1959 Game Reports, Vancouver & Area      

1959 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1959 BC Interior 
1959 Vancouver Island

INDUSTRIAL BASEBALL LEAGUE

(May 4)   Pitcher Dave Keeler made his debut in the Industrial League a winning one Tuesday night hurling the Firemen to a 6-2 victory over Nisei at Powell Grounds.  He held the losers to single runs in the 4th and 7th innings in going the route.  Harry Robinson, the league's batting champion two years ago, sparked the Firemen with a two-run homer in the 3rd inning.

Montgomery (L) and Okano
Keeler (W) and Biggan

(May 6)    Western Bridge was the beneficiary of a lack of control by CYO`s Wilde Wednesday and came away with a 7-6 decision.  Hurling in relief in the 5th inning, with the bases loaded, Wilde walked in two runs to provide the Bridgemen with the triumph.  CYO starter Norm Clark had left the mound clinging to a 6-5 lead with none out and the bases loaded.  Western Bridge got the tying run when pinch-hitter Perry Mann drew a walk and then plated the go-ahead marker when Paul Massey worked a free pass and Bill Lyons came in to score from third. Walt Hallam had the big hit for the winners, a two-run homer in the 4th inning.  The game was called after five innings because of darkness.

Clarke (L), Wilde (5) and Mulhern, Kochan (5)
Beckett (W) and Yanchuk, Sullivan (5)

(May 7)   Longshoremen pounded 13 hits Thursday to trounce Nisei 16-8 in an offensive show at Powell Grounds. The winners, who had a 16-1 lead going into the bottom of the 6th and final frame, got a scare as Nisei rallied for 7 runs. 

Digby (W), Shaw and Sigurdson
Wakabayashi (L), xxx (5) and Oikawa, Hayashi (5)

(May 9)   CYO posted its first win of the season Saturday night edging Nisei 6-5. Ken Noble went all the way for the win. Wayne Dairon provided the power with a three-run homer in the first inning.

xxx, Nishi (L) (2) and Okano
Nobel (W) and McLeod

(May 10)   Sunday, Fireman, fell behind 4-0 in the first inning but rebounded to win their second of the season with a 9-4 victory over Western Bridge. Bennewith settled down after the four-run first to blank Western Bridge the rest of the way.

Bennewith (W) and Biggan
Lefebure, Putnam (3), Jankola (5) and Yanchuk

(May 11)   Winning pitcher Al Mayervich scored the deciding marker in the 6th inning as Boilermakers shaded the Longshoremen 8-7. Mayervich opened the 6th drawing a walk, moved to second on an infield out and came home on a timely single by Ken RossBob Hazeldine helped the cause with a three-run homer in the 3rd. Mike Dagenais had a two-run homer for the Longshoremen.

Al Mayervich (W) and Ross
Craig (L), Adams (6) and Sigurdson

Boilermakers      3 - 0
Longshoremen      2 - 1  1.0
Firemen           2 - 1  1.0
Western Bridge    1 - 2  2.0
CYO               1 - 2  2.0
Nisei             0 - 3  3.0

(May 12)   In an offensive show at Powell Grounds, CYO topped Firemen 10-7.  Don Dell went the route for the win allowing just four hits in the five-inning game but two of them went for home runs, both by Firemen hurlers. Bill Cousins belted a grand slam homer in the 2nd inning and Gordie Nordby had a two-run blast in the 5th.

Dell (W) and Keeley
Cousins, xxx (4) Nordby (5) and Biggan

(May 13)   Roy Archer pitched a one-hitter to lead the Boilermakers to their fourth straight win Wednesday night. The Boilermakers exploded for eight runs in the first two innings and coasted to a 9-1 triumph. Keith Watley led off the game with a four-bagger. After losing hurler Ron Montgomery loaded the bases, Don Karenko blasted a grand slam homer. Nisei first baseman Don Gardiner spoiled Archer`s no-hit bid with a single in the 4th. The effort was not a gem for Archer, while he allowed just one hit, he walked eight.

Montgomery (L) Okamoto (4) and Oikawa
Archer (W) and Ross

(May 18)   Morley Flichel had a tough start with five walks and a hit batsman in the first inning, but he settled down to hurl a five-hitter and strike out 12 in the Longshoremen`s 7-5 win over CYO.  Longshoremen scored three in the 2nd and another three in the 4th for the victory.

Bonnaire (L) and Candlish
Flichel (W) and Sigurdson

(May 22)   Longshoremen hung a sixth straight loss on Nisei in spite of a powerful performance by Nisei first sacker Don Gardiner who launched a pair of long homers. Longshoremen won 6-4 behind the hurling of Rick Shaw.

Okamoto (L) and Okano
Shaw (W) and Sigurdson

(May 24)    Nisei finally got in the win column dumping CYO 6-3 Sunday.  Norm Mori led the way with a first inning homer and a two-run double in the sixth. 

Dell (L) and Candlish
Nishi (W) and Oikawa

Bridgemen rallied with three runs in the bottom of the 7th and final frame to deadlock the Boilermakers 3-3. Boilermakers remain unbeaten with five wins and a tie.

Archer, Neilson (7), Monroe (7) and Ross
Beckett and Yanchuk

(May 29)   Longshoremen downed Bridgemen 5-4 Friday night for their 5th win in six starts.  Mike Dagenais started the Longshormen's scoring with a homer in the 2nd inning. Morley Flichel was the winning pitcher.

Flichel (W) and Schrieber
Jankola (L) and Yanchuk

(May 30)  CYO defeated the Boilermakers 5-2 Saturday.  Don Dell tossed a six-hitter for the win.  Bob Hazeldine had a homer for the losers.

Dell (W) and Candlish
Monroe (L), Winbow (3), Mayervich (4) and Ross

(May 31)  Longshoremen moved into first place with a sweep of a double-header from Firemen 7-3 and 11-2. The winners, with 10 hits in the opener and 12 in the second game, had homers by Mike Dagenais, Harry Schrieber and Les Scharfe. Tompkins had a four-bagger for the Fireman.

Flichel (W) and Schrieber
Fuller (L), Keeler (3), Connell (7) and Esplin

Bennewith (L) and Esplin
Shaw (W), Craig (6) and Schrieber

(June 1)     Bob Miyagishima drove in six runs with a grand slam homer and double as Nisei hammered Westerns 13-3 Monday night in their biggest offensive outburst in two seasons.  The win moved Nisei out of the league cellar, one point ahead of Westerns.

Montgomery (W) and Oikawa, Okano (5)
Beckett, Putman (2), Simpson (4) and Sullivan

(June 6)   Longshoremen edged Nisei 4-3 Saturday at Powell Grounds notching four unearned runs in the first inning. Ron Montgomery blanked them the rest of the way.

(June 7)  Boilermakers again took over the top spot in the standings crushing the Fireman 12-4 Sunday. Boilermakers now have 17 points, one more than Longshoremen and three up on CYO.  Keith Watley and Wayne Dennis each knocked in three runs for the winners. Watley went three-for-three to take over the batting lead with a .481 mark.  Dennis slammed a pair of doubles. Dave Patterson smashed a three-run homer for the Firemen in the 4th inning.

(June 8)   Hunter Candlish, hitting poorly until Monday, led a 17-hit attack with a four-for-five night as CYO whipped Nisei 11-5. CYO fell behind 5-0 before launching the offensive.  Cal Murphy and Wayne Dairon each had three hits. CYO's hopes rose a notch higher when it was learned that standouts from last year's team, Richie Schmid, Ken Burton and Trev Swangard would soon be returning from school in the U.S.

Nishi, Montgomery (4), Lefebure (8) and Okano, Oikawa (6)
Noble, Clark (7) and Candlish

(June 10)   Boilermakers strengthened their grip on top spot with a 4-2 win over Longshoremen Wednesday night. Two 7th inning errors by Longshoremen third baseman John Stellick set the stage for George Mayervich to single in the winning run.  Al Mayervich, George's brother, pitched a neat five-hitter for the win.  A two-run homer by catcher Ken Ross in the 4th gave the Boilermakers their first runs. Left fielder Don Adams hit a two-run homer for the losers.

