No-Hitter Pitched By Flinn, Drilling; Fan Treat Tuesday
[Victoria Colonist, April 25, 1954]
Right-handers Hal Flinn and Bob Drilling combined to pitch a no-run, no-hit game at Royal Athletic Park yesterday afternoon as Victoria Tyees of the Western International League made it three in a row over Farmer Construction with a thumping 19-0 triumph.
Only 29 batters faced the pair and the last 20 went down in order with scarcely the semblance of a base hit as the Tyees began to show the benefits of spring training. Two infield errors put Flinn in a slight bit of trouble in the first inning and he walked third-baseman Stu Mitchell to open the third. Mitchell, wiped out immediately on a double-play, was the last of the losers to get on base.
Flinn struck out three in his five innings, while Drilling, pitching easily, struck out one as he set down the side in order in the last four innings.
Meanwhile, the Tyees, led by catcher Milt Martin, demonstrated some of the punch they are supposed to have as they combed southpaw Art Worth for 19 hits, including two home runs and three doubles.
Both home runs were lined over the centre-field wall by Martin, the first in the third inning as the lead-off hitter and the second with the bags loaded in the fifth. Martin also drove in two runs with a first-inning single to end up with seven runs batted in.
Starting off with five runs in the first inning and taking full advantage of nine bases on balls and four errors, the Tyees scored in six of the eight innings they went to the plate. Behind, 10-0, after three innings, Worth took it easy but it was a promising hitting display by the Tyees, who open the league schedule at Vancouver Thursday.
Art Seguso, playing first base for manager Don Pries, out of action for a couple of days with a strained back, picked up three singles in six trips while Ron Jackson, Tom Perez and Joe Joshua each made two hits.
Joshua was making his first appearance in the Tyee line-up along with outfielder Dain Clay and the big colored outfielder reminded fans of Granny Gladstone with his hard-swinging. Clay, lean as a greyhound and still plenty fast, doubled on the first pitch ad subsequently grounded and lined out before Pries made his wholesale line-up shifts after five innings.
Although it’s too early to tell, Pries may have started the lineup which will open the season, except, of course, for first base, where Pries will hold forth. Jackson, Eddie Lake, who looked smart at shortstop, and Steve Mesner completely the infield. Joshua, Perez, and Clay were in the outfield.
The Tyees play two games at Courtenay today and then wind up pre-season play against Farmers at Athletic Park on Tuesday night at 6:30.
There will be no admission charge for Tuesday’s game and club officials have invited Victorians to come and have a look at the team which will try to win a second championship in three years.
“The fans have turned out well for our other three games,” president Arthur Cox said yesterday, “and we would like to show our appreciation in this small way. We hope they will fill the park Tuesday.”
KENNEWICK, April 25 — Tri–City’s Braves closed out their spring training season Sunday with a 6-5 victory over the Yakima Bears, who literally kicked the game away with six errors that let in five unearned runs.
The Braves did all their scoring in the first two innings off John Carmichael. Vic Buccola’s triple in the first and Bob Moniz's double in the second were the big blows of the Tri-City attack. Jack Warren, the Braves' catcher, had a perfect day at the plate with three singles in three trips.
Yakima scored solo runs in the fourth and fifth, and then shoved over three unearned tallies in the seventh. Herm Lewis led the Bears with 2-for-5 and two runs batted in.
Yakima ..... 000 110 300—5 10 6
Tri-City ... 240 000 00x—6 10 1
Carmichael, Wulf (5), Carter (8) and Summers; Guldborg, Lemeiux (5), Robertson (8) and Warren, Johnson (7).
LEWISTON, Idaho, April 25—Lewiston’s defensive play wasn’t as good as John Marshall’s mound performance, and Vancouver evened its Western International League exhibition series here by defeating the Broncs 3-1 Sunday.
The teams met four times.
Jimmy Clark’s two-run double in the eighth inning was the deciding blow for the Vancouver team.
Vancouver ...... 000 100 020—3 9 2
Lewiston ........ 010 000 000—1 10 4
Marshall and Garay; Franks, Roberts (7) and Duretto.
SPOKANE, April 25 — The Spokane Indians finished one of the shortest pre-season baseball schedules on record Sunday by defeating the Fairchild Flyers 8-1. The game was the Indians’ first and last before they open their regular Western International season against Yakima here Thursday night.
John Anderson, John Trautwein, and Ralph Romero did the hurling for the Indians, blanking the Flyers until the ninth, when an error set up the lone Fairchild tally.
Will Hafey got the Tribe’s first hit of the year, a single in the third inning.
Fairchild ..... 000 000 001—1 5 4
Spokane ...... 004 101 20x—8 10 1
Scaglairina, Kern, Tobey and Johns, Hack; Anderson, Trautwein, Romero and Dean, Sack.