Royals, Cardinals collect first wins of season

GUELPH – Both the Guelph Royals and Hamilton Cardinals nabbed their first victories of the Intercounty Baseball League season Saturday as they split a doubleheader at Hastings Stadium.

The Royals took the first game of the twinbill 4-3 and Hamilton took the second 12-7.

The split leaves the Royals at 1-6 and the Cardinals at 1-4.

Starter Adrian Yuen and reliever Ben Reid combined on a three-hitter for the Royals in the first of the two seven-inning games. League rules state that the duration of games in doubleheaders be seven innings unless the teams are tied at the end of seven innings.

Yuen yielded three earned runs off three hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings. He had one strikeout. Reid held Hamilton hitless in 1 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three to get the win.

The Royals never trailed in the game. They were up 2-0 after the first while Hamilton scored its first run in the fourth. Guelph got that one back an inning later while the Cardinals scored two in the sixth and the Royals pushed the winning run across the plate with one out in the bottom of the seventh.

In the seventh, Mike Hart was hit by a pitch and, with one out, Matt Schmidt was walked. Chris Nakashima followed with a single to score the run.

The Royals had six hits in the game, all singles, and all came from batters two through sixth in the order. Marquis Kidd had two while Hart, Schmidt, Nakashima and Jeff MacLeod had one apiece.

Both teams committed two errors.

Things started well for the Royals in the nightcap when they scored four runs in the bottom of the first, but Hamilton pulled even with four in the top of the second. The Royals got one in the bottom of the third before the Cardinals shot ahead for good with five in the top of the fourth.

Starter Tyler Vavra was tagged with the loss for Guelph. He gave up eight runs, five earned, off six hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings. He had two strikeouts.

Justin Cline yielded three runs, one earned, while getting one out in his stint. Schmidt held Hamilton scoreless while surrendering a hit and a walk in two innings and Evan DiMichelle gave up an earned run off three walks in one inning. He had a strikeout, but didn’t yield any hits.

Hamilton starter Kyle Adoranti picked up the win despite giving up seven earned runs off five hits and six walks in three innings. He had three strikeouts. The Royals didn’t manage any runs off reliever Jake Foden who yielded two hits and three walks.

Hart and Darren Saunders each homered for the Royals while Saunders also hit a double and drove in three runs while Hart also hit a single. Nakashima, Toure Sinclair and Matthew Pilarczyk each hit one single.

The Royals are seventh in the eight-team league and trail the league-leading London Majors (7-0) by six games. Those two teams are to play in London Tuesday night. That’s the first of six games in eight days for the Royals.

The Royals had a Sunday afternoon game against the Toronto Maple Leafs (5-3) at Toronto postponed by rain.

  • Guelph Sports Journal