New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
SV goes for sweep
Rangers at Moody in 5A region series.
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Katie Kirk sings the •national anthem.SPORTSSaturday, May 14,2005 — Herald-Zhtung — Page 5A
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SEATTLE SUPER SOIMCS VS.
SAN ANTONE) SPURS
(Radio: WOAI-AM 1200) Sunday
San Antonio 103, Seattle 81 Tuesday San Antonio 108, Seattle 91 Thursday Seattle 92, San Antonio 91; Spurs lead series 2-1
Sunday, May 8 San Antonio at Seattle, 6 p.m. (TNT)
Freebies hurt SA in loss to Sonics
SEATTLE (AP) —Antonio Daniels made his free throws and his former team didn’t. Now the Seattle Supersonics have seized the momentum in their series against the San Antonio Spurs.
Ray Allen scored 20 points despite shooting O-for-6 in the final period and Vitaly Potapenko forced Tim Duncan into a missed 4-footer at the horn, lifting the Sonics to a 92-91 win over the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night.
The Sonics pulled to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Sunday in Seattle.
Daniels, a reserve guard, scored IO of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and added eight rebounds while going 12-of-12 from the foul line. He made all four of his free throws in the fourth, when San Antonio shot 8-of-16 from the line.
See SPURS, Page 7A
Texas A&M netter Walker wins sportsmanship award
By Will Wright
COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M women's tennis coach Bobby Kleinecke recently presented New Braunfels' Lauren Walker with the Aggie Heart Award for her contributions to the team this season.
Walker, a senior civil engineering major, played in the first three matches of the season but missed the next seven after having knee surgery. The
Aggies missed their team leader and struggled to a 1-6 mark during her absence, losing the doubles point in each match. Driven by her competitive spirit and passion for the sport, Walker came back and played No. 2 singles and No. I doubles while leading the Aggies to a 13-4 record following her return.
"Lauren is most deserving of this award because of her complete dedication to the team, and the way she came
back from surgery in unheard of time,” Kleinecke said. “Her work ethic every day.. .she is a perfectionist, and she doesn’t do it for herself. She does it for the team.
“This award is voted on by the coaches and is not necessarily given out each year, so that makes it very special to
Walker was named to the all-Big 12 team in both singles and doubles, finishing 9-1 in conference singles match
es and 7-3 in doubles with partner Anna Lubinsky. The duo is currently ranked No. 49 in the nation.
Canyon MS track places
The Canyon Middle School girls track team participated in the Dobie relays April 28. The eighth grade girls won the meet; the seventh grade girls took second.
Establishing school records were Brittani Hackfeld in the shot put (40-10) and the
eighth-grade 800 relay team • of Erin Esposito, Jasmine Ramirez, Katie Korioth and Breanna Estrada (1:53.75).
Other team members taking home blue ribbons were Felicia Lombardo (shot); Tori Wiemers (discus); Nicole Lev-ermann and Lisa Bingham ’ (high jump); Kayla Brown and Tara Key (pole vault) and Katie Korioth (800).
Also, the eighth-grade 400
See AREA, Page 6A
By Will Wright
SAN ANTONIO — Smithson Valley moved on to the regional quarterfinal round of the Class 5A state baseball playoffs with its second 8-4 • victory over SA Taft in as • many days at Wolff Stadium. * Joe Pawelek’s three-run . double highlighted a four- . run sixth for the Rangers (23-7), who will move on to face the SA Highlands-Corpus Christi Carroll winner. Those teams, tied I-all in their best-of-three series, play at I p.m. today in Corpus Christi.
In spite of a sore shoulder, Bryant Sparkman (9-2) struck out nine batters and gave up only two hits through five innings. Brandon Hill hurled the final frame in relief.
“Taft was definitely pretty good,” said Smithson Valley coach George Proctor. “They definitely made things very difficult for us. We had to scrap for every run we could get.”
Proctor wasn’t happy the Rangers committed four errors, but was pleased with the offense. They scored two runs in the first and another in the fourth.
Corey Thompson was 3 for 4 with a triple, and Cody Beyer, Casey Pyle and Reagan Moczygemba were each 2 for 4 for Smithson Valley.
Taft, the District 27-5A champion, ended its season 15-14.STATE SOFTBALL, BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
SOFTBALL CLASS 5A REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS
Smithson Valley (26-3) vs. Corpus Christi Moody (20-ID)
(best-of-three series) Friday: Smithson Valley 10, CC Moody 0 (6)
Today: 5 p.m. at Cabaniss Field, Corpus Christi (third game to follow, if necessary)
BASEBALL CLASS 5A AREA
(best-of-three series) Smithson Valley (23-7) vs. SA Taft (15-14)
Thursday: SV 8, Taft 4 Friday: SV 8, Taft 4 (Smithson Valley advances)NBA PLAYOFFS
western conference ;
Skidding Astros lose late to San Francisco, 4-2
HOUSTON (AP) — Kirk Reuter threw seven strong innings and pinch-hitter Jason Ellison homered in the eighth Friday night, leading San Francisco to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros, Giants manager Felipe Alou’s 900th career win.
