New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 10, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Ifs all on the line for the Rangers
THE 2005 NBA FINALS
SV goes for 16th straight in state semi vs. Rockwall
By Will Wright
ROUND ROCK—Rockwall baseball coach Randy Talley said his team has gotten to the Class 5A state baseball semifinals the same way Smithson Valley has.
“It’s the baseball cliche — timely hitting, great pitching and great defense,” he said. “It takes all three of those at the right time to make it happen, and we've been fortunate enough to put something together.”
Rockwall, in a way, sort of mirrors Smithson Valley. Both teams have two outstanding hurlers. Both have bats that can spring alive in the clutch. Tonight at Round Rock’s Dell Diamond, both will fight it out for a chance to play for a state title.
Third-year Smithson Valley coach George Proctor said his Rangers might not have the big names, but they’ve produced big results.
“They’ve got three guys who are going to play Division I ball, and we have one (catcher Joe Pawelek, to Baylor),” Proctor said. “But I’ll take our group of guys over anybody’s.
“We don’t have the major talent some teams do. We play well together as a team.”
Rockwall’s Big Three are
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Kendal Volz (30) gather around pitcher Bryant Sparkman, right, during the Rangers' 5-0 win over Laredo Alexander in the Region IV semifinals two weeks ago.Today, the
Smithson Valley infielders Jacob Zinchini, Reagan Moczygemba,Truxton Fox and
Rangers face Rockwall in a Class 5A baseball semifinal at Round Rock's Dell Diamond.
outfielder Roger Kieschnick, and left-handed pitchers James Leverton and Derek Verllagen. All have signed with major universities.
“They have provided leadership and stability,” Talley said. “All three of them are pretty cool. They don’t get frustrated or anything, they’re
steady in the boat. It means a lot to a team when you have that.”
Rockwall made the Region II semifinals in 2002 and 03 and made the finals in 2004, losing to Spring. But it had its share of adversity to weather as it got off to a 2-3 start. Just into the season, the brother
of die Jackets’ first baseman Andrew Cook was killed in a car accident.
“I could tell that they wanted to be anywhere else but playing a baseball game,” Talley said.
The Yellowjackets rebounded to win the District 12-5A title. Ranked No. 7 in the state,
Inaugural All-Star softball game big success for area players, fans
By Jarred Dunn
Given the opportunity to showcase their softball talent in the first annual Central Texas High School All-Star Game, top area seniors for the South team defeated the North team 7-3 Thursday night at Camp Comal fields.
The first of its kind game was spearheaded by Scott Smith, president of the New Braunfels Bombers fastpitch softball organization.
“We really wanted to expose players in Central Texas," Smith said. “With games in San Antonio and Austin, this area is one that normally doesn’t get seen.”
A committee of five New Braunfels Bombers reviewed statistics, attended games and gathered information from
coaches to make their selections for the All-Star North and South teams. Smith hopes the event will continue to grow, while showing off top players to fans and college scouts.
“This event will get bigger and bigger every year, and the talent in this area should grow, too," Smith said. “I d say about 75 percent of our players are already signed, and the other 25 percent we’re trying to get exposed.”
South team coach Mike Reimer, an assistant principal at New Braunfels, credits Smith with the growth of the annual fastpitch softball tournaments in the area. Several of his players have already signed on with college teams.
“There’s going to be quite a few kids here that go on to
play college," Reimer said.
New Braunfels senior Hannah Bostic went 3 for 4 with two singles, a double and a sacrifice fly. She also fielded a hard grounder down the third base line with a diving grab that saved a run.
Currently in the process of signing with Alvin Community College, Bostic appreciated the chance to participate.
"I got to represent the South side, and it’s great to start of the first all-star game with a win,” Bostic said. “Hopefully next year the South can keep the title.”
The South led the North throughout the contest, holding off a North comeback attempt in the sixth inning. New Braunfels teammate
See SOFTBALL, Page 7A
UIL STATE BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
Frlday-Saturday, Dell Diamond, Round Rock
CLASS 5A SEMIFINALS TODAY
Humble Kingwood (33-6-1) vs. Lubbock Monterey (32-10), 4 p.m.
Smithson Valley (28-7) vs. Rockwall (31-8), 7 p.m.
Tickets: Each game $5 students; $10 adults. All-tournament pass $25.
Getting there: Take Interstate 35 north to exit 253 in Round Rock (US 79/Taylor). Turn right and go 3.5 miles. Dell Diamond is located on the left.
Radio: KGNB-AM 1420 will broadcast Rangers games at 6:45 p.m. Friday and 3:45 p.m.
Saturday, if necessary.
Season results, lineups, Page 7A
they defeated Carrollton Newman Smith, South Garland and No. 8 The Woodlands before winning a best-of-three against Klein Collins for that elusive Region II title.
Talley counts the series against the Woodlands, which featured star hurlers Kyle Walker and Kyle Drabek, as the toughest — even though they swept the Highlanders 3-2 and 2-1. He says he expect to see that kind of pitching from Smithson Valley.
“That staff is comparable to any that we’ve seen so far,” he said. “They have kids comparable to Walker and Drabek, and if so, we’re in for a long night because those were two of the best I ve ever seen.”
