SHERWOOD PARK — The Red Deer Carstar Braves turned in an impressive performance in the midget AAA division of the Sherwood Park Doc Polotsky baseball tournament during the weekend.
The Braves posted a 4-1 record in the tournament, capping it off by a 13-1 victory over the Lloydminster Twins in the final.
Tyson Denham worked the five-inning contest, allowing two hits.
At the plate, Mark Fay had a pair of hits and scored twice while Blair Mulder had two hits and Brady Porter drove in three runs.
The Braves reached the final with a 3-0 victory over the Sherwood Park A’s, behind the brilliant pitching of Matt Davis.
Davis tossed a one-hitter in the seven-inning contest, walked two and fanned 13.
Mulder had three hits and Bruce Cox and Travis Steinke two each.
In pool play the Braves beat Lloydminster 13-5 and the Calgary Blues 4-2 and lost 15-3 to Westlock.
Denham had three hits, three runs and four RBIs against Lloydminster while Taze Steeves had a pair of hits and drove in four runs and Cal Ireland scored three times.
Drew Hamilton started on the mound and worked 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs — three earned — on seven hits and four walks. Brett Littlefair picked up the win, allowing two hits over the final 2 1/3 innings.
Mulder and Steinke combined for the win against the Blues.
Mulder picked up the win, working five innings of three-hit ball while walking seven and fanning five. He gave two runs — one earned.
Steinke tossed a hit-less inning to record the save.
Littlefair drove in a pair of runs while the Braves managed just two hits, but walked 11 times.
Chayse Marion had a pair of hits against Westlock as head coach Rick Czainski used four pitchers.
The Braves return to league play Wednesday when they host the Edmonton Cardinals at 7 p.m. at Great Chief Park.
Bantam AAA swept
The Red Deer Servus Credit Union Braves were 0-3 at a weekend bantam AAA baseball tournament in Sherwood Park, losing 3-2 to the Saskatoon Cardinals, 6-2 to the Edmonton Cardinals and 13-7 to the St. Albert Cardinals.
Mac Guckert stroked a double and single against Saskatoon, while Wylie Cunningham had two singles. Jonah Penner pitched four and one-third innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits while fanning three batters and walking three, and Reign Letkeman worked the final frame, surrendering no earned runs and one hit while recording one strikeout.
Taylor Mulder took the loss in the Braves’ second contest, giving up six earned runs on six hits. He fanned five batters, walked four and hit one.
Servus got two doubles and a single off the bat of Penner in the loss to St. Albert, with Letkeman and Brandon Ballantyne each stroking two singles. Losing pitcher Mike Pinkney was touched for six earned runs on seven hits and four walks, Tyson Ethier surrendered four earned runs on four hits while getting one strikeout, and Nathan Damiani gave up just one hit and fanned one batter.
Ethier and Damiani worked two and two-thirds and one and one-third innings, respectively.
Braves top Leduc
The Red Deer Sutter Fund Braves were 1-2 in bantam AA baseball action during the weekend, with Nathan Mah driving in a run in the team’s lone win, 4-3 over Leduc.
Jayden Hutlet singled home two runs, Tristin Rieu contributed an RBI double and Mark Toms also stroked a two-bagger in a 10-8 loss to Wetaskiwin.
In a 15-12 loss to Sylvan Lake, Craig See had a double and four RBI, while Ty Elliott, with three singles, and Taylor Triffo, with one, each drove in two runs.
Red Sox down Dodgers
Jory Crossland went the distance on the Clive Red Sox mound Sunday, giving up six hits and recording five strikeouts in a 4-3 Parkland Baseball League win over the Lacombe Dodgers.
The Red Sox secured their first victory of the season — against four losses — by plating the decisive run in the top of the seventh inning.
Dodgers pitcher Tim Wasdal gave up the winning run but was sharp at the plate, reaching base on three of four at-bats. Brian Ross started on the Dodgers mound, giving up just one run while fanning three batters over four innings.
Lacombe fell to 4-3 with the loss.