1979 Game Reports, BC Interior     

1979 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1979 BC Interior 
1979 Vancouver Island   

NORTHERN BC INTERIOR / CARIBOO AREA BASEBALL

Prince George, with two new entries, and Quesnel both had their own intra-city leagues in 1979 but also scheduled interlocking games between the two circuits.

PRINCE GEORGE SENIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE TEAMS
Labatt’s
Mountain Truck Service
Prince George Hotel Juniors
Prince George Royals

CARIBOO SENIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE TEAMS (Quesnel & District)
Quesnel Billy Barker Inn
Bud Henning Blue Jays
Kopetski A’s
Red Bluff Inn Clippers

(May 22)  The Labatt’s baseballers picked up where they left off last year in Prince George senior baseball, taking a 7 to 5 win over Mountain Truck Service in the circuit’s season opener. Omer Gascon pitched the win for the defending champions while Ted Eberle took the loss.

(May 24)  Labatt’s remained undefeated by edging the Prince George Hotel Juniors 1 to 0. Randy Pawluk pitched the shutout win.

(May 27)  Opening day doubleheader action in Quesnel had the Billy Barker Inn knocking off the Bud Henning Blue Jays 5 to 3 while the Kopetski A’s routed the Red Bluff Inn Clippers 14 to 1. Although the Jays outhit the victors, Grant Johanneson grabbed the hillock victory over Terry Kirkham. John Booth had three safeties for the Barkers while Rod Dyck connected for four safe swats and Ed Auger three in pacing the Blue Birds at the dish. The A’s pounded out 26 hits in the late game as Kevin Lust racked up five base raps while teammates Bill Lacy and Ron Halvorsen checked in with four apiece. The winning hurler was Kevin Beaudry

(May 29)  The Red Bluff Inn Clippers won their first game of the season in the Cariboo Senior Baseball League which incorporates teams from Quesnel and area, doubling the Bud Henning Blue Jays 4 to 2.

(May 30)  Overcoming a scare from the upstart Prince George Royals, the defending champion Labatt’s squad won its third consecutive game in Prince George senior action. The Beer-men erased a 6 to 5 deficit in the sixth inning en route to a 14 to 6 victory. Bob Maybee allowed 11 hits in picking up the win. Al Cameron was charged with the loss.

(May 30)  The Kopetski A’s defeated the Billy Barker Inn 13 to 7 in Quesnel and district Baseball League action.

(May 31)  The Prince George Hotel Juniors annexed their first win in the Prince George Senior Baseball League, downing the winless Prince George Royals 6 to 4 with Dwayne Washington the winning pitcher. Labatt’s leads the league with three straight victories, followed by Mountain Truck Service at two wins and one loss. 

(May 31)  In a clash of Quesnel foes, the Kopetski A’s kept rolling with a 5 to 1 triumph over the winless Bud Henning Blue Jays, their second victory in two evenings at the Cariboo Senior Men’s ballpark. The Kopetski nine remains undefeated after three games.

(June 3)  Labatt’s increased its first-place lead in the senior baseball loop with a pair of interlocking wins against the Quesnel Bud Henning Blue Jays’ aggregation. Labatt’s took the first game 11 to 4 with Bob Maybee on the hill. Bill Hamar was credited with the win in the follow-up joust as the Brewery Boys prevailed 6 to 1.

(June 3)  Mountain Truck Service of Prince George split an interlocking doubleheader in Quesnel against the Billy Barker Inn. The Repairmen took the first game 6 to 4 as Bill Janzen tossed the win while Grant Johannesen was tagged with the loss. Brian Oliver belted a solo home run for the Innkeepers.  

Shortstop Oliver almost singlehandedly beat Mountain Truck in the second game which saw the 19 year old hit two more home runs, one a grand-slam tater, as the hosts nosed out the Truckmen 11 to 10. First-inning round-trippers by Janzen and Angelo Nadalin put Mountain Truck into a 4 to 0 lead and it was increased to 9 to 2 after 3-1/2 frames were in the books. Wayne Ward, in relief of starter Phil Roy, was lit up for both of Oliver’s dingers and was saddled with the loss.

