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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, May 10, 1973 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Four more Lakers When Ron Taylor arrives to take over the reins of the Lethbridge Lakers of the Alberta Major Baseball League he will find the nucleus of last year's club waiting for him. Two more signed contracts Wednesday night. From Mfixwell, Negrello come to terms the left, Wayne Commodore, Al Ferchuk, Randy Maxwell and Tim Negrello all came to terms with the club this week. Commodore and Ferchuk signed Monday while Negrello'and Maxwell agreed to play Wednesday. Lakers busy signing players By LLOYD YAMAG1SHI Herald Sports Writer Lethbridge Laker's registrar, Kaz Tomomitsu, will have to invest in a new pen shortly at the rate he's signing ball play- ers for the 1973 Alberta Major Baseball League season. With the expected arrival of Laker's new field boss Ron Taylor shortly, compliments of the San Diego Padres and the official league opener 13 days away, Tomomitsu has bssn busy signing a number of prospects for the local club. To illustrate this point, To- momitsu has come to terms with five players since the mid- dle of last week and added an- other two Wednesday night Signed for the 1973 season were Randy Maxwell and Tim Negrello who increased the Laker's roster to seven play- ers. Prospects signed prior to Wednesday include Bob Brown, Paul Sullivan, Rob Roy, Wayne Commodore and Al Ferchuk. The two players signed Wed- nesday are local products and will be returning for their sec- ond year with the home club, i Maxwell, a 6'1" pitcher, had a starting role with the Laker's bullpen last season and is de- termined to secure the same status again this time around. "I never particularly had a strong season last year, but with Taylor's assistance and a little more concentration on my part, I think I'll fare better in commented the 190-pound righthander. "Besides that, it seems the Lakers' management is at- tempting to build a solid de- fence and it should help all the pitchers he add- ed Maxwell still realizes have to go all out in order to crack the Lakers' line-up before he starts worrying about his 1973 performance. To date, the 23-year-old chuck- er will compete against Sulli- van and Ferchuk along with one or possibly two American hurl- ers for starting assignments. More trouble at Ypsilanti YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) If Carolyn King can't play baseball with the boys this season, none of the Ypsilanti Little League teams will be permitted to use the city's diamonds, city council has ruled. The ruling cancelled two games which had been sched- uled Wednesday at city-owned sites. Council's action came after Carolyn was ousted from the local Little League roster be- cause of a rule barring girls. The national Little League headquarters in Williamsport, Pa., threatened to revoke the local chapter's charter if it went ahead with plans to play Carolyn. When informed of the ac- tion, Robert Taylor, vice-pres- ident of the Ypsilanti Little League, expressed surprise but added that it might be what is needed "to force the issue." GRADUATION C.C.M. 10 SPEED CYCLE Available in frame sizes for men: 23" and 20" Features 27" wheels, racing bars and saddle, centre pull brakes, rear reflector, front and rear chain guards, and com- plete with kick stand. Suggested Retail Save S31 NOW and Ferchuk are also righthanders. Maxwell has the experience behind him now to excel if he really wants to. In the 1970 season, he was one of the prominent players with the Lethbridge Miners, who travelled to Carmen, Manitoba for the Canadian junior cham- pionships. The following year, Maxwell was once again instrumental in the local club's bid for the Ca- nadian junior title staged in North Battleford, Saskatche- wan. Although the local club failed in both their attempts for the title, Maxwell gained enough ex- perience which could possibly catch Taylor's eye for starting role. Meanwhile Negrello, a 5'11" centrefielder, also played a pre- dominant role when the Leth- bndge Miners sought the Cana- dian titles. The 170 pound fielder, who just turned 23 a few days ago, had a poor season at the plate last year and is over anxious to improve himself during the 1973 campaign. "I realize the fact I had a poor year and I'm preparing myself physically and mentally to get better replied Negrello. "It'll be tougher to make the club this season so I'm running in order to stay in he added. If Negrello can indeed stay in shape for the 1973 season, the Lakers will have a fine ball player holding down the fort in centrefield. Medicine Hat surprises favored Marlies Tiger reserves hot within win of final MONTREAL George Armstrong of Toronto