The Red Deer Midget AAA Braves just needed some tension for the bats to wake up.
Trailing 4-2 against the Sherwood Park Athletics in the bottom of the seventh in league play Saturday, the late-game rally got underway.
A walk to open the inning, followed by an error by the A’s put runners on second and third for the home side.
After another walk, Cleary Simpson singled home a run to the right side to get the Braves within one.
Aidan Gerhing then played hero, launching a two-RBI double to straightaway centre field that propelled the Braves to a 5-4 win over the rival A’s.
Lefty Owen Harriott pitched in relief and earned the win for the Braves.
In the second game of the double header, the Braves lost 14-4.
Sunday, Red Deer also split the double header, with a 10-8 loss in game one and a 6-4 victory in game two.
In the win, Jared Arnold tossed five and a third innings, with five strikeouts and six walks. He allowed three earned runs on just one hit.
Josh Zinger was three for three on the afternoon with two RBI. Levi Hammond also had two hits in the win.
In the 10-8 loss, five Braves had multi-hit games, including Cleary Simpson, Myles Pallister, Mason Love-Hollman, Carter Claerhout and Anthony Chatwood. Gehring also had an RBI double that cashed three runs in the win.