1958 Tournaments     

SASKATOON AMATEUR ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT

(May 18-19)   Asquith captured the third annual Saskatoon Amateur Baseball Association Tournament downing Saskatoon Caps 6-4 in the final.  Right-hander Johnny Repin held the Caps to eight hits and fanned seven after hold the Saskatoon Gems to no hits during a four inning stint in the semi-final.  Mike Repin, Jack(Jock) Cleghorn, Les Stack, John Swroda and Keith Tarasoff each had two hits for the winners. Rod Campbell, who had earlier pitched a five-inning no-hitter in the Caps win over Grasswood, allowed 13 hits. Caps second-sacker Jim Chow was the top hitter in the tournament with five hits, six runs scored and three runs batted in.

Asquith 6 Caps 4
John Repin (W) and Brooks
Rod Campbell (L) and Johnson

Doug Dodd fired a six-hitter as the Caps cruised to a 14-2 win in the semi-final over Transport. Jim Chow and Keith Swan each had three hits and three RBIs for the Caps. Asquith pounded out 13 hits in defeating the Gems.  Keith Tarasoft, John Repin and John Swroda each had a triple and single. 

Gems 2 Asquith 13
Denny Johnson (L), Marv Prowski (4), Collins (4), Prowski (5), Jerry Duffus (5) and Wanner
John Repin (W), Mike Repin (5) and Brooks

Caps 14 Transport 2
Doug Dodd (W) and Johnson
Ross Stone (L), Hrapchuk (6) and McEwan

In opening round action in the six-team, knockout, affair, Asquith topped the Saskatoon Giants 7-2 as Jack(Jock) Cleghorn hurled a three-hitter. Marv Prowski pitched and batted the Gems by Delisle 6-1. He allowed but two hits and provided all the offense needed with a three-run homer. Caps blanked Grasswood 4-0.

Asquith 7 Giants 2
Cleghorn (W) and Brooks
McTavish (L) and Dunbar

Gems 6 Delisle 1
Prowski (W) and Wanner
Cosgrove (L) and Weber

Caps 4 Grasswood 0
Campbell (W) and Johnson
Proctor (L) and G. Walters


BRANDON VICTORIA DAY TOURNAMENT

(May 19)   The powerful Brandon Cloverleafs waltzed to victory in their own tournament Monday taking top prize in the Brandon Victoria Day Tournament cruising to a 7-1 decision over Riverside in the final. Leafs scored four times in the opening frame and coasted behind the strong hurling of Morley MacFarlane who allowed just six hits. The right-hander racked up 13 strikeouts and walked three. Don Hunter and Gerry MacKay each slammed a double and single for the winners. Clayton English cracked a triple and single for Riverside.

Balance (L) and C.Seafoot
MacFarlane (W) and Slevin

Cloverleafs pounded out 13 hits in their five-inning 15-5 romp over Boissevain in a semi-final match. Chip Adams slugged a homer, Brown had three hits including a triple and Tom Towns, Mort Wright and Rudy Stritz each contributed a pair of safeties. Brandon needed a strong relief effort by Gerry Muirhead to get out of trouble in the second inning as Boissevain scored five times to take the lead. But that's all they would get as the Cloverleafs piled on the runs with three in the third, two in the fourth and six more in the fifth to runaway with the decision.

Scheel, Muirhead (W) (2) and Wright
McNamee (L), Mealy (3), Nichol (5) and Raynor

Riverside won a berth in the final downing Hamiota 5-3 in the top game of the day. Glennis Scott fired a one-hitter in the five-inning contest but came away a loser as two walks, two hit batsmen and two errors accounted for five Riverside runs in the third frame after two were out. Three of the runs scored when a wind-blown pop fly was dropped with the bases jammed. Hamiota loaded the sacks in each of the final two stanzas but couldn't score. Garth Seafoot yielded just four safeties in gaining the mound victory.

Glennis Scott (L) and Woods
G.Seafoot (W) and C.Seafoot

Brandon clobbered the Neepawa Farmers 14-5 in their opening action breaking the game wide open with a six run eruption in the fourth inning. Bob Wilson had four hits, one a blast over the left field fence, to pace the Cloverleafs. Mort Wright and Bill Burns rapped three-baggers for Brandon and Gerry Carter slugged a triple for the Farmers.

Baker, Yerex (L) (2), McRae (5) and Hoffman
Hunter (W), Wright (5) and Slevin

Riverside scored in the top of the first and were never headed in downing Neepawa Cubs 7-3. Lorne Lapoudre scattered seven hits to gain the pitching win.

Lapoudre (W) and C.Seafoot
Simms (L), Hawkins (2) and Murray

Hamiota downed Wellwood 11-3 in the first round of the eight-team invitational event as John Russell went five innings on the hill for the victory allowing five hits and racking up eight strikeouts. Wellwood made six errors while Hamiota fielded flawlessly. Frank McKinnon tagged brother Warren McKinnon for a double and single.

Russell (W) and Wood
W.McKinnoln (L) and Nelson

In an exciting finish, Boissevain scored three in the top of the seventh and final inning then held off a Souris rally to post a 15-13 victory. The teams combined for 24 hits and 13 errors. Boissevain collected four triples to come from behind for the win. Brian Cockriell, Del Pringle, Vic Rayner and Don Shaw had the three baggers.

