AIT thumps Oilers
Aichi Institute of Technology whipped the Peninsula Oilers 12-2 Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The Oilers are currently leading the Alaska Baseball League, but AIT is not in the ABL. However, the Japanese squad did run its mark to 4-1 against ABL teams in its brief tour through Alaska.
Tatsuya Miyamura pitched eight innings for AIT to earn the win. Mike Smith picked up the loss for the Oilers, which got their only runs of the game on a two-run triple by Luke Simmons in the eighth inning that scored Tim McCabe and Jim Anderson. John Kaye also picked up four hits for Peninsula.
The game got a little strange in the top of the ninth inning, when Oilers manager Gary Adcock made a relief appearance on the mound. Adcock, the pitching coach at Purdue University, pitched a scoreless inning.
The Oilers will try to put up a better showing against AIT tonight at 7 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The game can be heard on 920 AM.
For a box score of Monday's game and a report on Tuesday's game, see Wednesday's Clarion.
Team wins Red Cross tourney with 9-under
A four-person team carded a 9-under Saturday at Birch Ridge Golf Course to take the ninth annual American Red Cross Golf Classic.
The first-place team consisted of Lynne Reynolds, Scott Kempf, John Reilly and Kurt Saltenberger. Finishing in second place at 7-under were Mike Chenault, Richard Atuk, Rhonda Dettmer and Al Dettmer.
Five teams tied at 6-under, so a chip-off was held to determine the winner. Coming out on top was the team of Dave Keating, Sharon Keating, Ed Marsh and Ty Schmansky.
The women's longest drive on the fourth hole was Paula Crowley, with a poke of 240 yards. The men's longest drive on the fourth hole belonged to Dave Wichers, with a blast of 300 yards.
Closest to the pin on the eighth hole went to Pat Cowan. She rolled her ball 8 feet from the cup.
Anchorage teams take Firecracker Invitational
A pair of teams from Anchorage came down and made off with the crowns at the Kenai Firecracker Invitational at the city of Kenai ballfields July 1 and 2. The tournament was sponsored by the Kenai Softball Association.
In Coed C, Anchorage Physical Therapy took first while Anchorage's Sailing, Inc., was second, area team Rainbow Bar I was third and Anchorage's Berry Company was fourth.
In Coed D/E, Robinson's Mill Works of Anchorage was first, Anchorage's Hartley Motors was second, area team Rainbow Bar II was third and area squad Renegades took fourth.
Several area athletes took home awards as All-Stars for stellar play during the tourney. Honored with All-Star status were Mike Navarre and Molly Hull of Rainbow Bar I, Monte Prior and Judy Wroe of Rainbow Bar II; and David Segura and Katrina Stanford of Renegades.
Keith Chilson of Rainbow Bar I also was given a Golden Glove award.
The Kenai Softball Association will host another tournament Saturday and Sunday. The men's D Kenai Golf Classic will be held at the city of Kenai ballfields.
First day results of District I tourney
The Soldotna District I Senior Softball Tournament kicked off Saturday with an opening ceremony hosted by Don Merry, the president of Soldotna Little League, and three games.
The results of the first day of play were Dimond West 10, Soldotna 1; Knik 14, Homer 5; and Abbot O'Rabbit 8, Kenai 2.
Seven teams will participate for seven days with the final games taking place Saturday. The tournament in round robin, so a team's record heading into Saturday will determine where it plays in the championship round.
Through Monday, records, but not scores, were available for all the teams. Abbot O'Rabbit is 3-0, Dimond West is 2-0, Kenai is 2-1, Knik is 1-1, Soldotna is 1-2, Nunaka Valley is 0-2 and Homer is 0-3.
Soldotna lost to Abbot O'Rabbit, last year's state champ, 6-5 Sunday. Jenny Carpenter pitched five innings and gave up just two runs, while Carisa Sparks was 2-for-3 with a home run, but it was not enough for Soldotna.
Monday, Soldotna rebounded for a 17-8 victory over Homer. Sparks was 4-for-5 with three doubles and also pitched all seven innings. Also for Soldotna, Jessica Truesdell was 3-for-6, Jamie Beever was 3-for-6 with a double, Adriene Gardner was 3-for-5 and Sandra Mize was 3-for-5.
Divisions II and III are currently being played in Fairbanks and Juneau. The team that wins each division will go to the state championship playoffs, which will also be in Soldotna.
Duncan reportedly to remain with Spurs
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Maybe the begging worked.
After weeks of pleas from fans to stay with their team, free-agent forward Tim Duncan reportedly is ready to sign a new deal with the San Antonio Spurs, spurning the Orlando Magic and the opportunity to play with Grant Hill.
The Orlando Sentinel and the San Antonio Express-News reported Monday that Duncan's representatives told Orlando general manager John Gabriel that Duncan will turn down the Magic's six-year, $67.5 million offer.
Lon Babby, Duncan's attorney, flew to San Antonio on Monday and met with Spurs officials. Contacted by The Associated Press, Magic officials declined comment until Duncan made an announcement.
Duncan will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday to announce his plans.
Reports of Duncan's decision to remain in San Antonio brought welcome relief for Spurs fans, who had dotted the city in recent weeks with billboards and placards reading: ''Stay Tim, Stay!''
The anxiety took off when the Magic made a hard push to lure Duncan and Hill. Both players traveled to Orlando on the same weekend and were treated to stays in one of the theme-park city's top resort hotels and luxurious parties hosted by Magic executives.
Duncan even got to meet Tiger Woods, who lives nearby.
Hill has said he will sign with Orlando. Had the Magic pulled off the Duncan deal, Orlando would have had the juggernaut lineup capable of tipping the balance of power in the Eastern Conference.
The Magic position, and the offer it makes, are unique. They have the NBA's coach of the year in Doc Rivers and enough salary cap room to sign two of the league's top free agents. Their future includes nine first-round draft picks.
But there was pressure from the Spurs as well. Veteran center David Robinson, who along with Duncan gives San Antonio the most formidable front line in the league, cut short his vacation in Hawaii to persuade Duncan to stay. The two guided San Antonio to its first NBA title in 1999.
With the Spurs' aging lineup, the 24-year-old Duncan is considered the key to San Antonio's future. Without him, the Spurs would be left with a brand-new $175 million arena for the 2002-2003 season and without one of the game's superstars.
In the end, it appears Duncan's loyalty to the Spurs and his desire to keep playing with Robinson won out.
''Tim stayed at Wake Forest all four years,'' an NBA source told the Express-News. ''He isn't a guy who likes a lot of change in his life. He has played with David Robinson and for the same coach for the past three years. But the Magic made it a difficult decision for him.''
Duncan could sign a seven-year deal worth $86.5 million if he re-signs with San Antonio, although he is likely to sign a shorter deal. Duncan has a nonbinding commitment to the Spurs and cannot officially sign a contract with the team until Aug. 1.
''I haven't heard anything,'' Spurs coach and general manager Gregg Popovich said. ''He hasn't given me a hint this entire time. I sure wish somebody would tell me something.''
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