Royals come back, but lose to Hamilton in 14th
HAMILTON – The Guelph Royals battled back from an eight-run deficit after two innings of play, only to lose 10-9 thanks to an unearned run in the 14th inning by the Hamilton Cardinals in their true Intercounty Baseball League home opener Friday night.
Hamilton scored seven runs in the first inning they batted at Bernie Arbour Stadium this season and they led 9-1 after the second. However, the Royals came back with one run in the fifth, five in the sixth and two in the ninth to force extra innings.
The deadlock remained until the bottom of the 14th when Hamilton’s Chris Beer got to second due to a throwing error by Guelph shortstop Adam Rossit. Jacob Martins was intentionally walked before Grant Arnold smacked a run-scoring double, his fourth hit of the game.
That hit made Edwin Javier the hard-luck losing pitcher. He relieved starter Yunior Yambatis to begin the seventh inning and the winning run was the only one Javier gave up. He allowed eight hits and three walks and struck out half of the 32 batters he faced. Yambatis surrendered nine runs, eight earned, off seven hits and five walks and he had five strikeouts.
Dan Connerty was the winning pitcher for Hamilton as the 14th was the lone inning he pitched. Chris Lazar (6 innings), Tyler Wood (3 innings), Cameron Dyck (4 innings) and Connerty combined to yield nine runs, three earned, off 15 hits and four walks. They had seven strikeouts.
At the plate Sean Reilly drove in five runs as he hit two homers and a double and Josh Garton had two RBIs with a homer, double and single. Brendan Keys connected for four singles while Darius Barlas had two singles and Rossit, Chris Procopio and Jeff MacLeod each hit one single.
Joel Brophy clubbed a homer and knocked in four runs for Hamilton while Arnold had a double and three singles. Michael Ssemanda and David Vanderby each hit three singles.
The game was the first IBL game played at Bernie Arbour Stadium this year as its field had to be repaired after it was damaged during the shooting of a television show there last fall.
The Royals had defeated the Cardinals 11-6 at Hastings Stadium Tuesday night.
Friday’s loss in the game that lasted four hours left the Royals at 7-12 while Hamilton improved to 7-9.
It’ll be a quick turnaround for the Royals as they are to host the Burlington Herd (5-13) at Hastings Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m.
Cardinals 10 Royals 9 (14 innings)
Guelph 100-015-002-000-00 – 9 15 2
Hamilton 720-000-000-000-01 – 10 15 4
WP: Connerty, Hamilton.
LP: Javier, Guelph.
P-S: Yambatis 127-70, Javier 124-78, Guelph; Lazar 91-66, Wood 57-39, Dyck 45-27, Connerty 21-13, Hamilton.
HR: Reilly 2, Garton, Guelph; Brophy, Hamilton.
2B: Garton, Reilly, Guelph; Martins, Arnold, Bowie, Casburn, Hamilton.
HBP: Reilly, Waltenbury, Barlas, Guelph; Beer, Renaud, Ssemanda, Hamilton.
CS: Bowie, Hamilton.
Team LOB: Guelph 13; Hamilton 16.
E: Rossit, Interisano, Guelph; Arnold 2, Ssemanda, Vanderby, Hamilton.
SBA: Keys, Guelph.
DP: Hamilton 2.
- Guelph Sports Journal