Welland connects in eighth to slip by Guelph Royals

WELLAND – The Guelph Royals surrendered three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as they suffered a 3-2 loss to the Welland Jackfish in Intercounty Baseball League play Sunday afternoon at Welland Stadium.

The Royals had scored single runs in the first and eighth innings of the pitcher’s duel to take a lead into the bottom of the eighth.

Kyle Kush scored the game’s opening run as he came home on a sacrifice fly by Riley Perks. The game’s leadoff batter, Kush was walked and went to second when Darius Barlas was struck by a pitch. With one out, a wild pitch moved both Kush and Barlas up a base.

Kush also scored Guelph’s other run as he led off the eighth with a double to right field and went to third on a Barlas bunt single back to the pitcher. Angel Villalona plated Kush with a sacrifice fly to left field.

In the bottom of the eighth, with one out, the Jackfish hit three consecutive singles to score a run. An intentional walk and then a walk to former Royal Mattingly Romanin tied the score and Caleb Feuerstake scored the winning run on a fielder’s choice.

Yunior Yambatis took the loss despite limiting the Jackfish to three runs, all earned, off four hits and four walks in 7 1/3 innings. He had three strikeouts while reliever Evan Kiser didn’t allow anything in his 2/3 of an inning pitched.

Matthew Clingersmith claimed the win for Welland as he held the Royals to two earned runs off four hits and three walks in eight innings. He had five strikeouts. Chris Boatto pitched the ninth for the save. He gave up a hit.

Jeff MacLeod hit two singles for the Royals while Kush had a double and Barlas and Ricky Murray each hit a single.

Brendan Nicholson, Nolan Pettipiece, Wilson Soriano and Feuerstake each hit a single for Welland.

The result leaves the Royals at 7-7 and Welland at 6-7.

They’re to meet again Tuesday at Hastings Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m.



Kitchener Panthers     12-2
Barrie Baycats              11-2
Hamilton Cardinals       6-4
Guelph Royals               7-7
Welland Jackfish           6-7
London Majors               6-10
Toronto Maple Leafs     5-10
Brantford Red Sox        1-12


Jackfish 3 Royals 2
Guelph      100-000-010–2 5 0
Welland     000-000-03x–3 4 0


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