Midget Royals fall in provincial semis to Kamloops

The Ridge Meadows Royals lost 3-1 to the host Kamloops Riverdogs in the semi-final game of the 2011 B.C. midget AAA baseball championships on Sunday, ending their run for a provincial championship

The Royals compiled a 3-0 record in round-robin play en route to the semi-final game.

The Royals opened the tournament with a 10-4 win over the Richmond Chuckers on Thursday, before edging the Mid-Island Mustangs 9-8 on Friday.

The Royals snuck by the Victoria Mariners with an 8-7 win on Saturday, before losing to Kamloops on Sunday.

The Riverdogs went on to win the tournament and claim the 2011 provincial title.

The Royals finished the regular season with a record of 37-5, good for first place in the B.C. Minor Baseball midget AAA division. Including exhibition games, the Royals compiled a record of 56-15-1 this season.

The Ridge Meadows bantam AAA team, meanwhile, is off to the provincial finals this week in Victoria.

The Royals open the tournament on Thursday with a game against the White Rock Riptide, before facing the Victoria Eagles Juniors Thursday night.

The Royals face the Cloverdale Spurs on Friday morning and the North Delta Astros Saturday morning.

The bantam Royals finished the regular season in third place with a record of 26-12-1 in league play, and a 39-16-4 record overall.

In the junior men’s league, three local teams will be competing in this year’s provincial championship tournament this week.

The Ridge Meadows Royals were to face the Newton Giants in their first game of the championships Tuesday night.

The Ridge Meadows Mudhens open the tournament against the Richmond Young Chuckers, also on Tuesday night, while the Ridge Meadows Expos face the Young Chuckers on Wednesday.

The Royals junior men’s squad finished the regular season in second place with a record of 14-1-1, while the Mudhens went 5-11 and the Expos were 2-10-3.