The Red Deer Servus Credit Union Braves plated four runs in the bottom of the first inning and cruised to a five-inning, 10-0 win over the visiting Fort McMurray Oil Giants in bantam AAA baseball action Sunday.
Riley Seward was the winning pitcher, giving up three hits while fanning three batters and walking three, while Hunter Leslie was three-for-four at the plate with a double, Matt Kohle was three-for-three, Aidan Schafer stroked a triple and Adam Junck and Cooper Jones each doubled.
On Saturday, the Braves fell behind 5-2 after three and one-third of an opening game of a doubleheader that resumed Sunday morning and finished with a 9-2 setback.
Ben LeBlanc started on the Red Deer mound and gave up five runs while striking out five batters and walking two as the losing pitcher. Brett Porter came on in relief Sunday morning and gave up four runs in three and two-thirds innings while recording one strikeout and issuing three walks, and Ty Moline, with two singles, and Seward, with a double, led the Braves at the plate.
Red Deer won 6-2 in the second game of the scheduled twinbill, getting a complete-game outing from pitcher Branden Woods, who gave up five hits, fanned six batters and walked one.
Tied at 2-2, the game went to an international tie-breaker that was decided when the Braves scored four runs in the top of the eighth frame. Zach Baker ignited the Red Deer charge with a lead-off single and Kohle followed with a two-run double.
Cooper Jones was three-for-three at the plate with a double and Baker and Haley Lalor each had two hits for the Braves, who are in Okotoks this weekend for the provincial championship tournament.