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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Deer contest announced, Page 9AThursday Special Herald-Zfltung Thursday. October 17, 1986 P»9® TA Underdog KC rips Toronto TORONTO (AP) — George Brett likes the role of underdog. He and his Kaasas City teammates wear it like a comfortable old sweater — they can push up their sleeves and do a lot of work in it. The Royals, claiming they were the underdog from the very beginning, climaxed a stirring comeback Wednesday night when they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays for the third successive time, 6-2, in the seventh and deciding game of the American League playoffs. The Royals open the World Series in their own park Saturday night against the St. I/nns Cardinals and, again, they’re picked to lose. “We had nothing to lose,” Brett said, noting that Kansas City was down 3-1 after four games against the Blue Jays. ‘‘We were loose. When we won that third game we came back relaxed (Sunday), and even though we lost, I said the pressure was on Toronto. I don’t know why I said it, but I think I was right, the pressure was on them.” As a result, the Royals — who won the AL Weft with a 91-71 record — never felt any pressure to win. “No one expected us to win, just like during the year," Brett said. It marked only the fifth time in major-league history that a team has bounced back to win after losing three of the first four games in a best-of-seven series. The other instances have all been in World Series play since the playoffs were a best-of-five affair until this year. “Toronto didn't choke,” Brett said. tempering remarks he made over the weekend. They didn t give anything away. We won ” The fact is, however, that the Blue Jays, who won the AL East with a 99-62 record, had been struggling for two weeks. They lost five of their last six regular-season games — w inning only the division-clincher against the New York Yankees — and lost four of the last five playoff games. The loss was a bitter pill for flag-waving Toronto fans, for whom the playoffs were a morality play. Canadian media had made the Blue Jays’ efforts to bring the World Series north of the border for the first time a struggle between good and evil as well as between “us and them.” Despite such loyalty, however, only 32.084 showed up at Exhibition Stadium for the final game, and none of the four games in Toronto came even close to a sellout. Royals right fielder Pat Sheridan and catcher Jim Sundberg were the surprise hitting heroes in the final game. Sheridan belted his second homer of the series and Sundberg tripled off the top of the right-field fence to drive in three runs It seems unknown guys always come through in playoff games, but that’s baseball,” Kansas City Manager Dick Howser said I can't explain whv.” Surprising Cards boot LA in ninth LOS ANGELES (AP) — The St. Louie Cardinals have been springing surprises all year long Suddenly, they’re one surprise away from winning it all. “We’ve still got another team to beat," Cardinals Manager Whitey Herzog said Wednesday after Jack Clark’s three-run homer in the top of the ninth gave St I*ouis a 7-5 victory over the I«os Angeles Dodgers and the National league pennant. St. Louis, picked by most observers to finish no better than fourth in the NL East coming out of spring training, faces the American league champion Kansas City Royals in the World Series beginning Saturday night in Kansas City. The Cardinals bounced back from losses in the first two games of the NL playoffs to stun the I>odgers with a four-garne sweep in the best-of-seven series. “It’s a heck of a compliment to our team to have won this series,” a smiling Herzog said after the dramatic sixth-game victory over the Dodgers. The Cardinals have a reputation for lightning on the basepaths, but they won the series against the Dodgers with thunder. In Monday’s fifth game in St. Ixiuis, switch-hitting Dzzie Smith hit his first left-handed homer ever in the majors — with one out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cardinals a .3-2 victory and a 3-2 lead in the series. Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, it was Jack Clark’s first home run in nearly a month that decided the contest after Mike Marshall’s solo homer gave Los Angeles a >4 lead in the bottom of the eighth Dodgers reliever Tom Niedenfuer, their bullpen ace during the regular season, was the victim of both garne-wmning homers. Srruth, who went 10-for-23 in the playoffs and was selected the most valuable player, and ( lark were quick to shrug off individual credit. This is not for me, it’s for the whole ballclub,” Smith said upon an epting the MVP award I’m not the hero,” said Cark. who realized immediately when he hit a Niedenfuer fastball that it was a homer and looked over at the Cardinals’ dugout before running around the bases “I’m not the guy; ifs a bunch of guys. “When I looked over at the dugout, I was thinking this is for the team and the Cardinal fans," he said “It was good timing for my biggest, farthest and best home run ever.” The way the sixth game was decided provided great ammunition for seeond-guessers. With St. Loot! runners at second and third and two away, Dodger Manager Tommy l,asorda decided to pitch to Clark rather than walk him and have Niedenfuer face Andy Van Slyke In the seventh, Lasorda had instructed Niedenfuer to intentionally walk Tommy Herr with runners on second and third and pitch to Clark That time, Niedenfuer struck out Clark, and then Van Slyke to end an inning in which the Cardinals got three runs to tie the contest 4-4 Even Van Slyke said he expected Clark to get an intentional walk in the ninth. It was the first time since mid-Apnl that the Dodgers had lost after leading entering the ninth Lasorda said he decided to pitch to Clark because Niedenfuer had struck him out in the seventh "If he had hit a long fly ball for the final out. nobody would be talking about it,” said a crestfallen I .asor da After he hit the home run. everybody in the world knows who should have walked him. “If you second-guess anybody, second-guess me I'm the guy who made the decision ”Good, bad meet at Tivy By DAVID KING Sports editor Eight o’clock in Kerrville could be he best of times for the Canyon Cougars. Or the worst of times. The explosive Cougars, who open lefense of their District 13-4A footed championship, could come out md control the Tivy Antlers Friday light. Or the beaten-up Cougars could :ome out and watch the Antlers drive .he ball like they’ve moved it on ;very other opponent this season. Ital! depends. A lot of it depends on how the "ougars handle Tivy’s Pat Hall, a 225-pound load of bricks who plays fullback in the Tivy wishbone and tackle in Hie Tify defense. “He’s a player; there's no doubt that we’ve got to stop him,” Canyon Coach Troy Burch said Well, I don’t think we can stop him. We’ve got to slow him down.” Hall is Tivy’s leading rusher with M2 yards on 73 attempts. His five-yard-a-carry average is a testament to the Antlers’ sUngy, if tedious, ball-control offense. “They would just as soon keep it on the ground and move it up and down the field,” Burch said. “And they have the capability to do it.’ Joining Hall in the Antlers backfield is Philip White, who has gained 270 yards on 58 attempts, 4 7 yards a carry'. Mistakes are the main reason why Tivy is 3-2 instead of 5-0. In their opening loss to Uvalde, the Antlers couldn't score from the I at the end of the first half, then had a punt blocked that led to a touchdown and fumbled twice to set up Coyote scores in tile second half. Tivy has had two punts blocked, thrown two interceptions and lost eight fumbles. Penalties in crucial situations have also hurt. “To make those 15-play drives takes a special mental attitude, Burch said. “That (attitude) comes from winning games. They’ve been driving Uke that, then fumbUng or jumping offside.” That’s why the Antlers have scored only 52 points this season, despite averaging more than 200 yards a game on the ground. It also depends on how the Canyon offense fares against the Gold Rush” defense. The Antlers’ defenders have allowed only 177 yards a game — 2.6 Ouch ♦ Beat-up SV, Boerne fight for survival j* .A ^ 0 %f'jxZ O \ ' I Canyon's Danny Hernandez tries to avoid a Westlake tackler yards a play against the run. And they've been tough on passers as well, w ith Hall at tackle and Hunter Bobbitt <205 pounds i and David Rathke 1210 > at the ends. “They bring the linebackers a whole bunch; they dare you to try and throw the baU against them,” Burch said. "Their philosophy is not to give the passer time to throw the ball.” Burch said the Cougars would try to counteract that tactic by using fast-developing passes and attacking the defense with quick-hitting inside running plays. “We hope we can do that and put pressure on them to keep the Unebackers out of our backfield,” Burch said. “I don’t mind one rushing, but I don’t want four coming every time.” Canyon’s defense, meanwhile, will try to regoup after a tough two weeks. Cornerback Kevin Nemec has been lost for at least one more week with a badly bruised back, while starting tackle Chris Kyle was lost to grades. Middle linebacker Bobby Reed, the heart of Canyon’s defense, is questionable for the game as well. A knee injury that has bothered him most of the season recurred on Tuesday, as the cartilage rn a knee locked up. Junior transfer Brian Holt will step in for Reed, while Brad Campbell will start at comerbac k as part of a rotating Canyon secondary Mark Torres already had been working at Reed's offensive guard position, as Canyon coaches were trying to rest Reed on offense. “It’s hard to replace a player with his experience, but we have confidence rn the people who are replacing him,” Burch said of Reed. “With that drop in experience we ll just have to play harder " The Cougars have never won at Antler Stadium, but Burch said the team’s recent success would preclude the home-fieid jinx. 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Tm) yV#*ot< 147 ll IT Tad Ween#* 63 tat it s Tf#yor S***pn**d tao 11 By TOM LABINSKI Staff writer Boerne's Greyhound Stadium may seem like a war zone Friday night, even before Smithson Valley meets the Hounds in a District 27-3A matchup Both teams have had more than their share of injuries, and the players who are still active have enough bandages on them to keep most drugstores in business through the end of the season. The Greyhounds' starting quarterback Matt Bradley suffered a knee injury in third game of the year He reinjured the knee last week and Boerne Coach Larry Feel said the senior would be lost for the season Another Greyhound casualty is startling fullback Todd Taylor, who will miss two weeks with an ankle injury. Smithson Valley does not have anyone who cannot play, but the Rangers are loaded with play ers who can only go ha if-speed We have two guys with knee braces, one guy with a cast, a couple with ankle braces and two with shoulder harnesses We look like a bunch of mummies out on the practice field.” said Smithson Valley Coach Sun Irv ine. Even though both teams could probably use a week off for ret operation, both teams will be ready to play Friday night, and both * ill be hungry few victories The Greyhounds, pre-season favorites to win the district, lost to Cole last week in the district opener likewise, Smithson Valley lost to Floresville, despite one of the Rangers' better defensive efforts of the season Because of the balance in the district, Irvine said a Smithson Valley win would put the team back in the chase for the title. “Mathematically, if we win against Boerne, we are right back in the hunt I wish we amid be a little healthier, but I hope that we can bounce back,*' he said. 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' orca*** BIB *76 12 •i... . JOH* B->r#** BIO 166 j i FS BIO •st 12 smallest member cif the five-man line, is perhaps the best athlete, Irvine said “They had one of the best defenses rn the district last year and they have IO of ll suiters back They are extremely good, ” Irvine said Offensively, the Greyhounds have struggled, scoring only 36 points in six games, but Boerne has played a tough schedule, including games with 4A teams Fredericksburg and Hays and a good Hondo team They play a really tough schedule, so their point Iou! is deceiving,” Irvine said See RANGERS, Page 16A ;

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