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Friday, May 10, 1946

                 W  L  Pct GB
Salem ......... 13  2 .867 —
Wenatchee ...... 9  6 .600 4
Tacoma ......... 7  7 .500 5½
Yakima ......... 7  8 .467 6
Spokane ........ 7  8 .467 6
Victoria ....... 6  9 .400 7
Bremerton ...... 5  9 .357 7½
Vancouver ...... 5 10 .333 8

SPOKANE — The high-flying Salem Senators ran into another upset Friday night as the Spokane Indians humbled them 8 to 5.
The Senators, leading the Western International league, took their second defeat of the current road trip on the Spokane field. Only Thursday night they had been trimmed by the Wenatchee Chiefs 8 to 2.
The Salemites swept a four-game series with the Spokane Indians a week ago, but Friday they were on the short end from the beginning. The Spokane team rapped out three runs in the second inning and grabbed two more in the third, while the Senators still stood to garner a safe lead.
Salem ....... 000 102 002—5  7 6
Spokane ... 032 100 02x—8 10 2
Kowalski, Adams and Salmon; Barisoff, Cadinha and Clifford.

BREMERTON — Eleven extra-base hits, four of them home runs, featured the knockfest which Wenatchee won from Bremerton 13 to 5 after the scorers had eaten all their aspirin and unravelled the books.
Wenatchee .... 114 400 210—13 16 4
Bremerton ..... 030 020 000— 5  7 4
J. Fitzgerald, Logg (5) and E. Fitzgerald; C. Federmeyer, Kostenbader (3), Curran (4), B. Federmeyer (7) and Paglia.

TACOMA [Vancouver Sun, May 11]—The Capilano’s WIL baseball roster, which at the start of the season boasted only two of its pre-war performers, is daily being rebuilt into a team which Vancouver knows well from past performances.
With Ray Orteig in the fold after reporting here yesterday, vice-president Bob Brown of the Caps this morning announced that he had signed Bill Brenner (he reports Sunday), with the Vancouver team in 1941 and this season a catcher with Los Angeles until his release this week.
Brenner, who knows how to handle a pitcher and is a powerful long ball hitter, will likely take over as the Caps’ number one receiver, with Ray Spurgeon as understudy. This leaves Dick Zender, previously number two catcher, temporarily without a job with the Caps, but Dick can play the outfield as well.
Last night, the Capilanos burst from their six-game losing skein to knock off Tacoma Tigers, 10-4, with a 12-hit spluge.
Alex Palica, who went the full distance for the Caps, allowed 13 hits, but wasn’t in hot water until the ninth canto when the Tigers bunched four hits for 3 runs. Palica’s win gave him a 2-2 won-loss record.
The Caps opened strongly with Al Kretchmar and Jimmy Estrada singling and scoring on an outfield fly for two runs in the first chapter. In the second cadenza Ray Spurgeon crashed a terrific two-run homer into the stands and added singles by Sid Van Sinderen and Palica netted another tally for a 5-0 Vancouver lead.
From therein the Caps coasted to their first win in seven starts.
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TACOMA — A Vancouver team cheated of its pre-game warmup when it was an hour late for its Western International league series here did its practising with a solid tattoo of hits in the first two innings and coasted to a 10 to 4 victory over Tacoma.
Forced by the bus strike to switch to train transportation, the Canadians reached the park just in time to swap their street clothes for Capilano uniforms and hustle into action.
Singles by Al Kretchmar and Jim Estrada and an outfield fly pushed in the first two runs for the Caps and a two-run homer by Ray Spurgeon plus singles by Sid Van Sinderen and picther Alex Pacila added three in the second.
Palica gave up a run in the first and was touched by the Tacomans for 13 hits but had no trouble until the ninth, when the home club bunched four bingles for three counters.
Vancouver ...... 230 020 012—10 12 2
Tacoma ......... 100 000 003— 4 13 3
Palica and Spurgeon; Jungbluth, Jimmick (5), Dupuis (9) and Kuper.

