1959 Game Reports, Basin League      


(June 12)   Valentine Hearts kicked off the new season with an offensive outburst for their home fans in a 16-8 pounding of the Mitchell Kernels. Hearts used a 13 hit attack and capitalized on six Mitchell errors and nine walks.  Each team had two homers with Don Peden and Doug Clements connecting for the Kernels and Bob Hembree and Bob Lewis for the Hearts. Lewis' blast was a grand slam homer in the eighth. Tom Jones pitched into the 8th to capture the win. He allowed just three hits but walked 14. With one base on balls given up by reliever Don Betzen, the game produced 24 free passes.

Arneson (L), Marcereau (4), Gantt (6) and Hutchinson
Jones (W), Betzen (8) and Lewis, Hembree

(June 12)   Watertown Lake Sox overcame a six-run fifth inning by Yankton with four runs in the eighth on Frank Finnegan's grand-slam homer, to notch a 12-10 win in the home opener at Yankton.  Scoring came in bunches as the Sox scored five in the 3rd, three in the 4th and the four in the 8th. Terrys got three in the 1st, six in the fifth and one in the 7th. Lefty Dennis Lundgren, who relieved in the fifth, picked up the win. Gene Hines took the loss. John Carretta with a double and two singles and Dolph Regelsky with a pair of singles paced a 10-hit Watertown attack. Perry McGriff had three hits, one a double for the Terrys.

Vlosich, H.Smith (5), Lundgren (W) (5) and K.Staples
J.Nicholson, J.Puleo (3), G.Hines (L) (4) and T.Cooper

(June 12)  Huron had a 6-4 lead over Pierre, with the bases loaded with none out in the sixth inning, when the lights went out. It's expected that the game will be completed at a later date. Each team scored three runs in the first inning and Gerald Griffin added a homer for Pierre in the third. Huron scored in the third and added one more in the fourth. In the sixth, Len VanDeHay singled with the bases loaded to score Bob Ehrke and with Don Nipp at the plate the park went dark.

W.Carruthers, L.Crayton (4) and Orton
Ehrke and Nipp

(June 13)  Huron Jims spoiled Mitchell's home opener Saturday with three runs in the ninth inning in a 6-3 win over the Kernels. With one down in the 9th, third baseman Casey Barszcz singled and took second on a wild pitch and Ralph Plumlee followed with a single between third and short. Larry Pohlman's grounder scored Barszcz with what proved to be the winning marker. They added a pair of insurance runs as Bob Tedesco singled and advanced on a wild pitch before a walk to Scotty Sullivan and Pete Maynard's single. Tedesco got the win with 2 2/3s innings of no-hit relief. Dayton Todd carried the big bat for the Kernels smacking a homer, double and single. John Holstead had a two-run pinch-hit homer for Mitchell in the sixth.

Kunkel, Tedesco (W) (7) and Nipp
Gellinger, Marcereau (7), Brenzel (7) and Todd

(June 13)   Yankton Terrys broke open a tight game with three runs in the 8th inning then held off a Watertown rally in the bottom of the inning to notch a 7-5 win Saturday at Watertown.  Bob Clem's homer highlighted the three-run frame.

Tatum (W), Wise (8) and Cooper
Dickmeyer, Washburn (L) (3), Riese (9) and Staples

(June 13)  In a slugfest at Rapid City, Valentine Hearts crushed the Chiefs 17-12 Saturday night taking a big lead with ten runs in the first three innings before falling behind 11-10 then rallying with seven runs in the last two frames. Bob Rickey drove in four runs while Vince Robison and Bob Lewis knocked in three apiece. Don Betzen won it in relief of starter Don Miller. Don Quayle was the story for Rapid City as he drove in seven runs with a pair of homers and a triple. He second four-bagger came with the bases loaded in the sixth inning.

Miller, Betzen (W) (8) and Hembree
Kropornicki, Dalluge (L) (3), Garcia (8) and Walp

(June 14)  On Sunday, Valentine Hearts repeated the pattern taking a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning then falling behind giving up five runs in the bottom of the initial frame before bouncing back to win 13-9 over Rapid City. Ron Bennett crushed a grand slam in the first to get the Hearts on the scoreboard. Bob Lewis batted in five runs for the winners two coming on a seventh inning homer. Ken Hunt hit a two-run homer for the Chiefs. Bob Cooper survived 11 walks to go the distance for the win. He yielded nine hits. Denny Peterson took the loss.

Cooper (W) and Hembree
Peterson (L), Veach (8), Garcia (8) and Walp

(June 14)  Huron broke a 3-3 tie with six runs in the top of the 12th inning to give Huron a 9-3 victory over the Cowboys in the season opener at Pierre.  Casey Barszcz's two-run single proved to be the winning blow. The shot came after singles by Bob Fidler and Len VanDeHay and a walk to Jerry Pohlman loaded the bases.  Don Nipp then singled and Ralph Plumlee followed with a three-run homer.

Tarr, Tedesco (W) (11) and Nipp
Anderson, Crayton (L) (8), Oestricher (12) and Orton

(June 14)  John Jurasevich crushed a grand-slam homer in the first inning to get Mitchell off on the right foot in a 12-9 victory over Watertown Sunday.  The Kernels needed a big offensive output as the Lake Sox got right back in the game in the third, narrowing the margin to 5-4, on a grand slam by Frank Finnegan who added a second homer in the 7th inning. He led all batters with six runs batted in.  Joe Lutz led the 13-hit Mitchell attack with four hits in five trips. Ken Staples had a homer for the Lake Sox. The game saw 21 bases on balls. Dave Giusti, the Mitchell starter posted the win going six innings allowing seven runs on five hits and five walks. He fanned seven. Gerry Merz, who pitched two innings in relief for Watertown allowed just one hit but walked six, hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and was charged with a balk.

Risse (L), Merz (4), Lundgren (5), Flynn  (8) and Staples, Brooks
Giusti (W), Andreson (7), Brenzel (8) and Todd

Valentine    3 - 0
Huron        2 - 0  0.5
Yankton      1 - 1  1.5
Mitchell     1 - 2  2.0
Watertown    1 - 2  2.0
Pierre       0 - 1  2.0
Rapid City   0 - 2  2.5

(June 15)   Valentine Hearts remained unbeaten chalking up their fourth straight win Monday 16-12 over Yankton in a sloppily played contest at Valentine. The winners had just nine hits, one fewer than the Terrys, but capitalized on walks and seven Yankton errors. Bob Clem had the lone long blow of the game, a triple. Tom Jones pitched into the 8th to register the win.

Porter (L), Puleo (1), Nicholson (5) and Cooper
Jones (L), Miller (8) and Hembree

(June 16)   Bill Roman doubled in Don Hafer with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning Tuesday and gave Pierre Cowboys their first win of the season, 4-3 over Rapid City. Roman's hard shot to left was his third hit and second double of the game. The big first baseman kept the Chiefs in the game earlier with an RBI double that also scored Hafer. Rapid City had jumped on Bob Plemmons for two runs in the first inning as Mickey Sullivan whacked a homer to right centre with Don Quayle aboard with a walk.

Dalluge, Garcia (L) (9) and Walp
Plemmons, Beres (8), Oestricher (W) (9) and Orton

(June 16)    Right-hander Marty Stillman scattered six hits Tuesday to lead Watertown to a 13-4 victory against the previously unbeaten Huron Jims. Of the six safeties, two were home runs by shortstop Ralph Plumlee and relief pitcher Don Wyss. John Carretta belted a two-run homer for the Lake Sox.  The Sox announced the signing of a third professional for the squad. He's left-hander Art Wendt who pitched with Memphis and Sioux City this spring.

Ehrke (L), D.Wyss (4) and Nipp
Stillman (W) and K.Staples

(June 16)   A four-hitter by Yankton's Gene Hines quieted the booming bats of Valentine and handed the Hearts their first loss in five Basin League starts Tuesday, 9-2.  Hines was backed by a 13-hit attack including Gene Orf's four RBI in four at bats.  Terrys got all the runs they needed in the second inning breaking a scoreless tie with a four spot. Harbert Lee led off with a double and Hines drew a walk. Bob Clem knocked in the first run with a single and Orf followed with a two-bagger to plate Hines. Tom Cooper's single brought in both Clem and Orf.

Hines (W) and Cooper
Betzen (L) and Hembree

(June 17)   Pierre Cowboys scampered home with three runs in the first inning and coasted to a 5-1 win over Watertown Lake Sox Wednesday night. Sox hurler Jerry Merz held the Cowboys to five hits but Pierre cashed in on two unearned runs and timed their blows for maximum productivity.  A pair of walks were costly for Merz in the first frame as Don Hafer drew a base on balls ahead of Gerry Griffin's infield single. With two out, Tom Orton walked to fill the sacks and Harry Lloyd came through with a liner to centre to score a pair. Orton scooted home on the throw in. For the Sox, John Erickson walked and scored on a long single by Merz.

Merz (L) and Waba
Carruthers (W), Anderson (7) and Belanger

(June 17)   A two-run homer by Scott Sullivan highlighted a four-run sixth inning as Huron topped Rapid City 7-3. Casey Barszcz rapped four hits in five trips to knock in three for the winners. Red Deneke gave up just one hit before tiring in the sixth and handing over mound duties to Bob Tedesco.

R.Kropornicki (L), Tom Garcia (6) and R.Walp
R.Deneke (W), Tedesco (6) and Nipp

(June 18)   Valentine Hearts took an 8-0 lead after four innings at Mitchell Thursday but had to fend off a late Kernels rally to take an 8-7 decision.  Manager Joe Lutz's Kernels, held hitless for four innings, fought back with four runs in the 7th and three more in the 8th but fell just short. Dayton Todd, who had earlier driven in a pair with a double led off the 9th for the Kernels with a single but Don Miller, the third hurler for the Hearts, retired the next three batters to end the game. Five errors by the Kernels aided the nine-hit Valentine offense. Vince Robison and Ron Bennett each contributed two hits for the winners.

Flock (W), Cooper (8), Miller (8) and Lewis
Arneson (L), Seitz (3), Marcereau (9), Brenzel (9) and Todd

(June 18)   Rapid City counted four runs in the ninth inning Thursday night to beat Watertown Lake Sox 8-6 for its first victory of the Basin League season. Trailing 5-4, Rapid City tied the score as Neil Martin tripled and scored as Ray Bazzell followed with a single.  After Tom Snow hit safely, Mickey Sullivan smacked a three-run homer. Sox got one back in the bottom of the ninth but fell shot. Lake Sox got four-baggers by Dave Pflepsen and Tom O'Rourke. Watertown out-hit the Chiefs 15 to 9.

Peterson, Dalluge (W) (5), Garcia (9) and Walp
Wendt, Risse (L) (3) and Staples

(June 19)   Trailing 4-3 after eight innings, Mitchell Kernels tied it in the ninth and scored in the tenth to shade Huron 5-4 Friday. Jims' reliever Bob Tedesco, who picked up the win last Saturday as Huron came up with three in the ninth to down the Kernels, saw his own wildness play a major part in saddling him with the loss. He walked in the tying run in the ninth and his wild pitches led to the winner an inning later. In 2 1/3 innings Tedesco walked five, hit a batter, and threw three wild pitches. Huron Starter Hal Kunkel gave up eight free passes. Each team had just five hits with Frank Swafford getting the big blow for Huron - a homer in the seventh.

Giusti (W), Marcereau (10) and Todd
Kunkel, Tedesco (L) and Nipp

(June 19)   Four-hit pitching by Don Miller stopped the Yankton Terrys Friday as Valentine posted a 4-3 victory. Ron Bennett and Bob Rickey each had two hits for the winners. Jack Dull tagged Miller for a homer in the fourth inning for the Terrys. Mike Tatum took the loss.

D.Miller (W) and B.Lewis
M.Tatum, F.Carbajal (5) and T.Cooper

(June 19)   Ed Kikla fired a three-hitter Friday to lead Rapid City to a 4-2 win over Watertown. The Chiefs scored all four runs in the sixth inning and all the markers scored on home runs. Tom Snow belted a three-run homer and Dick Kristinik had a bases-empty blast. Dolph Regelsky smacked a four-bagger for the Sox.

