1931 Tournaments     

(June 1)  The Regina Balmorals were declared winners of the senior baseball tournament held at Fort Qu'Appelle on May 25th after an appointed arbiter ruled that the Wolseley nine. who left the diamond half way through the fourth inning of the tournament final while on the short end of a 12 - 0 score, were not entitled to an equal share of the first prize money even though the required four and a half innings had not been completed to make the game official. The Wolseleyites had claimed that dust and descending darkness made conditions totally unfit for further play. 

(July 1)  In the annual Indian Head Sports Day, the Balmorals of Regina took the laurels in the senior baseball event with Neudorf second and Indian Head third. 

(July 1)  The Milestone baseball tournament was hampered by high winds which blew dust like snow in a blizzard. As well, the unexplained failure of two Regina teams, the Rifles and Shamrocks, to show up put a real damper on the event. The hometown Milestone Sioux had little trouble in disposing of Yellow Grass to the tune of 10 to 1 in their opener. The Sioux then bounced Gray 15 to 3 in the final to claim top prize.  

(July 1-2)  Dominion Day Tournament, Trail

Chewelah copped first price in the Trail Tournament beating error-prone Colville 12-5 Wednesday. The winners had just nine hits, one more than Colville, but took advantage of 14 errors by the losing club. Colville was first on the scoreboard on a homer by Sullivan in the opening frame. Jacobson belted a pair, one in the thrid and another in the 8th. Oaks had a circuit clout for the winners in the 8th.  After Chewelah drew into a 2-2 tie with a run in the third, they pulled away with two in the fourth and four in the sixth. Wertenberg went the route on the hill for the winners. Chewelah had drawn a bye into the final after defeating Trail in the opening round.

Wertenberg (W) and Kuchera
Sullivan (L), McDonald (7) and Smith

Colville reached the final by trimming Spokane 8-1 breaking the game wide open with a five-hit, four-run outburst in the fifth inning. Flaherty starred for the winners smacking a homer while figuring in a pair of double plays on defense. Sullivan held Spokane to six hits while Colville collected 11 safeties off two Spokane hurlers.

Sullivan (W) and xxx
Davis, J.Ceder and Buggerly, Nemiss

In opening day action, Colville built up a 9-0 lead in whipping Grand Forks 13 to 6. The highlight for the Canadian squad as Miller's grand-slam homer in the fifth inning.

Savage, O'Keefe and Ronald
Adams, Coulter and Smith

Chewelah opened with four runs in the first inning and led all the way in a 5-3 victory over Ione, in spite of being held to just three hits by Gene Flaherty.  Two hits, a walk and an error helped bring in the first inning bonanza. Ione got a pair in the second on Neely's two-run homer and drew to within a run with a singleton in the third but Chewelah responded with an insurance marker in the sixth. Kingen allowed eight hits in posting the pitching win.

Flaherty (L) and Heath
Kingen (W) and Kuchera

Nemiss of Spokane belted a pair of two-run homers to provide all the scoring for Spokane Lomax in a 4-2 win over Trail.  Down 4-0, Trail made it close with two runs in the seventh inning on Billy Molisky's two-bagger.  Davis held Trail to six hits in gaining the pitching win. Snyder, for Trail, hurled a solid game allowing only six hits and racking up 14 strikeouts.

Davis (W) and Buggerly
Snyder (L) and Mitchell

(July 11-12)   A touring Negro team from Texas scored an easy 18-2 victory over the hometown Michel nine Saturday afternoon in the BC community. In the evening, the New York Stars, another colored travelling team, defeated the Texas Giants 7-6.  On Sunday, the New York Stars won both games of a double-header from Michel, 6-2 and 7-2. Saturday evening a large crowd of local residents listened to a jazz orchestra travelling with the baseball teams.

(July 20-25)   Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament

(July 20)   In the opening game of the Exhibition Tournament, Bruno nosed out Asquith 6-5 as Flohr scattered seven hits and struck out 15 for the win. Bruno won it in the 8th when Joe Weber knocked in Hofbauer who had tripled.

Frost (L) and Grasby
Flohr (W) and Hofbauer

Langham had more hits, 9 to 8 , but made six costly errors and dropped a 13-6 decision to Prudhomme. Moshewski had three hits, one a triple, to lead the winners. Wheeler of Langham belted the first homer of the tournament.

Hoeschet (W) and Fontaine
Wensley (L) and Mittenen

Lanigan scored four in the eighth to dump Harris 6-2.  Foley, Lanigan's third sacker led the hitters with a double and two singles. Lefty Gunther started for the winners but gave way to brother Walter in the seventh. Chuck Syers went the distance for Harris.

Syers (L) and Mills
Gunther L., Gunther W. (W) (7) and W.Gunther, Lidster (7)

(July 21)   Cudworth took 10 innings to eliminate Vonda 6-5.  Each team had 11 hits but Vonda committed six errors. Brown and W.Hansen of Vonda were the top hitters each with three hits.

B.Kobb (W) and Reaser
Fernholz (L) and Scott

Ebert hurled a three-hitter and fanned 14 to lead Allan to a 3-2 victory over Aberdeen. The youthful Aberdeen squad made a hit with the fans. All the youngsters are homebrews and town officials declared a half-holiday so citizens could watch the youngsters in action. 

Ebert (W) and Seizer
J.McKay, Fyfe and Holman

Radisson fell behind 3-0 but fought back to tie in the bottom of the 8th and notched the winner in the 9th in a 5-4 win over Kuroki.  They got the deciding marker on two successive infield errors. Dave Glen held Kuroki to six hits and compiled 16 strikeouts in registering the win.  Adamson clouted a triple and three singles to lead the offense.

