Royals End Season

Sports / Jun. 12, 2008 12:00am EDT

In Second Round
By Dustin Parker

Royals End Season

In Second Round

By Dustin Parker

SoRo baseball had a very successful season in 2008 and earned a number-one seed in the playoffs. It was the first number-one seed for South Royalton in Division III.

The Royals started their playoff run against Twin Valley, and won 12-0. The Royals faced Twin Valley last year in the first round and narrowly escaped an upset. SoRo had to beat the Wildcats without star pitcher and hitter, Tyler Manning.

Dustin Parker got the start for the Royals. Parker sent Twin Valley a message early by striking out the first batter on three pitches. Parker got the next batter to fly out to center field. After an error by SoRo, Parker struck out the next batter to end the inning.

Tyrell Manning started the Royals’ offense by reaching on an error, and then stole second on the next pitch. Devin Cilley drew the walk and Parker hit a line drive down the right field line that was fair by inches, for a double and two RBI’s. The Royals jumped out to an early 3-0 lead.

Parker rolled through the second inning by striking out the side. Cody Welch started things off for the Royals in the second with a walk. Zach Colburn moved Welch to second by reaching on an infield single. Cilley reached on a fielder’s choice that drove in Welch. SoRo increased their lead to 4-0 after two innings. The score remained the same in the third.

Parker gave up a single to start the fourth. Manning was able to throw the runner out at second for the first out, and then Parker struck out the next two batters to end the inning. The Royals, however, didn’t score either. Manning came on in relief for Parker in the fifth and didn’t allow any runs in that inning. Ellis started the scoring for SoRo in the fifth with a walk, stole second and was able to move to third on an overthrow by the catcher. Ellis had an easy pass to home plate after a wild pitch. Jack Howe hit a single to left field, and Tarkin Clark and Colburn both walked to load the bases with two outs for Manning. Manning drew a walk and Cilley stepped to the plate and smacked a single to left field for two more runs. Ellis singled to drive another run in. SoRo exploded in the fifth with seven runs. The Royals’ lead was 11-0 with two innings left.

SoRo scraped together one more run in the sixth to finish the game with 12 runs. Welch came in to close the door in the seventh by getting a ground out to Cilley at second base, and with two K’s.

Second Round

After a first-round blowout, the Royals faced an eighth-seeded Poultney team who knocked off the ninth-seeded Peoples Academy team with a 10-2 score. Poultney got the upset win, 12-4.

Parker got the start again for the Royals. Manning started the home half of the first inning with a double to center field. Cilley followed with a single, and after two fly-outs, Howe doubled to drive in Cilley. SoRo had gotten on the scoreboard first with a 2-0 lead.

Parker shut down the Poultney offense in the second inning with three strikeouts. Parker struck out the side again in the third. Parker ran into trouble in the fourth inning with back-to-back doubles to even the score at two a piece. Manning came on in relief for Parker in the fifth. A line drive at Cilley at second that got under his glove, allowed two runs to score. After a long inning, with Poultney adding six runs, the Royals had fallen behind 8-2.

With one out, in the bottom of the inning, Cilley singled to center field. Ellis reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Cilley to score. Parker flied to right field, which gave the right fielder trouble. Ellis scored easily from first. With two innings left, the Royals still had life left by fighting back and trailing 8-4.

Poultney added four more in the sixth to extend their lead to 12-4. The Royals went down in order in the seventh to end their season. South Royalton says good-bye to six seniors.

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