Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2005

Krusen, Peterson win Midnight Sun Run

Kent Peterson and Mary Krusen cruised to victories Saturday in the Family Fun in the Midnight Sun five-mile walk/run held in Nikiski.

Peterson won his race and the 19 to 39 age category with a time of 32 minutes, 50 seconds. Other winners were Michael Wicker in the 18 and under category in 34:36 and Marc Johnson in the 40 to 59 age category in 37:15.

Krusen won her race and the 19 to 39 age category in 37:44. Other winners were Laura Rooper in the 18 and under age category in 42:31, Tamela Steindorf in the 40 to 59 age category in 1 hour and 12 minutes and Betty Dean in the 50 and up age category in 1 hour, 26 minutes.

Homer News Spit Run set for Saturday

Runners, walkers and a few costumed racers will hit the road Saturday for the annual Homer News Spit Run. The roughly six-mile course runs from the Homer High School parking lot to the end of the Homer Spit near Land's End Resort.

The race begins at 10 a.m. and official timing continues until noon. Last year's run attracted more than 200 racers from Alaska and the Lower 48, and by Monday, more than 60 people had signed up for this year's event.

Race registration is free through today, but will cost $5 Friday and Saturday. Forms are available online at or at the Homer News office at 3482 Landings St.

Race check-in begins at 8 a.m. at Homer High School. A free shuttle will be offered until noon for runners who need to return to the high school to pick up their cars. Spit Run T-shirts will be available at the high school before the race and at the finish line. Cost is $20 for short sleeve and $25 for long sleeve.

Twins sweep Wasilla

The American Legion Twins swept the host Wasilla Road Warriors Wednesday to improve their record to 9-3 on the season.

"Anytime you can win two on the road, it's great," Twins manager John Kennedy said.

The Twins had been having trouble on the first game of road trips, but had no such trouble Wednesday. The Twins took a 7-0 lead after two innings of the first game, and went on to win 11-2 in a game that was shortened to seven innings due to the mercy rule.

Pitchers Alex Johansen and Cole Chappell combined to allow just five hits, with Johansen notching the victory.

At the plate, Kevin Epperheimer was 2-for-4 with two RBI, Luke Gilbert was 2-for-4 with four RBI and Erich Simpson was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

"We wanted to make sure we got off the bus," Kennedy said. "We'd been having trouble with the first game, but we've done well after that. Today, we started rolling right away. That was a help."

In the next game, the Twin topped Wasilla 15-13 in a back-and-forth affair. The Twins trailed 8-6 after two innings, but came back to grab a 9-8 lead in the top of the fourth. Wasilla came back with two runs in the bottom of the frame, but the Twins came back with five runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead for good.

"Every time they scored we answered," Kennedy said. "The kids didn't lose focus even though it was a tough mental game."

Epperheimer picked up the victory on the mound, while Erich Simpson had the save.

At the plate, Justin Simpson had three RBI and four runs, Jacob Madrid was 2-for-4 with two RBI, Epperheimer had two RBI, Gilbert was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Jeff Kennedy was 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs.

The Twins play Chugiak in a doubleheader at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Twins 11, Wasilla 2, 7 inn., Game 1

Twins 340 130 0 — 11 7 2

Wasilla 000 020 0 — 2 5 3

Johansen, C. Chappell (7) and Ju. Simpson; Hess, Pauling (2), Heikes (7) and Brent. W — Johansen. L — Hess. 2B — Twins: Gilbert. LOB — Twins 10, Wasilla 8.

Twins 15, Wasilla 13

Twins 330 351 0 — 15 11 6

Wasilla 260 220 1 — 13 15 6

Gilbert, Epperheimer (2), E. Simpson (7) and Ju. Simpson; Carlson, Smith (5), Ressler (6) and Doerr. W — Epperheimer. S — E. Simpson. L — Smith. 2B — Twins: Gilbert 2; Wasilla: Ressler, Carlson. 3B — Wasilla: Ressler. LOB — Twins 4, Wasilla 10.

Texas tops Baylor at College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. — Chance Wheeless homered leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to give Texas a 4-3 victory over Baylor on Wednesday night, putting the Longhorns into the championship round of the College World Series.

Texas (54-16) tied the game at 3-all in the eighth when Nick Peoples ran over Baylor catcher Josh Ford in a violent collision at the plate to score on a sacrifice fly.

Wheeless, who made an error that helped Baylor take a 3-2 lead in the seventh, sent a long drive to right off reliever Ryan LaMotta.

Texas, unbeaten in three CWS games, will now play either Arizona State or Florida in the best-of-three championship series beginning Saturday at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Arizona St. 6, Florida 1

OMAHA, Neb. — Arizona State kept up its remarkable run in the College World Series, getting a great performance from pitcher Erik Averill and beating Florida to move within a win of the championship round.

Averill (11-4), working on two days of rest, threw a five-hitter in 92-degree heat and retired the last eight batters in his fifth complete game of the season.

The Sun Devils (42-24), who came into the CWS with the fewest wins of any team in the field, have won three straight after losing in the first round and are 5-0 in NCAA tournament elimination games.

They have to beat the Gators (47-21) again Thursday to advance to play Texas.

The game was played less than 24 hours after Arizona State's dramatic 11-inning win over Nebraska, highlighted by Jeff Larish's CWS record-tying three home runs.

This time, Travis Buck, the Oakland Athletics' first-round supplemental draft pick, homered deep into the right-field seats off Bryan Ball (7-5) in the first inning.

Arizona State added to its lead on Seth Dhaenens' RBI groundout in the fourth. Jared Kubin's run-scoring groundout pulled Florida to 2-1 in the fifth, but the Sun Devils got that run back the next inning on an RBI single by Colin Curtis.

J.J. Sferra made it 5-1 in the seventh with a two-run single. Dhaenens added an RBI single in the eighth.

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