Guelph Royals lack timely hits in loss to Hamilton

HAMILTON – The Guelph Royals couldn’t cash in their base runners as they suffered their third consecutive Intercounty Baseball League loss Tuesday night at Bernie Arbour Stadium.

The Royals left 12 runners stranded as they were defeated 4-1 by the Hamilton Cardinals, the league’s hottest team. For the Cardinals, it was their seventh consecutive victory.

A solo homer by Sean Reilly in the fourth inning, his 10th round-tripper of the season, accounted for the lone run for the Royals.

Of the runners left on base by the Royals, six came in the final three innings as they left two on in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

The Cardinals scored one run in the third, two in the sixth and completed the scoring when Justin Gideon smacked a solo homer in the eighth.

Reilly had Guelph’s only extra-base hits with a double to go with his homer. Matt Schmidt hit two singles while Josh Garton, Angel Villalona, Ethan Mohan, Brendan Keys, Matt Pilarczyk and Darius Barlas each hit one.

Gideon also had a single to go with his homer while Connor Bowie hit two doubles and Mike Ceechetto had two singles. Getting one single apiece were Grant Arnold and Connor Patterson.

Brett Lawson was tagged with the loss for the Royals. He yielded three earned runs off seven hits and two walks in six innings. Yomar Concepcion relieved and surrendered an earned run off one hit. He didn’t walk anyone. Both pitcher had four strikeouts.

Chris Lazar kept the Royals to the single earned run as he gave up 10 hits and one walk in 8 1/3 innings. He had one strikeout. Stefan Strecker shut down the Royals in the final 2/3 of an inning.

The win streak has pushed the Cardinals to third in the league at 18-13 while the Royals are fifth at 15-16. Barrie Baycats lead at 21-8 and are followed by the Kitchener Panthers at 21-9, Hamilton, Welland Jackfish at 16-13, the Royals, London Majors at 14-17, Toronto Maple Leafs at 11-20 and Brantford Red Sox at 4-24.

The Royals have five games left on their regular-season schedule including a yet-to-be-scheduled makeup of last Saturday’s rainout against Kitchener. The Royals are to play at London Friday at 7:35 p.m., host Brantford Saturday at 7:30 p.m., play at Kitchener Sunday at 2 p.m. and host Hamilton Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

 

Cardinals 4 Royals 1
Guelph     000-100-000–1 10 3
Hamilton     001-002-01x–4 8 1
 
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