by Sam Aucoin

LONDON – The Baycats lose a close game in London, falling short to the Majors 6-5. This game had many high-pressure situations that didn’t go the Baycats' way, but Barrie still fought till the end and made things super interesting.

Once again, the middle of the lineup was productive, driving in all five of Barrie’s runs. Starlin Rodriguez launched an absolute bomb to dead center as part of a two-for-four night, Hayden Jaco ripped a two-run single, and Ryan Rijo had three hits, including a record-setting RBI.

That run batted in for Rijo moved him past Jordan Castaldo, Kevin Atkinson, and Kyle DeGrace for the all-time Baycats single-season total in RBIs. Ryan has set career highs in home runs (11), RBI (48), and hits (50). The 25-year-old is definitely in the conversation for an IBL All-Star selection.

Juan Benítez (4-3) did not have his best outing today, allowing five earned runs over six innings of work. Benítez was charged with the loss but gave his team length, saving the bullpen. Alex Springer (2-0) picked up the win for the Majors. Springer went five innings, surrendering four earned runs before three London bullpen arms combined to close out the game.

Despite the loss, Barrie still has a chance to secure the second seed in the IBL playoffs. To do that, they will have to beat the Kitchener Panthers. It will be an exciting game to watch as Patrick Melbourne and Neil Srivastava will have the call on the Panthers YouTube channel. You can also get tickets to that game here.