1947 Game Reports, British Columbia Interior      

1947 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1947 BC Interior 
1947 Vancouver Island

OKANAGAN VALLEY INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE

(April 27)   Kelowna Red Sox got off on the right foot Sunday in posting a 9-3 victory over Rutland of the Okanagan-Similkameen loop in exhibition action at City Park. Sox pounded three Rutland hurlers for 13 hits while Harold Cousins and Dick Zaccarelli combined to hold the visitors to five safeties.  Second sacker Glen O'Shaughnessy led the attack with four hits in five trips to the plate. Ritchey was tops for the losers reaching base four times, on two hits and two errors and he scored twice.

Wostradowski (L), Lingor (4), Bach and Holitzki
Cousins, Zaccarelli (8) and Newton

(April 27)   At Oliver Sunday, Penticton got a homer and triple in the first inning and went on to a 6-4 victory. Nick Drossos went five innings for the win.

N.Drossos (W), Bella (6), Hammond (7) and xxx
Warner (L), xxx and xxx

(May 4)   It was a one-run game after seven innings but Kelowna erupted for four in the 8th and three more in the 9th to run away with an 11-3 victory over Penticton Sunday as Fred Kitsch and Ed Gerein each rapped three hits and Dick Zaccareili fanned 17 in pitching a six-hitter for the winners. Zaccarelli helped the offense as well with a triple and Rudy Kitsch and Wally Lesmeister slammed doubles. Dick (Lefty) Hammond took the loss.

Zaccarelli (W) and Newton
Hammond (L), N.Drossos (8) and Baker

(May 11)  Oroville defeated Omak 4-1.

(May 11)  One big inning, a five-run 6th, carried Penticton to a 7-2 victory over Bridgeport in the American centre. Bill Gunn paced the winners with three hits, one a double, and two runs batted in. Hank Bella held the home club to just three hits. He had seven strikeouts and no walks. Larry Bowers, for Bridgeport, allowed eight hits, walked five and fanned 14.

Bella (W) and Baker
L.Bowers (L) and Galbraith

(May 11)   Rollie Amos blanked Tonasket on six hits Sunday and Oliver won its home opener 5-0 before a capacity crowd.  Amos also had two of Oliver's five hits, one of them a triple, and scored a run. Oliver plated the one run it would need in the first inning as Andy Kuchurian smacked a three-bagger to score Harry Bray.

Ray Visser (L) and O'Berg
Amos (W) and Coulter

(May 11)   After Kelowna had taken the lead with four runs in the bottom of the 8th, Brewster replied with a pair in the 9th to shade the home club 9-8 Sunday before one of the largest crowds in Kelowna in years. Some old timers said it was the largest crowd ever.  With the Red Sox ahead 7-6, Brewster right fielder Ray Barker singled with one out and, after Steve Cleveland flied out, Arnie Bohringer reached on an error which brought home the tying marker. Pinch-hitter Ernie Linder, the Brewster playing manager, doubled and pinch-hitter Jack Sampson loaded the sacks when hit by a pitch. On a suicide squeeze play, Bohringer charged home with the winning run.  Kelowna out-hit the visitors 13 to 8 but bobbled the ball seven times accounting for six of the runs. Hal Cousins fanned 13 in going the route for Kelowna. Reliever Eli Driessen picked up the win.

Bohringer, Driessen (W) (6) and Cleveland
Cousins (L) and Newton

(May 18)   Dick Zaccarelli won his second straight pitching Kelowna to a 5-1 victory at Oroville. Zaccarelli gave up a run in the first inning then settled down to shutout the home club the rest of the way. He allowed seven hits and whiffed ten. Hank Tostenson led the attack with three hits and two runs. Fred Kitsch had a triple for Kelowna, the game's only extra base hit. Aaron Metz took the loss giving up nine hits.

Zaccarelli (W) and Newton
Metz (L) and Hurd

(May 18)   Oliver pounded out 22 hits Sunday, including three homers and two triples, to demolish Penticton 25-6. First baseman Eric Norton smacked four hits and scored four times while shortstop Don Coy had four safeties and three scores. Andy Kuchurian clouted a homer and two singles and scored three times. Red Coulter belted a homer and a triple. Dinsmore added a homer and single and Miller rapped a triple and two singles. Oliver took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and had a 15-2 margin after just four frames. 13 of the Oliver runs were unearned as Penticton made eight errors.

R.Amos (W), Warner and Coulter
Bella, Hammond (1) Baker, N.Drossos and Baker, Benoit

(May 24)  In a thrilling exhibition match Saturday, Vernon Aces of the North Okanagan-Mainline Baseball League eked out a 3-2 win over Kelowna Red Sox as part of the Gyro Empire Day celebrations.  Johnny Ingram held the Sox to six hits in going the route for the win. Earl "Hoppy" Hoffman started for the Sox but gave way to Wally Lesmeister in the second. Lesmeister held the Aces to just three hits and whiffed seven the rest of the way.

J.Ingram (W) and Petruk
Hoffman (L), Lesmeister (2) and Newton

(May 25)   Penticton got a pair in the 9th on a single, double and an error, to top Omak 6-4 Sunday. Hank Bella held Omak to nine hits in hurling the victory. Benoit led an 11-hit attack with two doubles and a single. Clair Baker added a triple.

Bella (W) and Baker
Corson (L), Griffith and Shattuck

(May 25)   Kelowna battered a pair of Tonasket hurlers for 14 hits Sunday to easily take the decision, 15-5. Fred Kitsch whacked a pair of doubles and scored three for the winners. Dave Newton added three hits and Eddie Kielbiski chipped in with a double and single and three runs. Losing hurler Ray Visser and brother Roy Visser each had a three bagger for Tonasket. Dick Zaccarelli surrendered 11 hits but managed to go the distance to register the pitching win.

Ray Visser (L), M.Duchow (8) and O'Berg
Zaccarelli (W) and Newton.

(May 25)   Oliver edged Brewster 3-1 and Oroville blanked Bridgeport 7-0.

(June 1)   Arnie Bohringer pitched and batted Brewster to a 7-0 shutout of Oliver Sunday.  The moundsman held Oliver to five singles while he provided the only offense the Americans would need this day with a two-run homer in the fifth inning.  Brewster got to Rollie Amos and Eddie Steffen for 11 hits.

Rollie Amos (L), Steffen (5) and Ron Amos
Bohringer (W) and Morris

(June 1)   In one of the most thrilling games of the season at Penticton and one of the tightest in the post-war period, Omak broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the tenth inning Sunday to escape with a 3-0 victory. Bud Griffith fired a three-hit shutout in going all the way for the win. Hank Bella yielded just five hits in taking the loss. In the overtime session, Fately opened with a single and advanced to third as two well executed bunts loaded the bases. Stagg hit to the pitcher who got the out at home. Veteran Smitkin, thought to be at least 50 years of age, was out on a grounder to first but scored Shattuck on the play. Settle sent a high hopper through the box which Bella booted and two more runs came home.  Penticton loaded the bases with one out in their half of the tenth but Griffith got a pop up and a ground out to end the game. Griffith fanned nine and walked eight.

Griffith (W) and Shattuck
Bella (L) and Baker

(June 1)   Kelowna Red Sox opened with five hits and five runs in the top of the first inning and coasted to a 9-2 victory Sunday at Tonasket. Dick Zaccarelli, although complaining of a sore arm, held the home club to seven hits in racking up his fourth straight win. He fanned seven and walked none. He was the only Kelowna batter not to get at least one hit. Cec Favell, in his first full game, had the game's longest blow, a triple. Fred Kitsch smacked a pair of two-baggers.

Zaccarelli (W) and Newton
Goodall (L), Ray Visser (1) and O'Berg

(June 1)   Fred Kitsch continues to dominate the hitting statistics for the Kelowna Red Sox. The left fielder leads the team with a .451 average and is tops in runs batted in, triples, doubles and stolen bases. Rudy Kitsch is the runner up with a .357 mark.  Dick Zaccarelli leads all pitchers in the Okanagan Valley International League with a 4-0 record and 43 strikeouts. He has walked just three in four games.

(June 8)   Nick Drossos gave up singles to the first two batters he faced Sunday then blanked Oliver on one hit the rest of the way as Penticton posted a 3-0 shutout at Oliver. Drossos and Rollie Amos were hooked up in a scoreless pitcher's duel for six innings before Wally Moore opened the seventh for Penticton reaching on an error. Curly Jellison and Bill Nicholson followed with singles to score the game's first run. A bunt by Drossos scored Jellison and Chuck Blacklock singled to bring in Nicholson with the third counter. Blacklock led the winners with three hits.

Drossos (W) and Baker
Amos (L) and Coulter

(June 8)   Oroville broke a 3-3 tie with a four-run 7th inning en route to a 9-3 win over Kelowna. The visitors took advantage of three Kelowna errors in the inning.  Only two of the nine Oroville runs were earned.  Carroll, Andy LeMay and Jesse Compton each had two hits for the winners. Jerry Compton scattered nine hits for the pitching win. Marlow Hicks, leading off for Kelowna, topped all batters with three hits. Hal Cousins allowed just seven hits and rang up 11 strikeouts in taking the loss.

Jerry Compton (W) and LeMay
H.Cousins (L) and Newton

(June 8)  Oliver was shutout for the third straight game, 3-0 by Penticton, Brewster blanked Omak 4-0 and Bridgeport defeated Tonasket 7-2.  The results leave a three-way tie for first place and another three-way draw for second spot.

Kelowna     4 - 2
Oroville    4 - 2
Brewster    4 - 2
Penticton   3 - 3
Oliver      3 - 3
Omak        3 - 3
Bridgeport  2 - 4
Tonasket    1 - 5

(June 9)   Kamloops Tournament 

(June 15)   Bridgeport scored a pair in the 6th and another two in the 9th to best Penticton 4-1 in the Okanagan city. The winners collected just five hits but Tom Hanford had a homer and knocked in two and Monroe drove in a pair with a triple. Larry Bowers gave up nine hits in going the route for the win. He walked three and fanned ten. Clair Baker had three safeties for the Canadians. Penticton left 12 runners on base, Bridgeport just two.

L.Bowers (W) and Hanford
Bella (L) and Baker

(June 15)  Brewster built up an 11-0 lead after three innings and took an easy 13-7 victory over Kelowna. Veteran George Beaudoin paced a 14-hit offensive with a homer, double and single driving in four runs. Gamble knocked in three with a pair of singles. Winning hurler Arnie Bohringer helped with two hits and two runs scored. Kelowna had 12 hits with Earl Hoffman punching out three and Dave Newton and Harry Franklin each collecting a pair.

Zaccarelli (L), Cousins (3) and Newton
Bohringer (W) and Morris

(June 15)   After being blanked for three straight games, Oliver turned the tables Sunday to shutout Tonasket 7-0 behind a five-hitter and 12 strikeouts by Red Coulter. Coulter also led the offense with a double and two singles. Eric Norton, Andy Kuchurian and Crooks each belted a double and single.

Coulter (W) and Ron Amos
Sohn (L) and O'Berg

(June 22)   A three-run rally in the 9th inning brought Oliver a 7-6 win over Oroville. Oliver held a 4-2 lead after seven innings but the visitors came through with four in the 8th to take a 6-4 advantage. Oroville had taken a two run lead in the fourth without a hit as three errors, two walks and two passed balls accounted for the damage. Oliver got one back in the fourth as Harry Bray knocked in Pat Gibb and went ahead in the seventh as Crooks cleared the sacks with a bases loaded triple.  Oroville combined four hits, two of them doubles, an error and a hit batsman for their four runs in the 8th. Andy LeMay's pinch-hit double was the big blow in the frame and set the stage for Oliver's big rally. With one out, Bill Lawley and Red Coulter reached on errors but Coulter was forced at second on an infield grounder. Crooks singled to score one run and Norton followed with another hit to tie the game at 6-6. Gibbs' long double plated the winning tally.

Jerry Compton (L) and Hurd
Coulter (W) and Ron Amos

(June 22)   Kelowna Red Sox spotted Penticton a four-run lead in the first inning before launching a 19-hit offensive to bury the visitors 18-8 Sunday as every batter but two in the Sox lineup had at least two hits. Glen O'Shaughnessy belted a pair of homers knocking in three runs. Fred Kitsch smacked a triple and two singles, Hank Tostenson had a double and two singles and Harry Franklin drove in three with a double and single. Marlow Hicks added four safeties and three runs. After the Sox pulled to within a run, at 5-4, in the third inning, they erupted for eight in the fourth to put the game away. Hank Bella had a highlight for the losers with a 7th inning homer and Bill Gunn had three hits and three runs.

Hammond (L), Bella (5) and Baker
Cousins (W) and Kielbiski

(June 22)  Oliver shaded Oroville 7-6, Omak clobbered Tonasket 13-4 and Brewster got by Bridgeport 5-2.

(June 22)  Marlow Hicks' perfect, 4 for 4, Sunday kept him atop the Kelowna batting race with a .484 average well ahead of Fred Kitsch, at .395 and Hank Tostenson's .351.

(June 24)   Kelowna broke a 5-5 tie with four runs in the fifth inning in a 9-5 exhibition triumph over Rutland Red Caps of the Central Okanagan League.  Hank Tostenson batted in a pair of runs with a three for four performance to pace the winners. Team batting leader Marlow Hicks had two hits in three trips.  Wally Lesmeister had trouble in the fourth when he gave up four to the Red Caps but otherwise pitched a strong game. Sox had 11 hits off Paul Bach.

Bach (L) and Brummet
Lesmeister (W) and V.Cousins

(June 29)   With a 12-hit attack, three by shortstop Bill Nicholson, Penticton topped Brewster 7-4 Sunday. Hank Bella held the Americans to seven hits in going the route for the win. He walked one and had five strikeouts. George Beaudoin and Gamble smacked home runs for Brewster. Wally Moore, leadoff man for Penticton had two hits and three stolen bases. Sunday's game marked the first under new manager Graham Kincaid for Penticton.  Kincaid took over for Lefty Hammond who resigned last week.

Bella (W) and Baker
Bohringer (L) and Morris, Gamble

(June 29)   For a team which had only one hit off Kelowna's Hal Cousins through eight innings, Omak gave the Red Sox quite a scare Sunday in rallying from an 8-1 deficit to score five times in the bottom of the ninth inning before Cousins could end the threat and give Kelowna an 8-6 victory. Jacobs, Omak's first batter, led of the game with a single but Cousins then pitched no-hit ball until the final frame. Shattuck singled and Bob Corson drove him home with a triple. A wild pitch, two walks and another three-bagger brought in five before Cousins regrouped to put out the fire. Sox pounded out 14 hits, three by Fred Kitsch. Harry Franklin smacked a four-bagger.

H.Cousins (W) and V.Cousins
Corson (L) and Shattuck

(June 29)  In other games, Oliver got by Bridgeport 4-3 and Oroville defeated Tonasket.

(July 1)  Penticton Dominion Day tournament

(July 6)   Trailing 4-0 with two outs in the 9th inning, Brewster scored five times to escape with a 5-4 victory over Penticton Sunday.  Patterson reached on a throwing error on his infield hopper and the next batter Wick also made first on a wide throw. Gamble hit the ball to short and it scooted through the legs of Bill Nicholson with the first run coming home. Pinch-hitter Keith Welborn hit one to second and Bud Russell made yet another throwing error and Brewster got its second run. Vic Holt followed with a single to bring in run number three and Steve Cleveland doubled to plate the tying and winning runs. Hank Bella had pitched a three-hitter for Penticton until the fateful ninth. Bill Gunn had helped Penticton take an early lead with a fourth inning homer.

Driessen (W), Welborn, Bohringer and Gamble
Bella (L) and Baker

(July 6)  Three Oliver hurlers combined on a two-hitter to help Oliver down Bridgeport 4-3. Eddie Steffen, who went five innings, gave up hits to the first two batters he faced. Those were the only safeties for the home club. Larry Warner took over in the sixth but suffered a wild streak and Red Coulter relieved in the seventh to finish the game. Bridgeport got on the scoreboard in the first frame on a double by George Bowers, a single by Arnie Bowers and a sacrifice fly. Oliver took the lead in the second when Harry Bray opened with a single, Don Coy walked and Sandy Dagg and Bill Lawley followed with one-baggers. They added two more in the fourth after Coy reached on an error and Lawley tripled and scored on a passed ball. Bridgeport came close in the seventh as an error and four walks forced in two counters.

Steffen (W), Warner (6), Coulter (7) and Dagg
Lilly (L), L.Bowers and Hanford

(July 6)  A sixth inning circuit clout by second baseman Howie Picard was the difference Sunday as Omak eked out a 1-0 victory over Kelowna. In the best pitching match up of the season, Bob Corson of Omak and Dick Zaccarelli fired four-hitters.  Corson was wild at times, walking five, and struck out seven. Zaccarelli gave two free passes and fanned eight.

Corson (W) and Shattuck
Zaccarelli (L) and V.Cousins

(July 6)  Rookie Harry Franklin is Kelowna's top hitter after games of Sunday carrying a .467 average to top the .432 mark of Marlow Hicks. Fred Kitsch, who leads in runs batted in, triples, doubles and stolen bases, sits at .392.

(July 6)  Oroville smacked Tonasket 13-6.

Oliver      7 - 3
Brewster    7 - 3
Kelowna     6 - 4
Oroville    6 - 4
Omak        6 - 4
Penticton   4 - 6
Bridgeport  3 - 7
Tonasket    1 - 9

(July 13)   At Tonasket, the cellar-dwellers went to their 10th defeat in 11 games dropping a 6-5 verdict to Penticton. Chuck Blacklock and Clair Baker each had two hits to lead the winners while Roy Visser had three for Tonasket and his brothers Hugh and Ray each had a pair.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 13)  Brewster beat Oroville 7-1

(July 13)   Although out-hit 11 to 8, Omak bunched its hits effectively and walked away with a 6-4 win at Oliver Sunday. Bob Corson gave up runs in each of the first three innings but allowed only one more to best Red Coulter in the mound battle. Corson, Bud Griffith and Smitkin each collected a pair of hits for the winners. Pat Gibb had three for Oliver.

Corson (W) and Shattuck
Coulter (L) and Dagg

(July 13)   Kelowna used a 17-hit assault to crush Bridgeport 16-6 Sunday in the American community. The Red Sox batted around in the first inning scoring five runs. They added three more in the second before the home squad got on the scoreboard. A three-run homer by catcher Tom Hanford in the third inning and a singleton in the fourth gave Bridgeport some hope but the Red Sox put the game away in the seventh with a six-run uprising. Hank Tostenson slugged a triple and two singles to knock in three runs and also scored three times. Fred Kitsch added a double and two singles and three runs batted in. Eddie Kielbiski produced three hits and a pair of runs. Dick Zaccarelli allowed just six hits in going the route for the Sox.

Zaccarelli (W) and V.Cousins
L.Bowers (L) and Galbraith

(July 20)  With just one victory in 11 games, Tonasket surprised Penticton Sunday trouncing the home team 13-1 as Ray Visser pitched a two-hitter with 17 strikeouts on the hill for the winners and led a 16-hit attack at the plate with four hits including two triples and a double. Hugh Visser and Seipp each added three hits and shortstop Roy Visser had two hits and three runs.

Visser (W) and O'Berg
Bella (L), N.Drossos (3) Baker

(July 20)   With singletons in the 8th and 9th innings, Bridgeport broke a 2-2 deadlock to shade Kelowna 4-2. Larry Bowers, who was hammered by the Sox in a 16-6 contest last week, held the Sox to four hits, all singles, two of them in the 9th inning.  Howard Woodbury had given Bridgeport the lead in the first inning with a two-run homer. Sox got one back in the fourth as Fred Kitsch knocked in Dave Newton who had walked. In the fifth Kelowna tied the count as Newton drove in Dick Zaccarelli who reached on a free pass. A hit and error in the 8th brought in shortstop George Bowers with the winning run. They added an insurance run in the 9th when Lee Hanford singled and eventually came home on Arnie Bowers' long fly to centre field.  Hal Cousins yielded just five hits and struck out ten in taking the loss.

L.Bowers (W) and T.Hanford
Cousins (L) and Kielbiski

(July 20)  Omak edged Oliver 3-2 and Brewster downed Oroville 9-7.

(July 24)  The Kelowna Red Sox surprised the touring San Diego Tigers Thursday evening handing the visitors a 9-1 setback at City Park before a crowd of more than 1,500.  It was one of the worst beatings the Negro barnstormers have suffered on their tour.  Hal Cousins set the Tigers down on four hits, one a homer by Johnny Johnson. Dick Newton led the winners with three hits while Dick Zaccarelli and Hank Tostenson, hitting one-two in the lineup, each had a pair of hits for the Sox.  Sante Fe Morris, the clown of the infield, provided enough crowd-pleasing antics to keep the crowd in the game. Morris lost a hit in the sixth when Harry Franklin leapt high to pull down a screaming liner. 

Lowe (L), Taylor (4) and W.Johnson, J.Johnson
H.Cousins (W) and Kielbiski

(July 25)   Penticton got the jump on the San Diego Tigers Friday scoring six runs in the first two innings and hanging on for a 6-5 victory. Wally Moore, Bill Gunn and Bill Nicholson each collected a pair of hits for the home club while centre fielder Salas led the visitors with three. Nick Drossos captured the pitching win over Sante Fe Morris.

