Monday, 17 March 2008

Monday, June 8, 1953

Lewiston .... 25 13 .658 —
Salem ....... 22 15 .595 2½
Vancouver ... 23 16 .590 2½
Edmonton .... 23 20 .535 4½
Victoria .... 20 21 .488 6½
Spokane ..... 18 21 .462 7½
Yakima ...... 19 25 .432 9
Calgary ..... 18 24 .429 9
Wenatchee ... 17 23 .425 9
Tri-City .... 17 24 .415 9½

VICTORIA [Colonist, June 9]—Hitless relief pitching by rookie southpaw Berlyn Hodges carried the Victoria Tyees into the 11th inning at Royal Athletic Park last night. They called a halt there as Bob Moniz singled in Jim Clark from second base to give them a 5-4 decision over Lewiston Broncs in the first game of a three-game WIL series.
It was the third win in a row for the league champions and the second straight setback for the leading Idaho club. The series continues tonight and ends tomorrow night. The Tyees then visit Vancouver for four games before returning home next week for seven games against Calgary and Edmonton.
Hodges, who appears to have a penchant for clutch relief pitching, came on in a tough situation in the ninth inning. The Broncs had runners on first and second, only one was out, and the next two batters were Clint Cameron and Bob Williams, a couple of dangerous hitters. The runners moved up as first-baseman Chuck Abernathy took Cameron’s smash but Hodges got clean-up hitter Williams on a routine ground ball to Don Pries at second base.
The cool little wronghander got out of a bit of a jam in the 10th when he induced Glen Tuckett to hit into an inning-ending double play after two bases on balls had put runners on. The Broncs went down in order in the 11th.
The Tyees, who blew several chances, including a bases-loaded situation in the ninth, finally came through in the second extra-inning. Hodges started off by drawing his second consecutive base on balls but was forced by Clark, who went to second as Pries grounded out. Then Moniz, who has apparently snapped out of his slump, came through with his third hit of the game.
The loss went to Mannie Perez, who relieved relief-pitcher Don Carter in the ninth inning. Earl Dollins started for the Tyees against his old mates and was lifted for a pinch-hitter in tye seventh, when the Tyees tied it up with three runs on three singles, an error and a base on balls. Zeb Walker pitched a hitless inning in relief, then ran into trouble in the ninth.
Lewiston ......... 120 100 000 00— 4 7 3
Victoria ........... 001 000 300 01— 5 11 2
Butler, Carter (9), Perez (9) and Cameron; Dollins, Walker (8), Hodges (9) and Martin.

SPOKANE — The Vancouver Capilanos took a close 6-3 win in tenth inning from the Spokane Indians Monday in a Western International League game.
Vancouver .... 100 101 000 3—6 12 5
Spokane ....... 100 011 000 0—3 9 0
Thomason and Leavitt; Cordell, Nemes (10) and Sheets.

Salem at Calgary, postponed due to rain.


Double Bills Aplenty for WIL Circuit
SPOKANE, Wash. — Directors of the Western International Baseball League solved one problem with some quick changes in schedules and shrugged off another to the weather at their meeting Monday."
The directors dealt with the problem of 44 rained-out games by adding them to the second half of the split schedule which starts July 3. The missed games will be absorbed by making doubleheaders out of single dates and filling previously open Monday dates.
"I had an idea all along that the solution would be easier than everyone had expected," said Robert Brown, WIL president. "Once we got together with our schedules, the dates were fixed up in no time."
Brown and the league directors said the league drop in attendance was due directly to the same wet weather which had cancelled so many games. Most felt the drop wasn't as bad as could have been expected and all agreed warm, dry weather should set the turnstiles spinning.
One of the 10 members — Brown did not say which — proposed that the split season, with playoff between the winners, be abandoned for a continuous schedule.
"We argued the man out of it by convincing him that there would be more sustained interest under the split-season plan," Brown said.
"It would have been unfair to the teams now at the bottom of the league to change schedules in mideason."
Brown said that, barring an emergency, there would be no further meetings until after the September playoffs.
Before the directors adjourned, the WIL head emphasized two points which he has stressed repeatedly: that all profanity on the field by players, managers and umpires, and any cases of fraternizing among players or managers on rival clubs, be reported to the league headquarters immediately.
"There will be a sharp warning the first time his office hears of these offences," Brown said. "The next time, there will be a heavy fine."

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