W L Pct GB
Bremerton ...... 26 13 .667 —
Victoria ....... 22 16 .579 3½
Spokane ........ 20 16 .556 4½
Salem .......... 21 16 .538 4
Vancouver ...... 18 18 .500 6½
Tacoma ......... 19 19 .500 6½
Yakima ......... 15 24 .385 11
Wenatchee ...... 10 27 .270 15
VICTORIA — Bremerton's Hub Kittle bested Victoria's Len Kasparovitch in a pitching duel to give the Bluejackets a 1-0 win over the Athletics in the second game of a Western International League twin-bill Saturday.
The night ended on an acrimonious note with Victoria manager Ted Norbert launching an official protest, claiming Kittle was using a foreign substance on his pitching hand, and players and fans milling in front of the grandstand after the last out, as Kittle, Norbert and several Bremerton players engaged in a verbal tussle.
Kittle was using his own resin bag, which was confiscated by the umpires and sent to the league office for analysis. If a foreign substance is found - pine tar is suspected - W.I.L. president Bob Abel could forfeit the game or throw it out.
The only run of the game came in the third inning. Ed Murphy's short poke into right field fell in front of Hooper for a double. Allan Maul then crashed out another two-ply blow and Murphy scored.
Bill White hit in each game, raising his streak to 26.
Late inning rallies, featured by three home runs, gave Victoria a 13-7 win in the day-time game.
Trailing, 7-4, going into the sixth, Victoria picked up two runs when Cavalli hit one over the fence with Jack Harshman aboard. Anske singled and stole second on Murphy's error and scored what proved to be the winning run on a fielder's choice and an outfield fly. White later drove in another run with a double.
The Athletics got two-run homers by John Hooper and Babe Jensen in the eighth.
Bremerton ......... 120 103 000— 7 9 2
Victoria ............. 103 005 04x—13 11 0
Ahearn, Stanton (6) and Volpi; Prior, Blankenship (7) and Anske.
Bremerton ......... 001 000 000—1 4 1
Victoria ............. 000 000 000—0 3 0
Kittle and Ronning; Kasparovitch and Fontaine, Anake.
VANCOUVER—The Tacoma Tigers came from behind in a Saturday afternoon contest to cop the verdict with a seven-run outburst in the last two innings, en route to a 20-5 victory over the Vancouver Capilanos.
But the big story was home runs—19 of them in the twin-bill.
Roy Paton was responsible for three home runs, while Dick Greco, Pete Tedeshi and Guy Miller also homered. Charlie Mead and Lee Mohr took the ball out of the park for the home team.
In the nightcap, the Tigers continued their barrage in 20-13 slugfest. Paton added two more to make his total five for the day, Tedeshi hit three as did Bob Hedington, while Dick Greco had to be satisfied with one. Mohr and Bob Stumpf replied for Vancouver.
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VANCOUVER [The Sun, May 26, 1947]—Bill Brenner, manager of the humbling Vancouver Capilanos, was faced with the biggest problem of his young managerial career today—that of getting in on the ground floor to break up the dissension which has suddenly hit the Caps.
Over the holiday weekend the Caps won one game in five starts. The victory was a 9-8 Friday night decision over Tacoma at Cap Stadium. Saturday the Brownies went under to the Tigers 20-13 in the afternoon and 20-5 in the evening in a pair of horrendous offerings...
Dissension, as mentioned earlier, has hit the Caps. Jack Meister. After showing in an inglorious relief role Saturday, was lifted. He pitched two innings and walked five batters.
When Brenner gave Meister the thumb, Jack stomped furiously in the dugout, throwing his glove against the wall so hard he almost took Jim Hedgecock’s head off. After this display of temper Meister, still raging, went to the dressing room and, after finding it padlocked, tore the lock off the door. When Meister arrived at the park Saturday evening, he found that he had been docked $2 for the broken lock.
Bob Hall, the fireball right-hander, was clouted around in the afternoon farce, too. Bob allowed most of the seven-run total Tacoma piled on in the ninth to win 20-13, but Meister was charged with the loss. Though still in the rumor stage, the report did circulate that Hall had written his Seattle boss, Earl Sheely asking for his outright release.
Tacoma smacked six homers in the afternoon and added ten in the evening for a new WIL record. In all there were 19 home runs sprayed over the fences Saturday. Roy Paton, an ex-Capilano, had three in the afternoon and Bob Hedington and Pete Tedeschi each had the same number in the eventide.
Tacoma ........... 004 035 152—20 17 1
Vancouver ...... 041 000 000— 5 11 1
Sabutis and Kuper; Robertson, Manier (7), Meister (9) and Stumpf.
Tacoma ......... 002 524 007—20 20 1
Vancouver .... 018 120 100 —13 17 1
Chetkovich, Gilson (3) and Kuper; Anderson, Bryant (4), Meister (6), Hall (9) and Brenner, Stumpf.
Wenatchee .......... 201 011 230—10 9 2
Yakima ............... 002 000 010— 3 7 4
McCollum and Pesut; Klisura, Wallerstein (4), Federmeyer (7) and Phillips.
Spokane ......... 200 001 000—3 9 1
Salem .............. 010 004 10x—6 8 1
Samson, Stevenson (6) and Bufflap; Lazor, Wyatt (7) and Beard.
VICTORIA [Colonist, May 25] - More pitching help is on the way for the Victoria Athletics, as business manager Reg Patterson announced that Don Opperman, righthander, is on his way to join the club from Denver.
Opperman was with Quincy in the Three I League last year, winning six games and losing 12, but sporting one of the better earned run averages in the loop.
At the same time, it has been announced that second baseman Mike Hafenecker has been sent to Joplin in the Western Association on option to cut down to the required play limit.