(May 25) In an outstanding pitching duel, Regina Balmorals kicked off their 1927 season with a 2-1, 7-inning, victory over Wildrose, North Dakota, in an exhibition match at Park de Young. Casey Moroschan fired a one-hitter, and knocked in the winning marker, to take the pitching win over Lefty Ryan who allowed just three hits for the visitors. Wildrose scored in the top of the 1st inning on a pair of errors and Kabeary's single. Regina tied the scored in the bottom of the 1st as catcher Pat McNeally singled to drive in Hans Wagner. Balmorals plated the winner in the 4th as Hap Felsch opened with a double, advanced on a fielder's choice and scored on Moroschan's single.
Ryan (L) and Berg
Moroschan (W) and McNeally
(May 26) Regina Balmorals won their second straight over Wildrose, North Dakota, 7-1 at Park de Young. A night after Casey Moroschan held the visitors to one hit, Cottingham fired a four-hitter for the home squad. Playing-manager Hap Felsch had two safeties, including a double. Lefty Knight gave up 8 hits in taking the loss.
Knight (L) and Berg
Cottingham (W) and McNeelly
(June 24) Lanigan won top money at the Jansen tournament Friday as Lowe, Lanigan's pitching ace, fired a no-hitter in the tourney final, a 10-0 win over Jansen. The gane was called after seven innings.
(July 2) At the Melfort Tournament, Birch Hills went home with the top prize defeating Eldersley 12-4 in the final.
Hilldrup (W) and Braaten
Curby (L), Larson, Wilson and Kelly, Robinson
Eldersley had earlier swamped Bronchos 13-0.
Curby (W) and Kelly
Berg (L) and Gunn
Birch Hills topped Lac Vert 10-5.
Hilldrup (W) and Braaten
Soree (L) and Porterfield
Eldersley beat Melfort 3-1.
Wilson (W) and Kelly
Ede (L), Schafer and Grant
(July 3. 1927) In an exhibition game at Claresholm, the hometowners whipped the Calgary Athletics 7-0 as Dodger Lewis fanned 19 in hurling the shutout. The visitors managed just three hits off the Claresholm ace. Bus Geddes led the offense with a homer, two doubles and a walk in four trips to the plate. Stewart Lucas took the loss.
Lucas (L) and xxx
Lewis (W) and Scott
Moose Jaw Tournament
John Donaldson was back in Moose Jaw for his third straight appearance at the Kiwanis Tournament. His hand-picked catcher for the 1927 tournament was Sylvester "Hooks" Foreman, a former Negro Leaguer.
Donaldson, now 35 years of age and well past his prime, returned to Minnesota for the 1927 season, again with the Bertha Fishermen. Bertha finished the campaign with a record of 22 wins against 4 losses. Donaldson's pitching record for Bertha was 20 wins and 4 losses. A highlight was a no-hit, no-run, one-walk game against Fargo, ND.
During the summer of 1927, Donaldson took on a new role for a game between Albany and Holdingford, MN, on July 2nd. A large advertisement gave prominent notice that Donaldson would be the umpire. One could probably count on one hand the number of times a Negro umpired a game between two white teams in that era. The assignment says a great deal about how people felt about John as a person of integrity and how he became to be trusted as an individual.
As was the case the previous summer, he was brought in to pitch for the Moose Jaw entry in their 1927 Kiwanis tournament. This time he got to play with the tournament winner. He played in three games, pitching complete game victories in the opener and the semi-final games. In the tournament final against Gravelbourg, he played first base and went 2 for 4 at the dish including a double. Moose Jaw knocked off Ponteix 9 - 2 in the opening game of the tournament. John struck out 6 and gave up 5 hits, walking only one. He also smacked out a single and a pair of doubles. Then in the semi-final, he tossed a five-hitter as Moose Jaw edged past the Regina Balmorals 4 - 3.
(July 19) Regina Balmorals erupted for five runs in the second inning and coasted to a 6-2 win over Sherwood, North Dakota in the opening round of the annual Moose Jaw Kiwanis Tournament. Ryan tossed a four-hitter, with 9 strikeouts, for the win. Casey Moroschan, McNeally and Dobbin each had two hits for Regina.
Barrett (L), Woock (2) and Campbell
Ryan (W) and McNeally
(July 19) Import John Donaldson was the story as Moose Jaw downed Ponteix 9-2 in an opening round game at the Kiwanis Tournament. Donaldson fired a five-hitter on the mound while contributing three hits, two of them doubles, and scoring twice. His hand-picked battery mate, Sylvester Foreman, had two hits, one a double, a scored three times. Donaldson fanned six and walked one.
