1979 Manitoba Game Reports     


MANITOBA SENIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE

What started out as an eleven-member association of teams, separated into two geographic divisions, was quickly reduced to ten when the Dauphin Redbirds were forced to withdraw from the circuit because of an early-season player shortage. With Dauphin’s sudden departure, the original schedule of 20 games per team was amended to 18 regular-season games to be played between late May and mid-July. To maintain a balance of teams within each division, the Neepawa Cubs were moved from the Southern to the Northern Division following the departure of the Dauphin team. An import quota for American players was set at two per team but no restriction was placed on the number of Canadian recruits allowed from outside southern Manitoba. Although optional, the use of a designated hitter was permitted. (Brandon to Riverside, 250 km or 155 miles. Angusville to Binscarth 38 km or 23 miles.)

1970 MSBL Map

TEAMS
NORTHERN DIVISION
Angusville Cardinals
Binscarth Orioles
Dauphin Redbirds (dropped out after one loss and a forfeiture due to lack of players)
Grandview Lakers
McAuley Blazers
Neepawa Cubs (moved from Southern to Northern Division following folding of Dauphin team)

SOUTHERN DIVISION
Brandon Cloverleafs 
Hamiota Red Sox 
Riverside Canucks
Souris Cardinals
Virden Oilers

(May 27)  The Souris Cardinals scored four times with two out in their half of the sixth inning and went on to an 8 to 4 victory over the Riverside Canucks in the opening game of the 1979 Manitoba Senior Baseball League. The Canucks, the defending MSBL champions, got off to a big start as they scored four times in the first inning. The Cardinals, though, got back in it with three in the bottom of the inning and then tied it in the third frame when Stan Furman slammed a leadoff home run. That set the stage for the Cards’ sixth-stanza onslaught. Consecutive doubles by Ken Vertz, Furman and Cam Walker were the big hits during the uprising. Dave Albrecht, an import from Iowa, went the distance on a six-hitter to pick up the pitching win. Ron Seafoot was the loser. Vertz was the top swatter in the contest with a brace of two-baggers and a single. 

Seafoot (L), Beare (7) and B. Gullett
Albrecht (W) and Hurton, Kurtenbach (6)

(May 28)  Playing aggressively, especially on the basepaths, the Brandon Cloverleafs stole five bases en route to a 7 to 1 MSBL victory over the Souris Cardinals at Kinsmen Stadium. The homestanding Leafs, who pilfered only 19 bases a season ago, were led by fleet-footed second baseman and leadoff hitter Bert Ready who reached base on four occasions, singling twice, getting hit by a pitch once and drawing a walk the other time. Ready proceeded to steal a pair of bases during the contest, once each at the keystone and hot corner stations, and scored two runs. All of this occurred within six innings as darkness prevented any further play beyond that point. Brian Hodgson, on a five-hitter, went the route for Brandon in earning the pitching win over the Cards’ starter Cam Walker. Randy Clayton was the lone Souris swatter to pick up two safeties.

Walker (L), Rich (4) and Kurtenbach
Hodgson (W) and Prysunka

(May 30)  The Grandview Lakers plated a pair of counters in the bottom-of-the-ninth inning to grab a 4 to 3 verdict from the Hamiota Red Sox as both squads played their first encounter of the 1979 campaign. The Red Sox, with Marty Mason, up from Alabama, on the slab, took a 3 to 0 lead into the seventh panel at which point the Lakers began their comeback. A two-run triple by Grant Ross off veteran tosser Ron Ramsey who had relieved Mason, narrowed the deficit to one run. A third Hamiota chucker, Ric Despaux, ascended the bump in the ninth with an inherited runner aboard. A bungled fielder’s choice by the Sox allowed a second runner to reach base safely. After a walk to Ron Forgeron loaded them up, Don Luhowy then stepped to the plate and promptly singled in a pair to end the clash in walkoff fashion. Jim Deaver punched out 13 and twirled a five-hitter in copping the hillock decision. Mason, too, was impressive in his six-inning stint on the rubber, yielding just one hit, fanning six while issuing three bases-on-balls.

Mason, Ramsey (7), Despaux (L) (9) and Labossiere
Deaver (W) and Kalechyn

(June 1)  Brian Bullas, an import from San Diego, stole the show, hitting and pitching the Grandview Lakers to a convincing 15 to 4 conquest of the hosting Dauphin Redbirds. Bullas had a perfect night at the plate, going four-for-four with a home run, two singles and a double, all of which produced four RBI’s. On the mound, he went five innings to cop the pitching decision from Barry Mecuira. Another Grandview swatter, Deryl Ortynsky, also had a stellar performance at the dish, combing the Dauphin tandem of chuckers for a double and three singles. The Lakers stung the sphere for 17 safeties while the Redbirds managed just six, two of which came off the bat of catcher Adam Barren. The Dauphin club, awaiting the arrival of their import players, took to the diamond with a youthful home brew lineup and were over matched throughout.

Bullas (W), Stotski (6), Ryshytylo (6) and Kalechyn
Mecuira (L), Hollingshead (6) and Barren

(June 2)  Souris was to visit Virden but the Cardinals could not field a nine-man team by game time so the Oilers were credited with a 9 to 0 default victory.

(June 3)  A two-out, two-run single by catcher Ray Prysunka in the eighth stanza lifted the Brandon Cloverleafs to a 3 to 2 victory over the Angusville Cardinals. Brandon had taken a 1 to 0 lead in the fifth inning after Dale Foster’s single plated Bert Ready who had reached base with a triple. The Cards jumped out in front in the sixth following a Leaf two-base error, Bob Mazur’s three bagger and a single by Barry Wowk. Veteran left-hander Garry Keating tossed a five-hitter and breezed eight in copping the complete-game pitching win. Pat McGehee was nicked for ten base knocks in taking the loss.

McGehee (L) and Haley
Keating (W) and Prysunka

(June 3)  Import John Franklin made a rather auspicious MSBL debut as he slammed a pair of solo home runs and a double, drove in four runs and picked up the pitching win in a 17 to 10 triumph of the Neepawa Cubs by the Binscarth Orioles. Franklin tossed the first five frames in the sloppy affair that featured 11 errors, six by the Birds. The Orioles’ big blow, though, came off the bat of Glenn Hodgson in the sixth inning. With Binscarth clinging to a 6 to 5 lead, Hodgson ripped a grand-slam tater and the O’s never looked back. Chuck Lang also homered for the winners, a three-run blast in the eighth panel. Losing pitcher Lawson Davie had quite a day at the plate as he unloaded a pair of three-run shots, one in the fifth and another in the sixth, along with a single.

Franklin (W), L. Falk (6) and Lang, Franklin (6)
Davie (L), Sharpe (6), Peterson (8) and Buchanan
 
(June 3)  Dennis Anderson’s second-inning single scored Wayne Ramsey from third base, the game’s lone run, as the Hamiota Red Sox prevailed 1 to 0 over the Riverside Canucks. The win was the first in two outings for the Crimson Hose while the defending champion Canucks suffered their second consecutive loss. Import Marty Mason earned the hillock victory. He yielded just four hits, including a single and double to Mark Fisher, while punching out seven. Riverside starting tosser, Ed Beare, was saddled with the loss.

Mason (W) and Labossiere
Beare (L), Everard (3) and B. Gullett

(June 3)  The visiting McAuley Blazers scored three early runs, one a bases-empty home run by leadoff batter Terry Lynd, and hung on for a 3 to 2 decision over the Grandview Lakers. Import John Lazerich earned the hurling conquest in his MSBL debut, fanning eleven in his six-inning stint on the rubber. Jim Deaver whiffed eleven in absorbing the defeat.

Lazerich (W), Richie (7) and Lowes
Deaver (L) and Kalechyn

(June 3)  The Dauphin Redbirds, facing a severe player shortage, defaulted their scheduled game with the Virden Oilers 9 to 0. The two American players recruited by the Dauphin squad have reneged on their commitment to join the team while another player the Redbirds enlisted from Saskatchewan has yet to show up, leaving the club with what manager John Franklin described an a group of inexperienced youngsters plus a number of farmers, many of whom are tied up with their agricultural duties. The current situation threatens the ability of the franchise to complete the season.

(June 5)  The hometown Hamiota Red Sox scored a 4 to 3 victory over the Souris Cardinals. The Cards jumped into a 3 to 0 lead but couldn’t hold it as Hamiota chipped away at the deficit and finally went ahead to stay in the seventh when winning pitcher Ric Despaux, who was three-for-five at the dish, plated an unearned tally. Besides scoring the winning run, Despaux got credit for the mound victory after ascending the hill in the sixth on a relief basis for starter Dennis Anderson who chased home a brace of Hamiota runs with a pair of singles before his departure. 

Rich (L), Albrecht (7) and Kurtenbach
Anderson, Despaux (W) (6) and Labossiere

(June 5)  The Virden Oilers doubled the Cubs 4 to 2 in Neepawa. Chuck Evans, who ripped three singles and had two RBI’s, chased home what proved to be the winning tally for Virden in the third inning. Ed Williams had a double and single for the Cubs. Both winning flinger Marty Sturgeon and loser Blaine Peterson went the route.

Sturgeon (W) and Fylyma
Peterson (L) and Buchanan

(June 5)  Terry Lynd homered to leadoff the game, his third dinger of the young campaign, as the McAuley Blazers went on to triumph 4 to 1 over the Angusville Cardinals. Batting again in the fifth, Lynd connected for his second solo shot of the contest, putting the division-leading Blazers into a 2 to 0 lead. The Cardinals cut that lead to 2 to 1 with an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth before John Lazerich launched a two-run shot in the eighth to seal the win. Lazerich also chipped in with a pair of singles as did veteran Sam Jamieson. Tom Ritchie, with a six-hitter and 12 strikeouts, took the hurling decision from Bob Chuchmuch who fanned nine and gave up eight safeties.

Ritchie (W) and Lowes
B. Chuchmuch  (L) and Haley

(June 5)  A three-run sixth inning by the Grandview Lakers sent the Brandon Cloverleafs down to a 7 to 5 defeat, their first setback of the season. Brandon took an early 4 to 0 lead, lost it, then regained a one-run cushion in the fifth on Dennis Wiebe’s solo round-tripper. The Lakers’ winning outburst in the sixth frame was highlighted by Tony Ryshytylo’s two-run single. Tony Kalechyn, regular catcher for Grandview, hurled eight innings to earn his first win. Ryshytylo finished up with a three-hit performance, a home run and two singles, while catcher Ray Prysunka of the Leafs emerged with a single, double and two RBI’s. 

McLachlan (L), McFadyen (6) and Prysunka
Kalechyn (W), Deaver (9) and Yerama

(June 7)  Import Tom Schlepp made his inaugural MSBL appearance at Hamiota and the homestanding Red Sox didn’t show the newest member of the Grandview Lakers much in the way of hospitality as they unleashed a 13-hit attack against Schlepp and reliever Don Luhowy in burying the Lakers 13 to 1. Marty Mason, Hamiota import, pitched seven strong innings to register his second victory in as many decisions. He limited the visitors to four hits and fanned ten before turning the ball over to Ron Ramsey who toiled on the hill for the final two frames. Along with Ric Despaux, Mike Labossiere, Wayne Ramsey and Ellis Woods, the tandem of Scarlet Hose chuckers helped themselves at the platter with each of the sextet garnering a brace of safeties. Tony Ryshytylo had two of the Grandview hits, one of them a double.

Schlepp (L), Luhowy (6) and Kalechyn
Mason (W), R. Ramsey (8) and Labossiere

(June 7)  The Brandon Cloverleafs upped their record to 3 – 1 by rallying to score a 10 to 7 triumph over the Oilers in Virden. Down 7 to 6 and batting in the top-of-the-seventh, the Cloverleafs staged a four-run rally that was capped by Roy McLachlan’s two-run single. Rick McFadyen took over pitching duties from Brandon starter Brian Hodgson in the fifth and hurled hitless ball the rest of the way to earn his first win of the season. He struck out nine Oilers as well as smacking a four-bagger. McLachlan finished the game with three singles. Virden sluggers Chuck Evans, Morley Hartel and Pete Fylyma all had four-ply taters off the slants of Hodgson.

