Royals and Leafs to start quarter-final Wednesday at Toronto

GUELPH – The Guelph Royals and Toronto Maple Leafs are to begin their Intercounty Baseball League quarter-final series Wednesday at Toronto’s Dominico Field at Christie Pits.

First game of the best-of-five series is to start at 7:30 p.m.

Second game of the series is to go at Hastings Stadium Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Game 3 is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. at Christie Pits.

If a fourth game is needed, it’s to go Aug. 14 at Hastings Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

The fifth game, if it’s necessary, is to be played at Christie Pits Aug. 15 starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Leafs finished the regular season in fourth place at 16-19 while the Royals were fifth at 16-20.

Toronto cancelled its final regular-season game that was to have been played Monday night at Christie Pits against the first-place Barrie Baycats (27-8) as it meant nothing to the final standings. If Barrie had won that game and Toronto and the Royals finished with identical records, the Leafs would’ve won the tie-breaker due to winning the regular-season series 3-2.

The Leafs won 14-4 at Christie Pits in the season opener May 13, 11-8 at Hastings Stadium June 2 and 11-5 at Christie Pits June 3.

The Royals won 11-7 at Christie Pits June 17 and 1-0 at Hastings Stadium July 21.

Guelph enters the playoffs as one of the league’s hottest teams as the Royals were 8-2 in their final 10 games while the Leafs were 3-7, although they won their final two games, beating the Brantford Red Sox (13-23) and the Burlington Herd (12-24).

The Royals had three of the league’s top five strikeout pitchers as Edwin Javier finished with 112, Yunior Yambatis was third with 75 and Yomar Concepcion was fifth with 71. Toronto’s Zach Sloan was seventh at 60.

For the Royals, Yambatis finished at 5-3 with a 3.46 earned-run average while Concepcion was 4-4 and 4.27 and Javier was 6-6 and 4.66. All three had one save apiece. Jorge de la Cruz was 0-3 and 7.59 while David Hatt and Ben Reid were the main arms in the bullpen. Hatt was 0-1 and 4.39 with a save while Reid was 1-0 and 12.53.

Sean Reilly and Cleveland Brownlee of the London Majors tied for the home run championship with 12 apiece while Justin Interisano clobbered seven.

Angel Villalona had a .364 batting average in the five games he played while Ethan Mohan was .347 with 12 doubles, three triples, two homers and 14 RBIs. Josh Garton was .346 with seven doubles, four homers and 17 RBIs and Reilly hit .342 with six doubles and 36 RBIs.

For Toronto, Sloan was 6-4 with a 4.01 ERA while Pedro De Los Santos was 2-2 and 5.55 and Justin Cicatello was 3-1 and 2.60.

At the plate, Dan Marra hit .364 with 10 RBIs and nine stolen bases while Justin Marra hit .353 with 10 homers and 31 RBIs. Garret Takamatsu hit .320 with one homer and 17 RBIs.

  • Guelph Sports Journal