1958 Game Reports, British Columbia Interior      

1958 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1958 BC Interior 
1958 Vancouver Island   


1958 Opener

(April 20)   The defending champion Kelowna Orioles put on a hitting clinic Sunday in crushing Kamloops Okonots 15-0 in the first game of a double-header. Kelowna also took the second game, 6-2, in six innings.

(April 27)   Kelowna won it's fourth straight, 8-4 over Penticton Red Sox. Les Schaefer tossed a three-hitter to pick up his third consecutive victory. The big blow off him was a three-run homer by Sox first sacker Dickie Moore. Dick Getz took the loss.

Schaefer (W) and xxx
Getz (L), Bud Thurber (4) and xxx

(April 27)  Vernon topped Princeton 8-4 and 11-6.

(April 27)  Summerland was out-hit 9 to 8, but managed to cop a 7-4 decision over the Kamloops Jay-Rays. Al Hooker was the winning hurler. Esche took the loss.

(May 11)   Kamloops Okonots collected just three hits off Vernon southpaw Tony DeRosa Sunday but it proved enough for a 5-4 triumph in a 10-inning thriller. An error by catcher Phil Harding allowed pitcher Len Gatin to romp home with the winning run.  DeRosa fanned 12 in the tough loss.

(May 11)  At Princeton, the Kamloops Jay-Rays took both games of a twin-bill 7-2 and 9-4. 

(May 11)  Oliver treated the home fans to a 9-3 victory over Penticton Red Sox as the visitors committed nine errors behind hurler Bob Thurber.

(May 11)  Kelowna Orioles edged Summerland 9-8 as winning pitcher Marty Martino belted a homer.

(May 25)   Statistics released by league secretary R.J. Hall show Kelowna's Les Schaeffer with a wide lead in both hitting and pitching categories. He's not only leading the league with a booming .525 average but is also the circuit's top hurler with a 5-0 record.  Kelowna tops the league standings with eight wins in nine games for a game and a half lead over Kamloops Okonots.

Name               AB R  H   AVE
L.Schaeffer, KWO   21 7 11  .525
O.Egley, SUM       23 5 11  .479
H.Tostenson KWO    30 8 12  .400
J.Burton SUM       25 8 10  .400
B.Ceccon PRN       39 6 11  .300
J.Lingor OLE       26 6 10  .385
T.Takanaka KJR     37 5 14  .379
B.Buchanan KO      32 8 12  .376
K.Bond OLE         24 7  9  .376
G.Taylor SUM       26 10 9  .346
B.Saklofsky KO     35 10 12 .343

* Ceccon's average was published at .300 but the
hits and at bats shown would results in a .282 mark.

AVERAGE : Schaeffer KWO - .525
RUNS : Saklofsky KO, Takanaka KJR, Taylor SUM - 10
HITS :  Kato KJR - 14
SINGLES : Takanaka KJR - 13
DOUBLES : Burton SUM - 4
TRIPLES : Ceccon PRN, Buchanan KO - 2
HOME RUNS :  Saklofsky KO - 4
RBIs : Saklofsky KO - 13

Name             W   L ERA  SO
L.Schaeffer KEL  5 - 0 3.32 23
J.Denbow KEL     2 - 0 1.85 17
J.Fowles KO      2 - 0 3.33 14
L.Gatin KO       5 - 1 4.36 33
A.Hooker SUM     4 - 2 2.80 40

WINNING PCT : Schaeffer KWO - 5-0, 1.000
WINS : Schaeffer KWO & Gatin KO - 5

Kelowna Orioles     8 - 1
Kamloops Okonots    7 - 3  1.5
Summerland Macs     5 - 3  2.5
Kamloops Jay-Rays   4 - 4  3.5
Oliver OBCs         3 - 3  3.5
Penticton Red Sox   2 - 4  4.5
Vernon Clippers     2 - 6  5.5
Princeton Royals    1 - 8

(June 1)   Kamloops Okonots playing coach Len Gatin pitched in both games Sunday as the Okonots downed Princeton Royals 5-4 and 12-7 in a Sunday double-bill. Gatin went the full eight innings in the opener. Left fielder Jack Fowles blasted a home run in the eighth to win the game. Gatin relieved in the fifth inning of the nightcap.

(June 1)  League leading Kelowna Orioles dropped their third in a row, 6-2 to Oliver OBCs as Les Schaeffer dropped his first decision of the summer after five straight wins. Oliver pounded the Orioles' ace for 14 hits. Gary Driessen was the winning hurler and helped his own cause with a homer.

(June 1)  Summerland downed the Kamloops Jay-Rays 9-6.

(June 28-30)   Kelowna Centennial Tournament

(June 28-30)  Kamloops Centennial Tournament

(July 6)  Lefty Tony DeRosa tossed a no-hitter Sunday as Vernon edged Oliver 1-0 in the opener of a Okanagan Mainline League double-header. Oliver won the second game 6-5. In the opener, Vernon notched the game's only run in the second inning on a double, a fielder's choice and a single.

(July 6)  Princeton swept a double-dip with Kamloops Okonots winning 3-2 and 4-3.

(July 6)  Kamloops Jay-Rays split with Summerland, winning the first game 5-1 but Max Segreist smacked a two-run homer in the ninth inning of the second game for a 6-4 win for the Macs.

(July 6)  In a single game, Kelowna downed Penticton 5-2 in a game in which punches were thrown after Kelowna third baseman Frank Fritz was spiked by Penticton pitcher Jack Durston. As Fritz starting throwing punches players from both sides poured onto the field. Umpire Don Forest reversed his decision of calling Durston out after a conference with umpire Al Laface.

(August 13)  In the inaugural All-Star game, the North Stars came away with a 5-2 victory in the exhibition at Elks Stadium in Kelowna.  A three-run fourth inning proved to be the difference. Jack Fowles knocked in two of the runs with a long blow to right field. The other scored on a hit batsman. After Jack Wheelhouse opened the scoring in the top of the first on a wild pitch, Fowles tied the match with a home run in the bottom of the initial frame. The Southern All-Stars notched another marker in the fifth as Bruno Ceccon cracked a double to plate Wheelhouse. The final run for the North came in the seventh on three walks and a single. Vernon's Tony DeRosa went three innings for the win.

Durston, Dell (L)), Schnider, Getz, Schnider and xxx
DeRosa (W), Gatin (4), Scott (7) and xxx

(August 20)  Vernon Clippers retained their slim chance of a playoff berth Wednesday downing the Kelowna Orioles 9-4 in a game called after six innings because of darkness. The Orioles, with an opportunity to wrap up their second straight pennant, made four errors in the second inning to hand the Clippers eight runs. Young Tony DeRosa allowed eight hits in going the distance for the win. Two of them were two-run home runs by Bill Martino and Bobby Campbell.

(September 1)  Quesnel Labour Day Tournament

(September 1)  Kamloops Labour Day Tournament

(September 7)  Kamloops Okonots claimed the Okanagan Mainline League pennant Sunday defeating the defending champion Kelowna Orioles 6-1 in a sudden-death playoff. The teams finished the regular season tied for the top spot each with 20 wins and 8 losses.  Len Gatin went the distance for the winners besting Jack Denbow of the Orioles.

Denbow (L) and xxx
Gatin (W) and xxx

(September 14)   With a five run outburst in the first inning, Kelowna Orioles took a big lead and coasted to an easy 10-3 victory over Summerland in the opening game of the OMBL semi-final playoffs. Ray Scott was steady on the hill for the winners going the distance for the mound triuimph.  Bill Chapman, who last just one-third of an inning, took the loss. Bill Martino slugged a two-run homer for Kelowna. Al Hooker had a circuit blow for the Macs.

Chapman (L), Cristane (1), Hooker (2) and xxx
R.Scott (W) and xxx

(September 14)   Gary Driessen hurled an outstanding game Sunday leadiing Oliver OBCs to a 2-1 victory over Kamloops Okonots in their semi-final opener. Both Oliver runs came in the second inning thanks to some sloppy defensive play by the Okonots.

Driessen (W) and xxx
Gatin (L), Beecroft (4) and xxx

(September 21)   At Summerland, the Kelowna Orioles launched an 18-hit attack in clobbering the Macs 14-1 to take their series in two straight games. Bill Martino led the winners with four hits and four runs batted in. Davie Gatherum also had four safeties. Les Schaefer held Summerland to six hits in going the route for the win.

Schaefer (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(September 21)   Down a game in the series and without their star chucker, Len Gatin, the Kamloops Okonots pulled out twin victories over Oliver Sunday, 14-8 and 10-9 to advance to the OMBL final.

