1962 Game Reports, BC Interior     

1962 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1962 BC Interior 
1962 Vancouver Island   

OKANAGAN MAINLINE LEAGUE

(April 15)   The defending champion Kelowna Labatts kicked off the new season Sunday splitting a double-header with the visiting Merritt Metros. Merritt took the first game 6-4, in 12 innings, with Kelowna battling back for a 6-5 win in the second game, called after five innings because of darkness. Metros scored their first run of the season with a bases loaded walk to Bruno Ceccon in the second inning.  Labatts tied it in the fourth on an error then took the lead with three runs in the fifth on five hits and three errors. As reliever Larry Webster blanked Kelowna after relieving in the seventh, Merritt fought back to tie at 4-4 then with runs by Bill Martino and John Couchin in the 12th copped the victory.

Kim Elliott, Larry Webster (W) (7) and Radies
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Kelowna broke loose for four runs in the first inning of the second game but Metros got one of their own as Russ Graff drove in John Couchin. In the fifth, Couchin's homer put Merritt in the lead 5-4 but Labatts bounced with with two in the bottom of the fifth to claim the triumph.

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Bill Martino (L) and xxx

(April 22)    Merritt Metros were successful in their home opener Sunday crushing Trail Smoke Eaters 13-1 and 9-3 at Voght Park.  In the first game, Merritt put the game out of reach scoring seven times in the sixth inning in sending 12 batters to the plate. Larry Webster held the visitors to four hits.

George Ferguson (L) and xxx
Larry Webster (W) and xxx

Lefty Carl Sheeley held the Smokies to six hits in the second game as Merritt came from behind with five runs in the fourth inning.  Catcher Bob Radies scored five times for the winners.

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Carl Sheeley (W) and Radies

(April 29)   Merritt Metros thrilled the home crowd at Voght Park Sunday with a sensational comeback to down Kelowna Labatts 10-9 in the second game of a twin bill after winning the opener 5-1.  Bill Martino's two-run homer in the eighth inning of the second game was the winning blow. In the fourth inning Kelowna had an 8-0 advantage and they added a run in the sixth to go ahead 9-4, Merritt charged back with four markers in the seventh on hits by Harry Kimura, Martino, Russ Graff and Keith Cousins to set the stage for Martino's heroics in the eighth. Larry Webster, who tossed a five-hitter for the win in the first game, blanked Kelowna for three innings to pick up the win in the nightcap. Bruno Ceccon drove in four runs for the winners.

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Larry Webster (W) and Radies

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Carl Sheeley, Bill Martino, Webster (W) (7) and Radies

(May 6)    At Polson Park, Vernon, Merritt Metros ran their winning streak to six games with a sweep of a twin-bill, 4-3 and 3-2. Again, Larry Webster was a star for the winners, picking up pitching wins in both games and driving in the deciding marker in the ninth inning of the second game.  In the opener, Vernon took the lead with three runs in the fifth frame but Merritt quickly rebounded to tie with three in the sixth on a walk to Bruno Ceccon, a double by John Couchin and single by Bill Martino.  In the ninth, a single by Russ Graff brought in Ceccon with the winner.

Larry Webster (W) and xxx
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In the second game, again Merritt won it in the final frame. With the score tied at 2-2, Webster who relieved starter Bill Martino in the seventh, came up with two runners aboard and launched a single to score Keith Cousins to hand the win to the Metros.

Bill Martino, Webster (W) (7) and xxx
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(May 13)   Merritt, now called the Luckies, extended their winning streak to eight games Sunday at Voght Park shading Oliver 4-3 in the first of two before running wild in a 21-10 victory in the second game.  The visitors, determined to take home at least one triumph, had brought in Tom Sisul, a semi-pro hurler from Tacoma, Washington, but he lasted less than an inning as Merritt smacked five consecutive hits in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. Larry Webster went seven innings for the pitching win, his sixth win without a loss.

Tom Sisul, Gary Driessen (L) (1) and xxx
Larry Webster, Bill Martino (W) (6) and xxx

The second contest developed into a slugfest in which Merritt galloped off to a 10-1 lead before the visitors narrowed the gap with five in the third and three in the fifth. An eight-run explosion by the Luckies in the sixth put the game out of reach.  Russ Graff had two hits in the big inning and Alex Hunchak poked a two-run triple. Gary Driessen smacked a homer for Oliver in the seventh and last frame.

