1957 Game Reports, Vancouver & Area      

1957 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1957 BC Interior 
1957 Vancouver Island


(April 30)   Morley Flichel's four-hit, 15 strikeout performance, led Boilermakers to a 5-2 win over Firemen. Flichel blanked the Firemen until the 7th when catcher Charlie Esplen homered with one man aboard. Boilermakers scored two in the 4th and added three in the 5th for the victory.

Flichel (W) and Usselman
Connell, Brooks (5) and Esplen

(May 2)   Longshoremen grabbed sole possession atop the Industrial League standings Thursday with a 5-3 victory over Boilermakers in a contest which featured 18 bases on balls. Longshoremen came from behind a 3-1 deficit with a four-run rally in the final frame.  The winning run came on Ray Marshall's steal of home.

Digby, McCarthy (W) (4) and Miller
Delaire, Winbow (5), Flichel (7) and Usselman

(May 3)   A five-run 3rd inning carried Nisei to a 6-4 win over the Firemen Friday in a marathon which had to be called after five innings because of darkness. The contest featured 12 hits and 17 walks. Nisei reliever Gary McCullough won his own game with a two-out, two-run double in the big rally.

Fukuyama, McCullough (1) and Oikawa
Smith, Fuller (3) and Esplen

(May 4)   Boilermakers plated a pair of runs in the first inning and never looked back in posting a 7-2 decision over Western Bridge Saturday.  Gary Winbow went the distance for the win.

Winbow (W) and Usselman
Hammond (L) and Norman

(May 5)   Firemen shaded CYO 4-3 behind the six-hit pitching of Lorne Fuller. Rod MacKay took the loss, allowing nine hits.

Fuller (W) and Esplen
MacKay (L) and Ross

Bob Lasko hurled a two-hitter as CYO crushed Western Bridge 13-0. 

McMellan (L), Reed (6) and Norman
Lasko (W) and Ross, M. Mulhern (7)

(May 6)  Trailing 7-0 after two innings, Nisei erupted for six in the 3rd and another in the 7th to gain a 7-7 tie with Longshoremen Monday night.  Longshoremen out-hit the Nisei 10 to 6 while the Nisei survived six errors.

Franks and Oikawa
McPhee, Butterworth (3) and Miller

(May 10)   After four straight defeats, Western Bridge got in the win column Friday at Powell Grounds. A four-run 2nd inning powered Bridge to a 7-2 win.  A single by Joe Donegan and doubles by Savage and Jack Wheelhouse accounted for the four runs.  Forsythe went the route holding Nisei to five hits.

McCullough, Franks (2) and Okano
Forsythe and Norman

(May 11)   Longshoremen held onto first place Saturday with a come-from-behind win over the Firemen. Trailing 3-2 going into the final inning, Longshoremen tied the game on Richie Foster's run-scoring double and plated the winner on a wild throw to home plate. Nick Craig went the distance for the pitching win.

Craig (W) and Miller
Smith, Fuller (L) (5) and Esplen

(May 12)   Bob Lasko hurled another shutout, this time a four-hitter, as CYO topped Boilermakers 8-0 on Sunday. Cal Murphy and Bobo Sikorski provided the power, each with homers.

Lasko (W) and Ross
Gurniak (L), Winbow (4) and Usselman

(May 13)   Shortstop Jack Wheelhouse took over pitching duties in the first inning Monday night and pitched and batted Western Bridge to a 6-4 victory over the Longshoremen.  Wheelhouse and Ray Hilworth slugged homers for the winners.

Reed, Wheelhouse (W) (1) and Norman
McCarthy, Butterworth (1) and Miller

(May 14)   Rod MacKay fired a six-hit shutout to lead CYO to sole possession of second place with a 6-0 victory over Nisei.

MacKay (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(May 15)   Morley Flichel stole the show Wednesday night in leading Boilermakers to a 6-3 decision over the Firemen.  Flichel went the distance for the pitching win, fanning 10, and driving in four runs. He had the big blow for the winners, a triple.

Brooks, Cousins (1) and Esplen
Flichel (W) and Usselman, Kozak

(May 19)   In a six-inning game which featured 20 runs and 25 hits, Western Bridge and Boilermakers battled to a 10-10 draw Sunday in the lone Industrial League contest. Western's Jack Wheelhouse put on a hitting display slugging a two-run triple in the first, a two-run homer in the 3rd, and a run-scoring double in the 4th. The game was called after six innings because of darkness. Each team used three pitchers.  Ray Hilworth rapped a pair of two-baggers for the Westerns while Frank Kozak and Doug Cutler had doubles for the Boilermakers.

Hammond, Mercurio (4), Reed (6) and Norman
Winbow, Gurniak (2), Cutler (4) and Usselman

(May 21)   Behind the steady, two-hit pitching of Rod MacKay, CYO grabbed a share of top spot in the Industrial League Tuesday downing Firemen 7-1. After yielding a run in the first inning, MacKay completely baffled the Fireman setting down the last 16 batters in order.

MacKay (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(May 23)   Mel Charkow was the offensive star with four hits, including a grand slam homer, as CYO trounced Western Bridge 16-7 Thursday night. Ray Hilworth added a homer and Ken Ross provided three hits, two of them doubles.

Nosella, Alton (3) and Ross
Reed, Mercurio (1), Wheelhouse (3) and Norman

(May 24)   Boilermakers scored four times in the 6th inning, helped by Nisei miscues, to post a 6-5 victory Friday night.  Morley Flichel hurled a four-hitter for the win, besting Merv Franks of Nisei.

Franks and Oikawa
Flichel and Usselman, Kozak (4)

(May 25)   18-year-old Bob Lasko fired a one-hitter for his 3rd win of the season as CYO topped Longshoremen 6-1.  Lasko had earlier hurled two shutouts.

Craig (L), McPhee (6) and Miller
Lasko (W) and Ross

(May 26)  Out-hit 10 to 5, Nisei managed to pull out a 10-4 win over Western Bridge Sunday to move into fourth place in the standings. Nisei took advantage of four Western Bridge errors in two big innings, a five-run first and a four-run 3rd.

Hammond (L) and Myles
Fukuyama (W) and Oikawa

(May 27)   Ron Hemmerling scored on an error by shortstop Gord Nordby in the bottom of the 7th to give Longshoremen a 5-4 decision over the Firemen. The win moved the Longshoremen into a second place tie with the Boilermakers, two games back of league-leading CYO.  Firemen are in the cellar, five games off the pace.

Cousins (L) and Esplen
Butterworth, Digby (W)(5) and Miller

(May 28)   CYO got three-hit pitching by Rod MacKay and a three-run homer from Mel Charkow in a 7-1 win over the Boilermakers Tuesday.  MacKay, with his fourth win, struck out 11. Bobo Sikorski helped the offense with a pair of doubles.

