New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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A Smithson Valley outfielder throws the ball in towards the infield during the Rangers’ most recent win over Holmes.
And both teams have a quality starting pitcher — the key to winning high school softball games — that are tough to beat.
Smithson Valley has freshman Taryn Munoz (16-1) and Bryan has sophomore Lisa Gorzycki (25-2).
‘They're (Bryan) the defending state champs and they have an outstanding pitcher (Gorzycki) who has signed with A&M,” Daigle said. “She’s the key to their team, both offensively and defensively.”
But Gorzycki struggled in her most recent outing against Tbmball in the Region II Final. She gave up the most runs (6), hits (8) and walks (7) in a game since the start of her career.
‘I don’t think the game’s going to be that high scoring at all,” Daigle said. “I don’t expect us to get many against her. Defense will be the key to this game.
That would seem to favor Smithson Valley, who is very solid in the field. This past Thursday during the Region TV-5A Final against Holmes, senior leftfielder Abbey Uballe made two spectacular catches in the Rangers’ 3-0 win.
“Defensively, we’ve got to keep them off the bases because they’ve got great team speed.”
But in order to have a lead to protect in the field, the Rangers will have to be able to score runs off of All-State pitcher Gorzycki. Gorzycki has allowed 42 hits, walked 21, struck out 271 batters and has 20 shutouts in 170 innings so far this season.
“She’s got an excellent changeup and we’re going to have to find a way to not look bad on that pitch,” Daigle said. “We’ve got to be patient and make her throw strikes. If we can put the ball in play, maybe force a few things, that will help us.”
Smithson Valley has been her before. They faced a rather intimidating pitching foe in Jill Weynand (31-0) in the state championship game
DISTRICT 27-5A HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL STANDINGS
REGION IV-5A AREA CHAMPIONSHIP Wednesday, April 30
SVHS 5, San Antonio Churchill 0 REGION (V-5A QUARTERNALS Wednesday, May 7 SVHS 3, Austin Bowie 2
REGION IV-5A SEMIFINALS Friday, May 16 SVHS 9, Corpus Christi Carroll 1 REGION IV-5A FINALS Thursday’s game SVHS 3, San Antonio Holmes 0 STATE 5A SEMIFINALS Friday’s game Smithson Valley vs. (Fort Bend Elkins or Bryan), 5 or 8 p.m. at McCombs Field in Austin.
STATE 5A CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday’s game
State semifinal winner vs. state semifinal winner, 8 p.m. at McCombs Field in Austin.
this past season.
“A lot of these girls may never be here again and I want them to enjoy this moment and just relax,” Daigle said. “I think the thing about the University of Tfexas Fields and all the people that are going to be there, is that its going to be tough to handle for a young team. But we’re both young and experience will play a role.”
The game could go either way. Flip a coin. Youth versus youth. Great pitcher versus great pitcher. The only thing left is to play the game.
National League At A Glance All Times CDT East Division
Pittsburgh (Benson 4-5) at Chicago Cubs
(Clement 2-5), 7:05 p m
Houston (Robertson 2-3) al St. Louis (Ton*© 2-
3). 7:10 p m
Los Angeles (Ishu 4-1) at Colorado (Cook 1-4),
8 05 p m
Milwaukee (Franklin 3-4) at San Diego (Peavy
4 4), 9 05 p rn
Arizona (Kim 1-5) al San Francisco (Schmidt 4-
1). 9 15 p m.
Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, I 20 p.m. Cincinnati at Atlanta, 6 05 p m.
Montreal at Florida, ti 05 p.m.
N Y Mets at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.
Houston at St Louis, 7:10 p m.
Los Angeles at Colorado, 8:05 p m.
Milwaukee at San Diego, 9:05 p m.
An/ona at San Fiancisco, 9:15 p.m.
American League At A Glance All Times CDT East Division
Sunday s Games
Atlanta 3, N Y Mots I Montreal 5, Philadelphia 3 Florida 6, Cincinnati 2 Pittsburgh 8, St Louis 7 Chicago Cutis 7, Houston 3 Los Angeles 5. Milwaukee I Colorado 5, San Francisco 1 An/ona 9, San Diego 5
Monday s Games Cincinnati /, Atlanta 6, 11 innings Pittsburgh IO, Chicago Cubs 0 San Francisco at Colorado. 2:05 p m Montreal al Florida, 3 05 p m Houston at St Louis, 3 10pm San Diego al Arizona, 3 35 p m Tuesday s Games Montreal (I Hernandez 4 2) at Florida (Teiera 0-3), 6 05pm
N Y Mets (Letter 4-2) at Philadelphia (Wort 5-2), 6 05 pm
Cincinnati (Haynes 0-4) al Atlanta (Reynolds 4 I), 6:35 p rn
Minnesota 3, Seattle 1
Detroit 6. Cleveland 5 Boston al N Y. Yankees Chicago White Sox at Toronto
Anaheim (Sete 1-2) at Baltimore (Ponaon 5-2), 6:05 p.m.
