Royals clobbered by Reilly and Kitchener Panthers
GUELPH – Sean Reilly celebrated his 40th birthday Saturday with a three-homer performance at Hastings Stadium.
Those homers drove in six runs to help the Kitchener Panthers dump the Guelph Royals 18-2 in Intercounty Baseball League play.
The Guelph resident hit a three-run shot in the second inning, a two-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the fourth. He also reached base in the first when he was hit by a pitch and in the fifth on a fielder’s choice in his final at bat of the game.
The output gives Reilly a league-leading eight homers on the season. Cleveland Brownlee of the London Majors is second with four. Reilly also leads the league with 21 RBIs.
The Royals continued to struggle, especially on the mound. Six pitchers – Cam Gray, Justin Cline, Mike Gaspari, Tyler Vavra and Matt Schmidt combined to allow 18 runs, all earned, off 23 hits and nine walks. Schmidt, who faced four batters in the ninth inning, had Guelph’s lone strikeout. They threw 218 pitches.
Gray took the loss as he yielded nine earned runs off seven hits and five walks in the first two innings.
Kitchener’s Matt McGovern was the winning pitcher as he held the Royals to two earned runs off six hits in seven innings. He struck out five and didn’t allow a walk. Stephen Gade pitched the final two innings, giving up one hit.
Mike Hart had a triple and drove in a run for the Royals while Quinton Bent had a double and knocked home the other run. Getting one single each were Jeff MacLeod, Darren Saunders, Marquis Kidd, Matthew Pilarczyk and Blake Kauer.
Colin Gordner hit four singles for the Panthers, who stranded 14 runners. Mike Gordner hit three singles while Nivins had a single to go with his homer. Jeff Pietraszo hit a double and a single and Justin Interisano and Mike Andrulis each hit two singles.
The game was the third in as many days for the Royals. They’ve lost all three by a combined 60-24 score.
The result leaves Kitchener at 8-2 and the Royals at 1-10. The teams are to meet again Sunday at Kitchener’s Couch Park. Game time is 2 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal