1957 Basin League Game Reports     

(June 11)  Winner Pheasants kick off the new season on Thursday with a tune-up match at Delmont.  Four members of the 1956 squad are on hand including, Jim Ranson, last year's manager, first baseman Pat O'Keefe and pitcher Wyman Cary. Ware, a Winner manager in previous seasons, but not in '56, will man second base.  Others who have arrived are Ken Waters, a California collegian, Tom Pruitt from Mississippi State and Phil Risinger a shortstop from Oklahoma.  He's a cousin of Mitchell's Tony Risinger

(June 13)   Jim Ranson knocked in six runs with a homer, double and two singles as Winner Pheasants trounced Delmont 20-2 in exhibition action at Delmont. .  Winner exploded for 15 runs in the last two innings.  Winner manager Al Ware, who had just 10 players available, rotated three pitchers in the outfield when not on the mound.  Jim Pruitt, Pat Gillick and Bill Thom combined on a four-hitter with 17 strikeouts.  Pruit went the first three frames allowing just one hit and a run with lefty Gillick blanking Delmont for three innings on two hits and Thom finishing allowing one hit and a run.  Pruitt and Gillick were productive at the plate.  Pruitt drove in four runs with two doubles and a single.  Gillick clubbed a three-run homer.    Ken Cochrane had three hits for the Pheasants while Phil Risinger, Dick Little and Ware each had a pair.      

Pruit, Gillick (W) (4), Thom and Cochran
Belak (L), Beck (6) and Spease   

(June 13)   Duke University track star Dave Sime has decided not to play semi-pro ball in South Dakota's Basin League.  Sime had earlier agreed to play for the Pierre Cowboys.  Sime said he had been advised that playing in the league could jeopardize his amateur standing.  He planned to leave Pierre immediately for Durham, North Carolina to prepare for the National AAU track meet next week.

(June 18)  Rudy Trbovich hurled a three-hit shutout and knocked in a pair with a single to lead Pierre Cowboys to a 4-0 win over Winner.  He had ten strikeouts and survived five bases on balls.  Lefthander Pat Gillick was the tough-luck loser allowing just one earned run and seven hits through seven innings. 

Trbovich (W) and Semon
Gillick (L), Thom (8) and Cochrane

Shortstop Allen Kiddy drove in four runs with a homer, double and single and scored twice as Mitchell Kernels trounced Watertown Lake Sox 16-5.  Third baseman Bob Burr added a homer and two singles while scoring three.  Kernels used six pitchers with Roy Peterson picking up the win.  Cal Emery took the loss.

Shirley, Peterson (W) (2), Tedesco (3), O'Toole (6), Pawlow (9) and Janocha
Emery (L), Kalski (6), Cesar (8) and Cloud

(June   )  Pierre 3 Watertown 4

(June   )  Huron 5 Stahl's Flyers 0

(June   )  Huron 10 Aberdeen 0

(June   )  Huron 6 Watertown 2

(June 19)  A four-run 5th inning carried Yankton Terrys to a 7-4 victory over Huron Elks.  Second baseman Jack Crouch had three hits and scored two for the winners.  Jerry Boxer held the Elks to six hits in going the distance for the win.  Just two of the runs against him were earned.  Don Stella was the loser.

Boxer (W) and Buckstead
Stella (L), McDuffie (5), Snyders (8) and Orton

Rapid City won its season opener, 6-4 over Pierre as George Schmid went the route on the mound and belted a homer and double to pace the offense.  Third baseman Lon Bonczek drove in three runs for the Cowboys with a homer and sac fly. 

Schmid (W) and Wellman
Hamrick (L), Watts (5) and Semon

(June 21)  Tom McCaig topped Bob Ridenour in a pitchers' duel as Winner shaded Valentine 2-1 Friday.  McCaig held the Hearts to six hits.  Ridenour allowed just seven safeties and fanned ten. Four consecutive hits by Ken Cochrane, McCaig, Ted Schreider and Bonnie Boone accounted for the two Winner runs in the 8th inning.  The Hearts had taken the lead in the 4th as Gerald George singled in John Hoffstetler who had doubled.

McCaig (W) and Cochrane
Ridenour ( L), French (9) and Adzick

 (June 23)   Rapid City erupted for four runs in the 7th inning and downed Mitchell 8-5. After the Kernels had taken the lead on a Joe Lutz homer in the 1st frame.  The Chiefs bounced back with three in the second. Frank Howard doubled and Lee Carey followed with a homer. Chuck Ellis singled and scored the third marker on Dayton Todd's double. Bobby Burr's four-bagger in the 6th narrow the count to 3-2 before Rapid City got back to back doubles by Carey and Ellis in the bottom of the 6th.  Mitchell took the lead in the 7th with three runs. Eddie Schilz singled in Dick Pawlow then scored on Allen Kiddy's triple.  Kiddly came home on an error. Chiefs loaded the bases with two out in their half of the 7th. Tedesco walked Frank Howard to force in the first run of the inning and Carey singled to plate two more.  Howard scored on an error. Don Quayle picked up the win in relief.

