The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 81, No. 21, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 11, 1953 Page: 3 of 18
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Flyers Lead Gty League,
Only Undefeated Team
Western Auto took top honors | It was pointed that Friday night's
in thi> Rockdale Softball League opener finds the Rockdale Flower
Tuesday when they mated the | Shop entertaining the Christian
Rockdule Flower Shop 8-1. The! Church which should be another
« mpletl©n of the first weeks'1 crowd pleaser. Second game Fri-
acliodule finds the Flyers with a i day finds Weems' Super Market
•'ll'nll ll'l'iml Icivilll. t.Mly ... I l„„ AImix N.l t
an equal amount of starts.
Trailing close with 2 wins and
one loss arc the Christians, last
year’s runnerup and league lead-
er for the majority of the season.
Bringing up third place is the
Rockdule Flower Shop with 2
v ins and 2 losses. Tir'd for fourth
are Weems’ Super Market and
Alcoa No. 2 with one win in three
The cellar dwellers at this point
ol the season is Alcoa No. l, the
only three time loser of the league.
Activity is expected to pick up
as most of the U'ams have passed
the jittery stage1 and have rounded
out their ball clubs. League of-
ficials have pointed out that team
rosters are now complete and that
managers have had an opportunity
to see the players in action which
all adds up to better type of soft-
ball in the futurs.
The fact that Western Auto
now leads the league is no indica-
tion that they will stay there.
Second place holder, the Christian
Church, will be tuned to stop them
at their first meeting Monday night
June 15. The Flyers also stand a
chance of deleat when they meet
Weems’ Super Market next Fri-
Monday, Western Auto meets the
Christians in flu* opening game
and Weems Hu per Market plays
Acoa No. 2. Tuesday, June 16,
dale Flower Shop
League play is held each Mon-
day, Tuesday and Friday night
with th>‘ first yum* starting at 8
I R’dnle Flower Shop
| Weems Super Mkt.
Alcoa No. 2 hosts Alcoa No. I i Alcoa No. 2
which will be followed by Rock-I Alcoa No. 1
Pvt. Curtis Cuney
Arrives in Alaska
WITH U. S. FORCES IN ALAS-
KA—Army Pvt. Curtis Cuney,
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1, Box 214B, Clause, recently ar-
rived in Alaska for duty with the
4th Regimental Combat Team.
Private Cuney, who first entered
the Army in March 1940, was sta-
tioned at Fort Hood, Texas with
the 1st Armored Division before
transferring to Alaska.
In civilian life, he was a steve-
dore for the Southern Pacific Rail-
Units in Alaska are receiving
intensive field training while por-
viding security for the northern
approaches to Canada and tho
frage in 1869.
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Coin First Games
Boy Arledge hurled the Rock- j
dale girls’ softballers to their first \
victory of the season here last
Thursday night by trimming San;
Gabriel 9-1. The local fern team 1
journeyed to Bryan Monday night j
to cop their second win, 24-3, with j
Babs Tyler on the mound.
The tilt here Thursday saw ,
Arledge fanning 16 batters and al- |
lowing one scratch hit and 8 walks .
The former hurler at Marquez was
never in trouble although she!
walked the first three batters of
the game before settling down to
fan the next three.
The local hitters collected a
total of seven hits in the game,
two by Arledge, a homer and a
single. Sara Jackson, catcher, also
connected for a home run. Other
hits were obtained by Louise Hirs-
ton, Wanda Jones, Peggy Nicar and
The group scored 3 runs in the
third, 6 in the fourth. San Gabriel
tallied in tlw* fifth when Jackson
overthrew second base.
At Bryan Monday night, Rock-
dale took to the field against a
recently organized girls team of
that city and batted around the
first inning scoring 14 runs. Man-
ager T. A. Weems held the score
in check by calling for bunts from
Garner-Arledge Duel To
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ROCKDALE (T*x.) REPORTER—3
ELF DANCE . . . Leslie Car*n.
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gracefully tests water of wooded
pond near Hollywood.
Alcoa No. 2 Win
Two softball thrillers were dish-
ed out to Rockdale League fans
here Friday night. Alcoa No. 2
turned down the Christian Church
6-5 in the early match and Rock-
dale Flower Shop dropped Alcoa
No. 1, 3-2, in the nightcap.
Manager Walter Marshall’s
Alcoa nine staged a third inning
rally of lour runs to spoil tiv„*
difference in their defeat of the
Christians while the Flower Shop
marched to victory via the hurling
of Wimpy Patterson.
Marshall’s group rapped pitcher
Charlie Martin for one run in the
second inning, four in the third
and took one in sixth from relief
luirler Truman Haupt. They beat
oft a seventh inning rally by the
Churchmen to take the win.
The Christians, scoreless through
Mary Ann Garner of Thorndale j earlier Uus week in a game at
j and Boy Arledge of Rockdale will ~
meet here tonight ^Thursday> in
what could turn out to be a
pitcher’s duel. The two softball
binders will be featured m the
girls softball game between Rock-
dale ana rnornaaie wiucn is seneu-
uled to take place at Tiger Field
at 8 p. m.
