Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament
(July 20) Neilburg overcame a 4-0 deficit with five runs in the last two innings to edge Asquith 5-4 to kick off the Saskatoon Exhibition Week Tournament. Asquith had broken a scoreless tie with a four-run outburst in the fourth inning highlighted by Les Stack's three-run, bases-loaded double. Monarchs made it 4-4 in the seventh when Larry Flecik belted a three-run triple and was waved home on an interference call. Pete Prediger knocked in the winner in the bottom of the 8th with a sacrifice fly. Jim Arens went the distance for the Monarchs giving up six hits.
Hobson, Adams (L) (8) and Brooks
Arens (W) and P.Prediger
(July 21) Delisle, which managed just four hits but capitalized on 11 walks, ran up an 8-3 lead before faltering in the late innings and just hanging on for a 9-7 victory over Guernsey-Lanigan in the Tuesday morning contest at the Exhibition tournament. The Combines, who punched out ten hits, had the bases loaded when Murray Coben got the final out for Delisle. Jackie Woods clouted a triple for the winners and Dave Britz had a three-bagger for the Combines.
Groff (L), Bleishwitz (4), McClaren (5) and Plaster
Bowles (W), Coben (6) and Wanner
(July 21) Unity's Marcel Richard fired a four-hitter in blanking Rosetown 7-0. Cardinals collected ten hits with George Monreal, Roy Rowley and Ross Stone getting two apiece.
Richard (W) and May
Miller (L), Holdaway (4) and Gillies, B.Andrews
(July 22) Exhibition tournament fans saw another shutout as Bentley MacEwen of Kindersley three-hit Eatonia Wednesday in a 9-0 decision. The left-hander whiffed nine and walked just one. Klippers collected ten hits off Eatonia's Bernie Niwa including triples by Ken Hoyt and Lane Jackson and doubles from Wayne Morgan and Garnet Hannon.
MacEwen (W) and D.Jackson
B.Niwa (L) and Fetch
(July 23) Neilburg stunned Delisle with an 11-run fifth inning as the Monarchs coasted to a 15-6 victory Thursday. Brian McIntyre's grand slam highlighted the wild fifth frame when the Monarchs sent 16 batters to the plate. Winning pitcher Gary Weldon joined the fireworks with a homer and single. Shortstop Glen Thompson added a double and two singles and Larry Flecik had two hits and scored three times. Pete Prediger knocked in three runs and Johnny Repin slammed a pair of doubles. Max Bentley clouted a homer and triple for Delisle.
Eddy (L), Dannybrook (5), Damarais (5) and Norris
Weldon (W) and P.Prediger
(July 24) Unity Cardinals took a 3-0 lead in the second inning and made it stand up in a 5-2 win over Kindersley to win a spot in Saturday's exhibition final. Cardinals combined Dick Schmidt's solo homer, a single by Ira McKnight, two walks and an error in the inning. Wayne Morgan provided the Klippers' offense with a two-run homer. Ross Stone, the young Saskatoon native, was tough in the clutch in hurling the win for the Cardinals. The game featured several outstanding defensive plays including one by Unity's Johnny Ford in the fourth inning when Morgan clouted a long one with a runner aboard. Right fielder Ross Morrison couldn't get to the ball but Ford raced far from his centre field position to haul down the drive. Kindersley stranded 13 runners leaving the bases loaded in the first and the 8th and leaving two on the bags in the third and ninth.
Graves (L) and D.Jackson, Flanagan
Stone (W) and McKnight
(July 25) Neilburg Monarchs captured the Exhibition Tournament Saturday behind the three-hit hurling of Jim Arens in a 4-2 win over Unity Cardinals. A crowd of 3,000 saw the Monarchs push across the winning run in the seventh and an insurance run in the 8th to take the J.F.Cairns trophy and $575 top money. Neilburg took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Neil Urlacher tripled and scored when Gary Weldon followed with a single. Unity rebounded to tie in the top of the seventh when Ross Morrison scored on a wild pitch. In the bottom of the seventh, the Monarchs plated the winner on a single, sacrifice and an error. They added a run in the eighth when Weldon led off with a triple and romped home on Johnny Repin's sacrifice fly. Pete Prediger, playing in his 30th Exhibition Tournament, was a key figure for the winners with a run-scoring double and solid defense behind the plate. Pete's son Ivan had an outstanding game with two hits and 11 chances without a miscue at second base. Weldon led Neilburg with a triple and two singles.
Weldon won the $25 prize for most strikeouts in a single game, 12, and won a share of the $25 award for the most hits in the tourney. He tied with teammates Urlacher and Glen Thompson, each with five.
Richard, Stone (L) (7) and May
Arens (W) and P.Prediger
(July 29) Peace River : Donnelly Cubs and Edmonton Weiller and William Colts shared top prize as darkness prevented the final game as the semi-final between the Edmonton club and Falher Leths took a record 18-innings before Edmonton pulled out a victory on Bill Lupue's home in the top of the 18th. Dave Waddle, with 12 scoreless innings of relief, picked up the win.
Kotyk, Holmes (6), Waddle (6) and Waddle
Olson, Weremy (9), Esch (9) and Kozie
Donnelly reached the final with a 6-5, 10-inning win over Peace River. Back to back doubles by Norm Tibeault and Roger Chauvette accounted for the winning margin.
Bucholtz, Doucette (3) and Roberts, Boulet (9)
Czuy and Falkman
In opening round games, John Doucette fired a five-hitter as Donnelly edged Beaverlodge Royals 3-2.
