1970 Game Reports         


(May 18)   First baseman Stu Heron had a field day in leading the Foothills Giants to a sweep of a double-header against the Edmonton Tigers, 7-3 and 8-4. Heron hit for the cycle, with a homer, triple, double and single in seven tries, to drive in eight runs.  He belted a three-run homer in the first inning of the opener and scored what proved to be the winning run with a single in the 3rd. Bruce Lofting batted in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single. Rick Horb went the distance with a six-hitter for the win.

Murray (L 0-1), Dawson (4), Lederer (7) and Franchuk
Horb (W 1-0) and Bjerke

A big first inning carried Giants to the win in the second game at Foothills Stadium. Doug Chilton's two-run homer capped the five-run outburst against loser pitcher Ross Marian. Chilton also had a double and single. Al Taylor pitched an eight-hitter for the win giving up home runs to Wally Waddle and Julie Owchar.

Marian (L 0-1), Dawson (4), Prather (6) and Waddle
Taylor (1-0) and Bjerke, Brost (3)

(May 18)   Calgary Cubs split a twin-bill with the Blue Willow Angels at Edmonton. Cubs came from behind with a three-run 8th inning to shade the Angels 4-3 in the first game. A two-run double by Reg Gerlitz was the key blow. Rookie Murray James registered the win.

Anton, James (W) and xxx
W. McKee (L) and xxx

Malcolm Lynn blanked the Cubs on four hits in the nightcap as the Angels notched a 2-0 victory in spite of a one-hitter by the Cubs' Alf SedranOrest Markowsky was best for the Cubs on the day with four hits in seven trips to the plate.

Sedran (L) and xxx
Lynn (W) and xxx

(May 18)  Edmonton Oilers and Drumheller Miners divided their double-header at Drumheller. Oilers took the opener 11-7 but the Miners rallied in the last inning with five runs to capture the second game 12-11.  Vance Billey led the Oilers with a six RBI day on a homer and three singles. Bruce Graham added a homer. Gordie Tucker drove in six runs for the Miners one coming on a homer in the second game.

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Giants   2 -  0  ---
Cubs     1 -  1  1.0
Miners   1 -  1  1.0
Angels   1 -  1  1.0
Oilers   1 -  1  1.0
Tigers   0-   2  2.0

(May 19)   The Foothills Giants and Calgary Cubs put on an 28-hit offensive display Tuesday night at Foothills Stadium which ended with a 12-10 win for the Giants. All the scoring came in four innings, including a seven-run outburst by the winners in the 4th frame.  All seven markers were unearned because of the Cubs' lone error of the game. Shortstop Terry Clark led the attack with a triple, double and two singles for the Giants. Ed Chala and Doug Chilton each had a double and single. Stu Heron added a bases-loaded triple. Ron Moffat had three hits for the Cubs. Al Swinehart picked up the win in relief of starter Reg Erhardt.

Erhardt, Swinehart (W 1-0) (2), Strachan (6) and Bjerke
Pushkarenko (L 0-1), Primrose (4), Miller (4) and Johnston

(May 19)   Edmonton Oilers downed Edmonton Blue Willow Angels 9-6 but the Angels have protested the result on the basis of an Oilers relief pitcher not being listed on the lineup card.

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(May 20)   Edmonton Angels capitalized on four 7th inning errors by Edmonton Tigers Wednesday to score three times and down the Tigers 5-3.

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(May 21)   Drumheller Miners booted the ball all over Foothills Stadium Thursday night in an inept display of defense that saw the Giants walk away with a 10-3 victory in spite of being outhit 10-9. All the Giants' runs were unearned as the Miners made 10 errors.  The Miners hit a new low in the 8th inning when the Giants scored their last two runs. Lead off batter Rod Jarvis reached safely as his bouncer to short was bobbled. He streaked all the way to third on a wild pickoff attempt and raced home when one of Rick Brown's pitches got by catcher Laverne Bonham.  Bonham recovered in time to throw to Brown at the plate but the Miner hurler dropped the ball in the collision. John Pollard scored the second run of the inning by getting a free pass, advancing on a wild pitch, a passed ball and an error. Mark Jones and Hal Iverson each had two hits for the winners. Frank Losoncy, Rod White and Jim Berlando each had a double and single for Drumheller. Right-hander Wayne Meyers went seven innings for the win. The Swift Current native pitched shutout ball until the 7th when he gave up all three runs. Rick Horb finished up. Don Pasutto took the loss for the Miners.

Pasutto (L 0-1), D. Bonham (4), Brown (4) and L. Bonham
Meyers (W 1-0), Horb (8) and Brost, Bjerke (8)

Giants   4 -  0  ---
Oilers   2 -  1  1.5
Angels   2 -  2  2.0
Cubs     1 -  2  2.5
Miners   1 -  2  2.5
Tigers   0-   3  3.5

(May 22)   Tigers' first baseman Bill Lupul knocked in two runs to cap a three-run 5th inning to lead the Tigers to an 8-1 victory over Edmonton Oilers Friday night.  It was the first win of the 1970 season for the defending champions.

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(May 24)   Calgary Cubs unleashed a 27-hit attack to sweep a double-header at Drumheller, 13-1 and 5-3. Rich Dawson made an auspicious debut with the Cubs Sunday blasting a grand slam homer in the 8th inning of the first game.  Alf Sedran went the distance for the opening game win while the Cubs tagged loser Wally Cross for 15 hits. Ron Johnston added a two-run homer for the winners and Orest Markowsky and Al Rycroft had solo homers

Sedran (W) and xxx
Cross (L) and xxx

In the second game, Johnston's pinch-hit homer with two out in the 7th inning broke a 3-3 tie. The Miners had tied the count in the 6th inning with three runs on Laverne Bonham's bases-loaded triple. Lefty Ernie Pushkarenko picked up the win in relief of starter Gord Anton. Rick Brown took the loss.

