1974 Tournaments     


(June 29 to July 1)   Saskatoon Boston Royals downed Calgary Jimmies 7-3 Monday to capture top money in the annual Eston senior baseball tournament.  A four-run 4th inning proved to be the difference. Royals loaded the bases and with two out, Al Mitchell drew a walk and Gary Brandon was hit by a pitch to plate two runs. Bryan Adams singled to drive in two more. Jeff Benedetti hurled a six-hitter to pick up the win. Steve Powers was the loser.

Benedetti (W) and Maxemiuk
Steve Powers (L) and Dave Powers

Royals won a berth in the final by shading Eston Ramblers 5-4 scoring two in the 9th for the victory. Wayne Plummer's four-hitter was good enough for the win. Two of the hits off Plummer were homers by Gorman Heimueller and Greg Goldade.

Plummer (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx

Royals won their opening game Saturday going 10 innings to down Unity Cardinals 9-7. Ken Haanen was the winning pitcher in relief of Plummer and Steve Kemp

Plummer, Kemp, Haanen (W) and xxx
Cuadros (L) and xxx

In other first round action, Bruce Freeburg tossed a five-hitter and fanned 10 as Eston topped Kindersley 10-1. Freeburg also led the offense with three hits, one a double, and three runs batted in. Terry Gray was the loser.

Freeburg (W) and xxx
Gray (L) and xxx

Berkeley blanked North Battleford 2-0 behind Larry Kowalishen who held the Beavers to just three hits. Cliff
took the loss.

Kowalishen (W) and xxx
Ballou (L) and xxx

Calgary Jimmies exploded for six runs in the 8th inning to down Moose Jaw Devons 10-4. Steve Powers was the winning hurler over Steve Murray.

S. Powers (W) and xxx
Murray (L) and xxx


(July 1)   McAuley Blazers nipped Binscarth Orioles 3-2 Monday to win the annual Birtle Tournament featuring the teams of the Manitoba Senior Baseball League.

Jon Langston's seven-hit pitching and hitting helped the Blazers to the title. He fanned nine and did not yield a walk. McAuley erased a 2-1 Orioles lead with a pair in the fifth inning. Langston drove in the tying run with a single and catcher Dale Lowes singled to bring in the eventual winning marker.

Blazers romped to the final crushing Souris Cardinals 9-1 in their semi-final contest while the Orioles outslugged Brandon Cloverleafs 12-6 in their semi-final.

Binscarth had advanced earlier with a 1-0 triumph over Hamiota Red Sox behind the shutout pitching of Les Lisowski.

In their opening game, McAuley overpowered Riverside Canucks 11-1 with Steve Stahlheber cruising to the mound victory.

Neepawa Cubs, with Pat Angers on the hill, were 1-0 victors over Virden and Brandon shaded Grandview by the same, 1-0, margin as Rick McFadyen blanked the Lakers. The Red Sox beat Dauphin 7-2, Souris Cardinals outlasted the Cubs 11-0. McFadyen and teammate Dave Bender had the only home runs of the tournament.

(July 2)  The touring squad from Berkeley, California hammered the Saskatoon Boston Royals 9 to 2 at Cairns Field. The Bears erupted for four runs in the seventh inning to chase Saskatoon starter Bruce Turner at the end of the frame. John Hughes led off with a home run and playing-manager Greg Warzecka added a three-run blast to complete the scoring for the inning. Both teams collected 11 hits with Fred Maxemiuk leading the Royals with three singles. Gary Brandon added two doubles while Gord Johnson and Don McLeod each picked up a pair of singles. The Bears' offensive attack was paced by Warzecka, who added a single to his home run to produce five RBI's, and Steve Schiedermayer with three one-baggers. Tim Hickerson and Steve Derien each had two singles. Richard Law picked up the hurling victory, striking out five and walking one in his six innings on the hill.

Law (W), Boofer (7) and Thomas
Turner (L), Haanen (8) and Maxemiuk, Gautschi (8)


Trail Tournament(July 4-7)  After dropping their opening game in the eight-team Trail International Baseball tournament, the Selkirk Selects rebounded to take six straight games and emerge as champions of the third annual, four-day event. A first-round 11 to 8 setback at the hands of the Seattle Wallingford Giants in the double-knockout tourney bumped the Selects, comprising players of Senior Babe Ruth eligibility from Trail, Beaver Valley, Nelson and Castlegar, into the loser’s bracket of the affair.

Facing the daunting task of securing do-or-die victories in each of their remaining contests, the Selects reeled off triumphs over the West Kootenay All-Stars, Wapato Washington, Seattle Olympic Heights and the Edmonton Dusters (in spite of Perry Lychak's two-hitter for Edmonton) to reach the finals as winning moundsmen Chris Vlanich, Pat McLaughlin, Mike Mondin and Al Pastro all hurled complete game assignments. Waiting in the wings for the Selects was the squad from Dallas Oregon, undefeated in the winner’s bracket, ready to provide stiff opposition for all the marbles.

The Selects proceeded to force an extra game as they blanked Dallas 2 to 0 behind the walk-free, seven-hit pitching of Terry Taranoff. Rob Volpatti provided the offensive punch for the winners in this affair, stroking a triple and a brace of singles. In the dramatic final game, Selkirk blew an early 7 to 0 lead but hung on to win 8 to 7 when Larry Reid belted a two-out, solo home run over Butler Park’s right field fence late in the contest. Chris Vlanich, in relief of starter Marty Hufty, earned the mound decision. Following the final game, catcher Kevin Tabler of Dallas was awarded the Most Valuable Player award by Lou DeRosa, acting in the dual capacity of tournament director and field manager of the victorious nine.


(July 7)  The bats of the Moose Jaw Devons were hot as the Southern League leaders beat some of the best teams in Manitoba to win a four-team tournament in Churchbridge, a town close to the Manitoba border. The Devons downed Grandview, Manitoba in their first game 15 to 5, drilling four home runs in the process. Ned Andreoni slugged a pair of dingers, a two-run blast and a three-run smash. Larry Tollefson and Warren Mertens both had bases-empty shots. Roy Rowley got the pitching win.

In the tourney final, the Devons knocked off Binscarth, Manitoba, rated as the top team in the province, by an 8 to 3 score. Rookie Brad Devine chucked the entire nine innings for the victory and the Devons backed him up with three double plays. Devine also made an incredible pick off of Binscarth's Ron Lowe, goaltender for the Toronto Maple Leafs, at second base with the bases loaded to end a potential threat and close out the third inning.

(July 10)  The North Battleford Beavers collected 14 hits as they dumped the Crookston, Minnesota Reds 9 to 4 in an exhibition contest played at Beaver Lions Stadium in North Battleford. The Beavers matched the Reds' scoring output for the entire game in their first at bat, plating four tallies. Bill Lumsden was the winning pitcher, surrendering 7 base raps, while Crookston's Herb Hasz was tagged with the loss. Dave Ruybalid of the Beavers had a run-scoring single in the fifth inning followed by an RBI double in the sixth.

Hasz (L) and xxx
Lumsden (W) and xxx 


(July 13-14)   Kindersley Klippers exploded for 11 runs in the first three innings and cruised to a 12-1 victory over North Battleford to win the 8th annual Kindersley tournament.  Bud Papadakis crushed a pair of home runs to lead the Klippers' offensive.  Al Saisi and Terry Ruggles also had four-baggers. Beavers had reached the final with an 8-2 win over Unity. Klippers downed Eston 11-8 as Terry Gray recorded his second win of the day. In the opening round Saturday, North Battleford shaded Regina Red Sox 7-6, Unity topped Hatton Vikings 4-1, Eston whipped Viking Shamrocks 10-0 and Klippers got by the Bismarck Capitals 5-3.


(July 13-14)   At the Barrhead tournament, Red Deer Generals eliminated the Saskatoon Boston Royals 19-1 Saturday in the first round of play. The host team won the event with a 7-2 win over Red Deer Sunday.


(July 20-21)   Tom Rosenstein belted a two-run single in the 7th inning to lift Unity Cardinals to a 5-3 win over Saskatoon Boston Royals and top money at the Unity tournament.  Down 3-2, Cards loaded the bases on two singles and a base on balls before Ed Ralston's sacrifice fly tied the game. Rosenstein followed with his game winning hit. The Royals had runners on first and third in the bottom of the 9th with one out before reliever Al Cuadros came in and fanned two to preserve the win for starter Dean Burton. Unity out hit the Royals 11-5.

Burton (W), Cuadros (9) and Harris
Haanen (L) and Ryan

Royals won a berth in the finals by edging the Berkeley, California, Bears 3-2 in14 innings. Steve Kemp was the winner in relief of starter Wayne Plummer who had thrown no-hit ball for seven innings before giving up two runs in the 8th. It was the second win of the tournament for Kemp who had blanked Red Deer 3-0 in the opening round. Don McLeod sparked Saskatoon's seven-hit attack with a homer. John Hughes took the loss.

