1929 Manitoba Game Reports      


Three of the five returning teams came under new service club sponsorship in 1929.

Columbus Club


(May 18)  Before more than 2,000 fans at Wesley Park, the defending-champion Elks inaugurated the 1929 Winnipeg Senior Amateur League pennant chase by defeating the Arena-Lions 9 to 3. A five-run outburst in the second spasm, begun when Lawrie Cuthbert connected for a solo homer, boosted the Horned Herd to victory. Both winning hurler Johnny “Red” Davison, who rang up nine whiffs, and losing southpaw Dunc Irvine were touched for nine hits but the Brother Bills enjoyed a margin on all-round play. The hitting demons in the opener proved to be Chuck Ridgedale and “Flabby” McLennan, both of the vanquished Arena-Lions, with a trio apiece. One of Ridgedale’s blows was a double. Packey McFarlane and Olie Olien led the winners offensively with two singles apiece.

Irvine (L) and McRitchie
Davison (W) and Turk

(May 21)  Gifted with a quartet of sixth-inning tallies on four walks, two errors and a hit batter, the Dokey-Tigers broke open a close game and handed the Columbus Club baseballers an 8 to 2 lacing at Wesley Park. Outswatted 7 – 4 by the Columbians, the Dokey-Tigers bunched all of their safeties into one frame, the fourth, to take a 3 – 2 lead and rode the consistent hurling of chunky Bill Crowe, who rang up 11 punchouts, to victory. Losing chucker Darky Bouchard started off like a house on fire but, by the sixth round, lost complete control and was succeeded on the knoll by “Lefty” Deakin. Catcher Dunc McCorquodale and third sacker Jack Minnis, both of the losing Cee Cees, had two singles each and were the only hitters in the contest with plural hit totals. 

Crowe (W) and Cockburn
Bouchard (L), Deakin (6) and McCorquodale

(May 22)  Playing snappy ball behind the fine four-hit pitching of Bill Stobie, the Norwood-Kiwanis nine scored a 7 to 1 triumph over the Elks at Wesley Park.  Other than the top-of-the opening panel when he walked a pair to force in the only run garnered by the Antlered Tribe, Stobie was in complete control. Young Syd Bissett did the knolling for the Wapiti and was nicked for seven safeties, most of those coming in the early rounds of the contest. A three-run circuit-jack off the bat of Toddy May in the bottom-half of the initial canto put the Suburbanites in front to stay. Second baseman Keith Hopper drilled a pair of doubles for the winners while Jack Seel clubbed a triple and one-bagger. May added a single to his early four-bagger. Gord Caslake paced the losers at the dish with a  triple and one-base rap.

Bissett (L) and Turk
W. Stobie (W) and LLoyd

(May 23)  The Arena-Lions entered the Wesley enclosure and clawed their way to a 9 to 4 victory over the Dokey-Tigers, pounding the offerings of losing slabster Fred Stobie for a dozen safe bingles while in receipt of eight free passes. Wally Woolner went the distance on the hill for the winners and gave a capable performance, allowing but six hits while walking three. In addition to hurling well, Woolner cracked out a triple and single. His teammate, hot corner custodian “Rosy” Rosenstock had three hits, all singles. Jimmy Grant pounded a two-RBI double for the losers.
Woolner (W) and Brown
F. Stobie (L) and J. Patton

(May 28)  Thirty-two Columbus Club batters faced Tommy Found at Wesley Park and all but one of them went hitless with the result that the Norwood-Kiwanis team annexed their second win of the season, blowing past the Cee Cees 8 to 1. Only a fourth-frame infield single off the bat of Bobby Dalziell ruined the no-hit effort by Found who chalked up a dozen whiffs while walking three and hitting an equal number. Loser Mel Stack, afforded some patchy support, seemed to be continuously in a hole during the first five frames but got into his proper stride in the later rounds. He yielded just six safeties but struggled in finding the plate, walking a dozen batters. Keith Hopper and Dick Lloyd stroked a brace of safeties each for the Kiwanians  with a triple included in Hopper’s total.

Found (W) and Lloyd
Stack (L) and McCorquodale

(May 29)  The Dokey-Tigers slid home in a drizzling rain from Wesley Park with a 3 to 2 victory tucked away over the defending-champion Elks after a snappy contest that was abandoned in the first-half of the seventh spasm. Sammy McCallum, the diminutive hook-ball artist of the Bengals, went like a house on fire for the first five rounds but weakened in the sixth spasm when the Horned Herd got to him for both their tallies. McCallum finished with a six-hitter while issuing nary a base-on-balls. Losing flinger Arni Arnison also hurled well and held the victors to five safe bingles. However, four free passes, along with an untimely error, contributed to his downfall. George Rivers of the Brother Bills, with a pair of singles, was the lone batter in the contest to register plural hit figures.

Arnison (L) and Turk
McCallum (W) and Cockburn

(May 31)  With the Elks leading by a score of 6 – 3 in the bottom-of-the-eighth episode, plate umpire Bob Bullock forfeited the game to the Antlered Aggregation 9 to 0 after Mel Stack, riding the bench as a reserve player for the Columbus Club, refused to leave the dugout after being ejected for his continual verbal disrespect of the arbiter. “Red” Davison, who toiled on the hillock for the Wapiti, settled down after a shaky start to earn the knoll verdict while the Columbians’ slabster “Lefty” Deakin had one bad round, the seventh, when the victors got to him for a three-spot. At the time of the forfeiture, Fred Tingling of the Clubbers had collected three timely singles to lead the hit parade.

Deakin (L) and xxx
Davison (W) and xxx

(June 1)  With peppery third sacker Camille Van Beneen wielding a powerful bludgeon and clever hurler Tommy Found coming up big in the pinches, the Norwood-Kiwanis diamond troopers maintained their winning ways by taking the measure of the Dokey-Tigers 4 to 1. Although both teams stroked seven safeties, it was the timely hitting of Van Beneen that spelled defeat for the Bengals as he cracked a home run and three singles, driving in all four of his team’s counters. Winning heaver Found, who walked four, was in trouble several times but was tight with the bingles when ducks were on the pond as the losers stranded 11 baserunners. Bill Crowe pitched well in defeat for the Bengals, walking nary a batter, but had the misfortune of running into a hot-hitting Van Beneen. Crowe also saved the Dokey-Tigers from being shut-out by poling a solo home run in the ninth panel.  

Crowe (L) and Cockburn
Found (W) and Lloyd

(June 4)  The Arena-Lions climbed into second place in the first-half standings when they humbled the winless Columbus Club aggregation 8 to 3. It was a lively-hitting affair in which each team stroked 11 safeties. The Arenas, however, were more adept at bunching their bingles while some loose play by the Clubbers also accounted for their decisive defeat. Dunc Irvine hurled for the Leos while “Darky” Bouchard, suffering through two bad innings, was saddled with the loss. Bouchard, along with teammate Bob Dalziel, were the hitting stars of the evening, each crashing out four safe swats. Wally Woolner was the bright light with the hickory for the victors, clouting a two-run, inside-the-park round-tripper plus a pair of one-baggers. 

Bouchard (L) and McCorquodale
Irvine (W) and Brown

(June 8)  Coming from behind with a three-spot in the bottom-of-the-ninth inning, the Arena-Lions earned a 7 to 6 Wesley Park victory over the Norwood-Kiwanis nine to cop a share of top spot in the standings with their victims. A leadoff triple off the bat of pinch-hitter Dunc Irvine followed with doubles by Rosy Rosenstock and “Flabby” McLennan, sent to equalizer over the platter. Then, Chuck Ridgedale’s screaming single, with one out, drove in McLennan with the walkoff winner. Base hits were plentiful in this contest with the Arenas clipping losing slabster “Lefty” Bidgood, a youthful hurler from Saskatoon, for 14 safeties. Wally Woolner, on the clay throne for the Leos, was nicked for ten base raps and seemed to be in continual trouble as a result of shoddy defensive work by his mates. McLennan and playing-skipper Bill Knight both had three hits for the victors, with each collecting a two-bagger. Hughie Sutherland of the Suburbanites, with four singles, came around to score three times. 

Bidgood (L) and Lloyd
Woolner (W) and Brown

STANDINGS                  W         L          Pct.
Arena-Lions                3         1         .750
Norwood-Kiwanis            3         1         .750
Elks                       2         2         .500
Dokey-Tigers               2         2         .500
Columbus Club              0         4         .000

(June 11)  The Norwood-Kiwanis balltossers dropped their second game in succession, taking an 8 to 3 pounding from the Elks. Syd Bissett, on the bump for the Wapiti, fanned eight and tossed a six-hitter wherein, only in two innings was the Team from across the Bridge able to score. Tommy Found started on the hillock for the Kiwanians but it just wasn’t his night and he lasted just three rounds before playing-manager Alex Hill took over mound chores. The Brother Bills took a 4 – 0 lead in the second stanza, in large part to a two-run homer by catcher Alex Turk, and breezed to the triumph thereafter. Turk added a single to his offensive production later in the contest. Elks’ skipper Gord Dakins drilled a brace of run-coring one-baggers. 
Found (L), Hill (4) and Lloyd
Bissett (W) and Turk

(June 12)  With Dunc Irvine hurling stellar ball and the Dokey-Tigers doing everything imaginable on the diamond wrong, the Arena-Lions strengthened their hold on first place by registering a 9 to 3 victory. The Jungle Cats dropped, booted and misfired the horsehide for seven juicy errors, making things miserable for losing twirler Leo Johnson who, making his first start of the campaign, pitched reasonably well, surrendering eight safeties. Arena portsider Irvine whiffed 11 batters and, for the first eight episodes, had faced just three batters over the minimum while allowing but two hits. Wilting in the final canto, Irvine yielded five hard singles which netted the Bengals their only three tallies of the contest. Catcher Brown, with a double and a single, led the victors at the dish.