Delaire, Gurniak (2) and Kozak
MacKay (W) and Ross, Sikorski (2)

(May 29)  Longshoremen plastered Western Bridge 10-2 Wednesday to move into sole possession of second place in the Industrial Baseball League.  Nick Craig tossed a four-hitter to log the win. Triples by Gord Webb, John Stellick and Dave Skelnick paced the winners. Ray Sugden drove in one of the Bridge runs with a triple in the 2nd.

Craig (W) and Miller
Reed (L), Savage (4) and Myles

CYO             8 - 2 - 1  17
Longshoremen    6 - 3 - 1  13
Boilermakers    5 - 3 - 1  11
Nisei           3 - 5 - 1   7
Western Bridge  2 - 7 - 2   6
Firemen         2 - 6 - 0   4

(May 31)   Boilermakers shelled Firemen's starter Don Smith for five runs in the first inning, enough to notch a 5-3 victory Friday. Vic Morasco's two-run triple did much of the damage to Smith.  Firemen rebounded with a run in the first and two in the 5th on Harry Robinson's homer. Gary Winbow picked up his 2nd win surviving six walks. He fanned eight.

Winbow (W) and Usselman
Smith (1), Fuller (1) and Esplen

(June 1)   Western Bridge got two-hit pitching from Roy Hammond and a homer by Jack Wheelhouse to down CYO 5-2.

Hammond (W) and Myles
Lasko (L) and Sikorski

(June 2)  Boilermakers moved into first place Sunday with a twin-bill sweep of Longshoremen 3-2 and 4-3. Home runs by Protopappas and Frank Kozak were the difference in the first game. Four doubles, by Protopappas, Kozak, Webb and Hammerling powered the Boilermakers to the second game victory.

Delaire, Cutler and Usselman
Digby (L) and Miller

Craig, Butterworth (L) (3) and White, Miller (3)
Gurniak, Parks and Usselman

(June 3)   Fireman and Nisei played to a 4-4 deadlock Monday.  Ron Montgomery went the distance for Nisei fanning 10, six in a row in the third and 4th innings.

Brooks, Fuller (3) and Esplen
Montgomery and Okano

Trev Swangard(June 5)   CYO dumped Firemen 7-3 Wednesday to move to within a half game of Boilermakers in the league standings. Trev Swangard (left) swatted a grand slam homer in the third inning to lead an 11-hit attack. Rod MacKay held the losers to five hits for his 5th win of the season.

Fuller (L), Brooks (4) and Esplen
MacKay (W) and Addison

(June 7)   Western Bridge topped Firemen 8-2 Friday.  Mike Winlow and Bud Taggart delivered back to back singles in the 5th inning to drive in four runs. Mike McManus fired a two-hitter for the win. Don Smith took the loss.

McManus (W) and Myles
Smith, Connell (5) and Esplen.

(June 9)   Nisei took an early 6-0 lead on the way to a 12-6 win over Boilermakers. Merv Franks survived ten hits, including home runs by Jack Schrieber and Willy Taylor, to pick up the win. 

Parks (L) and Usselman
Franks (W) and Okano

Gord Nordby homered in the 7th and final inning to give Firemen a 6-5 win over Nisei.

Fuller (W) and Esplen
Fukuyama, Chiba (3), Tahara (4) and Oikawa

Rod MacKay was outstanding, throwing a one-hitter, in blanking Longshoremen 6-0. MacKay retired the final 13 batters after giving up a single to Jim Butterworth in the third inning.  He fanned five and walked none.

MacKay (W) and Mulhern
Digby (L) and Miller

(June 10)  Lorne Mercurio tossed a four-hitter to help Western Bridge to a 2-0 win over Nisei.

Okamoto (L) and Oikawa
Mercurio (W) and McEwen

(June 12)   Rod MacKay won his league-leading 7th game pitching CYO to a 5-2 victory over Boilermakers. MacKay scattered six hits. Ken Ross belted a two-run homer for the winners. Trev Swangard had the only other extra base hit for CYO, a triple.

MacKay (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 14)   CYO outfielder Cal Murphy turned to pitching Friday and it was a success. He threw a four-hitter to down Nisei 3-2 as he drove in the trying run and scored the winner. Murphy doubled in the bottom of the 7th and final inning to tie the score at 2-2 and Al Smith followed with a single for the victory.

Murphy (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 15)   Firemen needed an extra inning to down Boilermakers 3-1. Don Smith held the losers to six hits in gaining the win. McCartney had a homer for the winners.

Smith (W) and Esplen
Delaire (L), Winbow and Usselman

(June 16)   Fireman notched their second win of the weekend, a 4-3 decision over Western Bridge. Bill Cousins threw a six hitter for the mound win while Ken White drove in the winning run with a double in the 5th inning.

Cousins (W) and Esplen
McManus (L) and McEwen

(June 18)   Jack Alton's three-run homer in the second extra inning powered CYO to a 6-4 win over Nisei. Nisei's Merv Franks was sailing along with a no-hitter, and 2-0 lead, before CYO rallied for three runs in the top of the 7th. Maury Mulhern led off with a single and scampered all the way home on a three-base error. A walk and Roy Nosella's double tied the score and Nosella came home on Mel Charkow's single.  Nisei came back to knot the count in the bottom of the frame as George Oikawa drove in Gordy Nishi.  Rod MacKay was the winner, his 8th of the season against two losses.

MacKay (W) and Ross
Franks (L) and Oikawa

CYO              13 - 4 - 1  27
Boilermakers      9 - 6 - 1  19
Longshoremen      7 - 8 - 1  15
Western Bridge    6 - 9 - 2  14
Firemen           6 - 9 - 1  13
Nisei             5- 10 - 2  12

(June 19)   Boilermakers used an 11-hit attack Wednesday to wallop Western Bridge 13-1. Boilermakers scored seven runs in the first inning to coast to the win. 

Mercurio, Baserin (Q) and McEwen, Myles (5)
Parks, Mayervich (6) and Taylor

(June 20)   Firemen won their fifth straight Thursday downing the league-leading CYO 9-6. Gordy Nordby and Charlie Esplen slugged back-to-back home runs in the third inning. Nordby's was a three-run blast.

Murphy, MacKay (3) and Ross
Fuller, Brooks (4), Smith (5) and Esplen

(June 22)  Firemen shutout Nisei 4-0 Saturday.

(June 23)   Boilermakers defeated Nisei 4-2 Sunday on the six-hit pitching of Doug Cutler.

