Royals’ ninth-inning rally comes up a run short
HAMILTON – A ninth-inning comeback attempt by the Guelph Royals Sunday fell a run short as they were edged 6-5 by the Hamilton Cardinals in Intercounty Baseball League play at Bernie Arbour Stadium.
The Royals scored three runs in the ninth. They led 2-1 after the fifth, but Hamilton scored four runs in the sixth and added the eventual game-winner one in the eighth.
In the fifth, Ethan Mohan was walked, went to second on a balk and to third on a single by Sean Reilly before scoring on a wild pitch. That wild pitch allowed Reilly to go to second and he scored on a single by Justin Interisano.
Hamilton’s winning run in the eighth came on a bases-loaded single by Jake Foden.
In the ninth, Jeff MacLeod was hit by a pitch to reach first and Yunior Yambatis was walked. With two out and runners on second and third, the Royals received consecutive singles by Liam Hicks, Matthew Pilarczyk and Brendan Keys to score the three runs, but the rally ended there.
MacLeod hit two singles for the Royals while Mohan clubbed a double, the only extra-base hit of the game. Reilly, Interisano, Hicks, Pilarczyk and Keys each hit one single.
Grant Arnold had three singles for Hamilton while Foden had two and Jake Chiaravalle, Jacob Martins, Michael Ssemanda and Greg Marco each had one.
Edwin Javier yielded five runs, four earned, off five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings for the Royals. Reliever Jorge de la Cruz took the loss as he gave up the winning run and four hits, walked three and struck out one in 2 2/3 innings.
The Royals got to Hamilton starter Tyler Howard for two earned runs off five hits and eight walks in 5 2/3 innings. He had four strikeouts. Winner Zackary Gonzalez held Guelph hitless and scoreless and had two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. Dan Connerty gave up two of the ninth-inning runs without getting either batter he faced out. Tyler Wood came in to get the final three outs for the save although he surrendered an earned run and three hits.
The Royals fall to the league’s basement with the loss. They’re at 9-19 while Hamilton improves to 10-16. With seven games to go, the Guelph side will finish with a winning percentage below .500.
The win gives Hamilton a 3-2 victory in the season series between the two teams.
The Royals are to host the Kitchener Panthers at Hastings Stadium Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Panthers and defending champion Barrie Baycats are tied for top spot in the league with identical 19-8 records.
Cardinals 6 Royals 5
Guelph 000-020-003 – 5 8 2
Hamilton 100-004-01x – 6 9 0
WP: Gonzalez, Hamilton.
LP: de la Cruz, Guelph.
Save: Wood, Hamilton.
WildP: Javier, de la Cruz, Guelph; Howard 3, Hamilton.
P-S: Javier 86-56, de la Cruz 58-32, Guelph; Howard 122-70, Gonzalez 34-24, Connerty 12-4, Wood 17-14, Hamilton.
2B: Mohan, Guelph.
HBP: MacLeod, Reilly, Guelph; Beer, Hamilton.
Team LOB: Guelph 13; Hamilton 9.
E: Rossit, Javier, Guelph.
DP: Guelph 2.
- Guelph Sports Journal