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Wednesday, June 8, 1994, The Sun 9 By Tmvis Moore Staff Writer, The Sun The Lady Spartan softball team came out on the heartbreaking end of a pitcher's duel last Wednesday in the state 2A-IA quarterfinals at Jefferson, losing 2-0. Sheridan lost to the Lady Lions last season in the quarterfinals, 4-0. Sheridan's Mandi Kadell and Jeffer- son's Julie Quick hooked up for that game. Both started Wednesday's Contest. The Lady Spans looked like they might get things going early. Wendy Thomas singled. Then with two outs Nichoi Moore smashed a drive to Second base that hit the Lady Lion's fielder in the face. Thomas went to third on the play. Moore stole second. But both run- hers were stranded as Quick quickly pitched her way out of trouble. Neither team had a baserunner for the next two innings. Kadell had her Perfect game broken in the bottom of the third but she also pitched out of trouble. Kadeli lost her no-hitter in the fourth after a leadoff single. But she got the heart of the Jefferson lineup to fly out to rightfield twice and ground out to second. Neither pitcher allowed a base- rUnner in the fifth. It looked like neither team would ever score but the fireworks were about to begin in the sixth. Sheridan's first two batters in the sixth inning ground out and flew out. Then Vicki Gourley got a single, Kadell walked and the Lady Sparts had two on with two outs. Moore, Sheridan's clean-up hitter, was up to bat. She had been hitting the ball hard all day. But she didn't even get a chance to swing the bat. Kadeil took a big jump off first, possibly to draw a throw from the Jefferson catcher. Instead, the Lady Lion backstop ran at Kadell. Gour- ley tried for third and was caught in a run down to end the inning. Kadell got the first Jefferson hitter in the sixth inning to fly out. She struck out the next hitter, and it looked like Sheridan would easily get out of the inning. But the third Lady Lion batter singled to left field and went to second on an error. The next hitter singled to right. A run scored and the runner went to second on an error. Jefferson got its third straight single on the next pitch. The hitter went to third on another error and a run scored. Kadell struck out the next batter but Jefferson had a two run lead. Moore scorched a pitch to left in the top of the seventh. The leftfiel- der stuck up her glove and made stabbing catch. If the ball had taken a different trajectory, it would have been a home run over the fence. Sheridan's Mandi Kadell hurls a pitch toward the plate in last Wednesday's loss at Jefferson. Sheridan was The next two Lady Spartans struck out and flew out to second base to end the game. Quick struck out 12 Lady Spar- tans and walked one. Kadell had 8 strikeouts and one walk. Coach Carol Grauer said, "We had our chances. We had enough baserunners to win the game. It's frustrating to get to the same point two years in a row and lose to the same team." Jefferson had been ranked No. 1 in the state coaches poll all season. Sheridan was ranked eighth in the last poll. "If we had been in any other bracket I think we could have made it to the final four teams," Grauer said. "Mandi pitched a good game." She added, "'Their bats were a little faster than ours. We have trouble with rise pitchers and Quick is a rise ball pitcher. They put their hits together in one inning and that was the difference." eliminated by the Lady Lions in the quarterfinals for the second year in a row. Kadell had 8 strikeouts and one walk. Gaston, the West Valley League champion, ended up winning the state championship over Crow last weekend. Moore, Thomas and Kadell were named to the first team all-West Valley League. Prough was named an honorable mention. Moore hit .450 for the season. Thomas hit .400, Kadeli hit .380 and Prough hit .370. Kadell had the most strikeouts of any 2A-IA pitcher with 146 for the season. The next best was Jamie Rude of Crow with ! 10. Kadell's earned run average was 0.90, third best in the state. "I watched all the pitchers at every level of the state champion-' ships this weekend," Grauer said. "I think Mandi throws the hardest of any other pitcher I've seen in the state at any level." Thomas and Moore were picked for the West's senior all-star team. The all-star games will be played this Saturday in Salem. ........... ~i!'!i~i!~'i:~,,, eridan shortstop Nichol Moors prepares to tag a Jefferson baserunner in the sixth inning. he Lady Lions scored both of their runs in the sixth.