Longsdon, Chapin (4), Mitchell (W) (6) and McLean
Middleton, Werschler (2), Gerry McMillan (L) (5) and Gord McMillan


KIMBERLEY INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

(June 14-15)  Young Ron "Slicker" Brown was a hero for the Kimberley Hobos posting wins in all three games as the Hobos took top money at the Kimberley Invitational Tournament with a thrilling 7-6 win over the Kimberley Dynamos in the final before packed stands at Coronation Park.  The right-hander, who scored the winning run in the championship game, pitched in relief in all three contests. He came into the final game with two out and the bases loaded in the seventh inning and got a ground-out to end the frame.  Ken Kuntz had the big blow for the winners, a three-run homer.  Trailing 6-4, Dynamos scored a pair in the bottom of the eighth to even the count. A wild throw allowed both Sandy Livingstone and Les Lilley to cross the plate. In the top of the ninth, Brown reached on an outfield error and scooted home with the eventual winning marker on Bobby Pearson's drive to centre.

Fisher, Blayney (5), Brown (W) and xxx
Lilley, Bodin (L) (3) and xxx

Hobos scored three times in the ninth in an 8-5 triumph over Nelson to win a berth in the tourney final. Nelson took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a single by Bernie Monteleone, triple by Leo Petty and another single by Loren Bay. After Kimberley had rebounded to take the lead, the Outlaws got a singleton in the eighth to tie at 5-5. Pinch hitter Charlie Burdette scored Les Hufty with a line shot to left field. In the ninth, Hobos' Jim Nelson drove in a pair with a single and scored the final run on a one-bagger by Bobby Pearson. Again, Brown was the winning pitcher, in relief.

xxx, Brown (W) and xxx
Gould (L) and xxx

The Dynamos advanced as Pete Boisvert fired a two-hitter in an 8-1 win over Creston Cruisers. It was Boisvert's first hurling effort in two years.

Boisvert (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

In their tourney opener Hobos got an outstanding relief performance from Brown as he relieved starter Bob Fisher in the first inning and went the rest of the way in the Hobos 5-4 victory over Cranbrook.

Fisher, Brown (W) (1) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Nelson's Les Hufty had a no-hitter into the seventh inning but Clarence Smith smacked a single with two out in the final frame to spoil Hufty's no-hit bid. He fanned eight and walked only one in a rain-interrupted 4-0 victory over Windermere Wilders.

Hufty (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Ed Messenchuk had a two-hitter in a five-inning contest, a triumph over the entry from Eureka, Montana.

Messenchuk (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Dynamos won their opener, 7-1 over Fernie.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx


COURTENAY DOMINION DAY TOURNAMENT

(June 29-30,July 1)   Cumberland Chiefs downed the Courtenay Has Beens 7-3 Tuesday to win the three-day Dominion Day Tournament at Courtenay. Earlier in the day, Cumberland received a bye while the Has Beens edged the Alberni Athletics 3-2. Three special awards also went to Cumberland. Danny Bulatovich was chosen as Most Valuable Player, Bill Rosen got the most hits (5) and John Milburn had the most extra bases hits (2).

A 15-inning contest Sunday highlighted the opening day of the Courtenay Dominion Day Tournament. Cumberland Chiefs and Campbell River Braves fought to an 8-8 draw. A replay was scheduled for Monday.

The Courtenay Has Beens proved they still have something left in the tank with an 11-4 win over Port Alberni Cubs. An eight-run first inning sealed the decision.  In the other match, Alberni Athletics upset Courtenay Riversides 12-5.


KELOWNA CENTENNIAL TOURNAMENT

(June 29-30-July 1)   For the second successive year, Oliver OBCs carried off the $1,000 first prize in the Kelowna Baseball Tournament. Oliver whipped Summerland Macs 10-4 in the final Tuesday to retain the Bennett Trophy. Oliver got off to a early lead with two home runs and a single on five pitches from Macs' starter Al Hooker who headed for the showers in favour of Don Cristante who then gave up singles to Sam Drossos and Ed Ledlin to bring in the third run. Summerland drove Oliver's starter Glen Ball out of the game in the first inning after the Macs loaded the bases on two hits and an error and Ball hit Ollie Egely to force in a run. Richie Schnider took over to halt the rally and go the rest of the game for the mound triumph. Elroy Jacobs rapped a homer for Oliver in the seventh and Hooker belted one for the Macs in the bottom of the frame.

G.Ball, Schnider (W) (1) and xxx
Hooker (L), Cristante (1). Esche (7) and xxx

Macs had edged Vernon Clippers 4-3 to advance to the final. Oliver topped Almira, Washington, 7-3.  In other games, Oliver blanked Maillardville 5-0 and Almira shaded Port Moody 9-8. In a game to determine third place money, Almira topped the Clippers 13-10.  Against Summerland, Vernon had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth but the Macs pulled off a double play to end the threat.

Vernon's Tony DeRosa was named the Most Valuable Player of the tourney. He fanned 11 in the first game and collected 12 in seven frames against Summerland. At the plate he batted .500 to just miss out on that award won by Almira's third baseman Schoesler who finished at .533. Gary Driessen was named the top pitcher for his shutout against Maillardville.

Two upsets marked opening day at the Dominion Day event. Vernon Clippers upended the Fairchild, Washington, Air Force Flyers 5-4 scoring four runs in the eighth inning.  Tony DeRosa went the route on the hill for the winners allowing seven hits. He fanned nine. Vernon managed just four safeties but capitalized on six Fairchild errors. Clippers went ahead in the second as Jim Tooley scored on a walk and two Fairchild errors. Flyers battled back to take the lead with three in the sixth with LeGotte, Buchanan and Senske scoring. Lou Tiner made it 4-1 in the seventh scoring on a single, sacrifice and a two-bagger by LeGotte. Pinch-hitter Jimmy McLeod started the Vernon rally in the eighth reaching on an error. Tooley followed with a double and DeRosa brought in both with a single. Bob McDonald knocked in DeRosa and Ray Adams drove in the winner.

Tiner (L), Keller (8) and Reines
DeRosa (W) and Dye, A.Kashuba (2)

The Okanagan Mainline champion Kelowna Orioles fell to the Summerland Macs 6-4.  Howard Esche, with relief by Al Hooker, picked up the win. Again, errors played a large role in the outcome as Kelowna made five miscues while the Macs played errorless ball. A three-run seventh inning proved to be key for the Macs as they got to Jack Denbow for three hits and two runs before Ray Scott came in to relieve.  Ollie Egely stole home for the third marker to put Summerland ahead 6-1. Orioles rebounded with a pair in the eighth on homers by Bob Radies and Joe Kaiser and added another run in the thrilling ninth but fell just short as reliever Al Hooker got a fly ball out with the potential tying and winning runs on base.

Denbow (L), Scott (7) and Culos
Esche (W), Hooker (8) and Burton


KAMLOOPS CENTENNIAL TOURNAMENT

(June 28-30)   Bellingham Bells turned on the power Monday to crush Vancouver CYO 23-7 to take home the $1,000 top prize in the $2,400 Kamloops Centennial Tournament.  Bells cracked 20 hits, four of them home runs, off six CYO hurlers. Dick Zender, Emerson, Hobbs and winning pitcher Ray Washburn belted circuit blows for Bellingham. Bobo Sikorski and Trev Swangard had homers for Vancouver. Washburn, who relieved in the first inning for the winners, scattered eight hits in going the rest of the way for the mound victory. He fanned seven. Bells broke open a close, but high-scoring game, with a five run explosion in the fourth and six more in the following stanza.

Hanse, Washburn (W) (1) and D.Zender
Brewer, Stein (1), Burton (L) (3), McKay (4), Lasko (6), Keshin (7) and Ross

The Bells reached the final with a 12-1 romp over the Dufferins of Vancouver. Bellingham exploded right out of the gate with eight runs in the first inning. They pounded out 13 hits overall while Elliott held the Canadians to just four.  Ralway for the Bells and Andrews of the Duffs hit homers.

Elliott (W) and D.Zender, J.Zender (4)
Drummond (L), Ruck (1), Wakabayashi (1) and Taylor

CYO shaded the Kamloops Jay-Rays 4-1 to reach the championship game. Hunter Candlish cracked a homer to lead the winners.

Stein (W), Lasko (8) and Schmidt
Dawson (L) and Kato

In a playoff for third and fourth money, Dufferins downed Kamloops Jay-Rays 8-5. Duffs' five-run seventh inning proved to be the difference. The Jay-Rays battled back with four in the eighth with Bill Lennox, Bruno Ceccon, Tosh Takenaka and Joe Motokado all scoring, but fell short. Bud Schollen had singled and scored in the third.

The tournament opened Saturday evening in a steady downpour.  The Kamloops Jay-Rays scored three times in the first inning in a 5-3 triumph over Quesnel Firemen. The quick start featured a walk to Stan Kato and doubles by George Taylor and Bruno Ceccon. Jack Burton cracked a homer in the third for the eventual winning run.

In the first game Sunday, Penticton took a 4-0 lead in the third inning then fell to pieces as Bellingham Bells blanked them the rest of the way while bringing in four runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and six in the sixth for a 12-4 victory. Charlie Richards and Gordie Mendle both scored in the first for Penticton after both drew walks from Bells starter Carl Rounds. In the third Lloyd Burgart whacked a two-run homer. Red Sox errors helped Bellingham to their four in the fourth and it was all downhill from there for the Red Sox.

Former BC Lions football player Bobo Sikorski was the story as Vancouver CYO shaded the Kamloops Okonots 4-3 after Sikorski got CYO off to a lead with a two-run homer in the first frame. Sikorski knocked in another run in the third. Okonots got on the scoreboard in the third when Ron Evansen knocked in Buck Buchanan and Evansen cracked a homer over the left field wall in the fifth. But, Vancouver's Sikorski capped a big game with his second homer in the sixth stanza. Kamloops got a run in the bottom of the sixth when Lunn doubled in Len Fowles but the Okonots fell short.

In the final game of the opening round, Vancouver Dufferins edged Trail 4-3. Jim Andrews slammed a three-run homer for the Duffs in the third inning. Trail got one back in the bottom of the third with hockey star Hugh "Pinoke" McIntyre stealing second and, on a wild throw to the keystone, took third and romped home on Leo Mailey's single to left. McIntyre scored again in the fifth when he drew a walk and came home on Bill Johnson's single. Dufferins got the winner in the sixth as Andrews singled, advanced on a two-bagger by Ron Curby and scored on a sacrifice.

The Kamloops Baseball Club, sponsors of the tournament, reported a profit of $10. An estimated 4,000 fans took in the eight-game series, 1,500 on the final day.


PRINCE GEORGE DOMINION DAY TOURNAMENT

(June 30-July 1)   Prince Rupert All-Stars shaded Willow River Red Sox 4-2 Tuesday before a crowd of about 2,000 to capture top money in the $1,000 Prince George Tournament. They took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning and, after Willow River scored in the sixth, added a pair in the bottom of the sixth on two singles and an error to move ahead 4-1. A home run by Red Sox pitcher Mike Church in the ninth sparked a Sox rally. They got runners on second and third but Andy Kuchurian's booming fly ball to centre field ended the game. Scherk hurled a seven-hitter for the win.

Church (L) and McDermid
Scherk (W) and Giordano

In the consolation final, Prince George rallied with five runs in the eighth inning to down Hazelton 7-4. Merv Philpot pitched a five-hitter for the win.

Marshall, Christenson (L) (6) and Heit
Philpot (W) and Cruickshank

In semi-final action, Willow River blanked Hazelton 3-0 behind the shutout hurling of Joe Hatten and Prince Rupert pounded Prince George 12-3.

In the opening round, Prince Rupert topped Quesnel 10-8, Prince George shaded Curlew 2-0, Willow River clobbered Morricetown 21-0 and Hazelton got by Vanderhoof 4-2.

The best game of the two-day event was the contest between Prince George and the Curlew Plainsmen from the Wasconda Air Force Base in Washington. Merv Currie the Prince George ace allowed just two hits in tossing the shutout. The 21-year-old right-hander fanned 20 and walked two. Currie, who threw a no-hitter in the opening game of the regular schedule, had a no-hitter through seven innings. A single in the eighth and a double in the ninth were the only safeties against him. Prince George scored in the fifth as Alvin Bencher doubled, stole third and romped home on an error. The final run scored in the seventh on a single by Gord Cruickshank, a sacrifice by Fred Kapphahn, a stolen base and a fielder's choice.

The event had its controversry.

Hatten controversy

Joe HattenNo, that's not a Royal Canadian Mounted Police mountie, but a Vancouver Mountie (as in a Triple-A farm team of the Baltimore Orioles).

The Mountie was 41-year-old Joe Hatten, a former major leaguer (seven seasons in the bigs), who was brought in by the Willow River Red Sox for the tournament to the chagrin of the rest of the entrants. He hurled a shutout to get Willow River into the tourney final. While not illegal, according to tournament rules, local fans thought it was unfair. After the game, Hatten is reported to have gone directly back to the airport to catch a flight back to Vancouver. Later, Hatten would run into trouble for not having cleared his appearance in Prince George with the Vancouver team. 


NEEPAWA DOMINION DAY TOURNAMENT

(July 1)   Brandon Cloverleafs turned on the power, with nine home runs, to take top money in the Neepawa Dominion Day Tournament.  Leafs defeated Eden 9-3 in the final as Tommy Towns sparked the attack with a two-run homer. George Seamer, with relief help from manager Mort Wright, was credited with the win. Earlier Brandon shutout Waldersee, Kelwood and Gladstone. Cloverleaf players belted a total of nine homers, three by Gerry MacKay, a pair by Lloyd Brown and singletons by Chips Adams, Bruce Smith, Don Hunter and Towns. More than 4,000 people witnessed a day of sporting events.


CHILLIWACK CENTENNIAL TOURNAMENT

(July 1)  Chilliwack Monarchs took top money in the Chilliwack tournament sponsored by the Centennial Committee. The final saw two city teams battle for the top prize with the Monarchs downing the Oddfellows 8-4. The largest crowd of the season sat in for the thrilling battle which was close until the final frame.  Monarchs took the early lead with a run in the first when Lou Garay singled to score Harp Owen. Oddfellows tied it in the fourth on a double by Larry Frofonoff. The Monarchs plated a pair in the fourth and added a singleton in the fifth to go ahead 4-1. Oddfellows picked up a singleton then tied it in the seventh on singles by Denny Richardson, Fred Tunbridge and Bob Warner, The enthusiastic crowd was preparing for extra innings when the Monarchs ran wild in the eighth, aided by three Oddfellow errors and singles by Gary Bennett, Roy Morrow, Les Matthews and Neil Price. Alex Fast went the distance for the win. In the first round of play, Oddfellows disposed of the Connie Mack All-Stars and Yarrow Ocean Sprays fell to the Monarchs.

N.Fetterly (L) and xxx
A.Fast (W) and xxx

The same teams met again in the evening after some local merchants put up a cash prize for the rematch. Monarchs again win, this time 7-6 scoring the winning marker in the eighth inning.

