1958 Alberta Game Reports      

Southern Alberta Baseball League :

(May 25)   On opening day in Granum, the White Sox Willie Walasko was a standout, on a day for the hitters, as he tossed a two-hitter to lead Granum to an 8-1 win over Calgary in the first game of a double-header.  In the second game, Sox blew a 9-3 lead but came back with two runs in the final inning to emerge with a 17-15 triumph in a six inning contest.  

Walasko pitched no-hit ball through five innings, allowed two scratch singles in the 6th, then finished with another three, no-hit innings.  The only Calgary run scored on a walk and two errors.  Darwin Walkingshaw led the Granum offense with a pair of homers.  Bill Fennessey also had a four-bagger.

Kirk (0-1), Berlando (7), Chapman (7) and Martin
Walasko (1-0) and Bryson

Calgary opened quickly in the second game, scoring three in the top of the first inning on homers by Jim McDonald and Bill Casanova.  Granum responded with nine in their half of the inning with each man in the Granum lineup crossing the plate.  Dodgers came right back with five in the 2nd, including a homer by Jerry Lorenz and added four more in the 3rd to take a 12-9 lead.  White Sox scored two in the 3rd, one in the 4th on Bentley MacEwen's homer and added three in the 5th and a pair in the 6th to win.  Fennessey led the Granum attack with three doubles.  Casanova had four hits for Calgary.  

Don Wilson, Gary Chapman (0-1) (1) and Martin
Tilbert Neal, MacEwen (1-0) (3) and Bryson

(May 25)   More than one-thousand fans were on hand for a season-opening twin-bill in Medicine Hat.  The hometown Superiors, who finished with a 3-27 record in 1956, split with the Lethbridge Warriors.  Right hander Jim Whitmore handcuffed the Warriors on four hits in the first game as Medicine Hat took a 6-0 victory.  Lynn Duncan's three-run homer in the first frame was the key blow.  Duncan's double drove in a pair in the third.

Ray Minjock (0-1) Earl Juergens (4) and E Tanner, Dunn (4)
Whitmore (1-0) and Kerrick

Lefty Don Kuodis, a late cut from the Great Falls Electrics, tossed a four-hitter and fanned fifteen as Lethbridge won the nightcap, 5-1.  The only run against Kuodis came on a three-base error and a sacrifice fly.   Dick Lightfoot had a double and single for the Warriors.

Kuodis (1-0) and E Tanner
B Tanner (0-1) Mertus (7) and Kerrick

Granum         2-0
Lethbridge     1-1
Medicine Hat   1-1
Calgary        0-2
Vauxhall       0-0

(May 28)  Don Kuodis held Granum in check for his second win as Lethbridge Warriors topped the White Sox 9-4.  Kuodis had a shutout into the 7th and final inning when Willie Walasko, playing right field for the short-handed Granum club, belted a homer.  Then, relief pitcher Jim Coggins was credited with an inside-the-park homer and three runs batted in when his outfield hit took a bad hop on centre fielder Mel Duncan.  Kuodis allowed eight hits and two walks while fanning seven.  Ted Neal took the loss.  Shortstop Frank Amaya banged out a double and two singles to pace the Warriors.

Ted Neal (0-1), Coggins (4) and Bryson
Kuodis (2-0) and Lightfoot

(May 28)  In a slugfest at Calgary, Vauxhall Jets whipped the the Dodgers 14-10.  Lyle Howg led the Jets with a homer and single.  In three games the Calgary pitching staff has allowed 39 runs.  Dodgers started Gary Chapman who gave up seven runs in three innings.  Don Wilson got the call but got just one out and allowed four runs before giving way to Ken Larsen who held the Jets without a hit but gave six free passes and hit a batter. Gord Beecroft came in from centre field with one out in the 6th and held the Jets to just two hits the rest of the way.

Jim Robertson (1-0), Doug Marquardt (9) and Burley
Gary Chapman (0-2), Don Wilson (4), Ken Larsen (4), Gord Beecroft (6) and Martin, Noble (4)

Lethbridge Warriors announced the arrival of two more players, catcher Larry Koentopp, who caught for Granum last season, and infielder Ron Hare who participated in the Rotary Tournament last year.

Vauxhall       1-0
Granum         2-1
Lethbridge     2-1
Medicine Hat   1-1
Calgary        0-3

(May 30)   Medicine Hat Superiors got five-hit pitching by Zeke Ziebart to down Vauxhall Jets 9-3.  Superiors jumped into a three-run lead in the first inning and added another three in the second.

Ron Mertus had a double and single for the winners,  Lynn Duncan drove in a pair with a double. Bill Trauba, who relieved losing pitcher Jim Marechal in the 2nd, had two hits for the Jets.

Ziebart (1-0) and Kerrick
Marechal (0-1), Trauba (2) and Burley

(May 31)  Shortstop Frank Amaya belted a bases-loaded home run in the second inning to lead Lethbridge to a 12-1 trouncing of Granum in a Southern Alberta Baseball League game at Granum.  Righthander Mel Duncan allowed just three hits in picking up the win.  The game was called after six innings.  Bobby Lee and Ron Hare added two-run homers for the Warriors.

M Duncan (1-0) and Koentopp
Walasko (1-1), MacEwen (5) and Bryson

Lethbridge     3-1
Medicine Hat   2-1
Granum         2-2
Vauxhall       1-1
Calgary        0-3

(June 1)   Vauxhall at Calgary (2) - rained out

(June 1)  Frank Amaya broke up a bid for a perfect game with a 7th inning single and came around to score the only run as Lethbridge shaded Medicine Hat 1-0.  Jim Whitmore had retired 19 straight batters before Amaya punched out a hit up the middle, moved to second on a bunt single by Bobby Lee, stole third and scored on a fielder's choice.  Whitmore finished with a two-hitter, six strikeouts and no walks.  Lefty Don Kuodis allowed just four hits in gaining his 3rd straight win before leaving the team to join the Lloydminster-North Battleford entry in the Western Canada League. He fanned eight while allowing five bases on balls.  The scheduled second game was postponed.

Whitmore (1-1) and  Kerrick
Kuodis (3-0) and Koentopp

Lethbridge     4-1
Medicine Hat   2-2
Granum         2-2
Vauxhall       1-1
Calgary        0-3

(June 4)   Medicine Hat belted out 23 hits and took advantage of six Vauxhall errors to trounce the Jets 17-3.  Lynn Duncan, at shortstop, led the Superiors with five hits, including a double, while Ivan Kramer had a triple and three singles.  Bud Syverson added two doubles and three singles and Elroy Schaufele belted a pair of doubles and a single. Catcher Ed Fallon had a pair of doubles for the Jets.

Bob Tanner, Ziebart (2-0) (5) and Dobbyns, Kerrick (9)
Trauba (0-1), Marquardt (8), Marshall (9) and Fallon

(June 4)  The Dodgers' Tilbert Neal tossed a six-hitter as Calgary whipped Lethbridge Warriors 11-2.  Shortstop Jack Mayes knocked in three runs with a triple and three singles to lead the Calgary offense.  Jimmy MacDonald drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and Gordie Beecroft knocked in a pair with a double and two singles.

Tilbert Neal (1-0) and Noble
Juergens (0-1), Motley (3) and Koentopp

Lethbridge     4-2
Medicine Hat   3-2
Granum         2-2
Vauxhall       1-2
Calgary        1-3

(June 6)  Ray Minjock tossed a three-hit shutout as Lethbridge Warriors downed Vauxhall 5-0 in a game called after seven innings because of darkness.  Minjock fanned seven and allowed just one base on balls. Outfielder Jim Nelson had a triple and single to lead the Lethbridge offense. 

Marquardt (0-1), Rhodes (7) and Burley
Minjock (1-1) and Koentopp

(June 6)  Jerry Bryson had four hits and Willie Walasko scattered seven hits for the win as Granum topped Medicine Hat 8-3 before 15-hundred fans in the Gas City.  Six of the Granum runs were unearned as the Superiors booted the ball six times. Brack Bailey rapped a triple and double for the White Sox.  Lynn Duncan had a triple and double for Medicine Hat.  The win moved Granum into second place ahead of the 'Hatters.  Jim Whitmore took the loss.

Walasko (2-1) and Bryson
Whitmore (1-2) and Kerrick, Schwedelsky (9)

Lethbridge     5-2
Granum         3-2
Medicine Hat   3-3
Vauxhall       1-3
Calgary        1-3

(June 8)   Given a forfeit, when Granum manager George Wesley refused to leave the playing field, Vauxhall Jets managed a split of a double header with the White Sox.  Granum was leading 8-5 when umpire Joe Arisman awarded the contest to the Jets.  In the 8th inning, Arisman ejected Granum's Johnny Valelenak for hurling his bat at pitcher Norb Trauba after being hit by a pitch.

In the 9th, Gordon Wesley was tossed from the game after he  barreled into catcher Fred Burley although there had been no attempt at a play at the plate.  George Wesley argued the call with Arisman, who had his mask knocked to the ground.  The umpired ejected the White Sox manager but Wesley refused to leave the field.In the game itself, Larry Eaton and Ted Neal held the Jets to five hits.  Vaselenak homered for the Sox and Floyd Anderson poked a four-bagger for Vauxhall. 

Eaton, Ted Neal (4) and Bryson
Trauba and Burley

In the second game, the White Sox bounced back from a 4-2 deficit with a four-run 4th inning to score a 7-5 triumph.  Bill Fennessey rapped a homer for the winners.  Anderson belted his second of the day for Vauxhall and Ed Fallon added a three-run blast.  Bentley MacEwen tossed a four-hitter for the win.

MacEwen (2-0)) and Bryson
Clelland (0-1), Rhodes (4), Lapalme (7) and Burley

(June 8)   Calgary and the Superiors split a twin bill at Medicine Hat.  Ron Mertus clubbed a two-run homer in the first inning of the opener and Medicine Hat went on to dump the Dodgers 5-2.  Bob Tanner allowed nine hits in going the distance for the win.  Jim Bobo was the loser in his SABL debut.

Bobo (0-1) and Martin
B Tanner (1-1) and Kerrick

Calgary roared back to take the second game, 14-7, as Medicine Hat booted the ball 11 times.  Righthander Tilbert Neal was a beneficiary as he picked up his 2nd win.

Tilbert Neal (2-0) and Noble
Ziebart (2-1) and Kerrick

(June 8)   League officials announced they had upheld a protest lodged by Medicine Hat over a disputed call in Friday's game won 8-3 by Granum.  The game is to be replayed at the later date.

In the 8th inning of the contest, Superiors had loaded the bases with one out and sent Swede Schwedelsky to pinch hit for catcher Jerry Kerrick.  However, no one reported the substitution and Schwedelsky was called out after one pitch.  The next batter struck out and the Warriors failed to score.

Lethbridge     5-2
Granum         4-3
Medicine Hat   4-4
Vauxhall       2-4
Calgary        2-4

(June 11)  Granum White Sox downed Medicine Hat 8-5 in 13 innings to make up for last Friday's win which was nullifed following a protest by the Superiors.  Sox broke the game open with four singles and an error in the top of the 13th. 

Superiors took the lead in the first frame as Dean Gerke singled and came around to score on Lynn Duncan's safety and an error.  Phil Risinger's single then plated Duncan. Granum responded with a run in the 3rd and a pair in the 4th to take the lead, 3-2. Sox added another in the 7th before Risinger knocked in a pair in the bottom of the 7th to put Medicine Hat back on top, 5-4. Sox made it 5-5 in the 9th as Brack Bailey drove in John Vaselenak.

In the 13th, Sox got safeties from John Robertson, Vaselenak, Bill Fennessey and Bailey to pull ahead. Ted Neal, who relieved started Tom Eaton in the 8th inning, picked up the win.  Reliever Jim Whitmore took the loss for the Superiors.

Eaton, Neal (W) (8) and Bryson
Bolingbroke, Whitmore (L) (10) and Braun

(June 12)   Tilbert Neal won his 3rd straight decision to pitching Calgary Dodgers to an 8-5 win over Vauxhall.  Neal tossed a five-hitter. Neal fanned 14 and walked three.  Gerry Lorenz, Bill CasanovaGord Beecroft and Ken Mitchell each had two hits for Calgary. Jets' starter Tom LaPalme took the losse.

LaPalme (0-1) Marquardt (7) and Burley
Tilbert Neal (3-0) and Noble

Lethbridge     5-2
Granum         4-3
Medicine Hat   4-4
Calgary        3-4
Vauxhall       2-5

(June 13)   Mel Duncan was the story for Lethbridge as the Warriors downed Granum 7-5. The right-hander pitched superbly until tiring in the 8th inning and provided a key hit, a bases-loaded triple. John Chavez relieved Duncan in the 8th with three runs in, the bases full and one out.  He allowed a single before fanning a pair to end the threat. Chavez had two more strikeouts in the 9th. 

Warriors jumped on Willie Walasko for five hits and a pair of runs in the first inning as Frank Amaya, Larry Koentopp, Clarance Yanosik, Earl Ingarfield and Ron Hare had singles. Lethbridge notched another four in the 3rd, three on Duncan's triple.  Their final marker came in the 8th as Amaya drove in Chavez with a double. The big blow for Granum was Ed Carrier's two-run homer.

Walasko (L), MacEwen (4) and Bryson, Carrier (5)
Duncan (W), Chavez (8) and Koentopp

(June 13)   Left-hander Ron Hubbard put on a pitching and hitting show as Medicine Hat dumped Calgary 8-0. Hubbard allowed just two hits while fanning 17 and giving up one free pass. At the plate, he had two hits and scored a run.  Superiors had 11 hits off starter Jim Bobo and reliever Don Kirk Lynn Duncan drew two walks was hit by pitches twice and singled in his lone, official at bat.

Bobo (L), Kirk (8) and Martin
Hubbard (W) and Braun

Lethbridge     6-2
Granum         4-4
Medicine Hat   5-4
Calgary        3-5
Vauxhall       2-5

(June 15)   Ron Mertus blasted three home runs as Medicine Hat Warriors trounced the Dodgers 10-0 at Calgary to gain a split of their double header.  Dodgers scored seven in the 7th inning of the first game to win, 14-8.  In the biggest offensive outburst of the season, the Superiors' first sacker drove in six markers.  Wayne Braun and Bud Syverson joined Mertus with three hits apiece.  Bob Bolingbroke blanked the Dodgers on six hits to gain the win.  He had nine strike outs and no walks.  Jack Shirley, in his first start for Calgary, took the loss.

