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Guelph Royals get victory in their delayed season opener

Four runs in the second inning proved to be the difference in the game as the Guelph Royals downed the Hamilton Cardinals 6-2 in the resumption of an Intercounty Baseball League match at Hamilton’s Bernie Arbour Stadium Sunday.

The game was started May 17 as Guelph’s season opener, but was halted by inclement weather in the second inning with the Royals ahead 2-0.

The Royals scored four runs in the second inning and one each in the sixth and eighth innings while Hamilton had single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Jaozef Del Rosario led Guelph’s 14-hit attack with three singles while Arthur Kowara had a double and a single and Ryosuke Ohashi and Marc Nellis each had two singles. J.D. Williams, Josh Garton, Mike Cecchetto, Brando Leroux and Blake Simpson each added one single.

Zach Marriott had two singles for Hamilton while Tanner Rempel hit a double and Luis Bernardo and Cole Iantomasi each hit one single.

Kyle Thomas had pitched the opening inning May 17 for the Royals and Hector Yan took over at the start of the second inning Saturday and he pitched five innings. Yomar Concepcion pitched two and Wes Johnston pitched the ninth.

Yan gave up an earned run off two hits and two walks while Concepcion surrendered an earned run off three hits and Johnston walked one. Yan had four strikeouts while Thomas, Concepcion and Johnston each had one.

Brett Lawson pitched the original 1 2/3 innings for Hamilton May 17 while Takaki Eguchi came on to start the resumption of play Sunday. He went 4 1/3 innings while Alex Lanigan pitched two innings and Connor Cory pitched one.

Lawson was tagged for four unearned runs off four hits and a walk while Eguchi gave up an unearned run off seven hits and a walk, Lanigan yielded an earned run off three hits and Cory walked one. Eguchi had five strikeouts, Lanigan had two and Lawson had one.


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