Game Reports 1970 NSBL        

 

(May 27)   The 1969 NSBL champion North Battleford Beavers kicked off the 1970 Northern Saskatchewan Baseball season in a familiar fashion, with a victory. Beavers survived six errors to down Unity 7-4. Greg Dvorak, who went undefeated with a 20-0 record in all play last season, recorded the win. He had a no-hitter going into the 6th inning. Beavers took the lead with three runs in the 4th inning and were never headed.  Manny Primeau rapped a double and scored on a two-bagger by Cam Sternig. Lorne Bunyan had another double to score the second run and Don Hilsendager knocked in Bunyan with a single. Dvorak tripled in the 5th and scored on a sacrifice fly.  In the 8th, Tom Sallaway/Salloway drove in one run with a double and Al Ferchuk walked in a pair with the bases load. Jim Shaw had a hand in all four Unity runs. He had a two-run single in the 6th inning, scored a run in the 8th after he had drawn a base on balls and doubled in the 9th to drive in the final run for the Cardinals.

Haylor (L), Ferchuk (5) and xxx
Dvorak (W), Sallaway/Salloway (7) and Bunyan

(May 31)  In a sparkling pitchers' duel, Eddie Tabashniuk's three-hitter was good enough for a 2-1 Saskatoon victory over Unity.  Commodores got just two hits off the combined offerings of Al Ferchuk and Vince Rucobo. Rucobo, who is in Unity to get married next weekend, is not expected to stay with the club for the remainder of the season. He whiffed eight in his four-inning stint.

Tabashniuk (W) and xxx
Ferchuk (L), Rucobo (6) and xxx

(May 31)  Kindersley scored four runs in the final frame on Ed Gosselin's grand-slam homer, to down the hometown Monarchs 10-7 in the first game of a double-header. Neil Urlacher had a pair of doubles for Neilburg. The Monarchs rebounded to crush the Klippers 17-4 in the second game.  Urlacher led a 16-hit attack with a homer and a pair of doubles. Brian McIntyre and Bill Sobkow each had a homer, double and single. Winning pitcher Daryl Charlton helped his cause with a double and single.

Syrota, McMillan, Arthur (W) (6) and xxx
Hunchak (L) and xxx

Arthur (L) Syrota, McMillan and xxx
Charlton (W) and xxx

(June 3)    Lloydminster fans got a rude introduction to the Northern Saskatchewan League. The Neilburg Monarchs, who decided to play some of their home games in the border city, were clobbered 18-2 by the North Battleford Beavers.  Don Hilsendager rapped five hits in six trips to the plate to drive in six runs. Jim Johnston had an inside-the-park homer and Hugh McIvor chipped in with three singles.  Tom Sallaway/Salloway held the Monarchs to six hits to gain the win.  Ron Hine and Gary Clements each had a double and single for the losers.

Sallaway/Salloway (W 1-0) and Bunyan
Hunchak (L), Charlton (3), Don McIntyre (4), Thorpe and xxx

(June 4) The Indians of Swift Current relied upon winning pitcher Les Wall's timely bat to nip the Kindersley Klippers 12 to 11 in an inter-locking Southern League match. The Tribe jumped on Kindersley starter Dana Hendershott for four runs in the opening inning but watched the lead dwindle away as three hurlers failed to hold off the stubborn visitors. Wall entered the game in the top of the eighth as Swift Current's fourth chucker and, when he came to bat in the bottom of the frame with two out, drilled a two-run single that brought the Indians back from an 11 to 9 deficit. Murray Steeves and Bob Martin both slammed three safeties for the winners including a four-bagger each. John Migneault, Brian Dickie and Bill McKetiak stroked a brace of hits apiece. Ernie Syrota had a huge game for the Klippers, slugging two round-trippers and a single, good for four RBI's. Teammate Bob Halpenny responded with three singles and three RBI's.

Hendershott, Phelps, Hendershott (8) (L) and O'Sullivan
Cox, Mahaffey (3), Kambeitz (4), Wall (8) (W) and Nybo

(June 5)  Vince Rucobo and Larry Haylor combined on a two-hitter as Unity whipped Neilburg 7-1.  Rucobo rang up 19 strikeouts before giving way to Haylor who added two more in the 9th.  Cardinals had nine hits off Don McIntyre, three by Jim Shaw. Ed Holtzman had a pair.  McIntyre had both hits for the Monarchs, a triple and single.

Rucobo (W), Haylor (9) and xxx
McIntyre (L) and xxx

(June 6) The Saskatoon Commodores took a 10 to 8 decision from the Moose Jaw Regals at Ross Wells Park. Left-hander Ken Haanen picked up the mound decision in relief and also clouted a home run, double and single. Rookie catcher Woody Stubbs drove in four runs with a double and single. Ned Andreoni smashed a two-run circuit-blast and a double for the Regals.

Mitchell, Haanen (3) (W) and Stubbs
Waterer (L), Hogg (3), Andreoni (8) and Tollefson

(June 6) The North Battleford Beavers blanked the Yorkton Cardinals 4 to 0 behind the five-hit pitching of Greg Dvorak. The Beavers collected seven hits off loser Arden Bradford and reliever Don Krick. Six Yorkton errors made things easier for the Beavers. Big Ed Stefureak had a double and single for the Redbirds.

Dvorak (W) and Bunyan
Bradford (L), Krick (4) and Rochholz

(June 7) The North Battleford Beavers, riding atop the Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League, continued to have success against Southern League opposition as they took a 20 to 11 slugfest from the Melville Millionaires in the Rail Town. Playing-manager Gord Johnson drilled a pair of homers and a single and Ross Stone also connected for a four-bagger for the Moneymen but to no avail as the Beavers pounded out a total of 19 hits' including seven doubles, off five different Melville hurlers. Manny Primeau and Neil Lampitt picked up a pair of doubles each while Jim Johnstone, Gil Hilleary and Tom Sallaway/Salloway had a two-bagger each. Lampitt, who also had a single, drove in six runs.

Hilleary, Sallaway/Salloway (6) (W) and Bunyan
Stone, B. Valberg (6) (L), M. Valberg (7), Gelowitz (7), Rieben (7) and Johnson

(June 7)  Saskatoon Commodores clobbered Neilburg Monarchs 12-3 at Cairns Field.  Bobby Brown was a one-man wrecking crew for Saskatoon with four hits, a sacrifice, four runs scored and two stolen bases.  He also made several outstanding plays in the field.  Randy Munch added a triple, double and single and Ken Haanen cracked a triple and double for the winners. Edd Tabashniuk went the distance for the win. He fanned eight and walked just one. Neil Urlacher had a double and single for Neilburg.

Don McIntyre (L 0-2), Thorpe (8) and Crossman
Tabashniuk (W 2-0) and Stubbs, Maxemiuk (5), Brown (7)

(June 7)  Unity and Kindersley split a pair of high-scoring contests. Cardinals took the opener 17-4 while Klippers rebounded with a 10-4 triumph in the second. Glen Miller led the attack in the opener with a homer, triple and three singles, knocking in four runs.  Doug Wilkinson added a triple and two singles while Ed Holtzman had three singles for Unity. Larry Haylor allowed just five hits in going the distance for the win. Import Corky Phelps took the loss. In the second game, Kindersley put it away early with nine runs in the first inning. Al Ferchuk started for Unity but didn't get an out before giving way to Ron Kleinholz who lasted just 2/3s of an inning before Ferchuk was recalled to try and get out of the inning. To say Kleinholz had control troubles would be a huge understatement. He issued seven walks and hit two batters.

