Concepcion hurls Royals to victory over Barrie
GUELPH – Yomar Concepcion was almost unhittable as the Guelph Royals put an end to their five-game losing streak with a 9-0 blanking of the Barrie Baycats in Intercounty Baseball League play Tuesday night at Hastings Stadium.
Concepcion held the Baycats to a single hit, a single by Kevin Atkinson in the top of the ninth inning. Concepcion threw 139 pitches, 84 for strikes, as he faced 35 batters in tossing the complete-game win. He struck out 14 and walked six to even his record at 2-2 and lower his earned-run average to 2.90.
Despite the final score, the game was close until the Royals unloaded for eight runs in the eighth inning. The hosts collected six of their 10 hits in that inning and four of the runs came in on a Josh Garton grand slam, the game’s only extra-base hit.
The winning run was scored in the sixth when Matt Schmidt, back with the Royals after starting the season with the Welland Jackfish, singled and went to second on a passed ball. He scored when Ethan Hammond reached base on an error by Barrie right fielder Darren Shred.
Angel Villalona and Hammond each hit two singles for the Royals while Garton had his homer, his third of the season. Darius Barlas, Justin Interisano, Schmidt, Riley Perks and Brendan Keys each hit one single.
Starter Santos Arias was charged with the loss for Barrie. He gave up an unearned run off four hits and two walks in six innings. Brandon Hillier was tagged for seven runs, all earned, off five hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings while Adam Hawes surrendered an earned run off a single hit in 2/3 of an inning. Arias had six strikeouts and Hawes had two.
The win lifts the Royals to 8-11 while the Baycats fall to 14-3.
The teams are to play again Thursday night at Barrie’s Coates Stadium.
Royals 9 Baycats 0
Barrie 000-000-000–0 1 3
Guelph 000-001-08x–9 10 1
- Guelph Sports Journal