Guelph Royals remain red hot with win over Welland
WELLAND – Josh Garton continued his torrid homer pace as his three-run shot in the ninth inning helped keep the Guelph Royals the hottest team in the Intercounty Baseball League with a 5-4 victory over the Welland Jackfish Sunday afternoon at Welland Stadium.
The win was the sixth in a row for the Royals while the homer was Garton’s fifth on the season and fourth in five games. It was also Guelph’s only extra-base clout of the 12 hits the Royals collected in the game.
The Royals had jumped ahead early when Matt Schmidt singled. Schmidt, who rejoined the Royals last week after he was released by Welland, then advanced to third on a combination of a single by Brendan Keys and error by Jackfish left fielder Vaughn Bryan. Ethan Hammond’s sacrifice fly drove in the run.
That was the game’s lone run until the hosts had back-to-back two-run innings in the sixth and seventh. Two doubles, an intentional walk and a stolen base accounted for a pair of two-out runs in the sixth while Welland’s first three batters of the seventh combined for a walk, triple and single respectively for that inning’s runs.
The Royals sent 10 batters to the plate in the ninth to collect the four runs off three hits and an error and they left the bases loaded. Hammond reached on an error by Welland second baseman Bryce O’Farrell. Kyle Kush hit a one-out single and Garton followed with his homer. Sean Reilly was walked and went to second on a wild pitch, forcing the Jackfish to issue an intentional walk to Angel Villalona. With two out, Riley Perks hit a single to right to score Reilly with the game’s winning run.
Evan Kiser picked up the win for the Royal in relief of starter Edwin Javier who had allowed all four earned runs for Welland off five hits and three walks in six innings. Kiser yielded a hit and two walks in three innings and had six strikeouts while Javier had eight.
Reliever Casey Bouillere-Howard was charged with the loss for Welland after he surrendered an unearned run off a hit and three walks in 2/3 of an inning. Christian Young had started and gave up an unearned run off nine hits and no walks in 7 1/3 innings. Ryan Bench pitched an inning, giving up three runs, two earned, off two hits and a walk. Young had five strikeouts and Bouillere-Howard had one.
Garton had a single to go with his homer while Kush and Schmidt each hit two singles. Getting one single apiece were Reilly, Justin Interisano, Perks, Keys, Hammond and Ricky Murray.
Wilson Soriano hit a triple and single for Welland while Brandon Nicholson and Andrew Mercier each hit a double. Adding one single each were Caleb Feuerstake and DeAndre Asbury-Heath.
The result put an end to a three-game winning streak for Welland and left the two teams four games behind both the Barrie Baycats and Kitchener Panthers who are tied for the league lead with identical 16-6 records. The Jackfish (12-10) have two games in hand on the Royals (13-11) and are also percentage points ahead. The London Majors (13-12) are fifth and are followed by the Hamilton Cardinals (10-12), Toronto Maple Leafs (9-14) and Brantford Red Sox (2-20).
The Royals have three home games at Hastings Stadium on their schedule this week as they’re to host Barrie Tuesday, Hamilton Thursday and Welland Saturday. All three carry 7:30 p.m. starting times.
Royals 5 Jackfish 4
Guelph 010-000-004–5 12 2
Welland 000-002-200–4 6 3
- Guelph Sports Journal