1978 Game Reports, Vancouver Island     

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


After several years of stability with the same four clubs battling it out for supremacy, albeit in some seasons with some interlocking competition, the Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League took on a new look in 1978 with the subtraction of the Kubicek’s franchise and the addition of two new entries sponsored by Capital Radiators and Dairy Queen.

It is interesting to note that, after an absence of 24 years, professional baseball in the form of the Victoria Mussels of the short-season class A Northwest Baseball League returned to the Capital City in 1978 and that local product , Roy Moretti, who began the campaign playing for Greave’s Movers in the Senior Amateur circuit was signed to pitch for the Mussels, last-place finishers in their Division, and that Moretti held his own, finishing with a respectable 6 – 5 pitching record for a sub-.500 team.

Capital Radiators
Dairy Queen
Farmer Construction
Gorge Hotel
Greave’s Moving & Storage

(May 14)  The 1978 season got underway with three games at Lambrick Park. George Pakos  launched a three-run dinger in the seventh stanza to lift Farmer Construction to a 3 to 1 come-from-behind victory over Capital Radiators in the opening match. Brad Palmgren’s solo tater in the sixth had staked Capital to a temporary 1 to 0 lead.

Krimmer (W) and Cooper
Lister, Owens (L) (6) and Barnett

Despite being held to just two hits by losing twirler Roy Moretti, Gorge Hotel doubled Greave’s Movers 6 to 3 in the sandwich event.

Cook (W) and Russ Holmes
Moretti (L) and Halme

Gorge took the field again for a second encounter, against Dairy Queen, in the final tilt of the day but were edged 3 to 2 by the D-Q’s.

Babcock (L) and Moretti
Potter (W) and Armstrong

(May 15)   Catcher Ross Cooper hit a grand-slam home run to boost Farmer Construction to their second win, a 9 to 2 pasting of defending champion Gorge Hotel. Teammate Al Moir also registered a round-tripper as the Contractors blasted 11 hits while winning pitcher Terry Painter held Gorge to just two safeties.

Painter (W) and Cooper
Shenton (L) and Russ Holmes

(May 16)  Greave’s Movers made good use of four unearned runs in the fourth inning to top Capital Radiators 6 to 2 in a Senior Amateur League tussle at Lambrick Park. Capital committed five errors between Roy Moretti’s leadoff single and one-baggers by Joe Cardle and Ron Arcuri which brought in the fourth run. Moretti also picked up the pitching victory after coming on in relief in the fourth.

Babcock, Halme, Moretti (W) (4) and Moretti, Halme (4)
Aune (L) and Barnett

(May 17)  Farmer Construction ran off their third successive victory of the young season by taking a 5 to 2 decision from Dairy Queen at Lambrick Park. Wayne Krimmer rang up a dozen punchouts while relinquishing five hits in going the distance for the twirling triumph. D-Q helped the Contactors out by committing five errors which resulted in an equal number of unearned tallies.

Stenseth (L) and Armstrong
Krimmer (W) and Cooper

(May 18)  Capital Radiators are still winless in the Senior Amateur Baseball League but it took Gorge Hotel, outhit by a 10 to 6 margin, until the last-half of the final canto to administer the latest setback. The Hotelmen scored three times in the seventh spasm to overcome a 3 to 1 deficit and take a 4 to 3 decision. After loading the bases, Gorge scored two runs on sacrifice flies. Mike Laffin then cracked a two-bagger to knock home the winning run

Owens (L) and Barnett
Cook (W) and Russ Holmes

(May 21)  Capital Radiators won their first two games of the season by beating Dairy Queen 10 to 7 and 3 to 0 in a doubleheader.

Hendry, Owens (L) (5) and Barnett
Ruddy, Potter (L) (1), Stenseth (6) and Armstrong

Mabee (L) and Armstrong
Aune (W) and Barnett

(May 22)  Farmer Construction expanded their unbeaten streak to five games by winning both ends of a two-game set at Lambrick Park. The league-leaders blanked Greave’s Movers 2 to 0 in a ten-inning opener and shut them out again 7 to 0 in the second game.

Painter (W) and Cooper
Moretti (L) and Pickering

Ron Holmes connected for a home run in the last-half of the twin-bill for the Construction Crew.

Halme (L) and Moretti
Krimmer (W) and Cooper

In another Victoria Day skirmish, Capital Radiators took over second-spot in the standings by tripping Gorge Hotel 9 to 4.

Shenton (L) and Russ Holmes
Barnett (W) and Dale Marshall

Standings                        W      L       Pct.     GBL
Farmer Construction              5      0      1.000    ----
Capital Radiators                3      3       .500    2.5
Gorge Hotel                      2      2       .500    2.5
Dairy Queen                      1      3       .250    3.5
Greave’s Moving & Storage        1      4       .200    4.0

(May 23)  Dan Van Gylswyk collected four hits and scored three runs to help Gorge Hotel overwhelm Dairy Queen 17 to 4 in Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League play. Veteran slab artist Rick Cook scattered six hits in improving his record to 3 – 0.

Cook (W) and Russ Holmes
Ruddy (L), Fritz (1) and Armstrong 

(May 24)  Farmer Construction had to play an extra-inning at Lambrick Park before extending an unbeaten streak to six games in the Senior Amateur loop. Ian Hood smacked a two-run double in the eighth inning to give the Contractors a 4 to 2 victory over Dairy Queen as Terry Painter pitched a four-hitter in improving his record to 3 – 0. The winning rally was initiated on successive singles by Ron Holmes and Al Moir who both moved up one base on a passed ball before Hood delivered his decisive blow. Mark Wallace had two hits for the winners.

Painter (W) and Cooper
Potter (L) and Armstrong

(May 25)  Some clever dodging by Gary Brooke paved the way for Gorge Hotel to squeeze past Greave’s Movers 4 to 3 in Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League action at Lambrick Park. With the score tied 3 – 3, Brooke led off the bottom-of-the-seventh inning with a single and stole second base. Caught in a rundown trying to reach home on Mike Laffin’s single, he managed to evade his pursuers and score the the deciding run.

Moretti, Babcock (L) (5) and Pickering
Shenton (W) and Russ Holmes

(May 28)  Rick Cook was the key figure for Gorge Hotel in their doubleheader sweep of Capital Radiators at Lambrick Park.  Cook pitched his fourth consecutive victory in the opener, allowing only five hits as the Hotelmen prevailed 6 to 2. Gorge broke a 2 – 2 tie in the seventh inning, scoring four times on four hits.

