1949 Game Reports, BC Interior     

1949 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1949 BC Interior 
1949 Vancouver Island 

OKANAGAN VALLEY - INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE

(April 24)   At Bridgeport, Kelowna Red Sox dropped their OVBL opener 9-3 to the Bridgeporters. Larry Bowers, who helped the American squad reach the league finals last year, handcuffed the Sox while the homesters worked Wally Lesmeister for five runs in the third and another four in the eighth. Sox got two of their markers in the fourth as Eddie Kielbiski scored the first followed by Cec Favell who singled and was batted in by catcher Ken Stewart. Kielbiski also scored in the 8th, driven in by Favell.

Kielbiski (L) and Stewart
Bowers (W) and xxx

(April 24)  In a slugfest at Omak Sunday, the home squad overwhelmed Oliver 17-11 with a 20-hit attack. The losers were no slouches either having a 17-hit day.

H.Cousins (L) and xxx
C.C.Lindsay (W) and xxx

(April 24) E.Icharte hurled Tonasket to a 12-6 victory over Penticton holding the Canadians to eight hits before a hometown crowd. Left fielder Robinson belted a homer and two singles, scoring four times to lead a 12-hit hit for the winners. Second baseman Roy Visser added three hits and three runs and Hugh Visser had two safeties and scored a pair. Sam Drossos collected three hits for Penticton. Tonasket got away to a big start with two runs in the first and five in the second.

L.Gatin (L), Carolei and S.Drossos
E.Icharte (W) and J.Visser

(April 24)  Hec McKenzie’s righthanded slants fazed the homestanding Oroville nine on two hits and one run over six innings as the Kamloops Legion dumped their Washington state hosts 12 to 3 in the 1949 O.V.I.L. opener for both clubs. Bill MacDonald took over mound chores for the remaining three frames and also surrendered a brace of base raps which, combined with two errors by his teammates, allowed Oroville to plate an additional two counters. The Legionnaires blasted losing flinger Ossy Osbourne and reliever Farmer for a total of 16 base blows in registering the one-sided triumph. Catcher Ray Ottem had an outstanding day offensively, slapping five singles in six turns at bat.

McKenzie (W), MacDonald (7) and R.Ottem
Osbourne (L), Farmer (8) and Compton

(April 24)   Brewster 3, Coulee Dam 2

Davis (W) and xxx
Meredith (L) and xxx

(May 1)  Bill MacDonald held the visitors to two hits as Kamloops Legion turned back Bridgeport 3-1 besting Larry Bowers. MacDonald whiffed 10 in his complete game mound win while Bowers rang up nine strikeouts. The Vets lit up Bowers for seven base raps, six of which went for extra bases, with playing-manager Mel Ottem slamming two doubles while third sacker Harry Maralia chalked up a triple and double.

Bowers (L) and Hanford
MacDonald (W) and R.Ottem

(May 1)  Brewster 11 Tonasket 6,  Tonasket protested the result but it was rejected.

(May 1)   Oroville took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning but that's the last time they would have success and Penticton roared back with eleven unanswered runs to whip the visitors 11-1. Nick Drossos limited the Americans to seven hits and struck out 11 while Sam Drossos led the offense driving in three runs with a double and single.and scoring three times.

Jacobson (L), Osborne and Compton
N.Drossos (W) and S.Drossos

(May 8)  Kamloops Legion took over sole possession of first place trouncing Tonasket 8-1 to remain unbeaten in three games. Bill MacDonald won his second of the season with a five-hitter. MacDonald aided his mound effort by slamming a two-run triple off losing pitcher Ray Visser in the sixth to go along with an earlier single. Visser’s brother, Roy, had a brace of two-base hits in leading the Washington squad at the dish.

MacDonald (W), Prehara (9) and R.Ottem
Ray Visser (L), Icharte (6) and Duchow

(May 8)  Oliver punched out 16 hits, including a homer by Jimmy Lowe, to down Brewster 12-8 at Oliver.  Jim Lowe and Bray each pounded out four hits to lead the Elks.  One of Lowe's blows was a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Albin added a triple and single. Holt, with three singles, had half the Brewster total. Lefty Eric Norton, who relieved starter Eddie Steffen in the fourth, was credited with the win.

xxx, Bohringer (L) and xxx
Steffen, Norton (W) (4), Cousins (9) and xxx

(May 8)  Bridgeport pleased the home fans clipping Penticton 3-2 scoring the winner in the bottom of the ninth. Lilly reached on an error, advanced to third on a two-bagger by Assmussen and came home on Johnson's sacrifice fly .Penticton scored both its runs in the first inning. Sam Drossos singled to knock in Charlie Baker, who had reached on an error advanced on another error and a passed ball, and then Ernie Thrower smacked a double to plate Drossos. Bridgeport picked on one run in their half of the first helped by three Penticton errors. Woodbury clouted a homer in the third for a tie.

Gatin (L) and Carolei
Lilly, Bowers and Hanford

(May 8) Omak handed Oroville another lopsided defeat, 12-0.  In three games, Oroville has given up 35 runs while scoring just 4.

(May 8)   Wildness both on the mound and in the field proved to be Kelowna's undoing Sunday in taking a 15-6 shellacking from Coulee Dam. Sox starter Lloyd Gilmour walked the first three batters to face him and was yanked in favour of Wally Lesmeister.  But, before Lesmeister could get out of the inning eight runs had crossed the plate.  Kelowna hurlers gave up 11 hits, 8 free passes, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches. Shortstop Redmond led the winners with two hits and four runs scored. The Red Sox out-hit the winners 12 to 11 with Fred Kitsch rapping three hits, Cec Favell clouting a triple and single and Hank Tostenson smashing the only homer. For Coulee Dam, Lowe, Smiley and Mickelson swatted three-baggers.

Gilmour (L), Lesmeister (1), Kielbiski (7) and Stewart
Cameron (W), Aubertson and Milliken

(May 15)  Mel Ottem smacked a homer with one on and one away in the bottom of the ninth Sunday as Kamloops Legion shaded Kelowna Elks Red Sox 6-5.  Down 5-3, Bill Marriott singled sharply to left field followed by Harry Maralia who lashed a double scoring Marriott.  Clean-up swatter Ottem then completed the come back with a long blow off losing pitcher Eddie Kielbiski.  Bill MacDonald picked up the pitching win, his third of the season, in relief of starter Wilf Johnston. George Garrow and Glen O'Shaugnessy clouted homers for the Red Sox.

Kielbiski (L) and Stewart
W.Johnston, MacDonald (W) (7) and R.Ottem

(May 15)   Eddie Steffen shutout Penticton on five hits Sunday as Oliver Elks notched a 3-0 victory scoring a pair in the first inning.  Jim Lowe belted a homer to deep centre and Bray doubled and came home on Don Coy's single.  Coy plated the final run in the fifth inning reaching on a walk, stealing second and scoring on Lawley's base hit.

N.Drossos, Gatin (2) and S.Drossos, Carolei (2)
Steffen (W) and xxx

Kamloops     4 - 0
Coulee Dam   3 - 1  1.0
Omak         3 - 1  1.0
Oliver       2 - 1  1.5
Brewster     2 - 2  2.0
Bridgeport   2 - 2  2.0
Tonasket     2 - 2  2.0
Penticton    1 - 3  3.0
Kelowna      0 - 3  3.5
Oroville     0 - 4  4.0

(May 22)  On a cold, windy day at Kelowna, the Red Sox notched their first win of the season downing Oroville 7-2 behind an outstanding four-hitter by Wally Lesmeister who rang up 16 strikeouts without a free pass. Hank Tostenson and Cec Favell each drove in two runs for the Sox. 

Farmer (L) and Osborne
Lesmeister (W) and Stewart

(May 22)   In a wild one at Penticton, Tonasket used a 15 hit attack to dump the home squad 14-9. Hugh Visser rapped three hits and scored three for the winners while Penticton's Charlie Baker led all batters with four hits and Metcalf belted a homer, double and single.  Bill Nicholson, at shortstop for Penticton, made five errors.

R.Visser (W), Friel and Duchow
Gatin (L), Amos and Carolei

(May 24)   Oliver Elks wiped out a 6-3 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to escape with a 7-6 victory over Penticton.  Eric Norton picked up the pitching win in relief of starter Eddie Steffen.

Gatin (L) and xxx
Steffen, Norton (W) and xxx

(May 29)   Harold Cousins, who won the Frank Keevil Most Valuable Player Award with the Kelowna Red Sox last year, had the best game of his career Sunday at Oliver hurling a no-hitter in beating Bridgeport, Washington, 10-0. Deciding to try his fortunes with Oliver this season, the 35-year-old got the gem after several one-hitters and two-hit efforts. It was the first no-hitter in the valley in ten years. Only four Bridgeport batters reached base, two on walks and two on infield errors.  Cousins fanned 12. Oliver pounded Bridgeport ace Larry Bowers for 15 hits, three each by Bob McIvor, Pat Gibb and Bray.

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

(May 29)  Kamloops Legion remained unbeaten as Bill MacDonald won his fifth of the season with a 5-2 victory at Penticton's King's Park.  Al Lakten crushed a homer for the winners. MacDonald was nicked for five Penticton safeties while loser Len Gatin surrendered seven hits to the Kamloops crew. Five fielding miscues by his teammates also contributed to his mound defeat. Third baseman Lakten had a single to go along with his round-tripper while fellow Legionnaire Bill Marriott contributed a triple and single. The Legion infield gave MacDonald plenty of support and pulled off two twin killings.

MacDonald (W) and R.Ottem
Gatin (L) and Baker

(May 29)  Although out-hit 6 to 5, Kelowna Red Sox rolled up an easy 8-0 win over Tonasket.  A five-run splurge in the ninth inning on a single by Rudy Kitsch, a double from Glen O'Shaugnessy, a walk, sacrifice, three errors and a hit batsmen wrapped up the victory.  Eddie Kielbiski fanned six and walked a pair in going the distance for the win. Icharte fanned 14 in taking the loss.

Kielbiski (W) and Stewart
Icharte (L) and G.Visser

(June 5)   Rollie Amos singled to drive in Cameron in the 11th inning to give Penticton a 3-2 win over Kelowna Red Sox in a thriller at Elks Stadium.  With two out in the 11th Cameron smacked a double to centre field and scored as Amos got his second hit of the day. Len Gatin hurled a masterful game yielding just three hits over the 11 innings while compiling 10 strikeouts.  Lefty Mike Bakowy allowed just three hits in going nine frames for Kelowna. Reliever Wally Lesmeister took the loss.

Gatin (W) and S.Drossos
Bakowy, Lesmeister (L ) (10) and Stewart

(June 5)   Kamloops Legion stretched its winning streak to seven games Sunday out-scoring Omak 8-6 in a game featuring four home runs.  With the game tied 1-1 after three innings, Glen Mallett socked a homer to give Omak the lead , with Mel Ottem belting a homer in the bottom of the 4th for Kamloops to tie it up once again. A single by winning pitcher Pete Plastiras and Al Lakten's double pushed across two runs in the 6th to give Legion a 4-2 lead. In the 7th, the home team banged out four singles and a double and with the help of an outfield error plated four more runs. Omak got a two-run homer from Mallett, his second long ball of the day, in the 8th and a two-run blast by pitcher Evan Griffith in the 9th but it was too little too late. Kamloops out-hit the visitors 15 to 11.

Johnson, Lindsay (4), Griffith (6) and Shattuck, Hogan (9)
Plastiras (W) and R.Ottem

(June 5)  Bridgeport shaded Oliver 5-4 in 11 innings and Brewster topped Oroville 4-3.

(June 6)   Penticton made it three in a row Monday downing Oliver Elks 5-4 in a ten-inning exhibition game at King's Park.  The locals' winning string includes an exhibition win over Summerland last week and a 3-2 victory over Kelowna on Sunday in a regular league fixture. Bill Nicholson singled with the bases loaded in the 10th to push across the winning run.  Rollie Amos held the Elks to seven hits in going the distance for the winners.

Cousins, Coulter and McIvor
Amos (W) and S.Drossos

(June 11)   Down 1-0 after one inning, Omak scored five times in the 2nd and cruised to a 9-2 win over Kamloops Legion. Corson, hurling for Omak, had a no-hitter going into the 7th inning before Jack Glover broke the spell with a single and Hec MacKenzie followed with a double.  The winners pounded out 12 hits.

MacKenzie (L) and Bob Morton
Corson (W) and Shattuck

(June 12)   Kelowna scored two runs in the first, second and fourth innings and it was enough to down Brewster 6-3 Sunday.  Mike Bakowy held the home squad to six hits, one a triple by relief pitcher Keith Whitinger. Brewster starter southpaw Fordean Taber had night to forget as he gave up four runs on two hits, two walks, hit the opposing pitcher and made three errors in just an inning of pitching.  George Garrow and Bakowy each scored twice for the Red Sox while Eddie Kielbiski led the hitters with a double and two singles.

Bakowy (W) and Stewart
Taber (L), Whitinger (2) and Morris, Gamble

(June 12)    Bill Hanan topped Pete Plastiras Sunday in a pitcher's duel at Coulee Dam.  The hometown Lions got a run in the 6th on a sacrifice fly and another in the 8th on an error and a bunt for a 2-0 victory over Kamloops Legion. Hanan fired a four-hitter for the win while Plastiras allowed just three in taking the loss.

Plastiras (L) and R.Ottem
Hanan (W) and Milliken

(June 12)   Penticton had two big innings, a three-run fourth and a four-run fifth, in defeating Bridgeport 8-3. Len Gatin fashioned a three-hitter for the pitching win while his teammates pounded Larry Bowers for 13 safeties.

Bowers (L) and xxx
Gatin (W) and xxx

In other games Sunday, Oliver trounced Oroville 10-2, Omak shutout Tonasket 2-0.

Kamloops     7 - 1
Coulee Dam   6 - 2  1.0
Omak         5 - 3  2.0
Oliver       4 - 3  2.5
Brewster     4 - 4  3.0
Bridgeport   4 - 4  3.0
Kelowna      3 - 4  3.5
Penticton    3 - 5  4.0
Tonasket     3 - 5  4.0
Oroville     0 - 8  7.0

(June 19)   Bill MacDonald of Kamloops and Harold Cousins of Oliver put on quite a pitching show Sunday at Oliver as the Elks squeaked out a 4-3, 15-inning victory in Okanagan Valley International League play.  Oliver's lead-off man Pat Gibb bunted for a hit to lead off the 15th. Jim Lowe followed with another bunt. On the next pitch, Gibb took off for third and catcher Ray Ottem's throw went into left field as Gibb scored standing up to end the marathon.  Cousins gave up just five hits in besting MacDonald who allowed eight, including Kuchurian's two-run homer in the 7th.  Kuchurian also had two singles to lead the hitters.

MacDonald (L) and R.Ottem
Cousins (W) and McIvor

(June 19)   Omak took a 5-1 lead after five innings and held off a sixth inning rally by Penticton to post a 5-4 victory Sunday.  Omak out-hit the visitors 10 to 7 with Glen Mallett rapping a triple, the longest blow of the day.

Gatin (L) and xxx
Johnson (W) and xxx

In other games, Brewster 9 Tonasket 2, Coulee Dam 6 Oroville 2 and Omak 5 Penticton 4.

(June 19)   In his first plate appearance of the season, Kelowna coach Dick Murray punched out a single to right field with two out in the 10th inning to bring in the tying and winning runs in the Red Sox 4-3 victory over Bridgeport, Washington.  Hank Tostenson came charging home with the tying marker and Rudy Kitsch dove head first into home as right fielder M.Assmussen made a bad throw after fielding the ball.  Murray's hit broke up a pitcher's duel between Kelowna's southpaw Mike Bakowy and Bridgeport's right-hander Larry Bowers. The Americans got on the scoreboard in the third with two runs on a walk, sacrifice, Lee Hanford's single and a wild pitch.  The Sox came right back to tie in their half of the third on a fielder's choice, an error and a single by Hank Tostenson. Bridgeport took the lead in the top of the 10th as Woodbury got aboard on an error, advanced on a fly ball and scooted home when Lippincott's hard grounder took a bad hop over the head of shortstop Eddie Kielbiski. In the bottom of the extra inning, Kielbiski led off flying out to centre before Tostenson belted the longest hit of the day and pulled up at second base. Cec Favell popped out to Bowers for the second out. Pinch-hitter Kitsch was given an intentional pass and Murray batted for the first time this season. He took a healthy cut at the first pitch and missed but pasted the second offering high and deep to right field. 

