New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 2, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
JIRyan’s 7th no-hitter his ‘most overpowering’
ARLINGTON (AP) — His head hurt, his back hurt, his heel hurt and his middle finger hurt.
Then sickly 44-year-old Nolan Ryan hurt the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday night with the most dominating of his seven carcer no-hitters in a quartcr-ccntury big league carcer. Ryan’s 3-0 victory for the Texas . Rangers was accomplished with % mile an hour fastballs, 86 mph changeups, and 80 mph curves. He struck out 16 and walked only two in * * cutting down the major league’s best .t hitting team.
Not bad for an old man in baseball years who told Pitching Coach Tom House before the game: “My back ' * hurts, my heel hurts and I’ve been pounding Advil all day. I don’t feel good. I feel old today. Watch me.” House watched along with 33,439 fans as Ryan allowed the Blue Jays to ; hit only eight balls fair.
.* . Ryan said he had never had better stuff during any of his other nohitters.
“I never had command of all three pitches like I did tonight,” Ryan said. “It was my most overpowering no-; , hitter.”
The only danger came in the fifth inning when Manny Lee hit a Texas
Leaguer to short center that gold glover Gary Pettis caught shoctop high.
“I was concerned and the only time I was worried but I knew Gary had a good chance because he was playing
shallow,” Ryan said. “It was good to have a gold glover there on that
Catcher Mike Stanley thought the no-hitter was over.
“I just hung my head and had a few choice words,” Stanley said. “I definitely thought it was a hit.”
Ryan struck out Roberto Alomar on a 93 mph fastball for the final out.
“Hell, I’ve known that kid since he was a two-year-old toddler,” Ryan said. “I knew him when he wanted to be a pitcher.”
Ryan was so caught up in the excitement he actually had a big swig of champagne in the dressing room before he iced his arm and got on his exercise bike.
“This was the most rewarding nohitter of them all because it came in front of my fans on Arlington (Half-Price) Appreciation Night,” Ryan said. “My career is complete now. I got one for the fans in Arlington. You just hope you can get in a position to do something like this, but I would have been real disappointed if it got away.”
The non-Arlington citizens who paid full fare didn’t mind.
It was the first no-hitter ever pitched in Arlington Stadium by a
Rangers pitcher. Ryan threw his sixth no-hitter last year in Oakland with 14 strikeouts when he became the oldest pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter at the age of 43.
Toronto Manager Cito Gaston kept shaking his head in the Blue Jays dressing room. “God gave him a great arm and to see him pitch like that is just amazing,” Gaston said. “When Ryan pitches two things can happen. You can lose. Or you can be no-hit.”
The Blue Jays were leading the majors in hitting with a .276 average before the game.
“It was like he was pitching against a Little League team,” said Texas General Manager Tom Grieve. * 'They didn’t have a chance.”
Ryan, baseball’s all-time strikeout king, was listless in the bullpen during warmups.
“I didn’t think I’d be out there very long,” said Ryan, who was pitching on four days rest instead of the normal five days between starts. “But once the game got started everything fell into place. Suddenly I got strong.” Ryan threw 122 pitches, 83 for strikes, and never allowed a runner past first base, walking Kelly Gruber and Joe Carter on full-count pitches.Henderson breaks Brock’s mark
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lou Brock’s record *as just a step on Rickey Henderson’s run into base-stealing heaven.
Twelve seasons into his career, Henderson broke Brock's all-time record for career stolen bases with his 939th steal in the Oakland Athletics* 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees Wednesday.
“I just want to keep stealing bases,” said Henderson, who figures 1,200 is a cinch and 1,500 is possible if he stays healthy. * 'I want to steal so many that I put (the record) out of sight.”
Fbr a man known for his speed, Henderson took a lot of time writing the final two entries into the record book. Coming into the season, he needed three stolen bases for the record, which finally fell in the A’s 21st game, more than three weeks after Opening Day.
"I’ve never had it this tough getting two bases,” Henderson said. “They were the toughest of my career. I don’t know why. It didn’t seem like I would ever get them.”
After pulling within one of Brock’s record, Henderson was thrown out four times and picked off once before he Could wrestle the record away.
“It was one of those days everything he did was right,” Carter said. “He struck out three guys in the second on curves, but didn’t throw mc one curve for a strike. He threw the changeup. Awesome.”
