1962 Game Reports, BC Interior     

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


(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 in the 12th, Bill Martino reached second on an error and scampered home on John Kotchin's drive for a tie-breaking run and Frank Bredick followed with a liner to centre to bring in an insurance marker. Bud Englesby was the hard-luck loser going all 12 innings.

Kim Elliott, Larry Webster (W) (7) and Radies
Englesby (L) and xxx

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 Kotchin. In the fifth, Kotchin's three-run homer put Merritt in the lead 5-4 but Labatts bounced back with with two in the bottom of the fifth to claim the triumph.

xxx and xxx
Bill Martino (L) and xxx

(April 15)  Showing mid-season form, the Kamloops Okonots demolished the Penticton Red Sox 25-7 in their opening game of the new season.  The Okonots combined 14 hits with eight Sox errors to romp to the victory. Penticton threatened in the fifth inning with a six-run outburst to pull to within a run but Kamloops followed with five of their own in their next at bat to put the game on ice. Buddy Schollen was the winning hurler with relief by Bill Cliff. Jim Alton cracked a homer for Kamloops while Grant replied for the losers.

Schollen (W), Cliff (5) and Anderson
Dagneau (L), Bush (2), McNeil (5), Preen (7), Grant (8), Christiansen (8) and Specht

(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.

J. Ferguson (L), McIntyre (6) and Miele
Larry Webster (W) and Radies

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.

Johnson (L) and McIntyre
Carl Sheeley (W). Martino (3), Sheeley (3) and Radies

(April 22)   Oliver OBCs opened their 1962 campaign on a winning note blanking Penticton Red Sox 5-0 as Gary Driessen fired a four-hitter for the shutout besting Howie McNeil of the Sox, who also yielded just four hits. The game was played at Summerland as the OBCs await the end of construction of their new diamond at Oliver.

McNeil (L) and Specht
Driessen (W) and Hocksteiner

(April 22)  Vernon Luckies pounded out 17 hits but needed an extra inning to shade Kamloops 7-6. Luckies took the lead in the fifth on a three-run homer by Alex Kashuba. Okonots rallied in the bottom of the sixth to tie at 3-3 and then went ahead 6-3 in the seventh. Vernon hurler Gary Barnes smacked a homer in the eighth and Kashuba cracked a two-run homer in the ninth to tie the game at 6-6. Barnes won his own game in the tenth when he smacked a lead-off single, advanced on a sacrifice and romped home on a single by third baseman Ray Adams. 17-year-old Bob Davoren was the mound loser but knocked in a pair of runs with two singles for Kamloops.

Barnes (W) and Kashuba
Davoren (L) and Kato

(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.

xxx and xxx
Larry Webster (W) and Radies

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

(April 29)  In a twin-bill at Oliver the OBCs came from behind in both games to notch 6-5 and 10-9 one-run victories over the Kamloops Okonots.  In the opener, Oliver trailed 5-1 after one frame but gradually pulled ahead while three Kamloops hurlers issued seven straight walks.  In the second game, Oliver capitalized on three hits and two walks in the final inning to escape with the victory.

(April 29)  Vernon notched a win in its home opener downing Penticton 13-3 behind the hurling of Stan Dagneau.

xxx and xxx
Dagneau (W) and xxx

(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 Kotchin and single by Bill Martino.  In the ninth, a single by Russ Graff brought in Ceccon with the winner.

Larry Webster (W) and Radies
Kashuba (L) and Kornitsky

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 Radies
Barnes (L) and Schmidt

(May 6)   Kamloops Okonots swept a double-header from Trail 6-0 and 1-0 as Derek McGillivray and Bob Davoren tossed the shutouts, McGillivray with a three-hitter and Davoren with a nine-hit second game. Morey "Mickey" Johnston hurled both games for Trail. The 19-year-old sophomore right-hander allowed just six hits in the opener and four in the second game. First sacker Buck Buchanan led the winners in the opener with a two-run homer while Stan Kato knocked in a pair with two singles. In the one-run second game, rookie right fielder Bernie McSherry doubled and scored on a sac fly in the eighth inning for the game's lone marker.

Johnston (L) and McIntyre
McGillivray (W) and Anderson

Johnston (L) and McIntyre
Davoren (W) and Anderson

(May 6)   In spite of being out-hit 10-7, Kelowna Labatts topped Oliver 5-2 behind the home run wallops by Gerry Robertson, Frank Fritz and Wayne Leonard. Bud Englesby managed to go the distance for the win besting Gary Driessen.