Boston (Chen OO) at N Y Yankees (PeWtte 4
5). 6:05 p.m.
Cleveland (Bere OO) at Detroit (Comedo 3-3), 6:05 p.m.
Chicago While Sox (Colon 5-3) at Toronto (Hat(aday 5-2), 6:05 p.m.
Texas (Lewis 3-3) at Tampa Bay (Reyes OO), 6:15 p.m.
Oakland (ZUO 6-3) at Minnesota (Rogers 4-1),
Seattle (Garcia 30) at Kansas City (George 5-
3). 7:06 p m
Oakland al Minnesota, 12:05 p m Cleveland at Detroit. 12:05 p m Seattle at Kansas City, 1 06 p.m.
Anaheim at Baltimore. 6:05 p m.
Boston at N Y Yankees. 6:06 p m Chicago White Sox at Toronto, 6 06 p m Texas at Tampa Bay. 6:15 p m.
Thursday’s Qarnee Texas at Baltimore 605 p.m.
Chicago White Sen at Toronto, 6:06 p m. Anaheim at Tampa Bay. 6:15 p m.
Seattle at Minnesota. 7:06 p.m.
Oakland at Kansas City, 7:06 p m.
Los Angeles Minnesota San Antonio
1.000 1/2 10OO 1/2 1.000 1/2
Sunday s Games No games scheduled
Monday's Games No games scheduled
Tuesday's Game Lob Angeles at Cleveland. 7 pm
Wednesday's Games Los Angeles at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
San Antonio at Phoenix. 9 p.m.
Major I Hague Soccer At A Glance All Times CDT Eastern Division WL T Pts GF GA 5
Women's National Basketball Association At A Glance
Toronto 5, N Y. Yankees 3
Cleveland 6. Boston 4
Chicago White Sox 8, Detroit 5, 12 innings
Baltimore 13, Texas 10
Anaheim 6, Tampa Bay 1
Oakland 4 Kansas City 3, IO innings
AH Times COT
Metros tars New England Columbus Chicago O C. United
San Jose Kansas City Los Angeles DaNas Colorado
San Jose Kansas City Lo6 Angeles Dallas Colorado
11 9 4
Western Division WL T Pts GF GA
4 0 2 14 IO 5
3 1 4 13 15 12
0 3 4 4 5 9
0 3 3 3 5 9
0 5 1 1 3 13
WL T Pts GF GA
4 0 2
IO 5 15 12
NOTE: Three points tor victory, one point tor De
Metros tars 2, Dallas 1 New England 3, Columbus 2 Kansas City 2, Los Angeles 1
► Nowitzki unlikely to play in Game 5
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki can’t exactly describe how his sprained left knee feels.
He just knows it doesn’t feel how it should.
So even though the Dallas Mavericks’ leading scorer and rebounder says it’ll be a gametime decision whether he plays Tuesday night against the San Antonio Spurs, he added that it would take a drastic improvement for him to be on the court for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.
“I don’t really have pain. It doesn’t really hurt. But I can feel that something is not right with my knee,” he said Monday. “If I have that again tomorrow. I’m not going to play.
Mavericks coach Don Nelson was hoping Nowitzki would at least be able to play 3-on-3 Monday. He couldn’t, partly because he pushed himself too hard on Sunday.
Nowitzki worked out before Game 4 in hopes of making it into the lineup just two days after being injured. But he wasn’t able to run or jump, so he watched San Antonio’s 102-95 victory from a seat near the Dallas bench.
► Florida State gets top seed
(AP) — Florida State is in a familiar position as the top-seeded team in the NCAA tournament. This time, the Seminoles hope to end the season with a win at the College World Series.
Florida State was selected Monday as the first of eight national seeds in the 64-team Division I college baseball tournament for the second straight season.
The winners of each regional will advance to the super regionals, played June 6-9. The eight winners of the super regionals will play in the College World Series, which starts June 13 in Omaha, Neb.
lire other national seeds are: Louisiana ♦State (40-19-1), Georgia Tech (44-16), Auburn (40-19), Rice (48-10), Stanford (41-15), Cal State Fullerton (43-13) and Miami (39-14-1). By being national seeds, the teams are assured of not playing each other until they reach the College World Series.
► Reds 7, Braves 6 (ll)
ATI ANTA (AP) — Pinch-hitter Adam Dunn came through with a grand slam in the lith inning, leading the Cincinnati Reds past the Atlanta Braves 7-6 Monday to snap a four-game losing streak.
It was Dunn’s 18th homer this season, most in the majors.
*. Helped by left fielder Jose Guillen’s two-run -error, Atlanta got three in the lith to cut the lead to 7-6. Chipper Jones drove in a run with an infield single, but Felix Heredia struck out Aiulruw Jones with a runner on to end it.
