1947 Saskatchewan Game Reports     

 

Saskatoon & District League

(May 17) The new Saskatoon Legion squad got off to a flying start in the inaugural game of the 1947 Saskatoon & District Baseball League when they hammered last season's champions, the Saskatoon Army & Navy Veterans, 9 - 0. This opening game was far from being a brilliant one as the Legion nine took advantage of the loose fielding display by their intra-city rivals to pretty well have things their own way. Johnny Yaroscho tossed a complete game eight-hitter to earn the win. Loser Johnny Grossman and reliever Walt Vandale were nicked for a dozen bingles, including doubles off the bats of Dick Piper, Lowell Hanson and Jack Chapman.

Grossman (L), W. Vandale and C. Vandale
Yaroscho (W) and Hanson

(May 18) Ray Hamilton's three-RBI triple in the opening frame sparked the Saskatoon Cubs to a 4 - 1 victory over their newly-formed city cousins, the Saskatoon Legion. Eric Falk went all the way on the hill for the Cubs, limiting the Legion boys to seven well scattered hits, in picking up the win. The trio of "Lefty" Hornyak, southpaw Jack Chapman and "Swede" Nordstrom handled hurling chores for the Legion, surrendering but four hits to the winners. Chapman fared the best fanning eight of the 10 men to face him in three frames. Hornyak took the loss. Arnold Johnson had a bases-empty homer for the Cubbies. Nordstrom's 7th inning double drove in the lone Legion marker.

Hornyak (L), Chapman, Nordstrom and Barber
Falk (W) and Sirota

(May 20) The Colonsay Monarchs made their debut in the Saskatoon & District Baseball League an auspicious one as they tamed the Army & Navy Veterans 6 - 3 in a darkness-shortened, 7-inning game at Cairns Field. The Colonsay crew managed only six hits but bunched them effectively to provide chucker "Slim" Madden with enough of a cushion for the mound win. Madden held the Vets to five hits in taking the decision over Walt Vandale. Alex Ruhl of the Vets had the game's only extra-base hit, a double in the 7th inning.

Madden (W) and Brooker
W. Vandale (L)  and C. Vandale

(May 22) Weather and diamond conditions failed to prevent the Delisle Commodores of the Saskatoon & District Baseball League and the Carrot River Loggers from presenting one of the best exhibition games seen in many years. At the end of nine innings played on a greasy diamond and in chilly weather, the Delisle contingent came out on top by a razor-thin 1 - 0 margin. The Goose Lakers, with five Bentleys in the line-up and twirler John "Smiley" Maroniuk in mid-season form, chased the game's only run across the plate in the 3rd frame on Max Bentley's two-out single. Maroniuk fanned 13 Loggers while allowing three hits. Carrot River's portsider Minnie Minish gave up 10 Delisle safeties in taking the loss. Dick Brown was the Commodores' best batsman with a double and two singles. Maroniuk picked up a brace of singles. Bobby Stark had a two-bagger for the Loggers.

Maroniuk (W) and Reg Bentley
Minish (L) and McKay

(May 25) The Legion baseballers ran up against too much solid pitching at Cairns Field and the Delisle crew packed away a soft 9 - 2 victory before the season's top crowd. The Legionnaires put on a weak defensive display as the visitors had no trouble in packing away their win. Johnny Maroniuk earned the mound win with a stellar 7 1/3 innings of relief work in which he struck out 11 and gave up but one hit. The game's only extra-base hit was a double by Delisle's Reg Bentley.

Richardson, Maroniuk (2) (W) and Reg Bentley
Chapman (L), Nordstrom (6) and Barber

(May 31) The North Battleford Beavers got their first taste of Saskatoon & District Baseball League action when they travelled to Delisle for a double-bill. The Goose Lake homesters took the matinee game 4 - 3 in 10 innings while the second encounter was another 10-frame tussle which ended in a 1 - 1 draw as darkness prevented further play.

The Beavers held a 3 - 0 lead in the opener after six innings. Delisle came back with two counters in the 7th and, then, tied the game in the 8th when the base umpire failed to catch a "hidden ball" out which eventually allowed the runner to score. The Commodores winning marker came around in the bottom of the first extra-frame.

Taylor (L) and Meredith
xxxx (W) and Reg Bentley

The evening game was scoreless after the regulation nine innings. In the 10th, both teams scored once but couldn't play any further with darkness enveloping the skies. Don Leask, Roy Dean and Bob Ferry each had a pair of hits for North Battleford.

Arnold and Leask
xxxx and Reg Bentley

(May 31) The visiting Colonsay Monarchs shaded the Saskatoon Veterans 5 - 4 as "Slim" Madden decisioned Johnny Grossman on the mound. Although the Vets out-hit the visitors 9 to 5, Colonsay was able to bunch their hits more effectively. Both chuckers went the route and each fanned eight opposing batters. Len McPhail of the Vets had a two-bagger which turned out to be the only extra-base hit of the match.

