1963 Tournaments     

Dewdney Tournament

(June 16)  New Westminster broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the seventh and two in the eighth to down Duffs 6-3 in the final of the Dewdney League tournament at Maple Ridge Stadium at Hammond on the weekend.  The Royal City crew got the final runs on singles by John Thompson, Gordie Brandolini and Wayne Wallace. The winners gained a spot in the final on a coin flip as Duffs needed to play the District of Coquitlam in a semi-final. They won 4-2 getting the deciding markers on singles by Barry Sullivan, Keith Commons, pitcher Morley Deans and catcher Bob Bissell. Earlier Sunday, Duffs eliminated Port Moody 3-1 on hits by Ed Lorenz, Sullivan and Barry Arnett. Sunday morning, Coquitlam edged Haney-Hammond 2-1 on Lynn Byland's two-run triple.

Frezell (L) and Bissell
Blight (W) and Wallace

Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament

(July 22)   After ten innings of exciting baseball it took a coin toss to pick a winner in the opening game of the Exhibition baseball tournament.  Delisle and Kindersley battled to a 1-1 draw only to be halted by darkness. The tourney rule - a coin toss - was called into play and Kindersley made the right call to claim the victory.  The Klippers' run came off a Delisle error in the first inning when Murray Coben dropped a double-play ball at first base. But Coben redeemed himself in the fourth belting a triple to drive in Max Bentley who had beaten out a bunt.  Coben tried to stretch it into a home run but was thrown out at home on a four-man relay to the plate.  Gene Graves pitched a seven-hitter with no walks and 13 strikeouts for the coin-flip win. Roland Jones gave up just six hits.

Jones (L) and Wanner
Graves (W) and D.Jackson

(July 23)  Lew Hobson, imported from Prince Albert for the tourney, twirled a four-hitter Tuesday morning to help Asquith to a 3-2 win over Neilburg Monarchs.  Rival hurler Jerry Nyman was even better holding Asquith to two hits while setting down 15 by strikeouts, but was hurt by errors, one of them his own. Asquith took the lead in the third inning when Les Stack's sacrifice fly scored Les Bloomquist. Monarchs took the lead in the fifth scoring twice as Cliff Mein's single to right scored both Jim Johnson and Larry Flecik.  In the bottom of the eighth Elmer Walker reached for Asquith on an error. Jack(Jock) Cleghorn laid down a bunt to advance Walker to second and was safe himself on Nyman's wide throw. Les Stack put down another bunt and all hands were safe as Nyman chose to try to get an out at third but Walker slid in ahead of his throw.  One run scored on a ground out and the eventual winning run came home on a sacrifice fly. 

Nyman (L) and P.Prediger
Hobson (W) and Brooks

(July 23)   The defending tournament champion Unity Cardinals blasted Fulda Flyers 16-3 Tuesday evening as pitcher turned first baseman Ross Stone went four-for-four with a homer, triple and two singles and scored five times. Ken Hoyt smashed a three-run homer and winning pitcher Erwin Doerksen belted a pair of doubles. Doerksen scattered seven hits for the pitching win. Three Fulda pitchers yielded 13 hits and 12 bases on balls while fanning 14. Ted Suer clouted a homer for Fulda.

Doerksen (W) and Chow
R.Suer (L), J.Stroeder (3), G.Stroeder (7) and Wempe

(July 24)  Richlea wiped out a 2-0 North Battleford lead with a five run explosion in the bottom of the second inning and held on for a 5-4 triumph Wednesday. Reliever Dave Banks played a key role for the winners coming to the rescue of 17-year-old starter Stan Millar with one out and two runners on base in the sixth inning. Banks proceeded to pitch no-hit ball for the final 3 2/3s innings. Beavers' Bennie Griggs, who took over for losing pitcher Harold Hunchak in the second inning, yielded just one hit and fanned ten in his 6 1/3 innings of work.  Bob Marik and Garth Irvin each had two hits for Richlea.

Hunchak (L), Griggs (2) and Brooks
Millar (W), Banks (6) and Marshall

(July 25)  Kindersley Klippers chased home five runs in the third inning en route to an 8-2 win over Asquith. Wally Jackson's two-run homer, a run-scoring triple by Jerry Flanagan and a double by Dave Torrens highlighted the big inning.  Bentley MacEwen allowed just five hits and two walks in twirling the win. He fanned nine.  Jim Wiley, Garnet Hannon and Wayne Morgan had two hits apiece for the winners. 

