Little League Baseball: the early years - Page 4

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1971 Trail defeats Rutland 3-1. Rino Pozzobon was the winning pitcher, striking out 12. Steve Zanier, Ricky Cescon and Ron Bergen provided the offence for Trail. Trail defeats Prince George 9-0 behind he three-hit pitching of Rick Cescon. Trail defeats Prince George 4-0 to advance to the provincials. Bob Elliott went 3-for-3 and Mike Melatini threw a two-hitter. Elliot smashed a 200-foot home run and Gordie McLeod also hit a homer. Trail splits two games in the provincials. Trail defeated Victoria 2-1 and then lost to Forrest Hill 5-4. Winning hurler Bob Elliot fired a three-hitter. Hits from Gordie McLeod, Ricky Cescon, Steve Como and Steve Zanier provided the offence. Against Forrest Hill Rino Pozzobon was the losing pitcher. Trail could only score one run with bases loaded and none out. Gordie McLeod hit a solo homer. Trail was defeated by Whalley 3-2 in the provincial finals. Trail only managed one hit by Steve Como. Trail loaded the bases with none out in the sixth but only managed to score one run to tie the game. Whalley scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth.
1973 Trail’s Darrel St. Denis struck out 15 batters on the way to a no-hit, no-run victory over Enderby to give Trail the Area 1 championship. St. Denis and Glen Makasoff provided the offence. Trail defeated Prince George 12-0. Blaine Makasoff was the winning pitcher, tossing a one-hitter. Darrel St. Dennis led the offence with two homers. Dennis Venturini notched four singles and Blaine Makasoff slugged one homer.
1974 Trail downs Kimberley 12-1 to send them to finals against Rutland. Trail wins the area title, defeating Kimberley 7-3. Mike Zanier knocked out two base hits for the winners. Dawson Creek defeats Trail behind a 15-strikeout performance of Charlie Banza. Mike Zanier took the loss. Trail loses 10-1 to Dawson Creek in Section 4 championship finals in Prince George.
1975 Trail tournament team leaves to play for the Area 1 District 8 championships in Revelstoke. Don Mainland struck out 11 and allowed two hits to defeat Oregon 7-3. Hitters for Trail were Bernie Hughes, Ernie Schleppe and Norm Lamour.

Trail also won provincial championships in 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1985.