New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 8A HeraU-Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, May I, 1991
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With the ball, the bat and a catcher s mask all flying in the air, New Braunfels’ Greg Over- Seguing Chris Rogers was out on the play as his bunt was fouled off for the third strike turf goes after a foul ball in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game at Unicom Field (Photo by Erik Karisson)
By TOM LABINSKI Sports Editor
While New Braunfels’ Lorenzo Saucedo was busy pitching his second consecutive three-hitter in four days, 20 miles to the north San Marcos was busy earning its way onto the Unicorns’ Christmas card list.
The combination of New Braunfels’ 5-1 victory over Seguin and San Marcos’ 9-5 upset win over East Central clinched a playoff berth for the Unicorns as the runner-up in District 25-5A.
“We get to go one more week. That s good," said Coach Peter Garza “It’s good just to be in the playoffs "
New Braunfels will be making its fourth consecutive appearance in the post-season, and will play District 26-5A champion MacArthur in the bidistnci round Details of the game or series are being worked out today.
The Unicorns finished 25-5A play with an 8-4
mark, with East Central — which swept its two games with the Unicorns — winding up third at 7-5.
In another upset in a district game on Tuesday night, first-place Hallandale lost to McCollum to finish just a game ahead of New Braunfels.
“lf we had won last Tuesday (against East Central), we wouldn’t have had to win tonight just to have a chance at getung in, and we could have been tied for the district championship,” Garza said.
Saucedo, who pitched a three-hit victory at McCollum on Friday afternoon, raised his record to 4-5 with the victory Tucsday night.
“He wasn’t as sharp as he was on Friday, but then he only had three days of rest, and that makes a lot of difference," Garza said, “lf we had thrown just one pitcher a bunch like a lot of schools do, he might have been sharper Of
course, by this time of the year he’d be pretty tired, too.’’
The left-hander struck out eight and walked three, and allowed only an unearned run in the fourth inning.
“He kept everything out in front of him and didn’t get into a lot of trouble. He also did a good job (defensively) of covering his arca,” Garza said.
The Unicorns scored four runs in the second inning on two Seguin errors and four base hits off Matador starter Matt Picklcman, who had tossed a three-hitter himself in a 4-3 nine-inning victory over New Braunfels on April 8.
“One thing that helped us was that they threw Picklcman at us again,’’ Garza said. ‘The kids were excited about that because they felt like they should have hit him the first time."
Picklcman exited before the second inning
had ended, and although reliever Kris Kirchncr allowed just three more hits in the final 4V4 innings, the damage had been done.
New Braunfels scored its first run in the opening inning as Brian Martinez doubled to the right-field comer and scored on Joe Faulkner's single to left.
Wes Schricwcr led off the four run second inning with a single to straightaway center and then stole second Raoul Romero hit a one-oui infield single to advance the runner, then Schricwcr scored on Martinez’ bunt single.
Designated hitter Grant Hodges drew a base on balls to load the bases before Romero scored when Faulkner reached on an infield error. Greg Ovcrturf collected two RBIs with a two hop
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Lockhart downs the Cougars to clinch a playoff berth
Loc khan clinched a share of first place and a playoff berth Tuesday night with an 11-2 triumph over host Canyon
The Lions finished rn a ue with Hays atop the 26-4A standings with a 7-3 mark, but will represent the distinct as the runners-up because they lost both games iv Hays this season.
Luckhan will meet Austin Travis in the first round of the playoffs, while the Rebels will face Austin Westlake
Canyon finished its season with a 9-J6 record The Cougars were 2-8 in district play.
BJ. Wheeler raised his record to 9-1 for Lockhart with the win on Tuesday by pitching a five-hitler
“He basically just kept the ball in play.” said Canyon Coach Ralph Behrend “He threw strikes and didn’t walk a batter, and that was the key. He didn’t strike out but two"
Lockhart knocked starting pitcher Bryan Arnold off the mound in the second inning after building a 5-0 lead
The Cougars pushed across a run in the third, beginning when Diorucio Torres singled and advanced to second on an error in center field He scored on a Junior Rodriguez single.
The Lions scored three runs off reliever Trey Daffm in the fourth and three more in the sixth before Rodger Mack pitched out of a jam lo end the
Canyon scored its final run of the season in the sixth, on Mack’s run-scoring double. Anthony Bueno, who reached on an error, crossed die plate on Mack’s hit.
The Lions recorded IO base hits and drew IO walks in the game.
“Lockhart just hit the ball well and played well," Behrend said. “We never really had much going ”
The Cougars finished the season with five seniors — Donovan Rivers, Chris Steubing, Michael Wibracht, Rodriguez and Arnold — but Behrend said he was pleased with his team's improvement at the end of the season.
“We got good pitching from Johnny (Schaasj, and Rodger pitched well the last few games The pitching’s improved, but we’re going to have to hit the ball better,’’ he said.
Canyon lost IO of ll games in the middle of the season after starting the year with a 6-4 mark. The Cougars finished the campaign by winning two of their last four games.
Behrend pointed to the Cougars' 13-9 victory on Friday over Schertz Clemens as to what the team could accomplish when it was more selective at die plate.
