The Ridge Meadows Royals midget AAA squad were bounced out of the Okanagan College May Long Weekend Baseball Tournament in Kelowna after giving up three errors in the third inning of their semi-final match-up with the Tri-City Indians. That allowed the Indians to score four runs, which proved to be the difference in the 5-2 loss.
The Royals went 3-2 at the tournament. However, because all six teams qualify for the quarter finals, the Royals opted to start pitchers who hasn’t had a start all season in each of their first three games.
Lucas Tillotson made his first appearance on the mound in three years against the Victoria Junior Eagles in the Royals first game of the tournament on Saturday. Tillotson pitched four innings en route to a 7-2 loss. At the plate, Eric Blower (3-3, one run) and Dylan MacDermid (2-3, two doubles and one RBI) both had solid games. Alex Miyahara took to the mound for the Royals in their second game, a 14-2 loss to the Richmond Chuckers. Kevin Bork (2-3) and Brandon Sound (2-3, double and one run) both had good games at the plate.
On Sunday, the Royals went up against the Tri-City Indians in the final game of the round robin. MacDermid took the mound and in his first start in three years with the Royals, threw a three-hit shutout, leading the Royals to a 1-0 win. The Royals’ bats were quiet, with the only run scored on a suicide squeeze by Blower to score Sound, while Miyahara had a pair of hits.
The Royals matched up against the Nanaimo Junior Pirates in the tournament quarter final, coming away with a 5-3 win thanks to Nathan Kitamura’s complete game effort. Jordan Wolfe (3-4) paced the offence, which pounded out 10 hits in the win.
On Monday, the Royals once again faced the Tri-City Indians in the semi-final with the winner moving on to face Richmond in the final. Keanen Buckley started for the Royals on the mound, but got no help from his defence as three errors in the third inning led to four runs for the Indians.
The Royals bounced back upon their return to the Lower Mainland, however, with a 3-0 win over the Abbotsford-based Mid Valley Saints on Tuesday in what was their sixth game in four days.
Sound threw a three-hit shutout, while Cole Ross led the offence, going 2-3 with a double and a run scored. The Royals now have a few days off before traveling to Richmond on Saturday and hosting Vancouver on Sunday, their first home game after 14 on the road.