Saturday, 18 August 2007

Saturday, June 3, 1950

              W  L  Pct GB
Tacoma ..... 29 14 .674 —
Wenatchee .. 23 21 .523 6½
Salem ...... 22 21 .512 7
Yakima ..... 22 22 .500 7½
Tri-City ... 23 24 .489 8
Spokane .... 22 23 .489 8
Vancouver .. 19 25 .432 10½
Victoria ... 18 28 .391 12½

SPOKANE, June 3—Spokane's Indiana broke a tie in the sixth inning and went on to take a 7 to 4 decision over the Tacoma Tigers in a Western Internatlonal League tilt tonight.
The Indians' win makes it two in a row over top-dog Tacoma. Spokane won Friday night 9 to 7.
The score was tied at the bottom half of the sixth after Tacoma had scored one each in the first and second innings and two in the fourth, to Spokane's three in the fourth and one in the fifth.
The Indians surged into the lead on first baseman Chuck Davis's single which scored Sol Israel, right fielder. The tribesmen added another in the sixth and one more during the seventh, while holding Tacoma scoreless, to clutch the victory.
TACOMA ..... 110 200 000—4 8 4
SPOKANE .... 000 312 10x—7 11 4
Loust, Knezovich (8) and Sheets, Fischer (6); Conant and Rossi.

WENATCHEE, June 3—The Yakima Bears coasted to an 8-1 win over the Wenatchee Chiefs here tonight behind the southpaw Lloyd Dickey.
Dickey struck out 11 Wenatchee batters. The five hits he allowed were all singles.
Yakima jumped on the Chiefs starter Joe Blankenship for five runs in the first three innings and were never headed.
Doubles by Reno Cheso and Jim Westlake in the first and another two-base hit by Babe Gammino in the second were the power hits for Yakima. Wenatchee chipped in with five errors, during the contest to help the Bears out.
The Western International League series is now evened at one game apiece.
Yakima .......... 120 230 000—8 8 0
Wenatchee .... 000 100 000—1 5 5
Dickey and Tiesiera; Blankenship, Dahle (4) and Len Neal.

SALEM, June 4—Superb relief hurling by Gene Roenspie and a pair of timely doubles by outfielder Dick Faber gave the Trl-City Braves a 5-3 victory over Salem in a Western International league game at the Senators park last night. The victory gave the Tri-City team a 2-0 edge in their current four-game series which winds up with a double-bill today.
Tri-City launched the scoring in the second off Salem's Dick Waibel via a walk, a single by Nick Pesut and Al Spaeter's double.
The Solons knotted the count at 1-1 In the third on a two-base blow by Waibel, a sacrifice and an infield rap by Wayne Peterson. They went ahead in the fourth with two more off Bob Cherry's double, Bus McMillan's single and a couple of long flys.
Joe Orrell started the seventh inning uprising that once again tied up the game. Orrell led off with a double after two were out. Faber's single scored the "Bullet" and then Vic Buccola hammered the first pitch for a triple to score Faber.
Gene Roenspie took over the hurling chore for the Braves in walked two men [sic]. A fine play by Roenspie cut down Mel Wasley at third on McMillan's bunt. A long fly made the second out and the young right hander fired Scott back to the bench with three called strikes.
It was the pitcher again who opened the scoring parade for the Braves in the top of the 11th inning to win the game. Roenspie drew a free pass to first and moved on to third on Faber's second double of the game. Buccola scored Roenspie on a fielder's choice with the hit and run working perfectly. Neil Bryant's deep fly to left field scored Faber from third.
Roenspie gave up but one hit in the five innings he worked.
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SALEM, June 3 (AP)—The Tri-City Braves knocked over two runs in the 11th inning Saturday night to dump the Salem Senators, 5-3, and take a 2-0 edge in the teams' current Western International League series. The 11th frame run-making put a successful climax to a fine hurling chore by the Braves' Gene Roenspie who relieved Joe Orrell in the seventh.
The Solons came back to knot it at 1-1 in the third on a two-base blow by Waibel, a sacrifice and an infield rap by Wayne Peterson. The Solons went ahead in the fourth with two mroe off Bob Cherry's double, Bus McMillan's single and a couple of long flys. But Orrell and Roenspie then blanked them through the seven remaining frames of the overtimer.
SALEM ..... 001 200 000 00—3-9-2
TRI-CITY .. 010 000 200 02—5-7-1
Waibel and McMillan; Orrell, Roenspie (7) and Pesut.

VANCOUVER, B. C., June 3,—Vancouver Caps and Victoria Athletics split a double-bill tussle tonight, Victoria outlasting Caps 10-7 in the nightcap after dropping the opener 8-4 to square the series at two wins each.
Seven runs in the first inning got the A's away to a flying start in the second tilt, five hits, three walks and a passed ball off three Cap pitchers doing the damage. Caps whittled away with a single in the second inning, three in the fifth on a walk Sandy Robertson's long triple and Dick Sinovic's homer and managed two more in the seventh and one in the ninth. But Victoria rallied as K. Chorlton hit a one-aboard homer in the eighth.
Jim Hedgecock was the winner and Bob Bruenner was the loser.
The first game saw Marty Krug, Jr., aid the Victoria cause with two homers as Bob Snyder and Aldon Wilkie went the route for the teams, the latter giving up 16 hits.
VICTORIA .... 000 010 201-4 11 1
VANCOUVER ... 004 000 22x-8 16 0
Wilkie and Weatherwax; Snyder and Brenner.
VICTORIA .... 700 000 021-10 12 2
VANCOUVER ... 010 030 201-7 11 5
Hedgecock, Smith (7) and Ronning; Bruenner, Anderson (1), King (1), Gunnarson (9) and

