Monday, 16 July 2007

Thursday, April 21, 1949

VANCOUVER, April 21—Vancouver Capilanos made their 1949 Western International Baseball League debut a winning one tonight as they shelled three Spokane Indian hurlers for ten hits and eight runs to edge the visitors, 8-5.
Caps exploded for five runs on Pitcher Jack Teagan in the seventh inning before the lefthander was replaced by Dick Bishop, who retired the Vancouver squad before further damage could be done.
The Capilanos came from behind to win the game as they trailed, 4-3, before the seventh inning. Spokane tallied in the first, second, third and sixth innings while holding their opponants to counters in the first, second and third frames.
Jim Changaris, Spokane left-fielder, set the tempo in the opening minute when he took Bob Snyder's second pitch for a long double off the left-centre field wall. After Paul Zaby grounded out, Changaris scored the first run of the Western International League season when shortstop Ray Tran fielded Ken Richardson's ground ball and heaved high over Bill Brenner's head attempting a play at the plate.
Jim Robinson and Charlie Mead matched singles to tie it in the Caps' half of the inning, but doubles by Changaris and John Calvey in the second moved the Tribe ahead.
Vancouver tied it again in the bottom half as Bill Brenner smashed a curve ball over the left-field fence.
A single and a double made it 3-2 for the Spokes in the third, but the Caps put together singles by Buddy Hjelmaa, Mead and Brenner to tie it in the home half.
The Indians went ahead again in the sixth on a pair of singles and Hjelmaa's boot of a ground ball before the Caps bashed around Teagan in the seventh.
The 1948 pennant winners notched their final tally in the top half of the ninth when Snyder allowed Zaby to single. Richardson was walked and Larry Barton drove a long single to centre field scoring Zaby.
About 3,700 fans took in the opener.
Caps Notes — Hjelmaa is a temporary loan from the Seattle Rainiers until outfielder Jim Keating can arrive ... Percy Norman threw out the first pitch. It was missed by batter Carl Keglovic and catcher John Reid, two fans.
Spokane ......... 111 001 001—5 11 3
Vancouver .... 110 100 50x—8 10 2
Teagan, Bishop (8), Kimball (8) and Rossi; Snyder and Breener, Sheely.

VICTORIA, April 21—Dewey Soriano, part owner and president of the Yakima club, stopped the Athletics on five hits as the Bears fashioned a ten-inning, 5-2, triumph to spoil the W.I.L. opener for Victoria.
Edo Vanni scored both of the Bears' runs in regulation time. He got credit for a hit in the first inning when his hard-hit ball went through Bob Keeler. He stole second and scored on Babe Gammino's single to left.
He crossed the plate again in the fifth when the unfortunate Keeler dropped his high pop fly to put him on the bags. He was sacrificed to second and scored on Gene Thompson's well tagged liner to right.
The A's scored in their half of the first when Sol Israel walked and Vic Buccola singled. Gil McDougald tapped back to Soriano for a double play at third, but Buccola went to second and scored when John Hack's ground ball got past Gene Gaviglio.
Dick Morgan tied the game at 2-2 in the ninth when he hit a booming triple over Gammino's head and scored when Gaviglio dropped Ted Jennings' throw on Keeler's ground ball.
The Bears won it with three in the tenth as Jennings and Gaviglio walked and Ray Orteig sandwiched a single to left on a hit and run play. Two wild pitches by Pete Vecurevich while Gaviglio was batting scored Jennings and put Orteig on third. Gaviglio walked, and Dale Maycock took over on the mound. He was greeted by Dick Briskie's single, scoring Orteig. A walk to Vanni loaded the bases after Soriano sacrificed. Al Jacinto plated the last run on a perfect squeeze play.
About 4,200 were in attendance at Royal Athletic Park.
Yakima ......... 100 010 000 3—5 8 2
Victoria ........ 100 000 001 0—2 5 3
Soriano and Orteig; Ward, Vucurevich (9), Maycock (10) and Morgan.

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