1921 Game Reports Vancouver Island     

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Knights of Columbus

(May 14)    With a packed grandstand and well-filled bleachers, the Victoria Amateur League kicked off Saturday with a double-header. In the opener, Yarrows clobbered Knights of Columbus 14-1 behind a one-hitter by Eddie Brown and three hits from first sacker Jim Cummings. Brown, who racked up 11 strikeouts, helped at the plate with two hits and two runs.

Talbot (L), McGregor (3) and Davis
E.Brown (W) and R.Milne

A three-run fourth inning carried the Conservative Club to a 7-3 victory over the Elks. Henry Taddie, pitching in his first senior game, held the veteran Elks to seven hits and drove in two runs in the eighth to put the game on ice.

H.Taddie (W) and Potts
Woodhouse (L), Parfitt (4) and Park

(May 18)  Norm Forbes held Yarrows to just two hits Wednesday as the Elks came away with a 7-4 victory and first place in the league standings. Forbes walked seven but managed to fan 10. Alex Straith and Roy Copas each had two hits for the winners.

Forbes (W) and Ross
Todd (L), McIlvride and R.Milne

(May 31)   The Conservatives capitalized on nine hits, five walks and six Knights of Columbus errors Tuesday to post an easy 14 to 5 victory.  Hy Greene and Coleman each punched out two hits for the winners.

Lawrence (L) and Davis
Smith, Newman (4) and Coleman

(June 2)    Romping to an early 8-3 lead, the Conservatives held off Yarrows in the late innings to escape with an exciting 8-7 victory Thursday at the Stadium.  The politicians laced ten hits, two each by Bob McIlmoyle, Frank Moore, Scott and the winning hurler Henry Taddie, who also scored twice. Behind 8-6 in the bottom of the ninth, Yarrows got a lead off triple by Johnny Cummings who scored on a sacrifice. Eddie Hall walked but was thrown out trying to steal. Taddie got a strikeout to end the threat and the game.

H.Taddie (W) and Potts
McGregor (L) and McIlvride

(June 4)   Elks jumped into a four-run lead in the top of the first inning but fell behind 6-4 before rallying with a pair in the fourth and five runs in the fifth to regain the advantage in a 16-9 win over the Knights of Columbus. The winners cracked out 14 hits, with right fielder Theo Townsley leading the way with two hits and three scores. Harry Copas, Roy Copas, and Bob Whyte each contributed a pair of safeties and two scores. Norm Forbes was the winning hurler in relief of starter Ray Parfitt. Ross Oatman of the Knights led all batters with four hits. Talbot had three.

Parfitt, Forbes (W) (4) and Ross
Brynjolfson (L) and Davis

(June 11)   With a five-run explosion in the first inning, Yarrows set the stage for a double-digit runaway victory over the Knights of Columbus Saturday in the opening game of a twin-bill. By the end of the second Yarrows were ahead 8-0 and then added six runs in the third. They pounded out 14 hits in the seven-inning contest with Jim Petticrew, the second baseman, cracking a pair of two-baggers and scoring four times. Shortstop John Cummings and winning pitcher "Deacon" McIlvride each collected three hits. McIlvride held the Knights to two hits, walked two and fanned eight.

McIlvride (W) and Williams
Lawrence, Brynjolfson and O'Connell, Davis

In the second game, the Conservative Club came from behind with six runs in the seventh inning to nip the Elks 8-7.  In the top of the seventh, the Elks had taken a 7-2 lead with a pair of runs. Len Woodhouse of the Elks was sailing along with a no-hitter. But, Bob McIlmoyle led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and Eddie Newman walked and Frank Moore reached on an error to load the bases. Hy Greene drove in two with a single and Alex Potts' single brought in two more. With two out, Martin Cottet drove one to left to bring in Potts and Henry Taddie doubled to plate the sixth run. Elks out-hit the winners 12 to 5.

Woodhouse, Lorimer (7) and Townsley
H.Taddie (W) and Potts

(June 14)   In a most exciting contest in the Victoria Amateur League, Winning pitcher Norman Forbes won his own game driving in Len Woodhouse with single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Elks a 4-3 victory over the Yarrows.  Woodhouse had reached on a walk and advanced as Bob Ross also drew a free pass. Forbes held Yarrows to six hits. Beck, the Yarrows manager announced he would protest the result claiming interference by second baseman Poke Gravlin on Hap Gandy.

E.Brown (L) and Williams
Forbes (W) and Ross

(June 21)   The Knights of Columbus finally got one in the win column rapped out ten hits in a 9-5 triumph over the Conservatives.  They jumped out to a four run lead in the first inning, added one in the second and after the politicians came close with a four-run rally in the third, the Knights responded with three more in their half of the third to pull away. Jack Nobel held the Conservatives to six hits.

