W L Pct. GB
Lewiston .... 9 1 .900 —
Victoria .... 8 4 .667 2
Vancouver ... 7 4 .636 2½
Yakima ...... 6 6 .500 4
Spokane ..... 5 6 .456 4½
Tri-City .... 5 6 .456 4½
Edmonton .... 3 5 .375 5
Wenatchee ... 4 7 .364 5½
Calgary ..... 3 7 .300 6
Salem ....... 2 6 .250 6
VANCOUVER, May 5 — The Vancouver Capilanos Tuesday night carried away a 5-2 Western International baseball league win over the Tri-City Braves, who were subdued by Pitcher Carl Gunnarson after loading the bases in the last ninth.
Nobody was out when the Braves launched their late offensive. Starter Van Fletcher was taken out after Terry Carroll reached first on an error by Gordon Hernandez and Ray Tran bunted safely. After Ernie Hockaday singled to load the sacks, Gunnarson struck out Vic Buccola and Ernie Sierra and forced Edo Vanni to loft a short fly to centre field.
Tri-City ....... 110 000 000— 2 11 0
Vancouver ... 002 011 10x— 5 10 2
Tanner and Pesut; Fletcher, Gunnarson (9) and Lundberg.
LEWISTON, Idaho, May 5—The Lewiston Broncs got only four hits from Yakima pitchers, but walked their way to a 5-4 Western International League baseball victory Tuesday night.
Yakima hurlers Bill Creech and Jack Thompson, who relieved him after the winning run was scored in the fifth gave up 13 walks. Artie Wilson singled in the fifth after Creech had loaded the bases with walks, to send home Lewiston's two final scorers.
Doubles by both Al Heist and Clint Cameron scored one run for the Broncs in the first. Two walks and a single in the third, and three walks and a fly ball, accounted for runs in the third and fourth frames.
Yakima ..... 010 010 110—4 11 1
Lewiston ... 101 120 00x—5 4 1
Creech, Thompson (5) and Day; Butler, Marshall (7) and Cameron.
SPOKANE, May 5—The Edmonton Eskimos handed the Spokane Indians a 14-3 shellacking in the opener of their three-game Western International League Baseball series Tuesday, tapping three Spokane pitchers for 16 hits.
The Indians made four costly errors that helped the Eskimos to nine unearned runs. Four of their five earned runs came in the first inning as the Eskimos got to starter Clyde DeWitt for five hits before he was relieved by Art Worth.
Edmonton ........ 400 016 030—14 16 2
Spokane ........... 020 000 001—3 6 4
Manier and Morgan; DeWitt, Worth (1), Palm (6) and Sheets.
WENATCHEE, May 5—The Calgary Stampeders started late but piled up all the runs needed in one inning and added three more to defeat Wenatchee, 7-1, in a Western International League baseball win Tuesday night.
Calgary ............... 000 412 000—7 12 0
Wenatchee ......... 010 000 000—1 8 1
Orrell and Bricker, Lillard (5) ; Oubre, Bauhofer (6), Monroe (8) and Cuitti.
VICTORIA [Colonist, May 6]—Victoria’s 1953 Tyees may not have the fine pitching or balance of last season’s champions, but they are still playing forcing baseball under driver Cec Garriott and someone is always coming up with the play which will win a game.
That’s the way it was at Royal Athletic Park last night as the Islanders made it four straight and two in a row over Salem Senators by twice overcoming two-run leads and walking off with an 8-7 decision.
IN SECOND PLACE
Victory kept the Tyees in second place and shoved the Solons, who have lost five games by one run, closer to the WIL basement.
It was Chuck Abernathy’s turn to step into the spotlight last night. Making the most of the injury which has sidelined Joe Clardy, Abernathy struck a telling blow in his fight to regain his first-base job by clouting a three-run homer in the seventh to turn a 7-5 deficit into victory.
But Abernathy had plenty of help, particularly from Gale Taylor and Milt Martin.
Martin, a Clint Courtney type in his approach to the game, started a four-run third inning by surprising everyone with a bunt single down the third base line. A base on balls to Don Hopp and a sacrifice put the runners on third and second. Then came what might have been the key play of the game. Don Pries hit a sharp grounder at shortstop Gene Tanselli which took a bad hop. Martin broke for the plate as Tanselli lost the ball momentarily but was out by more than a step. At least, so it seemed. But he rocked catcher Bob Nelson and the ball dropped to the ground for an error.
Garriott doubled Hopp across and sent Pries to third. Bob Moniz popped out and Abernathy was intentionally passed to get at Taylor. This turned out to be a bit of an error. Taylor, who hit three for three and contributed a couple of fine catches in left-field, promptly made it 4-2 with a two-run single.
Each club scored once in the sixth but three Victoria errors gave the Senators four runs and a 7-5 lead in the seventh as Les Witherspoon, huge colored first-baseman, climaxed the rally with a three-run homer. Two of the seventh-inning bobbles were made by Abernathy, but he wasn’t long in redeeming himself.
Don Hopp, going the distance under pressure to keep his record clear for the season—three starts, two complete games, and three wins—had his troubles but never flustered even when four unearned runs had him on the ropes. But he was more fortunate than Bill Bevens, former major-league star. Bevens pitched well enough to win last night, but four errors cost him six runs.
The series ends tonight with Berlyn Hodges, young Victoria southpaw, scheduled to make his first start before a home-town crowd.
Salem ........ 020 001 400— 7 10 4
Victoria ..... 004 001 30x— 8 9 3
Bevens and Nelson; Hopp and Martin.