Sisul (L) Driessen, Al Hooker and xxx
Webster, Martino (W) and xxx

(May 20)   Elroy Jacobs of Oliver is the batting leader in the early going in the Okanagan Mainline League with a .533 average in 15 at bats.  Russ Keckalo of Vernon is the runner-up with a .473 mark and Russ Graff of Merritt is third, hitting .437.  Bill Martino of Merritt leads in runs, 12, and hits, 13.  Larry Webster of Merritt is the winningest hurler with six wins and no losses.  Gary Driessen of Oliver has three wins and one loss. Webster is tops in ERA with a 1.18 mark.

(May 27)   With a double-header sweep of the winless Penticton Red Sox, Merritt consolidated its hold on first place, jumping four games up on second place Oliver. Luckies whipped the Sox 7-0 and 10-4 at Voght Park Sunday. The victories ran Merritt's winning streak to ten games.

Trail notched its first wins of the season with 9-8 and 6-3 wins over Vernon and Oliver OBCs defeated Kamloops Okonots 21-7 and 8-4. 

Kim Elliott was a pitching and hitting star in the first game. He fired a third-hit shutout in the first game, fanning ten and provided the key hit in the second inning driving in three runs with a two-bagger.

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Kim Elliott (W) and xxx

Penticton, now 0-6 on the season, broke quickly in the second game with a pair in the first inning, but Bill Martino and Bruno Ceccon scored for the Luckies to knot the count.  Red Sox again took the lead with a run in the third, but Ceccon again came home to tie the score.  In the fourth, Merritt broke loose for five runs on a triple by Russ Graff, singles by Ceccon and Keith Cousins and a double-error.  Graff had three doubles, a triple and single in the twin-bill. Harry Kimura drew five walks. Carl Sheeley yielded eight hits in going the route for the win for the Luckies.

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Carl Sheeley (W) and xxx

(June 3)   Merritt took two different routes to victory Sunday in sweeping a double-header from Penticton. Luckies clobbered the Red Sox 11-2 in the first game, then notched a 1-0, five-inning, win in the second. Penticton actually had the lead in the opener, scoring a pair in the first inning on runs by pitcher Jim Bush and shortstop Chuck Preen. Merritt got one back in the first then Bill Martino cracked a two-run homer in the third to turn the tables. A grand slam homer by Keith Cousins and a four-bagger by Bob Radies in the fourth highlighted an eight-run frame. Kim Elliott allowed just three hits in going six innings for the mound triumph.

Kim Elliott (W), Carl Sheeley (7) and Radies
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Luckies won the second game with a run in the fifth inning as Fred Bredick scored on a sacrifice fly by Doug Weeks. Earlier, Merritt twice had the bases loaded but couldn't score.  Larry Webster got the win with relief help by Elliott. The game was called after five innings.

Larry Webster (W), Elliott (5) and xxx
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In other games, Kamloops split with Trail, winning 9-4, losing 8-4.  Vernon defeated Oliver 13-d and 5-4.

Merritt   13 - 1
Vernon     5 - 4  5.5
Oliver     5 - 5  6.0
Kamloops   5 - 6  6.5
Trail      3 - 4  6.5
Kelowna    2 - 4  7.0
Penticton  0 - 8 10.0

(June 10)   Trail Smoke Eaters upended the league-leading Merritt Luckies 6-5 in 13 innings and 14-5 in a weekend series to halt the Luckies 12 game winning streak. On Saturday, Merritt roared from behind to tie the game 5-5 with a three-run rally in the ninth inning. However, in the 13th, Trail pushed across the winner on an error. 

Kim Elliott, Bill Martino, John Brkich, Larry Webster (L) (10) and xxx
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In the Sunday game, Trail clobbered Merritt's moundsmen for three, three-run homers, two doubles and six singles in the 14-5 victory.  Bill Martino suffered a serious injury in the eighth inning, knocked out of the game when hit by a knee. He was rushed to Trail General Hospital with a bruised kidney.

Larry Webster (L), John Brkich, Bob Radies and xxx
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In other weekend action, Oliver OBCs crushed the winless Penticton Red Sox 18-2 and Kamloops topped Vernon 11-3.

