Hamilton rallies to edge Royals

Photo by Jason Nason/Hamilton Today

Hamilton Cardinals and Guelph Royals put on a parade for the fans last night in Intercounty Baseball League action in Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium as Hamilton edged the Guelph Royals 10-9 in 14 innings.

Both teams hammered out 15 hits and hit three batters as they combined to score 19 runs.

It was the first official home game for the Cardinals in the 2018 season. To this point the club has played all of its home games on the road. The Cardinals play the Toronto Maple Leafs at 2 p.m. today (Saturday) in Bernie Arbour Stadium.

Dan Connerty earned the victory for Hamilton as he pitched one inning in relief giving up on hit while walking a batter and striking out another. Edwin Javier took the loss in relief. He pitched seven and one-third innings. He was touched up for one run, the winning run, on eight hits and two walks. He retired 16 batters on strikes.

It was the night of the long ball as Joel Brophy of the Cards clubbed a 335-foot bases loaded home run over the left field fence in the first inning. Guelph replied with a solo homer by Josh Garton, 365 feet over the right field fence in the first. Sean Reilly, clubbed two round trippers 323 feet over the left field fence in the sixth (three RBIs), and added a solo blast 410 feet to centerfield in the ninth.

Hamilton got the win when Chris Beer reached base on an error, Jakob Martins was intentionally walked, and Grant Arnold doubled to right field to bring Beer home with the game winning run.

Source: Larry Robertson

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