W L Pct. GB
Tacoma ..... 51 32 .610 --
Bremerton .. 49 35 .583 2½
Victoria ... 47 37 .560 4½
Spokane .... 44 39 .530 6½
Vancouver .. 41 37 .526 7½
Wenatchee .. 35 48 .422 16
Salem ...... 35 49 .417 16½
Yakima ..... 29 54 .349 22
SPOKANE, Wash., July 9—Spokane Indians moved into the upper division of the Western International League tonight by edging the Wenatchee Chiefs, 9-7, in the first of a five-game series.
Pitcher Frank Nelson was credited with his 12th win of the season, but reliefer Gene Babbitt pulled the game out of the fire. Babbitt went in for Nelson in the top of the ninth inning and struck out two men with a pair of Wenatchee runners on base.
The longest blow of the game was Indian Bob Hedington's 400-foot home run that scaled the left field fence in the fifth inning with the bases clear.
Wenatchee ......... 000 001 051—7 10 5
Spokane ............. 112 011 12x—9 13 3
Conover, Stevens (8), Gilson (8) and Gardner, Dalrymple (8); Nelson, Babbitt (9) and Gibbs, Sheely (8).
YAKIMA, Wash., July 9—A ten-run eighth inning turned a tight game into a runaway here tonight as Salem downed the Yakima Packers, 14-3, in the first of a four-game Westen International League series.
Mel Nunes went four-for-six, including a home run in the big inning, for the Senators.
Salem ............ 200 001 0(10)1—14 22 2
Yakima .......... 100 001 020—3 9 2
Stevenson and Stumpf; Strait, Kramer (8), Estrada (8) and Constantino, Tornay ( ).
VANCOUVER, July 9—Buddy Hjelmaa stepped in to home plate with the winning run in the eleventh inning as Vancouver beat Tacoma in the second of two games Friday, 9-8.
Hjelmaa doubled down the left field line before Jack Warren, who had already hit three times and sacrifice, laced a drive to the outfield. Hjelmaa barely beat the throw, having to step out of the way of umpire John Nenezich, who had been knocked over by a wild lunge to get the runner.
It was a see-saw match. Tacoma scored three runs in the first to chase Hunk Anderson and another three in the second. Four runs in the fifth got rid of Tacoma starter Cy Greenlaw and made the game 7-6 in favour of the visitors. The Caps tied it in the fifth when Bill Reese stretch a blow off the right centre field wall for three bases and came in on Charlie Mead's single. It was Reese's third triple of the game.
Tacoma went ahead in the seventh, then Vancouver had tied the game in the ninth when pinch-hitter Bill Brenner hit a two-out single to bring in Hjelmaa.
The Tigers used a five-run fifth inning to take the first game, 8-2. Tacoma ended Carl Gunnarson's six-game win streak.
Vince Lazor, recently acquired for Salem, picked up the win. He also went three-for-three and batted in two runs.
Tacoma ........... 120 050 0—8 13 0
Vancouver ....... 200 000 0—2 6 0
Lazor and Rossi; Gunnarson and Brenner.
Tacoma .......... 330 100 100 00—8 14 0
Vancouver ...... 002 041 001 01—9 15 1
Greenlaw, Venturelli (5) and Hargadon; Anderson, Robertson (1), Snyder (9) and Warren.
VICTORIA, July 9—In only one hour and 37 minutes, the fastest game of the Western International League season, Victoria dispatched of Bremerton, 6-1 tonight.
Del Owens allowed five hits to gain his seventh victory. He and losing pitcher Lloyd Hittle allowed only a walk apiece.
Babe Jensen did most of the damage. He had three of Victoria's nine hits, a homer, a triple and a single, and batted in four runs while scoring two.
Jensen singled in the second inning, went to third on Dick Morgan's single and scored when Vic Buccola grounded one to second baseman Ed Samcoff, who threw wide to Lil Arnerich covering the base on a force attempt.
Archie Wilson's 18th triple in the fourth inning was followed by Jensen's smash over the wall. Then in the eighth, Lou Kubiak singled, Jack Palmer walked and Wilson singled for the second time to bring in a run. Jensen then sent a long ball to left field which went for three bases when Harlow lost it in the lights.
Bremerton's run in the fifth came when Al Ronning singled and Frank Volpi doubled him in.
Bremerton ......... 000 010 000—1 5 1
Victoria ............ 010 200 03x—6 9 1
Hittle and Volpi; Owens and Morgan.
SPOKANE, July 9—Spokane members of the Western International circuit announced yesterday the signing of Ed Gibb, Gardena, Calif., as a relief catcher. Gibb caught 57 games for the Yakima Packers in 1946 and played for the Boise Pilots in the Pioneer League last year.
LEWISTON, Ida., July 9—“Snag” Moore, former third baseman for Bremerton in the Western International League, has been sold to the Yakima Packers.
Moore said today he has been asked to report to the Yakima team tomorrow night.