Hodgson, McFadyen (W) (5) and Prysunka
Evans (L) and Fylyma

(June 7)  The McAuley Blazers got past the Binscarth Orioles 3 to 1 in a game to decide the early leadership in the North Division. The Blazers won for the third consecutive time while the Orioles fell to 1 – 1. John Lazerich out dueled John Franklin for supremacy on the hill.

Lazerich (W) and Lowes
Franklin (L) and Lang

(June 8)  Defending MSBL champion Riverside Canucks shook off their early offensive slump, pounding out 15 base blows during a 14 to 9 conquest of the Angusville Cardinals. The Cards were no slouches at the plate either in this slugfest, hammering the pill for 17 safeties including home runs by starting flinger Mark Haley, losing tosser Pat McGehee and Lynn Chuchmuch. Six runs in the ninth inning, all charged to McGehee, erased a one-run Angusville lead and gave the Canucks the victory. Veteran Mark Fisher sparked the Riverside squad at the platter, ripping a brace of solo four-baggers to go along with a single. Haley and Chuchmuch of the vanquished nine also collected three safe swats.

Everard (W) and B. Gullett
Haley, McGehee (L) (4) and Wowk, Haley (4)

(June 10)   Ken Buchy scored from third base on a errant throw by McAuley catcher Dale Lowes in the eighth inning to give Virden a 2-1 triumph over the Blazers. It was the Oilers third straight victory. Larry Thompson tossed a six-hitter for the win. Tim Ritchie, who fanned 13 and yielded just four hits, took the loss.

Thompson (W) and Fylyma
Ritchie (L) and Lowes

(June 10)   Angusville staged a four-run rally in the fifth inning to overcome a 4-1 deficit and down Virden 5-4. Barry Suski pitched into the ninth inning for the win, his first.  Pat McGehee sparked the rally with a two-run single. Chuck Evans smacked two homers for the Oilers.

Sturgeon (L) and Fylyma
Suski (W), McGehee (9) and Haley

(June 10)   Again coming from behind, Angusville plated two in the fourth inning on singles by Mark Haley and Pat McGehee and went on to top Hamiota 3-1. Haley had three hits, one for two bases, for Angusville.

Mason (L) and Labossiere
B.Chuchmuch (W), McGehee (7) and Haley

(June 10)  Ric Despaux, who also had a triple, drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the eighth as Hamiota shaded Binscarth 5-4. Ron Ramsey picked up the win in relief of starter Dennis Anderson.

D.Anderson, R.Ramsey (W) (6), Despaux (9) and Labossiere
Fallis, G.Falk (L) (2) and Franklin

(June 10)   Jim Deaver twirled a seven-hit shutout Sunday to pitch Grandview to a 1-0 victory over Riverside. Lakers got the game's only run in the fifth inning on a pair of walks, a wild pitch and Tony Ryshytylo's sacrifice fly.  Deaver fanned ten.

Deaver (W) and Kalechyn
Beare (L), R.Seafoot (5) and B.Gullett

(June 10)   In a game which produced 24 hits, Souris Cardinals topped Grandview Lakers 12-8. Ken Vertz and Dave Albrecht shared the mound duties for the winners. Albrecht and Stan Furman clouted three-run homers. Deryl Ortynsky had three hits for the Lakers.

Schlepp (L) and Yerma
Vertz, Albrecht (W) (6) and Barr

(June 11) With his breaking stuff working well, Neepawa pitcher Lawson Davie throttled the hosting Brandon Cloverleafs with a six-hitter and 14 punchouts as he led the Cubs to a 6 to 1 darkness-shortened victory. The win was the first of the year for both the Neepawa and Davie. The Cubs had plenty of trouble with Brandon starter and loser Garry Keating in the early going, collecting just one hit through the first five innings of play but Gord Kaluzniak nailed a run-scoring single in the sixth to knot the count at 1 – 1. They kept the pressure on in the seventh and chased Keating with a two-run rally. Three additional insurance counters in the eighth off three Leaf relievers sealed the deal. Consecutive two-out RBI singles by Len Kuharski and Glen Cochrane ignited the rally. Wayne Coates of the victors and Brandon’s Rick McFadyen, with two one-baggers apiece, were the only swatsmith who managed to attain plural hit totals.

Davie (W) and Buchanan
Keating (L), McFadyen (7), McLachlan (8), Stroup (8) and Prysunka

(June 12)  The Grandview Lakers hammered out 23 hits, 11 of them for extra bases, as they demolished the Angusville Cardinals 21 to 8 in a seven-inning affair brought to an early termination by darkness. Angusville starter and loser Brian Sidoryk, along with two relievers, had little success in slowing down the free-swinging Lakers. Tony Ryshytylo drove in five runs with two doubles and his third homer of the season. Herb Andres collected three RBI’s with a triad of one-baggers and a double. Winning chucker Don Luhowy doubled twice and homered, driving in three markers. Luhowy surrendered eight hits in capturing his first victory of the season. Two of those hits were four-ply circuit-blasts by Barry Wowk and Bob Chuchmuch

Luhowy (W) and Kalechyn
Sidoryk (L), Stefanishyn (4), Haley (4), Stefanishyn (6) and Haley, Wowk (4)      

(June 12)  The Riverside Canucks and Binscarth Orioles put on a display of playoff-style baseball that resulted in a 2 to 1 victory for the Canucks. Bob Williamson smacked a one-out double off losing tosser John Franklin in the ninth panel and catcher Bruce Gullett then delivered a single which produced the winning tally. The O’s had gone ahead 1 to 0 in the opening frame on a single by Eric Stainer and Bruce Stephens’ triple but the hosts tied it in the third on a run-scoring ground out by Williamson. The hillock decision went to John Everard who limited the Orioles to four hits. Three of those safeties went to Williamson who registered a single, double and triple. Mark Fisher continued his amazing hitting for the Canucks, adding a brace of doubles to the hit parade.  

Franklin (L) and Stephens
Everard (W) and B. Gullett

(June 12)  Ron Ramsey tossed a three-hit gem that led the Hamiota Red Sox past the hosting Virden Oilers 3 to 0. Aided by a pair of Virden errors, the Scarlet Hose scored the game’s first run in the eighth inning and then got some insurance in the ninth on consecutive doubles by Ron Meakin, Marty Mason and Ric Despaux. That was plenty for Ramsey who fanned eight en route to his second victory of the year.

R. Ramsey (W) and Labossiere
Evans (L) and Fylyma

(June 12)  The McAuley Blazers travelled to Neepawa where they registered their fourth triumph of the year, a 4 to 2 win at the expense of the Cubs. The Blazers scored two runs in the opening chapter and one more in the second as import John Lazerich won his third consecutive game. Lazerich scattered the better part of seven hits and whiffed eleven batters, giving him 27 strikeouts in his last two starts. Blaine Peterson absorbed the loss despite pitching a five-hitter. Six bases on balls contributed to his downfall. Terry Lynd rapped a single and double for the winners.

Lazerich (W) and Lowes
Peterson (L) and Buchanan

(June 14)  The Binscarth Orioles outscored the Angusville Cardinals 17 to 12 in an error-marred game. The Orioles had more fielding miscues and fewer hits than the Cardinals but still managed to win the game. Ron Low, Ron Shewchuk and Rod Fallis all banged out two safeties for the winners who staged six-run rallies in the second and seventh stanzas. Currnie Chuchmuch, Bob Mazur and Mark Haley paced Angusville at the dish with three hits apiece. One of Haley’s blows was his second four-bagger of the season.

McGehee (L), Haley (6) and Haley, Wowk (6)
Bremer, Franklin (W) (6), Fallis (9) and Palmer     

(June 14)  Import pitcher Marty Mason limited the visiting Neepawa Cubs to one hit as the Hamiota Red Sox coasted to a 13 to 0 MSBL victory. The only hit off Mason was a leadoff single in the seventh inning by Tom Stewart. Mason struck out 12 and walked three as the Red Sox won for the sixth time in eight starts. The hosts greeted Allan Manifold, an import making his first MSBL start, with two runs in the first inning and then chased him from the mound with a six-run third. Manifold and reliever Gord Kaluzniak were touched for 15 base knocks. Ellis Woods paced the victors at the plate with four singles in five trips while Russ Shaw delivered two singles and a double.

Manifold (L), Kaluzniak (3) and Buchanan
Mason (W) and Labossiere, W. Ramsey (6)  
     
(June 14)  Jumping on Oilers’ starter Marty Sturgeon for two runs in the second inning and three more in the third, the Riverside Canucks defeated invading Virden 8 to 6 as they improved their record to 3 – 3. The win went to Scott Jensen who yielded 12 safeties in his first appearance of the year. Danny Cassils rapped three singles for the Canucks while Bob Williamson, Mark Fisher and designated hitter Ed Beare all had a pair of hits with Fisher’s brace both falling in for doubles. Chuck Evans was the big man at the plate for the Oilers, singling three times and doubling once. Teammates Ken Buchy, Morley Hartel and Perry Kalynuk managed two hits apiece

Sturgeon (L), Thompson (4) and Fylyma
S. Jensen (W) and B. Gullett

(June 14)  The Brandon Cloverleafs jumped into an early 5 to 1 lead and made it stand up, decisioning the Souris Cardinals 9 to 5. Brent Muirhead, the first of three Leaf chuckers, tossed the initial five frames and received credit for the win. The loss went to import Scott Rich whose record fell to 0 –2. Brandon’s Dennis Wiebe had two hits, including his second homer of the season, a solo shot, and was credited with a pair of RBI’s. Playing-manager Garry Davidson stroked three hits for the Cards, two singles and a double, all of which produced two RBI’s.

Muirhead (W), Foster (7), Hodgson (9) and Prysunka   
Rich (L), Vertz (4) and Barr, Kurtenbach (9)

(June 15)  Veteran Cliff Seafoot’s two-run homer in the bottom-of-the-eighth inning provided the ammunition for the Riverside Canucks to defeat the invading Brandon Cloverleafs 6 to 4. The dinger gave the Canucks a 5 to 4 lead which was extended to 6 to 4 on Dale Hunter’s run-producing hit before the inning had ended. With a brief mound appearance, reliever Ed Beare picked up the pitching win at the expense of Brandon’s Brian Hodgson who toiled the route on the hill. In addition to Seafoot’s blast, Bruce Gullett and Dale Hunter delivered solo round-trippers for the winners. Both Riverside swatters had a two-bagger to go with their tater. The Leafs’ hottest hitter, Mark Fisher, collected two singles.

Hodgson (L) and Prysunka
S. Jensen, Beare (W) (8), R. Seafoot (9) and B. Gullett              

(June 16)  Gerry Falk of the Binscarth Orioles set 17 batters down on strikes but was an 8 to 4 loser at the hands of the Grandview Lakers who pounded him for a dozen base hits. Winning tosser Jim Deaver gave up eight hits and helped himself offensively with a pair of singles, a triple and two RBI’s. Teammate Tom Schlepp was a perfect three-for-three including a double and knocked in two runs. John Franklin led the Orioles with the baton, going three-for-four with a double and a pair of RBI’s.

G. Falk (L) and Picone
Deaver (W) and Kalechyn

(June 17)  Dave Albrecht ran his pitching record to 3 – 0 as he gave up but four hits and struck out nine as the Souris Cardinals dumped the Binscarth Orioles 11 to 2. Albrecht also had a fine time at the plate, with a single, triple and two-run homer. Larry Falk, who lasted three innings, took the loss. John Picone, an import with the Orioles, was impressive in six innings of relief pitching, ringing up 14 strikeouts although he was touched for six hits and issued eight free passes. Stan Furman was the only Souris player, other than Albrecht, to acquire more than one hit. The Cardinal hot corner custodian ripped three singles and went yard with a dinger in five trips.   

Albrecht (W) and Barr, Kurtenbach (7)                      
L. Falk (L), Picone (4) and Picone, Wasslen (4)

(June 17)  McAuley’s Tim Ritchie whiffed 16 in 8-2/3 innings of mound work as the Blazers got past the Souris Cardinals 7 to 5. Ritchie combined with John Lazerich in pitching McAuley to their fifth win in six starts, the best record in the MSBL. The Cards’ starting hurler, Ken Vertz, was nailed with the loss. He was on the bump for six frames, surrendering six runs on seven hits. Ritchie got plenty of offensive assistance from outer pasture patroller Terry Lynd who hammered his league-leading fourth and fifth home runs as well as a double. Souris kept in close, though, thanks mainly to circuit-clouts by Garry Davidson and Dave Albrecht. Randy Clayton also showed well with the lumber for the Cards, ripping a triad of one-baggers.

