New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Astos beat Padres for second time; Angels'Witt beats Texas again
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
With the winning run on first base and one out in the seventh inning, Houston’s Phil Garner was eager to step to the plate in the pressure situation.
“I think most guys like those situations,” said Garner. “It’s really exciting when both teams are playing well and you are able to come through for your team ”
Garner got the entire team excited with his game-winning triple to the gap in nghtfield that scored Terry Puhi to rally the Astros to a 3-2 victory and a 2-1 advantage rn the series with the defending National league champions.
The Astros lost 12 of 18 games against the Padres last season, and they were eager to reverse the trend this season.
Nolan Kyan struck out five flatters and ran his career record strikeout total to 3,966
Angels 3 Rangers 2
Hod Carew, making his second start since coming off the disabled list, drove in two runs with his first hit since May 19 as California defeated Texas.
By Tha Associated Press
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Wednesday s Games
Kansas City 3 Oakland 2.14 innings Detroit 6 Baltimore 2 Boston 7 Milwaukee 2 Minnesota at Cleveland, ppd . rain Toronto 3. New York 2,10 innings California 3. Tesas 2 Chicago 6 Seattle 3 Today’s Games
Milwaukee (Burns 34) at Baltimore iMcGregor 4 5), (n)
Toronto (Leal 3 41 at Boston (Kison 31), (n) Minnesota Butcher 4 5i at Tesas (Tanana 1 4>i
Chicago Bums 7 5) at California (Slaton 4 41, Im Kansas City (Gubic/a 24) at Seattle (Wilkinson
Mike Witt, 4-6, who pitched a perfect game against Texas last year, lasted 7 2-3 innings and allowed
By The Associated Press
Pittsburgh Wast Division
San Francisco Wednesday s Gamas
Los Angeles at Cincinnati ppd., tam Atlanta 5, San Francisco 2 Montreal 2, Chicago 0 New York 7, Philadelphia 3,11 innings St Louis at Pittsburgh, ppd . rain Houston 3 San Diego 2 Today 's Gamas
Chicago (Trout 6 11 at Montreal (Smith 6 2). In) New York (Lynch 3 3) at Philadelphia (Koosman 111, in)
St Louis (Tudor 3 7) at Pittsburgh (McWilliams 34). (n)
Cincinnati (Tibbs 4 /1 at Atlanta (Shields 1 OI, In) San Diego (Dravecky 4 4) at San Francisco (Laskey I 6), (n)
six hits, struck out eight and walked three. He left in the eighth after giving up a run-scoring double to
Cliff Johnson. Donnie Moore finished up for his 13th save.
Braves 5 Giants 2
When Atlanta’s Dale Murphy goes hitless in eight at-bats, someone will pay the piper. In this case it was San Francisco’s Atlee Hammaker, who was touched for Murphy’s 15th home run and a two-run double.
Mots 7 Phillies 3
New York, led by Gary Carter, who had four hits including his eighth home run, totaled 18 hits against five Philadelphia pitchers. Carter, who had homered in the fourth inning, drove in Keith Hernandez to start a four-run rally in the lith off loser Dave Rucker.
John Christensen’s second homer, a two-run shot, capped the rally
Blue Jays 3 Yankees 2
Pinch-hitter Ranee Mulliniks led off the 10th inning with a home run, powering Toronto over New York.
NB-CHS dream team would be heavenly
Altobelli may be out
BALTIMORE (AP) - Amid reports that he would be replaced, Joe Altobelli may have signed his last lineup card as manager of the Baltimore Orioles — just a year and a half after leading the team to the World Championship.
The Orioles were set to end 48 hours of speculation by firing Altobelli and naming former Orioles manager Earl Weaver as the eighth manager in the team’s history, according to today’s Baltimore Sun.
The newspaper, quoting unidentified sources close to the team, said that Orioles owner Edward Bennett Williams and General Manager Hank Peters
were split between naming Weaver or coach Cal Ripken Sr. as Altobelli’s replacement.
Altobelli, in Detroit Wednesday night for Baltimore’s game against the Tigers, said he had not received any word that he would be fired.
“I don’t know if I’ve been fired, he said before the game, which the Orioles lost 6-2. “I’m iii uniform, ain’t I? What the bleep am I doing working out? If I’d found out something else, I’d have packed my bag and been on a plane.”
There was no answer at Weaver’s Florida residence.
Houston finds the way to beat San Diego, See below
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So long, Mando
Graduation brings back memories
The topic came up during the planning for last week’s Canyon-New Braunfels baseball series. It was one of those Pavlov’s dogs ideas — it set mouths to watering.
Simply, what would have happened this spring if Canyon and New Braunfels got together and fielded one 5A baseball team?
It’s enough to make people cringe all the way to San Antonio.
All of the sudden, coaches Peter Garza and Ralph Behrend would have bullpens full of starters and short relievers and long relievers. No more sore arms from overwork, no more juggling lineups because the third baseman or the first baseman or somebody else had to come in
from the field to pitch.
A four-man rotation: Armando Martinez, Brad Campbell, Ronnie Rittimann and Bobby Tristan. Fastball, curvebaU, fastball, cur-veball. Michael Rodriguez and Ricky Gomez, the curvebaU experts in long relief. Danny Hernandez with the thunderball in short reUef. A heck of a bullpen.