Bowers (L) and T.Hanford
Bakowy (W) and Stewart

(June 26)   Kamloops Legion blew an early 5-0 lead but rallied with five runs in the 13th inning to defeat Omak 10-6 Sunday afternoon.  Singles by Mel Ottem, Ray Ottem, Bill Schall, and Bill Marriott and a triple by winning pitcher Bill MacDonald broke the 5-5 tie in the top of the 13th. MacDonald led Kamloops' 13-hit attack with a triple, double and single. Mel Ottem knocked in three with a double and two singles. McCormick had three hits for the losers.

MacDonald (W) and R.Ottem
Lindsay, Griffiths (L) and Shattuck

(June 26)   Costly errors at crucial situations and the inability to hit in the clutch left Penticton on the short end of a 5-4 count at Coulee Dam Sunday.  Each team had seven hits but Penticton left 11 runners on base while the Americans stranded just two. Each team made five errors.  Bill Hanan bested Len Gatin in the hill duel. Lowe had two hits and scored twice for the winners.

Gatin (L) and S.Drossos
Hanan (W) and Milliken

In other games, Tonasket 3 Bridgeport 2, Brewster 6 Oliver 5.

(June 26)  Mike Bakowy shutout Oroville 2-0 Sunday holding the Americans to four hits while Don Peters, who had two doubles, drove in both runs for Kelowna Red Sox. It was the tenth straight loss for Oroville. The only scoring came in the fourth inning. Hank Tostenson worked Jacobson for a free pass and Glen O'Shaugnessy reached on a fielder's choice before Peters long two-bagger sent both across the plate. 

Bakowy (W) and Stewart
Jacobson (L), Farmer (4) and Osborne

Kamloops     8 - 2
Coulee Dam   8 - 2 
Omak         6 - 4  2.0
Brewster     6 - 4  2.0
Kelowna      5 - 4  2.5
Oliver       5 - 4  2.5
Bridgeport   4 - 6  4.0
Tonasket     4 - 6  4.0
Penticton    3 - 7  5.0
Oroville     0 -10  8.0

(July 3)   Coulee Dam knocked Kamloops Legion out of a share of first place with a 7-6 victory at Riverside Park Sunday.  A three-run 6th inning put the Lions in the lead for good.  Johnson doubled in a pair and Joe Helm's two-bagger scored Johnson with the winning marker.  Ralph Black held the Legion to seven hits in going all the way for the pitching victory.

Black (W) and Helm
Plastiras (L), Keeley and R.Ottem

(July 3)  18-year-old Irvin Lavorato had a strong debut with the Kelowna Red Sox Sunday tossing a five-hitter to beat Brewster 6-2 while going three-for three at the plate with a double and two singles. The blond left-hander had a three-hit shutout until the 9th when a double, walk, single and wild pitch resulted in the two runs against him.  Showing some nervousness, Lavorato walked seven but fanned nine in besting 16-year-old Keith Whitinger of Brewster.  Glen O'Shaugnessy clouted a homer for the Sox, Hank Tostenson banged a triple and Kenny Stewart had three singles.

Taber, Whitinger (5) and Morris
Lavorato (W) and Stewart

(July 3)  At Oliver, the Elks blanked Tonasket 11-0 with Eddie Steffen firing the shutout. Pat Gibb and Jim Lowe smacked homers. At Penticton, Omak downed the home squad 9-5 as Penticton made 14 errors. Bridgeport handed Oroville another loss, its 11th straight, 7-5.

(July 3)  In a display of ineptitude in the field, the teams combined for 21 errors Sunday, 14 by Penticton, as Omak notched a 9-5 victory.  Buddy Russell was the only player in the Penticton lineup not to boot the ball.

Johnson (W) and xxx
Gatin (L) and xxx 

(July 4)  In an exhibition tilt, Grand Coulee blanked Penticton 2-0.

xxx and xxx
Amos (L) and Norman

(July 6)   It was another miracle finish for Kelowna as the Red Sox rallied for four late runs to edge Oliver 4-3 to move past the Elks into a tie for third place in the Okanagan International League standings.  Trailing 2-0 in the 8th inning, Sox scored three to take a 3-2 lead. But Don Coy smashed a homer in the top of the 9th to make it 3-3.  With the first two batters retired in the bottom of the 9th, Mike Bakowy, who relieved starter Pete Scott in the 9th, worked Hal Cousins for a walk, Cousins' 8th of the game. Hank Tostenson singled sending Bakowy to third. and Cec Favell then sent a hard grounder on a direct line to second baseman "Stiffy" Bray but the ball bounded away from Bray as Bakowy scampered home with the winning marker.  Bakowy got the win working just two-thirds of  an inning.

Scott, Bakowy (W) (9) and Kielbiski
H.Cousins (L) and V.Cousins

(July 10)  Bridgeport rallied from a 5-3 deficit with two runs in the 7th and five in the 8th to trounce Kamloops Legion 10-5 at Bridgeport Sunday afternoon.  Kamloops had taken the lead with three runs in the 6th inning on Ted Walker's triple, Bill Marriott's double and singles by Bill MacDonald, Harry Maralia and Mel Ottem before Larry Bowers replaced Richardson on the mound for the home club and shutdown the Legion the rest of the way. In the 7th, a single and back-to-back doubles by Tom and Lee Hanford tied the game.  Bridgeport loaded the bases in the 8th on two errors and a base on balls before Lee Hanford singled, Tom Hanford came through with his second double and Bowers slugged a two-bagger to add the five runs. 

MacDonald, Keeley (L) and R.Ottem
Richardson, L.Bowers (W) and T.Hanford

(July 10)  Penticton scored the winning run on a passed ball in the 11th inning to top Brewster 7-6. Penticton, which had fought back from an early 4-0 deficit, loaded the bases in the 11th and, with Brewster employing a defensive shift to cut any possible scoring threat, Keith Whitinger let loose with a high, hard one which got by catcher Morris to allow Buddy Russell to scamper home with the deciding marker. Russell had earlier belted a two-run homer. 

Whitinger (L) and Morris
Gatin (W) and xxx

In other games, Kelowna 4 Omak 1 and Coulee Dam 2 Oliver 1 in 12-innings.

(July 17)  Kelowna Red Sox erupted for 11 runs in the first inning and went on to wallop Kamloops Legion 15-5 Sunday for their seventh straight victory and sole possession of second place in the league standings.  Sox combined three hits, five errors and four walks to produce their big inning.  Legion went on to out-hit the Red Sox 11-10 but the issue had been decided early.  Ken Stewart and Glen O'Shaugnessy slugged homers for the winners while Casey Jones and Wilf Johnston had four-baggers for Kamloops. Pete Scott managed to go the distance for the win.

Keeley (L), Plastiras (1), MacDonald (5) and R.Ottem
Scott (W) and Stewart

(July 17)  Len Gatin shutout Oroville on six hits Sunday as Penticton rapped 13 off two Oroville hurlers in a 10-0 triumph  Gatin fanned 11, walked none and helped the offense with two hits, one of them a double. Bill Nicholson led the club with three hits. Sam Drossos drove in two with a pair of hits and scored twice.

Gatin (W) and Carolei
Farmer (L), Jacobson and Osborne

(July 17)    Oliver kept its playoff hopes alive with a come-from-behind, 6-5, win over league-leading Grand Coulee, which hurt its chances with five errors.  Trailing 5-3, Elks rallied for three runs in the 9th for the win.  Winning pitcher Hal Cousins was safe on an error and advanced to third on a passed ball, scoring on Pat Gibb's single. Elks then loaded the bases on an intentional walk and a hit batter. A wild pitch allowed Gibb to plate the tying run and Jimmy Lowe knocked out his third single of the game to hand the win to the Elks.

Hanan (L) and Milliken
Steffen, Cousins (W) (6) and xxx

(July 17)  Bridgeport survived five errors to edge Tonasket 5-4. 

(July 24)   Penticton ran out to a 6-1 lead Sunday and held off a late rally by Kamloops for a 6-5 victory. The game was called after six innings because of rain. Len Gatin, the slim, side-arm artist, fanned 11 and allowed six hits in the shortened contest. Bud Russell and Sam Drossos each had two hits for the winners.  Russell knocked in three runs with a pair of doubles. Cliff Keeley took the loss.

Gatin (W) and Carolei
Keeley (L) and Morton

(July 24)  Oliver 7 Tonasket 2, Grand Coulee beat Oroville 11-8 and Brewster downed Bridgeport 8-3.

(July 24)   Kelowna Red Sox moved to within a game of first-place Grand Coulee Sunday by downing Omak 7-3 for their 8th straight win. The Sox put the game away early with a six-run uprising in the second inning. Kelowna, out-hit 9 to 6 by Omak, combined three hits, two errors and a hit batsman in their big rally. Mike Bakowy went the distance for the pitching victory. Bud Griffith took the loss. E.Nash of Omak had three safeties to lead all the hitters.

Griffith (L) and Robins
Bakowy (W) and Stewart

Coulee Dam  11 - 3 
Kelowna     10 - 4  1.0
Kamloops     8 - 6  3.0
Oliver       8 - 6  3.0
Omak         8 - 8  3.0
Brewster     7 - 7  4.0
Bridgeport   7 - 7  4.0
Penticton    6 - 8  5.0
Tonasket     5 - 9  6.0
Oroville     0 -14 11.0

(July 31)  Len Gatin was the hitting star and the winning pitcher as Penticton Canucks stopped Kelowna's winning streak at eight games dumping the Red Sox 9-2 before a record-breaking crowd at Penticton. Gatin drove in the first two runs for the Canucks with a double in the 2nd inning and then in the 7th with two out and the bases loaded he drove the first pitch over the right fielder's head for a home run. He finished with three hits in four trips while hurling a seven-hitter.

P.Scott (L), Bakowy and Stewart
Gatin (W) and Carolei

(July 31)   Kamloops Legion picked an easy target to get back on the winning track. Legion handed Oroville its 15th straight loss Sunday, 9-3 at Riverside Park.  Bill MacDonald, just back from vacation, set the border team down on nine scattered hits. Mel Ottem cracked a homer in the 3rd to give Kamloops a 3-1 lead and in the 4th two walks, two passed balls, Ted Walker's single and Harry Maralia's double produced three more.

Osborne (L), Rounds (6) and Hardenburg
MacDonald (W) and Johnston, Morton (6)            

In other games, Penticton 9 Kelowna 2, Oliver 5 Omak 4 in 14 innings, Brewster 3 Bridgeport 1.

(August 7)   A two-hit relief stint by Bill MacDonald and some timely hitting by Ray Ottem helped Kamloops Legion to an 8-5 victory over Tonasket at Riverside Park. The visitors tied the score at 5-5 in the top of the 5th inning before MacDonald took over mound duties with two out and two on and got Lorz to fly out to end the inning. Legion scored what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the 5th when Casey Jones walked, Mel Ottem singled and brother Ray smacked his third consecutive single.  Tonasket out-hit the winners 11 to 9. The Visser brothers, Roy, Hugh and Gerry had six hits for Tonasket.  Lorz had a homer.

Kronschnabel (L) and G.Visser
Plastiras, MacDonald (W) (5) and R.Ottem

(August 7)   Len Gatin again pitched and batted Penticton to another triumph, this time 9-7 over Brewster. The side-armer belted a homer and a single, drove in two and scored a pair while surviving ten hits to go the distance on the mound. Second baseman Bill Nicholson drove in three runs with a homer and single and scored four times.

Gatin (W) and Carolei
A.Bohringer (L), P.Bohringer, Driessen and S.Cleveland

(August 7)  Oliver 5 Oroville 4.

(August 14)   Kamloops Legion rapped out 16 hits, eight for extra bases, Sunday to clobber Brewster 12-1.  Lefty Marriott smacked three doubles and a single in four trips to pace the attack. Ray Ottem slugged a homer, Bill Marriott had a triple and double and Ted Walker and Wilf Johnston each had a two-bagger.  Cliff Keeley gave up 11 hits in going the route for the win.                  

Driessen (L), A.Bohringer (7) and Morris
Keeley (W) and Johnston

In other games, Coulee Dam 3 Penticton 2, Omak 7 Bridgeport 0, Coulee Dam 14 Tonasket 2.

(August 14)  At Oliver, Kelowna Red Sox pushed across four runs in the first inning, making the best of two hits and a pair of errors, and held on for a 4-2 victory over the Elks.  Mike Bakowy bested Eric Norton as each hurler gave up just four hits. Hank Tostenson's triple was the big blow in the first inning eruption.

Bakowy (W) and xxx
Norton (L) and xxx

(August 14)   One bad inning Sunday afternoon killed Penticton's chances for a playoff berth as Grand Coulee notched a 3-2 victory at King's Park.  In the second frame, Schildknecht singled for Coulee, stole second and scored on Foisy's single. On an overthrow by catcher Carolei, Foisy advanced to third and came home on Russell's fly to deep centre.  With Miickelson on first when hit by a pitch, Len Gatin fanned the next batter and Carolei, thinking it was the third out rolled the ball on the ground back to the mound as Mickelson broke for third and steamed home when a throw to try and nab him at third went wide of the mark. 

Davis (W) and Milliken
Gatin (L) and Carolei, S.Drossos

(August 21)   On the four-hit pitching of Bill MacDonald and homers by Bill Marriott and Ted Walker, Kamloops Legion defeated Brewster 4-1 in an Okanagan Valley International League game at Brewster.  Losing pitcher Driessen gave up just six hits but walked five.   

MacDonald (W) and xxx
Driessen (L) and xxx

(August 21)  Jack Kincaid singled over shortstop with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning to score two runs and give Penticton a 4-2 win over Oliver.  Len Gatin held the Elks to five hits to register the win.

H.Cousins (L) and V.Cousins
Gatin (W) and S.Drossos

(August 21)  Kelowna clinched second place in the Okanagan Valley League standings with an 11-7 victory over Tonasket in a error-filled contest at Elks Stadium.  Tonasket committed nine errors and Sox six for the sloppiest play at the stadium this season.  Shortstop Eddie Kielbiski was back on the mound in his first appearance since early in the season. He took over from Mike Bakowy in the second inning and went the rest of the way for the win. Ray Visser was the losing hurler.

Ray Visser (L), Kronschnabel (4), Friels (8) and G.Visser
Bakowy, Kielbiski (W) (2) and Stewart

(August 21) Omak 5 Oroville 3. Grand Coulee trounced Bridgeport 11-0.

Grand Coulee 14 - 3   --
Kelowna      12 - 5   2.0
Kamloops     12 - 6   2.5
Oliver       10 - 8   4.5
Omak         10 - 8   4.5
Penticton     9 - 9   5.5
Brewster      8 - 10  6.5
Bridgeport    8 - 10  6.5
Tonasket      6 - 12  8.5
Oroville      0 - 18 14.5

PLAYOFFS :

(August 28)   Kamloops Legion won a berth in the championship final series Sunday downing Coulee Dam 6-4 in a sudden-death playoff.  Legion is to meet either Penticton or Omak in the finals. Penticton was elevated to the playoff slot when Omak and Oliver failed to play before Sunday to break their fourth place tie. The league president decided to move Penticton from 6th place to a playoff spot against 2nd place Kelowna Red Sox.  Penticton defeated Kelowna 2-1 on Sunday. Also Sunday, Omak and Oliver played their tie-breaker with Omak winning 5-4 in 11 innings.  It is expected the league executive will meet this week to discuss the president's ruling. Legion had little trouble with Coulee Dam until the 9th inning when the visitors scored three before Cliff Keeley relieved starter Bill MacDonald to put out the fire. 

MacDonald (W), Keeley (9) and R.Ottem
Black, Davis (4), Hanan (8) and Helm

The Kelowna-Penticton contest was played under protest from the start as the Red Sox maintained Penticton had no right to be in the playoffs. An infield error in the ninth inning set up the winning run for Penticton. With D.Cameron on second on an error Jack Kincaid smacked a two-bagger to drive in the deciding run.  Bill Nicholson had doubled in the 8th to knock in Buddy Russell to tie the game a 1-1 after Kelowna had taken the lead with a run in the first inning. Len Gatin was the winner over Mike Bakowy.

Gatin (W) and S.Drossos
Bakowy (L) and Stewart

(September 12)  The league executive has ruled Penticton out and Omak in the Okanagan Valley International League playoffs.  Omak will face Kelowna for the right to oppose the Kamloops Legion for the title.

(September 12)  Kelowna will meet Kamloops next Sunday in the first game of a best-of-three final series for the league championship.  The Red Sox were given the right to enter the finals when Omak failed the show up for the sudden-death semi-final scheduled for last Sunday.  

(September 18)   Kamloops Legion scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning to take the first game of the final series 2-1 over Kelowna Red Sox.  Ed Kielbiski had loaded the sacks making two errors and issuing an intentional pass. Sox had taken the lead with a run in the 2nd inning. Cece Favell led off with a single to centre field, advanced on a passed ball and scored on Ken Stewart's long fly to the right field fence. Kielbiski kept Kamloops off the scoreboard until the 9th when Mel Ottem reached on a bad hop grounder and moved around the bases and scored the tying run on a single and two throwing errors. Bill MacDonald was the winner in relief of starter Cliff Keeley.  Each team had seven hits.

Kielbiski (L) and Stewart
Keeley, MacDonald (9) and W.Johnston

(September 25)  Kamloops Legion made it look easy Sunday hammering the Kelowna Red Sox 14-1 to win the best-of-three Okanagan Valley International League championship final in two straight games. Billy MacDonald fired a four-hitter while Kamloops smacked 14 hits, including a pair of homers by Casey Jones and a singleton by Bill Marriott. Jones, who also had a double, knocked in four runs and scored four times. Wilf Johnston had three hits. Eight Kelowna errors, eight walks and four stolen bases had a big part in the slaughter, Kelowna's worst beating of the season.

MacDonald (W) and R.Ottem
Bakowy (L), Scott (2), Kielbiski (6) and Stewart

G.S.(Lefty) Marriott was crowned the batting king of the Kamloops Legion squad for the 1949 season. Marriott produced an impressive .571 average but in only 14 at bats in 8 games.  Mel Ottem was the runner-up with a .387 mark in 62 at bats.

                           GP   AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   AVE
Marriott G.S.(Lefty) 8 14 3 8 4 0 0 4 .571
Ottem Mel 16 62 14 24 4 0 3 14 .387
Keeley Cliff 5 8 2 3 0 0 0 1 .375
Marriott Bill 18 83 19 27 5 3 1 8 .325
Jones Casey 3 10 3 3 0 0 1 1 .300
Walker Ted 8 35 8 10 1 1 1 5 .286
Mayson Ash 9 21 3 6 1 0 0 4 .286
Maralia Harry 18 79 17 22 6 1 0 11 .278
Ottem Ray 16 66 7 17 1 0 1 6 .258
MacDonald Bill 14 40 10 10 2 2 1 4 .250
McKinnon Jim 4 13 3 3 0 0 0 0 .231
Swaine Al 5 13 0 3 0 0 0 2 .231
Meers Gord 4 11 0 2 0 0 0 2 .182
Schall Bill 14 54 7 9 1 0 0 6 .167
Johnston Wilf 15 60 4 9 3 0 1 3 .150
Morton Bob 3 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 .143
Lakten Al 12 37 3 4 2 0 1 4 .108
Plastiras Pete 8 20 2 2 0 0 0 0 .100
Glover Jack 11 26 3 2 1 0 0 1 .077
Wyse 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000


For Penticton, Themos(Sam) Drossos was the leading hitter with a .403 average in 16 games to finish far ahead of runner-up Rollie AmosLen Gatin won the team's Most Valuable Player award, voted on by the players on the team and also captured the Most Popular Player award, selected by the fans.

            PENTICTON      GP  AB  R   H 2B 3B HR SB  BB  SO  RBI  PCT
Drossos Themos(Sam) PEN    16  67 16  27  2  1  0  9   6   9  12  .403
Amos Rollie PEN             9  17  3   6  1  0  0  2   0   0   3  .353
Gunn W. PEN                14  42  5  12  0  0  0  0   3   7   6  .286
Russell Buddy PEN          17  64 10  18  2  0  1  8  10  18  10  .281
Cameron D. PEN             12  52  6  14  1  1  0  2   4   6   5  .269
Moore W. PEN               11  34  6   9  0  0  0  4   5   2   5  .265
Nicholson Bill PEN         18  63 20  15  3  0  1 13  13  14   8  .238
Drossos Nick PEN           12  33  2   7  0  0  0  2   1   6   2  .212
Baker Charlie PEN          13  52  4  11  1  0  0  3   3   3   5  .212
Gatin Len PEN              17  64  6  13  2  0  2  1   1   9  11  .203
Kincaid Jack PEN            7  22  3   4  0  0  0  2   0   0   2  .182
Carolei V. PEN             11  33  4   5  1  0  0  0   5   6   4  .152
Raptis Bill PEN            14  41  5   5  0  0  0  2   4   5   3  .122

BC INTERIOR LEAGUE

Representatives of the eleven BC Interior League teams decided to operate in a two division format in 1949 with North and South sections.  Vernon Aces, Kamloops CYO, Salmon Arm, Winfield, Rutland Cubs and Revelstoke Spikes will comprise the Northern section while Rutland Adanacs, Princeton, Summerland, Copper Mountain and Peachland will compete in the Southern Division.  Northern teams are to play a 30-game schedule while the southerners, with only five clubs, will take part in a 20-game schedule. 

(May 8)   At Rutland Sunday, George Naito, who had earlier homered, singled to knock in John Yamamoto with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the Rutland Cubs eked out a 9-8 victory over Winfield. Naito belted a two-run homer in the seventh to tie the game a 7-7.  After Winfield pulled ahead in the 8th, Jim Kitaura banged a four-bagger to again knot the count. Naito led the winners with a four-for-four day and George Kajiwara added three hits. Frank Allingham paced the losers with a triple, double and two singles. Cubs went wild on the bases running up 11 steals. Tsunio Hinada picked up the win.

Robins, Kennedy, Shishido (L) and Moody
Morio Koga, Hinada (W) and S.Hikochi

(May 8)   Trailing 6-3, Summerland Merchants exploded for six runs in the 8th inning and held on to down Rutland Adanacs 9-7..  Rutland out-hit the home club 12 to 10 but also made seven errors.  The longest hits of the day were triples by Barney Furuya of the winners and Louis Schonberger and Tony Brummet for Rutland.

Mallach, Truitt (8) and Brummet
Coffey (W) and Day

(May 8)  Revelstoke Spikes walloped Salmon Arm 23-6.

(May 8)  Kamloops CYO had eight hits and took advantage of seven walks and five Vernon errors to down the Aces 8-2 Sunday afternoon. Gordon McQuarrie fired a four-hitter for Kamloops allowing no earned runs. Both counters against him came as a result of CYO errors in the eighth inning.  Third baseman Kaye Kaminishi smacked three hits to lead the Kamloops offense.  Ike Jackson had two hits for the Aces.

J.Ingram (L) and Petruk
McQuarrie (W) and Egely

(May 15)   Walter Mallach and Hank Wostradowski combined on a four-hit shutout as Rutland Adanacs whipped Copper Mountain Miners 9-0 Sunday.  Mallach went six innings allowing three hits and fanning five. Wostradowski, still recovering from an appendectomy, struck out four and gave up just one hit.  Tony Brummet bashed a homer for the Adanacs.  Three Gerein brothers, who lived in Kelowna and played for the team two years ago, figured in the Copper Mountain battery with Vic and Otto sharing the pitching and Eddie doing the receiving.

V.Gerein (L), O.Gerein and E.Gerein
Mallach (W), Wostradowski (7) and Brummet

(May 15)  Salmon Arm rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on two walks, a single and two errors to upend Rutland Cubs 10-9.  Tsue Hinada deserved a better fate having held the winners to three hits in six innings of relief.  He fanned nine.  Jack Morton picked up the win. Mits Koga of the Cubs led all swatters at the dish with a three hit performance.

S.Koga, Hinada (L) (4) and Morio Koga
Syme, Morton (W) (8) and W.Kernaghan

(May 15)   Johnny Garay of Kamloops belted a homer in the first inning to get Kamloops off and running on a day when CYO crushed Winfield 16-10. Paul Prehara pitched 6 2/3 innings of relief to earn the pitching win for CYO. Gordon McQuarrie had 3 hits for the victors while Kaye Kaminishi drove in 5 runs. Garay had a triple to go along with his round-tripper. Kennedy and losing twirler Sam Shisido led the Winfield hitters with two-for-four performances.

Dolman, Prehara (W) (3) and Egley, Morton (5)   
Robbins, Gallagher (5), Shishido (L) (6), Kennedy (6) and Halcro

(May 15)   After battling to a 2-2 draw for eight innings, Revelstoke broke loose for six runs in the ninth frame to hand the Aces an 8-2 drubbing at Vernon.   George Couston and John Kirchner combined to hold Vernon to seven hits and each helped the offense with a pair of hits.

Couston, Kirchner (W) and McAskill
A.Munk (L), J.Ingram (9), Wadsworth (9) and Petruk

(May 22)   43-year-old Paul Bach, a veteran of many mound battles, was the pitching and hitting hero for Rutland Adanacs Sunday in a 15-inning marathon at Princeton won by Rutland 4-2.  Bach, who relieved started Hank Wostradowski in the fifth inning and hurled 11 innings, doubled in the 15th to drive in the deciding marker. Princeton had tied the game 2-2 with a run in the bottom of the ninth. With two out for Rutland in the 15th, Johnny Lingor doubled and came home as Bach smacked a two-bagger.  Wanless, running for Bach, stole third and scored the fourth run as Wostradowski's drive to short was bobbled. With two out in the last of the 15th, Mullen singled but Bach got Tind Liberatore to fly out to end the game. 

Wostradowski, Bach (W) (5) and Brummet
A.Thomas, D.Currie and Schull

(May 22)   Behind the effective six-hit pitching of Gordon McQuarrie, the Kamloops C.Y.O. nine racked up its third straight win by downing the Rutland Cubs 9 to 2 in a B.C. Interior League match played in Rutland. Heading into the ninth and final frame, C.Y.O. held a 4 to 2 lead but then put the game on ice with a five-run outburst culminated by Maury Hornsby’s three-run homer. Johnny Garay, Ollie Egely and Johnny Haywood each stroked a brace of hits for the winners while T. Yamamoto of the Cubs matched that output.

McQuarrie (W) and Egely
Hinada (L), S. Koga (9) and M. Koga

(May 22)   Revelstoke defeated Winfield 11-0. The game between Vernon Aces and Salmon Arm was rained out.

Revelstoke     3 - 0
Kamloops       3 - 0
Rutland        1 - 2
Salmon Arm     1 - 1
Vernon         0 - 2
Winfield       0 - 3

(May 29)   At Peachland, the home club had no mercy for the visiting Copper Mountain Miners demolishing the Miners 12-1 behind the solid hurling of Ted Clements. 

xxx and xxx
Clements (W) and xxx

(May 29)    Catcher Bill Petruk knocked out four hits, one of them a double, and scored three in leading Vernon Aces to an 11-7 win over Rutland Cubs Sunday at Rutland.  Winning pitcher John Ingram and third baseman Ike Jackson each added two hits for the winners who had 12 safeties to 11 for the Cubs.  Mits Koga led Rutland with three hits.

J.Ingram (W) and Petruk
Morio Koga (L), Hinada (5) and Hikichi

(May 29)  Revelstoke stayed unbeaten with a 7-1 win over Kamloops CYO.  Righthander John Kirchener of the Spikes had the homestanding C.Y.O crew eating out of his hand as he limited Kamloops to three hits while fanning eleven batters. Losing chucker Paul Prehara was nicked for seven safeties, one being a four-bagger by Rico Ditomassi. The Revelstoke triumph moved them into sole possession of first place in the B.C. Interior League.

Kirchener (W) and Harding
Prehara (L) and Egely

(May 29) Behind the three-hit twirling of southpaw chucker George Bogdanovich, Winfield defeated Salmon Arm 6 to 2. The hosts jumped out to a three-run lead in the first frame and never trailed.

Syme (L), xxx (7) and xxx
Bogdanovich (W) and xxx

(June 5)   At Salmon Arm Sunday, Kamloops CYO got an infield hit by Maury Hornsby, a double by pinch-hitter Gordon Bregolisse and some fancy base running by Eddie Garay, on loan from the CYO juniors, to score two runs in the top of the 11th inning for a 7-5 victory over the hometown Merchants. With one out Garay singled and went to second on an outfield error. Hornsby smacked a ground ball and Garay tore for third, dodged a throw to the bag and streaked for home. The Merchants third baseman threw wildly to the plate and CYO had what proved to be the winning run. They added an insurance marker on Bregolisse' two-bagger to left. Paul Prehara was the winner in relief of Chuck McArthur. Kamloops pounded out 20 hits in the victory, four by left fielder Bill Portman. Johnny Garay and McArthur each had three. Dunc Jamieson punched out three hits for the Merchants.

McArthur, Prehara (7) and MacDonald
Syme's (L) and B.Kernaghan

(June 5)   A high pop fly that got lost in the sun and dropped in fair territory gave Winfield the winning run in a 12-inning affair Sunday at Polson Park as Winfield came away with an 8-7 victory over the hometown Vernon Aces. Shortstop Achio Mende walked and advanced on fielder's choices. With two out, the high fly was muffed and the deciding marker crossed the plate. Aces had come from behind with three runs in the 8th inning to tie 7-7. Bill Petruk, who had three hits, knocked in a pair and scored on a passed ball. Vernon missed a golden opportunity to win in the 11th as Lorne Ingram, perched on third, failed to scored on a fly ball to deep right field. Ingram, thinking the ball would drop safely, was halfway home when it was caught and he had to retreat to third. George Bogdanovich gave up 12 hits but managed to go the distance for the win. Vern Dye had three hits and scored a pair for Vernon. Ziprick, L.Halcro and Frank Allingham each had two safeties for Winfield.

J.Ingram (L) and Petruk, Nuyens
Bogdanovich (W) and Moody

(June 12)  Paul Prehara blanked Salmon Arm on five hits Sunday at Riverside Park in a 5-0 victory for Kamloops CYO. Prehara also had the big blow of the game a triple in the 2nd which knocked in Johnny Haywood with the second run.  CYO got the only run it needed in the first inning when Kaye Kaminishi reached on a Texas leaguer over third, went to third on a wild throw to second and scored on Norm MacDonald's single. Kaminishi had two hits for CYO, Chick Evans a pair for Salmon Arm.

Syme's (L) and Leon
Prehara (W) and Egely

(June 12)   Peachland overcame an early 7-1 deficit to edge Rutland Adanacs 12-11 Sunday scoring the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Archie Flintoff led of the final frame and hit safely, his fourth in five at bats and George Ekins doubled to put runners at second and third with one out. Ted Clements ripped a single and on a bad throw from first to the plate two runners scampered home for the victory. Kenny Fulks hit for the cycle for the winners with a single, double, triple and home run.  Flintoff added a walk to his four hits.  Rutland had home runs from Tony Brummet and Paul Bach.

xxx and xxx       
G.Ekins, Clements (7) and V.Cousins

(June 12)   In making his second start of the season, lefty Al Munk allowed just five hits and whiffed nine in a route-going performance as Vernon topped Rutland Cubs 5-2.  Aces broke open a tight 2-1 game with a three-spot in the fifth inning.  With two out and Bill Inglis on first with a walk, Vern Dye singled to knock in Inglis, Lorne Ingram smacked a triple to bring in Dye, and Bill Petruk drove in Ingram with a single. Again, Petruk led the Vernon attack with three hits. Lorne Ingram with his triple and single, also reached twice on errors. Morio Koga took the loss.

