Braves fail to wrap up AAA crown
ST. ALBERT — The Red Deer Dairy Queen Braves were perfect in the provincial peewee AAA baseball championship during the weekend, until it mattered most.
The Braves roared through round-robin play with a 4-0 record, then fell twice to the Sherwood Park Athletics in the championship final.
The Red Deer squad was swamped 15-4 in the first game of the final, with Mitchell James stroking two singles and knocking in a run in a losing cause, Brendan Baker and Blake Thompson each scoring once and driving in a run, and starting pitcher Allan Pruss taking the loss.
The Braves suffered another lopsided loss in the second contest. Joel Mazurkewich was two-for-two at the plate with a single and double and scored the lone Red Deer run in a 9-1 setback.
Thomson took the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits and recording four strikeouts over five innings.
Sherwood Park will represent Alberta in the Western Canada championship Aug. 21-23 in Red Deer.
The three-day competition will be hosted by the Braves.
Red Deer kicked off round-robin play at the provincials with a 10-9 win over the Edmonton Cardinals, getting a double and home run and three RBIs off the bat of Levi Moon.
James stroked a triple and single and drove in a run, Pruss and Baker each had two hits. Starting pitcher Brett Barrett allowed five runs on six hits while fanning five batters over six innings.
Barrett was three-for-four at the plate with two RBIs and one run scored as the Braves followed with a 10-9 win over the Spruce Grove Sox.
Baker was two-for-four with a run scored and one RBI, Mazurkewich added two singles and James was the winning pitcher with one run surrendered on four hits.
The Braves ran over the St. Albert Cardinals 12-2 in their third contest, with Mazurkewich cracking a home run and double, scoring twice and driving in four runs.
Mike Pruss was three-for-three with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs, Barrett and Baker each contributed two hits and Moon pitched all five innings, allowing two runs on five hits while recording two strikeouts.
Red Deer wrapped up round-robin action with a 10-2 thumping of the Athletics in which Niklas Fischer was three-four-four with a home run.
He also scored twice and drove in two runs.
Meanwhile, Moon rapped three singles, scoring twice and knocked in three runs, Barrett and Baker each had two hits and scored once, and Fischer allowed two runs on five hits to get the win. In addition, he fanned seven batters over six innings.
Sliders go 3-3 at midget B fastball championships
MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. — The Red Deer Topco Oilsite Sliders posted a 3-3 record at the Western Canadian midget B women’s fastball championships during the weekend.
The Sliders opened the round-robin portion of the tournament by beating Weyburn, Sask, 3-2 and the host Maple Ridge Rage 6-5 in two extra innings.
Sara Walz went the distance on the mound against Weyburn while Mackenzie McConnell led the offence with a single and a double.
In the second game, the Sliders fell behind 4-1 before fighting back and scoring the winning run in the ninth on a one-out fielder’s choice ground ball by McConnell.
Alyssa Cook went the distance for the win while Rolanda Rowland had two singles and Kendice Ogilvie lined a run-scoring triple.
The Sliders’ bats then went cold as they lost 6-0 to Brandon Westman Magic and 1-0 to the Prince Albert Aces.
Cook had a single and a double against the Magic while Rowland had the other two Red Deer hits.
The Sliders managed only one hit against Prince Albert, who managed just two hits off Walz.
The Sliders put themselves in a position to make the playoffs with a 4-2 win over Langley, BC., but were eliminated by dropping a 10-0 decision to Smitty’s Terminators of Winnipeg.
Lundie Graham had three singles against Langley while Ogilvie chipped in with a two-run double. Cook went the distance for the win.
Kallis eight shots off
KITCHENER, Ont. — Carson Kallis of Red Deer was eight shots off the pace following Monday’s first round of the Canadian junior boy’s golf championship.
Kallis turned in a 4-over 77 (36-41) and was in a 48th-place tie after 18 holes, while co-leaders Albin Choi and Brandon Ng of Toronto, as well as Justin Shin of Maple Ridge, B.C., fired matching 4-under par 69s.
Meanwhile, Mitch Bach of Sundre checked in with a 78 (41-37) and was tied for 60th, and Zac Griffiths of Red Deer carded a 79 (39-40) and was tied for 73rd.
Griffiths also sat 21st in the juvenile boys’ division, 10 shots back of leader Ng.
U-18s fall to Lisbon
The Red Deer Under-18 Tier 2 United girls fell 3-0 to Lisbon St. Anthony’s of Manchester in the Super Premier semifinal of a soccer tournament in England on Saturday.
United qualiied for the semifinal by playing Vard IF of Denmark to a scoreless tie as Red Deer keeper Lauren Good recorded her third shutout of the competition.
Prior to competing in the final-four match of the tournament, United battled Newcastle to a 1-1 draw in a friendly, with Moira Dudley scoring the lone Red Deer goal on a header off a corner sent in by Kayla Rogers.
Compton wins silver in junior ladies freeskate
EDMONTON — Cassandra Compton of the Red Deer Skating Club earned a silver medal in flight one of the junior ladies freeskate competition of the Wild Rose Invitational during the weekend.
Meanwhile, Emily Broganza was fifth in flight three of the same event, and Joel Broganza was eighth in the juvenile men’s division.
Amy Severtson was 17th in flight one of the pre-novice ladies short program, 20th in the freeskate and 19th overall, and in flight three Kyle Pelletier was 15th in the freeskate, 17th in the short program and 17th overall.