Kikla (W) and Walp
Risse, Stillman (6) and K.Staples

(June 20)   Larry Crayton, in his first start of the season, pitched the second no-hit, no-run game in Basin League history Saturday night when Pierre Cowboys set down Yankton Terrys 5-0. The left-hander gave up six walks but faced only 31 batters. The only other no-hit shutout was in 1957, also at Hyde Stadium, when Mitchell's Ed Fisher blanked the Cowboys.

xxx and xxx
Clayton (W) and xxx

(June 20)  Huron beat Valentine 11-3.

(June 21)  For an inning and a half it was a good night for the Pierre Cowboys. They had bunched three hits off Mitchell's Paul Seitz to take a 2-0 lead.  Then the massacre began. Kernels exploded for six runs in the bottom of the second and poured it on to wallop the Cowboys 21-2 combining 13 hits, 17 walks and 7 errors.  Dean Look, playing second base in returning to the Kernels for a second season, hammered out a double, triple and single to knock in five runs. Third baseman Jim Wiezbiski drove in four and scored three. Centre fielder John Jurasevich smacked three hits and shortstop Dick Green had just one hit but scored four times. Reliever Bob Marcereau blanked the Cowboys over the last 5 1/3 innings to pick up the win.

Anderson (L), Oestricher (2), Plemmons (5), Hoch (7) and Belanger
Seitz, Marcereau (W) (4) and Todd, Onorato

(June 21)  Rapid City made the most of their four hits Sunday to slip by Yankton 6-5 for their third straight victory. Yankton collected nine hits off Jim Ward, the newly acquired right-hander from the University of Arizona, who went the route for the win.  Playing-manager Harry Wise took the loss for the Terrys.

Wise (L), Maglia (7), Nicholson (7) and Tom Cooper, Vail Williams (8)
Ward (W) and Ron Walp

(June 21)  Pitcher Don Betzen won his own game drawing a walk in the bottom of the ninth inning and scoring on Dennis Price's single as Valentine topped Huron 5-4. Paul Timme, Huron's hurler, went two for two at the plate. Three runs against him were unearned.

Timme, Ehrke (L) (7) and Nipp
Cooper, Betzen (W) (6) and Lewis

Valentine    7 - 2
Pierre       3 - 2  2.0
Huron        4 - 3  2.0
Mitchell     3 - 3  2.5
Rapid City   3 - 4  3.0
Yankton      2 - 5  4.0
Watertown    2 - 5  4.0

(June 22)   Mitchell Kernels scored four in the first inning and were never headed in registering a 9-7 win over Valentine.  Second baseman Dean Look led the winners with a homer and two singles and scored twice. Dayton Todd added two hits and two runs. Ron Bennett collected three safeties for the Hearts. Veteran Fred Brenzel went seven innings for the win.

Flock (L), Scholz (3) and Lewis
Brenzel (W), Arneson (8) and Todd

(June 22)   Pierre Cowboys overcame a 7-0 deficit Monday to tie in the 8th, on a double steal, and then scored three in the tenth to down Watertown 10-7.  Home runs by Harry Lloyd and Dave Brown accounted for the extra inning scoring. Relief hurler Wilson Carruthers pitched no-hit ball for the final three innings to get the mound victory.

Beres, Oestricher (6), W.Carruthers (W) (8) and Orton
A.Wendt, Lundgren (6), Stillman (L) (7), Risse (10) and J.Adams

(June 23)   Pierre Cowboys ended Mitchell's three game winning streak with a 5-3 victory at Pierre building up a 5-1 lead and cutting short a Kernels' rally in the ninth. Bill Roman and Bill Maloney each had two hits for the winners. Mitchell playing manager Joe Lutz clouted a two-run homer, his first four-bagger of the season. Dean Look continued his heavy hitting with two safeties. he had three Sunday and again on Monday. Bob Plemmons went six innings for the win.

Giusti (L), Marcereau (6), Arneson (8) and Todd
Plemmons (W), Crayton (7) and Belanger

(June 23)   Rapid City scored one in the top of the seventh and Valentine replied with three in the bottom of the inning and that began and ended the scoring as the Hearts edged the Chiefs 3-1.  For the Chiefs, Ray Bazzle and Neil Martin walked and Tom Snow knocked in the run with a single. In Valentine's half of the inning, Tom Jones led off with a double and Jerry Vodicka sacrificed him to third. A single by Bob Kessler brought Jones home and Jim Ranson homered to end the scoring.  Jones hurled a five-hitter for the win.

Veach, Dalluge (L) (1), Garcia (8) and Walp
Tom Jones (W) and Bob Lewis

(June 23)   A four-run sixth inning carried Huron to a 5-3 win over Watertown in Basin League play at Huron Tuesday night. The long ball accounted for most of the scoring. Dolph Regelsky started it for Watertown with a two-run shot in the first inning. Huron got one back in the first on a sacrifice fly by Len VanDeHay.  In the sixth, VanDeHay smacked a circuit blow and after two singles Casey Barszcz cracked another homer to give Jims a 5-2 advantage. Lake Sox playing manager Ken Staples had a bases-empty homer in the eighth to end the scoring.  Staples was ejected from the game in the eighth inning after kicking Umpire Joe Stahl in the shins three times and taking a swing at Stahl who, as a former boxer, evaded the punch. Further action against Staples is now pending.

J.Risley (L), R.Riese (7) and J.Adams
Tedesco (W) and Nipp

(June 24)   Yankton Terrys fell behind 5-1 before unleashing a powerful attack to whip Rapid City 16-6. Terrys abused three Chiefs' hurlers for 17 hits as they responded with four runs in each of the third and fifth innings and erupted for seven in the eighth.  Chiefs had taken the lead with five runs in the third inning highlighted by Don Quayle's two-run homer. Terrys tied the count in the bottom of the third on singles by Bob Clem, Gene Orf. Jack Dull and Lee Harbert before Ralph Hochgrebe knocked in three with a two-bagger. They iced it in the fifth on a single by Dull and doubles by Harbert, Paul Chamberlain and Tom Cooper. After the Chiefs counted once in the sixth, Yankton used five singles and Hochgrebe's double as part of the seven-run inning.

Kikla, D.Peterson (3), Garcia (L) (3) and Dick Sirtuz, Walp (3)
G.Hines, J.Puleo (W) (3), Nicholson (7) and Cooper

(June 24)    Blanked for five innings, Valentine scored a single run in each of the last four frames to shade Huron 4-3. Hearts got the winner in the ninth without a hit. Bob Kessler and Dennis Price both walked and after they advanced on a sacrifice Vince Robison got an intentional pass to load the bases. The run came home on a fielder's choice.  Huron pitcher Percy Sanderson doubled in a run in the fifth to break a scoreless deadlock. Valentine made it 1-1 in the sixth on Ron Bennett's homer and took the lead in the seventh getting a run on a hit, error, walk and fielder's choice. Huron regained the lead with a pair in the bottom of the seventh on four singles and a sacrifice fly. In the eighth, winning pitcher Don Miller had a game-tying single.

D.Miller (W) and B.Lewis
P.Sanderson, R.Deneke (L) (8) and Nipp

(June 25)   Mitchell Kernels broke open a close game with a six-run outburst in the eighth inning, capped by a grand slam homer by John Jurasevich, in beating Rapid City 10-3. Jim Wiezbiski added three hits, one a homer, and two runs batted in. 18-year-old Paul Seitz pitched into the 8th inning for his first win of the season. He scattered nine hits, and rang up nine strikeouts.

Kropornicki (L), Kikla (6), Dalluge (8) and Walp
Seitz (W), Brenzel (8) and Todd

(June 25)   Jerry Merz had a shutout for eight innings before giving up a run in the ninth as Watertown downed Valentine 4-1 Thursday night before the home fans. Merz allowed just four hits.  Lake Sox got a run in the first on Frank Finnegan's run scoring single. They added three more in the seventh helped by hits from John Erickson and Dolph Regelsky.

Betzen (L) and Lewis
J.Merz (W) and J.Adams

(June 26)   League-leading Valentine crushed Pierre 10-2 Friday night riding a three-run homer by Jerry Vodicka to the victory. The Hearts punched out 12 hits while Bob Cooper tossed a seven-hitter for the winners. Pierre played the game under protest as the Cowboys complained that a Valentine fielder went out of the park to field a long fly ball and that it should have been ruled a home run instead of an out.

Carruthers, Oestricher (4) and Orton, Belanger (8)
Cooper and Lewis

(June 26)   Mitchell Kernels broke up a dandy pitcher's duel Friday with four runs in the 10th inning to down Yankton Terrys 5-1.  Tied at 1-1, Dick Green led off the extra frame with his second single of the game and moved to second and third on wild pitches. He scored on Jim Wiezbiski's ground ball as Wiezbiski was safe on a fielder's choice. Doug Clemens rapped out his third hit of the game and Dean Look walked to load the bases. Dayton Todd knocked in one run with a single and J.B. Carroll walked to force in another before John Jurasevich wound up the scoring with a single to plate Look.  Bob Marcereau gave up just an unearned run with a walk and five strikeouts in nine innings for the win.  Terry Gellinger finished up.  Mike Tatum yielded just five hits and one earned run in nine frames but was saddled with the loss.

Marcereau (W), Gellinger (10) and Todd
Tatum (L), Carbajal (10), Wise (10) and Cooper

(June 27)   Yankton broke a 4-4 draw with a pair in the 8th inning Saturday to top Huron Jims 6-4. Darrell Bushmaier led the Terrys attack with a homer and single. Perry McGriff and Ralph Hochgrebe had two hits apiece. Joe Puleo went eight innings in hurling the win.

Puleo (W), Carbajal (9), Nicholson (9) and Cooper
Deneke, Timme (L) (4) and Tarr

(June 27)   Mitchell Kernels had a huge sixth inning, sending 18 batters to the plate in scoring 12 times, in trouncing the Lake Sox 16-4 Saturday at Watertown.  Dave Giusti was a one man show for the winners going seven innings on the mound for the win while driving in four runs with a homer and two singles and scoring twice.  Dayton Todd and Doug Clemens also smacked homers. John Jurasevich pounded a double and two singles, knocked in two and scored a pair. Tom O'Rourke collected a double and three singles for the Sox.

Giusti (W), Arneson (8) and Todd, Onorato
Clement (L), Riese (6), Lundgren (6), Risley (8), Regelsky (9) and Adams

(June 28)   Huron broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run 8th inning to down Mitchell 5-2. Len VanDeHay opened with a one-bagger and Jim Dobson was safe on an error on a potential double play ball. Jack Tarr singled to score the eventual winner and two insurance runs came home on Casey Barszcz's long fly to centre which was dropped. Bob Tedesco held the Kernels to eight hits in posting his fourth win of the season. He walked three and fanned 14.

Brenzel (L) and Todd
Tedesco (W) and Tarr

(June 28)   Bob Kessler drove in pitcher Tom Jones in the tenth inning with his third hit of the game to give Valentine a 6-5 victory over Yankton. The Hearts Jim Ranson had smacked a homer in the 8th to tie at 5-5 and his throw from left field in the ninth saved the game.

Bob Scholz, T.Jones (W) (5) and B.Lewis
Wise, Nicholson (L) (5), Hines (10) and Cooper

(June 28)   Larry Crayton allowed two hits in the first two innings then pitched no-hit ball the rest of the way as Pierre shutout Watertown 8-0 Sunday night. In Crayton's other start this season, he fired a no-hitter. Cowboys punched out 11 hits including a homer by Don Hafer and a 4 for 4 night by Gerry Griffin.

Stillman, Risley (7), Regelsky (8) and Adams
Crayton (W) and Orton

Valentine   11 - 4
Pierre       6 - 3  2.0
Mitchell     7 - 5  2.5
Huron        6 - 5  3.0
Yankton      4 - 7  5.0
Rapid City   3 - 7  5.5
Watertown    3 - 9  6.5

(July 1)   A five-run 8th inning carried Pierre Cowboys to a 10-5 win over Mitchell Kernels Wednesday night. With one out for the Cowboys, Larry Belanger was hit by a pitch and manager Art Hoch followed with a single. Don Hafer forced Hoch but a passed ball allowed Belanger to score.  Gerald Griffin drew a walk and Bill Roman knocked in both runners with a double. Harry Lloyd's single plated Roman and Lloyd scored on a double error on Dave Brown's grounder. Pierre had nine hits, two each by Roman, Hafer, and Lloyd. Dayton Todd cracked three hits for Mitchell.