Irvine (W) and Brown
Johnson (L) and Cockburn

(June 13)  Darkness prevented overtime as the Arena-Lions and Norwood-Kiwanis nines locked horns in a 2 – 2 deadlock at Wesley Park. The game produced just seven hits, four by the Leos. Not one of the four markers plated in the affair was earned. For eight rounds, Bill Stobie of the Suburbanites and youthful Hec Hallett turned in masterful displays on the knoll but Hallett ran into a wild streak during that session, forcing in the tying run by hitting a batter, and gave way to Dunc Irvine who doused the fire. “Flabby” McLennan of the Arenas, with two singles, was the only batter in the affair to register more than one bingle.  

Hallett, Irvine (8) and McRitchie
W. Stobie and Lloyd

(June 15)  Sparked by several spectacular defensive plays in the final stages of the game, the lowly Columbus Club squad chalked up their initial victory of the season by taking the Elks into camp 3 to 2 in a ten-inning struggle. Freddie Tingling, who cavorts in centre field for the Clubbers, was the hero of the contest. In the top-half of the overtime session, he made a great catch of Packy McFarlane’s line drive that had extra bases written all over it, nullifying Joe Rivers’ rush for home plate. By unique coincidence, Tingling led off the last-half of the bonus round and ripped a double down the third-base line, eventually plating the walkoff winner with a plunging slide across the pan on a single by Jack Minnis. The Cee Cees had a slight 10 to 9 edge in bingles as both pitchers of record, winner “Lefty” Deakin, who was plagued by some wildness, and “Rookie” Arnison of the Antlered Tribe, who fanned a dozen, went the distance. Tingling led all swatsmiths with a brace of singles in addition to his overtime two-bagger.

Arnison (L) and Turk
Deakin (W) and McCorquodale

(June 18)  The Norwood-Kiwanis balltossers pulled to within a a half-game of the pace-setting Arena-Lions by staging a four-run rally in the ninth-inning to defeat the basement-dwelling Columbus Club 5 to 3. The Kiwanians held a 1 – 0 lead until the bottom-of-the-eighth episode when the Clubbers bunched a pair of hits behind three miscues to run across a three-spot. Bill Stobie did the heaving for the team from across the bridge and yielded just four scattered hits during the first seven rounds. He weakened In the eighth after his mates made a number of boots but came on strong in the ninth after the Suburbanites had re-taken the lead. Losing hurler Mel Stack was hit freely throughout the encounter but was given air-tight support in the pinches. Playing-manager Alex Hill and shortpatcher P. Buddick each had three of the winners’ 13 safeties with a double part of Hill’s arsenal. Catcher Dunc McCorquodale laced a triad of one-baggers for the Cee Cees.

W. Stobie (W) and Lloyd
Stack (L) and McCorquodale

(June 20)  Bill Crowe, Dokey-Tiger hurling ace, had the honor of tossing the first shutout of the Senior Amateur League season when he faced just 30 batters in blanking Norwood-Kiwanis 10 to 0 in a rain-interrupted affair at Wesley Park. Crowe, in tip-top form, rationed the Suburbanites to just two hits, both one-baggers coming in the sixth stanza, while receiving sensational backup from his mates who reeled of three double plays. Every one of the Bengal batters had at least one safety off losing twirler Alex Hill and eighth-episode reliever Tommy Found as third baseman Arnie Coulter led the 11-hit attack with a two-run triple and a run-scoring single. For six rounds it was a fast and close game with the Dokey diamondeers holding just a 1 – 0 lead but, in the seventh, they put the verdict on ice with a six-spot. 

Crowe (W) and J. Patton
Hill (L), Found (8) and Olien

(June 21)  Still going strong, veteran moundsman Jack Hind, who has been burning over a rare assortment of curves prior to the birth of a majority of players on the Wesley Park diamond, demonstrated that the passing years have not taken their toll on his mighty right arm by hurling the Elks to a 5 to 1 conquest of the front-running Arena-Lions. The ageless mound artist held the Leos to six scattered hits while whiffing ten. Greig Warren, with a solo homer and a double, was the only real thorn in his side. The Antlered Tribe managed seven base knocks, divided among seven different batters, off loser Dunc Irvine, the longest coming on a two-bagger by Alex Turk. Errors pave the way for most of the run production by the Horned Herd while a pair of sacrifice flies from Lawrie Cuthbert drove in a brace of tallies.    

Hind (W) and Turk, G. Dakins
Irvine (L) and Brown

STANDINGS                  W         L          Pct.
Arena-Lions                4         2         .667
Norwood-Kiwanis            4         3         .571
Elks                       4         3         .571
Dokey-Tigers               3         3         .500
Columbus Club              1         5         .167

(June 22)  Nicking Dokey-Tigers’ twirling ace Bill Crowe for ten hits, the Columbus Club baseballers won their second game of the season with a 10 to 8 conquest of the Bengals. Five walks by Crowe and four fielding miscues from his mates helped prevent the losers from capturing a much-needed win to stay in the running for the first-half pennant. With the aid of two walks and an error, the Clubbers bunched three singles during an eighth inning spree to plate a trey and move in front for good. “Lefty” Deakin, combed for seven safeties and an equal number of free passes during 7-1/3 innings on the knoll for the Cee Cees, needed relief help from Mel Stack to preserve the victory. Jack Minnis of the Columbians was conspicuous with the willow, slamming a three-run homer and a single. Jimmy Patton tripled and singled for the Jungle Cats.

Deakin (W), Stack (8) and McCorquodale
Crowe (L) and J. Patton

(June 25)  Athol Foster, member of the St. Vital intermediates, made his first appearance in senior company on the mound with the Arena-Lions and fashioned a no-hit, no-run game in leading his new mates to a 3 to 0 whitewashing of the Columbus Club. The win for the Lions sewed up a place for them in the playoff for first-half honors. Foster whiffed ten and walked just one as he faced only 29 batters, two over the minimum. Another newcomer, “Shorty” Sanderson, a former Sperling twirler, hurled for the Clubbers and was bright in defeat. Raked for six safeties, he fanned 15  and did not issue a base-on-balls. Greig Warren and “Flabby” McLennan of the victors, each with a pair of singles, led the hit parade.

Sanderson (L) and McCorquodale
Foster (W) and Brown

(June 26)  The Elks climbed into second place in the first-half standings with a 4 to 3 victory over the Dokey-Tigers at Wesley Park. Arni “Rookie” Arnison, pitching for the B.P.O.E Bunch, was at his best and set down the Bengals on four hits with three of them, two doubles and a triple, coming from the bat of Claire Livesley. Although wild at times, Arnison was tight in the pinches and struck out 13. Complete-game loser Sammy McCallum, after an shaky start, settled down and pitched a steady game for the Dokey Dandies. Playing-manager Gord Dakins’ second-inning single drove in the first pair of tallies for the winners. They added another brace in the third round, the first coming on Con Puhan’s RBI-single and the final one on an outfield error. The initial counter for the Jungle Cats came in the fourth frame and was allowed to reach the promised land due to a miscue. In the seventh, the Tigers rang the bell twice to reduce the deficit to a singleton. Livesley’s three-bagger netted the initial tally while a successful bunt by Gord McKenzie squeezed in Livesley with the final marker. Puhan, Gord Caslake and Romeo Rivers all singled twice for the Wapiti.
McCallum (L) and J. Patton
Arnison (W) and G. Dakins

(July 3)  Peppery Camille Van Beneen’s clutch bingle in the bottom-half of the ninth inning drove in the winning run as Norwood-Kiwanis edged the Arena-Lions 4 to 3 in the final game of the first-half schedule, creating a three-cornered tie for top spot. Immediately following the game, arrangements were made for a playoff to break the tie. As a result of a draw, the Norwood-Kiwanis squad received a bye into the finals leaving the Arena-Lions and Elks to tangle in a sudden-death semi-final.  Van Beneen’s game-winning rap was his third safety of the evening during a hard-fought encounter in which the Suburbanites had a slight 8 to 7 margin in base hits. Tommy Found annexed the complete-game mound decision while ninth-inning reliever Wally Woolner of the Leos was saddled with the defeat. Toddy May supplied the batting power for the victorious team from across the bridge with a bases-empty circuit-jack and a three-bagger.

