1964 Manitoba Game Reports     

(May 21)   Brandon Cloverleafs upended the 1963 pennant winning St. Lazare Athletics 8-1 on opening night in the Manitoba Senior Baseball League.  Tommy Town belted a bases-loaded double in the first inning to set the 'Leafs on the way to the victory.  Gary Keating fired a three-hitter for the win.  Dave Pearson allowed just eight hits in taking the loss.  The import right-hander fanned 13.  Town and Bobby Wilson each drove in three runs for Brandon. 

Pearson (L) and Jamieson
Keating (W) and Veale

(May 21)   Riverside Blues opened the 1964 season on a positive note with a 4-2 triumph over Souris Cardinals in spite of being held to just three hits.  Cardinals had the bases loaded with just one out in the bottom of the 9th before reliever Eddie Evans fanned a pair to secure the win.  Evans had taken over for starter Lorne Lilley in the 8th.  Bill Carpenter went the distance for Souris.  Each team made three errors.

Lilley (W), Evans (8) and C Seafoot
Carpenter (L) and Gullett

(May 24)   Bob Thompson and Irv Skelton combined on a two-hitter as Virden Oilers shaded St. Lazare 2-1.  Dave Pearson had another tough-luck night as he suffered the loss in going the route with a four-hitter.  The winning run scored on a disputed played in the 8th inning.  Oilers loaded the bases with one out.  Second baseman Leon Garinger fielded a grounder and threw home for a routine force play.  However, it was ruled that catcher Ross Jamieson had failed to touch the plate.

Thompson, Skelton (W) (6) and Attwood
Pearson (L) and Jamieson

(May 24)   Riverside Blues erupted for four runs in the first frame but had to battle to down Hamiota 12-9 as the Red Sox bounced back to tie on three occasions.  Garth Seafoot paced the Blues' 12-hit attack with three hits, including two doubles.  Eddie Evans picked up the win in a relief role.  Don Lee took the loss.  Don Smith, Gord Lyall and Al Robertson each had three hits for Hamiota. 

McConnell, Lee (L) (3), Woods (6) and Don Smith
Groves, Evans (W) (3) and Kinsley, C Seafoot (9)

(May 24)   Dauphin Red Birds scored in every inning in demolishing Brandon Cloverleafs 30-6.  The Red Birds exploded for 13 runs in the 3rd inning.  Stan McPhee and Tom Podrushky each had four hits.  McPhee's outburst included three doubles.  Pitcher Neil Amy had three safeties.  The lone highlight for the Cloverleafs was a three-run homer by Bob Wilson.  Amy was handed the win.

Smith (L), McLaughlin (3), Ross (3), Birns (4), Hunter (5) and Veale
Amy, Kutzan (W) (4) and Oakes

(May 26)   Virden spotted Souris an early 5-0 lead before roaring back to down the Cardinals 7-6 for their second straight one-run victory.  Reliever Bill Cairns was the winning pitcher and knocked in the decisive run in the final frame.  Bill Chapple had a homer and single for the Oilers.  Doug Lund added a triple.  Catcher Bruce Gullett, who moved from behind the plate to the mound in the 5th inning, was the losing pitcher.

Morrison, Hincks (2), Gullett (L) (5) and Gullett, McWilliams (5)
Bridgett, Cairns (W) (4) and Attwood

(May 27)   St. Lazare Athletics fell behind 7-0 then had two huge innings, a 9-run 3rd and an eight-run 5th, to whip Dauphin 20-11.  Ray Simms was the winner in relief and helped the offense with three hits as did Leon Garinger and Barry Rowlie Ross Jamieson added a triple and single and Dave Pearson a double and single.  Bill Berezinski had three hits for Dauphin. 

Wayne Geekie, Podrushky (L) (4), Amy (7) and Oakes
Sauter, Simms (W) (5) and Jamieson

(May 28)   A five-run first inning helped carry Brandon Cloverleafs to a 17-6 win over Souris.  Gerry MacKay had three hits and two walks in five plate appearances for Brandon.  Tommy Town, Bob Wilson and Warren Veale each added three safeties.  Wilson had two doubles and Veale a triple.  Don Summer and two hits, including a triple.  Wayne Janz had two triples for Souris.  Gary Keating survived 12 hits to pick up the win.  Don Hunter took the loss.  15-year-old Dave Jones pitched the final inning for the Cardinals and put down the Cloverleafs in order. 

Hunter (L), Armour (2), Jones (8) and Gullett
Keating (W) and Veale

(May 29)  Virden Oilers won their 3rd straight game to open the 1964 season defeating Riverside 12-8.  Norm Hemstad led the attack with a homer and triple.  Doug Lund had three singles, Ted Taylor a pair of doubles and Ian White a double and single.  Irv Skelton, who relieved starter Bob Thompson in the 5th inning, received credit for the win.  Doug Groves took the loss.  Barry Moffat, Gene Cory and Bob Ash each had two hits for the Blues.

Lilley, Groves (L) (3), Evans (7) and xxx
Thompson, Skelton (W) (5) and xxx

(May 30)   Ron Toews, a high-school sensation, fired a three-hit, complete game to lead Brandon to a 15-2 triumph over Hamiota.  Toews accented his performance with a homer and double at the plate.  After giving up a two-run homer to Al Robertson in the first inning, Towes calmed down and pitched shutout ball the rest of the way.  Gerry MacKay had a homer and double for the Cloverleafs and Tommy Town had three hits. 

Toews (W) and Veale
B Smith (L), Woods (6), Van Buskirk (7) and Don Smith

(May 31)   Garth Seafoot scattered eight hits as Riverside topped St. Lazare 6-2 in the first game of a double-header.  Gene Cory paced the offense with three hits.  Dave Pearson took the loss, his 3rd straight defeat.

Pearson (L) and Garinger
G Seafoot (W) and C Seafoot

Riverside bounced back in the second game to notch an 8-7, 11-inning, victory over the Athletics.  St. Lazare newcomer Dick Limke tossed six shutout innings but the Blues erupted for seven runs in the 7th off relievers Ray Simms and Wade Sauter.  Riverside plated the winner on consecutive doubles by Wes Rathwell and Garth SeafootBob Ash was the big gun for the winners with five hits.  Barry Moffatt added a three-run homer.  Limke had a three-run blast for St. Lazare.

Limke, Simms (7), Sauter (L) (7) and Garinger
Groves, Evans (W) (2) and Kinsley, C Seafoot

(May 31)   Dauphin pounded out 18 hits to hand Virden a 14-7 defeat in the first game of a twin-bill.  Neil Amy and John Lesyshen each had three hits to lead the attack.  Amy went six innings to pick up the pitching win. 

Cairns (L), Moyer (2) and Attwood
Army (W), Kutzan (7) and Oakes

Oilers took the second game, 4-3 in 12 innings.  Irv Skelton went the route for the win giving up nine hits.  Neil Geekie allowed just four hits in taking the loss as walks put him in trouble for both the tying run in the 9th inning and the winner in the 12th.  Ted Taylor had had two hits for the Oilers and Stan McPhee had three for the Red Birds.

