Monday, 21 July 2008

Championship Game 2, September 11, 1953

SPOKANE, Sept. 11 —The Salem Senators uncorked a two run rally in the eighth inning Friday on the strength of four successive singles and went on to down Spokane 4-3 in the second game of the WIL playoffs.
It evened the score at 1-1 in the best-of-seven series between the winners of the first and second halves of regular play.
Spokane reliefer Bob Nemes gave up four singles in a row to Connie Perez, Jerry Ballard, Les Witherspoon and Don Masterson which broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth and bring in a pair of runs.
Salem starter Dave Dahle held on for the victory, although Spokane made it close in the 9th.
With two out, Jimmy Brown reached first on an error, and Bill Sheets promptly drove him home with a ringing double to right.
Bob Donkersley came on to hit for Nemes and banged a low looping liner to the infield. Perez, the Salem shortstop, charged the ball, took it on the fly on his shoestrings and went stumbling in the infield for the final out.
Both teams had scored single runs in the third. Salem’s was unearned and came when Masterson was safe on an error, sacrificed to second and tallied on Hugh Luby single. Bill Sheets tripled and Eddie Murphy’s infield out accounted for Spokane’s third inning scoring.
Another of Spokane's five errors accounted for Salem's run in the sixth.
Dahle struck out five and walked none in going the distance for Salem. Despite the many bobbles, the Indians came up with three double plays.
The biggest crowd seen in the Spokane ball park this year, 2,668, turned out for the game.
Gene Roenspie is scheduled to start on the mound for Salem in the third game Saturday, opposing Jack Spring.
Salem ......... 001 001 000—4 7 1
Spokane ...... 001 100 001—3 8 5
Dahle and Masterson, Worth, Nemes (6) and Sheets.
WILfan note: an AP story says Gene Tanselli was at short and made the final out.

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