1954 Vancouver Game Reports     

1954 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
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Vancouver District Senior A Baseball League

(June 4)  Catcher Doug Beckett drove in five runs to pace Whalley Chiefs to an 11-9 win over the North Van Leckies Friday at North Vancouver's Mahon Park.  Beckett's bases-loaded triple in the first inning was the highlight of the Chiefs five-run outburst. The game was called after six innings. 

Connell (W), Curby (5) and Beckett
Barclay (L) and George Beckett

(June 22)    Collingwood scored six runs in the first inning and made them stand up for a 6-3 win over the New Westminster Lucky Royals Tuesday. The first six batters against Royals starter Julian Chizewski reached base and scored.  The Royals responded with three in the 2nd but that was all the scoring as Carl Homenuke took over mound duties and picked up the win.  Walt Hallam punched out three hits and knocked in a pair for the winners. Playing coach Butch Dow led the Royals with two hits and an RBI. 

Chizewski (L) and Hodgson, Anderson (2)
Parsons, Homenuke (W) (2) and Sparrow

(June 22)  Whalley Chiefs' manager Kenny Van Hatten released three players to cut his roster to 14. Catcher Doug Beckett and infielders Doug Adam and Bob Hallam were dropped from the squad.

(June 24)   Jack Mills, the playing manager of West Vancouver, continued to swing a hot bat with three safeties, one a double, to drive in three runs as Beavers downed the Marpole North Stars 4-3 at Oak Park.  West Van scored the winner in the 6th inning as Cece Stein moved from first to third on an error and scored on an overthrow to third base. Mike Johnson picked up the win, allowing six hits. Losing pitcher Bud Venables gave up just four safeties.

Johnson (W) and Sikorski
Venables (L) and Bellamy

West Vancouver     9 -  4 .692
Marpole           10 -  6 .625
Collingwood       10 -  7 .588
Whalley            8 -  9 .471
New Westminster    6 - 10 .375
North Vancouver    4 - 11 .267

(June 27)   At the annual Whalley Baseball Tournament the Whalley Chiefs and CYO posted opening round victories Sunday at Bolivar Stadium.  Whalley defeated Longshoremen 7-4 in the afternoon game coming from behind with four runs in the 8th inning. They combined two singles with three walks and an error to plate the four markers.  Ron Curby picked up the win in relief and helped the offense with a pair of doubles. Ron Hemmerling of the Longshoremen had the only home run.

Drummond, Curby (W) (6) and Yanchuck
Craig (L) , Hemmerling (8) and Rondpre

In the second game, young Art Bull held the North Stars to six hits as CYO used an 11-hit attack off three Star hurlers to win 9-1.  Lyle Levy and Armand Paris each hit two-run singles in CYO's game-winning 3rd inning.

Day (L) , Withers (4) Venables (8) and Bellamy
Bull (W) and Mulhern

(June 27)   Al Byman fired a two-hitter and singled in the winning run Sunday as West Van nipped the Lucky Royals 2-1. 18-year-old Bill Gillespie allowed just five hits in taking the loss, his first after four straight wins.

Gillespie (L) and Bannerman
Byman (W) and Sikorski

(June 27)  Two walks, a hit batter and two singles provided four runs in the first inning, enough for the Marpole North Stars to edge Collingwood Athletics 4-3 Sunday at Oak Park.  Paul Hlady was the winning pitcher in relief of Snowy DonaldsonWalt Shamro allowed just three hits in being saddled with the loss.

Shamro (L) and Sparrow
Donaldson, Hlady (W) (2) and Bellamy

(June 27)   In a night game at Killarney Park, Collingwood got a three-hitter by Kerry Parsons in a 7-2 win over West Van.

Mitchell (L), Moses (5) and Sikorski
Parsons (W) and Sparrow

(June 29)   A four-run 5th inning carried Collingwood to an 8-6 win over the Leckies.  Carl Homenuke went six innings for the win.  Gary Pennington`s triple was the big extra base blow for the winners.

Whitford, Devlin (5) and Nordby
Homenuke, Brundage (7) and Sparrow

(June 30)   The fourth place Whalley Chiefs knocked the West Vancouver Beavers out of first place with a 5-2 win at Bolivar Stadium.  Jack Connell was the winning hurler with a five-hitter. West Vancouver playing manager Jack Mills had the only home run.

Johnson (L), Byman (4) and Sikorski
Connell (W) and Yanchuck

Marpole         11 - 6  .647
West Vancouver  10 - 6  .625
Collingwood     12 - 8  .600
Whalley          9 - 9  .500
New Westminster  6 - 11 .353
North Vancouver  4 - 12 .250

(July 2)  Kerry Parsons blanked North Vancouver Leckies 2-0 Friday as Collingwood notched its 13th win of the season. 

Vigor (L) and Myles
Parsons (W) and Sparrow

(July 3)   Marpole North Stars dumped North Vancouver 12-6 Saturday at Ambleside Park. Marpole fell behind 2-0 in the first inning but roared back with six runs in the 2nd inning and four in the 3rd. Paul Hlady was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Bud Venables.

Venables, Hlady (W) (3) and Bellamy
Moses (L), Johnson (2), Mills (3), Stein (5) and Sikorski

(July 3)  Lucky Royals`Bill Gillespie posted his 5th win of the season as New Westminster walloped North Van 10-1 at Queens Park. 

Devlin (L) and McEwan, Myles (6)
Gillespie (W) and Bannerman

(July 4)   Collingwood climbed into first place in the Vancouver and District Senior A Baseball League Sunday with a 4-3 win over Whalley Chiefs at Bolivar Stadium.  Walt Shamro put down a 9th inning rally to go the distance for the win. 

Shamro (W) and Sparrow
Gingrich (L), Dagneau (3), Drummond (8) and Yanchuck

(July 4)  West Van topped North Van 3-1 Sunday as Al Byman tossed a three-hitter. 

Whitford (L), Vigor (7) and Nordby
Byman (W) and Sikorski

(July 5)  At the Whalley Tournament, Maillardville topped North Vancouver 6-1.

Vigor (L) and Morrison
U'ren (W) and Baldwin

(July 6)  Collingwood`s stay atop the standings lasted just two days as Joe Yanchuck rapped a grand slam home run in the first inning as Whalley chalked up a 6-1 victory Tuesday. Chiefs ace right-hander Ron Curby collected his 5th win of the season going the route with a six-hitter. Carl Homenuke took the loss.  Jimmy Andrews added a triple for the winners while Pete Eades collected a pair of doubles for Collingwood.

Curby (W) and Yanchuck
Homenuke (L), Parsons (2) and Sparrow

(July 7)  In batting statistics released today, Garry Pennington of Collingwood leads the league with a .415 average, based on 22 hits in 53 at bats.  Walt Hallam, also of the Collies, is the runner-up, with a .396 mark.  Frank Vaselenak of Marpole is at .375 and Harry Robinson of Whalley has a .373 average.  The statistics include games through June 30th.

