September 25, 2015:
Bantam AAA Royals to hire New Coach
The North Island Royals are looking to hire a new Head Coach for the 2016 Bantam AAA season. This position includes a wage as well as reimbursement for expenses. Interested parties should contact Kurt Bowles, General Manager, 250 207 2187, kurtbowles (at) gmail.com.
September 21, 2015:
Bantam AAA Royals win Zack Downey Memorial tournament
The North Island Royals are having a great fall season and this past weekend they won the Zack Downey Memorial Bantam Tournament down in Victoria. After an up and down round robin schedule the Royals found themselves against their old rival the Nanaimo Pirates in the semi-final. North Island was the underdog as the Pirates had finished first in their pool including an 11-2 win over the Royals. The semis were a different story however, and the Royals battled to an extra-inning victory setting up the gold medal match against the Cowichan Mustangs. The game went into 3 extra innings with a nail-biting finish that saw the North Island team triumph by a score of 8-7.
From General Manager Kurt Bowles “The entire roster had contributions in what turned out to be a battle of attrition. Having plenty of pitchers on a 21 man roster was key. It comes down to pitching when you make it to the final in any tournament. The boys really came together on a rainy Sunday to battle out a victory. They showed a lot of character. Our program’s successes are because of the dedication of our players and parents.”
August 23, 2015:
Royals win Western Canadian Championship in Yorkton, Saskatchewan
The Parksville Royals bseball team (16-18 yr. olds) composed of players from across north Vancouver Island and Powell River, spent the past six days at Yorkton, Saskatchewan, where they represented BC in the Western Canada AAA Midget baseball championships. BC and Alberta sent single representatives to the tournament while Saskatchewan and Manitoba both had two teams vying for the top spot. After playing six games in four days the Royals captured the Gold Medal in a thrilling eleven inning final against the St. Albert Cardinals (Alberta). Both teams entered the final with 4-1 records.
Parksville's first game of the tournament was under the lights against the host team Parkland Expos (Yorkton). The Expos handed the Royals their only loss of the tournament when after leading for six innings the Royals gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh to fall 7-6. Some untimely errors (5) and the inability of the relief core to shut down the Expos in the last inning resulted in defeat.
The schedule saw the Royals draw game one the next day so there was little time to mourn their loss. Owen Kelly (Nanaimo) was strong on the mound as he held the Northwest Pirates (Lloydminster) to four hits and three runs while striking out nine in 5 2/3 innings. Josh Anderson (Parksville) had a shutout relief performance to nail down the 7 - 3 Royal win. Liam Ballance (Parksville) , Adam McKillican (Comox) and Liam Janzen (Courtenay) each had two hits in the contest.
In their second game of the the day Parksville matched up against a strong St. Albert team. This was the pivotal game of the tournament and the game where the Royals came together as a team. They did not blink in a tension filled match which saw them fall behind 2-0; get a run to make it 2-1 and then put up two more and hold on for three more pressure packed innings en route to a 3-2 win. Adam McKillican was outstanding in tossing a complete game scattering eight hits and striking out five. Chris Vlaj (Campbell River), Liam Ballance, and Jacob Ingersoll (Campbell River) all had two hits with Ingersoll having a big game going two for two, scoring two and adding an rbi.
Saturday began with the Royals playing the Northwest Pirates (Saskatchewan) and coming away with a 6 - 1 win. The Royals scored six runs in the third inning and were shut out for the rest of the game. Zach Senay (Campbell River) was the winning pitcher as he didn't give up a hit or a run in three innings despite walking eight. Dean Leyland (Port Alberni) threw three shutout relief innings and Liam Ballance was dominant in closing out the game in the seventh with two strikeouts and a pop out. The Royals were led once more by Chris Vlaj who had two hits from his lead off spot. Cory Bukauskas (Campbell River) and Zach Waddington (Duncan) also banged out two hits to fuel the offence.