In the two games, the hot-hitting Oliver slammed the horsehide for nine base blows in ten at bats. Defensively, however, he appeared uncomfortable in the shortpatch position, committing two miscues in the opener and one in the finale. 

(June 5)  The Red Bluff Inn Clippers edged the Quesnel Billy Barker Inn 9 to 8 in a Cariboo League clash.

(June 6)  The Kopetski A’s scored three times in the second inning but it wasn’t enough as they went down to their first defeat of the young campaign to the Billy Barker Inn by a 4 to 3 count. John Booth took the mound verdict over Kevin Lust.

(June 10)  The Bud Henning Blue Jays and the Kopetski A’s split a Cariboo circuit twin-bill in Quesnel. The A’s captured the opening match 4 to 1 as Harry West earned the pitching win over Bud Atkins. In the late encounter, a two-run homer Mike Gronskei in the bottom half of the first extra-inning lifted the Blue Jays to a 4 to 3 win over the A’s. The victory was the first of the campaign for the Blue Birds. The A’s had taken the lead in the top of the overtime session when Wayne Halvorsen’s double plated Wayne Inglis. Despite the loss, the A’s remain in top spot in the Quesnel & area circuit.

(June 12)  The Prince George Hotel Juniors served notice to the rest of the league that they’re not going to be a doormat for other teams. The Juniors, one of the two new teams in the Prince George circuit, came from behind to hand the Mountain Truck Service nine a 7 to 4 loss. Winning pitcher Dave Girard rang up seven whiffs in going the distance. The Servicemen used four chuckers with Rick Fullerton being charged with the loss.

(June 13)  Both teams pounded out 13 hits in a Prince George Senior League fixture in which the Labatt’s pastimers prevailed 15 to 12 over a steadily-improving Prince George Royals squad. Omer Gascon went the route on the bump for the winners, punching out five. Glen Collier of the Royals belted a solo home run in the top of the sixth and Bill Hamar of Labatt’s hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the same canto. Gus Agostinus went four-for-four for the vanquished nine.

Prince George Senior League standings *     W     L     GBL
Labatt’s                                    7     0     ----
Mountain Truck Service                      4     3      3
Prince George Hotel Juniors                 2     3      4
Prince George Royals                        0     5      6

* unbalanced won-lost totals as per advantage in interlocking games against teams from Cariboo Senior Baseball League

(June 14)  The Prince George Hotel Juniors moved to within a half game of second place in Prince George Senior action by dumping the winless Prince George Royals 11 to 6. Colin Christensen went the distance for the winners, striking out nine and giving up six hits. Ron Hutchinson was the loser, as he and three other Royals’ hurlers were touched for ten hits while fanning five. “Rocky” Johansen had a huge day at the plate for the victors, garnering seven RBI’s. 

(June 17)  The Prince George Royals and Red Bluff Inn Clippers of Quesnel split an interlocking double-bill in Quesnel, the Clippers taking the first game 4 to 2 while the Royals annexed their first conquest of the season in the nightcap by an 8 to 2 count.  Bruce Prediger of the Clips bested Dale Kachuk for mound supremacy in the opener. Glen Collier captured the complete game mound win for the Royals in the late encounter as his mates backed him up with 15 base hits. Craig Hutchinson stroked three base knocks for the Blue Bloods.

(June 17)  An interlocking double-dip played in Prince George was divided between the invading Kopetski A’s of the Cariboo circuit and the Prince George Hotel Juniors. The A’s had no trouble in the matinée contest, whipping the Juniors 17 to 2 while the Hotelmen rebounded for a narrow 2 to 1 victory in the finale.  Winning flinger Bud Atkins struck out nine for the A’s in the curtain-raiser. Colin Christensen of the Juniors tossed a two-hitter and punched out nine in the wrap-up fracas, taking the mound decision from Ron Halvorsen.  

