1958 Game Reports, Vancouver & Area      

1958 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1958 BC Interior 
1958 Vancouver Island   

Vancouver Industrial League (7 inning games)

Bob Lasko(April 27)   Bob Lasko (left) baffled the Boilermakers with a neat two-hitter as CYO kicked off the new Industrial League season with a 3-0 shutout.  The winners collected just two hits but one was a 5th inning homer by Mel Charkow.

Lasko (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(April 28)  Lorne Fuller of Western Bridge was a one-man show Monday night in an 8-2 win over the Firemen. He was the winning pitcher with a five-hitter and powered the attack with a pair of doubles driving in four runs.

Fuller (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(April 29)  Longshoremen opened with three runs in the first inning en route to a 9-3 decision over Nisei. Rich Foster scored the eventual game winner in the third inning on an error.  The winners added five runs in the 6th inning on a homer by Les Scharfe and doubles by Ray Marshall, Ed Phillips and Gordie Webb.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(May 5)   There's a three-way tie atop the league standings following Monday's 5-4 win for the Firemen over Boilermakers.  Firemen, Longshoremen and CYO each have two wins and a tie in three outings.  Firemen notched the winning run in the top of the 7th inning as Pete Eades opened the frame with a double and Jack Connell greeted relief pitcher Al Mayervich with a single through second to plate the run. Lorne Fuller hurled a four-hitter for the win.

Fuller (W) and Esplen
Flichel (L), Mayervich (7) and Usselman

(May 12)   CYO remained undefeated Monday stopping the Boilermakers 6-2 behind a four-hitter by Ed Wild. The win was the Red Raiders' fifth of the season against one tie in six outings. CYO score three times in the first inning and three in the last. In the first, CYO combined three hits with three walks for the markers while Mel Charkow's bases-loaded double in the 7th broke open a close contest.

Wild (W) and Ross
Archer, Mayervich and Usselman

(May 17)  Longshoremen put six runs on the board in the first inning Saturday and coasted to an 11-7 win over the Firemen.  Gordie Webb led the winner's attack with three hits. Nick Craig picked up the win.

Craig, Shaw (6) and Siguardson
Smith, Fuller (1) and Esplen

(May 18)  CYO ran its unbeaten string to eight Sunday in thrashing Nisei 11-1. The Red Raiders have seven wins and a tie to their credit thus far. Cece Stein and Rod MacKay combined on a four-hitter.

Stein, MacKay (7) and Ross
McCullough, Okamoto (4) and Oikawa, Hayashi (7)

(May 19)  Gordie Webb had three more hits to increase his league-leading average to .577 as Longshoremen whipped Western Bridge 8-1 on Monday.  Shaw tossed a three-hitter for the win.

Forsythe (L) and G. Beckett
Shaw (W) and Sigurdson

(May 20)   Trailing 6-2 after two innings, Boilermakers took advantage of eight walks and one hit in the third inning to score seven runs on the way to an 11-7 triumph over Firemen at Powell Grounds.  Keith Watley had the only hit in the big inning, a two-run double. Gary Winbow was the winner in relief.

Mayervich, Winbow (W) (1) and Usselman
Smith (L), Fuller (3), Proctor (5) and Esplen

(May 24)   CYO opened with five runs in the first inning and closed with six in the 6th in demolishing the Firemen 16-1 Saturday behind a 15-hit assault.  Bob Lasko held the Firemen in check with a two-hitter.

Lasko (W) and Schmid
Fuller (L), Smith (1) and Esplen

(May 25)  Boilermakers moved into second place Sunday beating Longshoremen 7-3. Dan Young provided the power with a triple and three singles to account for five runs.

Craig, Digby (2) and Siguardson
Flichel, Mayervich (4) and Usselman

(May 26)  The Hallam brothers put on a spectacular offensive display Monday night as Western Bridge demolished Nisei 18-6.  It was Nisei's 10th consecutive defeat. Second baseman Bob Hallam knocked in seven runs with four hits, including a pair of home runs.  Shortstop Walt Hallam hit for the cycle - a homer, triple, double and single - to drive in five markers. Westerns had a total of 16 hits as they rang up seven runs in the 3rd inning and five in each of the 4th and 6th frames.

