Southern League 1952 Game Reports        

With the late demise of the Moose Jaw entry from the previous season, the 1952 Southern League continued its transformation. An attempt to revive the long-standing Moose Jaw franchise did not materialize as potential player interest shifted toward involvement within the city league. The bulk of the aging veterans on another long- term club, the Wilcox Cardinals, decided to hang up their spikes and, without sufficient younger players waiting in the wings, this once highly competitive team also bit the dust. All was not bad news, however, as these events spawned the formation of a new club made up of mostly junior-aged players from Regina. Since Regina's Taylor Field, which already hosted home games for the semi-pro Caps as well as the Royal Caps and Red Sox of the Southern loop, could not accommodate home dates for another team, a search ensued for a suitable home base for the expansionists. The result was that joining the returning Weyburn Beavers, Notre Dame Hounds, Avonlea Arrows and the two existing Regina clubs for 1952 was the newly-formed Milestone Athletics.

(May 21) Base hits were at a premium in the debut match of the 1952 Southern League as the Regina Royal Caps and the defending champion Weyburn Beavers combined for only eight. Scoring single tallies in the 5th, 6th and 7th innings, the Reginans shutout the Soo-Liners 3 - 0. The Beavers were only able to collect three hits off the Royal Caps' tandem of winner Cliff "Lefty" Harrison and Lloyd Woolley. Royal Caps' shortstop Bunny Smith picked up two of the five hits that losing southpaw hurler Jim Selinger and reliever Keith Covert surrendered.

Selinger (L), Covert (6) and Thompson
Harrison (W), Woolley (8) and Lysack

(May 21) George Ardelan's lead-off triple in the bottom of the 8th inning robbed diminutive Lionel "Happy" L'Heureux of a no-hit, no-run game as the Notre Dame Hounds blanked the Avonlea Arrows 4 - 0 in opening night Southern League action. L'Heureux was in terrific form as he fanned 12 Arrows in this pitching gem. Timely blows by Cece McCarron and Walt Becker drove in all four Notre Dame runs. Both players had two hits to go along with their two RBI totals, one of McCarron's being a home run off losing chucker Elmer Tysdal.

L'Heureux (W) and McCarthy
Tysdal (L), Gordon Campbell (4) and Smukowich, Donnison (7)

(May 21) The Milestone Athletics scored in the last half of the 8th inning to earn a hard-fought 5 - 5 draw with the Regina Red Sox in the matinee game for this brand new franchise in the Southern League. Pitchers Frank Booth of the Red Sox and Dick Scott of Milestone toiled the entire eight innings of a game shortened by darkness. Rookies Jack Leibham and Jack Read had two base raps each for the Redlegs.

Booth and Frolick
Scott and Gottselig

(May 30) Jim Kirkpatrick singled across two runs in the top of the 9th to give the Avonlea Arrows an 8 - 6 victory over the Regina Red Sox. The lead changed hands several times in this see-saw struggle before Kirkpatrick's blow broke a 6 - 6 tie and put the Red Sox behind for keeps. Reliever Garnet Campbell retired the Redlegs in order in the last half of the 9th and picked up the win. Neither starting pitcher was around at the end. Lefty Gerry Welsh took over for the Sox in the 5th and was charged with the loss. Jim Kirkpatrick was Avonlea's top swinger with a 3 for 5 night. Brothers Garnet and Gordon Campbell each had two hits in four trips for the Arrows, one of Gordon's being a triple. Archie Sanderson also chipped in with a pair of raps. Catcher Art Frolick had two of the Red Sox six safeties.

Kirkpatrick, Garnet Campbell (W) (6) and Sorenson
Lowe, Welsh (L) (5) and Frolick

(May 31) The Regina Royal Caps shaded the Notre Dame Hounds  3 - 1. Both starters and pitchers of record, Lionel L'Heureux of the Dogs and the Caps' Doug Morden never made it past the 5th. Doug Hingley had a 3 for 3 night for the Royal Caps and drove in what proved to be the winning run in the 3rd. Diminutive Buddy Rogers came through with two safeties for the winners. Frank Germann and Cece McCarron each poked out a pair for the Hounds.

L'Heureux (L), Lilley (6) and McCarthy
Morden (W), Harrison (6) and Lysack

(June 1) The Hounds of Notre Dame regained their winning ways by edging the new Milestone Athletics 8 - 7. Walt Becker paced the Notre Dame attack against loser Dick Scott by booming out four straight hits. Les Lilley of the Hounds picked up the win. Ralph Beattie had two hits for the Dogs. For the vanquished A's, Scott had a trio of blows and first baseman Ken Ebbeson pitched in with a brace.

Scott (L) and McNabb, Gottselig
Lilley (W), L'Heureux (8) and McCarthy

(June 3) The Regina Red Sox registered their initial win of the young Southern League season by besting the Milestone Athletics 3 - 2. Both starting pitchers, the Sox' Harold Cope and Milestone's Rudy Barth went all the way. The Crimson Hose had only six hits but took advantage of their few scoring chances to post the win. Morris McNabb and Ken Ebbeson each bagged two hits for the losing A's.

Barth (L) and Gottselig
Cope (W) and McMillan

(June 4) The Milestone Athletics came up with a big Southern League surprise when they knocked off the Weyburn Beavers 12 - 7. The A's scored four in the 7th and three in the 8th to register the come-from-behind win. Dick Scott, who took over from starter Vic Namtzu in the opening frame, went on to register the pitching win. Southpaw Jim Selinger, who relieved starter Keith Covert, was saddled with the loss. Ed Heidt, Ken Ebbeson, Rudy Barth and Jerry Kiehl each had a brace of hits for Milestone, with Barth and Heidt's total including a triple. Doug Shupe, Blaine Shupe and catcher Frank Mayor each knocked out a pair of hits for the Beavers.

Covert, Selinger (L) (6), Knox (8) and Mayor
Namtzu, Scott (W) (1) and McNabb

(June 5) The The Regina Red Sox extended the Regina Royal Caps all the way in the Southern League season's first battle of Regina before dropping a tight 4 - 3 verdict. The Redlegs jumped into an early 3 - 0 lead while pitcher Frank Booth was steadily mowing down the Royal Cap batters. Timely blows by chucker Pete McMurtry and Lou Lysack drove in the tying and winning runs in the 7th and 8th frames. Spear Salloum of the Royal Caps and Ed Prosofsky of the Red Sox were the only players in this game to come up with two hits.

Booth (L) and McMillan
McMurtry (W) and Lysack

(June 6) The Weyburn Beavers made good in their home debut in Southern League play by taking a narrow 9 - 7 win over the Notre Dame Hounds. The Hounds out-hit the Beavers 16 - 7 but several errors and wildness on the part of relief hurler and loser, "Hap" L'Heureux, triggered their doom. On top of that, two of Weyburn's hits were circuit clouts, one by outfielder Jim Burge and the other by new backstop Frank Mayor.

Daley, Dombowsky, L'Heureux (L) and McCarthy
Covert (W) and Mayor

(June 8) The Notre Dame Hounds came from behind to deadlock the score in the 9th and then pocketed a 2 - 1 decision over the Regina Red Sox in the 10th frame of a Southern League thriller. Ed Magis' 10th inning fly ball out plated Frank Germann with the winner off hard luck loser Wes Richardson who gave up but five hits, three of them to outfielder Ralph Beattie. Lucien Millette pitched extremely well for the Hounds during the regulation part of the battle and then gave way to winning hurler Lionel L'Heureux in the extra frame. For the Red Sox, George McFadyen had a single and double.

Richardson (L) and McMillan
Millette, L'Heureux (W) (10) and McCarthy, Germann (10)

(June 11) A run in the top of the 11th inning gave the Notre Dame Hounds a 3 - 2 victory over the Milestone Athletics in an exceptionally well played Southern League game. Reliever and winner Lionel L'Heureux's single off loser Ed Heidt, who went all the way on the Milestone mound, drove in Murray Huck and won it for the Dogs in the second extra frame. Lefty Hugo Dombowsky went seven innings on the mound for Notre Dame before giving way to L'Heureux. Heidt pitched superbly in taking the loss, sending 11 Collegians down swinging. Milestone's Dick Scott and Frank Germann of the Hounds supplied the game's batting punch with three and two blows respectively.

Dombowsky, L'Heureux (W) (8) and McCarthy, Padewski (8)
Heidt (L) and McNabb

(June 13) The Weyburn Beavers won their second straight Southern League game by dumping the Regina Red Sox 9 - 4. The Beavers showed little respect for Red Sox starting moundsman, Gerry Welsh, shelling him for four 1st inning markers plus a pair of 2nd inning tallies before relief help arrived from the bullpen. At that point, the contest was virtually in the bag for the Soo Liners and pitcher Jim Selinger breezed to a complete game five hit victory from there. Doug Shupe, Blaine Shupe and Frank Mayor all had three hits for the winners.

Welsh (L), Lowe (2) and McMillan
Selinger (W) and Mayor

(June 14) Portsider Lloyd Woolley coasted on the wings of a nifty four-hitter as the Regina Royal Caps dumped the Avonlea Arrows 6 - 1 for their fourth consecutive Southern League victory. Aub Downton, the old Wilcox Cardinal stalwart who began the season with the Royal Caps, turned up in Avonlea colors and did an effective chore on the hill, trailing 3 - 1 when he left after seven frames. Lou Lysack went 2 for 4 and had three RBI's to lead all hitters.

A. Downton (L), Gordon Campbell (8) and Glen Campbell
L. Woolley (W) and Lysack

(June 18) The old campaigner, Gayle Shupe, stepped on the hill for the first time this season and was the whole show as the Weyburn Beavers clipped the Regina Red Sox 5 - 2. Shupe gave up only three hits and sent 12 batters down swinging as he handled the Crimson Hose with ease. Wes Richardson performed well on the Red Sox hill during his eight innings of work, giving up eight hits while allowing all Weyburn tallies. The only player on either team to come up with two base knocks in this game was shortstop Doug Shupe of the Beavers.

G. Shupe (W) and Mayor
Richardson (L), Lowe (9) and McMillan

(June 22) The Notre Dame Hounds took a solid grip on second place in the Southern League when clutch hitting by Les Lilley and Ralph Beattie produced a 6 - 3 triumph over the Regina Red Sox. Lilley, the Hounds' starter and winner, batted in three runs with a 6th inning double while Beattie collected two hits and knocked home two runs. Loser Frank Booth started for Regina but was sent to the showers in the fateful 6th when Notre Dame scored five times. Ken McEachern collected two of the four Red Sox' base blows.