Cook (W) and Russ Holmes
Aune (L) and Barnett

Cook unloaded a pinch-hit home run in the sixth inning of the nightcap to give Gorge a 4 to 3 victory. Mike Squire, who relieved starter Rick Shenton in the second stanza, got the pitching win.

Owens (L) and Barnett
Shenton, Squire (W) (2) and Russ Holmes

(May 29)  Farmer Construction mounted an unstoppable barrage, collecting 11 hits off six pitchers at Lambrick Park in defeating Greave’s Movers 12 to 3. League-leading farmer now boast a 7 – 0 record. Wayne Krimmer struck out 14 batters, walked but two and yielded five hits in cruising to his fourth hurling triumph. Bob Moysey contributed three hits and three RBI’s for the winners.

(May 30)  Capital Radiators combined four base hits with three opposition errors to produce a seven-run fifth inning en route to an 8 to 7 decision over Dairy Queen at Lambrick Park. The D-Q’s had built up a 5 to 0 lead before the collapse. Randy Price sparked the offensive punch for the Engine Coolers, banging out a triple and two singles to go along with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning that drove in what proved to be the winning counter.

Hendry, Barnett (W) (3) and Marshall
Potter, Mabee (L) (5) and Crawford

(May 31)  Gorge Hotel and Greave’s Movers battled to a 2 – 2 deadlock through nine innings at Lambrick Park before darkness halted play. The game is scheduled for completion on June 13.

(June 1)  Farmer Construction marched to their eighth consecutive victory by shellacking Gorge Hotel behind the five-hit shutout pitching of Terry Painter. Painter rang up 11 punchouts while walking a pair in the Lambrick Park complete-game performance. At the plate, Painter helped boost his record to 4 – 0  by lacing two singles to drive in a brace of tallies.

Cook (L), Squire (4) and Russ Holmes
Painter (W) and Cooper

(June 4)  A consistent batting display and solid relief performance by Roy Moretti sparked Greave’s Moving & Storage to a sweep of a Senior Amateur League doubleheader from Dairy Queen at Lambrick Park. Greave’s crashed 17 base blows to defeat the Ice Creamers 16 to 6 in the first game and copped a 7 to 3 verdict in the finale.
Stan Alstad, with four hits, and Ron Arcuri, with three, sparked the Movers’ offense in the opener. Both also scored twice and drove in two runs.

Halme (W) and Cardle
Ruddy (L), Potter (5), Fritz (6) and Crawford

With his team leading 4 to 3 in the nightcap, Moretti ascended the bump to extinguish a fifth-inning fire and seal the second-game win. Dan Beveridge batted two-for-three for the Movingmen in this contest.

Stenseth (L) and White
Loos, Moretti (W) (5) and Cardle

(June 5)  Manager Randy Price played the starring role as Capital Radiators ended the winning streak of Farmer Construction at Lambrick Park. Price unloaded a two-run homer in the sixth inning to power Capital to a 2 to 1 conquest that ended the Contractors’ unbeaten start to the season at eight games. Catcher-turned-pitcher Ross Barnett continued his successful transformation for the Engine Coolers, copping his third win in as many mound decisions. 

Barnett (W), Aune (7) and Marshall
Krimmer (L). Painter (7) and Cooper

(June 6)  Defending champion Gorge Hotel won a batting duel at Lambrick Park, hanging a 6 to 4 defeat upon cellar-dwelling Dairy Queen in a game that produced 22 base raps, 12 by the victors. Gary Brooke clipped the horsehide for three safeties and teammate Brian Meadmore added two more in leading the Hotelmen from the batter’s box. Playing-manager Bob Mabee set the pace for D-Q by slamming three hits that produced three RBI’s.

Mabee (L), Potter (4) and Armstrong
Shenton (W) and Russ Holmes

Standings                    W      L       Pct.     GBL
Farmer Construction          8      1       .889    ----
Gorge Hotel                  7      3       .700    1.5
Capital Radiators            5      5       .500    3.5
Greave’s Moving & Storage    3      6       .333    5.0
Dairy Queen                  1      9       .100    7.5

(June 8)  Terry Painter fashioned a one-hitter at Lambrick Park to become the first five-game winner in the Victoria Senior Amateur baseball League while guiding front-running Farmer Construction to a 2 to 1 decision over Greave’s Movers. The win moved Farmer two games ahead of runner-up Gorge Hotel. Painter whiffed six and didn’t walk a batter in his fine complete-game effort. Bob Moysey provided all the punch needed by the Construction Crew with a two-out, two-run single in the fifth inning.

Painter (W) and Cooper
Moretti, Babcock (L) (4) and Babcock, Johnson (4)

(June 11)  Gorge Hotel stunned Farmer Construction by sweeping both ends of a doubleheader, 2 to 1 and 12 to 5, from the Contractors at Lambrick Park. The twin triumphs allowed the Hotelmen to climb into a tie with farmer for first place in the Senior Amateur circuit, each with a 9 – 3 record. Rick Cook earned his fifth hurling verdict in six starts for the Hoteliers in the lid-lifter allowing just three hits. The lone run tallied against him was unearned. Gary Brooke drove in Brian Meadmore with the winning run in the fourth frame. Meadmore topped the Gorge swatters with two safeties.

Painter (L) and Cooper
Cook (W) and Russ Holmes

In the second encounter, the Hotelmen blasted out 12 hits and received help from five Farmer errors. Dan Van Gylswyk set the offensive pace for the winners by batting three-for-five, stealing a base, driving in four runs and scoring once. Teammate Russ Holmes was also three-for-five with two RBI’s while winning pitcher Mike Squire went three-for-four including a triple.

Squire (W) and Russ Holmes
Krimmer (L), Ron Holmes (1), Krimmer (2), Ron Holmes (5) and Cooper

(June 12)  Rookie pitcher Rob Stenseth registered his first victory of the season at Lambrick Park, firing a complete-game two-hit shutout as cellar-dwelling Dairy Queen won for just the second time in the campaign, blanking Capital Radiator 2 to 0. Stenseth, who struck out eight and walked only one, received ample offensive help from playing-manager Bob Mabee who had three hits and drove in a run. Rob Stephens scored the only run that Stenseth actually needed when he walked in the opening inning, took second on a one-bagger by Mabee, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on George Fritz’s sacrifice fly.

Owens (L) and Barnett
Stenseth (W) and Armstrong 

(June 14)  Four home runs, including one by winning pitcher Terry Painter, were more-than-enough to propel Farmer Construction to a 17 to 4 romp over Capital Radiators at Lambrick Park. Other four-baggers were drilled by George Pakos and Ross Cooper, who drove in five runs each, as well as Ron Holmes.

Painter (W) and Cooper
Barnet (L), Aune (6) and Marshall

(June 15)  A timely single by George Pakos lifted Farmer Construction to a 5 to 2 decision over bottom-feeding Dairy Queen in a Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League tilt at Lambrick Park. Pakos drove in two runs with a sixth-inning one-bagger to break a 2 – 2 deadlock and help boost pace-setting Farmer to an 11 – 3 record. Mark Lawless capped the three-run inning by scoring on a wild pitch. Wayne Krimmer picked up the knoll triumph by firing a five-hitter with seven punchouts for his fifth win in seven starts.

Potter (L), Stenseth (6) and Armstrong
Krimmer (W) and Ron Holmes

(June 18)  Randy Johnson came back to haunt Capital Radiators in a twin-bill at Lambrick Park. Traded to Greave’s Movers a week ago for a 1979 draft choice, Johnson batted in two runs in each game to lead the Movers to 4 to 3 and 7 to 4 decisions over his former clubmates. The two wins moved Greave’s into a tie with the Engine Coolers for third place.

The Movingmen scores twice in the seventh inning to salvage the opening-game triumph. Johnson singled in winning pitcher Lorne Halme with the tying marker and Bob Jarvis plated the ultimate winner on an error. Halme fanned four, walked three and held the Caps to just one hit  in boosting his pitching record to 3 – 2. Johnson, Ron Arcuri and Dave Piercy each stroked two hits for the winners.

Halme (W) and Johnson
Aune (L), Barnett (7) and Marshall

Johnson had both of his RBI’s on a single during a five-run fifth-inning in support of right-hander Rick Babcock who finally earned a win after three tough losses.

Barnett (L) and Marshall
Babcock (W) and Johnson

(June 20)  Dave Wallace slashed three singles to drive in three runs, including the winner, while leading Capital Radiators to an 8 to 5, upset decision over first-place Farmer Construction at Lambrick Park. Teammate Dale Aune helped out at the plate with a double, single, two walks, two runs and an RBI as Jeff Owens won his second of the season with a seven-hitter.

Owens (W) and Marshall
Painter (L) and Ron Holmes

(June 21)  Randy Johnson made the necessary moves on all fronts at Lambrick Park while aiding Greave’s Movers to a 6 to 5 win over Dairy Queen in Victoria Senior Amateur League play. The versatile catcher made several key fielding plays, threw two would-be base thieves out, drove in two runs on two hits, stole a sack himself and scored what turned out to be the winning tally in the seventh panel. Dairy Queen had pulled off a triple play to snuff out a Greave’s rally in the sixth spasm and then forged ahead 5 to 4 in the top-of-the-seventh before the Movers plated a deuce to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Rob Stephens launched a home run for the D-Q’s.

Stenseth, Mabee (1), Stenseth (2), Mabee (6), Stenseth (L) (7) and Armstrong
Halme, Babcock (W) (5) and Johnson 

(June 22)  Defending champion Gorge Hotel took over top spot in the Senior Amateur loop, a half-game in front of Farmer Construction, by downing Capital Radiators 6 to 1 at Lambrick Park. Flychaser Gary Brooke set the pace with the baton for Gorge, hammering three hits including a home run while rookie chucker Rick Shenton pitched a three-hitter for the victory. Brooke, who patrols the middle pasture for the Hoteliers, swiped a brace of bases, including home, and crossed the plate four times during the contest. Teammate Dan Van Gylswyk added a pair of hits to the Gorge offense.

(June 25)  Wayne Krimmer and George Pakos grabbed the spotlight at Lambrick Park as they led Farmer Construction to a pair of Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League victories over Dairy Queen. Krimmer was the starting and winning pitcher in both games, going six innings each time to record his sixth and seventh mound victories as Farmer prevailed 14 to 5 and 3 to 1.

Pakos was the glory man of the opener, swatting two home runs, the second one a grand-slam clout, during a nine-run, fifth-inning offensive explosion. With the brace of round-trippers, Pakos wound up with six RBI’s. Clubmate Al Moir also shone at the dish, picking up a home run and triple among his three hits while driving in four runs. With a healthy lead, Krimmer was relieved by Ron Holmes in the sixth stanza after being touched for six hits.

Krimmer (W), Ron Holmes (6) and Cooper
Ruddy (L), Potter (4), Mabee (5) and White

Considerably tougher from the bump in the second encounter, Krimmer yielded just three hits and breezed seven before handing the ball over to Terry Painter in the sixth.

Fritz (L) and Armstrong
Krimmer (W), Painter (7) and Cooper

(June 26)  Paul McLeod smashed a two-run double in the sixth inning to spark Capital Radiators to a 4 to 3 decision over Greave’s Movers at Lambrick Park. The Movers had an edge in play during the game, outswatting the Radiators by a 10 to 5 margin, but Capital took full advantage of all scoring opportunities. In the opening inning, Dale Marshall hit a two-out single to plate the first two counters for the winners. Run-scoring triples by Ron Arcuri and Rob Jarvis and an RBI single by Rick Babcock accounted for the Greave’s scoring.

Halme (L) and Johnson
Aune (W) and Barnett

(June 27)  Dairy Queen developed a defensive leak at Lambrick Park and Capital Radiators steamed past the Ice Creamers to grab a 10 to 7 Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League victory. Fielding a flock of rookies, the DQ’s appeared poised to nail down their third win of the campaign, holding a 6 to 3 lead, when the roof fell in on them in the seventh and final canto when Capital erupted for a seven-spot, plating their winning tallies on a two-run error.

Stenseth (L), Potter (6) and Armstrong
Lister, Owens (W) (6) and Barnett

(June 28)  Rick Cook fired a five-hitter to lead Gorge Hotel to a 5 to 0 victory over Farmer Construction, a win which moved the Hotelmen a half-game in front of their adversaries. Mike Laffin drove in what proved to be the winning run with a sacrifice fly during a three-run first inning. Mark Lum singled home the other two counters.

Painter (L) and Cooper
Cook (W) and Russ Holmes

(June 29)  Three bases-on-balls, an error and three hits, including a double by Bob Mabee, helped Dairy Queen to a five-run second inning and an 8 to 5 conquest of Greave’s Movers at Lambrick Park. It was only the third victory of the season for the youthful D-Q’s who trail fourth-place Greave’s by five games.