YAKIMA - Victoria Athletics snapped Yakima Stars' victory streak at five games Friday night as they scored a 7-5 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. Yakima outhit Victoria 12 to 6 but the punch was lacking when the winning runs were on the basepaths.
Athletics piled up a five-run lead in the first five innings and weathered Yakima's rally in the sixth which needed four runs.
Victoria clinched the victory in the seventh when O'Boyle, newcomer to Yakima's mound corps, walked three batsmen. Lowe, Athletic third baseman, scored on an outfield fly and Walt Raimondi stole home.
Yakima won the free-hitting second contest, 18-15, the game being called at the end of the seventh inning because of the time limit.
The clubs pounded out a total of 34 base hits, with the Bears outhitting the A's, 18-16. A seven-run last inning rally brought the home nine through to victory.
First game:
Victoria ......... 020 210 2—7  8 1
Yakima .......... 000 004 1—5 12 1
Raimondi and Myers; Yaylian, Bohnen (6), O'Boyle (7), Ward (7) and Gibbs.
Second game:
Victoria ......... 065 040 0—15 16 4
Yakima .......... 330 311 7—18 18 4
Jensen, Blankenship (1), Bruno (7), Ferraro (7) and Mulcahy; Marshall, Ward (2), Bohnen (3) and Gibbs.

By ALF COTTRELL, Sports Editor

[Vancouver Sun, May 11, 1946]
Tenpin Roadblock in Path to Fame

SPOKANE, Wash.—This town is strictly a bowling circus at the moment, with Salem's somewhat sensational Senators catching what is left of the sport page space.
Because the Northwest International Bowling Congress and the Women’s Western Bowling Congress are running simultaneously, one can hardly throw a blonde out of the window without hitting a bowler from Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Olympia or Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Yours truly and the ever-loving—the latter is here to kegle in WWBC thing—dropped around to the Garden Lane alleys Friday just in time to see a fellow from Klamath Falls stub his toe on the threshold of whatever passes for posterity on the tenpin chutes.
[portion of column dealing with bowlers is not posted]
Our Carl Is Happy in Salem
Going back to the hotel I called in at the Halliday, the town’s baseball hotel, and met that old left-handed friend, Carl Gunnarson. The Salems are in town to play Spokane.
The ex-Norvan curver, wearing a fancy light sports jacket, a Hollywood job, appeared to be in nice shape.
He is pretty happy about this pro-baseball business. Then the stroke at luck that dropped him in with a winning club like Salem hasn’t made him too mad either.
“We have a lot of fun on this club,” he said.
“Frisco Edwards, our manager, is a comedian to start off with. He knows everybody in baseball and has two stories for every guy he knows.
“Then we have a couple of guys who aren’t far behind him. They make like they are two of the Pasquales [sic] brothers, you know the Mexicans who are luring all the big league stars.
“Whenever we are a few runs behind they start framing up a wire on the bench for sending to one at the other Pasquales brothers for a couple of base hits, and doggone if they don't come, too.
“We got a good club. We wouldn’t have won them 13 in a row without we had one. Most everybody on the club is good with that stick. And we got two real chuckers.
“This Joe Kowalski pitched for all them big leaguers in Honolulu last year on Joe Gordon’s club. It was Joe who told Portland about him. And Steve Gerkin has won six for six so far.
Where did he blow in from? “He came to Portland in the O’Neil deal with Connie Mack’s club. And Portland sent him down to us.
“Steve lost some tough ones for Connie in the American League last year, by 2-1 and scores like that.”
How did he like Salem? “There is a nice little town. I might get to stay there for keeps. I hope so. Come on over and meet Frisco.”
By Any Other Name They Still Win
The Salem boss proved to be a jovial, character. He is squat, loose-jowled, and not unlike an old vaudeville actor in type. Most of his life, he was an umpire.
“Yes, this racket is better than umpiring. Of course any racket’s good when you’re winning. I got a swell bunch of kids on this club. That makes it easier.”
One of the players in the lobby referred to a statement in the day’s Spokane paper that Salem had a bunch of Punch and Judy hitters.
“I read it,” snarled Frisco. “And if that ain’t a Punch and Judy baseball writer, I never read one. Let's go out there and give it the old college try tonight, eh, to show these guys.”

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