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Salem ........ 6 0 1.000 —
Tacoma ....... 4 2 .667 2
Wenatchee .... 4 2 .667 2
Spokane ...... 3 3 .500 3
Vancouver .... 3 3 .500 3
Bremerton .... 2 3 .400 3½
Victoria ..... 2 5 .286 4½
Yakima ....... 0 6 .000 6
SALEM—An unearned ninth inning run gave the Salem Senators a 10 to 9 victory over Spokane and kept the baby Beavers the unbeaten leader in the Western International league.
Spokane ......... 014 202 00x— 9 10 3
Salem ............ 210 011 041—10 12 6
Cadinha, Bass (8), Powers (8) and Clifford; Soderburg, Adams (4), Gerkin (9) and Daniels, Kerr (6), Salmon.
VANCOUVER [Clancy Loranger, News-Herald]—Manager Spencer Harris of Yakima used one player too many against out Capilanos at Capilano Stadium last night, and the locals came up with their second straight victory over the Stars, 3-1.
The lad the Stars could have done without was Jerry Bohnen, their starting pitcher. Sylvester Johnson’s crew got to the lanky right-hander for four hits in the second inning for all their runs, and that was the ball game. Earl [sic] Strait, who replaced Bohnen on the hill in the second, blanked the local Western International League entry the rest of the way with one hit.
PALICA WORKS WELL
Of course, the Brownies were getting a little pitching of their own. Alex Palica, the Lomita, Cal., youngster with the easy pitching motion, had the Yakima hitters well in hand, allowing just four hits.
Palica, whose starting effort in Spokane was spoiled by a bad first inning, had one bad frame last night, the fifth, when the Harris men got three of their hits and notched their only counter. A double by Bill McCloskey, the ex-Capilano, Strait’s single, another bingle by Bud Dawson which Sid Van Sinderen lost momentarily in left field, did the damage. Van Sinderen might have nipped McCloskey at the plate at that, but he apparently didn’t see the runner either.
Alex was in complete charge the rest of the way, setting down the Stars without a safety in seven of the nine stanzas, as the Caps won their third game in six starts.
Yakima’s Mr. Bohnen got safely past the first inning, but ever-dangerous Frank Mullens opened the second with a sharp single to right. Cleve Ramsey followed through with a single through shortstop and a walk to Art Bonnell loaded the bases.
GOSNEY COMES THROUGH
This was the cue for the much-maligned Frank Gosney, our first sacker who has been accused of not hitting, among other things. Big Frank slapped the ball solidly inside the right field foul line for two sacks, sending Mullens and Ramsey scampering home.
Manager Harris then decided to walk Ray Spurgeon to get to pitcher Palica, but he outsmarted himself as Alex, forgetting that pitchers aren’t supposed to hit, pounded the first ball through the middle to score Bonnell with out last run. Strait came in at this point, and Yakima promptly doubled Spurgeon off at home plate on Jimmy Estrada’s fly to right, after Gosney had been forced at home for the first out.
Strait had everything under control until there on until Gosney got his second hit of the night with two out.
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CUFF NOTES—Al Kretchmar beaned in the opening game Tuesday, say out last night’s contest, which was well-played on both sides … Mullens, Bob Moore and Gene Thompson all pulled off more than standard catches in the outfield … Mullens also had the folks off their hands when he tossed McCloskey out at first base after a large rap to right …. Large Doug Ford will do the tossing for the Vancouver nine tonight, and Kretchmar will probably be back, too.
Yakima .......... 000 010 000—1 4 3
Vancouver ..... 030 000 00x—3 6 0
Bohnen, Strait (2) and Stagg; Palica and Spurgeon.
VICTORIA—Tacoma Tigers unleashed an 18-hit barrage off three Victoria pitchers as they swamped the Athletics 17-2 in a lopsided game. Victoria had scored a 10-inning 6-5 victory in an afternoon game.
The Tigers jumped on Bob “Cannonball” Jensen for four runs in the first inning of the opener, but Victoria got them back in the fourth on Ed Murphy's homer. Both teams exchanged runs before the Athletics won it in the tenth. Frank Cirimele, Walt Raimondi and Murphy singled to load the bases. Ian Lowe then hit a grounder to shorstop Roy Peterson, who bobbled the ball, and Cirimele raced over the plate to end the game.
Jensen, husky righthander, had control trouble after giving up three base hits and walking in a run in the two-thirds of an inning. He went to the showers in favour of Al Raimondi.
Displaying a good exhibition on the slab and giving the Tigers very few good pitches, Raimondi went the route, yielding only four scattered base knocks and a single run.
Jack Jimmink paraded to the mound for the Tigers and lasted three and two-thirds innings. The A’s attack in the fourth finished his pitching chores for the afternoon. He was nicked for seven safeties and four runs during his stay on the hillock.
Bob Hedington took over in the fourth and finished the game for the Tigers,. He was nicked for six base hits and two runs.
In addition to displaying plenty of power at the plate, Murphy pulled off the best fielding play of the game with a perfect throw to the plate in the eighth inning to cut off a run and check a Tacoma uprising.
Richie Colombo tossed a two-hitter in the nightcap, a single by Les Mulcahy and a triple by Bob Cherry.
Manager Laurel Harney paraded three hurlers—Ralph Bruno, Leo Jones and Rudy Biale—to the mound in an effort to halt the rampaging Tigers, but the Tacomas hit everything thrown their way.
Dick Kemper had four of the Tigers' 18 hits, including three doubles.
Tacoma ......... 400 000 001 0—5 8 4
Victoria ......... 000 400 010 1—6 13 3
Jimmink, Hedington (4) and Kuper; Jensen, A. Raimondi and Mulcahy.
Tacoma ......... 001 070 531—17 18 0
Victoria ......... 020 000 000— 2 2 4
Colombo and Kemper; Bruno, Jones (5), Biale (5) and Mulcahy.
BREMERTON—Twenty-year-old Joe Vivalda walked into a tight spot and pitched his way out of it Wednesday night to lead Wenatchee to a 6 to 1 victory over Bremerton. Vivalda took over in the second with the sacks loaded, choked off the threat and tossed four-hit ball for the rest of the route to get credit for the win.
Wenatchee ......... 121 000 110—6 9 0
Bremerton .......... 010 000 000—1 4 3
Orphan, Vivalda (2) and Pesut; Kittle, Curran (7) and Volpi.
Babich Leaves Cal’s Capital For B.C’s
VICTORIA [May 2]—The Victoria A’s pitching staff was strengthened yesterday with the arrival of George Babich, former Sacramento southpaw, who started the season with the Spokane Indians. Babich played first base for the Athletics in yesterday’s twin bill, replacing the injured Hardy Mollath.
New Park Step Towards Coast League Ball Here
[Vancouver News-Herald, May 2, 1954]
First step towards Vancouver’s ultimate entry into the Pacific Coast Baseball League will be made sometime this year, when Sick’s Capilano Brewing Co. constructs a $350,000 seat stadium in the Little Mountain area.
With a population of approximately 400,000 now, Vancouver belongs in the Coast circuit. The new park, with a proposed seating capacity of 10,000, will be an asset when Vancouver makes another attempt to gain a berth in the triple A loop.
The stadium, designed along the lines of Hollywood’s Gilmore Field, will be situated at Riley Park, 33rd and Ontario. If materials are available, the park will be constructed in time for a grand opening before the current W.I.L. season ends in September.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
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