New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, July 17, 1991Herald-Ze/funflf, New Braunfels, Texas
NE sweeps tournament with 3-2 win in Seguin
Yamas pitches one-hitter,
Gonzales hits two triples
By JOE BELK Sports Editor
SEGUIN — After enduring a 90-minute delay, the fans who stayed at Fairgrounds Park until 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night were rewarded with an exciting 3-2 New Braunfels victory.
The New Braunfels 14- and 15-year-old Babe Ruth all-star team won its district tournament with a three-game sweep. The final game, however, was definitely the closest.
Jeffery Gonzales was the offensive star of the game, scoring the tying and winning runs — both times after hitting triples to right field.
Chris Yamas also was instrumental in the victory, pitching a one-hit complete game and striking out IO Seguin batters. He put the finishing touches on his superb performance with a 1-2-3 seventh inning to save the narrow lead.
The Babe Ruth team advances to the state tournament in Eagle Pass, starting play on July 27 with times and opponents yet to be announced.
Tuesday’s game, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., did not start until approximately 9 p.m. because of a Little League game that preceded the Babe Ruth contest.
Once the New Braunfels/Seguin game got underway, however, it moved quickly because of dominating pitching performances by Yamas and Seguin’s Russell Doege.
Doege did not allow a hit until the fifth inning, and struck out nine batters during the game. New Braunfels hitters lagged him for seven hits in the last three innings, most notably Gonzales’ two triples and a two-out RBI single by Sal Diaz.
With one out in the fifth inning, Gonzales smashed a 3-2 pitch over the right fielder’s head. The ball rolled to the fence as Gonzales stood up with a triple.
Doege fanned a batter for the second out, bringing up Diaz.
The New Braunfels left fielder hit a fly ball into shallow center, just short of a diving outfielder and too far for the shortstop as the ball fell iii between them. The base hit scored Gonzales to tie the game at 2-2.
Danny Ortiz’ single and a stolen base got Diaz to third, but he was left there when Doege struck out the third out.
Yamas, however, did not allow Seguin any opportunities, as he retired the side in order during the last three innings.
In the fifth, he was helped by Gonzales — who, in addition to delivering the important hits, had the game’s most spectacular defensive play at third base.
The New Braunfels third baseman made a diving stab of a sharp grounder down the line, then threw it while still on the ground to just catch the runner at first.
David Gomez hit a pinch-hit double with two outs in the New Braunfels sixth, but was left stranded as the game remained tied.
Gonzales led off the seventh inning, with the right fielder guarding the line and playing deep. He then hit another shot to short right, landing in fair territory before rolling foul to give Gonzales his second triple of die game.
After a strikeout, Gonzales scored on Diaz’ grounder to second. The Seguin second baseman ignored the runner on the play and went for the force out.
Ortiz doubled to left with two outs, then went to third when pinch-hitter Tony Cantu’s grounder was misplayed for an error.
A walk to Ponceano Rodriguez loaded the bases, but New Braunfels could not increase the lead as Doege picked up his ninth strikeout on the last batter.
It proved to be immaterial, however, as Yamas quickly retired the bottom of the Seguin order in the seventh.
He notched his 10th strikeout for the first out, then got another on a grounder to second. With the outfield playing in, a Seguin pinch-hmcr flew out to Diaz in left to end the game.
New Braunfels scored us first run of the game in the second.inning, after Brett Zacske walked with two outs. Zaeske was the first baserunner allowed by Doege, who had retired the first five hitters he faced.
Yamas followed with another walk. Zacske scored from second when Ryan Acker’s grounder was misplayed by the shortstop and went into left field.
Seguin scored both of its runs in the
Johnny Reyes and the New Braunfels Babe Ruth 14-15 team beat Seguin 3-2 Tuesday. (Photo by Annexes Schlickenrieder)
third inning, at dial lime taking a lead it would hold until Gonzales and Diaz tied the game in the fifth.
Yamas’ first walk of the game and an error put two runners on, and Jason Koepp followed with an RBI single
up the middle for his team’s only hit of the game.
The second run scored on a grounder to first, when the first baseman threw to the plate too late to catch the lead runner. Yamas avoided further
trouble with a strikeout and a grounder to end the inning.
It was the second win of the tournament for Yamas. who also beat Seguin in New Braunfels’ opener. In his two appearances, he gave up five
hits and struck out 21 ballas in fewer than 14 innings.
On Tuesday, Gonzales paced New Braunfels hitters with a 2-for-2 performance. He had (mc walk in addition to hts two triples.
Angels place 5th at ASA championships
The New Braunfels Angels placed fifth at the recent ASA state champ kinships in Longview. The team, which qualified for the ASA nationals with its 5-2 tournament record, will also compete in Ute TAAF state tournament this weekend in Austin.
The New Braunfels Angels competed in the ASA state championships in Longview, finishing fifth with a 5-2 record.
Both losses were against a Hooks Honeybees team which finished second in the tournament.
The 12-and-under girls slowpitch softball tournament contained 34 teams from across the state, beginning play last Friday.
The Angels’ first game was against the Baytown Tigerettes. The Baytown team took an early 2-0 lead, bul the Angels quickly rebounded with an eight-run second which included Amanda Simons’ grand slam.
The team had eight hits in the inning, including Simons’ homer and triples by Melinda Aguirre and DeDe Thomas. The team stayed on a roll after that, winning the game 18-4.
Other standouts at the plate were Genevieve Ayala, who hit 3-for-4, scored three times and drove in four, Marci Allen, who hit 4-for-4 and scored three times; Summa Scheel with 3-for-4 hitting and four RBls; and Jinny Edwards, who went 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs. Standouts in the field were Shelley Brede-water at first and Simons at pitcher.
Saturday morning, the Angels faced Hooks rn one of the best games of the tournament. The Honeybees took a 4-2 first-inning lead, then added another run in the third.
The Angels closed the gap in the fifth on a walk and consecutive singles by Bredewaia, Ayala and Allen.
Aguirre’s pinch-hit double and subsequent run on Ayala’s RBI fielder’s choice forced extra innings, after the Angels shut out Hooks in the bottom of the inning.
Allen led off the eighth with a triple. She would have scored on a long sacrifice fly by Scheel, but was ruled on a controversial call as leaving the base too soon.
The game remained deadlocked until the ninth inning, when the Honeybees scored the winning run for a
Angels hitung leaders were Allen at 3-for-3, Jennifer Allison at 3-for-4 and Ayala, who hit 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBls. The defense was spearheaded by Allen at third and Bredewater at first, along with Simons at pitcha.
The loss knocked the Angels into the losers’ bracket, forcing four wins on Saturday to remain in the toumamail.
Against the Baytown Tomboys, the Angels broke a 1-1 tie with nine runs on IO hits. Simons hit a three-run homer, Aguirre added a triple and Roxanne Blue hit a double.
The Angels added five runs in the next inning, four on Simons’ second grand slam of the tournament. Simons, Allen and Scheel all hit
3-for-4 in the game, in which the defense was led by Scheel and Emilie Wotipka.
The following game was the first of three back-to-back games for the Angels, with the team defeating the Baytown Flycatchers 12-3.
The team scored six runs on six hits, including a triple by Aguirre ami a double by Allison. Scheel — who would miss Ila; remainder of the tournament — sprained ha ankle in the same inning, while beating a throw to second.
Seven players had multiple-hit games, led by Allison’s 3-for-3 effort. Ayala, Simons and Bredewater led the team in the field. •
The New Braunfels team was close to elimination in the next game, trailing the New Boston Bandits 6-4 in the fifth with time running out.
Thomas led off the fifth with a single, and scored on Brede water’s triple. Blue drove in the tying run with a single.
The score remained tied until the
eighth, when Kim Schneider advanced Bredewata to scoring position. Allison drove in Bredewater with a single, and Aguirre added insurance with a two-run single. The Angels held (Mi in the bottom of the inning for a 9-6 win.