Lazecki (L), Hobson (3) and Brooks
MacEwen (W) and J.Flanagan, D.Jackson

(July 26)  Unity's Ross Stone had another big night at the plate, cracking a grand slam homer, to lead the Cardinals to a 6-1 victory over Richlea.  An overflow crowd witnessed a sterling pitcher's duel into the bottom of the 8th as the teams fought to a 1-1 draw before the Cardinals broke out.  Veteran right-hander Lawrence Bilokryly for Richlea got one out in the bottom of the 8th before giving up a single to Erwin Doerksen and a walk to Johnny RepinBob Marik was brought in from right field to relieve Bilokryly and walked Marcel Richard to load the bases and Ken Hoyt to force in the tie-breaking run. Richlea then sent Stan Millar to the hill to face Ross Stone who sent a pitch far over the left-centre field fence to clear the bases and hand Cardinals a 6-1 lead. The homer was Stone's second hit of the night giving him six for the tournament, two homers, a triple and three singles. Jerry Burcher, the Unity playing manager, held Richlea to seven hits and compiled ten strikeouts.

Bilokryly (L) Marik (8), Millar (8) and Marshall
Burcher (W) and May

(July 27)   Gene Graves had a no-hitter for six innings, finishing with a one-hit gem as Kindersley nipped Unity 2-0 to win the Exhibition Tournament and $575 in prize money. The lone safety off Graves came in the seventh inning when Ross Morrison lofted a high fly ball which dropped between left fielder Layne Jackson and shortstop Jim Wiley. A third inning double by Graves set up the winning run. His two-bagger sailed over Marcel Richard's head in left field and Graves came home when Jim Wiley singled.  The second run came in the fourth helped by two errors. In the inning, losing pitcher Ross Stone fanned three batters but still had a run scored against him. Stone allowed just five hits.

Stone picked up $25 for collecting the most hits in the tournament, six. Neilburg's Jerry Nyman captured the $25 award for most strikeouts in a single game, 15.

Stone (L) and Chow
Graves (W) and D.Jackson

(July 22)  Swift Current Indians upset the Satchel Paige All-Stars 12-8 in an exhibition tilt at Mitchell Field Monday evening.  Paige pitched two scoreless frames before giving way to Sherman Cottingham in the third and LeRoy Paige Jr. in the eighth.  Merv Sanderson went the route for Swift Current and helped the offense with the home run in the seventh.

After being blanked for five innings, the Indians broke loose in the 6th sending 14 batters to the plate to produce a total of ten runs on seven hits and four walks. The added a pair in the seventh.

The All-Stars scored four in the first inning, one in the 4th, two in the 8th and a singleton in the final frame.  Sanderson gave up 11 hits.

Paige Sr., Cottingham (3), Paige Jr. (8) and xxx
Sanderson and xxx

The Paige All-Stars included Sherman Cottingham who returned to Canada to pitch for North Battleford Beavers in 1964 and 1965 and the Walker brothers, Oscar and Isaac, who suited up in the Manitoba Senior League in 1964.  The club had 26-year-old Willie Washington at third base, 19-year-old Oscar Walker at second and Isaac Walker as the catcher.  Meyers was listed as the first baseman, Green in right field, Stallings in centre field, La Grande, also a first sacker, Moore at shortstop, Quick, catcher.  The pitchers were identified as Cleveland, Cowans, Poinalter, Waddell and Pearson.

(July 24-25)  Lacombe :   Grande Prairie Eskimos topped Vernon, BC, Luckys 6-5 to take top money in the Lacombe Lions $4,500 tournament.  Before a crowd estimated at 5,000, the Alberta club came from behind to notch the winner in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Grand Prairie took home top prize of $1,100.  Vernon led 5-4 as the Eskimos came to bat in the ninth and got back to back singles from Dale Stokke and Duff Chapman to lead off the frame. Stokke tied the contest when pinch hitter Mel Watchorn was safe on a fielder's choice.  Al Peterson then connected on a grounder to second baseman Jim Berlando who threw to first base as Chapman scampered home with the winning run.  Vernon won a berth in the final with a 10-6 win over Viking, Alberta, All-Stars and Grande Prairie shaded Fairchild, Washington, Air Base Fliers 3-2. Others - St. John, Washington, Indians, Rosebud League All-Stars, Edmonton Junior All-Stars, Prelate, Saskatchwewan.

Peace River :  Fairview Outlaws claimed top money in the annual Peace River tournament downing Peace River Stampeders 4-2 in the final.

(September 2)  Kamloops won first prize money of $500 Monday at the annual Labour Day Tournament at Kamloops.  The home squad edged Bellingham, WA, 3-2 to take the title.  They advanced to the final with a 7-4 win over Burnaby-Kingsway. Bellingham defeated North Vancouver 6-0.