1937 Game Reports / BC Interior     

1937 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley   
1937 BC Interior   
1937 Vancouver Island  

OKANOGAN VALLEY BASEBALL LEAGUE

Penticton, the lone entry from British Columbia in the otherwise all-Washington State 1937 Okanogan Valley Baseball League, played in the northern division of the circuit along with teams representing Oroville, Okanogan and the ultimate division champion from Omak, WA. There were no inter-division games during the regular schedule. Opposing the northern division winner, Omak, in the overall league finals was the Brewster WA club which had earned the southern division laurels.

Teams in the 1937 Okanogan Valley WA Baseball League

Northern Division
Okanogan WA
Omak WA
Oroville WA
Penticton

Southern Division
Brewster WA
Bridgeport WA
xxx
xxx


(April 25)  Penticton started the 1937 campaign with a well-deserved 3 to 1 conquest of the Oroville WA nine at the Recreation Grounds. Norman “Porky” Parkins grabbed the hillock triumph, tossing a five-hitter while ringing up 10 strikeouts. The victors gathered six safeties off the slants of losing twirler Warden who registered 8 whiffs. Bill Benway and Chuck Blacklock were the top willow wielders for Penticton, both picking up a brace of base knocks. Warden helped his mound effort by banging a pair of safeties for the Washingtonians.

Warden (L) and LeMay
Parkins (W) and Kincaid

(May 2)  A three-run third inning propelled visiting Penticton to a 6 to 4 triumph over Oroville. The Americans had a slight 7 to 6 edge in base hits acquired but Penticton’s solid defense, which was flawless, made the difference. Fly chaser Alymer Cousins of the Canucks was the sole swatter in the contest to gather a pair of bingles. “Porky” Parkins fanned 7 in taking the knoll decision.

Parkins (W) and Kincaid
Warden (L), Sanders (7) and LeMay

(May 9)  A “quagmire of mud” Okanogan Valley Baseball League game was stopped in the Washington town of Okanogan at the end of four innings when wet weather rendered completion of the contest impossible. The Americans had a 3 to 2 lead when the game was halted. The teams will play a pair of seven-inning matches next week to make up for the washed-out affair.

Northern Division standings   W     L      Pct.
Penticton                     2     0    1.000
Okanogan                      1     1     .500
Omak                          1     2     .333
Oroville                      1     2     .333

(May 16)  Penticton divided honors with Okanogan in a Northern Division doubleheader played on the home turf of the Washington club. The Canadians won the first game handily, defeating Okanogan 6 to 1, but bowed to the Americans 7 to 5 in the late contest. Penticton hammered 14 base blows off losing chucker Dyer Hampson in the opener. “Porky” Parkins picked up his third win in as many mound starts by tossing a six-hitter. Welland Moore and playing-manager Graham Kincaid of the winners both cracked a double and single while hot corner custodian Easley stroked a brace of one-baggers for the vanquished nine.

Parkins (W) and Kincaid
Hampson (L) and Kelner/Kilner

The hosts had a decisive 13 to 7 margin in base knocks in the late affair and led all the way. Initial sacker Wagner and outer pasture guardian Phillips had three safeties apiece, including a double, for the Washingtonians while Bob Phinney ripped a two-bagger and a single for the visitors.

Hammond (L), Parkins (5) and Watkins, Kincaid
D. Michel (W) and Potvin 

(May 23)  Invading Omak thoroughly trimmed the Penticton squad 10 to 4 in a game in which the hosts fell apart defensively and committed ten errors. The Omak baseballers played fast, clean-cut ball, taking full advantage of the opportunities afforded by the Penticton nine while giving away few in return. Piling on three runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth stanza, the Washingtonians had control of the game throughout. Winning pitcher “Buckshot” Johnson was nicked for 8 safeties while ringing up an equal number of strikeouts. Norman “Porky” Parkins was driven to the showers in the sixth panel, suffering his initial mound setback of the campaign. Leading the Omak offensive attack was shortstop Peterson who stung the pill for a trio of safe blows. Penticton’s Alymer Cousins was equally potent with the stick, slapping out three bingles, as well as pilfering three bases.

Johnson (W) and Nelson
Parkins (L), Moebes (6) and Kincaid

(May 30)  A four-run output in the top of the ninth round proved to be too little, too late as the Penticton diamond pastimers fell once again to the surging Omak, WA contingent to the tune of 11 to 8. It was a hard-hitting affair with 30 base blows being struck, 16 by the homestanding Americans. Every player in the Omak lineup, with the exception of winning flinger Lamb, had at least one base hit. First baseman “Louie” Smitkin led in the power department by smashing a pair of home runs. Keystone sacker Reese followed with a triple, double and single while “Buckshot” Johnson contributed a triple plus a brace of one-baggers. For the Pentictonites, Chuck Blacklock and Clair Baker both came through with a triad of safeties with one of Blacklock’s swats being a three-bagger.

Moebes (L), Hammond (5) and Watkins
Lamb (W), Johnson (9) and Nelson

Northern Division standings   W     L      Pct.
Omak                          4     2     .667
Penticton                     3     3     .500
Okanogan                      3     3     .500
Oroville                      2     4     .333

(June 6)  Penticton senior baseballers dropped their fourth straight Okanogan Valley League contest, a 6 to 5 verdict to red-hot Omak, WA. The triumph for Omak was their third in succession over Penticton. Another late rally by the British Columbia nine fell short. Southpaw Lamb, with relief help from “Buckshot” Johnson, earned the hillock triumph over “Porky” Parkins. Huber and Griffiths both singled twice for the victors while playing-manager Graham Kincaid swatted a triple and one-bagger for Penticton.

