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Manager Frank Rodgers Well Pleased With Mound Staff
Rymer and Miller Impressive In
Exhibition Contest Here Sunday
Hartis Hinton Is \
Big Threat With A
"Mean" Curve Ball
Pitching Force !Soh Rcuanlnl
Fairlv Complete With
Se\ en 4iii Hotter
According to latest reports com
ing from the Martin training camp.
Skipper Frank Rodgers will proba
bly have a fine mound staff?one of
the best in the Coastal Plain circuit,
if the outlook now has any bearing
on the situation. The Skipper now
has seven pitchers fast rounding into
mid-season form, led by Veterans
Pete Kunis. Ted Miller and Slim
Gardner, with Rookies Ken Rymer
Marty Matuza. Hartis Hinton and
Nathan Edmondson showing plenty
in the daily training periods.
Pete Kunis, who played in this
league with Goldsboro the year be
fore last, did a masterful job, partici
pating in 30 games and ending the
season with an earned run average
of 3 35 runs per nine-inning game
I^ast year he played with a weak
club in the Bi-State loop, and his
record took a slight dip, but Pete
is considered by the Skipper to be
ready for an unusually fine season
with the Martins
Ted Miller, Bertie County thrower
deluxe, displayed before the fans
last Sunday that he was ready to
go, being very impressive during his
Slim Gardner, although a bit wild i
last Sunday, is waiting for "hot"
weather, and Rodgers feels sure that
Slim still has a lot of those fancy
curves left when the hot weather
Also impressive in last Sunday's
exhibition was Ken Rymer, rookie
right-hander, who has a great deal
of .stuff on the hall and he will be ;
expec ted to take his regular turn '
011 the mound for the locals.
From the sa/id lots, the Skipper
found 1 la it is Hinton, a rookie right j
bander from Zebulon. llinton is a
former N C State mound star He
is reported to have a good curve
Another right-hander. Marty Ma
tuza, of MeKees Rocks. Pa., has been
showing up unusually well. He came
hen with a good semi pro record,
having played in tin* Pittsburgh City
League last season
Rounding out the mound division
is Nathan Edinondson, of Roberson
vilie. The Skippei says that the
youngster is u aging quite a battle
for the job, although he is still quite
a bit wild ?
remaining in the training period be
fore the league opens. Manager
The management of the Wil
liamston Martins has staged a
return exhibition with the l>ur
ham Lookouts here next Sun
clay afternoon. The contest will
begin promptly at 3 o'clock.
The laiokouts' manager, Wil
kie, stated that he would ac
quire a# goods pitcher for the af
fair and that his team would
come hack looking for revenge.
l-'ans seemed well satisfied
with the play of Imth teams here
last Sunday and an even larger
crowd is expected to attend the
return game here this Sunday
On Oeean lli?rli\va\
That the Ocean Highway (II S.
17) is carrying an increasing traffic
lis reflected ti-n the recent action of
the Virginia Kerry Corporation, call
i mg for the addition of a new boat
arid more frequent schedules. The
steady increase in public acceptance
I of the Oc?an Highway route makes
j a faster schedule* necessary to ac
commodate the traffic without de
| lays. The new schedule, offering a
I crossing every 90 minutes, is in ef
fect from 5 30 a in. to 12 15 a m
With the completion of the fill
and bridges across Conine Swamp
.il this point, the route is destined
to become one of the most popular
! for tourists.
The new boat has six traffic lanes,
? dining room and lunch counter
and is sti ietly modern.
) (itu ry Farmers Trying
On I Sequoia Irish I'nlalo
Yancey County farmers are trying
out the Sequoia Irish potato, State
Colleges latest horticultural contri
but ion, because it has proven super
ior to other varieties now being
I Kodgers states that w ith possibly
one or two changes, his charges will
be ready to make a presentable
I showing against all clubs in the cir
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Martins Win Exhibition Game Sunday
Turn Back Durham
A Score Of 12 To 6
Martini. |Ma> KrrorlfM Hull
Vml lift Sixteen llil* To
In thmr first exhibition of the 1M1
season. the Wiiliamston Martins de
feated the Durham Lookouts. 12-6.