Fisher, Peterson (2), Schwall (5), Tedesco (L) (7), O'Toole (7), Cashill (8) and Janocha
Haroldson, Quayle (W) (7) and Todd

(June 23)  Veteran Harry Wise fired a four-hitter and fanned 12 to lead Yankton to a 7-3 win over Watertown before 885 fans in the Yankton home opener. Shortstop Phil Hunt singled in catcher Joe Buckstead in the 2nd to give the Terrys a 1-0 lead.  The home crew went up 3-0 in the 4th when Tom Falk doubled and scored on Buckstead's single and the Yankton catcher came around to score on a wild pitch.  The Lake Sox knotted the count in the 5th as relief pitcher Cal Emery belted a three-run homer.  The Terry's rebounded with a pair in the 7th and another two in the 8th.  Jack Crouch and John Felman each had two hits for the Terrys.

Bauser, Emery (L) (5) and Cloud
Wise (W) and Buckstead

(June 23)   A five-run 7th inning, highlighted by Ken Frye's three-run homer, carried Pierre to a 10-6 win over Valentine.  The other two markers came home on wild pitches.  Valentine got a pair in the 3rd on Joe Frisina's double and John Hoffsetler's bases-loaded double was good for three in the 6th. Lefty Hank Hamrick picked up the win in relief.

Williams (L), Ridenour (7) and Adzick
Trbovich, Hamrick (W) (7) and Frye

(June   )   Huron 4 Rapid City 0

(June   )  Huron 7 Winner 6

(June 25)    Huron shaded Valentine 4-3 in 13 innings.  Catcher Tom Orton had two hits and drove in a pair for the winners.  Dave Thies, who picked up the win, and third baseman Duke Bowman also chipped in with two hits.  Playing-manager Nick Adzick had three hits for the Hearts. Jim Hammond went the route in a losing cause. 

Thies (W), McDuffie (13) and Orton
Hammond (L) and Adzick

Watertown Lake Sox had two big innings - a four-run 3rd and three in the 7th to top Rapid City 7-4.  Cal Emery's three-run homer was the key blow.  Bill Horning had two hits and scored a pair for the winners.  Frank Howard knocked in all four runs for the Chiefs with three hits, including a homer.  Dick Radatz pitched into the 8th inning to register the win with relief help from Ron PerranoskiGeorge Schmid was the loser.

Schmid (L), Haroldson (7), Veal (8) and Todd
Radatz (W), Perranoski (7) and Goldy

(June  )   A five-run 5th inning carried Valentine Hearts to a 6-5 win over the Kernels at Mitchell.  Vince Robison paced the winners with three hits.   Ed Schiltz had three hits for the Kernels.  Curtis French was the winner with 7 1/3 innings of solid relief.  Bob Tedesco took the loss.

Huffstetler, French (W) (2) and Adzick
Risinger, Tedesco (L) (5), O'Toole (5), Peterson (7), Anderson (9) and Janocha

(June   )   Pierre 10 Valentine 6

(June 26)   Huron plated a pair of runs with two out in the 4th inning and made them stand up for a 4-3 win over Pierre Cowboys.  A bases-loaded walk scored one run and the winner came in on an error.  Duke Bowman drove in the other two runs with a bases-loaded double in the 3rd.  Jerry Adair, Tom Orton and Ed Bowman each had two hits for the winners.  John Herrnstein had two hits, including a homer for Pierre.  Ray Snyders registered the decision with 9th inning relief by Fred McDuffie.  Cowboys had runners on first and second with two out in the 9th and tried a double steal but catcher Orton fired to Duke Bowman to catch Harry Messick for the third out.

Watts (L), Hammrick (5) and Frye
Snyders (W), McDuffie (9) and Orton

(June 26)   Frank Tanana and Jim Ranson each had three hits, including a homer, and drove in three runs to lead Winner to an 11-10 victory over Watertown.  Al Caeser had a homer, two singles and two runs batted in for the Lake Sox.   Tom McCaig gave up 13 hits and all ten Watertown runs but picked up the win.

Perranoski (L), Deutschendorf (6) and Goldy, Cloud
McCaig (W), Gillick (9), Pruitt (9) and Little

(June 26)   Don Quayle pitched a four-hitter into the 9th inning as Rapid City topped Yankton 5-2.  Quayles also helped the offense with two hits, one of them a double.  Terrys third baseman Billy Martin had the only homer.

Quayle (W), Schmid (9) and Wellman
Wise (L), Wiltse (8) and Buckstead

Huron       5-1
Mitchell    4-2
Rapid City  4-2
Yankton     3-3
Valentine   2-4
Winner      2-4
Pierre      2-4
Watertown   2-4

(June  )   Winner Pheasants pounded out 19 hits to dump Rapid City 15-6.  Jim Ranson had four hits while Frank Tanana, Al Ware and Tom Cochrane each had three.  Tanana's hits included a homer and double as he drove in four runs and scored two.  Ranson and Ronnie Boone each scored three times.  Tom Pruit, Joe Belak and Tom McCaig combined to hold the Chiefs to six hits.  Belak got the win allowing just one hit over 4 1/2 innings of relief. 