Drossos (W), Beckwall and Baker
Morris (L) and J.Johnson, Gomez

(July 27)   Penticton broke a 5-5 tie with three runs in the seventh and added three more in the 8th en route to an 11-6 triumph at Oroville. The winners pounded out 15 hits with winning hurler Hank Bella and third baseman Curly Jellison each driving in four runs with a a triple and two singles. Left fielder Andy LeMay knocked in a pair for Oroville with a triple and single and Carroll had a pair of two-baggers. With the exception of the 6th when Oroville plated five runs, only three earned, Bella pitched a strong game.

Bella (W) and Baker
Metz, Anderson (L) and Hurd

(July 27)   Kelowna clinched a playoff spot Sunday scoring seven runs in the third inning and downing Oliver 11-4. Red Sox sent eleven men to the plate in the big frame combining five hits and three walks to break a 3-3 tie. Dave Newton's two-run triple was the big blow. Hank Tostenson, with a double and two singles, led the 12-hit Kelowna attack. Dick Zaccarelli twirled an eight-hitter for the win. Red Coulter, who fanned 11, took the loss.

Zaccarelli (W) and Kielbiski
Coulter (L) and McIvor

(July 27)  Last place Tonasket surprised league-leading Brewster 10-3 and Omak edged Bridgeport 2-1.

Brewster    9 - 4
Omak        9 - 4
Kelowna     8 - 5
Oliver      7 - 6
Oroville    6 - 7
Penticton   6 - 7
Bridgeport  4 - 9
Tonasket    3 - 10

(August 3)   Penticton booted its chances of a playoff berth Sunday dropping the final league fixture to Oroville on a 9-7 count on the King's Park diamond. After Penticton had rallied to tie 7-7 with a four-run rally in the seventh, the visitors scored a pair in the ninth for the triumph. Nine Penticton errors, several of them at crucial moments, led to five unearned runs. The visitors also out-hit the home squad 12 to 7 and ran freely on the bases, with eight thefts. Third baseman Stern, hitting in the cleanup spot, led the winners with three hits, two runs and three stolen bases. Carroll, the centre fielder, had just one official at bat, but registered a hit, three runs and three thefts. Chuck Blacklock provided the highlight for Penticton with a seventh inning home run.

Metz, Anderson (W) (7) and Hurd
Bella (L) and Baker

(August 3)    Fred Kitsch, voted Kelowna's most valuable player and presented with the Frank Keevil Cup, went three for four and knocked in the winning run Sunday to lead the Red Sox to a 7-4 win at City Park against Oliver to conclude the regular schedule. Dave Newton and Wally Lesmeister powered the attack with four-baggers, back to back shots in the fourth inning. Right-hander Dick Zaccarelli won his seventh of the season in league play scattering nine hits, including a homer by Red Coulter. Fans saw the best fielding game of the season with no errors until Kelowna twice booted the ball in the ninth.

Norton, Steffen (L) (4), Coulter (7) and McIvor
Zaccarelli (W) and Kielbiski

(August 3)  Omak secured first place in the league standings with a 7-4 verdict over Bridgeport and Tonasket continued its late season improvement defeating Brewster 6-5 in 14 innings.

(August 3)   Fred Kitsch captured the Kelowna batting crown, finishing the regular season with a three-hit game to push his batting percentage to .415 in 65 at bats.  Marlow Hicks was the runner up, at .386.  Kitsch led the team in almost every category, including doubles, triples, runs batted in and stolen bases.

Omak       10 - 4
Kelowna     9 - 5
Brewster    9 - 5
Oliver      7 - 7
Oroville    7 - 7
Penticton   6 - 8
Bridgeport  4 - 10
Tonasket    4 - 10

(August 6)   Kelowna Red Sox embarrassed Hedley of the South Okanagan-Similkameen League Wednesday trouncing the visitors 14-0 before a crowd of close to 1,000 Regatta fans.  The only bright spot for Hedley, and that was just for part of the contest, was the work of 18-year-old former Vancouver college hurler Rodney Owen who pitched shutout ball until the Red Sox broke loose for four in the fifth inning.  Sox sent nine batters to the plate and combined three hits, three errors and a walk for the four markers. Sox put the game out of reach with five runs in the 7th and another five in the 8th. Hank Tostenson led the swatters with a three-for-four, including a double. Dave Newton had the biggest blow, a bases loaded triple.  Hal Cousins allowed just six hits in coasting to the shutout. He walked just one and fanned ten.

Owen (L), Brewer (7), McDonald (8) and Mulhern
Cousins (W) and Kielbiski

(August 14)   Kelowna Red Sox were out-hit, outfoxed and outclowned Thursday night but they put on a good show in holding barnstorming Ford's California Tigers to a 5-3 margin in a crowd-pleasing game at Athletic Oval before 1,200 fans. The visitors took the lead with singletons in the first and second innings and then were only half serious giving the patrons the kind of display they came to see. The clowning antics included having playing manager Baldy Benson catching most of Mule Brown's sometimes wild slants while swaying back and forth in a rocking chair.  In the ninth, two of the Tigers' outfielders took time for a crap game in centre field and Lee McDonald, at third, began reading a newspaper, ignoring the runner at second. Outfielder Shorty Reed, the leadoff man for the Tigers, was a crowd favourite as he reached base four times, three on hits, and ran wild on the bases. Junior Walton, the second sacker, went three-for-five. Fred Kitsch led the locals with three safeties.

Brown (W) and Benson
Zaccarelli, Lesmeister (5), Cousins (8) and Kielbiski, V.Cousins (5)

(August 17)   Kelowna Red Sox advanced to the Okanagan Valley International League final with a 3-2 victory over Oliver in their sudden-death semi-final before an enthusiastic crow of 1,300 at Athletic Oval in City Park.  Sox now meet Brewster, Washington, for the Mitchell Cup.  Sox, who had just three hits, took a 3-0 lead and then held back late Oliver rallies to post the triumph. Down 3-1 in the ninth, Oliver catcher Lou McIvor was hit by a pitch, advanced on a ground out and stole third. Pat Gibb doubled to left centre for his third hit of the day to bring in Oliver's second run. However, Cousins fanned Bill Lawley to end the game. Red Sox took the lead in the first inning as Zaccarelli reached and scored on two errors. In the third, Cousins got aboard on an error, advanced on two free passes and scored on a passed ball.  Kelowna's only earned run came in the seventh when Harry Franklin doubled and Cousins won his own game with a sharp single. Oliver got its initial marker in the 8th on a bases-loaded walk to Harry Bray. Eddie Steffen yielded just three hits in his seven innings of work in taking the loss.

Steffen (L), Coulter (8) and McIvor
Cousins (W) and Kielbiski

(August 17)  At Omak, Brewster moved to the finals by defeating the regular season champions 8-5. Bob Corson, Omak's star hurler, allowed just seven hits but shoddy fielding told the tale.

(August 21)   The baseball clowns from San Francisco, Ford's California Tigers, drew another large crowd, nearly 1,000 Thursday and put on a good show in downing the Kelowna Red Sox 7-2.  The visitors took a 3-0 lead after three innings and kicked their clown routine into high gear. 17-year-old Harry Washington held the Sox to three hits, including a homer to Hank Tostenson. Shorty Reed, the fleet-footed left fielder for the Negro nine, led off the game with a four-master to right. 

Washington (W) and Benson
H.Cousins, Zaccarelli (7) and Kielbiski, V.Cousins (7)

(August 24)   A disagreement over the site of the final series has prevented play.  Both Kelowna and Brewster claim the right to host the final series.

(August 24)   Before one of the largest Sunday crowds in memory, Dick Murray's Kelowna Red Sox downed the barnstorming California Tigers 6-3. Hank Tostenson had a circuit clout for the winners and Lee MacDonald, who took over from Baldy Benson behind the plate for the visitors, smacked one of the longest balls of the year driving a homer over the centre field fence in the fifth. Tostenson, with his homer and single, and Dick Zaccarelli, with two doubles, led the Sox against 16-year-old Tootie Richardson. The collection amounted to $235, the largest Sunday plate in the memory. Wally Lesmeister held the Tigers to six hits in going the distance for the win.

Richardson (L) and MacDonald, Benson (7)
Lesmeister (W) and V.Cousins

(August 29)    Wally Lesmeister held the touring San Diego Tigers to four hits Friday at City Park as Kelowna Red Sox tripped up the visitors 7-3. Sunday, Lesmeister had tamed Ford's California Tigers, 6-3. Red Sox did all their damage, getting all their ten hits, in the first five innings against starter Jack Lowe. Sante Fe Morris didn't allow a hit in his three innings of work.  Dick Zaccarelli and Glen O'Shaughnessy each had two safeties to lead the winners. Catcher Floyd Gomez had the game's big blow, a two-run homer in the sixth inning.

Lowe, Morris (6) and Floyd
Lesmeister (W) and Kielbiski

(August 30-September 1)  Penticton Labour Day Tournament 

(August 31-September 1)  Kamloops Labour Day Tournament 

(September 14)    The final playoff for the championship of the Okanagan Valley International League has been called off following disagreement on where to play the final series. With no resolution in sight, Brewster now says it will be unable to field a team this late in the season.

(September 14)  Oliver defeated Kelowna 5-2 in a special $100 grudge contest played at Penticton. Red Sox Dick Zaccarelli walked the first four batters to face him and Oliver plated two runs in the first inning and added two more in the second en route to the victory.  Eddie Steffen gave up a pair in the first inning but then pitched shutout ball the rest of the way for the pitching win.

Zaccarelli (L) and xxx
Steffen (W) and xxx

(September 21)   Kelowna Red Sox wrapped up the season with a victory Sunday downing Revelstoke Spikes of the Northern Okanagan Mainline League 3-1 in an exhibition contest. Hal Cousins hurled one of his best games of the season, a four-hitter to set down the visitors. An error in the ninth, the only miscue of the game, resulted in the lone run against him. He struck out 13. Sox slammed ten hits with Dick Zaccarelli and Fred Kitsch poling triples. New dad Cec Favell had three singles.

A.Pradolini (L) and S.Rota
H.Cousins (W) and Kielbiski


NORTH OKANAGAN-MAINLINE BASEBALL LEAGUE

Six teams competed in the 1947 North Okanagan-Mainline Baseball League - Enderby, Kamloops C.Y.O., Kamloops Legion, Revelstoke Spikes, Salmon Arm, and Nick's Aces of Vernon

(May 18)  In the season opener at Salmon Arm, Kamloops CYO blanked the home squad 7-0 behind the four-hit, 16 strike out, pitching of Bill MacDonald. He walked just one. Kamloops collected 13 hits, two each by Johnny Garay, Harry Francis, Harry Maralia, Bill Marriott and Gordon McQuarrie.  CYO broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the sixth inning.  A crowd of about 300 looked on but organizers reported a disappointing gate of just $38.

B.MacDonald (W) and Maralia
Syme,(L) Turner (9) and B.Kernaghan

(May 18)  In wet and windy conditions at Vernon, Nick's Aces kicked off the schedule with a 14-12 victory over Enderby.  Wally Janicki led the Aces' attack with three hits, two of them doubles. He scored twice. John Ingram also had three safeties and Lorne Ingram added two hits and two runs. Winning hurler Al Munk and shortstop Reg McKernan each scored three times.  T. Lundman smacked two doubles and a single for Enderby and losing hurler T.Dennis cracked three singles.  Although the game produced 26 hits, eight for extra bases, both pitchers, both left-handers, went the distance. It was the first game on the new grass field at Polson Park.

T.Dennis (L) and xxx
A.Munk (W) and xxx

(May 18)   A four-run seventh inning carried Kamloops Legion to a 6-2 victory over Revelstoke Spikes. Hec Mackenzie scattered ten hits, with nine strikeouts and a single base on balls, while leading the winners at the plate with a homer and double and two runs scored. Couston yielded just nine hits in taking the loss.

Couston (L) and Rota
MacKenzie (W) and R.Morton

(May 24)   Princeton broke up a pitcher's duel with eight late runs to upset Kamloops CYO 9-1 Saturday in a benefit game for Julius Ivanco, the injured CYO second baseman. After the teams played to a 1-1 draw for six innings, Princeton took the lead with a pair in the seventh and three more in each of the 8th and 9th innings. The winners collected just nine hits, all singles, but Kamloops made it easy for the visitors by making seven errors. D.Currie went the route for the win with ten strikeouts and no walks. G.Currie and Mullen each had two hits for Princeton. Harry Maralia of Kamloops led all hitters with three safeties.

D.Currie (W) and
Prehara, Bregoliss (L) (6), G..McQuarrie (8) and J.McQuarrie

(May 24)   Nick;s Aces of Vernon shaded Kelowna Red Sox 3-2 in a Saturday exhibition. They plated one run in each of the first three innings and held on for the triumph. John Ingram held the Sox to six hits to register the victory. Bill Inglis got the first run for Vernon leading off the game with a single and coming home on a steal of second, error and a passed ball. Sox tied it in their half of the first when Marlow Hicks walked and made his way home on a forceout and hit. Ace's went ahead 2-1 in the second with Bill Petruk taking a free pass, stealing second and scoring on a single by InglisWally Janicki, who reached on an error, plated the Ace's third marker. Kelowna got a run in the 9th when Dave Newton smashed a triple and scored on an error.

J.Ingram (W) and Petruk
H.Hoffman Lesmeister, Murray and Newton

(May 25)   At Kamloops, it was a slaughter. CYO cracked out 21 hits, ten for extra bases, and took advantage of 12 Vernon errors to crush the Aces 21-1.  Winning hurler Bill MacDonald, who held the Aces to six hits, led the Kamloops' attack with four hits, including a homer and two doubles, and scored four times. Third baseman George Wyse punched out three hits and scored three runs while Johnny Garay and George Marriott each had three hits and two runs. Johnny Haywood and Bill Marriott had two hits apiece and each crossed the plate three times.  Garay's safeties included a pair of two-baggers while George Marriott had a double and triple.

H.Wadsworth, F.Moebes (3), A.Munk (3) and Petruk
B.MacDonald (W) and Maralia, J.McQuarrie (7)

(May 25)   Under a broiling sun at Salmon Arm, Kamloops Legion trimmed the Shuswap Lake squad 4-1 behind a strong five-hit, 11 strikeout, performance by Hec MacKenzie.  Legion managed just eight hits off Dave Syme, but the locals made nine errors, five by shortstop J.Evans.  First sacker Mel Ottem had two hits and two runs for the Legion.

MacKenzie (W) and B.Morton
Syme (L) and Walaby

Kamloops Legion  2 - 0
Kamloops CYO     2 - 0
Vernon           1 - 1  1.0
Revelstoke       0 - 2  2.0
Enderby          0 - 2  2.0
Salmon Arm       0 - 2  2.0

(June 1)   Revelstoke Spikes got into the win column Sunday at Salmon Arm downing the locals 9-4. Al Pradolini survived 11 hits to go the distance on the mound for the Spikes to rack up 13 strikeouts. Dave Syme also fanned 13 in handling the mound work for Salmon Arm. Revelstoke ran up a 7-0 lead before the home squad got on the scoreboard.

Pradolini (W) and Rota
Syme (L) Wakabayashi, M.Wilson (5)

(June 1)   In a scorekeeper's nightmare, Kamloops CYO and Enderby combined for 43 runs Sunday as CYO managed to come away with a victory as each team scored in double digits. George Wyse, of the winners, had the only home run. Gordon Bregoliss, who relieved starter Paul Prehara in the fourth inning, was credited with the win.

Prehara, Bregoliss (W) (4) and McQuarrie
xxx, xxx, xxx and Archaumbault

(June 1)    Left fielder Nick Janicki belted out three hits and scored three times to lead a 12-hit Vernon attack in an 11-4 win over Kamloops Legion. Centre fielder Wally Janicki was one of four Aces with two hits. John Ingram held the Legion to seven hits in hurling the win. Kamloops starter Pete Plasteras took the loss.

Plasteras (L), McArthur (3), MacKenzie (5) and
J.Ingram (W) and xxx

(June 8)   Every batter in the Vernon lineup scored at least once Sunday as the Aces trampled the Revelstoke Spikes 15-5. A 14-hit offensive featured four triples, two by catcher Bill Petruk and singletons by third baseman Ike Jackson and centre fielder Waly JanickiPetruk also had a two-bagger. John Ingram scattered ten hits in going the distance on the hill for the Aces.

J.Ingram (W) and B.Petruk
Couston (L), Pradolini and Rota

(June 9)   King's Birthday Baseball Tournament, Kamloops

Playing through a weekend of wet weather, Kamloops Legion took top money of $300 defeating Kelowna Red Sox 6-3 in the seven-inning final of the King's Birthday Tournament at Riverside Park.  Import catcher Pete Prediger and third baseman Wilf Johnson each had two hits to pace a nine-hit Legion offense.  Younie held the Sox to six hits in going the route on the hill for the winners.

Younie (W) and Prediger
H.Cousins (L) and V.Cousins

While the Legion received a bye to the final, Kelowna shaded Oliver 3-2 behind a four-hitter by Dick Zaccarelli. Second baseman Marlow Hicks and right fielder Cousins each contributed two hits for the Red Sox.

Amos (L) and Baker
Zaccarelli (W) and Newton

In rain-shortened opening round action, Legion blanked Brewster 1-0 as Hec MacKenzie held the Americans to six hits and leadoff man Mel Ottem scored the only run.

Bohringer (L) and Morris
MacKenzie (W) and Prediger

Kelowna managed just three hits but snuck by Oroville 4-3. Wally Lesmeister had two of the safeties. Dick Zaccarelli was the winning pitcher.

Hammone, Hurd (4), Parker (4) and LeMay
Zaccarelli (W) and Newton.

Oliver edged Kamloops CYO 3-2 in a seven inning contest.

Caulter (W) and Baker
MacDonald (L) and Maralia

(June 15)   Nick's Aces copped their third straight league victory Sunday afternoon at Vernon's Polson Park notching a 6-5 10-inning thriller over Salmon Arm.  Wally Janicki reached on an error in the extra frame, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Reg McKernan. Janicki had earlier blasted a homer in his first trip to the plate. John Ingram, who relieved in the fifth inning, gained credit for the win.

Kernaghan, Syme (3), Coles and Wilson
Munk, Ingram (W) (5) and Petruk

(June 15)   The home crowd was not amused Sunday afternoon as the visiting Kamloops Legion smacked out 20 hits to whip Enderby 15-3. Right fielder Al Shepherd led the way with four hits and four runs. First baseman Burt Horn also collected four hits and centre fielder Joe McKinnon and third baseman Peter Plasteras each contributed three safeties. Hec MacKenzie gave up 11 hits but went all the way for the winners.

MacKenzie (W) and Morton
J.Bath and Archaumbault, McNair (5)

(June 15)   A four-run rally in the 7th inning broke a 3-3 tie and gave Kamloops CYO a 7-3 victory over Revelstoke Spikes Sunday. It was the fourth straight win for Kamloops.  A triple by second baseman Johnny Garay started CYO's late game heroics.  George Marriott followed with a single to knock in the winner. Harry Maralia plated an insurance run with a single to left and Kamloops added two more to put the game out of reach.

Couston (L) and Rota
MacDonald (W) and Maralia

Kamloops CYO     4 - 0
Vernon           4 - 1  0.5
Kamloops Legion  3 - 1  1.0
Revelstoke       2 - 3  2.5
Enderby          0 - 4  4.0
Salmon Arm       0 - 4  4.0

(June 22)    With four late runs, Kamloops CYO came from behind to top Salmon Arm 6-5 at Riverside Park. Salmon Arm, with two runs in the first inning and three in the fourth, took a 5-1 lead. CYO rebounded with a singleton in the fifth, two in the seventh and two more in the 8th.  Johnny Garay had two of Kamloops' eight hits, one of them a triple and scored twice. Johnny Haywood knocked in a pair with a triple. Bill MacDonald, who relieved starter Paul Prehara in the 4th, shutout the visitors on just one hit over the last 5 2/3s innings to pick up the win.

Syme (L), E.Kernaghan (8) and Wakabayashi
Perhara, MacDonald (W) 4) and Maralia

(June 22)   In a game which produced 30 errors, 22 by Enderby, southpaw Al Munk fashioned a two-hitter Sunday to star for Nick's Aces of Vernon in a 15 to 2 triumph. Only two of the game's 17 runs were earned.  Munk and his battery mate, catcher Bill Petruk, led a 10-hit Vernon attack each with two hits and three runs. On one play in the 8th inning, Enderby plated a run as Vernon made four errors. B.Nelson swung at one of Munk's offerings and hit the ball to Bill Inglis at second base. He had trouble making a clean pickup of the grounder but did get the throw to first, but wild. The runner raced to second as the throw followed him. Wild again, as Nelson headed for third. Centre fielder Wally Janicki, who retrieved the ball, heaved it to Johnny Ingram but was well off the mark and Nelson continued towards home plate. Reg McKernan snared the horsehide and tried to nab the runner at the plate but the throw wasn't even close. On the play, one run, no hits, four errors.

A.Munk (W) and Petruk
J..Bath (L), Radloff (9) and D.McNair

(June 22)   Kamloops Legion took a ten-inning thriller from Revelstoke 2-1 as shortstop Mel Ottem singled to right in the extra frame to score catcher Bob Morton with the winning marker. Morton had reached with a single and advanced to second on an error. For Ottem it was his third hit of the day.  Hec MacKenzie fired a four hitter for the winners. The game featured five double plays, four by Revelstoke.

