Mitchell Extends Win Streak to Eight
VANCOUVER - Three runs in the eighth inning, climaxed by Jack Harshman's two-run homer, gave the Victoria Athletics their second straight victory over the Vancouver Capilanos tonight, 3-2.
It was Victoria's sixth straight victory and their 11th in their last 13 games, while the Caps lost their ninth in a row.
Victoria's eighth inning uprising broke up a great pitching duel between 19-year-old Dick Micthell and Bob Snyder. Mitchell, in racking up his seventh win of the season, blanked the home nine until the ninth, when Frank Mullens homered following Buddy Hjelmaa's single to ruin his shutout bid.
Pat Patterson opened the Victoria eighth with a double. John Hooper bunted and both runners were safe as the Caps missed the flying Patterson at third. Bill White's long outfield fly plated Patterson with the first run of the game. Harshman then clouted his 23th home run of the season over the centre field fence to provide the margin of victory.
The winners played errorless ball behind Mitchell and came up with one double play, their 15th in their last 13 games. Every man in the batting order except Micthell participated in the ten-hit Victoria attack, with Harshman and Vic Mastro hitting safely twice.
Bill Reese made his Vancouver debut with a pair of singles in four tries. Snyder singled and doubled for the losers.
Victoria ........... 000 000 030—3 10 0
Vancouver ....... 000 000 002—2 7 1
Mitchell and Mastro; Snyder, Bryant (9) and Stumpf.
Wenatchee ........ 100 020 000—3 10 2
Yakima ............. 200 100 10x—4 8 0
Condon and Dalrymple; Romple, Wallerstein (8) and Phillips.
Tacoma ............ 000 000 302— 5 11 2
Bremerton ........ 020 041 03x—10 14 1
Shapley, Salutis (7), Gilson (8) and Clifford; Ahearn and Volpi.
Spokane ........ 200 001 000 1—4 9 2
Salem ........... 102 000 000 2—5 12 0
Kramer and O'Neill; Mosser and Kerr.
Baseball Tilts Disrupted
DALLAS, Tex., July 8 —"Flying discs" broke up a couple of ball games temporarily and caused an uproar over the wide area of East Texas Tuesday night, but they were found to be merely the reflection from clouds of the beams of a pair of powerful searchlights publicizing the opening of a new grocery store at Tyler.
A few venturesome souls took off airplanes to chase the saucers. The light struck low-hanging clouds, giving the illusion of discs. The "discs" were reported 40 miles from Tyler.
At Henderson. Tex., the Henderson and Marshall baseball teams were left to play without spectators for a time as the crowd rushed to the top of the stands to see the "discs."
At Kilgore, the Kilgore-Longview baseball game was stopped for a time because of the excitement.
- Wednesday, July 9, 1947
Blogger's Note: Yes, I know this has nothing to do with the WIL, but there were a pile of front-page stories at the time about flying saucers. People became so nuts about them, they even infected baseball games, so I post it as a matter of interest.