W L Pct GB
Victoria ..... 38 16 .704 —
Spokane ...... 35 25 .583 6
Vancouver .... 28 22 .551 8
Wenatchee .... 27 31 .466 12
Lewiston ..... 26 30 .464 12
Tri-City ..... 26 33 .441 13½
Salem ........ 24 32 .429 15
Yakima ....... 22 37 .373 18½
VICTORIA, June 18—The Victoria Tyees took the deciding game of their three-game Western International League baseball series with the Tri-City Braves here Wednesday night, winning 9-1 behind the impressive two-hit pitching of Cal McIrvin.
Mclrvin held the Braves to two hits and walked one batter. He lost his shutout only because an attempt at a shoestring catch of Joe Scalise's eighth-inning hit failed and went for a triple. An outfield fly plated the Tri-City run.
Scalise had the only other hit off McIrvin, a second-inning ground single. McIrvin retired the next 17 batters.
Tri-City ...... 000 000 010—1 2 4
Victoria .......... 200 110 05x—9 13 0
New and Pesut; McIrvin and Marcucci.
YAKIMA, June 18—Veteran John Conant chalked up his eighth win of the Western International League campaign Wednesday night as he pitched the Spokane Indians to a 3-0 victory over the Yakima Bears. The shutout evened the three-game series at one apiece.
Conant, who had three setbacks, gave up three scattered hits and was in trouble in only one inning. Jack Thompson was the loser as he dropped his sixth against seven wins.
The Indians scored twice in the second inning on singles by Sam Kanelos and Conant's fly to right field. They added another in the fourth when Brown was hit by Thompson, went to second on a wild pitch and came home when Kanelos ricocheted a drive off Thompson's shins into left field.
Spokane ..... 020 100 000—3 6 1
Yakima ....... 000 000 000—0 3 0
Conant and Sheets; Thompson, Wright (9) and Donahue.
VANCOUVER [Keith Matthews, News-Herald, June 19]—The Capilanos—and Bob Snyder—got a couple of breaks which went the right way Wednesday at the Stadium in the form of two large mental errors from the Salem crowd. It gave Snyder a tight 1-0 decision, his third this season, and for the Caps this is now seven victories out of the last nine.
Hugh Luby, the Salem manager and a guy who calls a spade a spade, realizes Cap Stadium is the Senators’ jinx park. It is his reasoning, and probably rightly so, that because of the jinx, his gang can’t afford errors between the ears.
“We made one tonight in the fifth inning and it cost us a ball game. We should still be playing this one, but what can you do when your kids refuse to think?”
Luby referred to his rookie third baseman, Tom Galli. Galli had singled with two out in the fifth and on ray McNulty’s following double, Galli stopped at third. It was a hit where Gordie Brunswick and Ed Locke played Alphonse and Gaston, sometimes known as you take it, I donøt want it.
“We had everything to win, nothing to lose on Galli trying for the plate,” Galli reasoned. “We were behind 1-0 and only a perfect relay from the outfield figured to catch Tom. But he wasn’t running. My oh my, I’m to have to light a fire under this club somehow.”
Snyder’s performance was great, though he didn’t overshadow the Salem right-hander, Ray McNulty. Bob allowed seven hits, Ray four, but Snyder’s defence was alert and pulled him out of a couple of bad holes.
Bob Duretto, for instance, robbed Luby of at least two bases with a great one-hander against the fence in the third inning, then wheeled and made a double play out of it on Gene Tanselli on a fast relay to Ray Tran and on to Jim Wert.
And so it went. In the end, John Ritchey’s fourth inning single, a stolen base and Bob Nelson’s error and Jim Wert’s fly provided the only run, and it was enough.
DIAMOND DUST—The crowd was a rousing 4,000 for this excellent ball game … A large part of the house was made up of daddies for this was Father’s Night at the ballyard … The Father of the year, Hector Viens, was introduced at the end of the fifth and honored with presents … Caps open a four-game series with Tri-City tonight at 8:15 with Bud Guldborg (7-2) shooting for Vancouver … Len Tran was benched last night, Jesse Williams moving in from second and Bud Isham to third … Williams injured the heel of his right foot, incidentally.
Salem ............. 000 000 000—0 7 1
Vancouver ....... 000 100 00x—1 4 2
McNulty and Nelson; Snyder and Ritchey.
WENATCHEE, June 18—The Wenatchee Chiefs eased the Lewiston Brones out of the Western International League first division Wednesday night.
The Chiefs capped their slow rise through the lower ranks with a 12-6 win over the Idahoans and moved into fourth, place, two percentage points ahead of the Broncs.
The win gave Wenatchee a 2-0 edge in the three-game series at Wenatchee and also put an end to the Bob Schulte' shutout jinx.
Schulte, ace Lewiston hurler, had blanked the Chiefs the last four times he faced them. He went to the showers in the fifth inning Wednesday night as the Chiefs chased in eight runs.
Lewiston ......... 001 102 020—6-11 3
Wenatchee ..... 002 080 20x—12 13 3
Schulte, Humphries (5), Thomason (5) and Lundberg, Helmuth (6); Dasso, Stites (6) and Pocekay.