Baycats Hit 18-Year Low in Walk-Off Loss to Jackfish

by Ryan Eakin

WELLAND - Well, it's only up from here, right?

The Welland Jackfish walked off the Barrie Baycats in extras tonight, winning by the final score of 8-7. The Jackfish improve to 6-7 with the win.

With the loss, the Baycats fall to 5-9.

Jackfish reliever Zachary Camerson recorded the win, allowing two earned runs on zero hits and two bases on balls in the lone inning he pitched in extras.

The Niagara University reliever struck out the side for the Jackfish.

Jackfish centre fielder Eric Marriott led the way at the plate, going two-for-three with one walk.

Baycats closer Brandon Hillier took the loss, pitching one and two-thirds of an inning while allowing three earned runs on three hits and one base on ball.

Hillier struck out one batter.

BARRIE - 7-12-1

WELLAND - 8-9-1


With the winning run on third base and two out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Jackfish third basemen Brandon Underhill hit a base hit to win the game for the Jackfish.


1. A rather clean game for both sides tonight, with both the Baycats and Jackfish making just one error each. 

3. It was three weeks tonight that Hillier last pitched for the Baycats. He would be the first one not to use that as an excuse, but it is tough to pitch a reliever in a high-leverage situation when he has not pitched in a game in three weeks.

3. Baycats second basemen Owen Jansen reached base three times tonight, with two hits and one walk. Heading back to school in September, Jansen is trying to show that he should be a mainstay in the Baycats lineup come the 2022 season.

4. The Baycats are now four games below .500. The last time the franchise was four games below .500 (or more) was on July 27, 2003. It has been a hot minute since things looked this bleak for the Baycats.

6.2. Ignore the final stat line (four earned runs on five hits and three bases on balls) for Baycats starter Marshall Leishman tonight. The southpaw from Toronto, Ontario was brilliant for the Baycats tonight, striking out eight Jackfish batters. It was his bullpen that let him down tonight.


The deadline came and went today, and it was the Jackfish that made the biggest splash, landing expected first-round pick in next year's MLB Draft Owen Diodati. Only here for a short period of time before he goes back to school, Diodati joins the likes of John Axford and Scott Diamond to join the Intercounty Baseball League while being considered top prospects.

Diodati went one-for-four tonight.


The Baycats return home on Saturday evening to host the Hamilton Cardinals.

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