1968 Game Reports, BC Interior     

1968 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1968 BC Interior 
1968 Vancouver Island   

SLOCAN-ARROW LAKES SENIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE

The 1968 Slocan-Arrow Lakes Senior Baseball League was comprised of four teams, two less than the 1967 circuit. Slocan Park and Slocan City withdrew from the 1968 loop, the former because of a lack of a playing facility and the latter to join the West Kootenay Senior Baseball League.

Kaslo
Nakusp
New Denver-Silverton Combines
Winlaw

REGULAR-SEASON

(May 26)  The Hosting New Denver-Silverton Combines took a convincing 6 to 0 triumph over the Nakusp club at Centennial Park as the 1968 season got underway. The winning pitcher was southpaw Dougal Greenan who shared mound duties with Eddie Elsmore and Johnny Nesbitt. The trio of slab artists were nicked for a measly two Nakusp safeties, both singles coming off the bats of Sam Phillipoff and Fred Desrochers, walked only two while ringing up nine punchouts. Losing tosser was Tad Kiyono who fanned six Combines, issued eight free passes, hit one batter and surrendered just three safeties. A four-run second frame put the homesters on the road to victory. Elsmore’s double for the winners was the lone extra-base knock of the contest. Lacing singles for the victors were Doug Thring and Nobby Hayashi.

(May 26)  Winlaw @ Kaslo – rained out

(June 2)  A capacity crowd watched the invading New Denver-Silverton Combines trounce Winlaw 12 to 1. The Combines left no doubt as to the ultimate winner when they exploded for a six-spot in their first turn at bat. Doubles by Harold Mori, Eddie Elsmore and Jack Kelly along with singletons by A. Abraham, Terry Minnis and Al Wright sparked the early outburst. Winlaw tallied their lone run in the second stanza when F. Towgood singled, went to second on Jim Doi’s bunt, advanced to third on a base on balls and scored on a sacrifice fly by F. Malakoff. The winning flinger was Dougal Greenan who went five innings was was relieved by Johnny Nesbitt. Saddled with the defeat was Towgood who lasted seven frames before hitting the showers in favor of J. Nesteroff.

(June 2)  Kaslo @ Nakusp – rained out

(June 9)  Playing with a number of out-of-retirement veterans in their lineup, the Nakusp diamondeers blasted Winlaw 11 to 3. A sparkling, around-the-horn triple play by the aging returnees, consisting of Jack James on third, Fred Desrochers at the keystone sack and Buster Patterson at the initial station, was the highlight of the contest. The hurling victory was credited to Tad Kiyono who was nicked for 13 base knocks while fanning four. The winners scored twice in the opening panel and were never headed. Top swatter for Nakusp was Sam Fillipoff who ripped a brace of two-baggers to go along with a single. Gord Yolland, Len Falkman and Patterson all chipped in with a pair of safeties.

(June 9)  Defending playoff champion Kaslo dropped their home opener 6 to 3 to the New Denver-Silverton Combines. Ed Elsmore was credited with the pitching victory although he needed relief help from Johnny Nesbitt in the fifth. The two combined for 18 strikeouts, gave up just three hits and issued five walks. Mike Linn took the loss for Kaslo, getting the hook in the seventh panel in favor of Ernie Moisey. Nobby Hayashi led the winners at the plate with three hits in five attempts. The only extra-base rap in the clash came in the opening episode off the bat of the Combines’ Dougal Greenan. Rocky Stubbington picked up two of the three Kaslo hits.

(June 16)  The hosting Nakusp senior baseball club squeaked out an 8 to 7 victory over Kaslo in weekend action. Nakusp scored early and built up a 6 to 0 lead after five innings were in the books. Kaslo gained momentum in the sixth inning when three hits produced a three-spot. Another trey in the top-of-the-eighth deadlocked the score but the homesters responded with a singleton in their half of the stanza to move ahead 7 to 6. In the ninth, the pesky visitors once again tied the game with a single counter. Not to be outdone, the Kuskanax Valley Boys strode to the dish in the bottom-of-the-ninth with fire in their eyes. Buster Patterson started things off with a one-bagger off losing chucker Mike Linn. Al Weir followed with a single, then Gordon Yolland ripped a third-consecutive safety to bring Patterson home with the deciding counter. Tad Kiyono, in relief of starter Derek McQuair, notched the mound decision. The pair of Nakusp slabsters allowed seven hits, gave up six free passes and breezed a half dozen. Linn was touched for eleven bingles, issued seven walks and fanned five. Sam Fillipoff/Phillipoff was the top swatsmith in the contest for the victors, creaming the orb for two doubles and a single. 

