W L Pct. GB
Yakima ...... 24 8 .740 —
Salem ....... 19 11 .633 4
Bremerton ... 17 17 .500 8
Vancouver ... 15 15 .500 8
Victoria .... 15 19 .441 10
Wenatchee ... 14 18 .438 10
Tacoma ...... 13 21 .382 12
Spokane ..... 11 19 .367 12
YAKIMA, May 24 [Lenny Anderson, AP]—The bear market has broken.
After winning 23 of their first 28 Western International league starts, the front-running Yakima Bears have plunged into a slump which has cost them four of their last five games and whittled their lead over second-place Salem from six games to four.
Tuesday night, the Solons ripped a full game from the Yakima margin by brushing off Spokane 8-1 while the Bears were suffering a 1-0 setback at the hands of Wenatchee.
Wenatchee's Bill Caplinger cracked a snapping screwball past the baffled Bears to spin a two hit masterpiece at Yakima. Both bingles were singles. Caplinger was a prisoner of the Japanese during the war.
Wenatchee ..... 001 020 000—3 5 1
Yakima ...........000 000 000—0 2 1
Caplinger and Pesut; Powell and Orteig.
SPOKANE, May 24—After trailing most of the way Salem rushed over seven runs in the last three frames to up-end Spokane, 8-4, tonight and drive another nail in the home team's cellar door. Salem's Bob Cherry drove in two tallies, running his RBI total to 10 for the last two games. John Conant was the losing pitcher.
Salem .............. 100 000 223—8 12 1
Spokane .......... 004 000 000—4 6 2
Foster, G. Peterson (7) and Carlson; Conant, Howard (9) and Rossi.
VANCOUVER, May 24—Vern Kohout tossed a seven hitter for Bremerton in the first game, and Vern Kindsfather responded with the same in the night game as the two clubs split a double-header, the Bluejackets taking the first contest, 4-2, and the Capilanos the second, 6-2.
Kindsfather only had one bad jam to deal with. It was in the eighth inning when the Tars scored once. He struck out Bill Taylor with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Bremerton's Jay Ragni hit the only homer of the game, while Orrin Snyder had a four-hit night for Vancouver.
The Bluejackets scored three in the seventh to erase a 2-1 Vancouver lead. Walt Pocekay had three hits and batted in a pair of runs, while Bob McLean singled in both of the Capilanos' runs in the fifth.
Bremerton .......... 100 000 300—4 11 3
Vancouver .......... 000 020 000—2 7 1
Kohout and Ronning; Snyder and Brenner.
Bremerton .......... 010 000 010—2 7 1
Vancouver .......... 200 210 01x—6 11 2
Halstead, Pirack (4) and Ronning, Corey (8); Kindsfather and Sheely.
VICTORIA, May 24—Frank Matoh hit a base-loaded single and a triple in the first game and wound up with a grand-slam home run and two doubles in the night game as the Victoria Athletics swept the Tacoma Tigers, 10-3 and 9-8. The wins snap a four-game losing streak.
Things looked ominous in the first game when Larry Ward loaded the bases but he whiffed Jerry Ballard to end the threat and pick up his second win.
He lost his shutout with three runs in the ninth. Hank Sciarra's home run accounted for two of the runs.
Matoh batted in the first two runs of the night game with a double in the first, scored after doubling in the third, and then blasted one out of the park with two out and the bases loaded in the fourth. John Hack followed with another circuit blast to make it 8-4. A mental blunder by Dick Greco allowed what proved to be the winning run in the eighth. Greco held onto the ball for some reason after taking Jacobs' short fly ball and McDougald raced in from third.
Trailing 8-5, as they went up for their last turn, the Tigers scored two runs on Eddie Barr's round-tripper and left the tying and winning runs on base as Frank Prowse came in to save Frank Logue's third win.
Greco homered off Logue—one of 15 hits he allowed.
Tacoma ......... 000 000 003—3 7 1
Victoria ......... 004 003 03x—10 11 2
Knezovich, Sciarra (6) and Warren; Ward and Morgan.
Tacoma ........ 022 001 003—8 16 0
Victoria ........ 201 500 01x—9 11 0
Fortier, Knezovich (8) and Warren; Logue, Prowse (9) and Morgan
Oaks Sell to Spokane
OAKLAND, May 25 — The Oakland Acorns of the Pacific Coast Baseball League announced today the sales of pitcher Matt Zidich and outfielder Lyle Palmer to the Spokane Indians of the Western International League and pitcher Frank Shone to Albuquerque of the West Texas-New Mexico League.