(June 19)  The Prince George Labatt’s remained undefeated as the defending league champions downed the Prince George Hotel Juniors 7 to 4 behind the six-hit pitching of Omer Gascon. Losing tosser Dean Eberle was also nicked for six safeties and had a six to five edge over Gascon in strikeouts.

(June 19)  The Red Bluff Inn diamond troopers blew a 6 to 0 lead and fell to the Bud Henning Blue Jays in a Cariboo League match in Quesnel.

(June 20)  Labatt’s had to come from behind to register their ninth consecutive win in Prince George Senior League play. Trailing 6 to 4 after 3-1/2 innings, the Brewery Boys rode a two-run homer by Bob Mabee to ignite their comeback and eventual 10 to 8 win over the Mountain Truck Service nine. The Repairmen had a 15 to 13 margin in base hits.

(June 21)  The Kopetski A’s had an 8 to 0 lead against the Red Bluff Inn Clippers in a Cariboo Senior tussle that was washed out when rain curtailed the game before the regulation number of innings had been played.

(June 21)  The last-place Prince George Royals took advantage put up a six-spot in the second frame and dropped the slumping Mountain Truck Service crew 6 to 1. The Royals took full advantage of five Trucker errors to grab the verdict. Winning pitcher Bill Gook scattered seven hits and breezed three in going the route. Losing pitcher Sieg Vogt and reliever Rick Fullerton allowed five hits but also issued six walks.    

(June 23-24)  Prince George tournament

(June 26)  The first-year Prince George Royals won their second straight game as they surprised the previously unbeaten Labatt’s nine 6 to 5 in Prince George Senior Baseball action. A bases-loaded infield hit by Jeff Bredo in the seventh panel snapped a 5 – 5 tie and knocked the Beer men from their unbeaten pedestal. Glen Kowalski nailed a two-run circuit-clout for the losers.

(June 27)  Mountain Truck Service returned to the .500 mark in Prince George Senior Baseball play with an 11 to 3 thrashing of the Prince George Hotel Juniors at Monty Gabriele Park. Ted Eberle out dueled his brother Dean Eberle in earning the mound triumph. Both siblings went the distance as the Trucker slabman yielded six hits and fanned ten while the Junior tosser was lit up for 15 safeties.  

(June 28)  The Prince George Hotel Juniors regained a share of second place in the Prince George Senior circuit when they romped all over the Prince George Royals 13 to 3. Winning pitcher Colin Christensen scattered six hits, struck out five and didn’t issue a walk. Losing flinger Seig Vogt and reliever Glen Collier were nicked for 13 base blows.

(July 3)  The Quesnel Billy Barker Inn balltossers scored four runs in the sixth inning and eight times in the eighth spasm to smother the Red Bluff Inn pastimers 19 to 9. John Booth paced the hit parade for the winners, garnering four bingles. Teammate Joe Balderston slammed a home run, double and single.

(July 3)  Labatt’s continued to dominate the Prince George Senior circuit by knocking off the Prince George Hotel Juniors 7 to 4. Winning flinger Bill Hamar allowed five hits and struck out seven. The Beer-men got to losing chucker Dave Girard and reliever Dave Hewitson for seven safeties.

(July 4)  First-place Quesnel Billy Barker Inn downed the Kopetski A’s 5 to 2 in a Cariboo circuit match. John Booth had three hits for the Innkeepers.

(July 4)  The Mountain Truck Service nine regained sole possession of second place in the Prince George Senior League when they pasted the cellar-dwelling Prince George Royals 7 to 1 at Monty Gabriele Park. Wining pitcher Rick Fullerton and reliever Ted Eberle scattered four hits and combined to strike out six. Mountain Truck lit into loser Larry Farrell and his successor on the rubber, Glen Collier, for eight safeties.

(July 5)  The slump-ridden Kopetski A’s dropped their third consecutive game, falling to the Bud Henning Blue Jays 5 to 4 in a hard-fought fracas in Quesnel. The Jays broke a 2 – 2 tie by tallying three counters in the eighth and then held on for the win as the A’s comeback attempt fell just short. Wayne Holmes drilled a four-bagger and a brace of singles for the Jays.

