Majors win in Royal Shutout

Written by Dan Haugh/Photo by Matt Hiscox

The London Majors could not have asked for a better all-round performance both on the mound and at the plate as they extended their winning streak to three games with an 8-0 shutout of the Guelph Royals Friday night at Labatt Park.

Starting pitcher Victor Payano threw seven scoreless innings to pick up his first win of the 2024 season. He faced only 23 Guelph batters in his seven innings on the mound, allowing only two singles while striking out seven. Skylar Janisse and Daniel Gore each pitched one inning in relief of Payano.

The Majors had a well-balanced offence producing their eight runs on only nine hits which came from seven different players. Kaiden Cardoso was the offensive star for London. Cardoso was the only player who had more than one hit in the game, going 3-for-4 including a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning that made the score 8-0. Ty Mosher and Gibson Krzeminski each had a double. Starling Joseph, Victor Plaz, Cleveland Brownlee, and Andrew Lawrence all had singles to round out the nine-hit attack.

Guelph starting pitcher Rhys Montgomery pitched all eight innings to take the loss, as tonight ́s game was the first of a four-game in four-day weekend for the Royals. 

The next action for the London Majors will be Sunday afternoon when they travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs before returning to Labatt Park on Monday when the Barrie Baycats will be London ́s Canada Day opponent. That game will be a 6:05 start followed by Canada Day Fireworks.