Lamb (W), Johnson (8) and Nelson
Parkins (L), Wilson (6) and Kincaid

(June 6)  Okanogan edged Oroville 3 to 2.

(June 13)  With hurler Andy Wilson showing the way, the Penticton diamond pastimers broke out of their four-game slump by taking the Oroville nine into camp 5 to 4. Other than the fifth frame when the visiting Washingtonians plated all four of their counters on a double, three singles, a walk, a hit batter, a fielder’s choice, an error and a passed ball, Wilson had firm control over the invaders, finishing with a six-hitter and 13 strikeouts. However, they did not put the game on ice until their final turn at bat when Alymer Cousin’s clean single drove in Chuck Blacklock with the winning tally. Losing tosser Warden whiffed 11 and was nicked for 9 Penticton safeties as Blacklock led the way for the victorious nine with a home run and single. Bill Benway, Cousins and skipper Graham Kincaid all came through with a brace of safe swats with doubles included in Benway’s and Cousins’ totals. For Oroville, shortstop Perry Bunch drilled a pair of singles.

Warden (L) and Ramsay
Wilson (W) and Earl

(June 20)  Blowing a 7 to 2 lead but then rebounding with a pair of markers in the bottom of the eighth frame, the Penticton seniors held on to capture a 9 to 7 verdict from the visiting Okanogan nine. Wobbly defensive support made things uneasy for winning pitcher Norman “Porky” Parkins who ultimately prevailed  with a seven-hitter in spite of the eight miscues his mates committed. He coolly got out of a ninth-inning  jam with the bases loaded and none retired by inducing a comebacker into a double play and then ended things by serving up a ground out. Fly chaser Marshall laced a triple and single for the Canucks while teammate Wes Watkins connected for a double and one-bagger.

Hampson (L) and Kelner
Parkins (W) and Watkins, Kincaid

(June 20)  Oroville defeated Omak 1 to 0.

Northern Division standings   W     L      Pct.
Omak                          6     3     .667
Penticton                     5     4     .555
Okanogan                      4     5     .444
Oroville                      3     6     .333

(June 27)  Although both teams plated just three earned runs, Okanogan WA crushed Penticton 15 to 5 in a game in which the Canadian contingent made things easy for their Washington hosts by committing a dozen errors. The Okanogan nine clipped the horsehide for 16 base knocks while the visiting British Columbians netted 11 safeties. Winning flinger Dyer Hampson of the Okanogan squad rang up a dozen strikeouts. His batterymate, catcher Kilner, supplied most of the offensive punch by belting a homer, triple and double. Fly chasers Lewis and Phillips also stroked three hits for the winners with a two-bagger included in Lewis’ sum of swats. Alymer Cousins and Bob Phinney paced the vanquished nine at the platter with a trio of safe swats each with one of Cousins’ blows going for a double.

Parkins (L) and Kincaid
Hampson (W) and Kelner/Kilner

(June 27)  Oroville trimmed division-leading Omak 8 to 1.

(July 1)  Penticton’s senior baseball team captured top prize in the three-team Dominion Day tournament held on the home diamond of the Dual Lake pastimers. The hosts disposed of the Cousins Family nine (Verne, Harold, Dan, Eddy, Alymer, Irvine, Francis, Gordon and Warren) from Peachland 5 to 2 in the opening skirmish and then decimated the Vernon squad of the Interior League 17 to 0 in the finale.

(July 4)  Penticton’s senior nine won a clean-cut 6 to 1 decision from Oroville WA on the latter’s diamond in Okanogan Valley League action. Andy Wilson, despite a sore arm, went the route on the hillock for the Lakers to earn the victory with a five-hitter. Bill Benway was the top dog with the lumber for the winners, creaming the orb for three safeties.

Wilson (W) and Watkins
Warden (L) and Ramsay, LeMay (7)

(July 11)  Omak rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to edge visiting Penticton 9 to 8, a victory which clinched the Northern Division pennant for the Washingtonians. It was the fourth time in four meetings that Omak had triumphed over the Canadians this season. In this free-hitting showdown, winning tosser “Buckshot” Johnson gave up 13 safeties while the Americans lit up losing flinger Andy Wilson for 11 base knocks. Shortstop Griffiths picked up a triad of safeties for the winners to lead swatters from both clubs.

Wilson (L) and Watkins
Johnson (W) and Nelson

POST-SEASON EXHIBITION GAMES

(July 25)  Back-to-back homers by Chuck Blacklock and Bill Benway in the sixth canto sparked the Penticton seniors to a 12 to 10 exhibition encounter victory over the Brewster WA nine, southern division champions.  

Federmyer (L), Driesser (7) and Cleveland
Gould, Parkins (W) (3) and Watkins

(August 22)  Penticton edged the Beaverdell Highland Bell Miners, playoff champions of the Southern Okanagan Baseball League, 11 to 10 in a ten-inning exhibition encounter in Penticton. The hosting nine blew a 9 to 3 lead and fell behind 10 to 9 before knotting the count 10 – 10 in the bottom of the ninth stanza. Chuck Blacklock touched home with the winning counter in the overtime session after Beaverdell catcher Earl Christie tossed the horsehide over Ted Staples’ head at the hot corner in an attempt to pickoff Blacklock, Christie’s four-hit performance going for naught as a result of his errant throw. Winning flinger “Porky” Parkins had a “somewhat flukey” grand-slam home run in support of his mound effort while Dick Murray blasted a three-run shot for the Miners.