Plummer, Kemp (W) and xxx
Richard Law, John Hughes (L) and xxx

Hal Harris cracked a home run, his third hit of the game, to lead Unity to a 4-3 win over Swift Current Indians in the other semi-final. Tom Sharpe fanned 14 in going the distance for the win. Steve Murray was saddled with the loss.

Sharpe (W) and xxx
Wayne Pusch, Steve Murray (L) and xxx

Berkeley edged Kindersley 3-2 behind the hurling of Larry Kowalishen. Bud Papadakis was the loser. Don Jackson had a homer for the Klippers.

Kowalishen (W) and xxx
Papadakis (L) and xxx

Unity Cardinals eliminated Eston Ramblers with a 2-1 victory as Al Cuadros fanned 13 in registering the win. Dean Burton knocked in the winning run off losing hurler Bruce Freeburg.

Cuadros (W) and xxx
Freeburg (L) and xxx

Swift Current scored two unearned runs in the first inning and went on to a 5-1 victory over North Battleford Beavers.

xxx and xxx
xxx and xxx

Steve Kemp pitched shutout ball and struck out ten as Saskatoon topped Red Deer 3-0.

Kemp (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx


(July 24)    At the 25th Annual Lacombe Tournament, Calgary Jimmies blasted three homers in a 10-0 trouncing of Kindersley Klippers.  The win moves the Jimmies into the semi-final round.  Dave Powers, Kent Peterson, and Russ McKee socked circuit shots for the winners. Brian Kingman fired a five-hitter for the win.

Papadakis (L), Moline (6) and Bringhurst
Kingman (W) and Powers

Red Deer Generals got a 7th inning homer from former major leaguer Ossie Chavarria en route to a 9-4 victory over Eston Ramblers.  Chavarria, an addition from Vancouver, also poked a double.  Blair Hanna had a double and a two-run single.  Second baseman Bob Felts had three hits, drove in a pair and scored twice.

Cardwell, Bridges (W) (5) and McCook
Cline (L), Heimueller (5), Ballou (9) and Nelson

Clark Gillies crushed a two-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to hand Moose Jaw Devons an 11-9 triumph over the Berkeley Bears of California.  After the Devons had taken a 9-6 lead with a five-run 8th inning, the Americans rallied with three in the top of the 9th.  Reliever Roy Rowley picked up the win.

Kowalishen, Miller (7), Law (8), Hughes (8), Babbich (L) (9) and Thomas
Mertens, Gleed (2), Pusch (7), Murray (7), Rowley (W) (9) and Tollefson

Jesse Chavez scored on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Saskatoon Royals a hard-fought 4-3 win over Edmonton Tigers.

Dunbeck (L) and Teale
Cuadros (W) and Harris

(July 25)   Two-run homers by Marty Coil and Phil Urabe paced Red Deer to an 8-2 thumping of Saskatoon in semi-final action.  Steve Stahlheber, of Long Beach, California, by way of the Manitoba Senior Baseball League, pitched five innings for the win. The left-hander allowed just three hits, but was in constant trouble with eight walks. 

Stahlheber (W), Cardwell (6) and McCook
Kemp (L), Sharpe (7) and Ryan

Bob Papworth's 7th inning grand slam homer highlighted Calgary's 9-5 semi-final win over Moose Jaw. Dave Powers and John Edwards also had four-baggers for the Jimmies while Ned Andreoni belted a pair for the Devons.

Mertens (L), Murray (4), Gleed (7), Pusch (7) and Tollefson
Fitzgerald (W), Hamagami (6) and Powers

Ken Bowman allowed just four hits and playing-manager Marty Coil had three to power Red Deer Generals to $1,700 top money at the Lacombe Tournament with a 4-1 victory over Calgary Jimmies in the final. Jimmies had the early lead as John Elick homered in the 3rd but Gord Graves put the Generals up 2-1 with a two-run single in the 4th.  They added another in the 5th and Brian McCook's homer in the 7th. Ron Peterson took the loss.

Bowman (W) and Coil
R. Peterson (L), S. Powers (5) and D. Powers


(July 26)  Calgary Giants crushed Kindersley Klippers 14-3 in the opening game of the Calgary Tournament.  Giants' exploded for seven hits and ten runs in the top of the 1st inning.  Klippers made it worse by booting the ball three times. Hy Lewis and Rob Roy each drove in two runs in the outburst. Jim Lemon, son of the former Cleveland ace, was prominent for the winners.  He scattered ten hits to gain the pitching win while contributing three hits, a stolen base and a sacrifice bunt to the Calgary offensive. Terry Gray, who failed to get out of the first inning, took the loss.