(June 24)   League-leading CYO remained atop the standings posting a 5-3 win over Longshoremen. Bob Lasko tossed a five-hitter for the win, his 4th against one loss. He fanned 11 and walked 4. Longshoremen took the lead with three in the first inning. CYO responded with one in their half of the first and Lasko's two-run double tied it in the 4th. CYO went ahead with a pair in the 6th. Pete Eades knocked in a pair for the losers with a double.

Digby, Craig and Miller
Lasko (W) and Ross

(July 31)   Bob Lasko had another outstanding game Wednesday as the teenager tossed a two-hitter as pennant-winning CYO clobbered the Longshoremen 10-1. CYO pounded two hurlers for ten hits.

Lasko (W) and Keeley
Butterworth (L), Digby (4) and Sigurdson

(August 1)  Bill Fredricks doubled in Merv Maxwell with the game's only run in the 3rd inning as Firemen blanked Boilermakers 1-0. Lorne Fuller tossed a six-hitter for the win.  Peplen lost in spite of holding the Firemen to three hits.

Peplen (L) and Usselman, Kozak (6)
Fuller (W) and Esplen

(August 2)   Harry Robinson's single in an extra inning scored Bill Fredricks with the winning run as Firemen edged Longshoremen 6-5.

Connell (W) and Esplen
Digby (L) and Sigurdson

(August 2)   The Industrial League is taking care of one of its own.  Sunday night the Industrial All-Stars meet the Young Liberals of the Northwest Semi-Pro League in a benefit for Ernie Gurniak. The game is set for Powell Grounds at 6:00.  Gurniak, a pitcher for Western Bridge, broke a blood vessel in his head earlier in the season. The injury is thought to be enough to prevent his playing baseball again. All funds will help defray the costs of his hospitalization.

(August 3)   A four-run 2nd inning carried the Young Liberals to a 5-1 victory over the Industrial League All-Stars in a benefit game Sunday.  John Ruck held the Stars to just three hits. Ron Evenson slugged a homer for the winners.

Ruck (W) and Yanchuk
Winbow (L), Lasko (2), Montgomery (6) and Ross

(August 5)  Firemen rallied from a 3-1 deficit with three runs in the 5th and four more in the 6th to down Nisei 8-3 Monday night to move into a third place tie with Longshoremen.  Firemen and Longshoremen meet tonight in a sudden-death playoff to determine the third place finisher. A bases-loaded single by catcher Charlie Esplen scored the tying and winning runs.  Harry Robinson's three-run homer added to the margin. 

Franks (L) and Okano
Cousins (W) and Esplen

(August 6)  Longshoremen grabbed third place in the Industrial League standings Tuesday with a 6-1 decision over Firemen in a sudden-death playoff. Bases loaded singles by Gordie Webb and Ed Phillips in the 2nd inning accounted for four runs for the Longshoremen. In the 3rd, the Longshoremen pulled off a triple play. Ken Digby was the pitching winner with a six-hitter. The bright spot for the Fireman was Harry Robinson who captured the batting crown with a .422 average, five points better than CYO catcher Ken Ross.

Digby (W) and Sigurdson
Emtey (L), Connell (2) and Esplen

Playoffs :

(August 8)   The second-place Boilermakers started quickly in their semi-final with the fourth place Longshoremen scoring three runs in the first inning and three more in the second en route to a 7-5 victory in the opening game of the best-of-five series. The first three runs came on a walk, single, Norm Usselman's double and a single by Will Taylor.

Butterworth (L), Webb (1), Digby (2) and Sigurdson
Winbow, Cutler (6) and Usselman

(August 9)   CYO's sensational young right-hander Bob Lasko fired another one-hitter as CYO downed Fireman 8-1 in the opening game of their best-of-five semi-final series. The only hit turned out to be a "lost in the sun" fly ball in the second inning. Pete Proctor hit a long one to left that Lyall Levy lost in the glare of the sun and by the time Levy retrieved the ball Proctor had circled the bases for an inside-the-park homer. CYO had just seven hits, including a triple by Gordie Addison and doubles by Lasko, Trev Swangard, Mel Charkow and Bobo Sikorski. 

Lasko (W) and Ross
Smith (L), Fuller (4) and Esplen

(August 10)   CYO received shutout hurling by Cece Stein in nipping Firemen 2-0 to take a two game lead in the best-of-five semi-final series.  Stein held the losers to five hits. CYO had just four hits, one a double by Cal Murphy.

Cousins (L) and Esplen
Stein (W) and Ross

(August 11)  Longshoremen got a three-hit shutout from Nick Craig in a 4-0 win over Boilermakers to even their semi-final at one game apiece. 

Cutler (L) and Usselman
Craig (W) and Miller

(August 12)  Boilermakers broke open a tight ball game with a seven-run 4th inning and poured it on with five more in the 5th to humiliate the Longshoremen 15-2 to take a 2-1 game lead in their semi-final. The winners used three singles, a hit batter, five walks and one error for their seven-run uprising.  In the 5th, they combined five walks, a three-run homer by Norm Usselman, two stolen bases, an error, and a sac fly for the additional five markers. Leon Brandolini also had a four-bagger for the Boilermakers. Don Wilson fired a one-hitter in claiming the mound victory. 

Digby (L), Butterworth (4), Webb (5) and Sigurdson
Wilson (W) and Usselman

(August 13)  Errors and a bout of wildness by CYO`s Bob Lasko combined to give the Firemen three runs in the 4th inning as the Firemen stayed alive in the semi-final with a 5-3 win.  Harry Robinson, McCartney and Charlie Esplen rapped two-baggers for the winners while Lasko, with two, and Cal Murphy had doubles for CYO.

Smith (W) and Esplen
Lasko (L) and Ross

(August 14)   Longshoremen evened their semi-final with Boilermakers at two games apiece with a 6-4 win Wednesday. Boilermakers opened with two runs in the first inning but the Longshoremen responded with four runs in their half of the first and added two more in the 3rd to go up 6-2. Boilermakers got a pair in the 5th but could not close the gap further despite a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the 6th. Winning hurler Nick Craig got out of the jam by getting Keith Watley to hit into a double play. Dave Skelnick, Ray Marshall, Ed Phillips and Richie Foster pounded doubles for the Longshoremen. Frank Kozak had a pair for the losers.

Winbow, Cutler (1) and Usselman
Craig (W) and Sigurdson

(August 15)   CYO and Firemen battled to a 3-3 extra inning draw Thursday night. CYO scored a pair in the 7th to go ahead 3-2, but the Firemen responded with one in the bottom of the 7th.  Neither team scored in the extra frame. There were only two extra base hits, both doubles, both by Harry Robinson of the Firemen.  Cece Stein started for CYO, giving way to Cal Murphy for one batter in the first and three more in the sixth.  Bob Lasko hurled the last two innings. Lorne Fuller went the distance for the Firemen.

