1969 Game Reports     


(May 28)   Kindersley Klippers downed Biggar Nationals 6-2 in the opening game of the 1969 Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League season.  Two other scheduled games were postponed because of wet grounds. Ernie Syrota had three hits to pace the Klippers`attack, Jerry Flanagan had a pair.  Dave Hawes and Bob Graham each had two hits for Biggar. Jerome Orsek gave up 10 hits in taking the mound victory.

Orsek (W) and xxx
Marchinko (L) and xxx

The other scheduled games - Unity at Saskatoon, North Battleford and Neilburg - were postponed because of wet grounds.

(May 30)  In the rain at Saskatoon, the Unity Cardinals downed the Commodores 5-1 behind the pitching of Al Ferchuk and Ken Doepker.  Unity plated three in the 3rd on only one hit, four walks and an error. Mel Dahlseide had a two-run double in the 5th.  Randy Munch had three singles for Saskatoon.

Ferchuk (W), Doepker (7) and xxx
Tabashniuk (L), Haylor (7) and xxx

(June 1)  North Battleford Beavers swept a double-header from Saskatoon, 5-1 and 5-3. In the opener the Beavers scored three in the bottom of the first inning on a single, two errors, two walks and a sacrifice fly, and cruised to the win behind the pitching of Greg Dvorak who fanned 10 without a base on balls.

Haanen (L) and xxx
Dvorak (W) and Bunyan  (1-0)

Gerry Lister went the distance to register the win in the second game. He also provided a key hit, a run-scoring triple in the 5th inning which brought in what proved to be the winning run.  Hugh McIvor had three hits for the Beavers.

Tabashniuk (L), Slotsve (6) and xxx
Lister (W) and Bunyan

(June 1)  Kindersley Klippers roared back from a 7-2 deficit to dump Neilburg 13-10 in the first game of a doubleheader at Neilburg.  Jim Schommer got credit for the victory giving up six hits and nine bases on balls. Bill O'Sullivan had two hits, a double and single for the Klippers.  Neil Urlacher led the Monarchs with a homer and double.

Schommer (W) and xxx
Pete Krysak (L) and xxx

Neilburg's Don McIntyre sparkled with a one-hitter in blanking Kindersley 3-0 in the second game. Bill O'Sullivan's single in the 2nd inning was the only safety off McIntyre who struck out six and walked two.  Tony Blair's bases-loaded double in the 3rd accounted for all the scoring.

Ed Gosselin (L) and xxx
Don McIntyre (W) and xxx

(June 1)  At Unity, Larry Haylor hurled a two-hitter in the first of a twin bill as the Cardinals took both games from Biggar 5-0 and 3-2. Mel Dahlseide had two hits for the Cards.

Marchinko (L) and xxx
Haylor (W) and xxx

Unity rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 7th of the second game to win, 3-2. Ivan Gutfriend's single knocked in the winning marker. Al Ferchuk registered the win.

xxx and xxx
Ferchuk (W) and xxx

(June 4)  North Battleford topped the Nationals 5-3 at Biggar. Greg Dvorak, with relief from Gerry Lister, picked up the win.

Dvorak (W), Lister (8) and Bunyan  (2-0)
Marchinko (L), Proctor and xxx

(June 4)  Edd Tabashniuk tossed a three-hitter as Saskatoon Commodores slipped by Kindersley 2-1 in 10 innings Wednesday night.  Fred Maxemiuk scored the winning run without a Saskatoon hit. He reached on an error, advanced on a sacrifice, went to third on a ground out and scored on a passed ball. Klippers made eight errors.

Paganucci (L) and xxx
Tabashniuk (W) and xxx

(June 4)  Unity Cardinals dumped the host Neilburg Monarchs 7-1. Larry Haylor allowed just three hits and had 10 strikeouts. Con Docken took the loss.

Docken (L) and xxx
Haylor (W) and xxx

(June 8)  Unity swept a pair from the Nationals at Biggar, 6-0 and 6-2. In the opener, a two-out bloop single in the 4th inning spoiled Al Ferchuk's bid for a no-hitter. 

Ferchuk (W) and xxx
Marchinko (L) and xxx

In the second game, Vince Rucobo and Larry Haylor combined on a five-hitter for the 6-2 victory.  Ivan Gutfriend led the offense with three hits. 

Rucobo, Haylor (W) (5) and xxx
Dave Hawes (L) and xxx

(June 8)   Saskatoon Commodores took both ends of a day-night doubleheader from Neilburg Monarchs, 8-0 and 6-3. Right-hander Edd Tabashniuk fired a two-hitter for the shutout in the first game.  Fred Maxemiuk had three hits and knocked in a pair and Ken Haanen drove in three with a single and triple to lead the attack.

Pete Krysak (L) and xxx
Tabashniuk (W) and xxx

In the night affair, the Commodores broke open a tight game with three runs in the 8th inning for the 6-3 win. A run-scoring single by catcher Bob Brown and a two-run single by centre fielder Ian Mitchell provided the margin of victory. Randy Munch had three hits for Saskatoon and added two stolen bases.  Lou Slotsve went the distance for the win in his first starting assignment of the season.

