Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Pre-Season, Friday, April 11, 1952

Caps Edge Chiefs
PENTICTON, B.C., April 11—Outfielder Joe Scalise singled in the bottom of the ninth to knock in the winning run Friday as the Vancouver Capilanos overcame the Wenatchee Chiefs, 12-11, in an exhibition games game here. The Caps were outhit 15-11 but two big rallies for six runs in the third and four in the seventh kept them in the game.

SANTA MARIA, April 11—Spokane of the Western International league defeated Cal Poly 3-1 in a baseball game here tonight. Bob Hardy, a recent Santa Maria high school graduate playing for Spokane broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth when he tripled and scored on a long fly.
Frank Chase pitched a three hitter for Spokane and batted in the first run.

Wenatchee Signs Veteran Hurler
OMAK, Wash., April 11 — Veteran righthander Al Treichel has signed his 1952 contract and reported to the Wenatchee Western International League ball club's training camp here.
Club officials said Treichel became the last of the team's regulars to come to terms. He averaged 14 wins a season for Wenatcnee the past two years.

WIL Prexy Sees Strong Loop
WENATCHEE, April 11 — The Western International Baseball League is "stronger than ever before," says President Robert Abel. With the league's change from Class B to Class A this season, Abel said he is looking forward to "better players, games and fan participation."
Caliber Should Rise
The Tacoma attorney said the caliber of play should continue to improve as "baseball comes into its own on the Pacific Coast." He referred to the new open classification of the neighboring Pacific Coast League.
Abel added that fans in Tacoma feel strongly the loss of their WIL franchise this season. He said television and competition from the nearby Seattle PCL club led directly to the loss of the Tacoma franchise.
Addressing the Home Plate Club, an organization of Wenatchee baseball fans, Abel said the interest of such fan groups and "better ballclubs" could go a long way toward forestalling repetition of the Tacoma situation.

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