Royals break out to drop Hamilton
GUELPH – The Guelph Royals broke open a close game with six runs in the seventh inning on their way to an 11-4 victory over the Hamilton Cardinals in Intercounty Baseball League play Tuesday night at Hastings Stadium.
The Royals had four hits in the inning and also took advantage of a pair of Hamilton errors. The Cardinals committed five errors in the game, three more than the Royals committed.
Josh Garton started the bottom of the seventh with a single before an error by Hamilton first baseman Jon Dziomba allowed Sean Reilly to reach first and Garton to advance to second. Justin Interisano leaded the bases with a single before an error by shortstop Chris Beer on a ball hit by Quinton Bent allowed a run to score and the bases to remain loaded.
Brendan Keys singled to score two runs and move Bent to third before the Cardinals replaced pitcher Justin Snow with Dan Connerty. Darren Saunders greeted him with a single to score Bent while a wild pitch and a passed ball scored Keys and moved Saunders to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Jeff MacLeod.
The scoring outburst came an inning after the Royals had gone ahead for good. Hamilton had opened the scoring with a run in the second before the Royals scored two runs in the third. The Cardinals inched ahead with two runs in the top of the fifth before a solo homer by Reilly, his first of the season, tied the score in the bottom of the inning. The Royals shot ahead with two unearned runs off two Hamilton errors in the sixth. Hamilton got one run back in the ninth.
The Royals collected 10 hits in the game – two singles each by Narciso Padilla and Garton, the homer by Reilly, a double by Bent and singles by Interisano, Keys, Saunders and Toure Sinclair.
Edwin Javier picked up the win for the hosts as he held Hamilton to four runs, three earned, off seven hits and no walks in eight innings. He had six strikeouts. Ben Reid pitched a scoreless ninth although he walked three and struck out one. Javier threw 107 pitches, 72 for strikes.
Chris Lazar took the loss for Hamilton. He surrendered five runs, three earned, off five hits and a walk in five innings. He had one strikeout. Snow also gave up five runs, three earned, off three hits and a walk in the inning he pitched. Connerty and Tyler Wood combined to pitch the final two innings. They yielded an unearned run off two hits and they each had a strikeout.
The win allows the Royals to even their record at 2-2 while Hamilton fell to 2-3.
The Royals are to play the Barrie Baycats (4-1) at Barrie’s Coates Stadium Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in a makeup game from a May 19 rainout.
Royals 11 Cardinals 4
Hamilton 010 020 010 – 4 7 5
Guelph 002 012 60x – 11 10 2
WP: Javier, Guelph; LP: Lazar, Hamilton.
2B: Bent, Guelph.
3B: Foden, Chiaravalle, Hamilton.
HR: Reilly, Guelph.
HBP: Vanderby 2, Hamilton; MacLeod, Guelph.
SB: Dziomba, Hamilton.
SF: MacLeod, Guelph.
LOB: Hamilton 8; Guelph 5.
DP: Hamilton 1.
E: Beer, Arnold, Dziomba, Vanderby, Lazar, Hamilton; Bent 2, Guelph.
- Guelph Sports Journal