Royals struggle in double header

Five runs in first inning dooms Royals during hard fought games against Whalley Chiefs

Dean Leyland and the Quality Foods Parksville Royals will look to get back in the win column this weekend as they host the Whalley Chiefs on Saturday (12:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.) at Inouye-Wallace Field at Springwood Park.

The Quality Foods Parksville Royals came home empty handed after losing both games of a doubleheader to the Whalley Chiefs on Saturday.

The Royals fell by scores of 2-0 and 9-3 in Surrey, giving them four straight losses and a 3-7 record.

It’s not for lack of effort, as the Royals were up against some outstanding pitching in the first game. The Chiefs’ Thomas Espig went the distance, throwing seven innings and giving up just one hit while striking out 11 Royals batters.

“That’ll happen against a hot pitcher,” head coach Dave Wallace said. “He (Espig) has four wins and three losses on the season, but even in those losses he’s gone deep in the game and not given up a lot. He’s a tough pitcher to hit and we had problems hitting the ball against him.”

Owen Kelly was the starting pitcher in the first game for the Royals, going five innings while giving up two runs on four hits, striking out five batters.

Zack Senay came on in relief of Kelly, working just one inning and giving up just one hit.

Game two of the double header was better for the Royals, in terms of offensive output, as they were able to drive in three runs.

However, the Royals found themselves down 5-0 after the first inning in a game which saw them give up all nine runs from the Chiefs in the first three innings.

Colton Tuka only lasted the first inning, giving up five runs on six hits with two strikeouts.

Adam McKillican came on in relief for three innings of work, giving up four runs on six hits and striking out five batters. Hayden Scheck finished the game, pitching the final two innings for the Royals, not allowing a hit or a run.

“Tough start to game two,” Wallace said. “We had a mistake on the mound and that cost us a run, then they just piled it on.”

“That’s the tough part of this game, those mental mistakes; they can pop up at anytime. I feel we’ve done a good job so far this season, as a team, to limit those mistakes. But when they do happen, they can be hard to overcome sometimes.”

The Royals are back in action this weekend at Inouye-Wallace Field at Springwood Park, hosting the Chiefs  for a doubleheader this Saturday. Game one starts at 12:15 p.m., with game two following around 2:45 p.m.

With just four wins on the season, the Royals are still ahead of the White Rock Tritons and 1.5 games behind three teams. The good news for the Royals is that all four wins were at home, which they’ll be looking to repeat this weekend.

Just Posted

Parksville youngsters design problem-solving robot

Lego robotics team gearing up for gold in Victoria competition

Parksville wants consultant to examine feasibility of rec centre

Strong demand from residents for a multi-sport facility

Developers withdraw rezoning application for huge Parksville waterfront plan

IAG to create new draft after processing public feedback

Part Three: 10 questions with a Qualicum Beach historian

Local guide shares stories of town’s foundations

Shambhala named best music festival in North America

Shambhala Music Festival is held at the Salmo River Ranch in B.C.

B.C. MLA calls on province to restrict vaping as first related illness appears in Canada

Todd Stone, Liberal MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, introduced an anti-vaping bill in April

Chilliwack woman wins right to medically assisted death after three-year court battle

Julia Lamb has been the lead plaintiff in a legal battle to ease restrictions on Canada’s assisted dying laws

B.C. bus crash survivor petitions feds to fix road where classmates died

UVic student’s petition well over halfway to 5k signature goal

NDP, Liberals promise more spending, while Tories promise spending cuts

Making life more affordable for Canadians a focus in the 2019 election

UPDATE: Police probe third threat against a Kamloops high school in eight days

Police have not released any further details into what the threat includes

Charges dropped against Mountie involved in shooting death of Surrey man

‘I feel like I’ve lost Hudson all over again,’ says mom

B.C. Interior caribou protection area big enough, minister says

Proposals sparked protest in Kootenays, Williams Lake region

Most Read