1957 Game Reports, Vancouver Island      

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

NORTHWEST SEMI-PRO BASEBALL LEAGUE

(May 4)   The Northwest Semi-Pro League begins the new season Sunday at Central Park when the South Burnaby Athletics host Young Liberals, the newest addition to the nine-team circuit.  The league will run with northern and  southern sections.  Five American teams - three from Seattle and one each from Bellingham and Deming - make up the southern section. Three Lower Mainland teams and one from Victoria comprise the northern division.

(May 5)   Young Liberals made a triumphant return to local baseball Sunday with a thrilling 7-6 victory over South Burnaby.  Trailing 6-1 after six innings, the Liberals scored three in the 7th, another in the 8th and two in the 9th to take the "W".  John Ruck went the distance to register the win.  He gave up nine hits, struck out six and walked one.

Ruck (W) and Eriksson
Barton, Dagneau (7), Lapthorne (9) and I. Spees

(May 10)  Matt Yankchuk`s first inning grand slam home run sent the Young Liberals on the way to a 13-9 triumph over Harwoods Friday night. Yanchuk also had a double. It was the Liberals third straight win.

Drummond, Cliff (4), Ruck (6) and Eriksson
Allan, Stein (3) and Youngman

(May 12)    Burnaby Athletics picked up their first win of the young season demolishing Harwoods 13-0 Sunday behind a 14-hit attack. Grant Lapthorne had a no-hitter for 7 2/3s innings before giving up a pair of safeties. Gerry Sinclair and Vaselenak each had a triple for the A's.

Lapthorne (W) and Spees, Brisson (5)
Zailo (L), Allen (2), Hoff (3) and Leonard

(May 15)    Right fielder Jerry Barber crushed a pair of home runs Wednesday night to give South Burnaby a 5-2 win over the Young Liberals.  His two-run shot in the 8th broke open a tight, 2-1, ball game. Brad Barton held the Libs to five hits in going the distance for the win.

Barton (W) and I. Spees
Ruck (L), Cliff (9) and Eriksson, Garay (6)

(May 19)   Jim Andrews belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Young Liberals a 6-3 victory over South Burnaby.  The win moved the Liberals back into first place. Ron Curby went the distance for the Liberals holding the visitors to six hits. In the evening, Liberals manager Lorne Drummond combined with Roy Wakabayashi to pitch a no-hitter in a 10-1 exhibition triumph over Maillardville. Drummond was charged with the only run on two walks and an error.

Dagneau, K. Spees (L) (1) and I. Spees
Curby (W) and Garay

(May 20)   Victoria's Farmer Construction kicked off the season with a bang Monday taking both games of a double-header from the Burnaby Athletics, 6-0 and 10-7.  Lefty Bill Garner held the A's to four hits and three walks in tossing the first game shutout. He whiffed eight.  Farmers got all they needed in the first inning. Pete Ash led off with a double and Jim Harford reached with a single. Both romped home on a single by Ron Karadimis.  Charlie Boyd doubled in a run in the third and belted a homer in the fifth. Ron Martin knocked in a run in the fifth and Farmers got their final marker in the sixth on back-to-back singles by Ash and Harford.

Lapthorne (L), Barton and Spees
Garner (W) and Harford

Farmers, who had 12 hits in the opener, cracked another 15 in the second game when they came from behind for the win. Jim Harford's two-bagger scored Pete Ash with a run in the seventh to tie at 7-7.  In the eighth, Farmers notched three for the victory. Ash knocked in one run and Harford drove in the other two with his second double. Bill Prior gave up 11 hits but managed to go the route for the pitching win.

Ball, (L), Dagneau and xxx
Prior (W) and Harford

(May 22)   Jerry Hallgren and Ivan Spees each slugged a three-run homer as South Burnaby whipped the Young Liberals 8-1 at Central Park.  Stan Dagneau allowed only four hits in registering the win. He fanned 10.

