Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Monday, August 30, 1954
W L Pct GB
Lewiston ..... 39 24 .619 —
Yakima ....... 36 24 .600 1½
Salem ........ 33 22 .600 2
Vancouver .... 30 21 .588 2
Edmonton ..... 27 30 .474 9
Tri-City ..... 20 38 .345 16½
Wenatchee .... 18 36 .333 16½
LEWISTON, Aug. 30—If the Edmonton Eskimos don't put the deep freeze on Lewiston, the boys from Idaho should win the Western International League second half pennant.
The Broncs play their remaining eight games against the Northerners. The teams meet twice more in their current series at Lewiston then move on for a six-game stand at Edmonton.
And a quirk in the schedule, brought about by Victoria's withdrawal last month, may work in Lewiston's favor. The Broncs' three closest competitors—Yakima, Salem and Vancouver—all have fewer games to play and must face each other at least twice. Any kind of an even break would put the Idahoans in the driver's seat.
The Broncs elevated themselves a notch higher Monday night at the expense of Edmonton, heading the Eskimos, 6-2 in the first game of their three-game series. The win increased Lewiston's lead to 1½ games over Yakima. The Bears' scheduled contest at Vancouver was postponed because of conflict with a football game. The teams will play a doubleheader Tuesday night.
Edmonton built up a 2-0 first inning lead that held up until the fifth inning when Lewiston pushed across four runs. The scoring came on a single, a double by Larry Barton and three walks. A lone run in the seventh when Clint Cameron doubled in Don Hunter, and another counter in the eighth ended the scoring.
The Eskimos two runs in the first frame were scored off four singles.
Rain held up the start of the game for 15 minutes, then drenched the field during the ninth inning.
Edmonton ..... 200 000 000—2 8 2
Lewiston ....... 000 040 11x—6 9 2
Worth and Partee, Prentice (8); Yaylian and Cameron.
WENATCHEE, Aug. 30—Salem topped Wenatchee, 9-7, to move into a percentage tic with Yakima for second place.
Salem rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth to salvage its game at Wenatchee. The Chiefs had led since the first inning when they drove Tom Herrara to the showers with five runs made on seven singles.
The Senators teed off on starter Charlie Oubre and reliefer John Tierney for five hits in the ninth.
Consecutive doubles by Dennis Luby and Gene Tanselli tied the count. The eventual winning run was scored when Bob Kellogg's bad hopper Rot by second baseman Tony Rivas for a single. Luby led the Senators' attack with three doubles.
The same teams meet again Tuesday night.
Salem ........... 100 300 104—9 14 2
Wenatchee .... 510 000 100—7 14 3
Herrera, Franks (2) and Ogden; Oubre, Tierney and Self.
Yakima at Vancouver, postponed.