Guelph Royals edged by Burlington Herd

BURLINGTON – Mattingly Romanin came back to haunt the Guelph Royals Thursday as he smacked a homer and scored the winning run as the Burlington Herd edged the Royals 7-6 in Intercounty Baseball League play at Nelson Park.

Romanin played four games with the Royals in 2015 before being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays and leaving to play minor league ball. He returned to the IBL this year and Thursday night hit a two-run homer in the first inning and scored the winning run in the seventh after he’d been walked and he scored on a single by Joe Thibodeau.

The seventh-inning run spoiled a comeback by the Royals that saw them rally from Burlington’s four-run first when the hosts sent 10 batters to the plate. The Herd actually added to their lead with single runs in the third and fifth innings before the Royals pulled even with five runs in the sixth and one in the top of the seventh.

Ethan Mohan and Sean Reilly slugged solo homers In the sixth for the Royals before Justin Interisano and Matthew Pilarczyk were issued back-to-back walks. Interisano scored on a double by Brendan Keys and Pilarczyk and Keys scored on a double by Narciso Padilla.

In the seventh, Mohan singled and scored on a single by Reilly.

Reilly finished the game with a homer and two singles while Mohan had a homer and a double and Darius Barlas hit two singles. Interisano, Keys and Padilla each hit a double while Jeff MacLeod hit a single.

Nolan Pettipiece had three singles for Burlington while Thibodeau and Kenny Hahnfield each hit two singles.

Yunior Yambatis started for the Royals and he gave up six runs, all earned, off 11 hits and five walks in five innings. He had four strikeouts. Andy Orfanakos relieved and took the loss as he surrendered an earned run off one hit and five walks in two innings. He had two strikeouts. Nathaniel Morris pitched a scoreless eighth in his debut with the Royals. He yielded a hit and a walk and had a strikeout.

Chris Boatto started for Burlington and he surrendered five earned runs off five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He had four strikeouts. Casey Bouillere-Howard completed the sixth before being relieved by import Tyler Herr who pitched the final three innings for the win. He gave up an earned run off five hits and two walks and he had a strikeout.

The score could have been worse for the Royals as the Herd left the bases loaded three times and stranded a total of 17 runners.

The loss was the third in a row for the Royals who dropped to 4-9 while Burlington improved to 3-10. One of Burlington’s other wins was against the Royals June 5.

The game was Guelph’s first error-free game of the season. They’ve committed 34 errors in their 13 games, but are not the league leaders in the category. The Toronto Maple Leafs are with 35 errors in 14 games. No other team has more than 20 errors.

The Royals are to host the London Majors (8-4) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Hastings Stadium and play the Leafs (9-5) at Toronto’s Christie Pits Sunday at 2 p.m.


Herd 7 Royals 6
Guelph          000 005 100 – 6 11 0
Burlington     401 010 10x – 7 13 1
WP: Herr, Burlington.
LP: Orfanakos, Guelph.
P-S: Yambatis 120-70, Orfanakos 58-29, Morris 10-6, Guelph; Boatto 84-50, Bouillere-Howard 5-4, Herr 61-37, Burlington.


HR: Mohan, Reilly, Guelph; Romanin, Burlington.
2B: Mohan, Interisano, Keys, Padilla, Guelph; Gideon, Burlington.
SF: Cant, Burlington.
SB: Pilarczyk, Guelph; Romanin, Bryan, Pettipiece, Burlington.
Team LOB: Guelph 10; Burlington 17.


PB: Keys, Guelph; Thibodeau 2, Burlington.
E: Romanin, Burlington.
DP: Burlington 1.


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