The last fly ball of the Season That Ended Too Soon curved into center field at Derks minutes after 11 p.m. Monday. Pat Waid made the easy catch to give Trapper pitcher Bill Wenrick a complete-game, three-hit, 12-strikeout shutout.
The Trappers downed Pocatello 10-0 to end Season No. 4 with a four-game win streak - upbeat enough, except it was the only Trapper team to not win the postseason championship.As Waid made the grab, he felt a rush of conflicting emotions. "It was kind of a good feeling," Waid said. "Good and bad. When you start getting tired, you don't know if you'll make it, and then you make the last out of the season, and the only thing I could think of was not being able to come to the yard tomorrow."
"I wanted to go out with a bang," said Wenrick, whose record was frozen at 7-4 with Waid's catch. "You never know if it might be your last game."
Independent Salt Lake got the good news that all-star second baseman Kelly Zane has been signed by the Montreal Expos and ordered to report today to West Palm Beach (Florida) for two final games. Zane follows pitcher Sean Johnson as the second player picked up by a big-league club. Now the other Traps hope they've impressed scouts, too.
"I'm sure because of the speed I throw," said Wenrick, "that it will take until the winter meetings if something's going to happen." He'll finish four classes at UCLA and stay in shape, "and if I don't get sold, it's time to grow up," he said.
Wenrick said he was going for strikeouts Monday night more than anything. "Me and Fred Riscen have been having a challenge all year, and I beat him," Wenrick said. He finished with a club-high 69 Ks to Riscen's 67.
"They've been going at it all year," said Moss of the friendly feud.
Wenrick said the Giants used some second-liners Monday. "They had a lot that weren't everyday players, and I got a lot of strikeouts because of it," he said.
Moss said the Giant pitching staff "was a little used up," helping his club to a 13-hit (all singles) night.
While Wenrick never faced more than four batters in an inning, the Traps batted 11 men in the first and seven in the second on the way to 10 hits, helped by three errors, and an 8-0 lead. None of those runs were earned. Those batting in early runs included Jeff Allison, Tommy Boyce (two), Chris Sloniger, Waid and Ray Karczewski.
Waid was the big bat with his second 4-for-5 outing of the season. He scored the game's first run and drove in two.
"It was fun to go out that way," said Waid, again expressing mixed emotion. "My mom left today, and she's going to kill me when she finds out I was 4 for 5 the night she left. She was here for three games."
Like most teammates, Waid's uncertain of his future. If no one signs him, he'd like to be a 1989 Trapper. "That would make me happy; there is a possibility of that," he said. "I like Salt Lake, I like the field, I like the fans; if I'm going to play, I want to play in a nice place, and this is probably one of the best."
TRAPPER NOTES - Monday's game started at 8:39 p.m. because of a Paul Revere and the Raiders concert beforehand . . . Attendance of 3,774 set the national Class A short-season record total at 176,217, a little more than 6,000 above the record the Traps set in 1987.