Saturday, 15 March 2008

Saturday, May 9, 1953

W L Pct. GB
Lewiston ..... 10 3 .769 —
Victoria ..... 10 6 .625 1½
Vancouver ..... 8 6 .571 2½
Edmonton ...... 6 6 .500 3½
Tri-City ...... 7 8 .487 4
Yakima ........ 7 9 .438 4½
Spokane ....... 6 8 .429 4½
Calgary ....... 6 8 .429 4½
Wenatchee ..... 6 9 .400 5
Salem ......... 4 7 .364 5

VICTORIA [Colonist, May 10]—Victoria Tyees broke out in a rash of base hits at Royal Athletic Park yesterday to pound Tri-City pitching for a total of 25 runs, good for a pair of Western International Baseball League victories that boosted the Tyees back into second place.
Playing errorless ball in both contests, the Tyees made 11 safeties count for a 9-2 victory in the afternoon contest and slammed out 14 hits in the night game as they plastered Edo Vanni’s crew, 16-1. One double play in the first tilt and three in the second gave the Victoria club a total of 21 twin killings in 16 games.
Probably the brightest side of the day’s activities was provided by a pair of rookie pitchers, Don Hopp and Zeb Walker, both turning in route-going performances.
Hopp turned in his third complete game and became the WIL’s winningest hurler by recording his fourth victory without a loss. Although he issued 10 bases on balls, to run his season’s total to a remarkable 40, the young righthander had the opposition under control most of the way and never appeared to be in serious danger.
Walker survived a shaky start that had the Victoria bullpen busy in the first two innings to coast to an easy win. The colored southpaw tossed eight strike balls to open the game and walked three men in the first frame as Tri-City scored its only tally without the benefit of a base hit.
He gave up two more free passes in the second, then settled down to limit the Braves to four singles and two walks until the ninth, when three walks loaded the bases before Ernie Sierra hit into a game-ending double play.
Foremost in the resounding Tyee bat barrage were rightfielder Bob Moniz and third baseman Don Pries. Moniz, hitless in his 16 previous trips to the plate, stroked a double and a single in each contest, including a base-clearing two-bagger in the second inning of the nightcap as the Tyees paraded 10 men to the plate while scoring five times.
Pries picked up three hits inn each contest with his only extra-base blow—a double—coming in the wild third inning of the nightcap, when eight Tyees trotted across home plate.
Lu Branham clouted a home run to open the evening tilt for Victoria and Chuck Abernathy came through with a pair of triples.
First Game
Tri-City ..... 000 000 200—2 7 2
Victoria ..... 000 602 01x—9 11 0
Hockaday, Michelson (4), Bloom (8) and Pesut; Hopp and Martin.
Second Game
Tri City ..... 100 000 000— 1 4 3
Victoria ..... 358 000 000—16 16 0
Piedmonte, Kostenbader (2), Bloom (3) and Johnson; Walker and Brusa.

YAKIMA — Stolen bases spelled the difference Saturday night as Calgary's Bill Stites and Yakima's Eddie Locke engaged in a tight Western International League baseball pitching duel as Calgary edged the Bears, 2-0.
Stampeders got their runs in the second and third innings. With one out in the second, Bob Bonebrake singled and stole second, from where he scored on Jim Mellinger's single to centre.
Doc Hunter got to first, in the third frame on another single and he, too, stole second and came home on a single, this one by Charley Mead.
Locke pitched to only one extra batter during the remainder of the game. He struck out six men and Stites two. Yakima was handicapped somewhat by the loss of its regular catcher, Bob Day, who injured his finder in the first inning on a foul tip off Don Bricker's bat.
Night Game
Calgary ..... 011 000 000—2 6 1
Yakima ..... 000 000 000—0 7 1
Stites and Bricker; Locke and Day, Mountaintes (11).

WENATCHEE — Wenatchee scored three times in the eighth inning to defeat Edmonton 10-7 in a Western International baseball game Saturday.
Edmonton's left fielder, Clint Weaver, ran into the wall chasing a three-base hit off the bat of Wenatchee's Babe Fuhrnan in the seventh inning and required six stitches in a cut over his left eye.
Don Herman led Edmonton at the plate with three hits and four runs batted in. Shortstop Bob Thompson led off the game for Edmonton with a home run over the left field wall.
Edmonton ..... 300 031 000— 7 14 3
Wenatchee .... 001 320 13x—10 13 4
McNulty, Caster (4), Day (8) and Morgan: Bauhofer, Botelho (5) Helmuth.

VANCOUVER — The Salem Senators Saturday night clubbed two pitchers for 15 hits as they downed the Vancouver Capilanos 7-3 to win a three-game series with the Caps two games to one.
Earlier, the Senators lost the first game of a day-night split bill 7-2 as Cap pitcher Pete Hernandez twirled a two-hitter before a crowd of 1,046.
In the night game, 1,358 fans watched the Capilanos and Senators smash out a total of 26 base hits. The Capilanos hit 11, but couldn't put them together.
Vancouver is now dealing with injury problems. Frank Mascaro, who went seven for ten in the twin-bill, is listed as day-to-day after injuring the muscles on his right side. As well, Jim Wert pulled up lame after being hit by a pitch and centre fielder K Chorlton has been diagnosed with a broken ankle.
After the game, Caps general manager Dewey Soriano announced veteran left-hander Jim Hedgecock had been sold to Wenatchee and Rod Owen, the Vancouver boy who had been trying to catch on the with the team, will be sold.
First Game
Salem ............. 000 200 000 — 2 2 3
Vancouver ...... 001 321 00x—7 13 3
Bevans, Ricks (8) and Masterson; Hernandez and Lundberg.
Second Game
Salem ......... 200 020 120—7 15 1
Vancouver .... 000 200 010—3 11 3
Collins, Hemphill (9) and Nelson; MacKay, Thomason (8) and Lundberg.

Lewiston at Spokane, postponed, threatening weather.

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