DQ Braves fall in provincial semifinal

The Red Deer Dairy Queen Braves dropped a 7-6 decision to the Spruce Grove White Sox in the semifinal of the provincial peewee AAA baseball championships in St. Albert during the weekend.

The Red Deer Dairy Queen Braves dropped a 7-6 decision to the Spruce Grove White Sox in the semifinal of the provincial peewee AAA baseball championships in St. Albert during the weekend.

The Sox scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh following an error, stolen base and an suicide squeeze.

The Braves had tied the score in the top of the seventh as Mike Ozga reached on an error, went to second on a ground out and scored on Dave Coley’s single.

Coley finished with three RBI singles while Lyons and Brendan Baker each had a walk and a single and Carter O’Donnell an RBI ground out.

Baker was on the mound and went the distance, allowing eight hits and fanning three.

Earlier the Braves lost 10-9 to the Edmonton Cardinals and beat the Sherwood Park Athletics 16-10.

Baker lined a three-run double and a single against the Cardinals while Coley had an RBI triple, Ethan Ropcean an RBI and two singles, Kane LeBlanc a walk and a two-run single and Ozga an RBI single and a walk.

Kyle Kryzcka started on the mound and allowed six runs on three hits and five walks before giving way to LeBlanc with two out in the second inning. The game was called after two innings because of rain and resumed the next day with LeBlanc eventually taking the loss when he allowed four unearned runs in the sixth.

He allowed only two hits and a walk.

The Braves used five pitchers in the win against the A’s.

Lyons started, followed by Baker, Ropcean, Ozga and Coley,

Lyons allowed two runs on one hit and three walks in 1 2/3 innings while Baker also went 1 2/3 innings, allwoing three runs on two hits and two strike outs. Ropcean went an inning, allowing four runs on five hits with Ozga tossing two innings of two-hit, no-run ball.

Coley gave up a run on one hit in one inning of work.

Kelsey Lalor finished with three RBIs on a double, two singles and a bases loaded walk while Baker had five RBIs on two singles and a three-run double.

Ropcean had two singles and an RBI while O’Donnell and Kryzcka added RBI doubles. Brad Pope picked up a run-scoring single and Ozga an RBI ground out.

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