They lost the game, and some might say a couple of them lost their cool, too.
The Guelph Royals blew a late 6-0 lead against the Barrie Baycats during an Intercounty Baseball League Canada Day matinee at Hastings Stadium. Barrie won the game 8-6.
Guelph was up 6-0 in the eighth inning before Barrie scored seven runs, and another in the ninth. Just one of the visitors’ runs was earned.
With Barrie battling back, the Royals’ Justin Interisano, who is third in the league in home runs with six, and manager J.D. Yari got into a heated argument in the dugout.
The dustup, which included expletives that could be heard on the other side of the diamond, saw Interisano grab his belongings and walk away from the game while some teammates followed to go talk to him.
Neil Srivastava, the Royals’ director of baseball operations, was asked Wednesday if Interisano was still a member of the team.
“(As) Far as I know, yes,” Srivastava said, in an e-mail reply. He says he expects “both sides to take a couple of days to cool down, before we meet to discuss it.”
Guelph (15-8) visits London (15-8) Friday at 7:35 p.m. On Saturday, the Royals host Kitchener (10-12) at 7:30 p.m.