1960 Game Reports     

(June 9)  The Meridians kicked off the 1960 season in grand fashion with a 10-2 victory over Saskatoon before 15-hundred fans at Cairns Field.  Lefty Ted Richardson picked up the win with a seven-hitter.  Bill Miller and Bob Parrott each had three hits for Lloydminster.

Richardson (W) and Revis
Timme (L), Hobson (1) and Herrington

(June 9)  A pitchers' duel highlighted opening action in Calgary as the visiting Lethbridge White Sox squeezed out a 2-1 win in eleven innings.  Bob Bolingbroke went the distance for the Sox giving up ten hits while losing pitcher Jack Delbar allowed just seven before needing help with two outs in the final inning.  Each pitcher recorded eleven strikeouts. 

Bolingbroke (W) and Koentopp
Delbar (L), Walasko (11) and Engelken

(June 10)  Gene Graves allowed just three hits as Calgary shaded the White Sox 4-3 before a sell-out crowd of 11-hundred in Lethbridge.  Buffaloes scored the winner in the ninth on two hits and an error.  They had plated three unearned runs in the sixth on a dropped fly ball with the bases loaded. Jerry Pritchett had two hits to lead Calgary, Gord Wesley had two of the three Lethbridge hits.

Graves (W) and Garrett
Canner (L) and Koentop

(June 10)  Roland Jones, the Saskatoon playing-manager, pitched a four-hit shutout as the Commodores beat the Meridians 2-0.  He fanned 11.  Tom Belcher went all the way for the Meridians allowing just six hits.  Dick Hickerson belted a homer for the winners while Bill Lynn drove in the other with a triple.

Belcher (L) and Revis, Milano (3)
Jones (W) and Herrington

(June 11)  Willie Walasko scattered seven hits and fanned eleven to lead the Buffaloes to a 7-1 win over Lethbridge.  Buffs scored their first run in the third inning as Gary Adams opened with a single and his twin brother Gene doubled him home.  Gary Engelken had a homer for Calgary.  Stan Busch, Sam Canner and Lee Murphy each had two hits for the White Sox.

R Sims (L), Sereduk (8) and Koentopp
Walasko (W) and Garrett

(June 12)  The Commodores and Meridians split a twin-bill at Lloydminster.  A four-run 6th inning carried Saskatoon to a 6-4 win in the opener.  Meridians took the second game 7-2 behind Kelly Searcy's six-hitter.

Timme (W) Jones (6) and Herrington
Slaughter (L) Proctor (6) and Revis

Stone, Dyer (L) (4), Timme (9) and Herrington
Searcy (W) and Milano

(June 12)  The teams also divided a double-header in Lethbridge.  A ninth inning homer by Bill Casanova gave Calgary a 9-8 win in the opener.  Buffaloes also got homers from Bill Fennessey and Dick Ferrazzano. White Sox won the nightcap 7-5.  A highlight of the second game was Lee Murphy's towering, 435-foot homer, a three-run shot, over the centrefield wall.  Murphy also had an RBI double.  Bob Bourbeau had a homer for the Sox.

Simpson, Martin (5), Yates (W) (8), Graves (9) and Garrett
Hite (L) and Koentopp

Pritchett (L) and Garrett
D Wilson (W), Sereduk (6) and Koentopp

Calgary       3-2
Lloydminster  2-2
Saskatoon     2-2
Lethbridge    2-3

(June 13)  Calgary Buffaloes punched out 15 hits and held off a 9th inning Lloydminster rally to down the Meridians 12-10 at Calgary.  Gary Engelken had four hits and Bill Fennessey and Jim Garrett three apiece to power the Buffs attack.  Engelken drove in four runs.  Clarence Johnson knocked in five runs for Lloydminster with a homer and two singles and Cliff Pemberton drove in three with two doubles and a single.  Bob Martin, relieved by Gene Graves, picked up his first win of the season.

Richardson (L), Proctor (8) and Milano
Martin (W), Graves (7) and Garrett

(June 13)   Saskatoon Commodores blew an early 8-1 to rebound for a 10-9, 10-inning victory over Lethbridge.  The winners had a field day at the plate with 23 hits, four each by first baseman Dick Hickerson and second baseman Bob Lagunas.  Catcher Gary Herrington and left fielder Pete Estrada each had three safeties.  Outfielder Stan Busch paced Lethbridge with three hits and catcher Larry Koentopp belted the only homer. Roland Jones was the winning pitcher in a relief role.  Dave Turnbull took the loss.  Busch also had an outstanding day in the field as he had three assists, two on plays at the plate.  In an unusual twist, four times a Commodores' inning ended with the last batter hitting a single.  In each case a Saskatoon runner was the third out in trying to advance.

Hobson, Timme (6), Jones (W) (8) and Harrington
Bolingbroke, Sereduk (5), Turnbull (L) (8) and Koentopp

(June 14 )  Tom Belcher tossed a three-hitter to lead Lloydminster by Calgary 9-6 in an error-filled contest in Calgary.  First inning homers by Bill Miller and Tom McGarry staked Belcher to an early 3-0 lead.  Tom Bergeron added a homer, double and single for the winners.  Bill Casanova belted a homer for the Buffs.

Belcher (W) and Milano
Delbar (L), Simpson (8) and Engleken

(June 14)   Lethbridge rapped out 13 hits to dump Saskatoon Commodores 7-3.  Sam Canner picked up the win going the distance allowing eight hits. Shortstop Bob Bourbeau paced the White Sox with a homer and single.  Centrefielder John Vaselenak had three hits, including a double.  For Saskatoon, Pete Estrada had a four bagger.

Hickerson (L), Hobson (5) and Herrington
Canner (W) and Koentopp

Calgary       4-3
Lloydminster  3-3
Saskatoon     3-3
Lethbridge    3-4

(June 15)   Lethbridge White Sox dumped Lloydminster 10-3 taking advantage of 12 hits and five errors.  Dick Montee allowed 10 hits but fanned 14 in registering the win.  Gord Wesley and Lee Murphy each had three hits for the winners.  Curly Williams had three safeties for the Meridians.

Slaughter (L), Proctor (7) and Milano
Montee (W) and Koentopp

(June 15)  Saskatoon at Calgary, rained out.

(June 16)   Lloydminster Meridians jumped out to a 4 run lead in the first inning and coasted to a 9-6 win over the White Sox at Lethbridge.  Alton Arnold went the distance for the win, backed by a three-hit performance by leftfielder Tom BergeronJohn Vaselenak had four hits for the Sox, three of them doubles.

Arnold (W) and Milano
Sims (L), Sereduk (7) and Koentopp

(June 16)  A seven-run outburst in the 2nd inning carried Calgary to a 13-5 win over Saskatoon Commodores.  Bill Fennessey paced the Buffaloes with three hits, including a homer, and four runs batted in.  Willie Walasko scattered ten hits for the win.  Jim Garrett also homer for Calgary while Saskatoon got homers from Dick Hickerson, Pete Estrada and Gary Herrington.

Dyer (L) Stone (8) and Herrington
Walasko (W) and Garrett

(June 17)   Lloydminster again scored early, with five runs in the first inning, and held on to top Calgary 7-4 to move into a tie for first place in the Western Canada Baseball League.   Cliff Pemberton and Tom McGarry each had two-run singles in the first inning outburst.  Kelly Searcy, with late relief help from Ted Richardson, picked up the win.  Mike Noakes drove in three runs for  Calgary with a double and single.  Second basement Ritchie Johnson had three hits for Calgary.

Graves (L), Delbar (1), Simpson and Garrett, Engelken
Searcy (W), Richardson (8) and Milano

(June 17)   Saskatoon - Lethbridge, rained out

(June 18)   A five-run 6th inning carried Lethbridge to a 9-6 win over the Commodores before 1,200 fans at Saskatoon.  Jim Lester and Larry Koentopp each had three hits for the White Sox.  Dave Turnbull picked up the win. 

Turnbull (W), Sereduk (8) and Koentopp
Jones (L), Hobson (6), Dyer (9) and Herrington

(June 18)   Calgary bunched three of its four hits into the 4th inning to score three runs and the Buffaloes topped Lloydminster 4-3.  Vern Pritchett tossed a five-hitter for the win.

VPritchett (W) and Garrett
Belcher (L), Slaughter, Proctor and Milano

(June 19)   Lethbridge took a pair of one-run victories from the Meridians at Lloydminster, 5-3 in 10 innings and 9-8.   After Stan Busch had singled in Lee Murphy to tie the opening game at 3-3 in the 9th inning, Jim Lester homered in the 10th to provide the margin of victory.  Ed Hite fired a seven-hitter for the win, Ted Richardson took the loss.  In the second game, White Sox took a 9-3 lead then held off a late Meridians' rally to take the win.  Bob Bolingbroke registered the win.

