1979 Tournaments     


(June 16-17)  Kindersley Tournament.  Moose Jaw Devons and Barrhead BlueJays split the top prize as rain washed out the final of the Kindersley Tournament. 

The tourney kicked off Saturday morning as the Kindersley Royals trounced the Leader Barons 10-2. Cary Miller went the distance for the Royals racking up 13 strike outs as John Sutherland crushed an 8th inning two-run homer for the Royals.  Al Marshall took the loss.

Moose Jaw upended the Eston Ramblers 7-3 behind the hurling of Pete Maus. Steve Sproesser was the loser.

Unity Cardinals whipped the Cardinals of Edmonton 12-1 as Ron Zimmerman was strong on the hill allowing just one unearned run. Wayne Biggs took the loss. Unity rapped 14 hits in the win with Chris Pascal and Brad Dekraai each with three.

Barrhead advanced to the semi-finals with an 8-3 win over Saskatoon Patrick Liners.  Curt Burkehead was credited with the pitching win over Greg Bargar of the Liners.

Moose Jaw got by Kindersley 7-6 in semi-final action to set up a Devon-Barrhead final.  Ron Leach pitched well for the Royals in going the distance, but was hurt by a leaky defense behind him. After the tournament, Leach returned to Fresno, California, where he's expected to sign a professional contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Ron Leach (L) and xxx
Phil Flanagan, Jim Baba (5), Dan Andrie (6) and xxx

Barrhead trounced Unity 17-2. Veteran Keith Van De Keere went the first seven innings for the win. Unity played well at the start and held a 1-0 lead after three innings. However, in the 4th inning, with two out, the Cardinals made five errors which contributed to seven Barrhead runs and the rout was on.

Van De Keere (W), Capellette (8) and xxx
Chris Pascal (L), Egbert Stang (6) and xxx


(July 1-2)   Eston Tournament.  Regina Red Sox captured the top prize at the $6,300 Eston Invitational Tournament downing the host club 13-4 in the final. Regina jumped into an early lead and were never in trouble. Mike Hanson was the winning hurler. Neil McMillan took the loss. Robbie McCorkle had the lone highlight for the Ramblers with a homer. 

Regina made the final edging Moose Jaw Devons 6-5 with Hanson the winner. Dan Andrie was saddled with the loss. Eston advanced with a 6-3 triumph over Unity as Scott VanOsterbridge was the winning hurler over Chris Pascal.

In the opening round, Eston defeated Edmonton Cardinals 6-1, Regina topped Barrhead Cardinals 6-5, Moose Jaw Devons over Saskatoon Patrick Liners 14-4 and Unity scored four runs in the second inning and went on to down Kindersley Royals 5-2. Ron Zimmerman tossed a six-hitter for the Cardinals. Cary Miller took the loss.


(July 14-15)   Unity Tournament.   Heavy rain has forced the cancellation of the annual Unity Tournament. President Frank Herbach said it was almost impossible to reschedule the event given previous commitments for tournaments in Lacombe, Kenosee and Edmonton.


(July 21-22)  The Red Deer M&K Generals captured top money at the $6,000 Edmonton Invitiational Tournament downing defending champion Barrhead Blue Jays 6-0 in the final.  Pete Duncan, the former pro player, capped a sterling tourney with three hits, one a triple to deep right-centre, and three runs batted in in the final. He had seven hits, including a home run, in 12 at bats over-all.  The Generals, a collection of American players from the San Francisco area with a few Canadians thrown in, opened with an 8-3 win over Spokane Coors. Then they ripped the Edmonton Tigers 12-0 in the first game of a three-team single round-robin semi-final series, before dropping a 6-4 decision to Barrhead.

The Blue Jays eliminated Macy's of Rapid City, South Dakota, 7-3 and trounced the Tigers 10-4. Bill Bender, who also had seven hits in the tourney, opened the final with a single and scored one of three Red Deer runs in the frame. The Generals added singles in the second, fourth and fifth innings. Mike Wilgus tossed a four-hitter and fanned seven to best Barrhead's Vic Martin.  The three-day event drew just 1,600 fans.


(July 25-26)   The bats were booming as the Barrhead Blue Jays ripped the Red Deer Generals 21-1 to win the 30th Lacombe Lions baseball tournament.  The Generals had reached the final with a 21-3 victory over Edmonton Tigers and Barrhead trounced Rapid City, South Dakota, 13-2.  After tournament records of 25 and then 28 home runs were set the last two years, plans were made to double the height of the outfield fence and move it back 20 feet in right and left fields for 1980.  In the meantime, another 25 homers were smacked this year.