Standings                     W      L       Pct.     GBL
Gorge Hotel                  13      4      .765      ----
Farmer Construction          13      5      .722      0.5
Capital Radiators             9     10      .474      5.0
Greave’s Moving & Storage     7     11      .389      6.5
Dairy Queen                   3     15      .167     11.5

(July 2)  Gorge Hotel upped their margin atop the Senior Amateur League to 1-1/2 games by annexing both ends of a doubleheader, 6 to 1 and 5 to 3, against Greave’s Movers at Lambrick Park. Rick Cook captured his seventh victory in eight pitching decisions in the opener, striking out seven batters, issuing no walks and allowing only one earned run while scattering seven hits. Gary Brooke had a pair of safeties for the Hotelmen.

Cook (W) and Russ Holmes
Halme (L) and Johnson 

In the late affair, Brian Meadmore went three-for-three, including a double, from the batter’s box and scored twice to lead Gorge in a come-from-behind effort.

Beveridge (L) and Cardle
Shenton (W) and van Gylswyk, Russ Holmes (5)

(July 3)  Capital Radiators surprised Farmer Construction, dumping the Contractors 11 to 3 at Lambrick Park. Ross Barnett scattered seven hits in copping the mound victory and helped his own cause by driving in three runs.  The victory squared the record of the third-place Radiators for the season to 10 – 10.

Krimmer (L), Ron Holmes (5) and Cooper
Barnett (L) and Price

(July 4)  By doubling Dairy Queen 6 to 3 at Lambrick Park, Gorge Hotel padded their lead atop the Senior Amateur circuit. A three-spot by Gorge in the third inning on four straight singles was the turning point in the game. Brian Meadmore led the Hotelmen offensively with three RBI’s. Unbeaten Mike Squire fanned nine batters and spaced eight hits as he picked up his fourth pitching victory.

Stenseth (L), Mabee (3) and Armstrong
Squire (W) and Russ Holmes

(July 5)  Farmer Construction utilized two errors in the last inning to edge Greave’s Movers 2 to 1 in a Senior Amateur League game at Lambrick Park. The Movers held a 1 to 0 lead with one out in the bottom-of-the-frame when Ian Hood of the Construction Crew gained a second chance after his pop foul was dropped. He went on to hit a single, advanced to second base when Ken Ball drew a base-on-balls and scored on a single by Bev Cooper. Ball plated the winning run on an outfield error on the same play. Terry Painter struck out 11 batters and issued only one free pass in boosting his pitching record to 7 – 2.

(July 9)  Front-running Gorge Hotel posted a pair of come-from-behind victories, by scores of 10 to 9 and 4 to 2, over tail-end Dairy Queen at Lambrick Park. The D-Q’s had a huge 9 to 2 lead after five innings of the opener but managed to blow it when they allowed Gorge to get back in the game with a five-spot in the sixth and then a trey in the final canto. Four consecutive bases-on-balls followed by Gary Brooke’s grand-slam homer did the damage in the sixth. A leadoff single to Mike Squire followed by another pair of walks set the table for Gary Law in the seventh and he promptly doubled to clear the sacks for three counters and the win. The Hoteliers’ Mike Laffin and Gary Brooke had both unloaded for solo homers prior to the late-inning rallies.

Squire, Cook (W) (3) and Russ Holmes
Ruddy, Fritz (6), Mabee (L) (7) and Armstrong

In the follow-up tilt, Gorge trailed 2 to 0 before knotting the count with a deuce in the fifth frame and then adding another pair of tallies in the sixth stanza when Squire doubled home Russ Holmes, who had singled, and Brian Meadmore, who had reached base on an error, romped home on an infield out. D-Q’s Rob Stenseth had second-inning tater while Gorge’s Squire connected for a home run prior to his two-bagger that drove in the ultimate winner.
Potter (L) and White
Shenton (W) and Russ Holmes

(July 10)  Catcher Ross Barnett drilled an eighth-inning single to plate the winning tally as Capital Radiators staged a 9 to 8 come-from-behind win over Greave’s Moving & Storage. The win moved third-place Capital four games ahead of Greave’s, who held a 7 to 3 lead in the fourth inning. Entering the bottom-of-the-eighth, the Movers’ were in front 8 to 7. Kevin Gill walked to open the frame and scored the tying run on a triple by Duane Pack. Greave’s intentionally walked the nest two batters to set up a force out at any base but Barnett nixed that strategy with his game-deciding rap, his third safe swat of the contest. Dale Marshall ripped a round-tripper earlier in the fracas for the Radiators.

Babcock (L) and Johnson
Aune (W) and Barnett

(July 11)  Farmer Construction, powered by an 11-hit attack and aided by five opposition errors, bounced Dairy Queen 8 to 1 at Lambrick Park. Pitcher Wayne Krimmer, who earned his eighth win in eleven decisions, struck out six batters, issued two walks and gave up five hits. Ron Holmes was best with the baton for the winners with a home run and three RBI’s. Clubmate Al Moir stroked three safeties in four trips to the plate.

Krimmer (W) and Cooper
Stenseth (L), Rogers (7) and White, Armstrong (4) 

(July 16)  Capital Radiators and Farmer Construction split their Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League doubleheader at Lambrick Park while Dairy Queen won both ends of a twin-bill at Henderson Park.
Capital won the opener 3 to 2 when Paul McLeod singled in Ross Barnett with the winning run in the bottom-of-the-seventh inning.

Krimmer (L) and Cooper
Lister (W) and Barnett

Farmer retaliated in the second game, slamming 13 hits en route to a 12 to 1 rout. Ron Holmes tossed the complete-game victory and helped his own cause by drilling two home runs.

Aune (L), Owens (5) and Barnett
Ron Holmes (W) and Cooper

Pitcher Dean Potter earned the 5 to 3 D-Q opening-game win after coming on in relief during the fourth inning, holding Greave’s Movers hitless the rest of the way.
Halme (L) and Johnson
Ruddy, Mabee (2), Ruddy (2), Potter (W) (4) and Armstrong

George Fritz hurled the Ice Creamers to a 1 to 0 victory in the late event with a five hitter. He swished six and walked a pair in doing the distance.

Fritz (W) and Crawford
Beveridge (L) and Cardle

(July 17)  Mike Squire backed up his nine-hit pitching performance with two doubles and a single, producing four RBI’s, as front-running Gorge Hotel buried Greave’s Movers 14 to 5 in Senior Amateur League action. Helped by four opposition errors, Gorge moved 4-1/2 games ahead of second-place Farmer Construction with the win. Brian Meadmore had four RBI’s on two hits for the winners while Tim Hamilton ripped three singles for the Movers, driving in three counters.

