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OREGON SPORTS HISTORY/1958: Pilots to face No. 1 USC in NCAA baseball playoffs

June 4-5, 1958

The Western Force of the Air Force Defense Command is track and field champion of the whole command, thanks largely to a star from the University of Oregon.

Bill Dellinger, an Air Force first lieutenant, both paces and coaches his squad to the title in the command meet at Kalamazoo, Mich. He wins the three-mile, mile and half-mile races at Western Michigan University.

• Southpaw Mickey Lolich appears in relief — and works 10 innings — pitching Lincoln High into the state final as the Cardinals win on the road against South Eugene 4-3.

Lolich replaces starter George Spencer in the seventh and strikes out 19 Axemen, allowing only four hits and one run in the four-hour, 16-frame battle. Lolich also doubles home a run in the 14th and provides a clutch single in the 16th.

Lincoln will meet Grant at Multnomah Stadium for the A-1 championship. (The Generals will win 11-1 in six innings).

• Bill Wiitala (7-0, 1.37) will start on the mound for the 11-man Portland Pilots as they face USC at Los Angeles in a District 8 NCAA baseball playoffs and for the right to represent the Pacific Coast in the College World Series at Omaha, Neb. Joe Etzel (6-1, 0.96) is slated to start the second game of the series. (The Trojans, coached by Rod Dedeaux, will win 6-0 and 11-1, then go on to capture the national championship).

• Sunrise Little League's weekend parade and jamboree will have 300 uniformed players marching from Woodstock Boulevard to Woodstock Park. Portland Beavers groundskeeper Rocky Benevento will be featured during the ceremonies, and free ice cream will go to each small fry.

• At Sckavone Field, the Longshoremen defeat Bashor's 10-1 in City League baseball.

At Normandale Park, Twilight Room downs Tri-City Merchants 5-1 in National League softball.

• The annual Columbia Athletic Club invitational age group swim meet will take place this weekend, with more than 100 young splashers from six Oregon swim clubs.


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