W L Pct. GB
Lewiston .... 21 9 .700 —
Vancouver ... 19 12 .613 2½
Salem ....... 15 13 .536 5
Spokane ..... 16 17 .485 6
Calgary ..... 16 17 .485 6
Victoria .... 15 17 .469 6½
Edmonton .... 15 17 .469 6½
Tri-City .... 14 18 .438 8
Yakima ...... 16 21 .432 8
Wenatchee ... 13 19 .406 9
KENNEWICK — Tri-City and Salem staged another hit, run and error spree with a little argumentation and cushion throwing on the side Friday night with the decision in the Western International League baseball game going to Tri-City, 16-9.
The win evened the series, in which astronomical scores have been the rule, at 2-all. Some 1,300 fans turned out, an exceptionally high attendance in view of the raw, cold weather, but apparently drawn by Thursday night's game in which fisticuffs and oratory were more in evidence than baseball.
Salem ......... 002 241 000— 9 11 1
Tri-City .... 302 062 03x—16 10 4
Peterson, Strombach (5) and Masterson; Schneider and Pesut.
VICTORIA — The Yakima Bears blasted their way to a 10-7 Western International Baseball League victory over the Victoria Tyees here Friday night before 800 wind-chilled fans.
It was the second straight win in the four-game series for the Bears.
Victoria'a Bob Drilling got off to a rocky start when Elmer Clow, Bud Hjelmaa and Herman Lewis hit consecutive singles, two of them bunts, to open the game. Len Noren and Bob Wellman followed with sharply-hit one-basers for three runs, then Milt Martin made a wild throw into left field during a rundown and two more scored.
In the ninth inning, Hjelmaa singled with two out before Lewis dropped a home run over the centerfield fence. Noren was hit by a pitched ball and scored a third run on Wellman's double.
Yakima ........... 501 001 003—10 12 2
Victoria .......... 221 200 000— 7 8 1
Del Sarto, Rios (2) and Novick; Drilling and Martin.
CALGARY, Alta. — The Calgary Stampeders scored five runs in the last of the third inning and added singles in the fifth and eighth Friday night to defeat the Spokane Indians 7-5 in a Western International League baseball game.
The Indians took top honors in the home run department. All five of their runs came on circuit blows, three in the eighth inning.
Eddie Murphy, Will Hafey, Carl Bush, Stan Palys and Jim Command homered for the Indians.
Rocky Tedesco drove one out of the park for Calgary.
Joe Orrell went the route for Calgary. George New, who was lifted in the seventh inning in favor of Bob Nemes, was charged with the loss.
Spokane ......... 100 100 030—5 11 2
Calgary ............ 005 010 01x—7 9 1
New, Nemes (7) and Sheets; Orrell and Lillard.
EDMONTON, Alta. — John Conant, Tennessee-born righthander, tossed a superb three-hit performance at the Lewiston Broncs Friday night as the Edmonton Eskimos whipped the Western International League leaders 7-1.
The win evened a four-game baseball series at one each. The teams meet Saturday in a day-night doubleheader.
Conant, who has won six this season against four losses, gave up only one hit after the first inning.
Mel Wasley's single and Larry Barton's three-base hit provided the lone Lewiston tally. Glen Tuckett's single in the fifth inning was the third hit for Lewiston.
Leading Edmonton's 11-hit attack against youthful Gordie Tench and successor manager Bill Brenner were Verne Campbell with three hits and Clint Weaver and Conant, each with two safeties. It was Tench's first loss in three contests.
Lewiston ............ 100 000 000—1 3 1
Edmonton ........... 320 210 00x—7 11 1
Tench, Brenner (4) and Cameron; Conant and Morgan.
Wenatchee at Vancouver, postponed, rain.
Chamber of Commerce Supports Tyees; Members Urged To Purchase Tickets
By JIM TANG
[Victoria Colonist, May 30, 1953]
There was more evidence yesterday that Victorians are anxious to retain professional baseball and hopes that the Victoria Tyees will be pulled out of the financial morass they are in are considerably brighter today.
A big boost yesterday came from the Victoria Chamber of Commerce. At a meeting of the organization yesterday, president George Wheaton appealed to the 650 members to do their bit by purchasing the books of tickets now on sale.
“If we could get a majority of our members behind this effort,” Wheaton said last night, “we can keep professional baseball here. It’s something we have just got to keep.”
Admitting he had been a bit lax as a fan, Wheaton stated that he had started making amends yesterday by investing in two books of tickets and attending last night’s game.
Meanwhile, fans continued to rally to the support of the Tyees through their purchases of the $10 books of tickets, which entitle the buyer to general admissions to 11 games.
Club officials were unable to give the exact amount last night but the drive for the necessary $10,000 was well on its way with about $3,400 in cash on hand. It was pointed out, however, that another $7,000 is needed and fans were urged not to let down.
To make it easier for fans to get the books, anyone telephoning the ball club office can order books for delivery. The telephone number is B 5632 and the response to this service last night was gratifying with dozens of fans making telephone calls and ordering their tickets. Books may also be picked up at the club ticket counter at Eaton’s or at Royal Athletic Park before or during today’s two games with Yakima Bears.
The hard-working Booster Club, which gave away 20 hampers of groceries Thursday night, announced last night that another 20 would be given away at tonight’s game in an effort to lure a bigger audience.
With the club now having a much better chance to continue operation, officials have promised more player help in the near future. Business manager Reg Patterson stated last night there was no chance of getting outfielder Granny Gladstone back from the Portland Beavers but it is hoped that a pitching addition will be made soon and the approaching holiday season may see the club add a college player. In this regard, it is believed that outfielder Dwane Helbig, who played the last half of last season here, will be back when the current school term is over.