1954 Game Reports, Northern Alberta     

Wheatbelt League, 1954

Sexsmith Rainiers, Beaverlodge Royals, USAF Eagles, Grand Prairie Athletics, Rycroft Pontiacs, Dawson Creek Canucks

(May 30) Lefty Oscar Tesch scattered seven hits and fanned eighteen as Sexsmith won its league opener 6-5.  Bill Ulmer had two hits, including a homer. Bus Brown had two doubles in four trips and scored the winner. 

(June 2)  Al Peterson had four hits, including a double and a homer, to pace Sexsmith to a 10-5 win over Dawson Creek.  Oscar Tesch picked up the win in relief of starter Ed Blenderra who went six frames, leaving with the score knotted at 4-4.  Tesch pitched no-hit ball, allowing one unearned run.

From the Fairview Post, August 12, 1954

Manning and Warrensville have advanced to the final of the Battle River Baseball League.

Manning whipped North Star 28-3 and 6-5 in their semi-final while Warrensville topped Deadwood 15-4 and 5-4.

Harold Dzaman tossed a six-hitter for Manning in the first game of the twin bill.  Cliff Spence led the offense with a pair of homers  Manning had 19 hits off North Star's Pete and Johnny Proskurniak 

Billy Yahrm was the winner in the second game over George Hominuik

Warrensville pushed across seven runs in the first inning of the opener and never looked back. Jim Diebert went the distance for the win. Ronnie Diebert got the win in the second tilt.

(August 15)  Manning edged Warrensville in the sudden-death final 8-7.

North Peace Baseball League :

(June 24)  PEACE RIVER  In a game postponed from June 20th, Peace River clobbered Berwyn 16-0 as Adkin shutdown Berwyn striking out 16 in the seven inning game.  Al Adair bashed a homer for the winners.

Brich, Dave Johnson and Richards
Adkin (W) and xxx

(June 25)  PEACE RIVER a 12-run outburst in the 5th inning broke open a close game and Peace River trounced Whitelaw 21-4.  Zahara handled the mound duties for the winners.

Watchorn, Walker, Uhling and McKen
Zahara (W) and xxx

(June 25)  FAIRVIEW The hometown Imperials downed Grimshaw 10-3. The contest featured a towering, two-run homer by John Smart for Fairview and a two-run blast by Roger Cowles for Grimshaw. Zinselmeyer tossed a tossed a four-hitter for the winners. 

Zinselmeyer (W) and Hemstock
Bob Swanson, Don Palmer and Del Roberts

(June 27)  WHITELAW  Peace River made it two in a row over Whitelaw. The Dodgers, who won on Friday, edged the home club 8-7 on Sunday. The scored was tied until the 4th when Al Boomer Adair belted a three-run homer for the visitors.  Whitelaw bounced back with three, but the Dodgers got one in the 6th for the win.

Adkin, Hutton (7) and Kellington
Watchorn to McKen

(June 27) HINES CREEK  Big Joe Hutton hurled a no-hitter as Peace River trounced Hines Creek 16-0 Sunday in the abbreviated, seven-inning contest.  Hutton fanned 17 of 21 batters. 

Hutton (W) and xxx
Wolski (L), Purshke and Andy Radzick

(June 27)  BERWYN Fairview had two home runs after just six pitches and went on to thump Berwyn 21-3 on Sunday. Leadoff batter Spud Steinke belted the fourth pitch from Dave Johnson over the left field fence. Joe Hemstock followed with a blast over the centre field fence on the second pitch he saw. Zinselmayer held Berwyn to five hits and fanned nine.

Zinselmeyer (W) and Hemstock
Johnson (L), Brich, McDougall and Richards, Walters

(June 27)   HINES CREEK  Farirview clinched first place in the Western Division of the North Peace League with a 5-4 win over Hines Creek scoring the winner in the top of the final frame, the seventh, on hits by Joe Hemstock, Zinselmeyer and John Smart. The Imperials had taken an early lead with two runs in the first inning on a single by Shaw, triple from Zinselmeyer and double by Smart.  They added singletons in the second and third. Hines Creek responded with four in the third to tie.  Smart blanked Hines Creek over the last four innings to register the pitching win.

Mike Koshieff, Zinselmeyer (3), Smart (4) and xxx
Mike Radzick, Herman Wolski (4) and Lester Coon

(June 27)  Grimshaw Imperials split a regular-season ending double-header winning an afternoon game from Whitelaw and losing to Berwyn in the evening.

Grimshaw whipped Whitelaw 19-2 behind the strong hurling of McPhillemy

Uhlig (L) and McKan
McPhillemy (W) and Robers

Berwyn took the second game 8-6.

Palmer (L), McFaddin and Swanston, Del Roberts
xxx and xxx

               GP  W  L  PTS
Fairview       10  9  1  18
Peace River    10  8  2  16
Hines Creek    10  5  5  10
Grimshaw       10  3  7   6
Whitelaw       10  2  8   4
Berwyn         10  1  9   2

Best-of-five playoffs are scheduled to begin Sunday with Hines Creek at Fairview and Grimshaw at Peace River. Whitelaw and Berwyn finished out of the running.