Barrie Baycats rattle off three wins at home
After delivering a grand slam, Jordan Castaldo of the Barrie Baycats is greeted at home plate by teammate Kyle DeGrace during third-inning Intercounty Baseball League action against the Guelph Royals on Friday night at Coates Stadium in Midhurst. MARK WANZEL/PHOTO
The Barrie Baycats find themselves tied with the London Majors atop the Intercounty Baseball League standings after winning three games at home over the weekend.
Barrie and London share matching 10-0 records as the IBL's only two undefeated teams.
On Sunday night against the Burlington Herd, Barrie's Matthew St. Kitts pitched into the seventh inning and Kevin Atkinson drove in a pair of runs to lead the Baycats to a 4-1 win.
St. Kitts (1-0) scattered seven hits in 6.2 innings and allowed one run. He walked one and struck out eight.
Enario Del Rosario pitched a clean ninth inning with a strikeout to earn his third save.
Atkinson added a pair of singles and scored a run, while Ryan Spataro went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs and two steals.
Kyle DeGrace doubled and drove in a run. He also scored once.
Jordan Castaldo had a pair of hits, and Glenn Jackson went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Carlos Villoria had Burlington's lone RBI. Justin Gideon and Eddie Chessell had two hits apiece atop the lineup. Gideon also scored a run.
Brad Smith (0-1) took the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits in 2.2 innings before leaving the game with an injury. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three.
With the loss, Burlington dropped to 3-8.
London kept pace with the Baycats with a narrow 8-7 victory over the Hamilton Cardinals at Labatt Park on Sunday.
Michael Ambrose homered and had two RBIs for the Majors. Byron Reichstein had three hits, an RBI and run, Keith Kandel singled three times and scored once, Humberto Ruiz singled and scored a pair of runs, Chris McQueen added two hits and two runs, and Carlos Arteaga drove in a run.
Chris Boatho (1-0) earned the win on the mound, tossing 5.1 innings of relief and yielding five runs (four earned) on 10 hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Cory Hammond started and went 3.1 innings while giving up two runs on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
Hamilton dropped to 1-7 with the loss.
On Saturday at Coates Stadium, three Barrie pitchers combined to one-hit the Hamilton Cardinals, and the Baycats' offence did the rest in a 14-0 win.
Claudio Custodio (1-0) started and went seven shutout innings. He allowed a double to Jon Saporsantos to lead off the second inning, which was all the Cards would get. Custodio struck out 14 before Chris Nagorski and Brandon Catena finished the next two innings, combining to strike out a pair of Cardinals without issuing a walk.
Brandon Dhue homered and drove in two for the Baycats. Dhue also singled twice and scored three times. Steve Lewis singled and hit a solo home run, Atkinson singled, doubled and drove in three, Castaldo had a pair of RBIs, Branfy Infante and DeGrace each had an RBI, Ryan Spataro had three singles, three runs, an RBI and stolen base, Glenn Jackson went 2-for-4 with two runs, and Connor Morro added two singles and three runs.
Barrie pounded out 16 hits off a trio of Hamilton pitchers.
Cardinals starter Jackson Jones (0-1) took the loss, giving up seven runs on four hits in three innings. He walked six and struck out one.
Hamilton dropped to 1-6 with the defeat.
On Friday night, Barrie's offence broke loose with 24 runs on 17 hits in a 24-11 win over the visiting Guelph Royals.
The offence was spread throughout the lineup, as all nine Baycats starters picked up a hit, and six drove in more than one run.
Spataro went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs. DeGrace had four hits, including a home run, with four RBI and three runs. Castaldo singled and homered and had four RBI and three runs. Atkinson had a hit and scored three times.
Custodio went 3-for-5 with three runs. Infante scored four times and drove in a run. Lewis had three RBIs and three runs. Brandon Garcia had seven RBIs to go with a pair of singles and a run, Connor Morro added two singles, two RBIs and two runs.
Brett Lawson (3-0) earned the win with 5.1 innings. He allowed nine runs (five earned) on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
For Guelph, Marquis Kidd doubled twice and drove in four. Darren Saunders had three RBI and a run, Mike Hart drove in two and scored twice, Toure Sinclair singled twice and scored twice, and Kyle Alarcon had an RBI and two runs.
Adrian Yuen (0-2) gave up 13 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits in 3.2 innings. He walked four and didn't record a strikeout.
Barrie improved to 8-0, and Guelph dropped to 1-9.
Also on Friday night, in Hamilton, Cleveland Brownlee hit his fourth home run and drove in three to lead the London Majors to a 13-1 road win over the Cardinals.