Morio Koga (L), Mits Koga (6) and Hikichi
A.Munk (W) and Petruk

Princeton       4 - 1
Rutland Adanacs 4 - 2
Summerland      3 - 3
Peachland       2 - 4
Copper Mountain 1 - 4

(June 19)   Kamloops CYO scored the game's only run in the first inning and Paul Prehara fired a four-hit shutout as Kamloops took a 1-0 triumph over Winfield at Riverside Park.  With one out in the first, Kaye Kaminishi singled to centre and advanced as Bill Portman hit safely to right field and Eddie Garay, filling in for brother Johnny at second base, belted a double to left field.  Two close plays at the plate, in the first and second frames prevented Kamloops from adding to the lead.  Portman's three hits led all batters.

Bogdanovich (L) and Moody
Prehara (W) and Egely

(June 19)   John Ingram was a force both on the mound and at the plate as Vernon defeated Revelstoke 10-3. A six-run fifth inning was sparked by Ingram's three-run homer.  Aces had taken the lead in the first inning on Bill Petruk's two-run single. Spikes rebounded with a run in the fourth on a triple and single, but Vernon put the game away with their two-out rally. Shortstop Gordie Henchke reached on an error and Vern Dye and Petruk followed with singles and Lorne Ingram reached safely and three runs were home. Wally Janicki had a one-bagger before John Ingram slugged one to right centre field giving him plenty of time to tour the sacks.  Ingram scattered ten hits and compiled 11 strikeouts for the win.  He didn't walk a batter.

J.Ingram (W) and Petruk
Kirchner (L), Couston, Pratico and McAskill

(June 19)  Rutland Adanacs rang up ten unearned runs, with two out, in the third inning to trounce Copper Mountain 14-7 in a Southern Division encounter.  Pitcher Paul Bach had the only homer, a three-run blast in the third. Hank Wostradowski clouted a bases-loaded triple. Louis Schonberger belted a triple, double and single for Rutland while B.Babarash had three hits for the losers.

Bach (W), Wostradowski, Lingor and Brummet
Hurd (L), O.Gerein and Portman, E.Gerein

(June 19)   Mits Koga, in his first pitching assignment since he broke his wrist during the hockey season, hurled the Rutland Cubs to a 3-1 victory over Salmon Arm at Rutland Sunday.  He allowed just six hits and whiffed nine.

xxx and xxx
Mits Koga (W) and xxx

(June 19)  Summerland 13 Peachland 7

Revelstoke      6 - 1
Kamloops        6 - 1
Vernon          3 - 3
Winfield        2 - 5
Rutland Cubs    2 - 5
Salmon Arm      1 - 5

Princeton       4 - 1
Rutland Adanacs 4 - 2
Summerland      3 - 3
Peachland       2 - 4
Copper Mountain 1 - 4

(June 26)  With a run in the bottom of the 9th inning, Kamloops CYO edged Rutland Cubs 6-5. First baseball Ollie Egely had a double and single and knocked in three to lead the winners. Gordon McQuarrie and Paul Prehara combined to hold Rutland to four hits. 

Mits Koga (L) and Morio Koga
McQuarrie, Prehara (W) and MacDonald

(June 26)   Winfield pushed across a pair in the ninth inning to come from behind to notch a 5-4 victory over Vernon Aces Sunday at Winfield.  An error, a sacrifice, a stolen base and consecutive singles by Sam Shishido and Len Halcro led to the two markers.  George Bogdanovich whiffed 13 in going the route for the pitching win.

J.Ingram (L) and Petruk
Bogdanovich (W) and Moody

(June 26) The Revelstoke Spikes exploded for eleven runs in the seventh inning and went on to drop Salmon Arm 13 to 5 in BCIL action at Salmon Arm. Pete Wright and Sam Lundell poled home runs for the invaders in their seventh frame uprising.

xxx (W) and xxx
Syme (L), Sears (7), Leon (7) and xxx

(July 3)   Vernon Aces rallied for five runs in the 6th inning to erase a 4-2 deficit and down Kamloops CYO 7-4 at Polson Park Sunday.  Winning pitcher John Ingram blooped a bases-loaded single to short centre to score two to tie the game and two more infield hits and an outfield error paved the way for the winning run. Ingram held CYO to five hits and rang up 11 strikeouts.  Bill Petruk whose single in the 6th started the winning rally, topped the hitters with three safeties.  The teams combined for 17 errors, 9 by the Aces.

McArthur (L), McQuarrie (6) and MacDonald
J.Ingram (W) and Petruk

(July 3)   Mits Koga fired a two-hitter but came away with a 5-1 loss to Revelstoke at Rutland. The Cubs made a flurry of bad throws in the second inning to allow four runs, all unearned, to score. Spikes plated another unearned marker in the fourth.  Gordon Fleming, the Spikes' pitcher who got the only two safeties off Koga, a single and a double, allowed five hits and fanned ten.

Fleming (W) and McAskill
Mits Koga (L) and Morio Koga 

(July 3)  Princeton 22 Peachland 3, Summerland 10 Copper Mountain 7, Winfield 15 Salmon Arm 10

(July 10)   Revelstoke Spikes broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to beat Kamloops CYO 10-7 and capture first place in the Interior League standings. The game was played under protest.  It was a costly contest for Kamloops as second baseman Johnny Garay suffered an injured knee and may be lost for the rest of the season.  He was hurt when Al McAskill, the Spikes' catcher, hit Garay while going into second base in the 8th inning.  Kamloops had a 3-0 lead in the 3rd when McAskill slugged a three-run homer for the Spikes to knot the score. CYO argued the ball was foul.  Revelstoke pulled ahead with a run in the 4th and two in the 5th but Kamloops tied it again with three in the 6th. Lefty Pratico homered in the bottom of the 6th to put the Spikes back on top, 7-6. Back came CYO in the top of the 8th as Johnny Haywood smashed his third hit of the day and scored on Johnny Garay's infield out. In their half of the 8th, Spikes' first sacker Ken McGregor tripled to score two and came home with the final run on Vin Pratico's single.

McQuarrie, McArthur (L) (4) and MacDonald
Lundell, Pratico (W) (6) and McAskill

(July 10)  Rutland Cubs scored a pair in the first inning and coasted to an 8-2 win over Winfield. Stan Matsuba smacked the first pitch of the game for a homer to set the stage for the Cubs' triumph. John Naito slammed a homer in the ninth.  Frank Allingham led Winfield with a triple and single. Mits Koga for the Cubs and George Bogdonovich for Winfield both appeared tired after a strenuous session at the St. Louis Browns' baseball school at Kamloops.

Mits Koga (W) and Morio Koga
Bogdanovich (L) and Moody         

(July 10)   A four-run first inning propelled Princeton Royals to an easy, 10-2, win over Rutland Adanacs in their final game of the regular schedule.  Harold Nishihara, the former Asahi star, scattered nine hits for the win. Catcher Liberatore, for the Royals, had the only extra base hits.

Nishihara (W) and Liberatore                             
Wostradowski (L), Lingor (8) and Brummet

(July 10)   Vernon Aces swept a double-header with Salmon Arm winning 7-3 and 5-4.  In the opener, John Ingram survived a rough first two innings when three hits and three errors led to three runs for Salmon Arm.  But the Aces rebounded quickly with five runs in the second inning and coasted to the win. Ingram fired a five-hitter and struck out nine in going the distance. Bill Inglis, Lorne Ingram and Wally Janicki each rapped two hits in the victory.

Syme (L) and Wright
J.Ingram (W) and Petruk

Ike Jackson had a shutout and a 5-0 lead through seven innings in the second game before Salmon Arm took advantage of some sloppy defensive play to score three in the eighth and another in the ninth to make it close. The tying and winning runs were on base in the ninth when Bill Inglis put an end to the rally with an outstanding throw from left field to second for an out just as Coles was heading for the plate with the tying run. John Ingram, at shortstop in the second game, led the winners with two hits and two runs scored.

Jackson (W) and Burnham
Sears (L) and Wright

Final Standings
Northern Division W   L  GB

Revelstoke        9 - 1
Kamloops          7 - 3  2.0
Vernon            7 - 3  2.0
Rutland Cubs      3 - 7  6.0
Winfield          2 - 8  7.0
Salmon Arm        2 - 8  7.0

Southern Division

Princeton         7 - 1 
Rutland Adanacs   5 - 3  2.0
Summerland        5 - 3  2.0
Peachland         2 - 6  5.0
Copper Mountain   1 - 7
  6.0

(July 17)  Kamloops CYO downed Vernon Aces 7-2 Sunday in a sudden-death playoff to determine second place in the Interior Baseball League standings.  Close to a thousand spectators were on hand at Riverside Park to see the local squad advance to the league final against the Revelstoke Spikes. CYO put the game on ice in the bottom of the 8th after two were out when Ed Garay doubled and four successive miscues at short by Gordon Henschke resulted in three more tallies. Chuck McArthur held Vernon to seven hits in gaining the pitching win. Bob Morton led the winners with two hits and three runs scored.

J.Ingram (L) and Burnham
McArthur (W) and E.Garay

(July 17)  Summerland claimed second place in the southern division with a 9-7 win over Rutland Adanacs who blew a 3-0 first inning advantage.  Taylor smacked two homers to lead the Summerland comeback. Amm clouted a three-run homer in the 8th for the win. Bullock had a four-bagger for Rutland. Coffey allowed 11 hits in gaining the pitching win. The Adanacs starter, Johnny Lingor, was forced to leave the game after the fourth inning after being hit on the temple by a line drive.  Lingor was out briefly before insisting he finish the inning.

Lingor, Wostradowski (4) and Brummet
Coffey (W) and McCarger

(July 20)  The Kamloops Sentinel published the statistics for the Kamloops CYO,

                            GP  AB  R  H  AVE
   Portman Bill OF           7  27  2  9 .333
   Bregolisse Gordon P/OF    2   3  0  1 .333
   Garay Johnny OF           9  34 14 11 .324
   Prehara Peter P           6  16  6  5 .313
   Garay Eddie C/OF          2  10  1  3 .300
   Hornsby Maury OF         10  41  8 12 .293
   Kaminishi Kaye OF        10  46 13 13 .283
   Haywood Johnny OF         7  26  3  7 .269
   Egely Ollie C/1B          9  37  2  9 .243
   Francis Harry OF          8  29  4  6 .207
   McQuarrie Gordon P/1B    10  36  1  7 .194
   Morton Bob C/1B           3  12  5  2 .167
   MacDonald Bill C/OF       7  30  2  5 .167
   McArthur Chuck P/OF       8  21  0  3 .143
   Scott Len OF              3   6  3  0 .000
 
                        GP   W  L  PCT   IP  BB  SO
   McQuarrie Gordon      5   2  0 1.000  30  10  22
   Prehara Paul          6   5  1  .833  41   8  29
   McArthur Chuck        3   0  2  .000  16   2  10

(July 31)   With Paul Prehara firing a six-hitter Kamloops CYO captured the National Cafe Trophy, emblematic of supremacy in the northern division of the Interior Baseball League, Sunday defeating Revelstoke Spikes 5-3. Kamloops now meets Princeton in a best-of-three series for the Chalmers Trophy and league championship. Both teams scored in the first inning, CYO on Kaye Kaminishi's single and two Spikes' errors and Revelstoke on Don Segur's triple scoring Vin Pratico who had drawn a walk.  Kamloops went ahead in the third as Johnny Haywood singled, stole second and scored on an outfield error. CYO made it 3-1 in the 6th when Joe Desjardine, who had beaten out an infield hit, scampered home on a double by Harry Francis. Sparkling defensive plays kept Prehara out of trouble.  A double play in the 4th ended the inning and in the 5th, with the bases loaded and one out, Don Segur drove one to short right field. Bill Portman raced in to snag the ball and doubled up McAskill off first. In the 6th, Revelstoke had runners in scoring position when Kaminishi cut one down at third and the Spikes completed their third twin-killing of the day. 

Prehara (W) and Egely
Pratico (L), Fleming (7) and McAskill

(August 7)  Harold Nishihara fired a five-hit shutout and scored the winning run as Princeton Royals downed Kamloops CYO 3-0 in the opening game of the league championship series. After six scoreless innings, Nishihara started the Royals' rally with an infield single.  Pete Mitchell drove one through second and when the centre fielder had trouble with the pickup, Nishihara scampered to third.  After Mitchell stole second, Tind Liberatore dribbled a ball toward third and Princeton had the first run of the game. On a squeeze play, Ken Thomas bunted and Mitchell scored and Tony Kovich followed with a single to left for the third tally. Paul Prehara allowed just seven hits, five in the disastrous 7th, to take the loss.

Prehara (L) and Morton
Nishihara (W) and Liberatore

(August 21)   Princeton Royals fell behind 3-1 in the second inning but roared back with a 14-hit offensive to crush Kamloops CYO 15-6 to win the Interior League championship series in two straight games. Royals exploded for nine runs in the 3rd inning to put the game on ice. Ken Thomas led all hitters with four singles in five times at the plate. Tony Kovich and Laurie Currie each had a double and single.  Young Eddie Garay led CYO with three hits. Norm MacDonald had a homer.  Harold Nishihara gave up ten hits but went the route for the win.

Prehara, McArthur (3) and Garay
Nishihara (W) and Liberatore


WEST KOOTENAY BASEBALL

(May 24)  The Nelson Juniors whipped Kaslo 15-10.

(May 29)  Avenging a loss to Nelson Sunday, the Kaslo senior squad dump[ed the Nelson juniors 11-7 behind a 17-hit attack. After falling behind 2-0, Kalso rebounded with three runs in the 4th inning, then two in each of the 5th and 6th and four in the 7th.  Jack Turner had one of the big blows for the winners, a three-run double in the 3rd. In the 6th, Pearce clouted a two-run homer.  Winning pitcher Ray Norberg whiffed 12 and allowed just two free passes.

R.Norbeg (W) and Larsen
L.Hufty (L) and Cathcart

(May 30)  Rusty Wynn's Rossland Cubs scored in the bottom of the ninth to edge Fruitvale 7-6.  An error by reliever Joey Monaldi allowed the deciding marker to cross the plate. Winning pitcher was Bobby McKinnon, a former Trail Cardinal, who relieved Irvin "Lefty" Lavorato in the sixth inning.  Fuzzy Grieve started for the Beavers but gave way to Monaldi in the fifth.

F.Grieve, Monaldi (L) (5) and xxx
Lavorato, B.McKinnon (W) (6) and xxx

(June 8)   Rossland Cubs defeated the hometown Beavers 9-4 at Fruitvale. Jerry Simpson proved the highlight for the local fans with a three-run homer in the third inning.

(June 15)   Rossland scored seven runs in the first inning and cruised to a 13-4 win over Nelson Tigers in a game called after five innings because of rain.  Cubs combined five hits, two walks and three Nelson errors for their seven counters. Nelson bounded back a bit in the second scoring four times on three hits, two walks and a Rossland error but the Cubs sewed it up with five more in the third, highlited by a homer by Buzz McGibney. Winning hurler Irv Lavorato helped with two hits.

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

New Denver    2 - 0
Silverton     2 - 0
Slocan City   1 - 1
Nakusp        1 - 2
Winlaw        0 - 3

(June 19)   Trail juniors clobbered the Nelson Junior Yanks 11-1 in thier home and home exhibition series. Trail took the opener 5-1 as Joey Jankola twirled a no-hitter. In this one, Jankola gave up three hits and fanned 22 while his teammates pounded out 14 hits off two Yank hurlers.

