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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas A&M nips the Unicorns in eighth For seven innings Friday night, New Braunfels and AAM Consolidated squared off in a defensive gem at the Unicom Invitational. But the Tigers scored three runs in the first extra inning to advance to a championship semifinal game with a 3-0 win over the host Unicorns. “It was a real fine game. What killed us was hitting,” said New Braunfels Coach Peter Garza, whose team collected just four hits against Jason Clark. The AAM pitcher struck out seven batters and withstood two errors by his teammates. Lorenzo Saucedo went the distance for the Unicorns and dropped to 0-3 en the season, but Garza said his performance was sterling. “That was the best game I have ever seen Lorenzo throw. He was in control of himself and the game for seven innings,” Garza said. I; But three walks and two base hits in the eighth allowed AAM to put the game away. : Garza credited the play of his defense, particularly shortstop Brian Marquez. The Unicorns cut down four Tiger baserunners trying to score at ^ome plate.SportsPage 10A    Herald-Ze/fung,    New    Braunfels,    Texas_    Sunday,    March    IO,    1991 Schaas shuts down NB Sophomore pitcher paces Canyon’s 8-3 victory By TOM LABINSKI Sports Editor An unscheduled meeting Saturday afternoon between Canyon and New Braunfels at the Unicom Invitational baseball tournament kept the teams’ rivalry alive, much to the delight of the Cougars. Sophomore Johnny Schaas pitched a seven-hitter for Canyon, which provided him with an early 4-0 lead as the Cougars defeated New Braunfels 8-3. It was the final tournament game for both teams. “I’m just glad we won and I’m glad we got to play (the Unicorns),” said Canyon Coach Ralph Behrend. “I can’t remember the last season we didn’t play them. It must have been 20 years ago." New Braunfels, which had a sparkling defensive effort in Friday night’s 3-0, eight-inning loss to AAM Consolidated, committed four errors in the first inning against Canyon. The Cougars also collected 12 hits off of three Unicom pitchers, but New Braunfels Coach Peter Garza blamed the defeat on his team’s offense. “Our pitching didn’t kill us. Their sophomore pitcher killed us,” he said. “He had some control problems at times, but he gutted it out, stayed in there and got us to swing at some bad pitches. They just did a better job than we did.” Schaas raised his record to 2-1 by fanning six Unicom batters and walking three. New Braunfels stranded eight baserunners in the game, including five in scoring position. “He had to pitch out of some big jams — we dropped a fly ball on him early and made some other defensive mistakes — but Johnny pitched himself out of it,” Behrend said. The first jam came in the bottom of the First, when a fumbled fly ball in right field and two walks loaded the bases with one out. Schaas then fanned Daniel Cantu and forced Wes Schriewer into a pop up to end the inning. New Braunfels threatened again in the second after Leroy Gonzales led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pickoff throw from the plate to first base. Two ground balls failed to advance Gonzales, but the Unicorns’ starting pitcher scored on Joe Faulkner’s single up the middle. Brian Martinez followed with a single to center, but third baseman Junior Rodriguez stopped Greg Overturf’s sharp grounder and stepped on the base for the forceout. New Braunfels scored its final two runs in the fourth when Isabel Bustos tripled, Faulkner drove him in with a single and Martinez collected an RBI with a standup double. A grounder for the second out moved Martinez to third, but Schaas struck out Kyle Herman to end the inning. Six of the Unicorns’ seven hits came in the second and fourth innings. Three base hits and three New Braunfels errors in the first inning allowed Canyon to jump out to a 4-0 lead. Donovan Rivers led off the game with an infield single, then Trey Daf-frn reached on an infield error. Anthony Bueno followed by ripping a single in the hole between first and second, with a wild throw allowing Rivers to score the first run. A runner-advancing groundout and a strikeout put New Braunfels an out away from ending the inning, but an infield error on a Rodger Mack hit scored two more runs. Courtesy runner Miguel Rodriguez stole second and advanced to third on an error. Designated hitter Bryan Arnold stroked a single to left to pick up the fourth run. SM COUGARS, Page 12ANew Braunfels’ Daniel Cantu scrambles back to the bag as Canyon first baseman Chris Amrhein applies the tag a little too late in the third inning of Saturday’s game. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)Double plays help SY earn a split with Copperas Cove By JOE BELK Staff Writer The Smithson Valley Ranger defense lei the first game of a Saturday doubleheader slip away, then recovered with three second-game double plays as the Rangers gained a split with visiting Copperas Cove. Despite an outstanding pitching performance by Jason Long, the Rangers fell 6-1 in the opener. Smithson Valley earned a split with an 8-6 victory in Game 2, surpassing the Bulldogs after a five-run first inning. Jason LaRue homered in both games for his sixth and seventh shots of the year. The junior matched his career high set in both of his first two years, and now has 21 total varsity home runs. LaRue’s round-tripper was all Smithson Valley got in the first game, however, as the Bulldogs broke a 1-1 tie with a two-out error in the sixth and added four more unearned runs in the seventh. “It was a good ball game until we broke down defensively,’’ Smtihson Valley Coach Keith Brown said. 'It's good to see the kids come out and beat a team like that — they're a good 5A team. We split with a good 5A team.' Ranger Coach Keith Brown “You’ve got to play tougher with two outs than any other time. It’s a common thing that people tend to let down.” After issuing a first-inning home run to Cove prospect James Ritchey, Long gave up just five singles and one walk during a complete game. The walk came in the sixth inning, and was followed by two singles which loaded the bases. Mike Wilburn’s grounder was then misplayed as all runners reached safely, giving Cove the winning run. Three seventh-inning errors helped allow four more runs to score, with the Bulldogs building a comfortable lead in the top of the final frame. Brown said he was very pleased with Long’s pitching performance. “He’s just fearless, even against a good 5A ballclub like that,” he said of the sophomore. “He gets up there and throws strikes.” Except for the one walk. Long only built a three-ball count to one batter — the leadoff hitter of the game. Copperas Cove continued where it had left off at the end of the first game, scoring five first-inning runs to start Game 2. Smithson Valley made its only two errors of the second game in the first inning before bearing down defensively, and inexperienced pitcher Mike Pfeiffer balked home two runs and allowed another on a wild pitch before settling down in the second and third. “We might have found a little something there — he’s just a junior,’’ Brown said. Because the pitching staff needed some rest, the coach asked for volunteers to throw the second game. He got several, but chose Pfeiffer because “he kind of throws like a pitcher,’’ he said. “He did OK, considering he’s never pitched a varsity or a J V game.’’ Pfeiffer pitched well in the second and third innings, allowing no hits. He walked two during that span, one of whom was stranded and the other being doubled up on Wes Penoloza’s unassisted double play. Ranger second baseman Penoloza snagged a line drive on a hit-and-run play, then easily beat the runner back to first for the force-out. Meanwhile, Smithson Valley had gotten four of the five-run deficit back with three in the first and another in the second off Ritchey. With two outs and Penoloza on first. John Belcher walked and Matt Gawlik singled to left to load the bases. Ritchey walked Mark Ramsey on five pitches for an RBI base on balls. A wild pitch allowed Belcher to score, before a walk to Fernando Moreno again loaded the bases. Sm RANGERS, Pag«12A Unicorns catch Kerrville Tivy on R&R After Kerrville Tivy tied Smithson Valley 0-0 last week, the Antlers felt it was time for a vacation. Actually, it was Kerrville’s spring break, and the Tivy coach told Unicom Coach Sam Snyder that the Antlers had neither practiced nor played the entire week. Snyder had no reason to doubt him, as the Unicorns cruised to a 5-1 victory over visiting Tivy Friday night, with New Braunfels up 4-1 by halftime. Ezell Sanchez scored two goals for New Braunfels, as three other Unicorns also found the net. The victory kept New Braunfels even with district-leading Smithson Valley in the loss/tie columns. New Braunfels, with three games left to play, has two losses, and Smithson