Bolingbroke (W) and Braun
Shirley (L), Kirk (8) and Martin, Noble

Jim McDonald had three hits including a homer to lead Calgary to the 14-8 triumph.  Reliever Tony Risinger halted a Medicine Hat rally in the 6th and shutout the Superiors on two hits over the rest of the way to pick up the win.  Doug Seiler of the Superiors was the game's big stick with four hits, including a home run.  Mertus had a pair of singles.

Whitmore, Tanner (7) and Braun
Tilbert Neal, Risinger (W) (6) and Noble

(June 15)  The league-leading Lethbridge Warriors divided a twin bill with the defending champion White Sox at Granum, winning the opener 7-0 before dropping a wild second game 12-11.  Sam Canner fired a three-hitter to lead Lethbridge.  He fanned six and allowed no walks.  Art Thompson had one-hitter into the 7th inning for the Sox before the Warriors erupted for five runs to put the game on ice.  Thompson issued 10 walks.  Ron Hare had a two-run homer and Clarence Yanosik a pair of doubles.  Lethbridge ran wild on the bases, with seven steals.

Canner (W) and Koentopp
Thompson (L) and Bryson

The second game, called after 6 1/2 innings, featured 23 runs, four homers, 26 hits and 8 errors.  Granum scored four in the 5th inning and held off a late Lethbridge rally for the 12-11 win.  Brack Bailey had two hits, including a homer and John Valelenak also had a circuit blow. John Robertson added three hits and Ed Carrier had a double and single.  Frank Amaya's three hits led the Warriors. Bobby Lee rapped a homer and two singles and Earl Ingarfield had a three-run homer.  Starter Bentley MacEwen staggered through to the end to pick up the win. 

Warnick, Minjock (2), Motley (L) (3) and Koentopp
MacEwen (W) and Bryson, Carrier (3)

Lethbridge     7-3
Medicine Hat   6-5
Granum         5-5
Calgary        4-6
Vauxhall       2-5

(June 18)   The hometown Dodgers exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to down Granum 10-9.  Calgary used 4 singles, 4 walks and a hit batsman to rebound from a 9-3 deficit for the win.  Jimmy MacDonald's infield single drove in Matt Encinas with the deciding counter.  Gordie Beecroft paced the Dodgers with three hits.  Bill Fennessey, the White Sox centre fielder, was the game's offensive star with five hits, including a home run, and 7 RBI.

Eaton, Ted Neal (5), MacEwen (L) (9), Walasko (9) and Bryson
Tony Risinger, Tilbert Neal (W) (6) and Abel, Noble (8)

(June 18)  Zeke Ziebart fired a three-hitter as Medicine Hat dumped Vauxhall 12-2.  The righthander had ten strikeouts, while allowing three bases on balls.  Ziebart contributed to the offense with a run-scoring double.  Dean Gerke had three hits for the Superiors while Ron Mertus and Wayne Braun each had a double and single.

Don Marquardt (L), Tom Lapalme (4), Cleland (5) and Eilmes
Ziebart (W) and Braun

(June 19)   Jim Nelson's run-scoring triple in the 7th inning proved to be the difference as Lethbridge Warriors downed Medicine Hat 6-3.  The hit made a winner of reliever Mel Duncan, while lefty Ron Hubbard took the loss. Hubbard, who had 17 strikeouts in his last start, fanned ten. Larry Koentopp helped the Warrior's offense with three hits, one of then an rbi-doiuble. 

Hubbard (L) and Braun
Chavez, Duncan (W) (6) and Koentopp

Lethbridge     8-3
Medicine Hat   7-6
Granum         5-6
Calgary        5-6
Vauxhall       2-6

(June 20)  Righthander Jim Whitmore tossed a five-hitter and had a shutout into the 9th inning as Medicine Hat topped Vauxhall 8-1.  He had 13 strikeouts while issuing just one base on balls.  Norb Trauba also fanned 13.  Ron Mertus paced the offense with a pair of doubles.

Trauba (L) and Eilmes
Whitmore (W) and Braun

(June 20)   Harry Watson's league-leading Lethbridge Warriors edged Calgary Dodgers 5-3 at Buffalo Stadium in a game shortened to eight innings by rain.  Sam Canner, who tossed a shutout in his first start, allowed just eight hits in registering the win.  Bob Pearle, in his debut for the Dodgers, took the loss.  Clarence Yanoski had four hits, including a homer for the winners.  Larry Koentopp also homered. 

Canner (W) and Koentopp
Pearle (L) and Noble

Lethbridge     9-3
Medicine Hat   8-6
Granum         5-6
Calgary        5-7
Vauxhall       2-7

(June 21)  Calgary Dodgers upended the defending champion White Sox 9-6 at Granum. Lowell Pearce, a newly acquired import, went the distance for Calgary allowing just six hits.  Art Thompson took the loss.  Matt Encinas, with a double and triple, and Jim McDonald, with a three-run triple, led the Calgary attack.  John Robertson had a homer for the White Sox.

Pearce (W) and Martin
Thompson (L) and Bryson, Carrier (8)

(June 22)  Calgary beat Granum for the 4th straight time taking a twin-bill, 12-10 and 13-9.  Dodgers clouted a total of seven home runs to sweep the double header.

Calgary jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the opener and coasted until the White Sox made it close with a seven-run outburst in the 8th.  Matt Encinas, John Vaselenak, Ken Mitchell and Larry Brown had four-baggers. Vaselenak, Brack Bailey and Darwin Walkingshaw each had three hits. Tony Risinger picked up the win, pitching into the 8th inning.

MacEwen, Davidson (W) (4) and Carrier
Risinger (L), Shirley (8), Pearle (8), Til Neal (9) and Noble, Martin (9)

Dodger also got out to a quick lead in the second game, with an 8-0 margin after three innings. Encinas and Brown, who had homered in the first game, added homers in the nightcap. Doug Martin also had a homer for the winners while Ed Carrier clouted a pair for Granum and Brack Bailey added another four-bagger. Til Neal, who saved the first game for Risinger with 9th inning relief, went the distance for the win in the second game.

Walasko (L), Ted Neal (2) and Carrier
Til Neal (W) and Martin

(June 22)  The first place Lethbridge Warriors and last-place Vauxhall Jets split a double-header at Lethbridge. Jets came from behind to taken the first game 6-4 in 11 innings.  Irv Motley tossed a six-hitter as Warriors took the second game 4-2. 

Down 4-2, Jets scored single runs in the 8th and 9th innings of the first game to tie. In the 11th, Ed Fallon drove in the winner and Vauxhall got an insurance run on an error.  Playing manager Roy Cleland picked up the win in relief of starter Doug MarquardtDoug Vickers, Hugh McMillan and Fallan each had two hits for the Jets.  Jocko Tarvana had four hits, including a pair of doubles, for Lethbridge.

Marquardt, Cleland (W) (8) and Eilmes
Jeurgens, Duncan (L) (9) and Koentopp

Tarnava again was an offensive force in the second game.  He scored the first run in the 3rd inning on Frank Amaya's double. After the Jets tied the count with a run in the top of the 5th, Tarnava reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and advance to third on Amaya's single.  He scored on a wild pitch by Tom LaPalme. Amaya scored what proved to be the winner on another wild pitch by LaPalme.  Vauxhaull came within a run in the 7th scoring on a single, error and sacrifice fly.

LaPalme (L), Anderson (8) and Eilmes
Motley (W) and Koentopp

Lethbridge    10-4
Medicine Hat   8-6
Calgary        8-7
Granum         5-9
Vauxhall       3-8

(June 23)    Zeke Ziebart fired a four-hitter to lead Medicine Hat to a 5-2 win over Lethbridge.  Phil Risinger's three-run homer was the key blow for the Superiors.  Risinger added a double, single, two runs and a stolen base and was cited for outstanding defensive play. Brother Don had two hits as did Ron Mertus and Dean Gerke. Ziebart fanned five and walked two.

Warnick (L) and Koentopp
Ziebart (W) and Braun


(June 25/26)  Lacombe Tournament :  Lethbridge Warriors took the $1,000 top prize at the Lacombe Tournament.

Lethbridge Warriors built up an early lead then held off Calgary in the 9th inning to score an 8-7 win for top money. Lethbridge had advanced to the final trouncing Estevan 10-2.  Calgary shaded Granum 14-11 in the other semi-final.

Bobby Lee's three-run homer in the 7th inning proved to be the difference as Lethbridge edged the Dodgers in the final. Lee's blast gave Warriors an 8-3 lead.  Calgary rallied in the 9th with four runs before Sam Canner fanned Bill Casanova to end the contest. Casanova had earlier bashed a two-run homer, his fourth of the tournament. 

Calgary scored first, plating a run in the third inning. Lethbridge rebounded with a pair in the 4th and Larry Koentopp knocked in another two in the 5th.  Casanova's homer in the 6th brought Calgary to within a run but Frank Amaya's double scored Jocko Tarnava with a double in the bottom of the 6th to make it 5-3 for the Warriors.

Canner relieved in the 9th after starter John Chavez allowed a single and a walk.  He walked in a run and allowed a two-run single before starting a double-play as the 4th run of the inning crossed the plate.  Ted Falk took the loss.

Calgary 7 Lethbridge 8
Falk, Neal (8) and Martin
Chavez, Canner (9) and Koentopp

Mel Duncan fired a four-hitter and belted a three-run homer as Lethbridge whipped Estevan 10-2 in the semi-final.  Glen Woodrough gave up 11 hits in taking the loss.  Estevan made 11 errors. Bobby Lee helped the offense with a single and two doubles. 

Estevan 2 Lethbridge 10
Woodrough (L) and Kruger
Duncan (W) and Koentopp

A four-run 8th inning carried Calgary to a 14-11 victory over Granum.

The slugfest featured seven home runs.  Marty Hurd, Matt Encinas, Ken Mitchell, Larry Brown and Bill Casanova had circuit blasts for Calgary with John Vaselenak and Bill Fennessey replying for Lethbridge. Don Kirk picked up the win with 4 1/3 innings of relief. Ted Neal took the loss.

Granum 11 Calgary 14
Thompson, Neal (2), McCaig (8) and Bryson
Barnes, Pearle (5), Kirk (6) and Martin

In first day action, Estevan opened play with a 3-0 win over Edmonton Campion Pipeliners. Mike Dayne was the winner for the Maple Leafs but suffered a broken leg sliding home in the 5th inning.

Estevan 3 Edmonton 0
Dayne (W), Gwen Woodruff (6) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Clarence Yanosik's bases-loaded triple was a key moment as Lethbridge downed Cold Lake 7-2. Sam Canner pitched a four-hitter and fanned nine for the win. Cold Lake catcher Pete Demeriez spoiled Canner's bid for a shutout with a two-out, two-run homer in the 9th.

Cold Lake 2 Lethbridge 7
Tesh (L), Gates (4) and Demeriez
Canner (W) and Koentopp

Calgary Dodgers erupted for six runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to edge the Central Alberta All-Stars 10-9.  Bob Henry, Dodgers' third pitcher of the game, picked up the win.

Calgary 10 Central Alberta All-Stars 9
Tilbert Neal, Kirk, Henry (W) (9) and xxx
Joe Beacroft (L), Jack Craves (9) and xxx

Willie Walasko fired a three-hitter to blank Rowletta. Jack Devine took the loss

Granum 9 Rowletta 0
Walasko (W) and Bryson
Jack Devine (L), Jim Dean (6) and Thompkins


(June 29)   Medicine Hat captured two of three weekend games with Granum and still fell a game and a half back of first place Lethbridge in the Southern Alberta Baseball League standings.  Superiors began Sunday completing a contest tied 4-4 after 10 innings on Saturday.  It was over quickly as Brack Bailey belted a homer in the 11th to give Granum a 5-4 victory.  Ted Neal got the win, Aaron Jones took the loss.  Bill Fennessey's homer in the 2nd inning had given the White Sox a 1-0 lead.  The Superiors erupted for four runs in the 5th, three on Phil Risinger's homer to go up 4-1.  Granum rebounded to tie in the bottom of the 5th on Fennessey's second homer, a  three-run shot. Ron Hubbard for Medicine Hat and Tom McCaig for Granum each went the full 10 innings on Saturday.

Hubbard, Jones (L) (11) and Braun
McCaig, Ted Neal (W) (11) and Bryson

In the first game of the regular doubleheader, Superiors scored early and coasted to a 7-2 win as Aaron Jones went the distance for the win.  Lynn Duncan broke out of a slump with a homer, triple and single.  Phil Risinger and Bud Syverson added solo homers. 

Jones (W) and Braun
Ted Neal (L), MacEwen (2), Coggins (6) and Bryson

Bob Bolingbroke was the pitching and hitting star of the 9-7 Superiors' win in the nightcap.  He broke up a 7-7 tie in the 10th inning with a two-run homer and hurled the distance for the win.  Duncan added to his impressive day with a homer, double and single.  Don Risinger had a homer and single and Phil Risinger produced a pair of doubles.  Jim Coggins had two doubles for the losers.  Granum starter Art Thompson was victimized by six White Sox errors. 

Bolingbroke (W) and Braun
Thompson, Ted Neal (L) (8) and Bryson

(June 29)   Lethbridge Warriors nabbed a pair from Vauxhall Jets, 5-1 and 11-8.  Ray Minjock, effectively utilizing his knuckleball, hurled an eight-hitter for the win in the first game.  Ron Hare had a homer and double for Lethbridge. 

Minjock (W) and Koentopp
Trauba (L) and Eilmes

In the 2nd game, Lethbridge fell behind 2-1 in the first inning but posted two runs in the third on one hit, three errors and two stolen bases to regain the lead they never relinquished.  Jets rallied in the bottom of the 9th with five runs but Orv Motley relieved to preserve the win for Earl JuergensClarence Yanosik led the offensive with a three-run homer and a single.  Jocko Tarnava belted a triple and two singles.

Juergens (W), Motley (9) and Koentopp
Marquardt (L), Degregorio (5) and Burley

Lethbridge    12-5
Medicine Hat  11-7
Calgary        8-7
Granum         6-11
Vauxhall       3-10

(June 30)    George Brookman, the owner of the Calgary Dodgers, announced the appointment of outfielder Gord Beecroft as the team's manager for the remainder of the season.  He replaces Baz Nagle, manager for the past month, has left the team to pursue a football career with the BC Lions.  Brookman also noted that the team had released Greg Briggs who played last season with Sandpoint, Idaho.  It's believed Briggs has agreed to suit up with Vauxhall.


(July 1)  Calgary Elks Tournament  

Granum White Sox took first prize money of $1,000 in the annual Elks tournament downing Calgary 12-9 in the final before 2-thousand fans at Buffalo Stadium.  Sox plated four runs in the 4th inning on three hits an error and a walk to take a 5-2 which they never relinquished.  Granum built up an 11-2 lead before Calgary rallied with seven runs in the 8th to make it close.  Bill Fennessey homered for the Sox.

