S T A N D I N G S
W L Pct. GB
Tacoma ..... 39 28 .591 —
Yakima ..... 38 29 .567 1½
Wenatchee .. 38 30 .559 2½
Tri-City ... 37 31 .544 3½
Salem ...... 30 35 .462 9½
Victoria ... 31 39 .443 11
Spokane .... 30 39 .435 11½
Vancouver .. 26 39 .400 12½
VICTORIA, [Colonist, June 29, 1950]—Last night was “ladies night” at Royal Athletic Park and an estimated 6,000 fans (2,900 paid) the season’s largest crowd turned out to see the Victoria Athletics meet the Tacoma Tigers in the series finale.
As is almost always the case, the A’s failed to come up with one of their better performances when faced with a chance to make a lot of new fans. Crumbling defences and excellent pitching by Bob Kerrigan combined to give them to short end of a 9-2 count.
The loss left the A’s in sixth place and facing a four-game set with the Spokane Indians, who have been kept respectable by their success against Victoria. The Indians have won nine of 11 games against the A’s and arrive today bolstered by the addition of Edo Vanni, the errant former Athletic who was reinstated in undue haste by League President Bob Abel and promptly signed with the Spokes. Joe Mishasek will try to protect the sixth-place rating tonight.
For four innings, Kerrigan, who now has a 13-3 record, duelled with Jim Hedgecock in a fine mound battle. The Victoria southpaw was in fine fettle but was unable to cope with leaky defensive play and finally went out under fire of his own making in the eighth. Joe Kronberg was the chief culprit and was charged with three errors. Only three of the six runs charged against Hedgecock were earned, while the three Jim Propst gave up in the ninth were all unearned.
Kerrigan was shaky in the first two innings but the A’s let him off the hook. Kronberg’s failure to sacrifice in the second after John Hack and Bill Dunn had opened with singles was costly. The third baseman then struck out and later completed an unfortunate inning by hitting into a double play in the sixth when the A’s again had Kerrigan on the hook. Moore doubled, Don Alfano singled and Gene Thompson doubled to open the inning but the A’s could go no further.
Both umpires also had a bad night. Plate Umpire Pearson’s call which saw Wert banished was practically a wild pitch, the ball going all the way to the backstop. Pearson later tossed out Bill Sheets for remarks from the Tiger dugout.
Tacoma ..... 000 022 023—9 12 0
Victoria ..... 000 002 000—2 9 5
Kerrigan and Fisher; Hedgecock,Propst (8) and Ronning.
YAKIMA, June 28 — For the second successive night, the Yakima Bears rallied in the ninth inning to beat the Salem Senators in a league game Wednesday night, 5-4.
The Bears loaded the bags on Lou Novikoff's single and two walks, then tallied three
times as rookie Bill Andring, ex-Washington Husky, singled and veteran Pete Coscarart doubled into right-center to drive in the tying and winning runs.
Salem had gone ahead in the same inning when Wayne Peterson tripled to send home Bill Beard and scored himself when Reno Cheso threw wide at third on the relay.
Salem ...... 000 002 002—4 9 2
Yakima ... 020 000 003—5 10 2
Tierney and Beard; Larner and Tornay.
KENNEWICK, June 28—A pair of home runs and the six-hit pitching of Jay Ragni carried Wenatchee to a 6-2 first game victory over Tri-City here Wednesday night, but the Braves came back to win a slugging duel, 15-8 in the nightcap of a Western International league doubleheader.
Tri-City collected 17 hits in the afterpiece which topped the Wenatchee total by two.
Joe Unfried and Jerry Ballard hit the homers for the Chiefs which contributed to the outcome of the opener.
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KENNEWICK, June 29 [D. Becker, Herald]—Bundle together a total of 59 base hits in fifteen and a half innings and you begin to have some idea of what went on at Sanders Field last night. Wenatchee curbed the Tri-City team in the opener which they won 6-2. However, the slumbering Brave bats came to life in the nightcap to pound out 17 hits for a 15-8 decision and send most of the 2090 fans home happy. The series now stands 2-1 for the Braves with the finale on tap for tonight.
Charlie Petersen, manager of the Braves, will send his newest hurler, right hander Joe Nicholas out to get the bulge' win. And the Tri-City team will look at the slants of another lefthander when Tom Breisinger takes the mound for the Chiefs.
Nicholas, who reported to the club Tuesday, has a 3-0 record with Austin in the Big State League this season, and a 2-1 record with Klamath Gems, his last stop before reporting here.
Wenatchee's right fielder, Joe Unfried and Jerry Ballard, Chief first sacker wrapped up the seven inning opener with a pair of four-masters. Both were rapped off the pitching arm of Joe Orrell whose season record is now 6-6. Unfried's came in the fourth with two on and Ballard dropped his over the left field wall in the sixth with one man aboard the bases.
