Royals Lose Heartbreaker in ICBA Finals
With a berth in the AAA OBA's no longer a reality Guelph was looking to finish off their 2017 season with a ICBA Championship. Guelph would play 6 hard fought games at Hastings and in Brantford before being edged out by Waterloo in the championship game.

In Game 1 at Hastings (no diamonds available in Brantford) on Friday night Guelph shutout the Kitchener Panthers 5-0 behind the strong pitching of Adam Perry and Thomas Devereux. Perry allowed 1 hit over his 4 and 2/3rd innings with no walks and 5 strikeouts on 70 pitches while Devereux needed 37 pitches in his 2 and 1/3rd innings allowing just a hit with 1 walk and 1 strikeout. On offense Nicholas Bombino had a double and a single while a run scored on his groundout. Noah MacKillop had a RBI groundout while Blaise Shaw had a run score off a ball misplayed off his bat. Noah Graham had a double and Alec MacIntyre scored a run off of Graham's bunt when the throw to first went past the first baseman. MacIntyre had 2 hits while Tyler Stoltz and Noah Devine had a hit each.

Game 2 Saturday morning at Hastings again saw Guelph beat Waterloo 6-2 in 8 innings. The game was delayed almost an hour due to no umpires showing up. Guelph trailed in the game 1-0 until the top of the seventh where they scored 2 runs to take the lead only to have Waterloo tie it up in the bottom half before the Royals exploded for 4 runs in the top of the 8th to win. Noah Campagnolo started and threw 71 pitches over 5 and 2/3rd innings giving up 1 run while scattering 6 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Trent Devine threw the last 2 and 1/3rd innings giving up a run on 1 hit. On offense Stoltz had 2 runs score on a ball misplayed off his bat. Shaw had 2 hits with a RBI, Trent Devine helped himself with a hit and a RBI and Graham had a hit and a RBI. Bombino had a hit and scored on a passed ball. MacKillop had 2 hits while Perry, Justin Rochon and Matthew Bracnik had a hit each.

Game 3 in Brantford shortly after the second game (players and parents had to rush to get to Brantford on time) saw Guelph shutout the London Minor Badgers 2-0. Jacob McWhirter threw the complete game goose egg throwing 84 pitches while allowing just 2 hits with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts giving the Royals 3 straight wins. Offensively MacKillop had a double to left center which scored a run then in the third had a hit which brought home Guelph's second run. Perry, Noah Devine and Griffin Cleghorn had a hit each.

In Game 4 Saturday night Guelph suffered their first setback a 10-9 loss to London Tecumseh in 11 innings, a game that took just under 4 hours to play. Royals took a 9-5 lead into the bottom of the seventh but London tied it then won it in the 11th. Graham, Trent Devine, Devereux and Perry all pitched while offensively Bombino had 3 runs batted in two of them on a hit with the other coming when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. He would get hit by a pitch again later in the game and score a run on a passed ball. Shaw had 3 hits with 2 runs scoring on one of his hits. Perry had a double which scored a run. Perry would get 2 other hits in the game. Cole Farby had a hit and a RBI and Graham had a hit and a RBI. Rochon had 2 hits, a sacrifice bunt and 2 walks reaching base 4 out of his 5 plate appearances. Trent Devine reached base twice with a walk and a hit by pitch and Stoltz had a hit.

Sunday morning saw Guelph play London Tecumseh again and was able to beat them for the first time this year at the most optimistic time winning 5-3 scoring 4 runs in the first and one more in the fifth. Campagnolo was a work horse once again showing lots of determination going the distance on 96 pitches allowing the three runs on 6 hits while walking two and striking out five giving Guelph a berth in the finals. On offense Farby had a hit and a run batted in, Bracnik drove two runs in when his ball in left field fell out of the fielders glove when he had dove and hit the ground and Perry had a run score when his ball was misplayed at second base.

So at 3pm Sunday afternoon Guelph took on the Waterloo Tigers in the finals but lost a close one 5-4 as Waterloo scored a run with 2 outs in the bottom of the seventh on an error for the win. Trent Devine started then got relief from Devereux and Bombino. MacKillop had a hit and a RBI and scored on a throwing error to first. Graham had a double to deep left field and a RBI in the first on a bases loaded walk. Cleghorn had 2 doubles to deep left field as well his first one bringing home a run. McWhirter hit a double down the right field line while Shaw had 2 hits and Bombino had a hit.

Now for the Royals is their tryouts in September.

This is the last write-up for the year so the team needs to thank some people for their hard work this season. First to Stefanie Mocuik for keeping us up to date on game changes, booking hotels for our tournaments, doing the financial part of the team and everything else too numerous to mention that she does. To Mike Bombino our photographer for taking pictures throughout the season and sharing them with the players and parents. Our sponsors Printed to a Tee, GHP Group, Valeriote Accounting Services, Barzotti Woodworking all in Guelph and Shoppers Drug Mart on Eramosa Road for their financial contributions as well as their time and dedication to the team. Andrew Karkoulas and Matt Stocco at Peak Performance Athletics for their baseball knowledge and hard work in getting the team ready over the winter. Marden Field House for allowing us the use of their facility to workout and do baseball drills. The fans. Parents, Grandparents and Siblings for their support. The umpires for allowing us to play because without them we would not be able to. To Steve Devereux and anyone else who did the score sheets all year. To Brad Devine our musical pioneer for keeping us entertained with his wild variety of music and for playing the players walk-up songs. And lastly but certainly not least to Rob Massey at Guelph Sports Journal for allowing us some space on his wonderful website and putting our write-ups on there. For covering us and all sports in Guelph and the surrounding areas. There is no one better at what he does. Thank-You to the coaches Rob Robinson, John Murray, Mike Raco, Paul Ante, John Cleghorn and Mark Ferraro for their hard work and dedication.

To Noah MacKillop and Blaise Shaw. Thank-you for three wonderful years. We wish you both the best wherever the road takes you.

Till next year have a safe and remaining 2017.

Posted by  Stefanie Mocuik, Wed Aug 23, 2017 @ 12:01 AM 0 Comments
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