S T A N D I N G S
W L PCT GB
Yakima ...... 90 55 .621 —
Tacoma ...... 88 54 .620 ½
Tri-City .... 79 64 .552 10
Wenatchee ... 75 69 .521 14½
Victoria .... 63 82 .434 27
Vancouver ... 60 80 .429 27½
Spokane ..... 60 82 .423 28½
Salem ....... 57 86 .399 32
VANCOUVER, B. C., Sept. 5 — In a contest featured by a mild ninth-inning tangle between the Capilanos’ Sandy Robertson and the visitors’ Bill McCawley, the Yakima Bears moved back into the top of the Western International baseball heap on Tuesday night.
They accomplished this progress by defeating the Caps, 4-3, before a tiny group of patrons huddled in the ancient Stadium which is allegedly seeing its last of baseball this week.
Though the Caps have little to gain from these final games of the 1950 schedule, the series mean plenty to Yakima and the Tacoma Tigers, who lost to Victoria. The American clubs swap opponents on Thursday night and their success against B.C. teams will decide the WIL championship.
The Caps had early foot against the Bears' Ernie Domenichelli. Charlie Mead hit homer number 19 in the second inning and two more runs scored in the third before Yakima start Joe Orengo applied his strategy. With men on second and third and one out, Mead was walked intentionally. Bill Heisner popped meekly to first baseman Jim Westlake in foul territory and Bob McLean struck out.
The same situation prevaioled in the fifth inning. This time, manager Bill Brenner batted for Heisner and hit into an easy trouble play.
Bob Snyder was working on a 3-0 lead for the locals until the sixth inning when Yakima collected three runs off doubles by McCawley and Reno Cheso. Three straight singles in the seventh produced the winner for the Bears.
With two down in the ninth, Dominechelli walked Len Tran and Dick Sinobvic, but pitching president Dewey Soriano came in and retired the side when Jim Keating grounded to second baseman Al Jacinto.
That mild ninth-inning tangle saw Robertson clamp a headlock on McCawley, after the Yakima player had taken umbrage at Sandy’s blocking pivot on a double-play ball (Sandy played shortstop). Nobody was more mildly ruffled but the incident did prove the Yaks are taking that pennant bid quite seriously. No players were ejected.
Yakima ......... 000 003 100—4 9 0
Vancouver .... 012 000 000—3 7 2
Domenichelli, Soriano (9) and Tiesiera; Snyder and Heisner, Brenner (6).
VICTORIA, B. C., Sept. 5—Victoria Athletics knocked Tacoma Tigers out of the Western International league lead and regained fifth place Tuesday night by trouncing the Bengals, 12-5 to take a 2-1 lead in the four-game series.
Tacoma's Bob Kerrigan went into the game seeking two new record. He had won 25 games, 12 of them in a row. A victory would have erased the old marks. Instead, he settled for his seventh setback, as he came back to pitch on two days of rest.
He gave up three hits and one run in each of the first two innings, but couldn't get past the third.
Lou Novikoff and Gene Thompson singled and Jim Moore beat out a neatly-placed bunt. John Hack walked to force in a run and bill Dunn scored another with a line single. Manager Jim Brillheart rushed in Don Carter, who was just as ineffective. The A's blasted him for five more hits and before Hunk Anderson got the side out, nine runs scored. Novikoff hit a double and a single in the big inning and Thompson and Moore each had two singles.
Anderson and Keith Bowman, young righthander who pitched one inning, gave up only one run from there but Aldon Wilkie had no trouble coasting to his tenth win. Wilkie twice lost the lead in the first three innings when Dick Greco, the Tacoma strongman, batted in three runs with his 35th home run and a single. Greco's league-leading runs-batted-in total now stands at 146.
Tacoma ......... 201 101 000— 5 8 1
Victoria ......... 119 001 00x—12 19 2
Kerrigan, Carter (3), Anderson (3), Bowman (8) and Sheets; Wilkie and Ronning.
KENNEWICK, Sept. 5—The Tri-City Braves ran around the bases with monotonous regularity Tuesday night and crushed Salem 18-4 to improve their hold on third place in the Western International League.
Tri-City thus picked up a full game on fourth place Wenatchee which lost 14 to 9 to Spokane.
Salem ........... 000 010 021— 4 6 1
Tri-City ....... 420 119 01x—18 19 0
Tierney, Burak (6) and Beard, Martin (7) ; Frick and McKeegan.
Wenatchee ........ 001 400 004—9 10 1
Spokane ............. 100 035 05x—14 19 2
Ragni, Blankenship (8) and Neal; Aubertin, Yerkes (4) and Rossi.
Glen Stetter Assured Batting Title
TACOMA, Sept. 5—Barring a complete collapse over the final five days of the campaign, Spokane's Glen (Jeep) Stetter seems well on his way toward the Western International League batting championship.
Including the Labor Day games, Stetter had a batting mark of .374, three points higher than a week ago and 11 points in front of his nearest rival, Dick Greco of Tacoma.
Greco had a big week at the plate, collecting 16 hits in 36 times at bat to boost his average six points to .363.
Greco appeared certain to grab the runs-batted-in and home-run honors with 144 RBIs and 34 circuit blows to his credit.
Contract Let For Stadium
VANCOUVER, Sept. 5 Contract for the construction of a new home for Vancouver's Capilanos, a 5,000-seat stadium, was let today to the Commonwealth Construction Co.
The company's tender of $302,688 was the lowest of four bids. It was originally estimated the stadium could be built for $200,000.
Alderman Jack Cornett said terms of the contract with Sick's Capilano Brewery should be revised in the light of the high cost, adding "We would be subject to criticism if we favoured one sport."
A special committee was appointed to negotiate further with the firm.
The grandstand for the new home for the Western International League team will be made of steel and concrete. The contract includes installation of floodlighting.