(July 7)   New Westminster opened with a six-run first inning and thumped Collingwood 14-4 Wednesday. The Lucky Royals pounded four Collingwood hurlers for 12 hits. Playing coach Butch Dow had the big blow of the first frame, a two-run triple. Mike Trotzuk led the Royals with three hits. Howard Mackey scattered eight hits for the win and contributed two safeties.

Davies, Brundage (1), Homenuke (6), Elliot (6) and Sparrow
Mackey (W) and Bannerman

(July 7)   Whalley Chiefs rallied for all three of their runs in the 6th inning to shade Marpole 3-1. With two out, Bud Venables hit catcher Joe Yanchuck with a pitch and walked Jack Connell and Jim Andrews to load the bases. Pinch hitter Ron Curby doubled to score the tying and winning runs. Merv Maxwell singled in Andrews with an insurance marker. Lorne Drummond and Curby combined on a two-hitter for the win.

Venables (L) and Bellamy
Drummond (W), Curby (7) and Yanchuck

(July 8)  Marpole North Stars scored four in the first inning and coasted to an 8-0 shutout of North Vancouver Leckies Thursday night. The Stars had just four hits, but took advantage of three North Van errors and wildness from the Leckies two hurlers.  The four-run first combined five walks, a fielder's choice and an error.  In the second, with Bob Johnson aboard with a base on balls, Vince Bellamy slugged a homer.  The win was the third of the season for Bert Withers.

Woolstone, Whitford (6) and Myles
Withers (W) and Bellamy

(July 11)   CYO of the Industrial League upset the highly favoured Whalley Chiefs 4-3 Sunday to take top money of $300 in the Whalley Tournament.  Jim Russell held the Chiefs to five hits in hurling the victory.  CYO broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the 4th. Whalley plated another in the 6th but that was all the scoring. Curby allowed just six hits in being tagged with the loss.

Curby (L) and Yanchuck
Russell (W) and Keeley

CYO advanced to the final beating Maillardville 6-3 behind Art Bull's four-hitter.  Maillardville got off to a good start with two in the first but CYO responded with one in the 2nd and three more in the 3rd and stayed in the lead the rest of the way.

Bakaway (L), U'ren (3) and Baldwin
Bull (W) and Mulhern

(July 11)  West Vancouver Beavers climbed into first place downing North Vancouver Leckies 5-3 and 7-2 in a twin-bill at Ambleside Park.  Jim Moses tossed a five-hitter to win the opener. Mike Johnson fired a two-hitter in the second game. Herb Osen had four hits in the double-header.

Vigor, Whitford and Nordby
Moses and Sikorski

Woolstone, Whitford (2) and Nordby
Johnson and Sikorski

(July 11)  Marpole North Stars downed New Westminster Lucky Royals 6-2 at Oak Park and Collingwood Athletics nipped Whalley Chiefs 4-3 at Killarney Park.

George Brundage(July 13)   In a slugfest Wednesday at Killarney Park, Collingwood Athletics used two seven-run innings to down Marpole 16-13.   The game produced 29 runs, 26 hits and 6 errors.  George Brundage (left) won his own game driving in the winning run in the 6th inning. Gary Sinclair had three hits for the winners and Ed Sparrow drove in three with a pair of hits. Lyle Graham had a huge day for Marpole, with four RBI from three triples and a single. Vic Freiheit had also had four hits for the North Stars.

Hlady, Withers (2), Day (5), Donaldson (5) and Bellamy
Parsons, Brundage (5), Shamro (7) and Sparrow

West Vancouver  13 -  7 .650
Collingwood     16 - 10 .615
Marpole         14 -  9 .609
Whalley         11 - 11 .500
New Westminster  9 - 12 .429
North Vancouver  4 - 18 .182

(July 14)   Julian Chizewski fired a two-hitter and Ron Homen belted two homers to lead New Westminster by Whalley 5-2. 

Chizewski (W) and Bannerman
Connell (L) and Yanchuck

(July 14)  North Van Leckies were forced to default their game at Oak Park to Marpole North Stars because they couldn't field a full team. The win moved Marpole back into second place.

(July 15)   Marpole started quickly with three runs in the first inning and coasted to a 9-1 triumph over Collingwood. Vic Freiheit had a homer for the winners as Bud Venables held the Athletics off the scoreboard until the 7th and final frame to get the win.

Shamro (L), Elliot (4), Parsons (5) and Sparrow
Venables (W) and Bellamy

(July 16)   West Vancouver Beavers pushed across five runs in the 4th inning on the way to a 9-3 win over North Van Leckies. Al Byman, with Cece Stein's help in the 6th and final frame, picked up the win and helped the offense with a homer.

Byman, Stein (6) and Sikorski
Whitford, Woolstone (4) and McManus

(July 17)  Roy Mortison put on quite an offensive show Saturday as New Westminster Lucky Royals romped over West Van 13-3.  Mortison belted three homers and a double to lead a 13-hit assault.  Bill Gillespie was the winning pitcher in a relief stint.

MacKay, Gillespie (W) (3) and Bannerman
Johnson (L), Mitchell (6) and Norman

(July 18)   West Vancouver and Whalley split a twin-bill Sunday. The Beavers took the first game 5-4 with two runs in the bottom of the 7th and final inning. Jack Mills had a homer run in support of winning pitcher Jim Moses.

Drummond (L) and Yanchuck
Moses (W) and Stein, Norman (7)

The Chiefs rebounded in a big way in the second game rapping out 14 hits in a 13-3 triumph. Ron Curby hurled a four-hitter for the pitching win and helped at the plate with a homer.  Elgin Keil also knocked one out of the park for Whalley. Losing pitcher Al Byman had a home run for West Van.

Curby (W) and Yanchuck
Byman (L), Moses (7), Mills (7) and Norman

(July 18)   In the upset of the weekend, North Vancouver Leckies defeated second place Marpole 5-3. it was the Leckies first win since June 18th. George Woolstone hurled the victory.  Vic Freiheit pounded a homer and triple for the North Stars.

Hlady (L) and Bellamy
Woolstone (W) and McManus

(July 19)   In a sloppy contest Tuesday at Killarney Park, the two teams combined for 12 errors as Collingwood crushed West Vancouver 15-6.  All the scoring occurred in two innings. West Van opened with a six-run first inning . Athletics responded with seven runs in their half of the first then erupted for eight runs in the 4th on three hits, two walks and five errors. Walt Hallam led the offense with three hits. Carl Homenuke relieved starter Kerry Parsons in the first and blanked West Van over the last six innings for the win.

Johnson, Stein (L) (1) and Norman
Parsons, Homenuke (W) (1) and Sparrow

(July 21)    17-year-old Bob Gingrich registered a one-hitter Wednesday as Whalley Chiefs clipped North Van Leckies 8-1 at Bolivar Stadium.  Buckle homered for the Chiefs to support the young right-hander.

Whitford (L), Woolstone (2) and McManus, Rathebone
Gingrich and Yanchuck

(July 21)  Arnie Bannerman had one of the best offensive days of the season but his Lucky Royals fell to the Marpole North Stars 16-15. Bannerman drove in eight runs with a pair of homers, a double and single. The North Stars blew an 8-0 lead before rebounding for the win.

