St. Raphael 4, De La Salle 3 - May 7, 1951
St. Raphael Shades De La Salle, 4-3, In 6th Straight League Win1
Fiore Again Rescues Locals In Relief Role
Coach Barney Garrity's high-flying St. Raphael Academy baseball forces nosed out the De La Salle Crusaders of Newport yesterday at McCoy Stadium, 4-3, for their sixth consecutive Eastern Division victory to remain in the undefeated ranks.
As was the case in their last two games against East and West, Sophomore Fireman Paul Fiore was again the difference between victory and defeat. Fiore relieved started Bill Parenteau in the fifth with two on and none out. He got Jim Murrough to ground back to him while attempting to sacrifice, forcing Buzzy Butler at third. Fiore then got both Dan Ahearn and Bill Willis to hit routine flies to the outfield.
The Saints started things rolling in the second inning. Co-Capt. George Lovett singled, went to second on a wild pitch and to third on Chet Hanewich's single to center. Then, after two out, Lovett stole home as Hanewich was being run down between first and second.
The Crusaders tied the score in the fourth. Dan Ahearn singled to left, stole second and scored on Bill Willis' line shot between Dragon and Agostini. Parenteau avoided further trouble in the frame when he picked Willis off third after he had reached the far turn on Joe Dragon's error.
Saints Score Three
In their half of the fourth the Saints broke loose, three markers and taking the lead, 4-1. George Agostini started it by beating out a slow roller to short and Lovett singled sharply to center, sending Agostini to second.
Hanewich lined a double to left, scoring Agostini, and Lovett tallied when Left Fielder Bill Piva's throw got away from Catcher Charlie Broadhorst. "Jigger" Higgins scored Hanewich with the final run of the inning with a blooping fly to right center.
But the Crusaders came fighting back, and blasted Parenteau from the mound. Bill started his own downfall by walking Johnny Oliver on four straight pitches, then successive singles by Dave Piper, "Buzzy" Butler and broadhorst accounted for two runs. At this point Fiore took over and held the Crusaders scoreless the rest of the way.
De La Salle nearly tied the score in the eighth when, after two were out, Piva reached on an error and went to third on Tom Brady's single. Piva and Brady then attempted a double steal, but Cather Hanewich pegged to Bill Kennedy at second and Piva dashed for the plave. Kennedy's return throw to Hanewich arrived just in time to nick Piva at the plate.
In 11 2/3 innings of relief pitching Fiore has given up only thee hits and three walks, while fanning 13.
George Lovett leads all his teammates with a .435 mark at the plate, and in the field Shortstop George Agostini continues to sparkle. In six games has committed only one error in 30 chances. The score:
Academy's Flag Chances Suffer2
4-3 Loss To St. Raphael Drops De La Salle To 3rd
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