INSIDE LAREDO MORNING TIMES SECTION
SCOREBOARD | 2B
MLB,NHL | 3B
OLYMPICS | 6B
WIMBLEDON | 6B THURSDAY,
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SCORES MLB | TWINS 7,TIGERS 0 | MARLINS 4,NATS 2 | ANGELS 7,A’S 4 | PIRATES 9,REDS 5 | ORIOLES 5,ROYALS 2 | PHILLIES 7,BRAVES 3 TIMES FACT | STARS SIGN ENFORCER SEAN AVERY
LITTLE LEAGUE | ALL-STARS SOCCER | LAREDO
Del Mar sweeps baseball; softball continues Heat look for dynamic
LAREDO MORNING TIMES
District 34 Little League
at Garcia-Vela Field
Del Mar 7, American 0: Alan
close for playoff spot
tournaments continued Campero was the winning pitch- By NINO CARDENAS are against playoff contenders in
Wednesday across Laredo and er. He also added a home run and LAREDO MORNING TIMES the El Paso Patriots (6-4-3, 21
the gloomy forecast wasn’t a single. Fernando Garza collect- points) and the New Orleans
enough to spoil the fun. ed two hits, one was a triple. With the playoffs rapidly ap- Shell Shockers (4-5-3, 15).
Del Mar put the finishing Ruben Carillo had a double. Eric proaching, it’s clear that the The Heat plays Austin at 7:30
touches on the minor and major Guevara who also pitched in relief Laredo Heat can ill afford to p.m. tonight in Round Rock.
divisions Wednesday and com- had a single stumble down the “We’re not stressing
pleted a sweep of all four. The For American Victor Pacho was stretch. out,” Heat head coach Is-
junior and senior championships the losing pitcher. Alan Palomo, The Heat (5-3-4, 19 rael Collazo said. “We’re
were decided Tuesday with Del Andy Sifuentes and David Nunez points) is likely to be in working toward getting
Mar claiming both divisions. had a hit each. Del Mar advances to a three or even four-way better. At the moment
Del Mar juniors play section- sectionals at Port Isabel. battle for the second and we are focused on
als here in Laredo and Del Mar final playoff spot, as the Austin, a team that we
seniors travel to Alice. The mi- Major (11-12) Austin Aztex (8-2-1, 25) are as good if not better
Photo by Ricardo Segovia | Laredo Morning Times
nors take a trip to Port Isabel and at Dryden Park have what appears to be an then, things just haven’t
the majors travel to San Antonio. American All-Star Jesus Muniz strikes out Del Mar’s Marcos Velasquez in their major Del Mar 11, American 3: Gabe insurmountable lead in the Mid gone our way lately
All sectionals start on July 7. championship game Wednesday at Dryden Field. Sanchez was the winning pitcher. South Division race. “We are going to go and try to
Laredo South won the softball South has a chance to sweep the Base 2 and if needed game two is E.J. Garcia hit a home run and a Things don’t get any easier for play our game, fundamentally
minors and majors with the minors softball divisions if they manage to Friday. single. Rudy Gaona also connected Laredo as three of its final four sound and professionally and
going to Kingsville and the majors beat Gateway twice in the juniors. Wednesday’s scores were as games, including tonight’s match
staying in Laredo for sectionals. Game one is today at 7 p.m. at follows: See DEL MAR | PAGE 2B against division leader Austin, See HEAT | PAGE 2B
BASEBALL | LAREDO
A bond with Schon
Bronco brings sense of togetherness to team
By DENNIS SILVA II I’ve kept with it. As long as you don’t
LAREDO MORNING TIMES throw too many, hitters are out in
“He definitely knows how to pitch and what front of the ball a lot and you can get
o get the most out of yourself,
some ground balls and easy outs,
sacrifices often have to be it takes to succeed on the mound.” maybe even some cheap pop-ups.
made. “Pitching slow or fast, it’s a matter
For Andy Schon, the 23-year-old BRONCOS PITCHING COACH MICKEY CALLAWAY of mixing it up and hitting your spots.”
right-handed pitcher for the Laredo Schon, who was expected to be a
Broncos, that sacrifice is plying his long reliever at best coming into
trade 1,600 miles away from his son I called, and she was like, ‘Oh, and it’s tough to hit, especially Broncos camp in May, has sur-
home of Akron, Ohio. no!’ But I was fine. when you set it up right like he prised his peers with his efficiency
When Schon was traded from “I’ll play baseball anywhere, and does. He definitely knows how to and know-how.
the Washington WildThings of the I was ready to go.” pitch and what it takes to succeed “As a young pitcher, he’s right
Frontier League in late spring, he on the mound.” where he should be,” Callaway said.
didn’t know what to expect. FAST REWARDS Schon has been particularly ef- “He has three or four pitches he
All he was certain of was that it fective his last two outings, both of can throw as strikes, and that’s
would not sit well with his close- The move has paid off for which were wins. something a lot of pitchers have
knit family. Schon, who like all minor leaguers In the two games, one of which trouble with.”
