Saturday, June 9, 2007

Tuesday, August 20, 1946

                W  L  Pct GB
Wenatchee .... 75 48 .610 —
Bremerton .... 65 49 .570 5½
Salem ........ 67 52 .563 6
Tacoma ....... 66 55 .545 8
Yakima ....... 55 62 .479 17
Spokane ...... 50 60 .455 18½
Vancouver .... 49 67 .422 22½
Victoria ..... 43 77 .358 30½

VANCOUVER, Aug. 20—The Vancouver Capilanos crammed ten runs into a wild seventh inning to come out of the high end of an 11-10 count in a ten-inning Western International League baseball win over the Bremerton Bluejackets Tuesday night.
Catcher Gus Paglia had a chance to choke the big rally, but failed. With the bases loaded and two out, Ray Spurgeon struck out on a high, hard one by John Marshall. Paglia missed the pitch and then instead of stepping on home plate for the force, he tossed to an amazed Bill Reese at first base, but Spurgeon beat the throw.
History was made as the Caps filled and emptied the bases three times against Marshall, who was immediately yanked in favour of Ray Medgehini.
Reg Clarkson had one of the big blows in the seventh, when he cleared the bases with a triple.
Lou Estes banged home the winning run in the tenth when he looping single scored Frank Mullens, who beat the throw by a whisker.
Big Bill Barisoff equalled the league record when he blasted out his 37th homer. The record was set in 1940 by Morry Abbott of Tacoma.
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VANCOUVER [Clancy Loranger, News-Herald, August 21]—So the home team, down 8-0, rallied for 10 runs in the seventh. Then the visitors tied it up in the eighth, but the people’s choice came through to win it in the 10th, 11-10.
Sounds like a paragraph out of Thrilling Sports, doesn’t it? But it all happened at Capilano Stadium last night where Bob Brown’s script writer really outdid himself before bringing our Capilanos out in front over the Bremerton Bluejackets.
For instance, for six frames John Marshall, whom the Caps let go, had his ex-mates eating out of his hand. Besides that, he had, as we said, an 8-0 lead, which the Blues built up off the deliveries of Ronnie Bryant.
Then in the seventh, virtue (that’s us) started to triumph. After Marshall’s wildness had filled the sacks a couple of times, and the Caps had unloaded them for a couple of times for four runs, Manager Sam Gibson waved Marshall out and Fireman Ray Medeghini in.
Medeghini promptly walked Lou Estes to load the bags again, then he struck out Ray Spurgeon. That should have been the third out, but Bremerton Catcher Gus Paglia dropped the last strike. Paglia hustled to recover the pill, but instead of tossing home, where he could have caught Charley Mead by quite some, he threw to first, too late to catch Spurgeon.
That was all the locals needed, and before the stanza was through another walk and a couple of blows, including Reg Clarkson’s three-run triple, put Vancouver in front, 10-8.
But the boys didn’t figure that was enough excitement for the folks, so they let Bremerton bang home a couple of runs off Larry Guay and tie the score before Jim Hedgecock came in to stop them.
They then got down to business again, and with Hedgecock pitching a great ball game for the next couple of frames, pushed home the winner in the first extra frame on Frank Mullens’ scractch single, a sacrifice, and, (with two out) Lou Estes’ sharp single to left field.
To add a little more spice to his story, the script writer tossed in a league-tying homer by Bill Barisoff and a couple of bright rumors. One was that Gus Paglia turned in his uniform after his mates jumped him for his mental lapse. The other had John Marshall asking for his release. But the door was left open for both boys to change their minds today.
The win was the Brownies’ second straight over the second-place Jackets and they’ll probably toss undefeated Pete Jonas in against them tonight in an attempt to make it three in a row.
Bremerton ......... 031 300 120 0—10 17 1
Vancouver ........ 000 000 (10)00 1—11 13 4
Marshall, Medeghini (7) and Paglia, Volpi (8); Bryant, Guay (8), Hedgecock (8) and Spurgeon.

VICTORIA, Aug. 20—16 Wenatchee batters went down on strikes last night as Bob Jensen set a new record of 261 strikeouts, but was denied a victory as the Chiefs walked away with a 5-2 decision.
Over 3,000 wild-eyed fans caused a near-riot and waited around 30 minutes after the game as extra police were brought into escort umpires Dawson and Tuma off the field.
Jensen was working on a no-hitter going into the seventh, and had a 1-0 lead thanks to Bob Paulson's fifth inning homer. Dick Adams tagged him for a single, went to second on a wild pitch, and all hands were safe when he beat a throw to third on Glen Stetter's ground ball.
Nick Pesut walked one out later to load the bases, then Clyde Haskell walked after Dawson ruled he checked his swing on a 3-2 count. Paulson was ejected for arguing, then fans poured onto the field for 15 minutes.
Eddie Greene and Jim Warner followed with singles to score three runs.
Stetter tripled and scored on a Doug Williams single in the eighth.
Jensen lost no time in setting a new standard. He opened by whiffing Eddie Barr and Warner, walked Mel Wasley and Adams after getting two strikes on each, then breezed one past Stetter to set the mark.
Wenatchee ..... 000 000 410—5 5 0
Victoria .......... 000 010 010—2 6 0
Greene and Pesut, Fitzgerald (7); Jensen and Paulson, Stumpf (8).

First Game
Tacoma .......... 002 100 1—4 6 0
Salem ............. 020 010 0—3 6 0
Hedington and Kuper; Kowalski and Souza.
Second Game
Tacoma ...... 000 001 002— 3 7 4
Salem ......... 310 600 00x—10 14 1
Colombo, Jimmink (4) and Kemper; Wyatt and Kerr.

Spokane ....... 410 301 001—10 13 3
Yakima ......... 011 000 020— 4 4 3
Hallbourg and Varrelman; Strait, Simon (4), Thompson (8) and McConnell.
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