New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 10 Herald Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas_Friday, May 10, 1991
New Braunfels’ Raoul Romero beats out an infield hit as Seguin pitcher Matt Picklemann, covering first base, drops the throw from the first baseman in last week's district-ending game. The Unicorns host MacArthur tonight in the first game of a best-of-three series. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
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Playoff veterans meet in best-of-three series
By TOM LABINSKI Sports Editor
Two teams with a rich baseball tradition square off in a best-of-three bidistrict playoff series beginning tonight when New Braunfels host San Antonio MacArthur.
MacArthur, which enters today’s 7:30 p.m. Game I with a 19-3-1 record, has made the playoffs in four of the last six years and was a state finalist in 1987. Whether this year’s team can match that success is the big question now, said Brahma Coach Paul Lindy.
“It’s hard to compare this year’s team with thai one. The ’87 team was a good, solid ball club, but also one that played better and better once they got into the playoffs,” he said.
Led by an offense which has scored 178 runs, MacArthur began this season in torrid fashion, and was ranked as high as No. 2 in the state. But the hits started to turn to outs, and the Brahmas began to rely more heavily on their pitchers and their defense to win games.
“We started off the year scoring a lot of runs and hitting the ball well, but that has sort of tapered off,” Lindy said. “Now we’re not getting as many hits, but we are gelling timely hits.”
Despite its rn ini-offensive slump, MacArthur still has only two players in the batting order hitting less than .339.
“There’s a lot of balance throughout tho lineup, and that’s really helped,” Lindy said. “We’re not a one-man team or a two-man team, but we do have two or three guys in the lineup who could carry us in any given ball game.”
Junior right fielder Mario Gallegos leads the Brahma attack with a .444 batting average. Sophomore second baseman Marc Perez, a .344 batter, has driven in a team-high 29 runs.
Lindy said defense was a key for MacArthur in going undefeated in the
second round of District 26-5A play. The Brahmas turned 21 double plays over the season, tying district runner-up Judson for the most of any team in the San Antonio area.
But perhaps the biggest reason for Mac Arthur’s success has been the pitching tandem of Adrian Mendoza and Jeremy Tyson.
Mendoza, who will be the starting pitcher for tonight’s game, has the area’s best record of 10-1 with an ERA of 1.40. The senior has pitched seven complete games.
“Adrian has been the big surprise for us this year. He’s pitched very well,” Lindy said.
Tyson, who was 7-4 and all-district last ye:*r as a sophomore, is 9-2 this year with a 1.88 ERA.
“Adrian and Jeremy complement each other real well. Both are very, very similar. They’re both good fastball pitchers,” Lindy said.
Mendoza’s counterpart on the mound tonight will be Lorenzo Sauccdo, who is 4-5 on the eason but has won three of his last four games.
“I thought he’d be the logical one on (Friday) night. We’ll throw him first and Grant (Hodges) can be in relief if necessary," said New Braunfels Coach Peter Garza.
Hodges — 7-3 on the year — will sun Game 2, which will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday at Blossom Field in San Antonio. Game 3, if necessary, will begin 30 minutes after the con
clusion of the second game.
Both coaches have indicated their shortstops, Brian Martinez for New Braunfels and Dave Page for MacArthur, would be the starting pitchers for Game 3.
The Unicorns — making their fourth consecutive playoff appearance — clinched second place in District 25-5A only after East Central lost its finale in San Marcos, but feel they are up to the task of challenging MacArthur, said Garza.
“I think it’s going to be a competitive game. I really feel we’re as equal as they are. When it comes down to the playoffs, I think everybody is pretty much equal,” he said.
The key, Garza said, may be in keeping the coolcd-off Brahma batters from regaining their confidence.
“The one thing we need is for them not to get hot because some of their players have been in kind of a slump. They’re all good ball players, and some of them have been hitting well lately and then some have dropped off. They have three or four who have really been hitting the ball, but we can’t afford to let them all get hot, and they’re all capable of it,” he said.
