WESTERN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE
Standings on Tuesday morning, June 10
. . . . . . . . Win Loss PCT. GB
Bremerton ..... 34 19 .642 --
Spokane ....... 31 21 .596 2½
Salem ......... 28 24 .538 5½
Victoria ...... 29 26 .527 6
Tacoma ........ 25 26 .490 8
Vancouver ..... 24 26 .480 8½
Yakima ........ 21 30 .410 12
Wenatchee ..... 16 36 .308 17½
Spokane Unbuttons Zipless Athletics
VICTORIA, June 9 - Bob Costello handcuffed the Athletics on five hits as the Spokane Indians hammered Victoria 14-1 in a Western International League game Tuesday.
Two unearned runs in the first inning gave Spokane an early start.. Catcher Bill Anske failed to get under Buddy Hicks' pop foul behind the plate for what would have been the second out. Given new life, Hicks promptly homered over the right-centre field fence, scoring Jim Dow, who had doubled.
Frank Lucchesi singled and Leo Righetti doubled to open the Victoria half by Jack Harshman belted a line drive right at Hicks at shortstop and Righetti was doubled off. Bill White then smashed another scorcher at the Spokane shortstop and the threat fizzled out.
From then on, the A's could manage only three hits and picked up their first run - unearned - when Dick Mitchell worked Costello for a walk after two errors and a base on balls loaded the bags.
Costello not only one the game, he quieted the jeering fans when he took Joe Blankenship's first pitch of the ninth for a homer.
Hicks had four hits on the night and Dow batted in four runs.
After the game the Athletics announced Don Opperman, assigned to the club by Denver, refused to report. Pitcher Jim Gibson was released and pitcher Bill Prior was placed on the suspended list as he has gone back to his job in Victoria.
Spokane ...... 210 020 324—14 16 2
Victoria ....... 000 100 000— 1 5 3
Costello and Bufflap; Mitchell, Blankenship (7) and Anske.
Six-Run Inning Powers Chiefs
VANCOUVER — The last-place Wenatchee Chiefs turned a 3-0 deficit into 6-3 lead in the fifth inning off Bob Hall — but it still wasn't enough as the Vancouver Capilanos hung on for a 9-8 win tonight.
Hall tried to blow the ball in the fifth past Mel Wasley, who smacked it over the new 20-foot right field screen designed to cut down on home runs. It went for a three-run shot that tied the game.
Hall then passed Steve Andrade before Lee White hammered one over the right centre field fence.
Vancouver countered with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Singles by Buddy Hjelmaa, Lou Estes, Charlie Mead, Len Tran and Lee Mohr followed by a double by Hall off Lou McCollum to make it 8-6.
Wenatchee added a run in the eighth and scared Vancouver in the ninth. Ted Greenhalgh’s single pushed across Clyde Haskell but Hall got Tom Warner to end the game with weak roller.
Nick Pesut had three hits in four tries for the Chiefs.
Wenatchee ...... 000 060 011—8 12 3
Vancouver ...... 201 050 01x—9 13 3
McCollum, Vivalda (5) and Pesut; Hall and Stumpf.
Senators Trip Jackets Twice
SALEM, June 9 - With Wandell Mossor and Hunk Anderson coming up with a pair of fine pitching performances, the Salem Senators swept both ends of a twin-bill with the leading Bremerton Bluejackets and vaulted into third place in the Western International standings.
The losses were the third and fourth in succession for the Tars, who now lead the Spokane Indians by only 2½ games.
Bremerton ...... 000 002 0—2 5 0
Salem ............. 201 000 x—3 10 0
Lowman and Volpi; Mossor and Beard.
Bremerton .......... 200 000 000 — 2 4 1
Salem ................. 020 000 30x—5 8 0
Johnston, Ahearn (8) and Ronning; Anderson and Beard.
Only games scheduled