Stein, Murphy (1), Stein (1), Murphy (6), Stein (6), Lasko (7) and Ross
Fuller and Esplen

(August 16)   Boilermakers won a berth in the Industrial League final Friday downing Longshoremen 5-0 behind the four-hit, shutout pitching of Don Wilson.  The winners, who had just three hits off Ken Digby, scored in just two innings, three in the 2nd and two in the 4th. 

Digby (L) and Sigurdson, Miller (3)
Wilson (W) and Usselman

(August 17)   The underdog Firemen have forced a sixth and deciding game in their semi-final series with pennant-winning CYO.  Firemen scored three runs in the first inning, fell behind 5-3 before scoring five unanswered markers to win 8-5.

Smith, Fuller (W) (2) and Esplen
Lasko (L) and Ross

(August 18)  CYO got off to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning and cruised to a 9-2 triumph and victory in their semi-final series with the Firemen.  CYO advances to the league final against the Boilermakers. Cece Stein held the Firemen to five hits, one a homer by Bill Fredricks, to post the win. 

Stein (W) and Ross
Connell (L), Smith (1) and Esplen

Roy Nosella(August 19)  Roy Nosella (right) provided a fairy tale ending to the opening game of the Industrial League final series.  The 17-year-old smacked a home run in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to break up a scoreless game to give CYO a 1-0 victory over the Boilermakers. The homer was just the second hit allowed by Al Mayervich who was locked in a pitchers`duel with CYO`s Rod MacKay for six innings and reliever Bob Lasko in the 7th. The Boilermakers had just four safeties.

Mayervich (L) and Usselman
MacKay, Lasko (W) (6) and Ross

(August 20)   Roy Nosella again was the main man as CYO took a two game lead in the best-of-seven final series with a 9-6 win over Boilermakers. Nosella, who belted a game-winning homer in the first game, knocked in four runs with a double and single in three trips to the plate. Cece Stein picked up the win in a relief role.

Murphy, Stein (W) (3) and Ross
Winbow, Cutler (L) (3) and Usselman

(August 21)  CYO may have lost Trev Swangard for the rest of the final series. The third sacker was injured last night in the third game of the final, a contest suspended in the 6th inning with the Boilermakers leading 9-3.

It`s believed Swangard sustained a possible concussion when Boilermaker base runner Frank Kozak crashed into him and knocked him to the ground.  He was taken to St. Paul`s Hospital with head and neck injuries. By the time Swangard was taken from the field darkness had set in.

(August 22)   In spite of painful bursitis in his pitching arm, Rod MacKay took to the mound for CYO Thursday night but found little success as Boilermakers trounced CYO 9-2 for their first win in the final series. MacKay gave up nine hits, hit three batters and walked five. Al Mayervich, a hard-luck 1-0 loser in the opening game of the series, went the distance for the win.

MacKay (L) and Ross
Mayervich (W) and Usselman

(August 23)   George Keeley broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run homer in the 4th inning to give CYO a 4-1 victory over Boilermakers and a 3-1 game lead in the best-of-seven series.  Cece Stein tossed a four-hitter for the win, his seventh straight victory since replacing the injured Rod MacKay. 

Mayervich (L) Winbow (4) and Usselman
Stein (W) and Mulhern

(August 24)   All the scoring came in the 2nd inning Saturday night as CYO edged Boilermakers 3-2 to win the Industrial League championship taking the final series four games to one. Bob Lasko fired a four-hitter for his second win in the final series.  Doug Cutler was the loser.  CYO had scored four more runs in the top of the 7th with just one out but the game was called because of darkness and the score reverted to the last full inning of play.

Lasko (W) and Mulhern
Cutler (L) and Usselman


(May 4)   The Northwest Semi-Pro League begins the new season Sunday at Central Park when the South Burnaby Athletics host Young Liberals, the newest addition to the nine-team circuit.  The league will run with northern and  southern sections.  Five American teams - three from Seattle and one each from Bellingham and Deming - make up the southern section. Three Lower Mainland teams and one from Victoria comprise the northern division.

(May 5)   Young Liberals made a triumphant return to local baseball Sunday with a thrilling 7-6 victory over South Burnaby.  Trailing 6-1 after six innings, the Liberals scored three in the 7th, another in the 8th and two in the 9th to take the "W".  John Ruck went the distance to register the win.  He gave up nine hits, struck out six and walked one.

Ruck (W) and Eriksson
Barton, Dagneau (7), Lapthorne (9) and I. Spees

(May 10)  Matt Yankchuk`s first inning grand slam home run sent the Young Liberals on the way to a 13-9 triumph over Harwoods Friday night. Yanchuk also had a double. It was the Liberals third straight win.

Drummond, Cliff (4), Ruck (6) and Eriksson
Allan, Stein (3) and Youngman

(May 12)    Burnaby Athletics picked up their first win of the young season demolishing Harwoods 13-0 Sunday behind a 14-hit attack. Grant Lapthorne had a no-hitter for 7 2/3s innings before giving up a pair of safeties. Gerry Sinclair and Vaselenak each had a triple for the A's.

Lapthorne (W) and Spees, Brisson (5)
Zailo (L), Allen (2), Hoff (3) and Leonard

(May 15)    Right fielder Jerry Barber crushed a pair of home runs Wednesday night to give South Burnaby a 5-2 win over the Young Liberals.  His two-run shot in the 8th broke open a tight, 2-1, ball game. Brad Barton held the Libs to five hits in going the distance for the win.

Barton (W) and I. Spees
Ruck (L), Cliff (9) and Eriksson, Garay (6)

(May 19)   Jim Andrews belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Young Liberals a 6-3 victory over South Burnaby.  The win moved the Liberals back into first place. Ron Curby went the distance for the Liberals holding the visitors to six hits. In the evening, Liberals manager Lorne Drummond combined with Roy Wakabayashi to pitch a no-hitter in a 10-1 exhibition triumph over Maillardville. Drummond was charged with the only run on two walks and an error.

Dagneau, K. Spees (L) (1) and I. Spees
Curby (W) and Garay

(May 20)   Victoria's Farmer Construction kicked off the season with a bang Monday taking both games of a double-header from the Burnaby Athletics, 6-0 and 10-7.  Lefty Bill Garner held the A's to four hits and three walks in tossing the first game shutout. He whiffed eight.  Farmers got all they needed in the first inning. Pete Ash led off with a double and Jim Harford reached with a single. Both romped home on a single by Ron Karadimis.  Charlie Boyd doubled in a run in the third and belted a homer in the fifth. Ron Martin knocked in a run in the fifth and Farmers got their final marker in the sixth on back-to-back singles by Ash and Harford.

