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The Billings Royals couldn't have asked for a better start, scoring the game's first six runs.

Nothing went their way after that, as they were held without another run in an 11-6 loss to Idaho, which ended their season Saturday at the American Legion Northwest Regional.

Billings finished with a 2-2 record at the tournament, making it to the fourth of five days.

Idaho will play Washington in the title game Sunday and will have two chances to win one game since it hasn't lost yet in the double-elimination tournament. The winner heads to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, North Carolina.

The Royals continued their trend of quick starts at the regional by scoring six runs in the top of the first inning. They sent 11 batters to the plate, tallied six hits and drew a bases-loaded walk.

Idaho responded with seven runs in the bottom of the frame, retaking the lead with just one out. Billings committed two errors that inning and five for the game. Idaho committed only one error.

Royals pitcher Atticus Bryan was roughed up for eight runs on eight hits and left after 1 1/3 innings. Cole Miller replaced Bryan and allowed a two-out RBI single, charged to Bryan, that put Billings down 8-6 in the second inning.

Billings allowed one run in the third, in the fourth and in the fifth innings as it fell into an 11-6 hole.

The Royals stranded seven runners on base. They hit into three double plays, including two that ended an inning. Brooks Zimmer struck out with the bases loaded and Billings down 10-6 to end the top of the fifth inning.

Six Royals drove in one run and six scored one run. Billings tallied 12 hits to Idaho's 14, and Sam Evenson led the way with three hits in four at-bats.

Frank Gogola,

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