Granum reached the final round with a 10-4 win over Lethbridge as John Vaselenak belted a three-run homer and drove in a total of five runs.  Brack Bailey and John Robertson also had a four-baggers for the Sox and Clarence Yanoski had one for the Warriors. 

Dodgers won a final berth with a 9-0 win over Red Deer in a game conceded by Red Deer after Calgary had scored three times in the 4th inning.  Marty Hurd had a three-run blast for the Dodgers.

Granum shaded Medicine Hat 7-6 in opening round action riding home runs by Bill Fennessey and Gord VejpravaLynn Duncan homered for the Superiors and nearly won the game in the 9th inning with a long, bases-loaded smash that Bill Fennessey hauled in at the centre-field wall.

Calgary whipped Vaxhall 10-0 as Tilbert Neal fired a six-hitter for the win and Bill Casanova led the offense with a homer, double and single.

Kamloops, rushed into the breach when the Seattle Cheney Studs withdrew late Sunday, filled in admirably in spite of a 17-hour drive which brough the team to the stadium just two hours before game time.  The BC club gave Lethbridge all it could handle before bowing out 14-9 as Clarence Yanosik belted a pair of homers and  Ron Hare added another.  Jack Fowles had a two-run smash for Kamloops.  The tournament opener saw Red Deer top Rowletta Lakes 2-1 in a pitching duel between Dale Ackerman of the Dodgers and Bob Pearl of the Lakers.  George Hunchuk of the Lakes had the only homer.

Monday

Rowletta 1 Red Deer 2
Pearl and Hunchuck
Ackerman and Umari

Vauxhall 0 Calgary 10
Cleland, Anderson (3), LaPalme (6) and Eilmes
Tilbert Neal and Martin

Medicine Hat 6 Granum 7
Whitmore, Ziebart (1) and Braun, Adams (4)
Walasko, McCaig (9) and Carrier

Tuesday

Lethbridge 14 Kamloops 9
Motley, Warnick (6), Chavez (7) and Koentopp
Lunn, Gayton (7) and Anderson

Calgary 9 Red Deer 0
Falk and Martin
Wilson and Sigurdson

Granum 10 Lethbridge 4
Davidson and Carrier
Canner, Duncan (4) and Koentopp

Granum 12 Calgary 9
McCaig, Coggins (8) and Bryson
Gary Barnes,Tilbert Neal (5), Henry (6), Falk (8), Devost (9), Pearce (9) and Martin


(July 1)   The Southern Alberta Baseball League announced the roster of all-stars for the match against the defending champion Granum White Sox on Friday.  Medicine Hat placed five players - first baseman Ron Mertus, second baseman Doug Sieler, Phil Risinger, who tied with Frank Amaya of Lethbridge for the shortstop spot, outfielder Lynn Duncan and lefty pitcher Ron Hubbard.  Along with Amaya, Lethbridge has catcher Larry Koentopp, third basesman Ron Hare and righthander Sam Canner.  Outfielders Gord Beecroft of Calgary and Ed Fallon of Vauxhall round out the squad.  Harry Watson, manager of the all-star team, announced seven others for the team - catcher Doug Martin of Calgary, pitchers Bob Bolingbroke of Medicine Hat and Tilbert Neal of Calgary, first baseman Bobby Lee of Lethbridge, second baseman Ron Loughlin or Vauxhall and outfielders Clarence Yanosik and Earl Ingarfield of the Warriors.

(July 2)   Southpaw Al Warnick registered his first SABL victory in firing a five-hitter, albeit with seven walks, as Lethbridge topped Vauxhall 5-2.  Frank Amaya, Larry Koentopp and Earl Ingarfield each had two hits for Lethbridge.  Vauxhall's second run came on a pinch-hit homer in the 9th by Norb Trauba.  Starter Joe DeGregorio took the loss.

Warnick (1-1) and Koentopp
DeGregorio (L), Marquardt (7) and Eilmes

Medicine Hat Warriors belted five homers to romp to a 15-5 victory over Granum.  Leftfielder Don Risinger led the attack with two homers and six runs batted in.  Ron Mertus drove in three with a homer, double and single and Lynn Duncan rapped a homer and a pair of doubles.  Phil Risinger also blasted a homer for the winners.  Granum had three homers, by Brack Bailey, Bill Fennessey and losing pitcher Art Thompson.  Winning pitcher Ron Hubbard chipped in with three hits at the plate while tossing a seven-hitter with ten strikeouts.  In spite of the offensive fireworks, the game was a tame affair compared with Monday's action in Calgary when two squad cars of Calgary city police were called out to quell a donnybrook between the two teams. 

Hubbard (W) and Braun
Thompson, (L) Ted Neal (6), Walasko (9) and Bryson

Lethbridge    13-5
Medicine Hat  12-7
Calgary        8-7
Granum         6-12
Vauxhall       3-11

(July 4)   On a night where the pitchers took the spotlight, Medicine Hat slugger Lynn Duncan continued his torrid campaign, with a home run as the SABL All-Stars downed Granum 4-2 and shortstop Frank Amaya took the mound with an outstanding relief effort.  All-Star manager Harry Watson was forced to go to Amaya when Ron Hubbard came down with a sore arm and Tilbert Neal failed to show.  He had used Sam Canner and Bob Bolingbroke to get through seven innings.  Bolingbroke retired all nine men he faced, four on strikeouts.  Amaya allowed just one hit and fanned two in his two innings of work.  Bill Davidson, who went six innings for the White Sox took the loss. 

Canner, Bolingbroke (5), Amaya (8) and Koentopp
Davidson, Coggins (7) and Bryson

(July 5th)   Calgary and Lethbridge played to a 3-3 tie in a game called after nine innings because of darkness.  It is to be completed on Sunday.  Dodgers jumped into a 3-0 lead but Lethbridge scored single runs in the 4th, 5th and 5th to tie.  Mel Duncan, who fired a six-hitter for the Warriors, bashed a double to knock in the tying run.

Falk, Pearce (6) and Martin
M Duncan and Koentopp

(July 6)   Calgary Dodgers dumped the Jets in both ends of a doubleheader at Vauxhall, 6-2 and 6-5 in 10 innings. Jim Henry tossed a five-hitter to win the opener and Lowell Pearce picked up the win in the second game in relief of starter Gary Barnes. Jerry Lorenz led the offense in the opener with two doubles.  Marty Hurd had a double and single.  Gene Carlson took the loss. 

In the second game, Marty Hurd knocked in a pair in the top of the 9th to give Calgary a 5-3 lead but Greg Briggs bashed a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning to tie.  Dave Noble walked to open the Calgary 10th, move to second on a sacrifice and came around to score the winner on two errors.

Henry (W) and Noble
Carlson (L), Anderson (9) and Eilmes

Barnes, Pearce (W) (9) and Martin, Noble (10)
Marquardt, Trauba (L) (7) and Eilmes

(July 6)   It was a day for the pitchers as Granum and Medicine Hat split a twin-bill.  White Sox added a second win as the Superiors forfeited the third game, the last two innings of which were to have been replayed.  Willie Walasko tossed a five-hitter over 11 innings as Granum won the opener 3-2.  John Vaselenak scored the winner after leading off the top of the 11th with a double.  Jerry Bryson singled him to third and Vaselenak crossed the plate on Jim Goggin's single.

Walasko (W) and Bryson
Bolingbroke (L) and Braun

Ron Hubbard allowed just two hits in shutting down the White Sox 1-0 in the second game.  He fanned thirteen and walked just one.  Phil Risinger scored the only run on a bases-loaded infield out in the 6th inning.

McCaig (L) and Bryson
Hubbard (W) and Braun

The forfeited game, which Granum won 8-3 on June 5th was protested by Medicine Hat and the last two innings were ordered replayed.  However, the Superiors were not able to field enough players who participated in the previous contest and were forced to allow the game to go to the White Sox. 

(July 8)   Medicine Hat punched out 14 hits and whipped Granum 10-2 behind a six-hitter by Aaron JonesBud Syverson had the big stick for the Superiors with two doubles and two singles. Ray Neal was the loser.

Jones (W) and Braun
Ray Neal (L), Ted Neal (7), Thompson (8) and Bryson

(July 8)   Playing manager Gord Beecroft knocked in Matt Encinas with the winning run in the 12th inning as Calgary Dodgers downed Lethbridge 10-9.  Encinas had walked to lead off the inninng and moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on as passed ball.  Warriors thought they had it won in the 10th when Orv Motley singled in Ron Hare who had doubled. But in the bottom of the inning, with two out, Motley walked Encinas and Jerry Lorenz and had a 2-0 count on Beecroft.  Manager Harry Watson went to the bullpen for Sam Canner who promptly walked Beecroft and Marty Hurd to tie. 

Dodgers had taken an early lead when three walks and singles by Jimmy McDonald and Larry Brown resulted in three runs.  Warriors got one back in the 4th on Hare's homer and chased Calgary starter Tilbert Neal in the 4th with a four-run outburst.  But, Calgary rallied with five in their half of the frame, to take an 8-5 lead, as McDonald bashed a 3-2 pitch for a grand slam homer. Lethbridge bounced back with three in the 6th to again knot the count.  Reliever Bob Henry picked up the win with Canner taking the loss.

Chavez, Motley (6), Canner (L) (10) and Koentopp
Neal, Pearce (4), Szostak (9), Henry (W) (11) and Martin

Lethbridge    13-6
Medicine Hat  14-9
Calgary       11-7
Granum         8-14
Vauxhall       3-13

(July 9)  Although out-hit 13 to 9, Medicine Hat dumped Calgary 13-7.  Superiors erupted for five runs in the 4th inning to break a 6-6 tie. Phil Risinger drove in three runs with four hits, including two doubles. He scored a pair.  Lynn Duncan, with a three-run blast, and Don Risinger, with a two-run homer, provided the power. Marty Hurd had a double and two singles for Calgary.  Zeke Ziebart registered the win, in relief.

Falk (L) Tilbert Neal (4) and Martin
Whitmore, Ziebart (W) (2), Bolingbroke (7) and Braun

Bill Fennessey belted a three-run homer and a double and Brack Bailey lashed a two-run homer to lead Granum past Vauxhall 9-8.  Willie Walasko pitched into the 9th for the win.  Greg Briggs had three hits for the Jets.

Trauba (L), Marquardt (5) and Eilmes
Walasko (W), McCaig (9) and Carrier

Lethbridge    13-6
Medicine Hat  15-9
Calgary       11-8
Granum         9-14
Vauxhall       3-14

(July 11)   Ken Mitchell, already with a pair of doubles, singled to score Matt Encinas in the bottom of the 10th inning to five Calgary an 11-10 victory over Lethbridge.  Tilbert Neal picked up his 6th win in relief.  He has yet to taste defeat.  Mel Duncan, the losing pitcher, and Larry Koentopp homered for the Warriors.

Juergens, Duncan (L) (4) and Koentopp
Szosak, Pearce (6), Henry (9), Tilbert Neal (W) (6-0) (9) and Martin

Lethbridge    13-7
Medicine Hat  15-9
Calgary       12-8
Granum         9-14
Vauxhall       3-14

(July 12)   Two of the brightest prospects in Southern Alberta have signed professional contracts to play in the Los Angeles Dodger organization.  Bernie Sparks of Claresholm and Roy Shimek of Picture Butte are to report to the Dodgers' spring training complex at Vero Beach, Florida in the spring. Both players spent last week working out with the Great Falls Electrics and will continue to practice with the team for the remainder of the season.  Sparks, a second baseman, played junior ball last year and spent part of this season with the Lethbridge Warriros.  Shimek, a righthanded pitcher, is with the intermediate Picture Butte Braves.  Both are 17.

(July 12)   Catcher Jerry Bryson belted a grand slam homer to key a seven-run uprising in the 6th inning as Granum rebounded from a 5-3 deficit to trounce Vauxhall 13-5.  Brack Bailey had a field day at the plate with a three-run homer, a triple and two singles.   Ray Neal was the winner in relief. 

DeGregorio (L), Harmon (7) and Eilmes
Davidon, Ray Neal (W) (6) and Bryson

(July 13)  Granum White Sox were awarded a victory over Vauxhall when the Jets failed to show for the scheduled match.  The two teams had been set to play a twinbill, but play was halted after just a half inning of the first game because of rain.  The umpires announced that the second game would go ahead at 5:30.  In spite of a search of downtown Granum, the Vauxhall club could not be located and the game was forfeited to Granum and goes into the books as a 9-0 victory.

Lethbridge at Calgary (2), rained out.

(July 14)  Lethbridge Warriors announced some lineup changes.  Ray Minjock has been appointed as a playing coach and three players have been dropped from the roster - lefthanded pitchers Earl Juergens and Al Warnick and outfielder Jim Nelson.  Juergens came to the Warriors from the Great Falls Electrics of the Pioneer League.  Warnick, from Bakersfield, California, has been pitching in Lethbridge the last three years.  Nelson, joined the club from Minneapolis.

Vauxhall released Dick Lightfoot, who had joined the club from Spokane. 

Lethbridge    13-7
Medicine Hat  15-9
Calgary       12-8
Granum        11-14
Vauxhall       3-16

(July 16)   Granum got homers by John Vaselenak and Jerry Bryson and six-hit pitching to down Calgary 6-4.  Tom McQuaig, with late relief help from Willie Walasko, picked up the win.  Ken Mitchell had a circuit blow for the Dodgers and Marty Hurd added three singles.  In winning, the White Sox handed Tilbert Neal his first loss of the season after six straight wins.

Tilbert Neal (L) (6-1) and Martin
McCaig (W), Walasko (8) and Bryson

Vauxhall Jets, trailing 7-5, got a single and five straight walks in the 7th inning to plate three runs and down Lethbridge 8-7.  Third baseman Tom Gonzalez had four hits for the Jets.  Joe DeGregorio got the victory in relief.

Marquardt, DeGregorio (W) (6) and Eilmes
Chavez, Minjock (3), Motley (L) (7), Amaya (7) and Keontopp

Medicine Hat  15-9
Lethbridge    13-8
Calgary       12-9
Granum        12-14
Vauxhall       4-16

(July 18)  Lethbridge scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the 9th inning to end an outstanding pitching duel as the Warriors shaded Medicine Hat 2-1.  Sam Canner got the win on a five-hitter.  Adam Jones and Ron Hubbard allowed just six hits.  Jones had a two-hitter and a 1-0 lead into the 8th but the Superiors, on three hits and an error, sent one run across the plate to tie at 1-1.  Medicine Hat managter Lee Dobyns sent out ace lefty Hubbard to pitch the 9th.  With one out, Hubbard gave up a walk and a bunt single and on a bunt attempt by Jocko Tarnava, Hubbard threw wide of third trying to nail a runner and Vern Welo scored for the victory.