And then there’s the team in the field. There’d be enough flexibility to play a defensive-oriented team, a singles-hitting team or a power-hitting team.
For defense the infield lineup could be Bret Cappleman at catcher, Troy Moss at first base, Randy Riggs at second, CampbeU at shortstop and Tristan at third. In the outfield, place David CaddeU, Danny Rodriguez and David Gunn.
Designated hitters? Gary Edwards, Rittimann, Martinez, Scott Wagner, Dicky Ortega. This team would need 12 at-bats an inning to let everybody play.
And who would coach third base?
“With a team like this, that would be the least of my worries,” Garza said.Two for one
The Texas Baseball Coaches Association all-star game, which will include New Braunfels’ Armando Martinez, will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Astrodome.
The game follows a nationally televised game between Astros and the Dodgers. A ticket to the first game is good for a seat anywhere in the park in the second game.Tennis rankings
Seven members of the New Braunfels Tennis Association have earned statewide rankings this season, including one player in two
The top-ranked local player is Ray Smith, who is fifth in the men’s 60-year-old division doubles. Henry Lane is seventh in the men’s 65 singles, while Tobe McGee is twelfth in the men’s 60 singles and 14th in the men’s 55 singles.
David MueUer is 14th in the men’s 25 singles, while Rachel Forney is 30th in the girls’ 14 singles, Ace Horan is 39th in the men’s 35 singles and I^eigh Ann Forney is 42nd in the girls’ 16 singles.
DERYLCLARK HERALD ZEITUNG
By DAVID KING Sports editor
So long, Mando. Ifs been a good three years.
Armando Martinez, the oldest 16-year-old kid I ever met, finally graduated from New Braunfels High School this year. And I have to admit, ITI miss him.
It wasn’t just the way he could overpower teams with his fastball that made him fun to watch. It wasn’t just his consistent hitting. It wasn’t just the fact that he was such a good baseball player.
Mando was a pleasure to watch because he did it all with that elan, that style, that was all his own.
That style began to develop when he was a freshman, pitching in relief on a playoff team. It had blossomed by the time I started covering baseball here, in the second round of the playoffs in 1983, his sophomore season.
The game that stands out from that season was the clinching game of the regional finals on a sauna-bath Friday night in Robstown.
Fifteen hundred fans — most of them from Robstown were all but sitting in the dugouts with the teams. The Unicorns were clinging to a lead late in the game. Starter Bobby Tristan, another sophomore, was struggling.
So Coach Peter Garza went to Martinez, who had won Tuesday night’s game. With the Robstown fans trying to blow down the fences, Martinez struck out the last two batters to end the game.
And afterward, it was that little grin, that shrug of the shoulders.
A week later, the grin was gone, but the shrug was still there. What else could he do after a flu bug ruined his chances in the state semifinals?
The next year was a struggle, as the Unicorns tried to regain that championship form without several of the players who had supplied the championship talent. Still, New Braunfels was in the race until the next-to-last game of the district schedule, a home game with Fredericksburg.
Martinez was ready to pitch that night, but the umpires didn’t show. He wasn’t ready to pitch three days later and the Billies’ ace — who wouldn’t have been able to pitch if the umpires has showed up — was, and New Braunfels was out of the playoffs.
Shrug. Next year.
He came back this year and pitched masterfully, going 12-4 and leading a light-hitting New Braunfels team to the quarterfinals. Of his four losses, one was to 5A playoff
‘He threw like a 25-year-old man from the time he was 16 years old. Being the baby in a family of pitchers does that. He was playing with older guys from the time he could wear a glove. And he wound up playing like them, and better.
Pressure didn’t matter, the competition didn’t matter. He went out, he threw his game. And he won.’
team Judson, two were to state finalist Canyon and one was to Edcouch-Elsa in a 1-0 playoff ballgame.
In one of his best performances of the year, he closed out his career by striking out 15 Canyon hitters to win game 2 of the best-of-three quarterfinal series.
And that style showed through all along.
The way he would set up hitters with the curveball, then buzz in that inside fastball for a called strikeout.
The way he would get batters’ attention — a little bit wild inside — when they tried to crowd the plate or break his rhythm or hit the ball too far or too hard.
The way he could get on a roll and strike out the side on IO or ll pitches.
He threw like a 25-year-old man from the time he was 16 years old. Being the baby in a family of pitchers does that. He was playing with older guys from the time he could wear a glove. And he wound up playing like them, and better.
Pressure didn’t matter, the competition didn’t matter. He went out, he threw his game. And he won.
He was the same way at the plate, hitting with style. Unlike most high school hitters, he stood off the plate and took the ball to right field.
In 1984, Spring Woods was doing a Boy Scout job on the Unicorns in the finals of the New Braunfels tournament, tying the hitters in knots. New Braunfels didn’t have a hit through 6 2-3 innings.
But Martinez came up and crushed a double.
“Nobody throws a no-hitter in this park but me,” he said.
And nobody did it quite like Mando.
DE RYL C LARK HE R ALD ZEITUNG
New Braunfels soccer coach Kirby Wilson keep guiding eye on two budding students. Kirby is c of 10 coaches teaching children age 5-14 the f damentals of the sport. The clinic is being held the H.E.B. comlpex from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and i run through Friday. The clinic, directed by Te; Lutheran College Coach Roger Wrobel, has enrol 110 students.