Guelph Royals stop their skid with power attack
KITCHENER – After throwing up a stinker Saturday night and having trouble getting timely hits, the Guelph Royals unleashed a 20-hit Intercounty Baseball League power show Sunday in an 18-10 victory over the league-leading Kitchener Panthers at Jack Couch Park.
The 20 hits included nine home runs and the power display put an end to Guelph’s five-game losing streak.
The Royals posted a pair of five-run innings and never trailed in the game. However, they needed five runs in the ninth to stretch their lead after the hosts had closed the gap from nine runs (10-1) to three (13-10) after scoring five runs of their own in the eighth.
Josh Garton smacked three homers as he hit solo shots in the first and sixth innings and a two-run shot in the ninth. Angel Villalona crushed a pair of homers as he belted a three-run blast in the third and a two-run shot in the sixth.
Adding one homer apiece were Ethan Mohan (three-run in ninth), Matt Schmidt (two-run in fourth) and Kyle Kush and Sean Reilly (each solo shot in fourth). For Reilly, his homer was his IBL best 200th of his career.
Garton finished with four hits as he also had a single while Kush, Reilly and Ricky Murray also had two singles apiece. Mohan and Schmidt each also added a single while Riley Perks hit a double and Ethan Hammond had a single.
The Royals also played error-free throughout the game.
The Panthers collected 16 hits in the match and 13 of the hits were singles.
Zarley Cina hit a homer and two singles for Kitchener while Colin Gordner hit a double and two singles and Jeff Hunt belted three singles. Tanner Nivins and Andy Leader gathered two singles apiece while Stephen Whalen hit a double and Yorbis Borroto and Zach Johnson each hit a single.
Edwin Javier threw 147 pitches to get the win. He yielded eight runs, all earned, off 11 hits and five walks in seven innings. He struck out nine. Schmidt and Fernando Fernandez-Beltran each pitched an inning. Schmidt gave up two earned runs off four hits in his stint while Fernandez-Beltrain surrendered a hit in the ninth.
Geoff Moroz took the loss for Kitchener. He, Austin Hassani and Matt Vickers each pitched three innings. Moroz gave up eight earned runs while Hassani and Vickers yielded one walk and five earned runs apiece. The Royals tagged Moroz for nine hits, Hassani for six and Vickers for five. Vickers had five strikeouts and Moroz had three and Hassani had two.
The Royals remain sixth in the league at 16-18 while the loss drops Kitchener into a tie for top spot with the Barrie Baycats as both have 23-10 records.
The win equaled Guelph’s win total from last season when the Royals finished 16-20.
The locals have two games to go on their regular-season schedule, both at Hastings Stadium. They’re to host the Hamilton Cardinals, third at 19-15, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and Kitchener in a make-up game Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Royals 18 Panthers 10
Guelph 105-403-005–18 20 0
Kitchener 010-400-050–10 16 1
- Guelph Sports Journal