Squire (W) and Van Gylswyk
Halme, Babcock (L) (2), Beveridge (7) and Johnson

Standings                     W      L      Pct.     GBL
Gorge Hotel                  21      4     .840      ----
Farmer Construction          16      8     .667      4.5
Capital Radiators            13     12     .520      8.0
Greave’s Moving & Storage     7     19     .269     14.5
Dairy Queen                   5     19     .208     15.5

(July 18)  Duane Pack‘s sharp batting eye helped Capital Radiators to an 11 to 8 decision over Dairy Queen in Senior Amateur League play at Lambrick Park. Pack cracked three singles and a double in four at-bats and scored twice for the Rads. Designated hitter Gerry Lister added three hits and a pair of RBI’s. Rob Stenseth went three-for-four for D-Q, scoring twice and driving in a run.

Owens (W) and Barnett
Potter (L), Rogers (2), Mabee (2) and Crawford

(July 19)  Although outswatting their foes by a significant 11 to 6 margin, Farmer Construction also booted the ball six times, allowing Gorge Hotel to shade them 5 to 4 in Senior Amateur League play at Lambrick Park. One error, in particular, cost the Construction Crew big time. With the teams deadlocked at 4 – 4 in the fifth frame and Brian Meadmore of Gorge on second base, winning pitcher Rick Shenton singled into right-field where rifle-armed flychaser Ian Hood made a dead-on throw to the plate which catcher Ross Cooper failed to grasp, allowing Meadmore to cross the pan with what turned out to be the deciding counter. Dan Van Gylswyk tagged a bases-empty dinger for the Hotelmen in the opening panel.

Ron Holmes (L) and Cooper
Shenton (W) and Van Gylswyk

(July 20)  Gorge Hotel, sparked by home runs from Gary Brooke and Mike Squire, clinched at least a tie for first place in the Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League by trouncing Dairy Queen 16 to 6 at Lambrick Park. Brooke, who led off the first inning with his four-bagger, also connected for a double and two singles. Squire added a single to his tater and scored three runs. Rick Cook picked up his 10th victory in 11 pitching verdicts. Playing-manager Bob Mabee drove in a brace of tallies for last-place D-Q which committed nine errors.

Cook (W) and Van Gylswyk
Stenseth (L), Fritz (4), Potter (5) and xxx

(July 23)  Farmer Construction took a firmer grip on second spot in the Victoria Senior Amateur Baseball League by embarrassing the pitching-challenged Greave’s Movers twice at Lambrick Park. The Contractors took the opener 15 to 0 and were ahead 14 to 5 when the second game was suspended under league rules after five innings.
Wayne Krimmer pitched a one-hitter in the first scuffle, punching out 13 batters and issuing only three walks. At the plate, Krimmer stung the horsehide  for a single and double, scoring twice. Outfielder Bob Moysey also did well offensively, nailing a triple and single, driving in three runs and crossing the platter for four tallies. Ron Holmes and Mark Lawless added their bit, each connecting for a home run.

Krimmer (W) and Cooper
Halme (L), Arcuri (5), Cardle (5) and Johnson       

The Construction Crew took advantage of ten walks, eight hits and four errors in the four frames they batted against an array of non-pitchers in the concluding event. Al Moir nicked the apple for a brace of safeties while Holmes pitched a six-hitter in the abbreviated affair. George Pakos delivered a circuit-clout for the winners.

Skula (L), Hamilton (2), Halme (3), Jarvis (4) and Cardle
Ron Holmes (W) and Ball                                                  

(July 24)  Ross Barnett struck out seven batters and walked only two while pitching a four-hitter to pace Capital Radiators to a 9 to 3 shellacking of Dairy Queen at Lambrick Park. D-Q caused some of their own downfall by committing seven errors. Designated-hitter Paul McLeod led the Capital batting attack with two hits, a pair of runs and an RBI while Dale Aune also had two safeties to drive in a brace.

(July 25)  Gorge Hotel rallied for a 9 to 6 victory over Greave’s Movers in a Senior Amateur League match. The Movers, already eliminated from the playoffs, led the pennant-winners 6 to 3 before the Hoteliers came to life and put up three-spots on the scoreboard in both the fifth and sixth chapters. Mike Squire, who had three hits, scored the equalizer by singling, swiping second and galloping home on a two-run single by Rick Cook. Randy Johnson went three-for-three from the batter’s box for Greave’s.

(July 27)  Rick Cook came on in relief in the third inning and retired 14 consecutive batter to pick up his 11th win in 12 appearances and lead Gorge Hotel to a 4 to 3 conquest of Dairy Queen at Lambrick Park.

Mabee (L) and Crawford
Meadmore, Cook (W) (3) and Russ Holmes

(July 30)  Mike Squire came up with two outstanding games at the plate to lead pennant-winning Gorge Hotel to a 7 to 6 and 10 to 3 sweep over Capital Radiators at Lambrick Park. Squire smashed out a leadoff home run in the fifth frame of the opener to plate the eventual winner as winning flinger Rick Cook gave up eight hits, two of them coming off the bat of losing chucker Ross Barnett. Gorge outfielder Gary Law had three of the base knocks surrendered by Barnett who rang up ten punchouts.

Cook (W) and Russ Holmes
Barnett (L) and Marshall           

A four-hit batting performance by Squire helped make things easy for winning tosser Rick Shenton who limited the Engine Coolers to three hits in the nightcap. Dan Van Gylswyk drove in a pair of counters for the Hoteliers with a brace of safeties.

Owens (L) and Barnett
Shenton (W) and Brooke

Standings                     W      L      Pct.     GBL
Gorge Hotel                  27      4     .871      ----
Farmer Construction          18      9     .667      7.0
Capital Radiators            15     14     .517     11.0
Greave’s Moving & Storage     7     22     .241     19.0
Dairy Queen                   5     23     .179     20.5

(August 1)  Ron Holmes got things started in the first inning with a three-run homer and Farmer Construction went on to chalk up a 12 to 2 victory over a fumble-fingered band of Greave’s Movers at Lambrick Park. Wayne Krimmer picked up his tenth pitching win in 14 decisions by throwing a five-hitter.

Krimmer (W) and Cooper
Beveridge (L), Skula (2), Babcock (6) and Cardle

(August 2)  Terry Painter came up with a powerful two-way effort to lead Farmer Construction to a 4 to 0 blanking of Capital Radiators at Lambrick Park. Painter slugged a bases-empty four-bagger for the Contractors in the second stanza and pitched a masterful two-hitter from the knoll.