Dagneau (W) and I. Spees
Drummond (L), Buck (7) and Eriksson

(May 25)  Farmer Construction racked up 41 runs Saturday in taking a twin-bill from Vancouver Harwoods 17-10 and 24-8 in spite of Harwoods having big leads in both games. They were up 6-0 in the afternoon before Farmers roared back with an onslaught that included an 11-run inning. Howie Reid relieved in the second inning and went the rest of the way for the win. Gary Zailo belted a grand slam homer for the losers. The  visitors booted the ball nine times, five by playing manager Cec Stein at shortstop.

xxx (L), xxx and xxx
Hodges, Reid (W) (2) and xxx

In the second game, Harwoods scored five times in the first inning and added two more in the second off rookie Harold Jacobson. Walks and errors did most of the damage. Veteran Bill Prior took over in the second and Farmers rallied with six runs in the second and five more in the fourth and cruised to the win.

Hoff, Heathcote and xxx
Jacobson, Prior (W) (2) and xxx

(May 26)  After four straight wins, Farmer Construction suffered 8-4 and 6-3 defeats at Bellingham Sunday. Four errors by Victoria in the first game proved to be the difference as Art Worth hurled a stellar game with ten strikeouts. He also picked up two of Farmers' six hits. Bill Garner went the route in the second game giving up 14 hits. Farmers had ten.

Worth (L) and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

Garner (L) and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

(May 26)  Burnaby Athletics exploded for seven runs in the 2nd inning and cruised to a 12-3 win over the Young Liberals in Northwest Semi-Pro action at Central Park.  The A's combined four hits, three walks, a hit batter and three Liberals' errors in the big inning. Jerry Hallgren slugged a homer for the winners while John Davis had three hits.

Ruck, Wakabayashi (2) Cliff (5) and Garay
K. Spees, Barton (3) and Ivan Spees

(May 28)  A ninth inning rally by the Vancouver Young Liberals fell just short Tuesday as Farmer Construction of Victoria held on for a 5-4 victory.  Trailing 5-2, Bill Prior hit Ron Evenson and Matt Yanchuk doubled. Gerry Lorenz walked to load the bases and two runs came home on an infield error.  However, Prior recovered to fan rival pitcher Ron Curby to end the game. It was Prior's 13th strikeout.  Farmers collected 13 hits, two apiece by Lyle Cornett, Bruce Carmichael, Mike Hodge and Jim Harford.

Ron Curby (L) and Ivan Eriksson
Bill Prior (W) and Jim Harford

(May 29)   Young Liberals erased a 5-2 Harwoods lead with a six-run outburst in the 4th inning and went on to notch a 13-8 victory Wednesday at Central Park.  Ron Evenson powered the attack with a home run, triple and single in four trips to the plate.  Lorne Drummond survived 13 hits to pick up the win.

Drummond (W) and Eriksson
Zailo (L), Heathcote (4), Cliff (7) and Schmidt

(May 31)  Harwoods and South Burnaby battled to a 6-6 draw Friday.  Catcher Ivan Spees sac fly and brother Ken's two-run single in the 8th gave the A's a 6-5 lead.  In the bottom of the 8th Barry Arnett knocked in the tying run.

Barton, K. Spees (2) and I. Spees
Wilson and Schmidt

(June 1)   In one of the best performances by Farmer Construction in several seasons, the Victoria nine ran its home winning streak to seven games sweeping a twin-bill from the Deming Loggers 7-1 and 15-4.  In the opener, southpaw Bill Garner whiffed four of the first five men he faced and had a shutout until the ninth in the 7-1 triumph. He yielded eight hits, three to left-fielder John Zender, one a triple, and a pair to catcher Dick Zender.   Bob Reimer of the Loggers gave up just six hits but Farmers bunched three of them in the sixth when they scored three times.  Art Worth had two safeties for the winners. Eight errors hurt the Americans. Farmers were error-free.