Buzz Thorpe, A.Bennewith (4) and xxx
G.Jordan, A.Fast, D.Britz and xxx


SASKATOON OPTIMIST TOURNAMENT

(July 1)  Rosetown took top money of $200 at the Saskatoon Optimist Club's July 1st tournament with an 11-6 win over Kindersley in the final.  19-year-old Jerry Duffus was the pitching star for the winners firing a four-hitter in the semi-final victory over Swift Current then putting in relief duty in the final. Catcher Don Snyder had three hits to pace Rosetown.

Jackie McLeod was the hard-luck loser for Swift Current in the semi-final, dropping a 3-2 decision to Rosetown. He allowed just six hits and had 13 strikeouts. Kindersley crushed Davidson 14-0 in the other semi-final as Bill Key had four hits while Len Breckner and Wally Jackson each punched out three.  Breckner's safeties included a triple and double. Lynn Mantooth pitched the shutout for Kindersley, giving up six hits and compiling 14 strikeouts in the seven inning game.

Rosetown 11 Kindersley 6
Holdaway, Folk (W) (2), H. Stevenson (6), Duffus (7) and Snyder
Winfiled (L), Mantooth (8) and Mills

Rosetown 3 Swift Current 2
Duffus (W) and Snyder
McLeod (L) and G. Johnson

Davidson 0 Kindersley 14
Chris Batley (L), Pete Peterson and Dascoe
Mantooth (W) and Mills


CALGARY ELKS TOURNAMENT

(July 1)  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 Lakers 2-1 in a pitching duel between Dale Ackerman of the Dodgers and Bob Pearl of the Lakers.  George Hunchuk of the Lakers 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
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, Neal (5), Henry (6), Falk (8), Devost (9), Pearce (9) and Martin


EDSON DOMINION DAY TOURNAMENT

(July 1)   Iron man Reg Gerlitz was the hero for Edson Athletics going 13 innings to hang a 4-2 defeat on Edmonton's Campion Pipe Liners to take top money of $300 at the Edson Dominion Day Tournament. Gerlitz also drove in the winning run on a squeeze play. Delter's long two-bagger plated the insurance marker. The A's blanked the Hinton Hibrughs 6-0 in the semi-finals after Hinton had bounced St. Josaphat's of Edmonton 4-1 in the first round. Pipe Liners shaded MacKay Beavers 2-1 in the other semi after Beavers had eliminated Jasper 4-1 in the opening round. All but the final were five-inning affairs as rain threatened to wash out the tournament. Official burned 375 gallons of diesel fuel on the field to try and get the diamond in playable condition.


ST.PAUL DOMINION DAY TOURNAMENT

(July 1)   A hard-throwing young mink farmer and an insurance salesman were the story Tuesday as Cold Lake Cardinals pocketed top money in the $2,000 St. Paul Dominion Day Tournament. Ronnie Gates did the hurling and Pete Serbu the hitting as the Cardinals came from behind to top Grand Centre Braves 5-3 in an exciting final. The game attracted more than 2,000 spectators. Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Cold Lake loaded the bases and Serbu slammed a grand-slam homer into left centre field to put the Lakers in the lead to stay. Playing manager Ivan Krooks followed with another four-bagger for an insurance run. Braves had taken the lead with a run in the fourth when Whitey Haynie, one of eight imports on the Braves, singled to bring in Bobby Lewis. They ran the count to 3-0 in the fifth when Haynie, Leon Moyes and Lewis waved the big bats.

Beecroft (L), Balentine, Beecroft, Craven and xxx
Gates (W) and xxx

In semi-final action, Grand Centre rode the strong left arm of Ron Balentine to an 11-3 victory over Two Hills while Oscar Tesch was the main moundsman in Cold Lake's 6-4 triumph over Bonnyville. Tesch fanned 15. Grand Centre capitalized on a series of infield errors in the fifth inning to score four times in an 8-3 win over Two Hills.

In earlier games, Cold Lake dumped Fort Saskatchewan 7-2 and Grand Centre used a four-run first inning in defeating Drakes 8-3. Top game of the opening round was Glendon versus Two Hills. Scoreless for six and one-half innings, Two Hills got a run in the bottom of the seventh and final inning on a bases-loaded walk for the only run. Two singles and a walk loaded up the sacks and reliever Vic Watrick issued a free pass to Jerry Maiko for the lone counter. St. Paul Bears, five-time tournament champions, booted the ball seven times in dropping a 6-4 verdict to Bonnyville in spite of grabbing a 4-1 lead in the first inning.


MANNVILLE DOMINION DAY TOURNAMENT

(July 1)  North Edmonton Rockets whipped Viking 8-5 to capture top money at the 54th Annual Mannville Tournament. Rockets gained the money round by crushing the host nine 11-1 while Viking got by Vegreville 9-6 in the first round and gained a bye in the second.


OAK RIVER TOURNAMENT

(July 8)  Gibbie McGlothlin of the 1957 Brandon Greys of the ManDak League spent his honeymoon in Oak River and took the opportunity to get in a little mound work for the local nine in the Oak River Tournament. McGlothlin fanned 13 as the host club downed Hamiota 5-3 in the tourney final. He bested former Greys' teammate Gerry Smith in a sterling mound duel. McGlothlin, from California, also clouted a triple as the locals broke a 3-3 deadlock with a pair of runs in the seventh. Oak River won a finals berth with victories over CJATC and Newdale while Hamiota downed Decker and edged Strathclair 1-0. In other first round games, Newdale bounced Cardale and Strathclair topped Isabella.