Pruitt, Belak (W) (3), McCaig (7) and Cochrane
Haroldson (L), Veal (6), Quayle (6) and Todd

(June 30)   Third baseman Al Caesar bashed a bases-loaded home run in the 2nd inning to set Watertown on the way to a 10-4 win over Huron.  Two walks and a seeing-eye single had preceded Caesar's blow.  Cal Emery had a double and two singles driving in three runs and scoring a pair.  Big Dick Radatz allowed then hits but pitched into the 9th inning to register the mound victory.

Thies (L), Snyders (6), Satchell (8) and Orton
Radatz (W), Gorman (9) and Cloud

(June   )   Pierre Cowboys had 15 hits but dropped a 12-9 decision to Rapid City.  Five errors contributed to eight unearned runs.  Frank Howard drove in three runs with a homer for the Chiefs.  Don Wigand survived 14 hits to chalk up the win, his first of the season.  Pete Maynard and Ken Fryer each knocked in four runs in a losing cause for the Cowboys. 

Busch (L), Angel (4) and Frye
Wigand (W), Dalluge (7) and Todd

(June   )   A four-run 6th inning carried Yankton to an 8-2 win over Mitchell.  Jerry Boxer allowed just six hits and no earned runs in picking up the win.  He fanned seven and walked four.  Merlyn Jorgensen batted in three runs with a homer for the Terrys.  Billy Martin had a double to drive in three. John Feldman had three hits and scored a pair. 

Shirley (L), Schwall (7) and Janocha
Boxer (W) and Buckstead

(July 1)   Hank Hamrick fired a six-hit shutout as Pierre blanked Winner 4-0.  He fanned nine and walked five in notching his first win of the summer.  Ken Frye had three hits, driving in a pair, to lead the Cowboys' offense.  Bob Allen poked a homer for the winners. 

McCaig (L) and Cochrane
Hamrick (W) and Frye

(July 1)   Bob Burr's two-run homer in the 6th inning was the difference as Mitchell downed Watertown 9-7.  Burr, who had three hits, drove in five runs.  Hal Daughtery had two hits and knocked in three while Dick Pawlow had three safeties and scored three times. Allen Kiddy added two doubles and a single for the Kernels. The Lake Sox had three homers in a losing cause.  Bill Horning, Buster Cloud and Dave Lindbloom had the big blows for the Sox.  Eddie Fisher was the winner with and outstanding relief effort by Tony Risinger who allowed no hits and fanned five in 2 2/3s innings.  Watertown starter Ron Perranoski was the loser.

Perranoski (L), Porter (4), Guenthner (6) and Cloud
Fisher (W), Risinger (7) and Janocha

(July 1)   Len Hunt punched out a double and three singles, drove in two runs and scored a pair as Rapid City downed Valentine 9-4.  Dayton Todd added a homer and two singles.  George Schmid went the distance for the win.  Bill White and Nick Adzick each had three hits for the Hearts. 

Schmid (W) and Todd
Hammond (L) and Adzick

Rapid City  7-3
Mitchell    6-3
Huron       5-3
Yankton     5-3
Valentine   3-5
Winner      3-6
Watertown   3-6
Pierre      3-6

(July 2)    Rapid City took an early lead then held off a late rally to down Watertown 10-7.  The Chiefs were out-hit 13-7, but took advantage of six errors by the Lake Sox.  Don Quayle, the winning pitcher, knocked in three runs with a double and a sacrifice fly.  Catcher Buster Cloud had three hits and drove in a pair for the losers. 

Gorman (L), Guenthner (6), Porter (8) and Cloud
Quayle (W) and Wigand (9) and Todd

(July 6)    Mitchell Kernels fell behind 6-0 before their first at bat but stormed back to down Huron 18-10 in a slugfest at Mitchell.  In a game which featured seven home runs, Kernels scored a pair in the bottom of the first then added eight runs in the second to put way the Elks.  Shortstop Allen Kiddy was the big gun for the winners scoring two runs and driving in four with a homer and two singles.  First baseman Joe Lutz scored three and knocked in three with a homer run and a double.  Relief pitcher Don Schwall had two hits and drove in three with a homer and single. Catcher John Janocha scored four runs and drove in a pair with a homer and double.  Duke Bowman, Jerry Adair and Dick Ackerman had four-baggers for Huron.  Connie Juelke and Ed Bowman each had three hits.  Bob Peterson picked up the win in relief.

Snyders, McDuffie (L) (2), Satchell (7) and Orton
Fisher, Peterson (W) (1), Schwall (7) and Janocha

Rapid City erupted for five runs in the first inning and hung on for 9-8 win over Yankton.  Shortstop Joe Torpey had two hits and drove in a pair for the Chiefs.  Frank Howard added a homer. George Schmid won is 3rd straight pitching into the 7th inning. 

Boxer (L), Wiltse (2), Carbajal (7) and Buckstead
Schmid (W), Wigand (7) and Todd

Rapid City 10-3
Mitchell    9-3
Huron       6-4
Yankton     5-6
Valentine   5-6
Winner      4-8
Watertown   4-8
Pierre      3-8

(July 8)   Jim O'Toole fired a three-hitter and Mitchell held on to shade Pierre 5-4.  Kernels took a 5-0 lead after six innings then held off a rally by the Cowboys in the late innings.  Mitchell got solo homers by Bob Burr, Hal Daugherty and Joe LutzDon Montgomery belted a pair for the losers. 

