1961 Alberta Game Reports     

(May 7)  Peace River Stampeders and Donnelly Cubs kicked off the 1961 season with an exhibition double-header.  Stampeders took the first game, played at Donnelly, 3-1 as Joe Weremy and Pete Czuy combined for the mound duties for the winners.  John Doucette took the loss for Donnelly.

In the second game, at Twelve Foot Davis Park, Stamps Dave McPhillamey and Pete Czuy held Donnelly off the scoreboard as Peace River notched a 10-0 triumph. 

(May 21)  Donnelly edged Peace River 3-1 as right-hander John Doucette stymied the Stampeders besting Dave McPhillamey who went seven frames for the losers.

McPhillamey (L), Weremy (8) and Kozie
Doucette (W) and xxx

(May 22)    Peace River Stampeders clobbered Fairview Outlaws 12-2 Monday in the final of the four-team Peace River Tournament. All the games were one-sided as the Stamps whipped Valleyview 10-0 and Fairview crushed McLennan 22-5. Frank Brown stroked a pair of home runs, one with the bases loaded, to pace the Stampeders to their romp over Valleyview. John Czuy tossed the shutout.

P.Clark (L), E.Biendarra, K.Lien, R.Turgeon and xxx
J.Czuy (W) and Kozie

McLennan was trailing just 8-5 before Fairview went on a scoring spree in the seventh inning bringing home 14 scores in the 22-5 blowout. Lyle Tansem, Mel Watchorn and Len Friedel cracked four-baggers for the Outlaws while Leonard Pelland had one for McLennan.

Len Friedel (W) and xxx
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Stamps launched a 15-hit attack in the final to romp to the 12-2 victory. Jim Kozie led the winners with a homer and two singles. Joe Weremy tossed s five-hitter and fanned 10 on the hill for Peace River.

Weremy (W) and Kozie
P. Freidel (L), K.Fox and xxx

(May 31)   Donnelly Cubs defeated Tangent 8-5.

(June 2)  At Fairview, the Peace River Stampeders whipped the Outlaws 12-6 Friday in a game which featured six home runs. Maurice Anderson, Pete Czuy and John Czuy, with two, for the Stamps and Pat Friedel and Len Friedel for the losers.

(June 4)    Donnelly racked up another pair of wins Sunday blasting Falher 22-13 in the first game and downing McLennan 13-2 in the second.  The Chauvette brothers picked up the wins, the first time John Doucette wasn't the winning moundsman for the Cubs.

(June 4)   Peace River Stampeders rang up a pair of shutout victories Sunday downing McLennan 6-0 in a league contest behind the 17-strikeout performance by Pete Czuy and crushing Beaverlodge Royals 12-0 in an exhibition encounter.

(June 11)  Donnelly Cubs continued unbeaten taking both ends of a home-and-home series with Falher, 12-2 and 7-3. John Doucette gained his fifth win in the evening game. Tangent took two from High Prairie Merchants, 7-5 and 14-0. Peace River Stampeders went on a rampage to crush Valleyview, 22-2 and 30-0. Pete Czuy fired a no-hitter in the second game after Dave McPhillamey turned in a solid start in the opener. Joe Weremy slammed three home runs and Frank Brown had one.

(June 14)  Joe Weremy bested John Doucette in a pitching duel as Peace River topped Donnelly 3-1. Weremy helped his cause with a first inning homer. He pitched shutout ball, with 12 strikeouts until the ninth when Roger Maisonneuve belted a homer for the Cubs. Doucette fanned 14.

Weremy (W) and Kozie
Doucette (L) and xxx

(June 16)   Ron Duda got things started for the Stampeders on Friday with a two-run homer in the first inning en route to an 8-2 victory over Falher. Maurice Anderson started for the Stamps but needed help from John Czuy in the third. Czuy went on to pick up the win racking up 12 strikeouts.

R.Dusseault (L) and xxx
Anderson, J.Czuy (W) (3) and Kozie

(June 18)   Peace  River swept Sunday's double-header with High Prairie notching two shutouts, 13-0 and 2-0. In the afternoon contest, Pete Czuy fired a no-hitter, setting down 15 by strikeouts. Joe Weremy poked a homer for the Stampeders, Les Breckner had a triple and seven players had two-baggers for the winners.

P.Czuy (W) and xxx
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The evening game was a pitchers' duel as Dave McPhillamey allowed six hits with eight strikeouts to best Don Patsutto who allowed but five hits and fanned ten. John Czuy singled to score Ron Duda with the first Peace River run and Frank Brown scored the other when the Merchant's catcher failed to hold the ball on a tag at the plate.

