Tough start for AAA Braves
The Red Deer Servus Credit Union Braves won one of three starts in bantam AAA baseball league action on the road during the weekend.
The Braves beat the Sherwood Park Green 12-0 but lost 5-4 to the St. Albert Cardinals and 11-7 to the Sherwood Park Gold.
MacInnon Guckert started on the mound against the Green, tossing a no-hitter and fanning eight in four innings of work.
He also was three-for-three at the plate with a pair of singles and a double, drove in three runs and scored twice.
Reign Letkeman, Levi Moon, Niklas Fischer and Ty Elliott added two hits each.
Letkeman had two singles and a double against St. Albert and also pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and fanning seven.
Guckett and Elliott added a single and a double each while Mitch Vanson had double and drove in two runs.
Joel Mazurkewich had a pair of hits and scored twice against the Gold while Fischer added a double and scored twice. Jayden Hutlet had a pair of runs.
Nathan Damiani and Hutlet shared mound duties
AA Braves sweep doubleheader
The Red Deer Boston Pizza Braves won a pair of wild bantam AA baseball league games at Great Chief Park Saturday.
The Braves downed the Rocky Mountain House Sabres 20-2 and squeezed past the Innisfail Indians 16-15.
Brett Barrett and Mitch James had four hits each against the Sabres with Barrett scoring four times and James driving in three runs and scoring three times.
Teagan Colonna had three hits, three RBIs and three runs while Justin Vantetering added three hits, five RBIs and three runs.
Jesse Muirhead had a pair of hits, two RBIs and three runs while Tristin Rieu had two hits and three runs, Steven Stammers three runs and Jesse Kowalchuk three walks, four runs and three stolen bases.
The Braves used three pitchers with Zane Steeves and James both working two innings and Stammers one.
The Braves scored six runs in the fifth inning to overcome a 14-9 deficit against Innisfail. The teams then exchanged single runs in the seventh.
Rieu, the fourth Red Deer pitcher, picked up the win tossing 3 2/3 innings of one-hit ball while fanning four and allowing an unearned run in the seventh.
Kowalchuk, Vantetering and Rieu had two hits each. Rieu scored three runs and stole five bases.
Muirhead and Stammers both added doubles.
Sliders slip in opening weekend
The Red Deer Topco Oilsite midget A Sliders opened their fastball season with two ties and two losses in Calgary Women’s League action during the weekend.
In their initial game, the Sliders scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to gain a 5-5 draw with the Strathmore Magic. Shanelle Dearden had three hits for Topco, while Pam Stewart and Cassandra Kirkham contributed a pair of singles and Sarah Walz went the distance on the mound.
The Sliders then fell 7-4 to the Calgary Hawks as Stewart and Kayla Anderson each had two hits in a losing cause. From there, Topco tied the Calgary Red Sox 3-3 and dropped a 5-2 decision to Strathmore.
Nora Dreshler cracked a home run against the Magic, while Stewart continued her hot hitting with a triple and single.
Rimbey rolls at sevens tournament
Rimbey I and II won a total of five games and tied one in a high school senior girls seven-a-side rugby tournament at Titans Park during the weekend.
Lindsay Thurber I and II were next with a combined 4-2-1 record, while the lone Hunting Hills team was 1-1-0 and Drayton Valley I and II were 0-7-1.
Bernadette Weiss and Kaylyn Lukos were the top scorers for Rimbey, while Courtney Hueppelscheuser and Kayla Thompson led Lindsay Thurber, Abi Anderson was the top scorer for Hunting Hills.
U15 Kings capture volleyball bronze
The Central Alberta Kings Volleyball Club’s U15 boys’ team captured bronze at the provincial championships in Calgary during the weekend.
The Kings, who downed Sherwood Park in the third-place match, will compete in the Canadian championships, May 22-24 in Calgary.
Kings setter Avery Kooman was selected to the tournament all-star team.