Englesby (W) and Burton
Driessen (L) and Hocksteiner

(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 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 13)   Kamloops shortstop Stan Kato scored six times Sunday as the Okonots took advantage of a rash of early errors and free passes to whip Penticton 16-3. It was the fourth straight defeat for the Red Sox. Okonots pushed across seven runs in the first two innings. Howie McNeil managed to go the distance for the losers racking up nine strikeouts but walking ten. 

xxx (W) and xxx
McNeil (L) and xxx

(May 13)   Vernon Luckies exploded for four runs in the eighth inning to dump Kelowna Labatts 8-2 Sunday. The teams wasted little time putting on a power display with each smacking two homers in the first inning. Lee Day and Frank Fritz cracked the four-baggers for Kelowna while Russ Keckalo and Johnny Kashuba had the round-trippers for Vernon.  Luckies took the lead in the fourth as Jim Moro slammed a triple. Kashuba highlighted the Vernon tally in the eighth with his second homer of the day. Kelowna's Gerry Goyer was robbed of a home run in the ninth when right-fielder John Kashuba went to the fence and reached over the barrier to nab Goyer's drive.

Schaefer, Englesby (3) and xxx
Barnes (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 22)  Merritt vs Penticton

(May 26-27)  Trail Smoke Eaters notched a weekend double-header victory over Vernon, 9-8 and 6-3. The first game, on Saturday, was called at midnight due to a city bylaw, with the count tied 8-8. They finished up on Sunday going 14 innings before notching the winning run. They didn't wait long in the Sunday game to run up the score pushing across five markers in the first inning.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

D.Armstrong (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

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

xxx and xxx
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.

xxx and xxx
Carl Sheeley (W) and xxx

(May 27)  Oliver OBCs defeated Kamloops Okonots 22-7 and 8-4 Sunady banging out a total of 19 hits, including three home runs, while taking advantage of 22 walks given up by the Okonots hurlers. OBCs struck early in the opener scoring 14 runs in the second inning as they sent 18 batters to the plate. The big blow was a grand slam homer by Gary Driessen, the winning pitcher. Second baseman Elroy Jacobs and shortstop Al Hooker also poked homers for the winners. Driessen added a two-run single in that big second inning to give him six rbi in one inning. Jack Fowles and Buck Buchanan cracked circuit clouts for the losers. Oliver's Hall had a spectacular start in the second game hurling no-hit ball for five and two-thirds innings before Kamloops shortstop Stan Kato and second sacker Jim Alton produced consecutive singles. However, Hall also had control trouble walking eight batters before Driessen took over in the seventh. The second game was called after seven innings because of a curfew.

Schollen (L), Cliff (2), Beecroft, Fraser and xxx
Driessen (W) and xxx

Davoren (L), Buchanan, Schollen and xxx
Hall (W), Driessen (7) and xxx

(May 26-27)  Kelowna Labatts split a weekend series at the Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington losing on Saturday 5-4 before coming on strong to cop the Sunday contest 9-4.

(June 2-3)   Bud Englesby allowed just two hits and fanned ten Saturday as Kelowna Labatts downed Fairchild Air Force 4-2 in the first game of a weekend double-bill. Kelowna also took the Sunday contest 13-4.  Les Schaefer struck out seven in going the route for the win in the Sunday game. Dave Turkington cracked a double and two singles for the winners with Gerry Robertson and Lee Day each with a pair. Dan Pinske slugged a two-run triple. Barnett had three hits for Fairchild.

xxx and Mafocha
Englesby (W) and xxx

Schaefer (W) and xxx
Maxwell (L), xxx (5) and xxx

(June 2-3)  Kamloops split with Trail, winning 9-4 in the Saturday game with Al Collier leading the hit parade. Okonots scored three in the fourth and never looked back. Trail bounced back Sunday winning 8-4 as George McIntyre blasted a long triple and two singles to pace the offense. Owen Mailey added three singles and Tony DeRosa belted a triple and double. Morey Johnston was the winning hurler for Trail.

xxx and xxx
J.Ferguson (L) and xxx

Davoren (L) and xxx
M.Johnston (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
McGinnis (L), J.Bush (4) and xxx

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
J. Bush, (L). S.Dagneau (5) and xxx

(June 3)  Vernon took a pair from Oliver 13-3 and 5-4. In the opener Vernon scored three in the first inning and coasted to the win behind the solid hurling of Gary Barnes who also picked up the win in the second game which went ten innings.

Barnes (W) and xxx
Driessen (L), xxx and xxx

xxx, Barnes (W) and xxx
Driessen (L) and xxx

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 6)  Minnesota Twins announced the signing of Allan Richards a left-handed hitting catcher from Penticton, BC. The 19-year-old attended Yakima, Washington, College. He's been assigned to Wytheville, Va. of the Class D Appalachian League.

[Richards ended up playing for just two seasons, hitting .210 with Wytheville and then .230 the following season in Class A ball with Bismarck-Mandan.]

(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.  Smokies handed Larry Webster his first loss of the season. Jack Ferguson got the win in relief of Morey Johnston.

