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Salem ........ 36 18 .667 —
Wenatchee .... 37 19 .661 —
Tacoma ....... 29 19 .604 4
Bremerton .... 28 21 .571 4½
Spokane ...... 28 23 .549 6½
Yakima ....... 21 30 .412 13½
Vancouver .... 17 35 .327 17
Victoria ..... 13 44 .246 24½
VICTORIA [Clancy Loranger, Vancouver News-Herald, June 18]—Sure, the Yankees and the Red Sox put on a pretty fair show, but the Battle of the Basement the Victoria Athletics and Vancouver Capilanos are staging shapes up as quite a feud, too.
The Canadian entries in the Western International League hardly looked like the tail enders as they fought through 10-innings of drag ‘em out fare here last night before the A’s finally took us into camp, 5-4.
Said victory, the result of Frank Cirimele’s single and Vic Bucola’s [sic] double in the extra frame, cut the Brownies’ lead to six and one half games over the eighth-place Islanders.
It was the seventh straight loss for the Mainlanders, but they’re not completely downhearted, they’ve got 13 games left with Victoria to catch up.
Vancouver got off to their familiar bad start. After leaving three men on base in their half of the first, they found themselves three runs down before Al Kretchmar, acting as manager for Syl Johnson whose wife is very ill, waved Alex Palica off the mound in the initial stanza.
Alex had given up three hits and Bob Snyder, who relieved him, handed out a couple more in that frame for the third man struck out.
But the lanky righthander settled down with a vengeance after that, allowing just two safeties until the fatal pair in the tenth.
Victoria’s fourth run in the second was unearned, Ed Murphy scoring from third with two out when Lou Estes lost Art Bonnell’s throw from shortstop in the sun.
The Cap hitters, held in check early by the Athletics’ hurler, Tony Ferrara, hooked up a pair of counters in the fourth on a walk, Bonnell’s double and pair of infield outs, then tied the score in the seventh on three hits, a walk and an error.
Our boys got runners as far as second in the ninth and again in the tenth, but Ferrara stopped them on the first try and Swede Jensen, a fastball pitcher, set them down in the last frame.
Cuff Notes—Standout for the A’s is Vic Bucola, the lad who did the dirty deed in the tenth … Vic plays a classy game at first base, and apparently has snapped out of a hitting slump he’s supposed to be in … Victoria needs another catcher, and may get Bill Beard from Seattle, when the Suds’ catching situation straightens out … Vancouver catcher Bill Brenner, out with a crooked ankle, had best look to his receiving laurels as handyman Jim Estrada caught a couple of runners out as he worked behind the plate last night.
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VICTORIA — Victoria Athletics met Vancouver Capilanos in a battle for the basement here Monday night and trimmed the Caps 5 to 4 in ten innings of Western International league baseball.
Vic Buccola blasted a tenth-inning double to score Frank Cirimele with the winning run.
The Caps had tied the game with a pair of runs in the ninth on RBI singles by Frank Mullens and Lou Estes.
Pete Hughes' single off the scoreboard scored a pair of Athletics in the first inning off former Seattle Rainier Alex Palica. He later scored after a pair of singles by surrendered by relief pitcher Bob Snyder.
Vancouver ....... 000 200 002 0—4 7 3
Victoria ........... 310 000 000 1—5 9 0
Palica, Snyder (1) and Estrada; Ferrara, Jensen (10) and Clifford.
ONLY GAME SCHEDULED
Yakima Manager Suspended
TACOMA, July 17—The manager of the Yakima Stars, Spencer Harris, has been suspended by Western International League president Bob Abel after an altercation with an umpire during Sunday's double header in Bremerton.
Monday, June 4, 2007
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