1961 Northern Saskatchewan Game Reports / Playoffs     


(May 28) The North Battleford Beavers and Kindersley Klippers opened the N.S.B.L. campaign on a winning note as both clubs swept their doubleheader engagements. The 6-team league opened on 3 fronts with twin-bills at North Battleford, Kindersley and Neilburg.

The Beavers twice bounced from behind to down a new entry, the Rosetown Macs, taking the opener 5 - 4 and the nightcap 12 - 7. Ken Nelson drove in the tying run and Art Stone's single plated the winner for North Battleford in the matinee. Eddie Barrack, in relief, got the win over Marcel Richard. Lyle Bradley, out of the bullpen, picked up the win in the evening encounter. Wayne Walker, the second of three Rosetown chuckers, was the loser. Barney Krake was the top batter for the Beavers with two hits in each game. Art Stone of North Battleford and Barry Sharpe, Elmer Walker, Gary Franklin and Keith Swan of Rosetown each had a brace of hits.

Kindersley outlasted another new club, the Biggar Acmes, 21 - 14 and 9 - 3 in a pair of slugfests. Wayne Jackson had a big afternoon for Kindersley, reaching base 9 times in 10 plate appearances. Lloyd Rachel, who worked the opening five innings, picked up the first game win for the Klippers. Clarence Proctor, the first of five Biggar chuckers, lost it. 17-year old Bryce Humphries fired a 4-hitter at Biggar in the nightcap. Proctor was again nailed with the loss.

The Neilburg Monarchs shaded Unity 1 - 0 to open their double-dip. Bob McIntyre took the victory on a 6-hitter while Erwin Doerksen allowed five hits in defeat. The 2nd encounter saw the Unity Cardinals roll up a 5 - 3 decision behind the pitching of Harold Hunchak who spaced five hits. Nap Krysak allowed only four hits in losing but fielding errors by the Monarchs proved his downfall.

(May 31) Erwin Doerksen received plenty of support as his Unity mates blasted four North Battleford pitchers for 17 hits and a 15 - 3 N.S.B.L. victory. Lyle Bradley of the Beavers was the loser.

(June 2) The Biggar Acmes and Neilburg Monarchs tied 7 - 7 in a N.S.B.L. joust called after eight innings because of darkness. Clarence Proctor went the distance for Biggar while Bob McIntyre and Eugene Dextrase worked for Neilburg. Carson Ramsay banged out four hits, including a triple, for Biggar while Ervin Boehm had a trio of base knocks, one of which was a three-bagger. For Neilburg, Charlie Orr and McIntyre each had 2 hits.

(June 3)  Left fielder Al Leedahl blasted a grand slam homer in the 5th inning to spark Rosetown Macs to a 10-3 win over Kindersley Klippers.  Elmer Walker had three hits for the Macs while Barry Sharpe and Gary Franklin each had a pair.

(June 4)  The Macs whipped Biggar 15-5 and 18-3 in a twin-bill at Rosetown. Pete Sawchuk fired five-hit ball and fanned 15 over seven innings for the win in the opener.  Jimmy Chow led the attack with two doubles.  Gary Franklin homered and knocked in five runs to pace the Macs in the second game.  Keith Swan had five hits in six trips to the plate for the Macs.

Unity swept a pair from Kindersley, 10-2 and 8-6.  Erwin Doerksen picked up the mound victory in the first game.  Ollie Harris and Harold Hunchak held the Klippers to five hits in the second game.  Irl Flanagan had five hits in seven trips in a losing cause for Kindersley.

Bob McIntyre tossed a five-hitter as Neilburg topped North Battleford 5-1 in the first game of a double-header.  Jim Johnson homered for the Monarchs while Don Anderson had a four-bagger for the Beavers.  In the second game, Ron Erne had a lead-off triple and scored on an infield out to give the Beavers a 5-4 win and a split of the twin-bill.  Reliever Don Stynsky picked up the win.  Ivan Prediger had a two-run homer for Neilburg.

