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Royals help Herd get their first victory of season

GUELPH – The Guelph Royals were just the medicine the Burlington Herd needed to snap their winless start to the 100th Intercounty Baseball League season.

Taking advantage of some first-inning errors by the Royals, Burlington recorded a 6-3 win Tuesday night at Hastings Stadium. Burlington had lost its previous eight games of the season and the Herd’s six-run output was a single-game high for 2018. They’d entered the game on an 11-game losing streak in regular-season play as they hadn’t won since July 25 of last year. It was only a 10-game losing streak if last year’s playoffs were taken into account as they had a win over the London Majors Aug. 4, 2018, in what would eventually be a 4-1 quarter-final series loss.

The Royals got off to a rough start in the opening inning when Burlington leadoff batter Justin Gideon got all the way to second when Guelph shortstop Adam Rossit couldn’t come up with the ball on a pop-up. Gideon would score on a wild pitch following a pair of walks issued by Guelph starter Edwin Javier.

Former Royal Mattingly Romanin, who spent the spring at the Toronto Blue Jays camp and did get an at-bat at the Rogers Centre against Roy Halladay’s son, scored on a throwing error by Guelph third baseman Narciso Padilla who was charged with three errors in the inning.

Things weren’t any better on the basepaths for the Royals in the first as they managed not to score although struggling Hamilton starter Derek Zwolinski walked the first three batters he faced and threw a wild pitch to the fourth. However, he did pick Guelph leadoff hitter Matt Pilarczyk off first and the Herd turned a double play to end the inning.

Despite the slow start, the Royals caught up with two runs of their own in the bottom of the second. The score was tied 3-3 in the sixth – Burlington scored a run in the third, the Royals got it back in the fifth – before the Herd went ahead for good with a run in the seventh. They added two more in the ninth.

In the eighth, reigning MVP Sean Reilly of the Royals was tossed from the game by home plate umpire Alex Taccone for quietly muttering his disagreement of a strike call as he retrieved his bat and headed back to the batter’s box after he thought he’d been walked. Guelph field manager Dave teBoekhorst was then ejected after not-so-quietly registering his disapproval of the ejection call.

The Royals would get two runners on base with two out in the inning, but a strikeout ended the threat.

Burlington added two more runs in the top of the ninth and the Royals went down quietly in the bottom of the inning as reliever Tyler Herr struck out the side. He faced four batters in the game and struck them all out.

Javier took the loss as he gave up four runs, three earned, off five hits and five walks in seven innings. He had 11 strikeouts. David Hatt tossed the final two innings and surrendered two earned runs off three hits. He didn’t walk anyone, but struck out four.

Burlington starter Zwolinski was lifted in the second inning. He walked four of the batters he faced, gave up a single hit and two earned runs. Casey Bouillere-Howard got things back on track for the Herd with 6 2/3 solid innings on the mound. He walked one and gave up four hits and one earned run and he fanned three. Herr finished the game.

At the plate, Guelph clean-up batter Justin Interisano clobbered his third homer of the season and first at home with a solo shot in the fifth. He also had a single while Toure Sinclair hit two singles and William Heurter smacked a single for Guelph’s only other hit.

Gideon hit a triple for the Herd while Romanin had a double. Their other six hits were singles.

The Royals fall to 3-5 with their third straight loss while Burlington improves to 1-8.

The locals will look to get back on track Friday when they’re to host the Hamilton Cardinals (2-3) at Hastings Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

The Royals and Cardinals were originally scheduled to play in Hamilton Friday night, but the teams swapped home dates. The teams are now scheduled to play in Hamilton June 26, a day they were originally slated to play in Guelph.


Herd 6 Royals 3
Burlington     201 000 102 – 6 8 0
Guelph           020 010 000 – 3 5 5
WP: Bouillere-Howard, Burlington.
LP: Javier, Guelph.
Save: Herr, Burlington.
P-S: Zwolinski 33-9, Bouillere-Howard 67-42, Herr 13-11, Burlington; Javier 112-73, Hatt 31-25, Guelph.
WildP: Zwolinski 2, Burlington; Javier 3, Guelph.
HR: Interisano, Guelph.
3B: Gideon, Burlington.
2B: Romanin, Burlington.
HBP: Bent, Heurter, Guelph.
SF: Mercier, Burlington.
E: Rossit, Heurter, Padilla 3, Guelph.
PB: Heurter 3.


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