Anton, Pushkarenko (W) and xxx
Brown (L) and xxx

(May 24)   At Edmonton, the Foothills Giants and Edmonton Oilers split a pair. A three-run homer by catcher Dick Thompson in the 8th inning gave the Oilers a 5-3 win in the first game. George McCarthy recorded the win. Rick Horb was the losing hurler.

McCarthy (W) and xxx
Horb (L) and xxx

Right-hander Al Taylor stopped the Oilers on four-hits in the second game as the Giants cruised to a 7-1 victory. Jerry Lupul took the loss

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Lupul (L) and xxx

Giants   5 -  1  ---
Cubs     3 -  2  1.5
Oilers   3 -  3  2.0
Angels   2 -  2  2.0
Tigers   1-   3  3.0
Miners   1 -  4  3.5

(May 26)    Calgary Cubs used a 14-hit attack to trounce the Giants 10-0 at Foothills Stadium. Murray James and Alf Sedran teamed up on a two-hitter, with 17 strikeouts, to blank the host club.  James whiffed ten in four innings before giving way to Sedran who picked up the win. Shortstop Al Rycroft led the offensive with a four-for-four night which included a booming, two-run homer, a double and two singles. Rich Dawson and Al Johnston each had a double and single.

James, Sedran (W 2-1) (5) and Johnston
Strachan (L 0-1), Meyers (2), Swinehart (9) and Bjerke, Brost (4)

(May 28)   Calgary Cubs gained a share of first place in the Alberta Major Baseball League Thursday with an 8-6 win over Drumheller Miners on an unseasonably chilly night in Calgary. Miners held the lead until catcher Ron Johnston poked a two-run homer over the left field wall in the 5th inning to knot the count at 4-4.  It was Johnston's third long ball of the season. Cubs went ahead with a pair in the 6th as Phil Boston and Al Rycroft drove in the runs and added two unearned runs in the 8th inning.  Ernie Pushkarenko pitched into the 8th inning to record the mound victory. Miners' starter Jim Berlando took the loss. Cubs lost second baseman Reg Gerlitz who suffered a shoulder separation when hit with a line drive in the second inning. Gerlitz, the league's top batter two years ago, was taken to hospital and is out of the lineup indefinitely. 

Berlando (L 0-1), Brown (6) and Lyssons
Pushkarenko (W 2-1), Miller (8) and Johnston

Giants   5 -  2  ---
Cubs     5 -  2  ---
Oilers   3 -  3  1.5
Angels   2 -  2  1.5
Tigers   1-   3  2.5
Miners   1 -  5  3.5

(May 29)   Larry Murray registered his first win of the new season Friday pitching an eight-hitter as the Edmonton Tigers downed the Oilers 3-1. Murray also helped at the plate driving in Ron Watamaniuk with the clinching run in the 7th inning.  George McCarthy took the loss, his first in three starts.

Murray (W) and xxx
McCarthy (L) and xxx

(June 17)   Edmonton Tigers used a huge 3rd inning to trample the Edmonton Oilers 11-2 to move into second place in the AMBL standings, one game back of the Edmonton Angels.  After opening the scoring with a single marker in the 2nd, the Tigers erupted for seven runs in the third to put the game away.  They outhit the Oilers 11-5 and took advantage of eight Oilers' errors.  Trann Dawson fired a five-hitter to register his first win of the season. Glen Winder took the loss.

Winder (L 0-1) Mein (5), Lupul (8) and Thompson
Dawson (W 1-0) and Franchuk

(June 18)   Foothills Giants broke open a tight game with an eight-run uprising in the 9th inning to finish off the Drumheller Miners 11-1 Thursday night.  Bruce Lofting's two-run homer in the 5th had produced the game's first runs.  Miners responded with a run in the 7th.  In the 8th, the Giants added an insurance run on singles by Stu Heron and Doug McFadyen and Al Twa's sacrifice bunt. The winners piled it on in the 9th getting key two-run singles from Twa and Doug Chilton. Rick Horb held the MIners to five hits in going the route for the win. Don Bonham took the loss.

Horb (W 3-2) and Heatley
D. Bonham (L 0-3), Cross (9), Pasutto (9) and Lyssons

Angels   9 -   4  ---
Tigers   9-    6  1.0
Cubs     7 -   5  1.5
Giants   8 -   7  2.0
Miners   5 -   9  4.5

Oilers   3 -  10  6.0

(June )  Tigers over the Angels ?

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(June 21)   Edmonton Oilers broke a scoreless tie with an 11-run uprising in the 4th inning and went on to clobber the Drumheller Miners 17-0 in the first game of a twin-bill. Oilers also took the second game, 5-1, behind the five-hit pitching of Don Kadatz.  Third baseman Bruce Graham led the Oilers with five hits on the day. Cliff Mein chalked up the win in the first game with late relief from Glen Winder.  It was a tough day for Don Pasutto who suffered both losses for Drumheller.

Pasutto (L 2-3), Trogan (4), Pozzo (4), Trogan (5), Tucker (6) and Lyssons
Mein (W 1-0), Winder (8) and Thompson

Pasutto (L 2-4) and Bonham
Kadatz (W 1-1) and Thompson

(June 21)   At Calgary, the Edmonton Angels took a pair from the Cubs, 3-1 and 4-1.  The second game was handed to the Angels on a forfeit in the bottom of the 5th inning when plate umpire Henry Perkins ejected Calgary manager Paul Helmer for arguing.  Helmer refused to leave and Perkins awarded the game to the Angels, who were leading 4-1.  Jim Poelzer received credit for the win with Wayne Miller suffering the loss.  Malcolm Lynn captured the win in the first game with relief help from Wayne McKee.  McKee took over in the 7th after Lynn had given up a bases loaded walk. Alf Sedran took the loss.

Lynn (W 3-2), W. McKee (7) and Taylor
Sedran (L 4-3) and Johnston

Poelzer (W) and Goulden
Miller (L) and Johnston

Angels  11 -  5  ---
Tigers  10 -  6  1.0
Giants   8 -  7  2.5
Cubs     7 -  7  3.0
Oilers   5 - 10  5.5
Miners   5 - 11  6.0

(June 23)   Jerry Lupul of the Edmonton Oilers had his knuckle-ball dancing Tuesday night at Renfrew Park as he held the Edmonton Tigers to just two hits in the Oilers' 9-0 victory. Oilers had 14 hits and knocked Tigers' starter Ken Lederer out of the game in the first inning as they plated four runs.  Don Stewart went the rest of the way.

Lederer (L 2-2), Stewart (1) and Franchuk
Lupul (W 1-2) and Thompson

(June 23)   Foothills Giants got a combined six-hitter from Al Taylor and rookie Jim Strachan and downed the Calgary Cubs 7-2. It was Taylor's 4th win in five decisions. He allowed just an unearned run to lower his ERA to 1.89 in 38 innings worked. Giants tagged Cubs' rookie Murray James with his first defeat.  A three-run 6th inning proved key to the victory as the Giants got singles from Doug McFadyen and Taylor, a two-run triple by Rod Jarvis and a two-out single by Hy Lewis. James had held the Giants to three hits until the sixth. 

James (L 1-1), Dougal (7), Anton (8) and Johnston
Taylor (W 4-1), Strachan (7) and Heatley

Angels  11 -  5  ---
Tigers  10 -  7  1.5
Giants   9 -  7  2.0
Cubs     7 -  8  3.5
Oilers   6 - 10  5.0
Miners   5 - 11  6.0

(June 24)   Some first inning fireworks resulted in a 6-2 win for the Edmonton Tigers over the Blue Willow Angels before a crowd of 7,000 at Little League night at Renfrew Park.  Orv Franchuk belted a three-run homer and Dennis Simpson had a two-run blast as the Tigers took a 5-0 lead and never looked back.  Franchuk also drove in the final Tigers' marker in the 2nd inning. Angels ace Ken Ewasiuk didn't make it out of the first frame as Wayne McKee took over and pitched superb ball the rest of the way. Back-to-back-to-back doubles by Wayne McKee, his brother Al and playing manager Don Darling accounted for the Angels' runs in the 6th inning. Al McKee led the Angels with a four-for-four night.  Darling had three safeties as the Angels outhit the Tigers 11-9.   Larry Murray picked up the complete game win.

Ewasiuk (L 1-1), W. McKee (1) and Goulden, Taylor (7)
Murray (W 4-2) and Franchuk

(June 25)   Drumheller Miners rode an eight-run 6th inning to an 11-6 victory over the Giants at Foothills Stadium Thursday night.  Trailing 4-0 after five innings with just three hits of Giants' starter Wayne Meyers, catcher Laverne Bonham led off the 6th with a towering drive over the right field scoreboard. With two out and two on, an error opened the gates and the Miners tacked on seven unearned runs to go up 8-4. Bob Bjornsson, Fred Oakey, Roger Pozzo and Bonham each contributed two hits to the Miners' 12-hit attack.  Hy Lewis had three hits for the Giants, including a two-run homer in the first inning.  Gary Trogan, in relief of starter Ian Reed, captured the mound victory.

Reed, Trogan (W 2-0) (5), Pasutto (8) and L. Bonham
Meyers (L 1-2), Horb (6) and McFadyen, Heatley (7)

(June 26)   Edmonton Angels moved into sole possession of first place with a 5-4 win over the Oilers.  A three-run first inning gave the Angels a lead they never relinquished.  Greg Taylor, Doug Brimacombe and Archie Curtis each knocked in a run. In the 3rd inning, Curtis doubled in another marker and Taylor singled in the final run in the 5th. Taylor led the offense with three hits. For the Tigers, Vance Billey, who had singled in a run in the first inning, bashed a solo homer in the 9th.  Tigers got a pair in the 7th on back-to-back doubles by Greg Dolsky and Ed Ashton. Malcolm Lynn pitched into the 7th inning for the win.  Cliff Mein took the loss. Oilers, who outhit the Angels 12-11 left 16 runners stranded.

Mein (L 1-1), McCarthy (6) and Thompson
Lynn (W 4-1), Poelzer (7) and Taylor

Angels  12 -  6  ---
Tigers  11 -  7  1.0
Giants   9 -  8  2.5
Cubs     7 -  8  3.5
Oilers   6 - 11  5.5
Miners   6 - 11  5.5

(June 28)   At Drumheller, Calgary Cubs captured both ends of a double-header, downing the Miners 8-7 and 8-3.

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(June 28)   Foothills Giants took both ends of a double-header from the Edmonton Tigers, 12-3 and 4-3, to climb into second place, a game and-one-half back of the league leading Edmonton Angels.  Al Taylor recorded his 5th win in six decisions in the first game in going the distance.  Rick Horb fired a six-hitter to win the second game. In the opener, the Giants rapped out 15 hits against three Tigers' hurlers to win going way.  Giants came from behind with a three-run 4th inning to capture the nightcap.  A Tiger error plus a double by shortstop Hy Lewis, singles by outfielder Al Twa and catcher Grant Bjerke produced the winning rally.  Spectacular catchers by centre fielder Rod Jarvis robbed Tigers of potential runs in both the 6th and 7th innings. Wally Waddle belted a homer for the Tigers.