H. Cousins (L) and Christie
Parkins (W) and Watkins

(August 29)  Scoring the lead and insurance counters in the eighth stanza, Penticton broke a 4 – 4 tie and went on to defeat invading Princeton 6 to 4 in an exhibition clash. Outfielder Marshall and keystone sacker Chuck Blacklock both belted round-trippers for the winning nine while playing-manager Graham Kincaid contributed three safeties. Shortstop Volack led the Mining Towners at the dish, spanking the horsehide for a double and one-bagger.

D. Currie (L) and Stocker
Parkins, Moebes (W) (7) and Watkins, Kincaid (7)

(September 6)  The United Distillers Limited diamondeers out of the Vancouver Senior City Baseball League won the baseball tournament that featured Penticton’s annual Labor Day sports agenda. U.D.L. was hard pressed in defeating the Penticton senior baseballers 5 to 3 in the tournament final in the Fruit Growing community. Southpaw Reg Jowett of the Coast squad earned the mound win over Penticton’s Les Gould. Jowett whiffed 12 while Gould fanned 10. Jowett had a no-hitter through six innings. The U.D.L. aggregation had a narrow 9 to 8 advantage in base hits. Rival outfielders Jackie Sherman of the Distillers and Alymer Cousins of Penticton each picked up a triple and single.

Jowett (W) and Henry
Gould (L) and Watkins 

OVERALL OKANOGAN VALLEY BASEBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP 
Omak WA (northern division) vs Brewster WA (southern division) 
Best-of-three series

(August 29)  The third and deciding game between Brewster and Omak went down to the wire and saw Omak emerge with a narrow 2 to 1 triumph and the 1937 championship. Winning flinger “Buckshot” Johnson limited Brewster to just three hits. His batterymate, catcher Nelson, had two of Omak’s four safeties, a double and a triple.

Johnson (W) and Nelson
xxx (L) and Cleveland


SOUTHERN OKANAGAN VALLEY BASEBALL LEAGUE

A new entry from Beaverdell highlighted the opening of the 1937 season. The Oliver club from a season previous had earlier made it clear that they would not participate while another of the 1936 franchises, the Penticton team, found it impossible to organize in time for the anticipated league opening and thereby dropped out, leaving the circuit with five squads to battle for supremacy. The winless Summerland squad was composed entirely of junior-aged players for the last part of the campaign after the senior members of the team abandoned the club in frustration midway through the season.

Beaverdell Highland Bell Miners
Kelowna
Peachland
Rutland
Summerland

Known 1937 League Game Results 

(May 16)  Beaverdell Highland Bell Miners defeated Peachland (final score not known)

(May 23)  Beaverdell Highland Bell Miners  6    Kelowna 2

D. Murray, H. Cousins (W) (5) and V. Cousins
Wynne (L) and V. Leier 

Day (Beaverdell) – two-run home run
Rudy Kitsch (Kelowna) – 4 hits

(May 24)  Kelowna  13    Rutland  2

Newby (W), McDonald (9) and V. Leier
H. Wostradowski (L), Bach (6) and J. Holitzki
                
Johnny McDonald and Rudy Kitsch (both of Kelowna) – 3 hits each

(May 30)  Peachland  11    Rutland  9

G. Ekins (W) and Selman
F. Wostradowski, H. Wostradowski (L) (8) and J. Holitzki

“Lark” Alexander (Rutland) – home run
George Ekins (Peachland) – 13 strikeouts
Adolph Holitzki (Rutland), Ted Clements (Peachland), Don Miller (Peachland) – 3 hits each

(May 30)  Summerland lost to Beaverdell Highland Bell Miners (final score not known)

(June 6)  Kelowna  15    Peachland  9

McDonald (W) and V. Leier
G. Ekins (L), Clements and N. Ekins, Selman
         
Ted Clements (Peachland) – a double and 3 singles
Guidi (Kelowna) – 4 hits
Kielbiski (Kelowna) – 3 hits

(June 6)  Rutland  21    Summerland  8

Bach (W), H. Wostradowski (4) and J. Holitzki
Thompson (L) and Kennedy

(June 13)  Rutland  4    Beaverdell Highland Bell Miners  1

Murray (L), H. Cousins (2) and Christie, V. Cousins (2)
H. Wostradowski (W) and J. Holitzki

Harold Cousins (Beaverdell) – 15 strikeouts
Henry Wostradowski (Rutland) – 11 strikeouts, yielded just 2 hits

(June 13)  Kelowna defeated Summerland (final score not known)

         Standings                   W     L      Pct.
         Highland Bell Miners        3     1     .750
         Kelowna                     3     1     .750
         Rutland                     2     2     .500
         Peachland                   1     2     .333
         Summerland                  0     3     .000

(June 20)  Rutland  6    Peachland  12

F. Wostradowski (L), Bach and J. Holitzki
G. Ekins (W) and Selman

Archie Miller (Peachland) – 3-run home run plus a single
Ted Clements (Peachland) – a double and two singles

(June 20)  Kelowna  9    Beaverdell Highland Bell Miners  5

Newby (W) and V. Leier
H. Cousins (L) and V. Cousins

Harold Cousins (Beaverdell) – 15 strikeouts
Martin Leier, Rudy Kitsch, “Doc” Newby (all of Kelowna) & Verne Cousins (Beaverdell) – 3 hits each

(June 27)  Peachland  7    Kelowna  11

Clements (L) and xxx
Newby (W) and xxx
   
Val Leier (Kelowna) – 4 hits

(July 4)  Summerland  0    Rutland  24

E. Evans (L), Scriver and W. Evans
Martin (W), J. Holitzki (7) and J. Holitzki, Biechel (7)

(July 4)  Peachland  24    Beaverdell Highland Bell Miners  10

G. Ekins (W), Clements (6) and Selman
Murray (L), H. Cousins (6) and V. Cousins

Earl Christie (Beaverdell) – solo home run
Don Miller (Peachland) – 4 hits including 3 doubles
Verne Cousins (Beaverdell) – 4 base hits
Ted Clements (Peachland) – 3 doubles

(July 11)  Rutland  1    Kelowna  4

F. Wostradowski (L), H. Wostradowski (7) and J. Holitzki
Newby (W) and V. Leier

Johnny Holitzki (Rutland) – a triple and 3 singles
Val Leier (Kelowna) – 4 singles

(July 11)  Summerland  4  Peachland  12

W. Evans (L) and Clarke
G. Ekins (W) and D. Miller

Williamson (Peachland) – 5 singles
McCutcheon (Summerland) and Ted Clements (Peachland) – a double and 2 singles apiece

         Standings                 W     L      Pct.
         Kelowna                   6     1      .857
         Peachland                 4     3      .571
         Beaverdell                3     3      .500
         Rutland                   3     4      .429
         Summerland                0     5      .000

(July 18)  Rutland  1    Beaverdell Highland Bell Miners  3

H. Wostradowski (L) and J. Holitzki
H. Cousins (W) and V. Cousins

Harold Cousins (Beaverdell) – 12 strikeouts
Henry Wostradowski (Rutland) – 3 base hits

(July 18)  Kelowna  9     Summerland  1

McDonald (W), Schlosser (9) and xxx
xxx (L), Gould and xxx

         Final Standings           W     L      Pct.
         Kelowna                   7     1      .875
         Peachland                 4     3      .571
         Beaverdell                4     3      .571
         Rutland                   3     5      .375
         Summerland                0     6      .000

PLAYOFFS

SUDDEN-DEATH SEMI-FINAL  (Beaverdell Highland Bell Miners vs Peachland)

(July 25)  Beaverdell Highland Bell Miners  11    Peachland  6  (10 innings)

T. Murray, D. Murray (W) and xxx
G. Ekins (L) and xxx

FINALS  Beaverdell Highland Bell Miners vs Kelowna  (best-of-three series)

(August 8)  Beaverdell Highland Bell Miners  15    Kelowna  2

H. Cousins (W) and V. Cousins
Newby (L), Wynne (8) and V. Leier

Harold Cousins (Beaverdell) – 14 strikeouts
Verne Cousins (Beaverdell) – 5 base hits
Earl Christie, Harold Cousins and Dick Murray (all of Beaverdell) – 3 hits each

(August 15)  Beaverdell Highland Bell Miners  7    Kelowna  3

Wynne (L) and V. Leier
H. Cousins (W) and Christie
    
Harold Cousins (Beaverdell) – 17 strikeouts
Dick Murray (Beaverdell) – 3 base hits
Johnny McDonald (Kelowna) – solo home run


CENTRAL OKANAGAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Kelowna Red Sox
Kelowna Tigers
Rutland Adanacs
Rutland Maroons
Oyama
Winfield

Known 1937 League Game Results

(May 17)  Kelowna Tigers  0    Rutland Adanacs  6
                 Rutland Maroons  2    Oyama  8
                 Kelowna Red Sox defeated Winfield (final score not known)

(May 21)  Kelowna Red Sox  4    Rutland Adanacs  4
                 Rutland Maroons  3    Kelowna Tigers  13
                 Oyama defeated Winfield (final score not known)

(May 28)  Rutland Adanacs  3    Rutland Maroons  4
                Kelowna Tigers 13    Winfield  0
                Kelowna Red Sox  7    Oyama  4

(May 31)  Rutland Maroons  2    Kelowna Red Sox  6
                 Winfield  2    Rutland Adanacs  13
                 Kelowna Tigers 4    Oyama  11

(June 4)   Rutland Adanacs 5    Oyama  0
                Winfield  7    Rutland Maroons  13
                Kelowna Tigers  4    Kelowna Red Sox  13

(June 7)  Oyama  6    Rutland Maroons 5
                Rutland Adanacs  5    Kelowna Tigers  1
                Kelowna Red Sox  10    Winfield  0

Standings                 W     L      Pct.
Kelowna Red Sox           5     0    1.000
Rutland Adanacs           4     1     .800
Oyama                     4     2     .667
Kelowna Tigers            2     4     .333
Rutland Maroons           2     4     .333
Winfield                  0     6     .000

(June 11)  Rutland Maroons  9    Winfield  6
                 Oyama  0    Rutland Adanacs  5
                 Kelowna Red Sox  3    Kelowna Tigers  5

(June 14)  Kelowna Tigers  11    Winfield  6
                 Rutland Adanacs  6    Rutland Maroons  2
                 Oyama  1    Kelowna Red Sox  7 

(June 18)  Kelowna Red Sox  3    Rutland Maroons  5

(June 21)  Kelowna Tigers  13    Rutland Maroons  2
                 Rutland Adanacs  1    Kelowna Red Sox  3
                 Oyama defeated Winfield (final score not known)

(June 25)  Oyama  7    Kelowna Tigers  5
                 Rutland Adanacs  15    Winfield  2

(June 28)  Kelowna Red Sox  4   Rutland Adanacs  2

Final Standings            W     L      Pct.
Kelowna Red Sox            8     2     .800
Rutland Adanacs            7     3     .700
Oyama                      6     4     .600
Kelowna Tigers             5     5     .500
Rutland Maroons            4     6     .400
Winfield                   0    10     .000


PLAYOFFS

SUDDEN-DEATH SEMI-FINAL  (third-place vs second-place)

(July 2)  Rutland Adanacs 4     Oyama  3
              (protest by Oyama upheld forcing a replay)

(July 9)  Rutland Adanacs  10    Oyama  6
              WP – H. Wostradowski     LP – Wynne

FINALS  (best of three series)  Rutland Adanacs vs Kelowna Red Sox

(July 12)  Kelowna Red Sox  5     Rutland Adanacs  4
                WP – Boklage     LP – H. Wostradowski         
                HR – Frank Wostradowski (Rutland)

(July 16)  Rutland Adanacs  13    Kelowna Red Sox  4
                WP – F. Wostradowski     LP – Boklage

(July 19)  Kelowna Red Sox  4    Rutland Adanacs  1
                WP – Boklage     LP – F. Wostradowski         
                HR – Frank Wostradowski (Rutland)
                Kielbiski (Kelowna) – double and single


ARROW LAKES / SLOCAN

(May 1)  Prying the lid off New Denver’s baseball season, the local nine trounced the visiting Nakusp balltossers 21 to 2.

xxx (L) and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

(May 16)   The Burton seniors took a shellacking at Silverton Sunday as the locals ran up 17 runs while blanking the visitors.

L.Johnson and R.Rees
T.Clever (W) and J.Kelly

(June 22)  Silverton topped Kaslo 11-7.

McGillery (L) and Goodenough
Dumont (W) and Christie


INTERIOR LEAGUE

(May 23)  Trailing 4 to 1 as they came to bat in the top of the ninth inning, the 1937 edition of the Vernon baseball squad rallied for a quartet of tallies and held on in the bottom half of that frame to edge the hosting Salmon Arm nine 5 to 4 as the Interior Baseball League got underway. Timely hits by Pete Korenko, winning tosser George Nuyens, Elmer Crawford and first baseman Robertson sparked the late Vernon outburst. The Salmon Arm contingent loaded the bases in their half of the canto but were unable to push across the equalizer.

Rutten, G. Nuyens (W) (7) and xxx
Calvert (L) and R. Morton

(May 24)  Reaching Zeb Lonzo, veteran Revelstoke pitcher, for 12 hits, the Kamloops baseballers defeated the invading Indians 5 to 2 before a capacity crowd at Riverside Park in the opening game of the Interior Baseball League for both participants. The hosts led all the way after plating a pair of counters in the opening stanza. Rookie right-hander Hal Rogers pitched the first seven frames for Kamloops, whiffing 12 batters and yielding but one safety, in earning the mound victory. Another first-year player, Burt Horne, tossed the final two cantos. Chuck Henderson, Roy Sparks, playing-manager Joe Beruschi and George Wyse each picked up a brace of base knocks for the winners with both Beruschi and Wyse collecting a two-bagger in their total of swats. 

Lonzo (L) and Madalino, Pulley (7)
Rogers (W), Horne (8) and Beruschi

(May 30)  Virtually wasting a plethora of 26 base hits by failing to deliver in the pinches, the Salmon Arm baseball aggregation suffered a 15 to 11 setback at the hands of the Kamloops diamond pastimers in a free-scoring contest played on the home turf of the Shuswap Lakers. The vanquished nine doubled the 13-hit output of the invaders but were atrocious in leaving runners stranded. A nine-run fifth chapter by the Kamloops contingent pretty well settled the issue.

Tordoff (W), Rogers (6), G. Roberts (8) and xxx
J. Morton (L), Haines (5) and xxx

(May 30)  Pitching difficulties, combined with a galaxy of a dozen errors, spelled defeat in glaring letters for the Revelstoke Indians as they emerged on the short end of a 15 to 3 drubbing against hosting Vernon at Polson Park. Both teams stroked the horsehide with gusto as the homesters claimed a 17 to 12 margin of superiority with the hickory. George Nuyens whiffed 12 in going the route on the hillock for the victors. John Nuyens of Vernon and the Indians’ keystone sacker “Shorts” Henderson led their respective nines with three safe swats apiece.

Lonzo (L), Singer (5), Burridge (7) and Madalino/Madallino, Pulley (5)
G. Nuyens (W) and Netzel  

(June 6)  Vernon blanked Salmon Arm 9 to 0 behind the solid five-hit mound work of pitcher George Nuyens. Their victory was aided by the sloppy defensive play of the visitors.  Outfielder Hank Scherle and first baseman Larry Antilla collected two hits each for the winners.

J. Morton (L) and R. Morton
G. Nuyens (W) and Netzel

(June 13)  Although both teams nicked the sphere for nine base knocks, it was the homestanding Kamloops nine that came out on top by an impressive 10 to 4 verdict over the Salmon Arm baseballers. Winning flinger Chuck Holmes rang up 14 strikeouts in going the distance. Playing-manager Joe Beruschi of Kamloops was credited with a home run and a double.

Haines (L), J. Morton (5) and R. Morton
Holmes (W) and Beruschi

(June 13)  The Vernon diamondeers continued their winning ways in the Interior Baseball League, capturing their fourth straight victory with a 4 to 1 conquest of the hosting Revelstoke Indians. Youthful George Nuyens earned the complete game knoll triumph with a five-hitter, fanning 11 along the way. The majority of the winners’ tallies crossed the platter in the fourth round when Frank Netzel’s triple drove in a pair. Outfielder Cecil Ward tripled in another counter in the eighth for Vernon. Ward and fellow fly chaser Hank Scherle had a brace of safeties each for the victors.

