Hamilton would score four times in the first inning but it wasn’t enough as Guelph came from behind to defeat the Cardinals 5-4 in a Saturday matinee (May 25) senior Intercounty Baseball League contest. The loss is Hamilton’s third in a row to fall to 1-5 on the season while Guelph picked up its first win in five starts.
Kyle Gappa led the Cardinals going 2-for-4 with two runs-batted-in.
Andris Rizquez started the game with a single and moved to second when Mike Gottschalk was hit by a pitch. Zack Ranta singled which allowed Andris to score. Then Dre Celestijn and Gappa would each hit two-out doubles with Ranta and Celestijn scoring on Gappa’s. Celestijn would come in for the final run of the inning for the Cardinals when Anthony Rizquez reached base on an error.
However, the Royals would get one run back in the bottom of the first when Josh Garton hit a two-out solo home run.
In the bottom of the fourth, Guelph would tie up the game. Garton led off with a single and moved to second when Sean Reilly grounded out. Dan Treccia would then hit a triple to score Garton. Justin Interisano then hit a two-run home run to make it a 4-4 game with Hamilton.
The Royals would take the lead for good in the sixth inning. Once again Garton would lead off an inning with a single and advanced to second on Reilly’s single. Both would move up a base when Treccia grounded out. Hamilton would then intentionally walk Justin Interisano to load the bases up. However, Brent teBoekhorst would ground out to second which allowed Garton to score the eventual game winning run.
Ryan Van Spronsen took the loss for Hamilton going seven innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits, walking two and striking out four. Kyle Adoranti would pitch the eighth for the Cardinals, facing three batters and getting them all with nine pitches.
For Guelph, Chris Nagorski earned his first win of the season going seven innings on the mound, allowing four runs, three were earned, on seven hits, walking four batters, hitting one and striking out two. Roberto Suppa pitched the final two innings to get the save allowing a walk and striking out three.
Hamilton will look to end its losing streak on Sunday (May 26) when they host the Brantford Red Sox starting at 2 p.m. at Bernie Arbour Stadium in the Mohawk Sports Complex.