(June 23)  In a Slocan-Arrow Lakes joust played in Winlaw, Kaslo jumped all over the hosts for seven first-inning counters and cruised to a 9 to 4 thumping. Singles by Peters and Ringo, two-baggers by George Benwell, Norm Command and Dave Thompson, and a booming triple by Smith did the early damage for the visitors. Winlaw picked up their only tally in the third when Steve Towgood hit a double, stole third and scored on a hit by J. Nesteroff. Grabbing the complete-game mound win was slabster Tomo who whiffed eight while walking two. Towgood, who breezed ten, was nailed with the setback.

(June 23)  The New Denver-Silverton Combines remained undefeated in Slocan-Arrow Lakes League play after registering a 7 to 4 victory over Nakusp. The winning pitcher was Ed Elsmore who had relief help from Jack Kelly. The tandem of moundsmen allowed seven hits, fanned 11 and walked six. Taking the loss was Derek McQuair who toed the slab until the ninth when he was replaced by Glen Rounce. The Nakusp duo gave up 10 hits, whiffed eight and walked a pair. Powering the hit parade for the winners was Dougal Greenan who hammered a home run, Harold Mori with three singles, Nobby Hayashi with a double and two singles and Kelly with a two-bagger. McQuair laced three singles for Nakusp.  

(July 7)  The visiting Nakusp nine blanked Winlaw 5 to 0 in a game which was scoreless until the eighth stanza. A walk to Len Falkman, followed by Fred Desrocher’s double and a long circuit-clout by Lino Zanier produced a triad of Nakusp tallies in the eighth. They added another pair in the ninth on singles by Gord Yolland, Jack James and Desrochers. The winners played errorless ball and collected 11 base knocks. Zanier had a double and single in addition to his four-bagger. Hurling a complete game three-hitter for the hillock verdict was Glen Rounce who fanned 13 and walked just one while yielding one-baggers to Barry Sutherland, Cecil Samsonoff and Joe Katasonoff. The vanquished nine used four chuckers with Steve Towgood surrendering three runs in taking the loss. J. Nesteroff, Joe Katasonoff and Popoff succeeded him on the bump.

(July 14)  Nakusp came up with three runs in the top-of-the-ninth inning to take an 8 to 7 verdict from homestanding Kaslo. Tad Kiyono was credited with the hillock victory, relieving Derek McQuair in the third. The two Nakusp moundsmen surrendered 12 hits, struck out 11 and issued two walks. Paul Peters was nicked with the loss after taking over from starting twirler Bill Pomponio in the second panel. The Kaslo duo gave up seven hits, breezed a dozen batters and gave up one free pass. In the hitting department, Lloyd Waterer and Carlson of the winners banged out a brace of safeties each while Lino Zanier smashed a triple. For Kaslo, Peters belted the horsehide for three hits, one a triple. George Benwell, Smith and Pomponio followed with a pair of safe swats with a four-ply dinger included in Benwell’s total.

(July 14)  The powerful New Denver-Silverton Combines remained undefeated as they clobbered the Winlaw diamond troopers 12 to 1 in a game shortened to six innings because of rain. The final outcome of the skirmish was never in any doubt for the home club as right hander Eddie Elsmore chalked up another mound triumph. Steve Towgood, with relief assistance from J. Nesteroff, was clipped with the loss. Big batsmen for the winners were Nobby Hayashi and Dougal Greenan. By clinching first place, the Combines receive a bye into the league finals.

(July 21)  An 8 to 7 conquest of the Kaslo All-Stars clinched second place in the Slocan-Arrow Lakes Baseball League for Nakusp. Derek McQuair, who tossed the first four frames for Nakusp before handing the ball over to Tad Kiyono, collected the win. Bill Pomponio started on the hill for the Stars but was given the hook while Paul Peters, who replaced him, was tagged with the mound defeat. Nakusp took an early 4 to 0 lead, primarily on the strength of a bases-loaded triple by Leno Zanier, but had to stage a three-run comeback rally in the ninth to pull off the victory.  The same two clubs will square off in a best-of-three semi-final playoff series with the winner advancing to face the pennant-winning New Denver-Silverton nine in the finals.

