by Sam Aucoin

BARRIE – The Barrie Baycats are winners of two in a row after a 3-2 victory over the Chatham-Kent Barnstormers. Juan Benítez was phenomenal, throwing a complete game.

“I tried to hit the corners,” said Benítez, talking about getting through a ninth-inning jam to send the game to the bottom half. Chatham-Kent had the bases loading but Juan was able to get out of it, inducing a groundout.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Baycats had runners at first and second after a single from Ricky Phillips and an error by the shortstop that let Tyler Plumpton reach. Brad McQuinn bunted both of them over, then the Barnstormers walked Canice Ejoh intentionally which proved to be costly as Noel McGarry Doyle was next up and he ripped one down the left field line to walk things off.

The vibes were high even when Chatham scored an unearned run in the first inning. McGarry Doyle drove in all three runs today and his first two put the Baycats in front. A two-run double in the third made it 2-1 Barrie.

The Barnstormers would tie it on a solo home run from Lee Kucera. Chatham relief pitchers Aiden Ryan and Kenny Williams kept the Cats quiet offensively in the eighth as the home side left a pair of runners on.

Benítez picked up his third win of the season, going the distance, surrendering just two runs (one earned) with three strikeouts. Garret Day was charged with the loss.

Baycats win 3-2