Saunders (L), Newman (2) and Potts
Nobel (W) and Davis

Conservative Club      4 - 1
Elks                   3 - 2  1.0
Yarrows                2 - 3  2.0
Knights of Columbus    1 - 4

(June 25)    With their second straight triumph, the Knights of Columbus continued to show improvement in trouncing the Elks 9-2 behind a 13-hit attack, three by catcher Prescott. Jack Givens tossed a seven-hitter for the winners.

Givens (W) and Prescott
Cathcart (L), Forbes (7) and Ross

In the second game. "Deacon" McIlvride cracked a home run, the league's first this season, with a man aboard in the final frame to give Yarrows a 7-5 win over the Conservatives. The politicians had broken a 4-4 tie with a run in the sixth on two hits and three errors. In the next frame, Yarrows moved back into a tie as John Cummings tripled and came home on an error. McIlvride then drove one over the fence to plate Milne. Eddie Brown quickly dispatched the Conservatives in the bottom of the seventh for the win. He allowed just five hits.

E.Brown (W) and Williams
H.Taddie (L) and Potts

(July 4)   Elks jumped into a 6-0 lead and coasted to a 6-2 victory over the Conservatives. The Politicians avoided a shutout when Eddie Newman was credited with a home run with a man aboard when his drive went through a hole in the left-field fence. Elks has just eight hits in the win, including doubles by Art Minnis and Harry Copas. Norman Forbes twirled a six-hitter and whiffed 11, with no walks. Fowler the losing hurler issued seven free pass in his six innings of work.

Fowler (L), H.Taddie (7) and Potts
Forbes (W) and Townsley

(July 11)    First baseman Haley Jackson powered the Elks to a 5-3 victory over Yarrows in Victoria Amateur League play Monday.  Jackson slugged a homer and double to pace a 10-hit attack which also produced two-baggers by Art Minnis and Poke Gravlin. Norm Forbes was solid on the hill for the winners allowing but five hits. He struck out nine and walked four.

Forbes (W) and Townsley
Brown (L) and Williams  

(July 13)   Knights of Columbus cut short an eighth inning rally by the Conservatives to hang on for a 6-5 victory Wednesday.  Each team had ten hits with Bill Turpel, Wally Brynjolfson, George Copas and Jack Nobel each with a pair for the winners. Hy Greene poked three hits in a losing cause. Nobel went the distance for the pitching win for the Knights collecting just one strikeout. Saunders had eight for the Conservatives.

Nobel (W) and Richards
Saunders (L) and Potts

(July 16)  Victoria's Elks ran wild in the second inning, scoring eight times, and it was enough in a 9-7 triumph over the Knights of Columbus. Again, Haley Jackson provided the power for the winners with a home run and two doubles. He drove in three and scored a pair. Baker also had three hits for the Elks while Newsy Lalonde cracked three for the Knights. Wally Brynjolfson smacked two doubles and scored three runs.

Forbes (W) and Townsley
Givens (L) and Richards

(July 19)  Yarrows scored five times in the third inning Tuesday and cruised to an 8-4 decision over the Conservative Club. Yammy McGregor held the losers to five hits tossing a shutout until the eighth and final inning when the politicians scored all four of their runs.

Zaccarelli (L) and Potts
McGregor (W) and McIlvride

(July 25)   With two late inning rallies, the Elks overcame a 7-5 deficit to upend the Knights of Columbus 9-7 in an error-filled Victoria Amateur League contest. The teams combined for 12 errors.  Elks plated two in the sixth and two in the eighth to rack up the victory. They did it with just seven hits, two by Haley Jackson.

Nobel (L) and Richards
Woodhouse, Straith (W) (2) and Townsley

(July 27)  At the end of a comedy of errors - all 14 of them - the Conservatives posted a 12-9 victory over the Elks on Wednesday.  The politicians broke a 3-3 tie with five runs in the sixth inning and, after th Elks responded with one in the top of the seventh, added four more to go ahead 12-4. However, the error-show helped the Elks to four in the eighth and another in the ninth to make a game of it.  Hy Greene smacked a triple and single for the winners. Bob Whyte poked two doubles for the Elks.  Zaccarelli scattered eight hits for the pitching win.

Copas, Straith (L) (6) and Townsley
Zaccarelli (W) and Potts

(July 30)    In an exciting finish Saturday, Knights of Columbus nosed out Yarrows 10-9 in a game which produced 25 hits and 13 errors.  Shortstop George Copas and Russ Oatman each poked out three hits for the winners while Campbell, the Yarrows centre fielder, cracked four hits. With the scored tied 7-7 after eight, the Knights broke loose for three in the top of the ninth. Nicholson reached on an error and, with two out, Newsy Lalonde brought him home with a drive up the middle and Wally Brynjolfson beat out a grounder to short. Copas followed with a single to left and when it bounced off Eddie Hall's toe and went to the fence the two base-runners scampered home.  The Yarrows made in interesting with two in the bottom of the ninth but fell just short.