Jones, Hubbard (L) (9) and Braun
Canner (W) and Koentopp

Vauxhall Jets spotted Calgary a 5-0 first inning lead before rebounding for a 10-7 victory and a split of a twin bill at Calgary.  Dodgers won the second game 12-5. A three-run 6th inning, highlighted by homers by Ken Eilmes and Gregg Briggs, was the turning point for the Jets.  Norb Trauba scattered ten hits for the win.  Ted Falk poked a homer for the Dodgers.

Trauba (W) and Eilmes
Henry (L), Pearce (4), Falk (6) and Abel

Hank Szostak went the route for Calgary in the second game to pick up the win.  He allowed nine hits and struck out 12.  Ken Mitchell had a homer for the Dodgers. 

DeGregorio (L), Marquardt (4), Cleland (5), Harmon (5) and Eilmes
Szostak (W) and Martin

Lethbridge    14-8
Medicine Hat  15-10
Calgary       13-10
Granum        12-14
Vauxhall       5-17

(July 20)  The cellar-dwelling Vauxhall Jets surprised Medicine Hat taking both ends of a twin bill at Vauxhall, 6-4 and 4-3.  Joe DeGregorio was in the spotlight in both games.  He preserved the  win in the opener relieving starter Gene Carlson in the 9th inning with the bases-loaded and none out.  Phil Risinger was forced at the plate and DeGregorio got the league's top hitter, Lynn Duncan, to hit ground into a double play.   He relieved in the 6th frame of the second game and picked up the win. 

Ron Loughlin had three hits for the Jets in the first game while Ed Fallon added two doubles and Tom Gonzalez a double and a single.  The Superiors had three home runs in defeat, by Risinger, Duncan and Zeke ZiebartDuncan accounted for all three Medicine Hat runs in the second game with three hits.  Fallon poked a homer and single for the Jets.

Ziebart, Whitmore (L) (7) and Braun
Carlson (W), DeGregorio (9) and Eilmes

Bolingbroke (L) and Braun
John Harmon, DeGregorio (W) (6), Gonzalez (7) and Burley, Eilmes (7)

Lethbridge Warriors managed to stay atop the SABL standings with a late rally to top Granum 5-4 in the second game of the doubleheader.  White Sox won the opener 12-3.  Earl Ingarfield reached on an error in the 10th inning and scored on another as the Warriors salvaged a split with a 5-4 triumph before 1,100 fans at Henderson Stadium.  Down 4-1 going into the 8th, Lethbridge scored a pair in the 8th and another in the bottom of the 9th to tie. 

Granum scored four runs in the first inning and coasted to the victory in the first game.  Bill Davidson scattered ten hits to gain the win. Darwin Walkingshaw drove in three runs with a double and single.  Davidson drove in a pair with two doubles.  John Vaselenak also had two runs batted in with a towering off-the-wall triple.  Rightfielder Brack Bailey made the defensive play of the game as he raced far back on a long drive by Duncan and made a diving, rolling catch.

Davidson (W) and Bryson
Duncan (3-3), Minjock (8) and Koentopp

Ray Neal, Walasko (L) (9) and Carrier, Bryson (9)
Chavez, Canner (W) (10) and Koentopp

Lethbridge    15-9
Calgary       13-10
Medicine Hat  15-12
Granum        13-15
Vauxhall       7-17

(July 23)    Sam Canner bounced back from an early deficit to capture his third win in less than a week as Lethbridge Warriors downed Granum 8-4 to maintain a game and a half lead in the Southern Alberta Baseball League standings.  Ron Hare with a double, triple and single led the winners.  Earl Ingarfield added a double and two singles for the Warriors.  Bill Fennessey had two doubles for the White Sox. 

Canner (W) and Koentopp
McCaig, Ray Neal (3), Thompson (8) and Bryson

(July 23)    Medicine Hat Superiors exploded for seven runs in the 9th inning to whip Calgary Dodgers 15-9.  Lynn Duncan's two-run homer, his second of the game, highlighted the outburst.  Ron Hubbard gave up eight hits in going the distance for the win.  He also drove in two runs in the 3rd inning. Harold Noble belted a two-run homer for Calgary.

Hubbard (W) and Braun
Tilbert Neal, Lowell Pearce (L) (7), Bob Henry (9) and Martin

(July 24)    Playing manager Gord Beecroft homered in the 6th inning, driving in winning pitcher Hank Szostak, with the winning margin in Calgary's 5-2 triumph over Vauxhall in a game shortened to seven innings.  Szostak helped his cause with three hits and losing pitcher Norb Trauba also had three, including a homer. 

Szostak (W) and Martin
Trauba (L) Harmon (7) and Eilmes

Lethbridge    16-9
Medicine Hat  16-12
Calgary       14-11
Granum        13-16
Vauxhall       7-18

(July 25)   Lethbridge and Vauxhall battled to a 5-5 draw in a game called after seven innings by rain and darkness.  Norb Trauba drove in four runs for the Jets while Earl Ingarfield had the big hit for Lethbridge, a two-run homer.  Gene Carlston went the distance for Vauxhall allowing seven hits.  Mel Duncan allowed all five Jets' runs before giving way to Orv Motley in the 6th.

Duncan, Motley (6) and Koentopp
Carlson and Eilmes

(July 26)    Granum White Sox managed just three hits but took advantage of four Calgary errors to down the Calgary Dodgers 4-1.  An error by shortstop John Mayes handed Granum their first two runs in the 3rd inning and a walk, single and ground out resulted in another marker in the 5th.  White Sox notched their 4th run in the 9th on a pair of errors.  Willie Walasko allowed eight hits in going the route for the win.  Ted Falk went the distance for Calgary and drove in the only Dodgers' run with a single in the 3rd.

Walasko (W) and Carrier
Falk (L) and Martin

(July 27)   Calgary Dodgers scored five runs in the 1st inning and went on to a 14-10 victory over Lethbridge Warriors.  Second baseman Jerry Lorenz paced the winners with four hits, including a two-run homer and a triple.  He scored two runs and drove in three and made several sparkling defensive plays in the infield.  Tilbert Neal picked up the win, in relief.  John Mayes homered for the Dodgers in the first.  Ken Mitchell knocked in four runs for Calgary with a homer and two singles.  Mitch Sztaba had a four-bagger for Lethbridge. 

Canner (L), Minjock (6) and Koentopp
Kirk, Tilbert Neal (W) (3) and Martin

(July 27)   Playing manager Lee Dobyns tripled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th inning as a pinch hitter to give Medicine Hat Superiors a 7-5 win and a split of a double-header.  Vauxhall won the opener 11-6.  Dobbyns heroics ended a thriller which saw Jets starter Joe DeGregorio hold the Superiors without a hit until Ron Mertus boomed a triple in the 6th inning.   Aaron Jones fired a seven-hitter for the win. 

Jets pounded out 12 hits to win the first game as Doug Marquardt and DeGregorio combined to hold  the Superiors to eight hits.  Norb Trauba cracked a homer and single for Vauxhall. Lynn Duncan had a triple and two doubles in a losing cause. 

Marquardt (W), DeGregorio (7) and Eilmes
Whitmore (L), Zebert (2), Bolingbroke (4) and Adams

DeGregorio, Harmon (L) (7) and Burley, Eilmes (8)
Jones (W) and Braun

Medicine Hat lodged a protest of the 7-5 defeat.

(July 27)   The Drain Black Sox took both ends of a twin-bill from the White Sox at Granum, 5-3 and 13-10.  Norm Welsh drove in the winning runs in the opener with a double.  Catcher Irv Ross accounted for the other runs with a three-run homer.  Brack Bailey belted a tremendous homer in a losing cause. 

Don Lane, Stan Demoski (W) and xxx
McCaig, Coggins (L) and xxx

Black Sox used the long ball to capture the win in the second game.  Winning pitcher Jack Henkel blasted a three-run homer while Stan LubyRay Stratton and Jim Piper had two-run shots. Bailey led Granum with a triple, double and three singles.  Gord Wesley added a triple and double.

Jack Henkel (W), Dave Graham, Stratton and xxx
Allan Munroe (L), Thompson, Davidson, Ted Neal and xxx

(July 28)   Lethbridge Warriors are to ask for league permission to replace centrefielder Jocko Tarnava on the roster.  Tarnava broke his ankle on Sunday.

(July 29)   With six runs in the last two innings, Vauxhall broke open a tight ball game to setback Lethbridge Warriors 12-4.  Third sacker Tom Gonzalez belted a three-run homer to lead the Jets. 

Motley (L), Duncan (4) and Koentopp
Cleland,  Harmon (W) (5) and Eilmes

(July 29)   The Drain, Oregon, Black Sox swept a pair of exhibition tilts with Calgary taking the first game 10-7 and trouncing the Dodgers 12-4 in the second.  Jerry Droscher had three hits in the opener, one a double, and Norm Welch had a pair, including a solo homer.  Marty Hurd belted a pair of homers and Gord Beecroft had one for for Calgary. 

In the nightcap, lefty Ed Hahn held the Dodgers to five hits while the Sox pounded out 16 safeties, including four homers.  Welch had another, Jim Pifher bashed two homers and a double and manager Ray Stratton went four-for-six, a pair of doubles included, and Dan Luby clouted a lead-off homer in the first inning and added a double. Jim MacDonald had a four-bagger for Calgary.  Drain beat Granum twice on Sunday to sweep their four-game Alberta set.

Dmochowsky, Lane W) (4) and Roth
Szostak (L) and Martin

Hahn (W) and Roth
Pearce (L), Falk (9) and Noble

(July 30)  Medicine Hat Superiors scored three in the first inning and never looked back in downing Lethbridge 8-3.  Bob Bolingbroke went the distance for the win.

Bolingbroke (W) and Braun
Minjock (L), Motley (2) and Koentopp

(July 30)   Granum took advantage of two Vauxhall errors in the 6th inning to grab a 4-2 decision over the Jets. White Sox scored twice on just one hit, the two errors, and a walk.  Art Thompson went six innings to get the win. Sox, in fourth place with a 15-16 record, shuffled the lineup with Jim Coggins at first base, Brack Bailey at second, Ed Carrier in left field and pitcher Ted Neal in right.

Thompson (W), Ray Neal (7), Walasko (8) and Bryson
Marquardt (L), DeGregorio (6) and Eilmes

(July 31)  Lynn Duncan of Medicine Hat is the runaway leader in the batting race in the Southern Alberta Baseball League.  Duncan leads the pack with a .436 mark, well ahead of Ed Fallon of Vauxhall, at .387. Duncan tops the league in just about every category -- runs scored, 45, hits, 48, doubles, 11, homers, 11, and runs batted in, 40.  He's tied with Brack Bailey of Granum for the most triples, 3. Frank Amaya of Lethbridge and Gord Vejprava of Granum are tied for the lead in stolen bases each with 10.

Marty Hurd of Calgary ranks third in average, at .383.  Defending batting champion Brack Bailey is 4th at .363.  Ron Mertus of Medicine Hat rounds out the top five at .338.  Shortstop Amaya is at .322, followed by Larry Koentop of Granum at .318, Phil Risinger of Medicine Hat and Bill Fennessey of Granum at .317 and Ron Hare of Lethbridge, .313.  Others to crack the .300 line are Earl Ingarfield and Jocko Tarnava of the Warriors.

Tilbert Neal of Calgary dominates the pitching categories, leading in innings pitched, 76 1/3, wins, 7 and strikeouts, 73.  He's tied with Willie Walasko of Granum in games started, 8, and with five complete games is tied in that category with Ron Hubbard of Medicine Hat.

Lethbridge Warriors 
            AB  R  H HR RBI  AVE  E
Amaya       96 28 31  1  25 .322  4
Koentopp    91 17 29  2  15 .318  0
Hare        86 17 27  4  20 .313 10
Ingarfield  95 13 29  1  18 .305  3
Tarnava     73 12 22  0   4 .301  3
Yanosik     77 14 23  2  14 .298  3
Sztaba      46  7 12  1   6 .260  2
Lee         72 13 14  2   8 .195  5
Duncan      36  7  6  1   9 .166  2
Welo        43 10  6  0   3 .139  6

Motley       8  0  3  0   1 .375  1
Canner      24  4  9  0   2 .375  1
Stasiuk     15  1  1  0   1 .066  3
Minjock     11  0  0  0   0 .000  2
Chavez       7  1  0  0   1 .000  0

Pitchers :
          W L  IP      H BB SO  PCT
Canner    5 2  44     38 33 12 .714
Minjock   2 1  27 2/3 26 14  9 .666
Duncan    3 3  33 2/3 28 27 22 .500
Motley    1 2  24     24 16 16 .333
Chavez    0 0  23 2.3 31 22 14 .000


Lethbridge Rotary Tournament

(August 1/2)  Ron Hubbard was the hero, at the plate and on the hill, as Medicine Hat Superiors came from behind a 5-1 deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning to score seven times and beat Granum 8-5 in the final of the Lethbridge Rotary Tournament.  The key blow was Hubbard's pinch-hit, grand slam homer.  Hubbard began the 9th in left field but was called to the mound to quell a potential White Sox rally in the bottom of the 9th.  Bob Bolingbroke picked up the win in relief of starter Zeke ZiebartLynn Duncan had a homer, double and single for the Superiors.

Davidson (L) McCaig (8) and Bryson
Ziebart, Bolingbroke (W) (8), Hubbard (9) and Braun

Granum had won its semi-final, 8-4, over Kelowna as third baseman John Robertson belted a homer and two singles and John Valelenak rapped a three-run homer and two singles.  Gord Vejprava added a triple and single. 

Medicine Hat Superiors gained a berth in the final downing Calgary Dodgers 4-1 as Aaron Jones allowed just three hits and fanned 13 as he pitched into the 9th inning as temperatures broke 90 degrees.  Jones aided his cause with a homer and single. Lowell Pearce took the loss.

Kelowna 4 Granum 8
DeRosa, Scott (5), Denbow (7) and Culos
Ray Neal, McCaug (3), Walasko (6) and Bryson

Medicine Hat 4 Calgary 1
Jones, Bolingbroke (9) and Braun
Pearce, Falk (7) and Martin

(August 1)   All but one of the Southern Alberta clubs advanced to the semi-finals of the Rotary Tournament.  Only Kelowna Orioles broke the spell.  Kelowna plated four in the 9th inning to down Lethbridge Warriors 9-7.  Granum whipped the Spokane All-Stars 20-10, Medicine Hat thrashed Lander, Wyoming, Pioneers 17-8 and the Calgary Dodgers scored three in the 1st and went on to shade the Havana Giants 4-2.

