Grand season finale

Prince Albert Royals pitcher Ben Denysiuk pitched the opening three innings of PA’s 7-0 win over Melfort on Wednesday night. (Josef Jacobson/Daily Herald)

Royals shut out Melfort 7-0 to end regular season, playoffs start Monday

The Prince Albert Royals wrapped up their regular season on Wednesday night with 7-0 win over Melfort at Andy Zwack Field.

“It was alright,” Royals coach Lance Alexander said of the win.

“It was a little slow-moving, I thought. It was kind of a boring game… Our pitchers were good.”

With the win, the Royals head into playoffs with a 6-1-1 record, their only loss coming way back on opening day against Nipawin. PA lost that game 14-1, but since then their offence has been potent. The Royals have outscored their opponents 87-55, averaging almost 11 runs in a game.

Alexander said it is promising to see his team, and particularly his younger players, finish the year with a strong record.

“They’re on a very steep learning curve. It’s like if you went form zero to now they’re at 50 per cent where they should be. If I had coached them since mosquito, they’d be at 90 per cent,” he said.

“The senior guys who I have coached for many years, they know what I expect and what we want, and the guys that I brought up with my son from bantam, they all know what I want, too. So it’s easier to coach them because they know what to expect.”

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