Boyes, Brynjolfson (W) (4) and Oatman
E.Brown (L), Ross (9) and McIlvride

(August 2)   In a Tuesday slugfest the Knights of Columbus handed the Conservatives yet another setback downing the politicians 10-7.  Tied 6-6 after five innings, Knights broke out with four runs in the sixth. Conservatives got one back in the seventh but the game was called because of darkness. Murty Dunn slapped three safeties to pace a 13-hit attack by the winners. George Copas, Newsy Lalonde, George Allan and Russ Oatman each had two hits. The Conservative Club racked up 11 hits.

Zaccarelli, Taddie (L) (2) and Potts
Givens, Nobel (W) (4) and Richards

(August 6)   Yammy McGregor blanked the Elks on five hits Saturday as Yarrows topped the Elks 4-0. He fanned six and walked two. George Straith yielded just seven hits but allowed two free passes and hit five batters.

McGregor (W) and McIlvride
G.Straith (L) and Townsley

(August 8)    Early in the season, the Conservative Club held the top rung in the Victoria Amateur League, but has fallen on hard times, all the way to the bottom of the league standings. Yarrows were the latest to humiliate the politicians scoring three in the first inning as a warm-up for a 17-2 thrashing. In the fifth inning they scored 12 times. Yarrows rapped 13 hits and were further helped by nine Conservative errors. Jim Petticrew and Eddie Hall led the assault each with a triple and single. Deacon McIlvride added a double and single. Petticrew, John Cummings and Jim Cummings each scored three times. Percy Ross twirled a six-hitter for the winners.

Ross (W) and McIlvride
Fowler (L), W.Taddie and Potts, Chester

(August 9)   In a dandy league finale before the largest crowd of the season, the Yarrow shipbuilders captured the Victoria Amateur League championship with a hard-fought 7-6 victory.  Elks took the early lead with three runs in the third as Yammy McGregor hit two batters, walked another and gave up two hits. In the fourth, the Yarrows took advantage of three walks and a pair of hits, including a two-bagger, to plate four runs and take the lead. They added a pair in the fifth as Johnny Cummings reached on a fielders' choice, Deacon McIlvride singled, Jimmy Cummings was hit by a pitch and on Eddie Hall's grounder to the pitcher, the throw home was wide of the mark and two runners romped across the pan. Elks plated one in the sixth to cut the deficit to 6-4. In the ninth, Yarrows added an insurance run when McIlvride walked, advanced on Jimmy Cummings single and scored on Cooksley's long fly to left. Elks made it exciting in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Poke Gravlin singled to left and, after grumbling to the umpire about a strike call against him, Haley Jackson drove one over the right field fence to make ti 7-6. But reliever Percy Ross got Harry Copas to foul out and Roy Copas flied out to end the game.

McGregor, Ross (W) (3) and McIlvride
Forbes (L), G.Straith (5) and Townsley

Post-Season exhibition games

(August 30)  Vancouver Asahi Tigers-Victoria Amateur Baseball League All-Stars 

The Victoria All-Stars battled the Asahi Tigers to an 8-8, 10-inning, draw in a Tuesday exhibition at the Stadium. The locals responded with three runs in the bottom of the tenth after the visitors had taken an 8-5 lead with three in the top of the frame. The Tigers, who were out-hit 11-9, hurt their chances making seven errors. George Ito, Tom Matoba and Arai, the pitcher, each had two hits for the Tigers. Jim Petticrew blasted three hits, one for two bases, for Victoria and scored three times. Matoba cracked a triple for the visitors.

Arai and Oda
Ross and xxx

(September 5)  Seattle Royal Arcanums-Victoria Yarrows 

George Beck's Yarrows and the Seattle Royal Arcanums divided a Labour Day double-header at the Stadium with Seattle taking the morning engagement 6-4 and Victoria winning in the afternoon 2-1. Baxley, the Seattle flinger let the locals down on five hits in the first game but kept things interesting issuing nine walks. Eddie Brown was taken for 11 hits by the visitors who got three from shortstop  Folk.

Baxley (W) and Heinrich
Brown (L) and McIlvride

Yammy McGregor scattered nine hits in the afternoon match while the Yarrows won with just four safeties, three of them doubles by Jimmy Cummings, John Cummings and Deacon McIlvride. Again, Folk led the Americans with three hits.

Davis (L) and Heinrich
McGregor (W) and McIlvride

(September 15)  Ice Dogs-Victoria Yarrows  

The Yarrows trimmed the Ice Dogs 4-3 Thursday in a game shortened to five innings by darkness. A big crowd came out to watch the Victoria Amateur champions up against the rink men. George Straith hurled for the Ice Dogs and took the loss. Jim "Smiler" Petticrew handled mound work for the Yarrows.