Angel (L), Trbovich (8) and Frye
O'Toole (W) and Janocha

Third baseman Al Ware and shortstop Ronnie Boone each had two hits and drove in three runs to lead Winner to a 10-2 win over Yankton.  Frank Tanana had three hits and scored three.  Reliever Ed Staab belted the only home run.  Dick Novicki allowed just five hits in going the distance for the win.

Novicki (W) and Semon
Carbajal (L), Staab (6) and Buckstead

Dick Radatz hurled a 7-hit shutout and Watertown pouned Valentine 11-0.  Cal Emery clubbed a pair of homers and a single to drive in four runs.  Bill Horning had four hits, scored three times and had three runs batted in.  Pernal Goldy blasted a homer and single to knock in three. 

Huffstetler (L), Murray (3) and Nipp
Radatz (W) and Cloud

Lefthander Andy Swota pitched and batted Huron to a 4-3 win over Rapid City.  Swota allowed just eight hits and a single earned run.  With two on and two outs in the 9th inning Swota bounced a  single to right to score Dewey Kuehl with the tying run.  The go-ahead marker came around on an error and Jerry Adair's single plated an insurance run.  Swota got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the 9th, allowing just one run, as the Elks held on for the win. Adair led the Elks with three hits.

Swota (W) and Orton
Dalluge (L), Haroldson (9) and Todd

Rapid City 11-4
Mitchell   10-4
Huron       7-5
Yankton     6-7
Valentine   6-7
Winner      6-8
Watertown   5-9
Pierre      3-10

(July 9)   Yankton scored two in the bottom of the 9th to shaded Pierre 5-4.  Lon Bonczek belted a three-run homer for the Cowboys in the first frame but Jack Bristol held Pierre in check the rest of the way.  Ed Staab had a homer for the Terrys.  Ken Frye had three hits and scored two for the Cowboys.

Hamrick (L), Smallwood (9) and Frye
Bristol (W) and Buckstead

Valentine Hearts pounded out 18 hits to down the Pheasants 15-8 at Winner.  First baseman Bob White drove in five runs for the Hearts with three hits, including a homer.  His twin, Bill White also had three hits. He scored twice and drove in a pair.  Right fielder Jerry Vodicka had three hits and scored three. Third sacker Jerry George had three runs batted in with three hits, including a pair of doubles.    First baseman Pat O'Keefe led the Winner offense with a homer, triple and single, three runs and three runs batted in. Jim Hammond went the distance for the win.

Hammond (W) and Adzick
Trosin (L), Belak (5), McCaig (6), Tanana (8) and Semon

(July 10)    Don Quayle had a career night with seven runs batted in on two homers, a double and single to lead Rapid City to an 18-13 victory over Winner.  Frank Howard added a homer, two runs batted in and scored three times.  Chuck Ellis had a home run, double and two singles, scored three times and drove in a pair.  Pat O'Keefe was the big gun for the Pheasants with five safeties and three runs batted in.  Tom Rayburn and Jim Ranson each had four hits for the losers.  George Schmid allowed 14 hits and seven runs but rode the Chiefs' offensive outburst to his 4th straight win.

Schmid (W), Veal (8), Haroldson (8), Dalluge (9) and Todd, Wellman
McCaig (L), Novicki (6), Little (7), Hanson (9) and Semon

A five-run 7th inning carried Mitchell Kernels to an 8-7 win over Valentine.  Hal Daugherty had a homer and five runs batted in for the Kernels.  Allen Kiddy also had a four-bagger.  Bill White blasted a pair of homers and double for the Hearts.  Tony Risinger was the winner, in relief.

Ridenour (L), Murray (7) and Nipp, Adzick
Peterson, Risinger (6) (W), Schwall (8), Fisher (9) and Janocha

Rapid City 12-4
Mitchell   11-4
Huron       7-5
Yankton     7-7
Valentine   7-8
Winner      6-10
Watertown   5-9
Pierre      3-11

(July 12)    Rudy Trbovich held Watertown to seven hits and fanned eight as Pierre downed the Lake Sox 4-1. The only run he allowed was Pernal Goldy's homer in the bottom of the 9th inning. 

Trbovich (W) and Frye
Emery (L), Gorman (7) and Cloud

Yankton Terrys erupted for five runs in the top of the 12th inning to take an 8-4 victory from the Pheasants at Winner.  Right fielder Ed Staab had a homer and two singles and drove in three runs.  Second baseman Jack Crouch had two hits and scored three times.  Jim Ranson had four hits for the losers and Tom Rayburn, Ted Schrieber and Ronnie Boone each had three. Harry Wise went the distance and picked up the win in spite of 18 hits allowed.  He had 12 strikeouts. 

