1924 Game Reports     

 

Saskatoon City League final series (best-of-five)

(August 16)  First baseman Norm Aiken’s bottom of the ninth single drove in the winning tally as the Columbus Club took the opening decision 7 to 6 from the Elks in City League playoff action. The Knights of Columbus nine banged out 12 hits to 11 for the Antlered Tribe in the heavy-hitting affair. Second sacker Gordon Fullerton of the Caseys accumulated four hits in leading the offensive charge. His first-inning home run gave the eventual winners an early lead and he later added a pair of doubles plus a single.

Cummings (L) and Gilmour
Lyle (W) and Goggins

(August 18)  Scoring all of their runs in the second frame, the Knights of Columbus squad took a two-game lead in the City League final series by narrowly escaping with a 6 to 5 win over the Elks. The Elks out-hit the Caseys 9 to 5 but they failed to smack the horsehide when hits meant runs. Maitland Conn of the Columbus Club as well as outfielder Hank Hilldrup and McKenzie of the Purple and White gang each stroked a pair of singles.

Bennett (W) and Goggins
Cummings (L) and Gilmour

(August 22)  A sensational ten-run rally in the sixth inning ignited the Elks to a 13 to 9 comeback triumph over the Columbus Club in the third game of the City League showdown. Reliever Frank Lyle entered the game without any warm-up time on the sidelines and had difficulty finding the plate, eventually allowing the tying and go-ahead markers for the Elks. George Porteous, with a double and single for the victors, was the game’s top hitter.

Cummings (W) and Gilmour
Bennett, Lyle (L) (6) and Goggins

August 23)  Close to 2,000 fans witnessed the fourth game of the City series as the Knights of Columbus nine annexed the Hub City crown with a 10 to 6 victory over the Elks. The Columbus Club crew will now face Moose Jaw Motors in their quest to capture the provincial championship. Joe McCulloch’s timely clouting was instrumental in the Casey’s win. McCulloch bagged three hits, one being a triple that hammered in three runs. One of his two singles also drove in a counter. 

Lyle (W) and Goggins
Thomas (L), Cummings (5) and Gilmour

The 1924 post-season senior amateur playoffs in Saskatchewan were dominated by the iron man performance of pitcher Alf Bennett of the Saskatoon Knights of Columbus team. The K.C.'s or Caseys, as they were commonly known in the Bridge City, won two five-game series to cop provincial laurels and Bennett was the winning pitcher in all six Saskatoon victories.

Facing the Regina Winners, champions of the Queen City's Northside League in a best three-of-five semi-final series which began in Saskatoon, Bennett pitched the first game and picked up a 9 to 5 win. The second game was won by Regina in a 27 to 16 blowout with Bennett hurling part of the game in relief but not figuring in the pitching decision. The series shifted to Regina for the next two contests, the first of which was taken by the Reginans 10 to 1. The second game was called on account of darkness after eleven innings with the score knotted at 8 - 8. Bennett had gone all the way on the hill for the northerners in this marathon game.

With elimination still staring them in the face, the Caseys returned to Saskatoon for the completion of the series and won the last two games by scores of 8 to 1 and 7 to 4. Bennett pitched complete game wins in both encounters.

A week later, the K.C.'s faced the Moose Jaw City League champion, Moose Jaw Motors, in the best three-of-five provincial final. The first two games were split, Moose Jaw winning the first 5 to 4 and Saskatoon the second 6 to 4 behind the pitching of Bennett. Weather conditions delayed resumption of the series for nine days but, after play finally got underway, the teams again divided the doubleheader as Moose Jaw took the opener 7 to 4 with Saskatoon coming back as 12 to 4 winners in the finale with Bennett on the hill.

The fifth and deciding game was played the following day in the Hub City. With Bennett again twirling the nine-inning clincher, the Saskatonians prevailed by an 8 to 5 score to claim the Leader-Post trophy emblematic of the senior amateur baseball championship of the wheat province.

SEMI - FINAL  SERIES

(August 30)  Lighting up the offerings of Queen City pitcher Bill Bannister for six hits in the seventh frame, two of which were home runs, the Knights of Columbus squad of Saskatoon charged from behind to defeat the Regina Winners 9 to 5 in the opening game of the provincial senior amateur semi-final series. Regina had piled up four runs in the fourth inning to assume a temporary lead but it commenced to fade in the sixth when the Caseys cracked out two triples and a single for two runs. Then, pouring out a vicious slugging barrage in the seventh, the Columbus club clinched the verdict. Alf Bennett, youthful Casey twirler, was in top form, shutting down the Winners' artillery with a five-hitter. The Caseys booted five behind Bennett and the Reginans profited on four of them. Bennett had seven strikeouts along the way. Leading Saskatoon's 12-hit offense were Bennett's batterymate, Hughie Goggins, and shortstop Abe Schrader who both blasted a triple and two singles. Gordon Fullerton and Conn had the seventh-inning circuit-clouts for the victors. George Dent and Bill McDougall each picked up a brace of singles for the losers.