In the opening game, Kelowna Orioles broke loose with a four-run rally in the 9th to score a 9-7 victory and knock Lethbridge Warriors out of the eighth annual Rotary Tournament.  Two errors, a walk and hits by Jim Schloesler and Bill Martino brought the Orioles back from a 7-5 deficit.  Schloesler led the Kelowna offense with three doubles and a single.  Earl Ingarfield belted a three-run homer for Lethbridge. Bob Roberts went all the way for the win.

Kelowna 9 Lethbridge 7
Roberts and Culos
Chavez, Canner (7) and Koentopp

Granum scored four in the first inning and never looked back in trouncing Spokane 20-10. Gordie Vejprava drove in four runs with two homers and a double to lead the White Sox past Spokane.  Gil Kuhn had a homer and double for the losers. Willie Walasko picked up the win, Gary Barnes was the loser.

Spokane 10 Granum 20
Barnes, Shortlidge (1), Stoner (6), Bloomquist (7) and Heinz
Walasko, McCaig (7) and Bryson

Medicine Hat clubbed 20 hits, including a grand slam homer by Don Risinger, to beat Lander.  Phil Risinger had a three-run homer, double and two singles.  Ron Hubbard was the winner, Tony Occhaito the loser.

Medicine Hat 17 Landor 5
Hubbard, Jones (7) and Braun
Occhaito, Carlos (2), Francis (6), Glen (8) and Cooper

Errors were prominent in the Giants' loss to Calgary.  They committed three in the opening frame as the Dodgers scored three times without a hit.  Hank Szostak went the distance on the hill for Calgary allowing just four hits.  Selvo Hebra was the starter and loser for Havana.

Havana 2 Calgary 4
Herba, Rivera (1), Diaz (8), Zambrana (8) and Gonzalez
Szostak and Martin


(August 3)  Lethbridge Warriors took both ends of a twin-bill from the Superiors in Medicine Hat, 13-4 and 14-8.  The home club seemed winded from its victory the previous day in the Lethbridge Tournament.  Lethbridge got route-going wins from Mel Duncan and Sam Canner while Medicine Hat was forced to let Jim Whitmore go all the way in the opener and use a makeshift mound staff in the second game.  First baseman Ron Mertus was the starter for the Superiors and went seven innings giving up eight hits with seven strike outs and eight walks.  Warriors broke an 8-8 tie with six runs in the 9th, four coming home on Earl Ingarfield's grand slam homer.  In the first game, Ron Hare and Clarence Yanosik had homers for Lethbridge and Mertus poked one for Medicine Hat.  Frank Amaya homered for the Warriors in the second game while Phil Risinger and Lynn Duncan had circuit blows for the losers. 

M Duncan (W) and Koentopp
Whitemore (L) and Braun

Canner (W) and Koentopp
Mertus, L Duncan (8), Ziebart (L) (9) and Adams

Vauxhall Jets continued their recent surge taking a pair from Calgary 10-8 and 14-12 as third baseman Tom Gonzalez had a huge day with the lumber bashing eight hits in ten at bats -  a homer, double and three singles in the first game and a grand slam homer, double and single in the nightcap.  Reliever Joe DeGregorio notched wins in both games.  He came on in the 5th inning of the first game to relieve starter Whitney Armstrong, a newcomer to the club, and went the rest of the way.  In the second contest he finished up after taking over for Doug Marquardt in the 2nd frame. Jets' Gregg Briggs chipped in with a homer, double and single in the opener and John Harmon added a double and two singles.  Marty Hurd punched a three-run homer and single for Calgary and Jerry Lorenz had three singles.  Doug Erskine belted a two-run homer and single in the second game for Vauxhall and Hugh McMillan had a double and two singles.  Lonenz paced the Dodgers with a two-run homer and two singles. 

Tilbert Neal (L) and Martin
Whitney Armstrong, DeGregorio (W) (5) and Eilmes

Falk, Szostak (L) (3), Beecroft (5) and Martin, Noble (8)
Marquardt, DeGregorio (W) (2) and Burley

(August 3)    League governor Peter Sereni of Medicine Hat has announced the league has upheld a protest by Vauxhall regarding a recent match between the Jets and Medicine Hat.  The contest, won by the Superiors, is to be replayed.  The protest arose after a Medicine Hat player had interfered with the Jets' catcher allowing a run to score.  The decision, combined with the Warrior's doubleheader win on Sunday, moves Lethbridge into the top spot in the SABL standings. ,

(August 4)   Vauxhall Jets continued their winning ways with their 9th win in their last eleven games, downing the White Sox 8-7 at Granum.  Tom Gonzalez knocked in the winning run with a 5th inning single.  Doug Erskine had a two-run homer for the Jets and Ron Loughlin added a triple. Brack Bailey had two doubles and a single for the Sox.  John Harmon got the win.  Art Thompson took the loss.

Harmon (W) and Eilmes
Thompson (L), Ray Neal (5) and Carrier, Bryson (5)

(August 5)   Havana Giants scored a 5-3 exhibition win over the Superiors at Medicine Hat.  Raverra and Hebra combined on a four-hitter for the Giants.  Zeke Ziebart went the distance for Medicine Hat giving up nine hits.  The Cubans lost out to Calgary in the first round of the Rotary Tournament.

(August 5)   The future of the Calgary franchise is in doubt after owner George Brookman revealed one player isn't likely to return to the lineup, another wants to go home because of family problems and a third needs to return early for a school-teaching assignment. The Lethbridge Herald reported that the Granum White Sox had fined and fired pitcher Tom McCaig for an indifferent attitude and catcher Jerry Bryson was rumoured to have left the team for his home in the United States.  To complicate matters, the Medicine Hat Superiors, led by owner Tom Shector, are behind a move to oust governor Peter Sereni because of the decision to uphold a recent protest by Vauxhall Jets. All three Medicine Hat umpires have quit because of the decision to uphold the protest.  Brookman says Larry Brown has been given a leave of absence to see his ailing father and Hank Szostak had asked to leave for home.  Lowell Pearce requested leave to take up a teaching position. 

(August 6)   Lee Dobyn's Medicine Hat Superiors moved to with a game and a half of first place with an 8-2 win over Calgary as Ron Hubbard fired a four-hitter.  Superiors jumped into a 4-run lead in the first inning as Dodger starter Gord Beecroft issued five walks and a single.  Don Risinger had a homer for the winners.

Beecroft (L), Falk (1), Tilbert Neal (7) and Noble
Hubbard (W) and Braun

Vauxhall Jets came from behind to top Granum 3-2 for their 10th win in 12 starts.  The game was a seven inning affair.  Vauxhall scored two in the bottom of the 7th to win.  With two out, John Harmon's single and an error scored a run and Gregg Briggs won it with a single.  Jets took a 1-0 lead in the first on a home run by Briggs and the margin held up until the 7th inning when the White Sox scored twice.  Bill Fennessy singled and stole second and scored on Art Thompson's double. Darwin Walkingshaw's single scored Thompson.  Gene Carlson pitched a six-hitter for the win.  Willie Walakso took the loss. The game was one of two in which both Gord Wesley and John Vaselenak were banned as a result of a rhubarb at a previous Sox - Jets contest in which the players were ejected.  Brack Bailey came into play second base and pitcher Art Thompson and Jim Coggins played the outfield. 

Walasko (L) and Carrier
Carlston (W) and Eilmes

Lethbridge    18-12
Medicine Hat  18-15
Calgary       15-15
Granum        15-18
Vauxhall      13-19

(August 8)   Granum White Sox cooled off the Vauxhall Jets 11-3.  Both Gord Vejprava and Bill Fennessey cracked out a homer and single to lead the Sox attack.  Ray Neal held the Jets to seven hits in registering the win. 

Ray Neal (W) and Carrier
Marquardt (L), DeGregorio (2), Anderson (5) and Eilmes

Calgary Dodgers plated six runs in the 3rd inning en route to an 11-8 triumph over Medicine Hat.  Dave Abel, in his first catching assignment in a month, went five for five to lead the Dodgers who punched out 18 hits.  Gord Beecroft had three safeties, two of them doubles.  Harold Noble had a homer. Ron Hubbard poked a three-run homer for the Superiors. Hank Szostak went the route for the win.

Ziebart (L), Whitmore (3) and Braun, Adams (7)
Szostak (W) and Abel

Lethbridge    18-12
Medicine Hat  18-16
Calgary       16-15
Granum        16-18
Vauxhall      13-20

(August 9)   John Chavez was outstanding in pitching Lethbridge Warriors to a 4-1 win over Granum. The right-hander held the White Sox to seven hits while fanning 13. Catcher Larry Koentopp led the offense with three hits, Granum starter Bill Davidson took the loss.

Davidson (L), Ted Neal (8) and Carrier
Chavez (W) and Koentopp

(August 10)   The hometown Superiors took a pair from Granum, 8-7 and 4-2.  Medicine Hat overcame 8 errors and 12 hits to win the first game.

Granum took the lead in the first inning on John Vaselenak's two-run double.  Lynn Duncan got one back for the Superiors in the bottom of the 1st doubling in Doug SeilerBrack Bailey scored for the Sox in the third on Bill Fennessey's long fly ball, but Medicine Hat responded with four runs in their half of the frame. Winning pitcher Aaron Jones walked, advanced on a single and scored on a wild pitch. Ron Mertus drove in a pair with a double and scored himself on an error. Granum came right back with three runs in the 4th on a double, three singles and an error and Medicine Hat knotted the count with a single marker in the 4th as Jones singled and scored on Seiler's base hit. Granum went ahead 7-6 with a run in 5th on two hits a walk and error before the Superiors scored the final runs in the bottom of the 6th. Seiler and Phil Risinger opened with singles and, with two out, Don Risigner drew a walk to load the bases. Elroy Schaufele singled to plate a pair.

Seiler led the offense with three hits. Brack Bailey had three for the White Sox.

Thompson, Ray Neal (L) (4), Ted Neal (9) and Carrier
Jones (W) and Braun

Ron Hubbard was the story in the second game as the left-hander tossed a five-hitter with 15 strikeouts and no walks in a 4-2 win for the Superiors. Lynn Duncan banged out a double and two singles to lead the batsmen.  Ray Neal, who caught the second game for Granum, clouted a homer and double. 

Walasko (L), Coggins (6) and Ray Neal
Hubbard (W) and Braun

(August 10)  The hitters had a field day as the Warriors and Jets faced off in a double-header at Vauxhall. Lethbridge won the opener 23-4 with the home squad taking the second game 18-14. The day featured 59 runs, 12 home runs, 51 hits and 19 errors.

In the first game, the 1957 batting champion Bobby Lee broke out of a slump with two homers and a single, driving in five runs.  Winning pitcher Sam Canner and Ron Hare each belted homers. Canner, who tossed a five-hitter for the win, also had a double. Losing pitcher John Harmon had a home run for the Jets.

Canner (W) and Koentopp
Harmon (L), Anderson (3), Cleland (5), Fallon (6) and Eilmes

John Harmon belted a grand-slam homer in the bottom of the 8th inning as Vauxhall rallied with 16 runs in the last two innings to down the Warriors 18-14. Lethbridge had a 13-4 margin going into the bottom of the 7th inning when the Jets exploded for six runs. Warriors added another in the top of the 8th to make it 14-10 and set the stage for Vauxhall's amazing comeback. 

Doug Erskine knocked in four runs with a pair of doubles and two singles. Ed Fallon had a homer and double and Tom Gonzales a homer and single.  Ken Eilmes had three hits.  Ron Hare and Earl Ingarfield each had a homer and two singles for Lethbridge. Mitch Sztaba and Frank Amaya each added a homer and single. Joe Degregorio was the winner in relief.

Motley, Minjock (L) (7), Duncan (8) and Koentopp
Carlson, DeGregorio (W) (7) and Eilmes

(August 12)   Lefty Joe DeGregorio blanked Medicine Hat on three hits in besting Zeke Ziebart in a pitching duel as Vauxhall scored a 1-0 victory.  Ziebart allowed just sevent hits.  The only run came in the 3rd inning on Ed Fallon's bases-loaded single.  The win leaves the Jets just a one-game behind Granum in the fight for fourth place in the standings.  The contest was a makeup for the July 27th game won 7-5 by Medicine Hat but wiped from the books when the league upheld a protest by the Jets. 

DeGregorio (W) and Eilmes
Ziebart (L) and Braun

Lethbridge Warriors counted six runs in the first inning and coasted home to a 16-1 victory over Calgary.  Earl Ingarfield had the big bat with a long homer over the centre field fence and two triples off the scoreboard in right.  Frank Amaya had a homer and a single.  Mitch Sztaba added a double and two singles.  Mel Duncan gave up three hits and a run in the first inning but shut down the Dodgers on three hits the rest of the way.

Szostak (L), Tilbert Neal (3) and Martin
Duncan (W) and Koentopp

Lethbridge    21-13
Medicine Hat  20-17
Calgary       16-16
Granum        16-21
Vauxhall      15-21

(August 13)   Medicine Hat pushed across three runs in the 9th to break a 5-5 draw and down Granum 8-5 to drop the White Sox back into a tie for 4th spot with Vauxhall. In the 9th, Doug Seiler led off with a single and Lynn Duncan and Ron Mertus drew walks to load the sacks.  An infield out scored Seiler and Ron Hubbard, playing in the outfield, plated a pair with a single. Don Risinger paced the Superiors with a double and two singles. Jim Whitmore went the distance for the win. 

Whitmore (W) and Braun
Thompson, Walasko (L) (8) and Strother

Lethbridge Warriors punched out 15 hits in stopping Calgary 11-5.  Bobby Lee and Mitch Stzaba led the attack, each with three hits.  John Chavez went the route for the win with 13 strikeouts and just one base on balls.  Gord Beecroft homered for the Dodgers.

Chavez (W) and Koentopp
Falk (L) and Martin

Lethbridge    22-13
Medicine Hat  21-17
Calgary       16-17
Granum        16-22
Vauxhall      15-21


(August 15-16)  Medicine Hat Tournament :

(August 16)   Calgary Dodgers spotted Lethbridge an 11-4 lead then roared back to upset the Warriors 14-13 to take top prize of $1,000 in the Medicine Hat Rotary Tournament.  Bob Foster's grand slam was a key hit in the comeback.  Jerry Lorenz also had a homer and Jim McDonald and Gordie Dolinard each had three hits.  Bill Casanova added a double and single.  Ron Hare hit for the cycle for Lethbridge, a three-run homer, triple, double and single.  Earl Ingarfield rapped a two-run homer and single.  Hank Szostak was the winner, in relief. 

