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Bantam Royals Earn Spot at A Level Provincials

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Two of the Swan Valley Royals’ Baseball teams extended their seasons this past weekend (June 29 and 30) after competing in their respective 2019 Regional Championship Tournaments. Both had chances at winning the banner and moving on to AA Provincials – one as a host team, the other away from home turf.
Pee Wees
Scores and coaches comments were unavailable at press time.
Bantams
The Bantam-aged Royals were host to a four team tournament when Dauphin, Ste. Rose and Grandview joined them to see which teams would be moving on to the Provincial Championships.
The Royals kicked off their tournament on a slippery slope as they were defeated Saturday morning by a 6-4 score against Grandview.
“We then played a favoured Ste. Rose squad but won by a single run,” said Coach Darrel Ferland.
Sunday saw the Royals face off against their rivals from Dauphin. In an extra inning affair to see who would be moving on to face Ste. Rose in the final, it was the Royals who struck last.
Chris Hambley would pick up a walk-off single allowing Steven Arp to score the winning run for the Royals. – sending Dauphin home empty handed.
In the final, the Royals would see Ste. Rose for a second time, finishing their tournament with the PMBA U15 Championship banner and a chance to move on to Bantam AA Provincials in Altona. The loser would move onto Bantam A provincials in Brandon this coming weekend (July 6 and 7).
However, a short bench may disrupt their plans.
“I just found out that three players are not able to attend provincials,” said Ferland. “I’m not sure if we can go.”
With three players missing, that would leave the Royals with only enough players to field a team with only one extra body on the bench. An untimely sickness or injury could end their hopes.
The Royals have shown all season that they are strong even with a short bench. So long as a couple more players are able to commit, they will head south to Brandon to compete this coming weekend.

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Jakki Lumax
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