MacKenzie (W) and B.Morton
Pradolini (L) and Rota

(June 26)   At the half-way point of the season, young Wally Janicki held a lead among the Vernon batters with a .440 average in 25 at bats. Lorne Ingram was second, at .389. Johnny Ingram led the pitchers with a 3-0 won-lost record in 22 innings pitched. Statistics included games up to June 15th.

(June 29)   Kamloops CYO topped Nick's Aces of Vernon 5-2 behind four-hit pitching by Bill MacDonald who fanned eight in going the distance for the winners. MacDonald also helped the offense with two hits, one a double. Right fielder Maury Hornsby had two hits and two runs. Harry Maralia, the regular catcher for CYO, suffered a hand injury in the first inning and was replaced by 15-year-old Eddie Garay, brother of the Kamloops' second basemen.    

MacDonald (W) and Maralia, E.Garay (1)
J.Ingram (L) and Petruk.

(June 29)   With seven runs in the first inning and 12 more in the fourth, Kamloops Legion went on to clobber Salmon Arm 33-1 in one of the most one-sided games in the league's history.  Legion collected 19 hits, four each by catcher Bob Morton and pitcher Hec MacKenzie, and took advantage of 15 errors by the Shuswap nine. Joe McKinnon, Ray Ottem and Morton each scored four times. Bill Portman of CYO had the only homer.

Syme (L), W.Kernaghan, E.Kernaghan and Wilson
MacKenzie, Plasteras and B.Morton

(July 1)    At the annual Golden Spike Tournament at Revelstoke, the Spikes eliminated Salmon Arm 3-2 in first round action.  Enderby drew a bye but was beaten 14-4 by Revelstoke in the second game of the tourney.

(July 1-2)    Kamloops CYO took both games of a holiday series from Brewster of Washington, 14-4 Tuesday and 7-6 on Wednesday.  Paul Prehara yielded just six hits in the opener in going the distance for the win. CYO collected 11 hits, two each by George Marriott, Bob Morton and George Wyse. Harry Francis had just one hit but scored four times.

G.Holt (L), E.Linder (6), G.Morgan (7) and H.Gamble
Prehara (W) and B.Morton

CYO had a 5-1 lead after eight innings in the second game when Brewster rallied with five tallies in their half of the ninth to take a 6-5 lead.  Kamloops rebounded in the bottom of the ninth as winning pitcher Bill MacDonald and Johnny Garay reached safely before George Wyse lined a double to right centre to score both. 

Wellburn (L) and H.Gamble
B.MacDonald (W) and E.Garay

(July 3)    The league executive has upheld an Salmon Arm protest and ordered a replay of the June 22nd game with Kamloops CYO.  Salmon Arm protested than CYO used an unregistered player, Joe Desjardine, as its left fielder.

(July 6)   Revelstoke Spikes scored four times in the first inning and cruised to an 8 to 2 win over Salmon Arm.

Syme (L) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 6)   With a ten run explosion in the 6th inning Kamloops Legion whipped Vernon Aces 18-8 Sunday. Legion survived a rough defensive game, making 11 errors, to capture the contest. They collected 12 hits and were helped by 11 walks and seven Vernon errors.  In the wild sixth frame, Legion sent 16 batters to the plate. Mel Ottem and Wilf Johnson paced the winners each with three hits. Joe McKinnon and Bill Portman each had a pair. Hank Scherle led the Aces with three hits in three trips to the plate. The game marked the return of George Nuyens to the local squad as he replaced Bill Petruk the regular catcher who suffered a broken hand two weeks ago.

MacKenzie (W) and N.MacDonald, Zenowski (7)
J.Ingram, A.Munk (6) and Nuyens

(July 6)   Kamloops CYO scored twice in the first inning and coasted to an 11-2 victory over Enderby behind the solid mound work by Paul Prehara who held the home club to five hits.  CYO punched out nine hits including a homer by right fielder Maury Hornsby and a triple by centre fielder Bill Marriott.

Prehara (W) and E.Garay
Radloff (L), J.Bath (8) and Archaumbeault

(July 9)    Kamloops CYO broke up a scoreless tie with a six run uprising in the 6th inning and went on to dump Kamloops Legion 7-2.  Bill MacDonald allowed just seven hits in going the distance for the pitching win besting Legion ace Hec MacKenzie. George Wyse, George Marriott and Johnny Haywood had two hits apiece for the winners.  Both of Haywood's safeties were two-baggers.

B.MacDonald (W) and E.Garay
MacKenzie (L) and N.MacDonald

(July 13)   In a game which featured four home runs, Kamloops CYO shaded Kamloops Legion 7-6. Gordon McQuarrie and Bill MacDonald pounded circuit shots for the winners while Mel Ottem and Wilf Johnson clubbed four-baggers for the Legion. MacDonald picked up the win in relief of starter Paul Prehara.

MacKenzie (L) and N.MacDonald
Prehara, B.MacDonald (W) (7) and E.Garay

(July 13)   In a battle of the winless nines, Salmon Arm notched its first win of the season Sunday blanking Enderby 6-0. Dave Syme fired a three-hitter for the shutout. He fanned ten.

Radloff (L) and xxx
Syme (W) and xxx

(July 13)   A third inning homer by Wally Janicki, with brother Nick on base, was enough as Vernon Aces downed Revelstoke Spikes 3-1 Sunday at Polson Park.  Aces added an insurance run in the fourth frame when Johnny Ingram knocked in Reg McKernan who had reached on an error and stole second. Spikes had taken a 1-0 lead scoring in the first inning.  Ingram yielded just five hits in registering the pitching win besting Al Pradolini of Revelstoke who allowed six.

Kamloops CYO     8 - 0          
Kamloops Legion  6 - 3  2.5
Vernon           6 - 3  2.5
Revelstoke       4 - 5  4.5
Salmon Arm       1 - 6  6.5

Enderby          0 - 8  8.0

(July 20)   After six straight losses, Salmon Arm won its second consecutive game defeating Vernon Aces 5-2 Sunday on the local diamond.  The home club got enough for the win with three runs in the first inning. Winning pitcher Dave Syme knocked in two of the markers and scored the third. Salmon Arm picked up a pair in the fifth, one scoring on Frank Melin's three-bagger. Wally Janicki, who had three hits, drove in both runs for the Aces.

J.Ingram (L) and Nuyens
D.Syme (W) and W.Kernaghan

(July 20)    Fans of high-octane offenses got their moneys worth Sunday as Kamloops Legion and Enderby combined for 30 hits, 14 for extra bases, and 40 runs in a wild one at Kamloops. Legion, scoring in every inning but the second, piled up a 30 to 10 victory. Joe McKinnon cracked out four hits and scored five times to lead the winners. Wilf Johnson smacked a homer and two singles, scoring four times and Mel Ottem went three for three with a pair of triples and a double and four runs scored. Brother Ray Ottem poked a double and two singles, stole two bags and crossed the plate four times. Bill Zenowski had just one hit but it was a four-bagger. B.Lindsay had a circuit shot for Enderby. Ten errors and ten stolen bases also contributed to the onslaught. Burt Horn, who had three hits for the Legion also swiped three bases and scored three runs.

T.Dennis (L), J.Bath, B.Radloff and D.McNair, H.Thomas (5)
Plasteras (W), MacKenzie (7) and Zenowski

(July 20)   Kamloops CYO put on another offensive display Sunday in crushing Revelstoke 16-0 as Bill MacDonald fired a three-hit shutout and shortstop Johnny Haywood scored three runs and knocked in four. Johnny Garay and George Marriott each had three hits and three runs. CYO erupted for five in the first inning and cruised to the win, their ninth straight.

MacDonald (W) and E.Garay
Pratico (L), Couston (9) and  Jeffers

(July 27)   Kamloops CYO ended the regular season with a perfect 10 - 0 record Sunday downing Salmon Arm 8-2 at Riverside Park in a replay of the June 22nd game won by CYO but successful protested by the losers.  Bill MacDonald blanked the visitors until the 9th allowing just four hits while George Marriott and MacDonald paced a 12-hit attack each with three safeties.  Harry Maralia scored twice and knocked in a pair with a double and single.

Syme (L) and Wakabayashi
MacDonald (W) and E.Garay

(August 3)   Salmon Arm wound up the league schedule with a come-from-behind 15 to 9 victory over Enderby which took a 4-0 lead in the first inning. In the third frame, Salmon Arm capitalized on four Enderby errors to knot the count at 4-4 and put the game away with eight runs in the fourth. Bill Kernaghan had a round tripper for the winners.

xxx and xxx
Syme (W) and xxx

Kamloops CYO    10 - 0          
Kamloops Legion  7 - 3  3.0
Vernon           6 - 4  4.0
Revelstoke       4 - 6  6.0
Salmon Arm       2 - 7  7.5

Enderby          0 - 9  9.5

Final statistics were available for only three of the teams, the two Kamloops entries and Vernon.  Mel Ottem of Kamloops Legion was a likely candidate for the batting title with his .548 average in nine games. Bill MacDonald of Kamloops CYO was the pitching leader compiling a 9-0 won-lost mark and ringing up 77 strikeouts in 71 innings pitched.

   N.OKANAGAN-MAINLINE LEAGUE      GP  AB   R   H  2B  3B  HR  SB  CS RBI   PCT
   MacDonald Bill KLC                  38      16                          .421
   Marriott George KLC                 47      19                          .404
   Marriott Bill KLC                   42      14                          .333
   Haywood Johnny KLC                  33      10                          .303
   Hornsby Maury KLC                   33      10                          .303
   Garay Johnny KLC                    43      13                          .302
   Maralia Harry KLC                   27       8                          .296
   McQuarrie J. KLC                     7       2                          .286
   McQuarrie Gordon KLC                32       9                          .281
   Bregoliss Gordon KLC                 4       1                          .250
   Garay Eddie KLC                     27       6                          .222
   Wyse George KLC                     41       9                          .220
   Francis Harry KLC                   23       5                          .217
   Prehara PAUL KLC                     7       0                          .000
   Desjardine Joe KLC                  10       0                          .000
   Ottem Mel KLL                       31      17                          .548
   Morton J. KLL                        5       2                          .400
   McKinnon J. KLL                     45      16                          .356
   Shepherd Al KLL                     17       6                          .353
   MacKenzie Hec KLL                   37      13                          .351
   Horn Burt KLL                       38      12                          .316
   Portman Bill KLL                    27       8                          .296
   Plastiras Pete KLL                  17       5                          .294
   Ottem Ray KLL                       35      10                          .286
   Johnson Wilf KLL                    46      12                          .261
   McKinnon Jim KLL                    23       5                          .217
   Morton Robert KLL                   36       7                          .194
   Laidlaw KLL                         28       4                          .143
   MacDonald Norm KLL                  14       2                          .143
   Zenowski Bill KLL                    7       1                          .143
   McArthur Chuck KLL                   0       0                          .000
   Munk Al VER                         11   6   5   2   0   0   4       0  .455
   Scherle Hank VER                     5   2   2   0   1   0   3       0  .400
   Janicki Wally VER                   47  12  17   2   1   2   3       6  .362
   Petruk Bill VER                     27   8   8   0   2   0  10       4  .296
   Ingram Lorne VER                    35   7  10   1   0   0   0       2  .286
   Inglis Bill VER                     36   6   8   2   0   0   4       7  .222
   Janicki Nick VER                    47   8  10   0   0   0   1       0  .213
   Jackson Ike VER                     36   5   7   4   1   0   1       3  .194
   Ingram Johnny VER                   39   4   7   0   0   0   1       4  .179
   Smith Fred VER                      35   8   6   2   0   0   4       5  .171
   McKernan Reg VER                    41  10   7   0   0   0   2       2  .171
   Nuyens George VER                   11   1   1   1   1   0   1       0  .091
   Moebes Fred VER                      2   0   0   0   0   0   0       0  .000
   Christie Will VER                    7   1   0   0   0   0   0       0  .000
   Wadsworth Harold VER                 2   0   0   0   0   0   0       0  .000
   N.OKANAGAN-MAINLINE LEAGUE      G  W  L   PCT  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO HB WP  BK    ERA
   MacDonald Bill CYO              9  9  0        71  49  25       9  77
   Prehara Paul, CYO               3  1  0        18  12   7       5  15
   Bregoliss Gordon CYO            1  0  0         1   2   3       0   0
   MacKenzie Hec Legion           10  6  2        72  68  33       4  69
   Plasteras Pete Legion           3  1  1         7   7   7       3  12
   McArthur Chuck Legion           1  0  0         2   3   1       0   1
   Ingram Johnny VER               7  4  3        53  47  33      15  27
   Munk Al VER                     5  2  0        29  25  24       7  36
   Wadsworth Harold VER            1  0  1         2   6   7       2   6
   Molebes Fred VER                1  0  0         5  12  11       1   6

PLAYOFFS

(August 3)    Third baseman George Wyse was a one-man show for Kamloops CYO Sunday afternoon with four hits, two of them four-baggers and another a triple, four runs scored and three driven home in a 13 to 6 win over Vernon in the opening game of their semi-final series. George and Bill Marriott also pounded homers for the winners. Vernon out-hit CYO 14 to 13, but made five errors to none for Kamloops.  Lorne Ingram smacked a homer and single and scored a pair for the Aces. CYO put the game away early with three runs in the third and eight in the fourth. 

A.Munk (L), J.Ingram and Nuyens
MacDonald (W) and E.Garay

(August 3)   Revelstoke had just five hits but shaded Kamloops Legion 3-2 in the first game of their semi-final series. Five errors hurt the Legion. Three miscues in the third inning helped the Spikes score a pair.  Pratico held Kamloops to eight hits in going the distance for the win to best Hec MacKenzie.  Bill Portman of the Legion led all hitters with three safeties.

MacKenzie (L) and N.MacDonald
Pratico (W) and Rota

(August 10)    With a six-run outburst in the 8th inning, on five hits, a walk and two errors, Kamloops CYO broke open a tight, 3-2, game, to dump Nick's Aces of Vernon 9-2 to take their semi-final series in two straight games. The Garay brothers led an 11-hit attack with second baseman Johnny collecting three hits and two runs and catcher Eddie with two hits and two runs. George Wyse, who had four hits in the first game, added two more.  Bill MacDonald tossed a seven-hitter for the win.  CYO lost the services of George (Lefty) Marriott who broke his thumb in a sixth inning mishap. 

B.MacDonald (W) and E.Garay
J.Ingram (L), A.Munk (8) and Nuyens

(August 10)    In a thriller at Kamloops, winning pitcher Hec MacKenzie scampered home with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Legion a 6-5 victory over Revelstoke to knot their series at a game apiece. The deciding contest is to be played next Sunday.   After both teams had scored in the 10th inning and Legion blanked the Spikes in the top of the 11th, MacKenzie walked to lead off the final frame for Kamloops. Bill Portman and Ray Ottem singled to load the bases. Wilf Johnson followed slapping one down the right side which first baseman Al Pradolini bobbled as MacKenzie charged for home.  Mel Ottem slugged a homer and triple for the winners while brother Ray added a double and single. Don Segur, Pratico and Koronko each had three hits for Revelstoke.

Pratico (L) and Rota
MacKenzie (W) and Morton

(August 12)   Nick's Aces pulled off a 4-4 10-inning draw with Ford's California Tigers, the Pacific Coast Negro champions, at Polson Park on Tuesday.  Aces tied the game with a pair in the bottom of the ninth. George Nuyens, the Aces' catcher smacked a homer in the fourth inning for the game's longest blow. Chappie Gray, the visitors shortstop, showed the fans why he is under scrutiny by big league scouts making several outstanding plays. Baldy Benson, Tigers' manager, proved his ability behind the plate and provided some comedy with his rocking chair act. In the second inning he sat on the ground to receive the slants from Hayden then reclined full length, resting on one elbow while he speared the pitches with one hand. In the seventh he called for the rocking chair and caught the whole inning, gently rocking back and forth.

Hayden and Baldy Benson
J.Ingram and Nuyens

(August 13)   The year's biggest crowd witnessed Ford's San Diego Tigers unleash an 18-hit attack Wednesday to whip the Kamloops All-Stars 13-7 at Riverside Park Wednesday. Junior Walton pounded a pair of homers and a single for the winners while Chappie Gray added a homer, double and two singles. Lomax had four hits, three runs and three stolen bases. Bill Marriott, Johnny Haywood and Harry Maralia led the locals each with three hits.

Richardson, Lomax (6) and Benson
Bregoliss, Plasteras (4), MacDonald (7) and Morton, E.Garay (7)

(August 17)   Kamloops Legion will face Kamloops CYO in the final of the North Okanagan-Mainline Baseball League. Legion dumped Revelstoke 6-0 on Sunday in the deciding game of the best of three semi-final series. A three-run fifth open broke open a 1-0 ball game. Hec MacKenzie fired an eight-hit shutout for the win while the Legion smacked 12 hits, two apiece by Bill Portman, Wilf Johnson, Burt Horn and Bob MortonMike Maruno of the Spikes had the only extra base hit, a double.

Pratico (L) and Rota
MacKenzie (W) and B.Morton

(August 24)    Three home runs and a pair of triples were among 14 hits as Kamloops CYO bounced Kamloops Legion 16-7 in the opening game of the best of three final series. A nine-run 8th inning, after Legion had cut the deficit to two counters, put the game on ice.  George Wyse, Maury Hornsby and Joe Desjardine crushed four-baggers for the winners. Hornsby led all hitters with three safeties and three runs scored. Johnny Garay belted a triple as did Harry Maralia for CYO.  Wilf Johnson crushed a homer for Legion and Mel Ottem, Joe McKinnon and Burt Horn collected three-baggers.  The Jay-Ray shop, which offered to give sport shirts (worth $6.50 apiece) to the home run hitters, dished out four.  Hornsby won a new pair of Arduini Shoe Store oxfords for his three hits. Among the game's oddities was the quiet day for CYO shortstop Johnny Haywood who wasn't involved in a putout or assist all game long.

MacKenzie (L), Plasteras (5) and Morton
MacDonald (W) and E.Garay, J.McQuarrie (9)

(Aug 31-Sept 1)   Kamloops Labour Day Tournament

With a 17-hit offensive, Vancouver Yorks crushed Kelowna Red Sox 12-4 Monday to take top money in the $1100 Kamloops Labour Day Tournament. First baseball Billy Adshead led the attack with four hits and three runs. Strong smashed a homer and two singles and Thomas and Blackhall each added three hits. Surphlis scattered ten hits in going the route for the Yorks.  Hank Tostenson had a circuit blow and single for Kelowna.

Surphlis (W) and McDonald
Corson (L), xxx and Kielbiski, xxx

Yorks reached the final with a 13-6 victory over Vancouver Athletic Club. Thomas pounded out three hits for the winners who plated four runs in the first inning and led all the way.

Mills, Strong and McDonald
Weisberg, Younie, White and Weston

Red Sox came from behind with six runs in the sixth inning to down Ford's San Diego Tigers 7-6 in an error filled contest to make the final. Each team had just five hits in the seven inning tilt. Hal Cousins went the route for the win.

Morris, Taylor and Floyd, J.Johnson
H.Cousins (W) and Kielbiski, V.Cousins (6)

In the opening round, San Diego Tigers topped Kamloops Legion 6-3 with a 12-hit attack. C.Dixon had three of them while K. Taylor fired a three-hitter for the Americans to help overcome six Tigers' errors.

K.Taylor (W) and A. Floyd
Bellam (L) and Henry

Vancouver Yorks tallied three in the first inning and cruised to a 7-3 triumph over Kamloops CYO. Left fielder T.Kennedy had three of Yorks' nine hits. W.Surphlis tossed a seven-hitter for the win. Johnny Garay had two hits for Kamloops.

W.Surphlis (W) and H.McDonald
MacDonald (L) and Morton

Kelowna beat Oliver 7-4 behind a 13-hit effort. Hank Tostenson and Fred Kitsch each had three hits for the Sox while Hal Cousins and Corson combined to handle the mound work.  Kelowna survived seven errors to notch the win. Don Coy led the losers with three hits.

Coulter (L) and McLure
H.Cousins, Corson and V.Cousins

Vancouver AC advanced by blanking Tonasket 5-0 behind a three-hitter by J.Crosatta. L.Brown went three for three to pace the winners.

J.Crosatta (W) and J.Weston
Ray Visser, L.Bowers and L.Hurd

(September 7)    Kamloops CYO had an 11-7 lead over Kamloops Legion going into the last of the ninth inning and with a win would capture the North Okanagan-Mainline Baseball League title.  However, Legion stunned CYO with a dramatic five run rally to win 12-11 and force a third and deciding game in the final series.  Mel Ottem, leading off for Legion, slashed a single to centre field. Joe McKinnon reached on an error and Norm MacDonald scored both runners with a one-bagger to left. Burt Horn drove one to right field to send CYO hurler Bill MacDonald to the showers.  Reliever Paul Prehara fanned Bob Morton but catcher Harry Maralia, who had just replaced Eddie Garay behind the plate, dropped the ball and the runners advanced. Hec MacKenzie smacked one to centre field to bring in both MacDonald and Bill Zenowski, running for Horn, to tie the score at 11-11.  Bill Portman reached on an error and Ray Ottem drew a walk to load the bases for Wilf Johnson who sent one to right field to plate the winning run. It was Johnson's third hit of the game. Horn also had three and Ray Ottem added a homer. Maralia of CYO led all hitters with a homer and three singles. Maury Hornsby collected a circuit clout, double and single and Johnny Garay had three safeties.