(June 17)   After winning 13 of their first 14 games the Merritt Luckies suffered their second straight double-header defeat, losing to Oliver 10-0 and 4-1.  Playing at Oliver, the home club jumped on previously unbeaten Kim Elliott for six runs on six hits, four for extra bases, in the first three innings. Gary Driessen hurled a gem for the winners allowing just two hits.  Larry Webster pitched well for the Luckies in the second game, a seven hitter, but still got tagged with the loss as the Luckies left 11 men stranded. Their only run came in the fifth inning when Bob Radies scored on a sac fly. The team announced that Bill Martino would probably be lost to the club for the rest of the season. He remained in hospital in Trail Sunday after suffering a kidney displacement in a game last week. He has been cautioned to avoid physical exertion for at least two months.

Kim Elliott (L), Carl Sheeley and xxx
Gary Driessen (W) and xxx

Larry Webster (L) and xxx
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(June 24)   Vernon's ace moundsman, Gary Barnes, pitched and won both games of Sunday's double-header sweep of the Merritt Luckies. Barnes allowed just two hits in the first game as Vernon notched a 3-1 triumph. In the second game, first baseman Russ Keckalo cracked a pair of triples and a single as Vernon racked up ten runs to again top Merritt and take over first place in the league standings. 

Gary Barnes (W) and xxx
Larry Webster (L) and xxx

Gary Barnes (W) and xxx
Kim Elliott (L), Larry Webster, Carl Sheeley and xxx

(July 6)   The New York Yankees have signed Okanagan pitcher Reg Main to a contract. The 18-year-old right-hander will finish the season with Vernon of the Mainline League before working out next spring at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Eddie Taylor, who lined up the deal for the Yankees, described the Okanagan as "untapped, virgin baseball territory."

(July 7)  18-year-old pitcher Derek McGillivray of Kamloops has been signed by the New York Yankees for an undisclosed bonus.  It's the second time in a week the Yankees have reached into the BC Interior to sign a young hurler. McGillivray is a 6-2 right-hander.

(July 1-2)   Kelowna Dominion Day Tournament   

(July 22)   Merritt Luckies have regained the top rung in the Okanagan Mainline League standings with a 4-0 victory over Kamloops Okonots at Voght Park.  Larry Webster fanned 15 in fashioning the shutout for his eighth win of the season. Derek McGillivray, just signed by the New York Yankees, was outstanding for Kamloops pitching no-hit ball until running into trouble in the seventh inning as errors helped Merritt to all four runs.  With the bases loaded on an infield throwing error, a walk and a bunt single, Doug Weeks rapped a ground ball to shortstop but the throw home was well wide of the target and all three runners manged to cross the plate. Weeks, who had advanced to second, scored on another error. Vernon's loss to Trail allowed Merritt to slip into first place.

Derek McGillvray (L) and Cassell
Larry Webster (W) and xxx

(July 29)   With a new lighting system installed at Riverside Park at Kamloops, Merritt spoiled the day for the Okonots, notching a 6-2 victory.  The official opening ceremony for the new lights saw the mayors of Kamloops, North Kamloops, the Okanagan League president and other officials in attendance.  Nearly a hundred fans from Merritt made the trip to see the Luckies keep alive their pennant hopes.  Merritt opened quickly with three runs in the first inning by Harry Kimura, Ken Jorgenson and Bruno Ceccon.  Bob Radies drove in two runs with a third inning single and Ceccon added the final marker in the eighth.  Kamloops pushed across a run in the fourth and got a solo homer in the sixth.  Al Mayervich racked up 17 strikeouts in hurling a six-hitter for the win.

Al Mayervich (W) and Bob Radies
Jack Fowles (L) and xxx

(August 5)   Larry Webster settled down after a rough first inning to pitch Merritt to a 7-4 win over the Okonots under the lights at Kamloops.  Webster allowed six hits and fanned 15 in posting his ninth win of the season. The left-hander gave up three runs on four hits in the first inning but was solid for the remainder of the contest. Merritt scored in the first inning on a double by Harry Kimura and singles by Jorgenson and Harold Schrieber. They went ahead to stay with three in the second as Al Mayervich and Keith Cousins drew free passes, Webster doubled and Jorgenson smacked a two-run single.  In the seventh, Cousins knocked in a pair with a single and Kimura plated a run with a sac fly.  Luckies had 15 hits off Derek McGillvray.

Larry Webster (W) and xxx
Derek McGillvray (L) and xxx

(August 11-12)   Quesnel Tournament  

Kelowna Labatts        17 - 7
Merritt Luckies        17 - 7
Vernon Luckies         16 - 8   1.0
Oliver OBCs            14 - 10  3.0
Trail Smoke Eaters      9 - 15  8.0
Kamloops Okonots        8 - 16  9.0
Penticton Red Sox       3 - 21 14.0

(August 15)   Mike Carnahan allowed just four hits, all singles, to lead Kelowna Labatts to a 6-0 win over Merritt in a sudden-death playoff to decide first place in the Okanagan Mainline League. The teams finished the regular season tied with records of 17-7 in the regular season.  Kelowna built an early 4-0 lead on five hits and a pair of Merritt errors. Lee Day's lead-off homer in the eighth made it 5-0 and later in the inning Jerry Robertson hit reliever Al Mayervich's first offering for a run-producing single. Kelowna not only takes first place but represents the league in the Senior "A" finals in Victoria over the Labour Day weekend.

Mike Carnahan (W) and xxx
Larry Webster (L), Al Mayervich (8) and xxx

(August 18)  Vernon topped Kelowna 9-3 in the opening game of their semi-final Saturday at Kelowna.

(August 19)  Playing at Vernon, Kelowna squared the series with a 3-0 victory.

(August 19)  In a battle of home runs, Harry Schrieber blasted one over the left-centrefield wall in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and give Merritt a 3-2 victory over fourth-place Oliver in the opening game of their semi-final series.  Luckies jumped into an early lead on Frank Bredick's two-run single in the first frame. Bob Parker tied the game with a two-run homer in the third.  Al Mayervich scattered six hits in going the distance for the winners. Gary Driessen took the loss.

Gary Driessen (L) and xxx
Al Mayervich (W) and xxx

(August 26)   Merritt Luckies slipped by Oliver OBCs 2-1 Sunday at Voght Park to advance to the final of the Okanagan Mainline Baseball League.  They took the best-of-three series in two straight games. In spite of adverse weather, both teams produced some sparkling baseball. Luckies scored both their runs in the fourth inning combining hits by Bruno Ceccon, Frank Bredick and Russ Graff with an Oliver error.  Oliver got its lone marker in the ninth on an error, Ritchie Schneider's single and a long fly ball by Gary Driessen. Larry Webster pitched six-hit ball in going the route for the winners. Elroy Jacobs allowed just five hits in taking the loss.

Elroy Jacobs (L) and xxx
Larry Webster (W) and xxx

(September 2-3)  Kamloops Labour Day Tournament   

(September 9)   In a thrilling opening game of the Okanagan Mainline finals, Vernon Luckies edged Merritt Luckies 6-5 in a tense, 13-inning battle.  Russ Keckalo doubled in Jack Wheelhouse with the game's winning run. Wheelhouse had reached with a walk. Vernon had taken the lead against Al Mayervich with a pair in the first inning as Russ Keckalo drove in one marker and Alex Kashuba knocked in the other. In the fourth, Tom Stecyk doubled to bring in Ray Adams and Gary Barnes singled to give Vernon a 4-0 lead. Merritt roared back in the fifth to go ahead 5-4 as Bruno Ceccon's three-run homer was the highlight of a five-run explosion.  John Kashuba's two-bagger knotted the count at 5-5 in the sixth.  Gary Barnes was outstanding for the winners going the full 13 innings allowing just five hits while fanning 17. 

Al Mayervich, Larry Webster (L) (6) and xxx
Gary Barnes (W) and xxx

(September 16)   In a story-book finish, Merritt Luckies rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday at Voght Park to shade Vernon 5-4 to even the final series at a game apiece. Luckies trailed 4-2 facing Vernon ace Gary Barnes in their final at bats.  Harry Schrieber and Ken Jorgenson singled to open the ninth and Barnes misplayed Bruno Ceccon's bunt to load the bases.  Barnes, however, stabbed Frank Bredick's slow roller and forced an out at the plate.  Merritt got a run on an infield hit by Keith Cousins and tied the game 4-4 on Bob Radies' clutch single.  With the bases again loaded, pinch-hitter John Brkich, the Merritt manager, took a lusty swing on the first pitch for a strike and then laid down a bunt on a suicide squeeze for the winning marker.  Vernon had taken the early lead when Alex Kashuba singled home brother Johnny Kashuba in the initial stanza.  An error helped Vernon go ahead 2-1 in the fifth only to have Merritt tie in the seventh on Bob Radies' single. Russ Keckalo put Vernon up 3-2 in the eight when he scored after belting a triple.  In the top of the ninth, John Kashuba swatted a three-bagger to bring in Jack Wheelhouse for a 4-2 advantage. Larry Webster went the distance for Merritt yielding seven hits and whiffing ten.  Gary Barnes took the loss allowing eight hits.

