Royals surrender another decision in ninth inning
GUELPH – Two games and two 5-4 losses in Intercounty Baseball League play at Hastings Stadium for the Guelph Royals.
And the winning run was scored in the ninth inning in both times.
“Obviously with two game sand a week in between, we need to get some more reps and get some more games under our belts,” Royals manager Dave teBoekhorst said.
The Toronto Maple Leafs came back from a 4-0 deficit to edge the Royals Saturday, one week after the Royals had dropped their season opener to the Kitchener Panthers.
This time the Royals just didn’t put the Leafs away when they had the opportunity to do so. Justin Interisano’s solo smash over the right field fence put the Royals ahead by four runs in the bottom of the third inning. However, they were limited to four hits the rest of the way and two of those came in the ninth.
“I’m not overly worried,” teBoekhorst said. “We had a good first three innings and had a chance to put them away, but we went flat from the fourth to the eighth. We let them chip away and they’re too good. Every team is too good to let them get back in the game. A little blooper with two out and a guy on third and they score.”
The game ended in dramatic fashion when, with Josh Garton on first and Ethan Mohan on third, Sean Reilly flied out to Toronto right fielder Marcus Knecht. Mohan took off for home when the ball was caught, but he was gunned down at the plate.
“It was nice to see a little heart at the end of the game and mount a little comeback, but unfortunately we were on the back end again today.”
Toronto’s comeback started in the fourth when the Leafs scored three runs. They added another one to tie it in the seventh and collected their winning run in the ninth.
Both teams had eight hits in the game and Toronto committed the only error.
Jeff MacLeod hit a double and a single while Mohan connected for two singles. Garton, Reilly and Angel Villalona each had one single. The Royals stranded eight runners.
Justin Marra homered and also hit a single for the Leafs while Grant Tamane and Johnathan Solazzo each hit a double. Knecht hit two singles while Zac Orchard and Greg Carrington each hit a single. The Leafs left six on base.
Evan Kiser was charged with the loss for the Royals. He was their third pitcher, following starter Yunior Yambatis and Steven Dressler. Yambatis held the Leafs to four earned runs off five hits and a walk in seven innings while Dressler gave up two hits but no runs in 2/3 of an inning. Kiser yielded an earned run off a hit and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. Yambatis had four strikeouts while Kiser had two and Dressler one.
Marek Deska picked up the win for Toronto in relief of starter Zach Sloan. Deska gave up three hits and a walk, but kept Guelph scoreless through the final three innings of the game. He had four strikeouts. Sloan tossed six innings and he surrendered four earned runs off five hits and four walks. Deska had four strikeouts and Sloan had three.
One thing that is pretty constant throughout the league is that the teams treat May as if it was spring training. While the results count and are important, it’s much more important to find a lineup that clicks.
“It’s still only two games in and we’re still getting used to one another,” teBoekhorst said. “There are a lot of positives we can take out of this. Obviously, we’d like to be 2-0 instead of 0-2, but we get to go play again tomorrow. No big deal.”
The result leaves Toronto at 2-1.
The Royals are to play the Brantford Red Sox (1-1) at Brantford’s Anderson Stadium Sunday at 2 p.m.
Maple Leafs 5 Royals 4
Toronto 000-300-101 — 5 8 1
Guelph 301-000-000 — 4 8 0
HR: Interisano, Guelph; Marra, Toronto.
2B: MacLeod, Guelph; Tamane, Solazzo, Toronto.
RBI: MacLeod 2, Interisano, Murray, Guelph; Tamane, Marra, Solazzo, Orchard, Toronto.
BB: Garton, Reilly, Villalona, Murray, Keys, Guelph; Marra, Dos Santos, Toronto.
SO: Interisano 2, Murray 2, Mohan, Garton, Keys, Guelph; Tamane, Marra, Solazzo, Reeves, Orchard, Carrington, Dos Santos, Toronto.
SB: Dos Santos, Toronto.
Team LOB: Guelph 8; Toronto 6.
W: Deska, Toronto.
L: Kiser, Guelph.
IP: Yambatis 7.0, Dressler 0.2, Kiser 1.1, Guelph; Sloan 6.0, Deska 3.0, Toronto.
H: Yambatis 5, Dressler 2, Kiser 1, Guelph; Sloan 6.0, Deska 3.0, Toronto.
ER: Yambatis 4, Kiser 1, Guelph; Sloan 4, Toronto.
BB: Yambatis 1, Kiser 1, Guelph; Sloan 4, Deska 1, Toronto.
SO: Yambatis 4, Kiser 2, Dressler 1, Guelph; Deska 4, Sloan 3, Toronto.
BF: Yambatis 28, Kiser 6, Dressler 4, Guelph; Sloan 27, Deska 12, Toronto.
P-S: Yambatis 92-49; Dressler 18-10, Kiser 23-16, Guelph; Sloan 83-49; Deska 46-29.
- Guelph Sports Journal