KENTON TOURNAMENT

(July 9)   Brandon Cloverleafs were the class of the Kenton Tournament Wednesday running roughshod over all opposition, including a 10-2, 16-hit victory in the final against Decker. Gerry Muirhead tossed a five-hitter for the win. Leafs earlier notched lopsided wins over Pope and Hamiota. The feature game of the day was Decker's semi-final win over Kention. Ray Aseltine and Kenton's Ian Whyte hooked up in a tense pitching duel that went into extra innings before Decker pulled out a 5-4 victory. Kention had downed Oak Lake in the opening round while Decker received a bye. Before coming up against the Cloverleafs, Hamiota topped Oak River.


BALDUR TOURNAMENT

(July 10)   Riverside captured its fourth baseball tournament in a week Thursday downing Oakland Braves 12-9 in the annual Baldur Tournament. Belmont finished third. Orville Shaw was the winning hurer topping Eddie Evans. Garth Seafoot's homer was a highlight of the final.


DUNREA TOURNAMENT

(July 20)   Riverside copped yet another top tournament prize easily winning the Dunrea Tournament Sunday. Riverside crushed their opposition in all three games blanking Brandon Athletics 10-0 before an 11-1 win over Fairfax and a 12-3 decision over Oakland in the final. Lorne LePoudre hurled the final for the winners as Orv Shaw got the big blow of the game, a four-bagger. Oakland reached the final by sidelining Boissevain and Belmont. In other first round games, Fairfax beat Souris and Belmont ousted the Brandon Packers.


HAMIOTA TOURNAMENT

(July 23)   Brandon Cloverleafs combined outstanding pitching with a powerful attack to romp to victory at the Hamiota Tournament Wednesday. The Leafs got a one-hitter by Gerry Muirhead in a 17-0 win over Hamiota "B" and then had Morley MacFarlane toss a three-hitter in another shutout, 14-0 over Strathclair in the final. Gerry MacKay, Tom Towns and Phil Headley had homers for the Leafs. The event featured several upsets as Oak River dumped Riverside 7-5 in the opening round but then were derailed by Hamiota "B" in their next action. Straithclair posted a 4-3 decision over Hamiota and then topped Decker. In first round play Decker had a triple play in its win over Kenton.


1958 Exhibition Tournament

Ed Scissons (second from the right) tournament superintendent presents the J.F. Cairns Memorial Trophy, emblematic of the Saskatoon Exhibition baseball championship to Doug Bentley, manager of winning Delisle. Roly Howes, the tournament chairman, is at the extreme right.  At the left is Rod Campbell who posted the most strikeouts in a single game, 14, and next to him, Max Bentley, who had the most hits during the event, seven. The little fellow in front is the Delisle batboy, Doug Bentley Jr.

SASKATOON EXHIBITION TOURNAMENT

(July 26)  Delisle managed just three hits but took advantage of nine bases on balls and six Kindersley errors to top the Klippers 6-3 to win the Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament.  Bentley MacEwen, a nephew of the Bentley brothers, pitched a five-hitter for the win.  Bev Bentley had two of the three Delisle hits. Len Breckner had a two-run homer for Kindersley. Delisle had reached the final by winning a coin toss.  The Delisle - Unity semi-final could not be played because of weather conditions and tournament rules declared the coin toss as the means to decide a winner.

Winfield (L), Mantooth (4) and Mills
MacEwen (W) and J. Goodwin

(July 25)  The 1957 champions from Rosetown were eliminated in the semi-finals by Kindersley Klippers, 8-4.  Kindersley came back from a 4-0 deficit with a five-run, fifth inning and added three more in the sixth.  The game was called after six innings by rain.  Len Breckner's two-run homer was the winning blow. 

Kindersley 8 Rosetown 4
Blasich, Mantooth (2) and Koemstedt
Holdaway, Folk (5), Duffus (6) and D. Snyder

(July 24)  Unity Merchants scored eight times in the first inning and went on to trounce Sceptre 16-1 at the Saskatoon Exhibition tournament.  Unity moves on to meet Delisle Saturday morning in a semi-final match.  Ollie Harris went the distance for the Merchants holding Sceptre to eight hits.  Tony Keller had an inside-the-park homer for Unity. 

Harris (W) and Prediger
Harold Surni (L), George Mahaffy and Johnson

(July 23)  Max Bentley clubbed six hits, a triple, three doubles and two singles, to pace Delisle to an 11-2 thumping of Melfort at the Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament. Rod Campbell, on load from the Saskatoon Caps, fired a five-hitter and fanned 14 in going the distance for the win.

Campbell (W) and J. Goodwin
Joe Stroeder (L), Doug Moser (4), Rich Erhard (4) and Flanagan, Brooks

(July 22)  Rusty Winfield, from California's Sequoias College, tossed a three-hitter and fanned 13 to lead Kindersley to an 8-1 triumph over Asquith.  Winfield had a no-hitter through six innings.  Len Breckner paced the attack with a double and two singles. The big right-fielder also turned in a great catch in right and displayed a strong throwing arm in nipping a runner at second base.