Madden (W) and Brooker
Grossman (L) and McPhail

(June 1) The Saskatoon Cubs dropped the Colonsay Monarchs 9 - 5 before a huge Cairns Field audience. The Monarchs appeared headed for their second Cairns Field victory on successive days and held a 3 - 1 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th. It was then, however, that the Cubs' bats started to click and five hits, three walks and a pair of errors produced eight big counters for the homesters and the ball game to boot. Jerry Webster and Alex Sirota of the Baby Bears both had doubles in support of winning hurler Eric Falk. Loser Johnny Folk whiffed 11 Cubs.

Folk (L) and Brooker
Falk (W) and Sirota

(June 3) The Delisle Commodores picked up another baseball victory at Cairns Field, defeating the Saskatoon Army & Navy Veterans 5 - 1 in what turned out to be one of the best games to date in the Saskatoon & District circuit. For five innings, Vets' twirler Ted Atkinson held the powerful hitting visitors hitless and scoreless. Entering the top of the 6th in a scoreless draw, the Commodores finally broke the stalemate by plating a trio of runs. Winning hurler Reinie Kembel drove in one of those with a sharp single. Kembel also doubled in the 8th, the only extra-base hit produced in this battle.

Kembel (W) and Reg Bentley
Atkinson (L) and C. Vandale

(June 7) There was plenty of heavy hitting at Cairns Field as the Saskatoon Cubs out-slugged their city rivals, the Saskatoon Legion, by a score of 10 - 9. Legionnaire outfielder Ed Nalywako provided the biggest power display by slugging a pair of mammoth home runs off veteran "Ace" Corbin. From the dugout on the other side of the diamond stepped Art Dehmke and Alex Sirota of the Cubbies who both blasted triples. The Cubs never trailed after opening the game with five markers in the top of the 1st.

Corbin (W), Dawes (8) and Sirota
Gilkison (L), Nordstrom (1) and Barber

(June 7) Delisle baseballers maintained their unbeaten string in the Saskatoon & District Baseball League when they won a 6-inning, rain-shortened game 7 - 3 over the Army & Navy Veterans of Saskatoon.

McIntyre (L) and xxxx
Maroniuk (W) and xxxx

(June 10) Firsts were achieved by both Saskatoon teams as the Army & Navy Veterans defeated the Saskatoon Cubs 6 - 2. It was the Baby Bears' first loss of the campaign and the initial win for last season's champions. The Vets out-hit their city cousins 11 to 6 in support of winning twirler Johnny Grossman who fanned seven and did not allow an earned run. Only two extra-base hits were garnered with the the Cubs' Gil Strumm and Cliff Vandale of the Vets connecting for doubles.

Grossman (W) and C. Vandale
Dawes, Hamre (5) (L), Horb (7) and Sirota

(June 12) The Saskatoon Legion battled to a 4 - 4 tie with the hometown Colonsay Monarchs before a good-sized crowd in Colonsay. The game ended after eight innings as darkness prevented further play. The Monarchs produced two of their overall three hits in their final time at bat to earn the draw.

Cook and Hanson
Folk and Brooker

(June 13) In their first appearance of the season in the Hub City, the North Battleford Beavers picked up a 10 - 5 victory over the Saskatoon Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans squad. It was the initial win of the campaign for the visitors and evened their record at a win and a loss. The Beavers sent Saskatoon starter and loser Ted Atkinson to the showers in the 3rd frame and coasted to victory from there behind Ross "Lefty" Arnold's eight-hitter. There was only a lone extra-base rap in this contest, a double by Atkinson.

Arnold (W) and Leask
Atkinson (L), Stewart (3) and C. Vandale

(June 14) The Colonsay Monarchs trimmed the visiting Saskatoon Cubs 9 - 3 in a Saskatoon & District Baseball League tussle. The Regals scored six times in the first two innings to take control of the game. Lloyd Coffin pitched the complete game to take the mound triumph.

Dawes (L), Corbin and Sirota
Coffin (W) and Brooker

(June 14) The undefeated Delisle Commodores throttled the Saskatoon Veterans 16 - 2 to push the Soldier Boys deeper into the cellar of the Saskatoon & District Baseball League. Max Bentley had a grand-slam homer for the winners. The Vets' Hank Moncur connected for a bases-empty shot in the 2nd.

Kembel (W) and Reg Bentley
Rittinger (L), Horb (4) and C. Vandale

(June 15) The Colonsay Monarchs picked up three 1st inning runs and went on to defeat the Saskatoon Legion 4 - 2 at Cairns Field. "Slim" Madden allowed the Saskatonians only single tallies in the 5th and 8th frames in taking the win over the Legionnaires' Ivan Krook. Colonsay outfielder Murray Leigh's triple was the longest blow of the game.

