by Sam Aucoin

BARRIE – Tropical Night may not have brought hot weather to Vintage Throne Stadium, but it sure did heat up the bats for the Barrie Baycats who won 11-0 over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Every Baycat that came to the plate reached base, helping Barrie to its ninth win in a row against Toronto dating back to last season.

In a high-scoring, one-sided affair, the Baycats struck early thanks to an RBI single from Malik Williams, scoring Noel McGarry Doyle. Juan Benítez started the game for Barrie and threw six shutout innings. The only bad thing for the fans is that he struck out just one batter, which did not really help the bid for five strikeouts and free french fries at McDonalds. Benítez picked up the win (2).

The Baycats scored four more over the fourth and fifth innings. It was McGarry Doyle once again who was right in the middle of it. Noel scored his second run in the fourth on a Hayden Jaco RBI base hit, then drove in two with a single in the fifth.

Braedan Pakkala and Brandon Hillier covered the final three innings with bounce-back appearances. 

Five more runs came across in the eighth against Maple Leafs reliever Chris Nagorski due to a few errors. Noah Hull cashed in a pair, Canice Ejoh scored on a passed ball, and James Anderson, who came in to replace Evan Soules, who had pinch-run earlier in the game, knocked in Jaco.

Wilgenis Alvarado was charged with his fourth loss of the season, tossing four and a third and giving up five runs (two earned).

Baycats win 11-0; they are 11-5.