Skelton (W) and Attwood, Cairns (7)
Neil Geekie (L) and Oakes

(May 31)   Souris Cardinals took a 9-0 lead then held off a late rally by Hamiota to score a 9-8 victory.  The Red Sox roared back with five in the 8th and three in the 9th.  Brian Hodgson had hurled seven shutout frames before tiring.  Bruce Gullett had a homer and two singles for the Cards.

McConnell (L), Woods (5), Lee (5), M Smith (6) and Don Smith
Hodgson (W) and Gullett

(June 2)   Lefthander Gary Keating won his third straight scattering nine hits as Brandon topped Virden 5-4.  Keating, who fanned eight, had a 9th inning scare as the Oilers scored two and had the tying run on base before Keating shutdown the rally.  Bob Wilson poked a homer and single for the Cloverleafs.  Bill Chapple had a homer for the losers. 

Keating (W) and Veale
Attwood (L), Bridgett (8), Fowler (9) and Taylor

(June 3)   A five-run outburst in the 6th inning carried Dauphin Redbirds to an 11-7 win over Souris.  Gerry Shumanski and Johnny Lesyshen each had three hits to lead the 16-hit attack for Dauphin.  Bill Berezinski, Stan McPhee, Larry McDougall and Morris Oakes had two apiece.  Bob Kutzan blanked Souris over the last four innings to capture the pitching victory.  Stan Furman took the loss.

Furman (L), McCartney (8) and Gullett
Amy, Kutzan (W) (5) and Oakes

(June 4)   Riverside Blues climbed into sole possession of top spot in the Manitoba Senior League with a convincing 13-3 win over Brandon.  Blues took a 4-run lead in the first inning and extended it to 10-0 before the Cloverleafs managed to get on the scoreboard.  Lorne Lilley held Brandon to nine hits in taking the win.  He had ten strikeouts and three walks. Garth Seafoot blasted three hits, including a triple, to lead the Blues.  Cliff Seafoot and Wes Rathwell also clouted three-baggers.  Jack Denbow gave up ten hits in going the distance for Brandon.  The Cloverleafs hurt their cause making eight errors.

Lilley (W) and C Seafoot
Denbow (L) and Veale

(June 5)    St. Lazare jumped into an early lead and coasted to a 13-6 win over Souris.  Dave Pearson belted a two-run homer and a pair of doubles to pace the attack.  Orv Walker, who pitched into the 8th inning for the win, added two doubles and a single.  Wayne Janz led the Cardinals with a pair of doubles.  Souris starter Don Hunter took the loss.

Orv Walker (W), Pearson (8) and Isaac Walker
Hunter (L), Morrison (6) and Gullett

(June 5)   Hamiota Red Sox rode a 9-run first inning, which included grand slam homers by Mel Smith and Lynn Caldwell, to a 15-9 win over Virden.  Gord Lyall, who started on the hill for the Red Sox, helped the offense with a pair of doubles and a single.  Denny Smith had a double and single. Doug Lund led the Oilers with a three-run homer and a pair of singles.  Norm Hemstad and Ted Taylor each produced a home run and single.  Gary Van Buskirk, who reliever in the 3rd inning, was the winner.

Thompson (L), Cairns (1), Skelton (4) and Attwood
Lyall, Van Buskirk (W) (3) and Dallas Smith

(June 7)   Riverside Blues rocked Bill Carpenter for 12 hits to down Souris 12-3 to maintain their lead atop the Manitoba Senior League standings.  The game featured five homers, all in the first inning. Cardinals took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on home runs by Carpenter and Bruce Gullett but the Blues charged back in the bottom of the first frame with five runs as Gene Cory, Gord Hunter and Wes Rathwell belted four-baggers.  Eddie Evans held Souris to eight hits to take the win.  He fanned ten.

Carpenter (L) and Gullett
Evans (W) and C Seafoot

(June 7)   Down 6-4 after six innings, Hamiota exploded for two runs in the 7th and five in the 8th to beat St. Lazare 11-6.  Athletics out-hit the Red Sox 14-13, but helped the visitors with six errors.  Gord Lyall led the attack with three hits, with Denny Smith and Dallas Smith with two apiece.  Dave Pearson and Garth Sararas each had three hits for the losers.  Brian Smith, the third hurler for Hamiota, picked up the win.

Lee, Woods (2), Bryan Smith (W) (6) and Dallas Smith
Pearson (L), Isaac Walker (8) and Jamieson

(June 9)   Hamiota scored in all but one inning to trounce Souris 23-3.  The Red Sox, who had a 15-0 lead after four innings, pounded out 24 hits, five by Denny SmithGord Lyall drove in five runs with two homers and a double and Al Robertson clubbed a three-run homer and double.  Mel Smith chipped in with a two-run homer and single.  Wayne McConnell worked eight innings for the win.

Morrison (L), Hunter (2), Jones (5), Armour (7) and Gullett
McConnell (W), Lee (8) and Dallas Smith

(June 9)   Fred Chabiel blanked Virden on six hits as St. Lazare notched a 6-0 victory.  He fanned nine and issued just two bases on balls.  Oscar Walker's homer in the 3rd inning was all the Athletics needed.  Isaac Walker and Dave Pearson led the winners with three hits apiece.  Bob Thompson gave up 11 hits in taking the loss.

Chabiel (W) and Jamieson
Thompson (L) and Attwood  

(June 10)    A three-run rally in the 7th inning gave Hamiota a 6-4 win over the hometown Cloverleafs.  It was the 4th straight win for the Red Sox.  Gary Van Buskirk held Brandon to six hits to register the win.  He finished with eight strikeouts and two walks.  Gord Lyall continued his torrid pace with a double and two singles to lead the offense. In the last four games, Lyall has 12 hits.  Lynn Caldwell's single knocked in the winning run and an insurance marker in the 7th.  Gary Keating, who gave up 10 hits, took the loss for Brandon.

Van Buskirk (W) and xxx
Keating (L) and xxx

(June 14)   Bill Carpenter had a no-hitter into the 9th inning, settling on a two-hitter, to pitch Souris to a 2-0 win over Virden.  Bill Chapple and Doug Lund had back-to-back safeties in the 9th to spoil Carpenter's gem.  The former Winnipeg Goldeye got out of trouble with three infield outs to protect the shutout.  He compiled 11 strikeouts while issuing a single base on balls.  Carpenter, Doug Armour and Gary Fallis each had two hits for the Cardinals.

Cairns (L), Thompson (3) and Taylor
Carpenter (W) and Gullett

(June 14)   California collegian Fred Chabiel went the distance with a six-hitter as St. Lazare topped Brandon 8-4 in the opening match of a double-header.  Oscar Walker led the offense with three hits while Dave Pearson and Ray Simms each had a pair.  Losing pitcher Ron Toews clouted a homer for the Cloverleafs.

Toews (L) and Veale
Chabiel (W) and Isaac Walker

St. Lazare exploded for seven runs in the first inning and cruised to a 12-5 victory over Brandon in the second game. Oscar Walker, who had three hits in the opener, belted a triple, double and single in the nightcap.  Leon Garinger also had three hits.  Dave Pearson went the route for the win.  Jack Denbow took the loss.