(July 8)  The Quesnel Billy Barker Inn diamondeers won over the Red Bluff Clippers 16 to 7 to maintain their hold on first place in the Cariboo Senior Baseball League.

(July 8)  The Prince George Labatt’s aggregation took a pair of interlocking games from the free-falling Kopetski A’s of Quesnel’s Cariboo Senior Baseball loop. The scores were 19 to 1 and 7 to 5. Keith Hodgson took the mound verdict in the opening game blowout which saw Bob Mabee/Maybee of the Brewery Boys hit a grand-slam tater.
Bill Hamar pitched the win in the second affair.

(July 10)  A third straight win for the Mountain Truck Service, this one a 10 to 2 domination of the Prince George Hotel Juniors, further entrenched their hold on second spot in the Prince George Senior League. Winning pitcher Bill Janzen scattered four hits and whiffed eight. Phil Roy stroked an opening inning solo four-ply dinger for the Servicemen off losing twirler Colin Christensen.

(July 11)  The Prince George Hotel Juniors plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth panel to dispose of the Prince George Royals 7 to 6 in a battle of second-division clubs. Dean Eberle, who ascended the bump as a firemen, notched the hurling triumph. The Royals picked up nine hits off Eberle and starter Dave Hewitson. The Juniors managed seven safeties off loser Bill Gook.

(July 12)  The Kopetski A’s defeated the Red Bluff Clippers 7 to 2 in a regularly scheduled Cariboo League affair in Quesnel. 

Cariboo Senior League standings *     W     L     GBL
Quesnel Billy Barker Inn             10     4     ----
Bud Henning Blue Jays                 7     7      3
Kopetski A’s                          6     8      4
Red Bluff Inn Clippers                3    11      7 

* unbalanced won-lost totals as per deficit in interlocking games against teams from Prince George Senior Baseball League

(July 12)  League-leading Labatt’s came away with a narrow 3 to 1 conquest of the last-place Prince George Royals in Prince George Senior League action. Omer Gascon tossed the hillock win, decisioning Glen Collier.

(July 14-15)  Quesnel Billy Barker Days tournament 

(July 17)  Mountain Truck Service erased a 6 to 4 deficit to the league-leading Labatt’s contingent, scoring three times in the sixth inning to record a 7 to 6 win in Prince George Senior play. Tim Janzen pitched the win for the second-place Truckers. Bruce Taylor was saddled with Labatt’s second loss in 15 starts. 

(July 18)  Mountain Truck Service dumped the Prince George Royals 14 to 2 for their fifth straight win. Ted Eberle went the distance for the win, breezing 11 Royals, while Dale Kachuk took the loss. 

(July 19)  First-place Labatt’s scored three times in the first frame and cruised to a 7 to 2 Prince George Senior Baseball win in a tilt with the Prince George Hotel Juniors. Four errors by the Hotelmen made things easier for the Brewery Boys. Bill Hamar, with a five-hitter and nine punchouts, earned the victory over Colin Christensen who rang up ten strikeouts while tossing a seven-hitter.

(July 22)  The red-hot Mountain Truck Service nine of Prince George continued their upward movement, disposing of the Quesnel Red Bluff Inn Clippers twice, 5 to 1 and 3 to 1, in a pair of interlocking games played at Monty Gabriele Park.  

(July 22)  The homestanding Bud Henning Blue Jays of Quesnel got past the Prince George Hotel Juniors 5 to 4 and 6 to 5 in a brace of highly-contested interlocking matches.

(July 24)  Top dog Labatt’s added to their win column when the bottom-feeding Prince George Royals were unable to field a full lineup and forfeited the scheduled game.

(July 24)  In Cariboo Senior League action, the last-place Red Bluff Inn Clippers ended a ten-game losing streak by defeating the Kopetski A’s 12 to 11. Al Blackmore struggled throughout but persevered for the hillock victory.

