1972 Northern Saskatchewan Game Reports     


(May 21) The North Battleford Beavers won their home opener of the 1972 season 8 to 1 over the Unity Cardinals. Tom Sallaway scattered seven hits while striking out 16 as he pitched the Beavers to victory. North Battleford took advantage of nine fielding errors by Unity and the Beavers managed nine hits off losing pitcher Ross Stone and reliever Ken Haanen. The only earned run of the game was scored in the seventh inning on Cam Sternig's double. Ken Nelson collected a pair of singles for the winners and Jack Rowley had a two-run single.

Stone (L), Haanen (7) and xxx
Sallaway (W) and Settle

(May 21) Back in the Northern Saskatchewan Baseball league for the first time since the 1951 season, the Eston Ramblers defeated the Kindersley Klippers 17 to 7. Import pitcher Greg Larson, who had late-inning relief help from fellow import Eric Mohlberg, picked up the win. Larson rang up seven strikeouts before departing the hill. Eston catcher Rick Morrice went four for six at the dish off loser Rick Johnstone and reliever Lee Chelton of the Klippers. Al Marshall also had a stellar offensive performance for the winners, drilling three doubles.

Johnstone (L), Chelton and xxx
Larson (W), Mohlberg and Morrice

(May 24) The North Battleford Beavers clobbered the Unity Cardinals 21 to 1 in N.S.B.L. action at Unity. The winning pitcher was Gary Barker while Bob Brown, who started for Unity, was tagged with the loss. John Miller and Irl Flanagan came on in relief for Unity who were out-hit 19 to 5. For North Battleford, Don Hilsendager collected four singles, Rick Johnston and Bill Sobkow both had two doubles and a single while Neil Lampitt chipped in with three singles. Ed Ralston was the only Unity player to pick up more than one hit as he laced a pair of singles.

Barker (W) and Settle
Brown (L), J. Miller, I. Flanagan and xxx

(May 25) A great pitchers' duel went for naught as the hometown Kindersley Klippers and the Eston Ramblers battled through nine innings of play with the score tied 1 - 1 before rain forced the game to be called. Dave Croft of Eston and Eric Mohlberg of Kindersley each allowed but four hits. Croft struck out ten batters while Mohlberg fanned eight while each chucker walked just one batter.

Croft and Morrice
Mohlberg and xxx

(May 28) The North Battleford Beavers took both ends of a doubleheader from the homestanding Kindersley Klippers, hammering the Klips 19 to 4 in the opener and then taking the second contest by an 8 to 6 count.

Tom Sallaway earned his second win of the young season with a six-hitter and a seven-strikeout performance in the matinee event. Loser Lee Chelton also whiffed seven but surrendered a dozen base raps. Hugh McIvor picked up two singles and a double for the winners while Mark Perkins ripped a brace of two-baggers.

Sallaway (W) and Settle
Chelton (L), Schommer and xxx

The Klippers out-hit the North Battleford invaders 12 to 10 in the much-closer finale but also committed three miscues afield to one for the Beavers. The visitors took a 3 to 0 lead after three innings and were never behind. Don McIntyre, with relief assistance, picked up the victory for the Beavers while Kindersley starter Dave Croft was saddled with the loss. Jack Rowley paced the Beavers at the dish with a double and two singles while Jerry Flanagan collected three singles for Kindersley. North Battleford's Mark Perkins had a brace of one-baggers as did Fred Seidel and Lee Chelton of the Klippers.

D. McIntyre (W), Perkins (6), Barker (7) and Settle
Croft (L) and xxx

(May 28) The Unity Cardinals outlasted the Eston Ramblers 6 to 4 even though winning hurler Bob Brown was lit up for 14 safeties by the visiting Ramblers. Eston left 13 base runners stranded. The Cards managed eight hits off loser Greg Larson. Irl Flanagan and Andy Wandler each had two hits for Unity while Pat Gardner, Rick Morrice and Reg Andrew all had a brace for Eston.

Larson (L) and Morrice
Brown (W) and xxx

(May 30) The North Battleford Beavers defeated the Eston Ramblers 6 to 3 in N.S.B.L. action to record their fifth straight victory. The Beavers jumped on Ramblers' starter Eric Mohlberg for six runs in the early innings. Eston scored their three counters in the sixth frame. Gary Barker hurled a six-hitter for the win. Hugh McIvor hit a home run and double for the Beavers while Mark Perkins had a pair of doubles. Also contributing to the North Battleford offense were Bill Sobkow with a double and single and Cecil Demmick with two singles.

Barker (W) and Settle
Mohlberg (L) and xxx

(May 31) The Unity Cardinals blanked the Kindersley Klippers 5 to 0 in an N.S.B.L. contest. Ken Haanen tossed a three-hitter and whiffed twelve to get the mound win over Larry Shepherd. Al Mitchell had a two-RBI single for the winners while Randy Arthur of the Klips doubled in a losing cause.

