WESTERN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE
Standings after Tuesday's games
W L Pct. GB
Salem ...... 2 1 .667 --
Vancouver .. 2 1 .667 --
Yakima ..... 3 2 .600 --
Wenatchee .. 3 3 .500 ½
Spokane .... 3 3 .500 ½
Victoria ... 2 3 .400 1
Bremerton .. 1 2 .333 1½
Tacoma ..... 1 2 .333 1½
WENATCHEE, April 20—Five runs on six hits and an error in the ninth frame snatched an 8-7 victory for the Vancouver Capilanos over the Wenatchee Chiefs in a Western International League game tonight.
Frank Mullens, playing in his first game for Vancouver since returning from the Seattle Rainiers, pounded out a double to start the rally. The other five hits were singles and a Wenatchee error figured into the scoring.
The Chiefs scored five runs on three hits and drove starter Ev Pearson from the mound in the seventh to take a 7-3 lead.
Alex Klubnickin, who relieved in the ninth inning for Vancouver, picked up the win. Mullens' arrival means Sam Samhammer will move to left field, and Orrin Snyder will be used as a pinch-hitter. Last year, Snyder started with the Caps but didn't see any action before being sent down after the first week of play.
Vancouver .... 000 011 105—8 13 2
Wenatchee .... 000 020 500—7 8 3
Pearson, Costello (7), Lubnickin (9) and Brenner, Warren (8); McCollum and Siok.
TACOMA, April 20—Tacoma Tigers picked up a first win at the expense of the Yakima Packers tonight, winning the Western International League contest, 4-3.
Earl Chapple tossed a three hitter and Hank Vallee's eighth inning double after a walk to Dick Greco and an error broke a tie.
Yakima .... 000 210 000—3 3 1
Tacoma .... 100 020 01x—4 5 2
Ford and Contasntino; Chapple, Gilson (7) and Rossi.
SPOKANE, April 20—Spokane Indians pleased 7,220 fans tonight in their first Western International League ball game at home with a 6-1 win over the Bremerton Bluejackets.
Bremerton ..... 000 100 000—1 6 5
Spokane ....... 102 000 30x—6 9 1
Conant, Jones ( ), and Volpi; Nelson and Sheeley.
SALEM, April 20—Victoria Athletics handed the Salem Senators their first defeat of the season when they banged out 15 hits to score a 4-2 Western International League triumph before over 1,000 fans. The result left Salem sharing first place with the Vancouver Capilanos. It was the second straight victory for the Canadians, who dropped their first three starts to Yakima.
Winners got little mileage out of their blows. They pick up nine hits in the second and third innings yet only managed to score three runs. Archie Wilson and Jack Palmer were the only players to hit for extra bases, each collecting a double. Palmer also had two singles while Frank Cirimele picked up three safeties.
Del Owens, speedballing right-hander, started for the Athetics but was derricked in the fifth when Salem threatened to tie the count after having picked up one run in the fourth. Joe Blankenship, who was knocked out of the box in Yakima, took over and held the Senators to one hit in blanking them the rest of the way to gain credit for the victory.
One of the features of the game was the exceptionally good fielding. Victoria became the second W.I.L. club to play an errorless contest, while Salem was charged with only one miscue. The Athletics were creditted with 21 assists as the infield had a busy evening. Frank Cirimele and Bob Koraleski each handled eight chances while Palmer had seven.
News of former Athletics - Vic Mastro had the chance to play for Kansas City but reported 40 pounds overweight and was shipped the Kansas City ... Bill Woop is going great guns with Kansas City and may stick ... Bob Jensen, given another chance to make the grade in a Triple A league at Newark, demanded a stiff raise. On his showing with the A's last year, it is little wonder the Yankees could not see eye to eye with him. He is currently working in San Francisco and it may be that his baseball career is about over.
Victoria ....... 021 000 001—4 15 0
Salem .......... 000 110 000—2 5 1
Owens, Blankenship (5) and Danielson; Lazor, Olson (4) and Hanson.
C-League in Pasco Talked
PASCO, Wash., April 20—Is Pasco big enough to support a professional baseball team?" The question was put to Dick Gyselman, player manager of the Great Falls Electrics, at the Tuesday luncheon of the Chamber of Commerce, when Em Morgan, high school baseball coach, interviewed Gyselman.Three things determine the practical aspects of such a venture," the Great Falls manager stated. "They are population, suitable financial backing and the possibility of getting a franchise in a C league outfit." Gyselman said local conditions for early training have been satisfactory despite the slow spring.
[Pasco would get a team in the W.I.L. in 1950 with neighbouring Kennewick and Richland - the Tri-City Braves]