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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 10, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas VICTOR SIERRA Sierra, Marion's Ford make Schoolboy Honor Roll Thursday Special H*rald-Zeltun$ Thursday, October 10,1985 Page 7A Unicom cross country team running toward 1985 goal By DAVID KING Sports editor The date isn’t burned into Fred Pink s mind, but he definitely knows when he realized that the New Braunfels boys’ cross country team was going to be good this season. “l/ast year during track season and the end of cross country season they started to come around,” said Pink, the Unicorns’ fifth-year coach. New Braunfels was a surprise qualifier for the regional meet last cross country season, and the Unicorns’ Hector Martinez was second in the 3,200 meters at the district track meet last spring. “I knew we were going to do well then,” Pink said. They have. New Braunfels’ boys have won three of their four meets this season, including last week s event at Kerrville^ Schriener College, the site of the district meet later this month. “I think they want it more than any other team I ve had,” Pink said. “They know what they’re going after. The other teams I’ve had have just run to be running, but this group has a definite goal.” The trail to that goal, the state meet, started this Ole Lasorda, Valenzeula dodge Cards I/OS ANGELES (AP) — Fernando Valenzuela made Tommy I/asorda look like a baseball genius — again. Asked why he’d chosen the recently struggling left-hander to open the National league playoffs for Los Angeles against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Dodger skipper smiled and replied: ‘‘Fernando has helped make me Manager of the Year three times.” Valenzuela, who hadn’t won a game in almost a month, shut out the Cardinals for 6 1-3 innings Wednesday night as the Dodgers took a 4-1 victory in the first game of the best-of-seven series. In tonight’s 7:35 p.m. CDT second game, I/os Angeles’ Orel Hershiser, 19-3 and winner of ll straight, faces the Cardinals’ Joaquin Andujar, 21-12, at Dodger Stadium. In the opener, the Dodgers beat the Cardinals at their own game, scratching out runs with timely hits and alert baserunning — including a two-out bunt for a run in a three-run sixth inning that gave the Dodgers a four-run lead. Valenzuela allowed seven hits, two walks and struck out six before yielding to reliever Tom Niedenfuer in the seventh. They succeeded in keeping Cardinal speedster Vince Coleman and Willie McGee off base. McGee, the NL’s top hitter at .353 this season, struck out three times. I/os Angeles third baseman Bill TOMMY LASORDA ... crucial call Madlock. not known as a threat on the bases, scored the Dodgers’ first two runs off loser John Tudor. Madlock reached first in the fourth inning on an error by St. I/Ouis third baseman Terry Pendleton, stole second, then raced home on Pedro Guerrero’s bloop single to right field. In the sixth, Madlock .started things off with a one-out double off the left wrist of the Cardinals’ fielding whiz at shortstop. Ozzie Smith. After Guerrero was walked intentionally, Mike Marshall flied out. But Mike Scioscia laced a single to center to score Madlock as Guerrero alertly took third. Then I/asorda noticed that Pendleton was playing deep at third and yelled “toque” — Spanish for bunt — at Candy Maldonado as the Puerto Rico native stepped up to hit. And I/os Angeles first base coach Manny Mota, from the Dominican Republic, made sure that Guerrero, also from the Dominican Republic, was aware of the strategy. Maldonado then laid down a perfect bunt that hugged the third-base line as Guerrero broke for home. Pendleton, nearly step-for-step with Guerrero, fielded the ball with his bare right hand, but his throw to the plate struck a surprised Tudor in the back and fell harmlessly to the infield grass as Guerrero scored the Dodgers’ third run “I knew (St. i/ouiscatcher Darrell) Porter and Pendleton didn t speak Spanish.” I/asorda said with a sly grin. Steve Sax, the next batter, hit Tudor’s first pitch up the alley in left-center for a double to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead. That hit chased Tudor, who allowed seven hits and was charged with all the Dodgers’ runs “I’ve been in baseball for a long time and I’ve never seen that bunt play before,” Cardinals Manager Whitey Herzog said. “You have to give him a lot of credit to get that bunt down with two out." Jays slice Royals, 6-5 season at Medina Valley. The Unicorns won there. They finished third behind 5A Round Rock Westwood and Yoakum at the Fredericksburg