by Sam Aucoin

BARRIE – The Hamilton Cardinals have defeated the Barrie Baycats 11-1. Hamilton’s offence came alive in the sixth inning, scoring six runs. That would be all the Cardinals needed, as they would get great pitching and ride it to victory.

Frank Garcés got the start for the Baycats; however, he was not his usual self, facing the Cardinals for the second time in a week. A lot of credit goes to the visitors for making adjustments. Garcés threw five and a third innings, giving up five earned runs, seven in total.

Barrie did get on the board first on a Noah Hull run-scoring groundout in the bottom of the second. That was it as Hamilton starter Takaki Eguchi kept the Baycats' hot bats quiet through his five innings of work, striking out four.

Tyler Duncan, last year's Intercounty Baseball League most valuable player, saw the ball well in this one, going three for six with a home run and five runs driven in. Zach Marriott, who hit a home run last Friday against the Baycats, drove in two in the game on three hits.

The Hamilton offence would slow down as the temperature cooled off. It was a perfect night for baseball at Vintage Throne Stadium, with the usual May brisk weather coming in as the night went on. 

Evan Soules would finish things on the mound for Barrie, working the final two innings, striking out three. Brandon Hillier would also work an inning and two-thirds, surrendering a pair of unearned runs.

Cardinals win 11-1.

Photo: Bob Hurley