Haylor (W) and xxx
Phelps (L), xxx (4) and xxx

Ferchuk (L), Kleinholz (1), Ferchuk (1) and xxx
Hendershott (W) and xxx

North Battleford       4  0  ---
Saskatoon              3  0  0.5
Kindersley             2  3  2.5
Unity                  2  3  2.5
Neilburg/Lloydminster  1  4  3.5

(June 12)   Greg Dvorak ran his Canadian regular season record to 23-1 in pitching North Battleford to a 5-0 win over Unity. Dvorak, who finished 8-1 in his first season, 1968, went 12-0 last year and picked up his third win without a loss this season in Friday's triumph.  He gave up just five hits in hurling the shutout and drove in what proved to be the winning run with a single in the 2nd inning. 

Kleinholz (L), Dahlseide (6) and Wandler, Wilkinson (7)
Dvorak (W 3-0) and Bunyan

(June 14) The Unity Cardinals hosted the Moose Jaw Regals in an inter-league match and thumped the visitors 10 to 4. Al Ferchuk went the distance for Unity in the seven and a half inning game called because of rain. Dick Schmidt drove in the winning run in the sixth with a single. Teammates Jim Shaw, Ed Ralston and Ivan Gutfriend each had a pair of singles in the win.

Bellegarde, Doerksen (3) (L) and xxx 
Ferchuk (W) and xxx

(June 17)  Neilburg edged Unity 4-3 as import hurler Scott Woodward picked up the win in his first appearance for the Monarchs.  He held the Cardinals to six hits and walked a pair while fanning eight. Rob Kleinholz took the loss. He allowed just four hits but handed out seven free passes.

Kleinholz (L), Dahlseide and xxx
Woodward (W) and xxx

(June 17) The Southern League's Swift Current Indians overcame seven errors and went on to defeat the Saskatoon Commodores 8 to 4 in an interlocking game in the Hub City. Winning hurler Larry Hemphill gave up six hits and fanned 13 in posting his third straight win. Wayne Commodore led Swift Current's batters with a double and single. Murray Steeves, Harvey Nybo and Bob Martin each had a pair of one-baggers. Bob Brown lashed out a pair of base hits for the Commodores.

Hemphill (W) and Nybo
Haanen (L), Anderson (6), Martinson (9) and Stubbs

(June 19)  North Battleford Beavers and the Neilburg-Lloydminster Monarchs played to a 4-4 tied in a game called after eight innings because of darkness.  Beavers went through four hurlers giving up nine hits. Don Henricks went the route for the Monarchs allowing eight safeties.  Hugh McIvor rapped a triple and single for the Beavers.

Hilleary, Sallaway/Salloway (5), Dvorak (6), Lampitt (8) and xxx
Henricks and xxx

(June 20) The Kindersley Klippers hosted their initial inter-league game and came away victorious with a 6 to 4 win over the Swift Current Indians. Dana Hendershott got the pitching win with relief help from Corky Phelps. Les Wall was saddled with the loss. Ed Gosselin had 3 hits for the Klippers, two singles and a double. Bill Hogaboam of the Tribe had four base raps, one of which was a two-bagger.

Wall (L), Andrews (4) and Nybo
Hendershott (W), Phelps and O'Sullivan

(June 20) Import Gary Buck was the hero as he lashed a solo home run in the fifth inning to give the Melville Millionaires a 5 to 4 win over the Saskatoon Commodores. Ross Stone picked up his second win, fanning ten and surrendering six hits. John Anderson was the loser.

Anderson (L) and Maxemiuk
Stone (W) and Johnson

(June 20) Tom Sallaway/Salloway held the Regina Red Sox to three hits as the North Battleford Beavers dumped the Queen City visitors 7 to 2. The winners out-hit the Reginans 8 to 4, handing Doug Homme his third defeat. Mark Perkins rapped a double and two singles for the league-leading Beavers while catcher Lorne Bunyan singled twice.

Homme (L), Currie (8) and Logan
Sallaway/Salloway (W 3-0) and Bunyan 

(June 21) Don Laube crashed a solid two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to erase a 3 to 2 Saskatoon lead and lift the Yorkton Cardinals to a 4 to 3 interlocking schedule victory over the Commodores. Bob Beyn earned his second win in a relief role as the Cards won their second of the weekend. Laube also hit a double and single as well as his dinger. Ken Haanen had two singles for Saskatoon.

Brandon, Martinson (8) (L) and Maxemiuk
Syrota, Beyn (4) (W) and Rochholz

(June 21) Left-hander Randy Sawa ran his season's record to 3 - 0, gaining the pitching victory in relief, as the Regina Red Sox evened their weekend record at a win and a loss when they defeated the Unity Cardinals 7 to 5. Larry Haylor went the distance and lost for Unity.

Currie, Sawa (3) (W) and xxx
Haylor (L) and xxx

(June 21) Greg Dvorak captured his fourth win of the campaign as the runaway leaders in the N.S.B.L., the North Battleford Beavers, just kept rolling along. The northerners travelled to Speedy Creek and knocked off the Swift Current Indians 11 to 6. The Tribe's Larry Hemphill tasted defeat for the first time this campaign as the Beavers roughed him up early and often. Cam Sternig was the big bopper for North Battleford, smashing a pair of two-run homers, a single and a sacrifice fly for five RBI's. Dvorak helped his own cause with three singles.

Dvorak (W 4-0) and Bunyan
Hemphill (L 3-1), J. McLeod (8) and Nybo, Migneault (9)

(June 21)   Kindersley and Neilburg split a pair. Klippers took the opener 6-4 Sunday while the Monarchs came back to win the nightcap 5-4.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

North Battleford       7  0  ---
Saskatoon              3  3  3.5
Kindersley             4  4  3.5
Neilburg/Lloydminster  3  5  4.5

Unity                  3  6  5.0

(June 24) The Regina Red Sox doubled up the Saskatoon Commodores 12 to 6 in an interlocking encounter in the Bridge City. Dave Seeley pitched and batted the Red Sox to their win, hitting two singles and a triple. His battery mate, Andy Logan, had a homer, two singles and a double. Doug Simon also picked up a dinger to go along with a one-bagger while Jim Paisley and Dan Fink both had a pair of singles.

Seeley (W) and Logan
Brandon (L), Martinson (4) and Maxemiuk

(June 24) The Unity Cardinals shaded the Swift Current Indians 3 to 1 at Mitchell Field in the Frontier City as both pitchers of record, winner Al Ferchuk of Unity and John Andrews of the Tribe, allowed nine hits. Mel Dahlseide, Jim Shaw, Glen Miller and Dick Schmidt all had two hits for the Cardinals with one of Dahlseide's being a double. Bill Hogaboam was Swift Current's best with the hickory, pasting a double and a brace of singles. 

