Royals come up short in comeback attempt
BRANTFORD – A late rally by the Guelph Royals fell a little short as they suffered a 9-7 loss to the Brantford Red Sox in Intercounty Baseball League play Friday night at Anderson Stadium.
The Royals trailed by seven runs after the fourth inning, but chipped away at the gap. They had the margin down to six runs after five innings and held Brantford scoreless the rest of the way while they scored one run in the seventh, two in the eighth and one in the ninth.
Marquis Kidd struck for a double and two singles while Jeff MacLeod hit three singles to lead Guelph at the plate. Matt Scmidt clouted a solo homer and also hit a single while Quinton Bent hit a double. Getting one single apiece were Matthew Pilarczyk, Toure Sinclair, Blake Kauer and Kingsley Alarcon.
Brantford batters had 10 hits, all singles. Benjamin Bostick and Tanner Kirwer had two apiece while Andris Rizquez, Nate DeSouza, Nic Burdett, Dan Jagdeo, Chris Dennis and Cody Mombourquette had one each.
Cam Gray took the loss for the Royals as he yielded nine runs, all earned, off nine hits and six walks in 4 2/3 innings. He had three strikesouts and threw seven wild pitches. Logan Truex and Jake Forgrave pitcher 1 2/3 innings apiece. Truex gave up one hit and struck out four while Forgrave walked two and struck out one.
Brantford used six pitchers in the game. Jamie Richmond started, but left after getting one out in the game. Charlie Sobieraski struck out 10 in 3 2/3 innings while Graham Tebbit picked up the win despite surrendering two runs, both earned, off one hit and two walks in one inning of work. David Hatt pitched 2 1/3 innings while Stefan Strecker pitched 2/3 of an inning, giving up two runs off four hits. Tanner Guindon pitched the ninth for the save. He yielded one run off two hits. The Brantford pitchers combined to throw seven wild pitches.
The loss was the fifth in as many league outings for the Royals. Brantford improved to 2-4.
The Royals are to host the Hamilton Cardinals (0-3) in a doubleheader Saturday. The first game is to start at 2 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal