Junior Royals can’t trip up Redlegs

Quality Foods Junior Royals did all they could, but fell to Coquitlam Redlegs

The baseball slips by Junior Royals’ catcher Nic Wassbauer as Coquitlam’s Javeed Khankashi scores. It was like this for both teams in game one.

The baseball slips by Junior Royals’ catcher Nic Wassbauer as Coquitlam’s Javeed Khankashi scores. It was like this for both teams in game one.

Parksville’s Quality Foods Junior Royals baseball team did all they could to throw a wrinkle at their opponents Sunday — but they suffered a few gaffes of their own.

Playing the Coquitlam Redlegs for the first time this season, the Royals came out swinging, taking a 5-0 lead over the first three innings — thanks in part to a series of mis-throws and dropped balls by their opponents.

Up 1-0 after one, the Royals made two bad throws to load the bases. They were saved on a couple of Coquitlam pop flies.

Parksville would go up 3-0, then 5-0 in inning three, on RBI singles and a pair of runs as a result of a dropped ball.

Parksville’s fortunes reversed in the fourth inning. The Redlegs struck a double to bring a runner home, then went on a brief tear to tie the game, 5-5, thanks to a hotbox flub and a subsequent errant throw to home place.

Both teams would periodically take the lead — then lose it again — up until the top of the sixth inning. With Parksville on its third pitcher of the afternoon, and the score tied 7-7, the Redlegs took advantage of a pair of hit batsmen and a well-hit double down the right field line to take a 13-7 lead. That’s how it would remain, as Coquitlam pitcher Mitchell Anderson picked up the win on the hill.

In game two of the afternoon, Parksville would fall 5-1.

Parksville hosts the Jr. Pirates from Nanaimo Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at Spingwood Park.