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Thursday, April 20, 1950

Western International League
By United Press
Spokane .... 3 0 1.000
Tacoma ..... 2 1  .667 1
Tri City ... 2 1  .667 1
Yakima ..... 2 1  .667 1
Salem ...... 1 2  .333 2
Vancouver .. 1 2  .333 2
Wenatchee .. 1 2  .333 2
Victoria ... 0 3  .000 3

KENNEWICK, April 20—Tri-City Braves moved out to a 7-0 lead over Vancouver Capilanos after three innings on Wednesday night but needed—and got—a single tally in the seventh to nose out the Canadians, 8-7.
Chuck Stiglich, who shut off a four-run Vancouver splurge in the eighth, got into trouble of his own making in the ninth but cooled the Caps with a single tally.
The contest required the services of seven assorted pitchers, three of them from the Braves staff. Bob Felizzatto started for the Tri-City aggregation and had things well in hand until the top of the fourth. Felizzatto had been having trouble finding the plate in the third when he passed two to first on walks. After giving up four more at the start of the fourth frame, Petersen sent in Dick Stone, a right hander to take over.
Stone found the going easy until the eighth when he gave up two doubles, a triple, and a base on balls permitting the Capilanos to score four runs. This whittled the comfortable 8-2 margin that the Braves had down to 8-6, and Petersen called on another port-sider Stiglich, to put out the fire.
Stiglich pulled out of the eighth by forcing Ray Tran and Charlie Mead to fly out to Clint Cameron in right field.
For a while things looked like it might be another extra-inning game in the ninth inning. Bill Helsner and Ev Pearson opened for Vancouver with a pair of singles. Jim Moore than hit sharply to Artie Wilson at third base for the Braves, and Wilson forced Moore.
With two away Manager Bill Brenner of Vancouver sent in Mansel Travis to pinch hit and Travis slapped a single to score Pearson. Jim Warner, center fielder, executed a fast play on Travis' single holding Moore at third. If it hadn't been for the fast play by Warner, Moore would havp scored tieing the game up. Stiglich then forced Jim Robinson to hit to Al Spaeter at second and Spaeter fired the ball to Vic Buccola at first to cut off the rally and end the ball game.
The Braves got seven of their runs in the first three innings with a barrage of nine base hits. Cameron scored Buccola on a single. Pitcher Bob Costello had a balk called on him in the second inning with Spaeter and Buccola on second and first, respectively, moving them to third and second. Then Warner slashed his second hit in as many trips to drive in two more for the Braves and scored himself a few plays later.
An error, two singles, a wild pitch, and a passed ball, teamed up to give the Braves two more in the third and give them a 7-0 bulge. What proved to be the deciding run scored in the seventh when Warner collected his third hit of the game to score Spaeter from second base after Spaeter had singled and moved to second when Buccola drew his fourth walk of the game.
Les Logg, Kennewick, will make his initial appearance of the 1950 Western International league season Friday night, when he takes the mound to open a four-game series against the Tacoma Tigers. Logg, a hefty, better-than-six footer, will serve up his right handed slants against Tacoma starting at 8 p m. in the Braves' park, Sanders Field.
The two teams are locked in a three way tie for second place in the league standings with Yakima. Other than Logg, the starting lineup that Manager Charlie Petersen will send out will be the same one that took a 2-1 series edge from Vancouver.
Vancouver ...... 000 101 041—7- 7- 4
Tri-City .......... 232 000 10x—8-14- 0
Costello, Spurlock (3), Kanshin (4), Whyte (8) and Heisner; Felizzatto, Stone (3) Stiglich (8) and Pesut.

SPOKANE, April 20—The Spokane Indians batted around in two big innings Thursday night to outslug Victoria 18 to 15 in a wild game that lasted three hours.
All Spokane hitters got a turn in both the fifth and seventh to mark up six runs in each, but the blast in the fifth was costly. Ed Nulty, a reserve catcher, became the first Western International League casualty of the season. He opened the big inning with a triple and broke his ankle diving into third base.
The splurges were combined with two-run bursts in the sixth and eighth, while Victoria batted around in the sixth, scoring eight runs on five hits and five bases on balls.
Wayne Brock, the third Spokane pitcher, got credit for the win before a slim gathering of 704.
Victoria ....... 002 108 103—15 14 5
Spokane ...... 000 062 62x—16 14 2
Smith, Blankenship (7) and Weatherwax; Neeley, Holder (6) Brock (6), Conant (8) and Nulty, Rossi (5).
** Note ** This is the AP linescore. The UP linescore has 13 hits for Victoria and three errors for Spokane.

