Intercounty Baseball League leaders Barrie Baycats continue to dazzle
Barrie Baycats pitcher Jaspreet Shergill (#47) gets airborne celebrating his team's 2-1 victory over the visiting London Majors during Intercounty Baseball League action Saturday afternoon at Coates Stadium in Midhurst. The Baycats then improved to 26-0 on Sunday with a win over the Brantford Red Sox. IAN MCINROY/BARRIE EXAMINER
The Barrie Baycats scored 26 runs on the weekend to increase their winning streak to 26 games to start the Intercounty Baseball League season.
On Sunday night at Coates Stadium in Midhurst, Matthew St. Kitts pitched into the seventh inning and struck out 10 as the Baycats notched a 6-3 victory over the visiting Brantford Red Sox.
St. Kitts scattered four hits over 6.2 innings and also walked five as he improved to 4-0.
Enerio Del Rosario threw a clean ninth for his seventh save.
At the plate, Jeff Cowan went 4-for-4 with three RBIs.
Barrie’s Branfy Infante drove in a pair, while Conner Morro scored twice and stole his fourth base of the season. Glenn Jackson, Jordan Castaldo, Kevin Atkinson and Brandon Dhue also scored.
Dennon Koziol and Cody Mombourquette each had two hits and an RBI for the Red Sox.
Benjamin Bostick had the other RBI, while Nic Burdett singled and scored.
Christian Garcia (0-2) took the loss, giving up six runs (three earned) on six hits with five walks and six strikeouts in 3.2 innings.
On Saturday afternoon, the Baycats hosted the second-place London Majors in doubleheader at Coates Stadium.
Barrie walloped the Majors in the opener, 18-2, before eking out a decidedly close 2-1 decision in the second game.
Atkinson singled, homered and drove in three in Game 1.
Barrie’s Kyle DeGrace went 3-for-5 and reached the 500-hit milestone in his IBL career. He also scored three times.
Castaldo singled, doubled and scored three runs while driving in a pair, while Ryan Spataro had an RBI and two runs, Justin Bryant drove in a pair, Cowan and Dhue each had an RBI and scored once, Steve Lewis drove in three on a pair of hits, Infante scored twice and had an RBI, Jackson went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, and Morro singled twice and had an RBI and a run.
Emilis Guerrero (7-0) went five innings for the win, allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Byron Reichstein went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Majors. Chris McQueen scored twice.
Cory Hammond (3-2) took the loss, giving up eight runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts in two innings.
In the second game, Jackson’s single in the bottom of the seventh scored Infante for the walk-off run. Infante was hit by a pitch to start the inning and stole second before coming around to score.
Atkinson drove in DeGrace to give Barrie the lead in the fourth.
Reichstein provided the bulk of London’s offence with a single and solo home run.
The Majors had just three hits off Claudio Custodio (5-0), who went all seven innings and struck out 10 with two walks.
Angelo Andujar (0-1) took the loss, giving up a run without allowing a hit in two innings of relief. He walked two and struck out two. Starter Chris Boatto lasted four innings and yielded a run on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
The Baycats (26-0) are back in action Tuesday night when they travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs (13-14) in a 7:30 p.m. start in a make-up game from last week.
Barrie then travels to Hamilton on Wednesday night to take on the Cardinals (7-19).