Booth (L), Prosofsky (6) and McMillan
Lilley (W), L'Heureux (8) and McCarthy

(June 22) The Milestone Athletics went on a big six run splurge in the 6th inning which was more than enough to tuck away a 7 - 2 triumph over the Avonlea Arrows. The Arrows had been nursing a 2 - 0 lead until the explosion occurred. Ed Heidt went all the way for Milestone, giving up ten hits while fanning nine. Avonlea starter Cliff Sorenson was nailed with the defeat. Eric Snell of Milestone collected three hits to lead all batsmen.

Heidt (W) and McNabb
Sorenson (L), Kirkpatrick (6), Gordon Campbell (6) and Glen Campbell

(June 24) The Weyburn Beavers made it four in a row as veteran Gayle Shupe came up with another gem to blank the Milestone Athletics 5 - 0. The fast-paced game was completed in an amazing time of only one hour and nine minutes. Shupe limited the Athletics to but three hits, two of them by second baseman Eric Snell, while striking out nine. The Beavers scored early off loser Dick Scott while reliever Rudy Barth didn't fare much better. Keith Covert led the way with a trio of raps, two of them doubles. Newcomer Frank Mayor hit 2 for 4, a homer and a double.

Scott (L), R. Barth (6) and Gottselig
G. Shupe (W) and Mayor

(June 25) The Notre Dame Hounds collected twice as many hits as their rivals but they couldn't make them count at the right time and they dropped a 3 - 2 decision to the Regina Red Sox. Winning pitcher Harold Cope of the Redlegs was nicked for eight hits but the right-hander and his mates were aided by two unearned runs in the 5th which spelled the difference in this game. Red Sox catcher Bob McMillan homered off loser Lionel L'Heureux to give the Reginans an early lead. Eddie Magis, the Dogs' left fielder, collected 3 for 4 at the plate to lead the offense. Ken McEachern had 2 of the four hits for the Sox.

L'Heureux (L) and McCarthy
Cope (W) and McMillan

(June 26) Spear Salloum's hitting and Cliff "Lefty" Harrison's pitching provided the Regina Royal Caps with a 2 - 0 victory over the Milestone Athletics in a Southern League encounter. The Royal Caps' second sacker cranked out two singles and a triple in four trips to the plate. His 5th inning three bagger drove in the first Regina run which proved to be all that Harrison needed as he fanned four in posting the shutout win. Ed Heidt went the distance for Milestone, allowing eight safeties and whiffing three. Catcher Lou Lysack of Regina accounted for a brace of hits. Morris McNabb clouted a double and single for the A's.

Heidt (L) and McNabb
Harrison (W) and Lysack

(June 27) Garnet Campbell flashed one hit pitching form as the Avonlea Arrows dumped the Milestone Athletics 5 - 1 in a Southern League game called after seven innings because of darkness. Morris McNabb's 4th inning RBI single which plated Rudy Barth who had earlier walked was the only hit surrendered by Campbell and broke his bid for a shutout as well. Barth had a five-hitter in a losing effort.

Garnet Campbell (W) and Sorenson
R. Barth (L) and McNabb, J. Herauf

(July 3) "Hap" L'Heureux saw a no-hit pitching gem vanish in the 9th inning of a Southern League contest in which he and the Notre Dame Hounds conquered the Regina Red Sox 6 - 1. Taking the mound in the bottom half of the 9th with a comfortable lead and the bottom part of the Regina batting order due up, things looked optimistic for a possible no-hit, no-run game. After the first batter fanned, the Red Sox third straight pinch hitter, Frank Booth, ruined the no-no with a sharp single down the third base line. Later in the frame, Bob McMillan delivered a second Redlegs' hit and drove home the Sox' only run. Notre Dame collected only four hits off loser Wes Richardson, two of them off the bat of Walt Becker.

L'Heureux (W) and McCarthy
Richardson (L) and McMillan

(July 3) Gordon Campbell stumped the Weyburn Beavers with a nifty two hit shutout as the Avonlea Arrows rolled to a 6 - 0 Southern League victory. Frank Mayor was the only Beaver to solve the offerings of southpaw Campbell with singles in the 4th and 9th innings. Eric McRorie led the Arrows' eight hit attack off loser George Knox by hammering out three safeties.

Knox (L) and Mayor
Gordon Campbell (W) and Glen Campbell

Southern League standings as of the end of July 3
Regina Royal Caps      5 - 0 1.000
Notre Dame Hounds      6 - 3  .625
Weyburn Beavers        4 - 3  .571
Avomlea Arrows         3 - 3  .500
Milestone Athletics    2 - 6  .286
Regina Red Sox         2 - 7  .222

(July 4) The Weyburn Beavers pasted the Notre Dame Hounds 12 - 3 in a Southern League game which saw the usually sharp fielding Hounds boot the ball no less than nine times . The win for the Beavers allowed them to leap-frog past the Dogs into second spot in the league standings. Weyburn took an early lead and had no difficulty in posting the win. Keith Covert scattered seven hits and sent nine back to the dugout with their bats in their hands to pick up the victory. Starter Lucien Millette was the loser. Frank Mayor hit a grand slam homer for the Beavers which was the game's big blow.

Millette (L), L'Heureux (5) and Padewski
Covert (W) and Mayor

(July 4) The Milestone Athletics scored an upset 12 - 7 victory over the Regina Royal Caps in Southern League play, handing the front-running Reginans their first loss of the season. It looked like another routine victory for the Royal Caps in the early going as they jumped out to a healthy 6 - 0 lead. However, that was not to last as the Athletics came storming back with three big rallies in the 3rd, 5th and 7th innings off loser Lefty Harrison to take the spoils. Rudy Barth was credited with the win for the A's. Jerry Ivany, Ed Heidt and Barth led the 12 hit Milestone attack off Harrison, each with a pair of hits. For the Royal Caps, Jimmy Ross was the big gun with three hits including a double and triple. Doug Hingley and Jackie Fulton each pounded out two safeties in a losing cause.

Harrison (L) and Ross
Heidt, Barth (W) (3) and McNabb

(July 8) The Weyburn Beavers completely overwhelmed the Avonlea Arrows by laying a 20 - 0 shellacking on them. Ralph Hogg made his first appearance of the season on the Beavers' hill and pitched a masterful five-hitter, all singles, with Larry Smukowich accounting for three of them. Elmer Tysdal drew the starting pitching assignment for the Arrows but he was blasted early and often as the Beavers showed no mercy. Jim Burge led Weyburn's 20 hit onslaught going 6 for 6. Blaine Shupe wound up with four hits while Jim Selinger stroked three safeties.

Tysdal (L), Garnet Campbell (8) and xxxx
Hogg (W) and Mayor

(July 9) Two extra base clouts by Jackie Fulton and Jimmy Ross were the payoff blows for the Regina Royal Caps in their hard-fought 3 - 1 victory over the Weyburn Beavers. Ross clouted a long triple in the 5th, driving in the Royal Caps' initial run. With the score knotted in the 6th, Fulton's double off loser Keith Covert plated the winning and insurance runs for the Capital City crew. Both pitchers, Al Vogt of the Royal Caps and Weyburn's Covert went all the way.

Covert (L) and Mayor
Vogt (W) and Ross

(July 12) The Avonlea Arrows jumped into third place in the Southern League when they dumped the Regina Royal Caps 6 - 3. Avonlea had only three hits off Royal Caps' pitcher Pete McMurtry but took advantage of some atrocious Regina fielding to count their six runs. Portsider Gordon Campbell went the distance for the Arrows, giving up eight hits.

McMurtry (L) and Lysack
Gordon Campbell (W) and Glen Campbell

(July 12) In the first of a weekend home and home series, the visiting Milestone Athletics eked out a 3 - 2 victory over the Regina Red Sox. The game featured a tight encounter between Milestone's Rudy Barth and Frank Booth of the Redlegs. The A's led all the way and outhit their hosts 8 - 7. Second baseman Art Belick of the Sox was the game's top offensive performer with a 3 for 4 evening. Ed Heidt paced the winners at the dish with a duo of base knocks.

Barth (W) and McNabb
Booth (L) and McMillan

(July 13) The Regina Red Sox gained a measure of revenge for their previous night's loss to the Milestone Athletics, breaking through for 15 hits and hammering the A's 11 - 5. Wes Richardson set the Milestone crew down on four hits to post the triumph. The Sox bats boomed in this one-sided affair as Harold Cope led the way with three raps. Bob McMillan, Ed Prosofsky, Art Belick, Keith McEachern and Richardson all had a pair.

Richardson (W) and McMillan
Scott (L) and McNabb

(July 15) After the first half of the campaign, Doug Hingley, a slick fielding first baseman, is the surprise leader among Southern League hitters. The Top Ten :

Doug Hingley (Regina Royal Caps)  9 - 22 .409
Keith Covert (Weyburn Beavers)    9 - 24 .375
Frank Germann (Notre Dame Hounds) 8 - 22 .364
Jim Burge (Weyburn Beavers)      10 - 23 .357
Blaine Shupe (Weyburn Beavers)   13 - 27 .351
Lou Lysack (Regina Royal Caps)    7 - 20 .350
Rudy Barth (Milestone Athletics) 12 - 35 .343
Walt Becker (Notre Dame Hounds)  15 - 45 .333
Frank Mayor (Weyburn Beavers)    13 - 40 .325
Ken McEachern (Regina Red Sox)   12 - 37 .324

(July 18) The Regina Royal Caps increased their lead in the Southern League by defeating the up-and-coming Avonlea Arrows 5 - 3. Pete McMurtry went the route for the Royal Caps giving up eight hits. Arrows' starter Elmer Tysdal was forced out of the game with an injury in the 5th and was replaced by Cliff Sorenson. Hugh Sanderson was the game's top hitter going 3 for 4. Bill Kyle of the Reginans and Avonlea's Don Forer both had a pair of raps.

Tysdal (L), Sorenson (5) and Glen Campbell
McMurtry (W) and Lysack

(July 18) Behind the steady mound work of Ralph Hogg, the Weyburn Beavers gained a 6 - 4 verdict over the Milestone Athletics. Hogg allowed eight hits and struck out 12 and was at his best in the 9th when he fanned three Athletics' batters on ten pitches with the tying run on base. Portsider Al Gottselig twirled for Milestone and held the Beavers to eight hits. Gottselig and Ed Heidt had triples for the losers.

A. Gottselig (L) and McNabb
Hogg (W) and Mayor

(July 19) One safe hit was all the Avonlea Arrows needed to score a 2 - 1 victory over the Notre Dame Hounds in a tight Southern League duel. Avonlea took advantage of Notre Dame pitcher Lucien Millette's control difficulties to account for both of their runs. Garnet Campbell, on the mound for the Arrows, allowed the Collegians only three hits in picking up the win. Paul Rondeau's 5th inning single was the only base knock off Millett, but bases on balls and hit batsmen continually plagued his effectiveness.

