The Ridge Meadows Royals capped off a perfect 4-0 weekend by defeating the Vancouver Mounties twice on Sunday to move in to first place in the B.C. Minor Baseball’s Midget AAA League at the mid-way point in the season. The Royals improved to 18-4 on the season in league play, and stretched their winning streak to nine games after one of their best weekends of the season.
The Royals started the weekend in Richmond, where they swept the Chuckers in their double-header Saturday by scores of 5-2 and 6-2.
The Royals returned home to the Albion Sports Complex after 14 games on the road Sunday for a double-header with the Mounties.
The first game saw Keanen Buckley take the hill for the Royals against the Mounties’ Brendan Lim. The game was scoreless until the Royals pushed a run across in the fourth, and added three more in the fifth to help secure a 5-0 win. Buckley allowed only four hits in throwing his fourth complete game of the season. Offensively, Cole Ross (1-4, RBI, two runs), Kevin Bork (2-4, RBI, one run), and Nathan Kitamura (1-1, RBI) all had key contributions.
In the second game of the day, Joey Tack started for the home team and pitched five solid innings allowing only a solo home run in the first that hit the top of the wall in left-centre field.
Cole Ross tied the game in the third inning with a solo home run of his own, and the Royals scored two more in the fifth to come out on top by a final of 3-1. Cole Johnson came in to relieve Tack and pitched the final two innings to record the save.
The Royals face the North Shore Junior Twins this Thursday at home at Albion in exhibition action before they take on the Tri-City Indians on Tuesday in league play.