Reimer (L) and Dick Zender
Bill Garner (W) and Jim Harford

Farmers pounded out 19 hits in the second game to coast to the win as Bill Prior won his fourth game with an eight-hitter. Charlie Boyd led the attack with a bases-loaded triple, a double and two singles. They got the jump in the first inning scoring four times on singles by Bruce Carmichael, Jim Harford and Ron Karadimis, Boyd's three-bagger and a sac fly.  Lyle Cornett drove in two more in the third with a single. 

Ken Jackson (L) and Jim Zender
Bill Prior (W) and Jim Harford

(June 2)   Stan Dagneau fired a one-hitter to help Burnaby A's top Bellingham Bells 3-2.  Bill Kinder singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th after Bob Hansen had loaded the bases on walks with two out.,

Hansen (L) and Anderson
Dagneau (W) and Spees, Sinclair (6)

(June 4)  Mike Hodge poked a single in the eighth inning to score Charlie Boyd with the winning run as Farmer Construction nipped Burnaby Athletics 2-1 at Royal Athletic Park Tuesday. Left-hander Grant Lapthorne, with a tantalizing slow curve, gave Farmers all kinds of trouble before an error at shortstop set up the winning run. Howie Reid started for Farmers setting down the first six men but running into trouble in the third when Ed Ledlin singled in a run and Gerry Sinclair and Bill Kinder followed with walks to load the bases with two out. Manager Ed Ash called in Bill Garner and the southpaw whiffed clean-up hitter Gerry Hallgren to end the threat. Garner pitched six scoreless innings to register the win.

Lapthorne (L) and I.Spees
Reid, Garner (W) (3) and Harford

(June 5)   Young Liberals trounced Harwood 9-3 Wednesday to even their their record at 4-4.  Liberals were out hit nine to seven but stole six bases and were issued eight walks.  Ed And Jerry Lorenz paced the Libs attack with triples. It was the Harwoods sixth straight loss.

Ruck and Eriksson
Hoff and Schmidt

Northern Division
Victoria     8 - 2
Burnaby      5 - 5  3.0
Liberals     4 - 5  3.5
Harwoods     0 - 5  5.5

(June 8)   The powerful Bellingham Bells snapped Farmer Construction's nine-game home winning streak Saturday downing the Farmers 7-4 in the second game of the double-header after Farmers had taken the opener 5-4. The nightcap brought Bill Prior his first defeat of the season after four straight victories. The right-hander gave up ten hits, including three doubles, a triple and a home run. The four-bagger came off the bat of winning hurler Earl Silverthorne. Silverthorne walked seven but gave up just six hits and had a shutout until the eighth when the Farmers, trailing 7-0, plated all their runs. Farmers loaded the bases with none out on a single by Stu Mitchell and walks to Bernie Anderson and Jim Harford. Art Worth drew a walk to force in the first run and Lyle Cornett smacked a triple for three more but Silverthorne buckled down to get out of trouble.

In the first game, Worth gave up ten hits and survived a bases-loaded, one out, situation in the fourth to go the route for the pitching win.  Farmers took the lead with three runs in the third, keyed by Harford's two-run double.  They added a pair, including the winning marker in the sixth on a walk, error, fielder's choice and singles by Mike Hodge and Mitchell.  Worth ran into trouble in the fourth as a double by Walt Richardson, followed by three singles, brought in one run and had the sacks loaded. But Worth got two infield grounders and two outs at the plate to end the inning. Catcher Don Anderson cracked a homer in the eighth for the Bells to make it 5-2 and Bellingham got another four-bagger in the ninth from Richardson and John Rawley kept the rally alive withy a single. Rawley came around to score on an error, fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly but the visitors fell one run short.

Hansen (L) and D.Anderson
Worth (W) and Harford

Silverthorne (W) and Anderson, Randall (3)
Prior (L) and Harford

(June 9)    The Young Liberals trounced the American squad from Deming 13-6 Sunday.  Ed Lorenz, Roy Hammond and pitcher Lorne Drummond provided the highlights for the Liberals.  Lorenz slammed a grand slam homer in the second inning and Hammond belted a bases-empty homer in the fourth.  Drummond, who had three hits, held the visitors to two runs after relieving Roy Wakabayashi in the second.

N. Zender, L. Zender (4) and D. Zender
Wakabayashi, Drummond (2) and Eriksson

(June 9)   Gary Zailo has been named the new manager of Harwoods, replacing Cece Stein.  He'll get his baptism Wednesday when the winless Harwoods meet the Liberals.

(June 11)   Vancouver Young Liberals capitalized on an eighth inning error to plate a pair of runs to down Farmer Construction 3-1.  With the bases loaded, second baseman Bruce Carmichael dropped a pop fly to allow the two markers.  Liberals added an insurance run in the ninth on three straight hits by winning pitcher John Rucks, Ed Lorenz and Matt Yanchuk.  Farmers charged back in the bottom of the ninth to fill the bases but Rucks retired the side without allowing a score. Rucks held Victoria to seven hits, walked three and fanned five. Bill Garner took the loss.

Rucks (L) and Garay
Garner (W) and Harford

(June 14)   A wild one at Central Park produced 31 runs, 25 hits, 20 walks and 6 errors. When the dust settled, South Burnaby walked away with an 18-13 victory.  The big blows came oft the bats of Eddie Ledlin of the A's and Bernie Zeider of Harwood. Ledlin slugged a grand slam in the 4th inning and Zeider belted a two-run shot in the third.

Heathcote, Hoff (4), Wilson (6) and Zeider
Ken Spees, Ball (W) (1) and I. Spees

(June 15)   Farmer Construction came from behind with three runs in the seventh inning to down Seattle Serv-U Market 4-2 in the first of two at Royal Athletic Park Saturday. The night game was a runaway as Farmers pounded three Seattle hurlers for 19 hits in a 16-1 spanking.  In the opener, a run-scoring triple by Mike Hodge and a two-run double from Lyle Cornett provided the margin of victory.  Cornett, replacing Stu Mitchell at third base, had three hits in the afternoon then drove in four runs with four safeties and four runs scored in the second game.  Charlie Boyd drove in three runs with a pair of triples and two singles. Art Worth and Hodge each contributed three hits. Worth scattered nine hits for the pitching win in the opener besting Ernie Pastornicky, who yielded just seven hits. In the evening, Bill Garner twirled a two-hitter for Farmers.

Pastornicky (L) and Whitehead
Worth (W) and Harford

Noyes (L), Baehm, Dunn and Whitehead
Garner (W) and Harford

(June 16)   Jerry Hallgren smashed two home runs and Brian Pelechety belted one to lead South Burnaby to an 8-6 win over Seattle, the defending American division champions. Ivan Spees had a triple in Burnaby's 13-hit offensive. 

Clough (L) and Whitehead
Lapthorne, Barton (W) (6) and I. Spees

(June 18)   Art Worth slapped a single to right field to score Pete Ash with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as Farmers edged Burnaby Athletics 4-3.  Ash led off the ninth with a single and advanced as Jim Harford reached on an error and Charlie Boyd loaded the bags with a walk. Veteran Bill Prior stopped the Athletics on two hits while racking up 13 strikeouts. Both hits came in the fourth inning when Burnaby scored all three of their runs.

Dagneau (L) and Spees
Prior (W) and Harford

(June 19)    Young Liberals, riding the home run bats of Matt Yanchuk and Roy Hammond, whipped Harwood 8-5 Wednesday at Central Park. Yanchuk slugged a two-run homer in the first inning and Hammond added a solo shot in the second. Lorne Drummond, who relieved starter Roy Wakabayashi, was credited with the win, his third of the season.

