Local sports briefs – May 24

The Red Deer Servus Credit Union Braves posted a 3-0 record to reach the final in the St. Albert Early Bird bantam AAA baseball tournament. The final was postponed because of rain and is expected to be played at a later date.

Servus reaches final in St. Albert

The Red Deer Servus Credit Union Braves posted a 3-0 record to reach the final in the St. Albert Early Bird bantam AAA baseball tournament.

The final was postponed because of rain and is expected to be played at a later date.

The Braves beat Spruce Grove 6-5 and St. Albert 9-2 in pool play and stopped St. Albert 10-9 in eight inning in the semifinal.

Riley Guntrip went the seven innings to pick up the win against Spruce Grove, allowing eight hits and fanning eight. He was two-for-three at the plate with a double and a triple, scored twice and drove in a run.

Levi Moon had a single and a double, scored once and drove in two.

In pool play against St. Albert, Joel Mazurkewich started and went two innings, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out five.

Mazurkewich had a pair of doubles and drove in three runs while scoring twice. Jesse Muirhead had a single and a double with a run and an RBI and Guntrip and Brett Barrett had two hits each.

In the semifinal, Justin Van Tetering was credited with the winning RBI when he walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth.

Moon picked up the win in relief of Mitch Vanson, who started and allowed four runs on six hits over four innings. He also fanned seven.

Moon had a single and a double with two RBIs and a run scored while Ryan Klinck had a single, double, two RBIs and a run. Mazurkewich added a single, double, two runs and an RBI.


Braves blanked

The Red Deer Boston Pizza Braves struggled at the plate in a 14-0 bantam AA semifinal loss to the Calgary Cubs in a semifinal of the St. Albert Early Bird baseball tournament during the weekend.

David Coley had the lone hit for the Braves, who committed several errors behind pitchers Mike Ozga, Zane Steeves and Jesse Kowalchuk, who gave up a total of five earned runs.

Earlier, the Braves hammered Sherwood Park 11-1 and worked the Cubs 9-1.

Steeves was two-for-two with a triple and double, drove in two runs and scored twice against Sherwood Park. Steven Stammers was two-for-three with two runs scored, Brody Kalinowski stroked a two-bagger and Steeves, Kyle Krycka and Matt Lyons combined on a four-hitter.

In the win over the Cubs, Kane Leblanc contributed a three-run double, Steeves was two-for-three with two RBI and a run scored, Ozga had three hits and drove in three runs, Kalinowski had two hits and scored three times, and Stammers was three-for-four with a double and single and scored three runs.

On the mound, Leblanc, Stammers and Ozga combined to hold the Cubs to three hits over seven innings.


Carstar dumped

The Red Deer Carstar midget AAA Braves finished 1-3 and out of the playoffs at the Moose Jaw May Long baseball tournament during the weekend.

Jonah Penner had the lone Red Deer hit in an opening-game 2-1 loss to the host Cardinals. Moose Jaw scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning off Braves pitcher Corbyn Shields, who went the distance while giving up seven hits and fanning five batters.

In a 9-2 loss to the Regina Mets — the first-place team in the Saskatchewan Midget League — Taze Steeves stroked a double for the Braves and Mac Guckert and Reign Letkeman each had one hit. Wyle Cunningham started on the Red Deer mound and surrendered nine runs on seven hits over three innings, and Brandon Bodemer held the Mets to one hit and recorded one strikeout over the final two frames.

The Braves’ lone positive result was a 3-0, five-inning win over Lloydminster, as Scott Trapp threw a no-hitter while fanning five batters. Penner and Reid Stoyberg each cracked a double and Bodemer and Letkeman each added a hit.

Penner started for the Braves in a 5-4 loss to the Saskatoon Diamondbacks, giving up thee runs on two hits while recording two strikeouts over two innings. Drew Hamilton tossed the final two frames — surrendering two runs on three hits and fanning one batter — while Letkeman had two hits and Stoyberg contributed one.


Renegades win at tournament

Hannah Giannioudis, Tyler Vercaigne and Mikayla Fujimoto each scored once as the Red Deer Renegades defeated the Edmonton West Raiders 3-1 to clinch the under-12 tier 2 girls championship of the St. Albert Victoria Day Classic soccer tournament.

The Renegades were undefeated in the tournament with a 2-2 tie against the host Impact and a 5-0 win over South West United.

Vercaigne and Abbi Galloway tallied against the Impact, while Vercaigne netted two goals and Fujimoto, Emma Holmes and Samu Ndhlovu also scored in the win over South West.

The Renegades return to action Sunday in a league game versus the visiting United.