Hallett, Woolner (L) (9) and Brown, Lawton (9)
Found (W) and Lloyd

STANDINGS                  W         L          Pct.
Arena-Lions                5         3         .625
Norwood-Kiwanis            5         3         .625
Elks                       5         3         .625
Dokey-Tigers               3         5         .375
Columbus Club              2         6         .250

FIRST-HALF SEMI-FINAL  Arena-Lions vs Elks (sudden-death)

(July 5)  After setting the merry pace throughout most of the first-half schedule, the Arena-Lions were eliminated from the playoff picture after dropping a 7 to 3 verdict to the Elks in a winner-take-all encounter. With the win, the Antlered Tribe move on to tackle the Norwood-Kiwanis nine in the best-of-three final series to declare a first-half champion. Sporting an 11 to 8 advantage in base hits and committing fewer errors afield, the Brother Bills were worthy victors. Superlative hurling by fifth-inning reliever Arni Arnison in the pinches kept the Antlered Tribe in front after he took over with an inherited 3 – 2 lead from starter “Red” Davison. A three-spot in the seventh stanza sealed the deal for the Horned Herd. The batting of Romeo Rivers, who clouted a long triple to go along with a pair of doubles, was the highlight of the game. 
Davison (W), Arnison (5) and Turk
Foster (L) and Brown

FIRST-HALF FINALS  Norwood-Kiwanis vs Elks  (best-of-three series)

(July 6)  Playing anything but the kind of ball that carried them to the championship last season, the Elks dropped the opening game of the first-half playoffs to Norwood-Kiwanis by a 6 to 2 score. The Kiwanians, with winning chucker Tommy Found in the groove, fielded well and came up big with timely bingles in the fourth and fifth frames to score all their runs. On the other hand, the Antlered Aggregation performed in indifferent fashion afield after a pair of costly errors put them behind the eight-ball 6 – 0. Found worked the corners with dazzling speed and, for the first seven spasms, rationed the Wapiti to three scattered hits and no runs. Only in the last two rounds did he find himself in any peril. Gord Caslake got to him for three of the seven hits garnered by the Horned Herd, a double and a pair of singles. Outfielders Jack Seel and Toddy May, along with Found, each stroked a brace of base raps as part of the Suburbanites’ ten-hit offense with doubles included in both May’s and Found’s sum of swats.

Hind (L), Bissett (5) and Turk
Found (W) and Lloyd

(July 9)  A stellar two-hit mound effort by Arni Arnison spearheaded the Elks to a 5 to 0 whitewashing of Norwood-Kiwanis, squaring the best-of-three first-half finals at a game apiece. Arnison rang up a dozen strikeouts in blanking the Kiwanians. Facing Arnison on the bump was Bill Stobie who was nicked for six safeties and allowed just one earned run, coming on a solo homer by Lawrie Cuthbert in the third chapter. The game was decided in the second stanza after Stobie gave up two walks in succession to begin the frame. A ground ball to the right-side of the infield produced indecision by Keith Hopper who, instead of initiating a potential twin-killing, was overcome by brain-freeze, finally tossing the pill to the initial sack but too late to record even one out. Hopper’s mental mistake was then compounded by first-baseman Jimmy Keedian who, spotting the lead runner breaking for home, threw wild to the platter allowing the first Elk tally. A fielder’s choice produced the initial out of the inning but Arnison then popped a fly into the left garden which was dropped as two more counters crossed the pan while Arnison, never breaking stride, scampered all the way around to the hot corner station when the throw home from the outer pasture was not cut-off. Packy McFarlane’s infield smash drove in Arnison with a fourth marker for the Brother Bills.   

W. Stobie (L) and Lloyd
Arnison (W) and Turk

(July 11)  The defending-champion Elks hurdled their first obstacle to retain the Senior Amateur League title by defeating Norwood-Kiwanis 8 to 4 in the third and deciding game of the first-half finals. Technically, the Brother Bills already had secured a 5 – 4 victory before padding their narrow lead with an unneeded  three-spot in the bottom-half of the seventh stanza at which time the game was halted on account of darkness after two had been retired. Mounting the hillock for the second time within three days, Arni Arnison was once again successful in turning back the Kiwanians. Nicked for just four safe bingles, two of which came in the opening round, Arnison was never in trouble except for the sixth session when he developed a streak of wildness and was clipped for a deuce. Losing slabster Bill Stobie was lit up for ten of the 12 safeties garnered by the B.P.O.E. Brigade before Alex Hill took over mound duties in the abbreviated seventh.  Catcher Alex Turk cracked a triple, double and single for the winners while teammate Joe Rivers and Camille Van Beneen of the N-K’s each registered a double and a one-bagger. George Rivers of the Brother Bills was credited with a tainted three-run, inside-the-park homer in the seventh which the outfielders from the Suburbanites failed to see because of the lack of illumination. Plate umpire Bob Bullock called the game immediately after this blow. 

W. Stobie (L), Hill (7) and Lloyd
Arnison (W) and Turk


(July 12)  Jimmy Patton’s solo home run in the top-of-the-ninth inning ignited the Dokey-Tigers to a 5 to 1 victory over the Columbus Club in the opening game of the second-half of the Winnipeg Senior Amateur League schedule. With the score tied 1 – 1, Patton caught one of “Lefty” Deakin’s southpaw shoots to plant the horsehide over the fence and, before the side had been retired, three more runs had crossed the plate. Versatile Sammy McCallum mounted the slab for the Bengals in the clash against Deakin against the Clubbers as both moundsmen were tagged for seven safeties. The Cee Cees were first to score, pushing across their lone tally in the second spasm on Bill Davis’ RBI-single, his first of two one-baggers. Ward McVey drove in the equalizer for the Jungle Cats in the sixth session with a single to left field. After a scoreless seventh and eighth, the game was tucked away on Patton’s one-out four-ply blast. A pair of walks then preceded a run-scoring single by McCallum and a two-run double off the bat of Fred Jennings. Patton had an earlier single to finish with two hits. 

McCallum (W) and Singbush
Deakin (L) and McCorquodale

(July 13)  With Dunc Irvine back on the hillock, the Arena-Lions rode his three-hit pitching performance to a 5 to 1 conquest of the Norwood-Kiwanis team at Wesley Park. Bright in defeat was Tommy Found, hurling ace of the Suburbanites, who rang up 13 strikeouts in eight rounds. However, the Leos bunched five of their eight hits to good advantage to gain the verdict. “Flabby” McLennan of the victors was the slugging artist of the afternoon, connecting for a double and single. 

Found (L) and Lloyd
Irvine (W) and Brown

(July 23)  Piling up an early lead, the first-half pennant-winning Elks romped off with a 7 to 5 victory over the Columbus Club in a loosely-played affair at Wesley Park. Winning moundsman Arni Arnison held the Clubbers to three scattered hits over the first seven rounds but, in the eighth, he was combed for a triad of safeties which, along with an error and a pair of bases-on-balls, allowed the Cee Cees to plate a quartet of tallies. Losing twirler “Lefty” Deakin was hit hard by the Horned Herd and gave way to Mel Stack in the fourth. The duo were nicked for 11 base raps including a pair of doubles by Lawrie Cuthbert.

Deakin (L), Stack (4) and McCorquodale
Arnison (W) and Turk

(July 24)  The Arena-Lions trounced the Dokey-Tigers 13 to 7 in a drawn-out combat at Wesley Park that was called after eight episodes because of darkness. Far from providing a good brand of baseball, the engagement nevertheless kept the fans entertained. The Leos smashed out 16 bingles for a total of 21 sacks while the Dokey Dandies amassed nine safeties which included three doubles. Winning slabster Athol Foster, despite the fact that six miscues were made behind him, pitched reasonably well except for the fourth round when the Bengals lit him up for a three-spot. Losing twirler Sammy McCallum started off well but, by the time the third session rolled around, was being hit freely. Foster and Chuck Ridgedale had  three hits apiece for the winners with a double included in Ridgedale’s sum of swats. “Bunny” Warren, making his inaugural appearance with the Arena-Lions, poled out two doubles. Brother Greig Warren ripped a triple and a one-bagger. Jack Menzies, with a two-bagger and a one-base rap, was best with the baton for the Jungle Cats.

Foster (W) and Brown, Woolner
McCallum (L) and Singbush

(July 25)  With winning pitcher Bill Stobie stifling the Columbus Club on three scattered hits, Norwood-Kiwanis whitewashed the Clubbers 7 to 0. Mel Stack, on the hillock for the Cee Cees, went along nicely for the first four rounds but fell apart in the fifth and sixth panels when the Suburbanites ran across six of their seven counters. Jack Seel, Jimmy Keedian and Toddy May each poled out a pair of safeties for the victors

Stack (L) and McCorquodale
W. Stobie (W) and Lloyd

(July 30)  The Dokey-Tigers took the measure of the Norwood-Kiwanians 14 to 8 in an abbreviated game that was called in the last-half of the eighth inning with two having been retired. The lead zig-zagged back-and-forth during the sloppily-played contest and it wasn’t until the eighth and final canto that the Bengals took control for good with a big five-spot. Both aggregations hit the ball with authority, the Norwood nine holding a 12 to 10 advantage in base knocks. Shortstop Ray McAllinden of the victors committed three errors but made up for his fielding misgivings by slugging a home run, double and single. Teammate Harvey Kendall also went yard with a round-tripper and added a one-bagger. Jack Seel singled three times for the losers. 

W. Stobie (L) and Lloyd
F. Rutherford (W) and Cockburn

(July 31)  The winless Columbus Club baseballers took another one on the chin when they were dumped 8 to 3 by the Arena-Lions in a game in which the umpires sent the fans and players home after seven stanzas because of lack of illumination. The win for the undefeated Leos put them in front of the pack in the second-half standings by a full game. High-schooler Hec Hallett, on the knoll for the Arenas, had a couple of rough innings late in the game but, in general, responded well in taking on the pitching assignment, finishing with a six-hitter. Losing hurler Mel Stack was sent for an early shower in the opening chapter after facing just four batters before “Lefty” Deakin came to the rescue. The top portion of the Arena batting order came through in grand style, accounting for nine of the team’s 11 safeties. Corner infielders Johnny Lewis and Greig Warren led the way with a triad of safeties each as first-sacker Warren had a triple.

