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By GLENN GILLESPIE
< Emerald Sports Writer
Y esterday’s 19-4 loss to Art McLarney’s Washington Husk
ies was a rude surprise for Don Kirsch and his league-leading
W'ebfoots, but Oregon's still on top in the Northern Division,
and it'll take a complete lapse to lose many more like that.
It could be a good thing to get all the bad baseball out of the
way in one slam-bang farce, and really lose it in a big wav. Again
the weakness wa$* in the pitch
ing staff, although several er
rors in the wrong places aided
the Husky attack.
John Kovenz’s mighty first
inning smash over the right
field fence was the longest
blow in that direction in
many a Howe field moon.
That ball was really tagged,
and the surprising thing
about it is that Kovenz was
hitting against his usual
weakness, a left-handed pit
cher, Bob Moen, 19-year-old
ivioen cud a turn-about in the sixth inning, slamming a home
run of his own over the right field fence to bring in three of Wash
ington’s 19 runs. Moen had quite an afternoon for himself, with
two singles, that homer, and six runs batted in.
McLarney seems to have assembled a hustling ball club, de
spite the loss of many key performers from last year's outfit.
Among the six lettermen missing this year are Sam White, hard
hitting catcher now with the Seattle Raniers, Jelly Anderson
at first, Floyd LaBaron at short, and Bob Bird at third.
A win over Washington today can still leave the Ducks in
pretty good shape, and the pressure would be lessened when
Oregon makes its northern invasion.
It had to come sometime, and that dreaded six-game-in
eight-days road trip begins April 29, with a two-game series at
Washington State that Friday and Saturday.
Long Road Trip Tough on Duck Hurlers
Idaho at Moscow May 2 and 3—Monday and Tuesday—and
then two more with the Huskies at Seattle, on Thursday and
Friday. Then it’s back home for the first of four Oregon State
games, May 13.
Those six games will mean quite a drain on the Duck pitch
ing staff, which still can’t be called strong despite encouraging
performances by two prize rookies, Mel Krause and Sid Mills.
Someone else will have to come through with tight pitching or
plenty can happen to knock the Ducks from top spot.
Kirsch has no serious worries about fielding or hitting, which
has developed to late-season levels, and the catching spot seems
well taken care of by Gene Rose and Hal Torkelson, although
neither has displayed any great hitting ability. It’s the pitching
that's important from now on, and Kirsch can use a little good
luck there. Oregon can have a great baseball year, IF . . .
Top Pitchers Warm Bench—Team Loses
A manager’s choice of pitchers for certain games sometimes
causes plenty of comment around a league, and the recent Wash
ington State series with Oregon and Oregon State offer good
Big question of the Duck-WSC set was caused by Buck
Bailey’s failure to send Ward Rockey, supposed ace of the
Cougar staff, to the firing line. And the Cougars dropped two
Then Bailey took his Cats up the valley, OSC Coach Ralph
Coleman pulled the same thing, and it seemed to have the same
result. Number one Beaver hurler, Lefthander Chuck Sauvain,
sat on the bench while the Cougars swept the series without
much trouble. It’s true that Sauvain did work one of the Idaho
games, and possibly he wasn’t ready to go again against WSC.
McKenzie 'White Water' Boat Parade Tomorrow
Although the Oregon trout season doesn’t open until May 1,
impatient rod and reelers can take advantage of a long-awaited
preview tomorrow on the McKenzie River, when the McKenzie
Guides Assn, stages its annual “White Water" boat parade.
Fishermen won’t be able to give the redsides a going over this
time, but at least they can be on hand when more than 100 light
weight plywood McKenzie River boats navigate the booming
rapids of Oregon's famed trout stream.
The boat parade is a traditional event, started in 1938, draw
ing thousands of spectators annually to watch ’em “shoot the
shoots.” Newsreel companies will be on hand to record the
colorful spectacle, and amateur camera fans have a field day
along the river.
Contrary to popular conception, the boat parade isn't a race,
but just a thrilling day for the boatmen and passengers along
for the ride. Proceedings get underway at 10 a. m. Sunday above
Blue River, and boats are expected to reach Leaburg Lake to
“take out" between 3 and 4 in the afternoon.
Leads Lemon and Green Invasion
GEORGE RASMUSSEN, ace Webfoot pole vaulter who is slated to perform today against the Washing
ton State Cougars. He recently broke the standing record for the Idaho-Oregon dual meet with a leap of
Webfoot Cindermen Tackle
Cougars in Pullman Today
By Dave Taylor
Coach Bill Bowerman’s track and
feild aggregation left yesterday for
Pullman where they will tackle the
highly regarded Washington Coug
ars in a do-or-die dual meet for both
Each team figures if they can
capture this match, they will be
able to glide into the Northern Di
vision finals and the PCC meet in
Seattle at the end of May.
BOWERMAN took a 19-man
squad with him on the Inland Em
pire trip. However, this is still
three below the conference entry
Leading the Ducks on this inva
sion will be their pole vault trio
headed by Northern Division cham
pion George Rasmussen. Behind
Rasmussen, the Webfoots have Don
Pickens and Lloyd Hickok, both
clipping over 13 feet, which give
the Ducks an opportunity to sweep
However, this is the only match
that the Webfoots rate the nod.
From the 100-yard dash up through
the 880, they rate an even chance
with the breaks of the races hold
ing the balance.
LATE FROM THAT
If you have the right time
you’ll be in on time.
HAVE YOUR WATCH
The javelin remains a mystery
with the condition of PCC king Lou
Robinson still in doubt. Robinson
will make the trip and compete, but
what he can do with an injured hip
muscle is the big question facing
THE BROAD JUMP is another
possible victory for the invaders
with elastic-legged Woodley Lewis
turning in the top distance in last
week’s dual matches. Bob Weber
fortifies this event which should be
chalked up on the Webfoot ledger.
Men making the trip are Dave
Henthorne and A1 Bullier, century,
220 men, Jack Countryman, Den
nis Sullivan, 440; Walt McClure,
880; Jack Doyle, Pete Murer, Bob
Mocabee, hurdles; Woodley Lewis,
Bob Weber, broad jump; Dave Kol
den, Bob Kehrli, Dan Cudahy, high,
jump; Earl Stelle, Lou Robinson,
javelin; Herb Nill, Ray Heidenrich,
and Bob Anderson, discus; and Pete
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