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August 24, 2006

 

The Tavern sweeps to title

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Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
King Sub shortstop Ryan Stevens throws to first over a sliding Eric Young from The Tavern to complete a first-inning double play in Wednesday’s Central New York Fast Pitch League championship series contest.

The final game of the Central New York Fast Pitch Softball League season lived up to expectations as a tight contest Wednesday night.
After a narrow 4-3 win in the opener of the best-of-three championship series Monday, The Tavern, which won the regular-season title, was looking for the sweep against its sister team, runner-up King Sub, at Meldrim Field. There were four lead changes and one tie before The Tavern emerged with a 15-10 victory and a championship sweep.
King Sub grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but The Tavern rallied with five runs in the top of the second to take the lead.
A big two-out, two-run triple by centerfielder Brian Taylor (2-for-5) keyed a three-run second inning for King Sub, which closed to within 5-4. The Tavern starting pitcher, Mike Holl, worked the first two innings before crafty veteran Yale Hughes, who got the win, came on in the third. The Tavern scored once in the top of the third, but two King Sub runs in the bottom of that frame knotted the game at 6-6.
Trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the fourth, King Sub took its final lead of the night by plating three runs for a 9-7 advantage. Second baseman Corey Langtry keyed the outburst by delivering a big two-run double with two outs.
The Tavern responded with four runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead for good at 11-9. Shortstop Tony Sudnikovich belted a two-run single and stole second base before scoring on a triple by first baseman Eric Young (3-for-4, RBI, two runs).
Neither team scored again until the seventh inning, when The Tavern got four big insurance runs to increase its advantage to 15-9. The key blow was a three-run, two-out homer by centerfielder Tom Avery, who homered twice in the game and went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs.
King Sub scored once in the bottom of the seventh to account for the final margin.
Holl, who moved to second base when Hughes came on in relief, went 3-for-4 and scored twice for The Tavern, which lost once on 23 games overall this season. Hughes closed out his career with a perfect 10-0 pitching record this season. Mike Smith went 2-for-4 and scored twice for the champions.
Leftfielder Bill Weddle led King Sub at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run. Catcher Roger Karn, centerfielder Brian Taylor, starting pitcher Jeff Carr and first baseman Paul Sweger all went 2-for-5 with a run apiece for King Sub.
“I played 27 years and it was so much fun,” said Hughes, who was league president for a number of years and led The Tavern for 16 years, in reflecting on his retirement. “I love the sport and have a passion for it, but it’s time for the family a little more.”

 

 

Wade paces easy U.S. win

By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer

SAPPORO, Japan — Dwyane Wade rose to acknowledge the crowd chanting his name with 4 minutes left, the only time he got off the bench as the United States routed Senegal 103-58 today to advance to the second round of the world championships.
Wade had the night off, after helping the U.S. rally a day earlier in the win against Italy.
The NBA finals MVP for the Miami Heat stood and waved, drawing a loud roar.
“That was a first for me,” Wade said. “It was a great experience, though. We play our heart out here to entertain. We gained some fans on this trip.”
Chris Bosh scored 20 points and LeBron James added 17 in limited duty for the U.S. team, which remained unbeaten.
The Group D champions depart Friday morning for Saitama, where they will face Australia, the fourth-place team from Group C, on Sunday in the round of 16.
That will surely be more difficult than this one, where the U.S. led by as many as 45 against the overmatched African runner-up.
“It’s the medal round,” Wade said. “Everyone is good. We’ve got to come in and prepare for them like we’ve been doing every other game and take it from there.”
James scored 15 points in 13 minutes of the first half, then sat along with Carmelo Anthony for the first seven minutes of the third quarter and returned for only a few minutes. Anthony finished with 12 points and played only 14 minutes, one night after setting an American record with 35.
Elhadji N’doye scored 25 points for Senegal (0-5), the last-place team in Group D.
“We’ve got players, so we just need to reorganize,” Senegal’s Makhtar N’diaye said. “Our team’s going to do that, and our future is pretty bright.”
The Americans were coming off their toughest test of the tournament, needing huge second halves from Anthony and Wade to help them rally from a 12-point deficit to beat Italy 94-85 on Wednesday.
But Wade, who appeared to land on his hand after a hard foul during that victory, wasn’t needed this time. He showed up on the court a little more than 15 minutes before the tip and stretched, but otherwise just watched his teammates.
Anthony started the game alongside him on the bench. With nothing at stake, U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski sent out a lineup that included Brad Miller — who had played in only two of the first four games — along with usual reserves Joe Johnson, Kirk Hinrich and Antawn Jamison.
The Americans got off to a bit of a slow start and trailed by one midway through the first quarter. A 19-0 run gave them a 31-13 lead early in the second, and after that Krzyzewski was able to mix and match while making sure his stars didn’t play too much in his team’s fifth game in six nights.
The extra rest will come in handy starting Sunday.
“There are no grand illusions that this is going to be an easy road,” Shane Battier said.
Every U.S. player except for Elton Brand, who played only 3 minutes in the first half, had scored by the break. Anthony’s 3-pointer with under 4 seconds to go gave the Americans a 58-24 lead at the break.
“It was great for other guys to get minutes that haven’t played a lot and play well,” Brand said.
Bosh, seeing limited time in Krzyzewski’s 10-man rotation for most of pool play, scored 15 points in the second half. He made a pair of free throws to give the Americans a 101-58 lead with 2:04 remaining, and Jamison followed with a bucket 30 seconds later to give the Americans their largest lead.
“Chris has been a guy, who when he has played, has done a good job for us on the offensive glass,” Wade said. “But it’s 12 guys on the team, so I think Coach, like he told everybody coming in, he doesn’t know who he’s going to play any given night so everyone has to continue to be ready.”
Johnson had 11 points for the U.S., which shot 51 percent. Bosh grabbed 10 rebounds, leading the Americans’ 53-32 advantage on the boards.