Thursday, 9 August 2007

Tuesday, April 18, 1950

Opening Day Standings
              W  L   PCT.
Spokane ..... 1  0  1.000
Tacoma ...... 1  0  1.000
Vancouver ... 1  0  1.000
Yakima ...... 1  0  1.000
Salem ....... 0  1   .000
Tri-City .... 0  1   .000
Victoria .... 0  1   .000
Wenatchee ... 1  0   .000

Capilanos Score Five Times In Last Inning
KENNEWICK, April 18—Vancouver's big bats boomed lustily in the 11th inning to transform a neck-and-neck ball game into a rout as they hammered out five hits to score as many runs and sink the Tri-City Braves 8-3, in a Western International League opener at Sanders Field.
Among the 3,584 paid admissions at the opener were Bob Abel, league president, and Orin "Babe" Hollingbery, president of the Braves.
The score was knotted 3-3 at the end of the regulation period and that's the way it still stood when the 11th opened. Lou McCollum, who had gone the full distance for the Braves, whiffed Ev Pearson first man up on a third strike. Then the roof fell in, and before Cy "Fireman" Greenlaw reached the mound to relieve McCollum, three runs had scored on a single, triple, free pass, and a double.
But it didn't end there. Cy made it out number two by forcing Reg Clarkson, shortstop to first. Charlie Mead drew a free pass and then Capilano Manager Bill Brenner slashed out a single to drive in another pair of runs. That brought up Pearson, the man who had started the inning and Greenlaw caught him on an easy bounder to the mound.
Base hits rattled like dice in a cup wtth three triples, the same number of doubles and a couple of near-misses for the four-bag circuit dropping foul over the left field fence. Unfortunately for the Braves it was Vancouver that was getting all those extra base knocks except for Jim Warner, who got the Braves' lone extra baser by clouting a double in the sixth.
The finish of the initial WIL home game might have been written in the last of the eighth when, with two aboard "Jungle" Jim Warner blasted one down the left field line and over the fence that went foul by inches.
When Warner stepped up to finish out the count he skied a short one to the center fielder.
A potential ninth inning rally saw Dick Faber die on second after he singled and Nick Pesut moved him into scoring position with a sacrifice. However, Artie Wilson lifted one to right field and McCollum did likewise to the shortstop.
That was as close as the Braves came. They went down one, two, three in the tenth. Neil Bryant and Pesut got on base in the final frame, but there were two out and Wilson lifted a long one to left field, against the fence, to put the period to the story.
But the Braves' fans got their share of thrills. The Tri-City team drew first blood by scoring in the second, and then went ahead again in the sixth after Vancouver had tied the score in their half of that inning. The Capilanos tied it up 2-2 in the seventh and both clubs tallied another in the eighth. And that where it stood until the 11th opened.
Second baseman Al Spaeter of the Braves stole the hitting thunder of his more publicized teammates by slamming the ball at a .600 clip to top the night's performance for both teams. Afield, Vic Buccola, probably came up with the neatest play of the fame by digging one out of the dirt with his gloved hand at first to get a putout that was tough to handle.
Warner's strong arm was evident in the outer garden as he jetted in drives that went up against the fence. Spaeter too made a beautiful play by taking a hard hit ball, stepping on second for the force, and then whipping it to Buccola to complete the double play. Buccola got away with the 'sleeper' play of the game in the sixth. With Spaeter on first, Buccola laid down a bunt along the third base line that Jimmy Robinson of Vancouver waited to go foul. Instead it stayed inside the line and Buccola got a base hit.
Vancouver had their share of heavy hitters. Robinson and Charlie Mead, right fielder each collected doubles, while Reg Clarkson, Ray Tran, and Bob McLean hammered triples up against the fence. Tran accounted for three of the runs batted in by the Capilanos.
Vancouver ...... 000 001 110 05—8 14 0
Tri-City .......... 010 001 010 00—3 12 4
Snyder and Brenner; McCollum, Greenlaw (11) and Pesut.

WENATCHEE, April 18—Yakima was back atop the Western International league tonight—right where it ended the season.
The Bears opened defense of their class B league crown last night with an 8-3 win over the Wenatchee Chiefs as the eight-team circuit got under way on its five-month schedule.
Yakima got only five hits off the lefthanded slants of Wenatchee's Don Ferrarese but made the most of 10 walks. The Bears iced the game in the eighth inning, scoring four runs on three passes, a hit batsman and a pair of bingles. Jim Westlake smacked a two-run homer for the winners in the final inning.
The crowd of 3,040 fans got their first chance to cheer when Wenatchee scored its three tallies in the final inning.
Yakima ........... 000 110 042—8 5 1
Wenatchee ..... 000 000 003—3 6 1
Dickey and Tornay; Ferrarese, Hoolan (9) and Fiscalini.

SPOKANE, April 18—Spokane was the only home team to win in the Western International League tonight, defeating Victoria 5-3.
The Indians completed their scoring early with single runs in the first, second and fourth frames and two tallies in the fifth on singles by George Stassi and Ed Nulty and an infield error.
Victoria got to John Conant for eight hits, but couldn't group them. A crowd of 3,988 fans sat through the opener in 40-degree weather.
The cold kept the paid attendance figure below the 4,000 mark for the first time in years for an opening night game here. About 6,000 were expected.
Victoria ........... 000 010 011—3 8 3
Spokane .......... 110 120 00x—5 8 3
Mishasek and Ronning; Conant and Nulty.

SALEM, April 18—The 1950 league baseball campaign opened here Tuesday night on a low note as the Tacoma Tigers defeated the Salem Senators, 4-2, before a first-night crowd of close to 3.500 fans.
Tacoma's Clint Hufford blanked Salem until the eighth inning when the Senators broke through for their only two tallies on three bingles. It wasn't enough to offset the early inning trouble of southpaw Ken Wyatt who gave the Tigers a pair in the first on three walks and two hits, and single tallies in the fourth and fifth frames.
The latter was Glenn Stetter's home run over the 340-foot left field fence.
Tacoma ........ 200 110 000—4 8 1
Salem ........... 000 000 020—2 11 2
Huford and Sheets; Wyatt, Waibel (8) and Beard.

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