1966 Game Reports, BC Interior     

1966 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1966 BC Interior 
1966 Vancouver Island   

SLOCAN-ARROW LAKES BASEBALL LEAGUE

A six-team loop, alternately known as the Slocan Valley League and the Kaslo-Slocan-Arrow Lakes League was formed in 1966.

Kaslo
Nakusp
New Denver-Silverton Combines
Slocan City Silver Kings
Slocan Park
Winlaw All-Stars

REGULAR SEASON

(June 5)  Hosting Nakusp scored a one-sided 22 to 6 decision over the Slocan City Silver Kings in the league opener for both squads. Pitching-challenged Slocan left starter and loser J. Cattanacci on the bump for five tortuous frames as the homesters bombarded him for 17 runs before he was given the hook in favor of infielders Jim Doi and Vic Osis. The winners used three chuckers, Derek McQuair, Reg Bunt and Holland. The trio was nicked for ten Silver King base raps while Nakusp had a dozen safe swats. Shortstop M. Hoshizaki drew four walks and also singled to account for four runs. Rookie Ed Osis had two solid base knocks for the vanquished nine.  

(June 5)  The New Denver-Silverton Combines started off league play in fine fashion as they blanked the Kaslo diamond troopers 12 to 0. The Combines scored their dozen counters on nine hits while committing one error while Kaslo came through with only two hits and made three miscues. The major difference accounting for the lopsided score was the huge number of bases on balls issued by losing moundsman George Nelson. Two junior-aged southpaws, Johnny Nesbitt and Dougal Greenan, shared the hillock chores for the winners. Nesbitt fanned ten in six frames and Greenan whiffed eight in the final three stanzas. Nelson recorded nine punchouts. Top willow wielders for New Denver-Silverton were Doug Thring with three safeties and Lorne Wright with a pair.

(June 12)  Ed Mesenchuk fired a two-hitter and struck out 16 batters as Kaslo blanked invading Winlaw 2 to 0 in an exciting Slocan Valley League contest. Losing pitcher Peter Kabatoff was also firing peas, equaling Mesenchuck’s punchout total. The Kaslo swatters were only able to comb him for four safeties but were able to bunch them with ducks on the pond late in the affair. Pinch-hitter Bill Pomponio had the game’s crucial blow, an eighth-inning single that drove in George Benwell and Mesenchuk, both of whom had nailed one-baggers, with the only runs of the clash. George Nelson had the first Kaslo base knock, a single, earlier in the contest but was left stranded at the hot corner station after swiping second and third. Harry Zarchikoff and Kabatoff collected the two Winlaw hits.

(June 12)  The Slocan City Silver Kings dropped their return match with the Nakusp nine 10 to 2. Pitchers Bruce Thornton and Derek McQuair divided the mound duties for the Nakusp aggregation, currently holding down top spot in the six-team circuit, limiting the Silver Kings to just two hits, both by Jim Doi, while striking out 12. Slocan City twirlers whiffed 19 but were the victims of six unearned runs. M. Hoshizaki had a pair of doubles to lead the victors’ seven-hit offense. .

(June 19)  A 15-strikeout performance by slab artist Eddie Mesenchuk highlighted Kaslo’s 4 to 2 conquest of New Denver-Silverton. The loss was the first of the campaign for the Combines. Losing tosser Jack Kelly rang up ten punchouts but was plagued by the porous defense of his mates who booted the ball seven times. The vanquished nine had a serious threat cut short by an unassisted double play by Kaslo first baseman Jerry Dell. 

(June 19)  Behind the seven-hit pitching of Win Storgaard, Slocan Park topped the New Denver-Silverton Combines 8 to 3. Walter Wishlow’s three-run four-bagger in the third spasm was instrumental in a four-run outburst in that inning which sent the victors on their way to their triumph. Bill Markin ripped a two-run circuit-clout for the Combines. The Parkmen got to loser John Nesbitt and reliever Dougal Greenan for 13 base hits. Storgaard whiffed five while the Combines’ duo fanned nine.