Madden (W) and Brooker
Krook (L) and Barber

(June 17) The Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans of Saskatoon took another lacing at Cairns Field as the Saskatoon Cubs pummeled them 12 - 2. The Cubs jumped into an early 4 - 0 first inning lead and wound up scoring in all but two innings of the game. Loser Johnny Grossman struck out 10 batters but had to endure the pain of eight defensive miscues by his defense. Of the 13 hits garnered by the Cubs, five went for extra-bases with Alex Sirota and Art Dehmke clouting triples. Les Farthing went all the way on the hill for the winners.

Farthing (W) and Sirota
Grossman (L) and Sasseville

(June 18) The North Battleford Beavers climbed into third place in the Saskatoon & District Baseball League standings with two victories over the Saskatoon Legion at Abbott Field. The double-dip wins were by 6 - 1 and 12 - 10 counts. The Beavers bunched their nine hits in the first game to win easily while "Lefty" Arnold held the visitors to six blows.

Krook (L) and Barber
Arnold (W) and Leask

Portsider Arnold took the hill again in the evening contest when George Taylor and Les Dean failed to hold the lead. The Beavers manufactured a pair of nifty double plays which highlighted the game. Ed Nalywako drilled a home run for the Legionnaires.

Nordstrom, R. Almas (L), Krook and Barber
Taylor, L. Dean, Arnold (W) and Leask

(June 19) The Delisle Commodores chalked up their 6th straight victory in the Saskatoon & District Baseball League by taking a 4 - 3 decision over the Saskatoon Cubs. Trailing 3 - 1 going into the 8th, Doug Bentley of the Goose Lake Navy Captains cracked out a long home run with one on to tie the score. The homesters continued the attack, driving in the winner before the inning ended. Reinie Kembel pitched for the winners and Eric Falk of the Cubs was handed the loss.

Falk (L) and Sirota
Kembel (W) and Reg Bentley

(June 19) The Saskatoon Veterans dropped deeper into the basement of the Saskatoon & District Baseball League when they lost a 3 - 2 verdict to the second place Colonsay Monarchs. Colonsay won the game with three runs in the 2nd inning. The Vets had a great opportunity to redeem themselves in the 7th when they scored both their runs. The rally, however, fell short and the 9th loss of the season ensued.

Doeker (L) and Sasseville
Coffin (W), Petch, Folk and Brooker

(June 21) The Ligon Colored ball club gained an even break in their two exhibition games at Cairns Field against a group of Saskatoon & District Baseball League players. The visiting aggregation swarmed all over the locals 11 - 1 in the afternoon tussle while the Hub City Selects took advantage of a flock of Ligon errors in the 9th inning to win the evening encounter 5 - 4.  The barnstormers packed in eight runs in the 2nd inning of the opener to run away with that game and win it for Ken Broady.

Broady (W) and Sanchez
Nordstrom (L), Dawes, Doeker and Barber, Sasseville, C. Vandale

Both teams plated a trio of runs in the final frame of the late game but the homesters' runs were all unearned as a result of three errors by the Ligons.

Reid, Pistle (L) and Thomas
Krook, Corbin (W) and Sasseville

(June 22) The Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans of Saskatoon took it on the chin for the 10th time this campaign as the Saskatoon Legion handed them an 11 - 7 pasting. "Swede" Nordstrom struck out nine in going the route on the hill for the Legionnaires. The winners whacked three Vets' hurlers for 12 hits. Ed Nalywako led the batting barrage with a homer and double. Teammates Cal Mills and "Chick" Barber each had a two-bagger.

McIntyre (L), Atkinson, Stewart and Sasseville
Nordstrom (W) and Barber

(June 25) A three-run 7th inning carried the Delisle Commodores to a 4 - 1 win over the touring Ligon Colored All-Stars in exhibition play. The Goose Lakers out-hit their barnstorming visitors 10 to 6 before the largest crowd of the season in Delisle.

Kembel, Maroniuk (W) and xxxx
Broady, Flavell (L) and xxxx

(June 25) The North Battleford Beavers took over second position in the Saskatoon & District Baseball League when they succeeded in taking both ends of a doubleheader from the Colonsay Monarchs by scores of 9 - 2 and 2 - 0.  "Lefty" Arnold, with bullpen help from Les Dean, was the victorious flinger in the opener. Johnny Folk poled out a bases-empty dinger for the Monarchs. Don Leask had a pair of doubles for the Dam Builders.

Folk (L) and Brooker
Arnold (W), L. Dean (7) and Leask

George Taylor struck out seven in taking the shutout win in the second game. He also shone at the dish, driving out two clean singles. Reg Pendleton was the top swatter for the losing Regals with two singles and a double.

