Sunday, 19 August 2007

Sunday, June 11, 1950

               W  L Pct. GB
Tacoma ...... 33 17 .660 —
Wenatchee ... 28 24 .538 6
Yakima ...... 27 25 .519 7
Salem ....... 26 25 .510 7½
Spokane ..... 26 28 .481 9
Tri City .... 26 29 .473 9½
Victoria .... 23 31 .428 12
Vancouver ... 20 30 .400 13

SALEM, June 11 — Wimpy Quinn doubled home Dick Wenner in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie and give the Tacoma Tigers a 2-1 victory over the Salem Senators and a split of their Western International league doublebeader here Sunday.
Salem handed Bob Kerigan his first loss of the season after 10 straight wins with a
6-3 first game verdict. Salem's John Tierney gave up five hits for his 11th win against two defeats.
First Game
Tacoma ....... 101 000 010—3 5 1
Salem ......... 120 000 30x—6 7 1
Kerrigan, Loust (7), Hufford (8) and Sheets, Fischer (7); Tierney and Beard.
Second Game
Tacoma ....... 000 010 01—2 4 0
Salem ......... 000 010 00—1 5 1
Walden and Sheets, NcNulty (6) and McMillan, Beard (6).

WENATCHEE, June 11—The Wenatchee Chiefs swept a four-game Western International league series with the Tri-City Braves by winnimg the second game of a double-header here Sunday night 7 to 2.
Dave Dahle, the fourth lefthander, allowed seven hits while his team-mates jumped on Braves' hurler Lou McCollum for 13.
Wenatchee won the first game the twin bill 6 to 1. In both games the Chiefs scored the deciding runs in the sixth inning. Outfielders Joe Unfried with a triple, and Lil Arnerich, with two doubles, led Wenatchee attack.
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WENATCHEE, June 11 [Don Becker, Herald]—A quartet of Wenatchee hurlers finished weaving their magic spell here in Recreation Park Sunday night with a double-barreled assault on the hitting averages of the Tri-Clty Braves. Jay Ragni became the third Chief portsider to set the Tri-City team down with one run. He did it to the tune of 4-1 in the opener. Dave Dahle, the fourth Chief to fire his slants from the left side of the mound, did almost as well, he gained his victory with a 7-2 decision. Thus the Tri-City team ended this road trip with four straight losses, skidding them from third to sixth.
Al Spaeter, Brave second baseman, was the only one who refused to be mesermized here tonight. The scrappy little keeper of the keystone sack collected four hits in seven times at the plate. It was Spaeter who robbed Don Ferrarese of a no-hitter Saturday night. The little man was big poison to Wenatchee.
The Chiefs locked up the opener in one big inning, the sixth, on a combination of two hits, an error by Joe Orrell, and a close play at third base that resulted in the ejection of Neil Bryant from the game. All this melee added up to three Wenatchee runs.
Jay Ragni, Chief hurler, led off the sixth with a single, then when Larry Neal laid down a sacrifice bunt, Orrell threw wide at second and both runners were safe. Lil Arnerich laid down another sacrifice and the play was made at third with umpire Perkins calling Ragni safe. Bryant's argument with Perkins grew to he point where the Brave third sacker got the heave. Jim McKeegan took over for Bryant.
Jim Warner crossed the plate for the Braves in the fourth. He got his first single of the game and moved to second on a sacrifice by Clint Cameron. The fleet Warner added to his stolen bases total by copping third and scored when Buddy Petersen skied deep to right field.
Brave scoring opportunities in the second and sixth went by the boards when Ragni bore down in the clutch. Cameron opened the second with a double and moved to third on on infield output, and died there without a ball leaving the infield.
Al Spaeter reached second in the top of the sixth but a strikeout, an infield putout, and a fly ball to right left him stranded there.
The Braves collected the most hits, six, but the tense sixth wiped out their chances of any semblance of getting a split in the series.
The nightcap was knotted 1-1 going into the bottom of the sixth. But that was when Lou McCollum ran into a lot of grief. A walk, a double, and three successive singles sent three runs scampering across the plate for Wenatrhee. Then they added three more in the eighth to really put the game on ice.
The Braves rallied briefly in the top of the ninth when Spaeter opened with a single. Vic Buccola followed by slicing his second hit of the series into left field and Spaeter crossed the plate with the second Brave run a few plays later.
The Tri-City team returned to their home stomping grounds Sunday night. Tuesday they open a three game series with Spokane, which is just one-half game in front of the Braves.
First Game
Tri-City ......... 000 100 0—1 6 1
Wenatchee .... 000 003 x—3 4 0
Orrell, Roenspie (6) and Pesut; Ragni and Len Neal.
Second Game
Tri-City ........ 001 000 001—2 7 0
Wenatchee ... 001 003 03x—7 13 1
McCollum and Pesut; Dahle and Len Neal.