Don McIntyre (L) and xxx
Slotsve (W) and xxx

(June 8)  North Battleford Beavers swept a twin-bill from the Klippers in Kindersley, 12-4 and 4-3 as Cam Sternig homered in each game.  With three hits, Sternig led a 13-hit attack in the opener.  Mike Hanus also had three safeties. Gerry Lister limited the Klippers to five hits to take the win. Gary Orsek took the loss. Ernie Syrota had two hits for Kindersley.

Gerry Lister (W) and Bunyan
Gary Orsek (L), xxx, xxx and xxx

Greg Dvorak was the winner in the second game over Harold Hunchak. Dvorak fanned 12. Neither issued a walk.  Cam Sternig`s homer was the difference in the game. Al Paganucci had a four-bagger for the Klippers.

Greg Dvorak (W) and Bunyan (3-0)
Harold Hunchak (L) and xxx

(June 11)   In a pitching duel at North Battleford, Greg Dvorak fired a three-hitter to best Vince Rucobo`s four-hit performance as the Beavers handed Unity its first loss of the season, 2-1.  Dvorak compiled 16 strikeouts with no walks, Rucobo had 11 strikeouts and one base on balls. Beavers scored both runs in the bottom of the 4th inning as Gerry Lister reached on a walk and scored on Cam Sternig's homer, his third in as many games. Unity scored in the 5th as Larry Haylor was hit by a pitch and came around on a triple by Dick Schmidt.

Dvorak (W) and Bunyan  (4-0)
Rucobo (L) and xxx

(June 11)  Neilburg Monarchs rapped out 18 hits, including three home runs, to demolish Biggar Nationals 16-5 before the home fans.  Veteran Neil Urlacher led the offensive with a homer, two doubles and a single. Winning pitcher Don McIntyre added a homer and single and Glenn Thompson had the other four-bagger.

Don Belluomini (L), Proctor (6) and xxx
Don McIntyre (W) and xxx

(June 13)  Saskatoon Commodores won their 4th straight, a 5-2 decision over Biggar Nationals.  Edd Tabashniuk scattered ten hits for the win. Brian Marchinko allowed ten hits in taking the loss. Marchinko led all batters with three hits.

Tabashniuk (W) and Brown
Marchinko (L) and Swick

(June 13)   A three-run 8th inning helped Unity to a 7-3 win over Kindersley. Larry Haylor was the winning pitcher. He relieved starter Vic Frey in the 5th inning.  Glen Miller had a double and single for the winners.

Frey, Haylor (W) (5) and xxx
Glen Uzelman (L) and xxx

(June 13)  North Battleford Beavers topped Neilburg Monarchs 11-9 getting three runs, with two out, in the top of the 9th inning. Jim Johnston's three hits led the Beavers. Greg Dvorak chipped in with a double and single. Gerry Lister went the route for the win. Don McIntyre had two doubles and a single for the Monarchs. Glenn Thompson added three singles.

Lister (W) and Bunyan
Zaichowsky, Ron Sewell (L) (5) and xxx

(June 15)  The Beavers and Biggar split a double-header at North Battleford. Beavers walloped Biggar 12-1 in the opener but the Nationals rebounded to take the second game, 2-0. Greg Dvorak pitched and batted Beavers to the win in the first game. He hurled a four-hitter while driving in four runs with an inside-the-park homer, triple and double.  Keith Silvernagel scored the only Biggar run in the 3rd inning when he singled and scored on an error.

Dvorak (W) and Bunyan  (5-0) 
Hawes (L), Proctor (5) and xxx

Don Belluomini blanked the Beavers on three-hits to bring to a halt North Battleford`s eight-game winning streak. He whiffed 10 and walked two and helped at the plate with two hits, one driving in an insurance run.

Lister (L), Neil Lampitt (4) and Bunyan
Belluomini (W) and xxx

(June 15)  Kindersley Klippers took a pair from Neilburg 2-1 and 5-1. Al Paganucci bested Bob Zaichowsky in a pitching duel in the first game. Jerry Flanagan doubled in a run in the 2nd inning and Lane Jackson, who had singled, scored on a sacrifice fly in the 6th for the winning run. Singles by Zaichowsky and Bob McIntyre accounted for the lone Monarchs' tally.

Zaichowsky (L) and xxx
Paganucci (W) and xxx

Jim Schommer tossed a two-hitter as Klippers took the second game 5-1.  Singles by Bob Zaichowsky and Bob McIntyre were the only safeties for the Monarchs.

Don McIntyre (L), Zaichowsky (5) and xxx
Schommer (W) and xxx

(June 15)   Saskatoon Commodores sent their new import pitchers to the hill Sunday in a twin bill with Unity Cardinals, but the result was not to the Commodores' liking.  Both Dave Middleton and Dirk Van Dyke, college hurlers from San Diego State University, were losers as Unity won 7-4 and 3-2. The Cardinals used two big innings to take the first game. They scored four runs in the 3rd and added three in the 4th for all their scoring. Vince Rucobo tossed a five-hitter for the win.  Middleton gave up eight hits in taking the loss. Randy Munch had a single for Saskatoon to run his hitting streak to eight games.