SALEM, April 20—The Salem Senators won their first ball game of the season Thursday night by dropping Tacoma, 10-7, in a walk-filled encounter here.
Tacoma opened up on Salem with a four-run attack, but the Senators bounded right back for three in the first one in the second, and four in the third to go ahead for keeps. The losing Tigers garnered 12 walks from three Salem hurlers but could add only six base knocks.
Only half of Salem's 10 runs were earned, the others being helped along by four Tiger errors.
Tacoma .... 400 030 000—7 6 4
Salem ...... 314 000 20x—10 14 2
Loust, Carter (2) and Sheets; Stevenson, Tierney (1), Waibel (6) and McMillan.
** Note ** This is the AP linescore. UP is missing all relievers and has 7 hits for Tacoma.

WENATCHEE, April 20—Little Teddy Saverese soutbpawed the Yakima Bears first shutout of the young season here Thursday night.
He beat the Wenatchee Chiefs 6 to 0 in a five-hit ball game. Yakima took the series two games to one.
Third baseman Reno Cheso led Yakima at the plate with the Bears first three hits off Chief starter Tom Breisinger, who also pitched five-hit ball until he was removed
for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.
Yakima ........... 100 010 013—6- 9- 1
Wenatchee ..... 000 000 000—0- 5- 1
Savarese and Tornay; Breisinger, Lee (9), Davis (9) and Fiscalini.

All teams change opponents, opening four-game sets that conclude with doubleheaders Sunday. The lineup sends Tacoma to Tri City, Victoria to Wenatchee, Vancouver to Salem, and the title defending Yakima Bears to Spokane.

Tri-City Herald Sports Editor
[April 21, 1950]
We don't know whether the first two games the Braves played set a WIL record or not; being kind of new in the circuit, but there's one thing you could lay a few bob on, and that is that the fans got a lot more than their money's worth Tuesday and Wednesday.
Where else could you find a pair of extra inning contests to open the league year? And what could be nicer than to see Joe Orrell blast that single to win his own ball game in the bottom of the tenth. That contest marked Joe's fifth victory over the Capilanos against two losses to them.
Speaking of WIL records as we were a moment ago, one of them, the balk mark, has already gone by the boards. Al Treichel of Wenatchee has been charged with five to date to send the old record of four skidding into oblivion. The old mark had been held jointly by three pitchers.
Before the major leagues opened their season, prexy Ford Frick pooh-phooed some of the new rules. So what happens? National league umpires have called eight balks in seven games, while American league arbiters haven't used the word yet.
There's been a lot of beefing about this balk rule by some of the sportswriters and players. But, like everything else, there's also another side to the story. Checking with the Braves, for instance, you'll find some of the players favor it. For one thing it gives the base runner a slightly better chance than he had before.
Take that Wednesday night game. There was a good example of what we're talking about. Vic Bucolla [sic] was on first with a right-handed pitcher, Hunk Anderson on the mound. Anderson made his stretch and came down with the ball for the full count as required in this new balk rule.
Bucolla had a long lead off the bag and Bob McLean, Capilano first sacker, moved back to his fielding position back of the bag as Anderson paused. Bucolla quickly sizing up the situation broke for second and made a clean steal. Anderson, when he realized what was happening, made the throw to first instead of second to further complicate the situation. But that's what we mean by giving the runner odds that are slightly better than he used to enjoy. Of course, had McLean hung tough on the bag Bucolla could never have taken that long lead and consequently gotten away with pilfering that extra base. Although Vic didn't score, it put him in scoring position and had there been a timely base knock then, the game would have ended in the ninth inning.
Although Johnny Scherger still hasn't inked that Braves contract he's turning out nightly with the team during batting practice to keep in shape. Could it be that the Braves front office is getting ready to talk new terms with the hard-hitting Kennewick player? Or perhaps it's just a form of insurance in case either Dick Faber, Clint Cameron, or Jim Warner, come a cropper.


Umpire Had Ball, Runner Held at First
OKLAHOMA CITY, April 20—Baseball umpires are traditionally called robbers.
Texas League umpire Mike Williamson actually was one here Thursday night.
Tulsa pinch-hitter Carl Kolosna hit a hot grounder down the third base line for a hit. The ball struck the portly out-caller in the back.
Bewildered, Kolosna held first, afraid to try for second.
Even the losing manager, Al Vincent, had to laugh.
Kolosna wasn't so happy. It robbed him of a double. Oklahoma City won, 9-2.

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