Seitz, Arneson (4), Marcereau (L) (5)
Carruthers, Oestricher (W) (7) and Belanger

(July 1)  Watertown Lake Sox scored four in the bottom of the 8th to break a 2-2 deadlock and down Yankton Terrys 6-2 Wednesday night. Dave Pflepsen led off the inning with a triple and scored the eventual winner on Ron Causton's single. Sox added insurance runs when Frank Finnegan, the league's leading hitter, tripled in three more runs after Ken Staples walked and Dolph Regelsky singled. Don Kuodis, a Chicago native, made his debut and allowed just five hits in eight innings for the win. He fanned ten.

Hines, Puleo (L) (7), Tatum (8) and Cooper
Kuodis (W), Risley (9) and Stapes

(July 1)  Percy Sanderson and Paul Timme combined on a four-hitter to lead Huron to a 5-2 victory over Rapid City. Both the runs against the pair were unearned. Pete Maynard collected the lone extra base hit, a two-run homer for Huron in the ninth.

Sanderson (W), Timme (7) and Tarr
Ward (L), Dalluge (6) and Walp

(July 2)  It was a tight pitcher's duel for six innings, a 2-1 game in favour of Rapid City over Mitchell, then the Kernels exploded for six runs in the 7th inning and four more in the 8th to walk away with an 11-2 victory.  In his first start 18-year-old Nick Willhite from South High School in Denver took on Terry Gellinger and until the 7th Mickey Sullivan's two-run homer for the Chiefs in the third and a four-bagger by Mitchell's John Jurasevich in the 4th had accounted for all the scoring.  In the 7th, Kernels got five singles, a walk, and Dick Green's double for their six markers.  The offensive continued in the 8th as Jim Wiezbiski singled, for his fourth hit, Doug Clemens was hit by a pitch and Dayton Todd and Joe Lutz followed with back-to-back homers.  Todd had three hits and drove in five. Gellinger, in his second start of the season allowed just two hits and fanned eight.

Gellinger (W) and Todd, Onorato
Willhite (L), Dalluge (7), Garcia (8), Ward (9) and Walp

(July 2)   Catcher Don Nipp cracked a homer on the first pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning to hand Huron Jims a 3-2 victory over Pierre Cowboys Thursday night at Huron.  Pierre had tied the count in the ninth as Dick Beres doubled in John Horning.  Bob Tedesco pitched a seven hitter for his 5th win of the season. Larry Crayton, who also yielded just seven hits, took the loss. 

Crayton (L) and Orton
Tedesco (W) (5-1) and Nipp

(July 2)  Frank Finnegan drove in four runs, with a two-run homer and a single, to pace Watertown to a 6-3 win over the Hearts at Valentine.  Jerry Merz held the Hearts to five hits in going the distance for the win.

Merz (W) and Staples
H.Casey (L), Betzen and Lewis

(July 3)  Rapid City battered four Mitchell hurlers for 15 hits Friday in beating the Kernels 9-7.  Tommy Snow and Don Quayle each punched out three hits while Mickey Sullivan had a double and single and scored three times. Chuck Shoemaker collected a pair of doubles and scored twice. The Chiefs also got help from five Mitchell errors. The Kernels had just nine hits but three of them were homers, by Dean Look, John Jurasevich and John Halstead. Ed Kikla, the third Chiefs' pitcher was credited with the win.

Brenzel (L), Arneson (5), Seitz (6), Giusti (8) and Todd
Kropornicki, Dalluge (3), Kikla (W) (5) and Walp

(July 3)  Valentine scored 12 runs in the first three innings and cruised to a 13-9 win over Watertown, although out-hit 16 to 15 by the Lake Sox. Watertown made a game of it in the late innings as Dolph Regelsky smacked a three-run homer in the 7th and Frank Finnegan smashed a bases-empty shot in the ninth. Don Miller was credited with the pitching win.

Clements (L), xxx (2), xxx (3) and Staples
Miller (W), Betzen (8) and Lewis

(July 4)  The Fourth of July fireworks spread to the ballpark Saturday night at Watertown as the Lake Sox and Huron Jims hooked up in a slugfest which produced 30 runs, 34 hits and 11 errors and Watertown as the eventual winner, 17 to 13.  The Sox pounded out 19 hits although Huron's Don Nipp had the only homer. Marty Stillman lasted until the seventh to capture the pitching win.

Delmont Seagrave (L), Deneke (4), Timme (4), Tedesco (8) and Tarr
Stillman (W), Risley (7) and Staples

(July 4)   Mitchell Kernels rapped 11 hits, three of them homers, as Bob Marcereau shutout Yankton on six hits in an 11-0 decision.  Kernels put the game away with a six-run outburst in the third inning.  Playing manager Joe Lutz, Dayton Todd and John Halstead smacked the four-baggers. Marcereau needed just 83 pitches to complete the game and drop his earned run average to 1.15 with four earned runs in 31 1/3 innings pitched.

Tatum (L), Nicholson (3), Carbajal (7) and Cooper
Marcereau (W) and Todd, Onorato

(July 5)    Yankton rallied from a 5-4 deficit Sunday to defeated Huron 11-5. A big five-run 7th inning broke the game wide open and the Terrys added two insurance runs in the 8th. The winners collected 16 hits off a pair of Jims' hurlers. Reliever Harry Wise picked up the win. Officials of the Terrys assured fans that the team would complete the season but made an urgent plea for support at the gate.

Sanderson, Tarr (7) and Tarr, Nipp
Hines, Carbajal (6), Wise (W) (7) and Cooper

(July 5)   John Carretta's three-run home run in the 8th inning provided the margin of victory for Watertown Sunday in a 7-5 win over Rapid City.  Dolph Regelsky also had a circuit shot for the winners. Tom Snow's four singles and two runs batted in paced the losers.

B.Paul (W), Clement (8) and Staples
Ward, Kikla (L) (2), Dalluge (9) and Walp

(July 5)   Lefty Dick Beres fired a six-hitter and whiffed ten Sunday night at Kernel Park to lead Pierre to a 3-1 triumph over Mitchell.  Gerald Griffin led the winners with three hits and two runs scored. Shortstop Bill Maloney added two hits, including the game's only extra base blow, a double. Chiefs brought in Bob Plemmons to face one batter in the ninth, who drew a walk, before Beres returned to the mound to finish the game. Dave Giusti pitched into the seventh inning to take the loss.

Beres (W), Plemmons (9), Beres (9) and Belanger
Giusti (L), Seitz (7) and Todd

Valentine   12 -  5
Pierre       8 -  4  1.5
Mitchell     9 -  8  3.0
Huron        8 -  7  3.0
Watertown    7 - 10  5.0
Yankton      5 -  9  5.5
Rapid City   4 - 10  6.5

(July 6)   In a battle of front-runners, Pierre Cowboys topped Valentine 4-3 in ten innings Monday to take a percentage point lead in the league standings. However, Hearts maintain a half-game advantage in the games-behind format. Shortstop Bill Maloney sent the local fans home happy with a hard liner to right field in the 10th frame to bring in Dave Brown from third with the winning marker.  Larry Crayton went the distance with a five-hitter for the win.  Bob Cooper was touched for ten hits in taking the loss.

Cooper (L) and Lewis
Crayton (W) and Orton

(July 6)   A three-base error in the ninth inning, which allowed two runs to score, handed Watertown a 6-5 decision over Rapid City.  Tom O'Rourke and Bart Larson, who had reached on walks, sprinted home after Chiefs' right-fielder Don Quayle dropped John Erickson's long fly ball.  Rapid City had taken a 5-4 lead in the seventh on Mickey Sullivan's double and singles by Neil Martin and Tom Snow. Jerry Merz picked up the win with a seven-hit effort.

Merz (W) and Staples
Willhite (L) and Walp

(July 7)   Yankton Terrys managed just four hits off Bob Plemmons but secured a 5-1 victory over the Pierre Cowboys Tuesday night at home.  The Terrys capitalized on five Pierre errors. They took the lead with three runs in the third inning and added singletons in the sixth and seventh. Cowboys loaded the sacks in the ninth and got one run on Plemmons' single but Joe Puleo escaped with no further damage. Plemmons led the losers with three hits.

Plemmons (L) and Belanger
Puleo (W) and Cooper

(July 7)  Tom Jones and Don Betzen combined on an eight-hit shutout Tuesday as Valentine notched a 2-0 win over Rapid City.  Hearts got a run in the first inning when Jerry Vodicka singled and scored on Jim Ranson's two-bagger. The other score came in the 8th when Ron Bennett singled, moved to third on a safety by Bob Hembree and scored on a fielder's choice.

Ward (L) and Boyd
T.Jones (W), Betzen (9) and Lewis

(July 8)  Pierre ran up an 8-0 lead in the third inning en route to a 13-8 victory over Watertown Wednesday. Cowboys smashed out 19 hits, including four doubles in the first three innings. Bill Roman slugged a two-run homer in the fifth.  The Lake Sox collected all but one of their runs on homers. Manager Ken Staples belted a pair of round trippers and John Erickson and Dave Pflepsen each slugged one.

Carruthers (W), Beres (8) and Orton
Kuodis (L), Risley (2), Clement (5), Paul (9) and Stapes

(July 8)   Catcher Bob Boyd singled in shortstop Chuck Shoemaker with the winning marker in the 9th inning as the cellar-dwelling Rapid City Chiefs topped the Yankton Terrys 3-2.  Chiefs took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on hits by first sacker Tom Snow and Boyd and a Terrys error. Yankton rallied to tied with runs in the 4th and 5th frames. Harlan Dalluge was the winning chucker in relief of starter Ron Kropornicki. The pair gave up nine hits. Frank Carbajal allowed just four hits in taking the loss.

Kropornicki, Dalluge (8) and Boyd
Carbajal (L) and Cooper

(July 8)  Bob Tedesco tossed a five-hitter and fanned 13 as Huron shaded Valentine 4-3.  It was Tedesco's 6th win against just one loss, the best record in the league.  His 62 strikeouts are also tops in the circuit.  Bob Fidler drove in a pair of runs for the winners with a second inning double. Pete Maynard's 3rd inning triple was the only other extra base hit. 

Bob Tedesco (W) and Jake Tarr
Don Miller (L), Harvey Casey (5) and Bob Lewis, Bob Hembree (3)

(July 9)  Rapid City beat Mitchell, Watertown downed Valentine and Huron won over Pierre.

(July 10)   Huron Jims and Mitchell put on a hitting show at Kernel Park Friday with the Jims coming out on top 15-9. Each team pounded 17 hits, including four homers by the home club.  Huron third baseman Casey Barszcz, first sacker Len VanDeHay and shortstop Ralph Plumlee paced the attack combining for ten hits and ten runs. Barszcz clubbed a three-run homer, a run-scoring double, a single, reached when hit by a pitch and stole a base. VanDeHay had a double, three singles, four runs and a steal while Plumlee added three hits and three runs. Don Nipp knocked in four runs with four singles. Jim Wiezbiski cracked a pair of circuit shots for the Kernels while Joe Lutz and Dick Green also poled round trippers. Lutz, Dayton Todd and Doug Clemens each had three hits. Dean Look, the usually reliable second sacker for Mitchell made five errors. Although he gave up four runs in five innings of relief, DeMont Seagrave was credited with the win.

Sanderson, Seagrave (W) (5) and Tarr
Arneson, Gellinger (L) (5), Giusti (6) and Todd, Onorato

(July 10)   Valentine Hearts overcame a game-tying homer by Pierre's Dave Brown in the ninth Friday and went on to down the Cowboys 4-2 in 13 innings. Denny Price rapped a two-out, two-on triple in the 13th for the winning blow. For losing hurler Larry Crayton it was his third straight, extra-inning, complete game defeat.  Cowboys came within inches of victory in the ninth when, after Brown had tied the match, Larry Belanger lofted a long fly to left which appeared headed for a homer but Jim Ranson stabbed the ball a few inches below the top of the fence and smack against the boards. In the 12th, Pierre loaded the bases with nobody out and failed to tally. Bob Cooper and Don Miller combined to hold the Cowboys to two hits while the Hearts collected eight off Crayton.

