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!OA-- , koff.Sews hu ay, 2, THE By Benny Rogers i!' i iii Let's see... There was the gasoline questionable and I failed to reach one. shortage, a shortage of rainfall last That left me with 11 definite "yesses." summer and a shortage of softball By midweek I had lost two of those. I players last week. A shortage of sof- began to panic. tbali players? Yep, and have I got a story for you? My story begins last Sunday around 6 p.m. I had just secured the Rebels a berth in the 20-team Jetco softball tour- ney that was played last weekend and quickly proceeded notifying my Rebel teammates. David Hennessee, our coach, was vacationing with his family in Colorado and I knew that telephoning the players was one of my increased responsibilities. After my initial round of calls things looked pretty good. Only two players would be unable to be there, one was With our first game scheduled for Saturday morning I thought it would be necessary to make another round of contacts Thursday evening The "yesses" were holding strong, the questionable was still questionable and I still couldn't reach the unreachable. At this point I considered quitting, but I knew if I did I would have to make another round of calls and let everyone know. I though I had a solution to my problem Thursday night. I ran into a former Rebel in Kemp at a Little League game, who said he and a friend would be happy to play with us. I was relieved and the drive home was pleasant and carefree. Needless to say, when I reached the old homestead there was a message to call a guy from Kemp. I did.., they couldn't make it Saturday. After a very restless Thursday night, Friday couldn't be any worse, or so I thought. First there was the run-in with the very rude secretary at Dallas Power and Light when I tried to reach my unotified player. Then there was the call from a definite yes who turned into a probable no. And it wasn't even noon. By six o'clock that evening there was a slight glimmer of hope as the unreachable turned into a yes, but the questionable became an unreachable. TIIE MAI,AKOFF INDIANS, sponsored by Lakeside llome Builders of Gun Barrel City, are currently 2-I-I in the l,akeside American League. Team members pictured are, left to right, Mike McGee, Sean Stenovitch, Carl Tapley, Rocky llale. Coach Benny Rogers, Mike lloyt, Grady Baker, Joel Knox, Keith Barron and Mitchell Riddle. Not pictured are ('had King, Donald Watson, Jeff Hyde and Coach Chip Souza. {Staff photo by Lori Callaway) TIIE MAI,AKOFF COWBOYS for 1981 Include, back row (I to r), Coach Ed Lee, Paul Loper, Michael Ruth, Marvin Smith, Neal Tarkington, Robert Fort, Lee llobbs, Ronnle Christian, and Coach Floyd Thomas. Front row, (I to r) is pitching coach Richard Seat, Tony Gregory, Mlckey Talbert, Michael Lee, Jerry Wood, Clyde Dowell, Donnie llodge and Case)' llenderson. Not pictured is Sean Sllllck. The team is sponsored by Fred Sonntag Ford of Malakoff. (Staff photo by Lori Callaway) ei]J l WHOLESALE I Plumbing and Air Cenditiening Supplies PHIL TRICE, former Malakoff head football coach and athletic director, was presented a plaque by members of the 1981 football team. The plaque reads, "From the Malakoff Tigers, You'll Always Be Our Coach But Most Of All You'll Always Be Our Friend." The presentation was made at Trice's house last week. {Staff photo by Loci Callaway) CLASSIFIED ADS SELl, State veterans benefits and eligibility requirements vary widely -- consult ~xx.'~ your state or county Veterans Office. 110 E. Mitcham, Malakoff 489-1292 24 HOUR WRECKER SERVICE TIRES & TUBES MONDAY-FRIDAY OPEN ALL DAY SATURDAY + At this point I Summoned some of the troops in for help. I assigned Robert Gaston to the telephone and asked Chip Souza to trek to Trinidad and recruit. Not long after shelling out some of the responsibility things begin to turn my way. Around 7:15 Lynn Rogers, who usually plays for the All Stars, called asking if we needed any players for they had decided to drop out of the tourney Do we need any players? I was never so happy to receive a phone call in my life My problem was over, I would ask Lynn and one of his team- mates to join my eight "yesses." I quickly got Rob off the phone and can- celled Chip's trip. After winning our first game early Saturday morning we were not scheduled to play again until mid- afternoon. No problems, right? Wrong, one player failed to return and had it not been for Lance Morman getting off work at noon and showing up we would have played shorbanded. Just as well.. We lost 11-4 and would not play again until 8 p.m. Before departing for home to refresh and regroup one player informed me that he couldn't make it back. Here we go again. Once home, I quickly tried to call three or four other All Star players, but was unsuccessful. At this point I in- vited Dana Wilson to help me in my search for a player or two. After several phoning failures, Dana finally reached a