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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, May 23, Parker's prediction couldn't be disputed Lakers. Giants dish out excitement By LLOYD YAMAGISHI Herald Sports. Writer Prior to the 1973 Alberta Ma- jor Baseball League opener, league president Russ Parker of Calgary, stuck out his neck and predicted a season ladened with plenty of excitement. Parker evidently must have spoken to a prophet beforehand because his prediction couldn't be disputed after the league's official opener Tuesday night. All spectators, who jam- med into the Henderson Park, would agree with Parker thus far as they were treated with all the excitement they obvious- ly looked for. The home-standing Lakers supplied much of the excite- ment as they rallied for three runs in the opening inning to stop the visiting Calgary Gi- arls 6-1. Bob Brown, the Laker's lead- off batter, started the rally by reaching first base compli- ments of a walk. Howie Heggedal followed with a sacrifice grounder and then watched Brown score on a sharp single to left field by Wayne Commodore. The Lakers scored two more runs after Giant's third base- man Larry Nahonechany com- mitted a pair of errors. The Lakers went ahead 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth inn- ing with Greg Hamilton scor- ing on a wild pitch and Al Fer- chuk tallying on a passed_ ball. Lakers' final run came in the bottom of the eighth inning when Ferchuk blooped a single into centre field to score Brian Maxwell from second base. The Giants only run came in the top of the seventh inning when Harold Ebel stroked a single to score Stu Herron. who reached the bases on a walk. Ferchuk, who had a shaky start, settled down somewhat during the course of the game to become the league's first winning pitcher in the 1973 season. The tall lanky righthander went the distance firing the third strike past eight hitters, walking five and allowing only four hits. Tom Changnon, who gave way to reliever Jim Peterson after five complete innings suf- fered the loss. In his five inning stint, Changnon gave up two hits, walked another two and struck out six. Believer Peterson. had a rougher time as the Lakers tag- ged him for five hits in his three-inning appearance. Ferchuk was the top perform- er at the plate for the local club as he poked out a pair of singles while Paul Gallivan managed two of the four hits given up by Ferchuk in the nine innings. It's also interesting to note, that the addition of Brown at third base, Brian Hogan at shortstop and Ken Nakama at second was one of the key fac- tors in the Lakers' victory last night. All three impressive infield- ers came up with solid defen- sive performances which the Lakers lacked in the 1972 cam- paign. Hogan, who has yet to sign with the home club, was brilli- ant as he assisted on five outs while Brown followed suit and aided on four occasions. On the other hand, Nakama, who never really got a good chance to display his talents Finishing it off RICK ERVIN photxi Lethbrdge Laker's third baseman Bob Brown, has his arm cocked to complete a double ploy which stopped a possible rally by the visiting Calgary Giants in the first inn- ing of the 1973 Alberta Major Baseball League opener staged at Henderson Park Tues- day night. Brown was a standout in the local club's 6-1 victory before a huge tiowd of Angels victims of Brinkman's first major league home run By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The baseball was enshrined in a plastic case, sitting on a little gold stand in front of Chuck Brinkman's locker. The printing on the ball read: "First major