Hallett (W) and Brown
Stack (L), Deakin (1) and McCorquodale

(August 1)  A belated rush that produced five runs in the top-of-the-ninth inning just wasn’t enough as the Dokey-Tigers came up one tally short in falling to the Elks 6 to 5. The Horned Herd scored their runs in easy stages and, having amassed 14 base hits that produced six tallies after eight episodes, appeared headed for a shutout win behind the six-hit pitching of Syd Bissett. In their final turn at bat, however, the Bengals parlayed four one-out bingles with a brace of B.P.O.E. miscues to put a scare in the Antlered Tribe by running across a quintet of counters before the final two outs were recorded on pop ups to shortpatcher Joe Rivers. Second baseman George Rivers had three hits, including a home run and double, for the Brother Bills. Gord Dakins followed with a triple and two singles while Packy McFarlane ripped three one-base raps. Jimmy Grant clubbed a double and a brace of one-baggers for the vanquished Bengals.

Crowe (L) and Cockburn, J. Patton
Bissett (W) and Turk

(August 7)  Performing in their usual smart manner, the Elks advanced into a tie with the Arena-Lions for the leadership in the second-half standings by pounding the Norwood-Tigers 9 to 2 on the Wesley Park ball lot. Winning slabster Syd Bissett was steady throughout, breezing six and walking four while flinging a three-hitter. Only Jimmy Keedian, with a double and single, posed much of a threat to him. Bill Stobie opposed Bissett on the hillock and was rocked for a dozen safeties. Plating a deuce in their opening turn at bat, the Antlered Tribe led from start to finish. The three Rivers’ brothers were prominent in the offensive thrust presented by the victors. George smacked a triple and single while Joe and Romeo each drilled a double and one-bagger. 

Bissett (W) and Turk
W. Stobie (L) and Lloyd

(August 8)  Running across six counters in the fifth frame, the Arena-Tigers maintained their unblemished record by flattening the winless Columbus Club 7 to 1. Dunc Irvine allowed the Bengals only four safeties, three of which were garnered by catcher Dunc McCorquodale, in copping the complete-game mound victory. Losing chucker “Shorty” Sanderson, touched for eight hits, was let down badly by the left side of his infield in the disastrous fifth. Johnny Lewis and Irvine both poked a brace of one-baggers for the Arenas. 

Sanderson (L) and McCorquodale
Irvine (W) and Brown

(August 9)  The scheduled game between the Dokey-Tigers and Norwood-Kiwanis was forfeited to the Norwoods 9 to 0 when the Tigers failed to field a full team.

(August 10)  Coming from behind with singletons in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth sessions, the Arena-Lions edged the Elks 4 to 3 in an exciting encounter at Wesley Park. The Brother Bills jumped on Arena starter Wally Woolner early and sported a 3 – 1 cushion after two rounds, Goose eggs adorned the scoreboard for the following three chapters before the Leos began their comeback. The winning tally in the eighth came after Johnny Lewis singled, swiped second and, after an out had been recorded, scampered home on a hot one-bagger by light-hitting catcher Bev Brown. Woolner was nicked for just four hits which included a two-run triple and double by Joe Rivers. “Bunny” Warren had two of the seven safeties, both singles, yielded by losing tosser Arni Arnison.

Arnison (L) and Turk
Woolner (W) and Brown

(August 16)  Norwood-Kiwanis waltzed their way to a 9 to 3 trouncing of the Columbus Club in a somewhat listless affair. “Lefty” Treleaven, making his first appearance at Wesley Park this season, hurled a fine game for the winners and was well-supported defensively. He walked just two and gave up six base raps. Jimmy Keedian led the 12-hit offense of the Kiwanians against complete-game loser “Darky” Bouchard, swatting a triple, double and single. Clubmates Alex Hill and Mike Karahan each delivered a double and single.

Treleaven (W) and Lloyd
Bouchard (L) and McCorquodale

(August 17)  Reeling off their sixth consecutive victory, the Arena-Lions nosed out the Elks 10 to 9 to clinch a second-half playoff berth. Both teams bunched their hits to good advantage and the final result was in doubt until the last out as made. It was in the seventh spasm that the Arenas won the game by scoring four times against losing slabster Jack Hind. The veteran Elk twirler gave way to Syd Bissett at the start of the eighth after serving up all ten runs on 11 hits while fanning 13. Athol Foster went the distance for the Leos, finishing strong after wavering several times during the early innings. Art Frick was the big noise with the bat for the victors, driving in four runs and scoring twice himself after stroking a double and two singles. Teammate Chuck Ridgedale singled on four occasions while Romeo Rivers led the Antlered Artillery with a two-run homer, a double and a one-bagger. 

Foster (W) and Brown
Hind (L), Bissett (8) and Turk

(August 20)  The runaway-leading Arena-Lions hung up their seventh straight victory by blanking the Dokey-Tigers 6 to 0 at the Balmoral ball lot. Darkness halted play after the first-half of the eighth had been completed. The final result was determined in the very first round when the Arenas chased across five runs off losing twirler Sammy McCallum. Dunc Irvine, star southpaw of the Lions was nicked for six hits in the first three sessions but the Dokey Diamondeers failed to score even one run against him. For the remainder of the contest, he set the Bengal sluggers down on one lone bingle, a third single off the bat of Tiger flychaser Fred Menzies. Art Frick, Chuck Ridgedale and “Bunny” Warren each picked up a couple of safeties for the winning Leos, the latter duo both swatting a two-bagger on one occasion.     
McCallum (L), F. Stobie (6) and J. Patton
Irvine (W) and Brown

STANDINGS                  W         L          Pct.
Arena-Lions                7         0        1.000
Elks                       3         2         .600
Norwood-Kiwanis            3         3         .500
Dokey-Tigers               2         4         .333
Columbus Club              0         6         .000

(August 21)  With Syd Bissett and the Rivers brothers playing prominent roles, the Elks blanked Norwood-Kiwanis 6 to 0 at Wesley Park. The three Rivers boys stung the Kiwanians with their hot bats, scoring four runs and banging out seven of the 11 safeties garnered by the Purple & White, four of which fell to George. Bissett was at the top of his form on the clay throne and, aided by some loose play on the basepaths by the Suburbanites, applied the whitewash brush by spinning a five-hitter. Aside from the double and three singles registered by George Rivers, brother Romeo pounded the pill for a two-bagger and one-base rap while Joe belted a double. Also contributing significantly to the 11-hit offense of the Horned Herd was Gord Caslake who clipped the orb for a triple and single.  
Bissett (W) and Turk
W. Stobie (L) and Lloyd

(August 22)  Coming through with some tall clouting in the pinches, the Columbus Club balltossers finally broke into the second-half win column when they trimmed the fumble-fingered Elks nine 9 to 6 in a contest limited to seven stanzas because of darkness. After trailing for most of the contest, the Clubbers came on strong in the final three chapters of the tussle to claim victory. Winning moundsman, “Lefty” Deakin, was nicked for eight hits including a double and single by Joe Rivers. Stan Shaley, a recruit from the intermediate ranks, toiled on the hillock for the Antlered Tribe and, although combed for 11 safeties, was hurt more so by the eight fielding miscues made by his teammates which all played a part in the Columbians’ nine tallies. Leadoff hitter Bobby Dalziel singled three times for the winning Cee Cees while clubmate “Dibbs” Woods clouted a pair of triples.
Deakin (W) and McCorquodale
Shaley (L) and Turk, G. Dakins

(August 23)  Falling back into their old ways after claiming their initial win of the second-half just 24 hours previous, the lowly Columbus Club squad was hammered 13 to 3 by the Dokey-Tigers in a darkness-shortened, six-inning fracas at Wesley Park. Fred Stobie hurled for the Bengals and, despite an unsteady start, settled in nicely by limiting the Bengals to seven hits. Young southpaw Johnny Bruneteau started on the clay heap for the Cee Cees but bit the dust after two innings after the Jungle Cats had clawed him for four runs on five hits. “Lefty” Deakin, who came to his aid, was unable to stop the rampaging Dokeys during the remainder of the tilt. Fred Jennings topped the victors with the lumber, slapping out a two-RBI triple and a single.
F. Stobie (W) and Singbush
Bruneteau (L), Deakin (3) and Arnott, McCorquodale       

(August 24)  A well-executed triple play in the fifth frame, the batting of Art Frick and the hurling of Dunc Irvine all aided the Arena-Lions in pulling off their eighth straight second-half victory, a 9 to 2 conquest of the Norwood-Kiwanis nine. With the sacks fully occupied in the fifth, middle-infielder Bill Knight of the Leos snared Mike Karahan’s hot liner headed up the middle, raced over to step on the keystone base for the second out and whipped the pill to “Bunny” Warren at third base to complete the triad of executions. Frick continued his heavy hitting by slapping out five singles while teammate Wally Woolner added to the 15-hit Arena batting splurge with three one-baggers. Portsider Irvine spun a five-hitter in a route-going performance, besting Tommy Found who was hit freely but managed to whiff a dozen.
Irvine (W) and Brown
Found (L) and Lloyd                                                           

(August 27)  The Dokey-Tigers moved into a tie for the runner-up position in the second-half standings with the Elks by taming the B.P.O.E. nine 2 to 0. Winning flinger Sammy McCallum and “Red” Davison of the Antlered Tribe both turned in fine games on the knoll but the former’s defensive support was a trifle better than that afforded Davison. The Bengals garnered five hits and the Horned Herd eight. Claire Livesley, Tiger shortstop, had a great game, making two sensational fielding plays as well as stinging the apple for a hot single and a double. Romeo Rivers of the Purple & White also connected for a two-bagger and a one-base rap. 