Lapthorne (L), Barton and Spees
Garner (W) and Harford

Farmers, who had 12 hits in the opener, cracked another 15 in the second game when they came from behind for the win. Jim Harford's two-bagger scored Pete Ash with a run in the seventh to tie at 7-7.  In the eighth, Farmers notched three for the victory. Ash knocked in one run and Harford drove in the other two with his second double. Bill Prior gave up 11 hits but managed to go the route for the pitching win.

Ball, (L), Dagneau and xxx
Prior (W) and Harford

(May 22)   Jerry Hallgren and Ivan Spees each slugged a three-run homer as South Burnaby whipped the Young Liberals 8-1 at Central Park.  Stan Dagneau allowed only four hits in registering the win. He fanned 10.

Dagneau (W) and I. Spees
Drummond (L), Buck (7) and Eriksson

(May 25)  Farmer Construction racked up 41 runs Saturday in taking a twin-bill from Vancouver Harwoods 17-10 and 24-8 in spite of Harwoods having big leads in both games. They were up 6-0 in the afternoon before Farmers roared back with an onslaught that included an 11-run inning. Howie Reid relieved in the second inning and went the rest of the way for the win. Gary Zailo belted a grand slam homer for the losers. The  visitors booted the ball nine times, five by playing manager Cec Stein at shortstop.

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Hodges, Reid (W) (2) and xxx

In the second game, Harwoods scored five times in the first inning and added two more in the second off rookie Harold Jacobson. Walks and errors did most of the damage. Veteran Bill Prior took over in the second and Farmers rallied with six runs in the second and five more in the fourth and cruised to the win.

Hoff, Heathcote and xxx
Jacobson, Prior (W) (2) and xxx

(May 26)  After four straight wins, Farmer Construction suffered 8-4 and 6-3 defeats at Bellingham Sunday. Four errors by Victoria in the first game proved to be the difference as Art Worth hurled a stellar game with ten strikeouts. He also picked up two of Farmers' six hits. Bill Garner went the route in the second game giving up 14 hits. Farmers had ten.

Worth (L) and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

Garner (L) and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

(May 26)  Burnaby Athletics exploded for seven runs in the 2nd inning and cruised to a 12-3 win over the Young Liberals in Northwest Semi-Pro action at Central Park.  The A's combined four hits, three walks, a hit batter and three Liberals' errors in the big inning. Jerry Hallgren slugged a homer for the winners while John Davis had three hits.

Ruck, Wakabayashi (2) Cliff (5) and Garay
K. Spees, Barton (3) and Ivan Spees

(May 28)  A ninth inning rally by the Vancouver Young Liberals fell just short Tuesday as Farmer Construction of Victoria held on for a 5-4 victory.  Trailing 5-2, Bill Prior hit Ron Evenson and Matt Yanchuk doubled. Gerry Lorenz walked to load the bases and two runs came home on an infield error.  However, Prior recovered to fan rival pitcher Ron Curby to end the game. It was Prior's 13th strikeout.  Farmers collected 13 hits, two apiece by Lyle Cornett, Bruce Carmichael, Mike Hodge and Jim Harford.

Ron Curby (L) and Ivan Eriksson
Bill Prior (W) and Jim Harford

(May 29)   Young Liberals erased a 5-2 Harwoods lead with a six-run outburst in the 4th inning and went on to notch a 13-8 victory Wednesday at Central Park.  Ron Evenson powered the attack with a home run, triple and single in four trips to the plate.  Lorne Drummond survived 13 hits to pick up the win.

Drummond (W) and Eriksson
Zailo (L), Heathcote (4), Cliff (7) and Schmidt

(May 31)  Harwoods and South Burnaby battled to a 6-6 draw Friday.  Catcher Ivan Spees sac fly and brother Ken's two-run single in the 8th gave the A's a 6-5 lead.  In the bottom of the 8th Barry Arnett knocked in the tying run.

Barton, K. Spees (2) and I. Spees
Wilson and Schmidt

(June 1)   In one of the best performances by Farmer Construction in several seasons, the Victoria nine ran its home winning streak to seven games sweeping a twin-bill from the Deming Loggers 7-1 and 15-4.  In the opener, southpaw Bill Garner whiffed four of the first five men he faced and had a shutout until the ninth in the 7-1 triumph. He yielded eight hits, three to left-fielder John Zender, one a triple, and a pair to catcher Dick Zender.   Bob Reimer of the Loggers gave up just six hits but Farmers bunched three of them in the sixth when they scored three times.  Art Worth had two safeties for the winners. Eight errors hurt the Americans. Farmers were error-free.

Reimer (L) and Dick Zender
Bill Garner (W) and Jim Harford

Farmers pounded out 19 hits in the second game to coast to the win as Bill Prior won his fourth game with an eight-hitter. Charlie Boyd led the attack with a bases-loaded triple, a double and two singles. They got the jump in the first inning scoring four times on singles by Bruce Carmichael, Jim Harford and Ron Karadimis, Boyd's three-bagger and a sac fly.  Lyle Cornett drove in two more in the third with a single. 

Ken Jackson (L) and Jim Zender
Bill Prior (W) and Jim Harford

(June 2)   Stan Dagneau fired a one-hitter to help Burnaby A's top Bellingham Bells 3-2.  Bill Kinder singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th after Bob Hansen had loaded the bases on walks with two out.,

Hansen (L) and Anderson
Dagneau (W) and Spees, Sinclair (6)

(June 4)  Mike Hodge poked a single in the eighth inning to score Charlie Boyd with the winning run as Farmer Construction nipped Burnaby Athletics 2-1 at Royal Athletic Park Tuesday. Left-hander Grant Lapthorne, with a tantalizing slow curve, gave Farmers all kinds of trouble before an error at shortstop set up the winning run. Howie Reid started for Farmers setting down the first six men but running into trouble in the third when Ed Ledlin singled in a run and Gerry Sinclair and Bill Kinder followed with walks to load the bases with two out. Manager Ed Ash called in Bill Garner and the southpaw whiffed clean-up hitter Gerry Hallgren to end the threat. Garner pitched six scoreless innings to register the win.

Lapthorne (L) and I.Spees
Reid, Garner (W) (3) and Harford

(June 5)   Young Liberals trounced Harwood 9-3 Wednesday to even their their record at 4-4.  Liberals were out hit nine to seven but stole six bases and were issued eight walks.  Ed And Jerry Lorenz paced the Libs attack with triples. It was the Harwoods sixth straight loss.

