Mungo League Semifinal
Filial Fungoes 4
Paternal Fungoes 3
Series tied 2-2
Although Filial took the lead early, it was eight innings before they grabbed a lead they kept.
Frankie Crosetti’s pinch-hit RBI double in the top of the eighth gave Filial their third lead, the only one they would not let Paternal tie, as they knotted the Round of Frishberg with a 4-3 win.
Filial had taken a two-run lead in the top of the first on Johnny Mize’s RBI single and Ernie Lombardi’s sacrifice fly, but Paternal tied it in the bottom of the fourth: Barney McCosky singled, Whitey Kurowski doubled him home, and Billy Martin singled him home.
The two teams traded sacrifice flies in the seventh before Filila finally took the lead for good in the eighth. With one out, Andy Pafko and Rocky Bridges singled before Crosetti, batting for Howie Pollet, cracked a double to center. Pafko came around to score with what proved to be the winning run.
Max Lanier pitched a perfect eighth for the hold, and Johnny Kucks collected the Filial save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Cashman League Semifinal
Filial Cashmen 10
Paternal Cashmen 6
Series tied 2-2
After a conglomerate of home runs, Filial tied the series on the backs of balls that stayed inside the ballpark.
Filial broke a 6-6 tie with a four-run seventh, two doubles and a single providing all the base knocks in the frame as the 10-6 win tied the series.
The first dozen runs of the game all came within the first two innings. With Filial trailing 2-1 after one (a Stan Musial solo homer providing their first tally), Phil Rizzuto reached on a one-out error and Roy Campanella flipped the lead with a two-run bomb. After Don Newcombe struck out, Jackie Robinson walked and Musial singled before Willie Mays clubbed a three-run homer, giving Filial a 6-2 lead.
That lead lasted half an inning. Granny Hamner led off the bottom of a second with a solo homer (after hitting zero homers during the regular season) before Newcombe plunked reliever Jack Brittin with a pitch. Following Newcombe’s strikeout of Rod Carew, Yogi Berra doubled Brittin home before Ted Williams crushed a first-pitch two-run home run, tying the game and chasing Newcombe from the mound.
Both Filial and Paternal bullpens held their respective oppositions in check until the seventh. After Jocko Thompson loaded the bases on a double, intentional walk, and hit by pitch, Ralph Kiner recorded his first hit of the postseason with a two-run single. George Brett swapped places with Kiner on a fielder’s choice before Phil Rizzuto doubled home Pete Rose and Bobby Bonds brought in Brett on a sacrifice fly.
Filial’s bullpen held Paternal to two hits and a plunking over the final three innings, keeping them off the scoreboard to knot the semifinals.