Tigers Topple Crimson Nine, 6-2; Elis Seek Revenge Here
Princeton's baseball team parlayed seven Crimson errors into a 6 to 2 win at Soldiers Field yesterday afternoon, and took home the Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League championship. Harvard meets Yale at 3:30 p.m. today in an extraleague contest for Cambridge alumni and graduating seniors.
Almost the sole item the small group of sun-worshipping local fans could be, and were, happy about was a Crimson-engineered second-inning triple play, Johnny White to Harry Cavanaugh to Tim Wise to Charlie Walsh, the only one in the league this season.
Tiger coach Emerson Dickman shuffted his post-graduation squad and dealt a lineup that looked and played little like the team that built up a 7 and 2 league record and a 17 and 5 overall record in the present season. The Tigers also contributed two errors, both in the fourth inning, to help Harvard score its two runs.
But sophomore right-hander Dave Sisler turned in an exceptionally efficient mound job for Princeton, setting Stuffy McInnis' nine down with five hits. Sisler was erratic, giving up nine walks, hitting White in the ankle, and striking out only two, but only twice were the Tiger outfielders forced to score put outs. Only two of the Crimson hits and three of the Tiger efforts, in fact, went out of the infield.
Rufe Webb started and finished for Harvard and gave a capable performance. But Webb could have been arrested for having no visible means of support. As a matter of fact, the Tigers learned early that the junior southpaw was weak on fielding bunts, and forced him to commit two of the errors himself.
The Orange and Black grabbed an early one-run lead on no bits in the second inning. Mike Kearns walked and scored aHit into force play for Cavanaugh in 4th from first when Charlie Walsh threw away Chuck Weeden's sacrifice. John Emery also bunted, Weeden lit out for third, and both men were safe when Webb threw too late to Kev Reilly.
Then Larry Becker topped a grounder down to White. The shortstop flipped the ball to Cavanaugh at second, and Cavanaugh threw to Wise at first to complete the double play. But Weeden had held up at third on the play, and suddenly decided to go home. Wise threw a perfect strike to Walsh for the third out.
The lead was temporarily borrowed by Harvard in the fourth. Walsh singled, Wise walked, and Cavanaugh forced Walsh at third. Webb sliced a single into very short left field and Kearns juggled the ball just long enough for Wise to score from second. Then Ed Foynes hit deep to the second baseman, and, by the time the Princeton infield had finished throwing that one around, the ball was in the outfield and Cavanaugh was home.
But in the top of the sixth an infield hit, a collision at first base, two errors, an infield out, and a solid belt to center by Kearns made it 3 to 2 for Princeton. And the Tigers clinched the league title and settled Harvard in seventh place by scoring three times in the eighth on a walk, a pair of hits, two more errors, and a long fly.
Ward Pitches Today
Top right-hander Bob Ward will be on the mound for Harvard this afternoon in the post-season return match with the Elis. Ward is fast, but his control disappeared totally last Monday in New Haven. He was lifted in the first inning, and the Crimson went on to win, 13 to 8, without his services. Ward will face John Little, number two man to Bob Breckinridge on the Blue mound staff.
Yale is good in the field, but its batting power has been considerably weakened by accidents and young love. Eddie McHugh, fifth leading batter in the league behind Harvard's Ed Foynes, has been having trouble recently with a knee injured in basketball, first-string catcher Mike Chasanoff was spiked in the Princeton game, and Dick Cook is getting married. These three, Yale's top batsmen, should see limited, if any, action today.
The dangerous hitters who will be here with the Elis are Jim Brown, Dale Reed; and Lou Kreutzer.