The Save-On-Foods Parksville Bantam Royals earned a spot in the Premier Baseball League provincials that will take place in Surrey. — Submitted photo

Parksville Bantam Royals earn spot at provincials

Team playing against Langley on Thursday

The Save-On-Foods Parksville Bantam Royals earned a spot in the BC Premier Baseball League provincials that will take place in Surrey, Aug. 9-12.

The Royals had to fight for their right to be in the provincials. At a wild-card game held at Winskill Park in Delta, they needed to get past the Delta Tigers to secure outright a place in the provincials, but they ended up losing 9-1.

Ellis Vugteveen started and went two innings, fanning six while giving up two runs on four hits. Ethan Dean took over and pitched three innings of relief, giving up three runs on four hits and striking out one.

It was a one-run game until the Tigers blew it open in the fifth. Nash Donkersley and Elijah Oelke would come in relief as well but were unable to cool the Tigers bats. Carter Hall, Owen Lagos, Owen Crouse, Anson McGorman and Kolby Wood would come up with hits but it was not enough.

The Royals faced off against the Coquitlam Reds next and again ended up with a 12-1 loss. McGorman would start on the mound giving up five runs on three hits before Nathan Underhill came in relief for the next four innings but the Reds got to him and added another seven runs. Will Fox, Austin Walper, Lagos and Donkersley would all provide some offense with singles but the Reds were just too good that day.

The next day, the Royals took on PBL rivals the Victoria Mariners and this time posted a 9-5 win. Walper took the mound first and was outstanding, pitching a complete game. In seven innings of work, Walper gave up five runs on six hits while striking out five Mariners.

The Royals bats finally came alive. Leading the way was Hall going 3-for-4 with two singles and a triple, with one RBI. Will Roberts, Underhill and Vugteveen would all chip in two singles each. Wood would go 2-for-3 with two doubles and Walper would help his cause with a triple.

The Royals last game was against none other than the Coquitlam Reds. Although finishing higher in league standings, the Royals were never able to beat the Reds.

In order to secure a spot in the Provincials the Royals needed to solve their nemesis. Dean started for the Royals and pitched five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out eight hitters. The Royals would jump out to a commanding 10-4 lead in the fifth and coach Wes Dieleman called on Vugteveen to come to relieve Dean.

Vugteveen pitched the final two innings giving up four runs on four hits with two strike outs.

The Reds would just not concede to the Royals. The Reds closed the gap, but the Royals held on to beat Coquitlam 10-9 and punched their ticket to the PBL provincials.

“We accomplished what we set out to do this weekend. Everyone contributed,” said Dieleman. “We look forward to competing in provincials.”

— Royals report

Just Posted

Coombs farm auction returns April 28

CFI hosts 41st annual auction

Ballenas grad to perform opera and art songs in Parksville to fund Prague trip

UBC music student Juliana Cook was asked to study and sing in the Czech Republic

Qualicum Beach versus Parksville – who wins?

Councils could take part in first-ever lawn bowling challenge

Ravensong Waterdancers to get you in sync

Teams will perform 12 routines at watershow on April 28

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

BC Ferries faced with heavy traffic on Easter Monday

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Vancouver Island-based company provides glass alternatives to plastic straws

Enviro Glass Straws now producing more than 60,000 staws each year

Ex-mayor of northern village claims its drivers are overpaying ICBC $1,800 a year

Darcy Repen says data shows Telkwa households are being ripped off for car insurance

Deadly synthetic drug found in Kamloops that puts users in ‘zombielike’ state

Interior Health warning says substance causes ‘speedy, trippy-like symptoms’ and hallucinations

Trudeau to be portrayed on ‘Simpsons’ episode

Toronto journalist who’s posted videos of himself doing impressions of the PM voiced him for the show

Elizabeth May’s wedding dress a ‘walk through a garden’ on Earth Day

Green Party leader set to get married in Victoria

Campbell River RCMP say alcohol and speed may be factors in collision

Woman injured after driver ran into her car on Highway 19A, says fire captain

Most Read