Ferchuk (W) and Wilkinson
Andrews (L) and Nybo

(June 24)  North Battleford won its 8th straight, 7-6 over Kindersley. Greg Dvorak won his 5th without a loss pitching 4 1/3 innings of no-hit ball in relief. Beavers scored a pair in the 8th inning to come from behind for the win.  Jim Johnston walked, advanced to second on a passed ball and went to third on an infield out. Mark Perkins hit a long fly which was dropped in the outfield leading to the tying marker. Cam Sternig doubled to score Perkins with the winner. Tom Sallaway/Salloway rapped a solo homer for the Beavers.

Lon Miles, Hendershott (L) (6), Phelps (8) and O'Sullivan
Hilleary, Sallaway/Salloway (4), Dvorak (W) (5) and Bunyan

(June 26)   North Battleford scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back in downing the Saskatoon Commodores 9-3 for their 9th straight victory.  It was the 5th consecutive loss for Saskatoon.  Commodores' starter John Anderson had a hard time getting untracked as he walked the first three batters and hit the fourth scoring the first run.  A fielder's choice plated another and Anderson balked to score the third. Neil Lampitt drove in the fourth with a double. Cam Sternig slammed a two-run homer in the 5th and knocked in another run with a triple in the 7th. He added a single for a three-for-four outing. Tom Sallaway/Salloway pitched a three-hitter for the win allowing just one earned run.

Anderson (L 0-2), Brandon (8) and Maxemiuk, Stubbs (6)
Sallaway/Salloway (W 4-0) and Bunyan

(June 27) The Yorkton Cardinals won their fourth game of the season when they travelled to Kindersley and took a high-scoring 16 to 12 decision from the Klippers of the N.S.B.L. Don Laube picked up two doubles and two singles for the winners while Ed Stefureak added the game's only home run. Ernie Syrota and losing pitcher Corky Phelps each hit a double and single for the Klippers.

Krick (W) and Rochholz
Phelps (L) and xxx 

(June 27) The Moose Jaw Regals handed the North Battleford Beavers and Greg Dvorak their first setback of the season, a 5 to 2 decision at North Battleford. A three-run homer by playing-manager Ned Andreoni in the eighth inning proved to be the deciding blow. Fred Cardwell scattered eight hits and fanned eight in earning the win and preventing Dvorak from getting his sixth victory. Cam Sternig of the Beavers had two run-scoring hits, a double and a single.

Cardwell (W) and Tollefson
Dvorak and Bunyan 

North Battleford       9  1  ---
Kindersley             4  6  5.0
Unity                  4  6  5.0
Saskatoon              3  5  5.0
Neilburg/Lloydminster  3  5  5.0

(July 4)  NSBL Tournament 

(July 5) In the first game of a split-venue doubleheader for the Swift Current Indians, the Tribe took the interlocking match from the Unity Cardinals 9 to 6. Wayne Commodore, in relief of Jackie McLeod, gained the mound decision over Larry Haylor. Brian Dickie, Bill Hogaboam, Don McLeod and Commodore all had two hits for Swift Current. Tim Young, a former Moose Jaw Regal, led Unity with a pair of singles.

J. McLeod, Commodore (5) (W) and xxx
Haylor (L) and xxx

(July 5) Travelling to North Battleford following the win in Unity, the Swift Current Indians ran into the powerful Beavers and came out on the short end of a 6 to 2 verdict. Greg Dvorak picked up his sixth win in seven decisions as the Beavers scored three in each of the third and fourth frames to put the game on ice. Mark Perkins, Lorne Bunyan and Cam Sternig had two-baggers for the winners.

Wall (L) and Nybo
Dvorak (W) and Bunyan

(July 5)   Saskatoon Commodores broke a five game losing string taking both games of a double-header from Kindersley 5-1 and 6-2.  In the first game, Kindersley scored in the 2nd inning but that's all the Klippers could manage as Edd Tabashniuk and Gary Brandon combined to blank the Klippers the rest of the way.

Tabashniuk, Brandon (W) and xxx
Hendershott (L) and xxx

In the second game, Saskatoon scored twice in the first inning and were never threatened as John Anderson picked up his first win as a Commodore. 

Anderson (W), Tabashniuk (6) and xxx
Miles (L) and xxx

North Battleford      10  1  ---
Saskatoon              5  5  4.5
Neilburg/Lloydminster  3  5  5.5
Unity                  4  7  6.0
Kindersley             4  8  6.5


(July 7) The Saskatoon Commodores erupted for six runs in the eighth inning to break a 4 - 4 tie and trounce the Swift Current Indians 10 to 4. Saskatoon's starting pitcher, Ken Haanen, had four singles for the winners while teammate Ian Mitchell picked up a trio of one-baggers. John Anderson, in relief, got the win while Indians' starter Jackie McLeod was the loser.

Haanen, Anderson (6) (W) and Stubbs
J. McLeod (L), Mahaffey (8), Commodore (9) and Nybo

(July 7)   In a slugfest Tuesday, Kindersley overcame a 5-0 first inning deficit to top Neilburg-Lloydminster 13-10. Don McIntyre with a three-run homer and Bill Sobkow with a two-run blast led the Klippers' attack. Lonnie Miles added three hits for the winners, one of them a triple.  Rick Boyd had a pair of doubles. Corky Phelps gave up ten hits in registering the win. Don Henricks was the loser.

Henricks (L) and xxx
Phelps (W) and xxx

(July 8)  North Battleford scored five times in the first inning and held on for a 6-4 win over Saskatoon.  After Greg Dvorak had reached on an error and Hugh McIvor on catcher's interference, Mark Perkins drove in the first run with a double. A walk to Cam Sternig loaded the bases and Lorne Bunyan rapped a single to plate two more runs. Sternig scored on an infield grounder to third and Gil Hilleary drove in the fifth marker with a single.  Beavers made it 6-0 before Saskatoon got on the scoreboard with a run in the 5th, helped by two Beavers' errors. They added on in the 6th and a pair in the 7th. Dvorak, with relief by Perkins, was the winner.

Dvorak (W), Perkins (6), Dvorak (7) and Bunyan
Tabashniuk (L), John Anderson (1), Martinson (3) and Stubbs

(July 8)  Al Ferchuk hurled the Unity Cardinals to a 3-1 victory over the Kindersley Klippers. Dana Hendershott took the loss.

Hendershott (L) and xxx
Ferchuk (W) and xxx

North Battleford      11  1  ---
Saskatoon              6  6  5.0
Unity                  5  7  6.0
Neilburg/Lloydminster  3  6  6.5
Kindersley             5  9  7.0

(July 10)   North Battleford moved further ahead of the pack in the NSBL with a pair of wins over the Neilburg-Lloydminster Monarchs.  In the completion of the June 19th 4-4 tie, Beavers took the opener 7-4 then duplicated the score in the second encounter.  In the final inning of the first game Mark Perkins led off with a single and Cam Sternig followed with a two-bagger. Lorne Bunyan's double brought in a pair and another scored on an infield error. Neil Lampitt, who had replaced Greg Dvorak after he was ejected from the game, was the winning pitcher. Don Henricks went all the way to take the defeat.

