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Colchester Royals face Saskatchewan squad Saturday afternoon

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If the Royals win, they move on; lose and they’re out

UPDATE: Colchester Royals face Saskatchewan squad Saturday afternoon

The Colchester Royals posted a 3-2 come-from-behind win against the B.C. Marlins at the 2019 U19 Men’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championship Friday night, to finish preliminary round play with a record of six wins and two losses.

That left the Royals in fifth place at the 12-team competition, meaning they take on eighth-place Shellbrook (Sask.) Rangers in their first game of the elimination rounds. That game goes at 3:30 (ADT) Saturday.

Colchester opened the tournament on Tuesday with a 6-0 victory over the Rangers.

With a victory there, the Royals will move on to play Kitchener-Waterloo (Ont.) Hallman Twins (6-2) who finished fourth and lost 7-0 to first-place Delisle (Sask.) Pride (8-1), earlier today. That game is at 6:30 p.m. (ADT).

Should Colchester lose to the Rangers – or lose any subsequent game from here on – they will be eliminated.

Royals 3 Marlins 2

The Marlins opened the game with a pair of runs in the top of the first, with Colchester countering with one in their half of the inning, making it 2-1. The only other scoring came in the fourth when the Royals plated a pair and then held on for the win.

Colchester out-hit B.C. 9-2 in the contest.

Keegan Crowell, Carson Lanceleve and Alec MacDonald each had two hits, while Callum Bouma, Rowan Sears and Carter McNutt had one each.

In the fourth, with one out, Crowell doubled, but Brody Fraser grounded to second for two outs. That brought up Bouma who tripled to drive in Crowell. Bouma crossed the plate for the winning run on a single by MacDonald.

Fraser took the win on the mound, giving up one hit, striking out 18 and allowing two walks.

PRELIMINARY STANDINGS (FINAL)

Delisle Pride (SA)                                                    7-1-0

Shallow Lake Sting (ON)                                         7-1-0

Belmore Sting (Host)                                               7-1-0

Kitchener-Waterloo Hallman Twins (ON)                 6-2-0

Colchester Royals (NS)                                         6-2-0

DC Napanee AFW Express (ON/Def. Champion)   5-3-0

NL Selects (NL)                                                       4-4-0

Shellbrook Rangers (SA)                                         3-5-0

CONSOLATION

St. Mary’s Taymouth Tigers (NB)                            1-7-0

Team Quebec (QC)                                                 1-7-0

Saskatoon Selects (SA)                                          1-7-0

BC Marlins (BC)                                                      0-8-0

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UPDATE: Colchester Royals lose 1-0 nail-biter to Shallow Lake Sting

OWEN SOUND, ONT. – A single run scored in the bottom of the first inning was all that separated the Colchester Royals and Shallow Lake Sting in a contest that produced just five hits and featured only one error.

The 1-0 loss left the Royals with five wins and two defeats, and tied for fifth in the 12-team tournament, as they look to their final game of the 2019 U19 Men’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championship preliminary rounds later this evening. Shallow Lake, an Ontario entry, moved to 7-1 and sits atop the standings alone, pending outcomes of tonight’s matchups.

Owen Torrie of the Sting threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout, giving up just a double to Colchester’s Cameron Patton in the top of the seventh.

David Watson threw a masterful game as well, giving up just four hits, a double and three singles.

Shallow Lake’s lone run came in the opening frame after Torrie hit a one-out single. Watson struck out the next batter for the second out before Walker Lyons of the Sting doubled to drive in Torrie.

The Royals wrap up the preliminary round with a 9:30 p.m. (ADT) contest against BC Marlins this evening. The Marlins are winless in seven starts. Then it’s on to the elimination rounds Saturday, with matchups based on the teams’ rankings. Play continues through to Sunday afternoon’s championship game.

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UPDATE: Colchester Royals blank Saskatoon Selects 7-0

OWEN SOUND, ONT. – Cameron Patton and Brody Fraser combined to pitch a no-hitter through six innings Thursday night as the Colchester Royals blanked the Saskatoon Selects 7-0 at the 2019 U19 Men’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championship.

The win gives the Royals a record of five wins and one loss heading into action Friday.

Patton worked the first five innings, striking out nine and giving up just one walk. Brody Fraser came on to handle the sixth and had a pair of strikeouts.

The Royals’s six hits, all singles, came off the bats of Carson Lanceleve, Patton, Rowan Sears, Keegan Crowell, Evan McNea and Alec MacDonald.

Crowell had two RBIs, while Lanceleve and Patton had one apiece. Colchester was aided by three Saskatoon errors.

Up Friday, The Royals take on Shallow Lake Sting (Ont.) at 5 p.m. (ADT). They wrap up the preliminary round with a 9:30 p.m. (ADT) matchup against BC Marlins.

Depending on how they fare today, Colchester will be seeded for the elimination rounds beginning tomorrow and continuing through until Sunday’s afternoon championship game.

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UPDATE: Royals suffer first loss at hands of host Sting

OWEN SOUND, ONT. – The Colchester Royals suffered their first setback at the 2019 U19 Men’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championship in Owen Sound, Ont., Thursday afternoon as they fell to the host team, the Belmore (Ont.) Sting 8-2.

The loss leaves the Royals’ won-lost record at 4-1, after they opened the tournament by rattling off four straight victories.

Keegan Crowell was one of few Royals to have success at the plate against the Sting. He went 2-for-3, with a single and a triple and drove in both Colchester runs.

Cameron Patton had the only other Royals hit, a single, and scored, along with Rowan Sears.

Pitcher David Watson took the loss giving up all eight runs in five-and-a-third innings worked.

Uncharacteristically, the Royals committed five errors in the contest.

Thursday evening Colchester plays the Saskatoon Selects at 9:30 (ADT), and they round out the preliminary round Friday with two games.

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Colchester Royals open championship with four straight wins

OWEN SOUND, ONT. – The Colchester Royals have gone undefeated in their first two days of action at the 2019 U19 Men’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championship, posting a record of 4-0.

As Nova Scotia’s representative, the Royals kicked off the tournament Tuesday In Owen Sound, Ont., with a 6-0 blanking of Shellbrook Rangers (Sask.), and followed that up with a narrow 6-5 victory over Team Quebec.

Wednesday, Colchester continued their winning ways, defeating defending champion Napanee AFW Express (Ont.) 2-1, then downing NL Selects (N.L.) 5-2.

The Royals are back in action Thursday with a 2:30 p.m. (ADT) contest against the host team, Belmore Sting (Ont.). Then at 9:30 p.m. (ADT) Colchester takes on Saskatoon Selects (Sask.).

Friday, Colchester winds up the preliminary round with a 5 p.m. (ADT) matchup against Shallow Lake Sting (Ont.), then they face the BC Marlins at 9:30 p.m. (ADT).

Competition Saturday will be based on the teams’ records from the preliminary round, with play continuing through until Sunday, leading up to the afternoon’s championship game at 3:30 p.m. (ADT).

In their first four games, Rowan Sears has batted .455, going 5-for-11 for the Royals and has scored four times. Brody Fraser has gone 4-for-9 at the plate for a .444 average and has driven in three runs. Evan McNea batted .364 in those four games, going 4-for-11 and adding two RBIs.

Pitcher David Watson posted two wins from the mound, with Cameron Patton and Carson Lanceleve taking a win apiece.

Combined, the pitching corps gave up just 14 hits in those four games, while striking out 53 – 33 put down by Watson. Combined earned-run-average is 1.50.

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