Donaldson (W) and Foreman
Ganguish (L) and Blaney
(July 19) Gravelbourg came from behind with four runs in the 7th inning and another three in the 9th to put away Mossbank 11-5. Outfielders Hurley and Childs led the attack each with three hits. Hurley had a triple. First baseman Bonynge had two hits, one a triple, and scored a pair. Therrien went the distance for the win, giving up 11 hits and compiling 11 strike outs.
Therrien (W) and Kerr
Vandenberg (L), Mapes (7) and Miller
(July 20) John Donaldson fired a five-hitter and fanned eight to led Moose Jaw into the final of the Kiwanis Tournament with a 4-3 win over Happy Felsch's Regina Balmorals in semi-final action. The winning blow was catcher Sylvester Foreman's home run, with Donaldson on base with an intentional walk, in the 7th inning. It was the only four-bagger of the tournament.
Clink (L) and McNeally
Donaldson (W) and Foreman
(July 20) A three-run, 6th inning carried Moose Jaw to top money of $600 at the Kiwanis Tournament as the host team beat Gravelbourg 7-2 in the final. George Haigh scattered nine hits in taking the mound victory. Imports John Donaldson and Sylvester Foreman led the offense. Donaldson, who was the winning pitcher in the semi-final, played first base and had a double and single and scored twice. Foreman belted two doubles. Shortstop Dawson had a triple. Moose Jaw broke open a tight 2-1 game with their three runs in the 6th. Gravelbourg starter Bill Nutzhorn took the loss.
Nutzhorn, Therrien (6) and Kerr
Haigh (W) and Foreman
(July 22) The Regina Balmorals, guided by Hap Felsch, trounced Moose Jaw 15-4 in the opening action at the Regina tournament at Park de Young. The game was called after six innings. Moose Jaw was without the services of their Negro battery - John Donaldson and Sylvester Foreman - from the Moose Jaw tournament. The pair had returned to their home club in Minnesota. Regina scored four in the first inning and another five in the third in coasting to the win. Wagner, Turen and Casey Morochsan each had two hits for the winners. Three Regina hurlers - Lefty Ryan, Wagner and Felsch - held Moose Jaw to four hits. Fans saw quite a spectacle. In the fifth inning, with Shafey relieved Scribner with the bases loaded and former major leaguer Felsch at the plate.
" ... Instead of hitting the apple for a home run and clearing the sacks, Felsch extracted a walk when Shafey, the relief hurler, pitched four consecutive balls into the wire netting, seemingly imbued with the charitable object of clearing the paths himself." (Regina Morning Leader - Saturday, July 23, 1927)
Scribner, Shafey (5) and Mills
Ryan, Wagner, Felsch and McNeally
(July 22) Sherwood, North Dakota, got a six-hitter from Wooch to blank Gravelbourg 9-0. First sacker Barrett belted a homer for the winners. Centre fielder Childs had three hits and Wooch and catcher Campbell each had a pair.
Beatty (L), White (3) and Morrison
Wooch (W) and Campbell
(July 23) With a 19-hit offensive, Regina destroyed Ponteix 17-0 to advance to the final of the Regina Tournament. 35-year-old playing manager Hap Felsch, Wagner and Turen each had three hits for the Balmorals and Felsch, McNeally and Dobbins each scored three times. Lefty Ryan and Moroschan combined to shutout Ponteix on six hits.
Maser, Grandquist, Summers and Blaney
Ryan (W), Moroschan and McNeally
(July 23) Hap Felsch had four hits, one a homer, to lead the Balmorals to top money at the Regina Tournament with an 8-1 triumph over Sherwood, North Dakota, in the final. McNeally and Moroschan each added three hits as Regina pounded out 17 safeties in the tourney final after a 19-hit effort in semi-final action. George Clink held Sherwood to four hits in a route-going performance.
Barrett (L), Myers and Campbell
Clink (W) and McNeally
Saskatoon Exhibition Week Tournament
(July 25) Bruno came from behind with four runs in the 8th inning to down Strongfield 8-6 in the opening game of the Exhibition Tournament. Hall opened the Bruno 8th with a single and moved to third on an error. Campbell laid down a squeeze bunt to score Hall. A few minutes later, Dufor scored the tying run as Veitch poked a roller down the first base line. With two men on base, Schwinghammer hit a hard grounder to second which D. Derdall kicked into the outfield as both Campbell and Veitch came home. Al Hoeschet scattered eight hits for the win. Dufor, Campbell and Veitch each score two runs for the winners. Millett carried the big stick for Strongfield with a single, double and triple.
