The Red Deer Carstar Braves, with Blair Mulder cracking a single and triple and driving in three runs, downed the St. Albert Cardinals 11-5 in weekend AAA action.
Mark Fay and Curtis Mazurkewich, who had two hits, each knocked in a pair of runs for the Braves, while Chayse Marion contributed two hits and one RBI and Cal Ireland stroked a run-scoring double.
Tyson Denham worked five and one-third innings on the Red Deer mound, allowing one run on two hits while fanning two batters and walking none. Colin Amendt gave up two hits and two earned runs, recorded two strikeouts and issued two walks over 1 2/3.
The Braves also defeated the Edmonton Cardinals 15-13 as Fay knocked in four runs with a single, double and triple. Matt Davis chipped in two RBI and Amendt, Bryce Cox, Brett Littlefair and Marion, who had two hits, each drove in a run.
The Braves used three pitchers, as Kalem Hamilton gave up one earned run on one hit, and walked one batter 1 2/3 innings, and Scott Trapp worked two full frames, allowing five earned runs on three hits while issuing four walks. Mulder took the hill for 1 1/3 and was touched for seven runs — six earned — on three hits and four walks. He fanned two batters.
The Red Deer Servus Credit Union Braves were 3-1 in weekend AAA play that included 10-9 and 10-5 wins over Sherwood Park and Calgary on Saturday.
Jason Garrett and Tyson Ethier each had two hits against Sherwood Park, while Jonah Penner pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits and three walks. Reign Letkemn worked 1 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run and fanning one batter, Tyson Ethier also went 1 1/3 while fanning two batters, walking two and allowing five earned runs, and Mac Gucket got the win, recording one strikeout in 2/3 of an inning.
Against Calgary, Taylor Mulder stroked a single and double and Garrett cracked a double. Luke Scheunert got the win after giving up two earned runs on three hits, recording one strikeout and issuing one walk in one inning of work, while Gucket pitched four innings, allowing two earned runs, fanning four batters and walking four, and Mike Pinkney had one strikeout over one inning.
On Sunday, the Braves split a pair of games with Spruce Grove, winning 6-4 and losing 7-6.
Scheunert had a single and triple in the victory, with Penner adding a triple, Wyle Cunningham contributing a double and Letkeman chipping in with two hits.
Letkeman also posted the win, surrendering two earned runs on one hit and two walks and fanning three batters over 2 2/3. Mulder went 4 1/3, giving up two unearned runs on five hits and two walks and recording four strikeouts.
In the Braves’ lone setback, Pinkney took the loss after giving up the winning run in 1 2/3 innings of work. He also gave up two hits and one walk, while Ethier allowed five earned runs on six hits, struck out three and hit one batter over five frames.
Pinkney was two-for-three at the plate, while Ethier was two-for-four with a double and Penner and Letkeman each had two singles.
• The Red Deer Boston Pizza Braves extended their AA winning streak to 16 with 6-1 and 20-2 weekend victories over Olds and second-place Acme.
Alex Heinzlmeir started and worked two innings of one-hit ball against Lacombe, picking up the win in the process. Alex Mitchell, Logan Marshall and Jeff Ireland combined on five innings of two-hit relief.
Offensively, Marshall had a double, single and two RBI, and Dylan Hollman was two-for-three with a run scored.
The Braves exploded for nine runs in the third inning en route to axing Acme, as Anand Aggawal drove in five runs with a pair of bases-loaded singles. Marshall added a two-run triple and scored three runs, Mitchell knocked in three runs with two singles and scored three times, Hollman had a double and single and Heinzlmeir stroked a two-run single and walked twice.
In addition, Ireland drew two walks, drove in two runs and scored twice, as did Hollman and Heinzlmeir.
Hollman allowed two hits over three innings on the Boston Pizza mound. Ireland tossed a shutout over the final two frames before the game was called due to the ‘mercy’ rule.
David Coley was two-for-three at the plate with a three-run homer — his third of the season — as the Red Deer North Star AA Braves pounded Okotoks 19-3 during the weekend.
Kyle Kryczka smacked a two-run home run for the Braves, while Michael Ozga and Jesse Muirhead each drove in three runs, Cody Domoney knocked in a pair and Evan Petriew and Matt Lyons each had one RBI.
Domoney, the winner, and Colton Bodwell shared pitching duties, combining on a two-hitter with seven strikeouts and only one earned run.
Later, Domoney was two-for-four offensively with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored in a 15-12 loss to Okotoks No. 2. Lyons was two-for-three with one RBI, while Mack Differenz was also two-for-four and Coley, Kryczka and Jesse Kowalchuk each drove in a run.
The Red Deer Dick’s Auto Braves were 3-1 in weekend AA play at Camrose, opening with a 10-8 win over Edmonton South Jasper Place in which Griffin Moline recorded nine strikeouts and Eathan Ropcean stroked a triple.
The Braves scored eight times in the fifth inning and Kelsey Lalor struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth in a 14-13 win over Sherwood Park.
Lalor and Parker Booth both hit triples and Adam Sandstrom sparkled at second base in an 18-4 romp over Camrose, and Jordon Muirhead cracked a triple in the Braves’ lone loss, 13-12 to South Jasper Place.
Austin Kelts-Larsen and Ropcean finished the weekend with a .769 on base percentage as the Braves improved their league record to 9-4.
• The Red Deer Gord’s/North Star Sports Braves were 1-2 in a trio of weekend games at Okotoks.
Hayley Lalor picked up her first career win against Lacombe, working four innings before handing the ball to Cooper Jones, who recorded his first save in the Braves’ 9-8 victory.
In a 5-4 loss to Okotoks, Jones, Jared Lower and Conner McCallister split pitching duties.
The Braves’ bats were again quiet in a 17-4 loss to Acme, in which McCallister and Ben Fushtey were on the mound.