1957 Game Reports, British Columbia Interior      

1957 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1957 BC Interior 
1957 Vancouver Island

WEST KOOTENAY SENIOR BASEBALL OVERVIEW

Out of the scrap heap of entries from the dismantled Washington – B.C. League (which included five Washington state teams plus the Nelson Outlaws) and Border Baseball League of 1956 (encompassing four West Kootenay clubs and a lone Washington state franchise from Colville) emerged a 1957 circuit known as the International Border Baseball League which contained but one British Columbia squad, the Nelson Outlaws. The other Lakeside City aggregation of a season previous, the Nelson Maple Leafs, ceased operations in 1957 as many of their former players joined the Outlaws. 

The 1957 International Border Baseball League was a loosely-operated circuit which embraced four Washington state diamond crews in addition to the Outlaws. Much of the roster of the Northport WA team was made up of playing personnel from the British Columbia community of Rossland. The five combatants played a limited schedule which allowed the Nelsonites to also engage in exhibition encounters on weekends when faced with no league commitment. The 760th Air Force Squadron Radarts of Colville WA nosed out the Nelson nine for the 1957 league pennant. No playoffs took place and, following their final league skirmish, the Outlaws embarked upon a few more exhibition tussles.

Senior-level baseballers from Trail and Rossland remained leagueless in 1957, participating in exhibition and tournament play. The Trail Smoke Eaters went on to face the Nelson Outlaws in a best-of-three series for the 1957 senior championship of the West Kootenays.  

1957 International Border Baseball League
760th U.S.A.F. Squadron Radarts
Chewelah WA
Colville WA
Nelson Outlaws
Northport WA


WEST KOOTENAY SENIOR BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

The independent and leagueless Trail Smoke Eaters and the Nelson Outlaws, second-place finishers in the International Border Baseball League, duked it out in a best-of-three weekend series for the 1957 senior baseball championship of the West Kootenays. All games between the two combatants were played at Nelson’s Civic Recreation Grounds. The Smokies held the upper hand in their three previous meetings throughout the summer and the defending champion Lakesiders, the 1956 club composed of both Outlaws and members of the now-defunct Nelson Maple Leafs, entered the fray with revenge on their mind, aching from the accumulated effect of their triad of exhibition game defeats suffered at the hands of the Trailites.

(September 7)  Nelson’s Les Hufty, though giving up eight hits and pitching with runners aboard in six innings, was in command for most of the way in the first game of the West Kootenay senior championship round, a contest in which the Outlaws won convincingly by a 10 to 3 count over the invading Smoke Eaters from Trail. Hufty’s roughest inning was the second when Bill Jablonski of the Smokies tagged a two-run homer to give Trail a temporary lead. Three Nelson bingles, including a double by Bernie Monteleone, evened the game at 2 – 2 in the third. The Law Breakers stretched it to 5 to 2 in the fourth and fifth. Leo Petty then tripled and scored to make it 6 to 3 in the sixth and a four-run seventh, started by “Lefty” Gould’s three-bagger, settled matters in the eighth after the Smelter City gang had plated a single tally in the top of the frame.

Ferguson (L), A. Bilesky (8) and Hackett
L. Hufty (W) amd Hoffman

(September 8)  Facing elimination following their first-game defeat, the Trail Smoke Eaters rode the superb 18-inning mound effort of Bob Seaman and stormed back by belting the Nelson Outlaws 11 to 6 and 12 to 5 to take the best-of-three series two games to one and capture the 1957 West Kootenay senior baseball crown. The Smoke Eaters chased Nelson starter Walt Avis from the mound with a five-run second inning in the Sunday opener, the second game of the triage. The lanky Outlaw righthander was wild as a March hare, issuing five bases on balls in his two-inning stint although being touched for just one hit, a triple by Bill Jablonski. Hugh “Pinoke” McIntyre’s double highlighted a three-run Trail fourth. In the eighth, the Silver City nine scored another trio when Nelson reliever ”Lefty” Gould’s control also went astray as he walked three in succession and surrendered two singles. Bernie Monteleone doubled home Nelson’s first run in the second inning. The Outlaws narrowed the gap to 5 to 3 with two in the third, Loren Bay doubling home the first counter. After a single run in the fourth, the Bandits went scoreless until a ninth-inning rally netted a pair of markers.

Seaman (W) and A. Bilesky
Avis (L), Gould (3) and Hoffman

Trail took a 4 to 0 lead in the nightcap after 3 1/2 innings of play but the Law Breakers tied the game and went ahead 5 to 4 with three tallies in the fourth and two in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by Austin “Bo” Gillis and Loren Bay. The Nelson bats fell silent after that as they collected only one hit during the remainder of the contest. On top of that, their defensive play had a meltdown and the Trailites gleefully jumped in and put the game out of reach with three in the seventh on two errors, two walks and “Sonny” Hackett’s double, plus five more runs in the ninth round on three singles and a trio of Nelson miscues. 

