(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
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(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.
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(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.
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DeRosa (W), Patterson (6) and xxx
(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 Lorne 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. Lorne 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