Wrapping up a busy week at home this past weekend, the Quality Foods Parksville Royals came away with two out of a possible four wins against the North Delta Blue Jays and North Shore Twins.
Earlier in the week, the Royals dropped a pair of home games on Canada Day to the Victoria Eagles (3-1, 7-3).
On Saturday, the Royals beat the second place Blue Jays 5-4 and 6-2. Sunday, the Royals were in action against the Twins, coming up on the losing end in both games (6-0, 8-1).
With both games won by the Twins on Sunday, the Royals — and their 18 and under players — lost the best two out of three series against the Twins, who were also fielding a team of players 18 years old and younger.
The Twins will now represent B.C. at the Baseball Canada 18-U National Championships in Quebec.
“We were in tough against North Shore,” head coach Dave Wallace said. “They’ve got a good group of younger players and they were the better team out there. We did a lot of good things on Saturday but unfortunately it didn’t carry over for us on Sunday.”
The Royals were held to just one run in two games on Sunday, to go along with just four hits through two games.
It was a much different story on Saturday, when the Royals won both games of a double-header against the second place North Delta Blue Jays.
Adam McKillican had the bat going in both games for the Royals, going 2-2 with two RBI’s in game one and 3-4 in game two.
Robbie Dhut picked up the win in game one, coming on in relief of starter Zack Senay, who went four innings on the mound, giving up three runs on five hits with two strikeouts.
Dhut pitched two innings, giving up one run to go along with one strikeout. Liam Janzen came on to close-out the game in the seventh inning, earning the save.
Hayden Scheck started game two against the Blue Jays for the Royals, going four innings while giving up two runs on six hits with four strikeouts.
Dean Leyland came into a tie ball game and pitched three shutout innings, giving up just two hits to pick up the win.
The Royals were able to bring four runs across in the bottom of the sixth inning to break the tie and come away with the 6-2 win.
“We were able to take advantage of our runners,” Wallace said.
“We had guys in scoring position and we hit them around to score,” he said.
“It helps to have a little bit of help sometimes too, luckily for us we were able to capitalize on a couple of errors to get those runs across.”
“But we played well against a very good North Delta team, they’ve been solid all season and to see the way we played against them on Saturday was great. Two hard earned wins against a very good ball club.”
The Royals are back in action this weekend as they head over to the mainland for their final road trip of the season.
Saturday, they will take on the White Rock Tritons and Sunday they’ll take on the North Shore Twins.