Red Deer Rigger Jason Louis smacks a home run early in a 16-9 win over the St. Albert Tigers Sunday night at great Cheif Park. (Photo by Byron Hackett/Advocate staff)

Red Deer Riggers ride big fourth inning to 16-9 win over St. Albert

The Red Deer Riggers showed no mercy for the St. Albert Tigers on Sunday night at Great Chief Park, swatting 12 hits in a dominant 16-9 win.

With the victory the Riggers are 5-0 on the Sunburst Baseball League Senior AAA circuit, averaging over 10 runs a game through the early part of the year.

“I think we’re just seeing the ball well. It seems every inning we’re hitting the ball on the screws every single time,” outfielder Joel Mazurkewich said.

On Sunday it was the single that did most of the damage, with Mazurkewich going three-for-three with four RBI.

Mazurkewich has seen icreased playing time in his third season with the Riggers with his simple approach at the plate.

“Feels like I’ve found my swing a bit and of course the 8-9-1 guys are getting on base for me and I’m just putting it in play. Just going my way,” he said.

Denver Wik also had a two-RBI single on a one-for-three night, but added two RBI on a weird sacrifice fly that scored two runners. He knocked in five runners total in the game.

Both Jason Louie and JP Wilner crushed home runs in the win.

Josh Edwards got the victory on the mound, battling through a gutsy five innings where he allowed eight hits and four earned runs, while striking out five and allowing a grand slam to the Tigers Jessy Beley.

The Beley slam was part of a four-run fourth inning for the Tigers that made it a 7-6 game. Red Deer then exploded in the bottom of the inning for six runs to shut the door.

“That was a big inning for us, didn’t look very good after that grand slam. We came back and we hit the ball well on the screws again,” Mazurkewich added.

The Riggers are back at Great Chief Park Tuesday night when they host St. Albert with first pitch set for 7:30 p.m.

byron.hackett@reddeeradvocate.com

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