Pirates second best at tournament

The Nanaimo Pirates had a chance to win the B.C.’s Best tournament for the first time, but instead they were runners-up.

The Hub City Paving Pirates lost 13-4 to the Parksville Royals on Monday in the final of the tournament in Parksville.

Nanaimo won four of its six games at the four-day event, starting with back-to-back wins Friday, 5-0 over the Edmonton Prospects and 5-2 against the Abbotsford Cardinals. On Saturday the Pirates got past the Vancouver Cannons 6-5, but on Sunday the Victoria Mariners edged Nanaimo 2-1.

In Monday’s semifinal Hub City shut out Okotoks 3-0 to qualify for the final later that day.

The Royals went undefeated over the long weekend, winning their home tournament for the first time in the event’s 17-year history.

GAME ON … The Royals and Pirates meet Wednesday (May 25) for a B.C. Premier Baseball League game at 6 p.m. at Serauxmen Stadium.