W L Pct GB
Lewiston .... 27 14 .659 —
Vancouver ... 26 18 .591 2½
Salem ....... 24 20 .545 4½
Edmonton .... 27 23 .540 4½
Wenatchee ... 22 24 .478 7½
Calgary ..... 21 24 .468 8
Spokane ..... 20 23 .465 8
Victoria .... 21 25 .457 8½
Tri-City .... 19 26 .422 10
Yakima ...... 20 30 .400 11½
YAKIMA — The Yakima Bears snapped a six-game losing streak Saturday night as they pushed two runs across in the last of the ninth frame to take a 4-3 Western International League baseball victory from the Spokane Indians.
Yakima Manager Walt Novick started the last-ditch rally with a single. Rookie Denny Elsasser walked. Elmer Clow doubled Novick home and Elsasser scored on Bud Hjelmaa's single.
Spokane ........ 000 300 000—3 5 0
Yakima .......... 000 003 003—4 7 1
New, Romero (9) and Sheets; Schaening, Thompson (5), Del Sarto (7) and Novick.
VANCOUVER [Victoria Colonist, June 14]—Victoria Tyees’ hopes in the first half of the Western International League split schedule went aglimmering last night as the Tyees dropped both ends of a double-header to Vancouver Capilanos, 6-4 and 2-1, at Vancouver.
Yesterday’s contests were scheduled as a day-night twin bill but both were played under lights after rain washed out the afternoon game.
The double loss dropped the Victorians into eighth place, 8½ games behind the Lewiston Broncs.
In the seven-inning second game, slender Earl Dollins and Bill Bottler limited the Caps to two hits while the Tyees were picking up four safeties from the offerings of Bud Guldborg. However, three double plays by the Vancouver infield helped Guldborg to his third win against four losses. The last twin-killing closed out the game after the Tyees had put the tying and winning runs in scoring position with none out.
Dollins had a no-hitter going until the first Capilano batter was out in the fifth. Then Chuck Davis tripled, Guldborg walked and Davis came in with the first run as Dick Briskey singled. Guldborg moved to third on an error by third baseman Don Pries and tallied the winning run on Frank Mascaro’s long fly.
Manager Cec Garriott and Jimmy Clark opened Victoria’s seventh by walking. With Abernathy at the plate, a wild pitch followed by a passed ball scored Garriott and moved Clark to third.
Abernathy walked and Gale Taylor grounded out with Clark holding and Abernathy taking second. Lu Branham walked to load the bases but Rod MacKay saved the game for the Caps when he took Milt Martin’s grounder and turned it into the game-ending double play.
In the first contest, Vancouver grabbed three runs in the third inning on three hits and a walk off Bob Drilling. Five consecutive singles in the next frame were good for three additional runs.
Victoria scored once in the second on a single by Taylor and Martin’s double. Abernathy ended the scoring when he walloped a three-run homer in the fourth.
Victoria .......... 010 300 000—4 9 1
Vancouver ...... 033 000 00x—6 10 I
Drilling and Martin: Gunnarson and Leavitt.
Victoria .......... 000 000 1—1 4 1
Vancouver ...... 000 020 x—3 2 1
Dollins, Bottler (6) and Martin; Guldborg, MacKay (7) and Lundberg.
WENATCHEE — The Lewiston Broncs defeated the Wenatchee Chiefs 6-2 here Saturday night behind the shutout relief pitching of Manager Bill Brenner in a Western International League baseball game.
Brenner relieved starter Russ Butler with the bases loaded and none out in the fifth and blanked teh Chiefs the rest of the way.
Lewiston ......... 000 400 200—5 10 0
Wenatchee ..... 000 020 000—2 4 5
Butler, Brenner (3) and Cameron; Dasso, De Carolis (7) and Helmuth.
EDMONTON — Edmonton Eskimos moved into a virtual third-place tie in the Western International Baseball league with Salem Senators Saturday when Ray McNulty hurled the home towners to a 3-2 victory over the Senators.
Clint Weaver opened the eleventh wih a double and rode home with the winning run as Dan Prentice laced a double over first base.
Salem .......... 000 020 000 00—2 10 1
Edmonton ..... 000 100 001 01—3 8 0
Roenspie and Masterson; McNulty and Morgan.
Second Game, postponed, rain.
Tri-City at Calgary, double-header, postponed, rain.
Granny, Helbig Return
[Victoria Colonist, June 14, 1953]
Chances that Victoria Tyees might retain their 1952 Western International League championship took a big jump yesterday with the announcement that outfielder Granville “Granny” Gladstone was returning to the Tyees from the Portland Beavers.
Gladstone is expected to arrive in time for the series against Calgary Stampeders, along with outfielder Dwane Helbig, news of whose arrival has been expected for some time.
Business manager Reg Patterson was jubilant when he released the news. Patterson has been negotiating with the Portland Pacific Coast League club for player help and has been especially anxious to obtain the colorful Gladstone, whose powerful .295 hitting through 143 games was a big factor in Victoria’s pennant drive last year.
Top slugger in the WIL last season with 40 doubles and 126 runs batted in, Gladstone should ease manager Cec Garriott’s problems concerning a clean-up hitter. Garriott has had Jimmy Clark batting in the number four spot for two games and, although he has produced two hits in each game in that position, the dexterous shortstop lacks the explosive power of Gladstone, whose 15 home runs were second only to Garriott’s league-leading 17.
Helbig had a considerably shorter term with the Tyees, seeing action in 30 games near the end of last season. The muscular outfielder picked up 27 hits, including nine doubles and one homer, and drove in 14 runs.
The Tyees are all but counted out of the battle for first place in the first half of the league’s split schedule. They trail Lewiston by seven games with but 18 games left to play and the high-flying Broncs are showing no signs of folding.
However, they might now have, especially if a first-line pitcher or two was added to their roster, a chance to grab off the top spot in the second half, which starts July 2, and could retain their championship by defeating the first-half winners in a playoff.