Western International League
W L Pct.
Spokane ..... 15 8 .661 —
Victoria .... 14 6 .636 1
Vancouver ... 11 8 .579 2
Wenatchee ... 11 12 .478 5
Salem ....... 11 13 .458 5½
Yakima ...... 10 14 .417 6½
Tri-City .... 10 15 .400 7
Lewiston ..... 9 14 .391 8
SPOKANE, May 16 — Spokane scored all its runs in the seventh inning Friday night in edging the Lewiston Broncs 6-5 in Western International League baseball.
The Indians touched Lewiston starter Joe Nicholas for five hits in that inning and reliefer Bill Schulte for two as one runner after another crossed home plate.
Herb Simpson started the big scoring parade with a single to right field. He scored on Bill Sheets' double and singled in the sixth run in his second time up in that frame.
The Broncs held a 3-0 lead going into the fateful frame. They added two more in the eighth in a futile attempt at a comeback.
Lewiston .... 110 001 020—5 9 1
Spokane ..... 000 000 60x—6 15 1
Nicholas, Schulte (7), Powell (7), Owens (8) and Lundberg; Conant, Roberts (8) and Sheets.
VICTORIA [Vancouver News Herald, May 17]—Win or lose on this weekend, Vancouver baseball fans will be out to say a big “hello” Monday night when the Caps come home. Why? Bob Snyder is having his coming out party, that’s why.
Bill Schuster named Snyder as his starter for the Monday game against Tri-City here yesterday, and fans will take it from there.
Perhaps the Caps like the idea of that announcement, too. Anyway, they showed a strong liking for something or other Friday when they lathered Jimmy Propst and the Victoria A’s 8-1.
This was Len Tran’s show. The stocky second baseman had a night with his baseball bat he won’t soon forget—five-for-five and those hits included a homer, two doubles, two singles and three rbi’s.
The homer was Len’s first and only the second from the Caps this year.
It was a ball game, in fact, only as long as Tran kept it tat way. He drove in the first run of the game in the second inning after Gordie Brunswick had gone all the way around to third on John Treece’s three-base error.
Then little Leonard doubled and scored one of the two fourth-inning runs. His two-run homer in the sixth started the Caps off to their biggest inning and they wound up scoring four runs here.
That was more than enough for Van Fletcher. “Fletch” would have had a shoutout with something to spare but for one pitch he’d like to throw all over again. It was an eighth inning gopher ball which Cece Garriott popped over the short centre field fence. Fletcher struck out nine and walked only one in a display little short of masterful. He allowed nine hits, but seemed to have plenty left in every crisis.
Edo Vanni and Jesse Williams supplied Tran with his supporting cast. Each connected three times and the three of them together had 11 of the 13 Vancouver safeties.
The same clubs wind up here with a split doubleheader today in which Ed Locke goes for the Caps in one half and likely Carl Gunnarson in the other. Monday is quite another thing. It might almost be a close parallel to last year’s “Snyder Night.”
Vancouver ...... 010 304 001—8 13 0
Victoria ........... 000 000 010—1 9 5
Fletcher and Ritchey; Propst, Chenard (9) and Marcucci, Martin (6).
KENNEWICK, May 16 — The Wenatchee Chiefs pushed across four unearned runs in the top of the ninth Friday night to take a 6-5 Western International League baseball victory from the Tri-City Braves.
With two away, Tri-City center-fielder Olney Patterson muffed a Texas leaguer by Chief pinchhitter Bob Garrett, allowing two runs to score. Bill Cleveland then sent a sizzling double down the left field line to score the tying and winning runs.
Wenatchee ....... 000 100 104—6 5 1
Tri-City ............. 000 013 010—5 4 2
Oubre, Tierney (9) and Pocekay; Michelson and Carr.
SALEM, May 16—Salem trounced Yakima 17-5 to open a Western International Leacgue baseball series Friday night.
Catcher Bob Nelson led the Salem hitting attack against three Yakima pitchers with his four hits in five times at bat, including two doubles and one triple.
Doubles by Dick Briskey, Mike Donahue and Sal Taormina in the eighth and ninth innings accounted for four runs but the rally ran out of gas.
Yakima ........ 000 100 022— 5 7 3
Salem .......... 300 424 32x—17 16 1
Wright, Donley (6), Stites (8) and Donahue; Collins and Nelson.