1948 Game Reports, British Columbia Interior     

1948 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1948 BC Interior 
1948 Vancouver Island   

OKANAGAN VALLEY INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE

(April 19)   Kelowna Red Sox got a brilliant two-hit shutout from 34-year-old Harold Cousins in a 4-0 victory over Bridgeport in the opening game of the Okanagan Valley International League. Cousins allowed just two singles and a walk while fanning 14.  Sox took the lead with a pair in the first inning as Hank Tostenson and Fred Kitsch both doubled to right and came around to score. Marlow Hicks and Tostenson scored the other two in the seventh on a walk and a three-base error.

Cousins (W) and V.Cousins
R.Lilly (L), Bowers ( 5) and T.Hanford

(April 19)   A four-run seventh inning, highlighted by a double steal, carried Penticton to a 5-4 decision over Brewster. Trailing 2-1, with two out in the seventh and Nick Drossos on second with a double, Sam Drossos followed with a single and Bill Nicholson tied the contest with a two-bagger. Clair Baker's single put Penticton in the lead, 3-2, and advanced Nicholson to third.  The pair executed a double-steal with Nicholson plating the fourth Penticton marker. W.Gunn's single brought Baker home with the eventual winning run. George Beaudoin's two-run homer in the eighth for Brewster made it close but a double-play stopped the rally. Beaudoin was the game's leading hitter knocking in three runs with a homer, triple and single. Baker and Nick Drossos each had three hits for the winners.

Bohringer (L) and S.Cleveland
N.Drossos (W) and T.(Sam) Drossos

(April 19)   In other action, Omak, out-hit 9 to 8, defeated Oliver 7-3. Tonasket had just four hits but held Oroville to only two in notching a 5-1 victory.

(April 25)   Winning pitcher Arnie Bohringer led off the bottom of the tenth inning with a triple and scored the deciding run on Sampson's single to right as Brewster upended Penticton 4-3.  Bohringer, who came in from centre field to relieve starter Eli Driessen, led the 11-hit Brewster offense with three hits, two of them triples. He scored three times. After Penticton took the lead with a run in the first inning, Brewster tallied in the fourth to tie and took the lead with a pair in the sixth. The Canadians fought back with runs in the 8th and 9th to send the game to extra innings.

N.Drossos (L) and T.Drossos
Driessen, Bohringer (W) and S.Cleveland

(April 25)  Bridgeport scored three times in the third inning on three walks, a wild pitch and Howard Woodbury's double, the only extra base hit of the game, and went on to a 5-2 victory over the Red Sox at Kelowna. Southpaw Pete Remple walked five and threw two wild pitches before being pulled in the third frame. Kelowna out-hit the visitors 10 to 6. Larry Bowers went the distance for the win. Pat Gibb, Red Coulter and Don Coy each had two hits for the winners.

Bowers (W) and T.Hanford
Remple (L), Lesmeister (3) and V.Cousins 

(April 25)   Larry Warner and Eric Norton combined to hold Omak to three hits Sunday as Oliver notched a 6-2 victory at home.  Norton, who relieved in the fifth after Warner, who walked seven over-all, loaded the bases with just one out and a three ball count on the batter. Norton walked the batter but got a double play to get out of the jam. He allowed just two base runners in the last four innings.

Johnson (L), Griffith (5) and Robbins, Shattuck
Warner (W), E.Norton (5) and Coulter

(April 25)  Ray Visser fired a one-hitter Sunday to lead Tonasket to its second straight win, 14-0 over Oroville which made eight errors.

Ray Visser (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(May 2)  Harold Cousins tossed his second straight shutout, this time a three-hitter, as Kelowna finally settled the 1947 Okanagan Valley championship with a 4-0 win over Brewster. The two teams were set to meet in the deciding game of the 1947 playoffs but the game never materialized.  Red Sox scored two in the first inning and two in the seventh to support Cousins' second consecutive 14-strikeout performance. Marlow Hicks and Hank Tostenson both reached on errors in the initial frame and scored on Eddie Kielbiski's long fly to centre. The second run made home on a wild throw to the plate.  The Sox managed just seven hits off Eli Driessen and Sonny HoltFred Kitsch of the winners and Driessen were the only players with more than one hit, each with a pair.

Driessen (L), S.Holt (7) and S.Cleveland
H.Cousins (W) and V.Cousins

(May 2)  Larry Bowers was the pitching and hitting star of the day as Bridgeport shaded Penticton 4-3 in 11 innings. Bowers belted a homer, his third hit of the game, in the bottom of the 11th for the win and went the distance on the mound allowing just nine hits while whiffing 19. Trailing 3-1, Bridgeport scored a pair in the bottom of the eighth to tie 3-3. One run scored on a bases-loaded throwing error and the other on Bob Lilly's two-bagger. Asmussen and Lee Hanford each had two hits for the winners. Wally Moore led Penticton with three safeties.

Hammond (L), N.Drossos (8)and T.Drossos
Bowers (W) and T.Hanford

(May 2)  Tonasket remained unbeaten downing Oliver 7-6 and Omak edged Oroville 4-3.

(May 9)  Oliver handed Tonasket its first defeat of the season notching a 4-3 victory over the Americans. Larry Warner yielded seven hits in hurling the victory while Ray Visser gave up just five in taking the loss.

Ray Visser (L) and xxx
Warner (W) and xxx

(May 9)  Bob Corson fired a four-hitter to lead Omak to an 8-2 triumph over winless Oroville.

Corson (W) and xxx
Jerrry Compton (L) and xxx

(May 9)   Brewster fell behind 3-0 after two innings facing Harold Cousins,l who had opened the season with back-to-back shutouts, but rallied with two runs in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh to dump Kelowna 6-3. Cousins had a no-hitter into the sixth before Eli Driessen doubled and George Beaudoin and Sampson singled to draw the home squad to within a run.  They touched Cousins for four hits and two walks in the seventh. Driessen held the Red Sox to eight hits in going the distance for the mound victory. Cousins also surrendered eight hits, walked five and struck out 13, giving him 41 whiffs in three games.

H.Cousins (L) and V. Cousins
Driessen (W) and H.Gamble

(May 9)  Clair Baker smacked an eighth inning double to score Bill Nicholson with the winning run as Penticton, out-hit 13 to 6, topped Bridgeport 4-3 Sunday at King's Park. Jack Kincaid picked up the win in relief of starter Nick Drossos. Larry Bowers took the loss. Irvin Stanley pounded out three hits for the winners with Lee Hanford, Tom Hanford and Asmussen each adding a pair. Wally Moore and Bill Nicholson both had two safeties for Penticton.

Bowers (L) and T.Hanford
N.Drossos, Kincaid (W) and T.Drossos

(May 10)   Monday in an exhibition game at Kelowna, Penticton came from behind to down the Red Sox 9-5. A five-run sixth inning, highlighted by Bill Nicholson's three-run homer, proved to be the difference. Clair Baker punched out three hits for the winners and Dave Newton had three for Kelowna. Each team had 11 hits.

Hammond (W), Ryan (7) and T.Drossos
Remple (L) and Newton

(May 16)  For the third time in four starts, Harold Cousins hurled a shutout as Kelowna Red Sox notched an exciting 1-0 victory over Penticton.  Dave Newton, playing with a leg injury, provided all the offense with a seventh inning homer.  Penticton loaded the bases with none out in the 8th inning but Cousins got out of the jam with two runners thrown out at home and another at first on ground balls. Cousins, who gave up four hits, walked two and fanned eight. Nick Drossos yielded just six hits in taking the tough-luck loss. 

N.Drossos (L) and T.Drossos
H.Cousins (W) and V.Cousins

(May 16)   In other games, Omak got its fourth win in five games downing Tonasket 7-5.

Corson (W) and Shattuck
R.Visser (L) and H.Visser

Oliver took 13 innings in shading Bridgeport 4-3.

Coulter (W) and Amos
Bowers (L) and Nelson

Oroville finally got a win, defeating Brewster 7-5.

Bohringer, Driessen (6) and Gamble
L.Compton (W) and J.Compton

(May 16)  League Secretary Bob Neilson released statistics up to and including games of May 16th.

AB H R PCT
Moore PEN 9 5 2 .556
Visser Ray TON 19 9 5 .474
Coy OLE 20 9 3 .450
Kronschnable TON 9 4 3 .444
Tostenson KEL 17 7 4 .412
Oberg TON 15 6 4 .400
Hanford L. BPT 24 9 3 .375
Visser Roy TON 19 7 6 .368
Corson OMK 17 6 2 .353
Lightley J. OMK 17 6 10 .353
Baker PEN 20 7 1 .350
Compton J. ORO 20 7 2 .350
Miller OLE 20 7 3 .350
Robinson TON 15 5 5 .333
Cousins V. KEL 19 6 0 .316
Kitsch KEL 20 6 2 .300

(May 18)   The Oakland Beavers (identified as the San Francisco Cubs in the local newspaper story and the first touring Negro club of the season) downed Kelowna Red Sox 7-4 on a chilly Tuesday night at Kelowna. Roy Thomas, on the mound for the visitors, pitched shutout ball until the ninth when the Sox scored all four of their runs. Outfielder Shorty Reed led the winners with a pair of doubles.

Thomas (W) and Hamilton
Lesmeister (L), H.Cousins and V.Cousins

(May 20)   A special league meeting in Oroville upheld a protest filed by Oliver on an umpire's ruling in the May 2nd 7-6 loss at Tonasket.  If either team makes the playoffs, the game will be replayed. The decision removes a win from Tonasket and a loss from Oliver. 

(May 23)   Omak moved into first place in the Okanagan Valley League downing Tonasket 7-6.

(May 23)  Oliver pounded four Bridgeport hurlers for 14 hits Sunday as Eddie Steffen held the visitors to just three in a 15-2 victory.  Steffen walked two and whiffed 11. Catcher Bo McIvor led the attack knocking in three runs with a homer and single and four runs scored. Andy Kuchurian added three hits

Bowers, L.Hanford (7), T.Hanford (7) and Nelson
Steffen (W) and McIvor

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

(May 24)  Penticton rallied with two runs in the 8th inning to edge Oliver 3-2 in exhibition action at Oliver. Down 2-1, Penticton combined a walk, two sacrifices and singles by Bill Nicholson, Clair Baker and W.Gunn to notch the win. Nicholson, who had three hits, had earlier belted a homer. Don Coy led Oliver with three safeties. Lefty Hammond scattered nine hits for the pitching win.

Hammond (W) and Drossos
Norton, Coulter (L) (8) and McIvor

(May 24)    In a test of strength of the two major BC ball loops outside of the lower mainland, the Kelowna Red Sox of the Okanagan Valley League whipped Nick's Aces of Vernon representing the BC Interior League 9-1 Monday afternoon as part of the annual Gyro Empire Day celebrations at Kelowna.  21-year-old Dick Zaccarelli and 19-year-old Jack Eisner combined to hold the Aces to three hits while the Sox pounded out 12 against two Vernon hurlers. Glen O'Shaunessy led the attack with a homer, single and two runs. Zaccarelli went two for two, including a double, and scored twice and Eddie Kielbiski added three hits.

Simms (L), Adams and Clarke, Redman
Zaccarelli (W), Eisner (5) and V.Cousins, Leier

(May 30)   Oliver moved into a first place tie with Omak Sunday by virtue of a 10-5 win over Penticton. Larry Warner, who walked six, allowed just four hits in going the route for the win. Oliver rapped 13 hits, as first sacker Eric Norton led the way driving in three runs with a homer and two singles.  Shortstop Don Coy added a triple and two singles.

Ryan, N.Drossos (L) (5) and T.Drossos
Warner (W) and McIvor

(May 30)  In exhibition action at Rutland, Kelowna Red Sox of the Okanagan Valley League defeated Kamloops Legion of the BC Interior League 10-4.

(June 2)  The touring Oakland Beavers and Kelowna Red Sox played to a 3-3, 10-inning draw Wednesday.

(June 6)   In a game which produced 24 runs, 25 hits and 17 errors, Penticton booted the ball eleven times Sunday in dropping a 15-9 decision to Oliver. Shortstop Don Coy powered the winners with a homer and triple. Red Coulter survived 13 hits and three walks to go the distance for the pitching win. He fanned 11.  Right fielder Andy Kuchurian scored four times for Oliver. Sam Drossos and Jack Kincaid each had three hits for Penticton.

Coulter (W) and McIvor
Hammond (L), N.Drossos, Kincaid and T.Drossos

Omak       6 - 1
Oliver     6 - 1
Kelowna    4 - 2
Tonasket   3 - 3
Brewster   2 - 3
Bridgeport 2 - 5
Penticton  2 - 5
Oroville   1 - 5

(June 6)  Omak topped Brewster 9-3 and Tonasket scored a 5-1 victory over Bridgeport.

(June 6)  Dick Zaccarelli fired a two-hitter Sunday to lead Kelowna Red Sox to an 8-1 triumph over Oroville in the American community.  The right-hander walked three and fanned 12 while his teammates pounded out 13 hits off Jerry Compton.  Six of the Kelowna batters had two hits apiece with Dave Newton leading the way with a homer and single and two runs scored. it was supposed to be Zaccarelli's swan song with the Sox having received an offer to pitch for Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island. But manager Dick Murray and teammates convinced him to remain with the club.

Zaccarelli (W) and V.Cousins
Jerry Compton (L) and Jesse Compton

(June 7)   Shortstop Johnny Wingate drove in four runs with a pair of doubles and two singles to lead the barnstorming Oakland Beavers to an easy 12-4 victory over Kelowna Red Sox before nearly 1,000 fans at Kelowna. The visitors pounded out 15 hits against three Red Sox hurlers, including homers from catcher Jerry Burleson and third baseman Leo Green who each had two hits and scored twice. Right fielder Willie Johnson had three hits. Shorty Reed scattered 11 hits to go the distance for the win. Catcher Verne Cousins led the Sox with a double and two singletons. Dick Zaccarelli, at second base, rapped a pair of two-baggers and Glen O'Shaunessy clouted a homer.

Reed (W) and Hamilton
Eisner (L), Cousins (2), Lesmeister (8) and V.Cousins

(June 13)  Winning pitcher Dick Zaccarelli provided the offensive thrust as Kelowna Red Sox topped Oliver 6-5. The 21-year-old went three for four, scored three runs, knocked in one and even stole two bases. He needed the help as his wildness on the mound accounted for four of the five Oliver runs. The first two runs came from free passes and the next two came in from third on wild pitches. After pinch-hitter Andy Kuchurian blasted a homer in the ninth, Harold Cousins relieved and got the last three outs to end the game.

Steffen (L), Norton (8) and McIvor
Zaccarelli (W), H.Cousins (9) and V.Cousins

(June 13)   Young Jack Kincaid of Penticton twirled a gem Sunday, a two-hitter with nine strikeouts but came away with a 4-3 loss to cellar-dwelling Oroville. Kincaid had a no-hitter into the seventh until opposing pitcher Jerry Compton belted a homer with his uncle Jess Compton aboard. Oroville got its other two runs in the ninth on a single, wild pitch, hit batsman and two errors.  Bill Nicholson, Bill Raptis and W.Gunn each had two hits for the losing club.

Jerry Compton (W) and Jess Compton
Kincaid (L) and T.Drossos

(June 20)   Bill Lawley singled to lead off the 10th inning and came around to score the winning run on a sacrifice and infield error as Oliver shaded Kelowna 3-2 at home Sunday. Oliver took the early lead with a pair in the fourth inning. Larry Warner, on the hill for Oliver, had a two-hit shutout for eight innings before tiring in the 9th when Kelowna rallied to tie the count 2-2. Rolly Amos picked up the win in relief.  Red Coulter led the winners with a triple and single. A portion of the proceeds of the game were to go to the Flood Relief Fund.

H.Cousins (L) and V.Cousins
Warner, Amos (W) (9) and McIvor

(June 20)  Brewster trounced Tonasket 11-5 as Paul Bohringer and Sonny Holt handled the pitching chores for the winners.  Omak at Bridgeport was postponed due to the hazardous travel over the Columbia River bridge at Brewster. Bridgeport cancelled its remaining games due to the problems with the bridge.

Sohn (L) and Friel
Bohringer, Holt and xxx

(June 20)   Oroville scored four times in the first inning and behind the shutout pitching of Lee Compton coasted to a 6-0 whitewash of Penticton. Compton scattered nine hits in going the distance for the win. Newcomer Jack Mathers, from Grand Forks, yielded seven hits and racked up 12 strikeouts in his debut with Penticton. 

Mathers (L) and Drossos
Lee Compton (W) and Jess Compton

(June 21)   Dick Zaccarelli of the Kelowna Red Sox is among both the hitting and pitching leaders in statistics up to June 21st. He leads the circuit with a .700 average although he has just 10 at bats. His 2-0 pitching mark is tied for third. Larry Warner of Oliver tops the hurlers with a perfect 4-0 record.  Larry Bowers of Bridgeport is the league's workhorse with 62 innings. He leads in strikeouts with 58. Although he's allowed just 35 hits, Bowers is saddled with a 2-4 record.

