Gus Pantel started playing in Senior baseball in 1946 in Notre Dame. Initially Gus played in many tournaments in the League towns and in Belmont, St. Jean, La Broquerie and St. Pierre. Notre Dame won the South Central League Championship from 1947-49 with Gus and Hall of Fame inductee Gerry Vigier pitching. Pantel led Notre Dame to victory over Letellier and first place prize of $350. In 1950 Gus was signed by the Carman Cardinals of the Mandak League and played one year with another career highlight being a one hit 5-1 victory over Minot in a semi-final of an Osborne Stadium tournament in front of 4000 fans. In 1951 he returned to Notre Dame where his strong pitching performances helped them to be a dominate team in tournaments for 5-6 years. Gus was one of the premier pitchers in Central Manitoba in this era and he was known for a variety of pitches including an aspirin tablet sized fastball.