Unity      4-1
Rosetown   3-2
NB         3-2
Neilburg   2-2
Kindersley 2-3
Biggar     0-4

(June 9) Leading Unity displayed too much class for the Biggar Acmes in breezing to a first-game 15 - 2 victory at Biggar. Harold Hunchak tossed a four-hitter for the win, striking out nine along the way. Biggar starter Cliff Lindgren was hit with the loss. Wielding the big bat for the Cardinals was Johnny Repin who rapped out a triple and 3 singles. John Fahl and Mike Repin each had three hits. Lawrence Gilewich had a pair of safeties for Biggar.

The second contest ended in a 2 - 2 tie as darkness voided play beyond 9 innings. Chuck Ratley had a home run and double for Unity.

(June 10)  Neilburg erupted for eight runs in the 8th inning to down Rosetown 8-4. Reliever Richie Sheklian picked up the win, over Pete Sawchuk.

(June 11)  Erwin Doerksen pitched a one-hit shutout as Unity beat Rosetown 5-0 to sweep a twin-bill at Unity.  The 20-year-old Saskatoon native fanned 11 and walked only one.  Doerksen also chipped in with two hits.  Johnny Repin drove in three runs for the winners.  In the second game, Unity got an unearned run in the 4th inning to take a 2-1 victory.  Don Stewart homered for Unity in the 1st inning.

Kindersley took a pair from Neilburg 9-1 and 6-3.  Ken Wilson tossed a four-hitter, with 12 strikeouts, to win the opener.  At the plate, Wilson had a homer, double and single.  Richard Ford pitched the Klippers to the win in the second game.  Garnet Hannon had three hits.

Right-hander Clarence Proctor pitched a five-hit shutout as Biggar topped North Battleford 4-0 in the first game of a double-header.  Beavers took the second game, 9-7 in 10 innings.  

(June 16)  Neilburg kicked off weekend action with a 14-6 triumph over North Battleford. The Monarchs' Bob McIntyre out-performed loser Roy Rowley on the hill to pick up the win and also had success with the hickory, belting a round-tripper.

(June 18)  Roy Rowley tossed a four-hit shutout as North Battleford whipped Unity 11-0 in the first game of a twin-bill.  Unity bounced back with a 10-8 win in the second contest. Over the day, Barney Krake belted a three-run homer for the Beavers and Chuck Ratley duplicated the feat for Unity.

Kindersley swept a pair from Rosetown, 7-4 and 5-3.  Dave Torrens homered in the first game for the Klippers.  Bentley MacEwen stopped the Macs on five hits in the second game.

Neilburg downed Biggar, 7-6 in the first of two as Bob McIntyre bested Clarence Proctor on the hill.  Monarchs won the second game, 6-5.

Unity      8-2
Neilburg   7-4
Kindersley 6-4
NB         5-5
Rosetown   3-7
Biggar     1-8

(June 21) American pitcher Kenny Wilson fired a three-hitter at the Biggar Acmes and helped the Kindersley Klippers to a 4 - 2 N.S.B.L. victory. Wilson, who walked only one, struck out 13 and had a no-hit gem going until the 7th inning when Ervin Boehm nicked him for a single, stole two bases and scored Biggar's first run. Kindersley climbed on losing pitcher Clarence Proctor for eight hits, the big blow being a two-run triple by Lyle Jackson. Dave Torrens and Al Mills each collected a pair of safeties for Kindersley.

In another game at Unity, the front-running Cardinals and Rosetown Macs fought to a 6 - 6 stalemate in a game called after eight innings because of darkness. Marcel Richard went the route for the Macs on a 7-hitter while Erwin Doerksen of Unity allowed 9 base blows.

(June 24/25) The North Battleford Beavers won three weekend games and moved past the Kindersley Klippers and Neilburg Monarchs into 2nd place in the N.S.B.L. League-leading Unity won twice to maintain its comfortable margin atop the loop.