Carr, McNamee (5) and McNamee, Van Patten     
Glen (W) and J.Cheveldayoff

(July 22)  Lefty Cleaver tossed a two-hitter for Lucky Lake in a 5-2 win over Jansen.  Cleaver was dominant with 18 strikeouts and no walks.  Both runs against him were unearned.

E.Hamilton (L) and A.Hamilton
Cleaves (W) and Horeck

Strong pitching continued in the afternoon game as Stan Douglas of Conquest shutout Wakaw on five hits. Douglas, who led the offense with three hits, two of them doubles, fanned 15. 

Goslin (L), E.Gillespie and S.Stout
Douglas (W) and Frumerie

Neilburg provided the offense of the day with 16 hits in trouncing Hanley 11-5.  Gibbons and Stewart led the attack each with three hits. Gibbons also scored three times. Winning pitcher Don Conklin helped the attack with two hits, one a triple, and scored twice.  Conklin allowed six hits while setting down 14 by strikeouts. 

Mather (L) and T.Derdall
Conklin (W0 and Silver

(July 23)   Melfort pounded out 15 hits to swamp Sheldon 13-6 to advanced at the Exhibition Tournament. Vasey had three hits to lead the attack and Cunningham scored four times.

Edde, O.Bigelow (8) and Hill, Fennell
Cummings, Wilkie (6) and Bamford, Catherwood

Bruno clobbered Prudhomme 14-0 as Flohr and A.Tegenkamp combined on a one-hitter. Joe Weber and Schwinghammer belted homers to highlight a 12-hit attack. 

Flohr, Prudhomme (4) and Hofbauer
Mohr (L), Poelzer, Hoeschet and Fontaine, Poelzer

Lanigan erased a 5-3 deficit with nine late runs to down Cudworth 12-5 as Lowe clouted a pair of homers and scored three for the winners.

A.Friesen, Hirsch (7), B.Koob (8) and xxx
Postlewaite, W.Gunther (2) and

(July 24)   A five-run 6th inning carried Radisson to a 9-4 victory over Allan. Inkster scattered eight hits and fanned 11 to register the win.

Inkster (W) and Dyck
Ebert (L), W.Allis (6) and Wisbeck

Lefty Cleaver fired a three-hitter and rang up 20 strikeouts with no walks in a 6-0 triumph over Conquest. 

Douglas (L), Sibbald (9) and Frumerie
Cleaver (W) and Horeck

Gibbons smacked four hits to lead Neilburg to an 8-1 win over Melfort. Taylor pitched a five-hitter for the winners. O.Bigelow had a triple and double for the losers.

Taylor (W) and Silver
H.Bigelow (L), Lunan (5) and Hill, Fennell

(July 25)   Neilburg scored three runs in the second inning and made them hold up for a 3-2 win over Lanigan to win a berth in the tournament final. A balk by Lefty Gunther in the second frame with runners on first and third gave Neilburg what proved to be the winning run. 

Webb, Taylor (W) (4) and Silver
L.Gunther (L) and W.Gunther

Anton pitched a no-hitter as Lucky Lake crushed Radisson 12-1 breaking open a close game with eight runs in the 8th inning.  Anton walked one and struck out 11. Shortstop E.West had the only homer.

Paul (L), Glen (2), Bitner (7) and J.Cheveldayoff
Anton (W) and Fisher

Lucky Lake blew a 4-0 lead and dropped a 6-5 decision to Bruno in the semi-final contest. Mike Hofbauer smacked a three run homer in the 8th to provide the margin of victory.  After Lucky Lake scored four runs off Loiree in the first, Flohr relieved and pitched outstanding ball for 8 innings for the win. 

Anton, Cleaver (4) and Fisher, Horeck
Loiree, Flohr (W) and Hofbauer

Neilburg had just two hits but made the most of walks, errors and wild pitches to pull out a 5-3 triumph over Bruno to win the Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament.  A three run 6th inning proved decisive. With two aboard on walks, the Bruno chucker booted Ellis' hard hit grounder and two wild pitches followed and Neilburg had the win. Don Conklin held Bruno to five hits and struck out a dozen.

Shaw, Loiree (6) and Hofbauer, Lummerding
Conklin (W) and Silver

(September 8)   At Michel, BC, Coleman captured the $200 top prize at the two-day sports event defeating Spokane 8-3 in the final before a huge turnout from all over Southern Alberta and BC.  Coleman took an early lead as Clint Hodges drew a first inning walk and Tony Vejprava followed with a homer.  Spokane tied the score in the 4th on a walk, two errors and a single and went ahead 3-2 in the 5th.  After that Ken Ringland hurled shutout ball.  Coleman charged ahead in the 6th as Bill Yates and Stiffy Lewis singled and Ringland belted a homer for the winning run. The winners added some insurance markers as Silansky homered with Gabe Joyce aboard.  Ringland allowed just four hits in taking the mound victory.

Ringland (W) and xxx
Kinger (L), Kuehel and xxx

In opening action, Spokane whipped the BC entry 18-3 and won a bye to the finals.  Fernie shaded Canal Flats 8-6. On Monday, Coleman, bolstered with Dodger and Stiffy Lewis and Ken Ringland from the Calgary Boosters were drawn against Fernie.  Dodger Lewis hurled one of the nicest games seen in the area in striking out 23 batters as Coleman dumped Fernie 8-1.  Lewis gave up just four hits.

D. Lewis (W) and xxx
Krall (L), Sofko (4) and xxx