1957 Southern League Game Reports     

Preamble
All seven member clubs returned for another campaign in 1957 with one significant change, that being the move of the Red Sox franchise, long associated with baseball in Regina, to Southey, a small town 33 miles north of the Queen City. The Red Sox will use Southey as their base for home games and will play under the banner of the Southey Red Sox.

(May 17) The Estevan Maple Leafs started off the new Southern League campaign exactly where they left off last year, that being on a winning note, as they unleashed a 15-hit barrage to take down the Weyburn Beavers 12 - 2. Leaf hitters jumped on two Weyburn pitchers to score in every frame but the first in this seven inning contest. Gord McDonald, the second of three Estevan chuckers, picked up the win. The loss was charged to southpaw Dave Hoff. Buzz Bent had two of Weyburn's four hits. Third baseman Wayne North paced Estevan's attack with a single, double and triple in four at-bats. Second sacker Bob Davis clouted a triple and two singles while Gary McKechney, Nasie Schnell and Harold Schnell each contributed a brace of raps.

Hoff (L), Covert (4) and Springer, Paschney (6)
R. McKechney, McDonald (W) (4), G. McKechney (7) and Martin, Kreuger (6)

(May 17) The Southey Red Sox opened the season in their new location by battling the visiting Regina Cardinals to a 7-inning 4 - 4 deadlock. Errors, seven to be precise, hurt the Red Sox chances of making their first start in their new home a winning one. Southpaw Charlie Peerless came up with a sharp mound performance, allowing only five hits while striking out 12, but suffered from his shaky defensive support. Regina's Ed Bobowski gave up seven safeties and struck out four. Denny Cochrane and Luke Moser each cracked out a pair of hits for Southey while first baseman Doug Hingley had two blows for the Redbirds.

Bobowski and Lysack
Peerless and McNabb

(May 18) The opening crescendo was one of booming bats as the Moose Jaw Lakers edged the Notre Dame Hounds 15 - 14 in a free-scoring fixture that launched the season for these two clubs. Jack Devine, the Lakers' third hurler, was credited with the win while Ed Bearss, the third chucker for Notre Dame, was saddled with the loss. Garth Hayes, scheduled to join the semi-pro Moose Jaw Mallards, was the man of the night for the winners. He had two doubles and bunted home Herb Lovett with the winning run in the 7th and final inning. Mel Hennenfent also had a good night for the victors with three singles. Lakers' catcher George Hunchuk added a resounding three-bagger. For the Dogs, Bernie Saucier had two extra base hits, a triple and double, while Dean Bell ripped out two singles. Jim Quinn hit a triple while doubles were slammed by Vern Glazier and Bearss.

Tumback, Resch (3), Bearss (L) (7) and Doetzel
Blaisdell, Bell (5), J. Devine (W) (5) and Hunchuk, Brooks (5)

(May 24) The visiting Assiniboia Aces pushed across six runs in the 5th frame and breezed to a 10 - 3 win over the Weyburn Beavers, handing the Soo-Liners their second loss in two tries. 19 year old winner Wes Lowes drew the starting mound assignment for the Aces and came through handsomely, shutting out the Beavers for six innings before finally exiting in the 7th when the Beavers got to him for three runs. Keith Covert started for Weyburn and took the loss. Four Assiniboia hitters, Ossie Booth, Gord Skjerven, George Ciocia and Nick Lawrick, all collected a brace of hits. Weyburn's Dave Hoff also had a pair.

Lowes (W), Pearson (7) and Waterton, Koemstedt
Covert (L), Hoff (8), Sirdar (8) and Thompson

(May 24) Estevan's defending champion Maple Leafs broke a 2 - 2 deadlock by scoring five runs in the 6th inning to record their second straight win, a 7 - 2 decision over the Notre Dame Hounds. Playing-coach southpaw Hugh Carr, the second of four Notre Dame hurlers, was the victim of the Maple Leafs 6th inning uprising. Estevan newcomer Gord McDonald went nine innings to stymie the Collegians on five hits. No Notre Dame player was able to light him up for more than a single rap. Outfielder Wally Becker, third baseman Wayne North and catcher Erwin Kreuger each cracked out two hits for the winners.

Griffin, Carr (L) (1), Resch (6), Bearss (7) and Doetzel
McDonald (W) and Kreuger

(May 26) The Southey Red Sox picked up their first league decision as they counted five runs in the 5th and four more in the 6th to break open the floodgates and send them on their merry way to a 13 - 2 laugher over the Notre Dame Hounds. Vic Wall was brilliant in fashioning the four-hit win for Southey. The portsider also wielded a big bat and cracked out three singles and a double. Eddie Bearss, the second of three Notre Dame chuckers, was the loser as the Red Sox banged out a total of 14 hits. Charlie Peerless checked in with a home run for the Southey squad.

Wall (W) and McNabb
Resch, Bearss (L) (5), Carr (5) and Doetzel

(May 26) Ray Nutzhorn's complete game eight-hitter was sufficient to smother the Assiniboia Aces as the Moose Jaw Lakers took the measure of their hosts 6 - 2. Assiniboia's utility handyman Gord Skjerven, who hurled the first eight innings for the Aces, was tagged with the loss. Nutzhorn also did well in the batter's box, coming away with two singles while teammate Herb Lovett added a triple and single. Assiniboia's Nick Lawrick was Nutzhorn's nemesis, tagging him for a brace of knocks.

Nutzhorn (W) and Brooks
Skjerven (L), Pearson (9) and Koemstedt

(May 29) The Estevan Maple Leafs, alert and getting the benefit of steady pitching, swept a twi-night twin-bill from the Regina Cardinals to move into sole possession of first place in the Southern League. Lanky Gary McKechney allowed only three scratch singles as Estevan captured the 7-inning opener 2 - 0. In the nightcap, a 15-hit Leafs' attack produced a 12 - 2 winning decision. The Maple Leafs collected only four hits in the matinee off loser Arnie Floyd but bunched them in the first and 3rd frames for single runs. Dale Wetsch picked up a double and triple for the winners.

G. McKechney (W) and Kreuger
Floyd (L) and Schell

McKechney, attempting to perform an iron-man role, started the second encounter for Estevan as well but was yanked in the 3rd. Gord McDonald came on to snuff out the brief Regina rally and allowed only two hits the rest of the way to gain credit for the win. The loser was Ed Heidt, the first of two Regina moundsmen. Wally Becker and Wayne North led Estevan's 15-hit barrage with three singles each. Nasie Schnell added a triple and single while Gary McKechney and Bob Davis each collected two blows. Doug Hingley was tops for Regina with a pair.

G. McKechney, McDonald (W) (3) and Kreuger
Heidt (L), Bobowski (5) and Lysack, Schell (8)

(May 29) The Southey Red Sox knocked off the Weyburn Beavers 7 - 2, dumping the Beavers into a share of the Southern League basement with the Notre Dame Hounds. Weyburn scored two first inning runs, both unearned, but didn't threaten after that as two Red Sox' hurlers combined on a four-hitter. Dave Hoff, tagged freely for 14 base blows, was the loser. Big Wes Richardson, with bullpen help from Ron Weckerly, picked up the win for Southey. Denny Cochrane and Sam Goodhue each accounted for three Redlegs' hits while Charlie Peerless added a home run.

