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BaseballBrantford Red Sox rough up Royals for third home win

Brantford Red Sox jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they defeated the Guelph Royals 12-4 for their third home win of the season on Friday, July 21, 2023.

The Red Sox were celebrating Brant County SPCA night at the ballpark where visitors could gather information about adopting a pet and mingle with a few of the SPCA’s furry friends.

Members of the Brant County SPCA were on hand during Brant County SPCA night at the ballpark. Pictured in photo, from (l-r): Niki Melo, Cooper, Lexi and Nadine Dwinnell.
Nadine Dwinnell of the Brant County SPCA throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Red Sox took on the Guelph Royals on Friday, July 21, 2023.

Quincy Jones, newly acquired pitcher for the Red Sox, got the start against the Royals and had a solid first inning, only allowing a single before inducing a ground ball to third base for the final out in the top of the first.

Red Sox 2B Kieran Bowles makes the grab on the infield against the Guelph Royals on Friday, July 21, 2023.

The Red Sox were firing on all cylinders to start the bottom half, getting three consecutive hits to start the game, including a double from SS Gus Wilson, followed by an RBI single from 2B Kieran Bowles, to jump out to an early 1-0 lead.

Red Sox RF Matt Fabian gets an infield single to start the game against the Guelph Royals on Friday, July 21, 2023.

Brantford didn’t let up, and after two flyball outs, added another run after a single from DH Evan Ryan. The Red Sox tacked on two more runs when 3B Justin Murray ripped a triple into the gap, opening up a 5-0 lead.

Red Sox 3B Justin Murray rips a triple to the gap to score two runs against the Guelph Royals on Friday, July 21, 2023.

The Red Sox continued to string hits together, getting three consecutive singles from the top of their order in their second at-bats of the inning as the team sent 12 batters to the plate, scoring seven runs to take a commanding 7-0 lead after one inning.

Red Sox 2B Kieran Bowles hits an RBI single against the Royals on Friday, July 21, 2023.
Red Sox SS Gus Wilson drives the ball to left field for an RBI single against the Guelph Royals.

Jones continued to impress in his first outing, getting a three-up, three-down second inning, with a strikeout and two flyball outs. Brantford tacked on another run in the second, when C Jeremie Veilleux went deep for a solo shot to open up an 8-0 lead.

Jones ran into some trouble in the top of the third, after a bloop single to left field, followed by an error to Bowles and a walk but sat down the next three batters to get out of the jam.

Brantford scored two more runs in each of the the fourth and fifth innings as they held onto a comfortable 12-0 lead halfway through the game.

Red Sox SP Quincy Jones, who was making his first start for the team, pitched six strong innings, only allowing four hits, no earned runs, while striking out four against the Guelph Royals on Friday, July 21, 2023.

Jones pitched six strong innings, only allowing four hits, no earned runs, striking out four while only walking one batter, giving way to the Red Sox bullpen in the top of the seventh. Jacob Lupton came on in relief for his first appearance since suffering an injury, giving up three walks but only allowing one earned run. Guelph touched up the the rest of the Sox bullpen for three more runs the eighth and ninth innings but Brantford held on for the 12-4 victory.

The Red Sox had strong performances from Wilson, who went 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, and Murray, who went 2-4 with 3 RBI.

Red Sox 3B Justin Murray makes the long throw to first for an out against the Guelph Royals.

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