Kim Elliott, Bill Martino, John Brkich, Larry Webster (L) (10) and xxx
M.Johnston, J.Ferguson (W) and xxx

In the Sunday game, Trail clobbered Merritt's moundsmen for three homers, two doubles and six singles in the 14-5 victory. Again, Webster took the loss and Jack Ferguson was the winner. Don Holmes and Keith Healey smacked three-run shots to power the Trail attack. 

Bill Martino suffered a serious injury in the eighth inning when 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
J.Ferguson (W) and xxx

In other weekend action, Oliver OBCs crushed the winless Penticton Red Sox 18-2 and Kamloops topped Vernon 11-3. Three Red Sox hurlers failed to stop the Oliver offensive and the OBCs had a 17-0 lead after four innings. Shortstop Chuck Preen finally took over the mound work and allowed just one run the rest of the game. Gary Driessen fired a two-hitter for the win.

McNeil (L), xxx, xxx, Preen and xxx
Driessen (W) and xxx

(June 14)  Alex Kashuba cracked three consecutive home runs to power Vernon Luckies to a 9-5 win over Kelowna Labatts.  Luckies also had circuit clouts from Russ Keckalo and Ray Adams while Wayne Leonard and Dan Pinske slugged four-baggers for Labatts.

Englesby (L), Schaefer and xxx
Barnes (W) and xxx

(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. Elroy Jacobs led the winners with a homer and double. 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
xxx, Driessen and xxx

(June 17)  At Vernon, the Luckies downed Kelowna 8-3 as lefty Gary Barnes recorded his sixth win of the season with a nine-hit effort. He fanned 13. Jack Wheelhouse cracked a homer for the Luckies. Les Schaefer took the loss.

Schaefer (L) and xxx
Barnes (W) and xxx

(June 21)  Kelowna Labatts got home runs from left-fielder Rich Wickenheiser and shortstop Dan Pinske in a 7-4 victory over Oliver OBCs.  Les Schaefer, with relief help by Bud Englesby, picked up the pitching win. Elroy Jacobs and Al Hooker poked homers for Oliver.

Schaefer (W), Englesby (6) and xxx
Driessen (L) and xxx

(June 21)  Penticton went down to its 11th straight loss Thursday dropping a 10-6 verdict to Vernon. Red Sox had one more hit than the Luckies, nine to eight, but five errors made the difference. John Kashuba was credited with the win with relief help from Gary Barnes. Jack Wheelhouse cracked a homer for the winners.

Kashuba (W), Barnes (4) and Kornitski
McNeil (L), Bush (3), Preen (6) and Specht

(June 23-24)  The surging Trail Smoke Eaters downed Oliver 3-2 Sunday after dropping a 2-0 decision to the OBCs on Saturday.  Emery Johnson, with a superb, two hit, effort - both singles - recorded the win in Trail to best Dale Orr. Wayne Kew had three hits for Trail. Gary Driessen was the Saturday winner with a four-hitter while Jack Ferguson took the loss.

Driessen (W) and xxx
J.Ferguson (L) and xxx

D.Orr (L) and xxx
Emery Johnson (W) and xxx

(June 24)  Elroy Jacobs, the league's leading hitter, is to report to the Vancouver Mounties for a tryout with the Pacific Coast League club.

(June 24)  Kelowna Labatts scored a pair in the ninth to edge Kamloops Okonots 10-9.  Okonots, playing at home had overcome a three-run deficit with a six run outburst in the sixth.  But, Labatts tied it in the eighth when Frank Fritz, Lee Day and Rich Wickenheiser all belted homers. It was the second of the day for  Wickenheiser who belted a three-run shot in the second inning. Buck Buchanan rapped a three-run homer for the Okonots. Bud Englesby went the distance for Kelowna, fanning ten, for the win.

Englesby (W) and xxx
Davoren, Cliff, J.Fowles (L) and xxx

(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.  Merritt's Larry Webster was saddled with the loss in the first game in spite of an outstanding four-hit effort.

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

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

(June 26)   Alex Kashuba of Vernon is the top swatter in the Okanagan Mainline League carrying a .508 average in 57 at bats. He leads the loop in home runs, 9, runs batted in, 25, and hits, 29. Elroy Jacobs of Oliver is the runner-up with a .450 mark. Russ Keckalo of Vernon is third hitting .431.  Gary Driessen of Oliver has posted the most wins, 8, but Gary Barnes of Vernon has the best percentage with a 7-1 record and a 1.88 earned run average.

Merritt    13 - 7 
Vernon     10 - 5  0.5
Oliver     10 - 7  1.5
Trail       6 - 6  3.0
Kamloops    6 - 7  3.5
Kelowna     4 - 6  4.0
Penticton   0 - 11 8.5

(June 27)   Three Kelowna hurlers combined on a four-hit shutout Wednesday as the Labatts downed winless Penticton Red Sox 4-0.  Kelowna got a run in the fourth on a walk, an error, fielder's choice and single by centre fielder Lee Day.  They added three in the fifth on a bases-loaded double by Wayne Leonard who had three hits. Vince Jarvis made the start for Labatts, his first appearance for Kelowna. Jarvis, Les Schaefer and Bud Englesby combined for 15 strikeouts. Schaefer got the win.

Preen (L) and xxx
Jarvis, Schaefer (W) (4), Englesby (7) and xxx

(July 1-2)   Kelowna Dominion Day Tournament   

(July 2)  The New York Mets announced the signing of 21-year-old right-hander Harold Haddock of Merritt. Haddock, will receive $5,000 for signing and is due to report to Santa Barbara, California in the Class C League.

[Haddock pitched for three seasons in the Mets farm system starting with a 6-3, 3.32 rookie season in Class C ball at Santa Barbara. He had a huge workload in 1963 in Class A ball throwing 198 innings with 171 strikeouts and 122 walks with Salinas of the California League. He had a record of 10-21 for the last place team. He went 8-8 for Salinas and Auburn, New York in 1964, his final season.]

(July 4)  After going down to defeat in 12 straight games the Penticton Red Sox finally captured their first win of the season Wednesday shading Kelowna Labatts 6-5. Chuck Preen, in relief of starter Terry Wilson, picked up the pitching win.

Englesby (L) and xxx
Wilson, Preen (W) 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."

[Main played for two seasons in the Yankee system, moving up to Class A in 1964 where he finished with a 6-5 record and 3.32 ERA]

(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.

[McGillivray played for just one summer in the Yankee system at Shelby in the Western Carolinas League and Harlan of the Appalachian League. Overall he was 5-7 with a 6.72 ERA]

(July 7)    In a wild offensive display at Kelowna, Vernon, which earlier blew a 7-0 lead, exploded for six runs in the top of the ninth to take a 17-14 lead only to have Kelowna respond with four in the bottom of the ninth for an 18-17 victory. Lee Day rapped a two-run homer to make it 17-16 and Frank Fritz followed cracking the first pitch from Gary Barnes over the left field fence to tie the game. Jack Burton, who reached on a walk, scored the winner on a sacrifice fly by Gerry Goyer. The teams combined for 35 hits and 15 errors, nine by the winners. Hard hitting outfielder Alex Kashuba had powered Vernon into the early lead with a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run blast in the third. Back to back homers by Jack Wheelhouse and Russ Keckalo highlighted Vernon's six-run ninth.

xxx, Barnes (L) and xxx
xxx, Englesby (W) and xxx

(July 12)  Catcher Wayne Leonard rapped a two-run homer in the eighth inning Thursday to lead Kelowna Labatts to a 3-1 triumph over Oliver. The blow broke up a tight pitching duel between Bud Englesby of the winners and Gary Driessen of the OBCs. Englesby allowed just three hits and fanned 11. 

Driessen (L) and xxx
Englesby (W) and xxx

(July 14)   Trail Smoke Eaters took different routes to a double-header weekend sweep at home at Butler Park. On Saturday, the home squad rapped out 24 hits and capitalized on 11 Penticton errors in a 31-4 slaughter. Trail had a 14-0 lead after three innings, then added five in the fourth, three more in the fifth and nine in the seventh. Skip Ferguson led the winners with five hits and Owen Mailey added four. Tony DeRosa cracked a single, double and triple. Ferguson knocked in five runs. Larry Hale had a pair of doubles for the Red Sox.

On Sunday, Trail needed to come from behind to shade the Red Sox 3-2 while managing just four hits. The Sox played errorless ball in the Sunday game. Skip Ferguson went six innings for the pitching win in the opener. Morey Johnston allowed eight hits in getting the win in the Sunday game. Bob Caton took the loss in spite of a solid four-hitter.

Preen (L), McNeil (4), Kozak (5) and Specht
Ferguson (W), Guimont (7) and McIntyre

Caton (L) and Specht
Johnston (W) and McIntyre

(July 14-15)  Kelowna Labatts swept a weekend series from the Mount Vernon, Washington, Pioneers.  In the Saturday opener former Tacoma Giant Mike Carnahan fashioned a five-hitter in a 9-0 shutout over the Americans. An eight-run outburst in the fourth inning put the game away early. Two big homers highlighted the inning, Rich Wickenheiser's three-run homer and Dave Turkington's two-run shot.

The Sunday game went down to the wire with Kelowna prevailing 8-7 behind a 15-hit attack. Labatts won it in the bottom of the ninth as John Coulos cracked a sizzler past the mound to bring in Lee Day with the winning marker. Les Schaefer scattered seven hits in posting the win.

Steve Gimble, Dick Moore (4) and xxx
Carnahan (W) and xxx

M. Frederickson (L) and xxx
Schaefer (W) and xxx

(July 18)  Kelowna blasted three early homers Wednesday and coasted to an easy 10-3 victory over Penticton. Les Schaefer went the distance for the pitching win.

Schaefer (W) and xxx
H.McNeil (L) and xxx

(July 19)  After a shaky first inning, right-hander Bud Englesby settled down to toss a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts to lead Kelowna to an 11-2 shelling of the Kamloops Okonots. Second sacker Gerry Goyer salted away the contest for the host squad by blasting a three-run homer in the sixth inning after Lee Day and Gerry Robertson rapped four-baggers in the fourth.  Gordon Beecroft had a home run for the losers in the third.

Schollen (L), McGillivray (5), Ray Scott (8) and xxx
Englesby (W) and xxx

(July 21)  Behind the solid pitching of Jim Bush Saturday the Penticton Red Sox topped Trail Smoke Eaters 7-2.

Ferguson (L) and xxx
J.Bush (W) and xxx 

(July 22)   At Vernon Sunday, Trail rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to down the Luckies 9-7. Jack Ferguson, who was saddled with the loss on Saturday, was the winner in relief Sunday.

M.Johnston, Ferguson (W) (7) and xxx
xxx, xxx, Moro (L) and xxx

(July 22)  Kelowna whipped Oliver 12-8 Sunday with Mike Carnahan notching the win.

Carnahan (W) and xxx
Driessen (L) and xxx

(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 26)  The red hot Kelowna Labatts collected their ninth win in their last ten games Thursday as they routed Kamloops Okonots 13-3.  The Okonots took the early lead on a two-run homer by veteran Gordie Beecroft but Kelowna responded quickly with a two-run circuit shot by Frank Fritz in the second followed by a two-run triple by Wayne Leonard. Lee Day and Rich Wickenheiser later cracked homers for the winners. Bud Englesby gave up ten hits in going the distance for the win. He had eight strikeouts.

Schollen, R.Scott (L) (3), McGillivray and xxx
Englesby (W) and xxx

(July 26)  Oliver OBCs cashed in on six Penticton errors to down the Red Sox 12-8.  Elroy Jacobs was the winner.

Jacobs (W) and xxx
H.McNeil (L) and xxx

(July 28)   Kelowna broke a 3-3 tie with a four-run fifth inning en route to a 7-4 victory over Trail Saturday. The Labatts rapped 13 hits as Mike Carnahan held the Smoke Eaters to just three. He fanned nine.

Guimont (L) and xxx
Carnahan (W) and xxx

(July 29)  Kamloops picked up a pair of wins without throwing a pitch. Penticton failed the show for a scheduled double-bill and the Okonots were handed the two victories by default.

(July 29)  Vernon crushed Kamloops 10-2 Sunday as John Kashuba scattered five hits. Derek McGillivray, who recently signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees, took the loss.

McGillivray (L) and xxx
J.Kashuba (W) and xxx

(July 29)  Elroy Jacobs fired the shutout as Oliver ran up the score in crushing Trail 17-0 Sunday.

J.Ferguson (L) and xxx
E.Jacobs (W) and xxx

(July 31)   With a new lighting system installed at Riverside Park at Kamloops and a capacity crowd on hand 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 Cassell

(August 5)  After battling to a 3-0 win in the first game of a double-header at Trail, Kelowna Labatts broke out the heavy lumber in the second to clobber the Smokes 19-2 in the second game. Bud Englesby tossed a four-hit shutout in the first game while Kelowna rapped 25 hits in the evening affair. Les Schaefer the mound winner in the second game helped his own cause with a home run. Jack Ferguson was the first game loser although he pitched well giving up just seven hits.

Englesby (W) and Burton
J.Ferguson (L) and McIntyre

Schaefer (W) and Coulos
Guimont (L) and McIntyre

(August 4)   Larry Webster settled down after a rough first inning to pitch Merritt to a 7-4 win over the Okonots under the lights Saturday 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 Ken 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 5)  Kamloops broke a five-game losing streak downing Penticton 8-3 Sunday in spite of trailing the Red Sox in hits, 11 to 7. Ray Scott, who helped his cause with a two-run double, was the winning hurler. Okonots also picked up a win by default as the Red Sox didn't arrive in time for the scheduled first game.

Bush (L) and Specht
Scott (W) and Cassell

(August 5)   Vernon and Oliver split a pair at Vernon. The Luckies scored in the top of the seventh and final inning of the first game to pull out a 3-2 victory.  The winner came on a bases-loaded walk by Oliver right-hander Elroy Jackobs. In a wild finish in the second game, Oliver scored four times in the bottom of the ninth, after Vernon had plated five runs in the top of the frame, to escape with a 9-7 victory. OBCs cracked 14 hits to ten for the Luckies.

Jacobs (L) and xxx
xxx and xxx

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(August 8)  Al Mayervich had a no-hitter into the ninth inning Wednesday before Gordon Beecroft broke the spell with a two-out single as Merritt Luckies blanked Kamloops 4-0. Mayervich fanned 11 and walked two. The game was a home game for Merritt although played under the new lights at Kamloops.

Cliff (L) Fowles (8) and Kato, Cassell (2)
Mayervich (W) and Radies

(August 9)  Lee Day and Gerry Goyer belted homers to pace Kelowna to a 10-4 win over Penticton.

Schaefer (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(August 9)  Gary Barnes racked up 15 strikeouts in hurling Vernon to an easy 9-1 triumph over Kamloops. Alex Kashuba and Jack Wheelhouse led the offense with homers.

Barnes (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(August 10)   Kelowna dumped Kamloops Okonots 7-3 Friday at Kamloops. Bud Englesby went five innings for the win. Labatts rapped 11 hits off lossing hurler Gordie Beecroft.

Englesby (W), Carnahan (6) and Burton, Leonard (5)
Beecroft (L) and Cassell

(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 11)   Kelowna notched its 12th straight victory Saturday beating Trail 14-3 to move into a tie for first place with Merritt on the final day of the regular schedule. Labatts rapped 17 hits of three Trail hurlers with Nick Bulach leading the offense with three doubles, a single and a walk. Frank Fritz collected a double and three singles. Mike Carnahan, the winning hurler, slammed a homer in the fourth inning.

xxx, xxx, xxx and xxx
Carnahan (W), Englesby and xxx

(August 11)   17-year-old lefty Danny Miscisco put on a pitching clinic Saturday night at Riverside Park as the Vancouver Dufferins stopped Kamloops 4-1 in an exhibition game. The youngster had a no-hitter into the eighth inning when catcher Dale Cassell and centre fielder Gordie Beecrfot rapped out hits to score the lone run for the Okonots. He fanned 18 and walked four. Right-hander Ray Scott took the tough loss allowing just eight hits with all the runs against him unearned. The visitors got on the scoreboard in the second inning as shortstop John Haar reached on a fielder's choice and came around to score on an error. They added three more in the eighth on three hits and a pair of errors.

Miscisco (W) and xxx
Scott (L) and xxx

(August 12)   Lefty Gary Barnes twirled a five-hit shutout Sunday as Vernon blanked Trail 10-0. It was his 13th win of the season.

M.Johnston (L) and xxx
Barnes (W) and xxx

(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 Gerry 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 Leonard
Larry Webster (L), Al Mayervich (8) and Radies

(August 18)  Vernon topped Kelowna 9-3 in the opening game of their semi-final Saturday at Kelowna. The contest was shortened to five innings because of dangerous playing conditions. Jack Wheelhouse and John Kashuba poked homers for the winners. Nick Bulach and Wayne Leonard had four-baggers for Labatts. Gary Barnes allowed just three hits to post the win.

Barnes (W) and Kashuba
Englesby (L), Schaefer (2) and Coulos

(August 19)  Playing at Vernon, Kelowna squared the series with a 3-0 victory as Mike Carnahan blanked the Luckies on five hits for his second consecutive shutout. He was in trouble in the ninth, loading the bases on walks before pinch-hitter Tom Stecyk smacked a long drive which Jack Burton hauled in to end the game.

Carnahan (W) and Leonard
Barnes (L) and Kashuba

(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 19)   Proving to be inhospitable hosts, the Kamloops Okonots swept a Sunday double-header from the Vancouver Boilermakers 7-3 and 10-9.  Okies exploded for seven runs in the first two innings of the first game and coasted to the win. Jack Fowles, with sharp relief help from Ray Scott, picked up the win.

B.Fraser (L), S.Neilson (7) and xxx
Fowles (W), Scott and xxx

Okonots broke a 9-9 tie in the bottom of the seventh for the win in the second game. Jack Fowles singled to chase in Gordie Beecroft with the deciding run.  Fowles led the winners with three hits. Deke McGillivray picked up the win ijn relief of starter Bill Cliff and Matt Yanchuk while Bob Fraser took his second loss of the day in relief of Don Adams.

D.Adams, B.Fraser (L) and xxx
Cliff, Yanchuk, Mcgillivrary (W) and xxx

(August 23)  A grand slam homer in the first inning and six Kelowna errors combined to hand Vernon Luckies a 10-8 victory over Labatts and a berth in the Okanagan Mainline League finals.  Russ Keckalo started the ball rolling for the winners with his homer over the right field fence after Jim Moro and Jack Wheelhouse had walked and John Kashuba reached on an error.  Losing pitcher Mike Carnahan and Wayne Leonard clubbed homers for Kelowna and John Kashuba belted one for the Luckies in the eighth. 

