Royals dropped as Burlington gets first win of season
BURLINGTON – The Guelph Royals were just what the Burlington Herd needed.
The Royals fell too far behind to recover in an adventurous start as they ended up losing 18-11 to the Herd Thursday night at Burlington’s Nelson Park.
It was Burlington’s first win of the Intercounty Baseball League season and the loss dropped the Royals into the basement of the eight-team league at 1-8, half a game behind the 1-7 Herd. The Hamilton Cardinals are sixth at 1-4.
The hosts grabbed the lead in the first inning when they scored five runs off a single hit. Guelph starter Cam Gray couldn’t get any outs as he walked the only three batters he faced in the game and he did it on 14 pitches – two were strikes. Jake Forgrave relieved and he gave up a sacrifice for one run, a single for two more runs and the other two runs scored on wild pitches. He ended up throwing four wild pitches, walking four and hitting one Burlington batter in 3 1/3 innings.
The Herd led 9-0 at the end of the second inning, 13-1 after the fourth and 17-1 after the sixth before the Royals rallied for 10 runs in the final three innings.
The Royals committed four errors that accounted for three unearned runs. Guelph pitchers combined for nine strikeouts and 10 walks, the exact same totals recorded by Burlington pitchers.
Matt Schmidt struck for a homer and two singles to drive in four runs for the Royals. Mike Hart and Darren Saunders also homered while Quinton Bent had a double and two singles. Hitting one single apiece were Marquis Kidd, Mark Langille, Jeff MacLeod and Blake Kauer.
Gray took the loss while Forgrave surrendered eight runs, seven earned, during his stint. Jason Cline gave up four earned runs off seven hits and two walks in two innings while Ben Reid kept Burlington hitless during 1 2/3 innings. He walked one and gave up two runs, one earned. Logan Truex yielded an unearned run off a hit in the eighth. Forgrave had four strikeouts, Reid and Truex two each and Cline one.
Adam Prashad picked up the win for Burlington. He gave up four earned runs off eight hits and three walks in seven innings before Jack Caswell relieved and allowed five earned runs off one hit and three walks while getting one Guelph batter out. Casey Bouillere-Howard and Christian Hauck combined to pitch the final 1 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs off three hits and four walks.
In all the pitchers threw 377 pitches in the game that took three hours and 21 minutes to play.
The game was the first of four in four days for the Royals as they’re to play the Barrie Baycats (7-0) at Barrie Friday at 7:30 p.m., host the Kitchener Panthers (7-2) at Hastings Stadium Saturday at 2 p.m. and play the Panthers at Kitchener Sunday at 2 p.m. They’re also to play Barrie Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Hastings Stadium.
- Guelph Sports Journal