Lemon (W) and Edwards
Gray (L), Moline (1), Ruybalid (1) and Bringhurst

(July 27)   Red Deer Generals gave up 13 hits and made three errors but managed to post a 12-6 win over Moose Jaw. Bob Bridges went the distance for the win.

Lopez (L), Murray (3), Mertons (6) and Tollefson
Bridges (W) and McCook

Barrhead had three, two-run innings to down the California Berkeley Bears 6-1. Gavin Long pitched a six-hitter for the win.

Long (W) and McDonald
Hughes (L), Babich (9) and Thomas

Brian Kingman allowed just one earned run and fanned 13 to lead the Jimmies to a 4-2 semi-final win over Binscarth, Manitoba. The seven-hitter won Kingman the tournament's best pitching award.

Rottman (L) and Gallant
Kingman (W) and D. Powers

(July 28)  Calgary Giants plated two runs in the first inning and were never headed in a 9-3 semi-final victory over Red Deer.  Paul Sullivan survived 11 hits to go the route to pick up the pitching victory.  Rob Roy, a pickup from Lethbridge, had three of the Giants' 15 hits, including a two-run homer.

W. McKee (L), Dumbeck (4), Pasutto (8) and McCook
Sullivan (W) and Edwards

Barrhead Cardinals rallied with four runs in the 7th inning to top Calgary Jimmies 7-6.  Home runs by Terry Teale and Mike Teahen were the key blows for the Cardinals.

Van De Keere, Jamieson (W) (5) and McDonald
Fitzgerald, Hamigami (7), S. Powers (7) and D. Powers

A three-run 2nd inning carried Calgary Giants to a 5-1 win over Barrhead and top prize in the Calgary Tournament. Winning pitcher Ray Forgie was the Calgary hero, holding the Cardinals to seven hits for the win and aiding his cause with three runs batted in, two coming on his 2nd inning homer. 

Tournament MVP honours went to the Giants Jim Lemon who pitched the opening day win and was a force on offense as the Calgary lead-off batter throughout the tourney. He had seven hits and three stolen bases.

Jamieson (L), Hendley (4), Brown (6) and McDonald
Forgie (W) and Edwards


(August 2-5)  They could have scrapped the whole format, forgot about the other four teams and just made it a best-of-three affair. That’s what things boiled down to when the B. C. senior baseball championship tournament concluded at Capilano Stadium on Monday. The Metro Baseball League All-Stars from Vancouver prevailed in the double-knockout event, nipping the Burnaby Auroras of the Western International Baseball League 3 to 2 in the third meeting between the two clubs in the four-day tournament.

The whole confrontation began on Sunday when the All-Stars topped the Auroras 3 to 1 during a second-round, winner’s bracket match that lasted 11 innings before Len Gamlin settled the issue with a two-run homer. Then, on Monday, after ousting the Victoria All-Stars 18 to 12 in the Loser’s Bracket final, the Auroras stuffed three runs into the first inning, in large part due to a two-run double by shortstop Dave Graas off losing chucker Larry Mann, to defeat the Metro Stars 3 to 1. Auroras’ pitcher Greg Lindsay went all the way for the win, surrendering only one run, a ninth-inning solo homer by John Haar, while fanning nine. That result left both clubs with one defeat and set the stage for the final. In that one, the Metro All-Stars replicated the opening-canto outburst of the Auroras from earlier in the day, plating a first-inning three-spot en route to a narrow 3 to 2 triumph, the B. C. senior championship and a trip to the national finals in North Battleford SK. A single by Russ Lombardo started things off in the finale. He moved into scoring position after a theft of the keystone sack and scored on Pete Thiessen’s two-bagger. Len Gamlin then drew a walk and John Haar was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. The runners advanced 90 feet when a balk was called against Aurora chucker Rod Dirks, allowing Thiessen to touch home with a second marker. Gamlin then scored the third run on Terry Stein’s sacrifice fly. Don Rogelstad pitched steadily until getting into trouble in the ninth when Rick Mosher was summoned to the bump to retire the side after a pair of Aurora tallies.

The six-team championship at Capilano Stadium featured two entries from the Metro Baseball League, the Metro Hosts and the All-Stars. Also vying for the title were the defending champion Burnaby Auroras, the Victoria Senior League All-Stars, the Mid-Island All-Stars and a team representing the interior from Bulkley Valley with players primarily from Smithers.

With the Metro All-Stars and Auroras having things pretty much their own all weekend, only two of the other four teams managed wins. The Victoria All-Stars had a pair, the Metro Hosts one, while the Mid-Island All-Stars and Bulkley Valley went winless.  