Aune (L) and Marshall
Painter (W) and Cooper, Ron Holmes (6)

(August 5-7)  B. C. Senior B baseball championship tournament

SEMI-FINALS  Capital Radiators vs Farmer Construction  (best-of-three series)

(August 13)  Farmer Construction will battle pennant-winning Gorge Hotel in the best-of-five Senior Amateur League finals after disposing of Capital Radiators in straight games at Lambrick Park on Sunday in the best-of-three semi-finals. Farmer captured an 11 to 10 triumph in the conclusion of a darkness-delayed game from Thursday and then 10 to 8 in a nine-inning tussle to wrap up the series.

Wayne Krimmer picked up the pitching victory in the delayed game which started from the top-of-the fifth inning, plating what turned out to be the deciding marker in the sixth after doubling, moving to the hot corner sack on a sacrifice bunt and reaching home on Mike Baier’s single.

Barnett, Owens (2), Aune (L) (4) and Marshall
Krimmer, Pakos (4), Krimmer (W) (5) and Painter

In the second game, Farmer came back to tie the score 7 – 7 with three runs in the seventh inning that were keyed around a home run by George Pakos and a throwing error by Capital shortstop Kevin Gill. They went on to win with a three-run ninth that started when catcher Terry Painter doubled home Pakos, who had singled. Bob Moysey followed with another two-bagger to plate Painter and Mark Lawless later hit a sacrifice fly which allowed Moysey to trot home from third. Pakos set the batting pace with a three-for-three game.

Krimmer, Ron Holmes (W) (4) and Painter
Owens (L), Aune (9) and Barnett                                                 

FINALS  Farmer Construction vs Gorge Hotel  (best-of-five series)

(August 15)  Gorge Hotel, runaway winners during the regular season, continued their domination at Lambrick Park by beating Farmer Construction 11 to 4 in the opening game of the best-of-five Victoria Senior Amateur League finals. Rick Shenton bashed out a triple and singe and scored three times for Gorge. Also delivering two safeties each for the winning nine were Russ Holmes, Gary Brooke and Dan Van Gylswyk. Mike Baier stroked two singles and a double for Farmer while George Pakos contributed a home run.

(August 16)  Farmer Construction won what turned out to be strictly a home run battle, edging Gorge Hotel 2 to 1 to square the Senior Amateur finals at a game apiece. Mike Squire of Gorge hit the first of three bases-empty home runs in the top-of-the-fourth inning but Ron Holmes evened the score with a round-tripper for Farmer in the bottom-of-the frame. Then, George Pakos ripped his third homer of the playoffs in the seventh spasm to seal the Farmer victory.

Shenton (L) and Russ Holmes
Painter (W) and Ron Holmes

(August 17)  Rhubarbs brought on by playoff tension were in vocal prominence at Lambrick Park as Gorge Hotel nosed out Farmer Construction 8 to 7 to grab a 2 – 1 lead in the final series. The loudest protests came in the second inning when Gorge, having already scored one run, counted another tally during, and four more after, a hotly disputed call erased a double-play attempt by Farmer. The Contractors came back with six runs in the fifth inning but couldn’t catch up despite a three-run homer by Terry Painter. Russ Holmes, who took the league batting title, set the pace for Gorge with four hits. Mike Baier, with three safeties led the Construction Crew with the hickory. 

Krimmer (L) and Painter
Squire, Cook (W) (2), Squire (5) and Russ Holmes

(August 20)  Terry Painter turned in an incredible performance on the mound at Lambrick Park to guide Farmer Construction to victory over pennant-winning Gorge Hotel in the final two games of the best-of-five Senior Amateur Baseball League playoff finals. Painter pitched both victories, an 11-inning 1 to 0 thriller in the opener that knotted the series at two games each and a 3 to 1 decision in the deciding game. Throughout the 18 innings that he tossed, he didn’t allow a single earned run.

In the first game, he rang up a dozen punchouts while scattering seven hits. In addition, he had three base knocks, including a double. The Contractors broke a scoreless deadlock in the bottom-of-the eleventh after Painter led off with a single but was forced out at second on Ken Ball’s sacrifice bunt as Ball reached first on the play. A passed ball allowed him to get into scoring position from where he reached home on a long drive to right-field by Wayne Krimmer.

Cook (L) and Russ Holmes
Painter (W) and Ron Holmes

In the second contest, Painter struck out six and walked only three while yielding six hits. Three counters in the sixth stanza gave farmer the win and the 1978 playoff title. With one out, Ron Holmes drew a walk, George Pakos reached first on an error and Painter was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ball then singled in both Holmes and Pakos while Painter reached the platter on a sacrifice fly by Krimmer.

Painter (W) and Ron Holmes
Cook, Shenton (L) (3) and Russ Holmes

(August 25-27)  Western Canada Senior B/intermediate A baseball championship tournament


Campbell River Athletics
Lake Cowichan Lakers
Nanaimo Harewood Sports Royals
Nanaimo Villas
Port Alberni Souther 68’ers

(May 7)  Reliever Art Fransen and starting pitcher Bruce Willgress combined to limit the visiting Lake Cowichan Lakers to three hits as the Nanaimo Harewood Sports Royals started off the 1978 Mid-Island Baseball League season with a 3 to 1 triumph in the first game of a double-bill. All three Cowichan safeties were yielded by Willgress who handed the horsehide over to Fransen in the sixth stanza with a pair of Laker runners aboard. Fransen struck out three in a row to preserve the win. Ted Boe, Jim Luck and Willgress drove in the runs for the Royals.
The Royals came up with some good defensive work and sharp pitching from right-hander Dan Rogers to annex the second tilt 5 to 0 and complete the sweep. The Nanaimo nine hammered Lake Cowichan pitching for 12 hits with Gord Dumont leading the way, going four-for-four.

(May 7)  Port Alberni Souther 68’ers split an opening-day doubleheader with the invading Nanaimo Villas, taking the opener 3 to 0 before dropping the second game 2 to 1. The steady three-hit pitching of Paul LeBlanc was the difference in the first game. A two-run double by Norm Brouillette in the second spasm gave the 68’ers the lead and a cushion for LeBlanc to work off. Tim Cox of the winners was the lone swatter in the game to record two safeties.