Final Standings             W     L     T      Pts.
New Denver-Silverton        5     0     1      11
Nakusp                      4     2     0       8
Kaslo                       2     3     1       5
Winlaw                      1     5     0       2

PLAYOFFS

SEMI-FINALS  Kaslo vs Nakusp  (best-of-three series)

(July 28)  The invading band of Nakusp diamond troopers humiliated two-time playoff champion Kaslo right on their home turf, clobbering the All-Stars 16 to 1 as the Slocan-Arrow Lakes semi-final playoff round got underway. The visitors roared out of the gate, taking a 4 to 0 first-inning lead on a grand slam home run by Lino Zanier. The second inning saw Nakusp add five more to their total as Zanier drove in a pair of them with a single. In the eighth, back-to-back doubles by Buster Patterson and Willie Carlson and a single by Art Maxwell brought across another brace of counters. Four more tallies touched the pan in the ninth on a triple by Gord Yolland, a two-bagger by catcher Len Falkman, Jack James’ single and Buster Patterson’s double. Every player in the Nakusp lineup, with the exception of Fred Desrochers, had at least one base knock. Patterson and Yolland accumulated the most safe swats, four each. Young Glen Rounce, on the bump for the victors, could have had a shutout but backstop Falkman, in an attempt to catch a runner pilfering third, missed his mark and threw the pill into the outfield, allowing the lone Kaslo tally to reach the platter. Rounce allowed eight safeties, walked not a single batter and punched out three. Wayne Kew, Kaslo starting flinger, was nailed with the loss.

(August 4)  Nakusp swept Kaslo in two straight games to advance to the league finals against first-place New Denver-Silverton. No final score or game details of the second game were found in print.

(August 4)  Playing at New Denver’s Centennial Park, the pennant-winning New Denver-Silverton Combines tripped up the Trail Junior Blazers of the West Kootenay Senior League 6 to 2 in an exhibition scuffle. Southpaw Johnny Nesbitt pitched into the sixth frame for the Combines to earn the victory. Another portsider, Dougal Greenan, came to his rescue in that stanza and quelled a bases-loaded situation by retiring three in a row without any damage. Terry Minnis had two hits for the the victors while starting pitcher Al Doherty nailed a triple and single for the Blazers. Glen Babcock, the second of three twirlers used by the Juniors, took the loss.

FINALS  Nakusp vs New Denver-Silverton  (best-of-three series)  

(August 11) The New Denver-Silverton senior baseball club took a one-game lead in the Slocan-Arrow Lakes Baseball League championship series by doubling the Nakusp balltossers 14 to 7 in a high-scoring affair at Centennial Park. Johnny Nesbitt started on the rubber for the home club but faced only four batters in the opening salvo before being replaced by winning pitcher, right hander Eddie Elsmore. Dougal Greenan followed Elsmore on the bump, coming to his aid in the seventh. The trio of Combine tossers allowed Nakusp swatters six hits. The winners raked losing flinger Tad Kiyono and eighth-inning replacement Derek McQuair for 13 safeties. Elsmore picked up four hits for the winners while teammate Lorne Wright had three. Lino Zanier was the big noise with the baton for Nakusp, blasting a two-run four-bagger into deep right field.  

(August 18)  A come-from-behind 11 to 8 conquest of the determined Nakusp nine vaulted the New-Denver-Silverton Combines into championship mode, taking the best-of-three series in straight games. Nakusp had a one-run lead entering the ninth inning but the Combines came charging back to push across four runs to take the lead and clinch the victory. Starter Johnny Nesbitt was driven from the hill in the third panel as reliever Eddie Elsmore held Nakusp in check until the seventh. With Nakusp threatening in the seventh, young Dougal Greenan was summoned from his post in the middle pasture to snuff out a potential rally with his blazing heater and pinpoint control. Leading the Combine swatsmiths were Jack Kelly with three hits, Nobby Hayashi and Greenan with a brace and Terry Minnis with a triple. Doug Thring and Elsmore each rapped out a two-bagger. Nakusp was led at the plate and in the field by the sparkling play of shortstop Gordie Yolland. He played flawless defensively and collected two key hits. Veteran Buster Patterson also shone at the platter with three singles.