AB H R RBI PCT
Zaccarelli KEL 10 7 3 1 .700
Moore PEN 9 5 2 0 .556
Tostenson KEL 24 9 5 3 .375
Coy OLE 27 10 5 3 .370
Shattuck OMK 22 8 5 3 .364
Visser Ray TON 25 9 7 7 .360
Baker PEN 20 7 1 3 .350
Robinson TON 23 8 6 5 .348
Miller OLE 24 8 3 1 .333
Oberg TON 21 7 4 3 .333

W L IP H BB SO
Warner OLE 4 0 33 20 16 15
Corson OMK 3 0 34 29 7 29
Friel TON 2 0 22 10 8 26
Coulter OLE 2 0 22 20 3 30
Zaccarelli KEL 2 0 17 11 7 20
Griffith OMK 2 0 17 16 8 11
Kincaid PEN 1 0 3 2 1 3
Cousins H. KEL 2 1 28 14 8 36
Compton L. ORO 3 2 49 39 10 45
Visser Ray TON 2 2 39 24 19 34

(June 27)   Oliver punished four Brewster hurlers for a total of 18 hits Sunday to embarrass the American squad 20-1. Every man in the Oliver starting lineup had at least one hit and one run.  A six-run outburst in the second inning was just the beginning of a huge offensive which saw Oliver go through the batting order twice in the eighth inning as the team scored 15 times. Andy Kuchurian led the way with a homer, two singles and three runs scored.  Winning hurler Eddie Steffen went three-for-three and scored three times. Eric Norton, Red Coulter and Pat Gibb each scored three runs. Steffen held the visitors to five hits with the only damaging blow a fourth inning homer by George Beaudoin.

P.Bohringer (L), Taber, Oakes, A.Bohringer and H.Gamble
Steffen (W) and McIvor

(June 27)   Omak retained its lead in the standings defeating Kelowna 6-4. Down 2-0, Omak scored a pair in the fifth to tie and took the lead for good with a three-run rally in the sixth. Bob Corson and Jim Lightley combined to hold Kelowna to 9 hits.  Shortstop Peterson led the Omak attack with a triple and single and two runs scored. Hank Tostenson was best for the visitors with a homer and a single.

H.Cousins (L) and V.Cousins
Corson (W), J.Lightley (8) and Shattuck

(June 27)  Oroville topped Bridgeport 9-8.

(June 27)  Penticton scored three in their first at bat and held on to beat Tonasket 6-4. Jack Mathers went the route for the win giving up eight hits and two free passes while racking up ten strikeouts. Centre fielder Bud Russell had two hits, two runs and knocked in a run for the winners.

Mathers (W) and T.Drossos, Baker (4)
Friel (L), Ludwick and Oberg

(July 1)   Penticton Tournament, Kelowna Kinsmen Tournament, Rutland Rally Day Tournament,

(July 4)  Bridgeport 12, Oroville 8. Brewster dropped to the cellar of the eight-team loop after losing to Oliver 8-7.

(July 4)   With a 13-hit assault against five hurlers and taking advantage of seven Tonasket errors and 14 bases on balls, Penticton demolished the visitors 20-0 Sunday before an appreciative home crowd.  Penticton scored in every inning but the seventh en route to the team's biggest offensive show in years. Bill Raptis led the way with three hits, one a triple, and three runs scored. Bud Russell also had three hits and three runs and Sam Drossos scored four times. Penticton starter Jack Mathers yielded just five hits and a walk while fanning ten in going the distance.

Frield (L), Ludwick, Ray Visser, Sohn, Kronschnabel and Oberg, G.Visser
Mathers (W) and T.Drossos

(July 4)  Kelowna ran up a 5-0 lead after three innings and held on to top Omak 5-4 Sunday on the Recreation Park diamond.  Dick Murray's boys made the most of five hits and three errors to take a 4-0 lead in the second inning and added another in the third.  The Americans chipped away with singletons in the fourth, seventh, eighth and ninth. Dick Zaccarelli hurled his third straight victory holding the visitors to eight hits. He's allowed a total of 19 hits in the three games. One of the blows off Zaccarelli was a homer by Omak centre fielder Ross McCormick. Bob Corson was saddled with the loss.

Corson (L) and Shattuck
Zaccarelli (W) and Newton

(July 8)   Omak downed Bridgeport 7-4 in a make-up date for a game originally scheduled for June 13th.

(July 9)  Oliver took a 3-2 decision over Tonasket in the continuation of the disputed May 2nd contest.

(July 11)   With a 6 to 1 victory over Oroville, Oliver has about wrapped up first place in the Okanagan Valley Baseball League.  Oliver has just one game to play while second place Omak could tie for the lead by winning all three of its remaining contests.

(July 11)  Kelowna solidified its hold on third spot in the standings crushing Tonasket 14-5. The Red Sox romped to a 7-0 lead in the first inning and cruised to the win. Winning hurler Harold Cousins helped power the offense driving in three runs with a double and two singles. Marlow Hicks, Dick Zaccarelli, Cec Favell and Dave Newton each contributed two hits. Newton scored three times. Cousins registered 13 strikeouts in claiming the pitching victory.

H.Cousins (W) and V.Cousins
Friel (L), Sohn (5) and Oberg

(July 11)  Bridgeport beat Brewster 5-2.

(July 11)  Penticton got the early jump on Omak scoring three in the first inning en route to a 6-1 triumph Sunday. Centre fielder Bud Russell smacked a bases-loaded triple in the first frame although he was tagged out at home trying to stretch the long ball into a homer. Jack Mathers scattered nine hits in besting Omak's Griffith on the hill  Mathers, Wally Moore and Clair Baker each had two hits for the winners. Eldon Nash, Bob Lightley and Johnny Richardson each had a pair for Omak.

Mathers (W) and T.Drossos
Griffith (L) and Shattuck

Oliver    11 - 2
Omak       8 - 3
Kelowna    7 - 4
Penticton  5 - 7
Oroville   4 - 7
Bridgeport 4 - 7
Brewster   3 - 7
Tonasket   3 - 8

(July 16)   A five-run first inning proved enough for Kelowna Friday as the Red Sox coasted to a 15-8 win over Penticton.  The Sox had a 9-0 lead before the home squad got on the scoreboard with a run in the second inning. Winning pitcher Dick Zaccarelli slugged a pair of homers, one with the bases loaded, and a single to pace a 14-hit Kelowna attack. After falling behind 13 to 2, Penticton rallied with three runs in the fifth and another three in the sixth but it was too little, too late. Eddie Kielbiski, Hank Tostenson and Rudy Kitsch each had two hits for Kelowna. Clair Baker and Sam Drossos led Penticton each with three safeties.  The game was a make-up affair for the postponed contest of May 23rd.

Zaccarelli (W), H.Cousins and Newton
N.Drossos (L), Baker  (2) and T.(Sam) Drossos

(July 18)    Bridgeport blanked Brewster 4-0.

(July 18)  Oliver dropped a 14-inning decision to Oroville Sunday to spoil Oliver's hopes to clinch the pennant. Roy Green reached on a fielder's choice and came around to plate the winner on singles from Blacker and Lang. Trailing 5-3 in the ninth, Oliver rallied to tie as Bray reached on an error and Don Coy smacked one well over the head of the centre fielder for a homer. After giving up three runs in the first inning, Lee Compton settled down to pitch a solid game allowing just seven hits over-all while fanning 15. Oroville pounded out 14 hits, three by Blacker and two apiece from Lang, Jess Compton, Lee Compton and Harnish.

L.Compton (W) and J.Compton
Steffen, Warner (L) (8) and McIvor

(July 18)   Harold Cousins tossed his fourth shutout of the season Sunday, his second two-hitter of the summer, as Kelowna dumped Tonasket Indians 6-0 at Recreation Park.  The powerful right-hander fanned 13. Cousins, Eddie Kielbiski and Kitsch each had two of Kelowna's 11 hits. Verne Cousins had a two-run triple.

Sohn (L) and Oberg
H.Cousins (W) and V.Cousins

(July 18)  Omak is just a half-game back of league-leading Oliver after downing Penticton 5-2 Sunday. A four-run sixth inning proved to be decisive.  Bob Corson held Penticton to six hits in going the distance for the win. He walked one and fanned seven. Omak collected ten hits off Jack Mathers who walked a pair and had nine strikeouts. Corson led the winners with three hits.

Mathers (L) and T.Drossos
Corson (W) and Shattuck

Oliver    11 - 3
Omak      10 - 3
Kelowna    9 - 4
Oroville   5 - 7
Bridgeport 5 - 8
Penticton  5 - 9
Brewster   3 - 8
Tonasket   3 - 9

(July 20)   Tuesday evening at Omak, Brewster emerged with a 3-2 victory in a make-up game from a May 30th postponement.  The loss dropped Omak into a tie with Kelowna for second place. The Red Sox picked up a win from a forfeit by Oroville.  Arnie Bohringer hurled the victory for Brewster. Bob Corson belted a homer in a losing cause.

Bohringer (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 23)  Brewster defeated Oroville 8-5.

(July 25)   With four-run outbursts in the 3rd and 7th innings, Kelowna whipped Oroville 9-5 Sunday in a contest that Oroville had originally decided to default but later agreed to play.  Dick Zaccarelli scattered ten hits in going the route for his fifth win without a loss. Dave Newton punched out three hits and Kitsch, Hank Tostenson and Cec Favell each had a pair. Shortstop Roy Green rapped three hits for Oroville. The visitors showed up with just eight players and Wally Lesmeister of the Sox played for the Americans until the third inning when Green showed up for Oroville.

Clark (L) and Compton
Zaccarelli (W) and Newton

(July 25)   Brewster was nosed out for fourth place in the league standings Sunday losing to Tonasket 8-7.

Oliver    11 - 3
Omak      10 - 4
Kelowna   10 - 4
Bridgeport 6 - 8
Penticton  5 - 9
Oroville   5 - 9
Brewster   5 - 9
Tonasket   4 - 10

(August 1)    Bridgeport upset pennant-winning Oliver 7-6 in ten innings in a sudden-death semi-final playoff at Oliver. Bridgeport scored a pair in the top of the 10th to go up 7-5. Oliver plated one run and had a runner in scoring position when the last batter was retired by Larry Bowers who went all the way for the pitching win. Oliver had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning but Bridgeport fought back to go ahead 3-2 in the fifth and added to more in the 7th before Oliver rallied with three in the bottom of the seventh to tie at 5-5.

Bowers (W) and Glessner
Warner, Coulter (7) and McIvor

(August 1)  Bob Corson hurled shutout ball in the second game as Omak crushed Kelowna 6-0 to set up an All-
American final. Corson allowed just six hits.  Catcher Johnny Richardson belted a homer and single to lead the winners. Eldon Nash and Ross McCormick added two hits apiece for the winners.

Corson (W) and Richardson
Zaccarelli (L), H.Cousins (7) and V.Cousins, Newton

(August 8)   Bob Corson fired his second straight playoff shutout Sunday to give Omak the opening game of the best-of-three final series, a 1-0 victory over Bridgeport.  The only run came in the seventh inning when, with a man aboard, Ross McCormick laid down a bunt which pitcher Larry Bowers fielded but fired wide of second base in trying to nab the runner  who raced all the way home as the ball went into centre field.

Bowers (L) and xxx
Corson (W) and xxx

(August 15)   Omak captured the Okanagan Valley League championship Sunday crushing Bridgeport 10-4 to take the best-of-three series in two straight games. Before a crowd of 1,000 at Omak, Bob Corson pitched his tenth league win for Omak allowing just six hits while setting down eight by strikeouts. Larry Bowers took the loss, his fourth to Omak this season.

Bowers (L) and xxx
Corson (W) and xxx

(August 26)   Kelowna's Dick Zaccarelli and Larry Warner of Oliver have been named co-winners of the trophy for the best pitching performance during the 1948 season. Each finished the regular season with five victories and no defeats.  Zaccarelli who also played the infield for the Red Sox, was a major cog in Kelowna's offense finishing with a .325 average, first among Kelowna regulars.  Earlier the 22-year-old missed out by a whisker in voting for the Frank Keevil Trophy, awarded to the man deemed most valuable to the Sox team. Harold Cousins, the other mainstay on the Sox pitching staff was announced as the winner on Sunday.

(August 29)   In the first double-header at Kelowna this summer, the Red Sox managed a split.  In the opener, Kamloops Legion of the BC Interior League topped the home squad 6-2 riding a four-run outburst in the sixth inning to the victory. Harry Maralia knocked in three runs with a pair of singles and Bill Marriott had two hits to drive in two more for the winners. Hec MacKenzie of Kamloops had a no-hitter for 4 2/3s innings before Rudy Kitsch singled to centre to break the ice. Kitsch led the Sox with a double and two singles. MacKenzie and losing hurler Harold Cousins each gave up eight hits.

MacKenzie (W) and Morton
H.Cousins (L) and Newton

Sox rebounded to take a 5-3 decision from a fast Japanese team from Greenwood as Wally Lesmeister picked up his second win in four days.

xxx and xxx
Lesmeister (W) and Newton, Kielbiski (2)

(September 19)   Kelowna Red Sox picked up a win and a tie in Sunday's exhibition double-header.  In the opener, against Princeton Travellers of the BC Interior League, Sox held off a late charge by the visitors to take a 6-5 victory in an error-filled game. Sox survived eight errors while Travellers booted the ball four times. Wally Lesmeister had Princeton well in hand until the 8th when the Travellers erupted for three runs.

D.Currie, H.Nishihara (7) and Stocker, Schulli
Lesmeister (W) and Kielbiski

Sox went up against the Interior League's Rutland Adanacs in the second game and blew a 4-0 lead to settle for a 4-4 draw in a game called because of darkness.  Sox, with a run in the first and three more in the third looked to be headed for victory before the Adanacs loaded the sacks in the sixth inning on a hit batter, single and error. 17-year-old Tony Brummet, the Rutland first sacker belted an 0-2 pitch high to right field for a grand slam homer to tie the game at 4-4. 

Wostradowski and Holitzki
Cousins and Newton

(October 3)   In Kelowna's final game of the season, the Red Sox eked out a 5-4 win over Rutland Adanacs of the interior League as Harold Cousins fired a three-hitter while the Sox had 11 off Hank Wostradowski.  Glen O'Shaunessy's eighth inning double drove in Dave Newton with the winning run.  Wostradowski had the big hit of the day, a triple. Marlow Hicks led all batters with three safeties.

Cousins (W) and Kielbiski
Wostradowski (L) and Brummet


BC INTERIOR LEAGUE

1948 was the inaugural season of the B.C. Interior Baseball League. The newly-formed circuit comprised seven teams (the all-Japanese Kelowna Cubs, Kamloops Legion, Princeton Travellers, Rutland Adanacs, Summerland Merchants, Vernon Aces and a team from the small Similkameen community of Hedley). The formation of the new loop pretty well decimated the old Okanagan-Similkameen League that had functioned the previous two seasons. A cold spring and a sudden hot spell resulted in the overflowing of both Okanagan and Shuswap Lakes which washed out roads, flooded diamonds and played havoc with the schedule.

(May 2)  The season opener at Rutland Park was a thriller as Princeton eked out a 1-0 decision over the Adanacs. The only run came in the seventh inning as H.Nishihara singled, advanced on an error and infield put out, and scored on a single by G.CurrieDon Currie and Nishihara combined on a five-hitter for Princeton while Johnny Lingor went the distance giving up nine hits in hurling for Rutland.

D.Currie (W), Nishihara (8) and Stocker
Lingor (L) and Holitzki

(May 2)  Summerland shutout the Kelowna Cubs 3-0.

(May 9)  Rain halted the Rutland - Kelowna contest Sunday after just one inning of play. 

Mits Koga and Morio Koga
Paul Bach and Brummet

(May 9)  Ray Ottem knocked in four runs and George Marriott and Harry Maralia each drove in three as Kamloops Legion whipped Summerland 12 to 2. Legion jumped into a 4-0 lead in the first inning highlighted by Ottem's bases-loaded double. After Summerland had scored a pair in the third, Maralia smashed a three-run homer in the fourth to make the score 7-2. In the fifth they combined three hits, two walks and an error for five runs. Hec Mackenzie and Bill MacDonald combined to hold Summerland to seven hits while the Legion rapped a dozen.

Scriver (L), Evans (1) and Clark
MacKenzie (W), MacDonald (5)  and Morton

(May 16)   At Hedley, the home squad posted its first win of the season downing Kelowna Cubs 4-3. Cubs stranded 17 runners on base.

(May 16)   A three-run sixth inning carried Kamloops Legion to a 3-1 victory over Rutland Sunday.  Adanacs got on the board first with Andy Kitsch scoring in the fifth inning on a two-out double by Maurice Truitt.  Kamloops responded in the sixth with three straight hits with Mel Ottem and Harry Maralia scoring on Wilf Johnson's safety and the third marker coming home on two errors.  Bill MacDonald hurled a five-hitter for the win.

B.MacDonald (W) and Morton
Bach (L), Lingor (7) and Holitzki

(May 16)  Summerland spoiled Vernon's home opener downing the Aces 10-7 at Polson Park. Summerland took a 3-0 lead in the second inning and never looked back in the free-swinging contest. Merchants collected 13 hits, three each by shortstop Walsh and centre fielder Tyler. Bill Evans gave up 11 hits but managed to go the distance for the pitching victory. He walked just one and fanned 11. Al Munk took the loss.

A.Munk and Petruk
Evans (W) and Clark

(May 23)   Bill MacDonald was in the spotlight Sunday at Riverside Park as Kamloops Legion trounced Princeton 10-0. MacDonald held the Travellers to six hits in hurling the shutout and drove in three runs with a double and single. Ash Mayson slugged a homer and double, scored three times and drove in a pair.  Don Currie was saddled with the loss.

D.Currie (L), Nishihara (8) and xxx
B.MacDonald (W) and Morton

(May 23)   Nick's Aces of Vernon posted their first win of the season Sunday at Hedley as Al Munk twirled a fine seven-hitter in a 9-3 victory. Vern Dye, Lorne Ingram and Fred Munk each had two hits to lead the winners.

