Barrie Baycats hold off Panthers
No team has been able to solve the Barrie Baycats this season.
The Kitchener Panthers came close Thursday night at home.
They even had the winning run on first base in the bottom of the ninth.
But Baycats reliever Enerio Del Rosario struck out Andy Leader to end the game and extend Barrie's undefeated streak to five games to open the Intercounty Baseball League season.
Offensively, Branfy Infante and Ryan Spataro each went deep for the Baycats.
Infante's was a two-run blast in Barrie's four-run first inning, and Spataro hit a solo shot in the fifth to regain the lead after Kitchener scored four times in the bottom of the fourth.
Kyle DeGrace singled, doubled and drove in a pair of runs while scoring once. Claudio Custodio scored twice and had three of Barrie's nine walks.
Brett Lawson (2-0) went five innings for the win, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits. He walked three and struck out six.
Del Rosario escaped a first-and-third jam caused by an error and a single to earn his first save. He also recorded the last four outs and struck out two without issuing a walk.
For Kitchener, Sean Reilly hit his first home run of the season and had three RBIs, while Colin Gordner and Santino Silvestri drove in the other runs.
Yulexis La Rosa went 3-for-4, and lead-off batter Yorbis Borroto went 2-for-5 and is hitting over .500 after six games.
Ian Rendon (2-1) took the loss after giving up six runs on five hits in four innings. He walked four and struck out two.
Kitchener fell to 4-2 with the loss.
The Baycats are scheduled to host the London Majors in a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Coates Stadium in Midhurst.
The Barrie team also announced that a postponed home game from May 25 versus the Guelph Royals has been re-scheduled for Friday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Coates Stadium.
Friday's night slate of games has the Panthers in Hamilton to face the Cardinals, the Toronto Maple Leafs in London to take on the Majors, and the Guelph Royals travelling to Brantford to battle the Red Sox.
Saturday's schedule includes Toronto at Burlington to meet the Herd, and the Cardinals in Guelph for a doubleheader.