Reilly powers Royals to sixth consecutive victory

LONDON – Sean Reilly smacked a pair of homers Thursday night as the Guelph Royals clouted the London Majors 13-7 in Intercounty Baseball League play at Labatt Park.

Reilly hit a solo homer in the first inning that gave the Royals a lead they wouldn’t relinquish and he clobbered a two-run shot in the eighth. He also had a run-scoring ground-rule double in the fifth. The homers lift Reilly into a tie for the league lead with London’s Cleveland Brownlee.

The win was the sixth in a row for the Royals who have two games left in their regular season.

The Royals were cruising along until the ninth inning. Of the 20 runs scored in the game, eight were scored in the final inning as the Royals had three and London responded with five in the bottom of the inning.

Yunior Yambatis picked up the win as he held London to an earned run off three hits and one walk in seven innings. He had six strikeouts. Nathaniel Morris, making his first appearance in four weeks and his fifth appearance of the season, allowed six earned runs off seven hits and three walks in two innings.

Reliever Marcus Muir-McEachran was tagged with the loss for London. He was the third and final pitcher of the game for the Majors and he surrendered 11 runs, 10 earned, off nine hits and six walks in five innings. He had two strikeouts.

Kyle Gormandy started and pitched three innings, allowing two earned runs off three hits and a walk. He fanned two. Cory Hammond pitched a three-up, three-down fourth inning.

At the plate, Ethan Mohan had a double and a single for the Royals while Brendan Keys and Darius Barlas each had two singles. Adam Rossit hit a double and Josh Garton and Angel Villalona each hit a single. Villalona had six plate appearances to raise his total to 15 in three games. He needs five more to qualify for the playoffs.

Robert Doyle hit a triple and two singles for the Majors while Brownlee connected for a double and two singles. Troy Lofgren hit a triple while Jacob Mansfield had a double and R.J. Fuhr and Byron Reichstein each hit a single.

The Royals remain tied for fourth place with the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3 winners over the Burlington Herd Thursday. The Royals and Leafs are both at 15-19. London is third at 19-15.

The Royals are to play the second-place Kitchener Panthers (24-11) at Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park Friday at 7:30 p.m. and host the league-leading Barrie Baycats (25-8), who have won 11 in a row, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The Leafs are to complete their season with home games at Christie Pits against the Brantford Red Sox (13-20) Sunday at 2 p.m. and Barrie Baycats Monday at 7:30 p.m.

 

Royals 13 Majors 7
Guelph     110-040-223 – 13 12 0
London       001-000-015 – 7 10 1
Pitching
WP: Yambatis, Guelph.
LP: Muir-McEachran, London.
WildP: Muir-McEachran 2, London.
HBP: Yambatis 2, Guelph; Muir-McEachran 2, London.
P-S: Yambatis 90-58, Morris 60-35, Guelph; Gormandy 47-33, Hammond 7-4, Muir-McEachran 119-61, London.
Batting
HR: Reilly 2, Guelph.
3B: Lofgren, Doyle, London.
2B: Mohan, Reilly, Rossit, Guelph; Brownlee 2, Mansfield, London.
HBP: Interisano, MacLeod, Guelph; Ambrose 2, London.
CS: Ambrose, London.
Team LOB: Guelph 8; London 7.
Fielding
E: Hexter, London.
CS: Keys, Guelph.
DP: Guelph 1; London 1.
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