Hoff (L) and Springer
Richardson (W), Weckerly (6) and Manz

(May 31) The Regina Cardinals, fighting tenaciously for their first Southern League win, came from behind three times to finally top the Southey Red Sox 6 - 5 in 11 innings. The previously unbeaten Southey crew lost their first when a wild throw by first baseman Charlie Peerless bounced past catcher Morris McNabb to allow the tying and winning runs to score in the bottom of the second extra frame after the Red Sox had forged ahead 5 - 3 in the top segment of the 11th. The Cards managed nine hits off loser Ken Mohr. Ed Bobowski kept the Red Sox off balance throughout the 11 innings, limiting them to seven hits and whiffing four. Ron Dundas, a Roughrider footballer, lashed out a 2-run homer for the Cardinals.

Mohr (L) and McNabb
Bobowski (W) and Lysack, Schell (9)

(May 31) The Notre Dame Hounds and Weyburn Beavers battled to a 6 - 6 tie in a hard fought Southern League contest called after nine innings because of darkness. Weyburn backstop "Chick" Springer banged out a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th to give the Beavers a draw. Weyburn out-hit the Hounds 12 - 9 as Keith Covert pitched the entire game for the Beavers.

Carr, Resch (9) and Doetzel
Covert and Springer

(June 2) The Estevan Maple Leafs recorded their 5th Southern League win in as many attempts when they turned back the winless Notre Dame Hounds 10 - 8. The Hounds held a 7 - 5 lead over winner Gary McKechney but Notre Dame reliever Hugh Carr failed to silence the Maple Leaf bats and was punished with the loss. McKechney starred at the plate, as well as picking up the pitching decision, slicing out a trio of singles. Nasie Schnell showed power, poking out a triple and double. Hugh Huck had a double and two singles for the Dogs while Jim Lyons had three singles.

G. McKechney (W) and Kreuger
Gordon Campbell, Carr (L) (6) and Doetzel

(June 2) The Southey Red Sox and Assiniboia Aces split a Sunday doubleheader in Assiniboia, with the Aces taking the first game 5 - 2 while the visitors captured the second encounter 10 - 1. Assiniboia's Gord Skjerven stopped the Red Sox in the opener as five defensive miscues severely hurt Southey. The Aces never trailed and a 2-run homer by catcher Rod Koemstedt in the 5th cemented the win. Wes Richardson, who gave way to Tommy Leverick in the 5th, absorbed the loss. Nick Lawrick had a double and single for Assiniboia while Rube Erfle ripped out a pair of singles. Al Manz, Luke Moser and Lionel Ruhr all had two blows for the Red Sox, one of Manz' being a triple and one of Moser's a 2-bagger.

Richardson (L), Leverick (5) and Manz
Skjerven (W) and Koemstedt

Southey's Charlie Peerless showed great form in game two as he limited the Aces to only two hits. Paul Pearson, the first of three Assiniboia pitchers, was the loser. Denny Cochrane and Sam Goodhue each had a double and single for the winners.

Peerless (W) and McNabb
Pearson (L), Hall (6), Lowes (7) and Koemstedt, Waterton (7)

(June 2) The Moose Jaw Lakers, ignited by the steady mound performance of Wally Blaisdell and the big bats of Ray Nutzhorn, Garth Hayes and Herb Lovett, downed the Regina Cardinals 8 - 2. Moose Jaw jumped into an early lead as a result of home run blasts by Nutzhorn and Hayes in the opening frame. Lovett blasted a four-bagger with one runner on in the 8th. Blaisdell's only mistake was a pitch thrown to Regina catcher Al Schell in the 6th which was nailed for a 2-run shot. In addition to the round-trippers, Lovett and Hayes each had a single off loser Arnie Floyd who gave up nine hits while whiffing 5. Blaisdell also aided his own cause with a pair of base raps.

Floyd (L) and Lysack, Schell (7)
Blaisdell (W) and Hunchuk

Southern League Standings as of the end of June 2
Estevan Maple Leafs  5 - 0 1.000
Moose Jaw Lakers     3 - 1  .750
Southey Red Sox      3 - 2  .600
Assiniboia Aces      3 - 2  .600
Regina Cardinals     1 - 3  .250
Weyburn Beavers      0 - 3  .000
Notre Dame Hounds    0 - 4  .000

(June 4) The Moose Jaw Lakers, using three pitchers and making the use of some timely hitting, topped the Notre Dame Hounds 11 - 8. Bob Bell, the second of Moose Jaw's hurlers, got the win following his first inning appearance as a fireman. Hugh Carr went all the way for Notre Dame and was pasted with the loss. The big guns in the Moose Jaw attack were Herb Lovett with a pair of doubles, Ray Nutzhorn with three singles, Murray Smail with two singles and Baldy Smith with a double and single. Catcher Ed Doetzel slammed a triple and single for the Hounds while Vern Glazier picked up a double and single.

Carr (L) and Doetzel
Marshall, Bell (W) (1), Nutzhorn (8) and Hunchuk, Brooks

(June 5) The Assiniboia Aces handed the Weyburn Beavers their 4th consecutive setback when they dropped the Soo-Liners 10 - 7. Paul Pearson was the winner and Weyburn's Rod Ruttergar the loser as the Aces led throughout and picked up their fourth victory. Rube Erfle and Ron Lee each had a double and single for Assiniboia while Pearson chipped in with two singles. Barry Greaves led the Weyburn batsmen with a pair of doubles and a single.

Ruttergar (L), McCarron (6) and Paschney
Pearson (W), Hall (7) and Koemstedt

(June 5) The front-running Estevan Maple Leafs took it on the chin for their first loss of the season as they dropped the opener of a doubleheader to the Moose Jaw Lakers 12 - 7. In the second tilt, the Leafs rebounded nicely and captured the contest 14 - 7. Jack Devine went all the way in the first game for Moose Jaw to get the win. Jack Doerr, who relieved Gary McKechney in the 3rd, was tagged with the loss. Mel Hennenfent slugged a home run and triple for the winners while Murray Smail and Garth Hayes rapped out three base blows each.

J. Devine (W) and Brooks
G. McKechney, Doerr (L) (3) and Kreuger

The Maple Leafs gained revenge in the nightcap as they unloaded 14 hits against loser Wally Blaisdell. Gordon McDonald went the route for Estevan to earn the victory and aided his own cause offensively with three hits. Gary McKechney belted a triple and double while brother, Ron, and Dale Wetsch each batted 2 for 4. Mel Hennenfent ripped out four safeties in five trips for Moose Jaw.

Blaisdell (L) and Brooks
McDonald (W) and Martin

(June 7) Southpaw Guy Blondeau threw a perfect eight-inning game for the Regina Cardinals as they whitewashed the winless Weyburn Beavers 18 - 0. The youthful Blondeau set down 11 of the 24 batters he faced by strikeout. John Sirdar gave up six runs in his three innings on the mound and took the loss for Weyburn. The Cards collected 18 hits with every player in the line-up contributing at least one safety. Don Woolley and Wayne Mang had the biggest night with three hits each. Ed Heidt, Ron Dundas, Al Schell and Blondeau each collected a pair.

Blondeau (W) and Schell
Sirdar (L), Covert (4), Lauterbach (7) and Springer, Paschney (1), Greaves (4)

(June 7) The Southey Red Sox scored six times in the 6th frame to hang an 8 - 5 defeat on the Notre Dame Hounds. Ken Mohr's two-run homer was the feature of this uprising and gave lefthander Vic Wall the win. Art Belick also homered for Southey, a bases-empty shot in the 5th. Notre Dame starter Phil Resch took the loss.

Resch (L), Bearss (6) and Doetzel
Wall (W) and Manz

(June 12) The Weyburn Beavers were held hitless for the second consecutive game when they bowed 5 - 0 to the Estevan Maple Leafs in a game called after five innings because of rain. Guy Blondeau of the Regina Cardinals tossed an 8-inning perfect game at the Beavers last week while winner Gary McKechney silenced the Weyburn bats for five frames in this encounter. The league-leading Maple Leafs collected all their runs in the first inning on two walks, a sacrifice fly, a two-run single by Bob Davis, a double by Erwin Kreuger and a two-run triple by Bob Martin. Losing pitcher Dave Hoff settled down after that and held the Leafs off the scoresheet the rest of the way.

Hoff (L) and Greaves
G. McKechney (W) and Kreuger

(June 13) The Notre Dame Hounds rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 8th, which proved to be the final frame because of darkness, to edge the Regina Cardinals 3 - 2. The win was the first in seven starts for the Collegians. Phil Resch went the route for the win, yielding six hits including a triple and single by Wayne Mang. Regina's Ed Bobowski was the loser, giving up only four hits and fanning 11. Trailing 2 - 0 in their final turn at bat, the Dogs knotted the count on Ed Bearss' two-run triple. Bearss then scored the winner on catcher Ed Doetzel's single.

Bobowski (L) and Lysack, Schell (8)
Resch (W) and Doetzel

(June 16) The Assiniboia Aces took over second place in the Southern League when they turned back the fourth place Moose Jaw Lakers 6 - 1 behind the four-hit pitching of Gord Skjerven. Ossie Booth sparked Assiniboia at the plate with a home run, triple and single in three trips off loser Wally Blaisdell. Nick Lawrick and Bob Weekes each rapped out a pair of singles while Garth Hayes led Moose Jaw batting 2 for 4.

Blaisdell (L) and Brooks
Skjerven (W) and Koemstedt

(June 16) The Notre Dame Hounds picked up their second win over the Regina Cardinals, defeating the Redbirds 14 - 11 in a heavy-hitting affair. Hugh Carr of the Hounds, coming out of the bullpen in the 6th, picked up the win while Ronnie Hall, the second of three Regina chuckers, was nailed with the defeat. Hugh Huck had a triple and three singles for the winners while Jim Lyons picked up a trio of single-base hits. Hall had a home run for the Cards while Walt Ebel poked out two doubles and Don Woolley came through with a double and single.

Blondeau. Hall (L) (3), Dodds (7) and Ebel
Resch, Carr (W) (6) and Doetzel

(June 16) The Southey Red Sox and Estevan Maple Leafs divided a Sunday double-dip with the home-team Red Sox taking the opener 7 - 5 while the Lakers came back to record an 11 - 8 decision in ten innings in the finale. In the 7-inning matinee, both teams did all their scoring in the 6th inning. A two-run homer by losing pitcher Gary McKechney aided Estevan in grabbing a 5 - 0 lead but Southey came right back with seven runs in their half of the frame on six singles and a two-run double by Luke Moser. McKechney, Bob Davis and Erwin Kreuger each hit a pair of singles for the Leafs as did Charlie Peerless and Sam Goodhue of the Sox. Crimson Hose starter Tom Leverick was credited with the win.

G. McKechney (L) and Kreuger
Leverick (W), Wall (7) and Manz

Gary McKechney, who relieved brother Ron in the 7th inning, was the winner in the second game with Charlie Peerless taking the setback. Wally Becker batted 4 for 6 for the winners and Nasie Schnell 3 for 5. Southey first baseman Ed Prosofsky belted a home run, triple and two singles in four trips while Sam Goodhue was 2 for 3 and Lionel Ruhr 2 for 6.

Doerr, R. McKechney (4), G. McKechney (W) (7) and Martin, R. McKechney
Peerless (L), Wall (10) and Manz

(June 18) The Assiniboia Aces strengthened their hold on second place in the Southern League when they breezed to an easy 11 - 1 win over the sinking Weyburn Beavers. The loss was the Beavers' seventh without a win. The Aces started off with a four-run burst in the opening frame and, from there on, it was no contest. Assiniboia batters clubbed out 15 safe blows off loser Dave Hoff. John Hall was the winning hurler although he was not around at the finish. Gord Skjerven had a big night at the dish for Assiniboia, collecting four hits in five trips. Jim White had 3 for 4. Nick Lawrick, Ossie Booth and Rod Koemstedt each had a brace.

Hall (W), Pearson and Koemstedt
Hoff (L) and Greaves

(June 19) The Southey Red Sox consolidated their grip on third place in the Southern League when they turned back the fourth place Moose Jaw Lakers 9 - 5. Moose Jaw hopped into an early 3 - 0 lead but the Sox exploded for four runs in the 2nd frame and added single counters in each of the succeeding five innings to get the win. Wes Richardson, who gave way to Tommy Leverick in the 7th, picked up the win. The loss was pinned on Jack Devine. Charlie Peerless paced Southey in the batter's box with two doubles and a single while catcher Morris McNabb rapped out three singles. Lionel Ruhr, Ed Prosofsky, Denny Cochrane and Sam Goodhue each had a pair of singles. Foe Moose Jaw, Ted Pasch slammed a home run and single with Murray Smail, Baldy Smith, Mel Hennenfent, Bud Palmer and Devine all contributing a brace of singles.

Devine (L), Blaisdell (6) and Hunchuk
Richardson (W), Leverick (7) and McNabb

(June 23) The Notre Dame Hounds edged the Estevan Maple Leafs 2 - 1 as the Dogs' Phil Resch hurled brilliantly in the clutch in this nip-and-tuck tussle. Although tagged for 12 hits, Resch came through in fine style with men on base and left 13 Leafs stranded. Loser Gary McKechney gave up only seven hits. Ed Bearss of the Hounds had a double and single, the latter driving home the winning run. The McKechney brothers, Gary and Ron, as well as Wally Becker each had a pair of hits for Estevan.

Resch (W) and Doetzel
G. McKechney (L) and Kreuger

(June 23) The Assiniboia Aces took over first place in the Southern League when they turned back the Regina Cardinals 14 - 3 in the matinee of a double-dip. The second game ended in a 5 - 5 tie when a Sunday curfew halted play after seven innings. Gord Skjerven pitched and batted the Aces to their lopsided opening game win, setting down the Reginans on six hits while ripping out a double and two singles himself. Rod Koemstedt and Reg Waterton each homered for the winners and Jim White knocked out three singles. Larry Bachiu and George McFadyen both jacked out homers for the Redbirds and Lou Lysack had two singles. Ed Heidt was the loser.

Heidt (L), Floyd (4) and Lysack
Skjerven (W) and Koemstedt

Moundsmen Guy Blondeau of Regina and Assiniboia's Paul Pearson locked horns in the second game which was featured by the two home run performance of Cards' catcher Lou Lysack.

Blondeau and Lysack
Pearson and Koemstedt

(June 25) Ed Bearss limited the Estevan Maple Leafs to eight hits over nine innings in leading the Notre Dame Hounds to their 4th win in ten starts, a 9 - 7 victory. The loss dropped the defending league champions into third spot and boosted the idle Assiniboia Aces into the league lead. Ron McKechney, the losing pitcher, was nicked for 12 safeties. Ken Townsend had a triple and two singles for the Collegians. Hugh Huck, Ed Doetzel and Bearss each added two singles. Wally Becker and Doug Martin had two hits apiece.

R. McKechney (L) and Kreuger
Bearss (W) and Doetzel

(June 26) The Hounds of Notre Dame parlayed eight hits and seven Regina Cardinal errors into ten runs and breezed to an easy 10 - 3 victory. The Reginans, who equaled the Hounds' hitting output, could only manage a trio of runs off the servings of winning pitcher Phil Resch. The Dogs' victory was their fifth straight after dropping their first six league starts. George McFadyen, who worked on the hill for Regina for 3 1/3 innings, took the loss. Ed Bearss was the big cog in the Hounds' offensive machine, belting two doubles and a single. Garnet Campbell lashed a pair of singles, stole two bases and sparkled defensively for the visitors. Ron Dundas ripped a triple and had a single for the Cards. Larry Bachiu and Al Schell each poked a double.

Resch (W) and Doetzel
McFadyen (L), Harrison (4) and Schell

(June 28) Tom Leverick came to the rescue of Vic Wall with one out in the first inning and scattered six hits the rest of the way to lead the Southey Red Sox past the Regina Cardinals 6 - 5. Ed Bobowski, who went the route for the Cards, was the loser. Regina jumped on Wall for three runs on three singles and two walks in only 1/3 of an inning before Leverick stepped in to put out the fire. Ken McEachern hammered out a double and single for Southey while Morris McNabb followed with two singles. Catcher Lou Lysack of the Redbirds continued his torrid hitting pace, clubbing a double and two singles.

Wall, Leverick (W) (1) and McNabb
Bobowski (L) and Lysack

(June 28) The Estevan Maple Leafs handed the Weyburn Beavers their 8th straight defeat, knocking down their Soo-Line rivals by a 7 - 2 count. Estevan scored single runs in the 6th and 7th to forge ahead and then added three more in the 9th to put the win on ice. Gary McKechney went all the way for the win, allowing the Beavers but four hits. A newcomer to Weyburn, Elmer Franks, went the distance in taking the loss. Weyburn's runs came on a two-run homer by Cece McCarron in the 3rd. Ron McKechney homered for Estevan in the 6th and also had two singles.

G. McKechney (W) and Kreuger
Franks (L) and Thompson

(June 28) The Assiniboia Aces came to the Mill City and walked away with a 6 - 3 win over the host Moose Jaw Lakers.

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xxx and xxx

(June 30) The Weyburn Beavers pounced on loser Charlie Peerless for eight hits and five runs in five innings, sending him to the showers, as they finally won their first game of the campaign, beating the Southey Red Sox 7 - 2. The Beavers collected a total of 14 hits including a two-run homer by Hugh McMillan. Southpaw Dave Hoff struck out seven and went all the way for the win. Chick Springer went 3 for 4 for the Beavers. Three other Weyburn players, Cece McCarron, Elmer Franks and Barry Greaves, each had two hits as did Denny Cochrane of the Redlegs.

Peerless (L), Batley (5) and McNabb
Hoff (W) and Greaves

(July 2) The Southey Red Sox made full use of six base hits and five Regina Cardinal miscues to register an 8 - 5 triumph. Vic Wall, who scattered seven hits, was the winner while Ed Bobowski suffered the loss. Ken Mohr's two-run double climaxed a 2nd inning spurt which netted the Sox five runs. Doug Hingley poked three singles for the Cards with Luke Moser duplicating the feat for Southey.

Bobowski (L) and Schell
Wall (W) and Manz

(July 5) The Southey Red Sox snapped the Notre Dame Hounds' 5-game win streak with a 6-run explosion in the 8th which erased a 5 - 1 deficit and gave them a 7 - 5 triumph. Charlie Peerless survived a rough 2nd inning, during which the Hounds pushed across four runs to take a 5 - 0 lead, and scattered eight hits to pick up the Southey pitching victory. Ron Resch was the loser. Lionel Ruhr and Art Rennie had two singles apiece for the Red Sox. Hugh Huck, Bob Donald and Ed Doetzel each hit safely twice for Notre Dame.

Resch (L), Carr (8) and Doetzel
Peerless (W) and McNabb

(July 5) The Regina Cardinals fell 4 1/2 games behind the Moose Jaw Lakers, who hold the 4th and final playoff spot, as Moose Jaw's Jack Devine checked them on five hits to give the Lakers a 5 - 1 victory. Devine displayed masterful control in handing the Reginans their tenth loss in 12 starts, striking out ten and walking not a single batter. At one stretch in the game, he retired 17 in a row. Cards' starter Lefty Harrison was the loser. Owen Gillstrom collected three of Regina's five hits, poking out a double and two singles. Ray Nutzhorn and Mel Hennenfent each had two singles for the winners.

J. Devine (W) and Brooks
Harrison (L), Dodds (3) and Lysack

(July 7) The Estevan Maple Leafs swept both ends of a Sunday doubleheader from the Assiniboia Aces to take over first place in the Southern League. Gord McDonald went the distance as the Maple Leafs won easily 15 - 4 in the first match.

xxx and xxx
McDonald (W) and xxxx

McDonald came back in relief of Estevan starter Gary McKechney to gain credit for the win in the nightcap as well as the Leafs prevailed 6 - 5.

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G. McKechney, McDonald (W) and xxxx

(July 7) The Notre Dame Hounds climbed into a 4th place tie with the Moose Jaw Lakers by defeating them 11 - 6. Ed Bearss was the game's top dog, spinning a 7-hitter for the pitching win and smashing a homer, triple and double to lead the Hounds offensively. A seven run 3rd inning against loser Bob Hobbs put Notre Dame out in front to stay. Mel Hennenfent had a three-run homer for the Lakers and Baldy Smith had a bases-empty shot. Ken Townsend came up with four singles in five trips for the winners.

Hobbs (L) and xxxx
Bearss (W) and xxxx

(July 9) The Estevan Maple Leafs strengthened their hold on top spot in the Southern League when they edged the cellar-dwelling Weyburn Beavers 8 - 7. The game was a thriller from start to finish with the Leafs coming out on top, scoring the game-winning run in the top of the 9th on a pair of hits and an error. Dale Wetsch's single drove home Ron McKechney with the winning tally. Gary McKechney, in a relief role, picked up the win. Morley Flichel, out of the bullpen in the 4th, took the loss. Three homers were hit in this contest. Estevan's Ron McKechney had a bases-empty four-bagger in the 3rd and teammate Wayne North pounded out a two-run shot in the 7th. Ed Stefureak hit one for Weyburn in the 3rd with the bases empty. North, Wetsch, Ron McKechney and Bob Davis all had a brace of hits for the Maple Leafs as did Baldy Garner and Stefureak of the Beavers.