(June 26)  Playing under anything but ideal weather conditions, the Slocan City Silver Kings ended their losing streak at three games by dumping Kaslo 9 to 6 before a large home crowd. Right hander Vic Osis scattered nine hits  and punched out five in his first starting assignment. Fireballing George Nelson of Kaslo and Osis were locked in a 2 – 2 deadlock until the sixth episode when the Kings erupted for a half-dozen counters to put the game on ice. Nelson and his replacement Mike Linn rang up a dozen whiffs. The Kings reeled off three double plays to end potential threats. Kaslo put on a late rally for four ninth-inning tallies which featured doubles by Larry Shuto and Al Swantz but it was a case of too little, too late.

(June 26)  Playing on their home turf at Centennial Park, the New Denver-Silverton Combines put another feather in their cap by downing the Winlaw All-Stars 8 to 5. Big Jack Kelly gave up eight safeties and struck out seven in going the distance for the mound win. Losing twirler Alex Pereversoff lasted two innings before southpaw Pete Kabatoff took over on the hill for Winlaw. Gus Stankoven ripped two doubles and a single for the winners. Teammate Jim Hicks also had three safe swats. Jim Olynyk chipped in with a triple and single. For the Stars, John Koochin and Barry Sutherland went two-for-four while Malakoff nailed a two-run triple.

Standings                W     L    Pts.
Nakusp                   3     1     6
Kaslo                    2     2     4
New Denver-Silverton     2     2     4
Winlaw                   2     2     4
Slocan Park              2     2     4
Slocan City              1     3     2

(July 3)  Mike Linn, 16-year old hurler, limited the homestanding Nakusp baseballers to five hits in pitching Kaslo to a 5 to 2 victory. It was the second pitching win of the season for the young right hander. B. Thornton suffered the hillock loss, giving way to Derek McQuair in the ninth. Nakusp committed six fielding miscues which helped sink them. With the score tied 2 – 2 entering the final stanza, Kaslo plated three tallies on an error and a double by Linn. The winners accumulated seven hits.

(July 10)  In spite of heavy winds and threatening rain, Kaslo outs-lugged Slocan Park 9 to 6 in a Slocan Valley senior tussle. Winning hurler Ed Mesenchuk relieved Mike Linn in the third inning while Slocan Park’s Fred Jmaeff took over for losing twirler Mike Esovoloff also in the third panel. Kaslo’s Mesenchuk and Linn both went yard with dingers while Rocky Stubbington tripled and George Nelson ran wild on the bases as the victors jumped into a second-inning lead which they never relinquished.

(July 10)  The New Denver-Silverton Combines walloped Nakusp 15 to 1 in a one-sided Slocan-Arrow Lakes fracas. Johnny Nesbitt went the route on the hill for the winners, giving up five hits and four walks while striking out 15. Twice, with the bases loaded and none out, he retired the next three Nakusp batters in order to prevent a run from scoring. Derek McQuair took the loss, giving way to Lloyd Waterer. The Nakusp tandem were raked for 18 base blows while their mates blew a tire defensively, committing nine errors behind them.

(July 10)  The Winlaw All-Stars defeated Slocan Park 11 to 7 in a highly-emotional Slocan-Arrow Lake League scuffle to move a full-game ahead of the Parkmen in the standings. Alex Pereversoff, the Winlaw starting flinger, was the winner although he needed relief help from Pete Kabatoff. The duo fanned eight Silver Kings. Reg Cherenko, the second Slocan City tosser, took the loss after coming to the aid of starter Bob Fitchner. They breezed a dozen Stars between them. With Winlaw leading 9 to 4 in the fourth inning, a fight broke out between two players from each club with all four being ejected from the game.

(July 17)  Playing at Silverton’s Memorial Park, the New Denver-Silverton Combines continued their upsurge in the Slocan-Arrow Lakes Baseball League by defeating the Slocan City Silver Kings 8 to 3. The winning pitcher was junior-aged southpaw Dougal Greenan who punched out nine, allowing eight hits. He had some control issues along the way, walking three and hitting an equal number of Slocan City batters. Flem Bjerg started on the bump for the Silver Kings and lasted six innings before giving way to Reg Cherenko. Together, they struck out seven, yielded 13 hits and walked three. Both teams committed four errors. Nobby Hayashi with three base knocks, Billy Markin with a pair and Jack Kelly with a home run were the big batters for the winners. Ron Nash, Cherenko and Al Fitchner each collected a brace of safeties for the Kings.

