Wenatchee Has One of Best Teams In WIL
By STUART MAUS
United Press Correspondent
WENATCHEE, Wash., April 16 (UP)— Big things are expected this year from the Wenatchee Chiefs of the Western International league under the guidance of new head man Charlie Peterson.
Reports from the Chiefs' training camp indicated there would be some familiar faces in the lineup. Lou McCollum, the most dependable pitcher on last year's seventh place squad, will be back again. So will Tom Rose and Glen Lierman. New additions to the Mounds corps include Joe Orelle, who saw action with Detroit and in the coast loop; Hank Weaver and Cy Greenlaw.
Fighting to win berths on the squad are Pitchers Bob Bruce last year with Anaheim, Dale Hannan, a local sandlot product, and Arnold Bohringer, a 19-year-old Junior league graduate from Brewster, Wash.
Ex Chief Nick Pesut couldn’t quite make the grade with Sacramento, and has been purchased outright by the Chiefs. He will be Number One mask man with LeRoy Winter also on hand. Bob Goldstein, a Spokane boy on option from the Seattle Rainiers appeared set at first and is expected to make up for his lack of polish on the bag with some heavy hitting.
Best second base prospect is Russ Brodie, formerly with Charleston, W. Va. Newcomer Fred Monge and Neil Bryant of the ‘48 club are gunning for the shortstop job. Monge appeared to have the edge and if he wins, Brvant may be shifted to the outfield where his R.B.I. will stand to be counted. Joe Kronberg has been making a determined bid for the hot corner and his powerful hitting doesn't hurt his chances a bit.
Two spots appear to be nailed down in the outfield. Clint Cameron, down from Hollywood, and Dick Faber from last season's Chiefs, look good in left and center. The right garden may be filled on opening day by Bryant or Jim Warner. Warner, a member of the tribe's 1946 pennant winning club, was with the Solons last year.
One sore spot was the loss of Outfielder Bill Wilson who won home run honors and a trip to the Solons for the play last year. But the Wenatchee club has the speed, and the power and will be one of the top contenders for the high averages this season.