Sports briefs – June 18

Tom Skinner of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club moved into contention in the Alberta Men’s Mid-Amateur championship, carding a second-round, 2-under 70 on Wednesday at Desert Blume.

Skinner in contention

MEDICINE HAT — Tom Skinner of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club moved into contention in the Alberta Men’s Mid-Amateur championship, carding a second-round, 2-under 70 on Wednesday at Desert Blume.

Skinner, who opened with a 75 on Tuesday, was five shots behind leader Karl Parrington of DeWinton, who fired his second consecutive 70 and sat with a 140 total heading into today’s third and final round. First-round leader Floyd Kilgore of Grimshaw was four shots back of the leader at 144 (69-75).

Rob Kuntz of Lacombe carded his second straight 74 and was eight shots out of first place at 148.

Kevin Campbell of the RDG&CC was third among Central Alberta competitors at 153 (78-75), and was followed by Keith Newton of Olds (80-76—156), Blair Neal of Ponoka (82-80—162) and Les Swelin of Sundre (80-86—166), all of whom survived the 36-hole cut.

Former Red Deer resident Tom Alford of Calgary Earl Grey will also play today, his 73 on Wednesday giving him a 156 total.

Failing to make the cut were Dean Bracken of Olds at plus-25, Gerald Tardif of Sylvan Lake (plus-30), Doug Staideker of Olds (plus-34) and Randy Podloski of Wolf Creek (plus-42).

Riggers fall to Athletics

The Red Deer Riggers struggled defensively in a 10-3 Sunburst Baseball League loss Tuesday to the host Fort Saskatchewan Athletics.

Red Deer starting pitcher Matt Fay gave up two runs in the second inning on three singles and one walk, and five runs in the third on three hits, a walk and two errors.

Colin Hodgson worked two and two-thirds innings for the Riggers, allowing three runs on four hits in the fifth frame. Joel Peterman and Jason Chatwood were effective in relief, throwing one and one-third and two innings of shutout ball, respectively.

Kerry Boon, with a third-inning triple, Tyler Dunsmore, on a fourth-inning ground out, and Dwayne Lalor, with a sixth-inning single, drove in the Red Deer runs.

The Riggers will compete in the St. Albert Tigers tournament this weekend.

Razorbacks beat Blindman Valley

Pitchers Andrew Walker and Quinn Rose combined on a five-hitter to help the Red Deer Razorbacks defeat the host Blindman Valley Brewers 7-5 in a Parkland Baseball League game Tuesday.

Walker (0-1) gave up all five runs — three earned — while walking three batters and fanning two over three innings. Rose (1-1) threw four innings of shutout relief to pick up the win, issuing three walks and recording three strikeouts.

Colin Shaw went the distance for Blindman, giving up five earned runs. Shaw and Brad Minta were both two-for-three at the plate for the Brewers.

For the Razorbacks, shortstop Mitch Frohler was three-for-four with an RBI double and outfielder Darcy Warawa was two-for-three with a double and a walk. Meanwhile, Kevin Stelmaschuk cracked an insurance solo homer in the seventh inning and was two-for-four at the dish, and Curtis Welsh and Cody Huseby each drove in a run.

The 5-4 Razorbacks host the Rocky Mountain House Red Dogs Friday at 6:45 p.m. at Great Chief Park and are in Beiseker Sunday to face the league-leading Canadiens in a doubleheader.

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