Royals cruise to 6th straight victory 15-5 over Panthers

by Neil Srivastava

The Guelph Royals are one hot team without question.    

The team combined for fifteen runs on sixteen hits Friday afternoon en route to their sixth consecutive victory with a 15-5 clubbing of the Kitchener Panthers during a Canada Day Matinee at Hastings Stadium.

The Royals opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back.  In fact, it could have been a lot worse.   Sean Reilly blasted what originally was called a two-run home run by the third base umpire and was later overturned upon review by the plate umpire.  

The Royals plated runs in every inning except the 5th and 7th innings.    

Royals leadoff hitter J.D. Williams went drove in four on a pair of hits. He also scored twice and stole his sixth base of the season.

Conner Morro led the Royals going  3-for-5 with five RBI, Malik Collymore singled twice, drove in a run, stealing three bases.   Darius Barlas went 3-for-5 with an RBI, and a run while,  Jeff MacLeod scored twice, Brendan Keys drove in a run and scored three times and Kyle Kush turned the lineup over with a pair of two doubles, two RBI and three runs.

Kevin Millar (0-1) took the loss. He was mercifully pulled with two outs in the third inning after surrendering seven runs on seven hits with four walks and a strikeout.

Emillis Guerrero  (4-2) pitched his shortest outing of the season, working five scoreless innings for the win. He allowed two hits and walked two.

The Panthers scored all five of their runs off Lukas Barry who pitched three innings in relief.  Liam Wilson belted a two-run home run and Evyn Sherman added a solo homer to lead the Panthers at the plate.

Ben Reid closed the game out for the Royals in the ninth with a pair of strikeouts.  The Royals improved to 12-7 on the season and host the Toronto Maple Leafs (11-8) Saturday night 7:30 pm at Hastings Stadium.