(July 1-2) The host Eston Ramblers downed Moose Jaw Devons 5-1 in the final of the Eston Tournament. Ramblers had reached the championship game with a win over Saskatoon Patrick Liners while Moose Jaw shaded Regina 4-1.
In opening action, Moose Jaw shaded the Edmonton Cardinals 8-3, Regina topped Unity 7-2, Saskatoon got by Two Hills, Alberta, 3-2 and Eston beat Dickinson, North Dakota, 7-1.
Edmonton International Baseball Tournament
(July 8-9-10) It took 12 innings but the Red Deer Border Players emerged with a 6-4 victory over Edmonton Tigers to capture the Edmonton International Baseball Tournament. Tigers out-hit the Players 12-8 but made eight errors, including one which brought in the winning run. Ken Nelson singled to open the 12th for Red Deer and Terry Henley was credited with a single when right fielder Terry Ryan lost the ball in the lights. The deciding marker came home when second baseman Rick Peterson allowed Brian McCook's grounder to get away. The Players notched a pair of insurance runs on a two-run double by Harold Johnson. Jim Peterson went all the way for the win. Randy Gregg, who pitched into the 12th, took the loss. Pete Duncan had the only homer, a solo shot which tied the game in the 8th inning.
Peterson (W) and Price
Gregg (L), Brown (12) and Franchuk
Brian McCook's pinch-hit single in the 7th inning plated Grant Becker with what turned out to be the winning run as Red Deer shaded Eston 5-4 in a semi-final match. Fred Cardwell worked three hitless innings in relief to preserve the pitching win for Brian McAusland, who faced just two men in the 6th. Pete Duncan had a homer and single for the winners.
Hendley, McAusland (W) (6), Cardwell (7) and Price
Murphy (L) and Morrice
In a slugfest, the Edmonton Tigers beat the Red Deer Generals 12-11 with a run in the bottom of the 9th to advance to the tourney final. After giving up three runs in the top of the inning, Randy Gregg lined a one-out double to score Kurt Kingsolver. Tigers out-hit the Generals 20 to 9 with Randy Rasmussen, Kingsolver and Gregg each with three. Jim Selvitella, who had three hits, belted a homer in the 9th for the Generals.
Hinrichs, Camp (5), Dansen (6), Henley (L) (6) and Johnson
Rivera, Grey (W) (6) and Kingsolver
Gorman Heimueller (right) fired a four-hitter as Red Deer topped Rapid City, South Dakota, Macy's 6-1 in the opening round of the Edmonton International Tournament.. Pete Duncan provided the firepower for the Players with a three-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the seventh. Val Mayden's 6th inning homer for Rapid City deprived Heimueller of a shutout.
Heimueller (W) and Price
Chamberlain (L), Abeyla (6) and Whitmer
The Red Deer Generals rapped four home runs against Barrhead Cardinals to take a 10-7 decision. Gens trailed 7-6 going into the seventh when Gary Scott, who had doubled, scored on a ground out to tie the count. Marty Coil's (left) 8th inning homer put them in the lead and Tom Johnson clouted a two-run homer in the 9th as insurance. Bruce Chaney and Mike Anicich also homered.
Behlen, Camp (6), Henley (W) (6) and Johnson
Liber, Curtis (L) (4), Osborne (8) and Teahen
Eston Ramblers notched a 3-1 win over a combined Edmonton Duster - Lac La Biche entry in a game played Sunday after a downpour Saturday night. Steve Kaia and Robert Murphy combined on a four-hitter for the win.
Kaia (W), Murphy (9) and Morrice
Kowalishen (L) and Faulkenbury
Edmonton Tigers crushed the Edmonton Cardinals 12-1 Friday to open the Edmonton International Tournament.
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(July 16-17) Rain spoiled a match up between the two Red Deer clubs, the M&K Generals and the Border Players, in the final of the 7th Annual Kinsmen Tournament at Barrhead. Another downpour forced the cancellation after the Generals had reached the final trouncing Two Hills 12-1 and the Players had upended the host club 9-3.