G.Straith (L) and Genge
Petticrew (W) and Coleman

Vancouver Island senior amateur baseball championship series 

(September 10)  Ladysmith (Mid-Island champions) vs Yarrows (Victoria winners)   (DH) 

The championship of Vancouver Island remains in doubt after the Yarrows and Ladysmith split two heavy-hitting contests Saturday at the Stadium. The double-header produced 55 runs on 50 hits and 23 errors. Yarrows got the win in the opener pounding out 17 hits, seven for extra bases. Jim Petticrew slashed a double and triple, scoring three times. McIlvride was good for a double and single. Johnny Cummings and Bob Ross had three safeties apiece. After Percy Ross had given up seven runs in the first three innings, Eddie Brown relieved and pitched solid ball the rest of the way for the win.

Rice (L) and H.Brown
P.Ross, E.Brown (W) (3) and R.Ross, McIlvride

Neither of the starting pitchers made it out of the first inning in an afternoon slugfest. The Up-Island crew jumped into the lead with five runs in the top of the first. Yarrows came charging back to score nine times in the bottom of the frame. However, that lead was short lived as Ladysmith followed with six more runs in the second. They added one in the fourth and four in each of the sixth and seventh. The game was called after seven innings. The visitors piled in on with 19 hits.  Right fielder Gibbons slugged a homer and double.  Lauderbach, who split time between left field and shortstop, whacked three two-baggers. Russell, Rice and Lapsansky each collected three hits. Bzarky was the winning pitcher in a relief role.

McKinley, Bzarky (W) (1) and H.Brown
McGregor, McIlvride (L) (1) and McIlvride, Ross

* We've been unable to locate any report to show a third game was played.


Union Bay

Pre-season exhibition games

(June 5)   With rain drizzling down, Courtenay notched a win over Powell River downing the paper mill boys 9 to 5. Johnny Robinson pitched well to register the win for Courtenay. George Millard, just back from college, was in the lineup and picked off a brace of Texas Leaguers.

xxx and xxx
J.Robinson and J.Downey

(June 12)   Playing at Port Alberni, Courtenay picked up another exhibition victory romping to a 14 to 5 triumph. Fred Chadwick of Port Alberni was rushed to hospital after being hit on the head by a batted ball while running between first and second. He was rendered unconscious for several hours.

Regular season and in-season exhibition games

(July 10)   Cumberland seniors traveled to Union Bay and Courtenay for a split-venue double-header Sunday and came away with two easy victories, crushing Union Bay 19-9 and topping Courtenay 12 to 6.  In the opening game, Union Bay jumped on starter H. Stant for seven runs in the first two innings, but with Dave Hunden taking over in the third and holding the home club to just two runs the rest of the way, Cumberland unleashed a powerful offensive to total 19 runs for the victory.

H.Stant, D.Hunden (W) (3) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Hunden not only pitched the second game but belted a homer in the second inning to highlight a five-run outburst. Cumberland added another five in the seventh inning and wrapped it up with two in the eighth.

D.Hunden (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 20)    Courtenay got the early lead, 3-0 in the first inning, but it was Cumberland atop at the end scoring 12 runs to 9 for the losers. Boyd, the winning pitcher, cracked a homer in the second inning. Jack Downey had a four-bagger for Courtenay in the fourth.

Larson (L) and Downey
Boyd (W) and Kerr

(July 24)    Powered by homers by Harrison, Kerr and James, Cumberland trounced Union Bay 17-6 Sunday at Union Bay. Harrison, the centre fielder, added a pair of triples. The winners punched out 13 hits while Tattie and Boyd combined to hold Union Bay to six safeties.

Tattie, Boyd and W.Kerr
A.Anderson (L) and B.MacKay   

(July 31)  Left fielder Dan Bannerman knocked out four hits and scored three runs to pace Cumberland to another victory, 7 -3 over Courtenay. E.D. Easter fired a five-hitter for the winners, setting down 12 by strikeouts.

L.Larson (L) and Downey
Easter (W) and Kerr

(August 3)  Cumberland topped Union Bay 6 to 2.

Boyd (W) and Williamson
xxx and xxx

(August 7)   Boyd tossed a shutout and fanned 14 Sunday as Cumberland remained unbeaten with a 5-0 win over Alberni in the first match of a double-header. Miles also twirled well in defeat racking up 12 strikeouts.

Miles (L) and xxx
Boyd (W) and xxx

Courtenay surprised the league-leaders in their Sunday evening contest winning 8 to 2 to hand Cumberland its first loss of the season. Errors hurt both teams as all ten runs were unearned.

