New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Saturday, May 7, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A
NB tennis player J.C. Smith.
COMING SUNDAY aj
SY tennis* Caleb Carter going to state.
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Sonics at Spurs
San Antonio hosts Seattle to start the teams'second-round series Time: 7 p m.
(IIL tournament time
NB, Canyon and SVathletes at state tennis and golf tournaments in Austin Time: all day
SV softball eliminates Carroll, 3-0
By Will Wright
SEGUIN — Taryn Munoz was nearly perfect on the mound Friday for Smithson Valley, as she finished with 16 strikeouts and a one-hitter in the Rangers’ 3-0 Class 5A area softball victory over Corpus Christi Carroll.
Munoz (19-3) was “on fire tonight,” according to Rangers coach Nathan Braun. “It was beautiful.”
The Rangers (25-3) will take on Corpus Christi Moody in a regional quarterfinal series next week. Game one will be 7 p.m. Friday at Smithson Valley, with Game 2 to be staged at Cabaniss Field in Corpus Christi at 5 p.m. Saturday. A third game, if necessary, will follow Game 2.
Brittany Arredondo singled and scored the first run of the game against the Tigers (20-16) in the fourth. Megan lurk, who was 3 for 3, and Casey Thompson scored in the fifth for the Rangers.
Arredondo was I for 2 with a pair of walks; Jessica Romero had a triple in the seventh for Smithson Valley, which finished with seven hits.
Berkman returns, but Braves beat Astros
ATLANTA (AP) — John Smoltz’s back was aching, but it sure didn't show on the mound.
While Atlanta roughed up Roy Oswalt, Smoltz allowed only two hits in five innings for his third straight win, leading the Braves past the slumping Houston Astros 9-4 Friday night.
lohnny Estrada hit a three-run homer and six of his teammates also had RBIs. The surging Braves — they’ve won ll of 14 — outscored Houston 18-7 in the first two games of the four-game series.
Smoltz (3-3) strained a muscle in the middle of his back while coughing a few days ago. He thought the pain had gone away, but it returned while he warmed up before the game.
The right-hander still managed to retire the first IO hitters and give up only run before coming out after the fifth — long enough to qualify for the win.
While the injury wasn’t thought to be serious, he’s willing to sit out his next start at Colorado if the back is still bothering him.
The Astros knew they had squandered a chance to produce some runs against the hard-throwing right-hander.
“Smoltz didn’t look unhit-table,” manager Phil Gamer said.
Oswalt (4-3), a 20-game winner last season who beat AUanta in the deciding fifth game of the division series, gave up IO hits and nine runs — including a career-high seven earned runs — in a grim five-inning stint.
See ASTROS, Page 7A
Medina Valley ousts Canyon
SV baseball marches on
Rangers begin best-of-three area playoff series against SA Taft Time: 7:30 p.m.
Panthers’ 5-1 win ends series
By Will Wright
SCHERTZ — Once again, the Canyon Cougars seemed in the wrong place at the wrong time. And this time it ended their baseball season.
Medina Valley’s 5-1 victory Friday at Clemens’ Buffalo Field closed out the Cougars in the teams’ best-of-three Class 4A bidistrict series. The Panthers (25-3) move on to face Austin McCallum in the area round, while the Cougars are left to ponder “what if.”
Friday’s game was a microcosm of the Cougars final seven games that each wound up as a loss, though not by much. Canyon (15-9), which managed only three hits, couldn’t get the right hit when it needed to. The Panthers did.
“I’m very disappointed,” Canyon coach Peter Garza said. “I think we’re a better ball club than we have shown in not just this series but in the last half of district.
“In the last half of district we just weren’t the same ball club. And I can’t explain it.”
Going into the series, Canyon had Medina Valley’s respect.
“Anytime you can go through that district 5-0 in the first round, you’re playing some good ball,” said Medina Valley coach Carl Keller, referring to Canyon’s start in District 27-4A. “A lot of one-run ball games, extrainning games and tough losses. So we sure didn’t take them for granted.”
Canyon’s 7-3 loss to the Panthers Thursday laid the groundwork for Friday. Medina Valley starter Mason Rihn (7-1), who got the save Thursday, hurled his team to a 3-1 lead before he was spelled by his brother, Corey, in the fourth.