Al Mayervich (W) and Ross
xxx and xxx

(June 14)   Joe Jankola shutout the Longshoremen on three-hits as the Westerns scored a 6-0 victory Saturday.

Jankola (W) and Sigurdson
Shaw (L) and Schrieber

(June 15)   CYO won its sixth straight Sunday scoring a pair in the bottom of the final frame to edge the league-leading Boilermakers 2-1.  Don Dell tossed a three-hitter for the win.  Roy Archer was the hard-luck loser allowing just four hits.

Archer (L) and Ross
Dell (W) and Schmid

(June 14)    Les Scharfe smacked a two-run homer in the 7th inning to give Longshoremen a 5-4 victory over Firemen. A circuit blow by Don Adams in the 6th inning had brought the Longshoremen to within a run. Firemen's Harry Robinson belted a two-run homer in the fifth. Digby scattered six hits for the win.

Digby (W) and Schrieber
Fuller and Biggan

(June 25)   The Boilermaker's pitching ace Roy Archer lowered his ERA to 0.24 Thursday in a 5-2 win over Longshoremen. Both runs against him were unearned.  Archer has gone 29 straight innings without giving up an earned run.

Digby (L) and Schrieber
Archer (W) and Ross

(June 27)   Nisei downed Boilermakers 5-1 Saturday behind the pitching of Ron Montgomery.

Winbow, Neilson (5) and Ross
Montgomery (W) and Okano

(June 28)   Longshoremen took a pair from Western Bridge 7-4 and 5-4 Sunday.

Beckett (L), Wilson (2) and Sigurdson
Craig (W) and Schrieber

Flichel (W) and Schrieber
Jankola (L), Nobel (7) and Sigurdson

(July 3)   Longshoremen climbed into the top spot in the Industrial League Friday with a big 16-5 trouncing of CYO which has dropped seven in a row after winning its first six.  Shortstop Barry Hooper knocked in four runs with three hits, one a triple. Gordie Webb added a double and single for three runs batted in. Morley Flichel was the beneficiary of the offensive outburst to post the win.

Flichel (W) and Schrieber
Dell (L), Brewer (4), MacKay (6), Stein (6) and O'Connell

(July 4)   The Boilermakers gained a share of first place with a 3-3 tie Saturday with Westerns. 

Jankola and Sigurdson
Mayervich, Neilson (5) and Ross

(July 5)  Arnie Bennewith held Nisei to four hits as Firemen came away with a 5-1 victory on Sunday.  Dave Patterson was the top man at the dish with two doubles and three runs batted in.

Lefebure (L), Shorting (4) and Okano
Bennewith (W) and Biggan

(July 6)   CYO and Richie Schmid came out of slumps Monday night to steer CYO to a 9-2 win over Westerns. Third baseman Schmid, hitting .091 going into the game, erupted for two doubles and a single to drive in four runs. It was the first win in eight games for the Red Raiders.

Stein (W), Clarke (7) and O'Connell, Schmid (7)
Noble (L), Wilson (4), Mahon (6) and Sigurdson

                 W    L   T  PTS
Longshoremen    15 -  5 - 0  30
Boilermakers    14 -  4 - 2  30
CYO             10 - 11 - 0  20
Fireman          7 - 10 - 0  14
Nisei            6 - 13 - 0  12
Westerns         4 - 13 - 0   8

(July 8)   Boilermakers moved into sole possession of first place Wednesday night, shading the Fireman 8-7 in an extra inning.  With two out, none on, and two strikes on Boilermakers' Roy Archer, pitcher Bill Cousins nicked him with a pitch. Archer promptly stole second and scored the winner when third sacker Bill Fredericks made a wild throw on an infield hit by George Mayervich. 

Winbow, Neilson (W) (5) and Ross
Fuller, Cousins (L) (4) and Biggan

(July 10)   Down 4-1 after the first inning, the Fireman rebounded Friday for a 9-8 win over Westerns. Shortstop Doug Craddock sparked the win with a pair of doubles and two RBI.

Buchinski, Cousins (1), Fuller (W) (2) and Biggan
Jankoka, Wilson (3), Mahon (7) and Sigurdson

(July 13)  First baseman Bob Hazeldine drove in five runs Monday to help Boilermakers to a 14-6 victory in an error-filled game at Powell Grounds. The output gave Hazeldine 29 RBI on the year, best in the league.

(July 14)   Jack Bell clouted a pair of homers, good for five runs, to lead the Longshoremen to a 9-8 win over Westerns. Gordie Addison knocked in five runs for the losers with a double and single.

Noble, Mahon (4) and Yanchuk
Digby (W) and Schrieber

(July 15)   George Rooney's two-run single in the 6th inning was the difference as Boilermakers got by CYO 2-1 Wednesday night.  A double and two walks preceded Rooney's game winning blow.  Trev Swangard's double drove in Kevin O'Connell with the only maker for CYO. Gary Winbow fired a four-hitter for the win. He fanned 10 to increase his league-leading total to 80.

Winbow (W) and Ross
Brewer (L) and O'Connell

(July 17)  Rookie southpaw John Mahon had an impressive first start in the Industrial League. The 18-year-old, who's been used in relief roles so far, went the seven-inning distance Friday to lead Western Bridge to a 7-1 win over Nisei. Mahon allowed just three hits and compiled nine strikeouts.  Dave Skilnick clouted a two-run homer in the 5th for the winners.

Mahon (W) and Yanchuk
Montgomery (L) and Oikawa

(July 19)  The Dewdney League won the first game of a home-and-home All-Star competition with the Industrial loop, notching a 9-2 victory at Maple Ridge. Dewdney out-hit the visitors 10 to 3.

Foster, Mayervich (3), Winbow (6), Archer (8) and Ross
Michaud, Gillespie (4), Bryant (7), Work (9) and Cameron

(July 20)  Firemen defeated Nisei 8-2 Monday night with Merv Maxwell going the route with a four-hitter for the win. Nisei did gain a little satisfaction - with a triple play in the 2nd inning. With the bases loaded and none out, Maxwell topped a ball which landed in front of the plate. Catcher Dan Okano pounced on the ball, tagged Maxwell and, in the same motion tagged Charlie Esplin who was coming home from third. Okano then threw to first baseman Vic Freiheit who put the glove on Don Tompkins who had started for second but tried to return to first when Maxwell was tagged out.

Maxwell (W) and Esplin
Stein, Lefebure (3), Okamoto (6) and Okano, Oikawa (6)

(July 21)   Pinch-hitter Perry Mann slammed a bases-loaded triple in the 6th inning Tuesday night to give Westerns a 6-5 win over third-place CYO.  The win drew the Westerns into a tie with Nisei for 4th place, each with 14 points, just four back of the Firemen.

Zailo (W) and Sullivan
Stein, Brewer and xxx

(July 22)   The Longshoremen rode the strong right arm of Nick Craig to regain sole possession of first place with a 4-2 win over Nisei.  Craig tossed a two-hitter.

Craig (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 23)  In the see-saw battle for first place, the Boilermakers are back on top following a 5-1 victory over Firemen. Of the winners nine hits, four were four-baggers.  Bob Hazeldine gave Boilermakers the lead with a homer in the second inning. Ken Ross and Norm Usselman hit back-to-back homers on consecutive pitches in the 5th and George Wood added another in the four-run frame. Gary Winbow tossed a three-hitter for the win pitching shutout ball until the 7th.

Fuller (L), Bennewith (5) and Biggan
Winbow (W) and Ross

(July 25)  Arnold Bennewith pitched a five-hitter with 11 strikeouts as Fireman shutout Western Bridge 2-0 Saturday. John Mahon allowed just four hits in taking the loss.

Mahon (L) and Myles
Bennewith (W) and Estland

(July 26)   Boilermakers whipped the Longshoremen twice Sunday, 11-5 and 6-1, to clinch at least a tie for the league pennant. A five-run outburst in the 3rd inning put the Boilermakers in the lead for good. Al Mayervich gave up nine hits in going the route for the win.  Longshoremen made seven errors. Gary Winbow held the Longshoremen to five hits in gaining the win in the second game.