Davison (L) and Arnison
McCallum (W) and Singbush          

(August 28)  The Norwood-Kiwanis band of baseballers stayed in the running for second-place and the final playoff spot in the second-half playoffs by doubling the Columbus Club 6 to 3. It was a short contest, not too well played, that was terminated by darkness at the end of six innings. Winning hurler Bill Stobie, after his mates had let him down defensively in the opening round when the Cee Cees plated all three of their counters, tightened up an pitched well in the remaining five frames. Losing slabster Carrigan, a recruit from the Intermediate ranks, made a good impression in his initial start but his support was wobbly, no less than five errors being made behind him. Outfielder Steve Crouch, making his first appearance on the diamond in a number of years, poled out a run-producing triple and single for the winning Suburbanites.
W. Stobie (W) and Lloyd
Carrigan (L) and McCorquodale              

(August 29)  Still churning out sweet victories, the Arena-Lions rolled to their ninth straight win in second-half action by blanking the Elks 2 to 0. The seven-inning affair, ended by darkness, developed into a pitching battle between portsider Bill Matthews of the Leos and Intermediate League call-up Jude McCallum, twirling for the Brother Bills. Although McCallum held the Arenas to two solitary singles, it was his wildness in the fifth round that cost him the verdict. Matthews allowed five singles, two of them going to Gord Caslake, and, although in trouble several times, tightened up in the pinches while two fast double plays also pulled him out of jam situations. 

J. McCallum (L) and Turk
Matthews (W) and McRitchie
(August 30)  Maintaining  their winning gait in the chase for a playoff berth, the Dokey-Tigers assumed second-place in last-half standings by whitewashing the Columbus Club 4 to 0 in six stanzas at Wesley Park. The darkness-shortened clash was scoreless for the first three chapters but, in the fourth, the Columbians began to weaken as three singles by the Bengals produced a brace of tallies. In the very next inning, another pair of Dokey markers crossed the pan as a result of a Cee Cee error and two more safe smashes. Winning tosser Fred Stobie limited the Clubbers to three hits while fanning six and walking none. Harvey Kendall and Ron Singbush lit up the offerings of losing chucker “Lefty” Deakin for two base raps apiece.

Deakin (L) and Arnott
F. Stobie (W) and Singbush

(August 31)  After playing indifferent ball for several games, the first-half champion Elks came to life and carved up the Norwood-Kiwanis nine with a 12 to 0 shellacking. The setback for the Kiwanians virtually eliminated them from the running for a second-series playoff spot. With Intermediate League recruit Stan Shaley chucking a three-hitter in gilt-edged fashion, the Antlered Tribe played spectacular ball, crashing out 14 hits while playing almost flawless afield. The Purple & White took a liking to the offerings of losing slabster Bill Stobie and, after being assaulted for 11 safeties and as many runs, Stobie gave way to Alex Hill for the last two frames. Gord Caslake was the most potent of the B.P.O.E. swatsmiths, banging out four safeties, all singles. “Packey” McFarlane followed with a pair of doubles and a one-base rap while Con Puhan ripped a two-bagger to go along with a brace of singles. 

Shaley (W) and Turk
W. Stobie (L), Hill (8) and Lloyd

(September 4)  Finding the cold, dull evening to their liking, the sluggers from the Elks baseball club fattened their batting averages by pounding out a 13 to 1 victory of the basement-dwelling Columbus Club. The Horned Herd crashed out a total of 17 base knocks off “Lefty” Deakin and “Darky” Bouchard before a merciful end to hostilities was called with one out in the bottom-of-the-sixth spasm, darkness being the culprit. Syd Bissett continued his fine work on the elevated portion of the diamond, rationing the Cee Cees to four hits, two of which were bagged by first baseman Bill Davis. With a huge lead, Bissett was rested after the fifth frame as Johnny “Red” Davison was called in from the outer pasture to hurl a scoreless final canto.  Davison, along with teammates Lawrie Cuthbert and Arni Arnison, all poled out three safe blows for the Brother Bills, with the former duo each recording a two-bagger in their sum of swats.

Deakin (L), Bouchard (3) and Arnott
Bissett (W), Davison (6) and Turk                                                                                                     

(September 5)  For the second time this season, the Norwood-Kiwanis baseball team failed to fulfill a scheduled league fixture. Only two players from their roster appeared for a game against the Arena-Lions who were on the field in full strength. After waiting ten minutes, the umpire forfeited the game to the runaway second-half pennant winners by a score of 9 to 0.

(September 6)  Pounding the pill when bingles meant bacon, the Dokey-Tigers qualified for a second-half playoff berth by nosing out the Elks 5 to 4 in an engagement shortened to six-stanzas because of darkness. By unique coincidence, two members of the McCallum clan hooked up in the mound joust, Sammy for the victorious Bengals and the Antlered Tribe’s Jude. The Dokeys piled up a 4 – 0 lead in the first four rounds but, in the fifth, some tall clouting by the Rivers brothers helped produce a four-spot for the Purple & White to even up matters. Jimmy Patton got to reliever Arni Arnison for a leadoff double in the top-of-the-sixth and final stanza and eventually came around to plate the deciding tally on Fred Jennings’ infield roller.  Gord Caslake of the vanquished Wapiti continued his heavy hitting by poling out a trio of bingle while teammate Joe Rivers and Claire Livesley of the Jungle Cats each had a pair of safeties. 

S. McCallum (W) and Singbush
J. McCallum, Arnison (L) (6) and Turk

(September 7)  Breaking a 1 – 1 tie with a five-spot in the top-of-the-tenth inning, the Dokey-Tigers hung on for a 6 to 3 conquest of the Norwood-Kiwanis nine in the final game of the second-half schedule. For nine rounds, young Avery, pitching for the Kiwanians, held the hard-hitting Bengals to four scattered hits but, when the fireworks started in the first-half of the overtime session, he wilted as the opposition got to him for an additional four safeties plus a base-on-balls to put the final verdict out of reach. Key hits during the rampage were belted by Pat Patton and Ron Singbush who both nailed two-run singles. The Suburbanites came back with a deuce in their half of the bonus round but winning hurler Fred Stobie tightened up before any further scoring occurred. Ward McVey led the winners with the lumber, stroking three singles. Fred Tingling smashed a run-scoring triple and single for the vanquished nine.   

F. Stobie (W) and Singbush
Avery (L) and McDonald

STANDINGS                   W         L          Pct.
Arena-Lions                10         0       1.000                        
Dokey-Tigers                7         4        .636
Elks                        6         6        .500
Norwood-Kiwanis             4         8        .333
Columbus Club               1        10        .091

PLAYOFFS  Dokey-Tigers vs Arena-Lions  (best-ot-three series)

(September 9)  The Arena-Lions gained the jump on the Dokey-Lions in the darkness-shortened, seven-inning opener of the second-half finals by registering an easy 9 to 2 victory. While his mates were pummelling the offerings of diminutive Sammy McCallum for a dozen base blows, southpaw flinger Dunc Irvine of the Leos was busy holding the Bengals to just four safeties, all singles, despite erratic support at times. “Bunny” Warren laced three singles for the victors while teammate John “Flabby” McLennan added a double and one-bagger.

McCallum (L) and Singbush
Irvine (W) and Brown

(September 10)  The Arena-Lions earned the right to engage their old-time rivals, the Elks, in the championship round of the Senior Amateur playdowns when they knocked off the Dokey-Tigers 8 to 2 to capture the second-half finals. Portsider Bill Matthews of the Leos held the Bengals to eight scattered hits in recording the mound triumph. Swinging a mean bludgeon, Matthews made things much easier for himself by pounding the horsehide for a run-scoring single, a two-run double and a long homer with one mate aboard to end the evening with five RBI’s. Losing chucker Fred Stobie, nicked for nine safeties, was unsteady, being wild at times. Pat Patton, with a trio of one-baggers, was best with the baton for the eliminated D-T’s.

Matthews (W) and McRitchie
F. Stobie (L) and Cockburn

OVERALL LEAGUE FINALS  Arena-Lions vs Elks  (best-of-five series) 

(September 11)  The first game in the Senior Amateur League championship series ended in an exciting eight-inning 2 – 2 deadlock. Syd Bissett of the Horned Herd and the Arena-Lions’ Wally Woolner did the hurling and were just about on par. Bissett whiffed seven and yielded six safeties while Woolner gave up seven hits and fanned six. Trailing 2 – 1 as they came to bat for the final time in the darkness-abbreviated event, the Leos saw Lady Luck smile on them when they recorded an unearned tally on a miscue by Elks’ first baseman Lawrie Cuthbert. Veteran “Bunny” Warren of the A-L’s, with a double and single, was the top hitter in the tilt. 
Woolner and Brown
Bissett and Turk

(September 12)  First-half champion Elks grabbed the lead in the Senior Amateur finals by blanking the Arena-Lions 7 to 0.  Johnny “Red” Davison, making his first appearance in many weeks on the knoll for the Antlered Tribe, demonstrated that the layoff was of benefit to him by spinning a four-hitter although he did become somewhat wild in the closing stages. With better defensive support from his mates, losing twirler Athol Foster, nicked for just six safeties, would not have been beaten by such a large margin. Joe Rivers was prominent with the hickory for the B.P.O.E. Brigade, crashing out a double and a single, the brace of bingles driving in three runs. “Flabby” McLennan of the losers was the only other player with more than one hit.