Hilleary, Sallaway/Salloway (5), Dvorak (6), Lampitt (W) (8) and xxx
Henricks (L) and xxx

In the second game, Tom Sallaway/Salloway notched his 5th win without a loss with relief help from Gil Hilleary and Dvorak. Harry Hunchak was the loser.  A three-run homer by catcher Lorne Bunyan was the key blow. Dvorak had a homer and single and Lampitt chipped in with a pair of singles. Neil Urlacher pounded a homer and single for the Monarchs.

Sallaway/Salloway (W 5-0), Hilleary (6), Dvorak (7) and Bunyan
Hunchak (L 0-4), Henricks (9) and xxx

(July 11) The Kindersley Klippers started a southern road trip with a 6 to 3 win over the Regina Red Sox. The Klips slapped two Regina chuckers for eleven hits. Bob Halpenny smashed a two-run homer for the visitors. With the game tied 3 - 3 entering the ninth, Garnet Hannon with a two-run double and Corky Phelps' run-scoring triple won the game for Kindersley.

Miles, Hendershott (8) (W) and O'Sullivan
Seeley, Dimen (7) (L) and Logan

(July 11) The Saskatoon Commodores handed Ross Stone his second pitching defeat as they edged the Melville Millionaires 3 to 2 in the Hub City. Fred Maxemiuk hit a two-run double off Stone in the bottom of the ninth to give the Commodores the win.

Stone (L) and Johnson
Anderson (W) and Stubbs

(July 12) Randy Sawa threw a no-hit, no-run gem as the Regina Red Sox blanked the Unity Cardinals 5 to 0 in an inter-league match in Regina. The Sox scored the only run they needed in the bottom of the first. Sawa used only 100 pitches while fanning nine to record his third win. Outfielder Doug Simon clouted a looping triple and a single for the Reginans while fellow fly-chaser Danny Fink had a pair of line-drive singles.

Ferchuk (L), Dahlseide (8) and Wilkinson
Sawa (W) and Logan

(July 12) The Moose Jaw Regals thumped the Kindersley Klippers 8 to 3 in an interlocking game at Ross Wells Park. The Mill City crew had 12 hits off loser Corky Phelps with Ned Andreoni leading the way with a double and two singles. Gary Erfle and Warren Humphreys singled twice for Moose Jaw.

Phelps (L) and O'Sullivan
Rowley (W) and Tollefson, Samoluk (8)

(July 12) Following their whitewashing in Regina, the Unity Cardinals moved down the trans-Canada highway to the Mill City and rebounded for a 6 to 3 win over the Moose Jaw Regals. Larry Haylor was coasting along with a no-hitter and a six-run lead after eight innings only to see the Regals erupt for three runs on four hits in the bottom of the ninth. However, it was too little, too late as Unity prevailed with Moose Jaw starter Alex Bellegarde being tagged with the loss.

Haylor (W) and Wandler
Bellegarde (L), Andreoni (4) and Tollefson, Samoluk (3)

(July 12) The Melville Millionaires dropped their second game of the weekend as the North Battleford Beavers hung a 3 to 1 defeat on them. Greg Dvorak was a one-man show for the N.S.B.L.-leading Beavers as he not only threw a three-hitter in chalking up his eighth win of the season but also hit a double and two singles, scoring what proved to be the winning run. Terry Buck held the powerful Beavers to four hits but it wasn't enough to overcome Dvorak's efforts.

Buck (L) and Ralston, Johnson (6)
Dvorak (W) and Bunyan

(July 12)   At Lloydminster, Saskatoon Commodores took the first game of a double-bill 5-0 over Neilburg-Lloydminster before the Monarchs rebounded for a 6-2 win in the second game. Edd Tabashniuk tossed a four-hit shutout in the first game for his 4th win in five decisions.

Tabashniuk (W 4-1) and xxx
Woodward (L), Hunchak (2) and xxx

Don Henricks stopped the Commodores on six hits in the second game as the Monarchs took a 6-0 lead after three innings and coasted to the win.  Glen Brockhoff had a double and single for the winners.

Brandon (L), Brown (3) and xxx
Henricks (W) and xxx

North Battleford      14  1  ---
Saskatoon              8  7  6.0
Unity                  6  8  7.5
Kindersley             6 10  8.5

Neilburg/Lloydminster  4  9  9.0

(July 15)   Newcomer Tom Sharpe picked up his first win with five strong innings as Unity blanked Neilburg-Lloydminster 10-0.  Sharpe allowed just one hit and fanned five. Jim Shaw and Ivan Guttfriend led the Unity offensive each with three hits.

Sharpe (W), Bock (6) and xxx
Hunchak (L) and xxx

(July 15)  North Battleford won its 15th game in 16 starts drubbing Kindersley 12-2. Tom Sallaway/Salloway ran his pitching mark to 6-0 helped by Greg Dvorak's two homers and single shots from Cam Sternig and Mark Perkins.  Sternig and Don Hilsendager each had three hits.

Sallaway/Salloway (W 6-0) and Bunyan
Hendershott (L) and xxx

(July 15) The Regina Red Sox rallied for a run in the eighth and another in the ninth to nip the Saskatoon Commodores 3 to 2 in an interlocking game at Mount Pleasant Park. Andy Logan's third single of the night in the ninth sent pinch-runner Jack Buch scampering from first to third where he narrowly beat the throw from the outfield. The ball, however, skipped away from Saskatoon third sacker Bob Brown which allowed Buch to race home with the winner.

J. Anderson (L) and Stubbs
Flegel, Sawa (9) (W) and Logan

(July 16)  The Unity Cardinals moved into a tie for second place with the Saskatoon Commodores in the NSBL when they defeated the Neilburg-Lloydminster Monarchs 9 to 2. Al Ferchuk went the distance on the mound for Unity, giving up just four hits. Scott Woodward was tagged with the loss, needing relief help from Brian McIntyre in the eighth. Gary Bock had a triple for Unity in its victory while Mel Dahlseide, Tim Young and Dick Schmidt each added a double. Ron Hein collected two singles for half of the Monarchs' hits.

Ferchuk (W) and xxx
Woodward (L), B. McIntyre (8) and xxx

                             W    L    Pct.   GBL
North Battleford            15    1   .938    ----
Saskatoon                    8    8   .500     7
Unity                        8    8   .500     7
Kindersley                   6   11   .353     9.5
Neilburg/Lloydminster        4   11   .308     10.5

(July 19)   Neilburg-Lloydminster Monarchs surprised the Saskatoon Commodores taking both ends of a double-header, 11-3 and 4-1. Monarchs, who had 13 hits, jumped on Saskatoon starter Edd Tabashniuk for four runs in the first inning of the opener and cruised to the win. Don Henricks went the route, allowing eight hits, for the win.

Henricks (W) and Don McIntyre
Tabashniuk (L), Martinson (1), Brandon (3) and Stubbs

Scott Woodward, the Richland, WA native, fired a two-hitter and rang up 12 strikeouts in the second game to post the victory. Brian McIntyre led off the game for the Monarchs with a homer. Gary Clements' first inning double scored Don McIntyre with what proved to be the winning run. Ken Haanen took the loss.

Woodward (W) and Don McIntyre
Haanen (L), Tabashniuk (9) and Brown

North Battleford      15  1  ---
Unity                  8  8  7.0
Saskatoon              8 10  8.0
Neilburg/Lloydminster  6 11  9.5
Kindersley             6 11  9.5

(July 22-23)  See Lacombe Tournament

(July 25) Don Krick held the Kindersley Klippers to four hits as the Yorkton Cardinals blanked the Klips 8 to 0 in an inter-league game played in Yorkton. Krick fanned twelve in going the distance. Losing pitcher Lonnie Miles gave up nine safeties including a solo home run to Vern Neal.

Miles (L) and O'Sullivan
Krick (W) and Rochholz 

(July 25)   Edd Tabashniuk scattered ten hits, one a homer by Glen Brockhoff, as Saskatoon Commodores downed Neilburg-Lloydminster 9-6. Scott Woodward took the loss.

Tabashniuk (W) and Brown
Woodward (L), Henricks (9) and Don McIntyre

(July 26)   Marty Martinson shutout the league-leading North Battleford Beavers on six hits Sunday and Saskatoon Commodores took a 5-0 victory. Fred Maxemiuk paced the offense with three hits, including a double in the four-run 3rd inning. He also had a pair of stolen bases.

Hilleary (L), Sallaway/Salloway (8) and Bunyan
Martinson (W) and Brown

(July 26) The Melville Millionaires took the first game of a three-team inter-league double-bill when they bounced the Kindersley Klippers 9 to 0 in an afternoon game. Ross Stone gave up four hits and struck out six to earn the win. Don Gelowitz with a three-bagger and Gord Johnson with a double were the extra-base clouters for the Moneymen.

Hendershott (L), Phelps (5) and O'Sullivan
Stone (W) and Johnson

(July 26) The Unity Cardinals won the opener of a two-game Sunday set in different venues when they defeated their namesakes, the Yorkton Cardinals, 7 to 4. Unity out-hit Yorkton 9 to 6. Larry Rochholz, Don Laube, Gary Syrota and Ed Stefureak all connected for solo home runs in a losing cause. Mel Dahlseide hit a two-run dinger for Unity.

Sharpe (W) and Wilkinson
Beyn (L) and Rochholz 

(July 26) The Melville Millionaires continued to increase their lead atop the Southern League when they won their second game of the day, edging the Unity Cardinals 4 to 3 in an interlocking tussle. Terry Buck pitched a four-hitter and whiffed ten batters in earning the win. He also hit a three-bagger in the sixth. Loser Al Ferchuk was tagged for 12 hits and had five strikeouts.

Ferchuk (L) and Wilkinson
Buck (W) and Johnson

North Battleford      15  2  ---
Saskatoon             10 10  6.5
Unity                  9  9  6.5
Neilburg/Lloydminster  6 12  9.5
Kindersley             6 13  10.0

(July 29)   Saskatoon Commodores and Unity battled to a 4-4 draw Wednesday. Glen Miller drove in Tim Young in the bottom of the 9th for the Cardinals to knot the count. Jim Shaw had a homer for Unity and Woody Stubbs belted a triple for Saskatoon. 

Brandon and xxx
Haylor, Sharpe (9) and xxx

(July 29)  Mark Perkins led the way with a homer and two singles as North Battleford battered Neilburg-Lloydminster 18-3. Greg Dvorak went seven innings for the win.

Dvorak (W), Perkins (8) and xxx
Hunchak (L), Henricks (4), Thorpe (4), Don McIntyre and xxx

(July 31)  The North Battleford Beavers took advantage of four Saskatoon Commodore errors and a balk to edge the Hub City crew 5 to 3 in NSBL action at North Battleford. Gil Hilleary pitched six innings for the victory before being relieved by Greg Dvorak. Losing hurler Marty Martinson went the distance for the Commodores, surrendering seven hits. Jim Johnston, Cam Sternig and Manny Primeau each had two singles for North Battleford. Randy Munch led the Commodores with a triple and single. Fred Maxemiuk collected two singles and Ken Haanen slammed a double.

M. Martinson (L) and xxx
Hilleary (W), Dvorak (7) and xxx

(July 31)  The Unity Cardinals downed the Neilburg-Lloydminster Monarchs 15 to 9 at Neilburg. The game featured ten extra-base hits as Neilburg collected ten safeties and Unity twelve. Gary Bock, the winning pitcher, had a solo homer while Tim Young had a triple and single. Doug Wilkinson hit a three-bagger and two singles. Glen Miller and Ivan Gutfriend each had a double and single. Don Mcintyre was the big gun for Neilburg with two home runs, one being a a grand slam and the other a solo shot. Bill Sobkow had a double and single while Pat Gibbons and Jim Clements each hit a double. Losing pitcher Don Henricks hit two singles. Henricks struck out five batters while Bock set nine men down on strikes.

Bock (W) and xxx
Henricks (L) and xxx

(August 1) The Moose Jaw Regals opened their weekend schedule with an 8 to 5 win over the northern-leading North Battleford Beavers. Moose Jaw scored three runs in the eighth to scrape by the Beavers. Roy Rowley was the top hitter for the Regals with three singles.

Sallaway/Salloway (L) and Bunyan
Cardwell (W) and Tollefson

(August 1) The Melville Millionaires cruised to a 6 to 2 win over the Unity Cardinals behind ace portsider Ross Stone. Bev Hickie had three singles and Terry Buck two doubles for the winners off the slants of loser Tom Sharpe.

Stone (W) and xxx
Sharpe (L) and xxx

(August 2) Terry Buck tossed a two-hitter as the Melville Millionaires blanked the Kindersley Klippers 3 to 0 at Pirie Field in an inter-league game.

Hendershott (L) and O'Sullivan
Buck (W) and Johnson

(August 2) The Regina Red Sox handed the North Battleford Beavers, runaway leaders of the N.S.B.L., their second setback of the weekend, dropping the Beavers 5 to 4 in a ten-inning game. The Sox were hard-pressed to pull out the win. Tied 4 - 4 in the bottom of the tenth, Larry Bachiu slammed a ball off the outfield fence and Doug Simon followed with a double to drive home the winner. Jim Paisley had a two-run homer and Rick Wagman a solo-shot for the Sox off loser Greg Dvorak. Bachiu was the Sox' top hitter with two doubles. 

Dvorak (L) and Bunyan
Fellner, B. Wright (6) (W) and Logan

(August 2)  The Saskatoon Commodores improved their chances of finishing in second spot in the NSBL when they trounced the Kindersley Klippers 8 to 1 and 10 to 0 in a Cairns Field doubleheader. In the opener, Edd Tabashniuk pitched no-hit baseball for six and one-third innings before Ernie Syrota blasted a shot over the right-field fence for the Klippers' only run. The Saskatonians rapped nine hits off loser Corky Phelps. Fred Maxemiuk and Tabashniuk were the top men at the plate for the Commodores with a pair of hits each.  

