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Guelph Royals tumble to .500 with loss in London

LONDON – The Guelph Royals fell back to the .500 winning percentage mark in the Intercounty Baseball League Friday night as they were tripled 6-2 by the London Majors at Labatt Park.

The Royals never led in the match and scored both of their runs in the eighth inning. They were also held to five hits.


London Majors 6 Guelph Royals 2

The Majors belted 13 hits and scored two runs in the second inning to go ahead for good. They added another run in the fourth, two in the sixth and wrapped up their scoring with one in the seventh.

London’s second-inning runs were fortunate ones. Robert Mullen reached first safely after Guelph catcher Noah Roberts dropped the third strike. Then Starling Joseph reached base with Mullen going to second on an error by third baseman Kyle Kush. Both moved up a base on a passed ball and both scored on a single to right field by Taylor Wright.

Former Royal Keith Kandel hit a solo homer in the fourth for London while veteran Cleveland Brownlee smacked a solo homer in the seventh, his seventh homer of the season that raised his RBI total for the season to 19. Both are league-leading totals.

Both of Guelph’s runs were unearned. Brando Leroux reached base after he was plunked by a Jose Arias pitch. Arias recovered from that to strike out the next two batters before Ethan Hammond singled to centre. Leroux went to third on an error by centre fielder Jakob Newton. Leroux scored on a wild pitch that also moved Hammond to second. An error by Kandel allowed Hammond to score and Malik Collymore to reach base. And brought the end to Arias’s time on the mound. Braeden Ferrington came in and induced a fly out to get out of the inning.

Hammond hit two singles for the Royals to raise his batting average to a league-leading .447. Collymore had a double while Justin Interisano and Jeff MacLeod each hit a single.

Wright and Chris McQueen each hit three singles for London while Brownlee and Kandel each hit a homer and a single. Mullen, Joseph and Gibson Krzeminski each hit one single.

Emilis Guerrero was tagged with the loss for the Royals and his record dropped to 2-2 with a 5.55 earned-run average. He yielded six runs (five earned) off 13 hits and a walk and he struck out three. Daniel Marquez pitched a hitless inning, although he issued a walk.

Arias lifted his record to 4-0 as he held the Royals to the two unearned runs off five hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings. He had 11 strikeouts and leads the league with an ERA of 0.47. Guelph’s Claudio Custodio is second at 1.72. Arias (52) is second to Custodio (57) in the strikeout race.

Ferrington kept the Royals hitless during his stint of 1 1/3 innings. He had a strikeout.

Welland Jackfish top the standings at 10-2 while London’s second at 8-3. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Barrie Baycats are tied for third at 8-6 while the Royals are fifth at 6-6 and are followed by the Kitchener Panthers at 5-7, Hamilton Cardinals at 4-7 and Brantford Red Sox at 0-12.

The Royals and Majors are to meet again Saturday at Hastings Stadium. Game time is 1 p.m.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal

Guelph Royals tumble to .500 with loss in London

LONDON – The Guelph Royals fell back to the .500 winning percentage mark in the Intercounty Baseball League Friday night as they were tripled 6-2 by the London Majors at Labatt Park.

The Royals never led in the match and scored both of their runs in the eighth inning. They were also held to five hits.


London Majors 6
Guelph Royals 2

The Majors belted 13 hits and scored two runs in the second inning to go ahead for good. They added another run in the fourth, two in the sixth and wrapped up their scoring with one in the seventh.

London’s second-inning runs were fortunate ones. Robert Mullen reached first safely after Guelph catcher Noah Roberts dropped the third strike. Then Starling Joseph reached base with Mullen going to second on an error by third baseman Kyle Kush. Both moved up a base on a passed ball and both scored on a single to right field by Taylor Wright.

Former Royal Keith Kandel hit a solo homer in the fourth for London while veteran Cleveland Brownlee smacked a solo homer in the seventh, his seventh homer of the season that raised his RBI total for the season to 19. Both are league-leading totals.

Both of Guelph’s runs were unearned. Brando Leroux reached base after he was plunked by a Jose Arias pitch. Arias recovered from that to strike out the next two batters before Ethan Hammond singled to centre. Leroux went to third on an error by centre fielder Jakob Newton. Leroux scored on a wild pitch that also moved Hammond to second. An error by Kandel allowed Hammond to score and Malik Collymore to reach base. And brought the end to Arias’s time on the mound. Braeden Ferrington came in and induced a fly out to get out of the inning.

Hammond hit two singles for the Royals to raise his batting average to a league-leading .447. Collymore had a double while Justin Interisano and Jeff MacLeod each hit a single.

Wright and Chris McQueen each hit three singles for London while Brownlee and Kandel each hit a homer and a single. Mullen, Joseph and Gibson Krzeminski each hit one single.

Emilis Guerrero was tagged with the loss for the Royals and his record dropped to 2-2 with a 5.55 earned-run average. He yielded six runs (five earned) off 13 hits and a walk and he struck out three. Daniel Marquez pitched a hitless inning, although he issued a walk.

Arias lifted his record to 4-0 as he held the Royals to the two unearned runs off five hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings. He had 11 strikeouts and leads the league with an ERA of 0.47. Guelph’s Claudio Custodio is second at 1.72. Arias (52) is second to Custodio (57) in the strikeout race.

Ferrington kept the Royals hitless during his stint of 1 1/3 innings. He had a strikeout.

Welland Jackfish top the standings at 10-2 while London’s second at 8-3. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Barrie Baycats are tied for third at 8-6 while the Royals are fifth at 6-6 and are followed by the Kitchener Panthers at 5-7, Hamilton Cardinals at 4-7 and Brantford Red Sox at 0-12.

The Royals and Majors are to meet again Saturday at Hastings Stadium. Game time is 1 p.m.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal