Royals hammer Thunderbirds for eighth straight defeat

thunderbirds1The Guelph Royals scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and eight more in the eighth and went on to hammer the Hamilton Thunderbirds 18-7 in the lone game played Tuesday in the Intercounty Baseball League.

Guelph (4-4) pounded out 17 hits to hand the Thunderbirds their eighth straight loss to open the season, with Matt Mann having a career night at the plate.

Mann drove in eight runs, with two doubles and a three-run homer in the eighth, to spark the Guelph attack. Jamie Pogue added four hits for the winners, including three doubles, walked and drove in three runs.

Ryan Hart got the win, going five innings. He allowed six runs – five earned – on nine hits over five innings. Duane Fagel got credit for a save as he entered the game with the Royals leading 10-7 in the top of the eighth.

Anthony Carlo was the starter and loser for Hamilton. He allowed eight runs – seven earned – on seven hits over three innings, striking out two and walking one. Jon Saporsantos had four hits for the Thunderbirds, including a double, and Rayn Dear drove in a pair of runs.