St. Raphael 13, Rogers 7 - April 19, 1951

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Rogers Loses League Opener To St. Raphael, 13-7
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St. Raphael Opens League Season By Downing Rogers, 13-71

Ray Killeen Injured; May Be Lost To Club

Coach Barney Garrity's St. Raphael baseball forces successfully opened their eastern division league play by outslugging Rogers High School of Newport, 13 to 7, at McCoy Statdium yesterday. However, the Saints lost co-captain Ray Killeen for at least a month and possibly the season, due to torn ligament in the shoulder of his throwing arm.

Bill Trent opened the game by smashing a two and two pitch down the line in left field for a two-bagger. He was sacrificed to third by Paul Gaines, where he was picked off base by catcher Chet Hanewich. Dick Lendrum then walked, stole second, and scored on Joe Dragon's bad throw to first on Sam Kaplan grounder. Parenteau ended the inning by whiffing Bob Davis.

The Saints went down 1-2-3 in their half of the inning before the curve ball pitching of Jerry Connell. In the second inning Johnny Medeiros let off with a triple between Higgins and D'Ambra, but on an attempted squeeze play, John Knott bunted hard to Parenteau and Medeiros had to hold third. George Lovett dropped Parenteau's throw and Medeiros broke for the plate. but Lovett recovered and pegged to Hanewich in time to get Mederios at the plate.

On this play, Medieros crashed hard into Hanewich, splitting Chet's lower lip, and for the remainder of the game the Saints' catcher could hardly talk.

Knott took second on the throw to the plate, went to third as Honewich [Hanewich] threw wildly into center field and scored on a passed ball.

Saints Tie Score

The Saints tied the score in the last of the second. Lovett walked and Hanewich's pop fly fell between Trent and Sullivan for a single. D'Ambra was hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded with one out, and Ray Killeen's third base replacement, Dragon, at bat. Dragon "dribbled" one down the first base line and beat it out with Lovett and D'Ambra scoring to tie it up. Connell then proceeded to pitch his way out of the inning by fanning Parenteau and getting Guarnin and Agostini to pop up.

However, in the third inning the Saints tallied four times with only one hit. Kennedy walked. Lovett beat out a slow roller to short and D'Ambra walked. Johnny Higgins topped one in front of the plate and both Lendrum and Connell went for it, leaving the plate uncovered with Kennedy scoring and Higgins reaching first. Dragon bunted to the first baseman and Lovett and D'Ambra scored, and Dragon reached first, when the second baseman, who was covering first, dropped the ball. Connell then balked and Higgins scored.

Bob Davis opened the fourth inning by slamming a Parenteau fast ball into center field for a home run. The Saints continued to hit Connell freely and drove him to cover after three runs had scored in the fourth inning.

Nagle Takes Mound

He was relieved by Bill Nagle, who put out the fire after the Saints had scored one more, making it 10 to 3.

Dick Lendrum started a Viking rally in the sixth inning when he singled and went to second as Lovett made a great catch of a pop foul off the bat of Sam Kaplan. Bob Davis singled to left, with Lendrum scoring, and Davis took third as Higgins let the ball get by him for a two-base error. Henry Sullivan singled to left, sending Davis in with the final run of the inning. During the fifth and Sixth innings Nagle held the Saints to only one hit and one run. However, in the seventh inning he hit Ray Guarino with a pitch and Kennedy singled, scoring Guarino after Roy had stolen second. Hanewich came through with his third hit of the afternoon, sending in Jennedy, making it 13-6.

Rogers made a determined bid in both the seventh and ninth innings, but the efforts fell short as Parenteau seemed to get stronger as the game progressed and he set them down with only one run.

Lovett and Hanewich shared hitting honors for the afternoon with three each, while Trent, Lendrum and Davis collected two apiece for Rogers.

In addition to the injuries to Killeen and Hanewich, Dragon suffered a split finger in the ninth inning when he was struck by a thrown ball from Hanewich. However, both boys are expected to be ready for Tuesday's all-important game with the defending league champions, Colt Memorial, at Bristol. The score:

Rogers Loses League Opener To St. Raphael, 13-72

Ten hits good for 20 total bases went down the drain as Rogers High School was crushed by St. Raphael's Academy, 13-7, Thursday at McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket, in the opening Eastern Division schoolboy baseball game.

The Vikings had the batting punch, but lacked pitching and fielding finesse.

Their 10-hit bombardment against Parenteau included a homer by Bob Davis, triples by John Mederios, Bill Nagle and Paul Gaines and a double by Bill Trent. Dick Lendrum joined Davis and Trent in the two-hit class.

Tho Parenteau was around at the finish, Jerry Connell and Bill "Scratch" Nagle, who handled the Viking pitching job, walked six and yielded eight blows. What really hurt were half a dozen errors at critical points.

St.Raphael's victory path was smoothed by eight unearned runs. Parenteau, hit harder than the Viking elbowmen, also was handicapped by six misplays, but his control was much better. He issued only three walks.

Rogers' base-running was a bit on the sleepy side. Two runs were lost when runners were caught off third base.

St. Raphael's wrapped up the decision by scoring four runs in both the third and fourth frames for a 10-3 lead. Behind Nagle's slick relief pitching, Rogers held St. Raphael fairly in check the rest of the game. But the Newporters failed to dissolve the home side's big lead.

Rogers took exception to Umpire Crins' calls. There was a loud and long rhubarb when Crins ruled that Sam Kaplan, Viking first baseman, had failed to tag a runner after juggling a roller in the fourth.

The Vikings started off in jaunty style. They picked up a first inning run on Tretn;s single, a walk and an error. Rogers made it 2-0 in the second inning, Madeiros tripled but was out at home on Jack Knott's roller to the mound. In his hurry to nip Knott off first, Catcher Hanewich fired the ball far into right field, Knott scoring.

St. Raphael's tied the score on two walks, two hits and an error in its half of the second.

Four-run salvos in the third and fourth cemented the Pawtucket victory, Dragon's two-run single was the big blow in the third, and doubles by Lovett and D'Ambrio [D'Ambra] and a single by Hanewich started the fourth inning drive.

Davis, Viking third sacker, rifled his homer in the fourth.

In the sixth, singles by Lendrum, Davis and Henry Sullivan accounted for two Newport runs. Nagle's triple and Gaines' outfield fly produced a single Viking run in the seventh. And the final Rogers run pattered home in the ninth when Trent doubled and Lendrum singled.

St. Raphael
Guarino, R rf 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Agostini, G ss 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kennedy, B 2b 2 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Lovett, G 1b 4 3 3 10 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Hanewich, C c 5 2 3 8 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
D'Ambra, R cf 3 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Higgins, J lf 4 1 0 4 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
Dragon, J 3b 4 0 2 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
Healy, J 3b 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Parenteau, B p 4 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 35 13 10 27 10 6 11 2 0 0 1 2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Rogers 1 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 7
St. Raphael 0 2 4 4 1 0 2 0 0 13
  1. Headlines and story from unidentified newspaper clipping, 20 April 1951
  2. Headlines and story from Newport Daily News newspaper clipping, 20 April 1951