Middleton (L) and Brown
Rucobo (W) and Wandler

Al Ferchuk drove in Ed Ralston with the deciding run in the bottom of the 9th inning in Unity's 3-2 victory in the second game. Ferchuk scattered nine Saskatoon hits to garner the mound victory. Dirk Van Dyke allowed just five hits in being handed the loss.

Van Dyke (L) and Brown
Ferchuk (W) and Ambler, Doerksen (2)

(June 18)  Winning pitcher Al Paganucci knocked in two key runs with an 8th inning single to help Kindersley to a 5-3 victory over Biggar Nationals.  Paganucci relieved starter Glen Uzelman in the 4th inning and allowed just one run the rest of the way.  His two-run single in the 8th inning was key to the triumph.  Jerry Flanagan had three hits for the winners while losing pitcher Brian Marchinko led the Nationals with three hits.

Marchinko (L), Belluomini (9) and xxx
Glen Uzelman, Paganucci (4) and xxx

(June 20)  Greg Dvorak was a one-man show for the Beavers in an 8-3 win over Kindersley.  The right-hander pitched a seven-hitter, struck out 15 and walked just one while punching out two singles and a double and scoring three times. Gerry Lister drove in four runs with a double, single and sacrifice fly. Jerry Flanagan knocked in a pair for the Klippers with a double and single.

Gary Houston (L) and xxx
Dvorak (W) and Bunyan  (6-0)

(June 20)   Saskatoon Commodores exploded for 12 runs over the last three innings to hammer Biggar Nationals 19-3 with a 16 hit attack. Al Mitchell drove in four runs with a triple and single. Ron Wallace had a double and bases-loaded triple while Al Martin added a triple and two singles. Ed Lukowich and Carmen Keller each had three hits, including a double.

Van Dyke (W), Middleton (6) and Brown
Belluomini (L), Hoult (5) and Elliott

(June 20)  Unity's Puerto Rican import hurler Rudy Arroyo was superb in his first start for the Cardinals firing a two-hit shutout as Cardinals downed Neilburg Monarchs 6-0. Arroyo had 12 strikeouts. Dick Schmidt led the offense with a homer and single and Erwin Doerksen added two doubles.

Zaichowsky (L), Sewell (5) and xxx
Arroyo (W) and xxx

(June 22)  Commodores downed North Battleford 9-4 in the first of two at Saskatoon as Ken Haanen had five hits and scored three runs. Randy Munch had just one hit but reached bases on errors three times and scored three times. Ed Lukowich had three singles and knocked in three runs.. Dave Middleton allowed seven hits in registering the win.

Harold Cliff (L) and Bunyan
Middleton (W) and Brown

Beavers won the second game 7-5 as Greg Dvorak won his seventh of the season on a seven-hitter. Loser Dirk Van Dyke allowed just four hits in taking the loss. He fanned 14, but walked eight.

Dvorak (W) and Bunyan  (7-0)
Van Dyke (L) and Brown, Maxemiuk (7)

(June 22)  Unity Cardinals took two from Kindersley Klippers 6-0 and 4-3. Jim Schommer tossed a four-hitter to gain the shutout in the opener.

Rucobo (L) and xxx
Schommer (W) and xxx

In the second game, Klippers' Al Paganucci had a one-hitter into the 9th inning but ended up with a loss as Glen Miller belted a bases-loaded double to give Cards the 4-3 victory. Paganucci finished with a three-hitter. Larry Haylor allowed eight hits in registering the win.

Paganucci (L) and xxx
Haylor (W) and xxx

(June 22)  Neilburg Monarchs won both games of a doubleheader with Biggar, 3-0 and 11-9. Don Henricks went the distance to blank the Nationals. Neil Urlacher had two hits for the winners.

Marchinko (L) and xxx
Don Henricks (W) and xxx

Rich Householder belted a homer and double to help Neilburg to the 11-9 victory in the second game. Larry Flicek added a pair of doubles. 

Belluomini (L) and xxx
Zaichowsky (W) and xxx

(June 25)   Pete Duncan paced the North Battleford attack with a triple, double, single and run-scoring sacrifice fly as the Beavers downed Neilburg 6-1.  Cam Sternig`s two-run double in the first inning got the Beavers off to a lead they never relinquished.  Tom Sallaway gave up eight hits in going the distance for the win.

Ron Sewell (L) and xxx
Sallaway (W) and Bunyan

(June 25)   Kindersley Klippers had two big innings, three runs in each of the 4th and 5th frames to down Saskatoon Commodores 6-1.  Gary Houston tossed a six-hitter for the win. Al Paganucci had a double and two singles for the Klippers.

Middleton (L) and Brown
Houston (W) and O'Sullivan

(June 25)   Unity Cardinals topped  Biggar 7-2.  Rudy Arroyo held the Nationals to eight hits and fanned 11. Dave Hawes took the loss as he gave up seven free passes. Ervin Boehm and Lyle May each had two hits for Unity. Bob Swick belted a homer for the Nationals.

