Baycats Sweep Jackfish in Doubleheader to Move Back Into a Tie for First Place

by Ryan Eakin

MIDHURST - Issa sweep.

The Barrie Baycats swept the Welland Jackfish in today's doubleheader, winning game one 10-3, and game two 5-2.

They improve to 23-10, and move back into a tie with the Kitchener Panthers for first place in the IBL standings heading into the final week of the season.

Baycats game one starter Matt St. Kitts threw a complete game, allowing three earned runs on eight hits while striking out eight batters.

Adrian Salcedo threw a complete game in game two, allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out ten Jackfish batters.

Jordan Castaldo continued to torment IBL pitchers, going a combined four-for-five with three bases on balls.

He hit a home run in game two.

BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THE GAME: In the past few seasons, there has never been one clearcut MVP candidate, but there is this season.

Anything less than a unanimous MVP vote for Castaldo would be astonishing. He has been the best hitter in the league right from game one.

POSTGAME QUOTES...

Castaldo on his incredible season: "I'm just trying to enjoy it," said Castaldo. "I'll be honest with you man, I always said I'll play until I'm thirty and I'm thirty now. Obviously, I will step back and reevaluate that in the winter.

"But I'm just trying to enjoy it man. Life changes pretty quickly and I have a blast doing this. I'm just trying to have fun."

On their pennant race with the Panthers: "I don't even think about it," said Castaldo, who is well on his way to winning his second MVP of his IBL career. "We are just preparing ourselves the best we can for the next month of baseball. 

"If we win it we win it, if we don't we'll go from there."

NEXT UP: Tuesday evening, the Baycats travel to Brantford to battle the Red Sox.

First game is scheduled for 8:00 PM.

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Photo: Brian Backland/Brian Backland Photography