Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Pre-Season, April 9, 1951

Rossetti Released; Braves Lose
LINDSAY Calif., April 9 (Special)— Frank Rossetti of Richland became the first player to be cut adrift from the Tri-City Braves roster. The stocky outfielder was handed the pink slip by manager Charlie Peterson following Monday night's game. But this dismissal had nothing to do with the 12-6 defeat at the hands of Fresno State college. Instead the Collegians hung up their 15th victory in 16 starts as a result of some questionable Brave pitching and fielding.
Although starter Ken Michelson, and Bob Costello who worked the last four frames, each gave up seven hits for the 12 run total, only five of the Fresno runs were earned. The other seven are accounted for through the five real errors in the field as well as a couple of mental miscues.
THE TRI-City club was trailing 3-0 going into the bottom half of the fourth but they broke out their big lumber in that frame, scoring all their runs in that stanza, Artie Wilson led off with a screaming double down the left field line, Nick Pesut, Mike Michelson and Warren "Red" Allen, a newcomer followed with singles. Ken Michelson broke the chain by whiffing. Al Spaeter lined out a one-baser and that was all for Fresno's starter, Bolger Andy Yost who took over the Bulldog hill, got off to a shaky start with Vic Buccola, Neil Bryant and Clint Cameron all hammering successive singles in that order, it looked like a big night for the Braves when Wilson, up for his second time that inning drew a base to load the bases.
Pesut, following Wilson, poured a line shot down the rightfield line, but Fresno's Bartel covering the initial sack, scooped it up and turned it into a double play. That ended the game and the Braves' scoring.
KEN Michelson left a tidy 6-4 edge for Costello when he took over the mound in the sixth. "Cos" got by the sixth in good order but a pair of singles, a triple, and a long fly ball put the Bulldogs out in front again 7-6 and there was more to come.
The eighth was one of those nightmare innings, with a pair of errors, a misjudged ball to the outfield, and a home run, double and single. When the smoke cleared Fresno had added five more runs and another victory to the long skein.
A local Lindsay product, Red Allen stole the hitting show for the Braves. Playing in right field he got three singles in four trips, Wilson's double was the only extra base hit for the losers. Mike Michelson, tending the garden in left field, continued to hit the ball hard collecting two singles in four trips.
If he keeps up that kind of playing Manager Charlie Petersen may convert him what with the scarcity of outfielders. Although Allen misjudged a fly ball, he otherwise turned in a very capable performance.
Costello's biggest trouble seemed to be in hitting the corners. Trying to break it off around the edges his pitches had a tendency to loom up clear and sharp across the middle.
Fresno .......... 002-110-350—12-14-2
Tri-City ........ 000-600-000— 6-13-5
Badger, Yost (4), Bishop (7), and Bricker, Stevens (5); K. Michelson, Costello (6) and Pesut.

LEWISTON, April 9—Two runs in the eighth inning by the University of Idaho gave the collegians a 9-8 baseball victory over the professional Spokane Indians Monday. The game was in the Banana Belt league. Spokane competes while holding spring training here.
The lead changed hands five times and was tied three times.
Idaho ........... 012 202 020—9 12 3
Spokane ...... 113 020 100—8 12 2
Hinkley, Schiller (6) and Ogle; Bishop, Tabor (5), Burke (7) and Meichenheimer, Hines (5).

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