Arroyo (W) and xxx
Hawes (L) and xxx

Standings, end of June 25
Unity              13  1
North Battleford   11  2  1.5
Saskatoon           6  7  6.5
Kindersley          6  8  7.0
Neilburg            4  9  8.5
Biggar              1 14 12.5

(June 27)   Dick Schmidt`s two-out single in the bottom of the 9th inning scored the winner as Unity rallied for a 6-5 win over North Battleford.  Larry Haylor, who relieved starter Vince Rucobo in the top of the 9th, received credit for the win.  Losing pitching Pete Duncan had given the Beavers the lead in the top of the 9th with a two-run homer.  Erwin Doerksen had a home run and single for the Cardinals. Greg Dvorak poked a double and triple for the Beavers.

Duncan (L) and Dunyan
Rucobo, Haylor (W) (9) and xxx

(June 29)   Unity Cardinals ran their record to 16-1 with a twin-bill sweep of the Saskatoon Commodores, 8-2 and 1-0. . Unity used a 15-hit attack to take the opener. Al Ferchuk hurled a six-hitter to win his 6th straight. Larry Haylor and Mel Dahlseide each had three hits. Gord Nelson had three runs batted in.

Ferchuk (W) and Nelson
Van Dyke (L), Tabashniuk (5) and Brown

In a sparkling pitching duel,  Erwin Doerksen' three-hit shutout for Unity beat Dave Middleton's one-run, three-hitter for Saskatoon. The only run came in the top of the 7th inning of the seven inning contest.  Dick Schmidt led off with a single to right and advanced on a sacrifice bunt.  Ivan Gutfriend then followed with a single to centre field to score Schmidt.  The game feature five double plays. Unity had three of them, two with the bases loaded.

Doerksen (W) and May
Middleton (L) and Maxemiuk

(July 1)   See Unity Tournament  Canada Summer Games

(July 2)  Saskatoon Commodores managed just one hit in four innings off 17-year-old Don Hawes of Biggar but erupted for seven runs on seven hits over the next three innings and went on to down the Nationals 8-4. Dave Middleton survived 12 hits to take the win. Ian Mitchell led the offense with a double and triple. Randy Munch had a single in the 5th to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

Middleton (W) and Maxemiuk
Hawes (L) and Swick

(July 4)  North Battleford upset the league leading Unity Cardinals 6-2 scoring three runs in each of the 4th and 8th innings.  Harold Cliff threw a five-hitter into the 8th inning for the win.  He allowed eight walks and needed help from Tom Sallaway. Hugh McIvor had a two-run double for the winners.

Cliff (W), Sallaway (8) and Bunyan
Al Ferchuk (L), Arroyo (8) and xxx

(July 4)  Kindersley moved into third place with a 5-2 win over Neilburg Monarchs as Al Paganucci had 17 strikeouts in recording the win. Lane Jackson belted a homer and single for the Klippers. Pat Gibbons had a double and two singles for the Monarchs.

Paganucci (W) and xxx
Henricks (L) and xxx

(July 6)   North Battleford topped Neilburg 6-2 behind Greg Dvorak`s six-hitter.  Cam Sternig knocked in two for the Beavers with a double and two singles.  Jim Johnston rapped a pair of doubles and scored three times while Pete Duncan smashed a two-run double.  Both Neilburg runs were unearned as the Beavers made three errors.

Dvorak (W) and Bunyan (8-0/10-0)
Don McIntyre (L) and xxx

(July 6)   Kindersley's Gary Houston pitched both games of a doubleheader with Biggar and came out a winner both times, 7-0 and 8-4. Houston hurled a three-hitter for the first game shutout, then came on in relief of Jim Oaks in the 2nd inning of the second game and went the rest of the way for the victory.

Houston (W) and xxx
Belluomini (L) and xxx

Oaks, Houston (W) (2) and xxx
Marchinko (L) and xxx

(July 9)  At Kindersley, the Beavers topped the Klippers 4-3 as Pete Duncan fanned Wally Jackson with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th to end a Kindersley threat. Greg Dvorak had given the Beavers the lead with a three-run homer in the 8th. Ernie Syrota started the Klippers rally with one out when he reached on an error and advanced to second on a fielder`s choice. He scored on Wayne Morgan`s single to make the count 4-3. Back to back singles by Wayne Jackson and Ed Gosselin loaded the bases and set the stage for Duncan`s dramatics. He allowed nine hits in gaining the win.  Jim Johnston had three hits for the Beavers.

Al Paganucci (L) and xxx
Duncan (W) and Bunyan

(July 9)   Biggar Nationals downed the short handed Saskatoon Commodores, 8-4, for just their second win of the season. A six-run second inning put the Nationals in the drivers seat. Don Belluomini and Bob Swick each drove in two runs for the winners. Brian Marchinko had a triple and single. Ron Sewell scattered ten hits for the win. Dirk Van Dyke drove in three runs for Saskatoon.

Slotsve (L), Middleton (2), Van Dyke (7) and xxx
Sewell (W) and xxx

(July 9)  Rudy Arroyo held Neilburg to five hits and whiffed 14 as Unity topped the Monarchs 7-4. Arroyo survived seven walks. He was a force at the plate with a double and triple.