Vertz (L), C. Walker (8) and Barr, Kurtenbach (7)  
Ritchie (W), Lazerich (9) and Lowes

(June 17)  Import Tom Schlepp set 16 Virden Oilers down on strikes as he hurled the Grandview Lakers to a 7 to 0 victory. Schlepp, who allowed only one hit, faced just 29 batters. A second-inning double by catcher Pete Fylyma was the only hit that the Virdenites could muster. Larry Thompson, starting slabman for the Oilers, was tagged with the loss. Schlepp and Laker playing-manager Jim Deaver, with a solo dingers, and Herb Andres, with a two-run poke, all went yard for the victors. 

Schlepp (W) and Kalechyn
Thompson (L), Sturgeon (4) and Fylyma

(June 17)  The Riverside Canucks struck for four runs in the third inning, erasing a 3 to 1 Brandon lead en route to a 9 to 6 conquest of the Cloverleafs. Reliever Ron Seafoot, toiling on the rubber for 8-1/3 frames, picked up the pitching win, besting Brandon starter Garry Keating. Mark Fisher sparked the Canucks offensively, with a double and two singles in four times at bat. Teammate Danny Cassils also had a two-bagger and a pair of singles, but in five trips to the plate. Top swatsmith in the skirmish was the Leafs’ Rick McFadyen who was perfect at the platter, spanking the sphere for four singles and a triple in five plate appearances.

Everard, R. Seafoot (W) (2) and B. Gullett
Keating (L), Foster (8) and Prysunka

(June 17)  Following their triumph over Brandon, the Riverside Canucks picked up their second win of the day as they pounded four Cub twirlers for 15 hits in thrashing the Neepawa nine 19 to 7. Riverside’s Mark Fisher, the MSBL’s leading hitter, struck for a home run and single in this pitching-challenged encounter that was terminated after seven frames when darkness set in. Teammate Bob Williamson drove in four runs on the strength of a round-tripper and two singles. Fellow Canuck, shortpatcher Dale Hunter, picked up just one base rap but it was a first-inning grand-slam homer. Import Tom Ziething of the Cubs also joined the four-bagger club, launching his first tater of the campaign to go along with a double.

Beare (W) and B. Gullett                                                                              
Manifold (L), Ziething (2), Peterson (4), Kaluzniak (8) and Buchanan

(June 17)  The lowly Neepawa Cubs came away with a split for the day, bouncing the Angusville Cardinals  9 to 1 in their follow-up match. The Cards played the game under protest after their starting tosser, Barry Suski, was called for a balk during Neepawa’s four-run second inning. Neepawa starter Lawson Davie went 6-1/3 innings on the bump to cash in with the mound win. Wayne Coates, Tom Ziething and Don Schmall drove in two counters apiece for the winners.

Suski (L), B. Chuchmuch (3), J. Gallant (5) and Haley
Davie (W), Manifold (7) and Buchanan

(June 19)  The defending champion Riverside Canucks won their fifth in a row, routing the McAuley Blazers 12 to 3. The Canucks jumped on Blazer starter John Lazerich for seven runs in the first inning. Reliever Jamie Poole had the endure the thunder in the Riverside bats the rest of the way in the darkness-shortened 6-1/2 inning blowout. The easy winner was Scott Jensen with a tidy four-hit, seven-strikeout outing. He lost his shutout bid when Dale Lowes smashed a three-run homer in the sixth. Ron Seafoot and Bob Williamson paced the Canucks’ 13-hit attack with three safeties apiece. One of Seafoot’s bingles was a four-ply tater, his first of the season.
 
Lazerich (L), J. Poole (2) and Lowes, Edmundson (5)  
S. Jensen (W) and B. Gullett

(June 19)  Chuck Evans out dueled Binscarth ace Gerry Falk as the Virden Oilers blanked the Orioles 1 to 0. Morley Hartel’s double in the sixth inning drove in Randy Kingdon with the lone run of the game at Virden. The Oilers managed only two other hits off Falk, both singles, who set down 11 on strikes. Evans punched out 13 and surrendered just three safeties, including a double and single by Ron Nemetchuk

G. Falk (L) and Picone
Evans (W) and Fylyma

(June 19)  The Hamiota Red Sox won for the seventh time in nine starts, defeating the visiting Brandon Cloverleafs 11 to 6. The Scarlet Hose, who hadn’t hit a homer all year, suddenly found some long-ball power in this encounter, slamming the horsehide for a quartet of round-trippers. Wes Coulson ripped two of them, a two-run shot in the sixth and a three-run blast in the seventh. The other two were bases-empty drives, one each by Russ Shaw and Ric Despaux. All of this made a winner out of Marty Mason, 4 – 1, who gave up ten hits and struck out 14. Brian Hodgson, the first of three Brandon tossers, took the loss. Shaw, with a trio of bingles, led the Sox’ 14-hit offense. The Cloverleafs banged out ten base raps, including circuit-clouts by Grant Griffith and playing-manager Roy McLachlan.
 
Hodgson (L), McFadyen (6), Stroup (7) and Prysunka    
Mason (W) and Labossiere

(June 19)  The Grandview Lakers moved into a virtual tie with McAuley for first place in the North Division by outs-lugging the Neepawa Cubs 11 to 10. The Lakers sewed up the win with a two-run rally in the eighth inning that put them ahead 11 to 9. Tony Ryshytylo’s double and Tom Schlepp’s single drove in the crucial markers. Don Luhowy, who came on as a fireman in the fourth, got the mound win but also needed relief help from Jim Deaver in the ninth to seal the deal. Cub reliever Blaine Peterson absorbed the loss. Grandview collected a total of 13 base hits, three by Ryshytylo and Deryl Ortynsky, who both doubled once. Neepawa’s Wayne Coates had a triple, double and single to pace the Cubs’ 12-hit offense.

Manifold, Peterson (L) (6) and Buchanan
Kalechyn, Luhowy (W) (4), Deaver (9) and Yerema, Kalechyn (4)

(June 20)  With Lynn Chuchmuch, Glen Katchin and Mark Haley leading the way, the Angusville Cardinals exploded for 16 hits and buried their MSBL namesakes, the Souris Cardinals, 13 to 5. Chuchmuch had a perfect night at the plate, banging out three singles and a pair of doubles in five trips. Katchin picked up five RBI’s with a brace of one-baggers and a three-run tater. Haley, meanwhile, rapped a single and went yard with a three-run dinger. Bob Chuchmuch scattered ten Souris hits and fanned 11 in claiming the hillock verdict. Losing chucker Cam Walker lasted just 2-1/3 frames on the slab before getting the hook. Pinch-hitter Brad Walker launched a two-run homer in the ninth for Souris’ most telling blow.

B. Chuchmuch (W) and Haley                                                 
C. Walker (L), Kontzie (3) and Kurtenbach 

(June 21)  The Brandon Cloverleafs erupted for six runs in the second inning and seven more in the sixth to easily crush the Angusville Cardinals 19 to 1. They collected a total of 15 hits off three Cardinal pitchers with a balanced offensive display. Bert Ready singled twice and doubled, driving in five counters, Rick McFadyen ripped a double and single, chasing home four runs, while Dale Foster laced three singles. The pitching win went to Brent Muirhead who tossed a six-hitter in a route-going performance. Angusville starter Jim Gallant was saddled with the loss. Barry Wowk was the leading swatter for the hosting Cards, slapping out two singles.

Muirhead (W) and Prysunka, McFadyen
J. Gallant (L), Haley (2), Sidoryk (6) and Haley, Wowk (2), Haley (6)

(June 21)  The Binscarth Orioles shaded the Neepawa Cubs 5 to 4 as import John Franklin slammed an eighth-inning solo circuit-shot to break a 4 – 4 deadlock and provide himself with his third pitching win of the season. He ascended the bump in the eighth panel in relief of starting chucker John Picone. Franklin also singled. The loss went to Tom Ziething who went the route, surrendering seven safeties and whiffing ten. Picone was the winners’ top swatsmith, clipping the orb for two singles plus his second four-bagger of the campaign. Neepawa hitters managed to acquire just three hits, all singles. 

Ziething (L) and Buchanan
Picone, Franklin (W) (8) and Reagh, Franklin (2), Picone (8)     

(June 21)  The Hamiota Red Sox, held to just four hits by McAuley’s Tim Ritchie, made the most of their limited offense and edged the Blazers 3 to 2 in an MSBL encounter. Wes Coulson’s two-run single in the sixth stanza was well-timed, driving in a pair to break a 1 – 1 tie and send the Scarlet Stockings on their way. Both of the McAuley tallies were the result of solo homers, a sixth-inning shot by Sam Jamieson and an eighth-inning blow by Dale Lowes. The pitching triumph went to Ron Ramsey who gave up nine hits and punched out six. 

Ritchie (L) and Lowes                               
R. Ramsey (W) and Labossiere

(June 21)  The Souris Cardinals and Virden Oilers played to a 4 – 4 tie in a game that was called after ten innings when darkness enveloped the skies. The result will have to be decided at a later date. Virden’s Chuck Evans smashed his fourth homer of the year with one out in the ninth to force overtime. Marty Sturgeon of the Oilers pitched all ten innings as did Souris flinger Dave Albrecht. Sturgeon was lit up for 13 hits, four more than Albrecht allowed. Stan Furman lashed three hits for the hosting Cards, leading all willow wielders.

Sturgeon (T) and Fylyma                               
Albrecht (T) and Barr

(June 23)  The Virden Oilers blanked the McAuley Blazers 8 to 0, putting the Blazers in peril of losing their grip atop the Northern Division of the MSBL. Larry Thompson handcuffed the McAuley nine on three hits, lifting his record to 2 – 1. He walked just one and struck out four. John Lazerich gave up nine base raps in taking the loss. Ken Buchy sparked Virden offensively, with four hits including a double. He also drove in a pair of runs.

Lazerich (L) and Lowes
Thompson (W) and Fylyma

(June 24) The Virden Oilers scored a pair of unearned runs in the seventh inning to break up a scoreless pitching duel between their twirler Chuck Evans and Brandon Cloverleafs’ slabman Brian Hodgson. The brace of tallies, highlighted by Perry Kalynuk’s two-out triple, allowed the Oilers to escape with a 2 to 1 victory. The win lifted the Oilers over the .500 mark and into sole possession of third place in the South Division of the MSBL. Evans finished with a six-hitter and seven whiffs while Hodgson gave up but five safeties and also fanned seven. Kalynuk had a single to go along with his two-run three-bagger and was the lone Oiler to amass two hits. Dennis Wiebe drove in the only Leaf run with a double.

Evans (W) and Fylyma
Hodgson (L) and Prysunka

(June 24)  Despite losing 3 to 2 to the Angusville Cardinals, the Hamiota Red Sox were able to hold onto first place in the South Division. Mark Haley’s RBI single in the eighth inning was the difference maker as the Cards, who were outhit 5 to 4, surprised the Red Sox. Pat McGehee picked up his first hillock victory of the campaign on the strength of Haley’s winning blow. Marty Mason, with 13 punchouts, took the loss and is now 4-2 for the season.

McGehee (W) and Haley
Mason (L) and Labossiere

(June 24)  Hamiota came back after their close first-game loss to outclass cellar-dwelling Neepawa 7 to 2 in their second encounter of the day. The Red Sox scored three times in each of the second and seventh innings to inflict the eighth loss in ten outings on the Cubs. Dennis Anderson scattered nine hits to earn the win while Lawson Davie was tagged with the loss. Ellis Woods and Ross Shindruk both picked up two RBI’s for the Sox. Teammate Wayne Ramsey had two doubles in three trips and chased home one run. Gord Kaluzniak led Neepawa’s offense with two singles and a double.

Anderson (W) and W. Ramsey
Davie (L), Manifold (4) and Buchanan

(June 24)  John Picone had the only home run hit in MSBL play over the weekend but it was a big one and gave the Binscarth Orioles a 2 to 1 conquest of the McAuley Blazers. The four-ply tater, nailed off Tim Ritchie, proved to be the difference in the contest and sent the Blazers down to their fourth consecutive defeat. John Franklin picked up the win, his fourth in six decisions while Ritchie, who went the route in spinning a four-hitter with ten punchouts, was hit with his second loss against three wins. 

