Baseball tourney dodges the rain

Perry Bergson
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Black Royals starter Grayson Tourney delivers a first inning pitch as first baseman Josh LeClaire looks on during their team’s 5-2 loss to La Ronge on Saturday afternoon. 

The Prince Albert Minor Baseball Association put the longest day of the year to work on Saturday.

PAMBA held its year-end club championship in the mosquito division, which is for players born between 2003-05. The tournament, which was held at Mair Park, featured five local Royals teams (Yellow, Blue, White, Red and Black) along with the La Ronge Hooks playing six-inning games.

The Yellow Royals beat La Ronge 4-2 in one semifinal while the White Royals beat the Blue Royals in the other.

The Yellow Royals topped the White Royals 4-2 in a tight defensive battle to win the tournament.

PAMBA president Rod Skopyk says it turned out to be a terrific day of baseball.

“We were able to play nine games Saturday without any rain, really,” he said. “We had a short burst of rain that happened between the semifinal and final game. We raked the field, added a little shale to a couple of low spots, let it dry for 30 minutes and they were playable again for the final game. It was a little later but it was the longest day of the year.”

The final game finished around 8:30 p.m.

In the round-robin games, Yellow beat Blue 11-10, Red beat Black 11-4, White beat Yellow 3-2, La Ronge beat Red 18-0, White beat Blue 9-1 and La Ronge beat Black 5-2.

The peewee Royals were scheduled to play a doubleheader on Sunday but it was cancelled due the wet conditions.

Organizations: Prince Albert Minor Baseball Association

Geographic location: Mair Park, La Ronge

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