New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 8, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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NB, Coogs at tourney; SY plays two
New Braunfels continues play in the Unicom Invitational baseball tournament today, Canyon will resume tournament play on Saturday and Smithson Valley hosts a doubleheader Saturday.
The Unicorns, after winning their tournament opener against Del Valle Thursday night, play today at 6:30 pjn. against the A&M Consolidated vs. Laredo Martin winner.
The winner of that game plays Fredericksburg at 11 ajh. on Saturday, with that winner going to the 7 pjn. tournament championship and the loser to the 4 pjn. third-place game.
The loser of New Braunfels' game today plays Canyon at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in what will be the tournament finale for both teams.
Canyon played two games on Thursday, beating Pleasanton 16-7 in the morning before falling to state-
ranked 3 A power Fredericksburg later in the day.
The Cougars will end the tournament at Unicom Field in the 1:30 pjn. game Saturday.
Smithson Valley, which is 5-2 after a seventh-inning win over San Marcos on Tuesday, takes on visiting Copperas Cove in two games scheduled for I pjn. and 4 p.m.
Jason LaRuc leads the Rangers with a batting average of close to .600, and lias hit five home runs in the past four games. Twice, the junior shortstop has hit two homers in a game.
LaRuc, Jason Long and Matt Gawlik all pitched in the San Marcos game, with only Long going more than two innings. John Belcher is likely to pitch one game of the doubleheader, with the other three all available for relief duty or the other game.
Unicorns rout Del Valle, 10-0
By TOM LABINSKI Sport* Editor
New Braunfels’ bats are starting to come alive, and it’s not a moment too soon for Coach Peter Garza.
After scoring an average of four runs in each of its first five games, New Braunfels has scored 22 times in its last two. The latest came Thursday night in an 11-hit attack against Del Valle, as the host Unicorns pounded the Cardinals 10-0.
Greg Overturf and Joe Faulkner each hit home runs for New Braunfels in its tournament opener, while Brian Martinez went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Garza said more consistent hitting was one of the team’s main goals going into the three-day event.
“We talked about the things we needed to do which he haven’t been doing, like getting a bunch of hits. We also wanted to make every (defensive) play we could, and make a few good plays. I think we did that
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tonight," he said.
The Unicorns went through the five-inning game without an error, while right fielder Wes Schriewer prevented a possible run with a sliding two-out catch with a Del Valle base-runner on second base.
Garza said he also saw improvement in the performance of Grant Hodges, who pitched a two-hitter to raise his season record to 2-1. He walked just one batter and struck out three, and fell behind in the count to just three of the 18 batters he faced.
“He wants to do well and I think he was a little more determined tonight,” Garza said. “He wanted to do better because he was 1-1 and didn’t think he deserved to be.”
New Braunfels scored in every inning, highlighted by a four-run fourth. Overturf slapped the ball 350 feet over the right-center field fence for a two run, two-out homer to make the score 8-0.
Raoul Romero opened the inning by drawing a walk off Cardinal reliever Jason Jenke, then moved to third on Martinez’ first double. Both runners scored on successive wild pitches by Jcnke, who then walked Schriewer before giving up the home run to Overturf.
The Unicorns won the game by the 10-run rule with a two-run fifth inning, which began when Faulkner led off with a single. After a sacrifice, Faulkner scored from second on Romero’s two-out single to left.
Martinez’ shot against the left-field fence for a double provided the 10-run margin, as Romero beat the throw to the plate.
New Braunfels scored a pair of runs in the third inning, as Leroy Gonzales doubled and Overturf singled. Both runners scored on Kyle Herman’s one-out single between third and short.
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Canyon’s Trey Daffin beats back the pickoff throw by Fredericksburg pitcher Steven Stuewe in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game at Unicorn Field, as first baseman Chris Beckendorf awaits the toss. Daffin
went on to steal second, but the Cougars lost the contest 5-4. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
Billies battle back to slip by Canyon
By TOM LABINSKI Sports Editor
Canyon’s penchant for scoring with two out continued Thursday afternoon, but the late-gasp dramatics were not enough to help the Cougars defeat the state’s fifth-ranked Class 3A team.
Fredericksburg rallied from a three-run deficit to edge Canyon 5-4 and advance to Saturday’s semifinal game of the Unicom Invitational.
Canyon’s loss to the Billies followed a 16-7 victory over Pleasanton in the tournament opener Thursday morning. The Cougars will play one more game in the tournament — at 1:30 pjn. Saturday at Unicom Field — against the loser of the contest between New Braunfels and today’s AAM Consolidated-Laredo Martin winner.
A two-out, second-inning grand slam by Donovan Rivers provided all of Canyon’s runs against Fredericksburg. The Cougars scored nine of its runs against Pleasanton with two down, and the first five runs in a 14-3 triumph over Alamo Heights on Tuesday came with two out.
“We also scored most of our runs at the (Lockhart) tournament last weekend with two out. I’m not sure why that is,” said Canyon Coach Ralph Behrend. “You could say it’s good to have guys who can get big hits in pressure situations. I’ll just take them whichever way we can get them.”