The Beavers defeated Biggar 9 - 3 Saturday at North Battleford and Sunday dropped the Klippers twice by identical 7 - 3 counts.

Unity blasted Neilburg 15 - 0 and 11 - 3 in a Sunday doubleheader at Unity while, at Biggar, the Acmes split with Rosetown, dropping the opener 10 - 2 and then coming back to take the evening tilt 7 - 4.

Saturday, at Neilburg, the Monarchs bowed 8 - 5 to Rosetown.

North Battleford got to Bentley MacEwen for only five hits in the opener Sunday but they came at opportune times to make Roy Rowley the winner. Wally Jackson had four of the nine Kindersley hits. Ken Nelson had a double and single for the winners. The Beavers had trouble again with their bats in the nightcap but 11 walks issued by losing hurler Ken Wilson allowed them to plate their seven runs. Nelson, the first of three Beaver pitchers, got the win.

Unity rapped Neilburg pitching for 5 home runs, one each by Chuck Ratley, Don Stewart, Rudy Weber, John Repin and John Fahl, in hanging a 15 - 0 shellacking on loser Bob McIntyre. Rusty Devine was the winning hurler. Ross Stone limited Neilburg to seven hits to win the second game for Unity. Stone helped his own cause when he socked a homer, as did Weber and Ratley. Ivan Prediger had a circuit blow for Neilburg.

A bases-loaded double by Carson Ramsay in the 6th inning provided Biggar with their winning margin over Rosetown in the second game of their doubleheader. Cliff Lindgren was the winning pitcher and Jim Finnie was charged with the loss. Jim Chow pitched Rosetown to the 10 - 2 victory in the first game, allowing six hits. Jack McKenzie and Al Leedahl each had 3 hits in Rosetown's total of eight.

Saturday, the Beavers leveled a 15-hit barrage at losing pitcher Clarence Proctor who went all the way. Art Stone, Ken Nelson and Ron Erne each had three hits while Don Drummond had two.
Marcel Richard pitched Rosetown to an 8 - 5 decision over Neilburg Saturday. Richie Sheklian was the loser.

(July 2)  Unity Cardinals maintained their hold on top spot in the Northern Saskatchewan League taking a pair of wins from Rosetown, 5-2 and 11-7.  Singles by John Repin and Erwin Doerksen drove in three runs in the 7th inning of the opener to provide the margin of victory.  Rusty Devine, with 10 strikeouts, was the winner.  Gary Murphy took the loss.  Chuck Ratley had a homer for the Cardinals.  Jim Chow had a two-run double for Rosetown.  In the second game, Ross Stone picked up the win over Rod CampbellRoss Morrison had two doubles for Unity while Chow blasted a three-run homer for Rosetown.

Neilburg swept a twin-bill from North Battleford, 16-6 and 7-6.  Rich Sheklian tossed a five-hitter in the opener and Fred Hodgson allowed just three hits in the second game.  Bob Taylor and Ron Erne took the losses for the Beavers.

Kindersley pounded out 15 hits in taking the first game from Biggar, 16-6.  Wally Jackson and Layne Jackson each had three hits for the Klippers while Ken Wilson had a bases-loaded triple and a double.  Bentley MacEwen picked up the win over Cliff Lindgren.  Klippers won the second contest 7-6 with Garnet Hannon, who relieved starter Lloyd Rachul in the 5th inning, getting the win.  Clarence Proctor was the loser.

(July 5 )  Roy Rowley did everything but get a win.  Rowley tossed a three-hitter and went 3-3 at the plate but the North Battleford Beavers dropped a 2-1 decision to the Biggar Acmes.  Bob Lindgren's 4th inning single drove in what proved to be the winning run.  Clarence Proctor, with 8th inning relief from Gerry Gartner, picked up the win.  

Ken Wilson pitched a three-hitter to lead Kindersley to a 9-3 win over Rosetown. Wilson fanned nine and walked nine.  Jim Chow was the loser.

Neilburg topped Unity 11-6.