Tilbert Neal, Falk (3), Roberts (4), Sauve (6), Szostak (W) (7) and Abel
Chavez, M Duncan (4), Motley (6), Warnick (7), Canner (L) (7) and Koentopp

Calgary gained the final with a 3-0 win over Vauxhall as Szostak fired a four-hitter for the shutout.  Joe DeGregorio took the loss. Lethbridge advanced with a 6-5 win over Medicine Hat. The Superiors scored five times in the first inning.  Larry Koentopp's bases-loaded double capped a four-run 6th inning for Lethbridge.  Koentopp drove in Frank Amaya with the tying run after Amaya had singled and stolen second.  The Warriors' catcher scored the winner as a Bob Bolingbroke pitch got away from catcher Wayne Braun.

Szostak (W) and Abel
DeGregorio (L) and Eilmes

Duncan, Minjock (2), Warnick (6) and Koentopp
Hubbard, Bolingbroke (8) and Braun

(August 15)  Lethbridge Warriors unleashed an 18-hit attack to demolish Granum White Sox 13-5 in one of four first round games in the Medicine Hat Rotary Tournament.  The onslaught included three homers, two triples and three doubles.  Sam Canner, the winning pitcher, had a homer, double and single to lead the Warriors at the plate.  Earl Ingarfield and Clarence Yanosik also had homers.  

Davidson, (L) Coggins (2), Thompson (7) and Strother
Canner (W) and Koentopp

Medicine Hat got outstanding pitching from newly acquired Leroy Gregory to beat Cold Lake 6-1.  Gregory was obtained from Moose Jaw of the WCBL.

Gregory (W) and Braun
Gates (L) and Demeriez

Vauxhall's Joe DeGregorio, who picked up the win in relief, singled in the bottom of the 10th and came around to score the winner on three Estevan errors as the Jets won 3-2.

Ed Williams (L) and Johnson, Kruger (9)
Marquardt, DeGregorio (W) (8) and Eilmes

Calgary scored three in the bottom of the 9th to top Grand Centre 8-5.  Bob Roberts, who went the distance on the hill for the Dodgers, poked a three-run homer to break a 5-5 tie.

Cravens, Joe Beecroft (L) (5) and Pierson
Roberts (W) and Abel


(August 17)   Calgary and the Warriors divided a pair of one-run decisions at Lethbridge.  In a slugfest which featured 29 hits, Lethbridge won the first game 9-8. Orv Motley picked up the win in relief.  Third baseman Ron Hare had a double and two singles to pace the attack and made the outstanding defensive play with the bases loaded in the 9th inning to preserve the win.  Bobby Lee, playing in centre field, had three hits and drove in three runs. Earl Ingarfield extending his hitting streak to 14 games with two singles.  Bill Casanova, who had left the club in a bid to play football, returned to lead Calgary with two triples, a double and single.

Lefty Les Sauve made his debut in regular season play with Calgary a winning one in holding the Warriors to six hits in the Dodgers 4-3 win in the second game.  Sauve helped his cause at the plate with a triple and two singles.  Warrior manager Harry Watson unveiled lefthander Leroy Gregory who pitched well but took the loss.  He had just a days rest after pitching for the Superiors in the Medicine Hat tournament.  Gregory had been with Moose Jaw of the Western Canada League.  Gregory compiled ten strikeouts and walked just one.

Falk (0-4), Sauve (8) and Martin
Minjock, Motley (2-3)  (7) and Koentopp

Sauve (W) and Martin
Gregory (L) and Koentopp

Bob Bolingbroke, back in the lineup up a bout of sickness, blanked Vauxhall Jets on four hits for a 3-0 win and a split of their doubleheader at Vauxhall.  The lefty fanned six without a base on balls.  Jets won the first game 10-5 punching out 13 hits as Gene Carlson pitched the distance to take the mound victory.  Hugh McMillan had three hits and Tom Gonzalez added a double and a single.  Lynn Duncan accounted for much of the Superiors' offense with a three-run homer and a double.

Ziebart (L), Mertus (6) and Adams, Braun (8), Dobyns (8)
Carlson (W) and Eilmes

Bolingbroke (W) and Braun
Trauba (L), Harmon (8) and Eilmes

Lethbridge    23-14
Medicine Hat  22-18
Calgary       17-18
Granum        16-22
Vauxhall      16-22

(August 18)   John Vaselenak of Lethbridge has been signed by the St. Louis Cardinals and will join the spring training camp of the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League.  Vaselenak led the old Foothills - Wheatbelt League in home runs last year and has collected five so far this season.  The last official batting statistics show him hitting .285.

(August 18)   Brack Bailey hit for the cycle to pace Granum to a 13-3 win over Calgary Dodgers.  Bailey had a homer, triple, double, single and a walk in five trips to the plate.  He drove in five runs.  Gord Wesley added a homer and single for the White Sox.  Willie Walasko gave up eleven hits but went the distance for the win.  With the victory, Granum moved a half game in front of Vauxhall and just a game and a half back of Calgary.

Tilbert Neal (L), Beecroft (5) and Abel
Walasko (W) and Strother

Lethbridge    23-14
Medicine Hat  22-18
Calgary       17-19
Granum        17-22
Vauxhall      16-22

(August 19)   Vauxhall Jets moved past Granum into 4th spot in the SABL standings and to within a game of third place Calgary with a 12-9 win over the Dodgers at Buffalo Stadium.  John Harmon, the diminuitive centre fielder led the Jets with a two-run homer and a pair of singles and made an outstanding defensive play to preserve the win.  In the 7th inning, a drive off the bat of Bill Casanova sent Harmon deep to centre where the Jets' sparkplug speared the ball with his back to the plate before crashing into the fence.  Gregg Briggs, a former Dodger, added a homer and double for the winners and Ron Loughlin had a double and two singles. 

Calgary announced a new field manager, Bob Roberts from Yakima who starter on the hill for the Dodgers and took the loss.  Roberts succeeds Gord Beecroft who assumes the post of general manager.

Marquardt (W), DeGregorio (9) and Eilmes
Roberts (L), Falk (6) and Abel

In the wind and rain at Granum, Lethbridge dumped the White Sox 10-6 in a game shortened to five innings by the adverse weather conditions.  Winning pitcher Sam Canner, with a three-run homer, and his battery mate, catcher Larry Koentopp, with a two-run blast, led the Warriors.  Canner picked up his 8th win of the season after taking over for starter John Chavez who faced just one batter.  Catcher Steve Strother homered for the White Sox.  Ray Neal took the loss.

Chavez, Canner (W) (1) and Koentopp
Ray Neal (L) Thompson (4), Coggins (4) and Stothers

Lethbridge    24-14
Medicine Hat  22-18
Calgary       17-20
Vauxhall      17-22
Granum        17-23

(August 20)   Medicine Hat Superiors rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 9th to register a 5-4 win over Lethbridge and move to within two games of the first place Warriors.  Lefthander Leroy Gregory had the game in hand until the 9th when he gave up a walk to Ron Mertus and single to Lynn Duncan, the first two batters.  Mertus scored on a wild pitch and an error.  Then, after a walk to Phil Risinger, Duncan tied the game on Don Risinger's double to right.  Bud Syverson drew an intentional walk to load the bases and, with one out, pitcher Bob Bolingbroke punched a single to right field to plate the winner.  Bolingbroke had relieved starter Ron Hubbard in the 7th.  Gregory, who fanned 12, allowed nine hits and nine walks and committed two errors.

Gregory (L) and Koentopp
Hubbard, Bolingbroke (W) (7) and Braun

Granum White Sox moved back into a tie for 4th with Vauxhall in posting a 12-9 victory over third place Calgary which saw its lead over the Sox and Jets slip to half a game.  Granum exploded for five runs in the first inning, fell behind 8-7 after four before notching two in the 5th and another three runs in the 6th to put the game out of reach.  Art Thompson, with a sterling 7 1/3 inning relief effort, was the winner.  Gord Vejprava and Darwin Walkingshaw each had three hits to led the offense.  Don Kirk, in his first start in three weeks, took the loss.  Gord Beecroft had a homer and triple for the Dodgers. It was the first time the Calgary fans had a chance to see Jim Johnson and Steve Strother in Granum garb.  Johnson was solid at third base and went two for four at the plate.  Dodgers also had a newcomer in the lineup in shortstop Jimmy Berlando, a Red Deer native.

Davidson, Thompson (W) (2), Walasko (9) and Strother
Kirk (L), Szostak (1), Falk (6) and Martin

Lethbridge    24-15
Medicine Hat  23-18
Calgary       17-21
Granum        18-23
Vauxhall      17-22

(August 21)   Again, Bob Bolingbroke was the story for Medicine Hat as the Superiors beat Vauxhall 4-3 to move to within a game and a half of first place Lethbridge.  The lefty won his third game in five days in going the distance against the Jets.  Bolingbroke was also an offensive star with a double and single in four trips and a run scored.  Vauxhall dropped a half game behind Granum in the battle for 4th place in the standings.  Newcomer Ed Williams took the loss.  Williams, formerly of the Regina Braves and Estevan Maple Leafs, was acquired by the Jets this week.  Elroy Schaufele knocked in the winning run with a 6th inning single.  John Harmon belted a homer for the losers.

Ed Williams (L) and Eilmes
Bolingbroke (W) and Braun

Lethbridge    24-15
Medicine Hat  24-18
Calgary       17-21
Granum        18-23
Vauxhall      17-23

(August 22)   Newcomer Pete Riggs fired a three-hitter for Granum to give the White Sox a 6-1 victory over Lethbridge and a share of third place in the Southern Alberta Baseball League.  Riggs, a 19-year-old converted infielder pitched with Moose Jaw Mallards of the Western Canada League until they folded then suited up with Saskatoon Commodores for the playoffs.  He's from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Brack Bailey, the league's second best hitter, paced the winners with a double and two singles and another outstanding catch in the outfield.  Riggs fine effort stopped two hitting streaks.  Frank Amaya had his 18-game streak halted and Earl Ingarfield saw his 17-game string come to an end. 

Riggs (W) and Strother
Duncan (L) and Koentopp

Calgary Dodgers blew a 7-0 first inning lead but managed to battle back to tie the Jets 9-9 at Vauxhall on Ted Falk's solo homer in the 7th and final inning.  The game was called because of darkness.  John Harmon of the Jets carried the game's big stick with a homer and two doubles.  Tom Gonzalez added a pair of two-baggers and Jerry Lorenz led the Dodgers with three singles.

Sauve, Falk (5), Casanova (5) and Lindberg
DeGregorio, Harmon (1) and Eilmes

Lethbridge    24-16
Medicine Hat  24-18
Granum        19-23
Calgary       17-21
Vauxhall      17-23

(August 23)   Sam Canner blanked Granum on five hits and Lethbridge Warriors scored a 6-0 win at Granum as the White Sox allowed 12 hits and committed eight errors.  Mel Duncan got the Warriors rolling in the 4th with a two-run homer.  New recruit Lew Hobson took the loss. Vern Welo and Bobby Lee each had three hits for the winners.

Canner (W) and Koentopp
Hobson (L) and Strother

Medicine Hat dumped Calgary 15-3 with 14 hits off two Dodgers' hurlers. Third baseman Eloyd Robinson knocked out three hits and centre fielder Don Birkle, another new addition, had a double.  Lynn Duncan's three-run homer highlighted an eight-run 8th inning for the Superiors.  Duncan also had a triple. Zeke Ziebart went the distance allowing seven hits and fanning six for his 6th win of the season.

Tilbert Neal (L) Roberts (5) and Martin
Ziebart (W) and Braun

(August 24)   Granum White Sox made up some ground on Calgary and Vauxhall by dumping the Jets 9-6 in the first game of a doubleheader.  The teams played to a 7-7 tie in the second game before it was called after seven innings.  Granum had two big innings in the opener for the win, a 4-run 2nd inning and a 5-run 5th.  Willie Walasko gave up 14 hits but went the distance for the win.  Bill Fennessey's three-run homer was the big blow for Granum.  Brack Bailey had a pair of doubles.  For the Jets, John Harmon had a homer, double and single and Tom Gonzalez belted a homer and single.

Carlston (L), DeGregorio (5) and Eilmes
Walasko (W) and Strother

In the second game, Jets sent 10 men to the plate in the 3rd frame and counted six runs.  They added another in the 7th to take a 7-6 lead only to see Bailey's leadoff homer in the 7th knot the score.  Harmon add to his impressive day with a homer and single, Gonzalez added a triple and double.  Bailey also had a double and single.  Jim Coggins had a homer and single for Granum.

Marquardt, DeGregorio (2) and Burley, Eilmes
Thompson, Coggins (4) and Strother

Medicine Hat took a pair from Calgary 12-7 and 8-4.  An eight-run 2nd inning, highlighted by home runs by Doug Seiler and Lynn Duncan, carried the Superiors to victory in the first game.  Phil Risinger and Don Birkle later added homers for the winners and Gord Beecroft belted one for Calgary.  Dale Eikerman, with late relief by Bob Bolingbroke, picked up the win.

In the second game, lefty Buzz Bartylla, from the Western Canada League, topped former WCBL colleague Ralph Vold.  Bartylla, who gave up nine hits, got the with with 9th inning relief from Bolingbroke.  Superiors got a two-run triple by Phil Risinger in the 2nd inning and three-run homer from Duncan in the 3rd to take a lead they never relinquished.  Medicine Hat pounded Vold for 15 hits. Calgary had another pair of newcomers in the lineup, third baseman Don Biasotti and shortstop Tom Satriano, both from the Edmonton Eskimos of the WCBL. 

Eikerman (W), Bolingbroke (9) and Braun
Szostak (L), Sauve (2) and Abel

Bartylla (W), Bolingbroke (9) and Braun
Vold (L) and Abel

Lethbridge    25-16
Medicine Hat  27-18
Granum        20-24
Calgary       17-24
Vauxhall      17-24

(August 25)   Medicine Hat crushed Vauxhall 17-4 behind lefty Ron Hubbard who fanned 15 in picking up the the win.  He now has 117 strikeouts on the season to easily lead in that category.  Newly acquired third sacker Eloyd Robinson and first baseman Ron Mertus led the onslaught.  Mertus drove in four runs with a homer and triple, Robinson knocked in four with a homer and single.  Bud Syverson also had a homer for the winners.  John Harmon had a round tripper for the Jets. 

