1951 Game Reports Saskatchewan     

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

With the formation in 1951 of the Western Canada League, a six team semi-pro circuit, the Southern League took a direct hit as three of the stronger franchises, the Regina Caps, the Moose Jaw Canucks and the defending champion Estevan Maple Leafs abandoned the Southern League to enter the new professional association. On top of that, many of the most talented homebrew players were lured away from Southern League teams to ply their trade within the new pro confederation. When the season began, returning teams included the Weyburn Beavers, the Notre Dame Hounds, the Regina Red Sox and the Wilcox Cardinals. A second Regina entry, the Royal Caps featuring many of the leftover amateur players players from the Caps and Lumsden Royals of the previous season joined the league as well as a team from the small community of Avonlea, known as the Arrows. A new club from Moose Jaw, the Millers, also began the season but dropped out following their August 8th game when it became apparent that they would be not be able to field a roster for the balance of the season.

(May 6) The Southern League decided at an executive meeting that each team will be allowed only one American import for the 1951 season. Representatives of most teams, however, expressed a desire to stock their rosters solely with home grown, local talent.

(May 27) Veteran Gayle Shupe showed his old mound mastery when he led the Weyburn Beavers to a 5 - 1 win over the Notre Dame Hounds in the opening game of the 1951 Southern League schedule. Shupe held the Hounds to six hits, including a pair by first baseman Bobby Donald, struck out ten and issued one walk. Lionel "Hap" L'Heureux toiled on the Notre Dame hill giving up eight hits, fanning 12 and walking one. The game's only extra base hit was a 3rd inning double by Jim Anderson, Beaver right fielder.

G. Shupe (W) and Covert
L'Heureux (L) and McCarthy

(May 30) In the second Southern League game of the season and the first for both participants, the Regina Royal Caps came up with a tight 3 - 2 victory over the Moose Jaw Millers. Two southpaws, Cliff Harrison and Ted McCullough squared off , doling out few hits and sending many down swinging. Trailing 2 - 1 in the 7th, Doug Hingley singled and knotted the score by plating the tying run on Spear Salloum's single. Salloum in turn took 2nd base on the throw in to the plate, stole 3rd base and came home on catcher Stubby Martin's errant throw to third that sailed into left field. Bunny Smith led the Royal Caps with two hits while Herb Lovett and Stan Martin did likewise for the Millers.

McCullough (L), Yeomans (7) and Martin
Harrison (W) and Lysack

(June 1) The Weyburn Beavers made good in their home debut when they edged the Wilcox Cardinals 3 - 1. The ageless Weyburn veteran Ralph Hogg went to the hill and set down ten Cardinal batters on strikes while giving up eight hits. The Cards drew first blood in the 3rd but the Beavers came back with two in the 4th and an insurance tally in the 8th. Aub Downton was saddled with the loss. Backstop Keith Covert of Weyburn led all hitters, poking out a trio.

A. Downton (L) and Smith
Hogg (W) and Covert

(June 2) The Notre Dame Hounds took off on a scoring binge when they hammered the Moose Jaw Millers 17 - 4 in a Southern League encounter. Every member of the college crew took part in the 16 hit barrage against two young Moose Jaw hurlers. The Hounds were aided by erratic fielding as the Millers booted the ball on eight occasions. Bob "Bones" Yeomans began the slab chores for Moose Jaw but was knocked from the box in the 4th and took the loss. Bus Claggett, who toiled on the hill for the Dogs until the final stanza, was credited with the win. Center fielder Walt Becker wielded the biggest stick rapping out a double and three singles in six trips to the dish. Catcher Bob McCarthy slammed out a triple and a single to drive in five tallies. Herb Lovett and Stubby Martin were best at the plate for the Millers with a brace of singles apiece.

Claggett (W), Mooney (9) and McCarthy
Yeomans (L), Colbow (4) and Martin

(June 3) Frank Germann's single chased home Cece McCarron in the 10th inning to provide the Notre Dame Hounds with a 4 - 3 victory over the Regina Red Sox. In this exciting tilt, McCarron led off the bottom of the extra frame with a triple, setting the scene for Germann's heroics. Lefthander Hugo Dombowsky struck out 13 and allowed seven hits in registering the mound victory. Harold Cope, in relief of Sol Solminen, was tagged with the loss. McCarron and two Reginans, Merv Bregg and Johnny Miller, each collected a brace of hits during this contest.

Solminen, Cope (L) (3) and Frolick
Dombowsky (W) and McCarthy, Germann (5)

(June 9) After several days of inactivity because of cold and rain, the Southern League resumed play and a pitching gem ensued. A single in the bottom of the 9th by second sacker Gordon Campbell deprived right-hander Ken Machan of the Red Sox a no-hitter in his Southern League pitching debut as the Reginans blanked the Avonlea Arrows 3 - 0. Merv Bregg and Art Frolick set the swatting pace for the victors with two hits apiece against loser Archie Sanderson.

Machan (W) and Frolick
A. Sanderson (L) and Smukowich

(June 10) The Notre Dame Hounds registered their third straight Southern League victory when they defeated the Regina Royal Caps 10 - 6. Both teams, following a long layoff from play because of a week of torrential rain, responded well in this contest. Lionel L'Heureux and Hugo Dombowsky shared the mound duties for the Hounds with L'Heureux picking up the win. Lefty Harrison toiled on the hill for the Royal Caps, allowing 12 hits and striking out eight. L'Heureux was the big stick at the plate as he smashed out three safeties. Cece McCarron, Walt Becker and Murray Huck each had a brace. Bill Kyle led the Royal Cap attack with two hits.

Harrison (L) and Lysack
L'Heureux (W), Dombowsky (8) and Germann

(June 11) Registering their fourth straight triumph, the Notre Dame Hounds dumped the Weyburn Beavers 7 - 3.

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Standings as of June 11
Notre Dame    4 - 1 .800
Weyburn       2 - 1 .667
Royal Caps    2 - 1 .667
Red Sox       1 - 1 .500
Wilcox        0 - 1 .000
Moose Jaw     0 - 2 .000
Avonlea       0 - 2 .000

(June 12) Performing in starry fashion on the mound and with the stick, Don Metz led the Wilcox Cardinals to a 5 - 4 victory over the Avonlea Arrows. It was the first win of the campaign for the Redbirds who handed the Arrows their third successive setback in Southern League play. Metz pitched four hit ball, struck out ten and walked five during his complete game pitching chore. Six errors by his mates kept Avonlea in the game. On the offensive side of the coin, Metz cracked out two of the five Cardinal hits off loser Elmer Tysdal to lead all hitters.

Tysdal (L) and Glen Campbell
D. Metz (W) and Smith

(June 15)   Weyburn took over sole possession of second place in the Southern Baseball league standings with a 3-2 win over Avonlea.  Keith Covert worked a three-hitter with eleven strikeouts to gain the mound decision.  Tagged with the loss was the Arrows' starter Archie Sanderson. Doug Shupe and George Knox had two hits each for the winners.

A Sanderson (L), G Campbell (2) and Smukowich
Covert (W) and Schrader

(June 15) The Regina Red Sox garnered their second straight Southern League win, coming through with a two run 8th inning rally to shade the Moose Jaw Millers 6 - 5. Ed Prosofsky tied the game with a two out home run. The following batter, Bob McWhirter reached first base on an error and then plated the winner as Ken McEachern slammed a long triple to right field. The rival pitchers, Harold Cope of the Sox and Moose Jaw's lefty Ray Barry, both went all the way. First sacker Prosofsky paced the Redlegs with three of their seven hits. McEachern with two safeties was the only other Reginan to get more than one hit. For the Millers, Ray Nutzhorn, Murray Smail and Del Topoll each had a pair of hits. Jim Scott homered for Moose Jaw.

Barry (L) and Lovett
Cope (W) and Frolick

(June 16) The young Regina Royal Caps had too much vim and vigor in their legs for the Wilcox Cardinals. The blue-trimmed Reginans hit hard and ran the bases with reckless abandon to pile up a convincing 11 - 4 victory. The Royal Caps slammed out 11 hits off Wilcox starter and loser Ernie Downton with Lou Lysack leading the way with a hefty 4 for 5. On the sacks, the Regina club had larceny in their hearts and pilfered an amazing total of 13 bases as speedy Jackie Fulton led the way with five. Southpaw Cliff Harrison went all the way for Regina, doling out seven hits to the Cards. Irv Wiebe had a brace of base knocks for Wilcox.

E. Downton (L), Nagel (9) and Smith
Harrison (W) and Lysack

(June 17) The amazing Hounds of Notre Dame racked up their fifth straight Southern League victory when they blanked the Moose Jaw Millers 3 - 0. Les Lilley, Hugo Dombowsky and Lionel L'Heureux all took a turn on the hill for the Collegians with Lilley, in six innings of work, receiving credit for the win. Veteran Elmer Torgeson returned to the Southern League wars and was handed the loss. Mel Hennenfent banged out a pair of the five Moose Jaw hits. Lilley was the Dogs' top hitter, going 2 for 2. The game's only extra base hit was a double by Notre Dame's Bobby Donald.

Torgeson (L) and Reid
Lilley (W), Dombowsky (7), L'Heureux (9) and Germann

(June 18) The Weyburn Beavers remained hot on the heels of the Notre Dame Hounds in the Southern League race by whipping the Avonlea Arrows 13 - 4. The Beavers have won four of their first five and rank half a game behind the pace-setting Collegians. Veteran Ralph Hogg, who assumed chucking chores in the 3rd inning, paced the Weyburn club. He fanned eight and held the Arrows to only two runs which came during the 7th. Avonlea managed only five safeties in total off the combined efforts of starter Keriman and Hogg. One was a two run homer by Gordon Campbell during the 7th frame. Three toiled on the hill for Avonlea. Elmer Tysdal started but gave way to Gordon Campbell in the 6th. Garnet Campbell moved in from second base to take over in the 9th. Jack Shupe banged out a trio of hits for the victors while Les Wilder had a brace.

Keriman, Hogg (W) (3) and Jalbert
Tysdal (L), Gordon Campbell (6), Garnet Campbell (9) and Smukowich

(June 19) The Moose Jaw Millers finally broke into the win column when they turned back the Regina Royal Caps 8 - 5 in a contest that was called in the bottom of the 5th inning because of rain. Lloyd Aupperle sparked the Millers to victory, driving in four counters with a first inning triple and a three run homer in the 2nd. Lanky Bob "Bones" Yeomans pitched five innings to pick up the win. Lefty Harrison was chased from the hill in the 4th and took the loss. Jimmy Ross had a triple for the Royal Caps.

Harrison (L), Montgomery (4) and Lysack
Yeomans (W) and Peterson

(June 19)  Big Gayle Shupe threw a two-hitter at the Regina Red Sox enabling the Weyburn Beavers to bounce into a first place tie in the Southern League. The Beavers edged the Red Sox 1 - 0 in one of the most tightly contested games of the season. The win placed the Beavers on an even footing with the Notre Dame Hounds, both with 5 - 1 records, atop the Southern League. In fashioning his two-hitter, Shupe set down 15 Redleg batters swinging. Ken Machan, toiling on the mound for the Reginans, also hurled a credible game giving up but seven hits including two each to Jack Shupe, Doug Shupe and Keith Covert. Jack Shupe's 5th inning double drove in the game's only run.

Machan (L) and Frolick
G Shupe (W) and Jalbert

(June 21) A two run outburst in the 7th inning gave the Regina Royal Caps a tight 3 - 1 verdict over their intra-city rivals, the Regina Red Sox, in an outstanding pitching duel between Pete McMurtry of the Royal Caps and the Redlegs' Harold Cope. The towering McMurtry set down the Sox with a mere three hits in posting the victory, retiring the final 15 batters in order. Cope conceded little to him and allowed only five hits. The teams were deadlocked 1 - 1 when the Royal Caps went to town and scored a brace, sending them ahead for good. Gord Hammond of the Royal Caps was the only player to register two hits.

Cope (L) and Frolick
McMurtry (W) and Lysack

(June 23) The Moose Jaw Millers batted around for six runs in the 5th inning and went on to score a 9 - 4 pasting of the Wilcox Cardinals. The score was tied 3 - 3 in the 5th when loser Benny Nagel of the Cards loaded the bases and was relieved by Aub Downton who failed to quell the flames. Don Devine went the distance for the Millers giving up six hits, two of them to Nick Metz. Three Millers - Tom Aupperle, Mel Hennenfent and Skeoch - picked up a pair of safeties.

Devine (W) and Peterson
Nagel (L), A. Downton (5) and Clements

(June 23) In a game shortened to seven innings by darkness, the batting punch of Frank Germann and Bobby Donald proved too much for the Regina Red Sox. The dynamic duo accounted for all five of the Notre Dame runs driven in as the Hounds took the Reginans to task 5 - 3. The win lifted the Dogs into a half game lead over the Weyburn Beavers in the Southern League standings. Lionel "Happy" L'Heureux limited the Redlegs to six safeties and fanned seven in picking up the win. Loser George McFadyen was nicked for nine hits in his Red Sox' debut. Ed Prosofsky, the clean-up hitter, was the big gun offensively for the Sox, slamming out three base raps. Prosofsky also kept the Hounds on edge as he stole home in the 6th.

L'Heureux (W) and Germann
McFadyen (L) and Frolick

Standings as of June 23
Notre Dame         6 - 1 .857
Weyburn            5 - 1 .833
Regina Royal Caps  4 - 2 .667
Regina Red Sox     2 - 4 .333
Moose Jaw          2 - 4 .333
Wilcox             1 - 3 .250
Avonlea            0 - 5 .000

(June 26)  Avonlea Arrows notched their first win of the season with a 6-4 victory over Moose Jaw Millers.  The Arrows collected 11 hits off loser Elmer Torgeson and tallied twice in the 7th frame to break open a close game. Jim Kirkpatrick was the big gun for Avonlea, pounding out a double and triple. Torgeson and Dalton Skeoch paced the 13 hit Millers' attack with three hits each. Gordon Campbell, in relief of brother Garnet Campbell, was the winning chucker.

Torgeson (L) and Peterson
Garnet Campbell, Gordon Campbell (W) (6) and McRorie

(June 30) The rapidly improving Avonlea Arrows scored the biggest upset of the young Southern League season when they toppled the high-flying Notre Dame Hounds 7 - 3. The loss knocked Notre Dame out of first place, allowing the idle Weyburn Beavers to move into top spot. Avonlea scored all their runs in 2 big innings, four in the 5th and three in the 6th. Elmer Tysdal hurled the initial six innings on the Avonlea mound to get credit for the win. Garnet Campbell held the Hounds at bay over the final three. Notre Dame starter and loser Bus Claggett was sent to the showers in the 5th. Six players, four from the Arrows (Garnet Campbell, Jim Kirkpatrick, Archie Sanderson and Erdelyan) and two from the Hounds (Ralph Beattie and Hugo Dombowsky) all had a brace of hits.