Gary Barnes (L) and xxx
Larry Webster (W) and Radies

(September 23)   With the season's largest crowd looking on, Merritt Luckies defeated Vernon 5-3 Sunday at Voght Park to capture the 1962 Okanagan Mainline Baseball championship.  Merritt won the series two games to one after dropping the opener. The winners were presented with the CKOK Radio Penticton Cup. Merritt took the lead with three runs in the first inning capitalizing on a single by Doug Weeks and a two-bagger from Bruno Ceccon.  They extended the margin in the fifth when Weeks scored after smacking a double. Harry Schrieber tallied the final Merritt marker.  Vernon scored their runs in the sixth as a Jack Wheelhouse triple highlighted the rally.  In the ninth, Vernon had two aboard with two out but Al Mayervich fanned a pinch-hitter to end the game.

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Al Mayervich (W) and xxx


CARIBOO LEAGUE

(There appears to have been no formal name for the Cariboo area league other than Senior Baseball League).

After a four-year lapse, organized senior baseball is to return to North Central BC this summer. Two teams from Prince George and one each from Williams Lake and Quesnel will begin a 48-game schedule July 1st. The last senior loop in the area folded in 1958.

(July 1)  Quesnel Lumbermen kicked off the season in fine fashion with a sweep of a double-header over Prince George Legion 5-4 and 11-7.  Quesnel got a run on a walk and three hits in the 8th inning for the winning counter in the opener. Veteran George Dye pitched seven innings for the win. Prince George pulled to within a run in the 9th as Gaal tripled in Keith Cline with none out but reliever Jack Charlesworth got the next three hitters to end the game.

Neukomn (L), Carretti (8) and xxx
Dye (W), Charlesworth (8) and xxx

In the first inning of the second game, Irv Follack led off with a double, Les Johannsen drew a walk and Jack Charlesworth singled to load the bases. On the second pitch, Oscar Festerling smacked one out of the park for a grand slam homer to give Quesnel a lead they'd hold throughout. Kelly belted a three-run triple for the Legion.

Keith Cline (L), Pete Neukomn (4) and xxx
Festerling (W), Charlesworth (4) and xxx

(July 8)  It was another twin-bill success for Quesnel on the second weekend of the league schedule, 10- to 2 and 13 to 3 over Williams Lake. Jack Charlesworth allowed 11 hits but went the route for the win in the first game striking out 12 and giving up just one walk.  Quesnel took a 5-0 lead in the first inning helped by triples from Oscar Festerling and Bob Boyd. Williams Lake got a homer by Jack Moores.

Jim Rolston (L) , Don Ballard (2) and xxx
Charlesworth (W) and xxx

George Dye threw no-hit ball into the 5th inning in Quesnel's 13-3 win in the second game.  Again, the Lumbermen jumped into a quick lead with six runs in the first inning.

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Dye (W) and xxx

(July 15)  The scheduled game between Quesnel and Prince George Tire was cancelled because the Tire club failed to field enough players.  It appears Prince George Tire will drop out of the circuit leaving three teams to carry on.

(July 21-22)  Smithers Tournament

(July 29)   Prince George Legion took a pair from Billy Barker of Quesnel Sunday 6-5 in the first game and 11-7 in the evening encounter.  (Billy Barker Hotel took over sponsorship of the Quesnel nine.) Bob Elliott, 20-year-old ace of Vanderhoof, who was selected as the most valuable player in the Smithers Tournament went the route for the winners holding Quesnel to three hits. He walked six and struck out 11.  Bill McLeod gave up nine hits in taking the loss. he walked 10 with seven strike outs.

McLeod (L) and xxx
Elliott (W) and xxx

Quesnel took a 6-1 lead after two innings in the second game but Prince George roared back to take the lead with six runs on two singles, two doubles and triple and a series of errors in the fourth inning. Pete Neukomn went the route for Prince George allowing five hits.

Dye (L), Friesen (6) and xxx
Neukomn (W) and xxx

(August 11-12)  Quesnel Tournament   

The Quesnel Tournament proved to be the final senior baseball action for the summer.