1968 Manitoba Game Reports     


(August 07)   Neil Amy scattered six hits to post his third straight win as Dauphin Redbirds trounced St. Lazare Athletics 14-3 Wednesday at the DMCC grounds to remain in the hunt for a playoff berth. The right-hander got all the support he needed in the first inning as Scott Wolfe led off with a triple, one of two three-baggers on the day, and Gerry Shumanski, Larry Dierks and Alex Sutherland rapped singles, Bob Buchy reached on a free pass and the A's added in an error, all good for five runs.  Amy racked up 11 strikeouts and walked three.  Paul Chartrand took the loss. Larry McWilliams smacked a double and a pair of singles for the Athletics.

Chartrand (L) and Lambert
Amy (W) and Smith

(August 07)   At Virden, the Oilers got a sparkling four-hit performance from import Gary Debenedetti to stop Brandon Cloverleafs 4-0.   The winning hurler helped his own cause with a single and double. Bob Thompson, named the league's Most Valuable Player, took the loss with a six-hitter.

Thompson (L) and Oakes
Debenedetti (W) and Wilton

(August 09)   Dauphin Redbirds topped Hamiota 5-3 Friday to create a three-way tie for the final playoff slot in the Manitoba Senior League.  The Redbirds fell behind 3-0 before rallying with two in the fourth and three more in the sixth for the victory. Larry Dierks settled down after a rough first three frames to pitch shutout ball the rest of the way, holding the Cardinals to seven hits. Gerry Verbiwski was the hero for the winners. In his first appearance of the season with Dauphin, Verbiwski hammered a two-run homer in the sixth inning to provide the margin of victory. 

Feldner (L) and Jack
Dierks (W) and D.Smith

(August 11)   Dauphin successfully completed its late season surge with a double-header sweep of Virden Sunday to squeeze into the fourth and final playoff slot. Redbirds beat the Oilers 9-8 and 4-2.  Dauphin fell behind 4-1 after two innings in the first game but rebounded to take the lead and hold off a late charge by the Oilers for the victory. Pat Fitzpatrick picked up the win in relief of starter Gerry Verbiwski. Fitzpatrick ran into trouble in the eighth and Neil Amy was called upon to put down the threat. John Lesyshen and Gerry Shumanski led the winners each with a pair of hits. 

Debenedetti (L), Dawley (6) and Wilton
Verbiwski, Fitzpatrick (W) (2), Amy (8) and Day

In the second game, Dauphin got a pair in the first and another in the third for an early 3-0 lead and battled for a 4-2 victory as Gary Keating held the Oilers to four hits and the Redbirds overcame four errors. Shumanski powered the attack with a pair of doubles in three trips.

Bridgett (L) and Wilton
Keating (W) and Kabel


Souris        16 - 8
Brandon       14 - 10  2
Riverside     13 - 11  3
Dauphin       12 - 12  4
Hamiota       11 - 13  5
Virden        10 - 14  6
St. Lazare     8 - 16  8

(August 12)    An error by Brandon on the first batter of the game set the stage for a five-run frame by Riverside and a 7-4 victory in the opening game of the Manitoba Senior League playoffs. Murray Duncan's two-run triple highlighted the outburst.  18-year-old Grant Everard on the hill for the Canucks was hit hard in the first inning, giving up three runs, but settled down to hurl steady ball the rest of the way. He racked up 15 strikeouts in besting league MVP Bob Thompson.  Thompson had a tough day on the mound but helped the Cloverleafs with a single, double and triple.  Tom Town, lured out of retirement late in the season, smacked a tremendous, two-run homer, and two singles for Brandon. The homer cleared the centre field fence, going at least 425 feet. Cliff Seafoot had four hits for the winners, Duncan had a single to go with his three-bagger and Ross Kinsley added a single and double.

Everard (W) and C.Seafoot
Thompson (L) and Oakes

(August 13)  The first game of the second semi-final was a runaway as Souris Cardinals clobbered Dauphin 16 to 3 at Souris.  The Redbirds briefly had the lead with two runs in the second inning but the Cardinals tied it in the bottom of the second and Bob Payne cracked a three-run homer in the third to put Souris ahead for good. Six runs in the fifth frame put the game out of reach. Brian Moffatt slammed a grand-slam homer in the sixth to rub a little more salt in the wound. Dick Limke, went six innings, compiling ten strikeouts. Payne finished up on the hill.

Buchy (L), Coulter (6) and Smith
Limke (W), Payne (7) and Payne, Couvier (7)

(August 14)  Riverside Canucks took advantage of two ninth inning errors to come from behind with two runs for a 5-4 victory and a 2-0 game lead in the semi-final series. Canucks took an early 3-0 lead before falling behind 4-3 after Brandon scored a pair in the eighth and another in the ninth.  With two out and Barry Moffatt aboard with a single, Cliff Seafoot's drive to centre was dropped by Bob Thompson and in trying to nab Moffatt churning for home Thompson threw wildly as the run scored to tie the count.  Murray Duncan then rapped one to short and the ball took a bad bounce and Seafoot came racing home with the winner. Russ Reid scattered ten hits to register the win. Tommy Town of Brandon had the game's big blow, a two-run homer.

Hodgson (L) and Oakes
Reid (W) and C.Seafoot

(August 20)  After rains held up the series for nearly a week, Riverside Canucks pulled off a six-run eighth inning Tuesday to escape with a 6-4 victory and took a stranglehold on the series with their third straight win. With Brandon holding a 3-0 lead and Ron Toews pitching a strong game, the Canucks opened the eighth with a single by Mark Fisher and Gene Cory drew a walk. A two-bagger to right-centre by Ross Kinsley brought in both runners.  With one out, Wes Rathwell got a free pass and Cloverleafs manager Mort Wright brought in little lefty Jack Denbow in relief.  He promptly hit Barry Moffatt to load the bases and Garth Seafoot smacked a sharp single to right and the throw home took a crazy bounce over the head of the catcher as three runs scored. Cliff Seafoot's drag bunt down the first base line allowed brother Garth to come home to make the score 6-3 for Riverside. Brandon made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth getting one run and loading the bases with two out. But Mark Fisher got a strikeout to end the game.

Everard (W), Fisher (8) and C.Seafoot
Toews, Denbow (L) (8) and Oakes

(August 21)  In a reversal of their form of the first game of the series, Dauphin Redbirds got superb pitching from Pat Fitzpatrick to down Souris 7-1 to tie their playoff series at a game apiece. Fitzpatrick had a no-hitter for seven innings before giving up a game-tying homer in the eighth. In a 1-1 draw after eight, Dauphin erupted for six runs in the final frame.  Losing hurler Bob Neufeld cracked a homer for the only Souris run.

Fitzpatrick (W) and Smith
Neufeld (L) and Payne

(August 22)   Playing at Grandview Thursday, Dauphin scored a pair in the first inning en route to an 8-3 victory and a 2-1 game lead in the series. Neil Amy held Souris to five hits in going the distance for the win.

Payne (L), Hunter (7) and xxx
Amy (W) and xxx

(August 22)   Facing elimination, Brandon southpaw Brian Hodgson tossed a seven-hit shutout as the Cloverleafs dumped Riverside 7-0 Thursday.  Hodgson fanned nine and walked a pair.  The Canucks best chance came in the fifth inning when they loaded the bases with just one out. But, third baseman Roy McLachlan made a brilliant stab of a ball hit between third and short and turned it into a double-play.  Cloverleafs used a 12-hit attack on a pair of Canuck hurlers.

Hodgson (W) and Oakes
Reid (L), Lilley (6) and C.Seafoot

(August 25)  Dick Limke fired a no-hitter, the first in league playoff history, to lead Souris to a 2-0 win over Dauphin to tie their series a two games apiece.  Limke was overpowering, racking up ten strikeouts and allowing just two men to reach base on walks.  Gary Keating, the tough-luck loser, yielded just three hits, but his teammates committed four errors. Bob Neufeld belted a triple for the winners.

Keating (L) and Smith
Limke (W) and Payne

(August 25)   In a 14-inning thriller at Kinsmen Stadium, Riverside Canucks ousted the defending champion Brandon Cloverleafs from playoff action with a 3-2 victory before more than 1,000 fans at Brandon.  Canucks won the series four games to one.  After six scoreless innings, Murray Duncan led off the 14th frame with a single and moved up on a bloop hit by Ross Kinsley.  A sac fly got Duncan to third with one out.  Wes Rathwell then laid down a bunt down the first base line to bring in the tie breaking and eventual winning marker. Brandon got a runner aboard in the bottom of the 14th but Riverside got a double play to end the threat. Russ Reid, who relieved in the 13th picked up the win. Grant Everard went 12 innings for the Canucks allowing just seven hits. Ron Toews and Brian Hodgson combined on a six-hitter for the losers.

Everard, Lilley (13), Reid  (W) (13) and C.Seafoot
Toews, Hodgson (L) (9) and Oakes

(August 26)   Bob Neufeld blanked Dauphin on five hits Monday as Souris took the lead in the playoff series with a 4-0 victory. Cardinals scored the only run they needed in the first inning. Doug Armour, the leadoff batter, singled, advanced on a sacrifice and romped home on Don Hodgson's single.  Armour led the Cards with three hits.