Heathcote (L) and Zeider
Wakabayashi, Drummond (W) (2) and Eriksson

(June 22)   Taking advantage of a terrible day in the field by the hometown Farmers, the Cheney Studs swept Saturday's double-header 3-0 and 9-7 in 11 innings. Farmers made 12 errors, seven in the first game accounting for all three Cheney runs. All the scoring came in the second inning as Monte Geiger reached on an error at first and Gerry Lorenz followed with a two-bagger. George Kritsonis' drive to third was bobbled and both runners scampered home. Pete Ash, covering on the play, threw wide of second trying to nab Kritsonis and the Seattle hurler made it all the way home with the third marker. Three Seattle hurlers combined on a six-hitter. In the evening game, Farmers out-hit the visitors 14-7 but left 16 runners stranded.  Studs won it in the 11th as Wayne Lanter reached on an error, pitcher Norm Popkin walked and Bill Prior threw wide of first on a sacrifice bunt allowing a run to score. Another came home on a sacrifice fly. Farmers thought they had the win in the tenth when Art Worth cracked one high above the centre field fence but the ball hit the flag pole and bounced back on the field for a double, rather than a game-winning homer. Bernie Anderson, who was dropped to the bottom of the Farmers' batting order after a recent slump, responded with a double and a pair of singles in the opener and two doubles and a single in the second game.

Kritsonis, Hinchley, Geiger and Lanter
Worth (L) and Harford

Bartylla, Hinchley, Popkin (W) and Lanter
Garner, Prior (L) (5) and Harford

(June 23)    The Cheney Studs defeated Young Liberals 6-1 Sunday at Central Park. Studs won it in the 9th inning with three runs on two hits and three Liberals' errors.

Manca, Geiger (W) (6) and Lanter
Ruck, Kirby (9) and Eriksson

(June 25)  Young Liberals at Farmers, rain

(June 28)   Ivan Spees smacked a homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to give South Burnaby a 6-5 victory over the Young Liberals Friday at CentralPpark.  In the first inning, Bill Kinder clouted a four-bagger for the Athletics as part of a four-for-four day.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 29)   In a pair of ten inning tussles at Victoria, Farmers suffered a 3-2 loss in game one, and lost the other by forfeit to the Seattle Hi-Rainiers.  The home club held a 2-0 lead in the opener until the ninth inning as Art Worth had an outstanding start. But Fred Emerson, the Seattle centre fielder, cracked a homer with one out and the Rainiers squeezed in the tying run two singles and a walk later. Emerson doubled in the winning run in the 10th after Gerry Thornton had been called safe on a close play at first. Umpire Gordie Perkins ruled first baseman Mike Hodge had taken his foot off the bag too soon. Ed Ash, the Victoria manager, was thrown out of the game for protesting a little too strenuously.  Three Seattle hurlers held Farmers to just three hits.

Trailing 4-1 in the second game, Farmers rallied to tie the count with singletons in the 7th, 8th and the bottom of the 9th.  In the 10th, Bill Prior drew a walk with one out and Bruce Carmichael followed with a grounder to pitcher Brian Bell whose throw to shortstop Larry Higdon forced Prior at second. The relay to first seemed far too late to nab Carmichael, but base Umpire Len Duncan called the runner out, igniting a tirade from Manager Ash who pushed Duncan during the argument. Perkins ejected him from the game and Ash had to be forcibly restrained as he tried to get at Perkins.  As the situation appeared to be simmering down, Perkins suddenly tossed outfielder Pete Ash, who had helped restrain his father. The younger Ash then tried to get at Perkins and players gathered to keep Ash and Perkins apart. Perkins then declared the game forfeited and hurried to the safety of the umpire's room. Police soon appeared on the scene and fans and players were still milling around 30 minute later.  The double defeat dropped the Farmers into a tie with the Young Liberals for first place in the Northern Section of the loop.