J. Repin (L), Sirota (4) and Brooks
Winfield (W) and Koemstedt

(July 21)  In the opening game of the Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament, Rosetown crushed Meota 17-2 as Chuck Holdaway and Doug Stevenson each belted four hits. Don Snyder clubbed a three-run homer. Jerry Duffus held Meota to five hits.

Bob Tayloir (L), Napoleon Krysak (3), Jim Pettapiece (8) and Doerkson
Duffus (W) and D. Snyder


LACOMBE TOURNAMENT

Lethbridge Warriors took top prize.

Lethbridge Warriors, Calgary Dodgers, Estevan Maple Leafs, Granum White Sox, Central Alberta All-Stars, Moose Jaw Lakers, Mack's Pipe Liners, North-Eastern Alberta All-Stars


LETHBRIDGE ROTARY TOURNAMENT

(August 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
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


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. The two teams combined for 28 hits off a total of ten pitchers.   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


COURTENAY LABOUR DAY TOURNAMENT

(August 30-31, Sept 1)   In a rain-soaked Courtenay Labour Day Tournament, the Cumberland Chiefs emerged as champions to take home the $400 first prize cheque.  In the tourney final Monday, Chiefs drubbed Langley 9-1.

In the tournament opener Saturday, Alberni Athletics routed Nanaimo 11-1. Sunday, in a game interrupted by a downpour and then the burning of gasoline soaked sawdust to try and dry the field, Vancouver Longshoremen crushed Courtenay Riversides 11-0.  Langley notched a 4-2 win over Campbell River. Cumberland Chiefs won a first round bye after Vancouver CYO suddenly withdrew from the event. Chiefs advanced by downing Alberni Athletics 7-2. and Langley reached the final with an 8-5 triumph over the Longshoremen.

Cumberland shortstop Dixie Walker was named Most Valuable Player and awarded a travel alarm clock.


FERNIE LABOUR DAY TOURNMENT

(August 30-31, Sept 1)   A team from Warner, Alberta, took first prize of $300 in the Fernie Labour Day Tournament trouncing Creston 12-0 in the championship game.  Creston blanked Kimberley Dynamos 3-0 in one semi-final while Warner got by Eureka, Montana 7-6 in the other. In preliminary games, Dynamos beat Cranbrook 6-3, Creston shaded Fernie 4-2, Eureka, Montana, notched a 2-1 win over Windermere.and Warner shaded the Kimberley Hobos 4-3. The best game of the event was Eureka's 2-1 victory with both runs coming on Windermere errors. The winners had just one hit, that by their 15-year-old pitcher Gerry Peck.


KEEWATIN LABOUR DAY TOURNAMENT

(August 30-31,September 1)  Elmwood Giants All-Stars captured top honours at the Keewatin Labour Day Tournament downing Oakville 8-7 in an exciting tournament final. Giants rallied for six runs in the seventh inning for the win. They had beaten Kenora in the first round and topped the Native Sons, the defending champs 10-5 in the second round. More than 4,000 fans sat in on the event.


KAMLOOPS LABOUR DAY TOURNAMENT

(September 1)  Kamloops Okonots captured top money of $500 in the 6th Annual Kamloops Labour Day Tournament downing Vancouver CYO 8-1 in the final behind the six-hit pitching of import professional Charlie Drummond.  Drummond, from Albuquerque of the Western League, earlier fired a two-hit shutout as Okonots blanked Trail 4-0 and went three innings in the semi-final against Souith Burnaby.

xxx and xxx
Drummond (W) and Stewart

Drummond ran into control troubles in the semi-final and playing manager Len Gatin took over and handled South Burnaby the rest of the way as Kamloops won 8-6..

xxx and xxx
Drumond, Gatin (W) (4) and A.Fields

CYO reached the final edging Dufferins 2-1.

Drummond, who pitched in the Kamloops Tournament in both 1954 and 1955, was superb in the Okonots opener, allowing just two hits in firing a shutout over Trail.

xxx and xxx
Drummond (W) and Stewart

In other elimination games, South Burnaby beat the Jay Rays 7-2 with Stan Kato's homer accounting for one of the two Kamloop's runs. , Dufferins scored seven times in the second inning to get by Oliver 15-12 and CYO topped Penticton 6-3 with Gary Winbow the winning hurler.


QUESNEL LABOUR DAY TOURNAMENT

(September 1)  For the third straight summer, Kelowna Orioles captured the Quesnel Labour Day Tournament taking home $1,000 in top money. The Orioles blanked Willow River Red Sox 3-0 in the final as Les Schaeffer fired a two-hit shutout. Ed Stefureak, who had one of the hits off Schaeffer - a double - took the loss allowing just four hits, a triple and three doubles. Catcher John Culos opened the scoring with a second inning triple which was followed by a sacrifice fly by Schaeffer. In the seventh, back-to-back doubles by Bob Campbell and Bill Martino brought in the second run and the Orioles wrapped up the scoring in the final frame on a walk, two stolen bases and an error. Kelowna playing manager Hank Tostenson was presented with the Quesnel Jeweller's Trophy for the tourney championship. Tony DeRosa of the Terrace Loggers was awarded a trophy as the event's top hitter, with a .700 average in three games.

