1971 Northern Saskatchewan Game Reports     


(May 30) The hometown Kindersley Klippers divided an opening day doubleheader with the Neilburg Monarchs, edging the visitors 7 to 6 in the matinee game before dropping a 12 to 4 verdict in the finale.

Steve Behlen struck out 11 while yielding four hits in leading the Klippers to the leadoff victory. Kindersley pushed across four runs in the first inning while Neilburg countered with four of their own in the fourth.

Elwood Ferguson (L) and xxx
Behlen (W) and xxx

Wayne Pike ripped a pair of doubles and a brace of one-baggers for the Monarchs in their second-game rout. Don McIntyre fanned 12 and surrendered five hits in earning the complete game mound triumph. Kindersley's Herman Hogan was strapped with the defeat as he allowed six Neilburg tallies in the opening frame. In total, the Monarchs picked up 12 hits.

D. McIntyre (W) and xxx
Hogan (L), Arthur (2) and xxx

(May 30) The North Battleford Beavers opened the 1971 season by salvaging a split of a double-dip with the Unity Cardinals, dropping the first contest 5 to 0 and then taking the late encounter 7 to 1.

Unity scored all five of their runs in the second inning of the opener. Three of the tallies were unearned, thanks to a pair of North Battleford errors. Ross Stone limited the Beavers to three hits in gaining the mound win. The Cards got to loser Tom Sallaway for six safeties. Ed Ralston cracked two singles to lead the Cardinals with the bat while Jim Shaw and Larry Haylor added triples. Bill Settle drilled a three-bagger for the Beavers.

Stone (W) and xxx
Sallaway (L) and xxx

Jack Rowley was the top dog in North Battleford's second-game victory. Rowley smacked three hits including a two-run round-tripper in the second inning. He also added a triple and double while driving in four runs. Cam Sternig and Don Hilsendager of the Beavers both had a double and single. Gary Barker was the winning pitcher, striking out 13 while issuing but two hits. Unity starter Larry Haylor took the loss.

Haylor (L), Wilkinson (6) and xxx
Barker (W) and xxx

(June 2) The Kindersley Klippers rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth inning to edge the Unity Cardinals 7 to 6 in an N.S.B.L. encounter in Unity. Both teams collected 13 hits. The clubs were tied 2 - 2 going into the bottom of the eighth when the Cardinals got to the Klippers' starting hurler Steve Behlen for four runs. Behlen was pulled for Jerry Schnell who put out the Cardinal fire and went on to pick up the pitching win. Doug Wilkinson went the distance for Unity, absorbing the loss. Jerry Flanagan led the Klips offensively with a double and two singles. Behlen, who had ten strikeouts, connected for a triple and single and Don Jackson had a double and single for the winners. For Unity, Jim Shaw homered and singled. Wilkinson had a double and two singles while Tim Young hit a double and single.

Behlen, Schnell (8) (W) and xxx
Wilkinson (L) and xxx

(June 2) The North Battleford Beavers struck for seven runs in the first inning and went on to defeat the Neilburg Monarchs 13 to 0 at Neilburg in a game called after eight innings on account of darkness. Losing twirler Elwood Ferguson was rocked for the seven Beaver tallies before being yanked for Don McIntyre with two outs in the initial frame. Rick Cook was the winning chucker, striking out eight batters. Gary Clements had two of Neilburg's three hits, both singles. Bill Settle led the Beavers with a two-run circuit-blast and a double. Cam Sternig followed with a double and two singles while Hugh McIvor connected for a pair of two-baggers.

Cook (W) and xxx
Ferguson (L), McIntyre (1) and xxx

(June 6) The North Battleford Beavers swept both ends of a doubleheader from the Kindersley Klippers in N.S.B.L. action in North Battleford. The Beaver pitchers extended their scoreless streak to 25 innings, shutting out the Klippers 2 to 0 in the first game and 3 to 0 in the second. Both were seven-inning contests.

North Battleford scored the only run they eventually needed in the first inning of the matinee event when Jim Johnston led off with a double and scored on Bill Settle's single. Johnston also picked up a single and was the Beavers' offensive co-leader with Cam Sternig who also belted a double and single. Don Jackson had two of Kindersley's four hits. Tom Sallaway struck out seven in earning the win. Steve Behlen fanned six in taking the loss.

Behlen (L) and xxx
Sallaway (W) and xxx

In the second encounter, winning hurler Gary Barker had to contend with Kindersley threats in both the first and sixth innings when they put together a brace of singles each frame. However, Barker rose to the occasion and put out the fire both times. In earning the win over the Klippers' Jerry Schnell, Barker whiffed six Kindersley batters. Hugh McIvor blasted a bases-empty homer for the Beavers in the sixth inning.

Schnell (L) and xxx
Barker (W) and xxx

(June 7) The Neilburg Monarchs were not too hospitable when they entertained the Unity Cardinals for the first time in the 1971 season. Although only out-hitting the Cards 7 to 6, the Monarchs won the game 7 to 1. Don McIntyre got the pitching win over Doug Wilkinson. Larry Flicek blasted a home run for the Monarchs, one of six Neilburg hits that went for extra-bases. Belting doubles for the winners were Bill Sobkow, Brian McIntyre, Glen Brockhoff, Howard Staniforth and Glen Thompson. Sobkow also stroked a single. Wilkinson and Ross Morrison each hit two singles for Unity.