Blue Jays crushed nine homers in their 19 innings of play and added ten doubles and two triples while batting .453 as a team.  Randy Rasmussen, selected as the tournament's most valuable player, pounded a three-run homer in the first inning of the final and added another three-run clout in the second. Dale Tilleman and Ken Rutan each had four of Barrhead's 21 hits.  Rasmussen, who was Canada's most outstanding player at the recent Pan-Am Games in San Juan, and was the tournament MVP in 1976, is a California native who settled in St. Paul. A school teacher, he became a Canadian citizen last month. He went 7 for 12 in the tourney with three home runs and 11 runs batted in. The high-scoring affair was even more surprising given the BlueJays were up against Mike Wilgus who fired a 6-0 shutout against them in the final of the Edmonton Tournament on Sunday.  Curtis Burkehead coasted to the pitching win and the award as the tournament's most valuable pitcher.

Wilgus, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx and xxx
Curtis Burkehead (W) and xxx

Barrhead also started fast in their semi-final with a four-run first inning against Rapid City.  Mike Teahen crushed a three-run homer and Lorne Niven added a solo shot. Darryl Banks threw a six-hitter for the win.

Banks (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Red Deer pounded Edmonton starter Mark Lomenda for six runs in the opening frame including four on Bill Swarberg's grand slam. 

Lomenda (L) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Wednesday, on opening day, all four Saskatchewan teams were sent packing. The defending champion Barrhead Blue Jays whipped the Saskatoon Liners 14-0 in a five inning contest, Rapid City (South Dakota) Macy's dumped Unity 9-6, Red Deer M&K Generals topped Moose Jaw Devons 6-4 and Edmonton Tigers slipped by the Eston Ramblers 13-12.  

Wayne Commodore drove in four runs for the Tigers with two home runs and a single. Playing coach Ray Brown started for Edmonton giving up five of six runs in the fourth inning when the Tigers fell behind 8-3.  Randy Gregg swatted a three-run homer for the Tigers, but Eston also picked up three to lead 11-6. A four-run seventh inning put the Tigers ahead 12-11, but the Ramblers tied it in the bottom of the eighth. Edmonton won it in the ninth as Tim Young singled to right, advanced on a walk to Gord Gerlach and scampered home on a grounder up the middle by shortstop Doug McPhail

Red Deer ocercame a 3-2 deficit with three runs in the fourth en route to their 6-4 victory. A spectacular catch by outfielder Bill Bender saved the day for the Generals. With a runner on and Moose Jaw's Brad Hennenfentrepresenting the tying run at the plate, he rocketed one to the left field fence only to have Bender make the catch while crashing into the wall. Bob Bridges picked up the win with relief help from Fred Cardwell.

In the noon game, Rapid City's Tom Gorman had a no-hitter into the eighth inning before giving up four runs and the mound as Unity pulled in front 4-3. But Macy's Jeff Smith slugged his second homer of the game as Rapid City scored four times in the eighth for the win. Smith knocked in five runs.

The opening game was all Barrhead as Randy Rasmussen clouted a two-run homer and Mike Teahan collected four hits in support of Keith Van de Keere's two-hit pitching.

Lacombe Tournament :  1980

Edmonton Central Tigers won top money at the Lacombe tournament.

Lacombe Tournament :  1982

Kindersley Royals downed Saskatoon Patrick Liners 6-5 Sunday to take top money of $3,000 at the 33rd Lacombe baseball tournament. The Royals survived four errors and stranded 15 Liners' runners in capturing the title. Cary Miller's RBI single in the 9th inning scored the winning run.  Mike Pintar picked up the pitching win scattering ten hits. Eric Minzenburg took the loss. 

Royals won a berth in the final in dramatic fashion as Mike Hansen belted a grand slam homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Kindersley a 7-4 win over Lacombe Dodgers.  Liners beat the Edmonton Tigers 11-4 as Dave Pagan was the winning hurler taking over when the Linters trailed 4-0.  It was the first action of the season for Pagan a former major leaguer now living in Nipawin.

Saskatoon took its opener Saturday, 4-1 over Kamloops Brewers.  Others in the competition were from Regina, Rapid City, South Dakota and Washington State University.


(July 28-29)   Kenosee Tournament.   The Rapid City Macys of South Dakota whipped Saskatoon Patrick Liners 9-0 in the final of the $3,400 Kenosee Invitational Tournament. 

Saskatoon advanced to the final with a 9-8 win over Regina Red Sox. Liners scored six runs in the 4th inning to overcome a 4-3 deficit then had to withstand a late Regina rally as the Red Sox scored three in the 9th and stranded the tying run on second base. John Swanson was the winning hurler while Don Albers took the loss before giving way to Randy Sawa.

The Macys trounced Unity 14-5.

In opening round action, Saskatoon beat McAuley, Manitoba, 7-3 with Greg Bargar on the hill for the win.

