Guelph Royals humbled at dwelling by Welland Jackfish
The first-place Welland Jackfish extended its lead atop the Intercounty Baseball League standings to 1.5 games over London with a 16-7 win over Guelph at Hastings Stadium Tuesday.
James Smibert went 4-for-6 and fell a triple short of the cycle.
Brandon Nicholson and Zarley Cina each had two hits and an RBI, while Hogan Brown laced four hits, driving home three and scoring twice. Matteo Porcellato went 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs.
Scott Gillespie (2-0) earned the win, allowing three runs on a hit over six innings. He also walked three and struck out seven.
Nelson Mercado (0-3) took the loss, giving up seven runs (five earned) on seven hits. He walked two and struck out two.
At the plate for Guelph, Kyle Kush, Conner Morro, Malik Collymore, J.D. Williams and Justin Interisano all drove in a run, while Brando Leroux drove in two.
Welland moved to 9-2, and Guelph dropped to 6-5.
Guelph plays in London Friday then hosts London at 1 p.m. Saturday.