Elated by their win over Cumberland, Courtenay went out before the home fans and slaughtered Union Bay 18-1.

(August 13)    Vancouver's Asahi Tigers disappointed a crowd in Cumberland playing porous ball in the field and stealing a grand total of ONE base and Cumberland seniors whipped the visitors 8-1. Easter yielded just three hits and fanned 14 for the winners.

Easter (W) and Kerr
H.Kitagawa (L) and Horii

(August 14)    The Asahi Tigers lost again on their Island jaunt dropping an 8-7 decision to Courtenay.

(August 17)  Union Bay, humiliated by Courtenay 18-1 ten days ago, thrilled their home fans Wednesday, routing Courtenay 14 to 1.

(August 21)  In a thrilling 13-inning contest, which decided the Up-Island championship, Cumberland came from behind to edge Courtenay 5-4. Easter of the winners and Lefty Larson of Courtenay put on a dandy show for more than 500 fans, about half of whom came from Cumberland. Easter tossed a four-hitter with 13 strikeouts, Larson allowed just five hits and fanned 12. Courtenay had taken a 4-2 lead in the seventh but the visitors tied it in the ninth and got the winner in the 13th on an error. Courtenay had runners on second and third in the bottom of the 13th but failed to send a runner across the pan.

Easter (W) and Kerr
Larson (L) and Downey

(August 24)  Boyd fired a two-hitter and racked up 12 strikeouts Wednesday as Cumberland crushed Union Bay 10-2. Dan Bannerman and Marocchi each punched out two hits for the winners and Easter, playing shortstop, cracked a triple.

Boyd (W) and Kerr
Bailo (L) and J.MacKay

(August 27)   Vancouver's Asahi Tigers finally got a win on their Island tour. The Japanese nine downed Cumberland 7 to 4, helped by 15 errors by the home club.
(August 28)    On Sunday, the Asahi Tigers dumped Courtenay 8-2.

(August 28)  In an afternoon contest, Courtenay defeated Ladysmith 9 to 5.

(August 28)    Ladysmith's championship aggregation visited Cumberland Sunday and came out on the short end of a 6 to 3 score. Easter, on the hill for the winners, baffled the visitors with his slants and twists, fanning 14. A feature of the game was the the work of Ladysmith second sacker Tappy Davis. The local paper noted "some of his pick-ups were on the verge of marvellous, and the ground he covers playing second leaves no holes in the territory."

Rice (L) and Brown
Easter (W) and Kerr 

(September 4)   In a split venue double-header Sunday, Cumberland added to more wins to its impressive season. In the first game, Ladysmith, the Mid-Island League champions, jumped into an 8-0 lead after just three innings and the outlook was bleak for the Comox District League winners. Cumberland finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth on Conti's home run, but Ladysmith scored two more to take what appeared to be an insurmountable lead, 10-1. The Comox champs were not to be denied, however, as a spirited comeback netted one in the fifth, five in the sixth and two more in the seventh to get back in the game, trailing 10-9 before Ladysmith put one across in the bottom of the seventh to take a two-run advantage. Cumberland notched one in the eighth then tied it in the ninth as Larsen, the winning pitcher, reached safely and Tucker poked one to the outfield to bring him home. Harrison, Conti and Kerr followed with long blows to bring in two more and Cumberland had a 13-11 victory after Larsen set down the home side in the bottom of the final frame. James cracked out three hits for the winners, two of them doubles. Conti slugged a pair of homers and Larsen had a double and single.

Larsen (W) and Kerr
Rice (L) and Brown

In their second game, Cumberland had an easier time, disposing of Nanaimo 9-3 behind the solid, three-hit pitching of Easter who fanned 9 and walked just one. Dan Bannerman, Marocchi and James each had two hits.

Easter (W) and Kerr
Delcourt (L) and Piper

(September 5)   On Monday, Cumberland took on Powell River and Easter, who pitched Sunday, tossed another three-hit, complete game, this time for a shutout, 5-0. He racked up ten strikeouts and was the team's top batter with a triple and two singles.

Easter (W) and Kerr
Orcutt (L) and Gribble

(September 11)    At the local park in Courtenay Sunday, the local nine clobbered Nanaimo 16-2. Lefty Larson was steady on the hill for the winners.

xxx and xxx
Larson (W) and xxx



(May 8)    The baseball season kicked off in Nanaimo on Sunday at the Cricket Grounds as the locals topped Granby 8 to 5.  Bud Wood pitched an eight-hit game with most of the damage against him coming from eight Nanaimo errors. The winners punched out ten hits, with Brown the left fielder notching a pair of safeties and scoring twice.