McCullough (L), Hopkins (3), Zailo (5) and Oikawa, Okano (2)
Buchinski (W) and Beckett

(May 27)   Boilermakers stopped CYO's ten-game unbeaten streak Tuesday downing the league-leaders 6-2. Gary Winbow held CYO to six hits to post his third straight win. Leon Brandolini clouted a two-run homer and a double to lead the attack. Ernie Gurniak had a pinch-hit, two-run single.

Winbow (W) and Usselman
Stein (L), Wilde (4) and Ross

(May 29)   Nisei needed two extra innings but finally posted their first win of the season a 3-2 triumph over Longshoremen.  Merv Franks tossed a six-hitter, surviving a shaky first inning, to register the win. He fanned nine and walked none.  Vic Freiheit drove in the winning run in the 9th with his second double of the evening. Freiheit also was responsible for the tying run when he doubled in the 4th inning. Ted Koyanagi and Bob Miyagishima also had two-baggers for Nisei.

Franks (W) and Okano
Craig, Digby (L) (9) and Sigurdson

(June 2)   CYO rang up their 11th win in 12 starts downing Nisei 3-1 at Powell Grounds.  The Red Raiders plated the winning run in the first inning when Kenny Ross slammed a two-run triple. George Keeley had two hits, one a double, to help the CYO attack. Ed Wild posted his 4th win of the season with a three-hitter. Ron Montgomery gave up just seven hits in taking the loss.

Montgomery (L) and Okano
Wild (W) and xxx

(June 7)   A four-run 3rd inning proved to be the difference Saturday as Boilermakers, who had just three hits, edged Western Bridge 5-4.

Buchinski, B. Beckett (2) and G. Beckett
J. Mayervich, Winbow (4) and Usselman

(June 8)  Jack Connell rapped a three-run homer and two singles and was a saviour as a relief pitcher as Firemen topped CYO 8-5 Sunday.  CYO had one run home and the bases loaded with two out in the 7th when Connell replaced starter Bill Cousins.  He fanned Roy Nosella to end the threat.

Cousins (W), Connell (7) and Esplen
Burton (L), Brewer (2), Nosella (7) and Ross

(June 21)   Ed Wild and Cece Stein combined to throw a one-hitter Saturday as CYO clobbered Fireman 12-0. Wild went five innings for his 6th straight win without a loss. CYO had 13 hits while the Firemen made five errors.

Wild, Stein (6) and Ross
Cousins, Butterworth (2) and Esplen

(June 22)   Nisei, with just one victory in league play, notched a 13-1 exhibition game victory over the visiting Nippon Maru at Cap Stadium Saturday night.  The team, made up of crewmen of the Japanese barquentine currently in Vancouver, delighted 800 fans with their hustle.  Winning pitcher Ron Montgomery and reliever Merv Franks combined to pitch a four-hitter.

(June 22)   A day after the Industrial League had a one-hitter, Gary Winbow fired a no-hitter as the Boilermakers trounced Western Bridge 15-0.  It was the first no-hitter in the league since 1952. The 20-year-old right-hander walked four.

Winbow (W) and Usselman
Forsythe (L), Jankola (6) and Myles

Playoffs :

(August 4)   CYO downed Western Bridge 5-1 Monday to even the best-of-five semi-final at a game apiece. Bob Lasko held the Westerns to three hits, struck out seven and walked five.

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

(August 5)   Al Mayervich, the Vancouver Mounties clubhouse boy, took the mound for the Boilermakers Tuesday night and emerged with a 5-4 win over Longshoremen.  The win gave the Boilermakers a two game lead in their semi-final series.

Nick Craig, Ken Digby (5) and Doug Sigurdson
Al Mayervich and Norm Usselman

(August 9)   Western Bridge dumped CYO 8-4 Saturday to give them a one-game lead in their semi-final series. Westerns had 12 hits in the victory. Joe Jankola, the winning pitcher with a four-hitter, had a homer while Mel Charkow rapped a pair of round-trippers the losers. Fifth game is set for Tuesday night.

Stein (L), Brewer (4) and Ross, Mulhern (5)
Jankola (W) and Esplen

(August 9)  All-Star game ?

Dewdney 4 Industrial 3
Currie, Curby (3), Inkster (5), Forbes (6), Bakaway (7) and Wallnyk, Cameron (4), Brummet (6)
Flichel, Digby (6), Poersch (7) and Miller
HR : Routley (D), Korchan, Mori (I).

(August 11)   Leon Brandolini doubled in the bottom of the 5th and final inning to knock in the winning run as Boilermakers edged Longshoremen 4-3 to win their semi-final series. Wilson fired a four-hitter for the victory.

Poersch, Digby (L) (2) and Miller
Wilson (W) and Usselman

(August 12)   CYO has forced a 6th game in the best-of-five semi-final series with a 2-1 victory over Western Bridge. The teams have each posted two wins and battled to one tie. The Red Raiders scored the winning run in the 6th inning after the teams had fought through 5 1/2 scoreless frames.  A single, walk and error produced the game's first run and Bob Sikorski's sacrifice fly plated the winner. Western Bridge rebounded with one run in the 7th but Bob Lasko settled down to end the threat. Lasko allowed just three hits and fanned 10 but five walks kept him in hot water. Bill Beckett was the loser, also throwing a three-hitter. He compiled seven strikeouts.

Bill Beckett (L) and Esplen
Lasko (W) and Ross

(August 14)   CYO took the opening game of the Industrial League final series Thursday, 7-5 over the Boilermakers. A four-run third inning proved key to the victory.  With one out, George Kelley doubled and scored on John Kochan's two-bagger. Ken Ross lashed a third consecutive double and Kochan scored. Roy Nosella topped it off with a two-run homer. Boilermakers had taken a 2-1 lead in the 3rd on George Mayervich's two-run homer. Cece Stein picked up the win with 7th inning relief help from Bob Brewer.

Flichel (L), Winbow (4) and Usselman, G. Mayervich (6)
Stein (W), Brewer (7) and Ross

(August 17)   CYO took a 2-1 game lead in the best-of-seven final Sunday with a 6-2 decision over the Boilermakers.  Cece Stein had a six-hitter for the win. Bobo Sikorski paced the offense with three hits.

Wilson, A. Mayervich and G. Mayervich
Stein and Ross

(August 18)  CYO scored three times in the 4th inning and held on for a 3-2 win to take a 3-1 game lead over the Boilermakers in the final series.  Mel Charkow began the 4th with a bunt single. Roy Nosella and Bobo Sikorski had doubles and CYO had two runs. Ken Ross singled to drive in what proved to be the winner.  Both Boilermakers runs off Ed Wild were unearned.

Wild (W) and M. Mulhern
Winbow (L) and G. Mayervich

(August 20)   CYO captured the Industrial League championship for the second straight year. The Red Raiders defeated the Boilermakers 3-1 Wednesday to win the best-of-seven final four games to two.  Two first inning runs proved to be enough for the win. Trev Swangard led off with a single and John Kochan followed with a homer for a 2-0 lead. The third run came in the 2nd inning on a pair of errors and a stolen base.  Cece Stein gave up seven hits in the winning effort.

Stein (W) and Ross
Winbow (L) and G. Mayervich

Dewdney Baseball League

(April 28)  The Dewdney Baseball League will have a Vancouver representative this season. Dufferins are joining the Senior "A" amateur circuit as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. Their opponents will be South Burnaby Athletics, Langley, Port Moody, Maillardville, Coquitlam and Maple Ridge.  Coquitlam notched a 12-inning victory in the league opener Sunday.

(May 17)  Dufferins drubbed Port Moody 10-3 to strengthen their hold on second place. Lorne Drummond tossed a four-hitter to post the pitching win.  Lorenz of the winners had the only homer.

