Thursday, 13 March 2008

Pre-Season, Tuesday, April 7, 1953

Bulldogs Rally, Edge Calgary In 10 Innings
By Bruce Farris [Fresno Bee, April 8, 1953]—The Fresno State College Bulldogs picked one of the coldest April nights in several years to play one of the longest games of the season here last night as they edged the Calgary Stampeders 11 to 10 in 10 innings before a few hundred hardy fans in the FSC Park.
The game consumed more than three hours and definitely was not patterned for pitchers as the Stampeders pounded four Fresno hurlers for 12 blows—including five extra base smashes—and the Bulldogs raked three Stampeder hurlers for 15 safties.
Tonight Fresno will travel to Lodi to play the Idaho Falls team of the class C Pioneer League at 8 o'clock in the Lodi Park.
Make Game Comeback
Coach Pete Beiden's team staged one of its best comebacks of the season last night as they overcame an 8 to 2 Calgary lead to tie the game at 10 to 10 in the eighth and then go on to win in the extra panel.
Manager Gene Lillard's class A Western International team teed off on Bulldog starting pitcher Ted Wills as though they owned him. Lillard, a former Pacific Coast Leage slugger and California League manager, touched off the first blast in the opening inning. He unloaded a 360 foot home run over the left field boards, scoring two teammates ahead of him.
Calgary continued to belt Wills in the second as second baseman Bob Bonebrake lofted a 340 footer over the left field wall to score two more runs.
Fresno got to starting Stampeder hurler Joe Orrell for two runs in the second on four singles. Calgary made one in the third and then drove Wills to the showers with two more in the fourth. Rudy Garcia took over and put out the fire.
Bulldogs broke loose on Al Lobato in the fourth on three walks, a hit batsman, two hits and a clean steal of home by outfielder Len Tucker for four runs making it 8 to 6.
Garcia Is Chased
Garcia lasted only one more inning and Calgary made a single tally. Bulldog ace Truman Clevenger took over in the sixth and hurled two hit, one run ball for three innings.
Fresno continued to peck away at Lobato for one run in the fifth. The Bulldogs finally lowered the boom on righthander Ray Wood to lie the score in the eighth. Fred Bartels led off with a single and Roy Hollstien was safe on an error.
Bob Bennett forced Hollstien at second but Bartels scored on an overthrow at first on an attempted double play. Harvey Zenimura rapped a single to left and on a bad throw in Bennett scored and T. Clevenger took third.
J.D. Peterson reached first on a fielder's choice with Clevenger scoring the tying run.
VanderLaan Gets Win
Bill VanderLaan took over the Fresno pitching duties in the tenth, retired the Stampeders in order, thanks to a twin killing, and received credit for the win. Hollstein led off the tenth by walking. Bennett sacrificed him to second. VanderLaan was safe on an error at third putting Hollstien on third. Zenimura sent a slow roller to shortstop and Hollstien beat the throw to the plate for the winning run.
Bonebrake with a home run and two singles was the top Calgary hitter while Zenimura, Bariels and Peterson had three hits each for Fresno State.
Calgary ............ 321 211 000 0—10 12 3
Fresno State ... 020 410 030 1—11 15 3
Orrell, Labato (4) and Lillard; Wills, Garcia (4), T. Clevinger (6), VanderLaan (10) and Bennett, B. Clevenger.

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