W L Pct
Victoria ..... 14 6 .700 —
Spokane ...... 15 7 .682 —
Vancouver ..... 9 8 .529 3½
Salem ........ 10 12 .455 5
Lewiston ...... 9 12 .429 5½
Wenatchee ..... 9 12 .429 5½
Yakima ........ 9 13 .409 6
Tri-City ...... 9 14 .391 6½
KENNEWICK [Tri City Herald, May 15]—That thump you may have heard around 10:30 last night was the Tri-City Braves clanging their way into the Western International League baseball cellar. Victoria did the shoving with a 15-4 error-filled victory. It was the second victory in as many, nights for Cece Garriott's Tyees and moved them back on top of the league.
Tonight Ralph Romero will try and do for Tri-City what a quintet of other Brave hurlers have so far this season been unable to do—beat Victoria. It will also mark the last game of the series, with the Wenatchee Chiefs scheduled to move in Friday.
Victoria led the lambs to the slaughter in the first inning last night. Starter Ken Michelson, who was charged with the defeat, was shelled from the mound after facing the first five men. Granny Gladstone, greeted reliefer Neal Johnston with a double to leave no doubt in the minds of the 273 fans of which team was going to be master of the game.
After scoring six times, in the first the Tyees settled for two in the third and eighth innings, four an the fifth and for dessert pecked away at one more in the sixth.
Tri-City kicked the ball four times all in the infield but it didn't
make much difference except to the pitcher's earned run averages.
With Vic Buccola out of the lineup because of a strained neck muscle catcher Nick Pesut took over the initial corner with rookie Clayton Carr doing the backstopping.
Olney Patterson, the only Brave apparently capable of getting the ball out of the infield with any consistency, didn't let the slaughter affect his personal batting average.
He collected three of the Braves seven hits, including a triple, and scored twice. Shortstop Des Charouhas and second baseman Tommy Marier each drove in two runs for Tri-City.
Manager Gassaway slapped a $10 fine on every player with the exception of Buccola and Romero. He said the fine was for lack of hustle and further instructed the Braves they should work out daily at noon until they are in the first division.
Harvey Allen, Victoria's right fielder who struck out four times in the first game, hammered one over the 400 foot centerfield wall last night. It was one of the longest hits, though not the longest ever recorded at Sanders Field.
Victoria ...... 602 041 020—15-12-2
Tri-City ...... 200 000 020— 4- 7-4
Larino and Marcucci, Towne (8), Martin (9); Michelson, Johnston (1), Satalich (3) and Carr.
SPOKANE, May 14 — Ross McCormack smashed a pinch-hit double to drive in the winning run in the ninth for Wenatchee's 2-1 Western International League baseball victory over Spokane Wednesday.
Dave Dahle pitched the victory for the Chiefs who Tuesday bowed to the Indians 23-3. He allowed six scattered hits, struck out three and walked four.
Ed Murphy scored Spokane's first run in the third, coming first run in the third, coming home on Wilbur Johnson's single after stealing second. Dick Adams tied the game in the seventh, scoring on Norm Ridgway's bunt.
They will play the final game of the three-game series Thursday.
Wenatchee ... 000 000 101—2 5 2
Spokane ....... 001 000 000—1 6 0
Dahle and Pocekay; Bishop, Roberts (9) and Sheets.
SALEM [Vancouver News Herald, May 15]—Paul Jones' wildness and a lot of cold weather combined to topple the Vancouver Capilanos here Wednesday night.
The Caps lost a close 5-4 decision to the hometown Salems in a game which swayed one way, then the other.
Ray McNulty, a curve-balling right hander, wasn’t too much better than Jones and at times he was almost as wild, but tight defensive play by his infield pulled him out of trouble time after time.
What turned out to be the winning run was ancient Hugh Luby’s steal of home in the seventh. He got a big jump on Bob Snyder and slid in under John Ritchey’s tat play to score.
Snyder came on in the seventh after the Caps had lifted Jones for a pinch-hitter in the sixth to start a rally. Ed Locke came to the plate with his big bat to hit for Jones and that’s exactly what he did. His single with men on second and third scored both of them and put the Caps within one run of their victors.
Jones was the losing pitcher and though his chart shows only two bases on balls, what it doesn’t show is that he worked behind the batter all the way.
Jones also balked once and tossed two wild pitches.
The clubs play again here tonight and Schuster will be going with John Guldborg (4-0).
