W L Pct. GB
Salem ....... 7 2 .778 —
Spokane ..... 8 3 .727 —
Calgary ..... 6 5 .545 2
Vancouver ... 6 5 .545 2
Yakima ...... 6 5 .545 2
Tri-City .... 4 5 .444 3
Lewiston .... 4 5 .444 3
Wenatchee ... 3 6 .333 4
Edmonton .... 3 7 .300 4½
Victoria .... 3 7 .300 5½
VANCOUVER — Calgary Stampeders and Vancouver Capilanos split their Western International League doubleheader here Friday night, the Stamps taking the abbreviated opener 3-0 and the Caps taking the second, 4-2.
A three-run third inning provided the margin of victory for Vancouver in the second game. The runs came on a walk, two singles and a double steal.
Charlie Mead's home run over the right field wall was the big blow in the first game.
The largest crowd of the year, 2,476, was on board.
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VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News-Herald, July 11]—The Capilanos came up with an even break in their double header with Calgary Friday and a much better than square deal in the bargain department.
A 3-0 loser in the first game and a 4-2 winner in the second, the Caps became a larger winner in their effort to strengthen the roster for the second half fight when they bought first baseman Gene Petralli from Denver of the Western League, a Class A circuit.
Petralli is not exactly new to the WIL. He played as a 17-year-old for Spokane in 1949, then had a big year for San Bernadino and a fair-to-middlin’ one for Ventura. In 1952, he hit .397 for Denver, but this year ran into salary difficulties and has satisfied himself by remaining at home in Sacramento and playing semi-pro ball. Gene Lillard, the Calgary manager, had the youngster in his Ventura year and praises the boy’s offensive capabilities.
Gene arrives in Vancouver this afternoon and will take over first base duties tonight from Jim Wert, who is still in a horrid slump and will soon be sold or traded.
DURETTO WILL DO
Bob Duretto, who arrived Friday, was in the scene last night and contributed a pinch-hit out and a relief job at third base to the split. He is about a week away from being in shape, but there’s little doubt that he’ll help.
Dale Thomason bumped into one bad inning in the opening game when Calgary rammed across three runs in the fifth on Charlie Mead’s homer and three following hits. Behind Smokey Joe Orrell, a fellow who has been around since Doubleday, that was enough for the Stampeders as the Caps combined bonehead baseball and hitting inefficiencies for their shutout loss.
SOME NICE PLAYS
In the second game, Vancouver came up with one of their better efforts. Chuck Davis, who had suffered through a couple of mental lapses in the opener, made some sweetheart plays in the field and Van Fletcher took up the theme and finally pitched his 10th win of the year.
Van pitched a six-hitter and got to No. 10 on three runs in the first inning as Frank Mancuso, then Harvey Storey struck heavily in the clutch.
Tonight the clubs wind up the three-game series and Storey will send along Bobby Roberts, a Calgary castoff, in an effort to win the series for the Caps. Petralli will be at first base. Duretto may do some catching or second basing and all things considered, this second half hunt is beginning to take shape. Game time is 8:30.
Calgary ......... 000 030 0—7 9 0
Vancouver .... 000 000 0—0 7 0
Orrell and Lillard; Thomason, Gunnarson (5) and Leavitt.
Calgary ......... 000 002 000—2 6 3
Vancouver .... 003 000 10x—4 6 3
Stites and Lillard; Fletcher and Leavitt.
VICTORIA — Victoria Tyees racked up their third straight triumph Friday night as they pounded four Edmonton pitchers for 17 hits and a 19-6 Western International League victory.
Ray McNulty was finally pulled in favour of Pat Utley in the sixth inning after a single, a walk and two hit batsmen scored a run. Utley promptly walked Chuck Abernathy and then departed in favour of Ted Johnson. Dwane Helbig greeted Johnson with a long three-run triple and scored on a wild pitch for Victoria's seventh run of the inning.
Helbig has brought home 26 runs in his last 17 games.
All the Edmonton runs were unearned as three Tyee errors led to three tallies in each of the third and eighth innings and Bob Drilling picked up his fifth victory in pitching the distance for the winners.
Edmonton ...... 003 000 030—6 9 2
Victoria ......... 400 017 61x—19 17 3
McNulty, Utley (6), Johnson (6), Holmes (7) and Morgan, Prentice (7); Drilling and Martin.
WENATCHEE, Wash. — Wenatchee Chiefs knocked Spokane out of first place in the Western International League Friday night, defeating the Indians 9-5 behind the seven-hit pitching of right-hander Charley Oubre.
Spokane ......... 000 010 400—5 7 1
Wenatchee ..... 320 001 30x—9 13 0
Romero, Nemes (7) and Sheets; Oubre and Bartolomei.
SALEM, Ore. — Gene Tanselli's three-run homer late in the game pulled Salem to a 5-4 victory over Tri-City Friday night in a Western International League contest.
Tanselli's homer in the seventh drove in Hugh Luby, who had doubled, and Gene Roenspie, who gained base with a single.
Tri-City ....... 100 210 000—4 9 1
Salem ......... 100 001 30x—5 12 1
Robertson, Dobernic (7) and Perut; Roenspie and Nelson.
LEWISTON — story unavailable.
Yakima ............... 330 000 020—3 15 1
Lewiston ............. 210 000 211—7 13 1
Carter, Jacome (7), Rial (9) and Albini; Perez, Kine (2), Brenner (9) and Cameron.
24,000 More View WIL First Half Than in 1952
VANCOUVER, July 10—Total attendance at Western International League baseball games during the first half of the schedule increased by more than 24,000 this year over 1952, WIL president Bob Brown announced Friday.
Attendance from April 23 to July 2, 1953 was 329,386, compared with 304,990 from April 22 to July 1 1952.
Brown said the addition of two members to the loop, Calgary and Edmonton, could account for some of the increase, but he said the increase was significant in view of the poor weather this season.
Edmonton led the loop in paid attedances during the first half of the season, with 28,000. Lewiston was second with 20,000.