It was a rough long weekend for the Guelph Royals.
The Royals lost all three of its Inter-County Baseball League contests, capped by a 10-1 home loss to the Kitchener Panthers Monday at Hastings Stadium Guelph is now 1-4 on the season.
The main story out of Monday’s loss was Kitchener’s Sean Reilly, whose first inning double down the left field line of Evan DiMichelle made him the IBL’s all-time hit leader.
The double was Reilly’s 791st career hit, breaking the record held by Kevin Hinton, who was in attendance at the game.
Sunday’s win improved the Panthers to 5-0. They have scored 84 runs in those five games.
DiMichelle was touched up for six runs in the third inning, but pitched five other innings of pretty decent ball, allowing seven earned runs.
Guelph managed just three hits in the game, two of them off starter Ian Rendon. The Cuban import went six innings to get the win.
Sunday the Royals were bombed 21-1 in Kitchener as the Panthers pounded 27 hits off three different Guelph pitchers.
A.J. Mackey started on the mound for Guelph and lasted just two and a third innings, surrendering 11 runs, five of them earned. Alex Gowling came on in relief and surrendered 10 runs on 18 hits over four and two thirds innings of work.
The lone offensive bright spot for the Royals was a solo home run by Aaron Loder in the fourth inning.
Guelph native and former Royal Justin Inerisano went five-for-five at the plate, including his third homer of the young season.
Saturday at Hastings Stadium, Royals reliever Ryan Greco walked in the eventual winning run in the top of the ninth inning as the Guelph Royals lost 6-5 to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Royals starting pitcher Matt Schmidt, an American import, lasted just three batters before leaving with a sore arm. Adrian Yuen came in and pitched five strong innings of relief.
Guelph plays in Hamilton on Friday and at home Saturday afternoon against Brantford.