After a sweep of the Tigers, the Athletics have taken the regular season series 5-1 and have claimed the second seed in playoffs. The Cubs/Riggers regular season series has also completed 5-1; Red Deer managed their first win of the season against Edmonton on Wednesday evening.
Here is a summary of the games from week 7:
August 2: Tigers (10) @ Athletics (12)
The opening game of this 2 game-set featured an offensive showing, with the Tigers compiling 12 hits and the Athletics knocking 15 of their own in the game. Rejean Bourget had a 3 hit day for the Athletics, with his counterpart Greg Wallace matching that hit total while adding a homerun and 5 RBI. Not to be outdone, Evan Hoffman of the Tigers added a blast in the 4th inning and finished the evening with 4 RBI. Sherwood Park came away with the victory, answering the Tigers 8 run 4th inning with 8 unanswered runs of their own.
August 3: Cubs (4) @ Riggers (3)
Nathan Wedgewood made his first start of the season for the Cubs, matching up against Rigger's ace Josh Edwards. After giving up 4 runs in the first 2 innings, Edwards was dominant the rest of the way, going the distance and limiting any more Cub offense. Wedgewood came out for the 7th in hopes of carding a complete game, however ran into trouble with the first 3 hitters of the final frame reaching base. Brenden Wiun (Edmonton) relieved Wedgewood with the bases loaded and none out. On his first pitch SS Ty Wagar (Red Deer) promptly hammered a ball to the right-center gap that Cub's CF Dean Olson managed to track down with a diving catch. Shortly after, a double play ended the contest with a 4-3 Edmonton victory in front of roughly 200 Riggers fans at the new Gulls Field in Sylvan Lake.
August 4: Riggers (6) @ Cubs (2)
In what perhaps was the nicest back-to-back feature of games in terms of field quality ever played in men's baseball history, Rees DeRuyter took the ball for the Riggers Wednesday evening against the Cubs. DeRuyter was fantastic, wheeling his second CG victory of the season while limiting the Edmonton offense to just two runs in the contest. One of few Cubs to get to DeRuyter was Cubs CF Dean Olson, who managed to go 3 for 3 with a walk, falling a HR shy of the cycle. The Riggers offense capitalized on some key Edmonton errors, with Carter Claerhout and Blair McGeough putting together 2 hit nights in key situations to drive in Rigger runs.
August 5: Athletics (6) @ Tigers (3)
James Fischer moved into the league lead in innings pitched after his complete game performance Thursday evening. It isn't the first time Fischer has gone the distance this year, as in week 7 he pitched 6 innings in a loss against Edmonton (as the home team, the Cubs did not hit in the bottom of the 7th). Kyler Charchun (Sherwood Park) had himself another multi-hit game; It is the 6th time in 8 games played this season that Charchun has recorded at least 2 hits in the ball game. Brady Kobitowich (St. Albert) was tabbed with his first loss of the season in the 6-3 loss on Thursday.
Hitter of the week: Dean Olson (Edmonton) - 5/7, 2B, 3B, 2RBI, 2BB, 2R, SB
Pitcher of the week: Rees DeRuyter (Red Deer) - 7IP, CG, 2ER, 3K, W
Week 9 schedule:
August 9: Cubs @ Athletics, 7:00pm Centennial Park
August 10: Tigers @ Riggers, 7:30pm Gulls Field
August 11: Athletics @ Cubs, 7:00pm Centennial Park
August 11: Riggers @ Tigers, 7:00pm Legion Memorial Ball Park