Gulbransen tames Tigers, Riggers open playoffs with big win

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
August 8, 2017 - 10:24pm

The Red Deer Riggers brought an offensive explosion to Great Chief Park to open their post-season Tuesday night.

Though with Davin Gulbransen’s performance on the mound they didn’t really need it.

The 44-year-old right hander tossed seven strong innings in a 12-2 mercy rule win over the St. Albert Tigers in game one of their Sunburst Baseball League semifinal series.

Gulbransen recorded five strikeouts and scattered three walks during his solid turn on the mound.

The Riggers scored four runs in their half of the first inning, then added two runs in the second and three in the third. Back to back home runs in the sixth inning from Jason Louis, a two run shot, and Kerry Boon rounded out Red Deer’s scoring attack.

Defensively, the Riggers gave Gulbransen even more support by turning five double plays on the night.

Game two of the best-of-three series goes Wednesday in St. Albert. If necessary game three goes Friday night at Great Chief Park.

Also on Tuesday, the Sherwood Park A's blanked the Confederation (Edmonton) Cubs 10-0 in the opening game of their semifinal series.

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