Millette (L) and McCarthy
Garnet Campbell (W) and Sorenson

(July 19) The Regina Royal Caps increased their margin atop the Southern League by sweeping a double dip from their intra-city combatants, the Regina Red Sox, by scores of 11 - 6 and 10 - 3. Al Vogt, with relief help from lefty Lloyd Woolley, picked up the win in the opener by besting the Redlegs' Frank Booth. The game was a wild scoring affair with the Red Sox' Ken McEachern leading the way offensively with 4 hits in 5 tries. Jackie Fulton and Don Woolley of the Royal Caps as well as Redlegs' shortstop Jake McLean all had a trio of raps. Johnny Lawson came through with a pair of triples for the victors.

Vogt (W), L. Woolley and Lysack
Booth (L) and Frolick

The nightcap was abbreviated to eight innings but it mattered little as the Red Sox were never really in it. Workhorse Lloyd Woolley, who finished the matinee affair as a reliever, gave up seven safeties in going the route for the win. Harold Cope was the victim of a 19 hit Royal Cap' barrage with infielder Johnny Lawson leading the way with a 4 for 5. Jimmy Ross and pitcher Woolley had three knocks for the winners. Ed Prosofsky was best for the Sox with two safeties.

L. Woolley (W) and D. Woolley
Cope (L) and Frolick

(July 22) The Southern League All-stars extended the semi-pro Regina Caps of the Saskatchewan Baseball League in a highly entertaining contest before bowing 2 - 0. The homebrew Southern Leaguers held their own against the import-laden Caps with the major difference in this game appearing to be a lack of power in the hitting department. The Caps used five pitchers while the Southern Leaguers countered with three. Second baseman Earl Huffman led the Caps' eight hit offense with a brace of singles. For the All-Stars, Weyburn's Keith Covert had three singles and Notre Dame's Cece McCarron had two.

Thorseth, Willis (3), Hannah (5), Warren (7), Bolger (9) and Kyle
G. Shupe, Harrison (5), Barth (9) and Lysack, Mayor

(July 25) The Regina Red Sox waited until the 6th inning before they pushed across three runs to gain a 3 - 3 tie with the Weyburn Beavers in a loosely played Southern League affair. Weyburn got a severe case of fumblitis in the 6th and muffed the ball four times which, coupled with Art Belick's single, accounted for the Sox three tallies. Keith Covert and Frank Mayor had two hits for the Beavers.

Richardson and xxxx
Selinger and Mayor

(July 25) The Regina Royal Caps coasted to a 9 - 1 pasting of the Milestone Athletics behind the two hit pitching of Lefty Harrison who retired the order in 1 - 2 - 3 fashion in six of the nine innings. Jimmy Ross had four RBI's for the winners on the strength of a home run and two singles. Morris McNabb's 5th inning triple and losing pitcher Wilf Gottselig's single in the 8th were the only hits surrendered by Harrison. Playing manager Bill Kyle had two doubles for the Royal Caps.

W. Gottselig (L) and McNabb, A. Gottselig
Harrison (W) and Lysack

(July 26) The Avonlea Arrows exploded for four runs in the 7th to claim a 7 - 3 verdict from the Weyburn Beavers. Jim Kirkpatrick, Garnet Campbell, George Ardelan and Gordon Campbell all had two safeties off the offerings of loser Ralph Hogg. Lefthander Gordon Campbell had a six hit pitching effort including six strikeouts, shutting out the Beavers until the 9th.

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

(July 27) The Avonlea Arrows swept a doubleheader from the Regina Red Sox and, in doing so, found themselves in second place in the Southern League. The Arrows had four run outbursts in the 4th and 7th frames to sew up the afternoon tilt 11 - 5. Winning pitcher Jim Kirkpatrick and George Ardelan each poked out three hits to lead the attack against loser Harold Cope and two relievers.

Cope (L), McMillan (7), Prosofsky (7) and Machan
Kirkpatrick (W) and Glen Campbell

The second game proved to be a major embarrassment for the Redlegs as Garnet Campbell shut them down on two hits, both by Jake McLean, while his mates pummeled the Red Sox 27 - 0. Campbell fanned 12 in the one-sided affair. Archie Sanderson walloped three hits for the Arrows including a three run homer. four others all chipped in with two safeties.

Booth (L), Prosofsky (4), Cope (5), Machan (7), Cope (8) and Machan, Belick (7), Machan (8)
Garnet Campbell (W) and Glen Campbell

Standings as of the end of July 27

Regina Royal Caps   10 - 2  .833
Avonlea Arrows       8 - 5  .615
Weyburn Beavers      7 - 5  .583
Notre Dame Hounds    6 - 6  .500
Milestone Athletics  4 - 8  .333
Regina Red Sox       3 - 12 .200

(July 29) The Weyburn Beavers finally solved the Regina Royal Caps when they handed the front runners a 3 - 2 setback. Weyburn had previously lost to the Royal Caps in all three starts. Big Gayle Shupe was the real master as he kept the booming bats of the Reginans well silenced, allowing only five hits while whiffing 10. Lloyd Woolley toiled on the hill for the Royal Caps, giving up seven safeties and blowing the third strike past four Beaver batters. Trailing 2 - 1 in the 7th, the Beavers struck for a pair, the last of which was unearned, to provide them with the winning margin.

L. Woolley (L) and Lysack
G. Shupe (W) and Mayor

(August 4) The Regina Red Sox scored an upset 10 - 3 win over the visiting Weyburn Beavers, knocking southpaw starter Jim Selinger to cover in the 3rd. Wes Richardson gave a sterling performance on the mound for the Crimson Hose, holding the hard-hitting Beavers to seven hits. The game was halted after eight innings when darkness set in. Ed Prosofsky and Sam Cope each went three for four for the Redlegs with one of Prosofsky's raps being a triple. Jimmy McGowan had a single and double while Art Belick kicked in with a pair of singles.

Selinger (L), Covert (3) and Mayor
Richardson (W) and McGowan

(August 4) The Avonlea Arrows maintained their scorching pace in the Southern League by whipping the Notre Dame Hounds 13 - 0. It was a close tussle until the 7th when Avonlea broke loose with a nine run rampage. The Arrows collected 16 hits off Lucien Millette and his successor, Lionel L'Heureux. Garnet Campbell pace the Avonlea swatters with four base blasts while Archie Sanderson notched three. George Ardelan, Paul Rondeau and John Erdelyan all had a pair. Notre Dame was held to seven hits by Cliff Sorenson with Murray Huck whacking a brace of them.

Sorenson (W) and Smith
Millette (L), L'Heureux (7) and McCarthy

(August 5) The Weyburn Beavers got back into the win column by beating the Campbell and Company aggregation from Avonlea 5 - 2. Weyburn counted all their runs in the first three frames. Avonlea was held off the scoreboard until the 9th when they scored their pair off Gayle Shupe, who along with starter Ralph Hogg and 4th inning reliever Keith Covert, each worked three innings in order to keep fresh for a local tournament the next day. Starter Hogg was given credit for the win by the official scorer. Gordon Campbell went the distance for the Arrows and was saddled with the loss. Frank Mayor and Covert had two singles apiece to lead the winners at the plate. Archie Sanderson of the Arrows also had two hits, both doubles, and teammate Don Forer two singles.

Hogg (W), Covert (4), G. Shupe (7) and Mayor
Gordon Campbell (L) and Glen Campbell

(August 5) Bunny Smith went 5 for 5, drove in four runs, scored three himself and stole two bases to almost single-handedly wreck the Regina Red Sox as the Regina Royal Caps handed their city rivals an 8 - 1 thumping. Royal Cap chucker Doug Morden held the Sox in check in the win, fanning six while issuing five hits. The Royal Caps accounted for 12 hits off loser Frank Booth and reliever Wes Richardson. Buddy Rogers had a double and single for the winners while Ed Prosofsky of the Redlegs had a pair of singles. The longest base blow of the night was a triple by Lou Lysack.

Booth (L), Richardson (6) and McGowan
Morden (W) and Lysack

(August 7) The Avonlea Arrows pounded out a 9 - 5 triumph over the Regina Red Sox to maintain their hold on second place in the Southern League. The curling Campbells and their mates rapped out 15 hits off Ed Prosofsky making a winner out of Cliff Sorenson. Archie Sanderson had four solid blows for Avonlea including a triple and double while Garnet Campbell had a trio. Meanwhile, the Red Sox weren't exactly sleeping at the plate as they slammed out 14 hits. Losing pitcher Prosofsky and Frank Barth both had three base raps for the Redlegs with Prosofsky's total incorporating a brace of three baggers and Barth's one.

Sorenson (W) and Glen Campbell
Prosofsky (L) and K. McEachern

(August 8) The Milestone Athletics kept their Southern League playoff hopes alive by registering a 7 - 4 victory over the Notre Dame Hounds. Milestone hurler Ed Heidt set the Hounds down on four hits to pick up the win. The Athletics had 11 safeties off loser Lionel L'Heureux and bullpen summoned Frank Germann. A's catcher Morris McNabb was the top stickman with a 3 for 4 outing. Eric Snell, Dick Scott and Heidt all chipped in with a pair of hits.

L'Heureux (L), Germann (5) and McCarthy
Heidt (W) and McNabb

(August 8) The Weyburn Beavers beat the Regina Red Sox 7 - 2 in a Southern League contest called after six innings because of darkness. Versatile Keith Covert went to the hill for the Beavers and turned in a sound performance, giving up five hits and fanning seven, to pick up the win. Red Sox' loser Ed Prosofsky ran into hot water in the 3rd as Weyburn plated five runs and took a commanding lead. Doug Shupe and Frank Mayor both had a 2 for 3 night, each with a double thrown in. Art Belick went 2 for 2 for the Sox.

Prosofsky (L) and K. McEachern
Covert (W) and Mayor

(August 9) The Milestone Athletics pulled off a surprise 10 - 2 win over the second place Avonlea Arrows in an eight inning encounter. Veteran pitcher Rudy Barth buffaloed the Arrows on five hits while his mates pounded portsider Gordon Campbell for 11 safeties. It was a close game until the 8th and final frame when Milestone batted around for six runs. Leading the winner's attack were Jerry Kiehl with a bases-empty homer, Barth with a triple and Dick Scott and Ed Heidt with doubles.

Barth (W) and M. McNabb
Gordon Campbell (L) and Glen Campbell

(August 10) The Avonlea Arrows won the second game of a home-and-home weekend series by taking the measure of the Milestone Athletics 8 - 6. Garnet Campbell picked up the win in besting the A's Dick Scott.