Seaman (W) and Hackett
Grill, Olson (L) (6), Petty (9) and Nash, Holmes (6), Hoffman (8)


WEST KOOTENAY GAME REPORTS FEATURING THE INDEPENDENT TRAIL & ROSSLAND SENIOR BASEBALL TEAMS

(May 12)  The Trail Smoke Eaters split a weekend exhibition doubleheader with the Spokane area-based Fairchild Air Base baseball team. The Smokies dropped the opener 4 to 3 then retaliated with an 11 to 1 thumping of their hosts in the follow-up encounter.

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

DeRosa (W), Ferguson and xxx
xxx (L), xxx and xxx

(May 16)  The Trail Smoke Eaters opened their home exhibition schedule with a neat 6 to 3 victory over the visiting Fairchild Air Base Flyers. Fairchild grabbed an early lead with three counters in the third round. A double by losing tosser Warman, a sacrifice fly off the bat of Legotte and Guenther’s single produced the trio of Flyer tallies. Trail took the lead in the fifth as four safe blows, coupled with a brace of miscues by the Airmen, brought in five markers. A single by Archie McKinnon drove in the Smokies’ final counter later in the contest.

Warman (L) and xxx
Ferguson, Seaman (W) (4), DeRosa (7) and Milne, Hackett (4), Russell (7)

(May 26)  The Rossland Senior Capilanos, playing their first game of the 1957 season, went down to an 8 to 6 exhibition game defeat at the hands of the Northport WA squad of the International Border Baseball League. Both teams clipped the orb for 11 safeties. Catcher Bill Weilep led the Washingtonians at the platter, slamming a home run and a single. Winning chucker Pilcher helped his cause by cuffing the apple for a triple and one-bagger. Hot corner guardian Ron Fabbro topped the Golden City willow wielders, garnering a two-bagger and a single.

Bourchier, Ling (5), Dougan (L) (8) and Ferguson
Pilcher (W) and Bill Weilep

(May 30)  The Trail Smoke Eaters walloped the Colville WA Air Base nine 22 to 6 in an exhibition senior baseball game at Butler Park. Tony DeRosa recorded 14 strikeouts while yielding nine hits in cruising to the hillock victory. After falling in arrears by five tallies early in the fracas, the Smokies responded with a huge second frame when they plated ten runs on seven hits, the big blow being a double by Bill Jablonski. Hugh “Pinoke” McIntyre was tops with the baton for the Trailites, stinging the pill for four safeties, one of which was a home run.

Montgomery (L) and xxx
DeRosa (W) and xxx

(July 6)  The Nelson Outlaws of the International Border Baseball League, backed by the standout relief pitching of Blair Olson, rallied from behind an early 5 to 0 deficit to edge the Rossland Capilanos 9 to 8 in an exhibition skirmish played in the Golden City. Coming to the aid of starter Walt Avis in the second canto after the lanky Nelson righthander pulled a muscle, Olson allowed the Caps only three hits the rest of the way. Starting Rossland chucker, Pete Bourchier, was also sidelined early after hurting his arm.

Avis, Olson (W) (2) and xxx
Bourchier, Chorney (L) (5), Laatsch (9) and Ferguson, Milne (6)

(July 7)  The invading KREM – TV diamondeers from Spokane WA fought to a nine-inning 4 – 4 draw with the Trail Smoke Eaters in senior exhibition baseball action at Butler Park. Bob Seaman went the distance on the bump for the Silver City nine, punching out nine while issuing six free passes. James, the lone Spokane moundsman, fanned seven and walked three. The visitors struck early, grabbing a 2 to 0 lead in the initial canto. The Smokies narrowed the margin to 2 to 1 in the second round when George Guimont/Guilmont tripled to score Bill Jablonski. A third-inning double by KREM’s Downing drove in a third Spokane counter and, in the fifth, Cottington of the visitors upped the score to 4 to 1 with a run-scoring single. Trail evened the count in the bottom of the same panel following doubles by Jimmy Bilesky and Hal Jones and a neat single by “Busher” McIntyre. In addition to his game-tying one-bagger, McIntyre also ripped an additional brace of singles to go along with a triple.

James and xxx
Seaman and xxx

(July 13)  A sixth-inning meltdown by the hosting Rossland Capilanos allowed the Colville Air Base club to plate a quartet of tallies en route to a 6 to 4 triumph over the Caps. Rossland outhit the Fly Boys by a 9 to 6 margin but infield errors at crucial times led to their downfall. Hizer of Colville had just two strikeouts but earned the mound decision over Irv Lavorato who whiffed nine. Catcher Chuck Milne and outfielder Pete Bourchier had two hits apiece for the Caps with one of Milne’s swats going for a triple. Fly chaser Hlavey led the Americans at the plate, stroking a double and a one-bagger.

Hizer (W) and Kane
Lavorato (L) and Milne

(July 19)  Racking up 13 runs in the first three frames, the Rossland Senior Capilanos soared to a 15 to 9 conquest of the Colville WA Air Base Radarts at Colville’s spanking new baseball facility. Al Laatsch copped the mound victory, whiffing eleven along the way. Don Shorting and Dave Flanagan led Rossland’s 13-hit offensive barrage with three safe swats each. Outfielder Ken Hitch belted a solo homer for the Radarts.  