Hite (W) and Koentopp
Richardson (L), Belcher and Milano

Bolingbroke (W), Sereduk, Montee and Koentopp
Slaughter (L), Proctor and Milano

(June 19)   Saskatoon whipped Calgary 16-4 Sunday night to break even with the Commodores in a twinbill at Saskatoon.  Buffaloes won the afternoon contest 12-8.  Commodores punched out 17 hits, including a homer by Jerry Pritchett. Paul Timme gave up 11 hits but lasted the distance for the win.  Rick Simpson, the first of three Calgary pitchers, took the loss.

A 6-run uprising in the 9th inning gave Calgary a win in the first game.  Jim Garrett's bases-loaded triple was the key hit.  Gary Engleken and Dick Ferrazzano belted homers for the winners. Morris Yates picked up the win. 

Martin, Yates (W) (6), Simpson (9), and Engleken
Peters, Ross Stone (2), Dyer (L) (8), Hobson (9) and Herrington

Rick Simpson (L), Yates (1), Martin (8) and Garrett
Timmie (W) and Munatones

(June 20)   Bob Bourbeau doubled and scored on an error in the 9th inning to give Lethbridge a 3-2 win over Lloydminster and sole position of first place in the Western Canada Baseball League.  Dick Montee picked up the win in relief.  Alton Arnold, who allowed just six hits, was saddled with the loss.  Tom McGarry had four hits for the Meridians.

Sims, Montee (W) (8) and Koentopp
Arnold (L) and Milano

(June 20)   Calgary at Saskatoon, rained out.

(June 21)  Lethbridge at Calgary, rained out

(June 22)   Lethbridge punched out five straight singles in the seventh inning which, combined with an error, produced four runs and a 6-2 win over Calgary Buffaloes as Sam Canner fired a four-hitter.  Larry Koentopp had three hits for the winners while Bill Casanova and Dick Ferrazzano had homers for Calgary.

Walasko (L) and Garrett
Canner (W) and Koentopp

(June 22)   Lloydminster broke a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over Saskatoon before 600 fans at Sportsmans' Park, Lloydminster.  Kelly Searcy won his 3rd straight without a loss for the Meridians.  Curly Williams' two-run double keyed a four-run first inning for the winners.  Bill Miller had three hits for Lloydminster.  Gary Herrington poked a pair of doubles for the Commodores.

Dyer (L), Hobson (1) and Herrington
Searcy (W), Slaughter (8),  Richardson (9) and Milano

Lethbridge    9 5
Calgary       7-6
Lloydminster  6-8
Saskatoon     4-7

(June 23)   Calgary Buffaloes halted Lethbridge's five-game winning streak with a thrilling 9-8, 11 inning victory at Calgary.  Bill Fennessey scored from second base on an infield error to plate the winning marker.  Bill Casanova was the big gun for the Buffs driving in five runs with a three-run homer and a pair of singles.  Lee Murphy had a four-bagger for the White Sox.  Gene Graves was the winner in a relief role.

Montee (L), Bolingbroke (9), Montee (10), Bolingbroke (11) and Koentopp
Delbar, Yates (7), Graves (W) (8) and Engleken

(June 23)   Before 700 fans at Lloydminster, Saskatoon Commodores rapped out 12 hits to win 6-3.  Pete Estrada had three doubles for the winners.  Paul Timme held the Meridians to seven hits to gain the decision.

Timme (W) and Herrington
Belcher (L) and Milano

(June 24)   Pete Estrada's first inning grand slam provided a lead Saskatoon never relinquished as the Commodores dumped Calgary 8-4.  Estrada knocked in another run with a double in the 2rd inning and ran his total to six RBI with a single in the 8th.  Roland Jones allowed ten hits but went the route for the win.  Vern Pritchett gave up 9 hits and walked 12 in taking the loss.

Jones (W) and Herrington
V Pritchett (L) and Engelken

(June 24)   Ted Richardson allowed just four hits and the Meridians rallied for four runs in the seventh to down Lethbridge 5-2.  Tom Bergeron for Lloydminster and Jim Lester for the White Sox had home runs.

Richardson (W) and Milano
Turnbull (L), Sereduk (7) and Rex

(June 25)    Earl Ingarfield cracked a grand slam homer in the 3rd inning to pace Lethbridge to a 13-10 victory over Lloydminster.  Pitcher Ed Hite also had a homer for the White Sox. 

Slaughter (L) and Milano
Hite, Sims (W) (4) and Rex

(June 25)  Saskatoon at Calgary (2), rained out.

(June 26)   9th inning heroics were the staple as Lloydminster and the Buffaloes split a twin-bill Sunday at Calgary.  Curly Williams' double in the 9th gave Lloydminster a 7-6 win in the second game after the Buffs rallied for seven runs in the 9th of the opener, to win 7-6.  Bill Fennessey's grand slam homer, with two outs, was the winning blow.

Williams bashed a triple, double and two singles to pace the Meridians in the nightcap.  Tom McGarry added a two-run homer and Barry Arnett had three safeties.  Buffs had the tying run on second in the bottom of the 9th, but Bill Oakley fanned pinch-hitter Bob Martin to preserve the win.

Meridians had a 6-0 lead entering the 9th inning of the first game with Kelly Searcy cruising along with a four-hitter.  Three singles, two walks, an error and Fennessey's dramatic shot turned the tables.  Williams had a homer for the Meridians. 

Searcy, Richardson (L) (9) and Milano
Martin (W) and Garrett

Oakley (W) and Miller
Walasko (L) and Garrett 

(June 26)   At Henderson Stadium, Lethbridge White Sox took a pair from Saskatoon, 4-1 and 9-6.  Sox received route-going performances from Bob Bolingbroke and Sam Canner to sweep the twinbill.  Lee Murphy paced the offense with a pair of homers and five runs batted in.  Bob Bourbeau also had a homer and Stan Busch rapped a pair of triples.  Jim Lester had a single in the first game and a single and double in the nightcap to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.  Lethbridge announced it had released pitcher Dave Turnbull and infielder Doug McChesney.

Peters (L), Stone (2), Jones (3) and Herrington
Bolingbroke (W) and Rex

Dyer (L), Hobson (5) and Herrington
Canner (W) and Koentopp

Lethbridge    12-7
Calgary        9-8
Lloydminster   8-11
Saskatoon      6-9

(June 27)    Lefthander Alton Arnold pitched and batted the Lloydminster Meridians to a 6-0 win over Lethbridge in action at Lloydminster.  Arnold fired a four-hitter for the shutout and drove in three of the Meridians' six runs.  Curly Williams had a double and single for the winners while Lee Murphy had a pair of safeties for the Sox. 

Montee (L), Sereduk (5) and Koentopp
Arnold (W) and Miller

(June 28)   Calgary moved to within a half-game of first place Lethbridge with a 4-3 squeaker over Saskatoon.  Gene Graves went the distance for the win, allowing seven hits.  Commodores had scored a pair in the bottom of the 9th against Graves and had the bases load with two out before the righthander fanned Pete Estrada for the final out.  Marty Hurd poked a homer for the Buffs.

Graves (W) and Garrett
Timme (L) and Herrington

(June 28)   Tom Belcher fired a four-hitter to lead Lloydminster to an 8-1 triumph over Lethbridge. Bob Parrott, Norm Revis and newcomer Mike Noakes each had two hits for the Meridians.  Noakes joined the club after being dropped by Calgary. 

Steadman (L), Sims (5) and Koentopp
Belcher (W) and Miller

(June 29)  Lethbridge White Sox capitalized on an error to score three times in the 12th inning to down Saskatoon Commodores 7-4 Wednesday night.  Clark Rex and Bob Bourbeau each had three hits to pace the winners.  Rex drove in the run which put the Sox ahead 4-3 in the 8th and drove in the two insurance runs in the 12th after Bourbeau had knocked in what proved to be the winner.  Commodores gave their fans something to cheer about when they tied the count 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th on a long double by Connie Munatones and a single by pinch-hitter Bob Peters. Ed Hite, with 12th inning help from Dick Montee, picked up the win.

Hite (W), Montee (12) and Rex
Yates, Jones (8), Stone (9), Dyer (10) (L) and Herrington

(June 29)   Lefty Ted Richardson fired a three-hitter to lead the Lloydminster Meridians to an 8-1 victory over Calgary.  Meridians jumped on Buffaloes starter Jack Delbar for five runs, with two out, in the first inning. The outburst featured a bases-loaded triple by Tom Bergeron and an inside-the-park homer by Mike Noakes.  Bergeron rapped another triple in the 5th and added a single in the 8th.  Delbar gave up ten hits in taking the loss.

Delbar (L) and Garrett
Richardson (W) and Miller

(June 30)  A four-run 4th inning carried Calgary to a 5-4 win over Lloydminster.  Gene Graves stopped a Meridians' rally in the 9th to preserve the win for Dave Turnbull.  