Maloney, McDonald (4), G. McKechney (W)  (5) and Kreuger
Franks, Flichel (L) (4) and Thompson

Standings as of July 10
Estevan Maple Leafs  12 - 4  .750
Southey Red Sox      10 - 4  .714
Assiniboia Aces       8 - 4  .667
Moose Jaw Lakers      6 - 7  .462
Notre Dame Hounds     6 - 7  .462
Regina Cardinals      2 - 10 .167
Weyburn Beavers       1 - 9  .100

(July 11) The Notre Dame Hounds moved a half game ahead of the Moose Jaw Lakers into 4th place in the Southern League by downing the Regina Cardinals 7 - 5. The loss for the Cards, their 11th in 13 games, all but eliminated their hopes of a playoff berth. Lefthander Hugh Carr recorded the pitching win for the Dogs, scattering eight hits. Ed Bobowski, a fellow southpaw, also was hit eight times in eight frames and took the loss. Hugh Huck produced two singles for the Hounds and Ken Townsend added a triple. Owen Gillstrom and Harvey Johnson each had a three-bagger and single for Regina. John Klein was next with a double and single.

Carr (W) and Doetzel
Bobowski (L), Lysack (9) and Schell

(July 12) Walt Ebel led the offensive show as the Regina Cardinals trounced the lowly Weyburn Beavers 17 - 3. Ebel was a whiz at the plate with two homers, a grand-slam in the first and a three-run blast in the 2nd, plus a 6th inning single. Two other Regina batters produced four-baggers, Harv Johnson with a bases-clear first inning shot and Larry Bachiu with a two-run 3rd inning homer. Guy Blondeau went all the way to pick up the win in this game called after the 6th because of darkness. Weyburn starter Dick Scott pitched into the 2nd and was pummeled with the loss. Ron Gilbert, Blondeau and Wayne Mang each had two hits for the Redbirds. Cece McCarron stroked a pair for Weyburn. Hugh McMillan had a bases-empty circuit clout for the Beavers.

Blondeau (W) and Schell
Scott (L), Hoff (2), McCarron (4) and Greaves

(July 12) The Southey Red Sox walloped the Notre Dame Hounds 21 - 6 in a 7-inning encounter in which five homers were slammed. For Southey, Ken Mohr hit for the circuit twice while Charlie Peerless and Morris McNabb hit one apiece, Peerless' being a grand slam. Archie Sanderson poked one out for the Dogs. Peerless also picked up the pitching win in a relief role. Phil Resch, the first of three Notre Dame hurlers, took the loss.

Richardson, Peerless (W) (3) and McNabb
Resch (L), Bearss (3), Townsend (5) and Doetzel

(July14) The Estevan Maple Leafs were extended to the limit by the Regina Cardinals before winning a twin-bill by 2 - 1 and 4 - 2 scores. Cardinals' pitcher Arnie Floyd lost a two-hitter in the opener as his mates committed five errors to give the Maple Leafs two unearned runs, all they would need to narrowly win. Gary McKechney was the winner. He was touched for six hits including a triple by John Klein.

Floyd (L) and xxxx
G. McKechney (W) and xxxx

Pete Maloney set the Caps down on two hits in the nightcap, striking out 11 in the process. Ed Bobowski gave up only six hits in taking the loss. Ron McKechney's triple was the big blow of the game.

Bobowski (L) and xxxx
Maloney (W) and xxxx

(July 14) The Southey Red Sox took a pair from the Assiniboia Aces by copping 5 - 1 and 7 - 1 decisions. Charlie Peerless pitched and batted Southey to victory in game 1, holding the Aces to a single tally and pounding out a double and single. Gord Skjerven was the loser. Vic Wall had three hits for the Sox.

Skjerven (L) and xxxx
Peerless (W) and xxxx

Ken Mohr and Ken McEachern each had two-run singles for Southey in the second game. Rod Koemstedt homered for the Aces' lone run off winner Tommy Leverick. Paul Pearson was nailed with the loss.

Pearson (L) and xxxx
Leverick (W) and xxxx

(July 14) At Carlyle, the Weyburn Beavers tripled their win total for the season when they up-ended the Notre Dame Hounds in both ends of a doubleheader by scores of 8 - 3 and 8 - 4.

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xxx and xxx

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(July 15) The Moose Jaw Lakers fortified their grip on 4th place in the Southern League by defeating the cellar-dwelling Regina Cardinals 5 - 4 behind the 6-hit, ten strikeout pitching of Wally Blaisdell. Loser Guy Blondeau lasted only 1 1/3 innings. Jack Devine was the only Laker to get more than one hit, belting two singles in four trips. Harvey Johnson and Walt Ebel singled twice each for the Cards. Herb Lovett had a two-run double for Moose Jaw. The game was called at the end of seven because of darkness.

Blaisdell (W) and Lovett
Blondeau (L), Harrison (2), Dodds (6) and Schell

(July 17) The Assiniboia Aces turned back the visiting Weyburn Beavers 7 - 1 in a Southern League encounter. John Hall went the route for the Aces to get the win on a 5-hitter, striking out ten batters. Dick Scott took the loss, giving up 13 safeties. Ossie Booth led the winners at the plate with a double and single while Gord Skjerven, Rod Koemstedt, Reg Waterton, Jim White and Hall each rapped out a deuce of singles. The lone Weyburn run came on a 6th inning home run by Chick Springer.

Scott (L) and Greaves
Hall (W) and Waterton

(July 19) The Moose Jaw Lakers strengthened their hold on 4th place in the Southern League with a 10 - 3 win over the Weyburn Beavers. Ageless veteran Ralph Hogg, out of retirement once more, took to the hill for Weyburn for the first time this year and worked seven innings, giving up Moose Jaw's first six runs, in taking the loss. Winner Jack Devine of the Lakers tossed a nifty 5-hitter, striking out 10. Moose Jaw left fielder George Guillaume had a whale of a night at the dish, collecting a home run, two doubles and a single for the winners. Herb Lovett, Ted Pasch and Devine all had a brace of hits. Mel Hennenfent hit a home run for the Lakers. Buzz Bent of the Beavers had a two-run homer, a double and a single in four trips.

J. Devine (W) and Lovett
Hogg (L), Covert (8), Franks (8) and Greaves

(July 21) The Southey Red Sox moved into first place in the Southern League, a game and a half ahead of the Estevan Maple Leafs, by chalking up 4 - 3 and 8 - 4 wins against their closest pursuer. The Maple Leafs had a 1/2 game lead in the standings entering the doubleheader. In the opener, Estevan left fielder Doug Martin dropped a fly ball in the top of the 7th, allowing two Southey runners to score and providing the Red Sox with their margin of victory. Charlie Peerless, with a 5-hitter, out-dueled Estevan's Gord McDonald who was nicked for 7, to pick up the win. Ken McEachern and Lionel Ruhr each poked two singles for the winners.