Flichel (L), Digby (3) and Schrieber
Mayervich (W) and Ross

Craig (L), Flichel (6) and Schrieber
Winbow (W) and Ross

(July 27)   CYO wrapped up a playoff spot Monday night in spite of being held to a 7-7 tie by the Firemen. CYO booted away the win in the 2nd inning making four errors to five the Fireman four runs and a 4-2 lead. Down 7-5 in the 7th inning the Red Raiders got consecutive doubles by Roy Nosella, Trev Swangard and Wayne Dairon to knot the count. Swangard had earlier smacked a two-run homer.  He also had a second double and knocked in four runs. The third sacker stirred up some excitement in the 8th inning with an outstanding defensive play as he used the six-foot fence around the grandstand to hoist himself up to reach over the fence and into the stands to catch a pop fly. Fireman argued it was an illegal play and played the game under protest.

Fuller, Connell (7) and Esplin
Dell, Stein (5) and Candlish

Ray Nosella

Payoff Swing by CYO's Roy Nosella connected for double, the first of three successive doubles
hit in the bottom of the seventh inning as CYO came back with two runs to earn a 7-7 tie with
Firemen in Industrial League game at Powell Grounds Monday Night. Firemen catcher Charlie
Esplin and plate umpire Bill White watch play. Vancouver Sun, July 28, 1959

                 W    L   T  PTS
Boilermakers    21 -  5 - 2  44
Longshoremen    20 -  8 - 0  40
CYO             13 - 15 - 1  27
Fireman         10 - 15 - 1  21
Nisei            8 - 18 - 0  16
Westerns         6 - 17 - 2  14

(July 28)   Boilermakers clinched the pennant Tuesday night blanking Nisei 4-0 as Ken Neilson and Al Mayervich combined on a two-hitter. Neilson ran into trouble in the last inning when Nisei loaded the bases with one out. Mayervich relieved to strike out the last two batters to end the threat.

Neilson (W) Mayervich (7) and Ross
Montgomery (L) and Okano

(July 29)  Battling for a playoff slot, Westerns committed six errors Wednesday night and had to settle for a 4-4 draw with the Longshoremen at Powell Grounds.  The outcome leaves Westerns in last place, five points behind fourth-place Fireman and one back of Nisei. Longshoremen catcher Harry Schrieber and Westerns` Dave Skilnick were banished from the game for fighting.

Webb, Flichel (4) and Schrieber, McPhee (3), Webb (4)
Noble, Mahon (5) and Sullivan, Sigurdson (5)

(July 30)  CYO trounced the Boilermakers 13-6 behind home runs by Trev Swangard and John Kochan.  Boilermakers, who`ve clinched a playoff spot, found solace in a breakout by relief specialist Al Mayervich who broke a 0-24 slump at the plate with a triple and double.

Stein (W) and O`Connell, Candlish (6), Schmid (7)
G. Mayervich, Usselman (2), Wood (3), Ross (4), Archer (4), Hazeldine (5), Archer (5), A. Mayervich (5) and Rooney, Henry (5)

(July 31)   Fireman lost an opportunity to sew up the fourth and last playoff spot Friday when they couldn`t field a full team and were forced to forfeit to the Longshoremen. Due to night shift work only seven players showed up at Powell Grounds for the scheduled game.

(August 1)   As a no-hitter it wasn`t much of a pitching gem. John Mahon and Ken Nobel combined to hold Nisei without a hit as Westerns scored a 7-3 victory but Nisei managed to get 18 men on base as the pair issued 16 walks and the Westerns defense committed two errors in the seven inning contest. Mahon, a 16-year-old southpaw, issued 11 free passes and fanned five in three and one-third innings. Noble walked five and whiffed six in finishing the game.  Noble was also the top hitter with a double and triple and two runs batted in.

Montgomery (L) and Okano
Mahon, Nobel (4) and Sullivan

(August 2)   The Dewdney League All-Stars again dropped the Industrial leaguers taking a 4-1 victory Sunday. Dewdney won the first game 9-2. Bill Gillespie of the Duffs, top hurler in the Dewdney League with a 12-1 record, got credit for the win. The Dewdney Stars plated three runs in the first inning.

Gillespie, Davis (4), Michaud (6), Bryant (8) and Cameron
Flichel, Mayervich (1), Winbow (5), Archer (8), Mahon (9) and Ross

(August 5)  Dave Skilnick powered Westerns to a 4-3 win over Firemen to keep alive the Westerns' hopes of a playoff berth. Skilnick belted a two-run homer and a run-producing single. The two teams are tied for the last playoff spot.

Fuller, Kieler (6) and Esplin
Mahon, Zailo (5), Mahon (7) and Yanchuk

(August 7)   Playing coach Joe Yanchuk blasted a two-run homer and two singles to lead Westerns over the Firemen 10-3 Friday to clinch a spot in the playoffs.

Noble, Zailo (3) and Sullivan
Kieler, Bennewith (2), Connell (5) and Biggan

(August 10)  Longshoremen downed CYO 8-5 in the opening game of their semi-final series. Third baseman Jack Bell's two-run homer in the 4th put the Longshoremen in the lead for good. Left fielder Don Adams had a triple and two singles. Trevor Swangard had a double, single and two walks for CYO. Longshoremen's first baseman Gordie Webb and manager John Stellick were ejected in the 3rd inning for arguing an umpire's call. Nick Craig was the winner with relief help from Ken Digby in the 6th.

Stein, Brewer (5) and Schmid
Craig, Digby (6) and Schrieber

(August 11)   The Vancouver Sun published the following statistics, without any story, on August 11th. It is assumed they were the final statistics and that Roy Nosella of CYO captured the batting title with a .407 average, nosing out Harry Schrieber of the Longshoremen.  Norm Usselman of the Boilermakers was third, with a .375 mark. Gary Winbow of the Boilermakers was the top pitcher winning nine of ten decisions with his teammate Al Mayervich as the runner-up with a 7-1 record.  Morley Flichel of the Longshoremen also won nine, but had two defeats.

Nosella Roy CYO 59 24 .407
Schrieber Harry VLS 85 34 .400
Usselman Norm VBM 80 30 .375
Ross Ken VBM 95 35 .368
Adams Don VLS 67 24 .358
Dairon Wayne CYO 81 29 .358
Hallam Walt VWB 84 30 .357
Webb Gord VLS 104 35 .337
Maxwell Merv VFM 85 27 .318
Mori Elmer VN 85 27 .318
Winbow Gary VBM 9 1  
Mayervich Al VBM 7 1  
Digby Ken VLS 5 1  
Flichel Morley VLS 9 2  
Bennewith Arnold VFM 4 2

(August 12)   Longshoremen whipped CYO 10-2 Wednesday to take a 2-0 game lead in their semi-final series. Jack Bell did much of the damage hitting four-for-five, all singles, to knock in a pair of runs.  Mo Flichel, Bell and Gordy Webb singles, together with four CYO errors, accounted for a four-run outburst in the fourth inning. Roy Nosella blasted a home run for CYO in the 7th inning. Flichel scattered eight hits for the win.

Flichel (W) and Schrieber, McPhee (7)
Dell, Stein (5), Dairon (6) and Schmid

(August 13)  Boilermakers crushed Westerns 13-3 Thursday to capture their semi-final series in three straight games. Norm Usselman got the Boilers off on the right foot with a two-run homer in the first inning. An eight-run second frame put the game on ice.

Mahon (L), Dunn (2), Zailo (2), Noble (2), Addison (6) and Yanchuk, Sullivan (4), Myles (6)
Neilson (W) and Ross

(August 15)   Cece Stein fired a one-hitter and smacked a triple and double Saturday to lead CYO to its first win over Longshoremen in their semi-final series. CYO won, 7-2. 

Stein (W) and Candlish
Shaw, Craig (3), Digby (4) and Schrieber

(August 16)   CYO knotted the semi-final at two games each with a 2-1 victory on Sunday.  Seldom-used Wayne Dairon tossed a five-hitter for the win.  Cece Stein, the hero of Saturday's win, singled in the tying run in the 7th inning.