Shepherd (L) and xxx
Haanen (W) and xxx

(June 1) Tom Sallaway occupied the spotlight in North Battleford as the hometown Beavers won their sixth straight N.S.B.L. encounter, trimming the Eston Ramblers 3 to 0. Sallaway picked up the shutout win as he held Eston to three hits while striking out 12. Hard luck loser Steve Dentz limited the undefeated Beavers to just two hits and pitched no-hit ball for the first seven and one-third innings. A throwing error allowed the Beavers to plate their first run in the seventh. Hugh McIvor then broke Dentz' no-hit bid in the eighth with a single and, after an error allowed McIvor to score, Bill Sobkow slugged a pinch-hit, run-scoring double to bring home the final North Battleford counter.

Dentz (L) and Morrice
Sallaway (W) and Settle

(June 4) The North Battleford Beavers stretched their undefeated string to eight games with a doubleheader victory over the Kindersley Klippers in North Battleford.

Gary Barker allowed the Klippers four hits as the Beavers took a 4 to 1 win in the opening game. Barker struck out ten and issued five walks. Losing pitcher Dave Croft gave up six hits, struck out three and walked five batters. At the plate, Cam Sternig led North Battleford with a double and single. Garnet Hannon had a two-bagger for Kindersley.

Croft (L) and xxx
Barker (W) and Settle

In the second contest, Don McIntyre fired a four-hit, 7 to 0 shutout while registering eleven strikeouts and walking three. Paul Risso, who struck out ten and walked seven, was charged with the loss. Hugh McIvor led the Beaver attack by stroking a double and a single. McIntyre and Bill Settle ripped a double apiece for North Battleford. Garnet Hannon led the Klips at the dish with a pair of one-baggers. Dave Croft had Kindersley's only extra-base hit, a double.

Risso (L) and xxx
D. McIntyre (W) and Settle

(June 6) The Kindersley Klippers broke a six-game losing streak and entered into the 1972 win column with an 11 to 6 victory over the Unity Cardinals. Larry Shepherd scattered nine hits and struck out seven in going the distance for the win. Unity starter Larry Haylor was nailed with the loss. The Cards opened the scoring with a pair of tallies in their first at bat but the Klips roared back with three in the bottom of the initial frame to grab the lead and never relinquished it.

Haylor (L), J. Miller (6) and xxx
Shepherd (W) and xxx

(June 8) Bill Settle's bottom of the eleventh inning single drove in Neil Lampitt with the winning run as the North Battleford Beavers edged the Unity Cardinals 8 to 7. The hit by Settle was his third of the game and allowed the Beavers to keep their winning streak alive at nine games. Gary Barker, the third North Battleford twirler, got the win over John Miller. Al Mitchell had a double and two singles for the Redbirds. North Battleford's Rick Johnston and Don Hilsendager picked up a double and single each. Unity's Ken Haanen blasted a triple and single while teammates Jim Shaw and Andy Wandler both singled twice.

Brown, J. Miller (8) (L) and xxx
D. McIntyre, Sallaway (7), Barker (9) (W) and Settle

(June 10) The Red Deer Elks shaded the hometown Unity Cardinals 5 to 4 in one of the two N.S.B.L. interlocking games with teams from the Alberta Major Baseball League. A two-run homer by Roger Pozzo in the ninth inning gave the Elks the win. Pozzo also collected a single for Red Deer while Larry Haylor was the top hitter for Unity with a triple and single.

Ballon, Friend (7) (W) and xxx
xxx, Brown (7) (L) and xxx

(June 10) The Kindersley Klippers beat the Edmonton Blue Willows of the Alberta Major Baseball League 9 to 3 in Kindersley. Paul Risso allowed only five Edmonton hits while fanning 15. The Klippers collected 13 hits off loser Steve Purcell and reliever Stu Henderson. Larry Shepherd blasted a homer for the Klips while Bruce Gullett connected a dinger for the Bluebirds.

Purcell (L), Henderson (9) and xxx
Risso (W) and xxx

(June 11) The Unity Cardinals gained a split in their weekend set with Alberta invaders when they scored an 8 to 6 win over the Edmonton Blue Willows. Greg Watte made his first start for the Cardinals and gave up ten hits in a winning effort. Archie Curtiss, who also gave up ten hits, took the loss.

Curtiss (L) and xxx
G. Watte (W) and xxx

(June 11) The Calgary Jimmies won their first interlocking game of the campaign when they hammered the homestanding Kindersley Klippers 27 to 9.

Stephens, Thompson, Davis (W) and xxx
xxx (L) and xxx

(June 13) A 14 to 4 victory over the Kindersley Klippers enabled the hometown North Battleford Beavers to stretch their unbeaten streak in the N.S.B.L. to ten games. Tom Sallaway picked up his fourth mound win for the Beavers, besting the Klippers' Paul Risso. Both pitchers permitted eleven hits but Risso walked ten batters while Sallaway issued three bases on balls. Randy Arthur and Dave Croft hit home runs for the Klippers. Croft also had a single. Neil Lampitt led the Beavers offensively with a triple, double and single which produced seven RBI's while Hugh McIvor drilled a brace of two-baggers. Glen Miller and Robert Halpenny of the Klippers both singled twice.

Risso (L) and xxx
Sallaway (W) and Settle

(June 13) The Unity Cardinals strengthened their hold on second place in the N.S.B.L. with a 7 to 1 win over the Eston Ramblers. The Cards out-hit the Ramblers 10 to 8. Rod McIvor had a fifth inning solo homer for Eston while Ken Haanen had a pair of doubles for Unity.