Day, Withers (W) (2), Venables (9) and Bellamy
Chizewski (L), Mackey (2), Ziola (8) and Bannerman

(July 22)    West Van regained possession of first place Thursday with a 4-3 win over second place Marpole North Stars at Oak Park.  Al Byman tossed a six-hitter for the win.

Byman (W) and Stein, Norman (1)
Hlady (L) and Bellamy

(July 23)   Walt Shamro held the Leckies to one hit as Collingwood blanked North Van 6-0.

Shamro (W) and Sparrow
Whitford (L) and Nordby

(July 23)   In one of the wildest games of the summer, Lucky Royals rapped out 19 hits to top West Van 21-11. The contest was a 7-7 draw going into the bottom of the 7th when the Royals exploded for eight runs. Bill Gillespie went six innings for the win.

Johnson, Stein (1), Mills (7), Armstrong (8) and Norman
Gillespie, Ziola (8) and Bannerman

(July 24)  Whalley downed West Van 8-3 at Ambleside Park behind home runs by Harry Robinson, Joe Yanchuck and Kenny Van HattenRon Curby scattered eight hits for the win.

Curby (W) and Yanchuck
Moses (L) and Sikorski, Norman (7)

(July 24)  Marpole North Stars took a pair from Lucky Royals Saturday 6-4 and 8-0.  Wally Day, in a relief role, was the winning pitcher in the first game. Roy Mortison had a homer for the Royals.

Donaldson, Day (W) (7) and Bellamy
Mackey (L) and Bannerman

Day, with a three-hitter, blanked the Royals in the second game.

Day (W) and Bellamy
Williams (L), Ziola (4) and Anderson

(July 25)  Collingwood trounced West Van 10-1 getting a home run by Pete Eades, triples by winning pitcher George Brundage and Gary Sinclair and doubles by Ed Sparrow and Gary Pennington. Brundage held West Van to seven hits.

Brundage (W) and Sparrow
Byman (L), Morris (4) and Norman

(July 25)   Whalley Chiefs picked up a pair of wins. The Chiefs demolished North Van 19-2 with a 16-hit attack, then shaded Lucky Royals 6-5.

Connell (W), Gingrich (6) and Yanchuck
Devlin (L), Whitford (6) and McManus, Massey (5)

Chizewski, Williams (L) (5), Gillespie (7) and Bannerman
Drummond, Curby (W) (7) and Yanchuck

(July 25)  Marpole score three runs in the first inning then held on to shade North Vancouver 3-2 behind the six-hit pitching of Bert Withers

Woolstone (L) and Massey
Withers (W) and Bellamy

(July 27)  The money-losing North Vancouver Leckies announced their withdrawal from the league. In turn, the league president Bill Cracknell suspended the club for failing to live up to its agreement to complete its full schedule of games.  The remaining teams were given wins for their unplayed games with the Leckies.

(July 27)  Collingwood and New Westminster battled to a 6-6 tie at Killarney Park. Royals out-hit the Athletics 10-5 but made six errors.  Ron Homen of the Royals had a homer and triple.

Gillespie, Mackey (7) and Bannerman
Parsons, Brundage (1) and Sparrow

(July 31)   A seven-run 5th inning carried Lucky Royals to an 8-4 win over Whalley Chiefs in the first game of a twin-bill Saturday. Julian Chizewski held the Chiefs to five hits in posting the win over Bob Gingrich.

Connell, Gingrich (L) (3), Curby (5) and Yanchuck
Chizewski (W) and Bannerman

Whalley bounced back to take the second game 5-2 behind the pitching of Lorne Drummond.

Drummond (W) and Yanchuck
Gillespie, Williams (5), Mackey (6) and Anderson

(July 31)  Collingwood scored a pair in the final frame to down West Vancouver 7-5.

Elliot, Parsons (W) (4) and Sparrow
Johnson (L), Mitchell (7) and Sikorski

(August 1)   West Vancouver started well, with a three-run first inning but then gave up 11 unanswered runs to drop an 11-3 decision to Collingwood Sunday.  Stan Black had a homer for the winners. Walt Shamro hurled shutout ball after the first inning to post the pitching victory.

Stein (L), Mills (3) and Sikorski
Shamro (W) and Sparrow

(August 1)    Whalley rubbed out a two-run deficit with five runs in the 3rd inning and held on to shade Marpole 5-4. Ron Curby scattered seven hits for the win.

Day (L), Withers (3) and Sykes
Curby (W) and Yanchuck

(August 3)   It was a shellacking at Killarney Park Tuesday as Collingwood Legion put up 15 runs while Kerry Parsons was holding Marpole to just four hits and one marker.  North Stars even had a brief lead, scoring in the top of the first inning before Collies responded with six in their half of the first. George Brundage had the only home run.

Venables, Withers (2), Vaselenak (5) and Seitz
Parsons and Sparrow

Collingwood     23 - 12  .657
Whalley         23 - 14  .622
Marpole         22 - 14  .611
West Vancouver  18 - 15  .545
New Westminster 17 - 18  .486

(August 4)   West Vancouver remained in the hunt for first place Wednesday shading Whalley Chiefs 5-4 at Bolivar Stadium.  The Beavers, who blew an early 4-0 lead, scored in the top of the 7th for the win. With two out, Jack Mills doubled and came around to notch the winner on a two-bagger by Cece SteinJack Connell`s homer highlighted West Van`s four-run first inning.

Moses (W) and Addison
Drummond (L) and Yanchuck

(August 5)   Marpole erased a 3-0 deficit with a six-run rally in the 2nd inning to top Whalley 6-3 Thursday to considerably dim the Chiefs chances for the pennant.  In picking up his 6th win of the season, the Stars` Snowy Donaldson gave up six hits, all in the second inning, and helped his cause with a triple.

Curby (L) and Yanchuck
Donaldson (W) and Seitz

(August 6)   First place in the Vancouver and District Senior A Baseball League might go down to the final game. Collingwood moved a game and a half up on Marpole Friday with an 11-4 win over the Lucky Royals at Killarney Park. Whalley Chiefs remain two and a half games back. Walter Shamro blanked the Royals for five innings before tiring and giving up two in the 6th and another pair in the 7th. But, by then the Collies had built up an 11-0 lead. The left-hander allowed seven hits.

Shamro (W) and Sparrow
Mackey (L), Ziola (3), Gillespie (4) and Bannerman

(August 7)  The West Vancouver Beavers had a big 2nd inning to beat Marpole 8-5 Saturday. The Beavers racked up six runs in the big inning with Ken Armstrong`s homer a highlight.

Day (L), Withers (5) and Seitz
Stein (W), Byman (5) and Addison

(August 8)  Collingwood is assured of at least a tie for first place following a 20-1 thrashing of West Vancouver Sunday. The Athletics pounded out 18 hits while George Brundage allowed just two in registering the win. He gave up a run in the first inning then blanked the Beavers the rest of the way.

Brundage (W) and Sparrow
Johnson (L), Mills (1), Meeres (2), Alton (5) and Stein, Addison (6)

(August 9)   Collingwood clinched first place with an 11-8 victory over West Van. Catcher Ed Sparrow doubled to drive in Pete Eades with what proved to be the winning run in the 4th inning.

Parsons, Elliot (4), Shamro (W) and Sparrow
Stein (L), Mills (2) and Addison

(August 9)   League interest began to centre on the batting and pitching leaders with Whalley's Roy Hammond the top hitter with a mark of around .380 and the Chiefs' Ron Curby the winningest pitcher with an 11-2 mark.

(August 10)   With the league title already decided the pennant-winning Collingwood Athletics and New Westminster Lucky Royals put on a hitting display Tuesday at Killarney Park as the teams combined for 30 runs and 36 hits in a seven-inning slugfest.  Collingwood came out ahead, 20-10 as Pete Eades clubbed a pair of homers and a double.  Walt Hallam of the Collies also had a homer as did Ron Homen for the Royals.  Collingwood's 10-run outburst in the 4th proved to be the difference. Collies out-hit the Royals 23 to 12.  Al Davies managed to go the route for the win.

Gillespie (L), Ziola (3), Dow (4) and Bannerman
Davies (W) and Sparrow

(August 12)   Whalley catcher Joe Yanchuck took a turn on the mound Thursday but after less than one full inning he was back behind the plate for the Chiefs who dropped an 8-1 decision to Marpole. Yanchuck gave up five runs to the North Stars in the first inning before Lorne Drummond took over to put down the uprising.  Snowy Donaldson went the distance to register the win for the Stars.

Yanchuck, Drummond (1) Gingrich (4) and Hammond, Yanchuck (1)
Donaldson (W) and Seitz

Collingwood        27 - 12  --
Marpole            24 - 15 3.0
Whalley            23 - 17 4.5
West Vancouver     20 - 17 6.0
New Westminster    17 - 20 9.0

(August 12)  The pennant-winning Collingwood Athletics will play the winner of a Maillardville - Mission playoff to win the right to take on an Island representative for the BC championship later this month.

(August 13)   A 22-year-old player, struck on the head by a batted ball, is in poor condition in hospital despite an emergency operation at Vancouver General Hospital.  Elgin Keil was injured while playing third base with the Whalley Chiefs against Marpole.  Keil went home after the game feeling no ill effects but later collapsed.

(August 13)   Collingwood wrapped up its regular season with another high-scoring effort Friday trampling Lucky Royals 20-5  It wasn't a day for the pitchers as the teams combined for 31 hits, 17 by the Athletics.  Royals hurt their cause making seven errors.  Pete Eades of the Collies had the only homer. Kerry Parsons, who picked up the pitching win in relief, added a triple to the offense.

Brundage, Parsons (W) (2) and Sparrow
Chizewski (L), Ziola (3), Rosborough (7) and Bannerman

(August 15)   West Vancouver and New Westminster split a season-ending double-header Saturday. Bill Gillespie fired a three-hitter in the opener as the Lucky Royals shutout West Van 6-0. Royals won it in the first inning scoring four runs. Jim Moses gave up just five hits in being pinned with the loss. Beavers made five errors.

Moses (L) and Addison
Gillespie (W) and Bannerman

Cubby AddisonCubby Addison (left) slugged a homer in the top of the 7th and final inning to give West Van a 9-8 victory over the Lucky Royals in an error-filled contest. Royals made five errors, the Beavers added four.

Morris (W) and Addison
Williams (L) and Anderson

Collingwood        28 - 12  --
Marpole            24 - 15  3.5
Whalley            23 - 17  5.0
West Vancouver     21 - 18  6.5
New Westminster    18 - 22 10.0


Playoffs : 

(August 19)   West Vancouver broke a 1-1 tie with a seven-run explosion in the 5th inning to take the opening game of the best-of-three semi-final series 8-1. Winning pitcher Al Byman started the big inning with a single. Herb Osen and Ken Armstrong followed with hits to load the bases and Gordy Meeres cleared them with a homer. Jack Alton made it back-to-back homers before Bobo Sikorski and Cece Stein beat out singles. Cubby Addison reached on an error and Harvey Craig and Byman added singles. North Stars used three pitchers, Paul Hlady, Snowy Donaldson and Bud Venables.

Byman (W) and Sikorski
Hlady (L), Donaldson (5), Venables (5) and Bellamy

(August 22)    Collingwood Legion and Maillardville of the Dewdney League were scheduled to begin their best-of-seven semi-final Sunday at Blue Mountain Park but rain prevented the contest. Powell River Rodnays and Victoria Farmers were rained out of their first game Saturday but were able to go ahead with a double-header Sunday. Rodnays took the opener 2-0 on Art Somerville's six-hitter but lost the second 5-3 as Farmer pitchers Don Donahue and Bill Garner gave up just three hits between them

(August 25)   Whalley Chiefs and New Westminster Lucky Royals split a playoff double-header Sunday. Chiefs had an easy time in the first game, rapping out 14 hits in an 11-2 triumph.  Lorne Drummond held the Royals to six hits in hurling the victory.

Gillespie (L), Ziola (4), Williams (6) and Bannerman
Drummond (W) and Yanchuck

Lucky Royals edged the Chiefs 3-2 in an extra inning in the second game. 

Curby (L) and Yanchuck
Chizewski, Williams (W) (6) and Bannerman

(August 25)   Morris Thomas doubled in Gordy Marsh with the game's only run in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Maillardville the opening game of their playoff series. Fans witnessed an outstanding pitching duel with left-hander Mike Bakaway allowing just three singles and no walks in taking the win. Kerry Parsons for Collingwood had allowed just one hit until the 9th inning.

Parsons (L) and Sparrow
Bakaway (W) and Anderson

(August 27)   Collingwood evened its series with Maillardville at Queen`s Park Friday downing the visitors 5-1 behind a three-hitter by junk ball artist Walt Shamro.  Athletics took the early lead with three runs in the first inning and two more in the second. Maillardville starter Bill LeSage walked Gary Sinclair, Stan Black and Gary Pennington to fill the bases and Walt Hallam singled to score a pair and Pennington added the third on an error. In the second Sinclair reached on a single which bounced off LeSage`s ankle forcing him to be removed from the game. Black followed with a single off reliever Gordy U'ren and Pennington knocked in the runs with a double.

LeSage (L), U'ren (2) and Stinson
Shamro (W) and Sparrow

(August 29)   Collingwood Legion scored two runs in the top of the 9th inning of the second game to notch a 4-2 win to salvage a split of their double-bill with Maillardville who took the opener 10-6. Southpaw Mike Bakaway was the winner in the first game as he relieved starter Gordy U'ren and blanked Collingwood the rest of the way. He continued on the hill in the second game and went all the way in outstanding fashion until the final frame. Kerry Parsons tossed a four-hitter for the second game win.

U'ren, Bakaway (W) (3) and Baldwin
Brundage (L), Davies (4) and Sparrow

Parsons (W) and Sparrow
Bakaway (L) and Baldwin, Stinson (8)

(August 29)   In Victoria, the Farmers moved into the provincial semi-final with 10-2 and 7-1 victories over Powell River Rodnays to take the quarter-final set three games to one.