Taylor (W 5-1) and Heatley
Marian (L 1-4), Chahley (5), Prather (9) and Franchuk

Horb (W 4-3) and Bjerke
Dawson (L 1-1), Murray (4) and Franchuk

Angels  12 -  6  ---
Giants  11 -  8  1.5
Tigers  11 -  9  2.0
Cubs     9 -  8  2.5
Oilers   6 - 11  5.5
Miners   6 - 13  6.5

(July 2)   Foothills Giants scored five runs in the first inning, highlighted by Al Johnson's grand slam homer, and coasted to a 15-9 victory over the Calgary Cubs.  Bruce Lofting had four hits for the Giants and Stu Heron added three. Ron Moffat led the Cubs with three safeties. Al Taylor struggled but managed to pitch into the 8th inning to record the win, his 6th of the season. 

Taylor (W 6-1), Strachan (8) and Heatley
Pushkarenko (L 1-2), James (4), Dougal (7), Miller (7), W. Horb (9) and Johnston

Angels  12 -  6  ---
Giants  12 -  8  1.0
Tigers  11 -  9  2.0
Cubs     9 -  9  3.0
Oilers   6 - 11  5.5
Miners   6 - 13  6.5

(July 3)   Catcher Orv Franchuk drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning as Edmonton Tigers downed the Oilers 7-6 Friday night.  A 2-2 game into the bottom of the 8th inning, the Tigers erupted for four runs to take the lead. Oilers responded with four in the top of the 9th to regain the tie before Franchuk ended it with the run-scoring fly ball.  Larry Murray went the distance for the win, his 5th against two losses. Reliever Cliff Mein took the loss.

McCarthy, Mein (L 1-2) (9) and Thompson
Murray (W 5-2) and Franchuk

(July 5)   In a triple-header at Renfrew Park, Calgary Cubs took two of three from the Edmonton Oilers. The first game was the completion of a 3-3 tie, halted by rain earlier this season. Cubs pushed across the winner in the bottom of the 11th inning to win 4-3. Wayne Miller picked up the win.

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W. Miller (W) and xxx

The Oilers evened the count with a win in the second game, edging the Cubs 6-5 as Jerry Lupul picked up the win over Ernie Pushkarenko.

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Pushkarenko (L) and xxx

In the third contest, Alf Sedran hurled a three-hitter as the Cubs blanked the Oilers 4-0. Ron Wilson was the losing pitcher.

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Ron Wilson (L) and xxx

(July 5)  At Drumheller, the Miners split a pair with the Foothills Giants, winning the opener 10-8 and losing the second game 7-4. Gord Tucker highlighted the Miners' victory with a three-run homer in the 4th inning and an outstanding, diving catch near the centre field wall in the 9th which started a double-play.  Gary Trogan allowed ten hits in recording the mound victory. Rick Horb took the loss. In the second game, a six-run first inning carried Calgary to the triumph.  Jim Strachan was the winning hurler, Wally Cross took the loss.

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Trogan (W) and xxx

Strachan (W) and xxx
Cross (L), Pasutto (1) and xxx

Angels  12 -  6  ---
Giants  13 -  9  1.0
Tigers  12 -  9  1.5
Cubs    11 - 10  2.5
Oilers   7 - 14  6.5
Miners   7 - 14  6.5

(July 7)   Foothills Giants rallied for three runs in the 7th inning and downed the Calgary Cubs 5-3 as Al Taylor registered his 7th win of the season.  The right-hander held the Cubs to eight hits in going the distance.  Murray James of the Cubs had held the Giants to just four hits and an unearned run in six innings when lifted for the pinch-hitter in the 7th.  The Giants proceeded to make short work of reliever Wayne Horb in the bottom of the 7th scoring three times on two walks, singles by Doug McFadyen and Stu Heron and a lost-in-the-lights double by Murray Heatley.  Cubs rebounded with a run in the 8th on back-to-back doubles by Ron Johnston and Ron Moffat but the Giants got that one back in their half of the inning on an infield error and Heatley's towering triple to the wall in left centre.

James, W. Horb (L 0-1) (7), Pushkarenko (8) and Johnson
Taylor (W 7-1) and Heatley

(July 7)   Edmonton Tigers defeated the Angels 7-1.  Bill Chahley, with late relief help from Trann Dawson, picked up his third win of the season.  Angels' starter Rick Curtis took the loss.  Each team had nine hits.

Curtis (L 2-2), W. McKee (7) and Taylor
Chahley (W 3-1), Dawson (9) and Franchuk

Angels  12 -  7  ---
Giants  14 -  9  ---
Tigers  13 -  9  0.5
Cubs    11 - 11  2.5
Oilers   7 - 14  6.0
Miners   7 - 14  6.0

(July 8)   Tied 3-3 with the Edmonton Angels after six innings, Edmonton Oilers scored ten runs in the last three frames to post a 13-3 victory Wednesday night. Lefty Cliff Mein fired a three-hitter and survived four errors to capture the mound triumph.  Bernard, the Angels starter, took the pitching defeat.

Mein (W 2-2) and Thompson
Bernard (L 0-1), Ewasiuk (8), Poelzer (8) and Taylor

(July 9)   Drumheller Miners upset the Foothills Giants 9-2 at Calgary.  Roger Pozzo scattered nine hits, walked four and struckout 11 in capturing the win, his first of the season.  He allowed just one earned run in the complete game effort.  Rick Horb suffered the loss. Pozzo, Bob Bjornsson and Jim Lyssons each had two hits for the Miners. Hy Lewis led the Giants with a triple and three singles.

