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Guelph Royals’ bats silent in loss to Kitchener

KITCHENER – The Guelph Royals were held to a single hit as they were blanked 6-0 by the Kitchener Panthers in Intercounty Baseball League play Friday night at Jack Couch Park.

Yoen Socarras and Austin Hassani combined on the one-hitter for the host Panthers. Starter Socarras had 11 strikeouts and issued two walks in six innings while Hassani had five strikeouts and walked four in the final three innings.

Angel Villalona was the lone Guelph batter to get a hit in the game as he connected for a single to lead off the second inning.

Yomar Concepcion, Evan Kiser and Yunior Yambatis split mound time for the Royals. Concepcion was charged with the loss as he yielded five runs, one earned, off six hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. Kiser gave up an unearned run off five hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings while Yambatis pitched the eighth and surrendered a walk. Concepcion had two strikeouts while Kiser and Yambatis had one apiece.

The Panthers scored a single run in the second inning and collected their other five in the sixth.

Tanner Nivins scored the eventual game-winner in the second for Kitchener after getting on base with a double. He went to third on a single by Brian Burton and scored as Mike Gordner grounded out.

Kitchener improves to 21-8 with the win and is tied for first with the Barrie Baycats (20-7). The Royals tumble to 15-15 and are fifth.

Friday’s game was the reschedule of a game postponed by rain June 13.

The Royals and Panthers are to meet again Saturday at Hastings Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


Panthers 6 Royals 0
Guelph           000-000-000–0 1 1
Kitchener     010-005-00x–6 11 0
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