(July 25)  For the second night in a row, a scheduled Prince George Senior Baseball League game wasn’t played when the third-place Prince George Hotel Juniors came up short with player personnel and defaulted their game to the second-place Mountain Truck Service club.

(July 25)  The first-place Billy Barker Inn of Quesnel and the runner-up Bud Henning Blue Jays battled to a 2 – 2 tie in a Cariboo League joust that was terminated after nine innings due to darkness. Mound opponents Pat Constable of the Blue Birds and Joe Balderston of the Innkeepers both yielded just two hits. In arrears by a 2 to 0 score, the Jays knotted the count on a two-run triple by first sacker Rod Dyck.

(July 26)  The Kopetski A’s got revenge for the one-run defeat they suffered at the hands of the Red Bluff Inn baseballers just two days ago when they prevailed over the Clippers in their return match. Final score and details not found in print.  

(July 26)  The Prince George Senior Baseball League was idle for the third evening in succession when the Prince George Royals, with a number of players on shift work or vacation, forfeited to the Prince George Hotel Juniors.

(July 29)  The Bud Henning Blue Jays clinched second place in the Cariboo Senior Baseball League by sweeping a doubleheader from the Red Bluff Inn Clippers. The Jays dominated both games, winning the first tussle 13 to 5 and the second clash by a closer 4 to 2 score. Harry West took the pitching win in the opener from Greg Aiken while Steve MacDonald triumphed over Brian Lockhart in the owl encounter.

(August 1)  In what is becoming the norm of late, the Prince George Hotel Juniors couldn’t come up with a full team and forfeited a Prince George Senior League game to the Labatt’s nine.

(August 8)  The Kopetski A’s completed the regular Cariboo Senior Baseball League season by blanking the Red Bluff Inn Clippers 2 to 0.

(August 8)  Winning pitcher Colin Christensen survived a four-run first inning by the Mountain Truck Service band of baseballers as the Prince George Hotel Juniors won a 6 to 4 decision. The loss for the truckers snapped a seven-game winning streak. Ted Eberle took the loss as the Juniors with a single counter in the opening canto, two in the third and three in the fifth. 

(August 9)  The Quesnel Billy Barker Inn wrapped up top spot in the Cariboo Senior Baseball standings with a 4 to 2 victory over the Bud Henning Blue Jays. The game was the completion of an earlier contest which ended in a 2 – 2 tie on July 25. 

Cariboo Senior League final standings *     W     L    GBL
Quesnel Billy Barker Inn                   14     5    ----
Bud Henning Blue Jays                      11    10     4 
Kopetski A’s                               10    11     5
Red Bluff Inn Clippers                      5    17   10-1/2    

* unbalanced won-lost totals as per deficit in interlocking games against teams from Prince George Senior Baseball League

(August 9)  The Mountain Truck Service got a solid pitching effort from Bill Janzen and went on to nose out first-place Labatt’s 3 to 2 in a top-flight Prince George Senior League tussle. Omer Gascon was nailed with the loss in relief of Bill Hamar.

(August 14)  Taking their tenth win in their past eleven Senior League contests, the upwardly spiraling Mountain Truck Service squad disposed of the Prince George Hotel Juniors 10 to 0. Dan Zacharak, up from the Senior Babe Ruth ranks, fired a two-hitter to take the hurling victory. He punched out ten while the Servicemen were backing him up with a ten-hit attack. Losing twirler Colin Christensen and reliever Dean Eberle combined to whiff six.

(August 15)  The last-place Prince George Royals forfeited the third of their past four scheduled games, the other being rained out, to the league-leading Labatt’s nine.

(August 16) The cellar-dwelling Prince George Royals, mired far behind the other teams in the Prince George Senior loop with a 3 – 15 record, officially folded and the league will wind up the campaign with the remaining three entrants. 

(August 19)  The Mountain Truck Service contingent continued their late-season surge with an 18 to 5 conquest of the Prince George Hotel Juniors. Trent Doll scattered seven hits in taking the mound win.