Ruck and Eriksson
Hoff and Schmidt

Northern Division
Victoria     8 - 2
Burnaby      5 - 5  3.0
Liberals     4 - 5  3.5
Harwoods     0 - 5  5.5

(June 8)   The powerful Bellingham Bells snapped Farmer Construction's nine-game home winning streak Saturday downing the Farmers 7-4 in the second game of the double-header after Farmers had taken the opener 5-4. The nightcap brought Bill Prior his first defeat of the season after four straight victories. The right-hander gave up ten hits, including three doubles, a triple and a home run. The four-bagger came off the bat of winning hurler Earl Silverthorne. Silverthorne walked seven but gave up just six hits and had a shutout until the eighth when the Farmers, trailing 7-0, plated all their runs. Farmers loaded the bases with none out on a single by Stu Mitchell and walks to Bernie Anderson and Jim Harford. Art Worth drew a walk to force in the first run and Lyle Cornett smacked a triple for three more but Silverthorne buckled down to get out of trouble.

In the first game, Worth gave up ten hits and survived a bases-loaded, one out, situation in the fourth to go the route for the pitching win.  Farmers took the lead with three runs in the third, keyed by Harford's two-run double.  They added a pair, including the winning marker in the sixth on a walk, error, fielder's choice and singles by Mike Hodge and Mitchell.  Worth ran into trouble in the fourth as a double by Walt Richardson, followed by three singles, brought in one run and had the sacks loaded. But Worth got two infield grounders and two outs at the plate to end the inning. Catcher Don Anderson cracked a homer in the eighth for the Bells to make it 5-2 and Bellingham got another four-bagger in the ninth from Richardson and John Rawley kept the rally alive withy a single. Rawley came around to score on an error, fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly but the visitors fell one run short.

Hansen (L) and D.Anderson
Worth (W) and Harford

Silverthorne (W) and Anderson, Randall (3)
Prior (L) and Harford

(June 9)    The Young Liberals trounced the American squad from Deming 13-6 Sunday.  Ed Lorenz, Roy Hammond and pitcher Lorne Drummond provided the highlights for the Liberals.  Lorenz slammed a grand slam homer in the second inning and Hammond belted a bases-empty homer in the fourth.  Drummond, who had three hits, held the visitors to two runs after relieving Roy Wakabayashi in the second.

N. Zender, L. Zender (4) and D. Zender
Wakabayashi, Drummond (2) and Eriksson

(June 9)   Gary Zailo has been named the new manager of Harwoods, replacing Cece Stein.  He'll get his baptism Wednesday when the winless Harwoods meet the Liberals.

(June 11)   Vancouver Young Liberals capitalized on an eighth inning error to plate a pair of runs to down Farmer Construction 3-1.  With the bases loaded, second baseman Bruce Carmichael dropped a pop fly to allow the two markers.  Liberals added an insurance run in the ninth on three straight hits by winning pitcher John Rucks, Ed Lorenz and Matt Yanchuk.  Farmers charged back in the bottom of the ninth to fill the bases but Rucks retired the side without allowing a score. Rucks held Victoria to seven hits, walked three and fanned five. Bill Garner took the loss.

Rucks (L) and Garay
Garner (W) and Harford

(June 14)   A wild one at Central Park produced 31 runs, 25 hits, 20 walks and 6 errors. When the dust settled, South Burnaby walked away with an 18-13 victory.  The big blows came oft the bats of Eddie Ledlin of the A's and Bernie Zeider of Harwood. Ledlin slugged a grand slam in the 4th inning and Zeider belted a two-run shot in the third.

Heathcote, Hoff (4), Wilson (6) and Zeider
Ken Spees, Ball (W) (1) and I. Spees

(June 15)   Farmer Construction came from behind with three runs in the seventh inning to down Seattle Serv-U Market 4-2 in the first of two at Royal Athletic Park Saturday. The night game was a runaway as Farmers pounded three Seattle hurlers for 19 hits in a 16-1 spanking.  In the opener, a run-scoring triple by Mike Hodge and a two-run double from Lyle Cornett provided the margin of victory.  Cornett, replacing Stu Mitchell at third base, had three hits in the afternoon then drove in four runs with four safeties and four runs scored in the second game.  Charlie Boyd drove in three runs with a pair of triples and two singles. Art Worth and Hodge each contributed three hits. Worth scattered nine hits for the pitching win in the opener besting Ernie Pastornicky, who yielded just seven hits. In the evening, Bill Garner twirled a two-hitter for Farmers.

Pastornicky (L) and Whitehead
Worth (W) and Harford

Noyes (L), Baehm, Dunn and Whitehead
Garner (W) and Harford

(June 16)   Jerry Hallgren smashed two home runs and Brian Pelechety belted one to lead South Burnaby to an 8-6 win over Seattle, the defending American division champions. Ivan Spees had a triple in Burnaby's 13-hit offensive. 

Clough (L) and Whitehead
Lapthorne, Barton (W) (6) and I. Spees

(June 18)   Art Worth slapped a single to right field to score Pete Ash with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as Farmers edged Burnaby Athletics 4-3.  Ash led off the ninth with a single and advanced as Jim Harford reached on an error and Charlie Boyd loaded the bags with a walk. Veteran Bill Prior stopped the Athletics on two hits while racking up 13 strikeouts. Both hits came in the fourth inning when Burnaby scored all three of their runs.

Dagneau (L) and Spees
Prior (W) and Harford

(June 19)    Young Liberals, riding the home run bats of Matt Yanchuk and Roy Hammond, whipped Harwood 8-5 Wednesday at Central Park. Yanchuk slugged a two-run homer in the first inning and Hammond added a solo shot in the second. Lorne Drummond, who relieved starter Roy Wakabayashi, was credited with the win, his third of the season.

Heathcote (L) and Zeider
Wakabayashi, Drummond (W) (2) and Eriksson

(June 22)   Taking advantage of a terrible day in the field by the hometown Farmers, the Cheney Studs swept Saturday's double-header 3-0 and 9-7 in 11 innings. Farmers made 12 errors, seven in the first game accounting for all three Cheney runs. All the scoring came in the second inning as Monte Geiger reached on an error at first and Gerry Lorenz followed with a two-bagger. George Kritsonis' drive to third was bobbled and both runners scampered home. Pete Ash, covering on the play, threw wide of second trying to nab Kritsonis and the Seattle hurler made it all the way home with the third marker. Three Seattle hurlers combined on a six-hitter. In the evening game, Farmers out-hit the visitors 14-7 but left 16 runners stranded.  Studs won it in the 11th as Wayne Lanter reached on an error, pitcher Norm Popkin walked and Bill Prior threw wide of first on a sacrifice bunt allowing a run to score. Another came home on a sacrifice fly. Farmers thought they had the win in the tenth when Art Worth cracked one high above the centre field fence but the ball hit the flag pole and bounced back on the field for a double, rather than a game-winning homer. Bernie Anderson, who was dropped to the bottom of the Farmers' batting order after a recent slump, responded with a double and a pair of singles in the opener and two doubles and a single in the second game.