here last Sunday afternoon before
a fairly large crowd of interested
supporters The* Martins looked ex
("optionally well both at the plate
and in the field considering the fact
that they have been training only
Skipper Frank Rodgers used fif
teen players during the game, and
feels that the club with possibly one
or two changes will make a present
able showing m the pennant race. He
divided the mound duties between
Ted Miller, Ken Kymer and Slim
Gardner Miller looked in good con
dition during his turn, allowing only
I three safeties, staying in front of the
batters with his fine control. Rymer.
a rookie, displayed a siz/ling fast
ball with a variety of curves and
ilist enough wildness to keep the
hitters from getting set for his pitch
He fanned four and allowed only
two bingles during his three-inning
turn. The fans were impressed with
his performance-. Slim Gardner went
the last three, and stayed in hot
water most of the time. He allowed
six hits, five runs, three walks, a
wild pitch, while striking out four.
The Martins batted around in the
[second innings to count five runs
;ult live hits and two errors They
came back in the third frame with
I three more runs on Turkey's walk.
Stutter's double and singles by Gain
er, Miller and By rum, driving the
Lookouts starting hurler to the
>hpwer.s The Ug^jls counted their
other four runs in the seventh when
Catchei Plant/ singled. Gardner was
; safe on a fielder's choice. By rum
hmgled. Stotlcr walked. Taylor went
to first on an error as Gardner came
home With the bases loaded, Hay
wood Wynne placed a two base blow
down the left field line to empty the
Batting honors for the Martins
went to Miller, who had a perfect
day \\ itli two for two, butting in
three runs; Stotlcr, with three for
five, also batted in a trio of scores;
i Johnny Byrum, with three for five,
knocked in a pair of counters, and
Skipper Rodgers was good for two
? afeto r. m four trip*, to the plate,
Leading the Durham team at the
plate were Heilly and Addison with
; two for four each
, Byrum, If
! Ford, 1 b
Turkey, 2b 3b
Tot id >
Ward. 3b p
Walt, i , If
Score by innings R
'Durham 000 001 212- ti
Wiiliamston 053 000 40x - 12
Runs batted in Kailly. Mann,
Hunter, Byrum 2. Stotlei 3, Wynnt
3. Miller 3 Two base hits: Addison
Turkey, S to tier, Wynne. Three base
bit Reilly Stolen base Hunter
Double plays; Miller, Stotler anc
Former Martins To Meet Frank Koclgers'
Bovs Here Thursday Afternoon At .'t:30
WOIAKS IA H )SK M.\\\ .
After watching the 1941 assort
ment of Williamston's entry in the
Coastal Plain League perform here
last Sunday, public opinion has tak
en quite a step forward, the bleach
er fans who are the best second
guessers in the world feeling like
that team could have whipped the
socks off last year's squad at this
stage of the game.
Already a number of fans
have gone out on the limb and
predicted tliat Ted Miller, of the
Bertie variety, will be one of the
leading pitchers in the Coastal
Plain this season. Well. Ted
didn't do so bad last season as
a rookie, and those limb sitters
may have a good thing.
SKF.N FROM A DISTANCT Hack
klaylord. Martin outfielder of last
j season who hit a mere .350. sitting m
: the grandstand watching the exhi
bition. Hack finished up the
son with the locals, but he said he
would be unable to continue this
year because of Ins work They say
that old age gets the hl'Kl Of Vtll
Drawing favorable comment
from many was Clarence "Ken"
Turkey, second baseman. "He'll
break up Ins part of tin- ball
games this season " Looks like
he's a better than average field
er. and a fair hitter.
JUdge Smith, of Rohevsohville.
had his pillow at his usual spot Sun
day afternoon for his view and opin
ion of the Martins We kihda be
lieve the Judge rates as No. 1 fan
j outside of Williamston for be never
[misses He wanted to see Kdmotid
son pitch for the Martins, but Skip
per Rodgers couldn't turn the trick
at that time.
In comparison, this same Dur
ham team played Itoeky Mount's
Coastal Plain entry in Kockv
lost by the narrow margin of
5-3. The Lookout manager said
bis team should have won. that
Rocky Mount has a long way
to go before the season opened.
Wonder what lie thinks about
What looked to he the fastest man
on the hasepalh was Johnny By rum,
left fielder He scored from first
base on Stotler's short double, Which
meant that ho was really "lavin' Vni
Skipper Rodgers is proving to be
a very popular manager. The only
thing about him is that be is slightly
"High Hat" He bangs around the
grandstand more than he does the
[ Wilkie, Mann and Hunter Left on
; bases Durham H, Williamston 10.
Ha e on balls, off Parker I, Sliarpe
1, Ward 2, Kyirier I, Gardner 3.
Struck out, by Parker I, Sliarpe 2,
Ward 3, Miller 1, Rymer 4, Gard
I ner 4 Hits, off Parker i) in 2 2-3 inn
ings; Sliarpe 4 in 3 1-3, Ward 3 in 2;
Miller 3 in 3; Rymer 2 in 3; Gardner
ti in 3. Hit by pitcher, by Sliarpe
i (Taylor >, Gard tie r (Mu riter). Wilt j
11 pitches: Rynier, Gardner, W*id Win
ning pitcher: Miller. Losing pitcher:
\ Parker Umpires: Diem and Beaird
bleachers Take heed. niy friend.
Those wolves are very fickle
* ? ?
Ken Rymer made t|ve fan sit
up and take notice during his
stay on the mound As a rookie
he showed those fellows from
Durham pletTtry. and he 'looked
good all the wAy
? ? ? ?
THK Ll'CKY CHARM Sambo".
Wilhamston's lucky piece, w a in
action last Sunday, handling his du
lu. . caretaker of the hats with
extreme ear- and fines: e ami h?.
brought home a winner too. H\ the
way-, it looks, a > though Samho and
the Skipper have worked up quite
a friendship. May he a few rubs of
Sambo's head will work a charm
on some batting averages
Bert Stotler. Cluiek Taylor and
Al Slake. carryovers from last year's
nine, performed creditably, public
opinion feeling that those positions
will he Well taken care of.
If reports ate true, which arc arc.
the present day Martin-, will ln\.
a tough tunc here Thursday after
noon at 3 30 when they meet the
Thirty ^Niners" m .1 regulation
I game. Dick Cheriv si slated t.? hurl
I for the former Martins
Not. to League President Ra\
II tioodinsm Sign Diem arid
Ih anal as umpires this season.
They goj b> Sunday without a
Olii '.'I1! Chili ^ ill ilate T?
Call for h'H K**?*riiil? For
1 ' cj b) such old regulars as How
|ard Earp and I?pi?> Dwm. the 3u
Marlins will return !<? action on the
local diamond Thursday afternoon
.>1 this w? t k wlu 11 tla v nu ? t Skip
per Frank Rodg< i I)"1. Tla game
hooked and planned On a regulation
m lietjule. t to he called at 3.30, the
Mai tins' pi< alt nt, Pete Fowden.
stating that the 25-rein admission
fee will go to the hall club treasury
While Skipper Kodgers points out
that the game is subject to put him
mi tire -pot. In- will he ready with
an Unproved loam over the one seen
in action Sunda> It is possible that
a new catcher will h m the line-'up
for the professionals One is due m
tomorrow from Mobile. Ala. The
youngster, just '??turned 1" t coming
at the recommendation "1 Charlie
Wilcov. a t orn it i i ? cei vet' for the
Thi 3il-line-.up- inc}ud? > Howard
Harp. Artie Diem, Dick Cherry
H'.< < . \ lieaird. Hay wood Wynne.
Jack* Manning. Oscar Anderson.
Hi other Chen > and Fenger Wallace
Scheduled just one w eek ahead of
i!i? opening .J' the official ? ? ason m
tli- Coastal Plain Loop, the game on
ThursdayWill offer a pretty good
idea of what the starting line-up will
look like against Tarbpro here on the
tight and called a much better
game than "me of your umps
?ill" huvi??'pint timis .studying
the arbiters' business
Nevertheless and notwithstanding
tlte consequences, the wolves realize
that the Martins have been in camp
only a week and tha.t many things
tan happen hot wren now and May
Htli when the official season opens
with Tarboro lure So here's hoping
Da tlu In J t"i everybody?
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