1966 Game Reports, Basin League     


(June 15)   Rapid City Chiefs won their 1965 opener, 11-2, over Pierre Cowboys. Chiefs pounded 19 hits. 

Chiles (W), Balson (7) and Alley, Steele (7)
Bovert (L), Dillman (7) and Sizemore

(June 16)   Fred Moulder singled in winning pitcher Fred Chana in the bottom of the 15th inning to hand Rapid City a 3-2 win over Valentine.

Joe Cox, Bill Zepp (L) (9) and John Geames
Gary Neibauer, Steve Renko (9), Fred Chana (W) (9) and Don Alley

(June 16)   Ed Maras allowed just three hits in pitching Sioux Falls to a 9-3 victory over Sturgis. He fanned nine in giving up just a single earned run in the Packers home opener.  George Genn and Don Sessions of the Packers and Bob Carlson of the Titans each had two hits.  Bob Lee, Sioux Falls centre fielder knocked in four runs with a two-run single, sacrifice fly and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth inning.

John Olagues , Don Cook (L) (4), Jim Blight (6), Bob Bogner (8) and Dick Narron.
Ed Maras (W) and Bob Webb

(June 17)   Bob Castiglione fired a three-hitter with 15 strikeouts as Pierre blanked Winner Pheasants 3-0.  It was his second win.  In 15 innings for the Cowboys, Castiglione has not allowed a run and has given up just four hits while fanning 25.

Castiglione (W) and Sizemore
Doug Nurnberg (L) and Gordy Weir

(June 18)  Sioux Falls Packers took advantage of seven Sturgis errors in downing the Titans 5-2 Friday.  Right-hander Al Schmelz gave up six hits in capturing the pitching win. Ray Rollyson allowed just four hits, with 11 strikeouts, in taking the defeat. 

Rollyson (L) and Narron
Schmelz (W) and Sessions

(June 18)   A five-run 5th inning carried Valentine Hearts to an 8-2 triumph over Winner Pheasants in a rain-shorted game at Valentine Friday.  Carl Schreiner's home was the big blow in the uprising.  Winning pitcher Hal Werntz drove in a pair with a single. The Hearts added three insurance runs in the 6th, one of them knocked in by Werntz.  Pheasants' starter Dick Seminoff drove in both Winner runs with a double in the top of the 5th.  The game was called after six innings because of rain.

Dick Seminoff (L), Mel Hindeland (5) and Tom Weir
Hal Werntz (W) and Duffy Dyer

(June 21)   A bases-loaded error in the 10th inning provided Winner Pheasants with the deciding marker in a 5-4 victory over Valentine.  Carl Cmerjrek clouted a homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game at 3-3.  Hearts scored in the top of the 10th before the Peasants plated a pair in the bottom of the extra frame for the win.  Jim Armstrong of Valentine and Tom Moeller of Winner had belted solo homers in the 2nd inning.

Bill Zepp, Hal Werntz (7), Paul Coleman (L) (9) and Duffy Dyer
Steve Blateric (W) and Tom Weir

(June 21)   Sturgis Titans roughed up Pierre's ace starter Bob Castiglione in posting a 7-4 win over the Cowboys.  Titans had ten hits in overcoming five errors.  Castiglione had come into the game with a 2-0 record and 19 innings of no-hit ball but was chased in the 5th frame.

John Rawls (W) Dick Barns (8), Bob Reede (8) and Dick Narron
Bob Castiglione (L), Bill Dillman (5) and Tom Sizemore

(June 21)   Dan Rudanovich was the Rapid City hero as the Chiefs topped Sioux Falls 7-6.  The outfielder from Missouri punched out four hits and scored the winner on a wild pitch with two out in the 8th inning.  Bob Lee belted a homer for the Packers in the 5th.  Fred Devereux registered the win in relief.

Jack Ceccarelli, Jimmy Robinson (4), Dick Holmes (L) (7) and Don Sessions
Gary Neibauer, Gary Keeter (6), Fred Chana (6), Fred Devereux (W) (8) and Don Alley, Steve Steele (8)