Wise (W) and Buckstead
Wingo, Edker (L) (11), Belak (12) and Semon

(July 16)    A three-run 7th inning was enough to give Yankton a 7-5 win over Pierre.  Merlyn Jorgensen homered, scored three runs and drove in a pair for the winners who had 15 hits.  Ed Staab pitched into the 9th to pick up the win.  Pierre had just eight eights but three were homers - by John Herrnstein, Harry Messick and Ken Frye

Trbovich (L), Hamrick (8), Watts (8) and Frye
Staab (W), Wise (9) and Buckstead

Mitchell Kernels erupted for 20 hits and trounced Rapid City 20-10 in a game which featured ten home runs.  Catcher John Janocha led the offense with two homers and a triple, six runs batted in and three runs scored. Second baseman Hal Daugherty had four hits, including a pair of homers, drove in four and scored four times.  Centre fielder Gene Duffy also a pair of homers for the Kernels.  He knocked in three and scored three.  First sacker Joe Lutz added a homer, double and single, had three runs batted in and three runs scored.  Len Hunt,  shortstop Loe Carey and pitcher Dick Funai blasted four-baggers for the Chiefs. Jack Shirley pitched one-hit ball over 4 1/3 innings in relief to register the win.

Fisher, Peterson (4), Shirley (W) (5) and Janocha
Quayle (L), Funai (2), Haroldson (4), Schmid (6) and Todd

Valentine Hearts scored five runs in the first inning and coasted to an 11-5 win over Huron.  Bob White's three-run homer was the key blow.  Bob Ridenour pitched into the 9th inning to capture the win.  Jerry Adair and Bob Betz had homers for the Elks.  Adair was called upon for mound work in the 7th inning and responded with two shutout innings.

Thies (L), McDuffie (2), Adair (7) and Kuehl, Orton
Ridenour (W), Hammond (9) and Adzick

The Lake Sox had just nine hits but turned them into ten runs in a 10-4 win over Winner.  Bill Horning drove in four runs for Watertown and Dave Lindbloom had a homer and two doubles to drive in three. Cal Emery also had a homer for the Sox.  Lefty Ron Perranoski went the route for the win, holding the Pheasants to seven hits.  He had nine strikeouts and two walks.  Al Wingo was the loser.

Perranoski (W) and Cloud
Wingo (L), Novicki and Semon

(July 17)    Righthander Dick Radatz won his 5th straight in a 4-3 win over Valentine.  Radatz pitched into the 8th inning allowing seven hits and two earned runs.  Cal Emery and Paul Donovan each homered and drove in two runs for the Lake Sox.  Vince Robison had a homer for the Hearts. 

Radatz (5-0), Gorman (8) and Cloud
French (L), Murray (8) and Adzick

In a pitchers' duel at Mitchell, the Kernels shaded Pierre 2-1 as Tony Risinger fired an eight-hitter for his 4th consecutive win to best Dick Smallwood, who gave up just three hits.  All the runs scored on homers - by Hal Daugherty and John Janocha for the Kernels and Bob Allen for the Cowboys. 

Smallwood (0-4) and Frye
Risinger (4-0), Piercey (9) and Janocha

Phil Hunt drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Yankton a 7-6 win over Huron.  The Elks had gone ahead with two runs in the top of the 9th on Andy Swota's pinch-hit double and Connie Juelke's single.  Huron had the bases-loaded with none out but couldn't add to the total as Bob Wiltse worked out of the jam.  Ed Staab had a homer and double and knocked in three runs.  Jack Crouch had four hits, one a homer.  Jerry Adair had three hits for Huron.

Tedesco, Dale (3), Thies (L) (8) and Orton, Kuehl
Hagler, Carbajal (1), Wiltse (W) (8) and Buckstead

(July  )    Watertown punched out 18 hits in capturing an 11-7 win over Huron.  Bill Horning had four hits for the Sox with Dick Howser, Dave Lindbloom and Buster Cloud each adding three safeties.  One of Lindbloom's hits was a homer. Pernal Goldy also had a four-bagger for the winners.  Ed Bowman had three hits for the Elks.  Connie Juelke and Tom Orton belted homers for Huron. Bert Guenthner picked up the win.

Snyders (L), Thies (6) and Orton
Guenthner (W), Gorman (6) and Cloud

(July 23)    George Blash belted a homer in the 10th inning off Dick Smallwood to hand Watertown a 5-4 win over Pierre.  It was one of three hits for the Lake Sox third baseman.  Charlie Gorman picked up the win in relief.  Watertown starter Bert Guenthner bashed a homer.

Guenthner, Porter (4), Gorman (W) (9) and Cloud
Smallwood (0-5) and Frye

Mitchell   17-7
Rapid City 16-8
Huron      12-10
Watertown  13-11
Yankton    12-12
Valentine  10-13
Winner      9-16
Pierre      6-18

(July 24)    Harry Wise scattered nine hits in going the distance as Yankton topped Valentine 5-3.  John Feldman, Jack Crouch and Paul Tretiak each had two hits for the Terrys. 

Ridenour, Stanak (L) (6) and Adzick
Wise (W) and Buckstead

Doc Daugherty had four hits, including a triple, and three runs batted in to lead Mitchell to an 8-5 win over Huron. John Janocha added a homer for the winners.  Connie Juelke had two homers in a losing cause.  Rudy Mayling also belted a homer for Huron.  Jim O'Toole went the distance for the win.