He was right. is hoping to get brought up by a was a complete-game, nine-strike- Schon is one of three Bronco
“I was sad,” said Andy’s mom, major league club. out gem, he threw 15 innings and al- starters yet to miss a start, and he
Elaine. “We’re very close as a fami- In nine appearances for the 24-24 lowed one run while striking out 14. has drawn the respect of his team
ly. We don’t have a big family, but Broncos this season, Schon has com- “I’m a lot more confident,” he after playing on a severe stomach
we’re always very supportive of each piled a 5-2 record with a 4.19 ERA. said. “Instead of throwing just to virus in his seventh start of the sea-
other. We all were torn because we More importantly, he has struck get someone out, I’m throwing to son two weeks ago.
knew it was a great opportunity.” out 56 and walked 18 in 58 innings places where I want the ball to go.” “He’s done what we’ve asked him
After the initial idea of being pitched. Schon’s “go-to” pitches are his to do, which is keep us in games,”
traded came and went, Andy even- “He’s very effective,” said Bron- slow curveball and changeup, Broncos Manager Dan Shwam said.
tually felt the same way. cos pitching coach Mickey Call- though he’s also working hard on “He’s not a power pitcher by any
“First I was like, ‘Man … I’m go- away, who played five seasons in getting his fastball higher and faster. means, and he provides a nice change
ing somewhere else,’ ” he said. Major League Baseball and won a “I throw a lot of off-speed pitch- of pace compared to the other guys
“And then I knew my mom would- World Series ring with Anaheim in es,” he said. “It keeps hitters off bal-
Photo by Ricardo Segovia | Laredo Morning Times n’t be happy. She was the first per- 2002. “He’s got great off-speed stuff ance and I’ve had success with it, so See SCHON | PAGE 2B
MLB | HOUSTON
Pitcher Kuroda shines in Los Angeles’ victory over Houston
By CHRIS DUNCAN Andre Ethier hit a solo homer and throwing only 48 pitches. the sixth after that. He threw 83 pitches. second baseman broke a tie with Rober-
ASSOCIATED PRESS Blake DeWitt scored on Luis Maza’s Newhan and J.R. Towles both singled The Dodgers scored all their runs to Alomar for first all-time at the position.
squeeze bunt for the Dodgers, who’ve with one out in the fifth. As pinch- off Runelvys Hernandez (0-2), who was Matt Kemp led off the third with a triple
HOUSTON — Hiroki Kuroda threw won five of their last six road games. hitter Darin Erstad batted, Kuroda making his second start since replac- over Bourn’s head in center. Two outs lat-
seven shutout innings after coming off Carlos Lee homered in the ninth spun and picked off Newhan with a ing Shawn Chacon in the Astros’ rota- er, Kent doubled again to make it 2-0.
the disabled list, and Jeff Kent had a pair off Cory Wade for Houston’s quick throw to Maza, the tion. Hernandez was recalled from the DeWitt led off the fourth with a sin-
of RBI doubles to lead the Los Angeles only run. Wade relieved Dodgers’ shortstop. minors when Chacon was waived after gle to right. He stole second and went
Dodgers to a 4-0 win over the Houston As- Kuroda in the eighth and re- The out cost Houston a a physical altercation with general for third with Towles’ throw sailed into
tros on Wednesday night. tired the other six batters he run: Erstad doubled into manager Ed Wade in the clubhouse center field. Towles was recalled from
Kuroda (4-6) allowed five hits with faced. the left-field corner and Towles stopped June 25. Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday night
one strikeout, looking strong in his first Kuroda allowed only a broken-bat sin- at third. Michael Bourn grounded out to Kent’s RBI double off the left-field after regular catcher Humberto Quin-
start since going on the DL on June 18 gle to David Newhan and a walk to Lance end the inning. scoreboard in the first inning gave the tero was hit by Maza’s bat on a swing
with tendinitis in his right shoulder. Berkman through the first four innings, Kuroda gave up only a single to Lee in Dodgers a 1-0 lead. His 498th double as a and suffered a concussion.
BOXING | LAREDO
Boxing isn’t down for the count From the
By NINO CARDENAS family members of years past Cobrita” Gomez. to the veteran
LAREDO MORNING TIMES framed and hung for all to see, “It’s like you want to catch the Hector
were two of the latest group of punch,” he explained to Hiebert
Boxing in Laredo is on the boxers who want to reclaim the on how to defend a jab.
fringes. Fittingly, the latest come- sport’s popularity. Hiebert was wise to pay atten-
sport of boxing
back the sweet science is mount- In the center of the ring was tion — La Cobrita knows his stuff.
ing is inside the Webb County Laredo’s own and former Texas belt As he advised Hiebert from the cor- is looking
Sheriff’s P.A.L. boxing gym on the and USBO heavyweight champ ner, father and former professional to regain its
outskirts of the city. Hector “Hurricane” Ferreyro spar- boxer Rodolfo “La Cobra” Gomez foothold in the
Outside, the white, unassum- ring with ice brawler James was fitting him with his own gloves. Gateway City.
ing building was being hit by spo- Hiebert, who has played for the His dad doubles as a mentor
radic showers and stood out on Laredo Bucks on and off since 2003. and trainer alongside Uncle
such a pale day. The whirlwind action, though, Manuel “Shotgun” Gomez. La
Only a handful of the drivers wasn’t coming from the heavy- Cobrita has also picked up advice
of hundred of vehicles that made weight but from the smaller, more from the who’s who of Laredo’s
their way along Zapata highway, agile Hiebert. boxing scene, having been a box-
rarely referred as U.S. 83, noticed Ferreyro dictated the sparring ing gym rat for the better part of
the structure. lesson, and Hiebert took boxing his life.
Inside, among the vacant and cues from his makeshift corner,
starry eyes of boxers, trainers and which included Rodolfo “La See BOXING | PAGE 2B Photo by Ulysses S. Romero | Laredo Morning Times