(September 28)  Hank Tostenson cracked a pair of homers Sunday to pace Kelowna to a 7-5 win over Kamloops in the opening fame of the OMBL final.  Jack Fowles poked a homer for the Okonots.

(October 5)   Kelowna Orioles blew a 5-0 lead Sunday in dropping a 10-7 decision to Kamloops Okonots to even the final series at a game apiece. Len Gatin's three-run homer was the turning point. Gatin, who missed the last two games with an injury, pitched the distance for the winners.

(October 12) 


No intercity senior circuit existed within the West Kootenays during the 1958 season as senior-level baseball in Trail, historically the epicentre of baseball within the region, floundered after the Smelter City was denied an entry into the prestigious Okanagan Mainline League. Nelson’s senior diamond troopers, the Outlaws, however, were quite active and played an aggressive schedule of exhibition games against opposition from both sides of the international border.

The Silver City squad participated in only a handful of games which included a pair of loosely-played exhibition games in May against Nelson. Then, with only a few practices under their belt, the local core of baseballers, supplemented with a few select diamondeers from the area, took on the ultimate challenge. This event brought the professional Class AAA Spokane Indians, sporting a lineup which included a number of past and future major leaguers, to Butler Park on June 9th for an exhibition encounter on an extremely rare off day.

Maury WillsGlen GorbousThe Spokane Indians -- yes,TRIPLE-A level Spokane -- a top farm club of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (1958 was the first season for the Dodgers in Los Angeles) with such future stars as Maury Wills (left) in the lineup, made a three-hour bus trip up to Trail in June of 1958 for an exhibition game.

Unfortunately, the game was rained out in the first inning, but not before the fans had a chance to watch a brief flurry of action. Wills led off with a walk and Jim Gentile reached on an error. Glen Gorbous (right), the Alberta product cracked one over the fence as Spokane took a 3-0 lead. The game was called in the bottom of the first as sheets of rain began to pound the diamond. (You might recall Gorbous as the cannon outfield arm of baseball having set a record with a throw of 445 feet, 10 inches, a record which still stands.) 

The Smoke Eaters didn’t return to the diamond until until late June when they were ousted in the first round of a tournament in Kamloops. In total, the leagueless Smokies completed only eight known games during the entire spring and summer of 1958.

(April 15)   Trail Smoke Eaters received the bad news Tuesday - their application to join the Okanagan Mainline League had been rejected.  League officials cited the lateness of the application and, more importantly, the travel distance between Trail and the other Okanagan teams. The immediate future for the team is likely to be exhibition and tournament ball.  The Mainline loop has eight teams for this summer - Oliver, Penticton, Vernon, Princeton, Kelowna, Summerland and two from Kamloops.

(May 11)   Nelson Outlaws, in their first game of the season, clobbered Trail Smoke Eaters 21-11 Sunday in an exhibition game at the Civic Recreation Grounds. Bo Gillis, the Outlaw right-fielder, was the big gun with five hits, two of them doubles. He also reached on an error. Frank Hufty added three hits. Julie Bilesky and Paul Broman each had a pair for Trail.

(May 27)   Taking advantage of Les Hufty's wildness and shoddy fielding by Nelson, Trail Smoke Eaters upended the Outlaws 7-3 Tuesday at the Civic Recreation Grounds. The visitors grabbed an early 7-0 lead and held on for the win. Reliever Dick Mohoruk fanned six in his seven inning stint to pick up the win. The left-hander allowed seven hits.

Seaman, Mohoruk (W) (3) and Hackett
L.Hufty (L) and xxx

(May31-June 1)  Nelson Outlaws gained a split of a weekend double-header at Spokane. They trounced the Spokane Olympics 12-2 in the opener and dropped an 11-10 decision to Fairchild Air Base in the second.  Les Hufty racked up 15 strikeouts, with no walks, in winning the first game. He yielded just four hits. Former pro Ed Luedtke was hammered for 10 hits and 10 runs before giving way to Curt Bloomquist in the fourth. Leo Petty led the winners with four hits in five trips.

L.Hufty (W) and xxx
Luedtke (L), Bloomquist (4) and xxx

In the second game, Nelson blew an 8-2 advantage in taking the loss. Fairchild rallied with three in the fourth and three in the fifth to tie 8-8 before falling behind 10-9 after six. The hosts plated a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh for the win.

Gould, Burdette (5), Olson, L.Hufty (7) and xxx
Carter, Honkin, Smith and xxx

(June 7)  A pair of former Trail players confirmed they will be in the lineup when the Smokies take on the Spokane Indians in an exhibition game Monday.  Hard-hitting catcher Wally Russell has received permission from the Vancouver Mounties to participate and lefty hurler Tony DeRosa, of Vernon of the Okanagan League has made it clear he'll be coming. Russell was the Smoke Eaters top hitter last season before signing a pro contract.

(June 9)   The highly anticipated contest with the Spokane Indians lasted less than an inning as rain poured down at Butler Park forcing cancellation of the contest after Spokane had scored three times in the top of the first inning.

(June 21-22)   The Fairchild Air Base Flyers downed Nelson 8-4 and 5-4 Sunday after losing the series opener on Saturday 3-2.  Pitcher Bob/Bill Keller and shortstop Bob Senske led Spokane to the Sunday triumphs. Senske pounded three homers while Keller, in relief, posted both wins. Senske cracked a game-winning three-run homer in the first game and then smacked an eighth inning shot to provide the margin of victory in the second. On Saturday, Ed Isaakson, who had three hits, scored the winning run on Loren Bay's bloop single. Les Hufty went the distance for the pitching win.

xxx and xxx
L.Hufty (W) and xxx

Powell, Keller (W) (3) and xxx
Gould (L) and xxx

Carter, Keller (W) (6) and xxx
Burdette, Olson (L) and xxx

(June 29)   The Trail Smoke Eaters were eliminated in first round play at the Kamloops Centennial Tournament losing 4-3 to the Vancouver Dufferins.

(June 29)   In a dazzling offensive display Sunday, Nelson Outlaws crushed the visiting Spokane Olympics 14-2 and 20-4 in a double-header at the Civic Recreation Grounds. Outlaws had just nine hits in the first game as they took advantage of wildness by Spokane hurler John Freeman and shoddy fielding for the easy victory. The short-handed visitors arrived without a regular catcher and tried four without much success. Les Hufty fired a two-hitter for the Outlaws. Ed Isaakson led the winners with a triple and two singles.

Freeman (L) and Huffman, Holmes
L.Hufty (W) and Isaakson

In the second game, Nelson scored six times in the first inning and added eight in the second to highlight the demolition derby. Outlaws collected 21 hits, four apiece by Frank Hufty and Leo Petty. Blair Olson and Joe Postnikoff, who hurled one frame, combined on a five-hitter for the winners. Ed Luedtke, who started on the mound for Spokane and later took over catching duties, was the lone offensive threat for the visitors with a fifth inning homer. Luedtke also had a homer in the opening game.

Luedtke (L), Freeman and Buckenberger, Luedtke (6)
Olson (W), Postnikoff and Isaakson

(July 1)   Even shorthanded the Nelson Outlaws had little trouble Tuesday sweeping a double-header from the Colville Air Base Ra-Darts, 11-3 and 11-2.  After three scoreless frames, Nelson, with a split-squad playing at home while the other group headed to Nakusp for an exhibition, erupted for five in the fourth and coasted to the win. Lefty Gould had a three-hit shutout with two outs in the ninth when the visitors finally got on the scoreboard.  Gould racked up 13 strikeouts. All three runs against him were unearned.

Savage (L) and Hagedorn
Gould (W) and xxx

Bernie Monteleone cracked a lead-off homer for the Outlaws in the second game and Nelson again cruised to an easy win. Les Hufty fashioned a six-hitter with eight strikeouts for the pitching win. The lone earned run against him was a long homer to left by Dale Levert.

xxx and xxx
L.Hufty (W) and xxx

(July 1)   First baseman Dave Urban knocked in two runs with a single in the bottom of the ninth inning to hand Nakusp an 8-7 victory over a split-squad of Nelson Outlaws. With one away, Urban reached for a pitch out and dumped a one-bagger over the head of second baseman Denny Craft to bring in the tying and winning markers. Charlie Burdette and Ron Nash of the Outlaws each had three hits. Burdette plated the first run of the game in the fourth with one of the longest home runs seen in Nakusp in years. He also had a double and single. Nash knocked in three runs. Buster Patterson was the winning hurler.

Misuraca, Olson, Farenholtz (L) and xxx
Patterson (W) and xxx

(July 6)  Nelson Outlaws swept another double-header Sunday at Grand Forks, 9-3 and 5-4, to register their 15th win in 23 games. Les Hufty was the pitching and hitting star in the opener hurling a seven-hitter with 15 strikeouts while pounding out four hits in five at bats. He walked just one. The Outlaws smacked 15 hits off Mike Baldigara. Bernie Monteleone and Ed Isaakson each had three.

