W L Pct. GB
Victoria ..... 28 14 .667 —
Spokane ...... 28 18 .609 2
Lewiston ..... 23 21 .523 6
Vancouver .... 19 18 .514 6½
Salem ........ 22 24 .478 8
Tri-City ..... 20 26 .445 10
Wenatchee .... 19 26 .422 10½
Yakima ....... 17 29 .370 13
VICTORIA, June 5— The Lewiston Broncs trimmed the Victoria Tyees 11-4 here Thursday night in the first game of a four-game Western International League baseball series.
The leading Tyees, who have now lost five of their last seven games, ran out of pitching as Ben Lorino failed for the second straight time to go the route.
Lewiston ..... 101 520 200—11 15 4
Victoria ....... 111 000 100— 4 11 1
Nicola and Helmuth; Lorino, Wisenski (5) and Marcucci.
Winner —Nicola. Loser —Lorino.
VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News Herald, June 6]—Bill Schuster has a new automobile in which he takes a great deal of pride, but he was saying Thursday night he’d willingly trade it even-up for one hitter who could drive in some runs for him.
Last night he would have needed more than one run producer, for the Indians from Spokane sloshed four Vancouver “throwers” for 16 hits and a 12-2 win. “Throwers” is the nearest we can come to describing the fellow who toed the rubber for the Caps on the night.
As Don Osborn, the Spokane manager said, “it was a swell homecoming, people are sure nice up this way.”
It has been 10 full years since Oz managed the Caps to a WIL pennant, this in 1942, and what the Wizard meant was, his friends in Vancouver made his coming out party complete with that fat 12-2 win.
Don, of course, had something to do with that himself. He collected quite a ball club to defend the WIL flag the Spokane club won in ‘51. His pitching is solid, as was Dick Bishop’s last night as he spaced 11 hits without any trouble for his sixth win.
Too, Spokane’s hitting has been everything Osborn has asked for. He has the league’s leading RBI man in Mel Wasley, who last night jumped his production to 42.
Now compare this figure to the Capilano leaders and you’ll see why Schuster would be willing to park with that sleek auto. Jim Wert is the best of the Caps and he has 19.
So far, the Caps have been in a terrible run producing slump and had it not been for brilliant pitching to this point, they would be in serious trouble.
Spokane got off to a two-run first inning on Bud Guldborg Thursday to get the feel of things, then batted the Capilano ace out in the fourth with another pair.
BILL HELPED, TOO.
They got a couple more off Billy Whyte, a big four-run seventh at Paul Jones’ expense, then wound up with two in the ninth off Gordie Brunswick.
Meanwhile, the Caps had enough runners to score themselves, but only picked up two of them in the fifth when they had the bases loaded with nobody out and could only score on John Ritchey’s fly ball and Brunswick’s single.
Spokane ....... 200 220 402—13 16 1
Vancouver ... 000 020 000— 2 11 0
Bishop and Sheets; Guldborg, Whyte (3), Jones (5), Brunswick (8) and Ritchey.
SALEM, June 5—Wenatchee, stepping off to a four run lead in the first inning, defeated Salem 9-1 in a Western International League baseball game here Thursday night.
Bill Cleveland, who had walked, scored the first run on a two-base error after two outs. Ross McCormack accounted for three more with his home run when Dick Adams and Bud Hjelmaa were on base.
Wenatchee ..... 400 010 013—9 7 1
Salem ............. 000 010 000—1 6 1
Dahle and Pocekay; Edmunds, Francis (9) and Nelson.
KENNEWICK, [Herald, June 6]—Although the Tri-City Braves may be in sixth place of the Western International League baseball race they are currently the winningest team with eight victories in their last 11 starts.
Today the Braves head out for a three game series at Salem, then jump to Spokane for four and return home on June 13. They carry with them a clean sweep of the three [game] series just concluded at Yakima series with an 8-7 victory Sanders Field.
Tri-City put the clincher on the last night. Pitcher Dick Waibel got credit for the win, but he needed an assist from Manager Charlie Gassaway. Gassaway strode to the mound in the eighth after Waibel had given up two runs and with Bears resting on two other sacks. Gassaway got the first Bear on a roller to Vic Buccola, and when Dario Lodigiani lifted a high fly to Des Charouhas in right field it looked like the second out. But Charouhas muffed the ball and two more Yakima runs crossed the plate. However, he didn't miss the next one hit his way for the third out of the inning. Gassaway got the side out easily in the ninth to win the game for Waibel.
Yakima also gave Tri-City two runs when shortstop Chuck Malmberg kicked Tom Manier's hard hit blow in the third with Vic Buccola and Bob Rittenberg scoring on the miscue. Tri-City's three runs in that frame matched Yakima's three garnered in the first to knot the game.
The Braves jumped out in front in the sixth with three more and put across their winning runs in the seventh. In the sixth Joe Scalise's single scored Marier and
Charouhas and Kovenz came in on Nick Pesut's deep fly to center. Des Charouhas belted a long triple in the seventh after two were out to score Buccola and then came in himself when Kovenz rapped out a double.
There were 1,635 fans in the stands, both to see the ball game and the highly advertised baseball comedian, Max Patkin.
Yakima ...... 300 000 040—7 7 1
Tri-City ..... 003 003 20x—8 9 1
Albini, Monahan (6) and Donahue; Waibel, Gassaway (8) and Pesut.