Ed Williams (L), Marquardt (5), Trauba (6) and Eilmes
Hubbard (W) and Braun

Medicine Hat  28-18
Lethbridge    25-16
Granum        20-24
Calgary       17-24
Vauxhall      17-25

Outfielder Lynn Duncan of Medicine Hat continues to dominate the batting categories in the Southern Alberta Baseball League.  Duncan tops the loop with a .416 average, with Brack Bailey of Granum up to .390.  In a three-way tie at .361 are Ed Fallon of Vauxhall and Earl Ingarfield and Mitch Sztaba of Lethbridge.  Another Warrior, Frank Amaya, is sixth with Calgary's Mary Hurd and Jim Coggins of Granum tied at .344.  Rounding out the top group are Gordie Beecroft of Calgary, at .337, and Larry Koentopp of Lethbridge at .323.

Duncan leads the lead in doubles, homers, runs and runs batted in.  Sam Canner of Lethbridge leads the pitchers with an 8-2 mark.  Bobby Lee, last year's batting champion, has made major strides over the last few weeks to bring his average from the .180 range to an even .300.

Most at bats - Lorenz, Calgary, 157
Runs - Duncan, Medicine Hat, 59
Hits - Duncan, 62
Doubles - Duncan, 17
Triples - Amaya, Lethbridge & Bailey, Granum, 5
Homers - Duncan, 13
Sacrifice Hits - Bailey, 7
Stolen Bases - Amaya, 17
Runs Batted In - Duncan, 51
Errors - Lorenz, 27

Innings Pitched - Tilbert Neal, Calgary, 93 2/3s
Games Started - Marquardt, Vauxhall & Walasko, Granum, 11
Games Completed - Hubbard, Medicine Hat, 7
Runs Allowed - Tilbert Neal, 88
Hits Allowed - Tilbert Neal, 118
Wins - Canner, Lethbridge, 8
Losses - Three tied with 6
Percentage - Canner, 8-2, .800
Strikeouts - Hubbard, 102
Walks - Marquardt, 62
Hit Batters - DeGregorio, Vauxhall, 6

LETHBRIDGE
             AB  R  H SB RBI  AVG
Canner       38  9 14  0  12 .368
Ingarfield  141 30 51  0  35 .362
Sztaba       94 20 34  2  17 .362
Amaya       151 47 54 17  28 .358
Gregory       6  0  2  0   2 .333
Koentopp    142 33 46  5  27 .324
Hare        139 27 43  5  34 .309
Tarnava      73 12 22  7   4 .301
Lee         123 29 37  3  24 .301
Yanosik     111 23 31  1  21 .279
Motley       18  0  5  0   3 .278
Duncan       51  8 11  0  10 .216
Welo         95 26 13  6   7 .137
Stasiuk      31  3  4  0   2 .129
Chavez       15  1  0  0   1 .000

PITCHING    W  L  IP     H BB S0
Minjock     2  3 36 1/3 43 18 20
Canner      8  2 65     60 29 51
Duncan      5  3 53 2/3 50 37 49
Motley      2  3 43 2/3 47 32 19
Chavez      2  0 42     48 18 45
Gregory     0  2 18 1/3 19 10 22

(August 26)   High winds forced the postponement of the game at Lethbridge between the Warriors and Medicine Hat.  The game was called in the bottom of the 2nd inning with the score deadlocked 1-1, two men out and the bases loaded with Warriors.  Bob Bolingbroke was toiling for the Superiors and Leroy Gregory for the Warriors. 

Vauxhall and Granum split a pair.  Joe DeGregorio held Granum to seven hits and Vauxhall Jets topped the White Sox 5-1 in the regularly scheduled contest and Granum scored an 8-7 win in the completion of an earlier 7-7 tie.  Jim Coggins settled the completion game with a home run in the 8th for the win.  Tom Gonzalez poked a three-run homer in the first inning of the second game to give the Jets enough for the win. 

Marquardt, DeGregorio (L) (2) and Burley, Eilmes (5)
Thompson, Coggins (W) (4) and Strother

Riggs (L) and Strother
DeGregorio (W) and Burley

Medicine Hat  28-18
Lethbridge    25-16
Granum        21-25
Vauxhall      18-26
Calgary       17-24

Headline(August 26)   Don Maclean, in his regular column in the Lethbridge Herald of August 26, 1958, noted the flood of late season imports for the SABL clubs.

"The Western Canada Baseball League, oops, pardon us, the Southern Alberta Baseball League championship will go to the team with the biggest bankroll behind it or the one wishing to go the furthest into the hole unless we miss our guess.

Thanks to a ridiculous edict set down by league governor Peter Sereni of Medicine Hat, the league has turned into a haven for castoffs from the WCBL playoffs and a player no sooner sees his team sidelined in that league than he makes for these green pastures and from all reports, picks up more of the long green per month than he could ever make in the supposedly higher-class WCBL.

Some of the wages we've been told are getting into astronomical figures with third basemen getting wages like $400 per, and $450 for catchers not unheard of.  In fact, a reliable source tells us, teams in this league have outbid the Lloydminster-North Battleford Combines for players in the past week or two.  Naturally something has got to be done.

Just as sure as we're pounding this out on our typewriter the owners of this league are pricing themselves clear out of business and the governor, with his unlimited substitution ruling, has much to do with it.

If one club in this league comes out at the end of the year in the black, we'll have to see the books to believe it.  None of the teams have picked up too much cash in the tourneys and if we use Lethbridge as an indicator, the salaries and operating expenses are far exceeding the gate receipts.

Only two teams have kept their imports, since the cutoff date, to a minimum and both are slightly on the poor side.  One is Lethbridge who have added only Leroy Gregory to their roster, and that with permission in the original plan for one new face each to teams in the league, and Vauxhall who were allowed to pick up Tom Gonzalez after the deadline and then grabbed Ed Williams when the league opened the floodgates and allowed the SABL to be a relief camp for out-of-work WCBL leftovers.

Medicine Hat, screaming to high heaven still about Don Kuodis, have inked an outfielder named Don Birkle, a third sacker named Eloyd Robinson and pitchers Buzz Bartylla and Dale Eikerman.

Calgary, who started the whole thing when players and team officials couldn't get along to such a degree that some went home and more sampled amply of the bubbly juice, have added pitchers Les Sauve and Bob Roberts, catcher Charles Lindberg, third baseman Don Biasotti and shortstops Tom Satriano and Jim Berlando and outfielder Bill Casanova.

Granum, in an effort to win the championship again, have signed four pitchers in the past week.  They include Pete Riggs, Lew Hobson, Ralph Vold and Jack McQuade.  The White Sox also strengthened at third base with Jim Johnson and in the catching position with Steve Strother.

Count 'em, there's 20.  Twenty new players as closely as we can reckon, who have found happiness is a thing called Sereni.

And to top it all off, Calgary found they needed extra help in the second game Sunday against Medicine Hat and flew in "Whitey" Vold from Edmonton in an effort to knock over the Superiors.  This despite the fact Vold had made an agreement to finish the season with the Granum Wesleymen.

Of course under the new ruling you can add today and cut tomorrow.  Before the league comes to playoffs the list of players secretary-manager Bill MacKay will have may look more like the passenger list on the Queen Elizabeth.  And the only one who will have missed the boat will be governor Serini.

(August 27)   Granum clinched third place in the SABL with a 4-3 win over Calgary as Brack Bailey belted a two-run homer in the 7th inning for the winning margin.  Newcomer Jack McQuade tossed a seven-hitter for the win.  McQuade, who fanned seven and walked one, joined the Sox from the Edmonton Eskimos of the Western Canada League.  Ted Falk had a homer for the Dodgers.

Szostak (L) and Al Warrack
McQuade (W) and Strother

Mel Duncan blanked Vauxhall on five-hits and Lethbridge Warriors notched a 2-0 victory.  Vic Stasiuk, pressed into outfield service by the shorthanded Warriors, punched a bases-loaded single in the 7th inning to account for both Lethbridge runs.  Doug Marquardt, completing his first game in 13 starts, allowed just six hits in taking the loss.  The scheduled second game was postponed because of rain.

Marquardt (L) and Burley
Duncan (W) and Koentopp

(August 28)   Eloyd Robinson and Ron Mertus rapped two-run homers to lead Medicine Hat to a 6-3 win over Lethbridge.  Bob Bolingbroke went the distance for the win.  Sam Canner took the the loss.

Bolingbroke (W) and Braun
Canner (L) and Koentopp

Calgary Dodgers battered Ralph Vold for 11 hits en route to an 11-4 victory over Granum.  It was Vold's second straight loss since joining the SABL.  He lost last week in pitching for the Dodgers. Lefty Ted Falk picked up the win, his first of the season. Calgary got homers from Jimmy MacDonald and Bill CasanovaGord Beecroft had a three-run double among his three hits.  Dodgers' manager Bob Roberts was ejected in the 2nd inning for arguing a third strike call.

Vold (L) and Strother, Carrier (6)
Falk (W) and Martin

Medicine Hat  29-18
Lethbridge    26-17
Granum        22-26
Calgary       18-25
Vauxhall      18-27

(August 29)  In the closing game of the Southern Alberta Baseball League, Lethbridge scored five runs in the 1st and held on to beat Medicine Hat 6-5.  Lefty Leroy Gregory went all the way to best the Superiors' Ron HubbardRon Hare had a three-run homer and Mel Duncan had a solo shot for the Warriors.  Lynn Duncan belted a three-run homer for the Superiors.  

Superiors were awarded first place on the basis on having won more games.  Medicine Hat finished with a 29-19 record while the Warriors won 27 and lost 17.

Hubbard (L), Eikerman (3) and Braun
Gregory (W) and Koentopp

Vauxhall and Calgary split a season-ending doubleheader. Marty Hurd's two-run double in the 5th inning proved to be the winning hit as Calgary shaded Vauxhall 3-2.  Playing manager Bob Roberts held the Jets to seven hits in taking the mound victory.  Joe DeGregorio was the loser.

DeGregorio (L) and Burley
Roberts (W) and Abel

Vauxhall took the second game, 14-11, the completion of last week's 9-9 draw called after seven innings. Jets exploded for five in the bottom of the 8th for the win.  Calgary bounced back in the 9th with a two-run homer by Ted Falk and had the bases-loaded with just one out but failed to get any closer. Ed Williams picked up the win in relief.  Gord Beecroft took the loss.

Sauve, Falk (5), Casanova (5), Beecroft (L) (8) and Lindberg
DeGregorio, Harmon (1), Ed Williams (W) (8) and Eilmes

Medicine Hat   29-19  --
Lethbridge     27-17  --
Granum         22-26  7.0
Calgary        19-26  8.5
Vauxhall       19-28  9.5


PLAYOFFS :

(August 31)  Medicine Hat and the Dodgers split a playoff double-header in Calgary to open a best-of-five Southern Alberta Baseball League semi-final.  Superiors won the opener 8-2 as Buzz Bartylla effectively scattered 12 hits.  Don Birkle got the Superiors off on the right foot with a leadoff homer in the 1st.  

Bartylla (W) and Braun
Szostak (L) and Abel

Calgary won the second game 7-5 on a three-run outburst in the bottom of the 8th.  Jimmy McDonald and Bill Casanova homered for the Dodgers.  Ron Mertus hit a 9th inning homer for Medicine Hat.  Dodger were without Marty Hurd and Red Farley, both of whom had departed for their homes in the United States. Hurd was to report to football camp at Arizona later in the week.

Ziebart, Hubbard (L) (7), Bolingbroke (8) and Dobyns, Braun (8)
Tilbert Neal (W) and Abel

(August 31)  Granum and Lethbridge each notched one-run victories in the opening games of their SABL semi-final  Lefty Lew Hobson pitched an eight-hitter as Granum won the first game 3-2.  Sam Canner allowed just seven hits  in dropping the decision.

Hobson (W) and Strother
Canner (L) and Koentopp

Lethbridge scored three in the bottom of the 8th to take the second game 6-5. John Chavez bested Pete Riggs on the hill.

Riggs (L) and Strother
Chavez (W) and Koentopp

(September 1)  Medicine Hat pounded out 31 hits on the day to turn back Calgary Dodgers 8-1 and 15-5 to advance to the final of the Southern Alberta Baseball League.  Bob Bolingbroke was the hero of the first tilt, pitching a four-hitter and belting a three-run homer.  Don Risinger had a terrific second game, with two triples, a double and three singles to lead the Superiors to the one-sided victory.  

Falk (L), Roberts (2) and Martin
Bolingbroke (W) and Braun

Sauve, Szostak (L) (2), Roberts (5) and Martin
Hubbard, Whitmore (W) (2) and Braun, Dobyns (3)

(September 1)   Granum squeaked out a 1-0 win in the second game of a playoff double-header to keep alive their hopes of repeating as SABL champions.  The lone marker scored on an error in the 5th inning.  Jack McQuade, a pickup from Edmonton, bested Bennie Griggs, a pickup from Lloydminster-North Battleford, in a pitcher's duel.  Griggs gave up just four hits and McQuade allowed five.  

Griggs (L) and Koentopp
McQuade (W) and Strother

Leroy Gregory tossed a two-hit shutout in the first game as the Warriors trounced the Sox 14-0.  Darwin Walkingshaw broke up Gregory's no-hit bid with a 7th inning safety.  Shortstop Frank Amaya led the Warriors with a two-run homer and a pair of singles while Bobby Lee had a double and a single.  

Gregory (W) and Koentopp
Walasko (L), Thompson (5) and Strother

(September 3)  Sam Canner tossed a six-hitter to pace Lethbridge to a berth in the SABL final with a 5-3 win over Granum in the deciding game of their best-of-five semi-final.   Lew Hobson, who had bested Canner in the series opener, gave way to Ralph Vold in the 7th.  Ron Hare and Larry Koentopp each had two hits for the Warriors.  More than 1-thousand fans sat in on the contest.

Hobson (L), Vold (7) and Strother
Canner (W) and Koentopp

(September 4)  Leroy Gregory hurled a four-hitter over eight-plus innings to lead Lethbridge to a 4-2 win over Medicine Hat in the opening game of the SABL final series.   Bennie Griggs came on with one out in the 9th to shut down the Superiors after two errors had put Gregory in some difficulty.  Dale Ike Eikerman started for the Superiors and took the loss.  Bob Bolingbroke pitched the final three innings.

Gregory (W), Griggs (9) and Koentopp
Eikerman (L), Bolingbroke (7) and Dobyns

(September 5)  Lynn Duncan of Medicine Hat won the SABL batting crown with a .409 average.  Brack Bailey of Granum finished second with a .378 mark. 