Wilkinson (L), I. Flanagan (6) and xxx
D. McIntyre (W), McDuff (9) and xxx

(June 9) A ninth-inning home run by Gary Clements gave the Neilburg Monarchs a 5 to 4 victory over the Kindersley Klippers in a N.S.B.L. game. Don McIntyre hit a three-run homer for the Monarchs in the sixth to give them a 4 to 2 lead but the Klippers tied it with single tallies in the seventh and eighth, setting the stage for Clements' clutch dinger. The win gave thee Monarchs a 3 - 2 record, one game behind the league-leading North Battleford Beavers. Neil Urlacher and Bill Sobkow each had two singles for the Monarchs. Wayne Morgan and Kindersley starting pitcher Steve Behlen had a pair of singles apiece for the losers.

Drilling, McDuff (9) (W) and xxx
Beholder, Schnell (6) (L) and xxx

(June 10) The first-place North Battleford Beavers maintained their winning ways when they defeated the cellar-dwelling Unity Cardinals 10 to 1 in an N.S.B.L. contest at North Battleford. Gary Barker went the route for the Beavers, giving up two hits in posting his third win in as many decisions. Loser Larry Haylor was lit up for 13 North Battleford hits in absorbing his second loss. Both chuckers rang up 11 strikeouts. Cam Sternig led the Beavers' hitting attack with three singles. Hugh McIvor smacked a double and single while Mark Perkins and Jack Rowley each contributed a brace of one-baggers.

Haylor (L) and xxx
Barker (W) and xxx

(June 12) The Edmonton Angels edged past the Neilburg Monarchs 3 to 2 in an interlocking game in Edmonton. The Angels came from behind to score two runs with two out in the bottom of the eighth to pull out the victory. Rick Horb went the distance in picking up the pitching victory while Don McIntyre suffered the loss. Bill Shur led the Halos offensively with a triple and two doubles.

D. McIntyre (L) and Chamberlain
Horb (W) and Thompson

(June 12) The Calgary Cubs of the A.M.B.L. shaded the North Battleford Beavers of the N.S.B.L. 4 to 3 in an inter-league contest in the Cowtown. The Cubs rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to edge the Beavers. Import Chris McKinnie went the distance for the pitching win while Tom Sallaway, who also pitched a complete game, took the loss.

Sallaway (L) and Settle
McKinnie (W) and Johnston

(June 12) The hometown Unity Cardinals shutout the Calgary Giants 5 to 0 in interlocking action. Ross Stone drove in two runs in the fourth inning in helping his own cause as winning pitcher over the Giants. Doug Wilkinson also batted in a pair of tallies by drilling two singles for the Cards. Stone held the Calgarians to a double and two singles in earning the shutout.

Taylor (L), Strachan (8) and Hogan
Stone (W) and Wandler

(June 12) The invading Edmonton Tigers throttled the Kindersley Klippers of the N.S.B.L. 11 to 1 in Kindersley. Edmonton's Cliff Mein tossed a six-hitter for the win while Kindersley's Steve Behlen was pinned with the loss. The Klippers played a poor defensive game, committing six errors. Dale Ferchuk led the Bengals at the dish with two singles while Don Jackson had a brace for the Klips.

Mein (W) and Franchuk
Behlen (L), Arthur (7) and Jackson

(June 13) The Neilburg Monarchs came away as losers for the second time in their Alberta road swing as the Calgary Cubs administered a 4 to 0 blanking of the Saskatchewan visitors. Bob Baird pitched five shutout innings in relief of starter Alf Sedran to pick up the win for the Cubs in the rain-shortened game. Lonnie Funk took the loss for Neilburg.

Funk (L), Drilling (7) and Chamberlain
Sedran, Baird (W) (3) and Johnston, Burley (7)

(June 13) The Unity Cardinals won their second straight against A.M.B.L. competition when they dropped the Edmonton Tigers 8 to 4. Doug Wilkinson led the Unity offensive brigade against three Tiger pitchers, slamming four singles while Larry Brown had a double and two singles. Larry Haylor went the route for Unity to earn the win.

Chahley (L), Barry (5), Waddle (5) and Franchuk
Haylor (W) and Wilkinson

(June 13) The North Battleford Beavers evened their weekend record in Alberta at a win and a loss by taking the measure of the Red Deer Elks 7 to 1 in Red Deer. The Beavers struck for four runs in the fourth inning when losing chucker Cliff Ballou gave up two walks, a double and a home run to Hugh McIvor. Jack Rowley drove in four runs for the winners. Maury Barden had a home run for the Elks. Rick Cook, with relief help from Gary Barker, got credit for the hurling triumph.

Cook (W), Barker (7) and Settle
Ballou (L), Pozzo (4), Ballou (5) and Grant, Lyssons (9)

(June 13) The Kindersley Klippers lost for the second time on the weekend, coming out on the short end of a 4 to 0 decision to the Calgary Giants. Winning twirler Tom Changnon hit a two-run triple to lead the Giants to victory in a rain-shortened contest. Kindersley had the bases loaded with none out in the seventh inning when the game was called. Gary Schnell was the losing pitcher.