Bannister (L), Smith (9) and McDougall
Bennett (W) and Goggins

(September 1)  A horrible defensive and hurling performance by both clubs is the best way to describe the second game of the Saskatchewan senior baseball semi-finals, a marathon event wherein 44 hits were manufactured to go along with 14 errors as the Regina Winners deadlocked the series with a 27 to 16 triumph over the Saskatoon K.C.'s. Seven home runs, four triples and a double were produced to go along with the "Keystone Kops" fielding support shown. Regina shortstop Ernie Runkle cracked a pair of homers while teammates Bill McDougall, Johnny Gottselig and first sacker Stew Leigh each stroked a dinger. For the Caseys, Con Bissett and Gordon Fullerton had four-baggers. Leigh led all hitters by accumulating five base blows while McDougall piled up four safeties.

White, Smith (3) (W) and McDougall
Lyle (L), Bennett (4), Fullerton (9) and Goggins

(September 6)  Following the first two games at Elks Park in Saskatoon, the series resumed with a double-bill at Regina's Park de Young. After the dust had cleared, the Reginans had established a slight degree of supremacy by taking the afternoon encounter by a 10 to 1 count and then followed by playing to an 8 - 8 tie in the eleven-inning evening fixture.

The homestanding Winners left no question as to their superiority over the invaders in the matinee performance, clubbing three circuit blasts off the slants of loser Frank Lyle. Johnny Gottselig effectively scattered 7 Saskatoon hits in earning the mound win. Regina catcher Bill McDougall blasted a pair of round-trippers while infielder Ernie Runkle contributed one, with the pair of sluggers finishing the game with a trio of base raps each. Both Queen City players now have connected for three taters in the series.  

Lyle (L) and Goggins
Gottselig (W) and McDougall

The visitors jumped into a 6 to 0 lead in their first turn at bat in the follow-up match. Regina's attack in the evening game lacked the punch displayed in the siesta encounter but a flock of Saskatoon fielding miscues assisted them to eventually tie the contest in the eighth. Complete game pitcher Alf Bennett of the Caseys held the Winners powerless in the ninth and tenth innings and some inept base running by the Reginans in the second extra-frame kept the score deadlocked as darkness prevented further play. Gord Fullerton and Abe Schrader of the K.C.'s as well as Jack Rowand and Stew Leigh of the Capital City crew all stroked a trio of base blows.    

Bennett and Goggins
Bannister, Gottselig (2) and McDougall

(September 8)  The Saskatoon Knights of Columbus earned to right to face the Moose Jaw Motors team for the Leader-Post cup when they decisioned the Regina Winners twice by counts of 8 to 1 and 7 to 4 to take the best-of-five semi-final series three games to two with one game tied. Playing on the Winners' home turf on a blustery day, the Caseys rode the right arm of chucker Alf Bennett who toiled all 18 innings on the hill to earn both victories.

Although out-hit 8 to 7 by the homesters in the afternoon tilt, the K.C.'s were opportunists in walking away with the impressive triumph. By the end of four innings, the Saskatonians had amassed a comfortable 8 to 0 advantage. Alf Bennett was not overpowering, striking out but two, yet he kept the Reginans off base at critical times and issued only a pair of walks. As well, the defense of the Winners disintegrated as they wound up committing nine fielding miscues. Infielder Joe McCulloch of the Bridge City brigade paced all batsmen in this series-tying encounter by lacing three singles.

Gottselig (L) and McDougall
Bennett (W) and Goggins

The series-clinching contest was a tight affair wherein the score was tied 3 - 3 after six complete innings. The Winners forged ahead 4 to 3 in the bottom of the eighth by plating a single tally. A four-run outburst in the top of the ninth sealed the deal for the Hub City gang and sent the Reginans to the sidelines for the balance of the season. Ironman Alf Bennett was steady on the hill for the victorious Caseys, surrendering eight hits while fanning two. Losing twirler White had an impressive strikeout total of 15 but was plagued with a ninth-inning defensive meltdown by his mates in which a dropped pop fly, a misjudged fly ball and, on a fielder's choice, a dropped peg to the plate with the runner from third clearly out, allowed Saskatoon to tie things up. With the bases now loaded, singles by Norm Aiken and Hughie Goggins brought home three more unearned tallies and gave the Columbus Clan the lead sufficient to sew things up.