Peerless (W) and McNabb
McDonald (L) and Kreuger

Southpaw Vic Wall set the Leafs down on eight hits in recording the nightcap triumph. Gary McKechney, the loser, gave up nine hits but what really kept him in jeopardy were the seven errors by his defense. Ken McEachern and Wall poled two singles apiece for the Red Sox while Ron McKechney hit a homer and single for Estevan.

Wall (W) and Manz
G. McKechney (L) and Kreuger

(July 21) The Moose Jaw Lakers vaulted into third place in the Southern League by knocking over the Weyburn Beavers 11 - 8 and 6 - 5. Ron Brooks belted a homer and single to lead Moose Jaw to their first game win. Mark Genge picked up the complete game win for the Lakers while Weyburn's Cece McCarron took the loss. Glen Smith had two singles for the winners. Buzz Bent led Weyburn with a home run and two doubles. Chick Springer added a pair of singles.

McCarron (L) and Greaves
Genge (W) and Brooks

Wally Blaisdell came on in relief of starter Bob Hobbs to gain credit for the nightcap win as Bud Palmer doubled home Mel Hennenfent and Herb Lovett with the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the 8th. Baldy Smith and Ron Brooks each homered for the Lakers off loser Elmer Franks while Barry Greaves banged out two singles for the losers.

Franks (L) and Greaves
Hobbs, Blaisdell (W) (6) and Brooks

(July 21) The Notre Dame Hounds shunted the Assiniboia Aces into 4th spot in the Southern League with 8 - 4 and 20 - 6 victories in a Sunday twin-bill. In the matinee affair, the Hounds Hugh Carr spun a neat four-hitter as his mates teed off on three Assiniboia pitchers for ten hits. Starter Al Lowes took the loss for the Aces. Hugh Huck and Vern Glazier each rapped a double and single for Notre Dame. John Hall had two singles for the losers.

Lowes (L), Hall (4), Pearson (6) and Koemstedt
Carr (W) and Doetzel

The Hounds scored in every inning as they routed the Aces in the nightcap. Phil Resch coasted to an easy victory, being nicked for six hits while whiffing 6. Aces' starter Gord Skjerven was chased in the 3rd, after giving up nine runs, and was nailed with the loss. Vern Glazier led the onslaught with three doubles and a single. Garnet Campbell followed with a double and two singles and Ed Bearss added a homer and single. Nick Lawrick and Rod Koemstedt led the Aces with a double and single apiece.

Skjerven (L), Pearson (3), Hall (5), Lowes (6), Lee (7) and Koemstedt
Resch (W) and Doetzel

(July 23) The Weyburn Beavers fought the Notre Dame Hounds to a 7 - 7 draw in a Southern League fixture. Trailing 7 - 3 going into the bottom of the 9th, the Beavers bunched five hits and a walk to tally four runs, including the equalizer, and the game was then called because of darkness. Dave Hoff went the distance for Weyburn while the Hounds used two hurlers. Buzz Bent and Chick Springer both had a trio of hits for Weyburn. Barry Greaves and Hoff collected two. Jim Lyons was best for the Hounds with three hits and Ed Doetzel had a pair.

Carr, Resch (9) and Doetzel
Hoff and Greaves

(July 24) The Regina Cardinals, winners of only three of their first 17 games, overcame four-run deficits in each game as they edged the Assiniboia Aces twice by scores of 9 - 8 and 6 - 4. The Cards scored four times in the bottom of the 7th and final frame to grab the spoils in game one and pin the loss on Gord Skjerven. Ed Bobowski, out of the bullpen in relief of Arnie Floyd, got the win. Don Woolley and Larry Bachiu of the Redbirds, as well as Assiniboia's Rube Erfle and Reg Waterton, each had two hits in the 7-inning contest which was shortened because of a late start.

Lowes, Skjerven (L) (7) and Waterton
Floyd, Bobowski (W) (4) and Schell

The owl encounter was a joust between southpaw's Guy Blondeau of Regina and John Hall of the Aces, both of whom took their lumps early and then settled in. Blondeau struck out 12, retired 13 consecutive hitters in one stretch and was the winner after being behind 4 - 0 early in the game. Cards left fielder Don Woolley slammed a double and two singles while Larry Bachiu and Walt Ebel collected two singles apiece. Third sacker Gord Skjerven had two hits for Assiniboia.

Hall (L) and Waterton
Blondeau (W) and Schell

(July 25) The Moose Jaw Lakers virtually wiped out the playoff hopes of the Regina Cardinals by beating the sixth place team 10 - 8. The Lakers were out-hit 11 - 8 but half of their hits were home runs with Ted Pasch, George "Bugs" Guillaume, George Hunchuk and Murray Smail all connecting. The Cardinals managed two homers themselves as Doug Hingley and losing chucker Arnie Floyd teed off on winner Jack Devine. Pasch wound up with three hits as did Walt Ebel of the Reginans.

Floyd (L) and Lysack
J. Devine (W) and Hunchuk

(July 26) The Southey Red Sox increased their Southern League lead when they edged the hard-luck, cellar-dwelling Weyburn Beavers 5 - 3. Veteran Tommy Leverick went the distance for the Sox, surrendering ten hits, to pick up the win over Weyburn starter Keith Covert. The Beavers had their chances but just couldn't connect at the most opportune times and left 11 men stranded on base. The game saw two homers. Morris McNabb of the Red Sox hit a two-run shot in the 5th and Weyburn's Chick Springer came through with a 4th inning bases-empty clout. Besides his four-bagger, Springer also had two singles. Ken McEachern had three hits for the Redlegs. Two Beavers, Dave Hoff and Cece McCarron, had a pair of hits.

Leverick (W) and McNabb
Covert (L), Hoff (7) and Greaves

(July 28) The Notre Dame Hounds' chances of making the Southern League playoffs strengthened considerably as they took two close games from the Weyburn Beavers by 3 - 2 and 4 - 3 margins. Both games were replays of tie games earlier in the season. Ken Townsend hurled the complete game win in the opener, striking out six and giving up five hits to earn the decision over Weyburn's Dave Hoff. The winning marker was scored on a Weyburn error. Hoff and Hugh Huck of the Hounds both had two hits to lead their respective clubs.

Townsend (W) and Doetzel
Hoff (L) and Greaves

Phil Resch hurled the evening game for Notre Dame, besting the Beavers' Cece McCarron. Jonas Fornwald and Ed Doetzel of Notre Dame, as well as Weyburn's Buzz Bent, all had two base raps.

Resch (W) and Doetzel
Hoff (L) and Greaves

(July 28) The Estevan Maple Leafs climbed to within a game of the pace-setting Southey Red Sox by sweeping a Southern League doubleheader from the Assiniboia Aces by 6 - 5 and 7 - 5 counts. The twin-losses shunted the slumping Aces into 5th place, two games back of the Notre Dame Hounds. Doug Martin's 9th inning homer off loser Al Lowes won the matinee for Gord McDonald who scattered nine hits in the compete game effort. Estevan's Martin and Wayne North had three hits as did Assiniboia's Reg Waterton.