MacDonald, Prehara (L) (9) and E.Garay, Maralia (9)
Plasteras, MacKenzie (W) (2) and R.Morton

(September 14)   CYO won the game, but the final outcome will be decided in the boardroom as Kamloops Legion protested CYO's 16-3 victory at Riverside Park.  With CYO comfortably ahead 13-3 and none out in the top of the seventh, a drive by Legion catcher Bob Morton down the left field line was first ruled a home run, scoring Burt Horn ahead of him. But, after a half-dozen conferences, Umpire Jesse Bloom ruled it a foul ball. An earlier argument had occurred in the fourth inning when a similar drive by Bill Marriott of CYO had disappeared into the trees and then landed in fair territory while left fielder Bill Portman stood under the leafy branches waiting for the ball to fall into his mitt. Bloom allowed this one and Marriott whipped around the bags for a homer.

CYO ran up six runs in the fourth and another five in the sixth to coast to the win. George Marriott paced an 18-hit offensive with five hits. Bill Marriott had a triple and single in addition to his four-bagger. Bill MacDonald held the Legion to nine hits in going all the way on the mound for CYO.

Johnson (L), MacKenzie and Morton
MacDonald (W) and Maralia

(September 15)    The league president has thrown out the results of the first three games of the final series and ordered a sudden-death playoff to be held Sunday.  A.E. Wrightman did not base his ruling on the specific protest filed by Kamloops Legion but on the decision by both clubs to refuse league-appointed neutral umpires. 

(September 21)    Behind a 17-hit attack, Kamloops Legion captured the North Okanagan-Mainline Baseball League title Sunday with a 9 to 6 triumph over Kamloops CYO in a sudden-death playoff for the championship. Legion broke a 2-2 tie with three in the third to take a lead they never relinquished.  Bob Morton, Norm MacDonald and McKinnon each had three hits for the winners. Hec MacKenzie was battered for 13 hits but managed to go the distance for the win.

CYO took the early advantage with a pair in the first inning as Harry Maralia and Joe Desjardine drove in the runs. With Bob Morton doubling to centre to score McKinnon and Norm MacDonald, Legion tied the match in the top of the second. In the third, Legion punched out five hits, by Ray Ottem, Wilf Johnson, Mel Ottem, McKinnon and Norm MacDonald to score three times. CYO got one back in the last of the third as Maralia doubled and scored and then reduced the deficit to 5-4 with a run in the fourth as Bill MacDonald knocked in the marker with a single. Norm MacDonald singled in Ray Ottem in the fifth to give Legion a 6-4 margin and they added two more in the sixth as Ray Ottem drove in Morton and Hec MacKenzie came home on an error.  It was 8-5 in the bottom of the sixth as Bill Marriott doubled and Johnny Haywood followed with a one-bagger. Legion got its final run in the seventh with Bill Portman's hit bringing in Burt Horn. CYO made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth but ended up with just one run to fall 9 to 6.

H.MacKenzie (W) and R.Morton
B.MacDonald (L) and H.Maralia


CENTRAL OKANAGAN (TWILIGHT) LEAGUE

The league was composed of seven teams, two each from Rutland (Redcaps & Bluecaps) and Oyama (Eagles & Greencaps), Kelowna Klippers, Winfield and Woods Lake.

(May 13)   In the opening game of the Twilight League, the Rutland Bluecaps took the lead in the first inning and went on to thump the Rutland Redcaps 10-7 Tuesday. Johnny Lingor was the winning hurler with last inning help from Hank Wostradowski. Everett "PeeWee" Reser took the loss.

Lingor (W), Wostradowski (9) and Hardie
Reser (L) and Brummet

(May 13)  Oyama crushed the Greencaps 17-9 and Winfield and Woods Lake played to a 4-4 draw.

(May 15)  Rutland Redcaps topped Kelowna Klippers 7-5 Thursday, Winfield defeated Oyama Greencaps 6-3 and Oyama topped Woods Lake 9-3.

(May 20)   George Williamson pitched Winfield to an 8-3 win over Paul Bach's Rutland Redcaps Tuesday. At Oyama, the Greencaps rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to shade Rutland's Bluecaps 4-3.

(May 22)  Winfield defeated Rutland Redcaps 7-1.

(May 22)  With a 10-run flurry in the first inning, Kelowna Klippers cruised to a 16-5 victory over Oyama Greencaps. Bud Gourlie held the visitors to one run on three hits until fading in the ninth as Oyama scored four on two hits and two errors. Gourlie helped at the plate with three hits and a pair of runs knocked in.  Centre fielder Lon Godfrey crushed a home run, triple and single. Right fielder Otto Gerein slugged a three-run homer.  C.Gallagher had three of the five Oyama hits.

E.Gallagher (L), C.Gallagher, Pattullo and Trewhuit
Gourlie (W) and E.Gerein

(May 27)  Third baseman Vic Ring led a 15-hit Kelowna attack with a four for five day as the Klippers downed Winfied 10-8 Tuesday night at Winfield.  Gordie Ferguson, the Kelowna second sacker, went three for four. There were 25 hits in the game, including seven doubles and a homer by Winfield's centre fielder Stewart in the fifth inning.

(May 27)  Rutland Redcaps pushed across two runs in the seventh and final inning to eke out a 3-2 win over Woods Lake.  With the bases loaded, Koga's safety brought in Tusch and Runzer with the tying and winning runs.

Oyama came from behind a 2-0 deficit with four runs in the fifth inning for a 4-2 victory over Rutland Bluecaps.

(May 29)   Hank Wostradowski settled down after a rough first inning to hurl four-hit ball over six innings as Rutland Bluecaps trounced the Klippers 11-4 Thursday at Kelowna. The veteran flinger gave up three runs in the first frame but blanked the home club for the next five innings before givng way to Johnny Lingor. Vic Ring led the winners with two base knocks while Jim Kitaura of the Caps smacked three hits.

Wostradowski (W), Lingor (7) and Hardie
V.Gerein (L), Moulton (5), O.Gerein (6) and E.Gerein

(May 29)  Woods Lake knocked off hometown Oyama Greencaps 11-7 and Winfield, playing at home, shaded Oyama 4-3.

(June 3)  Otto Gerein twirled a one-hitter Tuesday to lead the visiting Kelowna Klippers to a 4-2 win over Oyama Eagles. The right-hander gave up a single to the game's first batter, Allingham, then shutdown the Eagles the rest of the way in the seven inning contest. He walked one, hit a pair and fanned thirteen.  Hinada yielded seven hits in taking the loss. He struckout 14 and walked just one.

O.Gerein (W) and E.Gerein
Hinada (L) and Kinichi

(June 3)  Rutland Bluecaps got shutout pitching by Johnny Lingor in a 2-0 win over Winfield. The left-hander bested Winfiield ace George Williamson.

Lingor (W) and xxx
Williamson (L) and xxx

(June 3)  Rutland Redcaps blanked Oyama Greencaps 9-0 as versatile Morio Koga fired the shutout.  Redcaps put the game away with eight runs in the third inning.

Pattullo (L) and xxx
Morio Koga (W) and Brummet

(June 5)  At Rutland Thursday, the Redcaps erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the first inning to top the Bluecaps 9-6.

S.Koga (L), Wostradowski (1) and xxx
Bach (W) and xxx

(June 5)  Winfield beat Woods Lake.

(June 10)  Rutland Redcaps maintained their hold on first place trouncing Kelowna 11-2. Paul Bach, who pitched shutout ball until running into a bit of trouble in the sixth, was the winning hurler.

O.Gerein (L) and Brucker
Bach, (W), Mits Koga (6) and Brummet

(June 10)  Winfield beat Oyama Greencaps 7-2, Oyama was rained out at Woods Lake.

(June 12)  Otto Gerein followed his one-hitter of last week with a four-hitter Thursday in twirling Kelowna to a 3-1 victory over Woods Lake at City Park.  Vic Ring again led the offense with a pair of doubles.  Woods Lake's only run came in the second when chucker Mende reached on a free pass and scored on a passed ball.

Mende (L) and B.Hikichi
O.Gerein (W) and E.Gerein

(June 12)  Rutland Bluecaps scored three in the first inning and coasted to an 8-2 victory over Oyama Greencaps. Newcomer Maurice Truitt started for the Bluecaps giving way to Johnny Lingor in the fourth inning.

Gallagher (L) and xxx
Truitt, Lingor (4) and xxx

(June 12)  Rutland Redcaps came from behind to top Winfield 7-4 with Mits Koga besting George Williamson on the hill.

Mits Koga (W) and xxx
Williamson (L) and xxx

(June 17)   Rutland Redcaps spotted Oyama a 6-0 lead in the first inning before rallying with four in the second and one in each of the fourth, fifth and seventh innings to battle Oyama to a 7-7 draw Tuesday at Rutland. Aubrey Wanless drove in the tying marker in the bottom of the final frame.

Hinada and Yamomota
Wostradowski, Koga and Brummet

(June 19)  Winfield sent ten runners across the plate in the sixth inning Thursday in a 15-5 rout of Kelowna Klippers. First sacker Mehls clouted a home run, triple and single and scored three runs to lead the winners. Bert Saucier went two for three for the Klippers. George Williamson held Kelowna to one run until the seventh when the Klippers rallied for four runs.

O.Gerein (W) and E.Gerein
Williamson (L) and Moodie

(June 19)  Oyama whipped Rutland Bluecaps 13-6.

Hinada (W) and Yamamoto
Wostradowski (L), Lingor and Hardie

(June 19)  Paul Bach fanned 12 in the seven inning contest to pitch Rutland Redcaps to a 3-2 decision over Woods Lake.

Bach (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

                  W   L  GB
Rutland Redcaps   8 - 2 
Winfield          6 - 3  1.5
Rutland Bluecaps  6 - 4  2.0
Oyama             4 - 3  2.5
Kelowna Klippers  4 - 6  4.0
Woods Lake        2 - 7  5.5
Oyama Greencaps   2 - 7 
5.5

(June 24)   Kelowna nearly blew an 8-2 lead in the final inning but hung on for an 8-7 win Tuesday at Rutland over the Bluecaps.  Klippers took the lead in the fourth inning with a five-run rally, three of the markers scoring on passed balls. Trailing 8-2 going into their final at bat, the Bluecaps scored five times on four hits, a walk and two errors but fell a run short.  Each team had nine hits.

O.Gerein and E.Gerein
Wostradowski (W) and Hardie, Holitzki (4)

(June 24)  Winfield topped Oyama 5-3, Woods Lake 5 Oyama Greencaps 4.

(June 26)   Kelowna's playoff chances took another hit Thursday as Oyama walked away with a 5-1 victory at City Park. Klippers had the bases loaded with none out in the second inning but Tsunio Hinada got out of the jam unscathed.  Hinada went the distance for the win. 

Hinada (W) and Kinichi
O.Gerein (L) and Brucker

(June 26)  Rutland Bluecaps wound up their league schedule with a thrilling 5-4 win over Winfield. Successive two-baggers by Hank Wostradowski and John Lingor provided the winning marker. 

At Oyama, first place Rutland Redcaps dumped the last-place Greencaps 9-5.

(July 3)  Rutland Bluecaps ran up an 11-3 triumph over Woods Lake Thursday in a replay of an earlier protested game.

(July 8)  Down 1-0 after six innings, Oyama potted three in the final frame to top Rutland Redcaps 3-1. Lefty Tommy Yamamoto pitched shutout ball after giving up a run in the first inning to register the win.  Morio Koga took the loss.

Yamamoto (W) and xxx
Morio Koga (L) and xxx

(July 10)  Winfield and Woods Lake played to a 12-12 tie Thursday night in a replay of an earlier draw.

(July 13)  Led by southpaw Johnny Lingor, on the mound for the last two games, Rutland (with players from both the Redcapos and Bluecaps) won top prize of $60 in a Twilight Tournament held at Woods Lake Sunday. Rutland took the first game which, in addition to counting in the tourney, was a regularly scheduled game of the South Okanagan-Similkameen League. Both Rutland and Kelowna Cubs agreed to play it at Woods Lake. Hank Wostradowski fired a shutout as Rutland posted a 5-0 victory. Kelowna Klippers edged Oyama Greencaps 2-1 and Woods Lake clobbered Winfield 10-0.  Woods Lake advanced to the final with a 6-5 win over Oyama and Ruland dumped the Klippers 14-5.

(July 17)   Rutland Redcaps shaded Rutland Bluecaps 3-2 in a sudden-death playoff Thursday.  Playing in wilting heat, the game developed into a pitcher's duel between vertan Paul Bach and lefty Johnny Lingor.  Bach allowed five hits and fanned eight while Lingor gave up five hits and struckout six.  Blues scored all three runs in the third inning as Bach reached on a fielder's choice and Runzer got a free pass. Both scored on a triple by Mits Koga and Koga scored the eventual winner minutes later on the passed ball. Hank Wostradowski and Lingor scored for the Bluecaps in the fourth inning on a single by Holitzki

Lingor (L) and xxx
Bach (W) and xxx

(July 17)  Winfield reached the final downing Oyama.

(July 24)  Winfield took the opening game of the best-of-three final edging Rutland Redcaps 11-10 in a slugfest Thursday night. 

(July 29)  At Winfield Tuesday, the Rutland Redcaps evened the final series at a game apiece edging the home club 8-7. Redcaps jumped into a 5-0 lead in the fourth inning but Winfield rallied in the fourth and fifth to take a 6-5 advantage.  Rutland bounced back to tie in the sixth and won it in the seventh when pitcher Mits Koga singled with the bases loaded. In the bottom of the seventh and final frame, Winfield got runners to second and third but Koga managed to retired the side.

Bach, Mits Koga (W) (5) and Brummet
Williamson (L) and Moodie

(July 31)   Winfield captured the Central Okanagan (Twilight) League championship Thursday night in turning back the Redcaps 4-1 at Rutland.  Winfield took the series two games to one.  George Williamson held the Redcaps to six hits while whiffing eight.  Mits Koga surrendered eight hits in taking the pitching loss. Rutland took the lead in the first inning but it was the only run they would plate. Winfield tied it in the third, went ahead with a pair in the fifth and added a final marker in the seventh. 

Williamson (W) and Moodie
Mits Koga (L), Bach (7) and Brummet


SOUTHERN OKANAGAN-SIMILKAMEEN LEAGUE

Northern Division (Kelowna Cubs, Osoyoos, Peachland, Rutland, Summerland)
Southern Division (Copper Mountain, Hedley, Princeton)

(April 20)   Rutland opened the new season with a victory at home downing the Kelowna Cubs, the Japanese-Canadian entry in the loop in an exhibition match.

Mits Koga, Morio Koga and xxx
Bach, Lingor (4), Joey Holitzki (7) and xxx                            

(May 4)  In the regular season opener, Kelowna Cubs eked out a 6-5, 10-inning, victory at the Rutland Ballpark.  Two errors in the overtime session handed the contest to the Cubs. Brother combinations formed the batteries of both teams - Joe and John Holitzki for Kelowna and Mits and Morio Koga for Rutland.

Mits Koga and Morio Koga
Joey Holitzki and John Holitzki

(May 11)   Two Kelowna clubs faced off in an exhibition contest at City Park Sunday evening with the Cubs notching a 9-4 win over the Klippers of the Central Okanagan League in a game called after six innings.  Cubs scored three in the first inning and stayed in the lead all the way.

Mits Koga (W) and Morio Koga
Vic Gerein, Otto Gerein and Brucker, Fuoco

May 11)   Peachland scored five early runs and went on to a 7-2 victory at home over Osoyoos.  Pitcher Ted Clements survived 13 hits but managed to go all the way for the winners. Pat Prosofsky took the loss.  Hank Lewis of Osoyoos topped the hitters with four hits in five trips. Mike Dolan went three for three.

P.Prosofsky (L), B.Tillotson (7) and xxx
T.Clements (W) and xxx

(May 11)   Behind the steady hurling of Bill Evans, Summerland defeated Rutland 7-2 Sunday on the Crescent Beach diamond down by the lakeshore.  Paul Bach and Johnny Lingor shared the pitching duties for Rutland.

Bach,Lingor and Reser
Evans (W) and xxx (

Summerland     2 - 0
Kelowna Cubs   1 - 0
Peachland      1 - 1
Osoyoos        0 - 1
Rutland        0 - 2

(May 18)  Rutland got its first win of the new season Sunday a convincing 16-10 decision at Osoyoos.  The game produced 26 runs, 32 hits and 18 errors. Rutland sluggers took early aim at Osoyoos starter E. Tillotson and piled up a 10-1 lead by the top of the fourth.  But, by the end of the sixth inning, Osoyoos, helped by numerous errors, had closed the margin to 12-10.  John Holitzki of Rutland was the game's hitting star with five safeties including a pair of triples. Hank Wostradowski had three hits, two of them doubles, and three runs and Joe Holitzki added three hits and two runs. Johnny Lingor also had three safe blows for the winners. Shortstop Lutz and catcher Egely each slammed three hits for Osoyoos.

Joe Holitzki (W), H.Wostradowski (6) and xxx
E.Tillotson (L), Prosofsky (3), G.Tillotson and Egely

(May 18)   Summerland remained atop the standings by collecting its third consecutive win, 6-4 over Kelowna Cubs.

(May 24)   In a Victoria Day contest at Crescent Beach, Kelowna dumped Summerland 8 to 6.  Kitaura and Morio Koga each scored twice for the Cubs.

(June 1)   Behind the three-hit pitching of Ted Clements and a 13-hit attack, which included six doubles, Peachland overwhelmed Rutland 10-1 Sunday at the northern town in a South Okanagan league fixture.  The contest was called after six innings after heavy rain began to fall in the seventh.  Peachland jumped into the lead in the first inning as Warren Cousins was safe on a fielder's choice, advanced on Verne Cousins' single and scored on a wild pitch. After Clements drew a walk, Gummow doubled to centre to make the score 3-0. Rutland replied with its only run of the game on a pair of errors and Bullock's single.  Gummow was the top swatter with three hits, two of them doubles. Rutland's Johnny Lingor had the big hit, a three-bagger.

Clements (W) and V. Cousins
Bach (L), Joe Holitzki and John Holitzki

(June 4)  Kelowna Cubs nearly blew an 8-0 lead but held on to stop Osoyoos 8-5. Mits Koga fired a two-hitter for the Cubs, but seven Kelowna errors made it a much closer contest than expected.

Tillotson (L), Sims (5) and Egely
Mits Koga (W) and Morio Koga

(June 8)  Peachland fell behind 6-0 Sunday before scoring 13 unanswered markers in a 13-6 win over Kelowna Cubs. Ted Clements hurled five scoreless innings in relief allowing just three hits to post the pitching win. The winners began their comeback in the fourth inning as an outfield error allowed two runs to score and another came home on a wild pitch. In the fifth Peachland tied the count on singles by Vern Mehls, Warren Cousins and Verne Cousins. They took the lead in the sixth with another three spot on hits by Mehls, Clements and Fulks and added four more in the seventh.

xxx and xxx
Mehls, Clements (W) and xxx

Summerland     4 - 0
Peachland      3 - 1
Kelowna Cubs   2 - 2
Rutland        1 - 3
Osoyoos        0 - 4

(June 15)   Rutland blew 2-0 and 4-2 leads Sunday to fall to Peachland by a margin of 6 to 4. Mehls, Warren Cousins and Gummow led a 13-hit attack each with three safeties. Ted Clements scattered eight hits for the win.  Rutland lodged a protest demanding a replay of the contest on the grounds that a Rutland runner was called out unfairly in the seventh inning.

Lingor, Wostradowski and Holitzki
Clements (W) and V.Cousins

(June 22)   Peachland clobbered Kelowna Cubs 20-6, Summerland won over Osoyoos 7-2 and Rutland had a bye.

Summerland     5 - 1
Peachland      5 - 1
Kelowna Cubs   3 - 3
Rutland        1 - 4
Osoyoos        0 - 5

(July 1)   Osoyoos Dominion Day Tournament

(July 6)   With a 15 hit attack and helped by eight Osoyoos errors, Kelowna overwhelmed the southern entry 15-2 Sunday leaving Osoyoos without a win in six games. S.Kawahara had the big clout for the winners, a four-bagger in the fourth inning.  Mende and Kits Koga combined to hold the losers to two hits.

Mende (W), Mits Koga (8) and Hikichi, Morio Koga (8)
Egely (L), R.Tillotson (4), G.Tillotson (8) and Sims

(July 6)  Rutland shutout Summerland 5-0.

(July 13)   Hank Wostradowski fashioned a four-hit shutout to highlight Rutland's 5-0 win over Kelowna Cubs. The right-hander struck out nine and walked just one. Rutland collected ten hits of Mits Koga, two each by Shishido, Johnny Lingor, Paul Bach and Tony Brummet. Cubs lodged a protest after being denied an opportunity to insert a pinch hitter during an at bat. Cubs had two men on and two out when the umpire made the decision.

The game was played at the Woods Lake diamond as part of a baseball tournament. After defeating the Cubs, Rutland went on to win the tournament.