Jankola (W) and xxx
R.Brown (L) and L.Irwin and xxx

(June 19)   In the Montana-Idaho-BC League, Cranbrook Legion downed Sandpoint Veterans 7-6 in ten innings. Pitcher Johnny Bayley doubled to knock in Bobby Mitchell with the winning run.

Olsen (L) and McGillivary
Bayley (W) and Downey

(June 21)  Rossland vs California Mohawks

(June 26)   Rossland posted its sixth straight win Sunday eking out an 8-7 decision over Nelson Tigers at the Civic Grounds.  Irv Lavorato overcame a rough start to go the distance for the win allowing just five hits while fanning 11 and walking five.  He led the Cubs at the plate with three hits in four trips. Harrison had the big blow for Rossland, a triple in the 9th. He was thrown out at home trying to stretch it into a homer.

Lavorato (W) and Ray Scott, Crowder
Townsend (L) and Larsen

(July 6)  Rossland Cubs shaded Fruitvale 5-4 as Bobby McKinnon went the route for the win besting Dave Ewing.

McKinnon (W) and xxx
Ewing (L) and xxx

(July 10)    Nelson Tigers split a pair of road games, defeating Rossland 15-4 but dropping a 6-5 decision to Fruitvale.  In the Tigers' first action since the July 1st tournament, they roared to a convincing win over the Cubs.  Staked to a early lead, Fred Townsend went the distance for the winners.  Ron Nash scored three times for the Tigers.

F.Townsend (W) and xxx
D.McGibney (L), Lavorato (3) and xxx

In the second game, the pitchers, in hitting roles, had a lot to do with the outcome, a 6-5 win for Fruitvale. Ronnie Brown, the juvenile pitching star, clouted a triple in the ninth to tie the score at 5-5 only to have his rival, Joe Monaldi smack a double in the bottom of the ninth to score the winning run.  Brown rang up 11 strike outs and walked just one. Monaldi fanned seven and walked five. Les Hufty of Nelson and Dan Ewing of Fruitvale bashed homers.

Brown (L) and xxx
Monaldi (W) and xxx

(July 17)   Fruitvale rallied for three runs, all unearned, to break a scoreless tie in the eighth inning and downed Nelson Tigers 3-1 Sunday. With one out in the 8th, Sandy Mcinnes singled but was thrown out at third as Gerry Simpson singled.  Two hits and three errors followed and the Beavers had racked up three runs.  In the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers finally broke through. With two out, Lloyd Swenson belted a long double to centre and Carl Locatelli drew a base on balls. Bob Pitts drove in Swenson with a single through the infield but the next batter fanned to end the ball game.  Fuzzy Grieve held the Tigers to six hits.

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

(July 17)   Red Moore's eighth inning homer gave Cranbrook Legion an 8-7 victory over the Troy, Montana, Veterans to break a third-place tie in the Montana-Idaho-BC Baseball League. After a rough second inning when he gave up four runs, Johnny Bayley pitched a solid game for the winners.

(July 20)   With a 15-hit attack, Rossland Cubs scored four runs in the first inning and went on to a 9-6 win over Nelson Tigers. Lefty Irvin Lavorato limited Nelson to six hits and whiffed 16 while trying to overcome seven Rossland errors.  In the first, doubles by Babe Laface and Ross Jackson, coupled with with two singles and two infield errors brought in the four markers. Nelson got one run back in their half of the frame when Bill Haldane doubled to knock in Bob Koehle.  Rossland went up 5-1 in the second before Nelson drew close with singletons in the fourth and fifth innings.  But the Cubs put another three on the board in the sixth on John Densky's two-run double and a run-scoring blast from Joey Laface. Nelson came back with a run in the 7th and two more in the 8th but it wasn't enough. 

Townsend (L), L.Hufty and xxx
Lavorato (W) and xxx

(July 24)    At Creston Sunday, Nelson Tigers emerged with a thrilling 7-6, 10-inning victory. The home squad rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie 6-6 and force the extra inning.  Pitcher Ron Brown tripled in the 10th and scored on Bill Haldane's single to provide the margin of victory. But it wasn't easy. In the bottom of the inning, Creston loaded the bases with none out as Piccini drew and walk and Joyce and Leask reached with singles. Ray Humble, after two attemped squeeze bunts, flied out to Fritz Koehle who threw home to nab the runner at the plate. The next batter, Rota, raised the crowd's hopes fouling off five pitches before striking out to end the game. Brown went the full 10 frames for Nelson.  R.Gildertson started for Creston giving way to playing manager Ray Humble in the fourth.

R.Brown (W) and xxx
Gildertson, Humble (L) (4) and xxx

(July 29)   Nelson Tigers had a 6-0 lead after two innings Friday and coasted to a 9-2 win over Fruitvale.  Bill Haldane and Carl Locatelli led the Tigers each with two hits and two runs scored. Ron Nash and Bob Pitts also collected two hits apiece. Dave Ewing, the Fruitvale chucker had a double and single.

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

(July 31)   Irvin Lavorato hurled a seven-hitter Sunday as Rossland Cubs downed Nelson Tigers 6-1. The left-hander, with seven strike outs and four free passes, bested Les Hufty who allowed 14 hits in going the route for the Tigers.  Catcher Ed Crowder sparked the winners with three hits in four trips to the plate.

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

(July 31)   Fruitvale Beavers handed Nelson its second loss of the day crushing the Tigers 12-5 at the Fruitvale Ball Park. Nelson had a two-run lead at the end of the first but Fruitvale knotted the count with a pair on the second on a Doug Haines home run. Beavers broke a 2-2 tie with five runs in the third and another five in the 8th.

Townsend (L), Locatelli (3) and xxx
F.Grieve, Gariepy, M.Sadler and xxx

(August 4)  Rossland Cubs scored three rimes in the bottom of the ninth inning to down Fruitvale 4-3 Thursday for their 10th victory in 12 games. Cubs had just five hits, one a homer by Buzz McGibney.  Bob McKinnon pitched the win allowing eight hits while whiffing a dozen Beavers.  Joey Monaldi had ten strikeouts for Fruitvale.

Monaldi (L) and xxx
B.McKinnon (W) and xxx

Rossland   10 - 2
Fruitvale   4 - 7
Nelson      3 - 8

(August 10)   Nelson Tigers blew an early 4-0 lead in dropping a 10-7 decision to the league-leading Rossland Cubs. Tigers got one in the second inning and Carl Locatelli's three-run homer in the third but the Cubs erupted for five in the fourth to take the lead for good.  Six of the first seven Rossland batters in the fourth hit safely, highlighted by Joe LaFace's triple. 

B.McKinnon (W) and xxx
L.Hufty (L), F.Townsend (5) and xxx

(August 16)  Bill Haldane, Swede Larsen and Fritz Koehle each pounded out three hits Tuesday to send Nelson Tigers to an 11-5 rout of the error-prone Fruitvale Beavers who booted the ball eight times.  Haldane smacked a pair of doubles and a single and scored four times. Ray Gariepy led Fruitvale with two doubles and a single. 

Monaldi (L), Ewing (3) and xxx
R.Brown (W) and xxx

Rossland   12 - 2
Nelson      5 - 9
Fruitvale   4 -10

(August 24)   An early 6-0 lead was enough for the Nelson Tigers as they coasted to a 7-4 win over the Beavers at Fruitvale in the opening game of their best-of-three West Kootenay semi-final series. Swede Larsen belted two-run homers in his first two trips to the plate and Bill Haldane drilled another as the Tigers scored three in the first and another three in the third.  Les Hufty, who relieved in the first inning, didn't allow a hit until the sixth and finished with a four-hit effort.  Dave Ewing took the loss giving up eight hits while whiffing 12.

Brown, L.Hufty (W) (1) and Larsen
Ewing (L) and Simpson

(August 28)  Nelson Tigers advanced to the final of the West Kootenay playoffs Sunday with a sweep of a double-header with Fruitvale winning 9-5 to win the set in two straight games and then taking an exhibition game, 7-3.  The Tigers meet Rossland Wednesday in the first game of the final series. The Beavers out-hit Nelson in both games rapping out a dozen hits in each.

Fruitvale took the lead in the opener as Ray Gariepy drove in Haines in the first and Fuzzy Grieve singled to drive in a pair in the second but the Tigers roared back with four in the third as Red Wassick led off with a homer and Fritz Koehle belted a two-run double. In the fourth, Fuzzy Grieve walked a pair with the bases loaded to give Nelson a 6-3 advantage. Fruitvale drew to within a run in the sixth plating two on Gerry Simpson's single but, again Nelson quickly replied with three runs in the bottom of the frame to salt away the victory. 

F.Grieve (L), Ewing and Simpson
L.Hufty (W) and Larsen

In the second game, Nelson jumped into a 4-0 lead after three innings and were never headed. Fred Madden doubled to score Pitts in the second and, in the third Tigers got a triple by Red Koehle for one run and a two-run homer by Fritz Koehle.  Fruitvale got one in the fourth and another in the top of the 7th to make it close but Nelson pushed across three in the last of the 7th to boost the count to 7-2. In the 9th, Beavers had a run in and the bases loaded but Fred Townsend fanned Sandy McInnes for the third out.

Monaldi (L) and Simpson
Townsend (W) and Larsen

(August 31)   Rossland Clubs spotted Nelson a run in the first inning then crushed the Tigers with a 14-hit attack in notching a 10-3 win in the opening game of the West Kootenay final series. Buzz McGibney led the offensive scoring twice, driving in three runs, and notching four hits in five trips to the plate. Willie Scott had three hits and scored three. Meanwhile, young lefty Irv Lavorato held the Tigers to four singles in going the route for the win.  He whiffed nine. 

Lavorato (W) and Crowder
L.Hufty (L), Townsend and Larsen

(September 4-5)   Rossland Labour Day Tournament

(September 4-5)  Fruitvale Labour Day Tournament 

(September 11)    Rossland Cubs whipped Nelson Tigers 12-6 and 13-6 Sunday to capture the West Kootenay league championship in three straight games.  Cubs won the opener in Nelson 10-3.  The best drive of the opener was pinch-hitter Scotty Harrison's wallop a country mile out of right field in the seventh inning but because of construction on the field, all hits were limited to two bases. On the day, Harrison belted the ball out of the park three times in five trips to the plate.  John Densky had four hits to led the Cubs to the win in the first game. Fritz Koehle had three for the Tigers.  Irv Lavorato allowed just seven hits and walked nine but managed to go the route for the pitching win.  Cubs swatted 14 hits off Les Hufty.

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

Harrison led Rossland with three hits and four runs scored in the second game as the Cubs erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning to put the game on ice.  Fritz Koehle had another three hits for Nelson to give him six hits for the day.   

Anderson, Haldane and Swensen, Nash, Madden
Wynn, McGibney and Crowder


ARROW LAKE / SLOCAN VALLEY

(May 15)   New Denver, the defending Slocan-Arrow Lakes champions, opened the season with a 10-7 exhibition win over Slocan City.  The game featured home runs by Ted Graham of Slocan and Dave Crellin of New Denver.

Pearson, Broughton, Mori, Takenaka and xxx
xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx and xxx

(May 22)   The senior baseball season opened in the Slocan Valley Sunday with a double-header at New Denver. Silverton took the opener, 7-4 over Slocan City as Dutch Groenhuysen pitched a four-hitter for the winners who knocked out nine hits, a homer and three doubles included. Dick Hambly led the attack with a three-run homer and a single. Groenhuysen added a three-run double. 

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

In the second game, New Denver displayed their new red and white uniforms as they circled the bases in a 16-3 victory over Winlaw.  The winners pounded out 16 hits and capitalized on six walks and several miscues in the field. Four pitchers combined to throw a five hitter for New Denver. Dave Crellin led the offense with four hits. Nobby Hayashi clouted a homer and two singles and Bob Butler had a triple, double and single. Crellin, Nobby Hayashi, Butler and Shig Kiyono each drove in three runs.

xxx, xxx, xxx and xxx
xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx and xxx

(May 29)   Nakusp rapped 20 hits off three Winlaw hurlers in taking an 11-7 decision at Winlaw.  Ed Desrochers yielded ten hits and walked five but managed to go the distance for the win.

E.Desrochers (W) and xxx
xxx, xxx, xxx and xxx

(May 29)  At Silverton, the home squad dumped Slocan City 11-8 as Gord Nelson led a 12-hit attack with four safeties. Winning pitcher Dutch Groenhuysen added a double and single and Jack Kelly smacked a homer. H.Pinchbeck had three hits for Slocan.  Groenhuysen allowed 11 hits while walking a pair and fanning five.

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

(June 5)  New Denver registered a 4-2, 11-inning, victory over Nakusp.  Kuts Hayashi, who relieved in the 10th with the bases loaded and none out and escaped the jam, picked up the win with two scoreless innings. New Denver combined three hits with a pair of walks in the 11th frame to score a pair for the win. Mas Yamada led the winners with three hits, Saruyama, Walt Thring and Dave Crellin each had a pair.

Takenaka, K.Hayashi (W) (10) and xxx
K.Highland, Patterson (L) (10) and xxx

(June 5)   Slocan City outlasted Winlaw 15-12.

(June 5)  Kaslo, playing at home, whipped Silverton 11-3.  Hubbo Matsuzaki, of the winners, had the only homer. G.Groenhuysen of Silverton was injured and unable to finish but the club did not have a replacement so Kaslo loaned the visitors Ray Norberg to complete the contest.

Groenhuysen, R.Norberg and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 12)   New Denver trounced the visiting Nakusp nine 12-2 as Kuts Hayashi allowed just five hits and no earned runs.  Brother Nobby Hayashi slugged a two-run homer and a single to lead the offense. 

Highland (L), Marchessault (5) and xxx
K.Hayashi (W) and Yamada

New Denver    2 - 0
Silverton     2 - 0
Slocan City   1 - 1
Nakusp        1 - 2
Winlaw        0 - 3

(June 19)   A six-run third inning wasn't enough for the Slocan City Monarchs and Winlaw posted a 10-8 victory Sunday.  E.Gustafson smacked three hits to lead the winners and E.Sutherland added a pair of doubles to lead a 12-hit attack.  Ako Matsubayashi had a double and single for the Monarchs.

Nyokin, J.Braun and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 19)  New Denver survived six errors to move into sole possession of first place in the Slocan Valley circuit edging Silverton 4-3 Sunday. Dave Crellin paced the winners with a pair of doubles and Tamo Takenaka helped with a double and single. A.Orr led Silverton with a two-run homer and two singles. Takenaka held Silverton to eight hits to post the win. Dutch Groenhuysen fanned 13 without a walk in a losing cause.

Takenaka (W) and xxx
Groenhuysen (L) and xxx

(July 3)  At Slocan City, the home fans had lots to cheer about as Slocan City crushed Winlaw 22-5.  The offensive started in the first inning as Azu Oikawa belted a homer. In the fourth, he added a triple and single as Slocan ran up another nine runs.

E.Gustafson, B.Lister, B.Avis, B.Anderson and T.Rabalkin
Matsubayashi (W) and Inouye

(July 3)  Silverton, 4-3 losers to New Denver two weeks ago, upended the league leaders 4-3 Sunday.

(July 10)  In a rare low-scoring contest in the Slocan Valley circuit, Slocan City blanked Silverton 1-0 Sunday afternoon behind the sparkling pitching of Ako Matsubayashi. Nappy Sakamoto smacked a long double to centre field in the fifth inning and scored on a two-bagger by Tad Nishimura for the only run.  In the seventh inning, Bill Postlewaite of Silverton doubled with G. Nelson on base but Nelson was cut down at the plate on a throw from right field by Ted Graham.  Again in the eighth, C.Gordon, who had doubled, tried to score on a hard hit ball to right but was tagged out at home by Johnny Inouye on Graham's throw to Sakamoto to home.

