Ridge Meadows Royals midgets beat the best

The Ridge Meadows Royals midget triple A team downed the league’s top team on Wednesday.

A member of the Kelowna Diamondbacks makes it safely back to first base as Hayden Tupper with the Ridge Meadows Royals waits for the ball during a midget AAA game at Hammond Stadium on Sunday.

The Ridge Meadows Royals midget triple A team downed the league’s top team on Wednesday.

The Royals defeated the Cloverdale Nationals 10-3, improving their overall record to an impressive 24-13-1. They are the reigning provincial champions, and were also league champs last year.

So far this season, Cloverdale is the top team in the league with a record of 23-4, while Ridge is third at 15-6.

Starting pitcher Josiah Williams threw six innings, allowing three hits, seven walks and two earned runs. He struck out five.

At the plate, Hayden Tupper went 2-3 and had a two-run homer. Nick Peters went 3-4 with a double and three RBI, while Brayden Slaughter was 3-4 with three RBI.

Peters recently signed a letter of intent to play ball for the Thompson Rivers University Wolf Pack ball team next season.

The Royals are on a nice roll, having beaten the West Kelowna DBacks by scores of 9-8 and 9-4 on Sunday, which gives them a 6-0 season sweep of the Okanagan club.

The midgets will be back at Hammond Stadium this weekend, taking on the White Rock Jr. Tritons at noon on Saturday, then playing a double-header against the Tri-City Indians on Sunday, with games at noon and 2:30 p.m.


The Bantam Royals finished as the runner-up in the Tsawwassen May Long Weekend Tournament as they fell 2-0 in the final to Delta.

In pool play, the Royals beat Cloverdale 9-7, and  Nick Baust was named the game MVP as he hit home run and also pitched two innings. They beat the Richmond Chuckers 8-4 as pitcher Darian Guemos was MVP.

In a quarter-final, they again beat Richmond in a 16-1 mercy win.  Guemos hit a grand slam, while Nick Stroud hit a two-run home run and Owen McCuaig had a three-run triple. Brody Clark pitched all four innings.

Against the Burnaby Braves,  Baust got the start and pitched five solid innings for a 7-2 win and a berth in the final. Rylan Slaughter was named game MVP for his solid work behind the plate.

Guemos started the final and was very solid through six innings, allowing four hits and two walks, with 12 strikeouts.

But the Royals bats went silent, as they lost 2-0. McCuaig was named game MVP for his defence.


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