Guelph started a best of 3 AAA OBA Qualifier with Waterloo on Sunday with the first game at Bechtel Park in Waterloo.
Despite a strong outing from Adam Perry he was the hard luck loser in a 3-0 loss as Waterloo starter Adam Letson fanned 13 Royal hitters on 91 pitches in giving Waterloo the early lead in the best of 3 series. Perry went the distance as he threw 73 pitches over his 6 innings of work scattering 4 hits while walking none and striking out 2. On offense Tyler Stoltz and Perry hit doubles while Blaise Shaw had a hit. Guelph left two runners on in the third and 2 runners on in the sixth but could not score a run.
Game 2 back in Guelph on Monday saw the Royals facing elimination. As many a good team do Guelph bounced back and won 7-2. Noah Campagnolo started and was brilliant throwing 100 pitches over 6 innings scattering 4 hits while giving up 2 unearned runs while walking two and striking out seven. Thomas Devereux closed out the seventh needing just 13 pitches to seal the win. On offense Noah MacKillops double off the left field wall got the home crowd standing and brought home a run and his single in the sixth brought home another run. Shaw had 2 hits and a sacrifice bunt one of the hits scoring a run. Stoltz had 2 hits one which brought home a run. He scored a run when the throw to home from right field skipped past the catcher. Justin Rochon had a hit and a RBI as well as a sacrifice bunt. Matthew Bracnik brought home a run with a hit. Perry also collected 2 hits.
Game 3 on Tuesday back in Waterloo saw Guelph get shutout again this time 5-0 giving the Tigers the series and a birth in the AAA OBA's. McWhirter started then got relief from Devereux who went nearly 5 innings on 54 pitches before Noah Graham got the last 2 outs with 3 pitches. Letson once again mesmerized Guelph batters giving up only 2 hits in his second complete game in 3 days. Trent Devine and Shaw managed a hit each.
For Guelph now they start their ICBA's this Thursday against Kitchener at 8:30pm with the game taking place at Hastings in Guelph as Brantford have no diamonds available. A Guelph win guarantees another game at Hastings on Friday at 8:30pm and a loss meaning Friday's game would be in Brantford at 5:30pm.