Cooper, Miller (W) and Hembree, Lewis (5)
Crayton (L) and Belanger

(July 11)   Mitchell Kernels scored a pair in the top of the ninth, without a hit, and trimmed the Hearts 5-4 Saturday at Valentine.  Playing manager Joe Lutz opened the frame with a walk and John Jurasevich reached on a fielder's choice. Paul Arneson sacrificed to move the runners to second and third and Lutz came home on a passed ball. Dick Green's grounder brought in the second run.  Right-hander Dave Giusti relieved starter Bob Marcereau in the 8th and set down the Hearts in the last of the ninth to pick up his fourth win of the season. Doug Clemens and Jurasevich led the winners each with three hits. Bob Hembree poked a pair of two-baggers for Valentine.

Marcereau, Giusti (W) (8) and Todd
Jones, Betzen (L) (10), Miller (10) and Hembree

(July 11)   Yankton playing manager Harry Wise twirled a four-hit 5-2 decision over Watertown Lake Sox Saturday. Wise fanned eight and didn't issue a walk. Terrys took the lead with a pair in the first inning and added another two in the fifth when three straight walks by losing pitcher Don Kuodis loaded the bases and Ralph Hochgrebe followed with a single.  The Sox scored in the third when Dolph Regelsky blasted a homer with John Erickson aboard.

Kuodis (L) and Staples
Wise (W) and Cooper

(July 11)  Pierre shaded Rapid City 2 to 1.

(July 12)  Mitchell Kernels notched their second win in as many nights as they ground out an 8-4 victory over Watertown Sunday at Kernel Park.  Paul Seitz went the distance for the win, yielding seven hits.. He fanned eight and walked six. Joe Lutz had the big blow for Mitchell, a two-run homer in the third. The blast, over the centre field wall is thought to be one of the longest ever hit in Kernel Park. John Erickson slugged a three-run homer for the Lake Sox. Lutz, Jim Wiezbiski, Doug Clemens and Dayton Todd each had two runs batted in for the winners.

Merz (L), Risely (7) and Adams
Seitz (W) and Todd

(July 12)   Dick Beres knocked in Tom Orton with the winning run in the ninth inning as Pierre Cowboys came from behind to down Valentine 3-2. Woody Carruthers picked up the win in relief of starter Craig Anderson. Harvey Casey was saddled with the loss. Pierre manager Art Hoch was ejected in the ninth for arguing a call.

Anderson, Carruthers (W) (7) and Orton
H.Casey (L) and Lewis

(July 12)   Rapid City came from behind with two runs in the 8th inning to shade the Jims 3-2 at Huron.  Don Quayle crushed a homer to tie and Chuck Shoemaker drove in the winner. Harlan Dalluge relieved for the Chiefs in the fifth inning after Jim Ward had control troubles and pitched no-hit ball the rest of the way for the win. 

Ward, Dalluge (W) (5) and Boyd
Tarr (L) and Nipp

Pierre      12 -  7 
Valentine   14 - 10  0.5
Huron       11 -  8  1.0
Mitchell    11 - 10  2.0
Yankton      7 - 10  4.0
Watertown    9 - 13  4.5
Rapid City   7 - 13  5.5

(July 13)   Mitchell Kernels fell behind 5-0 in the first inning but fought back to overtake Yankton 10-5 behind a 16-hit offensive. Shortstop Dick Green led the winners with a homer, double, single and two runs. Doug Clemens and Joe Lutz collected three hits apiece and each scored twice. Fred Brenzel survived the rough first inning and pitched shutout ball the rest of the win for the pitching victory. He gave up nine hits, two each to Ralph Hochgrebe and Gene Orf.

Brenzel (W) and Todd
Hines, Nicholson (L) (4), Tatum (7) and Cooper

(July 13)  Rapid City jumped into a 10-1 lead then held off a late surge by Pierre to walk away with a 12-10 triumph. Don Quayle, Ron Kropornicki and Chuck Shoemaker hit home runs for the Chiefs. Cowboys big inning was the seventh when they tallied six times on a triple, two doubles and four singles. Bill Roman and Dave Brown drove in two runs apiece for Pierre.  Rapid City had 15 hits to 13 for the Cowboys. Three Pierre hurlers issued 13 walks.

Beres (L), Plemmons (4), Roman (7) and Orton
Kropornicki (W), Willhite (7), Dalluge (7) and Boyd

(July 13)   Huron's Bob Tedesco had a no-hitter for 8 2/3s innings but still managed to lose, 2-1, to Watertown. The last two innings were played under protest in the hassle filled contest. The Lake Sox scored both markers in the first inning as Tedesco walked the first batter and two errors filled the bases. Dolph Regelsky and Frank Finnegan were issued walks to force in the two runs. In the second frame, Huron loaded the bases as Casey Barszcz drew a walk, Don Nipp singled and Frank Swafford got a free pass. With two outs, Tedesco swung and missed the third strike but the ball got away from the catcher bouncing back to the screen as Huron got on the scoreboard.  Then in the ninth, with two out, Don Carretta got an infield hit to spoil Tedesco's bid for glory. Marty Stillman and John Risley combined on a four-hitter for the win.

Stillman, Risley (W) (7) and Adams
Tedesco (L) and Tarr

(July 14)   Woody Carruthers fired a five-hitter to pace Pierre to an 8-3 decision of Rapid City. Cowboys punched out 13 hits including a two-run homer and triple by Gerald Griffin.  The Chiefs helped the Cowboys attack by making six errors.

Carruthers (W) and Belanger
Kikla (L), Dalluge (4), Willhite (8) and Boyd

(July 14)   Ralph Plumlee crashed a grand-slam homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Huron a 4-1 win over Yankton.  The Terrys had held a 1-0 lead going into the final frame on Jack Dull's four-bagger in the fourth inning. Len VanDeHay opened the Jims 9th with a single, Jake Tarr walked and Casey Barszcz singled to load the bases to set the stage for Plumlee's heroics. Paul Timme scattered nine hits to register the win.

Puleo (L) and Cooper
Timme (W) and Tarr

Pierre        13 -  8
Valentine     14 - 10  0.5
Huron         12 -  9  1.0
Mitchell      12 - 10  1.4
Watertown     10 - 13  4.0
Yankton        7 - 12  5.0
Rapid City     8 - 14  5.5

(July 15)  Pierre's Larry Crayton fired a four-hitter to shutout Huron Jims 3-0. Dave Brown sewed up the game early with a two-run homer in the first inning. Cowboys scored again in the 8th as Tom Orton doubled and scampered home when pinch-hitter Harry Lloyd punched out a one-bagger.  Huron manager Jake Tarr was ejected in the seventh inning by Umpire Jim Klassen after a lengthy argument over calls at the plate.  A policeman was summoned to escort him from the playing field.

Sanderson (L) and Tarr
Crayton (W) and Orton

(July 15)   Home runs by Ron Causton and Frank Finnegan sparked the Watertown Lake Sox to an 8-4 win over Mitchell Wednesday.  Causton's three-run shot gave Watertown the lead in the second inning and the Sox were never headed.  Dean Flock, recently released by Valentine, got his first win for Watertown with an eight-hit, complete game effort. Joe Lutz belted a homer for the Kernels.

Giusti (L), Arneson (3), Gellinger (8) and Todd
Flock (W) and Staples

(July 16)  Lefty Don Kuodis fired a five-hitter and battery mate Ken Staples belted his fifth homer of the season to lead Watertown to an 8-2 victory over Pierre Cowboys. Sox officials announced that if attendance doesn't pick up over the next week they'll be forced to drop out of the circuit. 

C.Anderson (L), Garcia (6) and Orton
Kuodis (W) and Staples

(July 16)   A booming triple with the bases loaded by second baseman Bob Clem produced all the Yankton runs as the Terrys dumped Huron 3-1.  Len VanDeHay blasted a home run in the third inning for the Jims' lone tally. Frank Carbajal scattered nine hits for the win. A single by Harbert Lee and walks to Jack Dull and Perry McGriff preceded Clem's winning smash. 

Seagrave (L) and Tarr
Carbajal (W) and Cooper

(July 16)  Rapid City took the early lead and hung on to defeat Valentine 9-6. Dick Kristinik tripled and singled to plate four runs for the Chiefs. Teammate Jay Arnette smacked a homer in the fifth. Dennis Price collected four hits and drove in a pair for the Hearts while manager Vince Robison cracked a two-run homer in the ninth.

Ward (W), Dalluge (8) and Boyd
Jones (L), Casey (2), Scholz (6) and Lewis

(July 17)  Pierre used a 19 hit attack Friday to clobber the Kernels 17 to 5 at Mitchell. First basemen Bill Roman and second sacker Harry Lloyd each knocked out four hits to lead the Cowboys. Roman had a huge night with a homer, double, two singles, and six runs batted in.  Lloyd, in his first start since being injured in an automobile accident hammered a double, triple and two singles, knocking in three runs. Right-fielder Tom Orton added three hits and three runs.  Dick Green cracked a homer for the Kernels and Doug Clemens punched out three safeties.

Plemmons (W), Garcia (8) and Belanger
Marcereau (L), Marr (4), Giusti (6), Seitz (8) and Todd

(July 17)   Bob Tedesco, who had a no-hitter for 8 2/3s innings last Monday, got a no-hit, no-run game Friday night as Huron Jims blanked Rapid City 3-0. Tedesco, who won his seventh against two losses, fanned 8 to increase his league-leading total to 83. Jims got their initial run in the first inning on two singles and a fielder's choice. In the 8th, Casey Barszcz singled in Ralph Plumlee who had smacked a two-bagger and Jim Dobson followed with a double to bring in Barszcz. Ed Kikla surrendered eight hits in taking the loss.

Kikla (L) and Boyd
Tedesco (W) and Tarr

(July 18)   Playing manager Joe Lutz led a 14-hit attack for Mitchell Kernels Saturday in a 10-7 win over the Cowboys at Pierre. Lutz drove in four runs with a pair of homers and two singles and scored three times.  The circuit shots were the 9th and 10th of the season for Lutz who raised his batting average to .447. Lefty Bob Marcereau picked up his fourth win in relief of starter Paul Arneson

Arneson, Marcereau (W) (3), Brenzel (7) and Todd
Carruthers (L), Garcia (3) and Belanger

(July 18)   Paul Timme shutout the Chiefs on six hits as Huron copped a 4-0 decision at Rapid City. It was the seventh straight complete game effort by Jims' hurlers.  Timme walked four and fanned four in registering his third win against one loss.  Huron took the lead in the first inning when Ron Kropornicki walked the first three batters and catcher Jake Tarr followed with a two-run single. 

Timme (W) and Tarr
Kropornicki (L), Ward (7), Dalluge (7) and Boyd

(July 18)   Before a crowd of 2,500 at Yankton Saturday night the Terrys had just three hits but managed to top Watertown 4-1.  Left-fielder Ken Chapman gave the home club a lead in the first inning with a two-run single. Bob Clem slugged a homer in the third and Yankton padded the lead with a singleton in the 7th. Lake Sox got their only run in the 9th as Frank Carretta reached on an error and raced home on Tom O'Rourke"s double.  Former pro Joe Kuncl allowed five hits in going the route for the win besting the Sox' Jerry Merz.

Merz (L) and Staples
Kuncl (W) and Cooper

(July 19)   Dave Brown's inside-the-park homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Pierre a 5-3 win over Valentine Sunday and maintained the Cowboys lead atop the Basin League standings.  Bill Roman scored from second ahead of Brown. Earlier, Gerry Griffin had knotted the count at 3-3 with a homer in the seventh.  Pierre ace Larry Crayton scattered eight Valentine hits for his fifth win of the season. The Hearts committed four errors behind Tom Jones on the hill for the Hearts.

