W L Pct. GB
Victoria .... 3 0 1.000 —
Lewiston .... 2 0 1.000 ½
Calgary ..... 2 0 1.000 ½
Edmonton .... 1 1 .500 1½
Yakima ...... 1 1 .500 1½
Wenatchee ... 1 1 .500 1½
Tri-City .... 1 1 .500 1½
Vancouver ... 0 2 .000 2½
Salem ....... 0 2 .000 2½
Spokane ..... 0 3 .000 3
KENNEWICK, Apr. 25 — Tri-City cut off an Edmonton ninth inning rally just in time Saturday night to squeeze out a 13-12 win in a wild game that could only flatteringly be called a Western International League baseball game.
Edmonton's ninth inning splurge, which netted four runs, came after the side was believed out. A ball had rolled onto the field from the dugout and time out called just as Dick Morgan hit a pop fly that was caught for what should have been the third out.
The umpires ruled, however, that Morgan get another try and he connected for a hit that brought three men in from the loaded bases. He scored, too, before the next and final out came.
Edmonton sent five pitchers to the mound in a futile attempt to stop the Tri-City onslaught. Ken Michelson was credited with the win although he gave up 11 walks and struck out only two men. Edmonton pitchers gave up 19 walks.
Edmonton ...... 020 310 024—12 14 1
Tri-City ......... 722 200 00x—13 8 2
Widner, Beny (1), Spurlock (3), Sturgeon (6), Caster (8) and Morgan; Michelson, Hill (9), Dobernic (9) and Pesut.
WILfan note: "Beny" is what's in the linescore, but there was no such pitcher for Edmonton. It might be a misprint for "Day."
WENATCHEE, April 25 — Wenatchee evened its Western International League series with Yakima at one game each Saturday night with a 7-4 win behind the five-hit pitching of righthander Bud Bauhofer.
The game was featured by 18 walks. Bauhofer gave up 10 of them but came through in the pinches to hold down the Yakima score.
Ross McCormack, with a triple in the first inning and two men on base, got Wenatchee away to a two-run lead.
Herman Lewis was the big hitter for Yakima for the second night in a row, collecting a single and a double and two runs batted in.
The two teams conclude their series with an afternoon doubleheader Sunday.
Yakima .............. 002 100 001—4 5 1
Wenatchee ........ 200 050 00x—7 6 2
Rial, Young (5), Creech (5), Canaday (9) and Day; Bauhofer, Oubre (9) and Cuitti.
VICTORIA [Jim Tang, Colonist, April. 26]—By coming from behind to register their first two victories of the young Western International Baseball League season, the Victoria Tyees tried it another way yesterday to register an opening series sweep over the Spokane Indians.
Six big runs in the first inning before righthander Clyde DeWitt could settle down enabled the Islanders to coast to a 10-2 decision behind the steady pitching of rookie Don Hopp, making his first start in professional baseball.
SECOND GAME CALLED
Last game of the four-game series, scheduled for last night, was called because of wet grounds. The Tyees now take to the road for series at Yakima, starting Tuesday, and Tri-City, starting Friday, before returning home on may 4 for successive series against Salem and Tri-City.
Yesterday’s game was only a routine affair after the first inning, but the Tyees again displayed an explosive quality by coming up with unexpected rallies and getting their hits when they counted.
DeWitt, who settled down for four smooth innings after his rocky start, was behind, 5-0, before he got his first man out. Lu Branham drew a base on balls and raced to third on a single by Don Pries. Then, manager Cec Garriott poked a hit-and-run double past third to score both runners. Gale Taylor was hit by a pitch, Gully plated Garriott with a single and Joe Clardy sent in Taylor and Gully with a triple to the left-field fence.
The speedy Clardy raced in after second-baseman Al Sahlberg made a difficult catch of Milt Martin’s blooper into short right-field.