Phelps (L) and O'Sullivan
Tabashniuk (W) and Maxemiuk, Stubbs (8)

In the second game, Gary Brandon earned his first victory of the season as he limited the Klippers to four hits while the Commodores backed him up with a 12-hit attack off loser Lonnie Miles. Saskatoon decided the issue early as they chased four runs across the plate in the initial frame. Ken Haanen led the Hub City attack with three doubles. Woody Stubbs and Ian Mitchell added another double each.

Miles (L) and O'Sullivan
Brandon (W) and Maxemiuk, Stubbs (5)

                           W     L     Pct.    GBL
North Battleford          18     4    .818     ----
Saskatoon                 12    11    .521      6 1/2
Unity                     10    10    .500      7
Neilburg/Lloydminster      6    14    .300     11
Kindersley                 6    17    .261     12 1/2

(August 4)  The North Battleford Beavers suffered only their second loss to NSBL opposition but it extended their losing streak to three games. The Unity Cardinals made it three straight with a come-from-behind 6 to 3 decision at Unity. The game was tied 3 - 3 in the sixth inning when a double by Unity's Doug Wilkinson drove in two runs to break the deadlock. Mark Perkins, the second of three Beaver hurlers, was the victim of Wilkinson's blow. Gil Hilleary started on the hill but gave way to Perkins who, in turn. was relieved by Greg Dvorak in the eighth and final inning of the darkness-shortened contest. Nine walks hurt the Beaver pitching crew. Larry Haylor was the winner despite giving up nine hits. Don Hilsendager led the North Battleford attack with a triple and single while Dvorak and Rick Johnston had two singles each.

Hilleary, Perkins (L), Dvorak (8) and xxx
Haylor and Wilkinson

(August 5)  The North Battleford Beavers clinched the 1970 NSBL pennant with a 10 to 1 lacing of the Kindersley Klippers, thus ending a three-game losing streak. Greg Dvorak pitched six innings for the Beavers in earning the win. Dvorak allowed three hits, all doubles off the bats of Ed Gosselin, Jerry Flanagan and Ernie Syrota, before catcher Lorne Bunyan took the mound for the seventh and eighth innings. Mark Perkins threw the final inning. Lonnie Miles went the distance in taking the loss for Kindersley. Third baseman Cam Sternig checked in with four singles in five trips to the plate and outfielder Hugh McIvor added three more singles for the Beavers. Dvorak had a triple and a single while Perkins and Neil Lampitt added a double and single each in North Battleford's 17-hit onslaught.

Miles (L) and xxx
Dvorak (W), Bunyan (7), Perkins (9) and Bunyan, xxx (7)

(August 5)  The Neilburg-Lloydminster Monarchs out-hit the Unity Cardinals but committed five errors in fumbling to an 8 to 7 loss. In spite of being touched for 12 hits, Unity's Tom Sharpe was credited with the pitching victory. The Cards picked up nine safeties off loser Scott Woodward. Sharpe struck out 14 Monarch batters. Woodward had a homer and single to lead Neilburg batters. Neil Urlacher added a pair of doubles plus a single while Brian McIntyre checked in with a triple and a single.

Sharpe (W) and xxx
Woodward (L) and xxx

(August 6)  The Unity Cardinals strengthened their hold on second place in the NSBL with an impressive 9 to 2 victory over the pennant-winning North Battleford Beavers. The Redbirds scored four runs off Beaver starting pitcher and loser Tom Sallaway/Salloway in the second inning and never looked back. Mel Dahlseide and Glen Miller both poked out a triple and single for the Cards while Jim Shaw added a double and single. Ed Holtzman had an inside-the-park homer for Unity. Al Ferchuk was the winning pitcher, fanning eight, walking none and limiting the Beavers to eight hits.

Sallaway/Salloway (L) and xxx
Ferchuk (W) and xxx

(August 6)  The Kindersley Klippers moved ahead of the Neilburg-Lloydminster Monarchs in the battle for the fourth and final NSBL playoff spot, posting a 6 to 2 win over the Monarchs. Dana Hendershott struck out 11 batsmen in recording the victory for Kindersley. Corky Phelps rapped a double and single, good for two runs batted in, off loser Don Henricks to pace the Klips at the dish. Doug Clements collected two singles for the Monarchs.

Henricks (L) and xxx
Hendershott (W) and xxx

                           W    L    Pct,    GBL
North Battleford          19    6   .760    -----
Unity                     13   10   .565      5
Saskatoon                 12   11   .522      6
Kindersley                 7   18   .280     12
Neilburg/Lloydminster      6   16   .273     11 1/2

(August 6)  The Unity Cardinals continued their winning ways in the NSBL, outscoring the Kindersley Klippers 17 to 10 in Unity. The Cards now hold a one and one-half lead over the Saskatoon Commodores in the NSBL battle for second spot. Gary Bock was the winning hurler for the Redbirds although needing relief help from Mel Dahlseide in the seventh frame. Corky Phelps was the losing twirler. The Cardinals had their hitting shoes on, banging out 16 hits. Jim Shaw had a home run and two singles. Bock added a homer while Ed Ralston and Dick Schmidt both hit a double and single. Ed Holtzman contributed a triple and single. Rick Boyd was Kindersley's top hitter with a home run and two singles. Lonnie Miles was good for a triple and single.

Phelps (L) and xxx
Bock (W), Dahlseide (7) and xxx

(August 8) The Yorkton Cardinals remained in contention for a Southern League playoff spot when they whipped the Saskatoon Commodores 8 to 5 in an interlocking match in the Hub City. The Cards roared back from a 4 to 0 deficit to get the victory on the strength of the hitting heroics of Ed Stefureak and Vern Neal.

Fyfe (W) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx

(August 9)  The Neilburg-Lloydminster Monarchs were eliminated from NSBL playoff contention when they dropped a twin-bill to the pennant-winning North Battleford Beavers by scores of 6 to 0 and 10 to 9. North Battleford's Gil Hilleary picked up the shutout pitching triumph in the matinee game, striking out nine batters. The Monarchs' Don Henricks was saddled with the loss.

Henricks (L) and xxx
Hilleary (W) and xxx

In the second affair, Neilburg came from behind to tie the game 9 - 9 but third sacker Cam Sternig's single in the bottom of the ninth scored Ken Nelson Jr. to end the contest and send the Monarchs into hibernation early. Sternig had five hits in total during the double-dip.

xxx (L) and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

(August 9) The Unity Cardinals bombed their namesakes from the Southern League, the Yorkton Cardinals, 19 to 9 to put the pressure on Yorkton to win their last game of the season against North Battleford or else face elimination. Unity's Tom Sharpe knocked in five runs with a double and single and handled the pitching chores for seven innings, long enough to pick up the mound triumph. Vern Neal had a double and three singles for Yorkton while Ed Stefureak homered and doubled.

Krick (L), Syrota (5), Krick (5), Neal (5) and xxx
Sharpe (W), xxx (8) and xxx

(August 9) The Kindersley Klippers won a slugfest from the Moose Jaw Regals 11 to 10 in ten innings. The Regals had a six-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth but blew the margin and allowed the Klips to tie the game. Regals' outfielder Brian Keegan separated his shoulder during the early action and had to leave the game. Jim Booth picked up four hits for Moose Jaw.

xxx (L) and xxx
xxx (W) and xxx

(August 9) Needing a win to make the playoffs, the Yorkton Cardinals dropped a heart-breaking 4 to 3 decision to the North Battleford Beavers in their last game of the season. The Cards lost in the bottom of the 11th after the Beavers' Hugh McIvor walked, reached second and third on a sacrifice and scored on a wild pitch by losing hurler Gary SyrotaMark Perkins of North Battleford went all the way for the mound win. Yorkton's Ed Stefureak had three doubles in a losing cause.