Drummond (W) and Taylor
Dagneau (L), Milne (4) and Eriksson

(May 18)  South Burnaby Athletics managed just nine hits in two games Sunday but still came away with one victory in a home and away double-header.  Maillardville right-hander Roger Michaud fired a four-hitter in the first game at Central Park as the visitors scored four in the top of the 9th to win 7-3. Michaud fanned eight and walked two.

Michaud (W) and Brummet
Ball (L) and Spees, Leonard (4)

Burnaby turned the tables in the second game, coming from behind with two runs in the top of the 9th to post a 3-2 victory.  Brian Barton registered the win with a seven hitter. 

Barton (W) and Leonard
Walker (L) and Stewart

(May 25)  Maple Ridge and South Burnaby split a pair of high-scoring games Sunday. South Burnaby crushed Maple Ridge 14-2 in the first game with a 14-hit attack, including a Bill Kinder homer. Larry Walker had a four-bagger for the losers. Lapthorne hurled a five-hitter for the win.

Rowell (L) and Stewart
Lapthorne (W) and Leonard

Maple Ridge got its revenge in the second game with a 14-hit assault in a 13-8 victory. 

Neilson, Spees (5), Barton (5) and Leonard
Minty, Walker (6) and Bowyer

(May 29)   Larry Walker not only pitched a three-hit shutout, he singled with two on and two out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Maple Ridge a 1-0 victory over Dufferins. Fans witnessed an outstanding pitchers' duel with loser Bill Gillespie allowing just five hits. Walker compiled 17 strikeouts and walked two. Gillespie fanned 13 and issued just one free pass.

Gillespie (L) and Taylor
Walker (W) and Bowyer

(May 30)   Dufferins used the long ball Friday night to notch an 8-3 win over Maple Ridge at Gordon Park. Roy Hammond, Matt Yanchuk and Bill Taylor all punched out round-trippers as part of a 15-hit attack for the Hotelmen.  The triumph moved Dufferins into a second-place tie with the Langley Prairie.

Minty (L) and Bowyer
Wakabayashi, Drummond (3) and Taylor

(June 2)   Coquitlam maintained its first-place status Sunday defeating Dufferins 8-4 at Gordon Park. Trailing 4-1 into the 9th, Coquitlam, which had 17 hits, exploded for seven runs for the win.

Knight, Sabatine (W) (1) and Jack
Drummond, Ruck (9) and Yanchuk

(June 2)  Langley and South Burnaby split a twin-bill.  Langley took the afternoon affair 3-0 behind the four-hit pitching  and home run by HausknechtBrian Barton allowed just five hits in taking the loss.

Hausknecht (W) and Lescision
Barton (L) and Leonard

South Burnaby collected 11 hits in the night game at Langley to win 7-1. Lapthorne had a shutout until the 9th. He gave up just six hits.

Lapthorne (W) and Leonard
Stevens (L), Wark (4) and Neilson

(June 22)   It took 14 innings but Langley held on to second place with a 6-5 win over Port Moody

South Burnaby scored three runs in the first inning en route to a 4-1 triumph over Maple Ridge. Lapthorne pitched a six-hitter for the win.  Larry Walker took the loss despite a five-hit effort.

Walker (L) and Kuntz
Lapthorne (W) and Scott

Dufferins pounded out 16 hits Sunday, including home runs by Hatch and Bill Taylor, to whip Coquitlam 14-8.

Sabatine (L), Forbes (6) and Cameron
Gillespie, Drummond (W) (5), Ruck (8) and Taylor

(August 10)   Dufferins got a three-hitter by Lorne Drummond in a 3-2 decision over Maple Ridge.

Walker (L) and Fisk
Drummond (W) and Taylor

(August 12)  Sparked by a two-run homer by Ron Curby, Dufferins blanked Maillardville 8-0 Tuesday at Gordon Park to move into top spot.  Bill Gillespie hurled the shutout allowing but four hits.

