St. Raphael 3, La Salle 0 - June 19, 1951
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St. Raphael Upsets La Salle As Parenteau Hurls Shutout
St. Raphael Surprises La Salle Nine With 3-0 Setback
St. Raphael Downs La Salle, 3-0 In First Game Of Series For State Championship
St. Raphael Upsets La Salle As Parenteau Hurls Shutout1
By DICK REYNOLDS
What a difference a day makes.
Yesterday, before Bill Parenteau southpawed St. Raphael to a 3-0 success of La Salle, the Maroons were heavy favorites to succeed Burrillville on the schoolboy baseball throne.
And why not? Didn't the La Sallians have three top twirlers ready and rested while Paul Fiore, ace of the Saints' staff, was recovering from twirling 12 innings against Westerly on Monday?
But Bill Parenteau tipped over the dope bucket with his lethal left arm, which handed the Maroons their second shutout and second setback of the season. Until yesterday, Pete McGuirl had been the only conqueror of the La Sallians with a 4-0 triumph for Central.
Now the Saints seem to have at least an even chance of clinching the best-of-three finals tomorrow at Aldrich Field (2 p.m.) and thereby winning their first state pennant.
In trying to end the series, the Saints will start Fiore tomorrow while McAleer will be the Maroons' choice to extend the series to a third tilt on Saturday.
Perhaps Parenteau was somewhat undersold yesterday since he had been beaten only by Westerly (1-0).
But La Salle had been so hit-happy when walloping Woonsocket two straight as to prompt some talk that nobody but Fiore could be expected to tie up its powerful punch.
Parenteau apparently did not hear those comments for the shrewd southpaw spread around seven hits with an extraordinary exhibition of control which suspended free passes completely.
Only La Sallian to attain third was Bill Pearson on a second-inning triple, longest blow of the ball game. But when Pete De Masi fouled out behind first base, Bill Kennedy gunned down Pearson at the plate when the Maroon catcher tried to tag up and score.
That DP, Kennedy to Chet Hanewich, was one of several fielding features.
Art Aloiso and George Agostini, shortstops, kept the 150 customers present glad that they had come.
Hanewich and Pearson upheld the fine brand of backstopping begun in the semi-finals and there were numerous other donors of brilliant bits in the swift-moving contest, completed in 1:42.
The Saints sewed up the struggle in the first by scoring twice after two were out. Agostini [actually, Aloiso] accounted for the first two putouts by throwing out Aloiso [actually, Agostini] after a startling stop and taking Roy Guarino's hoist in short left.
But Hanewich reached on an infield hit despite a bare-hand stab of a grounder and good peg by Pete De Masi. Lovett, hero with the hit scoring the winning run against Westerly, cracked a single through short.
Kennedy lofted a drive which fell safely for two bases between Tom Cahir and Tim Laverty and Hanewich and Lovett crossed the plate.
In the sixth, the Saints packed the sacks with one out on singles by Jigger Higgins and Kennedy, plus a hit batsman. But Feeney, who gave a total of eight hits, struck out Dragon and forced Parenteau to ground out.
The same end of the La Salle batting order threatened in the first and final innings but Parenteau parried the thrusts very neatly.
In the first frame with two out, Laverty laced the first of his three singles and Cahir followed with an infield hit. But Johnny Ferruolo skied to Higgins who made a good grab in left.
With one away in the ninth, Laverty slapped out his third single but Parenteau fanned Cahir and threw out Ferruolo at first.
Diamond Dust: Maybe the long layoff that La Salle had isn't the best prescription for the playoffs. . . . Perhaps the Saints sharpened their batting eyes looking at the speedy slants of Dave Stenhouse for 12 innings on Monday.
The Saints have won all three of their playoff triumphs on foreign soil. Their lone loss was at McCoy Stadium.
With Pete Miniati and Fiore available for full distance duty tomorrow and Parenteau probably okay for reliefing, the Saints' staff seems just as strong as the La Sallians. So far in the playoffs, SR has allowed two runs in 39 innings.
Return of warm weather proves that the cold climate of last week wasn't responsible for tiny turn-outs. Yesterday. there weren't many more in the stands than in the dugouts.
Population of the SR dugout decreased by one when Joe LeFebvre evicted Bobo Gorman, Saints' assistant and head holler guy, for too vehement protest of a play at first. Bobo said it was just as well because he had laryngitis after 12 innings of jockeying Westerly on Monday.
St. Raphael Surprises La Salle Nine With 3-0 Setback2
Bill Parenteau Halters Maroon With Seven Hits
Saints Will Start Paul Fiore or Pete Miniati in 2nd Game Tomorrow
By DICK REYNOLDS
St. Raphael looped one leg over the state schoolboy title yesterday at Aldrich Field as Bill Parenteau, bespectacled senior southpaw, shut out La Salle, 3-0, in the opener of the best-of-three final series.
The rather surprising success of the short and slim portsider, who pitched with his head and heart in spreading around seven hits, supplies the Saints with an excellent opportunity to win the first R.I. diamond crown in their history.
In their efforts to tack down the title tomorrow at Aldrich Field (2 p.m.), the Saints will throw their ace, Paul Fiore, or Pete Miniati. Both are right-handers and unbeaten.
McAleer to Pitch
With Joe Feeney having dropped his first decision yesterday, La Salle will come back tomorrow with another unbeaten right-hander, Tom McAleer.
Despite uncanny control in not giving a single walk, and blessed with perfect support, Parenteau was in such complete command that Bill Pearson was the lone La Sallian to reach third, tripling along the left-field line with one out in the second.