H.Wostradowski (W) and Holitzki
Mits Koga (L) and Morio Koga

(July 13)    Peachland handed Osoyoos its seventh straight defeat Sunday in moving into sole possession of first place in the Southern Okanagan - Similkameen loop with a 9-8 victory at Osoyoos. Peachland arrived with a skeleton crew as regular catcher Verne Cousins and left fielder Warren Cousins were away. Veteran coach Jim Clements was pressed into service and caught a sterling game, his first in a decade, besides banging out three timely singles. Dan Cousins fractured his thumb on a liner in the second inning leaving only John Gummow, already on the shelf with a broken finger, to fill out the lineup. Cousins, although unable to throw, played out the string. Peachland got out to a 3-1 lead in the first inning only to have the home club take an 8-4 lead after four.  The visitors finally caught up in the ninth and then Jim Clements singled, went to second and third on passed balls and scored the winner as Duquemin drove a single to centre field.

Ted Clements (W) and J.Clements
E.Tillotson (L) and Ingelsky

Peachland      6 - 1
Summerland     5 - 2
Kelowna Cubs   4 - 4
Rutland        3 - 4
Osoyoos        0 - 7

(July 27)    A replay of the July 13th game between Rutland and Kelowna Cubs proved little has changed. Rutland won the original contest 5-0 and captured the replay, 4-0. Hank Wostradowski, who hurled a 4-hit shutout two weeks ago in the protested game, twirled a four-hit shutout in the repeat performance.  Mits Koga was solid in defeat, allowing just five hits while fanning eight and yielding no free passes.

H.Wostradowski (W) and Holitzki
Mits Koga (L) and Morio Koga

(August 3)   In a replay of the June 15th contest, won by Peachland 6-4 over Rutland, Peachland won again, this time 8-7, coming from behind an early 4-1 deficit. The winners erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning to take the lead then held off a late charge from the visitors. Winning pitcher Ted Clements highlighted the fireworks leading off the inning with a double and, in a second at bat in the fifth, driving in Verne Cousins with the eventual winning run with a single. Rutland out-hit the winners 14 to 9. The decisions placed Peachland in a tie with Summerland for first place, each with six wins and two losses.

Wostradowski, Lingor (5) and Holitzki
Clements (W) and V.Cousins

Peachland      6 - 2
Summerland     6 - 2
Kelowna Cubs   4 - 4
Rutland        4 - 4
Osoyoos        0 - 8

(August 10)  Summerland topped Peachland 8-3 Sunday in a tie-breaker for top spot in the league standings. The teams had finished the regular season each with six wins and two losses.  Bill Evans pitched a steady game for the winners allowing eight hits while Summerland punched out a dozen and capitalized on five Peachland errors. Singles by Kuroda and Clark and a squeeze bunt by Vanderburgh gave Summerland a 2-0 advantage in the first inning. Successive singles by the three hitters added another run in the third frame and Hankins' circuit clout made it 4-0 in the fourth. Peachland got on the scoreboard in the fourth but Summerland put the game on ice in the 9th scoring four times on singles by Imayoshi, Evans and Walsh and an error.  The visitors rallied with a pair in the bottom of the inning but it was too little too late.

xxx and xxx
Evans (W) and xxx

(August 10)   In a tie-breaker for third place, Rutland fell behind 3-1 in the first inning but rallied to down Kelowna Cubs 6-3. After a rough initial frame, Hank Wostradowski settled down to hold the Cubs to just three hits the rest of the way as Rutland scored four runs in the third inning to take the lead for good. Paul Bach and Wostradowski led off with one-baggers and the first run came home on a passed ball with Johnny Lingor safe at first. Johnny Holitzki ripped a double to score two and Andy Kitsch singled to plate Holitzki who led all batters with three safe blows..

H.Wostradowski (W) and Holitzki
Mits Koga (L) and Morio Koga

(August 10)   Hedley captured the title in the Southern Division of the South Okanagan - Similkameen circuit Sunday trouncing Princeton 16-2 to take the best-of-three series in two straight games.  Hedley, with their nucleus of university students from the lower mainland returning to studies, disbanded for the season before a North-South playoff was possible.

(August 17)   Hank Wostradowski drove in brother Frank, who had doubledwith the winning run in the sixth inning as Rutland advanced to the league final with a 6-5 triumph over Peachland. Rutland escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning, with three runs already in, to cop the victory. Johnny Lingor entered the game in relief with just one away and the sacks full and proceeded to fan opposing hurler Ted Clements and then throw out Ferguson at first to end the rally. 

Clements (L) and xxx
Wostradowski, Lingor (5) and xxx

(August 24)  Rutland took the opening game of the South Okanagan - Similkameen finals series 4-2 at Summerland. Hank Wostradowski had a shutout until the 9th when Summerland scored both its runs. The winners pounded out 13 hits, three each by Andy Kitsch and HikichiWalsh garnered three for Summerland.

Wostradowski (W) and Holitzki
Evans (L) and Clark

(August 29)  In an exhibition contest, Rutland topped Kelowna Cubs 9-8 Friday.

(September 1)   Hedley Labour Day Tournament   

(September 7)   A three-run seventh inning carried Summerland to a 5-3 win over Rutland Sunday to square the final series at a game apiece.  Kuroda led off the big inning with a single and Walsh followed with a grounder to the pitcher who made an unsuccessful try for a double play and Summerland had two on with none out. With one out, Taylor was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Vanderburgh's drive to right scored Kuroda. A wild throw to home allowed two more runs.  Bill Evans scattered seven hits and fanned nine for the win.  Loser Johnny Lingor also allowed seven safeties while racking up ten strikeouts. 

Evans (W) and xxx
Lingor (L) and xxx

(September 14)  In a dandy wrap up to the season, Summerland shaded Rutland 3-2 to capture the championship of the Northern Division of the Southern Okanagan - Similkameen Baseball League. It what was cited as the best game of the season, Bill Evans held Rutland to just three hits for the win while Hank Wostradowski yielded just five. Summerland built up a 3-0 lead and held off a seventh inning rally by the home club. Clark's double drove in Walsh with Summerland's first run in the fourth inning. They added a pair in the sixth as Taylor's short fly to right evaded the fielder and went for a triple and Kuroda and Walsh both scored. Wostradowski doubled to plate Truitt to get Rutland on the scoreboard in the seventh and a sacrifice brought Wostradowski home to reduce the margin to one.  In the ninth, Rutland got a runner to second with none out but Evans got a ground out and a fly ball for two outs before catcher John Holitzki drilled one to left that curved foul by just inches. Evans fanned Holitzki on the next pitch to end the game. Summerland is now scheduled to face Princeton for the league title. Hedley, defaulted after winning the playoffs in the Similkameen circuit.

Evans (W) and Clark
H.Wostradowski (L) and Holitzki


WEST KOOTENAYS

The 1947 Trail senior Cardinals, operating as an independent club devoid of any league connection, began the season with 18 consecutive victories, primarily against American opposition. The Cards early-season ace, Trail-bred LHP Clint McNeil, joined the St. Louis Browns organization at the class C level in late July.

During early September 1947, the Spokane Indians, a member of the Class B Western International League, a farm club of the Brooklyn Dodgers, played three exhibition games in the West Kootenays, defeating Trail twice and playing to a tie against Nelson. In that era, the Brooklyn club had developed the top-rated farm system in the majors under G.M. Branch Rickey. Five members of the 1947 Spokane club (four of whom appeared on their West Kootenay junket) had or would eventually garner MLB experience, the longest tenured being infielder Bobby Morgan who appeared between 1950 and 1958 with the Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.

(April 20)   Even without stars Julie and Andy Bilesky, Trail Cardinals had plenty of offense in an pre-season game at Northport Sunday, crushing the hosts 20 to 1.  Meanwhile, Cards' officials announced the signing of a new infielder, Charles Stroulger, who has played shortstop for Victoria Machinery Depot for the past three years.

McKinnon, Demore, Monaldi, Bakowy and Lanmon
xxx, xxx and xxx

(April 26-27)    One was a romp, the other a one-run victory as Trail Cardinals took a pair from the visiting Hillyard Boosters of Spokane, 17-6 and 7-6. Cards came from behind in both games.  Newcomer Charles Stroulger, at second base for Trail, made quite an impression in the opener driving in six runs as he hit for the cycle, a homer, triple, double and single in five trips to the plate. He and centre fielder Ken Stanton each scored four times. Sammy Marasco, at third base, added a homer, double and single and Stanton had a round tripper and single. Losing pitcher Paulin and catcher Perry Hastings clouted circuit blows for Spokane. Trail out-hit the visitors 17 to 7 and played errorless ball while the Boosters had six miscues.

Paulin (L), Bergman and Hastings
MacKinnon, Monaldi (W), Demore and Lanmon

Julie Bilesky was the hero in the second game. The Trail shortstop came to the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning with the Cardinals trailing 6 to 2. His grand slam homer tied the score and, in the ninth, he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in Mike Wolfe with the winning marker.  Wolfe led the winners with three hits. Mush Anselmo, without a hit, reached base six straight times, five on walks and another when hit by a pitch. Perry Hastings, with his second two-run blast of the day, and Riggin clouted four-baggers for Spokane. Clint McNeil fanned 14 in going the route for Trail. Frank Gouley took the loss.

Gouley (L) and Hastings
McNeil (W) and Lanmon

(May 4)   Repeating the pattern of the previous weekend, Trail Cardinals struggled in one game and cruised in the other but came away with two wins, 7-6 and 11-2, in a double-header at Nelson.  In the opener, Trail needed a run in the 9th to tie then plated a pair in the tenth for the win. Centre fielder Kenny Stanton powered the Cards to the victories with a single, double and triple in the first game and a pair of two-baggers and two singles good for five runs batted in in the second game.

Down 5-4 in the first tilt, Mush Anselmo knocked in the tying run in the top of the 9th.  In the 10th, Stanton led off with a single, stole second and came home on Charlie Stroulger's two-bagger. Clint McNeil followed with a single to left for what proved to be the winning run.  Nelson got one back in the bottom of the 10th on an error, walk and Spence Tatchell's two-base blow. With runners on first and second, McNeil, who got credit for both wins on the day, got a strikeout and a pop up to end the game.  Former pro pitcher John Carpenter made a surprise appearance for Nelson. Just out of university and spending a short holiday in BC before joining the Calgary Purity 99s, he worked the first five innings blanking Trail on two hits with nine strikeouts before giving way to Johnny Veregin.

Monaldi, McNeil (W) (8) and Anselmo
Carpenter, Veregin (L) (6), Brown and Nash

Trail pounded out 16 hits in the second game to crush the home squad 11-2.  A five-run sixth inning put the game on ice. Kenny Stanton went four-for-four to lead the attack with Charlie Stroulger adding three hits and Mush Anselmo chipping in with a pair of safeties and three runs. Joe Monaldi, in right field, had two hits and two runs.  Third sacker Bob McNabb, the 17-year-old Nelson star provided one of the days' highlights with a triple play. In the first inning with two Trail runs already home and the bases loaded, McNabb speared Andy Bilesky's sharp liner, stepped on third to double up Stanton and, trying to get Stroulger at second, overthrew the base, But, as Stroulger headed for third, the throw from Spence Tatchell to McNabb was in time to nail the Trail runner at the hot corner for the third out.

McNeil (W), Demore (7) and Anselmo, Stroulger
St.Dennis (L), Brown, Veregin and Nash

(May 10-11)  One easy one, one a come-from-behind uphill battle, Trail did it again for the third consecutive weekend. Saturday and Sunday at Butler Park, the Cardinals swept a pair from Brown Industries of Spokane, 6-5 in 10 innings and 11-2. A week ago, Trail won 7-6 in 10 inning and 11-2. 

After Spokane had taken a 2-0 lead in the first game, Trail erupted for five runs in the fourth highlighted by Paddy Lanmon's two-run homer. The visitors rebounded with one in the 7th and two in the 8th to tie.  In the 10th, Charlie Stroulger led off with a four-pitch walk and Sammy Marasco followed with a bunt which pitcher Herb Sadlish quickly pounced on but made a wild throw to first as Stroulger scampered all the way home with the winner. Joe Monaldi held Spokane to eight hits in going the distance on the hill for Trail. He walked five and fanned nine. Third sacker Lappano had three hits for the visitors.

Crowley, Sadlish (L) (5) and C.Jones
Monaldi (W) and Lanmon

Trail rapped 14 hits, including a Kenny Stanton homer and seven doubles, in the second game in taking the lead in the first inning and cruising to the 11-2 triumph. Sammy Marasco smacked two doubles and a single before retiring with an injured leg and Andy Bilesky slammed a pair of two-baggers and a single in four trips. Clint McNeil fired a seven-hitter for the win, his fourth of the young season. 

K.Barnes (L) and Kimmell
McNeil (W) and Anselmo

(May 18)   Trail ran its season-opening winning streak to eight games downing Nelson seniors 8-1 at Butler Park. Bobby MacKinnon allowed just two hits in six relief innings to capture the win. He fanned nine.  Cards punched out 11 hits, two each by Charlie Stroulger, Mush Anselmo and Clint McNeil.  Stroulger provided the power with a homer and double. McNeil was injured in a collision at first base in the seventh inning suffering a possible torn muscle in the shoulder of his pitching arm.

Scott (L) and Nash
Bakowy, MacKinnon (W) (3) and Lanmon

(May 25)    Sending 13 batters to the plate in the first inning, Trail Cardinals scored nine times and went on to demolish the Ritzville Ramblers 15-4 in a seven inning contest at Butler Park. The game was cut short to allow the visitors to make their border crossing on time.  Left fielder Paddy Lanmon lifted one over the left field fence and added two singles to pace the attack. Julie Bilesky blasted a homer and double, walked twice, and scored three times. Kenny Stanton added a double and two singles. Joe Monaldi went the first four innings for the win. Reliever Bobby McKinnon tossed another three scoreless innings to run his streak to 10 straight frames without a run.

Dodson (L), Dorval (1), Hilzer (3) and Lucas
Monaldi (W), MacKinnon (5) and Anselmo

(May 28)    A four run third inning helped Trail to its 10th consecutive victory Wednesday, 8-3 over Rossland. Andy Bilesky's three-run homer in the fifth inning put the game away. Left fielder Rube Demore knocked in three runs while Mush Anselmo collected three hits. Ed Crowder had three safeties for Rossland. Mike Bakowy scattered nine hits to register the win.  Tommy Jones, who yielded eight hits in his six innings of work, took the loss. Jones fanned ten and walked four.

Jones (L), Ewing (7) and Crowder
Bakowy (W) and Lanmon

(June 1)    A scheduled double-header in Nelson was rained out. Officials in Nelson called the Trail club to advise them not to make the trip.  Preliminary negotiations were reported to be underway to have the Spokane Indians of the professional Western International League pay a visit to Trail for an exhibition game in August. Holding up arrangements is whether there is an air field in the area larger enough to land their aircraft.

(June 8)   Playing in the rain at Nelson, the Nelson Seniors waded to a 5-3 triumph over Fruitvale. Steve Scott went the route for the winners compiling 12 strikeouts and three free passes. Ewing, who went seven innings for Fruitvale, fanned nine. Fuzzy Grieve worked the last inning.. After the game, Lefty White of Nelson, presented a gift and autographed picture to Spence Tatchell as a belated wedding gift.

Ewing, Grieve (8) and xxx
S.Scott (W) and xxx

(June 13)    For their 11th straight victory, Trail Cardinals pulled off another come-from-behind effort this time against the barnstorming California Tigers.  Trailing 6-4, with two out in the bottom of the 8th, Trail plated three runs for the 7-6 victory.  Andy Bilesky singled off the third baseman's glove and Jimmy Morris walked to put the tying runs on base. Mike Wolfe already with four hits, singled to make it 6-5. Pinch hitter Rube Demore smacked a two-two pitch into centre field to send Morris and Wolfe across the plate for the tying and winning runs. Joe Monaldi struck out the side in the ninth to preserve the triumph for Clint McNeil who fanned ten over eight innings. Trail out-hit the visitors 16 to 8.  Junior Walton and Jake Page belted homers for the Tigers.

Pool (L) and Benson
McNeil (W), Monaldi (9) and Anselmo

(June 14)  On Saturday, the California Tigers shaded Nelson F.O.E. Seniors 9-8. The American squad drove Vic Howard from the mound with an eight-run first inning but were held in check by lefty Steve Scott the rest of the way.  Nelson centre fielder Alex Abrosimo led the hitters with a triple, two doubles and a single in five trips to the plate.

Hayden, Reese and McDonald
Howard, Scott (W) (1) and Nash

(June 15)   Jimmy Morris knocked in three runs and Ken Stanton had three hits and scored a pair to lead Trail to a 7 to 5 win over the California Tigers Sunday at Butler Park. In registering its 12th consecutive victory, Trail ran up a 6-1 lead then limited to four runs an eighth inning rally by the visitors.  Lee McDonald clouted a homer for the Tigers and losing hurler Griff Lomax and shortstop Chappie Gray each had two hits.

Lomax (L) and McDonald
Monaldi (W), MacKinnon (8) and Anselmo

(June 20)    At the suggestion of Cliff Bogstie, one of Trail's all-time pitching greats, Spokane Rainiers will be shooting for a cash bonus if they can pull out a victory over the Cardinals in their match at Butler Park Sunday afternoon.  The club has decided to increase the guarantee to the club by 33%, a plan designed to improve the calibre of competition for the Cardinals. In past games, visiting teams have been unable to bring all their stars but now with the added incentive they will undoubtedly pack their squad with outside help. The Rainiers, now at full strength with all the varsity players back, are in second placed in the independent Twilight League. Spokane will include two or three players who have seen action in Trail previously, including 42-year-old George Anderson the grand old man of Spokane baseball.

(June 22)    Jimmy Morris and Clint McNeil each knocked in three runs to pace Trail to a 10-8 triumph over the Spokane Rainiers at Butler Park. Morris' three-run homer in the third put the locals ahead to stay.  While Trail was out-hit 14 to 11, the Cardinals took advantage of eight walks and three Spokane errors. Bruce Campbell and Earl Haines had three hits apiece for the Rainiers.

G.Anderson (L), Calvin (6), Phillips (8) and Shaw
MacKinnon (W), Monaldi (9) and Anselmo

(June 24)    Clint McNeil, the home brew pitching star of the Trail Cardinals has left for his second tryout with a major league baseball organization.  He is in Chehalis, Washington attending a school conducted by the St. Louis Browns. Clint, who played centre field in Sunday's game against the Spokane Rainiers, is expected back in time for the game this weekend against the Fort Wright army team.  Also at the school are Larry Ames, Spokane Rainier third baseman, who attended a Brooklyn Dodger camp at Santa Barbara, California, this spring with McNeil, and catcher Louis Corrado a promising young Rossland athlete.

(June 29)    Jimmy Morris singled to centre field to score Charlie Stroulger in the 8th inning for what proved to be the winning run in 4-3 win over Fort Wright of Spokane.  With two out in the top of the 6th, the visitors second baseman Grigsby cracked a 3-2 pitch to the deep right field corner and scampered all the way home for a round-tripper to put Spokane ahead 3-2. With two out in the Trail 8th and Mush Anselmo on second, Stroulger smacked one to the wall in left centre to knot the count and Morris followed with his game-winning hit. Joey Monaldi held the Americans to seven hits in going all the way for the win. The win was Trail's 14th in 14 games this season.

Littman (L) and Carroll
Monaldi (W) and Anselmo

(July 1)   Grand Forks Tournament 

Trail Cardinals captured top money in the Grand Forks Holiday Tournament upending Grand Forks Co-op 12-5 in the final after blanking the Grand Forks' town team 7-0 behind a one-hitter by Clint McNeil in the opening round.

In the final, Trail jumped ahead early with a run in the first and five in the second. Centre fielder Kenny Stanton led a 12-hit offensive driving in four runs with a triple and two singles.  Andy Bilesky clouted a triple and single good for two runs batted in and brother Julie Bilesky also knocked in a pair with a double and single. Bob McKinnon went seven innings scattering eight hits for the win.

B.Dergousoff (L), A.Dergousoff (3) and J.Kishi
McKinnon (W), Monaldi (8) and Anselmo

Clint McNeil, 18-year-old pitching sensation, allowed just a fifth inning single to second baseman Nukai in blanking Grand Forks in Trail's first game. Nukai bounced a ball into centre field just beyond the reach of a diving Julie Bilesky. Nukai stole second and took third on a wild pitch but was left stranded as McNeil fanned the side to end the inning. The left-hander rang up 14 strikeouts and walked three in hurling the shutout. Cardinals broke the game wide open with five runs in the third inning thanks to five Grand Forks' errors.  Rube Demore and Mike Bakowy each had two hits for the winners. Jack Mathers gave up seven hits and fanned 8 in being tagged with the defeat

Mathers (L) and Lusk
McNeil (W) and Anselmo

In the opening round, Grand Forks Co-op shaded Colville, Washington, 5-4 scoring the winner in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Walter Wlasoff singled and advaned as Mike Sookochoff was safe on an error before Nick Dergousoff lined a single to score Wlasoff and put Co-op in the final. Billy Dergousoff pitched a six-hitter with 13 strike outs for Co-op while Bryan allowed nine hits with nine strike outs in taking the loss.