Arden (L) and Schrieber
Dairon (W) and Candlish

(August 17)   The CYO Red Raiders, once down 2-0 in their semi-final series, won a berth in the league final Monday with an 8-6 win over Longshoremen. CYO won three straight after dropping the first two. Cece Stein, a standout in CYO's weekend victories, set the Longshoremen down on five hits with brief relief help in the 3rd. Catcher Hunter Candlish wielded a big bat with a two-run homer and two doubles good for four runs batted in. Stein had to overcome six CYO errors to post the win. Harry Schrieber belted a home for the Longshoremen.

Stein, Dairon (3), Stein (3) and Candlish
Flichel and Schrieber

(August 18)   The opening game of the Industrial League final ended in a 3-3 draw and the league announced they would use a point system to determine the winner. The first team to eight points (two points for a win, one for a tie) takes the championship.  CYO jumped into a quick lead as George Keeley clobbered a pitch from Gary Winbow for a two-run homer in the first inning.  Boilermakers tied the score with a run in the bottom of the first and another in the second.  A bases-loaded single by Kevin O'Connell in the 6th put CYO back in the lead. But in the bottom of the 6th a bases-loaded walk to Norm Usselman knotted the count.

Stein, Clarke (3), Kochan (6) and Candlish
WInbow and Ross

(August 19)   Al Mayervich set an Industrial League record Wednesday night with 17 strikeouts in the seven-inning contest as Boilermakers dumped CYO 7-1 in the second game of the final series.  Mayervich's effort beat, by one, the record held jointly by CYO's Bob Lasko and Boilermakers' Nick Craig. Wayne Dennis hammered a three-run homer for the winners. 

Mayervich (W) and Ross
Brewer, Nosella (3), Swangard (7) and Candlish

(August 20)   Boilermakers thumped CYO, the defending champions, 11-5 Thursday at the Powell Street Grounds for their second straight win in the final series. Roy Archer slammed a two-run homer for the winners and Bob Hazeldine added a two-run double and a pair of walks.

Dairon (L), Kochan (2), Brewer (3), kelley (5) and Schmid
Neilson (W) and Ross

(August 21)   Trailing 3-0 in the 5th, CYO exploded for six runs in the 5th and another three in the 6th to dump Boilermakers 9-3 Friday.  Two home runs, a double, three singles and two errors accounted for the six-run frame. With one out, Hunter Candlish started the rally blasting a solo homer and Trev Swangard banged a four-bagger with Cal Murphy aboard.  In the 6th, Roy Nosella smacked a three-run homer.

Winbow, Foster (5), Mayervich (6) and Ross
Stein (W), Kochan (7) and Candlish

(August 23)   Bob Hazeldiine banged a pair of crucial doubles to lead Boilermakers a 2-1 victory over CYO. He doubled in the winning run in the sixth inning and scored the first run in the 2nd after belted a two-bagger.

Stein (L) and Candlish
May (W) and Ross

(August 24)   In a game reduced to five-innings because of darkness, the Boilermakers whipped CYO 7-4 to claim the 1959 Industrial League title taking the final series four games to one. Gary Winbow pitched the victory although tossed from the game in the fifth inning when he threw his bat after striking out. Sandy Nielson finished.

Winbow (W), Nielson (5) and Ross
Nosella (L), Clarke (2), Brewat (4) and Candlish


DEWDNEY BASEBALL LEAGUE

(May 6)   Dufferins walked away with a win over South Burnaby Wednesday night at Central Park.  Dufferins got three gift runs in the first inning, all coming home on walks, to set the stage for the victory.  Centre fielder Ed Lorenz sewed up the contest with a bases-loaded double in the 3rd.  Wilson, for the Dufferins, allowed but four hits in going the route for the win.

Wilson (W) and Garay
Barton (L), Spees (W), Walker (3) and Scott

(May 8)  The two-hit pitching of Bill Gillespie gave  Dufferins a 5-1 win over Burnaby A`s at Central Park Friday night. First baseman Bob Rooney lined a bases-loaded single, good for two runs and shortstop Roy Carpenter followed with a two-run single.  M. Volker belted a homer for Maple Ridge.

Smith (L) and Miller
Gilliespie (W) and Garay

Coquitlam scored four in the 3rd inning and managed to hold on for a 4-3 win over Maple Ridge Friday. 

Walker (L) and Boyer
Statton, Deans (6) and Cameron

(May 10)  Coquitlam took over sole possession of first place Sunday taking both games of a twin-bill. In the first game Coquitlam scored a 6-3 win over Dufferins. Right-hander Morley Deans held Dufferins to six hits to register the victory.  The winners had ten hits.  Jerry Lorenz and Matt Yanchuk poked homers for the losers.

Deans (W) and Cameron
Ruck, Drummond (5) and Leonard

Lefty Gil Turcotte, making his first start in six years, gave up just five hits as Coquitlam beat South Burnaby 4-1 in the second game. 

Smith (L), Spees (8), Thorne (8) and Scott
Turcotte (W) and Cameron

(May 11)    Coquitlam ran its unbeaten streak to six games Monday laying a 12-1 beating on Port Moody. The league leaders had 11 hits and two big innings, a five-run first and a six-run 4th. Fred Sabatine tossed a two-hitter for the win. Port Moody made six errors.

Sabatine (W) and Cameron, Deans (4)
Bryan (L), Gray (4) and Edwards

(May 13)   Ken Spees tossed a three-hitter Wednesday night to help South Burnaby to a 4-1 decision over Maple Ridge. He fanned seven and walked three. Frank Kozak had two of Burnaby`s six hits.

Tanner (L) and Kuntz
Ken Spees (W) and Scott

(May 17)   Coquitlam won another Sunday, scoring five unearned runs in the 4th inning for a 5-3 win over Dufferins. Davis pitched a five-hitter for the win.

Wilson, Gillespie (4) and Taylor
Davis (W) and Hammer

(May 18)   Dufferins put on an offensive show Monday to hand Coquitlam its first loss of the season, an 11-4 thumping. Eddie and Jerry Lorenz each had three hits to sparked the Dufferins' 13-hit barrage against five pitchers. Lorne Drummond gave up four runs in the first two innings, but then pitched seven shutout innings to register the win.

Statton, Deans (2), Sabatine (4), Turcotte (6), Wilde (7) and Cameron
Drummond (W) and Leonard

(May 22)   Coquitlam whipped Port Moody 12-4 Friday as the Rooney brothers sparked the attack. Doug Rooney had four hits and Bob chipped in with a two-run triple. Right-hander Bernie Wilde was the winning pitcher.

(May 31)   It was like night and day for the Dufferins in a double-header Sunday.  Coquitlam clobbered the Duffs 15-2 in the first game as Morley Deans pitched scoreless ball until the 9th.  Dufferins took it out on Maple Ridge in the second game pounding two hurlers for 15 hits in a 13-4 victory. Duffs fell behind 4-0 in the first inning then scored 13 unanswered runs to run away with ball game. John Ruck was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Wilson.

Drummond (L), Heathcote (3), Wilson (6) and Taylor
M. Deans (W) and Cameron, D. Deans (5)

Kennedy (L), Tanner (2) and Hayes
Wilson, Ruck (W) (1) and Taylor

(May 31)  In an afternoon game, Coquitlam defeated Maillardville 5-3.  A four-run 6th inning proved to be the difference.

Chabot, Hogue (5) and Seiders, Dutkewich
Davis (W) and Cameron

(June 3)   Port Moody beat South Burnaby 3-1 in a contest which featured fisticuffs during the 2nd inning.  Port Moody's Harold Edwards was ejected for taking a swipe at Frank Kozak.  Kozak had bumped Moody's Ivan Eriksson in a run-down. Kozak remained in the game and produced Burnaby's only run with an eighth inning homer.

(June 3)  Maillardville downed Coquitlam 5-3

(June 5)    Coquitlam rang up their 11th win in 15 starts Friday with an 11-7 win over Langley. Trailing 5-1, Coquitlam took the lead for good with an eight-run uprising in the 2nd inning. Langley out-hit the winners 10 to 5.  Deldish had a homer for Langley.

