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Solebury’s varsity five split their last 8 games defeating New Hope after losing to Del Haas. Both of these home games were fiercely contested, the final decision being unknown until the last quarter. As usual, Ken Cromwell was the leading scorer for the varsity with 15 points against Del Haas and 36 against New Hope. The New Hope score was 73-54 and feelings were high as there were many fans at the game partial towards New Hope. Finishing the season with this conquest, Solebury’s varsity had an 11 and 9 record to show for the year. Ken Cromwell, as expected, lead the scoring for the season, sinking 520 points in 20 games for a 26-point average. Next were John Holbert and Jim MacArthur with 157 and 151 points respectively.

After vacation, baseball took the spotlight. Only a few positions were expected to be filled by returning lettermen. The battery of Ken Cromwell and Holly Taylor was intact with Spike Hulit at first and Jim MacArthur at second. As the practices progressed, other positions became filled, with Kurt Petrie at short, and the outfield consisting of Wis Silver, Stu Fox, and John Holbert, going from right to left field. Third base was still doubtful with Mike Getlin as the probable starter.

The first game of the season was played at home against the Hun School on April 20th. In this game Hulit pitched and Cromwell played first. The final score was five to two with the winning runs scored in the top of the seventh and the last inning. Hun School scored the first run of the game in the third on a walk and a double by Jim Lavan. Solebury was held without a hit until the fifth when John Holbert singled. Then in the last of the sixth, Jim MacArthur singled and stole second. Stuie Fox walked after an out, Cromwell doubled both runners home.

Spike Hulit, who had pitched 4-hit ball until the sixth, was suddenly relieved by Cromwell. After striking out the first man, Cromwell was touched for four runs on two walks, three singles and two errors. The score held at 5-2 as the Home Team could not get a rally started. The team did much better than expected, however, as Hun’s record showed an impressive string of victories.

For the next game the team journeyed to Atlantic Highlands to play Croyden Hall. It was a rewarding trip as the team returned with a 9-3 victory. Ken Cromwell pitched the whole game and this time allowed only three hits, while striking out seventeen. Fifteen of these strikeouts came in the first five innings. The first two Solebury runs came in the top of the fourth inning and were both unearned. Holly Taylor, with one out reached second on two errors. then Bunt McKee, playing first, walked and they both scored on three wild pitches. In the sixth, Cromwell, after doubling to left, stole third and home in a marvelous exhibition of base running skill. Six runs scored in the seventh after two were out. Petrie and Orrick then walked and moved as Fox was hit by a pitch. Then Cromwell drove two across with a double, his second. Three more walks and a single by Hulit brought four more in. With the additional practice and experience, the team shows signs of forming into a well coordinated unit.

The third game of the season took place on Saturday, April 28 at Sanford Prep in Delaware. The contest was a tightly fought pitchers’ duel and had to be decided in extra innings with Sanford just squeezing by with a 2-1, eight inning victory.

After allowing an unearned run in the first, Cromwell didn’t let a man reach third until the eighth. After one out, the ninth man in the home team’s order singled and the next man up doubled him home with the winning run. Solebury’s only run of the game came in the third inning on only one hit. Hulit reached first when he was hit by a pitch. Then he stole second and advanced to third on an infield out. Jim MacArthur, the leadoff man, brought him home with a solid single up the center. Cromwell struck out eight men in the game to raise his total to 27 in 16 innings.

The next game with Del Haas should prove to be very exciting with the progress the team has made this year.

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