Barnes (W) and Kashuba
Carnahan (L) and Leonard

(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, Richie Schnider'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   


Victoria Eagles, lightly regarded in pre-tournament ratings, upset defending champion Kelowna for two wins Monday to capture the British Columbia Senior Baseball championship.  Eagles, with superb pitching, downed Kelowna 2-0 and 8-3 to emerge as BC's best.  Art Worth fired a four-hit shutout in the morning game to best Bud Englesby who also fashioned a four-hitter. Eagles got a run in the first and another in the third for all the scoring.

Worth (W) and Cunningham
Englesby (L) and Burton

In the afternoon encounter George Brice scattered ten hits as Victoria rebounded from a 3-0 deficit for an 8-3 triumph. Kelowna's only runs came in the fourth inning, snapping Victoria's streak of 22 consecutive scoreless innings. They had earlier blanked Cumberland 2-0 as Des Mosley crafted a four-hitter. Eagles got on the scoreboard in the fourth as Curran belted a two-run homer, the only four-bagger of the tournament. Eagles went ahead with three in the sixth and put the championship on ice with Art Binks' bases-loaded double in the seventh.

Schaefer, Englesby (L) (4), Carnahan (8) and Coulos
Brice (W) and Cunningham

Victoria had just nine hits in downing Cumberland but were helped by four Cumberland errors.

Mosley (W) and Cunningham
Mosdel (L) and Pirozzini

Kelowna had advanced by defeating Terrace 7-6. The winners ran up a 7-2 lead and held off a late charge by Terrace for the win. Les Schaefer was the winning hurler.

Enmark, Smith (3), Orr (L) (4) and O'Neill
Schaefer, Englesby (9) and Culas

(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 Radies
Gary Barnes (W) and Kashuba

(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 5-2 Sunday before 700 fans 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 smacked a triple. In the ninth, Vernon had two aboard with two out but Al Mayervich fanned a pinch-hitter to end the game.

Barnes (L) and xxx
Al Mayervich (W) and xxx


This seven-team circuit consisted of junior-aged players playing primarily at a Senior B level as a feeder league for the OMBL. Each team was scheduled to play 12 games in this short-season association. The league played seven inning games.

Enderby, Lumby, Rutland Redcaps, Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Vernon Timberwolves, Winfield

(April 18)  In an exhibition encounter, Rutland Redcaps defeated Winfield 4-2. Verne Kroschinsky put on a strong mound performance for the winners. 

August (L) and xxx
Kroschinsky (W) and xxx

(April 22)  In the opening game of the regular season, Gary Czespil showed mid-season form in tossing a two-hit shutout as Enderby topped Rutland 5-0. Czespil racked up 15 strikeouts.  Enderby got a run in the first and added four in the third. Reliever Ken Hokazono blanked the winners over the last five innings. Almas, the Enderby second sacker had the game's longest blow, a triple in the opening frame.

Czespil (W) and xxx
Kroschinsky (L), Hokazono (3) and xxx

Lumby defeated Salmon Arm 12-2 and Vernon came away with a 9-6 victory.

(May 3)  Rutland Redcaps jumped into a 7-2 lead and held off a late charge by Winfield to post a 7-5 victory Thursday, the Redcaps first win of the season. Making his debut on the mound, Terry Sakamoto was the winning hurler.

Williams (L), Hall (3), August and xxx
Sakamoto (W), Kroschinsky (6) and xxx

(May 9)   In a game played at Oyama, Rutland got one-hit shutout pitching by Ken Hokazono as the Redcaps trounced Winfield 8-0.  He fanned 12 in the six-inning contest. Verne Kroschinsky, Bob Fugger and Jerry Runzer each had two hits for the winners.

Hokazono (W) and Bulock
August (L), Williams, Reddecop and Dehnky

(May 13)   Rutland exploded for ten runs in the fifth inning Sunday to crush Vernon Timberwolves 13-1 at Centennial Park.  Redcaps combined five walks, five singles, a wild pitch and doubles by Richard Bulock and Gordy Runzer. Terry Sakamoto was the winning hurler.

Stephen (L) and Pirnak
Sakamoto (W), Hokazono and Bulick

(May 17)   Rutland came from behind with three runs in the top of the final frame to edge Vernon 4-2. Verne Kroschinsky led off the stanza with a double and following singles by F. Fugger, Don Kroschinsky and Don Schneider drove in the runs. Ken Hokazono went the distance for the winners allowing just seven hits.

Hokazono (W) and Bulock
Hale (L) and Pirnak

(May 27)  In SOK'M League play at Enderby, the Northerners scored three in the first inning and coasted to a 5-1 triumph over Rutland. Gary Czespil held the Redcaps to just three hits and no walks while fanning eight. Terry Sakamoto took the loss giving up five hits and fanning eight.