A three-run, first inning set the Players on the way to their semi-final win over Barrhead. Cardinals' starting pitcher Clint Curtis walked the bases full and Pete Duncan delivered a two-run single to start the scoring. Terry Hendley and Duncan each had two hits for the winners. Larry Nakonechny drove in three runs. After a rocky first inning in which the Players gunned down two runners heading for the plate and picked off another, Gorman Heimueller settled down until the seventh when one of his offerings struck Barrhead manager Gary Picone on the elbow. With his next pitch Heimueller hit Lorne Niven. Jim Peterson finished.
Heimueller (W), Peterson (7) and Price
Curtis (L), Osborne (1), Paiement (5) and Sady, Hollett (4)
Steve Behlen held Two Hills to just three hits and the Generals pounded out 11, and were helped by eight errors, in a 12-1 victory called after seven innings. Marty Coil drove in three runs for the winners.
Behlen (W) and Johnson
Compton (L), Vincent (4) and Danielson
Two Hills blew a 9-1 lead but recovered and scored two in the 8th to upset the Edmonton Tigers 11-9. Tigers had taken the lead with a six-run outburst in the top of the 8th.The teams combined for 31 hits.
Erasmus, Brown (L) (5) and Kingsolver
Danielson, Vincent (8), Compton (W) (8) and Gil
Ray Royce tossed a three-hit shutout as the Red Deer Generals blanked the Edmonton Dusters 6-0, taking advantage of four Dusters' errors. All the runs were unearned. Chuck Hensley was the tough-luck loser, allowing just six hits.
Hensley (L) and Faulkenbury
Royce (W) and Johnson
Terry Hendley had a no-hitter as the Players whipped Prince George 14-1 in a seven inning contest. The right-hander fanned 13 in the gem with the only run against him coming in the 7th inning on three consecutive errors. It was the second no-hitter in tournament history. Mike Souza of San Mateo hurled the first against the Cardinals in 1971. Hendley and battery-mate Al Price each had three hits and drove in three runs. Wayne Schneider knocked in three with his two safeties. Players scored ten runs in the second inning to put the game on ice early.
Corness (L), Cameron (2) and Wheele
Hendley (W) and Price
Fritz Brown and and Ray Paiement combined on a four-hitter as Barrhead crunched North Battleford 10-0. Steve McMannon knocked in three runs with a homer and double. Steve Dergance also belted a homer. Jerry Hollett, Gary Picone and Girard Tondreau each had two hits.
Reynolds (L), Laird (6), Becotte (7) and Hanus
Brown (W), Paiement (6) and Sady
(July 16-17) The Lac La Biche Dodgers of the Alberta Major Baseball League exhibited outstanding hurling in taking top money at the Unity Tournament. The Dodgers swamped Moose Jaw Devons 10-0 in their opening game of the tournament. Terry Christman fired the shutout and Jim McDonald accounted for six runs with a pair of homers.
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The Dodgers downed the host Unity Cardinals 7-1 in their second game as Larry Kowalishen tossed a three-hitter. Monte Mello took the loss.
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In the championship game, Lac La Biche crushed Eston 12-2 behind a four-hitter by Dennis King. The Dodgers pounded out 13 hits.
Unity shaded Saskatoon 8-7 in opening round action.
(July 20-21) In a tournament noted for its offensive displays, Red Deer Generals captured the top money with a come-from-behind 11-10 victory over the Fairbanks, Alaska, Goldpanners in the championship game. Terry Hendley, the fourth Red Deer hurler, took over in the third inning and managed to hold the Goldpanners at bay for the remainder of the contest. Generals had jumped into a 6-2 lead but the Goldpanners erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 10-6 lead. Hendley came aboard with two out and runners on second and third. He gave up a single, but then held the powerful American squad to just three hits in the last 6 1/3 innings. Red Deer won the game with three runs on four walks and an error in the 8th. Tom Johnson, named the MVP of the tournament, had two hits for the Generals.
