1956 Basin League Game Reports       

(June 10)  In the league opener at Watertown the hometown Lake Sox dumped Huron Elks 5-1.

Lawler (L) and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 10)  Valentine at Winner

(June 10)  First baseman Fred Frickie belted a three-run homer to give Yankton a 5-2 extra inning victory over Mitchell Kernels.  The blast, off Eddie Fisher came after the Mitchell hurler had given up his only two walks in the game.  Harry Wise, who finished 14-2 last year in the Basin League, tossed a seven-hitter for the win.

Fisher (L) and xxx
Wise (W) and xxx

(June 12)   In a wild, offensive outburst which featured 48 runs, 37 hits and 10 errors, Watertown's Eddie Broeker crushed four home runs and teammate Paul Donovan crushed three as the Lake Sox scored six in the 9th inning to dump Mitchell Kernels 27-21.  The game featured 12 homers, nine by the winners.  Bob Burr, Joe Lutz and Jack Baer had four-baggers for Mitchell.  Carlee Hendrix and Bob Williams had the others for the Sox. Donovan drove in eight runs and Brocker had seven RBI.  Ted Berner picked up the win.

Stewart, Graham (1), Berner (W) (5) and Lindstrom
Shirley (L), VanProyen (2), Fleischer (6) and Baer

Pierre Cowboys won their opening Basin League tilt downing Winner Pheasants 5-3 as George Schmid and Jim Clark combined on a four-hitter.  Pierre playing-manager Jim Ranson led the Cowboys with two hits, one of them a homer.  Al Ware also had two hits, including a triple.  Outfielders John Demerit and Tom Futch belted homers for Pierre.  Ernie Trujillo was the starter and loser for the Pheasants.

Trujillo (L), Norris (7) and Bertell
Schmid (W), Clark (6) and Welch

Yankton Terrys exploded for six runs in the 9th inning to down Huron Elks 11-7.  While out-hit 14 to 7 by the Elks, Yankton drew 14 bases on balls from the four Huron hurlers.  Merlyn Jorgenson and Billy Branson each drove in two runs for the winners.  Dean Scarbrough was the game's hitting star with two doubles and a homer, driving in three runs.  Bill Thurston picked up the win in relief of starter Bob WiltseBob Gosling took the loss.

Wiltse, Thurston (W) and Buckstead
Brittin, Conrad (3), Gosling (L) (3), Scarborough (9) and Larson

(June 13)   Paul Dean Jr. registered his initial Basin League victory as Chamberlain Chiefs downed Winner 10-9.  Dean pitched into the 8th inning when he needed help from reliever Bun HaysMatt Peoples, first of three Winner pitchers, took the loss.

Peoples (L), Norris (2), Nichols (4) and Bertell
Dean (W), Hays (8) and Tauber

(June 14)  Harry Wise fired the first shutout of the season in the Basin League as Yankton topped Valentine 5-0.

xxx and xxx
Wise (W) and xxx

(June 16) 

             W L  GB
Yankton      3-0  --
Watertown    3-0  --
Valentine    2-1 1.0
Chamberlain  2-1 1.0
Mitchell     1-2 2.0
Pierre       1-2 2.0
Huron        0-3 3.0
Winner       0-3 3.0

(June 17)   Pierre Cowboys scored the winner on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 9th inning to edge Yankton Terrys 5-4.  Milt Welch and Tom Futch each singled and Yankton pitcher Bill Thurston intentionally walked Harry Messick to load the bases and set up a potential double play.  However, pinch hitter Dick Novicki worked Thurston for a walk and Futch plated the winning marker.

Wiltse, Thurston (W) (5) and Buckstead
Graves, Schmid (L)  (7) and Welch

Playing-manager Nick Adzick drove in the winning run with a double in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Valentine Hearts a 7-6 win over Watertown Lake Sox at Valentine.  Adzick's clutch blow followed a single by George Levitt and a sacrifice by Vince RobinsonEddie Broeker homered for the Sox in the 3rd inning when Watertown scored all its six runs.  McCormick was the winner.

Mrofka (L), Berner (9) and Lindstrom
McCormick (W), French (9) and Adzick

A five-run 3rd inning, which included a steal of home, carried Winner to an 8-5 victory over Huron. It was the 4th straight loss for the Elks and the first win for the Pheasants.  John Vossen powered a three-run homer and Dick Bertell had a solo shot for Winner.  Bertell sparked the Pheasants in the 3rd with a single and advanced to third on a sacrifice and Duane Zimmer's scratch hit.  As Huron catcher Ed Tanner went to the mound to talk with pitcher Andy Swota, Bertell raced for home.  Winner claimed the Elks had failed to ask for a time out.  Dick Jok clubbed a homer for Huron and Tanner had three hits, including a pair of doubles. 

Swota (L), Gosling (3) and Tanner
Trujillo (W) and Bertell

(June 19)  Harry Wise chalked up his 3rd straight win as Yankton moved into first place in the Basin League standings with a 13 to 6 win over Winner.  After the Pheasants had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on home runs by Al Ware and Jim Ranson, Phil Hunt belted Hal Norris' first pitch for a homer in the bottom of the inning to spark a three-run inning for the Terrys.  A five-run 4th inning iced the win for Yankton as Fred Frickie provided the big blow, a three-run homer. Bill Jorgenson and Joe Buckstead also had circuit blows for the winners while Tom Clarkson replied for the Pheasants.

Norris (L), Trujillo (4), Ranson (8) and Bertell
Wise (W) and Buckstead

(June 20)   Watertown Lake Sox moved into a tie for first place in the Basin League with a 13-12 victory over Chamberlain.  Bill Horning, a local player who was married Saturday, singled in Paul Donovan with the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning after the Chiefs had taken the lead with a five-run outburst in the top of the 9th.  Horning captained the Minnesota Gophers to the NCAA college baseball title this season. 

O'Toole, Dean, Moriarty (L) and Tauber, Brzenke
Berner, Stewart (W) and Lindstrom

(June 20)   Connie Juelke marked his return to the Basin League with a game-winning, two-out,  single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Huron a 7-6 victory over Pierre.  Juelke, who left Bismarck of the ManDak League Saturday, drove in Dean Scarborough with the deciding run.  Andy Swota, who relieved starter Gosling with the bases loaded and nobody out in the first inning, went the rest of the way for the win.  Swota scored the tying run in the 9th inning on Scarborough's single.  After Pierre took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, on a bases-loaded walk and John DeMerit's three-run double.  Hank Ertman belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first to draw the Elks to within a run. 

Schmid, Graves (L) (10) and Welch
Gosling, Swota (W) (1) and Tanner

(June 20)  With an unearned run in the 13th inning, Valentine topped Mitchell 6-5 Wednesday. Joe Frisina, safe at second on an error, came around to score on Bill White's single.  The Hearts had taken a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning and added three more in the 6th.  The Kernels scored a pair in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings.  Don Young, who worked the 12th and 13th frames, registered the win.  Tony Risinger went the distance, allowing just nine hits, in taking the loss.

Hammond, McCormick (7), Young (W) (12) and Adzick
Risinger (L) and Baer

(June 25)   With an 8-run outburst in the 3rd inning, Watertown dumped Mitchell 16-3 in Basin League action at Watertown.  Left fielder Paul Donovan and catcher Chuck Lindstrom each belted a homer and knocked in four runs.  Jack Baer, the Mitchell playing-manager, homered for the losers. Dick Mrofka, who failed to retired a batter in his last start, pitched a five-hitter in going the distance.  The 18-year-old fanned 12 but allowed 11 bases on balls.  Lake Sox outfielder Bill Horning, the captain of the University of Minnesota squad, was honoured at "Bill Horning Night".

Fisher (L), Van Proyen and Baer
Mrofka (W) and Lindstrom

(June 25)   Ernie Nichols tossed a four-hitter as Winner Pheasants topped Pierre Cowboys 7-1. The Pheasants pounded Jim Graves for 14 hits, including four by playing-manager Jim Ranson.

Graves (L) and Welch
Nichols (W) and Bertell

(June 25)   Right fielder Gary Anderson's homer in the 10th inning gave Chamberlain Chiefs a 3-2 victory over Valentine.  The Chiefs had sent the game into extra innings with a run in the bottom of the 9th.  Bob Gibson went nine frames for the Chiefs, allowing just five hits.  Bun Hayes picked up the win with an inning of relief.  Jim Hammond went the distance in taking the loss.  He scattered nine hits while compiling 14 strikeouts and had two of the hits for the Hearts.

Hammond (L) and Adzick
Gibson, Hays (W) (10) and Morton

(June 25)   Yankton Terrys scored on a wild pitch in the 10th inning to register an 9-8 win over Huron Elks.  Terry catcher Joe Buckstead reached on a single, was sacrificed to second and moved to third on a ground-out before Ed Drapcho's wild throw brought him home. It was the 2nd straight loss for Huron because of a wild pitch.  Sunday night, an errant throw by Andy Swota allowed Watertown's Norm Stewart to plate the winning marker. Drapcho, from Penn State, was picked up by the Elks after he was cut by Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, a team beset by financial woes.