That inning, Ricky Gomez scored for Canyon on a two-
Canyon's Shawn Thompson goes high to avoid the tag of Medina Valley third baseman Will Kemph Friday during the Cougars' 5-1 loss to the Panthers in the second game of the teams' Class 4A bi-district playoff series at Schertz Clemens.
base throwing error. But Corey Rihn retired IO of the last 12 Cougars to earn the save.
“We don’t have a bonafide ace,” Keller said. “Mason, who’s only a sophomore, struck out four in two innings last night, and we just wanted to check his arm today.”
While Medina Valley rode the elder Rihn into the next round, Canyon’s Jerris Springfield (6-3) pitched a respectable game. After surrendering four straight hits
to start off the game, the junior finished by striking out seven and allowing five more hits the rest of the way.
“We started the season with something to prove,” a disappointed Springfield said. "We ended it thinking we couldn’t be beaten.”
Canyon turned in some defensive gems down the stretch. Offense was another matter. Balls held up by the wind were caught. Hard liners went into the gloves of the Panthers infielders. When it
did get a break, it came with two outs, and even then the Cougars couldn’t score.
J.P. Ramirez and Shawn Thompson singled with two outs in the fifth. Both were stranded after Cameron Henk’s sharp grounder was smartly fielded by Medina Valley shortstop Miguel I lop-kins.
The Panthers scored two runs in both the third and fifth, when Sal Tijerina’s triple
See BASEBALL, Page 6A
Unicorns laud sports achievements
During the New Braunfels High School All-Sports Banquet Thursday evening at the Civic Center, seniors were awarded top athletic awards. From left, Alicia Stoll, outstanding female athlete and All Sports Booster Club scholarship; Quinn Koelfgen, Gary Simon Award and True Blue Award; Daniel Phipps, All Sports Booster Club scholarship; Ryan McGinley, outstanding male athlete; Shane Schamaun, 12th Man Award; Sean Hill, Iron Man and All Sports Booster Club scholarship; and Tracey Whitley, True Blue Award. Not pictured is Karisha Gibbs, All Sports Booster Club scholarship.
STATE SOFTBALL, BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
CLASS 4A AREA
New Braunfels (20-9) vs. Elgin (23-6)
Friday: Elgin 1, New Braunfels 0 (9); Elgin 7, New Braunfels 1
CLASS SA AREA Friday
Smithson Valley 3, Corpus Christi Carroll 0
Smithson Valley (25-3) vs. Corpus Christi Moody
(best-of-three series) Friday: 7 p.m. at Smithson Valley
Saturday, May 14: 5 p.m. at Cabaniss Field, Corpus Christi (third game to follow, if necessary)
(best-of-three series) Canyon (15-9) vs. Medina Valley (25-3)
Thursday: Medina Valley I, Canyon 3 Friday: Medina Valley 5, Canyon I
(best-of-three series) Smithson Valley (21-7) vs. SA Southwest (14-13)
Thursday: Smithson Valley 9, Southwest 2 Friday: Smithson Valley 0, SA Southwest 0
Wildcats’ sweep ends Unicorns’
By Rick Breland
ELGIN — The New Braunfels Unicorns softball team saw their season come to an end Friday with two losses at Elgin in the area round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
The Unicorns lost the first game I -0 in nine innings. They fell in the second 7-1. It ended a disappointing season for the Unicorns (20-9), who lost five of their last seven games.
“We didn’t generate enough hits tonight,” said New Braunfels coach Alex I lollingsworth. “Therefoie we couldn’t put any runs on the board. That’s something Elgin was able to do in both games.”
New Braunfels had six hits in the first game and finished with three in die second. Elgin pitcher Katie Garnett (21-0) won both games — hurling all 16 frames for the Wildcats (23-6), who move on to face Medina Valley in the regional quarterfinals.
Quinn Koelfgen (17-8) and Andi Juarez (2-1) pitched for New Braunfels. Koelfgen gave up 11 hits and had six strikeouts in the first game. Juarez surrendered IO hits and four runs in the nightcap before being relieved by Nicole Sanchez in the fifth.
In the opener, a bunt by Elgin’s Julie Sini with the bases loaded scored Sarah Rogers in the ninth inning.
In the second game, New Braunfels went up I -0 in the second inning when I lannah Bostic scored on a throwing error after a single by Alicia Stoll. Elgin answered in the third with a run.
In Elgin’s half of the fifth, three straight singles were followed by Garnett’s three-run double, breaking the game open.