Jones (L) and Lewis
Crayton (W) and Orton

(July 19)   Huron pitchers chalked up their third shutout in as many nights as the Jims blanked Watertown 7-0 Sunday before a crowd of about 1,000.  Manager Jake Tarr fired a three-hitter for the shutout. Scotty Sullivan and Don Nipp cracked four-baggers for the winners who scored four in the first inning and coasted to the triumph getting 11 hits.

Tarr (W) and Nipp
Stillman (L), Clement (1), Risley (9) and Staples

(July 19)    Newcomer Bobby Marr, right out of high school in Louisville, KY, had his control troubles but survived ten walks Sunday to go nine innings for the win in Mitchell's 10-inning, 6-5 victory over Rapid City.  The lefty allowed eight hits and fanned four. Paul Arneson twirled the final frame giving up a run before closing out the game. Kernels got homers from Dayton Todd and John Jurasevich in the top of the 10th for the margin of victory. The winning blow was Jurasevich's second round tripper and third hit of the game. Joe Lutz added a triple and single for the winners.

Marr (W), Arneson (10) and Todd
Zavorskas (L), Dalluge (10) and Boyd

Pierre        16 - 10
Huron         15 - 11  1.0
Valentine     14 - 12  2.0
Mitchell      14 - 12  2.0
Watertown     12 - 15  4.5
Yankton        9 - 12  4.5
Rapid City     9 - 17  7.0

(July 20)   Rapid City's Ray Bazzell cracked a two-run homer in the fifth inning, his first extra base hit of the season, to sink Mitchell Kernels 8-6 Monday at Rapid City. Harlan Dalluge, the Chiefs' ace reliever, pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings to gain credit for the win. Dalluge retired 17 in a row from the third to the ninth and fanned nine.

Seitz, Brenzel (2) and Todd
Ward, Willhite (3), Dalluge (W) (3) and Boyd

(July 20)   A pair of Pierre errors in the fourth inning led to the eventual winning run as Valentine slipped by the Cowboys 3-2 Monday.  Vince Robison singled for the Hearts and Jerry Vodicka laid down a bunt along the third base line. The throw to first was wild and the Pierre right-fielder, backing up the play, overran the ball as Robison tallied to notch the Cowboys third marker. Tom Orton of Pierre and Bob Kessler of the Hearts each had three hits. Bob Cooper and Harvey Casey combined on a five-hitter for the winners.

Carruthers (L) and Orton
Cooper (W), Casey (5) and Hembree

(July 20)   Yankton scored in just two innings, but they were big ones, in a 12-3 victory over Huron. The Terrys tallied eight runs in the second, highlighted by right-fielder Lee Harbert's three-run homer.  Jack Dull cracked a three-run homer in the sixth as the Terrys added four more runs. Frank Swafford, the Jims' centre-fielder swatted a solo homer in the 6th. Harry Wise twirled a five-hitter for the pitching win.

Sanderson (L), Paul (6) and Tarr
Wise (W) and Cooper

(July 21)   Don Kuodis survived 12 walks in just 5 1/3s innings to gain the win as Watertown topped Mitchell 10-7.  The Chicago southpaw also yielded five hits and five earned runs. Kuodis was bailed out by a 15-hit Lake Sox attack headed by Frank Finnegan with four hits, one a homer, and four runs scored, and playing manager Ken Staples who swatted a pair of homers.

Kuodis (W), Risley (6) and Staples
Gellinger (L), Seitz (3), Arneson (4), Giusti (9) and Todd

(July 21)   Huron Jims, helped by four Valentine errors, scored six runs in the first inning and went on to whip the Hearts 9-2 in Basin League play Tuesday. Frank Swafford had one of three hits in the big inning, a single, to score a pair. Ralph Plumlee knocked in another with a single as did Bob Fidler. Right-hander Bob Tedesco fashioned a three-hitter in going the route for the win.

Tedesco (W) and Tarr
Betzen (L) and Hembree

(July 21)   Bob Puleo threw a four-hitter to pace Yankton to a 5-1 victory over the league-leading Pierre Cowboys. It was the Terrys fourth straight win.  Second baseman Jack Dull drove in a pair in the second inning and went on to score on Jim Nelson's single. Left-fielder Ken Chapman blasted a two-run double in the third to end Yankton's scoring. Pierre got its lone run in the 7th when second sacker Harry Lloyd singled and came home on a double by catcher Tom Orton.

Plemmons (L), Oestricher (3), Anderson (5) and Orton
Puleo (W) and Cooper

(July 22)   Shortstop Ralph Hochgrebe smacked a homer and three singles, drove in a pair and scored two to lead Yankton's 14-hit assault on Mitchell Wednesday as the Terrys notched a 6-5 victory. Former minor leaguer Joe Kuncl went the distance with an eight-hitter for the win. He main nemesis was Dayton Todd who poked a double and homer and scored a pair. Gene Orf pounded out three hits for the winners.

Kuncl (W) and Cooper
Marcereau (L) and Todd

(July 22)   Valentine Hearts built up a 9-1 lead then survived a five-run 8th by Huron to secure an 11-6 triumph Wednesday at Valentine.  Jims put together five hits and three walks in the late rally. Hearts rode the long ball to the win with Jerry Vodicka and Vince Robison smacking homers. Bob Fidler got one for Huron.  Jim Ranson poked three hits in four trips for the winners. Tom Jones pitched into the 8th for the victory.

Seagrave (L), Sanderson (8) and Nipp
Jones (W), Cooper (8), Casey (9) and Lewis

(July 22)   Playing manager Tom Snow crushed a pair of round trippers as part of a 16-hit attack Wednesday night at Watertown as Rapid City dumped the Lake Sox 11-4.  The Chiefs rolled up a 7-0 lead before Sox outfielder John Carretta trimmed the margin with a three-run homer. Teammate Tom O'Rourke also homered. Sox manager Ken Staples was ejected in the 8th inning for razzing a Chiefs' batter. Nick Willhite, the high school right-hander, went six innings for the win.

Willhite (W), Zavorskas (7) and Boyd
Stillman (L), Clement (1), Risley (8), Regelsky (8) and Staples, Carretta (8)

(July 23)  A crowd of 3,200, the largest in the loop this season, saw the hometown Lake Sox score in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday night to nip Rapid City 7-6 at Watertown. The Sox blew a 6-0 lead but finally won it on Frank Finnegan's booming double with Dolph Regelsky on first.  The Chiefs' Bob Boyd had the only homer. Marty Stillman, who relieved in the 10th, got the pitching win.

Kropornicki, Dalluge (1), Ward (L) (9) and Boyd
Merz, Kuodis (10), Stillman (W) (10) and Staples

(July 23)   Yankton Terrys got three runs in the fourth inning and held on for a 4-2 win over Huron as Frank Carbajal hurled an eight-hitter for the winners who collected ten hits off a pair of Jims' twirlers. The Terrys won with no extra base hits while Pete Maynard homered for the Jims and Don Nipp had a double and two singles. Perry McGriff and Bob Clem each had two hits for the Terrys.

Carbajal (W) and Cooper
Timme (L), Sanderson (5) and Nipp, Swafford

(July 23)   The league-leading Pierre Cowboys opened with a three-run first inning then put the game away with seven runs in the 8th inning in a 13-5 whipping of the Mitchell Kernels. The top of the order did most of the damage for the Chiefs as leadoff hitter Dirkes Rolston went 4 for 4 with a double, two runs and two RBI, Gerald Griffin had two hits and two runs batted in and third man Bill Roman smacked three hits with two runs and two RBI. High School shortstop Dick Green led the Kernels with a home run, two runs knocked in and two runs scored. Larry Crayton surrendered 12 hits but went the route for the win.

Gellinger (L), Arneson (5), Brenzel (8) and Todd
Crayton (W) and Belanger

(July 24)   Mitchell broke a four-game losing streak with six runs in the first inning en route to a 13-7 triumph over Pierre. Catcher Dayton Todd scored three runs and drove in three with two doubles and a single Friday night to pace the Kernels.  Bobby Marr gave up six hits, six walks and two wild pitches in five innings but still managed to capture the win. He recorded eight strikeouts.  Craig Anderson lasted just one-third of an inning, giving up six runs, to be saddled with the loss.

Anderson (L), Oestricher (1), Garcia (4), Carruthers (7) and Belanger
Marr (W), Seitz (6) and Todd

(July 24)   Don Quayle's single to right field in the 11th inning scored Tom Snow from second base to give Rapid City a 5-4 win over Yankton.  The Chiefs out-hit the Terrys 15 to 7.  Singles by Mickey Sullivan and Snow led the Chiefs to their first run in the second inning. Jay Arnette poked a two-run homer in the fifth and doubles by Sullivan and Bob Boyd produced the fourth run in the sixth.  For the Terrys, home runs accounted for three of the four tallies. Tom Cooper smacked a solo homer in the first and Perry McGriff hit one with a teammate aboard in the sixth. The other Yankton marker came in the second on a single, sacrifice, infield out and error. Paul Zavorskas twirled a seven-hitter and whiffed 13 in going the route for the win.

Tatum, Wise (L) (6) and Cooper
Zavorskas (W) and Boyd

(July 24)   Jake Tarr got his second straight shutout as Huron beat Valentine 2-0 Friday night. Tarr allowed six hits and set down nine by strikeouts.  Jims scored their first run in the third inning as Len VanDeHay doubled in Bob Fidler who had reached with a single.  In the fourth, Casey Barszcz doubled, advanced to third on Don Nipp's single and came home on a fielder's choice. Valentine loaded the bases with two out in the ninth inning but failed the score. Don Miller yielded just eight hits in taking the loss.

D.Miller (L) and Lewis
Tarr (W) and Nipp

(July 25)   Watertown scored three times in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 6-3 decision over Valentine. Marty Stillman and John Risley combined to hold the Hearts to eight hits. Risley got credit for the win.

Cooper (L) and Lewis
Stillman, Risley (W) (3) and Staples

(July 25)   Tom Snow singled to score Chuck Shoemaker from second base in the bottom of the tenth inning to hand Rapid City a 7-6 decision of Yankton. Shoemaker had doubled to lead off the stanza. Chiefs blew a 6-4 lead in the ninth when two straight errors and Perry McGriff's double tied the score. Harbert Lee homered in the third for the Terrys.

Puleo, P.Deem (L) (8) and Cooper
Ward, Dalluge (5), Willhite (W) (10) and Boyd, Bazzell (10)

(July 26)   Bob Tedesco won his ninth of the season with a 13 strikeout performance as Huron topped Mitchell 6-3 Sunday. He gave up six hits and five free passes. Second baseman Bob Fidler walloped a homer and two singles to lead the winners. He drove in two runs and scored three times. Centre-fielder Frank Swafford also had a circuit blow for the Jims. Doug Clemens had three hits for the Kernels.

Brenzel (L) and Todd
Tedesco (W) and Tarr

(July 26)   At Watertown, the Lake Sox swept their weekend games with a 9-8 victory over Yankton. The Sox ran up a 9-2 lead before giving up three-runs in the eighth and another three in the ninth.  Don Kuodis pitched into the ninth for the win besting Yankton's Harry Wise.

Wise (L), Tatum (8) and Cooper
Kuodis (W), Clement (9) and Staples

(July 26)   Pierre Cowboys chased home five runs in the 8th inning Sunday to break a 5-5 draw in the Cowboys 10-5 triumph over Rapid City. Manager Art Hoch's three-run homer was the highlight of the big inning. Earlier, Harry Lloyd had belted a two-run homer for the winners.  Reliever Woody Carruthers picked up the win. Nick Willhite, the 18-year-old right-hander went all the way for the Chiefs. Four errors committed by his teammates let in four unearned runs.

Willhite (L) and Boyd
Garcia, Carruthers (W) (7) and Orton

Pierre        18 - 13
Huron         18 - 14  0.5
Valentine     16 - 15  2.0
Watertown     16 - 16  2.5
Mitchell      15 - 17  3.0
Yankton       13 - 15  3.5
Rapid City    13 - 19  5.5

(July 27)   Yankton Terrys, behind 5-0 after one inning, survived five errors to post two four-run frames in an 8-6 win over Mitchell.  Frank Carbajal allowed eight hits, seven walks and two wild pitches but went all the way, with 14 strikeouts, for the pitching victory. Shortstop Ralph Hochgrebe was the big offensive force for the winners with a grand slam homer and three singles.