Bennett (W) and Goggins
White (L) and McDougall

PROVINCIAL  FINALS

(September 13)  Two close contests defined the opening doubleheader played in Moose Jaw as the Saskatchewan senior amateur baseball final series got underway. The Moose Jaw Motors squad edged past the Saskatoon Knights of Columbus 5 to 4 in the opening affair while the northerners came back to even the best-of-five series with a 6 to 4 decision in the evening fixture.

Entering the bottom of the eighth inning in the early game, the Caseys held a 4 to 1 lead and appeared headed toward a victory. The Motormen from the Mill City were not to be denied, however, and poled out three hits and an equal number of runs in that frame off Frank Lyle to draw even with the visitors at 4 - 4. Then, in the last of the ninth with two batters retired, the Gas Gang manufactured the winning tally to make a winner out of moundsman George Haigh. Saskatoon held an 11 to 8 advantage in base hits in this contest. Gord Fullerton of the K.C.'s emerged as the game's top swatter, singling three times.

Lyle (L) and Goggins
Haigh (W) and Kerr

Saskatoon pulled ahead early in the second game and never relinquished their lead although the homesters did make it interesting by plating three runs in the bottom of the eighth to edge within two of the ultimate victors. Alf Bennett went the route on the slab for the Caseys to earn the pitching win over Moose Jaw's Jim MacDonald who was sent packing from the hill after hurling the first six frames. Providing proficiency with the hickory for the victors were outfielder Conn, who laced out three one-baggers, and second baseman Gordon Fullerton who hammered a triple plus a double. Shortstop Ted Johanson picked up a trio of singles in pacing the Mill City offense. 

Bennett (W) and Goggins
MacDonald (L), Haigh (7) and Kerr

(September 24)  The distance between the Moose Jaw Motors and Saskatoon Knights of Columbus baseball clubs in deciding the Saskatchewan senior amateur title is no greater than it was almost two weeks ago when the best-of-five series began. The only thing they are closer to is the end of the series. Following a double-bill at Saskatoon's Elks Park, a fifth and deciding contest will be necessary as the two squads split the spoils in games three and four of the playoff encounters, the visitors winning the first 7 to 4 and the homestanding Caseys trouncing the invaders 12 to 4 in the wrap-up set-to.

George Haigh tossed a six-hitter for the Motormen in the matinee event and helped his own cause by ripping a double and single at the plate. His batterymate, Kerr, provided plenty of offensive punch as well, blasting a three-bagger and a double off loser Frank Lyle. Outfielder Tommy Montgomery had a double and single for the Saskatonians.

Haigh (W) and Kerr
Lyle (L) and Goggins

After George Haigh's success in the first game, he was sent to the hill as the Moose Jaw starter in the finale but the Bridge City boys ripped into his offerings early and often, scoring six times off his slants before he was given the hook in the second frame. On the other hand, Saskatoon's Alf Bennett was fashioning a seven-hitter and breezed to victory in the game which was shortened to seven and a half innings because of darkness. Gord Fullerton of the Caseys had a banner night at the dish, slapping out four singles in helping his team tie the series at two games each.

Haigh (L), Wilson (2) and Kerr
Bennett (W) and Goggins

(September 25)  The Knights of Columbus baseball club of Saskatoon grabbed the 1924 Saskatchewan senior amateur baseball crown by defeating the Moose Jaw Motors aggregation 8 to 6 at Elks Park in the fifth and deciding game of their playoff series. For seven innings, the Gas Gang out of the Friendly City saw the promised land of the senior championship but it all disappeared in the eighth frame when the K.C. nine came up with a four-run rally to shut off the view. A muffed fly-ball with the sacks full and two down in the seventh had allowed the Saskatonians to tie the score with a trio of unearned runs and was the turning point of the contest. In the very next inning, the Caseys took heart from their good fortune of the previous frame and piled on enough runs to make the victory almost certain. The Motormen made a valiant effort in the ninth but a sparkling, unassisted double play by Hub City shortstop Abe Schrader cut short their comeback attempt and earned the title for Saskatoon. Alf Bennett, undefeated throughout both playoff rounds, twirled a fine game but his mates continually had him in hot water with poor defensive support. Con Bissett led the victors offensively with a double and single. Moose Jaw's Gordon Wilson was the game's top batter with a double and a pair of one-baggers.

Bennett (W) and Goggins
Haigh (L) and Kerr