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

In the evening game, Les Hufty swatted a pinch-hit triple in the seventh inning and came home with the winning run on brother Frank Hufty's squeeze bunt. Blair Olson, the second of three Outlaws' hurlers picked up the win.

Gould, Olson (W) (4). Hufty (7) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 13)  Castlegar Cubs, after getting away to a slow start this season, came through with wins in both ends of Sunday's exhibition double-header against East Trail Pirates. Sam Sheloff rang up 14 strikeouts to post the 2-1 win in the seven-inning first game.

Les MacDonald (L) and xxx
Sheloff (W) and xxx

Cubs took the second game 10-5 as Chuck Thring registered the pitching win over Lloyd Woods.

Woods (L) and xxx
C.Thring (W) and xxx

(July 13)  A large crowd took in Sunday's exhibition at the Civic Recreation Grounds as the Nelson Outlaws took on a team of visiting hockey stars. Outlaws won 7-2 helped by three home runs, a pair by Frank Hufty and a three-run blast by Bernie Monteleone. The two Stars' markers came in the second inning on four straight safeties by Bill Haldane, Don Holmes, John McMillan and Wendy Keller. Les Hufty registered the pitching win.

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

(July 15)  In an exhibition game at Castlegar, the Castlegar Cubs whipped the Trail CYO Giants 12-6 Sunday as Sam Sheloff, who entered the game in relief in the first inning, tossed a three-hitter in going the rest of the way for the win. Ed Conroy led the Cubs with two hits, one a two-run triple.

Leo Franco, Sheloff (W) (1) and Guesford
Ferro Mattiazzi (L), Dan Angerilli (5) and G.Fabbro

(July 15)  The barnstorming Iowa Colored Ghosts brought their brand of softball and comedy to Nelson Tuesday and entertained a large gathering at the Civic Recreation Grounds, dropping a 5-4 decision to the Nelson Outlaws. Don Holmes scampered home from third in the ninth inning with the winning run. Trailing 3-1, Outlaws gained a tie in the seventh on Leo Petty's two-run double. Through six innings Tree Top had a no-hitter for the visitors. Ghosts went ahead 4-3 in the 8th but a two-run ninth won it for the Outlaws. George McFarland, a recruit from the Nelson Humes, allowed seven hits in his mound work for the winners. Chat Chattam cracked a homer for the Ghosts in the seventh and Tree Top blasted a triple in the sixth.

TreeTop (L) and xxx
McFarland (W) and xxx

(July )  Nelson Outlaws topped Castlegar Cubs 8-4 at Nelson. Al Dawson and Blair Olson combined on a seven-hitter for the winners. They fanned 13 and walked six. Sam Sheloff yielded ten hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in taking the loss. Louis DeRosa of the Cubs bashed the game's only homer.

Sheloff (L) and xxx
A.Dawson (W), Olson (5) and xxx

(July 16)  After twenty games, Les Hufty is both a pitching and hitting star for the Nelson Outlaws. With a 9-1 record and 1.41 ERA in 12 games he's the leader of the pitching staff. At the plate, Hufty has compiled a .448 average, second on the team behind Joe Postnikoff who leads the Outlaws with a .462 mark.

(July 17)  With little competition in the area, the Trail Smoke Eaters took on a group of former West Kootenay baseballers, now performing on the softball diamonds. The Smokies managed a 9-5 victory, even with regular Smokie hurler Jack Ferguson on the mound for the softballers, mainly from the Castlegar Merchants. Pinoke McIntyre led the winners with a pair of doubles in three trips to the plate. Billy Johnson had a double and two singles. Ernie Socco recorded three singles for the softies. Bob Seaman handled the mound work for the Smokies and helped at the plate with a three-run triple in the second inning.

Ferguson (L), Garth Clark (7) and xxx
Seaman (W) and xxx

(July 27)   Charlie Burdette's grand slam homer in the first inning was the highlight as Nelson Outlaws shaded Kimberley Hobos 5-4 in the opening game of a double-header Sunday at Nelson. Outlaws also took the second game, 9-4.  In the opener, Hobos got on the board in the top of the first as Al Patterson singled, stole second and came around on a sacrifice and an error. In the third, Arvin Thomas cracked a double and Ken Kuntz swatted one over the head of the right fielder and scored standing up. Vern Kuntz tripled in the fourth and scored on a squeeze bunt by Art King to tie the score at 4-4. Outlaws got the winner in the seventh as Bernie Monteleone led off with the second of three hits and came home on Frank Hufty's double.

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

Don Holmes slugged a pair of homers and a double to lead Nelson to the 9-4 win in the second game. Loren Bay added a two-run homer in the sixth. Al Dawson was the winning hurler allowing just three hits.

xxx (L) and xxx
Dawson (W) and xxx

(July 28)   The Trail Smoke Eaters take on the Havana Cuban Giants tomorrow at Butler Park. The touring club, with a few veterans of pro ball and some up and coming prospects, is stopping off in Trail en route to the Rotary Tournament at Lethbridge.  The manager of the team is Mike Perez, a catcher, who advanced as far as Triple A ball.

(July 29)   The touring Havana Cuban Giants crushed the Trail Smoke Eaters 10-2 in an exhibition match at Butler Park before a crowd of some 750 fans. The home nine out-hit the visitors 10-9 but winning hurler Mike Perez was stingy with the free passes, allowing just one, while the Smokies' hurlers issued a dozen walks and Trail committed several costly errors. Bob Seaman, the Trail starter, lasted just four and two-thirds innings giving up seven runs on six hits and nine walks.  The Cubans broke out of the gate with a pair in the first inning without a hit. They collected three walks, a hit batsman and took advantage of two errors. Trail tied the game in the second as catcher George McIntyre lined one to centre to score Bill Johnson and Hal Jones.  However, three hits, two walks and another error in the third allowed the Cubans to pull ahead 5-2 and coast to the easy victory.

Perez (W) and Gonzales
Seaman (L), Louis DeRosa (5) and McIntyre

(July 29)  The barnstorming Havana Cuban Giants toyed with the Nelson Outlaws Thursday holding their hosts to just three hits in a 10-2 victory. Centre fielder Gregory Ason smacked a bases-loaded double in the second inning to begin the Giants' scoring. Among their 17 hits were homers by Ray Mendoza, Joe Zambrana and Al Lescano.

xxx, xxx, xxx and xxx
L.Hufty (L), Olson (7) and xxx

(August 3)  Castlegar Cubs travelled to Kettle Falls Sunday and handed the Americans an 18-4 drubbing. Louis DeRosa was the winning hurler.

L.DeRosa (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(August 6)   After blowing a 10-1 lead and losing the opener, Nelson Outlaws bounced back to gain a 7-3 victory in the second game of Sunday's twin-bill with the Fairchild Air Base Flyers at Spokane  In the first game, Outlaws ran wild in the third inning scoring nine times as Spokane shortstop Bob Senske committed errors of three successive plays. Bernie Monteleone's grand-slam homer was the big blast of the inning. The home team chipped away adding three runs in the seventh inning to wrap up the 12-11 triumph. Ferguson walked three batters in a row and Senske redeemed himself with a bases-clearing double. Senske, who impressed Nelson fans in late June with his big bat, with three home runs in a double-header, had a pair of doubles and a single in the first game and a homer and single in the nightcap. Lefty Blair Olson tossed a six-hitter for the win in the second game.

Ferguson (L) and xxx
Tyner (W) and xxx

Olson (W) and Nash
Keller and xxx

(August 24)   Trail Smoke Eaters came from behind to take an 11-9 win over Nelson Outlaws in an exhibition game Sunday at the Civic Recreation Grounds.  Trail won with just seven hits, but capitalized on five Nelson errors. Outlaws had the early lead on a homer by Bernie Monteleone and went two up on the lone error by Trail. Smoke Eaters tied it in the third on a pair of Outlaws' errors. Two walks, two singles and a hit batter resulted in five runs for Nelson in the third. With three singles, Trail pushed across a pair in the fourth to cut the margin to 7-4, but Nelson added another in the fifth on Don Hoffman's two-bagger and Charlie Burdette later cracked a homer and the Outlaws had a 9-4 advantage. Trail roared back in the eighth with six runs on just two hits to notch the victory.

J.Ferguson (W) and xxx
Gould, Postnikoff (L) (8), Olson (9) and xxx

(August 31)   At the Kamloops Labour Day Tournament, the hometown Okonots blanked Trail Smoke Eaters 4-0 in opening round action knocking the Smokies out of the competition.