J. Miller (W), Brown (8) and xxx
Dentz (L), Mohlberg (7) and Morrice

(June 14) The North Battleford Beavers continued their winning ways by dumping the Unity Cardinals 5 to 1 at Unity. It was the eleventh consecutive victory for the Beavers. Gary Barker went the distance to record the victory while Dan Boitano was tagged with the loss. North Battleford's Mark Perkins and Neil Lampitt as well as Ken Haanen of the Cardinals all singled twice.

Barker (W) and Settle
Boitano (L), G. Watte (7) and xxx

(June 14) Greg Larson tossed a five-hitter in leading the Eston Ramblers to a 3 to 0 blanking of the hometown Kindersley Klippers. Dave Croft struck out eight in taking the loss. The Ramblers out-hit Kindersley 5 to 4. The only extra-base hits of the game were doubles by Eston's Rod McIvor and Larry Shepherd of the Klippers.

Larson (W) and Morrice
Croft (L) and xxx

(June 15) The Unity Cardinals unloaded an 18-hit attack, including three home runs, to whip the Eston Ramblers 13 to 8 in a N.S.B.L. game in Eston. The victory gave Unity, which has a 5 - 6 season record, a one-game lead over third place Eston. The Ramblers have won two of seven starts. Starting pitcher Larry Haylor hit two home runs for Unity while Ed Ralston unloaded for the other. Ken Haanen also had a great night at the plate for the winners, stroking three hits in four trips to the plate. Howard Gesy with a home run and Rick Morrice with a perfect four-for-four performance at the dish led the Ramblers.

Haylor, Aranaydo (7) (W) and xxx
Mohlberg (L) and Morrice

(June 17) The Kindersley Klippers won an interlocking game from the visiting Edmonton Tigers of the A.M.B.L. 8 to 3. Paul Risso tossed a complete game seven-hitter and struck out nine in taking the pitching victory over Ken Ewasiuk. Dave Croft and Larry Shepherd had two hits apiece for the Klips. Ed Ashton of the Edmontonians belted a triple and double.

Ewasiuk (L), Funk (4) and Taylor
Risso (W) and D. Jackson

(June 17) The N.S.B.L. leading North Battleford Beavers whipped the Lethbridge Lakers 16 to 4 in an inter-league home game. The Beavers pounded four Lethbridge hurlers for 19 hits. Mark Perkins belted a three-run homer for the winners and teammate Bill Settle added an inside-the-park home run. Settle also had a triple and single. Tom Sallaway pitched his fifth win of the season for the Beavers with a seven-hitter. The losing moundsman was Randy Maxwell who was shelled from the hill in the second frame. Rob Taylor picked up a double and single for the Lakers.

R. Maxwell (L), Ferchuk (2), Miller, Taylor and Yorgason
Sallaway (W) and Settle

(June 17) The Calgary Jimmies captured the opening game of a weekend visit by a pair of N.S.B.L. teams when they bumped the Unity Cardinals 6 to 4. Four unearned runs in the seventh inning gave the Calgarians the come-from-behind victory. Both clubs had eight hits with Jim Shaw and Bob Brown collecting two hits each for Unity. Marv Chamberlain, who last season played for the now-defunct Neilburg Monarchs of the N.S.B.L., smashed two doubles and a single for the Jimmies. Malcolm Lynn got the twirling victory over Robbie Watte.

R. Watte (L), Brown (8) and Mitchell
Lynn (W), Davis (8) and Johnston

(June 18) All good things must come to an end as the North Battleford Beavers learned when the Edmonton Tigers overcame a 1 to 0 first-inning deficit to hand the Beavers their first loss 7 to 1 after twelve consecutive victories. Bill Chahley of the Bengals took the hurling triumph over North Battleford's Gary Barker. The Tigers gathered 11 hits in setting down the N.S.B.L. leaders. Ed Ashton led the way offensively for the winners with a double and single. Bill Settle singled twice for North Battleford.

Chahley (W), Sharpe (6) and Taylor
Barker (L), D. McIntyre (7) and Settle

(June 18) The Calgary Jimmies won their second game of the weekend against N.S.B.L. opposition when they edged the Eston Ramblers 7 to 6 in ten innings. The Cowtowners rallied with a pair of ninth-inning runs to tie things up then won it with a counter in the bottom of the extra-frame. Eston relief pitcher Greg Larson, who issued two bases-loaded walks in the ninth inning, was the loser. Jim Strachan was the winner in relief. Eston out-hit Calgary 14 to 10 and had home run support from Merle Byrnes and Howie Vesy. Blythe Irvine and Rick Morrice of the Ramblers both had three hits.

Dentz, Larson (9) (L), McClure (10) and Morrice
Homme, Davis (8), Strachan (W) (9) and Chamberlain

(June 20) The Eston Ramblers defeated the hometown Unity Cardinals 8 to 2 in an N.S.B.L. game. Winning pitcher Greg Larson limited the Cardinals to four hits while striking out nine. Larson also picked up a brace of singles. Losing pitcher Dan Boitano gave up ten hits and struck out 15. Five fielding miscues by the Redbirds played a significant role in sustaining Eston's offensive production. Bob McClure led the hitting for the Ramblers with the game's only home run plus a single. Merle Byrnes had a trio of one-baggers for Eston.