The Auroras captured the opening game of the tournament played on Friday with a narrow 2 to 1 victory over the Metro Hosts. Auroras’ third baseman Ted Springenatic collected his team’s only two hits, a single in the fifth frame which drove in Wayne Martin, and a seventh-inning two bagger that plated Bill Henry with the winning counter. Winning pitcher Greg Lindsay allowed only two hits and gave up one run in the sixth inning as Ron Frederick singled to drive in Howie Stephens. 

The second day of the tourney began with a morning game which pitted the Metro League All-Stars against the Victoria squad with the Capital City nine succumbing to the Stars 4 to 0. The two ultimate finalists then easily disposed of Mid-Island and Bulkley Valley, setting up their Winners Bracket showdown on Monday while the Victorians blanked Mid-Island 2 to 0.

Sunday results had the Metro Hosts clobbering Bulkley Valley 12 to 0 before dropping a 3 to 2 verdict to Victoria who briefly clawed their way back into contention in the Losers Bracket semi-final before being eliminated by the Auroras on Monday.


(August 4)  Red Deer Generals, riding the big bat of Al McKee, downed Unity Cardinals 15-6 to take top money of $1,000 at the Killam Lions Baseball Tournament.  McKee drove in six runs with a pair of two-run homers and a double.  Ken Bowman settled down after a round first inning to go the distance for the win. Hal Harris belted a 475-foot homer for the Cards in the 5th. Brian McCook of the Generals was named the tourney's most valuable player. He went 7 for 15, had a homer and drove in four runs.

Red Deer 15 Unity 6
Bowman (W) and Coil
Burton (L), Chavez (9) and Harris

Generals reached the final with an 8-1 triumph over Saskatoon with homers by Brian McCook and Blair Hanna leading the way. Bob Bridges scattered ten hits and fanned 13 in gaining the win.

Tom Sharpe fired a six hitter with 11 strikeouts to pitch Unity to a 2-1, 10-inning, win over the California Berkeley entry.  Dean Burton singled in the winning tally. 

Unity 2 Berkeley 1 (10 innings)
Sharpe (W) and Harris
Kowalishen (L) and Thomas

Saskatoon 1 Red Deer 8
Kemp (L), Benedetti (4) and Ryan
Bridges (W) and McCook

In the opening round, Fred Cardwell pitched a gem, a two-hit shutout, as Red Deer topped Medicine Hat 7-0. Cardwell had 12 strikeouts and did not issue any free passes. Wayne Plummer fired a three-hitter to lead Saskatoon to a 9-2 victory over Leduc. Al Caudros fanned 15 as Unity whipped Calgary 6-2 and Camrose made nine errors in losing to Berkeley 7-2.

Red Deer 7 Medicine Hat 0
Cardwell (W) and McCook
Brown (L), Nowicki (7) and Hyland, Zimmerman (9)

Leduc 2 Saskatoon 9
Poelzer (L), Hodgson (5) and Porter
Plummer (W) and Ryan

Unity 6 Calgary 2
Caudros (W) and Harris
Dinges (L), Lemon (7) and McAuley

Camrose 2 Berkeley 7
Wilson (L), Nelson (3) and Andreassen
Law (W), Babbich (8) and Thomas


Burns swings

Left - BC's Dick Burns, third baseman of the Metro All-Stars, takes a cut during the Canadian Senior Baseball Championships at North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

(August 7)  North Battleford Beavers, the host club, knocked off New Brunswick 6-5 in 11 innings in the opening game of the Canadian Senior Baseball championship.

Centre fielder Rick Johnston reached on an error in the 11th, stole second, advanced to third on another error and scored on a wild pitch.  Beavers had rallied with four runs in the 8th inning to tie 5-5 after the eastern squad had taken the lead with four runs in the 7th and another in the top of the 8th. Reliever Roy Rowley was the winner over Val McClure.

Harvey, McClure (L) (8) and Parent, McLaughlin (10)
McIntyre, Barr (7), B. Lampitt (8), Rowley (W) (11) and Tollefson

(August 8)   At the Canadian Senior Baseball Championship, the host city, North Battleford (2-0) continued to impress with a 9-3 win over Prince Edward Island.

Wayne Pusch fanned 10 in going the distance for the win.  Brent Coffin was the loser. Ken Nelson and Ned Andreoni each rapped a double and two singles for the Beavers.

Pusch (W) and xxx
Coffin (L), Jim McAdam (4) and xxx

The Saskatoon Royals, the Saskatchewan flag bearers, whipped Ontario 9-3 with a 17-hit attack.  Randy Munch had a double and two singles for the winners. Wayne Plummer went the route for the win. Joe Leeder took the loss.