Fitzpatrick (L), Amy (2) and Day
Neufeld (W) and Payne

(August 28)  Bill Carpenter's homer sparked a three-run first inning and Souris Cardinals dumped Dauphin 6-3 to eliminate the Redbirds from further playoff action.  In the fourth, Don Hodgson's double, a single by Gladwyn Scott and a Dauphin error added the winning marker and an insurance run.  Carpenter recorded the pitching win for Souris, tossing a six-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk.  Doug Armour and Hodgson each had three hits for the winners.

Carpenter (W) and Couvier
Keating (L), Fitzpatrick (4), Coutler (7) and Day

(August 30)   The Cardinals delighted the home crowd at Souris Friday crushing Riverside 11-0 in the opening game of the best-of-seven final series.  Bob Neufeld, who fired a shutout against Dauphin Monday, held the Canucks to six hits and whiffed seven in his second straight blanking.  Five Riverside errors figured prominently in the scoring. Dean Couvier led the winners with a double and single.

Fisher (L), Lilley (7) and C.Seafoot
Neufeld (W) and Payne

(September 02)   Clobbered 11-0 in the opening game of the final series, Riverside rebounded Monday with a 2-1 victory over Souris to even the series a a game apiece.  Canucks pounded Cardinals' ace Dick Limke for ten hits while getting a clutch four-hit effort from southpaw Russ Reid.  A record crowd of more than 1,200 saw Riverside break a 1-1 tie with the winning marker with two outs in the eighth inning.  A single by Ross Kinsley brought in Cliff Seafoot with the deciding run.  

Limke (L) and Payne
Reid (W) and C.Seafoot

(September 04)   Riverside scored twice in the top of the first inning and that was all the scoring Wednesday as the Canucks downed Souris 2-0 behind a two-hitter by Grant Everard.  The right-hander racked up 12 strikeouts without a walk.  Bob Neufeld, coming off back-to-back shutouts, took the loss giving up nine hits.  Wes Rathwell, the Canucks' leadoff batter led the offense with three hits.  Mark Fisher's bases-loaded single scored both runs.

Everard (W) and C.Seafoot
Neufeld (L) and Payne

(September 06)   The Manitoba Senior League final series is tied at two games apiece as Souris Cardinals punished the Riverside Canucks 11-2 Friday.  Lew Morrison, back from a hockey clinic with the Flin Flon Bombers, silenced the heavy Canucks' bats on just four hits in the seven inning contest, called because of darkness. Bill Carpenter, the former Winnipeg Goldeye star, led the Souris attack with a pair of tremendous circuit blows. In the third inning he sent one out of the park for a two-run homer and followed with a three-run shot in the fifth inning.  Don Hodgson added a single and triple.  Riverside committed seven errors, three in the five-run fifth inning. Souris played errorless ball.

Morrison (W) and Payne
Fisher (L), Reid (3) and C.Seafoot

(September 08)   With a 5-1 victory over Riverside Sunday, Souris Cardinals are just a game away from the Manitoba Senior Baseball League championship.  Bill Carpenter drove in all five runs for the winners. He got the ball rolling in the third inning with a towering home run blast over the left field fence with two men aboard. His double in the fifth brought in two more runs.  Dick Limke held the Canucks to six hits in posting the win. He fanned eight and walked a pair.

G.Seafoot (L), Lilley (7) and C.Seafoot
Limke (W) and Payne

(September 10)   With a four-run outburst in the seventh inning, the Riverside Canucks topped Souris 7-3 Tuesday to force a seventh and deciding game in their Manitoba Senior League final series. Young Grant Everard again was the pitching hero for the Canucks with a seven-hit effort. He fanned eight and had to pitch out of trouble given eight free passes, five intentional all to Bill Carpenter who has feasted on Canucks' pitching in the series. Lew Morrison went all the way for Souris and was tagged for eight hits.  Garth Seafoot led the winners' attack with two doubles and a single.  Barry Moffatt added a triple and single.

Morrison (L) and Payne
Everard (W) and C.Seafoot

(September 12)   Riverside Canucks have their first Manitoba Senior Baseball League championship. In another dramatic finish, Canucks broke loose for three runs in the eighth and final inning to down Souris 6-3 to take the series four games to three.  Tied at 3-3, Mark Fisher started the winning rally with a leadoff single. With one out, Ross Kinsley drew a free pass and Gord Hunter reached on a fielder's choice.  Russ Reid followed with a booming three-bagger to bring in two runs. Wes Rathwell singled to chase Reid home.  Souris had a chance in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded and none out but reliever Lorne Lilley put out the fire. Grant Everard worked seven innings for the win, his third of the series and fifth in the playoffs.  He also pitched 12 innings in a game in which the Canucks defeated Brandon in the 13th. 

Everard, Reid (8), Lilley (8) and C.Seafoot
Neufeld (L) and Payne