Pepsi-Cola nips Floyd Lions in rally, 7-6
The never-say-die Pepsi-Cola outfit came from five runs back in the final two innings last night to edge the Floyd Lions, 7-6, and gain a spot against the Jaycees in tonight’s championship game of the first game of the first annual Rome Junior League Baseball Tournament.
The Floyd Lions picked up a run in the third, added two more in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 6-1 upper hand as Pepsi went to bat in their half of the fifth.
Pepsi trimmed their deficit by collecting three markers in the fifth to make the count, 6-4 Lions.
Ken Ray signed in the payoff sixth for Pepsi after one was out, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored when Jimmy Davis slammed a one-baser to center. Jimmy Helie was safe on an infield error and Hill Greer walked.
Another pair of wild pitches allowed Davis to score the tying run and Helie to cross with the winning tally.
Davis, who went the route on the mound for the winners to pick up the win, turned in one of the best performances of the tournament. In addition to scattering five hits among the Lions, he struck out an even dozen batters. The loser, David Bratcher, whiffed seven.
Davis, with a double and single, and Oscar Horne, with a pair of one-basers, led the bat attack for Pepsi. The big noise for the Floyd Lions was Allen Bowen, who slammed a two-run homer in the fifth frame. Bratcher collected two singles for the losers, one in each the third and fifth.
The single-elimination tournament, which started on Aug. 23, saw Pepsi eliminate in order Exchange (12-2), Floyd Kiwanis (5-4), Borden’s (5-2) prior to last night’s encounter with the Floyd Lions.
Meanwhile, the Jaycees, who were idle last night awaiting the outcome of the Pepsi-Lions tilt, defeated three opponents getting into the finals. They won in order over Jennings (2-1), Dempsey Bros. (8-3), and Brighton (21-1).
Tonight’s championship contest will get under way at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 2, 1962
West Rome cheerleaders win honors
A nine-girl cheerleader corps from West Rome High School won first place in competition Monday and Wednesday at a national cheerleading school, held this week on the campus of the University of Mississippi.
The girls are among 1,125 cheerleaders from over the nation, who are receiving special instruction and entering into group competition.
The West Rome girls captured top honors in their group Monday, were idled by rain, but came right back Wednesday to add another competitive first place to their total. The school runs through Friday.
Attending from West Rome are Jan Wade, Karen Strickland, Patches Martin, Diane Cambron, Pat Jarrod, Linda Hill, Judy Whitaker, Teresa Furr and Carol Sewell.
Friday, Aug. 3, 1962
Britain probes mystery death of scientist
LONDON (UPI) – Authorities today investigated the mysterious death of a scientist whose job at Britain’s top-secret biological warfare laboratory kept him near germs so virulent that amounts of a pound or less could kill millions of people.
The scientist, Geoffrey Bacon, 44, died Wednesday after a brief illness. His wife, Mary, and the couple’s two young daughters were placed under observation today.
Mrs. Bacon said that when her husband died at a hospital after becoming ill last Sunday she thought his death was caused by a fever and pneumonia.
“But no one seems to know what caused it,” she said.
The British War Office, in announcing Bacon’s death, said he “died in circumstances which make it possible that death was due to an accidental infection resulting from his work.”
Bacon was employed at the Porton microbiological research establishment near Salisbury. The War Office said Porton is a defense installation, engaged in developing ways to combat deadly germs which might be used by an enemy in time of war.