The Red Deer Riggers are battling the Edmonton Cubs in the Sunburst Baseball League final. Advocate File Photo)

The Red Deer Riggers are battling the Edmonton Cubs in the Sunburst Baseball League final. Advocate File Photo)

Riggers lose on the road in St. Albert on walk-off homerun

Riggers lose to St. Albert Tigers and move to 3-2 on the season.

The Red Deer Riggers matchup Friday night against the Tigers ended in heartbreak.

Just three days after winning in walk-off fashion, the Riggers made a valiant effort but lost to the St. Albert Tigers by a walk off homerun 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The tight matchup was sure to have fans on the edge of their seats and even saw two Rigger home runs including Zach Olsen’s first moon shot of the year and Corbyn Shields with an all-important solo homerun at the top of the seventh to tie the game. Jay Kirkham also had an RBI on a hit in the game.

Both pitchers struggled as Kai Poffenroth pitched three innings but allowed eight hits on five runs. Kirkham stepped in relief and allowed two runs on two hits.

It was a tie game after the first two innings when the Tigers blew the game open scoring four runs in the third inning. However, the Riggers came right back at the top of the fourth with three runs of their own. The Riggers scored one more in the fifth inning to tie it up.

For those in attendance, it was a back and forth game as the Tigers reclaimed the lead in the sixth, and the Riggers it once again with Shields’ home run in the seventh. But the hard-fought game had an unfortunate end as the Tigers launched one over the fence to win the match.

The Riggers will be looking for revenge in a rematch against the Tigers at home on May 31 at 7:30 p.m.

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