(August 20)  Prince George Labatt’s reduced their magic number to two when the Prince George Hotel Juniors defaulted.

(August 21)  First place is still open in the Prince George Senior Baseball League after the Mountain Truck Service diamondeers blanked top-dog Labatt’s 6 to 0. Bill Janzen handcuffed the Beer Barons with a three-hitter while the Repairmen lit up loser Bill Hamar for 13 base raps. Janzen hit a run-scoring triple in the first frame and then scored his team’s second tally on a single to get all the runs he needed.

(August 22)  Labatt’s is within one game of clinching first place in the Prince George Senior circuit after taking down the Prince George Hotel Juniors 6 to 4. Senior Babe Ruth call-up Gord Gervais Jr. earned the pitching win. Colin Christensen, the second of three Junior chuckers, was saddled with the loss.

(August 23)  A three-run homer by Larry Flynn propelled Labatt’s to an 8 to 3 win over Mountain Truck Service and the 1979 Prince George Senior League regular-season pennant. Glen Kowalski picked up the pitching win over Terry Richardson.  

CARIBOO SENIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

SEMI-FINALS  (first-place Quesnel Billy Barker Inn vs fourth-place Red Bluff Inn Clippers and runner-up Bud Henning Blue Jays Inn vs third-place Kopetski A’s)  best-of-three series

(August 10)  The Bud Henning Blue Jays jumped into the lead in their series against the Kopetski A’s, limiting the A’s to but one run on a bases-empty homer by Kevin Lust, in their decisive first-game triumph. Steve MacDonald earned the pitching win for the Blue Birds while Kevin Beaudry was saddled with the defeat. 

(August 12)  A 12 to 3 trouncing by the Quesnel Billy Barker Inn in the opening semi-final contest put the Red Bluff Inn Clippers behind the eight-ball. Pitcher Rick Sundberg of the Innkeepers was the easy winner as his mates provided him with plenty of offensive backup.

(August 12)  Ron Halvorsen and Wayne Inglis both swatted solo home runs which allowed the Kopetski A’s to take an eleven-inning 2 to 1 verdict from the Bud Henning Blue Jays and even their semi-final series at a game apiece. Inglis’ blast in the eleventh was the one that won it for the A’s. Bud Atkins got the pitching win over Harry West in this exciting clash.

(August 19)  For the fifth consecutive season, the Quesnel Billy Barker Inn baseballers qualified for the Cariboo Senior League finals when they defeated the Red Bluff Inn Clippers 7 to 5 to sweep the semi-final series in two straight games. Steve Huska went the route on the rubber to take the bump decision.

(August 19)  The Bud Henning Blue Jays mounted a comeback to squeeze past the Kopetski A’s 6 to 5 in the rubber match of their best-of-three semi-final series. With the score knotted at 5 – 5 in the sixth inning, outfielder Terry Kirkham’s ground ball allowed Frank Nagy, who had tripled, to slide in with what turned out to be the winning tally, narrowly evading the tag at the dish. Kevin Lust’s grand-slam home run had given the A’s a 4 to 1 lead in the second panel. Nagy nailed a two-run round-tripper in the fifth to stake the Jays to a short-lived 5 to 4 cushion. Steve MacDonald captured the mound decision, his second victory of the series, while Ron Halvorsen was tagged with the loss.

FINALS  (first-place Quesnel Billy Barker Inn vs second-place Bud Henning Blue Jays)  best-of-five series

(August 22)  The Billy Barker Inn of Quesnel doubled the Bud Henning Blue Jays 6 to 3 in the opener of the Cariboo Senior League finals. The Jays outhit the Barkers by a 7 to 4 count but the Innkeepers’ safeties were all very timely. In addition, losing flinger Harry West issued five walks. Ivan Malinosky had a two-run circuit-clout for the winners. Tom Spooner took the pitching decision. 