Claggett (L), Mooney (5) and Germann
Tysdal (W), Garnet Campbell (7) and Smukowich

(July 3) The Weyburn Beavers edged the Regina Royal Caps 3 - 1 to strengthen their hold on first place in the Southern League. The young Royal Caps counted a run in the top of the 1st off old reliable Ralph Hogg but drew only goose eggs for the rest of the game. Hogg scattered six hits and struck out nine Regina batters in posting the win. Lefty Harrison did a commendable job on the mound for the Royal Caps, surrendering but seven hits, but the lack of a sustained offensive output by his teammates did him in. Regina's catcher Lou Lysack was the game's top hitter, going 3 for 4. The Beavers' Jim Burge had two hits as did Bunny Smith of the Royal Caps.

Harrison (L) and Lysack
Hogg (W) and Jalbert

(July 3) Backed by the three hit pitching performance of Gordon Campbell, the Avonlea Arrows hoisted themselves into fourth place in the Southern League when they dumped the Wilcox Cardinals 4 - 3. Only one run in this game, an Avonlea marker, was of the earned variety as errors cost both teams dearly. The Arrows picked up five safeties off the slants of losing pitcher Alvin Kot. The only player to come up with a pair of hits in this game was the Redbirds' Irv Wiebe.

Kot (L) and Smith
Gordon Campbell (W) and Smukowich

(July 4) The Moose Jaw Millers failed to appear in Wilcox for their scheduled game against the Notre Dame Hounds. League officials announced that action would be taken against the Moose Jaw club for failing to fulfill this obligation.

(July 6) The Wilcox Cardinals rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to slip by the Regina Royal Caps 8 - 6. A double by Aub Downton with the bases loaded was the big blow as the Redbirds overcame a 5 - 4 deficit. Downton started on the hill for the Cards and pitched four innings of no-hit, no-run ball but was replaced on the mound by Alvin Kot in the 5th. Kot chucked the last five innings and got credit for the win. Pete McMurtry went the route for the Royal Caps and was tagged with the defeat. Irv Wiebe had a pair of hits off McMurtry to lead the Wilcox hit parade. For the Reginans, Jimmy Ross pounded out a two run homer while Bunny Smith had two hits including a triple.

McMurtry (L) and Lysack
A. Downton, Kot (W) (5) and Weisshaar, Smith (6)

(July 6) Showing plenty of power at the plate, the Weyburn Beavers whitewashed the Regina Red Sox 9 - 0. Versatile Keith Covert took his turn on the hill and allowed the Red Sox a mere four singles, three of them going to second baseman Art Belick. The red-hot Beavers went to work in the 1st and counted three runs off loser Ken Wallace, one being a round-tripper by second sacker Bill Garner. Doug Shupe had three hits in leading Weyburn at the dish.

Wallace (L), Machan (7) and Frolick
Covert (W) and Jalbert

(July 7) The Notre Dame Hounds' vest pocket right-hander Lionel "Happy" L'Heureux limited the Regina Royal Caps to six singles, two by Doug Hingley, as the Dogs rolled over the Queen City crew 8 - 4. Loser Cliff "Lefty" Harrison went the first six for the Royal Caps and left trailing. Ralph Beattie, Murray Huck and Walt Becker had two hits each for the victorious Hounds.

L'Heureux (W) and McCarthy
Harrison (L), McMurtry (7) and Lysack

(July 8) Weyburn's fire-balling veteran Gayle Shupe kept the Beavers riding high in Southern League wars when he pitched them to a 7 - 3 victory over the second place Notre Dame Hounds. Shupe mowed down 11 via the strikeout route, giving up but five safeties. Southpaw Hugo Dombowsky matched Shupe's stinginess, also surrendering but five hits, but erratic defensive work by the Hounds put him behind the 8-ball. The lone player to rap out two base knocks was Notre Dame shortstop Cece McCarron who had a double and single.

G. Shupe (W) and Jalbert
Dombowsky (L) and McCarthy

(July 9) A check swing Texas leaguer off the bat of Alex Sanderson robbed Wilf Gottselig of a no-hit, no-run effort as the Royal Caps' pitcher finished with a one-hit shutout in the Reginans 12 - 0 whitewashing of the Avonlea Arrows. Gottselig struck out only one and walked but two in his pitching gem. Tall Ben Korchinski started on the hill for Avonlea but didn't survive past the initial frame, taking the loss. Shortstop Bunny Smith paced the Royal Caps 11 hit attack with three base raps, one of which was a triple. Spear Salloum and Jimmy Ross each hit 2 for 4, with Salloum also having a triple to his credit. Gottselig contributed a third triple to the Royal Caps' offense.

Korchinski (L), Garnet Campbell (2), Gordon Campbell (4) and Smukowich
Gottselig (W) and Lysack

(July 10) Towering right-handed chucker Pete McMurtry struck out 13 and allowed but six scattered hits as the Regina Royal Caps blew down their city rivals, the Regina Red Sox, by an 8 - 2 count. The win consolidated the Royal Caps' hold on third place in the Southern League. The Sox jumped into an early lead with single counters in the 1st and 2nd innings but McMurtry shut the door from that point on and his mates provided him with more than ample run support to wrestle the lead away from the Redlegs. Clean-up hitter Lou Lysack sparked the Royal Caps with three hits in five trips while Ken Charlton and Bill Kyle each socked 2 for 4. Red Sox starter Ken Wallace went six frames and took the loss.

Wallace (L), Cope (7) and Frolick
McMurtry (W) and Lysack

(July 10) The league leading Weyburn Beavers added another win to their record, having no trouble in polishing off the Avonlea Arrows 15 - 3. The Beavers, having met defeat only once in ten league games this season, opened with four runs in the first inning and never looked back. Pacing the 15 hit attack was Jim Burge who went 4 for 6 including a triple. Home runs were belted out by the Beavers' newcomer Gordon Squire as well as veteran Les Wilder.

Barth (L), Garnet Campbell (4) and McRorie
Hogg (W) and J. Albert

(July 10) A pinch-hit double with the bases loaded by veteran George Drew gave the Wilcox Cardinals a 3 - 1 verdict over the Moose Jaw Millers in a tightly fought Southern League game. Drew's 5th inning blow sent two Wilcox runners scampering across the plate to break a 1 - 1 tie. Lanky Aub Downton gave up seven hits in pitching the Redbirds to victory. Starting pitcher Don Devine was the victim of Drew's blow and took the loss. The Metz brothers, Nick and Don, enjoyed a big night at bat with three hits apiece.

Devine (L), Nutzhorn (6) and Skeoch
A. Downton (W) and Weisshaar, Smith (6)

(July 12) George McFadyen cracked out a two-run single off reliever Maurice Metz in the last of the 9th to provide the Regina Red Sox with an 8 - 7 victory over the Wilcox Cardinals. Harold Cope went the distance for the Red Sox to record the mound victory. Southpaw Ernie Downton, who followed starter Alvin Kot, walked three Regina batters in the 9th and was tagged with the loss. Metz faced only one batter, McFadyen, in his very brief mound stint that decided the outcome of the game. McFadyen's 9th inning base rap was his third of the game. Art Belick and Ed Prosofsky each had a pair of Red Sox hits. Clint Squires led the Cards with three hits.

Kot, E. Downton (L) (6), M. Metz (9) and Weisshaar, Smith (6)
Cope (W) and Frolick

(July 14) The Moose Jaw Millers overcame a five-run deficit by exploding for seven 4th inning tallies to squeeze out a 9 - 7 win over the Avonlea Arrows. Elmer Torgeson, who took over twirling duties from Don Devine, was credited with the win. Arrows' Archie Sanderson was handed the loss. Mel Hennenfent sparked the Millers with a triple and two singles while catcher Jim Kirkpatrick of the Arrows knocked out a brace of hits.

Sanderson (L), Barth (4) and Kirkpatrick
Devine, Torgeson (W) (4) and Hunchuk, Lovett (8)

(July 15) The hustling, young Regina Red Sox received a fine hurling effort from Harold Cope to trip the Notre Dame Hounds 3 - 2 in a 10 inning Southern League tilt. The Sox came from behind a 2 - 0 deficit with single tallies in the 6th and 7th to send the game to extra innings. Lionel (Hap) L'Heureux pitched the entire ten innings for the Hounds giving up six hits and fanning six. Cope served up seven hits and claimed nine strikeout victims. Second sacker Art Belick had a double and single for the Sox. The best hitter on the Notre Dame nine was first baseman Bobby Donald who had a pair of singles.

Cope (W) and Frolick
L'Heureux (L) and McCarthy, Germann

The Hounds took the field again immediately after their extra inning setback, this time facing the Avonlea Arrows in the nightcap of a double dip. A three-run first inning helped propel the Collegians to a 4 - 2 margin over the Arrows and a split of the day's proceedings. In this game, the Dogs only connected for four hits off loser Elmer Tysdal and reliever Garnet Campbell but took advantage of Tysdal's wildness to chalk up their counters. Lefty Hugo Dombowsky chucked five hit ball for Notre Dame, fanning nine along the way, to get the win.

Tysdal (L), Garnet Campbell and Kirkpatrick
Dombowsky (W) and Germann

(July 15) The Moose Jaw Millers pulled out of the basement of the Southern League by sweeping a twin bill from the front-running Weyburn Beavers 2 - 1 and 6 - 1. Side armer Cy Thorseth captured the hurling duel from Weyburn's Gayle Shupe in the opener, limiting the Beavers to four safeties while fanning nine. For the Soo Liners, Shupe gave up seven hits and whiffed eight. All three runs in this tightly contested game were unearned.

G. Shupe (L) and Jalbert
Thorseth (W) and Peterson

Ray Nutzhorn paced the Millers to victory in the nightcap with a superlative five hit mound performance. Keith Covert was tagged with the loss. Nutzhorn was also the hitting star collecting four safe blows in as many trips.

Covert (L) and Jalbert
Nutzhorn (W) and Peterson

Standings as of July 16
Weyburn           9 - 3
Notre Dame        8 - 4
Regina Royal Caps 6 - 5
Regina Red Sox    4 - 6
Moose Jaw         5 - 6
Wilcox            3 - 5
Avonlea           3 - 9

(July 17) Garnet Campbell showed equally well at the plate and on the mound as the Avonlea Arrows blanked the Wilcox Cardinals 7 - 0 in a Southern League encounter. The noted curling skip pitched five hit shutout ball for the Arrows and contributed two singles and two doubles off two Wilcox chuckers, loser Ralph Quigley and reliever Jack Quigley. Archie Sanderson with a double and two singles and catcher Larry Smukowich with a single and a two bagger were also prominent hitters for Avonlea. Center fielder Clint Squires was the only Cardinal to get two hits off Campbell.

R. Quigley (L), J. Quigley (9) and Clements, Smith (7)
Garnet Campbell (W) and Gordon Campbell

(July 18) Versatile Gordon Campbell proved a one-man wrecking crew as the Avonlea Arrows swamped the Regina Red Sox 11 - 2. Campbell spaced four hits over the nine inning stretch to register the triumph. He also lashed out three singles and two triples with four RBI's in six at bats. Red Sox' Ken Wallace was tagged with the loss. Garnet Campbell and Don Forer each managed a brace of safeties for Avonlea.

Gordon Campbell (W) and Glen Campbell
Wallace (L) and Frolick

(July 18)  Wilcox-Weyburn Combines, a combined squad of players from the Southern League Wilcox Cardinals and Weyburn Beavers, knocked off Sceptre Nixons 2-0 to register the biggest upset of the opening day of the Indian Head tournament. 

(July 18) Regina Royal Caps edged Moose Jaw Millers 2-1 in a contest featuring a thrilling pitching duel between a pair of young southpaws -- Lefty Harrison of the Caps and Ray Nutzhorn of the Millers.  Each tossed a six-hitter.  Don Devine of the Millers as well as Pete McMurtry and Spear Salloum of the Reginans paced the hitters with a brace of safe blows apiece.

Harrison (W) and Lysack
Nutzhorn (L) and Peterson, Skeoch (5)

(July 19) The Moose Jaw Millers banged out 19 hits en route to a lopsided 12 - 5 victory over the Regina Red Sox. After four scoreless innings, the Mill City nine counted six runs in the 5th, the most decisive blow being Elmer Torgeson's three RBI double. Winning pitcher Don Devine also wielded the big stick for Moose Jaw, coming through with four base knocks. Bill Hennenfent and Don Skeoch each had three. Harold Cope of the Red Sox was saddled with the loss.

Devine (W), Thorseth (8) and Peterson
Cope (L), Wallace (5), Prosofsky (6), Goodhue (8) and Frolick

(July 20) The Notre Dame Hounds moved to within half a game of the league leading Weyburn Beavers, turning back the Avonlea Arrows 8 - 7. Frank Germann and Hugo Dombowsky led the Hounds offensively in their win. Germann cracked out two singles, a double and a triple in four trips to the plate while Dombowsky had two safeties including a triple plus three RBI's. Bus Claggett, although not particularly impressive on the hill, picked up the complete game victory. Rudy Barth was the loser. Gordon Campbell was the Arrows' best hitter with two singles and a double in five at bats.

Claggett (W) and McCarthy, Germann
Barth (L), Tysdal (4) and Glen Campbell, Gordon Campbell

(July 20) With a late inning rally, the Moose Jaw Millers were able to defeat the Regina Red Sox 5 - 4. Trailing by a 4 - 2 count at the end of seven frames, the Millers took advantage of a pair of costly 8th inning bobbles to tie the score and then won in the 9th on Dalton Skeoch's RBI single. Ray Nutzhorn, in relief of Don Devine, pitched the 9th inning for Moose Jaw and got credit for the win. Red Sox' Harold Cope was the complete game loser. Ken McEachern of the Sox paced the swatters with a trio of singles. Ed Prosofsky rapped out a double and single for the Crimson Hose. The leading hitter for the Millers was starting pitcher Devine who socked a double and single in four trips.

Cope (L) and Frolick
Devine, Nutzhorn (W) (9) and Peterson

(July 21) The Regina Royal Caps pushed across the winning run in the 6th inning to edge the Wilcox Cardinals 2 - 1. Catcher Jimmy Ross was the Royal Caps' standout, tripling and scoring the first Regina run and then singling home the winning marker. Both hurlers, winner Pete McMurtry of the Royal Caps and Wilcox's Don Metz went the distance.

McMurtry (W) and Ross
D. Metz (L) and Clements, Smith

(July 23) A wobbly initial frame placed the Weyburn Beavers in a deep rut and they never recovered, dropping a 6 - 1 verdict to the Regina Royal Caps. The loss dropped the Beavers into a first place tie with the Notre Dame Hounds. The Weyburn nine committed five first inning errors which helped the Royal Caps score five times off Weyburn pitcher Gayle Shupe. From there until the final out, Lefty Harrison of the Caps and Shupe hooked up in an even mound duel. Harrison struck out nine and gave up six hits in picking up the win. Third sacker Jack Shupe of the Beavers was the only player to register two base knocks.

G. Shupe (L) and Jalbert
Harrison (W) and Ross

(July 24) Lionel L'Heureux and Bus Claggett combined to unfurl a three-hitter as the Notre Dame Hounds dropped the Regina Royal Caps 8 - 2 and, in doing so, moved into sole possession of the top rung in the Southern League. Shortstop Bunny Smith was the only Reginan to cause a problem for the Notre Dame chuckers as he collected two of their three safeties and scored both Royal Cap runs. Ralph Beattie led the Hounds' 12 hit attack off loser Pete McMurtry, clouting a triple and two singles.

McMurtry (L) and Lysack
L'Heureux (W), Claggett (8) and McCarthy, Germann (8)

(July 25) The pitchers were the masters and the strikeouts were common as the Weyburn Beavers nudged the Regina Red Sox 3 - 2 in a Southern League encounter shortened to eight innings by darkness. Veteran Keith Covert racked up 11 strikeouts in pitching the Beavers to victory. Making his first start of the season, young Gerry Welsh hurled six hit ball at the second place Soo Liners and breezed the third strike past ten of them. In this errorless game, three hitters - Jack Shupe of Weyburn as well as Art Frolick and Ed Prosofsky of the Redlegs - each had two hits. One of Prosofsky's was a triple.

Covert (W) and Jalbert
Welsh (L) and Frolick

(July 25) Center fielder Walt Becker cracked out a timely single in the last of the 9th to chase home Bus Claggett with the winning run as the Notre Dame Hounds edged out the Wilcox Cardinals 5 - 4. The Hounds' victory kept them in top place by a slim half game margin over the Weyburn Beavers. Becker, Ralph Beattie, Frank Germann and Bob Donald each banged out two hits to lead the Dogs' attack off the Cards' Aubrey Downton, who struck out ten in taking the loss. Hugo Dombowsky picked up the complete game win for Notre Dame as he tossed eight hit ball while fanning six. Don Metz managed two singles for the Redbirds while Lorne Lawrence hammered out a triple.

A. Downton (L) and Weisshaar, Smith
Dombowsky (W) and Germann

(July 26) The Regina Red Sox gained the upper hand over the Wilcox Cardinals in a wild 11 - 9 tussle which sunk the Cards into the Southern League basement. The see-saw affair was halted after 7 1/2 innings because of darkness. Leading by a single run entering the bottom of the 7th, Cards' starter Don Metz opened the frame by issuing three successive bases on balls. Two of those runners charged to Metz were eventually retired after reliever Ralph Quigley took the hill for the Redbirds. However, Don Goodhue of the Sox then singled to drive in a pair, both charged to Quigley, who was dubbed with the loss. Red Sox starter Ken Wallace only lasted into the 4th and was relieved by Harold Cope who came out of battle as the winner. Art Belick with a triple and single was the best hitter in the Red Sox attack while Cope and Ken McEachern each checked in with two singles. Catcher Stew Smith and second sacker Nick Metz each had three hits for Wilcox.

D. Metz, R. Quigley (L) (7) and Smith
Wallace, Cope (W) (4) and Frolick

(July 26)  Avonlea Arrows scored three in the 8th to take a 6-4 decision over Regina Royal Caps.  Pete McMurtry took over mound work in the 8th trying to protect a 4-3 Caps' lead.  But he allowed a hit and two walks before Lefty Harrison returned.  All three runners scored.  Earlier, McMurtry had clouted a two-run homer to put Regina into the lead.  Gordon Campbell, who replaced Arrows' starter Jim Kirkpatrick, was credited wit the win. McMurtry took the loss. Garnet Campbell, Gordon Campbell and George Ardelan had two hits each to spark the Arrows.

Harrison, McMurtry (L) (8), Harrison (8) and Ross
Kirkpatrick, Gordon Campbell (W) (5) and Glen Campbell

(July 28)   Moose Jaw exploded for six runs in the 8th and another six in the 9th to top Royal Caps 12-6.  The Royal Caps looked like easy winners and were coasting along 6 - 0 behind Pete McMurtry. Then the roof fell in as Moose Jaw tallied a half dozen, sparked by Herb Lovett's three run homer, to tie the score. In the 9th, the Royal Caps committed four errors and the Canucks collected another six to salt the game away. Ray Nutzhorn was credited with the pitching win. Lloyd Aupperle led the Mill City team at the dish going 3 for 5. McMurtry and catcher Lou Lysack both boomed out triples which accounted for five Regina runs.

Nutzhorn, Devine (3), Nutzhorn (W) (6) and Peterson
McMurtry (L), Gottselig (9) and Lysack

(July 28)  Avonlea won an 18-15 slugfest over the Red Sox in an eight inning match where pitching was especially thin. Runs were a dime a dozen. Both starters and pitchers of record, winner Elmer Tysdal of the Arrows and the loser, Red Sox' Harold Cope, were highly ineffective and lasted only into the 3rd for Tysdal and the 2nd for Cope. Each team had a home run, one off the bat of the Redlegs' Ken McEachern and the other from the lumber wielded by Avonlea's Gordon Campbell. George Ardelan of the Arrows had a 3 for 4 evening at the plate which included a brace of triples.

Cope (L), Karchinsky (2), Prosofsky (3) and Frolick
Tysdal (W), Kirkpatrick (3) and Gordon Campbell

(July 29)  Wilcox scored in the bottom of the 9th to edge Notre Dame 13-12 as Hounds' catcher Frank Germann's errant throw in an attempt to catch Irv Wiebe stealing third base provided the Cardinals with the winning run. Reliever Hugo Dombowsky was tagged with the loss in this wild encounter. Redbirds' starter Dick Scott picked up the win. Nick Metz and Wiebe had 4 for 5 evenings at the dish for the Cards. Hank Dornstauder slammed a top of the first grand slam four bagger for the Dogs. Walt Becker also had a Notre Dame circuit clout.

L'Heureux, Claggett (5), Dombowsky (L) (8) and McCarthy, Germann (9)
Scott (W) and D Morrison, Clements (4)

(July 31) The Moose Jaw Millers exploded for five runs in the final frame to turn back the Wilcox Cardinals 9 - 7 in a Southern League tussle that was called after seven innings because of darkness. The Cards roared into an early 3 - 0 lead off eventual winner Ray Nutzhorn but Wilcox starter Aub Downton never got beyond the 4th and relievers Dick Scott, who took the loss, and Lorne Lawrence faltered in the later innings and failed to hold the lead. Nick Metz of the Cards and the Millers' trio of Herb Lovett, Lloyd Aupperle and Nutzhorn paced the swatters with a brace of safeties apiece.

A. Downton, Scott  (L) (4), Lawrence (7) and Smith
Nutzhorn, Devine (2), Nutzhorn (W) (3) and Peterson

(August 5) The Notre Dame Hounds swept both ends of a Southern League doubleheader by identical 5 - 3 scores. With "Hap" L'Heureux sparkling on the mound, the Hounds downed the Avonlea Arrows in the opener, L'Heureux fanned 16 Arrows in this matinee, giving up but five hits. Avonlea's Elmer Tysdal took the loss.

Tysdal (L) and xxxx
L'Heureux (W) and xxxx

The second game of the double dip featured the Wilcox Cardinals as opponents and the Hounds again prevailed. Walt Becker of the Dogs belted two doubles. For Wilcox, Aub Downton hit two for three and pitcher Dick Scott belted a triple.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(Aug 5?)  In tournament action Weyburn topped Moose Jaw 10-7.

Thorseth, Torgeson (5) and Peterson
G Shupe and Jalbert

Weyburn 4 Avonlea 3

Garnett Campbell, Gordon Campbell (7) and Glen Campbell
Covert, Hogg (5) and Jalbert

(August 6) The Regina Red Sox built up an early lead and then hung on to best the Avonlea Arrows 4 - 3 in a game called after 7 1/2 frames because of darkness. Outside of a three run first inning, loser Rudy Barth fared well on the Avonlea hill, fanning seven while giving up seven safeties. Winner Gerry Welsh lasted into the 6th before giving way to Harold Cope. Only two players, Red Sox' Merv Bregg and Art Frolick had two hits in this game.

Barth (L) and Glen Campbell, Gordon Campbell
Welsh (W), Cope (6) and Frolick

(Aug 7)  Weyburn Beavers remained atop the Southern league standings downing Moose Jaw Millers 4-2 behind Ralph Hogg's five-hit pitching.  Weyburn's Jack Shupe and the Millers' Don Skeoch led their teams with two hits each. Blaine Shupe homered for the Beavers.

Nutzhorn (L) and Peterson
Hogg (W) and Jalbert

(August 7) The Wilcox Cardinals, who have not fared too well this season as compared to previous Southern League campaigns, came up with an air-tight performance to post a thrilling 2 - 1 victory over the Notre Dame Hounds. Pitcher Jack Quigley, who doled out a mere five hits to the second place Hounds, and veteran infielder Nick Metz were the payoff men in the Wilcox win. Metz figured in both Redbird tallies, slamming a triple and double, the only two extra base hits of the game. Quigley needed relief help from Aub Downton in the 9th to seal the victory against loser Bus Claggett.

Claggett (L) and McCarthy
J. Quigley (W), A. Downton (9) and Smith

(August 8) The third place Regina Royal Caps toppled the league leading Weyburn Beavers 6 - 2 in a briskly played Southern League tilt. The Reginans had to come from behind to win, taking the lead for good in the 5th and maintaining control behind the five hit pitching of winner Cliff "Lefty" Harrison. The Royal Caps got to loser Keith Covert for ten hits. Spear Salloum, Lou Lysack, Wilf Gottselig and Harrison each collected two safeties for Regina. Veteran Les Wilder did likewise for the Beavers.

Covert (L) and Jalbert
Harrison (W) and Lysack

(August 8) After absorbing an 8 - 2 lacing at the hands of the Regina Red Sox, the Moose Jaw Millers announced that they were dropping out of further Southern League play for the balance of the season due to anticipated player shortages. Many of the Moose Jaw squad have harvesting commitments to look after and just can't spare the time off to attend to a regular baseball schedule. The Millers would have been playoff bound with their current fourth place ranking. Moose Jaw pitcher Don Devine, who gave up eight hits over the route, had grounds to sue for non-support as the Millers booted the ball on seven occasions to hand the visiting Sox eight unearned tallies which just happened to be their entire offensive scoring. On the hill for the Reginans, winning pitcher Harold Cope limited the Mill City nine to six scattered safeties. Ed Prosofsky and Stew Read had two hits each, including triples, for the Crimson Hose. Lloyd Aupperle had a three base hit for the Millers.

Cope (W) and Frolick
Devine (L) and Peterson

Standings as of August 8
Weyburn           12 - 5  .687
Notre Dame        13 - 6  .684
Regina Royal Caps 10 - 8  .556
Moose Jaw          9 - 9  .500
Regina Red Sox     7 - 11 .389
Avonlea            7 - 12 .368
Wilcox             5 - 11 .313

(August 10) The Avonlea Arrows missed a chance to pick up valuable ground in the battle for the 4th and last playoff spot in the Southern League when they dropped a 4 - 3 verdict to the Regina Royal Caps. The Royal Caps built up a 4 - 0 lead but had to hang on to eke out the win after the Arrows countered with three 8th inning tallies to draw within one. Big Pete McMurtry tossed a complete game three-hitter at the Arrows to pick up the win. The Royal Cap hitters didn't exactly hammer the cover off the ball, touching the combined slants of loser Garnet Campbell and reliever Jim Kirkpatrick, who came on in the final frame, for only four safeties. Only one extra base rap, a double by Regina's Wilf Gottselig, was hit in the game.

Garnet Campbell (L), Kirkpatrick (9) and Smukowich
McMurtry (W) and Lysack

(August 11) After giving up a 1st inning single, Lionel L'Heureux held the Regina Red Sox batters hitless for seven frames before surrendering another single in the 9th as he paced the Notre Dame Hounds to a 4 - 0 two hit shutout of the Redlegs. Loser Ken Wallace of the Crimson Hose also pitched extremely well and gave up only four hits. Snappy fielding and excellent base running by the Hounds gave them the edge in this contest.

L'Heureux (W) and McCarthy
Wallace (L) and Frolick

(August 12) Southpaw Gordon Campbell fashioned a brilliant two hit pitching gem to spark the Avonlea Arrows to a 5 - 0 victory over the Weyburn Beavers. The surprising Avonlea victory knocked the Beavers out of the top spot in the Southern League. Campbell had complete control of the Weyburn nine and was never in any serious trouble. Veteran Keith Covert chucked for the Beavers and was nicked for seven safeties. Jim Kirkpatrick and winning pitcher Campbell had two doubles each for the victors.

Covert (L) and Jalbert
Gordon Campbell (W) and Smukowich

(August 12) The lusty hitting of the Regina Red Sox enabled them to take both ends of a twin bill from the Wilcox Cardinals by scores of 5 - 3 and 14 - 3. Young Ken McEachern set the tempo for the Sox by belting a three run homer in the initial frame of the opener and the Redlegs kept up the barrage by pounding out 12 safeties off loser Aub Downton. Harold Cope went the route for the Sox to pick up the win. Merv Bregg had a 3 for 4 afternoon with the willow while Stew Read also notched a trio of Sox' hits.

Cope (W) and Frolick
A. Downton (L) and Smith

The Sox came right back with the heavy artillery and pounded out 14 more hits in the evening encounter. McEachern socked another four bagger in this tilt, this time with the sacks full. Bregg went 4 for 5 in this contest to wind up with a daily total of seven base raps. Sox' Ed Prosofsky pitched into the 5th to get the win over Don Metz.

Prosofsky (W), Cope (5) and Frolick
D. Metz (L), J. Quigley (5) and Smith

(August 13) Knocked out of first place for 24 hours, the Weyburn Beavers climbed back into the Southern League's top spot by virtue of a 5 - 3 victory over the Wilcox Cardinals. The Beavers moved into an early lead and held it in the face of a stout Cardinal rally in the late innings. The game was called at the end of the 8th because of a constant drizzle. The two big hitters of the night were two veterans of Southern League play, Les Wilder of Weyburn and Don Metz of Wilcox. Each pounded out three safeties in four trips to the plate. George Knox gave up eight hits in picking up the complete game win over Jack Quigley.

Knox (W) and Jalbert
J. Quigley (L) and Smith

(August 14) The Weyburn Beavers strengthened their hold on first place in the Southern League by dumping the Regina Royal Caps 4 - 3 in a contest that was called after 6 1/2 frames. Beaver shortstop Blaine Shupe's 6th inning home run proved to be the winning tally as the Royal Caps blew an early 3 - 0 lead. Weyburn mound artist Ralph Hogg remained unbeaten, allowing seven hits and fanning an equal number, to pick up the win. Royal Caps' Lefty Harrison gave up nine hits and took the loss. Shupe had a double to go along with his game winning circuit blast. Also with two hits for the winners was Les Wilder who contributed a homer and single. Jackie Fulton was the best at the dish for Regina with a 3 for 4 performance.

Harrison (L) and Lysack
Hogg (W) and Jalbert

(August 14) The Avonlea Arrows rolled in high gear as they bowled over the Wilcox Cardinals 14 - 6. Jim Kirkpatrick led the Arrows at the plate with a double and triple plus five RBI's. The Cards collected five hits off winner Elmer Tysdal and reliever Kirkpatrick. Nick Metz belted a 1st inning home run for the Redbirds. Wilcox starter Lorne Lawrence took the loss.

Lawrence (L) , A. Downton (3), J. Quigley (4), Drew (9) and Smith
Tysdal (W), Kirkpatrick (5) and Smukowich

(August 15) The Weyburn Beavers captured first place in the final standings of the Southern League and knocked the Regina Red Sox into a tie with the Avonlea Arrows for the 4th and final playoff spot when they dropped the Sox 4 - 3. The Beavers were successful in spite of being outhit 8 - 4 by the Reginans in the seven inning shortened affair. Keith Covert picked up the win for Weyburn while Red Sox starter Gerry Welsh took the loss. The only batters to come up with two hits in this contest were Red Sox' players Stew Read and Merv Bregg, with both of Bregg's raps being triples.

Covert (W) and Jalbert
Welsh (L), Cope and Frolick

(August 16)  In a sudden death playoff brilliant relief pitching by portsider Gordon Campbell enabled the Avonlea Arrows to down the Regina Red Sox 7 - 4 to clinch the final Southern League playoff berth. Campbell took over Avonlea pitching chores in the 2nd inning and limited the Sox to two runs the rest of the game in picking up the win over Red Sox starter Ken Wallace. Jim Kirkpatrick, Archie Sanderson, Hugh Sanderson and Larry Smukowich all had two hits to lead the Arrows' 12 hit attack. Ed Prosofsky picked up a pair of base knocks to lead the Redlegs. Avonlea now meets the Weyburn Beavers in a best of three semi-final.

Wallace (L), Cope (3) and Frolick
Tysdal, Gordon Campbell (W) (2) and Frolick
 


Playoffs :

(August 16) The Regina Royal Caps parlayed three prodigious extra base hits and seven innings of scoreless pitching by Pete McMurtry into a 6 - 3 playoff victory over the Notre Dame Hounds and a one game lead in the best of three semi-final. Jimmy Ross' first inning two-run homer was the first of the Royal Caps' long distance clouts. With this two run lead, McMurtry tossed shutout ball at the Collegians for seven innings. Then, in the 7th, Spear Salloum slammed out a two run triple and later scored himself to put Regina ahead by a 5 - 0 margin. Lou Lysack's triple drove in the Royal Caps' sixth tally. McMurtry wobbled in the final two frames and needed relief help from Lefty Harrison in the 9th. Loser Lionel L'Heureux was yanked in the 8th after giving up all six of the Regina runs.

L'Heureux (L), Dombowsky (8) and Germann
McMurtry (W), Harrison (9) and Lysack

(August 17) Ralph Hogg pitched the Weyburn Beavers to a 9 - 3 win over the Avonlea Arrows in the opening game of the best of three Southern League semi-final. The game was halted in the bottom half of the 6th because of rain. Hogg, who went through the Southern League schedule without a loss, limited the Arrows to five hits while whiffing seven. Gordon Campbell's top of the first inning two run homer put Avonlea into an early lead which quickly vanished when the Beavers answered with two of their own in the bottom half. Then the Weyburn squad struck with vengeance in the 2nd, piling up five tallies while knocking loser Garnet Campbell from the mound. They never looked back from there as Hogg maintained control. Blaine Shupe had three hits for Weyburn to lead all hitters.

Garnet Campbell (L), Kirkpatrick (2) and Glen Campbell
Hogg (W) and Jalbert

(August 18) The Regina Royal Caps and Notre Dame Hounds failed to come to a verdict in the second game of their semi-final series as they battled to a 2 - 2 deadlock in a nine inning affair which ended because of darkness. Royal Caps held a 2 - 0 lead after the 5th but the Hounds tied the score with a brace in the 8th. Four collegians, Ralph Beattie, Walt Becker, Frank Germann and Hank Dornstauder had two hits as did Bill Kyle of the Reginans.

Harrison and Lysack
Dombowsky and Germann

(Aug 20)  Lefthander Gordon Campbell, a member of the Campbell curling clan, tossed a four-hitter to pace Avonlea to a 7-4 win over Weyburn to square the best-of-three semi-final at a game apiece.  Arrows took a 5-0 lead after two innings against Weyburn ace Gayle ShupeGarnet Campbell and Archie Sanderson both had a pair of hits for the winning Arrows. Keith Covert had two hits for the Beavers, one being a triple which was the longest blow of the night.

G Shupe (L) and Jalbert
Gordon Campbell (W) and Glen Campbell

(August 20) After going two playoff games without a win, the Notre Dame Hounds got back into the Southern League semi-finals with a bang when they pounded out a 10 - 5 win over the Regina Royal Caps. The Dogs really were ready to howl as they slammed Royal Caps' pitcher Pete McMurtry for 11 hits. On the other hand, their hurler, Bus Claggett, stopped the Reginans on five safeties. Leading the Hounds were Ralph Beattie, Frank Germann and Claggett all with two hits. Bill Kyle rang up a pair of safeties for the losers.

McMurtry (L), Gottselig (9) and Lysack, Ross (9)
Claggett (W) and Germann

(August 21) The Weyburn Beavers advanced to the Southern League final when they slipped by the stubborn Avonlea Arrows 5 - 2 on the strength of a three run outburst in the 7th inning. For the Beavers it was Ralph Hogg all over again as he tossed a five-hitter at the Arrows, sending nine hitters down swinging in the process. Up until the 7th, loser Gordon Campbell, who was doing mound duty for the second straight night, was throwing a one hitter at the Beavers. Eric McRorie of Avonlea and Jack Shupe of Weyburn drew the batting honors for the night, both garnering 2 for 3 at the dish. Weyburn now awaits the winner of the Notre Dame Hounds - Regina Royal Caps series.

Gordon Campbell (L) and Glen Campbell
Hogg (W) and Jalbert

(August 22) It will be the Regina Royal Caps against the Weyburn Beavers for the Southern League title. The young Royal Caps ran away from the Notre Dame Hounds to score a convincing 10 - 2 victory in the deciding game of their semi-final series. The Reginans held a healthy ten run lead heading into the 8th and ultimately the final inning as Lefty Harrison coasted to victory spinning a seven-hitter. Loser Lionel L'Heureux was knocked from the box in the 4th. Bunny Smith was the big gun for the Royal Caps with 3 for 4 including a two run triple.

L'Heureux (L) , Dombowsky (4) and Germann
Harrison (W) and Lysack

Final :

(Aug 24)   Regina Royal Caps whipped Weyburn 15-8 in the opening game of the Southern league's final series.  Caps exploded for six runs in the 2nd inning and another six in the 4th.  Jimmy Ross pounded a three-run homer in the 2nd and Joe Hingley clouted a three-run blast in the 4th.  Leading the Royal Caps' 15 hit attack against loser Gayle Shupe and reliever Keith Covert were Ross, Hingley and Lou Lysack who all poked out a trio of raps. Lefty Harrison relieved Regina starter Pete McMurtry and got credit for the win. The game was called after seven innings because of darkness.

McMurtry (W), Harrison (3) and Lysack
G Shupe (L), Covert (2) and Jalbert

(August 31) After a week of inclement weather which dampened diamonds and made them unplayable, several members of the Southern League's Regina Royal Caps ran out of time and had to head off to pro hockey training camps, thus leaving the Reginans with a severe player shortage. In view of the roster drought, the Royal Caps had no choice but to drop out of the league playoff final. Although trailing in the best of five final series, the Weyburn Beavers were declared as champions.


NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN

(May 4) The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix reported that the two Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League clubs from Saskatoon, the Cubs and Legion, have amalgamated to form a new entry known as the Saskatoon 55's. Roy Taylor, last season with the California Mohawks, has been appointed playing coach. His arrival, along with college reinforcements, will not take place until mid-June.

(May 24) The Saskatoon 55's edged the Colonsay Monarchs 6 - 5 to win first prize in the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League's pre-season tournament. Colonsay used a battery of players on loan from Delisle for the final game.

Arnold (W), Coben (7) and Watrous
Booker (L) and Reg Bentley

(May 25) The Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League officially opened the 1951 season with the North Battleford Beavers knocking off a new entry, the Eston Ramblers, 10 - 8 in an eight-inning encounter which ended early because of darkness. After spotting Eston six runs in the first two innings, the Beavers gradually whittled down the deficit and, by the 8th inning, were on top. Third sacker Bob Stevenson drilled a 1st inning grand-slam for the Ramblers to stake them to their early lead. Jimmy Shields of Eston also blasted a four-bagger but his came with the bases empty. North Battleford's Curtis Tate with three singles was the game's leading hitter. Pete Prediger, Elton Dean and Roy Dean each had a pair of raps as did Clint McNeil and Shields of the Ramblers.

H. Stevenson (L) and Serpa
Dodd, Wylie (1) (W) and Green

(May 26) The Eston Ramblers evened up their two-game series with the North Battleford Beavers, coming from behind to down the home club 6 - 3. Bob McKinnon hurled the entire game for Eston to get the win, holding the Beavers to six hits. Two of those hits were garnered by infielder Curtis Tate, a single and a bases-empty home run. Catcher Lindy Serpa of the Ramblers drove in three runs, hitting a double and a solo four-bagger. Battery mate McKinnon singled in a pair of runs.

McKinnon (W) and Serpa
Dodd, L. Dean (1) (L) and Green

(May 27) The Delisle Gems found their winning touch again after a winless exhibition and pre-season tournament stretch this spring as they hammered out a 15 - 4 victory over the Eston Ramblers. Sammy Fowlkes got the complete game win, striking out seven. Clint McNeil, the first of three Eston chuckers, was tagged with the loss. Max Bentley led Delisle's 17-hit barrage with a triple, double and single. His nephew, Bev Bentley, drove out three singles while Eddie Brown, Doug Bentley, Reg Bentley and Fowlkes each connected twice. Jimmy Shields and Bob Stevenson each had a pair of hits for the Ramblers.

McNeil (L), H. Stevenson (3), Terry (6) and Serpa
Fowlkes (W) and Reg Bentley, Shirley (6)

(May 28) Playing their Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League home opener, the Eston Ramblers up-ended the Delisle Gems 4 - 1. Hits were scarce as the cold and wind were not conducive to making contact with the ball. Clint McNeil evened his pitching record at 1 - 1 with the complete game effort, limiting the Gems to four safeties. Delisle starter "Bullet" Joe Brown was the loser. Smoke Lutcher, Eston second baseman, was the only player in the game to register more than one hit. He singled twice and also had an opening inning steal of home to tally what turned out to be the winning run.

J. Brown (L), Severyn (3) and Shirley
McNeil (W) and Serpa

(May 31) Bob McKinnon picked up his 2nd win of the campaign, limiting the North Battleford Beavers to four hits, as his Eston Ramblers walked off with an 8 - 3 victory over the visitors. The Ramblers nine hits were well distributed with Don Stevenson leading the way with two singles. Eston's Fred Hucul had four RBI's off loser Steve Wylie. The Dean brothers, Roy and Les, accounted for all four North Battleford hits, each getting two. One of Roy's was a triple.

Wylie (L) and Green
McKinnon (W) and Serpa

(June 1) The Colonsay Monarchs spoiled the home opener for the Saskatoon 55's, shading the newly amalgamated Hub City crew 6 - 5. It was the first league game for both clubs, each awaiting for more import players to arrive. The 55's seemed to be well on their way to victory and held a 5 - 2 lead heading into the 7th inning. However, a cluster of three costly errors allowed the Monarchs to score four times and tuck the game away. Colonsay's Johnny Folk pitched steady throughout to earn the win with a six-hitter. The Monarchs picked up seven hits off loser Lefty Arnold. Catcher Bobby Sasseville drilled two single for the winners. Saskatoon second baseman Frankie Yohner had two hits, a triple and single.

Folk (W) and Sasseville
Arnold (L), Wilson (7) and Watrous

(June 2) The Indian Head Rockets, who occupy top rung in the semi-pro Western Canada League, took an exhibition tilt from the Saskatoon 55's by a 7 - 2 count. The Rockets' Jim Morrow tossed a five-hitter for the win. Bob Herron, belted from the hill with a sore shoulder after three innings, was the loser.

(June 3) The Prince Albert Bohemians opened their schedule with a 16 - 13 win over the Saskatoon 55's. Youthful Chuck Holdaway went most of the way for the Bohemians to get the win. The game was halted after seven innings because of rain. Joe Nishnik hit two consecutive home runs for Prince Albert in the 6th and 7th innings. The Brewery Boys scored nine times in the 2nd inning to open up a huge lead, one which they never relinquished. Frank Yohner had the longest hit of the game for the 55's, a triple.

Arnold (L), J. Wilson (1), Rumball (2), Currie (7) and Watrous
Holdaway (W), Logue (7) and G. Wilson

(June 3) The Indian Head Rockets continued their northern swing of exhibition games by dumping the Delisle Gems twice by 16 - 9 and 11 - 4 scores. Horace Latham of the Rockets had three homers in the doubleheader.

(June 4) The North Battleford Beavers were the latest Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League team to fall victim to the heavy hitting Indian Head Rockets. The southerners, with a comfortable lead in the Western Canada semi-pro circuit, blew the Beavers away 9 - 1 in an exhibition encounter. Jesse Blackman limited North Battleford to four hits in eight innings of mound work. The Beavers' only run came as a result of a 9th inning home run by Roy Dean off Ed "Peanuts" Davis.

(June 6) Backed by Steve Wylie's six-hit pitching, the North Battleford Beavers won the $2,000 first prize in the Lloydminster Canadian Legion baseball tournament, defeating Morinville, Alberta 11 - 1.

Devine (L), Drenniers (7) and Carlson
Wylie (W) and Green

(June 8) The Saskatoon 55's are still winless after three starts. Awaiting the arrival of player-coach Roy Taylor and his California college talent, the 55's saw another one slip away as they fell 2 - 1 to the visiting Eston Ramblers in a contest where neither team scored an earned run. Both pitchers, Eston's Andy Porter and Saskatoon's Murray Coben threw five-hit ball and were locked in a 1 - 1 tie when a 9th inning miscue became the deciding factor. Catcher Sherman Watrous' bullet-like throw into the outfield allowed the Ramblers' Bob Stevenson to romp home with the winning tally. Lindy Serpa's two hits led all batters on both squads.

Porter (W) and Serpa
Coben (L) and Watrous

(June 9) The Saskatoon 55's finally found the winning touch as they defeated the Colonsay Monarchs 8 - 6 in Colonsay. Sherman Watrous belted a game-winning three-run homer to spark the victory.

Arnold (W), Wilson and Watrous
Folk (L) and Sasseville

(June 10) At Delisle, the home-town Gems played standout ball to shut-out the Colonsay Monarchs 8 - 0 behind the two-hit pitching of Neil Courtoreille. Max Bentley and Ray Downey had triples for the Goose Lakers off the southpaw slants of losing chucker Norm "Lefty" Angrimson.

