VICTORIA, May 25 — Victoria Athletics made poor use of ten hits in the opener while the Tacoma Tigers took advantage of bases on balls issued by Dick Mitchell, coming from behind to tie the score in the seventh and then score three times in the eighth for a 5-2 victory.
The Tigers won the night game, 5-1, behind the two-hit pitching of Gordon Walden, who snapped Bill White's hitting streak at 27 games.
Ray Fortier hurled well enough for the losers but two errors contributed largely to a three-run rally in the fifth which broke a 1-1 tie.
Victoria ........... 000 110 000—2 10 1
Tacoma .......... 100 000 13x—5 7 1
Mitchell and Anske; Morgan and Kuper.
Second game—7 innings.
Victoria ........... 001 000 0—1 2 3
Tacoma ........... 011 030 x—5 7 3
Fortier and Fontaine, Anske (5); Walden and Clifford.
BREMERTON, May 25 — The Bremerton Bluejackets swept the Vancouver Capilanos here Sunday, taking the first contest 5-1 and blanking then 5-0 in the second on Jim Lowman's five-hitter.
Bill Barisoff doubled in two runs in the opener while Hooks DeVaurs had three singles and drove in a pair.
Al Maul had three hits in the night game and drove in two runs, while Joe Gedzius brought in a pair on ground outs.
First game—7 innings:
Vancouver ............ 001 000 0—1 4 1
Bremerton ............ 030 002 x—5 9 1
Snyder and Brenner; Johnson and Volpi.
Vancouver ............ 000 000 000—0 5 0
Bremerton ............ 000 100 40x—5 9 2
Hedgecock and Stumpf; Lowman and Ronning.
Wenatchee ........... 021 001 002—6 13 0
Yakima ............... 100 001 020—4 7 0
Rose, Frost (8) and Pesut; Cordell and Phillips.
Spokane .......... 200 204 210—11 16 3
Salem .............. 001 133 004—12 15 2
Miller, Costello (6) and Bufflap; Gunnarson, Sporer (5), Wilson (6) and Cook.
Spokane ..... 104 000 1—6 9 1
Salem ......... 001 020 0—3 3 2
Spitzer, Zmitrovich (5) and Dimaria; Sinovic and Beard.
ON THE SUNBEAM
By ALF COTTRELL
[Vancouver Sun, May 26, 1947]
On The Throw-It-And-Duck Front
When assorted Capilanos pitchers bounced 15 home runs off the bats of Tacoma Tigers at the ballyard on Saturday, it served to underline the fact that there are some lusty bombardiers in the Western International Baseball League this season.
To complain that none of the loop’s authentic siege gunners is currently wearing a Capilano uniform is small beer. Your true long ball worshipper is seldom overburdened with local patriotism.
Tacoma’s Bob Hedington, who hit three out of there Saturday night, had previously established himself as one of the league’s authentic bombardiers, along with Nick Pesut of Wenatchee and Bill Barisoff, the Bremerton baton-wielder.
The Caps once had Hedington on the strength. Just about the time the flag race was due to unfurl business manager Bob Brown let the big fellow go, having taken a dislike to the way he wore his sport shirts. Hedington was a first baseman then and Brown released him in order to keep Bill Wright. Not that everyone isn’t entitled to his quota of mistakes.
It is a moot question if slim Roy Paton, who hit five of the Tacoma homers Saturday and batted in 11 runs, is an authentic bombardier. He might merely have gotten into a rut on Saturday.
At this point it might be advisable to define an authentic bombardier. The Caps have several regulars who hit the occasional homer over the Stadium wall, notably Frank Mullens, Charlie Mead and Lou Estes. In their cases, however, it is obvious they have to hit the ball quiet well to clear the breastworks.
Big Bill Slices Badly But Over
The authentic siege gunner can miscue in miserable fashion and still cause the ball to pop lightly into Sixth Avenue. Bill Barisoff makes a hobby (and there are worse hobbies) of bunted the ball over when falling away from a pitch that he might otherwise have been forced to extract from his left ear with pliers. When such a hitter actually connects with one, Bellingham is the next stop.
The absence of an authentic slugger from the local bating order has undoubtedly been one of the reasons that the Caps, after a lofty start, have begun to settle. The failure of Pete Hughes to report may have a disastrous ultimate effect on the future of Bill Brenner’s collapsing cast. Hughes, despite his bad ankles, might have had his best season in the convenient confines or Capilano Stadium.
The fact that Tacoma ran up a total of 40 runs in one day, however, coming on the heels of previous by highly similar outbursts, points up the pitching staff as the main cause of the Brenner-Brown migrane.
He Could Have Been Killed
Witness just one of Saturday’s entertaining little news items, for instance. Sandy Robertson was left in before a standing-room-only audience Saturday night until the Tigers had amassed 13 runs. He might easily have been killed out there. When Sandy finally sauntered out, singing a vagabond song, as it were, Brenner was forced to call untried rookie Larry Manier from the hoard of pitchers cowering under benches in the Capilano dugout.
Just about all of the good pitching that Brenner has been handed came from the flippers of Bob Hall, Jim Hedgecock and Bob Snyder. The almost complete failure of Hunk Anderson, Ronnie Bryant and rookie Jack Meister to come through as expected has now apparently caused the entire staff to fall suddenly on its features.
It was unfortunate, however, that the boys had to save the big dive for two packed holiday houses. Downright injudicious, in fact.