W L Pct. GB
Yakima ...... 20 4 .833 —
Salem ....... 14 9 .609 5½
Vancouver ... 11 11 .500 8
Bremerton ... 12 15 .480 9½
Victoria .... 11 13 .423 9
Spokane ...... 9 13 .409 10
Wenatchee ... 10 15 .400 10½
Tacoma ....... 9 16 .360 11½
WENATCHEE, May 17—The Yakima Bears, who have won all but four of their 24 Western International league games so far this season, continued their sizzling pace Tuesday, mauling Wenatchee, 12-1.
The Bears slammed a brace of Wenatchee hurlers for 12 hits while setting the Chiefs down with only four. The win, coupled with a postponement of the Salem-Spokane tilt, widened the Bears' lead to 5½ games.
Tiny Ted Savarese, the smaller pitcher in the league, held the Chiefs to four hits as his teammates made their hits count.
Gene Thompson's grand-slam home run and a two-run shot by Snag Moore were the big blows.
The only Wenatchee highlight was a single by Hal Rhyne which extended his hitting streak to 15 games.
Yakima ............ 120 044 001—12 12 1
Wenatchee ....... 000 010 000—1 4 6
Savarese and Orteig, Torney ( ); Greenlaw, Gilson (6) and Winter.
VICTORIA, May 17—The Victoria Athletics batted George Nicholas for 14 hits but dropped an 11-8 decision to the Vancouver Capilanos.
Charlie Mead's three-run homer off surprise starter Vince Pesky scored the first runs for Vancouver and a triple by Nicholas and a single by Jim Robinson tallied another in the second and brought in reliever Dale Maycock. Orrin Snyder hit one out of sight off him in the fourth inning to bring in two runs, then capped a five-run fifth with a bases-loaded double.
Four solid hits by Maycock, Sol Israel and Vic Buccola scoreed the first two Victoria runs in the third. Israel lined a homer with Bob Keeler aboard in the fourth to make it 6-4, but then came Vancouver's fifth to wipe away the lead.
The A's rallied for two more in the fifth but Buccola looked at a third strike with the bases loaded to end the inning. They drove Nicholas to the showers when John Hack, Frank Finnegan and Keeler all hit long doubles to score two runs. Jim Hedgecock came in to pitch, filled the bases with walks, retired in favour of Vern Kindsfather who got Gil McDougald to fly out to end the game.
A's note — Maycock was sent packing after the game to make room on the roster.
Vancouver ........... 310 250 000—11 14 3
Victoria ............... 002 220 002—8 14 0
Nicholas, Hedgecock (9), Kindsfather (9) and Sheely; Pesky, Maycock (2), Cimimeli (4) and Morgan.
TACOMA, May 17—Bremerton slipped to the fourth spot, as the cellar-dwelling Tacoma Tigers reared up and slapped the Bluejackets with nine hits for a 5-3 win. A ninth-inning Bremerton rally fizzled out after one run had scored.
Dick Greco's two-run triple in the first helped give the Tigers an early lead.
Bremerton ............. 002 000 001—3 8 1
Tacoma ................. 310 001 00x—5 9 1
Allen, Halstead (7) and Ronning; Kerrigan and Warren.
Rain cancelled Spokane's game with the Senators at Salem.
NON W.I.L. MINOR LEAGUE NEWS
Finally Get Win After 22 Losses
LEAVENWORTH, Kas., May 18—The Leavenworth Braves of the class C Western association
have finally won a baseball game—their first victory this year.
The Braves knocked off Hutchinson, 3-2, last night after 22 straight losses, believed one of the longest losing streaks with which any team has ever opened a season.
Major league records show the longest losing streak at the start of a season is held jointly by the 1904 Washington Senators and 1920 Detroit Tigers at 13 games.