McPhillamey (W) and xxx
Patsutto (L) and xxx

(June 20)   Pete Lizotte belted a two-run homer in the third inning and drove in two more with a single in the seventh to lead Peace River to a 5-1 triumph over Fairview. Joe Weremy held the Outlaws to three hits.

L. Freidel (L) and xxx
Weremy (W) and xxx

(July 5)   John Doucette pitched his Donnelly Cubs to a 6-4 win over Tangent.

(July 7)  Pete Czuy was dominant on the hill for Peace River Stampeders Friday firing a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts in a 10-0 victory over McLennan.  Czuy had a no-hitter into the eighth inning before Ray Roy broke the spell. It was the fourth straight shutout for a Stampeders' hurler. Pete Lizotte continued his hot streak with a four-for-four game while Frank Brown chipped in with three safeties. Bob Pelland issued seven walks in taking the loss.

Pelland (L) and xxx
P.Czuy (W) and Kozie

(July 9)   Peace  River swept Sunday's double-header taking Tangent 8-3 and 6-0.  Playing-coach Joe Weremy tossed a no-hitter in the evening game as he faced just 22 batters in the seven inning contest.  Singles by Jim Kozie in the first and John Czuy in the sixth and a double by Les Breckner in the third were the big blows accounting for four of the Stamps runs. Peace River left the bases loaded in three innings.

Soronski (L), Fortin, G.Lemoine, R.Lamoine and xxx
Weremy (W) and Kozie

Stampeders broke loose for five runs in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 draw to down Tangent 8-3 in the afternoon game. Dave McPhillamey was working on a no-hitter into the eighth frame when Tangent erupted for three runs to tie the game. He ended up with 10 strikeouts.

R.Lamoine (L) and W.Yaremko
McPhillamey (W) and J.Kozie

(July 12)   In a game which produced 30 strikeouts, Peace River Stampeders edged Donnelly Cubs 4-3 in ten innings. Frank Brown scored the winner from second base when an attempted pick off attempt went astray. Pete
whiffed 14 in gaining the win while John Doucette had 16 in taking the loss.

Doucette (L) and xxx
P.Czuy (W) and xxx

(July 15-16)   Donnelly Tournament - Donnelly Cubs captured first prize money of $500 in their $1,000 tournament over the weekend shading Peace River Stampeders 4-3 in a thrilling final before some 1,500 fans. John Doucette was the hero for the Cubs pitching the final victory and smacking a pair of home runs. Ted Maisonneuve also cracked a four-bagger for the winners. John Czuy of the Stamps brought Peace River within a run in the ninth with another homer. Semi-final games had Donnelly defeating Tangent 5-3 with Ray Stokke knocking out a homer and Peace River trouncing Kinuso 10-0 with Pete Czuy tossing another shutout and blasting a homer.

First day results had Tangent clobbering McLennan 14-1 behind Gilbert Lemoine's pitching and a home run by Robert Lemoine.  Donnelly edged Fairview Outlaws 1-0 in the second game despite a two-hitter by losing pitcher Pat Friedel. Kinuso sidelined Falher 12-3. Peace River crushed Barrhead Pontiacs 9-2 as Joe Weremy racked up 15 strikeouts and had a home run.

(July 19)   In South Peace Baseball League action, Donnelly Cubs crushed High Prairie Merchants 17-4 behind the solid hurler of Robert ChauvetteDon Patsutto of the Merchants was the game's hitting star with three triples. John Doucette hit one for the winners.

Chauvette (W) and xxx
D.Thornton (L), R.Morin (6) and xxx

(July 22-23)   Falher Tournament - As the Donnelly Cubs did a week earlier, Falher won its own tournament Saturday and Sunday slipping by the Cubs 3-2 in the final with more than 1.500 fans looking on.  Although threatened by cloudy skies and the odd rain shower, the tourney proved a big success with large crowds for all games. The well-bolstered Falher club won its way into the final by downing Eaglesham 8-1 while Donnelly, behind the hurling of John Doucette edged out Peace River.

On opening day, Eaglesham topped McLennan 4-2 and Falher, with an 18-strikeout performance by Larry Craig, dumped Beaverlodge Royals 4-1. Donnelly edged Tangent Braves 2-1 and Peace River whipped Edmonton's Army & Navy Cardinals 7-4 as Les Breckner provided the winning blow, a three-run homer in the eighth inning. Joe Weremy belted a pair of homers for the winners while Pete Czuy was the winning pitcher.

