Guelph Royals nipped by Kitchener Panthers

KITCHENER – The Kitchener Panthers scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to slip by the Guelph Royals 7-4 in Intercounty Baseball League play Sunday at Couch Park.

The Royals had lost 18-2 to Kitchener Saturday at Hastings Stadium.

Sunday, the Royals grabbed the lead with two runs in the sixth inning as Darren Saunders and Chris Nakashima hit back-to-back singles. With two out, Matthew Pilarczyk hit a single to centre to score both runs and put the Royals ahead 4-3.

That lead stood until the seventh inning when Tanner Nivins hit a three-run homer for the hosts and Yulexis La Rosa singled home the other run.

The Royals had scored two runs in the top of the first inning and Kitchener pulled even with two in the bottom of the fourth. The Panthers went ahead with one in the fifth before the Royals scored their two in the sixth and Kitchener won it with four in the seventh.

Reliever Ben Reid took the loss for Guelph as he gave up three runs, all earned, off three hits and two walks in two innings. Matt Vucovich had started and yielded four runs, three earned, off six hits and four walks in six innings. Both pitchers had two strikeouts.

Kitchener starter Noelvis Entenza gave up four runs, all earned, off six hits and three walks in six innings. Mike Schnurr relieved for the final inning and picked up the win as he held the Royals scoreless off one hit and one walk. Entenza had eight strikeouts and Schnurr had four.

Nakashima finished with a double and a single for the Royals while Pilarczyk hit two singles. Matt Schmidt hit his third homer of the season while Mike Hart hit a double and Saunders hit his sixth-inning single.

La Rosa had three singles for Kitchener while Nivins and Justin Interisano each belted homers.

The result leaves the Royals at 1-11 and Kitchener at 9-2.

The Royals, who have lost six in a row, are to host the Barrie Baycats (10-0) Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Hastings Stadium. They have a three-in-three on the weekend as they’re to play the Brantford Red Sox (2-9) at Brantford Friday night, host the Toronto Maple Leafs (6-5) Saturday afternoon and play the Hamilton Cardinals (1-7) at Hamilton Sunday afternoon.

  • Guelph Sports Journal