► Red Sox 8, Yankees 4
NKW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox banged around the New York Yankees Monday, winning 8-4 and sending New York to its eighth straight home loss.
The start of the game was delayed I hour, 42 minutes by rain, and Roger Clemens’ hope of becoming the only pitcher to win his 3(X)th game in Yankees pinstripes was dashed.
Clemens (6-3) remained winless. He slowly trudged off the mound after Tbdd Walker’s single chased him in the sixth inning. Clemens fanned nine strikeouts to raise his lifetime total to 3,985.
Nom ar Garcia pa rra extended his hitting streak to 26 games and Walker drove in three runs as Boston increased its AL East lead over the Yankees to 2 1/2 games.
► On IV
Indy 500 Recap, 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Indy 500 Celebration Banquet, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves, 6:30 p.m. on TBS.
Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs, 7 p.m. on WGN.
Baseball Tonight, 11:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NBA Playoff Pregame, 8 p.m. on TNT.
Western Conference Final Game 5, Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30 p.m. on TNT.
Inside the NBA, 11 p.m. on TNT.
NBA 2Night, 11 p.m. on ESPN2.
LPGA Golf Coming Classic, Third Round, 10 a.m. on GOLF.
European PGA Golf Volvo Championship,
Final Round, 12:30 p.m. on GOLF.
Sportscenter at the Memorial Tournament, 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Golf Academy Live, 7 p.m. on GOLF.
Pro Hockey Sportscenter at the Stanley Cup, 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 1, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m. and 2 a m. on ESPN.
French Open, Early Rounds, 7 a.m. and 11 a m. on ESPN and ESPN2.
NCAA Men’s Championship, 1 p.m. on ESPN.
The barely legal point guard and the rangy 6-foot-6 shooting guard have made all the difference for the Spin's in a transitional season that has evolved as less of a goodbye to David Robinson than an unexpectedly warm welcome for two players whose skill level is a bit astonishing given their ages.
“Maim is incredibly athletic and agile for his size. He can knife to the basket, and thats a rare gift for someone his size,’ Dallas guard Steve Nash said.
Ginobili, 25, is also a deft distributor and shooter with legitimate NBA 3-point range.
During tin* preseason, veteran Spurs guard Steve Kerr asked for a scouting report on Ginobili, whose play during the World Championships helped Argentina to a second-place finish. Ginobili sat out almost all of the gold medal game because of a badly sprained ankle from a collision with Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki.
Kerr, skeptical after seeing Ginobili hobble through his first practices, was told Ginobili is a slasher who might not have NBA 3-point range.
“Yeah, I haven’t seen that yet,” Kerr said.
He has now. - •
Ginobili was 3-for-5 on 3-pointers and had 17 points at halftime Sunday to keep the
Spurs close against the desperate, Nowitzki-less Mavericks.
The range, the slashing and the passing are only part of the package. Theres flair, too. Ginobili’s reverse dunk in the second quarter brought astonished appreciative gasps from the Dallas crowd.
If Kobe Bryant’s marvelous baseline reverse in Game 5 of the first round against Minnesota was to be judged a IO, this was an 8.5 or a 9 — with an extra half-point added for being a rookie.
Ginobili also had a rebound putback to beat the third-quarter buzzer, putting the Spurs up 77-70 entering the fourth quarter.
“Every game Tbny, Manu and (Stephen Jackson) get in the playoffs really helps because they don’t have that much experience,” said San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, who will coach against Ginobili this summer as an assistant to Larry Brown when the United States attempts to qualify for the 2004 Olympics.
Ginobili will play for Argentina, which defeated the U.S. team in Indianapolis last summer to become the first nation to defeat an American team comprised of NBA players.
Could Argentina do it again — even with Bryant, Tracy MeGrady and Allen Iverson on an upgraded U.S. roster?
“You never know,” Ginobili said.
But that debate is for later, when several of the Mavs and Spurs will represent someone else.
Parker will play for France as it tries to qualify for Athens, facing Nowitzki’s team from Germany, a Spanish team led by Pau Gasol and a Turkish squad that includes Hedo TVirkoglu and Mehmet Okur
U.S. center-by-default Tim Duncan of the Spurs will play in the qualifier in Puerto Rico, as will Steve Nash of Canada.
Ginobili and Argentina teammate Pepe Sanchez of the Detroit Pistons say they have a couple of young forwards who will make everyone forget they ever heard of Hugo Sconuchini. (For those who haven’t heard, Sconochini was the victim of an uncalled foul at the buzzer that cost Argentina the gold medal last summer vs. Yugoslavia).
That talk, though, is all about last summer, this summer and next summer, with the NBA Finals coming first. One more win, and Ginobili and Parker will be there representing the San Antonio Spurs.