Interisano smacks Royals to third consecutive win
BARRIE – Justin Interisano connected for a three-run homer for the Guelph Royals in the 10th inning as they doubled the defending-champion Barrie Baycats 6-3 in Intercounty Baseball League play Wednesday night at Coates Stadium.
The homer was Interisano’s second of the game and the season as he had clobbered a two-run shot in the seventh.
The loss was the first home setback for the Baycats since they were defeated 13-8 by the Toronto Maple Leafs July 7, 2016. Since that time they had won 36 consecutive home games (25 in the regular season and 11 in the playoffs), not including the default win over the Royals late last season after the Guelph side withdrew from the league.
Yunior Yambatis of the Royals was hit by a pitch by Adam Hawes to start the 10th. He was sacrificed to second by Narciso Padilla and went to third as Quinton Bent reached first on a dropped third strike.
The game was a close one throughout and was scoreless until Barrie scored two runs in the fifth. The Royals shot ahead with three in the top of the seventh before the Baycats tied it with a run in the bottom of the inning.
Both teams had eight hits and two errors in the game.
Interisano also had a single to go with his homers while Darius Barlas and Nathan Drury each had two singles. Brendan Keys had one single.
Yomar Concepcion picked up the win in relief as he pitched the final two innings, giving up two hits and striking out two. Jorge Paez started and went 6 1/3 innings. He surrendered three runs, all earned, off six hits and two walks and he had eight strikeouts. Ben Reid took over for 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He walked two.
Barlas made his debut for the Royals as he played third base. A Brampton native, he joined the Royals after completing his junior season with the University of Mary Marauders of Bismarck, N.D.
Drury made his batting debut with the Royals. An Orangeville native, he had pitched a pair of innings in the season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs a couple of weeks ago.
Brett Lawson started for the Baycats and Jaspreet Shergill relieved in the seventh. Hawes pitched the 10th. They combined to allow six runs, five earned, off eight hits and four walks and they had 11 strikeouts.
Leadoff batter Ryan Spataro had a double and two singles for Barrie while Jordan Castaldo hit a double and a single. Anderson Green hit a triple for his first hit of the season in six games.
The third win in a row for the Royals leaves them at 3-2 while Barrie falls to 4-2. No team in the league has less than two losses.
The Royals are to host Toronto (5-3) Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hastings Stadium.
Royals 6 Baycats 3
Guelph 000 000 300 3 – 6 8 2
Barrie 000 020 100 0 – 3 8 2
WP: Concepcion, Guelph.
LP: Hawes, Barrie.
BF: Paez 28, Reid 7, Concepcion 8, Guelph; Lawson 25, Shergill 10, Hawes 8, Barrie.
P-S: Paez 130-77, Reid 26-16, Concepcion 41-23, Guelph; Lawson 91-62, Shergill 28-18, Hawes 26-17, Barrie.
WildP: Paez 3, Guelph; Hawes, Barrie.
2B: Spataro, Castaldo, Infante, Barrie.
3B: Green, Barrie.
HR: Interisano 2, Guelph.
RBI: Interisano 5, Drury, Guelph; Spataro, Castaldo, Barrie.
SB: Yambatis, Guelph; Spataro, Barrie.
LOB: Guelph 7; Barrie 10.
DP: Guelph 1; Barrie 3.
E: Saunders, Drury, Guelph; Green 2, Barrie.
- Guelph Sports Journal