1959 Alberta Playoffs     

Semi-finals : 

(August 30)  Calgary scored early and held on to beat Vauxhall 8-6 in the opening game of their best-of-five semi-final series.  Dodgers plated four in the first on an error, doubles by Bill Fennessey and Marty Hurd and a homer by Bill Casanova. Calgary added two more in the second inning with Hurd and Casanova picking up the RBIs.  Tilbert Neal went the distance to pick up the win.  He gave up three homers -- to Jim Pierson, Tom Wilcox and John PriceFennessey led the Dodgers with three hits.

Locke and Eilmes
Neal and D Abel

(August 31)  Jack Cravens pitched a five-hitter and belted a homer and a double to pace Vauxhall Jets to a 9-1 victory over Calgary to square their semi-final series at a game apiece.   Jets scored four runs in the third inning on three hits and three Calgary errors to score all the runs they needed.

Szostak and D Abel
Cravens and Eilmes

(September 1)  Calgary scored 14 runs in the first three innings and went on to paste Vauxhall 18-8 to gain a berth in the Southern Alberta final series against Lethbridge.  Marty Hurd led the Dodgers with a grand slam homer in the third.  Frank Amaya also had a circuit blow for the winners.  Bob Mosteller homered for the Jets.

Mosteller, Locke (3), Cravens (6) and Eilmes
MacEwen, Neal (2) and D Abel

Finals : 

(September 2)  Steve Schott held Calgary to seven hits as Lethbridge won the first game of the final series, 13-4.  Schott who gave up all the Dodgers' runs in the first three innings, retired 22 straight batters before Marve Marchbanks broke the string with two out in the 8th.  Bob Bourbeau was the hitting hero for the White Sox with a three-run homer and a double.  Schott aided his own cause with a double and a single. 

Schulz, Centi (2) and D Abel
Schott and Koentopp

(September 3)  Brack Bailey's two-run double in the 8th proved to be the difference as Lethbridge downed Calgary 4-3 to take a 2-0 game lead in their best-of-seven Southern Alberta final series.  White Sox had taken the lead in the 7th on Larry Koentopp's two-run single.  Dodgers came back with a pair in the bottom of the 9th but Dick Creighton fanned Frank Amaya to end the threat.  Creighton pitched a six-hitter for the win.  Hank Szostak tossed a five-hitter in a losing cause.  He also helped at the plate with a triple and double.

Creighton and Koentopp
Szostak and D Abel

(September 4)  Lethbridge moved to within one game of the Southern Alberta League title with a 5-4 win over Calgary.  Darryl Wilson scattered 10 hits to pick up the win.  Tilbert Neal was the hard-luck loser for the Dodgers.  He allowed just eight hits.  A Calgary error was instrumental in the Sox scoring the winning run in the 7th. Bob Bourbeau paced the winners with three hits.  Brack Bailey had a triple and a single. 

Neal and D Abel
Wilson and Koentopp

(September 6)   Calgary shaded Lethbridge 8-7 at Buffalo Stadium to extend the final series to at least a fifth game.

(September 7)  Lethbridge crushed Calgary 15-6 to capture the Southern Alberta baseball championship.  White Sox took the best-of-seven final in five games.  Shortstop Bob Bourbeau again led the White Sox at the plate hitting for the cycle.  Bourbeau had five hits, a homer, triple, double and two singles.  Darwin Walkingshaw chipped in with a triple and single and Stan Busch belted a homer. Mountie Bedford went the distance for the win.  White Sox ended the season with 48 wins in 64 games in league, exhibition and tournament play.

Centi, MacEwen (7) and Abel
Bedford and Koentopp