Salem Switch To Be Talked Soon
PORTLAND, June 3—(UP)—General manager Bill Milligan of the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast baseball league said then was “no chance for an immediate switch” in reply to a story appearing in the Vancouver, B.C. News Herald which hinted Salem franchise of the WI league might be moved to Edmonton [or] Calgary, Alta.
Mulligan admitted, however that the Salem club was costing money to keep in business, but that league approval would be needed before such a change could be engineered.
The Beaver manager said owner George Norgan was expected in Portland next week and that the subject probably would come up at that time.
Norgan was quoted in the Vancouver paper as wanting to switch the affiliation to a Canadian city. The story also said that Tri-Clty, a new entry in the league, also was being considered as a likely franchise to moved to Canada.

Chiefs Get More Help
WENATCHEE, Wash. —(UP) — Outfielder - infielder Anthony Arnerich has been optioned by the Oakland Acorns to the Weatchee Chiefs of the Western International League, club officials announced today.
Arnerich batted .328 with Bremerton in the Willy League last year. He's expected to appear here tomorrow night for the Wenatchee-Yakima game.

Squirming Herman Goes To Sunset
PORTERVILLE, Calif., June 4—Squirmin' Herman Wedemeyer, gridiron galloper making a none too especious stab at baseball, has landed with the class C Sunset league after being curveballed out of two other circuits.
Wedemeyer tried out with the San Francisco Seals in spring training and was farmed to the Yakima Bears of the class B Western International League. Then he was shuffled to Salt Lake City where he failed to last in the class C Pioneer League and shipped out to Modesto of the class C California League.
Porterville obtained him in a trade with Modesto.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor
[from column of June 4/50]

Jot the name Jim McKeegan down in your major league "future" book. This 18-year-old red headed youngster is climbing to the top of Braves roster in the hitting department and he's got another very important asset, lots of hustle. And he'll try anything. When Clint Cameron was out of the lineup there was Jim patrolling the outer garden. Then Nick Pesut came up with a split finger and Jim took over the backstop duties. That is his normal position by the way.
But he's also been active around the keystone sack lately so much that many fans were figuring that he was a general utility man, and as circumstances have proved, he is. But he was signed as a catcher. Friday night he added four more runs to his RBI list.
He's proved time and time again that he can hit in the clutch, something the Braves have needed badly on more than one occasion.
There were 2,373 fans in the Salem stands Friday night. We mention this in passing because elsewhere on today's sports pages you'll find a letter in answer to our column last week on lagging attendance when the Braves are home. We think Roy Merrill's letter hit lots of nails on the head and thanks for your comments Roy, maybe you'll get some results. That fourth item in particular is one that we hadn't heard before, and certainly it merits immediate attention.
After reading your editorial regarding the poor attendance at Sander's Field, compared to the other cities in the league, I am convinced that more than one of the following reasons are reponsible:
1. My own observations of the attendance shows that a good part of the crowd comes from Richland myself included every chance I get. But, due to the shift work involved in Richland and that town being on dayight saving time, I am unable to attend except on days off or when working day shift, which is true for the majority of the workers in this vicinity. When I'm on graveyard shift the game starts actually at 8:30 p.m. for me, so I'm unable to see the entire game and get home in time to go to work.
2. My father played professional ball for years, and having attended many games, I consider myself a fair judge of a team and the most noticeable flaw in our Tri-City Braves team is they lack HUSTLE. They're playing good baseball, but they don't give the impression that they are enjoying it. As soon as a team shows spirit, then and only then can they hope to capture the fancy of the fans. I'm all for hearing more chatter from the players and more snappy fielding after a successful double play.
3. Many of the fans are disappointed in Charley Peterson's failure to pull a pitcher, when it's apparent he's in trouble. Several games have been lost recently, for that reason. I'm no manager and don't know any of Peterson's problems, but the fans are the ones paying the way and a winning team and good managing will bring them out.
And fourth, but not least, by far, I would like to suggest that the State Patrol station a flag man at the foot of the hill where the traffic enters Columbia Avenue. The odds are all in favor of a serious accident at this joint, sooner or later.
Tuesday the Braves will be home. As we write this they still have three games left to play in their Salem series. Win or lose let's show our team that Seattle isn't the only city that can rally their fans for a big welcome during the course of the season. Visiting will be the Vancouver Capilanos. Let's help our Braves get to the top of the league and let's get them off the bottom of the attendance roster.
There's only two and a half games separating the second and sixth place teams in the Willy league. But, Tacoma is still way out in front with a healthy six and a half game edge. We still think Tacoma is just plain lucky. For a long time they only carried six pitchers, and may be only carrying that many now for all we know. Any time a club can get by with only six hurlers on their staff there's bound to be some luck wrapped up in those victories.
But the hottest battle is for second place, thanks to the winning ways the Braves have shown over Salem. Through Friday night's game we found five wins off the Senators without dropping one. For instance both the Braves and sixth place Spokane are only a half-game out of fourth spot in the standings.

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