Servus Braves win bantam AAA title
ST. ALBERT — Pitcher Tyson Ethier gave up nine hits and recorded two strikeouts through seven innings as the Red Deer Servus Credit Union Braves captured the provincial bantam AAA baseball championship during the weekend with a 10-4 win over the Okotoks Dawgs.
Jonah Penner cracked a double and triple for the new Alberta champs, while Ethier contributed two singles and a triple, Taylor Mulder had two singles and a double and Mike Pinkney chipped in with two singles.
The Braves, who will compete in the Canadian championship Aug. 20-24 in Ontario, opened the provincial tournament with a 14-4 whipping of the Spruce Grove Sox, getting a single and triple from Nathan Damiani, a single and double from Penner, and two singles from each of Reign Letkeman, Wyle Cunningham and Brandon Ballantyne.
Ethier worked three innings on the mound, giving up three hits and fanning three batters, while Penner allowed two hits and had three strikeouts over one and one-third innings, and Pinkney worked two-thirds of a hitless frame, recording one strikeout in the process.
Penner and Cunningham each stroked a double in the Braves’ second victory, 8-7 over the St. Albert Cardinals.
Cunningham gave up four hits and fanned eight batters through five and one-third innings on the Red Deer mound, with Letkeman allowing three hits and recording one strikeout while working one and two-thirds innings.
In Red Deer’s third game, Penner stroked two singles, Cunningham rapped a triple and Damiani clubbed a double in a 14-3 trouncing of the Edmonton Cardinals.
Penner pitched six innings for the Braves, allowing just two hits while striking out four batters.
The Braves’ only blemish was an 8-2 round-robin loss to the Dawgs, a game in which Letkeman had two singles and Cunningham contributed a double.
On the Red Deer mound, Mac Guckert was touched for five hits over three innings while fanning one batter. Mulder gave up two hits and recorded two strikeouts through one and two-thirds innings, and Pinkney allowed two hits and had one strikeout in two and one-third innings of duty.
Soehn nabs five gold medals in trampoline
OKOTOKS — Keegan Soehn of the Red Deer Thunder Country Trampoline Club captured five gold medals in a pair of trampoline competitions.
Soehn won three gold at the Canada Cup and added a pair of first-place finishes at the Canada-America Cup.
Soehn won the youth men’s individual trampoline and double-mini trampoline (DMT) and teamed with Sebastien St. Germain from Quebec to take the synchronized trampoline in the Canada Cup.
He then won gold with the Canadian team in the trampoline and DMT against the Americans.
Kyle Soehn was on the gold-medal winning Canadian senior men’s DMT team.
Kyle Soehn captured bronze in the senior men’s DMT in the Canada Cup.
Also in the Canada Cup competition, Amanda Martin won silver in the novice 10-14 year-old women’s DMT while Brittany Lane was second in the novice 15-and-over DMT. Morgan Akins took second in the novice 15-and-over trampoline and ninth in DMT.
Both Soehns and Martin will compete for Canada at world championships.
Kyle Soehn was named to the Canadian national senior men’s trampoline and DMT team for the world finals in Russia, Nov. 7-20, and was selected to compete in a pair of World Cup events in September in Portugal and Belgium.
Ken Soehn, who is the coach of the Red Deer Club, will coach the Canadian team at the World Cup events.
Keegan Soehn and Martin were selected to the Canadian team to compete at the World Age Group championships, Nov. 14-20 in Russia.
Soehn is in the men’s 17-18 year-old division and Martin in the women’s 13-14 year-old class.
Firefly Fusion bounced at finals
MOOSE JAW, Sask. — The Red Deer Firefy Fusion were 1-5 in the Western Canadian peewee A girls’ fastball championship during the weekend.
The Fusion opened the three-day tournament with a 3-1 loss to the Manitoba Eastman Wildcats before beating the host Moose Jaw Ice 7-4.
Erin Berube was the tough-luck loser in the opener, allowing just three hits while fanning five. The Fusion managed just three hits, including a double by Madison Lee.
Madison Holland tossed a three-hitter and struck out 16 in the win over the Ice. Taylor Hall had a single and a double and Megan Kirkland had a pair of singles.
The Fusion dropped a trio of games on Saturday, losing 9-2 to the Richmond, B.C., Islanders, 8-7 in two extra innings to the Saskatoon Phantoms and 11-3 to the Winnipeg Angels.
Holland started on the mound against the Islanders, but was injured running the bases and gave way to Berube.
Holland and Lee led the offence with triples.
Berube went the distance against Saskatoon, allowing nine hits in nine innings. Taryn Baumgardt had a single and a double and Kirkland and Berube had two singles each.
The game against Winnipeg was the Fusion’s third game in less than six hours and it showed.
They managed just six hits — two each by Berube and Kirkland — while Holland went the distance on the mound, allowing seven hits.
The Fusion put the finishing touches on their tournament Sunday with a 10-0 loss (team unavailable).
“The competition was very close, but in the end we made too many errors to be successful at this level of competition,” said Fusion head coach Brian Holland. “But the team belonged here and will learn from what they experienced.”
Eleven of the 12 players on the Fusion graduate to bantam next season and several will tryout for the 2010 Alberta Summer Games in the next three weeks.
The Fusion finished their season with a 32-11 record.