Friday, 24 August 2007
Thursday, July 13, 1950
W L Pct. GB
Yakima ..... 51 37 .580 —
Tacoma ..... 48 35 .578 ½
Wenatchee .. 49 37 .570 1
Tri-City ... 49 39 .557 2
Spokane .... 38 47 .443 11½
Victoria ... 38 50 .432 13
Salem ...... 35 47 .427 13
Vancouver .. 34 50 .405 14
VANCOUVER [Erwin M. Swangard, Province, July 14, 1950]—Vancouver Capilanos of the Western International League lost twice to the onrushing Yakima Bears at Cap Stadium Thursday, but from the twin bill emerged a local hero to erase some of the bitter sting of defeat for a large crowd of home-town fans.
And for the hero, young Bill Whyte, graduate of Vancouver high school baseball, it was an opportunity to convince the Cap management and visiting league prexy Bob Abel, that he possessed greater skill than it had been believed.
Whyte saw service in both games and acquitted himself nobly. He fitted well into a team which he had just rejoined after being optioned to Victoria on a look-see arrangement with a 30-day return label attached to his contract.
In the first game which Dick Alvari, the Seattle Rainier bonus kid, blew right in the first inning when he served up a home run ball to Reno Cheso with the bases loaded, Whyte pitched one inning and escaped undamaged.
But it was in the second game that he really showed his fettle. Kevin King, the starter, lasted only one and one-third innings, and Boss Bill Brenner called White to the rescue.
For seven and two-third innings, young Bill matched pitch for pitch, efficiently and workman-like, with brilliant Lloyd Dickey of Yakima. Bill gave up one run which could have been avoided easily by more sound fielding.
Dickey was at his best. Never known for perfect control, the Yakima southpaw had it when it counted. He gave up only three hits but walked nine men. Those he balanced with a strike-out mark of 12 as Cap batters struck futilely at his fast ball.
Whyte, of course, looked less sensational but he showed the type of control which is so deadly lacking in the Cap pitching these days. He walked one and struck out one.
As the game wore on and the Cap fielders realized the lad would not let then down, they rose to great heights. Len Tran, Ray Tran, Dick Sinovic and Reg Clarkson in particular contributed some excellent fielding plays.
As in the first game, the Bears struck early and hard. They took four runs off King and that was all they needed.
The twin victory, incidentally, moved Yakima ahead of the WIL pack.
Tongith it will be Yakima once more at 8:15 with two games against the Bears Saturday before Capilanos go on another road trip.
The eccentric lefthander, Bud Beasley, will be on the mound this evening.
Yakima ........ 400 032 0—9-11-1
Vancouver .... 210 010 1—5- 7-1
Powell and Tiesiera; Alvari, Bruenner (6), Whyte (7) and Brenner.
Yakima ........... 220 001 000—5-10 0
Vancouver ..... 000 000 000—0-3-1
Dickey and Tiesiera; King, Whyte (2) and Heisner.
TACOMA, July 13 — Ronnie Gifford's two-run single with one out and the bases loaded in the last of the ninth inning gave Tacoma the odd game of a Western International league series over Spokane here Thursday night, 5-4.
The hit overcame a Spokane lead built up with a three run burst in the sixth inning on three singles and Glenn Stetter's double. Wimpy Quinn homered for the winners in the second.
Spokane ...... 100 003 000—4- 8 3
Tacoma ........ 010 000 202—5-12 1
Bishop and Rossi, Kerrigan, Anderson (8) and Sheets.
SALEM, July 13 — Jay Ragni pitched and hit the Wenatchee Chiefs to a 4 to 3 win over the Salem Senators Thursday night.
Wenatchee's Don Ferrarese gave Salem only three hits in eight and a fraction innings but was relieved by Jay Ragni with the score tied. Ragni stopped the Oregonians cold with but two baseknocks and drove in the winning run in the 13th inning with a single after one baggers by Joe Unfried and Len Neal.
It was Ragni's second win over the Solons in the current series.
Wenatchee ........ 001 002 000 000 1—4-13-0
Salem ................. 000 000 012 000 0—3- 5- 2
Farrarese, Ragni (9) and Neal; Tierney, Burak (9) and Beard.
VICTORIA, July 13—Lou McCollum notched his 13th victory of the season here tonight as the Tri-City Braves rode the crest of a home run by shortstop Buddy Peterson to a 4-3 win over Victoria in a Western International League game. The game was the opener of a four-game series.
A pair of home runs by Marty Krug and John Hack got the A's off to a 3-0 lead in the first. And there it stood until the top of the fourth when Peterson slammed one over the wall with two teammates aboard the bases.
An unearned run in the seventh which permitted outfielder Dick Faber of Tri City to score proved to be the deciding run. Hack deflected an outfield throw-in to the plate and Faber raced in from third on the error. It was a single by Lou McCollum off the centerfield boards that sent Faber to third. Then on the throw to the plate, Hack's cutoff was bad and the ball got away from him.
Tri-City ......... 000 500 100—1-10-1
Victoria ......... 300 000 000—3-10-1
McCollum and Pesut; Smith and Ronning.
SPOKANE, July 13—A sore arm has benched Ward Rockey, former Washington State College mound ace now with Spokane. The Western International League disclosed Friday it has suspended Rockey because of his ailing flipper and signed third baseman Skip Rowland, former UCLA football star.