Angrimson (L) and xxx
Courtoreille (W) and xxxx

(June 10) The Saskatoon 55's built up a 7 - 0 lead over the first four innings and went on to whip the North Battleford Beavers 8 - 6 for their second win. Saskatoon catcher Sherman Watrous blasted his 2nd homer of the weekend, a three-run shot. Pete Polus was the loser. The Beavers out-hit the 55's 10 - 8 but made six errors which helped to open the floodgates.

Herron (W) and Watrous
Polus (L), Richardson and Green

(June 10) The Prince Albert Bohemians broke even with the visiting Eston Ramblers in a Sunday twin bill, taking the opener 13 - 6 but then dropping the late encounter 7 - 6.

A nine-run spree in the 4th inning was sufficient to assure the Bohemians victory in the matinee. "Legs" Booker gave up 10 well-scattered hits for the win. Prince Albert outfielder Joe Nishnik drilled his 3rd homer of the season in the 4th with one runner aboard.

H. Stevenson (L), Lutcher (6) and Serpa, xxxx (4)
Booker (W) and xxxx

Eston's Bob McKinnon got the complete game win in the finale. Bohemians' starter Chuck Holdaway was driven from the hill in the 3rd and took the setback.

McKinnon (W) and xxxx
Holdaway (L), Logue (6) and xxxx

(June 11) The Eston Ramblers nudged the Delisle Gems 5 - 4 in 11 innings in a Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League contest. The game was a thriller all the way with the Ramblers coming from behind twice after Delisle had taken a 3 - 0 lead in the 1st. In the bottom of the 11th, Eston's Bob Stevenson led off with a single. Don Stevenson laid down a bunt that turned into a hit. Then Herb Stevenson advanced both runners with a well-placed sacrifice. After Jimmy Shields was given an intentional walk to load the bases, Smoke Lutcher squeezed home the deciding run. Shields topped all Eston hitters with three singles. Doug Bentley hit safely four times for Delisle and had the game's only extra-base hit, a double.

Severyn, Fowlkes (7) (L) and Shirley
McNeil (W) and Serpa

(June 12) Doug Dodd, North Battleford's youthful lefthander, stifled the Prince Albert Bohemians on three hits as the Beavers handed the homesters a 10 - 1 pasting. Dodd was almost the complete master of the Prince Albert hitters throughout the game. He whiffed 10, striking out Arnold Casey four times in a row. The Beavers collected 10 hits off two Bohemian pitchers. Starter "Legs" Booker was hit with the defeat. Big Roy Dean had a field day at bat for the Beavers, hitting a homer, triple and single. Prince Albert's Joe Nishnik, enjoying a fine season with the Beer Barons, accounted for two of the three hits off Dodd.

Dodd (W) and Green
Booker (L), Bird (6) and Wilson

(June 12) The Eston Ramblers took over sole leadership in the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League at Colonsay by edging the Monarchs 8 - 7 in a seven inning game called because of darkness. A couple of six-run splurges highlighted this contest, the latter one being the deciding factor. In the 5th inning, the Monarchs chased home six runs to take a 7 - 2 lead and, just when it looked like they had the game in the bag, the Ramblers went on a similar scoring spree in the 7th. The Monarchs out-hit the visiting Ramblers 6 - 5, with Lloyd Coffin and Reg Pendleton evenly splitting the half dozen safeties with three each. Included in their totals were doubles.

Lutcher (W), McKinnon (7) and Serpa
L. Breckner, Folk (3), L. Breckner (7) (L) and Sasseville

(June 13) The Saskatoon 55's picked up first prize money of $1,000 in the Nipawin four-team baseball tournament. With player-coach Roy Taylor handling the team for the first time, the 55's blasted Kamsack Cyclones 12 - 0 in the final. Lefty Arnold pitched a three-hit shutout win for the 55's. Newcomer Bob Garcia went three for five for Saskatoon.

(June 15) The Saskatoon 55's overpowered the Delisle Gems before 3,000 fans at Cairns Field, winning 11 - 2 behind the five-hit pitching of 17 year old Jack Hannah. The strapping, 190 pound, six foot high schooler struck out seven in earning the complete game win. Delisle right hander Marshall Severyn took the loss, surrendering 11 hits, one a two-run inside-the-park homer by Sherman Watrous. Ray Hamilton, Watrous and outfielder Bob Garcia each hit safely twice for the 55's. Bob Herron contributed a two-run triple in the 5th. Doug Bentley poked out a pair of hits for the losers.

Hannah (W) and Watrous
Severyn (L) and Shirley

(June 15) Herb Stevenson turned in a spectacular three-hitter before more than 1,000 home fans as the Eston Ramblers consolidated their first place position with a lop-sided 17 - 2 thrashing of the Colonsay Monarchs. Stevenson's outstanding pitching was backed up by an 18-hit Eston attack, including two homers and three doubles. Bob Stevenson slammed a two-run homer in the 2nd inning and Fred Hucul hit a three-run circuit clout in the 8th. Every Rambler had at least one hit with Bob Stevenson, Clint McNeil and Grant Locke leading the parade with three apiece.

Senko (L) and Sasseville
H. Stevenson (W) and Serpa

(June 16) The Saskatoon 55's won their 3rd straight tournament, defeating the North Battleford Beavers 11 - 8 in the final of the four-team $1,200 Kenaston event. The final game, which went 11 innings, was marred by an attack made on the plate umpire by two North Battleford players. Saskatoon used three pitchers with Murray Coben getting the win.

(June 16)   In the opener of a two-game weekend series, Kamsack downed Saskatoon 55s 6-1 late Saturday.  The five-inning affair did not get underway until eleven o'clock due to the late arrival of the Saskatoon club from the Kenaston tournament. 

McGowan (W) and Cottenie
Wilson (L) and McPhail

(June 17) The Delisle Gems bounced back into winning form, defeating the North Battleford Beavers 4 - 0 behind the four-hit hurling of Sammy Fowlkes. With the win, the Jewels evened their record at 3 - 3. Except for a rough 3rd inning, loser Andy Swota pitched a creditable game for North Battleford, giving up seven hits. Youthful Hal Worth paced the Delisle hitters with two singles. Doug Bentley had three RBI's and had the Gems' only extra-base hit, a double. Curtis Tate had two singles for the Beavers.

Swota (L) and Green
Fowlkes (W) and Reg Bentley

(June 17)  Saskatoon got a split of a weekend series with Kamsack as the 55s shaded the Cyclones 8-7 on Sunday before 3,000 fans at Saskatoon.  Six Kamsack errors eroded an early lead by the Cyclones leading the score 7-7 in the bottom of the 9th inning.  Sherman Watrous drove in the winner. Coney Williams, of Kamsack, was the day's batting star with a homer, triple and two singles. 

Valentine (L) and Cottenie, Prystai (7)
Rumball, Wilson (1), Coben (6) (W) and Watrous

(June 18)  Sherman Watrous drove in four runs with a homer and a single as Saskatoon 55s whipped Colonsay 14-2, before 1,200 fans at Cairns Field.  Charlie Beene, fresh from high school in Visalia, California, held the Monarchs to eight hits, all singles.  Bob Herron had three hits in four trips for the 55s.  Saskatoon's Ray Hamilton also had a trio of base raps which included a triple and a double. Bob Garcia had just one hit but scored five times.  He drew three walks and was hit by a pitch.  Les Rosher and Jim Peterson poked out two hits apiece for the Regals. The win moved the 55s into second place behind the league-leading Eston Ramblers.

Angrimson (L), Pisani (3) and Sasseville
Beene (W)  and Watrous

(June 19) The Prince Albert Bohemians improved their record to three wins and two losses by defeating Eston in a Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League game hosted by the Ramblers. The win moved the Brew Crew into a 2nd place tie with the Saskatoon 55's.

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(June 21) The Saskatoon 55's kept their tournament record intact with a thrilling 4 - 3 victory over the North Battleford Beavers in the final game of North Battleford's $2,600 two-day baseball show. The 55's have now won four tournaments this season, each and every one they have entered. Norm Brown's screaming double with the bags full in the 6th drove in three runs to put Saskatoon ahead for good.

Herron, Coben (1) (W), Arnold (7) and Watrous
Wylie (L), L. Dean (8) and Green

(June 22) The Delisle Gems, behind the four-hit pitching of Sammy Fowlkes, came from behind to dump the Prince Albert Bohemians 8 - 6. The win boosted Delisle into 3rd place and shoved the Brewers down to 4th. The Bohemians had a 6 - 1 lead after two innings but the Gems forged ahead in the 5th and added an insurance run in the 6th, all off loser Chuck Holdaway. Not one hitter on either club had more than a single base rap. four players, Reg and Doug Bentley of Delisle and Arnold Casey and Beryl Fisher of Prince Albert, had two-baggers.

Fowlkes (W) and Reg Bentley, Shirley (4)
Holdaway (L) and Casey

(June 22) The Saskatoon 55's tucked away their 5th straight Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League triumph as they squeezed past the Eston Ramblers 3 - 2 before 3,000 fans at Cairns Field. The win lifted the Hub City crew into a 1/2 game lead ahead of Eston at the top of the standings. Charlie Beene pitched a five-hitter for the win. Tied 2 - 2 in the 7th, the 55's punched home the winning run on Bob Garcia's single and Ray Hamilton's double. Clint McNeil, the losing pitcher, gave up seven safeties.

McNeil (L) and R. Stevenson
Beene (W) and Watrous

(June 23) The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix published the following:

Four members of the Prince Albert Bohemians dominate the early batting statistics released today for Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League games played up to June 10.

 Top Ten Batters                            AB R  H  Ave
 Joe Nishnik (Prince Albert Bohemians)      18 4  9 .500
 Beryl Fisher (Prince Albert Bohemians)     16 6  8 .500
 Johnny Maroniuk (Prince Albert Bohemians)  11 3  5 .455
 Lefty Logue (Prince Albert Bohemians)      19 4  8 .421
 Fred Hucul (Eston Ramblers)                25 6 10 .400
 Bob Herron (Saskatoon 55's)                23 6  9 .391
 Max Bentley (Delisle Gems)                 18 4  7 .389
 Ray Hamilton (Saskatoon 55's)              32 5 12 .375
 Bob Stevenson (Eston Ramblers)             28 5 10 .357
 Roy Dean (North Battleford Beavers)        17 3  6 .353

(June 23) In a Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League fixture at Colonsay, the Delisle Gems ground out a 13 - 10 win over the home-town Monarchs. The win for Delisle moved them into a first place tie with the Saskatoon 55's, half a game in front of the Eston Ramblers. Jim Shirley's three-run round-tripper in the 9th settled the free-scoring game. Len Breckner pounded a two-run four-bagger for Colonsay in the 1st frame. The Gems' Doug Bentley and Ray Downey both had three hits, a feat duplicated by Colonsay catcher Bobby Sasseville.

Severyn, Courtoreille (6), Fowlkes (7) (W) and Shirley
Pisani (L), Carlson (2), Folk (7), J. Carlson (9) and Sasseville

(June 24) The touring House of David baseball club dumped the Delisle Gems 13 - 10 in an exhibition game played in the Goose Lake line town. Delisle's Max Bentley had a two-run homer as did ------ Sileo for the Bearded Boys. The contest could be costly for the Gems as catcher Jim Shirley had to leave the game with a dislocated finger.

Garner (W), Mabry (5) and Fox
Courtoreille (L), Severyn (2) and Shirley, Reg Bentley (1)

(June 24) The Indian Head Rockets defeated the North Battleford Beavers 9 - 5 to pick up a first prize of $1,500 in the Prince Albert Kinsmen baseball tournament.

Blackman, Davis (3) (W), Brewer (9) and Barnhill
Richardson (L), Wylie (9) and Green

(June 26) The North Battleford Beavers were edged 7 - 6 by the barnstorming House of David nine in an exhibition match. three homers were hit in the game, one each by losing pitcher Pete Polus, Beavers' shortstop Joe Perrone and bearded Molie Cato of the visitors.

Kiss (W) and Fox
Polus (L) and Prediger

(July 2) On the strong arm of Herb Stevenson plus some timely hitting by his mates, the Eston Ramblers rode to victory in the Saskatoon Optimist Club's $3,500 baseball tournament, defeating the Delisle Gems in the final to pick up first place money of $1,200.

Fowlkes (L), Courtoreille (1) and Reg Bentley, Shirley (4)
H. Stevenson (W) and Serpa

(July 3) The Saskatoon 55's took over undisputed possession of first place in the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League, defeating the tail-end Colonsay Monarchs 4 - 1 on the sterling seven-hit pitching of Lefty Arnold. Loser Lou Pisani pitched admirably and never allowed more than one run in any inning, yielding nine hits. Gordie Howe hit two doubles in four at bats to pace the Saskatoon club. Pisani and Bob Herron of the 55's had three-baggers.

Arnold (W) and Watrous
Pisani (L) and Sasseville

(July 4) Hal Price kept the North Battleford Beavers well under control in leading the Sceptre Nixons to a 9 - 2 victory over the Dam Builders in an exhibition contest. The Beavers stranded 12 base runners as Price nullified the North Battleford offense when it counted most. Roy Schappert and Gene Jacobs of Sceptre hit three for five while chatterbox catcher Louis Green with two for three was best for the Beavers.

Price (W) and Garay
Swota (L) and Green

(July 4) The Delisle Gems, gaining an early lead and heading off an 8th inning rally by their opponents, moved into a first place tie with the Saskatoon 55's by defeating the Prince Albert Bohemians 5 - 4. Neil Courtoreille, with bullpen help from Marshall Severyn, got the win over the Brewery Boys. Legs Booker limited the G - Men to five hits but costly Prince Albert errors did him in. Max Bentley had two hits for Delisle. Booker had a double and single for the Bohemians and Lefty Logue added a triple.

Booker (L) and Wilson
Courtoreille (W), Severyn (8) and Shirley

(July 5) The Saskatoon 55's and Sceptre Nixons battled to a 4 - 4 draw in a 10 inning exhibition game halted at the request of the visitors who had to travel to a tournament commitment.

Garcia, Jacobson (10) and Garry
Herron, Lauer (9) and Watrous

(July 5) The North Battleford Beavers climbed into a tie for 4th place in the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League, edging the Eston Ramblers 5 - 4 by virtue of a four-run uprising in the 8th inning. Bob McKinnon, who started on the mound for Eston, retired the first 18 men to face him and waltzed into the 7th inning with a 4 - 0 lead. The leadoff batter Louis Green lit McKinnon up for bases-empty dinger to cut the margin to three. In the 8th, the Beavers erupted for four more, the first three scoring as a result of Chico O'Farrill's error. Green then scored the lead run and ultimate winner on a passed ball. Clint McNeil had three singles in four at bats for the Ramblers. The batting star for the Beavers was 3rd sacker Curtis Tate who accounted for two of North Battleford's five hits, both doubles. Les Dean went the route for the winners, scattering eight hits.

L. Dean (W) and Green
McKinnon (L), H. Stevenson (8) and Serpa

(July 6) Gordie Howe's long two-run homer in the opening frame helped the Saskatoon 55's to get off to a good start as the Bridge City nine took out the Prince Albert Bohemians 3 - 2. The victory moved the 55's into sole possession of first place and dropped the northerners into 5th position. Murray Coben pitched a three-hitter for the win but needed fireman help from Lefty Lauer in the 7th. 19 year old Chuck Holdaway limited Saskatoon to seven hits in taking the loss. Howe also had a pair of singles to go along with his mammoth blast.