Garnet Campbell (W), Gordon Campbell (9) and Glen Campbell
Scott (L), Ivany (8) and A. Gottselig

(August 10) In the evening encounter of a double dip that the Milestone Athletics hosted, the Weyburn Beavers were the visitors. Gayle Shupe came out of the bullpen in the 5th inning to quash a Milestone scoring outburst and went on to record the pitching win as the Weyburn Beavers drubbed the Athletics 11 - 7. With the score knotted at 7 - 7 and the A's still threatening, Shupe relieved starter Ralph Hogg and quickly put out the fire, holding Milestone scoreless the rest of the game. Weyburn blasted 18 hits off Wilf Gottselig and Jerry Ivany. Keith Covert, Hogg and Shupe were the leading sluggers with three hits each. Doug Shupe, Frank Mayor and Jim Burge each collected a pair. The win moved the Beavers into second spot, 15 percentage points ahead of the Avonlea Arrows.

Hogg, G. Shupe (W) (5) and Mayor
W. Gottselig, Ivany (L) (5) and A. Gottselig

(August 10) The pace-setting Regina Royal Caps took it on the chin at the hand of the fourth place Notre Dame Hounds, falling twice to the Dogs by scores of 10 - 9 and 6 - 2. The opening game was a see-saw affair that went ten innings.

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

Frank Germann pitched his club to victory over southpaws Cliff Harrison and Lloyd Woolley in the nightcap

Harrison (L), L. Woolley and Lysack
Germann (W) and McCarthy

(August 12) The Regina Royal Caps consolidated their hold on top spot in the Southern League by beating runners-up Weyburn Beavers 4 - 1 as southpaw Lloyd Woolley outdueled grizzly veteran Gayle Shupe. Woolley was touched for but five safeties, two of which went to his mound opponent. Shupe was lit up for eight Regina hits while fanning 11. First sacker Doug Hingley was the big thorn in Shupe's side, going 3 for 5 with two doubles. The Woolley brothers, Lloyd and Don, each had a pair of raps for the Royal Caps. The loss dropped the Beavers into third spot and advanced the Avonlea Arrows into second position.

L. Woolley (W) and Lysack
G. Shupe (L) and Mayor

(Aug 13)   Avonlea Arrows wrapped up their regular season with a 6-3 win over Regina Royal Caps.  Arrows finished in second place, but because of harvesting duties they'll pass up playoff action that  will leave the Royal Caps, Weyburn, Notre Dame and Milestone in the running. Gordon Campbell held the Caps to six hits in gaining the win.  Pete McMurtry took the loss.

McMurtry (L), Morden (4), Harrison (7) and Lysack
Gordon Campbell (W) and Glen Campbell, Smukowich (3), Sorenson (6)

(August 14) The Weyburn Beavers jumped back into a second place tie with Avonlea in the Southern League when they trampled the Notre Dame Hounds 9- 2. Both Weyburn and Avonlea have finished their schedule with records of 13 wins and seven losses but it will matter little as the Arrows have already announced that they will be foregoing the playoffs, leaving the Beavers and Notre Dame to tangle in one semi-final round and the Regina Royal Caps and Milestone in the other. Two veterans of Southern League play, Ralph Hogg and Frank Germann toiled on the hill. Hogg surrendered nine safeties in his winning performance. Germann allowed a dozen hits in his losing venture including a home run by Blaine Shupe. The Hounds' defense let Germann down repeatedly, booting the ball no less than eight times.

Germann (L) and McCarthy
Hogg (W) and Mayor

PLAY-OFFS

(August 16) The Regina Royal Caps were forced to come from behind a six run deficit to eventually force a 6 - 6 tie with the scrappy Milestone Athletics in the opener of their semi-final series. Milestone drove Royal Cap starter Lefty Harrison from the mound with an early barrage but Lloyd Woolley doing bullpen duty was able to hold them scoreless the rest of the way. Ed Heidt, pitching for Milestone, had things under control until the 6th and 7th when the Royal Caps plated three times in each to knot the score. Jackie Fulton went 3 for 5 at the dish for the Caps and Bunny Smith came up with a 2 for 3 performance. Catcher Lou Lysack lit up Heidt for a four bagger. Morris McNabb and Albert Gottselig were the most productive Milestone swatters with a brace apiece. Darkness forced the game's completion at the end of eight innings.

Heidt and xxxx Harrison,
L. Woolley and Lysack

(August 19) Doug Hingley, the Regina Royal Caps' first baseman, was announced as the winner of the 1952 Southern League batting crown. Weyburn's Frank Mayor edged the Regina Red Sox' Ken McEachern for the runner-up spot by one percentage point. The Top Ten Batters :

Doug Hingley (Regina Royal Caps)  22 - 66 .333
Frank Mayor (Weyburn Beavers)     25 - 76 .329
Ken McEachern (Regina Red Sox)    21 - 64 .328
Rudy Barth (Milestone Athletics)  18 - 56 .321
Archie Sanderson (Avonlea Arrows) 22 - 70 .314
Keith Covert (Weyburn Beavers)    19 - 62 .306
Jack Shupe (Weyburn Beavers)      15 - 50 .300
Walt Becker (Notre Dame Hounds)   21 - 71 .296
Jackie Fulton (Regina Royal Caps) 14 - 48 .292
Garnet Campbell (Avonlea Arrows)  23 - 79 .291

(August 19) The Notre Dame Hounds drew first blood in their Southern League semi-final series by whitewashing the Weyburn Beavers 9 - 0. Hugo Dombowsky fashioned a neat four-hitter in blanking Weyburn. He struck out five and only outfielder Jim Burge was able to have some success against him, going 2 for 4. The Beavers' Keith Covert gave up 11 hits and was tagged with the loss. The leading swatter for the Hounds was Cece McCarron with two doubles. Dombowsky and third baseman John Padewski both had a single and a double. The longest blow of the contest was Ralph Beattie's three bagger.