A.Munk and Petruk
M.Beyak and T.Cox

Legion      3 - 0
Princeton   2 - 1
Summerland  2 - 1
Rutland     1 - 1
Hedley      1 - 2
Vernon      0 - 2
Kelowna     0 - 2

(May 24)    In a test of strength of the two major BC ball loops outside of the lower mainland, the Kelowna Red Sox of the Okanagan Valley League whipped Nick's Aces of Vernon representing the BC Interior League 9-1 Monday afternoon as part of the annual Gyro Empire Day celebrations at Kelowna.  21-year-old Dick Zaccarelli and 19-year-old Jack Eisner combined to hold the Aces to three hits while the Sox pounded out 12 against two Vernon hurlers. Glen O'Shaunessy led the attack with a homer, single and two runs. Zaccarelli went two for two, including a double, and scored twice and Eddie Kielbiski added three hits.

Simms (L), Adams and Clarke, Redman
Zaccarelli (W), Eisner (5) and V.Cousins, Leier

(May 24)   A triple-play highlighted Monday's exhibition action at Riverside Park between Kamloops Legion of the BC Interior League and CYO of the North Okanagan Mainline League. Legion came away with a 4-2 decision as Hec MacKenzie held CYO to four hits. Bill Schall, the CYO third baseman, had the big blow of the game, a homer in the first inning. Ray Ottem, Harry Maralia and George Marriott each collected two hits for the Legion. [The newspaper report did not provide details of the triple play except to show it went from the right fielder to first base to the shortstop - seemingly a play, with runners on first and second and none out, a fly ball to right is caught with the throw to first for the second out and a relay to the shortstop to get the runner off second base for the triple play.]

Mackenzie (W) and R.Ottem
Bregolisse (L), Prehara (6) and Egely

(May 30)   Kamloops Legion broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the seventh inning and it proved to be enough as Legion topped the Kelowna Cubs 3-1.  Kamloops got two aboard on infield errors and Norm MacDonald, Lefty Marriott and Harry Maralia followed with consecutive singles to plate the markers. Cubs got their only run without a hit.  John Naito reached on a fielder's choice, advanced on an error and scored on another miscue.  Bill MacDonald tossed a five-hitter for the win to best Mits Koga who allowed seven safeties in taking the loss. Norm MacDonald led all hitters with three safe ones. Sue Koga of the Cubs had the longest blow, a triple.

B.MacDonald (W) and Morton
Mits Koga (L) and Morio Koga        

(May 30)  In exhibition action at Rutland, Kelowna Red Sox of the Okanagan Valley League defeated Kamloops Legion of the BC Interior League 10-4. Sox scored in just two innings, three in the first and seven in the fifth. Wally Lesmeister went the seven inning distance for the win yielding eight hits.

MacKenzie (L) and Morton
Lesmeister (W) and Leier

(June 6)  Nick's Aces of Vernon broke up a 3-3 tie with three runs in the 7th inning then went on a seven run outburst in the 8th to demolish Kelowna Cubs 13-4. Cubs, who gave up 12 hits, booted the ball 13 times, six by shortstop Stan Matsuba.  Catcher Bill Petruk led the attack with four hits and three runs. Al Munk opened in spectacular fashion retiring the first nine men to face him, seven by strikeouts. He ended with ten strikeouts and a five-hitter.

A.Munk (W) and Petruk
Mits Koga, S.Koga and Morio Koga

(June 6)   Rutland Adanacs broke into the win column Sunday on the long end of a 6-1 score from visiting Hedley. Leadoff man Andy Kitsch had three hits to lead the Adanacs who had ten hits to nine for Hedley. Six errors hurt the visitors. Hank Wostradowski went six innings for the win.

Beyak (L) and Calderoni
Wostradowski (W), Bach (7) and Holitzki, Brummet

(June 6)  Summerland shaded Princeton 7-6.

(June 8)  Rutland Adanacs fought back from an early 5-1 deficit to grab a 6-6 tie with the Oakland Beavers in an exhibition game called after nine innings because of darkness. Adanacs took the lead with a run in the first inning when Hank Wostradowski drove in Andy Kitsch who had reached on an error. Beavers responded with a five-run third inning as they collected four hits, one a triple by first baseman W.Green, and took advantage of Rutland miscues. Rutland bounced back with a pair in the fifth and three in the sixth to tie. Each team had nine hits. Percy Fisher and Wayne Carr combined to strikeout 13 Rutland batters.

Fisher, Carr (6) and Hamilton
Wostradowski, Bach (4), Lingor (7) and Brummet

(June 13)   Vernon started fast, with a Lorne Ingram homer in the top of the first, and managed to hold a 3-1 lead after five innings but couldn't stop Rutland in the late innings as the Adanacs scored four in the sixth, two in the seventh and another three in the ninth to post a 10-3 victory. Third baseman John Bullock paced the 14-hit Rutland attack with a double and two singles. Hank Wostradowski and Johnny Lingor combined to hold Vernon to six hits.

Wostradowski (W), Lingor (5) and Holitzki
Wadsworth (L), Munk (7) and Petruk

(June 13)   M.Beyak blanked Kamloops Legion on four hits Sunday as Hedley handed Kamloops its first loss of the season, 2-0. Hedley got the only run needed in the bottom of the third when W.Embury singled to centre to score T.Cox who had led off with a triple. The second run came in the sixth as W.McLaren stole home after advancing around the bases on errors. Legion had a golden opportunity in the fifth loading the bases on singles by Jack Glover and Shepard and a walk to Hec MacKenzie but Beyak fanned Mel Ottem to end the threat.

B.MacDonald (L) and Maralia
Beyak (W) and Calderoni, Walters (1)

(June 13)  Princeton defeated the Kelowna Cubs 8-2.

(June 20)   Rutland scored a pair in the first inning and they proved enough as the Adanacs downed Princeton 4-1 Sunday on the Hedley diamond. The game was scheduled for Princeton but the local field was inaccessible due to the wash out of a bridge. Johnny Lingor's two-run triple got the Adanacs off on the right foot. After Princeton got a run in the third on singles by Ike Mullin and G. Currie Rutland added a pair in the sixth on hits by Lingor and John Holitzki. The game was called after seven inning as rain halted play.

Wostradowski, Lingor (5) and Holitzki
D.Currie (L) and Stocker

(June 20)   Kamloops Legion maintained its one-game lead atop the BC Interior League standings when it split a Sunday double-header with Nick's Aces in Vernon's Polson Park.  Legion took the opener 6-3 behind the seven-hit hurling of Hec Mackenzie but went down 4-1 in the second game.

Kamloops raced off to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the first game when Ash Mayson doubled to score Harry Maralia and Ray Ottem and scooted home himself on an error. Legion added two more in the third on Maralia's single and a pair of errors. Jack Grover's triple in the eighth brought the count to 6-0 before Vernon rallied in the late going. Singles by Bill Inglis and Bill Petruk brought home a run in the 8th and three straight singles and Fred Munk's two-bagger resulted in two runs in the ninth.

MacKenzie (W) and Morton
A.Munk (L) and Clarke, Petruk (6)

In the second game, Vernon broke open a 1-1 contest with three runs in the third inning to take a 4-1 decision. Six Kamloops errors contributed heavily to the loss.  Legion out-hit the winners 8-5.  Wally Janicki had three safeties for Vernon while Ray Ottem had three for Kamloops.

Wadsworth (W) and Clarke, Petruk (7)
Bill MacDonald (L) and Morton

(June 20)  Kelowna edged Summerland 5-4 in 10 innings.

Legion      5 - 2
Summerland  3 - 2
Rutland     3 - 2
Vernon      3 - 3
Princeton   2 - 3
Hedley      2 - 3
Kelowna     1 - 5

(June 27)   Kamloops Legion stayed atop the league standings taking a 6-3 verdict from Summerland Merchants who out-hit the winners 10 to 6 but made seven costly errors. Kamloops ran up a 4-0 lead before the Merchants got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning. Hec MacKenzie fanned seven without a free pass to capture the pitching win. Loser Les Gould allowed just six hits, walked four and had five strikeouts. Frank Kuroda of Summerland led all hitters with a double and two singles.

MacKenzie (W) and Morton
Gould (L) and McCarger

(June 27)  Mits Koga held Rutland to five hits Sunday afternoon and Kelowna Cubs scored twice in the 8th inning on a walk, hit and error to notch a 4-2 victory. Naka and Hikichi each rapped a pair of hits for the Adanacs.

Mits Koga (W) and Morio Koga
Wostradowski, Bach (L) (6), Remple (9) and Holitzki, Brummet

(June 28)  Kamloops Legion of the BC Interior League topped Kamloops CYO of the North Okanagan Mainline League 8-3 in an exhibition game at Riverside Park Monday. Al Williams picked up the win holding CYO to four hits in his six innings of work. Bill MacDonald threw no-hit ball for the final three innings. Gordon Bregolisse went the distance for CYO yielding nine hits.

Bregolisse (L) and Egely, E.Garay
Williams (W), B.MacDonald (7) and N.MacDonald

(July 4)   In a crowd-pleasing thriller at Polson Park in Vernon Sunday, Nick's Aces scored in the bottom of the 11th inning to eke out a 2-1 win over Princeton.  With one out, catcher Bill Petruk smacked a double for his only hit of the day and, after Al Munk advanced Petruk to third with a single, Lorne Ingram knocked in the winner with his third hit of the afternoon. Travellers took the lead in the third inning as Schulli reached on a fielder's choice and came around to score an unearned run on an outfield error. Aces tied the count in the fourth as Ingram doubled to score Fred Munk. Al Munk scattered nine hits and whiffed nine without issuing a free pass. John Ingram, formerly in the Vernon lineup, took the loss for Princeton giving up ten hits.

A.Munk (W) and Petruk
J.Ingram (L) and Stocker

(July 7)  Before an overflow crowd at Riverside Park in Kamloops, the Legion and Oakland Beavers fought to an exciting 1-1 draw before darkness forced the game to be curtailed. Roy Thomas, who held the locals to three hits, tripled and scored the only Oakland run in the 8th inning. Legion had taken the lead in the seventh as Lefty Marriott reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second when Bill MacDonald was hit by a pitch and made third on an error. He came home on a wild pitch. Thomas had two putouts and six assists to his credit and participated in one double play. Wilf Johnson and MacDonald combined on a four-hitter for Kamloops.

Johnson, B.MacDonald and R.Ottem
Thomas and Burleson

(July 11)   Kamloops Legion clinched first place in the BC Interior League defeating Princeton Travellers 8-1. Bill MacDonald, on the hill for Kamloops, gave up a run in the first inning but settled down to blank the Travellers the rest of the way allowing just six hits. Ray Ottem led a 13-hit attack with three safeties while Bill Marriott, Harry Maralia and Wilf Johnson each rapped a pair.

B.MacDonald (W) and R.Ottem
D.Currie (L), Ingram (5) and Stocker

(July 11)    On a walk, hit batsmen and three errors, Hedley scored a pair in the sixth inning to emerge with a 4-2 win over Vernon Aces.  Hedley had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the third and Vernon replied with singletons in the third and fourth to tie at 2-2. M.Byman tossed a four-hitter for the win to best Al Munk of Vernon. Catcher B.Mulhern of Hedley and Wally Janicki of Vernon were the only batters to get two hits.

A.Munk (L) and Petruk
M.Byman (W) and B.Mulhern

(July 11)   Rutland moved into second place in the league standings on Sunday when they defeated the visiting Summerland Merchants 5-4. Adanacs opened the scoring in the third inning when Paul Bach smashed a triple and scored on a single by Aubrey Wanless. Hank Wostradowski went the route for the winners fanning nine. Bill Evans took the loss.

Evans (L) and xxx
Wostradowski (W) and xxx

(July 12)  Percy Fisher twirled a five-hitter, whiffing 15, to highlight a 6-1 Oakland Beavers' victory over Rutland Adanacs Monday evening.  Johnny Lingor of the Adanacs allowed just four hits and struck out seven in six innings of relief work. Chappie Gray and Willie Johnson each rapped a pair of hits and scored twice for the Beavers. Starting pitcher Pete Remple had two hits for Rutland.

Fisher (W) and Burleson
Remple (L), Lingor (4) and Holitzki

(July 18)   Vernon Aces handed Rutland its worst defeat of the season pounding out 13 hits and capitalizing on nine errors to trounced the Adanacs 13 to 5.  Second baseman Vern Dye highlighted the assault slugging a three-run homer and two singles while scoring four times. Left fielder Bill Inglis had two hits and scored three. Al Munk surrendered eight hits in going all the way for the win.

A.Munk (W) and Petruk
Lingor (L), Wostradowski (5) and Brummet, Holitzki

(July 18)   Kamloops Legion upended Hedley 6-2 at Riverside Park.  Trailing 1-0, Kamloops took advantage of three hits and an error to score four in the fourth and coasted to the win. Bill MacDonald held Hedley to seven hits in registering the pitching win while Al Byman, a former Vancouver performer, gave up eight safeties in taking the loss. George Marriott and Hec MacKenzie each smacked a double and single for Kamloops.

Byman (L) and xxx
MacDonald (W) and R.Ottem

(July 18)   At Princeton, Kelowna Cubs downed the home club 9-6.

(July 25)   Al Munk fired a five-hit victory and fanned 16, four in one inning, as Vernon Aces beat the Kelowna Cubs 4-1. Munk, who walked three, had to get four outs in the ninth as the third strike on the third out got away from the catcher and the runner made it safely to first. Dick Douglas, filling in at first base, had two hits and scored three times for the Aces as Wally Janicki and Ike Jackson each pounded out three hits. Aces had a total of 13 hits and, for the first time in two seasons played errorless ball. Catcher Morio Koga had a double and single for the Cubs.

A,Munk (W) and Petruk
Mits Koga and Morio Koga

(July 25)   Rutland Adanacs jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings then held off a Hedley rally to walk away with a 7-5 triumph.  Maurice Truitt went three-for-five to lead the Adanacs and Tony Brummet helped with a triple and double. Kelly belted a homer and two singles for Hedley.

Byman (L) and xxx
Wostradowski, Lingor (W) (3) and xxx

(August 1)   In a tense contest at Kamloops Sunday, the Legion eked out a 3-2 win over Rutland holding off an Adanacs rally in the ninth inning.  Kamloops opened the scoring in the fourth on Bob Morton's two-run triple. This came just after left fielder Aubrey Wanless of Rutland made a perfect throw to nab Ray Ottem at the plate. Errors in the fifth gave Legion their third and eventual winning run.  Adanacs scored in the sixth when Hank Wostradowski belted a triple to score Tony Brummet. Rutland squeezed in a run in the ninth and had the tying run on third when Hec MacKenzie fanned the last batter. Jack Glover led the winners with three hits.

Lingor (L) and Brummet
MacKenzie (W) and Morton

(August 1)   Al Munk was the pitching and hitting star Sunday as Nick's Aces of Vernon downed Summerland 8-2. The left-hander allowed just four hits in his mound work while knocking out a triple and two singles at the plate and scoring twice.  Vernon held a slim 2-1 lead after eight innings before the Aces sent ten men to the plate in the ninth and on three hits and three Summerland errors scored six times. Gord Henschke, Wally Janicki and Ike Jackson each rapped a pair of hits for the Aces while losing hurler Bill Evans had two for the Merchants.

A.Munk (W) and Petruk
Evans (L) and Clark

(August 8)   Vernon closed out the regular season with their fourth straight win, 3-2 in 10 innings over Princeton, to secure second place in the league standings. The game was scoreless until the ninth when both teams tallied twice. In the top of the 9th, Lorne Ingram opened with a two-bagger, George Nuyens reached on an error and Vern Dye brought both home with a double.  Princeton rallied to tie on a single, walk and triple by Nishihara.  In the tenth, Ike Jackson drew a walk, Wally Janicki singled and Bill Petruk drove in the winner with a double. Each team had ten hits. Al Munk, with his seventh win of the season, struck out 11 and walked three. Janicki and Petruk each had three hits for Vernon and Nishihara and Laurie Currie had three apiece for the Travellers.

A.Munk (W) and Petruk
Nishihara (L) and Stocker

(August 8)  Summerland defeated Hedley 5-2.

(August 11)  Rutland Adanacs clinched third place in the BC Interior League Wednesday defeating Kelowna Cubs 5-1. Hank Wostradowski was in fine form setting down 12 by strikeouts in the seven-inning contest, halted by rain. He also provided the lognest blow of the game with a run-scoring triple in the fifth inning.

Wostradowski (W) and Brummet
Mits Kogan (L) and Morio Koga

(August 15)   Summerland overcame a 6-0 deficit to whip Rutland 11-8 in muddy conditions at Summerland. The free-swinging contest produced 32 hits.  Clark and Taylor each had three safeties for the winners while Hank Wostradowski and F.Wastradowski each had three for the Adanacs. A five-run outburst in the third drew Summerland into a 6-6 tie and they went ahead with a pair in the fourth and made it 11-6 with three in the eighth. Rutland loaded the bases with none out in the 8th but couldn't score. They did manage to plate a pair in the 9th.

Bach (L), Lingor (8) and Brummet
Evans (W) and Clark

Final
Legion     10 - 2
Vernon      8 - 4
Rutland     6 - 6
Summerland  5 - 7
Princeton   5 - 7
Hedley      5 - 7
Kelowna     3 - 9

The only final statistics available were those for the Kamloops Legion.