(July 7)  North Battleford downed the league-leading Unity Cardinals 4-2 before 300 fans at North Battleford.  Lyle Bradley, with 7th inning relief by Roy Rowley, was the winning pitcher.  Ross Stone tossed a six-hitter and fanned 13 but took the loss for the Cardinals.  Irl Flanagan was the game's top hitter with two doubles and a single for Unity.

(July 9)  North Battleford moved to within a game and a half of Unity by sweeping a twin-bill from the Cardinals, 13-6 and 7-6 as Roy Rowley picked up wins in both games.  Don Stynsky started both games for the Beavers with Lyle Bradley and Rowley doing relief chores.  Don Drummond homered in each game for the Beavers and collected six hits in ten trips to the plate.  Barney Krake had a homer for the Cardinals.  Ollie Harris was charged with both losses.

At Biggar, the Acmes took a pair from Neilburg, 6-3 and 9-8.  Clarence Proctor picked up the mound win in the opener over Bob McIntyreDoug Dodd had three hits for the winners. Cliff Lindgren was the winner in the second game.  Ted Richardson absorbed the loss.  

Rosetown Macs blasted Kindersley 17-13 and 14-5.  Macs had 18 hits in the opener, just one for extra bases, a three-run homer by Elmer WalkerMarcel Richard, who relieved in the 3rd, picked up the win over Rich FordDon Snider was the winner in the second game although he needed relief from Jim ChowKen Wilson was the loser from the Klippers.

(July 11)  Irl Flanagan bested Bentley MacEwen in a pitchers' duel as Unity downed Kindersley 2-0.  Both Cardinals' runs were unearned, coming on the only two errors of the game.  Flanagan belted a triple in the 3rd and scored on an error.  In the 7th, Chuck Ratley doubled, stole third and crossed the plate on an overthrow.  There were only six hits in the game, three by each side.  MacEwen fanned 15 and walked just one.  Flanagan had six strikeouts and four walks.

(July 12)  Marcel Richard tossed a three-hit shutout as Rosetown topped North Battleford 5-0.  Macs put the game away with a four-run 6th inning.  Merle Byrnes had three hits for the winners while Jim Pettapiece added a triple and a single.  Roy Rowley, who went the distance for the Beavers, was the losing pitcher.

Ted Richardson, had a no-hitter going into the 9th, as Neilburg topped Biggar 9-2.  Richardson, allowed two singles in the final frame before giving way to Ricky SheklianCliff Lindgren took the loss.  Charlie Orr and Glen Thompson each had three hits for the Macs.

(July 14)   Rosetown moved to within a game and a half of fourth place and the final playoff spot with an 8-6 win over North Battleford.  Keith Swan led the winners with three hits, one of them a triple.  John Ford and Dave Hallis each had three hits for the Beavers.  Gary Murphy, with relief help from Jim Chow, picked up the win.  Beaver starter Oscar Tesch took the loss.

(July 16)  Kindersley moved to within one game of league-leading Unity taking a pair from the Cardinals, 4-2 and 6-4.  Bentley MacEwen, in relief, picked up the win in the first game while Ken Wilson fanned 14 in the second contest and collected the victory.  Erwin Doerksen was the loser in both games.  Unity's Chuck Ratley had the only homer of the day.

Ted Richardson tossed a six-hitter and fanned 12 to lead Neilburg to a 4-3 win over Rosetown in the first game of a double-header.  In the second game, Jim Pettapiece slammed a three-run homer to help Rod Campbell and the Macs coast to a 16-5 victory.  Bob McIntyre was the loser.

Winning pitcher Roy Rowley drove in the winning run as North Battleford edged Biggar 8-7 in the first of two.  Barney Krake had an inside-the-park homer for the Beavers. Ken Nelson, Jack Rowley and Don Anderson all had triples.  Ervin Boehm had three hits for the Acmes.  Biggar won the second game 13-7 as the Beavers gave up eight unearned runs.  Boehm had a pair of doubles to lead Biggar.