Laatsch (W) and Driscoll
Savage (L), Hizer (3) and xxx

(July 20)  The Trail Smoke Eaters defeated Libby MT 8 to 3 in the opening game of a weekend exhibition baseball series. Bob Seaman went the route on the knoll for the Smokies, yielding ten safeties in copping the win. The loss went to Bowling, the first of three Libby chuckers. Seaman was a force with the baton as well as on the hill. He helped his own cause considerably by slugging a three-run double as well as a single. Teammate Wally Russell  contributed a triad of one-baggers. 

Bowling (L), Wimitt, Overby and xxx
Seaman (W) and xxx

(July 21)  The Libby MT nine fell to the Trail Smoke Eaters 8 to 5 in the windup game of a two-contest set at Butler Park. Tony DeRosa took the mound for Trail and allowed Libby only six hits in recording the victory. Tied 5 – 5 entering the bottom of the eighth canto, the Smokies scored three times, the winning counter crossing the plate on a sacrifice by Jim Bilesky. J. “Busher” McIntyre was a one-man offensive wrecking crew for the Silver City nine as he ripped out five safe blows, two doubles and three singles.

Magmakon (L), Bowling (8) and xxx
DeRosa (W) and xxx

(July 24)  A late-inning collapse by the Rossland Capilanos allowed the Trail Smoke Eaters to overcome a 5 to 4 deficit and march on to a convincing 13 to 5 triumph over the hosting Caps. Both starters, Jack Ferguson of the invading Trailites and Rossland’s Al Laatsch, went the distance. George Lechuk homered for the Smelter City nine while Hal Jones hammered a triple and single, an output replicated by keystone sacker Lou Campana of the Rosslanders. 

Ferguson (W) and Johnson
Laatsch (L) and Ferguson

(July 31)  Trail skipper Andy Bilesky’s potent gang of Smoke Eaters handed the Rossland Capilano baseball nine an 8 to 3 loss at Butler Park in an exhibition encounter. Both winning chucker George Lechuk and vanquished hurler Irv “Lefty” Lavorato were nicked for eight base knocks but the Cap heaver allowed two homers and a pair of triples while Lechuk yielded but one extra-base rap, a double by Pete Bourchier. Fly chaser J. “Busher” McIntyre and second baseman Bill Jablonski both launched four-baggers for the winners while teammates Hal Jones and Bill Johnson crushed the horsehide for triples. Rossland catcher Jim Driscoll had a pair of clean singles, both of which drove in counters.

Lavorato (L) and Driscoll
Lechuk (W) and Russell

(August 1)  The Trail Smoke Eaters slapped a 12 to 5 victory in the face of the Nelson Outlaws of the International Border Baseball League in an exhibition clash at Butler Park. The Smokies took a one run lead in the second inning following Harold Jones’ inside-the-park round-tripper and then pulled away with a five-run outburst in the third canto. Consecutive singles by “Busher” McIntyre, Leo Mailey, “Pinoke” McIntyre and Jones, his second safety of the scuffle, along with one-baggers by Wally Russell and pinch-hitter Sonny Hackett, later in the frame, accounted for the quintet of tallies. Russell and pinch-hitter Bill Johnson singled in the fifth and Mailey doubled to give the Smokies two more runs and cinch the already foregone conclusion. Jones finished the skirmish with a dinger and a brace of one-baggers to top the hit parade. Loren Bay drove in three of the Outlaws’ markers with a bases-loaded triple in the eighth. 

Olson (L) and xxx
Seaman (W), Mohoruk (4), DeRosa (7) and xxx

(August 9) Playing in the opening round of the seventh annual Lethbridge Rotary Tournament, the Trail Smoke Eaters were eliminated after being bounced 11 to 0 by the Lethbridge-Vulcan All-stars. Winning pitcher Al Warnick stymied the Smokies on four hits. Mitch Sztaba had a triple and two singles for the Stars.

Warnick (W) and Scornaienchi
Seaman (L), DeRosa (1), Mohoruk (6) and Russell

(September 7-8)  West Kootenay senior baseball championship series


INTERNATIONAL BORDER BASEBALL LEAGUE GAME REPORTS (involving Nelson Outlaws)

PRE-SEASON

(May 5)  The Nelson Outlaws, handicapped by a lack of practice time, dropped an exhibition doubleheader to the hosting Colville WA Eagles. A four-run Colville fourth inning was the big difference in the 9 to 4 conquest of the visitors in the opener. The Outlaws played better in the finale before succumbing to the Feathered Tribe by a 4 to 3 margin.

Avis (L), L. Hufty (5) and Hoffman
xxx (W) and xxx

Grill (L) and Stewart
xxx (W) and xxx

(May 12)  The Inchelium WA baseballers, a team composed of primarily native Indian players, edged the invading Nelson Outlaws 4 to 3 in the matinee tilt of an exhibition twin-bill. The second contest ended in a 3 – 3 tie.