Plummer (W) and xxx
Leader (L), Gary Hart (7), Bob Teal (8) and xxx

BC struck for five, 1st inning runs against Manitoba and withstood a 6th inning grand slam by Bob Thompson to win 5-4.  Glennis Scott allowed only six hits but was hurt by five Manitoba errors.  Mike Finlayson went five innings for the pitching victory.

Finlayson (W), Bob Elliot (6), Rick Mosher (6) and xxx
Scott (L) and xxx

Newfoundland beat Nova Scotia 9-6 and Nova Scotia downed Ontario 3-1.

Quebec (2-0) also remained unbeaten downing New Brunswick 9-3. At Lloydminster, Adrien Daviault hurled Quebec to its win.  Don Davis took the loss. Charles Hughes led the offense driving in five runs with three hits.

North Battleford also scored a win over the Ontario representatives, the Fort Erie Merchants, by that 9-3 mark.  In other games Thursday, Quebec topped PEI 4-1, and Alberta's Edmonton Tigers crushed Saskatchewan 10-5.

The Tigers fell behind 2-0 before posting a run in the 2nd and erupting for six in the 3rd knocking starter Ken Haanen out of the game. They sent 12 men to the plate in the big inning, garnering six hits.  Edmonton added two more in 4th and another in the 5th before Wade Wanner, an impressive junior from Moose Jaw, came on to pitch hitless ball for the final three innings.  Fred Cardwell scattered nine hits in going the distance. Julius Owchar drove in two runs with a triple and double for the Tigers. 

Haanen (L), Lyle Johnson (3), Wade Wanner (6) and xxx
Cardwell (W) and xxx

(August 9)   Teams from North Battleford and BC emerged as the favourites as play ended on the second day of the Canadian Senior Baseball Championships at North Battleford.

The host club downed Quebec (3-1) 8-4 while BC stopped New Brunswick 4-2.  Both winners have 3-0 records atop the A Pool standings. 

John Elias tossed a one-hitter as Quebec thumped Manitoba 9-0, eliminating the prairie province from any chance of a playoff spot. Quebec used a 15-hit attack which included four homers.

Earlier, New Brunswick (1-3) had earned its first win taking an extra inning decision from Manitoba (0-3), 6-2.  PEI (0-3) lost to BC 9-4 earlier Friday. 

In the B Pool, Alberta (2-0) is the only undefeated team after a 1-0 victory over Nova Scotia (1-2).  Saskatchewan (2-1) needed 13 innings to edge Newfoundland (2-1) 6-5.  Ontario (0-3) lost to Newfoundland 8-4. Games are being played at three centres - Unity, North Battleford and Lloydminster.

Paul Sullivan fired a four-hit shutout in the Alberta win over NS. The only run came in the 3rd inning as Tim Young drew a walk, stole second and came around to score on Murray Steeves' safety through a hole at short.

xxx and xxx
Sullivan (W) and xxx

(August 10)   Saturday, North Battleford clobbered Manitoba 10-0 with Barr pitching the shutout.

Hodgson (L) and Harvey
Barr (W) and Hanus

Later, Jerry Araujo hurled a five-hitter while helping the offense with four hits as Manitoba (1-4) beat PEI 6-3. 

Araujo (W) and Harvey, Seafoot (7)
Coffin, Pulla (2) (L) and Larkin

Alberta had emerged with a 5-0 record from the B Pool after downing Ontario 8-3 getting homers from Al Symington and Al McKeeDon Homme scattered 12 hits for the win.

Homme (W) and Symington
Martell (L), Maksinuk (7) and Wilcox

Earlier, Newfoundland took a 3-0 lead over Alberta in the top of the first inning then got overwhelmed as the prairie squad put on a huge offensive show with 20 hits to win 18-4,  Glen Nelson held the islanders to five hits.

Humber (L), Mullins (2), Burden (4) and Callahan
Nelson (W) and Gullett

Quebec topped BC 2-1 scoring both their markers in the bottom of the 9th after BC had broken a scoreless tie with a run in the top of the 9th.  Plouffe allowed eight hits in registering the win.  Dreger took the loss with a four-hitter.

Dreger (L) and White
Plouffe (W) and Lammitt

BC lost a second time, 4-2 to North Battleford as Don McIntyre held BC to four hits, one of the them a homer by Houghton.

McIntyre (W) and Tollefson
Rogelstad (L) and Watson

New Brunswick ripped PEI 12-2 in a game called after six innings. 

Lawler (L) and McDonald
Davis (W) and McLaughlin

Nova Scotia shaded Saskatchewan 6-5.  Don McLeod of the prairie squad had the only homer.

Currie (L), Wanner (4) and Gautschi
Gillis (W) and McLean

(August 11)  Fred Cardwell pitched Alberta to the Canadian Senior Baseball championship Sunday with his second victory of the tournament, a 5-1 win over Nova Scotia.  Cardwell gave up just six hits while racking up 16 strikeouts. The Edmonton Tigers winners of the B Pool downed Quebec 7-1 to reach the final as Dick Hazell pitched a three-hitter.  Nova Scotia, with a 2-2 B Pool record, trounced North Battleford Beavers 11-3 helped by home runs from Gary McDonald and Mike Tanner.. Bob Moore held the Beavers to five hits. The Tigers scored all they needed in the 1st inning.  Tim Young reached on a bunt single, stole second and scored on a double by Murray Steeves. Al McKee then drove in Steeves with a single.  North Battleford, which had a 5-0 record from the A Pool, met their first defeat in the semi-final.

Tim Bryne (L), Billy McIssac (3), Bryne (3), McIssac (4), Bryne (5), McIssac (6) and MacLean
Cardwell (W) and Symington

Semi-Finals :
Alberta 7 Quebec 1
Hazel (W) and Gullett
Elias (L), Sabloniere (6), Silverman (7), Daviault (8) and Lemmetti

North Battleford 3 Nova Scotia 12
Pusch (L), Rowley (3), Arthur (3) and Hanus, Tollefson (8)
Moore (W) and MacLean


Floyd Bannister(September 2)   With a run in the 9th inning, the defending champion Alaska Goldpanners edged Calgary Jimmies 3-2 to capture the second annual Kamloops International Baseball Tournament and take home top prize money of $5,000.

Alaska, which faced a triple-header on the final day, had to come through the back door to recapture the title. They lost their first game and had to climb through the loser's bracket to advance to the final. 

19-year-old lefty Floyd Bannister (above), from Arizona State University, ended up as the winner in all three games of the triple-header. He also picked up a win on Saturday and to no surprise was selected as the Most Valuable Player and the top pitcher in the tournament. 

Chuck RedmonA 9th inning sacrifice fly by Chuck Redmon (right) scored the winning run. Calgary broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the 5th inning against Tim Ryan.  Goldpanners got one back in the 6th as Ken Phelps drove in Curt McNeley who had doubled.  Tommy Sain's run-scoring hit tied the count in the 7th.  Randy Hansen led off the 9th for Alaska with a double high off the right field wall.  He advanced to third on an error and scored on Redman's short fly to centre. Brian Kingman took the loss allowing seven hits while fanning 11 in a route-going effort.

Tim Ryan, Sandy Withol (5), Marty Kunkler (7), Marty French (8), Bannister (W) (8) and xxx
Brian Kingman (L) and xxx

Earlier Monday, the Goldpanners got by Red Deer 5-4 and trounced the Jimmies 10-3 to force the deciding game.

Against Red Deer, the Goldpanners took a 3-2 lead into the 9th inning on a run-scoring single by Jim Willis and Danny Graham's two-run homer in the third.  But, the Generals tied the contest 3-3, on a run-scoring single by Jesse Chavez.  In the extra inning, Bob Bridges led off with a homer for the Generals but the Goldpanners came right back in the bottom of the 10th against Bridges when they loaded the bases on a walk and singles by Willis and Graham which set the stage for Jim Skaalan's game winning shot off the left field wall.

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Alaska made quick work of the undefeated Jimmies with two runs in the 1st inning and Tommy Sain's three-run homer in the 2nd on the way to the 10-3 triumph. Goldpanners punched out 14 hits in the victory.

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(September 1)   Sunday night, Goldpanner's lefty Bill Harris, from the University of Santa Clara, fired a three-hitter and struck out 19 as Alaska nipped the Vancouver All-Stars 1-0.  Ken Myette took the loss with a seven-hitter. The only run came in the 6th inning on a single by Redmon.

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Calgary Jimmies shaded Red Deer Generals 5-3 as Keith Van Keere registered the win.  Ken Bowman of the Generals had the game's big hit, a three-run homer.

Van Keere (W), Tracy Harris (4)
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The BC All-Stars erupted for seven runs in the second inning and crushed the Vancouver Auroras 13-3.  Larry Mann picked up the win.

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Earlier in the day, Danny Graham and Jim Willis each slugged a pair of homers as the Goldpanners downed Hillsboro, Oregon 6-5. 'Panners scored the winner in the top of the 9th.  Steve Wilkins bashed a three-run homer for Hillsboro.

