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
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.