league home run vs. the Califor- nia Angels' Rudy May." exclaimed the Chicago White Sox catcher about the homemade gift from his team-mates. "These guys are really great." Brinkman's two-run shot helped the White Sox defeat the Angels 6-2 Tuesday night. "This is a great said Brinkman, talking about only the third home run of his pro- fessional career. He hit one in spring training in 1972 and one in the minor leagues several years ago. In the other American League games, Cleveland Indians de- feated Baltimore Orioles 5-3, Milwaukee Brewers topped Bos- ton Red Sox 4-2, New York Yan- kees turned back Detroit Tigers 7-2, Minnesota Twins outslugged Kansas City Royals 8-7 and Oakland Athletics whipped Texas Rangers 4-1. The White Sox, who lead the Western Division by 1% games over the Angels, are at home to California again tonight. In other games, Texas is at Oak- land, Kansas City at Minnesota. New York at Detroit, Cleveland in Baltimore and Milwaukee at Boston. HIT PROVES WINNER Brinkman's home run in the second inning gave the White Sox their winning run. It fol- lowed a solo homer by Ken Henderson, giving Chicago a 3-1 lead. Dick Allen also homered for Chicago while Stan Bahnsen pitched a three-hilter. "I think this is the best game I've pitched this that with only two days' said Bahnsen, who won his sixth game in nine decisions. Walt Williams singled with two out in the ninth ining, stole second and came around to score the tie-breaking run on Short sport ACQUIRE FARM CLUB UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) New York Islanders of the Na- tional Hockey League said Tuesday they will place their top farm club in Fort Worth, Tex., next season. The Island- ers said they have completed an agreement with Detroit of the NHL to take over the Cen- tral League franchise. RYAN MOVES UP ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Braves scout Connie Ryan has been named as a new coach, the baseball club announced Tuesday. Ryan replaces Roy Hartsfield, who recently was named manager of the Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League. SENTENCE DELAYED LOS ANGELES (AP) Wide receiver Lance Rentzel of the Los Angeles Rams was sen- tenced to 90 days in jail, fined and placed on three years' probation Tuesday for possessing marijuana. Superior Court Judge William Caldecott stayed the sentence pending ap- peal by the National Football League player's attorney. Rent- zel, 29, pleaded guilty April 24 to possessing marijuana. two wild pitches by Dave McNally as Cleveland defeated Baltimore. Joe Lahoud's two-run single paced a four-run rally in the ninth inning tthat carried Mil- waukee past Boston. The rally, off John Curtis, broke a score- less tie and helped the Brewers withstand a Boston rally in the last of the ninth. Designated hitter Jim Ray Hart started a two-run rally with a double in the second and climaxed a five-run explosion in the seventh with a three-run homer as New York defeated Detroit. Minnesota withstood John Mayberry's two homers and two singles and four RBI to whip Kansas City. Mayberry's homers gave him 13 for the American League lead. Ken Holtzman hurled a seven- hitter for his sixth straight vic- tory and Rich McKinney slugged a three-run double, leading Oakland over Texas. Golf league play results COUNTRY rtAT. Low gross Al Kenwood, Swifts 41. Low net Gene Krown, Black's 31. Low learn net Black's, Krown, Bob Babki, Stan Brod- er and Paul Rusznak 137. COUNTRY CLUB STANDINGS: Key Realty................30 Packers ..............29 Parsers......................28 Black's....................... 28 Swifts 24 Eaton's ......24 Lethbridge Office Furniture.....23 