New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 20, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, June 20, 1991 Herald-Zettung, New Braunfels, Texas Page 7
Miller succeeds Garza as NB baseball coach
White Sox first baseman Paul Guerrero puts out Vivroux’s Juan Herrera on a second-inning grounder during Wednesday’s city champion
ship game. Herrera went 2-for-4 with three RBIs to help Vivroux win a 30-7 decision. (Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder)
Vivroux earns city title in rout
By JOE BELK Sports Editor
In what more resembled a football score, the National League’s Vivroux Toy and Sporting Goods won the city championship game of the minor and intermediate leagues Wednesday night against the American League champion White Sox, 30-7.
“The White Sox are a good team — this doesn’t take anything away from them,’’ Vivroux Manager Don Thornton said. “The score is not reflective of their team.”
Paced by strong hitting and two shutout innings by pitcher Mark Molina, Vivroux jumped out to a 9-0 lead.
“We talked about that,” Thornton said. “We told the kids we had to get out here and get on the board quickly. The key to it was us hitting. We knew they had two of the best pitchers in New Braunfels (Derrick Sassenhagen and Erie Hovelson), so we worked on hitting fast pitches.”
After one out in the Vivroux first, the National League champion unloaded for seven consecutive singles.
Jason Thornton, David Koutz and Mark Molina set the table for Ricky De los Santos, who hit a shot to left for the first two of his game-high six RBIs.
Louis Perez then knocked in Moli
na and De los Santos with a base hit to center. Issac McKee followed with an infield single.
Juan Herrera‘batted in the final two runs of the inning with a long shot to right field, scoring Perez and McKee to give Vivroux a 6-0 lead.
The National League representative added three more in the second, w hen Seth Weisser reached on an error and Thornton followed with a walk.
Koutz’s RBI groundout scored Weisser from third, and Molina singled to score Thornton. Perez doubled down the left-field line to plate Molina for the third run of the inning.
Through the first two innings, Molina had not allowed a baserunner.
But the White Sox would change things in the third, as Paul Guerrero led off with a walk.
Lee Michaclson and Randy McCall then broke up the no-hittcr with consecutive RBI triples to right. McCall scored on an error, and then Jonathan Smith walked and scored to cut the lead to 9-4.
The two triples in that inning were the White Sox’ only hits of the game off Molina.
Vivroux extended its advantage with seven third-inning runs. Infield singles by Jason Mathey and later Thornton, three walks and a hit batter
set the table. The bulk of the damage, however, was done on two-RBI singles by De los Santos and Perez.
The White Sox added another run in the fourth when Joey Sassenhagen went to third on an infield error and scored on Juan Castilleja’s sacrifice groundout.
Vivroux added four in the fourth, with RBIs on a Thornton single, a Koutz fielder’s choice, a Molina double to right and a De los Santos single.
The White Sox manufactured a fifth-inning run on no hits. Guerrero was hit by a pitch, stole second, took third on an error, and scored on a double steal with McCall.
Vivroux added IO runs in the bottom of the fifth, with the four hits in that inning giving the team 23 for the game.
Timothy Schmidt scored the final run of the game for the White Sox in the sixth when he walked and eventually scored on Joey Sassenhagen’s sacrifice grounder.
Molina struck out six and walked
six for Vivroux, throwing a complete game two-hitter.
“He’s the best in the league,’’ Thornton said. "Every time he got flustered or rattled a little bit, he calmed himself down and found the strike zone.
“And our defense backed him up — if we didn’t have that defense, it would have been a different game.”
The Vivroux offense was led by Jason Thornton, who went 4-for-4 and scored in all of his five opportunities. De los Santos led rn production with six RBIs, hitting 3-for-4.
Molina and Perez also hit 3-for-4, with Molina scoring four times and Perez batting in four. McKee hit 4-for-5, and Herrera batted in three on 2-for-4 hitting.
Hovelson, who relieved Derrick Sassenhagen in the second, struck out five for the White Sox.
Upcoming city championship games will be at the AL field, with the Pee Woes on Friday and the Majors on Saturday, both at 7 p.m.
By JOE BELK Sports Editor
For the first time in 16 years, New Braunfels has a new baseball coach.
Neal Miller was promoted Wednesday to replace long-time Unicom Coach Peter Garza, who was named assistant principal at New Braunfels Middle School Tuesday night.
Miller has been Garza’s assistant in the Unicom baseball program for the past five years, assisting with four varsity playoff teams and coaching several successful junior varsity squads.
“It’s just a move that’s logical,” New Braunfels Athletic Director Lew Simmonds said. “He’s been in the program, he knows baseball and he knows the kids. He’s done a great job with the JV, and he’ll do a great job (as head of the program).”
Miller said he was very excited about the promotion.