Arroyo (W) and xxx
Henricks (L), Zaichowsky (4) and xxx

(July 11)   Saskatoon's Dirk Van Dyke fired a two-hitter, but his 10 bases on balls proved costly as the Commodores dropped a 4-3 decision to Unity Cardinals.  Van Dyke walked the bases full in the first inning and Erwin Doerksen singled in a pair as part of a three-run inning.  Saskatoon rebounded to tie, but in the bottom of the 9th Glen Miller singled in Rudy Arroyo with the winning marker. Vince Rucobo gave up just six hits in garnering the win.

Van Dyke (L) and Maxemiuk
Rucobo (W) and Wandler

(July 13)   Larry Haylor picked up his 7th straight victory on a six-hitter as Unity whipped Biggar 7-1. Ed Ralston paced the offense with a triple and three singles and Erwin Doerksen delighted the home fans with an inside-the-park home run.

Belluomini (L) and xxx
Haylor (W) and xxx

(July 13)  Dave Anderson's two-run single in the 8th inning proved decisive as Saskatoon Commodores downed Kindersley 6-4 with a 15-hit attack.  Fred Maxemiuk had three hits to lead the Commodores.  Jerry Flanagan clubbed a two-run homer for the Klippers. Dave Middleton pitched into the 8th inning for the win.

Middleton (W), Haanen (8) and Maxemiuk
Paganucci (L), Bill Hadden (8) and O'Sullivan

(July 13)   The North Battleford Beavers got two-run homers from Greg Dvorak, Pete Duncan and Cam Sternig in downing Neilburg Monarchs 10-6.  Rich Householder and Neil Urlacher belted back to back homers to lead off the 8th for Neilburg. Duncan drove in a total of four runs, adding two singles to his four-bagger. He has 11 hits in his 22 trips to the plate since joining the Beavers.  Don Hilsendager rapped a double and single for the Beavers.  Gerry Lister scattered ten hits for the win.

Rob Zaichowsky (L), Don Henricks, Don McIntyre and xxx
Lister (W) and Bunyan

Standings, end of July 13
Unity              19  2
North Battleford   15  3  2.5
Kindersley          9 10  9.0
Saskatoon           8 11 10.0
Neilburg            4 13 13.0
Biggar              2 18 16.5

(July 13)  See Saskatoon Exhibition Tournament

(July 16)   Kindersley Klippers sent Biggar Nationals down to their 19th defeat by a 10-5 count.  Al Paganucci went the distance for the win.  Ron Sewell took the loss.

Paganucci (W) and xxx
Sewell (L) and xxx

(July 16)  North Battleford rebounded from a 4-0 deficit to edge Saskatoon Commodores 6-5.  Pete Duncan had a two-run homer and Greg Dvorak a two-run triple to pace the Beavers. Randy Munch had a two-run single for Saskatoon. Gerry Lister picked up the win in relief.

Cliff, Lister (W) (3) and Bunyan
Van Dyke, Middleton (L) and xxx

(July 20)   Saskatoon and the Monarchs split a doubleheader at Neilburg.  Commodores took the opener 5-1 behind the five-hit pitching of Edd Tabashniuk.

Tabashniuk (W) and Maxemiuk
Zaichowsky (L) and Dubey

In the second game, Don Henricks tossed a three-hit shutout as the Monarchs topped the Commodores 2-0. Dave Middleton took the tough loss for Saskatoon.

Middleton (L) and Van Dyke
Henricks (W0 and Dubey

(July 20)  See Kindersley Tournament

(July 23)   Neilburg's first four batters hit safely as the Monarchs went on to plate five 1st inning runs and coasted to a 10-2 win over Saskatoon. Don Henricks held the Commodores to five hits and struck out ten in going the distance. Rich Householder led the Neilburg attack knocking in three runs with two doubles and a single.

Henricks (W) and Dubey
Tabashniuk (L), Slotsve (6), Middleton (9) and Van Dyke, Brown (6)

(July 24)  See Lacombe Tournament

(July 25)   Saskatoon got outstanding hurling from import Dave Middleton in blanking Kindersley Klippers 11-0. The right-hander allowed just three hits and a walk while fanning 11.  Ken Haanen drove in three runs with a four-hit day, a double and three singles.

Middleton (W) and Brown
Hayden (L), Morgan (5) and O'Sullivan

(July 27)    19 Saskatoon hits, 8 Biggar errors added up to a 22-7 victory for the Commodores Sunday as they scored in every inning but the 8th.  Al Martin, Fred Maxemiuk and Dirk Van Dyke each had three hits for the winners. Van Dyke went six innings for the pitching victory.

Belluomini (L), Marchinko (3) and Swick
Van Dyke (W), Slotsve (7) and Maxemiuk  

(July 27)  Beavers shaded league-leading Unity 4-2, to move to within one game of the Cardinals. Greg Dvorak hurled a four-hitter for the win, his 9th straight in league play.  He had 10 strikeouts and three free passes.  Larry Haylor suffered his first loss of the season.

Haylor (L) and xxx
Dvorak (W) and Bunyan  (9-0/14-0)

(July 27)  Tim Hayden went 11 innings for the victory and knocked in the winning run as Kindersley Klippers shaded Neilburg 4-3.  Hayden allowed ten hits.

