Dominican imports expected for Royals’ home opener

GUELPH – The Guelph Royals are to have all five of their imports from the Dominican Republic in their lineup Saturday for their home opener of the Intercounty Baseball League’s 100th season.

Right-handed pitchers Yomar Concepcion (6-foot-3, 210 lbs), Edwin Javier (5-foot-11, 170 lbs), Jorge Paez (6-foot-3, 189 lbs) and Yunior Yambatis (6-foot-3, 190 lbs) and shortstop Narciso Padilla (6-foot, 190 lbs) arrived Thursday from their home country where they were scouted by team owner Shawn Fuller and field manager Dave teBoekhorst.

Returning to the Royals from Kitchener are Josh Garton, Justin Interisano and Sean Reilly.

Pitcher David Hatt, who played with the Royals in 2012, is also back with the squad. In the last three years, he’s played with the Brantford Red Sox and Kitchener.

Also on the Guelph roster is pitcher Andy Orfanakos who has pitched for the Greek national team.

The Royals, who dropped their season opener to the Toronto Maple Leafs May 13 at Toronto’s Christie Pits, are to host the London Majors Saturday. Game time at Hastings Stadium is 1 p.m.

Player introductions are expected to start at 12:35 p.m. while the ceremonial first pitch is to be thrown out by Mayor Cam Guthrie and his wife Rachel is to sing the national anthem.

Among the in-game promotional activities are a visit from Paw Patrol mascots, a kids zone with games to play and the Buffalo Wild Wings street team.

The Majors were at 1-3 and were to host the Brantford Red Sox Friday night.

The Royals are also to play at Brantford Sunday at 2 p.m.

  • Guelph Sports Journal