In their second tilt of the day the Royals matched up with St. James A's (Winnipeg). This proved to be another pressure packed game as neither pitcher blinked while they matched zeros for six innings. The Royals scored two in the top of the seventh and blanked the A's in their frame to take a 2-0 win. Hayden Scheck (Comox) was a "ground ball machine" as he hurled a complete game five hit shutout. The Royals managed only four hits off Wyatt Kemball who was outstanding in a losing cause. Both the Royal runs came with two out in the top of the seventh. Ethan Fox (Campbell River) started it off with a shot into right field. Liam Janzen followed with a rocket to right center that scored Fox. Jaret Knowles (Campbell River) then came up and sent a screamer into the right field gap that allowed Janzen to score from second. Adam McKillican made a key throw to the plate from right field to end the fifth inning nailing an A's runner who would have put them on the board first.
The two top teams hooked up in the final in what was the best game of the tournament. This was a classic pitcher's duel with a few other elements mixed in which took eleven innings to conclude. In the end the Royals prevailed and won the Gold Medal game 2-1. Colton Tuka (Courtenay) threw seven innings of two hit ball and left the game with the score tied 1-1. Liam Ballance came in and gave up one hit in four innings of shutout relief. The Royals outhit the Cardinals ten to three and left fourteen men on base compared to the Cards' five. Clearly the Royals had a number of opportunities to score but couldn't. It was left to Adam McKillican to stroke a clean single in the bottom of the eleventh with the bases loaded, two out and two strikes on him, to plate Josh Anderson with the winning run. That was McKillican's fourth hit of the game and second rbi. Ethan Fox had two hits in the victory.
Coaches Wes Dieleman and Lee McKillican were effusive in their praise for the Royals' team effort. Both alluded to the long travel day on Thursday, the first game on Friday, and even a concentrated encounter with prairie mosquitoes for a couple of games...none of those things could break the Royals' resolve. "The kids really came together, supported each other, picked each other up and did what they had to do in order to win," said Dieleman.
McKillican added, "This was a very satisfying team win. We didn't have as many wins during the regular season as we would have liked and for the boys to play good pressure baseball against the best AAA teams in Western Canada, all of whom had multiple pick up players from other teams (the Royals had one: Chris Vlaj...a former Royal) was really gratifying. We were deserving winners in this tournament."
Manager Jim Seredick added, "As always in tournament play, he who has the pitching is the last team standing. Our starting pitchers, Tuka, Kelly, McKillican, Scheck and Senay along with Leyland and Ballance in relief were the difference. They were outstanding. I am very proud of this team and of how they played throughout the tournament and of how they represented the province, community and themselves."
August 15, 2015:
Bantam AAA Royals win Bronze Medal at Provincials
The North Island Royals finished third at last weekend’s Provincial Championships. Coming into the championship tournament as the 6th seed after a strong finish to the regular season, the Royals took on #4 seed North Delta in their first game. With the Royals ahead 4-1 after 6 innings, Delta managed a late comeback and won in walk-off fashion 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh. Turnabout is fair play and the Royals turned the same trick only bigger in game two. Down 9-3 heading into the bottom of the 6th, the Royals rallied and beat #2 ranked Abbotsford 12-10 in a thrilling finish. Game 3 saw another Royals come from behind win in the bottom of the seventh as they walked off #7 seed Tri-Cities. The Royals finished the round–robin play with a 13-3 mercy victory of #10 ranked Cowichan to earn top seed in their pool.
Assistant Coach Kurt Bowles reports on the semi-final game vs Burnaby. “We were down 4-1 early but as they did all tournament the boys battled back a run at a time and we went into the eighth inning tied 4-4. In the bottom of the 8th we had bases loaded with 1 out but were unable to cash in a run. Burnaby scored one in the top of nine and held us off to win the game.”
Mike Parlow, president of Oceanside Minor Baseball commented “It was a great tournament and a tremendous effort by the team. That’s the second time in three years the North Island Royals have finished third at the Provincials and it’s a testament to the great job done by Head Coach Ryan Chenard and his coaches. Oceanside is very fortunate to be a part of such a thriving and competitive league for our local players.”
Coach Dave Wallace interviewed on the Canadian Baseball Network
Coach Dave Wallace
A great interview with Coach Wallace on the Canadian Baseball Network.
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Royals fall ball wraps terrific season
Royals hopeful Wyatt Strachan belts a single during Saturday's fall ball double header against the Victoria Mariners. James Clarke Photo
By James Clarke - Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Published: October 10, 2012 9:00 AM
Parksville’s Quality Foods Royals took to their home field for the final time this year on Saturday, posting a pair of well-earned wins over the Victoria Mariners as part of their farewell to fall ball. A double header played out under warm, dry conditions featuring a mix of dedicated junior and senior players, the day was pure Canadiana against a backdrop of autumn colours. “Is this great or what,” longtime Royals’ coach Jim Seredick said through a big smile from the dugout Saturday.