Dombowsky (W) and McCarthy
Covert (L) and Mayor

(August 19) The Regina Royal Caps scored an easy 7 - 1 victory over the Milestone Athletics to grab a one-game lead in the best-of-three semi-final series. The Royal Caps, behind Lloyd Woolley's two-hitter, picked up a single tally in the 1st, two in the 2nd and two in the 5th off loser Ed Heidt to walk away with the triumph. Both pitchers fanned eight. Besides picking up the pitching win, Woolley was the only player in the game to deliver two base hits. Eric Snell's 6th inning round tripper was the only run given up by Woolley. Bill Kyle had a triple for Regina.

Heidt (L) and McNabb
L. Woolley (W) and D. Woolley

(August 20) The defending champion Weyburn Beavers were bounced from Southern League contention as the Notre Dame Hounds edged them 7 - 5 to sweep their semi-final series. Both pitchers, "Hap" L'Heureux of Notre Dame and Weyburn's Ralph Hogg, were not at their best but endured to the end. Two runs in the bottom of the 7th provided the Hounds with their margin of victory. Frank Germann started off with a single, Cece McCarron smashed a triple to plate Germann and then John Padewski singled to score McCarron.

Hogg (L) and Mayor
L'Heureux (W) and McCarthy

(August 21) The Regina Royal Caps qualified for another crack at the title that eluded them last season, the championship of the Southern League, by turning back the Milestone Athletics 5 - 3 and, in doing so, taking the best-of-three semi-final. Heavy rains forced the umpires to call the game at the end of seven and send the Athletics to the sidelines. Doug Morden went the route on the Royal Caps' mound but had to pitch himself out of a big hole as he had the sacks full in the last inning before fanning Garth Hayes. Morden and Buddy Rogers both had two hits for the winners. Jerry Kiehl notched two hits for Milestone. Fritz Hoeft began the evening on the mound for the A's but Ed Heidt finished the game. The Royal Caps now advance to meet Notre Dame in the final series.

Hoeft, Heidt and Snell, McNabb
Morden (W) and D. Woolley

(August 24) In a free swinging affair, the Regina Royal Caps out-slugged the Notre Dame Hounds 17 - 12 to take the first game of the best-of-five Southern League final. John Lawson's grand slam home run in the 5th off loser Hugo Dombowsky provided the Reginans with the lead for the final time and allowed them to take the see-saw struggle. Five pitchers appeared in this slugfest and none of them came away particularly unscathed. Lloyd Woolley was credited with the win in relief of Cliff Harrison. Bill Kyle led the hitting parade with three singles in four trips while the Hounds' Walt Becker and John Padewski as well as the Royal Caps' Doug Hingley each checked in with a 3 for 6.

L'Heureux, Dombowsky (W) (3), Germann (6), Dombowsky (7) and McCarthy
Harrison, L. Woolley (W) (4) and D. Woolley, Lysack

(August 26) The Notre Dame Hounds went on a big six run splurge in the 3rd inning and then coasted to an 8 - 3 verdict over the Regina Royal Caps in a game that squared the Southern League final at one game apiece. Both clubs collected eight hits as winning tosser "Hap" L'Heureux was the beneficiary of the Dogs' 3rd inning outburst. Loser Doug Morden fanned 13 in a losing effort in this seven inning game called because of darkness. Lou Lysack, Doug Hingley and Don Woolley each had two hits for the Queen City boys while lead-off man Ralph Beattie had a brace for the Hounds.

Morden (L) and Lysack
L'Heureux (W) and McCarthy

(September 3) Doug Morden of the Regina Royal Caps and Lionel "Hap" L'Heureux of the Notre Dame Hounds hooked up in a great pitching joust, each yielding but five blows, as the Royal Caps copped a narrow 2 - 1 triumph from the Hounds in the third game of the best-of-five final. The series had been on hold for over a week because of inclement weather. The Royal Caps came from behind an early 1 - 0 deficit to knot the count in the 6th and set the stage for their 8th inning victory margin which was provided when L'Heureux experienced difficulty in locating the plate and walked in the winning run. Morden whiffed ten in registering the win. Doug Hingley of the Royal Caps was the only batter in the contest to connect for two hits. Notre Dame has lost the services of Walt Becker and Ralph Beattie for the remainder of the series which wasn't expected to last into September.

L'Heureux (L) and McCarthy
Morden (W) and Lysack

(September 5) The Royal Caps have ended a nine year famine for Regina clubs in Southern League competition. Not since 1943 when the Red Sox copped the laurels has a Regina team captured the H. M. (Pop) Harvey Memorial trophy, emblematic of Southern League supremacy. That all ended in game four of the finals when the Royal Caps drubbed the Notre Dame Hounds 6 - 0 to pick up the silverware. The Reginans showed up for this game meaning business as they chalked up all of their tallies in the first two innings. With that comfortable margin to work on, Cliff Harrison held the Hounds off the scoresheet to preserve the win in the seven inning, darkness shortened, affair. Don Woolley, Doug Hingley and Buddy Rogers each rapped out a brace of safeties off losing chucker Hugo Dombowsky. Frank Germann had a double and single for the Hounds while third baseman John Padewski kicked in with two singles.

Harrison (W) and Lysack
Dombowsky (L) and McCarthy