Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Sunday, September 5, 1954

                W  L  Pct GB
Lewiston ..... 42 26 .618 —
Yakima ....... 39 25 .609 1
Salem ........ 37 25 .597 2
Vancouver .... 32 25 .561 4½
Edmonton ..... 29 33 .468 10
Wenatchee .... 22 38 .367 15½
Tri-City ..... 21 42 .333 18½

EDMONTON, Sept. 5—The celebratory champagne didn't come out Sunday night in the Lewiston Broncs dressing room. The Broncs needed a double-header sweep of Edmonton, and a loss by both Yakima and Salem, to clinch the Western International League's second half title. They got neither. The Broncs ended up splitting their twin bill in Edmonton, while the Bears and Senators both won. So, the championship will come down to the final day of the season on Labour Day.
The Eskimos won the opening game, 6-5, on a run-producing single by Andy Skurski in the ninth inning off Al Yaylian.
The Broncs won the nightcap, 4-3, with Al Heist banging out a triple and a single for the victors. The game was called at the end of six innings because of a curfew.
First Game
Lewiston ......... 000 110 201—5 11 3
Edmonton ....... 102 000 111—6 11 2
Yaylian and Cameron; Conant and Prentice.
Second Game
Lewiston ......... 040 000—4 5 1
Edmonton ....... 030 000—3 6 0
Martin, Marshall (2) and Cameron; Manier and Partee, Prentice (2)

WENATCHEE, Sept. 5—Catcher Lon Summers kept Yakima in the pennant race into the last day of the season after a game-winning double Sunday. He lashed out the two-base hit in the tenth inning to defeat Wenatchee, 5-4.
Yakima ............ 001 210 000 1—5 9 1
Wenatchee ...... 000 300 100 0—4 10 1
Rios, Lovrich (4) and Summers; Waters and Helmuth.

KENNEWICK, Sept. 5—Salem manager Hugh Luby decided to play for the big inning, and it worked three times. The Senators leaped on Jess Dobernic for three runs in the first inning, three more in the fifth then scored four off reliever Dale Thomason in the ninth in a 10-3 victory over the last-place Tri-City Braves Sunday.
Dobernic didn't get an out before the first two runs scored. Mel Krause and Gene Tanselli hit back-to-back triples and Bob Kellogg followed with a hit. Jim Deyo singled him home two outs later.
Harry Warner batted in three runs and Kellogg amd Deyo had two each.
Tom Herrera scattered eight hits for Salem's win.
Salem ........ 300 030 004—10 12 1
Tri-City ...... 000 001 011— 3 8 1
Herrera and Ogden; Dobernic, Thomason (8) and Warren.

Artesia Slugger Cracks Homer Mark
ARTESIA, N.M., Sept. 5 — Hitting the home run that broke all records was "just like having a piano lifted off your shoulders," Joe Bauman said.
Bauman, the 32-year-old slugger who bettered the record by smashing his 70th round tripper of the season Sunday, admitted the pressure had been terrific since he tied the record Thursday.
"And hitting that big one was . . . well, that's it," the big guy said.
After breaking the record in the first game of a doubleheader with Artesia, the Roswell first baseman hit two more homers in the nightcap to set the new standard at 72.
Bauman, a 6-foot-4. 240-pounder, repeated his statement that he planned on playing the rest of his baseball for the Class C Roswell Rockets of the Longhorn League.
Bauman cracked a 365-foot blast in a first inning leadoff role against Artesia in the next-to-last game of Roswell's 138 game schedule. That one broke the record of 69 set by Joe Hauser of Minneapolis in 1933 and ied by Bob Crues of Amarillo in 1948.

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