by Sam Aucoin

CHATHAM-KENT – The Barrie Baycats are heading back home after splitting two games in Chatham-Kent against the Barnstormers. Chatham’s offence exploded for 12 runs this afternoon, taking advantage of their opportunities in a seven-run sixth inning.

Barnstormer pitchers were able to escape a few great chances for Barrie. The Baycats left 14 runners on base, due in large part to great defence from the home side. 

Carlos Sano started for the Baycats, pitching five and a third innings, allowing five earned runs and was charged with the loss (2). Three arms were used in the bottom of the sixth as Chatham’s offence came up with big hit after big hit. Cesar Rosado came in to replace Brandon Hillier and was able to get out of the inning, striking out two.

Seth Strong and Braxton Haggith both went deep for the Barnstormers. Dan Battel drove in three on a pair of hits and a walk. Ryan Lacasse worked the eighth inning for Barrie, allowing two unearned runs but limited the damage. 

Noel McGarry-Doyle went three for five with an RBI. Zac Orchard and Brad McQuinn also drove in runs on bases-loaded walks. Noah Richardson picked up the win (2), tossing two innings with three strikeouts.

Barnstormers win 12-4, giving Barrie its fourth loss and an 8-4 record. The Baycats are back in action this Thursday at home as they will welcome in the Kitchener Panthers for a 7:35 pm first pitch.