The Royals came from two runs down to win game one 4-3, and hammered out an 8-1 decision in game two, both wins against an M’s team of mostly seniors. The Royals had 19 players show up to play Saturday, an even split between juniors and seniors, all of whom are aspiring to play for the Royals next year. The Royals’ players and coaches met for their final practice of the season last Wednesday, and the locals officially closed out the fall ball season in Victoria on Sunday losing 4-0, 10-5. “We didn’t get the hitting today we had yesterday,” Seredick said after.
Rookie chucker Owen Kelly from Nanaimo pitched four innings of shutout ball throwing a paltry 42 pitches in game one. “That’s just outstanding.”
The fall ball season started back on Aug. 28.
On Saturday at Inouye-Wallace Field, local chucker Andrew Evernden was solid to pick up the win on the hill in game one. “It was a great effort out there today, very encouraging,” Seredick said after. Royals’ homegrown standout senior Justin Dieleman led the offence with four hits and three RBIs, and newcomer Owen Kelly from Nanaimo “was also outstanding today. He started out in centre field and played first base in the second game and played really well, showed a lot of potential. Particularly as a hitter — he’s a very strong left handed batter.”
Colton Tuka “was outstanding,” on the hill in game two for Parksville, giving up one run over four innings.“He finished on a very high note, he had a 1-2-3 final inning, and he’ll take that and hopefully build on that over the winter mentally, his pitching and Deileman’s hitting, wow, very impressive. It bodes well for next year,” said Seredick.
Practices aside the Royals played 14 games of fall ball. The Royals were in Kamloops the weekend prior for a tournament. The players also underwent more fitness testing on the weekend.
“Without a doubt,” Seredick answered quickly when asked if this year’s installment of fall ball was the best ever. “On paper we had 54 kids registered for fall ball. It’s very encouraging to see that many kids. We absolutely doubled what we’ve ever had out before (and) we had an outstanding group this year,” he said.
A team effort from the top down, the Royals’ fall ball program is led by the club’s skipper Dave Wallace and dedicated assistants Jim Seredick, Wes Dieleman and Bruce Biro.
Bryan Pawlina and Matt Ney awarded BCPBL Scholarships
BCPBL 23 November 2012: The BC Premier Baseball League announced their 2012 scholarship awards and two Royals were amongst the well-deserving recipients. 2012 Royals graduate Bryan Pawlina and 2011 graduate Matt Ney were both awarded 2012 PBL scholarships. For Ney, currently attending Douglas College, it was his second consecutive PBL scholarship. Pawlina, in his first year at UBC, was not to be outdone and was additionally named one of the recipients of the BCPBL Rud Haar Memorial scholarship.
Summer Games Roster Announced
2012 BC Summer Games Team Vancouver Island Roster
1. Liam Ballance
2. Josh Burgman
3, Josh Careless-Jones
4. Ben Goertzen
5, Garrett Goodall
6. Brett Irvine
7. Owen Kelly
8. Chris Lata
9. Jesse Mycock
10. Lenn Nakuska
11. Aaron Page
12. Ethan M. Skuija
13. Brendan Turcotte
14. Mike Varley
15. Dylan Werrun
16. Owen Yarocki
Doty homers twice against Abbotsford
T.R. Doty went yard twice in game one of Saturday’s double header against the Abbotsford Cardinals. James Clarke Photo
By James Clarke - Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Published: June 12, 2012 9:00 AM
T.R. Doty pounded two over the fence on Saturday, and Parksville’s Quality Foods Royals beat the visiting Abbotsford Cardinals in extra innings to take game one of their first of two Premier league double headers.
Doty and the Royals came out swinging in game two, but came up short in a 4-2 final. In game one, Royals senior Bryan Pawlina got the start on the hill pitched well and came out in the fifth inning with a 5-2 lead, but Abby torched the Royals’ middle reliever for five runs off four hits in the top of the sixth to take a 6-5 lead.