Pete De Masi fouled out to Bill Kennedy in back of first base and [Bill] pegged to Chet Hanewich who caught Pearson coming into the plate.
While Parenteau was the boss of the ball game with his pin-point pitching of quick and slow curves, his buddies were jarring Joe Feeney for two runs in the first and one in the fourth.
Art Aloiso made the opening inning look easy by throwing out his rival shortstop, George Agostini, on a slick play for the first out and by grabbing Roy Guarino's hoist into short left for the second.
But Chet Hanewich was credited with an infield hit when he was safe on a grounder despite a barehand stop by De Masi. George Lovett, who drove the Saints into the final with his 12th-inning hit against Westerly on Monday, smashed a single through short. Kennedy cracked a drive to left center which fell between Tom Cahir and Tim Laverty and scored Hanewich and Lovett. Higgins whiffed.
Feeney fanned Lovett for the first out in the fourth but Kennedy wrangled one of the three walks off Big Joe. All hands were safe when Ralph D'Ambra slapped a grounder which Aloiso tossed to second too late to force Kennedy. Joe Dragon, supposed not a strong sticker, showed no respect for Feeney's reputation as a no-hit hurler by singling to right center and sending home Kennedy with the Saints' third run. Dragon was out trying to reach second on the throw-in.
The Saints jammed the bases in the sixth with one out as Kennedy and Higgins singled successively and Feeney bounced a curve ball off D'Ambra's head. But Dragon took three strikes and Parenteau grounded out.
St. Raphael Downs La Salle, 3-0 In First Game Of Series For State Championship3
Bill Parenteau Hurls Great Game; Kennedy And Dragon Star At Bat
By TED MULCAHEY
St. Raphael Academy took the lead in the best-of-three game series with La Salle Academy for the R. I. Interscholastic League baseball crown by posting a 3-0 victory over the Smith Hillers yesterday at Aldrich Field.
The second game of the series will be played at the same field at 2 o'clock tommorw afternoon. Coach Barney Garrity of the Saints will select either Paul Fiore or Pete Miniati to do the hurling against La Salle's Tom McAleer.
Bill Parenteau, Bill Kennedy and Joe Dragon were the big wheels in St. Raphael's victory in the series opener, Parenteau twirling an exceptionally fine game and Kennedy and Dragon driving in the all-important three runs.
Spaces Seven Hits
Parenteau, a small left-hander, gave up seven hits but he spaced them splendidly. Only in the first inning did La Salle get two hits and one of those was of the infield variety. Parenteau improved with each inning and after the second frame not a base runner reached second.
Always ahead of the batter, Parenteau didn't walk a man. THat he struck out but two mattered little, for he kept the dangererous La Salle runners off the bases. A big factor in smooth-working Lefty's victory was the perfect support accorded by his mates.
Big, rugged Joe Feeney of the La Salle, a righthander who only last week pitched a no-hitter against Woonsocket, was anything but a puzzle to the Saints. They bunched three of their eight hits for two runs in the first inning and put together a walk, an error of omission and a single in the fourth for another tally. Thus all three St. Raphael runs were runned.
Kennedy Drives In Two
The Saints lost little time in going to work on Feeney. George Agostini had grounded out and Roy Guarino flied out when Chet Hanewich beat out a hit through the box. George Lovett slashed a single to left and Kennedy dumped a double into center, scoring Hanewich and Lovett. Higgins went out swinging for the third out.
The third St. Raphael run came home in the fourth. Lovett fanned, Kennedy walked and Higgins fanned. Ralph D'Ambra rapped a hard ground ball to short on a hit and run. Art Aloiso at short threw to second too late to catch Kennedy and the Saints had two on. Dragon then lined a single to right and Kennedy came home and D'Ambra moved around to third, but Dragin was out trying to make second on the throw-in.
The Saints loaded the bases in the sixth with one out when Kennedy and Higgins singled and D'Ambra was hit by a pitched ball. However, Dragon was called out on strikes and Parenteau grouned out to retire the side.
Two were out when Tim Lavery singled to right and Tom Cahir beat out a hit to the mound in the first inning, but Higgins took John Ferruolo's fly deep in left.
Nailed At The Plate
La Salle's best scoring opportunity was in the second when Bill Pearson tripled along the line in left with one out. Pete DeMasi fouled out to Kennedy and Pearson tried to score after the catch, but Kennedy cut him down at the plate on a throw to Hanewich.
ODDS 'N ENDS . . . The game was unusually fast, requiring only one hour and 42 minutes, quite a change from the St. Raphael-Westerly marathon of three hours and five minutes on Monday . . . In a total of 51 innings St. Raphael hurlers now have allowed but two runs and only one of them earned . . . Laverty collected three of the La Salle hits and tested Higgins' arm in the sixth when he tried to stretch an ordinary single into a double . . . Jigger's throw had him out by a mile at second . . . Feeney picked up most of his strikeouts against the good hitters on the St. Raphael club, geting Hanewich, Lovett, and Higgins twice each . . . Dragon took a terrific smash off the bat of Aloiso in the eighth and Aloisio came up with a gem of a play on a back hand stab of Agostini's bounding ball in the third . . . The only error of the game was on an attempted double play, DeMasi throwing wildly to first . . . Parenteau saved his second strikeout until the ninth when he sat down hard-hitting Cahir on three sucessive swinging strikes with a runner on first and one out . . . Parenteau fielded Ferruolo's ground ball himself for the final out of the game . . . The umpires cleaned both dugouts of all but members of the squads in the second inning to cut down on the jokeying.