Burke, Bell, Christman and Brady
Worth (L) and Harford

Callen, Christman, Bell and Brady
Prior and Harford

(July 1)   16-year-old Dave Emery, a year removed from Babe Ruth League ball, hurled Farmer Construction to an easy 10-3 win over Vancouver Young Liberals in the first game of a Dominion Day double-header. Farmers also took the second game, 8-5. Emery, in his first start in senior ball, showed some jitters in giving up four hits and three runs in the first three innings. But, from there on he was unbeatable allowing just three base runners, a single and two walks, over the last six innings. He fanned seven. Art Worth led the Farmers' hit parade driving in three runs with a home run, triple and double. He also scored three times. Pete Ash knocked in a pair with a triple and single. Howie Reid started the second game but ran into trouble in the fourth and Bill Prior relieved and held Vancouver scoreless the rest of the way.

Ruck (L), Drummond (7) and Yanchuk
Emery (W) and Harford

Curby, Drummond (5) and Eriksson
Reid, Prior (W) (5) and Harford

(July 06)  Farmer Construction had good news all around Saturday, two victories on the playing field and support in the conference room.  League executives lifted the suspensions on Ed Ash, Pete Ash and Bruce Carmichael and ruled that Umpire Gordie Perkins was in error in ejecting Pete Ash after the dispute last Saturday. The league also decided to keep Perkins away from officiating at any further Farmers' games. On the diamond, Farmers took a pair from Seattle Serv-U Market, 7-3 and 7-0.  In the opener, lefty Art Worth had a shutout for seven innings before the visitors rallied for all three of their runs on three hits and an error. Worth helped his own cause knocking in three runs with a homer and a triple. Lyle Cornett added a double and two singles.  In the nightcap, Bill Prior allowed just two singles as Farmers coasted to the win. Charlie Boyd sparked the offense with a two-run homer in the third stanza. Stu Mitchell had three hits and Prior added a pair.

Olson (L) and Whitehead
Worth (W) and Harford

Dunn (L), Noyes (4) and Whitehead
Prior (W) and Moody

(July 9) Dave Emery, the 16-year-old hurler, tossed his second straight five-hitter and 18-year-old catcher Jim Moody smacked three hits as Farmer Construction crushed Burnaby 8-1 Tuesday.  Emery lost his shutout bid in the fourth when Bill Kinder hit a ball that lodged in the centre field screen and was credited with a home run.  The feud between Farmers and the Vancouver Island Umpires' Association flared anew and the game was handled by volunteer Bruce McAuley behind the plate and Burnaby coach Stan Carter on the bases.

Stan Dagneau (L), K.Spees (3), Gary Ball (3) and I.Spees
Dave Emery (W) and Jim Moody

(July 16)   Bill Prior pitched and batted Farmer Construction a 12-2 triumph over the Vancouver Young Liberals. The right-hander settled down after a shaky start to hurl six-hit ball with 10 strikeouts while driving in three runs with a triple and two doubles in his plate appearances. Shortstop Bruce Carmichael cracked a triple, double and single, good for three runs and catcher Jim Harford added a double and two singles.   

Drummond (L), Wakabayashi (7) and Yanchuk
Prior (W) and Harford

Northern Division
Victoria    16 -  8
Burnaby      6 -  8  5.0
Liberals     5 - 10  6.5

(July 20)  Victoria fans were treated to some of the best baseball action of the season Saturday as Farmers and Cheney Studs split a double-header. Farmers came through with a 2-1 win in the afternoon behind the solid hurling of Art Worth, then dropped the nightcap 6-3 as lefty Norm Popkin excelled for the Studs.  The opener was a scoreless pitching duel between Worth and Steve Carlson until the seventh when Jim Harford singled and came around to score Farmers' first run on a single by Lyle Cornett. Cheney shortstop Mike White, son of Jo Jo White of major league fame, tied it in the eighth with a homer over the centre field fence. Farmers got the winner in the bottom of the eighth as pinch-hitter Bill Prior rapped a double and romped home on a single by Bernie Anderson. Both teams had just six hits. Worth fanned nine and walked two. The second game was tied 2-2 after seven frames as Popkin and Prior displayed quality mound work. But, in the seventh, a drive hit Prior on his pitching arm and the right-hander had trouble in the eighth as his arm stiffened and he was replaced after facing just one batter, who singled.  Young Dave Emery took over but walked two and was tagged for a double as Cheney pushed three runs across to take a 5-2 lead then added another in the ninth. Farmers launched a rally in the bottom of the ninth when a single by Charlie Boyd and two errors loaded the bases with none out. One run scored on a sacrifice fly by Ron Karadimis but Popkin got back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.