Millett (L), Rowley (8) and Kelloch
Hoeschet (W) and Campbell
(July 26) With a 22-hit attack Ruthilda slaughtered Grandora 21-1. E. Edwards led the winners with four hits, three runs and three stolen bases. Morrison, Cushing, McMahon, Moore and Baker each had three safeties. Everyone in the Ruthilda lineup had at least one hit and one run. Morrison scored four times. Archie Edwards held Grandora to five hits and fanned 13.
A.Edwards (W) and Ferguson
Parker, Ed Shockey (2), Frost (5) and Weldon.
(July 27) Cory advanced to the second round of the Exhibition Tournament with a 6-4 victory over Birch Hills. First baseman O'Hara led the winners with three hits. Jerry Cummings pitched a five-hitter to register the win.
Cummings (W) and Johnson
Lennan (L) and Brigden
(July 28) An eight-run 7th inning carried Cut Knife to a 10-4 win over Young. Third baseman Ron Silver led the winners with three hits, one a double. Roy Burrows surrendered ten hits but managed to go the distance for the pitching win.
Wason (L) and Stock
Burrows (W) and Cavangh
(July 28) Rosetown buried Bruno 12-0 behind left fielder Fisher who slugged a triple and three doubles and scored three times. Stan Douglas, who fired a six-hitter in blanking Bruno, added a pair of hits and scored twice. Douglas walked two and whiffed 15.
Douglas (W) and Washburn
Hoeschet (L) and Campbell
(July 29) Third sacker Morrison banged out a double, triple and two singles and shortstop Bessie helped with three hits as Ruthilda trounced Viscount 8-1. Archie Edwards held Viscount to eight hits in hurling his second win of the tournament.
Gunther (L), Wolf and E.Andreen
A.Edwards (W) and Ferguson
(July 29) Winning pitcher Roy Burrows singled through the Cory infield in the 10th inning to drive in the winning run as Cut Knife took a thrilling 4-3 decision. Burrows held Cory to six hits. Jerry Cummings fanned 13 in a losing cause. Catcher Cavangh smacked a double and triple for Cut Knife.
Burrows (W) and Cavangh
Cummings (L) and Johnston
(July 30) Stan Douglas twirled a three-hit shutout to lead Rosetown to the final of the Exhibition Tournament with a 2-0 win over Cut Knife. Rosetown scored both runs in the first inning. Con Bissett laced a triple to left field and Don Conklin followed with a powerful wallop over the centre fielder's head for a home run. From then on Douglas and Al Chaffee, the semi-pro hurler from Nebraska, engaged in a classic pitcher's duel. Chaffee allowed just two hits after the first inning.
Chaffee (L) and Cavangh
Douglas (W) and Washburn
(July 30) Joe Baldwin pitched Rosetown's third straight shutout, a 6-0 four-hitter over Ruthilda, to take top money at the Exhibition Tournament. Rosetown scored the only run it would need in the first inning. Con Bissett drew a walk and made it all the way to third on a fielder's choice and throwing error. He came home on Don Conklin's long drive to centre field. Baker made a nice running catch but couldn't throw out Bissett at the plate. Rosetown went ahead 2-0 in the fifth as Bissett doubled and scored on Washburn's single to right. Ruthilda had a chance in the sixth with the bases loaded and two out but McMahon flied out to end the threat. In the seventh, Rosetown loaded the sacks on two walks and a fielder's choice with none out. Kitch Moore, the Ruthilda chucker, was hurt fielding Bissett's grounder and Baker came in from centre field to do the pitching. Washburn greeted him with a two-run single and Bissett came in to score on Conklin's infield out. Bill Dunbar singled to drive in Washburn with the final run.
Baldwin (W) and Washburn
Moore (L), Baker (7) and Ferguson
(August 11) The host Moosomin nine edged Virden 2-1 to take top money at the Moosomin Tournament in the best game seen on the local diamond in years. The winners scored twice in the first inning and held on for the victory. G.Hogg blanked Virden until the ninth when Lefty Armstrong scored on mcNichol's single.
G.Hogg (W) and xxx
Storey (L), Armstrong (1) and xxx
Wawota won the opening game, 5-2 over Fleming. Virden won from Kennedy by default and Moosomin shutout Rocanville 5-0 and Welwyn trounced Wapella 13-2.
In the second round, Moosomin beat Welwyn 6-2 and Virden had an easy time in a 9-1 victory over Wawota.