Beyn, Fyfe (9), Syrota (11) (L) and Rochholz
Perkins (W) and Bunyan

(August 9) The Saskatoon Commodores bombed a tired group of Moose Jaw Regals 9 to 1 after the Mill City crew arrived in Saskatoon following their extra-inning loss in Kindersley. John Anderson limited Moose Jaw to seven hits. The Commodores got their nine runs on nine hits and seven Moose Jaw errors. Ian Mitchell and Bob Brown provided the power at the plate for Saskatoon as each had a double and single.

xxx (L) and xxx
Anderson (W) and xxx

                          W    L    Pct.       
North Battleford         22    6    .750
Unity                    15   10    .600
Saskatoon                13   12    .520
Kindersley                8   19    .296 
Neilburg-Lloydminster     6   18    .250

(August 10)  A bottom of the ninth inning bobble at second base on a routine, tailor-made double play ball allowed the Saskatoon Commodores to come away with a 5 to 4 triumph over the Unity Cardinals. Bob Brown had four consecutive singles to lead the Saskatoon offense and give the win to chucker Gary Brandon. Both squads had nine hits. Loser Larry Haylor of Unity struck out twelve but was the victim of the last-inning faux pas. Unity catcher Doug Wilkinson rapped three singles to pace the losers at the platter.

Haylor (L) and Wilkinson
Brandon (W) and Stubbs 

(August 11)  The Saskatoon Commodores pulled even with the Unity Cardinals at 15 wins and 12 losses each when they shutout the visitors 4 to 0 at Cairns Field. Marty Martinson of the Saskatonians threw an assortment of curves and knuckleballs at the Redbirds to earn the four-hit victory. Losing twirler Al Ferchuk of the Redbirds gave up six hits. Ken Haanen and Fred Maxemiuk had a brace of base knocks apiece for the Bridge City brigade. 

Ferchuk (L) and xxx
M. Martinson and xxx

Following the win and an an apparent tie for second place in the NSBL, Saskatoon manager Spero Leakos declined to agree to the completion of a previous tie game between the two teams in Unity which had been called because of darkness after nine innings were in the books. A pick-up of that stalemate was to have been played prior to the start of the first game of their semi-final playoff series and Leakos' rationale was that such an occurrence would cut the scheduled playoff game short, a game he considered far more important. In view of that, Leakos forfeited the tie game, giving Unity second place and the extra home game in the series. 

PLAYOFFS

(August 12)  The 1970 NSBL playoffs swung into action with the first-place North Battleford Beavers squeezing out a 5 to 4, twelve-inning win over the fourth-place Kindersley Klippers. Kindersley jumped on winning hurler, Greg Dvorak, for three runs in the top of the first inning. However, Dvorak tightened up and allowed but one more run while striking out 14 batters in the 12 innings. North Battleford's Don Hilsendager led off the bottom of the twelfth with a single and was sacrificed to second by Neil Lampitt. Jim Johnston laid down a perfect bunt for a single, moving Hilsendager to third. Losing pitcher Corky Phelps was pulled at this point and left-hander Dana Hendershott came in to face two left-handed swingers. He got Manny Primeau to pop to third but then Mark Perkins singled in the winning run with his second hit of the game. Johnston, Dvorak, Hilsendager and Cam Sternig also had two hits for the Beavers. Lane Jackson reciprocated with a brace of base raps for the Klips.

Phelps (L), Hendershott (12) and Schommer
Dvorak (W) and Bunyan

(August 12)  The Unity Cardinals picked up their first on-field NSBL win against the Saskatoon Commodores during 1970 and it came at the most opportune of times, during a playoff encounter. The Cards exploded for six runs in the fifth frame to overwhelm the Hub City visitors 6 to 1 and take a one-game lead in their best-of-seven semi-final series. Winning pitcher Tom Sharpe drove in the first two Unity runs with a bases-loaded single. His batterymate, Doug Wilkinson, followed suit later in the inning, also hammering out a two-run one-bagger with the sacks full. Saskatoon starter John Anderson, driven from the hill during the fifth-frame uprising, took the setback. Wilkinson led Unity from the batters' box, going two-for-four. Fred Maxemiuk was three-for-four for the Commodores.

Anderson (L), Tabashniuk (5), Brown (7) and Stubbs
Sharpe (W) and Wilkinson

(August 15)  The North Battleford Beavers dropped the Kindersley Klippers 6 to 4 in Kindersley and, in doing so, assumed a two-games to none lead in their NSBL playoff encounter with the Klips. Tom Sallaway/Salloway picked up the win for the Beavers while portsider Dana Hendershott was tagged with the defeat. Kindersley lodged a protest because of a disputed triple play call in which Bob Halpenny hit an infield fly with runners on first and second. The runners failed to tag and were thrown out on the play.

Sallaway/Salloway (W) and xxx
Hendershott (L) and xxx

(August 16)  The Beavers of North Battleford took a commanding 3 to 0 lead in the NSBL semi-finals when they jumped all over the Kindersley Klippers 11 to 4 at North Battleford. Winning pitcher Greg Dvorak was the difference in the game, slamming two home runs, one a three-run job in the seventh which put the Beavers ahead to stay. His first home run led off the fourth inning. Corky Phelps, the losing chucker, also hit a home run and added a two-run single in the seventh to briefly put the Klippers ahead 4 to 3. Dvorak struck out 10 batters while Phelps fanned eight. Hugh McIvor added a home run, double and single to the Beaver attack.

Phelps (L) and xxx
Dvorak (W) and xxx

(August 18)  In a playoff game in which pitching was not at its best, the Unity Cardinals outlasted the Saskatoon Commodores 11 to 9, a win which vaulted the Cards into a 2 to 0 semi-final series lead. The Redbirds' regular catcher, Doug Wilkinson, the second of four Unity hurlers, picked up the win over Marty Martinson, one of four Commodore chuckers. The Cards erupted for eight runs in the sixth to salt away the victory. Dick Schmidt carried the big stick for Unity with three singles. Mel Dahlseide and Glen Miller added a pair of hits in the 13-hit Unity offense. Bob Brown had a pair of singles for Saskatoon.

Bock, Wilkinson (W), Sharpe (7) and Wandler, Richards (4), Wilkinson (7)
Tabashniuk, Martinson (L) (4), Anderson (6), Brown (6) and Brown, Maxemiuk (6)  

(August 19)  The Saskatoon Commodores find themselves on the brink of elimination from the NSBL playoffs following an 8 to 1 trouncing at the hands of the Unity Cardinals. The Redbirds now lead their series 3 games to none. Winning hurler Larry Haylor was the hero for Unity, giving up just two hits while whiffing nine Commodores. Fred Maxemiuk tallied the lone Saskatoon run with a fifth inning homer. Commodore starting pitcher Gary Brandon was nailed with the loss. The Cardinals were led at the plate by outfielder Tim Young who drilled three singles. Ed Holzman and Dick Schmidt added a double and single each with Holzman getting credit for driving in three runs.

