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Although the I946 baseball team dpes not have the out-
standing record of the district champions of last year,,this year's
team has made a creditable showing in games played so far this
season and at the time of this writing have broken even in games
won and lost, having won 4 and lost 4. The squadwas hard hit
by graduation last year and a number of new and inexperienced
faces appear in the lineup this spring. ln spite of this inexperience,
the squad is improving in every game and from here on out they
should add to the winning side of the ledger.
A thumbnail sketch of the squad shows Joe Elkins, captain and
2-year letterman, as the only experienced pitcher on the roster.
Joe is heralded by many as one of the best twirlers in the Willam-
ette Valley and his heavy hitting labels him as an invaluable ball player. Lynn Hamil-
ton, letterman first baseman, has been playing good ball all season and his good work
with the bat has been especially noticeable.
Dick Hewett, a reserve letterman infielder from last year, has been holding down
second base this year and doing a good iob. Although he is small in stature, he wields
a strong bat and often hits for extra bases. Willis Moody, letterman third baseman,
has been playing a bang-up game at the hot corner and his strong throwing arm has
robbed many an opponent of a base hit. "Mole" Abbott, letterman transfer from Sweet
Home, has been playing shortstop and this tall, angular lad can cover a lot of ground
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satile guard really proved his worth in the state tournament when he replaced the tired
Abbott in the last game and came through with five needed points.
Some of the highlights of the best basketball season Lebanon has ever enioyed
were: Lebanon's first home win of the season 34 to 22 over the touring Ashland Griz-
zlies-the 41 to 36 Warrior victory over the state champion Eguene Axemen in which
Cox went score crazy to make 24 points-the winning of the first league game against
Sweet Home 43 to 38-the thrilling overtime victory over Corvallis 53 to 49 and Alley
making the free throw that sent the game into the overtime-a 46 to 31 Win lover Albany
when Hamilton and Cox scored 22 and 15 points respectively torun wild over the Bull-
dogs-the O. S. C. Rooks going down to defeat 44 to 35 before the Warriors-the 39 to
30 win over the Albany Bulldogs before the largest crowd ever assembled in the Leba-
non gym-Lebanon handing the U. of O. Frosh their first defeat by a high school team
43 to 39-the 37 to 25 win over Sweet Home that put Lebanon in the state tournament-
Lebanon downing the Astoria Fishermen 33 to 29 in the first game of the state tournament
with Cox scoring 16 points-the close 36 to 34 loss to Washington in the second game
of the tourney, but Hamilton starred with 19 points-Lebanon out-galloping the sup-
posedly race horse Baker Bulldogs 52 to 42-the 35 to 31 victory over Rainier which
gave Lebanon 4th place in the state casaba classic.
Lettermen for the year were as follows: Seniors, Captain Lynn Hamilton, Ron Cox,
Gay Baldwin, Orbra Abbott, Kenny Houghton, Dick Hewett, Juniors, Paul Alley, Elmer
Fields, Bob Ackeret, Jerry Toole, Managers, George Fowler and Gene Simi.
Lebanon 20 - Eugene 33 Lebanon 40 - Toledo 30
Lebanon 34 - Ashland 22 Lebanon 29 - O. S. C. Rooks33
Lebanon 47 - Willamette Frosh 8 Lebanon 47 - Junction City 45
Lebanon 31 - Prineville 48 Lebanon 44 - O. S. C. Rooks 35
Lebanon 27 - Redmond 29 Lebanon 53 - University High 27
Lebanon 31 - University High 37 Lebanon 56 - chemqwq' 37
Lebanon 41 - Eugene 36 Lebanon 46 - Corvallis 53
Lebanon 29 - Myrtle Point 36 Lebanon 47 - U. of O. Frosh 48
Lebanon 43 - Sweet Home 38 Lebanon 39 - Albany 30
Lebanon 43 - Redmond 40 Lebanon 38 - Junction City 48
Lebanon 45 - Chemawa 37 Lebanon 41 - Toledo 39
Lebanon 53 - Corvallis 49 Lebanon 43 - U. of O. Frosh 39
Lebanon 46 - Albany 31 Lebanon 37 - Sweet Home 25
Lebanon 33 - Astoria 29
Lebanon 34 - Washington lPortlandJ 36
Lebanon 52 - Baker 42
Lebanon 35 - Rainier 31
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in that position. He also swings a strong bat and has knocked out his share of base
llts. Paul Alley completes the list of lettermen and this versatile Junior has been doing
a lot of pitching as well as playing center field when not on the mound. He has turned
in some expertly pitched games for his first year as a chucker and his timely hitting
i akes him a valuable man in the lineup.
Bob Downing, a newcomer to baseball, has been handling the catching duties and
is coming along in great style. This hard working Junior has a tough position to fill,
Ltct he is learning fast and next year should find him an excellent receiver. In the out-
lield, Elmer Fields has been playing a lot of ball in right field and he has also been
hitting the ball very well. A little more experience will find him a much improved
player and a great help tothe team. Claire Reeder has been patroling the left field
pasture spot and is showing more promise in every game. His hitting has been im-
proving steadily and next year should be a banner year for this promising Junior. Ron
Cox, reserve outfielder, has come in for his share of action and, although inexperienced,
he has been a help to the team. Bob Ackeret and Hugh Logan, both reserve outfielders,
showed up well during the brief time they were permitted to play with the team. A
couple of other boys who have been showing promise and who should be a welcome
addition to the squad next year are J. T. Hamilton and Bill Calhoun. Dick Gallagher
has been doing an excellent iob as manager, a positiorgof unheralded glory on a
baseball team. ,tx
Scores of games so far this year and the rest of the schedule are as folldwsig'
Lebanon I6 - Junction City 4 Lebanon 3 - Eugenegilgl sl'
Lebanon 2 - Albany 5 Lebanon l7 - Sweet Home 2
Lebanon I - O. S. C. Rooks 8 Tuesday, May I4 - Eugene there
Lebanon T2 - Junction City 5 Thursday, May lo - Corvallis there
Lebanon l - C. S. C. Rooks lO Tuesday, May 2l - Albany here
Lebanon 9 - Sweet Home 2
May 31 and June l - Strawberry Fair Tournament
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