Guelph Royals left behind early in loss to Kitchener

KITCHENER – The Guelph Royals fell behind early and never caught up Friday night as they dropped a 7-4 decision to the Kitchener Panthers in Intercounty Baseball League play at Jack Couch Park.

After the teams each scored a single run in the first inning, Kitchener wrapped up its scoring with six runs in the second inning. The Royals got one of those runs back in the third and added another two runs in the seventh, but that was all they could muster in the game.

Kitchener scored its six-pack in the second with four hits and the Panthers were also helped by two walks, two wild pitches from starter Joel Espinal and two passed balls by catcher Ricky Murray.

With runners on second and third with one out in the second, Yorbis Borroto brought one run home with a single to centre field. Colin Gordner brought another run home with a single to right before the third run of the inning scored on a wild pitch. With two out, Mike Gordner doubled to left to score another run before Zach Johnson clouted a two-run homer.

For the Royals, Jeff MacLeod’s two-out single to right scored Sean Reilly with the first-inning run. Reilly came back in the third and slugged a solo homer, his sixth round-tripper of the season. In the seventh, Ethan Mohan belted a two-run homer to complete the scoring.

The homers were Guelph’s extra-base hits in the game. Both Reilly and Mohan also hit a single while Angel Villalona, MacLeod and Riley Perks each hit a single.

Borroto and Johnson each homered for Kitchener while the Gordners each hit a double. Borroto, Brian Burton and Stephen Whalen each hit two singles while Colin Gordner also had one.

Espinal was tagged with the loss as he yielded the seven runs, all earned, off nine hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. Edwin Javier gave up two hits and a walk in two innings and Steven Dressler got both batters he faced out. Espinal had six strikeouts while Javier had four and Dressler had one.

Yoennis Yera collected the win for Kitchener as he held the Royals to two runs, one earned, off four hits and no walks in six innings. He had eight strikeouts.

The Royals scored the two earned runs in the seventh on two hits and a walk off Austin Hassani. Mike Schnurr and Miguel Lahera both kept the Royals scoreless and didn’t walk anyone as both had an inning of work. Schnurr had a strikeout and Lahera, who picked up a save, had two strikeouts and also yielded a hit.

The loss was the third in six days for the Royals and dropped their record to 7-9. That leaves them tied for fifth with the London Majors (8-10), 6½ games behind league-leading Kitchener (13-2). The Panthers are followed by the Barrie Baycats (12-2), Welland Jackfish (8-7), Hamilton Cardinals (6-6), London and Guelph, Toronto Maple Leafs (6-10) and Brantford Red Sox (1-15).

The Royals are to host London Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hastings Stadium and play the Maple Leafs at Toronto’s Dominico Field at Christie Pits Sunday at 2 p.m.



Panthers 7 Royals 4
Guelph         101-000-200–4 7 1
Kitchener     160-000-00x–7 11 1


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