A Step Back In Time: Bob Moore’s No-Hitter Too Much For Keg Bar in La Crosse Tourney

Written by Bob on May 4th, 2017

BOB MOORE pitching in the 1991 ASA Masters National Tournament in Las Vegas for Bank of Melrose of Wisconsin. Photo By BOB OTTO

By BOB LAMB / Sports Writer
La Crosse Tribune
July 22, 1974

“Moore (40-9) is always tough and it’s hard to get runs if you don’t get any hits.” – Keg Bar Manager Gary Betz

LA CROSSE, Wisc. – Question: How do you describe Bob Moore?

Answer: He’s the veteran ironman left-hander who throws no-hitters at his opponents.

Moore, a school teacher at Eau Claire North high school, pitched Eau Claire’s She-Nanigan’s to a 3-0 victory over the Keg Bar of La Crosse in the championship of the (1972) ninth annual La Crosse Invitational fastpitch softball tournament at Carroll Park last night.

And Moore was superb once again, tossing his second no-hitter in two weeks while facing the minimum number of Keg batters.

Moore lost his bid for a perfect game in the sixth inning when Keg left fielder Paul Dunham drew a walk on a three-two count.

A double play erased the mild threat, however.

Moore drew praise from both his manager Bill Roulette and from Keg field boss Gary Betz.

“Bob does everything,” said Roulette, whose club improved to 50-17. “He hits, pitches and does everything except drive the bus…and sometimes he does that.”

“Moore is always tough and it’s hard to get runs if you don’t get any hits,” said Betz, who’s ball club won the 1973 Wisconsin Amateur Softball Association state tournament.

Moore got all the runs he needed in the first inning when She-Nanigan second sacker Rod Scherer drew a walk and stole second before scoring on a Harv Tomter inside the park home run down the left field chalkline.

BEATS THE TRHOW: She-Nanigan’s Steve Cooley, a former La Crosse Central prep, is safe at first on a fielder’s choice in the sixth innning of last night’s championship game of the ninth annual La Crosse Invitational fastpitch tournament at Carroll Park. The Keg Bar’s Dave Walker takes the throw at first. Tribune Photo

Tomter rounded the bases when Dunham slipped and fell while trying for the well-hit ball. Steve Cooley then followed Tomter with a walk, stole second and rode home on a Butch Martin double to deep right center.

“He (Tomter) tagged it good and I think Paul (Dunham) hit his ankle on the pole or fence,” said Betz. “But it’s nothing serious.”

The Keg never did serve a challenge to Moore as he managed seven strikeouts and only the one free pass.

Mike Geary, the right-handed strong arm of the Keg, hurled a very respectable game scattering four hits while fanning seven and issuing two walks.

“Mike pitched a good game, but that first inning has been our nemesis all year,” Betz said. “If we can get past the first inning we usually do all right.”

Moore showed his durability by hurling all but three innings of the She-Nanigan’s four games in the two-day tourney. During those four games he allowed five hits and two runs, including a one-hitter against Austin (Minn.) Moose in a second round tussle.

Moore’s record is now 40-9 on the season. He was awarded the tourney’s top pitcher and the most valuable player awards, while Lang’s Bar took home the sportsmanship trophy.

The Eau Claire Merchants won the consolation championship on a flip of the coin with Welty Way of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after the two teams agreed to split the money and flipped for the trophy.

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