HOLD THE EDGE
The Braves led all the way in the marathon nightcap. Best high light of the game was the rhubarb between visiting manager Tommy Thompson and Umpire Perkins in the Wenatchee eighth. With Bob Felizzatto on the mound and Walt Pocekay in the batter's box, the Chief player suddenly fell away from the plate as Felizzatto zoomed one in. The ball hit 1. Either the bat, or 2. Pocekay's knuckles.
Pocekay contended it was the latter while umpire Perkins held the opposite view. Thompson rushed from the third base coaching box and grabbed Pocekay's hand to show Perkins where the skin had been cut by the ball. But the man in blue stood his ground during the five minute tirade. Pocekay stepped hack into the box and promptly hit into a double play to retire the side it was the first man that Felizzato had faced in the game.
It was Perkins who also got into trouble with Wenatchee in the opener. Al Spaeter and Jim Warner, on second and first respectively, pulled a double steal. Wenatchee third baseman laid the ball in his glove in front of the bag as Spaeter slid in. Perkins called the Brave second baseman safe, and they were off on another little dandy gum-batting contest. As usual the umpire won.
ANOTHER FOR STONE
It was the eighth win against four losses for Dick Stone, with a nice assist from Felizzato.
However, none of the four pitchers that appeared in the game exhibited the control they have shown in the past. Three double plays by the Tri-City team pulled Stone out of bad spots. The Braves minted four of the twin killings last night and Al Spaeter completed one on his own in the fifth inning of the first amp when he took Lil Arnerch's line drive and then stepped on second to force Jay Ragni.
Wenatchee .... 000 302 1—6 9 1
Tri-City ......... 000 001 1—2 6 0
Ragni and Spurgeon; Orrell, Olsen (6) and Pesut.
Wenatchee ..... 001 202 102— 8 15 4
Tri-City .......... 102 530 04x—15 17 5
Dahle, Sciarra (8) and Spurgeon; Stone, Felizzato (8) and Pesut.
VANCOUVER [Erwin M. Swangard, Daily Province, June 29]—A number of important events from a baseball point transpired Wednesday night at Cap Stadium, home of the Vancouver entry in the Western International League.
In chronological order:
Capilanos resolved to a man, including the bat boy, not to shave until they have vacated the WIL cellar;
Manager Bill Brenner shook up his lineup and batting order;
His men responded by mauling two Spokane pitchers for 15 hits and seven runs;
Caps’ infield, inspired chiefly by second baseman Len Tran, equalled the double play record of six for one game set by Yakima in June, 1939;
Caps soundly trounced Spokane Indians 7-2 behind George Nicholas’ effective pitching;
Lefthander Bud Beasley reported to the Caps;
General Manager Bob Brown gave lanky Bob Costello his outright release.
Brenner nominated Kevin King and Bob Snyder to pitch in tonight’s double-header against the league-leading Tacoma Tigers, who will play a third game Friday and two more Saturday at Cap Stadium.
Capilano fans got quite a shock when their favorites took the field. Jimmy Robinson was missing from third base. Official club reason was that little Jimmy, who was in uniform, was suffering from a slight case of the flu but the fact that Spokane threw a lefty against the Caps bespoke of the real reason for his absence.
Charlie Mead came in from right field and played third. His place was taken by Sandy Robertson, the league’s leading pitcher.
Reg Clarkson was lead-off in place of Robinson. Ray Tran moved up from eighth to second position. Dick Sinovic moved into the cleanup spot while Mead batted fifth.
Now let’s see how it worked. Clarkson got three for five, Ray Tran got two for five including a lusty double. Len Tran, the No. 3 man, got three for five. Sinovic got three for five, including a double.
It didn’t look promising at all when the Indians snatched two unearned runs in the first inning. Caps kept pecking away with single runs in the first, third and sixth to take a short lead. Then came the explosion in the seventh when three straight hits were climaxed with Bill Brenner’s 390-foot homer over the left centre wall and the game was well in hand for Vancouver.
Spokane ....... 200 000 000— 2 9 3
Vancouver .... 101 001 40x—7 15 1
Yerkes, Kohout (7) and Rossi; Nicholas and Bill Brenner.
Chorlton Move Seen by Fan As U.S. Trick
[Victoria Colonist, June 29, 1950]
As least one Victoria baseball fan believes there was an ulterior motive when Seattle Rainiers recalled outfielder K. Chorlton from Victoria Athletics. Manager Marty Krug received a letter this week from an anonymous writer on the subject. It reads:
The recall of K. Chorlton to Seattle was done deliberately as an American trick to try to make the Victoria team lose the series against the American team. They don’t want to see a Canadian team beat the Americans at their own game.
However, Chorlton’s return now seems imminent with Outfielder Marvin Rackley, who jumped the club last week, reportedly back with the Rainiers. The A’s hope he will be back later this week and no later than next week.
Other news from the A’s is that Bernie Clarkson and Ed Gary, the Kamloops catcher, will finish the season with a Calgary semi-pro club. They left yesterday. The A’s have also signed John Brkich, the tall young Kamloops southpaw. He will probably see some action later in the season.