TennisThe Love Machine moved to within striking distance...


May 19, 1994|By Mike Nortrup


The Love Machine moved to within striking distance of its fourth consecutive league championship by beating formerly undefeated 10s 2nite, 30-24.

Both teams are tied for the lead at 7-1, with Love Machine having the edge by virtue of winning the match between the two. It can clinch by winning next month's final match, regardless of what 10s does.

Debbie Courter and Sue Thomas put the Machine ahead, 14-8, by winning women's doubles, 8-0. Mike Rowe, though, duplicated that 8-0 score in men's No. 1 singles to put 10s back on top at 16-14.

The Love Machine went ahead for good when Kevin Resh and Joe Hayward took men's doubles, 8-2. Debbie Courter and Alan Anthony nailed it down for the Love Machine in the final event with an 8-6 decision in men's doubles.

The Topspinners jumped to a 24-8 lead and went on to beat the Aces, 36-23.

Wayne and Sandy Yingling put the winners ahead after the first event, with an 8-3 decision in mixed doubles. Sandy Yingling then paired with Charlotte Coffey to take another 8-3 win, in women's doubles.

Jim Eanes' 8-2 verdict in men's No. 1 singles gave the Topspinners the 24-8 lead. The Aces' only win was an 8-4 verdict in men's doubles by Mike Mariaca and Marvin Newhouse.

The Crushers raced to a 16-2 lead and hung on to win, 31-26, over the Lynesmen, despite the latter's rally in the final three events.

After receiving a crucial 8-0 forfeit, the Crushers got an 8-2 mixed doubles win from Sandy Jankevicius and Charley Morar. A John Lynam and Allen Wroe 8-3 victory in men's doubles was the big win for the Lynesmen, who won the final three events, but by insufficient margins to recover from their early deficit.

The Poachers rallied in the final two events to beat the Coyotes, 32-26.

David John's 8-0 men's No. 1 singles triumph gave the Coyotes a 21-16 edge midway through the match. However, Massimo Fuggitti and Brian Haight put the Poachers on top to stay, by taking the men's doubles, 8-3.

Don Fortney's 8-2 win in men's No. 2 singles nailed it down for the Poachers.

Adrian Mihaescu's 8-5 win in the match's final event pulled the Smashers to a 27-24 victory over the Death Squad.

Mihaescu's men's No. 2 singles decision broke a 19-19 tie. The Smashers' Beth Yingling and Suzi Lyons teamed for an 8-2 win in women's doubles and Carlton Thomas and Bob Lipinski contributed an 8-1 victory in men's doubles for the winners.

Steve Powell and Maria Vailas combined for an 8-2 victory for the Poachers in mixed doubles, and Bernie Polischuk helped with an 8-1 win in men's No. 1 singles.

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The Braves (5-1) unleashed a 34-hit attack to beat the Athletics, 24-0.

The winners scored in every inning, scoring five runs in the first, second and fourth innings. Braves pitchers Kelly Cooper, Mandy Komar and Jennifer Myers combined for the shutout.

Tracey Davis and Becki Ridgway paced the attack, each going 4-for-4 and scoring two runs. Myers, Jennifer Davis and Christy Westphal went 3-for-3, with Davis and Westphal scoring three times.

In an earlier game, the Astros gave the Braves their only loss, 12-7. Katie McDermott's two-run triple highlighted a five-run Astros fourth inning that put them ahead 11-6.

McDermott was 2-for-3, as were Astros teammates Amy Braitsch and Jennifer Menaker. Menaker drove in three runs and Braitsch knocked in two. Ginger Myers and Tracey Davis were 3-for-3 for the Braves and Becki Ridgway was 2-for-3. The Braves' Lauren Poe was 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

In a game called because of darkness after six innings, the Giants and Reds played to a 10-10 tie. Kim Barker's two-run double tied the game for the Giants, 7-7, in the third inning.

The Giants' Amanda Boyer knotted it at 10, when she singled home Sue Fisher to cap a three-run fifth-inning rally. Fisher went 3-for-3, driving in two runs and scoring three. Crystal Davis was 3-for-3 with three RBIs for the Giants. Barker was 3-for-3, scoring three runs and driving in four.

The Reds' Brianna Severn, Ann Rose Parker and Adrianne Serio were 3-for-3 with Serio driving in three runs, Severn, two, and Parker scoring twice and driving in two runs. Anne Yust contributed a 2-for-3 effort for the Reds.

The Orioles jumped to an 8-2 lead in the first three innings and held off the Giants, 8-6. Kari Davidson's three-run homer highlighted the five-run Oriole third that clinched the game.

Davidson was 2-for-3 and scored two runs. Kelly Gachot was 2-for-2, hitting a homer and driving in two runs.

Beth Biden was 2-for-2 with an RBI for the Orioles. Kim Barker and Crystal Davidson were 3-for-3 for the Giants, with Barker hitting a home run. The Giants' Tess Fisher and Sue Fisher were 2-for-3.

The Astros broke a 3-3 tie with a six-run fifth inning and beat the Reds, 9-5.

Katie McDermott's single gave the winners the lead for good -- 4-3 -- early in that inning. Amy Braitsch's fourth-inning two-run shot had tied the game at 3 for the Astros. Braitsch and McDermott was 2-for-2. Brianna Severn was 2-for-3, with a double and run scored for the Reds.

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