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September 15, 1958 - Image 35

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THE iWCIIIG AN DAILY

iorores Juniors

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Fortunes

of 11'

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The infielders supplied the hit-
ting power. The five regulars, four
of whom should return next season
had a combined average .of .310.
The next two foremost hitters be-
hind Brown were catcher Jim
Dickey with a .342 and sophomore
first sacker Bill Roman with .327.
Dickey, chosen to the Big Ten
All-Star team, was also first'in the
runs-batted-in department with
25.
Double-Play Combination.
Completing the infield were the
double play combination of Ernie,
Myers and Bob Kucher. Myers,
the smooth-fielding senior short-
stop, finished at .230 while Kucher
completed his first season for the
Maize and Blue with .274.
The outfield combination last
season was never a fixed one. It
depended on who was pitching for
both the opposition and Michigan
as well.
About the only real fixture was

Ralph Hutchins, the 1959 captain-
elect, who thrilled Ferry Field fans
with several stunning grabs of
sure-fire homers.
Once, during the Purdue game,
Hutchins raced to the fence in
left field for a line shot. The ball
was several feet above his head;
he leaped for it and at the same
time going over the fence. He hit
the other side with a perfect som-
ersault the sphere still in his glove.
Hutchins also hit a -highly re-
spectable .295.
In centerfield was Herrnstein,
that is, when he wasn't pitching.
Herrnstein was five points below
Hutchins with .290, but always was
dangerous because of his long-ball
threat.
Other Fielders
Alternating at both; center and
right was the left-handed hitting
Sealby who finished at a .256 clip.
Also sharing right field and avail-

able for pinch-hitting roles were
Neil McDonald and Mogk. They
hit .333 and .291 respectively.
What does the coming. season
have to offer "M" baseball. fans?
From the evidence of last year's
squad which always had the'poten-
tial but seemed lacking in its base-
ball savvy, experience is about all

that is needed to turn it
real championship outfit.
Only two regulars will be
ing from the lineup, Mye
Sealby, and they were tlh
with the lowest batting av
. An excellent crop of fre
indicate that the Job of tb
coach, whoever he may be,
one of bliss.

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BILL ROMAN
... sophomore slugger
finished with a 3-2 record, made
mostly against non-conference op-
ponents. Bob Sealby, who was used
primarily as an outfielder, didn't
allow *an earned run but failed to
figure in a decision.
Surprise Hurler
The surprise of the pitchers was
the squat rightie Bob Stabrylla.
The senior, who has, played every
position except first base, sat on
the bench until the Purdue game
when Michigan was trailing by an
insurrmountable amount.
Stabrylla ambled to the mound,
threw three excellent innings, and
the. Wolverine's most effective re-
liefer was uncovered. The con-
fident little hurler still has a year's
eligibility left despite his senior
status, but hasn't yet decided
whether to use it.
Rounding out the mound staff
were five sophomores who were
used primarily in relief and show-
ed excellent potential. Two of
them, Jim Bradshaw and Ron
Jernigan, actually sported the top
records on the team, 2-0 apiece,
but pitched only 17 and 16%/ in-
nings respectively.,
Other Pitchers
The other three were George
Weemhoff, Larry Hearing, and
Danny DenHouter, who threw a.
total of 10 innings between them
and posted a composite 2-1 record.
In the hitting department, three
regulars boasted above .300 batting
averages with third baseman Dave
Brown leading the club at .376.
The team's overall percentage of
.288 showed where its real strength
lay..

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