Western International League
W L Pct.
Spokane ..... 12 5 .706 —
Victoria .... 10 5 .667 1
Vancouver .... 9 5 .543 1½
Tri-City ..... 8 10 .444 4½
Salem ........ 8 10 .444 4½
Lewiston ..... 7 9 .433 4½
Wenatchee .... 7 9 .433 4½
Yakima ....... 5 13 .278 7½
SPOKANE, May 9—An eleventh-inning single by Bill Sheets broke a tight pitching duel and gave Spokane a 1-0 Western International League baseball triumph over Tri-City Friday night.
With two men aboard, he lashed a hit which brought teammate Mel Wasley home. It came after Herb Souell grounded out.
Dick Bishop struck out ten and walked four as he pitched the Spokane win. Ken Michelson gave up only seven hits in going the distance for the Braves.
In the first, fifth and sixth innings, Tri-City was retired with the bases loaded.
Tri-City ..... 000 000 000 00—0 10 1
Spokane ..... 000 000 000 01—1 7 0
Michelson and Pesut; Bishop and Sheets.
WENATCHEE, May 9 — The Victoria Tyees rallied behind the airtight relief pitching of Jehosie Heard Friday night to edge the Wenatchee Chiefs, 3-2, in the first game of a four-game Western International League series here.
Victoria ............. 000 111 000—3 8 2
Wenatchee ....... 000 011 000—2 5 0
McIrvin, Heard (8) and Marcucci; Kipp, Tierney (7) and Pocekay.
YAKIMA [Vancouver News Herald, May 10]—The Vancouver Capilanos ran their win streak to four straight here Friday night, brushing off a late Yakima rally to win their WIL baseball game with the Bears, 13-9.
A six-run first inning stood the Caps in good stead until they made mince-meat out of Yakima pitching.
The game was almost completely lacking in anything which resembled pitching as the two clubs warmed up their bats and went at each other in a wild basehit party.
Yakima got 13 hits, but didn’t start to move until Vancouver had established an 11-1 lead. After the six-run first, Caps scored a single in the second and four in the third, then it was Yakima’s turn.
The Bears bounced back with three in the sixth, then had the Caps almost on the ropes with three more in the eighth and two in the ninth. Around about the time it was getting serious, Bill Schuster called John Guldborg in from the bullpen to relieve Billy Whyte to get the side out. Which is just what John did—on one pitch.
Billy Whyte was called in for his first action this season and pitched long enough to gain credit for the victory.
Bill was hit almost as freely as the rest, five runs on eight hits in five innings he pitched. However, he struck out five and his big lead saved him from disaster. It was Whyte who faltered in the ninth and needed a helping hand from Guldborg.
Jimmy Wert with a pair of doubles and shortstop Jesse Williams with two-for-four led the Capilano attack.
Pat Monahan, a left-hander, was the losing Yakima pitcher.
DIAMOND DUST—Gordie Brunswick didn’t show up in time to play and is now expected to report here today . . . The Caps cut their roster to 20 Friday by releasing pitcher Len Chenard outright . . . Len signed with Victoria . . . Then, in still another move, the Caps signed catcher John Wilburn when the Tyees let the big fellow go . . . Vancouver returned their second-string receiver, Don Lundberg, to Seattle and the Rainiers re-assigned him to Lewiston . . . The same clubs play here again tonight with Paul Jones or Carl Gunnarson pitching for the Caps . . . Bob Snyder, if he arrives, and Harry Butts will go Sunday in a split doubleheader.
Vancouver .... 614 000 110— 13 15 1
Yakima ......... 100 030 302— 9 13 2
Fletcher, Whyte (5), Guldborg (9) and Ritchey; Monahan, Stites (1), Donley (5), Del Sarto (8) and Meyers, Donahue (4).
LEWISTON, Idaho, May 9 — The Salem Senators scored eight runs in the first three innings and coasted to an 8-1 Western International League baseball victory over the Lewiston Broncs Friday night.
Salem .................... 125 000 000—8 9 1
Lewiston ............... 000 000 100— 1 9 2
McNulty and Nelson; Owen, Spearman (3), Humphries (3) and Helmuth.