Canada Day silver for bantam braves

It was another good weekend for Red Deer’s bantam AAA Servus Credit Union Braves.

The Braves were down south taking part in the inaugural Okotoks Dawgs Canada Day tournament, and opened the eight team event with a 7-7 tie against the Okotoks Dawgs Black team.

Starter Nathan Damiani allowed four runs on five hits, while striking out three in just under four innings of work.

Jayden Hutlet, Reign Letkeman and Joel Mazurkewich paced the offence with two hits each.

Up next for the Braves was Calgary’s PDF Redbirds, who handed Red Deer its only loss in the round robin.

Letkeman banged out three hits and scored a pair of runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Braves lost a close one, 6-5.

With that loss on their minds, the Braves got a little revenge in the next game, blasting the Saskatoon Blue Jays 16-2.

Jason Garrett knocked three runs in, while Mazurkewich and Ty Elliott added two RBI’s each.

Ty Galloway then pitched a beauty, allowing just two hits over six innings in a 7-3 win over the Okotoks Dawgs Red squad, with Hutlet tallying a triple, two singles and an RBI.

The wins kept coming as Red Deer posted a 10-0 win over the Calgary Cubs, with Mitchell Vanson throwing a complete game shutout, and they wrapped up the round robin with a 14-4 win over the Moose Jaw Mallards.

Damiani went three for four at the plate in that one, recording two singles, a home run, four RBI’s and three runs scored.

With a 4-1-1 record, the Braves finished in top spot in tournament, setting up a championship game against Okotoks Red.

With the round robin loss to Red Deer still fresh in their minds, the Dawgs exacted a little revenge in the final, roughing up starter Damiani for nine runs on six hits in four and two third innings of work in a 15-4 win over the Braves, giving Red Deer the silver medal.