Madden (L) and Brooker
Taylor (W) and Leask

(June 26) Max Bentley struck out 12 and flung a one-hitter at the Saskatoon Cubs as the Delisle Commodores edged the Bridge City Baby Bears 2 - 1 in the Goose Lake line town. The only run scored by the Saskatonians was of the unearned variety. In spite of collecting nine bingles off the slants of loser Les Farthing, the Ship Skippers only managed to plate the winning run in the bottom of the 9th.

Farthing (L) and Scherstevedo
M. Bentley (W) and Reg Bentley

(June 27) Today's edition of the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix announced the following:
Jack Matchett, colored pitcher who played five years with the Kansas City Monarchs, has been recruited by the Saskatoon Legion of the Saskatoon & District Baseball League. Matchett reports to the Legion with a reputation of being a heavy hitter as well as an effective pitcher.

(July 4) The Saskatoon Legion travelled to Colonsay and came away with an 8 - 7 win over the Monarchs. A three-run burst in the 3rd inning gave the Legion the lead, one which they never relinquished. Newcomer Jack Matchett smashed a triple for the winners.

Krook (W), Nordstrom and Barber
Olson (L), Folk and Brooker

(July 5) The visiting North Battleford Beavers dumped the Saskatoon Veterans 8 - 0 as Les Dean twirled a neat four-hit shutout for the win. North Battleford's Don Grant and Bobby Sasseville of the Vets both hit doubles, the only extra-base knocks of the contest.

L. Dean (W) and Leask
Green (L) and Sasseville

(July 6) The Saskatoon Legion baseball club introduced their new Negro pitcher, Jack Matchett, to a full house of Saskatoon fans and the colored boy's initiation was both good and bad. It was bad due to the fact that the Saskatoon Cubs beat him 8 - 7 in an interesting 11-inning battle but it was decidedly good to see the big boy whale out three hits in four trips, two of them healthy triples. Matchett also scored two runs, accepted seven fielding chances perfectly and struck out six Cubs. Jerry Webster's two-out Texas Leaguer over second base drove home the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the 11th.

Matchett (L) and Barber
Falk, Farthing (6) (W) and Sirota

(July 6) Delisle maintained their unblemished record atop the Saskatoon & District Baseball League and lengthened their lead to 2 1/2 games by taking both ends of a doubleheader from the North Battleford Beavers by 1 - 0 and 17 - 10 counts. Both teams dished up excellent baseball in the matinee encounter as a pitching battle developed between Reinie Kembel of Delisle and George Taylor of the Beavers. Taylor was tagged for fewer hits but Max Bentley's double in the 2nd frame followed by Kembel's long single to right field accounted for the contest's lone tally.

Kembel (W) and Reg Bentley
Taylor (L) and Leask

The second game, played under adverse weather conditions, produced very little in the way of good baseball. Delisle found North Battleford starter "Lefty" Arnold's offerings to their liking and drove him to the showers in the 3rd. Max Bentley's long home run to center field with one aboard was the highlight of the game. Doug Bentley and Reg Bentley both doubled twice for the victors.

Maroniuk (W) and Reg Bentley
Arnold (L), Guenther (3) and Leask

Standings as of the end of July 6 W  L  Pct.
Delisle Commodores                8  0 1.000
North Battleford Beavers          6  3 .667
Saskatoon Cubs                    5  3 .625
Colonsay Monarchs                 5  4 .556
Saskatoon Legion                  3  7 .300
Saskatoon A N & AF Veterans       1 11 .083

(July 8) The Saskatoon Cubs climbed into a 2nd place tie with the North Battleford Beavers by virtue of a 6 - 4 win over the Colonsay Monarchs in Saskatoon & District Baseball League action at Cairns Field. A circuit clout with a runner on base by Cubs' third sacker George Vandale was the big swat of the game.

Madden (L), Folk (5) and Brooker
Penner (W), Farthing (5) and Sirota

(July 9) The North Battleford Beavers and Saskatoon Legion broke even following a double-dip attraction at Cairns Field, The Beavers gnawed gaping holes in the Legion defense in the afternoon and walked off with a 12 - 3 victory. Things were decidedly different in the evening encounter when the Legion crew edged past the Beavers 3 - 2.

The Legion boys were simply overmatched in the opening game as North Battleford connected for 20 hits while the Saskatonians helped them along committing six errors. Les Dean notched the pitching win and was helped immensely by his brothers Elton who blasted a home run and Roy who drilled two triples.

L. Dean (W) and Leask
Nordstrom (L), Speck (7) and Barber

Jack Matchett, the Legion's new colored pitcher, chalked up his first hurling victory in the finale. While the Beavers out-hit the locals 8 - 5, Matchett proved sound in the pinches to snuff out potential North Battleford scoring threats, The Legion scored all their runs in the 3rd inning off loser Ross "Lefty" Arnold. Don Grant of the Beavers had the game's only extra-base hit, a double.

Arnold (L) and Leask
Matchett (W) and Barber

(July 13) In a 7-inning encounter at Cairns Field, the Saskatoon Legion completely annihilated their city cousins, the Saskatoon Army & Navy Veterans by a 15 - 0 score. The Vets managed only a single hit off the combined offerings of winner Jack Matchett and reliever "Swede" Nordstrom. In spite of the barrage of runs, Nordstrom's double was the only hit of the contest that went for extra-bases.

Matchett (W), Nordstrom and Barber
Stewart (L), Green, Grossman, Gillespie and C. Vandale

(July 13) Sparked by the hard-hitting Dean brothers, the North Battleford Beavers swamped the Saskatoon Cubs 17 - 5 and 11 - 6 in a Saskatoon & District Baseball League doubleheader. Apart from the heavy hitting of the North Battleford club, which saw Bob Ferry pick up five singles and two doubles in 11 times at bat, the Saskatonians were guilty of several untimely errors which contributed to the high scores.

In the opener, North Battleford moundsman George Taylor pitched a steady game and was never extended. Brothers Les and Roy Dean homered for the Beavers.

Dawes (L), Falk and Sirota
Taylor (W) and Leask

Roy Dean smacked two home runs, his 2nd and 3rd of the day, to spark the winners from the batters' box in the follow-up contest. Brother Les Dean also had a four-bagger.

Farthing (L) and Sirota
Grazeby (W) and Leask

(July 14) The Colonsay Monarchs handed the Delisle Commodores their first beating of the season in Saskatoon & District Baseball League action. The teams played a twin-bill at Colonsay which saw the Monarchs win the first game 2 - 0 while Delisle roared back to capture the second encounter 9 - 0.

Johnny Folk tossed a four-hit shutout for the Monarchs in the opening game victory.

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Folk (W) and xxxx

Johnny Maroniuk struck out 13 Colonsay batters and allowed only four hits as Delisle evened the count by taking the second game.

Maroniuk (W) and xxxx
xxxx and xxxx

(July 15) The Saskatoon Cubs took a liking to the curveball slants of the Saskatoon Legion's colored hurler Jack Matchett for the second time this season and whitewashed their Hub City cousins 6 - 0. The win strengthened the Cubs' hold on 3rd place in the current circuit standings. Eric Falk scattered five hits to win the mound joust. Gil Strumm and Art Dehmke homered for the winners. Dehmke led the Baby Bruins' batters with three hits in five trips while Eddie Major had three for four to pace the Legion batsmen.

Falk (W) and Sirota
Matchett (L) and Locke

(July 19) The Saskatoon Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans turned in their best performance of the season by turning back the league-leading Delisle Commodores 4 - 2. Gerry Green tossed a five-hitter at the visitors and had the Bentley-studded Commodores biting badly. Max Bentley did the twirling for Delisle and took the loss.

Max Bentley (L) nd Reg Bentley
Green (W) and Sasseville

(July 20) The North Battleford Beavers bore down on the Saskatoon Veterans in a twin-bill played at Abbott Field, taking both games in high-scoring fashion by 17 - 12 and 15 - 9 counts.
No game details for game 1

Stewart (L), Gillespie and xxxx
Taylor (W) and xxxx

No game details available for the second game.

Grossman (L) and xxxx
Arnold (W) and xxxx

(July 22) Before the largest crowd of the season at Cairns Field, the Delisle Commodores and the Ligon Colored All-Stars battled to a 5 - 5 10-inning exhibition stalemate. Max Bentley's inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the 9th inning tied the game.

Woosley and Underwood
Maroniuk and Reg Bentley

(July 26) The Ligon Colored All-Stars defeated the Delisle Commodores 6 - 3 in a lively exhibition game witnessed by a large crowd in the Goose Lake line town. Tied 3 - 3 entering the 8th frame, the colored barnstormers broke through for three tallies to sew up the game. Delisle could only muster four hits during the contest. Max Bentley's triple was the only extra-base hit of the game.

Kembel (L), Maroniuk and Reg Bentley
Woodson (W) and Underwood

(July 27) Johnny Maroniuk, Delisle's star left-handed hurler, turned in a masterful 12 strikeout pitching performance at Cairns Field as the Commodores knocked off the Saskatoon Cubs 10 - 2. Maroniuk spun a two-hitter, both swats coming in the 4th when the Cubs scored both their runs. Max Bentley of Delisle and Jerry Webster of the Cubs stroked triples.

