Saskatoon City LeagueFinal Standings W L Pct.
Tigers 8 2 .800
A.C.T. 6 4 .600
Northern Distributors 5 6 .455
Hilltops 2 9 .182
By virtue of their first-place finish, the Tigers received a bye into the playoff final series. The semi-final matchup will feature the A.C.T. meeting the Northern Distributors in a best-of-three affair.
(August 8) Veteran Garnet Parsons tossed a one-hitter as the Northern Distributors nine of the Saskatoon City League surprised the second-place A.C.T. by knocking off the Travellers 3 to 1 in the first game of the City circuit semi-finals. Showing excellent control and moderate speed, Parsons was content to throw enticing pitches and let his fielders do the work. Only two of his offerings were hit out of the infield. Losing twirler Emil Guenther turned in a fine mound performance as well, surrendering only four hits. Errors played a significant part in this game as well. The only earned run of the game was garnered by the N-D’s in the second frame. Bernie Almas of the winners had the game’s only extra-base hit, a double.
Parsons (W) and Miller
Guenther (L) and McPhail
(August 13) After spotting the N-D’s a three-run lead in the first inning, A.C.T. roared back to score a 5 to 3 win and knot their semi-final series at a game apiece. Although getting off to a slow start with a sub-par first frame, winning chucker Emil Guenther kept the Travellers in the game and allowed them to tie the playoff round. He wound up with a four hitter. Loser Jack Coughlin and reliever Metro were touched for six safeties. Hank Moncur of the A.C.T. squad led all hitters with a double and single.
Guenther (W) and McPhail
Coughlin, Metro (L) (6) and Miller
(August 15) The youthful N-D’s qualified for the Saskatoon City Baseball League finals by virtue of a 6 to 2 win over A.C.T., besting the Travellers two games to one. The A.C.T.’ers were able to collect only three base knocks off winning tosser Gar Parsons who picked up his second win of the series. Russ Jackson pitched the first four frames for the Travellers but ran into trouble in the fifth as fireman Emil Guenther took over. Shortstop Bernie Almas of the winners led all batters with three singles.
Parsons (W) and Miller
Jackson (L), Guenther (5) and McPhail
(August 17) Piling up a five-run margin in the first two innings, the youthful N-D’s marched through to an 8 to 4 victory over the pennant-winning Tigers in the first game of the best-of-three series for the Saskatoon City League Baseball championship. Jack Coughlin went the distance for the Distributors to earn the hurling win. He had seven strikeouts, the same number as the tandem of A.C.T. chuckers. “Sliver” Jantz was knocked from the hill after two frames and took the loss. Coughlin ripped a triple and single in aiding his own cause. His battery mate, Glen Miller added a double and a single.
Coughlin (W) and Miller
Jantz (L), Crawford (3) and Moffatt
(August 20) After presenting their opponents with a three-run lead in the first inning, the young N-D’s came back to earn a 5 – 5 tie with the Tigers in the second game of the City League finals. The game was called after six innings as darkness had set in. Both twirlers, Eddie Major of the Tigers and Gar Parsons of Northern Distributors, toilled on the hill for the full six innings and both were touched for eight base hita. Heading into what turned out to be their last turn at bat, the N-D’s faced a two-run deficit but two singles and a pair of errors allowed the tying markers to score. Leo Kelsey, with two singles, was the only Bengals’ batter to garner more than one hit. The Almas siblings, Bernie and Ralph, also singled twice for the N-D’s.
Major and Dubyk
Parsons and Miller
(August 22) The youth-laden Northern Distributors team captured the 1940 Saskatoon City League championship and the Samson Trophy when they defeated the Tigers 13 to 3 in a five-inning game at Cairns Field. The N-D’s put the game away by sending eight runners across the plate in the top of the fifth frame. Jack Coughlin pitched for the winners and held the Tigers to five hits while fanning six. Losing pitcher Ian “Ace” Lowe started on the hill for the Bengals but was driven from the mound in the disastrous fifth. Bernie Almas and outfielder Pitchko of the N-D’s both had a double and a single.
Coughlin (W) and Brent
Lowe (L), Major (5) and Moffatt