Barrie Baycats grab lead in IBL final

BARRIE – Two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Barrie Baycats to a 4-2 victory over the Kitchener Panthers in the third game of the Intercounty Baseball League’s championship series Saturday night at Coates Stadium.

Barrie leads the best-of-seven final 2-1.

Kitchener tied the score 2-2 in the top of the eighth inning when Mike Gordner singled to score Tanner Nivins who had also singled.

Barrie’s eighth-inning runs came with two out. Starlin Rodriguez doubled to left field to start the rally, but he was still on second after Jordan Castaldo flied out to second baseman Mike Andrulis and Kevin Atkinson struck out.

However, Kyle DeGrace kept the inning alive with a single to right field to score Rodriguez. DeGrace stole second and scored on a single by Tim Smith.

Kitchener had opened the scoring with a run in the third inning while Barrie responded with two runs in the fifth.

Santos Arias started on the mound for the Baycats while Adam Hawes relieved in the eighth and picked up the win. Arias yielded two runs, one earned, off seven hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings. Hawes gave up a hit and two walks in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Arias had six strikeouts.

Christian Hauck, Stephen Gade and Matt Vickers saw mound time for Kitchener. Hauck started and went six innings while Gade pitched 1/3 of an inning and Vickers pitched the final 1 2/3 innings. Hauck and losing pitcher Vickers each gave up two earned runs. Hauck also yielded four hits and a walk while Gade walked one of the two batters he faced and Vickers gave up three hits. Hauck and Vickers each had three strikeouts.

Smith hit two singles for the Baycats while Spataro and Rodriguez each hit a double and Castaldo, DeGrace and Jeff Cowan each hit one single.

Mike Gordner had three singles for Kitchener while Mike Glinka had two and Nivins, Yorbis Borrotoand Colin Gordner each had one.

Fourth game of the best-of-seven final is set for Sunday at 7 p.m. at Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park.

  • Guelph Sports Journal