Inkster (L) and Dutkewich
Gillespie (W) and Taylor

Playoffs :

(August 17)  In the opening game of the best-of-five Dewdney League semi-final pennant-winning Dufferins beat Langley 6-1 at Maple Ridge Stadium. Bill Gillespie went the distance for the victory.

Hausknecht (L) and Lecision
Gillespie (W) and Taylor

(August 19)   Catcher Ed Garay doubled home two runs in the first inning to spark Dufferins to a victory over Langley and a 2-0 game lead in the semi-final series. 

(August 22)  Coquitlam whipped Maillardville 9-2 Friday to win the best-of-five series 3-0.

(August 24)    Denny Vaughn tripled and scored on John Berdusco's single in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Langley a 5-4 win over Dufferins to force a 5th and deciding game in the semi-final series. 

Ruck (L) and Garay
Wark, Greider (4), Hausknecht (6) and Lecision

(September 7)   In the Dewdney final playoff, Coquitlam and Langley split a double-header Sunday. Coquitlam leads the best-of-seven series two games to one with one tied.  Langley won the opener 10-8 at its home park. Coquitlam took the second game at home 5-2 riding a solo homer and triple by Ken Routley.


Teams in the 1958 Fraser Valley Baseball League/Upper Valley Baseball League
Agassiz Loggers
Chilliwack Monarchs
Chilliwack Oddfellows
Hope Lions
Yarrow Ocean Sprays

(April 29)   Arnold Bennewith tossed a three-hitter and knocked in the winning run for the Agassiz Loggers in their season-opening 4-3 victory over the Yarrow Ocean Sprays in the newly organized Senior B circuit. Playing on a new diamond at Agassiz, the home nine scored all four runs in the first inning on three walks, an error and Bennewith's safety.  Pete "Six" Ratzlaff held the Loggers scoreless over the last six innings, giving up just four hits overall. Yarrow also scored in the first inning as Jack Derksen's single brought in Ernie Ratzlaff. In the fourth for the Sprays, Pat Shields drove in Vic Kornelson. Sprays came close in the seventh and final frame as newcomer Silas Coleman punched a double to left centre to bring in Jake Wiebe

P.Ratzlaff (L) and xxx
Bennewith (W) and xxx

(May 6)  Yarrow and Agassiz battled to a 1-1 draw in the second meeting between the clubs. The Ocean Sprays got on the scoreboard first on a triple by Ernie Ratzlaff. Loggers' hurler Arnold Bennewith, who batted in the winning run in the season opening game, drove in the lone Loggers' run with a single. 

Bennewith and xxx
P.Ratzlaff and xxx

(May 15)  Scoring nine times in the last two innings of a five-inning game, Yarrow crushed Chilliwack Oddfellows 13-5 Thursday night in spite of being out-hit 10 to 8.  Yarrow took the lead in the first inning when Silas Coleman smacked a double to bring in a pair. Oddfellows tied it with two in the second and took the lead, 4-2 in the top of the third when Rudy Remple's drive to left centre brought in Denny Richardson and Doug Simpson, who had singled. Ocean Sprays then ran wild in the next two frames pounding out six hits to post four in the fourth and five more in the fifth. Chilliwack paraded five pitchers to the mound in a vain attempt to hold back the Sprays.

Armstrong, Fetterly (L) (1), Richardson (4), Tunbridge (5), Remple (5) and Zilkie
P.Ratzlaff (W), E.Ratzlaff and Klassen

(May 22)   Coming from behind, the Chilliwack Monarchs scored five times in the last two frames to down Yarrow 8-4. Alex Fast tossed a six-hitter in posting the win. Tied 3-3, successive doubles by Morley Usher, Les Matthews and Dave Britz sparked the Monarchs to three runs in the fifth. They added a pair in the sixth on walks to Harp Owen and Usher, a single by Fast and Roy Morrow's two-bagger.

