Thursday, 13 March 2008

Pre-Season, Sunday, April 5, 1953

Tri-City Nine Nips Mavericks 4 to 2 Sunday
[Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 6, 1953]
The Prison Mavericks, who were walloped 20-3 by Yakima Junior College Saturday, gave the class A Tri-City Braves a thorough run for their money Sunday before bowing 4-2 at Bates Field.
The Western International Leaguers, opening their spring training schedule, picked up a run in the opening frame and were never behind, though they collected only eight hits off Mav hurler Bob Buren, who went the distance. Manager Edo Vanni of the Braves used three pitchers, but stuck with his starting infield and outfield the full nine frames.
Tri-City's run in the first stanza came after leadoff man Terry Carroll walked, advanced on a pair of ground outs and scored on first baseman Jack Warren's single. The Mavs knotted the count in the bottom of the third on successive singles by Cameron and McNulty and a Tri-City error.
The visitors got another pair in the fifth. Shortstop Ray Tran singled with one out. Vanni walked, and after Warren grounded out catcher Nick Pesut doubled to score Tran and Vanni.
The Mavs final tally came in the eighth when Donahue singled home Cameron, who got aboard
on an error. The Braves added a tally in the ninth. Catcher Rube Johnson walked. Tom Marier was hit by a pitched ball, and Sherwood and Olson came through with singles.
The Tri-City hurlers combined for 12 strikeouts, while Buren whiffed six.
Tri-City ......... 100 020 001—4 8 3
Mavericks ...... 001 000 010—2 5 2
Kostenbader, Bloom (4), Fast (7) and Pesut, Johnson (6); Buren and Angwood.

Chiefs Edge Stamps, 3-2
CALGARY, Monday, April 6—Stampeders of the Western International baseball league started their second week of training at Porterville, Calif., Monday. The team played its first exhibition game against Wenatchee Chiefs Sunday and dropped a 3-2 decision.
One of Calgary’s runs came as the result of a triple by Jerry Cruger. In the line-up was Al Hopper, a rookie catcher and power hitter, who left the club Monday to obtain his final discharge papers from the United States Marines. Hopper arrived in camp Friday, asked for a try-out, and then proceeded to clout home runs over the left-field fence in batting practice.
Two new players are expected in camp today. One is Joe Orrell, a former Detroit Tiger pitcher who led all minor leagues last season with a 21-3 record while with Tijuana, Mex., of the Southwestern League. The other is outfielder Dale Carpenter, who won the Big Six League batting crown in 1951 with a .365 record. He stayed out of basesball last season.

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