The Royals tied it up 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh. Doty scored the tying run off an error, and the Royals won it in the bottom of the ninth, when Clarke Ohman got hit by a pitch, Liam Joyce sacrificed him to second, and then Doty hit a walkoff home run to left centre for his second of the day and of the season.
“That doesn’t happen very often,” Royals’ skipper Dave Wallace said, adding “T.R.’s been hitting the ball well for us all year — he’s been one of our most consistent batters.” Worth noting, said Wallace, is that Doty, a local product, was batting .146 last year and right now he’s at .351 — seventh in the league, and he leads the team, too. He’s also second in the league in doubles with nine.
“He’s vastly improved. He’s raised is average by 205 points, and that’s huge,” Wallace said of his infielder, who went three-for-four at the plate with four runs-batted-in that game. Asked if the win in extras was extra tasty in light of the Royals record (8-22), Wallace chuckled and said, “the wins are always nice, but yeah, it was a good win for our guys — it was a very well played game by both teams.”
Keller Anderson from Quathiask Cove on Quadra Island came in with one out in the sixth and threw three-and-two-thirds to pick up the win, which have been hard to come by this season for the young squad.
Back at it against the Coquitlam Reds on Sunday, the Royals were blanked 10-buzz in game one, and lost a 1-0 heartbreaker in game two. The visitors scored the games’ lone run in the top of the sixth.
Ohman pitched his second complete game for the Royals and looked sharp again, striking out four, scattering six hits over seven innings, walking two. “We just weren’t ready to play in the fist game, but a much improved performance in game two — it was a well pitched game.” “That’s a very good outing — he only threw 82 pitches — he was very efficient,” Wallace said of his starter, then made the pointing out the mainlander has pitched two complete game for us and we’ve yet to score a run for him.”
Travelling man Isherwood gets job done a la Jeff Francis
LHP Clayton Isherwood (Van Anda, BC) gets outs with off-speed offerings./Photo: Baseball Canada.
By Jamie Neugebauer - Canadian Baseball Network
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla: In the world of young baseball players there are those who are committed and then there’s Clayton Isherwood. The native of Van Anda, BC pitched in St. Petersburg, Florida, with the Canadian National Junior Baseball team during the International Series. But the Florida sun is a world away from his usual commute to Parksville on Vancouver Island, where Isherwood faces a daunting daily battle to pitch for the Parksville Royals.
"I have to take two ferries to get to where I play and then drive an hour and a half," he said. "I don’t get to go to practices during the week, it’s only on the weekend because I can’t get out of school in time and make the practice. It’s like a four or five-hour trip." At 6-feet, 185 pounds, the soon-to-be 18-year-old does not seek to overpower hitters with his fastball. Instead, he is the classic left-handed hurler who changes speeds and uses superb command to get batters out.
His manager Dave Wallace of the Royals, of the elite development-level British Columbia Premier Baseball League, spoke glowingly of the mild-mannered prodigy. "He’s a lot like (Cincinnati Reds) Jeff Francis," Wallace said. “He has a tremendous changeup, as good as any high school-aged player I’ve seen, and that makes his fastball better. He knows how to set up hitters and he understands the game better than most kids his age.”
In eight regular season starts for the Royals last season, Clayton went 6-0 with four shutouts. His ratio of 68 strikeouts to nine walks in 53 innings earned him team rookie of the year honours for the 2011 season. In 2011 he represented BC in the Canada Cup, striking out 12 in 9.2 innings pitched, to lead the team to a fourth-place finish while exerting and demonstrating his dominance over the best under-18 hitters in the country.
“It was pretty special,” Isherwood said about representing the province. “I was the only returning player from the team before so I was a senior on the team. It was a lot of fun except for the fact that we didn’t do as well as we were expected to.”
By now Isherwood is a veteran of Baseball Canada and has represented the nation at the Americas World Junior Qualification Tournament in Colombia in November 2011, and in exhibition action last March against Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves split-squad teams. According to Wallace, and despite his soft-spoken and unassuming demeanour, nothing fazes the tiny-town teenager.“He is never intimidated,” Wallace said. “He has travelled all over the world playing games and it doesn’t matter to him where he is. He just competes; he knows how to get people out.”
Wallace also suggested that the southpaw’s biggest drawback is that his development has been stunted due to a lack of playing time as a result of where he is from. Yet Isherwood, who recently committed to San Jacinto College in Texas, made no complaints about his situation.“I do miss a bit,” Isherwood said. “But it’s easier being a pitcher because I can play catch with my dad [a former college-level pitcher] to make up for it at home.”
