W L Pct. GB
Spokane ..... 43 29 .597 —
Lewiston .... 38 28 .576 2
Salem ....... 37 31 .544 4
Yakima ...... 36 31 .537 4½
Vancouver ... 37 35 .514 6
Edmonton .... 34 33 .507 6½
Calgary ..... 30 36 .455 10
Tri-City .... 31 38 .449 10½
Wenatchee ... 28 38 .421 11½
Victoria .... 28 41 .406 13½
LEWISTON, Idaho — The Spokane Indians had to fight it out through 12 innings before downing the Lewiston Broncs 9-6 Thursday in their neck-and-neck race down the final stretch of the Western International League second half.
The win moved the Indians two full games ahead of Lewiston.
Stan Palys knocked home the winning run with no men out in the top of the 12th frame, sending home Wilbur Johnson, who had singled and advanced to third on Jim Command's single. Command was put out on the play and Will Haley came up next to provide two insurance runs with a homer.
Al Heist had tied the score in the bottom of the ninth frame with the longest home run ever hit in the Lewiston park. It easily cleared the 405-foot sign directly opposite home plate.
Hafey also homered for Spokane in the fourth with one man on base.
Lefthander John Cordell picked up the win in relief of Ralph Romero, despite working the last several innings after being hit on the leg with a line drive.
John Marshall suffered the loss, his 11th in 32 decisions.
2,663 fans turned out, believed to be a new park high.
Spokane ........... 010 004 001 003—9 13 2
Lewiston .......... 010 200 102 000—6 12 1
Romero, Cordell (7) and Sheets; Kime, Marshall (6) and Garay.
CALGARY, Alta. — The Salem Senators opened a Western International League baseball series on a victorious note here Thursday night as they downed the Calgary Stampeders 9-6.
Trailing 2-0 at the end of three innings, Senators took the lead with three runs in the fourth and then easily extended their margin.
Jerry Ballard and Les Witherspoon homered for Salem. Both came with nobody on. Bob Bonebrake homered with one aboard for Stamps in the bottom of the ninth.
Dave Dahle spaced 13 hits to pick up the victory.
Salem ........ 000 321 120—9 9 1
Calgary ..... 020 000 013—6 13 4
Dahle and Nelson; Hittner, Francis (8) and Bricker.
WENATCHEE — Yakima defeated Wenatchee, 5-1, Thursday night behind the five-hit pitching of southpaw Tom Del Sarto in a Western International League baseball game.
Yakima .............. 022 010 000—5 7 1
Wenatchee ........ 001 000 000—1 5 0
Del Sarto and Albini; Oubre, Monroe and Albini.
VICTORIA [Colonist, Sept. 4]—Victoria’s first “Payroll Night” baseball game turned out to be a flop.
Despite urgent pleas from club officials for an average attendance of 2,000 fans for the last home series, only 647 paying customers showed up at Royal Athletic Park last night as Victoria Tyees opened a four-game series against the Vancouver Capilanos.
Disappointed club officials, who warned that a huge attendance increase was necessary to meet the club’s final payroll and thereby ensure continuation of professional baseball next season, could only hope that fans will rally for improved support in the remaining three games—tonight, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening.
To make matters worse, the Capilanos stood off several Tyee attempts to pull the game out of the fire and walked off the field with a 5-4 decision.
It was the 11th time this season that the two clubs had played to a one-run decision. The Tyees have won six of the close ones but lag, 10-13, for the season against Harvey Storey’s club.
SNAP STEAK AT 28
The Tyees started the game with a record of 27 scoreless innings of pitching against the Caps. Earl Dollins blanked them in the first inning but Gene Petralli brought the streak to an end at 28 innings when his lead-off home run in the second inning sparked a three-run rally. K. Chorlton scored the other runs with a double to overcome a 2-0 Victoria lead set up in the first inning. Tyees tied it in the third but two singles and errors by Dollins and centre-fielder Bill Bottler gave the Mainlanders two runs in the fourth.
Dollins shut the door from there and his opposing number, Van Fletcher, was unbeatable from the third to the ninth, when the Tyees pushed across one run and left the tying and winning runs on the bags as Granny Gladstone grounded to Fletcher for the game-ending out.
Business-manager Reg Patterson announced after the game that Gladstone and Bottler would report to the Portland Beavers at the conclusion of the home stand and that outfielders Bob Moniz and Dwane Helbig will report to the Coast League club for spring training next season.
The Tyees wind up the season with a three-game series at Lewiston next week.
Vancouver ......... 030 100 001—5 9 0
Victoria ............. 201 000 001—4 11 4
Fletcher and Duretto; Dollins and Martin.
EDMONTON, Alta. — The Edmonton Eskimos were double losers Thursday night when they dropped an 11-3 decision to the Tri-City Braves in the first of a four-game Western International Baseball League series.
Esks also lost the service of playing manager Bob Sturgeon when he suffered a broken left arm in a first base collision with Vic Buccola. Sturgeon was sideswiped in the fourth inning after retiring Buccola on a sacrifice.
Three Edmonton pitchers failed to hold the Braves in check. Jack Widner went out for Larry Manier in the third inning and Manier was relieved by Pat Utley in a five-run ninth inning.
Terry Carroll led Braves with three hits in six trips. Clint Weaver hit 3 for 4 to lend Esks.
The win was Bob Snyder's, his 15th of the season against 18 losses. Paid attendance was 607.
Tri-City ............. 004 101 003—11 11 1
Edmonton .......... 002 000 001— 3 8 2
Snyder and Warren; Widner, Manier (3), Utley (9) and Morgan.