Saturday, 29 December 2007

Saturday, May 3, 1952

W L Pct. GB
Victoria ..... 9 2 .818 —
Spokane ...... 7 5 .583 2½
Vancouver .... 5 5 .500 3½
Tri-City ..... 6 6 .500 3½
Lewiston ..... 5 6 .455 4
Salem ........ 5 7 .416 4½
Wenatchee .... 4 6 .400 4½
Yakima ....... 4 8 .333 5½

VICTORIA, B.C., May 3 — The Victoria Tyees swept a day-night doubleheader with the Yakima Bears Saturday to increase their lead at the top of the Western International League.
The hard-hitting Islanders downed the Bears Saturday night 8 to 5 after taking the afternoon game 6-4 to win the series 3-1. The double victory game them a 9-2 record for the season and a 4-1 mark in their first home stand.
First Game
Yakima ........ 110 000 002—4 9 1
Victoria ........ 101 010 21x—6 11 2
DelSarto and Donohue; McIrvin and Martin.
Second Game
Yakima ........ 030 000 200—5 10 2
Victoria ........ 500 000 03x—8 13 1
Clancy, Stites (1) and Donahue; Lorino and Marcucci.

SALEM, May 3 — A four-run rally in the ninth inning Saturday night gave Salem a 5-4 win over Spokane in a Western International League baseball game.
Salem, trailing 4-1, came back in the ninth to score four runs Dick Bartle doubled, Glen Tuckett was safe on an error and Hugh Luby's infield hit filled the bases. Gene Tanselli singled to score one run.
John Conant was brought in to relieve Spokane Starter Gordon Palm. But Conant walked Andy Anderson forcing in another run. Curt Schmidt got a single which scored the other two.
Spokane ...... 000 000 013—4 7 1
Salem .......... 000 010 004—5 8 3
Palm, Conant (9) and Sheets; DeGeorge and Nelson.

VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News Herald, May 5]—Bill Schuster ordered an extra session in the batting cage Sunday afternoon after his powerful Capilanos guns fired nothing but blanks for the second successive game Saturday night.
This time the Caps were beaten 3-1 by the powerless Chiefs of Wenatchee, and got only five hits in all their tries.
If you were of fair and open mind, it would be possible to point to the week-long rainouts and the lack of hitting as a prime alibi for the Caps. Until Friday, they hadn’t seen any pitching since Monday, and on both Friday and Saturday nights, the batting drills were excused because of a very wet field.
However, we’ll forget all the alibis and go more into the facts.
Vancouver unveiled Paul Jones, a loose right-hander who was a question mark all through spring training. Paul looked good until he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. His relief, Don Tisnerat, didn’t—in fact, as we write this Don is low man on the totem pole as far as local pitchers are concerned.
Wenatchee was hardly awesome in its victory, though they did score the most runs and that’s what counts.
Schuster pointed to his club’s last two performances and made the issue quite plain that nobody had beaten them but themselves. “We’ve scored two runs in two games—one on a steal of home and the other when their shortstop fell down fielding an easy hopper.”
Saturday, Schuster tried the two-platoon system against the Chiefs’ left-hander, Dick McCoy. Bill had Marty Isham in left field to replace left-handed hitting Bob Duretto and Don Lundberg catching in place of John Ritchey, another southpaw swinger. Neither of the newcomers got a base hit, and in the ninth when runs were needed, Schuster called on Ritchey. John lined out to the shortstop, but the ball was well socked.
All of this will have to come to a stop, of course, and it couldn’t happen at a better time than tonight [Monday]. Victoria Tyees, the league leaders, are in town for a four-game series this evening, and it just wouldn’t do to have the attack bog down again as it has the past couple of days.
Schuster is going to pitch Harry Butts, his touted left-hander this evening and follow with John Guldborg, the winner in the home opener here last Monday.
Speaking of highly-touted left-handers, what ever became of Jim Hedgecock? Bob Brown might have cleared up the mysterious issue a little Saturday when he said, “I’m not really counting on Jim any more. He should have let us known one way or another by now, but the fact is I think he’s ashamed to write and say he’s not going to play this year.”
Wenatchee ......... 001 001 010—3 8 0
Vancouver ......... 000 010 000—1 5 2
McCoy and Pocekay, Jones, Tisnerat (8) and Lundberg.

Lewiston ... 000 000 010—1 6 1
Tri-City .... 002 064 42x—18 12 2
Powell, Allen (5), Merrill (6) and Helmuth; Satalich and Carr.

For games through April 25
Victoria averages through May 3
Howe News Bureau

Marcucci, Vic ..... 7 1 4 0 .517
Schuster, Van ..... 21 4 12 8 .500
Koinger, Yak ...... 20 8 10 9 .500
Pries, Vic ........ 45 14 21 12 .467
Perez, Lew ........ 21 6 10 7 .476
Luby, Salem ....... 27 6 12 4 .444
Moniz, Vic ........ 47 14 20 13 .428
Monroe, Wen ....... 19 0 8 3 .421
DeLucca, Lew ...... 15 3 6 1 .400
Adams, Wen ........ 27 1 10 1 .370
Tanselli, Sal ..... 30 4 11 5 .367
Wert, Van ......... 30 6 11 5 .367
Garriott, Vic ..... 44 18 16 10 .364
Andring, Yak ...... 33 8 12 6 .364
Charouhas, T-C .... 28 5 10 7 .357
Murphy, Spo ....... 31 6 11 6 .355
Ritchey, Van ...... 23 7 8 4 .348

Donahue, Yak ...... 32 3 11 6 .344

By Jim Tang [from Victoria Colonist, May 4, 1952]
Victoria baseball fans have certainly warmed up to their Tyees despite the weather. Attendance has been promising with about 10,000 fans, including youngsters, taking in the five games the club managed to play in its first home stand, and there is general approbation.
And with good reason. Although the pitching obviously needs to improve and the defense has not bee consistently good, the Tyees have been impressive enough to leave a definite feeling that their early-season success is no flash in the pan and that they will have to be reckoned with this season, unless there is a loss of key players. The club is hitting and it has shown a happy faculty for the big inning. Trouble can break out at any time at any place in the batting order and the speed and aggressiveness is being shown on the bases is providing excellent spectator baseball. Every player is hustling and there is fine team spirit. It’s quite a change.
To Cece Garriott goes the credit for this sudden upswing in Victoria’s baseball fortunes. While two weeks don’t make a season by any means, there is no doubt in Victoria now that he hasn’t already earned his managerial spurs.
Garriott’s formula for success is as simple as it has been unusual here in the past. He is working at his job and has hit players working at theirs. He is continually correcting and instructing and there is little likelihood that any setbacks will be the result of any lack of condition. His players are worked hard but they have already found out that baseball is fun when it’s winning baseball. He and his players are in the game from the first pitch to the last out and most of the mental mistakes made have been the result of over-zealousness and lack of experience and not a lack of thought.
Strategically, even the most critical can find little, if any, fault with his baseball. He sticks to the percentages, doesn’t dawdle when a pitching change appears necessary, plans a forcing, aggressive game that makes and keeps paying customers—and wins—and he thinks ahead. He may not be easy to interview but that hardly matters when he has results that speak for themselves.

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