 Gould (L) and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

Olson, Storgaard (4), L. Hufty (6) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(May 20)  New Denver Victoria Day tournament

REGULAR SEASON (including exhibition and tournament games)

(May 26)  A single counter in the top of the ninth inning allowed the visiting Colville WA Eagles to squeeze out a narrow 3 to 2 decision over the Nelson Outlaws as the IBBL opened the 1957 campaign with a double-dip in the Lakeside City. The Outlaws rebounded with an impressive 11 to 4 verdict in the wrap-up encounter. A double by Colville first baseman Bob McLaughlin followed by a two-base clout by pinch-hitter Jack Lee provided the winning run for the Eagles in the opener. Karl White struck out five in earning the mound win over Les Hufty.

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

Nelson portsider “Lefty” Gould tossed a seven-hitter in the late fracas and was the beneficiary of some solid offensive production by his mates. He also helped himself at the dish, walking in the third round, doubling in the fourth and singling home two runs in the fifth. Teammate Austin “Bo” Gillis ripped a brace of three-baggers while Don Hoffman chipped in with a double and single.

Davis (L), Hoxie (5) and xxx
Gould (W) and xxx

(June 2)  Chewelah WA diamond pastimers and the visiting Nelson Outlaws split an IBBL doubleheader in the Washington town. The Outlaws captured the lid-lifter 5 to 1 before dropping the nightcap 3 to 2. Stan Grill of the Outlaws spun a nifty four-hitter in the opening tilt to earn the knoll triumph. His mates bagged eight safeties as Loren Bay and Al McDonald led the pack with a brace each.

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

Both pitchers of record surrendered just four hits in the second game. Three of Chewelah’s base raps came in the second canto when they collected their second and third runs.

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

(June 8)  The Nelson Outlaws dropped both ends of a hard-fought exhibition doubleheader to the hosting Kimberley Hobos of the East Kootenay Baseball League, losing the opener 2 to 1 and the late skirmish 5 to 3. The combatants displayed outstanding baseball in both tilts. The Hobos plated singletons in both the seventh and eighth panels to erase a 1 to 0 deficit in capturing the matinee affair. Vic/Wilf Smith took the mound decision from Walt Avis whose lack of control cost the Outlaws the verdict.

Avis (L) and xxx
Smith (W) and xxx

Fine defensive play by his mates helped Kimberley chucker Al Fisher to register the hillock win in the sunset event.

Gould (L) and xxx
Fisher (W) and xxx

(June 15)  Errors and bases on balls were rampant as the Kimberley Hobos of the East Kootenay Baseball League scored five runs in the 10th inning to slam the homestanding Nelson Outlaws 16 to 11 in the opening game of the second leg of a home-and-home exhibition double-bill. Chucker “Lefty” Gould hurled a masterful three-hitter for the Nelsonites in the nightcap as the Outlaws prevailed 7 to 0. The Hobos bounced back from an 11 to 5 deficit in registering the matinee game triumph to saddle lefthanded reliever Gould with the overtime defeat.

xxx, xxx, xxx (W) and xxx
Avis, Brown (8), Gould (L) (8) and Hoffman

Gambling that Gould still had enough in the tank to hurl the late encounter following the first-game fielding collapse by his mates, Nelson manager Ron Nash made a number of defensive replacements and sent the portsider back to the bump to start proceedings. The Hobos lit him up for a trio of first-inning one-baggers but failed to score and, after that brief outburst, were held hitless the rest of the way as the southpaw fanned nine while walking five in tossing the whitewash win.

Ronquist (L), Blakely (4) and xxx
Gould (W) and Holmes 

(June 16)  The Nelson Outlaws whipped the Northport WA nine 10 to 8 in the opener of an International Border Baseball League doubleheader in the American centre but the Northport aggregation, bolstered by six players from Rossland BC, bounced back in the nightcap to register a 4 to 0 triumph, their initial league conquest.

The Outlaws climbed aboard the slants of loser Bob Weilep for 16 base knocks in the lid-lifter, four by third baseman Elmer Bay. Chunky backstop Don Hoffman blasted a long homer for the Lakesiders in the seventh panel with nobody on base. The Northport nine got to complete game winner Stan Grill for 11 bingles.

Grill (W) and Hoffman
Bob Weilep (L) and xxx

Veteran southpaw Irv Lavorato, one of the Rossland recruits, flung a nifty two-hitter and fanned ten in the owl encounter to register the shutout knoll victory on behalf of the Washingtonians. Bob Weilep cranked a solo home run for Northport. 