Hayden (W) and xxx
Zaichowsky (L) and xxx

(July 28)   Don Henricks held the first place Unity Cardinals to six hits as Neilburg upset the Cards 6-1. Rich Householder paced the Monarchs at the plate with a double and two singles. Vince Rucobo took the loss, allowing nine hits and seven walks.

Rucobo (L) and xxx
Henricks (W) and xxx

(July 30)   Biggar Nationals rebounded from a 22-7 shellacking to shutout the Neilburg Monarchs 3-0. Ron Sewell pitched a seven-hitter for Biggar's 3rd win of the season. Neil Urlacher had three hits for the Nationals.

Sewell (W) and xxx
Don McIntyre (L) and xxx

(July 30)  Kindersley Klippers erupted for five runs in the 6th inning and held on for a 5-2 win over Saskatoon Commodores. Al Paganucci held the Commodores to six hits in chalking up the mound victory over Dave Middleton.

Paganucci (W) and xxx
Middleton (L) and xxx

(July 30)  North Battleford took over top spot in the league standings downing Unity 5-4 in 10 innings, scoring the winning run on a wild pitch.  Beavers had blown an early 4-0 lead as the Cardinals rallied to tie in the 9th inning on Dick Schmidt's homer. Reliever Vince Rucobo fanned the first two Beaver batters in the 10th but gave up a walk to Wayne Barton and a single to Jim Johnston. With Barton on third, the wild pitch gave North Battleford the top rung in the NSBL standings.

Lister (W) and Bunyan
Ferchuk, Rucobo (L) (9) and xxx

(August 1)   Greg Dvorak fired a four-hitter for his 10th league victory as North Battleford Beavers defeated Saskatoon 8-3. The right-hander struck out 12 to increase his season's total to 113. Pete Duncan homered for the winners, Ken Haanen had a four-bagger for the Commodores.

Dvorak (W) and Bunyan (10-0/15-0)
Dirk Van Dyke (L), Haanen (7) and Maxemiuk

Standings, end of August 1
North Battleford   19  3 
Unity              19  5  1.0
Kindersley         12 11  7.5
Saskatoon          11 16 10.5
Neilburg            7 16 12.5
Biggar              3 20 16.5

(August 3)  North Battleford and the Monarchs split a twin-bill Sunday at Neilburg.  Beavers took the opener 11-8 breaking the game open with a nine-run outburst in the 2nd inning. Greg Dvorak paced the attack with a double and two singles.  Pete Duncan added a double and single. Neilburg got a homer and double from Brian McIntyre.Tom Sallaway got the win.

Sallaway (W), Lister (7) and Bunyan
Zaichowsky (L), Don McIntyre (2) and xxx

Glen Thompson's extra inning homer gave the Monarchs the second game, 6-5.  Pete Duncan homered for the Beavers. Don Henricks went the distance for the win. He had 12 strike outs.

Cliff, Duncan (L) (4) and Bunyan
Don Henricks (W) and xxx

(August 3)  Unity Cardinals took both games from Kindersley 16-3 and 2-0. Rudy Arroyo fired a two-hitter as the Klippers cruised to the opening game victory.

Arroyo (W) and xxx
Paganucci (L), Schommer (7) and xxx

Larry Haylor gave up just four hits in blanking the Klippers 2-0 in the second contest.  Squeeze bunts by Haylor and Ed Holzman in the top of the final frame provided the only two runs of the game.

Haylor (W) and xxx
Paganucci (L) and xxx

(August 3)  Dave Middleton hurled a four-hitter, with 12 strikeouts, to lead Saskatoon to a 4-1 victory over Biggar. Commodores scored two in the opening frame and were never headed.  Randy Munch had a single and triple good for two runs batted in.

Sewell (L) and Swick
Middleton (W) and Maxemiuk

(August 4)  Gerry Lister pitched a no-hitter Monday as the Beavers downed Biggar 8-0 in a seven inning contest. But, Lister had Lady Luck on his side to register the gem.  In the 6th inning Biggar's Keith Silvernagel lined one down the left field line but he missed first base in his rush to scamper to second and was called out when the ball was returned to the infield.  Lister fanned 13 and allowed one base on balls.  At the plate, he drove in three runs with a double and single. The win moved the Beavers a half game in front of Unity atop the NSBL standings.

Lister (W) and Bunyan
Dave Hawes (L), Jim Elliott (4) and xxx

(August 6)  Beavers took a pair from Kindersley, 5-4 and 8-0.  In the opener, Pete Duncan raced home from third on an infield grounder to notch the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning.  Kindersley had tied the match with three runs in the top of the 9th. Greg Dvorak tossed a four-hitter for the win, his 11th in league play.

Hayden (L) and xxx
Dvorak (W) and Bunyan (11-0/16-0)

Pete Duncan fired a two-hitter in the second game. Ed Gosselin had both hits for the Klippers. Duncan fanned eight without a base on balls.  Tim Hayden took his second loss of the day.

