Guelph Royals walk off a winner over London Majors

GUELPH – Leave them happy when they go.

That’s exactly what Malik Collymore and the Guelph Royals did Saturday night at Hastings Stadium when Collymore’s single scored Conner Morro with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Royals edged the London Majors 5-4 in Intercounty Baseball League play in front of a playoff-sized crowd.


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Morro had singled to start the bottom of the inning before Ethan Hammond was walked. Collymore followed with the game-winning hit as London didn’t get any Guelph player out in the inning.

Prior to that run, both teams had four-run innings to account for all the other scoring. The Royals scored their four in the second while London countered in the third.

With one out in the bottom of the second, Jeff MacLeod singled and Darius Barlas was walked. Kyle Kush’s single scored MacLeod and sent Barlas to third while Kush went to second on the throw to the plate in an attempt to get MacLeod.

A wild pitch by London starter Owen Boon allowed Barlas to score and Kush to go to third before Brando Leroux doubled to score Kush. Leroux scored as J.D. Williams doubled before London got out of the inning by turning a double play.

London got to Guelph starter Claudio Custodio in the third. With one out, Phil Whelan reached first on an error by Guelph shortstop Morro. Austin Wilkie started a stretch of four consecutive hits for the Majors as he singled, Jakob Newton singled to score Whelan, Cleveland Brownlee singled to score Wilkie and Robert Mullen doubled to score both Newton and Brownlee. Like London half an inning before, the Royals got out of the inning by turning a double play.

The Royals had 12 hits in the game led by MacLeod’s trio of singles. He reached base four times as he was also hit by a pitch. Williams and Morro each hit a double and single while Collymore hit two singles. Leroux had his double while Hammond and Kush each hit a single.

Mullen’s double was the only extra-base hit for London among its six hits. Starling Joseph hit two singles while Wilkie, Newton and Brownlee hit one apiece. The Majors didn’t get any hits from the bottom four in their order as they went a combined 0-for 12 with six strikeouts and three walks.

Custodio went eight innings, allowing four runs (three earned) off six hits and three walks. He had 12 strikeouts. Andrew Case, who’s from New Brunswick, pitched the ninth to get the win. He had a strikeout and didn’t yield any hits or walks.

Both Custodio (Norfolk Tides) and Case (Tabasco Olmecas in Mexico) pitched in AAA baseball last year and both pitched for the Buffalo Bisons in 2018 when Dalton Pompey was with the Bisons.

Boon went 5 1/3 innings for the Majors. He gave up four earned runs off eight hits and three walks and he fanned nine.

Cesar Cabral and Fernando Fernandez followed. Cabral kept the Royals scoreless in 1 2/3 innings. He yielded two hits and struck out five. Fernandez took the loss as he surrendered an earned run off two hits and a walk in an inning on the mound. He didn’t have any strikeouts.

Welland Jackfish lead the league at 17-6 while London is second at 16-7 and the Royals third at 15-8. Barrie Baycats are next at 14-9 while the Toronto Maple Leafs are at 13-11. Trailing are the Kitchener Panthers at 8-14, Hamilton Cardinals at 6-16 and Brantford Red Sox at 1-19.

The Royals are to play the Jackfish in Welland Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

 

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Guelph Royals walk off a winner over London Majors

GUELPH – Leave them happy when they go.

That’s exactly what Malik Collymore and the Guelph Royals did Saturday night at Hastings Stadium when Collymore’s single scored Conner Morro with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Royals edged the London Majors 5-4 in Intercounty Baseball League play in front of a playoff-sized crowd.


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London Majors 4

Morro had singled to start the bottom of the inning before Ethan Hammond was walked. Collymore followed with the game-winning hit as London didn’t get any Guelph player out in the inning.

Prior to that run, both teams had four-run innings to account for all the other scoring. The Royals scored their four in the second while London countered in the third.

With one out in the bottom of the second, Jeff MacLeod singled and Darius Barlas was walked. Kyle Kush’s single scored MacLeod and sent Barlas to third while Kush went to second on the throw to the plate in an attempt to get MacLeod.

A wild pitch by London starter Owen Boon allowed Barlas to score and Kush to go to third before Brando Leroux doubled to score Kush. Leroux scored as J.D. Williams doubled before London got out of the inning by turning a double play.

London got to Guelph starter Claudio Custodio in the third. With one out, Phil Whelan reached first on an error by Guelph shortstop Morro. Austin Wilkie started a stretch of four consecutive hits for the Majors as he singled, Jakob Newton singled to score Whelan, Cleveland Brownlee singled to score Wilkie and Robert Mullen doubled to score both Newton and Brownlee. Like London half an inning before, the Royals got out of the inning by turning a double play.

The Royals had 12 hits in the game led by MacLeod’s trio of singles. He reached base four times as he was also hit by a pitch. Williams and Morro each hit a double and single while Collymore hit two singles. Leroux had his double while Hammond and Kush each hit a single.

Mullen’s double was the only extra-base hit for London among its six hits. Starling Joseph hit two singles while Wilkie, Newton and Brownlee hit one apiece. The Majors didn’t get any hits from the bottom four in their order as they went a combined 0-for 12 with six strikeouts and three walks.

Custodio went eight innings, allowing four runs (three earned) off six hits and three walks. He had 12 strikeouts. Andrew Case, who’s from New Brunswick, pitched the ninth to get the win. He had a strikeout and didn’t yield any hits or walks.

Both Custodio (Norfolk Tides) and Case (Tabasco Olmecas in Mexico) pitched in AAA baseball last year and both pitched for the Buffalo Bisons in 2018 when Dalton Pompey was with the Bisons.

Boon went 5 1/3 innings for the Majors. He gave up four earned runs off eight hits and three walks and he fanned nine.

Cesar Cabral and Fernando Fernandez followed. Cabral kept the Royals scoreless in 1 2/3 innings. He yielded two hits and struck out five. Fernandez took the loss as he surrendered an earned run off two hits and a walk in an inning on the mound. He didn’t have any strikeouts.

Welland Jackfish lead the league at 17-6 while London is second at 16-7 and the Royals third at 15-8. Barrie Baycats are next at 14-9 while the Toronto Maple Leafs are at 13-11. Trailing are the Kitchener Panthers at 8-14, Hamilton Cardinals at 6-16 and Brantford Red Sox at 1-19.

The Royals are to play the Jackfish in Welland Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

 

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