TKur$aay, Xprtl 7, 1^66
KINGS MOUNTAIN HERALD, KINGS MOUNTAIN. N. C.
By GARY STEWART
Braves Tough, Look Out For SF, Orioles
Major league baseball will swing into the pieture next
week. Since it’s that time again, let’s take a look at the
pennant contenders in the American and National leagues.
Since the National League always supplies a tighter
race, let’s look at it first.
The Los Angeles Dodger fans are happy now since
pitching stars Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale have hop
ped down off their high horses and signed contracts (total
ing more than ?210,0()0 to be divided between the two),
but Walt Alston’s fast boys will have a time repeating as
National League chanps.
Besides, it has been a long time since .the same team
won the NL pennant two years in a row.
The last time a National League team won the pen
nant twice-in-a-row was in 1957 and ’58 when the Milwau
kee (now Atlanta) Braves captured it. Both years the
team was managed by Fred Haney and both times the
Braves finished eight games ahead of the second place
The Dodgers undoubtedly will be tou|:h but their lack
of hitting ability might lead to their downfall. It’s a sure
bet that Koufax and Drysdale, along with the team’s ....
speed, will earn them a high , spot in the standings but had taken a
some hitting is needed if a team expects to win a pennant i cy dean
San Francisco, led by the pitching of batman Juan Frank .Mosteller.
Marichal and such hitting stars as Willie Mays and Orlan- two out in the home half,
do Cepeda, will probably be the team to beat in this year’s; woifpacsk starter David Cline is-
NL race. j sued back-to-back walks to
But don’t count out Tony Cloninger’s Atlanta Braves, i Wayne Muilinax, Paul Gaffney
a team which is moving South with high hopes and much | and Mike Smith and Charles
Good support will make the Braves play harder and
better and with Cloninger heading the pitching staff and
Hank Aaron and Joe Torre rapping the big hits, the Braves
will be right in there ’til the finish.
Brave infielder-outfielder Felipe Alou, a 6-1, 195 j field, carroii and Gladden were
pounder from Santo Domingo, was the outstanding Brave | stranded in scoring position when
in spring exhibition games as he led the team in hitting Sill Bridges struck out.
First Annuall Kiwanis Club Banquet Tonight
Blackett Homeis |
To Lead Wolves I
To 8-4 .Victoiy , ]
Steve Brackett smashed an in- i
side-the-park three run homer to
erase a 3-2 deficit and lead the
Lincolnton Wolves to an 84 win
over the Mountaineers here Fri
The blast came with none out
in the fifth with Don Proctor and
Bobby Smith on base. Both run
ners had reached base via walks.
Four of Lincolnton’s eight runs
were unearned with eight KM
fielding errors and several men
tal mistakes helping the Wolves’
Junior righthander Tommy Go
forth wtmt the distance for the
Mounties and was tagged with
the loss and Virgil Cline, after
relieving his brother David with
one out in the fourth, picked up
Cline, a sophomore lefthander,
worked the final 3% innings, not
allowing a hit.
Kings Mountain j^umped to a
comfortable 3-1 margin in the
bottom of the first inning-after
Carroll drove in the runners from
second and third with a double to
Smith then scored on a single
by Chucky Gladden w'ho went to
_ ! second on the throw-in from left-
Lincolnton threatened again in
the second after getting men on
second and third with a double by
catcher Dale Martin and a KM
error. Marti®, and David Cline,
who got on by the error by Mulli-
nax, pulled'off a double steal and
second - baseman Gene Cathey
lined out to center.
Melvin Huffstetler walked to
load the bases and Don Proctor
hiti a sharp grounder throu.gh
the (middle but KM shortstop Nel
son Connor scooped up the ball,
with a .439 batting average, in scoring with seven runs,
in doubles with five, in stolen bases with four and was
second to Joe Torre in runs batted in from leadoff with
Cincinnati, Philadelphia and St. Louis should also
field tough teams making the first six pennant contenders.
Manager Don Heffner has moved all-star second base-
man Pete Rose to third to make I'oom for Charlottean
Tommy Helms. Deron Johnson, who was the Reds’ third
sacker last time, has been moved to first base after a try
of left field didn’t work out too well.
Cincy’s strong pitching staff — headed by Sammy
Ellis, Jim Maloney, Jimmy O’TooJe, JoeNuxhall, Milt Pap-'tagged second and turned in a
pas and Joey Jay is the strongest in either league and, with a quick- throw
don’t forget slugging outfielder Vada Pinson.
St. Louis Manager Red Schoendienst will have to de
pend largely on Bob Gibson, his fireballing pitcher. He can
also count on Ray Sadecki and AjIl Mahaffey for good
At the head of the Phillies will be former Duke star
Dick Groat with able assistance coming from Tony Tay
lor, Rich Allen and Cookie Rojas, all good hitters.
Pittsburgh might offer a threat, however, the Pirates
should be in second division along with the Chicago Cubs,
Houston Astros and New York Mets.
LET’S TRY — 1. Atlanta, 2. San Francisco, 3. Los
Angeles, 4. Cincinnati, 5. Philadelphia, 6. St. Louis, 7.
Pittsburgh, 8. Chicago, 9. Houston, 10. New York.
Robinsons Will Make Orioles Contender
Frank Robinson, an outfielder acquired during the
winter from the National League’s Cincinnati Reds, is ex
pected to team with third baseman Brooks Robinson to
bring Baltimore a tough 1-2 punch and a strong bid for
the American League pennant.
Curt Blefary and Boog Powell will also figure largely
in the Orioles’ plans. If Baltimore’s pitching staff gets and
stays in top form, the Orioles will be a solid bet to de
throne the Minnesota Twins.
The Chicago White Sox should also field a good team
with catcher John Romano and the major’s top relief
pitcher Eddie Fisher heading the long list of talented play
Don’t count the Twins out, however, because their
great slugging can handle just about any pitching staff
in the American League. Should Jim Kaat, Jim Grant and
Camilo Pascual again be in top form the Twins might be
up there again.
Detroit, Cleveland and New York should make up the
center of the AL standings, that is being around the four
th, fifth and sixth places.
Improved playing on the “part of the Tigers’ and In
dians’ younger men should make both those teams a lot
better. But it’s plain to see that the Yankees are going to
have to move out most of , their veterans and play a young
Washington, California, Boston and Kansas City will
probably bring up the rear again this time.
, HERE WE’LL SAY — 1. Baltimore, 2. Chicago, 3. Min
nesota, 4. Detroit, 5. Cleveland, 6. New York, 7. Washing
ton, 8. Boston, 9. California, 10. Kansas City.
KMHS Golfers S^Matdli^Wth
East Ruthezford And
Neither team threatened in the
third and Lincolnton pulled the;
game closer a( 3-2 in the fourtfi
with shortstoji: Henry Robin.^on
scoring an unearned run. The
Mountaineers committed three
errors during that frame with
David Cline’s single being the
Lines’ only hit.
The Mountaineers threatened in
the bottom of the fourth with
Gladden getting a double and Go
forth a single but the Wolves got
out of the trap with a twin-kill
Goforth issued back - to - back
walks to Proctor and Smith in
the top of the fifth and Brackett
uncorked a fast ball to center-
field but Carroll let the ball roll
by him and the speedster round
ed the bases for a home i-un to
put the visitors ahead, 5-3.
With the help of three Moun
taineer errors, a single by Smith
and a double by Martin, the Lin
colnton nine scored three more
runs in the top of the seventh to
make the score 8-3 and insure the
Tammy Goforth scored KM’s
fourth run in the bottom of the
seventh after being hit by a
pitch, going to second when Tony
Leigh got on by error, reaching
third on a passed ball and com
ing home on a sacrifice fly by
Goforth gave up eight hits,
walked three and struck out five
in his first loss of the year.
The two Cline boys gave up
five hits, walked three batters
and sent 10 back to the bench via
the strikeout route.
Gladden wyas KM’s leading hit
ter with two hits in three trips to
the plate and Smith, Brackett
and Martin had two hits each for
GUEST SPEAKERS — Davidson All-America Dick Snyder (left)
and senior teammates Phil Squier (center) and Ronnie Stone
will be guest speakers at the first annual Kiwunis Club Basket
ball Banquet tonight at the Kings Mountain Woman's Club. The
bonquet is being given honoring the Kings Mountain high
school basketball teams. Most Valuable Player trophies will be
presented to the outstanding boy and girl eager.
Blackett Rolls |12 Set; Plonk
Oil Dumps Culbertson Team, 4-0
.High scores, 'domina’fed the
scene at Mountain Lanes Bowl
ing Center Monday night as the
.men’s bowling league boiled the
season down to one week.
Ali-ert Brackett, captain of
sixth place Morrison Loan Co.,
rolled a night high 112 set to
lead his team to a'3-J. Win over
Dilling Heating but in the big
match of the ni.ght. Plonk Oil
Co. movefi within two games of
first plade with a -1-0 win over
league-leader Clyde Culbertson.
In the other match, City Paint
Store moved into a tie for fourth
place with a 3-1 win over Griffin
Twcnty--three of the 28 bowlers
prestmt Monday night posted 300-
plus sets with all members of
the Griffin Drug team accom
plishing the fete.
Brackett combined lines of 150,
142 and 120 for his 412 total and
John Dilling was high man for
Dilling Heating and runner-up
for night scoring honors with a
KiO line and a 395 set. Tom Gam
ble placed second in scoring for
Morrison Loan with a 354 set and
Richar<3 Culbertson added a 358-
set for th losers.
Allen Myers rolled a 1.52 line
and a 376 set to lead Plonk Oil
Po. to a 4-0 win over league-lead
er Clyde Culbertson. Bill Mulli-
nax and Clarence Plonk chipped
in 3te and 343 sets respectively
and Mickey Robinson’s 12S line
and Harold Barber’s 331 set were
high marks for the losers.
Plonk Oil’s winning margin
over "the Oulbertson’s was 155
pins. The Plonk Oil team jjosted
scores of .548, 564 and .583 for a
Johnny Dye’s 137 line and a
378 set led the City Paint .Store
team to a 3-1 win over Griffin
Drug. Team captain Rann.s’ Blan-
-ten added a 365 set fi'^r the Avin-
ners and Furman Wilson vyas
high for the losers with a 139 line
and a 354 set.
Team V\’ L Pet.
Clyde Culbertson 39 2
Ploryk Oil Co. 37 3
Dilling Heating .35 3
City Paint .Store 32 3
Griffin Drug Store 32 3
Morrison Loan Co. 29 3'
R-S Central, Errors,
Beat Mountaineers, 3-0
R S Central took advantage of
four Kings Mountain errors and
several mental mistakes to turn
in a 3 9 baseball victory over the
Mountaineers here Tuesday after
Sophomore riglithander Darrell
Whetstine went tlie distance for
Coach Rill Bates’ Mounties and
was lagge<t with the loss. Whet-
stiiie scattei'i'fl six hits, only one
of them for extra liases. He
struck out three hatters and
Brinson Hill jiicked up tlie win
with a two-liitter but showed
wildness witlr fiv(' bases on balls
and hitting two batters. Ilill
fanned nine Mountaineers.
Hill hurled fomr and two-thirds
innings of no-hit ball until, with
Kings Mountain high school’s
golf team won one and lost one
during the past weqj^^efeating
East Rutherford 6-3 Here Thurs
day and losing to Shelby, 10-2,
here Monday afternoon.
Senior Jay Powell gained med
alist honors Thursday with a
four-over par 40 while leading
KMHS to its third win of the
season. Monday’s loss to Shelby
brought KM’s record to 3-3.
Shelby is still undefeated after
Kings Mountain won four of
the six singles matches against
East and copped two of the three
team events. Against Shelby, KM
won bhe singles event and 'one
Gary Collins of Shelby copped
medalist honors in Monday’s
m^ch .witl^ a two^over par 38.
Collins’ opponent, Fred Wright,
carded the best round for the
Mountaineers, a 39.
William MeSwain won KM’s
only singles match and Andy Da
vis teamed with MeSwain for the
only team victory^
Potvell (K) def. Crenshaw (E)
4-3; Harrill fE) def. Wright fK)
1-up; Reid fE) def. Van Dyke
(K) 3-2; Cheshire fK) def. Jar-
veil (E) l-up; Davis (K) def.
Moss fE) 2-: MeSwain fK) def.
Jarvell fE) 2-ud.
Powell-Wright fK) def. Cren-
shaw-Harrill fE) 2-1; Davis-Mc-
Swain fK) def. Moss-Jarvell fE)
1-up; Reid-Jarvell fE) def. Van
Dyke-Cheshire (K) 2-L
D. Cline, p
V. Cline, p
E—Connor 2, Gladden 2, Go
forth, Smith, Gaffney, Muilinax.
Martin, Cathey. SB—Martin, D.
Cline, Muilinax, Goforth. 2B —
Martin 2, Mosteller, Gladden,
Carroll. 3B — Brackett. HR —
Brackett. SF j— Muilinax. DP —
Connor and Gladden. Huffstetler
and Brackutti HPB — Goforth
Plonk's Move Into
Ladies' Loop Tie
Plonk Brothers Department
Store defeated Oates-JJenderson
Shell four games to none Tues
day night to move into a tie for
first place in the ladies’ bowling
Heretofore first place Elsie’s
Beauty Shop lost three game's to
Kings Mountain Drug and the
Outcasts and McGinnis Furniture
split a four game match.
Leading the Plonk’s charge
was Evelyn Early with a 113
line and a 316 set with team
ojipiain Louise Dover clipping in
a 298 .set. High scorer for the
losers was Jenny Gate's with a
101 line and a 2^ set.
Jo Ann Rushing’s 121 line and
Peggy Ross’s 30.9 set led Kings
Mountain Drug to a 3-1 win over
Elsie’s. Tear, captain Lib Gault
was high for the losers with a
118 line and a 328 set.
High scoig'r in the Outca.sts -
McGinnis Furniture match was
Outcasts team captain Ethel Tig-
nor with a 294 set. Wilhemina
Sprouse led the McGinnis Furni
ture ladies with a 118 line arvd a
Elsie’s Beauty Shop
Kings Mtn. Drug
Oates - Henderson
Kings Mountain higli school
tracksters finished fourth in a
six-team meet at Blanton Memor
ial Stadium in Shelby Tuesday
East Mecklenburg won the
event with a total of 119':; iioint.s.
Placing second was Hickorywilh
49'-i, and bringing up the rear
was Shelby with 34points,
KMHS with 10%, East Ruther
ford with 8, and Chase witli 214.
Coaches Bill Cashion and Bob
Hussey will take their cindermen
to East Rutherford next Thurs
day for a six-team, meet.
The tracksters have two more
meets scheduled before / the con
ference meet at Shelby on April
29. The bi-conference meet will
be held at Shelby on May 6 and
the association meet at Shelby
on May 14.
7-11 two out ill the fif'tii. Mountaineer
left fi(')der Tony Loigii .smashed
a double to the bank in left-cen
The Mountaineers’ other hit
was a single by Wayne Muilinax
in the sixth. Muilinax was offi
The visitors scored theii' win
ning run in the second inniiig
wlien, with two outs, second
baseman John Byers stole home.
The Iliiltoppcrs were attempting
a double steal, and KM catcher
Paul Gaffney throw to second,
hut shortstop Nelson Connor, un
aware that there were two outs,
cat the throw and returned it to
hoiT.e, too late to get the runner.
R-S Central pushed across two
(V. Cline), Carroll (V. Cline),
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Goforth (1) 7 8 8 4 3 5
D. Cline 3':. 5 3 3 3 5
V. Cline (w) 3';a 0 1 0 .0 5
Plonk Has 376 Set
In Mixed Action
Clarence Plonk rolled a 136
line and a 376 set to lead his
tcaim to a 4-0 win over the Alloy
Cats in mixed bowling Icqgue ac
tion Thursday night.
First place Clyde Culbertson
won by f.orfeit over Alexander’s
Auto Parts. Ranny Blanton had
a 136 line and a 377 set to lead
the Culbertson six and Rod Hous
er had a 119 line and a 319 set
for the losers.
John Dilling was top scorer
for the Alley Cats with lines of
108, 117 and 115 for a 340 set.
Only two weeks of action re
main in tlie second half of the
Share SWC Lead
East Rutherford and Lincoln-
ton surged to the top of the
Southwest Conference baseball
standings Tuesday afternoon.
East defeating Sliclby .5-2 at For
est City and Lincolnton whipping
Chase 4-2 at Harris, N. C.
Both teams now hold identical
3-0 conference marks and are
tied for first place.
It was Slu'ihy’s first loss of the
year, the Lions now resting in a
tie for third with R-S Central,
which won a 3-0 victory over
Kings Mo'untain. ,
^elmont defeatcxl Cherryville
5-1 4m- its first win of the sea
son and is now tied with KM for
fifth place. C’hasc and Cherry
ville have yet to register a.win.
Both teams -are 0-3 in conference
SOUTHWEST CO.\ FfiRENCE
(Through Tuesday I
mori' um'arned runs in the sev
enth with Connor. C’hucky Glad
den and Mike .Smith makin.iT
fiekling ei loj-s dui’iiig that frame.
Kings Mountain (In'eatened in
five of the st'ven frames but
couldn't manage to push a run a-
cross. 'I'lie .Mountaineers i-eaehcfl
second iiase several times but
never got a runner on third.
Centei'fielder Johnn.v Davis
was Ccnlr.-il's leading hitter with j
throe singles in four ti ips to the j
plate. One of his hits was a bunt !
.-iingle, comin.r in the fifth . in- |.
ning. Central l('ad-of( hatter Len-j
jiy Walker had a 2 lor-4 perform- '
anee, his first inning double being
the visitors’ only extra base blow.
For Cage Event
Davidson College seniors Dick
Snyder, Phil Squier and Ronnie
Stone will be guest speakers at
the first annual Kiwanis Club
Basketball Banquet 'Thursday
(today) at 6 p.m. at the 'Woman’s
Highlighting the event will he -
the presentation of the Dr. W. P.
Gerberding and Captain Meek
Ormand Most Valuable Player
Awards to be given to the out
standing boy and girl members
of the 1965-66 Kings Mountain
high school cage squads.
Charles Neisler is in charge of
the regular monthly program of
the Kiwanians. ,
This is the first year iri history,
if Kings Mountain high school
that a basket! all team and its
coaches have been honored by a
A spokesman of the Kiwanis
Club said Tuesday plans are that,
within the next few years, the
Kiwanians will give more than
two trophies. The Kiwanis Club
's the third local civic club to
honor KMHS athletic teams via
The Lions Club sponsors the
annual foctball banquet and the
Rdtai-y Club gives a baseball
fete. The Lions CIiSd Banquet be
gan back in the late 30’s and the
Rotary Club Banquet began in
All three Davidson boys will
'-peak at the affair along with a
couple Kiwanis Club m&Tbers.
.Snyder, Squier and Stone were
all instrumental in Davidson’s
outstanding basketball season
this year. Snyder, an All-Ameri
can, was twice named All-South
ern Conference and was a unani
mous choice for “Player of the
Year’’ in the SC and most valu
able player in the Southern Con
ference Tournament in Charlotte.
He was also a unanirhous selec
tion for the All-Southern Confer
ence 'rournament team.
