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Collymore helps Guelph Royals overpower Kitchener

KITCHENER – Malik Collymore led the power display for the Guelph Royals Thursday night at Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park as he slugged a pair of homers and drove in eight runs as the Royals demolished the Kitchener Panthers 23-3.

Collymore’s performance gives him four homers on the season and 23 RBIs. Of those totals, three homers and 11 RBIs have been against Kitchener.


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The Royals grabbed the lead in the top of the opening inning and never let it slip out of their grasp. They were up 2-1 at the end of the first inning, 6-2 an inning later, 14-3 after the seventh, 21-3 after the eighth and they added two more runs in the ninth.

The locals slugged 23 hits including five homers as Conner Morro, Ethan Hammond and Brendan Keys also hit round-trippers. Morro has three on the season while Hammond and Keys both hit their first of the campaign.

Collymore finished the game a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate as he also hit a double and two singles. Every batter in Guelph’s starting lineup had at least one hit. Hammond had his homer and two singles while Dalton Pompey and Sean Reilly both hit three singles. Keys hit his homer and a single while Brando Leroux hit two doubles and J.D. Williams hit two singles. Morro had his homer while Kyle Kush and Darius Barlas each hit a single.

Kitchener had 10 hits in the game, six of them doubles. Kenny Di Clemente hit a double and two singles while Liam Wilson had a double and a single. Jett Jarvis, Andy Leader, Keegan Marsden and Evyn Sherman each hit a double and Blake Jacklin added a single.

Emilis Guerrero was the winning pitcher as he held the Panthers to three earned runs off nine hits in six innings. He had two strikeouts and didn’t walk anyone. Nelson Mercado, Lukas Barry and Andrew Case each pitched a scoreless inning with Mercado issuing Guelph’s only walk of the game. He had two strikeouts while Barry had one and Barry also yielded Kitchener’s only hit that game in the final three innings.

Nik Cardinal took the loss for Kitchener as he surrendered nine runs, eight earned, off 10 hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings. He also had a strikeout.

Nathan Laird relieved for 2 2/3 innings and he yielded an earned run off three hits and two walks and he also had a strikeout. Grant Shantz gave up four earned runs off two hits and two walks in a third of an inning. He had a strikeout.

Andy Leader pitched 2/3s of an inning and gave up six earned runs off five hits and two walks while Adam Robertson pitched the final two innings. He yielded three earned runs off three hits and a walk and he had two strikeouts.

While it was the first time this season that the Royals topped the 20-run mark, it was the eighth time they’d hit double digits in runs.

The Royals have 21 games left on their regular-season schedule including two that have to be rescheduled from earlier rainouts – June 9 against the Jackfish in Welland and Tuesday’s home game against the Barrie Baycats.

London Majors (16-5) and Welland (17-6) are tied for the league lead while the Royals (14-8) are third and Barrie (14-9) is fourth. Toronto Maple Leafs (12-11) are fifth and are followed by Kitchener (8-14), Hamilton Cardinals (6-15) and Brantford Red Sox (0-19).

The Royals are to host London Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Hastings Stadium in their lone game of the weekend.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal

Collymore helps Guelph Royals overpower Kitchener

KITCHENER – Malik Collymore led the power display for the Guelph Royals Thursday night at Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park as he slugged a pair of homers and drove in eight runs as the Royals demolished the Kitchener Panthers 23-3.

Collymore’s performance gives him four homers on the season and 23 RBIs. Of those totals, three homers and 11 RBIs have been against Kitchener.


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Kitchener Panthers 3

The Royals grabbed the lead in the top of the opening inning and never let it slip out of their grasp. They were up 2-1 at the end of the first inning, 6-2 an inning later, 14-3 after the seventh, 21-3 after the eighth and they added two more runs in the ninth.

The locals slugged 23 hits including five homers as Conner Morro, Ethan Hammond and Brendan Keys also hit round-trippers. Morro has three on the season while Hammond and Keys both hit their first of the campaign.

Collymore finished the game a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate as he also hit a double and two singles. Every batter in Guelph’s starting lineup had at least one hit. Hammond had his homer and two singles while Dalton Pompey and Sean Reilly both hit three singles. Keys hit his homer and a single while Brando Leroux hit two doubles and J.D. Williams hit two singles. Morro had his homer while Kyle Kush and Darius Barlas each hit a single.

Kitchener had 10 hits in the game, six of them doubles. Kenny Di Clemente hit a double and two singles while Liam Wilson had a double and a single. Jett Jarvis, Andy Leader, Keegan Marsden and Evyn Sherman each hit a double and Blake Jacklin added a single.

Emilis Guerrero was the winning pitcher as he held the Panthers to three earned runs off nine hits in six innings. He had two strikeouts and didn’t walk anyone. Nelson Mercado, Lukas Barry and Andrew Case each pitched a scoreless inning with Mercado issuing Guelph’s only walk of the game. He had two strikeouts while Barry had one and Barry also yielded Kitchener’s only hit that game in the final three innings.

Nik Cardinal took the loss for Kitchener as he surrendered nine runs, eight earned, off 10 hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings. He also had a strikeout.

Nathan Laird relieved for 2 2/3 innings and he yielded an earned run off three hits and two walks and he also had a strikeout. Grant Shantz gave up four earned runs off two hits and two walks in a third of an inning. He had a strikeout.

Andy Leader pitched 2/3s of an inning and gave up six earned runs off five hits and two walks while Adam Robertson pitched the final two innings. He yielded three earned runs off three hits and a walk and he had two strikeouts.

While it was the first time this season that the Royals topped the 20-run mark, it was the eighth time they’d hit double digits in runs.

The Royals have 21 games left on their regular-season schedule including two that have to be rescheduled from earlier rainouts – June 9 against the Jackfish in Welland and Tuesday’s home game against the Barrie Baycats.

London Majors (16-5) and Welland (17-6) are tied for the league lead while the Royals (14-8) are third and Barrie (14-9) is fourth. Toronto Maple Leafs (12-11) are fifth and are followed by Kitchener (8-14), Hamilton Cardinals (6-15) and Brantford Red Sox (0-19).

The Royals are to host London Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Hastings Stadium in their lone game of the weekend.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal