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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-ZeitungSports Thursday, June I, 2000 IB c --j aaa ...... __—  — —_—  _—,—- Quick Hits Rangers 13, Tigers 5 DETROIT (AP) — Rafael Palmeiro homered and drove in four runs as the Texas Rangers tied the club record for wins in May with a 13-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. Rusty Greer also had four RBIs as Texas pounded five pitchers for 16 hits, seven for extra bases, as the Rangers finished May with an 18-10 record to tie the 1991 and ‘96 clubs for most wins in the month. The Tigers lost two of three in the series and have won only two of their last seven. Rockies IO Astros 7 DENVER (AP) — Larry Dierker has heard enough of Todd Helton and his lofty statistics. The Houston Astros manager has also seen enough of his team’s defensive mistakes. Not even normally sure-handed second baseman Craig Biggio was immune Tuesday night, committing only his fourth error of the year as the Astros lost their eighth straight road game, 10-7 to the Colorado Rockies. “To me this wasn’t about Helton. This was about not catching the ball and not playing defense,” Dierker said. Junior summer golf A Junior Summer Golf Camp will take place in four sessions from 9 a.m. to noon each day at the Garden Ridge Golf Center in Garden Ridge. Boys and girls ages 6 to 18 are invited to participate in the camp at a cost of $95 per child. Session One is June 5-8; Session Two is June 26-29; Session Three is July 10-13; and Session Four is July 24-27. All camps are Monday through Thursday. Included in the cost is golf instruction; range balls and golf clubs will be provided if needed. Call (210) 651-4653. Basketball camp New Braunfels Girls Basketball Camp will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 19-22 at the New Braunfels High School gym and is open to girls in grades third through eighth grades. Registration forms can be picked up at any of the area high schools.. Contact Kim Hoyt at 625-7728 or Larry Schulte at 629-0861. On the Air ►Today Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals at Arizona Diamondbacks. From Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix. 9 p.m. on FXSP Arena Football San Jose Sabercats at Arizona Rattlers. From America West Arena in Phoenix. 8 p.m. on TNN Golf Kemper Insurance Open — First Round. From Tournament Players Club at Avenel in Potomac, Md. 2:30 p.m. on FXSP Hockey Stanley Cup Playoffs Finals Game 2 — Dallas Stars at New Jersey Devils. 7 p.m. on ESPN Tennis French Open — Second Round. From Roland Garros Stadium in Paris. 9 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. on USA Track and Field Track and Field Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Championships. From Columbia, Mo. 7 p.m. on FXSP Orioles dinch title Pitcher hurls one-hitter for championship By Bob Bajackson Herald-Zeitung Correspondent Manager Alonzo Reyes admitted he already had made up his mind that Wednesday night’s Major League City Championship game would be his last as a coach. He might want to reconsider that decision after his Orioles beat the Cardinals 5-2 at the New Braunfels Little League complex. Pitcher Shane Fisher might have provided the most convincing reason as he struck out nine batters and allowed just one hit as the Orioles finished the season with a 12-3 record. “He got into some trouble with his control,” Reyes said. “However, he was always able to make the key pitch when he needed it the most. I just kept telling him to relax.” Fisher walked six batters, which made him throw 90 pitches in the victory. He worked out of jams in the second and fifth innings. Meanwhile, Cardinal hurler Trenton Irwin helped keep the game close. He threw eight fewer pitches than his opponent. Irwin, who pitched a complete game, struck out three batters in the loss as the Cardinals’ record ended at 11-4. For Cardinal coach Jim Albright, this was the second time this season his team had lost to the Orioles. During the regular season, the Orioles won 9-6. “The difference in the game tonight is that they (Orioles) took advantage of a couple of errors,” Albright said. “In a best of three or seven game series, it would even out.” Reyes said he believed the difference in the game was the Orioles’ ability to get off to a Pacers shock Knicks it. IM SA . IJ PLAYOFFS I K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Cardinal Matt Marbach fields a ground ball and quickly steps on second base, forcing this Oriole out. quick start. “We jumped on them early, and when they tied the score, we were able to jump back on top,” Reyes said. Fisher’s double and shortstop Bernie Gutierrez’ RBI triple to lead off the game allowed the Orioles to score before an out was recorded. Second baseman Jacob Gonzales then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to extend the Orioles’ lead to 2-0. The Cardinals tied the game in the third inning with two runs without a hit. Jordan Gangshei started the rally by hitting a line drive to left field that was scored a single. One out later, shortstop Matt Marbach drew a base on balls to put runners on first and second. Catcher Chris Albright appeared to advance the runners when he grounded to Orioles first baseman Alonzo Reyes. Reyes fielded the ball, stepped on the bag and then threw toward third. The ball bounced away from third baseman Brock Ogle, allowing both Gangshei and Marbach to score. The Orioles answered the miscue their next at bat with three runs on as many hits. Left fielder Juan Rodrigues doubled to start the rally, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by right fielder Travis Ryals and scored on Ogle’s single. Ogle,who stole second to move into scoring position, scored on a Gutierrez’ base hit. The Orioles added an insurance run in the same frame on a designed run-down play. Reyes hit a fly ball to right center field that was scored as an error as Gutierrez moved to third. Meanwhile, Reyes kept the play alive until Gutierrez was able to cross the plate. By Chris Sheridan AP Basketball Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Booed in their own building after falling behind by 18 points, the Indiana Pacers responded quickly. So quickly it was shocking. Making a stunning turnaround after a miserable start, the Pacers overcame the return of Patrick Ewing to defeat the New York Knicks 88-79 Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. The Pacers turned an 18-point deficit early in the second quarter into a two-point lead by halftime, closing the period with a 23-3 run. They built their lead as high as IO points in the second half, getting strong games from Travis Best, Mark Jackson, Jalen Rose and Reggie Miller, and didn’t let the Knicks back within striking distance in the fourth quarter. Best    had    his    best    game of the series with 24 points,    including    15    in    the fourth quarter, while Rose had 18 points and seven rebounds, Miller had 16 points and Jackson added ll points, seven assists, no turnovers and a new gesture — an Indiana version of Larry Johnson’s “Big L” gesture, crossing his arms over his head or in front af his chest after big baskets. Game 6 is Friday night at Madison Square Garden, where the Knicks will try to regain some of the momentum they built by winning Games 3 and 4. But in order to win the series they’ll still have to win a game at Indiana, where they are 0-5 since the Pacers moved into Conseco Fieldhouse. The Knicks will also have to find a way to score more points. They had 32 in the first quarter in building their big lead, then scored just eight in the second and 15 in the third. Allan Houston led New York with 25 points, but no one else did much. Ewing returned after missing two games with foot tendinitis and had nine points and four rebounds in the first quarter before finishing with 13 points and seven rebounds. Johnson shot just 2-for-8 for four points, while Latrell Sprewell was 4-for-14. Suddenly, Stars feeling Stanley Cup pressure EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Ed Belfour has a cold, and the chill is being felt all the way back in Dallas. The elation felt by Dallas’ citizenry after the Stars’ Western Conference elimination of Colorado, one that seemingly assured a second successive Stanley Cup, has been displaced by an anxious nervousness. Sure, it was only one game, one loss, but what a loss it was, the Stars’ 7-3 defeat Tuesday to New Jersey in Game I of the Stanley Cup finals. The Devils Dallas Stars vs. New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m. today on ESPN didn’t just beat the defending champs, they embarrassed them, exposing their weaknesses and neutralizing their strengths, getting 11 points from their top line while holding Dallas’ to none. Maybe, they got into the Stars’ heads a little bit, too. “I hate getting drilled like that,” Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said Wednesday. Now, going into an oh-so-piv-otal Game 2 tonight in New Jersey, the Stanley Cup might not be as much Dallas’ to lose but the Devils’ to win. The Devils, clearly not intimidated by the Stars’ reputation or supposed dedication to reclaiming the cup, have nine players left from the 1995 team that pulled off a remarkable four-game finals sweep of favored Detroit. Those Devils believed then, and they believe now. Maybe even more, now. “Some people might be looking at us and saying, ‘How many games until Dallas beats them?”’ center Bobby Holik said. “That’s fine with us. We’ll let the games speak for themselves.” There wasn’t much to be said from the Stars’ side about Game I. Belfour, looking dazed and confused, allowed six goals on 18 shots, some on easy shots that looked as big as softballs as they floated into the net. Belfour, who allowed 13 goals in the seven-game Colorado series, blamed a bad reaction to a cold medicine, saying it affected his judgment and timing. “It had to be something,” Devils defenseman Scott Stevens said Wednesday. “I know the shot I took wasn’t that hard a shot.” For all of the Stars’ problems in Game I, and they were many, none was more glaring than See STARS/2B Schlitterbahn hosts bodyboarding contests starting today From staff reports Schlitterbahn Waterpark jump starts June with two bodyboarding competitions on its Boogie Bahn surfing ride. Amateur riders compete at 3:30 p.m. today in the first event of the national Flow Rider Summer Series. Winners advance to compete with winners of other regional competitions at the finals in September. Registration forms are available at the park or on the park’s web site. Top professional bodyboarders return to Schlitterbahn Friday and Saturday for the ninth annual Flow Rider World Body Boarding Championships. The invitational competition will pit more than 25 of the world’s best ocean wave riders against the endless wave at Schlitterbahn’s Boogie Bahn. The competition runs from IO a.m. to I p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Schlitterbahn’s own Elizabeth Herron is the reigning woman’s national champy. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Horatd-Zeitung Today’s competition will be area resident James Farley’s first in bodyboarding. on in the event. This year’s competition is a return engagement for some of the pros, including Kyle Malign), six-time defending Flow Rider world champion from Kalaheo, Kauai, Hawaii. Newcomers include top contenders in the current Bodyboarding International Association Pro-Am Tour, Doug Di Sand and Tara Higgins. “We always have the event early in the season to help everyone get into the summer mode,” Schlitterbahn’s Sherrie Brammall said “This competition is more of a sport than just a water ride. The caliber of the stunts and the event itself are increasing each year.” Local favorite, Heath Purvis of New Braunfels, will return for his seventh run at the pros. The former Schlitterbahn operations manager began competing with the pros several years ago and placed second in the drop knee event and fourth in the men’s open division in 1998. Purvis now is employed by the New Braunfels Police Department. Schlitterbahn Waterpark’s Flow Rider continuous wave ride, called the Boogie Bahn, works by pumping up to 110,000 gallons of water per minute up a padded incline, creating a condnuous wave that can be adjusted to various skill levels. “For the comperition, we’ll have the wave at its maximum height and velocity,” said Terri G. Adams, general manager of Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort. “The pros will be riding a wave that curls up to eight feet high and is moving about 20 miles per hour. They dazzle the crowd with spectacular jumps, spins and roll-overs. It’s quite a show for park guests.” The winner of the event advances to a regional competition and then to a national championship. Both the amateur and pro competitions are free spectator events for Schlitterbahn Waterpark guests. The 65-acre waterpark and resort complex is open daily. For , information, call Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort at 625-2351, or see the parkas Web site: ;