With the scarcity of senior-level baseball gracing West Kootenay diamonds during the 1958 campaign, the up-and-coming juniors within the area took centre stage.

Teams in the 1958 West Kootenay Junior Baseball League

East Trail Pirates
Fruitvale Beavers
Trail C.Y.O. Giants
Rossland Capilanos

(June 26)   In the season openers Thursday, defending champion Rossland Capilanos and Salmo, the league's newest entry, notched victories.  In Rossland, the home nine whipped the Fruitvale Beavers 14-4.  Ken Smith went the route for the pitching win.

Len Paugh (L) and xxx
Ken Smith (W) and xxx

(June 26)   A fifth inning, four-run, rally netted Salmo a 4-2 victory over Trail CYO. Mel Dorey's two-bagger and a run-scoring single by Pete Kinakin highlighted the uprising. Kinakin was the winning pitcher with relief help from Norm Ekstrom in the sixth.

Kinakin (W), Ekstrom (6) and xxx
Frank Parisotto (L), Terry Johnson (5) and xxx

(July 2)  Third baseman Bobby Haymond cracked a three-run homer and a run-scoring triple in leading Rossland Junior Capilanos to a 16-0 trouncing of the CYO Giants. Dave Flanagan hurled a three-hit shutout for the Caps. Denny Vanness, Denny Ferrey and Jack Ling all poked triples while Vanness added a pair of singles.

Flanagan (W) and xxx
Danny Angerilli (L), Terry Colautti (2) and xxx

(July 3)   The East Trail Pirates had a successful home opener Thursday edging Salmo Juniors 4-1 for their second win in as many starts. Owen Mailey's second inning double cinched the game for the Pirates after Lorne Babcock scored Wayne King on a sac fly to centre. Don Burdick had scored on an error in the first frame. Richie Unger singled in Mailey in the sixth to round out the scoring. Mike Proznick singled in Bert Ponti for the lone Salmo marker. Allan Pollock scattered five hits in going the distance for the Pirates. He fanned eight and walked four.

Pete Kinakin (L), Lorne Eckstrom ( ) and xxx
Allan Pollock (W) and xxx

(July 7)  Fruitvale Juniors got their first win of the season Sunday securing a 9-4 victory over Salmo. Doug Mervin was the winning hurler.

Mervin (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 9)  With their third straight victory, the East Trail Pirates have taken over top spot in the West Kootenay Junior Baseball League. Pirates scored three times in the first inning in topping the CYO Giants 6-4 in action at Shavers Bench.  Lloyd Woods tripled to bring in Mervyn Aiken and then stole home. Richie Unger scored on an error. The Pirates cinched the triumph in the fourth as Barry Hope's two-bagger drove in Wayne King.  Kenny Alton was the winning hurler with relief help from Allan Pollock in the sixth.

Kenny Alton (W), Allan Pollock (6) and King
Frank Parisotto (L), Terry Colautti (5) and Lauriente

(July 10)  After falling behind 9-0 in the second inning, the CYO Giants roared back Thursday with 11 unanswered runs to dump Fruitvale Beavers 11-9.  Beavers had cracked out eight hits in the second to score nine times. CYO chipped away with four in the second, one in the third, and two more in the fourth to pull within two runs at 9-7. They added another in the fifth and three in the sixth to take the lead. Don Lauriente singled to bring in Donnie Lee and Terry Colautti and Ron Molina's double brought in the 11th run.  Each team had 11 hits. Fruitvale hurt its chances by making eight errors. Reliever Colautti picked up the win. The game was called after seven innings.

Whitey Paugh (L) and Jim DeBruyn
Terry Johnson, Danny Angerilli (2), Colautti (W) (2) and Terry Bressanutti

(July 13)  Frank Parisotto fashioned a four-hitter and knocked in the winning run with a triple as the CYO Giants downed Fruitvale Beavers 7-1. Parisotto fanned eight and walked four. Doug Mervyn, with an eight-hitter, took the loss.

Parisotto (W) and Cotnoir
Mervyn (L) and DeBruyn

(July 13)  Castlegar Cubs, after getting away to a slow start this season, came through with wins in both ends of Sunday's exhibition double-header against East Trail Pirates. Sam Sheloff rang up 14 strikeouts to post the 2-1 win in the seven-inning first game.

Les MacDonald (L) and xxx
Sheloff (W) and xxx

Cubs took the second game 10-5 as Chuck Thring registered the pitching win over Lloyd Woods.

Woods (L) and xxx
C.Thring (W) and xxx

(July 15)   In the feature match-up in West Kootenay Junior play, Rossland Capilanos won their fifth straight, 12-6 over East Trail Pirates, to claim undisputed possession of the top rung in the league standings. Seven runs in the first two innings ensured the win for the Caps. In the first, John Kosiancic tripled in Lloyd McLellan and consecutive singles by Bobby Haymond and Denny Vanness brought in two more. In the second, Haymond cracked a three-bagger to score McLellan and Kosiancic. Earlier Jack Ling had come home on a single by McLellan

Smith (W), Haymond (4) and Vanness
King (L), Thompson (2), Alton (6) and Harry

(July 15)  At Salmo, the Fruitvale Beavers moved into a tie with the CYO Giants by downing the home club 7-4. The visitors plated three in the opening frame as Melvin Unger, Jim DeBruyn and Jack Peitzsche poked consecutive base hits. They added two more in the second and two in the fourth. Ken McLean held Salmo to three hits in going the distance for the mound victory.

McLean (W) and DeBruyn
Kinakin (L) and Lukey

(July 15)  In an exhibition game at Castlegar, the Castlegar Cubs whipped the Trail CYO Giants 12-6 Sunday as Sam Sheloff, who entered the game in relief in the first inning, tossed a three-hitter in going the rest of the way for the win. Ed Conroy led the Cubs with two hits, one a two-run triple.

Leo Franco, Sheloff (W) (1) and Guesford
Ferro Mattiazzi (L), Dan Angerilli (5) and G.Fabbro

(July 17)   Rossland Capilanos remained unbeaten, crushing the CYO Giants 10-2 at Shavers Bench. Caps put the game on ice early with five runs in the second inning. Bob Profili's two bagger knocked in a pair and singles from Denny Ferrey and Dave Flanagan brought in three more. Bobby Haymond clubbed a homer in the fifth and Larry LaFace added a two-run single. Flanagan scattered five hits in going the distance for the win. Gary Morris, in his first start of the season, took the loss.

Flanagan (W) and Vanness
Morris (L), Colautti (5) and G.Fabbro, Cotnoir (5)

(July 22)  With their fifth win in six starts, the East Trail Pirates took a firm grip on second place in the league standings. Pirates clipped the CYO Giants 10-4 capitalizing on six Giants' errors. Lloyd Woods sparked the victory in the first inning with a double to drive in Mervyn Aiken and then stole home to make in 2-0. Wayne King and Bill Thompson both scored on errors in the second and Aiken singled in King for the eventual winning tally in the fifth. Starter Allan Pollock, who went just three innings, was credited with the win.

Parisotto (L), Morris (2), Colautti (6) and Lauriente
Pollock (W), Alton (4) and King

(July 24)  Frank Parisotto and Danny Angerilli combined on a two-hitter Thursday as the CYO Giants trampled the Salmo Juniors 12-3.  Parisotto went four innings, allowing one hit while fanning four. Angerilli worked the last three frames giving up one hit and adding three strikeouts. They combined for seven walks. After Salmo took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, CYO rallied for five in their half of the frame and coasted to the win.

Mel Dorey (L), Mickey Fitzpatrick (5) and Lukey
Parisotto (W), D.Angerilli (5) and Lauriente, Cotnoir (4)

(July 27)  A six-run rally in the seventh and final inning gave the CYO Giants a 7-3 triumph over the Salmo Juniors Sunday afternoon.  CYO was trailing 3-1 when they exploded for five hits and capitalized on two errors.  After pinch hitter Albert Merlo reached on an error and pinch hitter Frank Parisotto walked, Don Lauriente tied the game at 3-3 with a timely two-bagger. Winning pitcher Terry Colautti singled to bring in what proved to be the winning marker. Three more singles, by Danny Angerilli, Ivan Bell and Gary Cotnoir brought in some insurance runs. Mel Dorey had the big blow for Salmo, a two-run triple in the first inning. Colautti, elevated to a starting role, fired a four-hitter in going the distance for the win. He fanned eight and walked five.

Colautti (W) and Lauriente
Con Ekstrom (L) and Lukey

(July 28)   In exhibition action at Nelson, Danny Angerilli fired one-hit ball over six innings to help the CYO Giants shade the Nelson Juniors 3-2. The right-hander had a no-hitter into the seventh before giving up a single to Wayne Farenholtz. He had to pitch out of difficulty however as he walked six. Angerilli scored the winning run for the Giants in the sixth scampering home on Albert Marlo's double after driving in Morey Johnston with a single. Luciano Luchin singled in Allan Fabbro for the other CYO tally. 

D.Angerilli (W), Colautti (7) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx

(August 3)  Wayne King knocked in seven runs with two triples, a pair of doubles and a single to pace the East Trail Pirates to a double-header sweep of the Fruitvale Beavers, 4-2, in an extra inning, and 12-0. The wins cinched second place for the Pirates. In the opener, King's two-run double in the eighth was the winning blow.

Al Endersby (L) and xxx
Ken Alton (W) and xxx

In the second game, Pirates exploded for four runs in the first inning and cruised to the 12-0 victory. King drove in the first, and winning, marker with a triple scoring Owen Mailey and Lloyd Woods and then came home on an error. He singled in another run in the second. Les Santano and Bill Thompson connected for triples and Jackie Jablonsky and King had doubles in the third to add four more runs. Barry Hope romped home on Thompson's single in the fourth and Lorne Babcock cracked a two-run double. Hope wrapped up the scoring in the fifth coming home on an error. Thompson was credited with the pitching win although he came out for Santano in the second.

Whitey Paugh (L), A.Endersby and xxx
Thompson (W), Santano (2) and xxx

(August 6)  In the biggest offensive explosion of the season, the East Trail Pirates humiliated the Salmo Juniors 21-1 Tuesday at Trail. It was the ninth win in ten starts for the Pirates.  A five-run first inning set the stage for the drubbing. Lloyd Woods cracked a homer and single for the winners while Les Santano and Richie Unger each added a double and two singles. Barry Hope had a triple and single. Kenny Alton fired a two-hit shutout for East Trail. Norman Reid had both hits, one of them a homer for Salmo's lone run.

Robert Doll (L) and xxx
Ken Alton (W) and xxx

(August 7)  In another West Kootenay Junior League blowout, the CYO Giants crushed Fruitvale 14-2 at Shavers Bench.  Giants actually trailed in the game, 1-0, before they broke loose for four runs in the third and seven in the fourth and three in the fifth. Bruno Forlin's two-run double highlighted the third frame when CYO took the lead. Danny Angerilli allowed eight hits and walked five in going the distance for the win.

Mel Endersby (L) and xxx
Danny Angerilli (W) and xxx

(August 10)   The defending champion Rossland Capilanos stretched their winning streak to ten games Sunday defeating East Trail Pirates 13-4 in the afternoon and cruising by the CYO Giants 11-3 in the evening. Winning hurler Dave Flanagan helped his own cause in the afternoon collecting three hits in three trips to the plate. Ken Smith added a double and single. A six run second inning put the game on ice.

D.Flanagan (W) and xxx
Wayne King (L) and xxx

In the late encounter, Caps used a six-run third inning to crush CYO. Bob Profili had a run-scoring double while Bobby Haymond drove in a pair with a one-bagger. Jackie Ling, Ken Smith and Lloyd McLellan all contributed singles in the big inning. Carmin Angerilli paced the losers with a double and two singles. Ken Smith fashioned a six-hitter for the pitching win.

Ken Smith (W) and xxx
Terry Colautti (L), Frank Parisotto (3) and xxx

(August 10)  Fruitvale picked up an easy win, taking the contest by default when Salmo failed to show for a scheduled game at Fruitvale.

(August 12)  Rossland Capilanos continued to make it look easy in West Kootenay Junior Baseball overwhelming the second place East Trail Pirates 11-2 for the Caps 11th win in 11 games. The triumph assured Rossland of its second straight pennant. Dave Flanagan, who returned to the Caps this year after his freshman season at Gonzaga University, went all the way with an eight-hitter for the win. Bobby Haymond slugged a three-run homer in the first inning to spark the Rossland attack which was helped by seven Trail errors.

Flanagan (W) and Vanness
Ken Alton (L) and King

(August 12)  A four-run rally in the fifth inning handed the CYO Giants a 5-3 win over Nelson Juniors in an exhibition game at Nelson.  Carmin Angerilli drove in four runs for the winners. His two-run triple in the fifth proved to be the winning blow. Nelson had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Wayne Farenholtz scored on an error and Leo Petty singled in Bernie MonteleonePetty tripled in Monteleone in the fifth for the third Nelson run and almost made it a homer until he was tagged out at the plate on a relay from the outfield. Frank Parisotto went all the way with a five-hitter for the win. Loser Dave Grant was tagged for eight hits.

Frank Parisotto (W) and xxx
Dave Grant (L) and xxx


(August )   CYO Giants surprised the East Trail Pirates with a 7-4 victory in the opening game of their best-of-three-semi-final series.

(August 21)  With a hard-fought 7-6 win, East Trail Pirates evened their semi-final series with Trail's CYO Giants at a game apiece. Owen Mailey's two-run homer in the top of the sixth proved to be the deciding blow. Pirates had taken the lead with three runs in the second inning.  Lloyd Woods tripled and scored on an error. Mailey singled in Don Burdick and Ken Alton. Richie Unger added to the lead in the third when he tripled and came home on an interference call. After the Pirates went ahead 5-0 with a run in the top of the fourth, the Giants battled back with three in the bottom of the frame.  Ivan Bell singled to score Merillo Geronazzo and pinch hitter Gary Morris slammed a two-run double. They added another in the fifth, to trail 5-4, as Gerry Fabbro walked and scored on an error. Two runs in the top of the sixth gave Trail a 7-4 lead, but CYO battled back again notching a pair on Carmin Angerilli's single but the rally fell short. The game was called after six because of darkness. Ken Alton was credited with the pitching win.

Alton (W), King (4) and Mailey
Colautti (L), D.Angerilli (4) and Lauriente, Cotnoir (3)

(August 26)   The CYO Giants used a 15-hit attack Tuesday to whip the East Trail Pirates 8-4 to advance to the final of the West Kootenay Junior Baseball League playoffs against the pennant winning Rossland Capilanos. Giants jumped into a 4-run lead in the first inning when catcher Don Lauriente singled in Ivan Bell and Carmin Angerilli with the first two of his four RBIs of the game. Bruno Forlin made it 4-0 when he singled to bring in Merillo Geronazzo and Don LeeLauriente brought in the eventual winning marker in the second with a one-bagger to plate Angerilli.  Pirates had a rally cut short in the fourth on a triple play. With two men aboard Les Santano grounded to shortstop Geronazzo who flipped to Don Lee at second for the first out and Lee fired to Carmin Angerilli at first for the second. Angerilli attempted to complete the play on a throw to Ivan Bell at third but the throw was off the mark and taken by Geronazzo who was backing up the play. As Lawrence Babcock moved off third, Geronazzo made the throw to catcher Lauriente for the third out. Frank Parisotto held the Pirates to six hits for his second win of the series. He fanned six and walked one.

Parisotto (W) and Lauriente
Wayne McGee (L), Allan Pollock (6) and Mailey, Harry (5)

(August 29)   Rossland Capilanos overcame a 2-1 deficit with a three-run rally in the fifth inning to down the CYO Giants 4-2 in the opening game of the best-of-five final series.  It was the Caps 12th straight victory with a loss. Three walks and consecutive bunt singles by Ron Fabbro and Louis Campana along with a CYO error highlighted the decisive fifth inning outburst. With the bases loaded on free passes, squeeze bunts brought in Lloyd McLellan and Denny Vanness with the tying and winning runs. Dave Flanagan held the Giants to five hits for the pitching win.

Flanagan (W) and Vanness
Danny Angerilli (L), Colautti (5) and Lauriente

(September 1)  Fruitvale Fall Fair Junior tournament

(September 3)  Bobby Haymond's two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh and final inning gave Rossland Capilanos a 7-6 victory over CYO Giants and a 2-0 game lead in their best-of-five final series. After Dave Flanagan and Bob Profili reached on errors, Haymond lined one into short centre field to bring in the tying and winning runs. Caps had scored three in the first inning on a two-run double by Ron Fabbro and a two-bagger by Denny Vanness which brought in Fabbro. They added a run in the fourth on an error and John Kosiancic came home on a sac fly in the fifth. CYO got two runs in the third on Bruno Forlin's sacrifice and a single by Danny Angerilli. Don Lee tripled to score Ivan Bell in the fifth while Don Lauriente produced a two-run double in the seventh. Vanness led the winners with a triple, double and single in three trips to the plate.