Turnbull (W), Pritchett (9), Graves (9) and Garrett
Oakley (L), Proctor (5), Slaughter (8) and Miller, Milano (5)

(June 30)  Lethbridge pushed across three runs in the sixth then held on for a 9-6 win over Saskatoon.  Lee Murphy had a homer for the White Sox.  Con Munatones led the Commodores with a triple and two singles.

Canner (W), Sims (6) and Koentopp
Jones (L), Dyer (7) and Herrington

(July 1)  Calgary regained the lead in the Western Canada Baseball League taking both ends of a double-header from Lethbridge, 4-2 and 3-2 behind the strong hurling of Willie Walasko and Gene Graves.  Buffaloes plated three runs in the first inning of the opener and it proved enough for the win.  Ray Wrenn led off with a single and moved to second on a walk to Richie Johnson and to third on Marty Hurd's single.  Gary Engelken belted a two-run double and a wild throw by Gord Wesley accounted for the third run.  Calgary also scored in the first inning of the second game as Wrenn singled and scored on a ground out.  Jerry Pritchett's two-run homer in the 5th inning provided the margin of victory.  Lee Murphy blasted a pair of solo homers to account for all the Lethbridge scoring.

Walasko (W) and Engelken
Bolingbroke (L) and Rex

Graves (W) and Engelken
Montee (L) and Koentopp

(July 1)  Saskatoon broke out of a five-game losing streak in a big way with a double-header sweep of Lloydminster.  Commodores won the opener 9-3 with a five-run fourth inning.  Dick Hickerson had a two-run homer for Saskatoon while JB Carroll had three hits and Bill Lynn added a two-run triple.  In the second game,  Bob Lagunas drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Saskatoon edged the Meridians 3-2 before 25-hundred fans at Cairns Field. 

Arnold (L), Proctor (4), Oakley (8) and Milano
Peters (W), Wagner (7) and Herrington

Searcy, Belcher (8), Richardson (L) (8) and Milano
Hobson, Timme (W) (8) and Herrington

Calgary      13-9
Lethbridge   14-11
Lloydminster 11-14
Saskatoon     8-12

(July 3)  Meridians and White Sox split a double-header at Henderson Park, Lethbridge.  The home squad came back from a 5-0 deficit to score to notch an 8-7 win in the opener while Lloydminster held off a late rally to take the nightcap 5-4.

A bases-loaded double by Jim Lester was the key hit for the White Sox in the first game.  Gord Wesley also drove in three runs.  Tom McGarry belted a pair of triples for the Meridians.  McGarry had three singles in the second game.  Tom Belcher, the Meidians' starter in the nightcap, had to leave the game in the 6th inning after being hit on his pitching arm by a blast off the bat of Lee Murphy.  Murphy had four hits on the day for Lethbridge.

Richardson (L) and Milano
Hite (W) and Tex

Belcher (W), Proctor (6) and Milano
Ray Sims (L) and Koentopp

(July 3)  Calgary announced some changes.  Three newcomers suited up for the Buffaloes in a game with Saskatoon that was rained out after the Buffs had taken a 7-1 lead in the second inning. Buffs acquired third baseman Doug McChesney from Lethbridge to replaced Dick Ferrazzano who quit the club.  Sterling (Chico) Slaughter joined Calgary in a trade with Lloydminster.  Outfielder Mike Noakes moved on to the Meridians.  Also in the fold was pitcher Ray Turnbull from Lethbridge.

(July 3)  Saskatoon at Calgary (2), rained out.

(July 4)  Bill Oakley scattered eight hits leading Lloydminster to a 3-1 win over Calgary.  Oakley fanned eight and walked three. Meridians scored early and hung on for the victory.  Bob Milano hit a homer for the Meridians while Bill Miller scored the first run and drove in another.

Oakley (W) and Milano
V Pritchett (L) nd Garrett

(July 4)  Lethbridge built up a 12-2 lead then hung on for a 12-9 win over Saskatoon.  Lee Murphy led the offense with a double and two singles, good for three runs batted in.  Jim Lester also had three hits.  John Vaselenak offered a triple and single. 

Timme (L), Wagner (4), Yates (8) and Herrington
Canner (W), Bolingbroke (7) and Koentopp

(July 5)  Mike Noakes, a former Buffalo, had four hits, scored twice and drove in the third as Lloydminster edged Calgary 3-2.  Noakes also made the fielding gem of the night when he threw out Calgary's Jerry Pritchett who was trying to stretch a long single into a double in the sixth inning.  Kelly Searcy bested former Meridian Sterling Slaughter on the hill.  Searcy won his fourth straight holding the Buffaloes to eight hits.

Searcy (W) and Milano
Slaughter (0-5) and Garrett

(July 5)  Centrefielder Bill Lynn rapped a triple, double and single to pace Saskatoon Commodores over Lethbridge, 6-3. Outfielder Bob Peters added a homer and single.  Lefty Lew Hobson scattered nine hits to gain the win.  Lee Murphy led the White Sox with three hits, including his league-leading, 8th home run.

Hobson (W) and Herrington
Montee (L) and Koentopp

Lethbridge    16-13
Calgary       13-11
Lloydminster  14-15
Saskatoon      9-13

(July 6)  Saskatoon took two games from Calgary, 15-4 and 8-5.  Con Munatones paced the winners in the opener clubbing two homers, both in the same inning, and driving in five runs as the Commodores blasted Buffaloes' pitching for 23 hits.  Gary Herrington knocked in three runs with a homer, double and single.  JB Carroll had four hits and Bill Lynn, Pete Estrada and Dick Hickerson each had three.  Saskatoon punched out another 11 hits in the second game to win 8-5.  Commodores took advantage of four hits, a walk and three errors to plate five runs in the 6th inning.   Roland Jones was the winning pitcher in both games.

Yates, Jones (W) (4) and Herrington
Graves (L), Delbar (5) and Garrett

Jones (W) and Herrington
Walasko (L), Turnbull (9) and Garrett

(July 7)  Lethbridge took advantage of sloppy defensive work to top Calgary 6-4.  White Sox pushed across four runs in the 6th inning with the help of a pair of Buffaloes' errors and Lee Murphy's two-run double. Bill Fennessey led Calgary with a homer and triple.  Bob Bolingbroke picked up the win, Bob Martin took the loss.

Bolingbroke (W) and Rex
Martin (1-2), Johnson (6) and Garrett

(July 7)  Fans at Cairns Field were treated to a display of offensive fireworks as Saskatoon and Lloydminster combined for 39 hits, 9 bases on balls, 13 errors and 34 runs.  The Meridians bounced back from an early 8-3 deficit to outlast the Commodores, 19-15.  Tom Bergeron knocked in five runs with a homer and double.  Curly Williams had four hits and four runs batted in and Barry Arnett drove in four with a double and two singles.  Conrad Munatones paced the Commodores with four hits.  In spite of allowing 20 hits, Ted Richardson went the distance for the win.  

Richardson (W) and Milano
Dyer, Yates (5), Timme (L) (6), Hobson (7), Wagner (7) and Herrington

Lethbridge    17-13
Lloydminster  15-15
Calgary       13-14
Saskatoon     11-14

(July 8)  Lethbridge managed just three hits off Calgary's Gene Graves but came away with a 4-1 victory.  A first inning error led to three White Sox runs.  John Vaselenak's bases-loaded double was the key blow. Ray Sims picked up the win in relief of Ed HiteJerry Pritchett's homer in the 9th for the Buffs spoiled the Sox shutout bid. 

Graves (L) and Garrett
Hite, Sims (W) (4) and Koentopp

(July 8)  Saskatoon came from behind with three runs in the 7th inning to edge  Lloydminster 8-7.  Newcomer Norm Popkin was the winner in relief.  Dick Hickerson and Connie Munatones paced the Commodores attack each with three hits. Tom Bergeron had four hits for the Meridians. 

Oakley (L) and Milano
Peters, Popkin (W) (4) and Herrington

(July 9)   Calgary scored four runs in the 8th and three in the bottom of the 9th to shade Lethbridge 8-7.  Bob Bourbeau's three-run homer in the top of the 9th had given the White Sox a 7-5 lead.  The Buffaloes comeback featured two singles, a walk, a hit batsman and a two-run error.  Lee Murphy also had a homer for Lethbridge and Bill Casanova belted one for Calgary.  Vern Pritchett went the distance for the win. 

Canner, Montee (L) (9) and Rex
V Pritchett (W) and Garrett

(July 10)  Lloydminster took a pair from Saskatoon, 9-2 and 9-8.  Kelly Searcy tossed a six-hitter in the first game to win his fifth straight decision.  Barry Arnett and Cliff Pemberton provided the offense for the Meridians -- Arnett drove in five runs with four hits and Pemberton knocked in the other four, also with four hits.  In the second game, Bob Proctor made his first start for Lloydminster and picked up the win.  Arnett had two more hits in the second game.  