Larson (W) and Morrice
Boitano (L) and xxx

(June 21) The North Battleford Beavers, winners of their first 12 N.S.B.L. starts, suffered their second successive loss, a 2 to 1 decision to the Eston Ramblers at Eston. Bob McClure of the Ramblers allowed only three hits while whiffing ten North Battleford would-be hitters to emerge victorious in the mound joust. McClure also collected two of his team's five hits, a run-producing double and a single. Blythe Irvine cracked a bases-empty home run for the winners.

D. McIntyre (L), Rucobo (8) and Settle
McClure (W) and xxx

(June 21) The Kindersley Klippers tripped the Unity Cardinals 5 to 2 in Northern League action at Unity. Larry Shepherd got the mound win over Mike Aranaydo as both chuckers gave up seven hits in going the route. Dave Croft belted a four-bagger for Kindersley while teammate Don Schommer had a double and single.

Shepherd (W) and xxx
Aranaydo (L) and xxx

(June 25) The hometown Unity Cardinals of the N.S.B.L. edged the Edmonton Tigers of the Alberta Major Baseball League 8 to 7 in an interlocking game. Ed Ralston singled twice for the winners, one of which drove in the winning run in the ninth inning. Jim Shaw of the Cards had a double and single. Ed Dunsen tripled and doubled for the Edmontonians.

Funk (L) and xxx
G. Watte, Brown (W) (9) and xxx

(June 25) The Kindersley Klippers dropped the Eston Ramblers 12 to 6 in Kindersley. Winning pitcher Dave Croft contributed three hits including a home run and double. Lane Jackson also hit a home run for the Klippers. Rod McIvor was the top hitter for Eston with a double and single. The Klippers out-hit the Ramblers 15 to 7. Steve Dentz was the losing pitcher for the fourth time this season.

Dentz (L) and xxx
Croft (W) and xxx

(June 25) In the completion of their suspended game of May 25 which had been tied at 1 - 1 at the end of nine innings, Mike Rawlings hit a triple in the extra frame and scored the winning marker on Howard Gesy's sacrifice fly as the Eston Ramblers grabbed a 2 to 1, ten-inning win over the Kindersley Klippers. Steve Dentz took the mound in the 10th for the Ramblers to get credit for the win.

Croft (L) and xxx
Mohlberg, Dentz (10) (W) and xxx

(June 27) Vince Rucobo won in his first starting assignment of the season as the North Battleford Beavers defeated the Eston Ramblers 7 to 1 in N.S.B.L. action at North Battleford's Beaver Lions Stadium. Rucobo allowed just three hits and struck out 16. Bob McClure was the loser allowing just six hits, but handing out 12 free passes, five in the 6th inning. Cam Sternig had three hits for the Beavers while teammate Ken Nelson picked up a double and single.

McClure (L) and xxx
Rucobo (W) and xxx

(June 28) The Unity Cardinals trimmed the Kindersley Klippers 8 to 5 in a Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League encounter at Unity. Dan Boitano was the winning hurler while Larry Shepherd was tagged with the loss. Jim Shaw had a double and two singles for the winners while Bob Brown and Ken Haanen had two singles apiece. Randy Arthur singled twice for Kindersley.

Shepherd (L), Risso (3) and xxx
Boitano (W) and xxx

(June 29) Dan Boitano blasted two home runs and a triple to power the Unity Cardinals to a narrow 6 to 5 win over the Kindersley Klippers in N.S.B.L. play. The extra-base heroics by Boitano helped Greg Watte collect the pitching decision in relief of starter Mike Aranaydo.

Aranaydo, G. Watte (4) (W), Haylor and xxx
Shepherd (L) and xxx

(July 5) The North Battleford Beavers edged the Kindersley Klippers 6 to 5 in N.S.B.L. play in Kindersley. Both winning pitcher Tom Sallaway and loser Larry Shepherd went the distance and both gave up ten hits. Trailing 6 to 2 in the eighth inning, the Klippers scored three times to make the game close but could not come up with the equalizer. Can Sternig led the Beavers at the plate with three singles. Mark Perkins and Neil Lampitt of North Battleford as well as Rick Boyd of Kindersley all had two singles.

Sallaway (W) and Settle
Shepherd (L) and xxx

(July 5) The Unity Cardinals defeated the Eston Ramblers 6 to 5 in Unity to even their season record at nine wins and nine losses. Steve Wright relieved starter Larry Haylor in the third frame to earn the victory. Eston used four pitchers with the loss being charged to Greg Goldade. Each club collected eight hits. Jim Shaw led the Cardinals with the hickory, slamming two doubles and a single while Mike Rawlings hit a double and single for the Ramblers.

xxx, xxx, Goldade (L), xxx and xxx
Haylor, Wright (3) (W) and xxx

(July 6) The Unity Cardinals tripped the Eston Ramblers 9 to 7 to earn their tenth win of the N.S.B.L. campaign. Ken Haanen recorded the mound win over Eston's Greg Larson. The win for the Redbirds leaves them 5 1/2 games behind the league-leading North Battleford Beavers. The Ramblers' record now stands at five wins and eleven losses.

