Brantford's Strong Ninth Inning Secures Red Sox Win Over Baycats
MIDHURST - The Brantford Red Sox defeated the Barrie Baycats 16-9 on Thursday evening to improve to 11-17 on the season. With the loss, the Baycats fall to 12-16.
The Red Sox capitalized on a terrific start at Coates Stadium to take down the Baycats 16-9. A two-run first inning, followed by a four-run second inning had the Red Sox cruising in the early parts of the ballgame. The Baycats would get back into the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when Tyler Plumpton lined a single, scoring Carson Burns. That was immediately followed up by a two run homer from Avery Tuck; it cut the Red Sox lead to two.
The Red Sox eventually got out to a 10-4 lead, following a three-run fifth inning and a one-run sixth. The Baycats weren't done, though; they had a late push in them.
Tyler Plumpton would get the party started, hitting a double that scored David LeBlanc. Jake Wilson followed that up with an RBI single, and Ryan Rijo doubled to drive another run in for the Baycats. The double for Rijo marked his 100th IBL hit.
“[Rijo] hits the ball every night, said manager Josh Matlow postgame. "Professional at bats, and he’s great. We expect him to do those kind of things in the playoffs.” Rijo finished the game 5-for-5.
Unfortunately for the Baycats, the Red Sox would score six in the ninth to seal the win for Brantford.
Riley Hoover got the start for the Baycats, he would go 1 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits. Christian Mullen, Evan Soules, Brandon Hillier and Brad Grieveson appeared in relief for the Baycats on the mound tonight.
FINAL THOUGHTS FROM MANAGER JOSH MATLOW
“If you look at the positive side of things, they scored, then we battled back, they scored and we battled back again, it was 10-9 going into the last inning and we had a chance to win it, but again, a few missed signs, which the baseball gods will reward the other team for, in a few situations we could have had and we just want to clean it up before the playoffs”
“We've got to get out of the first inning, maybe the second inning with a lead that we tack on to. "We’re playing from behind all season, and it’s why our record is what it is, but we did battle back tonight. We just couldn’t finish it off."
On Friday, the team will head to Welland. After that, the Baycats' regular season will conclude in Barrie on Saturday; the Kitchener Panthers will visit Coates Stadium.
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