(August 29)   New Westminster Lucky Royals blew an early 4-0 lead and dropped a 12-7 decision, in spite of a 16-hit attack, to Whalley Chiefs Sunday and were eliminated from the playoffs. Whalley moves on to meet West Van in the league final series. Chiefs used a big, six-run 4th inning to produce the victory.  Royals hurt their chances making six errors. Ron Curby was the winner in a relief role. Mike Trotzuk and Roy Mortison slugged homers in a losing cause for the Royals.

Chizewski, Mackey (4), Williams (4) and Bannerman
Drummond, Curby (1) and Yanchuck

(September 6)  Collingwood Legion won the two-day invitational tournament in Penticton over the weekend defeating the home club 12-4 in the final.  Kim Elliott, Collies tall right-hander threw a five-hitter as the Collies took advantage of eight Penticton errors. 

Elliott (W) and Sparrow
Cousins (L) and Powell

In other games, Collingwood trounced Penticton 8-1 as Kerry Parsons pitched a five-hitter and the Legion again took advantage of Penticton miscues, six of them.

Apolzer (L), Sharow (2) and Powell
Parsons (W) and Sparrow

Collingwood unleashed a 16-hit attack to outlast Summerland 10-8. A five-run first inning got the Legion off on the right foot.

Day (L), Hooker (3) and Weitzel
Davies (W) and Sparrow

Penticton topped Summerland 3-2 behind a four-hitter by Jordan.

Jordan (W) and Powell
Christante, Eyres (5) and Weitzel

(September 8)  Gary Pennington of pennant-winning Collingwood captured the batting title beating teammate Walt Hallam for the crown. Pennington finished with a .394 average, nine points better than Hallam. Harry Robinson of Whalley was third at .368. Ron Hammond of the Chiefs finished at .356

                    TM  AB  H  PCT
Pennington Gary     CW 109 43 .394
Hallam Walt         CW 122 47 .385
Robinson Harry      WC  87 32 .368
Hammond Ron         WC 104 37 .356
Mortison Roy        LR 101 35 .347
Freiheit Vic       MNS  85 29 .341
Ledlin Ed           CW 116 39 .336
Parker D.           NW 128 42 .328
Bellamy Vince      MNS  92 30 .326
Sparrow Ed          CW 115 36 .313
Sinclair Gary       CW 125 39 .312
Black Stan          CW 133 41 .308
Armstrong Ken       WV 134 41 .306
Eades Pete          CW  85 26 .306
Maxwell Merv        WC 101 30 .297
Bannerman Arnie     NW 115 34 .296
Trotzuk Mike        NW 138 40 .290
Coupland B.        MNS  98 28 .286
Dow Butch           NW 124 34 .274
Andrews Jimmy       WC  85 23 .271

(September 9)  Whalley Chiefs swept a twin-bill from West Vancouver Thursday to capture the consolation cup final. Jack Connell knocked in four runs to lead the Chiefs to the first game 9-6 victory. Lorne Drummond relieved starter Bob Gingrich in the 4th inning and was credited with the win. 

Stein, Mills (5) and Addison
Gingrich, Drummond (4) and Yanchuck

Ron Curby was the big show in the 10-5 win in the second game as the winning pitcher with 10 strikeouts and a two-for-two at the plate.

Curby (W) and Yanchuck
Mitchell (L) and Addison

(September 12)  Maillardville defeated Collingwood 7-3 Sunday to take their best-of-seven BC Senior "A" Baseball semi-final four games to two.  Maillardville goes on to meet the winner of the Victoria-Chemainus series for the provincial title.  Southpaw Mike Bakaway scattered seven hits to register his third win of the series. With the game tied 3-3 Maillardville scored three in the 7th to take the lead for good.  Riggsey Bowyer led of the inning with a triple and scored the winning run on Buckshot Thomas' single. Collingwood provided a game highlight in the third inning with a triple play.  Collies starter Kerry Parsons walked three and gave up a single without retiring a batter. Walt Shamro relieved and faced Ken Routley who bunted on a squeeze play. The ball was bunted in the air and Shamro made a shoestring grab and fired to third to catch the runner off the bag and third sacker Stan Black threw to Walt Hallam at second in time for the third out.

Bakaway (W) and Baldwin
Parsons (L), Shamro (3) and Sparrow

(September 12)   Burnaby Athletics and Whalley Chiefs played ball for 13 innings Sunday in a benefit game for Elgin Keil, who suffered a serious head injury in a game last month.  The teams played to a 1-1 draw in raising $1,000 for the Keil fund.


Dewdney League 

(June 4)   At Mission, Maillardville downed the home team 8-2 on the seven-hit pitching of Bill LeSage and the booming bat of Ribbsey Bowyer who slugged a home run and three doubles in five trips to the plate.

LeSage (W) and Stinson
Masse (L) and Johnson

(August 27)   Mission has taken the first game of its best-of-seven Dewdney Baseball League final with Port Moody Friday notching an 8-4 victory.  Catcher Walt Johnson led the winners with two doubles and a single in three trips to the plate. Glen Matheson held Port Moody to six hits in gaining the pitching win.

Miller (L), Dagneau (5) and Dutkewich
Matheson and Johnson

(September 26)  Catcher Walter Johnson singled in the winning run in the 6th inning Sunday to give Mission a 6-5 victory over Port Moody and the Dewdney Baseball Championship.  Mission won the best-of-seven final four games to two.  It was Mission`s first Dewdney title since 1938.  Bill Whyte was the winning pitcher scattering nine hits. Ike Davis lost with a seven-hitter.


Vancouver Industrial League (7 inning games)

(June 4)  Nisei crushed CYO 14-5 Friday running up a 12-0 lead before CYO managed to get on the scoreboard. The winners punched out ten hits and took advantage of five CYO errors.  Merv Franks went the distance for the win holding CYO to five hits. 

Franks (W) and Oikawa
Brewer (L), Fraser (4) and Keeley, Mulhern (2), Parks (7)

(June 22)   Sixteen-year-old Alf Miki fired a one-hitter Tuesday as CYO blanked Nisei 7-0.  It was a tight, two-run game until the 6th when CYO erupted for five runs.  Ron Montgomery went the route for Nisei.

Montgomery (L) and Okano
Miki (W) and Mulhern

(June 24)  Nisei blew a six-run lead but rebounded with a five-run 5th inning to down the Longshoremen 11-7. Seichi Tahara slugged a homer for the winners.  Ron Montgomery picked up the win in relief.

Craig, Simmons (L) (4) and Rondpre
Litzen, Montgomery (W) (5) and Oikawa

(June 25)   Western Bridge used the long ball Friday to defeat Longshoremen 8-2.  Jack Hatch hit a homer in the 3rd inning and Doug Beckett followed with a three-run blast in the 7th.  Ken Digby allowed just four hits in claiming the mound victory.

