W L Pct GB
Victoria ..... 26 9 .743 —
Spokane ...... 22 16 .579 5½
Vancouver .... 17 13 .567 6½
Lewiston ..... 18 19 .486 9
Wenatchee .... 17 20 .459 10
Salem ........ 17 22 .426 11
Yakima ....... 15 23 .395 12½
Tri-City ..... 14 24 .388 13½
SPOKANE, May 29—The Victoria Tyees tapped Spokane pitchers for 13 hits Thursday to down the Indians 11-2 and win a clean sweep of their Western Interntional League series.
Victoria pitcher Cal McIrvin gave up only three hits, in the first, third and seventh innings as he struck out five Spokane batters and walked only two.
Victoria ....... 041 030 102—11 13 2
Spokane ...... 002 000 000—2 3 5
McIrvin and Barton, Towne (9); Chase, Palm (5), Osborne (8) and Sheets.
LEWISTON [Vancouver News Herald, May 30]—The “new look” Capilanos erupted for six 12th inning runs here Thursday night to snap a four-game WIL losing streak and beat Lewiston, 8-2.
Johnny Ritchie, the leadoff hitter in manager Bill Schuster’s new batting plan, blasted a bases-loaded homer to highlight the inning.
Schuster shook up both ends of the batting order in an endeavor to get more punch into the club’s swinging. For 11 innings, it didn’t appear to be working, but after that big 12th Bill will probably stick with the new look.
Ritchey led off and got three-for-five for his work, including the grand slam homer. Jesse Williams was moved from No. 7 to No. 2 in the order, and Edo Vanni batted third. The rest remained the same, except for Ray Tran, who moved down to eighth slot.
It was Ritchey and Vanni with their hitting and Van Fletcher with a remarkable job of pitching, who were responsible for the win.
Fletcher, in winning his fourth of the season against one loss, allowed only eight hits in his 12-inning stay. Except for two runs he gave up early, the big fellow was rarely in trouble.
It was Vanni who started it in the 12th. He singled for his third hit in six tries and was sacrificed to second by Lennie Tran. When Jim Wert grounded out, it appeared as if the game would go on and on, but Gordie Brunswick walked to keep the rally alive and Bob Duretto singled home Vanni with the winner. That wasn’t all, though. Ray Tran walked and Fletcher beat out a single to fill up the bases.
Then along came Ritchey and when he unloaded his 315-foot homer over the right field wall, it was in the bag.
For Johnny, the defending WIL batting champion, it was his first 1952 homer and also the first indication that he had at last started producing runs with his big bat the way expected of him.
Today the Caps will move over to Kennewick where they open a five-game series against the Tri-City Braves.
It will be a Memorial Day doubleheader down there tonight with Schuster making his pitching selections from John Guldborg, Billy Whyte and Bob Snyder.
Vancouver ..... 000 200 000 006—8 11 2
Lewiston ....... 100 000 001 000—2 8 1
Fletcher and Ritchey; Bowman and Helmuth, Lundberg (8).
WENATCHEE, May 29—Yakima capitalized on Wenatchee errors again Thursday night to win another Western International League baseball game, 3-1, and maintain the home-park jinx for the Chiefs.
Yakima .......... 300 000 000—3 4 1
Wenatchee .... 010 000 001—1 3 4
Shandor and Donahue; Dasso and Pockeay.
KENNEWICK, May 29—Tri-City squeezed out a 1-0 win over Salem Thursday night in a Western International League baseball game.
The lone tally was scored in the fourth inning by Tom Marier [who] reached first on a single and moved to third on successive singles by Joe Scalise and Nick Pesut. He was squeezed home on a bunt by Olney Patterson, who was thrown out.
Salem had its best opportunity to recoup in the sixth but couldn’t quite make it pay off. Glen Tuckett singled, moved to second on a single by Hugh Luby and to third on an outfield fly. He was put out at home plate when he and Luby attempted a double steal. Tuckett was the only Salem runner to reach third.
Salem ........ 000 000 000—0 4 0
Tri-City ..... 000 100 00x—1 5 0
Hemphill and Nelson; Romero and Pesut.