Maroniuk (W) and Reg Bentley
Falk, Dawes (5) (L), Farthing (7) and Sirota

(July 29) The Legion baseballers of Saskatoon put on a three-run 9th inning rally to pull out a 5 - 4 victory over the Saskatoon Vets in a Saskatoon & District Baseball League game at Cairns Field. Ed Gillespie, the Veterans' chucker, looked to be well on his way to a win over the Legion's colored hurler, Jack Matchett, and had a two-run lead entering the final frame. However, disaster overtook the Vets as the Legion plated three unearned runs to grab the lead and take the verdict.

Matchett (W) and Barber
Gillespie (L) and Sasseville

(July 30) The North Battleford Beavers and Saskatoon Cubs split a twin-bill at Cairns Field with the hometown Cubs edging out a 9 - 8 victory in the opener while the Beavers came back to take the second encounter 3 - 1. A 6-run, 8th inning rally carried the Cubbies to their opening game triumph. Eric Falk earned the pitching decision over Les Dean. Dean and the Cubs' Alex Sirota smacked triples for their respective clubs.

L. Dean (L) and Leask
Falk (W) and Sirota

The finale featured a mound joust between North Battleford's "Lefty" Arnold and the Cubs' Johnny Grossman, recently acquired from the Vets. Arnold, with 10 strikeouts, prevailed. Emile Francis had a triple and Matt Meredith a double for the winners.

Arnold (W) and Meredith
Grossman (L) and Sirota

Standings as of the end of July 30
Delisle Commodores       10  2 .833
North Battleford Beavers 12  5 .706
Saskatoon Cubs            9  7 .563
Colonsay Monarchs         6  7 .462
Saskatoon Legion          6  9 .400
Saskatoon A N & AF Vets   2 15 .118

(August 2) The Colonsay Monarchs defeated the North Battleford Beavers twice in Colonsay by scores of 5 - 1 and 1 - 0. The first game was called in the 6th inning on account of rain. The twin victories put Colonsay ahead of the Saskatoon Cubs and into 3rd place in the Saskatoon & District Baseball League.

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(August 5) The Saskatoon Legion and Colonsay Monarchs failed to reach a decision in their Saskatoon & District Baseball League game at Cairns Field as they battled through 10 innings to a 3 - 3 tie. Darkness squelched any further play. The Legion boys had a slight edge in the base hit department, out-stroking the Monarchs 8 to 7. Locke hit a home run for the Saskatonians.

Madden, Smith (2) and Brooker
Matchett and Dubyk

(August 9) The Saskatoon Cubs blasted 16 hits in taking down the Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans team 9 - 2. Bobby Dawes flung a five-hitter for the mound triumph. Cubs' backstop Alex Sirota had a pair of doubles.

Dawes (W) and Sirota
Stewart (L), Moncur (9) and Sasseville

(August 10) For the second consecutive day, the Saskatoon Cubs met up with the Saskatoon Vets and the result was strikingly similar. The Cubbies clobbered their intra-city foes once more, this time to the tune of 15 - 1. The victory lifted the Cubs back into 3rd place in the Saskatoon & District Baseball League. The Baby Bears blasted 23 base hits off three Veterans' chuckers. Les Farthing went seven innings for the win. Alex Sirota drilled a brace of triples for the winners and teammate Max Katz belted a four-bagger.

Green (L), Stewart, Crawford and Berry, McPhail
Farting (W), Dawes (8) and Sirota

(August 11) The hapless Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans of Saskatoon took it on the chin again by dropping a 13 - 5 verdict to the host Colonsay Monarchs. The Regals out-hit the Bridge City visitors 11 - 5 in the eight-inning encounter.

Crawford (L) and xxxx
Madden (W) and xxxx

(August 12)  In their 4th exhibition meeting of the summer, the Ligon Colored All-Stars had a little too much for the Delisle Commodores and took a 4 - 1 decision from the Goose Liners. It was the rubber match between the two clubs as each team had won once while the other set-to resulted in an extra-inning saw-off. Winning pitcher Roy White limited Delisle to four hits, one less than loser Johnny Maroniuk gave up. Ligon third baseman Travis Taylor's triple and first sacker Claude Williams' double were the only extra-base hits in this contest and both drove in runs.

White (W) and Underwood
Maroniuk (L) and Reg Bentley

(August 16) The Colonsay Monarchs humbled the Saskatoon Legion 10 - 4 in a Saskatoon & District Baseball League game in Colonsay and, by doing so, moved past the Saskatoon Cubs into 3rd spot in the standings. Ivan Krook clouted a homer for the Legion in the 1st inning but that lead evaporated quickly as the Monarchs roared back with three counters in the bottom of the frame and they never trailed after that. Cal Mills of the Legionnaires and Colonsay's Hawrysh had triples in this contest.