Bredewaia had 12 putouts, and Simons and Thomas six assists each, to pace the fielders.
The Angels were hoping lo play the New Braunfels 11-year-old team, the Dyn-o-nutes, in the next game, but instead drew the the Baytown Lady Gators.
The team swamped the Gators with a 16-4, 12-run rule victory. Bredewaia hit a grand slam while going
4-for 4 with three runs and Edwards hit 3-for-3 with a double. Allen, Aguirre and Simons all hit 3-for-4, and Schneider went 2-for-3. I'homas, Bredewater and Ayala ail had stella defensive games
On Sunday, the Angels again faced the Hooks team which had beaten diem the previous morning.
rhe Honeybees scored three rum in the first, but New Braunfels answered with four runs on six hits — including back-to-back homers by Aguirre and Suttons
The exhausted team allowed six Hooks urns in the third, the biggest inning of any Angels opponent during the tounlament The Angels narrowed the lead to 10-9 in the fourth, bul did not score again rn a 13-9 defeat
Ayala. Aguirre. Bredewater and Wotipka each had three hits in the game, and I'homas had seven assists in the field
The fifth place finish in the ASA tournament qualified the Angels for the national championships in Hurst from July 31 - August 4. The team will also compete in the TAAF state championships in Austin on Saturday and Sunday.
Hoopla about streak mystifies Joltin’ Joe
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Joe Dimaggio undastood what all the fuss was about SO years ago. He doesn’t undastand why people still treat him with such reverence today.
Ask him why his mystique has prevailed, and he’ll say. “I have no idea why."
Ask him why the sports press has so painstakingly chronicled the 30th anniversary of his hi stone 56-game hitting streak, and he’ll roll his eyes around and reply, “I’ve never experienced anything like this."
But sum asking him about certain games in the streak, and Dimaggio”s eyes light up He’s able to come up with details others have long since for got tai.
"I have a lot of vivid memories for something that happened SO years ago," he said.
DiMaggie spent the SOlh anniversary of the last game of his historic 56-game hitting streak watching his hometown team — the Oakland Athletic* - play the team his New York Yankees faced on July 16, 1941 — the Cleveland Indians.
"This summer has been quite hectic, and I’m not one who likes to have all this anent ion." DiMag-gto said Tuesday night as he was honored in a pregame ceremony by the Athletics. ’‘I’ve nova seen to many interviews I’ve had ova the years being replayed. In fact, I don’t watch any of them anymore."
DiMaggto’s streak ended on July 17, 1941, when he went v0-for-3 with a walk in a 4-3 Yankees’ victory ova Cleveland. He hit into a double play against Cleveland’s Jim Bogby in his final al
het, and DtMuggio gave credit to two great defensive plays by Indians third baseman Ken Keitner.
He had extended his streak to 56 games by going 3-for-4 with a double. During the streak, DiMaggie went 91-for-223, a 408 average.
In the ceremony or gam zed by Athletics owner Walter Haas,
Di Maggie returned to the San Francisco Bay Area, his boyhood home. DiMaggto was bom in nearby Martinez and moved to San * Francisco ai the age of 6.
While playing for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League, DiMaggto put together a 61-gone hilting streak, still a modern-day professional record.
DiMaggto took time to comment on Pete Rose, whose * 44-game hitting streak for Cincinnati in 1978 is the closest anyone has come since to breaking the record
"I thought fVte would do it," DiMaggto said. "He had things going for hun. But the one thing I duln | appreciate is (hat when he did ga stopped, he blamed the pitcher for not throwing him a strike down the middle That upset me more than anything."
The Athletics presented Dt Maggie with a plaque made up of $6 baseballs commemorating his achievement. The crowd was treated to a brief video tribute and speech by Dimaggio.
DiMaggto said he does not necessarily agree with those who say his record may never ha broken.
"Anybody who sprays the ball | around has a chance," he said. "I , lust happened to be one who weal for the distance " •
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