Unity        13-8
Kindersley   12-9
Neilburg     12-10
N-Battleford 12-11
Rosetown     10-12
Biggar        6-15

(July 19)  John Repin belted three doubles as Unity downed Rosetown 14-5 to maintain its hold on first place in the NSBL.  Lefty Ross Stone was the winner over Gary Murphy.

At Kindersley, the Klippers shaded Biggar 5-4 behind the pitching of Ricky Ford. Clarence Proctor was the loser.

(July 22)  The Neilburg Monarchs were cited as one of the favourites for the title in the Saskatoon Industrial Exhibition tournament.  Monarchs, six-time winners, were one of eight teams in the 1961 event.  Veteran Pete Prediger was set to appear in his 28th Exhibition tourney.  He was with the Neilburg club which won four straight tournaments in 1934-35-36-37 and again in 1939.  Pete's son, 20-year-old Ivan, was expected to man second base for the Monarchs.

(July 22)  Ted Richardson, who came on in relief in the 8th, belted a homer in the 9th to give Neilburg a 7-6 win over North Battleford.  Neil Urlacher had a three-run homer and Ivan Prediger a solo shot for the winners.  

(July 23)  Unity swept a pair from Biggar, 11-5 and 9-1, to stay atop the NSBL standings.  John Repin, the loop's leading hitter with a .487 average, had a double in the opener and two triples in the second game.  Ollie Harris and Rusty Devine picked up the wins.

Rosetown topped North Battleford 8-7 in the first game of a twin-bill.  Gary Franklin belted a tape-measure homer for the Macs.  Marcel Richard picked up the win over Don Stynsky.  Beavers won the second game 12-8 in spite of another Franklin homer. Roy Rowley picked up the win.  Dave Hallis had a pair of doubles for the Beavers.

(July 24)  In the opening game of the Saskatoon Exhibition tournament,  centre fielder John Repin had four hits to lead Unity to a 6-4 win over Delisle.  A four-run 5th inning proved to be the winning margin.  Ross Stone, with 9th inning relief help from Erwin Doerksen, was the winner. Max Bentley led Delisle with three hits.

(July 25)  Pitching was the highlight at the second day of the Saskatoon Exhibition tournament.  Ted Richardson tossed a two-hitter and fanned 16 as Neilburg shutout Govan 5-0.  Lew Hobson fanned 15 in a losing cause as Asquith dropped a 4-1 decision to North Battleford.  Roy Rowley held Asquith to four hits while fanning nine and allowing just one base on balls.

Peter Prediger, playing in his 28th Exhibition tournament, knocked in two runs with a pair of doubles for the Monarchs.  Dave Hallis drove in two runs for the Beavers with a 5th inning double.

(July 26)  First baseman Don Laube slugged a homer, double and single and drove in three runs as Melville trounced Kindersley 11-3 to move into the semi-finals of the Saskatoon tournament.  Lefthander Cliff Mein held the Klippers to just three hits and struck out 14.  A towering pinch-hit double by Len Breckner accounted for two of the Kindersley runs.

(July 27)  Don Stewart had four hits and knocked in a pair to pace Unity as the Cardinals downed North Battleford 5-1 to win a spot in the final of the tournament. Erwin Doerksen, a 20-year-old right-hander, tossed a three-hitter and fanned 12 to get the win.

(July 28)   Pete Prediger, the 47-year-old playing-manager of the Neilburg Monarchs, drew a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning to plate the eventual winning run and his son, Ivan, hit a sacrifice fly for an insurance tally as Neilburg edged Melville 4-2 in the semi-finals of the Exhibition tourney.  A sell-out crowd watched the action.  Cliff Mein was the loser in spite of an outstanding relief appearance.  The 21-year-old iron man, pitching his fifth game in six days, hung up 14 strikeouts in his seven innings of relief.  Monarchs' starter Ted Richardson had a four-hitter over eight innings before leaving the game after being hit by a pitch.  Fred Hodgson picked up the win. 