meet, but the next week beat Yoakum decisively at Yoakum’s meet And last week, the Unicorns topped Tivy, the defending district champion, at the Antlers’ meet. It marked the third time New Braunfels had beaten the Antlers this season. Tivy did not attend the Medina Valley meet In a cross country meet, each team’s top five finishers are used in the standings. A team is given a point for each position of finish (first place, one point; second place, two points; etc.), with the lowest team score winning. I/eading the New Braunfels blitz are seniors Hector Hernandez and Mike Payne, both of whom have finished in the top five at every meet this season. Hernandez is a three-year veteran of the team, while Payne is back for his second season after missing last year with an injury. The squad’s other seniors are Tod Smith, a transfer, and Bill Ball, who is running with the team for the first time. Junior members of the team are Chris Coley, Efren Maldonado and Dan Dorman. Coley and Maldonado have been with the program See UNK ORN, Page 9A TORONTO (AP) -r- The Toronto Blue Jays, with surgical precision, nave carved up Kansas City in the first two games of the American I>eague playoffs. The job has been so skillful and exact that the Royals can’t even see the blood. The Blue Jays’ 6-5 victory in IO innings Wednesday had the same characteristics as their 6-1 triumph Tuesday night. Toronto hit no home runs in either game, but the Blue Jays got solid pitching and air-tight defense while taking advantage of every Kansas City mistake — and there were plenty. We have our work cut out for us,” Royals third baseman George Brett said. “But we’ve got Bret Saberhagen going for us at home, so we’ve got to be confident about Friday’s game.” Today was a travel day and both teams scheduled workouts in Royals Stadium in advance of Friday’s third game of the best-of-seven series. The Royals will throw the 21-year-old Saberhagen, 20-6 during the regular season, against Toronto veteran Doyle Alexander, 17-10. We definitely need a win Friday night,” Saberhagen said. “It puts a little pressure on me. Going home makes it a little easier, though.” But no matter how well the Royals AL OLIVER ... winning hit do back in front of their own fans, they’ll have to come back to the shores of I/ake Ontario if they hope to keep the Blue Jays from becoming the first Canadian team to appear in the World Series ‘The off-day is going to help us more than them,” Brett conceded “They want to go out and play right now Going to Kansas City may slow down their momentum.” Momentum didn’t seem to mean a thing to the Blue Jays on Wednesday They fell behind twice and had to overcome what could have been a crippling call by the umpires but still they won. "It seems like this is a team that comes back from adversity,” said Al Oliver, the designated hitter who drove in the winning run with a two-out. two-strike single in the 10th. “I’d say this is pretty typical. “This team has a lot of talent and character and it has the ability to come back. It’s been that way ever since I ve been here ” With the score tied 4-4. Willie Wilson opened the Royals 10th with a single to center, stole second and scored on Frank Whites controversial two-out single to center. Toronto center fielder Lloyd Moseby attempted a shoestring catch of White s sinking liner and came up showing the ball in the web of his long glove. But umpire Dave Phillips, who was patrolling the right-field line, ruled that Moseby had trapped the ball "We didn’t lose, so it was an even-steven,” said Moseby, who figured prominently in the Blue Jays’ winning rally in the bottom of the 10th. Reliever Tom Henke pu ked up the victory while Dan Quisenberry took the defeat. “It was pretty quiet in the dressing room,” Quisenberry said “There were a few four-letter words but nobody tackled a clothes bag. “I think we’ve got to hang with them. I think if we can win the first game back in Kansas City, we might be able to get back in this thing.”High-octane Tigers challenge SVdefense By TOM LABINSKI Staff writer The 1985 version of the Floresville football team would make any of the major car companies proud. The Tigers are a little bigger this year, more efficient and loaded with options. Floresville comes equipped with two tailbacks who are quick around the corners, a 400-horsepower fullback and an offensive game plan to make the most of its attributes. Defensively, the team is well built, with almost half a ton on the front line and dependable linebackers to back them up. “Floresville is the best team we’ve seen outside of Canyon,” said Smithson Valley Coach Stan Irvine, whose team will line up against the Tigers Friday night at Ranger Stadium. “They have the biggest defensive line we have seen all year and their linebackers are the best we’ve seen,” he said. The Tigers’ offensive scheme is led by running backs Anthony Price, Nathan Braun and Jesse Salinas. Price, a sophomore, will not be a stranger to Smithson Valley. In last year’s contest between the two teams, Price rushed for 174 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns. As fast and elusive as Price is, Irvine said Braun, who quarterbacked Floresville last year, is the team’s main rushing theat. ‘‘He killed everybody in their first three ball games. He has a little more speed than Price. Together, they are Starters T I Juan Wunderlich .6-0 215 12 WB Ryan Bippert 59 160 12 T Bobby Mocked 6-0 185 12 RT Mark Fuller ti 236 12 E Preston Janes 6-0 200 12 RG Alfonso Flores 6 i 214 ll E John Lozano 60 196 12 C Mark Perez SII 230 12 Smithson Valley OIB Grey Mosier SIO 155 12 LG Saul Sanchez to 180 ll Offense OLB Kevin McCoy SII 160 12 IT ____ Jeff Sekula 62 250 Pos Play*' Ht Wt Cl ILB Shawn Balmos 6 I 190 12 Defense OB Mike Irvine SU 165 12 ILB Mike Wilson sn 170 11 TB Scott Balmos 61 200 11 CB Mine Irvine sn 165 12 Pos Player Ht Wt Cl FB Chris Gentry 61 240 11 CB Aaron Smith 5 11 155 12 RE Scott Little 6 1 186 12 WB Phillip Ulcafc SIO 155 12 ES Scott Balmos 6 1 200 ll RT ____ John Garza sn 200 ll SE Joey Cash SIO 145 12 LE..... Richard Saldame 62 240 12 RT Chron Wunderlich 60 215 12 Floresville LT ____ Jeff Sekula 62 250 12 RG Bobby Mocker! 60 185 12 Offense MLB Mark Perez 60 225 12 C Mark Caldwell 5 11 185 12 Pos Player Ht Wt Cl OLB Ryan Bipped 59 160 12 LG Jet* Marquis SII 185 12 OB David Jimenez 510 160 11 OLB Jesse Salinas 6-0 186 12 LT..... Dennis Paiker 5 11 190 12 FB Nathan Braun SIO 160 12 R Nathan Braun 5 IO 160 12 TE____ John Lozano 60 196 12 IB Anthony Price SII 170 10 CB Pat Coldewav 59 155 10 Defense SE Toby Kennedy 59 160 11 CB Sec un Peveta 58 155 12 Pos Player Ht Wt Cl TE Re* Wright 6-1 185 11 SS Pat Shannon 5 10 155 ll about as good a one-two punch as you could ask for,’’ he said. Salmas will also see action for the Tigers. In last season’s 19-3 win over Smithson Valley, Salmas gamed 65 yards on nine carries, scoring on a 37-yard run. Quarterback David Jiminez leads the team out of the I formation, and will throw often to his speedy runners “They will throw quite a bit and they don’t mind throwing at any time. They Uke to throw to their backs out of their backfield to take advantage of their speed on the outside,” Irvine said. The Rangers were hurt by Holy Cross last week by the quick pass to the running backs in the flat, and Irvine said the team will be more ready for that. We won’t be able to keep them from running outside for the pass. It is just going to be a matter of covering them well,” he said. The defensive line of tackles Scott Little (185) and Jeff Sekula (250) and ends Richard Saldoma (240 > and John Garza (200) wiU make things difficult for the Rangers’ offensive line. The linebackers, Mark Perez, Ryan Bippert and Jesse Saunas, are quick and smart, Irvine said. Bippert, the smallest of the trio, is one of the best athletes on the team, he said. lf the Tigers have a soft spot defensively, it is in the backfield. “If they have a weakness, its in the backfield. Not because they aren’t good, but just because their line and linebackers are so good," Irvine said. They cover you pretty good, but they give you a good cushion by playing you deep So we would like to try to take advantage of that,” he said. Whether Smithson Valley will be able to attack the secondary will depend on the health of Ranger quarterback Mike Irvine and tailback Scott Balmos Irvine, who has been plagued with a sore arm for a few weeks, sufered a groin pull in practice on Tuesday. Balmos, who is just now recovermg from a groin pull, had a slight knee sprain in the Holy Cross game. “A lot of our game plan depends on the health of those two. If they can perform close to IOO percent, we’ll try to throw a lute more than we have," Coach Irvine said. Floresville, 4-1, has won three games rn a row going into Friday’s district opener. Aside from a 27-6 loss to Medina Valley, the Tigers have outscored their opponents 111-14. Irvine said it would take an effort like the Rangers had against Canyon to stall the Tigers. “I hope we can get the same effort we had in that game. Floresville is a good, big, solid football team,” he said. LESLIE KRIEWALDT HERALD ZEITUNC, Members of the team are (from left) Tod Smith, Efren Maldonado Jr., Hector Hernandez, Mike Payne, Dan Dorman and Chris Coley ;