Kritsonis, Hinchley, Geiger and Lanter
Worth (L) and Harford

Bartylla, Hinchley, Popkin (W) and Lanter
Garner, Prior (L) (5) and Harford

(June 23)    The Cheney Studs defeated Young Liberals 6-1 Sunday at Central Park. Studs won it in the 9th inning with three runs on two hits and three Liberals' errors.

Manca, Geiger (W) (6) and Lanter
Ruck, Kirby (9) and Eriksson

(June 25)  Young Liberals at Farmers, rain

(June 28)   Ivan Spees smacked a homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to give South Burnaby a 6-5 victory over the Young Liberals Friday at CentralPpark.  In the first inning, Bill Kinder clouted a four-bagger for the Athletics as part of a four-for-four day.

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xxx and xxx

(June 29)   In a pair of ten inning tussles at Victoria, Farmers suffered a 3-2 loss in game one, and lost the other by forfeit to the Seattle Hi-Rainiers.  The home club held a 2-0 lead in the opener until the ninth inning as Art Worth had an outstanding start. But Fred Emerson, the Seattle centre fielder, cracked a homer with one out and the Rainiers squeezed in the tying run two singles and a walk later. Emerson doubled in the winning run in the 10th after Gerry Thornton had been called safe on a close play at first. Umpire Gordie Perkins ruled first baseman Mike Hodge had taken his foot off the bag too soon. Ed Ash, the Victoria manager, was thrown out of the game for protesting a little too strenuously.  Three Seattle hurlers held Farmers to just three hits.

Trailing 4-1 in the second game, Farmers rallied to tie the count with singletons in the 7th, 8th and the bottom of the 9th.  In the 10th, Bill Prior drew a walk with one out and Bruce Carmichael followed with a grounder to pitcher Brian Bell whose throw to shortstop Larry Higdon forced Prior at second. The relay to first seemed far too late to nab Carmichael, but base Umpire Len Duncan called the runner out, igniting a tirade from Manager Ash who pushed Duncan during the argument. Perkins ejected him from the game and Ash had to be forcibly restrained as he tried to get at Perkins.  As the situation appeared to be simmering down, Perkins suddenly tossed outfielder Pete Ash, who had helped restrain his father. The younger Ash then tried to get at Perkins and players gathered to keep Ash and Perkins apart. Perkins then declared the game forfeited and hurried to the safety of the umpire's room. Police soon appeared on the scene and fans and players were still milling around 30 minute later.  The double defeat dropped the Farmers into a tie with the Young Liberals for first place in the Northern Section of the loop.

Burke, Bell, Christman and Brady
Worth (L) and Harford

Callen, Christman, Bell and Brady
Prior and Harford

(July 1)   16-year-old Dave Emery, a year removed from Babe Ruth League ball, hurled Farmer Construction to an easy 10-3 win over Vancouver Young Liberals in the first game of a Dominion Day double-header. Farmers also took the second game, 8-5. Emery, in his first start in senior ball, showed some jitters in giving up four hits and three runs in the first three innings. But, from there on he was unbeatable allowing just three base runners, a single and two walks, over the last six innings. He fanned seven. Art Worth led the Farmers' hit parade driving in three runs with a home run, triple and double. He also scored three times. Pete Ash knocked in a pair with a triple and single. Howie Reid started the second game but ran into trouble in the fourth and Bill Prior relieved and held Vancouver scoreless the rest of the way.

Ruck (L), Drummond (7) and Yanchuk
Emery (W) and Harford

Curby, Drummond (5) and Eriksson
Reid, Prior (W) (5) and Harford

(July 06)  Farmer Construction had good news all around Saturday, two victories on the playing field and support in the conference room.  League executives lifted the suspensions on Ed Ash, Pete Ash and Bruce Carmichael and ruled that Umpire Gordie Perkins was in error in ejecting Pete Ash after the dispute last Saturday. The league also decided to keep Perkins away from officiating at any further Farmers' games. On the diamond, Farmers took a pair from Seattle Serv-U Market, 7-3 and 7-0.  In the opener, lefty Art Worth had a shutout for seven innings before the visitors rallied for all three of their runs on three hits and an error. Worth helped his own cause knocking in three runs with a homer and a triple. Lyle Cornett added a double and two singles.  In the nightcap, Bill Prior allowed just two singles as Farmers coasted to the win. Charlie Boyd sparked the offense with a two-run homer in the third stanza. Stu Mitchell had three hits and Prior added a pair.

Olson (L) and Whitehead
Worth (W) and Harford

Dunn (L), Noyes (4) and Whitehead
Prior (W) and Moody

(July 9) Dave Emery, the 16-year-old hurler, tossed his second straight five-hitter and 18-year-old catcher Jim Moody smacked three hits as Farmer Construction crushed Burnaby 8-1 Tuesday.  Emery lost his shutout bid in the fourth when Bill Kinder hit a ball that lodged in the centre field screen and was credited with a home run.  The feud between Farmers and the Vancouver Island Umpires' Association flared anew and the game was handled by volunteer Bruce McAuley behind the plate and Burnaby coach Stan Carter on the bases.

Stan Dagneau (L), K.Spees (3), Gary Ball (3) and I.Spees
Dave Emery (W) and Jim Moody

(July 16)   Bill Prior pitched and batted Farmer Construction a 12-2 triumph over the Vancouver Young Liberals. The right-hander settled down after a shaky start to hurl six-hit ball with 10 strikeouts while driving in three runs with a triple and two doubles in his plate appearances. Shortstop Bruce Carmichael cracked a triple, double and single, good for three runs and catcher Jim Harford added a double and two singles.   

