Sunday, 6 January 2008

Sunday, June 1, 1952

W L Pct. GB
Victoria ..... 27 12 .682
Spokane ...... 26 17 .605 3
Lewiston ..... 22 20 .524 6½
Vancouver .... 18 17 .514 7
Salem ........ 20 23 .465 8
Wenatchee .... 18 24 .428 10½
Tri-City ..... 18 25 .418 11
Yakima ....... 16 27 .372 13

SALEM, June 1—Victoria, defeated in three consecutive games by Salem, overcame the Senators 5-2 here Sunday. But Salem won the four-game Western International League series 3-1.
Granny Gladstone’s bases-loaded home run in the fourth inning was enough to win the ball game for Victoria. But they added one more in the ninth on hits by Don Pries and Lu Branham.
Victoria ..... 000 4000 001—5 5 2
Salem ........ 001 100 000—2 6 1
Gard and Martin; Collins, DeGeorge (5), Hemphill (9) and Nelson.

SPOKANE, June 1—The Spokane Indians edged the Yakima Bears, 6-5, 5-4, Sunday in a split Western International League baseball doubleheader. The two wins gave the Indians a 4-1 rating in the series with Yakima.
First Game
Yakima ....... 021 000 020 0—5 9 3
Spokane ...... 001 201 001 1—6 11 2
Del Sarto, Shandor (9) and Donahue; Chase, Roberts (10) and Sheets.
Second Game
Yakima ....... 012 010 000—4 10 1
Spokane ...... 010 200 20x—5 11 4
Wright and Donahue; Palm and Sheets. WP—Palm; LP—Wright.

KENNEWICK [Tri City Herald, June 2]—Successful in six of their last eight starts the Tri-City Braves have climbed out of the Western International League baseball cellar and sve now within easy shooting distance of the first division.
Their current home stand, by all odd the best yet, saw the Braves take two from Salem and then four from Vancouver. Tuesday they'll be going after their third series victory when the current league cellar dwellers, the Vaklnia Bears move in for three games.
Tri-City wound up against the Capilanos Sunday by sweeping a doublebeader 5-4 and 7-3.
George New went the distance in the seven-inning opener to post his second victory of the year, while Ad Satalich, aided by the superb relief hurling of Ken Michelson, won the nightcap. It was Satalich's second win of the year.
Tri-City trailed 4-2 in the first game before they staged their winning rally in the seventh and final inning. And again it was the big bat of Des Charouhas that spoke with the most authority. With one out Bob Rittenberg opened with a single and then Tom Marier doubled. Charouhas picked his favorite spot in right center and hammered out a deep triple to score both runners and tie the score. Vancouver's relief hurler, Bob Snyder then intentionally loaded the bases, playing and praying for a quick twin killing to end the jam. But Nick Pesut stifled that hope when he rifled a single into right to score Charouhas and win the ball game.
The Braves jumped out in front wilh four runs in the first inning of the second game. It was all they needed to sweep the
twin bill. However, by way of insurance they notched another run in tht sixth and two more in the eighth.
In tha first Vic Buccola opened with a double and Marier followed with a circuit smash to make it 2-0. Charouhas kept the five hot with a single and Joe Scalise followed with another as did Pesut. Then two successive walks to Don Lopes and Ad Satalich forced in two more runs.
A free pass coupled with singles by Scalise and Kovenz added two runs in the eighth. Kovenz also slammed out a home run, his second since joining the Braves, when he blasted the ball out of the field in the general direction of Kennewick in the second frame of the opening game.
Both manager's were confidently awaiting $10 fines from
League President Robert Abel today. That's the automatic amount for being ejected from a game and both Charlie Gassaway and Bill Schuster got the
thumb in the first game. Tri-City made another change in their roster with the outright release of hurler Neil Johnston. Johnston was dropped from the staff with the arrival of pitcher Bob Greenwood.
First Game
Vancouver ...... 301 000 0—4 8 0
Tri-City ....... 010 100 3—5 10 1
Jones, Snyder (7) and Ritchey; New and Pesut.
Second Game
Vancouver ...... 000 000 003—3 6 3
Tri-City ....... 400 001 02x—7 14 0
Locke and Ritchey; Satalich, Michelson (9) and Pesut.

LEWISTON, Idaho, June 1—The Chiefs split a Western International League baseball twin-bill here Sunday.
The Chiefs threw the Broncs for a 9-1 loss in the afternoon game and Lewiston came back in the nightcap to shut out the Chiefs 4-0.
First Game
Wenatchee ...... 300 400 2—9 13 1
Lewiston ....... 000 000 1—1 4 2
Dahle and Pocekay; Powell, Humphreys (4) and Lundberg.
Second Game

Wenatchee ...... 000 000 000—0 5 4
Lewiston ....... 201 010 00x—4 9 0
Dasso and Pocekay; Thomason and Helmuth.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor [from June 2, 1952]
It's almost a cinch bet that the Western International League will up its limit one player . . . a veteran . . . at a meeting of the league officials this month. Virtually all of the managers are in favor of the change which incidentally would also lift the league into one of the unfilled requirements of a class A loop.
Those managers we've talked to agree the league needs at least another, veteran to stabilize it. Biggest thing lacking ... aside from some good ball play era. . . is color. Vancouver with Manager Billy (the Rooster) Schuster and outfielder Edo Vanni, have most of it coralled. The only other name that occurs at the moment 1s pitcher John Marshall at Spokane. With constant changes being made today's edition of the Tri-City Braves hardly resembles the one that opened the season. The present outfield of Scalise, Kovenz and Charouhas is completely new. Don Lopes at shortstop is a new face, While on the pitching staff there is George New, and newly arrived Bob Greenwood. Almost added Neil Johnston, who was a newcomer until yesterday when he drew his release.
Hitting, or rather the lack of which has been one of Manager Charlie Gassaway's most cogent problems, seems to be ironing itself out with the new lineup. Tommy Marier is developing into a long ball hitter to back up Charouhas in that department. Vic Buccola and Nick Pesut are also beginning to look more like the hitters we remembered than ever before this season.

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