Pozzo (W 1-0) and Lyssons
Horb (L 4-5), Chilton (7) and Heatley

(July 10)   In a well-pitched game at Edmonton, the Tigers blanked the Oilers 3-0.  Tigers, who had just four hits, scored all their runs in the 2nd inning. They were helped by four Oilers' errors.  Ken Lederer and Larry Murray cominbed on a five-hitter for the shutout.  Jerry Lupul was the hard-luck loser.

Lederer (W 3-1), Murray (7) and Franchuk
Lupul (L 2-3), McCarthy (8) and Thompson

Tigers  14 -  9  ---
Angels  12 -  8  0.5
Giants  14 - 10  0.5
Cubs    11 - 11  2.5
Miners   8 - 14  5.5
Oilers   8 - 15  6.0

(July 12)   Edmonton Oilers and Foothills Giants split a pair at Foothills Stadium.  Lefty Cliff Mein fired a four-hitter to best Al Taylor as the Oilers took the opener 7-3. Oilers had just seven hits off Taylor, a seven game winner, but two were homers, by Dick Thompson and Ed AshtonLyle Moffat saved the Giants from three other potential extra-base blows with spectacular catches.  The game was twice delayed by rain for a total of an hour and forty minutes but it didn't seem to both Mein who allowed just one earned run.  He walked a pair and fanned six.

In the second game, Bruce Lofting clubbed a three-run homer in the 6th inning to break a 5-5 tie and hand the Giants an 8-5 decision. The Oilers rattled rookie Jim Strachan for five runs before Doug Chilton took over mound duties in the third inning and pitched shutout ball the rest of the way to collect the victory.  Each team had 11 hits with Rod Jarvis going four-for-four in helping the Giants and Lofting and Moffat each adding a pair.  Bruce Graham and Ashton banged out two apiece for the losers.

Mein (W 3-2) and Thompson
Taylor (L 7-2) and Bjerke

McCarthy (L 2-4) and Thompson
Strachan, Chilton (W 1-0) (3) and Heatley

(July 12)  Calgary Cubs and Edmonton Tigers exchanged one-run decisions in play at Renfrew Park.  In an outstanding pitching display in the opener the Tigers took a 1-0, 11-inning, victory.  The only run was unearned coming on an error, a single by playing manager Andy Skujins and a sacrifice fly by winning pitcher Larry Murray. Murray pitched a five-hitter for his sixth win while Alf Sedran allowed just four safeties in going the route for the losers. 

Sedran (L 6-4) and Johnston
Murray (W 6-2) and Franchuk

In the second game, the Cubs ran up a 6-2 margin and survived a Tigers rally in the sixth to chalk up a 6-5 victory. Wayne Horb relieved in the 6th to save the win for left-hander Ernie Pushkarenko

Pushkarenko (W 3-3), W. Horb (6) and Johnston
Dawson (L 1-2), Stewart (3), Murray (6) and Franchuk

(July 12)   Drumheller Miners defeated Edmonton Angels 11-8 in a rain-shortened contest at Drumheller.  Reliever Don Pasutto was the winning pitcher while Ken Ewasiuk, who had a home run on offense, took the loss.  Greg Taylor also had a homer for the Angels.

Poelzer, Ewasiuk (L 2-3) (5) and G. Taylor
Trogan, Pasutto (W 3-5) (2) and Grant

Tigers  15 - 10  ---
Giants  15 - 11  0.5
Angels  12 -  9  1.0
Cubs    12 - 12  2.5
Miners   9 - 14  5.0
Oilers   9 - 16  6.0

(July 14)   Calgary Cubs' seldom used right-hander Jerry Dougal got a starting assignment Tuesday and all he did was pitch shutout ball for eight innings, a four-hitter over-all, as the Cubs downed the Drumheller Miners 3-1.  He fanned just three and walked seven but left 12 runners stranded. Ron Moffat produced what proved to be the winning run in the third inning with a two-out double to left-centre which scored Reg Gerlitz who had led off with a single. Moffat, playing manager Paul Helmer and John Vandenberg each had two hits for the Cubs. Roger Pozzo allowed just seven hits in taking the defeat.

Pozzo (L 1-1), Trogan (8) and Grant
Dougal (W 1-0) and Helmer, Johnston (6)

(July 14)   A five-run rally in the 6th inning carried Edmonton Tigers to a 10-7 win over the error-prone Oilers who were charged with eight miscues.  Tigers outhit the Oilers 14-13.  Ross Marian picked up the win in a relief effort.  Oilers' starter Don Kadatz was the losing pitcher.

Kadatz (L 1-2), McCarthy (7) and Thompson
Prather, Dawson (1), Marian (W 2-4) (2) and Franchuk

(July 15)   Lyle Moffat clouted a three-run homer in the 9th inning to give the Foothills Giants and come from behind 5-3 win over the Calgary Cubs.  Held to one run through eight innings by Wayne Miller, the Giants got singles by Al Taylor and Rod Jarvis before Moffat's blast over the right field fence. They added an insurance run on Stu Heron's double and two wild pitches. Taylor pitched a five-hitter to record his 8th win of the season.  He fanned 12 but allowed eight bases on balls. The win moved the Giants into a first-place tie with the Tigers, each with 16-11 records, a half-game up on the Edmonton Angels.

