Despite a Crimson eighth inning rally which scored three runs to tie the score, Ed Ingalls' wild pitch in the ninth allowed the Holy Cross nine to tally the winning marker in an exciting 5-4 game on Soldiers Field Saturday afternoon.
Entering the last of the eighth frame trailing the Crusaders 4-1, Lupe Lupien drew a pass, reaching third on Captain Tom Bilodeau's sharp single to left, and the Crimson shortstop puiled into second on the throw-in. Frankie Owen's fly sent Lupien across the plate standing up.
When Buster McTernen scorched a single through the pitcher's box, the stage was set for a double steal with McTernen on first and Bilodeau safe at third. The speedy Crimson center fielder started for second. Bill Ryan, the Holy Cross catcher, spotted the play and in attempting to keep Bilodeau at third tossed wild to the hot-corner, allowing the Varsity captain to score. A moment later McTernen brought in the tying tally, as the left fielder's throw home went far from the plate.
In the ninth, A1 Jarlett, who had relieved the weakening Roy Bruninghaus on the mound for the Purple in the eighth, won his own game racing home on Ingalls' wide pitch which eluded A1 Colwell behind the plate.
Although the encounter was filled with sloppy play, the crowd estimated as the largest this season, was constantly on edge as the Mitchellmen made seemingly impossible catches in the field. In the third frame, Owen twice raced deep into right field to snare line-drives, destined for extra bases. Mal McTernen made two equally brilliant circus catches in the center garden.
Holding the Crimson to one run and six hits until the eventful eighth inning, Bruninghaus apparently was on his way to his sixth consecutive win over the Mitchellmen in three years. His teammates spotty fielding in the eighth combined with a base on balls, and two hits sent him to the dugout after three runs had tied the game, and his successor, Jarlett, received credit for the victory.
McTernen led the home team at bat with three hits in four times up, while Colwell had two base knocks and a walk in four appearances at the plate. The Holy Cross captain, Joe Kelley, who was presented with a suitcase and a watch by admirers in the first inning topped the enemy attack with two singles.
Although in defeat, Coach Fred Mitchell's revamped lineup showed more spark than in recent games. Resting in third place in the League, the Crimson must win two games from both Dartmouth and Yale in order to capture the championship.
With the exception of Lupien and McTernen, the Varsity is far from top form. Last year's offensive bulwark, Bilodeau, Owen, and Colwell, is batting less than .300 in league contests. Unless the team makes a sudden reversal, hopes for the championship are dark.