Bryan (L) and Swartz
B.Dergousoff (W) and J.Kishi

(July 4)   Behind 3-1 after six innings, Trail's 16-game winning streak seemed destined to come to an end at the hands of Spokane's Hillyard Boosters Friday. But, in the bottom of the seventh, the locals rallied sending 12 men to the plate and driving six runs home, enough for a 7-3 victory.  Boosters had opened with three runs in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Vic Cobb lofted Clint McNeil's third pitch out of the park, Johnny Osso drew a walk and moved to second on Jim Youngman's single. Harry Almquist reached on a fielder's choice and Osso scored the second run as part of a double steal. Almquist made third on a passed ball and came home on Paul Berman's slow roller in the infield.  Trail got on the scoreboard in the sixth as Mush Anselmo's Texas Leaguer dropped in short right field to score Mike Bakowy who had reached with a single.  Bakowy's bases-loaded single highlighted Trail's big 7th frame which featured five hits, an error and a base on balls. Clint McNeil settled down to blank the visitors after a round first inning. He allowed seven hits.

K.Benham (L) and Hastings
McNeil (W) and Anselmo

(July 5)    With a four-run rally in the sixth inning, Rossland nosed out Spokane's Hillyard Boosters 5-4 Saturday evening. Tommy Jones went the route for the win for the locals.

B.Benham (L) and Almquist
T.Jones (W) and Crowder

(July 6)  Trail Cardinals nearly blew a 10-2 lead but held off the charging Spokane Hillyard Boosters to notch their 18th straight victory Sunday, 11-10.  After Spokane scored in the top of the first, Trail responded with four in the bottom of the opening frame, two coming on Ken Stanton's homer.  Cards added singletons in the 2nd and 3rd and added four more in the fourth to go ahead 10-2. The Boosters rallied with four in the fifth as Bob Crusen smacked a two-run triple. They added two in the sixth as Harry Almquist tripled for the second time and Perry Hastings smacked a homer.  Trail got one back in the bottom of the sixth but Spokane matched that in the top of the seventh to reduce the deficit to 11-9. In the ninth, Almquist clubbed a four-bagger with one out but Norm Prickett popped out and Ken Benham was thrown at at first to end the game.

Crusen (L), K.Benham (4) and Hastings
Monaldi (W), MacKinnon (6) and Anselmo

(July 7)   The touring California Tigers buried the Nelson F.O.E. Seniors 20-4 Monday evening before a capacity crowd at the Civic ball diamond. The visitors who concentrated more on baseball than clowning, did much of their damage in two innings. They broke open a 1-1 game with six runs in the second inning then finished with a flourish scoring twelve times in the 8th. Tigers ripped three Nelson hurlers for a total of 25 hits. Hayden went seven innings for the Tigers to capture the win.  Gordon Richardson and Roy Anderson led the locals each with three hits. 

Hayden (W), McDonald (8) and McDonald, Williams (8)
Tatchell (L), Brown (4), White (8) and Nash

(July 8)    California Tigers scored six runs in the last three innings to upset Trail Cardinals 8 to 7 Tuesday to send the Cards to their first loss this season after 18 straight victories.  Tigers got the winning marker in the top of the 9th Emmet Reed led off with a single to right and promptly stole second. Bill Flowers lined one to centre fielder Kurt Broman who had the ball in his glove but it squirted away and the visitors had runners at second and third. Jake Page received an intentional walk to load the bases with one out and Claude Williams first missed the ball on a squeeze play and Reed was an easy out at home. However, Williams quickly redeemed himself drilling a double to right to clear the sacks.  The Cardinals got a homer by Julie Bilesky in the bottom of the ninth but the Tigers held on for the triumph. Trail had 12 hits to just 9 for the Tigers. Bilesky led all batters with three hits and three runs. Jimmy Morris ripped a two-run homer for the Cards in the 6th.

T.Richardson, Lomax (W) and McDonald, Benson
McNeil (L) and Anselmo

(July 9)   Again, Trail Cardinals gave up runs in the late innings to go down to their second straight loss after beginning the season with 18 consecutive wins.  Trailing 3-2 the Ligon All-Stars scored five runs in the 8th and two more in the 9th to walk away with a 9-4 decision Wednesday. The visitors pounded out 17 hits, four by left fielder Raymond Woolsey. Shortstop Art Bryant slugged a homer, triple and single and third sacker Flowers added three singles. Julie Bilesky smacked a round tripper for Trial and Ken Stanton had three hits. Ken Broady, who pitched into the 8th inning, registered the win for the Ligons.

Broady (W), White (8) and Underwood
MacKinnon (L), McNeil (8) and Anselmo

(July 11)    Southpaw Tommy Jones, on loan from Rossland, stymied the Ligon All-Stars Friday as Nelson notched a 6-3 victory.  Jones hurled a five-hitter as Nelson scored two in each of the 5th, 6th and 7th innings for the triumph.

Ligon (L), White (6), Ligon (7) and Underwood
Jones (W) and Nash

(July 12-13)   Sound familiar?  Trail Cardinals swept a weekend series, taking one with ease while battling all the way to eke out a win in the other.  Cardinals whipped Coeur D'Alene Lakesiders 15 to 6 in the Saturday contest then scored just one run Sunday but it was enough in a 1-0 victory.

Trail had a 6-0 lead after two innings in the first game and coasted to the win behind a 16-hit, five home run attack. Charlie Stroulger led the way with four hits, a homer, two doubles and a single, and five runs batted in. Sammy Marasco rapped two doubles and a single and Trail got additional four-baggers by Joe Monaldi, Jimmy Morris, Andy Bilesky and Bob MacKinnon. The visitors got ten hits, including circuit blows by Junior Huffman, who had four hits, and Sis Naslund.

Palm (L) and Viro
Monaldi (W), MacKinnon and Anselmo

The Sunday contest provided fans with a superb pitcher's duel after Trail's Andy Bilesky had clouted a homer in the opening frame for the game's only run. Lefty Auer fired a three-hitter for the Lakesiders, with six strikeouts and one base on balls, while Clint McNeil, who had a two-hitter until the ninth, yielded just four safeties. McNeil fanned four and walked five.

Auer (L) and Viro
McNeil (W) and Anselmo

(July 19-20)   Coeur D'Alene made up for its twin defeats at Trail last weekend by defeating the Cardinals 11-7 and 6-4 at their home park.  The Canadians blew a 5-0 lead in the Saturday contest and a 4-0 advantage on Sunday.

Saturday, the Lakesiders erupted for six runs in the third inning to erase a 5-0 deficit. They added three in the fourth and another pair in the 8th.  The winners had 13 hits, three by catcher Frank Viro who knocked in three runs. Len Pyne, the centre fielder belted a homer and single. Andy Bilesky topped the Cards with a homer and two singles. Charlie Stroulger added three singles.

Monaldi, Demore (L) (3) and Anselmo
Nelson and Viro

On Sunday, the Lakesiders rallied for three runs in the 8th inning for their 6-4 victory. A fielder's choice, singles by Junior Huffman and Sis Naslund and a double by Bing Dahl did the 8th inning damage. Lefty Auer was a hero for the winners firing one-hit ball over six relief innings to capture the win. Len Pyne, Huffman and Dahl each had two hits for Coeur D'Alene. Sammy Marasco led Trail with three hits and three runs batted in.

McNeil (L) and Anselmo
Hibbard, Auer (W) 4) and Bafus

(July 23)   A five-run outburst in the fifth inning led Nelson F.O.E. Seniors to a 10-6 win over Passmore Wednesday at Passmore. Red and Bob Koehle combined for six runs to lead the winners.

Westeroff, Abrosimo (6) and Nash
Makeroff (L) and Woykin

(July 30)    Statistics released for the Trail Cardinals show Charlie Stroulger as the top swatter on the club with a .387 batting average in 23 games. Mike Wolfe is a close second at .385 with Kenny Stanton at .380. The club carries an impressive team average of .302.  Julie Bilesky is tops in homers, with five, and Mush Anselmo has the most stolen bases, 13.

(August 1)   A four-run first inning proven enough for the Oakland Larks Friday as they handed Trail Cardinals their third straight loss, 10-3.  The Larks combined a triples by Wendy Jenkins and Smilie Clayton, singles from Fritz Roberts and Johnny Allen and an outfield fly in their big first frame.  In the 4th, Foy Scott's long blow to right went for an inside-the-park homer. Spec Roberts held the Cards to nine hits, one a homer by Joe Mondali, in going the route for the win.

S.Roberts (W) and Clayton
Monaldi (L), Bakowy (5) and Anselmo

(August 9)  Nelson Jubilee Tournament

Trail came from behind with seven runs in the last three innings to trounce Nelson 9 to 3 to take first money at the Nelson Jubilee Tournament.  Jack Mathers fired a three-hitter, with eight strikeouts, for the Cards who got 13 hits, three by Ken Stanton who also scored three times.

Mathers (W) and Anselmo
Townsend (L) and Richardson

In their first game, Trail clobbered the Slocan All-Stars 24-1 in a game called after just four innings. The Cards rapped 19 hits, four by Jimmy Morris, and capitalized on nine Slocan errors.  Kenny Stanton drove in four and scored a pair. Julie Bilesky scored four and knocked in a pair. Charlie Stroulger also had four scores and two hits and added three runs batted in. With the score at 21-0 after the first inning and a half, Trail removed starter Jack Mathers to save him for the tournament final. Slocan managed one run without a hit. 

Mathers (W), Monaldi (2) and Anselmo
McAskill (L), Tateishi (1), C.Thring (1) and Yamada

Nelson had advanced with an 11-9 victory over Kimberley.

Scott (W) and Nash
Amundrud (L) and Kilburn

Kimberley won the consolation final trimming Slocan 20-4.

Gibbons (W) and Kilburn
Graham (L), McAskill, Tateishi and F.HuftySr.

(August 15)    Jimmy Morris pounded a pair of round trippers and two singles to pace Trail's 16-hit attack in an 11-5 win over the San Diego Tigers Friday at Butler Park.  Charlie Stroulger also belted a homer for the Cardinals as did Floyd for the visitors who collected 15 hits.  Johnny Johnson, Jack Lowe and E.Burke each produced three for San Diego.  Fuzzy Grieve, a newcomer to the Cardinals from Fruitvale, went five innings for the win.

Lowe (L), Morris (2) and J.Johnson, B.Johnson
Grieve (W), MacKinnon (6) and Anselmo

(August 17)   Trail Cardinals, who blew a 6-0 lead, broke an 8-8 tie with a six-run uprising in the seventh inning to dump Brook's Tavern of Spokane 14 to 8 in Sunday's contest at Butler Park. Andy Bilesky's grand slam homer highlighted Trail's big 7th inning. April 27th, brother Julie Bilesky crushed a bases-loaded homer in the 8th inning to beat another Spokane entry. The teams combined for 27 hits, 16 by Trail.  Mush Anselmo smacked a homer and two doubles for the Cardinals.  Bill Roffler had the only four-bagger for Spokane. 

Charles, J.Roffler (L) (3), B.Roffler (7) and
Bakowy, Monaldi (6), MacKinnon (W) (7), Stroulger (9) and Anselmo

(August 20)   Trail Cardinals scored five runs in the first inning and coasted to an 8-1 exhibition win over Rossland. Joey Monaldi was in top form holding the Cubs to four hits while knocking out a double and single in his turns at the plate. Julie Bilesky led the winners with a circuit clout and two singles.  Willie Scott was best for Rossland with two singles and a walk.

Monaldi (W) and Anselmo
Jones (L), Wynn (1) and Crowder

(August 30-31)   With a sweep of a weekend series over Brown Industries, the champions of the Spokane league, Trail Cardinals put a claim to the championship of the Pacific Northwest.  Cards downed the Browns 6-4 and 15-12 at Butler Park for their third and fourth victories over the Americans this season. Trail used a 12-hit assault in the Saturday contest with the first five hitters in the lineup each with two hits. Ken Stanton and Charlie Stroulger had doubles.  Fuzzy Grieve scattered nine hits, one of them a homer by Van Hauff.

K.Benham (L) and Hastings
Grieve (W) and Anselmo

The locals did even better in the Sunday tilt rapping 16 hits in a 15-12 triumph highlighted by Andy Bilesky's grand slam homer, his second in two weeks. Mike Bakowy knocked in three runs with a home run and two singles and Jimmy Morris cracked a two-run homer. Rube Demore picked up the win in relief.

C.Jones (L), K. Benham and Hastings
Monaldi, Demore (W) (5) and Anselmo

(September 10)   Spokane Indians of the Class B Western International League displayed their prowess to more than 1,000 fans at Butler Park Wednesday as they trimmed Trail Cardinals 9-4 in the opener of a three-game series. The Brooklyn Dodgers affiliate took a 6-0 lead after three frames and sauntered to the win. Lefty Bob Costello, a 21-game winner during the regular season, went five innings yielding just two hits for the win. Spokane managed just nine hits but four of them were homers, by Buddy Hicks, Doug Donnan, Bill Dunn and Bob Morgan.  For Trail, the game was marred by an outfield collision between Kenny Stanton and Julie Bilesky in the sixth frame. Stanton was removed from the game and sent for x-rays.

Costello (W), Miller (6), Gorman (8) and O'Neil
Grieve (L) and Anselmo

(September 11)   In a game shortened to just five innings by darkness, Nelson held the Spokane Indians to a 4-4 draw scoring three times in the final frame to salvage the tie. Alex Abrosimo led all batters with three hits while Ron Nash had two for Nelson and Buddy Hicks a pair for Spokane. Jim Forsythe went the first four innings for the Indians and rang up six strikeouts.  Fred Townsend surrendered six hits and walked five in going the distance for Nelson.

Forsythe, Samson (5) and O'Neil
Townsend and Nash

(September 12)   In their final contest of a three-game set in the Kootenays, Spokane's Indians pummeled the Trail Cardinals 13 to 3 to wrap up the Cardinals' season.  The professional club smashed 15 hits, including five extra base blows, off three Trail hurlers. The visitors took a 6-1 lead after three innings and put the game on ice with a six-run outburst in the sixth inning. Winning pitcher Sam Latino sparked the winners knocking in five runs with a three-run homer, double and single. Doug Donnan slugged a pair of two-baggers and two singles.  Julie Bilesky had a circuit clout for the Cards. Clint McNeil, in his first game in a couple of weeks, was yanked after three innings, six runs and seven walks. The game was called after seven innings because of darkness.

Latino (W), Spitzer and O'Neil
McNeil (L), Monaldi (4), MacKinnon (6) and Anselmo


WEST KOOTENAYS
Colville Valley League

According to the Rossland Miner, the 1947 Colville Valley Baseball League (of which the Rossland Cubs were a member), was comprised of 12 teams playing within two divisions. Chewelah, Colville, Evans, Kettle Falls and Northport are all located in Stevens County WA which borders the West Kootenay area of BC.

Probable teams in one division of 1947 Colville Valley League
Chewelah WA 
Colville WA
Evans WA
Kettle Falls WA
Northport WA
Rossland Cubs

(May 11)   Playing at Northport Sunday, Rossland won its opening league contest 6-3, scoring all six runs in the 6th inning.  Tommy Jones pitched into the 8th inning to capture the mound victory helped by Rusty Wynn who finished up on the hill and led the hitters with a three for four afternoon. Lou Corrado and Art Sadao added two hits apiece.

Jones (W), Wynn (8) and Crowder
Anderson (L) and McIwin

(May 18)   A four-run 8th inning carried Kettle Falls to a 9-8 victory over Rossland Sunday. Lichfold smacked a bases-loaded triple then scored on a squeeze play for the winning marker.  Both pitchers, Tommy Jones for Rossland and Marchand for the Americans yielded nine hits.

Marchand (W) and xxx
Jones (L) and xxx

(May 24)   At the Victoria Day Tournament at Fruitvale, Rossland Cubs edged the junior Fairview A.C. 8-7 in the opening contest. Archie Scott and Max Turyk had doubles for the winners.

Bohn, Wynn and Crowder
Scott, McNabb and Larsen

(June 8)   Rossland's game against Evans was rained out.

(June 15)   Rossland's lefty hurler Tommy Jones had quite the game Sunday giving up seven hits, eight walks, two hit batsmen while fanning a dozen.  In the end he also got the win as the Cubs whipped Northport 12-6 With Ross Jackson and Rusty Wynn belting round trippers.  Wynn led the batters with four hits while Northport's C.Ames, at the hot corner, had two hits and three walks. Wilson clouted a homer for the losers.

Jones (W) and Crowder, xxx
Anderson (L) and Walker

(June 22)  Lichfold of Kettle Falls, who smacked a bases-loaded triple to held Kettle Falls down Rossland a month ago, was at it again Sunday as he tripled to score three runs as the Americans topped the Cubs 6-2.

Jones (L) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 26)   Rossland veteran Rusty Wynn is the leading hitter in the Colville Valley circuit. Wynn has a .565 average for 26 times at bat to top the 12-team league. 

(July 4)   Max Turyk was successful in his first start on the hill helping Rossland to an 11-3 victory over Northport. A five-run fourth inning proved to be enough for the victory.  Lou Corrado and Chris Christianson walloped homers for the winners and Ed Crowder added a pair of two-baggers.

(July 5)   In an exhibition game Saturday, Rossland topped the Hillyard Boosters of Spokane 5-4.  Youngman, the Americans centre fielder, put on a hitting show getting three triples and a single.

(July 6)    Rusty Wynn smacked a pair of doubles and a single Sunday to help Rossland trim Echo Valley 10-2.

(August 20)   Trail Cardinals scored five runs in the first inning and coasted to an 8-1 exhibition win over Rossland. Joey Monaldi was in top form holding the Cubs to four hits while knocking out a double and single in his turns at the plate. Julie Bilesky led the winners with a circuit clout and two singles.  Willie Scott was best for Rossland with two singles and a walk.

Jones (L), Wynn (1) and
Monaldi (W) and xxx

(September 1)  Rossland Cubs and Nelson Seniors divided a Labour Day double-header with the hometown Nelson squad taking the first game 4-2 before dropping a 15-5 decision in Monday's second game.  Fred Townsend held the Cubs to just four hits in the opener as Nelson scored a pair in the third and another two in the fourth for the win. Lou Corrado belted a homer for Rossland.

Lavarato (L), Walters (4) and Crowder
Townsend (W) and Nash

Nelson opened the second game with three runs in the first inning but Rossland rallied with three in the third and three more in the fourth and coasted to the victory.  Lefty Tommy Jones started for the Cubs but, still bothered by a sore arm, left the mound when three errors and a walk cost him the three first inning runs. Rusty Wynn, the veteran hurler and Rossland coach, took over on the hill and held Nelson to eight hits the rest of the way. He fanned seven. Cubs ripped Steve Scott, on the hill for Nelson, for 19 hits and capitalized on six free passes. Lou Corrado put on a base stealing show in the sixth inning stealing second, third and home. He led the winners with four runs scored.

Jones, Wynn (W) and Crowder
Scott (L) and Richardson


EAST KOOTENAYS


CROW'S NEST PASS

(June 4)   In the season opener at Blairmore, the hometown Columbus Club shaded Natal-Michel 12-11. The visitors included six players in the lineup up from junior ranks.  With Coleman dropping out of the league and joining forces with Hillcrest, the league will consist of four teams - Fernie, Hillcrest, Natal-Michel and Blairmore. The Fernie entry will not be able to play its first game unitl the first week of July.

(June 11)   Blairmore spoiled Natal-Michel's home opener handing the home squad an 11-8 defeat in the rain at Natal.  Draper went the distance on the mound for the winners while three hurlers were used by the home crew. Natal-Michel pulled off a triple play. With runners on first and second. Second sacker Galla snagged a liner, stepped on the base and made the throw to first to catch the runner off the bag for the final out.

Draper (W) and xxx
xxx, xxx, xxx and xxx

(June 18)  Playing air-tight ball behind the five-hit pitching of Whalley Krall, the Natal-Michel Sports Club picked up their first win of the season when they defeated the Hillcrest Miners 4-2 at Natal.  Second baseman, Galla, who scored the clinching run, smacked the game's only homer, a solo shot in the fifth inning. 

Price, J.Bianchini (6) and Fortinaso
W.Krall (W) and J.Krall

(September 14)  Coleman Cubs downed Fernie in both ends of a double-header to take a two game lead in the best of five series for the Ringland Cub, emblematic of the Crow's Nest Pass Baseball championship. The visitors took the first game 3-1 and came from behind twice in the second game to romp home with a 10-5 triumph.

(September 14)  In an exhibition double-header at Hillcrest, Champion won both encounters, 8 to 5 and 10 to 8, coming from behind in both games.  Bud Siler went the route in the opener for the win as Champion erased an early 2-0 advantage by Hillcrest with three in the second and another two in the third.

Siler (W) and Long
Bianchini (L) and Paull

In the second game, Champion was blanked for six innings, behind 6-0 when they rallied for five in the 7th and another five in the 8th for the victory. Chelton went the route for the mound triumph.

Chelton (W) and Long
Elick, Rhodes and Vejprava


ARROW LAKES / SLOCAN VALLEY

(May 11)   Coming from behind in the final frame as a result of base hits from Gordon Nelson, C.Lindstein, Bill Postlewaite and J.Trainor, Silverton eked out a 4-2 win over New Denver.  Postlewaite fired a five-hitter for the win. Bob McAskill allowed six hits in taking the loss. Nelson and Bill Graham each had two-baggers for the winners while Dave Crellin, the New Denver shortstop, smashed a triple.

