W L Pct. GB
Tacoma ..... 20 9 .690 --
Wenatchee .. 17 14 .548 4
Bremerton .. 16 16 .500 5½
Salem ...... 15 15 .500 5½
Victoria ... 17 18 .486 6
Spokane .... 14 15 .483 6
Yakima ..... 13 19 .406 8½
Vancouver .. 13 19 .406 8½
VICTORIA, May 24—Finding their batting eyes after John Marshall set them down on three hits in the first game, the Victoria Athletics pounded out a 12-6 win under the lights over the Bremerton Bluejackets in a Holiday Monday double-header.
Marshall only allowed one hit — Vic Buccola's single in the fourth — going into the ninth inning, but his own error, two singles and a walk ended his shutout bid.
Marshall struck out eight Athletics, counterbalanced somewhat by the fact he struck out at the plate five times.
Del Owens started for Victoria and was greeted with four straight hits, the last one taking a bad hop and bashing him in the teeth. He had to come out of the ball game, and replacement Jim Propst gave up a hit and a walk before managing to get three out to end the inning with only two runs in.
The Tars got a run in the sixth and three in the ninth, though they loaded the bases with none out in the third and fourth, but failed to score, as manager Alan Strange shook his head in amazement.
Len Kasparovitch started and won the night game, and hit three successive doubles for Victoria as well. They were amongst the nine extra-base blows in the A's 15-hit arsenal.
Leading 2-1, Ted Norbert's nine scored three in the fifth. Kasparovitch started it with a double. They added four more in the sixth after two more were out with another double by the Victoria righthander and Charlie Balassi's homer being the features. Two more in the seventh and one in the eight wound to up for the home team.
A tiring Kasparovitch surrendered five runs in the eighth to make the game seem closer than what it was.
Bremerton ........... 200 001 003—6 14 3
Victoria .............. 000 000 002—2 3 2
Marshall and Volpi, Owens, Propst (1), Goot (9) and Recca.
Bremerton .......... 001 000 050—6 11 2
Victoria ............. 101 034 21x—12 15 2
Conant, Arnerich (8) and Ronning; Kasparovitch and Recca.
VANCOUVER, May 24—The Tacoma Tigers opened their four-game Western International League series with the Vancouver Capilanos in winning style today, nipping the Caps 6-4 in the afternoon, and winning 10-8 in the nightcap.
Larry Rossi sparked the Tigers in the afternoon tilt with two homers — the first in the second inning with the bases empty, the second in the third with Dick Greco on base.
In the second game, Vancouver mounted a ninth-inning rally, scoring three times to come within two runs. But manager Bill Brenner, who hit two doubles and a single in three trips, had yanked himself from the line-up, which left the team without a pinch-hitter in the ninth when the Caps could have used one.
Frank Mullens homered in the first game, and hit two for three RBIs in the second for Vancouver.
Tacoma ........... 032 000 100—6 12 1
Vancouver ....... 010 010 200—4 10 1
Clary and Tossi; Gunnarson and Brenner.
Tacoma ........... 010 052 020—10 17 2
Vancouver ....... 011 200 013—8 15 3
Fortier, Nichols (9) and Hargedon; Costello, Higgins (5) and Brenner and Warren.
SPOKANE, May 24—Spokane Indians batted two Salem pitchers for 14 hits, eight in the first three innings, to trouble the Solons, 8-2, tonight before 3,540 Western International League fans.
Salem .......... 000 200 000—2 10 3
Spokane ...... 102 001 00x—8 14 1
McIrvin, Carr (4) and Stumpf; F. Nelson and Younker.
WENATCHEE, May 24—Wenatchee Chiefs swept both ends of a double-header from Yakima Packers, 10-6 and 3-1, here tonight to firmly establish their claim to second place in the league standings.
A four-run homer by catcher Jerry Gardner in the first inning of the first game sparked a six-run inning and the Chiefs were never headed.
Yakima .......... 141 000 0—6 8 2
Wenatchee .... 022 000 x—10 8 3
Drilling, Pirack (6) and Eastwood; Horton, Stenman (5) and Gardner.
Yakima .......... 000 000 010—1 7 2
Wenatchee .... 020 000 10x—3 5 1
Strait and Constantino; Rose and Dalrymple.