by Sam Aucoin

TORONTO – With a total of eight home runs combined from both teams, it is the Barrie Baycats who come out on top with a 17-8 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Improving their winning streak to eight games and two games back of first place, Barrie has a chance to move even closer with another matchup against the first place Welland Jackfish this Saturday.

The pitching was not the story tonight. Thankfully for Baycats starter Jeifry Nunez, his team kept scoring. Starlin Rodriguez and Canice Ejoh connected on a pair of two-run home runs to open up a 4-0 lead. But the Maple Leafs would respond with a couple home runs of their own. Jordan Castaldo and Johnathan Solazzo provided the power, both hitting two run shots. 

Toronto would get three more in the sixth capped by another home run, this time from Justin Marra. But that would be it for the Leafs as Victor Plaz and Adam Odd led the way. Odd and Plaz along with Josh Cote would hit three straight home runs in the eighth inning in what was a seven run frame. Finishing the game with five out of the eight home runs hit, the Baycats escaped Christie Pits with a blowout win. 

Here are some numbers from tonight's affair. 1. Adam Odd went five for six with a home run, two driven in, and two runs scored. 2. Adam Khan picked up his first win of the season throwing an inning and two thirds. 3. Ejoh, Rodriguez, Odd, and Plaz all finished the game with multiple hits, runs scored, and runs batted in. 

Next up, another meet with the Jackfish. The Cats will travel to Welland for the second straight week to play a matchup on Canada Day. After that, they come home to Vintage Throne Stadium to face the Kitchener Panthers. Saturday’s ballgame starts just after 7:00 pm from Welland Stadium. Broadcast details are to be announced for the game in the rose city. But Sunday's game against Kitchener, like all home games, can be found on Baycats TV. Saturday Tickets, Sunday Tickets