King, C.Ferguson (6) and Bassett
Wood (W) and Piper

(May 15)    Granby made another visit to Nanaimo and, like the first a week ago, came away with another defeat, this time 9-3. the Nanaimo nine rapped 11 hits in the victory. Flanagan clubbed a two-run homer for the winners, and Phil Piper provided a highlight with a steal of home. Roy Gardner, who was a hit in the Vancouver league last season, made a successful mound debut for Nanaimo.

Ferguson (L) and Bassett
Gardner (W) and Piper

Regular-season & in-season exhibition games

(May 25)  Bud Wood fired a four-hitter for Nanaimo Wednesday in the regular season opener, but came away with an 8-1 defeat as his teammates gave up eight unearned runs in losing 8-1 to Ladysmith. Nanaimo registered nine errors.

Wood (L) and Piper
Brown (W) and xxx

(May 29)   Playing at home, Ladysmith broke out with four runs in the first inning on three singles, a double and two walks, en route to an easy 121-5 triumph over Nanaimo.

Gardner (L), Flanagan (2), Woods (3) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 1)    In a slugfest at Nanaimo, Granby crushed the locals 15-13. The home side came within a run in the eighth following a six-run rally, but Granby scored again in the ninth and King came on in relief to shut down Nanaimo in their final at bats.

Corbett (W), King (9) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 12)  Bud Wood threw three-hit ball against Granby Sunday and Nanaimo picked up an 8-2 victory. Alf Beattie singled in Phil Piper with a run in the first inning for the winners and they added three in the third as Piper reached on an outfield error and W.Beattie cracked a two-bagger to bring him home. "Salty" Shepherd followed with another double, scoring Beattie, and romped home himself on a passed ball. Nanaimo put the game on ice with four runs in the ninth. Bailey led off with a triple and Zaccarelli was safe on a bunt. As Wood reached on an error, Bailey scored, and Piper smacked one to centre bringing in two more. W.Beattie's single brought in the final marker. Rossen, the losing hurler, allowed just eight hits and racked up ten strikeouts.

Wood (W) and xxx
Rossen (L) and xxx

(June 15)   Nanaimo blew an early 7-0 lead as Chemainus roared back with nine runs in their last two innings to pull out an 11-9 victory. The winners rapped 11 hits

Woods (L) and xxx
Symes (W) and xxx

(June 19)    Nanaimo topped Granby 8 to 5. Bud Wood, the winning hurler, pitched shutout ball for eight innings giving up all five runs against him in the sixth.

xxx and xxx
Wood (W) and xxx

(June 22)    A three-run homer by Alf Beattie in the ninth inning brought Nanaimo a 9-6 win over Ladysmith. The visiting Nanaimo nine had taken a 3-0 lead in the second inning but the home crew scored two in the fifth and three more in the sixth to go ahead 5-3. Nanaimo regained the lead with a three-run outburst in the seventh, only to have Ladysmith tie the match with a singleton in the eighth. In the ninth, Phil Piper led off with a single, his fourth hit of the day but was forced at second. With W.Beattie aboard on the fielder's choice and "Salty" Shepherd reaching on an error, Beattie slugged a four-base clout to put Nanaimo in the driver's seat. Ladysmith went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the frame. Zybosky drove in three runs for Ladysmith with a double and single.

Wood (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 22)   Phil Piper is Nanaimo's leading hitter so far this season with a .526 average in 38 official at bats. Alf Beattie is the runner-up, well behind at .344. Killeen and W.Beattie sit at .323.

(June 29)  In a Mid-Island League game at the Cricket Grounds, Nanaimo walloped Chemainus 12-1. Bud Wood fashioned another outstanding pitching performance.

Wood (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 6)    Bud Wood tossed a three-hitter and Nanaimo used a 12-hit attack to down Granby 9-4.  Nanaimo starting scoring right in the first inning. Phil Piper led off with a three-bagger and romped home on an error. Granby had the lead briefly after plating a pair in the second. Piper and Bailey led the winners each with three hits. Culligan had a pair.

Wood (W) and Piper
Corbett (L), Rossen (7) and Bassett

(July 10)    A five-run first inning carried Nanaimo to its fifth straight victory, 9-2 over Granby. Bud Wood had his usual steady game on the hill for the winners, scattering nine hits.

Syme (L) and Brown
Wood (W) and Beattie

(July 13)    Nanaimo broke up a tight game with six late runs to clip Ladysmith 10-5. Each team had 11 hits. Bud Wood was the winning hurler.

