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Fort Macleod Royals reach Kalispell tournament final

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Ryden Attwood of the Royals tries to pick off a Cranbrook Bandit at first base.

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Royals shortstop Ryan Cook waits for the throw as a Cranbrook Bandit slides into second base.

Fort Macleod Royals turned in a solid effort last weekend to place second in an American Legion baseball tournament at Kalispell, Mont.
Mission Valley Mariners ended the Royals hopes of the 2013 John R. Harp Tournament championship on Sunday afternoon.
Ten teams competed in the three-day tournament including Asotin County Blues, Calgary Redbirds, Cranbrook Bandits, Edmonton Royals, Glacier Twins, Vauxhall Spurs, Medicine Hat Knights and host Kalispell Lakers.
Redbirds 10 Royals 6
Calgary Redbirds stole a 9-6 win from the Royals to open the tournament.
The Royals were victimized by their own inability to cash in, twice leaving the bases loaded. In total, the Royals left 12 runners on base against Calgary.
T.J. Tornquist pitched three innings for the Royals, allowing nine runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out three batters.
Kelten Jensen pitched two innings in relief, allowing one run on one hit and one walk.
Tornquist went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs batted in and Jack Shepherd went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
Danny Shepherd went 2-for-2 with a walk and Ryden Attwood and Michael McTighe each had an RBI.
Royals 5 Bandits 4
Ryden Attwood hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to drive in the winning run in a 5-4 comeback win over Cranbrook Bandits.
The Bandits opened a 4-0 lead in the second inning but the Royals battled, scoring three times in the fourth and getting the tying and winning runs in the seventh.
Garet Burton went the distance for the win, striking out five batters while giving up seven hits and five walks.
Danny Shepherd had a two-run triple in the fourth inning, Aidan Kidd went 2-for-4, Tornquist went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Ryan Cook and Josh Foster both went 1-for-3.
Royals 7 Lakers 4
Fort Macleod faced the host Lakers on Saturday night in a showdown for a place in the final.
Kalispell was 2-0 going into the game and the Royals were 1-1.
Faced with a win and you’re in situation, the Royals led wire-to-wire in a 7-4 victory.
Ryan Cook went the distance to earn the win, striking out five while scattering eight hits and five walks.
Aidan Kidd sparked the offence, going 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBI.
Danny Shepherd also went 2-for-2 with two walks and scored two runs. Ty Odney went 2-for-3, Josh Foster went 1-for-3 and Jack Shepherd drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.
Mariners 16 Royals 3
The victory propelled the Royals into the final against Mission Valley Mariners, a powerhouse that won its previous games by scores of 18-5, 14-3 and 12-2.
The Royals knew they had their work cut out for them and things started well as Fort Macleod took a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
The Mission Valley bats came to life in the second inning as they scored seven runs. The Mariners added six more in the next inning and never looked back.
Josh Foster drew the tough start, striking out one batter while allowing nine hits and 11 runs.
Kidd pitched three innings in relief, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
The Royals managed nine hits off the Mariners, with Danny Shepherd pounding out a double and a triple for an RBI in three at-bats.
Tornquist went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI and Kelten Jensen went 1-for-3, driving in a run.
Kidd went 2-for-2, Tyson Goodreau went 1-for-1 and Garet Burton went 1-for-3.

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