Taylor (W 8-2) and McFadyen
Miller (L 3-1), Pushkarenko (9) and Helmer

(July 15)   Back-to-back doubles by Don Darling and Max Lindstrand in the 6th inning resulted in two runs and a 2-1 Angels victory over the Tigers.  Wayne McKee fired a six-hitter to best Larry Murray in a pitching duel. Murray gave up just seven hits.

Murray (L 6-3) and Franchuk
McKee (W 3-2) and G. Taylor

(July 16)   Edmonton Angels scored twice in the first inning and went on to blank the Oilers 2-0 behind Malcolm Lynn's six-hitter.  Cliff Mein took the loss.

Mein (L 3-3), McCarthy (8) and Billey, Thompson (3)
Lynn (W 5-1) and Taylor

(July 16)   Outfielder Lyle Moffat broke a 3-3 tie with a homer in the 5th inning to spark the Foothills Giants to an 8-5 win over the Calgary Cubs.  It was Moffat's second clutch clout in as many nights. He slammed a three-run homer in the 9th inning on Wednesday to hand the Giants a 5-3 victory.  Giants, winners of six straight, had a 17-hit attack against Alf Sedran and Tom Parks. Stu Heron, with a triple and three singles, and Bruce Lofting, with a double and three singles, paced the offensive.  Doug McFadyen had two hits and knocked in a pair.  Ron Moffat socked a double and two singles for the losers. Reg Erhardt, in only his second appearance of the season, pitched into the 9th inning for the win.

Erhardt (W 1-0), Chilton (9) and Heatley
Sedran (L 6-5), Parks (7) and Johnston

(July 19)   Calgary Cubs swept two from Edmonton Tigers in a double-header at Foothills Stadium, 8-6 and 10-9. Rich Dawson was the Cubs hitting star, rapping two doubles and two singles in four at bats on the day while Ron Moffat anhd Dave Morris each knocked in three runs with four singles. Wayne Materi, whose pinch-hit double drove in the winning run in the second game, had the two-bagger and a pair of singles. Julie Owchar was the only Tiger to collect three hits. Right-hander Wayne Miller saved the first game for winner Alf Sedran and claimed the win in the second game.

Lederer (L) and xxx
xxx, Sedran (W), Miller and xxx

xxx, xxx, xxx, Stewart and xxx
Chahley, Miller (W) and xxx

(July 19)   At Edmonton, the Angels and Drumheller Miners divided a twin-bill with the Miners taking the first game 4-3 and the Angels rebounding for a 5-0 win in the second game.

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Giants  17 - 11  ---
Angels  15 - 10  0.5
Tigers  16 - 13  1.5
Cubs    15 - 14  2.5
Miners  10 - 16  6.0
Oilers   9 - 18  7.5

(July 20)   In exhibition action at Foothills Stadium, the hometown Giants blanked the Kelowna Carlings of the Okanagan Mainline League 4-0.  Right-handers Doug Chilton, Doug McFadyen, Rick Horb and Al Taylor combined to hold the visitors to four hits.  The Carlings were eliminated from a tournament in Kindersley, Saskatchewan over the weekend. 

Auberton (L), Harkey (4), Burdette (7) and Favel
Chilton (W), McFadyen (7), Horb (8), Taylor (9) and Heatley

(July  22)   Wayne McKee put on a pitching clinic Wednesday night firing a three-hit shutout as the Edmonton Blue Willow Angels downed the Baldwin and Knoll Oilers 4-0. McKee fanned 17 in recording his fourth win of the season. Third baseman Archie Curtis singled home the first Angels' run in the 7th inning. Shortstop Max Lindstrand followed with a two-run double.  Outfielder Bill Miller scored on a wild pitch in the 9th inning to complete the scoring.  George McCarthy took the loss.

W. McKee (W 4-2) and Taylor
McCarthy (L 2-5) and Lampert

(July 22)   Brothers Rick and Wayne Horb were the opposing starting pitchers Wednesday night at Foothills Stadium but neither was around for the decision as the Giants topped the Cubs 6-2 for their 4th straight triumph.  A four-run outburst in the 8th inning provided the margin of victory for the Giants.  Al Taylor relieved in the 7th after Rick Horb had yielded two tying runs to the Cubs and went on to benefit from the four-run rally to register his 9th win of the season. Giants outhit the Cubs 11 to 4.

W. Horb, Sedran (L 7-6) (6) and Johnston
R. Horb, Taylor (W 9-2) (7) and Heatley

(July 23)  Calgary Cubs' left-hander Ernie Pushkarenko escaped a bases-loaded, two out, jam in the bottom of the 9th inning by fanning Drumheller's playing manager Jim Berlando to walk away with a 2-1 victory. The win clinched a playoff spot for the Cubs and eliminated the Miners from playoff competition.  Pushkarenko gave up 11 hits but just one run as Laverne Bonham tripled to right-centre in the 6th inning and came around to score on an overthrow from the outfield.  For the Miners' right-hander Rick Grant it was a hard-luck loss. He limited the Cubs to just six hits while striking out five and walking a pair. Cubs got their two runs in the bottom of the 6th inning.  John Vandenberg led off with a single but was erased at second on a fielder's choice when Ron Johnston's sacrifice bunt attempt failed.  Ron Moffat followed with a single and Johnston galloped all the way home when the throw from the outfield bounced through third base.  Moffat advanced to third on the play and scored the winner on Phil Boston's sacrifice fly. 

Grant (L-01) and Lyssons
Pushkarenko (W 4-3) and Johnston

(July 24)   The last place Edmonton Oilers upended the Edmonton Tigers 7-4 knocking Tigers' starter Ken Lederer off the mound in the 3rd inning with a six-run uprising.  Don Kadatz gave up eight hits in going the route for the Oilers. Terry Lampert, catching for the injured Dick Thompson, had a big hit for the Tigers, a triple in the 5th inning but was thrown out trying to steal home.  Vance Billey had two hits for the winners.

