When town semipro baseball rivalries were popular like Jakes vs. Sacred Heart in ’52
For many decades semi pro baseball rivalries between town teams was very popular among local sports fans and the 1952 rivalry between the Jake’s Dyna Service and Sacred Heart teams is a prime example.
The Jake’s team, which previously had been sponsored by the Vets Club since 1946, bested Sacred Heart 4-1 to capture the Medina village championship that summer.
Some 400 fans filled the bleachers at Vets Park for the contest which saw Jake’s score solo runs in four innings all gained by Sacred Heart errors.
Chuck Montgomery banged out a pair of doubles for Jake’s which also got two hits from both Roger Houseman and Herb Eick.
John Hydock had two hits for Sacred Heart.
Bill Fox went the distance on the mound for Jake’s scattering 6 hits and striking out 10.
The Hearts did gain a bit of revenge by nipping Jake’s 10-9 in a “consolation game” rematch a week later.
Sacred Heart did have a big regular season capturing the Genesee Town League championship with a 10-2 record.
The Hearts locked up the league title with a regular season ending 13-8 victory over Alabama.
Rich Turoski hit a home run and Don Bensley banged out three hits for the Hearts which also got two hits each from Dayton Garling, Howie Bathrick, Hydock and Walt Waniecki.
Bathrick picked up the win on the mound registering 11 strikeouts.
However, Alabama avenged that loss by downing Sacred Heart twice by scores of 6-4 and 5-2 to claim the league playoff championship.