Local sports briefs – July 4

The visiting Red Deer Stags were 2-2 in Sunburst Baseball League weekend action, sweeping the St. Albert Tigers Black and losing twice to the Fort Saskatchewan Athletics.

Stags split weekend

The visiting Red Deer Stags were 2-2 in Sunburst Baseball League weekend action, sweeping the St. Albert Tigers Black and losing twice to the Fort Saskatchewan Athletics.

The Stags opened with a 6-3, 11-inning Saturday win over the Tigers Black. Jared Greenberg had three hits, including a double, Byron Whitford contributed a pair of hits and Davin Gulbransen earned the mound decision, allowing two earned runs on five hits and posting five strikeouts.

The Stags prevailed 7-3 in the second half of the doubleheader, getting three hits from Greenberg and two from Kevin Curran. James Carr got the win, fanning five batters while allowing two earned runs on six hits over seven innings.

On Sunday, Red Deer fell 4-2 and 1-0 to the host Athletics.

The Stags were held to three hits — including a double from Greenberg — in the opener, while Gulbransen worked seven innings for the loss, surrendering one earned run on seven hits while recording four strikeouts.

Later, Shaun Connor stroked a double in a losing cause and Tim Dell took the loss, giving up two hits and fanning five batters without surrendering an earned run.


Tough road trip for Riggers

The Red Deer Riggers ventured north and won one of four Sunburst Baseball League weekend outings.

James Dykstra was potent on the Riggers’ mound, working all seven innings in a 2-1 loss to the Fort Saskatchewan Athletics Saturday. The visitors then fell 6-3 in the nightcap.

On Sunday, the Riggers split a doubleheader with the host St. Albert Tigers Black, opening with a 13-5 victory as Kerry Boon cranked a three-run homer and drove in five runs, Denver Wik stroked two doubles and Alex Fay had three hits. Mark Fay was the winning pitcher.

The Riggers fell 11-3 in the second game. Boon knocked in two runs, Mike Ronnie drove in the other Red Deer tally and Connor O’Hara took the loss.


Bantam AAA Braves win consolation final

The Red Deer Servus Credit Union bantam AAA Braves defeated the host Outlaws 6-0 in the consolation final of the Okotoks JDawgs Canada Day baseball tournament and finished third overall in the weekend event.

Joel Mazurkewich started on the Braves’ mound and blanked the Outlaws over five innings, giving up just two hits and fanning six batters. Ryan Klinck was solid in relief.

Offensively, Levi Moon went three-for-four with a double, triple and one RBI, Riley Guntrip was three-for-four with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored, and Klinck cracked a pair of singles and scored twice. In addition, Mazurkewich had a double and knocked in two runs.

The Braves finished 4-1 in the tournament, opening with a 9-8 loss to the highly-regarded Regina Pacers. Reliever Mitch Vanson took the loss after starter Guntrip allowed seven runs on five hits and recorded three strikeouts over four innings.

Mazurkewich paced Red Deer at the plate with two doubles. He also drove in four runs and scored once.

The Braves then rolled over the Calgary Cubs 9-1 in five innings as starting pitcher Brendan Baker tossed a no-hitter, fanning six batters in the process. Klinck was two-for-four at the plate with a triple, one RBI and two runs scored.

In a 6-5 win over the Saskatoon Cardinals, starter Brett Barrett allowed four runs on seven hits while recording five strikeouts over five frames, and Justin Van Tetering was effective in relief. Offensively, Guntrip was three-for-four with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, Klinck was two-for-four with a triple and one RBI, and Mazurkewich stroked a double and scored once.

The Braves posted their third straight win by burying the Foothills Red Dawgs 9-0 in five innings. Moon tossed a no-hitter while fanning seven batters, while Baker was three-for-three at the plate with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, Mazurkewich went two-for-four with a double, one RBI and a run scored, and Moon, Klinck and Justin Van Tetering each contributed two hits.

The Braves outscored their opponents 38-15 over five games.