Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament
(July 25) In a game shortened to just six innings because of darkness, Neilburg downed Prince Albert Bohs 4-1 in the opening game of the 1966 Exhibition Tournament. The contest was late starting because of rain. Bill Campbell, an import from Pomona, California, held Prince Albert to two hits in hurling the victory. He had strong support in the field, especially from shortstop Marv Madruga, another California product from Visalia. Madruga, who stole three bases, figured in two of Neilburg's scoring plays. In the third he scored on Brian McIntyre's single and in the fifth he came home on a throwing error. The Monarchs other two markers came in the sixth inning on singles by Neil Urlacher and Pat Gibbons, an error, a sacrifice bunt and Campbell's single. Pete Prediger and Gibbons were the only batters with two hits.
Campbell (W) and P.Prediger
Ferchuck (L) and Dutka
(July 26) In a thriller Tuesday morning, Allan first baseman Ken Haanen smacked an inside-the-park homer in the 11th inning to give the T-Birds a 3-2 win over the defending champion Asquith Braves. Trailing 2-0, Allan had tied the count in the ninth when Asquith hurler Larry Lazecki walked a batter, hit another and made two throwing errors. Bob Babki had given the Braves a 1-0 lead in the second inning drawing a walk and coming around to score on a sacrifice and an error. They made it 2-0 in the third when Ira McKnight knocked in Les Stack, who had doubled. Larry Haylor tossed a five-hitter with ten strikeouts for the win.
Haylor (W) and VonHagen
Travis, Lazecki (L) (4) and McKnight
(July 26) Delisle scored four runs without a hit in the fourth inning to take a 4-2 decision from the North Central All-Stars. Three walks and three errors allowed Delisle to chase home the four counters. All-Stars had taken a 1-0 lead in the third on back-to-back-to-back singles by Ron McLean, Wayne Doll and Ron Muench. They added a second run in the sixth when Lorne Strueby hit a towering triple and scored on Dick Blechinger's sacrifice fly. Delisle had just four hits, two by Bev Bentley. 20-year-old Ron Fyfe held the All-Stars to seven hits and compiled 12 strikeouts for the win.
Fyfe (W) and Bogren
Fouhse, D.Korte (4) and M.Korte
(July 27) Rosetown Red Wings sent 14 men to the plate and scored nine times in the sixth inning Wednesday night en route to a 13-3 whipping of Fulda Flyers. The Wings trailed 3-1 until their big outburst which combined six hits, two by shortstop Don Heit, three errors, three walks and a hit batsman. Chuck Holdaway, who took over for Rosetown starter Ed Anderson in the second inning, went the rest of the way holding Fulda to one hit over 5 2/3s innings for the win. Wings had nine hits and drew 11 walks. Don Anweiler belted a homer for Rosetown and George Thiessen had one for the Flyers.
Anderson, Holdaway (W) (2) and Erickson
Zemiak (L), Suer (6), Hrapchak (6), Robashniuk (7) and Wempe, Cunningham
(July 28) Neilburg Monarchs jumped on the Allan T-Birds for six runs in the second inning and cruised to a 10-3 victory to enter the Exhibition Tournament final on Saturday. Shortstop Marv Madruga had a big game for the Monarchs driving in four runs with a homer, double and single. Len Breckner added a pair of doubles. Murray Richardson slugged a two-run homer for the T-Birds and Bob Cameron had two doubles and a single.
Bob McIntyre (W) and Wanner
Haanen, Haylor (2) and VonHagen
(July 29) In a slugfest, Rosetown survived a six-run rally by Delisle in the bottom of the fifth and final inning to notch a 15-12 win and a spot in the tournament final against Neilburg. The game was called after five innings to make way for the RCMP's Musical Ride, a major attraction of the grandstand show. Rosetown seemed to have the game on ice after scoring 12 runs in the first two innings but the Wings were hanging in at the finish when Max Bentley, representing the tying run, struck out to end the game. Rosetown had scored seven runs in the second inning on one hit, a triple by Bob Marik, seven walks, a hit batsmen, an error, a stolen base and a wild pitch. Each team had 11 hits with Marik of the Wings knocking in four runs with his triple and single. There were 18 walks issued, nine by each team.
Froelich, Hoult (W) (3) and Erickson
Fyfe (L), MacEwen (2) and Bogren
(July 30) Neilburg Monarchs crushed Rosetown Red Wings 11-2 Saturday to capture the Exhibition Tournament title for the ninth time. They first won the event in 1931. Import hurler Bill Campbell fired a five-hitter and whiffed 14 in holding the Wings at bay. The Monarchs pounded out 15 hits, four by second baseman Glen Thompson. Len Breckner knocked in three runs with a homer, double and single and Campbell helped his own cause with three hits, including a pair of triples. He drove in three runs. Veteran Pete Prediger, in his 32nd Exhibition Tournament, added a booming triple. Shortstop Marv Madruga added two more hits and had three stolen bases. He tied for the tourney lead in hits, with five, and had six stolen bases. Madruga, teammate Breckner, Bob Marik and Don Heit of Rosetown shared the $25 award for most hits. Campbell won the $25 award for the most strikeouts in a single game. The Asquith Braves took home $50 for being selected as the best dressed team.
Anderson (L), Bulatovich (3), Holdaway (6), Marik
(8) and Erickson
Campbell (W) and P.Prediger, Wanner
(July 28) Wayne Morgan crushed a pair of homers, one a grand slam, and drove in eight runs to lead Kindersley Klippers over North Battleford 12-5 and top money at the Lacombe Tournament. The Klippers scored a pair in the 1st and four in the second and cruised to the win. Don Poindexter, a pickup from Saskatoon, pitched an eight-hitter in going the distance.
Poindexter (W) and D. Jackson
W. Ferguson (L), Hunchak (2), McKee (4) and Doerksen
Kindersley rode the arm of 18-year-old Norm Angelini to reach the final. The left-hander allowed just two hits as Kindersley downed Edmonton 5-1. Joe Ferguson clouted a homer for the winners.
Ewasiuk (L), Hood (7) and Erickson
Angelini (W) and D. Jackson
In North Battleford's 7-1 victory over St. John, Alf Feagin hurled a one-hitter while Carmen Keller took care of the offense with a three-run homer in the 6th. Feagin, from Jacksonville, Florida, went the distance for the first time since joining the Beavers earlier this season.
Chaffins (L), Burlando (6), McLenney (7) and Luck
Feagin (W) and Doerksen
(July 27) In opening action at the Annual Lacombe Lions Tournament, North Battleford Beavers got a one-hitter by Harold Hunchak to blank Fairview, Alberta, Outlaws 3-0.
Hunchak (W) and Doerksen
Fox (L), Doucette (6) and Watchorn
Joe Ferguson pitched and batted Kindersley to a 6-2 victory over Kamloops Lelands. Ferguson hurled a five-hitter and set down 16 by strikeout. At the plate, he blasted a towering homer in the top of the 9th when the Klippers scored three of their six runs.
Ferguson (W) and D. Jackson
Simmons, Feroglia (9) and Kato
Edmonton Colts got by Unity Cardinals 4-3 in 15 innings, the longest contest in the history of the tourney. Vince Rucobo started for Unity and gave way to Ross Stone, with a 10-1 record in the NSBL, who took the loss. Ervin Boehm hit the game's only homer for the Cardinals. Unity out-hit the Colts 12-9.
Labossiere, Murray (W) (9) and Erickson
Ruboco, Stone (L) (8) and May
St. John, Washington, Indians downed Swift Current 8-4.