Royals’ opener postponed by storm damage at stadium

GUELPH – The Guelph Royals’ planned Intercounty Baseball League season and home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Hastings Stadium Saturday was postponed due to damage from the storm that hit prior to the scheduled start.

Huge branches fell off three trees near the left field line, brought down by a strong wind. They landed partially in the field of play, but were too big to move by hand.

If not for that, with a bit of work done to the base paths the game could’ve started about an hour late.

Spectators who usually sit in the area under the trees had picked up their lawn chairs and were headed across the diamond when the first of the branches fell.

The game will be rescheduled.

It was the only game in the league of the three that were scheduled for Saturday that was postponed. In the others, both won by the home squad, the Welland Jackfish edged the defending champion London Majors 8-7 and the Barrie Baycats nipped the Hamilton Cardinals 4-3 in 10 innings.

The Royals are scheduled to play the Hamilton Cardinals at Hamilton’s Bernie Arbour Stadium Sunday at 2:05 p.m. and the London Majors at London’s Labatt Park Monday at 1:05 p.m.


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