Tyees Lack Punch in Intra-Squad Game—Portland Trio Arrives
By JIM TANG [Victoria Colonist]
SALINAS, April 2—Still needing help but looking more like a ball club after the arrival of catcher Milt Martin, first baseman Dick Bartle and third baseman Don Pries, Victoria Tyees played nine innings in an inter-squad game today in preparation for an exhibition schedule which should keep them busy almost until the W.I.L. opener at Yakima on April 22.
Martin and Bartle arrived Tuesday after visiting their homes in Washington and Pries, who has apparently straightened out his contract difficulties with Porrtland, checked in today and was his usual hustling self in the workout.
Today’s inter-squad game ended in a 6-0 victory for the Pattersons over the Garriotts and was featured by scoreless pitching by Don Troy and Gill Villaruel for five innings and Ben Lorino for four. But whether it was lack of punch or superior pitching was hard to determine. The suspicion at the moment is that it was mostly the former, the Tyees so far having shown little in the way of solid clouting, even in batting practise.
The Pattersons had Bartle at first base, Cliff Prelow at second, Bill Barrow at shortstop, Ernie Sites at third, George Dargel, Harvey Allen and Rufus Johnson in the outfield, and Milt Martin behind the plate. Villarruel pitched the first five innings and gave up only one hit; Lorino allowed two over the last four innings to complete the shutout.
The line-up that failed to solve the pitching of Villarruel and Lorino had John Healy at first base, Luther Branham at second, Granny Gladstone at shortstop, Pries at third, Bob Moniz, manager Cece Garriott and Joe Yanchuk in the outfield, Maisoe Bryant as catcher and Troy and Towns on the mound.
Although he held the Pattersons scoreless for five innings, Troy was far from happy. His arm continued to be sore and his possible value to the club is still clouded in uncertainty. Towns, who may develop into a good pitcher if he can find the plate more often, gave up all six runs in the last four innings.
Today’s game replaced one scheduled with the Salinas Brownies, postponed until tomorrow to enable the Tyees to attend a dinner given by the Salinas Elks. Garriott’s line-up for tomorrow’s game indicates the Brownies may have a little more trouble this time. George Randolph, Jim Propst and Bill Wisneski will each pitch three innings and the batting order shows Branham at second base, Pries at third, Garriott in centre, Gladstone at shorstop, Moniz in left, Allen in right, Bartle at first and Martin doing the catching.
Garriott, who has shown a penchant for experimenting with position changes, has been giving Gladstone lengthy workouts at shortstop since he reported and hopes the colored outfielder will solve this problem. Gladstone has sown a strong arm but it will take competition to see if he can otherwise fill the bill.
Another player joined the club on a look basis yesterday. He is Larry King, veteran Salinas righthander who plated for Muskegon in the Class A Central League in 1950 and tried out at Beaumont last spring before coming home to pitch for the Brownies. King pitched 207 innings for Muskegon in 28 games. He completed 17, won 12 of 23 decisions, gave up 219 hits, walked 72, struck out 85, and had an earned-run average of 4.26. baseball men here claim he could be a help.
CLARK MAY RETURN
There has been no further word here on additional player help but there is a chance that Jimmy Clark will return as shortstop, that a trade, with Jim Hedgecock as bait, and further options from Portland will give the Tyees a more impressive roster in the near future. Pitching and punch are needed. The club as is has good speed and fair defensive ability.
Spokane Signs Five Veterans
SANTA MARIA, Calif., April 2—The Spokane Indians announced Tuesday the signing of five veterans from the 1951 Western International League championship team. This end the Tribe’s holdout problem.
The veterans are pitchers John Conant, John Marshall and Dick Bishop, infielder Jimmy Brown and outfielder Mel Wasley.