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WEST POINT, New York, May 20--Cliff Crosby stole home in the eighth inning here today and gave the varsity baseball team a 5 to 4 victory over a very fine Army nine. This victory, along with a couple of league upsets, changed the Ivy League standings some, but not enough to move the Crimson out of fifth place.
It was the second time Crosby had stolen home this year and it came in the eighth inning with two outs. With no outs Crosby singled, went to second when Bernie Akillian laid down a perfect sacrifice, and moved to third as Ralph Robinson lined a ball to deep right field. With the score tied at four all, Cadet pitcher Ted Griesinger pitched carefully to Myles Huntington, working the count to one ball and two strikes.
Griesinger then made the error of taking a full windup. Crosby, alert on third, went down on the next delivery, sliding in under Jim Irons' tag. Huntington fanned on the next pitch.
Ira Godin got his second league victory and remains undefeated in Ivy League play. Godin had some trouble with men on base, but overcame first inning wildness in which he loaded the bases on three successive walks.
Army took an early lead when it got two runs in the bottom of the second, on singles by Vince Bailey and Griesinger, an error--one of four for the Crimson--by Godin, and a long fly ball. Their advantage was short-lived, for the varsity came back in its half of the third with three tallies.
Irons tipped Tom Cavanaugh's bat as he tried to swing on an inside fast ball, and Cavanaugh was given first. He advanced to third when Godin got his first of two hits and then scored as Eddie Foynes flied out. Caulfield went out, third base to first, advancing Godin to second. The lanky pitcher scored as John White, hero of the last Crimson ball fame, displayed his now-found power, driving a ball deep to center field for a triple. White scored a second later on an infield error.
Foynes, big man at the plate for the varsity, added another to the Crimson total in the fifth, singling, advancing to third on a hit by White and then tallying on Crosby's fly to the outfield.
The Cadets tied it up in the seventh. Godin let a slow roller by Bob Blaik go past him and then passed Jim Stuff. The runners advanced when Godin pitched wide and then scored when Ted Lobe, league leading batter, singled.
After the Crimson scored its run in the last of the eighth, the ball game got even tighter, and the pressure began to tell on the visitors. With two outs in the ninth, Godin got his second hit of the afternoon. Foynes followed with an infield hit and then could aid hit to right. On Caulfield's hit Godin stopped at third, Foynes rounded second and went halfway is third, Caulfield pulled up at second as the ball was fired in to Arnold Gallffa.
Galiffa ran to second and tried to tag Caulfield, but he was on the base. He then went after Foynes, but he was on third. Still handling the ball, fleet-footed Galiffa started after Godin, and as Godin was forced to try for home, Galiffa finally threw, to catcher Irons, who put the tag on Godin.
It looked like more trouble in the last of the ninth as the Cadets kept fighting. With no outs, Blaik doubled, and advanced to third on pinch-hitter Mackmull's infield out. Leadoff batter Stuff then caught one of Godin's fast balls on the nose, and it looked like the game would be tied until Huntington leaped high in the air and pulled down the smash. he stepped on third for the final out of the game.
Friday's game against Penn, postponed by rain, will be played Monday and Stuffy McInnis has announced that he will send Barry Turner against the Quakers' Nick Nichols. A Penn victory would bring about a two-way tie between these clubs for fifth place
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