Hittle Hurls Well
VICTORIA - Backing up Max Hittle's six-hitter, the Victoria Athletics used 13 hits to register their second straight Western International League triumph, 7-2, over the Wentachee Chiefs to open a four-game series.
Sidelined for the past three weeks with a sore elbow, Hittle allowed three singles in eight innings, and no more than one in an inning. He lost his shutout in the ninth when Nick Pesut doubled and a single by Steve Andrade and a double by Bob Williams scored both runs.
The A's pecked away at Lou McCollum, as Bill Anske rapped out three singles for four RBIs. Pat Patterson homered and singled and Babe Jensen had a pair of doubles.
Wenatchee ...... 000 000 002—2 6 2
Victoria ........... 010 212 10x—7 13 0
McCollum, Frost (8) and Pesut; Hittle and Anske.
Spokane Rallies to Win in Late Innings
SPOKANE, June 12 — A pair of runs in the seventh and eighth innings and three insurance runs in the ninth gave the Spokane Indians a 10-4 victory over the Vancouver Capilanos in a Western International League game tonight.
Bob Stumpf swatted a two-run homer in the second to give the Caps a lead, but pitcher Bill Samson homered to bring in a pair to tie the game in the third.
Buddy Hicks and Bob Morgan provided support in the late innings, as they brought in two runs each.
Samson walked one and struck out three in gaining the win. Jim Hedgecock surrendered 15 hits, walked three and struck out nine in defeat.
Spokane ......... 002 010 223—10 15 1
Vancouver ..... 020 020 000— 4 12 2
Samson and Bufflap; Hedgecock and Stumpf.
Salem ........... 300 000 000 1 — 4 3 2
Tacoma ........ 000 102 000 0—3 7 3
Lazor and Beard; Chetkovich and Kuper.
Yakima 000 010 0—1 6 1
Bremerton — 100 000 1—2 8 0
Federmeyer, Simon (6) and Phillips; Kittle and Ronning.
Yakima ............ 001 012 200 - 6 14 3
Bremerton ...... 002 000 001 - 3 5 1
Cordell and Phillips, Peterson (2); Marshall, Ahearn (6) and Volpi.
W.I.L. Attendance Mark at 296,000
TACOMA, June 12 - Robert Abel's Western International Baseball League seems headed for the 1,000,000 mark in attendance in 1947, optimistically forecast by the league president before the season opened.
Release of official attendance figures discloses that over 296,000 fans have paid their way to see the W.I.L. clubs perform up until the end of May.
With seven of the eight clubs still very much in the running in the close race and Wenatchee providing some tough opposition in recent games, it is likely that the figures will soar.
Spokane is far out in front with over 60,000 customers with Victoria in third place, less than 2,000 behind Tacoma. Wenatchee's last-place standing is reflected with slightly more than 21,500 attending the home games of the Chiefs.
Attendance figures follow: Spokane, 61,160; Tacoma, 41,289; Victoria, 39,655; Vancouver, 36,184; Yakima, 34,968; Salem, 30,722; Bremerton, 30,546; Wenatchee, 21,544.