McDonald (W) and Martin
Lowes (L) and Lee

Pete Maloney came on in relief of starter Gary McKechney to gain credit for the Maple Leafs' nightcap triumph. Paul Pearson was touched for 11 Estevan hits in absorbing the loss. Bob Davis had a three-run homer for the Leafs. The McKechney brothers, Gary and Ron, each had two hits. Nick Lawrick paced the attack of the losing Aces with three hits. Ossie Booth and Gord Skjerven had a pair.

G. McKechney, Maloney (W) (3) and Kreuger, Martin (3)
Pearson (L) and Hall

(July 28) The Moose Jaw Lakers and Southey Red Sox split a Southern League twin-bill. In a free-swinging first game, the Lakers ran off with a 20 - 10 verdict. Southey came from behind in the second encounter to grab an 8 - 6 verdict. Catcher George Hunchuk paced the Moose Jaw offense in the opener with a double and three singles sending Red Sox' starter Charlie Peerless down to defeat. Right fielder Don Devine picked up three hits in support of winner Wally Blaisdell.

Blaisdell (W), Genge (4) and Hunchuk
Peerless (L), Batley (4), Leverick (5) and McNabb

Southey exploded for five big runs in the 6th off loser Jack Devine to take the lead for good in game two. Vic Wall, who struck out eight along the way, was the winner. Morris McNabb led the Southey arsenal garnering three safeties, two triples and a single. Denny Cochrane and Al Manz followed with a brace each, Cochrane's total reflecting a homer while Manz's included a three-bagger. Devine led the Moose Jaw hitters with a double and single.

Wall (W) and McNabb
J. Devine (L) and Hunchuk

(July 30) The Moose Jaw Lakers assured themselves of a Southern League playoff berth when they beat the home-town Weyburn Beavers 4 - 1. Winning pitcher George Guillaume drew the starting mound assignment for the Lakers and limited Weyburn to four hits in the 7-inning, darkness-shortened affair. Dave Hoff toiled on the hill for Weyburn and took the loss. Catcher George Hunchuk and infielder Baldy Smith had two hits each for Moose Jaw. Hoff reciprocated for Weyburn.

Guillaume (W) and Hunchuk
Hoff (L) and Greaves

(August 1) The Notre Dame Hounds, with the aid of two first inning grand slam home runs, manhandled the Moose Jaw Lakers 11 - 6. Notre Dame managed only four hits in their wild, first inning barrage but three were homers. Archie Sanderson and Vern Glazier swatted the bases-loaded shots while Ken Townsend hit a two-run blast to give the Hounds a huge lead and send lefty Gordon Campbell on to the mound victory. Loser Wally Blaisdell lasted only 2/3 of an inning. The win assured the Hounds of at least a tie for 4th place. Garnet Campbell and Sanderson had two hits apiece for Notre Dame. Don Devine hit a home run and two singles to lead Moose Jaw. Ted Pasch and George Hunchuk managed a brace of singles each.

Blaisdell (L), Bell (1) and Hunchuk
Gord Campbell (W) and Doetzel

(August 2) The Weyburn Beavers overcame a 2nd inning, 10 - 0 deficit to gain a 10 - 10, 7-inning tie with the Regina Cardinals. Ed Bobowski went the route for Regina, allowing six hits which included Buzz Bent's three-run homer. Keith Covert started for Weyburn but was shelled in Regina's 7-run, second inning uprising. Dave Hoff finished the game on the mound for the Beavers. Larry Bachiu of the Redbirds as well as Weyburn's Cece McCarron and Covert all had two hits.

Bobowski and xxxx
Covert, Hoff (2) and xxxx

(August 4) The Estevan Maple Leafs and Moose Jaw Lakers divided a double-dip with the Lakers winning 5 - 4 in the opener and the Maple Leafs gaining revenge in the finale by a 9 - 3 count. The split gave Moose Jaw third place in the Southern League and prevented the Maple Leafs from repeating as pennant winners. Mel Hennenfent's two-run homer in the 8th won it for Moose Jaw and pitcher Jack Devine in the matinee, sending reliever Gord McDonald down to defeat. Wally Becker and Bob Davis had round-trippers for Estevan.

Maloney, McDonald  (L) (7) and Martin
J. Devine (W) and Lovett

Estevan's Pete Maloney, out of the bullpen, got the win in the nightcap over George Guillaume. Moose Jaw's Charlie Elsom was the game's leading hitter, going 3 for 3. The Maple Leafs' Ron McKechney and Ted Pasch of the Lakers both had home runs.

McDonald, Maloney (W) (3) and Martin
Guillaume (L), Genge (5) and Lovett

(August 4) The Notre Dame Hounds grabbed 4th place in the Southern League by coming back with a lopsided 16 - 4 decision over the Assiniboia Aces in the second game of a doubleheader after losing the opener 10 - 5. Gord Skjerven of Assiniboia won the first game with Hugh Carr taking the loss. Ossie Booth led the winners at the dish with four hits. George Ciocia contributed with a trio while Ron Lee hit a three-run homer. Archie Sanderson pummeled a round-tripper for the Dogs.

Carr (L) and Doetzel
Skjerven (W) and Lee

Skjerven's attempt at winning both games failed miserably as he was driven from the mound in the 4th inning of game two to taste defeat. Phil Resch posted the complete game win which sent the Hounds into the Southern League playoffs. Notre Dame's Ed Bearss and Ken Townsend had stellar performances in the batter's box, both coming up with two doubles and a pair of singles. Vern Glazier chipped in with a home run and single. Ossie Booth led the Aces' offense with two hits.

Resch (W) and Doetzel
Skjerven (L), Hall (4), Lowes and Lee

(August 4) The Southey Red Sox captured the 1957 Southern League pennant by turning back the Regina Cardinals 10 - 5. The Red Sox exploded for five runs in the 7th on only one hit, a triple by Denny Cochrane, to wrap up the victory. 13 bases on balls by Redbird chuckers greatly aided the Redlegs. Vic Wall took the pitching win over Guy Blondeau. Al Leuer homered for the Cards. The Red Sox will now meet the 4th place Notre Dame Hounds in one semi-final while 2nd place Estevan tangles with 3rd place Moose Jaw in the other bracket.

Blondeau (L), Floyd (6) and Schell
Wall (W), Leverick (9) and McNabb

Final Standings
Southey Red Sox       18 -  5 .783
Estevan Maple Leafs   17 -  7 .708
Moose Jaw Lakers      14 - 10 .583
Notre Dame Hounds     13 - 11 .542
Assiniboia Aces       10 - 13 .438
Regina Cardinals       5 - 16 .238
Weyburn Beavers        3 - 18 .143


PLAYOFFS :

(August 6) The pennant-winning Southey Red Sox got off on the right foot in their best-of-three Southern League semi-final by edging the 4th place Notre Dame Hounds 9 - 7. The two combatants slugged it out for nine innings and a total of 31 hits, 16 by the Sox. Lefthander Hugh Carr went all the way for Notre Dame while Tom Leverick started on the Southey mound but needed 9th inning relief help Charlie Peerless. Notre Dame's Ed Bearss led all swatters with four hits. Garnet Campbell and Jim Lyons of the Hounds as well as Ed Prosofsky and Sam Goodhue of the Red Sox all had a trio of raps. Peerless had a two-run homer for the Crimson Hose.