(July 29)  Don Stewart drove in the tying run and scored the winner as Unity captured top prize in the Exhibition tournament with a 3-2 win over Neilburg before an overflow crowd for the final.  With the game tied 1-1 in the 5th, Chuck Ratley touched off the Cardinals' rally with a double down the left field line and moved to third on a passed ball.  Stewart singled him home and then scored on Johnny Repin's long single which bounced away from centre fielder Larry FlicekRusty Devine turned in a superb mound performance for the Cardinals holding the Monarchs to five hits over eight innings while fanning 13.  Erwin Doerksen pitched the 9th.  Fred Hodgson gave up just seven hits in a losing cause.  Unity picked up a total of $575 for their victory.  Stewart won $25 as the top hitter in the tournament.

(July 29)  Kindersley and the Beavers split a pair in North Battleford.  Bentley MacEwen tossed a four-hitter as the Klippers won the opener 4-0.   Johnny Ford had a double and three singles as North Battleford won the second game 7-1.  Roy Rowley was the winner over Ken WilsonRichie Ford had three hits for the Klippers.

(July 30)  Ted Richardson fired a two-hit shutout as Neilburg downed Rosetown 5-0 in the first game of a double-header.  Macs won the second, 11-10, getting homers from Jim Chow and Dick HoffmanIvan Prediger homered for the Monarchs.  Marcel Richard, who lost the opener, got credit for the win in the second contest.

(August 2) The Kindersley Klippers won a narrow 8 - 7 victory over the North Battleford Beavers as the Jackson family was prominent for the winners. Lyle Jackson had three singles while brothers Ken and Layne, along with Garnet Hannon, checked in with two apiece. Barney Krake led the Beavers at the plate with a double and single. Rich Ford picked up the win in the 7-inning encounter called off early because of darkness.

Rosetown Macs scored a 5 - 1 win over the Biggar Acmes with Rod Campbell picking up the win and Cliff Lindgren taking the loss. Elmer Walker and Al Leedahl went 2 for 4 for the winners. Lindgren led the Acmes, going 2 for 3.

(August 4)  Bentley MacEwen pitched a no-hitter as Kindersley beat Unity Cardinals 5-0.  The Klippers' lefty ace fanned nine and didn't issue a single free pass in the abbreviated contest, called after seven innings because of darkness.  Three Kindersley errors kept MacEwen from a perfect game.  Losing pitching Irl Flanagan gave up six hits.  

(August 6) The Unity Cardinals wrapped up the N.S.B.L. schedule and league pennant by sweeping three games from the cellar-dwelling Biggar Acmes. Iron-armed Clarence Proctor pitched the entire first two games for Biggar, losing by 6 - 1 and 10 - 3 counts. Unity's Erwin Doerksen got credit for the win in the opener while Rusty Devine took care of the win in the sandwich game. In the 3rd game, Unity rolled to a 14 - 3 triumph with Ollie Harris out-dueling Bob Hoult as Proctor again saw action as a reliever. Over the course of the day, Irl Flanagan batted 7 for 10 while Doerksen hit 6 for 7 including a home run.

FINAL STANDINGS              W  L  Pct. GBL
Unity Cardinals             19  9 .679 ----
Kindersley Klippers         18 10 .643 1
Neilburg Monarchs           14 13 .519 4 1/2
North Battleford Beavers    14 15 .483 5 1/2
Rosetown Macs               13 15 .464 6
Biggar Acmes                 6 22 .214 13


(August 9)   Lefty Ted Richardson pitched and batted Neilburg Monarchs to an 8-0 win over Kindersley Klippers in the opening game of their best-of-three semi-final series.  Richardson tossed a one-hitter and blasted a three-run homer.  Larry Flicek added a homer and two singles.  Ken Wilson was the losing pitcher.

Roy Rowley tossed a four-hitter to pace North Battleford to a 4-2 victory over Unity Cardinals.  John Ford and Dave Hallis each had two hits for the Beavers.  Losing pitcher Ross Stone doubled in a run for the Cards.