Swota (L), Cashill (7) and Orton
O'Toole (W) and Janocha

(July 27)    Don Schwall scattered ten hits, allowing just two earned runs, as MItchell Kernels topped the Terrys 5-4 at Yankton.  Doc Daughterty belted a homer to drive in two runs for the winners.  Corky Buckstead had three hits for Yankton.  Jack Bristol was the loser.

Schwall (W) and Janocha
Bristol (L), Carbajal (9), Wise (9) and Buckstead

Ron Perranoski fired an eight-hit shutout as Watertown edged Winner 1-0.  Kermit Wahl drove in Dick Howser with the game's only marker. 

Novicki (L), Wingo (5) and Semon, Little
Perranoski (W) and Cloud

Don Quayle drove in three runs with a homer and single to pace the Chiefs to a 9-1 victory over Pierre at Rapid City.  George Schmid tossed a five-hitter for the win.  Dave Clary had a triple and double, scored twice and drove in a pair for the Chiefs.  Len Hunt punched out three hits, scored four times and plated two runs. 

Angel (L), Watts (7) and Frye
Schmid (W) and Todd

Mitchell   19-8
Rapid City 18-8
Watertown  15-11
Huron      13-11
Yankton    13-14
Valentine  10-15
Winner      9-18
Pierre      7-19

(July 29)  Huron 2 Pierre 1

(July 30)    Lefthander Jim O'Toole fired a three-hitter for his sixth straight victory as the first-place Kernels downed Rapid City 7-2.  Catcher John Janocha belted a homer for Mitchell.  Len Hunt's homer accounted for both runs for the Chiefs.  Dick Wiegand took the loss.

O'Toole (6-0) and Janocha
Wiegand (L) and xxx

Righthander Jim Dickey pitched a six-hitter as Pierre Cowboys turned the tables on Huron with a 2-1 victory.  Elks had taken a 2-1 decision the previous night.  Cowboys notched the winning marker in the 9th inning as Pete Maynard singled, was sacrificed to second and scored on Steve Walker's single.  Elks plated a run in the 9th to break a string of 19 scoreless innings by Dickey.  The newly acquired hurler shutout Mitchell 1-0 in 11 innings in his previous start.

Tedesco (L), Dale (8) and Orton
Dickey (W) and Frye

Mitchell   20-9
Rapid City 18-10
Watertown  18-11
Huron      15-13
Yankton    13-16
Winner     11-18
Valentine  10-17
Pierre      9-20

(July 31)   Rapid City gained a little ground on the league-leading Mitchell Kernels whipping Watertown 14-2. 

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Winner downed Valentine 5-2.

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Yankton Terrys took a 6-0 lead after three frames and coasted to a 6-2 triumph over Huron.  Harry Wise held the Elks to six hits in taking the win.  Shortstop Billy Martin led the Terrys with a triple and double. 

Cashill (L), Dale (3) and Orton
Wise (W) and Buckstead

Mitchell   20-9
Rapid City 19-10
Watertown  18-12
Huron      15-14
Yankton    14-16
Winner     12-18
Valentine  10-18
Pierre      9-20

(August 2)   Huron Elks punched out 13 hits and got shutout pitching from Jerry Cashill and Andy Swota to down Mitchell Kernels 6-0.  Dewey Kuehl and Dick Ackerman each knocked in two runs for the winners.  Huron's Benny Brodeur had three hits.  Swota registered the win.

Risinger (L), Piercey (4) and Janocha
Cashill, Swota (W) (5) and Orton

Hank Hamrick, the winning pitcher, chipped in with three hits as Pierre topped Watertown 9-4.  Bob Allen had a two-run homer and single for the Cowboys.  Steve Walker had a triple and three runs batted in.  Pernal Goldy led the Lake Sox with four hits.  Dick Howser and Bill Horning each had three safeties. Ron Perranoski took the loss.

Perranoski (L), Radatz (7) and Cloud
Hamrick (W), Smallwoodf (9) and Frye

Winner got by Rapid City 8-6

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Valentine blanked Yankton 8-0 as Bob Ridenour fired a four-hitter.  Bob White belted a homer and Nick Adzick added a triple and double. 

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Mitchell   21-10
Rapid City 19-12
Watertown  18-14
Huron      17-14
Yankton    15-17
Winner     13-18
Valentine  11-18
Pierre     10-20

(August 4)  Huron 6 Rapid City 5, 10 innings

(August 5)    Frank Howard had a homer and single, scored a pair and drove in two to lead Rapid City past Huron 9-7.  Len Hunt has three hits and scored twice.  Tom Orton had a homer in a losing cause.  Harlan Dalluge picked up the win.

Swota (L), Tedesco (6) and Orton
Dalluge (W), Haroldson (6) and Todd

Mitchell Kernels maintained its three-game lead atop the standings with a 7-6 victory over Winner in a game which featured six homers.  Doc Daughtery pounded a pair for the winners, including the game winner in the 8th.  Eddie Schlitz and John Janocha also had four-baggers for the Kernels and Pat O'Keefe and Ted Schrieber replied for the Pheasants.

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Pierre downed Yankton 6-4.

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Watertown dumped Valentine 8-4.