Haanen (W) and xxx
Larson (L) and xxx

(July 12) Tom Sallaway gave up five hits to earn his seventh straight N.S.B.L. victory as he piloted the North Battleford Beavers to a 4 to 1 win over the Unity Cardinals in Unity. The Beavers picked up eight hits off a pair of Redbird chuckers. Jim Shaw of the Cards had a pair of singles.

Sallaway (W) and Settle
Aranaydo (L), Boitano (5) and xxx

(July 13) The North Battleford Beavers won their 16th game in 18 starts in N.S.B.L. action with a 14 to 2 pasting of the second-place Unity Cardinals in North Battleford. Winner Vince Rucobo allowed six hits while striking out 13. The Beavers scored eight of their runs in a big fifth inning. Jim Shaw accounted for both Unity runs with a pair of solo homers. The Beavers pounded out ten hits in taking the win. Rucobo and Bill Settle each had a double and single for North Battleford while Cam Sternig singled twice..

G. Watte (L), Haylor (6) and xxx
Rucobo (W) and Settle

(July 13) The Eston Ramblers grabbed a 6 to 2 victory from the Kindersley Klippers in an N.S.B.L. game in Eston. Greg Larson of the Ramblers got the mound win over Kindersley's Larry Shepherd.

Shepherd (L), Risso (4) and xxx
Larson (W), McClure (7) and xxx

(July 17) The North Battleford Beavers blanked the Eston Ramblers 9 to 0 in an N.S.B.L. encounter in North Battleford. Don McIntyre struck out 13 while surrendering five hits in garnering the shutout mound win. Bill Sobkow led the Beavers offensively with a pair of singles. Losing chucker Greg Goldade collected a brace of one-baggers for the Ramblers.

Goldade (L), Rawlings (5) and xxx
D. McIntyre (W) and Settle

(July 18)   In a slugfest, Eston Ramblers ran up 17 runs but just managed to walk away with a victory over Kindersley, 17-15.   Greg Larson picked up the win over Dave Croft.

Larson (W) and xxx
Croft (L) and xxx

(July 22)  The Unity Cardinals won on the diamond, but Lethbridge won in the boardroom.  On game day, the Cardinals crushed the Lakers 22-3, but the result was protested by Lethbridge on the basis of an ineligible player, the Unity pitcher Greg Watte. Lethbridge contended Watte was not on Unity's NSBL roster since it was frozen July 5th. Lakers won the protest and erased an embarrassing defeat off the board.

G. Watte and Haanen
Ferchuk, Negrello (5), M. Maxwell (5) and Neilson

(July 23) The North Battleford Beavers were blanked 3 to 0 by the Red Deer Elks in the first game of a double-bill with their A.M.B.L. opponents. Red Deer scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning off loser Tom Sallaway which stood up for the remainder of the game as winning chucker Cliff Ballou of the Antlered Tribe whitewashed the powerful Beavers with a three-hitter. Blair Hanna's first-inning double plated Al McKee which proved to be the winning run. Sallaway wound up surrendering five hits.

Sallaway (L) and xxx
Ballou (W) and xxx

(July 23) The Lethbridge Lakers edged past the Kindersley Klippers of the N.S.B.L. 3 to 2 in the opener of a weekend twin-bill in Lethbridge. Randy Maxwell fired a three-hitter at the Klips to earn the mound triumph over Randy Arthur.

Arthur (L), Risso (8) and D. Jackson
R. Maxwell (W) and Yorgason

(July 23) The Calgary Giants of the A.M.B.L. scored four runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Unity Cardinals of the N.S.B.L. 7 to 6 in the Cow Town. Stu Heron had three RBI's for the Giants.

Boitano (L), Aranaydo (8) and Wright
West, Loveless (W) (6) and Dawson, McAuley (8)

(July 23) The North Battleford Beavers bounced back from their first game defeat to shutout the Red Deer Elks 5 to 0 in the finale of their weekend trip to the central Alberta city. Gary Barker limited the Elks to one hit, a sixth-inning single by losing twirler Al McKee, to engineer the Beavers to the split. Hugh McIvor notched two singles for the Beavers.

Barker (W) and xxx
McKee (L) and xxx

(July 23) The Kindersley Klippers rebounded from a first game loss to squeak past the Lethbridge Lakers 8 to 7 to earn a split in their inter-league series. Paul Risso, who relieved in the matinee affair, started and gained the mound victory in the second encounter. Wayne Commodore of the Lakers picked up two doubles and two singles in the doubleheader while Kindersley's Bill O'Sullivan had a steady output totaling four singles in the brace of tussles.

Risso (W), Arthur (6) and Niven, D. Jackson (7)
King (L), Sonntag (4) and Yorgason, Matlock (6)

(July 23) In the finale of their double-dip with their Saskatchewan guests, the Calgary Giants again prevailed over the Unity Cardinals, this time by an 8 to 2 count. The seventh frame was once again the inning of decision for the Calgarians as they plated six tallies to clinch the win, Winning pitcher Ray Parr helped his own cause by smashing a three-run homer off losing chucker Steve Wright.

Aranaydo, Wright (L) (5) and Wandler
Parr (W) and McAuley, Heatley (7)

(July 23)  Bob Baird held the Eston Ramblers to five hits and keyed the offense with a two-run homer and single as the Calgary Jimmies blanked the Ramblers 5-0.  It was Baird's 8th win in 9 decisions.