GP AB H PCT
Morton Bob KLL 10 29 10 .345
MacDonald Norm KLL 7 25 8 .320
Maralia Harry KLL 12 47 15 .319
Ottem Ray KLL 11 41 12 .293
Glover Jack KLL 10 18 5 .278
Mayson Ash KLL 9 35 9 .257
Marriott G.S. KLL 10 40 10 .250
Shepherd W. KLL 8 20 4 .200
MacKenzie Hec KLL 10 27 5 .185
Ottem Mel KLL 5 11 2 .182
Johnson Wilf KLL 12 38 6 .158
MacDonald Bill KLL 9 29 4 .138
Marriott Bill KLL 12 41 5 .122
Williams Al KLL 1 1 0 .000

PLAYOFFS

(August 22)   In a sudden-death semi-final playoff Sunday Kamloops Legion advanced to the league final downing Rutland 6-4. Adanacs blew a 4-2 lead in dropping the thrilling contest. Rutland took a 2-0 lead in the opening frame when Tony Brummet tripled to chase Maurice Truitt home and then scored himself on a wild throw to the plate. Kamloops scored one on the 2nd on Ray Ottem's three bagger and tied it in the 3rd when with the bases loaded Jim McKinnon scored on an infield grounder. Rutland regained the lead on two hits and an error in the fifth but Kamloops quickly replied with three runs in the bottom of the fifth as Rutland fell apart making three errors and giving up a walk, a balk and a seeing-eye safety. Centre fielder Bill Marriott stopped a Rutland rally in the ninth when his throw cut down Paul Bach at the plate. Rutland had nine hits to just five for Kamloops. Harry Maralia knocked in three runs for the winners. Legion suffered the loss of both Ottem brothers. Mel retired with a leg injury when he tripped at first base while Ray's thumb was fractured when he stopped a foul tip in the eighth inning. Prior to the start of the game, one minute's silence was observed in honour of the late Babe Ruth.

Wostradowski, Lingor and Holitzki
MacDonald (W) and R.Ottem, Morton (8)

(August 29)    Two 6th inning errors, a wild pitch and a risky attempted steal of home ruined the day for Summerland Sunday at Polson Park as Vernon Aces escaped with a 3-1 decision and a berth in the league final against Kamloops Legion. In the top of the 6th, already leading 1-0, Thompson singled, stole second, advanced to third on an infield out and tried to steal home. But he was an easy out as Bill Petruk made the tag. In the bottom of the inning, Gordon Henschke led off for Vernon slapping one right back to the mound. Starter Bill Evans fielded the ball but it went flying behind him when he tried to make the throw to first. A sacrifice moved Henschke to second and Petruk, the next batter, swung at a wild pitch for strike three. As the ball bounced to the back fence, Petruk was safe and Vernon had runners on second and third. Lorne Ingram smacked a double to centre to put the Aces on top 2-1. Petruk had a close call at the plate but catcher George Clark dropped the ball. Ingram slid home safely in a cloud of dust as Wally Janicki reached on a fielder's choice. That was the end of the scoring.  Evans lost a tough one allowing just three hits and a walk while registering ten strike outs. Winner Al Munk gave up five hits, four walks and fanned 13.

A.Munk (W) and Petruk
Evans (L) and Clark

(August 29)   In the first double-header at Kelowna this summer, the Red Sox managed a split.  In the opener, Kamloops Legion of the BC Interior League topped the home squad 6-2 riding a four-run outburst in the sixth inning to the victory. Harry Maralia knocked in three runs with a pair of singles and Bill Marriott had two hits to drive in two more for the winners. Hec MacKenzie of Kamloops had a no-hitter for 4 2/3s innings before Rudy Kitsch singled to centre to break the ice. Kitsch led the Sox with a double and two singles. MacKenzie and losing hurler Harold Cousins each gave up eight hits.

MacKenzie (W) and Morton
H.Cousins (L) and Newton

Sox rebounded to take a 5-3 decision from a fast Japanese team from Greenwood as Wally Lesmeister picked up his second win in four days.

xxx and xxx
Lesmeister (W) and Newton, Kielbiski (2)

(September 12)   In a 12-inning thriller at Riverside Park Kamloops, Vernon took the opening game of the best-of-three final series edging Kamloops Legion 3-2. Harold Wadsworth, who came in to play right field in the ninth, singled in the top of the 12th and moved to second on a sacrifice.  George Nuyens, Vernon's playing coach, banged out a long single to left to score the winning run.  An overflow crowd took in the action.  Vernon took the early lead scoring in the initial frame with Gordon Henschke crossing the plate on a single by Bill Inglis.  Aces went up 2-0 in the third with Inglis scoring on an error. Legion came to life in the fourth and tied the count on a walk and singles by Shepherd and Bill MacDonald. A third run was cut off at the plate when Bob Morton tried to steal home. Al Munk held Legion to seven hits and whiffed 13 in going the distance for the win, his 6th straight complete game victory. MacDonald gave up ten hits and also had 13 strikeouts.

A.Munk (W) and Petruk
MacDonald (L) and Morton

(September 19)   Wilf Johnson fired a one-hitter Sunday as Kamloops Legion whipped Vernon 7-2 to tie the best of three series at a game apiece.  Harold Wadsworth's seventh inning single spoiled Johnson's no-hit bid. The hit, combined with two Legion errors resulted in Vernon's two runs.  Johnson compiled ten strikeouts and walked just one. Mel Ottem paced a 13-hit attack with a three-run homer and two singles. Bill Marriott, Ash Mayson and Bob Morton each rapped a pair of hits.

Johnson (W) and Morton
A.Munk (L), Wadsworth (3) and xxx

(September 19)   Kelowna Red Sox picked up a win and a tie in Sunday's exhibition double-header. In the opener, against Princeton Travellers of the BC Interior League, Sox held off a late charge by the visitors to take a 6-5 victory in an error-filled game. Sox survived eight errors while Travellers booted the ball four times. Wally Lesmeister had Princeton well in hand until the 8th when the Travellers erupted for three runs.

D.Currie, H.Nishihara (7) and Stocker, Schulli
Lesmeister (W) and Kielbiski

Sox went up against the Interior League's Rutland Adanacs in the second game and blew a 4-0 lead to settle for a 4-4 draw in a game called because of darkness.  Sox, with a run in the first and three more in the third looked to be headed for victory before the Adanacs loaded the sacks in the sixth inning on a hit batter, single and error. 17-year-old Tony Brummet, the Rutland first sacker belted an 0-2 pitch high to right field for a grand slam homer to tie the game at 4-4. 

Wostradowski and Holitzki
Cousins and Newton

(September 26)   Kamloops Legion jumped into a 5-0 lead after three innings and held off the Vernon Aces Sunday for a 6-4 victory and the Dr. S.A. Wallace Trophy emblematic of supremacy in the Interior Senior "A: Baseball League.  Legion took the championship by winning the last two games after dropping the series opener. A four-run second inning, on no hits, three walks and five errors, proved decisive. Ten batters faced Al Munk before Ray Ottem grounded out with the bases loaded. The eventual winner came in the third when Harry Maralia singled to right to bring in Bill MacDonald from second base. Vernon got a pair in the fifth on two singles and a double by Bill Inglis. In the seventh, Inglis got his third hit of the day to send Harold Wadsworth to third. An error on an infield grounder allowed both to score to put Vernon just a run back. Legion regained a two-run margin in the bottom of the seventh when Bob Morton, who doubled, came home on Mel Ottem's infield out. Ace's Al Munk was a hard-luck loser yielding just four hits in taking the mound defeat. Hec MacKenzie gave up nine hits in claiming the win.

A.Munk (L) and Petruk
MacKenzie (W) and Morton

(October 3)   In Kelowna's final game of the season, the Red Sox eked out a 5-4 win over Rutland Adanacs of the interior League as Harold Cousins fired a three-hitter while the Sox had 11 off Hank Wostradowski.  Glen O'Shaunessy's eighth inning double drove in Dave Newton with the winning run.  Wostradowski had the big hit of the day, a triple. Marlow Hicks led all batters with three safeties.

Cousins (W) and Kielbiski
Wostradowski (L) and Brummet


NORTH OKANAGAN MAINLINE LEAGUE

1948 would mark the final season for the North Okanagan-Mainline Baseball League. The three strongest entries (Kamloops C.Y.O., Revelstoke Spikes and Salmon Arm Merchants) would, in 1949, abandon the circuit to seek out stronger competition in the B.C. Interior League.

(May 23)  Opening day in the Okanagan Mainline Baseball League was quite offensive. Three lopsided victories highlighted the action with the winners running up a total of 71 runs and the losers scoring a grand total of - two.

Salmon Arm kicked off the new season in impressive fashion Sunday smacking 22 hits, four each by Dave Syme and Bill Kernaghan, in clobbering Malakwa 20-0. Kernaghan drove in four runs with three doubles and a single. Syme scored four times. Jack Morton and Bob Cairns added three hits apiece. Merchants had two big innings, eight runs in the fourth and another eight in the ninth. Syme went seven shutout innings for the win.

Syme (W), Sears (8), Morton (9) and W.Kernaghan
Ylisto (L), Taylor and Milliken

(May 23)   Second baseman Johnny Garay, the leadoff man, rapped four hits and scored four times to pace Kamloops CYO to a 26-1 demolishing of Grindrod. Kamloops ran wild in the opening frame scoring 11 times. Catcher Ed Garay smacked a pair of doubles and a single. Ollie Egely, Bill Schall and Harry Francis had three hits and three runs apiece.  Ivanco and Maury Hornsby each hit twice and had three stolen bases. Gord McQuarrie held the visitors to four hits in his seven innings of work for the pitching win.

McQuarrie (W), McArthur (8) and E.Garay
Crandlemire (L), Skyrme (6) and Black

(May 23)   Revelstoke overwhelmed Enderby 26 to 1.

(May 30)   Revelstoke took advantage of some costly errors by Salmon Arm in the fifth inning to plate four runs and go on to an 8-7 win Sunday at Salmon Arm.  Veteran Al Pradolini scattered ten hits to go the route for the win. Jack Morton and Dave Syme held the Spikes to just five hits in a losing cause. Second baseman Sam Lundell scored three for the winners. Bob Cairns, N.Brodoway and Morton had two hits apiece for Salmon Arm.

Morton, Syme (5) and W.Kernaghan
Pradolini (W) and Kerchiner

(June 6)   Kamloops CYO clobbered Malakwa 25-1 for their second one-sided win of the season and again Johnny Garay led the attack again with four hits and four runs from the top of the batting order. First sacker Ross McKay knocked in three runs with a pair of doubles and scored five times. Catcher Ollie Egely also drove in three. Maury Hornsby rapped three hits, one a double, and brought home three runners. Gord McQuarrie and Harry Francis also had three hits in the 24-hit CYO assault. Gordon Bregolisse was credited with the win in spite of going just two innings.

Bregolisse (W), Prehara (3) and Egely, E.Garay
Taylor (L), A.Ylisto, Boyes and Bellamy, R.Ylisto (4)

(June 6)   In yet another lop-sided contest, Salmon Arm crushed Enderby 25-5 Sunday to the disappointment of the home crowd.  Southpaw Len Sears hurled his first win of the season going six innings as first baseman Bob Cairns led a 22-hit attack with two doubles, three singles and four runs scored. Shortstop Chic Evans, and catcher Marv Wilson each swatted three hits. J.Turner, had no hits but scored four times. Right fielder Clark of Enderby had two hits and plated a pair.

Sears (W), Syme (7) and M.Wilson, W.Kernaghan (7)
Bath (L), Radaloff, Bush and McNair

(June 6)  In the highest-scoring game so far, Revelstoke walloped Grindrod 33-3.

(June 13)   Bob Cairns, F.Melin and Earl Kernaghan each had four hits and four runs Sunday as Salmon Arm slaughtered Grindrod 32-3. The Merchants pounded out 31 hits with Chic Evans, Bill Kernaghan and Bob Harvey adding three apiece. Salmon Arm opened with four runs in the first inning and piled in on from there.

Paisley (W), Sears (5), Syme (8) and W.Kernaghan, Wilson (7)
Billick, Skyrme, Crandlemire, Ward and P.Block

(June 20)  Salmon Arm took an early lead but had to hold off a late Kamloops rally to shade CYO 9-8. After Kamloops scored a pair in the top of the first inning on two errors and Johnny Haywood's single, Salmon Arm replied with three in the bottom of the frame as Bob Cairns knocked in a pair with a double to centre and scored on Earl Kernaghan's safety. They held the lead the rest of the way. J.Turner smacked three singles to drive in three runs for the winners while Ross McKay had three hits, three runs and knocked in a pair for Kamloops. George Wyse slugged a homer for CYO.

Prehara (L), McArthur (4) and Egely
Syme (W), Morton (8) and W.Kernaghan

(June 27)   Gordon McQuarrie fired a no-hitter Sunday at Riverside Park leading Kamloops CYO to a resounding 29-0 victory over Grindrod.  McQuarrie, who fanned 20, allowed just one base runner and that in the first inning as Kohut was hit by a pitch.  Kamloops pounded out 17 hits and were helped even further by eight Grindrod errors. Included in the assault were homers by Maury Hornsby, Joe Desjardine and Johnny Haywood and 18 stolen bases, four by Johnny Garay and three by Haywood. Grindrod forfeited the game in the 5th inning and Kamloops sent over some players to help the visitors complete the contest.

Kohut (L), Kochuck, McArthur (5), Bregolisse (6) and xxx, Egely (5)
McQuarrie (W) and Egely, E.Garay (5)

(June 27)   Salmon Arm scored 12 runs in the first inning en route to a 20-2 spanking of Malakwa. Len Sears tossed a five-hitter for the shutout while the winners pounded a pair of hurlers for 21 hits. Chic Evans and Bob Cairns had four apiece and Dunc Jamieson and Bill Kernaghan each had three.

Sears (W) and Leon
Ylisto (L), Taylor and Bellamy

(July 4)   In a seven-inning contest at Enderby, Charles McArthur came within two outs of a no-hitter in an 18-0 Kamloops pasting of Enderby.  With one out in the final frame, Felix singled to left to break the spell.  After scoring singletons in each of the first three innings, Kamloops broke the game wide open with eight runs in the fourth. Johnny Garay's three-run homer highlighted the big inning. Catcher Ollie Egely knocked in a pair with a triple and single and scored four times. Left fielder Gord McQuarrie also scored four.

McArthur (W) and Egely
Bush (L) and Rota

(July 4)   Al Pradolini held Salmon Arm to four hits and Revelstoke downed the Merchants for the second time, 8-2.  Centre fielder Rico Ditomassi went three-for-three to lead the winners. McAskill added two hits and two runs. Spikes took the lead with two runs in the fourth and another three in the fifth. Len Sears took the loss.

Sears (L), Syme (6) and Leon
Pradolini (W) and Kerchiner

(July 11)   Kamloops CYO notched another easy win Sunday afternoon whipping Malakwa 17-2.  Catcher Ollie Egely led the way with a triple and three singles. Johnny Garay, the second baseman had a homer and knocked in four runs. Maury Hornsby also drove in four. Weisbeck also had a four-bagger. Paul Prehara gave up six hits in going the distance for the win. Kamloops survived nine errors.

Ylisto (L), Rinta and Boyes
Prehara (W) and Egely

(July 11)   Chic Evans had a big day at the plate with five hits and five runs to leading an 18-hit Salmon Arm offensive in a 19-5 victory over Enderby.  Winning hurler Jack Morton added four hits and four runs and Bob Cairns had three safeties. Morton allowed six hits in registering the pitching triumph.

Bush (L), McGagherty (8) and G.Rota
Morton (W) and W.Kernaghan

(July 18)  In one of few single digital results this season, Kamloops CYO ended Revelstoke's eight-game winning streak Sunday afternoon with a 5-3 win over the Spikes. Gordon McQuarrie handcuffed the Spikes on two hits while compiling 12 strikeouts.  Kamloops notched singletons in the second and third and then took a 4-0 lead in the fifth when a walk, triple by George Wyse and Maury Hornsby's single brought two runners scampering home. In the sixth, after allowing two runners aboard on errors, Don Segur scored both with a three-bagger. CYO added a tally in the ninth when Johnny Garay singled in McQuarrie who had tripled. Revelstoke scored one in the bottom of the ninth and had the tying run at third before Hornsby pulled in a long fly ball in left field to end the game.

McQuarrie (W) and Egely
Pradolini, Pratico (5) and McAskill

(July 18)  Grindrod surprised Salmon Arm with six runs in the first inning but couldn't hold the lead as the Merchants rebounded for a 13-7 victory Sunday. Len Sears took over in the second inning and held Grindrod to one run over the rest of the contest.

xxx and xxx
Paisley, Sears (W) (2), Syme (8) and Wilson, B.Kernaghan (8)

(July 18)   In a battle of the also-rans, Enderby edged out Malakwa 11-10.

(July 25)  Johnny Garay, Kamloops CYO second baseman, banged out a two-run homer to highlight a five run seventh inning as Kamloops broke a 1-1 tie and downed Salmon Arm 6-3 in the first game of a double-header. Garay, who drove in four runs, Johnny Haywood and Maury Hornsby each had two hits for the winners.  Charles McArthur pitched into the 8th inning for the win.

Sears (L), Syme (7) and
McArthur (W), Prehara (8) and xxx

In the second game, Kamloops trounced Revelstoke 12-0 as Gordon McQuarrie tossed the shutout giving up six hits. Johnny Garay, the game's leadoff hitter smacked a homer to get CYO off to a quick start. Garay also had a triple and two singles and scored four times. George Wyse drove in three with a triple and single. McQuarrie cracked a triple and two singles. McAskill, the Spikes catcher, had a nice game with two hits and picked off a couple of runners trying to steal.

Pradolini (L), Pratico (4), Kirchener (6) and McAskill
McQuarrie (W) and Egely

Kamloops     10 - 1
Revelstoke    8 - 2
Salmon Arm    7 - 3
Enderby       4 - 6
Malakwa       2 - 8
Grindrod      0 - 10

(July 25)   Johnny Garay topped the hitters on the Kamloops CYO finishing with a .535 average in 9 league games. Garay led the club in both at bats and hits.

