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Guelph Royals set to open playoffs

Last place Royals to meet first place London in best-of-seven quarter-final
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Grant Okawa of the Burlington Bandits catches the ball ahead of Guelph Royals baserunner Trevor Nyp during the last game of the regular season Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Hastings Stadium. Burlington won 8-3. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

The Guelph Royals will meet the London Majors in the opening round of the Intercounty Baseball League playoffs starting Friday in London.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series goes in Guelph on Saturday at 7:30 p[.m., Game 3 in London on Sunday afternoon at 1 and Game 4 Tuesday evening in Guelph at 7:30.

Game 5, 6 and 7, if necessary, go Thursday Aug. 11 in London, Friday Aug. 12 in Guelph and Saturday Aug. 13 in London.

London beat the Kitchener Panthers 4-0 in a sudden-death game Monday night in London to determine who got first place overall in the standings. Both teams finished the regular season with 27-9 records.

Guelph finished last in the standings with a 7-29 record.

They wrapped up the regular season with an 8-3 loss to the Burlington Bandits Saturday at Hastings Stadium.

The two teams met five times in the regular season with London winning all five games by a combined score of 36-11. Twice they shut the Royals out.

The other quarter-final series sees the Kitchener Panthers (2) vs. Hamilton Cardinals (7), Barrie Baycats (3) vs. Burlington (6) and Brantford Red Sox (4) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs.