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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Tuesday, October 15, 1991    Herald-Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas Braves receive lack of Justice Star called out for missing third Page 7 Kim Caffoy of New Braunfels prepares to dig a San Marcos hit on Friday. The Unicorns had their four-match winning streak broken by the visiting Rattlers, and will try to begin another one today at Harlandale when the team faces the third-place Indians in a critical 7 p.m. match. (Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder) NB visits Indians; SY faces CHS New Braunfels travels to San Antonio for a critical district match, while Canyon and Smithson Valley play each other in today's local volleyball action. The Unicorns, who fell to 5-2 on Friday with a loss to district-leading San Marcos, take on third-place Harlandale (4-2) at the Indians' gym. New Braunfels is probably relieved to play at Harlandale in the cooler second round of play, because the Indians — who have enjoyed a strong home-coun advantage anyway — have an unairconditioned gym. Harlandale has defeated both San Marcos and McCollum at home so far in district, and is in the thick of the District 25-5A race. The Unicorns had been in first place until the loss to San Marcos, but New Braunfels is also in good shape at this time. Naturally, the winner of today's match will have the inside District 25-5A District 26-4A District 25-5A Volleyball Standings District 28-4A Volleyball Standings Tsam W L OB Teem W L GB San Marcos 5 1 — Canyon 5 0 - New Braunfels 5 2 ’/» Hays 4 1 1 Harlandale 4 2 1 Clemens 3 2 2 McCollum 4 3 1% Bastrop 2 3 3 South San 3 3 2 Lockhart I 4 4 Seguin 1 6 4'/» Smithson Valley 0 5 5 East Central 1 6 AV, Friday's Os ms Friday's Games Canyon del. Lockhart 15-10,15-5 San Marcos del. New Braunfels 15-7.15-1 Saturday's Gsmss McCollum del. East Central 15-6,15-11 Bastrop del. Smithson Valley 15-10,17-15 South San del Seguin 15-7,15-12 Hays del. Clemens, score unavailable Today's Games Today's Games New Braunfels at Harlandale Smithson Valley at Canyon McCollum at South San Bastrop at Clemens Seguin al San Marcos Hays at Lockhart track for a playoff spot. New Braunfels triumphed in the first-round matchup between the two teams, by scores of 13-15, 15-11, 15-10 at Unicom Gym. Canyon and Smithson Valley had opposite first rounds in District 26-4A: The Cougarettes swept first-round competition and lead the district at 5-0, while the Rangerettes are still looking for their first district win. The teams aren’t as far apart as that would indicate, however, as the two played an outstanding match at Smithson Valley in the district opener. The Rangerettes won the first game 15-13, before Canyon rallied to win the next two 15-2,15-7. Smithson Valley forced three opponents to three games, then played the other two — Bastrop and Clemens — to 17-15 second games. & The Cougarettes have won three consecutive matches in two games after winning two grueling three-game contests to open district at Smithson Valley and Clemens. In other District 26-4a games today, second-place Hays travels to Lockhart and Clemens hosts Bastrop. In 25-5A action, first-place San Marcos hosts 1-6 Seguin, while McCollum travels to South San in a battle of middle-of-the-pack teams. ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves had their chances. The Pittsburgh Pirates like theirs. The Pirates got a fifth-inning RBI single by Jose Lind, and the run stood up in a 1-0 victory as the Braves’ magical season in which they rose from worst to first began to tarnish in a series of misses Monday. The victory sends the Pirates back home to Three Rivers Stadium with a 3-2 lead in the bcst-of-7 NL playoffs. Game 6 will be Wednesday night, and Game 7, if needed, on Thursday. “It sounds good,’’ said Pittsburgh Manager Jim Lcyland. “It’s certainly better going home needing only one win.” Lcyland will send Doug Drabck to the mound Wednesday against the Braves' Steve Avery, the winner in Atlanta’s 1-0 Game 2 victory. Drabck, who suffered a pulled left hamstring while running the bases in Pittsburgh’s 5-1 first-game victory, threw on the mound Monday for the first time since the injury and was proclaimed fit. The Pirates’ chances of going home with the edge didn’t look promising after the Braves ripped Pittsburgh 10-3 Saturday in Atlanta for their seventh consecutive victory over the East champions in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium this year and look a 2-1 edge. The Pirates, however, won 3-2 in IO innings Sunday night on Mike LaVallicrc’s RBI single, a game in which a throwing error by the Braves’ David Justice gave Pittsburgh an unearned run and the chance to win. Then came Monday’s game, and again Justice played a major role, missing third base after apparently scoring Atlanta’s first run, and being called out. But Braves Manager Bobby Cox isn’t willing to give up just yet. “We won two in a row and Pittsburgh won two straight. I don’t sec why we can’t win two,” he said. In the second inning, the Braves loaded the bases with none out against Zane Smith on a single by Brian Hunter, a walk to Greg Olson and another single by Mark Lcmkc. It was the exact same scenario as in Game 2, when Smith escaped the jam without a run, bul wound up a 1-0 loser to Avery. This time, Smith struck oui RafaelPostseason Baseball All Times COT PLAYOFFS American League Sunday’s Game Minnesota 8. Toronto 5. Minnesota wins series 4-1 National League Sunday's Gam# Pittsburgh 3, Atlanta 2.10 innings Monday's Game Pittsburgh 1. Atlanta 0, Pittsburgh leads series 3 2 Wednesday's Game Atlanta (Avery 18-8) at Pittsburgh (Drabek 15-14). 737 p.m. Thursday's Game Atlanta at Pittsburgh. 7:37 p.m., ii necessary____ Belgard. Starting pitcher Tom Gla-vinc then missed the squeeze sign on a 2-2 pitch, bunting belatedly ai a low outside curvcball and striking out into a double play when Hunter was caught in a rundown. “I missed the sign, I should have called time,” said Glavine. Smith said he saw Hunter running and Glavine squaring to bunt. “Unfortunately, I was trying to throw a strike,” Smith said. “But it did what it was supposed to do — it sank pretty good and fortunately he offered at it.” Cox thought the situation was perfect for the squeeze. “Glavine’s an excellent bunter and Smith’s a control pitcher, lf he makes contact, we’ve got a run; if he fouls it off, we’ve still got Lonnie Smith coming up with runners in scoring position. I had a good feeling.” The next crucial inning was the fourth, which had several bizarre occurrences. Justice led off by reaching on first baseman Gary Rcdus’ two-basc error before Hunter was called out for interference when he ran into catcher Don Slaught al ter tinting a 15-foot chopper to the left of die mound. Olson lined to center, with Andy Van Slykc making a shoe-top catch. Lenike then grounded a single to left and Justice, stumbling slightly as he went past third base, apparently scored when Barry Bonds’ throw got away from Slaught. Tile Pirates, however, called for the ball at third, claiming Justice had missed the base. Umpire Frank Pulli rill tim; him outNBNL names officers The New Braunfels National Little League recently selected officers for the 1991-92 season. The executive committee includes Mark Mendenhall, who will remain president of the league. Phil Demasco was selected vicepresident. Other officers are secretary Tim Salge, treasurer Jack Taber, auxillary chairperson Diana Taber, and player agent Leonard Dixon. Vice presidents for the various leagues arc Rick Seibert for the Pee Wee league. Kent Fischer in the minors, Ben Dycus in the majors, Tim Scott for softball and Randy Baker for the junior 13-ycar-old division. The board of directors consists of: Baker, Vernon Beck, Lynda Demasco, Phil Demasco, Dixon, Kenneth Fey. Fischer, Kenneth Groesbeck, Steve Jackson. Mendenhall, Jim Rector, Salge, Scott, Ricky Seibert, Diana and Jack Taber, Don Thornton and Manuel Velasquez. < Mi ,    *    < I    M ' ii iiiliiijlBI Elks’ golf tournament won by narrow margin The New Braunfels Elks* golf tournament Oct. 8 was a close, hard-fought tournament. The team of Ed Christopher, Bob Magnuson and Ida Christopher won first place by a narrow margin. ' Three teams tied for second in die tournament: Charlie Smith, Norman Wilcox, Bill Klink and Sally Matney; Dave Hanson, Tex Kilter, Steve Rov-nak and Polly Hopkins; and Glenn Case, Erving Schaefer, and Lloyd and Irene Taylor. The longest putt on hole #3 was by Andy Lazar ii ic. The woman closest to die pin on #12 was Ida Christopher. The mail closest lo die pin on #15 was Ed Christopher. Lions to hold golf event ' The New Braunfels Breakfast (.ions will hold al select shot golf tournament Oct. 27 at Chaparral Country Club in Seguin. It will be a shotgun start, at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $50 per person, which includes greens fees, a cart, refreshments and a noon barbecue for players foursome receives second-place team and spouses. The winning $300, and the earns $200. Hie deadline to euler is Oct. 22. To euler or to receive more information, contact Steve Schultz ai W 6492. For anyone who has followed Comal County football, this week’s fterald-Zeiiung Players of the Week should be household names by now. Smithson Valley linebacker Jason LaRue receives the honor on defense, while New Braunfels tailback Kyle Herman was selected the week’s top performer offensively. Against the number-one ranked learn in the state, Bastrop, LaRue made 15 tackles — including seven solo efforts. According to Smithson Valley Coach Joe Matu-lich, the 16-0 score in the Bastrop game would have been much worse were it not for LaRue’s efforts. “He had four tackles (that) nobody else would have made,” Matulich said. “Those guys would have been gone. He played a great game — he was a11 over the place.” Herman rushed for a season-high 176 yards against San Marcos, far and away the majority of the team’s 210 rushing yards rn the 24-14 wui against the Raiders. The senior tailback also scored touchdowns on New Braunfels’ first two drives, carrying the ball for most of the yardage on those drives as well. Later in the game, he was instr!1 rental in a drive that set up Dennis Bryan’s go-ahead field goal. “They really didn’t stop us; we just slopped ourselves (on penalties),’’ New Braunfels Coach Lew Simmonds said. “The first two drives were mainly (Herman). And at the end, we gave him the ball.” The Unicorns had the top honorable mention of the week in Bryan, who had perhaps his best game as a varsity player. 'He had four tackles (that) nobody else would have made. Those guys would have been gone. He played a great game — he was all over the place/ SV Coach Joe Matulich on linebacker Jason LaRue The senior two-way starter provided his best work in the special teams, with booming kickoffs and ihe tic-breaking field goal while substituting for the injured Ezell Sanchez. "He had just a phenomenal game,” Simmonds said. “His kicking was as good as I’ve seen ii, and for him lo come into a pressure situation like thai and kick a field goal to win the game (was great).” He said Bryan also played extremely well on defense at his cornerback position and made a good catch on offense. The Unicorns’ defensive MVP, Jason Turner, also had an exceptional game. The senior inside linebacker made 11 tackles and nine assists to lead a strong effort by the Unicom defense. Except for two second-quarter touchdowns, New Braunfels shut the Rattlers out. Canyon’s offensive MVP was single-back P.J. Riley, who had a very strong game running the ball. On just five carries, Riley had 78 of Canyon’s 98 rushing yards and the team’s only touchdown in its 35-10 loss to Lockhart. A running back also got the MVP for Smithson Valley, as Jason Boss ran for 55 yards against an exceptional Bastrop defense. “He made some good runs and just ran hard,’’ Matulich said. Boss and Jason Long both had good games for the Rangers, combining for 115 rushing yards — more than the Bears had previously been allowing teams per game. “They both played good games, and Corey (Henderson) had a good game,” Matulich said. “Corey (at running back and) Long and (Jeremy) Stewart at quarterback — they all did a good job just running for their lives.” Defensive honorable mentions for the Rangers were Walker Steubing, who had eight tackles at defensive end, and Stewart at cornerback. “All three of those guys had real good games on defense,’' Matulich said of Stewart, Steubing and LaRue. He also commended the offensive linemen, many of whom played out of position or entered the game in place of unavailable starters. Larry Sloan, Steve Lacy and Barry Robertson all acted in that capacity and played well in difficult circumstances, Matulich said. New Braunfels’ honorable mentions on defense were nose guard Sammy Gutierrez and tackle Aldo Gomez, who both had very good games, Simmonds said. Linemen Todd Kading and Matt Pusateri earned honorable mentions offensively, after blocking well against a big San Marcos team. LaRue Herman Turner Herman, LaRue familiar Players of Week ;