Ugly loss extends losing streak for Guelph Royals

GUELPH – With a week to go in their Intercounty Baseball League’s regular-season schedule, the Guelph Royals will be hoping it can’t get any worse for them than it was Saturday night at Hastings Stadium.

The Royals turned in their poorest outing of the season as they were dropped 7-2 by the Brantford Red Sox who are locked into an eighth-place finish in the eight-team league. The loss was the fifth consecutive setback for the Royals.

The locals needed two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to prevent themselves from being shut out for the second time this season and second time in four games.

The Royals were held to four hits, stranded 10 runners and committed five errors including four in an eighth inning when the Red Sox scored their final two runs of the game.

The hosts never led in the game as Brantford scored three runs in the first inning, aided by Guelph’s first error of the game. In all, Justin Interisano was charged with two of the errors while Ethan Hammond, Angel Villalona and Ricky Murray each had one error. That brought Guelph’s total to 15 errors in the losing streak. They’d committed 35 in their previous 28 games.

After opening with three runs in the first inning, Brantford added two in the sixth and two more in the eighth.

Guelph’s runs came in the ninth when Matt Schmidt and Ethan Mohan both reached base after getting hit by pitches. They each advanced a base when Matthew Pilarczyk grounded out. Schmidt scored and Mohan went to third as Murray grounded out and Kyle Kush’s double knocked Mohan home.

Kush and Interisano each had a double in the game while Hammond and Jeff MacLeod each hit a single.

Luis Perez had two doubles and a single for Brantford while Nic Burdett had a double and a single and Gianfranco Morello also hit a double. Anthony Rizquez had Brantford’s other hit, a single.

Yomar Concepcion was charged with the loss as he gave up seven runs, four earned, off seven hits and five walks in 7 1/3 innings. He also had five strikeouts. Ben Reid held Brantford hitless in the other 1 2/3 innings. He issued one walk.

Victor Mueses picked up the win for Brantford as he limited the Royals to two hits and four walks in the first five innings. Michael Bannon followed and tossed two hitless innings, although he walked two, while Eric Lindsay didn’t allow a hit or a walk in the eighth. Mike Mueller pitched the ninth and gave up Guelph’s two earned runs off two hits. He didn’t walk anyone, either. Mueses had eight strikeouts and Lindsay had two.

The win prevented Brantford from being swept by the Royals this season as Guelph had won the previous four meetings between the teams. They’re at 5-25.

The loss drops the Royals to sixth at 15-18. The highest they can finish is fourth while they can be passed by the Toronto Maple Leafs who have won three in a row and stand at 13-20.

Kitchener Panthers lead at 23-9 while the Barrie Baycats are second at 21-10, Hamilton Cardinals third at 19-14, Welland Jackfish fourth at 16-15 and London Majors fifth at 16-17.

The Royals have three games to go in their regular season and two are against Kitchener. They’re to play at Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park Sunday at 2 p.m. and host the Panthers next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in a make-up game of the one rained out last weekend. The Royals are also to host Hamilton Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.


Red Sox 7 Royals 2
Brantford     300-002-020–7 7 0
Guelph         000-000-002–2 4 5
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