TACOMA, April 28 — Young Gil Loust pitched Tacoma to a win over Tri-City 2 to 1 in the Western International series opener here Friday night. Loust limited the Braves to four hits in the snappily-played game.
A triple by Jose Bache, shortstop from the Mexican league, and a double by Dick Greco, gave Tacoma its first run in the third inning.
Tacoma scored its other run in he sixth on a single by Mike Catron, a sacrifice, a walk and Ronnie Gifford's one-base blow.
The Braves' lone run came in the fifth on successive singles by Neil Bryant, Artie Wilson and Jim McKeegan.
Tri-City ........ 000 010 000—1 4 1
Tacoma ........ 001 001 00x—2 9 0
Orrell and McKeegan; Loust and Sheets.
VANCOUVER, B.C., April 28—Vancouver Caps Friday night scored three runs in the first inning—two of them from Reg Clarkson's homer—and went on to humble Salem Senators 5-2 in a Western International league game.
Starter Bob Gilson was the victim of the barrage and retired in the third with Dick Waibel finishing. Outhit 12-8, Salem managed singletons in the fifth and sixth innings while Caps had singles in the third and fourth.
A beat-out infield roller in the fifth and a single by Deviglio got the first Salem run while the second came on Orrin Snyder's single that scored a wolked runner.
George Nicholas went the route for the Caps.
Salem .......... 000 011 000—2 8 1
Vancouver .... 301 100 00x—5 12 1
Nicholas and Brenner; Gilson, Waibel (3) and McMillan.
YAKIMA, Apr. 28—The Yakima Bears won an uphill victory from Spokane Friday night, 7-5, in the first game of their four-game Western International league series.
The Bears tied the score in the sixth with a single run and went ahead in the seventh with two. Nini Tornay singled, Babe Gammino drew a base on balls and Jack Bacciocco rapped his second consecutive single to drive in Tornay.
Pitcher Bill Bradford beat out a bunt filling the bases, then Mike Baxes skied to center, enabling Gammino to score after the catch.
Spokane ...... 203 000 000 — 5 7 5
Yakima ........ 012 011 20x— 7 13 4
Bishop, Neeley (7), Brock (8) and Rossi; Bradford and Tornay.
VICTORIA, B.C., April 28—The hardluck Victoria Athletics Friday night made it two losses in a row to Wenatchee's Chiefs, bowing 1-0 in a Western International league game.
Hank Sciarra's ninth-inning double with two out scored Buddy Hjelmaa and ended the tight pitching duel waged by Don Ferrarese and Aldon Wilkie. Both yielded six hits but Wilkie issued only one pass to Ferrarese's seven.
Edo Vanni, Victoria left fielder, was hit on the head running between first and second on a heave by Sciarra and taken to hospital for observation.
Hjeimaa's single to right was followed by Jim Daniels' sacrifice bunt and then Sciarra doubled.
Wenatchee ...... 000 000 001—1 6 2
Victoria ........... 000 000 000—0 6 2
Ferrarese and Neal; Wilke and Ronning.