New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
«*... • in MMiMtwn*.11!—
Comal County Sports
By TOM ERICKSON
The White Sox and Cardinals had to wait nearly a week to decide the PeeWee City Championship, but the game was well worth it.
In the end, the White Sox, aided by a six-run first inning, came away with the title after beating the Cards 9-4 at the Fredericksburg Complex on Thursday night.
Jeremy Eiben provided most of the pop for the Sox. He homered in each of his first two plate appearances, driving in three of his team’s nine runs.
Both home runs were inside the park. Eiben’s first shot came with one out in the top of the first inning and shortstop Tyler Krug on base.
After Erben gave the Sox a quick 2-0 lead, the next four batters — Walter Johnson, Ryne Austin, Steven Nichols and Kristen Carson — all reached base and eventually scored.
Down 6-0, the Cardinals had a couple of opportunities to score in the first two innings, but couldn’t convert.
Erben led off the third inning with
his second homer to make the score 7-0, but the Cards answered back with a run in the bottom of the inning.
Chills Myrick reached on an error, advanced to third on a wild pitch and eventually scored on another error for the Cards’ first run.
Roland Gomez singled later in the inning and advanced to second on a passed ball but was left stranded.
Gomez came in from shortstop to pitch die top of the fourth, retiring the White Sox in order.
That fired his team up, as the Cardinals scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, cutting the deficit to four.
Jason Brandonbuig’s two-out single got things started, and he later scored when Dustin Forester reached on an error. Forester also scored, but again the Cards left a runner on base.
The Sox got some insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning when Johnson and Austin reached base and scored.
Erben, who came in to pitch in the fifth, went out to shut the Cards down in the bottom of the sixth. He got the first two batters out before Dylan Friesenhan singled and scored on a single by Brandenburg. Forester then flied out to end the game.
Javier’s double gives Giants first interleague win
ARLINGTON (AP) — Barry Bonds began the game with butterflies in his stomach. By the end, it felt so much like any
other night at the ballpark that Darryl Hamilton didn’t even think twice about flipping the final out into the stands.
But Thursday night’s game between
the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers was far from ordinary. This was the first time in 126 years that teams from rival major leagues were playing in the regular season.
The game was met with all the hype and hoopla it deserved, and it played out nicely. Stan Javier became the unlikely hero with his first home run in more than a year and tiebreak-ing double to give the Giants a 4-3
[ M Interleague firsts. Page 2B j
“Before the game, I thought it might be nice for the guy who hit the first home run. I didn’t think it would be me,” said Javier, who went 3-for-4.
Javier, who played nine seasons in the AL, was one of several former American League players who gave
the NL the early edge in the all-time interleague standings.
Glenallen Hill, the first NL designated hitter and an AL player from 1988-93, tied the game with a sacrifice fly and winning pitcher Mark Gardner pitched for Kansas City in 1993.
“If we’re going to be part of history, we might as well win it,” Giants Turn to Rangers, Page 2B
Former Ranger headed to Ranger College
Jessica Brown, a 1997 graduate of Smithson Valley High School, signed a national letter of intent on Thuraday to Dlav basketball at Ranger Col laos In
wvtiwWW fl rn
Ranger. Joining Brown for the signing ceremony were, from left, SVHS vice principal Keith Sullivan, her mother, Julia, and SVHS girls’ haakatbaH coach Carolyn Cfcodre.
HaraM-ZaMung photo by Tom Enckaon
(Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows): Southwest Texas State 707 tournament
Southwest Texas State University will offer a 707 tournament for high school age youth on Saturday. Play begins at 8 a.m. and will last through the day.
For more information on the one-day passing tournament, call the Bobcat football office at (512) 245-2587.Tri-County In-Une Hookey League registrations
The Tri-Countv In-Line Hockey League has begun its registration for the summer season. All youth ages 7 and up and adults from the tri-county area are encouraged to participate.
Games are played on weekends using a Stratadome Portable In-Line Hockey Rink which is set up at OakRun School in New Braunfels.
Registrations will be accepted until Saturday, and the first games start on June 21. For forms or more information, call 609-0777.Sundance Golf Courso Pa rent/Junior toumainont
Sundance Golf Course will sponsor a Parent/Junior tournament on Saturday.
The tournament will begin at 1:30 p.m. and use a modified scramble format. The entry fee is $5.
For more information, call the pro shop at 629-3817.•to. Rotor and Paul
for gffkf \ ball (ages 8 to 17) and boys’ and girls’ soccer (ages 4 to 17) will be from 10 a rn. to noon on Sunday and June 22 at the front steps of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Play will begin for both sports in early September.
