W L Pct GB
Victoria ..... 26 12 .684 —
Spokane ...... 24 17 .585 3½
Vancouver .... 18 15 .545 5½
Lewiston ..... 21 19 .525 6
Salem ........ 23 22 .467 8
Wenatchee .... 17 23 .425 10
Yakima ....... 16 25 .390 11½
Tri-City ..... 16 25 .390 11½
SALEM, May 31 — Salem made it three in a row over the Western International League leaders when it defeated Victoria 6-5 in the 10th inning here Saturday night.
Victoria stepped off to an early lead with a three run spurt in the third inning. John Treece's single, was the only hit of the scoring, Victoria scored again in the fifth and seventh.
But Salem tied to score at 5-all with a ninth-inning run after collecting three in the fourth and one in the seventh.
Art Thrasher, who had walked, came in with the winning run on Dick Bartle's double.
The two teams meet again Sunday night with Eric Gard pitching for Victoria. He has a record of two wins and no losses. Bob Collins, who has won four and lost four, will pitch for Salem.
Victoria ..... 003 010 100 5—5 9 0
Salem ........ 000 300 101 1—6 12 2
Lorino, Propst (7) and Martin; Schmidt, DeGeorge (3), Mann (10), Edmunds (10) and Thrasher. WP—Edmunds. LP—Propst.
SPOKANE, May 31 — Spokane took a 2-1 edge of its five-game Western Internatipnal League baseball series with Yakima Saturday, defeating the Bears 3-1 on the five-hit pitching of Dick Bishop.
The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Charlie Malmberg doubled and fan home on Sal Taormina's fly to deep left field, but lost it when Spokane scored twice in the third and again in the fourth on three singles and a balk.
It was a pitcher's duel all the way. Bishop struck out three Yakima batters and walked only two. John Albini, who went the distance for Yakima, struck out two and gave up two walks while allowing seven hits.
Tom Del Sarto probably will start at the mound for Yakima Sunday to face Frank Chase of Spokane in the first game of a doubleheader. Chase has won four and lost four while Del Sarto has won two and lost three.
Kenny Wright will go after his second win for Yakima, against two losses, in the second game, opposing Gordon Palm whose record is 3-3.
Yakima ....... 100 000 000—1 5 2
Spokane ..... 000 210 00x—3 7 1
Albini and Donahue; Bishop and Sheets.
SANDERS FIELD [Tri-City Herald, June 1] — Aided by two timely errors the Tri-City Braves captured a 5-4 Western International League baseball victory from the Vancouver Capilanos here last night.
It was their second win in the current series and gave the Braves a 2-1 edge. The two teams will end their meeting tonight with a doubleheader starting at 7 p.m.
Outfielder Olney Patterson, who was placed on the disabled list of the Tri-City Braves only yesterday, was handed hit outright release by the team last night.
Patterson is the second outfielder to leave the club within recent weeks. The other Bill Rogers, also an alumunus of the Pioneer Class C League, was optioned to Salt Lake City.
Vancouver's first critical error came in the second inning with the bases FOB (Full of Braves) Shortstop Ray Tran juggled Nick Pesut's grounder and before the Caps could get the side out th miscue had accounted for two runs The second error, and the one that finally cost them, the ball game came in the bottom of the ninth.
This time third baseman Jess Williams was at fault. He picked up Joe Scalise's easy infield roller and threw wildly into the dirt a first base permitting Des Charouhas to race in with the winning run Dick Waibel started on the hill for Tri-City but it was reliefer Ken Michelson who came on in the eighth who got credit for the victory. Bill Whyte who went the distance for Caps was the loser.
Waibel and Whyte were both in trouble most of the night which accounts for the total of 26 base hits given up. Waibel was finally lifted in the eighth after giving up four successive hits including catcher John Ritchey's double which sent the Caps into a 4-3 lead.
Tri-City got all their tieing and winning runs in the ninth after two were out. With the fans starting to leave the park, Tommy Marier laced a single into center. Des Charouhas then belted a double deep into left to score Marier and when Joe Scalise hit an easy roller to the Vancouver third baseman the fans were ready for an extra inning ball game. But that was before Williams cut loose with his throw to first. When he did throw it the stands erupted with a cheer for the throw went ino the dirt and skidded wildly past first basemap Jim Wert, Charouhas raced all the way in easily on the play.
Ken Michelson who took over from Waibel scored his second victory within the week by doing relief chores. Michelson gave up but one hit, that to Bob Duretto in the ninth, and he was erased at second Nick Pesut and Marier when he attempted to steal.
Two double plays, by the Tri-City infield also helped in last night's victory. Don Lopes at shortstop who looks better in each successive game started both of the twin killings.
Vancouver ..... 000 110 020—4-15-3
Tri-City ...... 030 000 002—5-11-1
Whyte and Ritchey; Waibel, Michelson (8) and Pesut.
LEWISTON, Idaho, May 31 — Lewiston batters tapped two Wenatchee pitchers for 14 hits Saturday to dump the Chiefs 12-1 and win the third game of their five-game Western International League baseball series.
The Broncs scored in every inning but the seventh, the only frame Wenatchee could score. The Chiefs' manager Dick Adams walked to first, moved to second in a passed ball and scored on loss McCormick's single.
It was the first loss of the season or Wenatchee starter Chuck Oubre, against five wins. He was relieved in the fifth by Ed Capp.
Wenatchee ....... 000 000 100— 1 4 3
Lewiston ........ 131 211 03x—12 14 1
Oubre, Capp (5) and Pocekay; Schulte and Lundberg.
Rabbit Garriott Leads Batting Race
UNDATED, June 1—Cecil Garriott, Victoria, with a .390 average, again is the leading hitter in the Western International League, statistics compiled by Howe News Bureau reveal. The averages are complete for games through May 26.
Garriott also took the lead in runs with 38 and is one of eight tied for the home run lead at three apiece. He further retained his lead in doubles with 13 while most leaders in the specialized departments fell by the wayside.
Vic Buccola, Tri-City, kept his lead in stolen bases with 13 and John Ritchey of Vancouver continued at the top in triples although forced to share the honor with Jerry Zuvela, Yakima. Each had four triples.
New leaders are: Hits — Walt Pockey, Wenatchee, and Bill Andering, Yakima, 51 apiece; total bases — Pocekay, 75; runs-batted in — Mel Wasley, Spokane, 37.
John Conant, Spokane, has moved ahead of other pitchers in the league as he posted his sixth win without a defeat.