Friday, 15 February 2008

Wednesday, August 20, 1952

W L Pct. GB
Victoria .... 80 41 .661 —
Spokane ..... 73 55 .570 11½
Vancouver ... 60 57 .513 18
Salem ....... 60 63 .488 21
Yakima ...... 57 67 .460 23½
Lewiston .... 57 68 .456 25
Tri-City .... 53 68 .438 27
Wenatchee ... 51 72 .415 30

KENNEWICK, [Tri-City Herald, Aug. 21] — Not one Tyee runner got beyond second base Wednesday night when Tri-City's Bob Greenwood pitched four-hit ball, to shut out the Victoria nine.
At the plate all of the Braves except Greenwood got one or more hits to pile up six runs and take the second game,of the four-game series.
Tonight the Braves will play a doubleheader with the Tyees. George New will pitch the seven-inning opener and Dave Brittain will hurl the nightcap.
It is also Eagles night, and they will honor the Braves' big catcher, Nick Pesut, and first baseman Vic Buccola. The Walla Walla Eagles drill team will perform between the games.
In Wednesday night's game it was the booming bat of Ray Hamrick who got three for four, some excellent bunting, and Buccola's triple that gave the Braves the victory.
Hamrick nicked Tyee hurler Jehosi [sic] Heard in the fourth innning for a double. John Kovenz followed with a hit to send. Hamrick to third. Tommy Marier hit a long fly to center field and Hamrick scored after the catch.
The Braves got, their second run in the fifth when Glenn Lewis singled. Greenwood bunted and Heard threw wild trying to force Lewis out at second. Another hit by Hamrick, this time a single, brought Lewis home.
Heard who allowed eight scattered hits in eight innings, was taken out of the game in the top of the ninth when Chuck Abernathy pinchhit for him. Bill Prior took over the mound in the eighth and the Braves touched him for four hits and four runs.
It was Hamrick again who led off the scoring spree. He got a clean single.
Then followed a series of bunts all done so well that the Braves were able to build up a good margin of safety.
Kovenx laid down the first one and beat it out. Des Charouhas put down the second and was thrown out but Hamrick and Kovenz advanced to second and third. Marier put down a bunt which scored Hamrick, moved Kovenz to third and Marier beat it out to first.
Kovenz came home on a wild pitch and Joe Scalise walked. It was then that Buccola really sewed it up with a triple that bounced off the wall in left-center field Marier and Scalise both scored.
The Victoria team was never able to get going off Greenwood pitching. They got men on second and first in the first inning or walks but the runners were left stranded.
Twice when they got men on first, the runners were thrown out trying to steal off Lewis..Another time with men on first and second the side was retired when a batter hit into a double play,
Heard, the starting hurler, showed excellent control and gave up but one walk in his eighth innings of pitching.
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KENNEWICK, Aug. 20—Bob Greenwood pitched the Tri-City Braves to a 6-0 shutout win over Victoria in a Western International League baseball game here Wednesday night. Greenwood limited the Tyees to four hits.
Granny Gladstone got two of Victoria's hits but none of the Canadians reached third base.
The Braves got the game-clincher in the fourth inning on doubles by Ray Hamrick and John Kovenz and a long fly by Tommy Marier.
They added another in the fifth and four in the eighth.
The eighth inning outburst followed the replacement of Jehosie Heard on the mound for Victoria by Bill Prior who allowed all the damage. The four runs were scored on a single, two bunts, a sacrifice, a walk and a triple, the last by Vic Buccola.
Victoria ....... 000 000 000—0 4 1
Tri-City ....... 000 110 04x—6 12 1
Heard, Prior (8) and Bottler; Greenwood and Lewis.

SPOKANE, Aug. 20—Spokane took double revenge on Yakima for a first games of the series loss by taking both ends of a Western International League doubleheader Wednesday night.
The Indians chased in six runs in the sixth inning and added two more in the eighth to down the Bears 8-3 in the first game of a doubleheader at Spokane, then took the seven-inning nightcap 2-1.
Spokane has won 21 of its last 28 games but still trails first-place Victoria by 11½ games.
First Game
Yakima ...... 010 001 001—3 8 3
Spokane .... 000 006 20x—8 7 1
Thompson, Garrett (6) and Donahue; Conant and Sheets.
Second Game
Yakima ...... 000 100 0—1 7 1
Spokane .... 010 100 x—2 6 0
Savage and Donahue: Palm, Roberts (7) and Hinz, Sheets (7).

SALEM [Vancouver News-Herald, Aug. 21]—The Capilanos’ ever-slumbering bats slept through nine more innings of baseball here Wednesday as Salem swept to its third straight victory over the Caps, 3-1.
Last night it took the Capilanos nine full innings before they solved the right-handed slants of Salem rookie Bud Francis.
Then, and only then, did the Vancouver attack wake up. It started with a walk and then successive singles by Ed Locke and Bob Duretto supplied the losers’ only run. In the meantime, Salem manager Hugh Luby had brought Jack [sic] Edmunds in from the bullpen and he put out the fire quickly.
Salem wasn’t too effective with their bats, but they did make their six hits off Bud Guldborg good for three runs. And that was good enough.
Salem scored first in the fifth inning and then put together three of their hits for two more runs in the seventh.
Francis, a 20-year-old rookie who has only been with the Senators a short while, kept a fast ball and faster breaking curve in the right spots as the Caps vainly tried to get something going.
In all, Vancouver managed four hits off the combined offerings of Francis and Edmunds.
Tonight, the same clubs wind up the series with a doubleheader. Edo Vanni will pitch Locke (9-11) and his new-found rookie prospect, Jim Meyers, who will be making his first start in the WIL.
Then the Caps move on to Victoria where they will play a single game Friday night and another doubleheader Saturday.
Vancouver .... 000 000 001—1 4 1
Salem .......... 000 010 20x—3 5 0
Guldborg and Ritchey: Francis, Edmunds (9) and Thrasher.

LEWISTON, Aug. 20—Wenatchee came out swinging in their Western International league game with Lewiston Wednesday and didn't stop until they had racked up 17 hits for 13-6 victory.
Bronc manager Bill Brenner came in in the sixth and shut out the Chiefs for the last
three innings, but the damage had already been done.
Wenatchee now has a 2-1 edge in the series.
Wenatchee ...... 300 325 000—13 17 1
Lewiston ......... 020 003 010— 6 11 4
Dahle and Pocekay; Schulte, Clancy (1), Powell (5), Brenner (6) and Lundberg.

Leuschel Resigns Broncs' Position
LEWISTON, Idaho, Aug. 20 — Bill Leuschel has resigned as business manager for the Lewiston Broncs of the Western International League.
Leuschel said Wednesday night the resignation will be effective at the end of the season. He has handled the Broncs' business affairs since the club re-entered the league last winter.

First Double No Hit Game in PONY Loop History Record by Phils,
Batavia; Etchberger Has No-No, Mitchell No Hitter, Phils Win, 1-0

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Speier Scores Only Run for Phils in 8th
[The Era, Bradford, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 22, 1952]
Two no-hitters, one, however, with a trace of a taint, were recorded in the PONY league last night as the Bradford Phillies defeated the Batavia Clippers, 1 to 0. Frank Etchberger had the no-no while Jim Mitchell up no hits and one run, and that one unearned. It marked the first time in the history of the league that a double no-hit game had been hurled in the PONY.
For Etchberger, currently the hottest hitter on the tough Phillies pitching staff, it was his 13th victory against 13 losses. He has won his last five in a row.
The 'taint' on Mitchell's no-hitter came about through a change of mind the part of the official scorer for the Clippers. The 'hit' in question came about in this fashion:
Tommy Keane, Bradford's rightfielder, in the seventh inning, smashed a line drive into leftfield. Howie Jennings, Clipper leftfielder, started in for the catch and then is said to have dropped it.
However, he immediately started to move again and started back when he saw that he misjudged the ball. He managed to get his glove on the ball and it glanced off his glove and roled toward the wall. The scorekeeper immediately marked it down in the book as a double for Keane. Later, after the game, he reversed his decision and marked down an error for Jennings.
Bradford won the game in the eighth inning without the benefit of a hit. Jack Speier led off with a walk, the only one given up by Mitchell. [Richard] Duignan sacrificed Speier to second and a wild pitch by Mitchell sent the Bradford thrd sacker to third. With the Batavia infield playing up close to stop the run at the plate, Bradford's Bill Brown smashed one to short that was bobbled by Manager George Genovese and Speier scored.
In the top of the ninth, Mitchell forced [George] Pack, Keane and [Anthony] Iammetteo to ground out and now the big Bradford hurler had the brunt of the night's work on his shoulders.
Dale Johnston, who failed to start at short for the first time since the season opened, replaced Jimmy Thompson, who had been removed for a pinch hitter in the eighth, in the ninth and played a big part in the no-no. Etchberger forced Genovese to ground out, Johnston to Minotti. [David] Brennan slashed one just over second but Johnston came up with a great play and threw the speedy Brennan out at first. [Vernon] Piver went out the same way.
Etchberger fanned six and walked five and Mitchell fanned seven and walked one. Mitchell set the Phils down in order until the fifth when he hit Lou Minotti to break the string. The Clips had one on in the first, two in the third, fourth and seventh, all on walks.
The no-no game was the second pitched in the Batavia Park since 1943 when Jim Vedder of Jamestown blanked the Clips.

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