W L Pct. GB
Lewiston .... 20 8 .714 —
Vancouver ... 18 12 .600 3
Salem ....... 14 12 .538 5
Spokane ..... 16 15 .514 5½
Victoria .... 15 15 .500 6
Edmonton .... 14 16 .467 7
Calgary ..... 14 17 .452 7½
Tri-City .... 13 17 .433 8
Wenatchee ... 13 18 .419 8½
Yakima ...... 14 21 .400 9½
KENNEWICK — Tri-City spotted Salem a run in the first inning Wednesday night, then started a hit parade that ran up 20 runs in nine long innings to win a Western International League baseball game, 20-4.
Salem ......... 120 001 000— 4 10 6
Tri-City ....... 285 023 20x—20 19 1
Bevens, Strombach (2), Nicholas (2), Peterson (6) and Nelson; Dobernick and Pesut.
VICTORIA — Victoria Tyees swept their three-game Western International League baseball series with Wenatchee Chiefs Wednesday night by scoring a 2-1 victory in a game that saw three Chiefs tossed out of the game in the eighth inning.
Gale Taylor's seventh inning broke the 1-1 tie. Lu Branham started the rally with a walk, Don Pries bunted him along before the winning hit.
The Tyees had tied the game one inning earlier when Jim Clark lined a sharp single to centre field which manager Mike McCormick played into three bases and Milt Martin followed with a long single that wasn't too far from being a home run.
McCormick's boot wasn't his only problem of the night. He got himself tossed out of the game in the eighth inning during a rhubarb over a called third strike on Harry Bartolomei, following Bartomomei and bench-warmer Laurie Monroe to an early shower.
Local lad Bill Prior, who has been pitching off and on for the Tyees for several season, got the win with four innings of relief.
Zeb Walker started for Victoria and although in trouble often, mainly because he couldn't locate the plate with any consistency, managed to last until the sixth inning with only one run charged against him. He started the sixth with his sixth and seventh bases on balls and had two on the third batter when manager Cec Garriott called on Prior.
Only 657 paid their way and the first three games of the week-long homestand have seen 3,135 patrons. With four games left to play, the club is a long way from its hoped for minimum of 10,000 for the week.
Wenatchee ......... 000 100 000—1 5 0
Victoria .............. 000 001 10x—2 8 0
Botelho and Helmuth, Bartolomei; Walker, Prior (6) and Martin.
EDMONTON, Alta.—Spokane's Western International League winning streak was at an end Thursday, thanks to the big bat wielded by Edmonton's Whitey Thompson.
Thompson came to the plate in the 15th inning of a marathon game at Edmonton Wednesday night and lashed a driving single through Bill Franks on the mound. It scored Don Herman from third with the run that put the Eskimos out in front 3-2 and stopped the Indians as they were reaching for their ninth straight win.
Actually the score was Thompson 3 Spokane 2. Thompson's home run with one aboard in the third inning accounted for Edmonton's other tallies.
Both Franks and Edmonton's Ray McNulty toiled the full 15 innings, Franks giving up 9 hits and McNulty 10. It was the second time in 10 days that McNulty had gone the distance in an extra-inning game.
Spokane ...... 010 100 000 000 000—2 10 2
Edmonton .... 002 000 000 000 001—3 9 1
Franks and Sheets; McNulty and Morgan.
VANCOUVER — The wild winding of starter pitcher Tom Del Sarto was the Yakima Bears downfall Wednesday night as the Vancouver Capilanos broke fast for a 4-1 Western International League baseball victory.
Vancouver scored three runs in the first inning when Del Sarto gave up four walks and one hit. Jack Thompson held Caps to two hits for the remainder of the game. His teammates collected nine safeties off Pete Hernandez but couldn't convert them into tallies.
Yakima .......... 100 000 000—1 9 0
Vancouver ..... 300 100 00x— 4 3 1
Del Sarto, Thompson (1) and Novick; P. Hernandez and Lundberg.
CALGARY, Alta.—The Calgary Stampeders edged the Lewiston Broncs, 4-3, in the second half of a Western International League doubleheader Wednesday night after the Broncs had won the opener, 7-1.
Russ Butler fashioned a neat three-hitter for the Broncs in the seven-inning first game. The Stamps' Bob Schulte held the visitors to five safeties in the nightcap.
Calgary came from behind with three runs in the eighth inning of the nightcap on two hits, two fielder's choices and a Lewiston error.
Lewiston ..... 210 130 0—7 8 0
Calgary ...... 100 000 0—1 3 0
Butler and Cameron; Kapp, Francis (5) and Bricker.
Lewiston ..... 010 010 010—3 5 2
Calgary ...... 000 100 03x—4 8 1
Perez and Neal; Schulte and Dills.
'Split Schedule' In WIL To Stay
VANCOUVER, B. C., May 28 — Bob Brown, president of the Western International Baseball League, said Wednesday it is unlikely there will be a change in the league's split schedule setup.
There has been talk that because of the large number of rained-out games that the split season, ending July 1, might be scrapped.
"I don't see how we could change it now," said Brown, "the lower-placed clubs wouldn't have the chance they have now to better themselves after the second half. It just wouldn't be fair."
Final decision, however, is expected to be made at the annual mid-season meeting scheduled June 8 at Spokane.