Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Friday, Aug. 24, 1951

W L Pct. GB
Spokane ..... 87 43 .669 —
Vancouver ... 84 48 .636 4
Salem ....... 67 63 .515 20
Wenatchee ... 62 69 .473 25½
Victoria .... 60 73 .454 28½
Tacoma ...... 56 75 .427 31½
Yakima ...... 55 76 .420 32½
Tri-City .... 54 78 .409 34

SALEM, Ore., Aug. 24—Spokane broke a 2-2 by scoring five runs in the eleventh inning to win a Western International league ball game 7-3 here Saturday night.
Spokane ..... 000 001 100 05—7 17 2
Salem ........ 001 010 000 01—3 8 2
Aubertin, Palm (6) and Sheets; Bevens, Lew (11) and McKeegan.

VANCOUVER [Erwin Swangard, Sun, Aug. 25]—Vancouver’s Sandy Robertson, on the ailing list for the greater part of the season, has his sneaky curve ball working to perfection at Little Mountain Stadium Friday night.
As a result, the Caps squeezed out an extra-innings victory over the Tacoma Tigers but unfortunately for their cause Spokane Indians stopped the Senators 7-3 at Salem about the same time.
That means, of course, Indians maintained their four-game Western International Baseball League lead over the Capilanos, but a lot could happen one way or the other over a busy weekend.
Capilanos entertain Wenatchee Chiefs in a single game tonight with Pete Hernandez scheduled to pitch. Then Sunday Caps move to Wenatchee for a double-header with Carl Gunnarson and Bob Snyder the pitchers.
Meanwhile, Indians play third-place Salem in a three-game weekend series at home.
Robertson really had to be good to get the best in a brilliant pitching duel with Tacoma’s Harold Dodeward, a 19-year-old righthander with lots of speed and a fine assortment of pitches.
Caps’ tighter defence eventually decided the issue.
In the ninth inning Sandy was just one pitch away from a 2-1 victory. However, first baseman Butch Moran doubled off shortstop Ray Tran’s leg. Vince DiMaggio singled him to third and Jose Bache singled him home for the tying run.
The same Bache was the goat of the Caps’ victory. With the bases loaded and one away in the 10th, Dick Sinovic shot a fast ground ball to Bache at short. Bache threw the ball before he got it and the error allowed K. Chorlton to romp in with the winner.
Tacoma ....... 010 000 000 0—2 7 3
Vancouver ... 000 011 000 1—3 7 0
Dodeward and Lundberg; Robertson and Ritchey.

VICTORIA [Colonist, Aug. 25]—Bob Sturgeon received almost everything but a coveted victory over Wenatchee Chiefs last night at Royal Athletic Park.
Honored at a special “night,” the manager of the A’s was presented with gifts from fans, city business firms, the club management and players in a pre-game ceremony topped by the signing of a pact to return as manager next season if the Victoria W.I.L. franchise is still operated by the Victoria Baseball and Athletic Co. Ltd.
In addition, Sturgeon received the assurance he will have capable shortstop protection for next season. Business manager Reg Patterson announced before the game that popular Jim Clark is now the property of the club and will be back to start next season at the position he has filled so well since joining the club July 18.
Then, the Chiefs refused to co-operate. With 2,500 hopeful fans on hand, the club the A’s hope to beat out of the last post-season playoff berth, uncovered its latent power to blast out a 11-2 triumph.
The victory gave the Chiefs an even split in the two-game series and restored their lead to three games. Victoria won the season’s series, 11-9.
The A’s leave this morning for a seven-game road trip with stops at Yakima, Spokane and Tacoma, in that order. The Bears, with ex-manager Dick Barrett lying in wait as a cinch to start one game, will be faced tonight in a single game and tomorrow in two. It’s Spokane Monday and Tuesday, Tacoma Wednesday and Thursday, and back home Friday to wind up the season with three games against Spokane and Salem.
Percentages didn’t pay off last night. With the Chiefs having most of their power swinging from the first-base side, the A’s have been throwing their southpaws against them with good success. This time it didn’t work.
Ben Lorino got the starting assignment and he was hit harder than he ever has been in the W.I.L. Led by Will Hafey, Walt Pockay, Lyle Palmer, Jim Marshall and even pitcher Tom Breisinger, their left-handed hitting contingent, the Chiefs had Lorino in the showers before the sixth inning was over.
Lorino gave up 12 hits and eight runs in his tenure and the Chiefs kept his outfielders busy with booming line drives. Still going along with the southpaw-versus-lefthander theory, Sturgeon sent Jim Hedgecock in as relief. He failed to get a man out, walking one and giving up two singles and a home run.
Between them, the two Victoria southpaws gave up 11 runs and 15 hits. Eleven of those hits were made by lefthanders in the Wenatchee batting order and the quintet batted in eighth of the runs. Included among the hits was a tremendous 380-foot home run by hafey, who batted in five runs with three hits.
Righthanded Bill Prior came on for Hedgecock in the sixth to face Marshall and Breisinger and set them down easily to complete the percentage rout. Prior went on to hold the winners scoreless in a fine relief stint but the A’s could do nothing with Breisinger, who lost his shutout only because Bill White’s fly ball was lost in the lights in the first inning and fell in for a triple.
Wenatchee .... 110 045 000—11 17 1
Victoria ......... 200 000 000—2 7 1
Breisinger and Roberson; Lorino, Hedgecock (6), Prior (6) and Cardinale.

YAKIMA, Aug. 24 — The Tri-City Braves turned on the Yakima Bears with a 15-hit attack and a 8-4 Western International league victory tonight.
The victory moved the last place Braves to within one game of the seventh-place Bears.
Clint Cameron with three singles and Bill Eddelstein [sic], Ken Michelson and Vic Buccola with two hits each led the Tri-City attack on hurlers Bill Boemler and Tom Del Sarto. Boemler was charged with his 12th loss. He has 13 victories.
Joe Nicholas went the route for Tri-City to gain his sixth win against seven defeats.
WILfan note: Again, the standing as mentioned in this U.P. story is incorrect. The standings at the top of this post are correct and were from another newspaper.
Tri-City ..... 010 022 003—8 15 1
Yakima ...... 111 001 000—4 11 0
Nicholas and Pesut; Boemler, Del Sarto (7) and Tiesiera.

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