Matchett (L) and Dubyk
Smith (W) nd Brooker

(August 17) The high-flying Colonsay Monarchs dumped the Saskatoon Legion for the second day in a row, this time by a 5 - 1 margin. The win propelled the Monarchs into a 2nd place tie with the North Battleford Beavers in the final standings. Ed Nalywako had a booming home run and a double for the winners. Ivan Krook's triple was the longest blow for the Hub City bunch.

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Final Standings           W  L  Pct.
Delisle Commodores       14  3 .824
North Battleford Beavers 12  7 .632
Colonsay Monarchs        12  7 .632
Saskatoon Cubs           11  8 .570
Saskatoon Legion          6 12 .333
Saskatoon A N & AF        2 17 .105

PLAYOFFS
(August 19) The Delisle Commodores crowded every one of their five hits and four runs into the 1st inning to defeat the Saskatoon Cubs 4 - 2 in the first game of their Saskatoon & District Baseball League best-of-3 semi-final series. The Cubs equaled Delisle's output of five hits as Johnny Maroniuk picked up the mound victory over the Cubs' Johnny Grossman. Only one batter, Ray Hamilton of the Baby Bears, had two hits in this game.

Grossman (L), Currie (8) and Sirota
Maroniuk (W) and Reg Bentley

(August 21) Two unearned runs in the "lucky 7th", both driven across the plate by pinch-hitter Don Grant, gave the North Battleford Beavers a 2 - 1 victory over the Colonsay Monarchs in the opener of their play-off series. 20 year old Lorne Cooke, a North Battleford playoff recruit, handcuffed the Monarchs on three hits, all singles, in earning the win on the hill. Loser Johnny Folk surrendered but five singles but a pair of 7th inning errors by his mates erased a 1 - 0 lead and led to his demise.

Cooke (W) and Prediger
Folk (L) and Brooker

(August 24) The Delisle Commodores rode into the Saskatoon & District Baseball League finals on the strength of a fine pitching effort by Murray Coben and the equally effective stick work by Max Bentley. The Commodores defeated the Saskatoon Cubs 4 - 0 to take the best-2-out-of-3 semi-final series with two straight wins. Coben, an easy-going left hander, limited the Cubbies to three hits and struck out 11. Loser Stan Currie, another portsider, was relatively effective in defeat. He struck out a dozen Delisle batters and kept the rest down to six hits, three of them off the bat of Max Bentley.

Coben (W) and Reg Bentley
Currie (L) and McKay

(August 27) The North Battleford Beavers elevated themselves to a final playoff berth in the Saskatoon & District Baseball League against the Delisle Commodores when they defeated the Colonsay Monarchs 3 - 1 in the 2nd game of their semi-final showdown.

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(September 1) The North Battleford Beavers played heads up ball to take both ends of a Labor Day play-off doubleheader from the Delisle Commodores by scores of 8 - 5 and 5 - 4. The brace of wins gives them a two-game lead in their best-of-five final series for the Saskatoon & District Baseball League championship.

In the afternoon contest, the Commodores had things their own way for 4 1/2 innings and had a 4 - 0 advantage entering the bottom of the 5th. The Beavers came to life in the 6th to score four counters and knot the count. The Commodores went one up on a 7th inning squeeze play but then three errors in the 8th plus two walks and a pair of hits off loser Bert Olmstead iced the game for the Beavers. Doug Bentley slugged a bases-empty dinger for Delisle.

Maroniuk, Olmstead (8) (L) and Reg Bentley
Cooke (W) and Prediger

The Beavers out-hit the visiting Goose Liners in the second game by a 10 to 6 margin. "Lefty" Arnold, with six strikeouts, got the win. Loser Murray Coben fanned nine before relinquishing mound chores to Max Bentley. Elton Dean and Pete Prediger collected doubles for the winners while Doug Bentley of Delisle also had a two-bagger.

Coben (L), M. Bentley and Reg Bentley
Arnold (W) and Prediger

(September 3) After a double defeat in North Battleford on Labor Day, the Delisle Commodores returned to their home diamond and found the change in venue to their liking as the classy Goose Liners defeated the Beavers 9 - 3 and 8 - 1 to deadlock the Saskatoon & District Baseball League final at two games each. North Battleford lodged an official protest on the grounds that Johnny Gibson and Alex Uffleman, recent Delisle acquisitions from Calgary, were ineligible.
Gibson, a smooth-working right hander, held the Beavers to eight scattered singles and fanned six in the afternoon tussle. Uffleman, Gibson, Max Bentley and Reg Bentley all had two hits for the winners

Cooke (L), Taylor (5), L. Dean (6) and Prediger
Gibson (W) and Reg Bentley

Errors were mainly responsible for the Beavers downfall in the nightcap. Losing pitcher George Taylor was given wretched defensive support while holding the Commodores to four hits, two less than collected by his teammates of winning pitcher John Maroniuk. Delisle's Max Bentley had a pair of doubles to lead all swatters. Pete Prediger of North Battleford and Bev Bentley of the Commodores both had a brace of singles.