Changnon (W) and Hogan
Schnell (L) and Jackson

(June 18) The Neilburg Monarchs moved into sole possession of second place in the N.S.B.L. with a 9 to 5 victory over the North Battleford Beavers. The game was the first played under the new floodlighting in the North Battleford Park. Winning pitcher Don McIntyre allowed only two hits while recording 11 strikeouts before being relieved by Lonnie Funk in the ninth. Loser Rick Cook was battered off the rubber after giving up two-run homers to Brian McIntyre and Marv Chamberlain in the first frame. Left-hander Mark Perkins took over at that point to go the rest of the way on the hill. Chamberlain swatted two singles as well as his dinger while Gary Clements struck for a trio of one-baggers.

D. McIntyre (W), Funk (9) and xxx
Cook (L), Perkins (1) and xxx

(June 19) The Unity Cardinals withstood a ninth-inning rally by the Calgary Cubs to win an interlocking match 4 to 2 in Calgary. The Cardinals scored all their runs against losing right-hander Chris McKinnie of Calgary in the fourth inning. Winning pitcher Vince Rucobo struck out 20 and wasn't scored upon until the ninth when an error by shortstop Ed Holzman opened the door for a pair of Cubbie runs.

Rucobo (W) and Wandler
McKinnie (L), Sedran (7) and Johnston

(June 19) The North Battleford Beavers of the N.S.B.L. tripped the Red Deer Elks of the A.M.B.L. 7 to 4 in inter-league play in North Battleford. Tom Sallaway struck out 11 Elks in piloting North Battleford to the win. Elroy Hart, who was relieved in the sixth inning by Bill Luke, took the loss. Don Hilsendager set the pace for the Beavers, connecting for a double and single.

Hart (L), Luke (6) and Lyssons
Sallaway (W) and Settle

(June 19) The Neilburg Monarchs lost their third straight against Alberta opposition when the invading Calgary Giants dropped them 5 to 1. Phil Kalber drove in three runs with two homers to carry the Giants to victory over the Monarchs. Tom Changnon was the winning pitcher while Bob Drilling suffered the defeat. Neil Urlacher topped Neilburg hitters with a double and single.

Changnon (W) and Hogan
Drilling (L), Funk (8) and Chamberlain

(June 19) The Kindersley Klippers stopped the Edmonton Angels 6 to 2. The Klipper-Angel confrontation featured 29 strikeouts, 19 by Kindersley hurlers. The Klippers scored three runs in the third on three hits and an Edmonton error, then settled back behind winning tosser Les Ohrn and reliever Steve Behlen to hold their hosts to two runs on three hits. Ken Ewasiuk took the loss.

Ohrn (W), Behlen (7) and D. Jackson
Ewasiuk (L), Poelzer (5), Christensen (9) and Taylor

(June 20) The Unity Cardinals came away with a sweep of their Alberta tour by squeezing past the Edmonton Angels 3 to 2 in the Oil Capital. The Redbirds rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to nip the Angels. Larry Haylor went the distance for Unity, picking up his second win of the season against Alberta teams. Relief pitcher Rick Horb of the Halos was charged with the loss.

Haylor (W) and Wandler
McKee, Horb (L) (8) and Thompson

(June 20) The North Battleford Beavers were mauled 15 to 1 by the visiting Edmonton Tigers of the A.M.B.L. in interlocking play. The Tigers, led by Tim Brady who scattered six hits, tore up the ball park in North Battleford. The Edmontonians collected 26 base hits off three Beaver twirlers. Dave Kosteniuk of the Bengals smashed a two-run homer.

Brady (W) and Franchuk
Barker (L), Cook (4), Lampitt (5) and Settle

(June 20) The Neilburg Monarchs dropped their second weekend game to visiting Albertans as the Red Deer Elks stopped the homesters 7 to 2. Red Deer's Cliff Ballou went the distance for the win, giving up seven hits while striking out 11. Lonnie Funk, who pitched the first three innings for Neilburg, took the loss. Don Maxwell and Roger Pozzo led the Antlered Tribe in hitting with a double and two singles each. Bill Sobkow belted a homer for the Monarchs.

Ballou (W) and Grant
Funk (L), Edwards (4) and Chamberlain

(June 20) The Calgary Cubs blanked the Kindersley Klippers 3 to 0. Right-hander Dan Drake and Malcolm Lynn of the Cowtowners combined for a two-hit shutout. Right-hander Jerry Schnell of the Klips was tagged with the loss.

Schnell (L), Behlen (7) and D. Jackson
Drake, Lynn (5) (W) and Johnston

(June 22) The North Battleford Beavers and Kindersley Klippers played to an 11 - 11 tie in an N.S.B.L. game in Kindersley called after nine innings because of darkness. Leading 9 to 0 after 3 1/2 innings, the Beavers could not hold the Klippers from taking a 10 to 9 lead with five runs in the fourth inning and five runs in the sixth inning. North Battleford tied it at 10 - 10 with a run in the eighth and went ahead in the top of the ninth 11 to 10 only to see the margin disappear in the bottom of the frame on a dropped pop-fly. Bill Settle and Hugh McIvor hit home runs for the Beavers while Rick Boyd led Kindersley with two doubles.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

(June 24) The North Battleford Beavers strengthened their hold on first place in the N.S.B.L with a hard-fought 1 to 0 win over the Unity Cardinals. Pitchers Gary Barker of the Beavers and Vince Rucobo of Unity staged a tight pitching joust, giving up only three hits each. Barker whiffed 15 Redbird batters while Rucobo fanned nine. Cam Sternig hit a solo homer leading off the seventh frame for the game's only run.