Les Schaeffer (W) and xxx
Ed Stefureak (L) and xxx

Summerland won the consolation final dumping Terrace Loggers 16-2 in a game called after four innings. The Macs stormed out of the gate with four runs in the first inning on a pair of errors and hits by Gordy Taylor and Ollie Egley. They added three more in the second and ran wild in the fourth with nine runs before the game was ended. Bill Chapman allowed just two hits in handling the mound work for the winners.

Bill Chapman (W) and xxx
Howie Enemark (L), D.Miller (4) and xxx

In a thrilling semi-final contest, Willow River came from behind with a big ninth inning to edge Terrace 10-9 and advance to the tournament final against Kelowna. Trailing 9-6 in the ninth, the Red Sox rallied for four runs to capture the victory. Ed Stefureak led off with a single and Willie McDermid followed with a walk. Singles by Mike Church and Frank Bruder brought in a pair of runs and pinch hitter Ted Church hit safely to bring in the tying and winning markers. Stefureak had given Willow River the early lead with a two-run homer in the first inning. Losing hurler Tony DeRosa went four for four at the plate.

Howie Enemark, Tony DeRosa (L) (3) and xxx
Max Yeshe, George Stickle (5), Frank Bruder (W) (5) and xxx

Kelowna Orioles crushed Summerland Macs 12-2 to move into the tournament final. It was a tight duel until the Orioles broke loose in the fourth. Leo Petty cracked a triple off pitcher Lefty Gould and Bob Campbell followed with a double. Frank Fritz and Hank Tostenson both singled to put Kelowna on the way to the easy victory. Jack Denbow held the Macs off the scoreboard until the sixth when Jack Burton reached on an error and Olie Egley drove one over the left field fence for a two-run homer.

Jack Denbow (W) and xxx
Lefty Gould (L), Gil Jacobs (7) and xxx

Scoring in each of the last four frames, Kelowna pulled away to down the Lumbermen 8-3. Scott went the distance for the winners with a seven-hitter.

Jim Staff (L), George Dye (6) and xxx
Scott (W) and xxx

Summerland Macs shaded Grand Prairie 4-1 Sunday. The Macs broke in front with two runs in the fourth inning and added another pair in the fifth when doubles by Burton and Taylor drove starter Slider Ray from the Grand Prairie mound.  The Albertans scored one in the sixth and had the bases loaded with two out but reliever Al Hooker got a ground out to end the threat.

Chapman, Al Hooker (6) and xxx
Slider Ray (L), Joe Weremy (5) and xxx

In first round action, Willow River took advantage of six errors to down Smithers 7-2. Veteran Mike Church allowed just one earned run in going the route for the winners. Robinson yielded just nine hits in taking the loss.

Mike Church (W) and xxx
Robinson (L) and xxx

Tony DeRosa allowed just three hits and fanned 11 as Terrace Loggers romped to an 11-1 triumph over the Quesnel Firemen in the opening game of the tournament. DeRosa also sparked the offense with three hits in four trips to the plate. The local squad pushed across a run in the first inning but that was the end of their scoring. Loggers broke out with five runs in the third inning sparked by a three-run homer by Joe Giordano.

Tony DeRosa (W) and xxx
Tom Bryan (L), Lorne Rodonets (7) and xxx


FRUITVALE FALL FAIR JUNIOR TOURNAMENT

(September 1)  The East Trail Pirates captured the fifth annual Fruitvale Junior Tournament Monday topping the CYO Giants 8-4 in the final.  Pirates reached the championship game crushing Fruitvale Juniors 16-5 while the CYO Giants upset Rossland 13-11 in a wild one to hand the Capilanos their first loss of the season.

A four-run rally in the sixth inning provided the Pirates with their margin of victory. Doubles by Mervyn Aiken, Owen Mailey and Jackie Jablonsky along with the lone CYO error accounted for the winning tallies. Jablonsky knocked in seven runs in the team's two victories. Allan Pollock gave up nine hits but managed to go the distance for the pitching win.

Allan Pollock (W) and xxx
Frank Parisotto, Danny Angerilli (L) (2), Terry Colautti (6) and xxx

In the CYO-Rossland matchup, CYO jumped into a 7-0 lead in the second inning. But Rossland ran wild in their half of the second frame scoring ten times. Ron Fabbro sparked the outburst with a three-run triple and Denny Ferry knocked in a pair with another three-bagger. The frame also included run-scoring singles by Cliff Profili and Jackie Ling, three walks and a wild pitch. CYO recovered to regain the lead and Danny Angerilli won his own ball game when he singled in Bruno Forlin and Ron Molina with the winning run and an insurance marker. Merillo Geronazzo powered CYO with a three-run triple, a two-run triple and a run-scoring single.

Parisotto, Colautti (2), Angerilli (W) (4) and xxx
Ken Smith, Lloyd McLellan (L) (2) and xxx

In the second game, Pirates grabbed a 9-2 lead after two innings and were never headed in trimming the Beavers 16-5. Ken Alton scattered ten hits in going the distance for the win. Doug Mervyn clouted a pair of homers and Wayne Kew added a triple and single to pace Fruitvale.

K.Alton (W) and xxx
Doug Mervyn (L), Wayne Kew and xxx