G. Nuyens (W) and Netzel
Lonzo (L) and Madalino/Madallino

(June 20)  Despite a belated Kamloops rally that came close to sending the game into extra innings, Vernon hung on for an exciting 5 to 4 win in an Interior League fixture at Polson Park. Rookie George Nuyens, Vernon starting pitcher, hurt his arm in the fourth inning and retired in favor of red-headed Ken Wynne. Frank Netzel’s single staked the Vernonites to a 1 to 0 third inning lead. They piled it on in the fourth when Kamloops fell apart defensively, allowing four more counters. Both squads wound up stroking eight base blows. Kamloops had more scoring opportunities but stranded seven base runners to just one for Vernon. Netzel and Gordon Rutten had two safeties apiece for the winners while third sacker George Wyse led Kamloops at the dish with a triad of base swats, including a double. Losing tosser Chuck Holmes chipped in with a brace of base raps as did Netzel and Gord Rutten of the victors.

Holmes (L) and Beruschi
G. Nuyens, Wynne (W) (4) and Netzel

Standings        W     L       Pct.
Vernon           5     0     1.000
Kamloops         3     2      .600
Revelstoke       1     3      .250
Salmon Arm       0     4      .000

(June 27)  With their triad of hurlers unable to find the plate, Vernon’s unbroken winning streak in the Interior League came to an abrupt halt when Kamloops battered them 14 to 5 at Riverside Park. No less than 12 batters were walked by the Vernon pitchers, paving the way for defeat. The Kamloops nine also belted the ball with authority, ringing up a dozen base hits to seven for Vernon. Outfielder Harry Smith poked a brace of two-baggers for the victors in support of complete-game mound artist Chuck Holmes who whiffed nine.
 
Wynne (L), Rutten (5), Sparrow (6) and Netzel
Holmes (W) and Sparks

(June 27)  SA vs Revelstoke

(July 1)  Playing flawless afield, the Kamloops diamond pastimers rode the steady four-hit pitching of diminutive southpaw Chuck Holmes and blanked the visiting Revelstoke Indians 5 to 0. Joe McKinnon’s single in the second inning drove in a pair of tallies, staking the winners to an early 2 to 0 lead. George Wyse tripled and singled for Kamloops while McKinnon added another one-bagger in the sixth panel. Holmes rang up 11 strikeouts during the contest.

Lonzo (L) and J. D’Arcangelo
Holmes (W) and Beruschi

(July 4)  Invading Kamloops blew open a close contest with a five-run fifth frame en route to a 9 to 6 pasting of winless Salmon Arm.

xxx (W) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx

(July 4)  Winning pitcher Zeb Lonzo’s double in the sixth inning, one of a pair of two-baggers he cuffed, drove in a pair of runs which allowed the Revelstoke Indians to take the lead and move on to a 6 to 2 trimming of hosting Vernon. The teams split 14 base hits with each collecting seven safeties. Third baseman Harley Dean had a run-scoring single and a home run for the Mainliners while Gord Rutten and Hank Scherle of Vernon both stroked a brace of singles.

Lonzo (W) and J. D’Arcangelo
Antilla (L) and Netzel

(July 11)  A 30-hit slugfest in Salmon Arm saw the visiting Vernon nine edge the homestanding Lakesiders 14 to 13. Vernon had a field day at the dish, combing the offerings of losing flinger Jack Morton for 18 base blows. Larry Antilla secured the knoll triumph for Vernon although the Shuswap Lakers climbed aboard him for a dozen safeties. Despite the hitters’ Roman Holiday, the game was sloppy afield and was not decided until the ninth inning when Vernon secured four runs on numerous errors, a walk and a sacrifice bunt. Elmer Crawford and Pete Korenko led the winners offensively, each stroking a double and a pair of singles. Antilla ripped three singles in support of his victorious mound toiling while catcher John Jones was top dog with the lumber for Salmon Arm, also connecting for a trio of one-baggers.

Antilla (W) and Netzel
J. Morton (L) and Farmer, Jones (2)

(July 11)  The hosting Revelstoke Indians slapped down the surging Kamloops nine 8 to 3 in an Interior Baseball League fixture. The Railway Centre troupe took advantage of nine Kamloops fielding mistakes to take charge of an otherwise even battle. The Tribe had a slight 9 to 8 advantage in base hits acquired. Shortstop Rico Ditomassi led the Mainliners at the dish, clubbing a triple and double. For the vanquished nine, Geordie Roberts poked a two-bagger and single.

Holmes (L) and Beruschi, Sparks
Lonzo (W) and J. D’Arcangelo

(July 18)  Leading 5 to 0 at the end of the seventh inning at Polson Park, hosting Vernon appeared headed for a decisive win over the Kamloops nine. During the fatal eighth canto, however, the Vernonites fell apart and, with the aid of a circus of general miscues, Kamloops scored six runs and finally emerged on top 8 to 6. Both teams stung the pill for ten safeties and both played sloppily afield. First baseman Chuck Henderson of Kamloops and Vernon’s Gordon Rutten had stellar performances at the plate, each connecting for four safe base knocks in five attempts. One of Rutten’s safeties was a two-bagger.

Antilla (L) and Crawford
Horne, Holmes (W) (6) and Sparks, Beruschi

(July 18) 

(July 25)  Kamloops gained a firmer hold on the top spot in the Interior Baseball League by defeating Salmon Arm 11 to 6 at Riverside Park. It was Salmon Arm’s eighth consecutive loss. Kamloops took an early lead and was never in any danger of losing control of the game, outslugging the Shuswap Lakers 14 to 7. Burt Horne struck out 10 and allowed but one free pass in going the route on the hillock for the winners. George Wyse led Kamloops with the hickory, belting a double and two singles. Teammates Roy Sparks, Joe Beruschi, Chuck Henderson, Joe McKinnon and Howard Portman each spanked the sphere for a brace of safeties. Shortstop Bob Morton was the lone batter on the Lakesiders to acquire two base knocks. 