Holdaway (L) and Clipper
Coben (W), Lauer (7) and Watrous

(July 8) The North Battleford Beavers ousted the Delisle Gems from joint possession of first place in the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League when they defeated the starry Goose Lake aggregation 4 - 0 behind Andy Swota's four-hit pitching. The Beavers struck for a pair of runs in the opening frame and were never headed, out-hitting their hosts 11 - 4. Swota fanned eight and didn't issue a walk. Pete Prediger, Pete Polus, Roy Dean and Joe Perrone each had a pair of hits for the winners.

Swota (W) and Prediger
Courtoreille (L), Severyn (6) and Reg Bentley, Shirley (7)

(July 7) A three-run outburst in the 3rd inning carried the North Battleford Beavers to a 5 - 1 win over the Eston Ramblers.

Polus (W) and Prediger
McLeod (L) and Serpa

(July 8) The Prince Albert Bohemians swept both ends of a Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League doubleheader from the Colonsay Monarchs, winning the afternoon contest 6 - 2 and then squeezing out a narrow 6 - 5 decision in the nightcap.

Prince Albert's Legs Booker fashioned a four-hitter to handcuff the Regals in the opener. Second baseman Eddie Brown was Prince Albert's top hitter, going three for four.

G. Carlson (L), J. Carlson (1), Pisani (6) and Sasseville
Booker (W) and Clipper

Diminutive Ken Bird got the pitching win in the second encounter but he needed a last-inning rescue from fireman Legs Booker to pull it off.

Coffin (L) and Sasseville
Bird (W), Booker (9) and Clipper

Standings (end of July 8)   W  L  Pct
Saskatoon 55's              7  3 .700
Delisle Gems                6  4 .600
North Battleford Beavers    5  4 .556
Eston Ramblers              8  7 .533
Prince Albert Bohemians     5  5 .500
Colonsay Monarchs           1  9 .100

(July 9) The North Battleford Beavers climbed within easy striking distance of the 3rd place Eston Ramblers by defeating the Prince Albert Bohemians 7 - 4. The Beavers jumped all over loser Chuck Holdaway for five big 1st inning runs, two of them coming on Joe Peronne's homer. Steady Les Dean went the distance on the mound for North Battleford to pick up the win. Pete Prediger with three for four was the leading hitter for the victors followed by Perrone and Matt Meredith who had two hits each. Holdaway, with two long doubles, and Eddie Brown were the only two Prince Albert batters to collect a pair of hits. Legs Booker had a four-bagger for the Bohemians.

Holdaway (L) and Clipper
L. Dean (W) and Prediger

(July 11) The Indian Head Rockets captured first place money in the $6,000 Foam Lake tournament defeating the North Battleford Beavers 10 - 3 in the final. A four run 3rd inning outburst sealed the win for the Rockets.

Swota (L) and Green
Blackman, Leal (2) (W) and Cameron, Barnhill

(July 14) The North Battleford Beavers, with Pete Polus on the mound, defeated the cellar-dwelling Colonsay Monarchs 5 - 2 in Colonsay.

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(July 15) Outfielder Bert Forbes doubled in the 10th inning, driving in Jim Shirley with the winning tally as the Delisle Gems knocked over the Saskatoon 55's 4 - 3. The extra-inning victory lifted the G - men into a first place tie with the Saskatoon club. Neil Courtoreille picked up the win with a 1/3 inning relief job. Jack Hannah, with a five-hitter, pitched the entire game for the 55's and was saddled with the loss. Delisle's Forbes with two for five and Jules Swick of Saskatoon with two for three were the leading hitters.

Hannah (L) and Watrous
Fowlkes, Courtoreille (10) (W) and Shirley

(July 15) The Prince Albert Bohemians and North Battleford Beavers divided a Sunday doubleheader with the Beavers taking game one 2 - 1 in a 10-inning thriller while the Bohemians turned the tables on the North Battleford visitors in the rain-shortened late encounter by squeaking out a win by the same score.

In the matinee, a passed ball by Prince Albert catcher Arnold Casey allowed Steve Wylie, who had walked to lead-off the 10th, to advance to second base. Wylie then scored the ultimate winner on Murray Richardson's single.

Wylie (W) and Green
Booker (L)  and Casey

The Bohemians connected for six hits off Les Dean in the wrap-up contest, called after 7 1/2 innings when rain was falling. As well as being tagged with the loss, Dean had the game's only extra-base hit, a 6th inning triple, off winning pitcher Chuck Holdaway.

L. Dean (L) and Green
Bird, Holdaway (1) (W) and Clipper

(July 17) The Colonsay Monarchs won for only the second time this season when they surprised the Eston Ramblers 5 - 4. The game was called at the end of five innings because of rain. Jack Wilson got the pitching win for the Monarchs.

Fernandez (L) and xxxx
Wilson (W) and xxxx

(July 17) Saskatoon 55s whipped the Ligon All-Stars 14-1 as Bob Herron belted a homer, triple and two singles to pace a 14-hit attack.  Murray Coben had a one-hitter over five innings, but with a 13-0 lead he handed over the mound chores to Roy TaylorJaycee Kelley and Jabe Brazzle worked the hill for the All-Stars.

Kelley (L), Brazzle (4) and Scott
Coben (W), Taylor (6) and Watrous, Garcia (8)

(July 18) The North Battleford Beavers took over leadership of the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League at Cairns Field, nudging the Saskatoon 55's 2 - 1 in 10 innings. The deciding run came in the top of the 10th when the Beavers' Joe Perrone laid down a bunt toward first base, with the bases loaded, which plated Les Dean. The 55's were incensed when Perrone was not called out as their claim was that he ran inside the base line and interfered with Saskatoon first baseman Gordie Howe making a play at the plate to catch Dean. Andy Swota, rangy North Battleford lefthander, kept seven Saskatoon hits well scattered and struck out 14 along the victory trail. Howe was able to solve him for three of the seven to lead the 55's offense. Pete Prediger, Curtis Tate and Roy Dean all picked up a brace of hits for the winners.

Swota (W) and Green
Herron, Hannah (7) (L), Beene (10) and Watrous

(July 20) The California Mohawks drubbed the Saskatoon 55's 10 - 1 in an exhibition game played in Saskatoon. The Mohawks broke open a 1 - 1 game, scoring six times in the 5th.

Rehder (W) and Noce
Stavrianoudakis (L), Hannah (5), Rumball (6), Beene (6) and Watrous

(July 21) The Prince Albert Bohemians, behind Chuck Holdaway's four-hitter, blanked the North Battleford Beavers 4 - 0 in the first game of a weekend series in North Battleford. Lefty Logue drove in all four Prince Albert runs with a two for three effort in the batter's box.

Holdaway (W) and Casey
Polus (L) and Green

(July 21)  Lefty Arnold blanked Eston on eight hits as Saskatoon 55s won 11-0 in the opener of a two-game weekend series at the Ramblers' home diamond. The second game, also an Eston home game, is slated for tomorrow afternoon at Clearwater Lake. Sherman Watrous led Saskatoon at the plate with a homer while Roy Taylor and Jules Swick had doubles.  Chico O'Farrill had three hits for the Ramblers. Three of the Saskatoon players were in a car accident en route to the game.  Bob Herron, Watrous and Murray Coben were passengers in Ralph Mabee's auto which was in a collision and turned over in the ditch.  There were no serious injuries.

Arnold (W) and Watrous
H. Stevenson (L), McKinnon (1), McLeod (6) and Serpa

(July 22)  The Delisle Gems, playing a double bill at home, edged the hard-luck Colonsay Monarchs twice, 1 - 0 and 6 - 5.

Johnny Carlson's brilliant one-hitter went all for naught as his Colonsay Monarch teammates failed to provide him with any run production and were shut-out by the Delisle Gems 1 - 0 in the opener of the double bill. Opposing hurler, Sammy Fowlkes of the Gems, was no slouch either as he tossed a three-hitter, continually stymieing the Monarchs in their attempt to tie the score. The lone hit off Carlson was Jim Shirley's first inning single which drove in the only run.

J. Carlson (L) and Sasseville
Fowlkes (W) and Shirley

In the second game, pinch-hitter Bev Bentley's two-run single in the bottom of the 9th gave the Gems a 6-5 victory.  Colonsay, behind the pitching of Lou Pisani had led all the way until Delisle erupted for three in the 9th. 

Pisani (L) and Sasseville
Severyn, Courtoreille (3) (W) and Reg Bentley, Shirley (4)

(July 22)  In the wind-up game of the weekend set, Art Ramsay had three hits and drove in three runs to pace Eston to a 4-3 win over Saskatoon at Clearwater Lake.  Bob Herron and Sherman Watrous each had two hits for the 55s. '

Lauer (L) and Watrous
Porter (W) and Serpa

(July 22) The North Battleford Beavers rebounded from their anemic offensive production of the previous day and made the most of their hits in dropping the Prince Albert Bohemians 5 - 3 in the finale of their two-game week-end set-to. Louis Green and Pete Polus each drove in a pair of runs for the winners as Green led all Beaver batters with two hits. Lefty Logue was the best swatter for Prince Albert, going two for three with a homer as part of his brace. Eddie Brown had a triple for the Brewers.

Booker (L) and Casey
Wylie (W) and Green

(July 23) The Saskatoon 55's blasted out 14 hits and came away with an 11 - 1 victory over the Prince Albert Bohemians to edge closer to the league-leading Delisle Gems and the runner-up North Battleford Beavers in the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League standings. Bob Herron had a long four-bagger and two singles for the 55's. He knocked in three runs, scored three himself and swiped a couple of bases to boot. Outfielder Joe Nishnik went three for five for the Brewery Boys, one of his raps being a triple.

Holdaway (L), Logue (6) and Casey
Gilchrist, Arnold (1) (W) and Watrous, Garcia (8)

(July 25) The Eston Ramblers swept a Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League doubleheader at home against the Prince Albert Bohemians, winning the opener 8 - 7 and the nightcap 8 - 1. The twin victory strengthened Eston's hold on 4th place.

Prince Albert held a 7 - 2 lead in game 1 when Eston broke loose for six runs in the 8th. Bohemians' Chuck Holdaway was the game's hitting star, going five for five, as the Beer Barons out-hit the Boys from the Bible Belt 11 - 9. Smoke Lutcher, normally a second baseman, got the pitching win for Eston over Legs Booker.

Booker (L) and Clipper
McKinnon, Lutcher (3) (W), Fernandez (9) and Serpa

Jackie McLeod spun a four-hitter for the second game win. Lindy Serpa of the Nomads and Prince Albert's Chuck Holdaway both had two hits in the darkness-shortened, 8 inning game.

Bird (L), Carlson (4) and Clipper
McLeod (W) and Serpa

(July 26) The Saskatoon 55's unlimbered their heavy artillery and overpowered the last-place Colonsay Monarchs 11 - 1, a win which boosted Saskatoon into 2nd place in the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League, a half game behind top place Delisle Gems. The 55's erupted for two five-run innings, the 2nd and 3rd, and then coasted from there behind the steady pitching of Jack Hannah who struck out 11. Gordie Howe had a 450 foot inside-the-park home run for the Hub City contingent.

J. Carlson (L), Wilson (3) and Sasseville
Hannah (W) and Watrous

(July 27) The Prince Albert Bohemians opened up an early lead over the Colonsay Monarchs and went on to defeat the tail-enders 8 - 2. The Monarchs, although out-hitting the Bohemians 12 - 10, couldn't connect off winner Lefty Logue when the stakes were high. Ted Senko took the loss. Prince Albert second baseman Eddie Brown's base running was a feature of the game. He scored three of the Brewers' runs.

Senko (L) and Rosher
Logue (W) and Casey

(July 27)   Saskatoon 55s downed Edmonton Oilers 14-10 in exhibition action at Edmonton. It was the opener of a three-game series.

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(July 28)   Saskatoon 55s made it two in a row over the Oilers in an exhibition series at Edmonton with an 8-7 win on Saturday.  The 55's salted the game away in the first two innings, scoring three runs in each off loser Jack Devine. Des O'Connor of the Oilers had a perfect four for four day at the dish. Saskatoon's Bob Herron was top gun for his club with a three for 5 production.

Lauer (W), Stavrianoudakis (6), Beene (8) and Garcia
Devine (L), Lowe (2) and Kortgard

(July 28) The Sceptre Nixons carried home top money of $1,300 by roaring home with 12 runs in the last two innings to defeat the North Battleford Beavers 13 - 6 in the final game of the Saskatoon Exhibition Week tournament.

Garcia, Jarvis (7) (W) and Garay
Swota, Wylie (8) (L), L. Dean (9) and Green

(July 28) The Colonsay Monarchs and Eston Ramblers played to a 5 - 5 tie in a Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League game at Colonsay which came to a halt after eight frames when darkness set in. Trailing 5 - 1 in the 6th, Eston cut the deficit to a single tally on Grant Locke's three-run triple and then tied the game in the 8th when Art Ramsey doubled home Jimmy Shields. Catcher Bobby Sasseville had a two-run homer for Colonsay.

McKinnon, H. Stevenson (2) and Serpa
Pisani, J. Carlson (6), Wilson (8), Coffin (8) and Sasseville

(July 29)   Edmonton Oilers nearly blew a nine-run lead but held on to shade Saskatoon 55s 11-9 before 3,000 fans at Edmonton. Oilers Lefty Belter was cruising along with an 11-2 lead with two out in the 9th when the 55s rallied and drove the lefthander from the mound.  Reliever Jerry Seaman finally ended the match with Saskatoon having the potential tying runs on first and third.  Bob Herron, the first of four pitchers for the 55s, took the loss.  Herron and catcher Sherman Watrous pounded homers for Saskatoon.  Shortstop Len Karlson and outfielder Bill Gadsby each bashed two-run homers for Edmonton in the 6th inning.  55s took two of three on the weekend. They won 14-10 on Friday and 8-7 on Saturday. 

Herron (L), Arnold (2), Beene (4), Hannah (7) and Watrous
Belter (W), Seaman (9) and Warwick

(July 30) The North Battleford Beavers nosed into the leader's spot in the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League by edging the Delisle Gems 5 - 4. Murray Richardson went all the way on the hill for the Dam Builders, fashioning a nifty four-hitter for the win. Marshall Severyn gave up eight hits in taking the loss. Delisle had a 4 - 0 lead after two innings were in the books but the Beavers kept patiently pecking away and scored the winner in the bottom of the 9th. Pete Polus singled home Louis Green after two were out. Polus also had a double and drove in the tying run as well. Andy Swota contributed a triple which brought home a pair of runs.

Severyn (L) and Shirley
Richardson (W) and Green

(August 1) The Eston Ramblers of the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League and the Indian Head Rockets of the Western Canada Baseball League split first and second money in the Rosetown Legion $3,300 tournament when they tied 1 - 1 in the 6-inning final game which was stopped prematurely by darkness.