Olson (L) and xxx
Lavorato (W) and xxx

(June 29)  Backed by the standout relief pitching of Blair Olson, the Nelson Outlaws rallied from behind an early 5 to 0 Rossland lead as the Lakesiders came back to edge the Capilanos 9 to 8 in an exhibition tilt played in the Golden City. Olson came to the aid of starting flinger Walt Avis after the lanky righthander had pulled a muscle while delivering a pitch in the second inning. A diminutive southpaw, Olson, allowed the Caps only three hits the rest of the way. Frank Hufty’s two-run single in the top of the ninth inning erased an 8 to 7 deficit and lifted the Outlaws to the victory.

Avis, Olson (W) (2) and xxx
xxx, xxx (L) and xxx

(June 30)  Hammering the horsehide for 20 base blows, the hosting Nelson Outlaws crushed the Inchelium WA Indians 22 to 1 in a one-sided exhibition scuffle. Stan Grill went the route on the bump for the Nelsonites, giving up eight safeties.

Zaigg (L), Smith (5) and xxx
Grill (W) and xxx

(July 1)  The invading 760th U.S.A.F. Radarts from Colville WA and the Nelson Outlaws divided a Dominion Day International Border Baseball League double-bill in the Lakeside City, the hosts taking the matinee clash 5 to 1 and the Washington Airmen the late event by a 10 to 9 count. Nelson chucker “Lefty” Gould went the distance on the hillock for the win in the opener, giving up only four hits and striking out eight Air Force batters.

Norris (L) and xxx
Gould (W) and xxx

A five-run sixth inning made the difference for the first-place Radarts in their second-game conquest. Frank Hlavay of the Airmen belted a home run in the second frame.

Woods (W) and xxx
Storgaard (L), Olson (6), L. Hufty (6) and xxx

(July 13)  Loren Bay’s third hit of the game, a two-run homer in the seventh round, provided the ammunition to propel the Nelson Outlaws to an 8 to 6 conquest of the visiting Fairchild Air Force Base nine in the first game of an exhibition weekend series. Bay also lit the horsehide up for a triple and single prior to blasting his decisive four-bagger. Les Hufty, with 11 strikeouts, took the mound decision as the Americans clipped his offerings for 11 well scattered safeties.

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

(July 14)  The Fairchild Air Force Base baseballers withstood a late charge by the Nelson Outlaws to escape with an 11 to 10 verdict in the second game of their weekend set with the hosting Lakesiders. A scheduled third game was washed out. The Bandits had the bases loaded with no one out in the final canto as their last-ditch rally fell just short after plating five counters to draw within one of the lead.

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

(July 21)  Nattily attired in new uniforms, the elegant-appearing Nelson Outlaws made not only a fashion statement but also an impressive display of baseball superiority as they thumped the invading Chewelah WA diamond pastimers twice, 18 to 2 and 17 to 1, in International Border League doubleheader action at the Civic Recreation Grounds. Winning flinger Les Hufty gave up just two hits and fanned nine in the matinee encounter.

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

Lanky Walt Avis of the Outlaws surrendered only three Chewelah hits in the nightcap while his mates were busy poling out 17 bingles, including four by Austin “Bo” Gillis and two each by Stan Grill, Don Holmes and Avis.

xxx (L), xxx and xxx 
Avis (W) and Holmes

(July 25)  The leagueless Trail Smoke Eaters broke up a close exhibition fracas with the hosting Nelson Outlaws of the International Border circuit when they erupted for four counters in the ninth canto to double the Lakesiders 12 to 6. Two errors, a walk, a brace of singles and Bill Johnson’s two-bagger gave the Smelter Towners their big ninth-inning splurge. Johnson also had a sixth-frame RBI single. The Smokies had a 16 to 11 advantage in base hits.

Guimont, Seaman (W) and xxx
Gould (L), L. Hufty (5) and xxx

(July 28)  Needing a double victory to leapfrog into first place, the runner-up Nelson Outlaws fell short of their objective and remained a game-and-a-half behind the top-dog 760th U.S.A.F. Squadron Radarts of Colville WA after dividing a crucial International Border League doubleheader in the Lakeside City. The Bandits lost a heartbreaking 1 to 0 squeaker to begin play at the Civic Recreation Grounds then bounced back to cop the finale by an 8 to 5 count.

The only run of the first game was plated in the top of the eighth panel when winning pitcher Frank Hlavay singled, advanced to second base on a passed ball, took third on a hit by infielder Dupuis and was safe at the dish when Nelson shortstop Loren Bay’s relay throw, which appeared to be in time to nab the Colville baserunner, inadvertently struck him just before he hit the dust in slide mode. The Outlaws made a valiant attempt to even the count when, in the ninth Bay smacked a one-bagger, was sacrificed to the keystone sack, swiped third but was left in limbo following a one-out double play which ended the game. Hlavay fanned seven and limited the Bandits to three singles, two coming off the bat of Bay while righthander Les Hufty, dinged with the loss, allowed seven bingles.

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

Walt Avis pitched and batted the Outlaws to victory in the second tilt which saw Nelson’s Leo Petty blast a first-inning solo homer. Both Avis and losing twirler Henser of the Airmen yielded seven base knocks in the wind-up skirmish. Avis had the nod in strikeouts with nine as opposed to just two for Henser. The Lakesiders made their big offensive push in the fourth round when they tallied six times. Avis delivered a bases-clearing triple to highlight the rally. Austin “Bo” Gillis, with two singles, was the only Nelsonite to get more than one hit.

