W L PCT GB
Lewiston .... 27 13 .675 —
Vancouver ... 24 17 .585 3½
Salem ....... 23 17 .575 4
Edmonton .... 24 22 .522 6
Victoria .... 20 23 .465 8½
Spokane ..... 19 22 .463 8½
Wenatchee ... 19 23 .452 9
Calgary ..... 20 25 .444 9½
Tri-City .... 19 25 .432 10
Yakima ...... 19 27 .413 11
SPOKANE, Wash. — Vancouver Capilanos combined hitting power with tight fielding to nose out Spokane 3-2 in their Wednesday night Western International League baseball game and take their three-game series 2-1.
Indians threatened to tie the game for the second time in the eighth inning after Capilanos had won their 3-2 edge. But a well-aimed throw to the plate put out Will Hafey who had singled, advanced to second on a walk and tried to get home on Carl Bush's single.
Vancouver .......... 001 000 200—3 6 0
Spokane .............. 000 001 100—2 7 1
Guldborg and Lundberg; Spring and Sheets.
EDMONTON — Edmonton Eskimos salvaged the final game of a three-game Western International League baseball series here against Tri-City Braves by edging them 6-5 Wednesday night. Tri-City took the first half of the double header 8-7.
Eskimos scored three times in the seventh inning and were stopped then only by a triple-play.
Jim Hedgecock, relieving Bob Snyder with two on and none out in the seventh, threw one pitch to Clint Weaver who laid down a perfect sacrifice. In quick succession a man was picked off second base and a throw to the plate caught Sam Kanelos trying to score.
Eskimos' starting pitcher, Pat Utley, after walking six men in the first inning, was pulled for Paul Tisnerat who was credited with the win after John Conant came in on the ninth to put out the fire.
Tri-City .......... 001 007 000— 8 11 2
Edmonton ....... 001 020 400— 7 11 5
Hedgecock, Tanner (5), Dobernic (7) and Pesut; McNulty, Tisnerat (6), Manier (9) and Morgan
Tri-City .......... 400 100 000— 5 9 0
Edmonton ...... 012 000 30x— 6 12 2
Snyder, Hedgecock (7), Tanner (8) and Pesut; Utley, Tisnerat (1) Conant (9) and Morgan.
VICTORIA [Doug Peden, Colonist, June 11]—Lewiston Broncs demonstrated ably at Royal Athletic Park last night just why they are rolling along at the top of the Western International League as they shelled three Victoria pitchers for 15 hits and a 10-4 decision over the Tyees.
Broncs’ manager Bill Brenner, choosing an opportune time to take his pitching turn, received a seven-run cushion in the first two innings and coasted to his eighth win against one loss. Brenner walked on while striking out five.
Southpaw Berlyn Hodges started for the Tyees and was greeted by Al Heist’s lead-off home run and gave up three more tallies before the first inning was over. Brenner blasted Hodges’ first pitch in the second off the top of the centre-field fence for four bases and, after yielding a walk and single with one out, Hodges was relieved by Zeb Walker.
Although hit hard during his stay, Walker limited the Lewiston veterans to seven hits, including Kenny Richardson’s lead-off homer in the fourth, before going out for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. Bill Prior finished up and yielded the final Bronc tally.
Tyees scored their first run in the fifth on second baseman Glen Tuckett’s throwing error and added singletons in each of the last three frames, the final run coming on Milt Martin’s home run.
Manager Cec Garriott shifted his infield last night with Don Pries moving over to third base and Lu Branham taking over at second.
Pries was the main victim of the heavy bat barrage as third base became a favorite target for the Broncs. Although charged with four errors the Tyees’ handy-man handled seven other chances flawlessly and came up with possibly the best defensive play of the season when he made a diving, inches-high catcher of Tuckett’s liner in the seventh.
The Tyees invade Vancouver tonight for the first game of a four-game series with the Capilanos and return home Monday to open a six-day home stand against Calgary.
Lewiston ........... 430 011 010—10 15 2
Victoria .............. 600 010 111—4 9 4
Brenner and Cameron; Hodges, Walker (2), Prior (8) and Martin.
CALGARY—Calgary Stampeders edged Salem Senators 12-11 in a free-wheeling Western International League game here Wednesday night.
The Cowboys won on the strength of a five-run fifth inning in which they rattled five consecutive hits off the Salem starter Larry Borst.
Joe Orrell started for Stampeders but was lifted in the fifth inning when Senators scored four runs for Bill Stites. who picked up the victory.
Borst was lifted for a pinchhitter in the sixth and Dick Stromback finished.
Rocky Tedesco, Don Hunter and Don Buchcr homered for Stamps. Hugh Luby and Milt Smith did likewise for Salem.
Senators' Connie Perez was hit on the head by one of Stiles pitches and was taken to hospital for examination. Extent of injuries was not immediately known.
Salem ................ 112 041 002—11 16 2
Calgary ............. 311 000 02x—12 15 1
Borst, Strombach (6) and Nelson, Masterson (7); Orrell, Stites (5) and Bricker.
YAKIMA — Wenatchee spoiled the debut of Yakima's new manager, Walt Novick, as Chiefs pushed across four unearned runs in the ninth to defeat Bears 4-2 in a Western International League baseball game here Wednesday night.
Rick Bothelo's pinch single in the ninth chased home the eventual winning run.
Wenatchee ............... 000 000 004—4 8 0
Yakima ..................... 000 100 010—2 4 4
Beamon, Klein (9) and Bartolomei; Flinn and Novick.
Yakima Bears Fire Manager
YAKIMA, Wash., June 10 — Dario Lodigiani, veteran playing manager of the Yakima Bears of the Western International baseball league, has been given his outright release.
A statement Wednesday by Frederick Mercy Jr., owner, and Bob Osland, general manager, said the step was "for the best interests of the team."
The two also announced that Walter Novick, catcher who joined the club about three weeks ago, would take over the field manager's job. Lodigiani has been the team's third-baseman.
The Bears dropped into the league cellar Tuesday after losing to Wenatchee 11-6. They were in sixth place before the game.
The new field manager was with Buffalo of the International League in 1951-52 and with Denver in the Western League last year.