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Colchester Royals improve to 3-2 at national fast pitch championship

David Watson tossed a one-hitter as the Colchester Royals defeated Shallow Lake of Ontario 5-0 at the U19 national fast pitch championships in Napanee.
David Watson tossed a one-hitter as the Colchester Royals defeated Shallow Lake of Ontario 5-0 at the U19 national fast pitch championships in Napanee. - Contributed

The Colchester Royals sit with a record of three wins against two losses at the 2018 U19 Men’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championship, being held in Napanee, Ont.

Thursday in their first game of the day, the Royals blanked Shallow Lake Sting of Ontario 5-0.

Late Wednesday, Colchester suffered their second loss of the tournament, as they were shaded 8-7 by Delisle, Sask., in a close contest decided by a walk-off walk.

The Royals are also going up against the Caledonia Haldimand Athletics this evening in a 5:15 p.m. start.

Friday, at 10:30 a.m., the Royals take on Shellbrook Rangers of Saskatchewan and later, they face Ontario’s Chepstow Lang Farms at 7:15 p.m.

Colchester Royals 5

Shallow Lake Sting 0

David Watson tossed a masterful game against Shallow Lake, going the distance and giving up just one hit – a single – in the 5-0 victory. Watson fanned 13 Sting batters and allowed just one base on balls.

The Royals scored three times in the fourth after a scoreless three innings, and never looked back.

Watson’s team mates backed him up at the plate with eight hits, including three singles by Cameron Patton, a double and a single by Callum Bouma, two singles by Noah Berniquer and a single by Morgan Mallay.

Delisle Pride 8

Colchester Royals 7

The Royals and Pride exchanged runs throughout this contest and headed to the ninth tied at seven. Colchester failed to score and Delisle earned the win with a bases-loaded walk in the bottom half of the inning.

The Royals outhit the Pride 12-8, as Brendan Walker, Carson Lanceleve, Bouma and Keegan Crowell each had a pair of singles and Berniquer chipped in with a double. Lanceleve and Bouma both drove in two runs.

Pitcher Nathan Landry took the loss for Colchester. He struck out 11 batters and issued six walks.

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