The annual Old Timers Game Sunday at Twillman field in Harley park brought out the best in the 15-plus players from years past in Babe Ruth and Ban Johnson.
Although Mother Nature tried to put a damper on this year’s game, the Royals and Cardinals still managed to battle it out for nearly two hours in the rain.
But in the end, the Royals were just a little better than the Cardinals while prevailing in six innings 17-5.
In all between both teams, there were 22 runs on 20 hits and seven errors.
Of course it didn’t take long for the Royals to score after plating two runs in the top-half of the first on the RBI-double by CJ Zeller.
The Royals never trailed after that while exploding for 10 runs in the second on a two-run home run to left center field by Dalton Bealmer, a three-RBI double by Brian Jackson and a RBI-double by Zeller.
Needless to say the Cardinals didn’t go down without a  fight. Although it didn’t look good after a scoreless inning again in the third, the Cardinals rallied back with three runs in the fourth on the RBI single by Kaleb Browning to cut the lead to 12-3.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, they had no answer for the Royals in the fifth. Already down nine runs, the Cardinals surrendered four more runs on a RBI-single by Zeller and a three run blast to right by Bealmer to trail the Royals 16-3.
Bealmer’s blast, his second of the game, came from the left side of the plate while the first was from the right side, which resulted in a shot over the fence in Twillman and also over the Cal Ripken field in left center.
The Cardinals, however, also had their moments. In the bottom half of the fifth, the Cardinals tacked on two more runs on the RBI double by Jeffrey Jackson and sacrifice fly for an RBI by Jamie Robertson to cut the lead to 16-5. Then, to cap off the scoring in the ballgame in the sixth, Zeller collected his fifth hit of the ballgame with a RBI-single to make it 17-5.
Bealmer picked up the win for the Royals while Kaleb Browning took the loss for the Cardinals.
Bealmer pitched the first two innings and struck out four batters. Nick Ray then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed three runs on four hits while striking out four. Meanwhile, after CJ Zeller pitched one inning and issued two runs on three hits, Brian Jackson came in and pitched one inning and gave up one hit and one walk.
For the Cardinals, Browning pitched 1 2/3 innings and surrendered nine runs on four hits and six walks while striking out two. Eric Rhorer then came in and pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief and yielded three runs on three hits. Then, after LaTavious Shelby pitched two innings and gave up four runs on three hits and two walks, Evan Franklin came in and pitched one inning and allowed one run on two hits.
Zeller went 5-for-6 in the game for the Royals with three singles, two doubles and four RBIs.
Richard Wright was 3-for-5 with two singles and one double while Bealmer had two home runs and six RBIs, Brian Jackson with two doubles, three walks and three RBIs, Donovan Graves one single and Austin Hulbert with one RBI.
For the Cardinals, LaTavious Shelby and Neil Sanders each had one single and one double. Kaleb Browning finished the game with two singles and one RBI while Jeffrey Jackson with one double and RBI, Eric Rhorer with one single and Jamie Robertson with one RBI.