Baird (W) and Johnston
McClure, Dentz (L) and Rawlings

(July 27) The North Battleford Beavers scored four runs in the second inning and five more in the third as they coasted to a 9 to 2 victory over the Eston Ramblers in N.S.B.L. action at North Battleford. Winning hurler Vince Rucobo rang up 19 strikeouts in an impressive five-hit pitching performance. Ramblers' starter Greg Larson took the loss. Hugh McIvor of the Beavers had a three-run triple in the second frame plus a single. Neil Lampitt of North Battleford and Rick Morrice of Eston both laced out a pair of one-baggers.

Larson (L), Dentz (4) and Morrice
Rucobo (W) and Settle

(July 27) The Unity Cardinals, unable to field a complete roster, defaulted their N.S.B.L. game to the Kindersley Klippers. The nucleus of the Cardinals' N.S.B.L. roster, bolstered with reinforcements from other N.S.B.L. clubs, had travelled to Saskatoon for a provincial senior playoff encounter which, ironically, was rained out. The remaining Unity players did play a makeshift game against Kindersley in which the Klippers loaned the Cards four players but the result has no bearing on the forfeiture.

(July 29) Playing at home, the North Battleford Beavers won their 20th game of the N.S.B.L. season by whipping the Kindersley Klippers 10 to 1. North Battleford pitcher Don McIntyre, with a three-hitter and 14 strikeouts, topped the Klippers' Fred Seidel. Neil Lampitt, Bill Sobkow and Cam Sternig of the Beavers all hit two singles.

Seidel (L), Niven (7) and xxx
D. McIntyre (W) and Settle

(July 30) The Eston Ramblers and North Battleford Beavers split a Sunday doubleheader in Eston with the Ramblers taking the first contest 5 to 3 while the first-place Beavers triumphed 4 to 1 in the late encounter.

Steve Dentz struck out 11 batters in taking the opening game win for the Ramblers while loser Gary Barker whiffed eight. Blythe Irvine led Eston with two hits and three RBI's. Bill Sobkow belted a two-run homer for the Beavers while Hugh McIvor cracked a pair of doubles.

Barker (L) and Settle
Dentz (W) and xxx

In the second contest, Hugh McIvor's homer in the sixth inning provided the winning run for North Battleford. Winning pitcher Vince Rucobo helped his own cause with a seventh-inning round-tripper. Don McIntyre had an eighth-inning round-tripper and a single. Eston's Greg Larson was the loser. Mark Perkins had a double and single for the Beavers while catcher Bill Settle contributed a brace of one-baggers. Eston's Reg Andrew drilled two singles, one of which drove in the Ramblers' only run.

Rucobo (W) and Settle
Larson (L) and xxx

(July 30) The Unity Cardinals swept a Sunday twin-bill from the Kindersley Klippers by identical scores of 7 to 0.

The Klippers out-hit Unity 6 to 2 in the first game but seven fielding errors proved costly. Steve Wright got the pitching win over Paul Risso. Lorne Niven led Kindersley with two singles.

Risso (L) and xxx
Wright (W) and xxx

The second game saw Unity out-hit Kindersley 7 to 3 with Ken Haanen going all the way for the pitching win. Haanen also picked up a double and single for the Cards at the plate. Bob Brown and Jim Shaw of Unity each had a triple and single.

Niven (L), Christiaens (5) and xxx
Haanen (W) and xxx

(August 1) The North Battleford Beavers were out-hit 11 to 6 but, due to ten bases on balls and some timely hits, dropped the second-place Unity Cardinals 7 to 3 at Beaver Lions Stadium. Tom Sallaway picked up the mound decision over Unity's Mike Aranaydo. Cam Sternig had two singles for the winners. Jim Shaw had an opening-inning solo homer and a single for the Cards. Ken Haanen drilled a double and single while Al Mitchell and Ed Holzman picked up two singles apiece.

Aranaydo (L) and xxx
Sallaway (W), B. Lampitt (9) and Settle

(August 2) The Eston Ramblers and Kindersley Klippers struggled to a 3 - 3, ten-inning tie in a N.S.B.L. game at Kindersley. The game was called after the end of the first extra-frame because of darkness. Both starting chuckers, Steve Dentz of the Ramblers and Kindersley's Paul Risso tossed the entire ten innings.

Dentz and xxx
Risso and xxx

(August 3) The Unity Cardinals gained their first win over the North Battleford Beavers this season with a 3 to 0 decision in the N.S.B.L. Steve Wright allowed just four North Battleford hits and had eight strikeouts in picking up the win. The loser was Gary Barker who had six strikeouts. Larry Haylor of the Cardinals cracked a triple and single and scored the winning run.

Barker (L) and Settle
Wright (W) and xxx

(August 3) The Eston Ramblers spotted the Kindersley Klippers three runs in the first inning but came back to take a 9 to 5 N.S.B.L. victory. Greg Larson had a shaky start for the Ramblers, walking three batters in the opening frame, but settled down to earn the pitching win with eight strikeouts. The Klippers finished with seven hits while Eston collected 12 off loser Joe Bloom. Reg Andrew had a perfect night at the plate for the Ramblers with three singles and a double. Randy Arthur led the Klipper hitters with a pair of one-baggers.