Carbajal (W) and Cooper
Marcereau (L), Seitz (7), Arneson (9) and Todd

(July 27)   In a free-swinging affair at Valentine, Rapid City slipped by the Hearts 13-11. Each team had 13 hits. Mickey Sullivan had two circuit blows for the Chiefs, a solo shot in the second and another in the fifth with one man aboard. Neil Martin had a round tripper in the ninth for an insurance run.

Toothaker, Dalluge (W) (4), Zavorskas (9) and Boyd
Jones, Casey (L) (4) and Hembree, Lewis (5)

(July 28)   The 18-year-old high schooler beat the minor league veteran of ten seasons Tuesday at Yankton as Mitchell Kernels nipped the Terrys 3-1. Southpaw Bobby Marr, a high school graduate this spring, fired a four-hitter and fanned 12 in going the route for the win.  Joe Kuncl also went all the way allowing just four hits in taking the loss. He walked two, fanned five, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. Pitcher Dave Giusti, forced to play the outfield because of team injuries, smacked a bases-loaded double in the seventh inning to account for all the Kernels' scoring. Two of the hits off Marr came in the first inning when Terrys tallied their one run. Gene Orf singled, stole second and scored on Ken Chapman's single.

Marr (W) and Todd
Kuncl (L) and Cooper

(July 28)   Two veteran pros, Ken Staples and Dolph Regelsky came through with timely hits and defensive plays to help Watertown trip up the league-leading Pierre Cowboys 4-2.  Staples clouted the game's only homer in the sixth. Joe Clement had a five-hit effort to subdue the Cowboys.

Clement (W) and Staples
Crayton (L), Garcia (9) and Orton

(July 28)   Cleanup hitter Mickey Sullivan drove in six runs with a home and a pair of doubles to lead Rapid City by Valentine 11-9. Nick Willhite picked up the win in relief, fanning eight Hearts in just four innings of work. The losers got three homers, by Jim Ranson, Ron Bennett and Bob Lewis.

D.Miller, Scholz (L) (2) and Hembree
Ward, Willhite (W) and Boyd

(July 29)   Huron Jims opened the game with six runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to a 15-5 victory over Mitchell behind a 17-hit attack. The win moved the Jims into first place in the league standings. Catcher Don Nipp drove in five runs with a pair of homers. Shortstop Jim Dobson added a homer and double and Len VanDeHay knocked in a pair and scored two with four hits. Doug Clemens clouted a homer for the Kernels. Jake Tarr surrendered ten hits and seven walks but held the Kernels to three earned runs. He fanned nine.

Tarr (W) and Nipp
Seitz (L), Marcereau (1), Gellinger (2), Giusti (9) and Todd

(July 29)   Manager Tom Snow smacked a pair of homers and drove in five runs to lead Rapid City to its seventh win in nine games, 14-2 over Watertown.  Don Quayle had a homer and brought in four runs for the victors. Paul Zavorskas scatted nine hits in going the distance for the win.

Merz (L), Causton (3), Merz (3), Stillman (3), Regelsky (5) and Staples, Carretta
Zavorskas (W) and Boyd

(July 29)   Valentine Hearts dumped Pierre down to second place in the standings Wednesday with a 13-6 victory stemming from a wild first two innings.  The Hearts sent 20 batters to the plate in the first two frames collecting nine runs off three triples, a double, three singles, five walks and a Pierre error.  Jerry Vodicka was Valentine's hitting star getting four hits in five trips including a third-inning homer. Bill Roman and Larry Belanger also clouted round trippers for Pierre. Don Betzen scattered nine hits in going the route on the hill for the winners.

Carruthers (L), Beres (1), Clemens (2) Garcia (6) and Orton
Betzen (W) and Hembree

(July 30)   Mitchell collected just four hits but put five runs on the scoreboard in downing Valentine 5-2. Paul Arneson held the Hearts to eight hits and struck out 10 in his best start of the summer.  Kernels took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Jim Wiezbiski drove in Dayton Todd with a sacrifice fly. After Valentine tied the score in the top of the third, Kernels regained the lead with a run, without a hit, in the bottom of the frame. They added two more in the fourth on three walks, a passed ball and two Valentine errors.  Dean Look drove in two of the Mitchell runs with a double and a long home run in the 8th inning.  Bob Lewis crushed a ninth inning circuit shot for the Hearts.

Cooper (L), Miller (4), Scholz (8) and Hembree, Lewis
Arneson (W) and Todd

(July 30)   Ron Kropornicki and Harlan Dalluge combined on a five-hitter as Rapid City downed Watertown 2-1 Thursday night. Kropornicki went the first six frames giving up a run on three hits before twisting his knee on a play in the sixth. Don Kuodis took the loss in a complete game six-hitter.

Kuodis (L) and Staples
Kropornicki (W), Dalluge (7) and Boyd

(July 30)   Yankton knocked off the league leaders Thursday scoring a 13-4 victory over Huron. Six of the Terrys runs came in the third inning on four hits and four walks. A two-run double and a single by Ralph Hochgrebe highlighted the outburst. He had two other singles during the night and knocked in a total of six runs. Bob Clem added a double and two singles. Joe Puleo went seven innings for the win besting the league's top winner, Bob Tedesco who was sent to the showers in the third frame.

Puleo, (W), Wise (8) and Cooper
Tedesco (L), Seagrave (3), Sanderson (4), Timme (9) and Tarr, Nipp (4)

(July 31)    Rapid City's Nick Willhite fired a two-hit gem Friday to shutout Mitchell 6-0.  The 18-year-old right-hander walked two and struck out ten. Dick Kristinik walloped a three-run homer in the first inning to give Willhite all the support he needed. Tom Snow added three hits for the winners and Chuck Shoemaker had two hits and two runs.

Willhite (W) and Boyd
Marr (L), Seitz (6), Giusti (9) and Todd

(July 31)   Dolph Regelsky was in the centre of the action as Watertown shaded the Jims 4-3 in 11 innings Friday night at Huron. In the ninth, with the Lake Sox down 3-1, the former pro singled and scored on John Carretta's triple. Carretta then scored on a wild pitch to for a tie. In the 11th, Regelsky scored the winner on another wild pitch.

Risley (W) and Staples
Seagrave (L) and Nipp, Tarr (7)

(Aug 1)  Mitchell Kernels scored six runs in the last two innings and held off a Valentine rally in the bottom of the ninth to escape with a 7-6 triumph Friday at Valentine.  After seven innings the Kernels trailed 3-1 as Jim Ranson and Bob Kessler cracked homers for the Hearts. In the 8th for Mitchell, Joe Lutz singled with the bases loaded to score a pair and another two runs came home as Dick Green's long fly to right-field fell in for an error. Doug Clemens, with his fourth hit, opened the ninth with a triple and Dean Look followed with a homer to put Kernels in the lead 7-3. Then, it was Valentine's turn to rally. They loaded the bases on singles by Bob Lewis and Tom Jones and a walk to Bob Rickey. Another walk to Bob Kessler brought in the first run and a single by Ron Bennett scored two more. Paul Seitz took over on the mount for Mitchell and struck out Bob Hembree for the first out and walked Ranson intentionally to load the sacks.  Jerry Vodicka hit back to Seitz who fired to catcher Dayton Todd who relayed to John Jurasevich at first for a game-ending double play. 

Brenzel, Marcereau (W) (7), Arneson (9), Seitz (9) and Todd
Casey, Miller (L) (8) and Lewis

(Aug 1)  Right-fielder John Carretta knocked in four runs Saturday to lead Watertown to a 6-2 victory over Pierre. The Sox took an early lead with three runs in the third inning and were never headed. Jerry Merz fired a four-hitter for the mound victory. He had a shutout until the 8th when the Cowboys scored both their runs.

Carruthers (L), Garcia (3), Oestricher (6), Plemmons (7) and Orton
Merz (W) and Staples

(Aug 1)   Terrys pinned a 4-1 loss on Rapid City in an abbreviated contest cut short by rain. Frank Carbajal yielded just three hits in posting his fourth win of the season.

Toothaker (L), Dalluge (3) and Boyd
Carbajal (W) and Cooper

(Aug 2)  Pierre and Huron each picked up a win Sunday as the teams played a regularly scheduled contest after completing a June 14th game that had been halted in the 6th inning by a failure of the park lights.  The teams picked up the game in the sixth with Huron leading 6-4. The Jims then added two more runs in the 6th on a sacrifice fly and an error. The Cowboys responded with two in the 8th as Art Hoch drove in Dave Brown, who had singled, and Bill Maloney, who cracked a double, and the game ended 8-6 in favour of the Jims. Bob Ehrke, who started the game back in June but who is no longer with the team, was credited with the win.

Carruthers, Crayton (4), Beres and Orton
Ehrke (W), Tedesco (7) and Nipp

The Cowboys scored a pair in the top of the ninth to edge the Jims 8-7 in the regular contest, out-hitting Huron 13 to 10. Jims had taken the lead with four runs in the fourth inning on four walks and a pair of singles. Pierre nabbed a 6-4 margin in the sixth as relief pitcher Tom Garcia walloped a three-run homer after Dave Brown and Larry Belanger reached on errors.

Crayton, Garcia (5), Carruthers (W) (8) and Orton
Timme, Sanderson (L) (8) and Tarr

(Aug 2)  Bob Scholz was outstanding in relief Sunday as Valentine defeated the Lake Sox 6-2 at Watertown. The left-hander took the mound in the fourth and blanked the Sox the rest of the way. Ron Bennett had a homer for the winners and Frank Finnegan had a four-bagger for Watertown.

Betzen, Scholz (W) and Lewis
Clement (L), Stillman (8), Kuodis (9) and Staples

(Aug 2)   Left-fielder Mickey Sullivan blasted two home runs to lead Rapid City to a 9-4 victory over Yankton to split the weekend set. Terrys won Saturday, 4-1.  Sullivan's first homer tied the game at 1-1 but the Chiefs plated three in the fifth to go ahead 4-1. Rapid City went ahead 7-1 in the 6th before Ralph Hochgrebe hit a two-run circuit blow for Yankton. 

Zavorskas (W), Sudderth (6), Dalluge (6) and Boyd
Deem (L), Wise (5), Carbajal (6) and Cooper

(Aug 3)   A "Kids Night" crowd of 6,125 watched the Chiefs crush Yankton 11-3 at Rapid City. it was believed to be the largest ever crowd for a Basin League game. Chiefs pounded a pair of Terrys hurlers for 14 hits with Dick Kristinik collecting four safeties and driving in three runs. Harbert Lee and Gene Orf each had three hits for Yankton. Jim Ward gave up 11 hits but managed to go the distance for the pitching win.

M.Tatum (L), P.Deem (4) and Cooper
Ward (W) and Boyd

(Aug 3)   Jake Tarr's eight-hit effort resulted in his fifth win of the season Monday as Huron topped Valentine 5-1. The lone blemish on Tarr's work was a fifth inning homer by the Hearts' Bob Lewis.  Huron won it in the third inning scoring three times on two walks, two hits and a sacrifice. Jim Dobson and Don Nipp each had two hits and two RBI for the winners.

Jones (L) and Lewis
Tarr (W) and Nipp

Huron       21 - 17 
Pierre      19 - 17  1.0
Watertown   19 - 19  2.0
Rapid City  20 - 20  2.0
Mitchell    18 - 20  3.0
Valentine   18 - 20  3.0
Yankton     16 - 18  3.0

(Aug 4)   Big lefty Don Kuodis shutout Mitchell on six hits, three by Dean Look, Tuesday in Watertown's 11-0 demolishing of the Kernels. Third baseman Dolph Regelsky led the Lake Sox with three hits and three runs. Ken Staples scored a pair and had two safeties while Ron Causton knocked in three with a pair of hits.

