Royals down Kitchener to keep win streak going
KITCHENER – The Guelph Royals made it seven wins in a row in Intercounty Baseball League play and secured a finish of either fourth or fifth as they rallied to down the Kitchener Panthers 8-6 Friday night at Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park.
The Royals trailed 3-2 at the end of the first inning, but shot ahead for good with three runs in the third. They extended their lead to 8-3 by the middle of the fifth before Kitchener closed the gap with one run in the bottom of the inning and two more in the ninth.
In the third, Josh Garton smacked a one-out single to right field before Angel Villalona was walked. Jon Waltenbury doubled to right to score Garton while a two-out single by Brendan Keys scored both Villalona and Waltenbury.
Villalona drove in two runs with a double in the fourth while Justin Interisano smacked a solo homer in the fifth.
Villalona, who had five plate appearances to reach 20 to qualify for the playoffs, had two doubles and a single for the Royals while Interisano hit his homer and a single. Waltenbury had his double while Garton, Keys and Darius Barlas each hit a single.
Brian Burton hit a homer, two doubles and a single for Kitchener while Yorbis Borroyo clubbed a homer and a single. Mike Gordner hit a double and a single while Andy Leader also hit a double. Getting one single apiece were Colin Gordner and Mike Glinka.
Edwin Javier picked up the win on the mound for the Royals as he yielded four earned runs off seven hits and a walk in six innings. He had six strikeouts. David Hatt pitched the final three innings for the save. He gave up two earned runs off four hits, didn’t walk anyone and fanned three.
Former Royal Adrian Yuen was charged with the loss for Kitchener. He started and went three innings, giving up five earned runs off four hits and five walks in three innings. He had a strikeout.
Damian Clarke, Eric Steeves, Matt Vickers, Mike Schnurr and Miguel Lahera saw time in relief and all pitched a single inning except Clarke who pitched two. Combined, they yielded three earned runs off five hits and one walk while whiffing 10.
The result leaves the Royals in fourth place at 16-19. They’re followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs at 15-19, Hamilton Cardinals at 14-21 and Brantford Red Sox at 13-21.
If Guelph and Toronto finish tied for fourth, the Royals will finish fifth as the Leafs will win the tie-breaker as they won three of the five regular-season games between the two. No other team can catch the Royals.
However, the Leafs can finish in a tie with Hamilton and Brantford. The Cardinals will win a tie-breaker with the Leafs as they were 3-2 in their season series while the Leafs will win a tie-breaker with the Red Sox. Toronto leads that season series 3-1 with one game to go – Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Christie Pits.
The winner in a tie between Hamilton and Brantford is to be decided Saturday night when the teams are to play at Brantford’s Arnold Anderson Stadium. The teams have two wins apiece in the season series.
The Royals are to complete their regular season Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Hastings Stadium when they host the Barrie Baycats (25-8).
Barrie is assured of a first-place finish and a quarter-final playoff series with the Burlington Herd (12-24). Kitchener (24-12) will finish second and the London Majors (20-15) will finish third.
Royals 8 Panthers 6
Guelph 203-210-000 – 8 9 0
Kitchener 300-010-002 – 6 11 0
WP: Javier, Gueph.
LP: Yuen, Kitchener.
Save: Hatt, Guelph.
WildP: Javier 3, Guelph.
HBP: Javier 2, Guelph; Clarke, Steeves, Kitchener.
P-S: Javier 95-62, Hatt 35-28, Guelph; Yuen 54-26, Clarke 48-27, Steeves 18-12, Vickers 16-11, Schnurr 14-11, Lahera 11-10, Kitchener.
HR: Interisano, Guelph; Borroto, Burton, Kitchener.
2B: Villalona 2, Waltenbury, Guelph; Burton 2, M.Gordner, Leader, Kitchener.
SF: M.Gordner, Marsden, Kitchener.
HBP: Reilly 2, Guelph; Borroto, Marsden, Kitchener.
SB: Mohan, Guelph.
Team LOB: Guelph 9; Kitchener 8.
SBA: Burton, Kitchener.
- Guelph Sports Journal