D.Angerilli (L) and Lauriente
Flanagan (W) and Vanness

(September 7)  In an exciting finish to the season, Rossland Capilanos edged CYO Giants 5-4 in an extra inning to repeat as champions of the West Kootenay Junior Baseball League. Caps won the series in three straight games. It was the 14th win of the season for the champions who went undefeated in league play.  League President Stewart Smillie presented Rossland Captain Lloyd McLellan with the Murray Bowen Trophy, emblematic of West Kootenay Junior ball supremacy. CYO Giants had taken an early lead when Bruno Forlin brought in Don Lee on a squeeze play. They added three more in the top of the sixth. Ron Molina and Gerry Fabbro singled and Ivan Bell scored both with a towering triple to deep centre field. Lee's sacrifice bunt brought in Bell for a 4-0 lead. Rossland battled back with three of their own in the bottom of the sixth. John Kosiancic singled and McLellan reached on an error. Denny Vanness doubled to score both runners and then came home on Ron Fabbro's one bagger. Down one run going into the bottom of the seventh, McLellan smacked a triple to bring in Bob Profili to send the game to overtime. After CYO was blanked in the top of the eighth, Vanness reached with a single and moved to third on a two-bagger by Ron Fabbro. Louis Campana became the Caps' hero with a long fly to centre field to score Vanness with the winner. Ken Smith survived 11 hits to go the distance for the win. Danny Angerilli, who relieved in the sixth was tagged with the loss.

Parisotto , Angerilli (L) (6) and Lauriente
Smith (W) and Vanness


(June 15)   At Silverton Sunday, Nakusp and the home squad split a double-header. Nakusp Juniors took the opener as Gregory hurled a four-hit shutout. Ken Mori allowed just three hits for New Denver-Silverton but eight errors by the hosts made the difference. A long triple by Morehouse of Nakusp was the big blow of the first game. The second game was a runaway for New Denver-Silverton as  L.Erickson rapped a triple and two doubles and Nobby Hayashi had a double and two singles in an 18-1 victory. K. Groenhuysen, a 15-year-old in his first year of senior ball had three hits. Jackie James led Nakusp with a double and single and drove in the lone Nakusp run. Ken Gordon and J.Nelson combined on a five-hitter for the winners.

Gregory (W) and xxx
Mori (L) and xxx

xxx and xxx
K.Gordon (W), J.Nelson and xxx

(June 22)   G.Nelson put on a pitching clinic Sunday as New Denver Silverton notched a pair of wins, 19-2 over Castlegar Cubs and 7-6 over Nakusp Juniors.  Nelson fired a one-hit, complete game in the opener and relieved in the first inning of the second game allowing just two hits and a run in the 6 1/3 innings worked the rest of the way. The two runs against him in the opener were unearned. Nelson also helped at the plate with a homer in the first game and a pair of doubles in the second. Erickson, who had three doubles, and Gordon each collected four hits in the win over Castlegar. Bill Morrison and Nobby Hayashi each had three.  Gregory had three hits for Nakusp and Wilson cracked a homer.

xxx and xxx
G.Nelson (W) and xxx

xxx and xxx
Pengally, G.Nelson (1) and xxx

(July 1)   First baseman Dave Urban knocked in two runs with a single in the bottom of the ninth inning to hand Nakusp an 8-7 victory over a split-squad of Nelson Outlaws. With one away, Urban reached for a pitch out and dumped a one-bagger over the head of second baseman Denny Craft to bring in the tying and winning markers. Charlie Burdette and Ron Nash of the Outlaws each had three hits. Burdette plated the first run of the game in the fourth with one of the longest home runs seen in Nakusp in years. He also had a double and single. Nash knocked in three runs. Buster Patterson was the winning hurler.

Misuraca, Olson, Farenholtz (L) and xxx
Patterson (W) and xxx

(July 13)   With a three-run rally in the ninth inning, New Denver-Silverton All-Stars downed Trail Smoke Eaters 8-6 Sunday afternoon at Silverton. The home squad got to relieved Jack Ferguson for three hits and the three runs after Lou DeRosa had pitched five-hit ball over the first eight frames. Ken Gordon got the win holding the visitors to six hits. He fanned eight and walked a pair.

L.DeRosa, J.Ferguson (L) (9) and xxx
K.Gordon (W) and xxx


(June 1)  Cranbrook Cubs enjoyed a successful season opening double-header playing at home upending Eureka, Montana, 6-3 and 6-1.

(June 11)  Veteran hurler Bill Cole fired a four-hit shutout to pace Fernie Falcons to a 4-0 victory over Eureka, Montana. Cole fanned eight and walked none in a game shortened to seven innings due to darkness. All the hits against him were singles.

(June 14-15)   Kimberley Invitational Tournament

(June 26)   Cranbrook Cubs upset league-leading Kimberley Hobos 11-10 before a home crowd. Wally Tymchyna, the winning pitcher, knocked in Turcotte with the winning run in the 10th inning.

Blayne, Brown (L) (5) and Ronquist
Tymchyna (W) and Downey

(July 9)    A six-run fourth inning carried the Kimberley Dynamos to a 12-8 victory over Cranbrook Cubs in a scheduled East Kootenay Senior Baseball League contest called in the seventh inning because of darkness. Dynanos used five pitchers with Pete Boisvert being credited with the win.

xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, Boisvert (W) and xxx
Lymchyna (L) and Somoya

(July 10)   Kimberley Dynamos continued their winning streak Thursday scoring their first win over Kimberley Hobos, 9-4.   Eric Bodin hurled the victory, Bob Fisher suffered the setback.

(July 26)   Fernie Falcons and Kimberley Hobos split a pair at Fernie Saturday. Falcons took the opener 7-6 behind the five-hit pitching of rookie Bill Ingram. Fernie spotted the Hobos three unearned runs over the first four stanzas then rallied to take a 7-3 lead. Kimberley battled back with three in the ninth, but fell just short.

xxx and xxx
Ingram (W) and xxx

Kimberley needed an extra inning, but scored a 4-2 triumph in the second game. Tied 2-2, Hobos pitcher Ron Brown led off with the single followed by back-to-back triples by Vern Kuntz and Jim Ratcliffe

Brown (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(August 19)   At Cranbrook, the hometown Cubs and Fernie Falcons dividied the twin-bill. Cubs won the exciting first game 7-6 in a match in which the lead switched each inning. Falcons crushed the Cubs 12-2 in the second game.

(August 27)   In the opening game of a best-of-three semi-final, Kimberley Dynamos and Cranbrook Cubs played to an 11-inning, scoreless tie. Dynamos had just four hits off Jack Armstrong of the Cubs while Eric Bodin held the Cubs to just three. 

(August 30-31, Sept 1)   Fernie Labout Day Tournament   

(September 7)  Cranbrook Cubs, who barely made the East Kootenay Baseball League playoffs, advanced to the final by downing Kimberley Dynamos 7-2.  Jack Armstrong tossed a six-hitter for the win while Harvey Nash allowed just seven hits in taking the loss. 

(September 8)   Kimberley Hobos, the defending East Kootenay champions, beat Cranbrook Cubs 7-4 in the opening game of a best-of-five final.  Bob Fisher was the winning pitcher.  Wally Lymchyna and Vernon Doll hurled for the Cubs.

(September 10)   The Hobos took a 2-0 game lead in the East Kootenay final with a 3-2 victory over Cranbrook Cubs. 

(September 12)  Cranbrook Cubs shaded Kimberley 5-4 for their first win in the East Kootenay Baseball League final series.  Vernon Doll pitched the Cubs to the win. 

(September 13)  Cranbrook stayed alive in the East Kootenay playoffs with an 8-5 win over Kimberley Hobos.  Each team now has two wins and a tie. 

(September 18)   Cranbrook Cubs were named the champions of the East Kootenay Baseball League after playing the Kimberley Hobos to a 5-5 tie.  It was the second tie of the series.  The Hobos decided to default the 7th game of the set. 


This newly-formed five-team circuit experienced chaos right from the beginning.

Even the name of the loop was never officially agreed upon and vacillated back and forth between the Central Interior League and the Northern Interior League. The two Quesnel entries were far superior to their league counterparts, in particular the hapless Horsefly Loggers and, for the most part, overwhelmed their opposition which made it difficult to maintain fan interest. As a result, attendance levels were low and voluntary admissions by Sunday silver collections were minimal which prompted the undefeated Quesnel Firemen to withdraw to play exhibition games the remainder of the season as an independent club. Then, the outclassed Horsefly Loggers folded and the Willow River Red Sox announced that they could no longer field a team. Although the league moguls wanted to set up a final playoff series between the Quesnel Lumbermen and the Williams Lake Maple Leafs, the only remaining teams in the loop, even that never materialized.

The highlight of the season was the two day Labor Day weekend tournament in Quesnel, won for the third consecutive time by the Kelowna Orioles of the Okanagan Mainline Baseball League.      