Garner has tossed the Thorndale
nine to two straight wins and At-
ledge an equal amount for the lo-
cal team. League sponsors, the
Rockdale Lions, indicated that the
game tonight could easily develop
into a regular battle of the mound.
T. A. Weems, manager of the
Rockdale squad repo, led two play- ;(gahisl'Hamiah * Rustle?*
ors ailing H orn injuries received y m
Admission prices have been an-
nounced at 20 cents for adults and
10 cents for children with all pro-
ceeds going into the Lions Club
softball field fund.
Shop Share Wins
Bryan Third baseman Wanda I
Jones will most likely be out with | Wesiern Auto eopped win mun-
a bail knee and Sue Ellis missing b-r three over Alcoa No. I here
due to a pulled muscle, Weems j Monday night. 7-5 Hu* late uffiui
stated The injuries were received went to the Rockdale Flower Shop
in the Rockdule-Bryan game Mon-
day night in which for Un«l> w»n
The remainder of the team is in
good shape, and will be ready to
go, he said.
In announcing the game Weems
reported that Rockdale would play
a return match with San Gabriel
at Thorndale Monday, June 15,
and would make their third ap-
pearance at home next Thursday,
nil but two members of the squad five periods, came to life in the
■'J sixth when Milford Henry walked,
Haupt doubled and Siegfried Back-
haus humored. Two were added in
the seventh with Jack London rap-
ping out a triple.
Alcoa’s Langford hurled the dis-
tance for the winners allowing
only four hits to the church group.
Patterson struckout 17 batters
in the Flower Shop defeat of Al-
! coa No. 1 and pitched no hit ball
j through five straight innings. The
favoritism to youthful nutlet's no hitter bit the
'dust in the las* of the sixth when
Murray slashed out a double and
Smith followed with a homerun.
’The Flower Shop cairn* back
and reported that the score could
have been a lot greater had he let
the batters hit away.
Tyler gave up 3 hits in the
encounter while teammates gather-
ed many hits on the score pad.
Other members of the Rock-
dale team are Ruby Ellis, Rosa-
line Doss, Louise Neal, Sue Ellis,
Martha Cardwell and Geraldine
Leavenworth prison is in Kan-
Flyers Gain Top
With 8-1 Win
Over Flower Shop
Dick Nevitt hurled the Western
Auto Flyers through their fourth
win of tin* season Tuesday defeat-
ing the Rockdale Flower Shop,
8-1. The Christian Church gained
a forfeit over Weems Super Mar-
ket in the second game then drub-
bed a make-shift team 3-1 in a
practice bout. *
The opener saw the Flyers take
the lead in the current softball
play by belting Wimpy Patterson
for 9 hits and taking three free
passes to first base. The victors
scored in the first, third, fifth and
sixth innings with the big ('in*
coming in tbc fourth when four
runs crossed'' the plate.
Nevitt gave the Flower Shoppers’
2 hits in the first inning which
were turned into their lone run of
the night. The victorious mounds-
man also gave up two hits in each
the fifth and sixth innings.
Extra has/* hits of the game, all
doubles, were credited Weldon
Alford, Red Jackson and Nevitt.
Worm's Marketmen failed to
field nine players in the second
game and thereby forfeited to the
Rather than close the night's
program early, the two teams car-
ried on with a practice game
which went to the Christians, 3-1.
Haupt. winning pitcher, dished out
two iiits to the first men to lace
him, Beale rattling the rafters
with a home run and Caffey
gaining a single.
■ tor the Alcoans to match Douglas’
The Flower Shop wrapped up
Alcoa No in the s *eond inning
ol the late game with 7 runs off
four safe nits Jamqs Alford spark-
ed the rally with a power drive
into left field for his first homer
of the season.
Manager John Sonntag started
Wimpy Patterson on the mound,
but switched hurler* mid-game
to keep pitcher Jim Hooper iri
Alcoa No. 2 scratched out four
scattered hits, bunching two in
the third to score thoir only run of
the game Drawing mound duty
in the sixth, t2-l.
The Flyers took an early lead
in the opener with three scores re-
corded in the first inning and fol-
lowed through with single runs
in second, third, fourth and fifth! ...
innings. The runs were recorded l was Longford who hurled the team
on live safe hits, the big blow, a lheir win over the
double, credited Douglas. Christians. Langford gave up 7 hits
in the game two of the total hom-
ers in Alford and George Doss.
Alcoa tied the score in the.
third at 4-nil, but failed to ink'
the pad in both tho fourth and |
fifth inning Caffey crossed the I ONE DAY SF.RVICE—On mono-
plats in the top of the sixth, but grammed stationary, book
th.v* Flyers retired the side to put
an end to further attempts at a
Hits in the tilt were even at
five each, Hord lining out a double
matches, cocktail and dinner nap-
kins, playing cards, lipstick tissues
fountain pens, pencils, ring bind-
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with three runs In the top of the
seventh to cop the lead then ret ired
Iho opposition, 3-up and 3-down.
Alcoa collected two hits off of
Patterson, the Flower Shop four
off of Blackmon
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Cooke, W. H. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 81, No. 21, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 11, 1953, newspaper, June 11, 1953; Rockdale, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth694158/m1/3/: accessed March 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library.