Guelph Royals handed ninth straight setback
GUELPH – The Guelph Royals suffered their ninth consecutive setback in Intercounty Baseball League play Saturday when they were downed 10-2 by the Toronto Maple Leafs at Hastings Stadium.
Toronto broke a 1-1 deadlock with two consecutive two-run innings, the third and fourth innings, to grab a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
The teams had scored a run apiece in the first inning while the Leafs added three runs in the top of the sixth, the Royals scored their other run in the bottom of the sixth and Toronto collected two more runs in the ninth.
The game had a 45-minute rain delay in the top of the second inning.
The Royals had eight hits in the game, all singles. Matt Schmidt and Jeff MacLeod had two each while Quinton Bent, Mike Hart, Chris Nakashima and Kingsley Alarcon each had one.
Tyler Hardie hit three singles for Toronto while Jonathan Solazzo drove in four runs with a homer and a single. Dan Marra also hit two singles.
Evan DiMichelle started for the Royals and took the loss. He gave up eight runs, all earned, off eight hits and six walks in 5 2/3 innings. Mike Gaspari held Toronto scoreless during his stint of 2 1/3 innings. He allowed two hits and a walk. Justin Cline pitched the ninth and yielded two earned runs off two hits. DiMichelle had two strikeouts and Gaspari had one.
Justin Cicatello surrendered two earned runs off eight hits and one walk in seven innings to get the win for Toronto. He had five strikeouts. Adam Odd held the Royals hitless in the final two innings and had two strikeouts.
The result leaves the Royals at 1-14 and Toronto at 7-8.
The Royals are to play the Hamilton Cardinals (2-8) at Hamilton’s Arbour Stadium Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal