1977 Game Reports, BC Interior     

1977 Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley 
1977 BC Interior 
1977 Vancouver Island   


The two 1977 Cariboo area senior leagues in operation, Quesnel and Prince George, played an interlocking schedule. When it came to the standings, the Quesnel loop counted the inter-league tilts, from which they had a healthy margin, but the Prince George association of teams only counted the games played among and between their three member clubs.


Billy Barker Inn
Cariboo Clippers
Jen’s Hobos
Kopetski A’s

FINAL STANDINGS           W     L    Pct.
Billy Barker Inn         14     7   .667
Cariboo Clippers         13     8   .619
Kopetski A’s             10    11   .476
Jen’s Hobo’s              8    13   .38


(August 8)  The Billy Barker baseballers came alive in the seventh stanza when they plated a seven-spot to overcome a 5 – 3 deficit and defeat the underdog Jen’s Hobos  10 to 5 in the opener of the best-of-three series.  Although off his regular-season form, Glen Osterhout managed to survive for the pitching win, taking the mound decision from Glen Halvorson. Terry Clarke had a three-run homer for the Innkeepers during their big inning while clubmate Bruce Booth launched a solo circuit-clout.

(August 10)  Jen’s Hobos were eliminated from the playoff picture after falling to the pennant-winning Billy Barker Inn 11 to 3. Glen Ousterhout once again copped the hurling verdict  over Glen Halvorson. Terry Clarke drove in four runs for the Hotelmen who now advance to the league finals against the Kopetski A’s who sidelined the Cariboo Clippers


(August 16)  The Billy Barker Inn withstood a four-run, ninth-inning rally by the Kopetski A’s to nose out their adversaries 9 to 8 in the opener of the Quesnel senior baseball finals. Terry Clarke notched the knoll victory over Pete Swanson.

(August 17)  The Kopetsky A’s blew a 7 to 3 lead after four frames and succumbed to the Billy Barker Inn 11 to 7 as the Innkeepers grabbed the series in two straight games. Two-RBI hits by Steve Huska, Mike Cummins and Butch Meyers keyed the Barker comeback.


Martin & Sons Loggers
Mountain Truck Service

FINAL STANDINGS                  W     L    Pts
Labatts                         12     8     24
Martin & Sons Loggers            9    11     18
Mountain Truck Service           9    11     18


(August 17)  The Prince George Labatts took the first game of the best-of-three finals by edging Martin & Sons Loggers 3 to 1. Bruce Taylor was the winning pitcher while the Loggers’ Gary Carrelli was tagged with the loss.

(August 18)  Prince George Labatts will face Quesnel’s Billy Barker in the Cariboo area finals. The Labatts earned the spot against the Quesnel champions by bouncing Martin & Sons Loggers 14 to 6 to sweep the Prince George finals in two straight games. The regular-season winners got a bye into the finals while the Loggers eliminated Mountain Truck Service in two straight during a semi-final round.
CARIBOO AREA FINALS  Prince George Labatts vs Quesnel Billy Barker Inn  (best-of-three series)

(August 21)  Billy Barker Inn of Quesnel outgunned the Prince George Labatts 13 to 1 and 6 to 2 to annex the Cariboo area senior title in two straight games. Ivan Malinoski had a two-run homer for the winners in the one-sided opener. Californians Glen Osterhout and Mike Cummins, both Santa Clara Bronco collegians, shared the hurling chores for the Hotelmen in the clincher with starter Osterhout copping the win.


Hazelton Braves
Houston Bees
Moricetown Cubs
Moricetown Grizzlies
Smithers Glaciers
Terrace Colts
Terrace Reds


(August 28)  The pennant-winning Smithers Glaziers capped a successful season by capturing top spot in the 1977 Bulkley Valley Baseball League single-knockout playoff tournament held in Moricetown.

On a rain-soaked diamond under cloudy and drizzly skies, the Glaziers downed the Terrace Reds by a score of 7 to 5, then watched while the Hazelton Braves put themselves in the final with an 8 to 3 conquest of the Houston Bees.
In the final, the Glaziers topped the Hazelton squad by a narrow score of 4 to 3. The action was tense as the adversaries battled into the seventh stanza deadlocked at 3 – 3. With Smithers batting in the bottom-half of the inning, eventual winning pitcher Bob Kester led off with an infield hit. Bob Fraser advanced Kester to third base with a double and Randy Epp followed with an RBI-single to drive home the deciding tally.