Royals clobbered by Barrie, will face Toronto in quarter-finals
GUELPH – The Guelph Royals finished their Intercounty Baseball League’s regular season by dropping a 20-1 laugher to the league-leading Barrie Baycats Saturday night at Hastings Stadium.
The setback halted Guelph’s win streak at seven games.
The win came in Barrie’s first of three games (all on the road) in three days and it was the third game of a stretch of five games in six days.
Such was this game that the Royals used position players to pitch the final 4 1/3 innings.
The game was actually tied 1-1 after three innings before the Baycats broke it open with five runs in the fourth, eight in the fifth and six in the seventh.
Guelph’s first-inning run came with two outs after leadoff batter Ethan Mohan singled. Angel Villalona singled to send Mohan to second and Justin Interisano singled to load the bases. The run came in when Brendan Keys was walked.
Jorge de la Cruz took the loss for the Royals in his first appearance in just under three weeks. He yielded 12 runs, seven earned, off nine hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings in which 58 of his 105 pitches were registered as strikes. He had three strikeouts.
Second baseman Matt Pilarczyk, infielder R.J. Lambert, catcher Keys and shortstop Adam Rossitt each pitched at least an inning. Pilarczyk gave up seven runs, three earned, off four hits and four walks in 1 1/3 innings and he had a strikeout while the other three combined to surrender a single unearned run off two hits and three walks and Rossit had a strikeout.
Matthew St. Kitts picked up the win for Barrie as he yielded the earned run off four hits and two walks in five innings. He had eight strikeouts. Evan Kiser (three innings) and Jaspreet Shergill (one inning) saw mound time in relief. They gave up two hits and two walks and struck out five.
All of Guelph’s hits were singles – two apiece by Interisano and Rossit and one each by Mohan and Villalona.
Jordan Castaldo hit for the cycle and also collected a second single for Barrie while Tim Smith also hit a homer. Ryan Spataro hit a triple and a double and Kevin Atkinson had a double and a single and Starlin Rodriguez clouted two singles.
The Royals finish the regular season at 16-20 and they’ll wait to see if they have home-field advantage in a quarter-final series with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs are at 15-19 and have home games against the Brantford Red Sox (13-22) Sunday afternoon and Barrie (26-8) Monday night to complete their regular season. A win in either of those games will give the Leafs a fourth-place finish and home field in the quarter-finals as they won the season series with the Royals 3-2.
Barrie stretched its win streak to 12 games with Saturday’s win and the Baycats will play the eighth-place Burlington Herd in the quarter-finals.
The other two quarter-final series have also been set as the second-place Kitchener Panthers (24-12) will play seventh-place Brantford and third-place London Majors (20-15) will play sixth-place Hamilton Cardinals (15-21).
The playoffs will start this week.
Baycats 20 Royals 1
Barrie 001-580-600 – 20 15 0
Guelph 100-000-000 – 1 6 3
WP: St. Kitts, Barrie.
LP: de la Cruz, Guelph.
WildP: de la Cruz 2, Guelph.
HBP: St. Kitts, Barrie; de la Cruz, Lambert, Keys, Guelph.
P-S: St. Kitts 89-56, Kiser 54-32, Shergill 20-12, Barrie; de la Cruz 105-58, Pilarczyk 49-19, Lambert 28-14, Keys 20-8, Rossit 19-13, Guelph.
HR: Castaldo, Smith, Barrie.
3B: Spataro, Castaldo, Barrie.
2B: Spataro, Castaldo, Atkinson, Barrie.
HBP: Smith, Infante, Walker, Barrie; Mohan, Guelph.
SB: Infante, Jackson, Barrie.
Team LOB: Barrie 11; Guelph 9.
E: Procopio, Keys, Rossit.
PB: Hicks, Guelph.
SBA: Hicks 2, Guelph.
DP: Guelph 1.
- Guelph Sports Journal