Brown (L) and Weston
Wood (W) and Piper

(July 17)  Playing at Courtenay and then Cumberland, the Nanaimo nine split the Wednesday double-header. Courtenay took the first game 5-2 but Nanaimo racked up a 14-7 win in the second game.

xxx and xxx
Esplen (L) and xxx

"After the game the touring party sat down on the bank of the Courtenay river to a generous spread provided by the ladies who accompanied them, and when full justice had been done to the good things set before them, they moved on to Cumberland where the latter's team, reinforced by several players from Victoria, awaited them."  (Nanaimo Daily News, July 18, 1921)

After the home club bashed four hits, combined with three errors, and took a 7-2 lead in the second inning, Nanaimo seemed destined to take its second loss of the day.  However in the fourth inning, singles by Phil Piper and Alf Beattie and a double by Bailey, with the help of a walk and an error, netted them five runs. They took the lead for good in the fifth when Killeen smacked a two-bagger and scored on Bailey's single and went on to a 14-7 triumph.

Wood (W) and Piper
Saunders (L), D.Hunden (6) and Kerr, Williams (7)

(July 24)   In his first appearance with Nanaimo, Ferguson allowed just five hits and fanned 13 as Nanaimo whipped Alberni 10-2 in the first game of a double-bill. The game was tight for five innings before Nanaimo broke loose for four runs in the sixth.

Miles (L) and Edwards
Ferguson (W) and Piper

In the evening game, fans were treated to one of the finest games ever player in the city which ended with Courtenay scoring in the ninth for the only run of the game. Leifer, late of Spokane, tossed an eight-hit shutout while Delcourt allowed just seven hits in taking the 1-0 defeat. In the ninth, two bunt singles put Dixon and Pringle on base and, with two out, McLean singled to centre to score the run.

Leifer (W) and Downey
Delcourt (L) and Piper

(July 31)   The Vancouver Longshoremen picked up a win and a tie in an exhibition double-header at Nanaimo.  The visitors took the opener 14-11. The game was called in the seventh to allow the players time for dinner.

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Ferguson, Delcourt (L) and xxx

The teams battled to a 4-4 draw in the second game. Helped by four errors, Vancouver took the lead with three runs in the second inning. Nanaimo got on the scoreboard in the fourth when Killeen cracked a three-bagger and scored on a fielder's choice. Longshoremen added a run in the fifth to go up 4-1, but Nanaimo charged back in their half of the fifth. Bowen singled to score Delcourt and Killeen singled to bring in W.Beattie and Bowen. With darkness setting in the game was called after seven innings. The Longshoremen had a string band along with them which gave an impromptu concert from the grand stand, adding greatly to the pleasure of the spectators.

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(August 14)    In the baseball game in connection with the field sports at Ladysmith Saturday, the Ladysmith-Chemainus team downed the Nanaimo-Granby squad 9 to 6.

Syme (W) and Brown
Rossen (L) and Piper, Bassett

(August 17)    Catcher Phil Piper topped the Nanaimo batters for 1921 compiling an impressive .518 average in 110 at bats. "Salty" Shepherd was the runner-up at .385, although making just 39 at bats. Killeen finished at .359 and Alf Beattie at .301

   AB       H     AVG
Piper Phil 110 57 .518
Shepherd 39 15 .385
Killeen 92 33 .359
Beattie Alf 83 25 .301
Bailey 77 23 .299
Zaccarelli 42 12 .286
Beattie W. 96 26 .271
Knarston 52 14 .269
Bowen 40 10 .250
Aitken 89 20 .225
Wood Bud 36 8 .222
Thompson 62 13 .210

Post-season exhibition games

(August 28)    In an exhibition double-header at Port Alberni, the Nanaimo team came home with a split, winning the first but dropping the second. In the opener, with Bud Wood in the box, Nanaimo played one of the snappiest contests of the season shutting out their opponents 3-0 in the record time of one hour and seven minutes. Wood allowed just three hits and scored the first run when hit by a pitch, advanced on Phil Piper's single and scored on a single by Beattie. Nanaimo plated two more in the seventh as Piper's double brought in Millburn and Wood.

Wood (W) and xxx
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In stark contrast to the afternoon game, the second was a slugest with Alberni having the better of it, 18 to 15.

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(September 4)    Cumberland had little difficulty in topping Nanaimo on Sunday, taking a 9-3 decision. The visitors jumped into a 3-0 lead in the fourth when all three base-runners scored on a throwing error. Cumberland went ahead 5-0 with a pair in the fifth on a single, double and error.  Nanaimo got on the scoreboard in the sixth as Delcourt doubled to right and Phil Piper followed with another two-bagger. They got their second run on Piper's steal of home. Easter, on the hill for the visitors, coasted to the easy win.

Easter (W) and xxx
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Native Sons

First half

(May 22)   The Owls blew an 8-2 lead as the Native Sons erupted for seven runs in the seventh, but recovered to plate single runs in the bottom of the seventh and the eighth to post a 10-9 victory in the opening game of the Nanaimo City Baseball League. Flanigan notched the winning run on a steal of home. R. Zaccarelli's three-run homer highlighted the big Sons' inning.