Volunteers are needed for coaches, team moms, concession stand workers and field maintenance. Call either Anthony Klar at 609-1694 or Daryl Pawelek at 606-4334 for more information.Naw Braunfels Softball Association moating
The New Braunfels Softball Association will meet on Monday at the Comal Park softball fields. All co-ed and men’s summer league teams should attend to register and pick up team rosters.
For more information, call Larry Boos at 625-5285.Quadalupo Soccor Academy Summor Camp
The New Braunfels Youth Soccer Association will sponsor the Guadalupe Soccer Academy Summer Camp in June at the H-E-B Soccer Complex.
Camps will be conducted from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 16-20 and 23-27. Openings are still available for the remaining weeks of camp.
For more information, call (210) 732-3793 or 606-6722.
Mi a aa# BE waai leaf aal rn MI ft IWW DrSUnVwli WIWCamp VoCfeyball 1997
Camp Volleyball ’97 is set for June 16-20 at New Braunfels High School. Sessions will run from 9 a m. to noon each day and are open to girls in third-through sixth-grades.
For more information, call Phyllis Fowler at 905-2168.Canyon HS Strength and Conditioning Camp
Canyon High School will sponsor its second annual Strength and Conditioning Camp June 16-19 at the Cougar Den. Sessions will run from 8 to 10 a m. and 10 a.m. to noon each day.
The camp is open to boys and girls in grades six, seven
Turn to Prom Box, Page 2B
Jessica Lackey and Whitney Burnell of the Royal Purples ready themselves as Jamie Gilland delivers a pitch to Baton Rouge (La.) in the third-place game at the East Texas Fastpitch Classic. The Purples eliminated
13-6 and Huntsville 19-1 to reach the championship bracket. All three Purples teams will play in Junior Olympic qualifying tournaments next weekend, with a trip to state on the line.
Photo submittedBulls try to clinch title No. 5
Royal Purples ready to play again
■ To talk with Sports Editor Tom Erickson about Sports Day, call 625-9144, Ext. 223. Readers can send e-mail to [email protected]
look for victory, hope to stay alive
CHICAGO (AP) — Party on. That’s what the Chicago Bulls want to do, celebrate another NBA title.
Play on. That’s what the Utah Jazz are seeking, a chance to extend the season to one final game.
The Bulls will be trying to close out their fifth championship of the decade tonight in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. They lead 3-2 in the most competitive of all their championship matchups in the ’90s.
“We know it’s a long way from over,” Bulls coach Phil Jackson said. “We still have one game to win and it’s not going to be an easy thing.”
Clame 7, if necessary, would be played at the United Center on Sunday.
"We face a tough assignment,” Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said, adding his team must play with more emotion on a floor where the Bulls are 9-1 in the playoffs and were 39-2 in the regular season.
“There’s no reason we can’t understand, after 109 games or whatever, that you’ve got to rebound and execute,” Sloan said.
Should Chicago win tonight, it’s conceivably the last running of the current Bulls. Jackson, Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman are all w ithout contracts for next season.
lf Jackson doesn’t return. Jordan says he won’t, either. Rodman, who drew an NBA-record $50,000 fine Thursday for derogatory comments about the Mormon Church, probably won’t be back.
Rodman’s been ineffective in the
Turn to Bulls, Page 2B
Oilers make quick exit, unveil new team logo
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Oilers completed their final minicamp on Texas soil and officially became the Tennessee Oilers all in one day.
Coach Jeff Fisher put the Oilers through their final paces at their old practice facility Thursday and after a brief on-field chat, released the team until training camp opens in July at Tennessee State in Nashville.
Hours later, owner Bud Adams unveiled the Oilers’ new team logo in Nashville and also announced that the Oilers had solidified an agreement with Astrodome USA to get out of the final year of their lease.
“We still have some legal work, some paperwork to get done on that, but the Astrodome signing today should put everything to bed pretty quick,” Adams said.
Harris County Commissioners
court has not signed off on a plan that would allow the Oilers to skip the final year of their Astrodome lease to play in Memphis’ Liberty Bowl for the 1997 season.
‘There are still some details to be worked out between the attorneys,” Harris County judge Robert Eckels said. “I don’t think there’s anything in there that can’t be resolved.”
It was a bittersweet final workout for the Oilers, especially for guard Mike Munchak, who spent his entire
12-year career with the Oilers before joining the coaching staff.
“It’s not really sinking in that we’re gone,” Munchak said. “Right now, it’s more like well be gone for a month and meet up again in San Antonio (last year’s training site).
“It won’t hit us until we actually get up there and realize we’re not coming back here.”
White Sox first baseman Walter Johnson reacts to one of his swings in Thursday night's PssWss championship gams. Johnson reacnea mum twice ana scored two of his team’s runs in a 9-4 victory.
HeraW-Zeitung photo by Michael Camail