YAKIMA, June 11—Victoria was out of the Western International cellar Monday for the first time this season.
They did it the hard way Sunday by taking a twin bill from the Yakima Bears 1-0 and 8-3 behind the sterling pitching of John Marshall and Ronnie Smith. Marshall pitched three-hit ball in the seven-innings shutout while Smith gave up only five blows in the finale.
In the opener, Marty Krug, Jr. doubled in the first inning and scored on Gene Thompson's single for the game's only run. Marshall improved to 7-1 with the win, his only loss coming in his first start when a two-out error in the ninth inning accounted for the tying run. Larry Powell took the loss.
Victoria's 12-hit attack in the second game included a triple and six doubles.
The double defeat and 3-1 series dropped the title-defending Bears into third place.
Smith weakened momentarily in the fifth when the Bears scored all their runs.
First Game
Victoria ..... 100 000 001—2 7 0
Yakima ..... 000 000 000—1 3 0
Marshall and Ronning; Powell and Tornay.
Second Game
Victoria ..... 000 020 240—8 12 1
Yakima ..... 000 030 000—3 5 4
R. Smith and Ronning; Savarese and Tiesiera.

SPOKANE, June 11—A 12th-inning single by left fielder Frank Matoh gave the Spokane Indians their third straight Western International League win over the Vancouver Capilanos, 4 to 3, Sunday afternoon.
The score was tied at 3-3 at the end of regulation.
The Caps first run came home on a double play off the bat of Bill Brenner in the second inning. Their second run was scored on a double and a pair of singles in the seventh. A sacrifice, stolen base and an error in the eighth gave them their final counter.
The dozen-inning tilt was the first of a scheduled split double-header.
The second game scheduled at Spokane was postponed because of inclement weather.
Spokane claimed a new Western International Baseball league record for their 19-year-old shortstop.
Charlie Davis handled 16 fielding chances without an error. He was credited with eight putouts and eight assists.
The previous mark, 15 chances, was held by Art Lilly of the 1942 Tacoma Tigers.
Vancouver ... 010 000 110 00—3 10 2
Spokane ...... 000 003 000 01—4 13 2
Costello, Bruenner (6) and Brenner; Yerkes and Rossi.

By DON BECKER, Herald Sports Editor
[June 12/50]

When you lose the first one of a four-game series the picture still doesn't look too dark. After Friday's loss to the Chiefs the team was gathered in one of the apple town's cafes getting that usual big meal that all players have when they finish up for the evening. Someone started ribbing manager Charlie Peterson about coaching in the first base box rather than at third. “What's the matter Charlie,” quipped one Brave, “is that walk to third getting too long for those tired legs of yours?”
Charlie munched a piece of steak for a moment before he replied. “No,” he answered. “The way you fellows were belting the ball for those five hits I figured there would be a lot more traffic down to first base than there would be to third.” To that there was no answer. And as it turned out, practically all the traffic that the Braves were able to muster got to first base, and first base only, with a total of five runs in four games.
Wenatchee fans pushed hard to have their club first in the league to hit the 50,000 paid attendance mark, and they almost did it. Friday night they pulled 1849 through the gates and Saturday night 2047 turned out. As it turned out they didn't make it, missing by a scant 129. When you figure they had to get more than 6,000 in during the three-day stand you're forced to admit they made a mighty nice try.
On hand through the current series is Cookie Lavagetto, now with Oakland. Cookie was the boy who robbed Bill Bevens of a no-hitter in a world series game by slashing a double to the fence. The Chiefs have a working pgrcement with Oakland and about six of the WIL players belong to the Oaks. Off the pitching performances turned in by Tom Breisinger, (five-hitter) and Don Ferrarese (one-hltter) it wouldn't be surprising to see either one of them move up to the PCL.
Just as a sidelight you might be interested in knowing what has happened since that now famous rhubarb has been written into the records, not with the Chiefs, that was settled quickly, but in the press box from which so many conflicting reports emanated following the game.
Sifting the welter of information that has been so eagerly passed on to us it boils down to this. Apparently the FCC took quite a bit of interest in sportcaster Robertson's remarks, for they tell us that was the last that will be heard from him. From now on he'll just describe the game. Everyone in the press box had to initial a letter that set forth the duties and responsibilities for handling the p.a. system, the official scoring, etc. The letter, so we hear stems from a missive coming from none other than Bob Abel, president of the league, taking the club to task for permitting such goings-on. Of course had that sportscaster been more objective and less a "homer" this wouldn't have happened.
However, Wenatchee ffins still must have quite distorted picture of what's going on at Recreation Park. When a Brave player hits a ball deep in the hole back of second base and gets thrown out it's “a great play.” When the same thing in reverse occurs “the Chief was beaten by half a step.” We haven't made a good play yet from what he's had to say.
Those who would beef about our Scoreboard in Sanders Field ought to take a look at this one and then go hang their head in shame. There are no lights here to signal balls, strikes, outs, hits or errors. They do have a man out at the Scoreboard who puts up numerals for the first three we mentioned, but the only way you can tell if a player got a hit or not is to catch the summary at the end of the inning from the PA announcer. And when there is a big inning you can imagine how difficult it could be.
Recreation park is not as well lighted as is ours. They have 184 lights according to our count, but individually they aren't as bright. But this field rightfully boasts thr finest turn in the league, First seeded down in 1936 it has a good solid bed that, is well worthy of mention.

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