Midget Royals win three in a row in league play

GUELPH – The Guelph Midget Royals ran off three consecutive wins in Inter-County Midget Tier One Baseball League play.

The Midget Royals rallied for a 12-7 victory over Cambridge as the locals recovered from a five-run deficit with two runs in the seventh inning, four in the eighth and five in the ninth for the win in Cambridge. Thomas Devereux and Trent Devine shared the pitching with Trent Devine throwing five solid innings of one-run ball. On offence, Noah Devine hit two doubles including one to deep centre field that brought home two runs. Another two runs came home on a throwing error of a ball he put into play.

Adam Perry had two hits and two RBIs while both Noah MacKillop and Tyler Stoltz had run-scoring sacrifice flies. Stoltz also stroked a double and Nicholas Bombino and Marc Charbonneau earned bases-loaded walks. Trent Devine had a ball misplayed off his bat allowing a run to score and pinch runner Noah Campagnolo scored on a throwing error to first base. Blaise Shaw had a strong game at the plate going 3-for-6 with two singles and a towering triple. Cole Farby had a double, single and walk in five plate appearances. The Midget Royals also issued 12 walks in the game.

The following day the Midget Royals took a pair from Brantford in a doubleheader there. The Midget Royals won the seven-inning games 4-2 and 4-1.

In the first game, starter Campagnolo stymied the Red Sox for the second straight time, going six innings on 99 pitches allowing two runs while scattering four hits with six walks and four strikeouts. Farby sealed the deal with 11 pitches in the seventh. Offensively, MacKillop had two RBIs as he knocked one home with a double and the other scored on a bases-loaded walk. He also had another base hit. Charbonneau had two hits including one hit up the middle that brought home a run. Perry scored the other run on a throwing error to first. He also had a hit and a sacrifice bunt as did Stoltz while Campagnolo, Griffin Cleghorn and Shaw each had a hit.

In the second game, McWhirter pitched the complete game on 74 pitches to secure the win. He scattered four hits, issued a walk and had three strikeouts and was aided by stellar defence as the Midget Royals turned two double plays. On offence, Alec MacIntyre had a fielder’s choice RBI and Devereux and Trent Devine had balls misplayed off their bats allowing runs to score. Justin Rochon scored on a passed ball and his two hits were the only hits the Midget Royals had in the game, the locals winning with their defensive play.

The win streak came to an end when the Midget Royals fell 17-3 at home to Kitchener. Perry, Noah Graham, Matthew Bracnik and Shaw split time on the mound. On offence, MacIntyre had a hit and RBI while Perry walked with the bases loaded to bring home a run. Devereux hit a double to left centre and scored on a throwing error to first. MacKillop, Charbonneau, Stoltz and Trent Devine each had a hit. The Midget Royals committed five errors and also stranded 10 runners.

Earlier, the locals had doubled the Panthers 8-4 in Kitchener as they warmed up for a tournament in the U.S.

Guelph used five pitchers in the game as Perry, Devereux, Noah Devine, Graham and Campagnolo saw time on the mound. They combined to hold Kitchener to four hits.

At the plate, MacKillop hit a two-run double and another ball misplayed of his bat scored another run. MacIntyre had three hits and a RBI while Perry had a run-scoring double. Stoltz and Shaw each had a hit and RBI while Rochon knocked in a run on a groundout. Others with hits were Nick Bombino, McWhirter and Devereux.

Two days later the Midget Royals opened the Jacob Guehring Wood Bat Tournament that was split between Canton and Akron with an 8-0 mercy-rule loss to the Ohio Greys. Trent Devine got Guelph’s only hit and the locals failed to take advantage of six walks as they stranded six runners in the game. Campagnolo and Noah Devine pitched.

The bats remained cold in a 10-0 mercy-rule loss to Tim Lalley Baseball. MacKillop, Bombino and Rochon managed a hit each while McWhirter and Graham shared pitching time.

Guelph lost 5-1 to the Jackson Polar Bears with Noah Devine getting Guelph’s only hit and first RBI on American soil. The Midget Royals worked four walks, had two batters hit by pitches and left six runners on base. The pitching chores were shared by Devereux, Farby and Bombino.

Final game of the tournament for the Midget Royals was a 7-5 loss to the Massillon Tigers. Rochon, Trent Devine, Shaw, Noah Devine and Bombino saw pitching time. Offensively, Campagnolo had a base hit just inside the first-base line that brought home two runs and Farby had two doubles, one over the left fielder’s head that brought home a run. Bombino also smoked a run-scoring double. MacKillop had two hits and a bases-loaded walk. Guelph left eight runners on base including the bases loaded in the seventh as the locals had the would-be winning runs on base.

Following the tournament the Midget Royals returned to league play against Waterloo and were handed a 4-1 setback at home. Waterloo starter Adam Letson threw 102 pitches over eight-plus innings. The locals broke the shutout with a run in the ninth. Guelph starter Perry threw six strong innings of one-run ball before Charbonneau and Graham came on in relief. On offence, MacKillop had three hits while an infield single by Rochon drove in the run. Bombino, Bracnik, Perry and Graham each added a hit.

In another game at Brantford, the Midget Royals held on for a 4-3 win as the hosts scored their three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The last out was recorded by Devereux as he earned the save by striking out a batter with the bases loaded to end the game. Starter Campagnolo threw shutout ball over his 6 2/3 innings, allowing three hits with two of them being infield singles. He threw 103 pitches, issued a walk and fanned six Brantford batters. Trent Devine came on in relief before Devereux finished up. At the plate, Perry had a double and single, the latter bringing home a run. He also had a run-scoring sacrifice fly. Campagnolo helped his own cause by reaching base twice as he was walked once and he was also hit by a pitch. He also scored a run on a passed ball. Pinch hitter Rochon had a base hit up the middle in the eighth to score the eventual winning run. Graham had two hits while Farby had a double and MacKillop also had a hit. The Midget Royals also worked Brantford pitchers for three walks and five batters were hit by pitches, but the locals stranded 12 runners.

The Midget Royals are scheduled to play home games at Hastings Stadium on consecutive days as they’re to host London Minor Sunday at 1 p.m. and Simcoe Monday at 7:30 p.m.