Carr (L) and Doetzel
Leverick (W), Peerless (9) and Manz

(August 7) The Estevan Maple Leafs blanked the Moose Jaw Lakers 3 - 0 to take a 1 - 0 lead in their best-of-three semi-final playoff. Gord McDonald held the Lakers to seven hits in picking up the shutout win. He also delivered three singles off loser Jack Devine. Leafs' outfielder Wally Becker had two singles while Ron McKechney jacked out a bases-empty home run. Herb Lovett, George Guillaume and George Hunchuk hit two singles apiece for Moose Jaw.

J. Devine (L) and Hunchuk
McDonald (W) and Martin

(August 8) The Notre Dame Hounds squared their semi-final series with the Southey Red Sox at one game each when they chalked up a 5 - 3 win in game two. Phil Resch limited the pennant-winning Red Sox to four hits in the seven inning game while loser Charlie Peerless was nicked for five hits by the Hounds. With the score knotted at 3 - 3 in the 5th, a triple by Archie Sanderson and a single by Ed Doetzel provided the Hounds with the winning tally. Peerless was the game's only batsman to get two hits, both singles.

Peerless (L) and Manz
Resch (W) and Doetzel

(August 10) The Moose Jaw Lakers evened their Southern League semi-final with the Estevan Maple Leafs by taking down the visitors 4 - 2. Winner Jack Devine gave up two first inning runs but then shut the door the rest of the way to give Moose Jaw the win. The Estevan tandem of loser Pete Maloney and reliever Ron McKechney gave up seven Moose Jaw hits with George Hunchuk slugging a triple, double and single in four trips and Glen Smith coming through with a double and single.

Maloney (L), R. McKechney (8) and Martin
J. Devine (W) and Hunchuk

(August 11) The Southey Red Sox advanced to the Southern League finals by taking the rubber-match of their semi-final series with the Notre Dame Hounds by a 17 - 3 count. Charlie Peerless was the winning pitcher giving up five hits while Phil Resch was the loser. Ed Prosofsky and Vic Wall led the victorious Sox with three hits each. Hugh Huck had two singles for Notre Dame.

Resch (L) and xxxx
Peerless (W) and xxxx

(August 14) The Estevan Maple Leafs will play the Southey Red Sox in the Southern League final series following their elimination of the Moose Jaw Lakers from the playoffs. The home-town Maple Leafs disposed of the Lakers 7 - 2 in the third game of their semi-final series to advance to play the pennant-winning Southey club. Defending champion Estevan got a three-hit pitching effort from Gord McDonald in sidelining Moose Jaw. Loser Jack Devine lasted into the 8th before being driven to the showers. Second baseman Ron McKechney was the main Estevan threat with a double and two singles.

J. Devine (L), Gaines (8) and Hunchuk
McDonald (W) and Martin

(August 18) Gord McDonald set down the Southey Red Sox on five hits as the Estevan Maple Leafs scored a 5 - 0 victory in the first game of the best-of-five Southern League final. Vic Wall started for the Red Sox and was touched for all of Estevan's runs before being replaced by Charlie Peerless in the 5th. Wayne North, Ron McKechney and Dale Wetsch all had two hits for Estevan, one of North's being a triple.

Wall (L), Peerless (5) and McNabb, Manz (7)
McDonald (W) and Martin

(August 22) Tommy Leverick led the Southey Red Sox back onto even ground with the Estevan Maple Leafs in the Southern League final series by limiting the Leafs' batsmen to two hits in Southey's 7 - 0 victory. The Sox belted Estevan starter Gary McKechney and reliever Gord McDonald for seven hits with right fielder Charlie Peerless stroking a two-run homer and a double. Leverick struck out five in his winning performance.

G. McKechney (L), McDonald (3) and Martin
Leverick (W) and McNabb

(August 25) The Southey Red Sox beat the Estevan Maple Leafs 5 - 2 to take a 2 - 1 lead in their championship series. The Red Sox struck for four runs in the 3rd inning and, with winner Charlie Peerless in control, maintained the momentum to carry them to victory. Gary McKechney gave up all five Southey tallies and was hit with the loss in lasting into the 3rd. Morris McNabb and Ed Prosofsky hit a double and single apiece in leading Southey's 11 hit attack with Peerless, Ken McEachern and Luke Moser each hitting a brace of singles. McKechney's double and single off Peerless led Estevan's offense.

G. McKechney (L), McDonald (3) and Martin
Peerless (W) and McNabb

(September 8) The Southey Red Sox captured the franchise's third Southern League crown in five years by blanking the Estevan Maple Leafs 3 - 0 to win the best-of-five series 3 games to 1. The Red Sox previously won the championship and the "Pop" Harvey Memorial trophy in 1953 and 1955 when they played out of Regina. The 3rd game of this series was played two weeks ago but continual disputes over the site for game four had delayed the series' completion. After four scoreless innings, the Red Sox broke loose in a big way in the 5th, counting all their runs in support of winner Vic Wall who hurled a three-hitter. Luke Moser and Ken Mohr led off with consecutive singles off loser Gord McDonald, catcher Morris McNabb laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance them one base each and then veteran Ed Prosofsky slammed a long sacrifice fly which plated Moser with the lead run and eventual winner. Charlie Peerless followed with a triple to score Mohr which preceded Ken McEachern's single which drove Peerless home with the 3rd and final tally. Only one Leaf player reached as far as third base in this game as Wall held the Soo-Liners in check throughout. Mohr and Moser had two singles apiece to lead the Red Sox attack.

Wall (W) and McNabb
McDonald (L) and Martin

(September 14) Ed Bearss, shortstop and clean-up hitter for the Notre Dame Hounds, was today proclaimed as the new Southern League batting champion and winner of the Dave Dryburgh Memorial trophy. Bearss clubbed out a total of 41 hits in 94 at bats for a lusty .436 mark to finish well ahead of Estevan's Gary McKechney who came in at .398 in the runner-up spot.

Top Ten Hitters
Ed Bearss (Notre Dame Hounds)        41 - 94 .436
Gary McKechney (Estevan Maple Leafs) 33 - 83 .398
Morris McNabb (Southey Red Sox)      29 - 75 .387
Vic Wall (Southey Red Sox)           25 - 67 .373
Gord Skjerven (Assiniboia Aces)      30 - 83 .362
Glen Smith (Moose Jaw Lakers)        21 - 59 .356
Mel Hennenfent (Moose Jaw Lakers)    24 - 68 .353
Ken McEachern (Southey Red Sox)      24 - 68 .353
Ray Nutzhorn (Moose Jaw Lakers)      21 - 60 .350
Bob Davis (Estevan Maple Leafs)      25 - 73 .344

Southey Red Sox' lefthander Vic Wall has won the "Doc" Hughes Memorial trophy as the Southern League's top pitcher. Wall had an unblemished regular season record of six wins and no losses. He edged out teammate Tommy Leverick who was 5 - 0. Gord McDonald of Estevan and Charlie Peerless of the Red Sox each posted 6 - 3 records.