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Macleod Royals seeded sixth for district playoff tournament

Aidan Kidd pitching for the Royals in their win over Tri County Cardinals.

Aidan Kidd pitching for the Royals in their win over Tri County Cardinals.

A Tri County Cardinal dives back to first base to avoid getting picked off by Peter Zmurchyk of the Royals.

A Tri County Cardinal dives back to first base to avoid getting picked off by Peter Zmurchyk of the Royals.

Ty Odney of the Royals uses his body to block a bouncing grounder.

Ty Odney of the Royals uses his body to block a bouncing grounder.

Fort Macleod Royals head into their playoff tournament this week as the sixth seed.
The Royals open the American Legion North District tournament on Thursday, July 21 at 10 a.m. against No. 3-ranked Lethbridge Miners.
The winner of that game advances to a match against either No. 2 Vauxhall Spurs or No. 7 Tri County Cardinals at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22.
The losers of those opening round matches also play at 10 a.m. Friday.
The tournament field includes No. 1 seed Lewiston Redbirds, No. 4 Medicine Hat Knights, No. 5 Great Falls Chargers and No. 8 Havre North Stars.
The tournament at Great Falls, Mont. is a double knockout affair, with the championship game set for 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24.
If the team that emerges from the B side wins the Sunday final, the deciding game will be played at 10 a.m. Monday, July 25.
The Royals wrapped the regular season last week with three doubleheaders at Westwinds stadium.
Royals 5 Cardinals 0
Ty Schaffer scattered five hits as he earned a complete game 5-0 win July 14 in the opening game of a doubleheader against Tri County Cardinals.
Schaffer tossed 12 strikeouts and gave up just three walks in the victory.
The Royals, meanwhile, pounded out 10 hits, led by Schaffer who went 3-for-3 at the dish and Darian Simmons, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Tyson Goodreau went 2-for-4, Gunnar Gibb went 1-for-1, and Peter Zmurchyk and Brandyn Howg both went 1-for-3.
Royals 9 Cardinals 8
It was a different story in the nightcap.
The Cardinals exploded for six runs in the first inning and increased their lead to 8-0 by the top of the third.
Then Tri County watched in horror as the Royals mounted a stunning comeback that ended in the bottom of the seventh with a walk-off run.
Aidan Kidd pitched six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and four walks with three strikeouts.
Simmons pitched one inning, giving up one hit with three strikeouts.
Kidd was also a force at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.
TJ Tornquist, Simmons and Schaffer each drove in two runs.
Chargers 2 Royals 1
Derrick Spring pitched a two-hitter Saturday to carry Great Falls Chargers to a 2-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Ty Odney reached base on a walk and later crossed the plate in the first inning to give Fort Macleod the lead.
The Chargers responded with runs in the second and fourth to give Spring all the offensive help he needed.
Schaffer was 2-for-2 at the plate and walked once for Fort Macleod.
Odney pitched three innings for Fort Macleod, allowing two runs on three hits and five walks while striking out five batters.
Simmons pitched four innings, holding Great Falls scoreless as he struck out five and gave up two hits and a walk.
Royals 8 Chargers 2
Another tight battle in the second game went Fort Macleod’s way when Gunnar Gibb drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
The Royals railed 7-5 heading into their final at-bat but rallied for the win.
Goodreau pitched five innings for the Royals, giving up five runs on 11 hits.
Zach Bennet pitched three innings in relief, holding Great Falls to one hit with three strikeouts.
Simmons took the mound for three innings, allowing two runs on six hits with one strikeout.
Chase Snider and Kidd both went 3-for-5 with an RBI and Schaffer had two hits and three RBI.
Howg, Gibb and Beau Walter also drove in runs.
Knights 16 Royals 5
Errors cost the Royals in a 16-5 loss to Medicine Hat.
The Knights capitalized on 12 errors by the Royals.
It was pitching by committee for the Royals, with Snider, Zmurchyk, Gibb, Walter, Howg and Tornquist combining to allow 11 hits and 11 walks with five strikeouts.
Tornquist went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs, Gibb went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Sider was 2-for-4 and Kidd, Schaffer, Howg and Walter also had hits.
Knights 6 Royals 2
A three-run fifth inning lifted Medicine Hat Knight to a 6-2 win over the Royals.
Kidd pitched six innings, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
Bennet took the mound for an inning, allowing one run on two hits, and Odney struck out two while holding the Knights scoreless in one inning of work.
Tornquist was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Snider and Odney were 1-for-3 and Schaffer was 1-for-4.

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