Braves take home silver from Mosquito provincials

If you asked Red Deer Braves head coach Chuck Blackburn at the beginning of the season if he’d gladly accept a silver medal at the provincial mosquito tier II baseball championship he would have taken it.

If you asked Red Deer Braves head coach Chuck Blackburn at the beginning of the season if he’d gladly accept a silver medal at the provincial mosquito tier II baseball championship he would have taken it.

So when the Braves dropped a 12-1 decision to the Strathmore Reds in the provincial final at Great Chief Park Sunday it was disappointing, but not the end of the world.

“The boys had a great year, especially considering where they started the season,” said Blackburn. “We had only one returnee from last year, so this was a huge step forward.”

The Braves finished second in last year’s mosquito tier I championship and the majority of their players moved up to peewee.

“It was the first time at this level for most of the kids and it’s a big adjustment,” added Blackburn. “But we had a good season as we played a number of division I and II teams, played in Kelowna and here. This weekend was good, but we just ran out of gas. It’s a long weekend for 10 and 11 year-olds, but an enjoyable one.”

The Braves had to play back-to-back on Sunday, finishing their round-robin pool with a 17-16 loss to South Jasper Place. It left them with a 2-2 record and in a three-way tie for second. However, they advanced because of a better runs-for-and-against.

The Braves defeated the Edmonton Angels 11-6 and Spruce Grove 9-7 before losing 15-10 to Strathmore and South Jasper.

Strathmore also beat Spruce Grove 7-1 and South Jasper Place 10-2 while losing 8-4 to the Angels.