The Alberta nine advanced to the final with a 19-7 victory over Eston Ramblers. Fairbanks outlasted Rapid City 16-12 in the other semi-final.
Red Deer M&K Generals rallied in the bottom of the 9th inning to down Unity 12-10 in first round action. Down 10-7, Mike Garcia's grand slam homer, after an error, walk and base hit, provided the margin of victory. Rod Gehring started for the Cardinals and pitched well until the 7th inning when Dave Sandoval relieved to stem a Red Deer outburst. The Cardinals had 13 hits, three by Glen Miller, including a homer. Bob Brown and Monte Mello also had four-baggers.
Fairbanks Goldpanners downed Edmonton Tigers 6-4. Eston Ramblers blanked Dilworth, Minn., 6-0 and Rapid City, South Dakota rapped 14 hits in trouncing the Regina Red Sox 9-1. Dan Hanggie slammed a homer for Rapid City and Manny Abeyla scattered seven hits for the win.
(July 23-24) Red Deer Players blew a 5-0 lead and had to settle for an 8-8 tie with Barrhead in the final of the Killam Tournament as darkness forced the game to be called after nine innings. Red Deer got three doubles, by Ken Nelson, Larry Nakonechny and Wayne Schneider, two walks and a single in the first frame to score five times. The Cards roared back with three in the second, one in the third and a pair in the fourth while the Players added just one more in the fourth to make it 6-6. Barrhead took the lead in the 6th as Gerry Hollett singled in Steve McMannon and added a singleton in the 8th, Down 8-6, Gorman Heimueller belted a two-run homer in the 8th to again knot the count. The teams shared the championship. Hollett and Heimueller shared the Most Valuable Player award.
Peterson, Hendley (4) and Price
Cunningham, Brown (6) and Hollett
Red Deer scored two runs in the bottom of the 8th and survived a Rapid City rally in the top of the 9th to score a 7-6 victory and a spot in the final of the Killam Tournament. A single by Ken Nelson drove in what proved to be the decisive run. Winning pitcher Gorman Heimueller helped the offense with a long homer.
Abeyla (L), Graves (8) and Whitmer
Heimueller (W) and Price
Barrhead exploded with five runs in the 10th inning to down Edmonton Tigers 8-3 and win a slot in the tourney final. Lefty Mark Liber, who relieved starter Clint Curtis in the 3rd inning, pitched seven shutout innings to claim the mound victory.
Curtis, Liber (W) (3) and Hollett
Rivera (L), Brown (10) and Kennedy
Craig Chamberlain fired a no-hitter as Rapid City Macy's demolished the Medicine Hat Legion Tigers 19-0 in a seven inning match in opening round action. Rapid City pounded out 16 hits and took advantage of seven "Hat errors.
Biko (L) Dyment (4), Grams (4), Bast (6) and Tombach, Bertrem (4)
Chamberlain (W) and Whitmer, Vogelnacker (5)
A three-run 6th inning carried Red Deer to a 3-1 decision over the Edmonton Dusters. Gary Becker opened the frame with a walk, stole second and scored on Larry Nakonechny's double. Al Price reached on an error and Gorman Heimueller and Wayne Schneider followed with singles. Terry Hendley rang up 11 strikeouts in going the distance for the win.
Kowalishen (L) and Faulkenbury
Hendley (W) and Price
Edmonton Tigers rapped 15 hits in crushing Grande Centre Northlanders 10-3. Chet Grey allowed nine hits in gaining the mound victory.
Grey (W) and Kennedy
Danielson (L), Magnum (6) and D. Krook
Barrhead took an early 5-0 lead then had to go 15 innings to edge Lac La Biche 11-6 to advance in the Killam Tournament. The Cardinals used an 18-hit attack in the entertaining affair. Keith Van de Keere clouted a two-run homer to highlight a five-run 15th inning for Barrhead, Len Chaba replied for Lac La BIche. Clint Curtis was the winner, in relief.