P.Ratzlaff, E.Ratzlaff  (L) (4) and Klassen
A.Fast (W) and Usher

(June 1)   Budsey Usher walked and scored in the ninth inning to give Chilliwack Monarchs an 8-7 win over Hope Sunday at Chilliwack.  Hope managed a run in the bottom of the ninth as Tommy Casey reached on an error and came around to score. But the Monarchs got out of trouble with a double play to end the game. First baseman Roy Hayashi cracked a three-run homer in the fourth and Hope had a 4-2 lead. But the Monarchs replied with three in their half of the fourth and added a pair in the sixth.

G.Jacobs (L), Neehi and xxx
A.Fast (W) and xxx

(June 24)  Vic Kornelson smacked a bases-loaded double for three runs in the first inning Tuesday and Yarrow went on to a 10-1 victory over the Chilliwack Monarchs. Ocean Sprays added two more in the second, three in the sixth and two in the seventh to complete the rout. The lone Monarchs run came in the third when Lou Garay was hit by a pitch and came around to score.

(July 1)  Chilliwack Centennial Tournament

(July 3)   In an error-filled game Thursday, Agassiz Loggers trimmed Chilliwack Monarchs 11-5. Loggers jumped into an early lead with five runs in the second inning and turned on the power in the fifth when Bugs Usher opened with a triple to right and Alex Fast singled him home. Dave Britz followed with a soaring home run over the deep wall in left field. Britz had earlier cracked a pair of singles. Arnie Bennewith went the route for the pitching win for the Loggers. The teams combined for ten errors.

Reichelt (L), Jordan (2), Matthews (7) and xxx
Bennewith (W) and xxx

(July 10)   Yarrow Ocean Sprays built up an earl;y lead and held off a late challenge to down Hope Lions 7-4 Thursday.  They got a pair in the bottom of the first off four walks by Hope lefty Gil Jacobs and a single by Sprays' first sacker Jake Wiebe.  A lead-off double by Nerbos gave Hope its first score in the second. In the third, Yarrow added a pair, helped by Vic Kornelson's triple, and made it 5-1 with a singleton in the fourth. Roy Hayashi drove in a run for Hope in the fifth. Ernie Ratzlaff banged out a triple and rambled home an an infield error in the sixth for the Sprays' sixth run. Lions got two in the seventh on a bases-loaded liner to left by Bob Demidoff. Right-hander Pete "Six" Ratzlaff went the distance for Yarrow to earn the victory.

Jacobs (L) and xxx
P.Ratzlaff (W) and xxx

(July 17)   The Chilliwack city teams took it on the chin as Yarrow Ocean Spray won both games Thursday, trouncing the Oddfellows 14-1, then rolling to an 11-5 win over the Monarchs. Ernie Ratzlaff belted a home run and two doubles in the first game to pace the offensive while he allowed just eight hits in his pitching duties. An outfield error prevented him from recording a shutout. Oddfellows star lefty, Dennis Grigg, and Ratzlaff had a pitching duel for four scoreless innings before Yarrow began to pull away. Two walks and two errors aided the visitors to three runs in the fifth and Ratzlaff's four-bagger highlighted the sixth. Yarrow sent nine men to the plate in the eighth to drive in five runs on four hits. Another five came home in the ninth on four singles and a steal of home.

Grigg, G.Armstrong (9) and xxx
E.Ratzlaff (W) and xxx

Monarchs out-hit Yarrow 12 to 7 Thursday night but came away on the short end of an 11-5 result in spite of an early 5-0 lead. Sprays were held in check until the fifth when they exploded for six runs on two walks, two errors and three hits. Ernie Ratzlaff, in relief of brother Pete, picked up the pitching win. Dave Britz of the Monarchs led the hitters with a triple and two singles.

G.Jordan, Reichelt (5), Fast, Britz and xxx
P.Ratzlaff, E.Ratzlaff (W) (5) and xxx

(July 22)  in a battle between Chilliwack teams, the Oddfellows upset the Monarchs 7-2 at the fairgrounds Tuesday night. Norm Fetterly hurled a well-earned victory for Oddfellows.

Fetterly (W) and xxx
Fast (L), Britz (9) and xxx

(July 22)   At Yarrow, the Sprays out-hit Agassiz 10-4 but it was the Loggers who walked away with a 9-4 triumph capitalizing on eight Sprays' errors. Right-hander Arnie Bennewith racked up 13 strikeouts in going the distance for the win.

