Ferryman starred for Lions softball

The Daily Telegram, June 1, 1955


The Mechanicsburg Lions club softball team faced its toughest test of the season Tuesday night—and won.

But it took Phil Ferryman’s no hit, 18-strike out pitching to turn the trick 1-0 over London.

The only blemish for a perfectly pitched ball game by Ferryman was he walked one man.

London on the other hand was tough, too. Mechanicsburg garnered only four hits.

Last Friday night, the Lions defeated the M. & M. Sandwich team of Springfield 9-1. Don Moody took over the pitching duties in the 4th after Ferryman had fanned 11 of the first 12 men to face him.

Friday night the Lions will play the Delaware Indians, one of the better teams in central Ohio, at Goshen Memorial Park.


The 1955 Little League baseball season opens tonight at Goshen Memorial Park with a double header.

In the first game at 6 the Yankees will meet the Giants and in the second contest at 7 the Indians will meet the Dodgers. Friday night the Cardinals play the Reds.


The Daily Telegram, June 6, 1955

“Lions Nip Tough Competition Over Week-end With Two Victories”

The Mechanicsburg Lions softball team came through the week-end with two more victories and today looked for more tough opposition.

They shut out the Delaware Indians 3-0 here Friday night and then came home with a 4-1 decision over Sidney Sunday night.

Both games proved the Lions have batting power as well as pitching strength.

Ferryman, keeping up his pitching temp for Mechanicsburg, allowed Delaware one hit and fanned 18.

Bradley for the Lions homered.

Delaware’s only blow came in the fourth when Storm singled.

Delaware pitcher Buchanan allowed the Lions 6 hits and struck out 3.

In the Sidney game Ferryman allowed 2 hits and struck out 14, with Bill Oyer and Bill Welch coming up with homers for the Lions, each with one on base, to give Mechanicsburg its four tallies.

Tuesday night the Lions play Concord here and Wednesday evening go to North Lewisburg.

In Little League competition on Tuesday night at 6:30, the Yankees meet the Indians. Wednesday night it will be the Cardinals against the Giants.


The Daily Telegram, June 9, 1955

“Lions Whip North Lewisburg By Convincing 3-1”

The Mechanicsburg Lions softball team sought and won convincing revenge Wednesday night over North Lewisburg and came home on the long end of a 3-1 score.

It was the first time in recent years that the North Lewisburg team has met with defeat at the hands of a Mechanicsburg team.

It was more of less of a pitcher’s battle with Ferryman coming out on top of the heap with the aid of the keen batting eyes of his team mates.

Ferryman allowed 3 hits and fanned 14. Ted Welty, hurling for North Lewisburg, allowed four hits and fanned 8.

Manager Charlie Fraley of the Lions had high praise for the superb ball played by the Mechanicsburg team.

North Lewisburg will play the Lions again here June 24.

Friday night the Lions meet Jackson AC of Springfield, the former Sunset Royals.


The Daily Telegram June 15, 1955

“Lions Run Victories To Ten In Row”

The Mechanicsburg Lions Club softball team’s season record remained intact today with 10 wins in as many starts.

Last night at Goshen Memorial Park the well-balanced team defeated East Liberty 1-0 as Ferryman fanned some 14 opponent batters.

East Liberty picked up but one hit while the Lions netted 4.

A sizeable crowd was on hand despite the chilling weather to see the Lions play the same kind of superb ball they have exhibited all season.

Friday night the Lions play the Nevergalls team of Sidney here in a return game.

In the Little League tonight at the Park the Yankees play the Cardinals and Friday night the Indians take on the Reds.


The Daily Telegram, June 20, 1955

“Lions Lose First Game, Tough Week Ahead”

An error, a bad play at second and a hit were bunched in the seventh inning Friday night at Goshen Memorial Park by Sidney to hand the Lions their first softball defeat of the season 1-0.

The loss broke a 10-game winning streak.

Earlier in the season, the Lions had defeated the same team 4-0 at Sidney.

A Sidney batter was safe at first when a ball got past Bill Oyer and in attempting to nab the runner at second Catcher Woods’ throws was a little off, the ball going into the outfield with the runner advancing to second. A hit brought in the run.

Ferryman fanned some dozen Sidney batters in the fracas. He struck out the first 10 men to face him.

Tuesday night, the Lions tangle with Concord here and Friday night the all-important battle with North Lewisburg will on here.

In Little League play this week the Dodgers will meet the Giants Tuesday night; Wednesday night will pit the Cards against the Indians, and Friday night the Yankees clash with the Reds.

Little League Commissioner Floyd Curtis today issued an appeal to parents to better attend Little League game in which their sons are playing.

Last Friday night, he said, there was only one mother in the bleachers when the Little League game started.

“The boys like to have their parents come and watch,” Curtis said. “Let’s give them all the support possible.”