1978 Game Reports, BC Interior     

1978 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1978 BC Interior 
1978 Vancouver Island   


CARIBOO SENIOR BASEBALL

Once again, the senior-level circuits operating within Prince George and Quesnel, played a partial interlocking schedule in 1978.

QUESNEL SENIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE

Billy Barker Inn
Cariboo Clippers
Jen’s Hobos
Kopetski A’s

FINAL STANDINGS *       W       L       Pct.    GBL
Billy Barker Inn       18       2     .900     ----
Jen’s Hobos            11       7     .611     6.0
Kopetski A’s            9      11     .450     9.0
Cariboo Clippers        7      12     .368    10.5

* includes interlocking games with Prince George teams 
                                                        
PLAYOFFS
SEMI-FINALS  (best-of-five series)

(July 31)  The Kopetski A’s and Jen’s Hobos both hammered out a win against each other as the QSBL playoffs began with a twin-bill.. The Hobos rang up a big lead and then had to hang on to defeat the A’s 10 to 8 in the opener. The A’s came back with a ninth inning rally to cop the second encounter 8 to 6. The short-handed Hobos were forced to use Jim Booth on the mound for virtually both games.

Harry West started the matinée tussle for Jen’s but was pulled after facing just six batters as Booth came on to bail him out. Then, in the bottom-of-the-fifth, Bruno Rogger took on the hurling chores but only stayed in long enough to fill the bases and force one run home. Both West and Rogger retired only one batter each as Booth was summoned to put out the respective fires that had transpired. Ed Auger had a two-run homer for the winners. Kopetski starter Bud Atkins was nicked with the loss.

Booth pitched the entire second game. The Hobos blew an early 5 – 0 lead, aided by Booth’s two-run homer, in this encounter as the A’s fought back to tie the score at 6 – 6 in the eighth and then won it in the ninth on Dale Gagnon’s two-run single.

(August 1)  The pennant-winning Billy Barker Inn squashed the Cariboo Clippers 11 to 3 in the opener of their semi-final series. Steve Huska belted what appeared to be a two-run homer for the winners but was instead awarded a triple when he failed to touch home plate and was called out.

(August 2)  A 16 to 3 triumph over the last-place Cariboo Clippers but the Billy Barker Inn baseballers in the driver’s seat in their semi-final series. Senior Babe Ruth draftee Grant Johanneson copped his first QSBL pitching victory.

(August 3)  The Kopetski A’s move one game closer to the QSBL finals with a 15 to 9 victory over Jen’s Hobos in a darkness-shortened six-inning game three. Eight runs in the sixth stanza sealed the deal for the Kopetski Clan. Pete Swanson launched a three-run homer for the A’s.

(August 8)  The Billy Barker Inn earned a shot at retaining its QSBL tile with a 9 to 0 romp over the Cariboo Clippers to annex their series in three straight games. The Innkeepers clubbed three Clipper chuckers for 11 hits in the seven-inning tilt, ended by darkness. Grant Johanneson, the second of three twirlers used by the barkers, was credited with the win.

(August 9)  Two player ejections from an already shortened Jen’s Hobos lineup forced the Tramps to forfeit their match with the Kopetski A’s and fall by the wayside in the QSBL playoff picture. Catcher Steve MacDonald and pitcher Jim Booth were both given the run on a disputed balk call in the third inning of a scoreless game.

FINALS

(August 20)  Defending champion Billy Barker Inn won both games of a playoff doubleheader from the Kopetski A’s by scores of  9 to 6 and 8 to 5 to take a commanding lead in the QSBL finals.

(August 21)  A fifth-inning grand-slam home run by Butch Meyers propelled the Billy Barker Inn to a 9 to 0 rout of the Kopetski A’s and the 1978 Quesnel Senior Baseball League title. Reliever Bryan Funk claimed the hurling victory for the Hoteliers while Kevin Beaudry was the complete-game loser..


PRINCE GEORGE SENIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE

Labatts
Lomacks
Martin & Sons Loggers
Northern Mountain Truck Service

The teams in the 1978 Prince George circuit, which fared badly in their inter-league clashes against rivals from the Quesnel loop, were ignored completely on the sports pages of the Prince George Citizen.


BULKLEY VALLEY BASEBALL LEAGUE

Hazleton Braves
Houston Bees
Moricetown Cubs
Moricetown Grizzlies
Smithers Glaciers
Terrace Reds

PLAYOFFS

(August 27)  The Smithers Glaciers captured the Bulkley Valley Baseball League playoff crown for the fourth straight year with a convincing 8 to 1 victory over the visiting Hazelton Braves before a large crowd at the Civic Centre Baseball Park. The Glaciers had advanced to the single-knockout finals by ousting the Houston Bees earlier in the day 12 to 7 while Hazelton had bounced the Moricetown Cubs from the competition with an 11 to 0 whitewashing.

The playoff title capped off a fine season for the Glaciers who finished first in the regular-season schedule with a sparkling 13 – 1 won-loss record. It was the second year in succession that the second-place Braves had been relegated to the role of bridesmaid, losing to the Glaziers in the finals last season as well. Ed Nightingale, who came on in relief of starter Joe Duff in the second stanza, was the architect of a near flawless performance on the knoll, surrendering only three hits in chalking up the victory. Winston Leary, pitching in his second consecutive game after earning the complete-game victory over Moricetown, was nicked for five hits and two Glacier runs in the three innings that he toiled on the mound, taking with the loss.

Jim Watson, far better known for his prowess as a blueliner with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, had a stellar day at the plate for the Smithers squad, going 3-for-4 in the game against Houston and a perfect 4-for-4 in the finale against Hazelton.