Franklin (W), Picone (8) and Picone, Franklin (8)
Ritchie (L) and Lowes

(June 24)  The Riverside Canucks, the MSBL’s hottest team, won their sixth in a row, a 3 to 0 whitewashing of the Grandview Lakers. All three of the winners’ runs came in the seventh inning off loser Jim Deaver who allowed just five hits and struck out 11. Consecutive one-baggers by Bruce Gullett, Mark Fisher, Cliff Seafoot and Ron Seafoot produced two of those runs. To the surprise of almost everyone, Cliff Seafoot then proceeded to swipe home for the third counter. Fisher was the only Riverside player to acquire more than one hit. The MSBL’s leading hitter stroked a pair of singles to pad his lead. Veteran Grant Everard picked up his third hillock victory in as many decisions, allowing just four hits in his shutout win. Two of those, a single and a double, went to the Lakers’ Ron Forgeron.

Everard (W) and B. Gullett
Deaver (L) and Kalechyn

(June 24)  The Grandview Lakers suffered their second setback of the day when they fell 7 to 3 to the visiting Souris Cardinals. The Lakers took a 3 to 1 lead into the eighth inning only to have the Cardinals strike for a six-spot on five hits, a sacrifice bunt and three Grandview errors. Losing tosser Tom Schlepp was let down by his Laker teammates who bungled six fielding attempts. In absorbing his third loss in four mound decisions, Schlepp gave up ten hits, all singles, while ringing up nine punchouts. Winning flinger Ken Vertz was touched for six hits while breezing ten. Vertz and Randy Clayton were the only members of the Cards with more than one hit. Both checked in with a brace of singles.

Vertz (W) and Barr
Schlepp (L) and Kalechyn

(June 25)  Veteran southpaw Garry Keating took his role as a fireman seriously when he came to the rescue of Brandon starter Rick McFadyen in the eighth frame with the Cloverleafs clinging to a fragile 6 to 5 lead and no one out. With inherited runners at the corners, he did himself no favor by hitting the first Binscarth batter he faced to load up the sacks. Forced to dig down deep, the crafty portsider proceeded to strike out Bill Clinansmith, got Eric Stainer on a short fly to left field and then completed dousing the flames by setting Glen Hodgson down on strikes. Keating went on to pitch a scoreless ninth as well but did get nicked for one hit. Meanwhile, the Leafs went on to add another pair of runs to their total in the bottom half of the eighth to come away with an 8 to 5 conquest of the Orioles. The  win for Brandon brought them back to the .500 mark. Versatile Oriole pitcher and catcher, John Picone, launched a mammoth four-ply dinger in the fourth panel off winning chucker McFadyen who had a double and single with three RBI’s before being lifted.

Franklin (L), Picone (8) and Picone, Franklin (8)      
McFadyen (W), Keating (8) and Prysunka

(June 26)  The North Division-leading Grandview Lakers took advantage of some shoddy Brandon defensive play to dump the hosting Cloverleafs 6 to 1. The Lakers sent 11 men to the plate in the opening spasm and scored five times on seven hits and two Leaf errors. Tom Schlepp, Tony Kalechyn and winning pitcher Don Luhowy all had run-scoring singles during that outburst. Kalechyn drove in the final Laker tally in the fourth. Luhowy, who yielded four hits and punched out an equal number, ran his record to 3 – 0 with a fine performance before being lifted in the seventh. The Cloverleafs plated their only marker on a passed ball in the ninth. Losing twirler Brent Muirhead was jolted for 15 Grandview safeties but was also the victim of six fielding miscues by his mates.

Luhowy (W), Deaver (7) and Kalechyn
Muirhead (L) and Prysunka

(June 26)  The Virden Oilers crushed the listless Neepawa Cubs 12 to 0 in a one-sided affair in which winning chucker Marty Sturgeon evened his mound record at 2 – 2. In posting the shutout, Sturgeon limited the Cubs to six hits and struck out seven. Meanwhile, the Oilers rapped ten base knocks off a tandem of Neepawa chuckers and took advantage of six Cubs’ errors. Blaine Peterson was nailed with his fourth consecutive loss. Ken Buchy hit his first home run of the year for Virden, a two-run blast in the third. Catcher Pete Fylyma and outfielder Perry Kalynuk  singled and doubled for the victors. Wayne Coates went three-for-four at the dish for Neepawa.

Peterson (L), Sharpe (1), Peterson (6) and Buchanan
Sturgeon (W) and Fylyma                                               

(June 26)  The McAuley Blazers scored a singleton in the second panel, a deuce in the sixth inning and added two more in the eighth as they dropped the Angusville Cardinals 5 to 2. John Lazerich went the distance on the rubber for the Blazers to earn the win, his fourth in six decisions. He scattered nine hits while striking out seven. The loss went to Bob Chuchmuch who also went the route. He was nicked for ten hits while punching out two. Wayne Poole had two hits and three RBI’s for the winners while Brian Rose drove in a pair of markers with a double and single. Catcher Dale Lowes went two-for-four as did Lynn Chuchmuch, Barry Wowk and Clint Pushka of the Cardinals.

B. Chuchmuch (L) and Haley
Lazerich (W) and Lowes

(June 26)  A five-run eighth inning propelled the Hamiota Red Sox to a narrow 6 to 5 triumph over the hosting Souris Cardinals. The Hamiota victory, their tenth in 13 league tussles, increased their South Division lead to one game over the Riverside Canucks. Even ace twirler Dave Albrecht of the Souris squad couldn’t stop the bleeding in the fateful eighth and he was charged with the loss after his short and unsuccessful tenure on the bump. With two runners on and two retired, hot-hitting Ellis Woods lit Albrecht up for a two-run single, Marty Mason followed with another one-bagger and Cliff McKague reached the initial pillow, loading the sacks, after being plunked by Albrecht. A double by Ric Despaux followed, clearing the bases and the total meltdown was complete. Russ Shaw, who came on in relief of starter Ron Ramsey in the sixth when the Sox were still in arrears, was credited with the win. Despaux followed Shaw to the hillock, hurling the final two frames to preserve the victory. Hamiota’s Wayne Ramsey and the Cards’ Don Hurton led their respective nines at the plate with three-for-five swatting achievements.

R. Ramsey, Shaw (W) (6), Despaux (8) and Labossiere
C. Walker, Albrecht (L) (8) and Barr

(June 27)  At Kinsmen Stadium in Brandon, the Cloverleafs and the McAuley Blazers played to a 4 – 4 tie in a game which darkness curtailed at the end of the ninth. The Leafs took a 4 to 0 lead after posting deuces in both the second and third frames. They had many chances to put the game out of reach early but failed to come through when bingles meant bacon. The end result was 14 ducks left stranded on the pond. Catcher Ray Prysunka ripped three singles for Brandon while McAuley’s Bob Edmundson had a triple and a pair of singles.

Ritchie, Lazerich (4), Jamieson (5) and Lowes
Hodgson, Keating (7) and Prysunka

(June 27)  Bob Williamson and his sidekicks on the Riverside Canucks showed no mercy on their home turf as they destroyed the Souris Cardinals 20 to 0. Williamson had a perfect five-for-five evening at the platter while driving in six runs. Included in his quintet of swats were two home runs, his second and third of the season. Debuting on the slab for the Canucks and the beneficiary of all the artillery was import Todd Jensen, brother of Scott, who breezed to the shutout victory while recording ten strikeouts. Dave Albrecht, the first of four Cardinal chuckers, took the loss. Mark Fisher continued to have a hot bat for the Canucks, slapping out three singles in six tries. Albrecht led all Souris batters with a double and single.

Albrecht (L), Rich (4), Kontzie (7), Clayton (7) and Barr, Hurton (5)
T. Jensen (W) and B. Gullett

(June 28)  The Riverside Canucks’ long chase came to an end in Hamiota where the defending champions dumped the hosting Red Sox 8 to 3 to move into first place in the MSBL’s South Division for the first time all season. Riverside now 10 – 3, holds a 1/2 game lead over the Red Sox who are 10 – 4. The Canucks rapped 14 base hits off the slants of two Hamiota pitchers as they took an early lead which they never relinquished. In the bottom of the first after the Canucks had plated a deuce to start things off, manager Garth Seafoot wasted no time in giving the hook to starting twirler Ed Beare when the Riverside chucker walked the first two batters to face him. The urgency in the skipper’s decisive action in making the speedy pitching change paid off as reliever Ron Seafoot steadied things down and took the pitching win. Offensively, the winners were led by the amazing Mark Fisher who went four-for-five, with three singles and a bases-empty circuit-blast, to increase his MSBL-leading batting average. Catcher Bruce Gullett also swatted a four-bagger to go along with a double and single. Russ Shaw and Ron Ramsey were the only Red Sox batters to pick up more than one hit, both singling twice. 

Beare, R. Seafoot (W) (1) and B. Gullett               
Mason (L), Anderson (9) and W. Ramsey

(June 28)  The Binscarth Orioles edged the Grandview Lakers 6 to 4, diminishing the Lakers’ North Division lead over the idle McAuley Blazers to just 1/2 a game. Gerry Falk scattered six hits and fanned 14 to get the win, his first in four decisions. The loss went to hard-throwing Jim Deaver, his third against three wins. The Orioles held a 3 to 2 lead going into the sixth inning when they wrapped it up with a three-spot. Slugger John Picone pounded three safeties for the O’s, a booming home run and pair of one-baggers, all of which produced three RBI’s. Teammate John Franklin had a solid game with the baton as well, clipping the orb for three singles and two RBI’s. Tom Schlepp managed three singles for the Lakers.   

Deaver (L) and Kalechyn
G. Falk (W) and Picone                               

(June 28)  Scoring in seven of the eight turns that they had at bat, the homestanding Angusville Cardinals dropped the Neepawa Cubs 9 to 4, a tenth loss in twelve outings for the Cubbies. Pat McGehee won his second mound decision, scattering ten hits in the process and adding six strikeouts. Tom Ziething started on the bump for the Bruins and was tagged with the loss. Catcher Mark Haley sparked the winners at the dish with a single, two doubles and his fourth homer of the campaign, driving in three runs. Clint Pushka also homered for the Cards while Len Kuharski had a two-run dinger for the Cubbies. Neepawa’s Terry Tkachyk slapped out three one-baggers in as many trips.

Ziething (L), Manifold (3) and Buchanan
McGehee (W) and Haley

(June 29)  Consecutive eighth-inning doubles by winning moundsman Scott Rich, catcher Gord Kurtenbach, Ken Vertz and Brad Walker keyed a Souris six-run outburst that propelled them to an 11 to 7 conquest of the Angusville nine in a battle of Cardinal namesakes that produced a myriad of base blows, 15 of which were collected by the losing squad. After two mound setbacks, Rich was credited with his initial victory on the hill in a route-going performance wherein he punched out ten. Offensively, he helped himself considerably with a single, a brace of two-baggers and three RBI’s. Mark Haley, who was derricked in the eighth, was saddled with the loss. Before being driven to the showers, Haley had registered three singles and a double. Souris’ Stan Furman notched his fourth home run of the campaign in this slugfest.

Rich (W) and Kurtenbach
Haley (L), B. Chuchmuch (8) and Chegwin, Haley (8)

(June 29)  The Brandon  Cloverleafs erased a 5 to 1 deficit and went on to annex a 14 to 6 win over the bottom-feeding Neepawa Cubs. The Leafs pounded out ten base blows and were the recipients of ten free passes from a quartet of Cubs’ chuckers. Top swatsmith for the winners was Dennis Wiebe who cracked two singles, a double and his third home run of the season. Winning pitcher Rick McFadyen managed a pair of hits, a single and his second round-tripper of the campaign. Gord Kaluzniak singled twice and drove in three runs for the hosting Neepawa nine. Losing twirler Lawson Davie picked up his third circuit-clout, a solo shot in the sixth spasm.

Foster, McFadyen (W) (3) and Prysunka
Davie (L), Peterson (4), Kaluzniak (6), Lilley (6) and Buchanan

North Division standings      W    L    Pct.   GBL
Grandview                     8    6   .571    ----
McAuley                       6    5   .545    0.5
Binscarth                     5    7   .417    2.0
Angusville                    5    9   .357    3.0
Neepawa                       2   13   .133    5.5

South Division standings      W    L    Pct.   GBL 
Riverside                    10    3   .769    ----
Hamiota                      10    4   .714    0.5
Virden                        7    5   .583    2.5
Brandon                       7    7   .500    3.5
Souris                        5    8   .385    5.0

(July 3)   McAuley picked up an easy win, a forfeit from Grandview and moved into first place a half-game up on the Lakers. Grandview had shown up with nine players, but three were Americans, one more than the quota allowed. The teams did play an exhibition game won by the Blazers 8-4 with Tim Ritchie getting the win over Jim Deaver.