Given a big bulge, Hopp worked easily. Hot too fast, the rookie showed poise and a fair curve and was never in serious trouble although he had to work with runners on in seven innings. He walked seven but wasn’t missing the plate by much and never flustered.
A two-run double by Taylor, his first hit, featured a three-run Victoria sixth and a double by Garriott, his second, and a second single by Gully completed the Tyee scoring in the eighth. The last run came off Art Worth, Victoria southpaw, who turned in a fair job in two plus innings of relief pitching.
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DIAMOND DUST: Spokane’s present club hardly looks like a contender, the Indians need both hitting and pitching. . . . They will get some help from Ralph Romero, a 17-15 southpaw with Tri-City last season who has been optioned by the Philadelphia Phils and who is scheduled to report this week. . . . First-baseman Joe Clardy is one of the fastest of the Tyees on the bases and a smooth defensive player. He came up with three good plays yesterday, the best a backhanded scoop of a low throw by shortstop Ron Odekirk which completed a double play. . . . Wilbur Johnson, Spokane’s sophomore shortstop, is probably the best glove man at his position in the league but no threat at the plate. . . . The Tyees and Indians left a total of 65 runners stranded in the three games, and opposing pitchers gave up a combine total of 45 bases on balls and hit five batters. . . . Tri-City will have a familiar keystone combination with second-baseman Len Tran again teaming up with brother Ray. . . . Nick Cannuli caught on with Lewiston Broncs after failing to win a berth with the Tyees at their Sonoma training camp and broke in Thursday with three hits and two fine fielding plays at shortstop. He went hitless in five attempts Friday. . . . Herman Charles, the Panamanian outfield recruit, arrived in Victoria yesterday and will be with the Tyees this week at Yakima. . . . Gale Taylor, who hit the ball hard in pre-season games, got away to a slow plate start with only one hit in eight trips but he has been sure on his chances in left-field. . . . Manager Cec Garriott, who led the league last season by drawing 160 bases on balls, is up to his old tricks with six walks in his first three games and he has been on base in seven of Victoria’s eight run-scoring innings.
Spokane ..... 000 001 100— 2 9 2
Victoria ...... 600 003 01x—10 9 1
DeWitt, Worth (6) and Triandos; Hopp and Martin.
Second Game, postponed, wet grounds.
Lewiston at Vancouver, doubleheader postponed, rain.
(only games scheduled)
Pitcher Bob Drilling Due With Tyees This Week
[Victoria Colonist, April 26, 1953]
Away to a fast start in defence of their Western International Baseball League pennant, Victoria Tyees had more good news for their followers yesterday with the announcement that righthander Bob Drilling would join the club this week.
It was the second such announcement in two days for the Tyees, who started the season with an acknowledged shortage of proven pitching. On Friday, the club announced that Ben Lorino would rejoin his 1952 teammates at Yakima Tuesday. Lorino, who trained with the Portland Beavers, was with the Sacramento Solons on a 30-day look.
Addition of Lorino and Drilling should come close to settling any questions about Victoria pitching, particularly if Bill Prior should become available. Those three, along with Bill Wisneski, Don Hopp and Bill Bottler, who have all indicated they can be of help, give manager Cec Garriott six starters.
Drilling, a fast-baller with five professional seasons behind him, two of them in the WIL, should be a winning pitcher. He was optioned to Victoria last season when Portland recalled Cal McIrvin, but refused to report and was placed on the suspended list. He has been with Oklahoma City this year and should be in condition when he arrives.
Drilling started with Yakima in 1948 and got away to a rocky start in his first pro season, losing 23 of 31 decisions. He compiled an 8-11 record as he split the 1949 season between Yakima and Salem and showed enough promise to win advancement to the Coast League.
With Portland in 1950 he showed to better advantage, seeing action in 46 games, pitching 253 innings and winding up at 14.17 with 16 complete games. Delegates to a relief role in 1951, he won four of seven decisions in 111 innings of pitching spread over 39 games. He appeared in 15 games last season before his refusal to report to Victoria.