Lakeview Texaco.......... Y> Tollestrup ................22 Donqalti Gentle-en III ...............18 Reliance Ajercies .............16 I LAKESIDE Low gross Jim Whitelaw, Ace Building 36 Low net Les Cplwill, House of Lethbridge; Mike Martell, House of Lethbridge; Frank McNair, Union 76; R. McCut- cheon, CJOC and Alex Park, A and W 34. Low team net House of Lethbridge, Colwill, Mai-tell, I John Kostelnik and John Syme 145. Eight-point sweep Union 76 over Walkers. LAKESIDE STANDINGS: Sincers ........47 Jubilee...................44 CJOC 42 Fleming ............41 Imperial Life................40 Pahulie.......... 40 CHEC ....................39 Ace Bldq..................37 Union 76.......... 37 Dongatli.................36 Fraches 35 House of Lethbridge...........32 Parsons 31 A and W ............31 Sugar Beeters ..............29 28 Lethbridge Herald..............57 i Walkers ........24 last season, looked extremely proficient as he hauled in three grounders for outs. EXTRA BASES Parker was .beaming like a lightbulb as he tried to count the number of fans for the AMBL opener He was happy to say the least... The Lakers have taken on a new look under the gui- dance of new field manager Ron Taylor The local boys are really hustling and looking sharp Ferchuk hurled four straight balls to Giant's lead- off hitter Bruce Lofting, but settled down quickly Brown really showed some heads up base running as he caught the Giants napping and raced to third base unmolested Nakama stole the first base of the season while Heggedal was the first to be picked-off on the first base by Changnon. Neither club took ad- of the designated hit- ter rule and it paid off for the Lakers with Ferchuk's two sin- gles Rob Roy finally re- ceived his trophy for capturing the 1972 batting crown last night. GIANTS 000000 4 3 LAKERS 3M 002 7 1 Ferchuk and Maxwell: Changnon Peterson and Malloy. results EDMONTON (CP) Ncrthlands Park race results Tuesday: FIRST claiming, 3-year-old maidens, 7 furlongs. Alberta Rose (Hedge) 10.30 4.80 2.60; No Query (D. Wiseman) 310 2.30; An- other Mission (Phelan) 300. Time: 1-5 Morning Mini, Glen's Melodee, Doo- lln Lou, Ragtime Robert, Refined Taste also ran. SECOND claiming, 3 year-olds, 7 fur- lonaii Regs! Echo (Watson 1 3 70 IX 1 30, K tly's Komet rCombs) 270 250; Nize- ly Dees It Time 1 77 3-5 Pal, Buck'nq Hono, Mr Votes, Wily Sabio, The Winner abo ran. DAILY DOUBLE: THIRD claiming, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1-16 miles. Silk Butto'is (Wiseman) 3J 40 1420 370; Roly Glen (Barroby) 600 3.50; Arctlc John (McCauley) 4.60. Time: Monta's Gem, Wlngen King, Cariboo Trail, Bomb Striker, Hula Mah also ran. QUINELLA: FOURTH allowance, 3-yesrolds, 7 fur- lonqs. Merginq Fire (Parsons) 6 70 360 2.70; Baltic Prince 3 W 2.70; Cy- ternity (Bsrroby) 3.00. Time: 1 ?6 4-5 Banker, Hi Bill. Vic's Girl, Beau Arctic, Chariot Trip also ran. FIFTH claiming, 3-year-olds, 7 fur- lonqs. Brendakendan (Rycroft) 14.90 5.90 3.10; Red Power (Glesbrecht) 3.40 2.30; Tara Downs (Kipling) 2.40. Time- 4-5 Prince Bully, Nia Ninlane, Award, End Blues, Mv Elation also ran. EXACTOR: SIXTH claiming 4-year-olds and up 7 furlongs. Whonnock Willie (Hedqe) 510 350 2.70; Day Will Come (McCauley) 5.10 360; Prince Of Northlands (Stadnyk) 3.40. Time: 1-36 Tronic Tide, Klondike Princess, Ma- ior Dividend, Lucy's Allbastro, Star Trip also ran SEVENTH claiming, 4-year-olds and up, 7 furlongs. Stokes Road fRasrnussen) 3.50 2.70 240; Maxies Heir (Norns) 320 290; Scotime (Gold) 3.40. Time: Iron Admiral, Gemation, Balcony Girl, Our Dandy, Mighty Hawk also ran. EIGHTH claiming, 4-year-olds and up, 7 furlongs. Some Hand (Wiseman) 5.30 3.50 2.50; Cotton Future (Whittle) 5.50 320; Blue Carat (Phelan) 2.70. Time- 3-5 Rullah Morn, Ram Taurus, Tis Fool- ery, Shy Pirate, Mary's Fancy also QUINELLA: Strikes out for eighth consecutive time TwitchwelPs bat dull, but arm lively By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS "I thought I was a pretty good Wayne Twitehell of Philadelphia Phillies said Tuesday night after doing what such renewed sluggers as Willie Stargell, Reggie Jackson, Frank Howard and Pat Seerey didn't. Of course, they didn't really want to. Neither did Twitchell, a tow- ering right-handed pitcher, who stepped to the plate four times and struck out four times, re- peating his performance of May 16. That equalled the major league mark for most strikeouts by a batter in two consecutive R. ANGUS ALBERTA LIMITED "CATERPILLAR has 24 hour emergency parts service. 717-5th Avenue North, LETHBRIDGE Phone 328-3366 games held by several players. Stargell, Jackson, Howard and Sesrey all stopped at seven whiffs. "I really don't want tint record, but I'm willing to strike out 50 times a game if I said the 6-foot-6, 25-year-old pitcher who scattered 11 hits in beating Pittsburgh Pirates for the second time in a week, this one by a 7-4 score. Elsewhere, St. Louis Cardi- nals defeated New York Mets 5- 3, Montreal Expos edged Chi- cago Cubs 4-3 in 11 Innings, San Francisco Giante beat Atlanta Braves 7-3, Cincinnati Reds shaded Houston Astros 6-4 and Los Angeles Dodgers turned back San Diego Padres 5-1. Tonight Chicago is in Mon- treal, Pittsburgh at. Phila- delphia, San Francisco at At- lanta, Houston visits Cincinnati and San Diego is in Los Ange- les. New York entertains St. Louis in an afternoon game. SHARE POWER SHOW Greg Luzinski and Willie Montanez did the big hitting for the Phillies. Luzinski drove in three runs with a single and double and Montanez hit a two- run homer. Rick Wise of St. Louis rapped a two-run double that keyed the Cardinals' five-run seventh in- ning against the Mets, breaking up a scoreless game. It started when Ted Simmons and Bill Stein singled off Jerry Koosman. Catcher Duffy Dyer and third baseman Ken Boswell headed for the mound to chat with Koosman, and Simmons, realizing no one had called time out, stole third. A single by Ken Reitz, a sacrifice, an intentional Rota inks contract CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Black Hawks signed their No. 1 draft choice, left-winger Darcy Rota, to a multi-year National Hockey League contract Tues- day. Rota, 20, the 13th player se- lected last week in the NHL's amateur draft, played last sea- Fon with Edmonton Oil Kine? of the Western Canada Hockey League. The 5-foot-ll, 150-pounder scored 73 goals and had 56 as- sists with Edmonton. Crawford homered and drove in two runs and rookie Dave Lopes improved his league-leading average to .376 1 with two hits in leading Los An- geles over San Diego. I walk, Wise's double and a two- run single by Lou Brock fol- lowed. FAIRLY SINKS CUBS i Ron Fairly greeted relief pitcher Dave LaRoche with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the llth inning, giving Mon- treal its victory over the Cubs. With one out, Jack Aker was touched for a single by Ron Hunt and then walked Montreal pitcher Mike Marshall, Fairly then singled to left off LaRoche, scoring Hunt. The Expos scored their first three runs on solo homers off Chicago starter Ferguson Jen- kins, the Chatham, Ont., native, i by Ken Singleton, Bob Bailey and Mike Jorgensen. Chris Speier highlighted a four-run third inning with a two-run double and San Fran- cisco went on to defeat Atlanta. Juan Marichal scattered nine