(July 3)   Cliff McKague's run scoring single in the bottom of the tenth inning gave Hamiota a 6-5 win over Virden. The Oilers, who out-hit the Red Sox 15-11, had tied it in the ninth on Chuck Evans' RBI single. Winning pitcher Ric Despaux sparked the Sox with three hits, one a homer leading off the first inning. Ken Buchy had three safeties for the Oilers. Despaux relieved in the sixth inning and fanned ten in just four and two-thirds innings.

Sturgeon (L) and Fylyma
Coulson, Despaux (W) (6) and W.Ramsey

(July 3)   The visiting Binscarth Orioles scored in the eighth to tie at 1-1 then got the winner in the ninth to edge Souris 2-1.  Rod Fallis drove in Larry Falk, who had walked, with the deciding marker. Gerry Falk hurled a four-hitter and fanned ten in gaining the pitching win over Dave Albrecht who issued seven free passes.

G.Falk (W) and Picone
Albrecht (L) and Kurtenbach

(July 3)   Riverside Canucks won their tenth straight, a 17-2 romp over Angusville. Canucks pounded out 19 hits and held an 11-0 lead after just three innings. Mark Fisher increased his lead-leading batting average to .607 as he ripped a triple and three singles in four trips to the plate. He knocked in four. Wayne Gullett added four hits, one a three-bagger and Bruce Gullett drove in four with a triple and single. Winning hurler Todd Jensen was two for three with a double. Jensen held the visitors to six hits and struck out 11. Mark Haley had a homer for Angusville, his fifth of the season. He added a triple to lift his average to .483, second to Fisher.

B.Chuchmuch (L), Mazur (3), Haley (3) and Haley, Chegwin (3)
T.Jensen (W) and B.Gullett, Keller (7)

(July 5)  With a little more than a week remaining in the schedule, a real dogfight has developed over first place in both divisions. After Thursday's action, three teams are virtually tied atop the North Division while Riverside and Hamiota are tied in the South.

The Neepawa Cubs survived two five-run innings by McAuley Blazers to hang on for a 13-11 victory. Cubs punched out 14 hits, three apiece by Lawson Davie and Rob Buchanan. Davie scored three times and drove in one while Buchanan cracked a homer and two singles, good for five runs batted in. Reliever Gord Kaluzniak picked up the win. Dale Lowes slugged a two-run homer for the Blazers.

Peterson, Kaluzniak (W) (3), Davie (8) and Buchanan
Ritchie (L), J.Poole (8) and D.Lowes

(July 5)   Chuck Evans fired a gem, a four-hit shutout, as Virden blanked Angusville 2-0. Pat McGehee allowed just five hits in taking the loss. Oilers got both runs in the fifth inning with Pete Fylyma and Ken Buchy driving in the counters with singles.

McGehee (L) and Haley
Evans (W) and Fylyma

(July 5)  Catcher John Picone slammed a pair of homers and a single to pace Binscarth Orioles to a 13-7 victory over Riverside, the first loss for the Canucks in 11 games. Picone, who knocked in four runs, leads the league with six homers. Roy Reagh also poked a pair of four-baggers, the second was a grand-slam in the eighth inning which gave the Orioles a little cushion after Riverside had battled back with two in the seventh and two in the top of the eight to trail by just one. Glenn Hodgson also had a big blow for the winners, a three-run homer in the second inning. The league's leading hitter, Mark Fisher of the Canucks, slammed a home run, his fifth of the season, and knocked in three to lead the loop with 22 RBIs. John Franklin scattered eight hits and fanned ten in going the distance for his fifth win.

Beare (L), R.Seafoot (3) and B.Gullett
Franklin (W) and Picone

NORTH
McAuley      7 -  6 .538  --
Binscarth    8 -  7 .533  --
Grandview    8 -  7 .533  --
Angusville   5 - 11 .313  3.5
Neepawa      3 - 11
.214  4.5

SOUTH
Hamiota     11 -  4 .733  --
Riverside   11 -  4 .733  --
Virden       8 -  6 .571  2.5
Brandon      7 -  7 .500  3.5
Souris      
5 -  9
.357  5.5

(July 6)   Scott Jensen shutout Virden 2-0 on four hits Friday as Riverside moved into sole possession of first place in the Northern Division. Larry Thompson was saddled with the loss in pitching a six-hitter. Thompson did stop Mark Fisher's hitting streak at 15 games. Canucks got a run in the third when Bob Williamson led off with a double and scored on an error. They added an insurance run in the ninth when Grant Everard doubled in Wayne Gullett who had singled with two out.

S.Jensen (W) and B.Gullett
Thompson (L) and Fylyma

(July 6)  Grandview Lakers built a 8-1 lead over Angusville but had some tense moments in the late innings as the Cardinals rallied for four in the eighth and two more in the ninth, thanks for four Grandview errors, before the Lakers got out of trouble. Jim Deaver went the distance for the pitching win yielding six hits and racking up 11 strikeouts, the fourth time this season Deaver has fanned ten or more. Tom Schlepp led the offense driving in a pair with a brace of two-baggers. Bob Mazur was best for Angusville with a double and two singles.

B.Chuchmuch (L), Haley (5) and Haley, Chegwin (5)
Deaver (W) and Kalechyn, Yerema (7)

(July 7)   After falling behind 3-0, Neepawa battled back to dump Souris 10-5 Saturday at home. The Cubs ran wild on the bases, stealing 11 times. They had nine hits to eight for Souris. Blaine Peterson led the winners with three hits.

Vertz (L), Rich (7) and Davidson
Kaluzniak (W), Ziething (7) and Buchanan

(July 7)  All the scoring occurred in the first inning as Hamiota downed Binscarth 3-1 behind Marty Mason's three-hit pitching. Gerry Falk also allowed just three safeties but was done in by three first inning errors. A two-run double by Wes Coulson was the key blow.

G.Falk (L) and Picone
Mason (W) and Labossiere

(July 8)  Hamiota Red Sox had three huge innings to trample McAuley Blazers 17-11 Sunday to slip into first place in the Southern Division a half-game up on Riverside. The Sox plated seven runs in the fifth, six in the sixth and four in the ninth for the victory. Catcher Mike Labossiere led the attack with a double and three singles, knocking in three runs. Ron Ramsey survived 10 hits and seven walks to go the distance for the win. Brian Rose had a homer for the Blazers.

R.Ramsey (W) and Labossiere
Lazerich (L), Jamieson (9) and D.Lowes

(July 8)   Neepawa swept its weekend series with Souris downing the Cardinals 6-5  on Sunday scoring the winner on Wayne Coates' single, his third of the game, in the eighth inning.

Sharpe, Ziething (W) (6) and Buchanan
Albrecht (L) and Kurtenbach, Hurton (7)

(July 9)  Cam Walker gave up eight walks, but held Virden to just three hits and cracked his first home run of the season as Souris whipped the Oilers 8-1 Monday. Garry Davidson paced the winners going four-for-five. Scott Rich added three hits, including a two-run homer in the fifth. Morley Hartel had a circuit clout for Virden's lone marker.

Sturgeon (L), Hartel (6) and Fylyma
C.Walker (W) and Kurtenbach

(July 9)  Binscarth downed Brandon 6-4 as John Franklin and Rod Fallis combined on a six-hitter with 11 strikeouts. The game featured 18 walks, 11 by Bert Ready of the Cloverleafs. Binscarth catcher John Picone drew five walks to match a league record.

Ready (L) and Prysunka
Franklin, Fallis (1-0) (2), Franklin (8) and Picone

(July 10)   Riverside Canucks shaded Neepawa 6-5 Tuesday to move into a first-place tie with Hamiota Red Sox in the South Division. Bruce Gullett's run scoring single in the bottom of the ninth produced the win. Bob Williamson led off the frame with a two-bagger, advanced on a wild pitch and romped home on Gullet's safety. Grant Everard won his fourth straight by scattering ten hits with six strikeouts.

Manifold (L), Peterson (9) and Buchanan
Everard (W) and B.Gullett

(July 10)   Grandview Lakers dropped Virden Oilers 7-1 to hold a one-game margin atop the North Division. Lakers pounded out 14 hits and took advantage of three Oilers' errors. Jim Deaver led the attack with three hits and a pair of runs batted in. Tom Schlepp allowed six hits in going the distance for the victory.

Evans (L) and Fylyma
Schlepp (W) and Kalechyn

(July 10)   Angusville Cardinals broke loose for five runs in the sixth inning in a 7-2 triumph over Binscarth Orioles. Four of the runs came on singles by Barry Wowk, Bob Chuchmuch, Pat McGehee and Lynn Chuchmuch. Bob Chuchmuch got the win with relief help from McGehee.

G.Falk (L), Picone (6) and Picone, Franklin (6)
B.Chuchmuch (W), McGehee (7) and Haley

(July 10)  Brandon and McAuley fought to a 5-5 draw in 10-innings in the regularly scheduled game after McAuley was awarded a victory for scoring in the opening frame played as a continuation of the June 27th 4-4 tie.. Sam Jamieson's two-run homer in the seventh tied the count at 5-5. Terry Lynd also homered for McAuley, his sixth of the year. Roy McLachlan slammed a four-bagger for Brandon, a solo shot in the fourth.

McFadyen (L) and Prysunka
Ritchie (W) and D.Lowes

McFadyen and Prysunka
Ritchie and D.Lowes

(July 11)  Hamiota Red Sox clinched at least a tie for first place with a 4-1 victory over Brandon as Marty Mason won for the sixth time, tops in the league.  Brandon backed into the playoffs when McAuley beat Souris 13-2. Mason racked up 14 strikeouts in firing a three-hitter. He worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning and then cruised to the win. 

Mason (W) and Labossiere
B.Hodgson (L) and Prysunka

(July 11)   The Blazers crushed Souris 13-2 for their ninth win and trail first place Grandview in the North by half a game. McAuley rapped a dozen hits off three Souris pitchers and were the beneficiaries of 15 walks. Dale Lowes knocked in four runs with a double and two singles.

Lazerich (W) and D.Lowes
Rich (L), Vertz (4), Albrecht (7) and Hurton, Kurtenbach (6)

NORTH
Grandview   10 -  7 .588  --
McAuley      9 -  7 .563  0.5
Binscarth    8 -  9 .471  2.0
Angusville   6 - 12 .333  4.5
Neepawa      5 - 12 .294  5.0

SOUTH
Hamiota     14 -  4 .778  --
Riverside   13 -  4 .765  0.5
Virden       8 -  9 .471  5.5
Brandon      7 - 10 .412  6.5
Souris       6 - 12 .333  8.0

(July 12)  Riverside Canucks whipped McAuley 12-9 on the final day of the regular schedule to move into a tie with Grandview for first place in the North Division. Canucks banged out 24 hits with Mark Fisher walloping three home runs and driving in a total of six. However, his three-for-six day DROPPED his average to .522. Cliff Seafoot, who had contemplated retirement this season, rapped a homer, double and three singles to finish the season with a .450 average. Danny Cassils, Bruce Gullett, Greg Cameron and Bob Williamson, who slugged a homer, all contributed three hits. For the Blazers, John Lazerich had a homer and three singles and Dick White added a homer and single.

Beare (W), R.Seafoot (6) and B.Gullett
J.Poole (L), Jamieson (1) and D.Lowes

(July 12)   Deryl Ortynsky lashed a three-run homer in the second inning to set the stage for Grandview's 8-1 victory over Neepawa to cinch the pennant in the North Division. Jim Deaver limited the Cubs to four hits and whiffed 11. He had a shutout until the eighth inning. Deaver also helped the offense with a two-run homer in the ninth.

Deaver (W) and Kalechyn
Kaluzniak (L), Davie (2), Sharpe (7) and xxx

(July 12)  Binscarth topped Virden 5-3 as John Franklin posted his sixth win of the season and provided the key blow, a two-run homer in the third inning. John Picone rapped three hits for the winners. Randy Kingdon cracked a four-bagger for the Oilers.

