Chris Acker, covering all aspects of the game, rules and etiquette.
Tile New Braunfels Golf Association Tournament on Sat.,
July IO, was a four-man team, points foremat. The winning team was F. Mittmann, C. Smith, J. Crossland and T.
Wallace. Second place team was F. Gutierrez, L. Tuch, L. Suarez and R. Acevedo. Two teams tied at third.
In individual competition, low individual net was T. Wallace with 63, L. Tuch with 68, and R. Cedillo and F. Mittmann tied with 69.
The Sunday Scramble on July ll, with 52 golfers participating, was won by J. Skelton, D. Graham, E. Skelton and H. Swendeman, with a score of 60. In second place with 61 were J. Pogue, D. Boyer, J.
Storey and K. Kinsala. In third place with 62 were E.L. Reid, L. Suarez, R. DeStefano and H. Graham. In fourth place with 63 were W. Pettit, F. Mittmann, E. Baldwin and P. Williams.
Plans continue for the Annual Men’s City Championship, sponsored by Miller Lite and benefiting the American Heart Association. Dates for this event are July 31,
Aug. I, 7 and 8, at noon each day.
Several local junior golfers will be participating in a day-long tournament and clinic at Quail Creek Club in San Marcos on July 19. The $10 entry fee includes tournament, food, clinic, and putting contest. All interested juniors, boys and girls, age 18 and under, contact the Landa Park Golf pro shop for details.
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Rogers admits to cocaine usage
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - George Rogers, the New Orleans Saints’ No. I draft choice and the National Football League’s Rookie of the Year, admits he has used cocaine but won’t do it again.
“I made a mistake and it will never happen again,” Rogers told a news conference Tuesday in his first public response to reports of his drug use.
“I am sorry for what I did," he said. “I made a mistake, and I have to live up to that."
Rogers, who led the NFL in rushing and set a rookie record with 1,674 yards for the Saints last season, said he underwent testing and treatment for drug abuse last week at a Florida clinic.
His attorney Ed Holler and Saint*
Coach Bum Phillips also appeared at the news conference, but neither would answer any questions regarding the cocaine scandal surrounding the team
and the NFL.
Phillips said it was probably the most important news conference he had ever attended.
“I’ve been to a whole lot of press conferences in my years in sports — some bad, some good,” he said. “I’ve never been to one as important as I think this one is.
“I think it’s important for this football team, this town, the NFL.
“But it’s more important for a bunch of individuals who have made a mistake —
but not a mistake that can’t be rectified.”
Holler described Rogers’ involvement with the drug as “a brief recreational use
Published reports last month quoted unnamed sources as saying Rogers told a federal grand jury in New Orleans he spent $10,000 on cocaine last season.
U.S. District Judge Veronica Wicker has issued a gag order for anyone who might be involved in a cocaine case involving former Saints running back Mike Strachan.
Strachan is scheduled for trial Aug. 30 on charges of distributing cocaine. A number of current and former Saints players were called to testify before the panel that indicted Strachan.
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