W L Pct. GB
Bremerton ... 78 49 .614 —
Tacoma ...... 68 54 .557 7½
Victoria .... 71 58 .550 8
Spokane ..... 69 58 .543 9
Vancouver ... 57 60 .487 16
Salem ....... 58 68 .460 19½
Wenatchee ... 56 68 .452 20½
Yakima ...... 42 84 .333 35½
BREMERTON, Aug. 17—The league-leading Bremerton Bluejackets plastered a double defeat on the Victoria Athletics, 2-0 and 4-3.
Del Owens hooked up with John Conant in the short opener and three bad pitches cost the Victoria pitcher. Allan Maul clouted Owens' first delivery of the fourth inning down the right field line, Lyle Palmer picked the next offering for two more bases and Maul scored. Jay Ragni then rapped the very next pitch off Owens' knee for a single and the speedy Palmer counted before the ball could be recovered.
The A's had men on third and second in the second inning with one out, but Russ Walseth grounded out and Owens whiffed. In the fifth, they filled the bags with two out but Jack Palmer flew out.
In the night game, Former Bremerton High School boy Frank Logue gave up three runs in a shaky first inning, then blanked the Jackets until the ninth, when they shoved across the winning run. Lloyd Hittle opened with a single, took second on a sacrifice, stole third and scored on Maul's fourth hit of the game.
The A's had tied it in the fifth after two were out when a walk, singles by Palmer and Dick Morgan and a two-run double by Archie Wilson produced three runs.
Victoria ............. 000 000 0 - 0 5 2
Bremerton .......... 000 200 x - 2 4 2
Owens and Recca; Conant and Volpi.
Victoria ........... 000 030 000 - 3 6 0
Bremerton ........ 300 000 001 - 4 9 1
Logue and Morgan, Recca (9); Hittle and Ronning.
VANCOUVER, Aug. 17—Tacoma picked up only one hit from the pitching of Vancouver's Bob Snyder last night and lost a 1-0 decision despite George Nicholas' five-hit performance for the Tigers. It was the first time in 122 games this year the Tacomans have failed to score.
Tacoma's lone hit off Snyder was a high-hopping grounder by Manager Earl Kuper which went over Snyder's head when second baseman Joe Kaney stopped but a split-second late getting it to first for the out.
Vancouver's winning run came in the sixth inning when Joe Kaney singled, was sacrificed to second and scored as Jack Warren's base knock took an erratic bounce over the head of Shortstop Ray Tran.
Vancouver ..... 000 001 000—1 5 0
Tacoma ........ 000 000 000—0 1 0
Snyder and Warren; Nicholas and Kuper.
YAKIMA, Aug. 17—Yakima's 7-6, 10th-inning win over Spokane was accompanied by the complete collapse of the Indian defense. One hit and three errors permitted Frank Constantino to cross with the winning run.
Spokane ....... 000 201 030 0—6 6 1
Yakima ......... 000 005 001 1—7 12 3
Werbowski, Babbitt (6) and Rossi; Freeman, Strait (8), Kittle (10) and Constantino.
SALEM, Aug. 17—Salem's Cal Mclrvin also rack up his 15th win of the year in holding Wenatchee to five blows. Bill Wilson clouted his 25th fence-clearing smash of the year for Wenatchee.
Wenatchee ..... 100 120 000—4 5 1
Salem ............ 000 201 02x—5 12 0
Stevens, Lierman (8) and Dalrymple; McIrvin, Sporer (9) and Samhammer.
Managerial Berth for Spence Harris
YAKIMA, Aug. 17—Spencer Harris, veteran outfielder of the Yakima Packers in the Western International League, was released today to join the Marysville, Calif. club of the Far West League as manager. Harris came to Yakima as manager in 1946 and has acted as player coach and assistant general manager.