The Ridge Meadows Royals lost at the AAA Provincial Under-18 Championship which took place this weekend.
The games on August 14 and 15 resulted in the loss of the young team, despite a strong regular season, said Jake Moyer, head coach of the Ridge Meadows Royals Midget AAA.
“We had a great regular season finishing in third place. Unfortunately, we did not perform as well in the provincials. As a team we just couldn’t roll our sticks against some great competitions from Prince George, North Island, Richmond and Cloverdale, ”he said.
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The hometown Royals started the day on August 14 with a game against the Cloverdale Spurs and suffered their first loss of the day with a score of 4-0. Their second loss came later in the day when they played against the Prince George Knights and lost 8-2.
With these losses, the team did not qualify for the provincial championship game which took place on August 15 at Hammond Stadium.
“We were fifth, but we’re delighted with the season we’ve just reached,” said Moyer. “In Ridge Meadows Minor Baseball we have both a college prep team and a midget AAA team. While Prince George, North Island and Richmond only have the AAA team, we as a competitive second tier team were up against the top tier team from those associations and the best players in their area. The fact that we even did as well as we did in the regular season and reached the Provincial Final 5 tournament is a huge accomplishment and says a lot about all the hard work of this group of 14 young men and the dedication to sport and performance. their community across the province all season.
He also noted that the provincials were a big event as always.
“It was so great to see young men from across the province playing baseball for a championship title after all that we as a society have faced with COVID over the past year and a half,” a- he declared.
The Provincials, which were originally scheduled for Kelowna, but due to the recent COVID outbreak, and the wildfires had to either find a new location or be canceled. The Ridge Meadows Association stepped in and made sure the event took place on less than two weeks’ notice.
With the provincial championships coming to an end, returning players from Ridge Meadows, AAA and College Prep, will take a break before moving on to fall. This is also when the association will organize trials for the 2022 teams at competitive levels.
“This group of young men showed class and dignity all year winning and they did just as well losing and represented Ridge Meadows better than I could have hoped for. COVID has been incredibly hard on the young athletes and it was so good to see these young men smile and laugh and reconnect with each other on the playing field. better in sport for young people and in organizing an event like the Provincials, not victory or defeat, but the friends and memories they take with them, ”said Moyer.
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