Bennewith (W) and xxx
E.Ratzlaff (L), Coleman, F.Reimer and xxx

(July 24)   Cellar-dwelling Hope Lions upset Yarrow Thursday downing the Sprays 4-3 behind the solid hurling of ace left-hander Gil Jacobs.

P.Ratzlaff, E.Ratzlaff (4) and xxx
G.Jacobs (W) and xxx

(July 24)  At Agassiz, the Loggers downed the Oddfellows 5-3. Right-hander Len Watkins earned the victory for the first place Loggers. Newcomer Norm Chambers went all the way for Chilliwack.

Chambers (L) and xxx
Watkins (W) and xxx

(July 27)   Lou Garay, the leadoff man for the Chilliwack Monarchs got the team off on the right foot Sunday afternoon belting the first pitch from Gil Jacobs for a home run. They sent nine men to the plate in the first stanza, scoring four times. Alex Fast also had a circuit clout for the winners.

Reichelt (W), Britz (7) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(July 31)   Behind the six-hit pitching of right-hander Dave Britz Chilliwack Monarchs topped Yarrow Ocean Sprays 6-2 at the fair grounds. A two-run homer by Britz in the second inning sparked the Monarchs attack.

F.Reimer (L) , E.Ratzlaff and xxx
Britz (W) and xxx

(August 3)  Blanked for four innings, Agassiz Loggers broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the fifth inning and coasted to a 9-2 victory over the Monarchs. After Chilliwack plated a pair in the sixth, the Loggers added four more in the eighth. Arnie Bennewith went all the way for the mound decision.

Bennewith (W) and xxx
Fast (L), Britz (6) and xxx

(August 3)  In the evening tilt at the fair grounds, Hope Lions clobbered the Oddfellows 20-9 in a game called after five innings because of darkness. 

xxx and xxx
Fetterly, Chambers, Armstrong, Fetterly and xxx

(August 5)   Alex Fast hurled the Monarchs to a 4-3 victory over Hope. Monarchs plated a pair in the first inning and two more in the fifth for the win.

B.MacLean, xxx (7) and xxx
A.Fast (W) and xxx

(August 5)  At Yarrow, the Sprays had to come from behind to down the Oddfellows 7-5. The losers out-hit the winners 11-6, but were charged with six errors. Oddfellows hurler Norm Fetterly struck out ten but also allowed eight walks. Pete "Six" Ratzlaff was strong in a complete game effort.

(August 7)  Thursday night, Agassiz Loggers were defeated for just the second time this season losing to Yarrow 3-1. Ernie Ratzlaff fired a four-hitter for the winners. Ocean Sprays plated the first run when, in the third frame, Si Coleman banged a double and Ernie Ratzlaff brought him home with single to right field. Loggers made it 1-1 in the fourth when Howard Whelpton singled to bring in Arnie Bennewith who had doubled. Ocean Sprays got the winning run and an insurance marker in the fourth inning as Ratzlaff rapped a three-bagger.

Watkins (L), Bennewith (5) and xxx
E.Ratzlaff (W) and xxx

(August 10)  Chilliwack Monarchs spotted Hope three first inning runs then, with Carl Huth back in tow, roared back to dump the Lions 10-3.  Trailing 3-2 after four innings, Huth cracked a homer in the fifth to bring in the tying and winning runs and Monarchs added six more while blanking Hope the rest of the way. Grant Jordan, who relieved in the first inning, pitched shutout ball for six-plus frames.

Demidoff (L) and xxx
Britz, Jordan (W) (1) and xxx

(August 10)   Agassiz Loggers roughed up the Oddfellows 12-3 Sunday as Arnie Bennewith racked up another complete game victory. Jack Striker led the Loggers' offense driving in three runs with a triple and double. Oddfellows revealed that catcher Larry Fofonoff has been lost for the rest of the season. His job has taken him to Campbell River.

