The varsity nine clashes with the Blue and Red from Quakertown at the stadium this afternoon, and coach Norm Shepard isn't making any predictions about the outcome.
"Penn's a good, strong team," Shepard reports. However, Quaker coach Jack McCloskey has had weather problems earlier this year, and was unable to get his team out-of-doors as early as he would have liked. This may help to account for the 6-1 trouncing that Penn received at the hands of the Midshipmen on their Southern stint. On the other hand, Navy is a leading contender for the EIBL crown this year and is undefeated to date.
Unable to come up with a consistently winning pitcher, coach McCloskey has been forced to rely on his hitters, many of whom are back from last year.
Coach Shepard will probably call on senior Dick Garibaldi (5-1 last year and 1-0 to date) to start in the team's seventh contest. Dick Diehl will be behind the plate, and Tom Stephenson will do the chores at first base. Rounding out the infield will be second-sacker Terry Bartolet, shortstop Tom Bilodeau, with Lee Sargeant in the hot corner.
Outfield All Back
Last year's starting outfield triumvirate are all back again and will take their respective positions this afternoon. Curly Combs (whose booming triple helped pull Tuesday's game out of the fire) will be in left field, Gavin Gilmor (sporting a.478 average on the team's Southern swing) will be in center, and Bob St. George will handle the tough right pasture.
A late rally by the Crimson helped defeat Tufts Tuesday, and this, coupled with the five wins the team picked up in the South, brought the record to six wins and a clean slate in the loss column.