Vancouver ...... 010 002 001—4 9 2
Salem ............ 001 300 10x—5 11 0
Jones, Snyder (6) and Ritchey; McNulty and Nelson.
LEWISTON, Idaho, May 14 — Yakima Bears swept a Western International League baseball doublebeader from the Lewiston Broncs Wednesday, winning the first game 3-2 in eight innings and taking the seven-inning nightcap 7-4.
John Albini pitched a three-hitter in the eighth-inning opener. It was scheduled for seven innings, but went into overtime when Artie Wilson scampered home with the tying run in the last of the seventh after reaching third on a single followed by a Yakima error.
Tom del Sarto gave up only four hits as he pitched the Bears to the second victory, called at the end of seven frames because of the 11:15 curfew.
Yakima ....... 000 020 01—3 8 4
Lewiston ..... 100 000 10—2 3 3
Albini and Donahue; Powell, Brenner (8) and Lundberg, Helmuth (8).
Yakima ....... 001 041 1—7 8 3
Lewiston ..... 030 000 1—4 4 2
DelSarto, Clancy (6), Thompson (7) and Donahue; Schulte, Beerman (7) and Helmuth.
Chiefs Release Four
WENATCHEE, May 14—The Wenatchee baseball management announced Tuesday the outright reclease of two veteran pitchers, Al Treichel and Mike Kanshin, and outfielders Stan Budin and Elwin Elton. It cut the Western International League club's rosier to 18, witn one more to cut by May 22.
NON-WIL MINOR LEAGUE NEWS
Tall Hurler Fans 27 in Nine Innings
BRISTOL, Tenn.-Va.—(AP)—A new strikeout record for organized baseball apparently has been set by 19-year-old Ron Necciai of the Appalacnian League's Bristol Twins.
The six-foot-five fireballer, a Pittsburgh Pirate farmhand from Monongahela, Pa., fanned 27 batters in nine innings and pitched the Twins to a 7-0 no-hit win over the Welch, W. Va., Miners here Tuesday night.
Statisticians at Columbus, O., St. Louis and Pittsburgh riffled through all available records Wednesday but could find nothing to equal Necciai's feat.
The top mark found was hung up by Hooks Iott who struck out 25 in a nine-inning game for Paragould, Ark, June 18, 1941. Later that season Iott fanned 30 men in a 16-inning game.
In only one inning did Necciai fail to strike out the side - the second when a batter grounded out to the shortstop.
In the ninth he struck out four. The third strike on Billy Hammond eluded Catcher Harry Dunlop. Necciai then whiffed Bob Kendrick for his 28th victim and the game.
One batter reacbed first on an error. Necciai hit another with a pitched ball and gave up one base on balls.
Rookie Catcher Dunlop, a California, is believed to have set a modern record himself by handling 25 putouts and one assist.
BRISTOL, Tenn.—UP—A pitcher's dream game—27 strikeouts—has been fashioned by 20 year old Ron Necciai, a pitcher with the Bristol Twins of the class D Appalachian League.
Necclal's amazing feat, performed last night as he pitched a no hitter to beat the Welch Miners, 7 to 0, is believed to be the first time in the history of
organized baseball a pitcher has recorded the maximum number of strikeouts for a nine inning game.
Only two batters reached base against Necciai—he walked one and the other reached first when the catcher dropped a third strike.
Necciai, a Pittsburgh Pirate farm hand from Monongahela, Pa., is on option to the Twins from New Orleans of the Southern Association. He has been burning up the league with strikeouts, with 77 to 32 innings, and last night's win was his second shutout. The previous Appalachian League record for strikeouts in a single game was 21.
BRISTOL, Va.-Tenn., May 14— (U.P). A 19-year-old pitcher who struck out 27 batters in a nine inning game shrugged it off today with one remark:
"Shucks, I'm just learning to pitch."
Towering Ron Neccai at least equalled—and probably set—an all-time baseball strikeout record Tuesday night in pitching a 7-0 no-hit victory ior Bristol over Welch in the Class D Apalachian League. Only four men reached base in the near perfect game, and one of them was a strikeout victim who got on base when the catcher dropped the third strike.
Neccai, a 6-foot, 5-incher from Monongahela, Pa., has been striking out 20 in a game earlier this season. He has fanned 77 men in the last 32 innings he's worked.
Last year his record was only four victories and nine defeats for the Class D Salisbury, N. C., club—but he struck out 111 in 106 innings.