Local sports briefs – September 23

The RDC Royals went 0-4 in Alberta Intercollegiate Women’s Fastball Association play in Saskatoon during the weekend.

Royals blanked at Saskatoon

The RDC Royals went 0-4 in Alberta Intercollegiate Women’s Fastball Association play in Saskatoon during the weekend.

The Royals lost 5-4 to the University of Regina and 9-1 to the University of Saskatchewan on Saturday. They were also beaten 6-1 by the U of S and 10-3 by Regina Sunday.

The Royals toughest loss was to Regina Saturday when they squandered a 4-0 lead to lose in an extra inning.

Jen Potts had a no-hitter for the Royals until Regina got to her for four runs in the sixth inning.

Alyssa Cook and Eliza Lewis had two hits each for the Royals.

The Royals never recovered and were never in the game against the U of S, managing only two hits — Rolanda Rowland’s triple and Lewis’ double.

On Sunday, they opened against the U of S with Potts suffering the loss while her mates managed just two hits.

Sarah Walz took the loss against Regina. Cook had a triple and two singles. The Royals record sits at 6-4.

Tennis club plans inaugural mixed doubles event

The Red Deer Tennis Club will stage an inaugural mixed doubles event on Saturday.

The first-ever Red Deer Tennis Club Memorial Tournament will be played in honour of former long-time member Thelma Smith, who died this year.

“Over the past number of years we’ve been losing members so we decided to start a memorial tournament and name it in honour of a person who passed away during that specific year,” said tournament organizer Graham Keogh.

The majority of the matches will be played on the outdoor courts, although the club is hoping to employ the new dome for a handful of games.

“We’re still waiting to get clearance from the city,” said Keogh. “We’re waiting for (the dome) to pass inspection.”

The event will feature mainly local players, although the club has contacted out-of-town competitors who knew Smith, whose grandson, Ryan Smith of Calgary, will attend the tournament and play an afternoon exhibition match.

Ryan and Thelma Smith were teammates in the mixed doubles event of the provincial tennis championship last year.

Titans start training

The Red Deer Titans Track and Field Club have started training for the upcoming season.

Anyone aged nine and over interested in competing for the club during their indoor and outdoors seasons should attend open practices Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6:30 p.m. at Lindsay Thurber’s Legion Track.

For additional information contact Claire Murphy at 403-340-8307.

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