Thursday, 13 March 2008

Pre-Season, Sunday, April 19, 1953

Caps Purchase Tulsa Catcher

Province Sports Writer
YAKIMA, Wash. [April 20]—Vancouver Capilanos got themselves a catcher and looked like they could use some more help as they wound up spring training here with a pair of weekend games with Yakima Bears. The worrisome catching problem was solved, at least partially, when general manager Dewey Soriano announced that he had bought Don Lundberg from Tulsa of the Texas League.
Lundberg, with Seattle this spring, had been sold to Tulsa by the Rainiers. But the Suds helped to get him back to the coast when the Caps lost Sam Hairston to Chicago White Sox.
Soriano is high on Lundberg who, he says, looked very good this spring with Seattle. “All we need now is an outfielder,” said Soriano, “and we’ll be in pretty good shape for opening day.” That’s Thursday at Vancouver.
But Dewey hopes the club will look better at home Thursday than they did here on the weekend. They did most everything wrong in losing 6-4 Saturday night to the Bears. And again 18-13 in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. There was some improvement when they beat the Bears 5-2 in Sunday’s nightcap.
Sloppy fielding, featuring some weird gyrations by rookie catcher Jack Johnson, contributed heavily to the Caps’ downfall. The pitching wasn’t too sound, either, with almost everybody taking a rapping. The weekend results left the Caps with a record of 14 wins and three loses over the spring schedule.

Saturday (April 18)
Vancouver ..... 020 002 000—4 7 1
Yakima ........... 012 003 00x—6 9 3
Hernandez, MacKay (8) and Johnson; Rios, Dalley (4), Dials (7) and Montaintes, Harford (7).

First Game
Vancouver ..... 021 370 0—13 19 6
Yakima ........... 245 421 x—18 15 1
Guldborg, Thomason (3), Owen (4) and Johnson; Flinn, Cannady (5), Cheney (6) and Harford.
Second Game
Vancouver ...... 000 002 3—5 6 1
Yakima ........... 200 000 0—2 6 2
Fletcher, MacKay (5) and Johnson; Thompson, Chipman (5) and Montaintnes.

Broncs Shellac Spokane Indians
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho, April 19 —The Lewiston Broncs smothered the Spokane Indians, 7-1, here Sunday in a Western International League exhibition, baseball game before a capacity crowd of 1800.
Lewiston, racked up six runs in the first three innings to go ahead 6-0 before Spokane's catcher, Bill Sheets, homered in the third frame.

Salem Senators Power To 8-2 Win at Silverton
SILVERTON, Ore., April 19—The Salem Senators of the Western International league made their Oregon debut here Sunday, defeating the Silverton Red Sox 8-2.
Jack Hemphill and Wayne Rick held the Red Sox to four hits. Salem gained a three-run lead in a first-inning spurt highlighted by Gene Tanselli’s triple. Don Taylor hit a two-run homer for Salem in the seventh inning.

LODI, Calif., April 19—The Idaho Falls Russets saw their perfect exhibition record spoiled Sunday when they ran into the Calgary Stampeders 4-3 in a tight, well played ball game.
Bowman was in trouble in the first inning, but a fast double play from Stan Stewart to Les Corcoran to Manager Red Jcssen eased some of the the pressure.
Bowman walked Jerry Kruger of Calgary, and Gus Stathos singled behind their runner to put two men on and set up the double play, Kruger going to third. He scored on a bloop single by Charley Mead, and the Calgary nine took a one run lead.
Mead scored on Corcoran's error at second after Don Bricker singled to center, and Bob Sangster lined to Third Baseman John Hack to end the inning.
Second man up for Calgary in the second frame, Haig Lavery, tripled, and scored on Joe Orrell's ground out to put Calgary three runs ahead.
First Russet Hit
Joe Borich got the first Russet hit, as he singled to center to start the second inning. Pete Estrada was safe on an error by the first baseman, but John Hack hit into a double play to erase Borich at third, and Stan Stewart struck out to end the inning.
The Russets set Calgary down in one, two, three order in the third, all on ground balls as Bowman's curve ball was breaking sharply.
The Russeta threatened in the sixth when Reno Barbisan, who went in to relieve Bowman, lived on the third baseman's error and Phil Staehle, Russet leadoff man, doubled to deep center, after Second Baseman Jim Landis struck out and Red Jessen popped out. Catcher Cuno Barragan grounded out to end the inning.
Idaho Falls roared back into the ball game in their hall of the seventh inning.
Pete Estrada, laced a single down the left field foul lane. And Stewart banged out a sharp single to left field. Then little Larry Nenna rapped out a 375 foot triple to score the two base runners, scoring himself on Barbisan's long fly to center field. That tied the ball game at three all.
Calgary came back to go ahead in their half of the eighth frame. Pitcher Joe Orrell singled to right and was sacrificed to second. He scored on Stathos' single.
Calgary ........... 210 000 010—4 7 2
Idaho Falls ..... 000 000 300— 3 6 1
Orrell and Bricker; Bowman, Barbisan (6) and Borich, Barragan (6).

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