Ray and Martens
Doucette and Maisonneauve
Peace River whipped Tangent Braves 11-1. Ken Gall tossed a two-hitter for the win.
Lemoine, Elton (3) and Larenko
Gall and Falkman
Falher shaded the Edmonton Blue Willow Angels 5-4 in 13 innings on a single by Gene Morin.
Dinwoodie, Neilson (13), Zilinsky (13) and Erickson
Weremy, Olson (7) and Kozie
Dave Waddle pitched a three-hitter and drove in the winning run in the 11th inning as Weiller and William Colts got by Fairview Outlaws 2-1. Jim Fox fanned 15 in a losing cause for Fairview.
Waddle and Waddle
Fox and Wagner
(July 29 - 30) Lacombe : The 15th annual Lacombe Baseball Tournament kicked off with wins by Kamloops, North Battleford, St.John (Washington) and Lacombe. Eight teams began the day competing for prize money of $4,550.
The hometown Red Sox were shutout on two hits over the five five innings by Gene Graves but broke loose for two in the 6th and four in the 7th and coasted to a 9-5 victory. Kamloops topped Viking 8-4, North Battleford Beavers blanked Vernon Luckies 6-0 and St. John got by Cold Lake Parrots 6-3 on home runs by first baseman Hal Brunstad and centre fielder Jim Spencer.
Second baseman Elroy Jacobs belted a two-run homer in the 9th inning to give Kamloops Leland a 3-2 victory over North Battleford - Unity Beavers in the final of the 15th annual Lacombe Baseball Tournament. The BC squad received outstanding relief pitching by Al Simmons, a Pittsburgh Pirates' prospect, who came on in the 4th inning for starter Gordie Beecroft. The 19-year-old Simmons, suffering from a shoulder injury, had not been expected to play.
Kamloops picked up top prize of $1,100 in the $4.,550 event. Earlier, Beavers had advance to the final with an 8-3 win over St. John, Washington and Kamloops edged Lacombe Red Sox 9-8. Others - Viking Shamrocks, Saskatoon-Kindersley Commodores.
(Aug 12) Falher : The host Leths downed Donnelly Cubs 8-2 to take top money in the Falher tournament. Joe Weremy went the distance for the win.
Weremy and Kozie
Zakowski, Chauvette and Maisonneauve
Falher had a bye into the final as the Edmonton All-Stars left for home when it appeared rains would wipe out the final round.
Cubs downed Peace River 3-2 in the semi-final scoring the winning runs in the top of the 9th inning. Cub coach John Doucette had a one-hitter going into the 5th inning when he sprained his ankle on a play at first base.
Doucette, Zakowski (5) and Maisonneauve
Gall and Falkman
In the opening round, Donnelly ousted Eaglesham-Tangent 2-1.
Lee, Lemoine (1) and Yuremko
Doucette and Maisonneauve
Peace River topped Barrhead-Westlock 9-3.
Gall and Falkman
Romanuk, Staples (8) and Stolen
Falher whipped Rycroft Rebels 10-1.
Kozvback, Gardner (2), Sodergren (6) and Bozak
Walker and Kozie
(August 16) Calgary Giants, led by pitching ace Paul Coleman, downed Edmonton Oilers 6-3 to take top money in the $3,600 International Tournament in Great Falls, Montana. Coleman, named the outstanding pitcher in the tourney, held the Oilers to six hits and helped at the plate with three safeties. Joe Keough also had three singles for the winners. Calgary spotted Edmonton a 3-0 lead then roared back with six unanswered runs to walk away with the victory. A three run 7th inning, helped by singles from Coleman, Keough and Jim Flammini, put the game on ice for the Giants. Edmonton's Gayle Hopkins was named Most Valuable Player.
Calgary advanced to the final dropping Saskatoon 12-6. A five-run outburst in the 8th inning broke a 6-6 deadlock. Doyle Lyman and Ben Hines belted homers for the winners. Harvey Smith picked up the win in relief. Edmonton, with a four-run, 11th inning, won a berth in the title game edging Lethbridge 11-7. Ted Bridges' two-run triple was the key blow. Ed White had a three-run homer for the Cards. Oilers out-hit the Cardinals 15-8 in contest which counted in the WCBL standings.
Giants opened the tournament with a 12-inning, 4-3 win over St. John, Washington while Edmonton got a four-hit shutout from John Pearce in a 7-0 victory over Spokane. Terry Christman fired a five-hitter as Lethbridge won in the opening round, 11-3 over Cranbrook. Christman was also the big man at the dish with a triple and two singles. Roger Sugimoto had three singles. Saskatoon topped Big Sky 4-2. The tournament failed to attract much attention - just 87 paying customers attented the Lethbridge - Edmonton semi-final and 150 were in the stands for the final.
Cranbrook 3 Lethbridge 11
Oddy, Arrowsmith (5) and Fabro
Christman and Ferguson
Edmonton 7 Spokane 0
Pearce and Rex, Hopkins (8)
Bell, Fisklind and Ellmes
Calgary 4 St. John 3
Johnson, Reynolds (9) and Tatem
Lukems and Chalich
Big Sky 2 Saskatoon 4
Anderson, Martello (8) and Mullick
Reberger and Nyman
Edmonton 11 Lethbridge 7
Franchuk, Miller (5), Doyle (8) and Rex, Hopkins (9)
Conger, Mauritson (3) and Kagy
Calgary 12 Saskatoon 6
Lyman, Smith (6) and Hines
Rounsaville, McDonald (7) and Simon
Calgary 6 Edmonton 3
Coleman and Hines
Mohr, Fowlkes (7), Pearce (8) and Rex