Jones (L) and Herrington
Searcy (5-0) and Milano

Proctor (1-0), Richardson (9) and Milano
Hobson (L), Peters (5) and Herrington

(July 10)  Calgary scored seven runs in the 2nd inning and held on to top Lethbridge 7-5.   Buffaloes battered Ed Hite for five hits and four walks before Paul Sereduk came in relief to halt the uprising.  Lee Murphy and Stan Busch belted home runs for the White Sox.

Hite (L), Sereduk (2) and Koentopp
Walasko (W), Graves (8) and Garrett

Lethbridge     18-15
Lloydminster   17-16
Calgary        15-15
Saskatoon      12-16

(July 11)   Saskatoon Commodores erupted for three runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to shade Lethbridge White Sox 4-3.  Lee Murphy's three-run homer in the top of the 9th had given the White Sox a 3-1 margin.  It was Murphy's 11th homer of the season.  Gary Herrington drew a walk to lead off the Commodores' half of the 9th and Pete Estrada followed with a single.  Dick Hickerson singled in the first marker and Bob Peters doubled to drive in the tying and winning runs.  Paul Timme was the winner.

Montee (L) and Koentopp
Timme (W) and Herrington

(July 12)  Lloydminster jumped into first place in the Western Canada Baseball League Tuesday by handing the Calgary Buffaloes a 5-4 defeat.   Meridians scored a pair in the 7th inning to notch the win.  Curly Williams had a homer for Lloydminster while teammate Barry Arnett drove in two runs with a double and single.  Ted Richardson picked up the win in relief.  Dave Turnbull was the loser. Dick Dyer started for Lloydminster.  He was obtained by the Meridians after his release by Saskatoon.

Turnbull (L) Johnson (7), Martin (8) and Garrett
Dyer, Richardson (5-5) (7) and Milano

(July12)  Saskatoon downed Lethbridge for the second straight day, 8-5.  It was the White Sox fourth straight loss. The Commodores out hit the White Sox 13-3.  A five-run 7th inning was key for the winners.  Bob Peters had three hits to lead Saskatoon at the plate.  Reliever Morris Yates picked up the win.

Bolingbroke, Sereduk (L) (7) and Rex, Koentopp (7)
Scavo, Yates (W) (7) and Herrington

(July 13)   Calgary and the Meridians fought to a 2-2 draw at Lloydminster.  The game, called after nine innings because of darkness, is to be completed on the next Calgary trip to the border town.  Bill Oakley, who fanned eight, went all the way for the Meridians.  Jim Johnson, the Buffalo starter, gave way to Chico Slaughter in the 8th. 

Johnson, Slaughter (8) and Garrett
Oakley and Milano

(July 13)   The hometown Commodores erupted for seven runs in the 8th inning to break open a tight ball game and soar to a 10-2 win over Lethbridge.  A bases-clearing triple by Bob Lagunas highlighted the rally.  Saskatoon had 14 hits, three by Connie Munatones.  Playing manager Roland Jones picked up the win in relief of starter Lew Hobson.

Sims (L), Sereduk (8) and Koentopp
Hobson, Jones (W) (7) and Herrington

(July 14)   Calgary shaded the Commodores 5-3 in 11 innings at Saskatoon.  Buffaloes scored the winning run on a wild pitch by losing pitcher Roland JonesRichie Johnson, who had three doubles, plated the winner.  Jim Garrett had three hits for the Buffaloes.  Pete Estrada had a double and two singles for Saskatoon.  Gene Graves went the distance for the win.  He allowed just eight hits. 

Graves (W) and Garrett
Popkin, Jones (L) (8) and Herrington

(July 14)   Lloydminster Meridians rallied for four runs in the 8th inning to erase a 6-2 deficit and tie Lethbridge 6-6.  It was the Meridians second tie in two days.  The game was called after nine innings because of darkness.  It is to be completed before tomorrow's regularly scheduled contest.  Norm Revis carried the big stick for Lloydminster belting a triple, double and single to drive in a pair.  Curly Williams had a two-run single in the big 8th inning.  Bob Bourbeau bashed a two-run homer for the Sox.

Hite, Montee (8) and Koentopp
Searcy, Proctor (8) and Milano, Miller (9)

(July 15)   For the third straight night, Lloydminster Meridians played a tie game.  The Meridians and Lethbridge fought to a 1-1 draw in a match called after eight innings because of darkness.  Earlier, in the completion of yesterday's tie game, Lloydminster scored in the bottom of the 10th for a 7-6 victory.  Meridians loaded the bases on a hit, error and walk and winning pitcher Bob Proctor singled in the deciding marker.

Hite, Montee (8), Bolingbroke (L) (10) and Koentopp
Searcy, Proctor (W) (8) and Milano, Miller (9), Revis (10)

In the regularly scheduled contest, White Sox out hit the Meridians 12-2 but could plate just a single run on a double by pitcher Sam Canner in the 6th inning.  Curly Williams' 2nd inning homer accounted for the Lloydminster run.

Canner and Koentopp
Belcher, Richardson (7) and Milano

(July 15)   In a well-pitched game at Saskatoon, the Commodores shaded Calgary 4-2.  Starters Paul Timme and Vern Pritchett both went the distance, each allowing just six hits.  Bob Peters had the big hit for Saskatoon, a two-run triple.  Marty Hurd drove in both Calgary runs.

V Pritchett (L) and Garrett
Timme (6-4) and Herrington

(July15)  Lee Murphy of Lethbridge was the league-leader in four hitting categories according to the latest statistics from Howe News Bureau.  Murphy retained the lead in home runs with 10, RBI 29, total bases 84 and hits 45.  Cliff Pemberton of Lloydminster continued his runaway pace atop the batting race with a .438 average.  Dick Hickerson of Saskatoon was second at .387.  Kelly Searcy of Lloydminster had the lead in ERA at 2.21 and tied for the lead in wins, 5, with Roland Jones of Saskatoon and Sam Canner, Lethbridge. 

Lloydminster  19-16
Lethbridge    18-19
Calgary       16-17
Saskatoon     16-17

(July 16)   Calgary and the Commodores split a doubleheader at Saskatoon.  A three-run outburst in the bottom of the 8th inning carried Saskatoon to a 6-4 win in the first game behind the eight hit pitching of Bob Peters

Chico Slaughter went the distance as Calgary won the second game 7-2 scoring all their runs in a 7th inning offensive explosion. 

Martin, Graves (8), Johnson (8) and Garrett
Peters (W) and Herrington, Munatones (9)

Slaughter (W) and Garrett
Scavo, Jones (7) and Herrington

(July 17)   Meridians delighted the home crowd at Lloydminster bouncing Saskatoon 10-3 and 12-4 in a doubleheader.  Dick Dyer pitched a complete game eight-hitter to defeat his former team in the first game and Bill Oakley fired a two-hitter in the second contest.  Norm Revis had a pair of hits and drove in four runs in the opener.  Barry Arnett knocked in three with two safeties.  Con Munatones belted a homer for Saskatoon.  Revis had three singles in the second game while Bill Miller drove in four runs with a double and single.

Hickerson (L), Yates (2), Hickerson (6) and Herrington
Dyer (W) and Milano

Hobson (L), Scavo (5), Yates (6) and Munatones
Oakley (W) and Milanol

(July 17)   Ed Hite hurled a six-hitter to give Lethbridge a 6-2 victory and a split of a doubleheader with Calgary.  Buffaloes won the first game 5-3 as Doug McChesney belted a three-run homer and Jerry Pritchett knocked in two with a single.  Willie Walasko picked up the win. 

Walasko (W), Johnson (8), Graves (8) and Engelken, Garrett (8)
Sims (L) and Rex

Turnbull (L), Martin (7), Slaughter (8) and Garrett
Hite (W) and Rex

(July 18)   Lethbridge spotted Calgary four runs in the first inning then roared back with eleven unanswered markers to whip the Buffaloes 11-4.  Marty Hurd's three-run homer and a pair of errors gave the Buffs their early lead but Bob Bolingbroke settled down and didn't allow another hit until Hurd singled in the 9th.  Stan Busch, with a pair of two-run homers, led the comeback.  Earl Ingarfield and Bob Bourbeau each had three hits and Lee Murphy drove in two runs, one with a triple to score Jim Lester.

Bolingbroke (W) and Rex
Graves (L) Turnbull (7) and Garrett

(July 19)   Cliff Pemberton clubbed a two-run homer in the 10th inning to send Lloydminster to a 7-3 win over the Commodores at Saskatoon.  It was the Meridians third straight win over the Commodores and the team's fourth straight defeat.  Pemberton's homer, his first of the season, broke a 3-3 tie.  Lloydminster added insurance runs on a triple by Norm Revis and singles by Curly Williams and Bob Milano. Ted Richardson went all the way to pick up the win.