Bloom (L) and xxx
Larson (W) and xxx

(August 4) The runaway pennant-winning North Battleford Beavers defeated the Kindersley Klippers 9 to 4 in N.S.B.L. play in Kindersley. Winning pitcher Vince Rucobo went the pitching route, scattering nine hits. The Beavers collected 12 hits off a pair of Klipper hurlers.

Rucobo (W) and xxx
McKinnon (L), J. Flanagan (7) and xxx

(August 5) Playing-manager Hy Lewis singled in a pinch-hit role to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as the hometown Calgary Giants of the A.M.B.L. defeated the Kindersley Klippers of the N.S.B.L. 1 to 0. Lefthander Ray Parr, the Giants third pitcher, was the winner. Right-hander Paul Risso went all the way for Kindersley and was hit with the loss. Risso struck out 16 and gave up eight hits along the way. Bill O'Sullivan had two singles for the Klippers.

Risso (L) and D. Jackson
Loveless, Vejprava (8), Parr (W) (9) and Dawson, McAuley (10)

(August 5) Dave Sowinski collected three singles to lead the Edmonton Tigers to a 6 to 2 victory over the North Battleford Beavers in an interlocking contest in Edmonton. Tom Sharpe went the route for Edmonton to collect the win while Tom Sallaway was charged with the North Battleford loss. Don McIntyre smashed a home run for the Beavers.

Sallaway (L) and Settle
Sharpe (W) and Taylor

(August 6) Don Darling singled in the 12th inning to drive in Cy Frame and give the Edmonton Blue Willows a narrow 3 to 2 triumph over the North Battleford Beavers. Losing twirler Don McIntyre drilled a four-bagger, his second dinger of the Edmonton road trip. Mike Pestorich held the Beavers to seven hits for the win.

D. McIntyre (L), Rucobo (12) and Settle
Pestorich (W) and Thompson

(August 6) Tight relief pitching by portsider Billy Phillips and a seventh-inning single by Robert Pozzo, which drove in the winning run, carried the Red Deer Elks to a 5 to 4 win over the Kindersley Klippers. Kindersley's Joe Bloom was the loser. Bloom and teammate Bill O'Sullivan both singled twice.

Bloom (L) and D. Jackson
Ballou, Phillips (W) (7) and Van Ornum

(August 7) Outfielder Blythe Irvine rapped a two-run double in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Eston Ramblers a 3 to 2 victory over the Calgary Giants. Right-hander Steve Dentz went all the way for Eston to pick up the win. He gave up seven hits and struck out 15.

Wes, Vejprava (L) (9), Lewis (11) and McAuley
Dentz (W) and Rawlings


(August 9) Vince Rucobo pitched a masterful no-hit, no-run game as the North Battleford Beavers completely dominated the Kindersley Klippers 15 to 0 in the opening game of their N.S.B.L. semi-final playoff series. Rucobo fanned 17 of 29 batters to face him and walked just one. Paul Risso took the loss, giving up 13 hits. Several North Battleford batters had stellar performances at the dish. Mark Perkins had a double and two singles. Ken Nelson laced out three singles. Jack Rowley blasted a home run and had a single while Hugh McIvor and Neil Lampitt both singled twice.

Risso (L) and xxx
Rucobo (W) and Settle

(August 9) The Unity Cardinals opened their best-of-five semi-final with a 9 to 2 victory over the visiting Eston Ramblers. Mike Aranaydo scattered ten hits for the win while his teammates collected nine hits off a pair of Eston pitchers. Al Mitchell hit a triple for Unity while Ken Haanen and Andy Wandler added two singles each. Mike Rawlings had three singles and Reg Andrew two for Eston.

Larson (L), Rawlings (7) and Morrice
Aranaydo (W) and xxx

(August 11) The North Battleford Beavers tripped the Kindersley Klippers 9 to 8 to take a two-game lead in their best-of-five playoff round. The Klips came back from a fifth-inning 9 to 1 deficit but could not overtake the pennant-winners. Kindersley had the bases loaded in the ninth inning but Vince Rucobo relieved winner Tom Sallaway and got the final out. Joe Bloom took the loss. Ken Nelson led the North Battleford hitters, belting a triple, double and two singles. Mark Perkins contributed a triple and two singles while Bill Sobkow drilled a trio of one-baggers. Kindersley's Don Jackson had three singles and teammate Don Schommer a double and single.

Sallaway (W), Rucobo (9) and Settle
Bloom (L) and xxx

(August 11) The Unity Cardinals swamped the Eston Ramblers 13 to 5 in the second game of their semi-final series. Larry Haylor recorded the win over Eston's Steve Dentz. The win gives the Cards a 2 - 0 lead in games. Ken Haanen slugged a grand-slam homer for Unity.

Haylor (W) and xxx
Dentz (L) and xxx

(August 13) The North Battleford Beavers completed a sweep of their semi-final series, squeaking by the Kindersley Klippers 1 to 0 in eleven innings at Beaver Lions Stadium in North Battleford. Don McIntyre fired a three-hitter in picking up the overtime win. Losing chucker Paul Risso gave up six base hits in taking the loss. In the bottom of the eleventh, the Beavers' Neil Lampitt reached first base on a fielder's choice, stole second base and came all the way around to score the winner when Klippers' third baseman Joe Bloom overthrew first base on a ground ball hit to him.