friend in Murchison, who agreed to play. I talked another of my cousins into playing so that we would be assured 11 players that evening. Upon my arrival back in Corsicana I learned one of my pick-up players who had been with us all day suddenly decided to leave. Back to I0 players again. Will this never end? Where is a bench when you need it? Late in our game with the Ennis In- dependents we were up by four runs and were threatening to break it open. Two batters had already reached base and Rob was at the plate. Rob drove in ...... a run with a sharp single up the middle. .... Enter, lack of bench. You'll not find a more dedicated player than Rob and he's also a pretty decent hitter at times. But Rob has one drawback, he is blessed with Richie Zisk speed and we usually pinch run for him in the latter innings. But there wasn't anyone on the bench, right? Right, but there was someone in the stands. A friend of Chip's who had innocently came to watch us play was the victim of ~: i, ~ i VICTORY BOUND-Sean McKean, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ji~ jetted to his second consecutive victory in only his second race worth, Georgia. The first place finish earned McKean the Eastern Cha mpionship. (Courtesy photo) an Sean McKean, 12-year-old son of Mr. outdoor motor. and Mrs. Jim McKean, continued his Earlier in the year, assault on water and kept his young race, McKean racing career perfect in Acworth, Division title in Bea~ Georgia, last weekend. The Busch- astonished longtime wacker Addition resident won the During his two career Eastern Division title in only his second competed against more race. racers. McKean jetted his Formula 350 McKean's first Hydroplane racer across the finish line qualifies the h with an average speed of 55-60 miles per national tournament at hour. McKean's top spot finish bested Florida, in August. A win 14 other racers in the novice division of race would not only the Formula 350 Hydroplane boat class, spotless, but would net The Formula350 sports a 20 cubic inch the national title. our need for a runner. After begging : ,, him from the stands he took his place on first base after I had called a time-out to ask his name to give to the official ~ ..... ........ scorer. We were victorious and went on : : ..... : ..... ~/,,, to play another game where the same :~ ' ~~+ situation, with another innocent fan the :::, + ,,:, victim, repeated itself. Rob finally asked where we were getting these :+'., .... ,~ p~a.Yers. ~espite a loss to a very fine Sam's Slammers team, the days of high anxiety, uncertainty and mixed emotions the week was not a total loss. We took fifth place in the meet, signed the player from Murchison, Tony Mayfield, to a long term contract and I found column material. Trinidad Sports__ By CHARLIE FREEMAN The Trinidad Little League team traveled to Mildred Thursday night and bagged a win. The Little League team held the Mildred team to only two poin- ts while they had nine runners cross the plate. The Trinidad Little League team brought home a super 9-2 victory. The Trinidad Blues won their game Monday against the Reds by a score of 19-8. However, they lost their game against Mildred on Thursday night. The Reds lost their Thursday night game against Cross Roads by a 16-7 deficit. The Trojans lost a heartbreaker on Friday night to Kerens. They came to within two points of a victory but were denied the win in extra innings. The final score was 14-16 in favor of Kerens. The All Stars also lost to Kerens by a score of 21-9. Tommy John asked for old time pitch Yankee pitcher Tommy John used to have one of the best fastballs in the majors before his arm surgery in 1974. Now he uses finesse instead of fire to get out opposing hitters. But Tommy longs for his old flame- throwing days, saying: "I told the surgeons to put a Kau[ax fastball into my arm during the operation. "The did, but unfortunately it was Mrs. Koufax' fastball." Free Estimates - We Fix Flats Radiator Service We al o service * Brakes * Electrical * Air Conditioning * )il & (,rease *Tune.l lm ; :N ....... +, ? SAFE BY A STEP-Cowboy Ben Sonntag beat the throw to first base k Indian first baseman Robert Wright made the catch. The t the victor 28-26 in the high scoring T-Ball tilt. (Staff photo by .+p KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE BALL-Keith Massingill, a member Ball team, gave the bali his full attention during his time dlan-Cowboy battle. The Cowboys won the tilt 28-26 to even the fifth and final match was played Monday night and the Cowboys pionship game. (Staff photo by Lori Callaway) tIlllllllllllll~ , Refrigerators . Freezers . Washers ,, Dryers , TV's Radios, Ceiling Fans , Air ,, ml tJoners "'|iOl=ll" 11+ 111111 st't' IIS befor,' y.u buy" 214 N. Terry 489-1505 Malakoff lllllllllllllll Veterans of Vietnam are granted fishing licenses by the ter one instead of ce. New Jersey alloWS withdraw from the retirement system. Order early fol Rob's Country