The Villas’ Wayne Fransen allowed just five hits while punching out ten in the late tussle, besting Jim Seredick of the Southers who tossed a seven-hitter. Two of the hits Seredick surrendered were towering home runs by Brad Horman in the fourth and sixth innings.

(May 20-21)  The Port Alberni Souther 68’ers managed to split their Mid-Island Baseball League games over the weekend, losing in Lake Cowichan 5 to 1 and 3 to 2 on Saturday but coming back to defeat the Campbell River Athletics 3 to 2 and 11 to 6 in Campbell River on Sunday.

Cowichan scored four times in the second inning off losing chucker in the Saturday opener and were never headed. The second contest went 15 innings before the Lakers prevailed after a single, walk and sacrifice fly.  The 68’ers were in control from the start against the Athletics in the Sunday twin-bill, clipping the horsehide for eight hits in the first tussle and 12 in the second. Bruce Bugden and Don Dunbar were the winning flingers.

(May 21)  Harewood Sports of Nanaimo swept their city cousins, the Nanaimo Villas, in doubleheader action at Serauxmen Stadium. On the strength of a 12-hit attack, the Royals took the first game 6 to 2 and then blanked the Villas 3 to 0 in the nightcap.

A Royals’ four-run fourth inning and the five-hit pitching of Dan Rogers proved to be the downfall of the Villas in the curtain-raiser. “Rocky” Kurulak, Bill Bestwick, Shaun McCumber and Dave Barker each stung the sphere for a brace of safeties for the victors.

In the wind-up tilt, Art Fransen’s eight-strikeout, four-hit shutout pitching kept the Villas in limbo throughout. Gord Dumont and Ken Brodyk both stroked a pair of base raps for the Royals.

(May 28)  The hosting Lake Cowichan Lakers took both ends of a double-dip from the Nanaimo Villas by scores of 4 to 1 and 6 to 3. The Villas made three crucial errors that allowed three unearned runs as Phil Hodgson was stung with the first-game loss. D. Zboyovsky picked up the mound triumph for the Lakers. Gary Yakelashek belted two doubles for Nanaimo and scored their lone run.

In game two, the Lakers took advantage of losing chucker Jim Davidge’s control problems, scoring all six of their tallies on six walks during the first two frames. He settled down, striking out ten but his mates were unable to mount a sufficient enough offense to overcome the deficit.

(June 4)  The Port Alberni Souther 68’ers did something no other Mid-Island Baseball League team has been able to do through the first month of the season. After dropping the first game of a doubleheader to the Nanaimo Harewood Royals by a 6 to 5 count, the 68’ers came back to take the second encounter 4 to 1. It was Nanaimo’s first loss of the campaign and Port Alberni’s fourth win in eight starts.

Stranded runners and unearned runs cost Souther the opener as Harewood’s Dan Rogers recorded his fourth straight pitching win of the season with a six-hitter. Rogers helped his own cause with a screaming triple in the third episode that drove in two runs. Jim Luck and Rick Neff had three hits apiece for the winners. Brent Speidel homered for the Ports in the sixth spasm.

Speidel scored three runs on a pair of walks and a triple in the concluding contest as right-hander Don Dunbar, with a five-hitter, recorded the complete-game hillock triumph at the expense of rookie Steve Dalman. Clean-up swatsmith Glen Kocsis drove in three runs for Port Alberni.

Standings                           W      L      Pct.    GBL
Nanaimo Harewood Royals             7      1     .877     ----   
Lake Cowichan Lakers                5      3     .625    2.0
Port Alberni Souther 68’ers         4      4     .500    3.0
Nanaimo Villas                      1      5     .167    5.0
Campbell River Athletics            1      5     .167    5.0

(June 11)  Even downpouring rain couldn’t dampen the hot bat of versatile Jim Luck who clubbed a double and two towering home runs, driving in nine runs, as the Nanaimo Harewood Sports Royals bombed the hosting Lake Cowichan Lakers 29 to 6 and 9 to 1 in Mid-Island Baseball League doubleheader action. 

The rain-drenched opening game saw Al Hill and Steve Dalman of the Royals combine for a four-hitter while the Hub City crew was busy blasting out 20 base knocks. Hill lashed four stinging singles which drove in three counters, third baseman Ted Boe ripped a pair of one-baggers and a double, good for three RBI’s, outfielder Rick Neff had a brace of safeties and drove in four counters while catcher Dan Rogers came through with a round-tripper.

Rogers moved from behind the plate to ascend the hillock for the finale and thwarted the Lakers on three hits as he improved his pitching record to 5 – 0 for the season. Luck continued to swat the horsehide in the clutch, driving in two more tallies while Hill, playing in the outer pasture, nailed a thundering circuit-jack to bring home an additional three runs.

(June 18)  The Port Alberni Souther 68’ers moved into sole possession of second place in the Mid-Island Baseball League by sweeping two games from the Lake Cowichan Lakers by scores of 7 to 4 and 3 to 0. The twin triumphs give Souther a 6 – 4 record for the season. Glen Saunders of the 68’ers snapped out of a prolonged slump by collecting four hits, including a double, during the double-dip.

Lon Miles, in his first pitching start of the season for the 68’ers, pitched into the fifth frame before Don Dunbar came to his assistance and tossed scoreless relief for the remainder of the contest to preserve the opening-game win. Port Alberni collected 11 hits, including a two-run homer by Greg Kendrick.

Paul LeBlanc fashioned the first no-hitter in the four-year rejuvenated history of the 68’ers in the second game. Only one Cowichan runner reached base, that coming on a first-inning base-on-balls. Middle pasture patroller Brent Speidel made a couple of outstanding catches to save the no-hitter for LeBlanc. The Lakers also received excellent pitching from 16-year old Brad Palmer who held the Ports to three hits.

(June 18)  The fourth-place Nanaimo Villas claimed a brace of conquests over the hosting Campbell River Athletics in Mid-Island League play, knocking off the Rivermen by scores of 6 to 2 and 7 to 6.

Jim Davidge, on the bump for the Villas in the lid-lifter, struck out ten and was only in one tight spot, that coming in the final frame when he was eventually bailed out with the execution by his mates of a game-ending double play.
The sunset encounter lasted 12 innings before Rick Shewchuk singled home Bob Dickson, who had doubled, with the game-winning run. Andy Gourlay, in a relief role, picked up the pitching win. He also led the Nanaimo nine with the stick, stroking three base knocks.

