Royals reign over Cardinals

Jeremy Ware and Josh Garton each had a home run while Justin Interisano belted two out of the park for the Guelph Royals en route to a 13-3 victory over the Hamilton Cardinals on Father’s Day.

The loss was Hamilton’s fifth straight in senior Intercounty Baseball League play. The Cardinals pitching staff was touched up for 17 hits by the visitors to Bernie Arbour Stadium. The Royals scored a single run in the first inning, three in the second, two in the third and six in the fourth to take a 12-2 lead into the fifth inning. Hamilton scored single runs in the second and third innings.

The Royals completed their scoring with one run in the ninth frame while Hamilton’s final score came in the fifth inning.

The last place Cardinals had nine hits, led by Jon Saporsantos, who went 3-for-3 (two singles and a double).
Chris Piano was 2-for-5 (a single and a double) while Zack Ranta was 1-for-3 (a single) and two RBI).

For Hamilton, Zach Pearson got his first career IBL start going two and two-thirds innings allowing six runs, three of which were earned on six hits and four walks, while taking the loss. Justin Volpato took over for Pearson going two-thirds of an inning allowing six earned runs on eight hits. Myles Swartz relieved Volpato in the fourth going three and two-thirds innings allowing two hits and a walk. Neal Lambert closed out the game for the Cardinals allowing one run on one hit and walking two batters.

For Guelph, Adam Reynolds got the win going five innings allowing all three Cardinals runs, two were earned, on seven hits, walking one batter and striking out two.

Hamilton will look to end the losing streak on Wednesday (June 20) as they hit the road to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Christie Pitts starting at 7:30 p.m.