Guelph Royals clout Toronto to stretch win streak
GUELPH – The Guelph Royals stretched their win streak to five games Saturday night at Hastings Stadium when they clouted the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-3.
All the scoring in the game was completed by the end of the third inning. Most of the scoring came in the first inning when the visitors opened the scoring with Johnathan Solazzo hitting a three-run homer with one out in the top of the inning. The Royals countered with five runs in the bottom of the inning thanks to a double, three singles and two walks.
Guelph’s Yomar Concepcion settled down after the first and didn’t yield another run in his six-inning stint. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out nine to get the win. Brett Lawson relieved for the final three innings and he kept the Leafs scoreless on four hits and a walk and he fanned three.
Alberto Tirado took the loss for Toronto as he surrendered all eight runs off eight hits and three walks in three innings. He had five strikeouts. Jean Carlos Henriquez, who started the season with the Royals, pitched the final five innings for Toronto. He gave up two hits and two walks and had eight strikeouts.
Josh Garton hit his third homer in four games for the Royals as he belted a two-run shot in the second. Jeff MacLeod singled to start the bottom of the third, but was injured running out the hit. Ethan Mohan came in as his replacement, stole second and scored the game’s final run on a double by Brendan Keys.
Garton had a single to go with his homer and MacLeod had doubled in the first inning. Keys and Ethan Hammond each hit a double while singles were recorded by Kyle Kush, Angel Villalona, Justin Interisano and Matt Schmidt.
Solazzo’s first-inning homer was the only extra-base hit of the nine hits Toronto had in the game. Ryan Santos had three singles while Grant Tamane had two and Marcus Knecht, Damon Topolie and R.J. Page had one apiece.
The Royals also turned in a strong defensive outing as they didn’t commit any errors and turned a pair of double plays.
The win streak has lifted the Royals into fourth place in the league at 12-11 while Toronto is seventh at 9-13. The Kitchener Panthers lead at 16-5 and are followed by the Barrie Baycats (15-6), Welland Jackfish (12-9), Guelph, London Majors (12-12), Hamilton Cardinals (10-11), Toronto and Brantford Red Sox (1-20).
The Royals and Jackfish, winners of three in a row, are to play Sunday at Welland Stadium. Game time is 1:05 p.m.
Royals 8 Maple Leafs 3
Toronto 300-000-000–3 9 1
Guelph 521-000-00x–8 10 0
- Guelph Sports Journal