Thursday, 28 February 2008

Closing Day, Sunday, September 14, 1952

W L Pct. GB
Victoria ..... 94 55 .631 —
Spokane ...... 91 64 .587 6
Vancouver .... 72 69 .511 18
Salem ........ 74 78 .487 21½
Yakima ....... 73 79 .480 22½
Lewiston ..... 71 82 .464 25
Tri-City ..... 67 79 .459 25½
Wenatchee .... 58 94 .382 37½

YAKIMA, Sept. 14—Yakima's defending champion Bears swept a season-ending doubleheader with the Wenatchee Chiefs Sunday, 5-4 and 9-1, but their drive for a first division berth in the Western International League fell half a game short.
A crowd of 1,300 saw the windup of the Class A circuit's schedule here.
The Bears took all four games of the final series with Wenatchee, but their Garrison finish was not good enough to overcome Salem, which clinched fourth place with an 8-7 last-game win over Tri-City at Kennewick.
Frankie Dasso, the league's losingest pitcher with 26 setbacks, was the Wenatchee goat in Sunday's regulation opener.
Playing in right field, Dasso lost Ken Richardson's high fly in the sun with two away in the sixth to let in two runs. Mike Donahue's double and Jack Thompson's single brought in two more. That tied it at 4-all.
Yakima got its winning run in the seventh when, with two out, Len Noren fanned but got to first base when catcher Rip Robinett let the ball roll behind him. Noren scampered home a moment later when Dasso lost sight of John Albini's towering fly in the sun again and dropped it.
The seven-inning nightcap was a breeze for the Bears. Bob Savage (9-7) went the route for Yakima.
Thompson (14-16), who took over for Tom Del Sarto in the sixth, was the first game winner.
First Game
Wenatchee ... 003 001 000—4 6 2
Yakima ......... 000 004 10x—5 9 0
Dahle and Robinett; Del Sarto, Thompson (6) and Donahue.
Second Game
Wenatchee .... 100 000 0—1 4 1
Yakima .......... 102 060 x—9 11 2
Bauhofer, Kapp (6) and Robinett; Savage and Donahue.

KENNEWICK, Sept. 14 — Salem's Senators clinched fourth place in the Western International League Sunday with an 8-7 victory over the Tri-City Braves in a wild game that ended the season for both clubs.
The Senators scored all their runs off three Tri-City pitchers, driving starter George New and reliefer Bill Kostenbader to cover during the barrage. Dave Brittain finished up.
The big frame saw Salem capitalize on five hits, two errors and two walks. Three of the blows were for extra bases. Art Thrasher drove home two runs with a double and Jim Deyo shoved across one with his two-bagger. Bob Nelson's triple brought in Deyo.
Tri-City came within one run of catching up in the seventh when Des Charouhas rapped out his second homer of the season with a mate aboard.
Ray McNulty went all the way for the Senators. New was the loser.
Salem ...... 000 800 000—8 9 0
Tri-City .... 001 004 200—7 14 2
McNulty and Nelson; New, Kostenbader (4), Brittain (4) and Pesut.


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