W L Pct. GB
Lewiston .... 19 7 .731 —
Vancouver ... 17 11 .607 3
Salem ....... 13 11 .541 5
Spokane ..... 15 14 .517 5½
Victoria .... 13 15 .464 7
Edmonton .... 13 15 .464 7
Wenatchee ... 13 16 .448 7½
Calgary ..... 13 16 .448 7½
Tri-City .... 12 16 .429 8
Yakima ...... 13 20 .394 9½
VICTORIA, [Jim Tang, Colonist, May 26]—Victoria Tyees co-operated fully last night to start the week-long effort to save the city’s WIL franchise by coming through with a snappy 4-2 victory over Wenatchee Chiefs at Royal Athletic Park.
Attendance, however, must have been a bit of a disappointment to hopeful club officials. Despite a warmish evening, only 1,109 fans paid their way. While this was an increase of about 250 over the season’s average, there will have to be improvement in the remaining six games of the current home stand to reach the minimum objective of 10,000 for the week.
GAME SHOULD HELP
Club officials made no comment about the number of fans, but it was apparent that they had hoped for more. They did say, however, that they felt attendance would increase throughout the week and took some consolation in the thought that last night’s game should help.
Those who saw the game will agree to that. The Tyees, anchored by Jimmy Clark, who appears to have fully recovered from his hand injury and is once more the peerless shortstop, looked extremely good as they backed Bob Drilling’s steady pitching with errorless support and two clutch double plays. They were effectively throttled at the plate by Bud Bauhofer in a relief role, but they made their four first-inning runs stand up.
Drilling had trouble in only three innings as he came up with his second victory of the season. Three singles and an infield out gave the Chiefs their only two runs in the third. Drilling started a well-executed double play, which had Clark in pivot, to save possible trouble in the seventh, and Don Pries turned manager Mike McCormick’s liner into a twin-killing in the ninth as the Chiefs threatened when a single and Drilling’s second base on balls put the tying runners on with only one out.
Clark, in addition to his fine fielding, started the Tyees off with an over-the-fence home run in the first inning. It was an epic clout, marking as it did the first time the little short-patcher has driven a ball out of any park since he joined the Victoria club in mid-season of 1951. The only four-base clout he has had in the 202 games he has played was an inside-the-park poke last season.
It could have been Clark’s wallop, which went over the fence in left-centrefield, which unnerved starter Charlie Beamon. The colored Wenatchee righthander got Don Pries on a ground ball, then walked the next four men and gave up a two-run single to Bob Moniz for the four Victoria runs before he was derricked for Bauhofer.
Bauhofer, a promising young righthander, gave up three hits, all coming after two wre out, in the second and third innings, then held the Tyees hitless from there. But he came on the scene too late.
Wenatchee ..... 002 000 000—2 7 0
Victoria .......... 400 000 00x—4 5 0
Beamon, Bauhofer (1) and Bartolomei; Drilling and Marton.
EDMONTON — The Spokane Indians ran their current Western International League win streak to seven straight games Monday night by defeating the Edmonton Eskimos 7-4 in the opener of a three game series. The loss broke a four-game winning skein by the Eskimos.
The Spokane win was the first in four starts this season against Edmonton, who swept a series at Spokane earlier.
Three-run outbursts in the third and seventh innings proved the undoing of former Spokane hurler John Conant. The righthander's record with Edmonton now is five wins against four losses.
The seven consecutive wins are one short of the mark set by the pace-setting Lewiston Broncs at the start of the season. The victory gave the Indians, the league's cellar club a week ago, a firm grip on fourth place and left them five and one half games behind the Broncs who were rained out in Calgary.
Spokane ....... 003 000 300—6 11 2
Edmonton .... 020 000 020—4 8 1
Cordell, Nemes (8) and Sheets; Conant, Tisnerat (9) and Morgan.
VANCOUVER — An air-tight pitching performance by reliefer Lonnie Myers gave the Vancouver Capilanos a 5-4 win over the Yakima Bears Monday night in the opener of a three-game Western International League series.
Myers came in for starter Rod McKay in the fifth inning and allowed one hit while striking out three over the rest of the route. He was credited with his third win of the season, against no losses.
If all managers in organised ball had the same problems as the Capilanos´Harvey Storey, they´d be a happy lot.
Harvey is currently contemplating the happy situation of having so much talent aboard, he can take a day off from his third base chores and make like Casey Stengel on the bench.
Take young Jack Bukovatz, the flame-headed kid who played shortshop against Yakima while regular Chuck Davis takes a rest. His previous appearances were as a late-inning replacement for Storey.
To the delight of 1,159 fans, Bukowatz staged a one-man performance a little short of miraculous. He made impossible stop,s had three put-outs, four assists and one hit. One put-out and one assist came as part of a spectacular double-play.
Typical of his play was his stop of Herman Lewis´ground drive in the fifth inning. Lewis smashed the ball into the hole between short and third. It was a base hit from the time it left the bat. Bukowatz took off like Native dancer, went deep to his right, made a back-handed stab and came up with the ball. It was too deep to catch Lewis at first but the startled Yakima centre fielder only beat the throw by a step at that.
The Caps scored in the first inning when Don Wert, pulling out of his slump nicely, doubled to right centre. Frank Mascara walked. Wert took third when Storey forced Mascaro at second as Yakima´s Buddy Hjalmaa, attempting the double-play, threw the ball into the screen at first.
Yakima .......... 002 020 000—4 8 1
Vancouver ..... 120 000 20x—5 11 2
Schaening and Novick; MacKay, Myers (5) and Lundberg.
Lewiston at Calgary, postponed, rain.
Only games scheduled.
Lewiston Broncs Peddle 2 Players
LEWISTON, Idaho, May 25—Lewiston Broncs of the Western International League announced the sale of infielder Donald Stewart Saturday to Bakersfield of the California State League.
At the same time, Manager Bill Brenner reported that Pitcher Earl Dollins has been returned to Visalia of the same loop. Dollins had been with Lewiston on a conditional sale basis.