Royals fall on unearned run in eighth inning

LONDON – An eighth-inning error by the Guelph Royals proved costly in their best outing of the Intercounty Baseball League season Tuesday night at Labatt Park as the league-leading London Majors scored an unearned run in the eighth to edge the Royals 4-3.

An error by Guelph third baseman Quinton Bent in the eighth with the score tied allowed the Majors to get runners on first and second with no outs. A Chris McQueen single loaded the bases before the Royals got their first out of the inning. Byron Reichstein hit into a fielder’s choice, the Royals going for the runner at second and the possibility of a double play. However, Reichstein made it safely to first and pinch runner Tristan Buntrock scored the winning run.

The loss dropped the Royals to 1-7.

For the Majors, who have won all eight of their league games, it was the second one-run win in a row as they had defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 at home Friday night.

The Royals never led in the game. It was scoreless until London scored two runs in the bottom of the third. The Royals and Majors both scored a run in the sixth and Guelph added its second run in the seventh and tied it with a run in the top of the eighth.

The error was one of three in the game for the Royals while London committed one.

The Royals outhit their hosts as they managed nine hits – a double and two singles by Matt Schmidt, a double and single by Mike Hart, doubles by Bent, Toure Sinclair and Kingsley Alarcon and a single by Matthew Pilarczyk. Schmidt was the only Guelph batter who didn’t strike out.

The Majors, who lead the league with 17 stolen bases, swiped one against the Royals.

Guelph pitchers Matt Vucovich and Tyler Vavra held London to seven hits and two earned runs. Vucovich started and yielded three runs, two earned, off six hits and three walks in six innings. He had four strikeouts in the longest outing by a Guelph starter this season. Vavra relieved and took the loss. He gave up an unearned run off one hit and three walks in two innings. He had a strikeout.

The Royals are to start a stretch of five games in six days Thursday when they’re to tangle with the Burlington Herd (0-7) at Burlington’s Nelson Park starting at 7:15 p.m.

They’re to play the Barrie Baycats (6-0) at Barrie Friday night, host the Kitchener Panthers (6-2) Saturday at 2 p.m., play at Kitchener Sunday afternoon and host Barrie Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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