Royals force Game 5 after blowout win

Photo by Art Ward

HAMILTON – Guelph forced a deciding Game 5 in its quarter-final series with Hamilton thanks to an 18-3 win Wednesday night at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium.

The Royals, after losing the first two games, host Game 5 Friday at 7:30 p.m. If they win, they’ll face Welland in the second round. If the Cards win, they’ll take on London.

Dalton Pompey set the tone with a home run to lead off the game. He went 4-for-5 and drove in two while scoring six times. Sean Reilly homered twice as part of a four-hit game. He had three RBI and two runs, while Malik Collymore went 4-for-6 with a home run and four RBI.

Conner Morro drove in four on three hits, Justin Interisano had two RBI, Darius Barlas had two hits, two runs and an RBI and Ashton Patterson drove in a run and scored three times.

Andrew Case (1-1) went five innings for the win. He gave up three runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

Tyler Duncan connected for a two-run blast for Hamilton. Luis Jean went 4-for-5 with an RBI.

Ryan Burnside (0-1) was touched for six runs on seven hits and a walk before being lifted with one out in the fifth.