G.Groenhuysen (L) and xxx
Matsubayashi (W) and Inouye

New Denver  3 - 2
Nakusp      3 - 2
Slocan City 2 - 2
Silverton   2 - 3
Winlaw      1 - 4

H. Pinchbeck of Slocan City is the leading hitter in the Slocan-Arrow Lake Baseball League with a .616 average in statistics up to July 10th. J. Braun of Winlaw is second with a .500 mark and G. Nelson of Silverton sits at .462.

(July 17)   Winlaw took a 5-1 lead in the first inning and managed to hold on to edge New Denver 11-10. The winners scored their five markers off four hits and three walks from New Denver starter Shig Kiyono. They added three more in the second off reliever Tommy Pearson and a hit, walk and two errors allowed three more runs in the fifth. Bert Avis and Johnny Moran each had two hits for Winlaw while Nobby Hayashi smacked a double and two singles for New Denver.

Kiyono (L), Pearson (2) and xxx
Moran, Zitzoff (W) (3) and xxx

(July 24)   Nakusp hammered five Slocan hurlers for 17 hits Sunday in a 26-5 massacre at Slocan City. The home team had a short-lived lead scoring in the first inning when Azu Oikawa scored Ted Nishimura from second with a two-bagger. But it was a potent Nakusp offense which quickly dominated scoring four runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings, three in each of the fifth and sixth, just one in the seventh before finishing with a bang scoring seven in the 9th. B.Patterson held Slocan to seven hits in going the distance for the win. Slocan City aided Nakusp by making 11 errors.

B.Patterson (W) and xxx
Matsubayashi (L), Sakamoto (2), Ted Hicks (4), Oikawa (6), Pinchbeck (9) and Oikawa, Ted Hicks (6)

(July 31)   Nobby Hayashi of New Denver had quite the day on the mound and the plate Sunday compiling 17 strikeouts while belting a grand slam homer and a single. Unfortunately, Hayashi also allowed 17 hits, walked three and his defense booted the ball eight times as Slocan City dumped New Denver 14-8.  Tad Nishimura and Ted Hicks each with a triple and three singles led the winners.  Azu Oikawa add three hits and Clough had a pair of doubles. Ako Matsubayashi allowed ten hits in posting the pitching win.

Matsubayashi (W) and xxx
N.Hayashi (L) and xxx

(August 7)   Tommy Pearson put his name in the record books Sunday hurling a no-hit, no-run game as New Denver pounded Winlaw 12-0. Pearson struck out 19 and did not allow a walk in facing just 29 batters. Three Winlaw players reached on errors with one thrown out trying to steal. New Denver pounded Zitzoff for 15 hits with Bob Butler and Nobby Hayashi each collecting a double and two singles and Jimmy Tateishi clouting a homer and single. Mas Yamada had a triple and single and Walt Thring and Shig Kiyono each had a pair.

Zitzoff (L) and xxx
Pearson (W) and xxx

(August 7)  Silverton logged a 12-inning 6-4 victory over Nakusp.

New Denver  4 - 2
Nakusp      5 - 3
Silverton   4 - 3
Slocan City 3 - 4
Winlaw      2 - 6

(August 14)   Slocan City scored six runs in the last three innings, including the winner in the bottom of the ninth, to edge New Denver 9-8. Winning pitcher Ako Matsubayashi sparked Slocan with three hits, one them a two-bagger. Clough added a triple and single and Ted Hicks had a double and single. Shig Kiyono was tops for New Denver with three hits.

Pearson (L) and xxx
Matsubayashi (W) and xxx

(August 21)   In the final game of the regular schedule, Silverton gained a share of first place with a 3-1 triumph over New Denver.  Randolph Harding got Silverton on the scoreboard in the second with a four-bagger. New Denver tied it in the fourth as Shig Kiyono singled, stole second and came home on Mas Yamada's safety.  With two out in the ninth, Clough doubled and scored on Dutch Groenhuysen's liner to left and Harding came through with a single to centre to plate the third run.  Groenhuysen fanned 12 in posting the win while Tommy Pearson fanned 13 in taking the loss.

G.Groenhuysen (W) and xxx
T.Pearson (L) and xxx

Nakusp      5 - 3
Silverton   5 - 3
New Denver  4 - 4
Slocan City 4 - 4
Winlaw      2 - 6

Shig Kiyono of New Denver won the batting crown with an even .500 average with 12 hits in 24 at bats. He took home the New Denver Builder's Supply Batting Cup. S.Clough of Silverton barely missed tying Kiyono for the lead. Clough also hit .500 but had just 14 official times at the plate, one short of the minimum for qualification.

(August 28)   New Denver topped Slocan City 5-3 in their sudden-death Slocan-Arrow Lakes Baseball League playoff. Tommy Pearson fired a six-hitter and fanned 14 in gaining the pitching win. Walt Thring scored what proved to be the winning run in the sixth inning when he reached base on an error advanced to third on Dave Crellin's hit and scored on Shig Kiyono's sacrifice fly. 

Matsubayashi, Sakamoto (7) and xxx
Pearson (W) and xxx

(September 3)   Tommy Pearson shutout Nakusp on three hits Sunday as New Denver took the first game of the semi-final series 4-0.  Nakusp's best chance came in the 8th as Buster Patterson doubled and Neil Shaw followed with a single. However, Nobby Hayashi's throw from centre field to the plate was well ahead of Patterson as he tried to make it home.

Pearson (W) and xxx
K.Highland (L), Patterson (8) and xxx

(September 5)  Slocan City Labour Day Tournament

(September 11)   New Denver eked out a 5-4 win over Nakusp to take their semi-final series in two straight games and win a slot in the league final against Silverton. Nakusp got on the scoreboard in the second inning as Otto Yanagisawa ripped a doubled down the left field line, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a errant throw to third by the catcher. New Denver took the lead on a strange play in the fourth inning. With Shig Kiyono aboard on an error, Dave Crellin's drive became lost in the grass after hitting the fence and both Crellin and Kiyono came around to score. In the sixth, with Hayashi and Kiyono on base, Crellin's bunt brought one run home and a wild throw allowed a second run to score. Tamo Takenaka singled to give New Denver a 5-1 advantage. Nakusp rallied with two in the 8th and another in the 9th but New Denver held on for the victory.

Patterson (L) and xxx
Pearson (W) and xxx

(September 18)   Tommy Pearson fired a no-hitter, his second of the season, as New Denver beat Silverton 4-1 in the opening game of the Slocan-Arrow Lakes championship series. An error in the second inning led to Silverton's only run. Jack Kelly and Allan Lind drew walks and C.Gordon reached on a fielder's choice when Lind was forced at second with Kelly advancing to third. When Gordon took off to steal second, a wild throw sailed into centre field as Kelly trotted home.  New Denver tied the count in the fifth and in the seventh went ahead as Mas Yamada walked, stole second and came home on Saruyama's double to right.  Frank Miyahara followed with a hit to centre and stole second. Pearson walked to fill the bases and Jimmy Tateishi drew another free pass to score Saruyama.  Walt Thring singled to score the third run of the inning. 

Groenhuysen (L) and xxx
Pearson (W) and xxx

(September 25)   In a thriller at New Denver, Silverton scored two in the 11th inning to post a 6-4 victory and tie the playoff series at a game apiece.  Silverton combined three singles and an error to plate the two runs for the victory. Silverton got a homer from winning pitcher Walt Postlewaite in the ninth to tie at 4-4 and force extra innings.  Shig Kiyono tripled in the bottom of the ninth for New Denver but was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it into a four-bagger. Gord Nelson led the winners with three hits. Postlewaite had a single in addition to his four-bagger and Dick Hambly and Jack Kelly each had a pair of hits. Kiyono had a triple and two doubles for New Denver.

Potentialities (W) and J.Kelly
Pearson (L) and M.Yamada

(October 2)   Silverton whipped New Denver 13-9 on a cold and blustery day at Silverton to win the Slocan-Arrow Lakes championship and the Big Bend Lumber Company Trophy. The home squad broke open a tight 2-1 game with three runs in the sixth and another four in the seventh. Each team had 12 hits. New Denver made eleven errors and Silverton was charged with seven miscues. Dick Hambly poked a triple and double to lead the winners at the plate.  Shig Kiyono and Mas Yamada each rapped a double and two singles for the losers.

Pearson, N.Hayashi (8) and xxx
Postlewaite (W) and xxx


EAST KOOTENAY BASEALL

 


CROW'S NEST PASS

(May 29)  Hillcrest Miners kicked off the new Crow's Nest Pass season with a 9-8 victory over Natal-Michel.

(June 5)  Natal-Michel could manage only a tie in weekend games of the Crow's Nest Pass League, losing to Blairmore and battling to an 8-8 draw with Hillcrest.  John Dobek, in relief of starter Chala, got the win for Blairmore while Lefty Scott went the distance for the Red Sox. Corney with three hits led a 13-hit attack for the winners.

Scott (L) and xxx
Chala, Dobek (W) (5) and xxx

The Red Sox blew a 6-1 lead at Hillcrest Stadium as the home club scored six runs in the sixth inning. Pahara went the distance for the Miners. Elick, with three hits, paced the offense for Hillcrest.

A.Krall, W.Krall (6) and xxx
Pahara and xxx

(June 10)  Blairmore Columbus Club broke a 4-4 tie with a six-run outburst in the top of the 9th inning for their fourth straight victory, 10-4 over Natal-Michel Red Sox. The big blow was a grand slam homer by pinch-hitter Schlasseur.

(June 12)   The Natal-Michel Red Sox registered their first win of the season downing Kimberley 6-2. A. Krall fired a five-hitter for the win.

(June 19)   Kimberley took both games from the visiting Natal-Michel Red Sox, 13-4 and 4-3.  The losses dropped the Sox to the cellar of the Crow's Nest Pass League.

(July 10)    The Natal-Michel Red Sox took pair of lacings in Crow's Nest Pass action. Coleman Cubs drubbed the Sox 11-1 and Kimberley Elks whipped Natal-Michel 13-6. Elks also notched a 9-3 win over Hillcrest Miners. Dave Pow slugged a homer to lead the Cubs' 16-hit attack against Tom Krall. Billy Hryciuki went the route for the Elks in the win over Natal-Michel. Lefty Scott and Krall divided the hurling for the Sox. Buzz Mellor slammed the only homer, a two-run shot.

(August 10)   Playing their first international contest, Natal-Michel fell apart in the final inning in dropping a 14-10 decision to the visiting nine from Whitefish, Montana, who scored six in the final frame for the victory.

Kemppainen (W) and Muraoka
W.Krall, A.Krall and Dobek

(August 21)   Hillcrest Miners took a pair from Natal-Michel, one a close one the other a runaway, 10-9 and 8 to 1. Miners used a six-run uprising in the seventh inning of the first game to notch the win as Prahara whiffed 14 in going the distance for the win. Chala slammed a grand-slam homer for the Red Sox.

Prohara (W) and Samaya
W.Krall (L) and J.Krall

Elick fired a neat six-hitter for Hillcrest in the second game as the Miners won handlily.

Elick (W) and Samaya
Scott, W.Krall and J.Krall

(August 25)   Kimberley Elks downed Blairmore 10-5 to move on to meet Coleman in the Crow's Nest Pass final for the Ringland Cup.  Elks took the first game of the best-of-three series 6-1.  Red Carlson was outstanding on the mound in both games for Kimberley. 

(August 28)   In the opening game of the Ringland Cup championship series, Kimberley Elks upset Coleman Cubs. Elks took advantage of the Cubs' decision to start one of their reserve pitchers in the opening tilt and exploded for 13 runs in the first four innings. By the time Cubs' ace Lefty Kimoto relieved, the game was out of reach.


CENTRAL / NORTHERN INTERIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE

This league was centered in Cariboo country of British Columbia with Prince George as the hub. From the newspaper accounts it was not clear whether the loop was a Central or Northern Interior League as the notations changed back and forth. Two of the member teams, the Pollards and the Timbars were Prince George based clubs while three of the remaining five were in close proximity.

(May 15)   Vanderhoof got off to a good start Sunday scoring a pair in the first inning as Darrell Reinke ripped a homer with a man aboard, but it was all downhill from there as Prince George Pollards scored six times in the bottom of the first en route to an 18-2 trouncing of the visitors.  Stoddy Rhodes and Norm Schnept combined to hold Vanderhoof to three hits in the seven inning contest.

Sargeant (L), A.Wall (1), D.Wall (4) and Smith
Rhodes (W), Schnepf (6) and Muirhead

(May 15)  West Lake scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to hand Vanderhoof its second loss of the day, 8-7.  With two out and a man on base, West Lake combined three hits with a pair of errors to plate the five markers and take the ball game.  Vanderhoof had taken an early lead with five runs in the second inning.

D.Wall (L) and Smith
McEachnie (W) and Doyle

(May 15)   At Willow River, Timbars whipped the host club 12-1 in the opening game, running up a five run lead in the first inning.

Hoot (L), Harvey and Mentanko
Robinson (W) and MacLean

Giscome Dodgers defeated Timbars 7-2 in the second game.

Harvey (L) and McQuarrrie
Coster (W) and Granley

(May 21)   Victoria Day Weekend baseball got off to the high-scoring start Saturday with Timbars whipping Pollards 18-11. Pollards took a 4-0 lead in the first inning but Timbars put the game away with eight in the second and another five runs in the third. Timbars out-hit the Pollards 17 to 10.

Hayes, Harvey and Mentanko
Berry, Wilkes, Zolli, Muirhead

(May 22)   West Lake hurlers Reg McEachnie and Hugh Glazier combined to hold Giscome Dodgers to three hits in blanking the Dodgers 12-0 Sunday in the second game of the weekend holiday series. Left fielder Pete Skalicky smashed a triple and scored on Don Doyle's single in the first inning for the only run the Loggers would need.

Adams, Struthers and xxx
R.McEachnie, Glazier and xxx

(May 23)  Willow River Red Sox won a berth in the final of the holiday series clobbering Timbars 18-5.

B.Reynolds (L), Harvey, Hootz and xxx
B.Laidlaw (W) and xxx

(May 24)   West Lake Loggers, trailing 3-2, rallied for six runs in the 8th inning and added two more in the 9th to trash Pollards 10-3 Tuesday in the semi-finals of the holiday weekend tournament. Lud Zolli provided the highlight for the Pollards when he belted a three-run homer in the third inning to give the home club a 3-1 lead. But the Loggers got six hits and six runs in the 8th to put the game on ice. Reg McEachnie allowed just seven hits in posting the win.

R.McEachnie (W) and D.Doyle
Schnepf (L), Zolli (9) and Muirhead

(May 24)   Each team had nine hits but West Lake Loggers made the most of theirs in downing Willow River 8-1 in the final of the holiday weekend tournament.  Big right-hander Hugh Glazer whiffed 12 in his route-going performance for the win.  Slim Skalicky led the Loggers with four hits while Leo Robinson had four, including a double, for the Red Sox.

Laidlaw (L), Anderson and Robinson
Glazier (W) and Doyle

(June 8)   Pollards ran up 12 runs in the first three innings and proceeded to an easy 13-6 victory over Willow River. Lud Zolli went the distance on the hill for the winners.

Zolli (W) and Muirhead
Vaillancourt (L) and Robinson

(June 8)   Gene Gabrielle tossed a five-hitter as Timbars topped Vanderhoof 7-1. Dixon Prince pitched a solid game, allowing just one hit over the first five innings and six over-all, but the one early hit followed two walks and coupled with throwing errors, a balk, and a perfect squeeze play was responsible for three runs in the third inning.  Prince scored the lone Vanderhoof run when he tripled and came home on Campbell's double in the top of the third.

Prince (L) and Erickson
Gabrielle (W) and Mentako

(June 12)  Giscome Dodgers and Quesnel Lumbermen divided Sunday's double-header at Athletic Park as Quesnel took the opener 8-2 only to lose the second clash 9-4.  A five-run fourth inning carried the Lumbermen to the win in the first game. The outburst featured a triple by Trinder, a double by Frank Stevenson and singles from Dave Pollock, George Campbell and Billy Keen.  They added three more in the fifth to salt away the victory.  Doug Cutler held Giscome to six hits to record the pitching win.