Carlson (L) and Malleta
Worth (W) and Harford

Popkin (W) and Malleta
Prior (L), Emery (8) and Harford

(July 23)   Ken Spees held Farmers to four hits Tuesday and the Burnaby Athletics took advantage of two rookie hurlers to post a 6-2 victory.  Spees had a no-hitter until Jim Moody singled for Victoria in the fifth inning. Burnaby scored once in the first inning off Jake Jacobson and added two more in the second. Dave Emery relieved in the third and walked in a run. Athletics got to Emery for two more in the seventh.

K.Spees (W) and I.Spees
Jake Jacobson (L), Dave Emery (3) and Jim Moody

(July 30)   Vancouver's Young Liberals were charged with seven errors and gave up seven unearned runs Tuesday in dropping an 11-7 decision to Victoria's Farmer Construction.  Liberals out-hit the winners 13 to 8 and three times had three hits in one inning. Six of the bobbles came in a wild seventh inning when Farmers broke a 4-4 tie with a seven-run outburst. First baseman Art Worth led the Farmers with a triple and single and left fielder Charlie Boyd added a single and double. Bill Prior managed to go the distance racking up 11 strikeouts.

Cliffe (L), Wakabayashi (7) and J.Yanchuk
Prior (W) and Harford

(July 31)  Young Liberals rapped 13 hits off two Burnaby hurlers in posting a 9-3 victory Wednesday.  Lorne Drummond held South Burnaby to seven hits in registering the win.

Ball, Lapthorne (3), K. Spees (6) and I. Spees
Drummond (W) and Yanchuk

(August 4)  In an exhibition game to raise funds for injured player Ernie Gerniak, Vancouver's Young Liberals of the Northwest Semi-Pro League downed the Industrial League All-Stars 5-1. John Ruck held the 'Stars to just four hits. Ron Evenson pounded a homer for the winners. Gerniak suffered a broken blood vessel in his head earlier this season. The injury is expected to keep him out of sport for the rest of his life.

Ruck (W) and Yanchuk
Winbow, Lasko (2), Montgomery (6) and Ross.

(August 6)   Burnaby Athletics had a good start but then were crushed by the powerful Victoria Farmers in Northwestern Semi-Pro ball at Royal Athletic Park Tuesday. Athletics took the lead with three runs in the top of the first inning on a walk to Ed Ledlin, a double by Jack Wheelhouse, Bill Kinder's three-bagger and a sacrifice fly. That's all the success they would enjoy, however, as the Farmers responded with 18 unanswered runs to take an 18-3 victory. Farmers took over with five runs in the fourth inning and erupted for 11 more in the seventh. Burnaby had a chance in the sixth, trailing 5-3 they loaded the bases with one out against youngster Dave Emery. But, Art Worth relieved and got out of trouble fanning Art Bregolisse and Wayne Leonard and blanking the A's the rest of the way. 

Grant Lapthorne (L), Gary Ball (4), Ed Ledlin (6) and Ivan Spees
Dave Emery (W), Art Worth 6) and Jim Moody

(August 10)   Farmer Construction wrapped up their regular season with a split of a twin-bill with Cheney Studs, dropping the opener 7-5 but taking the nightcap 12-6.  In the opener, Studs took advantage of a streak of wildness by Bill Prior to score four times in the eighth inning for the margin of victory. Farmers rallied with one in their half of the frame but Pat Gosney, who tossed a six-hitter, retired the side without damage in the ninth. Art Worth staged a bit of a one-man show in the night game, going the distance on the mound and providing most of the power at the plate. Worth, who fanned 13, slugged two home runs and a single. His first blast cleared the centre field fence in the fourth and his second was an inside-the-park drive down the right field line in the seventh. Charlie Boyd was productive with a homer, double and single.