King, Malpass (L) (7) and McDonald
Osborne, Paiement (6), Curtis (W) (10) and Hollett
(July 23-24) Unity Cardinals shutout Moose Jaw Devons 5-0 in the final of the Kindersley Tournament. Monte Mello and Dave Sandoval combined to blank the Devons.
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In Sunday's semi-final, the Cardinals upset the highly-touted Alaska Goldpanners 6-4. Monte Mello got the Cardinals off on the right foot with a two-run homer in the first inning. Don McLeod, Bob Brown and Glen Miller each had a pair of safeties. Rod Gehring went the distance for the win.
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Unity rebounded from an 8-3 deficit to down Fargo, North Dakota, 9-8 in their opening game. Rodger Bills was the winner in relief, taking over in the fourth inning and blanking the Americans the rest of the way. Don McLeod and Bob Brown led the offense each with two hits.
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Canadian Senior Baseball Championship, Brandon
(August 18) Alberta, represented by the Red Deer Border Players, downed Newfoundland 7-2 at the opening day of the Canadian Senior Baseball Championships at Brandon. Keith Van de Keere went the route for the win, allowing seven hits. The Players got eight hits, one a homer by Randy Rasmussen. Brian Colbourne belted one for Newfoundland.
Hudson (L) and Cornic
Van de Keere (W) and Duncan
The Manitoba host club, crushed PEI 13-3, although the two big blows, both homers, came from the bat of 5'4" shortstop Marty Koughan of the islanders.
R.Lynd (W) and Gullett
D. Shurman (L), Nicholson (2), B. Weatherbie (5), W. Weatherbie (7), Hunter (7) and Mancusso
Ontario rode a six-run fifth inning to a 9-4 win over New Brunswick. Dan Makey went the distance for the win.
Harvey (L), Chambers (5), Wood (8) and Cox
Makey (W), Kobelka (6) and Ward
Nova Scotia, with an eight run explosion in the 7th, took a seemingly safe 14-8 lead going into the 9th but Quebec rallied with three hits, three walks, a passed ball and a Nova Scotia error to score five and pull within a run with nobody out. Reliever Gordie Pittipas, who had taken over from Randy Bleasdale after the first three batters had reached, allowed another three to get on base before getting two strikeouts and a ground out to end the rally and give Nova Scotia a 14-13 victory. Bob Gillis was the winning pitcher, Jack Rox took the loss. Garry McDonald cracked two doubles and a single for Nova Scotia. Mike McIntosh belted a homer. Claude Deland reached base six consecutive times for Quebec on two hits and four walks.
Rox (L), Boisvert (7) and Belanger
Gillis (W), Bleasdale (8), Pittipas (9) and Burns
Dave Rottman stopped Quebec on two-hits as Manitoba won easily, 11-0. He fanned 12 and walked five. The prairie club held just a 4-0 lead after eight innings, but roughed up reliever Claude Gelinas for four hits and seven runs in the final frame. Terry Lynd's two-run homer was a highlight. Garth Jackman led the winners with three hits.
Rottman (W) and Lang
Normandin (L), Gelinas (9) and Bournival, Belanger (6)
Saskatchewan got just five hits, half as much as the losing BC squad, but managed to come out on top, 2-1. Lefty Ron Heisler set down 14 by strike outs in registering the win. The prairie team got its runs in the 3rd inning on a walk, a sacrifice, Andy Logan's run-scoring single and a pair of BC errors. BC got its only run in the 5th as Warren Coughlin knocked in Rick Bultitude who had reached on an error. Dan Rogelstad was the tough-luck loser.
Heisler (W) and Logan
Rogelstad (L) and White
(August 18) The Red Deer Players, representing Alberta, crushed New Brunswick 18-0 Thursday behind the brilliant one-hit pitching by veteran Fred Cardwell. The right-hander allowed only a 6th inning single to Bob English in the contest shortened to seven innings by the 10-run rule. Cardwell fanned five, without a base on balls. Outfielder Blair Hanna and third baseman Randy Rasmussen led the assault. Hanna drove in six runs with a double, triple and homer while Rasmussen knocked in three with a single, double and home run. Pete Duncan added two doubles and a single as the Alberta crew rapped out 15 hits. Dale Peterson was handed the loss.
