Guelph Royals come back for extra-inning victory

Guelph Royals come back for extra-inning victory

The Guelph Royals held a celebration akin of winning a championship near first base Saturday night at Hastings Stadium after a 10th-inning rally gave them a 5-4 victory over the Hamilton Cardinals.

The celebration came after the Royals grabbed the lead for the first time in the Intercounty Baseball League game as a single by Evan Ashe plated Josh Garton with the winning run.

Hamilton opened the game with two runs in the first inning before the Royals pulled even with single runs in the third and fourth innings. The Cardinals added another run in the seventh before Guelph tied it with one in the ninth. Hamilton had a run in the top of the 10th, but the Royals won it with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

The Royals sent the game into extra innings on a two-out single by J.D. Williams that scored Ashton Patterson in the bottom of the ninth.

In extra innings, each team starts its at bat with a runner on second. For Hamilton in the top of the 10th, Dennis Dei Baning was at second and he was moved to third with a sacrifice bunt. A two-out single by Brendon Daley scored Dei Baning with the go-ahead run.

In the bottom of the 10th, Marc Nellis was sent to a second as a pinch runner for Garrett Takamatsu. Garton was intentionally walked before a sacrifice bunt by Ethan Hammond was thrown wide of third by Hamilton first baseman Josh Niles who lost his footing and slipped to the infield grass just as he was throwing the ball. The result left the game tied as Nellis scored and Garton moved to third. Garton raced for home after Ashe slashed his single to centre field.

Ashe’s hit was Guelph’s 10th of the game as Williams and Ashe each hit a double and a single and Garton hit two singles. Stanley had a double and Brando Leroux, Ryosuke Ohashi and Patterson each hit a single.

Luis Bernardo hit a double and single for Hamilton while Dei Baning had two singles and Tyler Duncan had a double. Niles and Daley added one single apiece.

Yuki Narita pitched the final two innings to get the win for the Royals. Hector Yan started and went five innings while Nelson Mercado, Rhys Montgomery and Yomar Concepcion each pitched an inning. Yan gave up four hits, Montgomery two and Narita one while Hamilton scored two earned runs off Yan and one apiece off Montgomery and Narita. Yan and Narita each had three strikeouts while Mercado had two and Concepcion had one.

Mizuki Akatsuka gave up two earned runs off seven hits and no walks in 6 2/3 innings for Hamilton. Steven Hospital and Jacob Gajic each worked 2/3s of an inning and didn’t give up any runs or hits, but Hospital walked one and Gajic walked two. Zach Cameron yielded the tying run off two hits and a walk in the ninth and Casey Bouillere-Howard the 10th-inning runs off a hit and two walks. Akatsuka had nine strikeouts and Cameron had two.

Welland Jackfish lead the league at 17-4 while the London Majors are second at 14-7 and are followed by the Barrie Baycats at 13-7, the Royals at 11-7, Hamilton at 10-10, Brantford Red Sox at 8-14, Chatham-Kent Barnstormers at 8-15, Kitchener Panthers at 7-14 and Toronto Maple Leafs at 7-17.

The Royals are to have a rare Sunday home game as they’re to host Barrie at 7:30 p.m. at Hastings Stadium and they’re also slated to host Welland Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.


  • Guelph Sports Journal