Thompson (L) and Fylyma
Franklin (W), Picone (9) and Picone, Franklin (9)

NORTH
Grandview   11 -  7 .611  --
McAuley      9 -  8 .529  1.5
Binscarth    9 -  9 .500  2.0
Angusville   6 - 12 .333  5.0
Neepawa      5 - 13 .278  6.0

SOUTH
Hamiota     14 -  4 .778  --
Riverside   14 -  4 .778  --
Virden       8 - 10 .444  6.0
Brandon      7 - 10 .412  6.5
Souris       6 - 12 .333  8.0

(July 15)    At the 19th Annual All-Star Game, the North stars pounded five homers to down the South 11-6 at Grandview. John Picone of Binscarth smacked a pair. Rod Fallis, also from the Orioles, had a three-run blast, Tom Schlepp of Grandview added a two-run blow and Tony Ryshytylo had a solo shot. The game's sixth homer came from Riverside's Mark Fisher who poked a two-run homer in the first inning.  Four pitchers for the North combined for a total of 15 strikeouts.

Mason, R.Ramsey (L) (4), R.Seafoot (7) and B.Gullett, Labossiere (6)
Deaver, Franklin (4), G.Falk (W) (6), Schlepp (8) ands Haley

(July 16)  In a sudden-death playoff for first place in the South Division, Hamiota Red Sox blew an early 4-1 lead but scored six times over the last three innings to down Riverside 11-6 to capture the division pennant. Wayne Ramsey and Wes Coulson led the winners each with three hits and three runs batted in. Mike Labossiere stroked a triple and double. Mark Fisher managed just a single in three trips to finish with triple crown numbers, a .513 average, eight home runs and 28 RBIs.

Mason, Despaux (W) (6) and Labossiere
Everard (L) and B.Gullett

(July 16)   A  Brandon victory in the replay of an earlier tie would have resulted in more playoffs to determine final standings, but McAuley Blazers eliminated those prospects with a 9-4 victory. They scored a pair in the first inning on Sam Jamieson's homer and added four in the second to put the game on ice. Jamieson finished with four hits and helped John Lazerich to his sixth win of the season with a five-hit effort which produced 11 strikeouts. Dale Lowes cracked a homer for the Blazers while Rick McFadyen belted two four-baggers for the Cloverleafs.

Hodgson (L) and Prysunka
Lazerich (W) and D.Lowes

NORTH
Grandview   11 -  7 .611  --
McAuley     10 -  8 .556  1.0
Binscarth    9 -  9 .500  2.0
Angusville   6 - 12 .333  5.0
Neepawa      5 - 13 .278  6.0

SOUTH
Hamiota     15 -  4 .789  --
Riverside   14 -  5 .737  1.0
Virden       8 - 10 .444  6.5
Brandon      7 - 11 .389  7.5
Souris       6 - 12 .333  8.5


PLAYOFFS

(July 17)   The defending Manitoba Senior League champion Riverside Canucks got off to a flying start Tuesday as they began defense of their league crown. Todd Jensen fired a one-hitter to lead the Canucks to a 3-0 victory over Virden in the opening game of their best-of-five series. Jensen faced just 29 batters, walking one and hitting one. Greg Cameron cracked a triple and single for the winners who collected just seven hits off Marty Sturgeon.

Sturgeon (L) and Fylyma
T.Jensen (W) and B.Gullett

(July 17)   A three-run fifth inning carried the McAuley Blazers to a 5-3 victory over Binscarth. Dale Lowes knocked in one run with a single and John Lazerich drove in two with another one-bagger. Jamie Poole slugged a homer for the winners. Rod Fallis sparked Binscarth with a homer and two singles. Tim Ritchie allowed eight hits in going the distance for the win. He walked five and fanned eight. Gerry Falk whiffed 12 in a losing cause.

G.Falk (L) and Picone
Ritchie (W) and D.Lowes

(July 17)   Grandview Lakers scored four times in the first inning and added three in the third to coast to a 7-2 victory over Angusville in their North Division playoff series. Jim Deaver, just named the leagues Most Valuable Player, led the Lakers with a double and two singles and two RBIs. Gord Nixon drove in a pair with two hits and winning pitcher Tom Schlepp helped with a pair of safeties.

B.Chuchmuch (L), McGehee (1) and Haley
Schlepp (W) and Kalechyn

(July 17)  Jim Deaver, the lefty hurler of the Grandview Lakers, has been named the league's Most Valuable Player. League statistician Don Sumner said Deaver was a narrow winner over Riverside slugger Mark Fisher and Hamiota's Ric Despaux in balloting by the MSBL's ten managers. Pete Fylyma was chosen Rookie of the Year. Deaver, who joined the Lakers six years ago, has been an  all-star the past four seasons. He won five of eight decisions this season, fanning 92 batters. At the plate, he hit .351 with two homers and a team-leading 20 runs batted in.

(July 18)   A six run sixth inning wrapped up the game for Hamiota as the Red Sox dumped Brandon 9-2. Centre fielder Russ Shaw, who made two outstanding running catches to kill Cloverleafs' rallies, had a double and single for the winners. Marty Mason drove in three with a pair of singles. Dennis Anderson scattered eight hits for the mound triumph.

Anderson (W) and Labossiere
Keating (L), Muirhead (6) and Prysunka, McFadyen (8)

(July 18)   The Virden Oilers, who managed just one hit in their opening playoff match with Riverside, walloped four home runs Wednesday but still fell, 15-7 to the Canucks as Riverside pounded out 13 hits, including a pair of long balls. Riverside scored three in the first inning and never looked back. Mark Fisher, the league's batting king, smacked two home runs and a single to drive in three runs. Cliff Seafoot also had three hits and Bob Williamson added a single and double. Scott Jensen scattered nine hits to post the win while Chuck Evans walked ten and fanned 11 in taking the loss.

S.Jensen (W) and B.Gullett
Evans (L) and xxx

(July 18)   With a 15-hit attack Grandview crushed Angusville 12-4. Tony Ryshytylo slammed a three-run homer and a single to lead the winners and Tony Kalechyn added three singles. Jim Deaver, just named the loop's MVP, allowed 11 hits, fanned eight and walked two in a route-going effort. Lynn Chuchmuch was tops for the Cardinals with a homer and two singles.

Deaver (W) and Kalechyn
B.Chuchmuch (L), Sidoryk (2), Haley (5) and Haley, Chegwin (5)

(July 18)  McAuley Blazers scored three times in the fifth inning to move ahead 8-1 then held off a late charge by Binscarth to notch an 8-6 victory and a 2-0 game lead in their best-of-five series. John Kodman led the winners driving in three runs. Dale Lowes plated a pair with a double and two singles. Tim Ritchie went five innings to pick up the win. Blazers had nine hits off a pair of Binscarth hurlers, John Franklin and John Picone, who combined to whiff 14 batters.

Ritchie (W), Lazerich (6) and D.Lowes
Franklin (L), Picone (4) and Picone, Fallis (4)

(July 19)   Marty Mason fired no-hit ball into the seventh inning Thursday as Hamiota Red Sox toppled Brandon 8-1 to take a 2-0 game lead in their best-of-five South Division semi-final. Cloverleafs' Rick McFadyen singled with one out in the seventh when Brandon notched its only run. Mason finished with a three-hitter and seven strikeouts. Wayne Ramsey put the Sox on the scoreboard in the second inning when he ripped a solo homer. Cliff McKague drove in a pair with two hits while Mason also collected a pair. Brandon hurt its chances making seven errors.

McFadyen (L) and Prysunka
Mason (W) and Laboissiere

(July 21)  The Manitoba Senior League All-Stars notched a 6-3 victory Saturday in the opening game of their best-of-three series with the Red-Boine All-Stars. Home runs by Stan Furman, Mark Fisher, Terry Lynd and Sam Jamieson paced the winners. Gerry Falk handled the mound work for the MSBL nine. Wayne Siedler took the loss.

W.Seidler (L), Maskiw and xxx
G.Falk (W) and xxx

(July 22)   Rob Jackson's eighth inning triple drove in brother Garth Jackman with the winning run Sunday evening as the Red-Boine All-Stars shaded the Manitoba Senior League All-Stars 5-4 in the third and deciding game of their senior baseball championship series played at Mote Field in Souris. Don Maskiw picked up the pitching win in relief of starter Carl Watson. Ron Seafoot was the loser. Rob Jackman and Bill Whitehead each rapped a triple and single for Red-Boine.

C.Watson, Maskiw (W) (5) and xxx
Vertz, R.Seafoot (L) (8) and xxx

Red-Boine erupted for 15 hits and crushed the MSBL nine 9-1 Sunday afternoon. Bill Whitehead, John Hindle and Gord Leduchowski each had three hits. Garth Neville allowed just five hits in going the route for the win. The Red-Boine stars now advance against a Saskatchewan representative with the winner moving on to the Canadian championship.

Neville (W) and xxx
R.Ramsey (L), D.Anderson, L.Davie and xxx

(July 24)   Binscarth erased a 3-2 deficit with a six run outburst in the seventh inning en route to a 10-5 win over McAuley. The Cardinals unleashed a 17-hit offensive including a homer, double and two singles by catcher John Picone. Ron Low added a circuit clout and two singles. John Franklin gave up eight hits and whiffed eight in going the route for the Cards. Dale Lowes was tops for the Blazers with a double and three singles.

Franklin (W) and Picone
Ritchie (L), Jamieson (7), J.Poole (8) and Lowes

(July 24)   Down 2-0 in the series, Angusville Cardinals erupted for 18 hits Tuesday to demolish Grandview Lakers 22-3. Bob Chuchmuch, without an RBI in the two previous games, knocked in six with a grand slam homer in the third and a two-run single later on. Bob Mazur collected four hits while Barry Wowk singled, doubled and smashed a homer. Pat McGehee went five innings to gain credit for the win.

McGehee (W), Haley (6) and Haley, Chegwin (6)
Schlepp (L), Luhowy (5) and Kalechyn

(July 24)   They needed extra innings, but the Riverside Canucks became the first team to advance to a division final by downing Virden 8-6 in 10 innings to take the series in three straight games. Oilers led 6-4 through seven frames but Mark Fisher, with his third homer of the series, brought the Canucks to within one and Riverside got a gift run in the ninth for the tie and then plated a pair in the tenth for the win. With two out in the ninth, Bob Williamson struck out but reached first as the ball got away from catcher Pete Fylyma. Greg Cameron then slapped a three-bagger to bring Williamson home. In the extra frame, Danny Cassils led off with a single and with two out Ed Beare lifted one over the left-centre field fence to give Canucks the series. Grant Everard went the distance giving up nine hits while setting down 14 by strikeouts. Fisher had a double, triple and homer for Riverside. Perry Kalynuk slugged a two-run homer for the Oilers.

Thompson, Sturgeon (L) (8) and Fylyma
Everard (W) and B.Gullett

(July 24)   Lefty Brian Hodgson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Tuesday in Brandon's 4-2 victory over Hamiota. Cloverleafs built up a 4-0 lead before the Red Sox plated runs in the seventh and eighth. Dale Foster punched out four hits for the winners and Grant Griffith had a triple and two singles.

Hodgson (W) and Prysunka
Anderson (L) and R.Ramsey (4) and Labossiere

(July 25)   Wes Coulson and Cliff McKague each belted three hits to pace Hamiota to a 10-4 triumph over Brandon to win their semi-final series. Marty Mason struggled early on but settled down to pitch a seven-hitter for the win. He helped at the plate driving in two runs with a single and double.

Mason (W) and Labossiere
Muirhead (L), McFadyen (2), McLachlan (6) and Prysunka

(July 25)  Winning hurler John Lazerich had to pitch out of a none-out, bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning but got out of trouble and McAuley Blazers came away with a 3-2 victory over Binscarth to end the Orioles' season. The visitors scored twice in the first frame on run-scoring hits by Dale Lowes and Brian Rose and got the winning marker in the sixth when Jamie Poole singled in Lowes. Lazerich finished with an eight-hitter and eight strikeouts. John Picone, who allowed just four hits and fanned 12, smashed a homer for the losers. In the tense ninth inning with McAuley ahead 3-1, Binscarth got consecutive singles by Picone, John Franklin and Glenn Hodgson and Lazerich walked Gerry Falk to force in a run. But, the Blazers' import got a strikeout, a ground out and a pop up to end the game.

