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Senior AA Cardinals

With three games remaining, the senior AA St. Albert Cardinals are on the verge of competing in the playoffs for the first time in team history since joining the North Central Alberta Baseball league in 2013.

The Cardinals (11-6-1) climbed into third place in the eight-team standings after winning three in a row this week and Thursday’s 7-4 verdict against the last-place Parkland Twins (2-17) at Legion Memorial Park was also the sixth victory in a row.

The Cardinals wrap up the regular season with three games in three days against the Edmonton Athletics (4-14-1) Tuesday, the NCABL champion Edmonton Blackhawks (12-7) Wednesday in St. Albert and against the host Westlock Red Lions (10-9-1) on Thursday. Game times are 7 p.m.

The best-of-three semifinals start Aug. 12 or Aug. 17.

The Cardinals kicked off the week with Tuesday’s 7-5 result against the second-place Edmonton Primeaus (11-7-1) in St. Albert.

Tanner McLean-Poll and Jake Enright belted homers while Brendan Larsen pitched five innings for the win and Mitch King closed it out for the save.

Wednesday in Stony Plain, McLean-Poll went the distance in the 4-3 decision against the Mets (7-10).

The Cardinals scored two in the top of the first and the Mets replied with singles in the second and third innings.

In the top of seven, the Cardinals counted two to lead 4-2 and then hung on for the win.

15U AAA Cardinals

Pool play continues for the St. Albert Cardinals at the Baseball Alberta 15U AAA Tier I tournament in Okotoks.

The Cardinals play Foothills Dawgs Red and Red Deer Braves today to complete the pool B round robin.

The eight-team draw started Friday and the score between the Cardinals and 14U Foothills Dawgs was unavailable at press time.

In league play, the Cardinals (21-8) finished first in the north division, Foothills Dawgs Black (29-0) and Foothills Dawgs Red (18-14) were first and second, respectively, in the south division, and Red Deer (24-6) placed second behind the Camrose Cougars (25-8) in the central division.

The winner of Sunday’s provincial final qualifies for nationals, Aug. 22 to 25 at Oshawa, Ont., and the runner-up goes to westerns, Aug. 16 to 18 at Lloydminster.

Impact 4 women

The St. Albert Impact 4 women’s team remains in the thick of the division 1A playdown race after Thursday’s draw in the Edmonton District Soccer Association.

The 5-5 result with Sherwood Park Phoenix Reserves 2 (6-4-4) at Riel Park pushed the Impact (9-3-2) ahead of the Spruce Grove Saints (9-4-1) by one point for the second of two berths in the EDSA Tier I provincial qualification round. The Wind (12-2) have first place locked up.

Last year’s Tier I provincial champions were led by Gracie Hausch’s two goals against Phoenix.

Singles were supplied by Brittany Kindzierski, Cailyn Newman and Kelsey Carter.

Kindzierski's goal was her 15th for second place in the division scoring race.

The Impact’s second-last match in the division fixtures is Aug. 10 against Rionero FC (7-6-1) at 3 p.m. at Fuhr Sports Park.

Impact 5 women

The St. Albert Impact 5 women’s team continued its quest for the division 2A pennant in Thursday’s victory at Riel Park.

A pair by Morgan Bennett led the attack in the 5-2 outcome against Wind SH (6-9).

Jissell Lafoy, Alyson Katerenchuk and Julia McDougall also connected as Kristi Bignell backstopped the Impact to its eighth win in nine matches.

McDougall’s goal was her team-leading 11th of the season.

The Impact (9-1-2) are one point up on Sherwood Park Phoenix 3 (9-1-1) and Rio Terrace FC (9-2-1) with four matches remaining for the first-year team in the Edmonton District Soccer Association.

Tuesday the Impact hosts Dreadnought 2 (5-3-2) at 6:30 p.m. at Riel Park and Thursday’s kickoff is 7 p.m. against Phoenix at Strathcona Athletic Park.

Premier soccer

Despite a shorthanded lineup, the St. Albert Impact 1 premier women’s team turned in a gutsy performance Tuesday in the Edmonton District Soccer Association.

With only 10 players for the entire match, the Impact beat third-place Sherwood Park Phoenix 1 (8-3-5) 2-1 at Strathcona Athletic Park.

Brittany Kindzierski, last year’s EDSA female player of the year, scored both goals to take over top spot in the premier scoring race with 12.

Upcoming for Impact 1 (9-7-1) is Tuesday's match against Futbol United (11-3-3) at 7 p.m. at ESA Complex.

The rest of the Impact premier women’s teams in the premier division were shutout Tuesday in losses of 5-0 against Futbol United for Impact 2 and 3-0 against the 2018 provincial champion Northwest United 2 (16-0-1) for Impact 3.

Impact 3 (6-10-3) is finished for the season while Impact 2 (8-5-4) plays Impact 1 at 12 noon Aug. 11 at Riel Park.

Jeff Hansen

About the Author: Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen joined the St. Albert Gazette in 1991. He writes about sports, athletes and teams from St. Albert and area.
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