The Red Deer Sports World Braves roared back from a 7-1 deficit to defeat the Lacombe Dodgers 11-10 Sunday and maintain their perfect midget AA baseball record.
Trailing 10-8 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Braves got a lead-off double from Jayden Hutlet and a single from Logan Marshall. Teagan Colonna stroked a 0-2 pitch to centre field to drive in both runners, and after the Dodgers opted to walk Reid Stoyberg, Alex Heinzlmeir came through with a hit to the centre-field gap and the Braves had a walk-off win to improve to 12-0.
Colonna was three-for-three at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored, while Hutlet doubled twice and scored twice. Blake Thomson delivered a clutch two-out single in the sixth to pull the Braves even, Marshall had two hits and scored twice, Stoyberg contributed a double and Chaz Piché drove in a run.
On the mound, Joe Ireland worked three and one-third innings before giving way to relievers Thomson, Hutlet and Tyler Galloway, who recorded the final three outs to get the win.
In a pair of Saturday games, the Braves defeated the Camrose Cougars 5-1 and knocked off the Acme Red Sox 17-8.
Marshall was overpowering on the Red Deer mound in the opener, worked six and two-thirds innings while giving up two singles and recording 13 strikeouts. After delivering his 100th pitch, Marshall was replaced by Hutlet, who got the final out.
At the plate, Piche slugged a two-run double, Colonna contributed a two-run single and Thomson chipped in with a double and scored two runs.
Piché started and posted the win over Acme, fanning eight batters over six innings before handing the ball to Galloway, who worked a scoreless seventh.
Piché was red-hot at the plate, driving in five runs with a double and two singles. Alec Mitchell was three-for-five and scored four runs and Jesse Kowalchuk was three-for-five with two runs scored. In addition, Ireland had two hits and scored three runs, Colonna was two-for-two with an RBI, Heinzlmeir and Stoyberg each had two hits and one RBI, and Thomson knocked in two runs.