Jamieson (L) and Farmer
Horne (W) and Beruschi

(July 25)  Iron Man hurler Zeb Lonzo set down Vernon on seven hits while ringing up six strikeouts as the Revelstoke Indians blanked the north Okanagan visitors 4 to 0 in the Mainline centre in an Interior League fixture. The Indians went ahead 3 to 0 in their first turn at bat as a result of a pair of Vernon errors, a handy sacrifice bunt and a walk. They plated their fourth counter in the seventh round when third baseman Harley Dean tripled and later reached home on a single by catcher J. D’Arcangelo, his second safety of the contest. Dean also had two hits, singling earlier in the fracas. Veteran George Sparrow went the distance for the Vernonites on the knoll and was nicked for six base raps. Vernon outfielder Hank Scherle led all swatters in the clash, spanking the sphere for a trio of one-baggers.

Sparrow (L) and Netzel
Lonzo (W) and J. D’Arcangelo

Standings          W     L       Pct.
Kamloops           8     3      .727
Vernon             6     4      .600
Revelstoke         5     4      .556
Salmon Arm         0     8      .000

(August 1)  Kamloops remained the hottest team in the Interior Baseball league, knocking off the slumping Vernon entry 8 to 1 at Riverside Park. Geordie Roberts pitched a five-hitter and fanned seven in earning the mound triumph. Leading swatters in the contest were Chuck Henderson of the victors and Vernon’s Frank Netzel who both creamed the orb for a double and one-bagger.

Sparrow (L) and Netzel
G. Roberts (W) and Beruschi

(August 5)  The touring Van Dyke Colored House of David baseball team completely crushed the first-place Kamloops entry in the Interior League 12 to 0 in a one-sided exhibition tilt at Riverside Park. Winning pitcher “Cannonball” Berry loafed through the first few innings but, even then, the Kamloops batters couldn’t touch his offerings. He wound up with a one-hitter and seven strikeouts. Outfielder Worley had three hits for the barnstormers while first baseman Porter hammered a home run and a single.

Berry (W) and McCray/McRae
Holmes (L) and Beruschi, Sparks

(August 8)  Featured by the steady twirling of Larry Antilla, the Vernon baseballers snapped out of their prolonged slump to grab the long end of an 8 to 4 decision from the luckless, lonely Salmon Arm contingent. Antilla handcuffed Salmon Arm on seven safeties, all singles, while ringing up 11 strikeouts. The death knell of the Shuswap Lakers was evident in the very first frame when the Vernonites, aided by a couple of errors, plated four counters. First baseman George Sparrow stroked three singles for the winners while teammate Pete Korenko supplied a pair. Bob Morton, third baseman Harvey and outfielder Hodgson ripped a brace of one-baggers each for the losing nine. 

J. Calvert (L) and Farmer
Antilla (W) and Netzel

Standings          W     L       Pct.
Kamloops           9     3      .750
Vernon             7     5      .583
Revelstoke         5     4      .556
Salmon Arm         0     9      .000

(August 15)  A six-run second inning spelled the difference in Revelstoke’s 7 to 5 victory over hosting Salmon Arm in a loosely-played finale to the regular season. Zeb Lonzo recorded the route-going mound triumph for the Mainliners, whiffing six along the way. Losing pitcher Jack Calvert rang up 8 breezes. Outfielder R. Jamieson of the Lakesiders lit up Lonzo for a triple and single.

Lonzo (W) and J. D’Arcangelo
J. Calvert (L) and R. Morton

PLAYOFFS
SUDDEN-DEATH SEMI-FINAL 
(Vernon vs Revelstoke Indians)

(August 22)  The Revelstoke Indians moved into the finals for the Interior League championship by taking a decisive 7 to 0 decision from Vernon. Zeb Lonzo grabbed the shutout hillock verdict, effectively spacing seven scattered hits. The Mainliners pushed in two runs in the opening stanza, three more in the third and one each in the fourth and eighth. Leading the victors’ batting attack was third sacker Dean who gathered three safeties. Lonzo, Tony D’Arcangelo and catcher J. D’Arcangelo followed with two hits apiece. Frank Netzel and Cecil Ward both stroked a brace of base knocks for Vernon with a three-bagger included in Netzel’s sum of swats.

Antilla (L), Sparrow (3) and Netzel
Lonzo (W) and J. D’Arcangelo

FINALS 
(best-of-three series) 
Revelstoke Indians vs Kamloops

(August 29)  Kamloops grabbed the opener of the Interior League finals 8 to 6 over the Revelstoke Indians in a game defined by an extraordinary number of extra-base blows. The two clubs combined for four triples and four doubles. Overall, Kamloops outhit the Mainliners by an 11 to 8 count. Kamloops struck for a trio of counters in the second stanza and never trailed. Playing-manager Joe Beruschi and George Wyse led the victors offensively, each cracking a double and two singles. Teammate Freddy Portman followed with a two-bagger and single. For the Tribe, “Shorts” Henderson checked in with a triple and one-bagger.

Lonzo (L), Pradolini (5) and J. D’Arcangelo, Pulley
G. Roberts (W), Holmes (7) and Beruschi 

(September 5)  In a game in which the fans swarmed the field as tempers flared, the Revelstoke Indians knotted the Interior Baseball League finals at a game apiece by disposing of visiting Kamloops 11 to 8 after a fight-filled battle. The contest at Revelstoke featured numerous scraps and police were twice called onto the field to restore order. Following one 15-minute melee, Kamloops catcher Joe Beruschi and Revelstoke's "Shorts" Henderson were banished to the showers, Henderson with a broken nose. The Indians overcame an early 4 to 0 deficit and grabbed the lead in the sixth panel. The margin was short-lived, however, as the Kamloops nine turned the tables in the seventh to assume a one-run cushion. The skirmish was decided in the bottom of the eighth stanza when the Railway Centre squad piled on four tallies.

