The Royals baseball season hasn't been quite what head coach Cav Whitely envisioned before opening day, but at the halfway mark with 12 games left to play, the Royals find themselves with just three fewer wins than the team sitting in the final postseason spot. There are certainly positives to build on. The team is hitting well, with Finn Kaczmarowski batting a fantastic .348 with .522 slugging. The rookie pitcher and outfielder is performing well from the mound too, sporting a 2.25 ERA. Another freshman, catcher Dion Wintjes, leads the team in RBI.
However, the solid play from Douglas hasn't led to results on the scoreboard. Douglas ranks near the bottom of the NWAC in runs scored despite a team batting average in the middle 50% of the conference. The Royals' lone conference victory so far in 2019 came in the first series of the year at Shoreline College.
Whitely knows there is work to be done, but this team has all the tools to improve on their 2018 season, which saw a return to the Super Regionals. The Baseball Canada Coach of the Year said the goal for his team in 2019 was advancing to the NWAC championship, a goal that remains in sight. After already having taken a win off of Shoreline, the Royals will have opportunities to make huge strides in the standings against Olympic and Skagit Valley, two other schools in the hunt for the final ticket to Super Regionals. A series with 6-2 Edmonds in early May has the potential to be a difference maker as well. With the Royals playing well and with such a solid core of sophomore players bolstered by rookie additions, it seems only a matter of time before the runs start to pile up in Whalley.
The Royals will play against the Burnaby Bulldogs alumni team and Western Washington next week in non-conference play before the season resumes with four games against Skagit Valley on April 27th and 28th.