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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams, at 625-9144 ext. 223 Sports Thursday, June 26, 2003 IB Diamondbacks sweep Astros with 3-2 win Next Four JL    •    HOUSTON    / Dessens gets first win since May 25 By Bob Baum AP Sports Writer PHOENIX — Lyle Overbay home-red and Elmer Dessens earned his first victory since May 25 as the Arizona Diamondbacks won their eighth in a row, 3-2 over the Houston Astros on Wednesday. The Diamondbacks swept consecu tive three-game series from the Astros and Cincinnati to build their longest winning streak since they won eight straight last Aug. 9-17. Dessens allowed two runs on six hits, three of them infield singles, in 6 2-3 innings to snap a string of five consecutive no decisions. He struck out DESSENS four and walked two. Dessens (5-4), acquired from Cincinnati in the trade that sent Erubiel Durazo to Oakland, had struggled much of the year, entering the game with a 5.38 ERA and 111 hits allowed, fifth-worst in the NL. But he allowed only three hits through six scoreless innings on Wednesday and had a 3-0 lead over the Astros and Wade Miller going into the seventh. Morris Ensberg led off the inning with an infield single, then after one out, Adam Everett hit his fourth homer of the season, to left field, to make it 3-2. Left-hander Stephen Randolph relieved Dessens and got switch-hitter Geoff Blum, a .105 batter from the right side, to pop out. Brady Raggio, who joined the Diamondbacks on Sunday from Triple-A Tucson, appeared in his fourth consecutive game and pitched a scoreless eighth. Jose Valverde, Arizona’s closer in the absence of injured Matt Mantei, pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in eight opportunities. HOUSTON ASTROS SCHEDULE Friday, June 27 Astros vs. Texas Rangers. 7:05 p.m. on AM 1420 KGNB. Saturday, June 28 Astros vs. Texas Flangers, 7:05 p.m. on AM 1420 KGNB. Sunday, June 29 Astros vs. Texas Flangers, 1:05 pm on AM 1420 KGNB. Tuesday, July 1 Astros vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m. on AM 1420 KGNB. TICKETS 1-877-927-8767 Rangers rally to beat Athletics 9-8 Palmeiro cranks two home runs ARLINGTON (AP) — Rafael Palmeiro homered twice and Michael Young hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning as the Texas Rangers rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 9-8 Wednesday night. Young’s two-out single off Jim Medr (1-1) brought home Donnie Sadler, who had tripled before pinch-hitter Michael Lamb was hit by a pitch, to make it 7-6. Hank Blalock then had a two-run single. The Rangers trailed 6-2 before Palmeiro, who had hit just two homers his previous 23 games, homered in the sixth and seventh innings. Alex Rodriguez also home-red for the Rangers. Miguel Tejada had a pair of RBI singles while reaching base five times for the A’s. He was 4-for-4 with a walk. Francisco Cordero (3-6), the fourth Tbxas pitched was the winner. Ugueth Urbina worked the ninth for his 20th save. Spurs keep focus on free agents, not draft NBA Champs pick 28th today By T.A. Badger Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs have a pick to make in today’s NBA draft, even if the newly crowned league champions are understandably more focused on how to spend millions in salary-cap money in the free agent market. The Spurs have the 28th choice in the first round, behind everyone but Dallas. Their second round pick, No. 58 overall, was traded to Detroit last October for reserve center Mengke Bateer. Lance Blanks, the team’s scouting director, said he sees this year’s talent pool thinning out rapidly after the first dozen or so top players, leaving the Spurs to rely on luck that someone they like is available when their number comes up. “This pick we’re at, you can’t be that choosy,* he said. “We’ve just got to wish and hope for something that we see value in." San Antonio has had that kind of luck in recent years. French point guard Tony Parker, the Spurs’ second-leading scorer last season, was snatched up with the 29th selection in 2001, and reserve guard Manu Ginobili from Argentina was found rn 1999s second round. “With Tbny Parker, we had all of the stars lined up, and NBA Draft NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION AMATEUR DRAFT Round One 1. Cleveland 2. Detroit (from Memphis) 3. Denver 4. Toronto 5. Miami 6. LA Clippers 7. Chicago 8. Milwaukee (from Atlanta) 9. NY Knicks 10 Washington 28. San Antonio 29. Dallas Round TWO 44. Houston the moon, and the sun,” Blanks said. “It’s unlikely that any wish-list players will be there (at No. 28), but every year a team or two picks a player that they get lucky with." While speculation centers on whether the Spurs will pursue free-agent guard Jason Kidd of New Jersey, its generally thought that the teams most obvious need is a big man to play alongside two-time MVF 'rim Duncan