Stevens, Garcia (2), Kwasnicki (2) and Field
Statton, Davis (6) and Cameron

(June 7)    Coquitlam went on a hitting spree Sunday to add two more wins to its league lead.  The Dewdney League leaders cracked out 11 hits in the afternoon to win 14-2 over Langley, then blasted another 15 in the evening to trim Port Moody 15-5. Coquitlam got homers from Wallace and Madden while Wheelhouse had one for Port Moody.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

Sabatine (W) and Cameron
Lehman (L), Matthews (1), Gray (2) and Wishlove.

(June 7)  Dufferins came from behind to dump South Burnaby 10-5.  Trailing 5-2, Dufferins had a big, 7-run, 8th inning for the win. Bill Kinder and Frank Kozak belted homers for Burnaby.

Heathcote, Ruck (8), Gillespie (9) and Taylor
Smith, Walker (8), Thorne (8) and Scott

(June 10)   South Burnaby beat the league leaders Wednesday night topping Coquitlam 11-10. Don Smith picked up the win.

(June 12)   Dufferins Bob Gillespie continued his spectacular pitching Friday hurling a five-hitter for his fifth straight complete game victory in a 10-1 decision over Langley. The 23-year-old right-hander fanned eight and walked two. In 45 innings this season, Gillespie has allowed just four runs for a sparkling 0.80 earned run average. He's thrown three shutouts. Dufferins rapped out ten hits against three Langley moundsmen.

Breker, Stevens (3), Wark (7) and Russell
Gillespie (W) and Taylor

Coquitlam crushed Maple Ridge 17-2.  The winners scored eight runs in the 5th inning on two singles, eight walks and two errors. Morley Deans picked up the win, this third against two losses. Bob Stinson had a homer for Maple Ridge.

Kennedy, Jorgenson (4), Hannah (5), Davis (5) and Hayes
Deans, Statton (7) and Cameron

(June 26)    Fred Sabatine was the story as Coquitlam clobbered Maillardville 12-4 Friday. On the mound, Sabatine allowed only seven hits while, at the plate, he went two-for-four with a triple and three runs batted in.

Michaud, Hogue (5) and McCauley
Sabatine (W) and Cameron

(June 28)  Catcher Jack Cameron sparked the Coquitlam attack in a 4-3 win over South Burnaby. Cameron had three hits, including a run-scoring triple.  Burnaby got home runs from Ken Spees and Dave Milne.

Smith, Spees (5) and Scott
Deans (W) and Cameron

(July 1)   Dufferins unleashed a 17-hit barrage to bury Port Moody 13-3 Wednesday afternoon. Wayne Leonard and Paul Walyniec each rapped three safeties to lead the hit parade. Bill Taylor slugged a homer. John Ruck went six innings for the win before developing a sore arm.  John Heathcote finished.

Matthews (L) and Docker
Ruck, Heathcote (6) and Leonard

(July 3) Duffs stopped fourth-place Maple Ridge 6-2 Friday at Central Park. John Heathcote held the losers to five hits.

Tanner (L) and Bowyer
Heathcote (W) and Leonard

The cream of the baseball crop will gather Sunday at Hammond Park for the annual all-star game. The five best players from each team will make the rosters. The three eastern teams will take on the four western teams.

(July 8)   23-year-old ace Bill Gillespie ran his record to 10-0 Wednesday night with a five-hit effort as Dufferins topped South Burnaby 6-3.  Duffs survived five errors as they collected 11 hits off loser Don Smith.

Gillespie (W) and Taylor
Smith (L) and Miller

(July 10)   Morley Deans was a one-man show for Coquitlam Friday as he took care of both the pitching and the winning run as Coquitlam edged Maple Ridge 3-2, notching a pair of runs in the bottom of the 9th. After two walks and Bob Trawins game-tying single, Deans blasted a liner into left field to plate the winner. He also had a single in the 5th to drive in their first run and went the distance with a five-hitter on the mound.

Minty (L) and Bowyer
Deans (W) and Cameron

(July 10)   The second place Dufferins had just five hits but walked away with an 8 to 6  win over Maillardville. The Duffs scored seven runs on just two hits over the first three innings thanks to 11 bases on balls from Maillardville starter Ron HougeJack Warren and Lynn Bylund each knocked in three runs with a pair of hits. Stan Stewartson had three hits, one a triple.

Houge, Inster (3) and Dutkewich
Heathcote, Gillespie (6) and Leonard

(July 15)   Outstanding relief hurling by Darrel Clark was a highlight of South Burnaby's 6-3 upset victory over league-leading Coquitlam Wednesday.  Clark came on in the 7th inning with Burnaby up by a run facing a bases loaded situation with two out. He proceeded to fan Buck Wingrove to end the frame and retired the next six batters he faced. Jim Ridley, who had two base knocks, stole home in the 6th with the winning run.

Statton, Deans (7) and Cameron
Spees, Walker (5), Clark (7) and Scott

(July 17)   Playing coach Lorne Drummond pitched Dufferins into first place in the Dewdney circuit. The left-hander held Langley to seven hits as the Duffs rapped 14 safeties to score an easy 10-1 victory.  Duffs needed help to claim the top rung and Port Moody provided the assistance with an 8-3 triumph over Coquitlam. The result gave the Duffs a one point margin.  Centre fielder Ed Lorenz led the Duffs at the plate with a two-run homer and a pair of singles. Paul Walyniec added a homer and single.

Catcher Ivan Eriksson paced Port Moody with a two-run homer and two singles.

Bryan (W) and Eriksson
Deans (L), Davis (6) and Cameron

Wark (L), Pedish (5) and Russell
Drummond (W) and Taylor

(July 19)   Dufferins extended their league lead to three points Sunday downing second-place Coquitlam 6-4. In other games, South Burnaby topped Port Moody 9-7 and Maple Ridge clobbered Langley 20-9.

(July 19)  The Dewdney League won the first game of a home-and-home All-Star competition with the Industrial loop, notching a 9-2 victory at Maple Ridge. Dewdney out-hit the visitors 10 to 3.

Foster, Mayervich (3), Winbow (6), Archer (8) and Ross
Michaud, Gillespie (4), Bryant (7), Work (9) and Cameron

(July 23)   Duffs and Maple Ridge fought to a 6-6 tie Thursday in a game in which the Dufferins may have lost the services of their playing coach. Lorne Drummond injured his ankle chasing a fly ball in left field. 

Gillespie and Taylor
MInty and Bowyer

(July 23)  Port Moody blanked Langley 3-0.

(July 24)  Don Wilson celebrated his return to active duty with the Dufferins firing a two-hitter in blanking Port Moody 3-0.  The win assured the Duffs of at least a tie for first in the Dewdney League. Wilson had a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Ivan Eriksson broke the spell. Paul Walyniec provided all the offense the Duffs would need with a first inning double which scored two runs and he later scored himself.

Lehman (L) and Docker
Wilson (W) and Leonard

(July 26)   Dufferins captured their second straight Dewdney League pennant Sunday when they annihilated Maillardville 14-2.  Bill Gillespie hurled a five-hitter to post his 12th win of the season. He's lost just one. Gerry Lorenz crushed a three-run homer for the winners who salted away the game with an eight-run second inning.

Gillespie (W) and Leonard
Michaud (L), Stewartson (2) and Dutkewich

(July 26)   Ken Routley blasted a homer with a man aboard in the first inning to set the stage for Coquitlam's 5-1 win over Langley.  Wayne Statton scattered nine hits for the pitching win.

Zilinski (L) and Russell
Statton (W) and Cameron

(July 26)  South Burnaby rebounded from a 4-0 deficit to whip Port Moody 11-8.  Tied at 8-8, Burnaby scored three in the 8th inning for the win.

Matthews, Bryant (5), Lehman (8) and Eriksson
Smith, Clarke (5), Lapthorne (6) and Scott

(July 29)   Maple Ridge took over sole possession of fourth place by stopping South Burnaby 5-3. Port Moody downed Maillardville 5-4.

(August 4)    Burnaby topped Maillardville 8-5 Wednesday to force a fourth-place tie between Maillardville and Maple Ridge. A sudden-death playoff is set for Sunday.

Mohoruk, Chabot (6) and Dutkewich
Lapthorne, Spees (3), Walker (8) and Miller

(August 13)   Maple Ridge rapped ten hits Thursday to down Coquitlam 5-1 to tie their best-of-five semi-final at a game apiece. Davis pounded a homer for the winners.