New Braunfels must also hope its bottom half of the batting order can get on base. While the team has six batters hitting above .300, and two at .435 or better, two starters are hitting below .200.
The Unicorns have spent the last week concentrating on defensive weaknesses, along with some offensive work on bunting, base stealing and hit-and-runs.
“We’re trying to get everybody ready. There’s really not that much new that you can do. It's just a matter of the guys keeping their timing as far as hitting and getting them going," Garza said.
Tickets for tonight’s game, and Saturday’s possible double-header, are $3 for adults and $1 for students.
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Sierra SaucedoColvin, Martinez named as New Braunfels' outstanding athletes for '90-'91
Bf TOM LABINSKI Sport* Editor
• Celeste Colvin and Brian Martinez picked up awards as New Braunfels High School’s Outstanding Athletes, as the Unicom Booster Club honored its spring athletes Wednesday night at the Civic Center
• Colvin was also named the winner of the Fighting Heart award — given to a senior who most achieves her potential — and was named Most Valuable on the girls basketball team and Most Valuable Field Event Athlete on the girls track learn
• Mamnez, the shortstop on New Braunfels' baseball learn also picked up the Gary Simon Memorial Scholarship 'Hie baseball awards will not lie announced until the pone I usion of tile season
Winning die True Blue award for being the school's unsung hero was K im Brink
Jamie Sheridan was named Most Valuable swimmer, with Justin Smith and Heather Stockhorst named Most Improved
Derek Anderson was named the outstanding member of the Unicorns’ district-champion golf team, while on the soccer team Corey Sanderford was honored as Most Valuable and Will Zech as Most Improved.
In tennis, Stacey Bruemmer and Kevin Vann were cited as having the best overall records on the disinci-champion team.
For the fall team season, Scott Fans and Laura Wilson were named Most Valuable, while Le/lee Bartram and Brev Bedford were named Most Improved. Erin Perkins and Tyler Leverett were named Most Valuable for die sea son, while Richard Bourquin received the Spirit Award
Regional qualifier Amy Cook was named Most Valuable from die district-champion girls track team, with Jessica Schwab named Most Valuable Runner. Nina Garcia won the Hoof And Heart award on the team, and Ava Kneuper was named Most Improved.
Jamie Smelser and Ixisha Fairchild, who were both district champions in their events while freshmen, were cited
for their outstanding contributions.
Ray Rayos was named as the Outstanding Varsity athlete on the boys track team, with Adam Hernandez and Charlie Starnes named co-winners of the Outstanding Field Event Athlete award.
Kyle Herman and Wes Schriewer were named cowinners of the Golden Baton award, while Orlando Perez picked up the Coaches’ Spint award. Dennis Bryan was named Most Improved on the team.
Nick Buske, who ran on the varsity, was named Outstanding Freshman
Kim Caf fey was named the Best Defensive Player on the girls basketball team, while Robin Riedel took the offensive award Nina Garcia was named Most Improved and Wendy Ort won the Most Spirited honor.
Ryan lx*hmann and Javier Esqueda were co-winners of the Outstanding Seniors award on the boys basketball team. Isabel I Bustos was named Outstanding Junior, John Drury die Outstanding Sophomore and Michael Sierra the Out
standing Freshman. In addition, Drury received the Adam Havens Team Spirit award.
Erin Motz was named Best All-Around cheerleader, while Prissy Saucedo was Most Spirited and Melinda Camarillo was honored as Best Jumper.
Chuck Henera and Jacob Williford were named co-MVPs on the junior varsity baseball team, which finished second in district.
Ali Mesa received both Most Improved and Most Valuable on die JV girls basketball team, with Lauren Schla-meus the Most Valuable freshman and Amanda Ridout the Most Improved freshman
Kenneth Kirkland was named Outstanding JV Athlete on the boys track team.
Whitney Leverett and Daniel Tharp were named Most Improved on the district-winning JV tennis team, while Jason Moore and Jennifer Barnes were Most Improved on the freshman team, which also won district.
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