Henser (L) and xxx
Avis (W) and xxx

(August 4)  The Nelson Outlaws copped both ends of an International Border League doubleheader with the Northport WA baseball aggregation at the Civic Recreation Grounds, blanking the Washingtonians 11 to 0 to begin the afternoon proceedings and then following up with a 9 to 5 pasting in the sunset event.  Behind Les Hufty’s four-hit hurling, the Outlaws breezed to the opening game whitewash, scoring three runs in both the first and second innings to consolidate the one-sided conquest. Nelson collected ten hits, three by Austin “Bo” Gillis and two each by Leo Petty and Ron Nash. Losing chucker Bob Weilep, plagued by a porous defense, and teammate Chuck Milne split the four Northport safeties, each bagging a brace.

Bob Weilep (L) and xxx
L. Hufty (W) and xxx

As in the opener, the Bandits jumped into a first-inning lead which they never relinquished. Winning pitcher Walt Avis, tough in the clutch and backed by solid defensive play, effectively scattered 12 Northport bingles while ringing up nine whiffs. His mates made the best of the seven base blows which they acquired. Top swatter in the contest was Pete Bourchier of the visitors who clipped the horsehide for a double and two singles. Teammates Irv Lavorato and Ken Walker both laced a pair of one-baggers.

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

POST-REGULAR SEASON

(August 11)  The Nelson Outlaws, second-place finishers in the International Border circuit, emerged as double winners, 4 to 1 and 8 to 7, after 19 innings of hard-fought exhibition doubleheader baseball at Nakusp. Les Hufty, Nelson righthander, threw a three-hitter in the seven-inning opener to capture the knoll decision. He also picked up the mound verdict in the second encounter, in relief of Outlaw starter Walt Avis, while batting in the winning run with a twelfth-inning triple. Lou DeRosa opposed Hufty on the hill in the matinee tussle, surrendering seven hits, fanning eight and issuing five walks. Hufty, aided by top fielding plays, whiffed three and did not walk a batter. Hufty, teammate Leo Petty, as well as Nakusp’s Dave Urban each stroked a pair of safe swats.

L. Hufty (W) and xxx
DeRosa (L) and Hayashi

The Outlaws’ superior bench strength helped determine the outcome of the extended late tussle. Nakusp playing-manager Otto Yanagisawa’s run-scoring single in the bottom of the eighth knotted the count at 7 – 7. Both teams failed to score in the ninth and it took three sessions of overtime before Hufty settled the issue, crashing a three-bagger to drive in Bernie Monteleone, who had reached base on an error, with the winner. Monteleone and Don Holmes of the Nelsonites as well as Jack James and losing pitcher Buster Patterson of Nakusp, each collected two hits.

Avis, L. Hufty (W) (10) and Hoffman
Patterson (L) and Hayashi 

(August 18)  The Nelson Outlaws of the International Border Baseball League unleashed a powerful 28-hit attack Sunday afternoon to swamp Nakusp 17-3 and 14-1 in an exhibition twin-bill played at the Civic Recreation Grounds. The hosting Bandits put the opening game on ice early, breaking out in the third inning with a three-run, inside-the-park homer by Frank Hufty and a two-run shot over the left field fence by Loren Bay. Nelson added seven runs in the fifth inning, aided by three walks dished out by Nakusp starter Buster Patterson. Nelson’s “Lefty” Gould held Nakusp to nine hits in going the route for the win. 

Patterson (L), Kraft (5), Patterson (6) and Hayashi
Gould (W) and Nash

Nakusp took the lead with a run in the top of the first inning of the second game but the advantage was short lived. Nelson proceeded to pound out 17 hits, one a homer by Bernie Monteleone, to crush the visitors. Blair Olson pitched shutout ball after the first frame, allowing just seven hits overall. Ken White had two doubles and three singles on the day to pace the winners. Loren Bay and Leo Petty each had four hits for the Lakesiders while Austin “Bo” Gillis and Monteleone had three apiece. Dave Urban was best for Nakusp with four hits and Denny Kraft, a former Outlaw, had three.

DeRosa (L) and Hayashi
Olson (W) and Holmes

(August 24)  Veteran righthanded pitcher Les Hufty rang up 15 strikeouts in tossing a three-hitter as the Nelson Outlaws were victorious 4 to 1 over the visiting Deer Park WA nine in exhibition action at the Civic Recreation Grounds. Bernie Monteleone slammed a long home run off losing chucker Larry Pember in the second frame which moved the Outlaws into a lead they never relinquished. A double by Leo Petty, a three-bagger by Loren Bay and Ken’ White’s sacrifice fly produced two more Nelson counters in the fourth canto. Petty’s double and singles by Frank Hufty and Bay counted the final run in the eighth.

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

(August 25)  Superb hurling and stellar defensive play were instrumental in 1 to 0 and 6 to 3 victories by the Nelson Outlaws over the New Denver All-Stars in an exhibition double-dip hosted by the Lakeside City nine. Youthful southpaw Blair Olson of the Law Breakers whiffed seven and fired a one-hitter in the opener of the twin-bill. His command was a bit off as he issued three bases on balls and hit a pair of New Denver batters but catcher Don Holmes guided the portsider well by calling a near perfect game. A seventh-inning single by second baseman Lou DeRosa of the visitors was quickly nullified when the following batter grounded into a double play. Loren Bay’s double in the opening round drove in the game’s lone counter. Bay had another two-bagger later in the contest while teammate Ken White ripped a double and single off losing flinger Ken Gordon.

Gordon (L) and xxx
Olson (W) and Holmes

The Nelson squad had only five hits in the evening tussle but, combined with some costly New Denver errors, made the best of their opportunities. The losers collected 14 hits, 12 off the slants of winning hurler Stan Grill who showed his best form when in a jam. Dave Urban cracked three safeties for the Stars while teammate Ken Gordon ripped a triple and single.

DeRosa (L), Storgaard and xxx
Grill (W), Avis (8) and xxx

(September 7-8)  West Kootenay senior baseball championship series

(September 15)  The Nelson Outlaws, with only an 11-player roster, won both ends of a doubleheader from the Creston Cruisers of the East Kootenay Baseball League, 7 to 6 and 7 to 4, at Creston. By virtue of their twin win, the Outlaws brought home the Creston Valley trophy, won by Creston in 1956. The curtain raiser wasn’t decided until the ninth inning. The Outlaws plated their seventh run in the top of the frame to take a two-run lead but the Cruisers cut the margin to 7 – 6 and had the tying run on base when winning reliever Les Hufty bore down to strike out the last two Creston batters. Leo Petty paced Nelson at the dish with two singles and a double. Don Hoffman followed with a three-bagger and single while Frank Hufty and Al McDonald contributed two singles each. Albert Roemer had two hits for the hosting Cruisers. 

Grill, L. Hufty (W) (6) and Nash
M. Folkman, Roemer (7), Messenchuk (L) (9) and L. Folkman

Nelson southpaw Blair Olson tossed a five-hitter in the seven-inning second game in which the Outlaws scored four in the first inning, one a theft of home by Ken White, only to have Creston tie the game 4 – 4 with a quartet of runs in the fourth which featured a home run by Albert Roemer and a triple by Page. The Law Breakers notched the winning run in the fifth panel when Leo Petty, who again had three hits, doubled home Frank Hufty. Two insurance counters in the seventh sealed the deal. Besides Petty’s fine production at the platter for the winners, teammate Don Hoffman was also a key offensive contributor, bagging a brace of safeties.

Olson (W) and Holmes
Wayling (L) and L. Folkman


WEST KOOTENAY JUNIOR LEAGUE

Final League Standings       W     L     Pct.
Rossland Capilanos          13     2     .867
Fruitvale A’s               12     4     .750
Trail CYO Giants             9     7     .563
Fruitvale Beavers            3    12     .200
East Trail Mainliners        2    14     .125

Playoff Final

(September 3)  The Rossland Junior Capilanos clipped the Fruitvale A’s 8 to 5 to capture the West Kootenay Junior baseball championship for the first time in their seven-season history.

Denis (L), McIntyre, Magee and McIntyre, King
xxx (W) and Vaness


ARROW LAKES / SLOCAN

(May 20)  New Denver Victoria Day tournament

(June 9)   Buster Patterson and Louis DeRosa combined to no-hit Edgewood Seniors Sunday at Nakusp. Don Bouvette saved the day for the hurling duo when he charged in from right field to make a sensational shoe string catch on Bateman's drive.  Nakusp battered three Edgewood pitchers for 14 hits with Lino Zanier, Fred Desrochers, Patterson and Dave Urban each with a pair. it was Nakusp's first no-hitter since 1951.  After the game, a meeting was held and Otto Yanagisawa was again appointed manager and coach, Arden Gran, secretary, and Fred Desrochers, captain. 

xxx, xxx, xxx and xxx
Patterson, DeRosa and xxx

(June 16)   It was a scoreless tie for four innings but then Nakusp brought out the heavy lumber and went on a hitting spree to demolish the Burton All-Stars 16-0 Sunday. Buster Patterson was a star both on the mound and at the plate. The big right-hander fired four innings of shutout ball in relief while smacking a bases-loaded homer for the longest blow of the day. Louis DeRosa blanked the visitors for the first five innings. Noel Wilson scored four runs for the winners.

Johnson (L), J.Robazza and xxx
DeRosa (W), Patterson (6) and xxx

(June 26)  Hosting Kaslo edged a visiting team from Nakusp 8 to 7.

