Thursday, 31 July 2008

Spring Training, Friday, April 9, 1954


Bannocks Down Vancouver 3-2
LEWISTON (April 9) — Pocatello evened its exhibition baseball record with Vancouver at a game each with a 3-2 seven-inning victory Friday.
The Bannocks of the class C Pioneer league capped a nine-hit attack with a run in the fifth to break a 2-2 deadlock and upset the class A Western International League Capilanos.
Bob Weilep, rookie right-hander who was dismissed only a few days ago from a hospital after treatment for a month infection, went the route for Pocatello.
Weilep gave up five hits but permitted only two of them in the same inning. He fanned two and walked three.
Pocatello scored two runs in the second inning on four hits off rookie Harold King of Vancouver. Rod MacKay, Capilano veteran, went to the hill at the start of the fourth and was tapped for the winning tally.
Vancouver scored once in the seventh when Jack Bukowatz drove in Elmer Clow, who had walked, and Clow scored again the third when he tripled and was knocked in by Bukowatz's single.
Dick Davis, rookie outfielder from Oakland, Calif., who was recommended to Manager Butch
Moran by a former WIL buddy, singled in the Pocatello first, but died on base.
Mac Schmidt, left field, doubled in the Bannock second and second sacker Hoagy Carmichael’s long double drove him in. Gerry Mongomery, catcher, singled for Pocatello’s third straight hit and Carmichael scored. Weilep chipped in with a single, but the Caps picked him off on third baseman Joe Conte’s grounder and got Dale Odekirk, shortstop, on a fly to center to end the inning.
The Bannocks went down one-two-three in the fourth with MacKay on the hill.
Three successive singles in the Pocatello fifth decided the outcome. Davis, Mike Trotzuk, first base, and Jim Covert, right field, got the safeties. Davis scored on Covert's blow.
Vancouver got runners on first and second in the seventh frame and none out. Three outfield flies wound up the action.
Schmidt and Davis made accurate pegs home after their catches to hold the leading runner at third. A loft to Covert ended the game.
Moran said Dick Mayberry, rookie catcher who joined Lewiston's WIL camp and then was turned over to the Bannocks, has decided to leave Pocatello. He was here on trial. Lewiston and Pocatello are holding a joint camp.
Pocatello ........ 020 010 0—3 9 2
Vancouver ..... 101 000 0—2 5 0
Weilep and Mongomery, Mayberry (5); King, MacKay (4) and Pesut.

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