W L Pct. GB
Yakima ...... 30 11 .732 —
Vancouver ... 24 15 .615 5
Salem ....... 21 18 .538 9
Bremerton ... 20 23 .465 11
Wenatchee ... 19 23 .452 11½
Spokane ..... 17 23 .425 12½
Tacoma ...... 17 23 .425 12½
Victoria .... 17 26 .395 14
YAKIMA, May 31—Dewey Soriano kept his Yakima Bears five games in front of the sprinting Capilanos by pitching his club to a 9-3 win over the Tacoma Tigers. It was the seventh victory of the season for the big Yakima president.
Soriano, Yakima's pitching president, pinioned the Tigers with seven hits, three by shortstop Joe Kaney, for his seventh triumph.
Ray Orteig hit a two-run homer for the Bears in the first, but it was a five-run seventh inning, featuring four hits and three Tacoma boots, that gave Soriano the necessary margin.
Tacoma ........ 000 001 110—3 7 4
Yakima ......... 200 001 51x—9 12 1
Fortier and Holmes; Soriano and Orteig.
WENATCHEE, May 31—The Wenatchee Chiefs helped the Vancouver Capilanos with their tenth in a row by making nine errors in losing, 13-7. The errors accounted for nine unearned tallies.
Jim Robinson was the hitting star for Vancouver. He had five of the 15 Vancouver got off Cy Greenlaw, a double and four singles.
The only bright spot for the Chiefs was Hal Rhyne's hitting streak. The Wenatchee first baseman, who broke the W.I.L. record by hitting safely in his 31st game Monday, made it 32 by lining a home run over the right-field fence with a man aboard in the fifth. Nick Pesut and Clint Cameron also hit homers for the losers—the fifth homer of the season for each.
The Chiefs committed nine errors.
Vancouver hickoried 15 hits, Wenatchee 12.
Vancouver ........ 010 042 402—13 15 0
Wenatchee ....... 020 120 002—7 12 9
Snyder and Brenner; Greenlaw and Pesut.
SPOKANE, May 31—Rain fell at Spokane and so did Victoria. Some 400 drizzle-spurning fans watched John Conant outduel Jim Propst as the Spokane Indians doubled the Victoria Athletics, 4-2, tonight at Ferris Field.
A walk, and error by John Hack and four of Spokane's seven hits brought in three runs in the fourth, after the A's had taken a 1-0 lead in the first. Vic Buccola drove in the run.
The A's threatened again in the eighth when Frank Matoh drove in Gil McDougald to make it 3-2. The Spokes got one back in their half when Propst was relieved by Tobey Tobias.
The Athletics outhit their rivals, 9-7, but three double-plays helped Conant over some rough spots.
Propst scattered nine hits and struck out 11 while walking four and uncorking a wild pitch in his first start since being assigned to the A's. He struck out the first six men he faced and was removed in the eighth inning because of a blister.
Spokane is now nursing an infant three-game winning streak.
Victoria ........... 100 000 010—2 9 1
Spokane .......... 000 300 01x—4 7 1
Propost, Tobias (8) and Day; Conant and Rossi.
SALEM, May 31—The Bremerton Bluejackets stropped two Senator pitchers for 16 hits and a 12-7 victory over Salem to replace Wenatchee in fourth.
Bremerton ........... 104 030 004—12 16 2
Salem .................. 010 230 001—7 12 0
Simon, Marshall (8) and Corey; Miller, Foster (5) and Carson.
Rhyne Hits Safely 32 Times, .531 Average
TACOMA, June 1—En route to a new Western International Baseball league consecutive
game hitting record, Wenatchee's Hal Rhyne Jr. maintained a murderous pace with the willow during the week ending on Memorial Day.
Figures released Wednesday from the office of Robert B. Abel, league president, revealed that Rhyne collected 26 hits, two of them homers, in 46 times at bat over an 11-game stretch and hiked his stick mark 19 points to .531.
(Rhyne shattered the old consecutive game hittin g mark in the s econd contest of a Monday double-header and then hit safely in his 32nd straight game Tuesday night, clouting a two-run homer. It was his 10th circuit smash of the season, giving him undisputecl leadership in that department with one more than Tacoma's Dick Greco.)
Although he dropped 21 points during the week, Edo Vanni, Yakima outfielder, clung to second place by a comfortable margin in the bat race with a .439 average, while Clyde Haskell of Wenathee climbed from sixth to third when he hoisted his willow mark 16 points to .356.
Bob Cherry of Salem improved by 10 points to move into the fourth spot at .380, followed by Larry Barton of Spokane, whose 21 hits in 37 trips to the plate sent his average zooming 72 points to .378.
Jack Warren, Tacoma catcher, drove in the monumental total of 17 tallies during the week to take over the runs-batted-in leadership with 44, four more than the next best aggregate, posted by Yakima's Ted Jennings.