GUELPH – The Burlington Bandits capitalized on seven Guelph errors in handing the last place Royals an 8-7 defeated in an Intercounty Baseball League game on Tuesday (July 16).
In addition to their miscues, the Royals failed to hold on to three separate leads during the contest.
The Royals (7-21) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, and were tied 2-2 with the Bandits (10-23) after four innings. They cashed in four runs in the bottom of the fifth to go up 6-2, but surrendered two in the sixth and two in the seventh, making it a 6-6 tie.
Guelph tallied a single score in the bottom of the seventh to go up 7-6, but Burlington put two on the board in the top of the ninth and held the Royals scoreless in the bottom half of the inning for the win.
Dylan Perego came on in relief of Burlington starter Kyle Bolton and earned the win, allowing three hits and one unearned run with three strikeouts over the final four innings.
Jeff Kosta led the Bandits with a pair of doubles and three RBI, while Phil Steer singled and tripled, scoring three times. Ryan Clarke and Darryl Pui each singled and scored, while Connor Panas singled and came in to score twice. Jeff MacLeod singled and Nick Studer scored to round out the Burlington offence.
Justin Interisano had a three-hit night for the Royals with two runs scored and an RBI, while Rob Grilli had a pair of hits and a run scored. Dan Treccia had a three-run home run in the four-run fifth, while Nick Lancisi also homered for the home side. Duaine Bowles singled and drove in a run, while Taylor Castrillo, Bruce Yari and Chaz Pal each chipped in with singles. Josh Garton scored twice in the loss.
Brendan Sorichetti was the fourth Guelph pitcher of the night and took the loss for the Royals, allowing one hit and two earned runs with a walk without registering an out.