Bennewith (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(August 14)  Yarrow all but cinched second place Thursday dumping IOOF 7-3. The Ocean Sprays ran wild in the top of the first inning scoring five times on a single hit, three walks and five errors. Ernie Ratzlaff went the route for the win. Norm Fetterly, who walked eight, was charged with the loss.

E.Ratzlaff (W) and xxx
Fetterly (L) and xxx

(August 17)   In a five-inning contest, Yarrow topped Hope 6-2. Ocean Sprays took the lead in the first inning as Ken Sagert walked, stole second, took third on a fielder's choice and slid home on a passed ball. Hope tied it in the second as pitcher Billy McLean tripled and scored on a fielder's choice. Sprays took it from there with two in the bottom of the second and three more in the fourth. Hope, now trailing 6-1 had a golden opportunity in the fifth filling the bases with none out. Ernie Ratzlaff came on in relief of brother Pete who had pitched three-hit ball. A single scored one run before Ratzlaff got a strikeout, a fly ball and another strikeout to end the game.

B.McLean (L) and xxx
P.Ratzlaff (W), E.Ratzlaff (5) and xxx


(August 19)  In the opener of a best-of-three semi-final, Yarrow whipped the Monarchs 8-1, helped by eight Chilliwack errors. Pete Ratzlaff earned the win with a route-going performance.

Fast (L) and xxx
P.Ratzlaff (W) and xxx

(August 21)  With a 4-1 victory Thursday, Agassiz Loggers are in the driver's seat in their semi-final with the Chilliwack Oddfellows. Loggers' ace Arnie Bennewith went the distance for the playoff victory. Dennis Grigg worked the seven inning contest for Chilliwack.

Grigg (L) and xxx
Bennewith (W) and xxx

(August 21)    Ernie Ratzlaff fired a two-hitter Thursday to lead the Yarrow Ocean Sprays to a 5-2 victory over Chilliwack Monarchs and a berth in the league final against Agassiz.  Sprays took the lead in the first inning on two walks, a hit batter and a stolen base. They added another in the second on two more walks, two steals, two passed balls and a single by Barney Thiessen. In the third Si Coleman walked and Jake Wiebe chased him home with a double and Phil Ratzlaff followed with a run-scoring single to left. Monarchs got both their runs in the fifth as Harp Owen knocked in Lou Garay with a single and Les Matthews came in on a fielder's choice. Yarrow's final run came in the fifth on Dennis Klassen's line single over second.

E.Ratzlaff (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(August 24)  Playing in 90-degree heat on a dusty fairgrounds diamond, Agassiz crushed the Oddfellows 12-5 Sunday to win their semi-final set in two straight games. Sloppy play in the field hurt Chilliwack as the Loggers' first seven runs were all unearned. Len Watkins and Arnie Bennewith combined on the mound duties for the winners.

Watkins, Bennewith and xxx
Fetterly (L) and xxx

(August 26)  Right-hander Arnie Bennewith fired a two-hit shutout Tuesday as Agassiz Loggers blanked Yarrow 7-0 in the first game of a best-of-five final for the league championship. 

P.,Ratzlaff (L) and xxx
Bennewith (W) and xxx

(Aug-Sept)  Agassiz over Yarrow.

(September 4)  Agassiz Loggers are the champions of Senior "B" baseball in the Fraser Valley. Coach Wes Johnson's club nipped Yarrow in three straight games to claim the championship and the Trevor Preece Trophy. In Thursday's final, ace right-hander Arnie Bennewith threw a two-hitter as the Loggers won 6-2. Yarrow got on the scoreboard in the second inning as Ernie Harder walked and scooted home on a single by Vic Kornelson. Trailing 1-0 the powerful Loggers broke loose in the fifth for six runs. Sprays had a chance in the sixth with the bases loaded but they managed just one run on three Agassiz errors and a walk. A large crowd was on hand to see league president Les Bennewith present the trophy to the champions. Loggers had just four hits, all singles.

P.Ratzlaff (L), E.Ratzlaff, Si Coleman and xxx
Bennewith (W) and xxx