by Sam Aucoin

KITCHENER — The Barrie Baycats just played their final regular season game of 2023. While a 10-2 loss to the Kitchener Panthers is not what the Baycats had hoped, they still head into the first round with home-field advantage.

It wasn’t like Barrie played poorly, the Panthers just showed that their offense is one to fear in the IBL. Today they got some production from the seventh spot as Stephen Whalen went two for five with four RBI. Liam Wilson and Raul Gonzalez each smacked home runs as they continue to hit well against the Baycats.

For Barrie, it was two solo home runs that made up the offense. Adam Odd, who is now batting .390, hit his sixth home run of the season and Brad McQuinn hit his first. McQuinn, who battled a quad injury for most of the season, hit one to dead center at Jack Couch Park giving the Baycats their second run

Kitchener got off to a quick start in the first as five runs came across off Baycats starter Christian Mullen. Mullen was charged with his first loss of the season. Aidan Rossel, Chris Cox, and Evan Soules combined to pitch the last three innings. With that, the Baycats are heading into the playoffs with a chance at their eighth IBL championship.

The big question is who do the Baycats play? Well, Hamilton just lost today securing the matchup of Guelph vs Toronto so that means that the Cardinals would match up against Barrie. The schedule for round one against Hamilton is still to be announced so stay tuned to and our social media pages for information.

That concludes the IBL regular season for the Barrie Baycats. They finished 26-16 in third place, with five more wins and two spots higher in the standings than in 2022. Playoff tickets are on sale and you can get them here. Baycats TV will cover all playoff home games live, and members of the Baycats media team will cover select road games on location.