Cutler (W) and Trinder
Berndt (L) and Granley

Giscome came from behind an early 3-0 deficit to down the Lumbermen 9-4 in the second affair. Stafford led a 12-hit Dodgers' attack with three safeties while Trask, Ekblad and winning pitcher Doug Struthers each contributed a pair.

Pollock (L), Cutler and Noble
Struthers (W) and Granley

(June 19)   Graham of Vanderhoof is the batting leader in the early going in the Northern Interior League having compiled a .636 average in four games.  Berry of Pollards is second with a .565 mark and Campbell of Vanderhoof third, at .500.

(June 19)    In the opening game of Sunday's double-dip at Athletic Park, West Lake defeated Giscome 11-3 as the McEachnie brothers starred at the plate and on the mound.  Don McEachnie had three hits, including a homer to lead a 13-hit attack. Reg McEachnie held the Dodgers to just five hits to earn the pitching win.  Catcher Gerein and outfielder Pete Skalicky also collected three hits for the winners.

Struthers (L), Berndt (4) and Ekblad
R.McEachnie (W) and Gerein

(June 19)  Stoddy Rhodes fired a two-hit shutout Sunday as Pollards turned back West Lake Loggers 4-0. Hugh Glazier surrendered just four hits in taking the loss. Norm Schnepf scored the first run in the opening frame as he drew a base on balls, advanced on a passed ball and scored on Don Berry's sharp single.  Pollards added three insurance runs in the fifth. Rhodes reached on an error and Favero followed with a single and both moved up on a passed ball. Schnepf's single scored one run and two more runs came home as Wilson Muirhead cracked a long double to the centre field fence.

Glazier (L) and Doyle
S.Rhodes (W) and Muirhead

(June 19)  Quesnel Lumbermen took a pair from Timbars, 11-3 and 10-3. The Lumbermen took early leads in both games, 8-0 after two innings in the first game and 8-0 after three innings in the second. 

(June 19)  Dave Wall shutout Willow River Red Sox on six hits as Vanderhoof gained a split of a twin-bill with an 8-0 victory in the second game after dropping the first contest 5-3. Wall was the hitting star as well, banging out two doubles and a single and driving in four runs. Wall provided a highlight in the first game starting the first triple play of the season.  Playing shortstop in the opener, he speared a drive bare-handed and Vanderhoof caught runners off second and first.

(June 25)  Willow River Red Sox edged the visiting Giscome Dodgers 5-4 Saturday scoring the winning run in the 7th inning.  Bob Laidlaw singled to right, took second on an error, stole third and sauntered home on a fly ball by Fred Vaillancourt.

(June 26)  West Lake Loggers moved into a first-place tie with Pollards Sunday with a sweep of a twin-bill with Quesnel, 3-0 and 4-1.  Reg McEachnie hurled a five-hitter in the first game while Hugh Glazier did even better for the Loggers in the second with a two-hitter, both singles. Cutler pitched the first game for Quesnel allowing just four hits with all three runs against him the result of errors.

Cutler (L) and Trinder
R.McEachnie (W) and Doyle

Freisen (L), Cutler and Trinder
Glazier (W) and Doyle

(June 26)    The runs came easy in Vanderhoof Sunday as the home club and Pollards split a double-bill. In the first game, Vanderhoof took a six-run lead in the first inning but managed to end up on the losing end of a 22-14 score as Pollards pounded out 24 hits.  Stoddy Rhodes led the way for the winners with a tremendous afternoon belting two triples, a double and two singles. Doug Simms clouted a homer for Pollards and G. Reinke smacked one for the losers.

Zolli, Rhodes and Muirhead
D.Wall, D.Reinke, Smith and Erickson

Vanderhoof jumped into an 11-1 lead after three innings in the second game but held on to notch the 11-6 triumph. Schnepf and Regnier clouted four-baggers for Pollards.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 8)  Eddy Gerein banged out four hits, a triple and three singles, to lead Willow River to a 12-3 win over Giscome.  Alex Anderson tossed his second win of the season holding the Dodgers to five hits. The Red Sox smacked 15 hits off three Giscome pitchers.

Anderson (W) and Gerein
Kirkness (L), Struthers, Armstrong and Ekblad

Pollards            10 - 1
West Lake Loggers    9 - 1
Vanderhoof           4 - 5
Willow River Red Sox 5 - 7
Timbars              4 - 7
Quesnel              3 - 5
Giscome Dodgers      2 - 12

(July 10)   West Lake Loggers walloped the tail-end Giscome Dodgers 13-12 and 24-7.  McEachnie provided a highlight of the second game trouncing by belted two homers in one inning as the Loggers scored 14 runs in the 2nd frame. 

McEachnie, Glazier and xxx
Struthers, Berndt and xxx

Bigelow (W) and xxx
Chamberlain, Kirkness, Berndt, Sims and xxx

(July 10)  At Vanderhoof, the home squad took both ends of a double-header, 6-1 and 7-6 from Timbars. The Wall brothers Abe and Dave pitched the victories holding Timbars to a total of 12 hits on the day.

(July 10)   Pollards swept a twin-bill from Willow River Sunday 6-4 and 12-6 in spite of being held to just two hits in the opener. A four-run 2nd inning in the first game spelled the difference as Pollards took advantage of two errors, two walks, a wild pitch and a hit batsman.  They added another in the third on two more errors and Don Berry's double scoring Stoddy Rhodes. In the 6th, loser pitcher Fred Vaillancourt gave up another counter as an error and two walks gave Pollards their 6th run.  Red Sox had seven hits in a losing cause with Eddy Gerein and Dalton each with a pair.

Vaillancourt (L) and Gerein
S.Rhodes (W) and Muirhead

Pollards used two big innings, a five-run 3rd and six-run 6th to down the Red Sox 12-6 in the second game.  Don Berry, who had two hits in the first game, added another pair including a homer. Norm Schnepf held Willow River to seven hits in registering the pitching victory.

Anderson (L) and E.Gerein
Schnepf (W) and Muirhead

(July 17)   At Willow River, the Red Sox took a pair from Quesnel Lumbermen 12-2 and 8-7.  The home squad took advantage of sloppy fielding by the visitors in the opener scoring nine unearned runs on eight errors.  Willow River plated a pair in the first inning and never looked back adding two in the fourth and a pair in the fifth before exploding with a big six-run inning. Otto Gerein went the route for the pitching win.

Pollock (L) and xxx
Gerein (W) and xxx

The second game was a see-saw affair with the Lumbermen taking a two run lead in the top of the second before the Sox tied it in the bottom of the frame and moved ahead 6-3 in the third. Quesnel rebounded with a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth to take the lead, 7-6 before the Red Sox leveled the count in their half of the sixth.  Robinson sealed the deal for the Sox in the bottom of the seventh when he singled with one out, stole second and third and came home on a fielder's choice. Otto Gerein, who was the winning pitcher with a complete game in the opener, was victorious in relief of starter Fred Vaillancourt.

F.Freisen, Cutler and xxx
Vaillancourt, Gerein (6) and xxx

(July 17)   Newcomer Gordon McQuarrie pitched a six-hitter with 12 strikeouts to lead Timbars to a 5-3 win over Vanderhoof Sunday afternoon. 

G.McQuarrie (W) and J.McQuarrie
D.Wall (L) and J.Smith

(July 22)   Outstanding pitching featured Friday's 2-0 Central Interior League victory by West Lake over Pollards vaulting the winners into first place in the standings. Winner Hugh Glazier fired a two-hit shutout and fanned 12 while loser Stoddy Rhodes allowed just five hits and struck out 10. For 5 1/3 innings no one reached base.  Then Pete Skalicki singled and stole second. As Bigelow grounded out, Skalicki headed for third and the throw went high allowing him to score the first run.  In the 6th, Dick Meiers led off with a sharp single to left and scored on a sacrifice fly. Sparkling defensive plays kept Pollards off the scoreboard. In the 8th with one away, Jensen singled and stole second. Schnepf hit a hard liner to centre but Reg McEachnie made a one-handed stab to rob him of a hit. In the bottom of the 9th with two out, Wilson Muirhead teed off on one of Glazier's fastballs sending a drive to deep right field. Meiers galloped back to make a superb catch to end the game.

Glazier (W) and Doyle
S.Rhodes (L) and Muirhead

(July 24)   A five-run first inning put West Lake Loggers on easy street Sunday as they went on to down Willow River 9-2 in spite of being out-hit 7 to 5.  Reg McEachnie went the distance for the win.

O.Gerein (L), Vaillancourt (6) and E.Gerein
R.McEachnie (W) and Doyle

(July 24)   Quesnel Lumbermen notched a pair of one-run victories in sweeping a double-header from Vanderhoof Sunday in games played at Quesnel.  Lumbermen scored in the bottom of the ninth to take the first game 8-7 and plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh and final inning of the second game to come from behind to post a 5-4 triumph. 

Vanderhoof broke the ice in the lid-lifter with a run in the second when Reinke clouted a triple and came home on a bad throw from the outfield.  Lumbermen came right back in their half of the second to plate a pair but watched the visitors bunch five solid singles, with two out, in the third to score four and take a 5-2 lead. Quesnel added two in the third but Vanderhoof punched out three hits for a brace in the fifth. Trailing 7-4, the Lumbermen came to life in the 8th as Dave Pollock led off with a single and Bill Campbell brought him home with a two-base knock. Wilkie's single moved Campbell to third and both raced home on Gruchy's timely one-bagger.  With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Pollock slapped a single, stole second and scored the winner as the visitors kicked the ball around on Bill Campbell's grounder. Doug Cutler fanned 17 in going the distance for the win. Dave Wall took the loss.

D.Wall (L) and xxx
Cutler (W) and xxx

In the second game, with Quesnel trailing 4-3 in final frame, Billy Keene's bases-loaded single drove in Trinder and Gruchy with the tying and winning runs. For five innings Frank Freisen and Jack Wall were engaged in a scoreless pitching duel.  In the sixth, Freisen walked Abe Wall and Kent and Darrell Reinke singled to load the sacks. Third baseman G. Reinke then leaned into one for a grand-slam homer over the centre field wall.  Lumbermen came right back with three in their half of the sixth when Freisen singled, Keen made first on a dropped ball by the catcher and Dave Pollock smacked a homer.  Friesen allowed just two hits in his seven innings of work. Quesnel had five hits off Wall

J.Wall (L) and xxx
Freisen (W) and xxx

(July 31)   Pollards avenged their 2-0 loss to West Lake last week by handing the Loggers as 7-4 defeat at Athletic Park Sunday.  Stoddy Rhodes hurled for the winners allowing ten hits but no walks.  Ken Rhodes, Wilson Muirhead and Jensen led a 12-hit attack each with three safeties.  Jensen also scored three times.

Glazier (L), Bigelow (4) and Doyle
S.Rhodes (W) and Muirhead

(July 31)  Quesnel Lumbermen won their second straight twin-bill taking both games in Vanderhoof Sunday 19-3 and 5-4. Lumbermen punched in five runs in the first inning of the opener and coasted to the big win.  It was 11-0 after five innings and Frank Stevenson led off the sixth with a homer and Dave Pollock clouted a two-run triple to make it 14-0. Vanderhoof finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth on Kent tripled to score Abe Wall.  Frank Freisen went all the way on the hill for the winners.

Freisen (W) and xxx
D.Wall and xxx

Quesnel jumped into the lead in the second game with a run in the first and two more in the third. In the fourth Frank Stevenson walked and romped home on Billy Keen's double. Their final counter came in the fifth when Len Knudson rode home on Trinder's single. Trailing 5-0, Vanderhoof scored one in the last of the fifth and grabbed two in the sixth. Abe Wall was safe on an error to open the final inning and Jack Wall drew a base on balls. Dave Wall forced brother Jack at second as Abe scored.  The tying run was  aboard when Freisen, in relief of Doug Cutler, got Graham to fly out to end the game.

Cutler, Freisen and xxx
xxx and xxx

 (August 7)    It was an offensive show in a double-header at Athletic Park Sunday as Pollards crushed Vanderhoof 13-4 in the first game with Vanderhoof rebounding to wallop Pollards 16-1 in the second.  Pollards rapped out 12 hits to win the opener as Lud Zolli held Vanderhoof to just four, three by centre fielder Russell.

Zolli (W) and Muirhead
J.Wall (L) and John Smith

In the second game, Dave Wall fired a three-hitter in Vanderhoof's 16-1 triumph.  Shortstop Darrell Reinke had three hits and scored four runs for the winners while G. Reinke had three hits and crossed the plate three times.

D.Berry (L), Zolli, S.Rhodes and Muirhead
D.Wall (W) and John Smith

(August 7)  Giscome Dodgers needed an extra inning but finally got another win Sunday downing Quesnel 7-5 in the second game of a twin-bill after dropping the opener 10-4. Veteran pitcher Frank Freisen has an easy time in the opener as the Quesnel offense had a big game.

Berndt (L), Kirkness (4) and xxx
Freisen (W) and xxx

Giscome took the lead in the second game with two runs in the first inning and extended the lead to 5-3 in the sixth. Quesnel rallied with a pair in the last of the seventh to knot the count as Keen and Cutler made the scores. George Oliver tried to steal home but was nabbed at the plate for the third out. In the extra inning, a wild throw to first, an error at short and another poor peg to third added up to two runs for the Dodgers and a split of the twin-bill.

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

(August 12)   Pollards downed West Lake 8-3 with two big innings, a three-run 4th and four in the 5th. Stoddy Rhodes went the distance with an eight-hitter for the win.

Rhodes (W) and Muirhead
Glazier, McEachnie and Doyle

(August 13)  Gordie McQuarrie hurlled a sparkling two-hit shutout as Prince George Timbars got by West Lake 4-0. Harry Astoria provided the offensive highlight with a home run over the left field fence in the 6th inning. He collected $5 for the blast, a standing offer from the Embassy Cafe.

McQuarrie (W) and Mentanko
McEachnie, Glazier and Doyle

(August 14)  West Lake and Vanderhoof divided a pair with the Loggers scoring five times in the first inning to take the first game 9-2 as Reg McEachnie pitched a six-hitter while Vanderhoof won the second game 3-1.  Darrell Reinke sparked Vanderhoof to the victory playing outstanding defense at shortstop while garnering two of the winners five hits. Dave Wall bested Bigelow in a mound duel. Each allowed but five hits.

A.Wall (L), J.Wall (1) and Smith
McEachnie (W) and Doyle

D.Wall (W) and Smith
Bigelow (L) and Doylce

(August 14)   Quesenl Lumbermen and Prince George Timbars split a double-header Sunday, Quesnel taking the first game 3-0 while Timbars won the nightcap 6-3. Doug Cutler blanked Timbars on three hits in the first game as Quesnel took advantage of four errors. Losing hurler Gordon McQuarrie allowed just six hits.

G.McQuarrie (L) and J.McQuarrie
Cutler (W) and McIntyre

In the second game, Timbars broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the 5th inning on four hits and two walks to gain a split on the day's activites with a 6-3 victory. Gordon McQuarrie got the win in a relief role.

Harvey, Gabrielle (4), G.McQuarrie (W) and J,McQuarrie
Oliver, Cutler (L) (4) and McIntyre

(August 16)   Pollards pounded out 12 hits and were helped by eight Timbars' errors in cruising to a 15-1 victory Tuesday.  After two scoreless innings, Pollards erupted for five runs in the third. With two aboard on walks, Norm Schnepf and Wilson Muirhead surpised the defense with bunt hits with relief hurler Fred McIntyre fumbling Muirhead's ball as the first two runs came home. Berry singled in a third run and advanced to second as the throw went to the plate. A wild pitch allowed Muirhead to score and Berry came home on a passed ball. Pollards added a singleton in the 4th, six in the 7th and closed out the scoring with three in the 8th.