Lederer (L 0-3), Prather (3), Marian (3) and Waddle, Franchuk (5)
Kadatz (W 2-2) and Lampert

(July 26)  Foothills Giants took both games from the Miners at Drumheller 13-3 and 5-0 to reduce their magic number to clinch the pennant to one.  A Giants' win or an Angels' loss will hand the flag to the Giants. Angels dropped a pair to the Tigers Sunday. 

Doug Chilton pitched and batted the Giants to the 13-3 win in the first game.  The right-hander held the Miners to six hits in going the distance while driving in three runs with three of the Giants' 14 safeties.  Al Twa also had three hits for the winners while Stu Heron knocked in three with a pair of doubles.  Al Taylor established a league record in posting his 10th victory of the season in pitching a two-hit shutout in the second game, a seven inning encounter. The Giants won 5-0.  Bruce Lofting tagged losing pitching Wally Cross for two homers, his 5th and 6th of the season.

Chilton (W 2-0) and Heatley
Trogan (L 3-2), Grant (5), Pozzo (6), Cross (7) and Lyssons

Taylor (W 10-2) and Heatley
Cross (L 1-3) and Grant

(July 26)   Orv Franchuk, one of the best catchers in the province, took to the mound Sunday and made it look easy with a four-hit shutout as the Edmonton Tigers took both games of a double-header from the Angels, 4-0 and 3-1. In his first pitching performance with the Tigers in two years, Franchuk was in control throughout as he fanned four and walked only one. Outfielder Julie Owchar singled in Franchuk with the first run in the 4th inning of the opener.  Bill Lupul scored on a single by Don Stewart in the 8th, while Franchuk tripled in the 9th and Ross Speers doubled, both plating runs. Rick Curtis went all the way in a losing cause for the Angels.

Franchuk (W 1-0) and Waddle
Curtis (L 2-3) and Taylor

Bill Chahley pitched a six-hitter for the win in the second game.  Tigers knocked starter Malcolm Lynn off the hill with three runs in the first inning. Tigers' runs came on four back-to-back hits and two walks before Wayne McKee took over mound duties and held the Tigers to just one hit the rest of the way.  Al McKee scored the lone Angels run when he singled and eventually scored on a passed ball.

Lynn (L 5-2), McKee (1) and Taylor
Chahley (W 4-1) and Waddle

Giants  20 - 11  ---
Angels  16 - 12  2.5
Tigers  18 - 14  2.5
Cubs    16 - 15  4.0
Miners  10 - 19  9.0
Oilers  10 - 19  9.0

(July 28)   With nothing on the line Tuesday, Drumheller Miners whipped the Calgary Cubs 12-8 at Foothills Stadium as the teams played out the string.  The Cubs, already with a playoff slot, cannot finish any higher than their current fourth position.  Miners have been eliminated from the post-season games.  The Cubs threw three rookie pitchers and the Miners responded with 19 hits and scored in almost every inning.  Don Pasutto gave up 13 hits to the Cubs but managed to go the distance for the win.  Outfielder Don Bonham had a big night with a double and four singles for the Miners.  Gary Trogan cracked four hits, one of them a double, and Rick Grant belted a bases-loaded triple, a double and a single.  Ron Johnston and Phil Boston each contributed three hits to the Cubs' offensive.  Cubs' starter Dave Bruce took the loss.

Pasutto (W 5-5) and Grant
Bruce (L 0-1), Vejprava (4), Parks (7) and Johnston, Boston (6)

(July 30)   Closing out the regular schedule with their seventh straight victory, the Foothills Giants claimed the 1970 AMBL pennant Thursday night.  Giants trounced the Drumheller Miners 13-4 and took the crown in spite of the Edmonton Angels win over the Oilers.  A five-run third inning carried the Giants to the win.  Miners managed just an unearned run off Giants' winning hurler Doug Chilton who went seven innings giving up just six hits. He whiffed four and walked none.  It was 13-1 before the Miners got to reliever Rick Horb for three runs in the last two innings. Giants outhit the Miners 13-10. Doug McFadyen, who knocked in three runs with a double and two singles, paced the Giants offensive. Lyle Moffat produced three runs with a pair of singles.  Roger Pozzo had two hits and drove in three for Drumheller.

Trogan (L 3-3), Pozzo (7) and Grant
Chilton (W 3-0), Horb (8) and Heatley

(July 30)   Edmonton Angels got a combined five-hitter from Ken Ewasiuk and Wayne McKee to shade the Edmonton Oilers 4-3. Jerry Lupul gave up just six hits in going all the way to take the loss. In spite of the win, the Angels could not overcome the Foothills Giants for first place. 

Ewasiuk, McKee (W 5-2) (4) and Taylor
Lupul (L 1-3) and Thompson


(August 1/2)   Foothills Giants clobbered the Calgary Cubs 14-6 and 15-2 over the weekend to win the semi-final series in two straight games. Giants now move into the AMBL final against the winner of the Edmonton Oiler/Tiger semi-final.  After the Giants had built up an 8-1 lead Saturday, the Cubs made it close with a five-run uprising, helped by two errors, against Al Taylor in the 7th inning. But, the Giants responded with a six-run 9th inning to put the game out of reach.  Doug Chilton held the Cubs to eight hits Sunday as he went the distance for the win. Giants had 16 hits Sunday and 13 on Saturday.