Statton (L), Deans (7) and Cameron
Walker (W) and Bowyer

(August 16)   Burnaby Athletics upset the defending champion Duffs 4-0 and 8-2 Sunday to take the best of five series in four games. 

(August 16)  Coquitlam split a home and home series to tie their semi-final at two games apiece. Coquitlam won the first game at home 17-8 rapping out 15 hits. Maple Ridge had 11 safeties and each team made seven errors. Maple Ridge pounded out 14 hits in the second game to win, 8-1. Merv Minty fired a three-hitter for the mound win.

Anderson (L), Tanner (5), Jorgenson (8) and Bowyer
Davis (W) and Cameron, Deans (9)

Sabatine (L) and Cameron
Minty (W) and Bowyer

(August 18)   Coquitlam edged Maple Ridge 3-2 Tuesday to win a berth in the Dewdney League finals series. Three costly errors, a walk and two sacrifice bunts scored two runs in the 10th inning to give Coquitlam the final game of the best-of-five semi-final.  Ken Jorgenson and Merv Minty, who relieved in the 4th, allowed only two hits. Morley Deans went the distance for the winners, scattering five hits.

Jorgenson, Minty (4) and Bowyer
Deans (W) and Cameron

(August 23)   Burnaby took both games from Coquitlam Sunday to take a stranglehold on the best-of-seven final. They won 5-0 at Central Park behind the three-hit pitching of Graham Lapthorne and came back to take the night game 7-6 at Coquitlam. Right-fielder Jim Kelley powered the Burnaby offense with two doubles and two RBI in each game.

(August 25)   Bill Strifel, one of the smallest players in the Dewdney loop, pitched Coquitlam to its first win in the best-of-seven final series Tuesday at Coquitlam. The 23-year-old southpaw fired a five-hitter in the 5-1 victory over Burnaby.

Lapthorne (L), Steds (5), Walker (5) and Scott
Strifel (W) and Cameron

(August 27)  Coquitlam dumped South Burnaby 8-4 Thursday to knot the final series at two games apiece. A four-run outburst in the fourth inning of the five-inning game proved decisive.

Statton, Sabatine (W) (1) and Cameron
Smith (L), Walker (4), Spees (4) and Miller

(August 28)   Coquitlam thumped Burnaby 9-5 Friday to take a 3-2 game lead in the best of seven final series. Howard Mackey sparked the winners with three hits driving in two runs. Morley Deans went the route for the winners allowing eight hits, including homers by Ed Ledlin and Dave Milne.

Barton, Lapthorne (7) and Scott
Dean(s) and Cameron.

(August 30)   Coquitlam won its third straight Dewdney League championship Sunday defeating South Burnaby 7-5 at Central Park to take the best of seven series four games to two.  Coquitlam scored five runs in the first inning en route to the triumph.

Davis, Deans and Cameron, Jack (7)
Smith, Lapthorne (1) and Scott


FRASER VALLEY LEAGUE 

Agassiz Loggers
Chilliwack Monarchs
Mission Locals (also called the Aces)
Yarrow Ocean Sprays

(May 14)  Behind the three-hit pitching of Arnie Bennewith, the defending league champion Agassiz Loggers walked all over the Chilliwack Monarchs 15 to 2. 

(May 19)  A youthful band of Mission balltossers jumped into a three-run lead in the opening inning and never looked back, earning a well-deserved 7 to 2 decision over the hosting Chilliwack Monarchs. Winning pitcher Ray Fujikawa tossed a three-hitter and clouted a two-run round-tripper in support of his mound effort.

Fujikawa (W) and Kirkwood
Fetterly (L), Goodey (3) and Pearson, Usher (3)

(May 21)  The defending-champion Agassiz Loggers and the Yarrow Ocean Sprays battled to an 8 – 8 draw in a loosely-played Fraser Valley League joust. Both teams came up with five-spots in the second inning. The Loggers went ahead 6 to 5 in the third and increased the margin to 8 to 5 in the fourth. Ernie Ratzlaff saved the day for the Sprays by blasting a bases-loaded triple in the bottom-of-the-fifth to salvage the tie. Agassiz held a 7 to 4 advantage in base hits and also out-fumbled the Yarrow squad by a 6 to 3 margin.

Watkins, Striker (4) and Whelpton
E. Ratzlaff, Pete Ratzlaff (4) and Gilchrist

(May 26)  Playing through continual showers which eventually halted a sloppy game after five innings of play, the Yarrow Ocean Sprays prevailed 7 to 1 over the Chilliwack Monarchs. With slippery baseballs being a constant problem, a total of 14 walks were given up by both teams. The Sprays sent eleven batters to the plate in the fourth canto, scoring six times on only two credited hits. Don Smith’s bases-loaded blow to right-centre field in that inning produced three runs and was the most significant clout of the game. Pete Ratzlaff went the distance on the Yarrow hill to earn the victory.

Pete Ratzlaff (W) and Gilchrist
Columbus (L), Jordan (4) and Bennett, Usher (4) 

(May 27)  Mission vs Agassiz

(May 31)  The hosting Mission Locals doubled the Chilliwack Monarchs 8 to 4 in Fraser Valley League action. Archie McLellan walloped a solo dinger for the Monarchs.

Fetterly (L), Smith, Jordan and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

(June 2)  A 10 to 5 setback at the hands of the Agassiz Loggers extended the winless streak of the Chilliwack Monarchs to five games to start this young season. Right-hander Len Watkins went the distance on the knoll for the Loggers, earning the win. Monarchs’ starter Ernie Reichelt was charged with the loss. Wayne Edmondson belted a two-run tater for the winners.

(June 3)  The Agassiz Loggers and invading Yarrow Ocean Sprays locked horns in a Fraser Valley League tilt and battled to a 3 – 3 draw, the second time this campaign that the foes have fought to a tie. The Loggers, with Arnie Bennewith on the bump, kept the Sprays handcuffed on two hits through the first six innings, taking a 2 to 0 lead. The clubs traded singletons in the seventh but Yarrow erased a 3 to 1 deficit in the eighth when Don Smith and Ernie Harder stroked RBI singles. 

Pete Retzlaff, Coleman (5) and Smith
A. Bennewith and Whelpton

(June 10)  Although outhit by a healthy 11 to 5 margin, the Agassiz Loggers managed to take a 6 to 4 decision from the Chilliwack Monarchs. A timely three-bagger by pitcher Arnie Bennewith made all the difference. With three mates aboard, the Loggers’ slab artist sent his team in front to stay at the expense of losing twirler Grant Jordan.

(June 11)  The Chilliwack Monarchs came from behind to gain a 4 to 3 win over the Yarrow Ocean Sprays. The victory was the first of the season for Chilliwack while Yarrow was stung with its initial defeat of the campaign. Consecutive first-inning doubles by Ernie Retzlaff and Dennis Richardson staked the Sprays to a 1 to 0 lead in the opening panel. The Monarchs tied it up in the second when Dave Britz crossed the dish following an RBI single by Grant Jordan. Yarrow moved ahead once more in their half of the second when Dennis Klaassen singled, move to second on a passed ball and romped home on Jack Derksen’s liner to left. Control problems by the Ocean Sprays’ starter Joe Drdul and reliever Pete Retzlaff allowed the Monarchs to plate a three-spot in the sixth. Yarrow tallied once in the bottom-of-the-ninth to end the scoring but it was a case of too little, too late. Ed Weymouth, in his first hurling assignment as a Monarch, went the route to capture the hillock triumph.

Weymouth (W) and xxx
Drdul (L), Pete Retzlaff (6), E. Retzlaff (6) and xxx

(June 17)  The Yarrow Ocean Sprays were doused by the youthful Mission club 7 to 5 in a Fraser Valley League battle on the grounds of the North Shore nine. The Sprays outhit the Locals 10 to 6 but weren’t able to capitalize on many of their scoring opportunities. Larry Strohmeier of the victors had the game’s longest blow, a two-run triple. Ralph Donatelli picked up the win while Ci Coleman absorbed the defeat.

