The teams played seven innings on Saturday before night intervened, then eight more before darkness struck on Monday and went six more on Wednesday before Roy Kruckeberg, the winning pitcher, singled and scored on Ray Rudolph's double. (Tuesday was skipped because of a wet field.) Kruckeberg pitched six innings (the league maximum permissible) on each of the last two days, allowing one hit in all.
Just as impressive was Stryker's Pete March, who toiled six, six and three innings for a grand total of 15 shutout frames—without getting a victory.
Perhaps the most amazing statistic of all for Little Leaguers was that neither team made an error.
THE IN THING
Now that stuffing telephone booths and marathon Ping-Pong are pass�, what will young America be doing this fall for outr� sport? Painting fireplugs in the psychedelic manner, maybe.
It has already begun in Indianapolis, where the water company decided to make a radical change in the color of the city's 13,300 fireplugs. Instead of the standard yellow, they were decorated with what has been described as "an avant-garde aqua-green." This, in turn, inspired some of the citizenry, young-type, and within the shadow of the governor's Mansion on North Meridian Street appeared a fireplug decorated with red-and-white stripes, blue trim and white stars on the top, base and outlets.
"We think it's very pretty," said Mrs. Robert Bridwell, who lives in back of the masterpiece. "Painting the plugs seems to be the thing to do now among teen-agers."
At the Herron School of Art, a student groused: "That's an atrocious color they put on the plugs. I make it a point to try to paint at least a plug a week. Flowers, stripes or polka dots are big favorites right now."
The water company is not enraptured.
"It confuses the firemen," an official explained.