W L Pct.
Spokane ..... 11 5 .688 —
Victoria ..... 9 5 .643 1
Vancouver .... 8 5 .615 1½
Wenatchee .... 7 7 .500 3
Lewiston ..... 7 8 .467 3½
Tri-City ..... 7 9 .438 4
Salem ........ 7 9 .438 4
Yakima ....... 4 12 .250 7
LEWISTON, Idaho — Spokane moved back into the lead in the Western International League baseball race Wednesday by nosing out Lewiston 5-4 while Victoria lost its game to Vancouver.
Spokane Pitcher Frank Chase won his own game, his ninth inning single driving in Pat Simmons with the winning run.
Spokane ....... 011 000 021—5 6 2
Lewiston ...... 000 300 010—4 9 2
Marshall, Chase (8) and Sheets; Shulte, Powell (8) and Helmuth.
VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News Herald, May 8]—Ed Locke has never met Bob Snyder before, but when news broke Wednesday that Robert was coming “home,” Ed must have decided to show the boys that the baseball world is filled with guys who can do a little of everything.
Locke is the guy Bill Schuster calls “my one-man bench.” He can play the outfield and hit, pitch, and still hit. Once, he even offered to catch—so he could hit, of course.
Last night Ed pitched. It was a four-hitter and a 7-2 Vancouver win over Victoria, the third straight Capilano success and strictly a one-man performance by Mr. Locke. Incidentally, Eddie did quite a bit of hitting last night, too.
The four-hitter was a thing of beauty in itself. He allowed only one earned run, struck out six and walked only three. Fifteen minutes after the game ended, Locke requested an audience with Schuster, and his question was this: “Is it all right if I look after the bullpen tomorrow night, Bill?”
The funny thing about it, Ed was in the bullpen Tuesday night, warning up his flipper when John Guldborg got into some ninth inning hot water.
Then he went a full nine last night, and don’t kid yourself that he was fooling when he wanted to be the number one relief man tonight.
The 7-2 win was a ball game only as long as Locke kept it that way. He came up in the fourth inning with Bob Duretto and Bud Isham on base and unloaded a 380-foot triple to the right-centre field wall. It gave Vancouver a 3-2 lead, and that was that. There was more to come, but it was sort of incidental.
The victory was satisfying for many reasons. One of the biggest was that the losing pitcher was Jim Propst, and he’s been making a habit of beating Vancouver these past two seasons. Jim was okay as long as he stayed in there, but not on a par with Locke.
Behind the fine hitting and pitching performance of their pitcher, the Caps played badly. They kicked the ball four times, and in the early innings seemed to be trying to give the ball game away.
WILfan note: Locke had two singles and a triple.
Victoria ........... 101 000 000—2 4 4
Vancouver ....... 001 200 13x—7 11 3
Propst, Randolph (8) and Martin; Locke and Ritchey.
WENATCHEE, May 7 — Frank Dasso, one-time strikeout king of the PCL, gave the Tri-City Braves but eight scattered hits and whiffed nine batters here Wednesday night. The resulting 10-2 victory gave the Chiefs an even split with the Braves in their Western International League series. The two teams conclude the series Thursday.
Dasso struck out nine and only four batters faced him in each inning after the first.
Meanwhile the Wenatchee batters pounded a pair of Brave hurlers George New and Al Porto for a total of 19 base hits, 18 of them singles to help Dasso to his victory.
Second baseman Bud Hjelmaa's double was the only extra base blow off the Tri-City hurlers.
A long fly ball by Vic Buccola and a slashing single by Olney Patterson drove in the Braves' only two runs of the game. They came in the first inning.
Tri-City moves over to Spokane to open a four-game series starting Friday.
Tri-City .......... 200 000 000— 2 8 3
Wenatchee ..... 021 040 30x—10 19 0
Porto, New (5) and Pesut; Dasso and Pocekay.
YAKIMA, Dick Bartle, Salem first-sacker, slammed out a bases-loaded triple in the fourth inning Wednesday night as the Senators whipped Yakima. 7-1, and took a 2-0 lead in their three-game Western International League series.
Salem added two more runs in the eighth on a Yakima error and singles by Bartle and Third Baseman Glen Tuckett.
Salem ......... 000 500 020—7 10 3
Yakima ....... 000 000 010—1 9 2
DeGeorge and Nelson; Slikes, Albeni (8) and Meyers.
Memphis Returns Snyder To Caps
VANCOUVER, B. C., May 7—Bob Snyder, Vancouver's 27-game winner in the Western International League last season, is rejoining his old club.
The Caps announced Wednesday Snyder is being returned from Memphis of the Class AA Southern Association.
Snyder was the WIL's best hurler in 1951. He had only seven losses against his 27 wins.
Waivers Asked On Trio Of Chiefs
WENATCHEE, May 7 — Officials of the Wenatchee Western International League Baseball Club Wednesday announced the purchase of lefthanded Pitcher Dave Dahle from Oakland of the Pacific Coast League.
Dahle had a 13-8 record with Wenatchee in 1950 and 4-4 in 1951 while on option from Oakland. Vice President Perk Low also announced the release of Outfielder Stan Budin, and said waivers have been asked on Pitchers Al Treichel, Don Tierney and Mike Kanshin.
Bevens Fails To Stay With Major League
CINCINNATI, May 7 — Big Bill Bevens, hardluck hero of the 1947 World Series, is going back to the Minor leagues after another try in the big time.
The National League Cincinnati Reds announced Wednesday night they have sold husky righthander to San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League. The purchase price was $15,000, Seals' officials said in the Bay City.
Bevens failed to get into a single inning of play with the Reds this season. He was trying to make a comeback with the Reds after a siege of arm trouble which caused him to be sent to the minors previously.
Bevens injured his arm in 1948. He hit the comeback trail with Salem in the Western International League last year, winning 20 games for the Senators.
He said his arm was sound once again when he reported to Cincinnati in spring training this year. He had been obtained by the Reds in the winter player draft.
His release was a sad thing for Dr. Wayne Anderson, Reds' coach, who thought he had brought the once great righthander back to form.
Bevens is in the record books as the hurler who pitched a one-hitter for New York against Brooklyn in the 1947 Series, He had a no-hitter until he faced Cookie Lavagetto with two out in the last of the ninth Lavagetto got the hit that won the game for Brooklyn.
Bevens' release reduced the Reds' squad to 26, one over the limit. The team must get rid of another player by May 15.