Davison (W) and Turk
Foster (L) and Brown

(September 13)  The Elks moved one step closer to the 1929 Senior Amateur League championship by nosing out the Arena-Lions 4 to 3 in a well-played encounter at Wesley Park. The Brother Bills got to losing heaver Dunc Irvine for seven safeties while the Arenas collected five base raps off winning hurler Arni Arnison although lack of control got him into jams on more than one occasion. Trailing 3 – 1 after three rounds, the Antlered Tribe knotted the count in the fourth on an RBI-single off the bat of Gord Caslake and a run-plating two-bagger by Joe Rivers. The ultimate winning tally came in the fifth when Elk backstop Alex Turk smacked one on the nose for three cushions and romped across the pan when Irvine uncorked a wild pitch. Middle pasture patroller Chuck Ridgedale of the vanquished nine, with a triple, double and single, had the honor of being the only player in the tilt to get more than one bingle.

Irvine (L) and Brown
Arnison (W) and Turk

(September 14)  For the second year in succession, the Elks are Winnipeg Senior Amateur Baseball League champions. The Wapiti re-captured the honor by defeating the Arena-Lions 8 to 6 in the fourth game of the best-of-five final series. The opening game resulted in a 2 – 2 draw but then the Brother Bills took three in a row to clinch the title. The final tilt was a heavy-hitting affair with the Antlered Tribe bagging 11 of the 20 hits smashed by the combatants. The Arena-Lions started off auspiciously by chasing across five big runs in the second spasm to take a 5 – 1 lead. The repeat champs bounced back with three-spots in each of the fourth and fifth frames to take control of the game. The Leos trotted out three hurlers as starter Wally Woolner was forced to retire at the end of the fourth session because of an injured hand. “Lefty” Matthews, who took over at the start of the fifth, was bombarded and suffered the loss, lasting only one-third of an inning. Youthful Hec Hallett finished the game in fine fashion. Syd Bissett, who was not as effective as usual, went the route on the hillock for the victors. Snappy fielding by his mates pulled him out of some perilous situations. Romeo and Joe Rivers led the batting attack of the Horned herd, Romeo stroking three singles and Joe walloping a pair of doubles. Art Frick smashed a three-run round-tripper for the vanquished nine.

Bissett (W) and Turk
Woolner, Matthews (L) (5), Hallett (5) and Brown, McRitchie


The independent Brandon Greys, revived from the ashes after two years in limbo, were the powerhouse team in south-west Manitoba tournament play in 1929, chalking up championships in six tourneys before disbanding for the season in early August. Most of their tournament victories involved another strong contender, the leagueless team from Virden which often featured ex-major leaguers “Hap” Felsch and “Swede” Risberg as part of the roster. Starting the campaign with an exhibition tilt on May 24, the Greys engaged in at least 56 exhibition and tournament games (over 74 days) against top-notch competition from Canada and the U.S.A. including the Toronto Oslers, the House of David from Benton Harbor Michigan, Gilkerson’s Colored Giants of Chicago, the Detroit Colored Giants and John Donaldson’s Colored House of David, claiming victory in 31 of them. The one continual thorn in their side was the Gilkerson’s squad which won 14 of the 17 games between them. One was tied. (On a side trip to Winnipeg, Gilkerson's Giants won all ten games against the best of the senior teams in the city). Without the powerful Giants, Brandon would have compiled a sterling 29-9-1 summer.

(May 24)   The re-organized Brandon Greys launched their new season Friday with a double-header sweep of Omemee, North Dakota, 17-8 and 12-5. Bert McInenly was the star of the opener with a home run, triple, four runs scored and a crowd-pleasing catch in left centre field off a long drive by Monte Woods.

Vanusek (L) and A. Brandt
Berry (W) and Lupe

In the second game, Bud Glasman came through with three hits to pace the Greys. Cliff Corey went the route for the pitching win.

Lizzotte (L), R.Brandt and A.Brandt
Corey (W) and Lupe

(May 25)  The touring Gilkerson’s Colored Giants of Chicago took a pair from Brandon 10-3 and 5-3.  In the first game, Hurley McNair paced the visitors with a homer and triple.   Charlie Akers also had a four-bagger. Joe Johnson was the winning chucker.

Johnson (W) and Gardenas
Gooselaw (L), Crawford (7) and Lupe

Akers also homered in the second game to help Owen Smaulding to the pitching victory. Lefty Myron Berry hurled for the Greys.

Smaulding (W) and Gardenas
Berry (L) and Lupe

(May 29)   Brandon erupted for five runs in the third inning and coasted to an 8-2 victory over Virden.  Herb Stuart and Leo Fischer hammered triples for the Greys. Williams had a three-bagger for Virden. Cliff Corey scattered ten hits for the win. A scheduled second game was called off because of rain.

Edwards (L) and Williams
Corey (W) and Lupe

(June 1)    Playing at Omemee, Brandon Greys went on the offensive with 20 hits, but came out on the losing end of a 20-10 score in the first game of a double-header as the home side belted Grey’s starter Eli Gooselaw for 16 hits and 14 runs in the first three innings and added 10 more hits off reliever Crawford.  First baseman Dalton led the Omemee hit parade with five safeties.  Bud Glasman had a homer and double among his four hits for the Greys.
The teams battled to a 4-4 draw in the second game, as Lefty Vanusek and Myron Berry hooked up in a battle of southpaws. Berry fanned 11.  Herb Stuart had four hits for Brandon to give him eight for the day.  August Brandt’s tremendous three-bagger was a highlight for the home team.

Gooselaw (L), Crawford (4) and Lupe
L.Brandt (W) and A.Brandt

Berry and Lupe
Vanusek and A.Brandt

(June 3)   Greys took both ends of a double-header from Antler, ND, 6-5 and 7-1.  Bud Glasman was the hitting star for the winners, putting one out of the park in the first game and knocking out four hits, including a triple and double, in the second. Art Finnison and Cliff Corey handled the mound duties for the winners.

Hendricks (L) and Cranston
Finnison (W) and Lupe

Vicks (L) and Cranston
Corey (W) and Lupe

(June 5)   Again the Chicago Colored Giants swept a double-header from Brandon, 9-7 and 7-6 in a pair of exciting contests. Giants needed an extra inning to pull out the win in the opener as the teams were evenly matched. The visitors out-hit the Greys 12-10 in the first game and each team had 11 in the evening game.

McNair (W) and Gardenas
Crawford, Corey and Lupe

Smaulding (W) and Coleman
Berry (L) and Lupe

(June 6)  Gilkerson’s Giants rapped 11 hits to trounce Brandon 10-4 Thursday, their fifth straight win over the Greys. The home nine took the lead with two runs in the first inning, but the rest was all Giants. Cuban left-hander Cristobal Torriente, who had the distinction back in 1912 of hitting three home runs off the hurlers of the New York Giants, handled the mound work for the visitors.

Torriente (W) and Gardenas
Storey (L) and Lupe

(June 7)   Out-hit 13-4 Brandon managed a 6-6 draw with the Colored Giants of Chicago. Down 3-0 after five innings, Greys exploded for six runs in the sixth inning to take the lead but the Giants rallied for three in the ninth for the tie.

Johnson, Torriente and Coleman
Corey and Lupe

(June 12)   The Whiskered ones from Benton Harbor, Michigan, put on a show Wednesday evening in Brandon to delight the fans and hand the Greys a pair of loses, 8-1 and 4-2 as Lloyd Miller did the iron man stunt to pitch both games for the House of David.  The right-hander, in pro ball with Akron, Ohio, last year, had the Greys baffled in the opener allowing just one hit.  He yielded five in the second game.

The evening battle even tossed in a triple play. With the bases loaded and none out,  Brandon’s James Currie, at first, snared a liner, raced back to the bag ahead of Eddie Deal who broke on a hit and run and then pegged the ball to Charlie Hitchins at third to get Lefty Tolles who had crossed the plate thinking the ball had fallen in for a hit. Davids had 11 hits in each game.

Miller (W) and Deal
Corey (L) and Lupe

Miller (W) and Deal
Melitti (L) and Lupe

(June 14)  Brandon Greys captured first place at the Treherne baseball tournament Friday when they defeated the classy nine from Grafton, ND, 1-0 in a 10-inning thrilling final on Leo Fischer's game-winning hit.  Some 3,000 fans were treated to some spectacular games. Beano Melitti, a right-hander from Minneapolis, hurled the shutout for the Greys opposing Smokey Robinson, who had also gone ten innings against Virden.

Melitti (W) and Lupe
Robinson (L) and xxx

Greys made the final trouncing Gretna-Neche 14-1 as Myron “Chief” Berry had an easy time on the hill for the winners.  Melitti belted a home run and a triple.

Berry (W) and Lupe
xxx and xxx

Grafton nosed out Virden 2-1 in their semi-final. A home run in the tenth inning decided the contest.

(June 18)  A nine-run sixth inning carried Brandon Greys to a 13-4 win over Kenmare, ND in the opener of a double header. The second game was called off on account of rain.  Bud Glasman had three hits for the Greys and Herb Stuart scored five times.  Ramsay, a recruit from the Brandon City League, scored the pitching win.

Heiberg (L) and Wineberger
Ramsay (W) and Lupe

(June 19)  With a 17-hit attack, Brandon Greys demolished Virden 25-5 Tuesday.  Greys trailed 4-2 after four innings before they erupted for 14 runs in the fifth. Chief Berry, Joe Lupe and Charlie Hitchins each banged out three hits.

