Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Wednesday, July 15, 1953

W L Pct GB
Spokane ..... 12 4 .750 —
Salem ....... 11 4 .733 ½
Calgary ...... 8 7 .533 3½
Lewiston ..... 7 7 .500 4
Vancouver .... 7 7 .500 4
Tri-City ..... 7 9 .438 5
Yakima ....... 7 9 .438 5
Wenatchee .... 6 9 .400 5½
Edmonton ..... 6 10 .375 6
Victoria ..... 5 10 .333 6½

SALEM — Calgary Stampeders and Salem Senators battled to an even split here Wednesday in a Western International Baseball League double-header.
Calgary won the first game 6-4 Salem came back to captured the nightcap 4-3.
The games left the league standings unchanged with Salem still holding down top spot with a slim half-game margin over Spokane Indians. Calgary remains in third place, three fames back of the leaders.
In the night game, Salem jumped out to a 4-1 lead at the outset and single tallies by Calgary in the third and fourth inning tightened the count to 4-3 and that's where it remained for the balance of the game.
Joe Nicholas achieved his 14th victory of the year in pitching Salem to the second-game win. He got all the margin he needed in the second inning, when a walk and singles by Jim Deyo, Jerry Ballard, Don Masterson and Dick Sabatini scored the four Salem runs.
Calgary came from behind to win the first game.
Salem led 4-2 as the last inning opened. Then Calgary filled the bases on singles by Gene Lillard, Bill Sales and Bob Bonebrake. Bonebrake's hit was a bunt that rolled safe.
Ken Whitehead bashed out a single that tied the score. Don Hunter followed with a squeeze-playbunt. Perez pounced on the ball, but threw wild to the plate, and the winning runs scored.
Salem trailed 2-1 until the sixth when Deyo, Chuck Essegian and Bob Nelson each drove in runs with singles to put Salem ahead.
First Game
Calgary .......... 200 000 4—6 9 0
Salem ............. 100 003 0—1 10 1
Stites and Bricker, Lillard (5); Dahle and Nelson.
Second Game
Calgary ........ 011 100 000—3 9 0
Salem .......... 040 000 00x- 4 9 1
Orrell and Lillard; Nicholas and Masterson.

KENNEWICK — Edmonton Eskimos and Tri-City Braves split a Western International Baseball League twin bill last night. The Eskies won the first game 2-0 but dropped the second 6-5.
The opener was a make-up game for a rain-out on April 24.
John Conant marked up his 15th mound victory of the season for Edmonton in the first game at Tri-City, then was credited with his seventh loss in the nightcap. He was sent in as a reliefer in the 10th inning of the second game, and gave up the single that brought in the winning run in the 14th.
First Game
Edmonton ...... 000 011 0—2 7 0
Tri-City .......... 000 000 0—0 6 0
Conant and Morgan; Hedgecock and Pesut.
Second Game
Edmonton ..... 000 202 001 000 00— 5 7 5
Tri-City ......... 400 000 001 000 01— 6 11 5
Utley, Day (1), Conant (10) and Morgan; Snyder, Dobernic (10) and Warren.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Bill Franks got his second shutout of the year with five-hit pitching that gave Spokane a 5-0 Western International Baseball League win over Lewiston Wednesday night.
He had the help of two masterful fielding plays by leftfielder Will Hafey in the first and second innings. In the first frame Hafey, backing up Shortstop Bob Donkersley on a pop fly, caught the shortstop's fumble for the third out as Broncs Mel Wasley and Al Heist crossed the plate.
In the second Hafey picked what looked like a double off the boards and threw Art Wilson out off first to end the inning with a double play.
The Indians began their scoring with one run in the fourth on a stolen base, a wild pitch and an infield single by Donkersley.
Stan Palys hit a 390-foot home run in the seventh with one man aboard as the Indians scored four times in that frame.
John Marshall was the losing pitcher.
The Indians, ahead 2-0, will wind up their three-game series with Lewiston Thursday.
Lewiston ........... 000 000 000—0 5 1
Spokane ............ 000 100 40x—5 8 0
Marshall and Garay; Franks and Sheets.

YAKIMA — Van Fletcher was found for three runs in the ninth after pitching one-hit ball to that point, and the Yakima Bears pulled out a 3-2 win over Vancouver in a Western International baseball game here Wednesday night.
Gordie Hernandez' fifth inning single was the only hit Fletcher had allowed until the ninth. Meanwhile, the Caps got a pair of single runs which looked awfully big in that last inning.
A walk to Fletcher, K. Chorlton's single and a missed double play put the Caps' first run across. In the fifth, it became 2-0 when Chorlton doubled and scored on Jack Bukowatz' single and Jim McNamara's error.
Wildness, more than anything, cost Fletcher in the ninth. Successive singles by McNamara, Bob Wellman and Len Noren brought in one run and then Fletcher issued his first walk of the game to John Albini to load the bases.
He walked in the tying run on a free one to Phil Steinberg. Fletcher then tossed three straight balls to Hernandez before he found the plate for a couple of strikes. He lost Hernandez, though, one another ball, and the winning run scored the easy way.
Don Carter was the winning pitcher. He went all the way for the Bears.
Vancouver ....... 001 010 000—2 7 2
Yakima ............ 000 000 003—3 4 3
Fletcher and Leavitt; Carter and Albini.

WENATCHEE — Wenatchee swept a Western International League doubleheader with Victoria Wednesday night, 9-1 and 11-5, winning the nightcap with a hectic eighth inning outburst of nine runs.
Trailing 5-2 at start of the eighth, pinch hitter Laurie Monroe brought in the winning runs with a triple with two men on base. The Chiefs then went on to parade 14 men to the plate before the side was retired.
Relief Pitcher Bill Prior took the loss for Victoria. Monroe hurled a five-hitter in the opener.
First Game
Victoria .............. 100 000 0— 1 5 2
Wenatchee ......... 252 000 x— 9 8 0
Younie, Walker (2), Lorino (3) and Harford, Martin (6); Monroe and Helmuth.
Second Game
Victoria ......... 201 001 010— 5 10 3
Wenatchee ... 000 100 19x—11 10 3
Dollins, Prior (7), Lorino (8) and Martin; Botelho, Monroe (9) and Helmuth.

Bronc Claims WI 'Base Run' Title
LEWISTON, July 14 — Center fielder Al Heist of the Lewiston Broncs is the new claimant of the base-running title in the Western International Baseball League.
Heist toured the base paths in 14.1 seconds here recently, bettering the old mark set by Herman Lewis of Yakima by two-tenths of a second.
Lewis was scheduled to run against Heist but a leg injury suffered in the first game of a doubleheader prevented his running.

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