Loss leaves Royals with same record as last season

GUELPH – Same as last season.

The Guelph Royals completed their Intercounty Baseball League’s regular season with a 6-3 loss to the Kitchener Panthers Saturday night at Hastings Stadium.

The loss left the Royals with a 16-20 record and a sixth-place finish in the eight-team league. They’ll face the third-place Hamilton Cardinals in the opening round (the quarter-finals) of the IBL playoffs.

While Saturday’s game meant nothing to the Royals in terms of their final position and playoff opponent as both they and Hamilton were locked into their finishing positions, the game meant a lot to Kitchener as the Panthers needed a win to tie the Barrie Baycats for first place in the standings.

A tie for first is decided by a tie-breaking game rather than using the win-loss records of the tied teams in games between them in the regular season. That regular-season record is used to decide which team gets to host the tie-breaker.

The Panthers and Baycats are to meet Tuesday night at Barrie. Winner of the game gets first and a quarter-final series with the Brantford Red Sox (5-31) while the loser will face the Toronto Maple Leafs (16-20) in the quarter-finals.

Saturday, Kitchener scored runs in four consecutive innings to claim the victory.

The Royals had opened the scoring in the first inning when Ricky Murray doubled home Matt Schmidt and Justin Interisano who had both singled.

The Panthers got one run back in the second and they tied it in the third before going ahead for good on Ryley Davenport’s two run homer in the fourth.

The visitors added two more runs in the fifth before Schmidt clouted a solo homer in the seventh to complete the scoring in the game.

Guelph’s run-scoring hits were the only extra-base hits of the game for the Royals. Schmidt and Murray each also had two singles while Interisano and Matthew Pilarczyk also hit two singles. Angel Villalona hit one.

Liam Wilson had two doubles and a single for Kitchener while Zarley Cina hit two singles. Davenport had his homer while Zach Johnson hit a double and Yorbis Borroto and Stephen Whalen each hit a single.

The Royals were again plagued by errors as they committed four of them in the game and Kitchener capitalized with three unearned runs. The Royals were charged with 21 errors in their final eight games of the regular season and they were 1-7 during that stretch.

Edwin Javier took the loss Saturday. He yielded six runs, three earned, off seven hits and two walks in five innings. Ben Reid and Steven Dressler each pitched two scoreless innings. Reid gave up two hits while Dressler walked two. Dressler finished with four strikeouts while Javier had two and Reid had one.

Guelph native Stephen Gade (4 1/3 innings) started for Kitchener and was followed on the mound by winning pitcher Brady Schnarr (2 2/3 innings), Matt Vickers (1 inning) and Miguel Lahera (1 inning) who picked up a save. Gade yielded six hits, Schnarr gave up four hits and a walk, the Royals got a hit off Vickers and Lahera walked a batter. Gade had three strikeouts, Schnarr two and Vickers and Lahera one each.

Hamilton’s third-place finish is their highest since a similar finish in 22-14 record, the last time they had a winning record before this season’s 21-15 mark.

The playoff series between the Royals and Cardinals is to start Wednesday night at Hamilton.

 

Panthers 6 Royals 3
Kitchener     011-220-000–6 9 0
Guelph       200-000-100–3 11 4
 
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