W L PCT GB
Salem ....... 15 7 .682 ½
Spokane ..... 17 8 .680 —
Vancouver ... 13 11 .542 3
Lewiston .... 11 10 .524 3½
Yakima ...... 12 12 .500 4
Calgary ..... 11 12 .478 4½
Tri-City .... 11 14 .440 5½
Edmonton ..... 9 13 .409 6
Victoria ..... 9 15 .375 7
Wenatchee .... 8 14 .364 7
VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, July 23]—Baseball put on its best bib and tucker Wednesday as the Capilanos swept a doubleheader from Tri-City in one of the best one-two offerings of the 1953 season.
The scores were 4-2 and 5-4, the latter accomplishment taking 11 tense and torrid innings. Van Fletcher won his no. 11 in the opener and Dale Thomason, in relief, his no. 3 in the latter. And the second packed most of the drama.
Behind 4-1 going into the eighth, the Capilanos got starting pitcher Bobby Roberts off the hook as K. Chorlton opened with a single. Then Vancouver got its biggest break when Terry Carroll bobbled home two runs and Bob Duretto singled in the Moose with the big one.
It stayed that way until the 11th with Bob Snyder and Thomason hooked up in a frantic duel. Thomason won it almost by his lonesome by leading off the 11th with a 415-foot triple and scoring on Chorlton’s liner.
The game had bits of everything. There had been a brush between Bob Roberts and Edo Vanni which smelled of a first-class rhubarb; there were some spectacular plays afield with Bukowatz and Len Tran coming up with the best; and there were daring base running and interesting inside baseball by both sides which made it a complete evening.
Fletcher had no easy task in his victory in the opener. Vancouver scored a couple for him in the first and two more in the sixth, but even then “Doc” had to put down a last inning Brave rally to reach No.11 after three unsuccessful tries.
Tonight the same clubs wind up the series with a single game. Carl Gunnarson, replete with his new boyish crew-cut, takes a 4-7 record out to the mound in an attempt to make it three straight for the Caps. Spokane comes into town Friday night for a doubleheader.
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VANCOUVER — An 11th-inning run by Dale Thomason, who also did some fancy pitching, Wednesday night gave Vancouver a 5-4 win over Tri-City in the second game of a Western International League baseball doubleheader.
The Caps also won the seven-inning opener, 4-2.
Tri-City was leading 4-1 going into the eighth inning on hits off Bob Roberts when Caps tied the score on four hits and an error at shortstop by Terry Carroll.
Thomason pitched the last four innings, allowing only one hit. In the 11th, he hit a long triple and then scored the winning run, coming in after the catch when K Chorlton hit a fly to left field.
Tri-City .......... 010 000 1—2 5 0
Vancouver ...... 200 002 x—4 8 1
Robertson and Warren; Fletcher and Duretti.
Tri-City .......... 000 210 100 00—4 8 1
Vancouver ...... 010 000 030 01—5 13 3
Snyder and Pesut; Roberts, Thomason (8) and Leavitt.
CALGARY — Yakima made a clean sweep of its three-game Western International League baseball series with the Calgary Stampeders Wednesday night as the Bears won 16-3 on a 21-hit attack that included five out-of-the-park home runs. Stampeders, held to four hits by Danny Rios, got two of their three runs by similar homers.
Stamps held a brief lead when Rocky Tedesco homered over the left-field fence in the first but Bears combined two doubles and a pair of singles with a Stampeder error to save three runs in the second and were never headed. Bob Bonebrake homered over the fence in the second for Stamps, but Len Noren's three-run homer in the fifth and Rios two-run home run clout in the sixth put Bears far but in front.
In the seventh, Don Hunter rounded the bases on a walk, wild pitch, an infield out and Gus Stathos' long fly.
Bears got the run back with interest in the eighth as Anderson singled and Steinberg, Al White and Bob Wellman followed with homers'. Anderson put the ball out of the park with one on in the ninth and a pair of Stampeder errors and three singles produced two more runs to finish the Yakima scoring.
Yakima ........... 030 032 044—16 21 2
Calgary .......... 110 000 100— 3 4 3
Rios and Novick; Hittner, Wisneski (6), Lillard (9) and Bricker.
VICTORIA [Colonist, July 23]—Home runs by Dwane Helbig and Don Pries gave the Victoria Tyees a 3-2 victory over Spokane in the second game of a Western International League double-header at Royal Athletic Park last night after the league-leading Indians clouted five of the eight round-trippers hit in the opening game while romping to a 14-6 triumph.
SERIES ALL EVEN
Last night’s split gave each club two wins in their current series which winds up tonight with a single contest at Royal Athletic Park. Tri-City Braves follow the Indians, meeting the Tyees in a “family night” game tomorrow and a twin-bill Saturday.
Bill Prior went the route for the Tyees in the nightcap, allowing the Indians five hits while striking out eight and walking four as he raped up his 10th win of the season. Bill Franks, who took his sixth loss in 14 decisions, gave the winners but four hits.
Third-baseman Don Pries gave Prior a 1-0 lead with [a] line-drive homer in the second inning, but the Indians went ahead in the top of the fifth on Bob Donkersley’s two-run single. Chuck Abernathy opened the Victoria fifth with a base on balls and Helbig, hitless in the opener, belted the 10th home run of the night to end the scoring.
Sparkling catches by Bob Moniz and Granny Gladstone helped Prior over a couple of rough spots. Moniz came up with a lunging backhand grab against Jim Command in the second frame and Gladstone took Stan Palys’ drive off the fence in the fourth and doubled a surprised Jim Brown off second base.
Spokane’s Ed Murphy gave an indication of what was to come in the first game when he slapped starter Zeb Walker’s second pitch out of the park. Before Walker was relieved by Berlyn Hodges in the fifth, Donkersley, Carl Bush and Jim Command had clouted homers. Command’s was an inside-the-park drive that skipped past Gladstone in right field.
Hodges gave up a circuit clout to Palys while the Tyees scored all their tallies on a pair of homers by Gladstone and a two-run blast by Moniz. Gladstone’s were hit second and third in two games.
Spokane ........... 200 340 131—14 12 2
Victoria ............ 002 202 000— 6 8 4
Spring and Sheets; Walker, Hodges (5) and Martin.
Spokane ............ 000 020 0—2 5 1
Victoria ............. 010 020 x—3 4 1
Franks and Ogle; Prior and Martin.
LEWISTON — Salem widened the gap between second and third place in the Western International League Wednesday night by walloping Lewiston 18-7 in a 32-hit game.
The Senators climbed within a half game of the first-place Spokane Indians by whacking 20 hits.
Gene Tanselli's home run in the first inning gave Salem a 1-0 lead and the Senators carried on in the second frame by scoring seven times.
Salem ......... 173 303 010—18 20 0
Lewiston ..... 001 010 302— 7 12 0
Roenspie and Nelson; Perez, Kime (2), Ruddell (5), Richardson (7) and Cameron, Garay ( ).
Wenatchee at Edmonton, double-header, postponed, wet grounds.