Royals stay alive with Game 3 win over Cardinals

The Hamilton Cardinals fell 16-8 to the Guelph Royals in Game 3 of the IBL quarterfinals at David E. Hastings Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals fell behind early in the game after conceding three runs in the first inning and two in the second. 

Jeremie Veilleux walked and later scored in the third inning, but Guelph took a big lead by scoring five runs in the sixth to make it 12-1.

Hamilton battled back with seven runs of their own, including a three-run homer by Veilleux who was two for three on the night with four RBI’s and a walk.

It was 12-8 going to the bottom of the eighth inning before the Royals put the game out of reach with four more runs.

Claudio Custodio got the win for Guelph after going six innings, giving up just one unearned run on three hits, striking out eleven and walking one batter.

Designated hitter, Robin Fox-Pappas, went two for four with an RBI in the game while Laine Renaud and Anthony Buonaiuto both doubled.

The Royals hit seven homeruns in the game including two by Jeff Garton who had four RBI’s.

Cards’ shortstop, Luis Jean, was one for four with sac-fly RBI.

With this win, Guelph forces a game four back in Hamilton tomorrow night and shrinks the series lead to 2-1 for the Cardinals. 

Game Four of the Best of Five series will take place on Wed, Aug 31 at 7:35 p.m. at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium where Hamilton will have another chance to end the series and advance to the second round.

Tickets can be purchased online through SeatGIANT or at the gate prior to the game.

The Hamilton Cardinals Baseball Club is a member of Canada's best league, the Intercounty Baseball League. The over 100-year old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world, established in 1919.

Written by Jarrett Matthews
Photo by Art Ward