“I was thrilled,” he said. “When I was told that Peter got the middle school job and I was likely to be his replacement, I couldn’t sleep. I’m just real honored that I was chosen.”
He said a head coaching job was something he had hoped for, but he also wanted to stay in New Braunfels.
“I was real interested in going into a head coaching position in baseball,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed coaching in New Braunfels, and I’ve really enjoyed coaching with Peter. A big part of the reason I stayed here as an assistant was because Peter and I worked so well together.”
He said he doesn’t anticipate any w holesale changes in the program, as he hopes to build on the tradition established by Garza.
“Our styles are very . very similar
We share a lot of philosophies,” he said. “There are not going to be a lot of real big changes.”
Because Garzai has taken the Unicorns to the playoffs IO of the past 16 years, including a 1983 trip to the state tournament. Miller said he knows he has big shoes to fill.
“New Braunfels is a real good baseball towrn, and I intend to contribute to that tradiuon,” he said. “This is where I want to be. I feel well-qualified for the job."
After a year at Spring Woods High School in Houston. Miller has spent his entire coaching career at New Braunfels. His 11 years in NBISD include IO years at the high school and one at the middle school.
A local junior girls softball team bound for the state tournament in Lubbock is having a fund-raiser Saturday at the Rotary Field in Comal Park.
The 12- to 14-year-old team will be playing a mother-daughter game on Saturday at 7 p.rn., and team members are currently seeking pledges for the game on a per-run basis.
The state tournament in Lubbock
runs July 5-7. Junior and senior teams from New Braunfels will be competing.
Admission for Saturday’s mother -daughter game will be free. with proceeds coming from donations ana pledges. A concession stand will also be available to benefit the team, with donations coming from Handy Andy, Holiday Inn. D&L Dnve In ana Kroger.
Astros win AL majors
The Astros won the American League majors championship Wednesday night, defeating the Dodgers 7-4.
The Astros, winners of the majors second half, broke a tie for the first-
half championship with Wednesday '
Hie team will now [day Knights o Columbus in Saturday ’s city champ lonship game at 7 pan. at the Amen can League field.
Four NETC members demonstrate versatility
Athletes place in three cities
And they're off!!
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Four members of the New Braunfels Track Club dominated their age groups at Tuesday’s multi-events meet in Yoakum.
Kliff Kingsbury and Erie Poeck each won their categories by healthy margins, and lite local midget contingent — which included Kingsbury, J R Wilkins and Ben Hooker — look three of die top four places iii die pen million oui of almost 20 athletes.
Kingsbury won die [leiiladilon with a total of 2800 points. Ile ran a 13.3 iii die HO meter hurdles, had a 22-3 shot put, high jumped 4-1'A , long jumped 15-1 and finished die KOO meter run iii 2:36.
Wilkins earned second place among die pentathlete* with 24KO points. He ran a 15.6 hurdles, had a 26 3 shot, high jumped 4 TA , tong jumped 13-6 arid ran a 2:45 KOO.
Hooker placed fourth, compiling 2050 [Minus. He ran a 16-3 hurdles, had a 20-0 shot, high jumped 4 VA , long juiiijmmJ 12 9'/i and ran a 2:41 800
In die bantam triathlon, Poeck enjoyed a resounding win — earning a sum of 920 [Minus which was 300 points greater than his nearest competitor.
Poeck ran a 15.4 IOO meter dash, high jumped 3-9A and had a 23-9‘A shul put.
Saturday, at die lame Star Games in Arlington, die club earned 11
places including five firsts.
Dusty Payne won the bantam 800 meter run with a 2:44, and the 1500 in 5:32.5.
Hooker won the midget high jump with a 4-4, and placed fourth iii die KIK) with a 2:44 time.
Jerry Van Noy unik first iii the junior javelin with a 118 I throw, and placed filth in the high jump with a 4 8.
Amber Wenzel won the junior 800 meter run with a 2:37 time.
Jodi Anderson placed second in die midget shoi put with a 21-4XA effort, and fifth in the high jump al 4 4
Megan Schwab finished fourth in the junior 200 me lor hurdles, limning a 34 6 Holly Covington ran filth iii die intermediate 800 meter run with a 2:49 time.
At die AAU meet iii San Antonio, NBIX’ members earned four first places and three runner up finishes.
Poeck won duce events on his own: die shot put, long jump and high jump. His efforts iii those lespeclive events were 23 6. 12 9 and 4 4
Kingsbury look first in die high jump with a 4 6, and plated second in die 80 meter hurdles with a 13.3 aud die long jump with a 13 8‘/i .
Elizabeth Hennessey placed second iii the junior long jump widi a 14 4.
Hie NBIX’ will fie taking [ion in a regional qualifying meet ai Noiihside Stadium at San Antonio on Saiuiday.
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