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  • STARS OF TOMORROW - The next generation of St. Albert Tigers were on display Saturday at the Tigers' annual baseball camp at Legion Memorial Park. It was open to male and female rally cap (age four to seven) to peewee players. Approximately 70 players participated, with the majority in the rally cap and rookie (age eight to nine) divisions. Instruction was provided by the senior AAA Tigers from the Sunburst Baseball League.
    STARS OF TOMORROW - The next generation of St. Albert Tigers were on display Saturday at the Tigers' annual baseball camp at Legion Memorial Park. It was open to male and female rally cap (age four to seven) to peewee players. Approximately 70 players participated, with the majority in the rally cap and rookie (age eight to nine) divisions. Instruction was provided by the senior AAA Tigers from the Sunburst Baseball League.
    APRIL BARTLETT/St. Albert Gazette
  • GOLDEN GLOVE - Seven-year-old Brooklynn Pirnak prepares to field a ball during the annual St. Albert Tigers' baseball camp on Saturday at Legion Memorial Park.
    GOLDEN GLOVE - Seven-year-old Brooklynn Pirnak prepares to field a ball during the annual St. Albert Tigers' baseball camp on Saturday at Legion Memorial Park.

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Midget AAA

A 10-game winning streak by the St. Albert Cardinals to start the season ended last weekend in the Norwest Midget AAA Baseball League.

Friday in Sherwood Park the Cardinals fell 5-1 to the Dukes (7-3). The home team outhit the Cardinals 8-6. Starting pitcher Dylan Gates was tagged for two runs on five hits and four walks in four innings and reliever Taran Oulton gave up three runs on three hits. The Cardinals also committed two errors.

Saturday in Calgary the Cardinals split a doubleheader with the Dinos (11-1), losing 5-2 and winning 2-1.

A three-run sixth inning by the Dinos broke a 2-2 tie.

Jackson Wark pitched five innings of one-hit ball while striking-out four and walking three. In the sixth Tanner Karpinski surrendered three runs on three hits and two walks.

Connor Burns had two of the teamís six hits and batted in one run.

Burns went the distance on the mound in game two with a four-hitter. He fanned six and walked four.

It was 1-1 in the bottom of the third when Logan Harvey scored his second run of the game. Aaron Watamaniuk and Erik Sabrowski each had one RBI during a five-hit attack.

Sunday the Cardinals swept the Redbirds Red (1-12) of Calgary 10-0 and 5-4 in the Cow Town.

Mat Brisson racked up 10 strikeouts with no walks while twirling a three-hitter over six innings in the shutout.

Gates batted 4-for-5 and Tyler Schwendeman went 3-for-3 as the Cardinals registered 20 hits, including four doubles.

Spencer Dronkelaar, Jared Roddelt and Oulton combined on an eight-hitter in game two.

Brisson, Matty Quartel and Anthony Owen were credited two hits apiece.

The Cardinals led 5-1 after four innings and in the top of the fifth the Redbirds Red closed to within one with a three-run outburst.

Tuesday the Cardinals were scheduled to host SEEBA 2 (6-8) at Legion Memorial Park but the score was unavailable at press time.

Tonight at 7 p.m. the Cardinals play SEEBA 1 (11-4) at John Fry Park.

This weekend the Cardinals have doubleheaders on tap at home against the Calgary Rockies (6-9) Saturday and Okotoks Dawgs White (6-7) Sunday. Game times are 1 and 4 p.m.

Sunburst Tigers

The St. Albert Tigers are off to Saskatoon this weekend for their first tournament of the season.

The last Sunburst Baseball League game before the tournament for the Tigers was Tuesday in Red Deer against the defending senior AAA provincial champion Riggers (6-0). The score was unavailable at press time.

Last weekend the Tigers (2-4) dropped a 7-5 decision to the Confederation Park Cubs (5-4) at Legion Memorial Park.

The latest Tigersí stats list Ben Kennedy and John McHugh as the co-leaders in hits with nine apiece. McHugh has also driven in a team-high nine runs.

Craig Tomas has logged 22-2/3 innings on the mound with 14 strikeouts while going 1-1 with an ERA of 4.04.

The next home game is Wednesday versus the Parkland White Sox (2-3) at 7:30 p.m.

Midget AA

The St. Albert Cardinals are the team to fear at the midget AA level at 17-0-1 after winning three games in Olds last weekend.

The Cardinals posted victories of 5-4 against the hometown Spitfires, 11-2 against Okotoks Outlaws Orange and 20-10 against Okotoks Outlaws Blue.

The Cardinals outhit Outlaws Blue 14-8 as Tanner McLean-Poll batted 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Riley Fisher also drove home four runs while tossing a five-hitter over 4-2/3 innings.

Okotoks was charged with nine errors.

Tonight the Cardinals are in Sherwood Park for a game at 7 p.m. and Saturday they travel to Clive for a 10 a.m. contest.

Bantam AAA

The St. Albert Cardinals are flying high at 8-3 in the bantam AAA provincial round after last weekendís winning performance in Fort McMurray.

The Cardinals beat the hometown Oil Giants (2-3) by scores of 17-4, 1-0 and 10-0

Tylor Jans pitched 4-2/3 innings in game one for his fourth win of the season.

Peter Corrigan and Cole Seitz banged out three hits apiece.

In game two the Cardinals scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. Isaiah Gionet led off the inning with a walk, stole second base and reached home on Zach Fromentís hard single.

Ross Supruniuk allowed one hit while fanning 10 over 6-1/3 innings and Seitz recorded back to back strikeouts to get the win.

Seitz and Froment combined on a three-hitter while mowing down seven batters in game three. Froment also had three hits, Supruniuk added a pair and Dan Gerlach and Joseph Karall batted in runs.

This weekend the Cardinals host the Red Deer Braves (3-5) Saturday at 12 and 3 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. at Legion Memorial Park.


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