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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

   District 34 Little League
                                                                                                                                                        Minor (9-10)
                                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               rookie Rodolfo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “La Cobrita”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Gomez, left,
          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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ferreyro the
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