Cardwell (W) and Price
Peterson (L), LePage (1), King (5), Wood (7) and Cox
Down 10 to 8 after six innings, Regina Red Sox, representing Saskatchewan, exploded for ten runs in the last two innings to crush Nova Scotia 18-10. The maritimers out-hit the prairie boys 12-11 but three Nova Scotia pitchers issued 19 free passes, 14 on walks and five hit batsmen. Rich Gergley drove in six runs for the Sox with a double, two singles and a fielder's choice. Roy Kemp knocked in four with three singles and Ross Mahoney had three rbi with a two-run homer and a single. Kevin Omlah belted a grand slam homer and a double for the losers. Jim Pelham added a homer, double and single.
Moore, Pettipas (4), Coll (L) (4) and Rodgerson
Sawa, McMillan (2), Hengen (W) (2), Warner (8) and Logan
Ted Springenatic's two-run single in the 7th inning proved to be the difference as BC downed Team Manitoba 5-2. Bob Bridges scattered eight hits for the win. Rick Bultitude homered for the winners. Gord Leduchowski had a four-bagger for Manitoba.
Bridges (W) and Springenatic
Falk (L), Thompson (7) and Lowes
Errol Flynn pitched six strong innings for his second win of the tournament to help Prince Edward Island to an 8-2 win over Nova Scotia. Bill Sullivan led a 12-hit attack with three safeties.
Flynn (W), B. Weatherbie (7) and Campbell
Harding (L) and Cox
Veteran lefty Brian Hodgson (left) stymied Alberta on four hits as the Manitoba Hosts edged the visitors 2-1 in ten innings. With two out in the 10th, Bruce Gullet doubled and Rusty Shaw followed with a single to drive him home. Alberta had taken the lead in the 5th inning on Blair Hanna's four-bagger. Rick Cruise tied it in the 8th with a homer over the left-field fence.
Hodgson (W) and Gullett
Paiement (L) and Price
Ontario erupted for seven runs in the 5th inning and cruised to a 9-4 victory over Newfoundland. Bob Blasko and Dave Ward stroked two-run doubles for the winners. Dave Buckingham had a homer and single for the losers. Dale Hajbu, who was touched for nine hits, took the pitching victory.
Conahan (L), Kent (5) and Cornick, Andreas (9)
Hajbu (W) and Ward
Gord Leduchoswki had an inside-the-park, grand slam homer and a two-run single to lead a 14-hit Manitoba attack in a 14-3 win over Nova Scotia. Rick Hlady claimed the pitching victory in relief of starter Ken Vertz.
Vertz, Hlady (W) (5) and Land
King (L), Moore (7), Bleasdale (8) and Rogerson
Gord Leduchowski of Team Manitoba awaits the congratulations of his teammates
after his grand slam homer against Nova Scotia.
The Manitoba Hosts scored four runs in the third inning sparked by a three-run homer by Rod Fallis and added three more in the fifth, one on a Mike Laboissiere solo shot and coasted to a 12-3 beating of Newfoundland. Starter Ron Seafoot claimed the pitching win.
R. Seafoot (W), Chuchmuch (8) and Gullett
Humber (L), Kent (5) and Cornick
Down 1-0, the Manitoba Hosts rallied for four runs in the 8th inning to top Ontario 4-1 in a controversial decision. With the bases loaded and none out Bruce Gullett of the hosts tried a squeeze bunt. It was a short pop-up in front of the plate and when it landed it bounced off Gullett's discarded bat in fair territory and rolled foul. A rhubarb ensued, but Gullett was awarded first base and the game was tied. Rod Fallis then singled to drive in what proved to be the winning marker. Garth Neville fired a four-hitter for the win.
