Barrie Baycats finish championship sweep
KITCHENER – The Barrie Baycats completed their four-game sweep of the Kitchener Panthers for their fourth consecutive Intercounty Baseball League title.
The Baycats won 10-0 at Jack Couch Park Tuesday night to claim the championship. They outscored the Panthers 42-7 in the final series.
Tuesday, leadoff batter Ryan Spataro scored the eventual game- and series-winning run when he homered on the third pitch of the game.
Barrie added three runs in the third, one in the fourth, one in the seventh and four in the ninth to complete the scoring.
Kyle DeGrace reached base five times for Barrie as he hit four singles and was hit by a pitch. Spataro and Kevin Atkinson each hit a homer and a single while Jodan Castaldo had a double and a single and Ryan Rijo and Steve Lewis each hit two singles. Claudio Custodio smacked a double and Jeff Cowan hit a single.
The Panthers had six hits, all singles. Tanner Nivins had two while Yorbis Borroto, Sean Reilly, Yulexis La Rosa and Jeff MacLeod had one apiece.
Emilis Guerrero pitched the complete game to get the win for the Baycats. He threw 123 pitches, 90 for strikes, to hold Kitchener scoreless on six hits and one walk. He had five strikeouts.
Noelvis Entenza took the loss as he yielded six runs, three earned, off eight hits and four walks in seven innings. Stephen Gade pitched an inning and gave up two hits while Matt McGovern tossed the ninth and surrendered four runs, two earned, off six hits. Entenza had six strikeouts, McGovern two and Gade one.
The Baycats won all eight playoff games they played for their fifth championship in their 17-year history. They haven’t lost a playoff game since falling 3-2 to Burlington on Aug. 9, 2016, in the opening round of that year’s playoffs. They’ve won 17 consecutive playoff matches since then.
- Guelph Sports Journal