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Oles shock meek Beloit; face dual test tomorrow
Two Wisconsin teams, Ripon and Lawrence, invade the Hill tomorrow to play the host Oles in a conference double-header. The Oles opened league competition Monday with an impressive double sweep from Beloit, 14-7, and 10-1. Next Tuesday the Lions travel to Decorah, Iowa to play Luther and hurry back the next day to battle Carleton on the Ole field.
Ripon has six letter-winners back from the team that finished with a 6-8 record last year. Back is outfielder Lorie Doss who hit 414 last year, and pitcher Rol Bottigha who is expected to have another fine session on the mound. Lawrence is entering a squad for the first time this year.
In Carleton, the Oles will be facing a squad picked by some to take the northern division of the conference. However, by comparing the two teams against Augsburg college, the Oles looked a little better. Augsburg tramped on Carleton 19-4, as the Carls committed 11 big bobbles, while the Oles couldn't buy a run against the Auggies, as they could get but three hits, while making five errors. Nevertheless, the next week could spell the difference between a successful or unsuccessful baseball saeson.
Captain Mike Simpson led the morning onslaught as he collected four hilts in five trips to the plate. He slammed three doubles and drove in five runs. Al Madson also gave the Beloit hurlers nightmares as he garnered two hits and collected two RBI's. A1 Carlson and Rock Gordon also drove in two runs apiece.
The previously silent Ole baits came to life against Beloit and exploded for 23 big hits to give the Lions their first two wins of the season.
Arne Meberg pitched superb ball as he walked out three and struck out eleven men in only six innings. Meberg allowed six hits and only one earned run. Al Swatsky, a junior lefthander, finished the game and allowed only two hits. He was a trifle wild, however, and issued eight walks. He wiffed five in three innings, thus giving the mound staff 16 strikeouts for the game.
Al Madson, Mike Simpson, Don Jurries and Chuck Madson each crossed the plate three times to account for nearly all the Ole scoring in a game which was marred by six Lion errors.
For Beloit, Cizek, the pitcher, with a triple and a single and Weber with two singles provided most of the visitor's offensive punch.
In the afternoon game, Al Carlson and Al Madson each pounded long home runs to highlight the Ole win. Outfielder John Gordon collected a triple and two singles and Bob Garnett, boosting his average to .571, hit two singles.
George Miner toiled on the mound for the first seven innings and gave up no runs, only three hits and four walks while striking out five. Gordy Day finished and allowed four hits and the one run. The Oles played good ball and committed only one error.
Versatile Bob Cizek again led his Beloit teammates as he collected two singles while left-fielder Tuszar cracked a double for the visitors only extra-base slam.
Coach Gelle believes in starting 'em young. Any fine morning he can be seen on the baseball field pitching fast balls at his young son. Gelle, Jr., who is perhaps reaching the old age of four, says the Braves are a cinch to win the pennant.