G AB H PCT
Garay Johnny KLC 9 43 23 .535
Hornsby Maury KLC 8 32 14 .438
Wyse George KLC 5 16 7 .438
Egely Ollie KLC 9 35 15 .429
McQuarrie Gordon KLC 8 34 13 .382
Haywood Johnny KLC 7 28 10 .357
Garay Eddie KLC 5 20 7 .350
McArthur Charles KLC 6 18 6 .333
Francis Harry KLC 8 32 10 .313
Weisbeck J. KLC 2 10 3 .300
MacKay Ross KLC 8 31 9 .290
Prehara Paul KLC 7 14 4 .286
Schall Bill KLC 7 36 10 .278
Bregolisse Gordon KLC 6 18 2 .111

PLAYOFFS

(August 8)   Kamloops CYO took a one game lead in the NOML semi-final Sunday with a 6-1 victory over Salmon Arm.  In the first inning, Johnny Garay smacked what appeared to be a sure homer to deep right but Jack Morton made the long throw to Chic Evans who made the relay home in time to nab Garay. The next batter, Johnny's brother Eddie connect for a four-bagger to put Kamloops in the early lead. CYO added three in the second and two in the 8th for the win. Gordon McQuarrie held Salmon Arm to seven hits in going all the way for the win.  Dave Syme took the loss. Morton belted a homer for the only run for the losers.

Syme (L) and B.Kernaghan
McQuarrie (W) and E.Garay

(August 15)   A thunderstorm and wet grounds forced the postponement of the second game of the best of three North Okanagan Mainline League semi-final series between Kamloops CYO and Salmon Arm.

(August 22)   It's Kamloops CYO and Revelstoke in the final of the North Okanagan Mainline League. Kamloops upended Salmon Arm 6-1 Sunday to take the semi-final in two straight games.  Gordon McQuarrie fired a two-hitter and impressed on defense making ten assists. There were only two putouts in the outfield. It was tight game for seven innings with Kamloops in a 2-1 lead before the visitors scored three in the 8th and three more in the 9th. Ross McKay led a nine-hit attack with three hits, one a double.

McQuarrie (W) and E.Garay
Sears (L) and Leon

(August 29)   Revelstoke Spikes overcame a 4-1 deficit to rally for an 8-4 win over Kamloops CYO in the opener of the best-of-three final series.  Spikes got on the board with a pair in the first inning on Johnny Haywood's triple but missed a golden opportunity in the second failing to score after loading the bases with none out. After Revelstoke responded with a run in the second, Spikes got a two-run homer by Maury Hornsby to go up 4-1.  Kamloops rallied in the fifth to tie 4-4. With two runners on base Don Segur swatted one to right that skipped through for a homer. With a pair in the 6th, Spikes went ahead for good. Kirchener scattered eight hits in going the route for the win and led the attack with three hits and two runs scored.

Kirchener (W) and McAskill
McQuarrie (L), Prehara (6) and Egely

(September 12)   Four late runs helped Revelstoke down Kamloops CYO 7-3 Sunday to capture the North Okanagan Mainline League championship and the National Cafe Trophy.  Spikes won the best-of-three final series in two straight games. Shortstop Sam Lundell scored twice and drove in three runs with a triple, double and single. Gordon Fleming pitched into the 8th inning for the winners before getting relief help from Kirchener. Gordon McQuarrie allowed just seven hits in taking the loss as Kamloops made five costly errors.

McQuarrie (L) and E.Garay
Fleming (W), Kirchener (8) and McAskill


WEST KOOTENAYS

Not unlike the inhabitants of several other areas of British Columbia during May and June of 1948, those living in the low-lying parts of the Kootenays experienced flooding and were subject to the residential and commercial damage, washed out roads and impassable bridge links that accompanied the excessive amounts of water. Within the smelter town of Trail, one of the hardest hit with flood damage, residents had much more on their minds than baseball and fan interest suffered accordingly.

While most Kootenay-based baseball loops experienced solid 1948 seasons, the West Kootenay Baseball League, generally considered the most prestigious circuit within the area, had a disappointing campaign. Numerous games had to be re-scheduled and, worst of all, in mid-August, the first-place Trail Cardinals, sporting a comfortable lead in the four-team league, dropped out, citing financial concerns stemming from low attendance. The Red Birds had been forcibly idled by circumstances beyond their control for 24 consecutive days, a period extending between May 27 and June 20 and were in fiscal dire straits right out of the gate. With only three surviving clubs, the league persevered and it took until early September before the remaining games on the revised schedule were completed allowing playoffs to begin. With the Rossland Cubs and Nelson Tigers deadlocked at two games apiece in the best-of-five final series that dragged on into October, there is no evidence in the Kootenay print media of the day that a fifth and deciding game was ever played.

In the unusual but true department, 1948 Kootenay baseball experienced:

(May 23)  Trail Cardinals took advantage of wildness by Rossland left-hander Irvin Lavorato to score three runs in the first inning and stayed in the lead throughout in a 5-4 victory Sunday.  Lavorato faced just four batters walking all of them before heading for the showers.  Rusty Wynn took over and retired the side in order, but two more runs scored giving the Cardinals a 3-0 margin.  Mushy Anselmo and Kenny Stanton each had two hits for the winners and played stellar ball in the field. Stanton's throw to the plate in the eighth inning to nab Paddy Lamman was a highlight of the game. Joey Monaldi fanned 12 in pitching into the 8th for the winners.

Monaldi (W), McKinnon (8) and Sutherland
Lavorato (L), Wynn (1) and Lamman

(May 24)  Nelson Tigers opened the new season with a Victoria Day victory downing Fruitvale 7-4.  Bob McNabb and Herb Pitts led the Tigers' offense with four and three hits respectively. Fred Townsend was steady in going the distance for the win.

Townsend (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(May 27)   With a three-run rally in the 8th and final inning, Nelson Tigers defeated Trail Cardinals 6-5 Thursday. Spence Tatchell and Fred Tinling led off with successive singles and with Joey Monaldi replacing starter Bob McKinnon, pinch-hitter Roy Anderson singled to knock in the first run. The next batter Herbie Pitts lined one to second base but it proved to hot to handle as the tying run crossed the plate. Tommy McGinnis drew a walk to load the bases and Monaldi walked pinch-hitter Bob Hallbauer to force in the deciding run.

McKinnon, Monaldi (8) and Sutherland
Townsend, MacAskill (W) (7) and Madden

(May 30)   Reliever Rusty Wynn allowed no hits in his four innings of work as Rossland edged Fruitvale 3-2 in ten innings.  Ross Jackson led off the Rossland 10th with a double, advanced on a passed ball and scored the winner on Red Harrison's single.

McGibney, Pavlich (4), Wynn (W) (7) and Lamman
Ewing, F.Grieve (L) (7) and xxx

(June 6)  Nelson Tigers remained with an unblemished record Sunday in the West Kootenay Baseball League taking a 5-3 decision from Fruitvale. Alex Abrosimo led the offense with a double and triple driving in a pair of runs. Lefty Turner, from Kaslo, started on the hill for the Tigers giving way to Fred Townsend in the sixth inning. 

Grieve (L), Ewing (6) and xxx
Turner (W), Townsend and xxx

(June 16)   With 10-4 lacing of Fruitvale Wednesday night Nelson Tigers rang up their fourth straight win.

(June 20)   Fruitvale took advantage of a porous Trail defense to trounce the Cardinals 8-2 Sunday. They combined nine hits, two each by Doug Haines and Dave Ewing, with 10 Trail errors.  Fuzzy Grieve held the Cardinals to five hits while whiffing twelve.

Amundrud (L), McKinnon (5) and Sutherland, Cavanagh (8)
Grieve (W) and Carlson

(June 20)   After building up a 6-0 lead, Nelson held off a late rally by Rossland to notch a 6-3 victory Sunday behind the strong hurling of Fred Townsend who had a three-hit shutout until the 9th when the Cubs poked out five hits and scored three times.  Tigers took the early lead when Bob McNabb belted a homer in the second inning. They added four in the seventh on four hits and a walk and finished with a run in the top of the ninth. Cubs' big rally included a double by Ed Crowder and one-baggers from Ross Jackson, Paddy Lamman, Willie Scott and Marshall. Lamman led all hitters with a three-for four day.

Townsend (W) and Tinling
McGibney (L), Jones (7), Wynn (9) and Crowder

(June 22)  With a 10-7 victory over Rossland Cubs, Nelson maintained its unbeaten record with their sixth straight triumph. The Tigers opened with a five-run outburst in the first inning  and had a 7-0 lead after four innings. Bill Haldane led the attack with three hits, three runs and three runs batted in. Bob McNabb clouted a homer and single.

Lavorato (L), McGibney (5) and Crowder
McAskill (W), Townsend (7) and Tinling

(June 24)  Rossland overcame a 10-0 deficit Thursday to eke out an 11-10 decision over Fruitvale. After Fruitvale had run up 10 runs in the first two innings, Cubs fought back with five in the third, two in the fifth and sealed the deal with four runs in the bottom of the ninth.  Archie Scott drove in the winner after pitcher Buzz McGibney had scored the tying marker.

Ewing, F.Grieve (L) (4) and xxx
Jones, McGibney (W) (2) and xxx

(June 27)  With a 13-hit attack, three each by Mushy Anselmo and Julie Bilesky, Trail Cardinals whipped Fruitvale 10-2 Sunday. Bilesky knocked in four runs while Anselmo scored three. Red Sutherland smacked a homer and single in support of the solid hurling of Joey Monaldi who hurled a four-hitter and fanned eleven in going seven innings for the winners. Joey Jankola, in his senior ball debut, fanned three in two hitless innings of relief. Mel Sadler of the losers smacked one of the longest hits of the season in the first inning. It would have been a homer but for Sadler neglecting to touch second base on his trot around the diamond.

Ewing (L) Grieve(5) and Larson
Monaldi (W), Jankola (8) and Anselmo             

(June 27)  Veteran Rusty Wynn went all 13th innings on the mound for Rossland and scored the winning run as the Cubs edged Nelson 7-6 to hand the Tigers their first loss of the season.  In the fourth extra inning, Wynn singled, advanced on a sacrifice and came home on a liner by Johnny Lauriente who had four hits and pulled off several circus catches in centre field. Wynn, who gave up fourteen hits, pitched shutout ball after the fourth inning. Bill Haldane led the Tigers with three hits.

Turner, Townsend (9), MacAskill (L) (12) and xxx
Wynn (W) and xxx

(July 1)   Second sacker Andy Bilesky had a day for the scrapbook in leading a 21-hit attack as Trail demolished Nelson Tigers 20-3 Thursday. Bilesky smacked three homers, two singles, drew a walk, scored five times and drove in seven runs. His homers came in his first three trips to the plate. In the ninth, he made the fielding gem of the game to retire the side.  Mike Bakowy rapped out four hits, a homer, two doubles and a single, scored three times and knocked in four. Red Sutherland poked out three hits, scored three and had two runs batted in.

Jankoka (W), Bakowy (3), Amundrud (7) and Anselmo
Townsend (L), MacAskill (7) and McGinnis

(July 4)   Joey Monaldi fired a four-hitter Sunday to pace Trail to a 6-1 decision over Rossland. Julie Bilesky belted a homer and single for the winners and Kenny Stanton added three safeties. Paddy Lamman had three hits, one a triple, for the Cubs.

Monaldi (W) and xxx
McGibney (L) and xxx

(July 8)   Trail Cardinals ran up a 6-0 lead but had to hold off a ninth inning rally by Nelson to notch a 6-4 decision Thursday. A three-run homer by Andy Bilesky in the third inning proved to be the difference. The blast was one of the longest hit balls of the season, going over the wall in deep left-centre field. A week ago, Bilesky smacked three homers in a five-hit day also against Nelson. Gordon Amundrud fired five-hit, shutout ball for seven innings before tiring in the 8th and giving up a walk and three straight hits. Joey Jankola took over to put out the fire. Jack Mathers, imported from Grand Forks, went the distance in taking the loss for the Tigers. 

Mathers (L) and Tinling
Amundrud, Jankoka (8) and Anselmo

(July 11)   Mushy Anselmo smacked a two-two pitch to deep right field in the tenth inning Sunday at Butler Park and romped all the way home as Trail Cardinals topped the visiting Simchuck Brothers' Spokane nine 4-3. The American squad is one of the top teams in the Spokane Twilight League. Bob McKinnon held the visitors to seven hits in going the distance for the win. He fanned ten and walked none. Pradella, a big left-hander, fired a five-hitter, with ten strikeouts for the losers. He also had two hits and drove in a pair for Spokane.

Pradella (L) and Hastings
McKinnon (W) and Anselmo

(July 14)   With five runs in the last two innings, Trail Cardinals used a running game, stealing eight bases, to help down Fruitvale 7-4 Wednesday.  Down 3-2 after seven innings, Cardinals rallied for three in the 8th and a pair in the 9th for the victory. Andy Bilesky ran for five stolen bases, including two thefts of home. In the second inning, Bilesky was hit by a pitch and proceeded to steal second, third and home. Joey Monaldi held Fruitvale to five hits in going the route for the win, his fourth straight. Fuzzy Grieve gave up nine hits and fanned 12 in taking the loss.

Monaldi (W) and Anselmo
Grieve (L) and Simpson

(July 15)   Rossland Cubs whipped Nelson 13-6 Thursday to drop the Tigers out of first place in the West Kootenay League standings, a half game back of Trail. 

Townsend (L), Mathers (5) and xxx
Lavorato (W), Wynn (4) and xxx

Jerry Burleson(July 16)   Big right-hander Mule Brown tossed a five-hit shutout Friday as the touring Oakland Beavers blanked Trail Cardinals 4-0. Oakland catcher Jerry Burleson (left) proved all the offense the Beavers would need with a long homer in the 8th inning.  Bob McKinnon yielded eight hits and struck out ten in being tagged with the loss.

The visitors had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Isaac Hicks singled and "Hornet" Green drove one to centre field that got away from Kenny Stanton as both runners came home on the play. With two out in the 8th, Willie Johnson laid down a bunt along the first base line. Catcher Red Sutherland fielded the ball but threw wide of first and Johnson circled the bases to score the final run.

Brown (W) and Burleson
McKinnon (L) and Sutherland

(July 17)   Fisher held Nelson off the scoreboard Saturday as Oakland Beavers handed Nelson another 4-0 defeat collecting 11 hits off the Tigers' Fred Townsend. Nelson's Bill Haldane had the highlight for the locals with a triple.

Fisher (W) and xxx
Townsend (L) and xxx

(July 18)   Nelson again lined up against the Oakland Beavers Sunday after the scheduled league game was called off when Fruitvale couldn't make the date. The visitors notched their third straight win over the Tigers, winning 7-5 after blanking Nelson in the first two games. Wayne Carr, on the hill for Oakland, held the Tigers to nine hits in going the route for the win. Beavers collected 13 hits off three Nelson hurlers.The visitors drew first blood scoring  three runs in the fourth and adding three more in the fifth. Bill Haldane again led the Tigers with a triple and two doubles.

Carr (W) and xxx
Townsend (L), McNabb (4), Amundrud (7) and xxx

(July 19)   A couple of guys named Joey paired up to stop the Oakland Beavers 14-game winning streak. Joey Jankola and Joey Monaldi combined to hold the visitors to six hits as Trail took a 5-4 decision.  With Oakland ahead 3-2 going into the bottom of the fifth, Cardinals scored three, including what proved to be the winning run. With one out, the hometown nine loaded the bases on a single by Terry Cavanagh and walks to Jankoka and Julie Bilesky. Red Sutherland followed with a one-bagger to plate a pair and Trail produced another marker when Oakland third baseman Randy Olea bobbled Andy Bilesky's ground ball. Jankola was credited with the win and Mule Brown with the loss.

Brown (L), Roy Thomas (5) and xxx
Jankola (W), Monaldi (6) and xxx

(July 21)  Riding a six-run second inning, Nelson Tigers breezed to a 12-8 victory over Fruitvale. It was the seventh win in ten games for the Tigers moving them to within one game of the first place Trail Cardinals. Sandy McInnis put Fruitvale into the lead in the second inning when he connected on the longest hit of the season at the Recreation Grounds sending the ball 20 feet over the scoreboard in centre field. Nelson quickly responded with six runs in the bottom of the frame with playing coach Roy Anderson and Fred Tinling each driving in two runs. McInnis also also banged out a triple in the ninth with a terrific clout to right field. 

Grieve (L), Nutini (7) and xxx
Townsend (W), Ron Brown (7) and xxx

(July 22)  Scoring on a squeeze play in the bottom of the ninth inning, Trail Cardinals eked out a 5-4 win over Rossland Cubs.  Rossland had taken a 4-3 lead in the seventh but Trail got that one back in the bottom of the 8th. With one out in the ninth, Cards got four straight singles with winning pitcher Joey Monaldi driving one to left field, Mushy Anselmo dropping a Texas Leaguer along the left field foul line and Terry Cavanagh loading the sacks with another one-bagger before Julie Bilesky dropped a bunt down the first base line giving Monaldi plenty of time to score the winner. Monaldi held the Cubs to five hits while the Cardinals rapped 11 hits off Buzz McGibney and Kurt Broman.

Monaldi (W) and Anselmo
McGibney, Broman (7) and Crowder 

(July 25)   Trail playing coach Louis Demore scored on an error in the 10th inning to plate the deciding run in a 5-3 triumph over Nelson Tigers. Tied 2-2 after nine innings, Trail scored three in the top of the 10th while the Tigers fought back with one in the bottom of the extra frame. The victory moved the Cardinals three games ahead of second place Tigers in the league standings. Bob McKinnon scattered ten hits to gain the win while Jack Mathers allowed just five hits in being saddled with the loss.

McKinnon (W) and xxx
Mathers (L) and xxx

(July 25)   Ed Crowder pitched and batted Rossland to an 8-2 victory over hometown Fruitvale. Crowder held Fruitvale to six hits while the Cubs had 12 safeties including a three-run homer by Crowder.