Hayden (L), Gosselin and xxx
Duncan (W) and Bunyan

(August 6)  Neilburg Monarchs exploded for 18 hits and thumped the Unity Cardinals 11-1.  Neil Urlacher led the offensive with four hits - a triple, two doubles and a single.  Larry Flicek added a homer and two doubles and Rich Householder had a homer and single. Don Henricks went the route for the win.

Arroyo (L), xxx, xxx and xxx
Henricks (W) and xxx

(August 8)  Vince Rucobo had a sparkling two-hit shutout as Unity topped the Beavers 8-0. Rucobo sent 14 down via strikeouts.  Jim Shaw and Erwin Doerksen each knocked in three runs.

Rucobo (W) and xxx
Lister (L), Cliff (6), Bunyan (8) and Bunyan

(August 8)   In the bottom of the 10th inning Dave Anderson doubled and Al Martin followed with a single to drive him home as Saskatoon Commodores shaded Kindersley Klippers 4-3 in the battle for third place in the NSBL standings.  Dave Middleton scattered ten hits in going the distance for the win.  Anderson led the hitters with three safeties, including a pair of doubles.

Paganucci (L) and O`Sullivan
Middleton (W) and Brown

(August 10)  North Battleford wrapped up first place in taking a pair from Biggar, 14-6 and 10-0.  Greg Dvorak was both the winning pitcher and hitting star for the Beavers in the opener. He picked up his 12th consecutive NSBL victory on the mound while punching out four hits, a triple, double and two singles. Cam Sternig added a homer, double and single and Jack Rowley a homer and three singles. Gerry Lister had a triple, double and single.

Dvorak (W) and Bunyan (12-0/17-0)
Dave Hawes (L) and xxx

Tom Sallaway fired a four-hit shutout in the second game. Hugh McIvor blasted a grand slam homer and single for the winners.

Sallaway (W) and Bunyan
Jack Seel (L), Jim Elliott and xxx

(August 10)  Dirk Van Dyke was a one-man show for the Commodores as Saskatoon clinched third place with a 9-2 win over Neilburg.  The San Diego State product hurled a three-hitter and belted a two-run homer, single and double. Ken Haanen had two doubles and a single for Saskatoon and Ian Mitchell clubbed a homer.

Van Dyke (W) and xxx
Zaichowsky (L) and xxx

(August 10)  Kindersley Klippers wound up the regular season with a 6-4 victory over Unity. A two-run single by Rick Boyd, a two-run double by Garnet Hannon and Tim Hayden`s two doubles sparked the victory.  Hayden gave up nine hits, without a walk, to pick up the win.  Al Ferchuk took the loss. Ed Ralston knocked in two runs for the Cardinals.

Ferchuk (L) and xxx
Hayden (W) and xxx

(August 10)   Neilburg handed Larry Haylor his 2nd loss of the season as the Monarchs dumped Unity 7-5. Don Henricks was the winner.  Glen Brockhoff and Brian McIntyre poked triples for Neilburg.

Haylor (L) and xxx
Henricks (W) and xxx

(August 11)   The Northern Saskatchewan League all-stars were announced over the weekend.  The first place North Battleford Beavers had five selected, including manager Ken Nelson. .

Catcher - John Dubey, Neilburg; Bob Swick, Biggar
First base - Garnet Hannon, Kindersley
Second base - Jim Shaw, Unity
Third base - Cam Sternig, North Battleford
Shortstop - Pete Duncan, North Battleford
Outfield - Lane Jackson, Kindersley; Ed Gosselin, Kindersley, Jim Johnston, North Battleford
Right-hand pitcher - Greg Dvorak, North Battleford
Left-hand pitcher - Vince Rucobo, Unity
Manager - Ken Nelson, North Battleford


(August 12)  Gerry Lister blanked Kindersley on seven hits as North Battleford took the opener of their semi-final series with Kindersley, 4-0. Cam Sternig led the Beavers with a triple and two singles. Ed Gosselin had three singles for the Klippers.

Paganucci (L) and xxx
Lister (W) and Bunyan

(August 12)  Vince Rucobo allowed just five hits and set down 14 via strikeouts as Unity defeated Saskatoon 4-1 in the opener of their semi-final series. The Cardinals scored all their runs with two out in the bottom of the 7th inning on two walks, two errors and Jim Shaw`s three-run double.

Van Dyke (L) and xxx
Rucobo (W) and xxx

(August 13)   North Battleford took a 2-0 game lead in their best-of-seven semi-final series with a 5-3 win over the Klippers.  Beavers rallied for three runs in the 9th inning to pull out the victory.  Greg Dvorak struggled but went the distance for his 18th win of the season.  He allowed ten hits, fanned ten and walked five.  Pete Duncan homered for North Battleford.

Dvorak (W) and Bunyan (12-0/18-0)
Hayden (L) and xxx

(August 13)   This time it was Saskatoon to score all its four runs in one inning and take a 4-1 playoff decision. The Commodores had six hits in the bottom of the 6th inning to plate the four runs to tie their semi-final series with Unity at a game apiece. Dave Middleton had a five-hitter and 13 strikeouts for the win.  Randy Munch led off the Commodores big inning with a double and successive singles by Ken Haanen, Dirk Van Dyke and Ian Mitchell plated three runs. Carmen Keller doubled for the final marker.