Risso (L) and xxx
D. McIntyre (W) and Settle

(August 13) Mike Aranaydo allowed three hits and struck out 11 batters as the hometown Unity Cardinals shutout the Eston Ramblers 6 to 0 to capture their best-of-five semi-final series in three games. Eston starter Greg Larson was nailed with the loss. Ed Ralston led the Unity offense with a double and single while Al Mitchell singled twice. Unity now advances to the league finals against the North Battleford Beavers.

Larson (L), Dentz(7) and Morrice
Aranaydo (W) and xxx


(August 16) The North Battleford Beavers scored four runs in the first inning and then plated the winning marker in the bottom of the ninth as they defeated the Unity Cardinals 5 to 4 in the opener of their best-of-seven N.S.B.L. final. The tie-breaking tally resulted when the Redbirds' third pitcher, Mike Aranaydo, walked winning hurler Tom Sallaway with the bases loaded to force in Jack Rowley from third base. Losing twirler Larry Haylor had put two runners on base with a walk and a Unity error before he was relieved by Aranaydo. The Beavers' first four runs came off Cardinals' starter Ken Haanen. North Battleford's Hugh McIvor was the only batter on either squad to notch two base hits, both of his being singles.

Haanen, Haylor (L), Aranaydo (9) and xxx
Sallaway (W) and Settle

(August 18) A 2 to 1 victory over the North Battleford Beavers enabled the Unity Cardinals to pull into a tie in their best-of-seven N.S.B.L. final. Each team has one win. The Cardinals got the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning with two away when Ed Ralston singled and was brought home on a double by Larry Haylor. Losing pitcher Don McIntyre allowed only four hits and retired 18 Cardinals in a row after giving up a double to Jim Shaw which brought in the first Unity run in the third inning. Shaw also had a first-inning single for the Redbirds. Winning pitcher Mike Aranaydo gave up five hits and struck out nine Beavers. He permitted three hits in the fourth inning, loading the bases before forcing in the visitors' only run on a bases on balls.

D. McIntyre (L) and Settle
Aranaydo (W) and xxx

(August 20) The Unity Cardinals struck for three runs in the first inning and went on to defeat the North Battleford Beavers 6 to 1, taking a two games to one lead in their tussle for N.S.B.L. supremacy. Jim Shaw hammered a two-run homer to key a three-run outburst by the Cardinals in the opening frame. The winners chalked up three more runs in the seventh inning. Larry Haylor went the distance on the mound for Unity. He struck out seven, gave up six hits and walked five batters on his way to the win. Losing hurler Tom Sallaway, who gave up ten hits, was relieved by Don McIntyre in the seventh. McIntyre came up with a perfect relief performance. Shaw headed the Cardinals at the plate with a homer and single. Hugh McIvor paced the Beavers at bat with a double and single. Hitting a brace of one-baggers each were Don Hilsendager of the Beavers as well as Unity's Bob Brown and Ed Ralston.

Haylor (W) and xxx
Sallaway (L), D. McIntyre (7) and Settle

(August 22) A bases-loaded triple by Don Hilsendager was the big blow in a five-run opening frame for the North Battleford Beavers as they blew out the Unity Cardinals 12 to 2 to even their best-of-seven series at two games each. The Beavers lit up losing twirler Mike Aranaydo and reliever Bob Brown for 12 safeties. Cam Sternig and Bill Sobkow both had three singles for North Battleford. Brian Lampitt pitched the first four innings for the Beavers, allowing two runs and a triple to Ed Ralston, Unity's only hit of the game. Don McIntyre relieved in the fifth for North Battleford and pitched four perfect innings to gain the victory. The game was called in the ninth because of darkness.

B. Lampitt, D. McIntyre (5) (W) and Settle
Aranaydo (L), Brown (4) and xxx

(August 24) The North Battleford Beavers scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to edge the Unity Cardinals 5 to 3 and take a three games to two lead in the N.S.B.L. final series. A bases-loaded infield hit by catcher Bill Settle plated the tying and winning markers. Unity had taken a one-run lead in the top of the eighth on a run-scoring single by Ed Holzman. Winning pitcher Tom Sallaway and loser Larry Haylor both allowed eight hits but Sallaway had 12 strikeouts to Haylor's four. The top hitter for the Beavers was Cam Sternig who stroked three singles. Andy Wandler drilled a brace of doubles for the Redbirds.

Haylor (L) and xxx
Sallaway (W) and Settle

(August 28) The North Battleford Beavers whitewashed the Unity Cardinals 10 to 0 in Unity to capture the 1972 N.S.B.L. championship in six games. Tom Sallaway gave up three hits in going the full seven innings for the Beavers while Al Mitchell was tagged with the loss. Hugh McIvor connected for a trio of one-baggers to lead the winners at the platter. First sacker Mark Perkins of the Beavers had a triple and single while catcher Bill Settle singled twice.

Sallaway (W) and Settle
Mitchell (L), Shaw (7) and xxx