Rucobo (L) and xxx
Barker (W) and xxx

(June 26) High-flying left-hander Ross Stone pitched his third straight shutout as the Unity Cardinals downed the Red Deer Elks of the A.M.B.L. 2 to 0 to remain undefeated this season in interlocking action. Stone surrendered five hits, two being singles by Red Deer's Rick Grant, to pickup the goose egg win. Loser Elroy Hart surrendered only three hits. Tim Young led the Cardinal sluggers with a double and single. Unity picked up their first run in the opening frame and added an insurance marker in the seventh.

Hart (L), Trembecky (7) and Grant
Stone (W) and Wandler

(June 26)  Marv Chamberlain socked a game winning homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Neilburg Monarchs their first win in inter-league play, 6-5 over Calgary Cubs. Pitcher Don McIntyre earlier homered for the Monarchs while Ron Moffat clouted a four-bagger for the Cubs. Lonnie Funk was the winner, in relief.

Drake, Sedran (4), Lynn (L) (4) and Johnston
D. McIntyre, Funk (W) (9) and Chamberlain

(June 26) The Calgary Giants of the A.M.B.L. nipped the North Battleford Beavers 4 to 3 in Calgary. The Giants used a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth to edge the Beavers. Right-hander Steve Lawless picked up the victory for the Giants while the Beavers' Tom Sallaway was tagged with the loss. John Hines led Calgary's hitting attack, stroking four hits.

Sallaway (L), Perkins (9) and Settle
Lawless (W) and Hogan

(June 26) The Kindersley Klippers of the N.S.B.L. dumped the invading Edmonton Angels 8 to 2 in weekend interlocking play. Darryl Lauer's two home runs propelled the Klippers to the victory. Lauer drove in three runs in support of winning pitcher Les Ohrn who allowed 10 Edmonton hits while striking out 15 batters. Loser Rick Horb gave up eight hits and fanned five.

Horb (L) and Thompson
Ohrn (W) and Jackson

(June 27) Maintaining their strong showing against Alberta teams, the Unity Cardinals defeated the Calgary Cubs 7 to 5 at Unity. The Redbirds rallied for five runs in the seventh inning to down the Alberta visitors. A bases-loaded triple by Doug Wilkinson tied the score and then Ed Ralston singled to score Wilkinson. Reliever Larry Haylor was credited with the win while Bob Baird took the loss.

Baird (L), Lynn (7) and Johnston
Ferchuk, Haylor (W) (4) , Rucobo (8) and Wandler, Wilkinson (7)

(June 27) The Red Deer Elks defeated the Kindersley Klippers 7 to 3 in an inter-league tussle played in Kindersley. Cliff Ballou pitched the Elks to the victory. Jim Berlando connected for the only homer of the game for Red Deer. Rick Boyd paced Kindersley, belting three singles. Klippers' starter Rick Schnell, who was relieved by Steve Behlen in the seventh, was dubbed with the loss.

Ballou (W) and Grant
Schnell (L), Behlen (7) and O'Sullivan

(June 27) The North Battleford Beavers maintained their lead atop the Northern Saskatchewan loop by edging past the Edmonton Tigers 4 to 3 in the Alberta capital. Two unearned runs in the sixth inning gave the Beavers the win. The Tigers touched winning pitcher Rick Cook for a single counter in the first and a pair in the eighth inning. The two eighth-inning runs came on a double by shortstop Jeff Chavez who also had a single and two walks. Outfielder Hugh McIvor drilled two hits and scored a pair of runs for the Beavers.

Cook (W) and Settle
Brady (L) and Franchuk

(June 27) The Neilburg Monarchs made it two in a row against Alberta squads when they trimmed the Edmonton Angels 6 to 5 in Neilburg. Neil Urlacher slammed a ninth-inning double to drive in the winning marker for the Monarchs. Relief pitcher Lonnie Funk earned the victory while Steve Purcell was tagged with the loss. The Angels smashed three home runs, two by Greg Taylor and the third by Wayne McKee.

Purcell (L) and G. Taylor
Edwards, Funk (W) (5) and Chamberlain

(June 30) The Unity Cardinals rode the three-hit pitching performance of Vince Rucobo to down the Neilburg Monarchs 3 to 1 in N.S.B.L. play at Unity. Rucobo fanned 17 in earning the win while loser Tom Edwards allowed nine hits. The Monarchs recorded their only tally when Edwards slammed a bases-empty dinger. Gary Bock and Larry Haylor each smashed triples for the Cardinals. The win moved the Redbirds to within a half game of the first-place North Battleford Beavers.

Edwards (L) and xxx
Rucobo (W) and xxx

(July 3) The Kindersley Klippers tripped the Calgary Giants of the A.M.B.L. 11 to 8 in the Stampede City. Kindersley exploded for nine runs in the top of the ninth inning to topple the Hulks. The rally pulled the Klips from behind an 8 to 2 deficit and gave left-hander Steve Behlen his second victory of the season. Gordon Vejprava, the second of three Calgary pitchers in the ninth, was charged with the loss.

Behlen (W), Schnell (9) and D. Jackson
Loveless, Vejprava (9) (L), Changnon (9) and Hogan

(July 4) The Calgary Cubs of the A.M.B.L. slipped by the North Battleford Beavers of the N.S.B.L. 5 to 4 at North Battleford. The Beavers took a 3 to 2 first-inning lead on a three-run homer off the bat of Mark Perkins. Calgary tied the score 4 - 4 in the third, scoring two runs when the Beavers committed the only error of the game. The Cubbies notched the winning marker in the fourth when John Vandenberg scored on a single by Dan Drake. Ron Stephens got the pitching win for the Calgarians while Rick Cook took the loss.

