W L Pct GB
Victoria ..... 43 23 .652 —
Spokane ...... 40 32 .566 6
Vancouver .... 34 28 .548 7
Lewiston ..... 33 34 .493 10½
Salem ........ 33 36 .478 11½
Wenatchee .... 32 38 .457 13
Tri-City ..... 30 40 .429 15
Yakima ....... 29 43 .403 16
VICTORIA, July 1—Jehosie Heard posted a four-hit, 11-0 shutout for Victoria in the first half of a Western International League twin bill Tuesday.
Wenatchee took the nightcap 3-1.
Heard posted recorded victory No.10 in his fourth attempt. Backed by a 16-hit attack, he worked easily and was never in any serious danger. Bob Moniz gave him his third shutout in the eighth with a perfect throw that got a runner at the plate trying to score from second on a single.
Jim Clark had a perfect afternoon, going four for four, all singled. Lilio Marcucci smacked four hits, including a homer and a triple, for three runs, while Cece Garriott and Granny Gladstone also brought in a trio of Victoria runners each.
Two of the hits hits allowed by Heard were doubles—by Buddy Hjelmaa and Bill Cleveland. Heard struck out seven and walked three.
Cal McIrvin, who arrived only a couple of hours before game time, was a tough-luck loser in the second holiday game. Two ninth-inning runs broke a 1-1 tie and gave him his fourth loss instead of his 11th win.
Of the 11 hits in the game, only one was for extra bases, by Ross McCormack.
Cleveland’s groundout put Wenatchee on the board in the third inning, then Don Pries tied the game in the fourth by singling in Gladstone.
Monroe, with a single, and Ridgeway, with an out, were credited with the ninth-inning RBIs.
Hjelmaa had three hits for the winners.
Wenatchee .... 000 000 000—0 4 3
Victoria ......... 311 204 00x—11 16 0
Dahle, Bauhofer (5) and Robinett; Heard and Marcucci.
Wenatchee .... 001 000 002—3 7 1
Victoria ......... 000 100 000—1 4 1
Stites and Robinett; McIrvin and Marcucci.
SALEM, July 1—Salem batters collected 14 hits off three Spokane pitchers as the Senators won a Western International League baseball game here 6-0 Tuesday night.
Bill Spaeter led the Salem hitting attack with three singles in four times at bat. He also drove in two runs.
Dick Bishop, the losing pitcher, was knocked out of the game in the second inning.
Spokane .... 000 000 000—0 6 1
Salem ....... 130 011 00x—6 14 0
Bishop, Palm (2), Chase (7) and Sheets; Hemphill and Thrasher.
VANCOUVER [News-Herald, July 2]—They haven’t called out the militia yet, but a state of emergency exists at Capilano Stadium where the Capilanos continue to blow WIL leads to second division clubs.
Tuesday, the Caps made it four in a row—all to the seventh and eighth place contenders in the league—with a double loss to the bottom place Yakima Bears, 7-5 and 5-1. It isn’t just the way a potential champion is supposed to act.
Of the two, the afternoon game was far the worst. John Guldborg had a 4-0 shutout going for six-plus innings when he blew high, wide and handsome. In the seventh, the Vancouver ace allowed five runs, got himself batted out of the box and treated very roughly. Guldborg didn’t pick up the loss as the Caps came back with one run in their seventh to tie it, but a two-run ninth by Yakima off Billy Whyte was the coup de grace.
NO ONE KNOWS
What is the matter? No one seems to know.
Most everybody agrees the club is not pulling together. There has even been talk of dissention, though no exact cases are known. However, four losses in a row to the lowest teams in the league is apt to prompt most any kind of rumors.
Injuries have hurt the Caps sorely. The club has been getting along on just 14 men, not all of them able bodies. Last night, for instance, Bob Duretto came back into the line-up after a week on the shelf. He relieved John Ritchey, who badly needed a day off, but Duretto had to quit after eight innings because his bad leg would stand up no longer.
Ray Tran is hobbling about with another bad leg; Jesse Wiliams’ feet still hurt, and Edo Vanni still operates on pulled muscles. All of which makes you wonder why Bill Schuster doesn’t go on the active list again and play some baseball.
Schuster says he is ready and can play as well as the next fellow. He agrees somebody has to light a fire underneath his club and he has the feeling he is the one to do it. However, he’s not in there and nobody can explain why.
Yesterday the Caps came up with a new pitcher. He’s Tom Lovrich, a bonus kid signed by Seattle from the Southern California college campus. Over a three-year span he won 33 and lost nine for USC. He’s 6 feet 5 ½ inches tall, a right-hander, and he throws hard. In fact, he looks somewhat like a minor league Ewell Blackwell.
SEE ACTION SOON
The youngster will see action soon, as the Vancouver pitching staff is sorely taxed. The Caps sold Carl Gunnarson outright to Victoria yesterday to allow the veteran to see some action.
Last night’s was Bob Snyder’s first loss after three straight wins. It was a 2-1 ball game for nine innings when Yakima broke through for three late runs. That settled it, because Tom DelSarto, the Bears’ leftie, had it in spades, allowing the locals only four hits and keeping them far enough away for an easy win.
The same two clubs meet again tonight at 8:15 with Van Fletcher (6-4) going for Vancouver.
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VANCOUVER, B.C., July 1 — The Yakima Bears concentrated on last-inning rallies to take both ends of a day-night Western International League baseball doubleheader with the Vancouver Capilanos Tuesday.
They won the opener 7-5 on two runs in the ninth and then broke through for three late tuns and a decisive 5-1 victory in the nightcap.
Third game of their four-game series is scheduled for Wednesday.
In the nightcap, the Bears scored their three ninth inning runs on singles by John Albini, manager Dario Lodigiani and Mike Donahue and a double by Ernie Schuerman.