Postlewaite (W) and xxx
McAskill (L) and xxx

Slocan City 1 - 0
Silverton   1 - 1
New Denver  0 - 1

(May 18)   At Procter, the Passmore Privates edged the hometown Tigers 10-9.  Bill Solecki and John Hein starred for Procter each getting on base in every turn at bat.

(May 18)   Slocan City whipped New Denver 17-5 behind a 13 hit attack and Ted Graham's two-hit pitching.

T.Graham (W) and T.Hicks
McAskill (L), T.Pearson and W.Bates

(June 1)   An enthusiastic crowd witnessed an exciting contest at Kaslo with the home squad edging New Denver 5-3.

(June 8)  Kaslo capitalized on two costly infield errors by New Denver to post a 5-3 victory behind the southpaw slants of Jack Turner who held the visitors to one hit.  Loser Bob McAskill yielded just three hits.

McAskill (L) and xxx
Turner (W) and xxx

(June 15)   New Denver upset Slocan City 7-2 Sunday using their six hits and three sacrific bunts to advantage while their defense played errorless ball.  W.Tateishi and Bob McAskill combined to hold Slocan to six hits. Ted Graham went the distance for the losers.

Ted Graham (L) and xxx
W.Tateishi, McAskill (6) and xxx

(June 22)   Trailing 6-3 after three innings, Kaslo rebounded to score five runs and blank New Denver the rest of the way to come away with an 8-6 victory.  Jack Turner, who relieved starter Sonny Norberg in the fourth, went the last four frames for the win.

S.Norberg, J.Turner (4) and A.Speirs
xxx and xxx

(July 1)  Nakusp defeated Kaslo.

(July 2)   With three runs in the first inning on three straight hits and a pair of outfield errors, Silverton took the early lead and held on for a 3-2 victory over New Denver. Dutch Groenhuysen allowed just four hits and fanned 12 in going the route for the winners. Bob McAskill, who gave up just three more hits after the disastrous first inning, took the loss. James Fairhurst banged a triple for Silverton. Bob Butler had a double and single for New Denver.

Groenhuysen (W) and xxx
McAskill (L) and xxx

(July 6)   Kaslo, playing at home, got a measure of revenge for a loss at Nakusp July first by beating Nakusp 13-6.

(July 6)   At Slocan City Sunday, the home squad whipped New Denver 8-1 in the Slocan Lake Baseball League.  A five-run outburst in the fifth inning proved to be the difference. Slocan City combined six hits with a walk and three errors in the big inning. Les Hufty paced the winners' attack with four hits. Johnny Inouye added three and Frank Hufty Jr. and winning pitcher Ted Graham each had a pair. Dave Crellin had a triple and single for New Denver.

W.Tateishi (L), K.Hayashi (5) and Yamada
T.Graham (W) and F.HuftySr

(July 13)  New Denver, last in the Slocan Lake loop, surprised the strong Nelson seniors Sunday with a 5-3 victory in a game at Nelson. Right-hander Bob McAskill fired a five hitter for the win. Andy Anderson, the veteran second sacker for Nelson, had four of the hits, one of them a homer. Quint Forsythe, New Denver's centre fielder who drove in two runs with a double and single, made three outstanding catches. Lefty Steve Scott took the loss going the distance for Nelson. 

McAskill (W) and Yamada
Scott (L) and xxx

(July 13)  In a game which produced 29 errors, Slocan City managed to get by Silverton 13 to 9. Ted Graham allowed just five hits in going the route for the win. Stan Clough's triple was the big hit against him. George Groenhuysen pitched into the seventh for Silverton. Graham and Frank Hufty Jr. led the Slocan attack each with three hits.

Groenhuysen (L), Kelly (7) and Fairhurst
T.Graham (W) and Frank Hufty

Slocan City 5 - 1
Silverton   3 - 3
New Denver  1 - 5

(July 13)   The visiting Nakusp nine walked away with a 10-2 victory over Burton Sunday. Ken Highland would have had a shutout for Nakusp except for an error. 

xxx and xxx
K.Highland (W) and xxx

(July 16)  Slocan City survived 15 errors to dump Silverton 16-8 behind the five-hit pitching of Ted Graham. Slocan used a 16-hit attack against a pair of Silverton hurlers and took advantage of 14 errors by the visitors.  Les Hufty and Jim Heslip smacked two-baggers for the winners while Stan Clough had a triple for Silverton.

Groenhuysen (L), J.Kelly and xxx
T.Graham (W) and xxx

(July 19)   Newcomer Fred Townsend fired a five-hitter Saturday to lead Nelson FOE (Fraternal Order of Eagles) to a 4-1 win over Nakusp at the Civic diamond in Nelson. The home squad collected a pair of runs in the first inning and were in charge all the way.  Roy Anderson broke into the scoring column when he drew a walk off Nakusp starter Del Olson and came around to score on Bob McNabb's squeeze bunt. Barin Yoshida saved Nakusp from a whitewashing when he singled and scored on Bud Akioiama's two-base blow. Akioiama led all hitters with a pair of doubles and a single.

Olson (L) and Desrochers
Townsend (W) and Nash

(July 20)   Nakusp evened its weekend series with Nelson by notching a 12-8 decision Sunday.  Two big innings, a five-run fifth and a four-run seventh,provided the margin of victory.  Ken Highland, the Nakusp playing manager, went the distance on the mound for the victory besting Steve Scott who went seven innings for Nelson.

Highland (W) and Millar
Scott (L), Townsend (8) and Nash

(July 20)   Playing at home, Silverton dumped New Denver 12-5 as Jack Kelly smacked a homer and single, B.Graham had a triple and single and James Fairhurst add a pair of two-baggers. George (Dutch) Groenhuysen yielded six hits and seven walks in going the route for the winners. He fanned 13. None of the New Denver runs was earned as errors, New Denver made a dozen, contributed to all five runs.  Walt Thring, with a double and single, was the only New Denver player to got two hits.

McAskill (L), W.Tateishi (5), K.Hayashi (8) and Yamada
Groenhuysen (W) and J.Kelly

(July 20)   Before a large crowd at Vimy Park, Kaslo notched a 5-3 victory over Burton. Sonny Norberg and Ray Norberg handled the hurling for the winners while Lawrence Johnson went the route on the mound for the visitors.

L.Johnson (L) and C.Marshall
S.Norberg, R.Norberg and Speirs

(July 23)   A five-run outburst in the fifth inning led Nelson F.O.E. Seniors to a 10-6 win over Passmore Wednesday at Passmore. Red and Bob Koehle combined for six runs to lead the winners.

Westeroff, Abrosimo (6) and Nash
Makeroff (L) and Woykin

(July 26)   Nelson Seniors, behind the five-hit shutout pitching of Steve Scott, blanked Nakusp 4-0 Saturday at the Nakusp diamond.  Nelson plated a run in the first, two in the second and one in the sixth. Don Porteous, with a pair of doubles, had the only extra base hits of the day.

Scott (W) and xxx
Olson (L) and xxx

(July 27)    Nakusp rebounded to take the second game of a weekend series with Nelson downing the visitors 9-8 on Sunday scoring the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Nakusp shortstop Otto Yanagisawa received praise by fans and players alike for his performance as he sparked his team at bat and in the field. Barin Yoshida went the distance to register the win over Fred Townsend.

Townsend (L) and xxx
Yoshida (W) and xxx

(July 27)   New Denver whipped Slocan City 9-1 behind the solid four-hit hurling of Kuts Hayashi. Bob McAskill led a nine-hit attack with a homer which landed in the field next to Bob's Ice Cream Parlour, the first four-bagger at the New Denver field this season. Quint Forsythe added to hits.

T.Hicks (L) and F.Hufty
K.Hayashi (W) and Yamada

(August 3)  Silverton moved into a first place tie in the Slocan Lake circuit Sunday downing Slocan City 9-6. B.Graham and Dutch Groenhuysen each pounded a triple and single for the winners. D.Hood of Slocan led all hitters with three safeties, one a triple.

L.Hufty (L) and F.Hufty
Groenhuysen (W) and J.Kelly

Silverton   5 - 3
Slocan      5 - 3
New Denver  2 - 6

(August 5)   The Slocan All-Stars fell behind 3-0 in the fourth inning but rebounded to top Nakusp 7-4 in a contest at Silverton.  Chas. Thring held the visitors to six hits and had the help of three double plays. Ken Highland allowed seven hits but also walked six. 

K.Highland (L) and xxx
Chas. Thring (W) and xxx

(August 8)  The Nelson News reported the lineup for the Slocan All-Stars for the Nelson Golden Jubilee Tournament. The pitching staff will include Ted Graham of Slocan, ace chucker who has five wins, one loss and a tie to his credit so far this season. He'll be joined by Silverton's Dutch Groenhuysen and Charles Thring and Bob McAskill of New Denver.  Frank Hufty is set to handle catching duties along with Jack Kelly of Silverton and Mas (Cuke) Yamada of New Denver.  The infield will have James Fairhurst of Silverton at first base, Randolph Harding, the M.L.A., at second base, Dave Crellin of New Denver at shortstop and Bill Postlewaite of Silverton at third. Quentin Forsythe of New Denver will take centre field, Frank Hufty Junior will handle left field and Les Hufty the right field slot.  The team has utility men Ted Hicks and Johnny Inouye of Slocan, Kuts Hayashi, W.Tateishi and Walt Thring of New Denver and Bill Graham of Silverton.

(August 9)   At the Nelson Jubilee Tournament, the Slocan All-Stars received a double dose of embarrassment losing 24-1 to Trail and 20-4 to Kimberley. Trail put the game away early with 11 runs in the first inning and ten more in the second. The game was called after just four innings. Mathers and Joey Monaldi combined to no-hit the All-Stars. Trail pounded out 18 hits off three Slocan hurlers. The only Slocan run came in the 2nd inning as Monaldi walked four.

Mathers (W), Mondali (W) (2) and Anselmo
McAskill (L), Tateishi (1), C.Thring and Yamada

(August 10)   Kimberley scored five runs in the first inning and cruised to a 20-4 victory over the Slocan All-Stars at the Nelson Tournament. After taking an 11-4 lead, Kimberley wrapped up the contest with nine runs in the sixth inning. Gibbons pitched a six-hitter for the win. Ted Graham, who started for Slocan broke his forearm in pitching in the fourth inning.

Gibbons (W) and Kilburn
T.Graham (L), McAskill (4)

(August 17)   Slocan, riding a six-run first inning, regained top spot in the league standings with an 8-7 triumph over New Denver.  They combined four hits with two walks and six errors in the big frame. D.Hood and J.Avis each drove in two runs with a pair of hits for Slocan. W.Bates led New Denver with three hits and three runs batted in. Quint Forsythe also knocked in three runs.

K.Hayashi (L) and Butler, W.Bates, Yamada
T.Hicks, L.Hufty (7) and F.Hufty Sr.

(August 24)   In the final game of the regular schedule, Silverton topped New Denver 12-5. B.Graham pounded a triple and two singles to lead the winners' attack. Randolph Harding and James Fairhurst each had two one-baggers. Fairhurst drove in three runs. Shig Kiyono knocked in two runs for New Denver with a triple. Dutch Groenhuysen went the route for the pitching win.

Groenhuysen (W) and J.Kelly
McAskill (L) and Butler

(August 31-September 1)   After Fairview of Nelson tallied seven runs in the first inning, New Denver fought back to claim an 11-10 victory in the opening game of the Kaslo Tournament at Vimy Park.   New Denver scored the winner in the bottom of the ninth as second baseman Bob McAskill drew a bases loaded walk. They had scored four in the 8th on two walks, a hit batter and four errors, to tie at 10-10.  Nelson outhit New Denver 15 to 4, but made a total of 12 errors and issued eight free passes.

Kraft (L) and Larsen
W.Tateishi (W) and Yamada

Kaslo whipped Creston 9-1 behind the solid hurling of Jack Turner.

B.Glenford (L) and K.Holmes
J.Turner (W) and Speirs

In the final Monday afternoon, Kaslo prevailed 9-8 over New Denver to take home the $75 top prize. K.Mathew, Jack Turner and Sonny Norberg shared pitching duties for the winners.

xxx and xxx
K.Mathew, J.Turner, S.Norberg and xxx

(September 1)   In the opening playoff contest, Silverton shaded Slocan City 6-5. Randolph Harding led the Silverton offense with a triple and two singles. Dick Hambly and Bill Postlewaite rapped doubles for the winners. Frank Hufty Jr. smacked a double and two singles for Slocan and Ed Clough added a three-bagger. Hufty Jr. in left field for Slocan made nine putouts setting a local record.

Groenhuysen (W) and J.Kelly
T.Hicks (L), L.Hufty (6) and F.Hufty

(September 1)  At the Labour Day Celebration at Edgewood, the first in many years, the host team won games against Nakusp, 7-3, and Burton, 5-4.

Nesbitt, K.Highland and J.Inouye
R.Bennett (W) and Donselaar

Robazza (L), L.Johnson and C.Marshall
E.Mathers (W) and Donselaar

(September 4)   Randolph Harding of Silverton captured the Slocan Lakes League batting crown for 1947 finishing with a .387 average to top Ted Graham of Slocan City who had a .375 mark. Slocan City players finished in the next four positions with D.Hood at .320, Frank Hufty Sr., 316, W.Anderson, .300, and Les Hufty, .295. Les Hufty had the most hits, 13, and RBI, 11. Harding's 11 runs topped the league while Quint Forsythe of New Denver led in steals with 9.

Ted Graham of Slocan City headed the hurlers with a sparkling 1.29 ERA and a 5-1 won-lost record. George (Dutch) Groenhuysen of Silverton finished with a 5-2 mark along with a 2.69 ERA. He led the loop in innings, 67, and strikeouts, 70.

(September 7)  Silverton captured the Graham Cup and the Slocan Lake Baseball League championship battering Slocan City 10-1 to take the best-of-three playoff series in two straight games. Dutch Groenhuysen fired a five-hitter in going the distance for the win. Silverton put the game away early with four runs in the first inning and three more in the second. B.Graham led the winners with a perfect day at the plate, a double and three singles in four trips. Groenhuysen helped his own cause with three hits and Stan Clough clouted a triple and single.

L.Hufty (L), Hicks (2), L.Hufty (2) and xxx
Groenhuysen (W) and xxx

(September 21)    At a benefit tournament for Slocan City's Ted Graham, Slocan captured the event with a 4-3 victory over New Denver in the final game. Slocan took the lead in the second inning scoring three times but New Denver rebounded to tie with singletons in the 3rd, 4th and 5th before Slocan plated the winner in the bottom of the 5th. Dutch Groenhuysen picked up the win in a relief role.

Hicks, Groenhuysen (W) (5) and xxx
Chas. Thring (L) and xxx

Slocan made the final by downing Nakusp 6-5 in 11 innings. Frank Hufty Jr. singled in the 11th and scored on singles by Les Hufty and H.Pinchbeck.  The winners had 16 hits off Nakusp's Ken Highland while Les Hufty scattered ten hits in registering the mound victory.

Highland (L) and xxx
L.Hufty (W) and xxx

New Denver scored three in the first inning and two more in the second in whipping Kaslo 10-4 in the second game of the day. Kaslo hurt its chances making 11 errors.  Both pitchers, Chas. Thring for the winners and Norberg for Kaslo gave up just five hits.

Chas. Thring (W) and xxx
Norberg (L) and xxx


PRINCE GEORGE & DISTRICT

Baseball in the Prince George area was confined primarily to a series of exhibition games involving four teams (Prince George Seniors, Prince George Junior Timbars, Giscome Dodgers and the West Lake Loggers) at the beginning of the 1947 season. In early July, the four combatants got together and decided to form a short-season league with a sudden-death playoff format. The first scheduled doubleheader, unfortunately, was rained out so things really didn’t get off the ground until Thursday, July 17th. In the end, the West Lake Loggers prevailed as the best team and the eventual playoff victors.

(May 24-25)  The Prince George Junior Sports Club, the Timbars, a new entry in the local baseball scene, got an awakening on the weekend in a double-header debut taking a licking from the city's Seniors, 21-3 Saturday and 20-2 on Sunday. Timbars held the Seniors to a scoreless tie for two innings in the opening game before the Seniors broke loose for six runs in the third and coasted to the 14-hit victory. Timbars helped their opponents by making eight errors. Blair and Berry combined to hold the juniors to three hits.

Harvey (L), Zlot (3), Munson (7) and Mentanko
Blair, Berry and Muirhead

Seniors scored a pair in the first inning of the second game and romped to a 20-2 triumph with a 16-hit assault. Blair and Berry again handled the mound work limiting Timbars to two hits.

Berry, Blair (5) Muirhead, Paschal
Engbloom, Harvey (5), Munson (7) and Mentanko

(June 1)   Prince George Seniors whipped Giscome Dodgers 15-4 in an exhibition match Sunday afternoon. Don Barry provided a highlight for the Seniors with a towering home run over the left field fence in the fifth inning.

Struthers (W) and xxx
Dobson, Blair (6) and xxx

(June 8)  Prince George Timbar juniors who were demolished by the Prince George Seniors in a double-header last weekend, took on the city's Oldtimers Sunday and found the older generation squad a little more to their liking handing the oldtimers a 13-6 setback, thanks to an eight-run explosion in the bottom of the seventh and final inning. The Oldtimers held a 6-2 lead until falling apart in the last two frames.

Hal Rogers, Harry Kennedy, Cliff Warner and xxx
Munson, Calli, Engbloom, Harvey and xxx

(June 15)  In a repeat performance, Timbar Juniors trounced the Prince George Oldtimers 14-5 scoring 11 unanswered runs after trailing 4-3 in the fourth inning. Bruce Harvey and Calli combined to hurl the win.

Rogers, Kennedy, Warner, Van Somers and Brown, Lockyer
Harvey, Calli and Mentanko

(June 27)  Giscome Dodgers edged Timbars 8-7 Sunday afternoon.

Calli, Edmusson (2) and xxx
Struthers (W) and xxx

(June 29)   A four-team double-bill was a feature Sunday afternoon at Prince George.  The city Seniors broke a 3-3 tie with six runs in the sixth inning en route to a 9-5 victory over Giscome in the first game. Each team had eight safeties with Bill Fleming leading the winners with a triple and single and two runs. Catcher R.Granley and centre fielder Sato each had three hits for the Dodgers. Blair rang up ten strikeouts in going the distance for Prince George.

Struthers (L) and Granley
Blair (W) and Muirhead, Paschal

Timbars continued to show improvement as the juniors topped West Lake 10-6 helped by a pair of newcomers. Russman went three for four and also pitched the last three innings. McQuarrie, a rangy fielder, showed strong skills at the plate and on the base paths. He had two hits and scored three times. Calli smacked a triple and single and hurled the first four frames. Catcher D.Doyle, of West Lake, led all hitters with a four for four afternoon.

Calli, Russman and Mentanko
R.McEachnie (L) and Doyle

(July 2)  In an error-filled contest, Prince George Seniors trounced Timbars 12-4 in the postponed Dominion Day final.  The game featured 17 errors, 11 by the Timbars. Bill Fleming and White of the Seniors both hit for the circuit and Bill Dobson and Chuck Gabrielle each had three hits.  Harry Astoria drove out two singles for the Timbars and Lloyd and Sims each had two-baggers. The Seniors broke a 2-2 tie in the third inning as they combined three hits, two walks and four errors to score six times. Dobson was steady on the hill for the winners striking out 14 batters.

Engbloom, D.Sims (3) and xxx
Dobson (W) and

(July 4)  On Friday, rain spoiled a scheduled exhibition between West Lake and Prince George Seniors. West Lake had a 3-0 lead after a couple of innings when the game was called.

(July 6)  Heavy rain stopped the contest between Timbars and Giscome after just four innings of play. The Dodgers held a 10-3 lead when the afternoon rain turned the field into a small lake.

(July 10)   Four teams in the Prince George area have decided to form a league for the rest of the season. Prince George Seniors, Timbars, Giscome and West Lake will participate in the schedule with playoffs at the end of the season for a cup donated by Pollard Brothers of Prince George.

(July 17)  After twice being rained out, the Prince George and District Baseball League finally got underway Thursday evening when Prince George Seniors toppled Timbars 10-7 in a free-swinging affair which produced 28 hits, 16 by the winners. Winning pitcher Blair and right fielder White each had four. White provided the power with two triples and a double. Don Moffat led the Timbars gathering three hits in five times at bat. Timbars had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth but Blair fanned the next two batters to end the threat.

Blair (W) and Paschal
Sims (L) and Mentanko

Prince George Adv(July 20)   Centre fielder Floyd Berndt tripled to right field to score H. Ekblad with the winning run in the third extra inning as Giscome, with just four hits, took a 3-2 thriller from Timbars in the first game of a double-header. Ekblad had reached on a fielder's choice. Berndt has given Giscome a 2-0 lead in the third inning when his two-on and two out grounder took a bad hop and plated both runners.

Struthers (W) and R.Granley
Russman, Skoglund (6), Sims (L) (9) and Mentanko

In the second game, West Lake whipped Prince George Seniors 12-5 breaking a 2-2 tie with four runs in the second inning.  