Denbow (L) and Veale
Pearson (W) and R Jamieson

(June 14)   Dauphin and Riverside split a twin-bill with the Red Birds winning 9-8 in the first game with the Blues bouncing back for a 6-3 win in the second.  Dauphin scored seven runs in the 4th inning to take an 8-1 lead in the opener, but had to hold off the Blues in the late innings for the win. Riverside had the bases loaded with one out in the 9th but fell short on an unusual play.  The game ended as Wes Rathwell laid down a bunt on an attempted squeeze play.  Cliff Seafoot, charging toward home, tripped on the ball and crashed into Rathwell injuring his teammate.  A chipped bone is expected to keep Rathwell out of the lineup for some time.  Bill Berezinski swung the big bat for Dauphin with five hits, one of them a homer. Stan McPhee had three safeties.  Barry Moffatt had three for the Blues. Neil Geekie survived 13 hits to take the win.

Neil Geekie (W) and Oakes
Evans (L) and C Seafoot

Garth Seafoot belted a two-run homer in the 4th inning to help the Blues to a 6-3 triumph in the second game.  Lorne Lilley went the distance for the win.  He allowed seven hits.  Neil Amy gave up just six hits in taking the loss.  Barry Moffatt and Bob Ash each had two hits.  Bill Berezinski, with five hits in the opener, added two more in the second game.

Amy (L) and Oakes
Lilley (W) and C Seafoot

(June 15)   Mel Smith fired a five-hit shutout as Hamiota trounced the Oilers 13-0 at Virden.  It was the third straight game the Oilers have been blanked.  Smith also helped the Red Sox at the plate with a double and two singles.  Lynn Caldwell and Porky Smith belted homers. 

Mel Smith (W) and Don Smith
Attwood (L), Cairns (9) and Taylor, Cairns, Lund

(June 19)   A three-run 6th inning carried St. Lazare to a 6-3 win over Souris.  Isaac Walker tossed a four-hitter for the win.  He fanned 12.  Dave Pearson led the attack with three hits.  Bill Carpenter was the loser in a route-going performance.

Carpenter (L) and Gullett
Isaac Walker (W) and Jamieson

(June 19)   Bryan Smith was strong on the hill and at the plate as Hamiota topped Dauphin 11-4.  Smith allowed just five hits and fanned eight.  He led the offense with three hits.  His younger brother Mel Smith also had three safeties. 

Bryan Smith (W) and Don Smith
Neil Geekie (L), Amy (5), Kutzan (8) and Oakes

(June 21)   Virden's Bob Thompson had a no-hitter through six innings in throttling the Riverside Blues 4-1.  Thompson finished with a two-hitter and registered 11 strikeouts in taking the win.  And, he provided enough offense to win with a two-run homer in the 4th inning.  Blues scored their only marker on a walk, a sacrifice and an error.  Ed Evans allowed just four hits in a losing cause.

Thompson (W) and Attwood
Evans (L) and Kinsley, C Seafoot (6)

(June 21)   Two big innings provided Dauphin Redbirds with enough for a win over St. Lazare. The Redbirds scored four in the 2nd and 7th innings to capture a 9-7 victory.  Bob Kutzan survived 13 hits and a bases-loaded, one-out, situation in the 9th to take the win.  Slyulk had three hits to lead the Dauphin attack.  Fred Chabiel had four hits, including a double, for St. Lazare.

Kutzan (W) and Oakes
Pearson (L), Chabiel (7) and Jamieson

(June 21)    Dick Limke impressed in his debut with Souris pitching seven innings of shutout ball as the Cardinals downed Brandon 5-0.  Limke relieved starter Don Hunter in the 3rd inning and allowed just three hits the rest of the way.  Gary Keating gave up six hits in taking the loss.

Keating (L) and Veale
Hunter, Limke (W) (3) and Gullett

(June 23)   The cellar-dwelling Souris Cardinals tripped up the Hamiota Red Sox 8-6.   Doug Armour and Dick Limke led the attack each with three hits.  Don Hunter pitched into the 7th inning for the win. 

Hunter (W), Limke (7) and Martin
Van Buskirk (L),  Mel Smith (3) and Don Smith

(June 24)   Brandon took an 8-0 lead and coasted to a 10-5 win over Dauphin.  Gerry MacKay belted a triple and two singles to lead the offense.  Bob Allen went the distance for the win.  He had a shutout through six innings.  The Redbirds scored all their runs in the 7th.  Stan McPhee clouted a homer and double for the losers. 

Allen (W) and Veale
Neil Geekie (L), Kutzan (4) and Oakes

(June 25)    The pitching was superb, the fielding proved disastrous as Bobby Thompson fired a four-hitter but made three errors in the bottom of the 9th inning to hand Souris a 3-2 win over Virden.  Oilers had a 2-0 lead when Wayne Janz led off the 9th for Souris with a bunt.  Thompson fielded the ball and threw wide of first.  Bruce Gullett followed with a pop up but Thompson collided with his catcher Bob Atwood and dropped the ball.  Thompson then fielded Bill Carpenter's bunt and again threw wild as Janz scored the first Souris run.  Don Hunter's sacrifice fly tied the score and Carpenter notched the winner on a suicide squeeze bunt by Clark Mitchell.  Thompson wasted an effort where he allowed just four hits, fanned 14 and walked one.  Carpenter allowed six hits in going the distance for the win.  He had 12 strikeouts. 

Thompson (L) and Attwood
Carpenter (W) and Gullett

(June 25)   A bases-loaded triple by Bob Wilson in the 8th inning was the spark as Brandon came from behind to top Riverside Blues 8-7.  Cloverleafs trailed 4-2 before Wilson's key blow.  A walk and Warren Veale's third hit of the game scored two more and Brandon survived a three-run rally by Riverside in the 9th to capture the win.  Bob Ash had a triple and two singles for the Blues.  Gary Keating registered the win in a route-going performance.  Eddie Evans took the loss.

Evans (L) and C Seafoot
Keating (W) and Veale

(June 25)   St. Lazare plated three runs in the first inning and four in the second and cruised to a 7-1 victory over Hamiota.  Fred Chabiel, who had a shutout into the 8th inning, fired a seven-hitter for the win.  Catcher Ross Jamieson led the attack with three hits. 

Chabiel (W) and Jamieson
Lee (L), Phillips (2), Bryan Smith (5) and Don Smith

(June 26)   Import pitcher Dick Limke was the story as Souris downed Riverside Blues 5-1.  The American ace fired a tidy three-hitter with seven strikeouts and led at the plate with a homer and two singles.  He gave up a run in the first inning then blanked the Blues the rest of the way.  Wayne Janz and Al Roney each chipped in with a pair of hits.  Lorne Lilley went the route in a losing cause. 

Limke (W) and Gullett
Lilley (L) and C Seafoot

(June 26)   Hamiota Red Sox fell behind 4-0 before roaring back with eight runs in the 4th inning to coast to a 15-7 win over Dauphin Redbirds.  Mel Smith was a leader on the mound and at the plate.  He picked up the pitching win in relief and led the attack with three hits.  Gord Lyall, Al
Robertson and Buck Mathison each banged out two hits.  Gerry Shumanski belted a homer for the Redbirds.

Caldwell, Mel Smith (W) (3), Don Smith (6) and Don Smith, Dallas Smith (6)
Jim Geekie (L), Kutzan (4), Neil Geekie (7) and Oakes

(June 28)    Hamiota topped Brandon 12-3.  Al Robertson paced the offense with three hits.  Starter Gary Van Buskirk was the winner, Ron Toews took the loss.

Van Buskirk (W), Bryan Smith (6) and Don Smith
Toews (L), Allen (5) and Veale

(June 28)   Riverside and St. Lazare split a twin-bill.  The Athletics exploded for nine runs in the 6th inning to trounced the Blues 18-8.  St. Lazare punched out 26 hits and took advantage of nine Blues' errors.  Fred Chabiel led the parade with five safeties while Garth Sararas and Ross Jamieson each had four.  Oscar Walker and Wallace Fleury each had three.  Dave Pearson was the winner over Garth Seafoot.

Riverside came back to take the second game 7-5 as Lorne Lilley scattered seven hits for the win.  Bob Ash laced three hits, including a triple and double while Lilley added a homer and double.  Ross Kinsley also had a four-bagger.  Isaac Walker took the loss.

Garth Seafoot (L), Gord Hunter (3), Morris Seafoot (6) and Cliff Seafoot, Kinsley (5)
Pearson (W), Sauter (8) and Jamieson

Lilley (W) and Kinsley
Isaac Walker (L), Chabiel (8) and Jamieson

(June 28)   Dauphin took a pair from Virden 11-3 and 11-5.  In the opener, Jim Geekie allowed just seven hits in registering the win.  Stan McPhee poked a homer and two singles and Neil Amy drove in four runs on three hits.  Henry Palk was the big noise for the Oilers with a two-run homer. Doug Lund chipped in with three hits.

Bill Berezinski had four hits and Roland Secord three as Brandon topped the Oilers 11-5 in the second game. Neil Geekie tossed a six-hitter for the win.  Irv Skelton took the loss.

Jim Geekie (W) and Oakes
Thompson (L), Cairns (8) and Attwood

Neil Geekie (W) and Oakes
Skelton (L), Cairns (7) and Attwood

(June 29)   Southpaw Jack Denbow survived nine hits and six Brandon errors to pick up his first win of the season in a 12-6 win for the Cloverleafs over Souris Cardinals.  Ted McLaughlin led the offense with three hits while Warren Veale and Orv Shaw each contributed a double and single. George Morrison was the losing pitcher.

Denbow (W) and Veale
Morrison (L), Hunter (1), Bowles (4) and Gullett

(July 3)   Souris Cardinals had just three hits but used two walks, a sacrifice and a pass ball to score in the bottom of the 9th to shade St. Lazare 2-1.  Bill Carpenter took the pitching decision with a seven-hitter.  Dave Pearson was the hard-luck loser.  Bruce Gullett, Doug Armour and Gary Fallis each had two hits for the winners.

Pearson (L) and Isaac Walker, Jamieson (7)
Carpenter (W) and Gullett

(July 3)   Gerry MacKay's 10th inning homer, one of three hits for MacKay, gave Brandon a 6-5 win over Riverside.  Garth Seafoot almost won it in the bottom of the 9th for the Blues but his long smash hit the top of the fence and stayed in the park for a double.  The Blues got the first two batters on in the bottom of the 10th but a double play got the Cloverleafs out of trouble.  Mort Wright's 8th inning homer brought Brandon into a 5-5tie.  Cliff Seafoot belted a first inning homer for Riverside and Gord Hunter put the Blues in front with a four-bagger in the 6th.  Gary Keating picked up the win in relief.  Lorne Lilley took the loss.

Toews, Keating (W) (8) and Wright
Lilley (L) and C Seafoot

(July 3)   Virden Oilers erupted for seven runs in the 3rd inning and cruised to a 10-4 win over Hamiota.  Bob Attwood was the winner in relief.  Ian Whyte banged out three hits for the Oilers and Henry Palk and Ted Bridgett each had two.  Wayne McConnell took the loss.

Cairns, Attwood (W) (5) and Bridgett
McConnell (L), Woods (3), Phillips (4), Lee (6), M Smith (9) and Don Smith

(July 5)  Don Smith's 1st inning grand slam was the key blow in a 6-run outburst as Hamiota downed Brandon 12-7.  Smith also had a triple and single.  Gary Van Buskirk scattered 11 hits to capture the win.  Ron Toews collected three hits for the Cloverleafs.

Allen (L), Page (1), Keating (7) and Veale
Van Buskirk (W) and Don Smith

(July 5)   Riverside Blues rode a 3-run 5th inning to a 6-5 victory over Dauphin.  Ed Evans, with relief help from Garth Seafoot in the 8th, chalked up the win.  Neil Geekie went the route in taking the loss.  Evans and Gene Cory each had a double and single for the Blues.

Evans (W), G Seafoot (8) and C Seafoot
Neil Geekie (L) and Basaraba

(July 5)   Riverside shaded Dauphin 3-2.  Lorne Lilley, who relieved starter Garth Seafoot, registered the win.  Cliff Seafoot punched out three hits to lead the Blues.  Bill Geekie had a double and two singles for the Redbirds.

Garth Seafoot, Lilley (W) (4) and Cliff Seafoot
Bill Geekie, Kotzan (L) (2) and Kabel

(July 5)  Virden Oilers, blanked for eight innings, erupted for five markers in the 9th to downed St. Lazare 5-1.  Oilers took advantage of three walks, a balk and a hit batsman to post the win.  Bob Thompson fired a four-hitter for the win.  Fred Chabiel, who took over in the 3rd, was tagged with the loss. 

Thompson (W) and Attwood
Jones, Chabiel (L) (3), Isaac Walker (9) and Jamieson

(July 7)   Jack Denbow carried a shutout into the 9th inning in pitching Brandon to a 4-1 triumph over Souris.  Denbow held the Cardinals to seven hits, fanned ten and didn't allow a base on balls.  Denbow also was a star on offense with two hits and a run batted in.  Dick Limke allowed just six hits in taking the loss. 

Limke (L) and Gullett
Denbow (W) and Wright

(July 7)   Bryan Smith allowed just a second inning run as Hamiota Red Sox got by Riverside 4-1.  Smith gave up seven hits and had right strikeouts.  Ed Evans fanned nine in taking the loss.  Al Robertson paced the Sox with three hits.  Lynn Caldwell drove in three runs with a pair of safeties.  Garth Seafoot topped the visitors with a triple and single.  Gord Hunter belted a homer for the Blues but it turned into a single as Hunter missed second base and was called out. 

Evans (L) and C Seafoot
Bryan Smith (W) and Don Smith

(July 7)   Virden Oilers scored in the bottom of the 7th to gain an 8-8 draw with St. Lazare in a contest called at the end of the 7th because of darkness.  Doug Lund belted a three-run homer and double for the Oilers.  Dave Pearson led the Athletics with two doubles and a single.  Ross Jamieson added three singles. 

Isaac Walker, Chabiel (3), Jones (7) and Jamieson
Fowler, Attwood (3), Thompson (7) and Bridgett, Attwood (7)

(July 10)  Virden beat Riverside for the 3rd time this season taking a 9-2 decision at home.  Bobby Thompson held the Blues to seven hits in taking the win.  Thompson and Doug Lund belted homers for the Oilers and Henry Palk added three hits.  Cliff Seafoot had four hits, including two homers, for the Blues. 

Evans (L), Lilley (4) and C Seafoot
Thompson (W) and Attwood

(July 12)  Souris took a pair from Dauphin, 6-3 and 5-1.  In the opener, Dick Limke tossed a five-hitter and helped at the plate with two hits.  The Cardinals built up a 6-0 lead before the Redbirds broke Limke's bid for a shutout with three in the 7th inning.  Neil Geekie was the losing pitcher in spite of matching Limke with a five-hitter.

Neil Geekie (L) and Murray
Limke (W) and Gullett

(July 12)   Cardinals swept the twin-bill behind Bill Carpenter's six-hitter.  He compiled 11 strikeouts and walked just one as Souris prevailed, 5-1.  Bob Kutzan allowed just seven hits in taking the loss. Doug Armour had a double and single for the Cards.  Johnny Lesyshen had three hits for the Redbirds.

Kutzan (L) and Murray, Berezinski (8)
Carpenter (W) and Gullett

(July 12)   Hamiota scored the winning run on a passed ball in the 10th inning to top St. Lazare 3-2.  Mel Smith opened the frame with a single and moved to third on two walks.  He scurried home as the ball got away from the catcher.  Bryan Smith went the route for the win.  Mike Jones, who relieved starter Dave Pearson in the 10th, took the loss.  Mel Smith and Al Robertson each had two hits for the Red Sox.  Isaac Walker punched out three hits for the A's with brother Oscar adding a triple. 

Bryan Smith (W) and Don Smith
Pearson, Jones (L) (10) and Jamieson

(July 12)   Riverside Blues had a big 7th inning to take an 11-5 decision from Virden.  Trailing 5-3, Riverside exploded for eight runs and coasted to the win.  Garth Seafoot's bases-loaded double was among the fireworks in the Blues' 7th.  Wes Rathwell and Ed Evans each had three hits.  Doug Lund had a trio for the Oilers.  Seafoot went the distance for the pitching win. 

Attwood, Cairns (L) (7), Bridgett (7) and Bridgett, Taylor (7)
G Seafoot (W) and C Seafoot

(July 13)   Dauphin scored all its runs in the 6th inning to take a 5-4 decision from St. Lazare.  Johnny Lesyshen and Maurice Oakes each had three hits to lead the attack.  Winning pitcher Bill Geekie aided his own cause with a pair. Dave Pearson and Mike Jones each had three safeties for the Athletics.

Chabiel (L), Isaac Walker (4) and Jamieson
Bill Geekie (W), Kutzan (9) and Oakes

(July 13)   Mel Smith and Lorne Lilley put on an outstanding pitchers' duel as Hamiota edged Riverside 1-0 in ten innings.  With two out in the 10th, reliever Ed Evans walked Sam Phillips and Smith, his mound opponent.  Bryan Smith, who had hurled a ten-inning win the previous day, singled to plate the only run. Mel Smith allowed just four hits to register the win.  The Red Sox got just five hits off Lilley and Evans.

Lilley, Evans (L) (7) and C Seafoot
Mel Smith (W) and Don Smith

(July 13)   The game at Brandon had seven scoreless innings before the visiting Virden Oilers broke out for three runs en route to a 4-1 victory.  Bob Thompson fired a five-hitter, with 13 strikeouts, for the win.  Gary Keating gave up just four hits in taking the loss. 

Thompsom (W) and Taylor
Keating (L) and Wright

(July 14)   Riverside Blues plated four in the opening frame and eight more in the 3rd and cruised to a 15-6 win over Souris. Cliff Seafoot paced the 15-hit attack with three safeties.  Wes Rathwell, Bob Ash, Barry Moffatt and Gord Hunter each had a pair.  Bruce Gullett had the big bat for Souris with a three-run homer and double. Garth Seafoot went eight innings to capture the win.

G Seafoot (W), G Hunter (9) and C Seafoot
Bowles (L), D Hunter (3), Gullett (9) and Gullett, Martin (9)

(July 14)   Tommy Town drove in six runs with a pair of homers and two singles to lead Brandon to an 11-0 blanking of Virden Oilers.  Jack Denbow fired a six-hitter for the shutout.  Irv Skelton went all the way for the Oilers giving up 12 hits. 

Denbow (W) and Wright
Skelton (L) and Attwood

(July 15)   Hamiota clinched a playoff berth dumping Dauphin 9-3.  A six-run 6th inning was key for the Red Sox.  Gary Van Buskirk scattered nine hits for his 5th win of the season.  Dallas Smith and Bryan Smith each had two hits for the winners.  Neil Amy and Bill Berezinski each collected three for the Redbirds. 

Neil Geekie (L), Kutzan (7) and Oakes
Van Buskirk (W) and Don Smith

(July 16)   Winning pitcher Dave Pearson doubled with two out in the 9th inning and came around to score the game's only run on an error as St. Lazare topped Brandon 1-0.   Pearson, the A's playing manager, scattered seven hits for the win.  Hard luck loser Gary Keating gave up just five hits in taking the loss.  Brandon had a golden opportunity in the second inning with the bases loaded and none out.   Pearson, however, got a force play at home then a double play to get out of the inning.

Pearson (W) and Isaac Walker
Keating (L) and Wright  

(July 17)   Dick Limke held Dauphin to five hits and fanned 16 as Souris topped the Redbirds 9-2.  Doug Armour led the 15-hit Souris offensive with three singles.  Wayne Janz had two hits, one a triple and Bruce Gullett added a double and single. 

Limke (W) and Gullett
Kutzan (L), N Geekie (4) and Kabel

(July 17)   Five errors proved to be the downfall for Brandon as the Cloverleafs dropped a 4-2 decision to Riverside.  Lorne Lilley and Ed Evans combined on a six-hitter for the Blues.  Brandon featured an import battery, Americans Jim Howser on the mound and Jim Gailfus behind the plate.  Howser pitched a six-hitter in being saddled with the loss.

Howser (L) and Gailfus
Lilley (W), Evans (8) and C Seafoot

(July 17)   Virden Oilers rallied with three runs with two out in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie Hamiota 8-8.  The game was called because of darkness.  Bill Chapple belted a triple to score two and came across with the tying run on Ted Bridgett's single.  Henry Palk followed with a ground-rule double and Norm Forsyth drew a walk to load the bases, but reliever Gary Van Buskirk got a strikeout to end the game.  Bob Thompson went the distance for the Oilers with 12 strikeouts.  Gord Lyall had three hits for Hamiota.  Mel Smith clouted a homer and Bryan Smith added a triple.  Thompson and Doug Lund blasted homers for the Oilers.

Bryan Smith, Mel Smith (3), Van Buskirk (9) and Don Smith
Thompson and Attwood, Bridgett (4), Taylor (6)

(July 19)  Gary Van Buskirk gave up a homer on his first pitch of the game then, with relief held in the 8th, blanked Riverside the rest of the way for a 6-1 Hamiota victory.  The decision clinched the pennant for the Red Sox. Buskirk faced a bases loaded situation with one out in the 8th inning when Bryan Smith relieved and got a double-play to escape the jam.  Gord Lyall punched out three hits to held the offense.  Wes Rathwell had the home run for the Blues.  Ed Evans gave up 11 hits in going the distance for the loss.

Van Buskirk (W), Bryan Smith (8) and Dallas Smith
Evans (L) and Seafoot

(July 19)  Ron Towes tossed a five-hitter to lead Brandon to a 2-1 triumph over Dauphin in the first game of a double-header.  He compiled eight strikeouts and walked one.  Bill Geekie gave up just seven hits in taking the loss. Tom Town had a pair of doubles for the winners.

Bill Geekie (L) and Kabel
Toews (W) and Veale

Cloverleafs banged out 14 hits in the second game to secure a 12-3 victory.  Ted McLaughlin clouted a triple and two singles to pace the attack.  Greg Borotsik, who had a double and single in the opener, added a triple and double.  Jack Denbow had a triple and single.  Denbow was the winning pitcher, in a relief role.  Bob Kabel was best for Dauphin with a double and single.

Kutzan (L), Geekie (6) and Oakes
Page, Denbow (W) (3) and Veale

(July 19)   Fred Chabiel and Bill Carpenter put on a pitching clinic at St. Lazare as the hometown Athletics shaded the Cardinals 1-0.  Chabel was the winner on a three-hitter.  He had nine strikeouts and three walks.  Carpenter allowed just five hits while compiling 11 strikeouts.  He issued one base on balls.   Catcher Isaac Walker scored the only run when he reached on an error, stole second and came home on Ray Simms' single.

Carpenter (L) and Gullett
Chabiel (W) and Ike Walker

(July 20)   In a game which produced 28 runs, 31 hits and 12 errors, Souris Cardinals dumped Hamiota 18-10.  Cards jumped into an early lead with six runs in the opening frame and four more in the 2nd.  Bill Carpenter led the assault with five hits and Doug Armour added three, including a triple.  Gord Lyall had three hits for the Red Sox.  Don Hunter survived 12 hits to go the distance for the win. 

Woods (L), Mel Smith (2), Phillips (4), Lyall (6) and Don Smith
Don Hunter (W) and Gullett

(July 20)  St. Lazazre had a 23-hit attack to demolish Dauphin 20-2.  Athletics plated seven in the first inning, four in the 3rd, five in the 5th and three in the 7th to coast to the win.  Isaac Walker had a big day with a homer, double and two singles.  Oscar Walker, Dave Pearson, Fred Chabiel and Leon Garinger each had three hits.  Mike Jones picked up his first win of the season with a four-hitter.  Bob Kabel belted a homer for Dauphin.

Jones (W) and Ike Walker, Garinger (6)
Neil Geekie (L), Kutzan (1), Amy (4) and Oakes

(July 21)   Virden Oilers kept alive their hopes of a playoff spot with a come-from-behind win over Souris.  Oilers scored a pair in the 8th inning to notch a 3-2 triumph.  Frank Navosel drew a walk and Oilers loaded the sacks on singles by Ron McLaren and Ted TaylorNorm Hemstad singled to score the tying and winning runs.  Bob Thompson held the Cardinals to four hits and fanned 14 in registering the win.  He helped at the plate with a triple. 

Limke (L), Carpenter (8) and Gullett
Thompson (W) and Lund

(July 21)   Riverside catcher Cliff Seafoot was named the Most Valuable Player of the Manitoba Senior Baseball League.  The Blues and the cellar-dwelling Dauphin Redbirds each placed three players on the first team all-stars.  Brandon first sacker Tommy Town was selected for the fourth straight year.  Third baseman Lynn Caldwell of Hamiota was the only other player to return from the 1963 squad.  Three are back for a third season after a one-year absence -- Seafoot, Dauphin shortstop Gerry Shumanski and Redbird outfielder Bill Berezinski.  The top pitchers were Lorne Lilley of Riverside and Bob Thompson of Virden.  Oscar Walker of St. Lazare captured the second base slot with Bob Wilson of Brandon and Bob Ash of Riverside gaining outfield spots.

(July 22)   Brandon Cloverleafs clinched a playoff berth with a 21-6 whipping of Virden Oilers.  A nine-run 1st inning put the game away early.  Gerry MacKay led the offensive with two doubles, a single and two walks.  Ted McLaughlin also had three hits.  Bob Wilson, Greg Borotsik, Orv Shaw and Bob Lees, a catching recruit from Rivers, each had a pair of safeties.  Norm Hemstad had a two-run homer for the Oilers.  Starter Ron Toews got the win for Brandon.  The short staffed Oilers had pitcher Bob Attwood out with injuries and Irv Skelton working out of town.  Bob Thompson hurled last night.  Doug Fowler started and gave way to Ted Bridgett in the first inning, but had to resume mound duties in the 3rd when Bridgett left with arm woes.

Fowler (L), Bridgett (1), Fowler (3) and Lund, Seafoot (5)
Toews (W), Keating (6), Page (9) and Lees, Berotsik (7)

(July 24)   St. Lazare clinched a playoff spot with a 12-2 victory over Virden Oilers. The decision eliminated both Virden and Souris from post-season action.   Dave Pearson fired a six-hitter and fanned ten to capture the win.  Virden allowed ten unearned runs and they booted the ball six times.  Oscar Walker kicked off the Athletics offense with a homer in the first inning.  He later added a triple.  Ted Taylor had a homer for the Oilers.

Pearson (W) and Ike Walker
Thompson (L), Skelton (8) and Lund, Taylor (5)

(July 24)   Gary Van Buskirk held Dauphin to three hits in notching his 7th win of the season, 8-2 over Dauphin.  Lynn Caldwell clouted a homer and single for the winners. Gord Lyall had a triple and single.  Bob Kutzan allowed nine hits in taking the loss.

Kutzan (L) and Oakes
Van Buskirk (W) and Don Smith  

(July 26)   The pennant-winning Hamiota Red Sox took it on the chin, but it took an all-star squad to do it.  Sox were trounced 14-3 in the fourth annual all-star contest. The contest featured three homers, including a grand slam by Brandon's Tommy Town as the stars erupted for seven runs in the third inning.  Bob Wilson also had a homer in the frame.  Dallas Smith, the Red Sox centre fielder accounted for all their scoring with a three-run blast in the 8th inning.  Lorne Lilley blanked the Sox for the first four frames giving way to Bill Carpenter for the final five.  Cliff Seafoot, selected as the league's Most Valuable Player, punched out six straight hits for the all-stars. 

Lilley (W), Carpenter (5) and Seafoot
Van Buskirk (L), Lee (1), Woods (3), B. Smith (3) and Don Smith

(July 27)  St. Lazare wrapped up the regular season schedule with a 6-3 win over Hamiota, the Athletics 5th straight victory.  Isaac Walker, who took over for starter Fred Chabiel in the first inning, went the rest of the way for the win.  Chabiel took a line drive off his pitching hand had to leave the game.  Gord Lyall of the Red Sox had two hits in three trips to edge the A's Dave Pearson for the batting title.  Lyall finished at .447 while Pearson, with one hit in three trips, fell to .440. 

Chabiel, Ike Walker (W) (1) and Jamieson
Mel Smith (L), McConnell (7) and Don Smith


PLAYOFFS : 

(July 29)   St. Lazare took advantage of five Brandon errors to score seven unearned runs and down the Cloverleafs 9-6 in the opening game of their best-of-seven semi-final series.  Mike Jones was the surprise starter for the Athletics.  He pitched in and out of trouble to pick up the win, in spite of ten walks.  Fred Chabiel relieved in the 8th inning and finished up.  The Walker brothers led the offense.  Catcher Isaac Walker belted three hits including a triple.  He was thrown out at the plate trying for an inside-the-park homer.  Oscar Walker, who impressed with some slick fielding at second base, had a triple and single and was robbed of another extra-base hit when Bob Wilson made a brilliant over-the-shoulder catch at the centre field fence. 

Jones (W), Chabiel (8) and Isaac Walker
Keating (L) and Veale

(July 29)   Riverside Blues upset the pennant-winning Hamiota Red Sox 4-3 in the opening game of their semi-final set.  Blues plated a pair in the 8th inning to win after Mel Smith had given the Red Sox a 3-2 lead with a three-run homer in the 4th.  Garth Seafoot survived the Smith homer to go the distance for the victory.  Bryan "Porky" Smith took the loss. 

Garth Seafoot (W) and Cliff Seafoot
Van Buskirk, Bryan Smith (L) (6) and Don Smith

(July 30)   Held to just three hits, St. Lazare used a suicide squeeze to break a 2-2 tie and score the winner in the 5th inning to shade Brandon 3-2 and take a two-game lead in the semi-final series.  Dave Pearson hurled a six-hitter for the victory and laid down the bunt which scored Isaac Walker with the deciding marker.  Jerry Page, making his first start for the Leafs, allowed just three hits but walked eight, including three in the first inning when the A's score twice.  Bob Wilson had a two-run homer in the 2nd to account for the Cloverleafs scoring.  He also had a pair of singles. Walker had a double and single for the A's.

Page (L) and Borotsik
Pearson (W) and Jamieson

(August 1)   Riverside Blues rallied for a run in the bottom of the 9th to tie then rode Wes Rathwell's homer in the 10th to shade Hamiota 5-4 to take a 2-0 game lead in their best-of-seven series.  The Red Sox had taken an early lead on Dallas Smith's homer and after falling behind had regained the league on Al Robertson's four-bagger in the top of the 9th.  With two out in the bottom of the 9th, the Blues loaded the sacks on two walks and an error.  A base on balls to Barry Moffatt forced in the tying run.  Riverside got a single to leadoff the 10th but a double-play appeared to end the threat.  Then Rathwell boomed his homer and the Blues had their win.  Robertson was the leading hitter for the Red Sox with three hits.  Lorne Lilley went the distance for the win.

Bryan Smith, Mel Smith (L) (7) and Don Smith
Lilley (W) and Seafoot

(August 2)  Hamiota Red Sox surprised Riverside 4-1 with catcher Don Smith taking up mound duties.  Smith, who had pitched only four innings during the regular season, fired a five-hitter and fanned eight in going the route for the win.  He had a shutout until the Blues pushed across their only run in the 9th.  Red Sox broke a scoreless tie with a pair in the 5th and added two more in the 8th.  Bryan Smith smacked three hits to lead the attack.  Ed Evans gave up 11 hits in taking the loss.

Evans (L) and Seafoot
Don Smith (W) and Dallas Smith

(August 4)   In an exciting and controversial finish at Brandon, the Cloverleafs scored in the bottom of the 9th to down St. Lazare 5-4 for their first win in the semi-final series.  Mike Jones, who had blanked Brandon on one hit since relieving starter Fred Chabiel in the 5th inning, lost control in the 9th walking the first two batters on nine pitches.  Isaac Walker came in to relieve and Gerry MacKay promptly moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt.  With Tommy Town at the plate, the Athletics chose to walk the Cloverleafs' first sacker.  Walker's first two pitches were balls but just slightly off the plate.  On the third pitch, Town reached out and belted the ball into centre field for the game-winning hit.  St. Lazare argued loudly that Town had stepped out of the batters' box to reach the pitch. 

The Athletics had their chances in the top of the 9th.  They had three hits but had the potential winner cut down at the plate.  Brandon had taken the lead in the 2nd inning as Bob Wilson tripled and scored on a single by Ron Toews.  The A's roared back with three in the 3rd as Oscar Walker had a triple and brother Isaac Walker smacked a double.  Brandon came back with a singleton in the 4th and with two hits and a double steal and took the lead in the 5th as Town drove in Don Sumner and MacKay. In the 7th, a walk, a hit and a wild pitch tied the contest.  Oscar Walker had three hits to lead St. Lazare and was brilliant in the field as he figured in eight putouts and started three double plays. 

Chabiel, Jones (L) (5), Isaac Walker (9) and Jamieson
Denbow (W) and Borotsik

(August 5)   Fans were treated to an outstanding day of pitching as Brandon knotted its semi-final with St. Lazare at two games apiece with a 1-0 victory.  Both pitchers, Gary Keating for the Cloverleafs and Dave Pearson for the A's, fired three-hitters.  Keating fanned eight and walked one. Pearson had seven strikeouts and allowed six bases on balls.  Gerry MacKay was the offensive star as he walked in the 3rd inning, stole second and third and romped home on a sacrifice fly by Ron Toews

Keating (W) and Borotsik
Pearson (L) and Jamieson

(August 5)   At Riverside, it was a day for the hitters as the teams combined for 28 safeties as Hamiota tied its series with the Blues with a 12-6 victory.  Surprisingly, both pitchers - Bryan Smith for the Red Sox and Lorne Lilley for the Blues -- went the distance.  Smith was the hitter star blasting a pair of homers.  Lynn Caldwell also had a four-bagger for the winners.  Caldwell, Al Robertson and Dallas Smith each had three hits. 

Bryan Smith (W) and Dallas Smith
Lilley (L) and Cliff Seafoot

(August 7)   Ron Toews, a high school student from Plum Coulee, hurled Brandon to within a game of the Manitoba Senior Baseball League finals.  Toews fired a five-hitter as the Cloverleafs downed St. Lazare 3-1 to take a 3-2 game lead in the best-of-seven semi-final series.  Athletics took the lead with a run in the first inning but then were blanked the rest of the way by the young right hander who fanned twelve and walked three. Fred Chabiel allowed just seven hits in being saddled with the loss.

Oscar Walker drew a walk as the game's leadoff batter and scored on an error and a sacrifice fly. Brandon got on the scoreboard in the 5th inning as Don Sumner reached on an error and Gerry MacKay drove him him with a single and scored himself on Ted McLaughlin's safety.  McLaughlin drove in an insurance run in the 8th inning with his third hit of the game.  It followed a single by Toews and MacKay's sacrifice.  Towes had a one-hitter into the 8th when the A's threatened with a pair of hits.  A double-play erased the threat.  The first two men in the 9th reached safety before Towes bore down for two strikeouts.  An infield hit loaded the bases before Towes got Chabiel to pop-up to end the game.

Chabiel (L) and Isaac Walker
Toews (W) and Veale

(August 7)   Hamiota Red Sox took a 3-2 lead in their series with Riverside notching their 3rd straight win, 12-2.   The Sox pounded out 18 hits, three each by Al Robertson and Bryan SmithDallas Smith bashed a homer.  Don Smith, Gord Lyall and Lynn Caldwell each had two.  Don Lee, a surprise starter for the Sox, scattered nine hits for the win.  He had a shutout for five innings before allowing single runs in the 6th and 7th. 

Garth Seafoot (L), Evans (3) and Cliff Seafoot
Lee (W) and Don Smith

(August 9)  Hamiota Red Sox, once down 2 games to none, topped Riverside 11-10 for their fourth straight win to capture the semi-final set in six games.  The Sox jumped into an 11-5 lead and held off a Blues' rally in the 8th. Lynn Caldwell led the hitters with three safeties.  Bryan Smith bashed a two-run homer.  Cliff Seafoot belted a pair of homers for the Blues and Ed Evans chipped in with three hits.  Reliever Don Smith was the winning pitcher.

Van Buskirk, Don Smith (W) (3), Bryan Smith (8) and Dallas Smith
Hunter (L),  Evans (5) and Cliff Seafoot

(August 9)  St. Lazare forced a seventh and deciding game in its semi-final with Brandon by taking a 7-4 victory.  The Athletics came back from a 4-2 deficit with a four-run outburst in the 5th inning to notch the win.  Oscar Walker and Ray Simms opened the inning with singles and came around to score on a single by Isaac Walker and an error.  Dave Pearson doubled for another run and scored himself on a single by Mike Jones.  Jones went five innings to pick up the win.  Simms had four hits to lead the offense.

Page, Denbow (L) (5) and Borotsik
Jones (W), Isaas Walker (6), Pearson (7) and Jamieson

(August 11)  Dave Pearson blanked Brandon on five hits and St. Lazare moved on to the Manitoba Senior Baseball League final with a 6-0 victory over the Cloverleafs before 1,000 shivering fans at Brandon.  The A's playing manager fanned seven and walked five.  Isaac Walker had a triple and two singles for the winners and Pearson added a double and two singles.  Gary Keating look the loss.

Pearson (W) and Jamieson
Keating (L), Toews (5) and Veale


FINAL :

(August 14)   In a wild one at Hamiota, St. Lazare Athletics, down 12-2 after three innings, roared back to top Hamiota 14-12 in the opening game of the Manitoba Senior Baseball League final.  A five-run outburst in the 7th inning brought the A's to within a run of the Sox and three in the 8th meant a victory.  The game was called after eight because of darkness.  After St. Lazare starter Fred Chabiel had been battered for 11 runs in the first two innings, Mike Jones took over and allowed just four hits and a run the rest of the way.  Don Jamieson led the A's with four hits.  Wayne Sauter had a bases-loaded triple.  Bryan Smith had a double and two singles for the Sox.

Chabiel, Jones (W) (3) and Ross Jamieson
Bryan Smith, Van Buskirk (L) (7), Don Smith (8) and Dallas Smith

(August 16)  Hamiota bounced back from a tough first-game loss to whip St. Lazare 10-0 to even their series at a game apiece.  Sox broke a scoreless tie with an 8-run 6th inning.  Five of the runs were unearned as the Sox took advantage of St. Lazare miscues and five walks.  Mel Smith held the A's to seven hits in going the route for the win.  He helped the attack with a triple.  Dave Pearson took the loss. 

Mel Smith (W) and Don Smith
Pearson (L), Sauter (9) and Ross Jamieson

(August 18)  Hamiota Red Sox fell behind 2-0 in the first inning but came back to down St. Lazare 5-3 to take a 2-1 game lead in the final series.  Gary Van Buskirk pitched seven innings to capture the win.  He gave up just four hits.  Don Smith worked the final two innings.  Mike Jones went the distance, allowing seven hits, to take the loss.  Mel Smith and Gord Lyall each had two hits for the winners.  Dave Pearson had a homer and single for the A's. 

Jones (L) and Ross Jamieson
Van Buskirk (W), Don Smith (8) and Don Smith, Dallas Smith (8)

(August 25)   Bryan "Porky" Smith was a hero on the mound and at the plate as Hamiota shaded St. Lazare 3-2 to move to within a game of the Manitoba Senior Baseball title.  Smith fashioned a three-hitter and drove in the winning run in the top of the 9th inning.  Mel Smith doubled to lead off the Red Sox final frame and moved to third on a single by Ellis Woods.  He beat the throw to the plate as brother Bryan grounded to shortstop.  The Sox had taken the lead in the 4th on a double by Dallas Smith, a single by Al Robertson and a wild pitch.  St. Lazare rebounded with a pair in the 5th. Ray Simms and Ross Jamieson had singles and a walk loaded the bases.  One run scored on Fred Chabiel's sacrifice bunt and another one came in on a passed ball. Hamiota knotted the count in the 6th as Gord Lyall doubled and came home on an error and a passed ball.

Bryan Smith (W) and Don Smith
Pearson (L) and Jamieson

(August 26)   Hamiota Red Sox rallied for three runs in the 8th inning and held on for a 4-4 draw with St. Lazare.  Trailing 4-1, Buck Mathison started the 8th for the Sox with a single and moved to second as Don Smith drew a base on balls.  Al Robertson's sinking liner to right plated one run. With the bases loaded, Lynn Caldwell singled to drive in two more and tie the count. Caldwell had three hits to lead the winners.  Dave Pearson had a trio of safeties for the Athletics. 

Jones, Chabiel (8) and Isaac Walker
Mel Smith, Lee (4), Bryan Smith (9) and Don Smith, Dallas Smith (4)

(August 27)   St. Lazare roared from behind with seven runs in the 7th inning and held on to down Hamiota 9-6 to send the Manitoba Senior final to a 7th and deciding game.  Gary Van Buskirk and the Red Sox had a 4-2 lead after six innings before Garth Sararas began the rally with a double.  Bryan Smith drew a walk before Isaac Walker's sacrifice fly drew the A's to within one.  Dave Pearson's single and Oscar Walker's double drove in two more and St. Lazare had the lead.  Three walks and safeties by Mike Jones and Wade Sauter added to the onslaught.  Isaac Walker registered the win switching to the mound from his catching position in the 7th frame.  Oscar Walker led the A's with a triple and double.

Van Buskirk, Bryan Smith (L) (7), Dallas Smith (7), Robertson (7) and Dallas Smith, Don Smith (7)
Chabiel, Isaac Walker (W) (7) and Isaac Walker, Jamieson (7)

(August 28)   A five-run, 3rd inning proved to be key as Hamiota Red Sox downed St. Lazare 9-6 to win the best of seven series for the Manitoba Senior Baseball title.  With a fourth game in four nights, the clubs had some unusual choices as starters.  Gord Lyall, with just five innings during the regular season, picked up the win for Hamiota, pitching into the 6th inning.  Don Jamieson, who did not pitch at all during the regular campaign, started for the Athletics.  St. Lazare fought back from the 5-0 deficit with a pair in the 4th and another two in the 5th.  They had their chances in the 6th, but came away with nothing after having two runners cut down at the plate, one of them on a brilliant play by second baseman Al Robertson.  Robertson was also a hero on the mound as he came in with the bases loaded and none out in the 7th and promptly fanned two before Mel Smith made an outstanding catch in left field to end the threat.  Smith led the Sox offense with three hits while Ellis Woods and Lyall each contributed a pair. Isaac Walker led the Athletics with three hits, including a double, the game's only extra base hit. Fred Chabliel and Ray Simms each had two hits.

Don Jamieson (L), Pearson (6) and Isaac Walker
Lyall (W), Mel Smith (6), Robertson (7) and Don Smith