Coleman (L), E. Ratzlaff (4) and Gilchrist
Donatelli (W), Fujikawa (5) and Kirkwood

(June 18)  The Agassiz Loggers scored six times in their first turn at bat to overwhelm the hosting Yarrow Ocean Sprays 9 to 3. The opening-inning barrage included doubles by Deasum and winning pitcher John Striker as well as a home run by Wayne Edmondson. Striker limited the Sprays to four hits in a route-going performance.

Striker (W) and Whelpton
Drdul (L), Pete Ratzlaff (1) and Gilchrist

(June 19)  The undefeated Mission Locals won their sixth in a row, disposing of the Chilliwack Monarchs 10 to 8. The Mission diamondeers chased starter Ed Weymouth from the mound in the first inning, battering him for four runs of four hits. The Monarchs got two back in their half of the frame, a double by Dave Britz being the key blow, and knotted the count with another deuce in the third on a two-bagger by Archie McLellan. Britz then helped vault Chilliwack into a temporary 7 to 4 lead with a three-run dinger but that margin didn’t last long as Mission sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth and plated a half-dozen counters on three hits, three walks and three Monarch errors. A sixth-inning singleton by the losers had no bearing on the final result and erased a stellar evening that Britz enjoyed as he finished with two doubles and a circuit-clout. Larry Strohmeier went the route on the hillock for the winners, yielding seven safeties.  

L. Strohmeier (W) and Kirkwood
Weymouth, Jordan (L) (1) and Usher

Standings            W      L      T       Pts.
Mission              6      0      0        12
Agassiz              4      2      2        10
Yarrow               2      2      2         6 
Chilliwack           1      5      0         2  

(June 23)  Big Grant Jordan hurled a one-hitter to lift Chilliwack’s surging Monarchs to a 7 to 2 triumph over the Yarrow Ocean Sprays. Jordan had a no-hitter going until the eighth inning when Yarrow’s Ernie Ratzlaff broke the ice with a double. The right-handed Jordan, who swings from the left-side, also sparkled at the platter, creaming the orb for a two-run tater in the eighth. Teammate Jerry Kellington picked up four singles in a commendable four-for-five effort. Pete Ratzlaff, combed for 18 safeties, was stung with the loss, his third straight hillock defeat.

Pete Ratzlaff (L) and Gilchrist
Jordan (W) and Usher

(June 25)  The Yarrow Ocean Sprays got back into the winning mode, running over Mission’s front-running Locals 9 to 3. The Locals, a.k.a. the Aces, were held to five scattered hits off the slants of winning tosser Ernie Ratzlaff. Meanwhile, the Sprays gathered eight base knocks of a triad of Mission moundsmen.

L. Strohmeier (L), Fujikawa (3), Smith (8) and Kirkwood, McCormick (3)
E. Ratzlaff (W) and Gilchrist

(July 7)  After dropping three straight, Yarrow’s revived Ocean Sprays picked up their second straight win, taking a 4 to 1 decision from the Chilliwack Monarchs. Winning pitcher Ernie Ratzlaff had his shutout bid spoiled in the eighth inning when Archie McLellan doubled and was driven home on a single by Norm Chambers. Outside of that brief offensive thrust, the Sprays were in command all the way starting with the opening inning when Denny Richardson began things with a two-run double. They added to their total with singletons in the second and fourth.

(July 12)  The Chilliwack Monarchs fought back from a 7 to 0 deficit to tie the score at 9 – 9 in the eighth inning but finally lost 10 to 9 to the hosting Yarrow Ocean Sprays. Barney Thiessen’s two-out RBI single in the bottom-of-the-ninth gave the Sprays the walkoff win. It was a heavy-hitting and sloppily-played affair with Chilliwack having an 11 to 8 edge in base hits. Don Smith of the Yarrow nine and the Monarch’s Wayne Matheson both belted two-run four-baggers. Top swatsmith in the contest was losing flinger Norm Fetterly who went four-for-five at the platter. Ci Coleman picked up the win in a relief role.

Fetterly (L) and Matheson
Pete Ratzlaff, E. Ratzlaff (7), Coleman (W) (8) and Gilchrist 

(July 16)  An explosive first inning in which they scored five runs propelled the Yarrow Ocean Sprays to a 10 to 4 conquest of the visiting Agassiz Loggers. First sacker Jake Wiebe’s two-run dinger was the key blow in the early uprising while triples by Ci Coleman and Ernie Harder were also instrumental in the surge. Right-hander Ernie Ratzlaff was the beneficiary of his mates’ batting prowess and went the route fashioning a six-hitter for the win. Don Smith laced three singles for the victors. Losing twirler Arnie Bennewith had the Loggers’ longest swat, a second-inning triple.

A. Bennewith (L), Watkins (8) and Whelpton
Ernie Ratzlaff (W) and Gilchrist

(July 19)  The Agassiz Loggers continued their mastery over the Chilliwack baseballers, coming from behind to edge the Monarchs 7 to 6. Curveball artist Len Wilkins of the Agassiz squad bested Chilliwack’s Norm Fetterly in the see-saw affair played in scorching heat. The Loggers pulled the game out of the fire by scoring the equalizer and the winning run in the top-of-the-ninth panel.

Watkins (W) and xxx
Fetterly (L) and Drdul

(July 21)  The Chilliwack Monarchs won their third game of the season outswatting the Yarrow Ocean Sprays 12 to 7. The loss was the Sprays first in six games. Ernie Reichelt, touched for nine hits, went the distance on the Chilliwack knoll to gain credit for the win. Playing-manager “Bugs” Usher started things off for the Monarchs in the first when he doubled and scored on a single by Dave Britz. A five-run second-inning lengthened the Chilliwack lead and they never looked back. 

Pete Ratzlaff (L), Coleman (2) and Smith
Reichelt (W) and Usher

(July 28)  Norm Fetterly pitched the Chilliwack Monarchs to a 10 to 4 conquest of the second-place Agassiz Loggers at Chilliwack Park. A six-run, seventh-inning outburst sealed the deal for the Monarchs. Right-hander Len Watkins was nicked with the loss.

(July 29)  In the first of a home-and-home set of Fraser Valley League clashes, the Yarrow Ocean Sprays dumped the Mission Locals 6 to 2 in Mission. The Sprays, with right-hander Ernie Ratzlaff toeing the rubber and controlling the Mission bats, jumped into a 5 to 0 first-inning lead and never looked back.

Ernie Ratzlaff (W) and xxx
Fast (L), Fujikawa (1), L. Strohmeier (1) and xxx

(July 30)  The league-leading Mission Locals readily accepted the hospitality they afforded the Yarrow Ocean Sprays an evening previous by taking down their hosts 8 to 3. The invading Mission crew outhit the Sprays 8 to 5, taking control of the fracas with a five-run fifth inning. Two home runs were blasted in the contest, one each by the Locals’ Ray Fujikawa and Yarrow’s Ernie Ratzlaff. 

xxx (W) and xxx
Phil Ratzlaff (L), Coleman (5), Ernie Ratzlaff (5), H. Froese (8)

(August 4)  Darkness prevented a possible 6 to 5 win for the Chilliwack Monarchs slip away in a game with the Yarrow Ocean Sprays. The one-run Monarch lead, gained after 7-1/2 innings of play, was wiped out when things were halted prematurely by the lack of illumination and, as a result, the score reverted to 5 to 2 in favor of the Sprays, the home club, who were entitled to another turn at bat to complete the inning. In the seven-inning encounter that was officially recognized, the Yarrow bats dominated the action, slamming out a brace of home runs and a triad of doubles. Back-to-back circuit clouts in the second inning were recorded by Ernie Harder and Jake Wiebe. Ci Coleman walloped a third baseball out of the ball park but his apparent four-bagger was nullified and declared a double when he failed to touch third base during his home run trot around the sacks.

Reichelt (L), Fetterly (5), Reichelt (5) and Drdul
E. Ratzlaff (W) and Gilchrist

(August 6)  For the fourth time this season, the Yarrow Ocean Sprays upended the league-leading Mission Locals. The Sprays, who are making a strong bid for second place in the Fraser Valley circuit, defeated Mission 6 to 4 on the diamond of the North Shore nine. Pete “Six” Ratzlaff was the big noise for winners, pitching them to victory as well as slamming in the winning and insurance runs with a fifth-inning double. After his key blow, Retzlaff kept the hosts off the scoreboard, allowing them only one hit in each of the following three innings.

