Royals fall behind early, lose first road game of season

KITCHENER – The Guelph Royals will want to forget about the first inning as they dropped their fourth game in as many outings this Intercounty Baseball League season, losing 6-1 to the Kitchener Panthers at Jack Couch Park Sunday.

The Royals held Kitchener to two runs and five hits after the first inning of their first road game of the season, but they were down by four runs at the end of the first.

The Panthers had five hits, all singles, and Guelph starter Adrian Yuen issued a bases-loaded walk.

Kitchener added its other two runs in the fifth while the Royals got their lone run in the eighth as Toure Sinclair hit his and the team’s first homer of the season.

The Royals clouted six hits in the game as Chris Nakashima hit a double and Kingsley Alarcon, Mike Gaspari, Matt Schmidt and Darren Saunders hit singles.

Yulexis LaRosa hit a homer for Kitchener while Yorbis Borroto, Sean Reilly and Justin Interisano each hit two singles.

Yuen took the loss for the Royals as he surrendered four runs, all earned, off seven hits and three walks in four innings. Lucas Crichton, Justin Cline and Evan DiMichelle each pitched in relief. Crichton gave up two runs, one earned, off one hit and two walks in 2/3 of an inning while Cline gave up a walk while holding Kitchener hitless in 1 1/3 innings. DiMichelle pitched the final two innings, yielding two hits and a walk. Crichton and DiMichelle each had one strikeout.

Noelvis Entenza struck out nine and gave up three hits and two walks in keeping the Royals scoreless through seven innings to pick up the win for Kitchener.

While the Royals fall to 0-4, Kitchener improves to 4-1.

The Royals enter a busy stretch this weekend as they’re to play four games in three days and that’s to start a segment that has them scheduled to play nine games in 11 days. They’re to play the Brantford Red Sox (1-4) at Brantford’s Anderson Stadium Friday at 8 p.m. and host the Hamilton Cardinals (0-1) in a doubleheader Saturday at Hastings Stadium starting at 2 p.m.

  • Guelph Sports Journal