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Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Bruce Yari (No. 5) of the Guelph Royals slides into second base as the incoming ball is eyed by Mike Glinka of the Kitchener Panthers at Hastings Stadium on Monday afternoon. Guelph won the game, its home opener, by a 7-6 score.

Hot bats help lift Royals to win in home opener

The Guelph Royals got two or more hits from six different players on their way to a 7-6 win over the Kitchener Panthers on Monday afternoon at Hastings Stadium.

The win, in what was Guelph’s Intercounty Baseball League home opener, lifted the locals to a 1-1 record early in the 2014 season. Their game scheduled for Saturday in Burlington was postponed.

At the plate for the Royals in the win, Tino Silvestri had a triple and two singles, as part of a 14-hit attack. Keith Kandel, Shaun Valeriote, Jonathan Palumbo, Justin Interisano and Bruce Yari all had multi-hit games with

Yari adding a home run and scoring twice.

The game was played in front of a couple of hundred sun-drenched fans at Hastings Stadium.

On the mound, Guelph’s Gavin Free recorded the win going five innings and striking out five.

The win included a circus-like catch by the Royals’ Josh Garton that saw him fall over the home-run fence and hang on to the ball.

Guelph is at Hamilton on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. game before they host Hamilton on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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