Crowder (W) and xxx
Grieve (L) and xxx

(July 28)   Trail Cardinals managed just three hits, two by catcher Mushy Anselmo, in edging Fruitvale 5-4. The visitors punched out four straight hits in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Trail rebounded in the bottom of the first to score three times on two walks, two stolen bases, a wild pitch and two errors. They added another in the second before Fruitvale tied it with a pair in the third. The winning run came in the fifth on a fielder's choice. Gordon Amundrud pitched a six-hitter, with ten strikeouts, for the win. Fuzzy Grieve whiffed 13 in taking the loss. Second baseman Andy Bilesky knocked in a pair for the Cardinals. Catcher Jerry Simpson had two hits and drove in a pair for Fruitvale.

F.Grieve (L) and Simpson
Amundrud (W) and Anselmo, Sutherland (7)

(July 29)   Archie Scott rapped a bases-loaded triple in the 11th inning to give Rossland a 6-3 win over Nelson Tigers. Art Sdao and Willie Scott led the winners each with three hits and two runs scored. Herb Pitts had a homer and single for Nelson while Bill Haldane had four hits. Buzz McGibney scattered ten hits in going all the way for the pitching win.

McGibney (W) and xxx
Townsend (L) and xxx

(July 29)   The Nelson Juniors, behind the superlative hurling of Les Hufty, walloped Kaslo Seniors 16-1 Sunday afternoon. Hufty had a no-hitter through seven innings before Sonny Norberg and Dunn singled in the 8th scoring Driver who had reached on an error. They were the only hits he allowed. The right-hander also had a hand in the offense with a homer and a triple. Nelson took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and aided by ten Kaslo errors cruised to the win.

Norberg (L), Turner (6) and Hubbo
L.Hufty (W) and Koehle

(August 1)   With a 15-hit attack, Nelson Tigers upended the Trail Cardinals 13-5 Sunday and in the process handed Tigers' ace Joey Monaldi his first loss of the season after six straight victories. Shortstop Fred Madden led the assault driving in six runs with a homer and three singles and catcher Fred Tinling added three hits and three runs scored.  Roy Anderson and Jack Mathers combined to hold the Cards to six hits. Anderson, the Tigers' coach, was forced to start the game as Mathers didn't arrive until the fourth inning. 

Anderson (W), Mathers (4) and Tinling
Monaldi (L), Jankola (3) and Anselmo

(August 1)  Fuzzy Grieve was solid on the hill for Fruitvale in hurling the club over Rossland 3-1 Sunday taking a 2-0 lead in the second inning and staying in front the rest of the way. 

Lavorato (L) and xxx
F.Grieve (W) and xxx

(August 8)   In an exhibition tilt Sunday, Nelson Tigers cruised to an easy 9-3 triumph over Spokane Firemen. Fred Townsend gave up three solo homers - by Green, Bloomquist and Ivey - but otherwise hurled a strong game. Spence Tatchell had the game's big blow, a bases-loaded homer in the second inning. After Fred Madden singled, Townsend reached on a passed ball and Fritz Koehle singled to load the sacks, Tatchell hammered one to right for one of few right-field homers this season. 

Bloomquist (L), Mead and xxx
Townsend (W) and xxx

(August 11)   Trail Cardinals announced their withdrawal from the West Kootenay League citing "poor gate receipts" as a major reason for the decision. Team officials said the club has been unable to make ends meet as the return from league games did not match the expenses the club entailed when traveling. Only in exhibition games was the club able to make enough to cope with the high cost of operating a ball club.

(August 15)   Taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Fruitvale held the lead all the way in a 4-2 victory over Nelson. After Doug Haines drew a free pass and Jerry Simpson reached on an error, Sandy McInnis brought both home with a booming two-bagger. They added another run in the third on a walk, sacrifice and error before the Tigers broke into the scoring column as Ron Nash drove in Spence Tatchell who had led off with a single.  With two out in the seventh, Fritz Koehle tripled and came home on Roy Anderson's one-bagger. Fruitvale scored again in the eighth.  Fuzzy Grieve held Nelson to eight hits and set down 13 by strikeouts in claiming the pitching win over Les Hufty in the youngsters his first start for the Tigers. Hufty allowed just six hits but walked five.

L.Hufty (L) and xxx
Grieve (W), Ewing (9) and xxx

(August 20)   A four-run rally in the seventh and final inning carried Fruitvale to a 5-2 victory over Nelson. Trailing 2-1, Fruitvale took advantage of sloppy defensive play by the Tigers for the win. With one out, Rolly Gariepy banged a grounder to centre which looked to be an easy out at first but an overthrow resulted in Gariepy making it all the way to second. Court reached on an infield hit and both runners advanced on an error. A pop fly by Fuzzy Grieve fell between a cluster of players in centre field and Nelson's fourth error in the inning on a wild toss to third allowed Gariepy to score. Doug Haines received a free pass to load the bases and a run came home on Jerry Simpson's single to left.  Don Lewis followed with a double to plate two more. Grieve held Nelson to five hits to register the pitching win. Fred Townsend gave up six hits in taking the loss.

Grieve (W) and xxx
Townsend (L) and xxx

(August 22)   Pitcher Buzz McGibney belted a three-run triple in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Rossland a 3-1 triumph over Nelson.  After eight scoreless innings, the Tigers took the lead in the top of the ninth as Ron Nash walked, stole second and scored on a double by pitcher Jack Mathers. In the last of the ninth, Willie Scott got a free pass, Kurt Broman reached on an error and Johnny Lauriente walked before McGibney crushed his long ball to give Rossland the decision. McGibney gave up nine hits in chalking up the win while Mathers took a tough loss yielding just two hits.

Mathers (L) and xxx
McGibney (W) and xxx

(August 29)   Swede Larsen provided the punch as Nelson Tigers shaded Rossland Cubs 6-5 Sunday. Larsen smacked a bases-loaded triple in the first inning and followed with a two-run homer in the sixth.  Bill Haldane added three singles and scored twice. Jack Mathers stopped Rossland on eight hits while fanning 11. 

McGibney (L) and Crowder
Mathers (W) and Larsen

(September 2)   With clutch hitting, Fruitvale downed a weakened Nelson Tiger squad 8-3. Tigers fielded a smattering of regulars plus fill-ins from the junior and fastball ranks.  Dave Ewing led a 12-hit attack with three safeties while Court and Rolly Gariepy added two apiece. Alex Abrosimo had three hits for the Tigers. Fuzzy Grieve scattered 11 hits in going the distance for the win.

Townsend (L) and xxx
Grieve (W) and xxx

(September 5)   Jack Mathers struck out 18 in firing a five-hitter Sunday to lead Nelson to a 5-2 victory over Fruitvale and a bye into the league finals.  Swede Larsen, a mid-season acquisition by the Tigers, led a 14-hit attack with four safeties. Bill Haldane and Fritz Koehle each rapped three hits.

xxx and xxx   
Mathers (W) and Larsen

(September 12)  Rossland topped Fruitvale 4-2 in the first game of their semi-final playoff.

(September 15)   Rossland won a berth in the West Kootenay finals downing Fruitvale 10-8 Wednesday to take the series in two straight games. The game was called after eight innings because of darkness. Rusty Wynn was the winning hurler.

F.Grieve (L) and xxx
Wynn (W) and xxx

(September 19)  Nelson Tigers took a stranglehold on the West Kootenay final taking both games of Sunday's double-header  3-2 and 3-2.  In the opener, the Tigers dropped behind 2-0 in the first inning on Ross Jackson's two-run single before fighting back with a run in the second and two in the fifth for the win. In the second, Fred Tinling clouted a three-bagger to deep right field and scored on a squeeze bunt by Ron Nash. Swede Larsen singled in the fifth to drive in both Fred Koehle and Bill Haldane for the victory. Jack Mathers allowed seven hits in going all the way for the pitching win.

Lavorato (L) and Crowder
Mathers (W) and Larsen

Rossland again got on the scoreboard in the first inning in the second game as Johnny Lauriente crushed a homer to right field. Tigers took the lead with two runs in the third. Fred Townsend made first on a infield error and Fred Koehle followed with a mighty triple in right-centre field. Spence Tatchell brought Koehle home with a single. Nelson went ahead 3-1 in the fifth as Koehle hit another triple and came home when catcher Ed Crowder tried to throw out Bob McNabb at second base.  Rossland threatened in the 8th with one out scoring one run on Ross Jackson's fly ball with the bases loaded but Bill Haldane in centre field hauled in another fly ball to end the rally. Fred Townsend fired a five-hitter for the win while Nelson had seven hits of Rusty Wynn.

Wynn (L) and Crowder
Townsend (W) and Larsen

(September 26)    Rain and rhubarbs brought an early end to a scheduled playoff matchup in Rossland Sunday. The game was called after four innings with the teams in a 3-3 draw.

Mathers and Larsen
Lavorato and Crowder

(October 3)   Rossland Cubs downed Nelson 6-4 and 8-3 Sunday to even the West Kootenay final series at two games apiece.  In each game a big third inning carried Rossland to victory. In the opener, after taking the lead with a run in the second inning, Cubs plated four in the third to walked away with the triumph. Buzz McGibney scattered nine hits to take the mound win. He fanned 13 to best Jack Mathers of the Tigers who allowed just six hits and whiffed ten.

Mathers (L) and Tinling
McGibney (W) and Crowder

In the second game, Rossland exploded for eight runs in the third inning and coasted to the win, helped by six Nelson errors. Catcher Ed Crowder powered the attack with a two run homer and single. Pitcher Irv Lavorato had a two-run single.

Townsend (L), Mathers and Tinling
Lavorato (W), Wynn, Sdao and Crowder

There's been no record uncovered to show the final game being played.


ARROW LAKES / SLOCAN VALLEY

(May 23-24)  Silverton was victorious at the New Denver Tournament defeating the host New Denver squad 7-1 in the final. Dutch Groenhuysen proved too much for the locals in going the distance for the win. W.Graham led the winners with a triple, double and single.  Kuts Hayashi rapped a double and single for New Denver.

K.Hayashi, Takenaka (4), Pearson (8) and xxx
Groenhuysen (W) and xxx

Silverton topped Slocan City 5-3 in the opening game as B.Graham belted a homer and single and scored twice. Bo Harding went two for two and Dick Hambly added a pair of hits.  Nappy Sakamoto led the losers with a double.

Matsubayashi (L) and A.Oikawa
Groenhuysen (W), K.Gordon, Groenhuysen and Leask

New Denver won a berth in the final with a 5-1 victory over Winlaw. Tamo Takenaka led the offense with a two-bagger and a single. Kuts Hayashi had a double and Turk Avison and T.Okahari each had two singles. Tommy Pearson went four innings and Hayashi finished with two scoreless frames.

Slack (L) and Sutherland
Pearson (W), K.Hayashi (5) and Yamada

(May 24)  At the Victoria Day celebrations at Burton, Nakusp scored victories over the host, Burton, nine and Edgewood.  A five-run second inning carried Nakusp to a 10-0 triumph in the opener. Fred Desrochers and Otto Yanagisawa each drove in two runs in the big inning. Barin Yoshida tossed the shutout.

Yoshida (W) and Inouye
L.Johnson (L) and C.Marshall

Nakusp had an even bigger offensive show in the second game whipping Edgewood 16 to 2 after putting the game away with a six-run outburst in the second inning. Fred Desrochers smacked a three-run double in the inning and Herb Couling belted a three-run homer.

Olson (W) and Inouye
D.Bennett (L) and Donselaar

(June 6)  Nakusp unleashed a 17-hit attack to wallop New Denver 14-3 in Slocan-Nakusp Baseball League action burying the visitors with a seven-run outburst in the fourth inning. Del Olson hurled the win for Nakusp while Fred Desrochers led the assault with a triple and two singles. Bob Tsuruda and Rob Kerr each had three safeties and Barin Yoshida chipped in with a double and single. Tamo Takenaka and Walt Thring each had three of New Denver's nine hits.

Takenaka (L), Pearson (5) and Tateishi
Olson (W) and F.Desrochers

(June 13)   Winning pitcher Kuts Hayashi drove in Tamo Takenaka with a single in the 10th inning to give New Denver a hard fought 4-3 win over Nakusp.  Takenaka had reached on an error and proceeded to steal second and third. Nakusp opened the scoring in the second inning on a walk, passed ball and a single by Barin Yoshida. New Denver responded quickly taking the lead with two runs in the bottom of the second on Jimmy Tateishi's two-run single. Nakusp regained the lead in the fourth scoring one on a pair of errors and another on Fred Desrochers' single.  The home club knotted the count in the 7th with a hard hit ball by Walt Thring bringing home the marker. Hayashi fanned 12 in going the distance for the win.

Olson, Couling (7) and F.Desrochers
K.Hayashi (W) and Yamada

(June 13)  The Slocan Seniors nosed out the Nelson Juniors 8-7 Sunday afternoon.  Ako Matsubayashi allowed 12 hits in going the distance for the winners. He fanned seven and walked five. Les Hufty on the hill for Nelson, also yielded 12 hits. 

L.Hufty and R.Koehle
Matsubayashi and Nuduye

(June 20)  New Denver scored two in the first inning Sunday and cruised to a 9-2 victory over Silverton.  A walk, Dave Crellin's double, a sacrifice and a single by Kuts Hayashi provided the early lead.  They added three more in the third on a hit a five errors.  Winning hurler Tamo Takenaka led the winners with three hits. 

Takenada (W) and Yamada
Groenhuysen (L) and Leask

(June 27)   Nappy Sakamoto led Slocan City with three hits in a 5-4 decision over New Denver.  After New Denver had taken a 3-0 lead, Slocan rallied with four runs in the bottom of the second. They scored the winner in the sixth. Ako Matsubayashi picked up the win in relief.

Pearson (L), Hayashi (3) and Yamada
Akada, Matsubayashi (W) (3), and J.Inouye

(July 4)  Young right-hander Tommy Pearson fanned 17 Sunday in pitching New Denver to an 11-5 victory over Kaslo. He walked two and allowed seven hits. Tamo Takenada and Shig Kiyono rapped triples for the winners while Dave Crellin and Walter Thring had two-baggers.  Driver belted a two-run homer for Kaslo. New Denver collected nine hits and 13 walks off two Kaslo hurlers.

Norberg, Turner and xxx
Pearson (W) and Yamada

(July 11)   In a game twice interrupted by rain, Winlaw erupted for nine runs in the seventh inning to top New Denver 10-7.  The visitors combined a double, three singles and six walks in the big inning. Bert Avis paced the attack with three hits, one a two-bagger. Tamo Takenaka went four-for-four and stole six bases for New Denver.  In five games, Takenaka has a .500 batting average and 17 stolen bases. Kuts Hayashi poked a double and single. Tommy Pearson, the starter for New Denver, fanned 12 in six innings.

E.Gustafson, Swanson (W) (6) and xxx
Pearson, Takenaka (7), K.Hayashi (7) and xxx

(July 25)   In an wild one at New Denver, the teams combined for 34 runs, 27 hits and 22 errors as the home club outlasted Slocan City 20-14. New Denver scored four in the first and two more in the second and were never headed, ending their assault with an 11-run explosion in the eighth inning. Shig Kiyono and Mas Yamada led the attack each with two doubles and a single. Tommy Pearson, the winning pitcher, also had three hits while Tamo Takenaka, Kuts Hayashi, Andy Avison and Dave Crellin each added a double and single.  Johnny Inouye collected three hits for Slocan. 

Matsubayashi (L), Sakamoto (1), Akada (8), Oikawa (8) and xxx
Pearson (W), Takenaka (6) and xxx

(August 1)   Andy Avison rapped out five hits and Mas Yamada had four as New Denver unleashed a 24-hit attack in walloping Winlaw 19 to 6.  New Denver put the game away with a ten run outburst in the fourth inning.  Kuts Hayashi, Dave Crellin, Tamo Takenaka, Ray Tippie and Bob Butler each had three safeties for the winners.

Swanson (L), Gustafson, Brown and xxx
Pearson (W), Takenaka and xxx   

(August 8)   In a thriller at Nakusp, the hosts had their stiffest battle of the season Sunday in battling the Nelson Juniors to a 3-3 draw in 12 innings.  The contest featured strong hurling on both sides with Les Hufty going the full 12 innings with a nine-hit effort for Nelson while Chuck Bravasoff and Ken Highland gave up ten hits in mound duties for Nakusp. Bravasoff went nine innings, allowing seven hits, and Highland finished up. 

L.Hufty and xxx
Bravasoff, Highland (10) and xxx

(August 8)  In a game which featured three homers, a triple and seven doubles, Silverton topped New Denver 7-2 in the final game of the regular season in the Slocan League. George "Dutch" Groenhuysen held New Denver to seven hits while racking up eight strikeouts.  K.Oda and Groenhuysen slugged a homers for the winners while John Leask chipped in with three safeties and James Fairhurst ripped a triple and double. Kuts Hayashi crushed a homer for New Denver and Dave Crellin helped with three hits. 

Groenhuysen (W) and xxx
Takenaka (L), K.Hayashi (8) and xxx

For New Denver, Tamo Takenaka finished atop the batting race with a .486 average in 35 at bats, topping Mas(Cuke) Yamada at .393 and Kuts Hayashi with a .371 average. Takenaka also led in stolen bases with 22.

(August 15)   After falling behind 10 to 4 in the seventh inning, New Denver roared back with eight runs in the last three innings to top Silverton 12-11 in a 10 inning battle to knock Silverton out of the playoffs. Quentin Forsythe reached on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the tenth and came home with the winning marker as Kuts Hayashi belted one to left field.  New Denver began the rally in the 8th when Shig Kiyono's double and an error brought in four runs and three more hits plus sacrifices by Walt Thring and Kiyono brought in the tying run. Silverton's Randolph Harding let all hitters with three safeties, one a double.

