Royals ride four-run innings to victory over Herd
BURLINGTON – The Guelph Royals turned in a pair of four-run innings as they dropped the Burlington Herd 8-2 in Intercounty Baseball League play Thursday night at Nelson Park.
The Royals opened with four runs in the top of the first inning and added their other four runs in the fifth. Burlington responded with a single run in the bottom of both innings.
Ethan Mohan opened the game with a double on a 3-2 pitch off of Burlington starter Casey Bouillere-Howard and Mohan scored as Liam Hicks followed with a single. Sean Reilly also singled and with one out Christopher Procopio belted a three-run homer, his first of the season.
In the fifth, Jeff MacLeod and Mohan hit back-to-back doubles for a run before Hicks was walked and Reilly slugged his 10th homer of the season, a three-run shot. Reilly is tied with Kevin Atkinson of the Barrie Baycats and Tanner Nivins of the Kitchener Panthers for the league lead in round-trippers.
The Royals had eight hits in the game with only an eighth-inning single by Brendan Keys not coming in one of the four-run innings.
The Guelph side made the most of its hits and runners as it stranded three runners in the game.
Yomar Concepcion picked up the win for the Royals as he limited Burlington to the two earned runs off five hits and five walks in seven innings. He had eight strikeouts. Edwin Javier and David Hatt pitched an inning apiece and both held the Herd hitless and both had two strikeouts.
Bouillere-Howard took the loss for Burlington as he yielded eight earned runs off seven hits and two walks in six innings. He had four strikeouts. The Royals managed a hit off Kyle Symington in his two innings of work while Jeremy Gwinn pitched a three-up three-down ninth for the hosts. Symington had two strikeouts and Gwinn one.
Justin Gideon hit a double and a single for the Herd while Canice Ejoh, Grant Okawa and Nolan Pettipiece each hit one single.
The Royals are seventh in the eight-team league at 11-19 while the Herd is eighth at 9-19. If Burlington gets to double figures in wins this year, the IBL’s 100th season will be the first one since 2010 that every team in the league had at least 10 wins. There were nine teams in the league in 2010 as that was the second-last season for the Ottawa Fat Cats.
The Royals are to host the Toronto Maple Leafs (13-15) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Hastings Stadium and play the Kitchener Panthers (20-9) Sunday at 2 p.m. at Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park.
Royals 8 Herd 2
Guelph 400-040-000 – 8 8 1
Burlington 100-010-000 – 2 5 0
WP: Concepcion, Guelph.
LP: Bouillere-Howard, Burlington.
WildP: Concepcion 2, Guelph; Symington 2, Burlington.
P-S: Concepcion 130-79, Javier 13-8, Hatt 16-10, Guelph; Bouillere-Howard 99-60, Symington 35-22, Gwinn 15-11.
HR: Procopio, Reilly, Guelph.
2B: Mohan 2, MacLeod, Guelph; Gideon, Burlington.
HBP: Romanin, Burlington.
SB: Gideon 2, Bryan, Burlington.
Team LOB: Guelph 3; Burlington 9.
E: Procopio, Guelph.
PB: Hicks 2, Guelph.
SBA: Hicks 3, Guelph.
DP: Guelph 1.
- Guelph Sports Journal