SALEM, Sept. 14 — Spokane took a 3 to 2 game lead Monday night in the Western International League baseball playoffs, defeating Salem 3-2.
Will Hafey led the Indian attack, slamming a home run over the field fence in the second inning and hitting a triple in the sixth. Hafey scored the second run on a long fly by Jim Brown.
The Indians counted the winning run in the ninth inning when Pitcher George New got a walk, went to second on a sacrifice by Ed Murphy and scored when Wilbur Johnson rapped a hard single.
Salem opened the scoring in the first inning on an error by Brown and singles by Hugh Luby and Gene Tanselli. The Senators got another run the second on walks by Chuck Essegian and Bob Nelson, an error by Pitcher Ralph Romero and a fly ball by Luby.
A crowd of 2,228 witnessed the game. The two teams meet here again tomorrow night in the best out of seven series.
Spokane ....... 010 001 001—3 10 2
Salem .......... 110 000 000—2 11 2
Romero, New (3), Franks (9) and Sheets; Nicholas and Nelson, Masterson.
Wenatchee’s Dasso Quits
WENATCHEE, Wash., Sept. 14—Directors of the Wenatchee Western International League ball club have announced acceptance of the resignation of general manager Frank Dasso.
Dasso, a former Pacific Coast League pitcher, played for Wenatchee in 1952 and then raised $20,000 to help keep the team in the WIL this season.
This year’s team finished in the second division both halves of the current split season and wound up more than $15,000 in the red.