now that David Robinson is retiring after 14 pro seasons. Th that end, various mock drafts circulating on the Internet link the Spurs with a variety of big prospects, among them teenage centers Malick Badiane of Senegal, now playing in Germany, and Zaur Pachulia from the nation of Georgia, who is now a pro in Tirkey. NBLL Junior Blue Special All-Stars capture district title By Bryan Adams Sports Editor SEGUIN — The New Braunfels Little League Junior Blue Special All-Stars needed six runs in the eighth inning Wednesday night to hold off Lockhart 13-10 and claim the District Tburnament championship. Trailing 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Lockhart rallied for two runs on Clayton Schafer’s RBI double and John Williams’ RBI triple to tie the game at 7-7 and send it into extra innings. In the top of the eighth, Scott Bueche drew a base on balls — his fourth of the game — and Alex Ortega doubled to put runners at second and third. After Travis Stehle walked to load the bases, Jake Johnson smacked a two-run single up the middle to put the NB Blue Junior All-Stars up 9-7. Bobby Delong then singled to left and Josh McKinnis walked to load the bases again. On an 0-2 pitch from Lockhart relief pitcher Adrian Garcia, Taylor Shep-perd ripped a fly ball to left field that hit off the leftfielder’s glove and rolled away Three runs scored on the play and Shepperd ended up on third. He later scored on Dakota Delano’s groundball to third. NBLL All-Stars LfTLLE LEAGUE SPECIAL ALL-STARS TOURNAMENTS Tuesday’s games 8-year-old Baseball (In Gonzales) SM Gray 18, Yoakum 16 10-year-old Baseball (in Seguin) NB Gray 17, NB Fled 2 12-year-old Baseball (at NBLL Fields) NB Gray 12, NB Blue 3 Wednesday’s games 8-year-old Baseball (in Gonzales) NB Gray 15, SM Gray I 10-year-old Baseball (in Seguin) Lockhart 15, NB Fled 6 13-year-old Baseball Lockhart fought back in the bottom half of the eighth inning after Jerry Perales reached on an error and Garcia crushed an RBI double off the fence in left-center field. Garcia later scored after two wild pitches. Ira Woolridge then singled and scored on Neil Stripling’s RBl-fielder’s choice. With the bases loaded and two outs, (In Seguin) NB Blue 13, Lockhart 10 Today ’s games 8-year-old Baseball (In Gonzales) Hallettsville vs. NB Gray, 7 p.m. 10-year-old Baseball (In Seguin) NB Gray vs. Lockhart, 7 p.m. LITTLE LEAGUE STATE ALL-STARS TOURNAMENT Tuesday's games Minor Baseball (In Hallettsville) New Braunfels ll, Yoakum 1 Today’s games New Braunfels vs. San Marcos, 8 p.m. TO REPORT SCORES CALL (830) 625-9144 ext. 223 Ortega got the final batter to fly out to center field and clinch the victory. Ortega was 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and three stolen bases. Delong was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two stolen bases. Ryan Holder was l-for-4 with four stolen bases and scored three times. NB Blue walked 15 times in the game. Extra effort pays off K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Little League All-Star Alex Ortega swings at a pitch during Wednesday’s Special Junior All-Stars championship game in Seguin. New Braunfels defeated Lockhart 13-10 in eight innings. NBLL Minor State All-Stars The New Braunfels Little League Minor State All-Stars are Jason Newberry, Steven Salazar, Mac James, Jordan Zurenko, Matt Schmid, Reece Rodriguez, Ryan Pina, Corey Skinner, Jacob McArthur, Charles Miffleton, Dylan Walter and Ross Johnson. Coaches are Chip Skinner, Greg McArthur and Eric James. Photo submrttodOSU steals Anderson from UT By Clayton Bellamy Associated Press Writer STILLWATER, Okla. — Frank Anderson now has his own opportunity to bring life back to a traditional college baseball powerhouse. Anderson, who as pitching coach helped Tbxas win the 2002 NCAA championship, was hired as head baseball coach at Oklahoma State, university officials announced Wednesday. Financial terms of the five-year deal were not disclosed. The Daily Oklahoman report ed that the contract will approach $1 million including apparel and camp perquisites. Anderson, 44, replaces Ibm Holliday, who was fired last month after failing to lead OSU to the NCAA tournament for two straight seasons. “He (Anderson) is loyal to the people who are his superiors in the athletic department," OSU Athletics director Harry Birdwell said. “And he develops particularly deep relationships with his players, and they respect him." Anderson, who coached Texas pitchers from 2000* 2003 and Texas Tech pitchers from 1990-1999, said he chose Oklahoma State because of its tradition, the intense community support for college baseball and the chance to win right away. “You don’t want to go someplace where the cupboard is bare," Anderson said. “I don’t think the cupboard was bare here. They’ve got some great position players back. I think you have to shore up some of the pitching." ;