Standings                           W      L      Pct.    GBL
Nanaimo Harewood Royals             9      1     .900     ----   
Port Alberni Souther 68’ers         6      4     .600    3.0
Lake Cowichan Lakers                5      7     .417    5.0
Nanaimo Villas                      3      5     .375    5.0
Campbell River Athletics            1      7     .150    7.0

(June 25)  Cross-town rivals, the Harewood Sports Royals and the Nanaimo Villas, locked horns in a Mid-Island Baseball League doubleheader st Serauxmen Stadium and divided the spoils for their efforts. The Royals made short work of their counterparts in the opening game, dumping the Villas 6 to 0, but the tables were turned in the second game as the Villas pulled out a narrow 6 to 5 victory.

Dan Rogers was the winning hurler in the first game, aiding his cause with a booming home run off the slants of losing chucker Andy Gourlay. Rogers and Rick Neff led a nine-hit offense with three safeties each. The Villas had three first-inning runs off Royals’ starting pitcher Bruce Willgress in the nightcap and were never headed. Jim Davidge collected the knoll triumph, spinning a six-hitter.

(July 1-2)  Lake Cowichan Canada Day Invitational Canada Day Baseball tournament 

(July 16)  Harewood Sports Royals of Nanaimo wrapped up their fourth consecutive Mid-Island Baseball League pennant by defeating the runner-up Port Alberni Souther 68’ers in both ends of a doubleheader played at Robins Park. Lefthander Al Hill ascended the elevated portion of the diamond for the Royals in the matinée skirmish and emerged with a three-hit 1 to 0 shutout victory over Paul LeBlanc and the Ports, walking three while punching out 15 along the way. The Nanaimo nine scored the only run of the game in the second inning when Randy Senini singled, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on catcher Shaun McCumber’s single. Hill then stymied the Alberni side with goose eggs the rest of the way.

In the second game, the Royals salted away a 2 to 1 victory behind the combined twirling of winner Dave Barker and reliever Dan Rogers. Hill, manning the initial sack position in this encounter, hit a solo home run in the fifth inning off Don Dunbar with two out for the go-ahead run.

(July 18)  Paul LeBlanc showed why he is the Mid-Island League’s ERA leader when he fashioned his second no-hit, no-run game of the season, pitching the Port Alberni Souther 68’ers to a 3 to 0 conquest of the Nanaimo Villas. Hurling with only one day of rest, LeBlanc utilized a sharp curve and tailing slider to whiff eleven Nanaimo batters. A pair of standout defensive plays by Gary Rowlands and Norm Brouillette helped preserve the no-hitter. Jim Kocsis and Brent Speidel head two hits each for Alberni.

Final Standings                    W      L      Pct.    GBL
Nanaimo Harewood Royals           14      2     .875     ----   
Port Alberni Souther 68’ers        9      6     .600    4.5
Lake Cowichan Lakers               8      8     .500    6.0
Nanaimo Villas                     7      8     .467    6.5
Campbell River Athletics           1     15     .063   13.0

SEMI-FINALS  Nanaimo Villas vs Nanaimo Harewood Sports Royals & Lake Cowichan Lakers vs Port Alberni Souther Construction 68’ers  (best-of-three series)

(July 22-23)  The Port Alberni Souther 68’ers advanced to the Mid-Island Baseball League finals on the weekend, sweeping the Lake Cowichan Lakers in two straight games.  Norm Brouillette whacked three hits and Paul LeBlanc went the route on the bump as Souther won 4 to 2 at Lake Cowichan on Saturday.

On Sunday, playing on their home turf, the 68’ers fell behind 6 to 0 in the first inning. After Laker starting tosser “Buzz” Forrest, nursing a 6 to 4 lead, was forced to the showers in the third frame with a sore arm, Alberni scored twice in the fourth to tie the game. With two out in the top-of-the-fifth inning, Lake Cowichan protested a decision by the umpire so vehemently that the game was suspended and the victory awarded to Port Alberni.

(July 22-23)  Nanaimo’s Harewood Sports Royals advanced to the finals of the Mid-Island League playoffs by defeating the Nanaimo Villas in two games played over the weekend at Robins Park.

The Royals had their hitting shoes on in the Saturday opener, collecting 15 hits en route to a 10 to 1 thrashing of the Villas. Winner Al Hill and mop-up tosser Bruce Willgress stifled the losers on four safeties. Middle garden flychaser Rick Neff had three singles and two RBI’s for the winners. Catcher Dan Rogers contributed a brace of two-baggers, good for a pair of RBI’s while second sacker Bill Bestwick unloaded a three-run dinger.

The second game played on Sunday turned out to be pitching duel between right handers Jim Davidge of the Villas and the Royals’ Dan Rogers. First baseman Vic Malli drove in a pair and teammate Rick Shewchuk one as the underdog Villas opened up a 3 to 0 lead. the Royals came back with a three-spot in the fifth on a clutch two-run double by Rick Neff and an RBI infield single off the bat of Randy Senini. In the sixth, the Royals went ahead when cleanup hitter Ted Boe drove in “Rock” Kurulak from second base. Royals’ left-hander Al Hill then took over on the mound and shut the door on the Villas to save the 4 to 3 win for Rogers.

FINALS  Port Alberni Souther Construction 68’ers vs Nanaimo Harewood Sports Royals  (best-of-three series)

(July 29-30)  For the fourth year in a row, the Port Alberni Souther 68’ers have to be satisfied being the bride’s maids in the Mid-Island Baseball League. The Nanaimo Harewood Sports Royals captured the league playoff title and advanced to the B. C. senior amateur baseball championships in Quesnel by sweeping the 68’ers 5 to 3 and 6 to 0 on the weekend.

In Saturday’s opener at Klitsma Field, the Souther nine drew first blood, plating an opening-inning tally on Jim Seredick’s RBI single. Harewood replied with three counters in the second panel and, from that point on, it was all Nanaimo. Ted Boe cemented the Royals’ victory with a line-shot solo homer in the seventh. Paul LeBlanc, who never recovered from early control problems, suffered the loss while portsider Al Hill earned the win. On Sunday at Serauxmen Stadium, Nanaimo took a commanding 3 to 0 lead in the first frame off 68’er starter Don Dunbar. With the score 4 to 0 in the fifth, Seredick replaced Dunbar on the hill and was rocked for three consecutive singles and two more runs before retiring the side. Dan Rogers threw a two-hitter for Nanaimo, yielding doubles to LeBlanc and Ian Henderson. Four Nanaimo players had two hits each.

(August 5-7)  B. C. Senior B baseball championship tournament

(August 25-27)  Western Canada Senior B/intermediate A baseball championship tournament