Stephens (W), McKinnie (7) and Burley
Cook (L), Sallaway (7) and Johnston, Settle (8)

(July 4) The Red Deer Elks edged the Kindersley Klippers of the N.S.B.L by scoring a single run in the bottom of the tenth inning in Red Deer. The exact final score was not printed, only the fact that it was a one-run margin attained in an extra frame. Rick Grant's double in the bottom of the first overtime stanza scored Don Bonham with the winning marker. Bonham had opened the inning with a double off losing pitcher Les Ohrn. Cliff Ballou fired a seven-hitter to win his fifth game of the season.

Schnell, Ohrn (L) (7) and D. Jackson
Ballou (W) and Grant

(July 4) The Edmonton Tigers nipped the Neilburg Monarchs out of Saskatchewan 5 to 4 in an inter-league contest in the Alberta capital. The Edmontonians plated a pair of counters in the bottom of the ninth to pull out the victory. The Tigers, who trailed throughout the game, capitalized on a Neilburg error to score the equalizer. Ron Watamaniuk then smashed a double to score Fred Feyer with the winning marker. Tim Brady picked up the twirling win while Lonnie Funk was nailed with the defeat.

Edwards, Funk (L) (3) and Chamberlain
Anderson, Brady (W) (9) and Franchuk

(July 4)   Unity's Ross Stone had a no-hitter for eight innings as Unity Cardinals downed Foothills Giants 6-1. Al Twa led off the last of the 9th inning for the Giants with a looping double for the only hit off Stone.  The run scored against Stone in the 5th inning was the first the Unity ace has given up in four complete games.  It was unearned as Stone walked catcher Brian Hogan to lead off the 5th and then committed an error fielding Stu Heron's bunt and threw wildly on a pick-off attempt allowing Hogan to scamper all the way home.  Cardinals had a big, five-run, 1st inning and coasted to the triumph.

Stone (W) and Wandler
Taylor (L), Changnon (1) and Hogan

(July 7) A pitcher's duel it wasn't as the Neilburg Monarchs got by the North Battleford Beavers 11 to 9 in an N.S.B.L. game in which the two teams combined to crack out 31 hits. Lonnie Funk raised his pitching record to 3 - 3 in earning the mound decision for the Monarchs. Funk entered the game in the fifth in relief of Neilburg starter Don McIntyre. Tom Sallaway was hit with the loss as his record dropped to 2 - 4. A total of seven home runs were clouted in this match, four by the Monarchs. Marv Chamberlain and Bill Sobkow both socked a pair of round-trippers for the winners. Jack Rowley, with a pair, and Bill Settle with a lone dinger replied for North Battleford. Settle added two singles and two doubles to his hitting resumé for the evening.

Sallaway (L) and xxx
D. McIntyre, Funk (5) (W) and xxx

(July 8) The Unity Cardinals increased their lead to two-games over the second-place North Battleford Beavers with a 7 to 6 victory over the Kindersley Klippers in N.S.B.L. action. Larry Haylor, with ninth-inning relief help from Gary Bock, survived the Klippers comeback attempt to get the hurling decision. Randy Arthur, who took over on the hill for the Klips in the fifth, took the loss. Andy Wandler went three-for-three at the plate to pace Unity's hitting attack. Jerry Flanagan went three-for-four for Kindersley while teammate Don Jackson belted a triple.

Haylor (W), Bock (9) and Wandler
Behlen, Arthur (5) (L) and D. Jackson

(July 8) A squeeze bunt by catcher Marv Chamberlain scored Pat Gibbons in the eighth inning to give the visiting Neilburg Monarchs an 8 to 7 win over the North Battleford Beavers. Don McIntyre of the Monarchs smashed a bases-loaded triple in the top of the first to get his team rolling. Jack Rowley led the North Battleford batters, driving in a pair of runs on a double and two singles. Tom Edwards, who was relieved by Lonnie Funk in the ninth, earned the victory for Neilburg. while Don McDuff was dubbed with the loss.

Edwards (W), Funk (9) and Chamberlain
Cook, McDuff (L) (2), Sallaway (9) and Settle

(July 13) Ross Stone of the Unity Cardinals has yet to allow an earned run in N.S.B.L. competition and leads the pitching department with a 4 - 0 record according to statistics released by the league and published in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix of this date. Gary Barker of the North Battleford Beavers and Larry Haylor of Unity also have four wins to their credit although Haylor has lost two contests compared to Barker's one. The Cardinals' Doug Wilkinson has the lead in the batting race but is receiving a stiff challenge from Marv Chamberlain of the Neilburg Monarchs. Wilkinson has a .388 average, 16 percentage points better than Chamberlain. Hugh McIvor of North Battleford is third with a mark of .318. Chamberlain is the home run leader with four while McIvor leads in doubles with seven and in total bases with 37. Haylor has a league high of two triples while Cam Sternig of North Battleford has the most hits at 22. Bill Settle of North Battleford leads in runs scored with 17. McIvor and teammate Jack Rowley share the lead in runs-batted-in with 15 each while Jim Johnston of the Beavers leads in stolen bases with seven.

