Fusion takes fastball title
STRATHMORE — The Red Deer Firefly Fusion posted a 5-1 record to win the provincial bantam B girls’ fastball championship during the weekend.
The Fusion, behind the pitching of Jordanna Krentz, downed the Lloydminster Rebels 15-6 in the gold medal game.
Krentz went the distance fanning eight.
Cassidy LeMasurier had a triple and two singles while Madison Lee doubled and tripled and Megan Kirkland and Dominique Adams singled twice.
The Fusion reached the final with a 17-4 win over the Calgary Diamond Devils as Madison Holland tossed a seven hitter.
Kelsey Guse had a pair of singles and a double and Amy Lank, Taylor Hall and Madison Holland added two singles each.
The Fusion finished first in their pool, with a 3-1 record.
They opened with an 11-0 win over the Lougheed Bombers as Madison Holland tossed a one-hitter, striking out 10.
Lank had a grand slam home run and a single while Madison Holland, LeMasurier, Kennedy Holland and Guse singled.
The Red Deer crew followed with a 13-8 win over Lloydminster and Krentz and Madison Holland shared pitching duties and limited the Rebels to three hits.
Kirkland, Hall and Ashton Glover had two singles each.
The Fusion lost 11-8 to the Medicine Hat Thunder before finishing pool play with an 11-6 win over the St. Albert Angels.
The Fusion’s defence did them in against the Thunder, committing eight errors.
Hall led the offence with a home run and a triple while Kirkland singled twice and Lank tripled.
Krentz threw a five-hitter against St. Albert with Kirkland finishing with three singles and Lee, Brittany Scutchings and Adams adding two singles each.
“It’s amazing what can be accomplished by a group of willing athletes who want to learn,” said Fusion head coach Brian Holland in a news release. “They play the game with passion and an intensity that makes a coach proud.”
Sliders finish fourth at finals
OKOTOKS — The Red Deer Topco Oilsite Sliders finished fourth in the provincial midget A girls’ fastball championships during the weekend.
The Sliders posted a 1-3 record in their pool before taking a 6-5 extra-inning decision over the Calgary Diamond Devils in the quarter-finals.
The Sliders forced extra innings, scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh inning on Pam Stewart’s two-out, two-run double. They got the winning run in the eighth on Jocelyn Peterman’s sacrifice fly.
Sarah Walz picked up the win, tossing three innings of scoreless relief of starter Bryanne Popadyncee.
Steph Miller had a single and a double.
The Sliders lost the semifinal 4-2 to the Calgary Kodiaks.
The Sliders bats did them in as they loaded the bases with one away in the second and with none away in the third, but failed to score.
Walz went the distance and took the loss, despite allowing only one earned run.
Nora Drechsler had a triple in a losing cause.
The Red Deer Boston Pizza Braves split a pair of AA baseball league games in Camrose during the weekend, losing 12-1 to Camrose Saturday and winning 10-7 over Round Hill Sunday.
Cody Domoney had the lone RBI Saturday.
On Sunday the Braves jumped into a 9-0 lead. Jesse Muirhead went three-for-four and scored twice while Teagan Colona and Steven Stammers had two RBIs each.
The Red Deer Dairy Queen Braves posted a 1-1 record in AAA league action, beating the Sherwood Park Crusaders 11-7 and losing 12-2 to the Edmonton Cardinals.
The Braves jumped into a 5-0 lead on the Athletics in the first inning as Mike Ozga lined a three-run triple, scoring Matt Lyons, who singled, and Brendan Baker and Dave Coley, who walked. Kane LeBlanc added a two-run single, plating Ozga and Carter O’Donnell, who had walked.
Lyons and Baker both singled and scored on wild pitches in the second inning while in the third Kelsey Lalor singled and scored on Kyle Kryczka’s single. Lyons added his third single in as many inning driving in Kryczka.
The Braves added single runs in the fourth and sixth innings on RBI doubles by Lalor and Ozga respectively.
Baker started on the mound and worked 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out seven. Lalor went 1 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on two hits and Ozga got the final two outs.
Ozga took the loss against the Cardinals with Kryczka in relief.
Braves scored both their runs in the sixth on RBI doubles by Baker and Coley.
The Red Deer Dick’s Auto Braves were 1-2 in AA play during the weekend.
The Braves lost 14-4 to the Grande Prairie Reds, beat Beaumont 6-5 and lost 12-1 to the St. Albert Cardinals.
Austin Hammond had a single, double and a pair of RBIs while MacGregor Manyluk and Zach Baker added single RBIs.
Hayley Lalor started on the mound and took the loss with Manyluk and Ben LeBlanc working in relief.
The Braves scored four times in the second inning against Beaumont as Jared Lower singled, Ryan Krawiec walked and Zach Olson and LeBlanc followed with runs-scoring singles. Baker added a two-run single.
Red Deer had two runs in the sixth on walks to Lalor, Baker, Manyluk, Brett Walters and Hunter Leslie.
Olson started on the mound and worked 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on one hit and four walks. He fanned eight. Baker tossed 1 2/3 innings of no-hit relief, striking out three.
Baker had an RBI double in the fourth against the Cardinals.
Connor McCallister started and took the loss, allowing six runs — two earned — in three innings while Hammond and Cooper Jones finished the game.
The Braves will host the provincial tier II championships, July 23-25 at Great Chief Park.