THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN REGISTERED BY BEAVERS
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Tacoma Tigers Well Beaten by Vancouver Team in Opening Game of Season at Athletic Park – Large Attendance

[Vancouver Daily Province, April 18, 1913]

President R.P. Brown’s husky aggregation of ball players of the Vancouver club continued their victorious manner in the Northwestern pennant chase yesterday before the largest crowd of fans that ever turned out to witness a baseball a ball game in the Terminal City when they scored their third consecutive decision over Tacoma at Athletic Park by a score of eight to four.

It was an auspicious opening for the season in Vancouver. The weather was all that could be desired and all the arrangements were carried out without the slightest hitch cropping up to mar the proceedings. The parade commenced at the post office promptly at 2 o’clock and wended its way along Cordova to Main, along Main to Hastings and west along Hastings to Granville and then proceeded up Granville to Fifth Avenue and the ball park. All along the route large crowds were congregated to give the teams a good sendoff and when they stopped on the field at Athletic Park at 3 o’clock over four thousand wildly enthusiastic fans were on hand to give them a welcome.

The Musicians’ Union band headed the procession and were followed by Alderman S.J. Crowe and Fielder Jones in an auto. R.P. Brown, Joe McGinnity, Harry Scharney and Lou Nordyke were right behind the first machine and the rest of the players of the
Vancouver and Tacoma teams were third in line. The Pipers’ band lined up behind the ball players and they were followed by the various sporting editors, who were the guests of Harry Welsh for the occasion, and a dozen other machines.

Before the game, the Pipers’ band paraded on the grounds and entertained the fans with a few selections of popular Scottish airs.

When Umpire Pearl Casey announced the batteries the stand and the bleachers were packed and the crowd was commencing to encroach on the grounds in right field. However, President Brown was prepared for this emergency and little difficulty was had in handling the crowds and keeping order.

Alderman Crowe had the double task of declaring the new ball park officially open and of throwing the first ball to the plate. He got through both assignments in fine shape. He warmed up in left field with Fielder Jones and proceeded to address the fans in the stand but nobody could hear exactly what was said. Just the same the big crowd heard him call for three cheers for President Brown and they rose in a body to give the magnate three hearty cheers.

Alderman Crowe performed in creditable fashion when he took his place on the slab with Fielder Jones behind the plate. He got the first ball over but the signals got crossed somewhere when he started to throw the second one and it went wide. However, he retrieved himself at the third attempt and shot the ball right across the centre of the plate
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Tacoma Pitchers Easy

There is mighty little to write about the game itself. The Tacoma pitchers were easy for the Vancouver tribe and after the first inning, the result of the game was never in doubt. Ingersoll worked for Vancouver and was steady for six innings but the Tigers found his offerings quite regularly in the closing innings and he was in trouble several times. Tacoma played weird ball behind Criger and Churchill. All told they were credited with five errors by the official scorer and several of them helped in boosting along the score of the Vancouver club.

Vancouver outclassed Tacoma in every department of the field yesterday and if the Tigers are going to be a real pennant contender they will have to strengthen up considerably. Joe McGinnity was out on the coaching line pretty near all afternoon but he had little to enthuse over as his boys had to play an uphill game after the first inning and were never within striking distance of Vancouver.  In the first inning Heister was passed after Bennett had fanned and went round to third on Kippert’s single to right on the hit-and-run play.  Emil Frisk came through as a clean-up hitter and brought Heister home with the first run. Two more hits and three errors by Tacoma in the second netted the Vancouver club more counters and when Spot McMurdo drove a three-bagger to the centre field fence in the third with two down he paved the way for the fourth tally, Captain Scharney coming through with a clean single and scoring the big fellow.

A pass to Bennett, a single by Kippert and a timely three-base hit by Frisk netted Vancouver a couple more runs in the fourth, but after that they could do nothing until the seventh.

Tacoma never looked like scoring until the seventh, and they counted one when Lou Nordyke crossed the plate on McMullen’s double.

Vancouver got three hits in their half of the same inning, Pug Bennett’s fast double to right sending in Scharney and Lewis.

Three hits in a row gave the Tigers a couple in the eighth and a couple of errors by Spot McMurdo paved the way for another run in the ninth, but they never got close enough to make the going hard for Vancouver. The fielding features were few and far between. Emil Frisk pulled off the star play of the afternoon when he picked McMullen’s fly to right off his shoestrings after a long chase. Tony Walsh also got away with a lot of nice work around first base and even though the big fellow did not get a hit he showed enough class to convince the fans that he is a real ballplayer. Here is the summary:

 

VANCOUVER

 

 

AB

R

 H

PO

A

E

Bennett, 2b

 4

1

 2

 1

2

0

Heister, lf

 4

1

 1

 1

0

0

Kippert, cf

 4

1

 2

 4

0

0

Frisk, rf

 5

0

 2

 3

0

0

Welsh, 1b

 5

0

 0

10

0

0

McMurdo, 3b

 3

1

 1

 0

0

2

Scharney, ss

 3

2

 3

 3

4

1

Lewis, c

 4

1

 1

 5

1

0

Ingersoll, p

 3

1

 0

 0

4

0

     TOTALS

35

8

12

27

11

3

TACOMA

 

AB

R

H

PO

A

E

Stadille, cf

 5

1

1

 2

1

1

Kellar, 2b

 5

1

1

 2

1

0

Cox, lf

 5

0

2

 2

0

0

Neighbors, rf

 4

0

0

 3

0

0

Nordyke, 1b

 4

1

2

 4

2

0

Chick, 3b

 4

0

0

 3

1

1

McMullen, ss

 4

0

1

 2

3

0

Crittenden, c

 1

0

0

 1

0

2

Byrnes, c

 1

0

0

 4

0

0

Criger, p

 0

0

0

 0

1

0

Churchill, p

 2

0

0

 1

1

1

xKerfess

 0

0

0

 0

0

0

xxFisher

 1

1

0

 0

0

0

xxxJensen

 0

0

0

 0

0

0

     TOTALS

35

4

7

24

10

5

x Batted for Criger in the third inning.

xx Batted for Byrnes in the ninth inning.

xxx Batted for Churchill in the ninth inning.

     Score by innings

Vancouver .... 1 3 1 2 0 0 2 0 x –  8
 Hits ............. 2 2 2 2 0 1 3 0 x – 12

Tacoma ........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 –  4
 Hits ............. 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 0 – 7

Summary – Two-base hits–Scharney (2), Bennett (2), McMullen, Stadille. Three-base hits–Frick, McMurdo. Stolen bases–Heister, Scharney. Sacrifice Hits–Scharney. Sacrifice Fly–Neigh-bors. Four runs and three hits off Criger in two innings. Opponants to bat–11. Struck out–by Ingersoll 5, by Criger 1, by Churchill 1. Bases on balls–off Ingersoll 5, off Criger 1, off Churchill 4. Double plays–Ingersoll to Scharney to Walsh, Churchill to Nordyke to Chick. Hit by pitcher–Brynes by Ingersoll. Wild pitch–Ingersoll. Left on base–Vancouver 5, Tacoma 9. Time of game–1:50. Umpire–Pearl Casey.

The official attendance at yesterday’s game was 5,663, which is a record for this city.