Lazerich (W) and D.Lowes
Picone (L) and Franklin

(July 25)  After thumping the Lakers 22-3 a day earlier, Angusville Cardinals roared off to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and held a 5-2 advantage into the seventh when Grandview broke loose for six runs and held on for an 8-7 victory to knock the Cards out of the playoffs. Deryl Ortynsky singled home one run and with the bases loaded Tony Kalechyn knocked in two more to knot the score at 5-5. Tom Schlepp followed with a three-run homer. Cards rallied for two in their half of the seventh but fell just short. Jim Deaver survived 15 hits, 14 of them singles, to post the mound victory.

Deaver (W) and Kalechyn
B.Chuchmuch, McGehee (L) (4), Haley (9) and Haley, Chegwin (9)

(July 31)   Dennis Anderson and Ric Despaux limited the hard-hitting Canucks to four hits as Hamiota opened the South Division final with a 6-2 triumph over Riverside. The Red Sox all but wrapped up the game in the third inning with a five-run outburst. Wes Coulson's three-run triple highlighted the action.

Everard (L) and B.Gullett
Anderson (W), Despaux (8) and Labossiere

(July 31)   Don Luhowy's two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning was the difference Tuesday as the hometown Grandview Lakers edged McAuley Blazers 4-3 in the opening game of the best-of-five North Division final.  Blazers had scored twice in the top of the eighth to take a 3-2 lead.  Jim Deaver allowed just three hits and racked up eight strikeouts in going the route for the winners. He helped at the plate with a single and double.

Ritchie (L) and D.Lowes
Deaver (W) and Yerama

(August 1)   The Korean All-Stars dumped the Brandon Cloverleafs 9-3 Wednesday at Kinsmen Stadium before more than 1,500 fans. The visitors got the early jump with two runs in the first inning and increased the advantage to 4-0 before Brandon got on the scoreboard. Designated hitter Bong-Yun Kim led the Korean nine with three hits.  Kee-Yong Ha went five innings to pick up the win.

K.Y. Ha (W), Y.H. Kyon (6), S.H. Lee (8) and Shim
Hodgson (L), Falk (5), Vertz (7), Muirhead (9), McFadyen (9) and Pryshunka, McFadyen (6), Labossiere (9)

(August 2)  The Korean national team ran roughshod over the McAuley Blazers of the Manitoba Senior League Thursday scoring nine times in the second inning en route to a 16-1 victory. Centre fielder Hyo-Jo Chang paced 1 13-hit attack with a home run and two singles, driving in four and scoring four times. Soon-Myung Chung and Sun-Hee Lee combined on a five-hitter for the visitors.

S.M. Chung, S.H. Lee (W) (3) and Cha
Picone (L), Jamieson (2), Haley (5), Ritchie (8) and Lowes

(August 2)   Riverside Canucks got run-scoring singles from Bruce Gullett and Bob Williamson in the eighth inning Wednesday to post a 6-4 victory over Hamiota to tie their best-of-five series at a game apiece. Todd Jensen won his second playoff decision with a nine-hit effort. He fanned nine and walked two.

Mason (L), Despaux (8) and Labossiere
T.Jensen (W) and B.Gullett

(August 3)   Shortstop Sam Jamieson accounted for all the McAuley scoring Friday night as the Blazers downed Grandview Lakers 3-1 to knot their North Division final at a game each. Jamieson cracked a two-run homer in the first inning and later added a run-scoring single. John Lazerich allowed just five hits in a route-going performance.

Schlepp (L) and Kalechyn
Lazerich (W) and D.Lowes

(August 3)  The Korean National team rapped 14 hits, including three home runs, to romp to an 11-4 win over the Riverside Canucks. Centre fielder Hyo-Jo Chang was voted the Korean's most outstanding player with a four-hit night. Cliff Seafoot banged a triple and double for Riverside.

(August 4)  The All-Stars from the Korean Industrial League walloped the Carman Goldeyes of the Red-Boine League 15-1 Saturday afternoon.

(August 5)  On Sunday, before a huge turnout at Transcona Stadium, the Korean All-Stars crushed the second team Red-Boine All-Stars 17-2. Sun-Hee Lee completely bafled the locals in a five inning starting stint and was named the most valuable Korean player. Kwang-Eun Lee relieved and finished the game. The pair allowed six hits while fanning eight. Don McGowan took the loss. The Koreans unleashed a 17-hit attack on five Red-Boine hurlers who also gave up eight free passes. Kim BJornson was best for the locals with a homer and two doubles.

S.H. Lee (W), K.E. Lee (6) and xxx
McGowan (L), dePena (4), Lisowski (6), Porosky (8), Hrabchuk (8) and xxx

(August 7)  Wes Coulson rapped a two-run homer, two doubles and a single to lead Hamiota Red Sox to a 12-3 rout of the defending champion Riverside Canucks.  The Sox now lead the best-of-five series two games to one. Coulson, who led the Sox with 19 RBI over the regular season, chased home four runs to give him ten in the playoffs, tops in the league. Hamiota slammed 15 hits off a pair of Riverside hurlers. Dennis Anderson held the Canucks to six hits, one a two-run homer by batting king Mark Fisher.

T.Jensen (L), D.Cassils (7) and xxx
Anderson (W) and xxx

(August 7)  Jim Deaver ran his playoff record to 4-0 with an eight-hitter as Grandview thumped McAuley 11-2. Deaver struck out 14 and walked two. Lakers collected 15 hits. Tony Ryshytylo led the hit parade with a three-run homer and a pair of singles. Tom Schlepp and Deryl Ortynsky each had three hits.

Lazerich (L), J.Poole (7), B.Lowes (9) and xxx
Deaver (W) and xxx

(August 9)   Mike Labossiere whacked a homer with Ric Despaux and Cliff McKague aboard in the third inning and it proved to be enough as Hamiota crushed Riverside 8-2 to take the best-of-five series in four games. Marty Mason held the defending champions to five hits, three by batting champion Mark Fisher. He fanned seven. Mason and Ron Ramsey each produced three hits for the winners.

Mason (W) and xxx
S.Jensen (L), R.Seafoot (4) and xxx

(August 9)  At McAuley, the Blazers opened with a two-run homer by Wayne Poole in the first inning and coasted to a 6-1 victory to force a fifth and deciding game in their playoff with Grandview. Tim Ritchie held the visitors in check allowing eight hits.

Schlepp (L) and xxx
T.Ritchie (W) and xxx

(August 12)  The Grandview Lakers rode the arm of ace Jim Deaver to a spot in the league final Saturday as the right-hander upped his playoff record to 5-0 with a five-hitter as the Lakers routed McAuley 12-4 in the deciding game of their best-of-five series. Trailing 4-1, Grandview erupted for four runs in the fifth and piled it on in with more in the sixth and the eighth. Deaver banged out three singles to drive in four runs. Tony Kalechyn also knocked in four with a single and homer. 

Lazerich, Ritchie (L) (5), Jamieson (6) and xxx
Deaver (W) and xxx

(August 14)   Hamiota Red Sox captured the opening game of the best-of-five Manitoba Senior League final Tuesday defeating the North Division's Grandview Lakers 6-4. The Sox overcame four errors as Marty Mason and Ric Despaux combined to hold the Lakers to eight hits. Grandview took the early lead with Tony Kalechyn driving in a run in the third inning. But the South Division champions countered with a pair in the top of the fourth as Ron Ramsey doubled to plate the tying run and Ellis Woods cracked a single to score the second. Both teams notched markers in the sixth before Wayne Ramsey belted a two-run homer for the Sox in the seventh. Lakers made it close with two in their half of the seventh but Hamiota added an insurance run on Ric Despaux's homer in the ninth.

Mason (W), Despaux (8) and Labossiere
Schlepp (L) and Kalechyn

(August 16)   With one swing of the bat, Hamiota's Russ Shaw put the Red Sox within just one victory of the Manitoba Senior League championship.  Shaw cracked a grand-slam homer off Grandview ace Jim Deaver in the second inning for all the Sox scoring in a 4-1 victory Thursday night. It was one of just five hits for Hamiota. The Lakers got their lone maker in the sixth after Deryl Ortynsky walked and came around to score on a fielder's choice. Ron Ramsey pitched into the eighth for the win. Ric Despaux, Hamiota's ace fireman, fanned five of the six batters he faced.

Deaver (L) and Kalechyn
R.Ramsey (W), Despaux (8) and Labossiere

(August 19)   Grandview ace Jim Deaver got married Saturday. Sunday he fired a five-hit shutout as the Lakers edged Hamiota 1-0 for their first win in the best-of-five final series. Deaver allowed just five hits and fanned ten for his sixth win in seven playoff starts. He pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh by getting a pair of strikeouts. Ron Ramsey yielded just six hits in going the route for the Red Sox. The game was scoreless until the seventh when the Lakers mounted a two-out rally. Don Luhowy doubled to bring up Roger Sheldon who hit a sharp grounder that got between third and short. Luhowy barely beat the throw home by left fielder Cliff McKague for the game's only counter.

R.Ramsey (L) and Labossiere
Deaver (W) and Kalechyn

(August 20)   In a dramatic finish to the Manitoba Senior League championship final, Hamiota Red Sox rallied with three runs in the last of the ninth inning to edge Grandview 6-5 to take the final series three games to one. Ellis Woods was the hero for the Red Sox slamming a bases-loaded double to score the tying and winning runs. Behind 5-2, Hamiota got one run back in the eighth and loaded the bases with none out in the ninth. Ace hurler Jim Deaver, who fired a five-hit shutout Sunday, was forced into the game in relief of starter Tom Schlepp. He got an out on an infield grounder, but one run scored to make it 5-3. The Laker's decided to walk Wes Coulson to again load the bases and pitch to Woods.  The Red Sox veteran sent a high fastball to the fence in left field for the victory, Hamiota's first since 1964. Marty Mason was the winning pitcher, in relief of starter Ric Despaux, for his fifth win of the playoffs. Mason also helped at the dish with three hits, knocking in one run. Hamiota manger Al Robertson was ejected in the fourth inning following an argument over a close call at first base. It was Woods who took over the managerial duties for the rest of the game. Deaver, chosen as the league's Most Valuable Player for the regular season, was named as the MVP of the playoffs. He had a 6-1 pitching record and a .349 batting average.

Schlepp (L), Deaver (9) and Kalechyn
Despaux, Mason (W) (4) and Labossiere

(September 1)   The Teulon Cardinals, champions of the Red-Boine League, shocked the Manitoba Senior League champs, the Hamiota Red Sox, Saturday crushing the Sox 18-0 in the first game of their best-of-three Manitoba Senior baseball championship at Teulon. Veteran left-hander Les Lisowski fired the shutout for the Cardinals while left fielder Brian Revin produced a monster game with three homers and a single driving in seven runs.

R.Ramsey (L), xxx and xxx
Lisowski (W) and xxx

(September 2)   Rebounding from an 18-0 spanking, Hamiota Red Sox defeated Teulon Cardinals 9-6 and 6-0 in a Sunday double-header to capture the Manitoba Senior Baseball championship and the Frank Richardson  Memorial Trophy.  Right-hander Marty Mason held Teulon to just four hits and fanned eight in his shutout performance.. Ron Ramsey stroked a bases-loaded double and two singles for the winners. Sox had seven hits off a pair of Teulon hurlers.

Mason (W) and Labossiere
G.Neville (L) and Kaluzniak and xxx

In the third and deciding game, Hamiota struck for five runs in the second inning chasing 48-year-old starting hurler George Leduchowski. Mike Labossiere cracked a two-run single, Dallas Strachan singled in a score, Ellis Woods drew a bases loaded walk and the fifth run came home on an error, the only miscue of the game. Sox held an 8-2 lead after six. Cardinals rallied for single runs in the seventh and eighth and plated a pair in the ninth but it was too little, too late. Ramsey, who was hammered in the opening game pitched into the eighth for the win, helped by relief from Ric Despaux. Sox banged out 13 hits, three by catcher Labossiere. First sacker Mike Mutcheson hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Cardinals. More than 1,500 fans jammed the Hamiota park for the final games of the 1979 season.