Blasko, Kobelka (L) (8) and Ward
Neville (W) and Gullett
Marty Koughan doubled to knock in Mike Puiia with the winning run in the ninth inning as PEI upset Alberta 2-1. Mike Kelly bested Brian McAusland in a pitching duel.
McAusland (L) and Price
Kelly (W) and Campbell
Brian Cox slammed a three-run homer in the third inning and New Brunswick got added home run power from Bill Daley and Ralph Chambers in a 13-8 victory over Newfoundland. Wally Jimmo was credited with the win.
Reardon (L), Byrd (1), Rumsey (6) and O'Leary
Jimmo (W), King (6), Wood (9) and Cox
In a seven inning affair, Saskatchewan received a four-hit shutout from Bob Currie in a 10-0 trouncing of Quebec. The prairie nine broke a scoreless tie with a nine-run explosion in the bottom of the 5th.
Gelinas (L), Balles (5) and Belanger
Currie (W) and Logan, Devine (6)
BC unleashed a 15-hit attack to trounce Nova Scotia 12-2. Gillis pitched a four-hitter for the win.
MacKay (W) and Springenatic
Gillis (L) and McLean
(August 20) Alberta erupted for six runs in the top of the 9th inning to down Ontario 10-4 in their final game of the tournament. Reliever John Osborne picked up the win.
Gregg, Osborne (W) (8) and Price
Kobelka (L), Podio (9) and Rome
Prince Edward Island advanced to the medal round with a 14-12 victory over Newfoundland. Marty Koughan and Jerry Campbell bashed homers for the islanders as Nicholson survived 16 hits to go all the way for the win.
Nicholson (W) and Mancusso
Reardon (L) and Cornick
The Manitoba Hosts won their fifth straight, crushing New Brunswick 13-0.
Chambers (L), Peterson (5) and Cox
Everard, Chuchmuch (W) (4), Anderson (7) and Gullett, C. Seafoot (6)
Saskatchewan topped Team Manitoba 5-3.
Wanner (W), Heisler (9) and Logan
Ramsey (L), Falk (8), Thompson (9) and Lowes
British Columbia demolished Quebec 19-1 with a 19-hit attack, including home runs by Ted Springenatic, Dane Schwab and Mike White.
Normandin (L), Boisvert (3), Germain (5) and Belandger, Bourneval (4)
Morris, Mazaluk (W) (4), Mosher (5) and White
(August 21) BC handed PEI one of the worst ever beatings in the Canadian Senior Championships in taking the 1977 crown with a 27-2 victory. BC clubbed 23 hits, five of them homers and four of them triples. Russ McKee drove in eight runs with a grand slam homer, triple and three singles. Third baseman Rick Bultitude, who had two homers coming into the game, blasted two more, one an inside-the-parker. Shortstop Dave Schwab matched Bultitude's four ribbies with a home run, a triple and two singles. Centrefielder Warren Coughlin also had a four-bagger. Bob Bridges had an easy time on the mound, holding PEI to seven hits. Errol Flynn, the first of five PEI pitchers, took the loss.
Bridges (W) and Springenatic, White (5)
Flynn (L), Sullivan (2), Hunter (4), B., Weatherbie (6), D. Schurman (7) and Campbell
BC advanced to the final edging the Manitoba Hosts 6-5 on a Burt Hass run-scoring single in the bottom of the 10th inning. Dave Ramsey belted a homer in the bottom of the 9th to give BC a 5-5 tie.
Everard, R. Lynd (3), Anderson (L) (9), Neville (10) and Gullett
Rogelstad, Morris (9), Gage-Cole (W) (10) and White
PEI downed Saskatchewan 9-6 to win a spot in the final. A five-run, 8th inning was the margin of victory. They had just one hit in the big inning, Mike Puiia's two-out triple, but took advantage of five bases on balls.
Sawa, Hengen (6), Heisler (L) (8) and Logan
B. Weatherbie (W) and Campbell