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Mitchell   23-10
Rapid City 20-13
Watertown  19-15
Huron      18-15
Yankton    15-19
Winner     14-19
Valentine  12-20
Pierre     11-21

(August 6)    Rapid City downed Winner 12-9.  Don Quayle bashed a three-run homer for the Chiefs.  Al Ware had a homer for the Pheasants.  Dick Wiegand picked up the win.  Tom McCaig was charged with the loss.

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(August 7)   Valentine downed Pierre 6-3.  Don Nipp and Jerry Shoemaker belted homers to pace the Hearts. Harry Messick had a homer for the Cowboys. Bud Murray was the winning pitcher.

Murray (W) and Adzick
Hamrick (L) and Frye

Frank Howard had five hits, including a three-run homer, and plated seven runs overall as Rapid City clobbered Mitchell 15-1.

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Watertown whipped Yankton 9-1.

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(August 9)    Rapid City Chiefs moved to within a game of the first place Mitchell Kernels with a 7-4 victory over Valentine. 

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Dick Smallwood tossed a seven-hitter as Pierre upset Michell 6-3.  Outfielder John Herrnstein led the offense with three hits and Don Montgomery chipped in with a pair.  Jim O'Toole and Jim Piercey handled the mound duties for the Kernels.

Smallwood (W) and Frye
O'Toole, Piercey ( ) and Janocha

Winner exploded for six runs in the second inning and cruised to a 17-6 triumph over the Elks at Huron.  Jim Ranson had a huge night for the Pheasants with four hits, a homer and two doubles included, good for six runs batted in.  Ronnie Boone went two for two, driving in two runs while scoring four times.  Al Ware had three hits and scored three runs.  Jim Samford homered for Huron.  Reliever Vince Trakan registered the win for the Pheasants.

Wingo, Trekan (W) (5) and Semon
Snyders (L), Thies (2), Tedesco (5), Swota (7) and Orton

Mitchell   24-12
Rapid City 23-13
Watertown  20-16
Huron      18-16
Yankton    16-20
Winner     15-21
Valentine  13-21
Pierre     13-22

(August 10)   Rapid City won praise for releasing pitcher Harry Wise so he could rejoin the Yankton Terrys.  Wise had moved over to the Chiefs when it appeared Yankton would have to quit the league.

(August 13)    Bert Guenthner held Huron to six hits as Watertown dumped the Elks 10-1.  Playing manager Kermit Wahl paced the Lake Sox with four hits, including a two-run homer, a double and two singles.  He drove in three runs.  George Blash knocked in four runs with a homer and single. Dick Howser had three hits and scored four times. 

Snyders (L) and Orton
Guenthner (W) and Cloud

Mitchell   26-13
Rapid City 26-13
Watertown  22-17
Huron      19-18
Yankton    18-21
Winner     16-23
Valentine  14-22
Pierre     13-25

(August 14)    Mitchell Kernels rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to shade Huron Elks 7-6 at Mitchell.  Hits by Joe Lutz, John Janocha and Gene Duffy combined with a pair of Huron errors and Jim Piercey's sacrifice produced the winning margin.  Piercey was the winning pitcher.  Vern McKee was the bright spot for Huron with a home run and single, two runs batted in and three runs scored. Elks hurt their chances with six errors in the field.

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Shirley, O'Toole (2), Schwall (6), Fisher (6), Piercey (W) (6) and Janocha

Rapid City kept pace with Mitchell in the battle for top spot with a 6-3 win over Pierre.  George Schmid went the distance to pick up the win over Dick Smallwood. Don Quayle had a homer and double to lead the Chiefs.  Lee Carey had two hits. ,

Schmid (W) and Todd
Smallwood (L) and Frye

Winner downed Valentine 8-4.

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Mitchell   27-13
Rapid City 27-13
Watertown  22-17
Huron      19-20
Yankton    18-21
Winner     16-23
Valentine  14-25
Pierre     13-25

(August 16)   Rapid City and Mitchell remained in a tie for first place following Friday's action in the Basin League.  The Chiefs shaded Yankton 3-2 in 10 innings. Don Quayle's single drove in Len Hunt with the winning marker.

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Mitchell topped Watertown 9-3.

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Pierre moved out of the basement with a 13-3 victory over Winner in the final home game of the season for the Cowboys.  Jim Dickey went the route for the win.  Al Wingo was the loser.

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Huron picked up a win by forfeit when Valentine Hearts walked off the field after a dispute with umpire Frank Tritz in the bottom of the third inning.  Hearts were leading 4-2.  An argument broke out when Huron's Red Allen went from first to third on a single by Tom Orton.  Valentine first baseman Bob White claimed Allen had missed second base.  Hearts' second baseman Joe Frisina was ejected along with playing manager Nick Adzick who had littered the field with his catching gear.  Valentine had taken a 4-0 lead off Elks' starter Dave Thies in the first inning.

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Mitchell   28-13
Rapid City 28-13
Watertown  23-18
Huron      20-20
Yankton    19-22
Winner     16-24
Pierre     14-26
Valentine  14-27

(August )    Rapid City downed Huron 3-1 in 11 innings in the final game of the regular season for both clubs.  George Schmid bested Andy Swota.

