Royals move rained-out game against London to Tuesday
GUELPH – Barring a postponement or two, the Guelph Royals are to complete their Intercounty Baseball League regular season with three games in four days.
The Royals have rescheduled their rained-out game against the London Majors last Tuesday (Aug. 15) to next Tuesday (Aug. 22). It’ll be London’s fourth game in five days and fifth in seven days. It’ll also be the third consecutive road game for the Majors.
Tuesday’s game will likely be needed to decide the finishing order in the league due to the tightness of the teams in fourth to sixth.
Toronto Maple Leafs are fourth at 19-19 and have a league-high four games to play. The Royals are fifth at 18-21 with three games to go and the Hamilton Cardinals are sixth at 18-22 with two games to go.
Welland Jackfish, London and Brantford Red Sox know their finishing positions. The Jackfish, the odd team out in last year’s three-way tie for first who were placed third with the first IBL tiebreaking procedure (the Royals and London were the other two teams in the tie and had to play a tie-breaking game), are 30-10 and will finish first. They have two games to play.
The Majors are at 14-25, have three games to go and will finish seventh.
Brantford has two games to play and the Red Sox, who are at 8-32, will finish eighth and will face Welland in a best-of-five quarter-final series.
Kitchener Panthers (25-14) and Barrie Baycats (26-15) are tied for second. The Panthers have three games to go while Barrie has a single game to play.
The Royals are to play the Toronto Maple Leafs, a possible first-round playoff opponent, on consecutive days as they’re to battle at Hastings Stadium Saturday and at Toronto’s Christie Pits Sunday at 2 p.m.
Both games at Hastings Stadium carry 7:30 p.m. game times.
- Guelph Sports Journal