W L PCT GB
Salem ....... 18 7 .720 —
Spokane ..... 17 12 .586 3
Vancouver ... 16 12 .571 3½
Yakima ...... 14 14 .500 5½
Calgary ..... 13 14 .481 6
Lewiston .... 11 13 .458 6½
Tri-City .... 13 16 .448 7
Victoria .... 12 16 .429 7½
Edmonton .... 11 15 .423 7½
Wenatchee ... 10 16 .385 8½
VICTORIA [Colonist, July 26]—Victoria Tyees and Tri-City Braves battled through almost seven hours of baseball during their Western International League doubleheader at Royal Athletic Park yesterday. When the cannonading finally ended, the home-run happy Tyees had staged a couple of dramatic finishes to win both ends of the twin bill.
Granny Gladstone smashed a home run—his second of the game—with Cec Garriott on base to top of a six-run rally and give the Victorians an 18-17 triumph in the afternoon game. Garriott drilled a single in the 13th inning of the nightcap for a 12-11 Tyee triumph.
Wenatchee Chiefs will be the next club to test the Tyees, moving into Athletic Park tomorrow night for the first game of a three-game stay.
Gladstone poled a home run with two aboard in the first inning of the opener. Garriott, back in the outfield as Bob Moniz moved in at third base to give Don Pries a rest, started Tyee rallies in the fourth and fifth frames with bases-empty homers.
However, the Braves had a couple of big innings of their own, scoring six times in each of the sixth and seventh frames and went into the bottom of the ninth holding a 17-12 advantage. Garriott cleared the bases with a double with two out and then Gladstone won it with his sixth home run of the week and his 12th of the season.
Victoria again got away to an early lead in the nightcap when Milt Martin poled a two-run homer in the second. Then after the Braves scored five in the top of the third, Dwane Helbig blasted a grand-slam home run—his fourth of the week and Victoria’s 16th—to put Victoria in front, 6-5.
Although the Victoria pitching staff was far from impressive yesterday, needing every one of 30 runs for the two wins, it was a pair of gritty performances that made the twin triumph possible.
Bill Bottler, who had lost a 2-1, 10th inning heartbreaker Friday night, gamely volunteered to take the hill after started Bob Drilling and reliever Zeb Walker were shelled out in the afternoon game. Admittedly tired, Bottler stuck it out and gained credit for his fifth win of the year.
Bill Prior, pitching with only two days’ rest, went all the way in the afterpiece, gave up 15 hits and 14 bases on balls before getting his 11th win when Garriott came through in the 13th
Tri-City ....... 201 006 820—17 17 1
Victoria ....... 301 034 106—18 20 1
Robertson, Dobernic and Warren; Drilling, Walker (6), Bottler (7) and Martin.
Tri-City ....... 005 201 003 000 00—11 15 3
Victoria ....... 024 004 001 000 01—12 15 3
Snyder, Bloom (3), Michelson (9) and Pesut; Prior and Martin, Harford (11).
SALEM — Dick Sabatini tripled to bring in the winning run in the seventh inning as Salem edged Lewiston 3-2 in Saturday night's Western International League baseball game here.
Sabatini's three-bagger came after Jerry Ballard's double in the fourth drove home the first two runs for the winners.
It was Salem's fourth straight win.
Lewiston ........... 001 010 000—2 9 1
Salem ............... 000 200 10x—3 7 0
Brenner and Cameron; Dahle and Nelson.
EDMONTON, Alta. — The Edmonton Eskimos gained an even split in their four-game Western International Baseball League series with the Yakima Bears, whipping the Bears 8-3 in the second game of a day-night double header in Edmonton Saturday night.
Yakima .......... 000 300 001— 4 6 2
Edmonton ...... 100 001 000— 2 6 0
Flinn and Novick; Tisnerat and Morgan.
Yakima ........... 000 200 010—3 6 3
Edmonton ....... 011 230 02x—8 13 2
Edmunds, Young (7) and Novick; Widner and Morgan.
CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders got off to a flying start in a Western International Baseball League double-header when their first four batters drew bases on balls and then scored to pave the way for an 8-2 victory over the Wenatchee Chiefs in Calgary Saturday night.
Wenatchee won the second game 9-5.
Wenatchee .......... 001 100 0—2 7 1
Calgary ............... 402 110 x—8 6 2
DeCarolis, Klein (1) and Bartolomei; Levinson and Bricker.
Wenatchee ..... 130 021 20—9 16 0
Calgary ........... 000 023 00—5 7 3
Bothelho and Bartolomei; Kapp, Stites (8) and Bricker.
VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Capilanos swept a three-game series from the Spokane Indians Saturday night by defeating the Tribe, 3-1, in a Western International League baseball game before 1,291 fans.
Bobby Roberts twisted a seven-hitter for his fifth victory over the year. He achieved it over Bill Franks, the league's ERA king, who was tough but not quite enough. Only one of the hits, a double by Jim Command, went for extra bases.
Harvey Storey burst out of hhis two-week hitting slump to spark the victory. He singled in the first inning to score K Chorlton from third after the fleet outfielder led off the inning with a walk.
In the fifth Storey punched another single to score Roberts and Jack Bukowatz doubled the manager home to give Bobby his working margin.
Storey had three of Vancouver's ten hits.
The little right-hander had to get over some tough spots, most of them accumulated through his own wildness, but in the clutch Bob had the right answers.
He gave up his only run in the sixth on a bases-loaded no out situation when Stan Palys bounced into a double play. Roberts then got Will Hafey on a pop up and he was over his worst hump.
Only 1,291 attended the game, as the weather before the game turned breezy.
Spokane ........ 000 001 000—1 7 1
Vancouver ..... 100 020 00x—3 10 0
Franks and Sheets; Roberts and Duretto.
Deyo Leading W.I.L. in Hits
SEATTLE — Jim Deyo of Salem was the Western International League's leading clouter at last statistical report and Joe Nicholas of Salem the hottest pitcher.
Although Bill Franks of Spokane had the best earned run average among the flingers with 2.44, and John Conant of Edmonton the most victories with 18, Nicholas' won-loss record of 15-3 tops them all for effectiveness.
Deyo's batting average was .370 for the season through Sunday, July 19. Clint Weaver of Edmonton took over the lead in runs batted in with 70 and total bases with 174.
Don Hunter's 18 home runs for Calgary topped the round-trip division and Andy Skurski, Edmonton, led to stolen bases with 21 thefts.
Strikeout king of the circuit is John Marshall of Lewiston, with 104 and his 13-6 record is among the best, although, he does not rate with the top ten pitchers on earned runs.