G. Roberts, Holmes (L) (6) and Beruschi, xxx (4)
xxx (w) and xxx

(September 11)  In the deciding game of the B. C. Interior League playoffs, hosting Kamloops soundly whipped the Revelstoke Indians 9 to 1 in the finest display of baseball by the home club during the season. More than three hundred fans journeyed from Revelstoke in the first specially organized train since 1902 for the finale. However, while feelings ran high, the presence of several police officers dampened any enthusiasm for a replay of the second-game shenanigans. Southpaw chucker Chuck Holmes fanned 11 and allowed the Railroaders but four hits in going the distance for the winners. Third baseman George Wyse cracked a two-run round-tripper for Kamloops while playing-manager Joe Beruschi and fly chaser Joe McKinnon both nicked the apple for a brace of safeties with one of Beruschi’s swats going for three bases. “Shorts” Henderson singled twice for the Indians.

Lonzo (L), Pradolini (5) and J. D’Arcangelo, Pulley
Holmes (W) and Beruschi


CROW’S NEST PASS BASEBALL LEAGUE

(May 16)  The Natal Miners pushed across a pair of markers in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat a combined Coleman-Blairmore junior squad 6 to 4 in the season’s initial exhibition game.

Malcolm, Dobek (L), (8) and xxx
Halko, J. Krall (4), T. Krall (W) (7) and xxx

(May 24)  Behind the combined one-hit hurling of Louis and Tom Krall, the Natal Miners whitewashed the Elk Valley Senators 15 to 0 at the Natal ball park. The Miners’ duo rang up 14 strikeouts along the way.

Brandies (L), Wildman (7) and xxx
L. Krall (W), T. Krall (6) and xxx 

(June 24)  The Natal Miners knocked off the previously unbeaten Hillcrest seniors 9 to 8 at Hillcrest.

T. Krall (W) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx

(June 27)  Claiming their fifth consecutive victory, the Natal Miners bounced Lundbreck by an 8 to 4 score.

xxx (L) and xxx
L. Krall (W), T. Krall and xxx

(July 4)  Behind the three-hit pitching of “Lefty” Brandies, the Elk Valley Senators were able to down the highly-touted Natal Miners 6 to 4. Losing chucker Louis Krall went the distance, yielding seven hits and whiffing 14 Senators. P. Chala of the Miners nicked Brandies for a solo homer in the ninth canto.

L. Krall (L) and xxx
Brandies (W) and xxx

(July 21)  The Natal Miners captured their sixth win  in seven starts, an impressive 14 to 4 thrashing of the Coleman Juniors, and moved a step closer to the Crow’s Nest Pass Baseball League pennant. The Miners lit into Coleman ace starting pitcher “Frenchy” Marconi for 10 hits and 8 runs before he was sent to the showers after five innings of mound toil.

Marconi (L) , Shannon (6) and xxx
J. Krall, Halko (6) and xxx

(August 8)  With a doubleheader sweep over the Lundbreck and Hillcrest junior squads by respective scores of 10 to 3 and 12 to 6, the Natal Miners took a firm hold on the top slot in the Crow’s Nest Pass Baseball League. Fighting for second-place honours are the Blairmore Canucks, Coleman Juniors and the Hillcrest Seniors. The efforts of three Lundbreck hurlers could not stop the advance of the Miners in the opening contest as winning tosser Tom Krall checked the losers on five hits.

xxx (L), xxx, xxx and xxx
T. Krall (W) and xxx

The Miners went to work against starting pitcher Harrington, speedball artist for Hillcrest, in the opening chapter of the late game and, by the third session, had scored seven runs. They continued their assault against reliever Davidson.

Harrington (L), Davidson and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

(August 15)  The Natal Miners, behind the combined six-hit pitching of brothers John and Tom Krall, trounced the second-place Hillcrest Seniors 12 to 5 in the final Crow’s Nest Pass League game of the regular schedule. The Miners finished the ten-game schedule with nine victories against one defeat. Natal batters lit up a trio of Hillcrest hurlers for 22 base blows. After the Miners plated four runs in the second round, the outcome of the game was never in doubt.

Mills (L), C. Richards, Elick (5) and xxx
J. Krall (W), T. Krall (6) and xxx

(August 29)  The hosting Blairmore Canucks captured a four-team post-season tournament by clipping the Natal Miners 8 to 6 in the tourney final. A five-run seventh inning turned the tide in favour of the Canucks. Earlier,
Blairmore had eliminated Lundbreck while the Miners, 1937 winners of the Crow’s Nest Pass Baseball League championship and the Ken Ringland Cup, were busy edging past the Hillcrest Seniors 5 to 4.

J. Halko, T. Krall (L), J. Krall and xxx
Herman (W) and xxx


EASY KOOTENAY BASEBALL

(July 4)  The Kimberley baseballers scored once in the seventh frame on a run-scoring single by first baseball Dicken, added a pair in the eighth on an RBI triple by hot corner guardian J. Colvin and a tally-producing one-bagger by keystone sacker Brown, and went on to blank the Fernie seniors 3 to 0. Fernie had several scoring opportunities but the Kimberley pitching tandem of Marconi and Sorton were unhittable in the pinches.

Marconi (W), Sorton and Moore
Harrington (L) and Peters