It was the 26th time in his carcer he had struck out 15 or more batters in a career. Ryan, 3-2, pitched his 60th shutout and his 305th victory tied Eddie Plank for 17th on the all-time list.
Toronto’s Jimmy Key, 4-1, was the
victim of Ryan’s no-hitter. Ruben Sierra’s two-run homer in the third inning was all the help Ryan needed.
“No-lan, No-lan,” the crowd chanted as Ryan was hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates with another no-hitlcr, giving him three more than any other pitcher in history. Sandy Koufax had four. Ryan also has 12 one-hitters.
He saluted the crowd with his by now characteristic overhead wave.Sports
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Spurs facing elimination after 109-106 loss to GS
OAKLAND. Calif. (AP) — Make it two in a row for the little guys. the outside shooters, the Golden State Warriors.
It was the bigger San Antonio Spurs who were backing away.
The Warriors, employing a lineup using four guards, defeated the Spurs 109-106 W ednesday night to take a 2-1 lead rn the first-round playoff series.
“We have a size advantage,” said Spurs center David Robinson, who led San Antonio with 27 points. “But it’s senseless when you have a size advantage to try and take a fadeaway We’ve got to drive and pick up more fouls or something ”
The Warriors won their second straight from the Midwest Division champs behind Milch Richmond, Sarunas Mara idioms and a great shooting touch.
Richmond scored 27 points, including mne in the decisive fourth-quarter surge, and the Warriors’ biggest basket down the stretch
With the score ued 85, the Warriors outscored San Antonio 15-4 over a 4!A -minute span, taking a 100-89 lead when Richmond hit a 3-pointer as the 24-second clock expired with 6:37 to play.
After San Antonio fought back to within 106-103, Richmond, freed by a pick, then hit an 18-footer with 1:03 to play for a 108-103 lead.
"I wasn’t surprised we called it,” Richmond said. “It’s a good play. The players thought it up in practice. It gives us good mouon. We needed a basket It’s called ‘36 ’ Play 36.”
Marc i idioms scored 21 points of! the bench, 12 in the second half, including four during thai fourth-quarter run.
"I thought Sarunas played better rn the firs: two games, * but he scored a lex more points tonight,” Warriors Coach Don Nelson said. “He was injured for half the season, and couldn't do the things he is capable of He’s playing at the top of his game right now. He's a world class player "
. Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway added 22 points apiece Hardaway scored 20 of his points in the first hall, and Mullin scored IO of his in the third quarter
“We played even better than we did in San Antonio,”
NB, Mac matchup to be set todayNBA
All Timas COT FIRST ROUND (Baat-of-5)
Wednesday, May 1 Boston 112, Indiana 105. Boston toads santa 2-1 Golden State 10S San Antonio 105. Golden Stats toads aedes 2-1 Thursday, May 2
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Nelson said. “We got big rebounds when we had to and
we got the big shots.”
The Warriors shot 65 percent in the first half, 57 percent for the game, and still had to hang on in the final seconds. Golden State even outreboundcd the Spurs 36-35.
“We were staying with them,” Robinson said. “We were thinking ‘They can’t feel good about shooting 60 percent in the first half and only being up by six points.’ “They just wanted it more. I think they would’ve
beaten a lot of teams tonight.”
The loss leaves the Spurs in a position where they have to win Game 4 Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum Arena to stay alive.
“Our backs are against the wall,” Spurs forward Terry Cummings said. “I’ve been there before and I’ve come out fighting ... They outplayed us (rn Game 3). We allowed them to dictate the flow of each of the last two games. We have to play our game and not get into a run-up-and-down game they like.”
The Spurs put themselves rn position to win with a strong third quarter
Down 58-44 in the second quarter, the Spurs finished off dieir comeback with a 12-2 spurt in the third quarter capped by Scan Elliott’s two free throws tying the score at 75 with 4:59 left.
By TOM LABINSKI Sports Editor
The dates sites ami limes of New Braunfels’ d» district baseball playoff aeries with San Antonio MacArthur art to be announced today.
Unicorn Coach Peter Garza and MacArthur Coach Paul Lindy wert to meet in New Braunfels this afternoon lo work out die de un is
Although no formal agreement lias
been reached, Garza said he and the Brahma coach were both in favor of playing a best-of-lhree senes next week Because of new UIL rules involving playoff series, all three games would have to be played in the same weekend.
Likely dales, Garza said, would be May 10-11.
