Barrie closing in on fifth consecutive IBL title win
BARRIE – The Barrie Baycats are a win away from their fifth consecutive Intercounty Baseball League championship following a 7-1 victory over the Kitchener Panthers Tuesday night at Coates Stadium.
The Baycats grabbed an early lead with four runs in the second inning and they added a single run in the bottom of the seventh and two more in the eighth. Kitchener scored its run in the top of the seventh.
In the fourth, Branfy Infante hit a one-out single to left field to score Tim Smith who had also singled. Glenn Jackson followed with a double to right to score Jeff Cowan, who reached base on a fielder’s choice, and Infante. Starlin Rodriguez clouted a two-out double to right to plate Jackson.
Matthew St. Kitts picked up the win for Barrie as he limited kept the Panthers scoreless in his six innings of work. He allowed three hits and two walks and struck out three. Emilis Guerrero pitched the final three innings, giving up an unearned run off one hit and one walk. He also had a strikeout.
Jonder Martinez was tagged with the loss for Kitchener. He yielded four runs, all earned, off seven hits and a walk in six innings. He had a strikeout. Matt Vickers gave up an unearned run off a hit in his inning on the mound while Stephen Gade surrendered two runs, both earned, off four hits in an inning.
Jackson hit a double and two singles for Barrie while Infante connected for three singles. Jordan Castaldo hit a double and a single while Rodriguez hit one double. Getting one single apiece were Ryan Spataro, Kevin Atkinson and Smith.
The Panthers had four hits, all singles. Getting one each were Tanner Nivins, Yorbis Borroto, Mike Gordner and Zach Johnson.
The win gives Barrie a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven final.
The Baycats will be out after their sixth championship win in their 18-year history Thursday when they’re to tangle with the Panthers at Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal