Royals miss out on final in tiebreaker

The Marysburg Royals took full advantage of their hits in a 9-6 win over the Saskatoon Smokin’ Guns on July 31 in Saskatoon.

The Royals managed nine runs in the contest despite registering just eight hits.

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With provincials just days away, the Royals used their full bench in the win as Thomas Lessmeister, Luke Strueby, and Adam Gerwing combined to pick up the win on the mound.

The trio was supported by a solid defensive effort, as the Royals committed just one error in the win.

With the win the Royals push their league winning streak to 15 games.

After a short two-day break the Royals returned to the diamond looking to add to their collection of hardware at the 2018 Senior AA Tier 1 provincial championships in Regina.

The Royals kicked off their tournament on a high note, as they knocked off the hometown Regina Trappers 8-4 on Aug. 3.

The following morning the Royals returned to action to take on their league rivals, the Saskatoon Outlaws.

After taking two of three from the Outlaws this season, the Royals failed to make it three of four, as the Outlaws rode a solid offensive display to a 11-3 win.

With the loss the Royals fell to 1-1 in the tournament, and needed a win over the Moose Jaw Padres, and some help to make the playoffs.

The Royals did their job as they knocked off the Padres 12-2 on Aug. 4, but a 2-0 Trappers win over the Outlaws left the Trappers, Royals, and Outlaws all tied at 2-1.

With three teams tied, and just two playoff spots up for grabs, a tiebreaker decided who advanced to the final, and who would be going home early.

After the tiebreaking formula was processed, it was the Royals who found themselves on the outside looking in at the championship final as their 11-3 loss to the Outlaws left the club with a lower run ratio than the Outlaws and Trappers held.

With the tiebreaking formula not going the Royals’ way the club’s provincial championship came to a close.

With provincials now complete, the Royals will turn their attention back to the Saskatoon Senior Baseball League, where the club has already secured the top seed for the playoffs.

The club will wrap up their regular season with a contest against the Saskatoon Hoppers on Aug. 9 in Saskatoon.

A win would give the Royals 16 straight league wins to wrap up the regular season.

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