The 6-5 forward from North
Canton, Ohio, set an all-tim.e sea
son scoring record at Davidson
this past year and moved to the
number two slot in career scor
ing. Fred Hetzel, now with the
San Francisco Warriors, owns
the career scoring mark.
.Sciuier, a 5-11 playmaker from
Newton, N. J.. followed up ’65
star Barry Teague as Davidson’s
front-court man. Squier is a two-
year .let terman.
Stone, from Kernersville, N. C.,
-aTttL“aiso a tw'owear letterman,
did not see starting action for the
Wildcats this year, but was
Coach Lefty Driesell’s top re-
Snyder, Squier and Stone were
the only seniors on the ’66 David
KM At Shelby;
Plays East Here
'I'he win moved Central into a
ti<' for third place in the Soufh-
west Conference standings witli
-thclliy and the loss dropped tlie
.Mountaineer.s into a tie for fifth
Lon nor, ss
S. Goforth, cf
1 T. Goforth
C mnor, If
AB R H
22 0 2 0
28 3 6 0
a—walked for S. Goforth in
7th b struck out for Whetstine
E Connor 2, Smith, Gladden.
SAC. W. Goforth. SB Muilinax.
Davis 2, Williamson 2, Byens. 2B
Leigh. W’alker. HPB Muili
nax (Hill), Gaffney iHilH, Luck-
uloo I Whetstine).
Pitcliing IP H R ER BB SO
Whetstine (1) 7 6 3 0 3 3
Hill (w) 7 2 1) 0 ,5 9
<ayvees Lose Fiis!
To Shelby. 11-6
Kin|:s Mountain higli school’s
junior varsity baseball team was
defeated 11-6 in its first game of
the soassun at Shell'.y Thursday
Righthander Ken Mitchem was
tagged witli'the loss. Bruce Jones
was the team’s leading hitter
with two singles and Mitchem
and catcher Ronnie Burton adileU
one hit each.
i Kings Mountain’s Mountain-
! cers traveled to Shelby today
!< Wednesdays-Tei"-an afternoon
I game with Coach Gene Kirk-
i Patrick’s Lions but no details
were available at press time,
I .Junior righiliander Phil Peeler
' was sclu'duled to pitch for Shel-
by witli either senior Steve Gk)-
I'oith or junior Tommy Goforth
iuuling for Coach Bill Bates’
Pei'ler. a- standout on last
year’s Siielb.x' Le.gion nine, is 1-0
for the season while both Go
forth bo.vs are 1-1.
I Other pre-Easter games Jlj'tap
' lliis \\e('k are BelmonV at 3Lin-
jcolnton on Thursday and Chase
'at East Rutlierford and Cherry-
' ville at R-S Central on Friday.
I Tue.-;day. Kings Mountain will
j play host to East Rutherford in
I an afternoon game and Lincoln-
i ton will be at Cherryville while
i Shelby is at R-S Central. Both
' those games will be played un-
1 der the lights.
I Kings Mountain’s first night
i game will be at Belmont next
' Friday. '
I Tommy Goforth, if he sees ac-
Uion, will go into the Shelby
I game as tlie Mountaineers’ lead
ing hitter. Tommy has collected
two hits in five official times at '
bat for a .4(K) bhttinK average.
Freshman second baseman
Mike Smith leads all regular^ in
hitting with a .250' mark with
Chucky Gladden and Wayne
Muilinax trailing with J231 and
.222 marks respectively.
Junior leftfielder "l^ny Lel^ n
Iras made the most^lls, four, but
has also been to bat more than
any other plaj'er.
Tommy Goforth haa the most
strikeouts (17) to h|s credit
however, Steve and Darteli
Whetstine have the best earned-
run averages. Steve has given
up three runs this year, only one
earned, and Darrell has given ud
four scores. None of the run* ©W
Wlictstine have been ^nirtl
Steve, in two gai^Bs, has sent
12 batters back to the
the strikeout rout* *iii>f »«■ —■ 7^
Stine has fanned
Innings that he
Steve has also se