Digby (W) and Beckett
Younie (L) and Rondpre

(June 29)   Western Bridge crushed Nisei 12-2 Thursday behind a five-hitter by Gary Zailo.

Zailo (W) and Beckett
Montgomery (L) and Oikawa, Okano (6)

(July 2)   In a slugfest at Powell Grounds, Western Bridge took over sole possession of third place with a 13-12 victory over Boilermakers. Westerns opened with a seven-run first inning but needed to put down a Boilermakers' rally in the bottom of the 7th for the win. Boilermakers scored three in the 7th before winning pitcher Chick Venturato retired the side.  The teams combined for 25 runs, 21 hits and six errors.

Graff, Venturato (2) and Beckett
Gurniak, Cliffe (1), Vickers (6) and Gunnlaugson

(July 3)  CYO moved into the top spot in the Industrial League Saturday blasting Nisei 14-4 at Powell Street Grounds. Cal Murphy and Franklin led the attack with homers. Art Bull picked up the win in relief.

Murphy, Fraser (1), Bull (W) (1) and Keeley
Uyesugi, Litzen (L) (1) and Oikawa

(July 4)  Ernie Thrower held Western Bridge to three hits as Boilermakers notched a 3-1 victory. Gunnlaugson had the big blow for the winners, a 6th inning homer.

Thrower (W) and Gunnlaugson
Digby (L) and Beckett

(July 6)  CYO opened up a two game lead atop the standings with a 10-4 win over the Boilermakers. Bill Fredricks was the big gun for CYO knocking in five runs with a homer and single. Cal Murphy drove in three with a double and single. Bob Brewer was the winning pitcher.

Thrower, Delaire (4) and Gunnlaugson
Brewer (W) and Keeley

(July 7)   Gary Zailo belted two homers and pitched a five-hitter to lead Western Bridge to a 7-4 win over Longshoremen.

Craig, Bacon (6) and Rondpre
Zailo (W) and Beckett

(July 8)   Nisei scored five unearned runs in the 4th inning en route to a 10-8 win over Boilermakers. Ron Montgomery survived nine hits and three Nisei errors to go the distance for the win.

Paialunga, Gurniak (3), Cliffe (4) and Gunnlaugson
Montgomery (W) and Oikawa

(July 11)   Nisei topped Western Bridge 10-8.

Shishido, Nogano (3) and Oikawa
Graff, Venturato (5), Zailo (6) and Beckett

(July 12)   Western Bridge and Nisei battled to a 3-3 draw Monday night going two extra innings before calling a truce. Nisei's point from the tie pushed them into second place in the league standings. Bridge pitcher Gary Zailo had a no-hitter going for seven innings before it was broken up by rival pitcher Merv Franks' single. 

Zailo and Beckett
Franks and Oikawa

(July 14)   Nisei beat the Boilermakers 10-6. Ron Montgomery survived 10 hits to capture the win.

Montgomery (W) and Oikawa
Thrower (L), Cliffe (7) and Gunnlaugson

(July 15)   Longshoremen tallied a pair of runs in the bottom of the 7th and final inning to shade Western Bridge 9-8. Younie blanked Western over the last five innings to picked up the win in relief of starter Nick Craig and clouted a homer to pace an 11-hit attack. 

Digby, Venturato (L) (1) and Beckett
Craig, Younie (W) (2) and Rondpre

(July 16)  Longshoremen took over first place Friday night downing Nisei 5-1 on the one-hit pitching of Nick Craig. Ron Hemmerling slugged a homer to lead the offense. Marsh belted a pair of two-baggers.

Craig (W) and Rondpre
Franks (L), Montgomery (4) and Oikawa, Okano (4)

(July 18)   CYO tied the Longshoremen for first place Sunday with a 7-4 win over Western Bridge. Art Bull had a complete game win for CYO.  He gave up seven hits, one a home run by Frank Kozak.

Bull (W) and Keeley, Mulhern
xxx and Beckett

(July 19)  Nisei drew within a half-game of a three-way tie for first place with a 5-2 win over CYO. Ron Montgomery scattered seven hits for the win. 

Montgomery (W) and Oikawa
Miki (L) and Fredricks

(July 21)   Western Bridge got a four-hitter from Gary Zailo in an 8-3 win over CYO. 

Zailo (W) and Beckett
Russell (L), Fraser (1), Brown (4) and Mulhern

(July 23)   Merv Franks blanked Western Bridge on four hits as Nisei romped to a 12-0 win.

Franks (W) and Oikawa, Inouye
Graff, Digby (1) Venturato (3) and Beckett

(July 24)   CYO trounced Longshoremen 14-2 Saturday.  Art Bull tossed a four-hitter for the win.

Bull (W) and Mulhern, Fredricks (6)
Bacon, Simmons (2), Hemmerling (5) and Rondpre

(July 25)  Nisei whipped Boilermakers 11-4 Sunday.  Ron Montgomery went all the way for the win.

Montgomery (W) and Okano
Cliffe, Vickers (1), Topley (7) and Gunnlaugson

(July 27)  Western Bridge handed Longshoremen an 11-2 thrashing Tuesday combining nine hits and 7 Longshoremen errors for their double-digit outburst.

Craig, Simmons (5) and Rondpre
Zailo and Beckett

(August 1)    In a game called after just six innings, Western Bridge scored in every inning but one in demolishing the Boilermakers 16-2. Ken Digby tossed a five-hitter for the win. Taylor had the only homer.

Digby (W) and Beckett
Gurniak (L), Cliffe (6) and Gunnlaugson, Vickers (4)

(August 1)  In another one-sided contest, CYO clobbered Boilermakers 18-6. 

Russell (W), Murphy (6) and Mulhern, Fredricks (6)
Thrower (L), Topley (5), Cliffe (7) and Miller

(August 2)   Down 4-0 after the first inning, Western Bridge roared back to dump CYO 12-6 Monday as Gary Zailo threw a three-hitter.  The game went just five innings before darkness forced a halt.

Bull (L), Murphy (4), Miki (5) and Fredricks
Zailo (W) and Beckett

(August 4)   Western Bridge had another big night Wednesday hammering Nisei 11-1 with a 14-hit attack. Chick Venturato fired a two-hitter for the win while Gary Zailo had the big blow, a homer.

Venturato (W) and Beckett
Montgomery, Shishido (4) and Oikawa

(August 5)  CYO drew to within a half-game of league-leading Nisei by downing Longshoremen 3-0.  Bill Fredricks led CYO at the plate with two doubles and a single in three trips.  Alf Miki fired a four-hitter for the shutout.

Craig (L) and Rondpre
Miki (W) and Keeley

(August 6)   Merv Franks shutout the Boilermakers on three hits Friday as Nisei waltzed to a 13-0 victory. Tom Nishi powered the offfense with a pair of home runs.

Franks (W) and Oikawa
Cliffe (L), Gurniak (4) and Paialunga

(August 7)   The powerful Western Bridge offense again scored in double-digits trampling Longshoremen 12-1 Saturday.  Gary Zailo fired a two-hitter for the win, helped by Leon Brandolini`s homer.

Zailo (W) and Beckett
Bacon, Rondpre (4) and Mouldon

(August 8)  CYO's Jim Russell fired a one-hitter to shutout the Longshoremen 4-0 Sunday.

Russell (W) and Keeley
Hemmerling (L) and Rondpre

(August 9)  Western Bridge rallied for five runs in the 5th and last inning to down Boilermakers 8-4.

Thrower (L), Paialunga (5) and Vickers
Digby, Venturato (W) (3) and Beckett

(August 10)    In a pitchers' duel Tuesday, Nisei moved closer to clinching the pennant with a 1-0 win over CYO. Ron Montgomery fired a two-hitter for the win while Art Bull gave up just three hits in taking the loss.

Montgomery (W) and Oikawa
Bull (L) and Mulhern

               W    L   T  PTS
Nisei         21 - 13 - 1 - 43
CYO           19 - 13 - 2 - 40
Westerns      17 - 13 - 3 - 37
Longshoremen  17 - 16 - 0 - 34
Boilermakers   8 - 25 - 0 - 16

(August 11)   Longshoremen blanked Nisei 1-0 Wednesday as Ron Hemmerling fired the shutout.

Hemmerling (W) and Rondpre
Franks, Montgomery (6) and Oikawa

(August 12)    Western Bridge continued its late season offensive outburst Thursday with an 8-0 decision over Boilermakers.  Gary Zailo tossed the shutout.

Delaire (L), Gurniak (6) and Topely
Zailo (W) and Beckett

(August 13)   Western Bridge booted its way out of the pennant race Friday making six errors to help CYO take the contest 5-3.  Alf Miki hurled a six hitter for the win. Gary Zailo allowed just four hits in taking the loss.

Zailo (L) and Beckett
Miki (W) and Keeley

(August 16)   Gary Zailo had an outstanding night tossing a one-hitter in blanking CYO 3-0 in the final game of the regular season and stopping CYO's chances of grabbing top spot in the Industrial League.  Nisei took the title by one point, 43 to 42, or, in disregarding ties, by half a game.

Zailo (W) and Beckett
Bull (L) and Fredricks

               W    L   T  PTS
Nisei         21 - 14 - 1 - 43
CYO           20 - 14 - 2 - 42
Westerns      19 - 14 - 3 - 41
Longshoremen  19 - 17 - 0 - 38
Boilermakers   8 - 28 - 0 - 16


Playoffs : 

(August 17)    In the opening game of a semi-final series, Longshoremen were awarded the first game by forfeit. Nisei were ahead 4-3 going into the 5th inning when Longshoremen scored five times and Nisei, trying to take advantage of closing darkness, started to stall.  The umpire promptly forfeited the game.  CYO and Westerns start their series at Powell Street Grounds tomorrow.

(August 23)   CYO defeated Western Bridge 4-2 Monday to win the opening game of a best-of-five semi-final series. Art Bull picked up the win with a six-hitter, one more than losing hurler Gary Zailo

Zailo (L) and Beckett
Bull (W) and Keeley

(August 25)  Longshoremen clobbered Nisei 11-3 to take a 2-0 game lead in their semi-final series.

Shishido (L), NIshi (4) and Oikawa
Craig (W) and Rondpre

(August 26)  Western Bridge drew even with CYO in their semi-final Thursday night with a 6-5 win as 45-year-old playing-manager Gary Miscisco singled in the winning run in the last of the 5th inning.  Down 5-3 going into the 5th and final frame, Westerns rallied for three runs. They capitalized on CYO errors for the victory as CYO hurlers Jim Russell and Alf Miki allowed just three hits between them. Ken Digby gave up nine hits in getting the pitching win.

Russell, Mike (5) and Keeley
Digby (W) and Beckett

(August 27)  Nisei stayed alive in the Industrial League playoffs Friday with a 3-2 win over Longshoremen. Nisei scored the winner in the bottom of the 7th and final inning after Longshoremen had tied the contest in the top of the 7th. Ron Montgomery allowed just four hits to gain the win.

Hemmerling, Craig (L) (4) and Rondpre
Montgomery (W) and Oikawa

(August 28)   Western Bridge scored three times in the first inning highlighted by Joe Yanchuck's homer and held on for a 3-1 victory as Gary Zailo held CYO to one hit. Loser Art Bull allowed just three safeties.

Zailo (W) and Beckett
Bull (L) and Mulhern

(August 29)  Nisei got a two-hit shutout from Ron Montgomery and downed Longshoremen 6-0 to tie their semi-final series at two games apiece. 

Montgomery (W) and Oikawa
Hemmerling (L), Rondpre (4) and Rondpre, Dale (4)

(August 29)   CYO made a two-run 2nd inning stand up for a 2-1 victory over Western Bridge to tie their semi-final set at two games apiece. Young Alf Miki gave up a run in the first inning then blanked Westerns the rest of the way for the win. He allowed just five hits.

Miki (W) and Keeley
Digby (L) and Beckett

(September 1)   Longshoremen upset Nisei to win their semi-final series and advance to the league final.

(September 1)   Western Bridge downed CYO 5-2 to advance to the Industrial League final against the Longshoremen.  Gary Zailo fired a three-hitter to lead Westerns to the win.

Zailo (W) and Beckett
Bull (L) and Mulhern

(September 2)  Vernon Aces downed Rutland 7-0 Thursday night to win the BC Interior baseball title. With the victory the Aces move into the BC finals at Aldergrove on the weekend.

(September 3)   Longshoremen, upset winners over pennant-winning Nisei in the semi-finals, won the opening game of the final series, 3-2 over Western Bridge.  Longshoremen came from behind with two runs in the top of the 7th and final inning for the triumph. With two runners aboard on a single and an error they moved up on a wild pitch and came around to score on Rich Foster`s single. Nick Craig, the league`s most valuable pitcher during the regular season, fired a six-hitter for the win. 

Craig (W) and Rondpre
Digby (L) and Beckett

(September 11)  Chick Venturato and Gary Zailo combined to toss a one-hit shutout to give Western Bridge a 1-0 win over Longshoremen to tie their final series at a game apiece. Nick Craig lost in throwing a three-hitter.

Venturato, Zailo (6) and Taylor
Craig (L) and Rondpre

(September 13)  In a triple-header Sunday, Longshoremen took two of three to capture the Industrial League championship.

Western Bridge score three runs in the 7th and final inning of the first game to score a 5-4 victory.

Younie (L) and Rondpre
Digby, Zailo (7) and Taylor

Longshoremen rebounded to take the second game 4-2 as Nick Craig held Western Bridge to three hits in a 4-2 triumph. A three-run second inning proved to be decisive.

Zailo (L) and Taylor
Craig (W) and Rondpre

Ironman Nick Craig pitched his second complete game of the day and it was a beauty, a three-hit shutout, as Longshoremen blanked Western Bridge 1-0 to take the final series three games to two. Craig had a 13-5 mark during the regular season and was selected as the most valuable pitcher.

Craig (W) and Rondpre
Zailo (L) and Taylor


Northwest Semi-Pro Baseball League

(June 23)   Burnaby Athletics stayed atop the standings Wednesday with an 8-6 victory over Blaine Boosters at Central Park.  Burnaby notched the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the 8th and final inning when catcher Ivan Spees singled driving in Angie Pauker and Ken MitchellTed Walker led the Burnaby hitters with a three hits and three runs driven in. Blaine got a homer by Terry Sparks and two hits and two RBI from manager Gale Bishop. Roy Wakabayashi, the third Burnaby hurler, picked up the win.

Reams (L) and Gaes
K. Spees, Booth (4), Wakabayashi (W) (5) and Ivan Spees

(June 27)   Burnaby Athletics maintained their hold atop the standings Sunday with a 5-1 victory over Blaine at Central Park.  It was the A`s 11th win of the season. Catcher Ivan Spees drove in the winning run in the 6th inning with a three-run homer and outfielder Ted Walker added insurance runs in the 7th with a two-run homer.  Grant Lapthorne fired a five-hitter for the win, blanking the visitors until the 9th inning.

Dolbeare (L) and Bethke
Lapthorne (W) and I. Spees

(June 30)   Burnaby Athletics padded their lead atop the Northwest standings Wednesday with a 4-3 win over Bellingham at Central Park. Burnaby won it in the bottom of the 9th as Jim Kelly drew a walk and advanced on an outfield error on Jerry Hallgren`s fly ball and continued home on a wild throw to third. Ted Walker and John Davies each had three hits for the winners.

Reimer (L) and Drake
Ken Spees and Ivan Spees

Burnaby         12 - 4  .750
Blaine Boosters  8 - 4  .667
Bellingham      10 - 7  .588
Oak Harbor       6 - 6  .500
Deming           4 - 6  .400
Blaine Air Force 1 - 12 .077

(July 2)   Burnaby Athletics moved further in front of the pack Friday with a 5-2 victory over Bellingham Bells at Battersby Field at Bellingham.  John Ruck tossed a four-hitter in gaining the win. Burnaby had five hits off Monty Geiger.

Ruck (W) and Spees
Geiger (L) and Brady

(July 4)   John Davies drove in Bill Scapetone with the winning run in the 9th inning Sunday as Burnaby Athletics topped Oak Harbor 10-9 Sunday.  Grant Lapthorne picked up his 4th win of the season. 

Edmundson, Mathews (2), Hanton (5), Edmundson (9) and Hartwick
Booth, Wakabayashi (7), Lapthorne (W) (8) and I. Spees

(July 7)  Burnaby Athletics put on an offensive display Wednesday collecting 16 hits in crushing the Blaine Ramblers 18-2.  Ken Swalwell led the assault with a pair of three-run homers. Bill Kinder had a homer and two singles and Jerry Hallgren knocked in three runs with a triple and double. Burnaby scored in every inning except the first and 6th, notching seven in the 4th. Ken Spees held the visitors to six hits in ringing up the mound victory.

Dolbare (L), Vincent (4), Gerruel (7) and Bethke
Ken Spees (W) and Ivan Spees

(July 10)    Herb Anderson, 18-year-old first baseman of the Bellingham Bells announced he has signed a pro contract with the Seattle Rainiers.  The 1954 Everett high school graduate has been eyed by major league scouts. He's been hitting around .300 in the tough semi-pro circuit.

(July 11)    Burnaby scored in the top of the first inning then got blanked the rest of the way as Blaine put 11 runs on the scoreboard to walk away with an 11-1 triumph knocking Burnaby out of top spot for the first time this season.  Bob Noyes fired a three-hitter, with 12 strikeouts, for the win.

Booth (L), Lapthorne (3), Wakabayashi (4) and I. Spees
Noyes (W) and Clark, Gates

Burnaby also won the exhibition contest 5-2, scoring four in the first inning and coasting to the victory. John Ruck held Blaine to four hits to take the win.

Van Sindern (L), McEwan (1), Bishop (8) and Gates
Ruck (W) and I. Spees

(July 14)    Jerry Hallgren carried the big stick for Burnaby Wednesday as he clouted two homers, a double and two singles to lead the Athletics to a 9-7 win over Blaine Boosters at Central Park.

Stock and Clark, Gates (7)
Ken Spees, Ruck (7) and Ivan Spees

(July 18)   Deming Loggers downed Burnaby Athletics 9-3 Sunday at Central Park.  Dick Zender slugged a homer for the Loggers while Burnaby's Jerry Hallgren continued his hot hitting with a homer and a double.

Conover and Dick Zender
Lapthorne, Wakabayashi (2), Ken Spees (6) and Ivan Spees

(July 20)  Deming Loggers trounced Burnaby 13-8.

(July 21)  Burnaby Athletics crushed last place Blaine Ramblers 12-1 Wednesday.  Bill Kinder banged a three-run homer in the 2nd and Ivan Spees crushed a grand slam homer in the 4th.  Booth held the visitors to five hits to claim the mound victory.

Dolbeare, Jumisco (2) and Bethke
Booth and I. Spees

(July 25)   Burnaby Athletics swept a scheduled triple-header with Oak Harbor at Central Park. Oak Harbor defaulted the first game because they didn't have enough men and Burnaby took the second 21-3 and the third, 8-7.

Burnaby rapped out 20 hits and scored in every inning in running away with the second game.  Ken Spees went the distance for the pitching win while Jerry Hallgren led the offense with a pair of homers and a triple.

Pearson (L), Edmundson (W), Heller (4), Mathews (6) and Lange
K. Spees (W) and I. Spees

In the third contest, Burnaby fell behind 5-0 in the third inning then went ahead with a big, six-run 8th to take a 7-5 lead. But Oak Harbor rallied to tie with two in the top of the 9th before Burnaby scored in the bottom of the 9th for the 8-7 victory.  Oak Harbor out-hit Burnaby 12-7 and had home runs by Edmundson and Mathews.

Kammungi (L) and Lange
Ruck, Lapthorne (7), Booth (9) and I. Spees

(August 1)   Burnaby Athletics increased their first place margin to a game and a half Sunday with a 7-3 decision over second place Blaine.  John Ruck pitched the win for the Canadian squad helped by Ted Walker's three hits, including a triple and double.

Ruck (W) and Spees
Stock (L) and Gates

(August 8)   Burnaby Athletics split a twin-bill with the Deming Loggers at Central Park Sunday. 18-year-old John Ruck fired a two-hitter, with nine strikeouts, as Burnaby took the first game 4-3 in ten innings. Mitchell homered for the winners.

Ruck (W) and I. Spees
Cerenich (L) and D. Zender

Deming won the second game 4-1.

Non (W) and Zender
Ken Spees, Wakabayashi (7) and Ivan Spees

(August 20)  In an exhibition game the Burnaby Athletics made a strong showing in dropping a 4-3 decision to the Vancouver Caps of the Western International League.  John Ruck went the distance for the Athletics allowing just six hits. Burnaby was bolstered by the additions of Bernie Zender and Dick Zender from the Deming Loggers.

Ruck (L) and D. Zender
Beazley, Robertson (6) and xxx


(September 5-6)   Kamloops Tournament