(August 11)  The lowly Chilliwack Monarchs, cellar-dwellers in the Fraser Valley Baseball League, upset first-place Mission 2 to 1. With an airtight defense and the strong hurling of curve-balling, right-hander Norm Fetterly, the Chilliwack nine won it in the eighth inning on Wayne Matheson’s RBI double, breaking a 1 – 1 tie. The north shore visitors had opened the scoring in the top-of-the-sixth stanza when leadoff hitter Don Strohmeier hoisted one of Fetterly’s deliveries over the right field wall for a solo dinger. Big Roy Morrow, the Monarchs’ first baseman, ripped out a single in the bottom-half of the spasm, moved into scoring position on a fielder’s choice and tied the match by crossing the dish on an error. Mission had their ace moundsman Ray Fujikawa working on the knoll and although he was touched for just three hits, two of them were timely in that they accounted for the pair of Monarch tallies.

(August 11)  The Agassiz Loggers moved a full game in front of the Yarrow Ocean Sprays in their battle for second place by downing the visitors 5 to 2 at Centennial Park. The steady five-hit pitching of Arnie Bennewith sparked them to the victory. The Sprays were wobbly on defense, committing six fielding miscues which led to all five of the Loggers’ tallies. The meltdown nullified a fine pitching performance by Ernie Ratzlaff who was nicked with the loss despite yielding just three safeties.

E. Ratzlaff (L) and Klaassen
A. Bennewith (W) and Whelpton

(August 13)  The Agassiz Loggers and hosting Yarrow Ocean Sprays played to a 5 – 5 draw in a Fraser Valley League skirmish. Both teams had four hits in the hard-fought tilt. A grand-slam homer by Agassiz’s Charlie Lindbloom in the top-of-the-sixth inning allowed the Loggers to take a 5 to 4 lead which was short-lived as the Sprays scored the equalizer in the bottom-half of the chapter. Rifle-armed catcher Bill Gilchrist of the Yarrow aggregation was the defensive star of the contest, throwing out three Loggers attempting to steal second base.

Johnson, Striker (1) and Whelpton
Pete Ratzlaff, E. Ratzlaff (4) and Gilchrist 

(August 18)  Right-hander Don Smith pitched a one-hitter in leading the Yarrow Ocean Sprays to a 4 to 1 conquest of the Chilliwack Monarchs. Catcher “Bugs” Usher, with a first-inning single, was the lone Chilliwack batter to get to Smith for a base rap. In that frame, Dave Britz scored after a walk, Usher’s single and an infield error. Jack East pitched his first game of the season for the Monarchs and was nursing a 1 to 0 lead until the fourth episode when Yarrow knotted the count on an RBI single by Ernie Harder. Things fell apart for East in the sixth, however, when the Sprays posted a three-spot. Outfielder Barney Thiessen drove in the winning and insurance markers with a one-bagger and later scored a fourth run on an RBI single by Dennis Richardson. The versatile Smith rang up eight punchouts in recording a win in his initial starting assignment.  

Smith (W) and Gilchrist
East (L) and Usher, Drdul (5)

PLAYOFFS   
SEMI-FINALS  (best-of-five series)  Chilliwack vs Mission and Yarrow vs Agassiz

(August 20)  With two swings of Charlie Lindbloom’s bat, the Agassiz Loggers picked up six runs and a one-game lead in their best-of-five semi-final playoffs with Yarrow. The mighty Lindbloom clouted a brace of four-baggers for the Agassiz diamond troopers as the Loggers prevailed 10 to 7. The first of Lindbloom’s blows was a grand-slam tater after his club fell behind 4 to 1 and the second blast was a two-run shot. Arnie Bennewith survived a hectic first inning on the knoll when he was rocked for a four-spot by the Sprays but went the distance for the win.

Pete Ratzlaff, E. Ratzlaff (3), Pete Ratzlaff (L) (4), H. Froese (5) and Gilchrist
A. Bennewith (W) and Whelpton  

(August 20)  The Mission Locals doubled the Chilliwack Monarchs 6 to 3 to take a one-game lead in their semi-final showdown.  

(August 23)  Mission’s pennant-winning Locals proved too powerful for the last-place Chilliwack Monarchs as they swept a doubleheader by scores of 10 to 9 in ten innings and 13 to 5 to capture their semi-final playoff series three games to none. The Chilliwack nine overcame a six-run deficit late in the opener to take a short-lived 9 to 8 lead heading into the bottom-of-the-ninth inning. The Locals scored the equalizer in their half of the canto and won it in overtime when Ernie Tanner led off the tenth with a single and plated the winner on Smiley’s RBI hit.
Mission ran away with the nightcap, nailing the deliveries of Monarch tossers Ernie Reichelt and “Bud” Goodey to every corner of the ball yard as southpaw Larry Strohmeier breezed to an easy victory.  

(August 27)  A huge 10 to 9 conquest of the Agassiz Loggers by the Yarrow Oceans Sprays tied their best-of-five semi-finals at a game apiece. The Sprays fell behind 9 to 0 and the game appeared to be over until the next-to-last inning when the Yarrow nine began a miraculous comeback, chasing starter Arnie Bennewith from the mound and greeting his successor, John Striker, with no better reception. The Sprays used four chuckers in the tilt, Don Smith, Pete Ratzlaff, Ernie Ratzlaff and winner Dennis Richardson.

(August 30)  The Yarrow Ocean Sprays were eliminated from the Fraser Valley Baseball League playoffs after losing both ends of a doubleheader to the Loggers in Agassiz. The scores in both games were close, 4 to 2 and 4 to 3.  In the opener, slugger Charlie Lindbloom of the Loggers was responsible for all his team’s runs. His first-inning hit drove in Wayne Edmondson and Howard Whelpton. Then, after singling and scoring in the third stanza, he launched a solo round-tripper in the seventh. Yarrow’s two counters came when Jake Wiebe and Ci Coleman crossed the plate on Jack Derksen’s single. Arnie Bennewith pitched the entire game for the winners, gaining the mound verdict over Don Smith

The second half of the double-dip was a cliffhanger which saw the Sprays finally buckle under the tension. Yarrow’s early 1 to 0 lead was wiped out in the third when winning chucker Len Watkins gave his club a one-run advantage by driving in John Striker and Westlin on a single. Striker then drove in Howard Whelpton with a fifth-inning base rap to make it 3 to 1. The Sprays tied the score in the sixth when Bill Gilchrist singled and touched home on Ernie Harder’s two-bagger. Harder, in turn, was driven in with the equalizer on a single off the bat of Ci Coleman. Yarrow threatened in each of the following innings but the potential rallies died with runners stranded. Agassiz wrapped it up in the bottom-of-the-ninth as Arnie Bennewith nailed a walkoff single off reliever Ernie Ratzlaff with the sacks full to score Muir from third base.  

FINALS  (best-of-seven series) Mission vs Agassiz

(September 6)  Following a doubleheader in Mission, both of them extra-inning encounters, the two finalists broke even with one win apiece.  After they had used four pitchers and battled 12 innings, the hosting Locals finally buckled under the pressure as they bowed out 8 to 4 to the Agassiz Loggers in the opener. Arnie Bennewith went the distance for the win while Larry Strohmeier, Ralph Donatelli, Chuck Tanner and Glen Matheson shared mound duties for the vanquished nine. Starting chucker Strohmeier went long distance with a four-bagger for the Locals.

The second-half of the twin-bill saw Chuck Tanner lace a bases-loaded double in the overtime session to give Mission a 5 to 3 victory. In addition to hurling the knoll victory, Mission’s Ray Fujikawa  blasted a brace of home runs.

September 13)  The Agassiz Loggers, playing on their home turf, took both ends of a playoff doubleheader from the pennant-winning Mission squad, bouncing the Locals by scores of 12 to 7 and 8 to 6. Agassiz now leads the best-of-seven final series three games to one.

(September 20)  No result of game five, scheduled for Mission, was found in print. Ditto for any possible games beyond.