Rain dampens games for local teams

Like many other baseball and softball teams, Mother Nature put a bit of a damper on a weekend that was supposed to be spent on the diamonds.

In Girls Prairie League Softball action in Calgary, Red Deer’s Bantam A Firefly Fusion were supposed to play six games, but thanks to the rain, managed to complete just three of them.

The Fusion opened play with a 7-0 win over the Calgary Red Devils, thanks in large part to starting pitcher Taylor Stymiest, who allowed just three hits.

Taylor Hall paced the offense with a home run and a double, while Madison Lee also knocked one out of the park.

Stymiest and Megan Kirkland each had singles for the Fusion in the win.

Next up for Red Deer were the Calahoo Erin’s, who beat the Fusion 6-4 in extra innings.

Lee went the distance for Red Deer on the mound, giving up six hits while striking out nine in taking the loss.

Lee also tried to help out her own cause at the plate, banging out two singles, with Kirkland, Hall, Sam Dallas and Paige Blackburn also chipping in with singles.

Game three saw more disappointment as the Fusion rallied from an 11-6 deficit to make it 11-10 before the game was called due to weather, with Red Deer still at the plate.

Hall once again held the hot bat, with a triple and a single, while Lee and Stymiest each singled twice.

Madison Holland, who shared the pitching duties with Stymiest, was credited with one single, as were Blackburn and Emily Eisenhawer.

The Fusion now sit with a 9-5 record in GPLS play and are back in action July 8 at the provincial championships in Lloydminster.

In Midget A action, the Red Deer Rage were also in Calgary in GPLS action, picking up three wins before seeing the rest of their weekend schedule rained out.