W L Pct GB
Lewiston .... 24 11 .686 —
Salem ....... 21 13 .618 2½
Vancouver ... 21 14 .600 3
Edmonton .... 18 19 .485 7
Calgary ..... 17 19 .472 7½
Spokane ..... 16 19 .457 8
Victoria .... 16 20 .444 8½
Wenatchee ... 16 20 .444 8½
Yakima ...... 18 24 .429 9½
Tri-City .... 15 23 .395 10½
LEWISTON—Lewiston Broncs, Western International Baseball League leaders, got back on the victory trail Wednesday night as they put the skids under Calgary Stampeders, 12-5, behind the 10-hit pitching of Russ Butler.
Butler, who chalked up his sixth win in eight starts this season, was in trouble only in the fifth, when Stampeders got four runs on three singles and a brace of two-baggers.
The Broncs touched three Calgary pitchers for 13 hits.
Calgary ......... 100 040 000—5 10 0
Lewiston ....... 034 010 040—12 13 1
Schulte, Francis (3), Stites (7) and Lillard; Butler and Cameron.
YAKIMA—Yakima and Edmonton split a Western International League baseball doubleheader Wednesday night as Danny Rios pitched a one hitter for Yakima's win in the opener and Jack Widner hurled the Canadians to 4-2 win in the nightcap.
The only hit off Rios came in the sixth, when Edmonton manager Bob Sturgeon singled to centre.
Widner's seven-hitter, combined with four Yakima bobbles afield, gave Eskimos the second game.
Edmonton ........... 000 000 0—0 1 2
Yakima .............. 001 101 x—3 8 1
Conant and Morgan; Rios and Novick.
Edmonton ........... 011 020 000—4 6 2
Yakima ............... 000 100 001—2 7 4
Widner and Prentice; Schaening, Thompson (6) and Novick.
WENATCHEE —Wenatchee Chiefs were six runs down going into the last of the fourth before they got enough steam up to overtake Spokane in an 8-7 Western International League baseball victoria on Wednesday.
The Chiefs got three runs in the fourth, three more in the sixth and two in the seventh on Babe Fuhrman's circuit clout. Stan Palys got a bases-loaded triple for Spokane to the second.
Spokane ............ 140 101 000—7 14 0
Wenatchee ........ 000 303 20x—8 10 3
Romero, Worth (6) and Sheets; Monroe, Klein (4) and Bartolomei.
SALEM [Victoria Colonist, June 4]—Victoria Tyees almost pulled their Western International League game against Salem last night out of the fire with a ninth-inning rally but dropped an 8-7 decision to the fast-improving Senators when Dick Sabatini squeezed home Joe Clardy with the winning run in their half of the inning.
The loss dropped the Tyees to their lower point, percentage-wise, in this year’s pennant race, four games below .500 and into a seventh-place deadlock with Wenatchee.
Bill Prior, who relieved starter Bill Bottler in the eighth, took the loss, his third against as many victories. Jack Hemphill came on in the ninth for Salem to gain credit for his seventh win against three losses.
Tyees scored twice in their half of the ninth to tie the count at 7-7. Jimmy Clark and Bob Moniz walked to open the inning and Gene Roenspie uncorked a wild pitch with manager Cec Garriott at the plate to move the runners to second and third.
Hemphill took over on the mound and Garriott greeted him with a single to drive in Moniz. Hemphill hit Chuck Abernathy to load the bases and Moniz scampered in with the tying run on Gale Taylor’s fly to centre.
Thirteen walks given up by Bottler contributed greatly to his troubles. He issued three bases on balls in the first frame and was touched for three hits as the Senators took a 3-0 lead.
The Senators picked up three tallies in the fourth and a singleton in the fifth. Sabatini singled and Bottler walked Milt Smith with one out in the eighth before being relieved by Prior. Connie Perez rapped a ground ball to Lu Branham at second base and Branham’s throw to Clark, trying for a double play, got past Clark and allowed Sabatini to score.
Bottler singled in the first two Tyee runs in the second while Garriott’s double plated Moniz in the third and Garriott came home on Smith’s error at third base. Clark tripled in the fifth and scored Victoria’s fifth run on Garriott’s ground out,
Tyees conclude their series at Salem with a single game tonight then move to Wenatchee for four contests with the Chiefs.
Victoria ....... 022 010 020—7 9 1
Salem ......... 300 210 011—8 8 1
Bottler, Prior (8) and Martin; Roenspie, Hemphill (9) and Nelson.
KENNEWICK — Vancouver batsmen fell on everything three Tri-City pitchers had to offer Wednesday night as the Capilanos administered a 12-3 drubbing to the Braves in a Western International League baseball game.
Six of the Cap runs were scored on homers. Capilanos got two runs in the fourth when K Chorlton rapped out a four-bagger and four more in the ninth when Jim Leavitt grand-slammed. Braves threatened in the seventh inning but Van Fletcher, the eventual winner, doused the fire before any harm was done.
Vancouver ..... 200 230 005—12 12 0
Tri-City ......... 000 001 200— 3 9 3
Fletcher and Leavitt; Snyder, Bloom (5), Michelson (9) and Pesut, Warren (5).
Tyees Slice Gully, Lose Hopp
[Victoria Colonist, June 4, 1953]
Victoria Tyees will be down to 16 players Monday, two below the WIL player limit of 18.
Business manager Reg Patterson announced last night that outfielder Nap Gully was released yesterday by manager Cec Garriott and that Don Hopp, 5-2 rookie righthander, has been ordered to report for induction into the U.S. Army.
Hopp’s loss will be felt by the Tyees, extremely shy of dependable pitchers. Although wild at times, Hopp was one of the most reliable starters on the club and boasted the top record.
Gully’s release was not unexpected. The colored outfielder had been expected to provide the Tyees with extra-base punch but never could get started at the plate and was far from certain defensively. He left the club with a .269 batting average on 23 hits in 85 trips. He hit three home runs and batted in 22 runs.
All Wages for Victoria Team Not Paid Yet
VICTORIA, June 4 — Victoria Tyees went on their present Western International baseball league tour with only half their month-end wages paid.
Business manager Reg Patterson said the team agreed to take only half their pay when it was found the sale of books of tickets was just enough to take them on tour.
Patterson said another 500 books must be sold at $10 each for the club to remain in operation.
A drive for $10,000 in book sale revenue resulted in sale of only 500 books.
Although Robert Hew Fergusson-Pollock, a Victoria resident, recently offered to subscribe a $20,000 share capital in the club, it was learned that financial complications in the plan will hold up any definite deal for another tour for weeks.