Rivers’ grand slam, his fourth home run of the season, came on a 1-0 pitch from Steve Stuewe. Michael Wibracht began the inning with a strikeout, but reached first on a passed ball. Following a
flyout and another strikeout, designated hitter Johnny Schaas moved Wibracht to second with a single. Tile bases were filled for Rivers when Dionicio Torres reached on an infield error.
But after Trey Daffin followed Riven’ shot witA a single. Canyon would not get another base hit in the final five innings as Stuewe finished with a four-hitter.
The Cougars did have baserunnen in every inning, and had runners in scoring position in the final three.
Daffin opened the fifth with a single, then stole second with two down. But Billie outfielder Rolando Robies prevented a run when he made an oversea COUGARS. Page IO
Soccer teams home tonight
T.C. scores 25 as Spurs sink Nets
All three local soccer teams are at home today, with New Braunfels and Smithson Valley facing must-win situations.
The Unicorns host Kerrville Tivy, a team that surprised Smithson Valley with a 0-0 tie last Friday. The Antlers’ style in the second round of district has been to put all of their players on defense in hopes of forcing a tie.
New Braunfels faced a similar approach from the Greyhounds in Tuesday’s win at Boerne, and hopes to overcome that again when Tivy comes to visit for the 8 p.m. game.
New Braunfels trails Smithson Valley on points in the district standings, but the Rangers have played one more game than the Unicorns. The teams are essentially even, with New Braunfels having two losses and Smithson
Valley one loss and two ties.
San Marcos is right on the heels of those two teams, with two losses and one tie. Smithson Valley plays at San Marcos and against New Braunfels in the final week of district.
Today, however, the banged-up and short-handed Rangers play winless Lockhart. Smithson Valley won the first-round meeting at Lockhart 11 -0, and the Rangers will now host the Lions at 7 pan.
Given his team’s lack of players due to injuries and grade ineligibility, Coach Larry Schaffer said the Rangers cannot afford to take any team lightly. After Lax:khan, Smithson
Valley has an open date Tuesday before the final two district-leader
Canyon hosts Boerne today at 7 p.m., with the Cougars hoping U> complete a season sweep of the Greyhounds.
After losmg us first four district games. Canyon picked up its first 27-5A victory at Boerne in a 4-1 tnumph. Since then, the Cougars have gone 4-3-1 iii district games, including an upset of New Braunfels.
San Marcos plays two games over the weekend, hosting Clemens on Friday and playing a rescheduled game at Kerrville Tivy on Saturday.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — David Robinson struggled with his shot against the Nets, so he had to shift his focus.
Grabbing 20 rebounds, one below his career high, Robinson helped the San Antonio Spurs to a ll I -99 victory on Thursday night.
“Rebounding has been my only value lately,’’ said Robinson, the league’s ninth leading scorer. “But then again, I don’t really worry about offense that much.”
Robinson scored 15 points, going 5-of-13 from both the field and the free-throw line.
Terry Cummings added 25 points and IO rebounds and Willie Anderson scored 19 as the Spurs registered a massive 78-38 board advantage.
Reggie Theus led the Nets with 28 points, four more than Sam Bowie.
New Jersey got only 5 points from Derrick Coleman, who played nine minutes in the first quarter before leaving with a sprained thumb. The Nets were also without Chris Dudley, who lias a bruised thigh.
* “Losing Coleman really hurt us,’’ New Jersey Coach Bill Fitch said. “They seemed to come up with die offensive and defensive rebounds most often.”
San Antonio had 18 offensive rebounds, 20 team rebounds and 40 more at the defensive end, capitalizing on New Jersey’s 40 percent effort from the field.
“It seemed we passed the ball well early and rebounded well and that let us get out on the break,” said San Antonio's Sean Elliott, who had 14 points.
The Spurs opened up a 39-52 half*
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lime lead, getting IO points apiece from Robinson, Cummings and Paul Pressey.
A 9-0 run late in the third quarter, fueled by 5 points from Elliott, left New Jersey trailing 82-63.
The Nets rallied in the fourth quarter, using four Drazen Petrov ic points to key a 6-0 run and close within IO, 98-88 with 5:43 to play.
But Cummings scored the next 6 points for San Antonio to send the Nets to their lith consecutive road loss.
The Nets are 1-18 in San Antonio since joining the NBA.
San Antonio won its third straight and climbed within a game and a half of Utah in the race for the Midwest Division title.
District 27-5A Soccer Standings Taam W L T Pts
Smithson Valley 10 I 2 22
New Braunfels 10 2 0 20
San Marcos 9 2 I 19
Seguin 6 5 2 14
Clemens 4 6 2 10
Tivy 4 6 19
Boerne 3 9 17
Lockhart 0 12 0 0
Tuesday’s Games Canyon 1, Seguin 1 Smithson Valley 4. Clemens 3 New Braunfels 4, Boerne 0 San Marcos al Tivy, ppd Today s Games Boe* ne al Canyon Lockhaitat Smithson Valley Tivy al New Braunfels Clemens al San Marcos Saturday s Game San Mat cos al Tivy
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