Guelph Silvercreeks mercy another opponent

Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal

GUELPH – The Guelph Silvercreeks collected their third win in as many Central Ontario Junior Baseball League outings Wednesday, hitting double digits again in scoring a 15-5 victory over the Hamilton Junior Cardinals at Hastings Stadium.

“I’m not putting that on our hitting,” Creeks coach Fred Loder said of the scoring outbursts. “I think the other teams have just been struggling with their defence.”

The game was halted in the seventh inning by the league’s mercy rule as soon as the Creeks regained a 10-run lead.

They had led by 12 going into the seventh, but Hamilton scored four runs to narrow the gap to eight and send the locals to the plate. League games come to an end if a team is ahead by 18 runs after five innings or 10 runs after seven.

The Creeks again took advantage of opposition errors as Hamilton committed six of them to one by the Creeks. Both teams had seven hits. The Creeks scored five unearned runs and worked Hamilton pitching for 10 walks.

The Guelph squad had scored four runs in the second inning, three in the fourth and six in the fifth while Hamilton’s other run came in the third.

While the Creeks have started league play with three consecutive wins, it’s early in the season and there’s still plenty for them to work on.

“We’ve been playing fairly well,” Loder said. “We haven’t made hardly any errors. Our pitching’s been pretty decent. We had a couple pitchers struggle, so we definitely have to get a little more work in for those guys and our hitting can definitely improve.

“I’m hoping that some of these other teams work out their defensive bugs, too.”

Starting pitcher Liam Rivard of the Creeks picked up the win Wednesday. He allowed one unearned run off four hits and a walk in five innings and he had three strikeouts.

Liam Devine relieved for an inning and a third, keeping Hamilton scoreless while yielding a hit and a walk. He had four strikeouts.

Garret Morgan gave up Hamilton’s four seventh-inning runs, all earned, off two hits and five walks in a third of an inning. He had one strikeout. Luke Merritt struck out the only batter he faced to end the top of the seventh.

At the plate, Jordon Inkol and Ryan Malyk each hit a double while Trystan Dennie, Nick Lannutti, Lucas Smit, Scott Seifried and Brandon Arsenault each hit a single. Inkol drove in three runs while Seifried and Arsenault each had two RBIs.

Guelph leads the league at 3-0-0 while Hamilton is 0-3-0.

The Creeks are to play their first road game Monday when they’re to play the Burlington Bulls (1-0-0) at Burlington. Game time at Nelson Park is 7:30 p.m.

The Creeks are also to host the Stratford Nationals (1-0-0) at Hastings Stadium Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

To get a little extra work, the Creeks have lined up an exhibition game against a Royal City Men’s League squad Friday night at Hastings Stadium. The Creeks will supply all the pitching in the game in order to get their pitchers a little extra work as they’ve played three games in 15 days.

“We’ve got a tournament coming up so we’re starting to get into a lot of ball so maybe we’ll see the bats start coming alive,” Loder said.