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Fort Macleod Royals hot as they prepare to host American Legion district playoffs

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Ryan Cook of the Fort Macleod Royals fields a grounder.

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A Tri-County Cardinal dives back to first base to avoid being picked off by Royals first baseman Ryden Attwood.

Fort Macleod Royals won four of five games in the final week of the regular season to finish at .500.
Their 12-12 record puts the Royals in fifth place in the Montana American Legion Baseball Northern District standings.
The Royals take on fourth-place Lethbridge Miners at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 24 in the opening game of the district playoff tournament at West Winds Stadium.
Tournament play gets under way at 10 a.m. Thursday with Vauxhall Spurs playing Havre North Stars. At 1 p.m. Medicine Hat Knights play Tri-County Cardinals.
Opening ceremonies are set for 4 p.m. Thursday. Play resumes at 9 a.m. Friday, July 25 and continues through Saturday, July 26.
The championship game is at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27.

Royals 14 Miners 4
Fort Macleod dominated Lethbridge Miners on July 15 in a rare nine-inning game.
Ryan Cook pitched all nine innings for the Royals, scattering 13 hits and one walk while striking out seven to earn the win.
The Royals pounded out 17 hits led by Ryden Attwood who went 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBI. TJ Tornquist went 3-for-6 with a double and four RBI and Ty Odney went 3-for-5 with a double.
Royals 12 Cardinals 11
Garet Burton hammered a clutch two-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday to life the Royals to a come-from-behind 12-11 win over visiting Tri-County Cardinals.
The Royals trailed 7-2 and 10-3 but fought back to steal the victory.
Odney gave up 10 hits and a walk while striking out two as he pitched four innings. Josh Foster allowed six hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings, and Cook came on in the eighth to get the final two outs.
Odney helped his own cause as he went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Tornquist also drove in three runs and Burton and Aidan Kidd each had two RBI.

Royals 6 Cardinals 1

Fort Macleod won the nightcap in convincing fashion as they caged the Cardinals 6-1.
Morgan Yanco pitched a two-hitter as he went the distance to get the win.
The Royals started fast with five runs in the first inning and led all the way.
Cook went 3-for-4, Attwood went 2-for-2 with two RBI and Tornquist went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Royals 6 Knights 5

The Royals closed out the regular season Sunday in Medicine Hat as they split a doubleheader with the Knights.
Cook pitched seven sold innings to earn a 6-5 win in the first game, giving up eight hits and four walks while striking out nine.
Attwood had another big day at the plate, driving in three runs as he went 2-for-4 with a home run.
Odney went 2-for-4 with a double, Foster went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Burton, Yanco and Cook went 1-for-3,

Knights 10 Royals 8
The Royals frittered away a 6-0 lead in the second game, which was called after six innings when both Royals coaches were ejected for protesting umpire’s calls.
Fort Macleod scored six runs in the top of the first and appeared to be on their way to a win.
After the Royals went up 7-0 in the top of the second the Knights fought back with four runs, and then added singles in the third and fifth innings before taking a 10-8 lead with four runs in the sixth.

Following are the final standings.

Team W L
Great Falls 15 9
Medicine Hat 14 10
Vauxhall 14 10
Lethbridge 13 11
Royals 12 12
Havre 9 15
Tri-County 7 17

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