Royals dumped by Leafs in season opener

TORONTO – Let’s forget about that one.

That’s the attitude the Guelph Royals will have on their return to the Intercounty Baseball League as they were thumped 14-4 by the Toronto Maple Leafs Sunday at Dominico Field at Christie Pits.

The host Leafs jumped on the Guelph pitchers as they connected for 18 hits and scored at least one run in every inning except the eighth.

The Royals never led as they were behind 2-0 at the end of the first inning, 5-0 after the second and 9-2 after the third.

Guelph batters were limited to five hits and the Royals committed three errors.

Quinton Bent clubbed a two-run home for the Royals in the third while Toure Sinclair hit a single in the fourth and scored on an error by the Leafs. The other run came in the fifth when Bent walked, went to third on a single by Josh Garton and scored on a sacrifice fly by Sean Reilly.

Garton hit two singles and had a stolen base for the Royals while Bent had his homer, Sinclair hit a single and Reilly hit a single.

Daniel Marquez started for Guelph, but was relieved in the second inning after giving up five runs, four earned, off five hits and two walks. Sam Salemi pitched two innings and he surrendered four runs, two earned, off five hits and two walks. Nathan Drury followed and yielded two earned runs off thee hits and a walk in two innings. Nicholas Hodgson gave up three earned runs off five hits in two innings. Ben Reid pitched the final inning, issued a walk and no hits. Hodgson and Reid each had two strikeouts while Salemi had one.

Justin Marra hit a homer, two doubles and a single for Toronto while Mike Reeves slugged a homer and two singles.

Zach Sloan picked up the win for the Leafs as he gave up four runs, two earned, off four hits and four walks in five innings. He had seven strikeouts. Andrew Simonetti, Pedro De Los Santos and Marrek Deska also pitched and they combined to hold the Royals to one hit and two walks in the final four innings. Deska had two strikeouts and Simonetti and De Los Santos each had one.

While the game was the seasonal debut for the Royals, it was the second for the Leafs and moved their record to 2-0.

In other games Sunday, the Barrie Baycats clobbered the Burlington Herd 15-1, London Majors edged the Kitchener Panthers 4-3 and the Hamilton Cardinals doubled the Brantford Red Sox 4-2.

The Royals are to play the Baycats at Barrie Saturday at 2 p.m.


Maple Leafs 14 Royals 4


Guelph Sports Journal