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Aw, Hecht - Caps Dunk Drillers

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Shreveport at Tulsa

WHAT: Texas League Baseball.

WHERE: Drillers Stadium, 15th and Yale.

WHEN: 12:05 p.m., Thursday.

BROADCAST: 11:50 a.m., KAKC 1300am.

PROBABLE PITCHERS: Shreveport, Luke Pote (4-0); Tulsa, Chris Gies (0-3).

PROMOTION: It's Drug Awareness Day sponsored by Domino's Pizza and Waste

Management. Area sixth graders will attend a special pre-game Drug Awareness

program moderated by Channel 2 news anchor Jerry Webber. The awareness

program will begin at 10:20 a.m. and will include DARE graduation

ceremonies.

It's also a Cellular One/McCaw Paging businessman's baseball special and

the executives will have the opportunity to use cellular phones to call

their offices for any messages.

BROKEN ARROW'S Steve Hecht had a heck of a night Wednesday as Shreveport

shaded Tulsa 3-1 in Texas League baseball action at Drillers Stadium.

Hecht, 27, slapped a double and triple, drove in one run

and scored another. And if that wasn't enough, he threw

out Cris Colon on a perfect peg to third base to spike what

looked like a promising Tulsa rally in the eighth.

Colon was trying to take an extra base on Rusty Greer's

single down the left-field line.

"I love to play defense," said Hecht, who is happy to

be in the San Francisco organization after a stint with

Montreal's Triple A farm at Indianapolis. "It's the key to success."

Hecht demonstrated that before a crowd of 1,932.

Hecht, who went to Union High School and played his collegiate

baseball at Oral Roberts, was glad to perform before the home folks.

Left-hander Chris Hancock (3-1) escaped more perils than

Pauline before 6-9 right-hander Dave Masters earned his

second save with three scoreless innings. However, he was

the beneficiary of Hecht's defense.

"Steve's the kind of a guy who comes to play," said Shreveport

manager Ron Wotus. "Say, how about that Hancock? I thought

the left-hander did a great job against that Tulsa lineup."

Right-hander Rick Helling (2-3) virtually matched Hancock

pitch-for-pitch, striking out eight and walking only one

in 7 2/3 innings. Helling hurled a 3-0 one-hit masterpiece

in his last outing against the Captains.

"That was an aggressive play by Colon, but it was a mental

mistake," said Tulsa manager Stan Cliburn. "You never

want to make that first out at third base. Hecht made a

perfect throw and Colon was caught."

Masters, who had "a nasty slider" in Wotus' opinion, figured

Hecht's throw was the turning point in the well-played contest.

The victory was the Captains' fourth in seven meetings with

Tulsa this season.

The Captains scored off Helling in the second inning as

Hecht doubled down the right field line, advanced on a groundout

and came home on Tim Florez' single to center.

Hecht figured in Shreveport's second run as he tripled after

Bert Heffernan's single in the fourth inning.

Hancock's first walk to Benny Castillo in the fourth returned

in the form of a run as David Rolls doubled to produce the run.

Helling left after Pete Weber's one-out double in the eighth

inning. Left-hander Ritchie Moody relieved and Barry Miller

greeted the ex-Cowboy with an RBI single to right. It was

his TL-leading 24th RBI.

The victory was Hancock's second over the Drillers. He was a 4-1 winner

over the Drillers as Carl Hanselman earned the save with 3 1/3 innings of

hitless relief in a game at Shreveport.

While the Captains manufactured runs with timely hitting,

the Drillers missed early opportunites, wasting Castillo's

one-out double in the second inning and back-to-back hits

by Roger Luce and Frank Turco in the third.

However, Hancock was equal to the challenge in the third

by striking out Colon and getting Greer and McCoy on outfield flies.

Hecht's three hits and Barry Miller's two led Shreveport's

nine-hit attack, while former Oklahoma Stater Castillo paced

Tulsa with a double and a single.

The loss left the Drillers in the TL East cellar at 9-15,

while the Caps improved to 12-14.

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