Talley called outstanding pitching as the recipe for a low-scoring game. Smithson
See RANGERS, Page 7A
New Braunfels' Ashley Davila fields a ball for the South, which defeated the North 7-3 Thursday in the Central Texas High School All-Star softball game at Camp Comal.
DETROIT PISTONS VS. SAN ANTONIO SPURS
(Radio: IVOAI-AM 1200;
TV: ABC) Thursday
San Antonio 84, Detroit 69; Spurs lead series 1-0
Sunday, June 12
Detroit at San Antonio, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 14
San Antonio at Detroit, 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 16
San Antonio at Detroit, 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 19
San Antonio at Detroit, 8 p.m., if necessary
Tuesday, June 21
Detroit at San Antonio, 8 p.m., if necessary
Thursday, June 23
Detroit at San Antonio, 8 p.m., if necessary
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — As soon as Ben Wallace flung away his headband in disgust, Game I of the NBA Finals got away from the defending champion Detroit Pistons, too.
Manu Ginobili started the game’s decisive surge by bowling over Wallace early in the fourth quarter, a play that led to a blocking foul and a technical on Wallace that started the San Antonio Spurs on their way.
Ginobili’s free throw on the technical began a 19-4 run that put San Antonio ahead by 16, and Ginobili added a dunk and a 3-pointer to stave off Detroit’s subsequent rally as the Spurs defeated Detroit 84-69 Thursday night.
Ginobili had an awesome second half, especially in the fourth quarter when his drives into the lane produced several impressive baskets. Ginobili shot 9-for-10 in the second half and led all scorers with 26 points.
Tim Duncan added 24 points and 17 rebounds and Tony Parker scored 15 for the Spurs, who recovered from an early 13-point deficit to win the opener of the series — only the third time in NBA history the past two champions have squared off in the finals.
MANIC MANU: Larry Brown has a special spot in his heart for players with the athleticism, creativity and
See SPURS, Page 7A
Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, June IO, 2005
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Astros In interleague
Houston hosts the Toronto Bluejays in the first of a three-game series Time: 7p.m. (FSNSW)
Spurs host Pistons
San Antonio faces Detroit in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at the SBC Center Time: 8 p.m. (ABC, WOAI-AM1200)
SV baseballer at state
Rangers play Rockwall in Class 5A state semifinal in Round Rock Time: 7p.m. (KGNB-AM 1420)Astros beat Mets in extras for 2nd in a row; Rangers swept by Phillies
NEW YORK (AP) — Morgan Ens-berg hit an RBI double and Adam Everett added a two-run single in the 11th inning, and the Houston Astros won their second road series of the season by beating the New York Mets 6-3 Thursday night. After losing to Pedro Martinez in the opener, the Astros won two straight and improved to 2-8 in road series this season — they are 7-23 away from home.
David Wright homered and drove in two runs for the Mets, but Houston opened the 11th with three straight hits off Heath Bell (0-3). Jose Vizcaino and Lance Bedeman singled before Ensbeig doubled to left to make it 4-3. One out later, Everett singled to right to
Russ Springer (I -2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, and Brad Lidge snuck out three batters in the 11 th for his 15th save. He gave up a one-out double to Carlos Beltran, his third hit.
The Astros got a lucky bounce and a hit from an unlikely source in the seventh to take the lead. But the Mets benefited from a mark on the ball to tie it at 3 in the eighth.
Leading off the inning, Kaz Matsui appeared to be hit on the foot by a pitch from reliever Dan Wheeler, but plate umpire Gerry Davis looked unsure of the call until he inspected the ball and awarded Matsui first base. Astros manager Phil Gamer came out
to argue and was shown the ball.
Pinch-hitter Miguel (^airo sacrificed, and an out later Mike Cameron hit a sharp grounder up the middle that Everett stopped with a dive. But he couldn’t make the throw from his knees.
Mets starter Tom Cia vine settled down after a shaky first inning, shutting down the Astros into the seventh. But the team that entered hitting a major league-worst 241 rallied for a 3-2 lead in the seventh — with a little help from a deflection.
Jason Lane doubled with one out and advanced to third when center fielder Beltran tried to backhand the ball and it skipped off the heel of his
glove for an error. One out later, Brad Ausmus got just his second hit in 37 at-bats against Glavine, a double to right that scored Lane.
Pinch-hitter Craig Biggio then hit a sharp grounder up the middle, which deflected off the mound toward the right side of the infield for an RBI single.
Phillies IO, Rangers 8
PHILADELPHIA — Pat Burrell homered twice and drove in four runs, helping the Philadelphia Phillies complete a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers. Todd Pratt homered and had four RBIs and Jim Thome also connected for the Phillies, who held on
for their 12th win in 14 games after newly acquired Ugueth Urbina struggled in his first appearance with the team. Philadelphia is a season-best five games over .500 at 33-28.
Mark Teixeira hit a pair of homers and five RBIs. David Dellucci also homered for Texas, which was swept for the first time this season. The Rangers have lost six of eight after winning nine straight.
Vicente Padilla (3-5) allowed four runs and four hits in five innings to win his second straight start Billy Wagner earned his 17th save in 19 chances after replacing Urbina, who allowed four runs in his first game since he was acquired from Detroit.