Guelph Royals downed by Hamilton Cardinals

GUELPH – The Guelph Royals’ losing streak in the Intercounty Baseball League hit 10 games Sunday afternoon when they were downed 16-9 by the Hamilton Cardinals at Bernie Arbour Stadium.

The Royals held a couple of times during the match, but couldn’t hold on. They opened the scoring with three runs in the top of the third, but Hamilton responded with three in the bottom of the inning. Guelph added another run in the fourth and that lead stood for an inning until Hamilton scored three in the fifth to go ahead for good. The Royals got the gap down to a single run with three in the top of the eighth, but the Cardinals put the game away with eight in the bottom of the inning.

Matt Schmidt led the Royals at the plate as he drove in four runs with a homer, double and two singles. Marquis Kidd hit a double and single while Kingsley Alarcon had two singles and Quinton Bent, Jeff MacLeod and Blake Kauer each had one.

Jake Foden hit five singles for Hamilton while Jake Chiaravalle clobbered a solo homer and three singles. Chris Beer hit a triple and a double.

The Royals used six pitchers in the game. Adrian Yuen and was followed by Tyler Vavra, Justin Cline, Jake Sims, MacLeod and Schmidt. Yuen and Cline, who was charged with the loss, tossed two innings apiece while the others each worked one inning.

Schmidt surrendered the eight eighth-inning runs, all earned, off nine hits while Vavra gave up three earned runs off two hits and three walks. Cline yielded three runs, one earned, off three hits while MacLeod gave up two earned runs off two hits and a walk. Yuen and Sims kept Hamilton scoreless in their outings, Yuen yielding two hits and Sims walking three, but keeping the Cardinals hitless. Sims had two strikeouts, MacLeod and Schmidt one apiece.

Chris Lazar collected the win for Hamilton as he gave up seven earned runs off seven hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings. He had five strikeouts. Benson Merritt went the rest of the way and picked up the save despite yielding two earned runs off four hits and one walk in 1 1/3 innings. He had one strikeout.

The Royals (1-15) will try to put an end to the losing skid this weekend when they’re scheduled to play four games in three days. They’re to play the London Majors (12-0) at London Friday at 7:35 p.m., host the Brantford Red Sox (3-10) at Hastings Stadium Saturday at 2 p.m. and play a doubleheader with the Toronto Maple Leafs (7-9) at Dominico Field at Christie Pits Sunday. First game is to start at 1 p.m.


  • Guelph Sports Journal