(July 24)   West Lake came from behind a 5-3 deficit with ten runs in the seventh and final inning to dump Timbars 13-5 Thursday evening.  Timbars had taken the lead with a five-run fourth inning.  With the skies quickly darkening, West Lake began to roll in the final frame. After the first batter reached on an error, three straight hits finished starter Senkpiel. Sims relieved but another error, two singles and a three-run homer by Glazier forced Timbars to bring in Skoglund who issued a free pass and a hit but managed to fan a pair and get a ground out to end the misery. Reg McEachnie allowed just four hits and whiffed 15 batters in going the route for West Lake.

R.McEachnie (W) and
Senkpiel (L), D.Sims (7), Skoglund (7) and

(July 27)   Timbars journeyed to Smithers by bus for a Sunday double-header with the Bulkley Valley Centre Junior Clippers and came away disappointed dropping both games, 10-7 and 8-7.  The home club came from behind in both games for the victories. In the first, Senkpiel, on the hill for Prince George, was sailing along with a 7-3 lead when he twisted his ankle in attempting to field a ball in the fourth inning. Then, after a pair of errors, two walks and two hits had tied the score he was forced to retire. Joe Russman took over and before he had retired the side, three more runs had scored and Smithers had the ball game.

Bannister (W), Hann and Goodacre, Arnold
Senkpiel (L), Russman (4) and Doyle

In the second contest, Clippers got off to a three-run lead in the first inning when, with the sacks full, Flockhart's single got away from Boden and all three runners scored.  After Timbars had tied the count in the fourth and Smithers regained the lead with two in the fifth, the juniors plated three in the sixth and another in the seventh for a 7-5 advantage. But, again a late rally brought victory for the home squad. In the final frame, Smithers loaded the bases on two errors and a walk.  Two more miscues allowed two runs to score and a single brought home the winner. Don Moffat of the Timbars was the day's batting star with two triples, a double and two singles in nine at bats. Capling had two hits in each game for Smithers.

Sims (L) and Doyle
Rotchy, Bannister, Hann (W) and Arnold

(July 27)   Prince George Seniors, aided by ten Giscome errors, dumped the Dodgers 10-6 Sunday at Prince George. Bill Fleming and Wilson Muirhead each contributed two of the Seniors' 11 hits. Blair held the visitors to eight hits in pitching the victory. Ekblad and Trask each had two hits for Giscome.

Struthers (L), Berndt (5) and Granley
Blair (W) and Muirhead, Regnier

(August 3)   In Sunday action in the Prince George & District League, West Lake topped Giscome 11-6 and Prince George Seniors continued their dominance over the Timbars, winning 10-3.

Trailing 3-2, West Lake poured it on in the fourth inning scoring eight times and cruised to the victory. Giscome out-hit the winners 12 to 11. Winning pitcher Reg McEachnie provided the hitting highlight with a towering home run over the left field fence in the third inning. McGinley, a newcomer to Giscome, had three safeties for the Dodgers.

Berndt (L) and Granley
R.McEachnie (W) and Doyle

Blair and Schnepf combined to hold Timbars to four hits as the Prince George Seniors took a three-run lead in the first inning en route to an easy 10-3 triumph.  Second baseman Chuck Gabrielle paced a 10-hit Seniors attack with three hits and two runs. A newspaper report noted that the condition of the infield appeared to be much improved but "it is difficult for outfielders to play their position with six inches of hay covering the outer pastures".

Skoglund (L), Sims and Spooner
Blair (W), Schnepf (6) and Muirhead

(August 10)  Prince George Timbars scored five runs in the first inning and that proved to be just a warm up for the juniors' offense as they pounded out 17 hits Sunday in smothering Giscome 22-2. Catcher Spooner and centre fielder Knott led the attack each with three hits. Knott also scored three times. Skoglund, who finished the game on the hill for the winners, had a pair of hits and scored four times. Harry Astoria, the first baseman, and Senkpiel, in right field, each contributed two hits and three runs.

Skalicky, Russman, Sims, Skoglund and Spooner
Ekblad, Berndt (1), H.Zimm (6) and xxx

(August 10)  West Lake defeated Prince George Seniors 8-3 at Athletic Park.

(August 13)  Reg McEachnie, West Lake's ace hurler, put his name in the record books Sunday in tossing a no-hitter, albeit a seven-inning affair, in a 2-0 win over Timbars. McEachnie was aided by an apparent missed call by Umpire White in the fourth inning. McEachnie walked the first two batters and with runners on first and third his first pitch to Skoglund was wild. The batter, in attempting to dodge the pitch, fell and the ball hit his bat and rolled into fair territory.  Moffat, who was running on the pitch, kept right on to third not noticing teammate Knott already parked there. McEachnie tossed the ball to first then Knott was gunned down at home. However, White ruled it a dead ball and the runners were sent back to their bases. McEachnie then fanned the side to end the threat. Joe Russman yielded just five hits in taking the loss. Loggers got the only run they needed in the second inning as Don McEachnie led off with a two-bagger and scored on a sacrifice fly. Holder had three hits for the winners.

Russman (L) and Spooner
McEachnie (W) and Doyle

(August 17)   West Lake exploded with 11 runs in the last two innings to bury Giscome 16-3 Sunday at Athletic Park. it was a tight 4-3 ball game before the Loggers' offensive. Don McEachnie highlighted the attack belting a long four-bagger over the left field fence in the fourth inning. Reg McEachnie went the route for the winners.

R.McEachnie (W) and xxx
xxx, xxx, xxx and xxx

(August 24)   Playing at home, Giscome upset league-leading West Lake 2-1 Sunday handing the Loggers their first defeat in league play.

West Lake      6 - 1
Prince George  3 - 2
Giscome        2 - 4
Timbars        1 - 5

(August 24)   Prince George Juniors and Bulkley Valley of Smithers split a twin-bill Sunday at Athletic Park, the visitors winning the opener 8-4 with the Timbars rebounding with a 15-4 victory in the second game.

A five-run first inning for Smithers proved to be decisive in the first game. After Timbars drew to within a run, Smithers broke it open with three in the seventh as Roy Arnold's two-bagger cleared the bases. Reliever Guy Ludgate held the juniors scoreless over the last five innings.

xxx, Ludgate and xxx
Russman (L) and xxx

Timbars came back strong in the twilight encounter to pound Lloyd Hann and Mervin Bannister for 15 hits and 15 runs while Doug Sims held Smithers to just four hits.  Prince George put the game away early with four runs in the second and six in the third.

Hann, Bannister and xxx
Sims (W) and xxx

(August 31-September 1)   Prince George Seniors took top money at the Labour Day Tournament defeating Giscome Dodgers 6-2 in the tourney final on Monday in spite of gathering just four hits. They scored a pair of runs in the second inning on two hits and three in the third off the other two, plus a walk and two errors. They managed another in the fourth on a walk, sacrifice, error and long fly to right.  Spectacular defensive play by Stoddy Rhodes at second base was a highlight of the final. In the seventh inning, Rhodes put on quite a show. He scooted behind first to nab Fleming's hot grounder and toss him out. Then Thompson drove one which Rhodes grabbed behind second and threw him out. The third out of the frame was a short fly which he nabbed behind second. He started off the eighth by catching flies by Regnier and Paschal to complete five straight plays. Dodgers collected seven hits, two each by Trask and Coster, in a losing cause. Blair struck out eight in going the route for the win. 

Berndt (L) and Sagmoen
Blair (W) and Muirhead

Prince George fell behind 4-0 in the first inning but rebounded to qualify for the final Sunday in downing Timbars 14-6. Schnepf, the Prince George starter, couldn't find the plate in the opening frame issuing six free passes which, coupled with an error, gave Timbars four runs before "Stu" White relieved to put out the fire.  He pitched six and one-third innings allowing but two hits.  Blair went the final two innings allowing two runs in the ninth on two walks, a hit and an error. The Seniors got a run in the first, two in the second and four in the third to take the lead for good. Prince George smacked 12 hits and took advantage of 12 Timbars' errors.

Skoglund (L), Sims (6) and Mentanko
Schnepf, White (W) (1), Blair (8) and Regnier

Giscome, which blew an early 5-1 lead, took ten innings to edge West Lake 9-8. Dodgers combined two hits with an error in the bottom of the tenth for two runs and the win after West Lake had scored in the top of the extra frame. Rhodes, a newcomer to Giscome, allowed just two hits over the first six innings before weakening late in the game as West Lake scored seven runs in the last four innings. The Dodgers collected 13 hits in the victory, three more than the losers.

Glazier, R.McEachnie (L) (2) and Doyle
Rhodes (W) and Granley, Sagmoen (8)

(September 7)   Smithers Tyees demonstrated why they're the class of the north in baseball. They invaded Athletic Park Sunday and handed Prince George Seniors a pair of setbacks, 5-3 in the opener and 19-3 in the second as winning pitcher Spicer clouted a pair of homers and a single and scored three times.

Guy Ludgate hurled the opener for Smithers giving up seven hits as his teammates played errorless ball. Bill Dobson pitched well for Prince George, yielding just eight hits, but nine errors hurt the Seniors. Spicer got Smithers off to a quick start with a two-run single in the first inning. They added three more in the fifth to lead 5-0 before Prince George got on the scoreboard with three in the seventh.

Ludgate (W) and Mayer
Dobson (L) and Regnier

The visitors showed no mercy in the second game taking a 5-0 lead after two innings and pouring it on for a 19-3 victory with a 14-hit attack.  Second baseman Aida and catcher Mayer each smacked three hits and scored four runs for Smithers. First baseman Senkpiel was credited with an inside-the-park homer for Smithers when right fielder Bach tripped reaching for his liner and couldn't find the ball. The lone highlight for Prince George was a triple play in the first inning.

Spicer (W) and Mayer
Blair, Bach, Sims, Rhodes, Gabrielle and Muirhead

(September 14)   In an 11-inning thriller at West Lake, the Loggers scored on two errors and a hit batsman to shade Timbars 3-2 in a sudden-death semi-final playoff.  Don McEachnie, who had reached when his short fly ball was dropped, came home with the deciding marker as Russman, in right field, misjudged and then dropped Skalicky's drive.  Reg McEachnie fired a five-hitter and rang up 19 strikeouts in going the full route for the win. Outfielder Pete Skalicky was the Timbars best with a double and single, scoring the Timbars' first run and driving in the second. He handled five chances in the outfield and made a strong throw to the plate to cut down his brother, the West Lake first sacker, who was attempting to score from third when he caught Holder's fly.

Russman, Sims (L) (6) and Mentanko
R.McEachnie (W) and Doyle                      

(September 21)   West Lake Loggers spotted Giscome a 4-0 lead in the first inning then rallied, helped by 11 Dodgers' errors, to take a thrilling 10-9 victory for the Prince George and District baseball title.   Giscome won a berth in the final with a 5-4 win over Prince George in a sudden-death semi-final.

Rhodes highlighted Giscome's quick start with a three-run homer in the first inning.  West Lake came back with one in the second when Don McEachnie doubled and scrambled home as Glazier was safe on an error. Berndt put the Dodgers ahead 5-1 in the third reaching with a single and scoring on an error. Loggers came back in their half of the third with three runs on two hits and three errors and added three more in the fourth to take the lead. Giscome scored in the top of the sixth to trail by just one, 7-6, before West Lake went ahead 9-6 with two more in the bottom of the frame. In the top of the ninth, Giscome came through with three runs to knot the count. Bolen, without a hit until the ninth, singled in the tying marker. In the last of the ninth, Glazier was safe on an error with one out and advanced to second on a fielder's choice. A passed ball sent Glazier to third and then Coster dropped a throw at first on Ward's grounder to shortstop and West Lake had the winner.  Dodgers out-hit the Loggers 11 to 9 with Don Sims leading all batters with three safeties.

Sims, Rhodes (L) (6) and Sagmoen
R.McEachnie (W) and Doyle

Giscome scored four runs in the fourth inning on three hits, a walk, a hit batter and an error to take a 5-1 lead and held on to edge Prince George Seniors 5-4 to advance to the final.  Rhodes, who went all the way on the mound for the winners, led the Dodgers' offense with two hits, one a double, and two runs scored. Prince George rallied in the sixth inning with five straight hits to pull to within a run. They lost a bid to tie when Regnier was thrown out at home trying to score on Thompson's fly ball to left.  Bolen's throw home was wild but Sims sprinted in from third to take the throw from the catcher to tag Regnier.  Wilson Muirhead and Regnier each clouted two hits for the losers.

Rhodes (W) and Sagmoen
Blair (L) and Muirhead


BOUNDARY LEAGUE

Grand Forks Co-Ops
Grand Forks Town
Midway
Republic WA

(May 11)   Jack Mathers racked up 21 strikeouts Sunday as Grand Forks Town got by Republic, Washington, 5-4.

xxx and xxx
Mathers (W) and xxx

(May 18)   Grand Forks Town picked up its second straight win downing Grand Forks Co-op 4-1 behind an outstanding pitching effort from Jack Mathers who fanned 14 to give him 35 strike outs in his first two games. Mathers allowed just four hits and walked one.  Billy Dergousoff surrendered six hits in taking the loss. He walked five and whiffed six.  McParlon had the long blow for the winners, a triple while Solovenoff punched out a double and single for Co-op.

Dergousoff (L) and P.Samsonoff, T.Chernoff
Mathers (W) and Lusk

(May 24)  Grand Forks Victoria Day Tournament

(June 1)   The Co-op nine of Grand Forks collected its first league victory Sunday posting an 11-10 victory over Republic in the American community.  Co-op built up an 11 to 6 lead with four runs in the top of the ninth then survived a scare in the bottom of the final frame as Republic rallied for four runs to come within one.  B.Dergousoff and Paul Samsonoff led the winners each with four hits. T.Relkoff went 3 for 4.

W.Wlasoff (W), B.Dergousoff and J.Kishi
Callahan (L) and Lindquist

(June 8)   Grand Forks Co-op ran out to a 6-0 lead Sunday and coasted to an 8-4 win over Grand Forks Town. Co-op had just six hits, compared to eight for the losers, but took advantage of seven errors by the Town team. Johnnie Kishi paced the winners with two hits and two runs scored. Billy Dergousoff went the route with four walks and eight strike outs for the win. Bruce Kidd and Johnny Lusk each had two safeties for Town.

J.Foote (L), J.Gawryletz (2), Mathers (6) and Mathers, Lusk
B.Dergousoff (W) and J.Kishi

(June 8)   Playing through a steady rain, the Boundary Sawmills from Midway eked out a 5-4 victory over Republic in a hard-fought and contentious 12-inning contest at Republic.  In the tenth, the Midway crew vigorously objected to a call at home plate in which Roland Fritz was called out in what would have been the winning run. Hiro Mukai and Terry Nakatsu smacked two-baggers in the first inning to pave the way to a two-run lead for Midway. However, the Americans rebounded to take the lead and held a one run margin on Midway in the 9th when a wild pitch evened the score as Nakatsu, who had reached on his second double, scampered home from third. Tad Ikeda of Midway started the 12th with a bunt which caught the defense by surprise. He advanced to third and scored as a throw from third baseman Brimmer, trying to cut him down at home, struck Ikeda on the back.

Lindsay and xxx
Kay Homma, Nobby Hashimoto (W) (10) and xxx

(June 15)   Jack Mathers was outstanding with a three-hit effort with 19 strike outs Sunday in a 6-1 triumph for Grand Forks Town over Republic. The Town team got on the scoreboard in the first inning, added three in the fifth and another pair in the 6th. The visitors gained their only marker in the 9th on sloppy fielding by the Town squad.

Lindsay (L) and Lindquist
Mathers (W) and Lusk

(June 15)  Sunday at Greenwood, Co-op whipped Midway 22 to 3.

(June 21)   A Grand Forks all-star team traveled to Inchelium, Washington, Saturday, and came away with a 5-3 victory with Jack Mathers and Billy Dergousoff combining on a three-hitter for the Canadians. Third baseman H.Stensgar clouted a homer for Inchelium. 

Mathers, B.Dergousoff (5) and J.Lusk
J.Simpson, D.White (6) and B.Boyd

(June 22)   The Boundary Sawmills Club of Midway notched a 4-3 victory over Grand Forks Town team at Greenwood Sunday, in spite of a limited offense of just five hits, two by catcher S.Tateyama.  Winning hurler T.Oye survived 12 hits to capture the win. Jack Mathers rang up 15 strikeouts and walked just two in taking the loss. Mathers and Bert Clark each had three hits for Grand Forks.

Mathers (L) and Lusk
T.Oye (W) and Tateyama

(June 22)   A six-run first inning carried Grand Forks Co-op to an easy, 12-8, win over Republic. Winning pitcher Alex Dergousoff led a 13-hit attack with three hits and scored a pair.  F.Rezansoff, Nick Dergousoff and Mike Sookochoff each collected two hits and two runs. Catcher Bill Cameron poked a pair of safeties and crossed the plate twice for Republic.

Callahan (L) and B.Cameron
A.Dergoussoff (W) and T.Chernoff

(July 1)   Grand Forks 50th Anniversary Tournament

(July 6)  The barnstorming California Tigers downed the Grand Forks All-Stars 6-2 Sunday in an entertaining game throughout.  Claude Williams, head trickster of the team, clowned on first base, base running and even took over catching in the old rocking chair. Chappie Gray, at shortstop, instead of the usual chatter, sang his encouragement to the pitcher.  Tigers used two hurlers, Harry Washington gave up eight hits in pitching into the 6th inning and 16-year-old Tootie Richardson yielded just two hits in his 3 2/3s innings of work.  Jack Mathers went the distance for Grand Forks surrendering 12 hits. Claude Williams and Jake Page led the winners each with three hits. Johnnie Lusk pounded out three for Grand Forks. Walt Wlasoff had a triple for the All-Stars. 

Washington (W), Richardson (6) and Benson, Williams (8)
Mathers (L) and J.Kishi, Lusk (8)

(July 13)   The Boundary Sawmills nine from Midway moved into first place in the Boundary League Sunday with a 6-5 decision over Grand Forks Co-op at the Firemen's Park.  Midway took the lead in the first inning and were never headed in spite of being held to just four hits while the Co-op pounded out ten. Joe Fukui went the route for the pitching win for Midway.

Joe Fukui (W) and Jim Fukui
Wlasoff (L), Gawryletz (7) and A.Kishi

Midway    4 - 1
Co-ops    4 - 2  0.5
Town      3 - 2  1.0
Republic  0 - 6  4.5

(July 20)   Behind the four-hit pitching of Jack Mathers, Grand Forks Town team set back Midway 5-1 Sunday to create a three-way tie for first place with Midway and Co-op. The Town squad scored all five runs in the second inning knocking Midway starter T.Oye from the game.  Mathers went the full nine innings and rang up 11 strike outs with some control troubles as he walked five.  Bert Clark led the winners with a double and single. Midway's Hiro Mukai was a terror on the bases, with six steals. 

T.Oye (L), Homma (2) and Fukui
Mathers (W) and Samsonoff

(July 27)   In a sudden-death semi-final, Grand Forks Town defeated Midway 14-5 Sunday to advance to the final against Grand Forks Co-op which won a bye to the final after the three teams had tied for first place. The winners cracked out 15 hits with all but one of the Town squad batters getting at least one safety. Johnnie Lusk and A.K. Kishi led the team each with a triple and single.  Jack Mathers twirled a six-hitter with 12 strike outs for the win.

Mathers (W) and Lusk
K.Homma (L), Joe Fukui (6) and Jim Fukui

(July 31)   The Oakland Larks, the professional club from California, stopped off in Grand Forks Thursday and put another one in the win column, 5-2 over the Grand Forks Town club.  Pitcher Foy Scott, Al Pool and Wendy Jenkins each had two safeties for the Larks while Hiro Mukai rapped a pair for Grand Forks.  Scott hurled the first eight frames for Oakland to capture the win. Herman Charles took over in the ninth. Jack Mathers, the workhorse for the locals went the route giving up nine hits.

Foy (W), Charles (9) and Clayton
Mathers (L) and Jim Fukui

(August 9-10)  Nelson Golden Jubilee Tournament

(August 17)   The two Grand Forks teams split the opening two games of the Boundary League final series Sunday at Firemen's Park. Town won the first game 8 to 5 while Co-op took the second, 5-1. Jack Mathers held Co-op to six hits in the opener, fanning a dozen while Paul Samsonoff led the batters with three hits.

N.Dergousoff (L), B.Dergousoff (7) and
Mathers (W) and J.Kishi

Alex Dergousoff pitched and batted Co-op to a 5-1 triumph in the second contest as he scattered seven hits, striking out nine in going the distance on the hill and helped the offense with three hits.

A.Dergousoff (W) and T.Chernoff
B.Clark (L), A.Kishi (2) and J.Kishi

(August 24)   The 1947 Boundary League season ended on a sour note Sunday when Grand Forks Town team emerged as champions by default over the Co-op club.  The game ended in the 7th inning with Co-op refusing to finish the scheduled nine inning contest. The rumpus started with Isamu Mukai being called safe on a close play at second base. Alex Dergousoff of Co-op heatedly questioned the decision which resulted in the whole Co-op team getting into the argument. Umpire in chief, Constable Duggan ordered Dergousoff from the game for delaying play. Dergousoff refused to comply and the game was awarded to the Town crew who trailed 3-2 at the time. Paul Samsonoff led the winners with three hits, one a double.  Jack Mathers allowed three hits and whiffed ten pitching for the winners. The contest goes into the books as a 9-0 win for Grand Forks Town.

Wlasoff and Garolitz
Mathers and Lusk