Pearson, Takenada (W) (4) and xxx
Groenhuysen (L) and xxx

(August 22)   Behind a five-hitter by Les Hufty Nelson Juniors beat Nakusp Seniors 4-2 Sunday.  Diminutive Bob Koehle, the Nelson catcher, boomed out a double and single and scored twice to led the juniors' attack. Ed Desrochers smacked a homer and single for Nakusp. Chuck Bravasoff took the loss giving up six hits.

Bravasoff (L), Highland and F.Desrochers
L.Hufty (W) and Koehle

(August 22)   New Denver downed Slocan City 10-6 Sunday to claim the Graham Cup and win a berth against Nakusp for the Big Bend Lumber Company Trophy.  Kuts Hayashi settled down after a rough first stanza to go the distance for the pitching win. A five run fifth inning, highlighted by Shig Kiyono's two-run triple, carried New Denver to the win. Tamo Takenaka led the offense with four hits. Adam Clough led the losers with three hits, one a double.

Matsubayashi (L), Akada (5) and xxx
K.Hayashi (W) and xxx

(August 22)   At Edgewood Sunday, the local squad topped Nakusp 6-5 in an evening game after rain halted the afternoon affair in the second inning.  A good crowd was on hand for the match.

(August 29)   Tamo Takenada hurled a five-hit shutout to lead New Denver to a 2-0 win over Nakusp in the first game of the playoffs for the Big Bend Trophy and championship of the Arrow Lakes - Slocan League.  A wild pitch and a throwing error gave New Denver an unearned run in the fourth and the second run came in the fifth on a walk and two hits.  Takenaka fanned eight and walked four. Ken Highland was the tough-luck loser pitching a five-hitter.

Highland (L) and xxx
Takenaka (W) and xxx

(September 5)   Nakusp evened the final series for the Big Bend Trophy at a game apiece walloping New Denver 11-2 although out-hit 11 to 10.  A six-run fourth inning carried Nakusp to the victory. Fred Desrochers led the winners with a homer and single. Otto Yanagisawa rapped a double and single. Dave Crellin crushed a homer and two doubles for New Denver and Shig Kiyono had a double and two singles. Del Olson went all the way for the pitching win.

Olson (W) and xxx               
Hayashi (L), Pearson (6) and xxx

(September 6)   New Denver put a beating on the home squad in a tilt at Vimy Park at Kaslo scoring a 12-5 victory. Tommy Pearson hurled the win while New Denver battered three Kalso moundsmen.

Pearson (W) and C.Yamada
Sonny Norberg, Ray Norberg, J.Turner and Matsuzako

(September 12)   Tamo Takenaka, who threw a five-hit shutout in the opening game of the playoff with Nakusp, was even better Sunday in holding Nakusp to two hits as New Denver won the league championship with a 1-0 victory. The only run came in the seventh inning as Shig Kiyono led off with a single to centre field and came around to score on Bob Butler's drive to deep right field. Takenaka out-dueled Del Olsen who surrendered just six hits

Olsen (L) and xxx
Takenaka (W) and xxx

(September 16)  The Arrow Lakes News published the stats for the New Denver and Nakusp teams showing a mainly offensive league as Nakusp hit .339 as a team and New Denver wasn't far behind at .309.

New Denver G AB H SB AVE
Takanaka Tamo 8 35 17 22 .486
Yamada Mas 7 28 12 4 .429
Hayashi Kuts 8 35 13 5 .371
Avison Andy 8 36 12 2 .333
Butler Robert 4 9 3 4 .333
Crellin Dave 8 38 12 4 .316
Tippie C.Ray 3 10 3 1 .300
Thring Walt 5 21 6 1 .286
Kiyono Shig 5 19 5 5 .263
Pearson Tommy 6 19 5 0 .263
Tateishi Jimmy 4 14 2 0 .143
Kato G. 2 7 1 0

.143

Saruyama W. 3 8 1 0 .125
           
Nakusp G AB H SB AVE
Highland Ken 14 8 .571
Desrochers Fred 37 16 .432
Yanagisawa Otto 29 12 .414
Hoshizaki Kaz 41 15 .366
Couling Herb 18 6 .333
Olson Del 27 9 .333
Tsuruda Bob 35 11 .314
Desrochers Fred 30 9 .300
Yoshida Barin 34 10 .294
Kerr Rod 27 7 .259
Johnson Fred 21 4 .190
White Reggie 6 1 .167

(September 20)   New Denver, celebrating a successful season in winning both the Graham Cup for the Slocan Valley championship and the Big Bend Trophy for the Arrow & Slocan Lakes title met at the home of Walter Thring to review the season.  Following a general discussion it was decided to hold a dance with proceeds to be used for new equipment for next season.  Records of the official scorekeeper, Dan Morgan, showed Tamo Takenaka winning the individual players cup, donated by Shig Kiyono, for the highest batting average, .486, and the prize donated by Dick Fowler for the most stolen bases, 22. Besides the regular league games, the team played five exhibition and five playoff games. Of the 18 games, they won 12 and lost six. Of the three pitchers, Tommy Pearson won three and lost one, Takenaka had a 7-3 won-lost mark and Kuts Hayashi 2-2. Pearson led in strikeouts with 68 in 46 innings. Hayashi had the best earned run average, 2.94. Overall, Takenada led in batting .427, runs, 22, runs batted in, 23, stolen bases, 30, and tied Kiyono with two triples.  Dave Crellin had the most doubles, six. Crellin and Hayashi had the only homers.

(September 26)   In a free swinging affair, New Denver Seniors pounded out 14 hits Sunday in shading the Nelson Juniors 7 to 6. Tamo Takenada led the winners with four hits. Frank Hufty had three of the 12 Nelson hits, two doubles and a single. With a 6-6 tie and two out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Dave Crellin drove in Walter Thring with the winning marker.

L.Hufty (L) and xxx
xxx, Takenaka (W) and xxx


EAST KOOTENAY

(June 6)  Sagle, idaho, punched out 22 hits Sunday to crush Cranbrook 16 to 4 in the opener of the Montana-Idaho-BC League at Cranbrook.  Vern Verhei, the former Washington State star, held the locals without a hit until the fourth inning, yielding just seven in a complete game effort.

Verhei and W.Hawkins
Bayley, Sax and Wade

(June 20)   The Legionaires of Cranbrook picked up their first win in three starts in the Montana-Idaho-BC loop Sunday with an 8-6 victory over Sandpoint V.F.W.  Pitcher Young's swat to the outfield in the seventh inning brought in two runs to break a 6-6 deadlock. The winners had 12 hits while Young and Bayley held the visitors to seven.

Chaffins, Dowling, Chaffins and Olsen
Young, Bayley and Sax

(June 27)  Cranbrook Legion upended Copeland, idaho, 6-4. Tied 4-4 into the bottom of the ninth, Joe Downey's double with the bases-loaded provided the winning marker.

Gutherie (L) and Jackson
Young, Bayley, Corbett and Sax

(July 8)   Led by lefty hurler and coach Ray Humble, Creston seniors won three of four games in the BC-Montana-Idaho circuit and sit in second spot in the league standings. Besides the three wins in league action, Creston has won three exhibition matches. The club won a tournament in Cranbrook May 24th by taking out Fernie and Michel and in a later exhibition hammered Copeland, Idaho 9-2.  Creston defeated Cranbrook 2-1 in the league opener, then topped Copeland 8-4, Troy, Montana, 6-1 while dropping a 6-1 decision to Sand Point, Idaho.

(July 11)   With a 6-2 victory over Sagle, Creston moved into first place in the standings with a 4-1 record. Ray Humble went the distance for the win besting Turnbull of the American nine.

Turnbull (L) and Hawkins
Humble (W) and Nickoldoff

(July 25)  Clark Fork of Idaho downed Creston 6-2 Sunday. Shortstop Sacht led the visitors with three hits and winning pitcher Stender had a pair.  Second baseman Boffey smacked three hits for the losers. The Americans scored three in the first inning and coasted to the victory. Stender allowed seven hits in posting the win while Tedford, who fanned 12, yielded 10 hits.

Stender (W) and Plamer
Tedford (L) and Nickoldoff

(July 28)   The barnstorming Oakland Beavers defeated Cranbrook 11-8 Wednesday in a game called after six innings because of winter-like weather as the temperature dipped to around 40 degrees. In nearby Crow's Nest it snowed.  The California club tried to stay warm building a bonfire in front their bench. Bobby Mitchell led the home club knocking in seven runs with a grand slam homer and a three-run shot. 

(August 2)   Creston downed Cranbrook 6-2 in a Montana-Idaho-BC League tilt at Cranbrook. Ray Humble held the locals to seven hits in hurling the victory. The only runs against him came in the ninth on Ray's two-run homer.

Humble (W) and Rota
Bayley (L) and Moore

(August 22)   Troy, Montana, edged Creston 3-2 in the final league contest at Creston dropping the locals to third place in the standings.  Shutout for eight innings, Troy tallied all three runs in the ninth loading the bases on two hits and an error. An infield single scored the first run and an error and single scored two more. Lindsey went the distance for the win besting Ray Humble.

Lindsey (W) and Winslow
Humble (L) and Nickoldoff

(August 29)  At Sagle, Idaho, Creston handed the league-leaders a 9-5 defeat, just the third loss for Sagle in 13 games, two at the hands of Creston who took the lead with three runs on five hits in the second inning. Tedford went the route for the win. Catcher Hawkins of Sagle led the hitters knocking in four runs with a pair of triples.

Tedford (W) and Nickoldoff
Verhei (L), Turnbull (2) and Hawkins

(September 5)   Playing across the border, Creston scored seventeen runs in the final three innings to dump Clark Fork 18-4. Trailing 2-1 after six innings, Creston erupted for six runs in the 7th, eight more in the eighth and three in the ninth. The home squad ran into some bad luck losing their shortstop with a sprained knee and catcher in the eighth with a broken finger. A succession of four pitchers struggled through the last three innings for the Americans.

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


CROW'S NEST PASS LEAGUE

(June 6)  Blairmore came from behind to top Hillcrest 5-3.  Hillcrest had a 3-1 lead in the 6th inning when Sider Chala blasted a home run with the bases loaded to provide the winning margin.

(June 9)  Playing their first game at the Natal Park, the Natal-Michel Sports Club were hammered 11-4 by Coleman Cubs, last year's Crow's Nest Pass champions.  The visitors collected 16 hits off three Natal hurlers.  Coleman took the lead with three runs in the first inning and put the game away with a seven-run outburst in the fourth.  Stumpo Kimoto yielded ten hits and fanned 13 in going the route for the winners.

Stumpo Kimoto (W) and xxx
W.Krall (L), Knibbs (1), Scott and xxx

(June 16)  Behind the solid six-hit pitching of Lefty Scott, the Natal Sports Club won their second straight game in the Crow's Nest Pass League after dropping the league opener. Natal handed the Hillcrest Miners their 5th consecutive loss, 5-1.  Natal went to work on visiting pitcher Quintillio right in the first inning when they scored a pair and had the bases loaded when the side was retired. They added a run in the third and two more in the fourth. Miners avoided a shutout when they took advantage of two errors in the sixth inning to score their only run. Scott led the winners with two hits.  Veteran John Elick had three for Hillcrest. Quintillio didn't allow a hit after the fourth inning.

Quintillio (L) and xxx
Scott (W) and xxx

(June 29)  Combing four Blairmore pitchers for 34 hits, the Natal Sports Club soundly trounced Blairmore Columbus Club in both ends of a double-header, 19 to 7 and 10-0. 

(July 1-4)  Blairmore Dominion Day Tournament

Blairmore Columbus Club smacked 17 hits off four Hillcrest hurlers to down the Miners 19-11 in the final of the Dominion Day tournament. A four run first inning put Blairmore in the driver's seat. Only a six-run rally by Hillcrest in the 8th inning made the score seem respectable. Draper went the route for the winners giving up eight hits.

Draper (W) and Vejprava
Bianchini, Quintillio, Elick, Grant and Quin.

On July first, Coleman shaded Michel 6-5 and Hillcrest notched a 3-1 victory of Lethbridge Purity 99. Kimoto survived a rough start, giving up three first inning runs to Michel, before settling down to fire a six-hitter in the Cubs' victory.  Coleman rapped 12 hits off a pair of Michel twirlers.

Kimoto (W) and Yoshinaka
Cole, Scott and Salahub

Karliner's mighty blow in the top of the ninth gave Hillcrest a 3-1 victory over Purity 99. Johnny Quintillio and Bill Kucheran hooked up in a dandy pitcher's duel with each allowing just five hits.

Quintillio (W) and Elick
Kucheran (L) and Richardson

(July 15)  Natal Sports Club moved into first place with a sweep of a twin-bill with the luckless Hillcrest Miners. Natal broke loose with six runs in the fifth inning of the opener to win 12-6 behind a six-hitter by Whalley Krall. Knibbs homered for the winners.

Orr, Elick and xxx
W.Krall (W) and xxx

Knibbs hurled five-hit ball in the second game as Natal walked away with a 7-1 triumph. Chala paced the winners with two booming three-baggers.

Orr, Bianchini and xxx
Knibbs (W) and xxx

(July 25)  Coleman's powerful Cubs wound up atop the standings dumping Natal Sports Club 11-8 Sunday to break a tie for the league leadership. Backed by a 14-hit attack, Lefty Kimoto went the distance for the winners surviving 15 hits. Bill Fields paced the Cubs with three hits while Began Krall whacked out four safeties for Natal. 

L.Kimoto (W) and xxx
Katrichak, Scott, W.Krall and xxx

(July 27)   In the Crow's Nest Pass League playoffs, Hillcrest Miners sent Natal to the sidelines sweeping the first round series by scores of 8-3 and 4-0. In the first game, Whalley Krall of Natal and Guthrie of Hillcrest hooked up in a mound duel until the sixth inning when Hillcrest scored four runs. Guthrie allowed eight hits in doing the distance for the win.

Guthrie (W) and xxx
W.Krall (L), Scott (7) and xxx

In the second game, Elick of Hillcrest and Tommy Krall of Natal faced off with Krall in his first action since the loss of his left eye at a ball game two years ago.  The teams battled to a scoreless tie until the end of the sixth inning when Hillcrest scored three runs, one coming on a solo homer by second baseman Chan.  Elick allowed just two hits, both by catcher Cliff Salahub, and fanned seven. Krall, given a big hand by the crowd for his splendid comeback, stuck out ten batters in taking the loss.

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

(July 28)  Coleman Cubs won a berth in the league final by sweeping its series with Blairmore Columbus Club 7-5 in 12 innings and 3-2. 

(August 2)   Coleman Cubs drubbed Hillcrest Miners 10-3 Sunday at Coleman to deadlock their series at one game apiece. The Miners won the first game at Hillcrest.  Lefty Kimoto limited the Miners to six hits while his teammates were combing the offerings of Guthrie and Bianchini for 14 safe blows. Ray Hayashi collected a pair of booming triples and a single to pace the Cubs attack. Bill Fraser and Dave Pow also clubbed three hits. Bianchini had three for the losers.

Guthrie (L), Bianchini and xxx
Lefty Kimoto (W) and xxx

(August 4)   Playing before a record crowd at Natal, the touring Oakland Beavers from California downed the host club 6-3.  It was the first coloured nine to tour Natal in many years. The visitors took an early lead with three runs on three hits and two walks in the first inning. Natal rebounded in the sixth loading the bases and scoring three on a triple by Began Krall. Oakland put the game away in the ninth scoring a pair on two hits an an error. The thrilling contest ended when J. Krall poled a double as a pinch-hitter but was thrown at in a close play at third base.  Percy Fisher pitched a strong game for the Beavers allowing seven hits while striking out an even dozen batters. Tom Krall yielded 11 hits in taking the loss. Isaac Hicks and Bud Watkins each had two hits for Oakland while Cliff Salahub and Paul Chala had two apiece for Natal.

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

(August 5)  With a 5-1 victory at Hillcrest, Coleman Cubs took a one-game lead in the best-of-five series for the Crow's Nest Pass baseball championship. Stumpo Kimoto, who had a no-hitter for seven innings, fired a two-hit masterpiece for the winners. He allowed singles in the 8th and 9th. Dave Pow and Roy Hayashi each had two hits for Coleman. Johnny Elick took the loss giving up nine hits.

S.Kimoto (W) and xxx
J.Elick (L) and xxx

(August 8)  Coleman Cubs captured the Crow's Nest Baseball League championship Sunday when they launched a 20-hit attack on the Hillcrest Miners to post a 20-3 victory.  Cubs won the best-of-five series three games to one. Jimmy Kitaguchi led the winners with five hits in five trips to the plate. Alex Kovacik also poked out five safeties. Dave Pow and Roy Hayashi each chipped in with four. Charlie Kitaguchi, Hayashi and Kovacik all homered for the winners with Cecil Rhodes clouting a four-master for the Miners.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(August 29)  A two-run homer by Cliff Salahub in the third inning proved to be the difference as Natal-Michel Sports Club downed Blairmore Columbus Club 7-5 Sunday to with the best-of-three series in the J.K. Ringland Cup playoffs. Natal-Michel now moves into the finals. Whalley Krall allowed seven hits in chalking up the win for Natal-Michel.

W.Krall (W) and Salahub
Giacomuzzi (L) and Vejprava


PRINCE GEORGE & DISTRICT BASEBALL LEAGUE

The forerunner to the Central Interior Baseball League, the 1948 Prince George & District Baseball League was comprised of six teams. Four of the entries, the Pollards, Bears, Timbars and Vet’s Taxi, were from Prince George proper while the Giscome Dodgers and West Lake Loggers were area representatives. The reporting of game results to the press by member teams wasn’t always up to par but the season was plagued with an unusually wet summer which caused numerous postponements.

(May 30)   West Lake Loggers whipped Giscome Dodgers 23-12 in a wild affair Sunday.  Hugh Glazier who belted a homer for the Loggers managed to survive 11 hits and 11 walks to go the distance fanning 14 to post his first league victory. Floyd Berndt took the loss. Loggers rapped 16 hits and took advantage of 10 Dodger errors.