Regina downed Binscarth, Manitoba, 7-5, Unity topped Hamiota, Manitoba, 9-4 and Rapid City clipped the Moose Jaw Devons 14-4.


(August 4-5-6)  Canadian Senior Championships Qualifier.  Saskatchewan has won a berth in the Canadian Senior Men's Baseball Championship at Chatham, New Brunswick next week. The Saskatchewan all-stars, with players from Saskatoon, Regina and Unity of the Saskatchewan Major Baseball League erupted for three runs in the 8th inning to edge the Manitoba All-Stars 3-2 in the deciding game in Carman.

Manitoba had taken the lead when Roy Kemp issued a bases-loaded walk which scored Mike LaBossiere in the 2nd inning. Ross Mahoney poked a homer in the 8th to tie and Rich Gergley then doubled and scored on a single by pinch-hitter Dwayne Andreen. Colin Blyth added a single before losing pitcher Wayne Seidler was replaced by Don Maskiw who promptly allowed a single to Bill Bell and issued a walk to Kemp which scored Andreen with what proved to be the winning run.

Kemp, who allowed just three hits in his winning performance, ran into trouble in the bottom of the 8th and yielded to Len Yonkman with two runners on base.

It was quite a reversal of form from Sunday's game in which Manitoba won 17-4.  Saskatchewan had taken the opener of the series 3-0 on Saturday.

Manitoba forced a third game as they unleashed a 17-hit attack against five Saskatchewan pitchers.  Grant Neville fired a four-hitter with last inning relief from Gord Selinger. Ross Lynd started for Saskatchewan and took the loss.  Bill Kinley had a two-run homer among his three hits for Manitoba. Brother Bob Kinley added four hits and Barry Wiebe cracked a two-run homer.

In the first game, Randy Sawa tossed a five-hitter to blank the Manitoba squad. Gerry Falk allowed five hits and fanned 12 in a losing cause. Kemp's two-run homer in the 3rd was the key blow for the winners. Kemp singled in Bell with the third run in the 8th.

(August 17-18-19)   Canadian Senior Championship.   Vancouver Pharoahs, the BC representatives, crushed Alberta's Barrhead Blue Jays 11-4 Saturday to win the Canadian Senior Baseball title.  Rick Vultitude had the big blow for the winners, a grand slam home run. Steve Moberly had a four-bagger for the Blue Jays.  Gary Picone, the tournament's Most Valuable Player, had a double and single. Larry Mann was the winning pitcher. Brian Hamagami took the loss.

Friday, Alberta trounced Quebec 9-1 behind the five-hit pitching of Barry Kuzmenski. Gary Picone led the offense driving in five runs with two doubles and two singles. British Columbia roared back to down Chatham 10-8. The New Brunswick nine led 8-3 but Tony Powell's 8th inning grand slam brought BC to within a run and Terry Schuff rapped a three-run homer in the 9th to give the West coast squad the victory. Stan Dean was the winner over Mike Wood

Alberta crushed Ontario 14-2 in the late game. Tom Erasmus was the winning pitcher, Dave Cooper the loser. Steve Moberly went four for five for Alberta with a homer, double and two singles. On his final at bat, Windsor Chiefs' right-fielder Don Hollerhead had to make a leaping catch against the fence to rob Moberly of another extra-base hit.

Alberta won his third game of the day in eliminating the host team, the Chatham Ironmen, 12-4.

Thursday, the Windsor Chiefs, representing Ontario, shocked the defending champion Barrhead Blue Jays of Alberta 8-4. First baseman Mike Price had a pair of two-run homers to pace the Chiefs. Jim Dalton fanned 11 in going the distance for the win. Paul Rutckyj had a two-run homer.

BC used a 15-hit attack to down Ontario 9-4. Centre fielder Warren Coughlin paced the attack with three singles. Tony Powell, Rick Bultitude, Ted Springenatic and Terry Schuss each socked two hits. One of Bultitude's was a solo homer. BC grabbed an early 4-0 lead but a solo homer by Kevin Paradis leading off the third touched off a four-run uprising. Carey Johnson replaced BC starter Rick Mosher with one out and two runners aboard and blanked Ontario on four hits the rest of the way.

Ontario topped St. John's, Newfoundland, 10-8 after blowing leads of 5-0 and 8-5. Left-fielder Paul Rutckyj clouted a two-run homer, his second of the game, in the bottom of the 9th to break an 8-8 deadlock.

Kevin Keith belted a pair of two-run home runs and scored three times to lead Chatham to a 17-10 victory over the Ste. Maurice Valley League All-Stars. Scott Harvey, Curry McLaughlin and Brian Cox added homers for Chatham.