From The Archives From Benton County Enterprise Sports; August 7, 1980

By: 
Adam Dean Howe
Enterprise Staff
From The Archives
From Benton County Enterprise Sports; 
August 7, 1980
Slo-Pitch 
League
There were two close games and two equally lopsided ones in the Warsaw Slo-Pitch Softball League Friday night as the loop reached the two-thirds completion point of play.
Dorin McBride’s infield grounder scored Eric Gumm with the winning run in the tenth inning as Unitog Manufacturing squeezed out a 9-8 win over the Community Bank in the evening’s opening contest.
Unitog led 7-3 after four innings, with the Bank leaving the bases loaded in the second, third, fourth, and again in the fifth frame.
But the Bankers pushed across three runs in the seventh inning to knot the count and set the stage for the extra three innings.
Gumm and Walter Eichler had three hits each and Chris Thompson homered for Unitog, while Hugh Fowler blasted a towering home run for the Bank.
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Rod’s Auto Sales rallied with a four run outburst in the seventh inning to escape with a 10-8 victory over the First Baptist Church in the second game.
Bill Salley ignited the comeback with a bases empty homer before Rick Rank collected one of his four singles and Phillip Slavens tripled.  Slavens then scored on a dropped fly ball deep in the outfield which allowed batsman Rod Ingram to circle the bases.
Gary Luttrell paced the Baptists with three hits.
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Shinn Chevrolet exploded for eight runs in both the second and fifth innings on their way to a 20-2 five inning romp over Dix Bar in the next game.
Ernie Cox, making his first pitching start of the year for the winners, held the tavern crew to just five hits and had a shutout going until the last inning.  
Centerfielder Chet Douthit connected for two home runs enroute to a four hit night for Chevrolet and made two sensational catches in the outfield.  
Cox and Ken Bowden also had four hits and Cox homered for Shinn.
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Eaton-Burton Motors also had an easy time of it in Friday’s final contest by hammering Jackman Meat Processing 15-2.  
Following a 1-1 first inning deadlock, the Ford entry put their offense into high gear as they scored 14 runs in their next three turns at bat to conclude the night’s second straight abbreviated five inning game.
Gary Schrader accounted for four Eaton-Burton hits, including a home run, with teammates Chipper Routh and Terry Brownfield contributing three hits apiece.
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One shutout, one upset, and two rainouts.  That sums up Tuesday night’s abbreviated Slo-Pitch softball format.
The league managed to get in two complete games before the rains came, cancelling the rest of the evening’s activities.
Rod’s Auto Sales whitewashed the Community Bank 3-0 behind the one-hitter of pitcher Phillip Slavens in the opening game.
The victors scored single runs in each of the first three innings, as Bill Salley supplied most of the offensive punch with a three-for-three performance at the plate.
Larry Cobb singled for the lone Bankers hit in the fifth inning.
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Unitog Manufacturing shocked league leader Shinn Chevrolet 14-9 in Tuesday’s second contest as they scored 13 runs in the last three innings.
Shinn Chevy had edged ahead 2-1 after three innings before Unitog broke the game wide open with three, four, and six runs in their next three times at-bat.
Chris Thompson cracked three hits and Jeff Spry hit a four-bagger for the winners, while Ron Wilken had three hits and Ken Bowden homered twice to lead Shinn’s.
Tournament 
At Stover
It was a big night for Warsaw in the finals of the summer league tournament played recently at Stover.
All three local entries, Little League, Junior Babe Ruth League, and girls softball, handily won their first place games.
The Warsaw softballers fell behind 5-2 after three innings, but exploded for five runs in each the fourth and fifth frames to waltz off with a 12-6 win over Cole Camp.
Julie Meyer pitched an eight hitter to keep the north Benton Countians in check, and was backed up by a sound team defensive effort.
Collecting two hits each in the balanced hitting attack for the winners were Ginger Gumm, Alicia Sherman, Kelley Ramsey and Melanie Bickers.
Miesner handled the mound duties for Cole Camp.
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The Warsaw Junior Babe Ruth League squad also doubled the score on their opponents Friday by clamping a 14-7 defeat on Cole Camp.
The top four hitters in the Warsaw batting order, Darin Sherman, Rodney Redwing, George Bowden and Duane Sherman, accounted for 11 of the 14 runs.
The victors surged ahead 4-0 in the first inning and added another run to their margin in the second to gain command of the game.
Redwing and Rocky Downing shared the pitching win, while Pritzel and Reusch took the loss for the Bluebirds.
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The Warsaw Little Leaguers capped an undefeated season as Ricky Fajen pounded two home runs to lead them to a 12-2 victory over Lincoln to account for the third and final title trophy.
Charley Sheppard mystified the Cardinals by hurling a one hitter as he struck out 10 and walked only one. 
Warsaw struck early, scoring five runs in the first inning, added two in the second, and then wrapped up the abbreviated three and one-half inning contest by pushing across five more runs in their last time at bat.
Lincoln’s only show of offense came in the final inning when Pickens walked and Schear clouted a two run homer.  
Sheppard and Fajen each notched three hits for the winners, while McCain and Pickens were the two Lincoln pitchers.
Wiest Breaks Course 
Record At Longview
Warsaw banker John Wiest broke the course record at Longview Golf Course last Sunday for both nine and 18 holes.
Wiest toured the par 66 layout in rounds of 33-29, 62, and was accompanied by nephew John Rich of Angleton, Texas, and brother-in-law Steve Spry of Sedalia.
Highlighting the back nine 29 was an eagle two on the par four, 325 yard fifth hole, where he holed out from 12 yards off the green with a nine iron.
Also included in the four under par back nine blitz were three birdies, three pars and one bogey.

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