Blackman and Barnhill
Fernandez and Serpa

(August 2) The Prince Albert Bohemians advanced to within a game and a half of the 4th place Eston Ramblers in the North Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League when they swept a doubleheader from the last-place Colonsay Monarchs in Colonsay by 13 - 3 and 6 - 3 scores.
The Bohs slammed out 18 hits in their afternoon victory. Lefty Logue went the distance for Prince Albert, scattering 12 Colonsay hits and aiding his own cause with a two-run homer in the 7th inning. Chuck Holdaway smacked a triple for the winners in a steady barrage against three Monarch hurlers, including loser Ted Senko.

Logue (W) and Casey
Senko (L), Pisani (4), Folk (6) and McWilly, Rosher (4)

The second game was considerably closer with two Carlson's, Prince Albert's George and Colonsay's Johnny starting on the mound for their respective teams. Prince Albert's sharp Negro keystone combination, shortstop Bob Clipper and second sacker Eddie Brown, figured in two double plays. Lefty Logue, Chuck Holdaway and Gord Wilson poled triples for the winners, the only extra-base hits of the nightcap.

G. Carlson (W), Booker (7) and Casey
J. Carlson (L) and Sasseville

(August 2) The Saskatoon 55's had to go 11 innings before edging the Delisle Gems 6 - 5 in a thrill-packed Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League game. The win moved the Saskatoon team into a tie for league leadership with the North Battleford Beavers. Delisle is one game back in third spot. The hero of the exciting finish at Cairns Field was the 55's Ross "Lefty" Arnold. Thrown in as a 9th inning pinch-hitter with two out and the 55's one run behind, Arnold promptly singled sending Bob Garcia to third base. Garcia then scored the tying run on a passed ball. Then, in the bottom of the 11th, with the sacks full and facing a two strike count, the savvy southpaw drilled the next pitch over left fielder Reg Bentley's head to drive in the winner. Lefty Lauer pitched a three-hitter for the win with Delisle shortstop Ray Downey picking up two of those raps. Arnold's two singles led all Saskatoon hitters. Roy Taylor, Sherman Watrous and Gordie Howe each stroked a double for the 55's.

Courtoreille, Severyn (7) (L) and Shirley
Lauer (W) and Watrous

(August 3) The Indian Head Rockets, with old Chet Brewer tossing a four-hitter, blanked the North Battleford Beavers 4 - 0 before a crowd of 3,000 fans to win first place money of $800 in the Tisdale Lions Club baseball tournament.

(August 4) A cluster of solid base hits in the 4th and 5th innings turned the tide in favor of the Saskatoon 55's as they defeated the Prince Albert Bohemians 7 - 3 before 1,200 fans at Cairns Field. Joe Nishnik of the Bohs and Sherman Watrous of the 55's both drove in two 1st inning runs for their respective teams to produce a 2 - 2 tie. The Brewery Boys went ahead with a single tally in the 3rd but that was the last time they had the lead. The night's longest hit was a triple by Prince Albert's Sal Wilson. Steve Stavrianoudakis gave up 11 hits and recorded 11 strikeouts in hurling the win. Bob Herron collected two doubles for the winners in leading their 12-hit attack.

Booker (L) and Casey, Clipper (1)
Stavrianoudakis (W) and Watrous

(August 4) The North Battleford Beavers registered a pair of victories over the Colonsay Monarchs in a Saturday double bill, winning the opener 7 - 4 and the second game 6 - 2.

The first game saw the Beavers collect 14 hits off loser Lou Pisani including doubles by Curtis Tate and winning pitcher Steve Wylie. Johnny Folk had a perfect game batting for the Monarchs, going five for five with one of his raps being a double. Colonsay's Ed Nalywako had a trio of base knocks.

Wylie (W) and Green
Pisani (L) and Sasseville

Les Dean hurled a five-hitter to best Jack Wilson in the nightcap. Wilson surrendered six safeties. Roy Moldenhauer of the Monarchs had a pair of hits in a losing cause. Pete Polus homered for North Battleford.

L. Dean (W) and Green
Wilson (L) and McWilly

(August 5) A twin-bill in Prince Albert saw the home-town Bohemians take a 10-inning thriller from the Saskatoon 55's 4 - 3 in game 1 while the Bridge City nine came back to capture the second encounter 7 - 4.

An error by playing-coach Roy Taylor on Beryl Fisher's hard-hit ground ball in the 10th frame enabled Eddie Brown, who had doubled, to score the winning run for Prince Albert in the matinee event. Lefty Lauer of the 55's allowed only five hits against 10 surrendered by Chuck Holdaway of the Bohs but the Saskatonians couldn't bunch their hits effectively.

Lauer (L) and Garcia
Holdaway (W) and Clipper

Big Bob Herron went the route for Saskatoon in the wrap-up game. Eddie Brown had a pair of doubles in a losing cause for the Beer Barons.

Herron (W) and Watrous
Holdaway (L), Booker (3) and Clipper

(August 5) The North Battleford Beavers picked up their 3rd win of the weekend as they dropped the Delisle Gems 6 - 3 in a Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League game played in the Goose Lake line town. The win moved the Beavers into a one game, first-place lead over the Saskatoon 55's. The Beavers had a 6 - 0 lead by the end of the 3rd and were able to breeze to victory behind Andy Swota's six-hit pitching. Pete Prediger of North Battleford had the game's only extra-base hit, a triple.

Swota (W) and Green
Severyn (L), M. Bentley (1), Courtoreille (3) and Shirley

Standings (end of August 5)   W  L  Pct
North Battleford Beavers     14  6 .700
Saskatoon 55's               13  7 .650
Delisle Gems                  9  7 .563
Eston Ramblers               11  9 .550
Prince Albert Bohemians      11 13 .458
Colonsay Monarchs             2 18 .100

(August 6) The North Battleford Beavers had two big innings, the 6th and the 7th, and they were sufficient to give Emile Francis and crew a comparatively easy 7 - 4 victory over the Saskatoon 55's in a Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League game. The Beavers now have a full two-game lead over the 55's in the race for the league pennant. Louis Green, Matt Meredith, Andy Swota and Curtis Tate all had two hits for the winners. Sherman Watrous and Koney Williams had home runs for the losers off winning pitcher Steve Wylie who surrendered but four hits.

Wylie (W) and Green
Beene (L), Stavrianoudakis (8) and Watrous

(August 7) The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix reported that there had been rumblings concerning the future of the Delisle Gems franchise, noting that the team had been experiencing severe financial problems and could possibly fold. Attendance at home games in the Goose Lake line town had dwindled even though the club had a winning record and drew extremely well on the road. In response to the problem, management at Saskatoon's Cairns Field decided to make the Hub City field available for the remainder of the Gems' home games with the exception of one remaining doubleheader against the Saskatoon 55's which will still be played at the home of the Bentleys. The Gems have apparently agreed to this proposal and will carry on with their league commitments.

(August 7) The Delisle Gems kept their doubleheader engagement at Colonsay and defeated the Monarchs in both ends of the twin-bill. The scores were 5 - 3 and 6 - 3 with both games ending after seven innings.

Doug Bentley paced the Gems in the first game with two hits including a double. Max Bentley contributed a triple. George McWilly hit a three-run homer to account for all the Colonsay scoring. Monarchs' regular catcher, Bobby Sasseville, was loaned to the Gems for the opener.

Severyn (W), M. Bentley (6) and Sasseville
Pisani (L), L. Breckner (4) and McWilly

The Monarchs out-hit Delisle 8 - 3 in the second game but couldn't bunch their hits effectively. Delisle made the most of their three base knocks, one being a triple by Doug Bentley.

Fowlkes (W) and Shirley
Folk, Wilson (4) (L) and Sasseville

(August 9) The red-hot North Battleford Beavers picked up their 5th straight Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League victory in less than a week by defeating the Eston Ramblers 8 - 3 at Abbott Field in North Battleford. The win gave the Beavers a 2 1/2 game margin over the Saskatoon 55's. North Battleford's Pete Polus pitched seven-hit ball for the winners and also belted a two-run homer. Andy Swota had a three for three game in the batter's box and was outstanding defensively in the outfield. Bob Stevenson topped Eston hitters, going two for three. The game was halted after 7 1/2 innings because of darkness.

McKinnon (L) and Hucul
Polus (W) and Green

(August 10) The Delisle Gems had on their hitting togs when they defeated the Eston Ramblers 9 - 4 in a game that was called in the 7th owing to darkness. The G - men combed two Eston pitchers for 12 hits including home runs by Sammy Fowlkes and Max Bentley. Fowlkes, who threw a seven-hitter for the win, also pounded a double. Art Ramsey, who paced the Eston attack with a two for three performance, smashed a four-bagger in the 6th. Jim Shirley and Bev Bentley each went three for four in the Delisle hitting department and Reg Bentley came up with a two for three.

H. Stevenson (L), Shields (6) and Hucul
Fowlkes (W) and Shirley

(August 10) Behind the outstanding pitching of Andy Swota, the North Battleford Beavers continued their hot streak, scoring a 5 - 3 win over the Saskatoon 55's, their 6th consecutive triumph. Swota struck out 16 and, for eight of the nine innings, he pitched hitless and scoreless ball. North Battleford jumped into a 5 - 0 first inning lead, driving Saskatoon starter Bob Herron from the hill before he had even retired a batter. They never tallied again as Swota held the 55's in check except for a three-run 6th when the Hub City crew bunched four solid hits together. Joe Perrone paced the Beavers' seven-hit attack, going three for four, one of his raps being a long double.

Swota (W) and Green
Herron (L), Coben (1), Stavrianoudakis (2) and Watrous

(August 11) The Eston Ramblers knocked off the Saskatoon 55's 5 - 3 before a large Cairns Field crowd. Saskatoon held a 3 - 2 lead entering the 9th but booted away the game when Roy Taylor, Norm Brown and Jack Hannah all made costly errors.

McLeod (W) and Hucul
Lauer, Beene (7) (L) and Watrous

(August 11) The North Battleford Beavers won their 7th in a row by walloping the cellar-dwelling Colonsay Monarchs 12 - 1 at Abbott Field. Leading by a single tally entering the 6th frame, the Beavers blew the barn doors off with six big markers sparked by Joe Perrone's three-run homer and doubles off the bats of Matt Meredith and Andy Swota.

Pisani (L) and Sasseville
Richardson (W) and Green

(August 12) The Eston Ramblers won their second game of the weekend, taking down the Prince Albert Bohemians 8 - 5. Ramblers' chucker Rudy Fernandez pitched tight ball in the pinches and helped his own cause with a booming home run. Legs Booker had a three-bagger for the Bohs.

Fernandez (W) and Hucul
Holdaway (L), Booker (7) and Clipper

(August 12) The Saskatoon 55's moved back into 2nd place in the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League as they knocked off the Delisle Gems twice in Goose Lake country, by a 4 - 1 count in the 10-inning opener and then 6 - 0 in the abbreviated, 7-inning nightcap.

After 9 innings of the first game, the two teams were scoreless. In the top of the 10th, the 55's scored four times powered by doubles off the bats of Roy Taylor and Bob Herron. The Gems' lone run in the bottom of the frame was too little, too late.

Arnold (W), Lauer (10) and Watrous
Courtoreille (L), M. Bentley (10), Severyn (10) and Shirley

In the shortened finale, the 55's scored six times in the opening stanza and were never headed as winning pitcher Jack Hannah threw a complete game, three-hit shutout.

Hannah (W) and Watrous
Severyn (L), Fowlkes (2) and Shirley

(August 12) The North Battleford Beavers continued to merrily roll along, padding their lead atop the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League, as they swept a double dip from the struggling and over-matched Colonsay Monarchs by 8 - 0 and 15 - 8 counts.

Les Dean pitched an impressive three-hitter in the opener and, only once, allowed a Colonsay runner to get past second base. Louis Green led the Beavers' hitting attack against loser Jack Wilson with a pair of doubles.

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

In the follow-up contest, the Beavers broke the game wide open scoring eight times in the 3rd frame. Curtis Tate and Matt Meredith were the top dogs offensively for North Battleford, both going three for five at the dish.

L. Breckner (L), Coffin (3) and Sasseville
Wylie (W) and Green

Standings (end of August 12)  W  L  Pct
North Battleford Beavers     20  6 .769
Saskatoon 55's               15 10 .600
Delisle Gems                 12  9 .571
Eston Ramblers               13 11 .542
Prince Albert Bohemians      11 14 .440
Colonsay Monarchs             2 23 .080

(August 14) The Eston Ramblers thrilled a large home crowd with a 3 - 1 triumph against the Saskatoon 55's and moved into third place in the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League standings, 15 percentage points in front of Delisle. Bob Stevenson's single with the bases loaded in the 1st inning off loser Murray Coben was the telling blow in this game and provided the cushion that his brother, winning pitcher Herb Stevenson, would need. Hits were scarce in this joust with each team getting only four. Art Ramsey and Jimmy Shields hit doubles for Eston while Gordie Howe had a two-bagger for the 55's and his teammate, Sherman Watrous, two singles.

Coben (L), Lauer (5) and Watrous
H. Stevenson (W) and Hucul

(August 14) The North Battleford Beavers, looking as if they never plan to cool down, scored their 10th straight victory when they defeated the Delisle Gems 7 - 2 at Abbott Field. The win assured the Beavers of finishing in first place in the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League. North Battleford was always ahead in this contest after scoring four times in the 2nd inning. The Gems made eight errors to make things easier for the Dam Builders. Pete Polus homered for the Beavers, the game's only circuit-clout. Reg Bentley drove in both Delisle runs in the 4th inning.

Fowlkes (L), Severyn (6) and Shirley
Swota (W) and Green

(August 15) The Eston Ramblers won top money in the $1,000 Rosthern tournament defeating the Colonsay Monarchs 4 - 0 in the deciding game.

(August 16) In a Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League game in Colonsay, the Saskatoon 55's and the Monarchs battled to a 2 - 2 tie in a game halted after eight innings because of darkness. The 55's slammed 10 base hits off Colonsay's Jack Wilson including a triple, double and single by big Bob Herron and a three-bagger by Koney Williams. Herron and Lefty Arnold shared the hitting spotlight for Saskatoon, each with a three for four output. Young Charlie Beene, pitching for Saskatoon, hung up 10 strikeouts while limiting Colonsay to three hits, one of them a double by Reg Pendleton.

Beene and Watrous
Wilson and Sasseville

(August 17) Minus their playing-coach Roy Taylor who returned to California a few days ago but with 1,200 fans in the stands, the Saskatoon 55's battered the Delisle Gems 11 - 3 to practically assure themselves of a 2nd place finish in the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League. Lefty Lauer struck out 14 and tossed a seven-hitter for the win. Big Bob Herron paced a vicious 14-hit Saskatoon attack with a two-run homer and three singles in five at bats. Bob Garcia contributed a double and two singles in four tries. Normie Brown also clicked for a trio of hits in five trips. Of the seven hits the Gems had off Lauer, Bev Bentley got two of them.

