Royals edged in 11th inning by league leaders

KITCHENER – Guelph Royals’ pitcher Edwin Javier would probably like to forget about his last week.

Sunday afternoon at Kitchener’s cozy Jack Couch Park, Javier yielded a homer to Mike Gordner of the Kitchener Panthers in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Guelph Royals fell 3-2 to the Intercounty Baseball League leaders.

The loss was the third in as many outings in a week for Javier. He gave up three earned runs in seven innings during a start in a 6-3 loss to the Burlington Herd Tuesday at Hastings Stadium and yielded one earned run in 4 2/3 innings of relief work in an 8-5 loss to the Hamilton Cardinals at Hastings Stadium Friday.

Sunday, the homer was the only hit and run he allowed in 2/3 of an inning in relief against the Panthers. He walked one and struck out one of the four batters he faced.

Yomar Concepcion was the starter for Guelph and he held Kitchener to two runs, both earned, through 9 1/3 innings. He surrendered five hits and five walks and had four strikeouts. In all, Concepcion through 175 pitches.

The Royals did get the early lead in the game as Justin Interisano singled home Josh Garton with the game’s first run in the top of the first.

Adam Rossit added their second run in the top of the third. He singled, went to second on a passed ball and advanced to third on a putout by Garton. Rossit scored on a groundout by Sean Reilly.

The Panthers pulled even in the bottom of the inning as a groundout by Tanner Nivins scored Andy Leader who had been walked. Keegan Marsden followed with a double to left field to score Yorbis Borroto who had also been walked.

The Royals managed eight hits in the game – two doubles by Jeff MacLeod, two singles by Garton and one single apiece by Rossit, Reilly, Interisano and Matt Pilarczyk.

Noelvis Entenza started and went seven innings for Kitchener. He gave up two earned runs off seven hits and a walk and had five strikeouts. Mike Schnurr held the Royals hitless in three innings. He had a strikeout and issued a walk. Miguel Lahera yielded a nit and had a strikeout in the inning he pitched to get the win.

Mike Gordner had a single to go with his homer while Marsden’s double was the only other extra-base hit for Kitchener. Borroto, Mike Glinka and Colin Gordner each hit a single.

Kitchener leads the league at 10-3 while the Royals fall to 4-7.

The Royals are to host the Brantford Red Sox (2-6) Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Hastings Stadium in the first of four games for the Royals this week. They’re to play the Herd (2-10) at Burlington’s Nelson Park Thursday at 7:15 p.m., host the London Majors (8-4) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and play the Toronto Maple Leafs (9-4) at Toronto’s Christie Pits Sunday at 2 p.m.


Panthers 3 Royals 2 (11 innings)
Guelph         101 000 000 00 – 2 8 1
Kitchener     002 000 000 01 – 3 6 0
WP: Lahera, Kitchener.
LP: Javier, Guelph.
WildP: Entenza, Kitchener.
P-S: Concepcion 175-102, Javier 19-9, Guelph; Entenza 99-67, Schnurr 39-23, Lahera 10-8, Kitchener.
HR: M.Gordner, Kitchener.
2B: J.MacLeod 2, Guelph; Marsden, Kitchener.
HBP: Douse, Kitchener.
SB: Marsden, Kitchener.
CS: Pilarczyk, Guelph, M.Gordner, Kitchener.
Team LOB: Guelph 6; Kitchener 9.
E: Interisano, Guelph.
PB: Keys, Guelph; M.Gordner, Kitchener.
DP: Guelph 2; Kitchener 1.
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