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Royal Rumble welcomes Parkland teams

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The Swan Valley Royals baseball teams are fired up to have some solid wins already under their belt this season.

The weather was beautiful and perfect as the Pee Wee, Mosquito and Grand Slam teams host their first tournament of the season, a Royal Rumble multi-divisional event, held last Saturday (May 20) at the Swan River Legion Park.

MOSQUITO

The mosquito team has been focusing on the fundamentals of baseball and earn gold medals during the Royal Rumble.

“We had great performances from all our players,” said coach Paul Klein.

“I am happy about how they performed overall, especially with it being so early in the ball season.

“They were all able to make contact when batting and our pitchers all performed well,” continued Klein.

The team played their first game of the day against Dauphin 1, winning 9-5.

“We had a three run inside the park home run from Brody Walkow  and won our second game mercying Dauphin 2,” said Klein.

In the final game of the tournament, the team defeated Dauphin 1 with a score of 3-1.

PEE WEE

The Pee Wee Royals hit the field with 17 players, earing a silver finish in the Royal Rumble.

During the first game of the tournament, the team took out Roblin by a score of 13-6.

“Owen Mullin, Rylee Cockburn, Kylan Nunn and Kaden Ferland all pitched in the win,” said coach Darrel Ferland. “We had lots of great outfielding help.

“Then, we played against Dauphin and the score was 23-7 for the Royals.”

Matthew Munro,   Chris Hambley and Ethan Trevellyn pitched the second game.

The team played against Ste. Rose du Lac during the final but lost 12-1.

“Kaden Ferland and Steven Arp hit home runs as well during the tournament,” said Ferland.

Ferland noted the improvements the team could focus on for the next tournaments.

“I just want them to make sure that the bats are awake and that they are paying attention out in the field,” he said.

The Pee Wee team now looks forward to their next tournament on Saturday (May 27) in Minnedosa.

“We are looking forward for some new competition,” concluded Ferland.

GRANDSLAM

Two Grand Slam teams hit the diamonds, each playing two games against opponents from Roblin.

While neither team kept score, the day was a excellent learning experience for the young players.

“One of the highlights during our game was when Damian Leask caught a nice fly ball and two other players on the team hit home runs during our last game,” said Campbell.

The Grandslam teams are headed to Ste. Rose du Lac for a two-day tournament next weekend (May 27 and 28).

In the meantime, the team continues to practice during the week, making progress and improvements with their overall baseball skills.