Marlboros will have to un- til Friday night to know which hockey club his team will play in the final game of the Me- morial Cup championship Satur- day. The Marlboros, who won the opening game of the round- robin by defeating Quebec Rein- parts 5-2 Monday night, were edged 3-2 Wednesday by Medi- cine Hat Tigers, the champions of the Western Canada Hockey League. Still, the Marlies are in the final. A goal by Brad Gassoff at of the third period provided the Tigers with their win. Ryan Wecker and Ed Johnstone scored for Medicine Hat in the first period while Mark Howe got both goals for the Marl- boros, Ontario Hockey Associ- ation Junior A series titlists, in the second period. "We beat Quebec already, so I guess it would be good to play them in the finals." Armstrong said. "But I'm not concerned about who we meet in the fi- nals, we just want to be in them." Medicine Hat will meet Que- bec in the final game of the round-robin Friday night. If the Tigers win, then they will meet Toronto in the championship game. But if Quebec wins, then each team will have a 1-1 record. BREAK TIE The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association has a tie- breaking formula set up for this possibility and by virtue of it, the Marlboros are shoe-ins for the finals. In the event of identical won- lost records, the two finalists will be decided on a goals-for, goab-against basis. If that stall leaves a tie, the goals scored by a team will be divided by the goals scored against it and the finalists will be the teams with the highest quotients. The Marlies have finished their two games with a 7-4 in their goals-for and goals-against average. Now Quebec and Medicine Hat will have to fight it out for the other berth. Quebec would have to win by two goals or more Friday to make the final. If Quebec won for example, by 4-2, that would leave both teams with a 1-1. Que- bec would then qualify by vir- tue of having a higher quotient figure than Medicine Hat. Quebec's for and against led- ger would be 6-7 and Medicine Hat's 5-6. Q quotient fig- ure would be .857 Medicine Hat's .833. If Medicine Hat wins of course they qualify with the best won-lost record the Marlboros are in as the sec- ond best club by virtue of a l-l record. FEELS GAIME CLOSE Anyway, Armstrong says that if the Tigers and the Marlies meet again Saturday, the game will be just as close as Wednes- day. "I think our team played well said Armstrong. "They have a good club. I think if there is another game between our teams, it will be that close. "I think the hitting might have been a factor early in the game, but we expected that type of play from them." "They forechecked us said defenceman Marty Howe of the Marlboros. "We just came out slower than we usu- ally do. We'll be better on Sat- urday." There was one fight in the contest tate in the first period. Toronto's John Hughes and Bob of three battl- ing brothers from Quesnel, B.C., on the off in the Tigers' end in front of goalie Sam Clegg. Hughes got the first punch in, but Gassoff was easily the win- ner of the battle. Hughes had to go to the Fo- rum clinic after the fight and en route, he had to pass the Medicine Hat bench. It was a mistake. Sitting on the end of the bench was Brad Gassoff. ANDY CAPP TCH.'TWEM SHOPP1N' SAGS MUST WEIC-H TEULNER WHAT, KIW3Q, IF VOU'1.1. SUV ME A COUPLE IN THE'ROSE AND CROWN1 ON THE WAN BACK, I'LL COME AN1 GIVE NOU A HAND Minor baseball Doug Richardson fired a two- hitter and guided the Tigers to a 10-6 victory over the Red Sox in a Lakeside Little League contest Wednesday night. J Hamilton suffered the loss. Al Duval paced the Tigers offensively with a double and a single while Ken Rodzmyak added a pair of singles. A. Bedford managed the only hits off Richardson by stroking two singles. At Norcrest, the Expo's picked up their first win of the season as they edged the Giants 9-8. Robert Hoffman bested Lance Gilchrist on the mound. Terry Hamilton poked out a double and two singles in the win while Hoffman aided his own cause with two singles. Gilchrist smacked two dou- bles and a single while Mark Szucs belted a double and sing- le in a losing cause. In another encounter, Merlyn Bunnage rifled the third strike past 12 batteis and led the Braves to a slim 5-3 decision over the Cubs. Dick Reedyk gave up only five hits but took the loss. Grant Wiens and Kevin Ham- ilton paced the Braves' hitting attack with two singles each while Rick Van Luyk tapped a pair of singles for the losers. In a Norcrest Farm League match, Perry Osberg hurled a two-hitter and gave the Wolves a 7-1 win over the Bears. Cain Wickersham had to set- tle with the loss. Marischal De Armond and Mike Cpyle managed a triple and a single for the winners. Junior golfers will be busy