W L Pct. GB
Victoria .... 50 29 .633 —
Spokane ..... 45 38 .542 7
Vancouver ... 40 34 .541 7½
Lewiston .... 37 41 .474 12½
Salem ....... 37 43 .463 13½
Tri-City .... 37 44 .457 14
Wenatchee ... 37 45 .451 14½
Yakima ...... 37 46 .446 15
VANCOUVER, [Keith Matthews, News-Herald, July 12]—Paul Jones, the Vancouver right-hander with a defeatist complex, will never come closer to pitching a no-hitter than he did Friday night at Cap Stadium.
Paul shook off the defeatism long enough to pitch a brilliant three-hitter, all of the hits of the infield variety and all in the first and third innings. The Caps found it easy pickin’s to win this ball game, 11-0.
Jones won three and lost 19 at Flint of the Central League last year. He had an aught-and-five mark ere before he starting winning, In other words, he comes by his complex quite naturally.
Down in Lewiston last Sunday, Jones beat the Broncs 5-3 for his 1952 maiden. The boys say it was a bit of all right, too, the way the slender fellow went about it.
If that is so, then Paul did it in spades last night. His job was a masterpiece, almost right out of the book.
He allowed Bob Moniz an infield scratcher in the first inning, a hopper which Jesse Williams fielded back of second base but could make no play on. In the third Paul allowed two more, one by Lou Branham, the other by Milt Martin. Williams again got his hands on both balls but could not complete the play.
There were 3300 in the house last night and they ate up this kind of a game.
Vancouver, after 17 successive scoreless innings, broke through in the fifth, but the way they did it was another story.
Edo Vanni was on third with two out. The count went to ought-and-three on Ray Tran when the red-head dumped a surprise bunt down the third base side and beat it out while Vanni scored. That lit the fuse, although it was Len Tran’s two-run double in the sixth which really tore it open.
Gordie Brunswick unloaded his eighth homer of the year in the eighth to wind it up at 11-0. It was a 400-foot smash over the left-field wall and it came not more than five minuets after Earl Sheely, “scouting” Gordie for Seattle, left the park to catch the radiocast of the Seattle game in Los Angeles.
Today, this hectic series moves into its third chapter with a 7 o’clock doubleheader at the Stadium. A delegation of Victoria Booster Club members is coming over for the twin set—in fact, you can pretty well count on just about everyone being here tonight. Tom Lovrich (1-0) goes in the seven-inning opener for Vancouver and John Guldborg (9-3) in the long one.
DIAMOND DUST—Little Leaguers will be in evidence at the Stadium tonight, too … a Little League club from Washington and the local Shriners will both be there in uniform … They play each other Sunday.
Victoria …….. 000 000 000—0 3 6
Vancouver … 000 013 52x—11 6 0
Boettler, Prior (6), Lorino (8) and Martin; Jones and Ritchey.
LEWISTON, Idaho, July 11—Butch Moran's base hit in the ninth inning sent home the run that broke a tie and gave Lewiston a 4-3 Western International League baseball win over Spokane Friday night.
Lewiston moved out to an early lead with two runs in the second and another in the third, but Spokane tied it up in the fifth with three tallies on a walk and singles by Sam Kanelos, Mel Wasley and Jimmy Brown.
Spokane ...... 000 030 000—3 11 3
Lewiston ...... 021 000 001—4 8 0
Chase, Roberts (9) and Sheets; Schulte, Powell (5), Brenner (9) and Lundberg.
YAKIMA, July 11 — Charley Oubre spaced out seven hits Friday night to hurl the Wenatchee Chiefs to a 8-1 Western International League baseball victory over the Yakima Bears. It was Oubre's 10th win of the season against four losses.
Yakima spoiled what looked like a shutout with a ninth inning rally that sputtered briefly, then died with one run scored.
The Chiefs combed two Bear pitchers for seven hits which they bunched nicely to give them five earned tallies. The opener was in the third when Bill Cleveland walked, Ben Guerrero bunted, Lyle Palmer singled and Walt Pocekay brought in Cleveland with on outfield fly.
Wenatchee ..... 001 110 021—8 7 0
Yakima ........... 000 000 001—1 7 2
Oubre and Pocekay; Thompson, Donley (8) and Donahue.
SALEM, July 11 — The Salem Senators collected 17 hits off three Tri-City pitchers as they won a Western International League baseball game 11-1 Friday night.
Charles Gassaway, who was charged with the defeat, was relieved in the first inning by Bill Kostenbader. Kostenbader was relieved by Ad Satalich in the fifth.
Tri-City ... 000 000 010— 1 8 3
Salem ..... 102 040 04x—11 17 1
Gassaway, Kostenbader (1), Satalich (5) and Pesut; DeGeorge. Francis (3) and Thrasher.