Lefty Armstrong (L), Kerr and McDougall
Melitti (W) and Lupe

(June 20)    Minot, ND, captured top money at the Virden Tournament posting an easy win over Antler, ND, in the final.  Antler had won a finals berth with a victory over Virden and Minot had topped Brandon. The Greys had taken the lead in the second inning on Charlie Hitchin's single and there was no further scoring until the seventh when Mach cracked a three-run homer for the win. Chief Berry fanned ten in taking the loss.

Berry (L) and Lupe
Foster (W) and xxx

Brandon and Virden played for third money but a dispute in the fourth inning led to the Greys forfeiting the match.

(June 26)   Getting outstanding shutout pitching by Myron Berry and Beano Melitti, Brandon walked off with top money at the Souris Tournament Wednesday.  Greys notched a pair of 2-0 victories, over Kenmare and Virden.
Berry had a three-hitter against the North Dakota entry and Melitti followed to blank Virden.

Berry (W) and Lupe
Crabbe (L) and xxx

Melitti (W) and Lupe
Robinson (L) and McDougall

(June 29)  The Humboldt baseball club, with a reputation of not having lost this season, came all the way from Minnesota to absorb two beatings by the Brandon Greys Saturday, 13-2 and 20-4. Art Finnison coasted to the win in the opener and also started the second game.

R.Maxwell (L) and Matthew
Finnison (W) and Lupe, Fischer

Diamond, Crawford and Maxwell
Finnison, Dunn, Lupe and Fischer, Melitti

(July 1)    At Oak Lake on the holiday, Brandon defeated Virden and Minot to take top money in the four team event.  Greys scored three times in the second inning and it stood up for a 4-2 victory over Virden as Chief Berry hurled a six-hitter to best Thomas.

Berry (W) and Lupe
Thomas (L) and McDougall

The final was no contest as the Greys had a 10-0 lead after four frames and went on to a 13-7 triumph.   Jimmy Currie smacked one over a building in deep centre field for the longest clout of the day. Beano Melitti came through with two circuit drives.

Melitti, Berry (W) (5) and Lupe
Kelly (L) and Mach

(July 2)   The Greys and the Colored House of David split a twin bill Tuesday. Brandon roared back from an 8-3 deficit with six runs in the eighth inning to win the opener 9-8. First baseman James Currie led the attack with three hits, including a homer and triple and scored three times.  Charlie Hancock had a circuit blow for the visitors, a prodigious shot that sailed over the top of the left centre field fence by ten feet.  It was the first time its been done at the Athletic grounds. Lefty Carruthers, the former Virden hurler, took the hill for the Greys and his lefty slants resulted in a victory.

Blake (L) and Williams
Carruthers (W) and Lupe

The visitors had just four hits off Cliff Corey in the second game but sped away with a 5-3 triumph, helped by seven Grey’s errors, five by shortstop Herb Stuart. Charlie Hitchins paced Brandon with a homer, triple and double. Art Hancock was the winning pitcher.

A.Hancock (W) and Williams
Corey (L) and Lupe

(July 7)   Brandon took two from Virden Saturday 4-1 and 5-3. The second game was shortened to five inning because of rain.

Storey (L) and Williams
Melitti (W) and Lupe

Chief Berry tossed a two-hitter in the second game. A three-run fifth inning made the difference. James Currie brought in two with a double and Joe Lupe singled to score the third.

Robinson (L) and Williams
Berry (W) and Lupe

(July 9)   With a huge offensive show, then a sterling pitching effort, Brandon Greys won their fourth tournament of the season Tuesday, winning at Portage La Prairie.

Greys thumped Maddock, ND, 18-2 in the afternoon, then shaded Gretna-Neche, ND, 2-0 in the final, to take home the $300 top prize. 

James Currie and Beano Melitti led the Greys 23-hit attack, each with five safeties. Melitti slugged two homers, Currie had a triple. Bud Glasman added four hits. Every player in the Greys lineup had at least one safety.  Chief Berry yielded just five hits in taking the pitching win. Vallier went the route for the losers.

In the final, Eddie Foster fashioned a three-hitter for the shutout, he fanned nine.  The Greys had ten hits,  They got both runs in the fourth frame. James Currie singled to knock in Bert McInenly who had led off with a double. Charlie Hitchins' single  brought in Currie.

Berry (W) and Lupe
Vallier (L) and Walden

Foster (W) and Lupe
Sanderson (L) and Symington

(July 10)   Brandon Greys had an easy trot to victory in the second tournament at Portage la Prairie Wednesday overwhelming Leeds 10-0 before running up a 9-2 decision over Gretna in the final.  However, the team lost the services of Charlie Hitchins, the hard-hitting third baseman. He was struck by a pitch in the first game and a broken rib will keep him out of action for three weeks. Greys have taken on Peewee Morris of Jamestown, ND.
Beano Melitti fired the shutout over Leeds as Herb Stuart led the attack with three hits one a home run.

Day (L) and Wicker
Melitti (W) and Lupe, Fischer

Cliff Corey handled the mound chores in the second game helped by Bud Glasman who poled three hits, one a home run. Corey also had a three-bagger.

Dubrell and G.Symington
Corey (W) and Fischer

(July 11)   Gilkerson’s Colored Giants walked off with a tournament prize Thursday at the Virden tournament.  Giants crushing Minot 15-1 in the final.  Earl Harrison provided the sterling hurling for the visitors.

Kelly (L), Evanson and Mach
Harrison (W) and Radcliffe

Brandon was ousted in its first start going down 10-0 to the host team as Smokey Robinson tossed a shutout.

Berry (L) and Lupe
Robinson (W) and McDougall

Antler shaded Kenmare 8-7.

Woock (W) and Cranston
Crabbe (L) and Weinberg

Minot crushed Virden 11-5 behind the hurling of Pepper Clark.

Massey, Harris (1), Robinson (8) and McDougall
Clark (W) and Mach

The Chicago Giants roughed up Antler 12-2 behind the strong mound effort of Joe Johnson to advance to the final.

Johnson (W) and Radcliffe
Vanusek and Cranston

(July 12)   At Brandon, the hometown Greys handed Gilkerson's Colored Giants their first loss of their western tour.  Greys rapped 13 hits in the first game of a double-header to secure a 9-4 victory. Cliff Corey survived 11 hits to register the win.

Smaulding, Johnson and Radcliffe
Corey (W) and Lupe

The visitors unleashed an 18-hit attack in the second game to win 14-7.  Harrison was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Cristobal Torriente

Torriente, Harrison (W) and Radcliffe
Melitti, Berry, Corey and Lupe

(July 16)  Brandon Greys won their 6th tournament of the summer Tuesday when they captured top money of $300 at the Melita Tournament. Greys defeated Minot 9-3 in the final after downing Virden 13-9 in opening action.
Greys were facing a fortified Virden team with the additions of Happy Felsch, Swede Risberg, Butch Keistling and Hans Wagner. Cliff Corey went to the mound for the Greys to oppose Smokey Robinson. With the bases loaded against Corey in the sixth, Eddie Foster relieved and fanned Felsch to end the inning. Felsch later hit a homer for Virden.

Corey (W), Foster (6) and Lupe
Robinson (L), Harris (2) and McDougall

Minot defeated Antler to reach the final against the Greys. The game was on ice before the North Dakota nine could get three out in the first.  Greys rapped ten hits to score nine times in the first frame off Pepper Clark who then recovered to pitch shutout ball the rest of the way.  Cliff Corey was the winner.

Corey (W) and Lupe
Clark (L) and Mach

(July 18)    The Grey’s nemesis, the Chicago Gilkerson Giants, again brought disappointment to the home fans in edging the Greys 4-3 in the final of the Brandon Tournament.  The Brandon Sun touted the event as the “greatest baseball tournament ever staged in the city before the largest crowd that ever packed its way into the Athletic grounds.”   The tourney drew seven teams (Minot, the eighth entry did not show), including the Toronto Oslers, the Canadian semipro champions, who stopped over on their return from Vancouver. The Elks, who sponsored the event gave away $1,200 in prize money and four automobiles - Plymouth, Chevrolet, Durant & Whippet.

Brandon took a 3-0 lead in the third but the Chicago Giants struck for two in the fourth and added one in the fifth and the winner in the sixth.  Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, normally the catcher for the Giants, picked up the win in relief of Earl "Iron Horse" Harrison. Eddie Foster gave up just five hits in taking the loss.  Brandon went through the tourney without making an error.

Foster (L) and Lupe
Harrison, Radcliffe (W) (3) and Radcliffe, Coleman (3)

Lefty Vanusek fired a four-hit shutout as Antler, ND, topped Lees 5-0.

Kaybery (L) and Teeter
Vanusek (W) and Cranston

The Toronto Oslers took a 3-0 lead in the second inning and topped Virden 5-2 with ace Joe Spring the starter for the Toronto nine and Swede Risberg for Virden.

Spring, (W) Greer and Hoose
Risberg (L) and McDougall

Moosomin had a short-lived advantage in its game with the Colored Giants breaking out with three runs in the top of the first inning. It was all Giants from there as the American club punched out 12 hits in a 14-4 victory
Ralph Hogg (L) and Waines
Torriente (W) and Radcliffe

Brandon edged Antler, ND, 4-1 with Chief Berry throwing a four-hitter.

Hendricks (L) and Cranston
Berry (W) and Lupe

The Gilkerson Giants went on to top the Oslers 8-0 with Joe Johnson and Giles belting home runs. Owen Smaulding had a five-hit shutout.