Fowlkes (L), Courtoreille (3) and Shirley
Lauer (W) and Garcia

(August 18) The North Battleford Beavers kept right on chugging as they hammered the visiting Saskatoon 55's 10 - 4 at Abbott Field. Two big innings, the 2nd and 8th, gave the Beavers a comfortable working margin. North Battleford's Matt Meredith had a three-run homer to spark the 2nd inning uprising. Curtis Tate's triple, followed by singles off the bats of Joe Perrone, Louis Green and Meredith, produced the three-run cluster in the 8th. This latter threesome all had two-hit games for the winners. Bob Garcia paced Saskatoon swatters with a three for five game.

Stavrianoudakis (L), Arnold (2) and Watrous
Polus (W) and Green

(August 19) The Saskatoon 55's finally put an end to the North Battleford Beavers' incredible win streak as they cooled down the homesters 11 - 4 in the final league game for both clubs. The 55's pounded North Battleford pitching for 15 hits. Koney Williams and Sherman Watrous hit home runs for Saskatoon as Williams went four for four. Murray Coben had three hits and drove in six runs . Winning pitcher Jack Hannah also contributed three hits. Louis Green was North Battleford's top swinger, connecting for a double and single.

Hannah (W) and Garcia
Richardson (L), L. Dean (3) and Green

(August 19) When the Eston Ramblers failed to appear for their scheduled league game against Delisle, league officials decided that a forfeiture was in order and thereby awarded the game to the Gems. This would have resulted in Delisle capturing 3rd place in the standings by a scant four percentage points ahead of the Ramblers. But another twist of fate entered the picture. Since Delisle and the Prince Albert Bohemians were never able to get their four scheduled games played due to a number of different factors, the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League brain trust awarded four default wins, two to each team which had the consequence of dropping Delisle's winning percentage from .542 to .536, thereby allowing Eston to grab 3rd place by a mere two percentage points. This all sets up the semi-final playoff pairings to be one in which first-place North Battleford takes on the fourth-place Gems while the runner-up Saskatoon 55's will be pitted against the third-place Ramblers.

Final Standings            W  L  Pct
North Battleford Beavers  22  7 .759
Saskatoon 55's            17 12 .586
Eston Ramblers            14 12 .538
Delisle Gems              15 13 .536
Prince Albert Bohemians   13 16 .448
Colonsay Monarchs          2 23 .080


PLAYOFFS :

(August 20) The Saskatoon 55's charged from behind in the bottom of the 9th inning with three runs to score a narrow 4 - 3 win over the Eston Ramblers and take a one-game lead in the best-of-five semi-final. The 55's bunched four last-inning singles together for the dramatic comeback which saw Jerry Webster deliver the deciding blow, a single to left field which drove in Leo Kelsey with the deciding run. Charlie Beene surrendered 6 singles in getting the pitching win over Eston's Rudy Fernandez. Koney Williams with a four for five performance at the dish was the game's top hitter.

Fernandez (L) and Hucul
Beene (W) and Garcia

(August 21) The North Battleford Beavers, who easily captured first place in the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League, blanked the Delisle Gems 5 - 0 in the opener of their semi-final series. Andy Swota came up with a sterling three-hitter to stymie the G - men. Curtis Tate had three singles for the pennant winners and Les Dean cranked a two-run homer.

Severyn (L), Fowlkes (3) and Shirley
Swota (W) and Green

(August 21) The Eston Ramblers committed nine errors and virtually every one of them came back to haunt them as the visitors from the Bible Belt dropped a 15 - 7 decision to the Saskatoon 55's to fall behind two games to none in their semi-final round. The 55's won with ease as they lashed out 15 safeties. Murray Coben paced the Saskatoon hitting attack with three singles and a double. Ray Hamilton followed with three singles. Bob Herron and Sherman Watrous of the Bridge City brigade had two hits apiece. Art Ramsey slammed a 2nd inning, bases-empty home run for the Ramblers. Jimmy Shields, Smoke Lutcher and Rudy Fernandez each collected a pair of base raps for the Nomads.

McKinnon (L), Ohlheiser (3), Shields (8) and Hucul
Lauer, Stavrianoudakis (3) (W), Coben (9) and Garcia

(August 22) The Delisle Gems upset the North Battleford Beavers 5 - 1 to tie their semi-final series at one game each. Neil Courtoreille limited the Beavers to six hits and pitched superbly in the pinches. The Gems jumped on losing pitcher Steve Wylie for three runs in the top of the 6th and drove him to the showers in the 7th. Gems' backstop Jim Shirley topped all hitters with a brace of base knocks. Delisle's Doug Bentley and Andy Swota of North Battleford each hit a double which were the game's only extra-base hits.

Courtoreille (W) and Shirley
Wylie (L), L. Dean (7) and Green

(August 22) The Saskatoon 55's humbled the Eston Ramblers 7 - 1 in Eston to sweep their best-of-five series in straight games. The 55's pounced on loser Herb Stevenson for six runs in 1 1/3 innings and then plated their 7th off reliever Hank Ohlheiser to take a commanding lead after two innings were in the books. Lefty Arnold was brilliant on the hill for the Saskatonians, surrendering only two hits, singles to Jimmy Shields and Chico O'Farrill in the six-inning contest. Koney Williams headed the lively Saskatoon hitting attack with a triple and two singles. Bob Herron had two hits including a double. Catcher Bob Garcia singled twice. The 55's now await the series winner of the other semi-final between North Battleford and Delisle.

Arnold (W) and Garcia
H. Stevenson (L), Ohlheiser (2) and Hucul

(August 23) The North Battleford Beavers plated six runs in the first two frames and handily defeated the Delisle Gems 6 - 3 to take a 2 - 1 lead in their best-of-five series. Pete Polus twirled a complete game, eight-hit mound stint for the win. Pete Prediger homered for the Beavers and led his team with three hits. Picking up a pair of base blows were Roy Dean and Joe Perrone of North Battleford plus Max Bentley and Reg Bentley of the Goose Lake Liners.

Polus (W) and Green
Fowlkes (L), Severyn (1) and Shirley

(August 24) The Delisle Gems, working with a skeleton pitching staff, defeated the North Battleford Beavers 7 - 1 in a drizzle to tie their semi-final series at two games each. Neil Courtoreille picked up his second win of the series for the Jewels while fanning 11. Bev Bentley headed Delisle's 12-hit offense with a double and two singles. His uncle, Max, hit a pair of doubles while his other uncle, Doug, with two singles made it a family affair at the plate. Louis Green, Andy Swota and Curtis Tate all hit safely twice for North Battleford.

Swota (L), Richardson (4), L. Dean (8) and Green
Courtoreille (W) and Shirley

(August 29) Following a five-day rain delay, the showdown finally continued between North Battleford and Delisle. The rubber-match saw the home-town Beavers polish off the Gems 4 - 1 to take the best-of-five semi-final three games to two. It also earned them the right to play for the championship of the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League against the well-rested Saskatoon 55's. Roy Dean's two-run homer in the 6th broke a 1 - 1 tie and propelled the league pennant-winners to victory behind Andy Swota's four-hitter. Dean and Louis Green both had two hits for the winners.

Courtoreille (L) and Shirley
Swota (W) and Green

(August 31) The Saskatoon 55's have been granted permission to use a limited number of replacement players from other Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League teams not in the playoff hunt. The 55's lost their California college players from the College of Sequoia following their semi-final series. As well, playing-coach Roy Taylor, who normally patrolled 2nd base, returned to his teaching post in Visalia on August 12.

(September 1) The Saskatoon 55's drew first blood in the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League finals as they up-ended the North Battleford Beavers 9 - 7 in a game where pitching changes and rhubarbs were almost as numerous as hits and runs. The Beavers out-hit the Hub City nine 13 - 7 but only bunched their hits in two innings. The 55's made the best use of their seven base blows and came up with better-than-average base running. There were four extra-base hits in the contest, triples by Saskatoon's Gordie Howe and the Beavers' Joe Perrone as well as two-baggers off the bats of the Gems' Koney Williams and Curtis Tate of North Battleford.

Wylie (L), L. Dean (4), Richardson (5) and Green
Lauer (W), Beene (5), Arnold (9) and Sasseville

(September 2)   In a benefit game in Saskatoon, an all-star Canadian squad shaded the American all-stars 5-4.  More than two-thousand fans helped raise $775 for the Clint McNeil Fund.  McNeill, who started the season with Eston, was reported to be critically ill with lung cancer.  He attended the game under doctor's care and thanked the fans over the public address system.

Johnny Folk of Colonsay Monarchs, Chuck Holdaway of Prince Albert Bohemians, Herb Stevenson of the Ramblers and Les Dean of North Battleford handled the mound duties for the Canadian squad.  Dean gained the win.  Andy Swota of the Beavers, Charlie Beene of Saskatoon and Steve Wylie of the Beavers worked for the American squad.  Wylie was the loser.  

Folk, Holdaway (4), H Stevenson (6), Dean (6) (W) and Shirley, Prediger (4)
Swota, Beene (4), Wylie (7) (L) and Green

(September 3) After dropping the opener of the best-four-out-of-seven Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League final series, the North Battleford Beavers stormed back to take games 2 and 3 in a Labor Day playoff doubleheader at Abbott Field. The home-towners squeezed out a 10 inning, 4 - 3 win over the Saskatoon 55's in the matinee and then took the lead in the series by taking out the Hub City visitors 5 - 2 in the finale.

The first game featured a pitching duel between the Beavers' Pete Polus and Saskatoon's Lefty Arnold. With two out in the bottom of the 10th frame, Curtis Tate put an end to the suspense by cracking one of Arnold's deliveries over the right field fence for a game-winning home run. Catcher Bobby Sasseville, a pick up for the final series from the Colonsay Monarchs, spearheaded the Saskatoon offensive machine with three hits including a double.

Arnold (L) and Sasseville
Polus (W) and Green

The second contest was also a thriller for the fans. Heading into the bottom of the 8th, the Beavers trailed 2 - 1. After the tying run had been manufactured, Joe Perrone broke the 2 - 2 draw by drilling a bases-loaded triple which provided the Beavers with a three-run cushion, a lead they carried for the remainder of the game. Andy Swota, throwing a six-hitter, was the complete game winner for the Dam Builders.

Herron (L), Beene (8) and Watrous
Swota (W) and Green

(September 4) The Saskatoon 55's and North Battleford Beavers battled to a 5 - 5, 9-inning stalemate in game four of their final series. Darkness prevented the game from going into extra innings. The two pitchers were the story of this game. Saskatoon's Lefty Lauer was nicked for seven hits while fanning nine and Steve Wylie of the Beavers struck out 11 while yielding six hits. Curtis Tate with a double and two singles was the leading hitter for the home team. Sherman Watrous' two for four was best for the visitors.

Lauer and Watrous
Wylie and Green

(September 5) The North Battleford Beavers moved to within one game of the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League championship as they defeated the Saskatoon 55's 10 - 7 in the 5th game of the best-of-seven final series in a contest shortened to 7 1/2 innings because of darkness. A combination of Saskatoon errors and heavy hitting by the Beavers spelled the difference in this game. Six of the Beavers' 8 hits were for extra bases. Andy Swota led the North Battleford arsenal with a home run and triple. Curtis Tate added a triple while Joe Perrone, Roy Dean and Pete Prediger all had doubles. Saskatoon's Murray Coben drove in three of his team's seven runs.

Beene (L), Coben (4) and Shirley
L. Dean (W), Wylie (7) and Green

(September 6) The Saskatoon 55's extended the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League final series as they crushed the North Battleford Beavers 8 - 2 at Cairns Field behind the stellar four-hit pitching of Lefty Arnold. The defeat for the Beavers still left them leading the series by one game and needing only one more victory to sew it up. The 55's hammered two North Battleford pitchers for 11 hits and took advantage of five Beaver defensive miscues. The offensive attack was highlighted by Sherman Watrous' towering home run in the 4th which plated three runs, capping a five-run rally that broke the Beavers' back. The moon shot by Watrous off one of losing pitcher Andy Swota's slants somewhat dampened a mid-game presentation in which Swota was awarded the Gem Cafe trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player. Bob Herron had three singles for the 55's. Murray Coben, Ray Hamilton and Watrous each drilled a brace of hits for the winners.

Swota (L), Richardson (4) and Green
Arnold (W) and Shirley

(September 7) The North Battleford Beavers are the new champions of the Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League. At Cairns Field, with their ace colored pitcher Steve Wylie on the hill, they won a tight 2 - 1 decision over the Saskatoon 55's to wrap up the final series four games to two with one game tied. Wylie was superb and probably pitched his best game of the campaign. He gave up only three hits and was assisted by a pair of snappy double plays. Wylie struck out 10 and held the 55's hitless until late in the 6th when singles by Reg Pendleton, a pick up from Colonsay, and Bob Herron produced the lone Saskatoon run. Lefty Lauer was the losing pitcher after an effort that would have won most games in the circuit. The Beavers scored an unearned run in the 4th and picked up the winning marker in the top of the 6th when Saskatoon catcher Sherman Watrous overthrew third base attempting a double play after an out had been made at the plate, a mistake that allowed Joe Perrone to score. Both clubs showed the strain of a long series in the fielding department as the 55's were charged with seven errors and North Battleford 3.

Wylie (W) and Green
Lauer (L) and Watrous

Batting Wrap Up

Reg Pendleton, classy Colonsay center fielder, carried off the 1951 Northern Saskatchewan Senior Baseball League batting honors. Pendleton, in 68 appearances at the plate, collected 27 hits for a .397 average. Curtis Tate, North Battleford Beaver third baseman was next in line with .395 off 47 hits in 119 times at bat. He nosed out Koney Williams, Saskatoon 55's shortstop, who finished the season with .394. Bob Herron, the 55's pitcher and left fielder was fourth with .375. Sixteen players in the circuit beat the .300 mark.

 N.S.S.B.L. .300 Hitters                      AB  R  H  Ave
 Reg Pendleton (Colonsay Monarchs)            68 11 27 .397
 Curtis Tate (North Battleford Beavers)      119 24 47 .395
 Koney Williams (Saskatoon 55's)              66 16 26 .394
 Bob Herron (Saskatoon 55's)                 104 21 39 .375
 Johnny Folk (Colonsay Monarchs)              40  4 15 .375
 Bob Stevenson (Eston Ramblers)               66 14 24 .364
 Clint McNeil (Eston Ramblers)                61 18 22 .361
 Joe Nishnik (Prince Albert Bohemians)        86 13 31 .360
 Doug Bentley (Delisle Gems)                  73 13 26 .356
 Pete Prediger (North Battleford Beavers)     65 11 23 .354
 Chuck Holdaway (Prince Albert Bohemians)     69 12 24 .348
 Art Ramsey (Eston Ramblers)                  32  7 11 .344
 Dave "Lefty" Logue (Prince Albert Bohemians) 83 13 28 .337
 Ross "Lefty" Arnold (Saskatoon 55's)         39  5 13 .333
 Orlando "Chico" O'Farrill (Eston Ramblers)   54  5 17 .315
 Bob Garcia (Saskatoon 55's)                  78 23 24 .308