Teams :

Horsefly Loggers (team folded)
Quesnel Firemen (withdrew from league in early July)
Quesnel Lumbermen
Williams Lake Maple Leafs
Willow River Red Sox (discontinued play as per lack of available players)

(May 25)   Quesnel Firemen kicked off the new season with a pair of victories, 13-10 and 14-6 over Willow River Red Sox. They went right to work in the first game, scoring seven times in the first inning as Oscar Festerling, Garry Tuttle and Ken Backman slammed run-scoring doubles. Festerling's second two-bagger knocked in another run in the second to make in 8-0. However, the Red Sox battled back in the bottom of the second to tie 8-8 with a huge rally. Singles by Andy Kuchurian, Ross and Mike Church drove in the first three runs. Frank Bruder knocked in a pair and, with the bases loaded, catcher Willie McDermid slammed a single to clear the sacks. The wild, see-saw action had each team score in the third. Firemen went ahead in the fourth as Ken Backman doubled and Irv Follack singled him home. Sox tied it again in the sixth, 10-10, as McDermid singled and advanced on a walk and scooted home on a squeeze play. Quesnel got the eventual winner in the seventh when Terry O'Hara drew a free pass and rounded the bags on a long double by Ken Backman who added an insurance run on Follack's hit to left field.

R.Backman, M.Church (1), F.Bruder (L) (4) and W.McDermid
Rodonets, T.Bryan (W) (3) and xxx

The Firemen used a similar script in the second game, charging out with four runs in the first inning and added three in the second. After Willow River responded with three in the third on hits by Andy Kuchurian, Frank Bruder and Mike Church the Firemen made it 9-3 in the bottom of the third with two more markers. Frank Bencher, Church and Kuchurian plated runs for the Sox to get close but Quesnel pulled away in the sixth as Frank Stevenson tripled to left to bring in Backman and Tuttle to go ahead 11-6. Stevenson, Follack and John Koppa also notched runs in the inning to end the scoring, 14-6.

L.Jensen (L) and W.McDermid, xxx (3)
Rodonets (W), T.Bryan and xxx

(May 25)  In a pair of high-scoring affairs, Quesnel Lumbermen and Williams Lake Maple Leafs split their Sunday double-header. Leafs took the opener 18-11 and the Lumbermen rebounded for an easy 19-3 victory in the second. After Quesnel had erupted for six runs in the top of the fourth, the Leafs responded with ten in the bottom of the frame and coasted to the first game triumph. Driver went the distance for the winners.

G.Dye, A.Johnston (4) and xxx
Driver (W) and xxx

In the second game it was Quesnel with a ten-run inning, the fourth, in a 19-3 romp.  Young Larry Travers started for the Lumbermen and allowed just one run up to the fifth when he loaded the bases and George Dye relieved. Dye gave up a pair before retiring the side but blanked the home club the rest of the way.

L.Travers, G.Dye (5) and xxx
Davidson (L), Peck (4), Driver (5) and xxx

(June 1)   Ouch. The Horsefly Loggers made their debut in the Northern Interior League Sunday and it was a "cover your eyes" kind of performance as they went down 22-1 and 41-5 to the Quesnel Loggers in a double-header. They booted the ball for 25 errors in the two games. Quesnel pounded out 17 hits in the opener and an amazing 34 hits in the second game. They also netted 20 stolen bases. George Dye fired a one-hitter for Quesnel in the first game racking up eight strikeouts. Larry Travers went six innings in the second yielding one hit and one run. Albert Johnston finished for the winners. The local paper made no mention of the pitchers for Horsefly.

xxx, xxx and xxx
G.Dye (W) and xxx

xxx and xxx
L.Travers (W), A.Johnston (7) and xxx

(June 5)   With their shellacking of Horsefly Sunday, the Quesnel Lumbermen have placed six hitters in the league's top ten, all with averages at .500 or better. Irv Follack of the Quesnel Fireman leads the loop with a .727 mark ahead of the Lumbermen's Art Fleurie at .636. G. Jablonski of Williams Lake is third at .625, ahead of Ken Backman of the Firemen, .555. Then there's five Lumbermen - Otto Munk, Mike Schure, Al Harris, Bob Boyd and Roy Blair. Mike Church of Willow River rounds out the top ten. Schure has the only home run and leads in RBIs with eight.

(June 8)   Irv Follack had a day for the ages Sunday as the Quesnel Fireman showed no mercy in trampling the hopeless Horsefly Loggers 28-4 and 35-0 in a twin bill. Follack went six for seven in the opener and four for four in the second game. The Firemen racked up 59 hits in the two games and their hurlers compiled 29 strikeouts.

Oscar Festerling went six innings in the opener before giving way to Lefty Rodonets. They combined for 19 strikeouts. Newcomer Vern Fortims of the local RCMP detachment handled the hurling for the winners in the second game and struck out ten in pitching scoreless ball.

Rivers (L), Dunlope and xxx
Festerling (W), Rodonets (7) and xxx

Fleming (L), Sava, Rivers and xxx
Fortims (W) and xxx

(June 11)  In an exhibition game, Quesnel Firemen beat the Quesnel Lumbermen 6-3 getting off to a two-run lead in the first inning on four errors. Oscar Festerling survived ten hits to go the route for the win.

Festerling (W) and xxx
A.Johnston (L), G.Dye (4), L.Travers (7) and xxx

(June 15)   One-sided play continued Sunday as Quesnel Fireman crushed Williams Lake 21-1 and 14-5 to run their winning streak to six games. Fireman cracked out 21 hits in the opener as Tommy Bryan held the Leafs to four hits and fanned 11. Ken Backman led the winners with four hits while Kadi Koyama, Gene Plamondon and Frank Stevenson each added three.

T.Bryan (W) and xxx
T.Jablonski (L) and xxx

Leafs had a little surprise in the second game, taking a 5-0 lead in the first inning on three walks and four hits. Lorne Rodonets settled down after the first frame and blanked the host club for the rest of the game allowing just three hits. Trailing 5-4 after six, Quesnel erupted for seven runs in the seventh helped by two errors and six passed balls. Fireman added three insurance runs in the eighth.

Rodonets (W) and xxx
B.Driver and xxx

(June 19)   The league executive has decided to take steps to strengthen the Horsefly Loggers. Immediate help is to be another pitcher and two more experienced players. Efforts are also being made to build up the Williams Lake Maple Leafs.

(June 22)   Quesnel Lumbermen took a firm hold on second place in the Northern Interior circuit Sunday trouncing the rookie Williams Lake Maple Leafs 21-5 and 13-7.  The games were played on a rebuilt Babe Ruth diamond at the Cariboo Junior High School in West Quesnel after the regular field was damaged by a circus truck. The circus had appeared Friday and Saturday. One of its trucks hooked onto a wire used to hold up the backstop for the ball diamond and the structure was turned into a mess of bent pipe and tangled screen.  Lumbermen put the game out of reach early, scoring six times in the first inning. Al Johnston hurled shutout ball for five innings, before the Leafs notched an unearned marker in the sixth. The Leafs rallied for four runs against reliever George Dye in the seventh. Lumbermen laced out 21 hits.

Abe (L), Boxer (7) and xxx
A.Johnston (W), Dye (7) and xxx

After the initial spanking, the Maple Leafs drew first blood in the second game when two bunts and a couple of interference calls accounted for three runs. However, the Lumbermen responded with six runs in the next two frames, powered by a pair of two-baggers by John Kuzak, to set the stage for another runaway victory. Roy Blair and Larry Travers combined on a seven-hitter for the winners fanning 14 Lakers. Kuzak had five hits to go along with the four in the first game for a nine-for-ten day.

T.Jablonski (L) and xxx
R.Blair (W), L.Travers (6) and xxx

(June 22)   A bases-loaded triple by Gene Plamondon in the seventh inning brought Quesnel Fireman from behind in a 7-4 victory over Willow River Red Sox. Merv Currie had handcuffed the heavy hitting Firemen for six innings allowing just a single run as the Sox took a 2-1 lead. But in the seventh, Gary Tuttle and Leo DelBuchia singled and Kadi Koyama was beaned and it caused an uproar as Koyama charged the mound. When order was restored Quesnel had the bases loaded and Plamondon's three-bagger gave the Firemen a 4-2 advantage. They added two more before Willow River scored a pair in the eighth and Firemen added an insurance run in the ninth. Currie fanned 19 in a losing cause. Tom Bryan allowed just four hits and whiffed 13 for the win.

Bryan (W) and xxx
Currie (L) and xxx

Quesnel jumped into a 5-0 lead in the first inning of the second game and never looked back. Oscar Festerling and Lorne Rodonets handled the mound work for the winners in the 13-9 triumph.