Valley — which has two contests remaining — has one defeat and two ties. “We’ve got to win all three,’’ Snyder said. “We control what we’re going to do, which is absolutely the best way.” New Braunfels, Smithson Valley and San Marcos can earn a playoff spot if they win out, and the Unicorns and Rangers are assured of the district title if they win their remaining games. The Unicorns play at Smithson Valley in the final game of the regular season March 19. Snyder believes his team is getting into form for the important contests ahead, with Friday’s Tivy game being a superb team effort. “Right now, we’re playing really well as a team,’’he said. The Unicorns outshot Tivy 32-8, and the Antlers did not pack everyone on defense the way they had in the tie against Smithson Valley. “They played us pretty aggressively, which I was quite happy to see,’’ Snyder said. “There’s nothing more boring than someone playing for a tie. They played aggressively from the start, it wasn’t anything like they got behind and then started playing.’’ The Antlers did have the game tied on two occasions before New Braunfels pulled ahead. Sanchez scored the first goal of the game, knocking in the rebound of his own shot. The ball had bounced off the Antler keeper’s hands, and Sanchez put in back in from about six yards out. Tivy then tied the game, with a 17-yard shot that came into the goal at a bad angle for Unicom keeper Corey Sanderford. New Braunfels recaptured the lead in timely fashion, with Danny Rios scoring his first varsity goal after being moved up from the J V. Randy Willard made a spectacular save to keep a ball from going out the end line, and made a back pass to Rios — who headed it in to the net. “It was an excellent pass,’ ’ Snyder said, “ll was a heads-up play by Randy and Danny, too.’’ The Unicorns added some insurance in the final IO minutes of the first half. Gilbert Silvas dribbled the ball approximately 40 yards before nailing a 12-yard shot. New Braunfels made it 4-1 on Adam Lagunas’ goal. After a shot following a comerkick was deflected, Lagunas punched in the rebound from close range. Seven minutes into the second half, Sanchez tallied the only goal after intermission with a penalty kick. Snyder said the Unicom defense also played very well, led by their consistent sweeper. “Andy Gallegos is real important to our team,’’ he said. “He very rarely makes a major mistake.’’ The coach also complimented the play of fullbacks Will Zech, Chris Keeler and Jason Edler, as the defense only allowed eight Tivy shots. The Unicorns play at Clemens and against Lockhart next week before the showdown at Smithson Valley. “(Clemens is) still playing hard, it looks like,’’ he said, stressing that the team cannot look ahead. Snyder said he was pleased up to this point with the way the team has responded down the stretch. “I think we’re playing together very well as a team,’’ he said. “We’re not really letting pressure build up on us. I don’t think we’ve really looked tight. That’s the type of play we need — confidence without cockiness, and no undue pressure placed onus.” Canyon completes season sweep of Boerne By JOE BELK Staff Writer Canyon continued its tear through the second round of District 27-5A soccer play Friday, dominating visiting Boerne 4-0. Four different Cougars scored as Canyon outshot Boerne 39-4 and never allowed the Greyhounds to control the ball for any significant length of lime. “Our kids are playing good soccer," Canyon Coach Danny Bueno said. “It’s a shame we weren’t playing this way to start the season — we could have caused some damage." The Cougars improved their district record to 5-7-1, passing both Clemens and Tivy to move into fifth place. After an 0-4 start. Canyon is 5-3-1 in 27-5A play. The victory over Boerne constituted the team’s first season sweep of the year, as Canyon's first win was at the Greyhounds' home field in the first round. In the rematch, Canyon scored on its first shot of the game, but the goal was disallowed on an offsides call. The Cougars then converted their second chance of the evening for an early lead. Rodrigo Rodriguez punched in a rebound from in front of the net, as Bm CANYON, Fag* 1i A Ranger rout Smithson Valley s Jason DikJy (3) scored two goals Friday night as first-place Smithson Valley bounced back from three consecutive sub-par performances to rout winless Lockhart 9-0 at Ranger Stadium. For more details on the game, see Page 11 A. (Photo by Erik Karlsson) ;