(July 17)  The Winlaw All-Stars moved into a second-place tie with Slocan Park by defeating Kaslo 7 to 4. A two-run tater by Pete Kabatoff highlighted a four-fun fourth inning for Winlaw. Not to be outdone, Kaslo roared back with a four-spot in the fifth canto with Paul Peters blasting a solo dinger. The winners added a pair in the seventh and one in the eighth to round out the scoring. The winning twirler was Kabatoff who rang up ten punchouts. Kaslo started with Mike Linn on the rubber with losing moundsman George Nelson taking over in the fifth. Together they fanned nine Winlaw batters.

(July 24)  The red-hot New Denver-Silverton Combines took a one-game lead atop the Slocan-Arrow Lakes circuit over Winlaw and Kaslo by defeating fourth-place Nakusp 11 to 5. Southpaw Johnny Nesbitt took the mound victory after relieving starter Jack Kelly in the fourth. Nakusp’s Lloyd Waterer, coming to the assistance of starter Derek McQuair in the fifth, was tarnished with the hillock defeat. The game was fought tooth and nail until the sixth and seventh panels when the Combines broke through for back-to-back four-spots to put the game on ice. For New Denver-Silverton, Andy Avison, Jim Hicks and Billy Markin each collected a pair of hits with one of Markin’s blows being a triple. Maxwell and Fields had two safeties apiece for the vanquished nine while teammate Len Falkman blasted a three-bagger. 

(July 24)  A Sunday three-team twin-bill saw the hosting Slocan City Silver Kings thump Slocan Park 10 to 4 to begin proceedings only to take it on the chin from invading Winlaw 15 to 9 in the second encounter. Right hander Flem Bjerg, displaying a blazing fastball, fanned eight and limited the Parkmen to seven safeties in the opener while his teammates were thumping the offerings of three Slocan Park slabsters for eleven base blows. Fred Jmaeff, who started on the bump and returned late in the contest after stints by Mike Zsovoloff and Win Storgaard, was nailed with the loss. Vic Osis and Dennis Ferrey had two-baggers for the victors while Slocan Park’s Jeffry Planiden reciprocated with a double. 

Winlaw was the beneficiary of seven bases on balls to go along with 14 base raps in the late affair. Pete Kabatoff, coming to the aid of starter Alex Pereversoff and follow-up chucker Harry Zarchikoff, halted any Silver King threats. Slocan City starter, Pat McMahon, was derricked for Vic Osis late in the contest. Despite matching Winlaw’s 14-hit field day at the dish in this clash, the homesters weren’t as efficient in driving in runs, leaving eleven base-runners stranded. The only extra-base blows in the plethora of swats were a triple by Flem Bjerg and a two-bagger off the bat of Vic Osis.  Over the course of the double-dip, Kings’ third baseman Bruce Ferguson accumulated four singles to go along with three walks while teammate Jim Doi ripped five one-baggers.

(July 31)  The Nakusp senior baseballers knocked Winlaw out of contention for the runner-up spot in the Slocan-Arrow Lakes loop by trouncing the visitors 8 to 4. The game was tied until the fifth inning when Nakusp scored four runs to forge ahead for good. Bruce Thornton, who relieved starting tosser Lloyd Waterer in the third inning, was credited with the win while Winlaw starter Harry Zarchikoff was tagged with the defeat. Catcher Len Falkman creamed the orb for four safeties, including a double, to lead Nakusp at the platter.

(July 31)  Kaslo avenged a previous loss to the Slocan City Silver Kings by shellacking the Kings 9 to 0 in Slocan-Arrow Lakes action. Eddie Mesenchuk allowed three hits and struck out 14 in breezing to the complete-game win. Jim Doi assumed mound duties for the Kings to begin things but was given the hook for Flem Bjerg in the fifth. Kaslo batters picked up eight base knocks off the pair. George Benwell rapped a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs and added two singles while Mesenchuk delivered a triad of one-baggers.

(July 31)  The sizzling New Denver-Silverton Combines travelled to Slocan Park with only nine players but managed to clobber the home team by a score of 16 to 5. Southpaw Johnny Nesbitt toiled on the hill for the full nine cantos in recording the triumph. He was nicked for nine scattered safeties while striking out eight and walking six. Of the five runs Slocan Park garnered off his slants, only two were earned. The hosts played sloppily afield, committing eight miscues to four for the Combines. Losing tosser Mike Esovoloff lasted 3-1/3 innings on the bump before heading to the showers as Win Storgaard took over. Esovoloff gave up eight counters on four hits while Storgaard was raked for eight runs on eight safeties. Nobby Hayashi and Andy Avison were the big guns with the lumber for the victors, coming through with three and two hits respectively. For the Parkmen, Padowinikoff, Savinkoff and Markoff each picked up a brace of safe swats.

(August 7)  The powerful Kaslo team of diamond troopers captured second place in the Slocan-Arrow Lakes Baseball League’s final standings by laying a resounding 17 to 4 beating on Nakusp. Mike Linn went all the way on the hill for the winners, yielding nine hits while fanning six. Losing flinger Derek McQuair was clipped for 13 base raps and saw his mates commit seven bobbles behind him. The most significant blow from the vanquished nine was an eighth-inning, three-run round-tripper by Len Falkman.

(August 7)  The New Denver-Silverton Combines annexed the 1966 regular-season pennant by trouncing the Winlaw All-Stars 12 to 2 in the final league affair for both nines. Southpaw Johnny Nesbitt spun an eight-hitter with four punchouts in grabbing the slab verdict. Losing moundsman J. Malakoff started on the bump for the Stars and lasted three frames before Johnny Koochin took over for the next five. Alex Pereversoff hurled the final spasm. Together, they were raked for a dozen base blows by the Combines. Nobby Hayashi was the top dog with the stick for the pennant-winners, clubbing a pair of triples while Dave Groenhousen drilled two doubles. Andy Avison followed with a double and single, good for a brace of RBI’s. Coming in with two one-baggers were Dougal Greenan of the victors as well as P. Osachoff and Pete Kabatoff of the Winlaw squad.. 

Final Standings           W     L    Pts.
New Denver-Silverton      8     2     16
Kaslo                     7     3     14
Winlaw                    5     5     10
Nakusp                    5     5     10
Slocan Park               3     7      6
Slocan City               2     8      4

PLAYOFFS
Semi-Finals  (best-of-three series) 
Nakusp vs Kaslo and Winlaw vs New Denver

(August 14)  Fourth-place Nakusp upset runner-up Kaslo 5 to 3 in a closely-fought battle that got their semi-final playoff series underway. The Nakusp win came off eight big hits while Kaslo managed only two safeties off winning pitcher Bruce Thornton. Ed Mesenchuk went the full distance for the vanquished nine, whiffing seven and walking five while Thornton also punched out seven while walking six. Kaslo opened the scoring with a single run in their first crack at bat and the score see-sawed back and forth starting in the second panel and continuing into the third canto when Nakusp put up a deuce on run-producing hits by Alan Hoshizaki and Thornton to move in front 3 to 2. Kaslo tied things up in the fourth episode but failed to make the scoreboard again as the Kuskanax Valley nine went ahead to stay with a pair in the sixth. 

(August 14)  The New Denver-Silverton Combines and Winlaw All-Stars split the first two games in their semi-final playoff showdown. The Combines rallied to defeat the Stars 8 to 7 in the second game of their doubleheader after Winlaw had upset the pennant-winners 8 to 0 in the matinée affair. Pete Kabatoff made it a one-man show in the opening clash as he faced only 30 Combine batters in the nine-inning match, shutting out New Denver-Silverton on four scattered hits. Displaying superb command, Kabatoff whiffed five and didn’t issue a walk. Within the batter’s box, Kabatoff also excelled, collecting three safeties in four trips to the plate. Johnny Nesbitt suffered he loss, giving way to Dougal Greenan in the sixth. The brace of Combine tossers were nicked for seven Winlaw safe swats.

Kabatoff attempted to make it a clean sweep in the finale but tired and lasted only 3-2/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits, after his mates had staked him to a 7 to 0 second-inning lead. Johnny Koochin relieved him and gave up only one more run until the eighth when he ran into trouble, as Kabatoff was recalled to the bump to finish things. Two hits and two runs later, his effort fell one-run short. Dougal Greenan toiled for 7-2/3 innings on the hill for the Combines, allowing all seven Winlaw tallies, in picking up the win. Johnny Nesbitt finished the tilt, slamming the door on the invaders and was credited with the save. Dave Groenhousen and Jim Hicks paced the New Denver-Silverton baton swingers, each lighting up the Winlaw duo of slabmen for a trio of hits while Alex Pereversoff and Harry Zarchikoff  of the Stars ripped two safeties apiece.

(August 21)  The Winlaw All-Stars upset the heavily-favored New Denver-Silverton Combines 13 to 10 to wrap up their semi-final series and move on to the league finals. Pete Kabatoff, working in relief of starter Alex Pereversoff, got credit for the mound decision for the Stars while Combines’ starting flinger Johnny Nesbitt was nailed with the loss. Nesbitt was given the hook in the second panel only to return to the bump in the eighth following mound stints by Dougal Greenan and Mike Kelly in the high-scoring affair. A six-run second frame put the Winlaw nine on the winning track.

(August 21)  Kaslo came from one game behind to sweep a semi-final playoff doubleheader and earn a berth in the finals of the Slocan-Arrow Lakes Baseball League. They whipped the short-handed Nakusp crew 10 to 5 and 9 to 8 on their home turf to move on to a showdown against Winlaw for league playoff supremacy. Youthful Mike Linn was credited with both pitching wins, each at the expense of another junior-aged twirler, Nakusp’s Dougal Greenan.  
The two squads played on even terms in the opener until the fourth inning when Kaslo moved ahead 3 to 1 on base hits by George Benwell, Al Swantz and Norm Command. The winners, assisted by a pair of crucial Nakusp errors, added four more in the sixth on two-baggers by Benwell and Jerry Dell. The visitors put on a late rally in the eighth when they put up a trey on a series of walks and a double by Fred Desrochers but it wasn’t sufficient to overcome the large deficit.

The rubber match of the series was a much closer affair than game two as the two combatants traded leads throughout the early and mid-innings. Heading into the seventh episode, Nakusp had a single-run edge which disappeared when the Kaslo aggregation broke loose for a five-spot on three hits, two errors and a wild pitch. Nakusp responded with three tallies in the eighth but the homesters held off their attempt to knot the count and quickly retired the side in the ninth to take the series.

Finals  (best-of-three series)  Winlaw vs Kaslo

(September 4)  Eddie Mesenchuk struck out 16 and smashed a solo home run in the bottom-of-the-tenth inning as hosting Kaslo blanked the Winlaw All-Stars 1 to 0 in a bitterly-fought opening game of the Slocan-Arrow Lake League finals. The overtime game was marred by several controversies which resulted in an unsuccessful Winlaw protest. The Stars got to Mesenchuk for six hits while losing twirler Pete Kabatoff was nicked for five. Three spectacular catches by Kaslo’s Mike Linn in the left garden cost potential runs for Winlaw.

(September 11)  Kaslo topped the Winlaw All-Stars 2 to 1 to capture the 1966 Slocan-Arrow Lakes Baseball championship. Ed Mesenchuk and Al Swantz led Kaslo to the title, smashing out five of their seven hits while Mesenchuk was punching out nine while allowing four Winlaw safeties in taking the mound verdict. Swantz’ total of safe swats included a triple, double and single. In addition, he plated the winning run in the third inning. Pete Kabatoff struck out nine and gave up seven hits in taking the hillock defeat. The beginnings of a Winlaw rally in the bottom-of-the-ninth frame, when they had two runners aboard with no one out, were snuffed out when Mesenchuck fanned the next batter and forced the next two to ground out to end the game and the series.