Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Saturday, July 11, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Salem ....... 8 2 .800 —
Spokane ..... 9 3 .750 —
Calgary ..... 7 5 .583 2
Vancouver ... 6 6 .500 3
Yakima ...... 6 6 .500 2
Lewiston .... 5 5 .500 3
Tri-City .... 4 6 .400 4
Edmonton .... 4 8 .333 5
Victoria .... 4 8 .333 5
Wenatchee ... 3 7 .300 5

SALEM — Salem collected 13 hits off two pitchers as it defeated Tri-City 10-2 and retained its lead in Western International League standings here Saturday.
Joe Nicholas registered his 13th win in 16 decisions with a five-hit performance.
Tri-City ........... 000 000 020— 2 5 2
Salem ............. 010 011 61x—10 12 2
Hedgecock, Michelson (7) and Pesut; Nicholas and Masterson.

WENATCHEE — The Spokane Indians evened their current Western International League series at one game apiece Saturday night by walloping the Wenatchee Chiefs, 9 to 2.
Bill Sheets with a double and a single four runs batted in and Jim Command with three runs batted in led the Spokane attack.
Southpaw Art Worth effectively spaced 10 hits to gain credit for the victory.
Spokane ........... 015 200 100—9 14 1
Wenatchee ....... 011 000 000—2 10 1
Worth and Sheets; Monroe, Botelho (4), Klein (9) and Bartolomei.

VANCOUVER, B. C. — The Calgary Stampeders jumped on two Vancouver pitchers for 13 hits Saturday night to defeat the Capilanos, 6-1, in a Western International League baseball game.
The win gave Calgary a 2-1 edge in the series here.
The Stamps racked up three runs in the sixth inning. Gus Travos tripled and scored on a single by Charlie Mead.
Mead was sacrificed to second base, sent to third on a single by Jim Mellinger and scored on the same play when Vancouver's left-fielder, Gale Taylor, let Mellinger's single go through him.
Mellinger came in after the catch on a long fly after he moved to third on a single by pitcher Gerry Levinson.
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VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News-Herald, July 13]—The “in with the new” which the Capilanos are trying out as their change of pace in the WIL’s second-half baseball campaign failed miserably in its first try Saturday as Calgary stepped on the Caps 6-1.
With Bob Duretto and Gene Petralli in the lineup and Jim Wert and Don Lundberg both departed for their homes, the Capilanos could manage no better than one of their feeblest efforts before a close to 2000 house.
Gerry Levinson, who beat Vancouver once before with a spectacular job of pitching, four-hitted them Saturday and hung the collar on both Duretto and Petralli.
In Duretto’s case it could be expected. Bob hasn’t seen a ball park since September, 1952 when he was a Capilano. It will take him at least a week to get his batting eye and maybe two to find his “sea legs.”
Petralli has been playing some semi-pro ball, but he managed no better than a few pop-ups.
The newcomers, however, were not to blame for the loss. Nobody was in face of Levinson’s cagey pitching.
Bob Roberts kept pace with Gerry for five innings then bust loose at the seams in the sixth as the Stampeders chased across three runs. They chased Bob for good in the seventh with three more, as the short right-hander picked up his first loss since joining the Caps.
As the new deal started to take hold, it was noted that all efforts to sell or trade Wert and Lundberg had failed. A deal had been cooking with Victoria, but the Tyees poured cold water on it Saturday, so Wert and Lundberg packed their duffle bags and went home. They are on the suspended list and will remain their indefinitely unless a sudden sale or trade pops up.
DIAMOND DUST – The Capilanos have a day off today and will travel to Yakima Tuesday for the opening of a week-long road trip … Pete Hernandez pitches tomorrow night with Van Fletcher following him Wednesday … One more player is expected in this week.
Calgary .......... 000 003 300—6 13 0
Vancouver ...... 000 001 000—1 4 3
Levinson and Bricker; Roberts, Meyers (7), and Leavitt.

LEWISTON, Idaho — Ken Richardson and Mel Wasley both hit home runs in the third inning to build up Lewiston's winning lead as the Broncs downed Yakima 9-6 in a Saturday night Western International League baseball game.
Richardson opened the inning with his homer and Wasley's big hit came after Artie Wilson was safe at first on a fielder's choice and Glen Tuckett had singled. The Broncs had already pushed over one run in the first and two in the second and Wasley's tally proved to be the winning point.
Yakima ..... 100 102 002—6 12 2
Lewiston ... 124 100 10x—9 13 3
Flinn, Young (3), Jacome (4), Rial (9) and Albini; Marshall and Cameron.

VICTORIA — Righthander Bill Prior allowed only six hits as Victoria Tyees defeated Edmonton Eskimos 3-2 here Saturday night after Edmonton had taken the afternoon game of their day-night Western International baseball doubleheader 4-2.
Prior picked up his ninth victory against six defeats while John Conant, who allowed eight hits in pitching the distance for Edmonton, took his seventh loss in 21 games.
Don Prios doubled home Tyees' first run in the opening frame but Edmonton went ahead 2-1 with a pair of runs in the sixth on successive singles by Clint Weaver, Dan Prentice and Andy Skurski and manager Bob Sturgeon's infield out.
First Game
Edmonton ...... 100 000 003—4 5 0
Victoria ......... 000 200 000—2 10 3
Tisnerat and Morgan; Younie, Walker (9) and Martin.
Second Game
Edmonton ...... 000 002 000— 2 6 2
Victoria ......... 100 000 02x—3 8 2
Conant and Prentice; Prior and Martin.

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