Preditors take over Pony league lead

The following article first appeared in the Sunday, May 21, 1967 edition of “The Ojai Valley and Oaks Gazette” on Page A-4. This newspaper is now the “Ojai Valley News”. The article is reprinted here with their permission. The author is unknown.

Preditors take over Pony league lead

Righthander Dennis Taylor hurled the defending champion Preditors into first place May 16 when he fired a one-hit 9-2 win, defeating the Lions.

The only Lions hit in the abbreviated five inning game was a single by Jim Conrad in the second inning. The Preditors broke open a 1-1 tie in the third when they scored four runs on two hits, two walks and two hit batsmen. In the fourth the Preditors padded their margin with four more. Preditors batters collecting hits were Glen Schrader with a single and a double; Ken Marsh with a single and a double; and Dennis Taylor, Tony Edwards, Jim Strasser and Randy Dill all singled.. The victory gives the Preditors a 2-0 record while the Lions have a 2-1 mark.

C & C, behind the two hit pitching of Gary Gartrell in a five inning contest, won their first game of the season with a 3-2 victory over I.T.I. Monday, May 15.

C & C scored three runs in the bottom of the initial frame and then held on to win. Gartrell got the rally going when he spanked a double to left-center and came home on Kent Sandefur’s triple. Mike Hardy raced home on Rick Larson’s run-scoring single. Gartrell led the winners with a 3-3 performance, including two doubles while Mike Martin had a single. For I.T.I. Drew Robertson went 2-2 with a pair of RBI’s.

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