Sakamoto (L) and xxx
Czespil   (W) and xxx

(May 31)   Charest and Dickson of Lumby combined on a one-hitter Thursday but came away with a loss as Rutland took advantage of walks and errors to notch a 3-2, extra inning victory. Ken Hokazono was the winning hurler with a five-hitter.

Hokazono (W) and Bulock
Charest, Dickson (8) and Dickson, Charest (8)

(June 10)   Terry Sakamoto had a no-hitter into the seventh and final inning before Sicamous broke out for two hits and their only runs of the game as Rutland romped 11-2. The game was close until the sixth when the Redcaps erupted for seven runs.  A triple by Don Kroschinsky highlighted the rally.  Rocky Wostradowski led the winners with three hits. Sakamoto racked up 12 strikeouts.

Sakamoto (W) and xxx
Williamson (L), Parkstrom (6) and xxx

Enderby     12 - 0
Rutland     10 - 2   2.0
Lumby        6 - 4   5.0
Vernon       5 - 5   6.0
Salmon Arm   4 - 8   8.0
Winfield     2 - 10 10.0
Sicamous     1 - 11 11.0

(June 17)  Rutland whipped Vernon Timberwolves 13-4 in the opening game of their semi-final series. The game was tight until the sixth when a succession of walks, wild pitches and passed balls, along with three Rutland hits saw the Redcaps score ten runs. Verne Kroschinsky with a bases-loaded triple and a single led the winners. Ken Hokazono went the distance for the win holding Vernon to five hits.

Hokazono (W) and xxx
Stephen (L), Dubetz and xxx

(June 21)   The Redcaps of Rutland advanced to the league final against Enderby by sneaking past Vernon 2-1 in a thriller at Rutland. Trailing 1-0 going into the seventh and final inning, Redcaps rallied to score two. With two out Don Schneider was safe on an error, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Richard Bulock's single brought him home to tie the game.  Vernon brought in reliever Hale to try and stop the rally but he was wild and gave up two free passes and the Redcaps scored the tie-breaking run on a passed ball. Ken Hokazono put down the Timberwolves in order in the bottom of the frame to sent Rutland to the league final. Hokazono allowed just four hits and fanned 10 for the winners.

Hokazono (W) and Bulock
Hale (L), Stephen (7) and Haberstock

(June 24)   Rutland handed Enderby Merchants their first loss of the season downing the league-leaders 9-7 Sunday in the opening game of the league final series. Enderby had gone through the regular season with 12 straight wins.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 28)   Rutland Redcaps are champions of the Shuswap-Okanagan-Monashee Baseball League, the SKO'M. The Redcaps downed Enderby 6-1 Thursday to take the final series in two straight games. Redcaps took the lead in the opening frame as Don Kroschinsky smacked a double and came home on an error. Verne Kroschinsky, who reached on the error, romped around the bags on two more miscues to put Rutland ahead 2-0.  Enderby replied with a run in the second with Robinson driving in Abel.  Rutland added singletons in the third and fifth and a pair in the sixth. First baseman Don Kroschinsky led the offense with a triple, double and single. Paul Czespil fanned 14 in a losing cause while winning hurler Ken Hokazono racked up 12 strikeouts.

Czespil (L) and xxx
Hokazono (W) and xxx


(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.

xxx and xxx
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.


(August 12)   At Vimy Park Sunday, Winlaw edged Kaslo 3-2 in an exhibition contest. Red Bevington knocked in two for Kasko with a well-placed single in the second inning. Walt Malakoff for Winlaw and George Nelson for Kaslo each had 11 strikeouts in the pitchers' duel.

Malakoff (W) and Shukin
Nelson (L) and Bavington

(August 25)    Winlaw, playing at home, dumped New Denver-Silverton 12-8 Saturday in the opening game of the best-of-three series for the league championship.  Pete Kabatoff was the winning hurler.

E.Elsmore (L) and xxx
P.Kabatoff (W) and xxx

(August 26)   On Sunday, New Denver-Silverton edged Winlaw 14-13 to tie their final series at a game apiece. Jack Kelly was credited with the pitching win.

P.Kabatoff (L) and xxx
J.Kelly (W) and xxx

(September)  At New Denver, Winlaw captured the league trophy after dropping New Denver 7-1 in the season's final game.

(September 3)  Slocan City trounced Winlaw 10-3 to take top prize money ot $75 at the Kaslo Invitational Tournament. Slocan advanced to the final crushing Kalso 18-7. Winlaw had topped New Denver 10-9 in a crowd-pleasing game.

(September 9)   Pete Kabatoff scattered eight hits Sunday, setting down 16 by strikeouts without a free pass, as Winlaw topped New Denver-Silverton 7-1 to win the league championship.. Jack Kelly, who fanned eight and walked five, took the loss. Five errors by New Denver-Silverton paved the way for the Winlaw triumph.

J.Kelly (L) and xxx
P.Kabatoff (W) and xxx