New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Heights sneaks by Unicorns in extra innings
By DOUGLAS PILS Hsrsld-Zdtung
In a fashion that typified the 1993 season, the New Braunfels Unicorns dropped a 3-2 extrainning decision to Alamo Heights Tuesday night to end the year 11-13 overall and 6-8 in District 28-4A.
The Unicorns left the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth innings, abd had the tying run at second in the eighth, but could not get the opportune hit. Head Coach Neal Miller said not finding a way to get the timely hit hurt the team all season.
“We played pretty well, we just didn’t hit the ball,” Miller said. “We sprayed the ball around a little bit, but we didn’t hit it at the right times. We had guys on base and didn’t get the hits.
That’s kind of been the story of our year. We’ve had some games
where we’ve gotten a bunch of runs on a few hits, but then we’ve had tons of baserunners and we couldn’t get any hits. It’s been kind of a mixed up year.”
New Braunfels went into the bottom of the seventh down 2-0 after Robert Aderhold tripled and scored in the fifth and Charlie Tassos scored on a Bruce Lansford single in the top of the seventh.
Jeff Gonzales started the rally with a single and, after a strikeout, Jeff Juarez singled to put runners at first and third. Gonzales scored on a wild pitch and Brent Borgfeld hit a sacrifice fly to bring Juarez home for the tying run. J aye Garza followed with an infield single, but a strikeout ended the inning.
The Mules retook the lead in the top of the eighth after Mike Hardy doubled and Tassos sin-
Robles drives in three for 4-3 win
Cougars edge SY to end season
By DOUGLAS PILS Hertld-Zeitung
At a time when emotions could have led to a bad situation, which at times it was in the stands, Canyon and Smithson Valley played above the hoopla Tuesday night for a classic in the Comal County rivalry.
The Cougars (15-12,8-6) slipped out of 1993 with a 4-3 victory when Ranger right fielder couldn’t quite get to Marty Robles’ blooper to shallow right, allowing Danny Ortiz to score the winning run from second base.
However, the game itself will long be remembered as a battle of wills and a testament to the fact that a good old-fashioned rivalry brings out the best in everyone.
Until the fifth inning, the game was marked by the strong pitching of Canyon’s Trey Daffin and SVs Jason Long and some defensive gems.
Cougar catcher Jake Williford threw out the Rangers’ speedy Clinton Hqjek to negate a first-inning walk. First-baseman Lance Berkman made a nice over-the-shoulder catch of a pop-up by Long and in the fourth shortstop Brett Zaeske took a bad hop to throw out Dusty Lowery and went deep in the hole to catch Long by a half-step.
For the Rangers (6-18, 2-12), Long snagged a bunt pop-up by Robles to start a double play in the first and Brad Staats saved a run in the third. With Todd Mitchell running for Williford at third base, Staats let a pitch dribble about 15 feet from home plate. As the senior catcher went after the ball, Mitchell broke for the plate, but Staats was back in time to apply the tag.
All of this led up to a combined six-run fifth inning. Daffin had only faced one batter above the minimum and Long (3-7) had only faced three more than he had to, two of which were hits by Johnny Schaas.
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Sal Diaz beat out a two-out, infield single in the bottom of the inning and Gonzales blooped a single to left. Albert Villarreal missed being safe on a dropped third strike by a step to end the game.
For the second straight game, the Unicorns led off the game with an abundance of youth — seven sophomores. Miller said he was pleased with their performance and looks forward to next season.
Gonzales led the New Braunfels at the plate, going 2-for-4. Jesse Morales and Juarez were l-for-3 and Diaz and Garza were l-for-2.
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strikes. He walked four straight, including Matt Ramsey to walk in Jonathan Herring for the first run. Daffin was pulled with a no-hitter and he was behind 1-0 with the bases loaded.
“I came out tonight jokingly saying I wanted a no-hitter, but I just didn’t want to walk anybody,” Daffin said. “When it rains it pours. Once I lose it, I can’t find it again. I was trying to throw strikes as hard as I could, but it was almost impossible. I’m just glad we won."
Marty Robles (3-3) came on to face sophomore Jason Troncale with the bases loaded. Troncale hit a high chopper to Thomas Cannon at second. The ball was too high to make a play at the plate as Staats scored and there was no play at first, as Berkman had moved over to make a play on the grounder. Mark Moreno followed with an almost identical hit for an RBI to score Brad Smith, but Berkman stayed at first to record the out.
Down 3-0, Cannon led off the bottom half with a single. Canyon put runners on first and second when Troncale couldn’t handle a throw from Herring on a possible double play ball. Two pitches later, Ortiz lined a long single off the wall in left field scoring Cannon.
Daffin grounded out to advance the runners to second and third,
Canyon junior Lance Berkman stretches for a ball at first base In the Cougars' 4-3 win over Smithson Valley Tuesday night. Photo by Karla Wenzel
and Robles lined a single past the mound to score Mitchell and Ortiz.
Ortiz led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk, Daffin moved him over with a sacrifice bunt and Robles blooped the first pitch.
Robles ended his Canyon playing days with three RBls and the win to even his mark at 3-3.
“Trey was doing a great job ... he just lost his control a little,” Robles said. “I came in and just put the ball in play. Overall, I thought it was great effort by the team. I just threw strikes and
kept the ball low with the wind blowing out of here to keep the runs down."