Pat Gosney (W) and Jerry Murphy
Bill Prior (L) and Lyle Cornett

Olson (L), White (5) and Murphy
Art Worth (W) and Cornett

(August 13)   Veterans Bill Prior and Charlie Boyd came through in the clutch Tuesday to lead Farmer Construction an 8-7 win over a mainland all-star lineup in an exhibition game at Royal Athletic Park. Boyd came to the plate in the 10th inning to drive in Bernie Anderson with the winning run. Prior turned in a sparkling relief chore, replacing Dave Emery in the sixth inning with two out. He went the rest of the way fanning 10 of the 14 men he faced. Anderson led the offense with three hits.

John Ruck (L) and Ivan Spees
Dave Emery, Bill Prior (W) (6) and Lyle Cornett

PLAYOFFS

(August 16)   Larry Schultz pitched shutout ball for six innings and held off a late rally by Farmers as Bellingham took the first game of the best-of-three series for the Northwest Semi-Pro Baseball League championship.  Bells took a 6-0 lead in the contest before Farmers got on the scoreboard in the seventh. Mike Hodge drove in two runs with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jim Harford. But Schultz regained his composure and blanked the Victoria nine over the final two frames. Six errors hurt the Farmers.

Larry Schultz (W) and Don Andrew
Bill Prior (L) and Jim Harford

(August 17)  After losing the first game of the playoff double-header 6-5, to tie the best-of-three final at a game apiece, Bellingham Bells downed Farmer Construction 7-3 in the second game to capture the Northwest Semi-Pro League championship.  A four-run fifth inning gave the Bells a 7-1 margin and they held on for the triumph. Carl Rounds, a former Pacific Coast League hurler, held Victoria to eight hits for the mound victory. Bells did all their scoring in two innings. Three hits and three errors gave them three runs in the second and they added the four in the fifth, three scoring on a bases-loaded triple by Jerry Reimer. Art Worth, who had pitched and won the opener for Farmers, went to the hill again for the second game but it was too much for the left-hander. Bill Prior, still arm weary after Friday's series opener relieved in the fifth. Worth scattered seven hits in the afternoon as Farmers scored two in the bottom of the ninth to win 6-5. A single by Bernie Anderson, who already had a homer, double and single, drove in the winning marker.

Randall (L) and Don Anderson
Worth (W) and Moody, Harford

Carl Rounds (W) and Don Anderson
Art Worth (L), Bill Prior (5) and Jim Harford


MID-ISLAND SENIOR LEAGUE

(May 17)  Des Moseley had a stellar opening day pitching Victoria Orphans to a 9-2 victory over Dairy Queen as the clubs kicked off the 1957 season of the local senior amateur baseball league.  Moseley allowed just two hits and racked up 14 strikeouts.

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(June 24)  Victoria Orphans vaulted into a tie for first place with Chemainus Red Sox sweeping both ends of a double-header from Duncan at Royal Athletic Park while the Sox were splitting with Dairy Queen at Chemainus.

George Holt twirled a two-hitter in the first game for the Orphans and helped on offense with two hits in a 6-2 victory. He fanned ten.  Orphans took the second game 9-1 and again it was a pitcher who came up with the top showing at the plate. Stan Smith, who relieved starter Des Moseley in the fourth inning, had three hits, one of them for two bases.  At Chemainus, Dairy Queen dropped the opener 9-2 to the Sox but came back to cop the second game 10-6.

Lyell Rodger, Fred Phillips (7) and Ralph Branting.
George Holt (W) and Jim Moody

Oscar Taylor (L), M.Patrick (1), Tony Folk (2), Ken Williams (3) and Ralph Branting
Des Moseley, Stan Smith (4) and Jim Moody

Chemainus      9 -  6
Orphans        9 -  6
Duncan         8 -  7  1.0
Dairy Queen    4 - 11  5.0