Isherwood looks to be taken in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, and said that more than 10 teams have expressed interest in his services.
Parksville Royals named PBL Organization of the Year for 2011
On behalf of the Royals we would like to congratulate the following players for their outstanding achievements this year. It's great to see players get recognised for their hard work and dedication to baseball.
League MVP: Kevin Biro
League Gold Glove Award (outstanding defensive player): Kevin Biro
Top Pitcher Award: Clayton Isherwood
Lowest ERA (Earned Run Average):
Most Runs: Kevin Biro
Most triples: Kevin Biro & Jordan Dugray
Most Home Runs (tied with five others): Kevin Biro
Remarkable Performance: Kevin Biro - 2 HR 6 RBI vs. Nanaimo July 2
All Conference Awards:
Infielders: Kevin Biro & Matt Ney
Utility Player Josh Croft
Pitcher: Clayton Isherwood
PBL Organization of the Year:
The is the fifth time the Parksville Royals have won the Organization of the Year Award since its inception in 2002. The other years were 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2008. This award is a credit to all the numerous volunteers within the Royals organization and their dedication to baseball within the league and the province.
We have always been fortunate to have extremely supportive parents who contribute invaluable amounts of time to make our team one that is well respected throughout the province. Clyde Inouye GM from 1995-2009 and Scott Rodway (2009-present) deserve a lot of recognition for the hard work, time, and commitment to baseball not just in our community but on behalf of the PBL as well. The Royals are very fortunate to have individuals like Clyde & Scott and the so many parents who volunteer their time to put together a great product that showcases baseball in a positive light at all times.
Click here for the full list of BCPBL awards.
Congratulations for a great job and enjoyable year.
Parksville Royals dominant at BC's Best baseball tourney
By James Clarke - Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Parksville’s Quality Foods Royals captured lightning in the bat last weekend and made team history by becoming the first local squad to win the BC’s Best Baseball Classic in the tourney’s 17-year history. The local PBL team lost 7-1 to the Okanagan A’s in their tournament opener last Friday, but this is no ordinary Royals’ team. They answered with five straight wins. This is the third or fourth time they’ve made the semifinals but first time winning it all. It was the first all-Island final in tournament history. "I was real pleased for the kids," Royals’ skipper Dave Wallace said. "They deserved it, and it helps them learn a bit more how to compete in meaningful games."
In their five-game run the Royals out-scored the opposition, 36-9. The Royals set the tone Saturday morning when they bounced back with one of their best games of the season and dumped the defending tournament champion Okotoks Dawgs, 4-0. On Sunday they clobbered the North Delta Blue Jays 11-1, and doubled up the Strathmore Reds 8-4. On Monday they beat the Victoria Mariners 6-4, then knocked the hide off the ball and blasted the Nanaimo Pirates 13-4 in the gold medal game that afternoon.
On hand to hand out the gold and silver medals afterwards was Lowell Hodges, former longtime MLB scout out of Sidney and one of the founding board members of the Island Premier Baseball League - precursor to the BCPBL comprised of Parksville, Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley and two Victoria teams back in 1995.
Pitching highlights there were lots of. Crafty righty Marcus Drewry picked up the win against North Delta and tossed a complete game two-hitter. Big southpaw Giles Virgin, 18, from Saskatchewan pitched and was outstanding for the pinstripes as well throwing 8 no-hit innings with 9 K's. Keeping the walks down - the Royals lead the league in fewest walks allowed - is something longtime dedicated pitching coach Jim Seredick has concentrated on this year. The Royals pitching staff walked only 15 batters over 40 defensive innings during the Classic. Catcher Mackenzie Parlow called every pitch and caught all 40 innings.
"The whole team, Matt Ney, Kevin Biro and Josh Croft, they’re our leaders and they had an outstanding weekend, and so did four our five other guys - the hitting right through our lineup was consistent," said Wallace. Ney and Croft both belted homers. Croft also pitched one inning in each of the last two games, picking up the save in the seminal against Victoria. Biro finished the tourney hitting .550 with three doubles, a triple, and a stolen base. Ney hit .400 with a tie-breaking, two-run home run in the semi-final game against Victoria.
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