Smaulding (W) and Radcliffe
Greer (L) and Hoose

(July 19)  Trailing 5-2 going into the final stanza, Brandon Greys exploded for eight runs in the top of the ninth Friday to beat Gilkerson’s Giants 10-6.  Beano Melitti’s three-run homer was the key blow. Red Haley slugged a pair of four-baggers for the Giants.

Harrison, Radcliffe and Radcliffe, Coleman
Melitti (W) and Lupe

(July 22)   Brandon needed an eighth inning rally Monday evening to overcome Hatton, ND, 10-8 in baseball action at the Athletic Grounds.  Tied at 8-8, Jimmy Currie knocked in the winner with a sacrifice fly and Joe Lupe’s squeeze bunt brought in an insurance run.  Bert McInenly, the centre fielder, led the offense with three hits, including a home run and a double. Jack Dunn, in left field also had three safeties. Beano Melitti picked up the win in relief.

Flan (L) and Gronigan
Crawford, Finnison (8), Melitti (W) (8) and Fischer, Lupe

(July 23)   Gilkerson’s Giants captured yet another tournament. The visitors from Chicago defeated Brandon 14-5 in the final of the Rock Lake event. The summer resort, about 80 miles southeast of Brandon, drew some five-thousand baseball fans from all parts of southern Manitoba and the northern United States.  The Giants pounded four home runs in the final to back the pitching of Earl Harrison.

Harrison (W) and Cardenas
Lefty Teie (L) and Lupe

Chicago beat Leeds, ND, 8-3 to advance while Brandon moved on by thumping the Detroit Giants 18-10 with Eddie Foster picking up the pitching win.  Bud Glasman had the highlight for the Greys with a first inning bases loaded home run.

Foster (W) and Lupe
xxx and xxx

Virden, which drew a first round bye, met the Greys in the semi-finals and went down 15-2.  Greys pounded Tom Pryor, late of the Toronto Oslers and forced a mound change to Smoky Harris. Cliff Corey went the route for the winning Greys. Beano Melitti, and George Eastman hit homers for Brandon. The Greys had a new recruit, Eno, at second base.

Tom Pryor (L), Smokey Harris and xxx
Corey (W) and Lupe

(July 24)    The heavy-hitting Chicago Giants whipped Brandon in both games of Wednesdays double bill, 15-5 and 6-1. In the hit-fest opener Giants’ centre fielder Dwight belted a homer for the winners while Rogelio Crespo had a three-bagger.  Ernest "Lefty" Teie and Joe Lupe whacked triples for the Greys

Harrison (W) and Cardenas
Lorne Storey (L) and Lupe

(July 25)   In an exhibition encounter at Virden, the home side downed Brandon Greys 6-5 as a highlight of the Virden Fair.  Chief Berry hurled for the Greys while “Specs” White, late of Regina, copped the pitching win for the host nine.

Former major leaguer Happy Felsch knocked in two runs in the first inning to give Virden the lead and produced another in the fifth with a single.  Virden was down a run in the eighth when they rallied for three, helped by a pair of errors.  Bud Glasman led the Greys with a triple and a homer.

Berry (L) and Lupe
White (W) and Bowers.

In the second game, Virden and the Detroit Colored Giants played to a 4-4 tie as Felsch again led the home side belting out three hits, one of which was the longest ever hit in Virden. Smith of the Giants also had a four-bagger.

(July 26)   Chicago Colored giants won another tournament Friday taking the Glenboro event with a 10-1 thumping of Virden in the final.  It went just five innings due to rain. Earlier, the Giants downed Brandon 11-5 with Red Haley leading the way with a home. Herb Stuart walloped one in the ninth for the Greys. Virden made the final downing the Detroit Giants.

Torriente (W) and Radcliffe
Eddie Foster (L) and Lupe

(July 29)  The Detroit Colored Giants put on their hitting shoes Monday to rap out 20 hits in a 13-5 runaway win over Brandon. Greys had the early lead, but the Giants came on in the late innings to crush the home squad. A. Smith led Detroit with four hits, Herb Stuart had three for Brandon.

Stevenson (W) and Love
Melitti (L), Berry and Lupe

It marked the last game for popular catcher Joe Lupe who was recalled to Minneapolis for his work with a railway company.

(July 30)   The Brandon Greys evened their series with Detroit Colored Giants Tuesday downing the visitors 11-7. Matheson, a young hurler from Alberta, handled the mound work for the winners.  A four-run first inning set the Greys on the road to victory. With the bases loaded on a single and two walks, James Currie and George Eastman doubled.

Gray (L) and Love
Matheson (W) and Fischer

(July 31)   In what was described as the "most thrilling game of the current season" Gilkerson's Colored Giants shaded Brandon 6-5 Wednesday to take top money of $500 in the Brandon Tournament. 
Brandon out-hit the visitors 13-8.

Corey (L), Berry and Fischer
Johnson (W), Smaulding and Radcliffe

Brandon had earlier whipped Moosomin 7-1. Eddie Foster allowed six hits in going the distance for the Greys.  Fletcher led the winners with a triple and double.

Foster (W) and Fischer
Ralph Hogg (L) and Wanes

The Chicago Giants crushed the Detroit Giants 14-1 behind a three-hitter by Earl Harrison. They banged out 17 hits off loser Willie Smith.

Harrison (W) and Cardenas
W.Smith (L) and Love

The North Dakota squad from Antler surprised the Chicago Giants with a four-run first inning, knocking starter Hurley McNair out of the box, but battled back to take a 9-5 decision. Lefty Vanusek took the loss.

Vanusek (L) and Cranston
McNair, Smaulding (W) and Radcliffe

Greys pounded out 13 hits, three by first sacker James Currie, who had a pair of doubles, and two each by Herb Stuart, Charlie Hitchins and Bud Glasman but fell to the Giants 6-5.

Double-Duty Radcliffe and Red Haley each had a pair for the Giants.

(August 3)   Unable to secure more games "of an attractive nature" the Brandon Greys have decided to call it a season and disband after Monday's games at Carlyle Lake, the summer resort.

(August 5)  Journeying to Carlyle Lake on Monday for their final games, the Greys closed out the baseball season by dropping a pair to the Colored Giants, 6-3 and 3-2. More than a thousand people turned out for the action.
Owing to the late arrival of the Giants the games were restricted to seven innings. Joe Johnson hurled both games for the Giants while Chief Berry was on the hill for Brandon in the first game and Cliff Corey took over in the second.  Jack Dunn bagged a couple of hits in the opener while in the evening affair, James Currie had two.  Johnson and Berry each tossed three-hitters in the first contest.

Johnson (W) and Radcliffe
Berry (L) and Fischer

Corey (L) and Fischer
Johnson (W) and Cardenas



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* winner of both halves of schedule


Elmwood Giants
St. Boniface                               
St. Vital
Transcona *

* winner of both first and second halves of schedule

(June 7) 
Transcona         5 – 0
St. Vital         3 – 2
C.U.A.C.          3 – 3
Norwood           2 – 3
St. Boniface      1 – 3
Elmwood           1 – 4

(July 26)  After 16 straight victories, the winning streak of Transcona in the Intermediate League was halted when the Elmwood Giants took the first-half champions into camp by an 8 to 6 count.

Olien (L), Wilson and Paluk
Lunsden (W) and McKeown  

(August 23) 

Transcona         9 – 2
Norwood           8 – 3
C.U.A.C.          6 – 4
St. Vital         7 – 7
St. Boniface      3 – 9
Elmwood           2 – 10  

(September 5)  For the third year in succession, Transcona annexed the Intermediate League championship after nosing out Norwood 3 to 2 to capture both halves of the split schedule. Olie Olien, backed by superb defensive work from his mates, hurled for the winning Railroad Towners and held his foes to four hits.

Olien (W) and Klingsbell
Menlove (L), Mackie and McDonald                          




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Highland Cadets
Transcona :


(August 1)  Transcona emerged victorious over the Winnipegs by a score of 3 to 1 after eight innings of play in the deciding game for the first-series crown. In arrears by a run entering the seventh spasm, the Transconans rallied for a trey which was enough the sew up the verdict. Winning hurler Lamoureux fired a one-hitter and rang up 18 strikeouts while his mound opponent, Garry Allen, also fanned 18 while allowing four safeties. 

Allen (L) and Moore
Lamoureux (W) and Paluk


(August 15)  The Winnipegs won the abbreviated second-series title in the Junior Baseball League by defeating first-series champion Transcona 6 to 4. The two evenly-matched teams will now battle it out for the overall league crown.

Faulkerson (W) and Moore
Lamoureux (L) and Dumontette   

PLAYOFF FINALS   Winnipegs vs Transcona  (best-of-three series)

(August 22)    Transcona won the opening game of the Junior Baseball League finals against the Winnipegs when they emerged from a heavy-hitting contest on the long end of a 10 to 8  score. Winning pitcher Bill Goodman copped his ninth straight mound victory The hard hitting of Transcona outfielder Smiley was one of the features of the game. The Railroad Town slugger collected three hits including a long homer in the fourth frame with two mates aboard.

Faulkerson (L) and Moore      
Goodman (W) and Dumontette

(August 24)   Superb heaving by winning pitcher Al Lamoureux in the bottom-of-the-ninth inning allowed Transcona to edge the Winnipegs 5 to 4 and capture the Junior Baseball League finals in two straight games. With the bases loaded and none out, the young Railroad Town fireballer struck out the side to preserve the one-run victory and the league championship.                       
Lamoureux (W) and Dumontette   
Faulkerson (L), Allen and Moore