Monday, 4 August 2008

Friday, April 30, 1954

               W  L  Pct. GB
Lewiston ..... 2  0 1.000  —
Salem ........ 2  0 1.000  —
Spokane ...... 1  1  .500  1
Tri-City ..... 1  1  .500  1
Vancouver .... 1  1  .500  1
Yakima ....... 1  1  .500  1
Calgary ...... 1  1  .500  1
Victoria ..... 1  1  .500  1
Wenatchee .... 0  2  .000  2
Edmonton ..... 0  2  .000  2

LEWISTON — Lewiston Broncs made it two in a row over Wenatchee Chiefs Friday night with a 12-5 Western International League Baseball victory.
The game was played in 28 degree weather before 455 brave fans.
The Broncs took advantage of 12 walks, using four in a row to clinch the win in a five-run fourth inning rally. Don Tisnerat gave up nine hits in gaining credit for the victory.
Wenatchee ...... 102 001 001— 5 9 1
Lewiston ......... 100 500 24x—12 10 1
DeCarolis, Thompson (4) and Kalemrose; Tisnerat and Cameron.

SALEM, April 30 — Salem, playing in a sub-freezing temperature of 28 degrees, defeated Edmonton 9-4 Friday night for its second straight Western International League Baseball victory.
Salem opened the scoring in the first inning on. two runs. The Senators added four more, enough to win, in the third inning on a walk, a hit batter and singles by Mel Krause, Harv Storey and Pete Estrada.
Edmonton got two runs in the fourth inning on consecutive singles by Vern Campbell, Andy Skurski and Dan Prentice.
Two walks, a single by Campbell, and two infield outs, each of which scored a run, accounted for Edmonton’s pair in the eighth inning.
Johnny Briggs, who went the route for Salem, struck out 10 Edmonton batters. Mel Krause led Salem’s attack with three hits.
Edmonton ..... 000 200 020—4 9 4
Salem .......... 204 000 30x—9 10 2
Manier, Hittle (4), Boisvert (8) and Self; Briggs and Ogden.

VANCOUVER [Clancy Loranger, Province, May 1]—Those fellows who were conceding the WIL pennant to the Capilanos after their display of power in the season opener Thursday got their memories jogged Friday; a top-notch pitcher, at his best, will still get any nine hitters out.
Victoria Tyees unveiled one of those pitchers last night at Capilano Stadium, lanky Hal Flinn, and he got the Caps out often enough that the Vancouver team dropped a close 2-1 decision and wound up no better than even in their first series.
If you figure from that score that there were two pretty good pitchers operating, you’re right. Caps’ general manager Bill Brenner was the other one, and he had his knuckle ball, which had misbehaved badly in spring training under to him, as it were.
The result was the kind of a ball game you don’t expect to see until the weather gets warm and the pitchers get used to going the full route. It was a thriller all the way, and Victoria didn’t salt it away until the last frame.
Flinn, down on option from San Francisco, looked much better than he did last year with the Yankees as he came up with a sinking and a varied assortment of deliveries—everything from sidearm to straight over the top.
The mixture was highly effective. The Caps got only five hits, and just one man, Bob Duretto, substituting for Marv Williams, out with a pulled muscle in his neck, got more than one. One of Bob’s blows was a double, the only extra base hit off Flinn.
Vancouver’s lone run came in the third when Ellis Daughtery walked, advanced to third on two outs, and scored on K. Chorlton’s single.
Victoria evened it in the sixth when Brenner threw a change of pace to huge Joe Joshua, who hit it 10 miles high. The ball caught in the wind and sailed over the left field wall, hitting the wire on top of the fence as it came down.
The Tyees won it the hard way. After veteran Eddie Lake had doubled, he moved to third on an infield hit by Dain Clay that shortstop Jim Clark just knocked down. And he scored the big one when Milt Martin hit one back to Brenner that bounced off his big glove for a single.
DIAMOND DUST – The Caps are in Yakima tonight, with George Nicholas on the mound, and play a split double-header Sunday with Rod MacKay and Bill Franks pitching … Ken Richardson played the game with a heavy heart … His mother died Friday in California … Province stars: The two pitchers, Brenner and Flinn, and Bob Dureto, one of the handiest handymen in the business.
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VANCOUVER, April 30 — Tall Victoria Tyee pitcher Hal Flinn held Vancouver Capilanos to five hits Friday for a 2-1 Western International League Baseball victory.
The righthander struck out six and walked four as he hooked in a pitching duel with Capilano general manager Bill Brenner. Brenner struck out five and walked one but gave up eight hits.
After Vancouver took a 1-0 lead in the third, Tyees tied it in the seventh when Joe Joshua, on option from Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League, unloaded a homer. His home run, with nobody on, went high over the left field wall, and 350 feet from home plate.
In the ninth shortstop Eddie Lake doubled to left and went to third on Dain Clay’s single.
Victoria ........ 000 000 101—2 8 0
Vancouver .... 001 000 000—1 5 0
Flinn and Martin; Brenner and Pesut.

