1983 Saskatoon Liners Canadian Bronze Medallist Baseball Team
Baseball (2005)The Saskatoon Liners qualified for the Western Canada senior championships by serving as the tournament host team and they made the best of their opportunities. They won the B-side with a 4-2 victory over Victoria and then they beat the Saskatchewan All-Stars, 15-5 and 5-1, when they needed to win two in a row.
Kevin Frey pitched a five-hitter in the first game against the All-Stars and Roy Kemp pitched a four-hitter in the second game and also hit a two-run homer.
Colin Blyth had a field day in the first game, collecting four hits, including a home run, and batting in six runs. Gary Holliman batted in the winning run in the second game and finished the back-to-back games with five hits.
Jim Elliot's team travelled to St. John's, Newfoundland for the 1982 Canadian championships won two games against New Brunswick, and another against Quebec. They ran into trouble against Windsor, the Ontario champions, losing 4-3, in a preliminary and 9-3 in the final. By reaching the final, they won silver medals.
The Saskatoon Liners won the Saskatchewan major league championship, finished second in the Western Canada championships but, by beating the finalists, they qualified for the 1983 Canadian playoffs at Sudbury, Ontario.
Dwayne Andreen was the coach of the team, which disposed of Regina Red Sox, 7-5 and 1-0, for a two-straight sweep of the Saskatchewan final, the second game coming on a five-hit pitching performance by Kevin Frey.
Bob Silzer had 10 hits in 17 at bats for a .588 average during the western playoffs where the Liners won three out of the first four and then lost to the Manitoba All-Stars, 13-3. By being a western finalist, they automatically qualified for the national playoffs.
Dave McKee had two hits and batted in two runs when the Liners clinched bronze medals at the Canadian championships at Sudbury, Ontario, beating Manitoba, 3-1. Windsor eliminated them in the tournament's semifinal game, 11-9.
Bob Silzer had a strong Canadian playoff series and was honoured as the most valuable player to his team, having collected eight hits in 16 at bats for a .500 average. The trophy also recognized his perseverance and dedication to the game.
Back Row (l to r): Randy Ladobruk, Paul Chartrand, Kevin Smith, Gary Hollman, Scott Woronuik **, Dave Pagan, Ron Malcolm, Perry Keller, Jim Elliot (Manager/Coach), Randy Udahl, Dwayne Andreen (Coach). Front Row (l to r): Bob Silzer, Len Yonkman, Cal Thompson, Gary Frank, Don Anderson, Colin Blyth, Dave McKee. Missing: Clark Bacala, Roy Kemp; Remaining members: Brad Devine, Kevin Frey, Dick Hanson (Coach), Ken Andreen (Bat Boy), James Elliot (Bat Boy); Support Staff and Executive: Aldon Andreen, Dwayne Andreen, Ron Chyz, Jim Elliot (President), Dick Hanson, Gerry Heskett, Tony Keller, Lil Poplack, Bill Woronuik **