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Calgary Jimmies remained in the running with a 10-2 thumping of the Vancouver Auroras.  Al McKee crushed a three-run homer in the first inning to begin the onslaught. Jimmies added five more in the second.

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Fred Cardwell fired a six-hit shutout as Red Deer edged the BC All-Stars 1-0.  Rasmussen drove in the only run with a single in the 8th inning.  Generals had 11 hits off losing pitcher Don Rogelstad.

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(August 31)  Alaska Goldpanners began their long road back with a 4-0 win over Binscarth Orioles on Saturday. Alaska got a combined three-hitter from Floyd Bannister, Ed Matta and Jeff Jans. Bannister allowed just one hit and fanned nine through five innings. Graham poked a solo homer in the second inning.

Bannister (W), Motta, Jens and xxx
Ross Stone (L) and xxx

Dick Pooschke belted a grand slam homer in the 5th inning to lead Hillsboro to a 6-4 win over Sunnyside, WA, knocking the Washington squad out of the competition. Ken Conlin had a solo homer in the 4th while Tom Magers had a two-run shot for the losers.

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(August 29)  In opening round games at the second annual Kamloops International Baseball Tournament, the BC All-Stars defeated Hillsboro, Oregon, 5-2 and Red Deer Generals edged Sunnyside, Washington, 2-1.  The Alaska Goldpanners are the defending champions.

(August 30)  The Vancouver Auroras upended the Goldpanners 7-2 at the Kamloops Tournament sending the defending champions to the loser's bracket, just one loss away from elimination.  The Goldpanners took an early 1-0 lead as Tommy Sain singled and Ken Phelps drove him in with a double.  The lead held until the 4th inning when a walk and Larry Kissock's homer put Vancouver in front.  The BC squad iced the win in the 5th loading the bases on an error, walk and base hit by Don Archer before Wayne Martin crushed a grand slam homer off Tim Ryan.

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Calgary blanked Binscarth, Manitoba, 3-0.


(November 14)  Doug Simon belted a two-run homer and a triple to lead Canada to a 7-2 victory over Italy Thursday in the opening round of the World Amateur Tournament. Right-hander Fred Cardwell scattered 12 hits and fanned nine in gaining the pitching victory. Hallet also had two hits for Canada, one a triple. Roberto Ciccone had three hits for Italy.

Bruno, Bazzarini (5) and Laurenzi
Cardwell (W) and Teahen

In other games, the Republic of China topped Puerto Rico 6-0 and Nicaragua, host of last year`s championship, wipped South Africa 11-2.

(November 18)   The US banged out 10 extra base hits in an 11-1 trouncing of South Africa. The game was called after the 8th inning because of the tournament's 10-run rule. The win left the Americans with a 3-0-1 mark and in a first place tie with Nicaragua. South Africa dropped to 1-4. Italy scored all its runs in the 7th inning to beat Taiwan 6-3.

(November 19)  Canada dropped a pair of games Tuesday, one the continuation of a game suspended Monday night.  Colombia trounced Canada 14-5 in the first and the Dominican Republic shaded the Canadian squad 12-11 in the other.  Fred Cardwell was charged with both defeats.  Centerfielder Jose Corpos drove in four runs for Colombia and Dagoberto Cavadia clubbed a homer.  Doug Simon led Canada with a double and single.

Esteban Maria and Regino Torrez each had three hits for the Dominican while Simon again led the Canucks with a single, double and triple.

(November 23)   The defending champion USA dropped a 3-1 decision to Nicaragua in the opening game of a playoff for the amateur title.  One-run doubles by Alex Torres and Julio Cuarezma broke a 1-1 draw in the fifth inning. Dorfirio Alcamirano was the winning pitcher.

In the second game, the Americans scored twice, with two out, in the bottom of the 9th inning to edge Nicaragua 4-3 to tie the series. Hartzell went the distance for the win with a five-hitter.

(November 24)  Two stars from the University of Southern California led the United States to its second straight world amateur baseball title with a 9-2 win over Nicaragua in the deciding game of their playoff.  George Milke went the distance, allowing just nine hits, in posting his third victory of the tourney. Steve Kemp led the 15-hit attack with a 425-foot, two-run homer in a five-run third inning.  The two runs scored by Nicaragua were the first surrendered by Milke who worked in four games. Nicararagua used five pitchers with starter Trinidad Vallejos taking his first loss of the event.  Julio Cuarezma and Pablo Juarez each had two hits for the losers. The two clubs had finished the nine nation round-robin tournament with 7-0-1 records, including a 6-6 tie in their matchup against each other.