Festerling (W), Rodonets and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 30)  Prince Rupert topped the Lumbermen 10-8.

(July 6)   Quesnel Fireman remained unbeaten in league play downing the Lumbermen 14-2 and 4-0 in a weekend double-header.  Firemen have won ten straight to start the season. After a shaky beginning, lefty Lorne Rodonets fashioned a four-hitter and whiffed 15. Firemen boomed out six hits in the first two frames and with the help of four Lumbermen errors pushed across seven runs. The Timber team scored in the first inning on hits by Mike Schure and John Kuzak. Kuzak cracked a double in the ninth and scored the only other run on an error.

McInnis (L), A.Johnston (2), A.,Harris (6) and xxx
Rodonets (W) and xxx

Tom Bryan silenced the Lumbermen in the second game firing a three-hit gem with 14 strikeouts while his mates got to George Dye for nine hits. Ken Backman and Gene Plamondon got the winners rolling in the first inning with a pair of doubles followed by singles from Irv Follack and Frank Stevenson.

Dye (L) and xxx
Bryan (W) and xxx

(July 6)  In a surprise move, the league leading Quesnel Firemen announced their withdrawal from the newly formed Central Interior Baseball Association.  Team manager Don Gale cited the "lack of support and respect" from fans in Quesnel. "This is a one-team town and the fans have apparently decided we aren't that team," declared Don. The team intends to continue to play but strictly in exhibition or tournament ball.

(July 16) In a surprise twist to a surprise announcement, the Central Interior League executive has declined to accept the resignation of the Quesnel Firemen from the circuit. Don Gale, the manager of the club, was at the meeting prepared to inform the members that the team had reconsidered its decision. Firemen are scheduled to play a league game against Williams Lake this weekend but have already lined up an exhibition against Prince George All-Stars. Gale is attempting to sort out the conflict.

(July 20)   The powerful Quesnel Firemen added to their laurels Sunday taking both games of an exhibition double-header with Prince George All-Stars, 4-1 and 8-5.  Ace hurlers Lorne Rodonets and Tommy Bryan were outstanding for the winners. Rodonets allowed just five hits in the opener and had ten strikeouts. Bryan, who yielded eight hits in the second game, fanned 20.  Firemen plated a pair in the fourth inning and they proved enough for the victory.

Makinchuck (L) and xxx
Rodonets (W) and xxx

The visitors opened fast in the second game scoring in the first inning with three sharp hits off Bryan, but the Firemen quickly responded with two in the bottom of the initial frame. The All-Stars notched two in the fourth and another pair in the fifth to take the lead, but the Firemen broke loose in the late innings to pull ahead.

Laroux (L). Backman (8) and xxx
Bryan (W) and xxx

(July 20)  After being trounced 11-3 in the first game of a twin-bill, the Willow River Red Sox came charging back to cop a 12-2 triumph over Quesnel Lumbermen in the second contest. Veteran George Dye fashioned a seven-hitter for the win in the opener as Bob Boyd led the attack with four hits. Coach Al Harris and Roy Blair each had three.

In the nightcap, Frank Bruder held the Lumbermen to five hits while the Red Sox pounded Roy Blair and Harris who shared mound duties for Quesnel.

Dye (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Blair (L), Harris and xxx
F.Bruder (W) and xxx

(August 10)   The shorthanded Quesnel Lumbermen took advantage of errors Sunday to upset the Firemen 10-8.  Norm Gronskei, better known as coach of the Merchants softball club, put the Lumbermen in the lead with a long double to score Lloyd Gale and Otto Munk. Roy Blair romped home on Art Fleurie's single to put the visitors ahead 3-0. The Firemen, now under the guidance of Jim Proudlove, evened the count in the third on a wild pitch that allowed Kadi Koyama to score. Lumbermen regained the lead in the fourth, with four runs, and never looked back. Al Johnston, who had three hits, started the rally with a single. They added three more in the fifth to go up 10-3. Firemen chipped away and came into the ninth down by just two. Oscar Festerling and Ken Backman singled to get the potential winning run to the plate but George Dye had enough in the tank to get out of trouble.

Dye (W) and xxx
Rodonets (L) and xxx

(August 17)   Quesnel Lumbermen and Willow River split a twin-bill with the Red Sox taking the opener 7-4 and Quesnel the second, 12-7. Mike Church allowed just five hits in the first game victory while fanning 14. Lumbermen came from behind to take the evening game. Trailing 2-0, Lumbermen exploded for five runs in the second and were never headed. Roy Blair yielded eight hits in gaining credit for the win. He whiffed seven.

M.Church (W) and xxx
Travers (L). Beaudry (7) and xxx

Madill (L), Kuchurian (2), Madill (3) and xxx
R.Blair (W) and A.Harris

(August 24)   Playing under a blazing sun, Quesnel Lumbermen edged Williams Lake Maple Leafs 11-9 Sunday at Williams Lake. Because of the heat, the teams cancelled the scheduled second game. Lumbermen broke loose for three runs in the eighth inning to secure the victory. Bill Crutchley's single scored Johnny Kuzak who had reached on an error and Ralph Beaudry rapped a three-bagger to bring in the second run and romped home on an error. Leafs got close with a run in the eighth as Jablonski singled in Smith but Stahl grounded out to end the threat.  George Dye and Al Johnston handling the mound work for Quesnel.

Dye, Johnston and xxx
Laird (L) and xxx

(August 26)   In their final games before the big Labour Day Tournament, Quesnel Fireman topped the Lumbermen 6-1 behind the stellar hurling of Lorne Rodonets. The left-hander fired a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts in the five inning contest. Darkness forced the game to be shortened. Firemen jumped into a 4-0 lead in the first stanza on singles by Oscar Festerling, Bill Mills and Ken Backman followed by Ken Bettcher's three-bagger. Backman had a triple in the fifth. Bob Boyd spoiled Rodonet's bid for a shutout when he drew a walk and scored on John Kuzak's triple.

G.Dye (L) and xxx
Rodonets (W) and xxx

(August 31-September 1)  Quesnel Labour Day Tournament


A four-team short-season district league was organized in Prince George during the 1958 season.

Three of the clubs were formed with players from within Prince George proper and the fourth entry represented the adjacent community of Willow River. The loop was reduced to three teams early on when the Merchants (nee C.L.C. team) folded and the circuit ended prematurely in July before a champion had been declared. Game results for league games were rarely posted in editions of the Prince George Citizen.

From within the ranks of the Prince George teams in this circuit, a select group of players was put together intermittently to represent the city in exhibition play against other Cariboo area clubs.

Teams : 

Columbus Hotelmen
Merchants (disbanded)
Willow River

(May 12)   The new circuit held a draft to select players for each of the then three teams and a practice was scheduled for May 12th with uniforms to be distributed at that time.

(June 2)   The new loop kicked off on a high note Monday as Merv Currie fired a no-hitter as the Columbus Hotelmen blanked Canadas 4-0.

(June 3)  Willow River Red Sox downed the Prince George Merchants 12-8.

(June 15)   Playing at Vanderhoof, the Prince George All-Stars swept Sunday's double-header winning 5-1 and 7-4. Freddie Kapphahn was outstanding with a five-hitter in the opener to post the win while Merv Philpot took the mound victory in the second game allowing just six hits.

(June 26)   One opening remained for the $1,000 Prince George Tournament set to begin Monday. Already entered are the Prince George All-Stars, whose lineup was announced today, the Hazelton Clippers, Prince Rupert All-Stars, Morricetown, Quesnel Lumbermen, Willow River Red Sox and the Vanderhoof Quakers. The organizers are to choose from four applicants for the final entry. Ketchican, a team from the American Air Force base south of Oliver is among those on the list as are Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

(June 30)   The final entry in the Prince George Tournament turned out to be a surprise. The U.S. Air Force team from Wasconda, Washington flew into Prince George Sunday for the event. The club is reputed to have several former major leaguers on the roster.

(June 30-July 1)  Prince George Tournament

(July 8)   Columbus Hotelmen defeated Canadas 7-2 for their third win of the young season. Fred Kapphahn went the distance for the pitching win, besting Jim Kotnko of Canadas.

Willow River 4 - 0
Columbus     3 - 2
Canadas      2 - 3

(July 13)  Prince George All-Stars grabbed both ends of Sunday's double-header downing Vanderhoof Quakers 6-3 and 15-13. Fred Kapphahn wielded the big stick on the day with nine hits in 12 trips including a home run in the second game. Ron Backman and Gord Cruikshank both turned into sparkling performances at the plate.

(July 23)   Prince George League officials announced the circuit would be shut down. An All-Star team would continue to play exhibition games.