“We were more disciplined and patient, and thai helped us out. Wlien
we’re patient, we hit the ball," he said. “In the Clemens game, we wanted to play well and we did play well."
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Smithson Valley earned its 16th victory of the year Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough to help the Rangers prolong their season.
Despite a 9-2 victory over Schertz Clemens, Smithson Valley was eliminated from the playoffs when Lockhart defeated Canyon 11-2. With the win over the Cougars, Lockhart finished in a tie with Hays for first place in District 26-4A title with 7-3 records. Hays wins the district championship by virtue of having swept the Lions in their season series.
The Rangers finish in a tie for third place with Bastrop at 6-4.
“The guys tried as hard as they possibly could," said Smithson Valley Coach Keith Brown, who added he was nervous his team would not be able to recover mentally from a 5-4, nine-inning loss in Bastrop on Friday which put the Rangers on the verge of el imitation.
“It was a real letdown after that game, but the kids came back and practiced hard on Monday and played hard tonight. That says a lot for the them,” he said.
Smithson Valley began Tuesday’s game in a shaky manner, committing two errors in the first inning as Clemens took a 2-0 lead.
But the Rangers came back in the bottom half of the first for three runs, two of which came on pitcher Matt Gawlik’s two-run homer, his third of the season.
Smithson Valley’s two seniors, Fernando Moreno and John Belcher, both hit solo home runs as the Rangers padded their lead. Moreno hit his in the second inning to give Smithson Valley a 4-2 advantage, then Belcher hit his round-trippcr in the fifth to put the Rangers on top at 7-2.
Buffaloes pitcher Mike Sledge, who was the winner in Clemens’ 7-4 victory over Smithson Valley in Schertz, was knocked out of the game in the third inning. In all, the Rangers had nine base hits, but walks also hun the Buffaloes.
“Every time they walked somebody, we’d make them pay," Brown said. “When we got a walk, we look advantage of it."
Gawlik pitched a two-hitter in raising his record to 8-1 on the season.
“His curveball looked belier than it has the last couple of games. He had good velocity on his fastball, too,” Brown said.
Gawlik finished the game by retiring 17 of the last 19 batters he faced.
“He got in a groove and hit all of his spots," Brown said.
The Buffaloes’ offense can not be taken lightly, he added, despite the team’s last-place finish.
“Their first four batters, (Mark) Wcilcr, (David) White. (Scan) Alvarez and Sledge are just as good as anybody elsc’s top four batters," he said. “TTicy can be a dangerous team."
Although the Rangers failed to earn their first playoff berth since moving
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San Antonio hoping Saturday’s loss serves as a wake-up call for the team
OAKLAND. Calif (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs are a division champion in the NBA playoff’s danger zone.
lf they lone lorn gin lo die Golden Stale Warr tors, a learn that finished barely over 500 in the regular season, the Spurs will find themselves fighting for survival in Game 4 Of Ute first-round series Friday night. Both games are on the Warriors' home court
"I think tile Saturday game was an awakening for us,” said San Antonio forward Sean Elhou, looking back ai what tie saw of Ila: Spurs' 111-98 loss in Game 2 that evened the best-of-5 Western Conference series Elliott missed tile second half of Game 2 af ter suf fering a broken nose, btu lie’s expected lo Man tonight.
M die teams splu die two Oakland games, they’ll play die deciding game ut San Antonio on Sunday.
Hie Warriors made die Spurs what diey are, Midwest Division cliamps, by knocking cdf Utah on die final day of the regular season Widi two more efforts such as Saiur day’s, the Warriors believe, (heyTI make Sari Antonio an early playoff dropout
"You lur vc to play perfect basketball in the playoffs, unless you’re Portland or Chicago,” said T im Hardaway, referring to two other division champions.
Note the orrussion of San Antonio *'Oi Saturday, we played a perfect game,” Hardaway added
Yet the Warriors’ Mig Three of Chris Mullin, Milch Richmond and Hardaway all shot under 50 percent from
the floor and totaled 63 points, almost 20 under their combined average, in thai game. The bench performances made the difference, especially Saruuas Marciuliorus scot mg 16 point* and die defensive work of Tom Tolbert and Tyrone Hill on Spurs center David Robinson.
"You can’t win with five guys,” said Rod Higgins, another Golden State reserve. "Detroit has proven that. ... In die playoffs, you have lo stretch it to your bench to win games,"
’’The bench lias done a great job for us in dos series,” Warriors Coach Don Nelson said “I dunk they’re gelling us 36, 37 points a game, and we couldn’t have written it any belter ”
He noted dial several bench players, including Merrill-iionis arid Tolbert, were missing during some of die season because of injuries
Marciuliorus, lite Lidiuanian in his second NMA season, has scored 34 points in 49 minutes of playing time over die first two postseason games He missed 29 regular season games.
"When I got injured, I had lime lo study my game,” lie said “J dunk ii helped I know belter how lo fit my game into die motion offense ”
Nelson said, "He’s been a huge factor offensively (in die playoffs). They just haven’t been able to handle him.”
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