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Tuesday, September 13, 1949

YAKIMA, Wash., Sept. 13—A 10-inning 3 to 2 victory over Yakima Tuesday night moved the Vancouver Capilanos to within one game of the Western International League playoff championship and $1,500 top bonus money.
Vancouver's Bob Snyder a 22-game winner, grabbed the contest for the Caps with an outstanding relief performance in the ninth inning, then knocking in the winning run in the overtime frame.
The Canadians drew first blood in the second inning when Yakima hurler Bill Bradford struck Len Tran with a pitched ball. Charlie Mead followed with a double and Bud Sheely tripled, bringing in two runs.
Yakima knotted the count in the ninth inning on a single by Al Jacinto, a long double by Bob Williams, and another one-bagger by Ted Jennings.
Sheely singled in Vancouver's half of the tenth, advanced to second on Bob McLean's roller to second base and reached home on Snyder's short crack to centerfield.
In blanking the league champions for eight innings, Vern Kindsfather was aided by three douple-plays, all instituted by shortstop Len Tran, with brother Len Tran wheeling the ball on to McLean at first.
Vancouver ......... 000 200 000 1—3 5 1
Yakima .............. 000 000 002 0—2 9 0
Kindsfather, Snyder (9) and Sheely; Bradford, Babbitt (9) and Tornay (2).

Herald Sports Editor

Vancouver looks like a cinch to win the Western International League playoffs for the extra $1500 jackpot. They have taken the play completely away from the league champion Yakima Bears by whipping them twice in their own park. Now when trains travel over to the up-hill, down-dale, Canadian field, the home team should breeze in.
The Capiliano's park is grievously well known to players in the WIL loop. For one thing it's an uphill race to first base, but they make up for it by giving the runner the down grade from second to third. And the players will tell you that the Canadian ball is "dead" compared to the one used here. Walking out of the Yakima park after the game last night, Dick Richards, general manager of the Chiefs commented, "Well, one run and the Caps will have the playoffs sewed up."
Rumors about shifts and transfers of teams currently in the W.I. League continue to make the rounds. Latest one we picked up is that the Wenatchee Jaycees will buy the Bremerton franchise and move it to that city as soon arrangements can be completed.
Richards, of the Chiefs, has already moved his family to Kennewick in anticipation of the move of the team to the Tri-City area. Work on the new WIL baseball park is scheduled to get under way late this week with plans calling for thie completion of the seeding and building the fence this year. Time and weather conditions permitting the grandstand and bleachers will also be erected.
Certain legal technicalities has prevented the public sale of stock in the Tri-City Athletic association, builder of the baseball park. However, as soon as these have been cleared up, a public announcement will be made. A meeting being held today will certainly clear up many of the items on the current agenda.
On Monday there will be a meeting of the WI league directors in Tacoma. Unquestionably out of this meeting will come many of the answers concerning various deals now in the making throughout the entire league.
Salem has long been for sale and a group of merchants are currently trying to buy that team. Tacoma and Bremerton are definitely on the block. But just what stage any of the negotiations have reached is very difficult to tell at this moment.
However, there is every indication that the league is due for a big overhaul job in the next two years. Some cities will be dropped completely out of the structure and new ones added. Teams will change ownership and more and more the league will build itself into a league and eventually into a strong Class A loop.
Tri-City Herald, Wednesday, September 14, 1949

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