Barrie Baycats hold off Herd in slugfest
The Barrie Baycats needed three runs in the ninth inning to win a 14-12 slugfest over the Burlington Herd on Thursday night.
Barrie opened the game with three runs in the first inning and, after multiple lead changes, survived a late charge from the Herd for its third straight victory to open the season.
Kyle DeGrace had three hits, including a two-run home run to give the Baycats a 13-12 lead with one out in the ninth.
DeGrace finished with three RBIs. Jordan Castaldo also went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs, while Kevin Atkinson and Brandon Dhue each added solo blasts.
Branfy Infante singled twice, doubled and had an RBI and run. Jeff Cowan and Glenn Jackson each drove in a run, and lead-off batter Conner Morro had two hits, three runs and an RBI.
Barrie outhit Burlington by an 18-16 margin
Enerio Del Rosario (1-0) picked up the win, allowing four runs on three hits in two innings of relief. Del Rosario walked two and struck out three.
Miguel Navarro started and went 4.1 innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on eight hits, while walking four and striking out four.
Burlington’s Justin Gideon went 5-for-5 at the top of the lineup, driving in a pair of runs and scoring three times.
Canice Ejoh had three hits, including a home run, and drove in three with a pair of runs.
Ryan Freemantle and Andrew Leggo each had three hits and two RBIs and combined for three runs.
Logan Stewart had an RBI for the Herd, which held leads of 4-3 and 12-11, but dropped to 0-3.
Branden Kuzyk (0-1) took the loss after giving up two runs on one hit with a walk in one-third of an inning. Starter Ryan Beckett lasted 3.1 innings and yielded seven runs on five hits with three walks and a strikeout.
The Baycats host the Brantford Red Sox on Saturday in a 2 p.m. start at Coates Stadium, and then travel to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs on Sunday afternoon.