Kuodis (W) and Staples
Arneson (L), Marcereau (3), Seitz (3), Giusti (9) and Todd

(Aug 4)   Nick Willhite pitched and batted the streaking Rapid City Chiefs to a 5-1 win over Huron. The young left-hander held the Jims to eight hits and a walk while fanning 11 in posting his fifth win of the summer. He also knocked in the eventual winning marker with a two-run double in the fourth. It was the Chiefs 8th straight win at home and 11th victory in their last 13 games.

Seagrave (L), Sanderson (5) and Tarr
Willhite (W) and Boyd

(Aug 4)   Pierre Cowboys got a four-hit pitching performance from lefty Dick Beres as they beat Yankton 9-2 Tuesday to move back into a tie for first place. Beres struck out 12 in going the route but walked seven to keep the Cowboys on edge throughout the game.  A crowd of 2,531 gathered for Merchants Night far exceeding the 1,300 who witnessed the second game of last year's playoffs against Valentine.  Pierre lashed nine hits off loser Joe Puleo and his successor Harry Wise.

Puleo (L), Wise (7) and Cooper
Beres (W) and Orton

(Aug 5)  Trailing 7-2 after seven innings, the Terrys erupted for three in the 8th and another three in the ninth to shade Mitchell 8-7 Wednesday night at Yankton. The Terrys had just six hits but capitalized on 12 walks and five Mitchell errors. In the ninth, the Terrys loaded the bases on a double by Perry McGriff, walk to Tom Cooper and a single by Jim Nelson. Bob Clem's sac fly scored one run, another came home on a wild pitch and after the bases were re-loaded on free passes, Ralph Hochgrebe, who had three RBI, drew another walk for the winning marker.  Frank Carbajal scattered ten Kernels' hits to go all the way for the win. Only two of the runs against him were earned and with his six walks it brought the game total to 18. Kernels' starter Bobby Marr walked eight in his seven innings of work. Dave Giusti drove in four runs for Mitchell.

Marr, Arneson (8), Gellinger (L) (9) and Todd
Carbajal (W) and Cooper

(Aug 5)   Former pro Mickey Sullivan led off the tenth inning with a home run over the centre-field fence to provide the winning margin as Rapid City trimmed Huron 11-10, coming back from a 10-1 deficit. A four-run seventh inning knotted the count as the Chiefs collected a triple, double, two singles and two walks. Sullivan's four runs batted in and Jay Arnette's three paced the winners. Don Nipp knocked in three for Huron. Reliever Bob Sudderth blanked Huron for the last six innings to post the win.

Tedesco, Timme (L) (4), Tarr (5), Timer (7) and Tarr, Nipp (5), Tarr (7)
Zavorskas, Dalluge (3), Sudderth (W) (4) and Boyd

(Aug 5)  Valentine Hearts clobbered Watertown 15-4 before the home fans Wednesday. They pounded out 15 hits off four Lake Sox hurlers and were helped by six Watertown errors. Bob Cooper scattered seven hits in going the route for the win and went 3 for 4 at the plate. Catcher Bob Hembree launched a two-run homer for the winners while Watertown backstop Ken Staples knocked one out for the Sox.

Risley (L), Clement (5), Kuodis (5), Regelsky (6) and Staples
Cooper (W) and Hembree, Lewis (4)

(Aug 6)   Newcomer Tommy Holler, of Wichita, hurled a strong game Thursday for Huron as the Jims topped Mitchell 4-1. Holler spaced out eight hits in going all the way for the win besting veteran Fred Brenzel on the hill for the Kernels.  A three-run sixth inning proved to be the difference for the winners. Len VanDeHay had two hits and drove in a pair for Huron while Bob Fidler poled a homer in the 8th.

Brenzel (L) and Todd
Holler (W) and Nipp

(Aug 6)  Valentine Hearts plated four runs in the 8th inning to come from behind for a 6-5 win over Watertown Thursday.  In the big inning, the Hearts got a run-scoring double by Ron Bennett and a triple by Bob Rickey. Lake Sox had taken the early lead on home runs by Dolph Regelsky and Frank Finnegan.

Biker, Risley (L) (8) and Staples
Casey, D.Miller (W) (7) and Adzick

(Aug 6)   Tom Orton's single in the ninth brought in the winning run as Pierre squeezed by Yankton 4-3. Orton's blow off reliever Mike Tatum scored Gerry Griffin who had walked and advanced on another walk and an error. Bob Plemmons got the win in relief of starter Larry Crayton.

Puleo, M.Tatum (L) (8) and Cooper
Crayton, Plemmons (W) (8) and Orton

(Aug 7)  Shutout for seven innings, Mitchell got a two-out homer from Dean Look in the 8th and erupted for four in the ninth to eke out a 5-4 win over Valentine before 1,100 fans, the largest of the season at Kernel Park. Dayton Todd's two-run single capped the comeback. Jim Wiezbiski and Dave Giusti singled and moved up on a passed ball before pinch hitter Fred Brenzel delivered a single to score both runners. Doug Clemens singled and Look walked to load the bases and set the stage for Todd who slammed the first pitch into left field to bring home the tying and winning runs. Wiezbiski had three of the Kernels' 11 hits.

Scholz, R. Miller (L) (9), Betzen (9) and Adzick
Gellinger, Seitz (W) (5) and Todd

(Aug 7)  Jerry Merz twirled three-hit ball Friday night for Watertown as the Lake Sox defeated Huron 6-1.  Merz, in squaring his record at 4-4, struck out 11 before 1,750 hometown fans. Len VanDeHay's ninth inning homer robbed Merz of a shutout.

Tedesco (L) and Nipp
Merz (W) and Staples

(Aug 7)  In a thrilling mound duel at Yankton, Pierre's Tom Garcia and Terrys Joe Kuncl each allowed just seven hits as the Cowboys escaped with a 1-0 victory. Garcia walked one and Kuncl none.  The only run came in the fourth inning when Harry Lloyd reached on an error, stole second and scored on a single by Dave Brown.  Yankton's only threat came in the ninth when Perry McGriff smashed a triple to lead off the inning but Garcia proceeded to strike out the side to end the game.

Garcia (W) and Orton
Kuncl (L) and Cooper

(Aug 8)   Pierre broke a 3-3 draw with seven runs in the bottom of the 8th inning Saturday to down Watertown 10-3. The Cowboys punched out 12 hits in the win. Larry Crayton, who relieved in the 8th got credit for the win.

Clement, Risley and Staples
Plemmons, Crayton (W) (8) and Orton

(Aug 8)   Veteran Harry Wise limited Huron to five hits Saturday night in hurling a shutout as Yankton slipped by Huron 1-0.The lone marker came in the 8th inning when Harbert Lee singled, advanced to third on a two-bagger by Tom Cooper and came home on Perry McGriff's sacrifice fly. Tough luck loser Percy Sanderson allowed just six hits.

Sanderson (L) and Nipp
Wise (W) and Cooper

(Aug 8)  Rapid City trounced Valentine 10 to 2 Saturday.

(Aug 9)   Pierre Cowboys scored five unearned runs in the sixth inning and went on to beat Rapid City 5-1. It was the fifth consecutive win for the Cowboys.  A soggy field, a result of a downpour two hours before Sunday's game, was blamed for the two costly sixth inning errors. Dick Beres held the Chiefs to six hits in going the full nine innings for the win.

Ward (L) and Boyd
Beres (W) and Orton

(Aug 9)   Yankton Terrys built up a 5-0 lead and coasted to a 7-3 victory over Watertown. Perry McGriff had the big blow, a homer, for the winners. Frank Carbajal pitched shutout ball for eight of the nine innings, giving up all three runs against him in the seventh. Terrys had 12 hits, with Ken Chapman and Ralph Hochgrebe with the other extra base hits.

Kuodis (L), Risley (2) and Staples
Carbajal (W) and Cooper

(Aug 9)  Mitchell used the long ball to dump Huron 6-4 Sunday. Dave Giusti, Jim Wiezbiski and John Jurasevich blasted home runs as the Kernels overcame a 3-0 first inning deficit for the win. Bobby Marr scattered ten hits with two walks and ten strikeouts before giving way to Paul Seitz who retired the last two Huron batters with the bases loaded in the ninth.  Jurasevich also had a double for the winners and scored three times. Dean Look knocked in a pair with two hits. Bob Fidler cracked a homer for the Jims.

Seagrave (L), Holler (2) and Nipp
Marr (W), Seitz (9) and Todd

Pierre      24 - 17
Rapid City  23 - 21  2.5
Huron       22 - 22  3.5
Watertown   21 - 23  4.0
Valentine   20 - 22  4.5
Yankton     19 - 21  4.5
Mitchell    20 - 23  5.0

(Aug 10)  Mitchell and Watertown fought to a 4-4, 10 inning draw in a game called because of rain.  Manager Joe Lutz powered two homers knocking in all four runs for the Kernels.  Frank Finnegan had four hits, one a homer, for the Lake Sox.

Marcereau, Arneson (9) and Todd
Ebker, Clement (1), Stillman (8), Kuodis (8) and Staples

(Aug 10)  Valentine Hearts edged Pierre 3-2 Monday to snap the Cowboys five-game winning streak. Bob Cooper bested Larry Crayton on the hill giving up six hits, one of them a home run by Gerry Griffin in the 8th inning.

Cooper (W) and Adzick
Crayton, Oestricher and Orton

(Aug 11)  Mitchell won its third straight trouncing Valentine 14-4 behind a 15-hit attack led by Dayton Todd with three hits and three runs batted in, Dick Green, who hit a homer and two singles and Joe Lutz chipping in with a pair of doubles and three RBI.  Ron Bennett slapped a double and two singles for the Hearts. Fred Brenzel yielded ten hits and six walks but managed to go the route for the win. He racked up nine strikeouts.

Brenzel (W) and Todd
Scholz (L), Casey (2), Jones (2), Betzen (2) and Adzick

(Aug 11)   Rapid City moved to within a game of first place Pierre by bombing the Cowboys 16 to 2 at Rapid City. Chiefs collected 21 hits off three Pierre hurlers. Ray Bazzell and Tom Snow smacked home runs and Bazzell, who drove in six runs, also contributed a bases-loaded double. Harry Lloyd's solo homer in the seventh was one of five hits the Cowboys managed off winning pitcher Paul Zavorskas.

Carruthers (L), Oestricher (2), Carruthers (3), A.Hoch (4) and Orton
Zavorskas (W) and Boyd

(Aug 11)  Yankton notched its third straight win downing Watertown 6 to 3 at the Terrys home park. Five walks coupled with singles by Jim Nelson, Harbert Lee, Tom Cooper and Ralph Hochgrebe gave the Terrys a 6 to 0 lead in the second inning.  Consecutive singles in the fourth inning by Dolph Regelsky and Frank Finnegan ahead of John Erickson's one-bagger accounted for a pair of the Sox counters. In the 9th, Erickson doubled and came home on a fielder's choice. Joe Kuncl, the minor league veteran, went the route for the win.

Merz (L), Stillman (2), Risley (2) and Staples
Kuncl (W) and Cooper

(Aug 12)   Dave Giusti hurled a four-hit gem and Joe Lutz cracked a game-winning homer as Mitchell Kernels shutout Yankton 2-0.  The right-hander from Syracuse University walked four and struck out 11 in besting Joe Puleo who surrendered seven hits in taking the loss.

Puleo (L) and Cooper
Giusti (W) and Todd

(Aug 12)  Bob Tedesco fired a two-hit shutout for his 10th win of the season Wednesday and Huron sent Pierre down to a 4-0 defeat.  Tedesco hurled no-hit ball for 5 2/3s innings before Dirkes Rolston singled in the 6th. After six scoreless frames, Don Nipp smacked a homer for the Jims in the 7th for what proved to be the winning marker. They added three insurance runs in the 8th on a double by Ralph Plumlee, walk to Len VanDeHay, double by Jake Tarr, an error and a sacrifice fly by Casey Barszcz.

Plemmons (L) and Orton
Tedesco (W) and Tarr

(Aug 13)  Watertown thrilled the home crowd Thursday sending 12 men to the plate in the first inning to take an 8-0 lead and coasting to a 10-5 win over Mitchell.  Centre fielder Ron Causton walked to open the game and, in a second appearance in the inning, slammed a grand slam homer. The Lake Sox were helped by three walks and a hit batsman in the big frame. Sox pounded five Kernels' pitchers for 12 hits and drew 10 free passes. Dolph Regelsky swatted three hits for the winners and Dean Look, with a homer, double and single paced the Kernels driving in four runs. Joe Clement allowed nine hits in going all the way for the win.

Marr (L), Arneson (1), Seitz (1), Marcereau (7), Merz (8) and Todd
Clement (W) and Staples

(Aug 13)   A bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 8th inning by Gene Orf knocked in the tying and winning runs as Yankton topped Pierre 4 to 2.  Rain halted play in the ninth.  Trailing 2-1, the Terrys loaded the sacks as Jim Nelson and winning pitcher Frank Carbajal drew walks and Bob Clem singled. Orf's hit gave Yankton the lead and Tom Cooper's sacrifice fly scored an insurance run.  5-9, 150-pound Carbajal scattered nine hits for the win, his seventh of the season.

Beres (L) and Orton
Carbajal (W) and Cooper

(Aug 13)   Rapid City took over first place in the Basin League standings Thursday night coming from a 7-3 deficit with four runs in the seventh and one in the bottom of the ninth for an 8-7 triumph over Huron, the Chiefs 11th straight win at home. Chuck Shoemaker singled home pinch-runner Neil Martin from second base with the winner. In the seventh, Chiefs combined three singles, two walks and Dick Kristinik's homer to knot the count.  Don Nipp and Ralph Plumlee homered for the Jims.

Tarr, Sanderson (3), Timme (L) (7) and Nipp, Tarr (3)
Willhite, Dalluge (6), Sudderth (W) (7) and Boyd

(Aug 14)  6-3, 210-pound Watertown lefty Don Kuodis shutout Mitchell 7-0 Friday holding the Kernels to six hits. He walked six and fanned seven before a "Kids Night" crowd of 3,300. Watertown took the lead with a pair in the first inning and cruised to the win. John Erickson and Frank Finnegan each had two hits for the Lake Sox.  Teenager Bobby Marr lost for the second time in two days.

Marr (L), Seitz (8) and Todd
Kuodis (W) and Staples

(Aug 14)   Pierre Cowboys are back in a tie for the league lead after downing Huron 3-2.  Harry Lloyd drove in two of Pierre's three runs.  Bill Roman doubled to score the other. Larry Crayton gave up 11 hits but allowed just two scores, both in the sixth inning. Tom Holler yielded just seven hits in taking the loss.

Holler (L) and Tarr
Crayton (W) and Orton

(Aug 14)   The Terrys and Valentine divided a well-pitched twin-bill at Yankton.  Perry McGriff's homer run decided a six-inning makeup game, 1-0 for the Terrys as Harry Wise tossed the shutout with a two-hitter. Lefty Tom Jones also threw a two-hitter but took the loss.

Jones (L) and Adzick
Wise (W) and Cooper

In the second, Nick Adzick a former Yankton manager, blasted a homer in the second inning and another in the ninth to give Valentine a 2-1 triumph. Bob Clem's homer in the 8th had tied the score.  In the ninth, Ed Staab another former Yankton star, threw out Ralph Hochgrebe at the plate to end the game. Don Miller and Bob Cooper combined on a five-hitter for the win. Terrys got just four hits off Paul Deem.

Miller, Cooper (9) and Adzick, Lewis (9)
Deem (L) and Cooper

(Aug 15)  Rapid City Chiefs scored ten runs after two were out in the 8th inning to whip Mitchell 15-7 Saturday night at Kernel Park. Dick Kristinik's grand slam homer highlighted the big inning.  At one point, the Chiefs punched out seven straight hits. Outfielders Jay Arnette and Don Quayle each had two hits and two RBI for the winners. Arnette also scored three times. John Jurasevich whacked a pair of homers for Mitchell and Joe Lutz slammed his league-leading 15th round tripper. 

Ward (W), Dalluge (7) and Boyd
Arneson (L), Giusti (4), Seitz (8) and Todd

(Aug 15)  Pierre downed Yankton 8 to 1.

(Aug 16)   Rapid City captured the 1959 Basin League pennant Sunday edging Pierre 3-2 in a 14-inning marathon before 3,965 fans at Rapid City. Chiefs took the contest when Charlie Shoemaker boomed a triple off the right-centre field fence scoring Jay Arnette.  In the Basin League basement as late as July 19th, the Chiefs drove to the pennant winning 18 of their last 22 games, including 12 in a row at home.  Cowboys took a 1-0 lead in the sixth when Dick Beres singled and came around to score on a sacrifice, infield out and sac fly.  Rapid City didn't get a hit over the first six innings but in the seventh Tom Snow singled and Don Quayle homered over the centre field fence for a 2-1 advantage. Pierre tied it in the 8th when Larry Belanger was hit by a pitch and was sacrificed to second. When Quayle fumbled Dirkes Rolston's single to right, Belanger scored.

Beres, Crayton (L) (9) and Orton
Sudderth, Zavorskas (L) (9) and Boyd

(Aug 16)   Yankton and Valentine split a season-ending double-header with Terrys taking the opener 6-2 and Valentine winning the second by the same, 6-2, margin. Joe Kuncl tossed a seven-hitter in the first game for the win. Hearts Bob Cooper fired a five-hitter for the pitching win in the second game.

Kuncl (W) and Cooper
Scholz (L), Miller (9) and Adzick

Puleo (L), Deem (8) and Cooper
Cooper (W) and Lewis

(Aug 16)   Bob Tedesco wrapped up the season with his 11th victory pitching Huron to a 6-2 win over Watertown. He fanned ten to run his league-leading total to 146. He allowed just four hits, all singles.  Meanwhile the Jims pounded out 15 hits including two doubles and two singles by Len VanDeHay.

Merz (L), Clement (3) and Staples
Tedesco (W) and Tarr \

(Aug 16)  The three-way tie for fourth place is to be resolved with sudden death playoffs involving Watertown, Yankton and Valentine.

Rapid City  27 - 21 
Pierre      26 - 22  1.0
Huron       24 - 24  3.0
Watertown   23 - 25  4.0
Yankton     23 - 25  4.0
Valentine   23 - 25  4.0
Mitchell    22 - 26  5.0


(Aug 17)  Harry Wise tossed a four-hit shutout as Yankton downed Valentine 4-0 to eliminated the Terrys from Basin League playoff action. It was the Yankton manager's third straight whitewash. Harvey Casey matched goose eggs with Wise until the bottom of the 8th  Bob Clem drew the first base on balls given up by Casey and moved to second when Jim Nelson, attempting a sacrifice, ended up with a hit past the incoming third sacker. Wise moved both runners along with a sacrifice and Casey intentionally walked Gene Orf to fill the bases. Right fielder Harbert Lee drove in a pair with a single.  An error and two walks led to two more markers. 

Harvey Casey, Tom Jones (8) and Bob Lewis
Harry Wise and Tom Cooper

(Aug 18)   Huron surprised the pennant-winning Rapid City Chiefs 4-1 in the first game of a best-of-three series Tuesday.  Chiefs took the lead in the sixth inning when Don Quayle singled in Tom Snow who had reached with a two-bagger.  But Jims responded with four runs in the seventh inning after Nick Willhite had held Huron without a hit for 6 2/3s innings.  Len VanDeHay smashed a double and Casey Barszcz sent him home with a single to tie and Don Nipp and Jim Dobson followed with back-to-back homers. Tom Holler held the Chiefs to nine hits in pitching the win.

Willhite (L), Dalluge (7) and Boyd
Holler (W) and Tarr

(Aug 18)  Dolph Regelsky's three-run homer in the first inning was all the offense as Watertown eliminated Yankton from further playoff action with a 3-2 victory. Terrys battled back with two runs in the top of the ninth before reliever John Risley put out the fire. Tom Cooper singled in Jim Nelson with the first Yankton run and Gene Orf drove in Bob Clem before Risley ended the threat getting Perry McGriff to hit into a game-ending double play. Frank Carbajal took the tough loss going all the way allowing just four hits. Sox starter Don Kuodis got the win.

Carbajal (L) and Cooper
Kuodis (W), Risley (9) and Staples

(Aug 19)    Rapid City crushed Huron 15-2 behind a 17 hit attack to even the best of three series at a game apiece. Huron took the opener 4-1.  Jims made it easy giving up 11 unearned runs by making five crucial errors. Manager Tom Snow led the offensive knocking in six runs with homers in the first and second innings. Dick Kristinik also belted a circuit shot for the winners. Paul Zavorskas went seven innings for the win.

Sanderson (L), Seagrave (2) and Tarr
Zavorskas (W), Dalluge (8) and Boyd

(Aug 19)  Watertown got brilliant relief pitching by John Risley in a 3-0 win over Pierre. The University of Connecticut right-hander took over in the fourth when the first two Pierre batters reached with walks. He pitched shutout ball for six innings. Power hitting of Dolph Regelsky and Frank Finnegan took care of the offense. Regelsky boomed a double to score Ken Staples in the first inning and Finnegan cracked a two-run homer in the sixth. 

Plemmons (L) and Orton
Merz, Risley (W) (4) and Staples

(Aug 20)  Pierre stayed alive in the Basin League playoffs scoring four runs in the last two innings to shade Watertown 4-3. Dirkes Rolston was the man of the hour for the Cowboys as he led off the three-run rally in the 8th with a single and his base hit in the ninth scored the winning run. Lake Sox took the early lead with solo homers by Dave Pflepsen in the first and Frank Finnegan in the second. Sox made it 3-0 in the top of the 8th on Dolph Regelsky's bases empty blast. In the bottom of the 8th, after Rolston reached and Gerry Griffin drew a walk, Bill Roman cleared the sacks with a triple and Harry Lloyd brought in Roman with a long fly. In the ninth, Larry Belanger singled, advanced on a bunt by reliever Larry Crayton and crossed the plate on Rolston's drive to left field.

Clement, Risley (L) (8) and Staples
Beres, Crayton (W) (9) and Orton

(Aug 20)  Chuck Shoemaker batted Rapid City into the Basin League final Thursday night driving in four runs as the Chiefs downed Huron 6-4 to win the best-of-three series.  The Chiefs shortstop smacked a bases-loaded triple in the second inning and singled home another run in the fourth. Bob Sudderth picked up the win with relief from Harlan Dalluge. The Jims got a pair in the ninth when pinch-hitter DeMont Seagrave singled in two markers.

Tedesco (L), Timme (7) and Tarr
Sudderth (W), Dalluge (7) and Boyd

(Aug 21)   Pierre Cowboys, behind the shutout pitching of Larry Crayton downed Watertown 8-0 Friday to advance to the league final against Rapid City.  Crayton, the East Carolina left-hander, was in control almost all the way allowing just seven singles and two walks.  He also helped at the plate knocking in one run with a triple and scoring another on a bases-loaded walk. On the mound he was in trouble in just one inning, the fifth when Watertown loaded the bases with two out. Crayton fanned the next batter to end the threat. Bill Roman added a two-run triple for the Cowboys.

Kuodis (L), Clement (5), Risley (8) and Staples
Crayton (W) and Orton

(August 22)   Pierre took the opening game of the best-of-three final defeating Rapid City 7 to 5 Saturday.

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(August 23)  Pierre Cowboys gave up four runs in the first inning but rebounded with two runs in each of the 2nd, 3rd and 7th innings to edge Rapid City 6-5 to capture the Basin League final in two straight games. With the Chiefs up 5-4 after six innings, Gerald Griffin doubled to scored Dirkes Rolston in the seventh for a tie. Harry Lloyd followed with a single to bring in Griffin with the eventual winner.  Chiefs had a golden opportunity with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh on singles by Chuck Shoemaker and Dick Kristinik and an intentional pass to Tom Snow. But, Bob Boyd lined out to Rolston at second base to end the threat.  Larry Belanger got the Cowboys back in the game with a two-run homer in the second inning.

Oestricher, Plemmons, Crayton (W) (6) and Orton
Zavorskas (L), Dalluge (7) and Boyd