Standings                   W  L  Pct.  GBL
Unity Cardinals            10  5  .667  ---
North Battleford Beavers    9  8  .529  2
Neilburg Monarchs           8  8  .500  2 1/2
Kindersley Klippers         5 10  .333  5

Leading Hitters                     AB  R  H  Aver.
Doug Wilkinson, Unity Cardinals     49  8 19 .388
Marv Chamberlain, Neilburg Monarchs 43 11 16 .372
Hugh McIvor, NB Beavers             66 13 21 .318
Cam Sternig, NB Beavers             70 12 22 .314
Bill Settle, NB Beavers             68 17 20 .294
Tim Young, Unity Cardinals          39  7 11 .282
Gary Clements, Neilburg Monarchs    57  9 16 .281
Mark Perkins, NB Beavers            54 14 15 .278
Neil Urlacher, Neilburg Monarchs    44  7 12 .273
Jim Shaw, Unity Cardinals           48  7 13 .271

(July 14)  Tom Sallaway put his name in the record books Wednesday pitching a no-hitter in highlighting North Battleford's 8-0 win over Kindersley. The right-hander was wild, giving up six walks, but had a tight defense behind him and fanned ten batters.  Hugh McIvor scored the only run the Beavers needed in the 2nd inning when he led off with a single, advanced on a sacrifice and scored on Neil Lampitt's single.  McIvor also drove in three runs in the 3rd frame with a bases-loaded double. Klippers' starter Les Ohrn took the loss.

Ohrn (L), Schnell (6) and xxx
Sallaway (W) and xxx

(July 14)   Unity Cardinals remained atop the standings with a 5-1 victory at Neilburg.  Tom Sharpe went six innings for the win.  Tim Young and Ed Ralston each had two hits - a double and single - for the winners.  Bill Sobkow had a pair for the Monarchs.  Roger Wolfe was the loser in his first league start for Neilburg.

Sharpe (W), Gary Bock (7) and xxx
Wolfe (L) and xxx

(July 15) The North Battleford Beavers edged the Unity Cardinals 3 to 2 at Unity as the two front runners in the N.S.B.L. battle for top spot. The Beavers scored all of their runs in the first two innings then withstood a Unity comeback attempt to pick up their fourth win in five games with the Cardinals. Gary Barker tossed a four-hitter to get the mound decision while Larry Haylor was saddled with the defeat. Bill Settle led the winners at bat with a triple and two singles.

Barker (W) and xxx
Haylor (L) and xxx

(July 15) The Kindersley Klippers downed the Neilburg Monarchs 9 to 7 in a free-hitting N.S.B.L. battle in Kindersley. The hitters were in command in this game as the Monarchs cracked 13 hits while the Klippers responded with 12. Winning pitcher Randy Arthur was the top Kindersley hitter with a triple and single. Lonnie Funk took the loss.

Funk (L) and xxx
Arthur (W) and xxx

(July 25) The North Battleford Beavers moved to within a half-game of the first-place Unity Cardinals in the N.S.B.L. by virtue of a 7 to 0 win over the Edmonton Angels of the A.M.B.L. The interlocking contest was the final one of the season for North Battleford and gave them a 4 - 4 won-lost record against Alberta clubs. The game lasted only six innings long as rain washed out the final three frames. Tom Sallaway went the distance for the win, leveling his hurling record at 4 - 4. Edmonton's Wayne McKee was the loser. Mark Perkins led the Beavers offense with a double and two singles while Jim Johnston had a brace of singles. Dick Hazel singled twice for the Angels.

McKee (L) and xxx
Sallaway (W) and xxx

(July 25) The Kindersley Klippers and Neilburg Monarchs divided a double-bill at Neilburg. Kindersley won the opening contest 9 to 0 while the Monarchs responded with a 7 to 6 triumph in the finale.

Les Ohrn got the shutout win for the Klips in the curtain raiser as he tossed a three-hitter to best Don McIntyre. Bob Bourne and Rick Boyd hit home runs for the winners while Wayne Morgan added a double and two singles.

Ohrn (W) and xxx
D. McIntyre (L) and xxx

Four home runs highlighted the second contest as the homesters outlasted the Klippers. Lonnie Funk picked up the pitching win in relief of Don McIntyre who started both games on the mound. Randy Arthur was tagged with the loss. Wayne Morgan led Kindersley at the dish, slamming a home run, double and single while Don Jackson added a circuit-clout. Bill Sobkow blasted a homer for Neilburg and added a single while the final round-tripper was hit by Neil Urlacher.

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D. McIntyre, Funk (W) and xxx

(July 27) The North Battleford Beavers used an assist from the Kindersley Klippers to jump into first place in the Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League. The Beavers handed the visiting Neilburg Monarchs a 4 to 1 defeat while the Klips took out the Unity Cardinals. Gary Barker gave up two hits while striking out 12 batters as he hurled the Beavers into a half-game lead in the circuit.

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Barker (W) and xxx

(July 27) The Unity Cardinals fell out of top spot in the N.S.B.L. when they were knocked off by the Kindersley Klippers 11 to 2 in Kindersley. Bob Bourne homered and singled to pace the Klippers to the win. Winning pitcher Jerry Schnell gave up eight hits.

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Schnell (W) and xxx

(July 29) The Unity Cardinals crushed the Kindersley Klippers 13 to 0 to avenge their drubbing by the Klips of two evenings ago. Tom Sharpe picked up the mound win for Unity while Jerry Schnell was hit with the loss.

