Barrie doubles Kitchener to keep IBL championship title
KITCHENER – The Barrie Baycats stretched their grasp on the Intercounty Baseball League’s championship trophy to a fifth consecutive season as they doubled the Kitchener Panthers 6-3 Thursday night at Jack Couch Park.
The Baycats hoisted the newly-redesigned Jack and Lynne Dominico Trophy after taking the best-of-seven series 4-2.
Barrie used four runs in the seventh inning to shoot ahead and wrap up the scoring in the game and the league’s 100th season. With one out, Glenn Jackson slugged a solo homer to tie the score 3-3. After Ryan Spataro was walked, Starlin Rodriguez belted a homer to put the Baycats ahead for good and bring Mike Schnurr’s relief appearance for the Panthers to an end.
Matt Vickers came into the game for Kitchener, but he walked Jordan Castaldo, the only batter he would face. Miguel Lahera took over on the mound and struck out the first batter he faced before Kyle DeGrace stroked a double to left to score Castaldo with the final run of the season.
Santos Arias was the winning pitcher for the Baycats as he held Kitchener to three runs, one earned, off eight hits and a walk in eight innings. He had six strikeouts. Adam Hawes picked up the save after yielding a hit in the ninth.
Christian Hauck started for Kitchener and went five innings. He gave up two runs off four hits and three walks and he also had six strikeouts. Schnurr was charged with the loss after yielding three runs off two hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. He had a strikeout. Lahera surrendered two hits and had four strikeouts in the final 2 2/3 innings.
DeGrace finished the game with a homer, double and single for Barrie while Jackson had a home and a double. Rodriguez hit his homer while Branfy Infante hit a double and Kevin Atkinson clubbed a single.
Tanner Nivins hit a double and single for Kitchener while Brian Burton and Mike Andrulis each hit two singles. Mike Gordner added a double while Keegan Marsden and Colin Gordner each hit a single.
The stretch of five consecutive title wins leave the Baycats one behind the league-record six in a row the Brantford Red Sox won from 2008 to 2013.
It was also the third time the Baycats defeated Kitchener in the final as they also won the 2015 title 4-1 over Kitchener and the 2017 crown 4-0 over the Panthers.
The other wins were over the London Majors 4-0 in 2014 and the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 in 2016.
- Guelph Sports Journal