Ramsey (W), Despaux (8) and Labossiere
Geo. Leduchowski (L), Gord Leduchowski (2) and xxx


RED-BOINE BASEBALL LEAGUE

Manitoba had a new senior league in 1979, a remake of the Eastern Manitoba circuit with the name derived from the province's main river systems, the Red and the Assiniboine. Nine teams kicked off the new campaign with four teams in the North Division -- St. Boniface Native Sons, Teulon Cardinals, Elmwood Giants and Springfield Chiefs. In the South, it's the Carman Goldeyes, Sundown Hawks, Giroux Athletics, Portage Cougars and Woodridge Blues. Newspaper coverage was hit and miss other than stories in the Brandon Sun which continued its outstanding coverage of local baseball. (Portage to Winnipeg is about 83 km, or a little over 50 miles.)

Red-Boine

(June 10)   St.Boniface Native Sons remained unbeaten with a pair of wins, 9-4 over Giroux A's and 6-5 over Carman Goldeyes. Junior graduate Morgan de Pena was the winning hurler in both games as the Sons opened the season 4-0. Brian Poole led the win over Giroux with a home run and four RBIs to combine with de Pena's four-hit, 10 strikeout pitching. Maurice Chaput had a circuit clout for the losers. Sons slammed 12 hits off Brian Seidler.

de Pena (W) and xxx
B.Seidler (L) and xxx

Barry Wiebe rapped a homer and two singles to lead St. Boniface to the win over Carman. Don Maskiw started but gave way to de Pena who received credit for the win. They combined on a eight-hitter. Terry Buhlin was the loser giving up 13 hits.

Maskiw, de Pena (W) and xxx
Buhlin (L) and xxx

Sundown Hawks beat Woodridge Blues 7-4. Terry Bjornson homered and Fred Olynyk tossed a five-hitter to lead the Hawks. Myron Cote was the losing pitcher.

Olynyk (W) and xxx
Cote (L) and xxx

(June 12)  Mike Mutcheson blasted a home run and a double to drive in three runs Tuesday as Teulon Cardinals defeated Elmwood Giants 8-6 in Red-Boine League play. Garth Neville allowed just four hits in going the route for the winners. He had seven strike outs and five walks. Gord Leduchowski rapped two doubles for the Cards.

Neville (W) and xxx
Nychyk, Hastman (L) and xxx

Gord Selinger fired an eight-hit shutout as Carman topped Giroux 8-0. Terry Buhlin swatted a two-run homer for the Goldeyes. Gray Seidler took the loss.

Selinger (W) and xxx
G.Seidler (L) and xxx

Portage Cougars slipped by Woodridge 3-2 as Roy Porosky allowed just four hits. Georg Rugg was the loser.

R.Porosky (W) and xxx
Rugg (L) and xxx

In a high-scoring affair, St. Boniface whipped Springfield 12-6. Ray Smith picked up the win in relief of starter Gary Foster. Bill Doyle was saddled with the loss.

G.Foster, R.Smith (W) and xxx
Doyle (L) and xxx

(July 3)  Chris Blight drove in the winning run as Portage Cougars handed St. Boniface their first loss of the season, a 2-1 decision in one of three games in the Red-Boine Senior League.  Rick Porosky allowed just three hits to cop the pitching win. Don Maskiw took the loss in relief of starter Wayne Jones.

Porosky (W) and xxx
W.Jones, D.Maskiw (L) and xxx

Roy Brick rapped a two-run homer to lead Carman Goldeyes to a 4-2 victory over Elmwood Giants. Gerry Brisson smacked a homer for the losers. Gord Selinger had a six-hitter for the win over Rick Bozyk.

Selinger (W) and xxx
Bozyk (L) and xxx

Bruce Charett knocked in Brian Tesoski with the winning run in the eighth inning to give Woodridge Blues their first win of the season, 3-2 over the Springfield Chiefs. Terry Chubey got the win with a seven-hitter. Alvin Gromnisky took the loss, yielding just five hits.

Gromnisky (L) and xxx
Chubey (W) and xxx

(July4)  Wayne Seidler powered the Giroux Athletics to an 8-5 victory over Sundown Hawks Wednesday. Seidler cracked a pair of four-baggers knocking in five runs. Maurice Chaput and Brian Seidler, the winning pitcher, each had three hits.

B.Seidler (W) and xxx
E.Lister (L) and xxx

(July 5)  John Kasowsky and John Hindle each rapped two hits to lead St. Boniface Native Sons, the league-leaders, to an 8-2 victory Thursday over the Sundown Hawks. Ray Smith tossed an eight-hitter for the win. Sons collected 13 hits and five walks off Fred OlynykTerry Bjornson accounted for all the Sundown scoring with a two-run homer.

R.Smith (W) and xxx
Olynyk (L) and xxx

Brian Coates smacked a two-run homer, a run-scoring single and received credit for the pitching win as Carman Goldeyes topped Woodridge Blues 5-4. Coates and Warren Johnston combined to hold the Blues to two hits. Brian Hodgson and Reid Hodgson also belted circuit clouts for the Goldeyes.

Brian Seidler swatted a pair of home runs Thursday to lead Giroux to a 7-2 victory over Springfield. Henri Turenne also had a round tripper. Don McGowan earned his second win with a four-hitter. He whiffed ten and walked three.

McGowan (W) and xxx
Christopherson (L) and xxx

(July)  Giroux downed Woodridge 16-3 as Roy Siedler twirled a three-hitter for the A's.

R. Seidler (W) and xxx
Rugg (L) and xxx

St. Boniface shaded Giroux 2-1 as Ron Reekie and Brent Thomas knocked in runs in the fourth inning. The lone Giroux run came as Bruce Sim scored on a suicide squeeze in the second inning. Don Maskiw notched the pitching win over Wayne Seidler. Each allowed just four hits.

Maskiw (W) and xxx
W.Seidler (L) and xxx

(July 10)  Wayne Seidler's two-hit hurling led Giroux A's to a 2-1 victory over Carman Goldeyes in one of four games in the Red-Boine Senior League.

SOUTH        W   L   PTS
Carman       7 - 2   14
Sundown      6 - 5   12
Giroux       5 - 4   10
Portage      2 - 4    4
Woodridge    1 - 8    2

NORTH
St.Boniface  9 - 2  18
Teulon       5 - 2  10
Elmwood      4 - 6   8
Springfield  1 - 7   2

(July)   Giroux A's downed Carman 3-1 to keep alive their hopes for a first place finish in the South Division of the Red-Boine Baseball League. Henri Turenne drove in Wayne Seidler with the winning run in the fourth inning. Turenne also doubled in the sixth. Seidler was the winning pitcher with a four-hitter.

W.Seidler (W) and xxx
Buhlin (L) and xxx

(July 17)  Bill McKitiak tossed a three-hitter and Bill Whitehead drove in three runs to lead Carman Goldeyes to a 6-0 victory over Springfield Chiefs. McKitiak walked six and fanned six. Alvin Gromnisky took the loss.

Portage Cougars shaded Giroux A's 4-3 with Don Asham leading the Cougars attack with two hits and two runs batted in. Carl Watson held the A's to six hits and a walk in going the route for the win.

Teulon Cardinals got by Woodridge Blues 6-5 behind the hitting and pitching of Gord Leduchowski who slugged a triple, double and single and was credited with the pitching decision in relief of starter Les Lisowski.

(July)  Portage scored three times with two out in the sixth inning to top Giroux 4-2. Carl Watson copped the pitching win over Dennis Buhlin. Don Asham knocked in a pair for the winners with two hits.

C.Watson (W) and xxx
D.Buhlin (L) and xxx

(July 19)   Art Essery, cracked a grand slam homer and knocked in six runs, to lead Teulon to a 9-3 victory over Giroux. George Leduchowski yielded just five hits in going the route for the win. Brian Seidler took the loss. George Querel was one of few bright spots in the A's lineup with two hits.

Geo. Leduchowski (W) and xxx
B.Seidler (L) and xxx

(July)  Teulon Cardinals whipped Springfield Chiefs 12-2 in their final game of the regular season to capture the league pennant. Carman Goldeyes finished second with a 12-4 record. Teulon won their last five games to assure their first place finish

FINAL STANDINGS
Teulon       13 -  3  --
Carman       12 -  4  1.0
St.Boniface  11 -  5  2.0
Portage       9 -  7  4.0
Sundown       8 -  8  5.0
Giroux        7 -  8  5.5
Elmwood       7 -  9  6.0
Springfield   3 - 11  9.0
Woodridge     1 - 15 12.0

(July 21)  The Manitoba Senior League All-Stars notched a 6-3 victory Saturday in the opening game of their best-of-three series with the Red-Boine All-Stars. Home runs by Stan Furman, Mark Fisher, Terry Lynd and Sam Jamieson paced the winners. Gerry Falk handled the mound work for the MSBL nine. Wayne Siedler took the loss.

W.Seidler (L), Maskiw and xxx
G.Falk (W) and xxx

(July 22)   Rob Jackson's eighth inning triple drove in brother Garth Jackman with the winning run Sunday evening as the Red-Boine All-Stars shaded the Manitoba Senior League All-Stars 5-4 in the third and deciding game of their senior baseball championship series. Don Maskiw picked up the pitching win in relief of starter Carl Watson. Ron Seafoot was the loser. Rob Jackman and Bill Whitehead each rapped a triple and single for Red-Boine.

C.Watson, Maskiw (W) (5) and xxx
Vertz, R.Seafoot (L) (8) and xxx

Red-Boine erupted for 15 hits and crushed the MSBL nine 9-1 Sunday afternoon. Bill Whitehead, John Hindle and Gord Leduchowski each had three hits. Garth Neville allowed just five hits in going the route for the win. The Red-Boine stars now advance against a Saskatchewan representative with the winner moving on to the Canadian championship.

Neville (W) and xxx
R.Ramsey (L), D.Anderson, L.Davie and xxx

(August 4)  The All-Stars from the Korean Industrial League walloped the Carman Goldeyes of the Red-Boine League 15-1 Saturday afternoon.

(August 5)  On Sunday, before a huge turnout at Transcona Stadium, the Korean All-Stars crushed the second team Red-Boine All-Stars 17-2. Sun-Hee Lee completely baffled the locals in a five inning starting stint and was named the most valuable Korean player. Kwang-Eun Lee relieved and finished the game. The pair allowed six hits while fanning eight. Don McGowan took the loss. The Koreans unleashed a 17-hit attack on five Red-Boine hurlers who also gave up eight free passes. Kim Bjornson was best for the locals with a homer and two doubles.

S.H. Lee (W), K.E. Lee (6) and xxx
McGowan (L), dePena (4), Lisowski (6), Porosky (8), Hrabchuk (8) and xxx

(September 1)   The Teulon Cardinals, champions of the Red-Boine League, shocked the Manitoba Senior League champs, the Hamiota Red Sox, Saturday crushing the Sox 18-0 in the first game of their best-of-three Manitoba Senior baseball championship at Teulon. Veteran left-hander Les Lisowski fired the shutout for the Cardinals while left fielder Brian Revin produced a monster game with three homers and a single driving in seven runs.

R.Ramsey (L), xxx and xxx
Lisowski (W) and xxx

(September 2)   Rebounding from an 18-0 spanking, Hamiota Red Sox defeated Teulon Cardinals 9-6 and 6-0 in a Sunday double-header to capture the Manitoba Senior Baseball championship and the Frank Richardson  Memorial Trophy.  Right-hander Marty Mason held Teulon to just four hits and fanned eight in his shutout performance.. Ron Ramsey stroked a bases-loaded double and two singles for the winners. Sox had seven hits off a pair of Teulon hurlers.

Mason (W) and Labossiere
G.Neville (L) and Kaluzniak and xxx

In the third and deciding game, Hamiota struck for five runs in the second inning chasing 48-year-old starting hurler George Leduchowski. Mike Labossiere cracked a two-run single, Dallas Strachan singled in a score, Ellis Woods drew a bases loaded walk and the fifth run came home on an error, the only miscue of the game. Sox held an 8-2 lead after six. Cardinals rallied for single runs in the seventh and eighth and plated a pair in the ninth but it was too little, too late. Ramsey, who was hammered in the opening game pitched into the eighth for the win, helped by relief from Ric Despaux. Sox banged out 13 hits, three by catcher Labossiere. First sacker Mike Mutcheson hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Cardinals. More than 1,500 fans jammed the Hamiota park for the final games of the 1979 season.

Ramsey (W), Despaux (8) and Labossiere
Geo. Leduchowski (L), Gord Leduchowski (2) and xxx