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Sharpe (W) and xxx

(July 29) The North Battleford Beavers retained their slight margin atop the N.S.B.L. by defeating the Neilburg Monarchs 4 to 2 in North Battleford. Tom Sallaway took the pitching decision over Neilburg's Lonnie Funk. Don McIntyre blasted a home run for the Monarchs.

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Sallaway (W) and xxx

(August 5) The Neilburg Monarchs clinched at least a tie for third place in the N.S.B.L. with an 11 to 9 victory over the Unity Cardinals. The game was called after eight innings because of darkness. Lonnie Funk, with eighth-inning relief assistance from Don McDuff, recorded the mound triumph. Gary Bock was nailed with the loss.

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(August 6) The Kindersley Klippers closed out their regular schedule of N.S.B.L. games by defeating the Unity Cardinals 9 to 5 in an eight-inning, darkness-shortened tussle. The Klips finished the season with 10 wins and 16 losses. Les Ohrn was the winning moundsman, getting relief help from Jerry Schnell in the seventh inning. Larry Haylor was charged with the pitching loss.

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(August 7)  Neilburg Monarchs clinched third place in the NSBL standings with a 10-5 victory over Red Deer. Marv Chamberlain led the attack with two doubles and a single. Ron Hein added two hiits, one a double. Don McIntyre picked up the win in relief of starter Don McDuff.

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(August 8) The Neilburg Monarchs and Unity Cardinals split a N.S.B.L. doubleheader on the last weekend of the regular season. The Cardinals blanked the Monarchs 6 to 0 in the opener while Neilburg, scoring in every inning but the fifth, took the second encounter 14 to 8.

Larry Haylor stopped the visitors on two hits as the Redbirds had no difficulty in copping the matinee encounter. Don McDuff of the Monarchs was saddled with the defeat in this tussle.

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Haylor (W) and xxx

Neilburg's Marv Chamberlain had a perfect five-for-five performance at the platter in the wrap-up contest. His total included a home run, a triple, a double and two singles. Larry Haylor and Doug Wilkinson both hit circuit-blasts for the Cardinals as the Monarchs' Roger Wolfe out-pitched Unity's Gary Bock for the hurling win.

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Bock (L) and xxx

(August 11) The Unity Cardinals forfeited their last game of the season which was scheduled against the Edmonton Tigers in Edmonton. The forfeiture automatically hands the N.S.B.L. pennant to the North Battleford Beavers who finished the schedule with a 16 - 10 won-loss record, a half-game ahead of the Redbirds who finish at 15 - 10. League playoffs are now set to begin with North Battleford playing Kindersley while Unity and Neilburg square off.


(August 11) Three unearned runs in the eighth inning gave the North Battleford Beavers a 3 to 1 victory over the Kindersley Klippers in the opener of their best-of-seven semi-final series. Winning pitcher Gary Barker of the Beavers gave up seven hits while striking out 10 batters. Wayne Morgan had three hits for Kindersley and scored the Klippers' lone run in the fourth inning on a single by Rick Boyd. Hard luck loser Jerry Schnell allowed North Battleford only two hits, one a bases-loaded single by Bill Settle in the eighth which drove in the tying and winning runs.

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Barker (W) and xxx

(August 11) The Neilburg Monarchs banged out 14 hits and were helped by six Unity errors as they went on to defeat the homestanding Cardinals in the first game of their playoff series. Neilburg trailed 5 to 4 up to the seventh inning then took the lead with two unearned runs before adding an insurance tally in the eighth. The tandem of winning pitcher Tom Edwards and reliever Don McDuff gave up seven hits to the Unity batters. Larry Haylor went the route on the rubber for the Redbirds in being stung with the loss. Jim Shaw connected for a Unity home run. Marv Chamberlain led the Monarchs at bat with a brace of one-baggers.

Edwards (W), McDuff (7) and Chamberlain
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(August 13) A grand-slam home run in the bottom of the ninth inning by Tom Edwards was the turning point as the Neilburg Monarchs escaped with an electrifying come-from-behind 5 to 4 win over the Unity Cardinals to propel the Monarchs into a two games to none lead in their best-of-seven series. Trailing 4 to 0, Neilburg loaded the bases and Edwards then delivered with his grand-salami tater to tie the score. Following singles by Blaine McMillan and winning pitcher Don McIntyre, Pat Gibbons then delivered a double to plate the winning marker. Unity's Doug Wilkinson was the victim of the heart-breaking pitching loss.

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(August 14) The North Battleford Beavers clobbered the Kindersley Klippers 13 to 2 in the second game of their semi-final series to take a two-game lead in the semi-final showdown. Cam Sternig drove in five North Battleford runs with a home run, a double and two singles while Mark Perkins had four RBI's with a homer and triple. The Beavers had 15 hits off three Klippers' hurlers including loser Les Ohrn. Tom Sallaway gave up seven hits to take the mound victory.

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(August 15) The Neilburg Monarchs edged the Unity Cardinals 10 to 9 at Unity to take their third straight semi-final win. Neilburg exploded for five runs in the eighth and three in the ninth to erase a 7 to 2 deficit and go ahead 10 to 7. Unity came back with a pair in the bottom of the last frame but were unable to plate the tying marker. Don McDuff, who relieved Lonnie Funk in the seventh, was the winning hurler while Gary Bock was nailed with the loss.