Stu Heron, Rod Jarvis and Murray Heatley led the weekend assault with four hits apiece. Hy Lewis, Lyle Mofftat and Doug McFadyen each socked three hits.  Lewis and Moffat each had five runs batted in.  Rich Dawson led the Cubs at the plate with five hits including a triple and double. Cubs, which faced pitching problems all summer, were without ace right-hander Alf Sedran who was stricken with tonsilitis and lefty Ernie Pushkarenko who had a personal commitment out of town.

Taylor (W), Strachan (7) and Heatley
Miller (L), Dougal (6), Dawson (6) and Johnston

W. Horb (L), Bruce (4) and Johnston
Chilton (W) and Heatley


(August 7)   Edmonton Tigers crushed the Angels 7-1 Friday to win a berth in the AMBL final against the Foothills Giants.  Tigers won the semi-final series two games to one.  Orv Franchuk in only his second mound appearance of the season pitched the Tigers to the victory. Malcolm Lynn took the loss.  Tigers took a 2-1 lead into the 7th inning before counting two in the 7th and three more in the 8th.  Seven Angels' errors played a major role in the outcome.

Franchuk (W) and xxx
Lynn (L) and xxx


Teams representing Taber and Pincher Creek joined the 1970 circuit, replacing the Lethbridge Flyers and Lethbridge Alexandra Monarchs, both of which ceased operations.

Brooks Legionnaires
Enchant Red Sox
Lethbridge Crighton Cubs
Lethbridge Junior Miners
Milk River Lions
Pincher Creek Chinooks
Taber Dusters
Vulcan Giants (defending champions)


(August 1-2)  The Lethbridge Crighton Cubs are only one win away from a berth in the Alberta senior baseball finals. The Cubs stopped Pincher Creek and Vulcan by identical 14 to 2 counts to win the “A” bracket of the rain-shortened southern finals over the weekend. Vulcan and the Brooks Legionnaires will tangle next weekend at Henderson Park to determine an opponent for the Cubs

(August 8-9)  The Lethbridge Crighton Cubs captured the 1970 southern Alberta senior baseball title and did it in convincing fashion. The Cubs, who lost but twice in annexing the Lethbridge City Recreation Baseball League pennant this year, pounded two Brooks’ pitchers for 18 hits as they dumped the Legionnaires 14 to 2. Brooks had advanced to the final against the Cubs by trouncing the Vulcan Giants in the “B” section bracket. The Cubs will now play host to the Alberta senior baseball finals at Henderson Park. Dennis King led the way for the Cubs against Brooks as he struck out ten while effectively scattering the same number of safeties. Larry Peers, relieved by Mel Meyers in the fifth inning, was the loser. Bruce Gullett stroked a triple and two singles for the Lethbridge nine while Bill Persley added a triple and single. Athol Thomas added three singles to the offense. Bill Harstead and Gary Ledene managed two singles each for Brooks.


Beaverlodge Royals
Dawson Creek Cardinals
Fairview Outlaws
Grande Prairie Eskimos
Peace River Stampeders
Sexsmith Rainiers


(August 9)  Les Ohrn struck out 17 and permitted only three hits as Peace River stopped the Grande Prairie Eskimos 3 to 0 to win their final series in straight games.



(August 9)  The Great Bend Braves grabbed the Central zone finals by edging the Stettler Oilers 11 to 10 in the deciding game of the bet-of-three series.


(August 15-16)  With Les Ohrn firing third strikes past 14 batters while allowing just three hits, the Peace River Stampeders dumped the Lethbridge Crighton Cubs 11 to 3 on Sunday in the final game of the two-day Alberta senior baseball playdowns. The Cubs needed two wins over the Stamps to win the crown in the double-knockout event but Peace River settled the issue in one encounter. Randy Maxwell, picked up from the Lethbridge junior Miners for the playoffs, was the losing heaver. Wayne Morgan led the Stampeders at the plate with three singles and a double. Ken Gall chipped in with three singles. Howie Heggedal stoked a double for the Lethbridge crew.

Earlier in the day, the Stampeders with Ohrn pitching, trimmed the Two Hills Eagles 8 to 6 to advance to the final. Rich Anderson was the losing chucker for Two Hills. The game was tied 6 – 6 after the top-of-the-eighth but Peace River came up with two runs in their half of the inning to earn the win. Pete Czuy belted two doubles and two singles for the winners. Terry Aman had a home run and Anderson three singles for the Eagles.

In another Sunday game, the Cubs showed little hospitality as they blasted Two Hills 23 to 0 in a game conceded after 2-1/2 innings. Rod Taylor, another addition from the junior Miners, copped the win while Anderson was nailed with the loss. Athol Thomas cuffed a home run and two singles for the Cubs before the game was called.

Lethbridge opened the weekend with a win and a loss Saturday. Two Hills edged the Cubs 4 to 2 in the first game of the tournament as Marshal Dehid posted the mound victory over Greg Lazaruk. The Eagles’ Ron Reidkowski lit up Lazaruk for a double and single while Glen Stuckey had a double and two singles for the Cubs and Thomas two singles. Lethbridge left 14 runners stranded in this tilt.

The Cubs then eliminated the Great Bend Braves 9 to 3 as Dennis King bested John Anderson for the knoll verdict. Thomas pounded out another home run plus a single while Bruce Gullett clipped the horsehide for three singles. Rob Roy added a brace of one-baggers for the victors. Terry Chapman stroked three one-base hits for Great Bend while Blaine Chapman added a pair.

Great Bend dropped their Saturday opener 2 to 1 to Peace River. Murney Nellis, with relief help from Ohrn, was the winning tosser in the extra inning encounter while Terry Chapman was saddled with the defeat. Peace River will represent Alberta in the Canadian senior finals to be held in Brandon MB.