Junior golfers in Lethbridge can look forward to a banner year, much the same as their adult counterparts. Henderson Lake Golf Club is planning an active junior golf program, as is the Country Club. Fred Harrison, director of ju- nior activities at the Lake Course, states the club will again be organizing thear ju- nior golf league, along with inter-club and inter-city com- petition. All that is required of junior golfers is that they contact Henderson club professional Earl Francis or Harrison for further details. There will be a general meet- ing of all junior golfers at Hen- derson. Monday evening at 4-30. But Reds needed even more power Bench battered baseball badly CYCLE 913-3rd Ave. S. Ph. 327-3221 CLOSED MONDAY Open Thursday and Friday Until 9 p.m. "Serving S. Alberta For Over 35 Years" By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Johnny Bench had seven runs batted in and matched the ma- jor-league baseball record for consecutive home runs Wednes- day night but Cincinnati Reds still needed some extra hitting to Philadelphia Phillies. After Bench's seven RBIs, on three home runs, Dave Con- ception hit a two-run, tie-break- ing homer in the ninth to give the Reds a 9-7 National League victory. Bench's three homers, coming after one he hit on his last at- bat m Tuesday's game, allowed him to tie the record of four consecutive homers. Elsewhere in the National League, Houston Astros' sched- uled encounter with the Expos in Montreal was rained out while St. Louis Cardinals de- feated San Francisco Giants 3-1, Los Angeles Dodgers beat Pitts- burgh Pirates 8-5, Chicago Cubs defeated San Diego Padres 9-2 and New York Mets beat At- lanta Braves 8-1. It was the second three- homer, seven-RBI game in Bench's career. The other time came on July 26, 1970 against St. Louis and pitcher Steve Carlton, then with the Cardi- nals, was the victim. Carlton was the victim again Wednes- day. Steve Busby's no-hit streak against Detroit Tigers ended in a hurry Wednesday night. Busby had pitched the first six innings of a no-hitter against the Tigers in pre-season play and then went the distance without giving up a hit 12 days ago. But Wednesday night, Detroit got seven hits in three innings off the Kansas City right-hander and beat the Royals 4-1. "The law of averages caught up with said Busby. "I was getting behind a little more tonight than I did in De- explained Busby. "But in Detroit I came back with good tonight. "I was throwing a little too fine. I've got to challenge the hitters. They hit the heck out of the ball, didn't Ironically, Busby faced Jim Perry same pitcher who was on the Detroit mound in the no-hit game. Perry whip- ped Busby this time with relief help from John Killer. In other American League games, Cleveland Indians beat California Angels 10-3, Oakland A's nipped Baltimore Orioles 4-3 in 10 innings, Milwaukee Brew- ers defeated Texas Rangers 5-1 and New York Yankees blanked Minnesota Twins 2-0. The Tigers settled the no-hit stigma at once by getting a hit in the first inning off Busby, a single to right by Gates Brown The Tigers scored two runs off the right-hander in the second on an error and Aurelio Rodri- guez' run-scoring single. Brown's single off Busby's leg, which forced the pitcher to leave the game after the inning, started another rally in the third. QQ-X WITH MOLY -SAVES 15% TO 60% EVERY YEAR ON OPERATING AND REPAIR COSTS Available Now for Automobiles Simply add 16 oz. to 45 qts oil or in proportion To Crankcase and Automatic Transmission Tested by Tachometers and Used Oil Analysis 1. Q-X Moly improves efficiently of oils three times. 2. Increases film strength of oils four times 3. Eliminates dry starts. 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Despite the win, Medicine Hat coach Jack Shupe was not pleased with the performance of his top line of Lanny MacDo- nald-Tom Lysiak and Boyd An- derson. "They didn't play as well as they could Shupe said. "They have to play much better than that on Friday." "I didn't play well and the centre is the guy that's sup- posed to get his vingers mov- Lysiak noted. "Anyway, we can play a lot better." ESKS SIGN TRIO EDMONTON (CP) Edmon- ton Eskimos of the Western Football Conference today an- nounced the signing of t w o de- fensive and cue offensive play- er, all imports They aie Rsndy Bixlor, Charles Burreil and Wes Mil- ler. Bixler, 22, s 6 228-pound defensne end was signed on tha recommendation of Claude Gil- bert, the new head coach of San Diego State University who rated the former junior college all-Amencan as me finest pass rusher on the west coast. W-SYSTON 15% Granular Controls all aphids, Including strains resistant to chlorinated hydrocarbon Insecticides. 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