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B aseball Season" 1926

Coach R o u n d y bega n the sea son e a r l y by c a l l i n g out a l l battery c a n d i d ates, Feb­ r u a ry 25. P rospects fo r a good t e am depended upon the development of good pitching m ateri a l w h i ch , a s usual, was very scarce. The outfield and infie l d positions were fil led The team worked well under C ap t ain by vet e r a n m a t e r i a l from the p receding yea r . Peabod y a n d c losed a successful year by t r i m m i n g M a i n e a n d B o w d o i n, which gav e u s a t i e for the State C h a m pionsh i p w i t h M a ine. T h e opening game with the U niversity of M a i ne was p l a yed on Seaverns Field, April 23. Coach Roundy st a rted A n d e r son ag ai nst the M aine team . I t was A n dy's first major game and he immedi ately p r oved that he had th e stuff by hold i n g M a ine to T he t hree h i ts and one run i n five i n nings. T raino r p itched the l a st four i n nmgs. Colby s luggers foun d the M a i ne h u r l e r s easy, so the result was a 7 - 1 victory . The team left for a t h ree-game t r i p to M a ssachu setts a n d Rhode I s l a n d on A p r i l 2 5 . Lowell Text i l e p roved to be a w i l l ing victim i n t h e fi r s t game. H ea l h e l d t h e Tex­ tile batters helples s f or seven i n nings wh1le his mates were having a field day with home runs, doubles and t r i p l e s i n r a p i d order. T r a i n o r woTked the Tema i n i n g i nn ings. The following d a y , Colby battled Tufts i n a tight game. The Colby team w a s up a gain t S h u m a n , one of the best twirlers i n N e w E ng land. H e p itched a great game, but ou r s l u g gers went right after h i m a n d cha lked u p t hree big runs early in the game. Coach Roundy u sed Trainor i n t he box. He pitched good ball for eight i n n ings, d u r i n g w h i c h t i m e T u f t s was u nable to s c o r e a r u n , b u t blew u p a f t e r two men b a d b e e n r e ­ tired i n the n i n t h a n d w a s re lieved by A nderson. A n d y s t o p p e d the T u ft s r a l l y , a n d the t w o teams went i n t t h e t e n t h i n n i n g w i t h t he score 3-3. C o l b y scored the b i g r u n o n a h a r d single b y Scotty M a r r , w h i c h scored J a c k M c Gowa n , w h o h ad l ined o u t a beautiful tri p l e to deep T i g ht . R hode I s l a n d State defeated C o l b y 1 0-9 i n t he l a s t game of t h e t r i p . Weather conditions weTe terrible, a heavy wind kee p i n g the a i r filled with d r y sand t hroughout the game. I t was a poor ball game. Lowe l l Te xt i l e w a s again defeated when they p layed i n Waterville, May 8. The Colby stickers had another b i g d ay, piling u p a big lead at t he start. Score, 1 3-6. The first Sta te S e r ies game was p layed May 12 against B a tes. C har l i e S m al l , the B ates sta r , was in the box, but p roved ineffective against the Colby men. C redit s hould be given t o S m a l l for h i s work, a s he had a b a d ankle a n d should h a ve been on t he ben c h i n stead of p itching a b a l l game. The Bates i n field was off color, too, a l l of w hi c h hel ped in the victory. A nderson twirled t he full n i n e i n n i ngs for C o l b y , a n d h ad a n Score, 9-3. e a s y d a y . O ' B rien c ircled t he b a ses on a h i t t o center. Colby tra veled t o B r u nswick May 14, and won its secon d State Series game, 8-5. B ot h teams hit wel l . Colby p u l led a big ral1y i n the ninth inn ing. B owdoin was lead­ ing, 5-3, when Colby went t o bat. H its, e r rors, daring base r un ni ng, a n d the i n trod uc­ t ion of pinch h itte rs by Coach R o u n d y , who p l ayed a nice hunch, p ul le d the game out o f the fire. H e a l h e l d the Bowdoin team safely i n t he n i n t h inni ng. T h e U n iversity of M a ine g ave Colby i ts fi rst S e rie s defeat a t W a ter v i l l e , M ay 22. Per ry , th e M a i n e h u rle r, h a d a g o o d d a y , yielding bu t five h i t s a n d one r u n , w hi l e M a i ne tou ch ed u p T r a i no r a n d A nderson for e ig ht hit s a n d five runs. Colby entert a in e d Con necticut A ggies on Seaverns F i e l d , M a y 28. I t p roved to be a wei r d game. The Connecti c u t p itcher used a slow motion windup t h a t p roved d e ­ ceptive . H ea l started for Colby, but h a d a n off d ay, a n d retired i n t he t h i r d i n n ing. Trainor went i n a n d held the A ggies hitless a n d runle ss for the r em a i n i ng s i x i n n i n g s . C o l b y t ried h a rd to overcome a n i n e r u n lead, but fel l s h o r t , an d h a d t o a c c e p t defeat, 7-9. Keith and M c Gowan hit for four sacks during the gar.cfe . B ate_ defeated Colby at Lewiston, M a y 29. It was a slow game, as Colby c o u l d n 't do m u c h a g a i n s t S m a l l who a l lowed four hits. O n J u ne 2 , Colby t raveled t o Orono a n d defeated M a i n e i n a n exc i ti n g, eleve n i n n i n g game. T h e score was 2-1 , a n d it t e lls the st o ry, a s i t w a s one of the b e st games T r a in or a n d P e r r y booked u p a p retty h u r l i n g d ue l , while both teams of th e y ear . p layed great ball. C a pt. Peabody won the game with a l on g home r u n i n t he eleventh . Colby e a rn ed a t ie f o r t h e S t a te C h a m p io n s h i p by t r i m m i n g Bowdoin o n J u n e 4 . The w h o l e Bowdoin t e a m h a d a n off d a y , w h i l e Colby celebrnted w i t h free hi tt i n g a n d s m a r t baseba l l . A n derson t w i r l ed a n i ce game. Ted S m a rt, ou r s t a r t h i r d baseman is Captain of t he 1927 C l u b , a n d should lead the team t h rough a s uccessful season. He wi l l have a strong n ucleus i n M a cD o n a l d , O ' B r i e n , A n derson, a n d T r a inor, lettermen, b e s i d e s exceptional m a t e r i a l i n H a n n i fe n , E r i c k o n , T i e r r y , Scott, C a l l a gh a n , a n d N iziolek.

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