Drummond (L), Wakabayashi (7) and Yanchuk
Prior (W) and Harford

Northern Division
Victoria    16 -  8
Burnaby      6 -  8  5.0
Liberals     5 - 10  6.5

(July 20)  Victoria fans were treated to some of the best baseball action of the season Saturday as Farmers and Cheney Studs split a double-header. Farmers came through with a 2-1 win in the afternoon behind the solid hurling of Art Worth, then dropped the nightcap 6-3 as lefty Norm Popkin excelled for the Studs.  The opener was a scoreless pitching duel between Worth and Steve Carlson until the seventh when Jim Harford singled and came around to score Farmers' first run on a single by Lyle Cornett. Cheney shortstop Mike White, son of Jo Jo White of major league fame, tied it in the eighth with a homer over the centre field fence. Farmers got the winner in the bottom of the eighth as pinch-hitter Bill Prior rapped a double and romped home on a single by Bernie Anderson. Both teams had just six hits. Worth fanned nine and walked two. The second game was tied 2-2 after seven frames as Popkin and Prior displayed quality mound work. But, in the seventh, a drive hit Prior on his pitching arm and the right-hander had trouble in the eighth as his arm stiffened and he was replaced after facing just one batter, who singled.  Young Dave Emery took over but walked two and was tagged for a double as Cheney pushed three runs across to take a 5-2 lead then added another in the ninth. Farmers launched a rally in the bottom of the ninth when a single by Charlie Boyd and two errors loaded the bases with none out. One run scored on a sacrifice fly by Ron Karadimis but Popkin got back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.

Carlson (L) and Malleta
Worth (W) and Harford

Popkin (W) and Malleta
Prior (L), Emery (8) and Harford

(July 23)   Ken Spees held Farmers to four hits Tuesday and the Burnaby Athletics took advantage of two rookie hurlers to post a 6-2 victory.  Spees had a no-hitter until Jim Moody singled for Victoria in the fifth inning. Burnaby scored once in the first inning off Jake Jacobson and added two more in the second. Dave Emery relieved in the third and walked in a run. Athletics got to Emery for two more in the seventh.

K.Spees (W) and I.Spees
Jake Jacobson (L), Dave Emery (3) and Jim Moody

(July 30)   Vancouver's Young Liberals were charged with seven errors and gave up seven unearned runs Tuesday in dropping an 11-7 decision to Victoria's Farmer Construction.  Liberals out-hit the winners 13 to 8 and three times had three hits in one inning. Six of the bobbles came in a wild seventh inning when Farmers broke a 4-4 tie with a seven-run outburst. First baseman Art Worth led the Farmers with a triple and single and left fielder Charlie Boyd added a single and double. Bill Prior managed to go the distance racking up 11 strikeouts.

Cliffe (L), Wakabayashi (7) and J.Yanchuk
Prior (W) and Harford

(July 31)  Young Liberals rapped 13 hits off two Burnaby hurlers in posting a 9-3 victory Wednesday.  Lorne Drummond held South Burnaby to seven hits in registering the win.

Ball, Lapthorne (3), K. Spees (6) and I. Spees
Drummond (W) and Yanchuk

(August 6)   Burnaby Athletics had a good start but then were crushed by the powerful Victoria Farmers in Northwestern Semi-Pro ball at Royal Athletic Park Tuesday. Athletics took the lead with three runs in the top of the first inning on a walk to Ed Ledlin, a double by Jack Wheelhouse, Bill Kinder's three-bagger and a sacrifice fly. That's all the success they would enjoy, however, as the Farmers responded with 18 unanswered runs to take an 18-3 victory. Farmers took over with five runs in the fourth inning and erupted for 11 more in the seventh. Burnaby had a chance in the sixth, trailing 5-3 they loaded the bases with one out against youngster Dave Emery. But, Art Worth relieved and got out of trouble fanning Art Bregolisse and Wayne Leonard and blanking the A's the rest of the way. 

Grant Lapthorne (L), Gary Ball (4), Ed Ledlin (6) and Ivan Spees
Dave Emery (W), Art Worth 6) and Jim Moody

(August 10)   Farmer Construction wrapped up their regular season with a split of a twin-bill with Cheney Studs, dropping the opener 7-5 but taking the nightcap 12-6.  In the opener, Studs took advantage of a streak of wildness by Bill Prior to score four times in the eighth inning for the margin of victory. Farmers rallied with one in their half of the frame but Pat Gosney, who tossed a six-hitter, retired the side without damage in the ninth. Art Worth staged a bit of a one-man show in the night game, going the distance on the mound and providing most of the power at the plate. Worth, who fanned 13, slugged two home runs and a single. His first blast cleared the centre field fence in the fourth and his second was an inside-the-park drive down the right field line in the seventh. Charlie Boyd was productive with a homer, double and single.

Pat Gosney (W) and Jerry Murphy
Bill Prior (L) and Lyle Cornett

Olson (L), White (5) and Murphy
Art Worth (W) and Cornett

(August 13)   Veterans Bill Prior and Charlie Boyd came through in the clutch Tuesday to lead Farmer Construction an 8-7 win over a mainland all-star lineup in an exhibition game at Royal Athletic Park. Boyd came to the plate in the 10th inning to drive in Bernie Anderson with the winning run. Prior turned in a sparkling relief chore, replacing Dave Emery in the sixth inning with two out. He went the rest of the way fanning 10 of the 14 men he faced. Anderson led the offense with three hits.

John Ruck (L) and Ivan Spees
Dave Emery, Bill Prior (W) (6) and Lyle Cornett


(August 16)   Larry Schultz pitched shutout ball for six innings and held off a late rally by Farmers as Bellingham took the first game of the best-of-three series for the Northwest Semi-Pro Baseball League championship.  Bells took a 6-0 lead in the contest before Farmers got on the scoreboard in the seventh. Mike Hodge drove in two runs with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jim Harford. But Schultz regained his composure and blanked the Victoria nine over the final two frames. Six errors hurt the Farmers.

Larry Schultz (W) and Don Andrew
Bill Prior (L) and Jim Harford

(August 17)  After losing the first game of the playoff double-header 6-5, to tie the best-of-three final at a game apiece, Bellingham Bells downed Farmer Construction 7-3 in the second game to capture the Northwest Semi-Pro League championship.  A four-run fifth inning gave the Bells a 7-1 margin and they held on for the triumph. Carl Rounds, a former Pacific Coast League hurler, held Victoria to eight hits for the mound victory. Bells did all their scoring in two innings. Three hits and three errors gave them three runs in the second and they added the four in the fifth, three scoring on a bases-loaded triple by Jerry Reimer. Art Worth, who had pitched and won the opener for Farmers, went to the hill again for the second game but it was too much for the left-hander. Bill Prior, still arm weary after Friday's series opener relieved in the fifth. Worth scattered seven hits in the afternoon as Farmers scored two in the bottom of the ninth to win 6-5. A single by Bernie Anderson, who already had a homer, double and single, drove in the winning marker.

Randall (L) and Don Anderson
Worth (W) and Moody, Harford

Carl Rounds (W) and Don Anderson
Art Worth (L), Bill Prior (5) and Jim Harford


(19 March)   19-year-old lefty hurler Larry Walker of Haney left for South Carolina Monday where he will attend the Philadelphia Phillies spring training camp. Walker pitched in the Dewdney League two years ago before signing with the Vancouver Mounties.