hits, including Hank Aaron's 685th lifetime homer. Dave Conception drove home three runs with a double and single to pace the Reds over Houston. Thank-you fans Alberta AAajor Baseball league president, Russ Parker of Ca'gary, helped officially open the 1973 season at the Henderson ball park Tuesday night. The league's ruler predicted an exciting brand of baseball this year and seems to be right after the Lethbridge Lakers defeated the Calgary Giants 6-1, much to the delight of fans in Lethbridge. Ch.cago Nrw Yo-k Montreal Pitlsi Philadelphia St. LOJIS W L Pet. G 19 .513 19 ?0 .467 1 16 19 .456 San Francisco Houston Cincinnati Los Angeles Atlan'a 2S 26 24 24 16 17 .622 17 .605 16 .600 17 .585 23 .410 1 1V4 2 9 San Diego...... 15 27 .357 TODAY'S GAMES St. Lojis Foster (2-3) or Spinks (0-4) at New York Seaver (5-3) Pittsbureh Moose (3-3> at Philadel- phia Ruthven (1-3) or Brett Chicago Hooton (5-3) at Montreal Torrez (3-5) San Francisco Wllloughby (3-3) at Atlanta P.eed (2-4) Hou'lon Wilson f4 4) at Cincinnati Billinoham (7-1) San Dieqo Corkins (3-4) at Los An- geles Messrrsmith (4-3) TUESDAY'S RESULTS Pittsburgh 001001 11 4 Philadelphia ZOO 020 790 Ellis Rooker B. Johnson (7) and May: Twitchell (2-1) and Boone HR: San Francisco 1M 100 7 14 0 Atlanta 000 111 3 9 1 Manchat (5-4) and Rader; Dobson Schueler (3) Panther (6) Frls- ella (8) and Coates. HRs: St. Louis 000 000 New York COO 000 360 Wise Seoul and Simmons; Hennigan (7) Moore (9> and Dyer. Chicago 000 120 001 10 3 Montreal 000 100 110 12 0 Jenkins, Aker (1-3) (9) LaRoche (11) rnd Hundley; Renko, Marshall (3-3) (8) and Boccabella. HR: Monday Bailey Jorgensen Houston .010 000 480 Cincinnati 012 6 15 1 Roberts (4-2) Forsch (5) Gladding (8) and Edwards; Carroll (1-3) Sora- gue (6) Borbon (9) and Bench. HR: (U. San Diego 001 000 1 i 1 Los Angeles CIO 110 5 10 5 Sutton (5-3) and Ferguson; Grief Romo Troedson (8) and Kendall. HR: LEAGUE LEADERS Lopes, LA Watson, Htn Maddax, SF Mota, Lf< Fan I; n Cash, Pyh W. Robinson, Phi N AB R H Pet. 93 17 35 .376 150 33 .353 122 15 45 91 11 22 fto 112 87 .352 .352 .348 .348 .345 Boston 17 19 .472 la 23 .439 15 20 .429 Chicago California Kansas City Oakland Minnesota Texas 22 13 .629 21 15 .563 23 18 .561 22 19 .537 19 17 .528 12 24 .333 'A 3 3 2 3 3Vi TODAY'S GAMES Cleveland Wilcox (3-0) at CucHar (1-5) AAil-vaikce Champion (0-2) at Bos- ton Pattm 127) New York Peterson (3-6) at Detroit Cclerran (8 2) California Singer (7-1) at Chicago Fi-hrr (4-3) Kansas City Busby (3-5) st Mlnne- soifl Krat (S-9) Texas Broberg (0 4) at Oakland Blue (3-2) TUESDAY'S RESULTS Milwaukee too 000 4 Boston 000 000 3 Col born (4-1) ter Curtis Fisk. Cleveland Baltimore K 0 8 0 and Rodriguez, Por- Bolin (9) and 000 300 5 030 3 8 e Tidrow, Hilgendorf (1-0) (5) J. Johnson (9) and Duncan; McNally Pena (9) and Hendricks. HRs: Texas 000 010 I 7 1 Oakland COO 401 4 1 Siebert Foucalt (8) and Suar- ez; Holtzrnan (9-2) and Fosse. New York ooo 7 n 1 Dftrolt 000 COO 2 5 1 Stottlemyre (6-4) and Munson; Fry- man Scherman (7) and Sims. HRs: (31. California 101 000 231 Chicago 031 081 6 9 4 May <4-4) and Torborg, Kusnyer Bahnsen (4-3) and Brinkman. HRs: (2) Brinkman (1) Allen Kansas City 201 000 7 12 0 Minnesota 103 220 S 12 2 Simpson (31, Garber Weight (7) and Healey; Woodson, (3-2V Sanders (8) and Mitterwald. HR4: Mayberry (2) LEAGUE LEADERS Hart, NY Blombcrg, NY P. Kelly, Chi Kirkpatrick KC D. Allen, Chi Fisk, Bsn I Munson, NY AB R H Pet. 76 12 28 .368 76 12 28 .368 89 19 32 .360 120 25 40 .333 126 24 41 .325 17 40 .325 138 20 44 .319 DUAL STEEL RADIAL TIRES MILE Written Guarantee ELRICH TIRE LTD. SALES Uf Ant. South Phone 327-68SA or 327-4445 ;