Centralia, Belleville Play 17 Innings, Game Ends in 2-2 Tie (1947)

From the Harrisburg, Illinois, Daily Register for August 27, 1947:

Centralia, Ill., August 27 — (U.P.) — Centralia and Belleville played 17 innings in their Illinois State Baseball League game last night before calling it a draw at two all.

Belleville scored two in the eighth while Centralia picked up a pair in the fourth. Neither team was able to score again in the innings that followed. [Ed] Lubanski went all the way on the mound for Belleville, and [Harry] Markellos did the same for Centralia.

The line score for the game was elsewhere on the page:

Belleville 000 000 020 000 000 00 - 2 11 3
Centralia  000 200 000 000 000 00 - 2 12 2
Batteries: Lubanski and Lovin, DeFrietas (5);
Markellos and Ciacchi.

Lovin? Who is this Lovin who started the game at catcher for the Stags? And why did manager Walt DeFrietas have to relieve him in the fifth? I’ve not seen his name before, and SABR’s under-construction minor leagues project doesn’t have anyone last-named Lovin. But I see he’d caught another game two days earlier, and would catch again on September 2 (complete games, in both cases.) But I don’t find a first name, nor a clue.

Someone to add to my roster, and SABR’s.

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