Peace River : Peace River Stampeders and Fort Saskatchewan Red Sox shared top money in the annual Peace River tournament as rain wiped out the final.
(July 21-22) The host Smithers club took top money at the Smithers Tournament downing Prince Rupert in the final.
Billy Barker Hotel took over sponsorship of the Quesnel team two weeks ago but the new uniforms with blue trim and letters and name in yellow, arrived too late to be worn at the tourney as the team finished third.
Jack Charlesworth twirled a six-hitter as Quesnel took the opener 6-2 over Terrace with five runs in the 8th inning. Shenkle held Quesnel to seven hits as Prince Rupert took the second game 11-7. In a playoff to determine third money, Quesnel dumped Vanderhoof 13-7 as 19-year-old Bill McLeod, in his first game in senior company, hurled Billy Barker to the win. He pitched into the 8th inning allowing just one hit with six walks and three strikeouts.
(July 25) Perfect weather and large crowds, between 2,000 and 4,000, greeted the opening games of the 13th annual Lacombe Lions tournament Wednesday.
Veteran right-hander Willie Wakasko bested southpaw Dennis Lindstrom in a pitching duel as Granum White Sox won the tourney opener 3-2 over Edmonton Skylarks. Walasko scattered eight hits while Lindstrom took a tough-luck loss firing a three-hitter. White Sox got their three runs in the sixth inning on two hits and two errors. Bill Fennessey tagged the big blow, driving in the tying and winning runs.
Walasko (W) and xxx
Lindstrom (L) and xxx
Grand Prairie Eskimos downed Leduc Lions 9-5. Medicine Hat Superiors whipped Neilburg Monarchs 14-3 and St.John, Washington, Indians crushed Saskatoon Commodores 19-7.
(July 26) Hailstones the size of marbles ripped up the Lacombe Lions' diamond Thursday putting an premature end to the 13th annual tournament. A storm, with rain and hail, one of the worst to hit the area in some time, hit just after the completion of the semi-finals. The final, to have featured the Grand Prairie Eskimos and St. John, Washington, Indians, was cancelled. The teams split first and second place money, totalling $1,850, was evenly divided with each team getting $925.
In the semi-finals, Grande Prairie defeated Granum 9-4 and St. John demolished Medicine Hat 18-1.
Veteran hurler Roland Jones, with relief help from Merv Currie, kept Granum in check while Eskimo swatters had success against starter Ken Hutton and reliever Frank Stone. Ray Stokke, Mel Watchorn and playing-manager Garth Roberts collected two hits apiece for the winners. Gordie Wesley was the only White Sox to get more than one single. He had a pair, both off Jones.
Jones (W), Currie and xxx
Hutton (L), Stone and xxx
St. John took the role as tourney favorites in hammering Medicine hat. Right-hander Earl Stoner scattered five hits for the pitching win. The game was called after seven innings due to the 10-run rule. Zeke Ziebart lasted just three innings in his start for the Superiors and his successors, Ed Bleile, Ron Anton and Tom Deis had no better success against the heavy hitting American nine.
Stoner (W) and xxx
Ziebart (L), Bleile, Anton, Deis and xxx
Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament
(July 23) 18-year-old Rusty Devine was the talk of the town Monday as the slender left-hander rang up 20 strikeouts in pitching Unity Cardinals to a 12-2 victory over Prince Albert All-Stars. The hurler, from California's College of Sequoias, had a no-hitter until the sixth inning and yielded just two hits and two walks over the nine innings. Bothered by a sore arm, Devine hadn't done much pitching for Unity in the Northern Saskatchewan League. Cardinals hammered three Prince Albert pitchers for 18 hits with big Len Breckner pounding a triple and three singles. He also reached on an intentional walk. Devine helped his own cause with three hits, the same number as teammates Hank Ostrosky and Johnny Repin. Devine lost his shutout bid in the sixth inning when Art Strueby knocked in Somers and later stole home.
Devine (W) and Ostrosky
Hobson (L), R.Adams (4), B.Adams (4) and Primeau
(July 24) Stan Skeen, an import lefty from Pepperdine College in California pitched and batted Delisle to a 7-3 victory over Biggar. Skeen tossed an eight-hitter while rapping three hits, one of them a two-bagger. Delisle smacked 12 hits off losing pitcher Clarence Proctor. Centre fielder Jimmy Chow had three of them with Murray Coben and Bev Bentley each with a pair. Chow and Bentley knocked in two runs apiece.
Proctor (L) and Epp
Skeen (W) and Wanner
(July 24) Kindersley Klippers fell behind 8-0 after two innings but fought back to dump Neilburg 12-9. Five runs in the 7th and two more in the 8th put the game away for the Klippers who out-hit the Monarchs 14 to 7. Chuck Holdaway, a recruit from Rosetown, was key to the victory. Inserted as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, he promptly delivered a two-run double to tie the score at 9-9. In the 8th, he knocked in another run while tossing no-hit ball over the last three innings in a relief role. He walked seven but managed to get out of trouble. The game featured 17 bases on balls, ten by the three Kindersley hurlers. Layne Jackson and Dave Torrens each had a double for Kindersley. Ivan Prediger, who drove in three of the Neilburg scores, had the only two-bagger for the Monarchs.
MacEwen, Graves (W) (2), Holdaway (7) and D.Jackson
McIntyre, Neal (L) (7) and P.Prediger
(July 25) Veteran Johnny Ford smacked three hits, drove in the first North Battleford run and set up another with his third hit and played a strong defensive game at second base to lead the Beavers to a 6-2 decision over Eatonia and a berth in the tourney semi-finals. Harold Hunchak scattered nine hits to post the pitching win. Left-hander Dave Banks took the loss.
Banks (L), Surina (6), Stevenson (8) and Fetch
Hunchak (W) and D.Anderson
(July 26) Unity Cardinals crushed Delisle 13-0 Thursday night to qualify for the final of the Exhibition event. Cardinals rapped out 11 hits, seven of them for extra bases including home runs by Hank Ostrosky and Curly Williams, a triple and double by Len Breckner and two-baggers from Irl Flanagan, Johnny Repin and Ross Morrison. Flanagan also had three singles. Delisle was held to a pair of singles by starter Tommy Taylor and another one-bagger by reliever Doyle Davis. The game was called after eight innings to make way for the RCMP Musical Ride.
Taylor (W), Davis (8) and Fahl
Richard (L), Wilson (5) and Wanner
(July 27) Kindersley Klippers exploded for four runs in the first inning and another four in the second and cruised to a 13-2 victory over North Battleford to advance to the tournament final. Garnet Hannon and Glen Bellegarde each had three hits and scored three times. Hannon also knocked in two runs with his triple, double and single. Gene Graves held the Beavers to six hits in a route-going performance.
Griggs (L), Rowley (2), Nelson (6) and Delaney
Graves (W) and Flanagan
(July 28) Unity had just five hits but four went for extra bases as the Cardinals came from behind to down Kindersley 7-3 to take the title and $575 first prize money at the Exhibition Tournament. The game, interrupted by rain, was called in the sixth inning because of darkness. Don Fahl's two-run homer was key to Unity's triumph. The Cards also got a two-run triple by Johnny Repin and doubles by Irl Flanagan and Curly Williams. Rusty Devine, who kicked off the tournament Monday with a 20 strike out performance, relieved starter Ross Stone with none out in the first inning and pitched a three-hitter the rest of the way. He added another seven strikeouts.
Unity won all three $25 individual awards, catcher Hank Ostrosky for the first home run of the tourney, Rusty Devine for the most strikeouts in one game, 20, and Len Breckner for the most hits, seven.
MacEwen (L), Graves (2), Holdaway (5) and J.Flanagan
Stone, Devine (W) (1) and Ostrosky
(August 11-12) Merritt Luckies downed Maillardville Jubilees 7-2 in the final of the Quesnel Tournament to take top money of $700. Merritt took the lead in the second inning plating three runs, two on Al Mayervich's single and another as Ken Jorgenson smacked a one-bagger. Merritt got to Maillardville ace Dennis Rutter for five singles in the frame. In the fifth, Frank Bedrick brought in two more runs and Jack Fowles one. Bedrick's single in the seventh brought home the final Merritt marker. Maillardville got its first run in the second inning helped by two Merritt errors and Rutter knocked in the second in the fourth inning with his first hit of the tourney.
xxx and xxx
Rutter (L) and xxx
In the consolation final, Oliver scored three in the final inning to top Smithers 5-3. In the seventh, Lofting and Hooker reached with singles to set the stage for E.Jacobs who had clouted two home runs on Saturday as Oliver blanked Maillardville. Smithers' hurler Alf Davey decided to pitch to the slugger rather than fill the bases with an intentional walk. On the first pitch, Jacobs sent the horsehide sky high into the Little Little park for a three-run homer and second prize money of $300.
xxx and xxx
Davey (L) and xxx
On Sunday, Merritt and Smithers went to extra innings in the scheduled seven inning contest before Merritt broke a 7-7 draw with a run in the 10th. An error and a sacrifice were key as Bob Radies galloped home with the winning run to advance Luckies to the final.
Maillardville advanced with a 2-0 win over Oliver O.B.C.'s. In the bottom of the first inning an error allowed Maurice Poirier of Maillardville to reach to be batted in on Dale Tuckey's single. Dave Parker singled to bring in Paul Hamelin with an insurance run in the bottom of the third frame.
Saturday, In the opening game of the tournament, Smithers downed Quesnel (Billy Barker Hotel) 8-6. Outfield errors cost the host club three runs.
Merritt punched out nine hits Saturday in blanking Haney-Hammond 9-0. The winners were helped by four Haney errors.
Oliver's Gary Driessen tossed a two-hitter in Saturday's third game to shutout Maillardville 6-0. He went the distance allowing just a single walk while fanning five. Oliver got six hits off Norm LeClair in the second and third innings to score four times. E.Jacobs smacked a pair of homers for the winners.
LeClair (L) and xxx
Driessen (W) and xxx
In the final Saturday contest, Dennis Rutter, a teenage pro prospect signed by the New York Yankees, whiffed 18 in pitching Maillardville Jubilees to a 4-1 triumph over Quesnel. Bob Elliot, a 20-year-old who has pitched in pro company on the coast, got 10 strikeouts for Quesnel but three errors in the top of the fourth inning resulted in Quesnel being knocked out of the tournament.
Elliott (L) and xxx
Rutter (W) and xxx
Gary Driessen of Oliver was awarded the trophy for the best pitching performance. Alf Davey of Smithers won the batting trophy after going seven for 13, a .538 average.