Haylor (L) and Doerksen
Middleton (W) and Brown

(August 15)  Pete Duncan had a no-hitter into the 9th inning but had to settle for a shutout as Beavers shaded the Klippers 1-0.  He had 14 strikeouts.  The only run came in the 8th inning as Lorne Bunyan reached on an error, went to second on a sacrifice and scored on Jim Johnston's single. Al Paganucci gave up just five hits in taking a tough-luck loss.

Duncan (W) and Bunyan
Paganucci (L) and xxx

(August 15)   Edd Tabashniuk held Unity to just three hits to lead Saskatoon to a 5-1 victory over Unity and a two games to one lead in the semi-final series. The Commodores right-hander got off to a shaky start walking the lead off batter, Ed Holzman, on four pitches. Holzman advanced on a grounder and a passed ball before scoring the Cardinals only run on Ed Ralston`s single.  Saskatoon rebounded with two runs in their half of the first inning.  Randy Munch and Ken Haanen singled and both scored on Dirk Van Dyke`s double.  Van Dyke`s sacrifice fly scored Munch in the third and the Commodores added a pair in the 5th.

Tabashniuk (W) and Brown
Ferchuk (L) and Wandler

(August 17)  Beavers eliminated Kindersley in four straight games winning 7-1 getting home run support from Lorne Bunyan, Wayne Barton and Pete Duncan. Tom Sallaway cruised to the win.

Sallaway (W) and Bunyan
Hayden (L) and xxx

(August 17)  Saskatoon Commodores upended Unity Cardinals 6-5 to take a commanding 3-1 game lead in their Northern Saskatchewan League semi-final series.  Starting pitcher Dirk Van Dyke, who was replaced on the mound in the 6th inning with the Commodores trailing 5-3, was instrumental in the victory. He doubled in Ken Haanen with Saskatoon`s third run in the 5th inning then belted a two-run single in the 7th to tie. Al Mitchell`s sacrifice fly scored the winner.

Van Dyke, Middleton (W) (6) and xxx
Rucobo (L) and xxx

(August 19)  A four-run 7th inning carried Saskatoon Commodores to a 7-4 victory over Unity and a berth in the NSBL final series against North Battleford.  After losing the first game of the semi-final, Commodores won four straight to take the set.  Trailing 3-2, Saskatoon broke loose in the 7th with four singles, two errors and a sac fly to plate four runs. Bob Brown, Ken Haanen, Dirk Van Dyke and Dave Anderson had the hits, Al Mitchell, the sacrifice fly.  Winning hurler Dave Middleton allowed just nine hits and fanned 12.  Al Ferchuk took the loss.

Middleton (W) and Brown
Ferchuk (L) and Wandler

(August 20)  Beavers defeated Saskatoon 7-3 in the first game of their final series.  Pete Duncan provided a key hit with a two-run homer in the 5th inning.  Greg Dvorak won his 19th game of the season.  Cam Sternig led the Beavers at the plate with a double and two singles.

Dvorak (W), Sallaway (9) and Bunyan (12-0/19-0)
Tabashniuk (L), Van Dyke (7) and xxx

(August 22)  Pete Duncan hurled his second straight shutout, a three-hitter, as North Battleford dumped the Commodores 4-0 to take a 2-0 game lead in the NSBL final. Beavers had just four hits.  They took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on three walks, a wild pitch, a passed ball and an error. They added one in the 5th as Jim Johnston tripled and Jack Rowley singled him home. The final run came in the 7th as Neil Lampitt reached on an error, went to second on a fielder's choice, to third on a wild pitch and scored on a second wild pitch.

Duncan (W) and Bunyan
Van Dyke (L), Haanen (8) and xxx

(August 24)  Greg Dvorak spun a one-hit shutout to hand North Battleford a 5-0 win over Saskatoon Commodores and a commanding 3-0 game lead in their final series. The only hit off the right-hander was Ken Haanen's two-out single in the 3rd inning.  The Fresno State university hurler fanned 14 in winning his 20th game, without a loss, this summer. The record includes regular league play, tournaments and the playoffs. A three-run 3rd inning proved enough for the Beavers. Gerry Lister led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball.  After a walk to Jack Rowley, Pete Duncan's sacrifice fly scored the first run.  Cam Sternig followed with a safety and Dvorak singled to score the second marker and the third counted on an error.  Lister led the offense with a triple and two singles.  The victory gave the Beavers a 44-5 record for the season.  Dave Middleton took the loss.

Middleton (L) and Van Dyke
Dvorak (W) and Bunyan (12-0/20-0)

(August 27)   In a sparkling pitching duel, North Battleford downed Saskatoon 1-0 to win it's second consecutive Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League crown. Beavers took the series in four straight games.  In this one, the losing pitcher, Ken Haanen, fired a one-hitter.  Gerry Lister allowed three in taking the win.  The only run came in the 6th inning as Haanen lost control after fanning the first two batters.  He walked four straight to send Jack Rowley home with the lone marker. It was the third straight shutout for the winners.

Lister (W) and Bunyan
Haanen (L) and xxx