Busy weekend for Bantam squad

Not a bad weekend for Red Deer’s Bantam AAA Servus Credit Union Braves, who took two of the three road games they played.

The Braves kicked off their three game road trip Saturday with an 8-6 loss to the Cardinals in Edmonton, with starting pitcher Joel Mazurkewich giving up just one run on three hits with five strikeouts over three innings before making way for Riley Guntrip and Ryan Klinck, who came on in relief.

Mazurkewich also tried to help out his own cause at the plate, going for one for two (a triple) while scoring one of Red Deer’s runs.

Mitch Vanson, Levi Moon, Nik Fischer, Guntrip and Klinck all chipped in with singles.

Sunday saw the Braves head to Spruce Grove for a double-header against the host White Sox and the Lloydminster Twins.

Levi Moon got the start on the mound for Red Deer, giving up one run on four hits over four innings of work in a 14-2 win over the Twins.

Jesse Muirhead came on and pitched one inning in relief in the game, which was shortened to five innings because of the “Mercy Rule”, which sees the game end when one team leads by 10 or more runs.

Klinck and Mazurkewich lead the offense, with both batters credited with a single and a double and three RBI’s between them, while Vanson and Guntrip each drove in two runs.

The mercy rule once again came into play in Red Deer’s third game of the weekend, a 10-0 win over Spruce Grove.

Vanson got the call on the mound for Red Deer, and pitched all five innings, giving up just three hits while fanning nine batters in the win.

Mazurkewich drove in four runs for the Braves, while Klinck had two RBI’s.

In midget AAA action, Red Deer’s Carstar Braves had a bit of a tougher weekend, giving up nine runs on just four hits in a 9-7 loss to the Cardinals in St. Albert.

The Cardinals got to starter Jonah Penner early and often, tagging him for seven runs on three hits over two innings, while Reign Letkeman pitching innings three, four and five, giving up two runs on one hit.

Mac Guckert took over in the sixth inning, keeping the Cardinals without a hit and off the scoresheet.

Offensively, Chad Walchuk paced the Braves, going one for two at the plate with two RBI’s.