Brandon (L), Martinson (5), Brown (5) and Stubbs
Haylor (W) and Wilkinson

(August 19)  Although out-hit by the visitors from North Battleford, the Kindersley Klippers managed to come up with a 4 to 3 win over the Beavers and lived to breathe another day. In all, the Beavers collected nine hits while the Klippers managed only four. Two of the Klippers runs were unearned. North Battleford still holds a comfortable three games to one margin in the best-of-seven affair. After allowing the Beavers to score three times in the top of the initial inning, winning hurler Dana Hendershott bore down and kept the pennant-winners off the scoresheet for the remaining eight innings. Gil Hilleary gave up all four Klippers hits and took the pitching loss. North Battleford shortstop Neil Lampitt led all batters with three hits.

Hilleary (L), Dvorak (5) and Bunyan
Hendershott (W) and O'Sullivan  

(August 21)  The Unity Cardinals edged past the Saskatoon Commodores 4 to 3 at Cairns Field to sweep their semi-final playoff series in four straight games. Unity's Gary Bock allowed only six Saskatoon hits and showed excellent control through the first six innings as he picked up the complete game pitching decision. Hub City starter John Anderson gave up all four Unity runs and was tagged with the loss. Dick Schmidt gave Unity the early lead when he blasted a second inning solo homer. Bock was the heaviest hitter in the game with a brace of two-baggers. Ian Mitchell had a pair of singles for the Commodores.

Bock (W) and xxx
Anderson (L), Tabashniuk, Martinson and xxx

(August 21)  The North Battleford Beavers qualified to repeat as NSBL champions after knocking off the Kindersley Klippers 17 t0 6 to win their semi-final showdown four games to one. The Beavers struck for 12 runs in a single inning to walk away with the fifth-game win and the series. North Battleford was powered by a grand-slam homer by second baseman Manny Primeau and a solo shot off the bat of Cam Sternig. Greg Dvorak, with relief help from Mark Perkins, was the winning pitcher. Corky Phelps, the first of four Kindersley flingers, took the loss.

Phelps (L), Gosselin, Flanagan, Rachel and xxx
Dvorak (W), Perkins and xxx

FINAL

(August 23)  The Unity Cardinals opened up the best-of-seven NSBL final series with a convincing 9 to 2 bombing of the pennant-winning North Battleford Beavers in Beavertown. North Battleford's ace chucker, Greg Dvorak, was tagged for seven Unity runs before he was chased from the mound in the sixth. Tom Sharpe fashioned a steady six-hitter to earn the decision. Ed Ralston sparked a fifth-inning Redbird uprising by blasting a bases-loaded triple to score three runs. He also picked up a single. Tim Young added a pair of singles and a double while Glen Miller laced out a brace of one-baggers. Catcher Lorne Bunyan collected a double and single for the Beavers.

Sharpe (W) and Wilkinson
Dvorak (L), Sallaway/Salloway (6), Hilleary (9) and Bunyan

(August 24)  The North Battleford Beavers wasted no time in evening the best-of-seven NSBL final series at one game apiece as they scored five times in the seventh inning to sew up a 7 to 1 victory over the Unity Cardinals. Tom Sallaway/Salloway was the pitching hero for the Beavers, limiting Unity to four hits while fanning six batters. Sallaway and his batterymate, Lorne Bunyan, each had big nights at the plate, going four-for-four, all singles. Ed Ralston collected two singles for the Cards.

Haylor (L) and Wilkinson
Sallaway/Salloway (W) and Bunyan

(August 26)  Two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Unity Cardinals a 4 to 2 win over the North Battleford Beavers in Unity and a two games to one lead in the best-of-seven NSBL final. Tom Sharpe's five-hit pitching and the timely hitting of Tim Young engineered the Unity victory. Young had three hits in the game, giving him seven so far in the series. He doubled in the Cardinals' two-run fourth inning rally and then singled, stole second and scored what proved to be the winning marker on Jim Shaw's double in the fifth. Greg Dvorak was the losing pitcher as he whiffed five, walked two and gave up six hits. Shaw added a single to his double off Dvorak while Young's other hit was a single. Dvorak and Mark Perkins each had a double for the Beavers.

Dvorak (L) and Bunyan
Sharpe (W) and Wilkinson

(August 28)  The North Battleford Beavers must be wondering what they have to do to defeat the Unity Cardinals in the best-of-seven NSBL final. The Beavers watched a 7 to 1 lead disintegrate at the hands of the Cardinals in game four of the series played in Unity. The Cards scored five times in the fourth inning, once more in the fifth and once in the sixth for an 8 to 7 victory. The win gives Unity a commanding three to one edge in the series. Singles by Ed Ralston, Glen Miller, Ed Holzman and Tim Young plus a double by winning pitcher Gary Bock produced the five-run Cardinal outburst in the fourth which started the Redbirds back on the road to victory. Larry Haylor tripled and scored the tying run on a passed ball in the fifth and then, Young scored the winner in the sixth, scampering home from third on a two-out throwing error. Bock struck out five and walked four while scattering 11 hits in the victory. Mark Perkins, the last of three Beaver hurlers, took the loss. Ralston and Miller wound up as Unity's top hitters with two singles apiece. Greg Dvorak and Cam Sternig both drilled a triple and single for the losers while Neil Lampitt added a double and single.

xxx, xxx, Perkins (L) and xxx
Bock (W) and xxx

(August 29)  The North Battleford Beavers, defending NSBL champions, dumped the Unity Cardinals 10 to 4 in North Battleford to edge closer to the Cards in the league final series which the Unity squad now leads three games to two. The Beavers exploded for five runs in the eighth inning with Hugh McIvor's grand slam dinger being the big blow. Winning pitcher Tom Sallaway/Salloway allowed nine hits while loser Tom Sharpe gave up 13 base blows. Manny Primeau was the big cheese for the Beavers at the dish as he slammed a double and two singles. Cam Sternig and Mike Hanus contributed a double and single each. Larry Haylor slugged a double and single for the Redbirds while teammate Glen Miller added two singles.

Sharpe (L) and xxx
Sallaway/Salloway (W) and xxx  

(August 30)  The Unity Cardinals captured the 1970 NSBL championship with a 7 to 3 victory over the North Battleford Beavers in Unity. The win gave Unity the best-of-seven series four games to two. Although requiring fireman help from Larry Haylor in the seventh inning, Unity starter Al Ferchuk was credited with the win. While on the hill, Ferchuk allowed three North Battleford runs on seven hits, striking out seven and giving up four walks. Unity's big hitter in the championship game was Ed Ralston who haunted losing pitcher Mark Perkins with two singles and a double while driving in three runs. Jim Shaw and Doug Wilkinson both added two safeties for the winners.  Neil Lampitt managed two singles for the Beavers.

Perkins (L), Lampitt (5), Sallaway/Salloway (8) and xxx
Ferchuk (W), Haylor (7) and xxx