(August 27)   Peace River and Donnelly took the lead in their semi-final series Sunday sweeping double-headers. Stampeders defeated Tangent Braves 7-1 and 2-0 at Twelve Foot Davis Park while the Donnelly Cubs won, 6-2 and 7-4 over McLennan.  John Doucette was the winner in the first game.

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Doucette (W) and xxx

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Joe Weremy twirled a four-hitter in the afternoon game as John and Pete Czuy each had two hits to lead the offense. Robert Lemoine held the Stamps to five hits and three runs until the eighth when the home squad added four more on three hits, a walk and two errors.

R.Lemoine (L) and xxx
Weremy (W) and Kozie

Jim Kozie singled and scored on an infield error in the fifth for the first Peace River run in the second game and Frank Brown added an insurance run knocking in Ron Duda with a single. Dave McPhillamey tossed the shutout for Peace River.

McPhillamey (W) and Kozie
G.Lemoine, R.Lemoine and Yaremko

(August 29-30)  Peace River Tournament - Yet another host team won its own tournament. The Peace River Stampeders took first money in the $1,000 tournament winning 6-1 over Donnelly Cubs in the final as John Zahara clouted three home runs and a single and Pete Czuy held the Cubs to three hits. Czuy whiffed 11. Stampeders ran up 11 hits against John Doucette. Stamps reached the final with a 5-1 victory over Sexsmith and 13-0 over Tangent. Cubs beat Fort St. John 7-4 in a 12-inning affair and then romped over Dawson Creek 10-3.

Dave McPhillamey hurled the win over Sexsmith as John Zahara provided the power with a homer and two doubles. Tangent Braves sidelined the Barrhead Pontiacs 7-1 as Robert Lemoine racked up 12 strikeouts. Noel Chenard smacked a four-bagger for the winners. A pair of home runs by Dennis Ferguson were the difference as Dawson Creek got by McLennan 3-1 with Tony Doll the winning twirler. The final game Saturday was a thriller as John Doucette and Ray Stokke hit homers in the 12th inning in a 7-4 Donnelly victory over Fort St. John. Roger Belerine had a circuit clout in the 11th to keep the Cubs in the game.

In the Stamps 13-0 romp over Tangent, Joe Weremy belted the only homer and combined with Dave McPhillamey for the shutout. Pete Lizotte had four hits for the Stamps and Frank Brown added three. Donnelly got homers by Garth Roberts and Maurice Chauvette in its 10-3 win over Dawson Creek. Don Patsutto fanned 13 in going the distance for the winners.

(September 10)   Donnelly and Peace River split the first two games of the South Peace League's final series Sunday at Twelve-Foot Davis Park.  The Stampeders took the opener 8-1 before falling 4-3 in the second game. Peace River grabbed a 4-0 lead after three innings of the first game and cruised to the 8-1 triumph. Catcher Jim Kozie cracked a homer in the second inning for the game's winning run. Joe Weremy had a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Joe Lebeuf cracked a two-bagger. Al Adair relieved in the seventh and Ted Maisonneuve bounced one off the top of the right field fence for a homer and the Cubs only score.

xxx and xxx
Weremy (W), Adair (7) and Kozie, P.Czuy

All the scoring came in the first five innings of the second game as Donnelly notched a pair in the fifth to edge the home squad 4-3. John Doucette went the route for the winners and helped on the attack with two hits and scoring two runs.

Doucette (W) and xxx
P.Czuy (L), Weremy (5) and Kozie

(September 17)   Peace River Stampeders defeated Donnelly 4-1 Sunday to take a 2-1 game lead in the best-of-five final series. Dave McPhillamey held the Cubs to four hits and racked up 12 strikeouts. Stamps jumped into a lead in the first inning as Frank Brown led off with a single and Fred Windjack followed suit with Brown scoring on a passed ball. Two more safeties, by Windjack and Joe Weremy after a walk to John Czuy accounted for the second marker in the next stanza. They went up 3-0 in the third, thanks to a lead-off double by Ron Duda and a single by John Czuy who knocked in the fourth run in the fifth frame. Roger Maisonneuve drove in the lone Donnelly run in the seventh. John Doucette went the route for the Cubs giving up eight hits and four walks.

McPhillamey (W) and Kozie
Doucette (L) and Maisonneuve

Rain forced postponement of the fourth game and the series was not completed giving Peace River the championship.