Smithson Valley head coach Keith Brown said his team came prepared to play.
“Jason came back and pitched another game, that’s 14 innings," Brown said. “He did a heck of a job. I hate to lose to those guys. I’m proud of the kids. We played as hard as we could possibly play and we were ready to play.” Canyon head coach Ralph Behrend said the game was a
good example of how even the district was this season.
“It was a typical ballgame for this district," Behrend said. “I think this district is as even as I’ve seen one in a long time. Smithson Valley played us tough and everybody played tough. There was probably only two or three ballgames all season where somebody blew someone out. The rest of the time it was tough baseball.
“We finished on an up-note, so we’ve got something to build on.”
All-comers track meet
Tim Hooker is putting on an all-comers track meet for all ages May 22 at Unicom Stadium on the New Braunfels High School campus. This is the first year Hooker has put on such an event and he hopes that the event will become the New Braunfels City Championships. There will be eight different age groups, starting at 5 and under going up to 40 and over. There will be a $3 entry to the stadium and once inside competitors can compete in as many events as they want.
The field events, long jump, high jump and shot put, will begin at 8 a.m., with the running events starting at 9 a.m. The running events will run in this order: (meters) 60, IOO, 1,500,800,200,400 and the 3,000. Those IO and under will start the high jump at 8 a.m., with those ll and
over scheduled to start at IO a.m. The shot put competition will begin at 8 a m. for those 13 and over and a IO a.m. for those 12 and under and vice versa for the long jump. Medals will be awarded to all first places, with ribbons being awarded for the next places. For any questions call Tim Hooker at 620-6902.
Smithson Valley High School Summer Basketball Camps
Coach Bill Mackay of Smithson Valley High School is conducting two weeks of summer basketball camps for the boys and girls of Comal I.S.D. Separate morning (9* noon) and afternoon (1-4:00) sessions will be offered to different grade levels at the high school gymnasium.
The first camps will be held June 7-10, with grades 3-4 in the morning and 5-6 in
the evening. The second camps will be held June 14-17, with seventh and eighth graders in the morning and ninth graders in the evening.
These camps will stress individual and team concepts of offense, defense and transition. A particular emphasis will be placed on shooting and individual offensive skills.
The cost is $25 per camper and enrollment will limited to 48 during each session. This will ensure an 8:1 teacher-to-athlete ratio and maximum repetition. Locker room facilities will be available, although each camper must provide his/her own workout clothes, gym shoes, locks and towels. Applications can be picked up at Smithson Valley High School and must be turned in by May 24. For any questions call Bill MacLeay at the high school at 885-7273.
Fifth Annual River City Summer Slam Basketball Camp
Camp coordinators Cliff Wilkins, New Braunfels head coach, and Kenny Rotzler, Canyon head coach, are making plans for the Fifth Annual River City Summer Slam Basketball Camp to be held June 1-4 at Canyon High School. Boys and girls currently in grades 2-5 will meet from 9 a m. to noon, while those in grades 6-8 will have an afternoon session from 14 p.m.
The pre-registration cost for the camp is $50, which includes the camp, a free official outdoor/indoor basketball, T-shirt, written evaluations and awards for competitions. Applications are available at each campus in New Braunfels and Canyon schools. Questions can be answered by calling Cliff Wilkins at 625-6271 at NBHS or 620-0326 (home).
Basketball in May, life after sports
Is it me, or is it just a little harder and harder each year to get motivated for basketball in May?
With baseball, the NFL draft and the Stanley Cup playoffs going on, basketball is just not, in the words of a famous staff writer, “emotionally equitable.” I realize that money plays a big part in this lunacy, but are 20 extra regular season games worth of beer and concession revenue really worth all of this?
The Knicks will beat the Pacers. The Bulls laughed at the Hawks and right now that’s all that matters. The way the Western Conference is playing hot potato with momentum, the Knicks and Bulls might as well be the championship series.
But wait, we have to waste our time on a seven* game series before we even get to that and another for the actual championship.
Hockey is not much better with its long season, but nobody really cares about the NHL until it comes down to Cup time anyway.
How about those Penguins?
It dawned on me this morning that last night’s baseball finales brought to a close the sports careers of many high school athletes around the state. Knowing from experience, this is a very disheartening feeling.
Never again will these young men be so dependent on a team of peers to survive and to succeed. That’s a scary moment when you finally stand back from what you’ve trained to do for the better part of six years. It’s time to step out on your own and face the cold, hard truth — 95 percent of you are not going to play college athletics.
That’s the dream of every kid who ever slips on a uniform. Most have already realized that, but some will fight it There are those that will beat the odds and make it with a team, but those are the fortunate ones.
For the majority, it’s time to start thinking about what to m^jor in and whether to live on or off campus. (Trust me on this, off campus is the only way to go.)
I didn’t realize it when my 1600-meter relay team finished fifth instead of the anticipated second at that district meet many eons ago, but the years I spent in athletics prepared me to go out and succeed. You don’t want to think about adults being right when you’re 18, especially that coach in eighth grade who gave you licks.
The value of hard work and diligence is measured in yards, points and hits in high school sports. Those two qualities jump ten fold if you carry them with you to whatever you do — college, work, it doesn’t matter.
Tuesday night I watched class acts like Jason Long, Brad Staats, Marty Robles and their friends end their high school careers — and start the rest of their lives.