Gunn (L) and Balstead
Command (W) and Shutto

(August 11)  The Nelson Outlaws, second-place finishers in the International Border circuit, emerged as double winners, 4 to 1 and 8 to 7, after 19 innings of hard-fought exhibition doubleheader baseball at Nakusp. Les Hufty, Nelson righthander, threw a three-hitter in the seven-inning opener to capture the knoll decision. He also picked up the mound verdict in the second encounter, in relief of Outlaw starter Walt Avis, while batting in the winning run with a twelfth-inning triple.

Lou DeRosa opposed Hufty on the hill in the matinee tussle, surrendering seven hits, fanning eight and issuing five walks. Hufty, aided by top fielding plays, whiffed three and did not walk a batter. Hufty, teammate Leo Petty, as well as Nakusp’s Dave Urban each stroked a pair of safe swats.

L. Hufty (W) and xxx
DeRosa (L) and Hayashi

The Outlaws’ superior bench strength helped determine the outcome of the extended late tussle. Nakusp playing-manager Otto Yanagisawa’s run-scoring single in the bottom of the eighth knotted the count at 7 – 7. Both teams failed to score in the ninth and it took three sessions of overtime before Hufty settled the issue, crashing a three-bagger to drive in Bernie Monteleone, who had reached base on an error, with the winner. Monteleone and Don Holmes of the Nelsonites as well as Jack James and losing pitcher Buster Patterson of Nakusp, each collected two hits.

Avis, L. Hufty (W) (10) and Hoffman
Patterson (L) and Hayashi

(August 18)  Nelson Outlaws unleashed a powerful 28-hit attack Sunday afternoon to swamp Nakusp 17-3 and 14-1. Outlaws put the opening game on ice early breaking out in the third inning with a three-run, inside-the-park homer by Frank Hufty and a two-run shot over the left field fence by Loren Bay. Nelson added seven runs in the fifth inning, helped by three walks by Nakusp starter Buster Patterson.  Lefty Gould held Nakusp to nine hits in going the route for the win.  

Patterson (L), Kraft (5), Patterson (6) and Hayashi
Gould (W) and Nash

Nakusp took the lead with a run in the top of the first inning of the second game but the advantage was short lived. Nelson proceeded to pound out 17 hits, one a homer by Bernie Monteleone, to crush the visitors 14-1. Blair Olson pitched shutout ball after the first frame allowing just seven hits overall. Ken White had two doubles and three singles on the day to pace the winners. Loren Bay and Leo Petty each had four hits, Bo Gillis and Monteleone had three apiece. Dave Urban was best for Nakusp with four hits and Denny Kraft, a former Outlaw, had three.

DeRosa (L) and Hayashi
Olson (W) and Holmes

(August 25)  Superb hurling and stellar defensive play were instrumental in 1 to 0 and 6 to 3 victories by the Nelson Outlaws of the International Border loop over the New Denver All-Stars in an exhibition double-dip hosted by the Lakeside City nine. Youthful southpaw Blair Olson of the Lakesiders whiffed seven and fired a one-hitter in the opener of the twin-bill. His command was a bit off as he issued three bases on balls and hit a pair of New Denver batters but catcher Don Holmes guided the portsider well by calling a near perfect game. The All-Stars only safety, a seventh-inning single by second baseman Lou DeRosa was quickly nullified when the following batter grounded into a double play. Loren Bay’s double in the opening round drove in the game’s lone counter. Bay had another two-bagger later in the contest while teammate Ken White ripped a double and single off losing flinger Ken Gordon.

Gordon (L) and xxx
Olson (W) and Holmes

The Nelson squad had only five hits in the evening tussle but, combined with some costly New Denver errors, made the best of their opportunities. The losers collected 14 hits, 12 off the slants of winning hurler Stan Grill who showed his best form when in a jam. Dave Urban cracked three safeties for the Stars while teammate Ken Gordon ripped a triple and single.

DeRosa (L), Storgaard and xxx
Grill (W), Avis (8) and xxx


EAST KOOTENAY BASEBALL

 (July 8)   Creston Cruisers moved into second place in the East Kootenay Baseball League with a sweep of a doubleheader at Fernie.  Cruisers trounced the Falcons 11-0 in the opener and escaped with a 2-1 victory in the second game.  Fernie dropped to third place in the standings, behind the league-leading Kimberley Dynamos.  Melvin Folkman scattered six hits in pitching the shutout as his teammates rapped out 16 hits against Wilf Ashmore.  The second game featured a pitching duel between John Drysdale and Bill Cole.  Drysdale allowed just five hits and fanned 14, Cole allowed seven hits with five strikeouts.  Neither pitcher issued a walk.

(August 8)   With five games remaining in the regular schedule, Kimberley Dynamos have clinched at least a tie for the top spot in the East Kootenay standings.  Creston Cruisers are faced with winning their last two games with Kimberley Hoboes to force a tie. 

Kimberley Dynamoes   13  7
Creston Cruisers     11  7
Cranbrook Lumbermen  10  8
Kimberley Hoboes     10  8
Fernie Falcons        8 11
Michel Red Sox        3 14