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(August 20)   Catcher Dayton Todd, without a hit in his previous 22 trips to the plate, crushed a bases-loaded double in the third inning to send Rapid City on the way to a 9-0 win in the opening game of their playoff series.  Todd drove in five runs in the contest.  Len Hunt knocked in three with a pair of doubles.  Chiefs got outstanding pitching from Harlan Dalluge who held Huron to just four hits in posting the complete game shutout.  He fanned 12 and walked three.

Dalluge (W) and Todd
Tedesco (L), Cashill (3), Snyders (4) and Orton

(August 20)   Eddie Fisher fired a three-hitter as Mitchell downed Watertown 3-0 in the opening game of their best-of-three series.  Kernels turned two hits, three walks and a hit batsman into three runs in the third inning and that proved enough for the win. 

Fisher (W) and Janocha
Radatz (L) and Cloud

(August 21)   In a wild slugfest at Mitchell, the Kernels downed Watertown 19-10 in a game which featured 13 home runs.  The Kernels took the series in two straight games. 

Mitchell erupted for seven runs in each of the 5th and 7th innings to salt away the victory although out-homered 7 to 6.  Bill Horning had two homers for the Lake Sox with singletons to Dick Howser, George Blash, Cal Emery, Kermit Wahl and Purnal GoldyBob Burr cracked a pair for the Kernels with Gene Duffy, Joe Lutz, Eddie Fisher and Jack Shirley getting one apiece. 

Guenthner, Porter (L) (5), Emery (5), Perranoski (9) and Cloud
Jack Shirley, Piercey (W) (5) and Janocha

(August 21)   Huron Elks got a two-run homer by Rudy Mayling and a homer and triple by Dick Ackerman to down Rapid City 6-4 to tie their semi-final series at a game apiece.  Dave Thies allowed just five hits in going the distance for the win.

Thies (W) and Orton
Wiegand (L), Haroldson (5), Peterson (8) and Todd

(August 23)   Winning pitcher George Schmid laid down a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the 9th inning to score Chuck Ellis with the winning run as Rapid City edged Huron 2-1 to capture the semi-final series two games to one.  Ellis had reached on a fielder's choice with one out and moved to third on a single by Dave Clary.  Elks had tied the count in the top of the 9th on Rudy Mayling's homer.  Schmid had scored the first Chiefs' run in the 6th inning after drawing a base on balls. He scored on Don Quayle's single.  Schmid held the Elks to seven hits while compiling six strikeouts.  Andy Swota was the hard-luck loser.

Swota (L) and Orton
Schmid (W) and Todd


(August 24)   Rapid City erupted for six runs in the first inning off Mitchell's Jim O'Toole to begin a 13-6 romp in the opening game of the final series.  Len Hunt reached on an error to open the floodgates. After Dayton Todd had walked, Don Quayle knocked in the first run with a double and Frank Howard followed up with a two-run single.  Hank Paskiewicz singled and came around to score on a passed ball.  Chuck Ellis, who had reached on an error, stole home.

The Kernels responded with a pair in the top of the 2nd, but the Chiefs replied with another three in their half of the inning. Howard, with a homer and two singles, drove in five runs for the winners.  Jerry George, who had not registered a home run since joining the Kernels from Valentine, crushed a pair, knocking in four runs.  Bob Burr added a triple, double and single for Mitchell.

Harlan Dalluge, with relief help from Roy Peterson, picked up the win.  A crowd of 3.600 fans jammed Sioux Park Stadium at Rapid City on Saturday for the series opener. 

O'Toole (L), Piercey (2) and Janocha
Dalluge (W), Peterson (6) and Todd

(August 25)  The Rapid City Chiefs captured the Basin League title with a 3-0 win over Mitchell in the final game of the playoffs. 

Rapid City rode a five-hitter by Dick Wiegand and a 3rd inning homer from Len Hunt to down Mitchell 3-0 to capture the Basin League championship.  The two teams had finished the regular season tied for the top spot with records of 29-13.  The final game drew a crowd of more than 1,900 in Mitchell, the largest crowd of the season.  Don Schwall, who injured his elbow more than a week ago when hit by a pitch, returned to the mound and allowed just one earned run in taking the loss. He gave up seven hits.

Mitchell came within a inch or two of taking the lead in the 5th inning as they loaded the bases on singles by Al Kiddy, Dick Pawlow and Gene DuffyBobby Burr belted one past third base down the left field line but it was called foul.  Kernels also had the bases loaded in the 2nd frame, but failed to score.

Wiegand (W) and Todd
Schwall (L) and Janocha

(December 11)   Don Schwall announced he has signed a professional baseball contract with the Boston Red Sox.  The bonus was reported in excess of $50,000.  Schwall, also a University of Oklahoma basketball star, quite the squad on Monday.  The righthander, from Ypsilanti, Michigan, compiled an 8-2 record and hurled a no-hitter in the Basin League last summer.

(December 23)    Jim O'Toole, a junior from the University Wisconsin, signed with the Cincinnati Redlegs for a bonus "in excess of $50,000".  O'Toole had a 4-4 mark for Wisconsin in the spring and posted an 8-1 record with an earned run average of 2.79 with Mitchell of the Basin League. (Another report said he had a 12-1 record with an average of 12 strikeouts a game.)