--Photos by Travis Moore. Autumn Kasper fields a ball hit to the right side of the infield. The play ended threat in the fourth inning. Sheridan Rodeo will kick up June 18-19 with three to celebrate its 60th Martin selected as "Bull the Year" by the lnterna- Rodeo Associa- Bert Davis, "Clown of the Will be among this year's i,,Olson, "Announcer of the Will describe the action. Will include bareback riding, bull riding (called Dangerous Sport"), calf barrel racing. will be at 2 and 7 June 18, and 2 p.m. are $7 for adults and $3 ages 3 through 12. available at the gate ) at G.I. Joe's Ticket Master. also reserve tickets by or pick them up at Store in Willamina or Select Market in Sheridan. A cowboy breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the arena, located on NW Yamhill St. An arena dance, featuring the band Quick Silver, will be held after the Saturday night rodeo, starting at 9:30 p.m. "Twister," a mechanical bull, will be available to ride at the dance. This year's rodeo court includes Queen Kara Erickson and Princess Kristie Taylor. An action-packed weekend will kick off June 17 with rodeo slack at 7 p.m. On Saturday, enjoy a pancake breakfast at the rodeo grounds from 7 to 10 a.m. Hosting the breakfast will be the Employees Club from the Federal Correctional Institution. Breakfast is $3.50 for adults and $1.75 for children, all you can eat. The rodeo will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday with grand entry and the finest rodeo stock, announcer and clowns and the best cowboys and cowgirls around. Enjoy the Phil Sheridan Days grand parade at 5 p.m. Saturday, and then it's back for another rodeo at 7 p.m. A beer garden will be open and, following the rodeo, there will be an arena dance featuring "Quick Silver.' But that's not all. The arena dance will also feature KRKT radio's mechanical bull, Twister, for your chance to see if you can ride the eight second time. The dance admission is $5 per couple, $3 singles. Sunday morning will again fea- ture a cowboy breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. and barrel racing will begin at 9 a.m. The Sunday rodeo pertbrm- ance will begin at 2 p.m. There will be concessions and booths selling rodeo souvenirs, including the 1994 Sheridan Rodeo t-shirts and caps. Autumn Kasper tries to beat out a grounder in the middle Innings of the quarterfinal. Local hoopsters make all-star teams Three local basketball players will play in state 2A all-star games this month. Matt Aalto will play for the West team in two games June 17 and 18. The first game will be played at Ciackamas Community College and the second at Linfield in McMinn- viile. Aaito was Willamina's 6-5 center. He was the West Valley League Most Valuable Player. Aalto also won the state high jump champion- ship. Nichol Moore and Summer Gib- bons of Sheridan will play in two games June 24 and 25. The first game will be played at Linfield and the second at Chemeketa Commun- ity College in Salem. Moore was a 5-8 forward for the Lady Spartans. She was the West Valley League's Most Valuable Player this season. She also was named to the all-state tournament second team and the all-state teams. She was also the leading scorer in Sheridan girls history with 1,084 total points. Gibbons was the Lady Sparts 6-1 center. She was named to the all- West Valley League first team. Moore and Gibbons will practice at St. Paul twice a day the week preceding the all-star games. ull Willamina High School held its spring sports dessert last Tuesday to honor its softball, baseball and track athletes. Coach Jerry Buczynski presented team awards to the softball team. The Lady Bulldogs finished fourth in the West Valley League and made it to the first game of the league playoffs. Jill Little john was named Most Valuable Player. Best Offensive player was Valerie Lux. Cindie Hamilton won Most Inspirational and the Coaches Award. "I was pleased with how the girls handled some tough situations this season," Buczynski said. "They kept their focus and did a good West Valley Babe Ruth holds garage sale The West Valley Babe Ruth Asso- ciation will hold a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, at the Manley home at the corner of East Main and Oak Streets in Sheridan. Proceeds will go to support the baseball program tbr 13 to 15 year olds. Donations may be dropped oft" at the Manley's on Thursday, June 9. Three local softball players were selected to play in two senior 2A-! A All-Star games Saturday at Wallace Marine Park in Salem. Nichoi Moore and Wendy Tho- mas were selected from Sheridan and Jill Little john was picked from Willamina. Moore played shortstop for Sheri- dan and hit .450 for the season. Thomas played catcher for Sheridan and hit .400. Thomas won't be able to play in the all-star games because of a trip to Hawaii. Little john played third base for Willamina. The day will start with a picnic for the players and their families at 10 a.m. Then the players will play an East vs. West doubleheader. The local players selected will play on the West squad. job." Willamina was 12-10 overall this season. Coach Ron Caligure presented baseball awards. Seth Morley was MVP and named to the third team all-state. Tony Montgomery had the team's highest average. Mike Jeffries was Rookie of, the Year. Ron Cornwell was Most Inspira- tional. J.J. Klingler was Most Impro- ved. John Fasana won the Coaches Award. The Dogs were 9- ! 4 overall. Caligure said his team was young and should improve next year. Coach Dan Halter honored Matt Aalto for winning the state 2A high jump competition. Aalto was the only Bulldog to qualify for state. FCl employees Larry Christlanson and Bob Palmquist run with 10 year-old Special Olympic runn, er Ro,ss Whits in last month's Torch Run to McMinnville.