Yakima ........ 000 000 502—7 10 3
Vancouver ... 100 2120 100—5 12 1
Shandor and Albini; Guldborg, Whyte (7) and Ritchey.
Yakima ........ 101 000 003—5 11 3
Vancouver ... 000 001 000—1 4 1
Del Sarto and Donahue; Snyder and Duretto, Ritchey (9).
KENNEWICK, [Tri-City Herald]—The Lewiston Braves gave Tri-City a 7-1 victory Tuesday night and the Braves reluctantly accepted.
The Broncs almost set a record for donated runs when their pitchers walked 11 men and the team nade four errors in the first five innings.
The Braves big inning was the fourth when they scored three times and didn't get a hit.
It came about this way:
First baseman Vic Buccola walked. Tom Marier, the second baseman, also walked. Then Des Charouhas, the left fielder, bunted down the third base line.
Lewiston pitcher Art Bowman picked up the ball and flung it and from a sitting position in the general direction of first base. First baseman Butch Moran couldn't make the catch and Buccola and Marier scored. Charouhas went all the way to third on the play.
Tri-City first baseman, Nick Pesut then sacrificed to bring Charouhas home.
In the first inning, Buccola got a single. Marier also rapped out a hit. Charouhas picked up a third hit and Buccola scored. Marier was thrown out at home.
An error gave Tri-City another run in the third frame. Charouhas, the first man up, walked.
John Kovenz, center fielder, hit a ground ball and Charouhas was thrown out on a fielder's choice. Catcher Nick Pesut popped out. Joe Scalise also walked putting runners on first and second.
Then the Lewiston catcher, in an attempt to catch Kovenz, threw the ball over the second baseman's head and Kovenz scored. Scalise holed up at third.
Pitcher Bob Schulte walked two more to load the bases before the was jerked and Art Bowman sent in. Bowman struck out Tri-City pitcher Art [sic] Greenwood to retire the side.
In the fifth inning third baseman Bob Rittenburg lead-off with a single. Don Lopes struck out but Greenwood got a hit that sent Bittenberg to second. Buccola filed out. Marier knocked out a double which scored Bittenberg and sent Greenwood to third.
Charouhas drew a base on balls loading the bases. Kovenz followed with a hit that scored Greenwood. Lopes struck out to end the inning.
Lewiston's only run came in the sixth. Milt Smith got a hit. He stole second base and then Nick Pesut dropped the ball and Smith went to third. He came in on a double by Moran.
All night long the Braves passed up scoring chances given to them by the Broncs. In the second inning with one out, three walked to load the bases. Then the next two batters fanned to end the inning. The third inning end in much the same way.
In the fourth inning the Braves also retired with the bases loaded.
Lewiston ... 000 001 000—1 5 4
Tri-City ..... 101 320 00x—7 7 1
Schulte, Brenner (5) and Lundberg; Greenwood and Pesut.
Michelson Quits Tri-City Braves
Departure Leaves Team Three Pitchers Short
[Tri-City Herald, July 2, 1952]
Pitcher Kenneth Michelson has quit the Tri-City Braves and Monday night, Manager Cbartle Gassaway was feeling mighty low.
The reason for Gassaway's down-in-the-dumps attitude:
As of Tuesday night, the Braves faced five games in four days and Gassaway has but four pitchers, including himself. This means that unless Gassaway can get hold of some more pitchers, he will be unable to send in relief men regardless of how high scores may run.
This is the way the Braves' pitching staff stands. Bob Greenwood hurled his game last night. Bob Satalich has gone to Portland to have his bad back treated. That leaves Ralph Romero, George New and Gassaway for the two games here with Lewiston and the double header July 4 at Wenatchee.
And things aren't looking up. The schedule for another game at Wenatchee followed by another doubleheader the next day.
Meanwhile, Dick Richards, the club's vice president, and Gassaway are trying desperately to find more pitchers. But Gassaway reports that most clubs have out a "Pitcher Wanted" sign.
Gassaway is seriously considering curtailing workouts to save on his 14 remaining players.
Michelson's departure was not entirely unexpected. Don Becker, former sports editor of the Tri-City Herald, reported two weeks ago that one of the pitchers was seriously thinking about quitting. Becker wrote then that the pitcher thought he could make more money outside of baseball.
Michelson reported to Richards Monday and told the vice president he was quitting. He then picked up his personal belongings and left without seeing Gassaway.
Gassaway said Tuesday night he was sorry to see Michelson go. He said Michelson felt that if he couldn't do good at baseball, he would drop out.
Gassaway had been using Michelson in relief roles. He said the pitcher probably saved him 12 to 14 games this season in that capacity.
However, Gassaway said, Michelson apparently thought he could get no where fast in organized ball as a relief hurler and decided to quit.
Michelson played in 21 games this season for a total of 72 innings. He won three and lost seven for an average of .300. He gave up 65 runs, 98 hits and 55 bases on balls. He is credited with 33 strikeouts.
Spokane Club Puts $50,000 Price Tag on Jack Spring
SPOKANE, July 1— The Spokane Indians put a $50,000 price tag Wednesday on a rookie lefthanded pitcher who hasn't won a game yet.
Owner Roy Hotchkiss said he fixed the price for young Jack Spring after the Brooklyn Dodgers showed considerable interest in the 19-year-old and asked "how much."
Spring, signed last month by the Indians after an impressive season with the Washington State College varsity, has made three appearances in the class A Western International League. He has lost two, hasn't won yet.
Several big league scouts watched him work last week in a relief role against Yakima. He fanned five in 3 1/3 innings, gave up two hits but was charged with the loss when one of the men he struck out got to first on a catcher's error and scored the winning run.