Yankton jumped into an early lead with a pair in the first inning as Bill Thurston doubled in Paul Tretiak and Fred Frickie who had singled. Terrys added another in the 2nd.  Huron bounced back to tie in the third as Ed Tanner doubled and Dean Scarborough singled before Connie Juelke belted a homer. Huron went on top 6-3 in the 5th helped by a pair of Yankton errors and a wild pitch.  Terrys roared back in the bottom of the 5th loading the bases on two walks and a hit batsmen before Frickie cleared the sacks with a home run.  The Elks came back with a pair in the 6th to regain the lead.  They plated a pair on Dean Scarborough's single, an error and a two-bagger by Ed Tanner.  The Terrys event the count in the 7th as Phil Hunt scored on Bill Thurston's single. Frickie, Buckstead and Thurston each had three hits for the winners. Scarborough led all hitters with four safeties while Tanner had three hits, including a pair of doubles.

Lawlor, Drapcho (L) (5) and Tanner
Ledford, Wiltse (W) and Buckstead

(June 27)   Pitcher Gary McCormick singled in the winning run in the 6th inning as Valentine Hearts shaded Yankton 4-3.  The contest, at Valentine, attracted a crowd of 25-hundred in the town of 27-hundred people. The victory moved the Hearts into a three-way tie, with the Terrys and Watertown, atop the standings, each with 8 wins and 2 losses.  Valentine took the lead with three runs in the 4th inning on an error and singles by Bob White, Nick Adzick and Don Hormann.  Yankton rebounded with three in the 8th on two walks and singles by Paul Tretiak and Fred Frickie.

Mills (L) and Buckstead
McCormick (W), French (8) and Adzick

(June 27)  Pat O'Keefe's two-out homer in the bottom of the 9th inning handed Winner a 2-1 victory over Chamberlain.  In the top of the 9th, the Chiefs had the bases load but Wyman Carey fanned Gary Anderson to end the threat.  Carey scattered eight hits, fanned 11 and issued three walks in taking the pitching win.  Bun Hayes allowed just six hits in suffering the loss.

Hays (L) and Morton
Carey (W) and Bertell

(June 27)   Michigan State lefty Ron Perranoski picked up a win in his first Basin League start as Watertown whipped Pierre Cowboys 11-6.  A four-run 5th inning salted away the win for the Lake Sox.  Eddie Broecker tripled and scored on Bill Horning's single. Dick Howser singled to plate Horning and Carlee Hendrix and Howard Bedell followed with doubles. Tom Futch led the offense for Pierre with a homer and triple.

Perranoski (W), Berner (9) and Lindstrom
Novicki (L), Vaughn (5), Burford (7) and Welch

(June 27)   Dean Scarborough had his second straight four-hit day and added three runs as Huron topped Mitchell 8-6. Connie Juelke helped with three hits, two of them doubles, two runs scored and two RBI.  Jim Wright and Bob Burr belted homers for the Kernels. Elks had catcher Dick Jamieson in the lineup after the Bradley University product had been released by Pierre in an internal squabble which led to the dumping of John Maher as the Cowboys manager.

Weilbacher, Brittin (6), Drapcho (7) and Jamieson
Risinger (L) and Schiltz

(June 29)   Valentine's Jim Hammond scattered ten hits to blank Huron 5-0 scoring all their runs in the first two innings.  Bill White's three-run homer in the opening frame proved enough for the victory.  White's wind-aided drive batted in both Joe Frisina and Don Hormann.  Two more runs came in the 2nd as Frisina knocked in Jerry Vodicka, a high schooler from Omaha, and Gabby Hormann's single plated another.

Huron had a golden opportunity in the 5th loading the bases on singles by Dick Jamieson, David Moriarty and Dean Scarborough.  With two out, Connie Juelke dropped one into short right field but Hormann scooped up the ball on the dead run for the best fielding play of the night.

Hammond (W) and Adzick
Swota (L), Eisenmann (3), Coombs (8) and Jamieson

(June 29)   A seven-run second inning carried Winner to an 11-7 win over the Lake Sox in an offensive display at Watertown.  The Pheasants had 14 hits, the Sox had 15, including a pair of homers by Bob Williams and one by Chuck LindstromErnie Trujillo picked up the win in relief of starter Ernie NicholsRich Mrofka took the loss.

