W L Pct. GB
Spokane ..... 28 17 .622 —
Salem ....... 24 16 .600 1½
Yakima ...... 21 20 .512 5
Vancouver ... 22 22 .500 5½
Edmonton .... 20 20 .500 5½
Tri-City .... 20 22 .476 6½
Lewiston .... 19 21 .475 6½
Victoria .... 20 23 .465 7
Wenatchee ... 17 22 .436 8
Calgary ..... 17 23 .425 8½
KENNEWICK—Yakima and Tri-City split a Western International League baseball doubleheader Saturday night, Yakima taking the wild hitting opener, 6-3, and Tri-City the nightcap, 9-0.
Yakima .......... 000 131 1—6 12 0
Tri-City ......... 021 000 0—3 8 1
Townsend, Carter (3), Edmunds (4) and Novick, Albini (4); Michelson, Dobernic (5), Robertson (7) and Warren.
Yakima ............ 000 000 000—0 4 3
Tri-City ........... 200 010 06x—8 11 1
Rios, Young (8) and Albini; Bloom and Pesut.
VICTORIA [Colonist, Aug. 9]—Bob Drilling racked up his ninth straight victory when he pitched a masterful six-hit shutout as Victoria Tyees downed the Vancouver Capilanos, 7-0, at Royal Athletic Park Saturday night to gain a split in their Western International League doubleheader.
The Tyees, who dropped a 4-3 decision as the Caps scored an unearned run in the eighth inning of the afternoon encounter, ended the four-game series by winning three games.
In evening his season’s record at 12 wins and 12 losses, Drilling gave up one double and five singles, struck out four and did not allow a base on balls. Only one Capilano reached second base, losing pitcher Bob Roberts managing the feat twice.
Roberts, who started in search of his eighth victory and ended up with his second defeat, doubled in the third inning and got as far as second base again in the sixth when he opened the inning with a single and moved up on Bob Duretto’s one-base blow.
The Tyees, playing their best baseball of the season in the past two weeks, are still very much in the hunt for second-half honors. They are only a game and half out of third place and would have moved ahead of Vancouver and into fifth spot yesterday had they managed to sweep the two games with the Caps.
They get a chance to gain ground today, when they meet the Caps at Vancouver in a special game being played to help the British Empire Games Fund. It will count in the standings. They Tyees then move on to Yakima Monday for three games before returning home Thursday to face the Salem Senators in a series which will undoubtedly decide whether or not they will get into pennant contention this season.
In the nightcap, Victoria picked up one run in the opening inning and added their second on Chuck Abernathy’s home run in the fourth. Bob Moniz’ triple highlighted a two-run fifth and the Tyees finished their scoring with a three-run outburst in the sixth.
Moniz, with three hits in three times at bat, and Jim Clark with three for four, headed the batting attack. Moniz, Clark and Granny Gladstone, making his first strat in three games, each drove in two runs.
Manager Cec Garriott shook up his roster for the night game, bringing Moniz back into the lineup at third base, moving Don Pries to second and benching himself and Lu Branham. Jim Harford was behind the plate for Milt Martin, who was nursing bruised knuckles which forced him out in the third inning of the afternoon encounter.
Dwane Helbig clouted his 12th home run of the season to give the Tyees a 2-0 lead in the second inning of the opener. Jack Bukowatz homered for the Capilanos in the sixth and Harvey Storey banged one out of the park in the seventh for his third homer in three games
Zeb Walker replaced starter Earl Dollins at the start of the eighth inning with the count tied at 3-3 and was charged with the loss after Branham dropped Harford’s throw, which would have retired Chorlton on an attempted steal of second.
Walker was replaced by Bill Bottler with Chorlton on third, Storey at first base and two men out. Chorlton scored the winning run on Frank Mascaro’s ground ball as Branham failed in an attempt to force Storey at second.
Vancouver ......... 000 001 210—4 6 1
Victoria ............. 020 001 000—3 5 1
Fletcher, Gunnarson (8) and Duretto; Dollins, Walker (8), Bottler (8) and Martin, Harford (3).
Vancouver ........ 000 000 000—0 5 0
Victoria ............ 100 123 00x—7 11 0
Roberts, MacKay (7) and Duretto; Drilling and Harford.
SALEM — Salem won both ends of a Western International League doubleheader here Saturday night defeating Wenatchee 4-3 in the opener and then winning the nightcap 8-1.
Wenatchee ........... 000 102 0—3 9 2
Salem .................. 000 400 x—4 7 0
Bothelho, DeCarolis (4) and Bartolomei; Collins; Nicholas (6) and Masterson.
Wenatchee .......... 000 100 000—1 8 1
Salem ................. 025 010 00x—8 9 1
Klein, DeCarolis (3) and Bartolomei; Dahle and Nelson.
EDMONTON — Lewiston Broncs gained a split in their four-game Western International Baseball League series with Edmonton Eskimos Saturday when Russ Butler pitched a rain-curtailed five-inning 5-1 victory.
Edmonton took the afternoon game 5-2.
The night game was called at the top of the sixth when a downpour arrived as Broncs were climbing to five more runs with only one out.
Leon Day, Esk's starter, was in trouble in every inning, and was replaced with none out in the sixth first by Pat Utley then by Jack Widner.
In sixth inning action, Mel Wasley hit a homer for Lewiston, but the score reverted to the fifth when the inning was washed out.
Andy Skurski led Edmonton's 10-hit afternoon attack with a first-inning homer and a double in the eighth that scored another run.
However the victory may have been costly for Edmonton. Clint Weaver, leading WIL hitters in bases earned and runs batted in, suffered a sprained ankle in an attempted steal in the eighth inning.
Lewiston ............. 010 100 000—2 7 1
Edmonton ............ 100 003 01x—5 10 1
Marshall and Garay; Manier and Prentice, Morgan (9)
Lewiston .............. 201 02—5 10 0
Edmonton ............. 000 10—1 4 0
Butler and Garay; Day and Morgan.
Spokane at Calgary, postponed rain.