KENNEWICK, April 30—Calgary evened its Western International League Baseball series with Tri-City Friday night with a 5-4 win after staving off a three-run seventh-inning rally by the Braves.
Calgary started off fast with a two-run first inning and added a third in the second.
Tri-City closed the gap slightly in the third with one run but fell farther behind as Calgary added another tally in both the fifth and sixth innings.
The Braves tried but fell short in the seventh and never threatened again. Both teams had three unearned runs.
Don Hunter, Calgary second sacker, got two doubles, one of them in the first inning driving in two runs. The second was in the sixth frame and he then scored what proved to be the winning run, coming in on Jim Wert’s single.
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KENNEWICK [Tri-City Herald, May 2]—In Friday’s action, Ol’ Bullet Joe Orrell, as he used to be known in these parts, had a scare thrown in him in the seventh inning by a Tri-City rally but he managed to hold the Braves in check and carry the Calgary Stampeders out of the league with a 5-4 victory.
Tri-City was trailing 5-1 going into the bottom of the seventh when Len Tran was safe on an error. Tran went to second on a fielder’s choice and then manager Edo Vanni tried some high strategy.
Since Bullet Joe is a rightie, and a rightie isn't supposed to be able to pitch to a lefthanded hitter, Vanni put Rube Johnson into the lineup for Ray Tran. Rube flied out and Len Tran scored.
Using the same idea, Vanni sent Larry Richardson in to hit for Ted Savarese. This time it paid off with Richardson’s three-base-hit. Vanni batted for himself (since he hits left) and scored Richardson with a double.
Leftie Vic Buccola singled scoring Vanni but then the Tri-City manager ran out of left-handed hitters. Bob Moniz came up though and singled putting two men on.
But Jack Warren, who hit three doubles the night before, popped out to the shortstop to end Tri-City’s hopes.
Playing manager Gene Lillard had to use some strategy himself in the next inning. With two away and runners on first and second, he was faced with the choice of leaving in Orrell or taking him out for a pinch-hitter. A pinch-hitter might have given him some insurance runs but would have meant more work for his short pitching staff.
He left Orrell in and the pitcher struck out. But in the bottom half of the eighth and the ninth innings, he allowed only one Tri-City batter to reach first.
Calgary ...... 210 011 000—5 9 1
Tri-City ...... 001 000 300—4 9 3
Orrell and Lundberg; Savarese, Thomason (3) and Warren.

SPOKANE, April 30—The six-hit pitching of Ted Edmunds and the hitting of Charlie Mead were the big factors in Yakima’s 4-2 Western International League baseball victory over Spokane Friday night.
Don Mead banged out three hits in four trips to the plate.
Spokane almost pulled the game out of the fire with a ninth-inning rally, pushing across two runs and leaving the tying run on bases when catcher Ellsworth Dean popped up to end the threat.
Yakima ...... 000 002 000—4 10 0
Spokane .... 000 000 002—2 6 0
Edmunds and Summers; Romero, Aubertin (7) and Dean.

Stampeders Finished?
CALGARY, April 30—Indications that Calgary’s baseball Stampeders have hit the end of a dismal financial road were given in an exchange of wires Friday between Western International League President Bob Abel and Bus Lacey, president of the Stamps.
Abel wired Lacey to inform him that he (Abel) had been told by Calgary manager Gene Lillard that he has no money for payroll or other club expenses. Abel told Lacey
the Stamps would have to advance $10,000 to the league before Monday or the league will proceed to take over Stamps and forfeit the Calgary franchise.
Lacey then wired Abel to the effect that the demand was unreasonable and that Calgary cannot do otherwise but turn the Calgary team over to the league.
Definite word as to the Calgary situation is expected during the weekend.

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