Lane (L) and McDonald
Wood (W) and Flanigan

(May 26)  In their second game of the season, the Native Sons again fell well behind, 7-1 before rallying and this time, pulling out a victory, 16 to 12 over the Elks. Sons exploded for seven runs in the final frame to secure the win.

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Lane (W) and xxx

(May 31)    The Owls overcame an early 5-0 deficit in capitalizing on 12 Elks' errors to plate a 12-6 victory in Nanaimo City League action. Tom Allen, on the hill for the Owls, settled down after a rough first two innings to pitch solid ball the rest of the way. Phil Piper cracked two triples and Thompson swatted a pair of doubles and had three steals for the winners.

T.Allen (W) and xxx
Eastman, Parks (L) (5) and xxx

(June 9)   Owls demolished the Native Sons 23-6. The Nanaimo Daily News reported "There were hits, runs and errors in profusion."

(June 28)    Native Sons plated three runs in the first inning and coasted to an 8-5 win over the Owls. R. Zaccarelli took a turn in the box for the Sons and tossed an eight-hitter, striking out 12.

R.Zaccarelli (W) and xxx
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(July 7)   The Owls captured the first half championship of the Nanaimo City league edging the Elks 10 to 9 notching the winning run in the eighth inning as Flanagan singled to centre, stole second and third and scooted home on an outfield error. Priestley carried off the batting honours with four singles in five trips to the plate. Knarston cracked a double and two singles.

(July 14)   Native Sons had little difficulty in downing the Elks taking the lead in the first inning and increasing it until the end. Woodcock held the Elks to six scattered hits while second baseman Cain led the offense with three hits.

Woodcock (W) and xxx
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Second half

(July 19)   Owls and Native Sons battled to a 9-9 tie in the opening game of the second half of the Nanaimo City League schedule.  The game was called after five innings because of rain. 

Woodcock and xxx
Stolzenberg, Allen (3) and xxx

(July 28)  Ferguson was outstanding for the Owls Thursday in blanking the Native Sons 11-0 with a four-hit. 15 strikeout, performance. Owls scored five runs in the third inning and cruised to the easy win.

Ferguson (W) and Piper
Woodcock (L), Mafeo (3) and Stewart

(August 2)    The Owls out-hit the Elks 9 to 6, playing errorless ball in the field while the Elks made three miscues, yet came away on the losing end of a 5-4 decision. Eastham was the winning hurler.

Allen (L) and Killeen
Eastham (W) and W.Beattie

(August 4)    In a five-inning contest, late in starting then called because of darkness, the Elks trounced the Native Sons 8-1 behind the six-hit pitching of Parks. Zaccarelli took the loss.

Parks (W) and xxx
Zaccarelli (L) and xxx

(August 9)   Tom Allen twirled a three-hit shutout as the Owls triumphed over the Native Sons 3-0.  The Sons made just two errors but both contributed to Owl scores.  In the first inning Knarston reached on an error, advanced on Phil Piper's single and scored on Killeen's safety.  In the second frame, Whitta singled, Allen doubled and when Mehan's hot grounder got by first base both base-runners came home.  Zaccarelli yielded seven hits in taking the loss. He fanned nine while Allen set down six via the strikeout route.

Zaccarelli (L) and Priestley
Allen (W) and Piper

(August 11)   Ferguson tossed a five-hitter as the Owls notched their second straight shutout, 7-0 over the Elks.

Ferguson (W) and Piper
Parks (L) and W.Beattie

(August 21)   The Owls added another win to their impressive season downing the Elks 13 to 6.

(August 23)     All the Elks scoring came in one inning as they exploded for five counters in the second and held on for a 5-1 win over the Native Sons. Tate fired a one-hitter for the winners.

Tate (W) and Beattie
Allen (L) and Priestley

(August 25)    Owls topped the Native Sons 9-3 to clinch the league championship for the second half. A five-run fourth inning proved enough for the triumph. The Owls were awarded the D.Spencer Trophy and a set of medals donated by the Spaulding Company. Phil Piper of the Owls was the leading batter of the season, finishing with a .506 average.


(June 17)   In an eight-inning contest at Duncan the home squad defeated the Natives 7 to 3.

(June 25)  Chemainus scored in just two innings, but that was enough as the visitors downed Duncan 6-3.  The victors scored three times in the third inning and, after Duncan had tied it with three of their own in the sixth, plated three more in the ninth for the win. The game featured two home runs, Billy Horton slugged one for Chemainus and Albert Dirome had a circuit clout for the home crew.

B.Rice (W) and Underwood
H.Robinson (L) and J.Brown

(July 7)  Playing at Chemainus, Duncan received shutout pitching from Henry Robinson in a 3-0 victory. Albert Dirome had the highlight blow, another home run.