Taylor (L) and Prediger
Maroniuk (W) and Reg Bentley

(September 5) Protests entered by both North Battleford and Delisle following a playoff doubleheader at Delisle were disallowed by a protest committee. The 5th and final playoff game is scheduled for Cairns Field on Sunday, September 7.

(September 7) Johnny Maroniuk, southpaw heaver of the Delisle Commodores, manufactured a three-hit shut-out performance for himself and, as a result, the Commodores are 1947 champions of the Saskatoon & District Baseball League. The Delisle boys defeated the North Battleford Beavers 2 - 0 to win the deciding game in the best-of-five final series. After six complete innings, the game was scoreless as Maroniuk and North Battleford's Lorne Cooke were locked into a serious mound joust. Cooke gave up a pair of 7th inning singles and two walks which forced in a run to give the Commodores a 1 - 0 lead. In the 8th, Bev Bentley's single drove in a 2nd run and sent Cooke to the showers. Max Bentley had a double and single to lead hitters on both squads.

Cooke (L), Arnold (8) and Prediger
Maroniuk (W) and Reg Bentley


Border League

The 1947 Border League, in its second season of post-war play, grew from nine to twelve teams which necessitated the implementation of a two-division setup with six clubs in each.

Eastern Division :
Estevan Maple Leafs,
Portal Internationals,
Lignite,
Columbus,
Flaxton,
Coteau

Western Division :
Wildrose,
Corinth,
Crosby,
Ambrose,
Long Creek,
Alkabo

Estevan tied for first-place in the Eastern Division regular season but lost the tie-breaker to the Portal Internationals.  Ambrose ND went on to win the 1947 Border League playoffs.


Garry League

The short-season Garry League resumed in 1947 with the same five teams that had been members in 1946. The Sheho Aces went undefeated in league play but lost the final game in the league tournament playoff format to the Yorkton Cardinals 6 to 4. The Redbirds had qualified to meet the pennant-winners after knocking off Willowbrook in a quarter-final match 5 to 3 and then disposing of Theodore 4 to 3 in a rousing semi-final.

              W  L  T  PTS
Shebo         8  0  0  16
Yorkton       4  3  1   9
Willowbrook   4  4  0   8
Theodore      1  5  2   4
Springside    1  6  1   3


Prince Albert

Two senior level baseball clubs, the Bohemians and the Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans, emerged in Prince Albert in 1947. Neither was in any league and play was confined to primarily exhibition games and the occasional tournament. They rarely opposed each other on the diamond and, in one instance, joined forces to play against the Ligon Colored All-Stars. In late August, they crossed swords and met in a beat-of-three series for the city championship. The favored Bohs took the first match but the underdog Vets roared back to capture the second and third tussles to claim Prince Albert supremacy.

City championship

(August 26)  “Lefty” Logue fanned five and pitched a four-hitter as the Bohemians defeated the Veterans 2 to 0 in the opening game of the Prince Albert city championship. Logue plated both Boh counters, one in the second frame and the other in the sixth after tripling. Ray Friesen tossed a six-hitter in being stung with the loss. Both Bohemian runs were of the unearned variety. Outfielder Buchanan of the winners was the only batter with two hits.

Logue (W) and Zwack
Friesen (L)and S. Benoit

(August 29)  Fighting against elimination from the Prince Albert city baseball final, the Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans squeezed a 2 to 1 victory over the Bohemians to deadlock the best-of-three series at a game each. “Lefty” Logue gave the Bohs a first inning lead with a booming double that drove in “Mooch” Morash. The Vets scored their two tallies in the fourth on two base hits, a fielder’s choice and a hit batsman. Winning twirler Doucette hurled a five-hitter while whiffing seven Bohemian hitters. Losing chucker Vancoughnett was replaced in the sixth frame by Archie Hunter. The two of them combined to yield six hits with two being picked up by Vets’ first sacker Al McLellan.

Doucette (W) and McKay
Vancoughnett (L), Hunter (5) and Morash

(August 31)  The Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans won the city baseball title from the Bohemians , blanking the Brewers 2 to 0 in the third and final game of the best-of-three series. Billesberger hurled a four-hitter for the Vets and gave up two bases on balls. Only one Bohemian baserunner reached second base. The winners plated both of their runs in the sixth inning off losing chucker “Lefty” Logue. After two batters had been retired, Len Benoit singled. Solenger reached first on an error and then both runners scored on a single by “Bo'” Carlson.

Logue (L) and Zwack
Billesberger (W) and McKay, Solenger