Guelph Royals done in by Barrie’s big innings

GUELPH – The Guelph Royals yielded two big innings as they were handed a 15-1 setback by the undefeated defending champion Barrie Baycats Tuesday night at Hastings Stadium.

Barrie scored eight runs in the second inning and six in the seventh and wrapped up its scoring with a single run in the ninth.

The lone run for the Royals came in the fourth when Mike Hart singled and Matt Schmidt doubled him home.

Those were two of Guelph’s six hits in the game. The others were two doubles by Chris Nakashima, one double by Quinton Bent and a single by Kingsley Alarcon.

Steve Lewis had three doubles for Barrie while Claudio Custodio and Conner Morro each hit three singles. In all, the Baycats had 14 hits and got another 11 runners on base via walks.

Errors proved costly for the Royals as they committed four of them that led to 11 unearned runs.

Guelph used five pitchers in the game – Evan DiMichelle, Adrian Yuen, Justin Cline, Tyler Vavra and Lucas Crichton – with Cline being the most effective of the bunch. He held Barrie hitless and scoreless in his two innings of work and he also had two strikeouts and issued two walks. In all, the pitchers combined to surrender the 15 runs, four earned, off 14 hits and 11 walks and they had four strikeouts.

Emilis Guerrero was the winning pitcher for the Baycats as he limited the Royals to one earned run off five hits and one walk in eight innings. He had 10 strikeouts. Chris Nagorski pitched the ninth, faced four batters and allowed one hit.

Last week the Baycats dumped the Royals 24-11 at Barrie.

Tuesday’s result leaves the Baycats at 11-0 and the Royals at 1-12.

Barrie had outscored its opposition 122-58 this season while the Royals have been outscored 152-55, including 64-18 in their last four games, all against the top three in the league – Barrie, London Majors (10-0) and Kitchener Panthers (10-2). Those three are the only ones with winning records.

Manager Steve Scagnetti missed Tuesday’s game as he’s on the disabled list. He’s in line to have a hip replacement operation. With Scagnetti out, Schmidt was the acting manager and Paul Ante coached at third base. Schmidt is an assistant coach at McHenry County College at Crystal Lake, Ill.

The Royals are scheduled to play three games in three days this weekend as they’re to play the Brantford Red Sox (2-9) at Brantford’s Anderson Stadium Friday at 8 p.m., host the Toronto Maple Leafs (6-7) at Hastings Stadium Saturday at 2 p.m. and play the Hamilton Cardinals (2-7) at Hamilton’s Arbour Stadium Sunday at 2 p.m.

  • Guelph Sports Journal