St. Raphael 7, West High 6 - May 5, 1951
West High Nine Gives Unbeaten Saints Real Scare Before Losing In 10th By 7 To 61
Kennedy's Hit Drives In Winning Marker
West High lost to St. Raphael yesterday, 7 to 6, in a 10-inning thriller at McCoy Stadium, after giving their unbeaten local rivals a bad scare.
The Rangers led, 6 to 5, going into the ninth, but West was unable to hold the visitors and they tied the score. In the first of the 10th the Saints took advantage of Larry Calabro's error and tallied the winning run.
St. Raphael was first to score, getting one run in the first. Roy Guarino led off with a single to left, moved to third on George Agostini's single to center, and tallied on Bill Kennedy's ground out to second.
West tied the score in the second. Donald Bell singled to left, moved to second when Bob Hoxie walked Ken Isherwood, went to third when Hoxie fumbled Calabro's grounder, and scored on Jack Wainwright's hit to second.
Scores On Strikeout
In the third frame the Saints went ahead by one run, scored on a weird play. With two out, Wainwright fanned Chet Hannewich. Catcher Henry Rustigian dropped the ball, then threw it into right field. Hanewich made second, Calabro let right fielder Gordon Holmes throw go through him, and Hanewich came on to score.
In the fourth the rangers came up with a big inning, scoring four runs. Calabro walked and was moved to second on Wainwright's sacrifice. Calabro scored on Holmes' single to left. Holmes, who had gone to second on the throw in and moved to third on Pete Miniati's wild pitch, after Pete had relieved Hoxie, came in to score on Re3ne Bollengier's single to right. Bollengier then stole second and tallied on Hunt's single to left. Hunt score when Joe Dragon fumbled Rustigian's grounder.
St. Raphael scored its third run in the fifth. Hanewich doubled to left and scored on Jigger Higgin's triple to center. In West's half of the inning Calabro scored the Ranger's sixth run. After being hit by a pitched ball, Calabro moved to third on Wainwright's single to right and counted on Holmes' double to left. Paul Fiori came in to pitch to Bollengier, and didn't allow West any runs and only one hit the rest of the way.
In the sixth the Saints came up with their fourth run. Dragon reached on Hunt's error of his ground ball, went to second when Rustigian threw the ball into center field while trying to catch him stealing, and tallied on Agostini's double. St. Raphael came up with another run in the seventh. Wainwright walked George Lovett, who moved to second on a passed ball and crossed the plate on Higgin's second triple of the game.
In the top of the ninth the Saints tied the score. Higgins beat out a grounder to short, went to third on Rustigian's error when he tried to get him stealing, and came in when Hunt missed Bell's throw to third.
The Saints got their winning run when Calabro missed Agostini's grounder on which Agostini made second. Kennedy then singled to right, scoring Agostini.
West came up with three great plays in the ball game. Joe McKechnie grabbed Kennedy's long drive to left for the third out in the sixth inning. Calabro grabbed Dragon's liner for the third out in the seventh, and Rustigian got Guarino's foul fly up against the stands for the first out in the 10th. The score:
- Headlines and story from unidentified newspaper clipping, 6 May 1951