Barrie and Kitchener to meet again to decide IBL title
KITCHENER – Well this is familiar.
The Barrie Baycats and Kitchener Panthers will meet for the Intercounty Baseball League’s championship for the fourth time in five years.
The Barrie-Kitchener match-up was decided Saturday night at Jack Couch Park when the Panthers defeated the Hamilton Cardinals 8-1 to complete a four-game sweep of their best-of-seven semifinal series.
Kitchener had also won 2-0 at Hamilton Friday, 11-3 at home Wednesday and 10-4 at Hamilton Tuesday.
Barrie finished a four-game semifinal sweep of the Welland Jackfish with a 19-7 win at Welland Thursday.
The Baycats had also won 13-4 at home Tuesday, 11-0 at Welland Aug. 18 and 3-2 at Barrie Aug. 17.
Barrie had also swept its best-of-seven quarter-final with the Brantford Red Sox 4-0 while Kitchener ousted the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 4-1 series win.
The Baycats finished atop the league standings at 26-11 thanks to a 4-2 victory over the Panthers in a tie-breaker Aug. 6. That loss left Kitchener second at 25-12.
Barrie won three of the five regular-season meetings with Kitchener, both teams winning on the road and losing at home.
The Baycats won 11-9 May 19, 10-2 June 6 and 5-3 July 7 while the Panthers won 5-3 May 18 and 11-5 July 4.
Barrie is on a five-year winning streak in the IBL final as they’ve won the title each year since 2014. Kitchener last claimed the crown in 2001 when the Panthers won the title for the fourth time in six years.
Dates for this year’s championship series have not been announced.
- Guelph Sports Journal