by Sam Aucoin

BARRIE – This game lasted just five and a half innings as the rain called things early. The Baycats came out on top 5-1 over the Toronto Maple Leafs. With that, they finish the season series against Toronto undefeated, and with two more games left to play before the playoffs, they are in a good spot to secure second place in the IBL standings.

Before the conclusion of this contest, the Baycats scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Adam Odd’s two-run double into the left-center gap gave them the lead, which was followed by Starlin Rodriguez and Ryan Rijo each driving in a run, adding to the advantage.

Speaking of Rijo, he is now tied with Jordan Castaldo, Kevin Atkinson, and Kyle DeGrace for the Baycats' single-season RBI total, which was set at 47. Canice Ejoh, in his first season with the Baycats, just broke the team’s single-season stolen base record at 26.

Castaldo, now with the Maple Leafs, may have just played his final game in Barrie, depending on whether these two clubs meet in the Playoffs. Announcing he will retire at the end of this season, this game did not go as the Leafs' first baseman had planned, getting ejected in the middle of the third inning for arguing balls and strikes.

This game treated Jeify Nunez a lot better. Nunez, getting the start for the Baycats, pitched six innings, allowing just one run, which was not earned, and picked up four strikeouts. Jeifry improves to 4-3 this year. Sam Greene (3-3) was charged with the loss after going five innings and surrendering five runs on six hits.

NEXT UP: The Barrie Baycats wrap up the 2023 season this weekend with two road games. Their next game is tomorrow at Labatt Park, where they will take on the London Majors. The first pitch is at 7:35 p.m. You can watch it on Majors TV or get road tickets here.