W L Pct. GB
Spokane ..... 34 18 .654 —
Salem ....... 30 20 .600 3
Vancouver ... 29 24 .547 5½
Yakima ...... 26 23 .531 6½
Lewiston .... 24 22 .522 7
Edmonton .... 24 24 .500 8
Calgary ..... 21 26 .447 10½
Victoria .... 21 30 .412 12½
Tri-City .... 20 30 .400 13
Wenatchee ... 19 29 .396 13
SPOKANE —The Spokane Indians took to the field on the hottest night of the year Saturday and proceeded to sweep a Western International League double header from Wenatchee by scores of 7-1 and 10-4.
Victoria native Art Worth pitched a five-hitter in the first game for the Indians.
Wenatchee .......... 001 000 0— 1 5 2
Spokane .............. 015 001 x— 7 11 2
Oubre and Bartolomei; Worth and Ogle.
Wenatchee .......... 000 003 010— 4 9 2
Spokane .............. 015 030 10x—10 12 0
Klein, DeCarolis (3) and Bartolomei; Franks and Sheets.
VICTORIA [Doug Peden, Colonist, Aug. 16]—Salem Senators, apparently determined to add the second-half Western International League championship to their first-half title, made it four straight over the off-color Victoria Tyees as they swept both ends of a double-header at Royal Athletic Park, Saturday.
Battling to overhaul the front-running Spokane Indians after losing four in a row at Vancouver, the Senators pounded Victoria pitching for 16 hits and a 15-6 triumph in the afternoon and made 14 safeties good for an 11-5 victory under the lights.
The Senators, who managed only four runs in their series with the Capilanos, rebounded for a total of 44 in their four games with Victoria and collected 50 hits against an overworked Tyee pitching staff.
Leaving on a 10-game road trip this morning, the Tyees will make the trip without first baseman Chuck Abernathy, who drew his unconditional release from the club Saturday. Abernathy, a .277 hitter with the Tyees last season, missed some of this year’s season with a chronic leg condition. In latest official averages the first baseman was hitting at a.270 clip through 88 games with 82 hits in 304 times at bat and had batted in 51 runs.
Abernathy played in the first game but handyman Don Pries took over at first base for the nightcap with Bob Moniz again moving in at third base.
Bob Drilling, again forced to make a start with only two days rest, opened on the mound for Victoria in the night game and was driven to cover with one out in the fourth inning after giving up eight runs and nine hits.
Zeb Walker then made his fourth relief appearance in four games. He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the fifth and Ben Lorino finished up, yielding two runs and three huts in his four inning stint.
Righthander Jack Hemphill went all the way for the Senators, gaining his 15th win against nine losses as he limited the Tyees to eight hits. He gave up the first Victoria run in the sixth when Granny Gladstone poled his 14th home run of the season and weakened in the ninth, giving up four runs on five bases on balls and Dwane Helbig’s two-run single.
Gene Roenspie, third Salem pitcher in the afternoon encounter, was credited with the victory when starter Larry Borat failed to complete the required five innings. It was Roenspie’s second victory in two days and gave him a record of 15 victories and three defeats.
Bill Bottler took the loss, loosely played games, [sic] going four innings before being followed by Walker and, in the sixth, Bill Prior.
The Tyees, who played errorless ball at night, committed six errors in the day contest, giving Salem seven unearned tallies.
Dwane Helbig supplied the brightest moment from a Victoria standpoint with a pinch homer run in the fifth inning. It was his 13th of the season.
Salem ........... 300 060 303—15 16
Victoria ........ 100 050 000— 6 10 6
Borst, Dahle (5), Roenspie (7) and Masterson; Bottler, Walker (5), Prior (6) and Harford, Martin (6).
Salem ........... 004 500 110—11 14 1
Victoria ........ 000 001 004— 5 8 0
Hemphill and Nelson; Drilling, Walker (4), Lorino (6) and Martin.
VANCOUVER — The wildness of Clarence Marshall, who hurled a no-hitter the last time out, helped the Yakima Bears to an 11-6 Western International League baseball win over the Vancouver Capilanos here Saturday night.
Marshall ran into trouble right from the start as the Bears took advantage of five walks and two hits in a pair of innings to score four opening runs.
Winning pitcher Danny Rios hit two doubles and three a single and big Bob Wellman batted in three runs with three hits. White accounted for three runs for the winners as well, while John Albini smacked a solo homer.
Gene Petralli batted in three Capilanos, while Moose Mascaro led Vancouver in hits with three.
Yakima ............... 132 020 210—11 13 2
Vancouver .......... 000 003 300— 6 14 0
Rios and Albini, Novick (8); Marshall, Thomason (2), Castas (8) and Duretto, Leavitt (6).
LEWISTON — Manny Perez hurled a shutout Saturday night as Lewiston took a quick, clean 2-0 Western International League win from Tri-City.
Tri-City ............ 000 000 000— 0 6 0
Lewiston .......... 100 100 00x— 2 7 0
Robertson, Dobernic (8) and Warren; Perez and Garay.
EDMONTON — Calgary Stampeders made it three straight over Edmonton Eskimos by trimming Esks 4-0 in the first game of a Western International Baseball league split doubleheader Saturday, but Edmonton salvaged one win in the four-same series, edging the Stamps 8-7 in the nightcap.
Jerry Levinson hurled a magnificent two-hit shut-out in the first contest. Eskimos' only hits were seventh inning singles by Andy Skurski and Dick Morgan.
Stamps counted for two runs in the sixth, and two more in the seventh when Gus Stathos drove in a pair of runners with a single.
John Conant became the first pitcher in the league this year to post his 20th victory when he went the route in the second tilt before 1,087 fans.
Calgary ........... 000 002 200—4 11 0
Edmonton ........ 000 000 000—0 2 2
Levinson and Bricker; McNulty and Morgan.
Calgary ............ 210 130 000— 7 10 0
Edmonton ......... 001 001 15x— 8 11 4
Stites, Orrell (8) and Lillard; Conant and Morgan.