Lynn Duncan, Medicine Hat    .409
Brack Bailey, Granum         .378
Ed Fallon, Vauxhall          .361
Frank Amaya, Lethbridge      .358
Jim Coggins, Granum          .349
Mitch Sztaba, Lethbridge     .345
Gord Beecroft, Calgary       .342
Marty Hurd, Calgary          .341
Earl Ingarfield, Lethbridge  .331
John Harmon, Vauxhall        .325
Ron Mertus, Medicine Hat     .318
Bobby Lee, Lethbridge        .312
Bill Fennessey, Granum       .303
Phil Risinger, Medicine Hat  .303
Ron Hare, Lethbridge         .301
Don Risinger, Medicine Hat   .292
Larry Koentopp, Lethbridge   .289
Jerry Lorens, Calgary        .282
Johnny Vaselenak, Granum     .276
Clarence Yanosik, Lethbridge .273

Tom Gonzales of Vauxhall boasted a .515 average 
but did not have the required 110 at bats.  

At bats:  Mertus, Medicine Hat, 179
Runs scored:  Duncan Medicine Hat, 67
Hits:  Duncan, 70
Doubles:  Duncan and Mertus, 17
Triples:  Bailey, Granum & Amaya, Lethbridge, 5
Home runs:  Duncan, 17
Stolen bases:  Amaya, 19
RBI:  Duncan, 63

Innings pitched:  Tilbert Neal, Calgary, 97 2/3
Games started:  Marquardt, Vauxhall, 13
Complete games:  Canner, Lethbridge & Bolingbroke, Medicine Hat, 8
Wins:  Canner, 9
Losses:  Marquardt, Whitmore, Medicine Hat & Walasko, Granum, 6
Pitching percentage:  Bolingbroke, 7-2 .777, Canner, 9-3 .750
Strikeouts:  Hubbard, Medicine Hat, 119
Walks:  Marquardt, 70


(September 5)  Lethbridge Warriors broke out with four runs in the 8th to down Medicine Hat 6-4 to take a 2-0 game lead in the best-of-seven series for the Southern Alberta Baseball league title.  

Ron Hare drove in three runs for the Warriors with a homer and a single.  Right hander Bennie Griggs went the distance for the win holding the Superiors to seven hits.  Bob Bolingbroke worked the first four innings for the Superiors before leaving with a stiff shoulder.

Bolingbroke, Ziebart (L) (5), Bartylla (8) and Dobyns
Griggs (W) and Koentopp

(September 6)  Buzz Bartylla held Lethbridge to just three hits as Medicine Hat pounded the Warriors 10-1 to get their first win in their final series.  Doug Sieler, Lynn Duncan and Eloyd Robinson blasted homers for the winners.  The Warriors got their only run on a 7th inning homer by Mel Duncan.  

Motley (L), Minjock (5), M Duncan (8) and Koentopp
Bartylla (W) and Braun

(September 7)  Medicine Hat followed up their 10-1 victory on Saturday with a 19-5 triumph Sunday to even their final series with Lethbridge at 2-2.  The largest crowd of the season, an estimated 15-hundred,  saw the Warriors pound four Lethbridge hurlers for 23 hits, including 11 doubles.  Second baseman Doug Sieler had five hits, drove in four runs and scored four times. Eloyd Robinson, Lynn Duncan and Phil Risinger each had three hits.  Mel Duncan homered for Lethbridge and Ed Tanner doubled in a pair.

Hubbard, Whitmore (W) (5) and Braun, Dobyns
Canner (L), Gregory (3), Minjock (7), Motley (8) and Koentopp, Tanner

(September 8)  Bob Bolingbroke shutdown the Lethbridge Warriors on seven hits as Medicine Hat scored a 5-0 win and moved to within a game of winning the SABL title.  Superiors scored three in the opening frame against Bennie Griggs and never looked back.  The playoff contest drew 12-hundred fans at Medicine Hat.

Griggs (L) and Koentopp
Bolingbroke (W) and Braun

(September 9)  Don Risinger drove in all eight Medicine Hat runs as the Superiors edged Lethbridge 8-7 to win the Southern Alberta Baseball League championship.  The game was called after seven innings because of darkness. 

Superiors, who lost the first two games of the best-of-seven final, roared back with four straight wins to take the title.  Risinger was the big noise with a bases-loaded triple, a bases-loaded double and a two-run homer.  Buzz Bartylla picked up the win in a relief role,  Eloyd Robinson and Lynn Duncan each added a double and a single for the Superiors.   Catcher Ed Tanner had the big blow for the Warriors, a two-run homer. 

Eikerman, Ziebart (4), Bartylla (W) (6) and Braun
Canner (L), Gregory (4), Motley (7) and Tanner

Front Page

The story was front page news in Medicine Hat featuring the team's hero Don Risinger packing for the trip home (left) and in the middle of the celebration (right).

Front Page news

And, of course, the story was the big news in the sports section.

Superiors Win


Big Six Intermediate Baseball League :

(May 6)   The Big Six Baseball League, currently with five teams, is set to kick off the new season May 25th.  The five definite starters are the Pincher Creek Chinooks, Cardston Cardinals, Lethbridge Niseis, Picture Butte Indians and Fort MacLeod Chiefs. 

(May 25)   Lethbridge Niseis kicked off their season with two wins over Fort MacLeod as Jim Nakagawa rapped out two triples and a single and Yosh Kunimoto added a triple, double and single in the 11-1 victory in the first game.  Niseis took the second game 10-5 as Nakagawa continued his torrid pace with two hits, including a triple. Marv Shankland and Norm Clark picked up the pitching wins.  Reg O'Sullivan and Jerry Cole took the defeats.

(May 25)   Pincher Creek swept their twin bill with Cardston Cardinals are Waterton, 7-3 and 12-10.  Jimmy Walasko registered both pitching wins.  He went the distance in the first game and relieved in the 8th inning in the second.  Reed Chipman was the loser in the opener, Les Lehr in the second game.

(June 01)   Picture Butte Indians grabbed 12-10 and 5-4 victories from Lethbridge Niseis in a twin bill at Picture Butte.  Bernie Sparks, who had homered earlier, drove in winning pitcher Roy Shimek with the winning run in the 10th inning for the 5-4 win in the nightcap. Shimek had singled and move to second when Dick Remple walked to set the stage for the thrilling finish.  Shimek gave up right hits in gaining the win.  Ken Heaton was the loser.  Wes Rice had three hits for the Niseis.  Indians took a 12-4 lead in the opener and held off a late Lethbridge rally for the 12-10 victory.  Ken Ichino pitched into the 8th inning to gain the win.  Barry Reiter came on in the 8th to quell a six-run uprising.  Marv Shankland went the distance for the loss.  Remple led the winners with a double and single.  Jim Kitagucchi belted a three-run homer for the Niseis and Rice added three singles and Shankland had a double and two singles.

(June 8)   At Henderson Stadium, Lethbridge Niseis took two from Cardston Cardinals, 15-3 and 6-4.  Jim Nakagawa clouted a homer, double and single to lead the winners in the second game.  Mike Vaselenak, Tom Asato and Jim Kitigucchi each had two hits. Ken Heaton, who relieved starter Ken Petrie in the first inning, was the winning pitcher.  Roy Buetterner, who also took over pitching duties in the first frame, was the loser.  Roy Sanders pitched to just one batter before Buettener relieved. 

Kitigucchi led the Niseis in the first game with three hits.  Rick Steadman, Yosh Kunimoto and Asato each had a pair. Norm Clark was the winning pitcher, Reed Chipman and Les Lehr toiled for the Cardinals.

(June 15)   Picture Butte swept a twinbill from the Fort MacLeod Chiefs, 6-4 and 12-6.  Roy Shimek and Barry Reiter handled the mound work for the Indians.  Lawrence Bourassa led Picture Butte in the first game with two hits while Ken Ichino blasted a homer, double and single to pace the Indians in the second game.  Dick Remple had a double and triple and  Don Hughes offered two singles.  Ed Horsnetts had two singles and Wilf Weaver a double for the Chiefs.

(June 22)  Lethbridge Niseis took a pair from Cardston Cardinals, 13-0 and 3-2. Norm Clark fired a two-hit shutout in the first game losing a no-hitter in the 9th when Kay Nish and French connected for singles.  Clark fanned right. Niseis exploded for nine runs, on just two hits, in the second inning. Four walks, three errors and a hit batsman helped out the winners.  Mike Vaselenak and Yosh Kunimoto each had a double and single for Lethbridge.=

Lethbridge 13 Cardston 0
Clark (W) and Tamayose
Woolf (L), Nish (2) and Wright

Left-hander Rick Steadman had a three-hitter as Lethbridge took the second game, 3-2. Jim Nakagawa scored the first run for the Niseis on a fielder's choice and error. Vaselenak drove in Wes Rice and Steadman for the Niseis with a 5th inning double.  Cardston scored their two runs in the third frame on a single by Laidlaw and two errors. Roy Buettner took the loss allowing just six hits.

Lethbridge 3 Cardston 2
Steadman (W) and Nakagawa
Buettner (L) and Reach

(June 29)  Picture Butte ran its record to 7-1 taking a pair from the Waterton Cardinalds, 6-4 and 11-7.  Jerry Kjeldgaard pitched the win in the opener, allowing seven hits.  Barry Reiter was the winner in the second. Barry Gillies belted a grand slam to provide the margin of victory in the first game.  Floyd Gillies had a double and single and Jim Cattoni a pair of singles.  Les Lehr had a double and single for the Cards.  Reed Chapman, the losing pitcher, had three singles.  Waterton made ten errors in the second game to make it easy for the Indians who had a homer and double by Cattoni.  George Menzies added a double and single and Tricky Oikawa three singles.  Roy Buettener was the losing pitcher in the second contest giving up 11 hits.

(July 9)   Lethbridge Niseis climbed into top spot in the Big Six Intermediate League, with a 9-2 mark, clobbering Picture Butte Indians 17-1.  Indians fell to 7-2 on the season.  Rick Steadman tossed a six-hitter for the win and added three hits to the offensive outburst.  Mike Valelenak led the winners with a triple, double and single.  Jackie Ohno had a triple and two singles and Wes Rice added to singles.  Ken Ichino was the loser.

Ichino, Jerry Kjeldgaard (4), Ichino (5), Bert Nyrose (5) and Oikawa
Steadman and Tamayose

(July 20)   Gene Rice and Ken Heaton fired three-hit complete games as Lethbridge Niseis swept a doubleheader from Fort MacLeod Chiefs 7-1 and 9-0.  In the first game, centrefielder Jack Ohno paced the attack with a triple, double and single.  Jerry Cole was the losing pitcher in the opener. Yosh Kunimoto had an inside-the-park homer and double in the second game.  Rice added three singles.

Lethbridge 7 Fort MacLeod 1
Heaton (W) and Nakagawa
Cole (L) and Sharp

Lethbridge 9 Fort MacLeod 0
G Rice (W) and Nakagawa
Cote (L), MacLean (3), R OSullivan (6) and Sharp

(August 2)   Big Six Intermediate teams completed the first round of a tournament to decide the league's representative for provincial competition.  In the best game of the day, Lethbridge Niseis shaded Fort McLeod Chiefs 1-0 as Rick Steadman's poke to centrefield went for a four-base error. Each pitcher, Marv Shankland and loser Jerry Cole hurled one-hit ball.  Cole had the only hit off Shankland while Yosh Konimoto ruined Cole's bid for a no-hitter.

Pincher Creek Chinooks and Waterton Cardinals played to a 9-9 draw with Dennis Cleland the hero for Pincher Creek belting his second homer of the game.  He also had a double.  George Stevens also had a homer for the Chinooks while Ray Buettner replied for the Cardinals.

Chiefs won the opening game of the tourney 9-7 over Pincher Creek as Cole beat Willie Walasko. Marv O'Sullivan had a double and two singles for Fort McLeod.  Stevens had a triple and two singles.

Picture Butte Indians beat Waterton 6-1 with Roy Shimek pitching a three-hitter and fanning nine. Les Lehr, victimized by seven errors, took the loss.

(August 17)   Centrefielder Floyd Gillies drove in Dick Remple in the 10th inning to give Picture Butte a 4-3 victory over Lethbridge Niseis and a berth in the Southern Alberta Intermediate baseball playoffs.  Jim Cottoni provided the rest of the offense for the Indians with a three-run homer in the 3rd inning.  Ken Ichino went the distance allowing seven hits.  Ken Heaton was the loser. Mike Valelenak homered for Lethbridge.

Heaton (L) and Nakagawa
Ichino (W) and Oikawa

(August 24)    Dick Remple singled in Harpo Moriyama with the winning run in the 9th inning to give Picture Butte a 3-2 victory over Warner and a split of the opening games of the Southern Alberta Intermediate final.  Ken Ichino held the Cardinals to six hits to pick up the win.  Jerry Gorrill allowed just four hits in taking the loss. 

Harry Gorrill fired a two-hit shutout for Warner in the opening game of the series as Warner trounced the Indians 12-0.  Roy Shimek had allowed just one hit to the Cardinals going into the fifth inning when Warner erupted for eight runs.  Mark Dickson led off with a single and Lee Minion and Ken Reid walked to load the bases.  Jerry Gorrill singled to drive in the first two runs and Eldon Ostby's double plated another pair.  Harry Gorrill' single chased Shimek from the mound.  Two wild pitches, an error by reliever Ken Heaton and Minion's single gave the Cards an 8-0 lead. 

Ichino and Oikawa
J Gorrill and Minion

H Gorrill and Minion
Shimek, Heaton (5) and Oikawa

(August 27)   Picture Butte rapped out 16 hits to down the defending Alberta champion Warner Cardinals 8-4 in the third and deciding game of the Southern Alberta Intermediate final.  Ken Ichino stopped the Cardinals on six hits for the win and helped out at the plate with three safeties.  George Menzies and Bert Nyrose homered for the Indians. Tricky Oikawa added a double and three singles and Yosh Kunimoto a double and two singles.  Eldon Ostby blasted a pair of homers for Warner and Harry Gorrill, the losing pitcher, had one. 

Ichino (W) and Oikawa
J Gorrill, H Gorrill (L) (3) and Minion

(September 7)   Red Deer Dodgers clobbered Picture Butte Indians 14-1 to win their best-of-five Alberta Intermediate B Baseball final 3 games to 1.  Picture Butte won on Saturday, 9-6.  Dodgers won the first two games last weekend.  Red Deer also won an exhibition game Sunday, 10-6, to complete the double header.  Johnny Makos went the distance on the mound and slugged a grand slam homer to lead the Dodgers to the playoff victory.

Picture Butte 9 Red Deer 6
Ichino and Kunimoto
Martin and Ing

Picture 1 Red Deer 14
Ichino, Reiter (3), Heaton (4) and Kunimoto
Makos and Ing