W L Pct.
Victoria ..... 9 4 .692
Spokane ..... 10 6 .667
Vancouver .... 7 5 .583
Lewiston ..... 7 7 .500
Tri-City ..... 7 8 .467
Wenatchee .... 6 7 .462
Salem ........ 6 9 .400
Yakima ....... 4 11 .267
VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News Herald, May 7]—When Len Tran came back to the Capilanos from Seattle, he admitted he’d need a lot of time to shake the rust out of his batting eye, and hoped the fans would be patient while he got back into the swing of things.
However, just in case the people who pay the freight should fret, Len has given them something to keep them occupied in the interim—some of the most miraculous fielding feats since Nap Lajoie set the standard for all second basemen.
Tuesday night, Len and his glove were instrumental in a 7-4 Capilano baseball win over Victoria, the Caps’ second in a row over the WIL league leaders. It gave the Tyees only a game and a half bulge over third place Vancouver.
GETS TWO ERRORS
According to the box score, Len’s performance was just so-so. It is in this statistical organ that Tran shows two errors for the night’s work.
What it doesn’t show is three ‘impossible’ chances which the red-head turned into acrobatic ‘outs.’ Two of them were similar, over the head catches of Texas Leaguers. The last of these came in the sixth inning when Victoria had the bases full and were pressing to get into the ball game.
In the eighth, with Victoria on the move again, Len broke their backs once again. There were men on first and third when John Treece rapped a one-bounce line drive to Len’s right. It was a cinch single, maybe even a double. Chuck Abernathy raced in to score and Granny Gladstone got himself to round second and lit out for third.
But somehow, Tran got to the ball. He did it with a desperation dive and stuck out his gloved hand. The ball hammed in the web, Len somersaulted twice and flipped to Jesse Williams in time to force Gladstone. The play defied belief.
Things like this made John Guldborg’s job rather routine. He allowed nine hits in picking up his sixth straight win, and in the pinch if it wasn’t Tran, then Guldborg’s curve ball was the next best thing. John got six of the Victorians on strikeouts, including Gladstone in the ninth with the bases full.
Gladstone, before this, had been dangerous all night. He hit the season’s first homer in the stadium in the second inning, 350 feet over the left field wall. He also doubled and singled.
The Caps, however, didn’t confine their attack. Everybody got into the act with rookie Bud Isham and John Ritchey driving in two runs each.
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VANCOUVER, B.C., May 6 — Never behind after the fourth inning, the Vancouver Capilanos Tuesday night trounced the Victoria Tyees 7-4 in the second game of their four-game Western International League baseball series.
The Capilanos scored their first run in the first then went ahead to stay in the fourth on singles, by Jim Wert, Joe Scalise and a double by Bud Isham. Granny Gladstone homered for Victoria in the second, tying the score at 1-1 temporarily.
It was Vancouver's second win in a row over the league leaders.
Victoria ......... 010 001 011—4 9 1
Vancouver .... 100 222 00x—7 10 3
Valerie, Randolph (5), Heard (7)and Marcucci; Guldborg and Rltchey.
LEWISTON, Idaho, May 6 — A tenth-inning home run by Mel Wasley broke a tight pitching duel Tuesday and gave Spokane a 2-1 Western International League baseball victory over Lewiston.
It was Spokane's first homer of the season.
Wasley's single drove in the first Spokane run in the third inning.-
Lewiston had tied it in the eighth, Jack Helmuth scoring on Nick DeLucca's outfield fly.
Bobby Roberts replaced John Conant in the eighth with the bases loaded and one out and pitched out of the jam. He went on to get the victory.
Spokane ....... 001 000 000 1—2 7 3
Lewiston ...... 000 000 010 0—1 6 1
Conant, Roberts (8) and Sheets; Nlcholas and Helmuth.
YAKIMA, May 6 — Nine-hit pitching by Bob Collins, coupled with four Yakima errors, gave the Salem Senators a 6-0 Western International League baseball victory over the Bears here Tuesday night.
The Senators got four of the safeties off Yakima hurler Jack Thompson in the fifth inning, however, and converted them into three runs, the downfall.
Hugh Luby accounted for two of his clubs' runs with a single in the first inning and a 400-foot double in the fifth, which got the Senators off to a flying start. Salem's centre fielder, Ollie Anderson, drove in two more, both on a triple. Anderson also singled and walked in four trips to the plate.
Dario Lodigiani's Bears, however, could do little. They came their closest to scoring in the fifth when they had two runners aboard with only one out, but failed to bring them around. It was much the same story as in most of Yakima's 11 losses this season, no punch in the clutch.
Salem ......... 000 130 002—6 9 0
Yakima ...... 000 000 000—0 9 4
Collins and Nelson; Thompson and Donahue.
WENATCHEE, May 6 — Tri-City got three runs off Bud Bauhoffer in the third inning and went on to defeat Wenatchee 5-2 in a Western International League game Tuesday night.
Catcher Nick Pesut drove in two runs and score a few minues later on Bob Rittenberg's two-bagger.
Tri-City's Ralph Romero picked up the win and snapped the Chiefs' four-game winning streak.
Bob "Stretch" Garrett, former Whitman College pitcher, worked the last four innings for the Wenatchee and gave up one run.
Tri-City ......... 003 010 100—5 8 1
Wenatchee .... 000 100 010—2 8 3
Romero and Pesut; Bauhoffer, Garrett (8) and Pocekay.