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(August 15) The North Battleford Beavers cleaned up on the Kindersley Klippers with a 14 to 0 whitewashing in North Battleford. The Beavers now hold a commanding three games to none lead in the series. The Beavers jumped out of the gate with a four-run initial frame and added five more in the second in coasting to the easy win. Gary Barker, who hit a solo homer for North Battleford, allowed only four Kindersley hits in the first seven innings to earn the victory. The Beavers lit up loser Jerry Schnell for 12 hits with Hugh McIvor leading the assault with a pair of doubles plus a single. Rick Boyd smashed a double for Kindersley's only extra-base blow.

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(August 16) Ross Stone, just back from the Pan-Am Games in Colombia, made a triumphant return to the N.S.B.L. as he guided the Unity Cardinals to a 10 to 2 victory over the Neilburg Monarchs, giving the Redbirds their first win in the semi-final series which Neilburg now leads three games to one. Stone gave up eight hits while fanning 13 batters. Bill Sobkow, the first of three Neilburg chuckers, took the loss. The Cards accumulated 15 hits in this contest including a solo homer by Jim Shaw in the third.

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(August 16) The North Battleford Beavers wrapped up their league semi-final series with their fourth straight victory, a 10 to 3 whipping of the Kindersley Klippers. The Beavers out-hit the Klips by a 14 to 8 margin in taking this tussle and sweeping the series. Mark Perkins led North Battleford's hitting attack with three singles while Bill Settle added a triple and single. Both twirlers, winning chucker Rick Cook and Kindersley's Les Ohrn, who struck out ten, went the route.

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(August 19) The Neilburg Monarchs won their best-of-seven semi-final series four games to one by defeating the Unity Cardinals 7 to 5 at Unity. The Monarchs will now face the North Battleford Beavers in the league final series. Don McIntyre, with ninth-inning relief assistance from Lonnie Funk, was the winning pitcher. Tom Sharpe, driven from the rubber in the sixth frame, took the loss. Bill Sobkow led the Monarchs offensively with a single and a double while Gary Clements rapped a brace of singles. Larry Haylor hit a home run for Unity. Tim Young and Jim Shaw each added two singles for the Cardinals.

D. McIntyre (W), Funk (9) and Chamberlain
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(August 20) Breaking up a pitchers' duel with six counters in the eighth inning, the North Battleford Beavers registered a 7 to 0 victory over the Neilburg Monarchs in the opening game of the N.S.B.L. championship series. Winning pitcher Gary Barker allowed only two Neilburg hits and whiffed 14 in a strong pitching performance. Loser Tom Edwards had surrendered only one hit, a single in the third inning, before the roof collapsed in the eighth and he was driven to the showers. Bill Settle had two singles for the Beavers. Bill Sobkow doubled in the seventh for the first hit off Barker and Wayne Pike added an infield single for the Monarchs in the eighth.

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(August 22) The North Battleford Beavers swept a split-venue playoff twin-bill from the Neilburg Monarchs and now find themselves just one game away from wrapping up their best-of-seven N.S.B.L. final series. Playing the afternoon encounter in Neilburg, the Beavers trounced the Monarchs 22 to 6 and, after both teams had packed up their gear and moved on to play an evening game in North Battleford, laced the Neilburg nine once more by an 11 to 6 count.

In the curtain-raiser, the Beavers pounded four Neilburg hurlers for 23 hits as Monarchs' starter Lonnie Funk was nailed with the loss. Tom Sallaway went the distance for North Battleford, giving up 12 hits. Bill Settle knocked in five runs for the winners with two homers, a double and a single. Hugh McIvor and Cam Sternig also belted dingers for the Beavers.

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Funk (L), xxx, xxx, xxx and Chamberlain

Rick Cook gave up four hits in going the distance for the win in the second game but had some control troubles, allowing eight bases on balls. Loser Don McIntyre, who also pitched the full nine innings, allowed 14 hits and gave up seven walks. Jim Johnston, Bill Settle and Cam Sternig were the top North Battleford hitters with three singles each while Wayne Pike led Neilburg with a double.

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(August 24) Bill Sobkow provided the scoring punch to keep the Neilburg Monarchs alive in the N.S.B.L. finals against the North Battleford Beavers. Sobkow slammed two home runs to account for all the Monarch runs as they edged the Beavers 3 to 2 at Neilburg. North Battleford leads the series three games to one. Tom Edwards picked up the pitching victory as Lonnie Funk took over for him in the ninth to retire the final North Battleford batter. Gary Barker was tagged with the loss. Barker had given the Beavers a 1 to 0 lead in the fifth with a bases-empty tater but then Sobkow came back with his first dinger in the sixth, a two-run shot, to give Neilburg the lead. The Beavers tied the score at 2 - 2 in the seventh and Sobkow replied with his second homer to put the decision away.

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Edwards (W), Funk (9) and Chamberlain

(August 25) The North Battleford Beavers won the 1971 Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League title with an 11 to 5 victory over the Neilburg Monarchs in game five of their final series. North Battleford scored seven runs in the fourth inning to break a 2 - 2 tie and pull away for the victory. Winning pitcher Tom Sallaway ran into trouble in the seventh inning when he loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, but strong relief pitching by Rick Cook preserved the win and the championship. Cook struck out seven batters and did not allow a man on base in the remaining innings. Bill Sobkow homered for the Monarchs.

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