Nichols, Trujillo (W) (5) and Bertle
Mrofka, Sidener (2), Graham (2) and Lindstrom, Codella (8)

(July 2)   Norm Stewart allowed just one-hit, an 8th inning single, as Watertown shutout Yankton 2-0.  The right-hander, with six consecutive wins, fanned five and did not allow a free press. The Lake Sox scored both runs in the 4th frame as Bob Williams blasted a homer over the centre field wall scoring Bill Horning who had singled. Harry Wise took the hard-luck loss.  He gave up just three hits, fanned 11 and walked two. 

Norm Stewart (W) and Lindstrom
Harry Wise (L) and Buckstead

(July 2)   The Mitchell Kernels had two, four-run innings in downing Winner 10-5. Bob Burr and Joe Lutz belted homers for the Kernels.  For Lutz it was his 8th of the season.  Jim Ranson had a four-bagger for Winner.  Tony Risinger went the distance for the win holding the Pheasants to seven hits.

Trujillo (L), Mike Schultz and xxx
Risinger (W) and xxx

(July 2)   Jerry Vodicka's 9th inning double off the wall scored Don Young to give Valentine a 9-8 triumph over Pierre.  The Cowboys had tied the game with a five-run outburst in the 8th.  Ralph Vaughn singled before walks to Dirkes Rolston, Steve Boros and Tom Futch. Milt Welch drove in a pair with a single and two more came home on a towering triple by Harry Messick.  Duane Zimmer had three hits for Winner. Joe Frisina had a homer for the Hearts.

Novicki, Vaughn (3), Susce (9) and Welch
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(July 2)   Paul Dean Jr., son of the major leaguer, pitched and batted the Chamberlain Chiefs to a 6-4, 13-inning victory over the Huron Elks. Dean's singled with the bases loaded scored the winner and an insurance marker in the top of the 5th extra frame. Dean relieved in the first inning after starter Fred Walker, son of ex-major leaguer Dixie Walker, had handed out three straight free passes. Walker's first ten pitches were all balls.  Dean walked a pair to force in two runs, another scored on an error and one on a sac fly. Dean then pitched shutout ball the rest of the way allowing just three hits over the 13 innings.  He fanned five and walked seven.

The Chiefs, who scored one in the opening frame on an error, passed ball and sacrifice bunt, plated three in the 2nd to tie.  Frank Palamara walked, advanced on Gary Anderson's single and scored on an error. Singles by Bill Morton and Bob Kerslake drove in Anderson and Bob Gibson. Lefty Dick Drapcho scattered ten hits in a route-going performance for Huron.

Drapcho (L) and Jamieson
Walker, Dean (W) (1) and Morton

(July 20)   Catcher Dick Bertell clouted a bases-loaded homer in the 1st inning to jump start the Winner offense as the Pheasants went on to trounce Yankton 17-10 Friday.  A 10-run explosion in the 6th inning put the game out of reach.  Al Ware's two-run homer highlighted the big inning.  Yankton erupted for seven runs in the 9th inning before Don Hyman relieved to put out the rally.  Bertell drove in five runs for Winner and Bill Thurston had three for the Terrys.  Wyman Carey picked up the win, Dick Griffin was the loser.

Carey (W), Hyman and Bertell
Griffin (L), Mills (6), Wiltze (7), Wise (9) and Buckstead

(July 20)   Bill Graham fired a four-hitter as Watertown topped Chamberlain 6-2. The Lake Sox took a 3-0 lead after two innings and were never headed.   Gary Anderson of Chamberlain had the only homer.  Bruce Haroldson took the loss.

Graham (W) and xxx
Haroldson (L) and xxx

(July 20)   A big first inning carried Valentine to a 13-7 win over Mitchell.  The Hearts erupted for six runs as they sent 12 men to the plate and had the bases loaded when reliever Dee Seagraves finally retired the side.  Frank Stanek struggled through five innings to capture the win.  Curtis French came on in the 6th and pitched no-hit ball the rest of the way.  Catcher Nick Adzick belted a two-run homer for the Hearts.

Van Proyen (L), Seagraves (1), Berger (8) and Baer
Stanek (W), French (6) and Adzick

(August 21)   Watertown Lake Sox used an unearned run in the 8th inning to shade Valentine 1-0 to capture the Basin League championship.  Dick Howser opened the frame with a walk and moved to second on  a wild pitch.  Bill Horning singled to left and, as outfielder Gabby Hormann had trouble with the drive, Howser streaked home with the game's only run.  Lefty Ron Perranoski scattered ten hits in blanking the Hearts.  Frank Stanek allowed just six hits in a losing cause. 

Perranoski (W) and Lindstrom
Stanek (L) and Adzick