Richardson (W) and Milano
Timme (L), Yates (10) and Herrington

(July 19)   Three errors in the 8th inning proved costly for Calgary as Lethbridge broke loose for six runs to down the Buffaloes 7-6.  White Sox, who had just seven hits, capitalized on the Calgary miscues and 11 walks given up by starter Ben BurnettJim Lester had three hits to lead the winners.  Calgary used the long ball as Marty Hurd blasted a pair and Jim Garrett and Bill Fennessey each had one. 

Canner (W), Sereduk (9) and Rex
Burnett, Walasko (L) (8) and Garrett

(July 20)   Saskatoon shaded Lloydminster 6-5 although out hit 12-8.  Phil Scavo registered the win in relief.  Dick Hickerson rapped a homer for the Commodores.  Con Munatones had a triple.  Cliff Pemberton collected three hits, including a double for the Meridians.

Belcher, Proctor (L) (8) and Milano
Popkin, Scavo (W) (8) and Herrington

(July 21)   Lethbridge White Sox plated five runs in the first inning and coasted to a 9-4 win over Lloydminster and moved to within a game of the first-place Meridians.  Big Lee Murphy provided the offensive and defensive highlights.  He belted a long homer and two singles and made an outstanding backhand stab of a Curly Williams liner.  Righthander Ray Sims held the Meridians to seven hits in gaining the win. Kelly Searcy suffered his first loss of the season. 

Searcy (L), Dyer (2) and Milano
Sims (W) and Koentopp

(July 21)   Saskatoon Commodores scored four runs in the 10th inning to down Calgary 9-5.  Roland Jones went the distance, allowing just seven hits, for the win, his 7th.  Calgary had tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th on Bill Casanova's pinch-hit homer.  Bill Fennessey also homered for the Buffaloes while Pete Estrada clubbed a three-run homer for Saskatoon. 

Jones (W) and Herrington
Slaughter, Johnson (L) (10) and Garrett

(July 22)   A four-run 6th inning carried Lloydminster to an 8-5 win over Lethbridge.  Curly Williams, Norm Revis and Cliff Pemberton each rapped a pair of hits for the Meridians.  Lee Murphy continued his offensive outburst with a homer and double for the White Sox.  Stan Busch added three hits, including a pair of doubles. Bill Oakley went the route for the win.

Oakley (W) and Milano
Hite (L), Sereduk (7) and Koentopp

(July 22)   Gene Graves fired a two-hitter in leading Calgary to a 4-1 win over Saskatoon.  Graves gave up only a homer to Con Munatones in the 4th and a single to Pete EstradaRay Wrenn gave the Buffaloes the lead with a leadoff homer in the first.  Marty Hurd scored on a ground out in the 4th and doubled in a pair in the 7th inning. 

Peters (L) and Herrington
Graves (W) and Garrett

(July 23)  Bob Bolingbroke fired a three-hitter as Lethbridge shutout Saskatoon 5-0. Bolingbroke helped at the plate with a double and single and drove in two.  Lee Murphy cracked his 14th homer.

Bolingbroke (W) and Koentopp
Scavo (L) nd Herrington

(July 24)  Meridians and Buffaloes split a twin-bill in Calgary.  Willie Walasko pitched a two-hitter as Calgary won the opener 2-0.  In the nightcap, Tom Bergeron's two out, three-run homer in the 9th gave Lloydminster a 4-2 victory.  Tom Belcher tossed a seven-hitter for the win for the Meridians.

Richardson (L) and Milano
Walasko (W) and Garrett

Belcher (W) and Milano
Burnett (L) and Garrett

(July 24)    On a day which produced 40 runs, 56 hits and 12 errors, Saskatoon and Lethbridge split a doubleheader.  Commodores pounded out a 16-11 win in the opener and the White Sox scored a pair on Jim Lester's two-out triple in the bottom of the 9th to win the second game 7-6.  It was one of five hits on the day for the Lethbridge third baseman.

In the afternoon encounter, Saskatoon scored in the first inning and never lost the lead in pounding out 19 hits for their 16 runs.  Dick Hickerson banged out four hits in five trips to lead the Commodores. Con Munatones had a double and two singles and Gary Herrington added three singles. Lester bashed a homer, double and single for the White Sox.  Larry Koentopp had a triple and two singles and Lee Murphy collected three singles.

Lester and John Vaselenak were the only Sox to get two hits in the 2nd game.  Munatones continued red hot with a triple and double.  Lethbridge used two pitchers, Ken Holcombe and Roy Shimek, from the Lethbridge Junior Tigers.

Hobson (W), Yates (6) and Herrington
Montee (L) Holcombe (4), Sereduk (9) and Koentopp

Timme (L) and Herrington
Canner, Shimek (4), Hite (W) (7) and Rex
 


Lacombe : (July 27) 

"Thanks to perfect weather and Slim Thorpe's Lloydminster Meridians, all records fell at the 11th annual Lacombe Lions Baseball Tournament Wednesday.  The ideal weather put a record number of fans in the Lions new baseball park, 10,000 in two days, and the Meridians broke all other records for one club's domination in what stands as Canada's top baseball tournament, money-wise, color-wise and baseball-wise.

The Meridians completed a tournament route by defeating the Lefty Mack - Ivan Crook North Alberta All-Stars 27-5 in a final game ended by darkness after seven innings ... Indicative of the Lacombe's tourneys spot in Alberta sport field is the fact that no - get that no - event has been so heavily covered, with five dailies, three TV stations, nine radio stations and six weeklies on the spot for two days."  (Hal Pawson, Edmonton Journal, July 28, 1960)

In the most one-sided final in tournament history, the Lloydminster Meridians bombed the Northern Alberta All-Stars 27-5 to take top prize of $1,500 in the 11th annual Lacombe tournament.  

Meridians blasted 25 hits, including homers by Tom Bergeron and Bill Miller, and took advantage of nine walks, a hit batsman, seven errors and five stolen bases.  Bergeron, with four hits, and Curly Williams had days to remember.  Bergeron was on base seven straight times in the final while Williams reached safely on six consecutive plate appearances.  In the three games of the tourney, Williams reached base 14 times in 15 tries.  He had 10 walks to go along with three doubles and a single.  Mike Noakes rapped out five singles against the All-Stars. 18-year-old Tom Belcher, who went six innings, picked up the win.  He fanned 11.

Belcher (W), Proctor (7) and Milano, Miller (7)
Tookey (L), Reece (2), Gates (4), Waddle (5), Serbu (5), Weise (7) and Williams

The Meridians advanced to the final by trouncing pre-tournament favourite Drain Black Sox 17-2.  Meridians scored five runs in the first and coasted to the easy win.  Southpaw Dick Dyer held Drain to six hits and helped at the plate with three singles.  Right fielder Norm Revis blasted four doubles and two triples to pace a 14-hit attack for  the winners. Tom Bergeron belted a triple and a double.  Second baseman Bill Wagner had a homer for the Black Sox.  

Dyer (W) and Milano
Ron Whittaker (L), Leon Criner (1), Mark Clarke (3) and Bach

Ruben Rodriguez held Calgary to five hits and fanned eight as Lefty Mack's All-Stars beat the Buffaloes 5-2.  

Slaughter (L), Graves (7) and Garrett
Rodriguez (W) and Williams

The biggest shock of the opening day came as the Northern Alberta All-Stars (a combination of the Cold Lake Cardinals and North Edmonton Rockets of the Big Seven League) whipped the Saskatoon Commodores 10-2.   The All-Stars jumped into a 2-0 in the first inning and never looked back.  Lefty Ron Gates allowed 10 hits to Saskatoon but went the distance for the win.  Herb Sewers led the Stars with a homer, double and single while Tom Murphy added a triple and a pair of singles. Larry Exel, Pete Estrada and Gary Herrington each had two hits for Saskatoon.

Gates (W) and Williams
Popkin (L), Scavo (5), Hobson (8) and Herrington

Calgary scored seven runs in the first two innings on the way to an 11-0 win over Barrhead.  The key blow was a three-run homer by Marty HurdBill Casanova had a two-run triple in the eighth along with a double and single. Ray Wrenn had three singles and Bill Fennessey cracked out a pair of doubles and a single.  Gene Graves and Jim Johnson held the Pontiacs to just two hits.  Barrhead was a last minute replacement for the Bellingham Belles.

Kosteniuk (L), Dave Waddle (2) and Kulka, Johnson (5)
Graves, Johnson (W) (3) and Garrett

Drain punched out 16 hits in trouncing Lethbridge 12-2.  Everyone in the Black Sox lineup had at least one hit.  Jim Lester and Bob Bourbeau each had two hits for the White Sox.  Jim Withers pitched a seven-hitter for the win.

Withers (W) and Bach
Canner (L), Bolingbroke (2), Sims (3), Montee (7) and Koentopp

Lloydminster pushed across four runs in the first inning to beat the Kansas City Monarchs 9-1.  Bill Oakley fired a four-hitter for the win.  Bob Milano rapped a two-run homer for the Meridians while Tom Bergeron had a triple and single. Norm Revis also had two hits.  Sugar Cain took the loss. The Monarchs were late in arriving after driving 14-hundred miles non-stop.  The team spent three days and nights aboard a bus to make the tournament. 

Oakley (W) and Milano
Cain (L), Calvin Grant (7) and McKnight

After the tournament, Spero Leakos picked up four players to bolster his Commodores' roster.  Leakos signed up Nate Dancy, Ira McKnight and Tommy Taylor of the Monarchs and also acquired pitcher Ruben Rodriguez.
 


(July 28)   Vern Pritchett and Jerry Pritchett led the Calgary Buffaloes to a 9-1 victory over Saskatoon.  The Buffs' Pritchetts are not related. Vern fired a three-hitter and knocked in a pair of runs with two doubles.  Jerry cracked a grand slam and a double to drive in five runs.  A bases-loaded walk to Pete Estrada in the 7th inning accounted for the line Saskatoon run.

Timme (L), Yates and Herrington
V Pritchett (W) and Garrett


Lethbridge : (July 30)  The Lloydminster Meridians won their second major tournament in a week by downing Calgary 9-6 in the final of the 10th annual Lethbridge Rotary tournament.  Meridians took the $1,500 first prize with a five-run uprising in the seventh inning which featured a two-run homer by Tom McGarry and triple off the bat of Barry Arnett.  The Buffaloes had taken a 4-1 lead in the second inning on a leadoff homer by Bill Casanova and a three-run blast by Gary Engelken.  Meridians came back to tie in the third with Cliff Pemberton's triple the key blow.  Marty Hurd's two-run double in the bottom of the third gave the lead back to Calgary, 6-4.  That was all the scoring until the Meridians winning rally in the 7th. 

Belcher, Dyer  (W) (3) and Milano
J Johnson, Burnett (2), Graves (L) (3), Slaughter (7) and Garrett

Lloydminster reached the final with a 7-2 win over Lethbridge.  Curly Williams broke the game wide open with a grand slam homer in the third.  Williams, Norm Revis and Cliff Pemberton each had two hits for the Meridians.  Lee Murphy and Bob Bourbeau replied with two hits each for Calgary.  Bill Oakley scattered nine hits to gain the win. 

Bolingbroke (L), Sims (3) and Koentopp
Oakley (W) and Milano

The Buffaloes came from behind a 3-0 deficit to edge the Kansas City Monarchs 6-5 in the other semi-final.  The Monarchs had jumped on starter Willie Walasko for three runs in the third inning, two coming on Frank Williams' homer. Calgary bounced back to tie in the bottom of the third on doubles by Jerry Pritchett and Marty Hurd.  Buffs scored two in the fifth and Bill Casanova produced the eventual winning run with a solo homer in the sixth.

Grant (L), Smith (7) and McKnight
Walasko (W), J Johnson (7) and Garrett

In first round action, Lloydminster erupted for ten runs in the third inning and coasted to a 12-8 win over the Drain, Oregon, Black Sox.  Pete Kenney and Don Lane were the victims of the Meridian onslaught.  Kenney faced seven batters, allowing five hits, a walk, and a hit batsman.  Lane came on and gave up three runs on four hits before Ron Whittaker finally got the side out.  Tom Bergeron led the Meridians with a homer and a pair of singles.  Norm Revis, Bill Miller and Mike Noakes each contributed a double and a single.  Larry Pederson crashed a three-run homer for the Black Sox.  Ted Richardson went seven innings for the win.

Drain 8 Lloydminster 12
Kenney (L), Kane (3), Whittaker (3) and Haroldson
Richardson (W),  Searcy (8) and Milano

John Vaselenak's sixth inning homer with Lee Murphy aboard was all Lethbridge needed in a 2-1 win over the Northern Alberta All-Stars.  Dick Montee, who had a no-hitter into the sixth, allowed just four hits in a brilliant pitching performance. He fanned 13.  Ron Gates, who pitched an eight-hitter for the All-Stars, drove in the only run for the Northern Alberta club.  In addition to his homer, Vaselenak had a pair of singles and Jim Lester belted a double and a single.

Lethbridge 2 Edmonton 1
Montee (W) and Koentopp
Gates (L) and Williams

Calgary scored four runs in the second inning on a Ray Wrenn grand slam and went on to a 10-1 victory over Spokane Builders.  Gene Graves tossed a seven-hitter for the win. He lost his shutout bid in the seventh on a Rich Rust homer.  Bill Casanova added a homer for the Buffaloes.

Spokane 1 Calgary 10
Barnes (L), Stoner (5), Hogan (9) and Challich
Graves (W) and Garrett

A two-out double by George Davis sent Nat Dancy home with the winning run in the ninth as Kansas City, the defending tournament champions, shaded Saskatoon 4-3.  Sherwood Brewer paced the Monarchs with three hits while the big blow was a two-run homer by Willie Washington in the fourth.  Larry Exel had a solo homer for the Commodores. Tommy Taylor went the distance for the win. 

Saskatoon 3 Kansas City 4
Peters, Jones (L) (2) and Herrington
Taylor (W) and McKnight


(July 30)   Cliff Pemberton of Lloydminster increased his league-leading batting average by 15 percentage points during the week to take a huge lead atop the batting standings with a mark of .440.  Connie Munatones of Saskatoon was second at .369.  Lee Murphy continued to lead in homers, 14, and RBI, 42.  Sterling Slaughter of Calgary took over the ERA lead with a 2.29 average while Roland Jones had the most wins, 7, and was tops in strikeouts with 70.

(July 31)  Lethbridge split a twin-bill at Calgary.  Buffaloes won the opener 6-3, White Sox took the second game 5-3 in 10 innings.   Ben Burnett allowed 12 hits, but went the distance to pick up the win in the first game.  Marty Hurd and Bill Fennessey belted homers for the Buffs.  Lee Murphy homered for the White Sox, his 15th of the season.  Larry Koentopp had four hits and Bob Bourbeau three as Lethbridge bounced back to win the second game.  Bourbeau drove in three runs.  Bob Bolingbroke, with relief from Paul Sereduk, was the winner.

Hite (L), Sereuk (7) and Rex
Burnett (W) and Garrett

Bolingbroke, Sereduk (W) (8) and Rex
Slaughter (L) and Garrett

Lloydminster   24-19
Lethbridge     25-23
Calgary        22-24
Saskatoon      20-25

(Aug 01)   Lloydminster increased its league lead to three games by taking a double-header Monday from Lethbridge 2-1 and 13-1.   Meridians won the opener in the 10th inning on a error on winning pitcher Bob Proctor's hard grounder with the bases loaded and two out.  Curly Williams led the Meridians' assault in the second game with a triple, double and two singles.  Tom McGarry added a double and three singles.  Proctor went the route to pick up his second win for the day. 

Canner (L) and Koentopp
Belcher, Richardson (7), Proctor (W) (8) and Milano

Canner (L), Montee (4) and Koentopp
Proctor (W) and Milano

(Aug 02)   Newcomer Tommy Taylor fired a four-hitter as Saskatoon downed Calgary 5-1 in the first game of a doubleheader.  Buffs Jimmy Johnson allowed just six hits but four of them were for extra bases, triples by Gary Herrington and Dick Hickerson and doubles by Con Munatones and Nate Dancy, another recent acquisition by Saskatoon.

Buffaloes won the second game, 6-3.  Vern Pritchett, with relief help from Lew Hobson, picked up the win.  Hobson joined the Buffs after being released by Saskatoon. 

Jimmy Johnson (L) and Engelken
Taylor (W) and Herrington

V Pritchett (W), Hobson (6) and Engelken
Timme (L), Scavo (4), Popkin (9) and Herrington

(Aug 02)   Lloydminster Meridians, down 5-0 in the second inning and facing a bases-loaded, none-out situation, rebounded to shutdown Lethbridge the rest of the way and scored six unanswered runs to post a 6-5 victory.  The win dropped the White Sox 4 1/2 games behind the league-leading Meridians.  Lefty Ted Richardson came on in relief of starter Kelly Searcy in the second and promptly fanned the side.  Richardson belted a two-run homer in the 4th to help the Meridians close the gap.  Norm Revis drove in two runs with a double and two singles. 

Sims (L), Sereduk (8) and Koentopp
Searcy, Richardson (W) (2), Belcher (9) and Milano

(August 3)  Lloydminster Meridians ran their winning streak to 12 games sweeping a double-header from Calgary 7-3 and 7-6 before the home fans.  The victories were the Meridians' 5th and 6th in league play.  The club picked up top prize money in both the Lacombe and Lethbridge tournaments last week capturing all six games.  

The first game Wednesday was one the Meridians had previously taken, but was reordered replayed from the 4th inning when the league upheld a Calgary protest.  Tom Belcher picked up the mound duties for Lloydminster and went the last five innings for the win.  Gene Graves was the loser.  Curly Williams knocked in a pair with a 5th inning homer and Barry Arnett drove in three runs with a double and single.

Turnbull, Graves (L) (4) and Garrett
Dyer, Belcher (W) (4) and Milano

Curly Williams belted four hits to pace Lloydminster to the second game victory.  The winning marker scored on a smart play by veteran Cliff Pemberton.  When Calgary shortstop Ray Wrenn misplayed a grounder on what appeared to be an easy out to end the inning, Pemberton, coming from first to second, rounded the bag and drew a throw.  He was tagged out, but not before the winning run had scored.  The game was then halted because of darkness.  

Burnett, Hobson (L) (6) and Engelken
Oakley (W) and Milano

(Aug 3)  Roland Jones fired a six-hitter and fanned 15 as Saskatoon topped Lethbridge 4-1.  Back to back doubles by Pete Estrada and Pete Dancy in the 7th inning produced what proved to be the winning run. 

Hite (L) and Koentopp
Jones (W) and Herrington

(August 4)   Rained out

(Aug 5)   Lethbridge White Sox and the Commodores split a twinbill at Saskatoon.  Sox took the opener 4-2 in an extra inning and Saskatoon scored three in the 8th to win the second game 3-2.  Sam Canner pitched an 8-hitter to win the first game.  Stan Busch helped out with three hits.  In the second game, Dick Hickerson drove in the tying and winning runs for the Commodores in the bottom of the 8th.  Ruben Rodriguez got the win with 9th inning relief from Paul Timme and Roland Jones.  Rodriguez left with an injured ankle.  Bob Bourbeau had a homer for the White Sox.  Dick Montee was the hard luck loser.

Canner (W) and Koentopp
Peters (L), Scavo (8) and Herrington

Montee (L) and Kangas
Rodriguez (W), Timme (9), Jones (9) and Herrington

(Aug 7)   Calgary climbed into second place in the WCBL standings taking both ends of a double-header from Lethbridge, 4-1 and 6-1. Willie Walasko won the opener on a three-hitter while Gene Graves chalked up thirteen strikeouts in winning the nightcap.  Walasko had little trouble except for Lethbridge first baseman Lee Murphy who had a double and a single and drove in the run for the White Sox. Bill Fennesey paced the Buffs with four hits. The only run off Graves in the second game was Murphy's 16th homer of the season.

Walasko (W) and Rex
Sims (L),  Hite (4) and Kangas

Graves (W) and Rex
Sereduk (L) and Koentopp

(Aug 7)  The hottest team in Saskatchewan baseball in recent years, the Lloydminster Meridians took both games of a twin-bill from Saskatoon Sunday to stretch their win streak to 14.  Behind the pitching of Bill Oakley and Ted Richardson, the Meridians beat the Commodores 4-2 and 4-1.

The wins were the Meridians' 7th and 8th in league play.  The club also racked up six wins at the tournaments in Lacombe and Lethbridge.  A two-run double by Curly Williams, one of three two-baggers on the day for the veteran infielder, was the big hit for the Meridians in the opener.  Williams and shortstop Barry Arnett performed brilliantly in the field.

Taylor (L), Popkin (7) and Herrington
Oakley (W) and Milano

Timme (L) and McKnight, Herrington (7)
Richardson (W) and Milano

(Aug 8)   Saskatoon Commodores stopped Lloydminster's 14-game winning streak (eight in league play and another six on the tournament trail) with a 5-2 victory Monday before 1,500 fans at Cairns Field.  Roland Jones allowed 11 hits, but went the route for his 9th win, tops in the league.  Conrad Munatones paced the winners with three hits.  Tom Bergeron had three hits for the Meridians.  

Searcy (L) and Milano
Jones (W) and Herrington

(Aug 8)   Sterling Chico Slaughter registered just his 2nd win of the season, in spite of a league-leading ERA, as Calgary downed Lethbridge 8-4.  Slaughter held the White Sox to six hits. Jerry Pritchett led the Buffs at the plate driving in three runs with a with a triple, double and single. 

Canner (L) and Koentopp
Slaughter (W) and Rex

(August 9)   Bob Peters stopped Lloydminster on five hits as Saskatoon downed the Meridians for the second straight night, 5-1.  Pete Estrada had a double and single for the Commodores, scoring twice and driving in a run. 

Belcher (L), Proctor (6) and Milano
Peters (W) and Herrington

(August 10)  Lloydminster Meridians exploded for ten runs in the 5th inning, after being no-hit for the first four frames, to swamp Calgary 15-4 Wednesday. Meridians had just nine hits but took advantage of 12 walks, two hit batsmen,  three errors, two wild pitches and a passed ball.  Tom Bergeron drove in six runs for Lloydminster.  Bergeron and Barry Arnett paced the Meridians' assault each with three hits. Clark Rex had a double and two singles for Calgary.  Vern Pritchett homered for the Buffaloes.

Dyer (W) and Milano
V Pritchett (L), Johnson (5), Hobson (5) and Rex

(August 11)  Humiliated 15-4 the night previous, Calgary Buffaloes whipped the first place Lloydminster Meridians 9-2 Thursday to even their season record at .500 and move to within 4 1/2 games of the top spot.  Meridians' starter Bill Oakley gave up base hits to the first five batters he faced as Calgary scored five times in the initial frame.  Jerry Pritchett paced the Buffaloes with a homer and double.  Bill Casanova of Calgary and Mike Noakes of the Meridians each had three hits.  Lloydminster manager Cliff Pemberton delighted the crowd in the eighth as he took over mound duties.  "The effervsescent Pemberton provided more than a few laughs for the sparse gathering with his antics on the rubber.  But some of the Buffs weren't among those laughing. Pemberton retired the side in order, something Oakley hadn't been able to do all evening, striking out Ray Wrenn and Richie Johnson in the process."   For Oakley, it was the first time in nine starts he had failed to go the distance.

Oakley (L), Pemberton (8) and Milano, Miller (8)
Walasko (W) and Rex

(August 12)   Ted Richardson fired a two-hitter to blank Saskatoon as Lloydminster edged Calgary Buffaloes 1-0.  Gene Graves allowed just four hits in a losing cause.  Neither pitcher gave up a hit after the 3rd inning with the exception of Ray Wrenn's single for Calgary in the 9th.   The only run came in the 3rd frame when Graves walked Tom Bergeron, who advanced on  Mike Noakes' single and scored as Curly Williams rifled a shot to centre field. 

Richardson (W) and Milano
Graves (L) and Rex

(August 12)    Arnie Pleasant provided early returns for the Lethbridge White Sox. The first baseman, filling in for slugger Lee Murphy, belted a three-run homer in the first inning of the opening game and the Sox held on to down Saskatoon 3-2.  It was one of only four hits given up by losing pitcher Ruben RodriguezRay Sims went the distance for the win.

The White Sox also scored early in the second game, erupting for seven runs in the 2nd frame en route to a 9-1 victory over the Commodores. Pleasant started the rally with a triple and came around to score the first run on Earl Ingarfield's single.  A sacrifice, two more hits, two hit batters and two errors resulted in six more runs. Bob Bolingbroke fired a four-hitter for the win. 

Rogriguez (L) and Herrington
Sims (W) and Kangas

Timme (L) , Popkin (2) and McKnight
Bolingbroke (W) and Kangas

(August 13)   Roland Jones tossed a five-hitter for his 10th win of the season as Saskatoon downed Calgary 8-1 in the first game of a double-header.  Con Munatones belted his 5th homer for the Commodores.

Jones (W) and Herrington
V Pritchett (L), G. Johnson (2) and Rex

Jones took the loss in relief in the second game as Calgary came from behind with two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to score a 10-9 victory.  Gary Engelken drove in the winner with a double. Jim Johnson picked up the win in a relief role.

Taylor, Timme (4), Jones (L) (9) and McKnight
Slaughter, Hobson (4), J Johnson (W) (9) and Rex

(August 13)   Arnie Pleasant's two-run double in the bottom of the 9th gave Lethbridge a 7-6 win over Lloydminster.  The Meridians had taken a 6-3 lead after two innings but the White Sox came back with two in the 4th and a pair in the 9th.  Dick Montee picked up the win with a superb relief effort, putting out a Lloydminster outburst in the 2nd and shutting down the Meridians the rest of the way.

Hite, Montee (W) (2) and Kangas
Searcy (L) and Milano

(August 14)    Lethbridge scored its third in a row over the league leading Meridians with a sweep of a twin-bill in Lethbridge, 13-5 and 5-3. Larry Koentopp knocked in four runs with a homer, two singles and a sacrifice fly to pace Lethbridge to its first game victory.  Stan Busch added a triple and two singles and Bob Bourbeau contributed a homer, double and single.

In the second game, Ed Hite and Paul Sereduk combined on a six-hitter while Gord Wesley and Stan Busch each had two hits for the Sox. 

Belcher (L), Pemberton (8) and Milano
Canner (W) and Kangas

Dyer (L) and Miller, Milano (8)
Hite (W), Sereduk (9) and Koentopp

(August 14)   Saskatoon and Calgary again divided a double-header.  Commodores won the opener 14-10 while Calgary took the second game 5-4, notching the tying and winning runs on bases-loaded walks in the 9th.  JB Carroll had given Saskatoon a 4-2 lead with a 7th inning homer. Willie Walasko tossed his third complete game in a week, second in three days, to get his 6th consecutive win for Calgary.  Buffaloes wasted four homers as they dropped the first game.  Bill Casanova had a three-run blast, while Mary Hurd, Jerry Pritchett and Gary Engelken also hit for the circuit.

Scavo, Popkin (W) (1) and McKnight
Burnett (L), Pritchett (2), G Johnson (4) and Rex, Engelken (8)

Peters, Taylor (9), Scavo (L) (9) and Herrington
Walasko (W) and Engelken

(Aug 15)   Calgary Buffaloes dumped Lloydminster 8-1 as lefty Ben Burnett pitched five-hit ball.  Bill Casanova drove in four runs with a bases-loaded double and single.  Ray Wrenn had three hits. 

Burnett (W) and Rex
Proctor (L), Searcy (5), Pemberton (6) and Milano

(Aug 16)   Pinch hitter Bob Peters drove in Dick Hickerson in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Saskatoon Commodores a 2-1 victory over Lethbridge.  White Sox had tied 1-1 in the top of the 9th on a homer by Larry KoentoppTommy Taylor held the White Sox to six hits and compiled 11 strike outs.  Ray Sims was the loser.

Sims (L) and Kangas
Taylor (W) and Munatones

(Aug 16)   Lloydminster Meridians took a pair from Calgary Buffaloes at Lloydminster, 3-2 in the completion of tie game and 2-1 in the regularly scheduled contest.  The first game went to the 11th inning before Meridians won as Tom Bergeron drew a bases-loaded walk.  Ted Richardson picked up the win working the final two innings.  Bergeron was also key in the second game as he drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the 8th inning.  Richardson notched his second win of the day and 12th of the season firing a three-hitter.  Gene Graves also allowed just three hits in taking his second loss of the day. The game was called after eight innings because of darkness. 

Johnson, Slaughter (8), Graves (L) (9) and Garrett, Rex (9)
Oakley, Richardson (W) (9) and Milano

Graves (L) and Rex
Richardson (W) and Milano

(Aug 17)   Lethbridge jumped into a 3-0 lead in the first inning and held on to dump Saskatoon 10-8.  Bob Bolingbroke picked up the win and helped out at the plate with a pair of doubles.

Bolingbroke (W), Sereduk (7) and Koentopp
Rodriguez (L), Timme (1), Peters (5) and Munatones

(Aug 17)   Lew Hobson tossed a six-hitter to pace Calgary to a 5-2 triumph over Lloydminster in the first game of a doubleheader.  The teams tied 3-3 in the second game, called after eight inning because of darkness.  Gary Engelken had three hits in the opener, including a bases-loaded single in the Buffaloes three-run 6th inning.  Clark Rex knocked in two runs with a pair of singles. Curly Williams had a double and single for the Meridians. In the second game, Calgary rallied for three runs in the top of the 8th and Lloydminster rebounded with a run in the bottom of the frame to tie.

Hobson (W) and Rex
Oakley (L) and Milano

J Johnson, Hobson (8), Graves (8) and Rex
Belcher, Searcy (8) and Milano

(Aug 18)   Lloydminster moved to within one win of clinching the Western Canada Baseball League pennant by downing Lethbridge 4-2.  Dick Dyer hurled a five-hitter for the win in an unusual start in which he didn't record a walk or a strikeout.  Sam Canner took the loss.  Lee Murphy had two of the White Sox hits with a home run, his 17th, and a double.

Canner (L) , Sereduk (8) and Kangas
Dyer (W) and Milano

(Aug 18)    Roland Jones won his 11th of the season in going the distance as Saskatoon edged Calgary 4-3.  Jones allowed seven hits and four walks while compiling nine strike outs.  Vern Pritchett gave up six hits in taking the loss.

Pritchett (L) and Rex
Jones (W) and Herrington

(Aug 19)   Dick Hickerson tripled and Ira McKnight drove him home with a single in the 10th inning to give the Commodores a 2-1 victory over Calgary at Saskatoon.  Hits by Hickerson and McKnight had given Saskatoon a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning.  Buffaloes knotted the score in the 3rd inning on a double by Jerry Pritchett and a single by Gary Engelken.  Both starters, Ruben Rodriguez for the Commodores, and Gene Graves for Calgary, went the distance.

Graves (L) and Rex
Rodriguez (W) and Herrington, McKnight (10)

(August 19)  Lethbridge swept another double-header from the Meridians, 7-5 and 6-1, to move to within 1 /12 games of the league-leaders. 

The opening game was the continuation of an earlier contest, in mid-July, which the Meridians thought they had won, 7-6, but a protest by the Sox was upheld and the game resumed in the top of the 9th with the White Sox leading 6-5.  Ed Hite picked up the win.

Dick Montee was the winner in the regular contest as he pitched a six-hitter.  John Vaselenak punched out four hits while Jim Lester and Gord Wesley each had a double and a single.  For the Meridians, shortstop Barry Arnett was superb on defense and also had a triple and single. 

Hite (W), Montee (8) and Koentopp
Searcy (L), Proctor (9) and Milano

Montee (W) and Kangas
Proctor (L), Pemberton (5), Searcy (8) and Milano

(August 20)  Cliff Pemberton, the Lloydminster playing-manager, maintained his lead in the batting race with more than a 50-point lead over the runnerup, Connie Munatones of Saskatoon. Pemberton boasted a .409 mark.  Munatones, at .353, was ahead of Larry Koentopp of Lethbridge, .339, Norm Revis, Lloydminster, at .321 and Dick Hickerson and Gary Herrington, both of Saskatoon, tied at  .314.  Lee Murphy of Lethbridge led in homers, with 16, and runs batted in, 47. Roland Jones of Saskatoon had the most wins, 10, while Sterling Slaughter of Calgary remained in the ERA lead at 2.22. (The above published a day before the end of the regular season.)

(August 20)   Dick Hickerson scattered eight hits as Saskatoon shaded Lloydminster 2-1 in the opener of a twin-bill.  Bill Oakley allowed just seven hits in taking the loss.   Meridians took the nightcap 7-3 behind the route-going performance by Ted Richardson

Hickerson (W) and Herrington
Oakley (L) and Milano

Popkin (L), Peters (7) and McKnight, Herrington (8)
Richardson(W) and Milano

(August 21)  Lethbridge White Sox wound up the regular season with a double-header sweep of Calgary 6-1 and 12-7.  The twin victories allowed the Sox to finish just a half-game behind the first place Lloydminster Meridians who split a double-header with Saskatoon.

Ed Hite held the Buffaloes to five hits in a route-going performance in the first game.  Jim Lester belted a two-run homer for the Sox and Lee Murphy added a solo shot.

Sox pounded out 15 hits to win the nightcap.  Lee Murphy, who had his 18th homer in the opener, smashed two triples and a single in the second game. Stan Busch had a double and two singles and Arnie Pleasant belted a triple and a pair of singles.  Bob Bolingbroke, who came on in relief to pick up the win, knocked in four runs.

Hite (W) and Kangas
Burnett (L) and Rex

Johnson (L), Casanova (8) and Rex
Sims, Bolingbroke (W) (2) and Kangas

(August 21)   Lefty Kelly Searcy served up a five-hitter Sunday to lead Lloydminster to a 2-1 victory over Saskatoon Commodores in the second game of a double-header and a first place finish in the Western Canada Baseball League.  Commodores had won the opener 9-7.

Meridians opened the scoring in the second inning as Bob Milano tripled to bring home Curly Williams who had reached as a hit batsman.  Bill Miller's sixth inning single drove in Mike Noakes with what proved to be the winner.  Dick Hickerson's homer in the sixth accounted for the only run for the Commodores.  In the first game, second baseman Larry Excel blasted a grand slam homer in the first inning as Saskatoon plated six runs and never relinquished the lead. Pete Estrada also had a round-tripper for the winners while Tom Bergeron and Miller cracked homers for the Meridians.

Belcher (L) and Milano
Timme (W), Peters (9) and McKnight

Searcy (W) and Milano
Jones (L) and Herrington