MacArthur was die champion in District 26-5A with an 8-2 record
The Brahmas are 18-3-1 on the season
going into the playoffs.
New Braunfels finished as the runner-up in District 25-5A with an 8-4 mark Tile Unicorns are 13 11 on die season and qualified for the playoffs tm the final night of the season with a victory over Seguin, coupled with East Central’s upset loss to San Marcos.•, Deadline today tor aand volleyball league
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is * offering a summer co-ret sand volleyball league The fee is 185 per lean
I The league will be limned to eight teams and the registration ends today Al games will be played on Meal % day evenings beginning next week
For more information or lo register, call die Lands Recreation Center ai 620-PLAY.
NEALL echeduie* Fun Day on Saturday The New Braunfels American Little league Pun Day will take pace on Saturday from V iii) until 3 pm a the league’s fields The event is tree lo the public and will include food and games Teain pictuies will be taken and ai 2 pm diere will be a slow-pitch softball game between die T bah maria gen and the baseball managers
Rangers athletic banquet Monday
The Smidisoci Valley High School All Sports banquet will be held at 6*30 pm Monday rn die high school coai mons Ail addcies will be honored and abietic awards and
scholarships will be presented,
Tickets for die banquet cost $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 11 and younger. Tickets arc on sale at the high school off ice, from booster members, and will be sold at die door T ile public is invited to anend.
For more information contact Athletic Director Joe Maiuiich at 885-7273 Unicorn banquet aet for May 9 TTie New Braunfels High School All Sports Booster Club will sponsor its annual spring banquet on May 9 beginning ai 6 p m ai die Civic Center. Ticket prices are $5 per person and die dress is casual Tickets are available at the Unicom Food Man on Loop 337, or can be obtained by calling Lew Sirnrnonds at 625-6271, Jan Wingate at 629-0212 or Linda Schwab at 625-8177.Water Works exercise class offered
Water Works exercise classes are scheduled at the luanda Park Olympic Pool from 7-8 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 9-10 a m. on Saturdays
Call 625 4416 for more information.
BURNET — New Braunfels and Canyon joined 18 other high school swim teams last weekend in compel mg rn die 26th annual invitational State Swimming and Diving Champ Kinships rn Burnet Competing against each oilier as well as the clock, swimmers from as far away as Lubbock vied for stale honors.
New Braunfels fielded a team of IO girls and three boys, while Canyon entered five boys.
Jamie Sheridan arid Hilary Frock now of New Braunfels both reached the second-day finals by finishing among die top six in the preliminaries Sheridan placed fourth in die 200 yard freestyle prelims and bel tercd dial by two places in die finals with a second place finish with a lime
of 2:17.48. She also placed ninth in die 50-meter butterfly.
Procknow placed fifth in the 50 •meter backstroke prelims and was fifdi iii die finals. Site also placed lOdi rn die 100-yard individual medley.
Sheridan arid Procknow joined T ara Dcbncr and Jennifer Sc lurch in die 200 medley relay arid placed fifdi rn die prelims and sixth in die finals.
'Hic Canyon boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay learn of Matdiew Flume, Steve Hanna, Jared Kosson and Joel Brenton squeezed out a sixth place finish in die prelims to advance to die finals with a time of 1:55.11 They repealed dial sud) place finish in die finals with an almost identical lune.
Odicr point getters included die New Braunfels girls’ 200 yard frees lyle relay team of kcbckkali Mo*
cheau, Heather Surckhorsi, Stephanie I areas and Kami Hill, which placed seventh. Jennifer Schoch placed 12ih in die 50 backstroke.
Justin Smith of New Braunfels swam a strong 32 68 in the 50 breasts boke to lake ninth, while Joel Brenton of Canyon placed lOdi in die 200-yard freestyle arid was I lib in the IOO yard freestyle with a personal best lime of 1:02.05.
Strong performances were also turned in by Tun Meztger of Canyon rn die SO and IOO yard freestyle!, Jason Chew of New Braunfels in die 50 fly and die HK) individual medley, David Stock and Justin Smith in die 50 free, Michele Rosales rn die 50 breast and Amy Henke in die IOO yard freestyle.
Pictured above are the local finalists at the state swimming championships: Jamie Sheridan, Hilary Procknow and Jennifer Schoch of New Braunfels, and Joel Brenton, Jared Rosson, Steve Hanna and Matthew Flume of Canyon Not pictured is New Braunfels’ Tara Debner.
Local swimmers reach state finals