(August 13)  Neilburg advanced to the Northern Saskatchewan League final with a 6-4 win over Kindersley.  Klippers gift-wrapped the win for the Monarchs, booting the ball ten times as pitcher Bentley MacEwen took the loss in spite of holding the Monarchs to five hits.  Ted Richardson gave up nine in picking up the win.  Ken Wilson of the Klippers was the game's top hitter with a homer, double and a single.

North Battleford and Unity split a pair of slugfests.  Beavers won the opener 12-10 while the  Cardinals came back with a 21-6 victory in the second game.  Beavers lead the best-of-five series 2-1. 

Roy Rowley held Unity hitless after the fourth inning in the first game as North Battleford prevailed.  Rowley, who started, gave way to Lyle Bradley in the fourth and then returned to the hill to retire the last man in the inning and then went on to shutdown the Cardinals the rest of the way. 

In the nightcap, Chuck Ratley led Unity with two homers and a triple.  Irl Flanagan chipped in with a double and three singles.  Cards battered four Beavers' pitchers for 21 hits.  Erwin Doerksen picked up the mound victory.

(August 14) The Unity Cardinals defeated the North Battleford Beavers 6 - 2 to even their N.S.B.L. series at 2 games apiece. Lefty Ross Stone, relieved in the 7th by veteran Ollie Harris, got the win in the 8-inning, darkness-shortened contest. Unity out-hit the Beavers 6 to 4. The losing pitcher was Lyle Bradley.

(August 16) Unity moved into the final of the N.S.B.L. by taking a 10 - 5 decision from the North Battleford Beavers in the deciding game of the best-of-5 series. Erwin Doerksen picked up the win, allowing only 6 hits while his mates backed him up with some powerful hitting. Don Stewart clouted 2 home runs while Irl Flanagan and Don Fahl had one each. John Repin had three hits in five at bats in the Cards 14-hit attack. Roy Rowley took the loss.

(August 18)  A third inning grand slam homer by Neil Urlacher paced Neilburg to a 14-8 triumph over Unity in the opening game of the best-of-five final series.  Urlacher also had a pair of singles while veteran Pete Prediger added a homer and two singles.  Brian McIntyre, who relieved starter Ted Richardson in the 5th, picked up the win.  Ollie Harris, first of three Cardinals' hurlers, took the loss.

(August 20)  Playing-manager Pete Prediger slammed a two-run homer in the 11th inning to give Neilburg a 5-3 win and a split of their playoff double-header before 1,000 fans at Unity.  It was Prediger's third hit of the game.  Mike Repin accounted for all the Unity scoring with a three-run homer in the fourth inning.  Ted Richardson picked up the win in relief.

Cardinals won the first game, 2-1 in a pitchers' duel between Richardson and the Cardinals' Rusty Devine.  Richardson allowed just three hits while Devine gave up four.  Mike Repin provided the key blow for Unity, a two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning. 

(August 23)  Ross Stone belted a homer, double and single to lead Unity to an 8-4 win over Neilburg to tie their final series at two games apiece.  Cardinals took a 6-0 lead through four innings and held on for the win.  Chuck Ratley also homered for the Cardinals.  Rusty Devine, with relief help from Erwin Doerksen, picked up the win.  Ted Richardson went the distance for the Monarchs.

(August 27)  Fred Hodgson and Ted Richardson combined to shutdown the Unity bats as Neilburg scored a 3-0 victory to win the Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League final.  Before close to 2,000 fans at Unity, Hodgson gave up only two hits over seven innings before giving way to Richardson.  Pete Prediger's fourth inning homer was all Neilburg needed.  Rusty Devine took the loss.  Monarchs got their second run in the fourth inning as Brian McIntyre singled, stole second and scored on a single by Gene Dextrase.  Their finally tally came in the eighth when Ivan Prediger singled and scored on a double by Neil Urlacher.