Two-out runs doom Guelph Royals against Toronto

GUELPH – If not for the fourth inning, things would’ve looked a lot better for the Guelph Royals Saturday afternoon at Hastings Stadium.

Trailing by two runs, the Royals surrendered five more in the fourth, all scored with two out, as they dropped a 12-3 Intercounty Baseball League game to the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was Guelph’s third loss in as many outings this season.

The Royals are getting closer to their intended roster. Matt Schmidt arrived midweek after McHenry County College was knocked out of their regional tournament at Kankakee, Ill. Left-handed pitcher Logan Truex arrived Saturday from Fremont, Calif. Both saw action Saturday.

Guelph trailed 3-0 before it came to bat in the bottom of the first. The Royals in the bottom of the first and that score stood until Toronto’s five-run fourth inning when Justin Marra and Jonathan Solazzo hit back-to-back doubles to score two runs apiece and Tyler Hardie followed with a single to drive in the other run.

The Royals got one run back in the sixth before Toronto put up four more in the seventh and the hosts added their final run in the ninth.

Guelph clubbed nine hits in the game: a double and single by Darren Saunders, two singles by Marquis Kidd and one single apiece by Kingsley Alarcon, Jeff MacLeod, Toure Sinclair, Blake Kauer and William DaCosta.

The Royals used five pitchers. Tyler Vavra, Jake Forgrave, Matt Vucovich, Truex and Ben Reid combined to give up the 12 runs, 10 earned, off 12 hits and 12 walks. They had seven strikeouts. In all they threw 189 pitches, 102 for strikes. That was the fewest number of pitches thrown in a game this season and the 54 per cent strike ratio was the highest ratio.

Vavra pitched four innings and took the loss. Forgrave worked an inning, Vucovich 1 1/3 innings, Truex 1 2/3 innings and Reid one inning.

Guelph pitchers also issued a ball on their first pitch to half of the batters they faced in the game — 27 of the 54 Toronto batters. By comparison, Maple Leafs pitchers tossed first-pitch balls to 16 Guelph batters with six of that total coming in the final two innings.

The Royals committed three errors in the game while Toronto committed five. Those errors cost the Leafs a single unearned run.

Toronto starter Andrew Garner went 1 1/3 innings before before being replaced after suffering an ankle injury. Justin Cicatello took over and went 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win. He allowed one earned run off four hits and he struck out four and walked none. Adam Marra pitched the ninth.

A total of 10 Maple Leafs recorded hits in the game with Ryan White and Connor Lewis each clouting two singles. Justin Marra and Jonathan Solazzo each hit one double.

The result leaves the Royals at 0-3 and Toronto at 3-1.

The Royals are to play the Kitchener Panthers (3-1) at Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park Sunday at 2 p.m. They’ve also rescheduled their postponed season opener May 13 against the Hamilton Cardinals (0-1) to next Saturday to create a doubleheader at Hastings Stadium.

The Royals have had three games postponed for various reasons this year. Their high is the 12 postponements in 2013.

  • Guelph Sports Journal