Royals stay hot at plate to clout Barrie
GUELPH – The Guelph Royals kept their bats alive as they clouted the defending champion Barrie Baycats 10-3 in Intercounty Baseball League play Tuesday night at Hastings Stadium.
While the Royals have had problems keeping their feet on the pedal during the opening month of the season, it wasn’t evident as they clobbered 18 hits against Barrie and 11 of those hits came after the third inning.
“We were firing on all cylinders kind of coming out of the gate,” Guelph field manager Dave teBoekhorst said. “We had a real good pre-game and hitting’s contageous. We just kept going and going and going. It was real nice work offensively and we pitched the ball well tonight. It was a well-played game.”
A Darius Barlas single that knocked Ethan Mohan home in the second inning put the Royals ahead for good.
The Royals scored two runs in each of the first four innings and then added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to complete their scoring. Barrie had single runs in the first, second and eighth innings, but never looked like mounting a serious comeback attempt.
“It’s been our middle innings when we go for a lull and let teams in,” teBoekhorst said. “We’ve been getting some early leads and then having to tack runs on late, which I didn’t want to do. I said ‘Guys, if we get the chance and we get up, just keep going and going and going.’”
TeBoekhorst also told his players not to let off after Barrie catcher Kyle DeGrace and manager Angus Roy were both ejected from the game.
“I told them to just go out and swing it, swing it, swing it,” teBoekhorst said. “They’re Barrie. They’re a great team and we’re going to see a different team next time we play them. There’s no real lead that’s safe (against the Baycats).”
Sean Reilly, his fourth, and Justin Interisano, his third, smacked homers for the locals while Josh Garton and Mohan both hit triples. David Mendham, Reilly and Angel Villalona also hit singles, Mendham hitting two of them.
The Royals even stranded 13 runners, leaving the bases loaded twice. Barrie left eight on.
Brett Lawson picked up the win against his former teammates as he held Barrie to two runs, one earned, off five hits and a walk in six innings. He also had six strikeouts in the kind of outings the Royals needed with the busy stretch they’re in.
“That was awesome,” te Boekhorst said. “I talked to him before the game and we wanted him to go between 80 and 100 pitches and I’m sure he was in that range. (He was right at 80.) He did a great job and he managed to go six and then (Steven) Dressler and (Evan) Kiser came in and got their work in and did a good job.”
The game was the fourth in six days for the Guelph side that is to play three more in the next four days. They’re to play the Jackfish in Welland Thursday night and Major in London Friday night before hosting the Brantford Red Sox Saturday at 1 p.m.
Dresller pitched two innings in relief for the Royals and he gave up an earned run off three hits and no walks. He had five strikeouts. Kiser kept the Baycats scoreless in the ninth, but yielded a hit and a walk.
The Royals hit Barrie starter Garner Spoljaric for eight runs, seven earned, off nine hits and three walks in the first three innings. He had five strikeouts.
Jacob Douglas (two innings) and Brandon Hillier (three innings) saw mound time in relief and they combined to yield two runs, one earned, off nine hits and a walk in five innings. They also had three strikeouts apiece.
Kitchener Panthers 7-1
Barrie Baycats 7-2
Guelph Royals 5-4
Welland Jackfish 4-3
Toronto Maple Leafs 4-6
Hamilton Cardinals 3-3
London Majors 2-8
Brantford Red Sox 1-6
Royals 10 Baycats 3
Barrie 110-000-010–3 9 0
Guelph 222-211-00x–10 18 1
- Guelph Sports Journal