W L PCT GB
Vancouver ... 63 31 .670 —
Spokane ..... 60 34 .638 3
Wenatchee ... 46 46 .500 16
Salem ....... 46 47 .495 16½
Tri-City .... 43 51 .457 20
Victoria .... 40 55 .421 23½
Tacoma ...... 39 54 .419 23½
Yakima ...... 38 56 .404 25
VICTORIA [Colonist, July 21]—Vancouver Capilanos proved to the satisfaction of 3,000 Victoria baseball fans that they belong where they are—right at the top of the W.I.L. standings.
Wasting only two of their 14 hits and with their dangerous batting order giving the impression it was liable to break out with a rash of base hits at any time, the Caps handed Victoria Athletics an 11-4 thumping at Royal Athletic Park.
It was the first game of a three-game series between the two clubs. The series concludes today with afternoon and evening games. Bill Osborn and Jim Hedgecock will do the pitching, in that order, for the A’s. Don Tisnerat and Jerry Barta are manager Bill Schuster’s tentative choices for Vancouver.
SPLURGE IN THIRD
After threatening in both of the first two innings and scoring once, the Caps gave John Tierney an early shower with a three-run splurge in the third. Ron Smith stopped the rally, then ran into a sudden blast in the fourth after getting the first two hitters. Reno Cheso’s three-run double featured the four-run rally which gave the Caps an 8-1 lead.
Smith, making his third appearance in three nights and his 11th since July 2, tightened up to stop the Caps during the next three innings. The A’s had several chances to get back into contention against a shaky Pete Hernandez, but couldn’t come up with the big hit, and the Mainlanders ice it with another three-run outburst in the eighth.
But there were compensations for the large crowd which turned out for the special night arranged by the bustling Athletics’ Booster Club. The pre-game entertainment included the usual fine performance of the Victoria Girls’ Drill Team, dancing by the pro-rec dancers, and songs from Bob and Bill White, watching in action by their parents, visiting from Los Angeles.
And best of all, if crowd reaction could be used as a criterion, was the “mystery” bat girl signed to the A’s. In fact, she was such an eye-pleasing attraction that the A’s could be forgiven if they didn’t have their eye on the ball.
Vancouver ..... 103 400 030—11 14 1
Victoria ...... 001 002 010— 4 9 1
Hernandez and Ritchey; Tierney, Smith (3) and Martin.
TACOMA, July 20—The Tacoma Tigers landed on Dick Aubertin, New York Yankee bonus baby, and three other Spokane pitchers to pound out an 11-3 victory.
Spokane .... 000 300 000— 3 9 1
Tacoma ..... 113 141 00x—11 12 1
Aubertin, Palm (3), Roberts (4), Richardson (6) and Nulty; Dodeward and Watson, Lundberg (5).
WENATCHEE, July 20 —The Wenatchee Chiefs and the Yakima Bears split a doubleheader Friday night.
Yakima took the seven-inning opener 5 to 4 when Jerry Zuvela doubled home Al Jacinto in the seventh.
Dick Barrett got the win though he needed help in the seventh inning.
Lou Tost pitched six-hit ball to chalk up a 4-0 victory in the nightcap with the help of a home run and double by Will Hafey.
Yakima manager Bill Brenner, short of pitchers, went the distances for the Bears in the finale.
Yakima ......... 000 310 1—5 11 2
Wenatchee ...... 000 300 1—4 8 2
Barrett, Powell (7) and Tiesiera; Gassaway and Neal.
Yakima ......... 000 000 000—0 6 1
Wenatchee ...... 010 100 02x—4 7 1
Brenner and Tiesiera; Tost and Neal.
KENNEWICK, July 20-Paced by Buddy Peterson's grand-slam home run in the fifth inning, the Tri-City Braves Friday night defeated the Salem Senators 11-4 in the openers of their Western International League baseball series.
Peterson's homer came after the Braves had taken an early lead with three runs in the first two innings. Salem got one of those back on Bill Spaeter's fifth inning homer with the bases clear. But Petersen's homer put the game out of reach for Salem.
It was Tri-City's first win after losing a series to Salem at Salem earlier this week.
Salem ........ 000 010 021— 4 9 1
Tri-City ..... 120 043 01x—11 15 0
Monroe, Lew (5) and McKeegan; Zande and Pesut.