Reuter (2-2) allowed one run and six hits and walked two. For the third time this season, Reuter didn’t record a strikeout but benefited from two double plays.
Tyler Walker pitched the ninth for his third save in four opportunities.
Ezequiel Astacio (0-2) start
ed and went five innings, allowing two runs, one earned, and three hits for the Astros, who have lost four straight and IO of ll.
Alou has a 900-866 won-loss record in 13 seasons with the Montreal Expos and Giants. He becomes the ninth active manager with 900 victories.
With the bases loaded in the first inning, Edgardo Alfonzo drove in one run when he grounded into the hole and shortstop Adam Everett threw to first baseman Jose Vizcaino who attempted to tag Alfonzo. The
ball popped out and a second run scored on Vizcaino’s error.
Everett hit a bases loaded single in the second inning to close the Giants’ lead to 2-1.
Leading off the eighth inning, Ellison hit an 0-2 pitch from reliever Chad Qualls to make it 3-1, and Marquis Grissom’s single to center drove in another run in the inning to make it 4-1.
Orlando Palmeiro had an RBI single in the eighth for Houston.
Notes: Houston’s Erie Bruntlett flied out in the fifth
to drop to 0-for-13 this season, the most at-bats without a hit in the majors this year. ... Giants are 17-3 all-time at Minute Maid Park.... Ellison’s home run was the first of his career as a pinch hitter and the first pinch-hit homer this season for the Giants.
Duckworth sent down
HOUSTON — The Houston Astros sent right-hander Brandon Duckworth outright to Triple-A Round Rock Thursday.
See ASTROS, Page 6A
By Will Wright
AUSTIN — Canyon’s Robert Worley literally had the time of his life Friday at the University Interscholastic League’s state track meet.
The sophomore led down the stretch of the Class 4A boys 800 meters at UT-Austin’s Mike A. Myers Stadium, only to be nipped at the wire by Livingston’s Patrick Wiggins.
“I feel pretty good — I feel thankful and blessed,” Worley said following the race. “It felt pretty good about getting second, but first would have been a whole lot better.”
Worley finished in a personal-best 1:55.33—just .04
See WORLEY, Page 6A
By Will Wright
SMITHSON VALLEY—For four innings, the Smithson Valley softball team was offensively impotent against a surprise pitcher. Once the Rangers began scoring in the final two frames, they couldn’t stop.
The Rangers scored all they needed in the fifth and sixth innings for a 10-0 run-rule victory over Corpus Christi Moody in the first game of their best-of-three playoff series Friday at Ranger Field.
Jessica Romero went 3 for 4 at the plate and ace Taryn Munoz hurled another gem, fanning 13 for Smithson Valley (26-3), which plays the Trojans (20-10) again today in Corpus Christi. The first game will be at Cabaniss Field at 5 p.m. with a third, if necessary, immediately following at the same site.
Friday’s game began with the Trojans tossing a curve ball, as Krystal Martinez started in place of Moody ace Leah Velasco. Martinez did a good job of placing her pitches and holding the Rangers to two hits through the first four frames.
“It kept us a little bit off-balance, but it’s probably more my fault because I didn’t have us comfortable up there,” Rangers coach Wayne Daigle said.
Martinez would lead with a high pitch and continue pitching to the outside of the plate. As a result, the head-swinging Rangers got the ball out of the infield only twice in four at-bats. Daigle said once the Rangers figured out the strategy, they caught fire.
“She did a smart job,” Daigle said of Martinez, “But
Smithson Valley's Brittany Arredondo lays down a bunt during the early innings of the Rangers' 10-0 run-rule victory over Corpus Christi Moody in the teams' Class 5A area playoff series, which resumes today in Corpus Christi.
the other one (Velasco) has more pitches and will throw the ball harder.”
Smithson Valley left runners in scoring position in the second, third and fourth. IWo were stranded on third.
"We’ve got kids who can put the ball in play," Daigle said. “We forced them a little bit and they wound up putting the ball in the dugout. TVvice I had (leadoff batter) Brittany (Arredondo) go for bunts when I should have had her swing away.
“But even in spite of my coaching, we won anyway.” Smithson Valley got it
going in the fourth. KAylen Skinner led off with a single, but pinch runner Megan Whisler was forced on Casey Thompson’s fielder’s choice. Arredondo was called out on strikes, but her final swing was ruled a foul ball.
That opened up the can. After four consecutive fouls, Arredondo’s hard grounder was misplayed at short. Brooke LaKue walked to load the bases, and Domino Salazar ripped an 0-2 offering past third to plate Thompson for a 1-0 lead.
Romero's double to right field brought in Arredondo
and LaRue. An error at second — the Trojans’ fourth of the game — on Megan Tlirk’s grounder, scored Salazar and Romero to make it 5-0.
Meanwhile, Munoz was rolling. After giving up an early double and a second-inning single, she retired 12 straight, and fanned eight in a row. She finished with 13 strikeouts and a two-hitter.
In the sixth, Skinner’s bloop single, a walk to Thompson and Arredondo’s infield bunt single loaded the bases. LaRue tripled to score
See SOFTBALL, Page 7A