Glazier (W) and xxx
Berndt (L), Strymecki, xxx and xxx, xxx

(May 31) The Prince George Pollards edged the Prince George Bears 6-4 in the opening action for both teams in the city baseball league. Syl Favero and Stoddy Rhodes scored for the Pollards in the 7th for the winning run and an insurance marker. Ray Regnier, who had a homer, knocked in three runs for the winners. Reg McEachnie was the star of the game in a losing cause firing a five-hitter while whiffing 14.  John Baumgarten held the Bears to four hits with six strikeouts in registering the win.

Baumgarten (W) and Gerein
R.McEachnie (L) and W.Muirhead

(June 6)  Giscome Dodgers rallied for five runs in the seventh inning to down Vet's Taxi 13-11. The Dodgers big outburst followed the Vet's six-run explosion in the sixth.  Dodgers out-hit the Vet's 16 to 9.

(June 8)   Playing error-less ball and with a 15-hit attack, West Lake dumped the Prince George Bears 13-5 on the dusty Duchess Park diamond.  Loggers got two in the first inning, one a line-drive homer by Dick Meiers, and were never headed.  Second baseman Merv Holder led the way with a homer and three singles and right-fielder Carr added a triple, two singles and three runs.  Winning pitcher Hugh Glazier had two hits and three runs scored. The Bears second sacker Charlie Gabrielle had three of the losers' ten hits, one a four-bagger. Bears' first baseman Bill Fleming drove in three runs.

Glazier (W) and Doyle
R.McEachnie (L) and Muirhead

(June 9)  Norm Schnepf pitched and batted Pollards to a 10-3 victory over Vet's Taxi Wednesday. He went the distance on the mound for the winners and put the game out of reach with a three-run homer in the final inning. Catcher Eddie Gerein broke up a scoreless tie with a three-run homer in the third. 

N.Schnepf (W) and E.Gerein
R.Cohn (L) and xxx

(June 13)  The league's high-octane offensive trend continued Sunday as the previously winless Prince George Bears unleashed a 20-hit attack to demolish the Giscome Dodgers 22-10. Don McEachnie and Howie Sugden each smacked four hits for the winners with Reg McEachnie contributing three hits.  Two of Sugden;s safeties were doubles. Charlie Gabrielle cracked a homer and single and scored five times. Losing pitcher Floyd Berndt had a four-bagger for the Dodgers. It was sweet revenge for the Bears having suffered a 6-0 shutout at the hands of the Dodgers in their last encounter.

Withiam, McEachnie (3) and Muirhead
Berndt, Anderson, Struthers and Granley

(June 15)   A four-run first inning proved enough for victory for the West Lake Loggers as they whipped Vet's Taxi 13-2 Tuesday in a city league fixture at Duchess Park.  Four errors and a single by Don Doyle gave the woodsmen their four run advantage, They augmented their total with one in the second and seven more in the third. Hugh Glazier and Dick Meiers combined to hold the Vets to four hits. Vets compounded their troubles making eight errors. Boyd Meiers, Glazier and Lungreen each had two hits and two runs. Doyle scored three times.

Cohn (L) and Pauquette
Glazier, D.Meiers and Lungreen

(June 15)   The Timbars would rather forget their first start of the 1948 season, a 23-5 drubbing at the hands of the powerful Pollards at Duchess Park Tuesday.

(June 16)   The teen-aged Timbars took another beating in the city league Wednesday dropping a 19-5 decision to the Prince George Bears.  The Timbars put up a good fight scoring four times in the first inning. But, by then they were already behind 8-0 and the Bears added five more in the second inning and another five in the fourth. Paschal led the assault with a home run, two singles and four runs scored. Wilson also had three hits while Scott had a homer and single.  Reg McEachnie held the Timbars to seven hits, a pair by Steve Mentanko, and fanned 14.

Harvey (L), Russman (4) and xxx
R.McEachnie (W) and xxx

(June 22)   In a game which feature some zany baseball in the 8th inning, the Bears topped Vet's Taxi 7-2 Tuesday at Duchess Park.  Skalicki doubled and scored in the first inning then tripled and scored in the third to pace the winners.  The eventual winning run came home in the fourth when Paschal and Reg McEachnie singled to score Wilson. Catcher Scott rapped three hits for the Bears and Flick had a pair for the losers, including a first inning home run.  In the 8th frame, Charlie Gabrielle smacked a triple and as the ball got away from Ralph Cohn on the throw-in Gabrielle scooted home. Politely informed that he had missed first base on his gallop around the bases, Gabrielle started all over. Cohn tried to catch him at first but fired the ball well over the head of Bill Paschal as Gabrielle continued to second.  In the ninth, Don Muirhead of the Bears also missed a base after a hard-hit ball to deep centre but wasn't informed in time as Vet's got the putout.

Gabrielle (W), R.McEachnie and Scott
D.Muirhead (L), Rogers and Pauquette

(June 23)    Outfielder Ball had five hits and Don Berry and shortstop Eddie Gerein each chipped in four in leading a 24-hit assault for Pollards in a 24-4 trouncing of the Dodgers at Giscome. Norm Schnepf scattered eight hits for the pitching win.

Schnepf (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Pollards    4 - 0
West Lake   3 - 0  0.5
Bears       3 - 2  1.5
Timbars     1 - 2  2.5
Giscome     1 - 3  3.0
Vet's Taxi  0 - 5  4.5

(June 27)  Pollards continued their unbeaten season downing West Lake 4-1  Hugh Glazier knocked in the winning run with a triple in the fifth inning.

Zolli (W) and Gerein
Skalicki (L), Glazier and Doyle

(June 27)   Timbars whipped Giscome 21-9.

(June 27)   West Lake downed Timbars 5-1.

(July 16)   Stoddy Rhodes fired a one-hitter Friday but it was the Pollards offense that stirred the fans in a 17-1 victory over the Timbars are Athletic Park. 

(July 18)   At Giscome, the Dodgers scored three runs in each of the first and second innings en route to an 11-3 decision over Vet's Taxi.  Doug Struthers yielded six hits in going the distance for the win.

Cohn (L), Muirhead and Pauquette, McKenzie
Struthers (W) and Scott

(July 21)   Giscome Dodgers turned the tables on Timbars trouncing the visitors 23-15. Timbars had embarrassed the Dodgers 21-9 last month. Giscome pounced on Bruce Harvey for four runs in the first inning and ran up the score with nine more in the second for a 13-0 lead. But, that wasn't safe as Timbars blasted Doug Struthers from the hill in the third with a 13-run explosion to tie the count before the Dodgers again went on the offensive to win easily. Floyd Berndt picked up the win in relief.

Harvey, Sims (2), Moffat and xxx
Struthers, Berndt (W) (3) and xxx

(July 20)   With a seven run cushion after the first inning, Prince George Bears blanked the Pollards 11-0 Tuesday behind a 14-hit attack.  Bill Dobson and Reg McEachnie combined to hold Pollards to six hits.  Catcher Wilson Muirhead led the winners with three hits. Stoddy Rhodes, sent to the showers in the first inning, took the loss.

Dobson, McEachnie and xxx
Rhodes (L), Schnepf (1) and xxx

(July 25)   Giscome Dodgers almost blew a 16-3 advantage before downing the Prince George Bears 16-11. Down 16-3 into the bottom of the ninth, the Bears rallied for eight runs and had the bases loaded before Floyd Berndt made the catch on a drive to right field for the final out. Berndt had hurled into the ninth before giving way to Doug Struthers and taking over in the outfield. Dodgers rapped out 18 hits in the victory.

Berndt (W), Struthers (9) and xxx
Withiam (L) and xxx

(July 27)   Pollards and West Lake battled to a 7-7 draw Tuesday. Trailing 7-4 going into the ninth, the garagemen scored three for the tie. Hugh Glazier scattered eight hits for the Loggers while his teammates garnered nine safeties from two Pollards' hurlers.  Darkness prevented the game from going into extra innings.

xxx, xxx and xxx
Glazier and xxx

(July 29)  On Thursday, the Bears and Timbars fought to a 7-7 tie when rain halted the game in the eighth inning after the Bears had come from behind with a three-run rally. Bruce Harvey pitched steady ball for the Timbars although wildness nearly cost him the game. He issued eight free passes. Timbars showed vast improvement afield with just two errors while the Bears were guilty of six miscues.

(August 1)  Before a large and enthusiastic home crowd, Giscome Dodgers moved into first place in the league standings with an 8-6 verdict over West Lake Loggers. Alex Anderson, who went the distance for the win, doubled in the 8th to knock in two runs for the victory. 

Skoglund, Glazier (3) and xxx
A.Anderson (W) and xxx

(August 15)    An eighth inning rally resulted in five runs and provided the Giscome Dodgers with enough for a 12-8 triumph Sunday over Prince George Bears in a game at Giscome.  Floyd Berndt registered the pitching win in relief of starter Doug Struthers.

McEachnie (L) and xxx
Struthers, Berndt (W) (4) and xxx

(August 17)   Stoddy Rhodes fired a four-hitter Tuesday as Pollards blanked West Lake 8-0. Rhodes whiffed 12 and walked two. The winners had nine hits off two West Lake hurlers with Norm Schnepf, Lud Zolli and Ken Rhodes each with a pair. Zolli had the lone extra base blow, a triple. Hugh Glazier started for the losers but removed himself  in the second inning in favour of Allan Bigelow, a new import from the prairies.

Glazier (L), Bigelow (2) and Doyle
S.Rhodes (W) and Gerein

Pollards    9 - 1
West Lake   6 - 3  2.5
Giscome     6 - 4  3.0
Bears       5 - 5  4.0
Timbars     2 - 7  6.5
Vet's Taxi  0 - 8  8.0

(August 19)   Prince George Bears continued their winning ways Thursday evening as they defeated Timbars 10-2 behind the four-hit pitching of Chuck Gabrielle.  Timbars failed to give support to new starter C.Danby and allowed the Bears to score five times in the first inning. Timbars made eight errors. 

Gabrielle (W) and xxx
C.Danby (L) and xxx

(August 20)   Bears ran up a 9-0 lead Friday but had to hold off a late charge by West Lake to post a 9-6 victory in a game called after six innings on account of darkness.  Bears out-hit the home squad 11-8.

(August 21)   Vet's Taxi blew a 6-0 lead and had to settle for a 6-6 tie Saturday evening. The game was called after six innings on account of rain and darkness. Vet's scored all their markers in the third inning while Timbars fought back with one in the third, three in the fourth and two in the bottom of the sixth for the draw. Each team had six hits.

Pollards    9 - 1
Giscome     7 - 4  2.5
West Lake   6 - 3  2.5
Bears       7 - 5  3.0
Timbars     2 - 8  7.0
Vet's Taxi  0 - 9  8.5

(August 29)    In a rare low-scoring contest, West Lake Loggers scored three runs in the sixth inning en route to a 4-1 triumph over Prince George Bears.  Hugh Glazier tossed a two-hitter for the win. First baseman Rolander led the winners with three hits.

Glazier (W) and xxx
McEachnie (L) and xxx

(September 1)   In a game which barely made the five innings of required play, Giscome Dodgers upset the league-leading Pollards 8-0 as Floyd Berndt fashioned a one-hitter. 

(September 2)   Al Bigelow was a star on the mound and at the plate Thursday as West Lake Loggers shutout Timbars. Three hits, including a home run by Bigelow in the first inning set the ball rolling for the Loggers.  Bigelow held Timbars to six hits.

Bigelow (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(September 3)   Three Prince George Bears hurlers combined on a two-hitter Tuesday to shutout Vet's Taxi 11-0. Skalicki, Sims and Howie Sugden handled the mound chores for the winners. Bill Fleming set the pace for the Bears with three hits and three runs in three trips to the plate. Don McEachnie and "Chuck" Gabrielle each had a pair of safeties. The game was called after six innings.

Skalicki, Sims, Sugden and xxx
xxx and xxx

(September 5-6)  Kamloops Invitational Tournament, Oliver Labour Day Tournament

(September 12)   Vet's Taxi held the Bears to just one run in eight innings Sunday but unfortunately gave up 16 runs in the other inning to go down to an embarrassing 17-2 defeat.  Bears combined 12 hits with seven Vet's errors in the offensive outburst.  

xxx and xxx
Cohn, Muirhead, Cohn and xxx

(September 12)   West Lake Loggers pounded out 15 hits, three by Hayse, in a 15-3 defeat of Giscome. Hugh Glazier held the Dodgers to eight hits while compiling 16 strikeouts.

Glazier (W) and xxx
Struthers (L), Berndt (5) and xxx

(September 13)   Monday night, West Lake scored seven times in the first inning and went on to trounce Vet's Taxi 13-1.

(September 14)  Pollards ensured their league leadership Tuesday night when Vet's Taxi forfeited a game because of a lack of players.

Pollards    9 - 3   .750
West Lake  11 - 4   .733
Giscome     8 - 5   .615
Bears       9 - 6   .600
Timbars     2 - 11  .153
Vet's Taxi  0 - 14  .000

The Prince George paper published the "Wins and losses of the six best known and most used pitchers" in the league this season.

                         GP   W   L
Hugh Glazier, West Lake  12 - 9 - 3
Stoddy Rhodes, Pollards   7 - 6 - 1
Reg McEachnie, Bears      9 - 5 - 4
Doug Struthers, Giscome   5 - 4 - 1
Norm Schnepf, Pollards    5 - 4 - 1
Floyd Berndt, Giscome     8 - 3 - 5

(September 26)  In playoff action, Giscome Dodgers shaded the Bears 4-3 Sunday to advance to the final against the winner of the West Lake - Pollard semi-final. Floyd Berndt twirled a seven-hitter with 12 strikeouts for the pitching win. Dodgers had eight hits and two walks off Reg McEachnie. Dodgers opened the scoring in the second inning when Schmidt lined a run-scoring single to left. An error helped him advance to third from where he scored on Alex Anderson's single.  The Bears got a run in the third on a single by Bill Fleming and an infield error.  Dodgers had a potential run cut down at the plate in the third inning as Berndt doubled but the the relay from centre field to shortstop to home caught the runner.  Giscome scored twice in the sixth for a 4-1 lead. Bears opened the seventh with doubles by Reg McEachnie and Charlie Gabrielle and a single by Muirhead to pull to within a run.  With two out and the tying run on second, Berndt fanned Don McEachnie to end the threat.

Berndt (W) and xxx
McEachnie (L) and xxx

(October 3)   In a 17-inning thriller, Pollards squeaked by West Lake Loggers 7-6 to win a berth in the playoff final against Giscome. Hugh Glazier fanned 23 but came away a loser. in the top of the 17th, Lud Zolli singled for his only hit of the game and Max Kontz, running for him, stole second.  Don Berry hit a high fly to right field and Kontz scampered all the way home with what proved to be the deciding run.  Pollards got three quick outs in the bottom of the 17th for the win. Pollards had broken a scoreless tie with four runs in the top of the third.Syl Favero walked and Norm Schnepf lined a single to right and as Lungreen lost the ball both runners scored. Two more runs followed on a Rhodes single and an outfield error.  West Lake quickly erased the 4-0 deficit and took the lead with five runs in their half of the third helped by shoddy defensive play by the Pollards. The ninth inning saw Pollards knot the count as Max Kontz was safe on a fielder's choice, stole second and scored on a line drive to right field by Favero.  Pollards took the lead in the top of the 15th when Rhodes reached on an error on a fly ball to left field and scored on a single by Favero.  With two out in the bottom of the 15th, Don Doyle singled, stole second and third and came home on an error at first base.  Both starting pitchers went the distance.  Stoddy Rhodes was the winner giving up 11 hits and three walks while fanning 19. Glazier yielded 12 hits struck out 23 and walked just two.

Rhodes (W) and xxx
Glazier (L) and xxx

(October 3)   Pollards walked away with the league championship Sunday trashing the Giscome Dodgers 17-3 in the playoff final.  They scored four times in the first inning and coasted to the win, adding eight runs in the seventh inning to put the game on ice.  Norm Schnepf, hurling for the winners, allowed eight hits, struck out six and walked none.  Floyd Berndt gave up 15 hits and seven free passes.  The Pollard Cup is to be presented to the winners at a banquet and dance.

Schnepf (W) and xxx
Berndt (L) and xxx


BOUNDARY LEAGUE

Columbia
Grand Forks Co-Ops
Grand Forks Town
Midway (Boundary Sawmills)
Republic WA

(June 6)   In the opening league game of the 1948 season, Grand Forks Town team defeated Columbia 9-3, taking a 9-0 lead before the home team got on the scoreboard. Ak Kishi, with help from Jack Mather to get one out in the fourth, allowed seven hits and struck out 13 in registering the pitching win.  Jim Foote yielded nine hits over eight innings in taking the loss. M.Mori had two hits for Grand Forks while Elmer Bay went 3 for 4 for Columbia and John Clark had two hits in four trips. The Town squad compiled seven stolen bases, four by Johnnie Gawroletz.

A.Kishi (W), Mathers (4), Kishi (5) and xxx
Jim Foote (L), Jack Onions (9) and xxx

(June 19)   Midway whipped Grand Forks Co-op 12-6. 

(June 23)    J.Haffner, K.Arai, G.Clark and Elmer Bay each had two hits Wednesday to help Columbia to a 6-3 victory over Grand Forks Co-op in the seven inning contents. Bay held Co-op to six hits while racking up nine strike outs. Walter Wlasoff went five innings in taking the loss.

Bay (W) and G.Clark
Wlasoff (L), A.Dergousoff (6) and B.Dergousoff

(July 21)   The touring Oakland Beavers topped the Grand Forks Town squad 8-4 Wednesday in an exhibition game before some 500 fans at Firemen's park at Grand Forks.