(August 23)  With the two combatants deadlocked at 7 – 7, the second game of the best-of-five final series had to be stopped after six innings because of darkness. The tentative plan is for the suspended game to be completed on August 28.

(August 28)  The Quesnel Billy Barker Inn squeezed out an 8 to 7 victory over the Bud Henning Blue Jays following the resumption of play in the suspended tussle.  

(August 30)  Six runs in the second inning were more than enough for the Billy Barker Inn of Quesnel to overpower the Bud Henning Blue Jays 10 to 2 in a darkness-shortened fourth game of the Cariboo Senior Baseball League finals. The win gave the Innkeepers a three games to nothing sweep of the series and a fifth consecutive league title. Steve Huska with a five-hitter decisioned the Jays’ Pat Constable.   

PRINCE GEORGE SENIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

SEMI-FINALS  (second-place Mountain Truck Service vs third-place Prince George Hotel Juniors)  best-of-three series

(August 26)  The opening game of the Prince George Senior semi-finals was suspended because of darkness after six complete innings with Mountain Truck Service in front 11 to 5.

(August 27)  After Mountain Truck Service finished off the Prince George Hotel Juniors 11 to 6 in the completion of the suspended game of a night previous, the second game also ran into illumination problems and had to be put on hold with the Servicemen well in control 13 to 0 after 4-1/2 innings. At the point of the suspension of play, Tim Janzen of the Truckers had been touched for only one hit. His brother, Bill Janzen, was the winning tosser in the opening fracas.

(August 28)  With the Prince George Hotel Juniors failing to show up for the completion of the suspended second semi-final game, the Mountain Truck Service squad was awarded the series.

FINALS  (first-place Labatt’s vs runner-up Mountain Truck Service)  best-of-three series

(August 30)  Bill Janzen’s five-hitter and Tim Janzen’s two-run homer gave the Mountain Truck Service nine a 10 to 1 win over Labatt’s as the finals in the Prince George Senior League got underway. The Servicemen collected 11 hits off losing flinger Bob Mabee/Maybee.

(September 4)  Mountain Truck Service is only three outs away from sidelining pennant-winning Labatt’s from the playoffs and going on to meet the Quesnel Billy Barker Inn for the northern B.C. interior championship. The second game of the Prince George final showdown was suspended because of darkness with the Truckers leading 7 to 2 in the top of the fourth. Randy Pawluk started for the Brewery Boys but was relieved by Keith Hodgson in the third. When the game was suspended, Rick Fullerton was pitching with Labatt’s base-runners on first and third. Kurt Johannsen had a two-run third-inning triple for the Servicemen.

(September 5)  Mountain Truck Service is the Prince George Senior Baseball champion for 1979 after knocking off Labatt’s 10 to 4 in the completion of game 2 which had been suspended. The loss ended a four-year reign for  Labatt’s as champions of the circuit. Rick Wagner relieved Mountain Truck starter Rick Fullerton when the game resumed and got credit for the win while Randy Pawluk took the loss. The Repairmen ended the game with a double play.

NORTHERN B.C. INTERIOR/CARIBOO AREA SENIOR BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP  (Quesnel Billy Barker Inn vs Prince George Mountain Truck Service)  best-of-three series

(September 8)  Quesnel’s Billy Barker Inn diamond pastimers, augmented with a few reinforcements from the Bud Henning Blue Jays of the Cariboo Senior circuit, dropped the opener of the northern interior senior finals 7 to 5 in Quesnel to the Prince George Mountain Truck Service aggregation. Bill Janzen earned the hillock decision on a six-hitter.

(September 9)  The northern interior senior baseball crown has gone back to Quesnel. After losing the first game on their home turf, the Billy Barker Inn diamond troopers stormed back for 13 to 3 and 2 to 1 victories over the Mountain Truck Service crew of Prince George. Game three was tied 1 – 1 until the top of the fifth when losing pitcher Phil Roy issued a bases-loaded base on balls. Roy allowed six hits while winning tosser Pat Constable, seconded from the Bud Henning Blue Jays of the Cariboo loop for the series, gave up four.