Ian Riggall, Rittler Wildcat first baseman, attempts to pick-off Franklin baserunner Steve Leitz. The play was close but “The Hawk” managed to scramble back through a cloud of dust and beat the throw. Leitz won this battle but Riggall won the war as Rittler beat the Franlin Eagles 2-1 on this day in late July.
Rittler’s Brad Merian was the hero driving in both runs with a base hit in the second stanza, followed by a sacrifice bunt two innings later that enabled Ross Dalby to score from third. Future television spokesperson Scott Sherwood (Don Sherwood’s Golf and Tennis World) collected the win allowing six hits and four free passes, while striking out nine Eagles. Rick Codiga took the loss for cellar dwelling Franklin who chalked up their eighth loss of the 1970 Little Coast League season.