Guelph Royals in danger of being swept from playoffs

HAMILTON – The Guelph Royals are going to have to do their best Guelph Storm imitation if they’re to survive the opening round of the Intercounty Baseball League’s playoffs.

Saturday, the Royals surrendered five runs in the opening inning as they were blanked 10-0 by the Hamilton Cardinals at Carstar Field at Bernie Arbour Stadium. The win gave Hamilton a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven quarter-final series.

The Guelph Storm came back from a pair of 3-0 deficits in playoff series on their way to the Ontario Hockey League championship in the spring.

The Royals, though, have been plagued by errors during the last two or three weeks and that continued Saturday as they committed four of them that led to five unearned runs.

The Cardinals also got to Royals’ starter Brett Lawson for six runs, four earned, off 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings. Yunior Yambatis relieved and gave up four runs, one earned, off five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Yambatis had five strikeouts and Lawson had two.

Ben Braun became the latest Hamilton pitcher to stymie the Royals as he yielded five hits and two walks in eight scoreless innings. Wes Markle gave up a hit in the ninth. Braun had three strikeouts.

Justin Interisano had a double and single for the Royals while Josh Garton, Sean Reilly, Angel Villalona and Ricky Murray each had one single.

Chris Beer clouted a double and two singles for Hamilton while Connor Bowie hit three singles. Laine Renaud had a homer and a single while Luke Tevlin hit two singles and Grant Arnold also homered. Getting one single apiece were Justin Gideon, Jon Dziomba, Jake Foden and Connor Patterson as each batter in Hamilton’s lineup had at least one hit.

In the three games in the series, Hamilton has 27 runs, 14 earned, 40 hits, six stolen bases and two errors while the Royals have six runs, all earned, 19 hits, no stolen bases and 12 errors.

Game 4 of the series is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Hastings Stadium.

If the Royals win that game, Game 5 is to go Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Hamilton.


Cardinals 10 Royals 0
Guelph           000-000-000–0 6 4
Hamilton     501-001-03x–10 15 0
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