W L PCT
Lewiston .... 12 3 .800 —
Victoria .... 10 6 .625 2½
Vancouver .... 8 6 .571 3½
Wenatchee .... 8 9 .471 5
Tri City ..... 7 8 .467 5
Yakima ....... 8 10 .444 5½
Calgary ...... 7 9 .438 5½
Edmonton ..... 6 8 .429 5½
Spokane ...... 6 10 .375 6½
Salem ........ 4 7 .364 5½
WENATCHEE — Wenatchee swept both ends of a Western International League twin bill from the Edmonton Eskimos here Sunday, winning the opener 3-2 and the seven-inning afterpiece 1-0.
Jake Helmuth's 370-foot homer was the deciding margin in the opener and righthander Charley Oubre pitched a three-hitter in winning the nightcap.
Ross McCormack singled home the only run in the third inning of the second game.
Wenatchee won the series, three games to one.
Edmonton …... 001 001 000—2 5 1
Wenatchee …. 000 021 00x—3 6 0
Manier and Morgan; Ragni and Helmuth.
Edmonton ..… 000 000 0—0 3 0
Wenatchee … 001 000 x—1 5 0
Tisnerat and Morgan; Oubre and Helmuth.
YAKIMA — The Yakima Bears and the Calgary Stampeders split a Western International League doubleheader here Sunday, the Bears taking a 4-3 squeaker in the opener and the Stampeders prevailing in the second, 16-0.
Danny Rios, Yakima's heralded Mexican import, went the distance in the opener to get his second victory against one defeat.
Yakima jumped off to a 2-0 lead in the first three innings only to have the Canadian nine tie it up at 2-all in the sixth. The Bears broke through with the tie-breaker in the seventh and the insurance tally in the eighth.
Calgary started a short-lived rally in the first of the ninth, but it fell short after one run had crossed the plate.
In the seven-inning nightcap, the Stampeders smashed through with 8 runs in a big fourth inning to nail down the win.
Don Hunter started the rally. He reached first after being hit by a ball pitched by Jack Thompson, the Yakima starter. After Thompson was chased. Hunter took his second trip to the plate in the inning and was promptly hit by reliefer Bill Creech to reach first for the second time in the inning.
Four Yakima errors contributed to Calgary's 16-hit attack in the afterpiece.
Calgary ...... 000 002 001—3 6 1
Yakima ....... 101 000 11x—4 8 1
Orell, Roberts (8) and Bricker; Rios and Day.
Calgary ..... 201 802 3—16 16 0
Yakima ...... 000 000 0— 0 3 4
Levinson and Bricker, Lillard (5); Thompson, Creech (4), Rial (4) and Day, Mountaintes (5).
SPOKANE — The Lewiston Broncs, using their pitching aces, swept a split Sunday Western International League baseball doubleheader from the Spokane Indians, 3-1, 8-4, to secure their hold on first place in the league’s standings.
John Marshall, former Tribe pitcher, scattered 10 hits in the 10-inning nightcap to gain the win, while Jack Spring, the fourth of five hurlers used by Spokane, was charged with the loss.
With the game tied 4-4 in the tenth. Spring walked three men, yielded a hit and bobbled a double-play bunt to allow two runs to score with no one out. Another ex-Indian, Mel Wasley, singled home Al Herst for Lewiston's fifth and deciding run.
In the afternoon game, starter George New served up five bases on balls in the first frame to give the Broncs their first two runs.
Lewiston …. 201 000 000—3 4 7
Spokane ….. 000 001 000—1 7 0
Tench, Butler (6) and Neal; New, Nemes (3), Romero (8) and Sheets.
Lewiston ..... 000 000 220 4—8 12 1
Spokane ...... 002 000 011 0—4 8 2
Marshall and Cameron, Neal (5); Cordell, Franks (7), New (8), Spring (9), Descalso and Triandos.
Only games scheduled.
BELLINGHAM — Hal Arnason scattered five hits here Sunday in pitching the Bellingham Bells, Washington State semi-pro champs, to a 9-1 exhibition baseball victory over the Vancouver Capilanos of the Western International League.
Shortstop Chuck Davis doubled home Dick Briskey in the fourth inning to save the Canadian outfit from a shutout. First Baseman Jim Wert collected three of the Capilanos' five hits.
Vancouver .... 000 100 000—1 5 1
Bellingham .... 302 300 01x—9 10 0
Owen, Stuart (4) and Kelly; Arnason and Johnson.
NON WIL MINOR LEAGUE NEWS
New Wrinkle Stops Thefts
AUGUSTA, Ga., May 10 — Manager Ernie White of the Columbia Reds has inaugurated a two-catcher system—one for catching, one for throwing—to stop wholesale steals at second base. It works too.
He pulled the unorthodox formation in a Class A South Atlantic League game with Augusta Sunday night.
Ev Johnson, the only catcher on the Red squad available for duty, suffered a serious shoulder injury last season and cannot make the peg to second as he should. Augusta, taking full advantage of the weakness, was having a gay time on the base paths.
The Rams stole nine bases against Columbia Saturday night and nine more Sunday. That was too much for White.
In the sixth inning, when Augusta got a runner on first and second base was open. White shifted Hal Stamey from right field to the catcher's box. This left Columbia with only a two-man outfield. Stamey stood beside Johnson, ready to make the throw if the runner broke for second.
The same situation came up again in the seventh and eighth innings, and both times stamey joined Johnson behind the plate. The Ram runners made no attempt to steal on either of the three occasions the double-catcher shift was worked.
August finished the game under protest when the umpire held that nothing in the rules prohibits two players in the catcher's box. Augusta won, 5-1. All the scoring came before White introduced his novel lineup.
Rule 8.08 says, "a defensive player, other than the pitcher and the catcher, may occupy any position on the playing field in fair territory."
Stamey was never called upon to use his strong arm, but if he had thrown a man out, it would have been scored as catcher-to-right fielder-to-second baseman, with Stamey getting credit for an assist on the play.