Rhodes (W) and Muirhead
G.McQuarrie (L), McIntyre (3) and J.McQuarrie

(August 21)  Quesnel Lumbermen got a bunt single, a booming triple and a sacrifice fly in an extra inning to shade Prince George Pollards 8-7 Sunday. Tied 7-7 after seven regulation innings, Pollards took the lead with a run in the top of the 8th. Billy Keen opened the bottom of the 8th reaching on a bunt before Dave Pollard drove one deep to right field for a three-bagger and a tie. With out out, Mel McIntyre hammered a long drive to centre field to score Pollard with the winner. Frank Freisen allowed nine hits and a walk in claiming the win. Lud Zolli was nicked for ten hits in taking the loss. Quesnel was leading the second game 2-0 at the end of the second inning when the game was called because of rain.

Zolli (L) and xxx
Freisen (W) and xxx

(August 22)   Willow River handed Giscome a 2-0 setback as Fred Vaillancourt and Otto Gerein combined on a five-hit shutout.  Gerein relieved in the 5th and fanned seven in his three innings of work.  The Sox collected 11 hits off Adams.

Vaillancourt, O.Gerein (5) and E.Gerein
Adams (L) and Ekblad

(August 25)   Down 5-1 in the bottom of the 8th, Timbars rallied for five runs to down West Lake 6-5 Thursday. Reg McEachnie had a two-hitter through seven innings when the roof caved in.  With two outs and a runner on third after drawing a base on balls, Kent sent a slow roller down the third base line which Merv Holder fielded cleanly but threw wildly to first as a run scored.  Gabrielle singled to chased Kent home and he promptly stole second and came around to score as Moffatt singled.  Moffat went to second on the throw to the plate. The Loggers muffed a high foul, which would have been the third out, before MacKenzie smacked a liner past third to tie the game as Moffat scampered home.  Fleming then singled to right to plate McKenzie with the winner. West Lake got a runner to third with one out in the 9th but was stranded. Loggers out-hit Timbars 14 to 6.

McEachnie, Glazier (8) and Doyle
Gabrielle (W) and MacKenzie

(August 28)    West Lake swamped Timbars 9-2 Sunday taking the lead in the first inning on Merv Holder's double and Simms' triple. They added four runs in the 3rd, one in the 5th and three in the 7th as Hugh Glazier held the Timbars to six hits. 

Gabrielle (L) and J.McQuarrie
Glazier (W) and Doyle

(August 28)   Hometown Vanderhoof took both games of a twin-bill from Giscome 9-5 and 13-12 as Dave Wall picked up both pitching victories. Vanderhoof fell behind 2-0 in the first inning of the opener but rebounded with a run in the 2nd, three in the 3rd, a singleton in the 4th and four in the 5th for the win.  Wall went the seven inning distance allowing nine hits.

Struthers, Adams (5) and xxx
D.Wall (W) and xxx

In a slugfest in the second game, Vanderhoof again trailed early in the game, down 3-1 after just one inning, but had a big six-run 2nd inning and went ahead 8-3 in the third. That's when Giscome exploded for eight runs to go in front 11-8.  The cellar-dwellers added one in the 4th.  Trailing 12-8, in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, Vanderhoof loaded the bases on two hits and a hit batsman before Darrell Reinke cleared the sacks with a triple.  With two out, another hit batsman and a walk re-loaded the bases and an error on a long fly to centre allowed two runs to score to give the home squad the thrilling victory.

Adams, Berndt (L) (2) and
J.Wall, D.Wall (W) (3) and

(August 28)   Lennie Knudson's Lumbermen helped their playoff chances Sunday with 8-6 and 14-3 victories over Willow River in a double-dip at Quesnel. Bill Campbell was the hero of the opener smacking a homer to score Frank Stevenson with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh and final inning. Willow River had scored three in the first inning and held the lead all the way until Quesnel's last inning rally. Down 6-5, Mel McIntyre and Stevenson rapped back-to-back doubles to left to tie the score at 6-6. Campbell let one pitch go by before crushing the next ball far into right centre to give Lumbermen the victory. Frank Freisen held the Red Sox to eight hits in going the route for the win. Quesnel got to Otto Gerein for 11 safeties including the three extra base blows in the seventh.

O.Gerein (L) and xxx
Freisen (W) and xxx

Lumbermen wasted no time in putting the second game on ice scoring four in the opening frame and seven in the second. Bill Campbell, with the winning blast in the first game, had three hits in the second. McIntyre led the attack with a three-run homer, triple and single. Doug Cutler fired a five-hitter for the win.

Vaillancourt, Robinson (2), O.Gerein (2) and xxx
Cutler (W) and xxx

(August 30)   Pollards came from behind with six runs in the 5th and final inning to down Timbars 10-5. Stoddy Rhodes allowed just three hits in picking up the win. Timbars got all their runs in the 2nd inning helped by three errors.

Rhodes (W) and Muirhead
Harvey (L) and J.McQuarrie

Pollards              16 - 5
West Lake Loggers     16 - 6
Quesnel               12 - 9
Timbars               9 - 11
Willow River Red Sox  9 - 11
Vanderhoof            8 - 11
Giscome Dodgers       3 - 17

(September 11)  Quesnel Lumbermen and Pollards each took a game in a Sunday double-header.  Lumbermen jumped into an early lead and held off the challengers to win 8-6 in the first game taking advantage of Norm Schnepf's wildness. He gave up just seven hits, but nine walks and also hit a batter.   

Freisen (W), Cutler (7) and McIntyre
Schnepf (L) and Muirhead

In the second game, Polland got two early runs and held off a late Quesnel rally to win 2-1.  They got one in the first inning on two hits and one in the third on a walk, infield out and a single. Quesnel had a golden opportunity to tie in the 7th as Oliver led off with a single and reached third on Bill Campbell's base hit but was trapped trying to score. Campbell, who went to second on the throw, came home as Doug Cutler lined a single.  With the tying run on base, Keen flied out to right to end the game.  Stoddy Rhodes got the win with a seven-hitter while Cutler, who allowed just four hits, took the loss.

Cutler (L) and McIntyre
S.Rhodes (W) and Muirhead

(September 11)   The Giscome Dodgers would up their baseball season with an offensive flourish on their home diamond Sunday taking both ends of a double-header with Vanderhoof, 17-10 and 12-3. F. Berndt was a major force in both victories. He led off with a four-bagger in the first game and crushed a grand slam homer in the second. He was also credited with the pitching win in the opener taking over the mound duties in the 4th inning to halt a Vanderhoof rally and holding them at bay for the rest of the game.  W. McLean also had a productive day with a homer and a bases-loaded triple.  Doug Struthers was sharp on the mound for Giscome in the second game allowing only three hits.

xxx and xxx
xxx, Bernst (W) and xxx

xxx and xxx
Struthers (W) and xxx

Pollards             17 - 6
West Lake Loggers    16 - 6
Quesnel              13 - 10
Timbars              10 - 12
Willow River Red Sox  9 - 12
Vanderhoof            9 - 13
Giscome Dodgers       5 - 19

(September 18)   At Quesnel Sunday the Lumbermen shaded Pollards 5-4 who, with two West Lake wins at Willow River, dropped to second place in the league standings. Dave Pollock and Doug Cutler teamed up on a five-hitter for the winners while newcomer Hank Ohlheiser allowed seven in a losing cause. Pollards' six errors played a large role in the decision. Billy Keen, McIntyre and Frank Stevenson each had two hits for Quesnel.

Ohlheiser (L) and Muirhead
Pollock, Cutler (W) (8) and McIntyre

In an exhibition game, the Lumbermen blanked Pollards 3-0 as Frank Freisen and Doug Cutler combined to toss the shutout. Cutler got credit for the win, his second of the day. Otto Munk scored two of the three runs.

xxx
Freisen, Cutler (w) (5) and xxx

(September 18)  West Lake Loggers captured the league pennant Sunday taking both games of a double-header from Willow River Red Sox by identical 5-4 scores.  In the second game the Loggers fell behind 4-0 before rallying with five unanswered runs for the win. Bigelow for the winners and Otto Gerein for the Sox each fired four-hitters.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

O.Gerein (L) and Ed Gerein
Bigelow (W) and Doyle

(September 23)  Pollards took the first game of a best-of-three semi-final series Friday downing Timbars 3-0.

(September 25)    In one of the biggest upsets in Northern Interior League history, the pennant-winning West Lake Loggers were knocked out of the playoffs in two straight games losing 6-0 and 5-2 to Quesnel Lumbermen. Frank Freizen fired a four-hit shutout for the win in the first game.   

Glazier (L), R.McEachnie and Doyle
Freizen (W) and McIntyre

Lumbermen got another sterling pitching effort in the second game as Doug Cutler held the Loggers to four hits in a 5-2 victory.  Gale led an 11-hit attack for Quesnel with three safeties while Keen and Frank Stevenson each had a pair.

Bigelow (L) and Doyle
Cutler and McIntyre

(September 25)   With a decisive 10-5 victory, Pollards won a berth in the Northern Interior League finals taking the semi-final set in two straight games.  Timbars started strong running up a 5-1 lead after two innings but Pollards tied the count in the 3rd with a four-run outburst and held the Timbars off the scoreboard the rest of the afternoon while adding one in the 4th, two in the 6th and another two in the 7th. Stoddy Rhodes overcame four errors by his teammates to pitch a five-hitter for the win. 

S.Rhodes (W) and Muirhead
Sugden, Gabrielle and McQuarrie

(October 2)   The underdog Quesnel Lumbermen wrapped up their storybook season Sunday downing Pollards 3-2 and 11-1 to capture the league championship.  Quesnel jumped in front in both games.  In the opener, the Lumbermen got two runs in the first inning as Frank Stevenson doubled to score Mel McIntyre and Dave Pollock. Quesnel got what proved to be the winner in the 6th inning as Pollock's perfect bunt advanced McIntyre two bases and teed him up on third for the deciding marker.  Sparking defensive plays robbed the visitors of what seemed like sure hits. Stevenson and Don Wilkie made outstanding catches in the outfield grabbing drives headed for extra bases. Frank Freisen pitched into the seventh for the win. Hank Ohlheiser gave up just six hits in taking the loss.

Freisen (W), Cutler (7) and xxx
Ohlheiser (L) and xxx

In the second game, Quesnel battered Stoddy Rhodes for four solid blows in the third inning which, combined with two errors, added up to five runs and put the game on ice early. Doug Cutler, on the hill for the Lumbermen, cruised to the win with a five-hitter.

Cutler (W) and xxx
Rhodes (L) and xxx

(October 6)  The Prince George Citizen published the final statistics from the 1949 season showing Darrell Reinke of Vanderhoof as the league's leading hitter with a .430 average ahead of teammate Russell at .414. Wilson Muirhead of the Pollards was third at .412 and Don Berry of Pollards fourth with an even .400 mark. Stoddy Rhodes of the Pollards was the top mound winner with a 9-1 record with Reg McEachnie of West Lake and Doug Cutler of Quensel each with seven wins.

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PRINCE RUPERT CITY LEAGUE

Playoffs

Semi-Finals (best-of-three)

(September 8)  The Commercials overcame a first inning four-run lead by the Merchants to gain a 5 – 5 tie in a game shortened to six innings by darkness. Doug Shier paced the Commercials offensively with a double and a pair of singles. Catcher Dave Abel belted a bases-loaded double and a triple for the Merchants.

Toews, McKinnon (1), Letourneau (4) and Windle
Ciccone, Lambie (6) and Abel

(September 11)  The Merchants grabbed a double-bill sweep over the Commercials to wrap up the City League semi-final series. The first game ended in a 6 to 4 score while the late encounter resulted in a 9 to 8 count. In both contests, the Merchants came from behind to win. Winning pitcher Bill Lambie surrendered nine hits while fanning eight in the opener. Joe Davis, Lewis, Ludwigsen and Lambie each had two of the Merchants’ 12-hit total. Stan Cornwell of the Commercials was the game’s top batter with four singles.

Lambie (W) and Abel
Letourneau (L) and Ewart

A late-inning rally provided the Merchants with the second game victory and the series. Reliever Cliff Dahl, retiring the only batter he faced in the eighth frame, was credited with the mound triumph. Joe Davis and Bill Lambie both stroked a brace of base raps for the winners.

Letourneau, Cornwell (L) (6) and Ewart
Rosedale, Dahl (W) (8) and Abel

Final Series (best-of-three)

(September 25)  The Merchants became the 1949 Prince Rupert City League champions as they defeated last season’s kingpins, the Savoy Hotel team, in a doubleheader by scores of 3 to 0 and 5 to 4. The matinee event saw winning tosser Ciccone limit the Savoys to only two hits while whiffing six. His mound opponent, Jack Sharpe, wasn’t too shabby either as he gave up six hits, the most damaging being a two-run double off the bat of Bill Lambie.

J. Sharpe (L) and Morgan
Ciccone (W) and Abel

In the follow-up match, the Merchants scored the winning run in the eighth inning when catcher Dave Abel doubled and was driven home by Jack Rosedale’s tie-breaking single. The Merchants held a wide 13 to 6 margin in base hits but the Savoys kept things close throughout with their adept ability to successfully execute the squeeze play. Abel led all willow wielders with a three-hit performance at the dish.

Maudrell (W), Dahl (8) and Abel
Bill (L) and Morgan

Prince Rupert Exhibition Games

(July 3)  At Ketchikan, Alaska, Prince Rupert dropped a 4-1 decision in the opening game of the annual Ketchikan-Prince Rupert series.  Veteran Harry Ludwigsen fired a four-hitter for the win helped by a homer by Carl Bass, the first four-bagger at the Ketchikan field this season.  The drive to right field went right out of the park. Jack Lindsay gave up eight hits in taking the pitching loss. Second baseman Dick Johnson had a triple and single and two runs scored for the winners. Stan Cornwell collected a pair of safeties for the visitors and scored the only Prince Rupert run.

Lindsay (L) and D.Abel
Ludwigsen (W) and Tomlinson

(July 4)  The home squad rallied with two runs in the 10th inning to edge Prince Rupert 5-4 to take both games of the weekend series. A homer in the top of the extra frame by Miner Simundson had given the Prince Rupert All-Stars a 4-3 lead. However, in the bottom of the 10th, centre fielder Leon Bass drove in the tying run and shortstop Bud Taylor singled to plate Dick Johnson with the winner. Lefty George Russell gave up just four hits to claim the pitching win. The Alaskans rapped 14 hits of two Prince Rupert hurlers.

Rosedale (L), Letourneau (10) and D.Abel
Russell (W) and Tomlinson

(July 31)   Prince Rupert and the home-town Smithers nine split a double-header Sunday.  Smithers took the opener 13-11 powered by a six-run outburst in the second inning. Kilpatrick and Spicer, the winner pitcher, belted homers for the winners.  Goodwin had three hits, including a triple.  Nick Pavlikis, Cliff Dahl, Davis and Dave Abel each had two hits for Prince Rupert.

Lindsay, Dahl, Letourneau and Abel
Spicer and xxx

The visitors bounced back to nab the second contest 9-5 behind a 14-hit attack, three each from third baseman Ted Arney and outfielder Nick Pavlikis

Letourneau (W) and Morgan, Abel
E.Giddings (L) and R.Giddings

(August 21)   Prince Rupert took both games of a twin-bill from Smithers, 7-2 and 5-1 Sunday at Roosevelt Park.  The host club had two big innings, a three-run first and a three-run sixth, to notch the opening game victory. Two singles, by Stan Cornwell and Miner Simundson, two walks and four Smithers' errors led to the three counters in the first and, in the sixth, Prince Rupert combined a triple, two singles, a hit batter and two more errors for another three markers. Letourneau held the visitors to eight hits in posting the win. Simundson led the winners with three hits.

Spicer (L) and Hetherington
Letourneau (W) and Morgan

In the second affair, a four-run fourth inning carried Prince Rupert to the triumph.  The winners used two singles, a double, a walk and an error in their big inning. Jack Lindsay was the winning hurler with an eight-hit performance. Larry Warner took the loss. Nick Pavlikis rapped three hits to lead the Prince Rupert offense. 

Warner (L) and Goodacre
Lindsay (W) and Morgan, Windle