1971 Game Reports, BC Interior     

1971 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1971 BC Interior 
1971 Vancouver Island   


New Denver

(June 6)  Ben Wilkowski of New Denver, pitching in his first senior game, fanned 15 as New Denver coasted to a 5-1 victory over Winlaw in the Slocan-Arrow Lakes Baseball League opener. The young Combines hurler wiggled out of three bases-loaded situations to go the distance for the win. Lew Sherrod led off the second with a towering three-bagger and scored on rookie Jim Hick's blooper for the game's first marker. Catcher Dave Groenhousen led the winners with three hits, one a triple. George Bara led Winlaw with a triple and a single. Paul Stoochinoff pitched well for Winlaw but came up with a sore arm in the seventh and was relieved by Mark Brons.

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Wilkowski (W) and Groenhousen

(July 18)  Righthanded heaver Bill Markin of the New Denver-Silverton Combines spent the afternoon pitching himself out of bases-loaded jams but his teammates pounded two Nakusp pitchers for 13 hits to give Markin his fourth win of the season as the Combines captured a lopsided 17 to 8 verdict in Slocan-Arrow Lakes Baseball League action. The game was highlighted by the defensive play of Lou Sherrod and rookie Bob White of the Combines and the smooth play of Nakusp shortstop Gordon Yolland. Third baseman Phil Angignon led the New Denver batting attack with three hits including a triple. Markin came through with a triad of safeties as well while Sherrod blasted a three-bagger and single. Doug Thring cranked a solo round-tripper for the victors.

Standings                 W    L    Pts.
New Denver-Silverton      4    0     8
Winlaw                    2    2     4
Nakusp                    0    4     0

(August 15)  The Winlaw senior baseballers ended the lingering hopes of a playoff spot for Nakusp with an easy 17 to 6 win before disappointed Nakusp fans in Slocan-Arrow Lakes League play. Grant Brons went the distance on the knoll for the Combines, allowing seven hits while striking out nine and walking a pair.  Losing twirler George Keay was raked for 13 safeties while breezing eight and issuing seven free passes. The big man with the baton for Winlaw was Jack Parr who clipped the horsehide for three doubles.

Standings                W     L    Pts.
New Denver-Silverton     6     0     12
Winlaw                   3     4      6
Nakusp                   1     6      2


(September 12)   New Denver-Silverton Combines are Slocan-Arrow Lakes champions for the fourth consecutive season. The Combines crushed Winlaw 11-2 Sunday in the final game of the 1971 playoffs. Right-hander Bill Markin settled down after a shaky start to whiff 15 batters to coast to his 10th win of the season. He lost just once. First baseman Ron Ray banged out three hits, one a triple, to lead the winners. Doug Thring, after a month-long layoff with an injury, collected a triple and single. The sharp fielding Combines infield anchored by shortstop Phil Angrignon prevented Winlaw from starting any kind of rally. Markin not only starred on the mound, he was the club's leading hitter. Jim Aird presented Combines' captrain Dave Groenhousen with the league trophy.

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Markin (W) and Groenhousen