The Final Report
After losing games of 4-3 and 4-1 to Waterloo in a best of 3 to try to qualify for OBA's Guelph would play their final weekend of baseball, their Inter-County Baseball Association playoffs in Brantford. All games were 7 innings with no time limits.

On Thursday at Hastings Stadium in Guelph (no diamond was available in Brantford) the Royals shut out Cambridge 6-0 behind the stellar pitching performance of Noah Campagnolo who went the distance on 77 pitches allowing just 2 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts giving the bullpen some much needed rest. Call-up Alec MacIntyre showed he belonged by going 3 for 4 with 2 runs batted in. Noah MacKillop had 2 hits and a RBI, Brett Burrows had 2 hits and a RBI and Cody Graham had a hit and a sacrifice fly bringing home a run. Jonathan Murray had 3 hits and scored on a throwing error to home. Jake Malyk , Nicholas Bombino and Mitch Van Braeckel all had a hit each.

In Brantford on Saturday morning Guelph was beat by the Kitchener Panthers 9-6. Liam Devine and call-ups Jacob Mcwhirter and Noah Graham all pitched while on offense Lennon Richards hit a double and a single and drove in 2 runs, Garett Hendriks had a hit that scored 2 runs, Van Braeckel had a sacrifice fly bringing home a run and Burrows walked with the bases loaded bringing home another run.

With this tournament being a double knockout Guelph had to win their next game to stay alive. They played Kitchener again and won 4-1. Murray was sensational allowing a first inning run then shutting the door the rest of the way going the distance on 99 pitches scattering 4 hits with a walk and 3 strikeouts making his final start as a Royal a memorable and victorious one. On offense MacKillop hit a double and a single with 2 runs batted in, Graham had a sacrifice fly scoring a run and Richards had a hit and a RBI groundout. Devine had 2 hits while Hendriks had a single and a double. Malyk and Adam Perry had a hit each.

So of to the semi-finals where Guelph played the Waterloo Tigers. This was a great game a see-saw affair which went 11 innings. Royals came up short losing 11-10 eliminating them from the playoffs. Campagnolo, Graham, Perry and Bombino all pitched . On offense Perry had 3 hits and 2 runs batted in. MacKillop had 3 hits and 2 runs batted in. Murray hit a single and a double with 2 runs batted in. Graham had a hit and a RBI. Richards suicide squeeze scored a run. Devine had 2 hits and scored on a passed ball and pinch runner Hendriks scored on a throwing error to third. Malyk had a hit and so did Bombino.

Six players will move on from this year most notably Liam Devine, Jonathan Murray and Cody Graham who have played ball together on the same team since they were 6 making their last game together an emotional one.

With this being the last write-up for the Midget team the players, coaches, parents, grandparents and siblings would like to thank the sponsors for their support, Stefanie Mociuk our on-line manager for all of her hard work throughout the season keeping us updated and finally Ned Bekavac at the Guelph Mercury Tribune for putting our write-ups and other great sports stories in the paper whenever space was available. Thanks and we will see you on a diamond somewhere next year. Mark Graham.
Posted by  Stefanie Mocuik, Tue Aug 23, 2016 @ 10:44 PM 0 Comments
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